Bush Twins Asked to Leave Argentina Following Drunk and Nude Antics

After days of stories of drunk partying coming out of Argentina, including allegations that the Bush twins have been running nude in the halls of their hotel, US embassy officials have “strongly suggested” that they leave the country.

Obviously the twins will fit in much better back in the United States, where the top news is that Britney Spears is now upstaging Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan in flashing her private parts without panties, along with showing a need for increased support above the waist. From various reports, Paris sounds jealous, and Lindsay was mad enough to hit Paris.

With fun like that awaiting them at home, I’m surprised the Bush twins aren’t rushing back, at least to make sure that their nude Argentina videos make the internet before the rumored Jessica Simpson sex tapes make it on line.

Whenever you question how it is that the American voters reelected George Bush in 2004 despite all the evidence of his failures, keep in mind that this post, and not all that political stuff you read, is all the average American voter is really thinking about.

Chopra Finds Proof of God in Yellow Flowers

The fifth installment of Deepak Chopra’s latest assault on reason is out at Huffington Post. The best thing I can say is at least this looks like the end of this series. Considering the level of irrationality here, I am at least glad that PZ Myers has spared me the need to respond by beating me in posting on this nonsense. He summarizes Chopra’s argument, to the degree that this irrational rambling can be summarized by saying, “Because I can imagine a flower, I have disproven atheism.” While Chopra doesn’t make any meaningful arguments about the existence of God, if I read much more from him I’m likely to start questioning the existence of yellow flowers.

Myers notes this after Chopra’s claim that his his recent writing “covers the basic and I think most convincing refutation of the anti-God argument.” I’m surprised that Myers also didn’t jump on Chopra for his subsequent claim that “It doesn’t prove God by any means, much less does it degrade science.” Considering the degree to which Chopra has attacked established science thoroughout his writing there is ample ground for further comment, but this has also been many times in the past.

Victory in Suburbia

Back in the days when the Democrats were a minority party lacking any politcal clout (i.e. last month) I often warned that if they ever hoped to become a national party again Democrats would need to improve their support among the affluent. In a society which is fairly affluent, despite too many being left behind, a party which is seen to represent only the interests of the have-nots is doomed to failure. Most voters are either reasonably well off or have hopes of future success and affluence, and have little interest in a party which ignores their interests. Before the election I noted many hopes for success, including increased Democratic support in the suburbs and among groups such as the Starbucks Republicans and South Park Republicans. USA Today notes the increased success for Democrats in the suburbs:

Democrats made large gains in suburbia in this month’s elections, pushing Republican turf to the outer edges of major population centers in a trend that could signal trouble for the GOP, an analysis shows.

Democrats carried nearly 60% of the U.S. House vote in inner suburbs in the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas, up from about 53% in 2002, according to the analysis by the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech.

They received nearly 55% of the vote in the next ring of “mature” 20- and 30-year-old suburbs, with 45% going to Republicans and third-party candidates. In 2002, the last midterm election, Democrats received 50% of the vote there.

“Republicans are getting pushed to the fringes of the metropolis,” said sociologist Robert Lang, director of the institute. “They simply have to be more competitive in more suburbs,” he said, to win statewide and presidential races.

There are many reasons for this victory. The article notes that, “Democratic pollster Geoffrey Garin said Republican appeal is waning in the inner suburbs, due in part to socially conservative positions, while Democrats are getting better at reaching suburban voters.” Social issues were a major factor, but the change in the perception of Democrats on economic matters is also important. Democratic leaders such as Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean have stressed their desire for fiscal conservativism and to avoid big government programs perceived as far left. The 2006 elections were largely a repudiation of Republican policies, with victory coming from a coalition of both those who support traditional Democratic goals and those who might not but see Democrats as the only alternative to years of Republican failures. To keep their new majority coalition, especially with the old New Deal coalition long gone, Democrats must continue to consider the views of suburbanites, including small businessmen and professionals.

Addendum: I should also point out that any argument, including the one I made above, can be taken to absurd extremes. This was seen in Thomas Edsall’s recent op-ed in the New York Times. While he is right to a degree in warning Democrats against governing from the old left, it appears that by the time you ignore all the constituencies that Edsall discards there’s not much remaining. The trick isn’t to discard old constituencies but to find ways to promote the shared goals of many groups. There are dangers for continuing to stand for out-dated ideas, but there is also a danger in not standing for anything.

Kerry and McCain Lead Their Parties Among 2008 Candidates

The Next Prez analyzed blog posts among the candidates from each party, and found that Kerry and McCain were out in front. This is hardly predictive of who will win, but surveys of who is getting the most blog buzz may be as meaningful as the public opinion polls which are primarily a measure of name recognition and mainstream media hype. Remember before the 2004 primaries when Joe Lieberman led early and Howard Dean led in most later in 2003 and early 2004.

Among Democrats, John Kerry led with 43,056 blog posts. Hillary Clinton was second with 11,508 and Obama was third with 8,594. John McCain led Republicans, followed by Rudy Giulani and Mitt Romney.