What Are Parties For?

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy raps to Eminem's "Lose Yourself" at the conclusion of one of Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds' "Fair-Side Chats" at the Iowa State Fair on August 12, 2023 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

It’s Friday, it’s August, it’s miserably hot. No one’s in the mood for a long 2,500-word march of doom through a depressing topic. Let’s do something different.

How does a 2,500-word march of doom through multiple depressing topics sound?

On Tuesday we raised a glass to the latest indictment in Georgia. On Wednesday we considered the prospect of a landslide Trump defeat next fall. It’s been a pretty upbeat run lately for this newsletter.

I’m strung out from it, frankly. The pessimistic itch demands to be scratched. 

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