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The Indiana Firestorm

Sunday, March 29, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

In case you have missed it, the state of Indiana is in turmoil over the Thursday enactment of a Religious Freedom Restoration act.  It has grown to the point where just two days after signing the bill, the governor is calling for legislation to clarify itGoogle up “religious freedom” and you will note the amount of coverage is stunning.

Why all the hub-bub?  Well according to the local Indianapolis Fox affiliate:

“We have this very particularized conflict between Christians and progressive gay rights interests,” said Indiana University constitutional law professor, John Hill.

To really understand what is at stake, you have to dig into this a bit.

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A Big Difference in the Bush and Clinton “Dynasties”

Saturday, March 28, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

So, I’m checking out the excellent profile of Jeb Bush’s religious outreach by Tim Alberta and Tiffany Stanley in the National Journal and was struck by something extraordinary.  (Also, log onto the Hugniverse and check out Hugh’s interview with Alberta in the first hour yesterday.) About mid-way through the piece is a photo of a youthful Jeb hugging his father during his 1994 gubernatorial bid.  It is a moving picture and the familial affection is quite evident.  That transparent genuine affection is in sharp contrast to the emotional content of photos of the Clinton family.

If the 2016 general election indeed ends up as another round of Bush v Clinton, as much as there will be a contrast of party and policy, there will be a contrast of family.  The Bushes by all external appearances are a traditional, and large, family extending over several generations.  The Clintons appear functional, in their own unusual way, and not much else.

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Chuck Todd: Nothing Surprises Me About Sid Blumenthal. Nothing

Friday, March 27, 2015  |  posted by Duane Patterson

Also, the Meet The Press moderator weighed in on the Iran deal and why Roger Goodell seems to have it in for Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.

The Audio:

The Transcript:

HH: The big headline of the day of course is that the pilot who killed 150 people on the Lufthansa airplane was sick and hid it and covered it up, and they should have known. Chuck Todd joins me. Chuck, I’m sure Meet The Press will be covering this, this Sunday, but the story is almost over, I think, in some respects.

CT: You know, it is. It’s funny you say that. I mean, you know, look, not to take you behind the scenes on how we try and produce the show each week, but that is, I think you’re right. Is it the lead story that everybody’s talking about on Sunday morning? It depends, unless we learn more information in the next 24 hours. But you’re right. I feel like we all think we now know what happened, or we have a pretty good idea – a sick guy and a pilot decided to do what he did. Continue Reading

The Quiet Religious Target On Jeb Bush

Friday, March 27, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

Polling is mixed, but when it comes to resources and potential resources, Jeb Bush is the man to beat for the GOP presidential nomination.  Hugh has often said that the abundance of candidates under which we labor is an advantage because the early oppo fire has to be a shotgun instead of a rifle in the earliest stages of the game.  By this time in the game last cycle, Obama, and his allies were already shooting right at Mitt Romney.  This cycle, no one quite knows where to aim, but if I were the Hillary oppo people I’d be looking closest at Jeb.  Currently, religion is as much fodder for oppo work as it is binder between a candidate and his base.

Some targets just stand there and yell “shoot me,” tilting the scales towards religion as oppo.  Ted Cruz’s grossly overt religious utterances in his announcement would be one such example.  Mike Huckabee’s hucksterism speaks for itself as another example.  But these are issues of presentation, rhetoric and style – they can be combated on the same grounds.  As governor of Florida Jeb Bush, on at least one issue that created a national firestorm, has governed straight out of his Roman Catholic convictions and as such presents a target of substance, not just style.  His candidacy could reignite that national firestorm all over again.  It is difficult to say which direction this particular issue will tilt the scales, but the ground work has begun to bring this issue back to heated attention.

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