RSC Fires Derek Khanna

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Dec. 6 2012 2:16 PM

RSC Fires Derek Khanna

The Republican Study Committee, a caucus of Republicans in the House of Representatives, has told staffer Derek Khanna that he will be out of a job when Congress re-convenes in January. The incoming chairman of the RSC, Steve Scalise (R-LA) was approached by several Republican members of Congress who were upset about a memo Khanna wrote advocating reform of copyright law. They asked that Khanna not be retained, and Scalise agreed to their request.
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C'est la vie. I'm sure Khanna will get a good job someplace else. But Garrett Jones notes that this is a good time for a flashback to David Brooks' column on the conservative future:

Rising star Derek Khanna wrote a heralded paper on intellectual property rights for the House Republican Study Committee that was withdrawn by higher-ups in the party, presumably because it differed from the usual lobbyist-driven position. [...] Since Nov. 6, the G.O.P. has experienced an epidemic of open-mindedness. The party may evolve quickly. If so, it’ll be powerfully influenced by people with names like Reihan, Ramesh, Yuval and Derek Khanna.

The open-mindedness epidemic seems to have been rather short-lived.

Reihan Salam, meanwhile, knows you catch more flies with honey and has a column out lauding Marco Rubio's content-free effort to reposition the GOP as a party of middle class economic interests that ends with some helpful suggestions about how he might put some meat on the bones.


Matthew Yglesias is the executive editor of Vox and author of The Rent Is Too Damn High.

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