Mitt Romney–Then And Now–On Cover Of Time Magazine

In early December 2011 Time ran a cover story by Joe Klein about Mitt Romney asking the question “Why Don’t They Like Me?”  This week Time’s David Von Drehle asks about Mitt Romney “So You Like Me Now?”

The two covers are unlike anything I have seen (or recall) from a magazine concerning a political race for the White House.

Archie Comics Celebrates First Gay Wedding, Iraq War Vet Marries in Riverdale

OMG–the gay couple is interracial too! 

I am sure there is a run on pitchforks at the local hardware store as torch-wielding villagers plan a revolt.

Forty years ago when I was reading comic books there is no way that anyone could have predicted this plot line.  It took a long time to get here, but progress can be made. 

Riverdale’s first gay character, Kevin Keller, joins the military, meets his partner and walks down the aisle in Life with Archie #16, released in comic book stores today. The series, which follows the lives of Riverdale High School students a few years after graduation, focuses on Kevin and his life as a young adult in its January issue.

In this issue, readers discover that Kevin decided to follow in his father’s footsteps by joining the military, and following an injury in Iraq, he meets Dr. Clay Walker at a hospital’s rehabilitation unit. While Dr. Walker helps Kevin regain his ability to walk, the two develop a friendship. It’s not until a chance encounter at an airport that they start dating, which eventually leads to their marriage in Riverdale.

Nearly Full Moon Over Waunakee, Wisconsin

Thanks to RailPro

Where Is Patrick Buchanan?

Readers might recall I was none too pleased with the Election Night coverage from MSNBC last Tuesday.   I wrote early Wednesday that  on Election Night there has to be a more complete and rounded ability to shape the coverage and inform the audience in ways that give full context. That was not the case on MSNBC.

During the coverage I asked myself where the face and institutional memory of Patrick Buchanan was, just as I had wondered over the many weeks leading up to the Iowa caucuses.

Now there is an answer

It is not one that many are happy to hear.

While I find the opinions that Buchanan expresses in his books often running counter to my historical interpretations and moral grounding,  I am still aware that he has a most informed knowledge of the political battleground in America.  For that reason I always enjoy his appearances on national television.

Phil Griffin, the president of the network, said in an interview here on Saturday that Mr. Buchanan might not be allowed to return to the channel because of the arguments in his most recent book, “Suicide of a Superpower,” which have been criticized by some civil rights organizations as racist and anti-Semitic.

Mr. Griffin said that Mr. Buchanan, who has not appeared on the network since he began a book tour in October, was still employed by MSNBC, but that his future with the channel was unresolved.

“Pat and I are going to meet soon and discuss it,” Mr. Griffin said. But he cited some of the arguments Mr. Buchanan made in the book as reason the commentator had not come back, even after his book tour ended.

Rick Santorum Says Gay Parents Worse Than Convicts

Ape-Crap Crazy.

Rick Santorum continued his string of antigay pronouncements while on the trail in New Hampshire, saying a man in jail would be a better parent than a same-sex couple.

The Los Angeles Timesreports from Manchester, New Hampshire that Santorum claimed to quote an anti-poverty expert while explaining his case.

“He found that even fathers in jail who had abandoned their kids were still better than no father at all to have in their children’s lives,” Santorum told voters about the researcher, according to the Times.

If a same-sex couple were to raise a child, they would be “robbing children of something they need, they deserve, they have a right to. You may rationalize that that isn’t true, but in your own life and in your own heart, you know it’s true.”

This isn’t a new theme for Santorum and it potentially sets him apart from other Republican candidates for president. While in Iowa, where he finished behind Mitt Romney by eight votes, Santorum signed a pledge from the Iowa Family Leader that proclaimed his belief that same-sex parents are inferior to straight ones. Romney and Ron Paul did not sign the pledge, and Newt Gingrich inexplicably ignored that portion in his letter to the group backing only parts of it.

Rick Santorum Drops To Fifth Place In Suffolk University Poll

Flush Santorum.

The latest Suffolk University tracking poll shows Mitt Romney dropping for the fourth day in a row.

Romney dropped another 4 points overnight to 35%, followed by Ron Paul at 20%, Jon Hunstman at 11%, Newt Gingrich at 9%, Rick Santorum at 8% and Rick Perry at 1%. Another 15% are still undecided.

Said pollster David Paleologos: “It’s a New Hampshire primary, it’s January, and here we go again. Romney’s strategy of running out the clock is costing him margin, Huntsman is still fighting hard and beginning to rally, and New Hampshire is playing contrarian to Rick Santorum, the Iowa Caucus star of a week ago, who has dropped to fifth place.”