Monday, December 1, 2008

Take Five

1. Again, so far anyway, this isn't Change. It's a Restoration.

2. But what it does do is help to confirm the "Two Tribes" theory of American politics, the one that says (more or less) that for all of the infighting that goes one, in the end most everyone with a political bent basically falls into one or the other of the two major parties ("tribes") and that power ultimately devolves to--again--one or the other groupings.

3. By the way, back in 2000 and early 2001 a lot of media types were criticizing George Bush's selection of people from previous Republican administrations. Well.

4. B. makes a good point.

5. "Didn't community-based organizations push for exactly this sort of reverse-redlining? I think they did. It's one thing to argue that they maybe weren't the major cause of the subprime meltdown. It's another for them to pose as victims wronged by the very system they worked hard to set up (including the securitization that enabled banks to keep up 'reverse redlining')" -- Mickey Kaus