Morning Reads for Thursday, February 2nd

Here in Georgia…
– Baker has added a new feature to That’s Just Peachy.
– Just so you know, don’t ask Herman Cain questions about 9-9-9.
– Speaking of Cain, when he wants to talk strategy with you, you should probably run in the other direction.
– Jay Bookman says that the recommendations by Gov. Deal’s Transit Governance Task Force will only further complicate transportation in Metro Atlanta.
– If you’re a supporter of charter schools, then you need to read AFP-GA’s fact sheet on the charter schools amendment, which is set for a vote in the House Education Committee at some point today.

National stories of interest…
– Mitt Romney stepped in it yesterday, though James Pethokoukis says he has a point.
– Here are Romney’s five worst gaffes.
– Newt Gingrich’s Nevada campaign is in “disarray.” Just his Nevada campaign?
– Speaking of Gingrich, he may be about to land the coveted Donald Trump endorsement.
– Why did Republicans help bring down SOPA/PIPA? Because Harry Reid said it was important.
– Speaker John Boehner isn’t sold on President Obama’s mortgage refinance plan.
– Rep. Allen West (R-FL) will run for re-election in a new district.
– Obama leads GOP challengers in Ohio.
– RCP’s Sean Trende says that if Romney and Gingrich are unelectable, so is Obama.
– Why are auto sales picking up? Smart Money says the reason is looser lending standards.
– The National Journal runs through the list of possible GOP VP candidates.
– With both Romney and Gingrich backing the individual mandate, David Harsany explains why the GOP has an ObamaCare problem.
– You can’t tax your way to prosperity.

A few that I like…
– Looking for something healthy to snack on during the Super Bowl? Here are some good recipes.
– Dawg Sports recaps National Signing Day for Georgia.
– Super Bowl ad rates have doubled in the last 10 years.
– Here’s a teaser for the return of The Walking Dead.
– Want to learn more about libertarianism, here are some books that can get you started.
– The Boston Red Sox are teaching us a lesson in economics.


      • Calypso says:

        Please change the headline back to Tuesday. Your correcting it makes my comment look goofy. Thanks for these good reads, by the way.

        I do wonder if the GOP VP choice is actually on the list. I can see several of them as good possibilities.

  1. ricstewart says:

    I’m getting tired of the Marcio Rubio slobber-love fest. There’s nothing like old white male Republicans who can’t name more than half a dozen Latino friends coming up with a plan to attract Latino voters.
    He would add a few things to the ticket: he’s an effective fundraiser, from a swing state, young and eloquent.
    However, the conventional wisdom that “he’s Hispanic, so he’ll attract Hispanic voters” has very little basis in reality. There’s no such thing as “the Hispanic voting bloc.” It’s actually several small voting blocs that vary by ethnicity and geography. Latinos in Florida and Utah vote differently than Latinos in New York and California. People with Cuban heritage are typically conservative, Puerto Ricans are generally liberal, and Mexicans are somewhat moderate.

    If you want Hispanic voters to vote for the Republican ticket in large numbers, they need someone whose policies – not just skin color – they can identify with. Immigration is going to be a deciding factor in the 2012 election. Policies and rhetoric do affect the Latino vote. In 2004, Latinos nationwide were still fairly evenly divided among Rs and Ds. 2006 was the year many Republicans starting using immigration as a wedge issue (which backfired) and Latino voters have become more and more Democratic since then.
    Many Hispanics (particularly non-Cubans) are disenchanted with Rubio for his lack of action on immigration. Republicans would do well to put a pro-immigrant candidate, not merely a Hispanic one, on the ticket.

    On top of that, he’s only been in office since 2010. He hasn’t had time to accomplish anything significant. This was my main beef with then-Senator Obama in 2008. Why should I (and most other conservatives) have a double-standard for Rubio?

    • drjay says:

      i mostly agree with you about rubio, we said the same thing about obama in 08, in fact it may have been mcain’s best weapon to draw a contrast until he picked a kindergovernor as his running mate and basically erased the contrast…jindal probably makes more sense for the breadth and depth of experience, if the gop “has to have” a minority on the ticket, there are plenty of gop people of color (there really are) that hopefully can be brought on board to campaign for the gop ticket, in spanish, on univision, in the community that can at least get hispanics to take a look at the gop brand, even beyond this election it is an important outreach for the party to be making, hopefully they don’t blow it…

  2. kyleinatl says:

    If I was in the room with Alex Wagner, I’d probably forget what my political platform was too…yow!

  3. saltycracker says:

    Romney was spot on. Producers are the key.
    The misdirection is focusing on phony definitions of poor, jobless and maintaining a broken tax system.

  4. Baker says:

    Thanks for the link Jason!

    And on the VP deal: Normally I’m big on leaving people where they are so they can really get a foundation and record (i.e. Don’t pick Rubio). Rubio can do a world of good in the Senate for the next ten years and then maybe move onto a ticket. Rightly or wrongly, picking him now would be viewed as tokenism.

    Chris Christie however might not have much of a future in New Jersey. Too many voters have the political knowledge of Snookie I guess. The way that guy talks is so badass. And he doesnt say something stupid or have some crazy gaffe on a semi-regular basis like the “genius” Newt does. Who cares if the VP is not supposed to be ‘bombastic’. He’ll appeal to Americans tired of mealy-mouthed, hemming and hawing politicians talking about how ‘oh, we’re trying to fix things’. He’d have some appeal moderates.

    If they’re likely going to lose anyway, at least get a guy in there who will forcefully, smartly spread the conservative message and he’s it.

  5. saltycracker says:

    The Cubans that came here to escape Castro were as fine a group of immigrants we could hope for. Then Carter opened the door to their rift raft. Add the tide of illegals from everywhere else and it changed the Hispanic majority from equal opportunity seekers. Rubio represents the originals and would be an acceptable VP for his right leaning philosophies.

  6. bowersville says:

    Thanks folks: reasoning on Rubio over conspiracies any day. Moderates will be turned off immediately on any conspiracy but will consider reasoned responses IMHO.

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