I suggested a number of Connelly phrases and concepts to plug in to make a classic Connelly column. And Connelly (effortlessly, it seems) did just that.
"Litmus-test liberal orthodoxy"? Check.
"Reactionary liberalism"? Check.
Environmental groups used to care about conservation, but now they don't? Check.
Liberal "echo chamber"? Check.
Road diets/higher parking rates/any concessions to cyclists are bad? Check.
Name-checking Richard Nixon? Check. (Bonus points for using Vietnam as a metaphor for Seattle liberals).
As a political friend of mine commented recently, "I don't know if Joel Connelly is a young Ted Van Dyk or if Ted Van Dyk is an old Joel Connelly."