The Thursday wrap
Charlie's point: Down-the-middle political analyst Charlie Cook has some bad news for Republicans who think the party's traditionally superior "72-hour program," it's get-out-the-vote (GOTV) effort, will save badly lagging candidates this cycle: "(T)he rule of thumb that campaign professionals have always used is that a strong GOTV operation is good for a point or two, certainly not much more than that." It's time for the GOP to brace itself.
Ozone Al, contributing: MediaNews reports that former Vice President Al Gore, now the head pastor at the First Church of Global Warming, showed up at a California rally in support of a new tax on oil in an uber-efficient Toyota Prius. "I'm here to change people's minds on the climate crisis," he said. Oh, included in the Rev. Gore's motorcade -- two motorcycles, two limousines and a Dodge Ram 1500 light-duty truck.
Arrrggghhh!: National Review magazine recounts the tale of one Codie Stott, 14, in the north of England. She was arrested and held in a juvenile unit for a "racial public order offense." She and five other students were paired in a science study group. The five were conversing in Urdu, an Indo-European language she did not speak. She asked to be transferred to another group. School administrators called the police. "We ... will not stand for racism in any form," the principal said. Let us know when you've stopped screaming.