October 14th, 2008


[politics] Legacies

The Republican party, through the vehicle of the Bush administration along with a mindless dedication to the twin deities of tax cutting and deregulation, has already left America with the legacy of an economic slump which could last half a generation, along with diplomatic and military declines which may be irreversible in our lifetimes. Most importantly, their antiscience agenda has retarded critical action on global warming so long that millions of lives and trillions of dollars of infrastructure and productivity worldwide will be lost in the coming decades.

McCain has a special, personal legacy to add to that. Remember how in 1972, and even in 1976, Ronald Reagan was a perennial joke candidate of the far Right, laughed at by even other Republicans? By 1980, he was the salvation of Republican party and the hero of modern conservatism. [ETA: vee_ecks corrects my political history in comments. Thank you for setting me straight.] Regardless of who wins this election, in 2012 and 2016, we may see a strong, credible Palin candidacy for president. Blame for that one, and the frightening possibility of a President Palin, may be McCain’s most enduring legacy, long after the venal dishonesty and say-anything opportunism of his current presidential campaign has faded from the public mind. I never thought I’d see anyone who could make Bush-43 look good, but Senator McCain has found her.

For whatever it’s worth, I hope like hell I’m deeply wrong about all of the above.

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.


[links] Link salad for an Omaha Tuesday

A cogent explanation for Global Warming — At last! (Thanks to lillypond, a/k/a my sister.)

Finding Terrestrial Worlds in the DustCentauri Dreams with more on exoplanets, a specific fascination of mine.

Cassini in the dustThe international Cassini space probe flew within 16 miles of the surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus yesterday — a breathtakingly close flyby designed to gather dust and water particles that will help scientists better understand the recently discovered geysers that spew constantly from the moon’s south pole. (Thanks to lt260.)

Death by MeteoriteBad Astronomy Blog on death from above and the magic of low probability statistics. Kind of funny, also of definite scientific interest.

When Cancer is Just the Beginning — Immune responses to cancer, and using them as potential treatments.

Study: Many cancer patients forgoing care because of costAmong patients with incomes under $40,000, one in four in advanced stages of the disease refused treatment. Our market-based healthcare system sure produces a win-win for everyone, doesn’t it? (Thanks to mikigarrison.)

Freakonomics on the effects of money in political campaigns — Not quite what you might think.

John McCain on the upcoming election — “Three weeks from now, you will choose a new President. Choose well. There is much at stake.” I could not make a more cogent statement about voting for Obama. Thank you, Senator McCain.

“I am all right, and you cannot escape listening to my speech either.”The Edge of the American West on Teddy Roosevelt and assassination attempts. An amazing piece of history, and a sobering reminder of the kind of fires the McCain campaign has been igniting.

tongodeon on The Death of the Republican Intellectual — While I’ll be joyful if the GOP manages to utterly crash and burn over the events of this election cycle, he is right. A one-party state benefits no one. Not that our two-parties-with-one-degree-of-separation (the property party right wing and the property party center wing) has exactly done gangbusters for America.

ron_drummond on Denying the Right to Deny a Right — Same-sex marriage and the Ninth Amendment. (Thanks to farmgirl1146.)

Body movement: 90 minute suburban walk
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or Two by Anu Garg

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.