ONLY THE POOR... can run for the president of the United States on the platform of fighting poverty. That's the only conclusion I can reach from Marc Ambinder's blog post, which is on the ever-popular topic of John Edwards's $400 haircuts, but this time mixed with the question why Mitt Romney's $300 face paint doesn't raise as many eyebrows or power as many opinion columns:
Why doesn't John Edwards's hair equal Mitt Romney's face paint?
TALKING BACK TO MICHAEL MOORE. The responses to Michael Moore's documentary Sicko have been as swift as may be expected. It was heartening to see the media suddenly combing through all the evidence they had been given. Even Sanjay Gupta accused Moore of fudging his data! I don't remember Gupta showing much critical acumen before.
MORE ON KRISTOL'S PINK SPECTACLES. I wonder where I could buy some of those. Opinion pieces are usually dim and pessimistic musings, but Bill Kristol has found a way round that problem. As Danapointed out earlier, he did it by donning the pink glasses and by hugely ignoring any and all evidence which would argue against his point of view. Hugely.
CUT-ME-OWN-THROAT DIBBLER. C.M.O.T. Dibbler is a character in Terry Pratchett's science fiction books, which are all set in a place called Discworld. Dibbler is not really a criminal but an entrepreneur. From the back of the Discworld books:
Usually seen selling some kind of food in a bun (no matter how questionable its origins), C.M.O.T. Dibbler is always on the lookout for Discworld's latest business opportunity (again, no matter how questionable its origins). Not a man who asks questions, in fact, and he would prefer if you would also keep off ones like "what's in this sausage?"
LET THEM GO TO EMERGENCY ROOMS. (That is my feeble attempt to find something like "Let Them Eat Cake" for the title of this post.) Dan Froomkingives us this beautiful quote from the president on the topic of access to health care:
Bush spent a fair amount of time talking about health care yesterday, as well.
"The immediate goal is to make sure there are more people on private insurance plans. I mean, people have access to health care in America," he said. "After all, you just go to an emergency room."