Things Ezra Klein has been right about this week:
—Obama not only appeals to the young, he — unlike pretty much all the other politicians with strong youth appeal — is actually one of them.
—How Mark Penn’s dubious microtrends have made Hillary Clinton’s campaign about nothing.
—Why John Edwards is the real Oprah candidate.
— What’s wrong with Hillary’s change message.
—The FairTax is not a good idea.
Plainly, the man’s on a roll. Apparently this is what happens when he stops blogging about health-care policy — I start agreeing with him. A lot.
(On the other hand, I don’t buy his complaint about conservatives, specifically at the Corner, being overly glib. I think there’s plenty of room for snark and poking fun on both sides of the aisle, and if he doesn’t care for these particular attempts, that’s probably mostly a sign that the remarks weren’t really designed to appeal to liberals. Matt Yglesias, a blogger I like and read regularly, makes liberal use of cutting remarks, and Sadly, No!, which I often find funny, traffics almost exclusively in snark and sneering. It’s probable that people of different political persuasions won’t find the same things funny — so conservatives won’t like a lot of what’s at Sadly, No! and liberals will doubtless be nonplussed by Mark Steyn’s quips — and that’s fine, and even to be expected. But I don’t think there’s anything wrong with regular injections of glib remarks into political discussion.)