Those bored with speculation about the 2016 presidential race can turn their attention to the increasingly complex game of guessing who will join President Obama’s cabinet. Senior administration officials tell the New York Times that John Kerry and Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, are the two frontrunners, but things aren’t looking good for the Massachusetts senator. If Obama picks Rice he’ll have to battle with congressional Republicans, who have targeted Rice in their criticism of the response to the Benghazi attack, yet the Washington Post reports that the nomination will still “almost certainly go” to Rice. Officials say Obama is considering asking Kerry to be his defense secretary, but he may have to rethink his whole cabinet strategy if scandals keep breaking at the current rate.
Facebook didn’t tiptoe to avoid poking the bear on the left. They went right up to the bear and stabbed it repeatedly. And then goaded the right’s bear to join in the stabbing.
The power of leftist outrage mobs has been well-discussed. The power of conservative outrage mobs to affect corporate and political policy, even from left-leaning organizations, is arguably less acknowledged.
In no small part to placate the right, the liberal company Facebook misled the nation again and again about the nature of Russian interference in the election. They repeatedly fed right wing conspiracies while waving away criticism from the left. It’s hard to see how an ardently Trumpist company could do much better.