Gerry Canavan

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Saturday Afternoon!

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* I was going to offer this post from Matt Yglesias on Weber’s “Politics as Vocation” as a potential intervention in the argument Vu and I have been having over the last few comment threads. But upon reflection I don’t think “compromise vs. compromised” is quite what we disagree about after all; it’s really a much smaller dispute about the efficacy of adopting an aggressive negotiating posture when you’re playing Chicken with sociopathically indifferent ideologues. The bad actors will always win such a fight, because we care about outcomes and they don’t. What we we need to do, therefore, is direct our attention away from mere political affect toward structural reform, wherever possible, of the various political institutions that give these bad actors final say.

* The Wonk Room compares the original health care bill to the (presumably final) manager’s amendment, with more on the new CBO score from Steve, Ezra, and TPM. I have to say this post from mcjoan on making sure doctors don’t take away our precious guns made me smile, as did the follow-up on mandates from the comments. So did Benen’s Botax/Boeh-tax bit.

* Stupak launches another desperate bid to be thrown out of the Democratic caucus.

* More ‘Flopenhagen’ analysis from Mother Jones, MNN, Wonk Room, Kevin Drum, and immanance. One’s level of happiness/sadness and optimism/pessimism on Copenhagen continues to strongly correlate with the extent to which one thought a genuinely successful agreement was ever possible at Copenhagen in the first place.

* ‘In the Shadow of Goldman Sachs’: Trickle-down economics on Wall Street. Via PClem.

* Jack Bauer interrogates Santa Claus. Via Julia.

* Captain Picard to become Sir Captain Picard.

* And very sad news: Influential film theorist Robin Wood has died.

Closing Some Tabs

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I want to close some tabs before I got to sleep.

* Each day Humble Oil supplies enough energy to melt 7 million tons of glaciers.

* The Senate’s health care bill is out, and you can read all about it at the usual places. I must admit I’m glad to see from Matt that reconciliation is still an option, if necessary; I think it might be, if Joe won’t budge.

* Fox got caught doing the same unmarked-file-footage trick Jon Stewart busted Hannity for just last week.

* Whoops: Texas gay marriage ban may have outlawed all marriages in Texas.

* Whoops: A study from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services concludes the Stupak Amendment will eventually ban all insurance coverage for abortion.

* The U.S. highway system as a subway map. Via Yglesias.

* Academic buzzwords at PhD Comics. Funny, but hasn’t he done this exact gag before?

* Ireland, alas. I will be rooting so hard against France this year.