Any time we consider taking Jonathan Chait seriously on anything, we should probably just come back to this:
The Senate is America's most structurally racist institution https://t.co/6TycbDcJvd
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) August 10, 2020
Show your work.
— Some Guy (@SomeGuy86402211) August 10, 2020
His work … could use some work.
The opening paragraph was terribly reasoned. And it was all downhill from there.
— Joe (@joec522) August 10, 2020
So, the usual, then.
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) August 10, 2020
anything that stands in the way of democratic hegemony is racist, of course
— shoal troll (@mercuryschmidt) August 10, 2020
To be fair, Chait also argues that “the Senate’s arcane anti-democratic character enables extremism. By thwarting sensible liberal reforms, it emboldens left-wing radicals who paint the party as hopelessly inept, unable to deliver its promises, and unequal to the challenges of American life. If Biden’s Senate allies allow Republicans to thwart his promises, the left’s takeover of the party will accelerate.” So it’s not as simple as Democrats good, Republicans bad.
But this “Senate is structurally racist” BS is still BS. Every argument on the Left always seems to eventually boil down to “such-and-such is racist.” That cheapens the meaning of “racist.” And it suggests that those who make those arguments aren’t interested in thoughtful analysis.
The Senate represents the STATES, two Senators for each and the House; the people it's simple as that. There's no right wing conspiracy behind it.
— Diego Velazquez (@DiegoVZ1599) August 10, 2020
Moreover, what people like Chait don’t seem to understand is that pure democracy is not the answer to America’s problems.
And Chait certainly doesn’t have the answers.
Reminder: Chait is a moderate https://t.co/etNdS6sjrE
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) August 10, 2020
— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) August 10, 2020
Bless your heart.
— robdominic 🇺🇸 🇬🇧 (@robdominic) August 10, 2020