Morning Reads for Monday, March 5th

March 5, 2012 6:10 am

by Jason · 19 comments

Here in Georgia…
- More than 140,000 voters cast ballots ahead of tomorrow’s primary.
- Blog for Democracy has called on DPG Chairman Mike Berlon to resign.
- Atlanta has developed a plan on how to spend its T-SPLOST money, assuming it passes.
- Jim Galloway recaps Mayor Kasim Reed’s visit to Meet the Press.
- Rick Santorum has started running robocalls in Georgia claiming that Mitt Romney wrote checks to Planned Parenthood. You do realize that unemployment is 8.5%, right? Enough with the wedge social issues.
- Here’s the story on Romney’s visit to Snellville.

National stories of interest…
- Here is an interesting piece from Chris Cillizza, which includes thoughts from Republicans, on the GOP may need to lose big this year to be viable in the future.
- With Rick Santorum saying that he can win the GOP nomination if Newt Gingrich drops out, the former House Speaker says he’s not dropping out of the race.
- Vladimir Putin has won Russia’s presidential election.
- Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), author of SOPA, wants everything you do on the web logged without a warrant.
- States with medicinal marijuana laws have fewer car crashes.
- Does anyone actually boycott Chick-Fil-A because of who they donate money to?
- Government General Motors has halted production of the Chevy Volt.
- The Koch Brothers are suing to gain control of the Cato Institute, hoping to make it partisan and less independent.

A few that I like…
- The Braves were blown out by the Tigers in their second Spring Training game.
- Here are five great performances from actors who weren’t acting.

wicker March 5, 2012 at 7:02 am

“You do realize that unemployment is 8.5%, right? Enough with the wedge social issues.”

I agree totally. Oh wait … you are only talking about conservatives. Liberals still get to push THEIR social issues all the time. Example: gay marriage in Maryland was just legalized. Don’t they have unemployment, jobs, transportation, schools, environment etc. issues in Maryland, especially Baltimore?

Look, if you are a social liberal who supports abortion and gay marriage, just come out and say it. But don’t resort to the “we need to focus on economics issues!” or “it costs us elections by driving off moderates and independents!” nonsense until you start applying that same standard to the left. By demanding that social conservatives disarm while their counterparts on the left get to do whatever they want, you reveal the side that you are on anyway. Just be honest and principled and come out and admit it directly, and stop claiming that “jobs jobs jobs” should be the message for the GOP only and not the other side, especially when NO ONE is claiming that Barack Obama is harming his cause by weighing into social issues whatever chance he gets. Look, where Obama has made some concessions to the GOP on economic and national security issues (despite what the folks on talk radio would have you believe, it is true) social issues is the only area where Obama has been consistently liberal. If the “we need to be focusing on jobs!” folks were sincere, OBAMA is who you would focus on, not the folks on your own side of the aisle. But you won’t because (with the except of affirmative action) you AGREE with Obama on social issues. THAT is the real issue, and you just won’t come out and say it.

Harry March 5, 2012 at 7:09 am

Good observations.

Jason March 5, 2012 at 7:38 am

I didn’t realize I needed to “come out and say it.” I thought it was already well established that I support gay marriage. It’s not like I’m trying to hide that fact.

Nevertheless, the reason Democrats push social issues is because they use them to make Republicans like Rick Santorum and other social conservatives look like intolerant fools in swing states where independents, who tend to stay away from crazy, are a factor.

John Konop March 5, 2012 at 8:01 am

Wicker,

In the last 90 days polls show a 11 percent swing with soccer moms supporting Obama.This is why Obama has surged ahead of all GOP candidates. The Demavrats now have 30 point advantage among voters as being more reasonable working with the other side. 35 percent of republicans even think the democrats are better at working with the other side.

The above data shows unless the GOP gets it act together they will not only blow with the white house, but congress will be a problem as well. A debate about limiting contraception turns off many people for various reasons ie fiscally 77 percent of adolescent unwedded mothers end up on welfare, contraception is used for health reasons 15 percent of the time, the concept that women are sluts, but men are ok for having sex out of wedlock, men making decisions over women healthcare needs……..this issue brings people from different ideologies together. That is why the Dems are riding this horse.

saltycracker March 5, 2012 at 9:03 am

Soccer moms probably see evangelical goals, like limiting birth control, more threathening than taxing those making over $250k while the unemployment numbers are not revelant.

