Political hobbyism is to public affairs what watching SportsCenter is to playing football.
Yoni Appelbaum"They can recite the ins and outs of the Mueller investigation or fondly recall old 24-hour scandals like Sharpiegate, but they haven’t the faintest idea how to push for what they care about in their own communities.” @eitanhersh on political hobbyists
A century and a half ago, a remarkable woman redefined the role of the political spouse.
Yoni AppelbaumI have no idea how @NPRinskeep, given the demands of his day job, managed to write a book as good as “Imperfect Union,” but it’s absolutely worth the read. You can whet your appetite with this excerpt
The fall of the Patriots dynasty is everyone’s loss.
Yoni Appelbaum“The wonderworking of Brady and Belichick engendered in Patriots fans a kind of civic religion which was rewarded far more than the odds, or the nature of the NFL, should have allowed—a faith both stronger and more benign than many other kinds these days.”
It’s time to say what we said 20 years ago when a president’s character was revealed for what it was.
Yoni Appelbaum"To the many evangelicals who continue to support Mr. Trump in spite of his blackened moral record, we might say this: Remember who you are and whom you serve.”
If any endorsement still matters, it’s this. @CTmagazine just came out in favor of impeachment
The president’s narcissism renders him unable to comply with his duties to the nation.
Yoni Appelbaum“Today’s impeachment of Donald Trump ... for high crimes and misdemeanors was pretty much inevitable.
It was inevitable because of Trump himself, his very character, whose essential nature many who now support him have long understood.”
The fight against discrimination requires judgment—but many Jews don’t trust this administration to exercise it appropriately.
Yoni Appelbaum"Jews are being baited into taking a very dangerous position—insisting that we must withdraw from the protection of antidiscrimination law because it might obliquely confirm the anti-Semite’s suspicion that the Jew is different.” Smart, nuanced @schraubd
Republicans are still waiting for a convincing case that the president was acting to advance his own personal interests.
Yoni Appelbaum"To convict, Republicans will need more than the thin allegations and even thinner evidence the Democrats have to show for their three-year-long exercise in phantasmagoria,” argues @Mario_A_Loyola
A 1952 Supreme Court ruling gave civil-rights groups a way to combat anti-Semitism and other prejudices—but in the years since, it’s largely gone unused.
Yoni AppelbaumThere’s a tremendous amount in this @Jbloeffler piece, but one key thread is that the American Jewish community has been split, for more than a century, as to whether gaining civil-rights protections as a minority group would help or hurt
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Coined by Bill Clinton, the phrase was an inspired way to bring together a range of abortion supporters under a now-abandoned umbrella.
Yoni Appelbaum"He knew us better than we knew ourselves. We wanted something, but we didn’t want to face a full accounting of it—and when that is your moral crisis, your superhero is Bill Clinton.” —@CaitlinPacific