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  • ĎOopsí! Maybe Jonathan Chait should have released this book BEFORE the election

    12/03/2016 6:08:13 PM PST · by kevcol · 38 replies
    Twitter via Twitchy ^ | December 2, 2016 | Twitter via Doug P.
    NY Magís Jonathan Chait is promoting a forthcoming book that already feels a little, um, dated:
  • Obama takes an Obamacare victory lap (with no mention of the lying)

    10/03/2016 3:03:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Hot ^ | October 3, 2016 | JOHN SEXTON
    New York magazine published an interview with President Obama Sunday night which is really Obama recounting some of the high profile political arguments of his tenure. One of the arguments which gets a lot of space is Obamacare. Here‚Äôs a sample picking up from the moment Scott Brown won a special election which ended Democrats‚Äô 60 vote majority in the Senate: The most important phone call I made after that was to Nancy Pelosi, because the question I posed to her and to Harry Reid was, ¬ďAre you guys still game? Because if you guys are still game, we¬íll find...
  • Did Bernie Sanders Hand Trump the Election?

    06/07/2016 7:26:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Vanity Fair | June 6, 2016 | T.A. Frank
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  • Trumpís Identity Politics Audacity

    06/10/2016 11:48:07 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    American Conservative, the ^ | 08 June 2016 | Rod Dreher
    He uses the Leftís identity politics strategies against them ___ For years Iíve warned that the Left is playing a dangerous game by embracing illiberal identity politics. Last week, the liberal writer Jonathan Chait wrote about the ďideological fissureĒ on the Left: Why is it wrong for Trump to gripe about how a Latino judge is bound to be unfair to him by virtue of his ethnicity, but okay for Sonia Sotomayor to assert that a Latina judge could be more fair as a result of her ethnicity? Why is it wrong for white people to look out for their...
  • The Republican Candidates Let Donald Trump Win

    03/10/2016 9:34:01 PM PST · by goldstategop · 50 replies
    New York Mag ^ | 02/10/2016 | Jonathan Chait
    What made this response all the more baffling is that Trump was clearly hoping to pull off just the kind of debate that transpired. He was more subdued, less outlandish, and far, far nicer than he has appeared in any previous debate. He was boring. His opening and closing statements sounded ó unusually for him ó as though he had practiced them. He appealed to party unity. He sought to rise above his competitors not by belittling them, as usual, but through magnanimity. In reality, Trump is the same uninformed clown he always has been. His response on every question...
  • The Year The Politically Correct Chickens Came Home To Roost

    01/05/2016 6:51:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    The Federalist ^ | January 4, 2016 | Robert Tracinsky
    In last year‚Äôs roundup of the top stories of the year, I argued that 2014 was the year we were all drafted into the culture wars. ‚ÄúThis is the year when we were served noticed that we won‚Äôt be allowed to stand on the sidelines, because we will not be allowed to think differently from the left.‚ÄĚ The signature story of the year was the comet shirt guy, a mild-mannered scientist caught wearing the wrong shirt on television. That case served notice that ‚ÄúTo be targeted by accusations of misogyny, you don‚Äôt have to be a beer-chugging ‚Äėbro‚Äô who spends...
  • New York Magazine‚Äôs Chait ‚ÄėVotes‚Äô For Oregon Militia Members To Be ‚ÄėKilled‚Äô

    01/04/2016 9:01:42 AM PST · by rktman · 56 replies ^ | 1/4/2016 | John Nolte
    Don’t confuse this as a defense of the Bundy family or their team of armed militia members who have occupied an abandoned building located on a federal wildlife preserve in Oregon. Any rational-thinking American should be horrified at the amount of land the federal government has confiscated, especially in the American West, but once you use or threaten violence to further a cause, you have lost me. Their cause is just. Their methods are appalling and un-American. Also un-American is Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine openly hoping these militia men end up dead.
  • Donald Trump Is Going to Lose Because He Is Crazy

    08/26/2015 11:05:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer ^ | August 26, 2015 | Jonathan Chait
    Republicans, and observers of the Republican Party, have concluded that Donald Trumpís gonzo commandeering of their presidential primary has defied their attempts to suppress it because he is crazy. This is broadly true, but not quite in the way Trumpís befuddled critics mean it. What they say is that Trump is winning because he attracts voters with nonsensical ideas. Lindsey Graham calls Trump ďa huckster billionaire whose political ideas are gibberish.Ē Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson tells Evan Osnos, in Osnosís paraphrasing, ďanyone who runs for office discovers that some portion of the electorate is available to be enraged...
  • Hillary's New Campaign Slogan: It's All Bill's Fault!

