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Politics

The Master Plan of David Brooks

I’ve always felt that I should dis­like David Brooks more than I do. He’s the erst­while con­ser­v­a­tive foil to E.J. Dionne on NPR, Offi­cial Con­ser­v­a­tive at the New York Times, and rel­a­tive­ly recent neo­con gad­fly-lite. I don’t like his ideas, but he’s always seemed so mil­que­toast that I haven’t been able to get up a […]

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Politics

DNC Day 1: A different kind of First Lady

There’s not much to say about the first day of the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Nation­al Con­ven­tion except to note that Michelle Oba­ma will be a very dif­fer­ent kind of First Lady. And thank God for that. She was artic­u­late, com­fort­able, lov­ing, steely, com­pe­tent and unafraid. And she was dar­ing. She seemed to adver­tise that she would take […]

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Culture Politics

Democratic Convention Review: The TV Coverage

So, we set the TiVo to tape the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Con­ven­tion on CNN. It start­ed cov­er­age at 5:00pm, so I fig­ured it would be the most com­pre­hen­sive. Sev­er­al hours into the replay, all I’d got­ten was Wolf Blitzer yap­ping for hours, John King play­ing “Mas­ter of the Map,” and a bunch of bit play­ers try­ing to […]

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Politics

The Dems better not screw this up

I’m pret­ty sure I speak for most of us (lib­er­al, elite, hand-wringers) when I say, the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty bet­ter not screw this up. My wife asked me just recent­ly if I was still con­fi­dent that we would win in Novem­ber. My answer? Not if Novem­ber were today. But I have con­fi­dence that the Dems will […]

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Politics

Obama Obsessing

So, I haven’t checked my email this fever­ish­ly since… I met my wife, and that was back when I had to dial up via modem each time. Today I am look­ing for a mes­sage from Barack Oba­ma as to whom he has cho­sen as his Vice Pres­i­den­tial pick. For those not keep­ing score at home: […]

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19.32

Just anoth­er exam­ple of awe­some data dis­play ham­mer­ing home a point. This is a chart worth see­ing. Reminds me a lot of some of the best of Tufte’s work. Sim­ple, but unmis­take­able. Oh yeah, and did you see Bolt run the 100? As some­one said, Day-um. Via kot­tke, of course.

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Culture

My second favorite VW commercial

Mil­lion Miles, by J.Ralph (then going by the name SPY), just cycled through on iTunes, and brought to mind my sec­ond favorite VW com­mer­cial ever, called “Big Day,” in which the song is promi­nent­ly fea­tured. The com­mer­cial is a gem. It tells a spell­bind­ing sto­ry, unspool­ing per­fect­ly, with an unex­pect­ed twist and an uncer­tain end­ing. […]