I refuse to get excited about "the GOP electoral power grab in California" unless someone can tell me why, even if it gets on the ballot, it has a greater than 0% chance of passage. Sure it would be a big deal if California's electoral votes were awarded by Congressional district instead of winner-take-all. It would be 20 found votes for the GOPs. But far more worthy, defensible initiatives routinely go down to inevitable defeat in this overwhelmingly Democratic state as soon as Dems put up ads argue they're a partisan GOP ploy. ... P.S.: The whole current controversy smells like a "juice bill" designed to keep politicos employed in the year before an election. GOP consultants will raise money to try to put the doomed initiative on the ballot and create Tv ads on its behalf. Democratic consultants will raise money to stop the evil GOP power grab. Bloggers will get something to blog bravely about. Everybody's a winner. Except it's a non-event. ... P.P.S.: But worth it, maybe to see Sen. Boxer argue that apportioning electoral votes by Congressional district won't make candidates campaign in California because the state's Congressional districts have been so gerrymandered by Democrats that only two of them would be competitive anyway! ...
Update: Steve Smith has context and perspective. ... 5:31 P.M.
Karl "I-don't-want-my-17-year-old-son-to-have-to-pick-tomatoes-or-make-beds-in-Las-Vegas" Rove has a problem with "elite, effete snobs." ... [Thanks to reader P.S.] 2:18 A.M.
Senator Stevens gets a wee bit testy with his home state paper's editorial board Sample:
Q. I wanted to touch just briefly on your own situation and legal controversies.
A. You're not going to touch it at all or I'm going to leave. We had the understanding it was not going to come up.
Q. I understood the investigation wouldn't come up.
A. It's not going to come up at all.
Q. OK. What about your ability to be effective in Congress?
A. What about it? You're destroying it. ...
There's more. ("They taunt me ...") .... 2:04 A.M.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
TODAY IN SLATE
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The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.
I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.
Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.
Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore
And schools are getting worried.
Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War
Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough
So they added a little self-immolation.
- Protesters Take to the Streets to Sound Alarm on Climate Change in New York, Across the World
- Knife-Carrying White House Jumper is Vet who Feared “Atmosphere Was Collapsing”
- North Korea: American Sentenced to Hard Labor Wanted to Become “Second Snowden”
- Almost One in Four Americans Support Idea of Splitting From the Union
Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem
Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology.