So I’ve finally figured out the timing for Sunday morning chores and a treadmill run so that I can watch some of the talking head shows. And that got me 30 minutes of This Week (intermittent with cable news coverage of the Jessie Davis case and lots of Ohio media shoutouts).
What I got for my time was confirmation that
-the other panelists laugh at George Will, and I just don’t get that;
-I must be getting old, because I don’t like that people laugh at George Will and I don’t think that what he says is laughable.
Substance-wise, the show was eh. What I liked the most:
Jake Tapper (who apparently did a brief stint in PR but then went journalist) when discussing Michael Bloomberg, referred to this era as a time for post-partisan leaders, or somehow he worked in that phrase. I don’t see a transcript, there is a podcast but with laundry on the table, I’m not taking the time right now to listen.
Post-partisan leader. Has anyone else ever heard that phrase before? Very interesting. Like platform agnostic. I’ll be keeping my ears out for it.
What I found when I googled “post partisan leader”:
-where Tapper might have gotten his notion: a lengthy NPR piece about Bloomberg and post-partisanhood
–this political blog based in Cape Cod and I love its tagline: “where solving problems trumps salving ideology”
–this reference related to Ahnald
-and this couplet of post and column about Ahnald’s knighting of the concept
-and The New America Foundation which calls itself a post-partisan entity:
The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, post-partisan, public policy institute that was established through the collaborative work of a diverse and intergenerational group of public intellectuals, civic leaders and business executives. Launched in 1999, the Foundation is guided by its founding President and CEO Ted Halstead, and an outstanding Board of Directors. New America is headquartered in our nation’s capital and also has a significant presence in California, the nation’s largest laboratory of democracy.
So I know have something to listen for.
The other thing about the show that I just loved and why I’m feeling more and more affinity for Will:
He said, almost verbatim, as they talked about Hillary Clinton’s hold on the top of the top tier, “When you look at the Republicans, almost anyone looks electable.” I was on the treadmill, you know? So I didn’t write it down.
Now, I actually think that that does a disservice to Hillary. But he made his point in the context that Hillary’s experience, knowledge, intelligence and tenacity aren’t fleeting flashes of reasons to vote for her. They actually make her a decent, desirable choice.
I happen to feel that way myself about her right now.