Monday Morning Tabs
Some 2024ish stuff and other tidbits.
- Via the NYT: The Pandemic Used-Car Boom Is Coming to an Abrupt End.
- Via WaPo: Spending time in nature may protect against the risk of dementia.
- And yet, also via WaPo, nature is trying to kill us: Fear the deer: Crash data illuminates America’s deadliest animal (and this does resemble my daily commute).
- The struggle is real (via the NYT): Alarmed by A.I. Chatbots, Universities Start Revamping How They Teach. I have only poked around with ChatGPT a little bit to date but will say that in my experience the tool, and others like it, could very much affect educational assessment because the bots can produce plausible answers to the kinds of questions one might ask.
- Via the Business Insider: An ex-Romney presidential campaign strategist says Nikki Haley ’embodies the collapse’ of the Republican Party
“No one else really embodies sort of the collapse of the party as well as Nikki Haley. She was what the party was supposed to be. She went out and said that Donald Trump was everything that she taught her children not to be, and she went from that to saying that she wants to carry on the Trump legacy. It’s just so sad. She’s already broken before she gets in the race.”
The donor network created by the billionaire industrialist brothers Charles G. and David H. Koch is preparing to get involved in the presidential primaries in 2024, with the aim of turning “the page on the past” in a thinly veiled rebuke of former President Donald J. Trump, according to an internal memo.
Though the memo did not mention Mr. Trump’s name, leaving open the possibility that the network could fall in behind him if he won the Republican nomination, its references to a “new chapter” and leaving the past behind were unmistakable.
We’ll see. At the moment, the choices are Trump and Haley and Haley does not strike me as worthy of a massive investment. Likely this hinges on DeSantis’ choice.
Nine months ago, amid sky-high gas prices and legislative gridlock, anxious Democrats routinely offered the same assessments of President Biden as a candidate for re-election: too frail, too politically weak, too much of a throwback.
But now, as Democratic National Committee members gather in Philadelphia for their winter meeting this week, nearly all have come to the same conclusion: It’s Biden or bust.
This is just so silly and such a forced narrative. Barring true disaster it was always going to be “Biden or bust.” Parties simply don’t engage in a fight with a sitting president because such internal wars tend to lead to losses in November. Moreover, the overall incentives are to fall in line behind a sitting president (otherwise known as one of the, if not the, most powerful person in the world). It would take a massive, massive scandal/policy failure of epic proportions or a serious health problem for this to change–and that was true when we were seeing “sky-high gas prices and legislative gridlock.”
If anything, a party jettisoning their president (or even just a significant faction trying to do so) is massive admission that they made a massive mistake–the kind of mistake voters are unlikely to reward at the ballot box. “Oopsie! Give us another chance” is not the stuff of epic political strategy.