Selected reading (Tuesday)

December 9, 2008 at 11:04 pm | Posted in Misc. | Leave a comment

The rest of the week will probably be light on those posts which require any deep thought, but I should have enough time to produce one of these each day.

First, your round-up of “Gosh, Rod Blagojevich is (allegedy) more of an idiot than anyone could’ve imagined”:

During the call, ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated, “unless I get something real good for [Senate Candidate 1], shit, I’ll just send myself, you know what I’m saying….And if I don’t get what I want and I’m not satisfied with it, then I’ll just take the Senate seat myself.”  Later, ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated that the Senate seat “is a fucking valuable thing, you just don’t give it away for nothing.”


Later in the conversation, ROD BLAGOJEVICH said he knows that the President-elect wants Senate Candidate 1 for the open seat but “they’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation. Fuck them.”

  • Yeah, fuck Obama and all that pansy-ass, ‘obeying the law’ shit. I like Ta-Nehisi Coates‘ response:

In the words of Avon Barksdale, Governor, they seen your ghetto-ass coming from a mile away. I wonder if this is why Valerie Jarrett pulled out. I swear the last year has been one big blaxploitation flick. Without the guns. And without the white girls…

  • So did the President-elect do anything wrong? For that, I’ll hand you over to Marc Ambinder:

Having read through the charging document twice, there’s no evidence whatsoever that anyone associated with the Obama presidential transition did anything improper. Obama himself is barely mentioned.

  • According to TPM, Blagojevich apparently had one corrupt hack willing to buy Obama’s seat.
  • So who fills Obama’s Senate seat now? Well, Sen. Dick Durbin has the novel idea of allowing the Illinois voters to pick their next Senator. Understandably, Wonkette are having none of it:

Oh Dick Durbin, have you forgotten everything about your state’s politics? Do you think that just because Blaggy’s in jail, the corrupt General Assembly members have stopped bribing him for their preferred replacements? Obviously the voters of Illinois deserve nothing, anyway, since their recent electoral judgment has produced two (2) consecutive criminal governors and one douchebag Senator who started running for president after four minutes on the job.

Elsewhere, stateside:

  • In a debate that has the tendency to get a bit heated, Ezra Klein does a very fine good job weighing the different judgements of the appointments Barack Obama’s made so far.
  • Not content with being stalked by Bill O’Reilly, The New Yorker’s Hendrik Hertzberg has acquired the scorn of former Speaker Newt Gingrich, who apparently thinks the dude’s a ‘total jerk’. Yes, that’s the same Newt Gingrich who tried to impeach Bill Clinton for having an affair, who at the very same time he was having an affair of his own. But Hertzberg’s the jerk, obviously.

Back in dear old Blighty:

  • Behold the new capitalism! Robert Peston and Marcus Shukla discuss what global capitalism 2.0 (or should that be 3.0?) will look like once the fallout from the financial crisis known. Meanwhile, in a piece for The Atlantic monthly, Henry Blodget warns that capitalism will revert to type before too long, and we’re all partly to blame.
  • The ‘nef triple crunch blog’ has some noteworthy news about efforts towards a ‘Green New Deal
  • At the Centre For Cities, Dermot Flinch writes about proposals to radically reform Regional Development Agencies.
  • Continuing the reformist bent, The F Word carries an interesting post about reforming parental leave entitlements.
  • George Monbiot is a bit hit-and-miss for me, and even when he’s right it’s easy to be put off by his hectoring tone. Nonetheless, this column on the urgency of the climate protests seems just about right.
  • We thought Ken was bad enough, but it’s quite likely that Boris Johnson is even worse at picking his advisers

And finally…

  • The Times lists its top 100 records of the year, and… it’s actually not that bad. They certainly couldn’t have made a safer pick for the #1 spot than Fleet Foxes, but there weren’t too many records which were better. Case in point:

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