Welcome to ‘The War Room!’ Here are the stories we are watching today, March 21st, 2012:
Is it inevitable yet? Mark Halperin at TIME seems to think so. Maggie Haberman at Politico has 5 takeways from Romney’s Illinois victory that point in that direction. Aaron Blake at The Fix takes a look at the delegate math that increasingly favors Mitt. And Buzzfeed’s Zeke Miller and McKay Coppins come to the same conclusion. Those are just a few, there are many, many more today saying the same thing.
Santorum’s not going anywhere just yet though, and is even courting the broken-hearted Gingrich supporters after Newt came in a disappointing fourth in Illinois. Gingrich is also out of money. It’s just a matter of time for him.
And we’re pretty sure that Etch-A-Sketch is a trademarked name, so don’t get any ideas about using it as a campaign slogan.
No, Jeb Bush is not going to ride into some brokered convention on his white horse and save you all. Just put away that fantasy right now.
Karl Rove’s American Crossroads SuperPac is “putting millions behind Romney’s campaign.” They’re running negative ads in the markets that President Obama’s energy tour will visit this week! Coincidence? Unlikely.
The New York Times breaks down the latest in SuperPac dollars, and finds that the Republican campaigns are increasingly relying on that money to see them through this election season – meaning a few billionaires are calling the shots here. But you knew that already.
Mitt Romney and his campaign advisers admit the economy is improving. That leaves them with trying to convince the public that the “trauma” from the Bush Recession is all President Obama’s fault, and if we just double-down on more tax cuts for the rich and deregulating everything in sight, the same thing won’t happen all over again. OK, good luck with that. Steve Benen has an excellent take on the situation.
Andrea Mitchell reports on the GOP’s War on Women last night for NBC’s Nightly News, and finds that 39 states are trying to roll back women’s rights when it comes to contraception and choice. Must see video here.
The reviews on the Paul Ryan’s Republican Roadmap are in. George Zornick at The Nation addresses the Ryan budget plan – correction – the Republican budget plan, and finds that not only does it increase the deficit, it literally robs from the poor, the elderly, the disabled, the children, and inevitably the middle class to lavish more wealth on the already wealthy. The Washington Post editorial page calls the plan “dangerously wrong” and says that it “would leave government unable to fulfill essential functions.” Dana Milbank points out the very creepy “Orwellian euphemisms” that try to justify the destruction of the many for the benefit of the few. And the New York Times rightly points out that the choice between the Republican Randian philosophy and President Obama’s sensibility “could not be more clear.” And hey, that’s exactly what we got fired up about last night.
But the most important review of all? Mitt Romney endorsed Ryan’s vision yesterday. That made someone here very happy: