The Spectacle Blog

“Look out Ned and Joe”

By on 10.17.06 | 6:11PM

So said Alan Schlesinger (the other guy in the Connecticut Senate race) in yesterday's debate with Lamont and Lieberman. TPM Cafe has a highlight video of Schlesinger's greatest hits from the debate, in which he rails against Lamont and Lieberman for being liberal Democrats who would stand in the way of Social Security reform. It reinforces the old adage about politics making strange bedfellows that TPM speaks approvingly of his performance and that Kos giddily declares Schlesinger the winner of the debate. Of course, liberals realize that the only hope of Lamont winning is a late surge in support for Schlesinger. I'm not saying this doesn't cut both ways given that the RNC hasn't backed Schlesinger. It's just a testament to how bizarre the Connecticut race is.


How To Use Kids For Propaganda Purposes

By on 10.17.06 | 2:45PM

FamiliesUSA, a pro government-run health care outfit, is running an essay contest for kids called "When an Apple a Day Isn't Enough." Contestants age 9-13 are instructed, "Many children and young people get sick or hurt and need to go to the hospital or see the doctor. Write one paragraph about a time when you or a friend were helped by a doctor. Then, write a second paragraph about why it is important for all children to be able to see a doctor."

Kuo and Seducing Christians

By on 10.17.06 | 1:12PM

Just read the interview with David Kuo that Newsweek has up on its Website, and he sounds earnest enough in what he's saying. However, to me it seems absurd that the media, which has spent years attacking the Bush administration for being run by a bunch of evangelical nutters, are now making an issue of Bush being insufficiently loyal to that same constituency.

Rudy and AK47s

By on 10.17.06 | 11:37AM

In John Tabin's fine column on our main site about when an AK47 is not an AK47, he cites this piece from Seattle/>/>'s alternative newspaper the Stranger. In the piece, linked to approvingly by Andrew Sullivan, Josh Feit accuses Rudy Giuliani of flip-flopping by stumping for anti-gun control candidate Mike McGavick even though Giuliani supported the assault weapons ban and criticized politicians who didn't. But I don't see Giuliani as having flip-flopped, at least based on the quotes that Feit cites. According to Feit, Giuliani said:

"I don't think [the assault-weapons ban] is one of the most critical issues right now"

"The assault-weapons ban is something I supported in the past."

News That Doesn’t Matter

By on 10.17.06 | 10:44AM

One would think it would be an important story when the leader of the party that is seeking to take control of the Senate on the basis of being an antidote to the ruling party's "culture of corruption" is forced to ammend four years of ethics reports to account for a shady land deal and to reimburse his campaign for using political donations to pay Christmas bonuses to the staff or his ritzy apartment complex, but to the Washington Post it only deserves to be on the bottom corner of page A4.

Maybe She Wanted an Interview with Matt Lauer

By on 10.17.06 | 8:35AM

Hey everybody! The elementary school in my community now has its very own female teacher child rapist! And she carried out the dirty deeds in her own classroom during school hours. Not only that, but get this: She also had an affair with the victim's father! How very proud schools like ours must be to earn this kind of attention, gaining notoriety because they are incompetent to protect children in even the broadest of daylight hours.

But I'll betcha almost all the parents will still keep their kids there. Can't blame all the teachers and administrators for one bad egg, you know.

Meanwhile, on a near-daily basis we are reaffirmed in our decision years ago to homeschool our own children. Any threat will have to beat down our front door and climb over my wife's dead body to harm our kids.

Obama and 2008

By on 10.16.06 | 5:37PM

Joe Klein has a mostly fawning article in Time about Barack Obama, that, nonetheless, explores how the Senator's desire to find common ground could hurt his presidential prospects:

An old-time Chicago politician told me Obama's thoughtfulness might be a negative in a presidential campaign. "You have to convey strength," he said, "and it's hard to do that when you're giving on-the-other-hand answers."

A lot of Americans are frustrated by what they see as a nasty tone to politics, and it's easy to see why they would be drawn to Obama. However, to be an effective leader, eventually you're going to have to say and do a lot of things that will anger people. I think Obama would be making a huge mistake by running for president in 2008. He would be much better off running for governor first, and gaining some experience in an executive capacity.