Weekly Musing 4-14-13
R.I.P. R.D. Musser Sr.
An icon on Mackinac Island and great community leader passed away this week. He was an honorable man who took great pride in his state and his family’s Grand Hotel. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
We had a great meeting in LA this week as RNC members and others gathered from around the country.
The most controversial and arguably important part of the meeting was the Rules Committee and the changes they adopted. The RNC unanimously rejected rule 16b that was passed at the last convention. The presidential campaign pushed through a rule change that limited state’s rights, allowed presidential campaigns to veto duly elected delegates and all in the name of protecting candidates from “faithless committed delegates”.
The RNC Rules Committee worked out new compromise language that gave states the right to bind and elect their delegates under their rules; explicitly required the convention to record and announce the delegate vote counts by state; explicitly NOT allow presidential campaigns to veto delegates; and insure the RNC follow and enforce these rules.
The RNC Rules Committee has schedule a complete review of each and every rule, one by one, to insure that if any other rules that may have restricted delegate’s rights to play a real role in the process are protected.
The Committee also passes 12 resolutions by acclimation that were presented by different members from around the country to the Resolution Committee with no objections. These were non-controversial reaffirmations of our principles and recognition of various Republican leaders.
Chairman Reince Priebus encouraged the RNC to bring together every faction, to hear everyone’s voice and help bring the party together.
Obama’s Growth-Busting Budget
No matter how you slice the Obama budget pie, the inescapable fact is that the president wants to get rid of the roughly $1 trillion budget-cutting sequester and substitute in a $1 trillion-plus tax hike. In other words, more spending, more taxing. Growth-busting. The GOP should just say no.
The Republican Advantage
There’s no question this phenomenon has benefited Republicans. Observing Democrats trying to win a House majority today is akin to watching a soccer team play a comparably skilled opponent with the field slanted 25 degrees against them. Thanks to the concentrated nature of the Democratic vote, Republicans have always occupied at least two dozen more solidly partisan districts than Democrats. But the rise in ironclad districts forces Democrats to win a near-impossible share of what’s left just to even the score.
The World-Changing Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher had more impact on the world than any woman ruler since Catherine the Great of Russia. Not only did she turn around—decisively—the British economy in the 1980s, she also saw her methods copied in more than 50 countries. “Thatcherism” was the most popular and successful way of running a country in the last quarter of the 20th century and into the 21st.
Margaret Thatcher: The woman who made Britain great again
Almost 25 years have passed since Margaret Thatcher left Downing Street, and yet the full scale of her achievement is still surprisingly hard to set out. So completely has her legacy shaped modern Britain, so fully have she and her ideas been woven into its fabric, that it can be hard to appreciate the depth of our debt to this most extraordinary of individuals. For she was not one of those politicians who had the good fortune to go with the grain of her times. She was a leader who wrenched this nation from the path of demoralisation, diminishment and decline so decisively, so self-evidently successfully, that her victory seems, in hindsight, to be almost an inevitability.
Thatcher Rejected Conventional Wisdom of Ruling Class
“Divisive” here refers to something specific. It was Margaret Thatcher’s special genius that she systematically rejected the conventional wisdom, almost always well-intentioned, of the political establishment.
Instead, she insisted on hard, uncomfortable truths.
Despite ‘autopsy,’ GOP could have revival in 2014
The lesson for Democrats is not to count on demographic destiny just yet. The 2014 election could be the last hurrah of the “old” traditional electorate. Democrats and progressives must organize today to prevent that outcome. The path forward for Republicans is clear, too. They will ignore the needs of unmarried women, minorities and young voters at their own peril.
The Young are the Restless
Young people also are the least religious (more than a quarter specify no religion when asked), and they are an increasingly diverse group of voters. Fifty-eight percent of voters under 30 were white non-Hispanic in 2012, down from 74 percent in 2000. Like it or not, younger Americans are thirsty for change that lines up with their more liberal cultural worldview.
How every state voted in every election since 1796 — in 1 chart!
How states evolved in their politics and voting patterns is of endless fascination to us political nerds at the Fix. Now, thanks to the chart below, which was designed by Riverbed Design and posted online by AIGA Seattle, you can trace how each state voted in every election since 1796. (Yes, 1796!)
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