J. Goodrich

J. Goodrich is a recovering economist and the sole proprietor of the political blog Echidne of the Snakes. She also blogs for TAPPED.

Recent Articles


ANGER, VITRIOL AND DISDAIN. When Willie Geist asked Joe Klein why politicians feel the need to "pander" to bloggers, Klein said this : Well, two M's: money and megaphones. You know, the blogosphere has demonstrated a real ability to raise money for favored candidates, so there's that. And, second of all, they have a very powerful voice in the Democratic party right now. And you don't want to get on their bad side because they'll chew you up. There's an awful lot of anger, vitriol and disdain that spews out of some of these blogs, not all of them. And you don't want to have Kos or one of these guys ripping you apart everyday. Some bloggers are rude and uncouth, true. But I never realized that this anger could protect one from being criticized. Is this why certain conservative pundits such as John Gibson run programs full of anger, vitriol and disdain? An example : GIBSON: Our John Gibson program fraud alert today focuses on the biggest fraud running for president, and that takes some...


" PROTECTING AMERICA IS OUR MOST SOLEMN OBLIGATION. " This is what President Bush said on Saturday when he urged Congress to approve the new wiretapping bill. And the Congress obliged him. Yet even this wasn't enough, as is clear from the president's response to the passing of the bill: While I appreciate the leadership it took to pass this bill, we must remember that our work is not done. This bill is a temporary, narrowly focused statute to deal with the most immediate shortcomings in the law. When Congress returns in September the Intelligence committees and leaders in both parties will need to complete work on the comprehensive reforms requested by Director McConnell, including the important issue of providing meaningful liability protection to those who are alleged to have assisted our Nation following the attacks of September 11, 2001. Perhaps "meaningful liability protection" is indeed an important part of protecting the nation. But is it more important than protecting the...


WHOM ARE YOU CALLING EFFETE, MATT ? I'm referring to this comment : For now Thompson is chilling, just chilling, on his own smokers' bench until September. Effete TAPPED bloggers will be on hand to chronicle his every red-blooded twitch until then. Sure, I have chronicled some of these twitches , but I can also do one-armed push-ups. Wanna see? Sadly, "effete" is one of those things I cannot be, by definition. Add a winking emoticon here. --J. Goodrich


PREVENTING DISASTERS. The Minnesota bridge collapse may have absolutely nothing to do with the topic of this post but it made me think again about the particular problems the political system creates in attempts to prevent similar disasters. For example, consider an elected politician who notices that the area's infrastructure is in poor shape and who works to repair it. These repairs require higher taxes, let's say. Suppose that the roads and bridges are then all fixed and new elections come around. What do you think this politician's competition will run on? Probably on how the government has been spending too much and taxing too high, and how it is time for a lean-and-mean new government (which, of course, doesn't need to fix the infrastructure now, either). And these arguments might very well win the day. Now suppose the initial politician in my story had instead neglected the infrastructure problems until some major accident occurred in which people died. Suppose that only then...


ON BOOBAGE. You can now tell your grandchildren that you learned that word here. It is a good term for what is happening at MSNBC . On July 30, nearly half an hour of the MSNBC news day was devoted to the discussion of Hillary Clinton 's cleavage. If you happened to see the picture starting all this fuss you might scratch your head. To paraphrase, I've seen exposed cleavage, and that picture is not it. So what is all the publicity really about? Could it be a way of addressing the gender of Hillary Clinton, without seeming to do so? "Can cleavage be the commander-in-chief?" That sort of thing. I'm not sure. My take on the whole non-issue is available at my other place . -- J. Goodrich