I sense coordination between the speeches by Joe Biden in Iowa and Cory Booker in South Carolina yesterday. Biden’s speech writers honored the ideals of Thomas Jefferson and the Constitution while noting both supported slavery. A few hours earlier Booker embodied the triumph of ideals in words that rang similar to Biden’s to my ears.
Biden/Booker sounds good to me.
Ron Brownstein (CNN): “Under Trump the Republican party is making a conscious trade. They are trading bigger margins among groups that are shrinking in society for resistance and opposition in the areas that are in the groups that are growing.”
John Kasich to Republican senators afraid of backing gun regulation (CNN): “Who cares? You’re down there to do a job. And if you have to be independent, at the end the of the day the only person who sees you in the mirror is yourself.”
Barack Obama: “We should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments; leaders who demonize those who don’t look like us or suggest that other people, including immigrants, threaten our way of life, or refer to other people as sub-human, or imply that America belongs to just one certain type of people.“
Credit for today’s select goes entirely to Economist Jared Bernstein. Last Tuesday he posted this on his twitter feed.
If you’re feeling forlorn behind the ascendance of venal, racism-spewing idiots, and all the other hate and dysfunction that abounds, I’ve got an antidote, or at least an essential vacation. Seriously.