Midday Open Thread

Posted by admin | Posted in Politics | Posted on 09-05-2010-05-2008

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You know what this thread is dedicated to? Yeah, YOUR MOM!

  • Remember Carly Fiorina’s Demon Sheep ad that became a legend of the 2010 campaign? Well, the California Democratic Party and the DSCC bring you…Demon Sheep: the movie! One of the best political videos I’ve seen.
  • The evolution of privacy on Facebook. On the plus side, at least it’s easier for your mom to keep track of you now.
  • Salary.com put a price tag on the economic value of stay-at-home moms. Turns out that in today’s economy, a full-time stay-at-home mom would pull down a salary of nearly 8 thousand if compensated at market value for her work.
  • Via John Cole at Balloon Juice, this is probably the funniest thing I’ve read on l’affaire Rekers/Rentboy.
  • The state of Utah is providing a compelling argument for why state parties should think twice about selecting their nominees via convention delegates. Not only did incumbent Republican Senator Bob Bennett not even make the ballot, but Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson will face a primary challenge from retired teacher Claudia Wright, as he did not clear the 60% threshold needed to advance to the general election ballot outright. What’s clear from Utah is that activists on both sides of the aisle are upset with how many incumbents are straying too far from the party orthodoxy. The difference between Republicans and Democrats now, however, is that unlike modern conservatism, the Democratic orthodoxy doesn’t reach into the territory of conspiracy-laced insanity. And by the way: according to Dave Weigel at the WaPo, Bennett can’t run independently:

    Oh, and a few people have asked whether or not a defeated Bennett could file for re-election as an independent. The answer: No. The deadline to run as an independent candidate was March 19, when candidates needed to file 1000 signatures to make the ballot. And it’s not legal for a candidate to run in two parties’ primaries, which means Bennett couldn’t, say, switch to the Constitution Party in two weeks.

    The Utah for Bennett Party: a dream that died too early.

  • National Geographic has a list of the worst mothers in the animal kingdom.


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