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As we collectively raise our hands in class and say “I know, I know”

Posted by  ▪  September 5, 2011
Steve Benen, liberal blogger at Washington Monthly, feigns ignorance over why Jon Hunstman is getting so much love and air time from the mainstream media despite no apparent electoral support: The question then becomes why Huntsman, Mr. One Percent, is getting special treatment. I know, I know. Because Hunstman is bashing fellow Republicans…
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Please, no jumping on the MoDo bandwagon

Posted by  ▪  September 5, 2011
So she writes another “Obama’s not all he was cracked up to be” column, and everyone is ready to stick a fork in him because MoDo says he’s done. Pahleeeese.  This is what MoDo does.  Two weeks after Republicans nominate someone for president, she’ll write a column sticking a fork in that…
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Glenn Beck, the Jackie Robinson of Mormonism?

Posted by  ▪  September 5, 2011
Well, kinda-sorta. Glenn Beck was in Israel recently rallying Christian Zionists with his “Restoring Courage” tour, and while most of the discussion about his trip was the usual anti-Christian-conservative rhetoric from liberal Jews who don’t want to be associated with “those people,” Beck’s trip marked a pioneering moment towards a very different…
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Did your poodle also vote for Obama-Biden?

Posted by  ▪  September 5, 2011
Thanks to reader Joseph from Jacksonville, who spotted this vehicle in Alameda, California, while on vacation this summer: (Some background on the Texas Oil sticker in a prior post.)
 

Presidential Jeopardy gone wild

Posted by  ▪  September 4, 2011
I know exactly where Sen. Jim DeMint is coming from,  Obama speech to Congress ‘going to be hard for me to watch’: “Frankly I am so tired of his speeches, it’s going to be hard for me to watch,” said DeMint on CNN’s State of the Union. “We need a plan in…
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The Chicago Way – Are Democratic Party Operatives Behind Israel’s Anti-Government Protests?

Posted by  ▪  September 4, 2011
A major Israeli newspaper says yes.  According to an investigative report by Maariv’s Kalman Libeskind, Democratic operative and pollster Stanley Greenberg, who, along with James Carville, Bob Shrum, and others, was part of a team sent by Bill Clinton to drive Netanyahu from office in 1999, is again trying to influence…
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The core of the Tea Party movement

Posted by  ▪  September 4, 2011
I don’t have much time to “analyze” Palin’s speech in Indianola (text here), Iowa and what it all means in terms of the political landscape. But what jumped out at me is that she expressed one of the core principles of the Tea Party movement, that corporate interests are not necessarily our interests: Now to be fair,…
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He always was the “candidate of fear”

Posted by  ▪  September 4, 2011
Toby Harndon in The Telegraph writes that Barack Obama, 2008 man of hope and change, becomes 2012 candidate of fear and status quo: [Blaming the Tea Party for the dispute over Obama's appearance before Congress] fits with the campaign strategy Obama appears to have decided on – portray Republican leaders as prisoners of…
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The only Obama recovery so far

Posted by  ▪  September 4, 2011
Thanks to frequent photographer Linda from Tennessee, who writes: just downloaded photos from my old Blackberry (got an iPhone in March) and found this photo
 

Saturday Night Card Game (A single, cohesive theory)

Posted by  ▪  September 3, 2011
This is the latest in a series on the use of the race card for political gain: Seemingly disconnected events have come together this week to form a single, cohesive theory which explains the behavior which is the subject of the Saturday Night Card Game. First, the evidence: Exhibit A: Rates of mental illnesses including depression and…
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Presidential disrespect went around and now comes around

Posted by  ▪  September 3, 2011
G.O.P. vs. Obama: Disrespect or Just Politics? That is the deeply probing question asked by The NY Times with regard to G.O.P. opposition to Obama. There was no such question when it came to Democratic treatment of George W. Bush, it was pure disrespect. Please dig deep into the history books and show me…
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Palin in Indianola

Posted by  ▪  September 3, 2011
Consider this an “open” thread. Because of travel, it’s unlikely I’ll get to watch the speech live.  It’s scheduled for about 1 p.m. Central. The latest conventional wisdom is that there will be no presidential announcement or announcement that she’s not running.  Rather, the speech will be a “full throttled” defense of the…
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Workers giving up hope keeps Obama’s reelection hopes alive

Posted by  ▪  September 3, 2011
I have posted before about how the shrinking workforce tends to mask just how bad unemployment really is because people who have given up hope and stopped looking are not counted in the most widely cited calculation. So the news yesterday that the unemployment rate held steady at 9.1% with zero net…
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They still don’t respect you

Posted by  ▪  September 3, 2011
I guess the driver of this vehicle didn’t hear what John Conyers had to say about West Virginia. Thanks to reader Marisa for this photo taken just outside Raleigh, NC:
 

Teapot Solyndra

Posted by  ▪  September 2, 2011
Painful to watch. No one could have seen this coming. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Can you say “Teapot Dome”?
 

Will League of Women Voters now run anti-Obama ads featuring sick children?

Posted by  ▪  September 2, 2011
Via The Hill: The White House announced Friday that it is shelving a major planned Environmental Protection Agency regulation that would have tightened smog standards, dealing a huge blow to environmentalists that had pushed the Obama administration to resist industry pressure to abandon the regulation. In a statement, President Obama said that the…
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WI Sup Ct Justice Ann Walsh Bradley stands accused

Posted by  ▪  September 2, 2011
… of hitting fellow Justice Michael Gableman: State Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman is sticking by his story that Justice Ann Walsh Bradley hit him on the back of the head, but said Thursday it happened a year later than he originally claimed. Bradley said in a strongly worded denial Thursday that she…
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