Archive for January 23rd, 2009

January 23, 2009

‘Solid Keynesian theory’

Megan McArdle needs to wash her mouth out with soap after using that phrase. There is no such thing.

Defend the woman against Glenn Greenwald, and this is how my chivalry is repaid!
January 23, 2009

Can someone tell me . . .

. . . why continues to publish Kathleen Parker? If a “conservative” site is going to publish Parker, why not also publish Michael Moore, Barbra Streisand and Katrina vanden Heuvel?

January 23, 2009

Dishing dirt

Moira Bagley dishes up some anti-Palin gossip at David Frum’s New Majority site:

Despite the Republican National Committee’s promise to donate Sarah Palin’s $180,000 campaign wardrobe to charity, word has it the Alaska governor’s clothes remain stuffed in trash bags at RNC headquarters, NewMajority has learned.

Gee, how does Moira Bagley get her tips?

The Kentucky native with porcelain skin came to Washington as a journalist but joined the Republican National Committee (RNC) after realizing “I couldn’t hide my light under a bushel anymore,” she said.
Before becoming an RNC press secretary, Bagley was a copy editor at Roll Call, where she once had a run-in with the IT department for using 80 percent of the office’s Internet bandwidth to watch the National Zoo’s Web cam of its newborn pandas.

Bagley was an RNC press secretary as recently as July. And now she’s dishing anti-Palin gossip for Frum. Got it. Another reminder (in case one was needed) why no conservative should ever write a check to the RNC.
UPDATE: Thanks to commenter JR for calling my attention to the reaction from Red State’s Erick Erickson:

The left within the Republican Party has launched a full scale assault against the conservative base.

Erick lives in Georgia, where Sarah Palin recently helped save Saxby Chambliss’s Senate seat. Whose Senate seat has Moira Bagley saved lately? If the Republican elite wants to start a war with the Republican base, my money is on the base.

UPDATE II: Linked by Kathy Shaidle. Today I found myself having to explain to American Spectator managing editor J.P. Freire that there’s a reason she’s called Five Feet of Fury.
January 23, 2009

Obligatory Caroline Kennedy ‘sham marriage’ rumor link

As I said yesterday, it was wrong for the New York Post to float a blind-sourced rumor that Caroline Kennedy’s marriage was in trouble. Leave that sleazy stuff to Gawker.

January 23, 2009

‘The right man won in 2008’

National Review‘s Jim Geraghty:

Mac is back — back to his moral preening about how bipartisan he is, back to his reflexive demonization of his own party, back to his refusal to recognize any legitimate concerns raised by those who disagree with him. If we’re going to have Democratic agenda enacted, better it be by a Democrat than a Republican obsessed with avoiding the “partisan” label in the White House.

January 23, 2009

Silver lining

“The American Civil Liberties Union, impacted by the unfolding economic crisis, laid off ten percent of its national workforce this week. Thirty-six staffers lost their jobs, including five in the Washington, D.C. legislative office, a source familiar with the firings told the Huffington Post. . . .
“Two foundations that had heavily backed the ACLU were wiped out by fraudulent hedge-fund manager Bernard Madoff. . . .
“Another major ACLU donor, Peter Lewis, has also been pounded by the economic crisis. Lewis’ centrality to the funding of progressive organizations is hard to overstate. The name of the ACLU’s Washington office is ‘The Peter B Lewis Center for Civil Liberties.'”

January 23, 2009

Video: Dr. Phil talks Obama

With Ann Coulter, Scott McClellan and Alan Colmes:

(Via MsUnderestimated.)

January 23, 2009

Post-racial America?

The Hudson Institute had a forum last week entitled “A Post Racial America?” and one of the speakers was Robert Woodson of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, who made an interesting point:

In Cincinnati, Ohio, you had a thug who was shot to death by a white police officer, and there was a boycott of the whole city by black middle-class people. And then there was police nullification; the white police said, well, since we’re going to get accused of racism, we’re not going to make any more arrests in that community. The murder rate went up 800 percent in that community. But it was not the sons and daughters of those pastors or those civil rights leaders who were killed, because they don’t live there. And this is what we have to be able to confront if we’re going to change the rules of the game and move toward a post-racial America. We should not allow people to come in and build their careers on mobilizing people to protest when the perpetrator of evil wears a white face. It redounds against the interests of poor people — and that’s what I hope Obama’s election will help us move beyond — race.

The grievance-mongering approach of self-serving “leaders” who swoop in, make headlines, then fly off to the next “incident” tends to destroy the basic foundation of society: good will.

January 23, 2009

Kathy Schaidle on ‘rebuilding’

Taking a few shots at David Frum’s New Majority, the blogger/columnist writes:

Alas, too many of these “rebuilding” enterprises share a misguided focus that’s also bound to be the seed of their own undoing: that is, an obsession with “winning elections.”
NewMajority’s slogan, for example, is “Building a conservatism that can win again.”
But what good is “winning” if the “conservatism” that “wins” is faddish, unprincipled and unmoored from traditional American, Anglo-Saxon exceptionalism?
[B]ack in the early sixties, it was grassroots activist and housewife Phyllis Schlafly’s self-published, million-selling anti-GOP Establishment book, A Choice Not An Echo, that led to Goldwater, who led to Reagan.
Not bad for a small-town mom running an accidental movement from her kitchen table, without email, the web — or any support from Party bigshots.
Unless the “new GOP” is run bottom up, by the grass/net roots, it is doomed to fail.

Shaidle (who blogs at Five Feet of Fury) somewhat inflates Schlafly’s role in the ’64 Goldwater movement — which was built by Young Americans for Freedom, Cliff White, William Middendorf, Bill Buckley and many others — although there is no doubt that “A Choice Not an Echo” was a major factor in galvanizing grassroots support. As to the larger point, Kathy’s correct that the GOP in recent years has tended toward a top-down method of operation that drained enthusiasm from the grassroots.

(Cross-posted at AmSpecBlog.)

January 23, 2009

Obama meets the press

Via Hot Air, a quick tour of the White House press center: