John Dickersonoffers what is by far the best analysis of Barack Obama's "bitter" comment that I've seen thus far, parsing out what he probably meant, and why that won't at all matter to the types of voters he's offended. There are two very important points. One, which he notes as a mere parenthetical, is that all of these justifications for the comments would get Obama and his defenders laughed out of a bar in rural Pennsylvania, and are only digging him a deeper hole.
It seems like so long ago when the Republican presidential candidates were battling to be the most anti-immigrant in order to win the nomination. But then John McCain won and it turned out that immigration might not be that big of a factor for the Republicans in this election after all. We've barely heard the word "immigration" mentioned since, and McCain has been making a concerted effort to court the Latino vote.
Rumor has it that George Bush "is poised to change course and announce as early as this week that he wants Congress to pass a bill to combat global warming." Perhaps he's fired up about Earth Day next week and finally ready to commit to policy that actually addresses climate change. Or perhaps they're concerned that the lawsuits underway right now seeking forced action under existing rules like the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act will create a regulatory calamity.
The Family Research Council just sent out an email asking folks to take part in their "Reconciliation Referendum" marking the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. It's only a week and a half late, but I guess we should take what we can get from FRC. This line of the email, however, got me: