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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

News McNuggets

  1. Harold Meyerson on why the coming Recession may be different (i.e., worse) due to the structural instability of the American economy and why classical Keynesian solutions may not work;
  2. Imagine the news if a former DEMOCRATIC Congressman had been indicted for laundering money for terrorists;
  3. McCain and Giuliani may be toast as they move into states with closed primaries (i.e., ones where Independents and Democrats cannot vote in a Republican primary);
  4. The Huck has taken to shameless flim-flam in order to pretty-up his earlier shameless pandering to the Religious Right. A real profile in courage, but he still drives the economic royalists crazy with all his nonsense about Jesus caring for the poor;
  5. Health insurance companies are heartless scum. Try to contain your astonishment. Thank God we don't have that "socialized medicine" where healthcare is "rationed," huh?
  6. Mr. Pot? I'd like you to meet Mr. Kettle, you fat, sanctimonious bastard



Blogger Eric said...

The tidbit about McCain and Giuliani is interesting. Mitt Romney is in fact in the lead in terms of delegates, though that will likely change today. I think McCain has a better shot than that blog gives him credit for, if for no other reason than his competition; ultimately, there is no "perfect" standard-bearer for conservatives this year, and I think McCain is the best positioned to be the default guy.

1/19/2008 10:36 AM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

"and I think McCain is the best positioned to be the default guy."

I'm not so sure. Just speaking anecdotally, every single Republican I have spoken to absolutely despises McCain, insisting, all evidence to the contrary, that he is a "liberal" and a "Democrat" (the two dirtiest words they can think of), apparently because of McCain-Feingold Bill, which they define as "free speech." I've really been astonished as the level of vitriol directed at McCain and by his own party.

1/19/2008 10:58 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

I don't get that same sense from my Republican friends, so I think it just depends on who you ask. It bodes well for him that he beat out Huckabee in South Carolina. I think the main point, again, is that there is no candidate that self-proclaimed conservatives are terribly thrilled about in this election, and so I think they'll tend to default to the most appealing of the "lesser evils." Romney, as you've pointed out, is a shameless fraud. Giuliani is too socially liberal, and Huckabee's attempts to recast himself as an economic conservative don't have seem to have caught on. Despite whatever discontent there may be among the GOP rank and file, I think it's McCain's nomination to lose.

1/20/2008 10:23 AM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

Well, as I said, my "evidence" is pretty much entirely anecdotal, however there seems to be no getting around the fact that McCain polls very badly among Republican primary voters who are actual Republicans as opposed to Independents. I think Super-Duper Tuesday will resolve this, now that McCain has barely eked out a victory over the much outspent Huckabee.

1/20/2008 12:37 PM  

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