We hope you don’t hear from us for a couple of weeks. Of course, if news breaks we’ll be here – but it’ll be sad if news breaks. But then again, something has happened most Christmases ’round here.
As goes California, so goes the nation? One would hope not, but things like this and this response thereto have a certain internal logic. The administration and its Congressional cohorts have moved so far left so fast that Republicans could make historic sweeps in ’10 and ’12. But, given the forces examined in these pieces, moderate gains are really all we can hope for. It’s a crying shame how we blow up our best chances to achieve genuine progress rapidly.
And speaking of shames – this is sad. Evan’s historic family roots in the Democratic party would prevent him from ever switching sides, which is probably what he ought to do, but as Democrats go he is one of the smarter ones. It’s funny though how the Democrats can do this stuff without tearing their party apart.
Mormon Stuff . . .
Funny or insulting? That’s the problem with identity humor, hard to tell.
Definitely insulting. As insulting as analyzing Palin’s eschatology.
Obama Stuff . . .
Romney Stuff . . .
See the third item. That’s the Mitt Romney I know.
I wonder what Dick Armey’s beef is? Haley Barbour’s a great guy, but not running – I hear whispers of too many skeletons.
When will people figure out that no one will be thinking about health care by the time ’12 rolls around? Geraghty is usually smarter than that.
Religion Stuff . . .
If we’re not careful, it may come down to stuff like this:
…the British Courts rather than Jewish religious authorities have the right to determine who is a Jew.
That is something I would certainly like to avoid.
Closing With A Question . . .
Prayer always helps. But does public prayer about politics with full media coverage? Something to discuss in the comments – or on our Facebook fan page over the holidays.
Lowell chiming in . . .
The Conan O’Brien bit is not very funny, I suspect, to most people. I didn’t find it offensive, just not funny. Heaven knows there are funny things about Mormons and Mormon culture, but that skit missed them.
Generally, I don’t think it’s a good idea to have laughs at the expense of any faith, unless it is one’s own and the audience is composed either of adherents or “friendlies.” In other words, I will listen to my Jewish friends tell jokes about their culture, but I won’t tell such jokes myself.
While I’m thinking about this, I am asking myself: Is a similar skit about Catholics or Jews conceivable? I must admit that the answer is yes. (Think of Father Guido Sarducci of Saturday Night Live fame.) It’s a little harder to think of a similar Jewish skit, however, and a Muslim skit like that one is simply inconceivable. Mormons and Catholics do seem to be fair game, and perhaps Evangelicals too. Theories as to why that may be abound. My favorite is that those groups are pretty well-established and are largely considered “white” and middle-class. To me, it’s just part of the landscape.