Posts from April 27, 2005

Armed blogger

Armed blogger

: No, that’s not me in the picture at the bottom of the page.

KYOURADIO

KYOURADIO

: I’m way jazzed about Infinity’s radio station by the people: KYOURADIO.com. Will talk about it on MSNBC’s Connected at 5p ET. Will write about it later. Tipping point.

Jumping the shark for Jesus (continued)

Jumping the shark for Jesus (continued)

: Glenn Reynolds gets it right today in his analysis of Bush’s falling polls:

Mickey Kaus refers to “the semi-mysterious slump of President Bush in the polls.”

I don’t think it’s much of a mystery, and I agree with Bush pollster Matthew Dowd that it has something to do with Terri Schiavo. (“The country’s generally unhappy, and maybe they think the Terri Schiavo case is taking away from things that Congress or Washington ought to be working on.”) Only it’s broader than that.

The Democrats’ weakness is that people worry that they’re the party of Jane Fonda. They tried — but failed miserably — to convince people otherwise in the last election.

The Republicans’ weakness is that people worry that they’re the party of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson. They tried, successfully, to convince people otherwise in the last election, but they’re now acting in ways that are giving those fears new life. Add to this the fact that the war is going well, weakening the national security glue that holds Bush’s coalition together, and a drop is natural: People who reluctantly backed Bush because Kerry was just unacceptable on national security are now seeing their worries about domestic issues as more credible.

I think it’s more than that religion is a distraction from the nation’s business. I think Americans get scared when they confront people who are too religious — especially when they do that on the other side of the church/state wall. This doesn’t mean the Democrats should be godless; they should just be religously moderate (read: sane). In the primaries, we will find odd and new coalitions among conservative Catholics and born-agains pushing the Repubicans further to the religious right. But in the general election, a religious mainstreamer can win over a fringer.

: Earlier Jumping-the-Shark-for-Jesus posts here, here, here, here, here, and here.

: What should Bush do? I’ll say it again: Concentrate on energy and health care. Oh, but of course, those are not easy issues for Republicans with big biz interests at stake. So the same advice goes for the Democrats: Concentrate on energy and health care.

To the tune of I Want to Hold Your Hand

To the tune of I Want to Hold Your Hand

: Lots of fun followup to Bush’s hand-holding:

: Matt Welch is blushing for us all. Oh, no, his face is red because he’s frigging outraged.

: Obernews finds the PC angle, calling Welch vaguely homophobic for criticizing two men for holding hands.

: Justin Logan has a proper and well-put fit over that.

: Here’s ThinkProgess’ Bush Checklist: Stroll through wildflowers with dictator? Check. Stand up for pro-democracy Saudis? Naw.

: Electablog’s OHarmony: the dictator dating service.

: Lew Rockwell notes the White House/Fox News spin: The poor man was just slippin’ and slidin’ and Bush was making sure he didn’t fall.

: Yglesias: “… the whole spectacle of an American President begging the Saudi monarchs to lower oil prices is bizarre and repugnant.”

: Here’s a photo album of Bush-Saudi romantic moments.

: And don’t miss this convenient layout moment from the Dallas Morning News: The Picture next to this headline: “House Bans Gay Unions.”

Ratings

Ratings

: Glenn Reynolds jokes that FoxNews’ lead over CNN is declining now that CNN is paying attention to blogs. Well, actually, MSNBC President Rick Kaplan said at a Harvard confab weeks ago that he can track ratings growth in shows to blog diligence. He’s not including blogs in his network’s shows because he thinks we’re cute.

: If that is true, then the CBS Evening News could use some bloggin’. (Last night, by the way, Bob Schieffer marveled at podcasting.)

Chatter

Chatter

: Virginia Postrel is moderating a panel that includes Bill Keller of the Times and Jacob Weisberg of Slate at UCSB. Can’t tell whether it will be aired online. [via Doc]