Quick Takes

* Ron Brownstein tells us which states to keep an eye on if we want to game-out the Republican presidential primary.

Those looking for the turning points in the tumultuous GOP presidential race may want to circle on their calendars the contests next year in Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois in the Midwest, and South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Florida in the South­east.

* Those who thought that Cuban-American candidates Rubio and Cruz would have an easy ride with Hispanic-Americans don’t understand Hispanic Americans very well.

Radio and online ads, social media posts and public discussions with Hispanic leaders in swing states are accusing Cruz and Rubio, senators from Texas and Florida, respectively, of fighting against immigration reforms, a minimum wage increase and other changes that millions of Latinos support. Many of the ads equate the two candidates to GOP front-runner Donald Trump, whose sharp rhetoric on immigration has until now drawn most of the attention of Hispanic activists.

* Speaking of Rubio, there’s been a lot of talk about how he would appeal to millennials and younger voters. But that doesn’t take this kind of thing into account.

Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is ridiculing President Obama’s climate change deal, describing the international agreement as an “unfunny joke.”

“The president just signed this unfunny joke of a climate deal,” Rubio told an audience of about 200 supporters in Las Vegas’s Renaissance Hotel.

* When I read Martin Longman’s post today titled, Conservatives: Same As They Ever Were, it reminded me of one of my favorite Molly Ivins’ quotes.

Things are not getting worse; things have always been this bad. Nothing is more consoling than the long perspective of history. It will perk you up no end to go back and read the works of progressives past. You will learn therein that things back then were also terrible, and what’s more, they were always getting worse. This is most inspiriting.

Positively uplifting, isn’t it?

* Chad Stanton writes: “Lesser Schools” and My Experience as a Black Texas Ex.

* David Ball brings us: Antonin Scalia and “Lesser Schools.”

* Robert Kelchen has a two-part series on: The 2015 Higher Education Top Ten List. You and find Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

* Finally, we’ll be watching the CNN Republican debate tonight so you don’t have to (unless you want to, of course). If you appreciate the news and views we bring you every day, consider making a contribution to the Washington Monthly right now – while the offer is still hot 🙂

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Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly. Follow her on Twitter @Smartypants60 .