• That's not what Stoller was "fretting about" in his initial comment.  His initial comment (which I was responding to) said, "I think that women are afraid of public aggressiveness" as his reason for why there are not more "women movement candidates."  This is bullshit sexist essentialization.  This needed to be pointed out regardless of whether or not all your other questions are valid.

  • This is pure stupidity.  Do you read the feminist blogs at all?  The last thing they are is "afraid of public aggressiveness."

    Just because you don't pay attention to something doesn't mean it isn't there.

    Btw, good to know that you and fellow white guy Chris "fret about this [non-existent] problem a lot."  I bet the feminist blogs are happy to know someone is thinking about the "problem."

  • on a comment on Random TV Thread over 7 years ago

    If you're not watching Dexter, you're missing the best show on TV.  Imo, it is the best single season of a TV show since the first season of the Sopranos.  Just like the 1st season of Sopranos, you are emotionally invested in every character in the show.  it is the only show that my wife and I look forward to every week.  The season finale is on Sunday and the wait is killing me.

  • I live in MN and just cannot see Franken winning against Coleman.  Coleman is only a one-term Senator and thus could be vulnerable against an experienced candidate.  But against Franken, he could play up his limited incumbency for all it's worth.  Both Rybak and Lourey would both be better candidates.

    More of my thoughts here:
    http://www.mndaily.com/articles/2006/11/ 27/70037

  • on a comment on We Are the Infrastructure over 7 years ago

    Got it.  This makes much more sense.

  • comment on a post We Are the Infrastructure over 7 years ago

    While much of this post is smart, I have to take issue with this line: "And think tanks on the right can't hold a candle to academia."

    I'm not even sure what this means.  Are you asserting that academics in university setting are able to exercise more power than the people who inhabit right-wing think tanks?  If this is what you are trying to say, I think this is grossly incorrect.

    Whether one is talking about the power to affect policy or the power to affect dominant discourses in the mass media, it is academics who can't hold a candle to think tanks.

    Maybe we are talking about a different idea of power and how it is exercised, but by almost any measure of power I think your statement is extremely hard to prove.

  • Matt,

    Great stuff as usual.  I don't know where we'd be without you on net neutrality.

    What stories like this clearly show is that the opponents of NN know that they can't win on the merits of the legislation, so their only hope is to lie and obfuscate enough to confuse enough people into voting for the Stevens bill.

    I have a quick example of this that came up this week in our college paper at the University of Minnesota.  On Monday, the newspaper did a story on NN.  You can read it here: http://www.mndaily.com/articles/2006/09/ 18/68998.  The story didn't do a great job discussing the debate, but it could have been worse.

    The funny part came today when a letter to the editor from "Kelley Gannon" was printed -- ostensibly about the article.  You can read the letter here: http://www.mndaily.com/articles/2006/09/ 20/69034.  What is funny about the letter is that it claims to be for NN even though it is also for the Stevens bill.  For students who already don't have a good handle on the issue, the letter only makes things worse.  In other words, it does the same thing that this poll does -- it attempts to obfuscate and confuse rather than clarify.

    So, just who is "Kelley Gannon"?  Well, she is part of the anti-NN astroturf group TV4US and the letter is a cut-and-pasted one which she used elsewhere.

    Luckily, I have a weekly column at the paper which I will use on Monday to clarify what is going on with NN and its opponents.

  • comment on a post Governor 2006 Forecast over 7 years ago

    The MN numbers you're using are old.  The recent Zogby/WSJ numbers show Hatch with a slight lead:

    http://www.minnesotamonitor.com/showDiar y.do?diaryId=131

  • comment on a post MyDD May 2006 Straw Poll: Least Favorite in 2008 over 8 years ago

    Yeah, it looks like some screwed it up.

    This was actually quite interesting.  My voting went something like this:

    Oh yeah, Biden gets #1
    But wait, Nutsack is on here too -- no, he gets #1
    Holy shit, I forgot about Daschle
    OMG, Dodd!!!  Is he really serious about running?!

    In the end, I decided to represent my Indiana roots by giving the DLC whore Bayh the top spot.  It'll be fun to watch him run and bomb, just as it was Joementum in '04.

  • redstar--

    I couldn't agree more -- Bell is my candidate for sure now.  This interview is the exact opposite of the Klobuchar interview.  Clear stands on the issues articulated in a strong way.

    I live in Mpls and want to caucus tonight for the first time.  However, when I found my site, it also said that the follow-up SD/CU 62 Convention is on April 01, 10:00 AM.  I will be out of town on Apr. 1, so does this mean I cannot attend tonight?

    I don't quite understand the process, so any explanatory help would be great.

  • comment on a post A Rant over 8 years ago

    I have to say that I'm a bit confused.  I went back and looked at the earlier post and I did not see the "Hillary hatred" I expected to given Chris's rant.  Am I missing something?  Chris, usually I like all of your posts, but I have to say that if you are going to write a post which is this inflammatory, you should really cite specific comments as evidence as I am having a hard time picking out any specific comment which matches up with the critiques you've leveled.

  • Great, great response.  I agree with everything.

  • In redstar's defense, he did cite Klobuchar's Iraq stand as one of the reasons he is withholding support: "But hearing her talk about Iraq sounds far too squishy and convenient to me, so I'll be taking a wait-and-see attitude on this."

    I gotta agree here.  Her answers on Iraq in this interview were a joke.  Specifically, her response to the question on the Murtha amendment made me want to throw up: "I would like to see a drawdown of the troops this year, a significant drawdown of the troops. I don't believe that at this point we can set a specific date to get each and every troop out of Iraq, as much some people would like to see that. I understand the sentiment, and I don't think we should be attacking people who are at least in good faith trying to come up with good solutions."

    First, this answer makes me wonder whether she knows the specifics of the Murtha amendment at all.  Second, thanks so much for taking the bold stand that Murtha shouldn't be attacked for coming up with a solution.  There is only one word for answers like this: horrible.

    I live in Minneapolis and I am with redstar -- crappy Dem candidates like this will no longer be getting my vote.  Kerry is the last time.  Amy needs to start positing clear alternatives and not just hope that anti-Bush sentiment will get her the seat.  Only then does she get my vote.

  • on a comment on The Big Republican Joke over 8 years ago
    I'm not so sure.  It would refocus the attention on Alito's lack of answers while at the same time giving the Dems a primary basis for opposing the nomination.
  • comment on a post The Big Republican Joke over 8 years ago
    I couldn't agree more with this post, which leads me to the following question:

    What if a Democratic Senator on the committee, when their 30 minutes came up, decided to sit silently?  They could say something at the beginning about how Alito has refused to offer an opinion on anything so there is simply no reason to continue the farce by asking more questions which Alito will not answer.  But, that Senator should also insist that he/she gets his/her full 30 minutes in silence as a protest.

    Would this wake up the press?  I doubt it, but I think the strategy would be more useful than continuing with the playacting now on display.


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