Saturday Morning Tabs and Takes

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Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Scott says:

    I used to subscribe to SI back in the day along with a lot of other magazines including Newsweek. Now I’m down to 2: National Geographic and Texas Monthly. I am quite surprised at the success of Texas Monthly, regularly being about 150-200 pages, including a lot of high end ads and a number of long form articles. We also get cheap ad-supported mags like Real Simple and Allrecipes.

    I hope they outlast the turmoil in the magazine business. I just don’t enjoy online reading as much.

  2. gVOR10 says:

    It’s good that the S&P is up, as is the economy generally. But the S&P is at a record high only because they don’t correct for inflation. Kevin Drum has a chart.

  3. Bill Jempty says:

    SI’s ceasing as a magazine is just a matter of time.

    Back in the 80’s, when living stateside, I subscribed to SI, US News and World Report, Chess Life, The New Republic, and The National Review. The last three I still get. I used to purchase TV Guide every week in the super market . In addition I read Stars and Stripes and whoever was the local newspaper- San Diego Union Tribune, Washington Post, Orlando Sentinel, or Chicago Sun-Times. I also admit to occasionally buying Playboy but their recipes* all started looking alike after a while.

    *- A very old joke by the baseball writer Bill James. James was commenting after some Chicago Cubs ballgirl posed for Penthouse or Better Homes and Gardens.

  4. just nutha says:

    @Bill Jempty: I subscribed to TNR a couple of years ago, but never got a print copy, so I didn’t renew.

  5. Gustopher says:

    Venezuelan immigrants boost right-wing candidates across the Americas, U.S. This is not surprising (and includes the US).

    When Venezuala sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing market oriented solutions lacking a regulatory framework. They’re bringing right wing ideologies. They’re fascists. And some, I assume, are good people.

    Seriously though, I would expect that a lot of the people fleeing a failing left wing dictatorship(?) can skew further to the right than the people who stay. I expect the poor, the oppressed minorities, and a hard right middle class. And that hard right middle class is going to be organizing online, and punching above their weight influence-wise in their new countries.

    I don’t follow Venezuela enough to know if it is a dictatorship or a struggling democracy with an authoritarian leader and not enough institutional guardrails. Are the elections real elections? Dunno.

  6. gVOR10 says:

    I love Froomkin’s style guide suggestions, especially the idea that “falsehood” should only be used to break up the monotony when you say “lie” a lot. A couple weeks ago I mentioned James Bennet’s long (long, long, long) kvetch in The Economist over being fired as NYT’s editorial page editor. It came down to having spent a career providing the voice from nowhere and being upset that the kids (new hires) were on his lawn revolting against it. I’ve seen a couple of things saying the staffers at the Times are trying to change things. NYT does seem less eager to dive down every RW rabbit hole, like Hunter’s laptop, but if the kids are revolting, I’d sure like to see more evidence of it. I struggle with NYT. They’re so good at so many things, but fail in so many instances, especially normalizing Trump.

    Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland and other deep dives into the history of Republicanism, has started writing columns for The American Prospect under the title The Infernal Triangle. The infernal triangle being, “Authoritarian Republicans, ineffectual Democrats, and a clueless media”. He quotes Jeff Sharlet , arguing with an NYT reporter about how to do journalism,

    “I can’t have a conversation with this person (a RW militia leader) unless I come to him from a place of transparent subjectivity.” The alternate model—“objectivity”—he described as a baleful ideological artifact of the Cold War, when American elites needed the “imagination of a place in the center.”

    “Imagination of a place in the center”. That, I think, nicely captures the NYT’s voice from nowhere, a completely made up place where NYT sits above the fray.

  7. Michael Cain says:

    There are two companies involved in Sports Illustrated. The first company pays the writers and editors and models, handles printers and/or servers, sells advertising. The second company owns the name. The former’s expense statement starts with paying the latter $15 million per year for the use of the name.

    Some billionaire with a boyhood crush on the magazine will eventually step forward and fund a replacement for the first company. Which will pay the second company $15 million per year for the use of the name.

  8. Ken_L says:

    Rich Lowry says Pompeo would be “a pick in the Dick Cheney mode”. He says it as if that would be a good thing.

    I don’t think Lowry is fully informed about Trump’s opinion of the Cheney family.

  9. Barry says:

    Steven: “What strikes me is the way in which Lowry is treating the Trump presidency as utterly normal in this piece.”

    Some of the writers might b$tch, but in the end that rage is comfortable with everything which Trump has or will do.

  10. Mike Burke says:

    With maybe the exception of Tim Scott, none of the folks Lowry names will help Trump expand his appeal beyond the GOP base in the general election. His characterization of Huckabee is particularly odious.