Alex Smith, College Republican National Committee chair, was rejected from the Youth Summit at the White House. Smith says the president has nothing left to give young people; they see cost calculations and the sticker shock seems not worth it.
Kathy: Mr. LaPage should get an complete medical evaluation including an MRI of his brain. His most recent actions last week are indicative of some kind of impaired neurological function, including among the possibilities, a brain tumor and dementia. It simply is not normal even for someone known to speak before he thinks and to be extraordinarily blunt, to have the kinds of incidents piling up that occurred last week with LaPage--unless he is impaired by alcohol or drugs. I believe his family should be ensuring he is evaluated by a competent neurologist so that if treatment is possible, it can be started. As important, is the need for Gov. LaPage to resign. His beliefs do not represent the people of Maine and they are dangerous fodder for extremists--of which we have plenty right here in America among our citizenry. Stoking the fires of intolerance and hatred, based upon the color of someone's skin or their race/ethnicity, threatening those who disagree with him, is wrong, is representative of hate crimes, and cannot be tolerated. Regardless of the etiology of Gov LaPage's many outbursts, he crossed a line that did damage to himself, any future credibility, and the people and great state of Maine, that "apologies" cannot ameliorate--and for this reason, he must resign.