Jeff Zeleny takes an early look at conservative presidential politics in Iowa:
The ailing economy and the Tea Party’s demand for smaller government have dominated Republican politics for two years, but a resurgent social conservative movement is shaping the first stage of the presidential nominating contest, complicating the strategy for candidates who prefer to focus on fiscal issues over faith.
In an apparent homage to the Southern authoritarians of decades past, Republican lawmakers in the Old South are targeting undocumented immigrants (the current disfavored minority) with harsh, draconian legislation:
Proposed legislation in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina, where Republicans control the legislatures and the governors’ mansions, have moved further than similar proposals in many other states, where concerns about the legality and financial impact of aggressive immigration legislation have stopped lawmakers.
According to Public Policy Polling, North Carolina is definitely "in play" for Obama 2012:
North Carolinians narrowly approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as President and as a result it appears he should once again be very competitive in the state in 2012. 48% of voters like the job he's doing to 46% who disapprove. The key to his solid numbers this month is that he's on positive ground with independents at a 46/43 spread.
John Stossel has never been mistaken for an intelligent man, so it's no surprise that he would say something like this:
John Stossel on Fox: "Why is there a Bureau of Indian Affairs? ... No group in America has been more helped by the government than the American Indians."
Obviously, this is only true if you ignore the century-long genocidal war pursued against the various Native American tribes. Of course, as someone consumed by his narrow, right-wing ideology, it's no surprise that Stossel didn't think of that complication.