Matthew Zeitlin

Another Edition of the Pundit’s Fallacy

A while back, Matthew Yglesias coined the term “Pundit’s Fallacy,” which refers to the “belief that what a politician needs to do to improve his or her political standing is do what the pundit wants substantively.” We see this happen just about any time political writers give “recommendations” to those running for office and reelection…. Read more »

Massachusetts’s Record

Apparently one of the Sunday morning tiffs that made its way out of This Week‘s studios and into mainstream circulation is a dispute between dueling advisers over Romney’s Massachusetts job record. Here’s how the Hill summarizes it: Fehrnstrom on ABC’s This Week said Romney had achieved a 4.7 percent unemployment rate while governor and would… Read more »

The Campaign Realism Problem

During campaigns, candidates like to talk about all the things they want to do see happen under their watch. While governing, the realm of legislative possibility is severely restricted by the makeup of the actual House and Senate that the president needs to deal with in order to actually sign any legislation that can at… Read more »

Conservatives for Smaller Banks?

James Pethokoukis has an extensive article in the Weekly Standard arguing for a conservative approach to financial reform that both rejects Dodd-Frank and calls for a massive overhaul of the banking industry. Instead of calling for specific new rules on what certain financial institutions can do and empowering regulators to oversee too big to fail… Read more »

The Insane, Fraudulent World of WaMu

Every paragraph in Moe Tkakic’s review of The Lost Bank, a new book by Kirsten Grind chronicling the rise and fall of one of the mortgage boom’s most opportunistic operators, is worth pulling out and discussing, but I will limit it to just this one: At WaMu, the answer was invariably: “fuck reality,” as a… Read more »