Friday, October 23, 2009

Palin vs. Palin at the bookstore

A Pair of Palins

It's Palin vs. Palin at the bookstore November 17 as the editors of the Nation make an intentional typo in the title of "Going Rouge."

Official test: a nine year old can tell which one is the Palin book and which one is the critique. But can conservative book buyers? (The easy method: while the anti-Palin book is paperback while the actual Palin book is hardcover, and presumably more expensive.)

The nine year old guest author notes:
John called Barack Obama to challenge the Republicans to a basketball game. The Republicans lost from Barack Obama's awesome shooting skills.
Hayden is now working on a screenplay. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, a startling but accurate admission from conservative columnist Ross Douthat:
At first Mr. Douthat seemed unable to get a sentence out without interrupting himself and starting over. Then he explained: "I am someone opposed to gay marriage who is deeply uncomfortable arguing the issue in public."

Mr. Douthat indicated that he opposes gay marriage because of his religious beliefs, but that he does not like debating the issue in those terms. At one point he said that, sometimes, he feels like he should either change his mind, or simply resolve never to address the question in public.

He added that the conservative opposition to gay marriage is "a losing argument," and asked rhetorically if committed homosexual relationships ought to be denied the legal recognition accorded without hesitation to the fleeting enthusiasms of Britney Spears and Newt Gingrich.

After the panel, Mr. Douthat told the Observer: "If I were putting money on the future of gay marriage, I would bet on it."

He added: "The secular arguments against gay marriage, when they aren't just based on bigotry or custom, tend to be abstract in ways that don't find purchase in American political discourse. I say, ‘Institutional support for reproduction,' you say, ‘I love my boyfriend and I want to marry him.' Who wins that debate? You win that debate."

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