So Michael Powell has announced that he will be stepping down as head of the Federal Communications Commission at the end of March. In case you’re unfamiliar, Powell is the son of Colin Powell, and has been chairman of the FCC for the last four years. Before that, he served as a commissioner for three years, having been appointed by then-President Bill Clinton. I find Powell (a Republican) to be a perfect case-study in the contradictions within the modern conservative movement.
Popmatters has published their list of the 10 worst moments in American politics for 2004. It’s rather amusing. Regarding Alan Keyes (No. 8): “Keyes clearly should have spent more time clearing brush out from a newly purchased farmhouse and sounding uneducated and insane, a combination that appears to have a much higher success rate.” And this about Michael Powell, head of the FCC: “Michael Poppins dove in to nanny us all away from impure thoughts, since not everyone in America has the good sense to welt up their naughty bits for being in moist service to the Dark Underlord.