Monday, July 9, 2012
Happy Birthday to Jimmy Smits, 57. Warning: you probably want to skip what comes next. I don't really know if this has all been said before, but wouldn't expanding Bail Organa into a real character have really improved things a lot (presumably at the expense of about 90% of Episode I, which just gets worse every time I think about it). There's so much that could have been done through him...of course, there's the need that I have seen many remark on for a non-Jedi action guy -- indeed, he and Padme could have had some adventure together (could have have been romantically interested in Padme? Tragically, with him realizing the age gap makes it impossible? Or could he have some other serious tie to her, making the adoption more meaningful)? I know he's lurking around for a while, but that he sort of suddenly shows up during the crisis as the only guy that Yoda can trust seems pretty weak, doesn't it? But it didn't have to be; imagine, for example, if we see that he gets away with it because the Emperor is blind to the possibility that ordinary people could matter, not just Jedi.
Sorry about that; I'll make it up with some good stuff:
1. Jared Bernstein's King for a Day plan for the economy. My reaction: it's really not very radical, all told.
2. Ryan for Veep? Ed Kilgore thinks about it.
3. Good WaPo story about exactly what campaigns are good for.
4. While David Leonhardt does a good overview of prediction markets.
5. "The method is to convert hairline distinctions, usually illusory, into Manichean contrasts." Andrew Sprung, on the Romney method.
6. And you should be reading E.J. Graff on marriage.