To you blog newbies (Like Obama, I’m bringing new people into the process), MyDD is one of the original political blogs. Markos Mouli– blogged there before creating Daily Kos. MyDD’s founder Jerome Armstrong, “the blogfather” apparently plays a prominent role in Matt Bai’s new book, The Argument, which I’m prepared to dislike. This is a roundabout way of plugging my latest post at MyDD, What’s the Sphere Waiting For?
You may have noticed that the Beast is growing, with the emergence–nay, ascendance–of Sherwinsky, who weighs in here on Christian Bale’s allure, or lack thereof. I’m agnostic both on the question on Bale’s sex appeal and acting ability, as I’ve missed his last eleven movies or so, since Laurel Canyon, in which he turned in a forgettable performance that I’ve forgotten. I’ve been wanting to see the Machinist even though (or because) it takes the anorexic porn of Survivor episodes to Auschwitz-like levels.
As for Shewinsky, I won’t say much about him–I respect the confidentiality of my colleagues–but I will tell you that he’s long overestimated his vertical jump. Expect to see lackluster puns in the titles of his post.
Has anyone else noticed the Christian Bale love-fest that is taking place in the world’s panties these days? Does anyone else think it’s weird? After seeing Rescue Dawn Lisa (that’s my girlfriend, interneters) called to inform me that she would be having sex with Mr. Bale as soon as the opportunity presented itself. Being somewhat of a homo myself (see Elba, Idris) I rushed out to see this film. It’s a good one, don’t get me wrong. And that dude can act, don’t get me wronger. But I don’t really get it about him.
You know who everyone loves? Paul Rudd. If you don’t love Paul Rudd, you are a humorless eunuch.
I suspect that most of my five readers are new to blogs, so I will, from the to time, explain certain things about the sphere: lingo, protocol, etc. This, for example, is what’s known as blogwhoring.
For a certain kind of person: Bacon of the Month club. Expensive, though.
When W. was running for president and people said, “this guy would make a great baseball commissioner,” I think the idea was to distract him from the world’s helm by dangling baseball’s shiny keys. Commissioner Bush would have way to fucked up baseball AND somehow found a way to invade Iraq. Guiliani, on the other hand, could really do the job. He’s not Kenesaw Mountain Landis, and he’s not really a baseball guy, but he’s tough on crime and he loves the wealthy–a perfect fit for the cheating richies that populate the sport.
David Brooks hates economic populism, of which John Edwards is a leading proponent, so it was a surprise to see him write a fawning column about my guy. Brooks actually did some on-the-ground reporting in Iowa and liked what he saw:
…[T]he Edwards campaign is based on the same conviction that organized his last campaign: no one understands regular people the way he does. No one else can get out of a bus in places like Pocahontas, Iowa, and bond with the farmers, nurses and hairstylists the way he can. No one else comes from their ranks the way he does.
Well said, although elsewhere he says Edwards is “culturally conservative.” A bizarre claim that speaks to JRE’s ability to run to the left and still come off as moderate. A Southern accent has that effect, I guess. Or perhaps Bobo is so surprised to see a liberal connecting with “regular” people, he assumes he must be conservative. Weird. Over at Ezra Klein, Neil the Ethical Werewolf has more.