Welcome back to The Best & The Brightest, our new-ish daily political email covering what’s really happening in this town. In tonight’s edition, my conversation with Peter Hamby about Congress banning TikTok, A.O.C.’s cynical Gen Z play, the disappearance of Mike Pompeo, why Democrats have cooled on Alvin Bragg, and the possibility that Ron DeSantis drops his White House bid.
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Republicans and Democrats don’t see eye to eye on much, but there are a few exceptions: Namely, concern about the omnipotence of technology platforms and the growing threat of China. And this, in large part, helps explain why the congressional interrogation of TikTok C.E.O. Shou Chew turned into a made-for-TV double-piñata. (One of the few outliers was Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, who posted her first TikTok video in support of the app, earning some 1.5 million views and telling lawmakers they were putting “the cart before the horse” on a potential ban.)
TikTok has become a lightning rod in Washington for these reasons, among others. Herewith, I discuss the issue and its myriad derivatives, with Puck founding partner Peter Hamby. (Peter is also the host of Good Luck America on Snap, a TikTok competitor.) We also chatted about some mounting DeSantis national doubts, the absence of...