I’ll be your mirror

It’s tough for me to take Time’s Person Of The Year very seriously for a number of reasons: you know who else won the award, you know who else else won it not once but twice (no, really), and one year it was just a reflective piece of paper accompanied by an article by the douchebag who stole my big college crush back in the day (also, really), just to cite a few.

But it would be pretty awesome if Sandra Fluke won it this year, if only to piss off conservatives. Apparently, if you follow the link you can vote for her. I know, I know, VOTER FRAUD, plus everyone agrees the Gangnam Style guy is the one who deserves it.

Big disgrace, waving your banner all over the place

I’m an angry partisan guy, who wants to see Democrats achieve ultimate victory and march Republicans into the Chesapeake Bay one-by-one, even though I also hate the Democratic party for being more Bayh than Che. I think the mainstream media’s coddling of the Republican party is what will ultimately destroy the GOP — it’s hard to see that you’re a permanent minority party of dying white guys when you’re getting fluffed by Dancing Dave et al. every day of the week and twice (or more) on Sunday. And that’s a good thing, at least for an ideological asshole like me.

But…the truth is that establishment media’s treatment of the debt talks is a disgrace, journalistically speaking:

It’s really amazing to see political reporters dutifully passing along Republican complaints that President Obama’s opening offer in the fiscal cliff talks is just a recycled version of his old plan, when those same reporters spent the last year dutifully passing along Republican complaints that Obama had no plan. It’s even more amazing to see them pass along Republican outrage that Obama isn’t cutting Medicare enough, in the same matter-of-fact tone they used during the campaign to pass along Republican outrage that Obama was cutting Medicare.

This isn’t just cognitive dissonance. It’s irresponsible reporting. Mainstream media outlets don’t want to look partisan, so they ignore the BS hidden in plain sight, the hypocrisy and dishonesty that defines the modern Republican Party. I’m old enough to remember when Republicans insisted that anyone who said they wanted to cut Medicare was a demagogue, because I’m more than three weeks old.

I’m sure Michael Grunwald, who wrote this, will be relegated to the hippie ghetto, far from the Broding crowd, because that’s how things work. But that’s what it means to be a reality-based journalist these days.

Open Thread: Could Be Worse, You Could Live in Georgia

So, earlier this week, I (along with half the progressive blogosphere) mocked Erick Erickson’s dark hints that ‘somebody’ ought to primary that RINO Saxby Chambliss. Yesterday Erickson wrote an open letter to the other members of his political gated community’s HOA complaining (this may shock you) that national Republican Party operations are controlled by a cabal of professionals who have enriched each other even at the expense of Conservative goals. (“If money is the root of all evil, for the Republican Party evil is located on the fifth floor of 66 Canal Center Plaza, Alexandria, VA 22314.” More like 666 Canal Center Plaza, amIright?!?)

However, while the RedState commentors were enthusiastic about the idea of a purge, or purges (anybody who thinks the Obots-v-firebaggers civil wars are overwrought has never read Redstate), reaction to Erickson’s make-me-an-offer primary fandancing was… less than encouraging. Today Politico (via Paul Constant) reports:

RedState co-founder Erick Erickson said Friday he won’t challenge Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss in a GOP primary.

“Were I to run for the Senate, it would be a terribly nasty campaign,” the well-known conservative blogger wrote on RedState. “It’d actually be really awesome, but it’d be really nasty. I have a seven year old, a soon to be four year old, and a wife who does not like being anywhere near a stage. I’m not putting my family through that when the best outcome would mean a sizable pay cut in pay and being away from my kids and wife all the time huddled in a pit vipers often surrounded by too many who viewed me as a useful instrument to their own advancement.”…

In its role as the racing form tipsheet for political bookies, Politico thoughtfully includes side-by-side headshots of Chambliss and Erickson, offering an unwritten assessment that the smug-faced fresh-faced young challenger would be eaten alive by the hard-eyed pro (and I’m not entirely sure that’s a metaphor). But then Politico goes on:

Erickson joins former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain in passing on a challenge to Chambliss. Karen Handel, the former vice president at the Komen Foundation who sparked a national controversy by moving to defund Planned Parenthood, has been mentioned as a potential challenger.

