Derek Khanna wrote up a copyright reform memo that was too hot for the Republican Study Committe and it got quashed after publication. Now he's been fired:
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.
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Derek Khanna wrote a heralded paper on intellectual property rights for the House Republican Study Committee that was withdrawn by higher-ups in the party, presumably because it differed from the usual lobbyist-driven position.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.
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