David Kurtz

David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.

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In the big picture, Rick Perry's blistering criticism of Donald Trump today as "a toxic mix of demagoguery and nonsense" reveals the deep fault lines within the Republican Party that the 2016 presidential election is going to put enormous strain on. In the small picture, Perry really, really needs to qualify as one of the 10 candidates in the first GOP primary debate next month.

For my part, Scott Walker's attempted walk back of his comments about the Boy Scouts' ban on gay leaders as having "protected children" is ridiculous on its face. He now claims what he meant was that it protected children from "the political and media discussion about it." Um. Okay.

I'm confident our readers are sophisticated enough to see that for what it is, part of the broader softening of rhetoric over gay rights from Walker and other elected conservatives, but a softening that is opportunistic, inconsistently applied, disingenuous, and which, in this case, Walker bumbled.

But TPM Reader KR emails to say we're enabling Walker by not calling him out more forcefully. I yield the floor:

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Few if any other Confederate memorials stand out like Stone Mountain, Georgia. The modern Ku Klux Klan was founded there in 1915. In the 1920s, under the auspices of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, an enormous sculpture of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Stonewall Jackson was carved into the rock face of the mountain by Gutzon Borglum before he began Mount Rushmore. Now the president of the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP says the sculpture should be "sandblasted" off the face of the mountain.

This is my candidate for most inappropriate way to show your resistance to the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same sex marriage: The county commission in Dent County, Missouri voted unanimously yesterday to lower the flags at the county courthouse periodically for the next year to officially mourn traditional marriage. Late reports are it will now reverse that decision, out of respect to veterans. Oops. More soon.