4-2-2012

The GOP’s war on women is already hurting the GOP.

A new USA Today/Gallup poll shows President Obama leading Romney among registered voters, 49% to 45%, and while that margin is clearly narrow, it’s also the president’s largest lead in the 2012 race thus far. Arguably more interesting, however, is Obama’s edge in the nation’s 12 most competitive swing states, and the gender gap fueling the president’s advantage.

More here.

Christianity in crisis   Christianity has been destroyed by politics, priests, and get-rich evangelists.

How far right has the far Right gone?

Last week’s Supreme Court oral arguments on health care were the most dramatic example of how radical tea partyism has displaced mainstream conservative thinking. It’s not just that the law’s individual mandate was, until very recently, a conservative idea. Even conservative legal analysts were insisting it was impossible to imagine the court declaring the health care mandate unconstitutional, given its past decisions.

So imagine the shock when conservative justices repeatedly spouted views closely resembling the tweets and talking points issued by organizations of the sort funded by the Koch brothers. Don’t take it from me. Charles Fried, solicitor general for Ronald Reagan, told The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein that it was absurd for conservatives to pretend that the mandate created a market in health care. “The whole thing is just a canard that’s been invented by the tea party … ,” Fried said, “and I was astonished to hear it coming out of the mouths of the people on that bench.”…

Similarly, House passage of Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget, with its steep cuts in the tax rates on the wealthy and sweeping reductions in programs for the poor, is an enormous step rightward from the budget policies of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Faced with growing deficits, Reagan and Bush both supported substantial tax increases.

Domestic terrorism in Wisconsin

Why the Right decided to make defense of George Zimmerman and smearing of Trayvon a passionate cause

Democrats ask Boehner to back off his “direct assault” on gay veterans

Hoodie Politics: “Racism is alive and well in America.”

While there is plenty of moral outrage to go around, a recognition that racism is alive and well in America, and that justice has been hijacked by those who can afford it, the broader and more fundamental questions and analyses are not being raised.

Paul Ryan (R-WI) lies again  (not the same thing as “misspoke”)

‘Til debt do us part  Americans 60 and older still owe about $36 billion in student loans

Quote of the Day

“Mitt Romney has changed positions more often than a pornographic movie queen.”
— former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter

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