Monday, May 08, 2017

Lightning Round -- 050817

Haven't done one of these for a while. Fire up the Doppler:

  • Didn't have a dog in the French election. I suspect M. Macron will have as much trouble running France as everyone else does. From what I can gather, Macron seems like a fusion of John Kasich and Justin Trudeau, which doesn't seem especially promising. I assume Angela Merkel will do her best to get Macron up to speed, but the issues in France, especially related to its shameful colonial past, will continue to remain a problem. 
  • I strongly recommend Salena Zito's recent column in the Washington Examiner, which concerns the difference in communication styles between Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton. In a column filled with smart insights, this one is the best: "Voters want fewer media "Etrumptions" and more information. People do believe what is going on Washington is consequential, but they want to judge for themselves with good, relevant information. They are tired of being told what they are supposed to think about every Trump word, especially the words that don't matter." The meaning of "Etrumpion," which is a handy term, is at the link.
  • As we sometimes say, res ipsa loquitur. Behold the views of Kurt Eichenwald, a senior writer at Newsweek:

The pre-existing condition seems to be an excess of bile. I would also wager that Eichenwald has never been touched by the consequences of the Affordable Care Act. As you might guess, he deleted these tweets. Profiles in courage, as always.


Gino said...

Eichenwald can probably afford his deductable.

Mr. D said...

Eichenwald can probably afford his deductable.


Bike Bubba said...

You never know. Eichenwald works for Newsweak, the magazine that was sold for just $1 (and a bargain at $1m less?) a few years back. Coverage might be pretty thin for him.

But seriously, it strikes me that I'm seeing a ton of invective, but precious little documentation, of what's in the AHCA. Sign of the times, I guess.

R.A. Crankbait said...

Kind of like all the people that want to tell you everything that's wrong with the Bible without ever having opened it.