By Lambert Strether of Corrente
UPDATE Portland Maine meetup Friday, Bastille Day, July 14: I’ll phone around for a location at some point tomorrow, so speak now….
Readers, my post on TrumpUncare took hours longer than I expected it to take, or budgeted for, and so I have to punt on today’s Water Cooler. Sorry!
So I must ask you to talk amongst yourselves.
However, I will permit myself a tiny victory lap and happy dance. In this interesting Vox post today, Matt Yglesias writes:
It was convenient for Democrats that for years, Republicans were committed to profoundly unpopular positions on entitlement programs that made it possible for Democrats to win the votes of some cross-pressured, culturally conservative whites. But even though Trumpism hardly amounts to a coherent ideology, the promise to protect the of older working-class people has some real appeal on the merits.
As NC readers know, I’ve been advocating for a focus on “concrete material benefits” for many years (I owe the phrase to a long-time, now silent blogger named AnglachelR). So if this earworm has, through whatever devious channels, worked its way into the brain of Matt Yglesias, and hence into the hive mind of the political class, I think a little celebration is in order, as we all do our bit to drag the (actually triangular, not linear) Overton Window left.
How’s your summer going?
Readers, feel free to contact me at lambert [UNDERSCORE] strether [DOT] corrente [AT] yahoo [DOT] com, with (a) links, and even better (b) sources I should curate regularly, (c) how to send me a check if you are allegic to PayPal, and (d) to find out how to send me images of plants. Vegetables are fine! Fungi are deemed to be honorary plants! See the previous Water Cooler (with plant) here. And here’s today’s plant (MK):
What an inviting vista!
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