From Salon: ”In understanding the polarization and paralysis that afflict national politics in the United States, it is a mistake to think in terms of left and right. The appropriate directions are North and South. To be specific, the long, drawn-out, agonizing identity crisis of white Southerners is having effects that reverberate throughout our federal union. The transmission mechanism is the Republican Party, an originally Northern party that has now replaced the Southern wing of the Democratic Party as the vehicle for the dwindling white Southern tribe.” More here.
"The Republican Party has two comeback plans after the 2012 election, and they are total opposites: Plan A is to win presidential elections by appealing to broader audience that reflects America’s "changing demographics." Plan B is to just change the rules of presidential elections so that rural white voters get a disproportional vote."
Elspeth Reeve has more at The Atlantic.
On the bill to speak at tonight’s convention: Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz, who is Latino, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who is of Indian descent, and Utah Congressional candidate Mia Love, who is black. It’s a far more mixed group than the mostly-white audience. The party’s “Future Majority Project” aims to double the number of Hispanic elected officials this year.
But LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, chair of the Democratic National Convention, and in town as the voice of the opposition party, says he’s not impressed with their efforts. “If I had an Anglo speaker, am I going to get the Anglo vote? Of course not. They’re going to want to know where you are on a broad panoply of issues. Why would Latinos be any different?”
Introducing GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday will be Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who attended a fundraiser last night for the American Conservative Union, and addressed the crowd in both English and Spanish.
- Avishay Artsy, reporting from Tampa