As some of you know, I've long been fascinated by the innovation of more mobile forms of warfare during the American Civil War. Out in the West, Grant and Sherman began streamlining and eventually even abandoning conventional supply lines to allow themselves figuratively and in some cases almost literally to run circles around their enemies. The Civil War fielded huge armies which needed constant replenishment of vast amounts of stuff - food, clothes, weapons, ammunition and more - which in turn required well organized supply lines, all of which limited mobility. More mobility is better than less of course. But in warfare, increased mobility reaches a point where it ceases to be an incremental or quantitative advantage and becomes a qualitative and transformational difference.
I'm overwhelmed by the Katrina 10th anniversary coverage: from Wright Thompson's 25,000-word epic for ESPN the Magazine to Michael Brown's self-serving "stop blaming me" plea in Politico Magazine, from the New York Times' sweeping multimedia package to this transparent attempt at George W. Bush rehabilitation on FoxNews.com.
But if you're going to read one thing about the flood, its aftermath, and the anniversary, it's this piece by my old friend Cheryl Wagner that we just posted. It's quiet, local, personal, emotional, true, and funny.
The new Quinnipiac Poll has Trump with 28%, Carson at 12%, Jeb and two others at 7%.
Here's the trend lines of Google searches for Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, and Barack Obama over the last 90 days. It's a decent measure of the effect on the GOP race and the effect on the GOP brand outside the angry white person community of Trump's entry into the race. Graph after the jump.
Ed Kilgore is not feeling the Joe Biden Boomlet magic.
Ed Kilgore is so not buying the draft Biden "movement":
The more you look at the Biden bandwagon, it looks more like a ghost ship being pulled through the mist by a combination of hungry political reporters, Hillary haters (including most of the conservative media), and Delaware-based Friends of Joe who, of course, would love to see him run.
Nothing about the Trump blitzkrieg so far suggests that his public diminution of Jorge Ramos is going to be an overstep in the nakedest political sense. In truth it's not clear what line he would have to cross to alienate the mass of aggrieved supporters egging him to to stick it to the women and minorities with abandon. (Amanda Marcotte writes at TPMCafe, "If he went beyond just saying nasty things and honked someone’s boob in public, that might be a step too far." But I'm not sure, honestly, that that would be the last straw either.)
But whether it hurts Trump narrowly in the short term is very different from the accumulating damage he is doing to the GOP among Hispanics. We talked with Hispanic political types to get a read on the Ramos fallout and on the broader reaction to the Trump candidacy.
“When Jorge Ramos was being escorted out of the room for demanding for his rights, it was is as if every other Latino American was being escorted out of the room for demanding for their rights,” one Latino GOP consultant told us.
Donald Trump explains why he's getting support from white supremacists like David Duke: "People like me across the board. Everybody likes me."
Let's review: without waiting to be called on, Univision's Jorge Ramos started asking Donald Trump questions at his news conference. Trump got mad and told Ramos to "go back to Univision" before having his bouncer toss Ramos from the auditorium. One of Trump's supporters outside the auditorium - even wearing a signature Trump costume and button - got the message loud and clear and told Ramos to "Get out of my country. Get out!"
Here's the picture. But you can see him much more clearly in the video which you can find embedded in this story.
Now first off, if you watch the video, can anyone identify the supporter in this video? The video is very clear. Maybe he's just some totally random Trump supporter who happened to be outside the press conference. But my hunch is there's a bit more to it than that and I bet someone reading this can identify him. If you can, please drop us a line. Click the email link right under the TPM logo at the upper left to send us a note. I really, really would like to know who this person is and whether he has any connection to the Trump campaign other than simply supporting the candidate.
Now for more on the day's events in the Trump "Get Out of Our Country, Brown Man" Campaign, we go to TPM Reader MM ...
Certainly Trump/Ramos and its inevitable metastases have been the political story of the day. But I have a rhetorical question.
How does disrespecting and bouncing Jorge Ramos,the most influential Hispanic man in America, and then inviting him back for a give-and-take, do anything but strengthen Trump’s position?
Ramos is an American citizen.
Trump imitates cartoonish "Asian" speaking in campaign stop while discussing aggressive Chinese and Japanese trade negotiation.
The alleged suspect in this morning's shooting of a news crew has posted to his social media accounts what appear to be videos he himself took during the shooting.
Late Update: The alleged shooter has reportedly shot himself. Conflicting reports on his status. Initial reports were that he had died, but more recent reports are that he is in critical condition.
Donald Trump has his bouncer toss Univision anchor Jorge Ramos from his press conference. "Go back to Univision!" Watch here.
TPM Reader JB has his own take here ....
If you go to Univision.com right now, the video is on the front page top. Not top of the news section; top center of the whole website (at least on a phone). There is a headline like "Trump Kicks Jorge Ramos Out of Press Conference" and then the money quote: "Go Back to Univision".
The video has no set up or commentary from a Univision reporter or news anchor. None is required. This is one powerfully self-explanatory clip. It is hard to imagine the message being any clearer to the millions of Univision viewers, spat straight from the sneering, hateful mouth of a big, blonde-haired and red-faced White Man:
It all seems commonplace today. But here's how the Christian Right transformed American politics.
Apparently afraid his endorsement of the Iraq War wasn't doing enough to kill his campaign, Jeb Bush today released a web video lauding his hurricane response record with a noteworthy cameo from disgraced former FEMA Director Mike "Heckuva Job Brownie" Brown.