Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Cruising the Web

Noemie Emery wonders
if liberals are "piquing too soon" in their hysteria of hatred for Rick Perry.
With their dream boat imploding with President Downgrade's approval ratings, rage may be the liberals' maximum bet for survival. But even this ploy has its risks. It's now 14 months until the election. Can they keep this rage up for that long? If the Rickster flames out, it's a huge anticlimax, and their adrenaline levels fall rapidly. How can they rev themselves up for a run against Mitt, whom they're portrayed all along as the "sensible" candidate? Could Mitt be portrayed as a plausible monster? Compared to rampaging Rick, Romney would seem like a dove, and/or a genius. He becomes a nonthreatening change from a faltering president, and a draw for swing voters and Democrats. Their chances appear to be nil.

Or let's say that Rick makes it, and goes on to the finals -- how would that work for them? They could find that their efforts have worked all too well. They portray him as a bigot and cretin, a thug and a bully, and they succeed! Centrists tune into the debates and convention, expecting a Neanderthal to show up in a sheet, talking gibberish. Instead, they see an adult, calm and articulate, comparing his methods to those of the president, and, above all, comparing results. They decide his critics are the irrational people; and their overkill makes his performance seem much more impressive. (This worked for President Reagan, another bigoted dunce from a backwater college, who even starred in a film with a chimp.)
These bien pensants need to realize that their task is not to congratulate each other on how superior they are to Rick Perry, but to convince independents that he's too scary to be elected. And hate-mongering about how stupid he is could well backfire as Emery wrote.

Law schools are starting to feel the pinch as applications are down while people start to realize that a law career, instead of being an instant ticket to an upper class career, might leave them unemployed and over $100,000 in debt.

Obama missed an opportunity
yesterday in Detroit of speaking out about the true pathologies haunting black families, particularly in Detroit.

Jennifer Rubin notes
that Sarah Palin's speech in Iowa against crony capitalism could serve almost as well against Rick Perry as Barack Obama. Perry's opponents are certainly taking notes. And if they need some help, the Washington Post has some more details about Perry's wealthy backers and the favors that he's sent their way as governor.

Ron Brownstein wonders
if the past ten years could qualify as America's "worst decade ever." By decade, he means any ten-year period, not necessarily a chronological decade. Then he basically answers his own questions by naming much worse decades" the period from 1854 to the end of the Civil War and Lincoln's assassination. That would win my vote, though the Great Depression and start of WWII or the miserable 1970s deserve some votes. This past ten years would rank far, far behind.

It was a "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week for green jobs."

Jeff Bergner has a great article about the myths that liberals believe. The subtitle says it all: "Liberals believe the darnedest things. Here's a sample of the sorts of myths you could hear every night on MSNBC.
Myth #2: Conservatives represent special interests. If liberals represent the American people, whom do conservatives represent? They are in bed with “special interests.” Listening to liberals, you would never guess that the titans of Wall Street regularly fill the coffers of Democratic candidates, or that the pharmaceutical industry couldn’t wait to cut a special deal on Obamacare, or that well-paid public-sector union leaders regularly extract generous salaries and benefits from their Democratic allies, or that the education unions put their own interests ahead of American youth, or that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bask in the protection of Democrats in Congress, or that many so-called leaders of minority communities actually have few real followers but rely on liberal policies and laws for the status they claim. In fact, liberalism is one nonstop orgy of special pleading and identity politics.
And this is my favorite.
Myth #9: Good intentions are enough for liberals. But accurately judging consequences is less important to liberals than moving forward. Liberal programs do not represent testable social-policy experiments to be judged by their results. They represent compassion, so their critics are heartless. Money spent on these programs cannot be wasted because they are investments in people. Liberals are to be judged by the purity of their intentions.
Read the other eight.

I guess one example of the foregoing is that Ed Schultz feels it's perfectly acceptable to say that Marco Rubio is "not a true American." Can you imagine if a conservative said that about Barack Obama?

Jennifer Rubin notes that Romney is running on capitalism. That's his strength. Health care - not so much. Romney apparently did a notably fine job at the DeMint forum last night. We don't know yet how he would have managed with Perry in the forum since the governor had to leave to deal with the dreadful wildfires in Texas. Sometimes, real life trumps politics.