Author Archive: Marshall

Vinick for President

I loved The West Wing, despite the leanings of the President, who was, after all, sensible above all. I even enjoyed the final season – heck, maybe enjoyed it more than most of the run – and the Santos character.

However, I am not at all surprised with the poll findings cited at Cato, giving Vinick a landslide, even a lot of liberal support, by being a libertarian leaning republican. It would have been a brave and exciting thing to do, having him win. I’d have watched more seasons of that. But then, I’d have kept watching either way. I’d have just been more intrigued to see how they’d depict an administration from the wrong side of the aisle.

This is not the first mention I’ve seen of the eerie similarities between fiction and probable reality. Deb may even have been the first to mention it to me. It is the first I’ve seen that it was intentional, paving Obama’s way through a fictional minority candidate. That makes the similarities no accident, down to guessing, perhaps, that McCain could be the Republican nominee, abeit making the fictional version more appealing.

Anyway, see the link. It’s fascinating. That was basically all I’d intended to post, as I don’t have time to write at any length. Shocking I was able to generate a post of this length.

Mitt Kerry

I just came out with “Mitt Kerry” as a way to describe why Romney is such a bad idea that he makes mcCain look stolid and Presidential.

Then realized Kerry might possibly have been less panderiffic as President than I expect Romney to be.

The one positive about Romney is that he’s able to be a serious candidate despite being Mormon, much as it’s exciting that Clinton and Obama are serious candidates and could easily get that whole first woman or first black business out of the way so we can try to move on with people are all people and fuck history and any residual hang-ups. Heck, this even applies somewhat to McCain, with respect to age.

It just astonished me that I could conclude that Kerry, a “what were they thinking” candidate from the party if there ever was one, might have been preferable to Romney. And if I am thinking that, what does that say about Clinton and Obama? Would I really want Romney over either of them?

It’s a fascinating election, at any rate.

[I was sure I coined “panderiffic,” but Google seems to say otherwise, and this post doesn’t even come in the first few pages of results. Go figure. Also, seems funny how much I objected to Romney in 2008, in retrospect.]

Minivans

The funny thing about minivans (and SUVs) is that the same sorts of people who might tend to bash them are ones who would have the breeders strap their children into bulky protective seats until they are 10.

Minivans are useful even if you have only two kids, but mandatory if you have three or more at all proximate in age.

The safety and environmentally conscious, never been poor a day in their lives, how dare you ruin my planet by keeping the population from plummeting types get to unintentionally mandate and openly deride minivans all in one package.

(The above is the text of an e-mail to Glenn Reynolds in reaction to the linked post.)