@annielowrey describes my typical blog post: "something happened, but it doesn't matter."To which I responded: "I thought that was my typical post."
And I figured that John Sides could have said the same thing, and perhaps others, as well. Which got me thinking...of course, in neither case is it really true. Klein's a terrific blogger, and he's excellent at writing posts about things that matter but aren't being talked about all that much. I try to do the same. But I also (as we all do) focus especially on things about which I believe I have something to say that others aren't saying. It's not quite the same as "it matters/it doesn't matter." And yet that matters/doesn't matter distinction is actually a good one. On top of that, I really have been enjoying the threads coming out of my Sunday Questions (just wish I had more conservative readers who would participate, but that's how it goes, I guess).
The upshot is: I'm thinking of trying a new feature: What mattered this week? Now, it's a bit tricky...what "matters" depends on which outcomes we're interested in. Say, Barack Obama gives a major speech...it's possible that it will both not matter (to election outcomes) and matter quite a bit (in signals it sends to Washingtonians about the administrations positions on some issue). Anyway, I'm thinking of this as a question to everyone, rather than as something I want to make pronouncements about. We'll see how it goes this week. I ask the question, and suggest one answer, and then I'll toss it out to readers to see what they propose. If it produces interesting comments, I'll do it again next week Thus:
What Mattered This Week?
I think I'd say the DADT vote really does matter. It's a substantive policy issue, and the vote could have gone, I thought, either way...I've thought all along that the Democrats were going to get this one done, but now I think the odds have dropped dramatically, although it is still very possible it will happen. (By the way, I wasn't thinking of including "what didn't matter" as part of this, but even though I wrote a bunch about it, I don't think the GOP Pledge mattered much at all). But: what do you think mattered this week?