Open Thread

America’s Media elites just spent the day giggling about a Senator having a sip of water while talking to an audience.

Discuss why it would be a waste of a meteor to blow up this planet.

Wednesday Evening Open Thread: Sooo Last Century

Dave Weigel at Slate reports on the Media Village Idiots’ SotU crush:

When President Obama entered the chamber, Nugent stood up, and reporters finally saw him. He spent the entire speech, 13 typed pages, in various stages of physical agony. At the emotional apex of the night, when the president counted off victims who “deserve a vote,” Nugent sat with his arms crossed.

“My favorite part was when I couldn’t hear clearly,” said Nugent to reporters after the speech. “Then I didn’t get angry.”

A cynic might have looked at Nugent then, attracting swarms of reporters below statues of Bob LaFollette and Huey Long, and asked why the media went so astray. It’s a good question. But Obama’s speech—especially the rousing section on guns—was an appeal for skeptical members of Congress to abandon their positions and come around to his. If Nugent joined the Republican caucus, he wouldn’t even be its most conservative member. Someone more conservative could—nay, will—throw up hurdles against a gun bill, or an immigration bill, or a voting reform bill….

As Nugent talked to reporters, his sponsor, Rep. Steve Stockman, was standing more or less alone.[…] Nugent just kept moving from camera to camera, from the set-up satellite feeds in Statuary Hall to the hand-helds of independent reporters. Like the median House Republican, he had his constituency, and he knew it was bigger than the liberals’. “If you walk the halls with me,” he told a National Review writer, “every military guy, every cop, has an Uncle Ted story. See the smile on my face? These are my buddies here. I’m surrounded by working hard, playing hard Americans.”

Nugent was shepherded over to a standing MSNBC camera. Two police officers looked on, confused by the mobile media herd.

“Who’s that?” asked one cop.

“It’s Ted Nugent,” said the other cop. “He’s a rock star, he talks about guns.”

“Really? Never heard of him.”

ETA: Commentor Southern Beale shares the news that the stylish blond gent seated next to the Nuge was Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini.
What’s on the agenda for the eve of Valentines — or, as us long-term couples call it, Amateur Day?

One Kid Had It Worse Than That (Open Thread)

Sorry about the ad, but you can skip it in five seconds. RE: this song — I can’t quite explain it; I’ve always just liiiiiiked it…

King missile

Great moments in headline writing at the nation’s greatest scientific journal. It brings to mind this quality bit of work from across the pond.

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Late Night Open Thread: Repubs, Not Ready for Prime Time


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According to Politico:

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Tuesday night knocked Sen. Marco Rubio’s GOP response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union as “primitive.”

“I thought it was Tinkertoys,” Matthews said after Rubio delivered his address. “I thought it was primitive, something you would hear on a high school debating team.”…

“First of all, he went after government as some kind evil, then he admitted he had gone to school on student loans,” Matthews said. “Well, […] I mean, I’m very pro-government. And he admit he was, too. He said, I love Medicare because of how it takes care of my mother, how it took care of my father with dignity. He said, I went the student loan route, I got my education.”…

“It was almost like a YAF-er convention speech, Young Americans for Freedom speech, from the 1950s,” Matthews said. “There was no originality to it. It was basic. Again, it was Tinkertoys. It was a kid’s presentation of a philosophy reduced to maybe the 9th grade level. I’m sorry, that’s what it was.”

Politico also has video & a transcript of Rand Paul’s Tea Party rebuttal-to-the-rebuttal. It runs across four pages. Here are the first three paragraphs:

I speak to you tonight from Washington, D.C. The state of our economy is tenuous but our people remain the greatest example of freedom and prosperity the world has ever known.

People say America is exceptional. I agree, but it’s not the complexion of our skin or the twists in our DNA that make us unique. America is exceptional because we were founded upon the notion that everyone should be free to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.

For the first time in history, men and women were guaranteed a chance to succeed based NOT on who your parents were but on your own initiative and desire to work

Says the man who owes his entire career to his old man. It doesn’t get any better; don’t bother clicking over unless you need a checklist of every “bipartisan” cliche that ever brought Dancin’ Dave Gregory to estactic release. “America has much greatness left in her,” and if only enough voters were dumb enough to believe him, Rand Paul believes he could yet steal it all.

Perhaps the Republicans would have been better off to stick with the simplicity of Erick Erickson’s post-speech tweet, as relayed by Slate:

OK people, Mardi Gras is over! Stop sinning!