Lightning Round: Real Men Reject Social Progress.

  • Happy 19th Amendment Anniversary Day! To celebrate, here's a shorter version of what the U.S. Chamber of Commerce thinks: there was more equality when "one partner" "chose" to stay home to cook, clean, and reproduce. Or this post from The Corner on the 19th Amendment titled, "Some Things Do Not Get Better with Time." It even includes a link to a video that "proves" women are too stupid to vote.
  • I realize writing articles titled "President's Approval Suffers Due to Weak Economy" isn't the path to money and glory, but conjuring up grand theories about Obama's travails being the result of insufficient executive experience is just insulting our intelligence. Sadly, this isn't the first time Matt Bai has pulled this trick.
  • I'm eagerly awaiting the moment when people realize that self-proclaimed "constitutional conservatives" have no interest in "restoring" or "preserving" the hallowed document. Far from being about high political principle, this is just the desire to create a system that privileges the right people and damns everyone else, a.k.a., the "natural" order of things (i.e., item one above).
  • Ed Kilgore, via Jonathan Bernstein: "More votes were cast in this special state legislative election [CA Senate District 15] than in today's entire Wyoming primary. This central coast district, which runs from Santa Clara all the way to Santa Barbara, is represented by one state senator. Wyoming, as you may know, is represented by two United States Senators. Such is our system."
  • The cover of the latest National Review prominently features, of all people, Ayn Rand, whom the cover story promises to "reconsider." Fair enough: The magazine has had many opinions! William F. Buckley once referred to Rand's "objectivism" as a "dessicated philosophy," then-editor Russell Kirk called it an "inverted philosophy," and Gary Wills referred to John Galt as the embodiment of liberalism's desire to create a perfect society. Responding to these criticisms, Rand called National Review "the worst and most dangerous magazine in America."
  • Remainders: Back by popular demand, more Tales From Our Vibrant Economy; Michael Bérubé compiles the conservative compromise on the GZM; shockingly, Marty Peretz is still pathologically fixated on the imaginary threat posed by global Islam; rather than promoting good behavior, we could, I don't know, craft a sound national energy policy; Karl Rove agrees with Gingrich the Wise that Muslims are not dissimilar to Nazis; the LA Times thinks Republicans are "split" on the "New York Mosque Debate"; and how weather became open data.

--Mori Dinauer