Friday, August 24, 2012

Read Stuff, You Should

Happy Birthday to William Morgan Sheppard, 80.

The good stuff:

1. Alex Massie on Barack Obama as a Tory. A sensible argument, although I think it falls short of accounting for the activism of the Obama Administration, some of which has been disguised by the number of separate things packed into some large bills, especially the stimulus and the ACA. On the other hand, one might interpret a lot of that activism as the impulse of the historic 111th, and not the White House. But on yet another hand: are we talking outcomes here, or Barack Obama as a politician? If the latter, then what really matters are his true preferences, to the extent we can understand them, not what he actually could get through Congress.

2. Stan Collender has noticed that federal spending is very popular. Here's number four in a series.

3. Medicare: Jonathan Cohn.

4. John Sides on the state of the election, going into the conventions. And John and Lynn Vavreck's new book about the current cycle, The Gamble, is rolling out -- get the first chapters.

5. And Ta-Nehisi Coates on speaking for cash. Hey, I don't have an agent, but if anyone wants a discount speaker, sure, I'd be up for it. See also Dan Drezner.


  1. I don't know if you accept suggestions for CotD, but this blog post from SEK over at Lawyers, Guns and Money was just priceless:

    Long story short, The Hill printed a piece about how the Democrats were bucking tradition by maintaining a high profile during the Republican convention, by doing things like having Michelle Obama go on Letterman. SEK does some research in that scholarly journal TV Guide to determine that during the 2008 Democratic convention, tradition-loving John McCain made an appearance on Leno.

    The media can be such suckers.

  2. Being a better politician means better outcomes.

    The problem with OBama is he is trying to go back to Nixon (or Reagan's) Imperial Presidency while what we need is a Partisan President.

    (the fact that is he the first black, and has to keep up appearances, rather than get dirty doesn't help this tendency).

  3. No conservative temperament exists in Brit politics, so it's possible that Cameron's Tories are to the Left of Obama. In fact, I'd say it's probable, as they agree on about everything.

    It's amusing that Massie and you think this is some sort of revelation.


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