Perry campaign Sunday in Waterloo, Iowa

Self-loathing much?

Allegedly gay Texas Gov. Rick Perry went to San Francisco today to argue that homosexuality, like alcoholism, is just another lifestyle choice.

“Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that,” Perry said during an appearance at the Commonwealth Club of California, according to the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper. “I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.”

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It begins

Oh, how I’ve dreaded this day, among the most holy on the hipster calendar.  It’s Christmas morning for Europhiles, who, as I write this, are summoning every ounce of faux passion within their eager-to-please-the-right-people beings in preparation for Day 1 of the World Cup. They’ll act like they’ve been waiting their whole lives for this moment, but in reality most have been waiting about three years, or whenever it was their collective informed them soccer (they get really pissed off when you call it that) is the new handlebar mustache.

This is particularly evident in New York creative circles, where the game’s aesthetics, Europhilic allure and fashionable otherness have made soccer the new baseball — the go-to sport of the thinking class.

Because nothing says intellectual quite like following the herd.

“It’s almost guaranteed that almost any male literary person under the age of 45 is going to be somewhat versed in soccer,” said Sean Wilsey, a writer who helped edit “The Thinking Fan’s Guide to the World Cup,” a 2006 compilation of essays by the likes of Dave Eggers and Robert Coover. As a conversation topic, it has become inevitable at book parties, in part because it is both sophisticated and safe. “Isn’t it sort of a relief to talk about the English Premier League instead of the sad state of publishing?” he added. “It’s a great default topic.”

US Democratic presidential candidates Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama during debate

Hillary Clinton didn’t lose in ’08 because she was a woman

Which is what I heard a talking head say earlier on CNN, a conclusion I fear will become repeated as fact.

Sexism, like racism, is still alive, but waning. But it didn’t keep Hillary from the presidency in 2008.

It was her unsubtle sense of entitlement, along with the clumsy attempts by her and her husband to divide the race with Obama on race, that doomed Hillary.

If that sounds harsh, look at the argument she made Wednesday, in an interview with USA Today, as to why she should be the nominee instead of Barack Obama. She cited an Associated Press article “that found how Senator Obama’s support . . . among working, hardworking Americans, white Americans, is weakening again. I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on.” …

Let’s examine those premises. These are white Democrats we’re talking about, voters who generally share the party’s philosophy. So why would these Democrats refuse to vote for a nominee running on Democratic principles against a self-described conservative Republican? The answer, which Clinton implies but doesn’t quite come out and say, is that Obama is black — and that white people who are not wealthy are irredeemably racist.

Well, she did win Sarah Palin’s support.