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Saturday Night Card Game (Glenn Beck plays race card on Newt, and me, and you)

Posted by  ▪  December 10, 2011
This is the latest in a series on the use of the race card for political gain: Glenn Beck doesn’t like Newt.  That didn’t keep Newt from appearing on Beck’s radio show and taking the hard questions. Beck tried to force Newt into a “Teddy Roosevelt / progressive” box, but Newt was having none…
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Free afternoon

Posted by  ▪  December 10, 2011
Tonight there will be a live blog here for the debate, starting at 9 p.m. Eastern (probably will turn it live closer to 8:30). Until then, here’s a running list of stuff of interest: Glenn Greenwald is upset that I’ve been calling him out repeatedly, so he’s trying to take my post on…
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Dear Newt, three ways to crush Romney tonight

Posted by  ▪  December 10, 2011
Mitt Romney has to attack Newt tonight at the debate.  If he doesn’t, and rests on television interviews and what his surrogates have done the past few days, Romney will be Tim Pawlenty, who was not willing to confront Romney on “Obamneycare” in person. If I were Newt, here’s what I would do tonight…
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Let’s take a hunk out of Elizabeth Warren

Posted by  ▪  December 10, 2011
You owe us, and we want our fair share of all that money you are raising online. You built a campaign out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear: you moved your message to market on bandwidth the  rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to…
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Newt may not be Tea Party, but his D.C. enemies treat him like he is

Posted by  ▪  December 10, 2011
Every now and then I stumble upon a column which says exactly what I had been thinking but had not yet written. Christian Whiton absolutely is on target as to the reasons behind the collective and almost uniform piling on of Newt by the Republican pundit and political class which supports Mitt Romney, Why Washington Is…
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EARth

Posted by  ▪  December 10, 2011
Listen up.  I’m sick and tired of your feel good faux-profundity. Does it make you feel good to buy those $4 lattes at Gimme Coffee?  Maybe you should put this bumper sticker on the car too. Spotted by an LI student reader in the Collegetown section of Ithaca:
 

“We understand a load of crap when we see it”

Posted by  ▪  December 9, 2011
Via The Fix, two prominent Iowa supporters of Newt Gingrich held a phone conference late this afternoon with the press in which they pushed back against the attacks on Newt: Iowa supporter of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich assailed Mitt Romney’s negative attacks, even as the former Massachusetts governor pulled back. “We…
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Mock the vote – Open

Posted by  ▪  December 9, 2011
Doings today that didn’t quite fit a full post: Smitty is having none of that crap National Popular Vote proposal.  I posted about this very bad idea back in October.  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it; and if it is broke, don’t make it so that Democrats have an easier time…
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Strangest, er, bedfellows ever

Posted by  ▪  December 9, 2011
Repeal of sodomy, bestiality ban sparks fight on Defense bill: As the final Defense authorization bill gets hammered out in conference committee, one surprising issue is riling both social conservatives and animal rights activists: the repeal of a ban on sodomy and bestiality…. News of the bestiality repeal has sparked conservative groups like…
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Does it matter if Herman Cain was completely innocent?

Posted by  ▪  December 9, 2011
We’ll never know now, will we?  And it’s ancient history, right? We have substituted speculation and conjecture for proof.  Such as, the woman who says she had a 13 year affair with Cain says they went to the Tyson-Holyfield fight together.  Cain denies it.  It’s a provable/disprovable fact, but no one bothered to…
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The attack on Newt goes Sci-Fi

Posted by  ▪  December 9, 2011
ABC is hosting a debate Saturday night.  I’ll be live here. Should be fun.  Let’s see if Romney has the guts to confront Newt face to face with all the “crazy” talk being spread about Newt by Romney’s campaign, surrogates and supporters, and if he can do it successfully.  If not, he’s…
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NLRB suit against Boeing was just a collective bargaining chip

Posted by  ▪  December 9, 2011
The decision of the National Labor Relations Board to prevent Boeing from relocating some manufacturing to South Carolina was hailed as a necessary step to punish anti-union retaliation by the company. It all was a mere tool to give uthe machinists’ union greater bargaining power, which it then used in negotating a new contact with…
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The cowardly brave stand against Trump

Posted by  ▪  December 9, 2011
Rick Santorum was right about the rank hypocrisy of GOP candidates who seek Donald Trump’s endorsement but will not appear at the NewsMax debate because Trump is the moderator: “Many of my opponents jockeyed to be the first to fly up to New York and use Donald Trump for a photo op…
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“They cheated for Bush, so hey, I’m going to cheat to get Scott Walker out of here”

Posted by  ▪  December 9, 2011
So says a man interviewed by a Wisconsin news station about his signing petitions to recall Scott Walker 80 times: Man:”I think I signed about 80 times.” Wainscott:”You’ve signed 80 petitions, you think?” Man:”I signed a lot of them for the past two weeks. I’ve been  seeing them at the Grand Avenue Mall….
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Romney’s strategy of crazy

Posted by  ▪  December 9, 2011
The attacks on Newt Gingrich from the Romney campaign and it supporters in the Beltway political and media echelons have become quite personal. The fervor reminds me not so much of a heated argument on the merits, but of a child custody proceeding in which Romney seeks to have Newt not only lose…
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Times are hard

Posted by  ▪  December 9, 2011
That was the subject line on an email from reader Cathy, who writes: When Obama supporters can’t afford new bumper stickers. Red marker over the year. Saw this in Longwood Florida today. We were at a stop light. :)  
 

Stuffed

Posted by  ▪  December 8, 2011
Things I could not fit into separate posts: Self-described liberal law professor says Elena Kagan should recuse herself from Obamacare case, but ends with “Now, as to Justice Thomas …”  Concern troll? Something so important about Newt it occupies reporters’ time.  Something actually important. Sometimes I lose sight of the fact that there is something…
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