Educating Ezra Klein

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Aug. 7 2007 2:14 AM

Educating Ezra Klein

A left whippersnapper tutored by his readers about teachers' unions.

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John McCain has agreed to participate in a Spanish-language (translated into English) Univision GOP presidential debate on Sept. 16. This seems like an especially dangerous occasion for a Republican trying desperately to live down his pro-legalization immigration stand--unless he's going to pull a Senorita Souljah and tell the Univision crowd to sit still for an enforcement-only bill. But it seems to me that McCain's pal Lindsey Graham is probably better at phony, post-comprehensive seat-saving anti-illegal grandstanding. ... [via Drudge] 9:33 P.M.

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Kausfiles--Solution-Oriented: In the least convincing chapter in my book, ** the one where I desperately try to come up with ways to "mix the classes" in the suburbs, I mention the idea of "microzoning"--requiriing a mix of very small units in richer communities. I didn't really know what I was talking about--e.g., whether this obvious idea was old hat or discredited. It turns out that many suburbs, in Southern California at least, are considering such a move. Some are rejecting it, some are embracing it. ... P.S.: The beauty of tiny condos is that they don't have to be subsidized--they're naturally cheap because they're so small. Nor do you need regulations to restrict them to lower-income people. That's who will naturally want to buy or rent them. .... The social-egalitarian payoff: When you're shopping at the supermarket, nobody knows whether you come from a 300 or a 3,000 square foot condo. ...

**--"Danek S. Kaus" had nothing to do with this book. That's Amazon's mistake. ... [via MayorSam] 5:03 A.M.

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"Married at 24": Is it that unusual to be married at age 24? ("Crazy in Love or just crazy?") I don't think so. ... Update: It's not. The median age of first marriage for women is 25. .... MSN is out of touch with the Real America! ... 3:47 P.M.

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HuffPo  nails Hillary on Kos dis: Hillary's blogspinners--and top YearlyKos executives!--cover up that she'd rather schmooze with Ron Perelman and Jessica Seinfeld than a roomful of wristbanded Kossacks. ... Update: Eric Alterman complains:

How silly is Mickey Kaus for linking to this? Was Hillary supposed to cancel a longstanding commitment to hundreds of people? Are the candidates supposed to run their campaigns without money and without public financing? In any case, this piece is completely wrong. Hillary had plenty of time, on her private plane to be in Chicago and to be at this fundraiser. Hey guys, she actually did both. So it's wrong on facts, as well as silly and naïve in its analysis, but hey who cares? I hear Edwards got a haircut. ...

1) Yes, Hillary has to have fundraisers. But then she should be honest about it--she shouldn't try to hide the cause of her "scheduling conflict" from the Kos crowd, treating them like children who can be conned. That's the basic complaint; 2) Yes, she was at the Kos convention and at the fundraiser, but she didn't apparently have time for the advertised "breakout" session after the YearlyKos candidates' forum. When Kossacks kicked up a fuss, a session was apparently hastily scheduled for before the forum3) These things are scheduled long in advance, as Alterman says. If she'd wanted to prevent a fundraiser/Kos conflict, she could have; 4) Just because candidates' have to raise money doesn't mean the standard critique of fatcat contributions--that the candidate then owes them-- doesn't apply. And there are plenty of fatcats I'd rather have the Clintons indebted to than Ron Perelman. ... P.S.: Did Alterman really fork over $1,000 for cocktails at Perelman's? $4,600? Or did they invite him for free because of his easygoing personality and publicity-generating potential? ....  12:41 P.M. link

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