This is mostly a housekeeping note: I've been in South America for the past week and had a lot of fun not paying attention to the Internet. But now that I've caught up on sleep and emails I do want to respond, in highly annoying omnibus fashion, to a bunch of things that came up while I was gone. (Some of these I'll try to get into in more detail over the course of the week, but I want to list them all for the sake of due diligence.)
1. The Future of Sarah Palin: While guestblogging for Andrew Sullivan, I wrote a medium-sized post about Sarah Palin's op-ed in the Washington Post. Rob Harrison of Conservatives 4 Palin and Stephen Spruiell of The National Review took me to task. I will write more about this tomorrow, and in general I think there's a lot of point-missing going on here. But I want to say now that I find it somewhat funny that most of the controversy seems to spin around one sentence, contra Palin, from me: "I don't think cap and trade has many supporters who think it's the best way to become 'less dependent on foreign energy sources.'" (That last clause is a quote from the Palin op-ed.)
Well, look. I think my original sentence is obviously and self-evidently true. But since it's somehow proved controversial I'll say it again: I don't think cap and trade has many supporters who think it's the best way to reduce dependence on foreign energy! But read the Spruiell post and the Harrison post and decide for yourself. I'll make an actual argument tomorrow.