Entries by Elias Isquith

Rand Paul: Not Aristotle

There’s something about being a willfully marginal player in the political sphere that induces whininess. Or at least that’s the conclusion I can’t help but come to after reading the libertarian-ish Conor Friedersdorf’s epic lament over the media’s treatment of Rand Paul. I’m tempted to take it apart, piece-by-piece; but I’m also aware of that […]

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 […]