Paul Krugman ponders the current state of affairs and fondly remembers Nixon. And who doesn't? OSHA, Mike Mansfield and Barry Goldwater, a run at universal health care, the 70% tax bracket -- good times! Though Mr. Krugman rightly asserts that "the Nixon era was a time in which leading figures in both parties were capable of speaking rationally about policy, and in which policy decisions weren’t as warped by corporate cash as they are now," he's forgotten one other important reason the Nixon era surpasses the present: hundreds of thousands of protestors in the streets and in the jails. He sort of gets there at the end, though the right-wingers will have a field day with his call for "siege warfare," because they own all the war-words, you know, and thus have exclusive right to use them figuratively.
I'm completely unfamiliar with the New York Times blog The Opinionator -- because, hey, it's the New York Times! -- but this is a good post. The post's jump-off is NBC's hiring of Jenna Bush Hager for a Today show correspondent gig -- which prompts a righteous fury from Glenn Greenwald in which he names 17 public political/media figures who are all sons and daughters of other famous political/media figures, while reminding us that the media suspected the qualifications of Sonia Sotomayor, who almost certainly needed affirmative action to get into Princeton law only because some legacy admission would have bumped her. And it goes on from there. Remember that the next time someone complains about affirmative action, you can always trump them with complaints about legacy admissions.
Meanwhile, we've got more secessionist fun in Texas. Amazing how the election of a black man as President and a potential three percentage-point increase in the top income tax bracket have, together, driven so many Americans absolutely bat-guano. One putative activist even said he "hate(s)" America (which, sadly, provides the Glenn Becks of the world with an opportunity to prove their "independence") while another rails against the cap-and-trade bill as if it hadn't already been completely eviscerated by corporations. But, hey, if Texas really wants to take off, I say Godspeed. Let them defend their borders, not just from those evil Mexicans but from those evil Oklahomans. Let them raise taxes to pay for vital government services, which without federal help they'll have to do. Let them issue passports for good Texans with relatives in Mississippi. Then they'll find out being a country ain't as easy as it looks. And the Cowboys won't be America's team anymore. They might have to play in the CFL, in fact.