What are these Georgian GOPers trying to do — out-crazy South Carolina?

Nate Dogg, Motherf*ckers!

I got an urgent call from Cole that summayall are desperate for pet pictures. Accordingly, Nate Dogg is in the house, for your viewing enjoyment:

He burrowed under the cushion of his, searching desperately for jerky treats and other assorted whatnots.  He then decided he should just sleep there.

You’re welcome.

Oh, and Open Thread.


To Bean or Not to Bean

I made a big pot of chili, and as I always do, I loaded it up with kidney and other beans, because that is how I like my chili. The mere idea that I would put beans in chili is enough to send some of my friends into a fit of rage- “That’s not chili you loser, that’s a chili flavored goulash!” I guess I just don’t understand how some things inspire the kind of deep feelings that people get regarding certain issues. It’s like the thin crust v. deep dish pizza debate, or PC v. Apple, or dry rub vs. wet rub vs. Carolina BBQ.

I realize I am probably an outlier on this sort of thing, as I am basically bi on all the issues. I like beans in my chili, but I also have had great chili without beans. I’ve had great deepdish pizza in Chicago, and I love my local DiCarlo’s tray pizza, and I also love the classic NY thin crust. I will always have a PC desktop, but you will pry my Macbook Pro, Iphone, and Ipad from my cold dead hands. I like a good Texas brisket, I like Memphis BBQ, and I think Piedmont sauce on pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw is a delicacy. They are all good in their own way!

At any rate, consider this an open thread.

Dancing With Myself

Obama and company learned:

“How did it take them three weeks (and two days) to offer nothing but President Obama’s budget?” A GOP leadership aide asked me rhetorically.

We’re seeing two things here. One is that the negotiations aren’t going well. When one side begins leaking the other side’s proposals, that’s typically a bad sign. The other is that Republicans are frustrated at the new Obama they’re facing: The Obama who refuses to negotiate with himself.

That’s what you’re really seeing in this “proposal.” Previously, Obama’s pattern had been to offer plans that roughly tracked where he thought the compromise should end up. The White House’s belief was that by being solicitous in their policy proposals, they would win goodwill on the other side, and even if they didn’t, the media would side with them, realizing they’d sought compromise and been rebuffed. They don’t believe that anymore.

Meanwhile, McConnell thinks the old rules still apply:

So this afternoon, Mitch McConnell made the most specific “fiscal cliff” offer we’ve seen thus far from Republicans. Here it is:

    In an interview in his Capitol Hill office, Mr. McConnell said if the White House agrees to changes such as higher Medicare premiums for the wealthy, an increase in the Medicare eligibility age and a slowing of cost-of-living increases for programs like Social Security, Republicans would agree to include more tax revenue in the deal, though not from higher tax rates. […]

    Mr. McConnell offered his ideas as examples of the structural changes Republicans are looking for. “The nexus for us is: revenue equals genuine entitlement eligibility changes,” Mr. McConnell said.

McConnell’s offer is this: We’ll give you increased revenues via the closing of loopholes — and in exchange, you give us the entitlement reforms we want, plus the tax rates we want.

That’s not much of a compromise. Indeed, it’s not new. As Steve Benen noted recently, that essential arrangement is what Lindsey Graham offered last Sunday.

What is funny is that McConnell actually thinks what he wants matters. It doesn’t, because whatever Obama can negotiate with the House will pass the Senate, no matter what Mitch wants.

I can’t believe it when people are strange

A lot of you get angry when I say that most of the totebaggers I know like to rock out to the smooth sounds of David Brooks. But it’s true! Last weekend, I spoke with not one but two older totebaggers who insisted on telling me about some brilliant thing they’d heard Bobo say. One was wisdom he’d dropped on the Snooze Hour, the other was some recent column.

How do I reason with people like this? I told them the truth, that Bobo simply produces propaganda that is designed to appeal to people like them, but, frankly, it’s hard to tell someone this without insulting them.