Jonah Goldberg said liberals only liked Obama because they didn't know any real (that is, poor and dangerous) black people; Taranto
said Democrats were intimidated into nominating him, as an old lady
might be intimidated into surrendering her purse to a mugger.
And as he says, and we agree, it was a very odd year. For example,
It was the year when it finally became apparent that the West's economy
was entirely based upon the ruling class's willingness to believe in
the literal existence of golden unicorns that shoot rubies out of their
eyes and gold bricks out of their arses, leading to massive government
investment to shore up the ruby-shooting, gold-shitting unicorn
...And it was a year in which the great and the
good leapt to their feet in spirited defence of lowly Georgia, finally
opening their mouths to righteously denounce the mighty Russian
bastards, before slowly sitting back down, opening their newspapers and
pretending they'd never spoken as it emerged that the Russo-Georgian
War was a bit more of a level-bastardry field than we had initially been led to believe.
Here are a few specifics (he worked backwards starting with December 2008) from Part 1:
Though it was nominated for a Grammy, we just don't think there's been nearly enough screaming about Harry Shearer's musical send-up of the Bush administration's main players. If you've had all the peace and good will you can handle, you might enjoy a bit of black comedy, in diverse musical stylings.
If you're looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for a progressive friend, we don't see how you could do better than this album (available at I-Tunes):
Conservative Andrew Breitbart intends to start a new website on which conservatives will review films. Derrierism, a new school of film criticism that Jon Swift identified in August 2007---and a tag which made its way into the Urban Dictionary--- has evolved from "an esoteric school of film criticism championed by a few forward-thinking critics." (Swift 12-9-2008). Quoting extensively from Mr. Swift, the Urban Dictionary defines derrierism as follows:
The critical method of judging movies by whether your buttocks moves in
the seat while watching them. Derrièrists dispense with such niceties
as subtlety and thought in movie criticism, believing that
intellectuals, relativists, existentialists, pacifists, and no doubt
the Communist Left have had the upper hand in film-making for too long.
In short, a "derrierist" is a film reviewer who pulls film reviews out of his---or indeed her---ass.
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In celebration of Gen. Shinseki's selection, let us ride the Wayback Pony to that later time when everyone knew he was right. Rumsfeld wanted to take his hand off the bicycle seat; Bush wanted to hear "from as many ideas and opinions as possible." And he wasn't going to stop fighting and put diplomats on the ground till all violent means were utterly exhausted!
We've been trying very hard not to think about the "Bush legacy project," since its very existence defies common sense, decency, geometry, and reality. We're afraid of getting sucked into some GOP black hole of revisionism and coming out on the other side in a world like Camazotz in A Wrinkle in Time where everything is controlled by "Bush's Brain" and all the moms stay home, the dads all go to work, and everyone does everything in exactly the same way and at the same time, all the time. And (channeling Berke Breathed now) is compelled every Sunday to attend the Christianist Church of his or her choice (no Quakers on Bush World).
Peggy Noonan hasn't seen any sign yet of this "recession" thing everyone keeps banging on about---her corner of the world looks pretty comfy and business-as-usual and full of affluent Christmas shoppers to her---and she and her ilk are feeling a bit nervous because now that Bush is going, some menace or threat might saw off the branch on which their designed-by-Hermes silk cocoons are suspended and crush their way of life under its collective heel.
Our co-blog Buck Naked Politics rounded up blogger commentary on the trampling/stampeding death one Wal-Mart employee as a result of over-enthusiastic Wal-Mart shoppers here. Mr. Swift has a somewhat different take. Like William Kristol, who urged Bush to pardon wiretappers and torturers (see our nutshell summary), Mr. Swift would like to see Bush pardon the Wal-Mart shoppers and---following Kristol's lead---award the offenders the Medal of Freedom.
"After following his work for a few years, it seems fair to say that
Pastor Swank’s default discursive mode will soon be indistinguishable
in tone from the ravings on a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s soap." (Gavin M., Happy Swanksgiving)
"Blatt is the kind of guy that, had he been born a turkey..., he would have spent his formative years
dreaming of growing up to be a spokesman for Butterball. (Clif, The True Meaning of Thanksgiving)
"I don’t know about you, but I’d rather convert to Mormonism than attend
a Republican punk rock concert or watch a conservative performance
artist perform. And what would a conservative performance artist do
exactly? Smear her chastely-clothed body in crude oil while chanting
“Drill, Baby, Drill”?" (Clif, Young, Dumb, Hung, and Full of _____)