We need a more machine-readable republic

People on the other side are horrible, and their ideas are stupid. It’s a rule of modern politics that deeply disserves our country. Even in its softer forms, it can be foolhardy. So I was bemused, perhaps annoyed, earlier this week when the New York Times’ morning newsletter cautioned against some of the reforms won by dissident Republicans in the recent process for selecting a new House speaker:

Consider some of the assurances the holdout Republicans received from McCarthy: more time to read and debate legislation, as well as to propose unlimited changes to it.

In theory, these changes might sound like common sense, since legislators should, ideally, be taking time to understand and finalize bills. But
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