Bernie Sanders Has a Secret Weapon and the Media Elites Just Don't Get It," announces The Nation -- his secret weapon being "the gift of plain speech." I'd diagnose the problem slightly differently -- that the "liberal" media ignore Mr. Sanders's gift, while playing up the absurdly overheated pronouncements of Donald Trump and Ben Carson as evidence that they, somehow, possess "the gift of plain speech."
Speaking of Mr. Sanders, we learn that he actually rejected a $2,700 donation from the so-called "pharma bro," Martin Shkreli. You remember, the fellow who bought that toxoplasmosis drug and promptly jacked up its price fiftyfold, immunocompromised patients be damned? Naturally, Mr. Shkreli again suggests that without exorbitant drug prices, "innovation" won't happen. Always with the hostage-taking, these rich people -- "let me jack up drug prices fiftyfold, or the innovation gets it!"
Surprise, surprise, John Kasich's tax plan is negligibly better than any of the other Republican Presidential candidates' tax plans -- he'd hike the EITC, but he'd repeal the Estate tax, cut corporate taxes, cut investment income taxes, and cut the top income bracket from 39.6% to 28%. The moral of this story: we shouldn't praise John Kasich for sounding reasonable every once in a while -- we should excoriate the others for sounding reasonable so little of the time.
RNC Chairman Reince Preibus says that if Republicans don't win the 2016 Presidential election, "we're cooked as a party for quite a while." Dramatic much? If Republicans could claw out of the hole they dug for themselves in 2008, they can surely get out of this much shallower hole. All they'd have to do is obstruct the Democratic President on everything and then have their corporate cronies gin up a new "grassroots" movement the way they ginned up the Tea Party.
Finally, Trump supporter in a blue T-shirt curses and spits on a pro-immigration protestor. I concocted a nice theory explaining this incident -- that everyone thinks violence is wrong, but everyone who actually commits violence insists that whatever provoked them to violence was unique and justified. But upon further reflection I'll stick with my old theory, that a good chunk of the American electorate -- the same folks who insisted that criticizing Bush the Lesser was treason and then became teabaggers -- just likes being enraged and getting attention for being enraged. In that spirit, I propose that we call such people blueshirts.