December 8, 2010
by Dr Leo Strauss •
Obama Administration •
Tags: Neo-liberals, Obama • 33 Comments
n.b. As usual, iGadgeteer, you can’t see this. Complain to the black turtle neck guy.
@Dr Leo Strauss
Interesting arbitarge situation , Leo – The case against Henry K has technically gained in strength since 2003 – ie it has more real value – or earnings, if you will.
But war criminals are a dime a dozen these days if you apply the criteria Hitch originally uses against K. So the market has been filled with junk product.
As more a more people see K as a criminal – it becomes less chic to call him one.
Hitch LEAPs may make a good Put down the road – but the premium is still to high.
@Dr Leo Strauss
LOL – Maybe Dr. K can join Jonah Goldberg is his struggle for manliness against Julian Assange:
The popular history futures market already pre-baked all those comments into its Kissinger Securitized Reputational Products. Market analysts suggest the War Criminal Hedge Fund will not likely recover its pre-2003 historic level due to over saturation of alternative offerings with more aggressive holdings.
Kissinger can probably survive this latest batch of Nixon tapes even though he makes disgraceful comments – But not sure if his rep can withstand Marty Peretz vouching for him in the pages of even the TNR.
We just said the same thing a few days ago – But this sums up Romney. Frum being all grown up and all takes it as a given that Romney has to be insincere for the rabble, but then can change on a dime when he gets in the WH – That’s the calculation. Mitt’s biggest problem will be the primaries where all his words will be seen as petty calculation to appeal to this group or that – All pols are the same, but w/ Romney it’s just so over the top and inelegant the way he panders.
Number 8 and 9 are very Stengel-esque Time-in-decline classics:
@Comment Surprising, in an intellectual, I think.
WFB = Ultramontane
I didn’t know Buckley was a Catholic.
Tweety approves of Sen. Bennet of Colorado. He once hailed him as normal regular guy.
“Cliff , I would like to thank you for letting a registered Democrat from the left leaning Brookings institute” Ken Pollack
Comedy at FDD – Ken Timmerman says we don’t fear Brit nukes – (pause) we don’t fear even French nuclear weapons (laughter). French jokes are pretty tired these days.
FDD on TV – Jeff Goldberg says our navy and air force are actually under utilized from what CENTCOM tells him and Rueil Geracht says Iran is allied with al Qaeda.
Lord Black would prob chose a different example – but we recall a while back when he noted how our justice system has become quite random. IOW, Yes, we have 47 million convicts – but it’s mostly coincidence and convenience that another 50 million escape the clutches of the law. This is a small example of how power influences discretion:
A few years ago Barnes and some of the other magcons seemed to be lamenting a lack of terror awareness in w. europe:
Flashback – Ross still PO’d – The media elite cheered for Gore’s point win here, but then their inner resentment steamed inside them and held all cheap trix Gore used against Rosshe tried to use them against Bush Jr. Tweety esp. – Plus. this clip led to Perot endorsing Bush Jr and that may have given Jr. a point or two.
Krugman notices the snide, smarmy, and unctuous Dana Milbank. Or is Milbank snarky, unctuous, and snide? Or maybe unctuous, snide, and smarmy? No, we think snide, smarmy, and unctuous. He just sucks.
The snide, smarmy, and unctuous Milbank . . .
Because Congress cut a deal with Billy Tauzin before starting – oh wait. That was Obama. Because Obama couldn’t articulate priorities for 8 months, all Congress’ fault. It was only 1/7 of the economy. He had a Nobel Prize to accept. And work out that gangbuster settlement policy to impose on Bibi – oh wait. Need one go on?
Tbilisi the other day recalled our reference to ‘Timebomb.’ We went and re-read it.
While this cable will most likely bring focus to the Brit Marines capture by Iran (and demands for a reality show later on) – It does show some of the contradictions in the culture war here at home:
The snide, smarmy, and unctuous Milbank congratulates Obama for standing up to powerful monsters like Defazio — He begins with unclever and barely encrypted dig at Michelle Obama.
Amazing how many insults Dana sneaks into a column supposedly in praise:
Goldsmith goes wobbly -btw, if you ever make a movie with a neoconish character, you have to have that person say “wobbly” – Not only is their favorite word – they react when it is used in a context they disapprove of.
Then again – Goldsmith is also squish.
Anyway – instead of “framing” it is better for politicians to “storyboard” ideas. Arguably the same thing – but we think out metaphor works better. But low unemployment matters far more than any of this stuff,
Lakoff is a metaphor for what ails liberal academic types – Some of his his advice is hilariously bad and he has diarrhea of the pen. Scan down and noted he recommends Dems call illegals “blessed immigrants” That would not even survive one news cycle. But some of his other suggestions are also hilariously unwise.
But he begins with some reasonable points ie framing issues matters etc etc. It is only when he spells out his implementation that he becomes a charaatured lib elite pontificators that he is supposed to be teaching how not to become.
re Gergen and Bai — Yglesias notices some technical errors w/ Taibbi. It was still a funny point. Who cares if Bai actually worked for Rollingstone, he (they) all operate predictably. Kuttner is proved right on this cover, but he was too ahead of his time – There must be a mental health toll to being right early:
Netflix now on the S&P 500 – NY Times is kicked off.
@Comment re Gergen and Bai
Funny but ultimately sad stuff. Also why it was always perhaps a fool’s hope believing ‘liberals’ and Democrats could ever serve as a long term, functioning political bulwark against Rightist impulses.
Americans they say don’t do Kulturpessimismus. That’s probably true. That’s why the morphine will be the likes of Glee, Dancing With The Stars, etc. If we’re lucky we won’t even feel it when the time comes. But don’t count on it.
Gergen thinks Taibbi is Bai – pretty funny:
“F*ck the president”. *Now* they get balls . . .?
The American Prospect and Kuttner are shocked the Boy King is an inept politician and president.
A christmas stocking stuffer…. Can Amazon make a profit with shipping costs???
” He [Luke Russert] is relaxed, earnest and witty during the rare interview, granted only after months of requests (the NBC publicity team is very protective of him and discouraged me from following him while he works).”
Howie Kurtz snags an interview with a young Russert on the move
Here’s a WFB classic – do you notice the recessional note underneath it all? We have been practicing saying “encephalophonically” even though it’s not in the dictionary.
“My father really saw me as a focus group in a way, as someone who was removed from the Washington spin game …”
I don’t know anyone who wasn’t caught off guard by Hamas’ strong showing . . . — Condi Rice (Ignoring INR internal predictions of Hamas victory)
I don’t know anyone who wasn’t caught off guard by Hamas’ strong showing . . .
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