Julia Ioffe at The New Republic thanks Jenny McCarthy for her whooping cough.
"Sometimes you find yourself, after years of imagining yourself a serious reporter, writing for the public about what it’s like to cough so hard that you pee yourself. At 31," Ioffe writes. Two months ago she was diagnosed with pertussis, or whooping cough, which has made a resurgence thanks to "Park Slope parents" parents who choose not to vaccinate their children. "There’s a reason that we associate the whooping cough with the Dickensian: It is," Ioffe explains. "The illness has, since the introduction of a pertussis vaccine in 1940, been conquered in the developed world." But due to the anti-vaccine movement (fueled in part by the celebrity endorsement of Jenny McCarthy), the disease is back. "So thanks a lot, anti-vaccine parents," Ioffe writes. "You took an ethical stand against big pharma and the autism your baby was not going to get anyway, and, by doing so, killed some babies and gave me, an otherwise healthy 31-year-old woman, the whooping cough in the year 2013." Gizmodo writer Matt Novak tweets this line from the piece: "From 2011 to 2012, reported [whooping cough] incidences rose more than threefold in 21 states." Politico's chief economic correspondent, Ben White, tweets, "There are few people more deserving of our absolute scorn than Jenny McCarthy and the anti-vax crowd."
David Weigel at Slate on the Elizabeth Warren dream. "Thirteen months after defeating Sen. Scott Brown, Warren was to be viewed as a potential populist president," Weigel writes. But her chances of running — or ever defeating Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primary — are zero. "Several things can be true —Warren can be outsmarting the financial industry, the Clintons can be worried about a shift in the Democratic Party, Warren might be more likely to run if Clinton does than if Clinton doesn’t — without there being any chance of the front-runner losing." Further, "The point isn’t just that Hillary Clinton is the Democratic front-runner. No one doubts that; everyone’s a little bored by that. The point is that it’s risky, weak strategy to make a presidential primary the test kitchen for policy change." Grist policy correspondent Ben Adler tweets, "smart take: the left doesn't need an alternative to HRC so much as power over the Democratic Party." Politico deputy editor Blake Hounshell notes this line from the piece: "The first polling of a possible New Hampshire primary puts Clinton 53 points ahead of Warren."