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Entries by Jason Linkins from 04/2011

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup

Posted 04.01.2011 | Politics

If we've accomplished anything here at the 2012 Speculatron in these first few weeks, we hope we've encouraged all of you to just chill out about the ...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 04.03.2011 | Media

Are we building up to an exciting announcement where Paul Ryan calls for the end to the War in Afghanistan? Let's see! No: statutory spending caps, which the GOP has famously fallen out of love with.

White House Slow To Push Back On Ryan Rollout, One-Week Stopgap [UPDATED]

Posted 04.05.2011 | Politics

The budget battle narrative will depict Paul Ryan's budget plan as the work of someone "serious" and "courageous." So far, the White House doesn't seem willing to fill the "seriousness and courage gap" with any seriousness or courageousness of its own.

Paul Ryan's Full Employment Fantasia

Posted 04.05.2011 | Politics

One of the more enjoyable parts of the Ryan budget proposal is it's contention that, if enacted, it will "create nearly one million new private-sector...

Potential 2012 GOP Presidential Candidates Embrace Ryan Budget Plan

Posted 04.05.2011 | Politics

David Brooks, naturally, is a big fan of Rep. Paul Ryan's budget. He is thundering from his New York Times column that Ryan's "proposal will set the standard of seriousness for anybody who wants to play in this discussion." I'd say that he'd like my "0.8 percent unemployment plus everyone in the top one percent of income earners gets a free Pegasus" plan even more, but the Congressional Budget Office has refused to score it, saying, "Who the hell are you and how did you get in the building?"

Government Shutdown Coming? Definitely Maybe!

Posted 04.06.2011 | Politics

By now, you're probably asking yourself: is there going to be a government shutdown? And the answer is: I don't know! Maybe? Probably? It's impossible to know right now if all the lines drawn in the sand are part of some grand base-building performance art project or if they're actually serious. This could all get pushed to the last minute and then everyone ends up taking the deal on the table. Or not!

Michele Bachmann, Savannah Guthrie Spar Over 'Credibility'

Posted 04.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Earlier this morning, Minnesota Congresswoman and potential GOP presidential aspirant Michele Bachmann appeared on "The Daily Rundown" t...

Looming Government Shutdown Threatens The Local Appreciation Of Pretty Trees

Posted 04.06.2011 | Politics

Should a government shutdown occur, there would be any number of detrimental effects, the first being that thousands of government workers would have ...

Iowa Family Receives 3 a.m. Visit From Drunk Pawlenty Campaign Worker

Posted 04.06.2011 | Politics

GOP presidential-hopeful Tim Pawlenty's Iowa operation is up and running. And apparently testing voter attitudes by "trespassing" in people's homes and "vomiting" in public after getting "wasted." Everyone who said that Pawlenty wasn't going to run an edgy campaign had better apologize now.

Late Returns: This Day In Primary Calendar Shenanigans

Posted 04.06.2011 | Politics

Most of the drama over primary scheduling involves states that want to move their contests up on the calendar, which ends up ruffling the pretty feath...

Birther-Bonkers Donald Trump Now Sending 'Investigators' To Hawaii

Posted 04.07.2011 | Politics

Trump went further down the rabbit hole on "Morning Joe" Thursday morning. Willie Geist, Ed Rendell, Donnie Deutsch and -- sweet fancy Moses -- even Pat Buchanan attempted to talk Trump down out of the tree, to no avail. They ended up basically staring slackjawed at each other and laughing as Trump went nuts.

Study: Lawmakers Now Spend Most Of Their Time Just Taunting One Another

Posted 04.07.2011 | Politics

So, what do your beloved Congresscritters spend the bulk of their time in Washington, DC doing? Mostly they have cuddle parties with lobbyists, or, if you've got the exquisite sense of timing of Rep. Corrine Brown, you're taking a "boutique shopping trip" to the brutalist wonderland of Crystal City, Virginia. But outside of that, they basically spend their days and nights straight up "doin' the dozens" on one another, in press releases. This is according to new research from Harvard, an important university.

George Allen Irks NBC Reporter With Sports Inquiry

Posted 04.07.2011 | Politics

Former and would-be future Virginia Sen. George Allen, who quarterbacked the University of Virginia for a pair of losing seasons in the 1970s and come...

Celebrated Scott Walker Crony Hire Resigns From Government Position

Posted 04.07.2011 | Politics

More bad news for embattled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as Brian Deschane, the only man he trusted to be the state's administrator of environmental an...

How Will The Beltway Media Cope With A Government Shutdown?

Posted 04.08.2011 | Media

If there is indeed a government shutdown, your heroic Beltway media will have to transition from the state of uncertainty about a pending shutdown to the state of uncertainty about an actual and ongoing shutdown.

Shutdown Looms Over Tiny Sliver Of Planned Parenthood's Activities

Posted 04.08.2011 | Politics

The entire government will shut down in just about ten hours unless Democrats agree to allow House Republicans to hurl angry birds at every Planned Parenthood facility in America.

Donna Edwards Deploys White Stripes For Garage Rock Testimonial Against Shutdown

Posted 04.08.2011 | Politics

There's only a few hours left before all of America is plunged into John Boehner's Pap Smear Armageddon or whatever, and Matt Yglesias has video of Re...

Jon Kyl Is Sorry If He Gave Anyone The Impression That The Things He Says In Public Are Factual

Posted 04.08.2011 | Politics

As you may recall, during today's lengthy Pap Smear Armageddon/Government Shutdown 2011 pageant play, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) stood on ...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 04.10.2011 | Media

Hello and good morning and welcome once again for another edition of your Sunday morning political talk show and fast typing thingy. My name is Jason...

Michele Bachmann Announces She Would Be A One-Term President ... On Purpose

Posted 04.11.2011 | Politics

Anyone who is worried about what a potential Michele Bachmann presidency would look like should stop worrying, because by her own admission, she isn't...

2012 Watchers View Upcoming Election With 'Dread,' Hope That Previously Unannounced Candidates Will Save Everyone

Posted 04.11.2011 | Politics

For a long while now, the political media has been sad about how the 2012 campaign doesn't seem to want to begin and none of the presumed top-tier can...

Everyone Is Understandably Mad At Maureen Dowd For Calling Bob Dylan A Sell-Out

Posted 04.11.2011 | Media

Did you know that, during the flare-up over a possible shutdown of the government, Maureen Dowd was yelling at Bob Dylan for blowing our best chance to finally shame China into doing something about its terrible record on human rights? It's all shocking and true.

White House's Budget Strategy Leans Heavily On Clinton Nostalgia And Selling Capitulation [UPDATE]

Posted 04.11.2011 | Politics

Over the weekend, the White House averted a government shutdown by largely agreeing to the GOP's terms on discretionary spending. One might see this as a bad thing, but not the White House. Advisor David Plouffe has been on the air ever since, linking Friday's capitulation with the administration's December lame duck capitulation as a great example of a governing strategy, where everyone "comes together" and more or less agrees to what John Boehner wants to do.

Late Returns: The Ins And Outs Of The Romney Rollout

Posted 04.11.2011 | Politics

If you're like most Americans, you have been completely blindsided by today's news that Mitt Romney has formed a presidential exploratory committee. ...

Social Conservatives Will Defeat The Gay Agenda By Inventing New Words

Posted 04.11.2011 | Politics

For as long as I can remember, social conservatives have been at war with the "gay agenda" -- whatever that is. Probably just the notion that members ...