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Eph Partner on Kavanaugh

Looking for a Williams connection to the Kavanaugh nomination fight? EphBlog has you covered!

On Thursday, Senate Democrats disclosed that they had referred a complaint regarding President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the F.B.I. for investigation. The complaint came from a woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were both in high school, more than thirty years ago.

Reporter Ronan Farrow is the partner of Jon Lovett ’04.


No Fear To Be Smelled

My sense is that most Ephs would disagree with Bennett’s ’65 assessment of Trump’s performance at his press conference. For example, from Jon Lovett ’04:

Perhaps the truth is somewhere in between . . .


Don’t Lie

“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”

“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”

Background here.


Seeing Your Ex at a Rigged Restaurant

Looking for a place to argue about the election? This is your thread!


But, first, some comments from two of our favorite Ephs:

Jon Lovett ’04, a straight shooter respected on all sides, tweets:


In response to Donald Trump’s statement that he will wait and see whether the election is fair before promising to accept its results, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski narrates a montage of statements from Democratic politicians calling the legitimacy of the 2000 and 2004 elections into question.



Latest odds show a tightening race.


Those Ephs who hate statistical models — in the same way that Young Earth Creationist hate the theory of evolution — might consult the betting markets, which currently give Trump a better than 32% chance of winning, the best odds he has had so far.

My question: What do Ephs think about the video of Clinton’s stumble/fall/collapse?



This is your weekly space for arguing politics. Have at it!


The other consistent thing about Trump, at least in the last month, has been his increasing chances of becoming president, at least if you believe those wreckers at 538.


Most Pro Trump Eph?


Most (70%? 90%?) Ephs would probably agree with Jon Lovett ’04 that Trump would make a very bad president. But who is the most pro-Trump Eph (other than your humble author, of course)?

Andy Grewal ’02, a law school professor, liked Trump’s speech.


By the way, if you don’t follow Grewal’s twitter feed, you should.grewal


But I have not see Grewal endorse Trump. (Yet?) Oren Cass is a proud member of #NeverTrump but he at least recommends that conservatives not destroy themselves over the issue.

Can you ever again support Ayotte or Jindal, given that they are Trump supporters? If not, how about someone who does support them—how far does toxicity spread? And if you declare support for Trump not just incorrect but wrong, then aren’t the protestors shutting down his rallies on the side of justice? If supporting Clinton is wrong, are you prepared to go to bat for The Donald no matter what he says about her?

Disagreement is healthy. It sharpens and strengthens and teaches. Condemnation we should use only with extreme care. By all means, condemn the candidates; they are accountable for themselves. But spare those forced to grapple with the same terrible choice as you. For some, the balance tilts another way.

Mike Needham ’04 has said many kind and insightful things about Trump and, to an even greater extent, Trump’s supporters, but I don’t think he has formally endorsed anyone. I still hope for him to be the Chief of Staff in a Trump Administration.

What other Ephs are (publicly) pro-Trump?


Wise Latina

Jon Lovett ’04 is no fan of Donald Trump:


Thinking that a judge’s Hispanic heritage might affect their decisions is horribly racist! Just ask Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor:

“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion.”

Stupid Trump! Doesn’t he know that Hispanic heritage only makes a judge better. By definition, it can’t make a judge worse.


If You Like Your EphBlog . . .

What lines spoken by President Obama will make it into the history books? I am not sure. But I was pleased to read that Jon Lovett ’04 was involved in one of his more (in)famous promises:

If you are one of the millions of people who lost their health insurance under ObamaCare, the President’s lie “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it” probably still stings. But to CBS This Morning host Charlie Rose and the Obama speechwriters he invited on his PBS show, it’s now a hilarious laugh line.

On Monday’s edition of PBS’s Charlie Rose show the host invited on former Obama speechwriters David Litt, Jon Favreau and Jon Lovett to wax fondly about Obama’s “great” communication skills when it came to delivering both serious speeches and funny lines. When Lovett, now a writer in Hollywood, told Rose he was most proud of the “serious speeches” on the economy and health care, Favreau jokingly jabbed that Lovett was responsible for the now infamous lie about keeping your health insurance plan.

Was Lovett responsible for that line? Which line that Lovett wrote is most famous?


More Commencement Speeches

Hats off to Professor Joan Edwards (College Marshal) and Margaret Weyers (Assistant to the College Marshal) for putting together an outstanding page of information about Commencement. Not only is David Halberstam’s speech on “Life After INSERT COLLEGE NAME HERE” available, but so are speeches by the three student speakers.

They are all worth a read. Indeed, “Leaving the Lesson Factory” by Jonathan Lovett and “An Itinerant Dictionary” by Sam Irons are jaw-droppingly good. Of course, a big part of commencement speaking is, you know, the speaking part. But these speeches are so marvelous in style and substance that it is hard to believe that they weren’t big crowd pleasers, regardless of skill (or lack there of) in delivery.



Among the many reasons why the Math department is one of the best at Williams is humor. This was from a recent all-campus mailing.

So I was walking through the math library earlier today and I heard the most
interesting conversation between Ed Burger and Jon Lovett. Since I know you
all need additional enticement to come to math snacks, I thought I would
relate it to you.

Burger: What did one vector say to the other vector?
Jon: This is why you have no friends.
Burger: That’s not what he said!

Come to math snacks tonight at 10pm in the math library. We can’t all promise to be this funny, but there will be yesterday’s doughnuts, and Aidan is very likely to make an appearance.

Although reading all-campus mailings is hardly an unbiased sampling technique, it sure seems that the math department does a lot more to make students feel welcome and excited than other similarly-sized departments.


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