05.31.2016 - 9:47 AM EDT

Over the long weekend I read Megan McArdle's take on the Peter Thiel-Gawker story. It was pretty disappointing. The gist of McArdle's argument boils down to 'Maybe liberals should understand how big corporations feel when they get sued or lose their free speech." And "But the ACLU also underwrites lawsuits." These arguments are either beside the point the first case) or silly (the second). But the amazing thing about McArdle's effort is that she goes the entire column without mentioning the only really salient issue: Thiel's need to fund this and other revenge lawsuits secretly.

05.27.2016 - 2:47 PM EDT

In our profile of Peter Thiel yesterday we didn't get into the details of his political awakening, as it were, at Stanford, mostly for brevity's sake. But it's an interesting episode, and TPM Reader PN shares some reflections:

Just a few thoughts on Peter Thiel’s defense: I think Josh’s comments have been spot on.

On the Gawker site, the most popular—I don’t say best--defense appears to be that “outing” Thiel was beyond the pale—so the suit accomplishes belated justice (that’s dubious in itself). Setting aside whether an outing actually happened or what prevailing ethical/journalistic standards are, I think Thiel’s time at Stanford (overlapping mine) bears renewed scrutiny.

05.26.2016 - 11:06 PM EDT

It is truly difficult for me to imagine that a Trump v Sanders debate is really going to happen. But it is an amazingly terrible idea for anyone who cares about preventing Trump from being the next President. Indeed, does anyone alive believe this helps elect a Democratic president? And if not, what is the rationale? Perhaps it's a wash. Sideshows in May probably don't have that much effect. But it certainly does not help.

It is only a spectacle by which both candidates, Trump and Sanders, can indulge their tacitly-agreed common interest in sidelining and diminishing Hillary Clinton, who of course will be the nominee. I don't want to speculate about Sanders' motives, other than that it is probably a good way to elevate himself into the appearance of an ersatz Democratic standard-bearer and to get media attention which has slackened as most of the attention has moved toward the general election. That would be perfectly understandable if we didn't know for a certainty that he is not going to be the nominee and that this would be bad for the person who is. Remember: President Trump.

05.26.2016 - 5:37 PM EDT

I wrote recently that I thought Elizabeth Warren would be a great Veep pick but it wouldn't happen because it would add to the burden of retaking the Senate. Massachusetts has a Republican governor. That would mean at least 6 months or so of an additional Republican senator in 2017 - assuming Clinton wins.

But I'm reconsidering that. In fact, I'm past reconsidering: Hillary should put Warren on the ticket.

05.26.2016 - 1:55 PM EDT

TPM Reader DR provides his own take on Debbie Wasserman Schultz's tenure running the DNC and efforts to oust here (embedded links are in the original email) ...

I wholeheartedly agree with your post about Debbie Wasserman Schulz (DWS). But there's an angle to this story that isn't being covered, which is that long before Bernie Sanders ever showed up, most "establishment" Democrats -- including a fair number of Clintonites -- wanted DWS gone. Not only was this was reported repeatedly over a span of several years (use the google, there's plenty more where that came from), hostility to her is something I observed firsthand.

05.26.2016 - 1:06 PM EDT

I've gotten a flood of responses to my post on the news that tech billionaire Peter Thiel was bankrolling Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker and now a raft of unrelated lawsuits against the same website. Most agreed with my take; some didn't. But the critiques seemed to be typified by this response in The American Interest which a number of people sent me. So I thought I'd depart from form and respond directly.

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