Monday, September 19, 2011

Ahoy! It be some readin'

Ahoy! It be some readin'

A Monday Mornin' ARRRRRRRRRR to all o' ye on International Talk Like A Pirate Day. In honor of the event, The Pirate Party won 15 seats yesterday in elections for state parliament in Berlin. That's not a joke, that's an actual result. And here's an always useful link for all your piracy needs.

Let's see what else we can raise up the mast next to the Jolly Roger:

  • Best coverage of discussion at the Harkin Steak Fry of Friday's bombshell Swati Dandekar resignation comes from... The Iowa Republican? It's a pretty straight piece that's not all that different than what I would have written. (Except for the usual fallacy about party registration shifts meaning more than a competitive primary on one side.)

  • Jonathan Bernstein goes after the electoral college, not from the usual pro-popular vote angle. Instead he argues that it's not performing its traditional role as the big states' counterbalance to the Senate.

  • Stuart Rothenberg casts the GOP nomination battle as Democrats 2004, with Perry as Dean and Romney as Kerry. And Bachmann as Dennis Kucinich? Or perhaps, in spite of her bus music, as the evil opposite of Elvis, the anti-Elvis?

  • Finally, Paul Abrams wraps up Pennsylvania's electors by district move, photo ID laws, and Citizens United into one big Weimar America package and decleares 2012 the "Last Election Ever?"
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