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Had an appointment Wednesday with a doc who's a democrat.Very interested in politics, very smart. Husband is a reporter for the Times and one of her patients is the chief of staff of a well known very liberal dem.

The doc told the C.O. S. she had studied the health care bill and is unable to understand it. The chief of staff said neither could he.

Obama's perhaps fatal flaw is too much Adlai Stevenson and too little Ross Perot.  

La Ronde

The media are projecting dem losses when the newly elected republican governors preside over the redistricting.

Maybe not.

Mostly we've lost the State Houses where we had very few representatives to protect. Conversely there's an encouraging list of battleground states which had Republican governors in 2001 and will have a dem this time.

We're making it too complicated

If unemployment had been 4.5% Tuesday Pelosi would be Speaker next session. No matter what Obama had done during the last two years.

If it's 9.5% two years from now it will be a Republican sweep no matter what he does during the next two.

Anyone disagree?



Even Homer nods

The FT has many virtues. A defect which partially offsets them however is giving Christopher Caldwell a platform for a Saturday column for which meritricious would be too flattering an adjective.
Could Caldwell really be Dinesh D'Souza (thanks SleepinJeezus)in disguise ?

Where are ...............?

In today's Guardian a letter appeared about  the death sentence passed upon Tariq Aziz :Excerpts:

We do not question the guilt of Mr Aziz in respect of the crimes for which he has been convicted. ......................

Juan Williams

should not have been fired.

With respect to his fear when he sees someone in traditional muslim garb board his plane, that seems like an honest observation. Should he have said it pleases him?

With respect to his comment that we are at the beginning of a long lasting conflict with a militant muslim movement,that seems like a widely shared geopolitical judgement(Not mine BTW) rather than bias against a particular group.

I've had the subversive , or maybe utopian , thought

that if the Tarp hadn't saved the banks there'd be nobody to send out the eviction notices. Everyone could just remain in their homes. And now they were no longer under water it would be worth spending  money fixing them up which would generate employment for the companies making cleaning supplies and appliances. Putting people back to work.

And we'd finally redistribute  wealth back to 1952 levels.

We had greatness thrust upon us.....And we ducked.

There no mo no mo

Nate Silver denies that there's any such thing as "momentum" that can be established by comparing successive polls.

If Charlie Candidate is up 5% in June and again in July that doesn't mean he's probably going to be up in Aug

We get so soon old and so late smart

Martin Wolf in today's FT


Who can now confidently state that reliance on a policy which worked by financing overpriced housing was better than using surplus savings for higher public investment? Similarly, who can confidently  state that it must be be better to rely on relaunching a private credit boom than on higher public investment.




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