Archive for July 17th, 2005

Thrown For A Lupica

Whoa. Didn’t see this coming. NY Daily News sportswriter Mike Lupica, of all people:

I guess it’s asking too much for Karl Rove to come out of the White House someday with a raincoat over his head, but that’s just my upbeat, optimistic way of looking at things.

Rove’s strategy on almost all things is just a variation of a line from “The Untouchables”:

They send one of yours to the hospital, you send one of theirs to the morgue.

In the case of Joseph Wilson and his wife, Valerie, it wasn’t quite as dramatic, but went something like this:

The White House philosophy, apparently, is that if you don’t like what somebody like Wilson is saying – in this case, about the White House’s nuke-scare pretext for going to war in Iraq – start telling reporters the guy’s wife is a CIA agent.

That’s how Rove operates and has always operated and why Paul Krugman accurately portrayed him as a “thug” the other day in the Times.

If it’s made it to the sports pages, it must be in the zeitgeist, right?

1 comment July 17th, 2005 at 11:40pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Libby/Plame,Media,Politics,Rove,Sports

Sunday Softball Blogging

Ugh. We squeaked out a one-run win, but a pretty crappy game for me. Started out well, 4 for my first 5 with 2 runs and and an RBI, but closed out with an unproductive 1-for-6 (so 5-for-11 overall), with much choking with runners in scoring position. Defense was okay except for one bad drop; not too many fly balls, but I was throwing pretty well…

Oh, and something stung or bit or stuck me really badly on my heel when I was trying to retrieve a batting practice home run. No idea what it was, but I saw something flying off after a really sharp, stabbing pain completely out of proportion to the size of the wound. I don’t think it was a sting, it’s not swollen or itchy or anything. And I had a ball ricochet off my other shin… Fun times.

Current Stats: 18 games, .556 BA (74-133), 12 2B, 41 runs, 21 RBI.

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No action shots today – we were 5-on-5, so when I wasn’t hitting or baserunning, I was pitching, catching or playing first – not much time for photos.

4 comments July 17th, 2005 at 06:02pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Softball

To Frame Or Not To Frame?

Long, interesting article in this week’s NYT Magazine about the Democrats’ embrace of Lakoff and framing. It starts out with the Democrats finally realizing that they’ve been out-messaged by the Republicans shortly before the 2004 election (and much more so afterwards) and embracing Lakoff and various other framing experts, but then veers into wondering whether the recent Democratic successes in fighting off Social Security privatization and the nuclear option were due to expert framing, or just good old-fashioned party discipline.

Unfortunately, Matt Bai then veers even further, and suggests that framing isn’t working for the Democrats because they don’t even have a message to frame. That the Republican platform can be summed up in eight words, and the Democratic one takes 5-10 minutes. This, I think, is unfair. I think a core Democratic message can be boiled down pretty easily, to something centering on fairness and opportunity for everyone, in contrast to the Republicans’ philosophy of soak-the-poor-and-coddle-the-rich. There are other elements, like fiscal responsibility, making sure the planet doesn’t die, and not starting unnecessary wars, but I think fairness is what they need to lead with, to appeal to that core American mythology that anyone can make it in the land of opportunity, if they’re just willing to work hard enough.

And as far as framing the other party, the Democrats must do a better job of portraying the Republicans as amoral, corrupt, unaccountable fatcats and intolerant religious fanatics who only care about the rich and corporate and uber-Christian, and who want to control everyone’s private life and moral choices.

They also need to remind everyone that the media is owned by the very same corporations which benefit from Republican rule. It is vitally important that the “liberal media” myth be destroyed – until the media are either reformed or seen for the corporate shills they really are, the Republicans will keep coming back, and will continue running roughshod over this country without being held accountable for it. The best we could hope for would be 8-12 years of Republican dominance, followed by 4 years of an ineffectual Democratic president, followed by another 8-12 years of Republican dominance, and so forth.

So, are the recent successes due to expert framing or party discipline? I don’t know. Just to be on the safe side, let’s keep using both.

1 comment July 17th, 2005 at 12:21pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Elections,Favorites,Media,Politics,Republicans,Rove,Wankers

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