Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Terrific Tuesday Tidings: Presidential Pulpit Power, "A Greek God", and Paul Krugman

It's Tuesday and that means it's time for my ongoing quest to become a more positive person. Here are the news stories that made me happy this week:

  • I know a lot of people who have tried to claim over the last couple weeks that the President's endorsement of gay marriage was a purely political and even if it wasn't it won't have any effect.  Those people are to put it nicely, idiots.  I'm going to put aside for a moment the absurdity that when battleground states include North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia that gay marriage is necessarily a winning issue for the President this election.  Instead let's look at the power of the Presidential Pulpit to shift public opinion.  Since the announcement, polls in Maryland (which is facing a ballot measure in the fall) show African Americans have swung 20 points since Marchthe NAACP has endorsed marriage equality, and so has Colin Powell.  If you think any of that would have happened without the President, you're, as stated, an idiot.
  • If Democrats are going to hold onto the Senate, flipping the seats in Arizona and Massachusetts are probably going to be necessary.  Which is why it's always nice when Republicans are admitting that Arizona Democratic Senate candidate Richard Carmona's life story makes him a "political greek god" (personally I'd prefer to be "a streetwise hercules", but it's close).
  • Finally, here's Paul Krugman explaining exactly what's wrong with austerity measures:

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