Posts by William A. Jacobson  (Page 333)
 

Fraud, etc.

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:15pm 12/7/2011 at 5:15pm

Some interesting doings:

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Newt: I’ll appoint John Bolton as Secretary of State

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 2:38pm 12/7/2011 at 2:38pm

At the Republican Jewish Coalition conference a few minutes ago Newt Gingrich announced

“If he will accept it, I will appoint John Bolton as Secretary of State.”

I’ll post the video when available, it was a great speech with lots of applause.

Update: The video –

 
 
 

Obama cancels vacation, Romney claims credit

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 2:34pm 12/7/2011 at 2:34pm

After a firestorm of controversy, Obama is cancelling his Hawaii vacation.

Association does not equal causation.  But what the hey, that’s what campaign managers are for:

Update: A reader says that the tweet simply is repeating the original headline of the linked post at The Hill and that the headline was changed...

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Saga Blago diagnosis in one sentence

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 1:59pm 12/7/2011 at 1:59pm

And so it ends.  14 years, which means just under 12 to serve.

As long-time readers know, I’ve followed Saga Blago almost since the beginning of this blog.  It was my first and longest lasting blog obsession.

I take no joy in the sentence, although it does seem roughly appropriate.

As does this comment by the...

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Showdown in Sioux City

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 12:55pm 12/7/2011 at 12:55pm

I’m really looking forward to the Fox News Iowa Debate on December 15 in Sioux City.

Really looking forward to it, because Romney has to go after Newt big time.  He can’t leave it to Ron Paul or Michele Bachmann.  It’s Tim Pawlenty time if he doesn’t do...

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Obama grows shorter

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 10:38am 12/7/2011 at 10:38am

I have posted numerous times before about Obama’s penchant for creating false choices in his speeches, invariably some non-existent supposedly conservative position versus his position. This enables Obama to knock down the conservative straw man and make his own position seem reasonable by contrast.  He’s a classic shorter.

It’s a cheap rhetorical trick,...

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The company he still keeps

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 9:15am 12/7/2011 at 9:15am

I posted two days ago about the interrelationship between the Obama campaign and the Center for American Progress, White House and Think Progress merger complete.  A former senior Obama campaign staffer now runs CAP, and a current senior CAP strategist is set to take over Obama campaign messaging from inside the...

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“They fear him with a great fear, and with extremely good reason”

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 8:15am 12/7/2011 at 8:15am

Great analysis of Nancy Pelosi’s threatened blackmail of Newt Gingrich, from Bill Quick of Daily Pundit (via The Other McCain).  It sure does feel good to read and imagine:

You know what, though?  She’s got bupkus that will make any difference.  The Dems are absolutely terrified of Newt Gingrich in the White...

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Don’t guess

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 7:00am 12/7/2011 at 7:00am

We know how they would be treated.

Another one from Jason, who writes:

Whenever I see the “coexisters” I always wonder how they would be treated on the streets of Cairo…taken a couple of weeks ago in Greenville, NC

 
 
 

Teddy Roosevelt Tweet of the Day

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 10:56pm 12/6/2011 at 10:56pm

We knew Teddy Roosevelt.  Teddy Roosevelt was a friend of ours.  And you, former Senator, are no Teddy Roosevelt.  Or something like that.

 
 
 

Today it seems like it’s all about Newt

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 6:30pm 12/6/2011 at 6:30pm

Q.  Who was the last person to actually cut government?

As pointed out at C4P:

Rush is correct. Newt was indeed the last person to substantially cut Government and execute reform.

However; what folks seem to confuse that with is the idea that Newt actually “cut” budgets. That was never true. He cut Government,...

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“Really, this party is too dumb to live”

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 4:37pm 12/6/2011 at 4:37pm

Some people in the Republican Party want to follow John McCain’s policy of not going after Obama personally:

Republicans on a private Republican National Committee conference call with allies warned Tuesday that party surrogates should refrain from personal attacks against President Barack Obama, because such a strategy is too hazardous for...

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Message received

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 2:23pm 12/6/2011 at 2:23pm

Someone got the message that the current “hide and don’t seek me” strategy was not working.

Now when Romney goes on Glenn Beck like Newt just did, then I’ll really be impressed.  But until then, this will have to do:

But I’m curious about the timing. Why not this Sunday? I...

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“Silence is consent”

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 1:00pm 12/6/2011 at 1:00pm

Wow, just wow.

Republican Mark Reed is running for Congress in California’s 30th District against Democratic Congressmen Brad Sherman and Howard Berman in a new district resulting from redistricting.  Reed is a conservative, Tea Party backer.

Reed is making a big deal about...

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If Newt survives the next two weeks

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 12:17pm 12/6/2011 at 12:17pm

The latest polling has caused an avalanche of attacks on Newt from just about every corner:

  • Newt had an extensive interview with Glenn Beck (audio and transcript).  Beck hammered Newt on all...
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Romney’s unknown unknowns

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 9:47am 12/6/2011 at 9:47am

I’ve posted about “unknown unknowns” before, as it is a structure I use in class to discuss how to build a case.  At a press conference about Iraq Donald Rumsfeld famously said:

“[T]here are known knowns; there are things we know we know.  We also know there are known unknowns; that is to...

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The case for Rick Perry remains the same (Reader Poll)

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 8:15am 12/6/2011 at 8:15am

Prior to Rick Perry announcing he would run for President I brought on Katie Thompson to make the case for Perry.  Katie now is a leader of Students for Perry, and I predict, a future mover and shaker in Republican circles.

Given all that has happened over the last several months, I reached...

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