They’ll come around if Romney gets nominated. But Romney will have to make his case.

saltycracker March 5, 2012 at 9:26 am

p.s. The (R) focus market should be the over 40 crowd. They have concerns that will motivate them to vote. They are the most concerned with the Fed direction and its desire to control or enable every aspect of their lives. And its inability to get a grip on fraud, scam, illegal activities, immigration, drugs, foreign affairs and most importantly, government spending.

Ironically some of the (R) candidates are getting on some of those “I’m here to help” hills they can die on.

Rick Day March 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm

What makes you think they have not maniacally focused on the over forty demographic for the last 35 years?

cheapseats March 5, 2012 at 8:22 am

No matter what the game is, the tired old “the other side does it too!” is never a winning strategy.

In politics, you must lead. Never chase.

That explains one of the major reasons why I dislike both the Dems and Repubs equally. We could use a better POTUS but the Repubs aren’t offering one.

ted in bed March 5, 2012 at 8:53 am

“We could use a better POTUS but the Repubs aren’t offering one.”

Democrats always say that and it’s subtle way to poison people’s opinions of Republicans. Frankly, every one of our candidates has vastly more experience and talent than Obama. We have a former Speaker of the House, a multi-term US Senator (2 terms), and a governor.

Obama was what? A community organizer?

kyleinatl March 5, 2012 at 11:46 am

This could also be read as: “Everyone one of our candidates is a cast-off from years previous”.

cheapseats March 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm

A valid point – 4 years ago. In case you missed it, I think that “experience” ship has sailed.

None of the Republican candidates have POTUS on their resume.

You got a former Speaker that was basically drummed out due to multiple ethics issues. A back-bencher senator and a governor (I though Mitt was an OK governor) but most of the hard-core Repub base doesn’t like him.

I’m no fan of Obama – and I’m damn sure no Democrat. Republicans and Democrats are equal to me – neither has shown to be a good choice for this country. At present, I’m strongly “anti-party”. The Crips and the Bloods are just two flavors of bad.

I’m just one of the majority who thinks the R’s have failed to put up a decent challenger. The “Anybody But Obama” crowd makes me sad for this country because I do NOT want just “anybody” as POTUS. That’s a child’s tantrum and we are a better people than that.

If we’re going to change leaders then let’s have an upgrade.

ricstewart March 5, 2012 at 9:36 am

Rick Santorum: Hypocrite.
A week after he pays for a robocall in Michigan criticizing Romney for opposing the auto bailout (Santorum opposed it, too), he has a robocall in Georgia accusing Romney of supporting Planned Parenthood even though Santorum himself voted for appropriations bills that included Title X funding for Planned Parenthood.

SallyForth March 5, 2012 at 11:58 am

Yep ric – he’s great at talking out both sides of his mouth. I wonder when Santorum will put on the other team’s jersey and start the robocalls in Georgia asking Democrats to go vote for him next Tuesday (like he’s done up North).

elfiii March 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

“We engineered the Volt to be a technological wonder.”

You also apparently engineered it to not sell many or make a profit.

seenbetrdayz March 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm

GM will just go get more of our tax money and send the Volts to the car-crushers.

elfiii March 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm

And I think I shall begin dining at Chic-Fil-A more frequently.

Harry March 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm

In case you aren’t aware, the Jewish ethnicity manages a large segment of the media, entertainment and financial sectors. Obama needs their support, but was starting to lose it. So suddenly appears a strong statement in support of Israel – “We’ve got your back”. I predict Obama will stay with that playbook until one day after the election, then pull a 180.

Rick Day March 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm

I boycott Chick-dee-ley.

Why?

Because they refuse to baptize the Mormon chickens.

The Cows™ told me.

saltycracker March 5, 2012 at 7:09 pm

This is how to campaign and with an accounting gimmick will make his election travels LOOK cheaper!

The United States Air Force has established two new aircraft squadrons to support the Presidential travel needs during the campaign season.

The 305th and 306th Expeditionary Airlift Squadrons were activated as subordinate units of the 89th Airlift Wing on December 1.

The 305th will operate out of New Castle, DE, with 5 C-130H medium lift transport aircraft, 8 full sets of aircrew, 60 maintenance personnel, and 12 operations personnel are assigned.

The 306th will operate out of Andrews AFB, with 4 C-17 heavy lift transports, 7 full aircrew, 60 maintenance personnel, and 10 operations personnel will be assigned.

Operations for the two squadrons are to commence in April, and will run through the election. The aircraft and personnel will be released back to their original units after Nov. 2.

http://www.dcmilitary.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20111209/NEWS09/712099912/89th-activates-2-eas-squadrons&template=PrinterFriendly

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