Morning Ed: Politics {2016.02.29.M}

Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Damon says:

    Sanders: Gee, he’s a jew? WHO KNEW? Like anyone even remotely paying attention. So he’s genetically Jewish. He doesn’t practice. Hell, I know folks like this. They BARELY acknowledge they ARE Jews since they don’t follow any of the religion. Are these people really Jews? I was baptized Episcopalian and never practiced the faith, or any faith. Am I Episcopalian?

    EPA: So if the “disaster” was equal to “similar to one day of high spring runoff” was it really a disaster or who’s lying?

    Single Payer: Of course. “I like it as long as someone else pays” is the motto of the American.

    Dating and Politics: “unless you are capable of superhuman levels of beatific tolerance, dating within your tribe is generally just easier.” Pfft. Where I live, EVERYONE is left of center, even the Republicans, so “dating within your tribe” isn’t really on option. But I’ve never had a problem with it. I’ve only dated one person who would argue with me about politics and it never effected our relationship in any negative way. Why? Because someone’s politics is only a very very small percentage of who they are. Now, would I date someone for who politics consumed their entire life? Nope, but I’d say that about a lot of activities.Report

  2. PD Shaw says:

    The outing of Sanders piece seems pretty disjointed and unpersuasive: Republicans will Willy-Horton the secret Jew? To avoid this, the Sanders campaign is supposed to discuss “the history of Jewish activism that has aided civil rights, led the fight for a 40-hour workweek and unionization, and reopened the doors to immigration.” This sounds like it might be directed towards non-white Democrats, not towards facing a Republican in the general election.

    Meanwhile, the leading proponent of religious identity in the Republican primaries, consistently refers to this country as being founded on Judeo-Christian values. (There is an article at Forward complaining about Cruz’ partial misappropriation of Jewish identity). I doubt anybody that matters will care about his ethnicity or religious upbringing, but they will care that he is not observant and seemingly valueless. Atheists poll worse than just about anybody for political office, other than socialists.Report

  3. DensityDuck says:

    “Americans are a little unclear on what single payer means, but they like it until they find out that there are increased taxes or inconveniences.”


    “Would you like to buy into Medicare?”
    “What if that meant that EVERY SINGLE THING WOULD REALLY SUCK?”
    “Well, gosh, in that case I guess not.”
    “Dumbass Americans can’t make up their minds!”


    From the article:
    “It means everyone gives up their Platinum Elite Status Cigna Extra Miles plan that they get at a steep discount from their work.”

    (us? prime readers? never happen, we are SERIUS JOURNALIST this are SERIUS ARTICEL)Report

  4. LeeEsq says:

    Sanders practically screams Jewish and most people with a lot of contact with Jews will recognize him as one rather than an old white guy.Report

    • Kolohe in reply to LeeEsq says:

      As the Larry David impression demonstrates, he literally screams Jewish.Report

    • Saul Degraw in reply to LeeEsq says:

      But most Americans even liberal places like San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland, don’t have much contact with Jews. We really are concentrated in a few specific areas.

      Lots of people just don’t know how to pick up on Jewishness which is a blessing and a curse.Report

      • Kazzy in reply to Saul Degraw says:

        I bet for some folks, Sanders confirms all sorts of Jewish stereotypes. And for others, he completely defies them.

        Vaguely related: my hometown (Teaneck, NJ) had a fairly large Orthodox Jewish population. One of my friend’s college roommates from South Jersey visited and while we were driving around on Friday evening, we encountered several large groups of Orthodox Jews walking to temple, wearing the fairly traditional garb. Her response: “OMG… they’re so cute. They look like Amish people! Is that really what Jews are like?” Forehead slap.Report

      • Stillwater in reply to Saul Degraw says:

        Lots of people just don’t know how to pick up on Jewishness which is a blessing and a curse.

        Rather than motivate people to not care about people’s ethinicity/religion, we need to train everybody up on how to identify a Jew, then re-train them to not care one way or the other about that person’s Jewishness.Report

      • For what it’s worth, it wouldn’t occur to me that Sanders is Jewish if I were low-information.Report

  5. Stillwater says:

    CNN’s latest poll has Trump at 49% nationally. Which means we can put to bed any further speculation about who won the debate schoolyard brawl last week.Report

  6. j r says:

    That Kevin Drum piece makes a good point, unfortunately Drum has inverterted the point. Think about the basic claim that informs his position here: that the world of polical candidates and policy wonks and partisan pundits is the real world and that the world that most people inhabit is unreal.

    There is a point to be made about how much the average person knows about the effica y of any given set of policy proposals, but that same point holds for the inside the beltway crowd as well.Report