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On “Joe Biden: Staying Alive

Don't bother. With Jaybird, it isn't what's so (lots of people recognized HRC's mistakes and there is little prospect of any 2020 candidate repeating them), but what rolls across his Twitter feed. In the places where Jaybird looks, people didn't say what he wanted said -- relevant or not -- in the way he wanted to hear it said. That in other parts of the world people who cared or had reason to care gave it the attention it deserved and moved on to more relevant matters doesn't register.

On “Wednesday Writs: Schoolboy Innuendo Edition

But -- but -- it's the opponents of Citizens United who don't believe in free speech.

On “Carnage: 6.6 Million in Initial Jobless Claims, 10 Million Two Week Total

Eventually, they'd get used to it. Especially since they won't have a say. Hell, I still want nurses in tight white skirted uniforms, but nobody seems to do that anymore except theme strippers.

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Didn't there used to be a government agency that would have been tasked with looking into just this sort of thing? Whatever happened to it?

On “Joe Biden: Staying Alive

Need I point out that that's still not a denial?

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That's not a denial.

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I've actually seen the arguments for Biden. I recited the main ones up thread. I pointed out that they look anti-Trump rather than pro-Biden not because they aren't legitimate arguments for Biden but because Trump utterly lacks the qualities that one can attribute to Biden. But that is on Trump, not on Biden or his potential voters. This should not be so hard to understand.

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If I thought you were serious, I'd point out that you would be the first to scorn a woman who responded to criticism of her piece that way. But you're not, so I won't.

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Why would I want to go through that exercise? All it would do is reintroduce me to some things some people said, even though it might prove my point -- that the positive case for Biden is the same as the negative case against Trump, just rephrased.

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So, famously, did Talleyrand. We'd probably all be better off, and certainly more adult, if we didn't expect our candidates to be awesome and get bent out of shape when they aren't.

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I don't know anyone who thinks Joe Biden is "awesome," and would be troubled by someone who did. There are, however, plenty of positive arguments for Biden. Unfortunately, Trump is so comprehensively awful that they come across as anti-Trump: humane, serious, adult, empathetic, caring, experienced, knowledgeable....These are great, positive qualities. But given Trump's glaring lack of any of them, they sound more anti-Trump than pro-Biden.

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Speaking as someone who has straddled both worlds, it is true that city folk don't understand country folk, but it is also true that country folk don't understand city folk. The difference is that only one of them resents the other.

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"Free speech." You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you seem to think it means.

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A wonderful translation.

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The point is that he mistook something from The Onion for reality. Sometimes it's just that simple.

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True story. I jad a case once where someone was trying to prove something or other about sentiment on a college campus (I forget now why that mattered, but it did) and attached to his papers one of those polls The Onion used to run, using the same four or five respondents' photos every time.

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Come on, guys, no fair letting facts interfere with the fun. And no fair pointing out the central contradiction of the piece: the Democrats are obsessed with "cool" and inauthentic and are going to nominate -- Joe Biden?

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Polite and fancy. A two-fer.

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Chip, you're wasting your time engaging in the "small homogeneous countries" theory of why we can't get have nice things. It has always been just a polite way of saying "No n*****s in [fill in the blank]."

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Chip, you're wasting your time engaging in the "small homogeneous countries" theory of why we can't get have nice things. It has always been just a polite way of saying "No n*****s in [fill in the blank]."

On “Linky Friday: Cancel Everything, Cease and Desist, Shut It Shut It Down Edition

Considering how many federal programs involve federal funding and state or local administration, it seems likely that folks already know, or at least believe, this.

On “From the NYT: Harvey Weinstein Is Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison

I don't actually "needs to take note of" anything. If he dies in prison in some way that isn't obvious, I'll be happy to await the results of what I have reason to believe will be a thorough investigation.

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I don't think so, but that's just me. Sadly, it won't stop the "Weinstein didn't kill himself" stories if he dies anywhere outside of a prison hospital bed -- and maybe not even then.

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