Meanwhile, Noam Scheiber writes about reporters’ efforts to get their hands on a copy of Barack Obama’s senior thesis, all copies of which have apparently gone missing from Columbia. The thesis was about nuclear negotiating strategies of the United States during the Cold War, and Obama’s professor says it’s unlikely to be controversial, and Noam concedes that it’s an “exceedingly small deal” but still that “your default posture as a journalist, rather than a partisan or an operative, is that you always want more insight into the person your covering. I don’t think it’s at all unreasonable for us to push to see a project that Obama labored on for a year.”
This is worth wondering about. When I was in college, I wrote a senior thesis. It was even, in a sense, on a politically relevant topic having to do with John Rawls’ Political Liberalism. You might think that if you really wanted to understand what I thought about certain political issues you’d need to dig up that paper to gain some insights. But realistically, insofar as I can recall what the thesis said (I don’t have a copy, but I believe it’s in the university archives) it says stuff I don’t believe anymore. If you really want to gain additional insights into what Matt Yglesias thinks about the issues, you should probably read my frequently updated blog.
Matt simply does not get it. You see, with the modern right-wing, what you do, and what you say, and how you vote are irrelevant. What really matters is the true meaning that only they can derive by taking something you said out of context, distorting it, and then adding some convoluted malicious intent. Then they repeat it over and over and over again.