- Via Fruits and Votes: How unusual is the Netherlands 2023 gap between a leading party with less than a quarter of seats and the second party?
- Via the NYT: Will the Tie Ever Make a Comeback? I have always been a tie guy, but since Covid I have reached the point wherein I have asked myself: what’s the point? The issue for me these days tends to be one of formality.
- Via the NYT: Growing Numbers of Chinese Migrants Are Crossing the Southern Border.
- Via the NYT: Could Haley Really Beat Trump? Big Donors Are Daring to Dream.
- Via WaPo: With a new speaker, the old MTG is back.
- Via NBC News: Sen. Mike Lee promotes a debunked conspiracy theory about a Jan. 6 rioter. The piece is worth a read to get the full scope of the situation. The short version is that Lee apparently is willing to accept vague Twitter-based conspiracy theories despite massive evidence to the contrary. It should be embarrassing, but alas, it is par for the course for Lee.
- Via WaPo: Many former Trump aides say he shouldn’t be president. Will it matter? The only way it might matter is if they largely banded together, along with people like George W. Bush who appears not to be pro-Trump, and they actively campaigned against Trump. But this simply isn’t going to happen as the binary logic of our system will take over.
Some aides say they don’t want Trump to be president again but are loath to be viewed as helping a Democrat. Members of that group, including Barr, have argued Trump is both unfit to serve and has probably committed crimes — but that they still may vote for him over a Democrat.
Marc Short, Pence’s longtime chief of staff and a former Trump adviser, has been sharply critical of the former president.
“If it’s Biden versus Trump, the implicit assumption is, efforts to hurt Trump are going to benefit Biden,” Short said. “If you’re putting yourself against the Constitution, I think it’s disqualifying, but I wouldn’t want to be helping Biden.”