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June 26, 2012 4:26 PM Other Cool Stuff On the Site

By Ed Kilgore

Coolness has been piling up at other parts of the Monthly site, so here are some highlights:

At Ten Miles Square, there are several items of great interest:

* Aaron Carroll notes that even if the Supremes leave ACA more or less intact, there are some urgently needed “fixes” Congress needs to deal with.

* Jonathan Zasloff has great sport with the myopia and hypocrisy reflected in Justice Alito’s angry dissent from the decision invalidating across-the-board life-without-parole sentences for juveniles.

* On the same decision, Mark Kleiman notes that it was in part based on a rare admission of error by a leading policy wonk (in this case, John DiIulio).

* Andrew Gelman suggests a depressing scenario whereby a Euro-driven economic crisis cooks Obama’s goose, and then the inevitable recovery gives false validation to Romney policies.

And at College Guide:

* Daniel Luzer reports that for-profit colleges are coming to grips with possible demise of their cash cow, federal financial aid; and also tells us Tina Fey will play a Princeton admissions officer in an upcoming movie.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • MBunge on June 26, 2012 4:54 PM:

    "whereby a Euro-driven economic crisis cooks Obama’s goose, and then the inevitable recovery"

    This belief in an "inevitable recovery" may be single most pernicious idea on in the liberal blogosphere today. I've seen Kevin Drum express it as well and I don't quite get it. The American economy is not fixed, the global economy is not fixed and there are good reasons to believe that the economic status quo of the last 20 years is gone and never coming back. THAT'S what makes this election important, not because President Romney and a GOP Congress might get undeserved credit.


  • T2 on June 26, 2012 5:08 PM:

    "inevitable recovery gives false validation to Romney policies." There is creditable evidence that the Conservatives are planning to quit sitting on the economy if Romney gets in, so as to accomplish a "miracle" recovery. The problem is twofold...one-they are the idiots who got us in this mess and two- they probably have waited too long to put their foot on the gas. Never fear, they can always blame Obama, and the Media will go along with it. If Obama is re-elected, the question is whether they'll keep the clamps on for the next four years and put a stake in what was once a thriving country.

  • Jose Hipants on June 26, 2012 5:40 PM:

    Inevitable recovery supposes that the tea-party congress is just kidding. Is there some evidence they'll become different people after the election?