Marginal Footnotes


The Potty Mouths of Political Advisers
September 28, 2006, 9:46 am
Filed under: Environmental, Media, Midterm Elections, Politics, Uncategorized

The Post has the obligatory story examining whether or not Jim Webb is, like his republican Senate opponent, somehow racist (we already know he’s a woman-hating “fiction writer”). Whether or not Webb at one time used an inappropriate racial slur is a far cry from cutting off the head of a deer and shoving it into the mailbox of the nearest black family. One is insensitive; the other is assault.

But take a look at the juvenile pissing contest between the representatives on each campaign:

From the Webb Camp:

“They are pathetic individuals. They are beneath it. They are slime,” she said. “Here we are trying to talk about the issues. They are completely and totally desperate.”

And representing George Allen, from the right:

“They wouldn’t know an issue if it hit them square in the face,” he said.

If the Allen campaign is slime, how could it be “beneath” its desperate flailing against the Webb campaign? And while the other side is basically calling your guy a slimeball, racist asshole, you’d think “political adviser” Chris LaCivita could do a little better than: “Yeah, well, the don’t know what an issue even is!” What the hell is that? It’s stupid and lame and pathetic and slimey.

Whoever wins, we all lose. But if Allen loses, we all lose a little less.

–mpd

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Al Gore’s Non-Presidential Campaign, Part 354
June 29, 2006, 6:21 pm
Filed under: Elections, Environmental, Gore Marginalia, Media, Politics, Uncategorized

So Al Gore went on the Daily Show. Crooks and Liars has the video.

–mpd

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‘More Beer for the Robots’
June 28, 2006, 3:51 pm
Filed under: Environmental, Films, Gore Marginalia, Politics, Uncategorized

A scary message from Al Gore:

–mpd

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Peretz: Gore Should Run
June 22, 2006, 7:45 pm
Filed under: Environmental, Gore Marginalia, Media, Politics, Uncategorized

It is raining in Ireland and America just obliterated its World Cup chances by losing to the (very good) team from Ghana.  We underplayed and we got screwed by the screwy ref, but so it goes, and goes and goes.  This is unfortunate, and so is the pace of my dissertation, but at least I have the hope that Al Gore will run for president in 2008, win and thereby save us from planetary extinction.  

In the latest installment of the draft Gore movement, Marty Peretz has a good piece up at TNR explaining why Gore is the Democrat's last, best hope. I agree with everything he says, which is rare.

'Let me tell you a few words about the question as to whether Al Gore has changed. Actually, to me he is essentially the same young man I met in a Harvard freshman seminar 41 years ago: inquisitive, respectful of learning and scholarship, emotionally connected, committed to his friends and family, incandescently smart, believing in an order of the universe he still genuinely refers to as God. These are not easily carried into the universe of politics, where cynicism leaves little space for authenticity. But he fought against the demons of triangulation that subvert moral clarity. Al also came out whole, very whole. Yes, he was singed by the president's troubles that the oh, so facile president made for himself. Gore took the advice of some of the usual Democratic four-flusher professionals in his campaign in the year 2000. Right now, I make this assertion with complete confidence: that Gore would not, will not defer his own instincts or convictions to anyone else. Yes, he can be persuaded. But he cannot be pushed'.

I hate to be sentimental, and this is certainly that, but you can't tell me it's dishonest or uncompelling.

–mpd

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Insert ‘Alarmist and Amageddonist Factoid Here’
June 3, 2006, 1:49 pm
Filed under: Environmental, Media, Politics, Uncategorized

It's a tad hard to be taken seriously when things like this happen. On the other hand, this does do something to counter the image of environmentalists being a bunch of self-righteous, humorless hacks. So that's good.  

–mpd

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In Defense of Poindexter
June 2, 2006, 5:53 pm
Filed under: Elections, Environmental, Gore Marginalia, Media, Politics, Uncategorized

From The Rude Pundit:

'Gore was often spanked in the press for sounding smart and right about everything. But if you have a problem with someone calling out motherfuckers for fucking their mothers, then perhaps you need to take another look at who's in your bed. You look at Gore now and you can't help but think that perhaps we've moved past the Forrest Gump-ish wisdom of the stupid phase and want the cold comfort of a poindexter telling us what's real. It's been said, and it's true, that Gore is liberated now. He was marginalized and now he's moving back to the center of the national discourse'.

Go read the rest.

–mpd

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Frank Rich Calls for Gore Run
May 29, 2006, 2:00 pm
Filed under: Elections, Environmental, Gore Marginalia, Media, Politics, Uncategorized

But stops short of endorsing him.  I typically think Rich is hysterical and in the main makes liberals look a tad unstable, but since I'm not a TimesSelect subscriber, I can't read the article.  But Editor and Publisher is saying that he's calling for a Gore candidacy to challenge Hillary Clinton, who he considers weak because of her position on the war.  Rich seems to be prodding Gore to take up a campaign if for no other reason than to use the national stage to draw attention to some of the issues he cares about.

Gore says he's happy now with the campaign he's running, but what's he going to be saying when the hype from the movie dies down, the interview requests stop rolling in, and the major media profiles cease? 

–mpd

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