SOME MARQUETTE HISTORY. Yesterday, the boss, Mountaineer Mike Tomasky, the long-lost Pittsnogle child, had some sport with my alma mater on the subject of Native American nicknames. It is true that Marquette University rather has tied itself in knots over the old "Warrior" name. Some explanation is necessary.
TIME TO LET GAYS SERVE OPENLY? Civil rights advances are often made during times of war -- when an oppressed group proves itself capable of fulfilling every obligation of citizenship. Women�s suffrage being buoyed by the increased presence of women in the workplace during World War I comes to mind, as does the 1948 desegregation of the military. So I wonder if gay rights advocates can make something out of this news, reported in The New York Times on Tuesday:
The Defense Department discharged 726 service members last year for being gay, up about 10 percent from 2004, figures released by a gay rights group show.
FROM THE PRINT ISSUE: JUST A GIGOLO. Everyone's talking about George Allen today. No doubt the man has some ethnic sensitivity issues. And as our own Garance Franke-Rutadetails in the Prospect's September issue, the Virginia senator has got some business issues too: In the 1990s, he served on the board of a Virginia tech firm called Xybernaut Corp. Xybernaut manufactured and marketed a product as sci-fi-like -- and dubious -- as the company�s name: a wearable hands-free computer headset, with a little screen that flips down in front of one eye.
LET'S GO TO THE VIDEOTAPE.This cannot be a good thing. The single most important televised moment in human history and they can't find the tape? The people who made Tom Hanks out of duct tape and got him home from out by the Moon somewhere, and nobody there can file something properly? Hell, TV Land can find every damn episode of Three's Company that ever aired, and NASA can't lay its hands on Neil Armstrong's big entrance? And I don't even want to think about what's going on right now in the various paranoid precincts of the Internets.
THE MESSAGE IS THE MESSAGE. I watched the DSCC adAdelementioned below, and what I'll say is that the great thing about the spot is that it doesn't really make any kind of argument or logical sense. Rather, it simply has a clear emotive message -- if you find yourself increasingly frightened by the world situation, blame the guys who've been running the country.
SO THAT'S THEIR SECRET.Matt likes to argue that large swaths of today's right are "motivated more by a distrust of leftwingers" than by anything else. I happen to think he's right, and so I took particular pleasure in seeing Bill Kristol prove this thesis in his latest editorial. There, he notes that "Lamont is pro-carrot," which is to say Lamont believes you can achieve more abroad through incentives than punishments.
IT'S THE ECONOMY, STUPID. I think the bursting of the tech bubble that Mattidentifies as kickstarting upscale populism is actually pretty good evidence for Noam Scheiber's argument that the wealthy are fickle allies for the progressive movement, and that whatever support they currently provide will dissipate as soon as political/economic conditions become more favorable for moderates. That said, the heyday of the DLC Democrats was not during the tech bubble of the late '90s, but during the collapse of old-school liberalism in the late '80s.
MACAQUE THIS.Ryan Lizza makes a great point on George Allen�s "Macaque" slur. As of now, it's a weird term that few of us know, and Allen is seeking to capitalize on it by claiming that "I don't know what it means." Why'd he use a word he doesn't know? Because it sounds vaguely like "mohawk," a word that doesn't describe the target's haircut, but sounds enough like "macaque" that the Allen campaign has decided to make it the alibi (left unexplained is why Allen didn't just use the word "mohawk").