Much like Historiann, whom I cited yesterday,* Jonathan Chait is not impressed with Senator Rob Portman’s about face on gay marriage, asking whether it is pro-gay, or simply pro-Portman.
Buried in the article is this nugget:
The signal failure of conservative thought is an inability to give any weight to the perspective of the disadvantaged. It’s one thing to argue that society can’t afford to provide all its citizens with access to health insurance. It’s quite another to dismiss the needs of the uninsured because the majority has insurance. In his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Paul Ryan dismissed universal health insurance as “a new entitlement we didn’t even ask for.” The construction was so telling — “we” meant the majority who have access to regular medical care and would rather not subsidize those who don’t.
The Republican Party, the party of “I’ve got mine.”
*When I wrote the post and scheduled it to post today.