Archive for January, 2009

Getting Local

Posted January 22, 2009 By Dave Thomer

As the excitement about President Obama settles down, I’ll be interested in seeing whether any of the political lessons of the last two years can percolate down to the municipal level. Philadelphia will be having its first open Democratic primary for the office of District Attorney in – well, as long as I can remember, […]

Failing Upwards?

Posted January 21, 2009 By Dave Thomer

I have to say that it does not fill me with confidence that the new chairman of the board at Citigroup is gonna be a guy who thought it was a good idea to essentially sell Time Warner to America Online. (One of my main images of the year 2000 is Pattie coming into the […]

Yes We Did

Posted January 20, 2009 By Dave Thomer

Pattie just told me that MSNBC got complaint emails when they cut away from Barack and Micelle Obama dancing. That – along with the not insignificant visual of two million people on the Mall in Washington – sums up the significance of today for me. People wanted this day, people worked for this day, and […]

Speed of Light Just Isn’t Fast Enough

Posted January 19, 2009 By Dave Thomer

I am not a science guy. I wish I were, but my brain won’t wrap itself around numbers as easily as it wraps around words. I do have an interest in science, though, so from time to time I try to read geared-for-mass-audience science books. I’ve just started Michio Kaku’s Parallel Worlds, and a couple […]

My Outrage Deficit and Patience as a Non-Virtue?

Posted January 12, 2009 By Dave Thomer

I’ve been relatively quiet on presidential transition matters, partially from being outright wiped out and partially because I feel a little disconnected. There are some Obama decisions I like, some I feel unqualified to comment on, and some that I think are flat-out bad ideas. But while plenty of commentators expressed their hurt and anger […]