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wSaturday, January 28, 2006

EVIDENCE THAT I HAVEN'T BEEN DRINKING NEARLY ENOUGH: So tonight the bartender at the Nuthouse, my regular bar/restaurant/office/haunt while in Lynden sees me getting ready to leave and says, "You're not walking home again, are you?"

posted by Jeremy at 11:12 PM

wFriday, January 27, 2006


To call that an understatement is an understatement.

posted by Jeremy at 8:13 PM

wWednesday, January 25, 2006


A is B

posted by Jeremy at 1:53 PM


OFF TO THE RACES: So my latest New York Press column is a survey of the field of candidates for House majority leader:

Before we wade into the race for new House majority leader, please, a moment of silence for the awesome sophistry of Tom DeLay. In the midst of a spending binge that makes those Roman emperors more prone to bread and circuses look like tightwads, he declared an “ongoing victory” in the war on pork and said that “after 11 years of Republican majority we pared [the budget] down pretty good.”

DeLay lasted as long as he did in House leadership because of his shamelessness and his understanding of the absolute necessity of spin. He forced out Newt Gingrich as speaker and then, rather than pick up that lightning rod himself, handed it over to the well-insulated Denny Hastert. He worked to marginalize Democrats through redistricting, pork-barreling and requiring that lobbyists hire more Republicans if they wanted to buy into the federal poker game. Even his mug shot was calculated to infuriate Democratic consultants. It’s hard to use a picture in negative campaign spots when the indicted is well coiffed and grinning from ear to ear.

The House Republicans might have brazened this one out, and thought very hard about doing so. They first changed the rules to allow DeLay to stay on if indicted, but then changed them back. With reason: Odds are, he’ll beat the rap. The alleged violations of campaign finance laws are Byzantine, it took two grand juries to produce an indictment, and DeLay’s lawyers have already got several of the charges dismissed. But Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s plea bargain pushed D.C.’s moral panic button in an election year, which finally finished him off.

DeLay called it quits in early January, and three congressmen stepped forward to run for his job. When members come back from recess, they’ll be forced to choose from three distinct types of leader that I’ve decided to call the Tortoise, the Hare and the Square

posted by Jeremy at 1:08 PM

wSaturday, January 14, 2006

GOT A LIGHT?: So I had a column in the New York Press this week on smoking bans, in D.C. and, well, everywhere, really. Give it a read and please drop the Press a line to ask what the hell they were thinking publishing this Jeremy Lott fella:

It was one of those rare moments that make following politics so rewarding. Earlier this month, the D.C. City Council passed on an 11 to 1 vote a fairly sweeping smoking ban. Mayor Anthony Williams decided to continue his Hamlet routine by announcing that he couldn’t decide whether or not to veto the law "on principle." [more]

posted by Jeremy at 11:19 AM

wMonday, January 02, 2006

SAD NEW YEAR: One of the things that I've learned through painful experience is that my sense of things is completely, utterly, massively, and a bunch of other ly's different from the intuitions of most people.

Case in point: the Douglas Coupland quote below. Everyone who has read it and remarked upon it has called it "depressing."


The things I like about it is the honesty. The character has come to a place where he truly knows himself. And he isn't wild about what he sees. He realizes that the important thing to know about the self is that you're not that all important in the larger scheme of things.

And he sees that there is some higher purpose to all this because, well, there must be. Otherwise what's the point?

That seems right to me. So my New Year's resolution is to do a better job of remembering that I qua I do not matter all that much.

posted by Jeremy at 2:35 PM


THE COG IN DOUTHAT'S MACHINE: While he was filling in for Andrew Sullivan as the wonderblogger finished his latest book, Ross Douthat (whose dayjob is at The Atlantic) linked to my long-ago Reason feature story on the Christian Culture Industry. I tell you, it's the piece that just won't go away. People continue to bring it up at parties, years later. Now if somebody would only give me a book contract to do the subject up proper...

posted by Jeremy at 2:33 PM