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Brad DeLong offers a dissenting voice from the enthusiasm we’ve been seeing (and voicing ourselves) about Ehrenreich: I agree that Barbara Ehrenreich is a very smart and graceful writer, a keen analyst of American culture and society–she is worth, say, ten of David Brooks. But her brand of left-wing politics is an infantile disorder. Left-wing politics is, […]

Polls

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On July 9, 2004

If you’re like me, you’re incessantly worried about an event scheduled to take place in about four months over which you have virtually no control. For those of us following this stuff way

It may seem counterintuitive, but I like taking conservatives seriously, I really do. Edmund Burke, for example. Great stuff there, and I actually agree with him on a few things, and even on those issues I continue to strongly disagree with him, I’ve benefited from taking him seriously. One of my favorite teaching moments is […]
Since the FMA hasn’t passed yet, however, Jesse Taylor notes that the Republicans are getting conservative vanity candidate Ralph Nader on the ballot in Michigan. Again, let’s remember: Nader’s entire reason d’etre is to complain that the Democrats are insufficiently steadfast on the important issues of the day (you know–steel tariffs, violent videogames, porn, encouraging doctors talk […]

Sadly, Yes

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On July 8, 2004

Should this indeed be the last year for my beloved Expos, the fine folks at Sadly, No! note that the ‘Spos’ mascot–I don’t know what animal he/she is supposed to represnt, but

It’s all over

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On July 8, 2004
Ugh, now I remember why I avoid reading Dowd. Rob, I understand your animus towards Friedman, but Dowd must go first. Could you write a more vapid, gossipy, content-free 800 words than this to win a bet? If I might attempt to offer a summary: Teresa Heinz Kerry is a cold bitch who clearly distains her husband. […]

The Competence Question

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On July 7, 2004

It’s always nice to see smart people say something I’ve been saying for years. First, Jacob Levy. A solid lifelong tried-and-true libertarian (something I’ve always wondered how he m

very very very bad advice

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On July 6, 2004

While I generally have more discipline than Rob and Scott about this sort of thing, I had to take a peek and see how our old friend Mickey Kaus was spinning/coping with the Edwards pick. Well, he hasn

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