9:40 Vote tally in Wisconsin here, as Mayor Barrett, indeed, gets Democrats’ nod to run against Gov. Walker….Also as expected, North Carolina voters do pass ban on gay marriages, civil unions, domestic partnerships and, you get the idea.
Shot with his own gun: NBC projects that Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar has lost to a Tea Party candidate, Richard Mourdock, in the Indiana primary. Markos Moulitsas has already thanked the Tea Party "for expanding the Senate playing field for us. Just like in 2010.#RememberO’Donnell." The Democratic candidate is Rep. Joe Donnelly. The state party released statement: “Richard Mourdock is a right wing Tea Party ideologue who questioned the constitutionality of Medicare and Social Security, says there should be more partisanship and less compromise in Washington, and actually compared himself to Rosa Parks.”
1:55 Much media coverage today on President Obama’s painfully slow-to-evolve position on gay marriage, on how Vice President Biden’s statement has him (and Biden) on the spot, and what’s ahead. Frank Bruni’s column in NYT hits him for delay but also finds it an acceptable political move, for now. “Right now, Obama could stir up a lot of counterproductive noise and passion with an emphatic position in favor of marriage equality. And while it’s the job of advocates to focus on one issue and amass their armies on a single front, it’s the job of those who govern to promote an array of concerns and serve multiple constituencies. To do any good in office, you have to be in office.”
More pressure on Obama now as Democratic activist and icon Caroline Kennedy backs a marriage equality plank in the party platform, and others have joined the call.
And Think Progress helpfully provides media analysis of cable news coverage of the Biden episode, finding that it was broadbased and even Fox refrained from the kind of harsh language we’ve seen at such moments. “The tenor of the conversation is in sharp contrast to the hysterical and often times offensive remarks made about gay people during the 2004 election—when the Bush campaign sought to employ marriage as a way to rally its conservative electoral base—and may reflect the popular shift towards equality.”
1:20 The strange saga of Elizabeth Warren’s “Native American” roots continues to draw major media play in the Massachusetts Senate race. The Boston Herald has dubbed her “Fauxcahontas” who holds “pow wows” with backers. Here’s a more sober example, in today’s Boston Globe—and now Politico has joined in.