In appeal to NAACP, Biden warns of refighting civil rights battles under Romney
“Did you think we’d be fighting these battles again?” Biden said. “I didn’t think we’d be back. I remember working with Republicans — and by the way, this ain’t your father’s Republican Party — on motor-voter, expanding the [voting] franchise. Some of these were Republican ideas. This is not the Republican Party’s view today, nor Romney’s. They see a different future in which voting is harder than easier.”
Matt Miller: The Rubio Paradox — only cheering upward mobility
What to make of a Republican Party that celebrates upward mobility but does nothing to promote it — despite the stunning fact that it is now less likely that an American child will rise from the station of his or her birth than children in most of Europe?
Dana Milbank: Romney’s encouragement of the Obama conspiracies
Sununu, like other prominent Republicans, is winking at those conservatives who continue to make the claim, often race-based, that President Obama is something un-American, something “other” than the rest of us. On Thursday, two days after Sununu’s attack, Romney himself said that Obama lacks “an understanding of what it is that makes America such a unique nation.”
The trend toward a whiter, maler GOP and a browner, more female Democratic Party took root over decades in which broad structural changes — constitutional, economic and social — incentivized politicians to appeal to voters, openly and otherwise, in such a way as to produce today’s racializing parties.
Matt Miller: GOP to the uninsured: You’re on your own
Fifty million uninsured Americans would be the immediate casualties of the GOP’s “let them eat the emergency room” mentality. But all of us would be at risk. In America — alone among wealthy nations — everyone is a pink slip or job change or new illness away from finding they’ve lost coverage or are uninsurable.
Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem.
We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional. In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.
"The Amnesia Candidate" - Just how stupid does Mitt Romney think we are? If you’ve been following his campaign from the beginning, that’s a question you have probably asked many times. And the answer is, he hopes you're an idiot-- because that's the only way his policies and talking points make any sense. [New York Times - Paul Krugman]
TED talk: Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.
Rich Kid, Poor Kid: For 30 Years, Baltimore Study Tracked Who Gets Ahead
Rich Kid, Poor Kid: For 30 Years, Baltimore Study Tracked Who Gets Ahead by Juana Summers, npr: Just 33 children — out of nearly 800 — moved from the low-income to high-income bracket. Listen to the sobering and inspiring stories of two of them.