August 25th, 2006


Underwater, unaware

Pigged out a little last night but not too much; an extra sandwich and a few hot dogs didn't have all that much impact on the calorie count, even with the cheese. Spent most of the evening in the bedroom finishing Weber & Ringo's March Upcountry and starting March to the Sea before deciding to nod out early. This was due to P falling ill with dysentery, food poisoning, cholera or something that gave her the screaming hypervelocity shits. Understandably, she wanted to be left alone & in peace in the dark, so I indulged her.

She stayed home today and I might as well have; this has been an unspeakably boring & useless morning at the Evil Banking Neighbor. I did write my appeal letter to the Associate Dean, though, and hopefully he'll decide "What the hell, we can use the money" and let me stick around for another couple of semesters. It's not like I'm asking them for a recommendation. I just want to get the courses under my belt, take the Praxis II exams, and shuffle off to Virginia after nailing down a job in some low-rent corner of the Commonwealth. Worst comes to worst, there's always Nevada, I suppose. It would beat the hell out of Baltimore.

Not another subgroup of Republicans...

This is an interesting look at Governor Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) by the folks at National Journal's "Hotline" blog. Huckabee's a long shot for the '08 presidential nomination but could wind up as somebody's VP; his Southern Baptist pragmatism would probably make a decent balance for Rudy Giuliani, for example.

What's interesting for me is the last paragraph, which is also what caught Glenn Reynolds' attention. Marc Ambinder and Jonathan Martin, after spending most of the article talking about how difficult/impossible it is to pigeonhole Huckabee, find a whole new hole to stuff him into: "the Sam's Club Republican", coined by Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam. The description actually makes Huckabee and the SCRs sound like your stereotypical conservative Christian: middle/working-class, socially conservative, pro-defense, and not inherently opposed to big government, especially if they're getting a piece of the action. The SCRs only look different from conservative Christians to the folks in the NYDCLA axis, who think all those people look and act like Jerry Falwell at best and Fred Phelps at worst. Out here in the middle, of course, where most of those folks (like Mike Huckabee) actually live and work, well, we know better. We also know that those folks don't come just in white, either, which comes as a shock to those people who were surprised that Russell Simmons is coming to the aid of Michael Steele.

Be that as it may, Governor Huckabee looks like an interesting person, though if he does make it to Washington he won't be the first Republican to find out that the Democrats he's been working with down home don't have a lot in common with the kind that hang out in DC.