Romney may have received a paltry 27 percent of the Latino vote, but that was an incipient landslide next to his 6 percent of the black vote. Six percent is the exact percentage of blacks who voted for the GOP in the 1964 presidential election, when its standard-bearer, Barry Goldwater, kick-started the metamorphosis of the Party of Lincoln into the Party of Strom Thurmond by defying most of his own Republican senatorial colleagues to oppose that year’s landmark Civil Rights Act. You’d think the persistence of the GOP’s near-total estrangement from black America almost a half-century later would merit the most drastic corrective action in its new outreach effort. But you would be wrong. The party still believes it can spin its racial history and, when required, literally and figuratively whitewash it.
I may be a little too obsessed with race and 20th century politics, since I was all set to write my PhD. thesis on it, but this article from Frank Rich in New York Magazine is devastating in the best possible way.
HBO is developing a sequel to Game Change (sadlynot entitled Game Change 2: More Games, Less Change) based on the 2012 election. Like Game Change, which eventually went on to win four Emmys, the movie will be based on a book by Mark Halperin and New York’s own John Heilemann. Halperin and Heilemann are currently working on Double Down: Game Change 2012 with the intention of a fall 2013 release. The film will follow after. In related news, Julianne Moore just bought a Paul Ryan wig.
I cannot wait to breathlessly read this absurdly biasedwell-researched book and then host a party for the premiere on HBO. I am not kidding in the slightest.
Regardless of what candidate you support, the cocktail “The Candidate” is easy to get behind (and drink) this Fall! -1 part Maker’s Mark -1/2 part St Germaine -2 parts cider -Splash of Ginger Ale -Lime to garnish