But first . . .



TWO VIEWS ON AFGHANISTAN

Tom Friedman: What will matter is the morning after the morning after.


Bret Stephens: We should never have left.  Trump and Biden both were wrong.



BOTH PARTIES ARE DYSFUNCTIONAL

One has become a cult, favoring the virus over the vaccine, Putin over the CIA — but let’s not go there.

Instead, consider spending 28 minutes with Chuck Todd interviewing Nick Troiano and Lee Drutman about the solution:  Ranked-choice voting and open primaries.

Imagine if in the primaries candidates had an incentive to appeal to the sensible center.



AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY SILLY

The quest to get a Paul Giamatti a statue in the wax museum.

A pursuit as noteworthy for its uselessness as the world’s largest ball of twine (“There is more to the World’s Largest Ball of Twine than you will expect.”) . . .  but for the 21st century.  By the daughter of a friend of mine and two of her friends.  Film festival material, for sure.

(A shout-out, too. to the Cawker City, Kansas, woman who answered when I called to be sure the ball of twine is still on display.  “Come on down!” she assured me.  “It even tells you the weather.”)



Have a great weekend.

 

 

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