There are news cycles when stories just telescope on each other and things get weirder and wilder. The last few weeks have been like that, so action packed with political revolutions, coups, a slew of celebrity deaths including one super icon and another, regular icon, and then for dessert you get an extremely large serving of inept republicans bordering on bizarro world. Its enough to make your head spin and while exciting, as a voracious news consumer, its exhausting, and I am watching/listening to a Yankees baseball game almost everyday too! Not to mention, as well, several meals a day for the childrens.
So I was looking forward to the weekend when not only is there generally less content but its the weekend for God’s sake and a long weekend in the States. Since I am living in Argentina, and the one Fourth of July celebration that was happening in BA was canceled because of the swine flu (another post), I don’t have picnic and parades to keeping me off the internets… Sarah Palin resigned!
What is it about Sarah Palin people see her as a viable political leader? I just don’t get it. When she opens her mouth its beauty pageant Q&A..no substance AT ALL…. I see her personal story compelling and soap opera like at times so I get the media’s interest in her, but how does that translate to a politician with policy credentials. I think our society is getting dangerously close to equating a telephotogenic person with a buzz, as a leader. OK, sounds a bit like Obama. But please, he has cred, street and policy. He did not need to be jacked up by some Eliza Doolittle operation to make him substantial. I think that’s what we are looking at here. I think Bill Kristol needed a job and now he has one as Henry Higgins. This would all be so delicious if it wasn’t so frickin scary.
Paul Begala, me hearts him, wrote a piece that nails it. I love reading him because he witty without being satire. This is a solid opinion editorial that understands the historical and political context of what he writes. Excellent and Funny.
Here is a thoughtful and measured piece by a student on the ground in Tehran, while clearly depressed about the lull in participation by the masses, clearly this isnt over.
Bob Herbert wrote this interesting op-ed about how Michael Jackson’s weird reality is analogous to our culture’s inability deal with society’s real problems head on.
And finally, the Yankee’s play of the week, chosen, by Owen, the O’Connell Family’s MLB expert and archivist of all obscure baseball stats.