Second thoughts and sangfroid

What if the truth on death panels wins after all?

Update on my last post: Palin continues to repeat the triage-for-Trig lie, but the mainstream media are starting to call her and others out on it. Steve Benen has details.

Meanwhile, after Beck, Limbaugh et al have given it their best shot, they still can’t get more than 36 percent of the population to oppose health care reform. Is that all that they’ve got?

Immediately after the Palin VP pick made McCain momentarily popular and drove progressives to despair, I blogged (he wrote, immodestly) that the excitement wouldn’t last, and neither should the despair. Crucial media outlets were already on to her incompetence and her nonchalance regarding the truth.

My pessimistic principles notwithstanding, maybe it’s time to think that way again.

Author: Andrew Sabl

I'm a political theorist and Visiting Professor (through 2017) in the Program on Ethics, Politics and Economics at Yale. My interests include the history of political thought, toleration, democratic theory, political ethics, problems of coordination and convention, the realist movement in political theory, and the thought of David Hume. My first book, Ruling Passions: Political Offices and Democratic Ethics (Princeton, 2002) covered many of these topics, with a special focus on the varieties of democratic politics and the disparate qualities of mind and character appropriate to those who practice each of them. My second book Hume's Politics: Coordination and Crisis in the History of England was published in 2012; I am currently finishing a book on toleration, with the working title The Virtues of Hypocrisy, under contract with Harvard University Press. A Los Angeles native, I got my B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard. Before coming to Yale I taught at Vanderbilt and at UCLA, where I was an Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor; and held visiting positions at Williams, Harvard, and Princeton. I am married to Miriam Laugesen, who teaches health policy and the politics of health care at the Mailman School of public health at Columbia, and we have a twelve-year-old son.