1. Several people have written fearing or hoping that I might be near death because I haven't been posting lately. I appreciate the concern, I guess. But we postmodern conservatives or 21st century Thomists don't believe that the doctrine "I blog, therefore I am" is realistic. All is well and I'm at a nice conference in Savannath, maybe the most beautiful city in America.
2. This conference is rife with young conservatives. And, naturally, they were all grousing with disbelief at breakfast over Obama's big Nobel win. The African American lady who was serving breakfast was glaring at them, thinking, I'm sure, that these people won't pass up any opportunity to let our president have it. She may, properly understood, have a point. Who cares who gets that fairly silly prize? It's not like Obama ran for it, as far as I can tell. No good president could possibly get it. And if they want to give it for pretty words that signify almost nothing, it doesn't pick my pocket or break my leg.
3. Whether the Republicans make big gains in Congress in 2010 will depend mostly on the state of the economy unless there's the reality or perception of dangerous foreign policy weakness. It would be better if the Republicans had either big brains or an effective leader or two, but that probably won't be the key. Anxiety is trumping ideology with the swing voters these days. No two economists agree on what things will be like a year from now, and it's difficult for we Republicans to know what to hope for.