Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 9th, 2012 11:08 pm by HL
Scott Brown Goes Birther on Warren
Nick Baumann, Mother Jones
On Tuesday, Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) went birther on Elizabeth Warren. “Serious questions have been raised about the legitimacy of Elizabeth Warren's claims to Native American ancestry,” Brown said in a statement released to the press. But given the available evidence concerning Warren's ancestry, Brown is essentially implying there may have been an elaborate, years-long effort to fake his opponent's heritage—not unlike the conspiracy envisioned by right-wing activists who sought “answers” about President Obama's citizenship.
Fanatical GOP Could Cause Constitutional Crisis
Jon Chait, NY Magazine
The defeat of Richard Lugar in the Indiana Republican Senate primary is the kind of event that would have been shocking just a half-dozen years ago, and has since grown routine. Incumbent Senators used to have almost no fear that they might be deposed by members of their own party for ideological or partisan deviations, and now that threat has become the most powerful disciplinary tool available to activists. And it's a tool, moreover, that is being deployed asymmetrically "“ the homogeneously conservative Republican Party has winnowed out virtually all its moderates,…