First, he writes "Hop on Huckabee":
Eschaton: Hop on Pop: Awesome:
Who is your favorite author?” Aleya Deatsch, 7, of West Des Moines asked Mr. Huckabee in one of those posing-like-a-shopping-mall-Santa moments.
Mr. Huckabee paused, then said his favorite author was Dr. Seuss.
In an interview afterward with the news media, Aleya said she was somewhat surprised. She thought the candidate would be reading at a higher level.
“My favorite author is C. S. Lewis,” she said.
He then writes about the Washington Post Joel Achenbach and the Romney Pizza Menace:
Eschaton: Lord Please Make Them Stop
Maybe millionaire Mitt Romney should film a commercial of him sitting on the couch in his boxing shorts watching bowling on the teevee with one hand clasping a beer and the other one in a bag of pork rinds.... There really is practically nothing worse about campaign coverage than Beltway elites imagining how "reglar folks" live and eat and then demanding that presidential candidates pretend that they're just like that!
Who the f--- cares how Mitt Romney eats his pizza?
Just kill me.
Black is not misrepresenting Joel Achenbach. Here's some of Achenbach's broader context:
Achenblog: The morning thought: Wouldn't it be nice to read a book. And have nothing else to do, no work obligations, no need to scramble for last-minute presents. Imagine if "read a book" were your only agenda item, and that the book lived up to its end of the bargain, and told a good story well....
Last night I had dinner at the Continental with a bunch of reporters, who knew all kinds of interesting and amazing things about the campaign that had somehow eluded my foggy brain....
No one really knows how significant the results here in Iowa will be. They sure love Huckabee here, but how will his message play in places like New York and California?
I heard the other day that Mitt Romney is so careful with his weight that he will pick the cheese off his pizza. Then I heard from another source that he eats pizza with a knife and fork. That's two sources, two angles: That's practically confirmation.
I just can't imagine the American people electing as president someone who does that to pizza. I'm not saying a president has to have a special knack for eating pizza - what you call "pizza talent" - but he or she has to respect the pizza, and look comfortable with it....
That's one reason people like Bill Richardson: He looks like a good eater. They liked that about Bill Clinton, too.
When you ask people in Iowa what they look for in a candidate, the response is almost invariably a version of "Someone who's down to Earth. A real person. Honest. The kind of person who'll look you in the eye and tell the truth. A straight shooter."
And they don't need to add: "Someone who knows how to scarf down a slice of pizza."
Years ago I heard an anecdote about Mike Dukakis, and I'm sure I'll mangle it, but here's the gist as I dimly recall it: Coupla big union guys, beefy fellows, came to see Dukakis at his home in Brookline, thinking about endorsing him. Dukakis asked them if they wanted a beer. Sure, they said. So he gets out a beer and two glasses, and pours half the beer in one glass and half the beer in the other.
Lost the election right there.
That Duncan Black actually reads people like Joel Achenbach and does not go stark raving bonkers is testimony to his intestinal fortitude. Remember: HE DOES IT SO WE DON'T HAVE TO!!
Next Duncan reminds us that Circuit City's firing all its experienced sales staff isn't working out so well:
Eschaton: Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Company: Circuit City:
Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Circuit City Stores Inc., the second-largest U.S. consumer-electronics retailer, reported a fifth straight loss and said it won't make money this quarter, when it typically generates most of its annual profit. The chain dropped 32 percent in early New York trading. The loss widened to $207.3 million, or $1.26 a share, from a loss of $20.4 million, or 12 cents, a year earlier. Sales dropped 3.1 percent to $2.94 billion, the Richmond, Virginia- based company said today in a statement. It was the third consecutive quarterly revenue decline.
Circuit City, which cut 10 percent of its U.S. workforce this year and hired people willing to work for less, is losing market share to larger rival Best Buy Co. Sales in stores open at least 12 months fell 5.6 percent in the third quarter.
Duncan Black is bemused at all the priest-maddened right-wingers for whom Christmas is a season of hate:
And snarks at the real estate industry:
Eschaton: Jingle All The Way: The economically rational thing for many underwater homeowners is to put the keys in the mail and walk away. I think it's pretty funny that the industry is hoping that social norms will prevent people from doing so. Perhaps they should spend a little time worrying about their own social norms which led them to hand out all of those bullshit loans in the first place...