David Brooks / NY Times:
The GOP is getting worse
Trumpians have a toxic panic attack.
It’s like the Trump base felt some security when their husband was at the top, and that’s gone now. Perhaps Trump was the holding back force.
What happens can only be described as a toxic panic attack. Since the election, large sections of the Trumpian right have decided America is in crisis like never before, and they are the tiny army of warriors battling the Alamo-level desperation to ensure the country’s survival as much as it did imagine it.
If David Brooks is afraid of the GOP, respectable whites are too. This, my friend, is a good place for republican democracy. THREAD. https://t.co/LXfMEtWwl3
– John Stoehr’s editorial team (@johnastoehr) April 23, 2021
Zoë Carpenter / The Nation:
Misinformation is destroying our country. Can anything curb it?
Trump is gone, but the right-wing media is alive and well – and will continue to undermine our democracy if we let it.
The Capitol Rebellion has brought relief from the real consequences of America’s increasingly isolated media ecosystem, marked to the right by a growing network of outlets and platforms ready to support an alternate version of reality. Social media companies, faced with their role in spreading misinformation, made efforts to implement reforms. Right misinformation, however, is not just a technological problem, it is far from being fixed. Any hope that the events of January 6th could provoke reckoning within the conservative media and the Republican Party has now evaporated. The GOP continues to seek to arm misinformation, not only to win elections, but to advance its political agenda.
Biden has the highest favor among 18-29 year old Americans of any first-time president in the 21 years that the @harvardiop youth poll was conducted. https://t.co/RpGcrNEETY pic.twitter.com/qA9FvXB11K
– Michael Kruse (@michaelkruse), April 23, 2021
Poll: Vaccine Opposition in RI, Mass., Among the Lowest in the Nation
Rhode Island and Massachusetts residents are among the least skeptical in the country about the COVID-19 vaccine, according to new survey data.
Morning Consult’s new data shows Massachusetts is linked to Hawaii for the lowest rate of COVID-19 vaccine opposition in the country. Only 11% of residents in these states say they won’t get a shot. Rhode Island ranks fourth lowest with Maryland, 15% unwilling to get one. Connecticut ranks second at 13%.
Residents in Mississippi, Idaho, and South Dakota have the highest opposition rates to the COVID-19 vaccine. Almost one in three residents says they have not been vaccinated.
This thread covers the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which met yesterday and ended the J&J vaccination hiatus. Click on the timestamp to see the whole thing:
For those who say “why not just give to men” or “only use on the elderly” these are the reasons this is not an easy fix: pic.twitter.com/X5a0fLFfMT
– Beth Skwarecki (@BethSkw) April 23, 2021
Tom Frieden / USA Today:
Former CDC boss: Think diners, dentists, and dollar stores. Make COVID Vaccines Easy To Get.
Extend opening hours, allow walk-ins, and share COVID footage from doctor’s offices and pharmacies to workplaces, shopping malls, bars, and churches.
Vaccine equity is not just about what is ethical, it is also about what is essential to fighting pandemics. To be successful, we need vaccination to maximize its impact: to reduce cases, hospitalizations and deaths, and to reduce the risk of more communicable and fatal variants. With our goals, we can achieve those goals by getting the vaccine to where transmission is highest and reaching disproportionately affected populations
Currently, black and Latinx people are only about half as likely to be vaccinated as other groups, although hospital stays and deaths related to COVID are higher. We need to focus in particular on the more than 40 million unvaccinated people over 50 who are disproportionately colored people and people on lower incomes. Vaccination prevents many more deaths than vaccinating young people.
“A majority of 60 percent say the country should do more to hold the police accountable for mistreatment of blacks, while 33 percent say the country is doing too much to interfere in the way Police officers do their jobs. ” The Anti-Woke are a minority
– Vinod Sreeharsha (inVinodSreeharsha), April 23, 2021
Will Wilkinson / Substack:
The anti-majority mistake
Jonah Goldberg believes that liberal societies don’t need a lot of democracy. He’s wrong.
Jonah begins by responding to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s argument that something is wrong with a system that allows nine judges (actually five) to overthrow popular legislation that managed to weather the demanding struggle of the American legislative process . He notes that “the left’s most valuable political gimmicks” like Roe v. Wade were “imposed” by the Supreme Court majorities, suggesting that Democrats are good at dealing with judges who legislate from the bank unless Republicans do so.
