Ezra Klein asks about John Huntsman's soon-to-be presidential campaign, "Can someone sketch me out an even moderately plausible scenario in which a moderate Republican governor who broke with his party on civil unions and cap-and-trade and then joined the Obama administration wins both the GOP nomination and the presidential election in 2012?" I will rise to the challenge!
Even before President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address last week, the press narrative was clear: Obama would be "moving to the center," a voyage that would anger his Democratic supporters, be dismissed as inadequate by his Republican opponents, but would probably help him with independent voters.
Over at FrumForum, the pseudonymous Richmond Ramsey gives an interesting discussion of Fox Geezer Syndrome. Apparently, his parents have lately gone nuts on the subject of politics; as his father explained about his mother, "She’s been like that ever since she started watching Glenn Beck.":
Back home, I mentioned to a friend over beers how much Fox my mom and dad watched, and how angry they now were about politics.
"Yours too?!" he said. "I've noticed the same thing with mine. They weren't always like this, but since they retired, they've gotten into Fox, and you can't even talk to them anymore without hearing them read the riot act about Obama."
If you're over the age of 30 or so, there was probably a time when you thought the idea of getting a cell phone was kind of silly. I remember saying, "I'm not a doctor, or a drug dealer, so what would I need one of those things for?" Then more and more people started to get them, and for a while I still thought it was kind of ridiculous. The breaking point came when I had to pick my better half up at the airport and we couldn't find each other. "Enough is enough," I said, and we got cell phones soon after.
And a few years later, it's the idea of leaving the house without your phone that seems ridiculous: