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Judith Butler on Obama

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Judith Butler urges caution in the face of Obama exuberance. Via Larval Subjects. An excerpt:

Very few of us are immune to the exhilaration of this time. My friends on the left write to me that they feel something akin to “redemption” or that “the country has been returned to us” or that “we finally have one of us in the White House.” Of course, like them, I discover myself feeling overwhelmed with disbelief and excitement throughout the day, since the thought of having the regime of George W. Bush over and gone is an enormous relief. And the thought of Obama, a thoughtful and progressive black candidate, shifts the historical ground, and we feel that cataclysm as it produces a new terrain. But let us try to think carefully about the shifted terrain, although we cannot fully know its contours at this time. The election of Barack Obama is historically significant in ways that are yet to be gauged, but it is not, and cannot be, a redemption, and if we subscribe to the heightened modes of identification that he proposes (“we are all united”) or that we propose (“he is one of us”), we risk believing that this political moment can overcome the antagonisms that are constitutive of political life, especially political life in these times. There have always been good reasons not to embrace “national unity” as an ideal, and to nurse suspicions toward absolute and seamless identification with any political leader. After all, fascism relied in part on that seamless identification with the leader, and Republicans engage this same effort to organize political affect when, for instance, Elizabeth Dole looks out on her audience and says, “I love each and every one of you.”

My good friend Ryan—always one to stop and think—has been sounding the alarm on this point as well.

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November 9, 2008 at 10:48 pm

Atheism Wars in North Carolina

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Amanda Marcotte differs with PZ Meyers over whether or not Kay Hagan has Thrown Atheists Under the Bus™ in her response to the now-infamous “There is no god!” ad from Liddy Dole. While my initial reaction certainly had some affinity with Meyers’, my pragmatist-to-a-fault half agrees with Marcotte:

At the risk of having my cranky credentials revoked, I’ll admit that my reaction to Hagan’s “Ah hell no!” retort to Dole’s ads was sheer delight. Dole handed Hagan a loaded gun, and if Hagan didn’t fire it by out-Christianing her, she’d be a fool, and who wants a fool on your side? They live in North Carolina. The idea that a politician should take a public stand for atheists there is more outrageous than asking as politician to take a public stand for Satanists. Given the choice between token support in public and losing a genuine ally in Congress and having an ally who has to play by rules she didn’t write, I’ll take the latter.

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November 4, 2008 at 12:22 am

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I’m a Godless Atheist, and I Vote

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I’m a Godless Atheist, and I vote: Elizabeth Dole desperately wants me to vote for Kay Hagan. (Done.)

Sen. Elizabeth Dole’s latest advertisement suggests her Democratic opponent, Kay Hagan, is a godless heathen.

“A leader of the Godless Americans PAC recently held a secret fundraiser for Kay Hagan,” the 30-second spot says, showing footage of the group’s members talking about their atheist beliefs on cable news.

“Godless Americans and Kay Hagan. She hid from cameras. Took godless money,” the ad concludes. “What did Kay Hagan promise in return?”

At the very end of the ad, a voice sounding like Hagan’s says: “There is no God.”

Don’t get too excited, fellow heathens: as Washington Monthly reports, Hagan called a press conference with her family and pastor to denounce the ad—for lying. Like calling your opponent a Muslim, calling your opponent an atheist is prima facie an insult. God forbid it actually be true!

Landslide Watch

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The Electoral College map is starting to look a lot like my obscene fantasy blowout, with OpenLeft’s most recent presidential forecast looking exactly like it. Obama—perhaps capitalizing on my hoped-for Ron Paul effect—has now taken a four-point lead in Montana, and CNN/Time polls from other swing states continue to look bad from Johnny Mc.

As reported and then strenuously denied earlier in the week, he’s now shifting advertising to Bush states, signaling he’s trying to play defense and possibly just avoid a blowout. Colorado in particular seems to have been abandoned. Pennsylvania remains McCain’s Last Stand, and I remain unconvinced he really has any sort of shot there.

More importantly the circular firing squad in the GOP has begun in earnest, most notably symbolized an NRSC Liddy Dole ad put out today that takes as its premise a McCain loss. Republicans are scrambling to be heirs to the throne: witness JoinRudy2012 and Marc Ambinder’s argument that Sarah Palin is positioning herself to be next in line in 2012.

