21 May 2008

I’m completely sick of the conventional wisdom that Barack Obama somehow has a problem with “hard-working white Americans.” He didn’t have this problem in Oregon, let alone the other mostly-white states where he’s won. Instead, as Josh Marshall notes, he doesn’t do well with white voters from Appalachia—relatively small potatoes in the general election—but an “Appalachian problem” doesn’t have the same sense of urgency as what the media & the Clinton campaign have construed.

By the way, I’m white. (But I often wonder about the “hard-working” part.)

19 May 2008

From my inbox:

E-mail is [redacted]’s primary communication for communications and updates.

I also like to communicate by using communications!

15 May 2008

For all you web developers out there

I’d like you to meet the latest technology:


11 May 2008

Work has been busy, and life at home has been a higher priority than blogging, now that I’m a M-F commuter. (Maybe I ought to start analog blogging journaling during my train ride!)

So here’s a brief note to make up for my negligence. Matthew Yglesias notices Michael Isikoff’s bizarre remark about John McCain’s relationship with lobbyists:

But some allies worry that Goodyear’s selection could fuel perceptions that McCain—who has portrayed himself as a crusader against special interests—is surrounded by lobbyists.

This Goodyear fellow lobbied for the Burmese military (those kind folks who won’t let aid workers into their country), and McCain selected him to run the Republican national convention. Isikoff would’ve been better served by replacing “could fuel perceptions” with “could cause people to notice.”

This is the archive for commonplace book entries that I published in May 2008.