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“he will need to wage the most negative campaign in history to stand any chance”

Posted by  ▪  November 20, 2011

So? What makes you think that would give him a second thought? The quoted language in the headline is from Pat Caddell and Doug Shoen in a column at The Wall Street Journal urging Obama not to run for re-election

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Why is Chris Matthews portraying Obama as “The Other”?

Posted by  ▪  November 20, 2011

How often have we heard that portraying Obama as out of touch with the American people constitutes a racially tinged and undertoned use of Otherness? Just the other day Rick Perry was accused of invoking Otherness when he said Obama had been

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What was this all about?

Posted by  ▪  November 20, 2011

I had not heard this story before, but then again, I didn’t pay much attention to the Republican primaries in 2008: In 2008 it was uncovered long after the primaries had been concluded that the Romney campaign staff had in unethical

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Super Committee Sunday

Posted by  ▪  November 20, 2011

The so-called Super Committee is on the brink of failure, if it has not already failed: The congressional committee tasked with reducing the federal deficit is poised to admit defeat as soon as Monday, and its unfinished business will set

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“Does anyone have water?”

Posted by  ▪  November 20, 2011

I have not been particularly sympathetic to the activities of Occupy protests around the country, as the message often is one of self-wallowing pity, misplaced blame, and in some cases, vile rhetoric.  The conduct often has been violent. There is a

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On 11-8-2008 Robert Novak looked into the future and saw … Newt

Posted by  ▪  November 20, 2011

Robert Novak, writing just after Obama defeated John McCain and Democrats solidified their hold on Congress, predicted that Republicans would turn to Newt Gingrich to lead them back to presidential power in 2012, Newt in 2012? (via @jmartpolitico): In serious conversations

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Baroke

Posted by  ▪  November 20, 2011

Thanks to reader Cathy who writes: Spotted at Sonny’s BBQ, Sanford Florida, today at lunch. My favorite is lower left. ‘and we thought Carter sucked’. Amen Personally, I prefer the “Tell Barack I’m baroke.”

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Romney going all out in Iowa

Posted by  ▪  November 19, 2011

As reported by The NY Times, Romney Shifts in Iowa, Playing to Win Quickly: Mr. Romney, who has been cautiously calibrating expectations about his chances in a state full of social conservatives, is now playing to win the Iowa caucuses.

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Saturday Night Card Game (Never let a good child abuse case go to waste)

Posted by  ▪  November 19, 2011

This is the latest in a series on the use of the race card for political gain: The child abuse accusations against Jerry Sandusky rightly have captured the attention of the nation.  The protests of students after it was announced

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How we should discuss income inequality

Posted by  ▪  November 19, 2011

I’ve been trying to articulate the way to engage with OWS-sympathizers for the past few weeks. It’s hard to write-off some aspects of the OWS gripes: some sectors have seen an inordinate amount of favoritism from the government while a

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Florida Senate seat in play

Posted by  ▪  November 19, 2011

I previously posted about Connie Mack IV’s decision to run for the Senate, and wondered what his chances would be. Looks like they are pretty good, according to Rasmussen: Republican Congressman Connie Mack changed his mind late last month about

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Sheldon Whitehouse, luckiest investor in America?

Posted by  ▪  November 19, 2011

Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who has been vicious in his attacks on opponents of Obamacare, is accused of insider trading in the days before the October 2008 market crash: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island also made a  flurry of trades in the

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Newt and Mitt 1994

Posted by  ▪  November 19, 2011

I have started watching videos from the earlier days of Newt and Romney.  I wasn’t politically conscious in 1994, so much of this is new to me. I find the contrasts interesting, including this short clip of Romney running from

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We will fight them in the elevators

Posted by  ▪  November 19, 2011

Thanks to reader Jennifer who writes … you are familiar with the cute little posters inside the elevators at Hampton Inns these days. This is the one in my elevator this morning in Asheville NC. Between the time I went

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