AN END TO THE REPUBLICAN CONSERVATIVE ERA. That was Bruce Bartlett'sreaction on hearing about the new Pew Research Center survey on the political views of Americans. Bartlett is a conservative analyst but also the author of an anti-Bush book. And what caused his strong statement? This:
A VERY BELATED NOTE ON THE HILLARY DEBATE. The media treatment of Hillary Clinton's campaign has not been free of misogyny or sexism. But one particular sexist card has not been played much, as far as I can tell, and that is the argument that if she won the presidency it would really be her husband who would be running the country again.
Now, on my optimistic days I think this omission is a sign of a fairer society, a society in which women are simply assumed to have agency. But on my not-so-optimistic days I suspect that we don't hear these hints because of Bill Clinton's high approval ratings.
CURING CANCER.Ezra has a post at his other place on the NIH budget. After several years of rapid rise in budget allocations, the NIH is now faced with the lean years. The puny promised increases in research funds amount to a drop in the budget in real terms.
CHOICES, CHOICES. The conservatives suffer from what used to be called a multiple personality disorder (remember The Three Faces of Eve?) when defending the traditional division of labor between men and women. They can't figure out if women staying at home is something our genes force us to do or if it is something the god of the fundamentalists forces us to do or if it is just a thing women choose to do (la donna � mobile).