Last we saw him, his "head hurt" from trying to understand filibuster reform (his words), and he thought Third Way's op-ed claiming Democrats would benefit politically from cutting Social Security was a "takedown of professional Left's magical thinking" (again, his words).
So what brings us back to Fournier today? Soccer.
First, start with an insufferably stupid premise based on an incorrect assumption:
The U.S. got enough points to advance. Eric Cantor did not get enough votes to advance. End of stupid attempt at stupid analogy. So Washington City Paper editor Mike Madden tried to be helpful, and it all goes downhill from there, as you'll see below the fold.
Figures. If you can't think about filibuster reform without getting a headache and think that Third Way has anything of worth to say on Social Security, then it follows that the concept of a simple four-team, three-game tournament is well beyond reach. And rather than sit there and work things out in that addled brain of his, he does the conservative thing and wave it off, "I'm not buying it", as if it's a matter of opinion.
Ladies and gentlemen, I'll remind you again, this is the National Journal's editorial director. Kinda explains why the Beltway media is so bad, huh?