By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
Readers, I must finish up a second post, one that demands some care due to its subject matter. So today’s Water Cooler will be an open thread. –lambert UPDATE I thought the first post was pretty good, too. Maybe if I’d titled it “Why Information Technologists Shouldn’t Be Let Near Political Systems, Because They’re Pig-Ignorant About How Politics Really Works,” but honestly, I process so much yelling these days that perhaps my headlines are a little dry.
Here is a conversation starter from Stoller:
Here's Biden endorsing slashing Social Security. If you think this makes him a Republican or a conservative, you're wrong. It means you're out of step with the Democratic Party, a plurality of whom wants this guy as their leader. https://t.co/P0Oslhm0yg
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) May 3, 2019
On the one hand, this would imply that Biden could convert a plurality into a majority and not butcher the race, as he has butchered every previous race. OTOH, my nightmare scenario is a brokered convention, and a Biden/Harris ticket. So….
And here is a conversation starter on Sanders. Politico digitized the cable-access TV show that Sanders created in the late 1980s; the post is well worth a read (“[The show] is part of Sanders’ four-decade end run around the media”). Here is a Sanders ally’s cheeky response, timely for our baseball discussion a couple of days ago:
Here's @BernieSanders talking about being the first little league coach for the Vermont Braves.
— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) May 3, 2019
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CC writes: “The aspen catkins are out here along the front range of Colorado.” It’s important to look up!
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Mark K writes: “This is a sign on a tree in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, that I was careful not to read.” Although the picture includes plants, the subject is not really a plant, so I’m adding this as a bonus. Semantics!
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