Won’t Someone Please Put Vox Out of Its Misery?

Please. There is no quality control over at Ezra Klein's pretend news site, the mistakes are piling up, and they are becoming embarrassing beyond belief. Jeff Bezos must indeed be thanking his lucky stars that he didn't shell out good money to support this quasi-journalistic calamity, but it is not enough for this clown show …

Matthew Yglesias: Not the Sharpest Tool in the Vox

Longtime readers are well aware that I do not take Matthew Yglesias seriously as a compelling thinker. Yglesias is one of the sources of inspiration--if not the source--for Yousefzadeh's Law, which states that "[t]here is no meritocracy in the field of punditry." (If one prefers, one may use the Peter Principle to explain Yglesias's rise in the …

The Intellectual and Moral Derangement of Opponents of Israel

The periodic hate campaigns that get launched against the state of Israel are uniformly obscene and disgusting, but the current one appears to be working to set new records. Just by way of reminder, we have one of Israel's mortal enemies (Hamas), an entity that has never accepted Israel's right to exist--let alone a right …

Vox’s Detachment from Reality

Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry shows that "voxsplaining" is nothing more than taking a collection of talking points from the port side of the partisan divide and pretending that they explain complex policy issues, and further points out that those talking points are compiled in a manner that is at best misinformed, and at worst, utterly disingenuous. I think "disingenuous" …

Hacks and Flacks

Having blogged for some time now, I understand that there are partisan divisions in the political blogosphere, and I understand as well that they are here to stay. That having been written, it is worth noting--as James Oliphant notes--that port-side bloggers are acting as publicity agents, apologists and all-around hacks on behalf of the Obama …

I Am Running Out of Ways to Say that the Implementation of Obamacare Is Still Highly Problematic

In the immediate aftermath of the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov, Ezra Klein was one of the few liberals willing to say that the website was a catastrophe, and that the unworkability of the website actually threatened the implementation of Obamacare as a whole. Afterwards, he dialed back his criticisms (maybe Joan Walsh had something to do …

I’m Supposed to Believe that the Implementation of Obamacare Is Improving . . .

And I'm supposed to believe it based on reports like this one from Ezra Klein, who tells us the following: A spin through HealthCare.Gov this morning went smoothly. The site loaded quickly. The process progressed easily. There were no error messages or endless hangs. I didn't complete the final step of purchasing insurance but, until then, …

Obamacare Is Bringing Down the Obama Administration

With each passing day, the president's signature legislative achievement is becoming more and more of a liability for him and for his administration, politically. (We leave aside for the moment the policy liability that it is and always has been for the country.) Josh Kraushaar invites us to contemplate the previously unthinkable scenario of Democrats (yes, …