Conservative intellectuals have fled to media platforms such as The Bulwark. I am, in particular, a big fan of The Bulwark podcast hosted by former Wisconsin radio personality Charlie Sykes. Not too many people could pull off a daily podcast, but Sykes does it in stride while at the same time penning a lengthy daily newsletter. Apparently he has more hours in his day than I do. Nonetheless, I'd highly recommend that podcast as well as becoming a Bulwark +member which offers all sorts of additional podcasts, newsletters, etc.
OOP's Short Takes:
- On Sunday's Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd said that the belief among Republicans that the election was stolen is increasing. My impression was just the opposite - that the GOP belief in the Big Lie was in fact decreasing. My brief review of polls seems to suggest that. A CNN poll in mid-January had 75% of Republicans believing the election was stolen. In late March, Monmouth had it at 65%. In mid May a Reuters/Ipsos poll had the number at 53%. While it's always problematic to compare polls from different pollsters to ascertain trends, I am certainly not seeing an increase in support among Republicans for the stolen election nonsense.
- It will be interesting how ranked choice voting works out in the New York City Democratic Primary which is set for June 22nd. It may be a way of combatting the crazy that is taking over our politics.
- Tom Nichols, an academic and conservative commentator who appears frequently on cable TV shows and podcasts, recently opined that he is much more worried about the future of American democracy today than he was a year ago. I couldn't agree more. Over the course of the past year (including mostly during the last six months), a sizable portion of the conservative electorate has turned their back on American democracy and expressed a disinterest in accepting the results of an election that does not go their way. Further, many of them have expressed support for violence to obtain political objectives. When you have right-leaning audiences cheering a speaker who suggests a violent coup in order to oust President Biden and re-install Donald Trump, well that's a BIG problem. The media reports focused on that speaker - former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. No, the real alarm bell going off was the audience reaction.