You'd think constantly being in a state of extreme psychological distress about US politics wouldn't be such a great testament to the analytical acuity of a professional political columnist, but I guess times have changed
This has been going on for years with Michelle Goldberg: a never-ending cycle of psychic turmoil that serves as the impetus for her New York Times columns. Is lacking the ability to regulate one's emotions supposed to be an admirable quality in a professional political columnist?
In 2016, Michelle Goldberg confessed that Trump had "poisoned her dreams" and was causing her to regularly wake up in the middle of the night panicked with "agitated horror." Totally seems like a psychological disposition conducive to grounded, rational political analysis
All I'm doing is pointing out the absurdity of a NYT political columnist becoming so unmoored by national politics that she's spent 5+ years chronicling her own nonstop emotional volatility. The alternative to this loopiness isn't necessarily "apathy"

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How AOC "Emotionally Manipulated" The Entire Democratic Party To Do Her Bidding…
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Trying to popularize this saying on Twitter. "The drama is the point." Maybe the Atlantic will let me write a histrionic essay coining it
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This whole affair was launched due to the claims of Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett, who admit to having coordinated with one another to launch a PR offensive. Both were highly suspect, but Bennett in particular was later revealed to have previously fabricated allegations
Boylan and Bennett -- again, the very people who prompted this entire investigation in the first place -- were subsequently proclaimed "credible" by the AG Letitia James last August. Now the Assembly investigators omit any judgment as to their credibility!
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With a bonus aside on the Rittenhouse verdict: Image
Also don’t miss the note of qualified optimism about the US media. Perhaps the most shocking part of the entire Substack post
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On the very night the Steele Dossier was published (Jan 10, 2017) I wrote a post describing it as "obvious BS." But I didn't work for the NYT, which apparently entitles you to a five year lag period to begrudgingly admit you got the story drastically wrong…
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The fact that @DavidCornDC came out of this whole affair largely unscathed is such a joke:
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