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Last July, I responded to a claim that Palin’s July departure from the Governors mansion did not, as some suggested, signal a career-ending scandal, but rather the first step in her 2012 bid for President. I think we can all agree now, in light of her new book and media blitz, a classic first step in running for President, that she is going to run, and that quitting the office of Governor of Alaska was actually the perfect move to gain popularity in the continental-48.
It’s sometimes difficult to remember the Sarah Palin reality. Last year, 58.3 million people, or about 46% of the voting population, pulled the lever with her name on it, voting for her to be the VP for what would have been the oldest President in the history of the US, in a country where 30% of those that hold the VP office end up becoming President. I think McCain was actually the drag on the ticket, not Palin. And with Obama pursing his aggressive agenda, he is quickly losing the confidence of the voting public.
But Palin isn’t the front-runner in the 2012 primary.
Well, neither were eventual-nominees John Kerry, John McCain, and Barack Obama. There were Howard Dean, Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton all as clear favorites at this stage. But Americans love the underdog story and I believe Palin is actually better off not being a front-runner at this stage.
When it comes down to it, candidates represent political parties which represent ideas. A very large group of people in this country want us to say no to abortion, taxes and regulation, and yes to guns, war, and big business. The point of primaries is to find the person that has the best chance at representing its party to win the election. The fact that 70% of americans believe Palin is unqualified to be President does not comfort me. She represents core GOP values, speaks to the religious base of the party, and is, for better or for worse, a unique candidate both in gender and disposition.
What drives me crazy is the people that say either that Palin could never win or that Palin is a dream-come-true for the Democratic Party. I think that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Palin projects an average-american persona in a country where 80% of citizens would consider themselves average, and even take comfort in that fact. Most people don’t like the smartest kid in the class and I don’t think the idea of Palin beating Obama is actually that crazy an outcome.
I’m not predicting a Palin win. I think President Obama is going to get healthcare reform and take a big chunk out of the uninsured population. I think the economy is going to come back, as it always does, and there will be a net-increase in jobs during Obama’s term by 2011. It will be easy to spin the stimulus plans and the recovery catalyst, despite economic policy being far too complicated to boil down to a talking point. The Dems will probably lose the super-majority in the Senate never year but will hold a 50% majority in both chambers. And I think both wars will be massively scaled back by then as well. Obama will have a great chance of winning his re-election campaign.
But I do think Palin will be the nominee and that it’s time to start treating her as a formidable opponent and not a democratic-dream-come-true. Because she isn’t. She’s a nightmare and she still scares the shit out of me.
I think my posts are veering lately towards the verbose and esoteric. I’m here to write about food and fun times in New York. That’s why today’s post is about something simple…
I went to the famous old Russ & Daughters Appetizers for the first time, picked up some lox, white fish roe and vegetable cream cheese… and had a religious epiphany.
I really did. It’s not like I saw the face of the Virgin Mary in the Murray’s toasted bagel (although everything-bagels always make me think of Edward James Olmos), but that first bite down into the freshest, sweetest, fish-oiliest lox I’ve ever had immediately transported me back to my very Jewish childhood.
Now, I’ve been an atheist for about as long as I can remember. I went to a Jewish yeshiva as a kid and all the bumbling, inarticulate rabbis and holier-than-thou Hebrew teachers made it a pretty easy decision to ignore God. If those morons are the best God could find to spread his message, then either God is an idiot or he’s not really there in the first place, I thought. I imagine it’s like how Christian atheists come to realize Jesus isn’t real when the mall Santa burps whiskey in their faces.
Or not. I don’t really know how Jesus works. Or Santa for that matter. Sorry.
Point is I always thought my friends who held on to their religious upbringings were somehow doing it for ulterior motives. Parental approval? Social convention? Big fish-little pond status? Laziness? A semi-annual excuse to wear suits or dresses? And those were the nicest ones I could come up with.
But as I walked around that old fashioned Jewish style appetizings store filled with all the Sabbath brunch delicacies of my childhood there wasn’t an ounce of disbelief in me. The heaping mounds of golden white fish? I can see it. I can taste it. I can believe in white fish.
The sticky, sweet homemade coconut macaroons? I would GLADLY read a mishnah tractate about the eternal greatness of macaroons.
I bite down on my roe, cream cheese and lox everything bagel and Judaism all of a sudden makes sense! Who cares if God exists or not. This bagel & lox sure as hell exists, and it wouldn’t without Judaism. Thank you Moses, thank you Abraham, thank you Evan (He was the guy behind the counter).
So in honor of my new found religiosity, here’s a new prayer I’m working on…
“Hear O’ Israel! The Lox, our God, the Lox are one delicious meal. Braised be thy briscuit of His glorious kingdom for ever and ever and for leftovers! Amennnnnn”
If someone could translate this in to Hebrew, that’d be great. And maybe pass it along to my old teachers.
The auto-tune trend in today’s music is ridiculous. Artists use auto-tune because they lack the vocal control to sing on pitch. It’s like if participants in the Tour De France starting using training wheels on their bikes.
“What exactly should the Yankees do with the profits the team generates, if not spend it on ballplayer salaries? Keep it in the Steinbrenner family pockets? Yankees fans don’t feel guilty about the Yankees payroll. It’s not like the team is run at a loss. It’s a business, and their business is winning baseball games. Winning leads to profits from ticket sales, TV, and merchandise; profits are used to sign all-star-caliber talent; and the talent leads to winning.”—Daring Fireball: The Yankees (via heyitsnoah)(via mikehudack)
“So, we’ve decided that we are going to trade our Lieberman for their Lieberman.”—President Obama, quoted by Politico, after his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (via southpol) (via apsies) (via mikehudack)
The Bush/Clinton debate event, for which I bought tickets a few hours ago, was just cancelled but Ticketmaster is not giving me all of my money back. They are taking the $3.20 per order processing fee, and ticketfast (or UPS) delivery charges.
Hello, this is Ticketmaster Customer Service with an important alert for your upcoming event. Presidents Clinton & Bush, scheduled at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, February 25, 2010, at 8:00 pm, has been cancelled.
Your credit card will automatically be credited the ticket price and convenience charges, and should post to your account within 7 to 10 business days. Please note, the $3.20 per order processing fee, any ticketFast, or UPS delivery charges and in-store pick up charges are non-refundable.
“I had a conversation with a very smart guy at Foocamp about two months ago. He made a statement that I’m starting to almost 100% agree with…”If those who are currently making decisions will either be dead or retired in 10 years and won’t truly feel the effects of their decisions, they shouldn’t be allowed to make those decision. The internet is the greatest generation gap since rock-n-roll. They’ll just never understand.”—Jay Parkinson (via soupsoup) (via david-noel) (via mikehudack)
Friday night, Daniel and I saw the 3rd of 4 shows as the Spectrum. It was my 42nd Pearl Jam concert, and probably the best to date, including last night. Hold On, on my top-10 song list, was played for the first time ever. Untitled, Force of Nature, Breath, Crazy Mary, In Hiding… so many highlights. It was an amazing setlist. The first 90 minutes felt like 15. It was just so good.
Gonna See My Friends The Fixer In My Tree Given To Fly Tremor Christ (glass of wine) Untitled > MFC Hold On* Unthought Known In Hiding Deep Habit Cropduster Off He Goes Force of Nature Present Tense Got Some Do The Evolution —encore break— Just Breathe** Parting Ways Jeremy Breath Light Years Rearviewmirror —encore break— Whipping Crazy Mary Footsteps Once Alive Sonic Reducer Baba O’riley