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9 Apr, 4 tweets, 1 min read
This is all so Florida…
"hand surgeon and cannabis businessman"
Carl Hiaasen needs to come out of retirement
Wait there's also a cryptocurrency angle.…

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9 Apr
This from @mattyglesias is astute on the hazards of believing progressive "community" activist groups actually speak for many people. Though there is one specific oddity about the NYC mayor race...
@mattyglesias Besides Yang, there is also a well-established city politician running the sort of normie-focused strategy Matt encourages: Eric Adams. That the polls tend to have Yang-Adams one-two further supports Matt's point. But it doesn't explain why Yang has more support than Adams.
I have half-seriously remarked that Yang is the Biden of this race, but Adams actually has more of the relevant Biden-like characteristics, such as a long political career, deep base of support in the black middle class, and tendency to speak a little too candidly.
Read 4 tweets
8 Apr
None of these people can win a general election in New York anyway. The only likely GOP candidate who seems plausible statewide is Molinaro. There is opportunity if Dems are beset by infighting (plausible) but not for a Republican as abrasive as Zeldin or Stefanik.
Over 40% of New York’s population is in NYC. Any Republican will lose the city by a wide margin but you have to manage the *extent* to which you get buried here.
Zeldin and Stefanik both voted to reject the electoral college results. That’s not a vote you cast if you’re trying to win statewide in New York.
Read 4 tweets
5 Apr
I think Ron DeSantis is likely to be the 2024 GOP nominee, and if he is, the ludicrous caricature of him that has become nationally known is going to create a really low bar for him to cross with general election voters.…
See also this. Unlike the other MAGA goons, DeSantis has a finely-tuned sense of how to triangulate to appeal simultaneously to GOP base voters and moderate voters. Beware.
Also, I think people don't get what a positive image Publix has with Florida consumers. The idea that distributing vaccine at Publix conjures up "sinister corporate coziness" won't survive contact with a Florida voter.
Read 4 tweets
5 Apr
Yes, this drives me absolutely crazy. "The civil engineers think we should do more projects that employ civil engineers" is treated as a meaningful piece of information for reasons that escape me.
Imagine if the civil engineers lobby group put out a report card saying infrastructure somewhere gets an A+ and no further civil engineering is needed.
It's like asking a life insurance salesman whether you have enough life insurance.
Read 4 tweets
4 Apr
Even if this is true, the key thing is that tomatoes should be eaten at room temperature, and if you refrigerate them you’re likely to eat them too cold. How long does it really take you to consume your tomatoes?
Tomatoes are like cheese or chocolate or wine: If they’re too cold, you won’t get the flavors properly.
Also: If you put tomato on a sandwich or whatever, you need to put salt on the tomato!
Read 5 tweets
31 Mar
I don’t understand why this would need to wait for fall. It’s not even April yet. Shouldn’t we be vaccinating 12-15 year olds before this school year is over?
The elapsed time between the similar Pfizer announcement of adult data and the adult EUA was only about a month.
Some extremely misguided responses to this suggesting we lack either manufacturing or distribution capacity to start vaccinating kids in May (wrong wrong wrong)
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