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Peter Wehner, The Media’s Benghazi Scandal
There has been much talk these past two weeks about the GOP needing to alter course in order to remain viable in the future. Given that President “Obama got reelected because he enjoys a degree of personal popularity disconnected from his record“, Abe Greenwald, just days after the debacle, contended that Democrats too have to engage in some soul-searching:
The president’s reelection is not evidence of a new liberal America, but rather of the illogical and confused experience that is infatuation. For multiple reasons, Americans continue to have a crush on Barack Obama even after his universally panned first term. No longer quite head over heels, they’re at the “I know he’s no good for me, but I can change him” phase. Whatever this means, it surely doesn’t suggest conservatives would be wise to move closer to policies that aren’t even popular among Obama supporters.
Read (and consider) the whole thing. Obama may have won the election, but most of the intellectual energy is on the opposite side of the political aisle, with the Republican Party having many more leaders committed to reform that the Democrats. Noting those many Republican “up-and-comers“, Jennifer Rubin asks
Do the Democrats pine for a President Biden or a President Clinton ? (The latter’s future, I suppose, depends in part on how long a trail of foreign policy bungles she leaves behind.) Biden will be 74 four years from now and Clinton, 69. Not unfit for service, but hardly fresh faces or innovative figures.
More to the point, without Obama, and more important, without Romney, what do and will Democrats believe in? Big government and debt? We really don’t know since Obama has run two races about nothing, [Read more…]
Just over six months ago, I anticipated taking time off from blogging to focus on, among other things, laying the groundwork for a fantasy epic that has been kicking around in my ahead for about ten years. I had thought that then I could finally complete the first chapter of which I had only completed two paragraphs. Unbeknownst to me, a number of obligations, some related to this blog, others to my family, would distract me from this endeavor.
Finally thought, in October, perhaps due to the encouragement of Sarah Hoyt, nearly a full six months after I had intended to begin serious work on the book, I found myself writing. Almost six months to the day after posting the piece linked above, I finished the first draft of the first chapter.
I printed it out before my trip back to Cincinnati, reading/editing it on my return flight to Los Angeles. It was a strange thing seeing word-images of paper that, for many years, had merely been ideas stirring in my head. At the time, I had never expected to write a fantasy novel, then more interested in crafting screenplays.
But, the story kept coming back to me, the characters come alive in my head, oftentimes without my bidding. At times, it seems I wasn’t creating the story, but remembering the events. And many of the characters lacked names, with one becoming known as the Young Wizard’s brother’s wife’s mother. The Young Wizard, one of the story’s two primary protagonists, remains unnamed, but, on Monday, while reading Camille Paglia’s Glittering Images did chance upon a name for the hero — who had gone unnamed even as I wrote the first draft of the first chapter of the book. [Read more…]
We had such a good time at our steak dinner Monday night that we all talked about making this a regular event, celebrating the LA City Council’s declaration of meatless Mondays by eating steak.
We’re going to try to do another one on Monday, December 3 or possibly the 10th. Drop me a note if you’d like to join us and let me know which day works best for you. Also please let me know where you live. We’d like to find a more central location; one participant had come up from Anaheim and hoped not to have to trek so far for the next gathering.