How long is this thing? It's like a New Yorker history of wheat article about sex in DC restrooms.
He was an abysmal governor and this is a bald attempt to position himself for mayor in 4 years. Why would we take the first step toward that.
@petejayhawk I didn't mean to say it started with them - they were (are) being ironically Victorian to be sure. But I think the digital explosion of the term had a lot to do with their popularity on early Tumblr and incessant use of it.
Great piece but short on institutional memory in places... "In which we" is the semi-ironically overused headline device of This Recording, which for some reason everyone on Tumblr decided to expropriate for themselves circa 2008-9 and it became a terrible cliche. It died out for a while. If it's cropped up suddenly on Twitter now it's because the nostalgia loops keep getting shorter.
The writer just omitted some crucial commas: "like a virus, that is, immune to antibiotics."
Thing is… it's totally strange (having rarely been shown) but at the same time totally familiar, like: of course this is what they would do. Strange for such a lengthy and intricate work of theirs to have been so under wraps.
"Your Mother Should Know" is easy to lump in with John's derisive category "granny songs," Paul's sometimes overbearing nostalgia (not exactly under wraps on Sgt. Pepper and elsewhere). But here you see how psychedelic it also is, with all four including John mischievously gliding to the music.
Wow. Now I feel like I missed a huge part of the 60s.
The reactions to Sullivan's piece have everything to do with attitudes toward Sullivan and Washington pundits as well as reflexive anti-alarmism, and nothing whatsoever to do with informed political analysis.
Without a doubt, Sullivan is correct for panicking. (A flood of new polls today confirms what Pew found yesterday.) It wasn't just "one lousy debate a whole week ago," it was the most sustained exposure to the candidates 67 million voters have gotten or may ever get. It can't be fixed with a sharper Obama stump speech, better ads or improved performance in the next debates (or by a boffo Biden performance on Thursday).
Obama may well have thrown away the election in last week's debate by a) allowing Romney's disingenuous reinvention to go unchallenged, leaving disengaged voters to believe Romney is the reasonable, upbeat moderate he claims - thereby ruining all the money spent on six months of attack ads on Bain and other subjects and b) raising serious questions about whether he even still wants the job.
Whatever you think of Sullivan's past - e.g., his over-the-top Obama worship, his backing the Iraq war - if you think his reaction is out of line, you should rebut it with something substantive instead of mocking him. The vitriolic reaction to what he said yesterday has a very "la-la-la-la-la-I-can't-HEAR-you" quality to it.
It's all good fun and games until somebody gets hurt.