Judge Sullivan, Satan, the Democratic Party, and Milton Friedman

It is a good working assumption to behave as if Judge Sullivan is taking instructions from the Democratic National Committee (I might say from Joe Biden, except nobody thinks he’s really aware of what’s going on around him). It is unlikely that this is literally true, but it is a good working assumption. Economist Milton Friedman is famous for his methodological theory that a good economic model is one that makes correct predictions, not one that has realistic assumptions. If you have a model that assumes everyone in the economy is identical, to keep things simple, and your model can predict the inflation rate next year, that’s great, and your explanation for inflation shouldn’t be criticized for making an unrealistic assumption. Here, if the assumption that Judge Sullivan is a tool of the Democratic Party predicts his every action, then we have a good and useful model. If it turns out that it’s only certain Democrats instructing him, or he’s just trying to think for himself what pleases the Democrats, or even if he’s trying to be a man of integrity but it always turns out his rulings favor the Democratic Party, that doesn’t affect how good our model is for prediction.

After I take a nap, I will come back this, relate it Satan, Job, and evidence, and use it to speculate as to what comes next in the Flynn case.

Zechariah 3 /

1 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.

2 And the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?

Better: The Temptation of Jesus. Get thee behind me, Satan. Job.