Tater Tots jump the shark: Last Tuesday, the Washington Post discussed some jokes which Candidate Warren told as part of a high-profile event last fall.
The jokes were delivered during a town hall forum broadcast by CNN. In last Tuesday's report, the Post brushed by a striking bit of information—the exchange, which seemed to be spontaneous, had in fact been pre-planned.
That said, should Warren have told the jokes at all? They possessed a Dowdian type of inverted sexual politics, the kind which affirms traditional ridicule when aimed in other directions.
More broadly, the jokes ridiculed the millions of people who hold a particular view which major Democrats widely held right through the last election.
Should Warren have told those jokes? In real time, Ruth Marcus said she shouldn't have. Marcus said that Warren's "good zingers" made for "bad politics."
We're inclined to agree with that view. To peruse her column, click here.
Meanwhile, as previously noted:
In yesterday's New York Times, readers were handed a dispiriting front-page report about a type of identity Babel within the Buttigieg campaign. One of the sachems whose views were ignored is one year out of college.
On the "Times readers just wanna have fun" side of town, the paper led its National section with this lengthy report about several candidates' dogs.
As a kindness, we didn't mention a third report in yesterday's Times—but the report apparently went over big with subscribers. On this morning's page A3 (print editions only), we learned how big it was:
The ConversationThis too was a front-page report. In this case, it was the featured front-page report in yesterday morning's Food section. The report about the candidates' dogs was the featured front-page report in yesterday's National section.
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3. A Classic Midwestern Dish Becomes a Talking Point in Iowa
Parties hosted by the presidential campaign of Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota have been featuring a local favorite from her home state, Taconite Tater Tot Hot Dish.
Because of its placement in Food, we didn't mention the featured report about the Tater Tot Hot Dish. But you can't keep a failed electorate down!
According to today's A3, the report about the tater tot dish became one of the most discussed reports in the whole New York Times empire! Inquiring minds wanted to read, discuss and share!
Alas! We've been encouraging you to process the claim that "it's all anthropology now." The decades-long dumbness of our national discourse has taken us past the point where the River Styx flows to the sea. All that's left is the anthropology—the attempt to explain the source of the cascading stupidities which have left us with Donald J. Trump.
Might we suggest one more possible exhibit? We take you to New York magazine, where two reporters debated this topic today:
Could Elizabeth Warren’s Ground Game Propel Her to an Iowa Victory?Their conversation may have been sharp. We didn't bother to read it.
That said, we can answer the question that headline poses. The answer to that question is yes!
Yes, her ground game could propel her to victory—but also, it might not. It's also true that we'll all find out if we simply wait a few days.
That said, rational animals love to speculate. They love to sift through polls.
They love to waste large chunks of time making useless predictions. When we say it's all anthropology now, this is yet another part of what we incomparably mean.
Full disclosure RE sources and methods: This report was prepared in consultation with Future Anthropologists Huddled in Caves, a disconsolate group of future scholars who report to us from the years which follow the global conflagration to which they refer only as Mister Trump's War.