Author Archives: John Lusk

NYT: How Elizabeth Warren Got to ‘Yes’ on Medicare for All

«What few people knew [Buttegieg attack at the last debate] then was that Ms. Warren and her Boston-based team had been privately crunching numbers since at least late August, working with the internal imperative to craft a package without hiking middle-class taxes, according to interviews with people directly involved in the process.

The onslaught at the debate accelerated the timeline. One academic described working so hard with Warren officials in late October that he was distracted from his teaching duties; another said she made final edits on a letter endorsing Ms. Warren’s math in her car at her child’s school during a Halloween parade.

“Syria is easier compared to this,” said one Warren adviser, granted anonymity to speak about the process of crafting a plan.»

Far-right activist Ammon Bundy’s rush to save an Idaho ranch ends without a standoff

Through the looking glass….

«“It is our determination that the Nickersons did not uphold their obligation to the contract,” Bundy said, “and that forceful removal of the family from the property was warranted to protect the rights of the bank’s shareholders.”»

(Via @profagagne.)

2019 Kentucky Governor General Election Results – The New York Times

5,000 votes out of 1.4 million, with 28,000 to the 3rd-party candidate. 0.004%. Votes matter.

Andy BeshearDemocrat709,84649.2%
Matt Bevin*Republican704,76048.8
John HicksLibertarian28,4422.0

1,443,048 votes, 100% reporting (3,659 of 3,659 precincts)
* Incumbent

Evo Morales Finally Went Too Far for Bolivia – The Atlantic

«While liberal democracy has proved much more fragile than most social scientists assumed a few short years ago, an alternative political system that would better resolve its own internal contradictions is not in sight.»

Or, as others have put it:

«‘Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…’»

Winston S Churchill, 11 November 1947 (


«Monarchy is like a sleek craft, it sails along well until some bumbling captain runs it into the rocks. Democracy, on the other hand, is like a raft. It never goes down but, dammit, your feet are always wet.»