Birther Madness

6 01 2011

Gonna be a long two fucking years.

An apparent member of the birther movement seated in the gallery of the House of Representatives on Thursday interrupted a reading of the Constitution. The woman yelled out “Except Obama, except Obama, help us Jesus!” as Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) read the “natural born citizen” clause of the Constitution.

-Ian





McRibs

5 11 2010

It’s no surprise that Mitch is acting like the little dog half of the little dog/bulldog combo from the old Warner Bros. cartoons.  The Orange Man is going to be Speaker and wield actual power, but McConnell is still going to only wield pretend power, and it’s obviously driving him nuts.  More interesting has been watching the power dynamic over the past couple of days.  At least to some degree, the Republicans have tried to keep a lid on their satanic glee, but it’s a sad act—a little like a fat, stupid kid who can barely contain his amazement that he’s found his way back into the larder—and before another week or two have passed I have a sense that the mask will have slipped off entirely.

Of course, it’s not as though they’re trying too hard.  No one’s tied Michele Bachmann to a chair.  And handing off Grand Inquisitor duties to Darrell Issa isn’t exactly a subtle move, either.  And, in a way, that’s okay.  Character is destiny, after all, and the GOP’s character is all about grievance and triumphalism.  I’d say that it’s going to be amusing watching the Tea Party people (to the extent that they actually exist) wake up to the monsters they’ve just returned to power, but somehow I don’t think we’re going to have to worry too much about that, either.

—Jason





“Knock the Hell out of the Place”

11 08 2010

Awesome.

It’s mostly a string of non-sequiturs delivered in a tone that suggests a robotized somnolence, but even so you have to admire the effort’s general creepiness, and the little shoulder-dip at the 00:21 mark (he’s standing up off a stool, I think) suggests a balletic quality in line with the stylized unreality of the piece as a whole.

A+

—Jason





Hating on the Constitution – Redux

3 08 2010

Harry Reid saying it like it is.

“They’ve either taken leave of their senses or their principles.”

-Ian





Hating on the Constitution

3 08 2010

Originalists all!

—Jason





No! “Precedented”!

16 03 2010

Ezra is right on the merits here, of course.  The only sane way to proceed is to decide how our legislative institutions are going to work and then turn those decisions into rule-guided normative standards.  Unfortunately, we seem to have inherited a political system in which routinely enacting extraordinary measures has become commonplace, while efforts to correct the process will be—you can bet your bottom dollar—a new kind of media freakout.

Seriously, just wait until Democrats start talking about filibuster reform.  How many times do you think you’re going to have to see clips from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington?

—Jason