Michael Schaffer
Editorial Director

Four Ways of Thinking About The Big 'Washington Post' News
January 21, 2014

How to make sense of a watershed moment in media.

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" Is a Terrible, Terrible Song
You know it's about bullying, right?
December 17, 2013

The not-so-hidden meaning of this song will ruin Christmas.

I'm Sick of Other Holidays, but I Still Love Thanksgiving
It's still inclusive and noncommercial. Be grateful.
November 26, 2013

Be grateful! The most American of holidays, ironically, is the one that resists the commercialism, competition, and cutsiness of modern American life. 

The Most Annoying Thing About Cellphones on Airplanes
It's not overhearing conversations. It's listening to people complain about overhearing conversations.
November 22, 2013

It's not that travelers have to overhear conversations. It's that the rest of us have to hear them complain about having overheard conversations.

What If POLITICO Had Covered the Civil War?
Playbook, Emancipation Day Edition
October 28, 2013

Playbook, Emancipation Day Edition

Maryville, Missouri Is a Lawless Hellhole
And other things you can't say about small towns
October 23, 2013

Small-towners are allowed to dis big cities, but not vice versa. The Maryville rape case should change that.

Here's Who Obama Should Hire to Fix the Obamacare Site: Mitt Romney
(The old Mitt Romney, that is.)
October 22, 2013

In an alternative universe—the one where the GOP hadn't gone totally nuts—it would be an easy choice.

The Worst Tom Foley Obituary Headline
October 19, 2013

Tom Foley's obit included details about a scurrilous anti-gay smear against him. And then it had this headline:

Pundits Are Running Out of Lunatics to Compare with Republicans
Find a disturbing historical analogy before they're all taken!
October 15, 2013

Trotsky? Taken. Col. Kurtz? Spoken for. The punditocracy is dangerously low on unique historical analogues for the GOP.

Liberals Should Vote Centrist in Local Elections
Why you'll miss the age of the imperial centrist mayor
October 14, 2013

Why Liberals will miss Michael Bloomberg and the era's other imperial centrist mayors

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