Into the Briar Patch

GOP Rep. James Comer speaks during a news conference alongside GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik and House Speaker Mike Johnson at the U.S. Capitol on November 29, 2023 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

There are two hazards of writing a daily newsletter. One is that you’re forever desperate for new inspiration. The other, very much related, is that you’re forever at risk of repeating yourself.

This morning I brought my editors good news. I had found some inspiration in the unlikely figure of Vivek Ramaswamy, whose latest conspiracy theory gave me both an idea and some light brain damage when I stumbled upon it last night.

There’s a reason the national media is suddenly chattering about impeaching Joe Biden, of course, and it has nothing to do with “moving their puppet aside.”

“How about a piece on the politics of the impeachment inquiry, specifically whether it might backfire on Republicans?” I asked my editors. “Great idea,” they replied. It was settled—until a dim memory was jogged that I had written that same column a few months ago.

“How about an updated piece on the politics of the impeachment inquiry?” I sweatily proposed. They sweatily agreed, and here we are.

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