Feel The News, March 1, 2012

A big thank you to Debbie, my friend of thirty or so years, for inviting me to blog here.  I got a soapbox!

Welcome to the first edition of “Feel The News,” a periodic look at notable moments in politics from a progressive point of view.

The name comes from something Stephen Colbert said on his very first show:

“Anyone can read the news to you. I promise to feel the news… at you.”

So, let’s begin.

When you explain health care reform to people, they are in favor of it by a three to one margin.  Currently, however, 47% of the American people think “Obamacare” should be repealed.
Houston, we have a messaging problem.

The ultra-conservative base of the Republican Party, which seems to be the tail wagging the elephant these days, is actually the “last flaring embers of a dying demographic and cultural identity.”

And the Republicans are correct to be freaking out:
Young people and minorities (aka the future) are going Democratic in large numbers. Oh, and Planned Parenthood is more popular than the NRA.

“Employers should not be able to use religion as an excuse to discriminate by providing their employees with substandard health care insurance.” –Sarah Lipton-Lubet, Policy Counsel, A.C.L.U.  Nuff said.

A man who hates sex says some fundamental parts of America make him want to throw up, the Constitution makes his nose itch, and he once acquired restless leg syndrome from staring at a portrait of Thomas Jefferson for too long.

Mitt Romney ran down his list of things he loves in Michigan, and won the primary.  He confirmed that the trees there are the right height, and also that he loves the lakes, not just the great ones but the little ones too.  Oh and he freaking loves American cars, DARNIT they are just too cool.
The sincerity is palpable.

See you next week.

Joel

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