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Former President donald trumpThe signature motto “Make America Great Again” emerged in 2016 and quickly morphed into the highly efficient acronym “MAGA,” which has become both an effective public speaking tool and a campaign theme.
Political rivals are also impressed.
“MAGA Republicans’ economic plans: Tax payments for the ultra-rich, increases for working families,” the Democratic National Committee advised Wednesday in a memo from its War Room shared with Inside the Beltway.
Then there’s a serious “MAGA poll” from YouGov.
“The MAGA movement is splitting the Republican Party. About as many self-proclaimed Republicans say they identify as MAGA Republicans (41%) as say they don’t (44%). The rest (15%) are not sure. MAGA Republicans are more likely to describe themselves as “very conservative” than non-MAGA Republicans. Republican men (47%) are more likely than Republican women (34%) to say they are part of MAGA. Half of born-again Christians (49%) say they identify with it,” YouGov said in a brief analysis.
MAGA and non-MAGA Republicans differ on a few matters, such as: B. their views on Mr. Trump and the governor of Florida. Ron DeSantis.
“Large majorities of MAGA Republicans view every man favorably, but a larger majority of Trump (94% for Trump, 82% for DeSantis) and far more say they have a ‘very positive’ opinion of Trump (72%) than to DeSantis (47%). Most non-MAGA Republicans also like both men, but more are very positive about DeSantis (40%) than Trump is (24%),” she advised.
MAGA is also a handy complement for media headlines. Here are a few from the last 48 hours.
“Biden slams MAGA Republicans for wanting to let China run the future” (The Daily Mail); “Overreach Not Oversight: Jordan and MAGA GOP Skate Beyond the Law” (The Hill); “Why some MAGA voters aren’t protesting for Trump” (Christian Science Monitor); “Biden: MAGA Republicans Threaten To Undo All This Economic Advance” (Real Clear Politics); “Joe Biden says GOP risks ceding US tech leadership to China: ‘I have news for you and for MAGA Republicans in Congress: not on my watch’” (Fortune); And “Elon Musk invites the Twitter fact-checking community to review Biden’s condemnation of ‘MAGA’ Republicans” (Fox News).
VIVEK GETTING SERIOUS
His campaign now describes him as a “presidential candidate and political outsider”. That would be Republican hope Vivek Ramaswamy, which just announced a two-week, six-figure commercial blitz in Iowa and New Hampshire. The ad buy is part of a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign in the early States over the next few months. Now his mission is running.
“I’m a successful entrepreneur and I’m running for President of the United States. We are in the midst of a national identity crisis,” says Mr. Ramaswamy in the 30-second spot.
“Faith, patriotism and hard work are gone. Alertness, gender ideology and climate cult have taken their place. We spend so much time celebrating our diversity that we forget the values that unite us. I believe deep in my bones that those values still exist,” the candidate said.
HALEY GOES SOUTH
presidential candidate Nikki Haley has announced that she will soon be visiting the southern U.S. border, specifically Eagle Pass, accompanied by Rep. Tony Gonzales, Texas Republican. The couple will, of course, hold a press conference.
“They will address the ongoing border crisis being created by the Biden-Harris administration,” read a press release from her campaign.
Incidentally, she is the first of the 2024 presidential candidates to visit the border. She arrives there on Monday afternoon.
IVY COVERED HALLS
The old anti-war protest signs and public demonstrations are becoming academic. Literally.
“New protest arts minor offered at University of Maryland,” reads the headline from College Fix, an insightful student-written news site.
“Creative Placemaking” is one of the school’s new offerings.
“Founded in 2010 by the National Endowment for the Arts, ‘creative placemaking’ is the collaboration of artists and designers with residents and stakeholders to address community challenges and opportunities,” the university’s media team told College Fix.
Mural design, storytelling, public policy, “pop-up installations”, “disruptive innovations” and events are among the many alternatives for students.
“It is part of the Big Ten University’s Arts for All initiative, which makes the school a “national leader in harnessing the combined power of arts, technology and social justice to tackle grand challenges together,” reads the the analysis of College Fix.
THE BALLPARK ECONOMY
Maybe just in time for the opening of the MLB season?
Baseball fans are likely already familiar with baseball awards — which is to be expected, according to Axios, which ran these awards based on games played by 30 US teams in 2022.
Estimates here are for four adult-priced tickets, parking for one car, two hats, two beers, four sodas, and four hot dogs. And the results: The Boston Red Sox have the most expensive ticket price for a group of four at $385. The Arizona Diamondbacks were the cheapest at $152.
And just a few more teams here: New York Yankees ($349); Washington Nationals; ($321); Atlanta Braves ($256); Minnesota Twins ($227); Baltimore Orioles ($203); and Pittsburgh Pirates ($199).
“No peanuts here. A breakdown of the typical cost to watch live major league baseball over the past year comes out to $256 nationally average,” reads the Bios analysis
POLL YOU JOUR
• 31% of US adults say the economy is the number one concern for the US
• 20% say that respecting democracy is the most important issue.
• 9% state that health care is the most important issue.
• 8% mention immigration; 8% mention climate change.
• 7% name crime, 6% name gun policy.
• 5% name abortion, 4% education.
• 1% are unsure about the topic.
SOURCE: An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll of 1,237 US adults conducted March 20-27.
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