With his Jay-Z remix a little while back, Jay Smooth gave voice to the Republican electorate's humdrum over Mitt Romney -- but will things change next Tuesday with the Michigan and Arizona primaries? Dan Balz of the Washington Post wonders what will happen if Romney wins one or both states:
Romney certainly needs to win Michigan to put himself back on course. But he needs victories to start coming consistently and by healthy margins. His team is correct that this will be a battle for delegates, but Republicans want a standard-bearer who can do more than scratch out the nomination by attrition. That’s why Tuesday’s contests loom so large.
More of what we here at "MHP" are reading today:
- ProPublica reports that a New York court defied a state regulation and ruled that towns can ban "fracking."
- Ron Brownstein has a compelling argument in National Journal: Romney making the case against others that has been made against him could backfire in the fall if he's the nominee.
- Seven states have filed suit over the still-controversial health reform mandate on birth control.
- Rick Santorum...popular with women? Really?
- Karen Santorum believes her husband's candidacy is part of God's big plan for him. (This lady might disagree.)
- Missed this study from the other day about African American unemployment over the last 50 years?
- The trial over the 2010 BP oil spill is starting in New Orleans.
- An editorial written about atheism was pulled from a Tennessee high school paper.
- Maddow Blog's Steve Benen has a brilliant look at the gas-prices talk you're hearing from Republicans.
- Some dude in Alaska apparently thinks "mulattoes" can't be President.
- Did Ray Nagin channel his inner Snoop Dogg?
- Xena's #occupying a Shell oil drilling ship. You're welcome.
- And the incredible Anna Holmes -- whose work you should be reading all the time -- wrote a very nice article about our show and host.