Archive for February, 2009

Texas, Part II, Part III

February 16, 2009

A last few to tide nobody over til nowhen:

Remarkable piece in Vanity Fair

February 15, 2009

First draft of history: From “An Oral History of the Bush White House”

Lawrence Wilkerson, top aide and later chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell: We had this confluence of characters—and I use that term very carefully—that included people like Powell, Dick Cheney, Condi Rice, and so forth, which allowed one perception to be “the dream team.” It allowed everybody to believe that this Sarah Palin–like president—because, let’s face it, that’s what he was—was going to be protected by this national-security elite, tested in the cauldrons of fire. What in effect happened was that a very astute, probably the most astute, bureaucratic entrepreneur I’ve ever run into in my life became the vice president of the United States. He became vice president well before George Bush picked him. And he began to manipulate things from that point on, knowing that he was going to be able to convince this guy to pick him, knowing that he was then going to be able to wade into the vacuums that existed around George Bush—personality vacuum, character vacuum, details vacuum, experience vacuum.”

History to repeat?

February 15, 2009

From Frank Rich’s column today:

“Republicans will also be judged by the voters. If they want to obstruct and filibuster while the economy is in free fall, the president should call their bluff and let them go at it. In the first four years after F.D.R. took over from Hoover, the already decimated ranks of Republicans in Congress fell from 36 to 16 in the Senate and from 117 to 88 in the House.”

16 Republicans in the Senate? Wow. That should be about right come 2012.

Crispin Glover on Letterman

February 14, 2009

In the wake of Joaquin Phoenix…

Richard Pryor on Sesame Street

February 11, 2009

Beyond awesome

February 11, 2009

Texas, Part II, Part II

February 1, 2009

Long time coming. Busy rambling here. Six for the price of three.