WE [NO LONGER] BUILD EXCITEMENT
The boys at Jalopnik put up their post-mortem: 7 Cars That Killed Pontiac
SNARK 101: BASIC CONCEPTS
Should-be NY Times columnist Daniel Larison just destroys the Dick Cheney Fan Club...
SNARK 201: THEORY & APPLICATION
Using David Frum as his shovel, James Wolcott buries the GOP.
SNARK 301: ADVANCED STUDY
[via Wolcott] The best analysis of what ails the Republican Party I've seen—The Mahablog:
Most political parties exist to represent some part of public opinion. But today’s GOP drives away any part of the public that doesn’t represent its opinion.
In many ways, IMO, the Republican Party is acting like an apocalyptic cult — a small number of true believers waiting for some Big Cataclysmic Event that’s going to change everything, to their advantage. For that reason, present reality doesn’t interest them, because present reality is just a temporary aberration (which it may be, but not in the way they think). Thus, movement conservatives brush off opinion polls that show their positions to be wildly unpopular. They don’t need to worry about election losses, shrinking party membership, an aging political base, or senior senators who jump ship. They don’t need to change with the times. They’ll be vindicated when the Mother Ship arrives. You’ll see.