The Thursday wrap
Charlie’s point: Down-the-middle political analyst Charlie Cook has some bad news for Republicans who think the party’s traditionally superior “72-hour program,” it’s get-out-the-vote (GOTV) effort, will save badly lagging candidates this cycle: “(T)he rule of thumb that campaign professionals have always used is that a strong GOTV operation is good for a point or two, certainly not much more than that.” It’s time for the GOP to brace itself.
Ozone Al, contributing: MediaNews reports that former Vice President Al Gore, now the head pastor at the First Church of Global Warming, showed up at a California rally in support of a new tax on oil in an uber-efficient Toyota Prius. “I’m here to change people’s minds on the climate crisis,” he said. Oh, included in the Rev. Gore’s motorcade — two motorcycles, two limousines and a Dodge Ram 1500 light-duty truck.
Arrrggghhh!: National Review magazine recounts the tale of one Codie Stott, 14, in the north of England. She was arrested and held in a juvenile unit for a “racial public order offense.” She and five other students were paired in a science study group. The five were conversing in Urdu, an Indo-European language she did not speak. She asked to be transferred to another group. School administrators called the police. “We … will not stand for racism in any form,” the principal said. Let us know when you’ve stopped screaming.