Wednesday, July 19, 2017

On doing the same thing and expecting different results (GOP healthcare edition)

Just a quick comment here, but at the end of yesterday's post, I speculated about the GOP's willingness to keep stepping on the healthcare rake, like Sideshow Bob, and within hours, McConnell-- normally the smartest tactician in the GOP-- tried to revive the "repeal-and-delay" strategy, which was shot down at the beginning of the year, only to have it shot down within hours by Collins, Murkowski and Capito.  Ouch!  Those damned rakes!

Anyway, there's the old cliche that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result.  The quote is often attributed to Einstein, but the actual origins are difficult to trace.  My old grad school advisor used to say, "famous sayings migrate into famous mouths."  I have, on occasion, tried to see if he stole that from anyone and the only name that pops up is his (Nelson Polsby).  Regardless, it is worth pointing out that in quantum mechanics, you actually can do something over and over again, and get different results, and Einstein fucking hated that.  Drove him kinda crazy, one might even say...

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