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Entries by Jason Linkins from 02/2010

Evan Bayh Assails 'Left-Wing Blogs' For Criticizing Spending Freeze

Posted 02.01.2010 | Media

Hyper-timid incrementalist Senator Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) gave his budget peacock legs a strut this past Sunday, accusing "far left-wing blogs" of criticizing the administration's proposed spending freeze.

Orleans Parish Coroner Race: The Season Of Insane Election Ads Begins (VIDEO)

Posted 02.01.2010 | Politics

Ever since the Massachusetts special election between Scott Brown and Martha Coakley concluded, handing the media the beginning chapter of the 2010 ca...

Bipartisanship Missing From Final Votes: Whose Fault Is That?

Posted 02.01.2010 | Politics

Over the weekend, NBC White House Correspondent Chuck Todd took to his Twitter account to say what The Plum Line's Greg Sargent characterizes as one o...

Harold Ford Panders To Stephen Colbert [UPDATE]

Posted 02.02.2010 | New York

Harold Ford, Jr. apparently decided that one of the crucial stops in his New York charm offensive had to be the Colbert Report. The most charitable thing to say about it is that it did not go well.

Bill Press Show Plays Hilarious Phone Prank On Hill Reporter

Posted 02.02.2010 | Politics

Apparently, one of the problems that the producers of the "Bill Press Show" face on a daily basis is that one of the phone numbers for their studio is...

FY 2011 Budget Proposal Sends WaPo Into A Blind Panic

Posted 02.02.2010 | Politics

Your Washington Post editors looked at the FY 2011 budget and predictably responded with panicky wailing and seemingly self-contradictory demands for ...

Mullen Follows Up DADT Testimony On Twitter: Repeal 'Comes Down To Integrity'

Posted 02.02.2010 | Politics

Wow. In case Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen wasn't clear enough in his testimony that repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell" is the "right...

DADT Proponents Offer Up A Bowl Of Bigoted Goulash

Posted 02.02.2010 | Politics

It's worth pointing out some recent statements by the irrational simps who linger on the deranged margins of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell debate. Here,...

McCain: The Day Military Leaders Urge DADT Change, 'We Ought To Seriously Consider Changing It'

Posted 02.02.2010 | Politics

One thing that's worth noting is that Arizona Senator John McCain continues to cast a wide shadow over the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" debate -- and while ...

Reuters Pulls Widely-Drudged, Vastly False Story On 'Backdoor Tax Increases'

Posted 02.03.2010 | Politics

Lest this episode be portrayed as a White House pressuring a news organization to withdraw a story they didn't like, it should be pointed out that Reuters did in fact, get the story wrong -- as in: the entire premise of the story was horse manure.

Fox News Shuns Obama Q&A, MSNBC Gets Snitty When He Encourages Senators To Turn Off TV

Posted 02.03.2010 | Media

President Obama this morning took his 2010 Question-And-Answer Tour to the Senate Democratic Caucus, a few days after his foray to the House GOP Retre...

Why Should Details Of Patrick Murphy's Personal Life Matter In The DADT Debate?

Posted 02.03.2010 | Media

While I was rooting around yesterday, examining the coverage of this week's hearings on Don't Ask Don't Tell, I happened upon this piece in the Wall S...

Duncan Hunter Insinuates That Mullen's Advocacy Of DADT Repeal Isn't Genuine, Warns Of 'Hermaphrodites'

Posted 02.03.2010 | Politics

In testimony proffered at yesterday's hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Admiral Mike Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Sta...

DEMON SHEEP Ad (VIDEO): Carly Fiorina Campaign Attacks Primary Opponent With Epic, Terrifying Video

Posted 02.03.2010 | Media

HOLY CRAP, AMERICA. Mere days after a teensy little Orleans Parish Coroner's election offered the opening salvo in the Attack Ad Wars of Campaign 2010...

Reality Lends Credit To Abdulmutallab Interrogation

Posted 02.04.2010 | Politics

Thanks to an outbreak of reported-on reality, a beloved War On Terror talking point -- that the FBI's by-the-books interrogation of Umar Farouq Abdulm...

Fiorina 'Demon Sheep' Ad's Artistic Inspiration REVEALED

Posted 02.04.2010 | Media

I won't be the first to make note of this, but I'm grateful to email tipster Michael H., who points out that Carly Fiorina's "Demon Sheep" attack ad -...

Jeff Sessions Warns That Following The Rule Of Law Will Result In 'Dire Consequences'

Posted 02.04.2010 | Politics

If you want just one taste of the essential stupidity of the politicization of the Abdulmutallab investigation, you need only look at today's Washingt...

Someone Did Left vs. Right Poll On The Super Bowl, For Some Reason?

Posted 02.04.2010 | Media

Political pollsters simply will not stop attempting to reduce everything in American life that we enjoy to a stupid left-vs.-right debate until we ris...

Carly Fiorina Campaign Promises Ads Even 'More Shocking' Than DEMON SHEEP

Posted 02.04.2010 | Politics

One of the things that makes me sad about Carly Fiorina's "Demon Sheep" campaign ad is that I genuinely enjoy writing about campaign ads. Because the...

Luckily For Carly Fiorina's 'Demon Sheep' Ad, Her Competitors' Responses Have Been Terrible

Posted 02.05.2010 | Politics

Let's say that the person you are competing against in the California GOP Senate primary releases a political advertisement that is expensive and dera...

PFAW's Keegan Complains About Shelby's Hold: 'Obstruction' Reaches A 'New Low'

Posted 02.05.2010 | Politics

So, Richard Shelby! As you may have heard, he is being what the kids on the street call "an intransigent dick." This is because he's placed a blanket...

Human Events Seeks Donations To Pay For Its Outdated Distribution Model

Posted 02.05.2010 | Media

I just got an email from Tom Winter, the president and editor-in-chief of conservative periodical Human Events. Seems like they are in a bit of a sti...

Al Franken Pokes The Bear

Posted 02.05.2010 | Politics

Leading a wave of skepticism against the proposed merger of NBC Universal and Comcast is a senator with inside information about the National Broadcas...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 02.07.2010 | Politics

Big news today as the woman they call Trixie Klondyke, aka Sarah Palin, is making her first Sunday morning talk show appearance only about a year and a half after it might have mattered.

White House Press Corps Is Once Again In Need Of Your Pity

Posted 02.08.2010 | Media

It's hard for me to muster up even a whit of sympathy for the forever-beleaguered White House Press Corps. Yet they persist, in a self-made glass case of emotion, to bitch about how difficult their jobs are.