Thursday, November 06, 2008

Those Sarah Palin rumors

Ann Althouse has a thoughtful post on the reports you may have heard, the reports emanating from inside the McCain campaign regarding Sarah Palin's intellect and conduct. You may have heard them already: Palin thought Africa was a country rather than a continent. Palin appeared to McCain's aides in a bathrobe. Palin acted like a diva and didn't prepare for her interview with Katie Couric. Althouse is skeptical:
We don't know who's telling these stories, but obviously, there are many people with the motivation to blame others. Even assuming the stories are true, they don't have to be told. Why destroy Palin, a rising star in the Republican Party? Who wants her ruined? I'm not saying she doesn't deserve to be ruined. I want to know if the stories are true, and I want them in their most accurate form. (She thought Africa was a country? Really? Was this the slip of a tired, inattentive person, or someone who is clearly an ignoramus?) But I also want to know who wants us to know all these ugly things and why.
Right. Losing (and lost) campaigns tend to find scapegoats, partially because the aides want to avoid blame when they seek their next job, and partially because campaigns are an exercise in holding together fractious parties. The campaign is over, and now the Republican factions will enter a period of infighting among social conservatives, fiscal conservatives, small-government conservatives, neoconservatives, etc. as they renegotiate their coalition.

I didn't know there was an Office of the President-Elect, but I am glad to see, which should give a window into the transition process for our new president.

I'm hoping more of the site becomes interactive as time goes on, though -- right now it's mostly brochureware. The "Agenda" section looks like it has been repurposed from the campaign website.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


I've seen this Firefox extension pop up in a few places this morning, so when I got a chance, I installed it so I could take a look. Amazing.

You know how you're reading a story in your browser, you get interested in a particular phrase, and you get distracted as you Google for it, check Wikipedia about it, and so forth? Juice does all that research for you in a side pane. You highlight the phrase, drag it slightly to the right, and the rest of the work is done automatically. It might be enough to make me stick with Firefox as my primary browser even after Chrome for OSX comes out.