I'll just say that there are a lot of policy ideas that we could try that experts think might help and a majority of Americans support.
That we aren't trying them is a failure of our political system.
I actually view our inaction on guns as another symptom of the same malaise that is giving us the lack of any meaningful oversight of the Trump administration, even as they do things that look blatantly corrupt (e.g., that ZTE deal, just about everything Pruitt does, and on and on) and the Russia investigation gets ever more alarming.
I was going to write more about that, but my heart is not in it. I'm sorry. I think I've said everything I would have written before, anyway.
The 2018 elections are really important. I hope everyone will really reflect on what their vote will mean, on many levels.
And now on to the other links I'd saved to share this week.
Paul Waldman on why Democrats can't ever "respect Trump voters" enough - they don't get to talk directly to those voters.
This is an interesting and informative comparison of the state of the Mueller investigation to past political investigations.
My recommended listening this week: Ezra Klein's interview with political science professor Lilliana Mason about "mega-identities" and American politics. I actually found this interview hopeful - particularly Professor Mason's point that we're probably in the early stages of another party realignment.
This thread from Noah Smith is really good. In fact, it is my "if you read only one thing" pick for this week. I think this is the first time that pick is a thread!
1/OK, a quick thread about Aaron Schlossberg, the scumbag who threatened to call ICE on people for speaking in Spanish: https://t.co/mGx8aI9AEB— Noah Smith (@Noahpinion) May 18, 2018
Does anyone else remember Red Dawn? This made me laugh, but I saw that movie more than most due to my sister's fondness for C. Thomas Howell.
In the Red Dawn re-enactment happening in their heads, the NRA wants you to think they are the Wolverines, when they are actually Darryl who helped the Russians https://t.co/lTn86524XW— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) May 16, 2018
This is beautiful.
Stouffville, Ontario - aerial perspectives by Zach Baranowski pic.twitter.com/7G0tMLiHA3— Rabih Alameddine (@rabihalameddine) May 13, 2018
you haven't experienced life until you've seen Muppet outtakes pic.twitter.com/D4b2OAgVJm— The MilanTooner (@TheMilanTooner) May 16, 2018