Christmas Jammies

DSC_0011 Many, many chores this morning. Car repair, dermatologist, yadda yadda.

I need a good political post this afternoon. Suggestions?

7 thoughts on “Christmas Jammies

  1. I’m always bemused by the variable swearing in dates of new Senators and such. Plus, the use of the term “Zombie Congress” in some right-wing blog posts terribly amuses me. Have zombies jumped the shark?

  2. “Have zombies jumped the shark?”
    yes.
    I want to talk about tax cuts and spending bills and games of chicken and whether it’s really true that Democrats “cave” more than Republicans. I think Reps believe they do, and I think they definitely did (in the times when Dems were Dems + the southerners). I also think that the philosophical belief in compromise, tolerance, big tents, everyone has something to contribute (the wishy washy values that liberals are accused of having, for example, in the classroom) is a couple of grey lines away from “caving.”
    (So, that’s my stream of consciousness on politics this early morning. Not sure if there’s a nugget for a post idea in there, but I look forward to whatever you come up with).

  3. “I also think that the philosophical belief in compromise, tolerance, big tents, everyone has something to contribute (the wishy washy values that liberals are accused of having, for example, in the classroom) is a couple of grey lines away from “caving.””
    There tends to be a bit of a gap between self-perception and reality–as someone once said, a liberal is someone who believes that his point of view has already taken your point of view in account.
    Or alternately, to quote Obama’s words to Republicans earlier in his term, “I won.”

  4. I just remembered Obama’s famous Slurpee fixation. (Start at around 2:30.)

    As of this October, Obama had told the famous Slurpee story 20 times. That’s the parable in which he talks about how the Republicans drove the country into the ditch and how the Democrats are down there pushing and swatting bugs while the Republicans aren’t lifting a finger and are comfortably sipping Slurpees.
    I know that the Democrats did not get 100% of what they wanted out of the past two years, but it hasn’t exactly been a big bipartisan lovefest, nor should it be. As I think George Will says, politics is supposed to be argumentative. If everybody is getting together amicably and singing Kumbaya, there’s a high chance that something really bad is happening.

  5. Dunno if it counts as political, but as someone who had three kids before 30 with a guy I committed to when I was 23 (while still maintaining a career), I thought that this was a phenomenal post:
    http://whatwouldphoebedo.blogspot.com/2010/12/other-than-fact-that-criticizing-pill.html
    “Without reverting to a system where women are stigmatized for not having settled down by 21, we could shift to one in which 23-year-old couples wouldn’t be treated like experimenting middle-schoolers. I wouldn’t suggest encouraging those who wouldn’t do so otherwise to marry or similar at 20. I would suggest removing the stigma that says that to be well-educated and impressive and so on, you have to find ‘that special someone’ at 29-and-a-half, marry at 31, and reproduce before (horrors!) 35. I’d instead encourage the happy couples 18-25 that exist anyway not to end their relationships simply because ‘there’s so much more to experience.'”

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