There's a portion in the GOP's "Pledge for America" where the authors decry an "unchecked executive" who "strikes down long-standing laws and institutions" while "scorning the deepest beliefs of the American people." Given their past rhetoric, Republicans are probably referring to our duly elected executive's decision to pursue health-care reform and other tyrannical measures like greater unemployment insurance or climate-change legislation. Obviously, Republicans are playing off of their conservative base.
Mona Charen's latest piece is on the "dodged bullet" of lower crime during a high-poverty recession. She repeats the conventional wisdom about crime increasing during periods of economic decline, and wonders why that isn't the case for this recession:
In an interview with Bloomberg, Bill Clinton offered some tidbits of advice to Democrats:
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said his fellow Democrats should stop "mealy mouthing around" and start taking the fight to Republicans in the final weeks before this year's congressional elections.
Previous assertions notwithstanding, it seems that this year isn't a record one for black Republicans:
Well, the primary data are now in — and Johnson’s claim that 2010 would be a record year is out the window. Only 13 African Americans are left running for the House on the GOP ticket this fall. That’s a higher number than in recent cycles, but nowhere near record levels — and far below the number running just a decade ago.