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Pachacutec did not, as is commonly believed, die in 1471. To escape the tragic sight of his successors screwing up the Inca Empire he’d built, he fled east into the Amazon rain forest, where he began chewing lots of funky roots to get higher than Hunter Thompson ever dared. Oddly, these roots gave him not only a killer buzz, but also prolonged his life beyond what any other mortal has known, excluding Novakula. Whatever his doubts of the utility of living long enough to see old friends pop up in museums as mummies, or witness the bizarrely compelling spectacle of Katherine Harris, he’s learned a thing or two along the way. For one thing, he’s learned the importance of not letting morons run a country, having watched the Inca Empire suffer many civil wars requiring the eventual ruler to gain support from the priests and the national military. He now works during fleeting sober moments to build a vibrant progressive movement sufficiently strong and sustainable to drive a pointed stake through the heart of American “conservatism” forever. He enjoys a gay marriage, classic jazz and roots for the New York Mets.
 
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About Me:
Pachacutec did not, as is commonly believed, die in 1471. To escape the tragic sight of his successors screwing up the Inca Empire he’d built, he fled east into the Amazon rain forest, where he began chewing lots of funky roots to get higher than Hunter Thompson ever dared. Oddly, these roots gave him not only a killer buzz, but also prolonged his life beyond what any other mortal has known, excluding Novakula. Whatever his doubts of the utility of living long enough to see old friends pop up in museums as mummies, or witness the bizarrely compelling spectacle of Katherine Harris, he’s learned a thing or two along the way. For one thing, he’s learned the importance of not letting morons run a country, having watched the Inca Empire suffer many civil wars requiring the eventual ruler to gain support from the priests and the national military. He now works during fleeting sober moments to build a vibrant progressive movement sufficiently strong and sustainable to drive a pointed stake through the heart of American “conservatism” forever. He enjoys a gay marriage, classic jazz and roots for the New York Mets.

McCain’s Online Ads Say He Won Debate. . . Before Debate Occurs

By: Friday September 26, 2008 9:59 am

WaPo has the screenshot. This is a play right out of the Kerry 2004 playbook, and it works, except you’re not supposed to screw up and release the ad early. Oops!

Breaking: Obama Lays Down a Marker on the Bailout

By: Thursday September 25, 2008 7:55 am

During the Clinton Global Initiative conference, Barack Obama reiterated his commitment to specific principles in any Wall Street bailout plan. As a bonus, Bill Clinton made a point of saying how Obama has not politicized the matter, in an implied slapdown to McCain. Commenters are skeptical, and of note, Obama says nothing about bankruptcy reform.

States’ Rights!: McCain Campaign Takes Over Alaska, Pisses Off Alaskans

By: Sunday September 21, 2008 1:25 pm

Via the LA Times, Alaskans are getting pissed off that inquiries to their own governor’s office are getting rerouted to the Arlington, Virginia McSame-Palin campaign office.

So, the Alaska government has now been taken over by the. . . McCain campaign?
Maybe Alaskans should be calling Todd Palin, who seems to claim higher authority than the state government, having refused to honor a bipartisan subpoena in Alaska regarding his role in the

McCain Owns 13 Cars, Some Foreign; Obama Owns 1 Ford

By: Sunday September 21, 2008 11:12 am

Houses? Cars! Lucky 13 for the McCains, baby, because they’re. . . regular people. They’re gonna love that Honda in Michigan!

The Perils of Message Polling

By: Tuesday September 9, 2008 9:31 am

I’ve had the opportunity over the last year to listen to a number of polling presentations that yield recommendations on how to talk about various political issues. The polling is fine, as far as it goes, but the recommendations are flawed, and here’s why. The result in part is an Obama campaign that signals a willingness to extend Bush’s billionaire tax cuts while labeling McCain a hero and virtually apologizing for campaigning against such a fine American saint.

Lieberman to Reid: “Will $250 Thousand Be Enough?” – VIDEO

By: Thursday August 28, 2008 12:00 pm

VIDEO: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid discusses reasons for keeping Joe Lieberman in the Senate Democratic caucus. Reid volunteers that he recently went to Leiberman and said, “Joe, I need money from you.” He describes Lieberman responding, “Will $250 thousand be enough?” Lieberman did then give $250 thousand to the DSCC.

Senator Durbin Declines to Name One Good Lieberman Vote – VIDEO

By: Thursday August 28, 2008 8:02 am

Senator Dick Durbin was asked on camera to offer an example of a meaningful vote where Joe Lieberman helped the Democratic caucus. He rather pointedly declined to do so, and characterized the question illegitimate. WATCH IT!

Papa Bear Sighted in the Rockies

By: Wednesday August 27, 2008 7:35 am

Bill O’Reilly wouldn’t sign my loufa. Video.

Why Nancy Pelosi Filibustered NRN

By: Saturday July 19, 2008 9:49 am

Speaker Pelosi got questions about war and telecom immunity that put her on the spot, and after blaming all of Congress’s failures on the Senate, took the opportunity to stand up and provide wandering, nonresponsive answers to the next question. Why? She’s a weak Speaker with a serious internal challenge to her authority from the Maryland conservative Majority leader Steny Hoyer, who is very popular among House Dems. He’s there for them and he’s a very able manager.

Republican Admits FISA is Not Helping the GOP

By: Sunday March 16, 2008 3:45 pm

“The GOP has pummeled swing-district Democrats for refusing to back President Bush’s update of counterterrorism surveillance laws and for last week’s budget agreements that will allow most, if not all, of Bush’s tax cuts to expire in 2011. Davis said the issues are not getting political traction now, but they could before November.” — The Washington Post

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