Provoking the Palindrones

Jonah Goldberg upsets fans of the Alaskan governor:

Dear Governor Palin,

You’re blowing it.

We haven’t met, but you might remember I was one of the first columnists to tout you for John McCain’s running mate. I cheered you mightily when Senator McCain selected you, and I still believe that you were the smartest choice he could have made given the obstacles before him. I’m also assuming you want to run for president some day.

I really don’t see what Palin’s more hysterical fans are so upset about. Goldberg is correct. Palin has great natural political gifts, but her performance as a vice-presidential candidate in 2008 was sub-par. If she makes the mistake of relying upon her natural talent rather than improving her game, she will likely lose the nomination since the GOP squish faction is gunning hard for her.

Although I correctly predicted Palin would be McCain’s running mate, I’m not favorably impressed by her. Like Obama, she’s just bright enough to think that she can coast through the big leagues, but that’s only true when the powers-that-be are laying down the palm leaves for you. The fact that she let McCain’s advisors tell her what to do told us all we needed to know about her capacity for judging some of the more complicated factors of national politics. If she’s learned her lesson and is now playing for keeps, she’ll listen to Republicans who wish her well, like Goldberg, while paying no attention to the likes of Brooks and Frum, who do not.

UPDATE: It seems Mrs. Palin may have taken Mr. Goldberg’s advice too much to heart, seeing as how she immediately announced her resignation from the governorship.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Washington

Closes temporarily:

Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth said today she was canceling plans for an exclusive “salon” at her home where for as much as $250,000, the Post offered lobbyists and association executives off-the-record access to “those powerful few” — Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and even the paper’s own reporters and editors…. Weymouth said the paper had planned a series of dinners with participation from the newsroom “but with parameters such that we did not in any way compromise our integrity.

I don’t see what the problem was. It’s not as if they had any integrity to start with. Nor is it any secret as to why the media is dying so quickly, not with complete cretins like these in charge.

But it’s an investment!

I believe most regular readers are familiar with my opinion that taking out student loans in order to obtain pieces of paper from paper-selling institutions is usually a remarkably stupid idea. However, even those who think equate spending on education with investment must admit that the utility of the concept has its limits:

Robert Bowman was refused entry to the New York bar because of $400,000 in student debt…. “The size of this account is extremely unusual, but not surprising given that the customer took out 32 loans to pursue undergraduate, law and masters of law studies and has not made a single monthly payment over his 26-year student loan history,” Ms. Holler said.

Doesn’t the New York bar know that that studies show people with graduate degrees make loads more money over their lifetime? With an investment of $400,000 in Mr. Bowman’s education, surely he’ll be worth hundreds of millions soon!

As if this story wasn’t amusing enough, one can only wonder what Mr. Bowman would have to do in order to sufficiently establish: “the character and general fitness requisite for an attorney and counselor-at-law”. Murder his mother with an axe? Rape a baby seal? Run an underage gay prostitution ring?