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
I had to flash back to the days when all the election news I could get came from the teebee networks.
I resolve hereby to lead a more virtuous life. Because I have had a glimpse of hell.
Of course it seems to be turning back around now. The bigots won in Tennessee, and I intend to start tomorrow to bring this to their attention. But Missouri? Tom, my brother, stand up and take a bow. Virginia? We will fight it out on this line if it takes all winter, but we know it has to be done. Montana? Looks like a win as I write. Read more about My. Fucking. Internet. Went. Down. At 8 p.m.
Just saying ...
Not that there's anything wrong with that, since the Republicans, even though nobody in their right mind would want to date them, do need to be raped.
NOTE Just an offensive metaphor, people! Read more about Bi-partisanship is a synonym for date rape
But it is a damn fine start, boys and girls. Lambert did a fine job pitching that half-magnum through the skylight; over here in my stairwell, the draft is drawing enticing aromas of champagne and real buttered popcorn through the air. Read more about It ain't all popcorn ...
Seven Samurai (hat tip, Leah) style:
Chaffee(Whitehouse D-RI) (CNN)
- [ ] VA...
- [ ] MO...
- [ ] MT...
- [ ] TN...
House: Read more about NPR...
GOP "Contract With America" Confesses to Meth Habit, Love Affair w/Summer Squash, Sordid Candy Laundering Scandal
There are some oddities here. Via the inestimable Taegan Goddard's Political Wire, the first polls to close are
Indiana (East), Kentucky (East)
Florida (Peninsula), Kentucky (West), Indiana (West), Vermont, Georgia, New Hampshire, Virginia, South Carolina
Hedge funds can arrest the development of whole economies, and they have the potential to crash the financial system. It has almost happened before. In 1998 the Fed persuaded the "Fourteen Families" (an apposite Mafia reference) of Wall Street - the major banks - to cough up money for a $3.6bn bailout for Long-Term Capital Management, a hedge fund whose bets went wrong. The Fed said at the time that LTCM's failure had been abrupt and disorderly and had posed "unacceptable risks to the American economy".