The Third Shift


  1. ☛ The “Political Press,” AKA “People Paid To Lie On TV,” Were Very Wrong | The Awl

    this kind of efficient, useful, and LOUDLY POINTED SUMMARY of just how wrong certain pundits got this is why I love reading Choire, Alex, and anything at the Awl.

    Why don’t TV news producers stop booking these people when they lie so baldly and get the thing they’re supposed to (politics) so wrong?

  2. good things from yesterday’s election that aren’t the president being re-elected.

    • Maryland and Maine approved marriage equality for all, and it looks like Washington and Minnesota will keep their laws on the books. Wisconsin voted the first openly gay senator. Great night for GLBT folks and supporters.
    • Washington and Colorado approved limited marijuana legalization measures. Lot of conflict with the federal government probably ahead, but the fight against a stupid and needlessly expensive drug war has to start somewhere.
    • Dudes theorizing stupid shit about lady parts lost. That means you, Akin and Mourdock. Those two cost Republicans one Senate seat they should have flipped and a second they should have held on to.
    • Nate Silver was justified and schooled the old-school political pundits the same way he and other sabermetrics supporters have schooled old-school baseball writers.
    • Elizabeth Warren won!
    • "Is this just math you do to make Republicans feel better?" - Megyn Kelly to Karl Rove, after his prediction of a Romney landslide fell apart.
    • Obamacare stays! You won’t get thrown off insurance company rolls for pre-existing conditions!
    • There will be Supreme Court justices named that are less likely to overturn Roe v. Wade.
  3. I watched the speech last night with my girlfriend and a bunch of our friends — I was able to leave the office at 10 p.m. after a 13-hour work day. Even cynical me felt better after watching the president’s acceptance speech.

  4. best new tumblr until election day

    best new tumblr until election day

  5. sashya-k:

vicemag:

Cornel West Plans to Vote for Obama in November and Protest His Policies in February
Cornel West is special. Hes rocks the best afro, has impeccable taste in music, and boasts the unique ability to communicate complex political ideas, as Sly Stone said, “everyday people.” As an activist, author, and public speaker, West has transcended academia to become the moral compass for a country teetering on the political, spiritual, and economic bankruptcy. How can you knock a guy who was the first professor at Yale to be arrested on campus while protesting against apartheid in South Africa? We love him, even if we don’t always agree with him, because he doesn’t bite his tongue for anybody—not even the Commander in Chief.In an interview with Truthdig back in 2011, West infamously described the president as, “a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats. And now he has become head of the American killing machine and is proud of it.”With the election suddenly up for grabs since President Obama’s sluggish performance in Denver against Mitt Romney, we hit up the famed professor to uncover his thoughts on the prospect of a Romney presidency, the second debate, and whether he and Tavis Smiley will ever announce a bid for the White House..

VICE: What did you think of Tuesday’s debate?I said a prayer for brother Barack Obama the first time and the prayer did not kick in. I said a prayer the second time and it did kick in. He was much stronger. I was glad to see him defending himself.
Brother Mitt Romney has a sense of entitlement. With Candy Crowley and the others, he doesn’t listen—he just takes off. Barack really made sure to respond to the actual questions. I thought he did a much better job, but it looks as if the polls are still tight. Regardless, I was glad to see Barack much being more forthright.
Which Obama was more authentic—Obama in debate one or Obama in debate two?I think that Barack Obama is a shy man. He does not like to be aggressive. The only moment he became angry was when he was accused of using American soldiers, precious human beings, as pawns for politics. You could see the anger in his face. He was very upset. But generally speaking, Obama is reconciliatory. That’s just who he is. When it comes time to fighting in the muck and mire, that’s just not his terrain.
After the polls swung in Romney’s favor after the first debate, did you reconsidered your criticism of President Obama?We have to prevent a Romney takeover of the White House. No doubt about that. It would be very dangerous in terms of actual lives and actual deaths of the elderly and the poor. Those people who are dependent on various programs would have to deal with the ugly damage of the further redistribution of wealth from the poor and working people to the well to off.
Right. But doesn’t criticizing Obama make all that bad stuff you just said more likely to happen?I’m strategic. We have to tell that truth about a system that’s corrupt—both parties are poisoned by big money and tied to big banks and corporations. Speaking on that is a matter of intellectual integrity. American politics are not a matter of voting your moral conscious—if I voted my moral conscious it would probably be for Jill Stein. But it’s strategic in terms of what the actual possibilities and real options there are for poor and working people.
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That title. Yes. 


Cornel West is many things and some of them I do not agree with, but he is not a politically ignorant or stupid man. You can vote for the president and vocally object to the policies he holds, particularly on drone strikes and other foreign policy matters.

But I’ve always believed it’s long past time for the left to support the candidates closest to it while holding their feet to the fire in office. Republicans have done it for decades post-Goldwater.

    sashya-k:

    vicemag:

    Cornel West Plans to Vote for Obama in November and Protest His Policies in February

    Cornel West is special. Hes rocks the best afro, has impeccable taste in music, and boasts the unique ability to communicate complex political ideas, as Sly Stone said, “everyday people.” As an activist, author, and public speaker, West has transcended academia to become the moral compass for a country teetering on the political, spiritual, and economic bankruptcy. How can you knock a guy who was the first professor at Yale to be arrested on campus while protesting against apartheid in South Africa? We love him, even if we don’t always agree with him, because he doesn’t bite his tongue for anybody—not even the Commander in Chief.

    In an interview with Truthdig back in 2011, West infamously described the president as, “a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats. And now he has become head of the American killing machine and is proud of it.”With the election suddenly up for grabs since President Obama’s sluggish performance in Denver against Mitt Romney, we hit up the famed professor to uncover his thoughts on the prospect of a Romney presidency, the second debate, and whether he and Tavis Smiley will ever announce a bid for the White House..

