J. Goodrich

J. Goodrich is a recovering economist and the sole proprietor of the political blog Echidne of the Snakes. She also blogs for TAPPED.

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HILLARY-BASHING . Glenn Beck has said that Hillary Clinton 's voice is grating, something to trigger the images of nagging wives in the minds of all red-bloodied American male conservatives. The b**ch term was used, too. Not very subtle work from our Glenn, but then he is not paid for subtlety. Media Matters for America caught a more subtle version of Hillary-bashing: On the March 15 edition of NBC's Today , co-host Meredith Vieira asked Democratic presidential candidate and Sen. Barack Obama (IL) about "the marriage factor" in the 2008 election, saying that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) "all married multiple times." She added, "Plus, [Sen.] Hillary Clinton [D-NY] has had her marriage troubles as well." Sigh. And there are almost two years of this ahead of us. Would it be very unprofessional of me to point out that George W. Bush doesn't exactly have a bedroom voice, either, and that American women...


BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY? One of the funniest things I ever saw on television was the Republican Congressman Lynn Westmoreland 's inability to name all Ten Commandments on the Stephen Colbert show; funny, because Westmoreland was on the show for the very reason that he advocated wider knowledge of those commandments. No wonder then, that Rahm Emanuel in his role as the Democratic Caucus chairman doesn't like baby Democratic politicians to go on Colbert's show. They might fall flat on their faces, too, because Colbert will encourage that to happen. After all, he is in the comedy bidness. What does Emanuel think about these same members of the Congress participating in the political shows of Fox News? There's the same encouragement towards falling flat on ones face without the compensating humor, and the skills of negotiating those dangers are no more common than the skills of winning against an experienced comedian. -- J.Goodrich


POPE BENEDICT ON THE MORAL DUTY OF POLITICIANS . Benedict 's most recent 140 pages of advice for the Catholic Church include a list of his non-negotiables : The Church's opposition to gay marriage is "non-negotiable" and Catholic politicians have a moral duty to oppose it, as well as laws on abortion and euthanasia, Pope Benedict says. Here is the word "moral" again. Earlier today I read about General Peter Pace 's views of homosexuality as immoral, and then I read that these views were his personal ones. But the same cannot be said about the Pope's views. This makes it important to understand what "a moral duty" for Catholic politicians entails. At least we are told what the consequences of failing in this duty might be : The Pope implied local bishops could not turn a blind eye to such politicians. "Bishops are bound to reaffirm constantly these values as part of their responsibility to the flock entrusted to them," he wrote. I guess no communion to naughty politicians? They may...


WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH THE WOUNDED SOLDIERS? The Walter Reed hospital scandal struck a nerve in the country, and politicians of all stripes are scrambling to be on the right side of history on this one. George Bush expressed his utter disgust at what had taken place under his watch: "Some of our troops have experienced bureaucratic delays and living conditions that are less than they deserve," Bush told an American Legion gathering in Washington. "It is unacceptable to me, it is unacceptable to you, and it is unacceptable to our country and it is not going to continue." ... "We have a moral obligation to provide the best possible care and treatment to the men and women who have served our country," the president said. "They deserve it and they are going to get it." Or perhaps they could just be declared well enough to go back for another tour in Iraq? Some wounded soldiers are arguing that this is what happens, to make up the numbers needed for the surge: "This is not right," said...


I'M NOT USUALLY IN THE BUSINESS OF SELF-PROMOTION , but Kay 's and Dana 's posts on Hillary Clinton 's plans to reintroduce the Paycheck Fairness Act reminded me that I have written a very accessible three-part series on the gender gap in wages for a noneconomist. It begins with a survey of some alternative theories, continues with a fairly detailed explanation of one government-funded study into the wage gap and ends with a clear and calm explanation of how conservatives are distorting the debate. Highly recommended. As good for you as bran in your diet and much more enjoyable to acquire. Especially on International Women's Day. -- J. Goodrich