The protest viewed alongside the correspondents dinner may or may not be an appropriate contrast, ya know, appropriate for some discernment of ‘irony’ http://hotair.com/archives/2015/04/27/when-washington-fiddled-while-baltimore-burned/ . The Camden Yards march itself is what, Baltimore’s version of the Mall of America march we had here, an attempt to confront the mainstream with some consciousness raising (though maybe there’s a slight technical difference in Baltimore is not protesting in the abstract, the Freddie Gray protest is a more specific reaction)…. There’s a white middle class perspective that seems think these demonstrations are not appropriately brought into non-political, commercial private spaces of public accommodation. It’s my casual sense the aggrieved aren’t all the usual recalcitrant conservatives; there’s a lot of Democrats making this complaint. Ya know, the conservatives probably think it’s illegitimate, but the Democrats don’t get it. The police abuses basically all occur within a larger mission to protect the property and commerce of bourgeois shop owners and patrons. And politically, the rubber meets the road with the bourgeois. Thus, commercial private spaces of public accommodation where they gather are appropriate venues for the proles to try and make an argument. I’m not being mirthful, completely serious.
Jots with dots 4/27
Yeah, I read the original Powerline piece and my sense was their enthusiasm was misplaced… http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/man-punks-right-wing-media-bigs-with-bogus-reid-story
Chait stains: I have a long enough memory to understand that Hillary certainly had / has / will have a progressive view of the nanny / welfare state. She’s committed there. http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/04/hillary-clinton-gop-populist-attacks-jonathan-chait Inasmuch as we’re supposed to understand that commitment equals ‘concern for the little guy’, ya know, the Republican observation that she’s too rich to be for the little guy is going to be obtuse. http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121645/hillary-clintons-populism-real-or-fake-it-doesnt-matter Not that we won’t hear it, and not that it won’t be received as wisdom. Oh, ya gotta figure that she will be a ‘tool’ for her rich Democrat friends and contributing business interests, that’s true, that’s the way it works. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/04/the-clash-over-clintons-cashand-why-it-matters/391466/ Big thing is, on wealth she’s insufficiently radical for the Democrat party’s ‘inner dialogue’. So whether she’s good enough is really an argument for Democrats to have among themselves, doesn’t matter so much what the GOP thinks. And she’s not a suitable candidate, but the notion is apparently that she’s the only Democrat with enough stature to win the presidency, so it’s OK if she’s doesn’t reflect Democrat thought, but merely panders to it. Or ya know, doesn’t even pander to it, like Hillary and Obama were doing on gay marriage in 2008… I just can’t believe the party is going to nominate this hopelessly defective candidate. http://theweek.com/articles/551606/hillary-clintons-campaign-going-huge-slog-democrats Ya know, I think I was similarly abhorred at the idea the Democrats would nominate a hopelessly defective HRC in 2008, and the phenomena was, they basically came to their senses, given alternatives. There is still time for that.
Recall the rule…. Democrats doing it, ya know that’s not morally equivalent. Thus, no double standard. http://reason.com/archives/2015/04/27/hillarys-double-standard-on-unaccountabl
Can they? Sure. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2015/04/can-the-iron-range-sustain-a-future-without-mine-dependency/ Will they? I doubt in the next generation. And there’s not any urgency, really. It’s not like it’s not fine for this area to be sparse and remote.
I’ll grant that PPACA appears to be ‘working’ in some way or form, much as it is in fact functioning and people are insured. http://www.minnpost.com/eric-black-ink/2015/04/krugman-obamacare-doomsayers-nothing-you-predicted-has-come-true How do I know the administration is not lying about the financials though? You get some sense they are shoveling off book money at it. Now, fair to say that might be the kind of apocryphal nugget Republicans comfort themselves with… But the administration has felt justified in lying about the smallest details of PPACA. So again, how do we know?