Saturday, January 22, 2011

Quote of the day

Ross Douthat:
And this is what’s so problematic, to my mind, about much of the Palin coverage: The media often acts as though they’re covering her because her conservative fan base is so large (hence the endless talk about her 2012 prospects), when they’re really covering her because so many liberals are eager to hear about, read about and then freak about whatever that awful, terrifying woman is up to now.

FLG knows almost nobody for whom Palin is the first choice for president in 2012. Or many really that Palin is on their list at all.


The Ancient said...

The other night at dinner, just mentioning this article -- in an entirely neutral way -- nearly got me killed.

(Which tends to support his argument.)

arethusa said...

Is it really a choice, though? It's shaping up as a lesser-of-two-evils election, especially for center-righties. If it's Palin vs. Obama (and I don't think she'll get that far), I'd have to vote for Palin. Without having to worry about re-election, Obama is going to become an even more insufferable ideologue, Republican House and Senate or not. And given how far he's already managed to abase the US in the eyes of the rest of the world (Ooh! We gotz pandas, people! Never mind how much of our debt the Chinese own.), I want him out. I would vote for virtually every Republican contender over Obama, except Mike Huckabee. If it's Huckabee vs. Obama, I'd be tempted to vote Green Party, even if they nominate Cynthia McKinney again.

FLG said...

You'd vote Cynthia McKinney over Obama?

Isn't the worse case scenario for Obama is to be McKinney?

arethusa said...

Not really - I was trying to express, albeit poorly, the depths of my disgust with Mike Huckabee.

In such a scenario (Obama-McKinney-Huckabee), I'd probably just write in "Lizard People."

Anonymous said...

Some stories are true, and some just ought to be true. One in the 'ought' category is that Pauline Kael, after the election of Nixon, said "How can he have been elected? No on I know is for him!" dave.s.

FLG said...


Are you trying to insinuate that I am some sort of coastal elite who is out of touch with the ordinary voters?

Anonymous said...

From Mr. P's alumnu rag this week:

Humor Me

Telling Sarah Palin jokes at a comedy show in Washington, D.C.’s Adams-Morgan section the night before the Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert rally last October is like shooting fish in a barrel. With a bazooka. The targets are at point-blank range and hardly worth the trouble, while the audience is ravenous. But before Jeff Kreisler ’95 can nudge the crowd of liberals toward the broader point he wants to make, he tosses them some easy ones.

Mrs. P

arethusa said...

dave.s.: I like the "real" Kael quote on Nixon, though:

"I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don't know. They're outside my ken. But sometimes when I'm in a theater I can feel them." (quoted in the NYT in Dec. 1972)

I find that more elitist than the apocryphal one.

Anonymous said...

FLG = Coastal Elite!


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