The link’s mysteriously disappeared, but there was a headline on Slate this afternoon that said something like “Bye Bye Bipartisanship” and I almost cheered in the middle of class. Yes, bipartisanship wins elections, and it’s good in some areas. Really, I think the whole two-party system itself is the problem. But like Rachel Maddow, I’m pissed off when the Democrats finally get the presidency and a *strong* majority in Congress, and we’re hesitant to, you know, pass liberal legislation. Social programs, anyone? Healthcare? Education? Obama ran on those things, and I understand that they take a backseat to the economy, and I understand that some of them are worked into the budget and the stimulus package, but really. What’s with this new coalition of moderate Dems? What’s with all this spirit of cooperation? You can cooperate if you want to get on *our* horse.
Also, I enjoyed this explanation on WiFi versus cell phones in airplanes and the navigation issues involved. It makes me think of one of my favourite early West Wing quotes, a Toby classic: “We’re flying in a Lockheed Eagle Series L-1011. Came off the line twenty months ago. Carries a Sim-5 transponder tracking system. And you’re telling me I can still flummox this thing with something I bought at Radio Shack?”