May 13th 2019
This was essentially the compromise struck when I was a very young professor first meeting Murray Weidenbaum. Professor Weidenbaum had been an economic advisor to President Reagan, chairman of the council of economic advisors in fact, and I had blurted something about supporting Greenpeace’s anti-whaling operations in the Pacific Ocean. Our host, the professor who had fought in the Israeli war of independence, the only other person at the table, played peacemaker. “If you’re young and you aren’t liberal, you have no heart; if you’re old and you aren’t conservative, you have no brain.” I don’t tell that story often, but I should. It’s a centrist aphorism more people should know.
Well, in my mind, there’s nothing wrong with AOC that a little age can’t fix. And there’s nothing wrong with Joe Biden that isn’t attributable to the heart making peace with the mind. For center-right readers, I can say that Professor Weidenbaum died in 2014 with my admiration; we need more people in this country with an eye on legacy. Ideals can be compromised, in fact, often must be, but history can be cruel to those who are too casual with values.
CivicFeed makes it possible to see how Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is faring with Joe Biden as a frame of reference.
If one is interested in the coastal media, one can sign up and look at the default analytics. But I have zoomed in where the action is this year, and for the next few years, until Texas, Georgia, and possibly Florida have changed colors.
The most obvious conclusion from the timeline chart of daily mentions is that AOC can command the slow news day, but Biden can dwarf her just by showing up. Mind over heart.
From the geographical heatmap of media mentions, it’s clear that Joe Biden can deliver body blows in the Midwest. St. Paul to St. Louis. Milwaukee, which is ground zero in 2020. From Rockford/Peoria to Columbus/Cincinnati to Wilkes-Barre/Harrisburg. Biden even lands the heavier punches from Newark through New Haven to Boston. AOC plays well in those cities, but they are not 100% blue-blue.
To me this is a visualization of the heart/head adage. One can like her heart, and have great expectations as she grows. But sometimes the stats don’t lie. There is more to the US than the coasts, and there is even more to the coasts than the AOC-adoring media headquartered on the coasts.
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