Sophisticates, cynics, and moralists of all stripes long have held that there is not “a dime’s worth of difference” between the Republican Party and the Democratic one, and that elections might as well be settled by a toss of that very same dime. But the talk-show host or fringe activist who assumes such a flippant attitude toward partisan politics might check his beliefs against the events of the past week. Every day brings news that would be utterly different had Mitt Romney won the 2012 election.
Insiders at the New Republic say that the magazine’s new owner, wealthy socialite Christopher Hughes, has hijacked the editorial process and created tension by firing the magazine’s respected editor-in-chief, the Washington Post reported in a recent profile of Hughes.
Buried in the second-to-last paragraph of a New Republic article about renowned secrecy of the Supreme Court is a startling accusation from Harvard law professor and former Supreme Court clerk Jack Goldsmith: The Obama administration uses leaks to shape the president’s image as a tough, decisive leader.
While the New Republic magazine was making ambitious predictions about its future under a new owner with deep pockets, start-up GOOD Magazine was cleaning house, firing the majority of its editorial staff just a day after throwing a party to launch its most recent issue.