I hope everyone is enjoying Washington’s birthday — that’s the federal holiday we’re all celebrating today, not that awful “Presidents” nonsense. My favorite book about George Washington is by Garry Wills, “Cincinnatus.” Highly recommended!
Speaking of recommendations, the good stuff:
1. Sarah Posner tries to translate Rick Santorum and his campaign from Christian conservative talking points back into regular English. In particular, why it’s not surprising that the campaign confused environmentalism and radical Islam. Helpful!
2. On Santorum’s opposition to prenatal testing, see Harold Pollock
3. And on Santorum comparing Barack Obama to fascism, see Tim Noah.
4. Oh, and Santorum is wrong about World War II and the U.S., notes Daniel Larison.
5. Meanwhile, Steve Benen looks carefully at Mitt Romney’s resume and is less than impressed.
6. We’re not going to have a brokered convention, because no such animal exists any more. We’re probably not going to have a deadlocked (or “contested”) convention, either. Michael Shear explains.
7. Ed Kilgore on the myth of the Catholic vote.
8. Kent Conrad is absolutely right about the foolish GOP talking point about “passing” a budget. The Senate passed the Budget Control Act last year, which is a whole lot more important than a (non-binding) Budget Resolution.
9. “Our rights come from the Constitution, not from some set of ‘Judeo-Christian values’ selectively defined by right-wing politicians.” Key point from Adele Stan on abortion and “values.”
10. David Dayen updates on the Virginia abortion bill that sparked a serious backlash from pro-choice protesters.
11. Does a liberal arts education give students useful skills? Matt Yglesias argues it does.
12. Andrew Rudalevige on LBJ’s aide Harry McPherson and presidential decision-making.
13. And a good piece by Matt Glassman on how to judge the importance of elections.