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    I think bae is right. Short of some electoral...

    I think bae is right. Short of some electoral wave that washes out a huge segment of the current office holders, I don’t think most of Bernie’s proposals will ever be put to the test in the real...
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    I think that like most large and complex...

    I think that like most large and complex situations, the best approach is probably a lot of smaller tweaks on a local or regional basis rather than some sweeping grand strategy that implements a...
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    All those people risking their lives to get away...

    All those people risking their lives to get away probably just needed someone to explain their best interests to them.
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    When did our politics become so pathological that...

    When did our politics become so pathological that anyone who disagrees on a particular policy option must be condemned as heartless? Why are so many of us unable to separate the personal from the...
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    I think his opposition will also argue that...

    I think his opposition will also argue that Bernie’s vision of the happy Nordic countries is about as accurate as “Frozen”.
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    Paul Krugman recently went to great lengths to...

    Paul Krugman recently went to great lengths to persuade us that Bernie’s not really a socialist. I think we will see a lot of arguments over the definition of that word. His future opposition will no...
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    Not no-win for everybody.

    Not no-win for everybody.
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    I could. But after years of working with...

    I could. But after years of working with professionals amateurs playing for trivial stakes would seem like a step down.
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    Now that I’m not working anymore, I sort of miss...

    Now that I’m not working anymore, I sort of miss the occasional jolt of hatred and contempt in committee meetings, which surprises me. Arguing with the wife and kid is not the same, and my dog is a...
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    I thought it was repealed last summer.

    I thought it was repealed last summer.
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    Some proposals include a punitive “Cadillac tax”...

    Some proposals include a punitive “Cadillac tax” to reduce the value of more generous plans and make a government option more attractive. Others include eliminating the deductibility of employer paid...
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    Fortunately we have a corps of volunteers to...

    Fortunately we have a corps of volunteers to explain our real interests to us, and will be happy to enforce their superior understanding on us should we persist in our foolishness
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    It would appear the people who run the culinary...

    It would appear the people who run the culinary union are less credulous than you on that point. They may not want their eggs broken to make someone else’s omelette.

    Winners and losers among...
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    One of the issues for the Nevada caucuses is that...

    One of the issues for the Nevada caucuses is that some union members may object to having their current negotiated health benefits eliminated for a mandatory Medicare system. I’ve heard that...
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    There seem to be multiple reasons US healthcare...

    There seem to be multiple reasons US healthcare is costlier than other countries. Apart from the stock corporate villains, we pay our practitioners more, are less open to long waiting times and...
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    Pundits keep referring to it as “fiery”, or “a...

    Pundits keep referring to it as “fiery”, or “a brawl”, but it just looked like tepid high school snark to me. For the brilliant technocrat Bloomberg portrays himself to be, he didn’t seem very well...
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    That’s generally been true for the last century...

    That’s generally been true for the last century or so, and would especially seem to apply this year. The problem with this cycle for the Democrats is to decide on a candidate without alienating the...
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    There is a great story of him holding a press...

    There is a great story of him holding a press conference and replying “no comment” to every single question. As the meeting ended and the reporters began to leave, he shouted “And don’t quote me!” ...
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    Yeah. Where’s Coolidge when we need him?

    Yeah. Where’s Coolidge when we need him?
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    The best purges this decadent generation can...

    The best purges this decadent generation can manage are twitter campaigns and shouting down college speakers. I miss the forthrightness of my Cold War youth.
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    Too true. I deplore the leftward drift in the...

    Too true. I deplore the leftward drift in the GOP. It seems like anyone who didn’t honeymoon in the USSR can call themself a moderate now. I’m going to miss the good old days.
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    I’m struck by how the definition of “moderate”...

    I’m struck by how the definition of “moderate” has changed over the last five years.
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    I heard this morning that the only candidate to...

    I heard this morning that the only candidate to win three N.H. primaries was Richard Nixon.
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    It’s not like they’ll be packed off to some...

    It’s not like they’ll be packed off to some gulag. This isn’t Russia or Cuba or one of those other countries Bernie admires. They get to be heroes to the anti-Trump crowd, which will probably help...
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    I think in the end, everyone got what they needed...

    I think in the end, everyone got what they needed from the process. The Democratic leadership got to make a display, that while futile in terms of practical consequences, could appease their critics...
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