Veep picks have become increasingly important and substantive, given the increase in the power of the vice-presidency. Still, it is important always for candidates to use the veep pick to move to the center. Ryan does not do this for Romney anymore than Palin did anything for McCain. Admittedly, there wasn’t much to pick from, given that Republican moderates are more or less a dead species, but I was expecting someone more palatable to independents/undecided. Ryan’s budget plan, being concrete, makes him really easy to attack and paint as extreme. I’m already seeing a flood of anti-Ryan prop and the announcement’s not a day old. The message is the same across the spectrum – extremist.

This ongoing negative strategy of the administration – really not negative so much as just holding the center -continues to look like a winner. That is not to say that I approve or agree with it – just that it seems to be working.

If I were in Romney’s shoes, and playing politics, I would have nominated a moderate woman – read not Palin – to address his consistent weakness in the polls with women voters. But there are so few GOP choices. There are no less than four GOP female governors, though.


Lately I’ve been trying to wind down from vacation. We came back to find the AC in the house not working; it was so hot inside that we spent a night in a hotel until the AC was fixed.

Also, we need to move by the end of the month, so we started looking at other homes immediately. I think we found a decent one this week, but we’ll see if it happens.

This fall semester is a four-course, three-prep one, with one graduate course, one editing, and two composition. Fortunately, I’ve taught all the courses before, so it’s not as daunting as it was a few years ago. It is the first time I have taught two composition courses in many years, admittedly, but teaching one during the summer has eased me back in a certain frame of mind adequate to the task.


I am becoming increasingly convinced that the author of the gospel of Luke and the author of Acts are not the same person. Patrica Walters’s The Assumed Authorial Unity of Luke and Acts: A Reassessment of the Evidence has figured heavily in this mental movement of mine, but I’ve been wanting to write about the problems between the two texts, namely in regard to the ascension, for some time, at least since 2007 when I noticed some odd discrepancies. In short, the stylistic studies that “proved” common authorship a century ago seem flawed now, and I cannot accommodate the person who wrote Lk 1:1-4 with the one who supposedly wrote two versions of the ascension. I’m not prepared to give a full accounting of my thoughts here yet – still on vacation – but as I have a presentation on this to give in September, I will post what I have then here.

Lazy summer continues

Saw The Dark Knight Rises finally. Not as good as the last one, but very good all the same. Lots of nods to canon while feeling true to the last two movies. My favorite version of the Bat is still the one from Arkham Asylum and City, but the Bale version isn’t bad at all.

Been watching a lot of Olympics, too.

Haven’t posted much of anything lately. I suppose I should start slow. What about Jared Diamond complaining about Romney’s misuse of Guns, Germs, and Steel? Pretty funny. It would seem Romney, already quietly policy-free in the states, has no luck opening his mouth overseas, either. He’ll get a bounce from Tampa, and Obama will get a bounce from Charlotte, and these should cancel each other out.