With the election over, here are The Guardian's Ana Marie Cox and Huffington Post political reporter Jason Linkins to sift through the latest photos from the White House's Flickr feed and help us anticipate what the Obama second term might have in store (spoiler: great jackets, Joe Biden hugs).
Jason: I was gonna start by pointing out that if there's one picture that encapsulates why we have gotten four more years of scrutinizing the Obama/Biden/Souza administration, it's this one.
Ana Marie: Oh. My. God.
Jason: This is like, the purest distillation of the Romney campaign.
Ana Marie: Mitt waving at people through a chain-link [...]
The forthcoming GQ podcast, with the lady Ana Marie Cox, is going to be about the wonder that is "Friday Night Lights." And guess what? I just watched the series finale last night! Oh my God, I couldn't believe it when Tammy totally ____ and then Julie _____! And Coach Taylor was all ____!!! No I mean, he never talks, he totally didn't say anything at all, but his terrific hair was speaking volumes. (Is it possible to be in love with hair?) So here is the hotline to Ana Marie (or at least her digital recorder), and she would like people like YOU to discuss what the show [...]
Ana Marie Cox has a "shrinking audience," notes Fishbowl DC in one of those late Friday breaking news items. They mean her Twitter. As of today, "she has 1,449,248 followers." That's down from 1.47 million Twitter followers! (Here, give her a pity follow, and, by the way, I guess DC bloggers didn't get the memo about how Twitter actually works?)
So Ms. Cox was asked about the rapid and harrowing decline in her popularity and had this to say.
John Heilemann and Mark Halperin's 'Game Change' was many things, Ana Marie Cox discovered upon actually reading as one does with a book. It is a source of astounding sentences, for one thing!
But Hillary feared that her war vote would get her hooted off any campus where she spoke. (page 153)
The political gamble here was evident, but the upside was huge: If Clinton carried the caucuses, the nomination would be in the bag. (153)
They liked him and they didn't like her, and there would be no changing that-her negatives were just too deeply cooked into the casserole. (156)
Oh hi, we're having a Don't Ask, Don't Tell party, on the occasion of the Senate Armed Services Committee hearings today, hosted by Gay Friend In Chief Ana Marie Cox! And you're invited.
Avril Lavigne songs don't make me cry. Except this morning, listening to the new "Glee" soundtrack: as I was thinking about the lost battle for marriage equality in Maine, the cast's cover of "Keep Holding On" started streaming through my headphones. I lost it.
I confess that prior to hearing the song on the show, ALL I knew about it was that Avril sung it. Kids like her, right? Oh, and it's the fucking theme to fucking Eragon.
If you are interested in hearing a dramatic reading of our transcript from the Beer Summit starring the voice talents of Christopher Hayes, Amanda Carpenter, Ana Marie Cox, and Ezra Klein, you can listen in at the Air America website. Ana does her "street" voice!