I’ve got a new “Think Again” column entitled “Economist, Heal Thyself,” here.
And I did a Daily Beast column over the weekend called “No Bounce for Obama,” here.
And the responses to "Kabuki Democracy" continue to come at a pretty fast and furious pace, alas the vast majority of them focus on the very first sentence of the piece and ignore the other 16,990 words in it.
I’ll save any additional responses for the book version. Meanwhile…
A few things before we get to Pierce. First of all, congratulations to the New York Times on the announcement of an ethics trial of my corrupt congressman, Charlie Rangel on twenty-eight different counts of various forms of payoffs and false tax filings. After all, Rangel is not only a liberal but he was a powerful liberal as well as a powerful symbol of black political power. Now, he’s a stereotypical example of clubhouse political corruption, which many racists will interpret as particular to blacks. It isn’t. It’s power, but the fact is, many liberal politicians of color have been given a pass for much of their careers because liberals have been so quick to throw around the charge of racism at anyone who challenges their cozy political arrangements. In 2009, the Sunlight Foundation documented twenty-eight instances in which Rangel omitted assets worth between $239,026 and $831,000 that were either purchased, sold or held from his financial disclosures.
Like the Times, I am sometimes accused of being in the pocket of the Democratic establishment, both by holier-than-thou leftists and right-wing apparatchiks. I’d like to point out that the very first column I published in The Nation after the 2008 election was to call on Obama to repudiate the corrupt hack Rangel. And the most depressing day of the 2008 election for me was the day I received an e-mail from the Obama campaign insisting that I “vote for Charlie Rangel for change.” Read more from Sunlight’s Reporting Group, including links to his fundraisers.
Yesterday, I responded to Jeffrey Goldberg’s post about my leaked comments from Journolist. Because they lacked any context whatever, I asked him to link to them on his post, and sent it to him as an e-mail. But he has not done so. Shall I say I’m surprised? I shan’t. But because of Goldberg’s post, in addition to the right-wing hate mail, I’ve been getting a lot of huffy e-mails from people who sound like they think they’re my mother, instructing me on what a disappointment I am to them, and demanding that I respond personally to their concerns about my character. Sorry, ain’t gonna happen. Do your homework, folks. I responded yesterday. Now get on with your lives. (But on the topic of the leaked listserve posts, do see Ezra Klein’s response to Tucker Carlson here)