The prestigious Jesuit periodical "America" in an editorial in the February 25 edition calls for the repeal of the Second Amendment.
Essentially, the editors of the magazine concede the arguments of the conservative justices on the Supreme Court that the Second Amendment precludes any rational redress of the problems of guns in the United States. The editorial suggests that Justice Scalia was correct when he wrote in a case which overturned D.C.'s gun law:
We are aware of the problem of handgun violence in this country, and we take seriously the concerns raised by the many amici who believe that the prohibition of handgun ownership is a solution.... But the enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table.
It's not news to this community that the Republicans are endeavoring to disenfranchise millions of Americans by changing the rules of the game in a way which will increase the chances that they will win the presidency even if they lose the popular vote. Prestigious newspapers and periodicals are beginning to pick up the story. The Washington Post carries today a story about the initiative; it is the lead story on The Post website. The Atlantic has an article called How to Win States and Disenfranchise People: The GOP's Electoral-Vote Plan. Mother Jones has a piece out this morning about the scam. (Q-Tip will be interested in the Mother Jones story which argues Republican efforts might lead to enactment of the the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.)
When you think about the Republicans' efforts, there are actually a couple of things which are underfoot here, and we need to be careful to attend to both of them:
1. One, of course, is the raw power grab--the nitty-gritty of passing legislation and getting a governor to sign it. These efforts to create the groundwork for a legal coup d'état are of course essential to the success of the Republican strategy.
2. The second thing here is an effort to describe the "fairness" of what the Republicans are doing. This is the public relations aspect of it.
As we attend to point one, I think we need to keep a keen eye on point two. A Republican effort to "normalize" what they are doing is underway.
So, for the last six years, we have poured out in Iraq our national treasure, including the tax dollars of gay men and women, their families, and their friends for what? It would seem that we have done so to assist the Iraqi government execute Iraqi gay men and women. Reports say that many gay persons are among the 128 persons awaiting execution in Iraq. These gay persons are to be executed for the "crime" of homosexuality and that Iraq intends to start these executions in "batches of 20" starting in this next week.
C-Span invited 65 historians and observers of the presidency to rank the presidents of the United States. Perennial greatest president of all time, Abraham Lincoln, continues to hold first place in their estimation. Franklin Roosevelt and George Washington always seem to vie for second place, and while Roosevelt held the number two spot in 2000, he has exchanged places with Washington in this year's survey: Washington now is number two.
(Cross-posted at C4O Democrats)
The Washington Post has an interesting article this morning that suggests historians are taking an entirely new look at the first First Lady of the United States. Historian Patricia Brady is telling an entirely new story about Martha Washington, who it turns out was not a frumpy and plump dimwit but an 18th century hottie.
The Prince Jackass last evening gave his valedictory in a speech that I note the press barely mentions in its morning coverage of the news of the day. Monkey Boy last night defended what he did during the last eight insufferable years, eight years which nearly wrecked the United States. (In fact, on reflection, it is not clear yet that he didn't wreck the country; only time will tell if we ever recover from this unmitigated disaster of a presidency.)
The list of George W. Bush's accomplishments is breathtaking. As we bid him farewell, we should spend some time reflecting on what he has done on our behalf. Please feel free to add your memorials in the comments.
(Cross-post at C4O Democrats.)
Let me tell you why I am excited this afternoon. I was born in Omaha, Nebraska and grew up there the first seven years of my life before my family moved to California. Omaha is home to a respectable number of liberal Democrats who would no sooner vote for a Republican than play touch football on a freeway during rush hour. I am living proof of the truth of that statement.
(Crossposted at Clintonistas for Obama)
Three Blue Guys have run a database of electoral college projections. Forty-five prognosticators have given their final projections. I averaged the 45 Obama projections and the 45 McCain projections, and this is the average of how people see it:
All prognosticators among the 45 foresaw an Obama win.
The Wall Street Journal blog describes senior McCain aide, Mark Salter, as "giddy." It quote him as saying:
We feel like we’ve been saying all week. We’re well within the margin or on top in all these battlegrounds. We got a real good shot at catching the guy.
(Cross-posted at Clintonistas for Obama)
You can tell a lot about candidates' internal polling, which at this point surely involves knowledge of early polling results, by where their campaigns are sending them during the last days of the campaign.