Now it’s interesting that AOC is focused on the court overturning democratic legislation, but Jonah is focused on the court taking power from a legislature and imposing a policy. In my opinion, both are right because I believe that the supremacy of legislation is good and the supremacy of justice – made possible by America’s weird, arbitrary, overpowering version of judicial review – is bad. I suspect that AOC also believes something along these lines. But Jonah clearly doesn’t. He is what I call an “ideological constitutionalist” of the right.
The ideological constitutionalist regards his controversial ideological conception of justice or the best regime as a condition of government legitimacy and argues that it must therefore be constitutionally codified and protected from democratic revision.
Pew Poll: 61% of Americans Support Automatic Registration of All Eligible Citizens to Vote. 70% of supporters convicted of crimes after serving their sentence support 78% by providing an early face-to-face vote for at least two weeks before election day
– Kyle Griffin (@ kylegriffin1) April 23, 2021
Benjamin Parker / Bulwark:
Conservative trolls are the REAL victims!
We all saw it. It was recorded on video. It lasted nine endless minutes. It kindled our righteous indignation – an oil fire that floated on an ocean of sorrow.
Most people felt that way about the video of the murder – yes, murder – of George Floyd last year. The officer in charge, Derek Chauvin, was convicted Tuesday on three charges for extinguishing a man’s life in those nine excruciating minutes.
However, some watchers seem less concerned about George Floyd’s murder than more concerned about it – well, it’s hard to tell what they’re concerned about. Some of them claim that the trial was a staging. Manipulated. That the jury had it for Chauvin. Or that chauvin didn’t really matter because the real bad guys were Joe Biden and Maxine Waters and Don Lemon, who somehow managed to pressure the jury to judge Chauvin on all counts. Probably because they were afraid to break off the culture.
Malaria vaccine hailed as a potential breakthrough https://t.co/ZPWwJbcek2
– Aviel Roshwald (@RoshwaldAviel) April 23, 2021
Seth J. Hill, Daniel J. Hopkins and Gregory A. Huber / AAAS:
Not just by voter turnout: Measuring the causes of electoral change, 2012-2016
Changes in partisan results between successive elections must be due to changes in the composition of voters or to changes in the choice of consistent voters. How much composition versus conversion drives the election change has a decisive impact on the political mandates of election victories as well as election campaign and government strategies. Here we analyze the change of election between the US presidential elections in 2012 and 2016 using administrative data. We are aggregating election results at the district level, the smallest region where vote counts are available, with individual voter turnout records of 37 million registered voters in six key states. We find that both factors were significant drivers of the election change in terms of content, but that the balance varied from state to state. We estimate that pro-Republican Party (GOP) conversion was particularly important among two-election voters in states like Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, where pro-GOP swings were greatest. Our results suggest that the changeover remains an integral part of the election change.
We are requesting @FannKfann for immediate access to watch this recount as a press representative, take notes as we would in any Senate trial, and provide a trace of objective accountability when the Senate brings the Arizona elections to justice. pic.twitter.com/OR5klh8H0s
– Greg Burton (@gburton) April 23, 2021
More about this story from Arizona here.
Tom Sullivan / Hullabaloo:
[Laura] Field distinguishes between conspiracy theories and conspiracy theories, “more of a habit of the mind, a tendency to unleash itself in a way that allows for a kind of indefinite enjoyment of fabulism”. [Greg] Sargent continues:
The latter is common among QAnon sympathizers, but Field argues that a conspiratorial tendency becomes worryingly common even among some right-wing intellectuals, especially those who viewed President Donald Trump as a necessary disruption to our policies and his defeat as a political cause. But their line of passage concerns their portrayal of the left.
In too many cases, Field says, empiricism is entirely absent. This tendency sometimes attacks the political legitimacy of the entire left by uniting liberals and Marxists into a monolithic tyrannical political force. Or it attacks the legitimacy of institutions that have fallen under the cultural spell of the left (like the media or “bright” corporations, not to mention their pursuit of a distribution agenda that the left hates). Or it attacks the political system itself (which has manipulated the left and makes elections illegal).
New Right intellectuals, Field writes, “share a fundamentally conspiratorial view of the left – a view that is often deeply cynical and / or detached from reality.” Indeed, “the conspirator is increasingly releasing any obligation to justify his connection to reality in any way,” writes Sargent.
This @ AnnieLowrey piece is great. I might add that “low skilled” often refers to skills girls learn at home rather than college (e.g., patiently helping a toddler calm down). Https://t.co/tD5kdIYP2Q
– Livia Gershon (@LiviaGershon) April 24, 2021