The Washington Post has the scoop on what Virginia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate really believes:
At age 34, two years before his first election and two decades before he would run for governor of Virginia, Robert F. McDonnell submitted a master’s thesis to the evangelical school he was attending in Virginia Beach in which he described working women and feminists as “detrimental” to the family. He said government policy should favor married couples over “cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators.” He described as “illogical” a 1972 Supreme Court decision legalizing the use of contraception by unmarried couples.
The memorial for Sen. Ted Kennedy is later tonight. And while I couldn’t possibly hope to encapsulate the man’s extraordinary life and amazing achievements here, I do want to sound a warning: beware Republicans crying crocodile tears.
"And the dream shall never die..."
Congressional Democrats need to name the health care reform bill after Ted Kennedy. That bill represents the culmination of decades of work by Kennedy, who devoted much of his life to making health care better, cheaper, and more accessible.
Of course, conservatives won’t like that. In fact, some of them are preemptively criticizing progressives for ‘politicizing’ Kennedy’s death in order to pass health care reform. The right is going to be poised like vultures over Kennedy’s funeral, ready to pounce on anything at all they can twist into some kind of undue ‘politicization’ of Kennedy’s memory.
Democratic Congressman Charlie Melancon (LA-03) has announced that he will run against hooker-loving Republican Senator David Vitter in 2010.
Melancon may have been inspired to run by a spate of recent polls showing that he would pose a formidable threat to the scandal-plagued Republican incumbent:
There isn’t much I can say about Sen. Kennedy that hasn’t already been said by people far more intelligent and eloquent than I, so I will simply let Kennedy’s words speak for themselves.
Here, in its entirety, is Sen. Kennedy’s speech to the 1980 Democratic National Convention, widely regarded as one of the finest iterations and defenses of liberalism in modern American history:
Conservatives are–predictably–trying to spin the 2004 Inspector General’s report on the CIA’s interrogation program as vindication of their view that torture successfully thwarted terrorist attacks.
Of course, that’s inaccurate:
Spencer Ackerman at The Washington Independent has the 2004 CIA Inspector General’s report on the use of torture.
It’s quite long–122 pages–and heavily redacted, but there are significant indications within the first few dozen pages that the CIA used highly legally questionable techniques.