Nothing so perfectly captures the distinction betwen the chattering class and everyday Americans as this piece.

While normal people worry about paying their bills and their kids' educations, Rubin et al are relieved that our new president can act sufficiently sad for her liking.
This is also jarringly ahistorical. Whatever else you may think of Lincoln, it's revisionist to say that he provided "comfort for a national tragedy" when he **was assassinnated** while people **were still fighting the Civil War**
And, conversely, it's silly to say that Biden is providing comfort in any meaningful way now (although hopefully he will soon! that would be great! and he seems well-suited!) - unless somehow this speech has comforted the whole country alongside Rubin (I'm skeptical)
A far better example than either of these would be Bush in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, but of course, if that were the case, there would be no op-ed. Hell, even FDR makes a lot more sense.

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25 Feb
The case for limited government gets stronger every day. ImageImage
Washington, DC is full of enormously - perhaps uniquely - stupid and immature people, and it only seems to get worse over time.
I can feel myself slowly becoming a l*bertarian at the thought of living under a set of rules made by these types of people.
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22 Feb
What, you’re telling me this guy has nothing to educate CPAC about?!
Obviously yet another victim of cancel culture.
This man appears to be both an anti-Semite and also a...denier of the existence of the Jews? Did I get that right?
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19 Feb

A lot of media outlets are more comfortable extending charity to terrorists than conservatives when they leave this life.

The passing of Rush Limbaugh was the latest reminder. If you don’t believe me, look how his obits stack up to Iranian butcher Qasem Soleimani.⤵️
I ask this earnestly:

If your only exposure to each man was @nytimes’s respective obituaries, would you rather be Rush “divisive style of mockery, grievance and denigrating language” Limbaugh or Qassim “master of Iran’s intrigue” Suleimani?
It would be one thing if this were just one outlet with an off-color and confrontational obit.

But it wasn’t. I mean. Cmon, @Reuters.

Limbaugh gets distilled down to a “Trump ally” but Soleimani “sought stability”
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18 Feb
This is peak ‘play stupid games win stupid prizes’ territory. I think Haberman’s general contention is probably true but it’s because people like Haley invest their time and energy trying to play sides/win favors rather than have principle/govern.
So if you’re a pol whose moral and intellectual center isn’t enough to ground you (see Haley, Nikki) then, yes, you’re going to get burned and snubbed.
Which I think is a feature, not a bug, of the system. It punishes fake people far more than it does people who are committed to something (even something you or I may not like) - people with some kind of through-line, like Romney or Larry Hogan, Cotton or Mike Lee.
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18 Feb
This is a bad faith argument. Student loan debt is disproportionately held by those w/ higher incomes, and those in the lowest quartile own the lowest percentage of it.

Student debt forgiveness represents an enormous financial transfer from the financial have-nots to the haves.
Also, that money is disproportionately owed by those who took on debt to go to grad school - including just about anyone who owes over 50k.

Even if you concede AOC’s worldview (I certainly don’t), why is that decision something anyone should subsidize?…
There are lots of bad arguments about student loan debt forgiveness but the most frustrating (to me) part is that it does the opposite of what its advocates call for: it transfers money from poorer, more racially diverse people to wealthier, whiter people. It’s VERY regressive.
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17 Feb

@NYGovCuomo’s fall from grace has been quick, dramatic...and deserved.

So it felt like a good time for a side-by-side to revisit how fawning (and downright silly) some of the media coverage was back in the Spring.👇
There’s no better place to start off than with @CNN & @ChrisCillizza. At left, we have a take from March. At right, we have last week.

Let me know when you can spot the difference.
Perhaps @ABC’s new reporting can add some context and color to this piece from March, titled “The coronavirus crisis is the moment Andrew Cuomo has prepared for all his life.”
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