READING LIST: October 27th

Written by Steve Pierce on . Posted in Uncategorized

In the immortal words of that guy from the Monday Night Football intro: “Are you ready for some Rhombus Reading List for October 27th?” (I don’t think that’s necessarily accurate, but it’s close enough.)


Ol’ Joe Lieberman is at it again! He’s being all mavericky and such, saying he’ll filibuster a health care bill that includes a public option. Unforunately, despite all his bluster about his “principles,” it turns out that everything he says about the bill has pretty much been proven false. [Firedoglake]

But that’s not what it’s really about anyway. It’s not about principles with Joe Lieberman; it never is. As Nate Silver points out, this is all about attention — which could still be a potentially scary thing for Congressional Dems. [FiveThirtyEight]

It’s interesting that Lieberman, a senator from a liberal state that strongly supports the public option, would choose to a) oppose the policy in the first place, and b) do it now, as national support for the policy continues to rise. [CNN]

Also, if you’re one of those that’s agonizing of Obama’s supposed “War on Fox,” try to remember such tactics aren’t especially new. I mean, George Bush did the same thing with MSNBC just two years ago. But one president really makes Obama, Bush and even Nixon look positively press-friendly. You want to know how to conduct a full-on war against the journalistic opposition? Just ask FDR (a.k.a. the greatest president of the 20th century). [Slate]

Oh, and George W. Bush is apparently a motivational speaker now. His words of wisdom? “Don’t worry about popularity.” Well, we know he certainly took his own advice. High comedy. [CNN]

Popular Culture

In keeping with the spirit of Halloween, now just five days away, The A.V. Club has an excellent interview with America’s premiere pop culture guru (and my favorite writer) Chuck Klosterman about his own personal fears. (Klosterman’s new book of essays, Eating the Dinosaur, was released last week. Do yourself a favor and pick it up. [The A.V. Club]

Also, Adam Lambert has officially created the world’s worst album cover. Silver lining: It’s a ready-made last-second Halloween costume. [Movieline]


H.G. “Buzz” Bissinger (he of Friday Night Lights fame) takes to the pages of The New York Times to excoriate the NBA’s age limit policy and advocate for the reintroduction of college-skipping high school phenoms into the league. And, at the rate David Sern and the NBA are losing money, there’s no possible way any such change could make things worse. You can only go up from here. [New York Times]

As always, feel free to share your thoughts below — and check back tomorrow for another edition of the Rhombus Reading List.

Steve Pierce is the co-founder and editor of Rhombus. He published the Reading List, a daily digest of the best content from around the Internet, Monday through Friday.



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