“The frame of skepticism is, as always, framed around Obama, not around Romney. No one wonders what advantages accrued to Mitt Romney, a man who spent his early life ensconced in the preserve of malignant and absolutist affirmative action that was metropolitan Detroit. Romney’s Detroit (like most of the country) prohibited black people from the best jobs, the best schools, the best neighborhoods, and the best of everything else. The exclusive Detroit Golf Club, a short walk from one of Romney’s childhood homes, didn’t integrate until 1986. No one is skeptical of Mitt Romney because of the broader systemic advantages he enjoyed, advantages erected largely to ensure that this country would ever be run by men who looked like him.”—From The Myth of an Affirmative Action President, by Ta-Neishi Coates.
“For over a year, Mr. Obama has been building an extensive infrastructure in the state, despite the state’s reputation for being dominated by the advertising “air war.” The Obama campaign has opened 73 field offices in Florida compared with the Romney campaign’s 28.”—And Mitt Romney still expects to win Florida? Good luck with that.
At the end of the day, the RNC did the right thing and showed these two nut-throwers the door, and we’re certainly not going to suggest that all Republicans are
It goes without saying that a lot of the energy coming from the Republicans is coming from the very far right wing extremes of their party, and an overwhelming majority of these extremists have problems with race (and Gender, as it turns out). What kind of problems? Some of them really think Jefferson Davis and the Confederacy never got a fair shake.
But that’s not all the Republican Party. They’re not all guilty of what the worst of them do or believe.
What the Republican Party IS guilty of, is tolerating this nonsense in their ranks. Throwing out the occasional nut-thrower is one thing, but there have been a number of other incidents in the recent past (like say, during the Health Care Debate) where Republican leaders were notoriously silent when the extremists in their ranks went to the race card, and let this kind of toxic behavior fester. They should not be surprised this story erupted as it did; and thus cannot be congratulated for doing what they should’ve done a LONG time ago.
Mitt Romney’s eldest sister, who has backed prominent Democrats for office and is in Tampa showing support for her brother, had some reassuring words Wednesday for women concerned about the Republican Party’s hard line on abortion.
Mitt Romney would never make abortions illegal as president, Jane Romney said when National Journal asked her about the subject after a “Women for Mitt” event. “He’s not going to be touching any of that,” she said. “It’s not his focus.”
”—Gee, maybe Jane Romney oughta warnMitt Romney about this guy running for President named Mitt Romney.
The simple assumption of racial politics as the driver of campaigns is what’s striking. Karl Rove became what he is - a persistent whitehead on the face of American politics - because he learned the art of race-baiting politics in the South. Romney - having given up on Lainos and blacks and gays - is now betting the bank on the white resentment that has been fast losing potency since the 1990s. Which is where Bill Clinton comes in. He is used in that ad. His speech at the DNC should take on this lie aggressively, call Romney personally on it, and demand that the lie end. No one has more cred on this than Clinton. He should punch hard.
In many ways, this is the biggest moment in Bill Clinton’s post-presidential life. Killing racial wedge politics would be a fitting finale to his life’s work on that subject.
Jindal asks for more assistance from Federal Government, doesn't see the irony.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal won’t be at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week. With Tropical Storm Hurricane Issac bearing down on his state, this is how it should be.
But at the same time, the Republicans in Tampa are going to be spending a lot of time crying about how President Obama has turned America into a “Dependent State”, moaning about the debt (which they ran up), and the role of the Federal Government in general.
A poll released on Monday from Latino Decisions shows that Latinos registered voters prefer President Barack Obama to presumtpive Republican nominee Mitt Romney 65 percent to 26 percent. The results are in line with previous polls showing Obama ahead amongst the key demographic — the PollTracker Average shows the President ahead of Romney by a 29.2 percent margin overall.
The poll also showed that 56 percent of Latinos also believe the GOP is ignoring their concerns, while 21 percent added that they believe the Republican Party is ‘hostile’ to Latinos.
Only in Republicanland, will this Poll be seen as excellent news…for Mitt Romney.
Of course, this poll won’t mean anything if Latinos don’t show their strength at the polls this November.