Full confessional: I forgot to do a links post yesterday. I’m not sure what happened. Perhaps I’ve just been distracted by the Trayvon Martin case–not to mention my post, which took longer than I thought it would. But enough excuses. Let’s get a post out there before the weekend is out. As always, these are a few of the things we’ve been reading at SGAP.
The John Edwards story has almost slipped between the cracks in the midst of so much other craziness this week. But we should note the man’s descent nonetheless. Charles Pierce gives some eloquent and passionate thoughts on the matter.
Barack Obama is surging in Virginia. It looks like a culture-war thing.
Speaking of polls, this one out of Louisiana happens to be one of the more fascinating ones I’ve seen in awhile. Well, questions 25-35 are, anyway.
Third Way desperately wants Democrats to understand that “independent voters” are willing to leave them behind for ideological reasons, presumably because said voters are not so ideological as base voters. Jamelle Bouie rebuts not so much the hypothesis, but the study’s conceptual framework.
I know I sound like a partisan–and sure, I suppose I am one–but I sincerely wish that the other side could come up with someone more impressive, or perhaps just more intelligent, than Ross Douthat. What ever happened to conservative intellectualism? Has Glenn Beck eaten everyone? Perhaps Keith can fill us in on the matter. Oh, in other news: Ezra Klein pwns Ross Douthat.
27 states’ class action lawsuit against the ACA will be heard in the Supreme Court on Monday. The case isn’t about the law, Dahlia Lithwack writes. I think those out there still harboring the myopic belief that SCOTUS is above the political fray are about to be surprised. The rest of us? Screwed.
Jon Chait argues eloquently and–for him–somewhat angrily that the conservative position on (stripping) healthcare is nothing less than barbaric. In a similar vein, also check out Ron Brownstein’s heartfelt and important “The Forgotten Ones.”
Peter Beinart’s new book, The Crisis of Zionism, isn’t even out yet, but American “defenders” of Israel, if you can call them that, are already hitting him hard. I mean, hard: the vitriol coming at him is unique even by the usual anti-Islamic neoconservative standards. Context here.
In a related note, while I usually don’t go in for blogger spats, Andrew Sullivan’s ongoing war with Jeff Goldberg is worthwhile if only for what it says about Goldberg’s intellectual integrity (hint: if you substitute strawmen and ad hominems for analysis, you have none).
Hmmm… what else is up? The temperature. Is it global warming? Probably, reports Brad Plumer. But even if the answer is “definitely,” part of the rest of the answer would still also be no. Ah, climate science.
I touched on The Saints’ suspensions earlier in the week. Bill Barnwell helpfully explains that those suspensions were less about bounties than they were about lying.
The next guy heading the World Bank is the president of Dartmouth. Get to know him. You might like him.