This was a good way to start the first weekend of summer.
First, my political soul, rubbed raw by seven plus years of brushing up against Bushian irritations, was soothed with the balm of fall election anticipation.
Currently he's projecting that Obama will win 334 of those 538 electoral votes. The betting line is 74% for an Obama win, a 26% chance for McCain. Popular vote: 5% Obama margin.
Sounds good to me, no matter how far it is to November. I browsed through enough of Silver's FAQs to be impressed with his methodology. Something about regression coefficients and all that stuff.
Then, I reveled in a T.A. Barnhart post on Blue Oregon, "Jonathon Alter smacks down Lars." Click on the link and you can see Portland's most irritating conservative talk show host, Lars Larson, taken down many notches. Barnhart says:
Lars Larson makes the same mistake on Dan Abrams' show that the radio blowhard did with Chris Matthews, and it's just as embarrassing. He keeps blathering on with no regard to facts, which Portland listeners are too familiar with, and he keeps trying to run roughshod over those who call him on his crap.
Lars turns out to be much more of a talk show wimp when he isn't in control of the microphone.
I hugely enjoyed watching him being put in his place, unable to resort to dominating an argument with an uninformed monologue instead of persuasive facts and logic.
Lars' notion that Michelle Obama hates America is ridiculous. When pressed to defend it, he couldn't. Typical right-wing talk show modus operandi.
Another bad example is Mark Levin, who I listen to once in a while to test my ability to listen to pompous bullshit without having the top of my head fly off.
What strikes me the most about guys like Larson and Levin is how cowardly they are. Lars makes a big deal of his concealed weapon permit. Probably that's because he'd run like a chicken from a real fight.
He does that all the time on the air, cutting people off who are besting him in a conversation. Levin is even worse. He often responds to a caller who's getting the better of him with "Get off the line, you moron!" Then he cuts the guy off.
Wow, what a man. He can push a "kill" button. Here he is in action. I can't figure out why anyone would listen to him regularly, given how irritating he is.
I guess if you don't have a political leg to stand on, you're drawn to lean on other people who are similarly crippled.(Update: Here's Loaded Orygun's take on the Lars Larson video.)