What’s on your mind this Thursday?
Today’s catchup day for us after what turned out to be a very adventurous week. Here are some of the things on our minds that we’ll expand on later today:
(1) What does picking Sonya Sotomayer for the Supreme Court say about Dr. Utopia and his belief in his own possible re-election? How will moderates take it when they hear, over and over, Sotomayer in her own words, on video, saying she believes the Court’s role is to legislate from the bench? That, and the racist comments she’s made in the past will be very interesting. Is it good strategy for 2010 and 2012 for Dr. Utopia to push moderates away hoping Sotomayer solidifies Hispanics? From our own dealings with the Hispanic community — of which we are certainly no experts on — we’ve seen bread and butter issues trump identity politics. The Hispanic community believed Hillary Clinton would do more for them in the primaries and voted for her in larger numbers than for Dr. Utopia, instead of race-voting like the black community for a fellow minority. It seems the Hispanic community will not follow lockstep behind Dr. Utopia because of a Hispanic Justice if the economic situation has not improved for Hispanics by 2010 and 2012. We can hear them say, “Yah, about time we had a Hispanic Justice, but that was 2009 and this is 2010 and I still don’t have a job and things aren’t better even though he promised us they would be, so why should we support him just because he put Sotomayer on the Court?”. In the meantime, on the Court, Sotomayer has a chance to show everyone the bad behavior she’s become famous for, and put on display what some call a stunning lack of serious intellectual depth in her opinions and rulings. The nastiness towards those who have appeared before her in her courtroom could very well come out in the confirmation hearings as well — during which she will be surely confirmed, as there are not enough votes to stop her. But, in the end, what will Dr. Utopia have really gained from this? It sure feels like he doesn’t think there will be a second term for him, or many more chances to put radicals on the Court so he’s taking every opportunity presented instead of going with sensible moderate choices like our favorite for the Court, Ann Claire Williams.
(2) The attacks on Senator Roland Burris yesterday were ridiculous. The local news here in Chicago is savaging him. We’ll go point by point later in the day as to what’s going on with that, but essentially they are saying Burris bought or tried to buy his Senate seat for the whopping sum of $1,500. Now, Jesse Jackson Jr. offered $500,000 for that Senate seat, but had trouble coming up with the funding for it or it would have been his. The local media is saying Blagojevich thought this was a valuable prize to be auctioned off — so he opens up bidding and then shouts SOLD! at $1,500? That makes no sense. And, quite frankly, if we had caught word that the Senate seat could have been bought for just a few thousand dollars, we would have pulled together all of our pennies and bought that Senate seat for $2,000 at auction for one of us here. The local media is ridiculous, and are operating on marching orders from the White House to take Burris down so Dr. Utopia’s friend and basketball buddy Alexi Giannoulias, scion of the mob-backed Broadway Bank family, can take the Senate seat. More on this later…but ask yourself critically if the media’s attacks on Burris make any sense at all.
(3) North Korea and Iran. Weren’t all of our enemies supposed to love us the moment Dr. Utopia was elected president? Doesn’t Dr. Utopia want to surrender all of our nuclear weapons and usher in a Golden Age where America is defenseless against all threats foreign and domestic? Apparently, Pyongyang and Tehran don’t get MSNBC
(4) WordPress has been acting strange lately, hence the lack of posts. We’re not sure what the problem is, if it’s their servers or more trouble using a Mac with WordPress. These are all problems we hope to have resolved with a site of our own on a new dedicated server later this summer. It’s hard not having the ability to post on various things throughout the day, but in a way it forced us to focus on some other things and take a much needed hiatus from the computer…so sometimes the universe brings you the wrong French toast.
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