The Context of the Campaign

A President Romney won’t be totally constrained by the far-right, but neither will he be able to ignore them. Linky

The guy turned out to be a guest host: Mark Williams, who got some publicity when he was kicked out of one of the Tea Party groups for a flap a while back. As I was saying, I wasn’t really sure it was worth an item, but that tipped me over the edge was the radio show web sight, which had a different topic highlighted entirely:

Getting A Voter ID Is “Inconvenient”…do We Really Want These People To Vote In The First Place?

The obvious question is which is worse: “These People” or “We”?

Anyway, it’s a good reminder of the context that Mitt Romney is operating within. This isn’t to make excuses for Romney; party leaders can do a fair amount to change their own party’s context. But it does help explain what he’s up to. He’s heading up a party which is constantly told that the President of the United States hates this country and is actively trying to undermine it. At the very least, that sets a pretty weird context for the campaign and gives Romney a set of choices that wouldn’t be immediately apparent without understanding that context.



Four items on complements:

  • A trio of blog posts on accepting them, what they mean, who gives them, and more: one, two and three.
  • And this article on trying to find the perfect complement.

I’m pretty bad about accepting complements. One recent one is when I met up with a friend I hadn’t seen in a very long time, who told me I looked more muscly. Proceed with an awkward thank you while simultaneously thinking “what? really?” and “oh god I need to return the compliment what do I say?”

Not a bright moment, that.

…But that was yesterday

A cute, short flash game. Such a lovely ending. link

Finding out about ACA

Love this vignette about finding out about the Supreme Court decision:

“Obamacare upheld,” said a conservative blogger with the handle Smitty, with a phone that could load the right site. “Mandate survives as a tax?”

Primly dressed people with intern badges turned around to see what his sources were.

“CNN’s reporting it was struck down.”

“The networks are disagreeing with each other.”

“Well,” said Smitty. “Here’s what [RedState blogger] Moe Lane says. ‘This is a disaster…'”

At that moment, the pro-Obama side of the protests started cheering and waving signs. The Republicans around me registered their disgust succinctly. “Are you kidding?” “It’s a tax?” “FUCK!”

I heard a peal of delight and turned around — that’s the picture at the top of this post. Hilary Matfess, a young policy analyst, was jumping up and down, yelling out details.

“The mandate is constitutional! It was upheld! Roberts went for the swing vote! Yes! Oh my God! The individual mandate survives as a tax!”

Did you work on passing the bill? I asked.

“No!” said Matfess. “I just have lupus!”