Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes surprised many this morning by writing a New York Times op-ed calling for a government breakup of the company he is no longer a part of. I’d be lying if I said I had strong feelings about a proposed breakup of Facebook. As a free market conservative I oppose both government intervention into private companies and unregulated monopolies, so hey, I could be talked into it.
White Man, Dark Horse
Democrats keep getting their hearts broken by youngish, charismatic white guys running for national office. By now, the pattern is familiar. The liberal establishment falls head over heels for a dreamboat candidate who just might win a challenging race, usually in a part of the country that does not resemble the places where members of the liberal establishment live. Journalists pen dozens of fawning profiles. Celebrities roll out endorsements, and perform at fundraisers. And yet, despite all the hype and mountains of cash, the candidate ends up losing to a generic Republican. In some cases, Democrats have embraced these defeats as a “moral victory” of sorts. But no one believes them.
This year’s midterm elections simply aren’t the same without Facebook spouse Sean Eldridge, the husband of failed publisher Chris Hughes who is best known for being Mark Zuckerberg’s roommate at Harvard and pioneering the “poke” button.