I don’t want to belabor this gay marriage thing, but at the same time, it irritates me the way they squat over the whole narrative of what the institution even is. That’s why I liked this piece in the WashPost, which shows in graphic form how closely tied not to religion and culture, but demography and the economy.
I learned this when I wrote about marriage for Bridge a couple years ago: You want people to get married? Make them middle class in the first place. But in the absence of an economy that can accommodate them, it’s really difficult to convince poorer people that they’re better off married than single. (Even though, yes, some of them — some of them — would be. Might be.) So, you want people to get married? Tend to the economy first. The rest will follow.
Such good bloggage today. Sorry I’m a day late on this, but I really liked the column about Chris Christie that everyone’s talking about. It illustrates something I always tell my writing students (not that I have any at the moment): When the facts speak for themselves, let them.
Other lying politicians tend to waffle, to leave themselves some escape hatch. You can almost smell it.
But Christie lies with conviction. His hands don’t shake, and his eyes don’t wander. I can hardly blame the union leaders who met with him for believing him.
Such an elegantly simple accusation: He lies. And yet so uncommon in modern political reporting. No one wants to lose access. I guess the Star-Ledger editorial board doesn’t care anymore.
You may have heard about Ask Bobby, the Jindal campaign’s Twitter-chat effort. Why do politicians make this mistake over and over? They think they’ll get respectful questions, and they get this:
How does it feel to have done more damage to Louisiana than Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures did? #AskBobby
— HumidCity (@HumidCity) July 1, 2015
Given the current condition of Louisiana state finances under your admin, are you jealous of Greece? #askbobby
— Blue Gal/Fran (@bluegal) June 30, 2015
— NonProphetess (@nonprophetess) June 30, 2015
It’s entertaining, anyway. Scroll away.
Stephen Colbert dropped in and out of metro Detroit, and left this behind. It’s brilliant. Watch.
Finally, there’s a hot new band playing in Detroit this weekend. They got some good ink today.
Almost the long weekend. Enjoy.