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Twitter, Qik, and Transparency in Congress

Submitted by Jim Brown on July 9, 2008 - 11:45am

I have written about the micro-blogging tool Twitter before. John Culberson is a Texas Congressman who uses both Twitter (see his Twitter page here) and Qik (a video streaming tool) to communicate with constituents.


Adieu, Bushisms

Submitted by Jim Brown on June 22, 2008 - 3:04pm

Mark Liberman of Language Log bids (an early?) farewell to the Bushism:

"Count me among those who will not be at all sad to see the last of the Bushisms industry. In the end, it's a bit like making wheelchair jokes about FDR, except that all of us commit infelicities of verbal expression from time to time. I guess that W gets tangled up a bit more often than most politicians do, although I think that even this much is not entirely certain."


Seen at the Texas Republican Convention

Submitted by Jim Brown on June 17, 2008 - 7:22pm

Button reading 'If Obama is President...will we still call it the White House?'

This button is on sale at the Republican State Convention courtesy of a group called Republican Market. The Austinist's Patrick Dentler points to this and asks whether mudslinging by political candidates is the least of our problems in the coming months:

"With this being the first presidential election since the ascension of YouTube and blog culture, many see the mudslinging and dirty work being done not by the candidates, but by surrogates [and] independent interest groups."


"He was an appeaser"

Submitted by Jim Brown on May 16, 2008 - 12:21pm

Chris Matthews gives a lesson in history and grammar:

Link via TNR.



Submitted by Jim Aune on March 12, 2008 - 3:54pm

My main research interest for a long time has been trying to make sense of political ideologies as (usually implicit) rhetorics, viz. Rhetoric and Marxism (1994) and Selling the Free Market (2001). Although I discussed Nozick and Rothbard in the latter book, I have been intrigued by the resurgence of anarchism on the green and anti-globalization Left. Anarchism is inherently appealing to rhetoricians (I would think) because it defines social relations in terms of persuasion rather than force.


It's 3am. Should a hothead be answering the phone?

Submitted by ddd on March 6, 2008 - 7:59am

Salon has an interesting article this morning on the supposedly certain sense that McCain would be best equipped to keep the country safe in a crisis like 9/11. Surprise, surprise: some high ranking military officials think he's too hotheaded and impulsive--even at times "out of control"--to have his finger on the proverbial button.


There Will Be Mud

Submitted by Cynthia on February 27, 2008 - 8:33am

Parsing the mud-slinging between Hillary and Obama camps is becoming a rhetorical art. Maureen Dowd's piece today tries to use the rhetorical mud to paint Hillary as a muddy persona with little left in her bag of tricks than mud wrestling....slippery, and with no identity to hold on to.


Alabama Blackout

Submitted by Jim Brown on February 25, 2008 - 2:42pm

Last night, 60 Minutes ran a segment on Don Siegelman. I got to watch most of it before heading out to a cult meeting, errrr, friend's house to watch The Wire. Siegelman is the former Democratic governor of Alabama and is in federal prison and claims he was targeted by Karl Rove and others in the Bush administration.


Nader, again

Submitted by ddd on February 24, 2008 - 5:25pm

He's back in. The New York Times Caucus offers Clinton, Obama, and Huckabee's responses. My fave is from Clinton about Nader's 2000 run:

Well, you know his being on the Green Party prevented Al Gore from being the greenest president we’ve ever had.


Oh my

Submitted by Jim Brown on February 14, 2008 - 10:54am

This was put together by the Obama people, right? Link via Gawker.