Good girl

Sarah Palin is good looking.

Because she is inexperienced, she will be an “establishment candidate” like Barack Obama.

The McCain is turn fairing compliments and criticisms into identify politics “gaffes,” relying on the fact that Sarah Palin is a woman to generate criticism of those who criticize her.

In other words, McCain has taken a page from Obama’s playbook.

Like the pick of Palin itself, this ad only makes sense in the context of successful modeling of this approach by the Democratic Party.

Let’s Mock the Cripple

The Onion‘s greatest book, Our Dumb Century, is a fake retrospective of 100 years of front pages of a fake newspaper. The Onion is imagined to have historically been a far-right newspaper, and one if its attacks against President Franklin Roosevelt supposedly was, “Why does our joyless President never dance?” The joke, of course, is that only a clueless, cruel, or both campaign would use a serious physical disability as an attempt to score campaign points.

The Obama campaign proves that life imitates art — or at least that their campaign imitates satire.

First, the disability

The Corner on National Review Online
McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain’s severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain’s encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He’s an avid fan – Ted Williams is his hero – but he can’t raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball.

And now, the joke:

No wonder Obama has panicked.

In Search of Green Collar Jobs That Can’t Be Outsourced

The meme is old — Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton promises to supply work to otherwise underemployable Americans through green collar jobs that can’t be outsourced.

Obama and Clinton also agreed on the need to build a green economy. Said Obama, “We have to look at energy and the potential for creating green jobs that can not just save on our energy costs but, more importantly, can create jobs in building windmills that will produce manufacturing jobs here in Ohio, can put rural communities back on their feet by working on alternative fuels, making buildings more energy efficient. We can hire young people who are out of work and put them to work in the trade.” Clinton echoed those ideas and cited the example of Germany, which “made a big bet on solar power” and “created several hundred thousand new jobs … that can’t be outsourced.”

But what is a green-collar job, and why can’t it be outsourced? Because of new trade barriers? Or because it involves manual labor on the electrical and biofuel transmission system?

If “green-collar jobs” is just a new name for protectionism, then to bad. But if green-collar jobs involve replacing hydrocarbons through manual work on the electrical and biofuel transmission system, then good… for Ukraine!

Europe must integrate Ukraine into the EU and NATO system. This means making both Europe Ukraine richer, through increased ties and increased trade. However, such wealth comes with real damage. For instance, in Ukraine businessmen who are puppets of the Putin regime will be hurt by exposure to western legal, political, and behavioral standards (in the sense that we have a largely apolitical criminal justice system, and Russia doesn’t). In Europe, the losers will be uneducated people who find themselves competing with Ukrainians for work. So Europe must find useful work for either these unemployable Europeans to do, or else find something to keep Ukrainians productive at home.

Green Collar Jobs would help Europe absorb Ukranian. Green-collar agriculture jobs would turn Ukrainian corn into ethanol, helping to displace Russian hydrocarbons. Green-collar mechanical jobs would turn Ukrainian wind into electricity, helping to displace Russian hydrocarbons. Green-collar technological jobs would build new Ukranian power plants on the latest French lines, helping to displace Russian hydrocarbons.

Green Collar Jobs help knit Ukraine into Europe, and help protect Europe from future Russian tantrums.

Now, that’s a progressive idea.