I mean it's pretty good that we went from "Biden will massively cave" to "what was the point exactly?" in the course of like a week. https://t.co/tc19V1jrZn
— The Biden Accomplishments Guy™ (@What46HasDone) May 28, 2023
the median voter wants an extraordinarily expansive welfare state which offers benefits to no one and the world's largest military, which never goes to war, with a balanced budget funded by taxing only five billionaire pedophiles
— basque astronaut (@revhowardarson) May 28, 2023
This is probably the best argument for taking the debt ceiling deal as Biden did. Whatever is least disruptive over the next year & a half is also what probably best serves his chances in 2024.
— chatham harrison is tending his garden (@chathamharrison) May 28, 2023
Gift link: Will Leitch, for the New York Times, “Trump Is Back, to Make Families Fight Again”:
… Families across America that were so divided by the Trump era have only started to heal in the last couple of years — and now we’re facing the real possibility of a sequel.
I’m dreading, and I sense that [my cousin] and many other Americans are dreading, having to go through this gantlet so soon again. Politics have divided families in ugly ways, and I do sense that the Biden era, for many, has been a chance to try to heal. But the wounds may be about to be reopened.
One of the implicit, but central, selling points of a Joe Biden presidency was that, if he did his job right, the average American wouldn’t have to pay much attention to him. The “normalcy” Mr. Biden vowed to return us to was partly about making the executive branch a functioning arm of government again, and about no longer being the (very scary) joke that the country had become globally during the Donald Trump presidency.
But at home, for many Americans, it was about something simpler than that: It was about returning to a world where we did not have to talk and fight about politics all the time. It was about being in your own home, among your own family and being able to forget, if just for a little while, that politics were happening at all — or at least assume that reasonable people were taking care of it.
The Trump years made this impossible, and the ubiquitousness of politics, the sense that you had to be screaming about the state of the world at all times, fractured families across the country. What had once been merely some awkward moments at Thanksgiving became constant fissures pitting kids against parents, siblings against siblings, generation against generation…
Things have not been perfect, and there are still people desperately trying to fight about everything — there’s always that relative who insists on making sure you saw his “Let’s Go Brandon” hat. But with the easing of a pandemic that scrambled the planet, you have been able to walk around in the world for at least a few minutes at a time without worrying that it would explode. Maybe you even mended some fences with the people who, no matter how much you may disagree with them, you love…
My cousin and I disagree on many things, and there have been times — as when I saw her on Facebook cheering on the buses of “patriots” on their way to Washington on Jan. 5, 2021 — when I thought our relationship was essentially over. This was not long after she, someone who detasseled corn in the vast Illinois fields alongside me when we were both children, called me an “elitist deep stater.” It was difficult to wrap my mind around how much had changed: I had gone from affably disagreeing with her about Mitt Romney to wondering if she’d lost touch with reality entirely.
But the fact remains: I love my cousin, and my cousin loves me. It is impossible to imagine my life, who I would be, without her place in it, and I’m sure she feels the same way. She has known me forever in a way so few people have. I’ve enjoyed reconnecting and have even thought, “If our relationship can survive 2020, it can survive anything.” But can it survive that twice? I am not sure. I suspect many families across the country are wondering the same thing…
Keep America normal – reelect President Joe!
Keep in the back of your mind even if this deal goes through all house GOPers voted for crushing spending cuts in the House outline bill. That’s going to be a centerpiece of ads in 2024.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) May 28, 2023