    04/24/2015 5:33:46 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 11 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 4/24/15 | Steve Berman
    Jonathan Chait has joined the liberal choir experiencing buyers remorse for Hillary Rodham Clinton.† Maureen Dowd of the New York Times previously fired two bullets (here†and†here) at Hillary, first comparing her to Nixon (leading to the affectionate nickname ďGrandma NixonĒ), then encouraging her to run like a Tumblr Chick (I doubt Hillary has ever visited the site), or as Tina Feyís ďBitch is the new black.Ē Chait, ever the liberal shill, blames Hillaryís Fukushima factor on Olí Bill. (I almost stopped reading his piece in†New York Magazine†after the second sentence: [TRIGGER WARNING]† ďJimmy Carter was an ineffective president who became...
  • Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say

    01/28/2015 3:26:20 AM PST · by oblomov · 20 replies
    NY Magazine ^ | 27 Jan 2015 | Jonathan Chait
    Around 2 a.m. on December 12, four students approached the apartment of Omar Mahmood, a Muslim student at the University of Michigan, who had recently published a column in a school newspaper about his perspective as a minority on campus. The students, who were recorded on a building surveillance camera wearing baggy hooded sweatshirts to hide their identity, littered Mahmoodís doorway with copies of his column, scrawled with messages like ďYou scum embarrass us,Ē ďShut the **** up,Ē and ďDO YOU EVEN GO HERE?! LEAVE!!Ē They posted a picture of a demon and splattered eggs. This might appear to be...
  • This Indictment Of Rick Perry Is Unbelievably Ridiculous (says a liberal writer)

    08/16/2014 1:51:00 PM PDT · by jocon307 · 55 replies
    They say a prosecutor could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, and this always seemed like hyperbole, until Friday night a Texas grand jury announced an indictment of governor Rick Perry. The ďcrimeĒ for which Perry faces a sentence of 5 to 99 years in prison is vetoing funding for a state agency. The conventions of reporting ó which treat the fact of an indictment as the primary news, and its merit as a secondary analytic question ó make it difficult for people reading the news to grasp just how farfetched this indictment is.
  • President Romney Basks in Latest Triumph

    05/29/2014 2:30:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 5/29 | Jonathan Chait
    When the history of this presidency is written, it will record that bold, progressive reforms dramatically reshaped the face of government, thanks to the vision, creativity, and political will of one man. And that man is Mitt Romney. President Obama already has Gina McCarthy, who designed Romneyís cap-and-trade program in Massachusetts, running the Environmental Protection Agency for him. Coral Davenport reports today that the administrationís new regulations of power plants, due for release Monday, will be designed to expand the structure Romney built: As governor of Massachusetts, Mr. Romney was a key architect of a cap-and-trade program in nine northeastern...
  • Lynn Cheney Has New Clinton Conspiracy Theory

    05/07/2014 12:25:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 60 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Jonathan Chait
    Lynn Cheney has a theory about why Monica Lewinsky wrote a long Vanity Fair essay about her experience with Bill Clinton: Itís because the Clintons wanted it. Cheney explains her suspicions. ďI really wonder if this isnít an effort on the Clintonsí part to get that story out of the way,Ē Cheney, announced on an interview on Fox News. ďWould Vanity Fair publish anything about Monica Lewinsky that Hillary Clinton didnít want in Vanity Fair?Ē There may be a couple of holes in this theory. The first is that, while it does account for the Clintonís motivations, it fails to...
  • American Politics: Not Just for White People

    04/18/2014 3:32:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 4/18 | Jonathan Chait
    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to Bladensburg High School April 7, 2014 in Bladensburg, Maryland. Last weekend, I appeared on Melissa Harris-Perryís weekend MSNBC show to discuss my cover story on racial politics. It was Ö not quite what I expected. The segment lasted 12 and a half minutes, and Harris-Perry spent almost half that time on an extended soliloquy about how I am wrong, only allowing me to join the discussion about my story for the second half. There was also a panel following that segment, consisting of four panelists who agree with Harris-Perry and none...
  • Rand Paulís Hostile Takeover of the Republican Party Is Getting More Hostile

