20th Century Man - Ray Davies
You keep all your smart modern writers
Give me William Shakespeare
You keep all your smart modern painters
I'll take Rembrandt, Titian, Da Vinci and Gainsborough
We'll dedicate this one to Charles Murray. After all, it is one of the fifty greatest conservative rock songs of all time.
It seems like time for a general free for all, so please join in. Before I resume billing, here are a couple of things that I've been enjoying.
- The epic, albeit entirely predictable, failure of Americans Elect has been a source of much mirth in the lefty blogosphere and deservedly so. I found myself in the strange position of agreeing with Douthat on this -- that is, there is actually zero appeal to a party geared to the Friedmannite center -- as Atrios would say, no one really gives a shit about the deficit and no one actually wants to have their Social Security or Medicare benefits cut. I think the most promising route for a third party candidate would be a populist oriented campaign aimed at the white working class -- it would be pro-trade barriers, anti-immigration, pro-gun, and pro-growth, even if that growth was spurred by government programs and employment. It would be much more Pat Buchanan than Michael Bloomberg. It certainly wouldn't win -- but it could attract the resentful right who understand that capital gains tax cuts don't do them any good. There is virtually no constituency for the Simpson-Bowles world view other than the well-heeled folks who spend their Sundays working as talking heads.
- As a proud Bay Stater by birth, this made me happy.
- And Ruy Teixeira explains why Obama could win in Arizona. It may not happen in 2012, but I think the Dems will carry this state in either 2016 or 2020.
- I think the fact that Obama has a small lead in North Carolina right now is a positive sign.
Jump on in with your thoughts.