I think Michael Tomasky starts off this piece with a good insight about how Democratic and Republican pols act towards their core supporters. But from there, I think it takes a couple of unfortunate turns. First, while it's true that there are far more Americans who like to call themselves conservatives then there are those who like to call themselves liberals, in reality there's about the same number of each, and I don't really think that the self-identification thing really has many important effects. Second, on the domestic policy side, I think it's just wrong to think that conservatives got mostly what they wanted during the last decade while Dems didn't even try to give liberals what they wanted in the last couple of years, at least as far as domestic issues are concerned. I do think there's a story to be told here, but I don't think it's the one Tomasky is telling.
On to the good stuff...but first, I don't think I've mentioned for a while, although you probably know this, that I don't necessarily agree with all of the pieces I link to in these. In fact, I think I disagree with each of the suggestions made in the first piece below. Just think they're worth reading, agree or not.
1. Senate reform: Tim Fernholz has a truly outside-the-box agenda.
2. Remember that Top Secret America series in the WaPo? Seems to have disappeared without a trace. Shouldn't have. Here's a reminder of some of what's at stake.
3. Ezra Klein is exactly right on the politics of Elizabeth Warren.
4. Jamelle Bouie on discrimination. Adam Serwer on the crazy. I'm always happy to laugh at Tom P. Baxter, Business Visionary. Matt Yglesias on the context for the crazy. And as long as I'm here, Brendan Nyhan on Yglesias's obsession, the Fed appointments.
5. Don't think I ever linked to this excellent WaPo article on Obama's record on gays & lesbians; now see David S. Bernstein on Obama's record on transgender issues. Yes, elections really do matter.
6. ...even if they leave the winners frustrated most of the time (see Tomasky above). Jonathan Chait tries to explain it to them in a terrific post.
7. Really, really enjoying Dylan Matthews's "Research Desk" posts over at Ezra Klein's place. This one answers a question I've had for a while: how much stimulus has there been? Other budget stuff: Stan Collender answers your deficit questions, and Yglesias on revenues.
8. Kevin Drum on Google.
9. Conor Friedersdorf on speed.
10. And TPM's Eric Kleefeld reminds us of one of the real dangers pols sign up for.