Thank God for the Wonk Book (WB) run by the Washington Post.
For readers who have no idea what the Wonk Book is, it’s a blog run by some Poindexter types at the Post, who get to use the amazing and changing D.C. buzzwords like “narrative,” “meme,” “optics,” and “pivot” to make themselves sound important and in-the-know.
“Aren't these just buzzwords that dumb people use to sound important?” asked the Simpsons character forever to be called “Writer,” about his generation of “wonks,” known back then as “TV executives”.
Yes. Yes, they are.
At times the Wonk Book is insufferable, and at times it’s hilarious- although it’s hilarious in a “they-meant-to-do-it-even-though-they-didn’t-mean-to-do-it” way.
And we’re it not for the WB, I’m not sure exactly how I’d feel about Obamacare.
Yes, the law would still suck.
But I wouldn’t get to laugh at the signature healthcare “reform” law of the Obama administration as often as I do now without reading the “they-meant-to-do-it-even-though-they-didn’t-mean-to-do-it” explanations from time to time.
I wear myself out in laughing when I see the human pretzels on the pages of the Post- who actually like to call themselves “wonks”- contort themselves into explanations why Obamacare is a great law, but, alas, just misunderstood.
So at least I get a laugh occasionally. And I get some of my best ideas as to why it’s such a poor law from the Wonk Book.
For example, one of the latest laughers from the Book of Wonks' rather silly, supercilious and condescending epistles on the Gospel According to Barack, comes from our favorite policy clown, Lord of the Wonks, St. Ezra Klein.
In the wonk entry, Klein does his usual bit about lies, damn lies and Republicans.
But what he does best is make the very argument opponents are using in opposing Obamacare.
And- to use a favorite line of reasoning that Klein uses against his opponents- Klein is either: 1) too dumb to know it; or 2) he’s too dishonest to care.
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