Entries in iowa (4)


Bernie Sanders on Washington

In the new Rolling Stone:

The truth is, Washington is a very strange world. Before this campaign, I would always go home to Vermont on weekends. That's where we did town meetings, that's where I was with my family. And I would find when I would come back to Washington, I would suddenly feel myself a little bit depressed. It was the transition of coming from Vermont back to D.C.

There is a style here, a way of life here in D.C., which is significantly phony. In that everybody is nice to each other — "Oh, my good and honorable friend" — and then they're spending $18 million to try to destroy who you are. That's the nature of it. And you've got staffers who butter up their bosses and everything else. There is a very high level of phonyism and careerism. And you go back to Vermont — and I see it in Iowa and you see it all over the country — where people are people. That's all. And when you go home, you settle into a way of life where people are people.


Dave Weigel on Rand Paul

This sentence in today's Post:

Taking part in a full-uniform batting practice with the Quad Cities River Bandits, he swung at balls labeled "tax code," "growing debt" and "NSA snooping."


The Press Effect

Today's Hillary Clinton thing in Iowa made me think of something I read not long ago in a book I bought in Arkansas:

Even if a politician's performance accurately represents reality, it remains a performance and thus in some sense artificial. ... The idea of performance assumes an audience. In politics there are two relevant audiences. The larger is, of course, the voting public. The other — the press — is both an audience and a participant in the performance.

The shouting happened all at once.


Shop talk lurks all over if you're looking

E.O. Wilson, the Harvard biologist, in his introduction to David Liittschwager's book of these photographs, says that it's usually big animals that catch our attention. But if we get down on our knees and examine any small patch of ground, "gradually the smaller inhabitants, far more numerous, begin to eclipse them." Click.