Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:01 -0600
Subject: Why Liberals Should Embrace Romney the Progressive Champion
POLITICAL MOJO FROM DAVID CORN, KEVIN DRUM, AND THE NEWS TEAM
By David Corn
It is time for liberals to cheer Mitt Romney.
Not because his possible entry into the 2016 Republican presidential contest could cause chaos for the GOP. But because Romney, apparently seeing the error of his "severely conservative" ways, has become a progressive crusader. Initial news reports noted that Romney was telling Republicans privately that should he mount a third presidential bid he would run to the right of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, an all-but-announced contender. Yet in public remarks, Romney has been sounding like a born-again lefty. At an investment management conference in Utah this week, Romney told the crowd that a new-and-improved candidate Romney would focus on climate change, poverty, and education. [READ MORE]
IN OTHER NEWS
By Julia Lurie
This month the Supreme Court announced it would decide in the current term whether all 50 states must allow same-sex couples to marry. No doubt the justices are aware of how public opinion on the issue has evolved. But while legal gay marriage has spread rapidly over the last several years (see this map), sex education laws in many states remain in the Dark Ages—including in 36 states where gay marriage is now allowed. [READ MORE]
THIS WEEK'S NEWS ROUNDUP
On Tuesday, President Obama gave his second-to-last State of the Union speech, in which he discussed things like gay marriage, taxes, and jobs in America. David Corn says the speech let Republicans off the hook.
And, MoJo's own Molly Redden appeared on MSNBC to discuss why GOP women are revolting against planned 20-week-ban regulations on abortion. Read her full story on the history of the proposed ban here. [READ MORE]
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