10:0: Jill Biden joins the National Association of Social Workers to announce a major Joining Forces commitment
12:25: President Obama departs Seattle en route New Orleans
1:0: VP Biden travels to Philadelphia to deliver remarks at the International Association of Fire Fighters 51st Convention
4:25: President Obama arrives in New Orleans
4:50: Attends a campaign event, private residence
6:45: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at the House of Blues in New Orleans
8:0: President Obama speaks to the 2012 National Urban League Conference in New Orleans
Returns to Washington, DC
Harold Meyerson (Washington Post): Suppose Mitt Romney ekes out a victory in November by a margin smaller than the number of young and minority voters who couldn’t cast ballots because the photo-identification laws enacted by Republican governors and legislators kept them from the polls. What should Democrats do then? What would Republicans do? And how would other nations respond?
As suppositions go, this one isn’t actually far-fetched. No one in the Romney camp expects a blowout; if he does prevail, every poll suggests it will be by the skin of his teeth. Numerous states under Republican control have passed strict voter identification laws. Pennsylvania, Texas, Indiana, Kansas, Tennessee and Georgia require specific kinds of ID; the laws in Michigan, Florida, South Dakota, Idaho and Louisiana are only slightly more flexible. Wisconsin’s law was struck down by a state court.
….. And what should Democrats do if Romney comes to power on the strength of racially suppressed votes? Such an outcome and such a presidency, I’d hope they contend, would be illegitimate — a betrayal of our laws and traditions, of our very essence as a democratic republic….
Morning everyone 😉