What to Read Before the Iowa Caucuses

For our Republican readers who live in Iowa, and for any non-Iowans who wants to know which candidate to root for, here’s a handy compilation of past Trading 8s posts:

What to Read on Jon Huntsman

What to Read on Michele Bachmann

What to Read on Mitt Romney

What to Read on Newt Gingrich

What to Read on Perry vs. Romney

What to Read on Rick Perry

What to Read on Rick Perry and the “Texas Miracle”

What to Read on Ron Paul

Don’t Blame the Fed for Holding Back the Recovery

Social Security Isn’t Lying to You. But Rick Perry Is.

Sigh. Yet Another Trojan Horse.

Why Jon Huntsman Is More Dangerous Than You Think

Courtesy of statistician Nate Silver, here’s a prediction that aggregates all the major polls:

And since the results of Iowa set up the next stage of the primary season in New Hampshire, here’s how that January 10 election is shaping up so far:

There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This

by Norman Horowitz

There’s gotta be something better than this,
There’s gotta be something better to do.
And when I find me something better to do,
I’m gonna get up, I’m gonna get out.
I’m gonna get up, get out, and do it!
There’s gotta be some respectable trade;
there’s gotta be something easy to learn.
And if I find me something I halfwit can learn,
I’m gonna get up, I’m gonna get out.
I’m gonna get up, get out and learn it!

Sweet Charity

Corporate management. Congress. Presidential candidates. There’s gotta be something better than this.

I grew up in a middle-class Jewish environment naively believing that the world was an orderly place run by those who knew what they were doing and that there would be peace and prosperity for all because we were led by brilliant people.   Continue reading “There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This”

Why Jon Huntsman Is More Dangerous Than You Think

If you’ve been reading this blog over the last couple days, you have a good idea what Michele Bachmann and Jon Huntsman stand for. We hope to continue that series throughout the campaign, if only because most Americans go to the polls without the faintest clue of where the candidates stand on the issues. You now know, for instance, that Bachmann is a delusional bigot with little interest in public policy other than to turn America into a quasi-theocracy. You might think she’s the one you should be afraid of. You’d be wrong.

Bachmann is too extreme to be elected president. Even if the Republican primary voters completely lost their minds and nominated her, she’d lose the general election by a landslide, even in her home state of Minnesota.

Huntsman, on the other hand, is a very good match for President Obama. He’s moderate, handsome, polished, and well-spoken. His positions on Afghanistan, Libya, climate change, gun rights, the national debt, and gay marriage line up directly with the public’s opinions. (It’s almost as if he’s just saying what the public wants to hear. Naw, politicians don’t do that…) If he can overcome the powerful extremists in his party, you might consider voting for him.

That’s what makes him dangerous.   Continue reading “Why Jon Huntsman Is More Dangerous Than You Think”

Quote of the Day: Matt Taibbi

Snickering readers in New York or Los Angeles might be tempted by all of this to conclude that Bachmann is uniquely crazy. But in fact, such tales by Bachmann work precisely because there are a great many people in America just like Bachmann, people who believe that God tells them what condiments to put on their hamburgers, who can’t tell the difference between Soviet Communism and a Stafford loan, but can certainly tell the difference between being mocked and being taken seriously. When you laugh at Michele Bachmann for going on MSNBC and blurting out that the moon is made of red communist cheese, these people don’t learn that she is wrong. What they learn is that you’re a dick, that they hate you more than ever, and that they’re even more determined now to support anyone who promises not to laugh at their own visions and fantasies.

— Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone)

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Surely You Can’t Be Serious

by Norman Horowitz

Ted Striker: Surely you can’t be serious.

Dr. Rumack: I am serious…and don’t call me Shirley.

— Airplane! (1980)

Today’s Yiddish word of the day is sechel. Loosely translated, it means “just plain smarts, a grasp on what really is and really counts, that cuts and sees through it all, that guides you to do the right thing the right way at the right time, to size up what’s really going on, to see where someone really comes from, to understand what does and doesn’t matter.” A modern-day synonym might be “street smarts.”

I enlisted in the Air Force in 1952 at the age of 19. I spent 4 years assuming that somehow in the upper echelons of the Command Structure there was “brilliance” because there sure was no sign of it that I could see. There was a good deal of “smart” around me but without any of the brilliance that I expected to see.   Continue reading “Surely You Can’t Be Serious”