The Birth of Bidenomics?
Richard North Patterson: The president wants to do to Ronald Reagan’s governing philosophy what Reagan did to FDR’s.
Leading The Bulwark…
The Birth of Bidenomics?
RICHARD NORTH PATTERSON: The president wants to do to Ronald Reagan’s governing philosophy what Reagan did to FDR’s.
🎧 On the Pods… 🎧
Josh Kraushaar on the GOP’s Cancel Culture
On today’s Bulwark podcast, Josh Kraushaaur joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss CPAC, school closures and the Biden campaign’s promise, COVID-19 relief, and the Trumpian cancel culture of the GOP.
Is the Stimulus a Clunker?
Maya MacGuineas of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget offers her insights. The group also discusses prospects for a Jan 6 commission, and Europe's response to Biden.
For Bulwark+ Members… 🔐
TNB: The GOP Civil War That Wasn't 🔐
JVL, Sarah Longwell, Bill Kristol, and Tim Miller discuss the GOP civil war that apparently got canceled before it began…
SECRET POD: It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood 🔐
SARAH AND JVL talk about politics without Trump. And also about Fred Rogers.
MORNING SHOTS: Yes, The GOP Has A Racism Problem 🔐
CHARLIE SYKES on why the GOP civil war fizzles out.
THE TRIAD: White Supremacy Is On the March 🔐
JONATHAN V. LAST: It's not just pockets of left-over confederates.
From The Bulwark Aggregator…
Three Percenter Truck at Capitol on Jan. 6 Belongs to Hitler-Quoting Rep’s Husband – Adam Rawnsley, Kelly Weill, and Jackie Kucinich, The Daily Beast
The Unmaking of American Cynicism – Megan Garber, The Atlantic
‘Nobody Listened To Me’: The Quest to Be MTG – Michael Kruse, Politico
House Set to Pass Stimulus as Minimum Wage Hike Dealt Blow – Erik Wasson, Bloomberg Businessweek
Manhattan’s district attorney acquires eight years of Trump’s tax returns – Shayna Jacobs, David Fahrenthold, Jonathan O'Connell and Tom Hamburger, The Washington Post
Biden orders US airstrikes against Iran-backed militia targets in eastern Syria – Meghann Myers, The Military Times
Biden’s Pick To Run Trade Policy, Katherine Tai, Promises More Efficient Protectionism – Eric Boehm, Reason
In Today’s Bulwark….
The Toxic Femininity of ‘I Care a Lot’
Sonny Bunch: Plus, Paramount+!
Navalny Walks in the Footsteps of the Great Russian Dissidents
KENNEDY LEE AND SHAY KHATIRI: His name should become as familiar in the free world as Solzhenitsyn, Sakharov, and Sharansky.
How Biden Can Rally the World Against China
BRIAN STEWART: Washington has finally given up on the idea that China would liberalize. Now what?
Happy Friday! We hope you had a great week and we’re thankful for the few thousand who joined us last night or watched our TNB livestream. We plan to continue to do these most Thursdays going forward, barring holidays and the like. We post the video and audio at http://tnb.thebulwark.com.
So if you can’t make it live (we all have things to do) don’t worry, you can easily catch up after the fact.
So CPAC is even more of a circus this year…
Whether it’s the golden statute of Donald Trump, the weird Samurai Futurist guy from Japan (not to be confused with the CPAC Japan leader who may or may not be affiliated with a weird cult) to Ted Cruz going full Braveheart… It was a day.
Thankfully, editing Beg to Differ and Charlie’s pod precluded me from watching much of the horror live, but I was able to tune into DJTJ’s comedy hour to close it all out.
But I did see how my former political mentor Josh Mandel chose to position himself.
Which was just really sad. Josh even took shots at the “squishy establishment Republicans” and mini-Faucis.
I wonder, Josh, if you were my first boss in politics at the Cuyahoga County GOP, you served as an elected official with the Lyndhurst City Council, the Ohio House of Representatives, and you were Treasurer of the State of Ohio. Sure, the Senate runs didn’t pan out, but how aren’t you part of the Republican establishment?
He pretty much epitomizes it. And the biggest “squishy” part in that camp is how it has responded to Trump and Trumpism. Give me a break.
Check out Flux. Our friend Matthew Sheffield has put together a new site that’s doing a lot of interesting journalism.
Let them fight. Gab and Parler are in a bit of a spat.
What the FBI Had on Grandpa… Read Molly Jong-Fast in the The New York Review of Books.
Inflation: The Next Problem For The U.S. Economy? Writing at 1945, Desmond Lachman observes:
In assuring us that inflation will remain under control, Jerome Powell is choosing to turn a blind eye to the recent money supply explosion and to the prospective record amount of Biden fiscal stimulus. By so doing, he seems to be putting the country at risk of both a renewed bout of inflation and a renewed period of financial market instability.
Just reading the news…
Ravnsborg was one of the AGs who pushed the “stop the steal” Texas case, if you weren’t paying attention. He clearly wasn’t, and a man is dead because of it.
Finally, a good conservative legal power couple? In Bloomberg:
Tom Clare and Libby Locke, a married couple who run their own boutique firm, represent Dominion Voting Systems Inc. in lawsuits against Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell seeking a total of $3.9 billion for falsely claiming its voting machines were used to steal the 2020 election. Their battle is at the heart of an effort to stop a continuing stream of disinformation from Donald Trump’s supporters—and they haven’t ruled out suing Trump himself.
That’s it for me for today. We’ll see you back on Monday. Questions, comments, concerns? You know how to reach me: email@example.com.
Have a great weekend.