Quote of the Day: There is Now No Difference Between Conservatism and Conspiracy Theory
The most troubling aspect of Donald Trump's presidency for most rational observers isn't necessarily the policies he advocates. While they are awful by any objective standards, his (few) legislative achievements can be reversed when the next president is elected. It is however ...read more
Quote of the Week: "Here’s the factor I think everybody missed: The Republican Party turns out to be filled with idiots"
Someone needs to frame this quote and put it somewhere important -- preferably near a national monument so that future generations understand what civilization was up against in 2016: Why did almost everybody fail to predict Donald Trump’s victory in the Republican primaries? ...read more
Quote of the Day: Obamacare Opponents "Refuse to Accept Reality"
After breaking down conservative arguments against Obamacare with cold, hard statistics, Jonathan Chait concludes the following: Conservatives have gone from absolute ideological certainty that health-care inflation would rise in the wake of Obamacare to absolute ideological ...read more
Matt Bai: Another White Guy Who Thinks Calling Republicans Out on Race is Bad Idea
After several weeks of stepping on racial rakes, New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait finally hit the "eject" button on his crusade to get liberals to stop terrifying racists by calling them that, explaining to Melissa Harris-Perry that she's just a big meanie, and his haters just ...read more
Republicans, Racism, and Reasonable Suspicion
Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine has been making a spectacle of himself lately, most recently tying himself in knots trying to explain away his essay on race in the Obama Era. On Thursday night's All In with Chris Hayes, his point seems to have evolved into a plea for ...read more
Jonathan Chait Reveals 'Terrifying Power' of 'Racism'
Jonathan Chait is a very smart guy, it must be said. I know it must be said because, even as he's been mopping the floor with Chait for several weeks now, Ta-Nehisi Coates can't stop saying how smart he is, and President Barack Obama, another very smart guy, lists Chait among ...read more
Quote of the Day: This Is Why We Suck
"The shorthand explanation for what’s going on here is that everybody — the insurance companies, members of Congress, and Obama — is bullshitting." -- Jonathan Chait on the "Democratic freak-out" and the consequent plan by President Obama to adjust one of the main provisions of ...read more
The Morning Banter: The Emmys, Class Warfare, and Walter White Privilege
Another Monday is here and it's back to the wheel with you, gerbils. Here are a few things you can read this morning to hopefully deaden the pain. 1. Gold Rush Here's a wrap-up of the big winners and losers at last night's Emmys, as Matt Zoller Seitz live-blogged the whole ...read more
Obama's Speech: Defining Liberalism and Upping the Ante
By Ben Cohen: I live blogged Obama's speech last night and was left a little underwhelmed by it and couldn't quite put my finger on exactly why. Jonathan Chait has a very insightful piece in the New York Magazine that sums up my feelings on the speech that was a bit of a let ...read more