Sarah Palin Toady-in-Chief Matthew Continetti continues his (tragically unrequited) romance with the ex-governor in the Wall Street Journal, asking "Can Sarah Palin Make a Comeback?" and responding, shockingly, in the affirmative. He does allow, however, that her favorability ratings could pose a bit of a hurdle: An October Gallup poll put Ms. Palin's favorable number at 40%, her lowest rating to date. In a November Gallup survey, 63% of all voters said they wouldn't seriously consider supporting her for the presidency. Hmm. That does seem a problem.
At this point, I’m not sure which has become more tiresome: Roland Emmerich’s penchant for emotionally overwrought end-of-the-world pictures or his penchant for giving said pictures time-specific titles. With the exception of Godzilla, which advertised its subject with forthright specificity, his titles have exhibited a peculiar insistence on emphasizing the when at the expense of the what: Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and now 2012.
Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire may be the worst-feeling feel-good story ever committed to celluloid. The protagonist, Claireece Precious Jones (Gabourey ‘Gabby’ Sidibe), is 16, morbidly obese, and illiterate. Her indolent mother, Mary (Mo’Nique), treats her like a slave, beating and abusing her incessantly. Her father, on the rare occasions when he shows up, seizes the opportunity to rape her. These violent attentions resulted in her bearing him a child when she was twelve; as the film begins, she is pregnant with another.
TPM's Eric Kleefeld has more fallout from that PPP poll I cited on Tuesday, showing Olympia Snowe potentially vulnerable to a conservative primary challenger: I just spoke to Connie Mackey, president of the Family Research Council Action PAC, and she told me that if a conservative candidate were to emerge to run against Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) in the 2012 Republican primary, FRC Action will back them.
The poster for designer Tom Ford's directorial debut, A Single Man, features Colin Firth and Julianne Moore lying in bed together. As such, it had already raised questions of whether the Weinstein Company was trying to downplay the fact that Firth's character is gay. The new cut of the trailer does about as much to confirm this thesis as one could imagine. As Vulture points out, it's nearly identical to the earlier, pre-Weinstein version but "totally omits the shot of Firth making out with Matthew Goode, who plays his dead lover." Nor is that the only homoerotic omission.
For any Washington Wizards fan who's ever wondered why the team has not only so many injuries--just eight games into the season, four of its top six players, as well as two scrubs, have already missed playing time--but so many misdiagnosed injuries, poorly treated injuries, recurrent injuries, players who come back from injury too early or play too many minutes, the blog Bullets Forever points to oft-injured ex-Wizard Etan Thomas's recent question: While on the subject of team trainers and doctors, is it possible to impose a fine or forced firing when a team trainer or doctor consistently misd
A number of people have noted the off-script hilarity of Michael Steele's response on Roland Martin's show when the host suggested that white Republicans are "afraid of black folks": You're absolutely right. I mean, I've been in the room and they've been scared of me. But, for my part, I find equally funny a subsequent moment when Michael Steele began to launch into a parody of white people--in classic, uptight-nasal, Eddie-Murphy-in-"White Like Me" mode--but, sadly, thought better of it after just one syllable.
PPP has a striking new poll out regarding Olympia Snowe's popularity with Maine voters: 46% of Republicans now disapprove of Snowe’s job performance with only 40% approving. Her overall approval remains at a relatively solid 51/36 spread thanks to good numbers from Democrats (60% giving her good marks) and independents (51%).... 59% of respondents who identified themselves as Republican primary voters said they would prefer to vote for a more conservative challenger then while only 31% said they would go for Snowe. She may find that her clearest path to reelection is as an independent.
... by quoting Talladega Nights at an Iowa GOP fundraiser: Thank you, Lord, for my red-hot, smokin’ wife. I know T-Paw is pushing his "regular guy" appeal as he positions himself for 2012, but this seems rather to overshoot the mark. No word on whether he also promised to come at Barack Obama "like a spider monkey."
... or not. In the Ben Smith piece Mike cited earlier, Huckabee has some choice words for Pat Toomey: Huckabee met in the spring with Pat Toomey, then the president of the Wall Street-backed Club for Growth, which had attacked him during the 2008 campaign for raising taxes in Arkansas. “It wasn’t very productive,” he said of the meeting. “I realized then that these guys are just what I thought they were — they’re pay for play, and they do it anonymously on behalf of people who don’t want to be known as the funders of these hit operations.