Friday, July 27, 2007

This Week's Clips

This Week's Clips

Short takes for the week:

  • The AP looks at caucus date leapfrog and implies it's all Howard Dean's fault. Bonus points for the Elvis Costello reference in the lede.

  • We may not see that YouTube debate from the GOP side, as many reports are emerging that leading Republican candidates are bailing. Mitt Romney is quoted: "I think the presidency ought to be held at a higher level than having to answer questions from a snowman." So far, only John McCain and Ron Paul are committed.

  • Congressional Quarterly reports that the voting paper trail bill is moving forward in the U.S. House toward likely August passage, but faces a tougher time in the Senate.

  • Must mention the KCCI poll. Biggest item: McCain slips from #1 to #4.

  • And Harry Potter's political subtext:
    Because the Ministry of Magic has authority over the Wizarding community, we should expect to see it portrayed in a good light, a protective force for Wizards in times of desperation, just as the Muggle government protects us Muggles in times of danger. However, the message throughout the books is clear: Don’t trust the government. The government is, at best, made up of well-intentioned incompetents, and, at worst, actually in league with the dark forces seeking to destroy the world.
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