Entries by Elias Isquith

Bye, Bye, Birdies

Sweet sorrow and all that… but allow me dwell on happier sentiments. I’d like to thank Doug once again for lending me the keys to this big, rumbling, cantankerous, and unstoppable truck of a blog. I’ve been a loyal Balloon Juice reader for at least four years now, so blogging hereabouts for the past two […]

Milton vs. Mitt

If it’s within 72 hours since the latest job report, that means it’s time for centrist and left-of-center commentators to excoriate the Fed for its continued refusal to do a damn thing about the tepid recovery. And so it is! Mr. Yglesias (you guys ever heard of him?) has been banging on this particular drum […]

Why The Presidential Election May Not Be As Close As You Think

Relying heavily on Nate Silver’s indispensable blog at the New York Times, Michael Tomasky sticks his neck out just a bit to argue this year’s election may not turn out as close as most expect: There’s a secret lurking behind everything you’re reading about the upcoming election, a secret that all political insiders know—or should—but few […]

Mean Girls

Cheney: Former Vice President Dick Cheney said it was “a mistake” for Arizona Senator John McCain to pick Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate in 2008. […] Palin was “an attractive candidate” but the fact that she’d served as Alaska governor for less than two years raised questions about her “being ready to take […]

How To Give A Damn About Climate Change

When it comes to the politics of climate change, there’s one question I’ve never been able to answer satisfactorily: Where’s the outrage? It’s not entirely missing. I remember the Keystone Pipeline protests, the largest act of civil disobedience at the White House since Vietnam. But, impressive a display as it was, the Keystone protests were dwarfed […]