November 11, 2008

Executive chefs   {Comments: 5}

Todd Price on the big choice confronting Obama, namely which Chicago chef to take with him to the White House:

I do hope Obama passes on Smith. Oprah clearly loves her food, and stealing Smith might anger her. That’s like offending the gods. And anyone who’s read a Greek epic knows what happens when you piss off the gods at the start of your adventure.
Let's hope Obama's presidency doesn't work out to be a Greek epic.
November 6, 2008

Barack Obama   {Comments: 1}

I'm overjoyed by Obama's election, but the sentiment seems small beside the incredible historical vertigo that accompanies his achievement. I loved going through these political cartoons, and to a lesser extent these pictures of Obama from the campaign. My daughter and I went downtown today for lunch and the air in Chicago just feels different. I don't know what else to say except wow.

Meanwhile it was really disappointing to see Prop 8 pass in California. My initial reaction though is to blame it on the bizarre institutional design that allows Californians to amend their constitution with a simple majority vote by the electorate. Isn't the whole point of having a constitution that it's less transient than the whims of the majority, and therefore offers some protection for minorities? I'm certainly not an expert on democracy, but I've always understood it as a balancing act between the will of the majority and the rights of the minority. Speaking just from an institutional standpoint, it seems to me California overemphasizes the former.