Patterico's Pontifications


Jeff Goldstein: Man of “Substance”

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:38 pm

Back in March, Jeff Goldstein and I agreed to de-escalate a nasty exchange, in which he had labeled me a “liar,” “insane,” an anti-Semite, and such.

Since then, he has repeatedly goaded me and mocked me in comments on his site, such as this comment, for example:

Then call him a liar.

Oh, and Patterico, too. Fuck all of them.

I have no idea where this unprovoked comment came from.

Yesterday I asked Goldstein why he made the above comment. His answer, and I quote:

Because fuck you.

(He later elaborates with some whining about how he had been banned here. That happened in March — and he was still saying “Fuck Patterico” in SEPTEMBER?? Anyway, I just announced his unbanning, at nk’s request. So he’ll have to find something else to snivel about.)

In the very same thread he proclaims:

Personal animus has nothing to do with the points I’m making. It didn’t in the last go round either — at least from my end.

So honorable, this man is. You know, it’s all about the IDEAS with him. As the above makes clear.

It is now clear that the policy of ignoring this man does not work. Israel doesn’t permit itself to be bombarded with unprovoked attacks with no response, does it? No, it doesn’t. Nor should it.

So, fine. The gloves are off.

More tomorrow, starting with Goldstein’s utter distortion of my statements about Robert Stacy McCain.

Details of the phony charge of anti-Semitism to follow, on Monday.

Don’t like it? Skip the posts. I’m tired of holding my fire.

The GOP’s Secret Weapon? (Updated)

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 11:35 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

William Shatner recently conducted an insightful interview of Rush Limbaugh and followed it up with this Sarah Palin moment on the Tonight Show, causing Sissy Willis to ponder whether William Shatner is the GOP’s secret weapon:

William Shatner and Sarah Palin on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien

I don’t know about Shatner’s or Conan O’Brien’s motives or political leanings but I have a theory why Hollywood liberals might warm to Sarah Palin. I think it’s related to Obama’s declining polls numbers. After the Bush years, liberals knew they had to do everything possible to help Barack Obama win the Presidency. Once elected, I suspect they thought Obama would govern so well that the bulk of their work was over. The polls show that’s not the case.

It may well be a coincidence — and I’m certainly not saying there’s a conspiracy — but what better plan could celebrities like Oprah luck into than garnering sky-high ratings for themselves by hosting Sarah Palin, all while simultaneously building up the one Republican they have convinced themselves could never win?

Go for it, Hollywood. Just remember: Be careful what you wish for.


UPDATE: Williams Jacobson calls this a Palin turning point and says the media needs Palin more than Palin needs the media.

Puppy Love

Filed under: Humor — DRJ @ 8:23 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Yahoo’s video this evening is a Purina “Animal All Stars” puppy responding to his master’s whistle:

I like this puppy. I also like the way it makes my dogs howl, too — especially since they’re responding to the puppy and not the whistle.

Simple pleasures are the best.


Ingram Wins Heisman Trophy

Filed under: Sports — DRJ @ 6:41 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

University of Alabama sophomore tailback Mark Ingram won the 2009 Heisman Trophy in the closest Heisman race ever — just 28 points separated Ingram and Stanford’s Toby Gerhart:

“Ingram received 227 first-place votes and 1,304 points. Gerhart got 222 first-place votes and 1,276 points, while Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, last season’s runner-up, received 203 and 1,145.

Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fourth and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, who won the Heisman two years ago, was fifth.”

Ingram has been impressive and is a deserving winner, but I would have picked Suh to finish higher than 4th. I was also surprised this is the first time an Alabama player has won the Heisman.


2010: Demoralized Dems, selectively suicidal

Filed under: General — Karl @ 12:35 pm

[Posted by Karl]

The Democrats’ political erosion continues, even in the dKos tracking poll:

A good part of this has been base driven. In August, the Republican base was slightly more likely to view their party unfavorably (23%) than was the Democratic base (20%). Today, Democrats are four times more likely to view their party negatively (24%) than are Republicans (6%).

There has also been Independent movement, however. The favorability rating of Democrats among Independent voters has shed seven points in that four-month span (42 to 35) while the GOP has seen their favorability rating with Independents go up eleven points, although in fairness increases in support are easier to attain when you are starting, essentially, at zero (from 5 to 16).


We also see, in this weeks tracking poll, that while Democrats still lead on our variation of the generic ballot test (by four points), they trail for the first time with Independents. This is particularly notable, because the favorability rating for Democrats among Indies, while down quite a bit (35/61), is far stronger than that of the GOP among Indies, which is still pathetic even as it has improved markedly (16/73).

Pundits like Kevin Drum continue to fret over whether Dems are sunk:

Is lefty obsession with the public option going to torpedo Dems in 2010? Or will everyone manage to get energized in time for the midterms?

(Drum’s short piece is amusing, insofar as he admits his first instinct was to laugh off attacks on the Dems unprecedented spending binge, but I digress.)

Pres. Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, David Plouffe, maintains that liberals will ultimately come back into the fold when it matters in forthcoming elections. He is almost certainly right — and, as far as he goes, it’s not even a gutsy prediction. As Tom Jensen of Dem polling firm Public Policy Polling notes, liberal unhappiness with Obama is not very widespread.

However, approval does not necessarily translate into intensity, which is the lefty bloggers’ real concern. Generally, the party out of power tends to have more intensity, while the past winners get complacent or apathetic. That the netroots are disgruntled matters primarily to the extent that it reflects on the narrow class of activists and party foot-soldiers needed to run the midterm campaigns. OpenLeft’s Chris Bowers recently wrote about the nature of that disgruntlement:

Destroying a political base often isn’t only about one single issue, even an issue as important as a war. It’s about a set of issues and, even further, an overall feeling of demoralization – one that can’t be turned around a few weeks before an election with some cynical press releases and inspiring speeches.

So sure, the politics of the Afghanistan War are still fluid. But when you put the escalation next to Obama’s wavering on the public option; next to his broken promises of transparency; next to his stances on the Patriot Act and Gitmo; next to his full-on abandonment of his NAFTA pledges – well, you get the kind of demoralization that Kos’s new poll shows.

Bowers may reveal a bit more here than he intended. The Left (and its echo chambers in the establishment media) have been arguing that the Democrats must pass ObamaCare to save themselves in 2010. But if some version of it passes, its substance is likely to disappoint the netroots/activist class, while still motivating Republicans and Independents to vote against Democrats.

Moreover, we rarely hear the netroots or activists pushing the idea that Obama’s policies on Afghanistan or indefinite detention will cost Democrats the 2010 election. The Left aggressively promotes the idea that global warming will destroy Earth as we know it, yet we rarely hear them claim that the Democrats’ failure to pass the cap-and-tax bill so far dooms Democrats next year. If Bowers is correct, passing ObamaCare should have very little effect on Democratic turn out in 2010. If Bowers is wrong, the Left’s selective kamikaze approach speaks volumes about the depth of their obsession with ObamaCare.


Jeff Goldstein Is Unbanned Here

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:21 am

nk asked me to do it. And so it is done. (Well, it was actually done months ago. Little in-joke with SEK.)

The ceremonial announcement is made in comments here.

He’ll have to find something else to whine about now. I have faith!

Remembering America’s Fallen Heroes

Filed under: General — DRJ @ 12:00 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

Christmas means it’s time for Morrill Worcester and Wreaths across America to adorn 151,000 veterans’ graves:

Wreaths Across America

The Senate has designated December 12 as National Wreaths Across America Day.


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