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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 for the sake of preserving the Democratic Party, The Hillary Moment: When Harry…
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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 privileged: Rick Perry, seeking to paint  President Obama with an “otherness” brush from…
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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 and covert ways infiltrated prominent conservative opinion sources like the National Review…
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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 up a year-end battle over emergency jobless benefits and an expiring payroll…
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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 video circulating of police at the University of California - Davis using pepper…
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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 among Republicans since their election debacle Tuesday, what name is mentioned most often…
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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’. AmenPersonally, I prefer the “Tell Barack I’m baroke.”
 

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. Television commercials are on the way, volunteers are arriving and a stealth…
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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 the Joe Paterno was removed as head coach also rightly were condemned…
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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 lot of the middle class has fallen on hard times. My…
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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 challenging longtime Democratic Senator Bill Nelson in 2012, and now he finds himself…
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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 days after the Paulson-Bernanke meeting with  legislators. At minimum, Whitehouse sold $250,000 in…
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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 “the time of Reagan-Bush,” and the somewhat longer clips below regarding the Contract for…
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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 down for breakfast and came back up, someone had placed a “bumper sticker”…
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Brian Leiter is upset about blog traffic

Posted by  ▪  November 18, 2011
I have been warned almost since I started blogging that one of these days I would show up on University of Chicago Law School Professor Brian Leiter’s radar and that his world-renowned pettiness and nastiness would be visited upon me. But at least I’m in good company [added: link broken a/o 11-21-2011 10:45…
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Open – Shocking Breaking News Edition

Posted by  ▪  November 18, 2011
Shocking breaking news — Newt Gingrich’s health care policy consulting firm earned consulting fees from health care companies interested in health care policy! Shocking breaking news — Water is wet. Shocking breaking news — Taylor Marsh has harsh words about Sarah Palin. Shocking breaking news – some guy who loves broken windows said Failure is Good. Shocking breaking…
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The EU sense of humor.

Posted by  ▪  November 18, 2011
It’s easy to pick on the EU’s operation in Brussels. When they aren’t spending six figures on cocktail parties, they choose to spend their time whining or condemning things normal people don’t even think to discuss. For example: Brussels bureaucrats were ridiculed yesterday after banning drink manufacturers from claiming that water can…
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