It’s the end of the week! Here’s your daily link roundup:
- Nate Silver examines favorability ratings and elections. Mitt Romney is running underwater, but Silver sees hope. He doesn’t mention it, but looking over the history it seems like the worst news for Romney is that only, at this stage, only one candidate with a favorability rating over 40 has ever lost (Ford). Obama is at 41.
- The Keystone pipeline is back on the table. Nebraska’s government has approved a new route to avoid an environmentally sensitive area. Despite what you’ve heard from GOP talking points, President Obama only temporarily blocked the pipeline BECAUSE the Nebraska GOP balked at the route. I’d expect Obama to approve the pipeline now and cut off another Romney talking point.
- Scott Brown has taken money from the Randy Levine, president of the NY Yankees. The Boston Globe ripped Brown for the decision. If this seems absurd, remember Brown is only in office because his erstwhile opponent Martha Coakley didn’t know enough about the Red Sox or care enough of about their fans.
- Robert Caro’s biographies of LBJ are fascinating reading. David Frum has an interesting take, explaining that President Obama’s high minded and admirable qualities are exactly what held back JFK and made LBJ transformative.