New York Times reporter Laurie Goldstein today looks at how the religious right, once the predominant force in Amerian politics, has reached its end days:
Christian conservatives, for more than two decades a pivotal force in American politics, are grappling with Election Day results that repudiated their influence and suggested that the cultural tide — especially on gay issues — has shifted against them.
They are reeling not only from the loss of the presidency, but from what many of them see as a rejection of their agenda. They lost fights against same-sex marriage in all four states where it was on the ballot, and saw anti-abortion-rights Senate candidates defeated and two states vote to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
Not all of the religious right's warriors of course are prepared to go silently into the night. Bob Vander Plaats, the perennial election loser who led the fight against pro-equality Iowa Supreme Court justices, told the paper, "We’re not going away, we just need to recalibrate." That's going to be quite the transition.
You've probably heard by now that CIA director David Petraeus resigned yesterday after an FBI investigation into his biographer, Paula Broadwell, revealed the general had an extramarital affair.
Rachel Maddow of course discussed this last night, bringing on both the reporter who broke the story, Andrea Mitchell, and NBC News' Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel to discuss the fallout.
One interesting thing Engel passed on is the way one former and one current CIA employee explained the agency's feelings toward outsider Petraeus, the four-star general who commanded our forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, and how those feelings may have impacted this story: they would have had to bring the FBI in to investigate Broadwell and Petraeus.
"[Petraeus] actually wasn't very popular in certain circles inside the CIA," said Engel, before explaining that people really didn't like the general. "The CIA is a bit of an old fashioned club. They like it if you come up the ranks."
"One person at the CIA and one person formerly at the CIA put it to me this way, 'The CIA would have to ask the FBI to look into emails that were suspicious'," he says toward the end of the video AFTER THE JUMP.
So, was the CIA outsourcing its investigation to get Petraeus out, or is this, as some on the right suggest, a huge conspiracy so that Petraeus won't have to testify before Congress about the Benghazi attack that killed American Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others?
Watch Maddow and her team discuss Petraeus' resignation AFTER THE JUMP.
Tricia Macke, a Fox reporter in Cincinnati, Ohio, has apologized for called MSNBC host Rachel Maddow "an angry young man" on Facebook.
The remark itself caused an immediate flurry on Macke's Facebook page, with friends and fans alike wagging a finger at the anchor, criticism that only strengthened Macke's resolve. "I'm sorry," she wrote to one critic. "I should have said antagonistic."
Macke may have found it funny at the time, but she changed her tune yesterday after GLAAD, Equality Ohio other LGBT rights groups brought national attention and shame to both Macke and her bosses at Fox 19. And, yes, both have offered contrition.
Following a note from management on Fox 19's Facebook page in which they apologized for Macke's remarks, the reporter herself called the comments "insensitive and inappropriate." She went on, "I apologize to Ms. Maddow and any others who may have been offended by my comments, as they do not reflect my firm beliefs in individual and equal rights, and they certainly do not represent the opinions or position of my employer WXIX-TV."
No word on whether Maddow has accepted the apology or even cares.
I've included a screenshot of Macke's anti-Maddow Facebook feed AFTER THE JUMP.