    04/10/2014 9:52:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | April 10, 2014 | Jonathan Chait
    Republicans, I come in peace.Until very recently, Rand Paulís project of insinuating himself comfortably within the Republican Party, and positioning himself as a plausible presidential nominee, had gone along with remarkable ease. Yes, the author of his campaign book turned out to be an unreconstructed neo-Confederate. That was a speed bump. (Who among us has not entrusted the explication of his worldview to a man who has cheered on the assassination of President Lincoln?) Paul had staged a masterful piece of political theater with his marathon Senate speech denouncing the Obama administrationís drone policy. He has assembled a top-tier campaign...
  • The Color of His Presidency

    04/07/2014 10:48:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | April 6, 2014 | Jonathan Chait
    Optimists hoped Obama would usher in a new age of racial harmony. Pessimists feared a surge in racial strife. Neither was right. But what happened instead has been even more invidious. A few weeks ago, the liberal comedian Bill Maher and conservative strategist and pundit Bill Kristol had a brief spat on Maherís HBO show, putatively over what instigated the tea party but ultimately over the psychic wound that has divided red America and blue America in the Obama years. The rise of the tea party, explained Maher in a letís-get-real moment, closing his eyes for a second the way...
  • Why Letting Everyone Keep Their Health-Care Plan Is a Terrible Idea (0bama Knows Best Alert)

    11/01/2013 12:27:27 PM PDT · by mojito · 23 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 11/1/2013 | Jonathan Chait
    The current furor over President Obamaís broken ďkeep your planĒ promise confusingly melds together two very different claims. The first is a simple question of accuracy and honesty: Obama made a promise about his legislation, the promise has not come true, and a certain level of abuse is deserved. (Karl Rove huffs, ďThis is a serious breach of trust with the American people.Ē And you know that Karl Rove takes breaches of presidential trust with the utmost seriousness.) The justifiable scrutiny of Obamaís veracity has melded seamlessly into a second and very different claim: That Obamaís broken promise is not...
  • Republican Hatred for Obamacare Undermined by Republican Hatred for Soccer

    09/12/2013 12:07:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 63 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Jonathan Chait
    D.C. United, a Major League Soccer team, is going to be helping to publicize Obamacare's new exchange. Wait, you may be asking ó how can this be happening? Earlier this summer, the Obama administration, attempting to copy a Massachusetts campaign to use the Red Sox to publicize Romneycare, floated a plan to enlist the National Football League to raise awareness of the new health care exchanges. In response, Republican leaders sent a threatening letter to the NFL warning it to stay out. And, for good measure, it sent the same letter to all the other major leagues: Major League Baseball,...
  • Mitch McConnell Realizes IRS Scandal Is Over

    06/21/2013 12:29:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 108 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 6/21/2013 | Jonathan Chait
    Mitch McConnell delivered a speech today at the American Enterprise Institute to officially signal that the IRS scandal has entered its post-fact phase. When the IRS first revealed that its Cincinnati office had attempted to enforce its nonprofit laws using a search function that disproportionately impacted conservatives, Republicans were certain it must have come from the White House. They were going to follow the facts. But all of the facts point in the same direction, which is that the Obama administration had nothing to do with it at all. That was the conclusion of the agencyís inspector-general report, as well...
  • Is Rand Paulís Love of Ayn Rand a ĎConspiracyí? (Chait: Why Ayn Rand is Evil)

    06/20/2013 12:48:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 147 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Jonathan Chait
    My item on Rand Paul the other day, predictably, went over quite badly in the libertarian community. The Insomniac Libertarian, in an item wonderfully headlined ďObama Quisling Jonathan Chait Smears Rand Paul,Ē complains that my Paul piece ďnever discloses that [my] wife is an Obama campaign operative.Ē A brief annotated response: 1. I question the relevance of the charge, since Rand Paul is not running against Obama. 2. In point of fact, my wife is not an Obama campaign operative and has never worked for Obamaís campaign, or his administration, or volunteered for his campaign, or any campaign, and does...