I have two columns up today at The Federalist: “The ‘Ditch Mitch’ McConnell Campaign Is Just Democrats Lighting Their Money On Fire“, and “The AOC-Pelosi Feud Will Not Be Settled In Congress.”
The blurb for the first: “Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Amy McGrath raised more than $2.5 million in the first 24 hours of her campaign against Mitch McConnell. The people who donated may as well have lit their money on fire. ”
What got cut for space? As I wrote, ” What is the point of turning campaigns into the performance art of protest? Answering this seemingly simple question becomes a tour of what’s wrong with American politics.” So the answer is plenty got cut or minimized. I note only in passing the role identity politics plays in this story and it almost could be its own column. This was a case where my mind was a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.
The blurb for the second: “The feud between Ocasio-Cortez and Pelosi represents a clash of two different types of politics, the outcome of which will define the Democratic Party and American politics for some time to come.”
In this case, there was fairly little I had to leave out, inasmcuh as I wrote it quickly late last night as a sort of semi-request. But I think it is usually useful to put the story of the moment into a larger context — and to remind people that it is not always an unalloyed good for your opponents to be in disarray.
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