THE MCCAIN PARADOX. To take another quote from Matt's article, he's right that Maverick McStraightTalkJohn McCain "has the misfortune of being both the most conservative candidate in the race and the one most hated by conservatives." It's quite strange, and is one of the ways in which the Bush personality cult will hurt the GOP going forward.
IRRATIONAL HATRED OF UNIONS IS NOT A DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLE. Recently, Mark Kleimannoted, against Mickey Kaus's frequent contention that busting teacher's unions that prevent school boards from replacing bad teachers with the immense pool of brilliant teachers just waiting to be freed from odious tenure protections is the key to improving America's education system, that 1) states that don't have strong teacher's unions don't have particularly good educational outcomes, and 2) while it's a difficult social science problem, the systematic evidence that having non-union teaching improved education is scant to non-existent.
HOW DARE YOU SHOW THE EFFECTS OF MY POLICIES! I've been looking forward to this since Friday:
Something I didn't photograph, but wished I did:Nation magazine writer Max Blumenthal queued up to get a book signed by Michelle Malkin. When he reached her, however, he didn't produce a book. He produced this photo and asked her to sign it. According to Blumenthal, Malkin got so angry she left the table; video that can prove or disprove this telling should be posted on Monday.
I BLAME JAMES MADISON. At her other online venue, J. Goodrich has a good discussion of American political culture and its role in the fact that the United States maintains an irrational health care system that provides much narrower coverage for much more money (including more state money) than other comparable liberal democracies. While this is important, I think that the single most important factor (both going forward and going backward) is the institutional structure of American government, with its unusually high number of veto points.