Political Animal


I AM PART OF THE VAST LIBERAL MEDIA CONSPIRACY….Matt Yglesias says he doesn’t need a job at TNR:

This site is being so well funded by trial lawyers, big union bosses, radical academics, dangerously out-of-touch feminists, race-hustlers, petty criminals, and friends of terrorism that I hardly need this TNR job. Frankly I don’t know how conservatives do it with their narrow financial base of rich guys, very rich guys, wealthy folks, and large corporations.

This is roughly the same base that supports CalPundit, I think, although my finance manager keeps all contributions hidden even from me, so there’s really no way to know, is there?

By the way, I’d like to mention that Matt presents one of my biggest challenges here at CalPundit. The problem is that he writes so much good stuff that I pretty much feel like linking to something of his every day, but that would get old, wouldn’t it? So from now on, just assume there’s a big banner at the top of my site that says “Matt Yglesias has some really good stuff today. Go read it.” OK?


MORE ECONOMIC ANALYSIS….THE REPUBLICANS ARE STEALING OUR MONEY!….The folks at eRiposte have yet another cheap and cheerful economic analysis showing that Republicans are looting strong Democratic controlled states (like California!) and redistributing our wealth to weaker Republican controlled states. Do I believe it? Maybe. Then again, maybe it’s just a cheap partisan shot. But if so, at least it’s backed up with colorful charts and regression analyses.

But the real reason I’m plugging them is that they sent me an email asking me to. Actually, it was an email to me and Brad DeLong, and the idea that anyone with economic thoughts would somehow put me on the same footing as Brad just kinda tickles me. See, flattery will get you everywhere!

UPDATE: Ann Salisbury points to the original chart about state spending here. California ranks 40th in federal largesse, receiving only 86 cents for every dollar the feds hoover up from us. But at least we’re better off than poor Connecticut!


WHAT’S NEXT?….JEWS WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER OFF IF HITLER HAD WON WORLD WAR II?….Here in the great state of California the Republican party has been shut out of statewide office for most of the last decade. Why? Largely because they supported the anti-immigrant Proposition 209 a few years ago and thus became reviled among the large (and growing) Hispanic population.

So what is the vice chairman of the state Republican party doing to try and fix this sad state of affair? Well, in 1999, as part of his outreach effort, he distributed a newsletter with an article suggesting the country might have been better off if the South had won the Civil War.

I just don’t have the energy to deconstruct this today, but luckily I don’t have to. Geitner Simmons has done it for me:

It would be hard to exaggerate the moral idiocy of the California GOP official who circulated part of an essay that said the country would have been better off had the South won the Civil War, because ?the real damage to race relations in the South came not from slavery, but from Reconstruction, which would not have occurred if the South had won.?

Geitner’s points about California history are well taken, and I would add that while California is not the South, we have a long history of bigotry ourselves, most famously (and viciously) against Asian immigrants during the first half of the 20th century. That alone should give anyone of either party pause before tacitly endorsing an attack on the post-bellum Reconstruction policies of the Republican party.


THE JOHN EDWARDS CAMPAIGN IS ALREADY IN TROUBLE….Eric Folley paid a visit to the John Edwards website and has some harsh words for it:

I took a quick look at the John Edwards for President website tonight. In a word, it’s bad. In two words, it’s really bad.

Technical problems:

  • The HTML doesn’t validate.

  • The CSS doesn’t validate.

  • Despite the accessibility statement linked from every page, it doesn’t meet WAI or 508 accessibility guidelines.

  • The javascript mouseovers for the contribute and signup links at the top of each page are wonky ? the tooltips-like popups rarely pop up correctly.

  • The cookies aren’t encrypted

I can hear it on Rush’s show already: “My friends, his website doesn’t even meet WAI or 508 accessibility guidelines! That’s exactly the kind of liberal hypocrisy we’ve come to expect from the Democrat party.”

We nerds sure can be brutal, can’t we?