George C. Grimaldis shares upwithchris:
In Sunday’s New York Times, Kevin Baker tracks the GOP’s troubled relationship to cities and urban voters, from a party with strong, urban political machines in the 1920s to the heavily suburban and rural party it is today:
The Republican Party is, more than ever before in its history, an anti-urban party, its support gleaned overwhelmingly from suburban and rural districts — especially in presidential elections.
In short, [Republicans] promise to rip and tear at the immensely complex fabric of city life while sneering at the entire “urban vision of dense housing and government transit.” There is a terrible arrogance here that has ramifications well beyond the Republicans’
As Baker notes, roughly 80% of Americans live in urban areas, with more on the way. So if the Republican Party doesn’t seriously reconsider its policies and rhetoric when it comes to cities, Republicans will have created for themselves a daunting electoral challenge.
George C. Grimaldis shares a post from think-progress-
Roman Catholic nuns are on a 9-state bus tour to protest the House Republican budget, which cuts federal dollars to food pantries, shelters, schools, and hospitals.
Photo Credit: Des Moines Register.