A world of campaign slogans come to mind, but few of them are printable. From the Associated Press:
A proposal to ban the circumcision of male children in San Francisco has been cleared to appear on the November ballot, setting the stage for the nation’s first public vote on what has long been considered a private family matter.
But even in a city with a long-held reputation for pushing boundaries, the measure is drawing heavy fire.
Opponents are lining up against it, saying a ban on a religious rite considered sacred by Jews and Muslims is a blatant violation of constitutional rights.
If the measure passes, circumcision would be prohibited among males under the age of 18. The practice would become a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or up to one year in jail. There would be no religious exemptions.
The proposed ban appears to be the first in the country to make it this far, though a larger national debate over the health benefits of circumcision has been going on for many years. Banning circumcision would almost certainly prompt a flurry of legal challenges alleging violations of the First Amendment’s guarantee of the freedom to exercise one’s religious beliefs.
A suddenly vacant state Senate seat is stirring up middle Georgia. From the Macon Telegraph:
Miriam Paris, the president of Macon City Council, will be challenging state Rep. David Lucas, D-Macon, in the Democratic race for the District 26 state Senate seat being vacated by Robert Brown.
Brown, the Senate minority leader from Macon, has said he’s running for Macon mayor.
Over at the New York Times’ fivethirtyeight, Nate Silver makes a case for bringing Texas Gov. Rick Perry into the GOP presidential race:
If a candidate dominates the South — and it’s much easier for a Southern candidate to do that — he’ll have made a lot of headway into winning the votes and delegates that he’ll need to secure his party’s nomination. Certainly there have been regional and factional candidates — think George Wallace, for example — who did well in the South but poorly elsewhere.
But a candidate like Mr. Perry, who would have advantages like fundraising and establishment support that would extend to all corners of the country, might be more like Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, doing very well in the South and still well enough outside of it to win his party’s nomination.
For a Republican candidate, in fact, this advantage may be especially powerful because of a demographic quirk related to Iowa, the first and most important state in the nominating process. Some 60 percent of Iowa Republican voters are born-again Christians — about the same fraction as in many Southern states. That’s why Southern Republicans have done so well in the state.
As for Newt Gingrich, Silver declares him more teriyaki than Southern-fried. And he’s not sure of Herman Cain’s viability.
English teachers, take note: Yes, the school year is nearly done, but Rick Tyler, spokesman for GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, on Wednesday may have done more to illustrate the mixed metaphor than anyone since Yogi Berra. From his tirade blaming the media for Gingrich’s poor start:
“The firefight started when the cowardly sensed weakness.They fired timidly at first, then the sheep not wanting to be dropped from the establishment’s cocktail party invite list unloaded their entire clip, firing without taking aim their distortions and falsehoods. Now they are left exposed by their bylines and handles.”
More seriously, here’s some Georgia reaction of Newt Gingrich’s rough start, from the Associated Press – and starting again with epic language from his spokesman:
“A lesser person could not have survived the first few minutes of the onslaught,” longtime spokesman Rick Tyler said on Wednesday. “But out of the billowing smoke and dust of tweets and trivia emerged Gingrich, once again ready to lead those who won’t be intimidated and are ready to take on the challenges America faces.”
Scott Rials, a longtime Gingrich aide and a consultant on his presidential bid, said there actually is a sense of relief in the Republican’s camp.
“Listen, we knew this was coming,” he said of the criticism. “It’s like ripping the Band-Aid off. And then you move on.”
……But for some, Gingrich’s remarks on health care and the Ryan plan crossed a line.
“They were very detailed, thoughtful comments,” said Julianne Thompson, head of Georgia Tea Party Patriots who thinks Gingrich’s campaign could be on life support. “He seemed to be saying what he believed.”
Mark DeMoss, the Buckhead publicist with close connections to the Billy Graham circle, has been named a senior advisor to the GOP presidential campaign of Mitt Romney. From the Boston Globe:
The campaign press release did not mention any religious component to DeMoss’s role, although in 2008 he was on the Romney campaign’s Faith and Values Steering Committee and spoke out prominently about why evangelical Christians should not discount Romney because of his Mormon faith.
DeMoss said in an interview later that he would play a similar role this time.
“I’ll reach out to evangelicals I’m sure, because I know that audience pretty well,” he said. “I’ll help organize meetings, to get people of influence in front of the governor or get him in front of them.”
And finally, from The Fix at the Washington Post:
In a sign that the White House has no interest in letting go of the birther thing, President Obama’s 2012 campaign is offering donors t-shirts and mugs emblazoned with his long-form birth certificate. “If the facts can’t make these ridiculous smears go away, we can at least have a little fun with it,” says deputy campaign manager Julianna Smoot.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider