John Dickerson in Slate on Romney's bullying story Dickerson makes the case that Thursday's Washington Post story that described a teenaged Mitt Romney bullying his classmates will matter to voters. "The election will probably be decided on which candidate people think will do the best job helping the economy create jobs...The story is interesting though because voters—and how people choose to cast their ballots in presidential elections—aren't entirely rational. A lot of the stories we tell ourselves about our leaders and ourselves surround the myths we attach to the presidency." From George Washington's cherry tree to Barack Obama's memoir, we've constantly evaluated our presidents in part on their childhood myths. "Mitt Romney needs a new origin story."
Michael Gerson in The Washington Post on millennial attitudes Obama's public backing of gay marriage marks his faith in a cultural shift led by millennials. "If history is any guide, millennial attitudes will grow more conservative over time, at least in some areas ... But Republicans and conservatives will be forced to make some adjustments over time." Gerson notes that as this generation grows older, even those with moral opposition to homosexuality will likely see gay rights as an issue of "pluralism." Conservatives will have to emphasize different issues. "Republican rhetoric will need to be oriented toward shared moral aspiration instead of harsh judgment."