How did "and he's not a doctor" move so high up in the anti-Becerra talking points? The only HHS secretary this century with an MD was Tom Price.
Obviously demanding that Biden not pick Becerra would be harder if he *was* an MD, this just hasn't been a sticking point before.
When in doubt, assume this came from a focus group — I’m sure “he’s not a doctor” polled better that “he sued Trump a lot.” (Trump wasn’t very popular and lost re-election last year.)

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23 Feb
I'm here for this @alex_shephard take on bad Sunday shows, but I really think the problem is how short the interviews are. Anybody can stick to talking points for seven minutes, the old format that yanked news out of people pinned them down for 30.…
Get rid of the panels - it's just a roundtable repeating what everybody said on cable that week - and get the interviews long enough to make people sweat.
Podcasts have been popular for, what, a decade? How is it taking this long to rethink the idea that viewers won't pay attention to one long interview?
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21 Feb
Looking back at this week, most significant development in "what the GOP stands for" is probably Romney-Cotton endorsing a minimum wage hike "while ensuring businesses cannot hire illegal immigrants." That's European party of the right energy…
"Welfare state and higher wages, sure, but not for illegal immigrants" is the territory Rs have carved out post Trump. That's a climb-down from "welfare state, no," the pre-Trump ethos.
Do it yourself, take a look at the arguments and amendments flying at the Democrats' most popular bills. You rarely see one without a GOP effort to make Democrats vote against denying benefits etc to "illegals," which in campaign ads will become "they voted to give illegals" etc.
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18 Feb
Oh no. Oh no. Oh, no no no no no.
Can't find tweet but I'm 99% sure I dunked on Adler with the "Mayor Quimby in Jamaica" screenshot.
Cruz has not been telling people "do not travel to Mexico" from a place in Mexico but Adlergate was a huge story, I'm legitimately surprised that it didn't affect his vacation/optics plans.
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17 Feb
I tackled this in the Trailer - Biden being president changes the calculations, but a lot of people lost their shirts after seeing "re-open" rallies at state capitols last year and thinking "this is the New Tea Party." (Including Trump!)
Trump's message that Biden wanted to "shut down everything" was potentially effective, Biden beat it by saying he wanted to "shut down the virus."
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16 Feb
This thread captures the emerging “Reichstag Fire” theory that Pelosi purposefully rejected security so that the Capitol could be attacked. Unsure how her support for a 9/11 Commission-style probe fits into this
Honestly, this feels inevitable. If an event seems to benefit one party politically, a conspiracy theory develops that the party secretly planned the event. Same fever dreams happened after Oklahoma City bombing, and more famously after 9/11.
Conspiracy theories also work better if they seem familiar. Pelosi giving some sort of “stand down” order to let a riot happen — shades of the “did Clinton issue a stand-down order and let Benghazi happen.” It’s a cozy conspiracy blanket.
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11 Feb
The original "Dean Scream" was Neil Kinnock shouting "we're all right!" a bunch of times at a rally before the 1992 UK election.

No, I don't know why you follow me, either.
It was considered a huge gaffe (Labour lost an election they were expecting to win) for Kinnock to be super excited.
I can never decide whether Kinnock was a great orator (the speech Biden plagiarized was very good tbf) or just Welsh. You want gravitas? Welsh accent, buddy.
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