A debate about which party can better manage the federal government is a very small and short-sighted debate. If our vision is not bigger than that, we do not deserve to win.Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal • In a speech he plans to give to the Republican National Committee Thursday evening, during which he will use the phrase “recalibrate the compass of conservatism.” Jindal sounds like he’s running for president in 2016, and also like he’s hoping to score an era-defining speech akin to Rush Limbaugh’s defiant bit at 2009’s CPAC. Jindal’s response to the State of the Union that year didn’t get a lot of love from anyone, but he’s otherwise proven himself to be one of the country’s best Republican governors, so it’ll be interesting to see what sort of bandwidth he gets from this speech.
» A large storm stays together: While not nearly as strong as Hurricane Katrina, the storm is nonetheless dropping a ton of rain — up to 20 inches in some places — and due to its large size, National Hurricane Center director Rick Knabb says that the storm is “not going to fall apart real quick.” Local officials are assessing rescue efforts needed for those stuck in flooded homes.
» Authorities say an unidentified shooter opened fire on Deputy Scott Boyington in the parking lot of a steel plant in LaPlace, Louisiana. Though he was hit several times, Boyington was able to transmit a description of the suspect which led deputies to a local trailer park. After they began interviewing witnesses, a suspect emerged from a nearby trailer and ambushed Deputies Brandon Nielsen and Jeremy Triche with an “assault” weapon. Both officers were fatally wounded, and police have reportedly taken five people into custody.
If, during the last month of the campaign I discover I have no realistic chance of winning, I will ask my supporters to vote their conscience or their second choice so the issue of spoiler can be dropped once and for all.Presidential candidate Buddy Roemer • Pledging that, if he were to be in a losing battle for the presidency as the likely Americans Elect third-party candidate, he would drop out and ask his supporters to vote for someone else. Which is kind of a nice thing for him to do, considering the chances he’d screw up Obama’s re-election campaign are high — a Democrat-turned-Republican, Roemer’s just moderate enough that he might appeal to folks outside of the traditional Democrat-Republican prism. Like, for example, high-profile law-educator Lawrence Lessig, who suggests that even if he doesn’t spoil the election, “What he could spoil is the conspiracy of silence that now reigns about the corruption of this system. That’s the kind of spoiling this nation needs.” source (via • follow)