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Entries by Jason Linkins from 07/2011

GOP Candidates Pledge Allegiance To Kingmakers To Avoid Dealbreakers

Posted 07.01.2011 | Politics

The young 2012 campaign is starting to get into full swing, with the GOP field mostly set and mounting their campaigns in earnest. Of course, we're still many, many days away from the Ames Straw Poll. So what's a GOP candidate for President to do in the meantime?

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For July 1, 2011

Posted 07.01.2011 | Politics

Michele Bachmann claimed the lion's share of the 2012 newshole this week after announcing her candidacy for President in Waterloo, Iowa. Of course, sh...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 07.03.2011 | Media

Welcome to another edition of your quickly-typed recap/rundown of your least favorite shows on television, the Sunday Morning Politics-Themed Blatherfests.

U.K. Labour Leader Miliband Takes Message Discipline To New Heights Of Absurdity

Posted 07.05.2011 | Media

More than 750,000 public employees went on strike in the U.K. last week over proposed austerity measures that would affect their pension system. What ...

Advertisers 'Reviewing Options' In Wake Of News Of The World Phone Hack Revelations

Posted 07.05.2011 | Media

With the latest revelation that News Of The World hacked into the voicemail of Milly Dowler, a 13-year-old schoolgirl who was abducted and subsequently murdered in 2002, it seems that it has gone too far over the proverbial bridge.

It's David Duke's Turn To Get Presidential Speculation, Apparently

Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics

Poll after poll indicates that GOP voters are not particularly happy with the field of candidates that are vying for the 2012 GOP nomination. But how ...

Twitter Bullying: Arguing On Political Opinion Now Counts?

Posted 07.06.2011 | Media

When I get an article with the headline, "White House uses Twitter to bully critics," it sort of primes me to expect to see some examples of some hard...

Michele Bachmann's Personal Life Goes Under The Microscope

Posted 07.06.2011 | Media

Now that Michele Bachmann is out on the stump and breaking upwards in most polls, it seems to be time to start putting her personal life through the media churn.

Iowa Rep. Steve King Plays It Coy On 2012 Endorsement

Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics

Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) may be staff-sharing, Obamacare-repealing BFF's in the House of Represent...

The Town Hall Reimagined: President Obama In 140 Characters Or Less

Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics

So, humanity's first "Twitter town hall" is now in the books. Was it everything you hoped it would be? My wish is that if we all agree to behave ourse...

Twitter Town Hall Participants Have Drastically Different Concerns Than Beltway Journalists, Apparently!

Posted 07.06.2011 | Media

Over at the Boston Globe, Tom Giratikanon and the Globe's staff have put together a must-read chart, which compares the concerns raised by today's Twi...

How Foolish Is The Notion That Obama Will Replace Biden On The 2012 Ticket? (Very.)

Posted 07.07.2011 | Media

Never underestimate the way political reporters and pundits are uniquely driven to overcomplicate and pointlessly mystify the political process.

Depending On Your Point Of View, The GOP Is Either "Agreeing To New Revenues" Or "Caving" In Defeat

Posted 07.07.2011 | Media

David Brooks caught a lot of frenzied pushback from conservative circles when he took a look at the "3-to-1 rate of spending cuts to revenue increases...

Tim Pawlenty Won't Hide Himself In Regret Over His Love For Lady Gaga

Posted 07.07.2011 | Politics

Tim Pawlenty needs to do something to win a news cycle, if not the Ames Straw Poll, so maybe coming out as a fan of Lady Gaga will help? I don't know. Just try anything, Tim.

Bloomberg Businessweek (Accidentally?) Makes It Clear That Elizabeth Warren Critics Are Primarily Animated By Sexism

Posted 07.07.2011 | Media

I'm going to generously assume that the weird, critical, slam-book-style bubbles that dot the cover of the July 11-17 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek,...

Bob Vander Plaats, Iowa Social Conservative Kingmaker, Unveils A New Pledge For 2012ers

Posted 07.07.2011 | Politics

A few weeks ago, we delved into the world of pledges that the members of the GOP field were being pressured into signing. Turns out we should have hel...

Late Returns: Romney Dreams Of Facing Bachmann, And Vice Versa

Posted 07.07.2011 | Politics

Jonathan Chait is right that the recent numbers from Public Policy Polling should alert everyone to the fact that Michele Bachmann's campaign could do...

Cash-Seeking Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Wants Some Of That Sweet, Sweet Koch

Posted 07.08.2011 | Politics

Now, you wouldn't think that there would be much affinity between the Kochs and the establishment Democratic Party. But you'd be wrong!

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For July 8, 2011

Posted 07.08.2011 | Politics

"It's a big day for early Pawlenty obituaries," wrote Ben Smith, citing articles from Neil King and our own Sam Stein/Jon Ward tandem, all of whom pro...

The Family Leader Drops Controversial Section Concerning Slavery From 'Marriage Vow' Pledge

Posted 07.09.2011 | Politics

The Family Leader's "Marriage Vow" pledge asks a lot of the presidential candidates who sign it. You better not like gay people, for instance! Porn is...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 07.10.2011 | Media

Good morning everyone, and welcome once again to your quickly-typed bang through the intellectual wasteland that is Sunday morning political television.

Michele Bachmann Leads Iowa Polls, Republican Rivals Take Aim

Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics

Your big 2012 election news of the day comes out of Iowa, where a poll conducted by TheIowaRepublican.com has placed Michele Bachmann at the top of the pack. This poll, of "likely Iowa caucusgoers," found 25 percent of respondents favoring Bachmann's bid, with Mitt Romney in second place, with 21 percent. Aside from Bachmann and Romney, the most significant shifts signaled by this poll involve Tim Pawlenty and Ron Paul. Pawlenty's third place finish, is a lifeline to a campaign that was circling the drain last week.

Gary Johnson Outraged By 'Marriage Vow' Pledge

Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics

That "Family Leader" pledge may have won the enthusiastic endorsement of Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum, but former New Mexico Governor and long-s...

Explaining The Debt Ceiling Debate

Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics

2011-07-12-jason.pngHere's a chart that explains all of modern politics -- and especially the debt ceiling debate.

Late Returns: Naturally, Newt Gingrich Wants To Edit The 'Marriage Vow'

Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics

If you were wondering how Newt Gingrich was going to handle The Family Leader's "Marriage Vow" pledge -- with its fun references to "quickie divorces"...