I think it's important to acknowledge credit where credit is due, and that means it's time to recognize that under @ddayen, @TheProspect has become the most important political magazine of the last few years. It's not just that they keep scooping others on the transition.
By centering what had traditionally be a center-left magazine around business and power, @ddayen created relevance around governing in an important way. The Day One Agenda has become the most relevant policy reporting done in the 2020 cycle. prospect.org/day-one-agenda
It's time to start recognizing the work that the @TheProspect has put out. Or we can just read the prospect and watch other major media outlets report the same thing 10 days later without credit.
A lot of people don't know that @ddayen helped super-charge the anti-monopoly movement in 2016 with this article. But he's always been ahead of the curve, because of his focus on business and social justice. newrepublic.com/article/131412…

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22 Nov
1. I worked for a House member in 2009-2010 elected on opposition to war. Early in his term my boss spoke up for getting out of Afghanistan. We got a lot of hostile email from Democrats saying "I used to agree with you but I trust Obama and he wants to surge into Afghanistan.'
2. The problem was systemic. I worked on the Financial Services Committee from 2009-2010, and while Geithner et al. were horrific, Barney Frank, the progressive nonprofit apparatus, and Dem voters were in lock step on bailing out the banks.
3. In 2008, before he was elected, Obama lobbied on behalf of the bailouts. He promised then-Rep. Donna Edwards that if she voted for it, he would work to write off mortgage debt by changing bankruptcy laws. He was lying, his policy team had already dismissed that option.
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19 Nov
Watching the Equitable Growth event on antitrust, and seeing how Heather Boushey is pointing out all the costs of lax antitrust enforcement, but this is a key problem with their new report on competition policy.
The report's recommendations for Congress are both much weaker and more vague than those of the Congressional Antitrust Subcommittee itself. equitablegrowth.org/research-paper…
I really respect @Michael_Kades, and I appreciate his point that it's important for people who served in government to recognize their mistakes. It's a good thing to learn!
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17 Nov
It’s the 2020 primary, the 22nd amendment has been repealed. You are a Democrat. The primary comes down to Biden and Obama. Who do you vote for?
It’s the 2020 primary, the 22nd amendment has been repealed. You are a Democrat. The primary comes down to Obama, Kamala and Mayor Pete. Who do you vote for?
It’s the 2020 primary, the 22nd amendment has been repealed. You are a Democrat. The primary comes down to Biden and Obama, but you know Obama is bringing back Rahn Emanuel as chief of staff and Geithner at Treasury. Who do you vote for?
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We do have a serious problem downplaying honor and masculinity in American culture. Boys will look for it and if no one teaches them they will invent their own ways to be manly, often destructive ways. Like listening to Ben Shapiro.
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14 Nov
1. Unless there's a vaccine very soon, I fear that Joe Biden will not handle the pandemic much better than Trump did. I really hope I'm wrong. It just seems to me that a lot of dealing with the pandemic means convincing people to sacrifice...
2. ... Americans aren't going to sacrifice very important cultural rituals and family time when they see their elites living by a separate set of rules. It just doesn't work that way. They have to see their leaders sacrificing first. Will even that work? I don't know. But...
3. That isn't how Dems think of themselves. One thing that's really clear about the boomer and up elite Dems is they really believe they are beloved and trusted. They don't understand you have to *earn* popular trust, Harvard doesn't grant it to you with your law degree.
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I'm increasingly furious at the complete disinterest in governing by supposed political analysts.
Governing matters. Democrats victories in 2006 and 2008 were about the war in Iraq and financial crisis, Trump's victory had a lot more to do with NAFTA and China PNTR than anything else.
Flip it around, Trump entirely defined the agenda in 2016, and he was the challenger. Nate's a smart guy, but he's completely lost because his polls didn't work and he doesn't realize the government exists.
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