Politics: 15 October 2010

Sometimes “Whore” is Just a Metaphor

As I have talked about before, the Whitman campaign wants to make an issue out of a Brown aide saying that they should call her a whore for her deal with the police union. When Brown countered that Pete Wilson (Whitman’s campaign manager) called Congress whores for their protection of employee unions, Whitman said it was a “completely different thing,” Media Matters for America points out that Faux & Friends is making a big deal of the Brown aide’s comment, while ignoring the Wilson comment—even selectively editing debate coverage.

Tea Party Set to Win Enough Races for Wide Influence?

Without the question mark, that was the headline for a New York Times article today. The article does not support this headline. It says at best teabaggers could make up 8% of either house of Congress. A more likely number is 4%. And most of these teabaggers will simply be replacing more establishment Republicans. Given that teabaggers really aren’t much different from establishment Republicans, I don’t see the issue. Because of their highly dogmatic approach to politics, however, it is likely they will be highly ineffective. Wide influence? I don’t think so.

The Fed Finally Willing to do something

Ben Bernanke announced that it is time that the Fed stopped sitting on its hands and actually tried to do something about the bad economy. Where did he announce it? You gotta love this: Revisiting Monetary Policy in a Low-Inflation Environment Conference. I guess it beats, Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Hellbound, Flesh-Eating Subhumanoid Zombified Living Dead, Part 3—one of the greatest movies I’ve never seen. (Actually, I had wanted to use Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 but I couldn’t remember the title. I thought it was something like, “For somebody who will be blah, blah, blah.” Obviously, it was the “who will be” that finally succeeded. But it took a couple of hours! Thinking it started with “for” was a big part of the problem.)

What Bill Clinton Would Ask Carl Rove

I just found this. It is old, but it shows why Bill Clinton is so great.

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  1. I listened to the little conversation blip. It was after the Brown camp failed to get an endorsement by some police association. It was almost like lighthearted banter. The aid said in what I took as an amused and fascetious tone something like, "We could call her a whore." The other person in the conversation responded with light sarcasm by saying something like, "That’s what we’ll do," or "We’ll do that." I forget that exact words, but no one actually called Meg Whitman a whore. Saying you could call someone a whore is not the same as actually calling someone a whore.

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