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By Ezra Klein  |  July 6, 2009; 7:12 PM ET
 
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On behalf of the Calitics ed. board, thanks for the shout! And thanks for making quick work of Marc Leibovitz' "Ain't California politics grand?" nonsense article.

Posted by: dday212 | July 6, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Ezra:

Word from middle America. You've had several good days of posts in a row in your new job as blogger for WaPo. From all I've been reading over the last several weeks though, I think you should focus more on the Senate. May I suggest a theme?

The Senate is like a toilet that hasn't been flushed in a long, long time....

Posted by: NealB1 | July 6, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Re: Bender
While it's a lot of fun to point out how hypocritical and self-serving the Republicans are for making a fuss about discrimination against whites, that's not really answering the question. If there were discrimination against whites, surely something should be done about it! Because discrimination is bad, regardless of who it is against. Their selective view of it shouldn't take away from its validity (and, in fact, they'd argue that liberals have the same selective view in the other direction).

Now, if you were to point out that a lot of what they say is discrimination in fact isn't, well then I'd say that's a criticism that's worth making. Engage the point, don't deflect it; that should be the difference between writing about politics and being in politics.

Posted by: goinupnup | July 7, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

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