We did an #AskCenk U-Block segment with Cenk Uygur, Michael Shure and Ben Mankiewicz, who answer the viewer-submitted question: “Who was our best Democratic president after FDR?” Their answers may surprise you. Who would you say was the best?
On Monday morning, Hillary Clinton released a video formally endorsing marriage equality. This comes on the heels of several prominent Republicans expressing their support for gay marriage, including Sen. Rob Portman, who reversed his stance on the issue last week after admitting his son is gay.
At the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin declared the gay marriage fight over: “We cannot be at war with America on issues of fairness, on issues of equality.” In another (mostly empty) room, the head of the anti-gay group National Organization for Marriage whined “we are treated as if we are bigots” for not supporting marriage equality.
Another key voting demographic is also witnessing a sudden shift in the Republican party. Since their crushing presidential loss in the 2012 election, conservatives have abruptly turned the page on immigration reform. Prominent conservative politicians and members of the media have announced that Latino outreach should be paramount in their strategy for the next four years. Recently, Jeb Bush was forced to backpedal hard and fast after his anti-immigration reform book was released.
Will Democrats have to get more progressive in response to the GOP’s changing stances? Supporting marriage equality and immigration reform are considered mainstays of the Democratic platform; if the GOP supports them as well, how can Democrats differentiate themselves to progressive voters? Which progressive issues could or should get more attention from the Democrats?
Will the Democrats have to get more progressive?
It’s not just Republicans who make light of — or flat-out ignore — climate change, says Cenk Uygur. Though President Obama has worked to improve the fuel economy of cars, increase the use of alternative energy and cut $4 billion in annual oil subsidies, he has also abandoned cap and trade, approved half of the Keystone Pipeline, and has actually done more drilling than George W. Bush. He even bragged during the town hall debate about how important drilling on public lands has been to his administration. “If you elect the progressive Democrat, he’ll really be into coal!” Cenk says.
Reminder: we’ve got another two-hour episode of The Young Turks tonight starting at 7E/4P. We’re going to talk to journalist Mark Thompson and HuffPo Senior Science Correspondent Cara Santa Maria about how climate change is missing from the hurricane coverage.
The DNC released a new microsite this morning: RomneyTaxPlan.com.
Good luck getting the details.
Last night on Viewpoint, Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone) demanded some answers from Romney on his tax plan. Now we know!
|—||Bill Clinton speaking at the DNC (via wisconsinforward)|
No Apology: When Dems Fight Back: http://current.com/groups/news-blog/93842694_no-apology-when-dems-fight-back.htm
Obamacare is a Tax Cut for the Middle Class (via Center for American Progress)
The Romney campaign has raised $4.2 million through the Internet since yesterday’s health care ruling…with a lot of angry conservatives across the U.S. this morning, we couldn’t help ourselves!