A Hypotheticals Registry

by Patrick Appel

Julian Sanchez has an idea:

[G]iven the transparently partisan way professional ideologues tend to respond to political events, I wish someone would start some sort of Hypotheticals Registry for pundits.  You’d describe, in abstract terms, a potential political controversy or scandala program of warrantless wiretaps, an Argentine mistress, an abrupt resignation amid a flurry of ethics chargesand then get the talking head brigade to register in advance how outrageous the behavior in question is. Not that most of them aren’t clever enough to find grounds for distinguishing the actual fact pattern from the hypothetical they responded to when it becomes necessary to do an about-face, but it might at least be more entertaining to watch them squirm a bit.