Patterico's Pontifications



Filed under: General — Patterico @ 3:11 pm

ACCEPTED WISDOM: It is Accepted Wisdom that:

The initiative process in California shows the dangers inherent in rule by the majority. Our Founding Fathers wisely set up a representative democracy because they feared government policy being dictated by the masses.

And at the same time:

Al Gore won the popular vote, and should be President. It is high time we did away with the Electoral College, which is a clumsy relic of the era of the Founding Fathers, who were unduly suspicious of rule by the majority.


Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:10 pm

ANOTHER BRILLIANT ANALYSIS IN THE DOG TRAINER: Today’s nonsense is a ridiculous piece by Tim Rutten titled: Left-leaning Hollywood: A myth dies. The opening sentence: “If Arnold Schwarzenegger’s gubernatorial campaign does nothing else, it ought to excise the mythology of liberal Hollywood from our popular consciousness once and for all.”

Uh-huh. Yeah.

The article presents the compelling evidence that Hollywood Republicans include, not just Arnold, but also Tom Selleck, Bruce Willis, and Mel Gibson. Can you believe it?! (I’ll help Rutten out and give him one he didn’t think of: Chuck Heston.) Since Hollywood has about ten stars total, this demonstrates beyond all doubt that about half of Hollywood is Republican. And so the myth of liberal Hollywood is exposed.

In unrelated news, this article reports that the powers behind the powerful Hollywood organization “Creative Artists Agency” are furious at the suggestion that the agency might help Arnold in his bid for governor. After the article appeared, “CAA, whose 570 employees are overwhelmingly Democrats, quickly distanced itself from Schwarzenegger’s campaign.”

Some Hollywood Democrats who are named in the article as opposing Schwarzenegger include: Tom Hanks, Woody Harrelson, Martin Sheen, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Cybill Shepherd, Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, Warren Beatty, Susan Sarandon, Al Franken, Ed Asner, Mike Farrell, and Rob Reiner. (Apparently, nobody asked Tim Robbins, Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, Julia Roberts, Michael Moore, Rosie O’Donnell, Robert Altman, Danny Glover, Jessica Lange, Joanne Woodward, Jane Fonda, Janeane Garofalo, Cher, Sheryl Crow, Bono, Sean Penn, Anjelica Huston, Harry Belafonte, George Clooney, Sharon Stone, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah, John Cusack, Madonna, Ed Harris, Kate Hudson, Richard Gere, Ed Norton, Dustin Hoffman, Larry Hagman, Matt Damon, Robert Redford, Woody Allen, Whoopi Goldberg, David Clennon, James Cromwell, Kevin Costner, or Johnny Depp.)

Oh — and the “liberal media” is a myth too.

(Thanks to FAMOUSIDIOT.COM (Slogan: “The Art of Confusing Fame with Wisdom”) and Hollywood Halfwits for many of the links.)

SIMON DROPS OUT: “Republican Bill

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:06 pm

SIMON DROPS OUT: “Republican Bill Simon dropped out of the California recall race today, boosting the position of GOP front-runner Arnold Schwarzenegger amid calls from party leaders to consolidate behind fewer candidates.”

Next target: McClintock. “McClintock campaign spokesman Joe Giardiello insisted today that McClintock would stay in the race and said he was not under pressure to exit.” Of course, I heard Simon saying the exact same thing on the radio not one week ago.


Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:21 am

QUOTE OF THE DAY: A nice illustration of the Democrats’ conflicted stance on the California recall can be found in your local Dog Trainer:”San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, speaking with a Times reporter after the Davis fund-raiser, said, ‘I’ll probably vote for Cruz, but I’m not interested in anyone knowing that.'”

Yeah, Willie. That’s why you said it to a reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

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