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Seven Things that Caught My Eye Today (Feb 2, 2016)

1.  You can’t build a party, or a majority, on the Trump constituency. But ignoring it is both politically stupid and actually wicked. — Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) February 2, 2016 2. 13 Mollie Hemingway takeaways from last night. 3....Show More Summary

Rubio's Overlooked Strength

Ross Douthat asks “Why Isn’t Marco Rubio Winning?” and discusses a few theories. The first is that immigration has become the defining issue of the race and Rubio’s record with the Gang of Eight is the kiss of death. The second is that the tsunami of negative ads sponsored by Jeb Bush’s super PAC, Right to Rise, have poisoned the well. Show More Summary

Mike's Blog Round Up

Booman Tribune - Joke Line is back! Addicting Info - will one billionaire propel another into the White House? EclectaBlog - the @GOP poisons a city; No More Mr. Nice Blog - Ross lays another steaming pile of Douthat; The Mahablog -Show More Summary

With Ross Douthat At A Dead Chimp's Funeral

It sure was a cozy set-up. That bundle of raw nerves, and Max, and a dead monkey upstairs and the wind wheezing through that organ once in a while. Later on, just for comedy relief, the real guy arrived with a baby coffin. It was all done with great dignity. Show More Summary

Ross Douthat in the Confessional: Times Columnist Regrets ‘Romance’ With Palin, Unintended Help for Trump

It's been a very difficult week for the in-house Republicans of the New York Times editorial page. First David Brooks had a public meltdown in a column calling for a "conspiracy" to keep the GOP presidential nomination out of the hands of Donald Trump or Ted Cruz. Then, in the... More »

The Great Assimilation Scare

Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam, two of the smartest conservative thinkers today, have spilt much ink worrying over immigrant assimilation.  Salam is more pessimistic, choosing titles like “The Melting Pot is Broken” and “Republicans Need...Show More Summary

Friday links

1. “So when she was working on her dissertation at Waterloo in 2014, Colleen Merrifield decided to make a video that would bore most people to tears.” 2. Ross Douthat summary post on immigration, very good arguments though I favor considerably more immigration than he does. 3. Demand for El Chapo shirts is high and […] The post Friday links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

GOP Nomination Rules Favor Trump

Sam Wang: “Pundits have assured us that the support for Donald Trump is so limited that he can’t possibly get the GOP presidential nomination. Last week in The New York Times, Ross Douthat argued that Trump has a ceiling around [......

CNN's Douthat: Immigration 'Disaster' in Germany, But U.S. Should Accept More

Appearing as a guest on Monday's CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello, New York Times columnist and CNN political commentator Ross Douthat admitted that there can be such a thing as too much immigration as he warned of a "slow-motion disaster"...Show More Summary

ROSS DOUTHAT: Germany On The Brink. If you believe that an aging, secularized, heretofore-mostly…

ROSS DOUTHAT: Germany On The Brink. If you believe that an aging, secularized, heretofore-mostly-homogeneous society is likely to peacefully absorb a migration of that size and scale of cultural difference, then you have a bright future as a spokesman for the current German government. You’re also a fool. Such a transformation promises increasing polarization among […]

ROSS DOUTHAT: I UNDERESTIMATED DONALD TRUMP. I sold Trump wildly short, and his entire campaign …

ROSS DOUTHAT: I UNDERESTIMATED DONALD TRUMP. I sold Trump wildly short, and his entire campaign to date has proven it. First, Trump has had a very easy time turning his celebrity fan base into a meaningful constituency. Exactly how meaningful remains to be seen, but for months far more Republicans have told pollsters that they […]

Star Wars and the Critical Benefit of Low Expectations

My old colleague Ross Douthat is mystified that Star Wars: The Forces Awakens has wowed nearly every single critic its come up against: This film has a 95 percent “Fresh” rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. 95 percent. (That’s higher than the audience rating, right now, which is only 92 percent. Show More Summary

CRACKS IN THE LIBERAL ORDER, as spotted by Ross Douthat: Europe’s extremes gained, in part, bec…

CRACKS IN THE LIBERAL ORDER, as spotted by Ross Douthat: Europe’s extremes gained, in part, because in 2015 the center was unusually feckless. Angela Merkel’s decision to open Germany’s borders to a million Middle Eastern refugees earned her the praise of her globalist peers. But it also pushed a fast-forward button on long-term trends threatening […]

Cherry Picker of the Day

Ross Douthat. It’s worth noting that Douthat’s cherry-picking on the uninsured rate is even more egregious than Chait demonstrates. The already very impressive reductions in the rate of uninsured the ACA has created would be substantially higher were Republican statehouses not generally refusing to take the statute’s Medicaid expansion. Now, if the structure of the […]

The Quality of The New York Times

Here is the first comment on Ross Douthat's December 16th column. The comment has been awarded 'verified' status, meaning that "... it is earned based on a history of quality [read: high quality] comments." Ready? The following mean...

Ross Douthat should look in the mirror: He’s got medieval beliefs, but has the gall to lecture Muslims on how to modernize

Ross Douthat pulls a Sean Hannity, lecturing Muslims about being "illiberal" while giving Christians a pass

Conservatism Is No Cure for Fascism

Conservative writer Ross Douthat discussed the fascism of Donald Trump in his column at the New York Times and concedes that much of Trump's persona and issues fit the "seven hallmarks of fascism identified by the Italian polymath Umberto...Show More Summary

ROSS DOUTHAT: What the West doesn’t get about ISIS’s appeal. The West doesn’t want to admit the ap…

ROSS DOUTHAT: What the West doesn’t get about ISIS’s appeal. The West doesn’t want to admit the appeal of evil, because that would require admitting that evil exists. And if evil exists, then that implies a duty to be good, which they would find onerous and tediously old-fashioned.

Sunday assorted links

1. Andrew Batson’s best books list.  And Carlos Lozada’s varied books list, including the whiniest book of the year. 2. Ross Douthat on liberalism’s gun problem. 3. Jury duty. 4. The U.S. Post Office will now email you photos of your mail before the mail arrives. 5. Adam Ozimek reviews Garett Jones.

Understanding Trump

This passage from Ross Douthat caught my eye: Writing for Slate last week, Jamelle Bouie argued that Trumpism, however ideologically inchoate, manifests at least seven of the hallmarks of fascism identified by the Italian polymath Umberto Eco. Show More Summary

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