AND THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY COLLAPSED THE END
Nah, they just sent a bird after him to break his beautiful nose.
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But none of this matters, you see, because it’s not new and buzzy. All of Paul’s deeply reactionary positions and statements likewise will be minimized, because he takes one or two “interesting” positions that make him “a different kind of Republican.” All right, I’ll grant that much. Compared to Mitt Romney, he’s definitely different enough to get 22 percent of the Alameda County vote instead of 18 percent. But that’s really about as far as it goes. And while Hillary Clinton hasn’t proven herself history’s greatest campaigner, one thing she and her team do know how to do is define Republican opponents. Ask Rick Lazio about that.
The problem that Silver and Klein face is that they’ve promised to do something extraordinary where just ordinary would probably be good enough. An independent 538 with a couple of other writers, and an independent Wonkbook free of the need to pretend that the Washington Post editorial board is anything but a bunch of loons, would have been a significant improvement in the current media landscape. My guess is that they couldn’t interest ESPN and Vox with such a ho-hum pitch. Still, in a world where the last “big” breakaway publication was Politico, which essentially promised to take the shittiest part of DC media culture, distill it down to the purest essence of fecal matter, smear it all over a webpage, and deliver every morning before the budding Penns and Shrums of Washington have had their Starbucks, I’m going to wait to pass judgment for a few months. Especially since almost any media outlet that focuses on data and close reading of public policy is a voice that will probably favor progressive policies on the whole.