Elizabeth Warren’s low-calorie populism and other notable comments

From the right: FBI Misled Public To Help Hillary

The New York Times report this weekend on FBI Director James Comey’s late-election revelations about the investigation into Hillary Clinton is being used by pro-Hillary partisans to prove Comey swung the vote to President Trump. But at The Weekly Standard, Mark Hemingway notices evidence the FBI misled the public in order to protect Clinton. Federal officials at first acknowledged receiving a criminal complaint about Clinton, then backtracked even though they were right the first time. Says Hemingway: Comey might have handled it better, but “Clinton defenders rarely note that there are many indefensible ways in which the Obama administration aided and abetted her from the consequences of what appeared to sensible Americans as plainly illegal behavior.”

Campaign watch: Dems Win in Losses

Democrats hoping to capitalize on President Trump’s low approval ratings aren’t winning yet — but moral victories might, at this point, be enough, explains Jim Antle at the Washington Examiner. In Kansas, the Democratic candidate for a special election to replace CIA Director Mike Pompeo lost by 7 points — but Trump had carried the district by 27 in November. In Georgia’s race for Health Secretary Tom Price’s old seat, Democrat Jon Ossoff scored 48 percent in the first round, far ahead of the field and nearly enough to avoid a runoff. “The better Democrats do in usually safe Republican districts this year, the more it will help their fundraising and candidate recruitment for the 2018 midterm elections,” Antle explains, adding that “Democrats will have to start winning soon. But for now, ‘close enough’ is all the encouragement they need.”

From the left: Elizabeth Warren’s Shallow Populism

Elizabeth Warren just doesn’t get it. Nevertheless, she persists in pretending she does. At The Washington Post, Emma Green reviews the Massachusetts senator’s new book, “This Fight Is Our Fight,” a titled that “could conveniently double as a slogan for a national campaign.” Yet it’s an incomplete diagnosis of the Democratic Party’s struggles and how to fix them. Warren embraces “good old-fashioned economic populism,” but doesn’t really explore “why middle-class voters would choose Trump or whether their anger might be about more than the economy.” That’s because “Warren sees the world through the narrow lens of economic interests, ignoring the deeply held values and beliefs that often determine people’s politics.” It’s “condescending, but more important, it limits Warren’s understanding of America — and why her party has failed so badly.”

Culture file: You’ve Got Mail — But Take Your Time

Stop apologizing for not responding to that e-mail right away, says Melissa Dahl in New York magazine. Many messages require no sense of urgency, and it should be on the sender, she writes, to make clear by when a response is needed: “Part of the problem…

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