Mr. Biden, however, represents an updated standard-bearer for the politics of joy, said Joel K. Goldstein, a law professor at Saint Louis University and an expert on the United States vice presidency. (Disclosure: I quote Mr. Goldstein whenever possible, just so I can type the words “expert on the United States vice presidency,” which never fails to amuse me.) While these are not exactly joyous times either — politicians are often reviled and voters are no picnic — Mr. Biden is the one major Washington figure who consistently evokes a sense of thrill in what he is doing.
My polling place is the auditorium of the local elementary school. The school has a horse made of rope and wooden picture frames on one side, and two giraffes made from plastic pine branches guarding the doors on another side.
I kinda wish my polling place was something more exotic or interesting, like the back of a taco place or a neighbor’s drafty garage.
The number of gay and bisexual characters on scripted broadcast network TV is at its highest-ever level in the season ahead, according to the [17th-annual “Where We Are on TV” report released Friday by the] Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. The total on cable television is also going up…
The study reviewed 97 scripted TV programs scheduled to air in the upcoming season on the broadcast networks, counting a total of 701 series regular characters. The study found that 31 of them are LGBT characters.
ABC has the highest amount with 10 out of 194, or 5.2 percent, of their regular characters identified as LGBT.
After leading last year, Fox ranks second with six LGBT characters out of 118 total series regulars, or 5.1 percent.
Study finds rise in gay characters on network TV
The rankings for the broadcast networks are (in order) ABC, Fox, the CW, NBC, and CBS. For cable networks, Showtime leads the pack, but HBO’s “True Blood” leads among all shows as it features six LGBTQ characters. Download the report as a PDF here.
I know you’re thinking “Why is Jasmine tumbling this? She’s been an Obama supporter since 2000-and-forever.” Which is true.
But! I was just wondering about Republican/conservative Tumblrs, and I found this response from Mark Coatney to Kate Spencer’s post about “Mitt Romney’s terrible Tumblr” to be a helpful start.
It’s all well and good to say black people should be more like Martin Luther King Jr. But it should be noted that the country answered King’s hypermorality with unremitting violence culminating in him being shot in the head.
Smear campaigns, whether they contain a kernel of truth or are based on outright lies, allow candidates to demonstrate how they respond under the strain of conditions most other Americans would find intolerable. As the historian Gil Troy has written, brutal campaigns endure not only because they let off the collective steam of 300 million opinionated Americans, but because – unlikely as it seems – they work.