    VICE: What did you think of Tuesday’s debate?
    I said a prayer for brother Barack Obama the first time and the prayer did not kick in. I said a prayer the second time and it did kick in. He was much stronger. I was glad to see him defending himself.

    Brother Mitt Romney has a sense of entitlement. With Candy Crowley and the others, he doesn’t listen—he just takes off. Barack really made sure to respond to the actual questions. I thought he did a much better job, but it looks as if the polls are still tight. Regardless, I was glad to see Barack much being more forthright.

    Which Obama was more authentic—Obama in debate one or Obama in debate two?
    I think that Barack Obama is a shy man. He does not like to be aggressive. The only moment he became angry was when he was accused of using American soldiers, precious human beings, as pawns for politics. You could see the anger in his face. He was very upset. But generally speaking, Obama is reconciliatory. That’s just who he is. When it comes time to fighting in the muck and mire, that’s just not his terrain.

    After the polls swung in Romney’s favor after the first debate, did you reconsidered your criticism of President Obama?
    We have to prevent a Romney takeover of the White House. No doubt about that. It would be very dangerous in terms of actual lives and actual deaths of the elderly and the poor. Those people who are dependent on various programs would have to deal with the ugly damage of the further redistribution of wealth from the poor and working people to the well to off.

    Right. But doesn’t criticizing Obama make all that bad stuff you just said more likely to happen?
    I’m strategic. We have to tell that truth about a system that’s corrupt—both parties are poisoned by big money and tied to big banks and corporations. Speaking on that is a matter of intellectual integrity. American politics are not a matter of voting your moral conscious—if I voted my moral conscious it would probably be for Jill Stein. But it’s strategic in terms of what the actual possibilities and real options there are for poor and working people.

    That title. Yes. 

    Cornel West is many things and some of them I do not agree with, but he is not a politically ignorant or stupid man. You can vote for the president and vocally object to the policies he holds, particularly on drone strikes and other foreign policy matters.


    But I’ve always believed it’s long past time for the left to support the candidates closest to it while holding their feet to the fire in office. Republicans have done it for decades post-Goldwater.

  6. gifwich:

I mean, really…

so far it’s pretty much been sonning by Biden here.

    gifwich:

    I mean, really…

    so far it’s pretty much been sonning by Biden here.

  7. Mitt Romney had a no-good, very bad day.

    I’m not going to comment on the partisan end of the fundraiser remarks posted by Mother Jones or the reaction when Romney held a presser to explain it that lasted all of three questions

    What I will note is that in the age of the Internet, cell phones that record audio and video, and social media is that politicians cannot presume that a private fundraiser is truly private — and Romney is learning this lesson much, much too late. To control the message, you have to know that the mic is always hot.

    Jesus, it is not good for American democracy when one of the two major-party candidates seems like a creation from the fever dreams of Armando Iannucci — and Romney has no Malcolm Tucker to sit him down and cuss him out.

  8. So the line Obama dropped tonight? “I’m no longer just a candidate. I’m the President.” 

    Reminded me a lot of the big speech Michael Douglas made at a White House presser in The American President, which concludes with “My name is Andrew Shepherd, and I AM the President.” (It’s a reference/rebuke to Richard Dreyfus’ Republican senator, who’s the likely opponent in the fall, who ends his speeches with: “I’m Bob Rumson, and I’m running for President!”) So much so I wondered if someone slipped Aaron Sorkin a draft of the speech to re-write.

    If you excise the stuff he goes on about Annette Benning’s Sydney Ellen Wade, just substitute Mitt Romney for Bob Rumson and it’s pretty much the tone Obama used tonight — talking about the divisions the GOP want to exploit, how they’re not offering solutions so much as selling you on some nostalgia. That said, hearing a fictional Democratic president talk about gun control and banning assault weapons really tells you it’s the 1990s, cos no one dares do that any more.

  9. Because Biden’s on stage now, and R. Stevens says it all.
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  10. Bill Clinton full DNC Speech 2012 (by 1jzo)

    Boy, can this man still deliver the goods.

    I don’t think I’ll ever see a politician who can weave a narrative with policy as well, even when I don’t agree with certain parts of it (Bowles-Simpson is a crock of austerity BS).

    William Jefferson Clinton may very well be the Ronald Reagan of the modern Democratic Party.

  11. currently my Twitter timeline consists of two things.

    • football
    • people wanting to do naughty things either to or with Bill Clinton

    Dude is the only person who could hit on Michelle Obama at the DNC and get away with it.

  12. markcoatney:

    The power of media criticism: A play in two acts.

    UPDATE: It’s there. And it’s spectacular. 

    Oh dear. There are so many choice passages here, but I’ll cite this one:

    It is time for Mitt Romney to get in touch with his inner rich guy.

    Some Occupy Wall Street types, believing it to be the height of wit, have begun to spell Romney’s name “Rmoney.” But Romney can do better than that — put it in all caps: R-MONEY. Jay-Z can keep his puny little lowercase letters and the Maybach: R-MONEY doesn’t own a flashy car with rims, R-MONEY does billion-dollar deals with Keystone Automotive and Delphi. You want to make it rain? R-MONEY is going to make it storm, like biblical. Rappers boast about their fat stacks: R-MONEY’s fat stacks live in a beachfront house of their own in the Hamptons, and the bricks in that house are made from tightly bound hundred-dollar bills. You have a ton of money? R-MONEY has 200 metric tons of money if he decides to keep it in cash.

    So we have R-MONEY and now we just need a faux-rap handle for Paul Ryan.