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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

In response to Overton

The Washington Post makes the minimum possible move rightward:
The Washington Post today announced Megan McArdle will be a columnist for the Opinions section starting March 1. In this role, McArdle will write columns with a focus on the intersection of economics, business and public policy.

“Megan offers one of the liveliest, smartest, least predictable takes on policy, politics and everything else, from the history of washing machines to essential rules for living,” said Fred Hiatt, Editorial Page editor for The Post. “We’re excited to share her perspective and her distinctive voice with our readers and to deepen our coverage of economic and financial topics.”
The sad truth is that despite her long list of columns and articles proving otherwise, McCardle really does look pretty smart in comparison to everyone else at the Post. But it is amusing to see the Left try to claw back the audiences they have lost by doing the absolute least they can possibly rationalize.

It's not going to work. Of course, they could put Cernovich in charge of the editorial page and Milo at the helm of the Lifestyle page and I'm not sure that would be enough.

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32 Comments:

Blogger SmockMan February 13, 2018 1:37 PM  

Is she more right wing than either Ross Doughboi or Wretch Stephens? It has been 8 years or so since I last read her.

Anonymous Anonymous February 13, 2018 1:41 PM  

Just for arguments sake, lets says she is not a left wing nutcase. What could she possibly write that would be true and also get past the editors at WAPO?

Blogger Christopher B February 13, 2018 1:54 PM  

Doubtful. Her only saving grace is that her columns are generally sane, and her opinions on Republicans are expressed as more sorrow than anger.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother February 13, 2018 2:00 PM  

Just slightly less than transparent than the glass on the Hubble telescope.

Anonymous Anonymous February 13, 2018 2:03 PM  

Jeff Bezos must really be sweating that Trump's SEC will be looking at a potential Amazon breakup. This as a possible appeasement? Too little, too late! HAHAHAHAHA!

Blogger Orthodox February 13, 2018 2:18 PM  

She's a libertarian, that's all you need to know. Good on stuff like Obamacare (she did a good job of dismembering it with a scalpel over many years), bad on almost everything else.

Blogger Orthodox February 13, 2018 2:20 PM  

I saw a good post on Twitter about the Overton window. It's not really moving right, it is expanding. It's going to break apart in the center.

Anonymous Anonymous February 13, 2018 2:22 PM  

"... Of course, they could put Cernovich in charge of the editorial page and Milo at the helm of the Lifestyle page and I'm not sure that would be enough."

Good point. The print newspapers are dead. There are a lot of reasons for that as most here know; but The Washington Post has worked overtime to kill their business. Total left wing crazies.

I don't think anyone could run that paper and make a profit with the print division. Perhaps with the on-line division if they were worth reading. But they are so converged that there is no hope there --- let it die.

Z-Man man the point recently that the lefties were all insane. I think he has a point.

Blogger Longtime Lurker February 13, 2018 2:28 PM  

Subtext: Jennifer Rubin isn't generating the clicks like she used to.

Blogger seeingsights February 13, 2018 2:32 PM  

Political commentator Mickey Kaus, a Democrat who nevertheless talks like Trump on immigration, made a witty point on one Ms. McArdle's columns. After Trump won the nomination, McCardle gave an explanation of Trump's success. Kaus pointed out that McCardle (and others) missed the most important reason: immigration!
WaPo is getting with McCardle their token, establishment Republican. I would rather see Mickey Kaus at the WaPo, who though considers himself a Democrat, talks like Trump on immigration, has critized unions, and thought that Obamacare had Constitutional problems.

Blogger Carl Philipp February 13, 2018 2:35 PM  

"It's not going to work. Of course, they could put Cernovich in charge of the editorial page and Milo at the helm of the Lifestyle page and I'm not sure that would be enough."

It might not be enough, but it WOULD be worth it. If the Cernovich Gawker bid actually goes through......

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 13, 2018 2:42 PM  

Her appointment was for the (((diversity))) she brings to the media ( I just checked her twitter)

Anonymous Anonymous February 13, 2018 2:49 PM  

"It's not going to work. Of course, they could put Cernovich in charge of the editorial page and Milo at the helm of the Lifestyle page and I'm not sure that would be enough."

That would be damned entertaining though.

Blogger Jeffrey Quick February 13, 2018 3:02 PM  

The Blogger Formerly Known As Jane Galt is going to join BezosBlog? I can can't even wait hardly.

Blogger TrueBag PipeRock February 13, 2018 3:06 PM  

Cernovich could save print news, but the reason I backed Hoaxed is because I want to see CNN die in my lifetime. There's nothing they could do to make up for the things they have done.

