Lots of debate in Blogistan and elsewhere about President Obama’s apparent desire to appoint Larry Summers as Fed Chair. We know (or at least we think we know) that he is brilliant, but he has a strange tendency to get matters of judgment wrong. He supported the abolition of Glass-Steagall, endorsed deregulation of the financial […]
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Andrew Levison’s book on the White Working Class is a great piece of political strategy. It’s also a great piece of self-help for the professional-managerial class who know less than they think about how ordinary people think and live.
If Republicans want to vote against reasonable and popular ideas about guns, immigration, women’s rights, and public finance, why shouldn’t that cost them votes? Their alternative is to vote for those ideas.
Although I sometimes disagree with Jonathan Chait (as in this RBC post), I’ve been a big fan since his days at The New Republic. He now writes for New York Magazine, which published his remarkably prescient mid-October essay about the fiscal cliff. Directly or indirectly, that essay shaped much of the subsequent public debate on […]
There is much bemoaning in Blue Blogistan that by agreeing to the fiscal cliff deal, President Obama relinquished his leverage of the sunsetting Bush tax cuts. (Markos says that the higher tax rates are the President’s “ONLY leverage.”). Even those who aren’t angry think that somehow he has little leverage left. I don’t think that […]
Kevin Drum notes that Republicans insist on something called “entitlement reform,” but have no actual ideas about what this reform might mean (aside from getting rid of Medicare). So now they are insisting that President Obama make the first offer, which is a laughable position. The also insist on “putting Obamacare on the table”, which […]
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Filegate. Travelgate. Whitewater. Birtherism. Solyndra. Fast and Furious. Notice a pattern? When there is a Democratic President, Republicans are quick are quick to make wild accusations of wrongdoing that turn out to be a huge nothingburger. (Oh yes, they did impeach a President for having sex with an intern. Saving the Republic, that.). Now we […]
No, not really. But sort of. Ian Millhiser explains that Democratic House candidates actually got more votes nationwide than Republicans, by around 500,000. So how could the Republicans maintain their majority? Simple. It was gerrymandering. Nick Baumann at Mother Jones has the goods (h/t Dayen): North Carolina, which Obama lost by around 2 percentage points: 9-4 GOP Florida, […]