Just as a reminder, today is the last day to register to vote! Vooote.
In appreciation, there will be no angry post about The Newsroom today. See, HBO, how we can help each other out? One shirtless pic of John Gallagher, Jr. with "Hey, Ladies of the Hairpin" in lipstick on his chest, and the posts could stop for good.
Instead, you may use this comment thread to discuss The Todd Akin Situation, which would be a great name for a queer punk band. See also: "That Whole Thing."
All the really important things you've always wanted to ask the one guy who knows things about what Joe Biden does:
“So, what does a vice-presidential scholar do all day?” I asked when I reached him at his office, no doubt cluttered with the letters of Garret Augustus Hobart. “Do you wait around in case something happens to a presidential scholar?
“Do you consider yourself a heartbeat away from presidential scholarship?
“Do presidential scholars send you to the funerals of foreign presidential scholars?”
You will not get answers to those questions, though, so don't get really excited.
Adrienne K., the blogger who writes Native Appropriations, has been having a series of increasingly heated discussions on, amongst other things, the idea of Johnny Depp portraying Tonto, and, well, the idea of portraying Tonto at all. The situation came to a head with what seems to have been an exceptionally unpleasant phone call with the actor Saginaw Grant:
His team had written down tweets and quotes from my blog, read them back to me, and forced me to defend myself. I was in a horrible position, because if I defended myself and stood by my words, I would have been perceived as being "disrespectful" towards a "respected [...]
Why don't politicians write their own speeches?
It's obviously completely bipartisan; it just happened to strike me when reading the Politico coverage of Romney's Tampa appearance, which has as its central claim the idea that the perfectly serviceable speech prepared by Peter Wehner was ditched a week out from the convention and was then, well, "cobbled together by Stevens and Romney himself." (The horror.) We're a far shot from Abraham Lincoln, pounding out ten perfect sentences on the train, even if Pericles did deserve a tip of the hat for that one. Coolidge is believed to be the first President to employ a professional speechwriter, but what [...]