On the one hand, I kind of agree with Jonah that Twitter has an outrage problem and "you have to care about this thing with me right now" is dumb

But it's also an expression of a bigger question: Are we all on the same team?
People on the right are quite tired of not receiving the kind of grace that Jonah (appropriately) grants to Glenn Kessler.

They reasonably ask "Where is this grace for me?"
I don't think he's said a single nice thing about Ron DeSantis and has certainly never shown him the kind of gentle grace he showed Glenn Kessler, who really was quite cruel to Tim Scott and never apologized or retracted a word of it.
To which he might say "I don't have to be on anyone's team!" and that's fair enough.

I too fit poorly into boxes.

But, especially with a culture of cancelling, people want to know who has their back, not "well I don't like this guy, but I guess he deserves a fair shake"

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I had a funny / crazy conversation today

Since starting back at school "full time" (5.5 hour days, 4 days a week), my 8-year-old daughter made a new friend

She discovered this weekend that her friend lives in the house right next door
Turns out there are two girls in that house, their ages mirroring my daughters' ages

So I head over today to talk to the mom & invite them over for a picnic this weekend

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One thing I would love people who think Florida is cooking the books to really think about is:

How, exactly, are they doing this?

Walk me through this process.
Deaths are reported to the state from the county health departments

Are you saying that DeSantis is changing the numbers from the county health departments?

So we would get the right number if we added up the individual counties individually?
Or are you saying every county health department in Florida is in on the scam?

So even the blue-est of the blue counties in Florida is in cahoots with DeSantis to lie to their constituents?
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"the kids returning to school are mostly white.

OK

Gotcha

Therefore

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