The New Republic's Noreen Malone on Liz Cheney's "family values." "To telegraph her family values, [Liz has] decided to publicly undermine the very philosophical underpinnings of her sister's marriage," Malone writes. Liz said she and her sister Mary "disagree" on gay marriage. Mary, who has now publicly rebuked Liz, is married to a woman. "It probably shouldn't be a surprise that [Liz is] willing to sell out her sister for the sake of a few votes. But what is surprising is how poorly she thought this one out. Cheney is already the race's carpetbagger (she moved from Northern Virginia to seek the seat), and so she's working at an authenticity deficit," Malone argues. Worst of all, "it looks like the position she's ruining her relationship with her sister over isn't really one she holds, making her not just heartless but a hypocrite ..." John McQuaid, a journalist contributing to Wired, Forbes, and Slate, tweets this line: "Liz Cheney’s 'family values position has very publicly made her actual family values look pretty rotten.'"
Paul Krugman at The New York Times on persistent economic depression. "What if the world we’ve been living in for the past five years is the new normal? What if depression-like conditions are on track to persist, not for another year or two, but for decades?" Krugman asks. Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers has been making the case for "secular stagnation" — "a persistent state in which a depressed economy is the norm, with episodes of full employment few and far between." If Summers is right, Krugman argues, "everything respectable people have been saying about economic policy is wrong ..." So "easy money should, and probably will, be with us for a very long time. This, in turn, means we can forget all those scare stories about government debt, which run along the lines of 'It may not be a problem now, but just wait until interest rates rise.'" Economist J. Bradford Delong notes, "The fact that this happened to Japan a generation ago ought to have been a warning to us."