Haiti Donations: If, like me, you still don't trust the Red Cross ( sorry, boss! ) former Mystery Pollster Mark Blumenthal and others recommend Partners in Health . You can donate here . [ via Atlantic Politics Channel ] 8:20 P.M.
Amy Wilentz-- a good twitterer to follow re: Haiti ... 2:10 A.M..
Today's worry: That Obama will get unions to swallow the "Cadillac tax" on costly health care plans in part by somehow promising to pass a version of labor's "card check" bill before the big Dem majorities vanish in November. ... The mechanics of such a deal seem complicated: Unless the unions are bigger suckers than I think they are, the White House would presumably have to get all the swing Senate votes on "card check" (e.g., Blanche Lincoln) to promise not to filibuster , even though that meant going on record for another controversial leftish agenda item and angering their business constitutents. Extracting such a promise would almost certainly require specifying what sort of "card check" bill we're talking about (e.g. Retain secret ballot for organizing elections but with a shorter election timetable? What about mandatory arbitration?). And that would in turn add a whole new galaxy of issues to the already touchy health care negotiations. Still, I hope the business opponents of "card check" are alert to the threat. Murphy ? . ... 2:19 A.M.
Twitter has dramatically lowered the barriers that once prevented respected figures from publishing what Malcolm Gladwell calls " Disqualifying Statements ". Here are three tweets that do the job for me:
The amazing thing abt "The Hangover"? You can watch it again, know ev. thing that's coming, know how it ends, and still laugh 2x as hard. David Carr
Don't try "Tangled Up in Blue" as your first Rock Band effort. Dylan should have never gone electric. Greg Mitchell
Some idiot set firecrackers off on a jet and were spsd to be afraid of that? Al-Q is a joke Spencer Ackerman
Maybe the second one is ironic in a way I'm not getting. ... P.S.: More nominations accepted. ( Mickey_Kaus@msn.com ). Remember, everybody has at least one Disqualifying Statement in them. ... 2:10 A.M.