Thursday, January 03, 2008

Cold Morning

Figures that the only bitterly cold morning this week is the morning I take a bus across town for an appointment at a city office. Nothing is as cold as when I commuted to New York & took a train out of Linden at about 6:45 am. The choice there was waiting in the heated street level station room or going up on the windy, exposed platform in the hope of beating the crowd & finding one of the few remaining seats.

When the Iowa caucus results are known tonight, & the money spent divided by votes, the amount spent per single vote will be shocking. It was in the 2004 Dem caucus, I forget the number but it surprised me then. This year it'll be really something.

Huckabee sneaked in the back door at NBC yeaterday so he wouldn't have to cross a picket line for his Tonight Show appearance. I don't see how it makes much difference. No one thinks Repugs support organized labor anymore. They drove all their pro-union people out to make room for the bigots who no longer were welcome in the Democratic Party. The Repugs have never fielded a scarier group of candidates.

Watched a few minutes of Conan O'Brien. Even with his improv experience, he's gonna run out of material very quickly. He doesn't have a strong enough supporting cast to pick up the slack. His band - which has some colorful, interesting people - has, as with all talk show bands, been reduced to one dimensional cartoon characters, silly faces & reaction shots.

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