January 30th, 2009

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Sam Seder grousing

Sam Seder, unfortunately, was griping about Obama’s actions, but his was a mild gripe. He thinks Obama reaching out is okay but that he shouldn’t make concessions in exchange for zero votes. The problem with that gripe is it doesn’t take into account all the angles. For instance, Republicans will have a much harder time now explaining why they voted against the bill.

Let’s talk about it in terms of me and Dennis Kucinich. Both of us can be considered seriously left-wing, and might like to have entered articles of impeachment against Dick Cheney. But Kucinich has to go and enter three thousand four hundred seventy three point two articles of impeachment, instead of one, two, or three really good ones, which is all that I would have done. Kucinich has no idea how to manage the meanings of things; but Obama does, at least when he’s at top form.

What a lot of my fellow lefties want Obama to do is make a joke of himself like Dennis Kucinich.
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The new I-35W bridge

This new bridge, and particularly its center span, are quite something, although unfortunately in these pictures it can be hard to see due to the arch-shaped 10th Ave. SE bridge spans being right behind it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Anthony_Falls_(35W)_Bridge

The old bridge looked like it was made of toothpicks, and, according to the Wikipedia article about the bridge, the NTSB pretty much concluded that it was made of toothpicks and that’s why it collapsed.
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What the president doesn't understand

What the president doesn’t understand about Wall Street is that it costs a lot to retain bad people.

Oh, and Stephanie Miller is grousing about Obama’s big victory, but then calming herself by noting that this way the Republicans have got nothing to show for their opposition—so that doesn’t really count as grousing, after all! :) It shows that, unlike so many people, Miller is aware that the Democrats truly are the majority.
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Ron Kuby just stated that rich people tend to be bad parents

Unsurprisingly, I have no idea whether or not rich parents are bad parents, but Air America’s Ron Kuby seems to know. Either that or he’s fiercely bigotted against the rich. Hmm, that would be consistent with his revolting anti-Caroline Kennedy campaign, wouldn’t it? (A particularly offensive bit of which AAR has been using to attract attention to the show. I guess negative attention is attention, though offending your current listener base to attract others seems to me a bad idea.)
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Very interesting

I find it very interesting that the ‘Permanent Republican Majority’ turned out to be a bubble. I’ll call it the ‘Bubble Majority’. And I personally have been opining that the Republican Party actually has been in a bubble since at least the failure of the ERA and initiation of the ‘gender gap’. They’ve had only one reasonably popular person in a leadership role (Ronald Reagan) in the time since, they’ve lost or tied the last five presidential elections, and when they’ve had some kind of control of the legislature they’ve made themselves both detested and imprisonable.

They hung on by thuggery, which in the end failed them; the bubble collapsed, and now here we are, and the Republicans are struggling to hang onto the hate-group bloc without excessively offending ordinary, decent Americans.