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Same Sex Sunday Political Panel

It is my second appearance!  This one is chock full of fireworks, trust me!  I was beat up on good… and gave back just as hard!!

The Political Panel is in the last third of the program. (click on the top one of the list)

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Same Sex Sunday begins with an interview of Congressmen Jim McDermott (D-WA). We discuss the holdup of the Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA) in the House, Citizens United, how to end the war in Afghanistan and much more.

Phil Reese and I also interview David Fleischer about his new study that, “changed everything we know about Proposition 8.”

The American Federation for Equal Rights is funding Perry vs Schwarzenegger for the Plaintiffs. Spokesperson Yusef Robb shares an exclusive update about the case after last week’s historic federal court ruling overturning Proposition 8.

And finally, the Same Sex Sunday round table returns when Courage Campaign‘s Rick Jacobs, journalist and LGBT POV blogger Karen Ocamb, California grassroots activist Sara Beth Brooks, Metro Weekly Senior Political Writer Chris Geidner, and blogger Bruce Carroll, debate and analyze the historic week.

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Enjoy the show!

An emerging consensus about the growing disconnect

It is always interesting when writers I regularly read and admire disagree with others I read and admire.  And today a blogger I regularly read and admire, Glenn Reynolds, links two such writers taking issue with the latest column from the woman I have dubbed the Athena of punditry.  It’s almost as if we’re seeing a battle on Olympus, a war of wits.

Both William Jacobson and Michael Ledeen are none too happy with Peggy Noonan’s America Is At Risk Of Boiling Over.

Jacobson thinks Peggy is wrong to dub our political leaders detached “from how normal people think is more dangerous and disturbing than it has been in the past.”  Instead, he believes that the élite strategy “in which success is punished is part of the plan. It’s a feature not a bug.

In evaluating Noonan’s piece, Ledeen relates a bit of his own intellectual journey, objecting to her contention that the gap “between the country’s thought leaders, as they’re called—the political and media class, the universities—and those living what for lack of a better word we’ll call normal lives on the ground in America” begin in the 1980s:

She’s got the substance right, but not the dates. The gulf between the intellectuals and politicians on the one hand, and “normal Americans” on the other, probably goes back to the first settlements in the New World. It most certainly did not originate in the 1980s, and to prove that all you have to do is pick up a book written back in the early 1960s by a distinguished Columbia University historian, Richard Hofstadter, called “Anti-intellectualism in American life.”  When I first read that book (an elegant lament about Americans’ traditional lack of esteem for intellectuals), I agreed with Hofstadter that this was a very bad thing. It was only later in life that I realized what a good thing it was, and how fortunate we were to have withheld high status from professors and politicians.

To be fair to Peggy, she wrote that she only “started noticing” the gap in the 1980s. (more…)