In case you missed Bush's presser today:
As with most of Bush's recent press conferences, his confidence and speaking patterns varied wildly thoughout it, from fairly composed to awkward and lost. Read more about Lame duck is a dish best served cold
Like Lambert, I'm a bit exhausted when it comes to politics, and so I took the morning and early afternoon to explore Georgetown. I can't believe I'd never been there before, it's so frickin' beautiful. Like most people there, I did my patriotic post-election duty and did some shopping. And I have one question for you: Read more about Victory Shopping
"I don't think subpoenas should be used except as a last resort," said Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Los Angeles), who as chairman of the House Government Reform Committee will have broad investigative powers
Yep. "Subpoenas only as a last resort." That's what moderate means to me!
In the same article, Grover Norquist tells us what to expect: Read more about A good working definition of "moderate"
9 minutes in, and he's still yammering? Jeebus. [Please imagine me screaming and laughing hysterically and pounding my head on the table as I type this crap.]
"... launch a new era of cooperation..." [gag, vomit]
"... I'm committed to victory in Iraq... "
"... I'm assessing all the time, by myself ..."
"... Actually, I thought we were going to be fine in the election yesterday, heh heh. Shows what I know..."
"... We're constantly looking for fresh perspectives..."
I'm sure the professionals are already setting up their power lunches and wondering how to spin the Victory story, but as for me, I'm just tired. I'm sure that goes for a lot of us amateurs--and for those of us closer to the game than I am, remember what happened to Ned Lamont as soon as he took a day off: The Insider Dems fucked him. As for me, I'm going to take a bath and wash the champagne and popcorn off, and shave, for the first time in several days. Read more about The Day After
EXTREME UPDATE: Who knew we were read in such rarified quarters? Pack yer bags, Professor...RUMSFELD RESIGNS IN DISGRACE (no link yet, we're ahead of WaPo and NYT as usual. AP/NBC reporting though).
Is it too early to propose Juan Cole for Secretary of Defense? He's a fuckload more qualified than the current holder of that office, as this analysis of What the Election Means for Iraq will show:
Read more about The Irridescent Miracle, or, Keep Those Pitchforks Sharp
Ach. No, my head doesn't hurt. But someone for the love of Durga tell me why I have to have my Woman's Friend (the bitch) on election night. Yes, I'm so blue I bleed for democracy.
So what did I learn, on my first night of officially being part of the Beltway Cocktail Party circuit? Money. It's all about money. And free food. People here seem to equate power with how much food and drink, and how fancy, an organization can provide. Good liberal groups I like: good but not fancy fare. Slick insider/media organizations I hate: chi-chi all the way. Gay people: fabulous, as always. But again with the money. You could hear what wasn't spoken out of a sense of being polite, as if it were shouted. Everyone was thinking about the new alignments of money; who's asking for it, who's giving it away, and who gets to spend it. Read more about Cocktail Party Blue