They Always Is to the Party Concerned

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He’s Annoying, She’s a Liar

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Title notwithstanding, this has nothing to do with Trump or Clinton. After a couple of days, I’m 100 pages into Nate Silver’s The Signal and the Noise and loving it. First thing I… Continue reading

Metaphysical Certitude

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Update: Trump said something, and no one could believe it, then he said something else, and no one could believe that either. Tonight he gave a speech that was supposed to be about… Continue reading

A New Look and Sound

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It looks like Trump’s people broke into Scott’s house and sabotaged a podcast we recorded the other night with MTD reader—check that; MTD’s readership—Dave McMullan, more proof that the election is indisputably rigged.… Continue reading

I Ran for President and Lost

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I think I’ve at least reached equilibrium with the Democratic nominee. I watched the whole speech without checking in on ILX and Facebook until it was finished (sounds corny, but in view of… Continue reading

And Some Things That You Cannot

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When Biden finished his great speech last night, I figured I’d end up writing about him this morning. Good—I wrote enthusiastically about his pick eight years ago, next to nothing since. I thought… Continue reading

Not as Easy as It Was

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Of the three ways Scott characterized Bill Clinton’s speech last night—theatre, storytelling, framing—I liked the theatre best, which I think is summed up perfectly by the Pet Shop Boys song from which I… Continue reading

Say My Name, Say My Name

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One question I’ve thought about a little bit these last few weeks is, should the Democrats campaign be primarily about Hillary, or should it be about the Democratic party? I think most observers… Continue reading

Steady and Measured and Well-Informed

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We’ll See You Again

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I agree with Scott that it’s time to retire the Nixon Watch. He won’t just be popping up at the margins of this election anymore; he’s now front and center. http://newrepublic.com/article/135440/mr-trump-youre-no-richard-nixon Maybe Trump’s… Continue reading

Believe Me

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I seem to be alone (alone outside the bubble, that is) in thinking Trump’s speech was effective in terms of what he has to do to win. He was mostly just making stuff… Continue reading

“I feel so badly. I feel so badly.”

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After last night’s speech, which I simply found too draining to think about in any useful way (I couldn’t hear it on its own terms, something I’m generally able and much prefer to… Continue reading

The Simple Question Itself

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Just going to bang this out, like I’m under deadline pressure or something. I am, kind of—it’s 2:28 a.m., I’m out during the day tomorrow, and I don’t want to let Cruz’s speech… Continue reading

Work Hard for What You Want in Life

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It’s so common with grade 6 students, I’ve got a whole routine worked out: “Is there anything you want to tell me about your book report?” (Blank stare.) “I’ll ask again: is there… Continue reading

Your Damn E-mails

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Comey’s testimony today underscores, I think, why I never have anything to say about this election anymore. I thought a lot of what was said sounded very bad for Clinton. The Republicans, very… Continue reading