Blogger Cataline Sergius February 13, 2018 3:40 PM  

If memory serves she was an Obamacon who voted for him twice.

"Obamacon" is the old term for Cuckservative... In case you wondering.

Blogger freddie_mac February 13, 2018 3:44 PM  

Good on stuff like Obamacare (she did a good job of dismembering it with a scalpel over many years)

I knew that she'd done some sensible columns over the years, but those struck me as few and far between and she generally wasn't my first stop for insightful commentary.

Blogger Bob Loblaw February 13, 2018 3:55 PM  

Orthodox wrote:She's a libertarian, that's all you need to know. Good on stuff like Obamacare (she did a good job of dismembering it with a scalpel over many years), bad on almost everything else.

McArdle has frustrated me for years. She calls herself a libertarian, but when the chips are down she's perfectly willing to support the welfare state.

Blogger Dexter February 13, 2018 4:48 PM  

We now have another pet (phony) conservative in addition to Rubin. Yay!

Blogger Dire Badger February 13, 2018 5:09 PM  

"Of course, they could put Cernovich in charge of the editorial page and Milo at the helm of the Lifestyle page and I'm not sure that would be enough."

It's make ME subscribe.

Anonymous Anonymous February 13, 2018 6:02 PM  

Sees trees, misses forest.

(Posted as st, shows as anonymous during captcha)

Blogger Orthodox February 13, 2018 6:35 PM  

She calls herself a libertarian, but when the chips are down she's perfectly willing to support the welfare state.That's what a libertarian is in 2018. The libertarians you're thinking of have all moved farther right. Right-wing, property-rights libertarianism died between 2012 and 2015. I think Ron Paul killed it by attracting left-wing people who think libertarian= govt forcing you to accept trannies in bathrooms.

Blogger TM Lutas February 13, 2018 7:05 PM  

Nobody will put the old media away until there's an easy pathway to transition out of it. Right now, it takes too much work and there are still holes (areas where only the old media offers coverage) that guarantee old media an audience.

You can't just wait for the old media audience to die off.

Blogger weka February 13, 2018 7:36 PM  

@24. There is no old media. Old media reported the news and left the posturing for the editorial page.

There is new media and bought media. Newspapers are bought media.

Blogger tz February 13, 2018 7:59 PM  

The Overton window has been shattered.
The only question is whether it will be fixed by community policing or is an example of what Bastiat wrote about.

The "window" is now a series. The Bernie left has their slot, then the Hillary Corruption cronies, then the NeverTrumpers, Then the God Emperor stained glass, then the more radical alt-right with a small white fenestration nearby. But they don't overlap.

SJWs are sent to their safe spaces by facts, but the right only hears incoherent screeching when they speak.

Blogger tz February 13, 2018 7:59 PM  

There is still old media. AARP still publishes a magazine.

Blogger SirHamster February 13, 2018 8:24 PM  

Bob Loblaw wrote:

McArdle has frustrated me for years. She calls herself a libertarian, but when the chips are down she's perfectly willing to support the welfare state.


Liberaltarian.

It's oddly fitting that Libertarians have failed to erect the intellectual and social borders needed to keep their party libertarian.

Blogger Dexter February 13, 2018 8:34 PM  

Libertarians have failed to erect the intellectual and social borders needed to keep their party libertarian.

"If you don't control the border, everyone flooding in will demand big government."

"But controlling the border requires a strong government! Muh principles demand free movement across imaginary government-drawn lines!"

"Migrants don't understand or care about your small government principles."

" REEEEEEEEE! "

Blogger Azure Amaranthine February 13, 2018 10:17 PM  

"I saw a good post on Twitter about the Overton window. It's not really moving right, it is expanding. It's going to break apart in the center."

It's already broken for a lot of people, and we're just deciding (for everyone else) who's going to be on which side of the rip and for how long at this point.

Blogger Jevaughn Brown February 13, 2018 11:02 PM  

"In one fell swoop, the Washington Post put Mike Cernovich in charge of the editorial page, and Milo Yiannopoulos at the helm of the Lifestyle page...

...So began The Apocalypse."

Lol!

Blogger Harambe February 14, 2018 1:58 AM  

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Blogger Gordon Scott February 14, 2018 6:32 AM  

McArdle is the queen of "that turns out not to be true." But she's not an idealogue. She will, politely, tell you that you don't know what you're talking about, and she will have evidence.

But she has always lived within the east coast bubble, despite attending Penn and the University of Chicago. She's like Jonah Goldberg in that sense; she's seen some of flyover country but she has no real knowledge of it.

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