It was a rainy night here in last night in DC -- a night to put your gear on.
- I am finding the apologetics for Dominique Strauss-Kahn from the likes of Bernard Henri-Levy and the laughable Ben Stein to be appalling. The notion that men of a certain class and position are not rapists or sexual predators is so preposterous on its face. The whole thing smacks of sexism, racism, classism -- it's just ugly to the core. And the French public, of which 57% thinks DSK is the victim of some kind of plot, should be ashamed. I am particularly amused at the outrage over DSK being handcuffed and denied bail -- here is a guy who 1) has been arrested for a serious and violent crime; and 2) is a flight risk to the Nth degree -- nabbed by the police just as he was about to fly (first class of course) back to his homeland, a country that we know has no scruples about sheltering sexual predators, provided they have the right cache. Look for the wholesale villification of this uppity African, Muslim chambermaid in the coming weeks -- why she acts as though it would not have been an honor to be taken against her will by one of the best sorts of people.
- On a lighter note, the wholesale implosion of Newt Gingrich in one week of candidacy for the presidency is one of the funniest things I've ever seen in politics. The guy is even a worse candidate than I imagined he would be. Can you imagine what a disaster he would be if he ever somehow managed to win the office? I am intrigued, as well, by the notion that he and his wife #3 managed to run up debts to Tiffany's in the $250,000 to $500,000 range. That ought to really bolster his credentials as a fiscal conservative.
Must do some work.
What's going on with all of you?