Not to make this an all E-Dub day, but what struck me most about that clip Dennis and John talked about wasn’t Mike Barnicle’s bloviation (what’s the brother gonna do, he’s Boston Irish) but Halperin’s ridiculous question (and subsequent haranguing) about China’s military threat. I get that it was supposed to sound all serious and gatekeepery — we should hold candidates to higher standards, at least here in Aspen! — but the truth is that the Yellow Peril, to the extent that it exists, is mostly economic, not military, just as Warren said, so Halperin was transparently kind of a dick, as he himself might put it.
Halperin has been known to kiss a lot of candidate tush, as this picture shows, but he also knows that you’ve got to sucker punch a hippie every time you get a chance.
What makes Warren a hippie? She’s a tough 60-something woman from Oklahoma who never spat on any soliders. But she bucks the Washington establishment and not in an all-American let’s-string-up-Ben-Bernanke kind of way. That makes her the kind of person you wouldn’t see at an Applebees salad bar and thus any Serious Pundit is duty bound to fuck with her.
What a crazy system we have here.