Democrats are up

Bashful

Now that the Young Republicans’ Club has chosen its ticket, the Democrats are off and running. Far more of them to wade through (why IS that?*) but the Party has thinned the herd down to four potential candidates who will be presenting their platforms this week. First up, Octavian Nothing. *Really, why? I think I […]

>and someday Man will walk on the Moon

>Interesting discussion on the ALSC-L listserv: they are discussing what to do with Judith St. George and David Small’s So You Want to Be President, which, last revised in 2004, includes the statement that “no person of color has been President.” On the one hand it is dated and inaccurate; on the other, the original […]

>I like a man with a sense of humor, and this one is going to need it.

>The Times reports that Mr. President has retaken his oath: For their do-over, the two men convened in the White House Map Room at 7:35 p.m. for a brief proceeding that was not announced until it was completed successfully. “Are you ready to take the oath?” Chief Justice Roberts said. “I am,” Mr. Obama replied. […]

>The true luxury of hindsight: schadenfreude

>I’ve gotten behind on my New Yorkers–I subscribe to the audio edition–and am just now getting through October’s issues, which were filled with news and commentary about the upcoming election. It is infinitely more fun to read about this way–leisure to gloat, of course, but also no nervous tension. I’m getting an idea of why […]

>Add ‘em up, Bobby

>Could somebody do this math for me? If Sarah Palin did in fact receive seven million dollars for a book contract, how many copies would the publisher have to sell to recoup its cost? Would it be possible? Yes, I intend to use song references for my blog headings until I get good and tired […]

>Poor Kate!

>Via Andrew Sullivan, this account of schoolbus cheers: Matthew Whoolery and his wife aren’t blaming the school district for what happened on the bus but they do think all parents need to be careful about what they say and teach their children.Whoolery and his wife couldn’t believe it when their second and third graders got […]

>When the Joke’s On You

>I’m having some trouble with PW editor Sara Nelson’s hand-wringing over the use of King & King by advocates of California’s Proposition 8, which this past Tuesday overturned the right of gay couples to get married in that state. Nelson was upset by a TV ad produced by the Yes on 8 campaign that featured […]

>Just one more musical moment

> Gertrude Stein by Robert Indiana Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson’s opera The Mother of Us All is a wildly fantasized biography of Susan B. Anthony, who, wondering and worrying over whether her celebrity has obscured her cause, asks of her supporters (in her tremendously moving final aria), “Do you know because I tell you […]

>A bipartisan moment

>in honor of the election. Ginsburg and Scalia find common ground in Leontyne Price. Here she is, in what looks to me like an earlier White House appearance:

>Yes, boys, but when no one is looking?

>Katie Couric apparently asked McCain and Obama about their favorite books and got pretty convincing answers: McCain chose For Whom the Bell Tolls and Obama Song of Solomon. As I said in the comments on yesterday’s post re Palin’s reading choices, “What are you reading?” and “What is your favorite book?” aren’t as easy to […]