I am enthusiastically neutral among all our fine Democratic candidates — knowing that whichever one gets the nomination will be miles ahead (in my view) of the Republican. That’s not blind partisanship; that’s a recognition that their nominee would appoint Supreme Court justices like the ones the Bushes appointed (Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, and Sam Alito*) where ours would appoint justices like the ones Clinton and Obama appointed (Ginsburg and Breyer; Kagan and Sotomayor). And that their nominee would favor the powerful and wealthy at a time when the pendulum has already swung too far their way.
My long-time hero Barney Frank (“How did a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew with a thick accent become one of the most effective (and funniest) politicians of our time?“) also wants a Democrat to win . . .
. . . and offers this particular point of view.
*With whom, at a swank function populated almost entirely by Democrats, I once had the pleasure of speaking for five minutes — mainly about the weather — assuming he was a mega-donor whose familiar face I knew I knew, but couldn’t quite place. “So what did you and Justice Alito talk about?” the friend who’d introduced us — “Andy, you know my classmate Sam?” — asked later that evening.
Quote of the Day
That I'm their competition.~Famed hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt, when asked the most important thing an investor could learn from him.
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