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  1. No apology coming from me. (2 Replies)

    It was perfectly obvious to me that jconway had no intention of saying that every American is a Catholic of some variety (cafeteria or otherwise) – any such statement would be patently ridiculous on its face. It’s a simple misstatement, which he promptly acknowledged. Case closed, AFAIC.

  2. Here's a good test of that. (3 Replies)

    Hillary Clinton’s record on gun issues, while not perfect, is far, far better than that of Bernie Sanders, whose record is weak even for a mainstream Democrat, to say nothing of a supposed standard-bearer for the left. So, are any Bernie enthusiasts out there thinking about switching because of this issue?

  3. "who’s going to remember Kim Davis or her visit with the Pope a year from now?" (3 Replies)

    A lot of people, unfortunately. That one 15-minute visit harmed his standing dramatically with a lot of people who, while not normally big fans of Popes, had just starting coming around to liking the guy.

    He may well have been set up. But the fact is, if you want to play in the big leagues, you have to be able to hit a big league fastball. He whiffed on that one big time, and it cost him.

  4. Yeah, I saw Martin's response. (2 Replies)

    It’s too easy, and it doesn’t work. Mark Wahlberg is famous for a lot of things. Kim Davis is famous for exactly one thing, and so, to quote the Globe’s John Allen, “there’s no way to view the encounter other than as a broad gesture of support by the pope for conscientious objection from gay marriage laws.”

  5. It's unfortunate (2 Replies)

    that he apparently met with Kim Davis while he was in the US. That was a mistake.

  6. Krugman, a couple of weeks earlier, (1 Reply)

    was proclaiming that “Trump happens to be right” on economic issues. I imagine he’s as disappointed in Trump’s tax plan as I am.

  7. I hate bumping Hamilton. (1 Reply)

    Apparently it has to do with which denomination is due for an anti-counterfeiting makeover – the $20 has already had it, I guess. Still, it sucks.

  8. And the funny thing is (1 Reply)

    that I actually do find the notion of a candidate for president suggesting a non-American on our currency to be a bit offensive. Certainly moreso than the manufactured garbage that cable news likes to peddle.

  9. Hmm. (0 Replies)

    Airports are sui generis, it seems to me: they are usually in places where it’s very difficult to walk to a city street where you’d have other options (like Uber), people often have a lot of luggage which makes it hard to walk very far, and they are often located on property that is totally controlled by the local airport authority so that access can be restricted. Boston doesn’t have special airport rates, but other places do, and I assume that Massport could impose rules saying that anyone picking up passengers for hire at Logan must charge the same rate. Beyond that, I guess I still don’t really buy the argument that mandated uniform rates make sense anymore.

  10. Probably. (0 Replies)

    I think there are rules in personal auto insurance policies about charging for rides.

  11. I don't really buy this argument any more. (2 Replies)

    Maybe it was true pre-Uber, pre-smartphone, pre-no way to get a ride other than flag down a cab. But it makes little sense to me now. If you go to call an Uber but see that surge pricing is in effect and you don’t want to pay it, then try your luck with Lyft or a cab. Similarly, Uber gives you an estimate before you call the car (I think you commented on another thread that it was flat rate, but it’s not – it’s based on time and distance, like taxis), so you can decide what you want to do.

  12. A candidate is never more popular (2 Replies)

    than just before he or she is actually a candidate. Personally, I don’t think BIden is going to run, and I think it would be a mistake if he did. His last two forays into presidential politics have been markedly unsuccessful; not sure why anyone thinks this time would be so different.

  13. As for benefits, (0 Replies)

    I suspect that neither cab nor Uber drivers get much there – both are generally classified as independent contractors. Income is a good question. However, we know from the Globe’s very interesting exposé on the taxi industry that many taxi drivers start in a fairly deep hole; Uber drivers don’t, AFAIK.

  14. "As those getting no traction drop out" (1 Reply)

    If you want to call polling at 8% “traction,” well, OK. One of the anomalies of this cycle is the unusually large number of candidates and the fact that many of them are polling so close to each other. Why should Bush, Rubio, Cruz, Fiorina, or even Walker drop out, when each of them is within just a few points of everyone but Trump and Carson? As long as that dynamic persists, the “non-Trump vote” will continue to be badly split (as things stand now, those 5 candidates together barely exceed Trump in the polling), which will only fuel Trumpmentum.

  15. Well, (2 Replies)

    I’ll just repeat the question I posed before: “You don’t think it’s going to be Trump? Who else is it going to be?” One of those guys is going to be the GOP nominee. Please explain who you think it will be, and please supply evidence backing up your choice.

  16. I'll take that bridge. ;) (1 Reply)

    I do think it’s important to bear in mind that, to some degree, Trumpism is nationalist first, corporatist second.

  17. Do you have a link (1 Reply)

    for the “would not bring her back to life” comment? Thank you in advance.

  18. Well, (0 Replies)

    I do think that the positions I’ve attributed to Trump are pretty well documented – he’s stated all of them multiple times in the last couple of months. No, there’s nothing substantial on his website outside of immigration. But just because a position isn’t on a candidate’s website doesn’t necessarily mean that attributing it to him is projecting.

  19. Yglesias has written (1 Reply)

    about the commonalities between Trumpism and present-day European far-right parties. What strikes me, and the reason I wrote this, is how neatly much (though not all) of Trumpism lines up not only with those parties, but also with Mussolini’s original version of Fascismo.

  20. Well, (0 Replies)

    to be fair, David Koch in particular gives a lot of money to charity. Here are two examples.