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Strom Thurmond, pictured here in 1957, left the Democrats when the party embraced civil rights.

The party of civil rights

05/23/12 01:34PM

Kevin Williamson covers some well-traveled ground this week, making the case that, despite popular political "myth," it's the Republican Party that's the "party of civil rights.That Republicans have let Democrats get away with this mountebankery is a symptom of their political fecklessness, and in letting them get away with it the GOP has allowed itself to be cut off rhetorically from a pantheon of Republican political heroes, from Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass to Susan B. read more

Meet Romney's 'Special Advisor' on education policy

Meet Romney's 'Special Advisor' on education policy

05/23/12 12:36PM

Mitt Romney will outline his education policy in a speech today, and as part of his focus on the issue, the Republican presidential hopeful announced yesterday that Rod Paige will serve as his "special advisor" on education.The most obvious observation is that Paige was the Bush/Cheney Secretary of Education, offering yet another connection between the failed former Republican administration and Team Romney.The more important angle, though, is why Romney is getting policy advice from the worst Education Secretary anyone's ever seen. read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

05/23/12 12:00PM

Today's installment of campaign-related news items that won't necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:* A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows President Obama with a narrow lead over Mitt Romney at the national level, 47% to 43%. The gender gap is enormous, and Obama has a clear edge among self-identified independents.* A new Quinnipiac poll, however, shows Romney with a growing lead in Florida, where he's ahead of the president by six points, 47% to 41%. Adding Sen. read more

John Maynard Keynes suddenly finds fans in the Republican establishment.

Maybe we really are all Keynesians now

05/23/12 10:45AM

It'll probably be a while until the issues are on policymakers' frontburner, but Congress and the White House have quite a deadline looming.As the Congressional Budget Office reminded everyone yesterday, on Dec. 31, all of the Bush-era tax rates will expire, as will lower payroll tax rates. read more

Mitch's mendacious message

05/23/12 10:00AM

It wasn't too long ago that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) argued that President Obama has been able to enact his entire policy agenda, so he's not in a position to complain about the state of the economy.McConnell argued that White House officials have been "trying to pretend like the president just showed up yesterday, just got sworn in and started fresh. In fact, he's been in office three years. read more

Shelby shows how the game is played

Shelby shows how the game is played

05/23/12 09:25AM

The Senate Banking Committee, led by Chairman Richard Shelby (R) of Alabama, held a hearing yesterday on the JPMorgan Chase's admittedly "stupid" trading bets that lost the company at least $2 billion in a very short amount of time. Was the hearing intended to further embarrass the banking giant? Demand answers for what happened? read more

So much for 'character assassination'

05/23/12 08:35AM

As recently as five days ago, Mitt Romney argued that any criticism of his controversial private-sector background was evidence "character assassination," and an attack on capitalism itself.It's a curious way to stifle debate, isn't it? To hear the Republican candidate tell it, he could make Bain Capital the centerpiece of his campaign, but criticism of his business tactics has no place in the public discourse.Yesterday, however, the line appears to have been moved. As Rachel noted last night, former Gov. read more

Morning Maddow: May 23

05/23/12 07:33AM

The CBO warns Congress that extending the Bush tax cuts not taking fiscal action will likely send us into recession next year. Update: looks like I didn't have enough coffee this morning. I got this pretty well wrong the first time. read more

Ron Paul takes Minnesota, Romney rejected

Ron Paul takes Minnesota, Romney rejected

05/22/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow reports on the total dominance of Ron Paul in the Minnesota Republican primary where the poverty of the state Republican Party hasn't made them beholden to the national party's candidate, Mitt Romney. watch

Mixed messages

Mixed messages

05/22/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Tuesday’s show – Karl Rove’s super PAC makes a major political ad buy against the Obama campaign, and we’ve got David Axelrod on the show to talk campaign messaging. Plus,... watch