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Saturday, May 16, 2009


* I knew we were in a Seldon crisis: Obama eying "New Foundation" as his answer to the New Deal.

* If you can't beat 'em: GOP moderate and feared 2012 rival Jon Huntsman joins Obama administration as ambassador to China.

* There's been a lot of talk on the blogotubes about recent polls showing a national shift towards pro-life positions. It's possible there's been some sort of catalyzing event or demographic shift I'm unaware of that accounts for this, but it seems to me most likely that this reflects an important rhetorical shift that has recently been embraced by the GOP. Consider that the nation's most prominent pro-life politician, Sarah Palin, routinely describes "life" as a morally admirable "choice" made by her and others. I suspect this new rhetoric of choice is significantly muddying the waters in these polls, encouraging people who might not choose abortion for themselves to think that's what being "pro-life" is. Of course, that any choice is or should be involved at all is incompatible with what the term "pro-life" has historically meant.