Rich Yeselson

Rage Machine Vs. Turnout Machine

Demography isn’t destiny (or else African Americans would still be voting for the party of Lincoln), but parties and candidates must exercise persuasive agency, lest it become so. By that, I mean they must actually propose policies that address the concerns of a majority of Americans, effectively cutting across demographic categories, rather than cordoning them… Read more »

Obama and the Anxieties of the Financial Meritocracy

In the New Republic, Alec MacGillis has a brilliantly insightful article (behind a pay wall) about the growing hostility towards Obama of many former supporters among the wealthiest hedge fund managers in the country. MacGillis describes what these guys liked about Obama during the 2008 campaign, and what they now despise–not too strong a word–about… Read more »

Why does David Brooks write stuff like this?

Yesterday, David Brooks wrote a typical David Brooks column. It was thoughtfully focused on the intersection between psychology and public policy, specifically on how Barack Obama’s personality will effect what policies he advocates in his possible second term. Brooks, as we all know, reads and synthesizes lots of social science research. He’s interested in how… Read more »


Amanda Terkel at Huffpost has an interesting article about a possible platform fight over same sex marriage at the Democratic National Convention. Even some Democrats who support same sex marriage, like Maryland governor and likely 2016 presidential candidate, Martin O’Malley, worry that the issue could distract from staying “focused on jobs.” All of this, of… Read more »

Undercover Boss and the Decline of the Working Class

Ever watch this show Undercover Boss on CBS? The premise is simple: the CEO of a company goes undercover, disguised as an ordinary worker, at his company for a couple of weeks. And thus he discovers what it is to really work at (almost always) his company. My daughter loves it for some reason, so… Read more »