My Yglesias Barometer
April 8, 2011 2 Comments
At the risk of exposing myself as an ignoramus and unworthy pundit who doesn’t follow the ins and outs of politics, let me start by saying I’m now vaguely aware there’s someone called ‘Paul Ryan’ (I think – something like that), but I’m not quite sure who he is.
The reason I know this is that approximately 50-70% of the recent posts on Matthew Yglesias are about ‘Paul Ryan’s [budget? or something]‘ and how horrible it is. I don’t really read Matthew Yglesias all that closely (who can?), but I do scan his blog post titles in Google Reader before doing a ‘mark all as read’, and as a result, I’m totally fully aware and up to speed that ‘Paul Ryan’ must have proposed a [budget? or something] that totally bothers Matthew Yglesias. This is because he seems to spend roughly half his ‘working’ hours diligently researching it, digging up graphs, and fulminating against it, whatever it is. Tossing a LOT of words into a LOT of blog posts to mount deft, Harvard-trained verbal attacks against the bad, horrible thing that ‘Paul Ryan’ has [proposed? done?] is VERY high on Matthew Yglesiases’es list of priorities, in other words, nearly to the point of obsession nowadays.
Accordingly, my presumption is that the thing that ‘Paul Ryan’ has [said? suggested? written?], whatever it is, is very sensible and worth doing. Or maybe, he’s a budding candidate for something [President next year?], or whatever, who totally threatens Matthew Yglesias. Either way, count me on ‘Paul Ryan”s side until I figure out otherwise. But someone let me know if I’m wrong, I can’t be bothered to actually look it up. It’s just easier (and more efficient) to consult my Yglesias Barometer.