Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (and Several More)

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* Between the tax compromise and the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal, I think Obama did a tremendous amount to help his chances for reelection this week. Rachel Maddow rightly calls the DADT repeal the president’s victory:

Politically, the thing to not lose touch with here is that this is the President’s victory. This is something about which the President took a lot of criticism, a lot of abuse, a lot of skepticism from his otherwise most loyal supporters. He continually insisted that this was possible that it would get done.

Guilty as charged. I confess I also love the sweet sound of right-wing screams, especially when their own caucus collapsed in the face of this “generational change.” Even Richard Burr voted the right way!

* It looks like Harvard and Yale will return ROTC to their campuses in light of the repeal. Frankly I’d prefer to see the trend going the other way—we need tighter restrictions on military recruiting, not loosening of the few restrictions that already exist—but I suppose this was unavoidable.

* Seen on Facebook: Obama wants to let gays vote. That’s why I’m voting Tea Party.

* Watch out Texas: bad news coming.

* Aside from the matter of actual violence, drugs, and squalor, there was the fact that in the 1970s New York City was not a part of the United States at all. It was an offshore interzone with no shopping malls, few major chains, very few born-again Christians who had not been sent there on a mission, no golf courses, no subdivisions…

* The message to Nicky Wishart and his generation is very clear: don’t get any fancy ideas about being an engaged citizen. Go back to your X-Box and X-Factor, and leave politics to the millionaires in charge. Via MeFi.

* And still more trouble for Britain: There are a growing number of grassroots organisations campaigning about the over-professionalisation of childhood football. Give Us Back Our Game launched four years ago. “The game has been taken away from children by over-competitive coaches and parents,” says founder Paul Cooper. It has several offshoots, including Football Football, an initiative to revive inner-city football. Then there’s the Children’s Football Alliance, which champions “mixed ability” football, and the Don’t X The Line campaign against over-the-top parental behaviour at children’s football matches. Also via MeFi.

* Consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs is evolutionarily novel, so the Savanna-IQ Interaction Hypothesis would predict that more intelligent individuals are more likely to consume these substances.

* And Fringe announces its move to the Friday night death slot with style.

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  1. I think it really helps to have a couple of Republican Senators who have liberal constituencies they need to take seriously. Mark Kirk and Scott Brown have to be flexible and can’t just do McConnell’s bidding on every issue. Once they’ve moved that opens the gates for others. (Speaking as a Pennsylvanian I know that Toomey is in the Santorum scorched-earth “I’d rather lose my seat than risk my 100% rating” mold, unfortunately.) But yeah, it appears to be a definite advantage that we’re not trying to negotiate with nothing but people from R+37 seats. I would say it makes me more optimistic for the next Congress, that having to share power might encourage responsibility… but I highly doubt that the Boehner House will react that way. Add in procedural reform on Jan. 5 and suddenly it’s the House that’s history’s greatest monsters. I doubt the prospects for adding many seats in the Senate in 2012 is very good, even if Obama is an unbeatable buzzsaw it’s just too many blue seats to defend. But the House could definitely swing right back. Add redistricting from the Census (GOP control of governorships+state legislatures, balanced against the increased #s of people in blue areas), who knows what the hell will happen there.


    December 20, 2010 at 2:26 am

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