The group blog of The New Republic
July 23, 2013
At a press conference Tuesday following revelations of (more) lascivious Internet messages Anthony Weiner sent (some under the nom de porn Carlos Danger), Huma Abedin took to the podium in her husband’s defense. She spoke eloquently and movingly. She persuasively answered our biggest questions, both the one that isn’t really our business—why in the name of hell do you stay with this schmuck?—and one that is—why in the name of hell do you want to subject the rest of us to this schmuck?
Here’s a tip for conservative back-benchers looking to give their reputations a boost: get Liz Cheney to run against you.
As the world now knows, excerpts have emerged online today purporting to be further racy exchanges between New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and women he was sexting with on the Internet.
One of the funny things about electoral politics is that you can’t always have the coalition you want, or even the coalition you think you’ll get. When the Democratic Leadership Council was thinking about how to rebrand the party in the late '80s, most figured they’d win back white southerners, like Jimmy Carter and every prior successful Democrat. But the new Democratic coalition was built on disaffection with conservatives, which was most pronounced along the coasts.
Ryan Braun is guilty as sin.
Leaders of the Republican Party are still predicting that Obamacare will be a disaster, one that will wreak havoc on American health care. Most of their allies in the media say the same thing. But a small group of conservative intellectuals has been warning that the law might not be so apocalyptical—that, with full implementation about to begin, wholesale repeal may no longer be possible.
It’s been a marvel these past few days, watching Washington players who mocked or dismissed prognosticator extraordinaire Nate Silver rushing to get on his right side, even as some act as if they never questioned him to begin with. Case in point: Huffington Post's Howard Fineman:
October 25, 2012:
Last week, Politico published a list of the fifty "Politicos to Watch." Perhaps the sexiest category on the list (unless you’ve got a thing for “Data Gurus” or “K Street Jumpers”) was “Politically Active Celebrities,” featuring Bradley Cooper, Kerry Washington, Vince Vaughn, and the omnipresent Rosario Dawson, best known for her roles in Rent and Sin City nearly a decade ago.
July 22, 2013
A couple hours ago, The Onion filed a gem: “Nate Silver Warns Against Overestimating His Value to ESPN.” The (fake) Silver of this article said, “The approximations of my future drawing power in fact resemble more of a random walk—in layman’s terms, a random model that cannot accurately predict future outcomes.”