Chris Cillizza is Dancing As Fast As He Can

Chris Cillizza, Tuesday:

Sarah Palin’s soundbite strategy

From a raw political perspective, Palin’s soundbite strategy is extremely effective — handing her supporters a single line (or two) around which to rally in opposition to the President’s agenda…

The simple fact of politics is that the party — or candidate — with the best soundbites (or slogans) often wins.

Chris Cillizza, Thursday:

The Sarah Palin Surge (and why it’s overblown)

A gift for soundbites is a great skill to have but in the course of a long campaign — and that is assuredly what 2012 will be — Palin will have to show her ability to not only be conversant on the issues of the day but also forward-looking in terms of where she wants to take the country.

Yes, yes, he hedges both columns — but if he had run with the gist of Thursday’s column on Tuesday, he might have demonstrated genuine insight instead of play-of-the-day hackishness.


@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: Still. Nothing else grabbing my attention, and I’m honestly pissed at Cillizza’s hackery.

being pissed at Cillizzas hackery is like being pissed at the sun for rising.


@nojo: Not even random car pron? How about throwing the fashionistas a bone?

@redmanlaw: There’s a topic. Heart attack or just heart attack burger?

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: Chest pains, per Reuters. Imagine the Big Dog and Jack Donaghy in the same hospital at the same time. Hilarity ensues. It would be “The Man Who Came to Dinner” x 2 with grabby hands, Selma H., cigars, Scotch . . .

@redmanlaw, TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: Visiting his buddy Alec Baldwin? Heart attack O?

/sorry, I shouldn’t snark about this, it was too easy

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: I’m not the local expert on cars or rungay. But until we hear more about Bubba, I’ll toss up a fleeting item about Carly.

@SanFranLefty: “Sources on Capitol Hill tell ABC News that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was seen leaving the Oval Office a short time ago and did not seem ‘too concerned’ or ‘in a rush.'”


@redmanlaw: Now that’s just mean. I would take that as evidence that his condition is not that serious, which she of all people would be in a position to know, but apparently ABC is not so charitable.

@mellbell: “It’s cold in D.C.” is what I was thinkin’.

@Capt Howdy: True, and normally I don’t pay attention to bloviators. But Cillizza was going to be the star of a post I discarded earlier this week called “Palin Derangement Syndrome,” and for him to turn on a dime today was too much for me to take.

I’ve said before that I’m not a fan of the Villager meme, but I may have to reconsider my opinion in light of Palin’s “speech” and its aftermath. I sat through that speech Saturday night. She said nothing new, and little that was barely interesting. Yet you would think from the coverage (and it was said as much) that she had just announced her candidacy for 2012.

The older Pack Journalism meme goes back as far as I can remember. But I find it hard to recall such a clear case of media whiplash.

maybe it was the sobering poll results that cause the whiplash.
they do hate being wrong.

@Capt Howdy: Except that the poll results, while timely, aren’t a surprise. One reason I find Palin amusing rather than frightening is that previous polls have shown the same thing — especially among Republicans. She’ll always have her base, but there’s a very tall fence around it.

AP BubbaWatch:

Former President Bill Clinton had two stents inserted in one of his heart arteries after being hospitalized with chest pains, an adviser said Thursday. Clinton, 63, “is in good spirits and will continue to focus on the work of his foundation and Haiti’s relief and long-term recovery efforts,” said adviser Douglas Band.

Stand down, everyone.

@nojo: Let’s all make a toast to Mr. Clinton’s health tonight.

Fucking THURSDAY!!!! No work tonight! 30 Rock! Martini(s)!!!

@nojo: Only 63 and he’s had more health problems than his immediate predecessor.

Haha! Look at me saying “only” 63. It seems only a few short years ago, I’d have considered that ancient. I’m getting old.


@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: Birthday girl Sarah Palin is younger than I am.

@redmanlaw: I was out of my week’s allotment of vodka by Tuesday night.

I never got around to writing up that big survey of web use, but apparently by frequenting blogs and Facebook, we’re collectively showing our age.

I may yet get around to that article on Facebook in the NYRB. Apparently by using Facebook we’re engaging in White Flight to the burbs, instead of staying with the urban MySpace. Shit, I you not.

@SanFranLefty: I’ve deficit-spent my liquor allowance into the year 2025.

@nojo: It’s that sort of thing that makes me realize why “real Murrikans” despise us coastal elites. God, we can be insufferable.

@nojo: I opened a MyWaste account in 05 before Going Home. Crowed to all around me how cool it was yada yada yada. I’ve checked it maybe twice, since. It’s a lot of kids and stuff, sure there’s music but I’ve basically turned fooboo into my personal jukebox anyhow. I only reactivated twitter because I could report on my up country travels via office cell. I’m done with New Media; an old gf (I mean old – we were 16-17, and haven’t been since Elvis died) is going to send me all the letters I wrote to her, so I’m thinking of returning to a letter-based and vinyl album world.


@nojo: I’m afraid of Facebook.

@nojo: I try never to read anything in the NYRB about which I have direct personal knowledge as it’s usually wrong. Let me put that another way, its academic POV becomes apparent. Nothing has done more harm to the American theatre than the universities, if I might be allowed to generalize for just a moment, so it’s not a POV I much care for. The universities seem to hold working professionals in contempt as they pump out all their shiny new Creative Writing grads for whom there is no work and who have been taught nothing about the practical workings of the theatre. (I except musical theatre grads from NYU who are phenomenally well-trained) I get irritated by Krugman for the same reason: he seems to have no conception of the workings of politics. Back to the NYRB, I prefer to read articles in it on subjects I know nothing about so that I can feel it is Doing Me Good.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: I think I’m the oldest here. As proof I offer up my 40th anniversary. Mind you, I was 12 when I got married.

@Mistress Cynica:
i’ve gone through my lifetime allotment of stoli martinis.
so i switched to captain morgan…yum!

what scares me about the book of the face is all these people who know me, recount fun times, and i don’t remember them!
see: comment to cynica.
i can’t get over 40 years. i’m slogging through year 11.
“younger than springtime” wish i could sing it to you.
cats!! come!! rehearsal !!!!!!!

@baked: Capt Morgan? Don’t you have all that delicious Jamaican rum and real Coke to make cuba libras?

Oh and plus, the first 35 are the hardest. Then things tend to settle down.

@Benedick: @baked: Havana Club, pure cane sugar syrup, and muddled mint = onefuckinfantasticmojito.

There are many island rums, I wouldn’t go with the Cap’n Morgans myself.

Oh and the “real Coke” thing is true, it is totally true! There I was at a going away thing the other day in the orifice, grabbed the bottle of Coke and sure enough: “sugar”. It’s the real thing.

@Nabisco: Damn straight. That and the delicious lemons it makes getting drunk an entirely different experience.

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