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Chicago's Gay Community Celebrates Passing Of Same-Sex Marriage Law In Illinois

It was an epic night for Chris Christie and his acceptance speech was quite obviously an announcement speech for the presidency. I think he’s a very potent candidate in large part because of his pugnacity, anti-Washington cred, and GOP establishment money. But man was that speech big on self-regard. Almost every sentence was a me, I, me, I, my, I, I. Obama has similar levels of self-esteem but he hides it better in public. I’m not sure Christie will wear well. But he’s easily the most impressive potential candidate they’ve got.

As for Virginia, Cuccinelli’s relatively strong showing suggests to me that the Tea Party is far from dead, and that the prospect of the poor getting health insurance still energizes them enormously. And tonight, I have to say, the respect I had for Ron Paul was obliterated by the following inflammatory rhetoric:

Jefferson obviously was a clear leader on the principle of nullification. I’ve been working on the assumption that nullification is going to come. It’s going to be a de facto nullification. It’s ugly, but pretty soon things are going to get so bad that we’re just going to ignore the feds and live our own lives in our own states.

That’s loaded Confederate rhetoric, and when combined with this statement – “The Second Amendment was not there so you could shoot rabbits. Right now today, we have a great threat to our liberties internally” – it crosses the line to promoting sedition. I’m done with him.

Today, we explored the Christie model, his national appeal, and why the press loves him.

My personal faves: this Tuesday cry (and you will); this tortured signature; the extreme fundamentalism of Ted Cruz’s dad and surrogate; and the actual reality of the poor getting health insurance they can afford for the first time.

The most popular post? Blumenthal vs Alterman. Today’s update on that brouhaha is here. Next up? The Reality of the Affordable Care Act.

Sorry for the late post – got caught in a high school reunion and then on AC360 Later. See you in the morning. And congrats to everyone in Illinois – have a Jäger shot or two for me at Side Track, will you? I know you’re still drinking …

(Photo: Fernando Mojica and Drew Freeman raise a toast with other patrons at the Side Track bar in celebration of the Illinois General Assembly’s approval of a gay marriage bill in Chicago, Illinois on November 5, 2013. The governor has said he will sign the bill, which will make Illinois the 15th state to legalize same-sex unions. By Scott Olson/Getty Images.)