I know there’s stiff competition, but the dumbest thing happening right now is that people are pretending Tanden’s nomination was sunk because of racism/sexism and not the fact that she’s spent years calling the people voting on said nomination evil racist dirtbags.
Valuable life lesson here: If you call people soulless vultures, in public, for years, they may not be inclined to help you down the road!
Yes, very fascinating that the woman who said “The Republican Party is - amazingly- both morally and ideologically bankrupt” is not getting more support from Republicans! What could explain it?!
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 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.
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.
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.
The walls are closing in on @NYGovCuomo. Last night, news broke that his office hid 9000 Covid patients sent back to nursing homes.
Why’d it take so long to come out? I’ve got a theory: The media wasn’t interested in accountability.
Don’t believe me? Take a look👇
Some context. @AP scooped that @NYGovCuomo & his admin had hidden the number of Covid patients his rules had returned to nursing homes - spreading the pandemic among the most vulnerable - to avoid DOJ scrutiny.
Nursing homes account for 1/3rd of ALL US deaths in the pandemic.
But you would have no idea that Cuomo was anything less than perfect if you spent your time watching @CNN.
It’s really hard to overstate not just the frequency of the coverage but it’s abject lack of anything that could be called honest journalism.
Suspending my disbelief here for a second, is there any evidence that double-masking is meaningfully more effective than single-masking?
Have seen a lot of people ask in seeming good faith what the harm is. To me it’s pretty clear: asking or telling people to do something that is some measure of inconvenient for no good reason is bad on it’s face and fosters resentment. That’s before we get into mask scolds etc.
One of the clearest lessons through the pandemic has been that people in general and Americans in particular don’t like to be told something is helpful or important when it isn’t either. Doing so undermines trust (for good reason!) in the institutions doing the telling.
A good and timely piece from @RyanTAnd, who is an under-appreciated intellectual titan on social issues.
In my five years in DC, I’ve never been as blown away by a speaker as I was the first time I heard him. Quick (and not particularly profound) story. wsj.com/articles/relig…
When I was on the Hill, Heritage Foundation held weekly briefings for staffers. I went mostly because my boss said I should; I thought they were often too punchy and provocative, in the way that conversations among people who all agree can be.
The transgender issue is one I’ve long thought conservatives need to approach with more compassion and charity. So when I saw that there was going to be a Heritage speaker on trans-relates issues, I figured the talk would be frustrating and dispiriting at best.