Policy Wonkery

POLICY WONKERY….Atrios:

I’ve declared “the age of wonk” has been over for some time. There’s little point in having serious policy debates about anything.

I happen to love policy wonkery, but I feel the same way. More and more, it just feels like intellectual masturbation. I mean, I keep doing it because I can hardly bear to admit that it doesn’t make any difference anymore, but as near as I can tell nobody in power cares two cents about actual policy these days. It doesn’t matter whether something actually works better or worse than some other thing, only whether or not it helps your own team.

But hell, I suppose the reality is that it’s always been like that. Rose colored hindsight can be a bitch.

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