Eye-Catching Headlines

At least, they caught my eye.

Mitt Romney told supporters last night, after he narrowly won the Michigan primary, that “we didn’t win by much, but we won by enough, and that’s what counts.” That may be true in the sense that a clean win, no matter how close, means his candidacy is not toast, as it would have been if he’d lost to Rick Santorum. But, as Jonathan Cohn tells us, Romney won mostly on the votes of wealthier Michigan voters. In that sense, the closeness of the win does count because it points to the problem Romney has — as a result of his stunningly obvious lack of sympathy for, or even awareness of, the economic realities of middle-class Americans’ lives — with voters whose incomes (when they have them) are less than six figures.

Meanwhile, Megan McArdle — to the surprise of no one who reads her Atlantic column — is distressed by the dearth of sympathy for “the difficulties” experienced by wealthy Americans who have had to cut back on their expenses. “Are the rich completely undeserving of our sympathy?” she cries.

Over at The Washington Monthly, Ed Kilgore wonders why anyone expected that Catholic voters in Michigan would choose Rick Santorum over Romney merely because Santorum is Catholic. The truth is, Santorum did not lose the Catholic vote because he didn’t have it in the first place.

Santorum’s “JFK’s speech about separation of church and state made me want to throw up” line did not endear him to Catholic voters as much as he might have expected. He was criticized for that remark even by also-Catholic Newt Gingrich and former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Indeed, yesterday, Santorum told Laura Ingraham that he regretted the part about wanting to throw up (although he did reiterate his horror at what he described as JFK’s call for “privatization of faith”). As Ingraham remarked, dryly, “We generally don’t want to hear presidential candidates talking about throwing up at all in any context.”

Moving right along, there is a candidate running for Congress from Illinois’ 3rd District who says that “the Holocaust never happened” and that “it’s the blackest lie in history.”

The Sacramento Bee reports on a new poll that shows a leap in support for marriage equality in California “in the three and a half years since California voters approved Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage.”

Finally, E.J. Graff, in an article at The American Prospect, asks the question, “Do Women Count?” and concludes that, at least in the world of newspaper and magazine journalism, they do not.

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  • the Jewish population of Chicago has not tore Art Jones apart and that he has not been disowned by the republicans. I was working as a mothers helper in the summers of 77′ and 78′ for a Jewish family and the mood was vicious about the march he participated in.

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