Gerry Canavan

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Saturday Night

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* Paul Rosenberg has your omnibus case against Elena Kagan. I have to say that at this point this feels a bit like pissing into the wind.

* Secret history: DeLillo as SF writer.

* Photographer Chris Jordan, whose fantastic “Running the Numbers” series on American consumerism you may have seen before, talks to the New York Review of Books about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the sad photos he recently took at Midway Island of dead birds, their stomachs laden with plastic debris.

* When the Soviets almost nuked China. Via LGM, who thinks this story is probably greatly exaggerated.

* io9 reports on the original script for Empire Strikes Back.

* And Shia LaBeouf admits he ruined Indiana Jones forever. Apology not accepted.

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  1. The “Obama presidency as unmitigated disaster” meme has been really catching on with me lately, even if it’ll make Al Giordano think I’m a wimp. I’m not sure what we can do about it, though. I’m a PA voter and will be doing my part on Tuesday to retire Specter (therefore giving us the best shot to avoid having a Club for Growth-er as the senator of a solidly blue state), but there’s not much of a way to put any pressure on Obama. I can’t really threaten to jump ship on him in 2012, since the Reps have retreated into racist fantasyland, and even if they nominate an unnervingly sane and competent person (Jesus, I don’t know, Mitch Daniels?), there will undoubtedly be aspects of his candidacy I’ll find to be nonnegotiable dealbreakers (Mexico City policy, for one).

    Dan

    May 15, 2010 at 10:40 pm

  2. @ Dan, on PA, I’m sure you already know about this, but: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=102×4383029

    Alex

    May 16, 2010 at 10:39 am

  3. Yeah, I really don’t mind that. Obama promised to support him so that’s what he’s going through the motions of doing. Specter’s been more progressive this year than Nelson, Lincoln, and such (which is why primary challenges are good!) but I see no reason to re-elect the guy on that basis in a liberal state. Regardless, Specter’s numbers are pitiful in the general against Toomey, so Sestak (essentially, *generic D*) is a much better strategic vote anyway.

    It’s pretty much Obama’s job to support incumbents in these primaries, because he’s in the process of working with them. He can painlessly transition to supporting Sestak after Specter loses. I really doubt PA midterm-year closed-primary-voting Democrats have a sudden great love for Specter in his last 13 months when they know him from his 30-year career. I will be very surprised if he wins.

    Dan

    May 16, 2010 at 1:52 pm


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