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The 2008 Republican Convention will be held in Minnesota. James Lileks is happy—I’ll see you there, James!—but this guy seems to be hanging on the edge of mental well-being.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/28/2006 at 03:43 AM
  1. In 2002, Charles Krauthammer famously wrote:

    To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.

    It took four years, but at last, Krauthammer’s Law finally has an accompanying photo that single-handedly sums up both halves of its equation, and does so brilliantly.

    Posted by Ed Driscoll on 2006 09 28 at 04:52 AM • permalink

  2. “Proud Member of the Reality Based Community”.

    I assume he’s being ironic…

    Posted by Quentin George on 2006 09 28 at 04:56 AM • permalink

  3. Krauthammer is wrong to assume liberals think at all.

    Posted by Attmay on 2006 09 28 at 05:18 AM • permalink

  4. At least he’s willing to stand up for what he believes:

    I can only hope that my Twin Cities will show some of the same raucous (and necessarily shrill) spirit that NYC displayed with such gumption back in ‘04. I’d just rather not get arrested.

    So he’s basically hoping others have gumption…

    Posted by Not My Problem on 2006 09 28 at 07:25 AM • permalink

  5. It’s going to be the Battle of the Wispy-Bearded Fist-Pumpers against the Burly Hamhanded Lutefisk-Eaters!  We’ll probably feel the vibrations all the way here in Ohio.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 09 28 at 09:01 AM • permalink

  6. I can’t believe I’m actually wishing I lived in Minneapolis.

    Posted by rick mcginnis on 2006 09 28 at 09:33 AM • permalink

  7. Hmm, not that I’m saying this implies anything about dear tim, mind you, but first he posts a goat picture, and then he follows that up with happy dreams of Bleatville…

    Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2006 09 28 at 09:52 AM • permalink

  8. “Hanging on the edge”? Try freefall.

    Posted by chuck on 2006 09 28 at 09:53 AM • permalink

  9. Surely Twin Cities lefties can do better than this. With any luck, Al Franken will be running against Norm Coleman for the Senate. Now that would be worth watching.

    Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 09 28 at 10:48 AM • permalink

  10. Reality. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    Posted by paulris on 2006 09 28 at 11:14 AM • permalink

  11. Minnesota, for you Antipodeans, is one of America’s most babe-tacular states. It was settled primarily by Scandinavians and their descendents are hot stuff.

    The liquor laws though are a bit constrictive.

    My pal in Minneapolis reports that between the lefty Progressives and the conservative Lutherans, he is well protected from himself!

    Posted by JDB on 2006 09 28 at 12:29 PM • permalink

  12. Re: my post above…I must explain. When I read the word Convention, I get mental images of guys in Fez hats with loosened ties, drinking bourbon, smoking unfiltered cigs, and slapping waitresses on the bum, hoping all the while that the little missus in Kansas City won’t ever find out.

    But Phyllis Schlafly and Bandana Guy will be there, too, so I suppose it won’t be all Grain Belt and blonds. Too bad.

    Posted by JDB on 2006 09 28 at 12:53 PM • permalink

  13. And, courtesy of Capt Ed, here’s how MN got the convention along with other interesting tidbits:

    Twin Cities Nod A Bipartisan Win
    How did the Twin Cities land the Republican National Convention for 2008? It took a bipartisan effort that predicated itself on a gentleman’s agreement: all Minnesota politicians would support bids for both conventions, and whichever party chose first would get unanimous support. The combination worked better than anyone could have hoped, as the Twin Cities made both short lists. However, in the end, Howard Dean’s inability to make a decision cost the Democrats the spot:

    http://tinyurl.com/m89mz

    Posted by andycanuck on 2006 09 28 at 01:24 PM • permalink

  14. JDB, Grain Belt?  Man, that shit is nasty.  Really nasty.  If a person is in Minnesota, they gotta do one night of Everclear pure grain alcohol (190 proof, or 95% alcohol).  As the website says:

    Caution: Because Grain Alcohol is clear, tasteless and very potent it could be very dangerous. Use it carefully for legitimate purposes only.”

    Obviously getting stupid-drunk is a legitimate purpose because that’s Everclear’s only known use.

    Posted by David Crawford on 2006 09 28 at 05:45 PM • permalink

  15. The FDA definition:

    “Reality-based: less than 10% actual reality by volume…”

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 09 28 at 09:05 PM • permalink

  16. I liked the bit where the guy in the mask whined about anonymous threats (of being <i>absorbed by a pod!</b>

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 09 28 at 09:07 PM • permalink

  17. #14 David,

    You’re correct about Grain Belt…I usually down one or two when I visit the Twin Cities out of courtesy then move on to a more palatable lager.

    However, on the Everclear issue, there is apparently more than one use for the spirit. Back in the 1990’s, a community activist/Catholic priest in Chicago named Father Michael Pfleger led the charge against ghetto liquor stores selling small bottles of Everclear which were apparently used in the production of crack cocaine.

    Ultimately, I believe, Father Pfleger won and now you cannot buy either small amounts of Everclear or Pate de Foie Gras in the ghetto.

    Zut Alors!

    Posted by JDB on 2006 09 28 at 11:32 PM • permalink

  18. JDB, using Everclear to produce crack, huh?  Jeez, talk about adding complexity to the process.  Seems like it would be a lot easier to just drink the Everclear and snort the coke.

    Posted by David Crawford on 2006 09 28 at 11:59 PM • permalink

  19. #18 But snorting coke and drinking Everclear with mixers is SO white bread and bourgeoise!

    One must be hardcore to retain favor, mustn’t one?

    Posted by JDB on 2006 09 29 at 03:13 AM • permalink

  20. Oh no, not Minnesota.  You know I don’t need that much of an excuse to change the subject to Bob Dylan again…

    Posted by Big Jim on 2006 09 29 at 06:57 AM • permalink

  21. That’s a really cute bandanna he’s got around his face.  Makes him look like he’s impersonating a barber pole.

    Others have already pointed out what a self-important silly little twat he is, so I’ll just second what they said.

    Posted by Sonetka's Mom on 2006 09 29 at 10:03 AM • permalink

  22. Why can’t 2 anarchists get together without a newspaper box flying through a Starbucks window. Look, I dislike paying $9 for a double decafe chocofracachaspresso as much as the next guy (especially when, as a kid growing up in an Italian suburb, we called it “espresso with sambuca”). But I have yet to throw a newspaper box through a window.

    And don’t tell me I am not paying attention. Unfortunately, I have been paying attention since I was about 5 years old. One of my first memories is of my mother reading me the election returns the day after the 1972 election and my father said I asked him, the night before the election, whether McGovern was a communist.

    Posted by Room 237 on 2006 09 29 at 04:53 PM • permalink

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