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    LeftHandedMan, greenbell
    Ezra Klein often talks about policy fights like he's an alien from another planet dispassionately watching profoundly big and petty little things happen to other people.
    This is, I'd agree, one of the problems with Ezra Klein—and indeed that whole brand of soft (for lack of a better term) progressivism. I call it the technocratic left, and, as often as not, they seem to divorce policy from the personal. It's all about what can be quantified and not about the qualitative effects on people's lives.

    I was going to say, "but you might be too hard on Klein," but after giving it some thought, I think you're spot on that the way he dismisses Warren's proposal is of the same species as Martin's obsession with some magical center.

    I remember when I was in high school, I wanted nothing more than to go to Washington and be a pundit. Now, I'm glad I didn't; that town seems to cause some kind warp in the fabric of reality.

    "Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something." -the last words of Pancho Villa

    by Shef on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 07:00:58 AM PDT

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    •  Thank you for that, very much (2+ / 0-)
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      Shef, greenbell

      I found myself agreeing with Ezra Klein about Jonathan Martin almost immediately, but something was nagging at me while I did it.

      I went through the article, line by line, like I was eating slowly trying to find an odd flavor note that was bothering me.

      And then it hit me.

      Wait. What?

      At no point, in an article where he is essentially autopsying another pundits broadbush as a failing, does he give substance to the sweeping, and sweepingly dismissive, policy critique that he added in to his punditry critique about the uselessness of beltway conventional wisdom defining what is the American Center arbitrarily.

      That makes him a part of the problem, masquerading as a part of the solution. He might actually be doing more harm than Martin in this regard.

      To be honest, it was maddening. Because it was so obvious and staring in my face that I missed it.

      Considering how awful some of his peers are, Ezra Klein is so much more reasonable and intelligent and easy to digest and just nod 'yes' in agreement with that you can overlook how many times he's actually making things worse.

      You walk away from this piece thinking that Elizabeth Warren did something vapid and almost personally and self-servingly vain rather than for a reason and a good one if you don't know her writing and speaking on the issue in other areas.  

      I am a Loco-Foco. I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

      by LeftHandedMan on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 07:31:31 AM PDT

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      •  The irony is in that in the vast hinterland (1+ / 0-)
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        beyond the coasts no one takes any of these clowns seriously.  

        Centrist consensus on high finance?  I mean you think people in Minnesota or North Dakota, Iowa or Nebraska are in this centrist consensus on high finance?  Red or blue they figure this centrist consensus on high finance is stealing them blind.  

        I'll tell you where you see the real centrist consensus.  It's in the polls on the approval rating of Congress.

        •  Yes. (0+ / 0-)
          I'll tell you where you see the real centrist consensus.  It's in the polls on the approval rating of Congress.

          "Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something." -the last words of Pancho Villa

          by Shef on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 07:42:53 AM PDT

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