All I can say to that is “Yes, please.”

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October 23, 2008 at 8:30 pm

Local Politics Minute

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October 17, 2008 at 9:34 pm

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‘Blood in the Water in North Carolina’

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‘Blood in the water in North Carolina’: Republican Sen. Liddy Dole may be a goner, and John McCain is in trouble in a state the GOP hasn’t lost since 1976. What happened? Salon reports.

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October 13, 2008 at 2:28 pm

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Dole ‘Virtually Certain to Lose’

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Liddy Dole is ‘virtually certain to lose,’ admit GOP insiders.

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October 5, 2008 at 4:01 am

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Senate Voting on Bailout

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The Senate is now voting on their version of the bailout bill.

UPDATE: Looks to pass, 74-25. Like most facing tough races, NC’s Dole votes against it.

UPDATE 2: The Politico details some of the almost $100B in “sweeteners” in the Senate version of the bill.

To calm voters fearful of bank failures, the $100,000 cap on federal insurance for deposits would also be raised to $250,000—a concession backed by both parties but also aimed at community banks who can be helpful in building small town support for the larger bill.

With each permutation, the bill has steadily grown in size. Treasury’s initial plan was about three pages long. The House version, which failed, stretched to 110. The Senate substitute now runs over 450 pages. And tucked away in the tax provisions is a landmark health care provision demanding that insurance companies provide coverage for mental health treatment—such as hospitalization—on parity with physical illnesses.

…The biggest single piece in the package is an extension of protections for millions of middle class families who would otherwise find themselves exposed to the higher levy under the alternative minimum tax. This alone accounts for about three quarters of the cost or $78.8 billion in 2009. Almost $14 billion more can be attributed to a variety of tax break extensions important to business, including the R&E credit worth about $8.4 billion in 2009.

The rural school aid is smaller —about $3.3 billion over the next five years— but has great importance for many Western communities and could be important then in the House.

The languishing solar energy provision I was unhappy about earlier was tucked in as well.

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October 2, 2008 at 1:27 am

NC-SenWatch

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NC-SenWatch: Both Rasmussen (51-45) and PPP (46-41) show Kay Hagan opening up largish leads over Liddy Dole.

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September 22, 2008 at 2:43 pm

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North Carolina Polls

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No one knows how to poll North Carolina. SurveyUSA on Tuesday had McCain suddenly up 20 points after his convention, 58%-38%—but PPP’s poll yesterday had Kay Hagan up 1 over Liddy Dole and Obama only down 4. Why the huge discrepancy? Well, for one, the PPP poll includes Bob Barr, but it also has voter identification numbers I just can’t believe: 49% Democrat, 36% Republican, 15% independent. The SurveyUSA poll, in contrast, used a likely voter screen that resulted in a 40% Democrat, 41% Republican party ID split—which I’m a bit skeptical of as well.

For what it’s worth, PPP did better in the primary, though neither did especially well.

Bush took the state in 2004 by twelve points, so taken together these polls tell us we’re either doing much worse or much better, or about the same, as we did then…

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September 10, 2008 at 2:31 pm

Local Politics Minute

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Local politics minute: Kay Hagan trails Liddy Dole by only four points.

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June 4, 2008 at 11:55 pm

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Monday Afternoon Links

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Monday afternoon links.

* PopMatters says happy birthday to Godzilla.

* Literary studies is in crisis!! Still!!! But lucky for us there is a solution:

Literary studies should become more like the sciences. Literature professors should apply science’s research methods, its theories, its statistical tools, and its insistence on hypothesis and proof. Instead of philosophical despair about the possibility of knowledge, they should embrace science’s spirit of intellectual optimism. If they do, literary studies can be transformed into a discipline in which real understanding of literature and the human experience builds up along with all of the words.

* More good news from North Carolina: Liddy Dole is polling neck and neck with her challenger for November, Kay Hagan, and it’s only May.

* And Obama’s taken the lead in superdelegates, with signs indicating that Clinton may actually soon drop out…

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May 12, 2008 at 6:13 pm