Writing Archive

Will “Mama Grizzly” Claw White Women Away from Democrats?

A Mama Grizzly is “someone who is watching what is going on that is adversely affecting our cubs, our children, the future of America,” Sarah Palin told NBC recently. “It’s all about stopping Obama, Pelosi and Reid.”
Palin’s metaphor is a not-too-subtle suggestion to Moms that Democrats are making the country worse for their children.  Her [...]

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Webb Stirs Up a WASP Nest

Never one to back down from a fight, Jim Webb published an interesting column in the Journal on Sunday challenging the “myth of white privilege.”  The article was timed to hit at the crest of discussion over race sparked by the Sherrod episode.
Webb’s major point was that the affirmative action systems designed to lift African-Americans [...]

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Map of the Day: Would You Like Salsa With Your Waffle Fries?

Jeb Bush majored in Latin American studies, speaks Spanish fluently, and married a Mexican.  But some other southern Republicans aren’t so accommodating. 538’s Ed Kilgore notes that GOP candidates across the Southeast are rushing to one-up the new Arizona law.
Alabama’s Tim James wants everyone to speak English; Georgia’s Nathan Deal hopes to introduce a bill [...]

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Map of the Day: A Lot of Exes Live in Texas

A new book called “Red Families v. Blue Families” is causing some stir in political demography circles.  National Journal’s Jonathan Rauch distilled the book into one conclusion: “In red America, families form adults; in blue America, adults form families.”
In other words, the Bristols and Levis of America are forced to become adults once they have [...]

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Map of the Day: Capital of the World

When Michael Bloomberg warned yesterday that the U.S. “is committing national suicide” by stalling on immigration reform, what he may been thinking is that immigrants are as elemental to the New York City as air and water. The so-called Capital of the World would suffocate without them.
About 2.9 million of New York City’s 8.2 million [...]

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Map of the Day: Immigration Nation

In Gangs of New York, navitist Bill “the Butcher” Cutting turns to Boss Tweed and scoffs at the newcomers. “I don’t see no Americans. I see trespassers, Irish harps.”
One hundred fifty years later, the debate lives on.
The New York Times has a great map illustrating immigration patterns between 1880 and 2000 (unfortunately it doesn’t include [...]

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Map of the Day: The Thin Network of Tea Partiers

Jonathan Martin and Ben Smith have a great article today with the traffic-generating headline, “The tea party’s exaggerated importance.”   Coincidentally, Dante Chinni at Patchwork Nation has a great map illustrating their claim that tea party numbers are overblown.
Last week I offered a Map of the Day that showed they are geographically balanced.  This may be [...]

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Maps of the Day: European Airports Shut Down

What do these maps have to do with U.S. politics?
Besides the obvious — cancellations of President Obama’s trip to Poland and  Secretary of State Clinton’s trip to Helsinki — the ashy European airspace is also going to cause a huge economic hit.
Grounded European and transatlantic flights are costing the airlines over $200 million per day [...]

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Map of the Day: Dems Bullish on Politics of Immigration Reform

Kos says that immigration reform is a winning political issue for Democrats. It’s the fastest-growing demographic group and is a wedge issue for Republicans.
TEM take: Immigration will certainly help Dems in Texas and suburbs in the long term, but they’ll take a short term hit among working class whites, especially in the Midwest.

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What are the Most and Least “Nativist” States?

These are the states with the highest percentage of native-born residents (color-coded by political competitiveness):
Louisiana – 79.5%
Michigan – 75.7%
Pennsylvania – 75.5%
Ohio – 75.0%
Iowa – 72.5%
These are the states with the fewest native-born residents:
Nevada – 22.7%
Florida – 33.6%
Arizona – 35.4%
Alaska – 38.9%
New Hampshire – 42.0%

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