Quick hits

1) Kevin Drum summarizes Jane Mayer’s New Yorker piece on voter fraud fraudster, Hans Von Spakovsy.

Photo ID laws are a scam. Republicans loudly deny that their real purpose is to suppress the vote among blacks, students, and the poor — all of whom have lower than average rates of possessing photo ID — but what other motivation is left? They have no impact on voter fraud and everyone knows it.

2) I was looking at this same data myself recently, and Yglesias nicely captures it in his headline, “Democrats Are From Colleges and Tech Companies, Republicans Are From Wall Street.”

3) David Brooks is just as obsessive about polls as I am.  Rarely do I say, “I could have written that David Brooks column.”  In this case, I could have.

4) John Cassidy on Brooks’ poll obsession and Nate Silver’s forecasting models.

5) Well, let’s stick with a theme… Alternet on the Nate Silver truthers.  Needless to say, these truthers are not actually bright enough to understand what Silver is doing.

6) Great Andrew Sullivan, on race, religion, and double standards:

Imagine for a moment that Barack Obama had never attended Jeremiah Wright’s church in Chicago and had decided to attend services, and proselytize for, a black separatist, nationalist church that refused to allow whites to participate in crucial religious services because white people had been condemned by God for their iniquity in the ancient past and had been for ever marked white so black Americans would know instantly to keep their distance. In fact, the definition of white in this black supremacist church was just one drop of white blood in a black person. It was Nazi-like in its racist precision and exclusion. Whites were denied the rites that made a person a full member of the church. Even blacks with a tiny strain of white DNA were kept from full participation.

Imagine further that backing this racist church was not a youthful folly on Obama’s part, but a profound commitment – that he went on a mission abroad to convert Christians to a new religion based on black racial supremacy, and has often said that the most important thing in his entire life to this day is a church whose sacred scripture declares white people to be cursed by God for their past sins – and the sign of this curse is their white skin.

A simple question: Do you think this issue would not come up in a general election or a primary? If Obama was subjected to news cycle after news cycle of clips of Obama’s actual former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, can you imagine the outrage if Obama had actually been a part of a black supremacist church – that denied whites equal access to the sacraments – for over a decade in his adult life?

I raise this because it is a fact that Mitt Romney belonged to a white supremacist church for 31 years of his life, went on a mission to convert Christians and Jews and others to this church, which retained white supremacy as a doctrine until 1978 – decades after Brown vs Board of Education, and a decade after the end of the anti-miscegenation laws.

Wow– good point.

7) Really enjoyed a talk this week by Hedrick Smith on his new book, Who Stole the American Dream.  Nice review by Dan Froomkin.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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