***Orcinus has an excellent post up about the members of the new Presidential Commission. If you thought it might be a whitewash, you were right–there wasn’t even a credible attempt to promote a pretense of independence. The co-chairs are 1) the most radical conservative, partisan Republican judge they could find, and 2) the wimpiest, dimmest, dumbest Dem they could find. Only one member of the panel–NOT one of the chairs–has any intelligence experience at all.

***No Fear of Freedom has a post on proportional representation that is one of the better primers on the subject I’ve seen. A Must-Read for Omnium readers as we get more deeply into YNMS and other alternatives to Majority Rule.

***At the american street, Kevin Hayden examines state-by-state the relationship between joblessness and political leanings..

***John McKay at archy reports on Ten Commandments Judge Roy Moore’s potential run for president. Funny, scathing–and scary. Good news for dems, though.

***Ruy Teixeira at Donkey Rising has the results of the latest Ipsos/AP poll, and it’s not looking good for Junior. Not only is his approval rating in the dumper (which we knew from all the other recent polls) but a mere 37% of those who said they voted for him in the last election would do so again.

Best quote from the post:

“I think he’s run the country into the ground economically, and he comes out with these crazy ideas like going to Mars and going to the moon,” said Richard Bidlack, a 78-year-old retiree from Boonton, N.J., who says he voted for Bush in 2000. “I’m so upset at Bush, I’ll vote for a chimpanzee before I vote for him.


***Margaret Cho responds to a conservative group who threatens to picket her Houston show unless it’s canceled. Her response isn’t exactly…tepid….

Protesters, please be warned. Fans of my work are not the nicest people in the world. If you are into me, you have been through it. And if you don’t know what that means, you just don’t know me yet. The great fanbase I have built up over many years in the “business” come to see me with a lot of anticipation, and have a lot invested in what I might have to say. And they can fucking fight…. The underrepresented, unvoiced, ignored part of our population, the great many that make up the Cho Army are something you are unaware of, and pretty much the gang not to fuck with.

There’s lots more.

***And finally, Josh Marshall posts on the pending Plame indictments. He notes that despite the furor a couple of months ago, virtually no major media outlet has picked up the story.

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