The Spectacle Blog
Glenn Reynolds cast an early vote in Tennessee the other day. It wasn't clear from reading Instapundit over the past couple months who he was supporting in the Senate race -- he'd been criticized from the right for being too nice to Harold Ford, Jr. -- until he revealed that he'd voted for Bob Corker:
CNN's Candy Crowley reports today (make sure you watch the "wuss" video segment embedded in the story) that not all Democrats are feeling confident about their election prospects in two weeks:
"Don't underestimate our ability to blow it," he said.
There is a reason Democrats are on edge. They have lost so many elections where it seemed they were running with the wind, the phenomenon is known in political circles as Democrats "embracing their inner-defeatist."
...CNN asked self-identified Democrats around Miami, Florida, Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California, how they view their party. It was word association, "I say Democrat, you say ... " Not scientific, but instructive.
Here is some of what we heard:
• "Afraid to take a stand"
Enron's Jeff Skilling gets 24 years in prison. According to Judge Sim Lake, "His crimes have imposed on hundreds, if not thousands, of people a life sentence of poverty."
The problem isn't that Skilling got a tough sentence. Surely he deserved one. The problem comes when you compare that to terrorist-enabler Lynne Stewart:
Southern District Judge John Koeltl gave Ms. Stewart a sentence of only 28 months. The government had asked for 30 years behind bars.
Weighing in Ms. Stewart's favor, the judge said, were her years of service to the poor, the disadvantaged and the unpopular; her battle with cancer and the fact that her actions, though reprehensible, did not result in violence.
Tabin, Hogberg or someone else worth their political handicapping salt could probably work out whether this John Mcintyre theory is valid or not better than I. My instinct on how elections will go is usually wrong, so I'm of little use here. But some of this does seem plausible on a gut level:
This is a calculated tactic on the part of the Democrats that they have been using very effectively as other reporters, pundits and the blogosphere pickup on the headline to play up the story that more and more GOP House districts continue to be thrown into play. This is all designed to build up the impression that the bottom is totally falling out for Republicans. Perception can become reality if the GOP is not careful and Republicans have been behind the eight-ball this entire cycle in managing the public relations campaign.
Boston Herald sports columnist Gerry Callahan comes up with another gem/zinger in his piece today about that mysterious "clump of dirt" discovered on the hand of the Detroit Tigers' Kenny Rogers Sunday night:
The difference between Kenny and Katie is that someone actually was watching the pitcher.
This interview with Nancy Pelosi from Newsweek is funny stuff:
You're presented as a wealthy woman from San Francisco when you're really this middle-class kid from Baltimore …
Little Italy-downtown …
I have some sympathy for Pelosi here. It is terribly difficult these days to get the lunkheaded electorate and the poisonous right-wing media establishment to acknowledge you are a middle-class kid from Baltimore when there's this little technicality of being a wealthy United States Representative from San Francisco. Get over it people! She's just like you! I mean, Lawd in Heaven, what's a wealthy woman have to do to earn her Class War Proletariat Points these days, anyway? Dress in the Russian peasant circa 1910 hand-me-downs she wore back when she was middle-class?
Guys: Many thanks for the recommendations. As it was, we settled for Bruce Willis's "The Last Boy Scout," which ends with a former all-star quarterback (Damon Wayans) saving the life of a bad guy senator by hitting him in the nose with a hard-thrown football. I think there's a metaphor of the 2006 election in there somewhere.