Washington Post: “John W. Warner, the five-term U.S. senator from Virginia who helped plan the U.S. Bicentennial celebrations, played a central role in military affairs and gained respect on both sides of the aisle for his diligence, consensus-building and independence, has died at 94.”
This is awesome: The Lyndon B. Johnson Library has put recordings of more than 100 of LBJ’s White House conversations online.
A song alluding to Abraham Lincoln as a “tyrant” and a “despot” and to the Union as “Northern scum!” is no longer Maryland’s official anthem after Gov. Larry Hogan this week approved its repeal — a move that some Republicans say is another example of “cancel culture,” NPR reports.
Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer died at the age of 77 at his home in Baton Rouge, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.
Washington Post: “Mr. Roemer, a congressman before he was elected governor in 1987, never held office again after he finished third in the 1991 race, having switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party that year. He came in behind populist Democrat Edwin Edwards, who was making a comeback bid after losing the governorship to Mr. Roemer four years earlier, and Republican David Duke, the ex-Ku Klux Klan leader.”
“As dissension boiled in their ranks, House Republicans quickly turned on the chairman of their conference, the member of the leadership team responsible for party messaging. After a swift vote, the occupant of that office was unceremoniously dumped,” the New York Times reports.
“The year was 1998 and the ousted leader was Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), who became a casualty of election losses that November and internal unrest over the tumultuous reign of Speaker Newt Gingrich.”
“It was an episode that could be instructive for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who was bounced from that same leadership post on Wednesday.”
The Atlantic: “For some Americans, history isn’t the story of what actually happened; it’s the story they want to believe.”
Chris Matthews: “It is still early in the game. But should Joe Biden make a positive mark in history it will be by doing it like Ronald Reagan did: Stick to your base; keep your focus, go big; go early. His commitment to Reagan’s governing politics is clear and it’s working.”
“As a former speechwriter, I’m also impressed by his rhetorical focus. It’s not that he’s a great orator. The point is he’s kept his speeches within his rhetorical abilities. And while he’s governed left, his tone has been totally middle of the road, inclusive. He hasn’t gotten drawn into culture war battles over Dr. Seuss. When he got asked about America being a racist country, he deftly said he didn’t think most people were racists but there was clearly a legacy of racism holding people back right now. He’s used the term systemic racism but in a way that calls on people’s better angels. It’s been hard to pull off but in a slow and grandfatherly way, he’s made it look easy, During the Chauvin trial, it would have been easy to make a misstep. He didn’t. Moderate tone. Left governance. Reagan governed right with a moderate tone. It worked then. It works now.”
Jane Mayer: “An infamous Republican political operative’s unpublished memoir shows how the Party came to embrace lies, racial fearmongering, and winning at any cost.”
Former President Bill Clinton talks to James Carville and Paul Begala on his podcast.
Tennessee state Rep. Justin Lafferty (R) argued on the floor that the Three-Fifths Compromise was about “ending slavery.”
Said Lafferty: “We ended up biting a bitter, bitter pill that haunts us today. And we did it to lay the foundation for all this that we enjoy in this country.”
He added: “The Three-Fifths Compromise was a direct effort to ensure that southern states never got the population necessary to continue the practice of slavery everywhere else in the country.”
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Ben Jacobs: “The presidency is the most powerful position in the country, but it could accidentally wind up with a new perk: the ability to cast electoral votes. That’s because, as a result of a constitutional quirk, the current push for D.C. statehood would leave a remnant federal district in which the White House might be the only permanent residence. It’s one of the more bizarre features of the long-running fight to grant congressional representation to the 700,000 taxpaying residents of the District of Columbia…”
“There’s no easy fix for such a scenario, because it would take a new constitutional amendment to undo the 23rd Amendment, which is far more difficult to pass than simple legislation.”
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R) said that there was “nothing” in America before white colonizers arrived, the HuffPost reports.
Said Santorum: “We birthed a nation from nothing. I mean, there was nothing here.”
He added: “I mean, yes, we have Native Americans, but candidly, there isn’t much Native American culture in American culture.”
Dan Balz: “It was Mondale’s political misfortune to run against Reagan. After weathering a deep recession, Reagan sought reelection during a time of rising economic growth and personal popularity. As his most famous campaign ad claimed, it was ‘morning in America.’ Mondale suffered the biggest electoral college loss of any candidate in history, losing 49 states and carrying only his home state of Minnesota — and that by only 4,000 votes. It was, as he would later recall, ‘a helluva shellacking.'”
“But that was hardly the summation of a rich life in politics and public service. Mondale’s legacy goes much deeper than that crushing defeat, most notably his contributions to the office of the vice presidency. Every vice president who has served since owes him a debt of gratitude for turning the role into something of value.”
Associated Press: In death, long after loss, Mondale’s liberal legacy stands.
Walter Mondale, who transformed the role of U.S. vice president while serving under Jimmy Carter and was the Democratic nominee for president in 1984, died Monday at 93, Axios reports.
Jamelle Bouie: “Put another way, you can think of the New Deal as a third founding moment in the history of American democracy. And in the same way that we still struggle to live up to the ideals of political equality expressed in our first founding and those of racial equality expressed in our second, we have not yet realized the ideal of economic equality and opportunity put forth in the New Deal.”
“Texas Republican Party chairman Allen West falsely suggested that Texas could secede from the United States and become an independent country,” CNN reports.
Said West: “This is something that was written into the Texas Constitution. Or it was promised to Texas when we became part of the United States of America — that if we voted and decided, we could go back to being our own republic.”
“Experts, however, say that Texas cannot legally secede and leave the United States to become its own republic. The annexation resolution West is referring to stipulates that Texas could, in the future, choose to divide itself into five new states, not divide itself from the US and declare independence.”
Los Angeles Times: “Back in January, the San Francisco Board of Education voted 6 to 1 to rename more than 40 schools as supporters cheered the board for ‘unapologetically’ targeting historical figures they deemed racist, including Abraham Lincoln.”
“That set off a political furor that subjected the school board to local and national ridicule. On Tuesday, that same board is expected to approve a resolution that would officially suspend renaming efforts.”
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