Morning Briefing: September 25, 2012
by Jen Green
Something from our own backyard
One of the most important elections in 2010 happened in my home state of Iowa. Tired of activist judges who try to rewrite law and enforce it from the bench, Iowans removed three of the state’s Supreme Court justices during that year’s retention election. You might recall, in April of 2008 Iowa’s highest court justices ruled 7-0 that their opinion on what marriage should be superceded what both God and the people of Iowa and their legislators said.
Three of them lost their jobs because of it. Now, another Iowa Supreme Court justice is up for retention.
The same group who lead the successful effort against the first three justices, Iowa’s The FAMiLY Leader led by Bob Vander Plaats, kicked off a statewide “No to Wiggins” tour this week. Several familiar faces are joining them along the way: Rick Santorum and Louisiana’s Governor Bobby Jindal (can you say Campaign 2016?).
Can the group ignite the furor in Iowans once again? Or will the unlikable candidate at the top of the ticket keep those who would be most likely to go vote “No to Wiggins” at home? Have public anger and opinions on judicial tyranny and “homosexual marriage” cooled enough that this is a “non-issue” with Iowans?
Paul Ryan makes case to Ron Paul supporters . . . sort of
People want something to believe IN, to to vote against. Case in point at a Paul Ryan rally in swing state Ohio, a woman who had supported Ron Paul in the primaries asked why she should vote for Romney/Paul Ryan.
In other words, she wanted him to make the case as to why the ticket should get her vote and why she shouldn’t vote third party. She properly assumes it’s the candidates job to win over the voters–not the other way around. Give her something to vote FOR.
Ryan’s answer? “”Do you want Barack Obama to be re-elected?” Ryan asked. “Then don’t vote for Ron Paul.”
Of course, the you have to hire me because the other candidate sucks argument. Works every time.
Eventually, Ryan did take the time to point out the areas on which he and Paul agree: liberty and the Federal Reserve. Not sure Ron Paul or his supporters are really “feelin’” that agreement with Ryan’s initial answer or his congressional record, but I guess we’ll find out come November 6.
Is Hungry the new Healthy?
Student athletes caloric intake whittled to Weight Watcher numbers, elementary kids with growly, hungry tummies, kids charging per chocolate syrup squeezes . . . it all sounds like the stuff of a scary bedtime story. But it’s not–it’s school lunch time a la Michelle Obama.
The First Lady’s new “healthy guidelines” are uniting kids against veggies and hummus and small portions. Some are revolting by only drinking milk at lunch, others are smuggling in food, others are simply throwing the food away. So, if the stated goal to “slim down” kids was by any means possible, including starvation, then yeah, the whole thing is a raging success.
Now only if the administration was concerned about the garbage being fed to the kids in the classroom.