BE CAREFUL, EVERYONE, OR SHE"LL TAUNT YOU A SECOND TIME! I don't think there's much more to say about Ann Althouse's bizarre tirade against our colleague. However, just as I'm sure Ann (Friedman) was surprised to learn a few months ago that her other blog is "sexed up with pictures of women in bras," Garance may be amused to hear the account of the diavlog that Althouse is giving in her comments: "You know, sometimes human beings show emotion. It's not such a big deal.
PRISON REFORM AND THE PLRA. I strongly recommend reading this post about the Prison Litigation Reform Act, which makes it more difficult for prisoners to sue and reduces the scope of potential litigation in ways that enable appalling prison conditions to continue.
JUDGMENT. Matt is right about this. In addition to the fact that it's contrary to progressive interests to have Penn advising people, there's the additional issue of what it says about Clinton's priorities that she would hire him in the first place. Clinton wants her head pollster to be somebody whose specialty is giving catchy names to wholly arbitrary groups of affluent people as a justification for throwing progressive policy initiatives under the bus.
ONE LIFE. I also agree with Ezra about this. There is, of course, no "correct" choice for dealing with a such a tragedy, and had Edwards dropped out of the race to take care of his wife it would be entirely beyond criticism. But the same, I think, is true of the choice they did make. As I've said elsewhere, I certainly would not want my hypothetical spouse to give up her lifelong ambition because I got sick. Good luck to them both.