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Entries by Jason Linkins from 08/2011

Media Proclaims Debt Deal To Be Good And Virtuous Because No One Is Happy About It

Posted 08.01.2011 | Media

Do you remember a more innocent time in your life where you thought the purpose of legislating was to ensure positive-sum outcomes for ordinary Americans? Those were great times!

Further Adventures In Happy Debt Ceiling Deal Assumptions

Posted 08.01.2011 | Media

Since the media is treating the "debt ceiling deal" the way it treats all debates in Washington -- as important only insofar as it affects the politic...

The Democrats May Have Lost Now, But They Can Win Later (Unless They Also Lose Later)

Posted 08.01.2011 | Media

Some say the pony in the Bad Loser Debt Deal is that the tax cuts will expire at the exact same moment they would have expired if there wasn't a Bad Loser Debt Deal. O-kay! Except I've seen this movie before, and I know how it ends.

The New Debt Ceiling Deal Media Narrative In Two Minutes (VIDEO)

Posted 08.01.2011 | Media

As noted here earlier, the debt deal that's in the offing is said to be a Great and Virtuous Thing not because it results in any tangible benefit for ...

What Do Journalists Think About The Debt Crisis? They Think Americans Got What They Deserved.

Posted 08.01.2011 | Media

Journalism is about choices. With millions of Americans out of work, the press decided awhile back to put all of its labor into creating the Beltway Deficit Feedback Loop. Because journalists had become so inured to being led by the nose by the important people to whom they needed "access," they abandoned the American people. Their excuse? "Well, no one in Congress is doing anything about unemployment, so what's to cover?" Pop some popcorn and let's see where this takes us! Well, where it's taken us is "past the brink." Our political culture has been permanently altered for the worse.

Everyone And No One Won And/Or Lost The Debt Ceiling Fight, Says The Media

Posted 08.02.2011 | Media

One of the best features of the "debt ceiling deal" is that no one seems to be able to agree who won or who lost. Maybe everyone won! Maybe everyone l...

Newt Gingrich Accuses Obama Of Being A Follower Of Paul Krugman, Which Would Be News To Paul Krugman

Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics

Over at The Hill, Christian Heinze snags video of Newt Gingrich lodging his economic complaint against the Obama White House with Fox's Bill O'Reilly....

Why Ask Hard Questions About The Impact Of Debt Ceiling Negotiations When You Can Party Instead?

Posted 08.02.2011 | Media

Come one, come all, and celebrate the debt ceiling deal! Sure, we've no way of knowing if steep spending cuts will imperil the government's ability to regulate the sale of poisonous toys from China, but that's not journalism's job to worry about.

Late Returns: Mitt Romney Joins The Debt Ceiling Debate

Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics

Alex Pareene sums up where the thinking of Mitt Romney's campaign was during the debt ceiling negotiations: Everyone (by which I mean everyone who ...

Redskins Owner Dan Snyder Responds To City Paper's Legal Filing

Posted 08.03.2011 | Media

Even if Dan Snyder succeeds in the legal realm, his latest recent filing is another major failure in the world of public relations. There's almost nothing that rubs Washingtonians more raw than reminders of the limitations imposed on their representation in Congress.

Q&A: What Does The Debt Ceiling Deal Mean For Ordinary Americans?

Posted 08.03.2011 | Media

Over the past few days, the media has frothed over their horse-race traditions, pleasuring themselves with the question of who "won" the debt ceiling debate. Left out of the conversation, as per usual, are ordinary Americans.

RNC Is Suddenly Upset At Obama For Proposing Medicare Cuts That The RNC Wants

Posted 08.04.2011 | Politics

Over the course of the debt ceiling negotiations, whenever news broke that entitlement cuts were being put "on the table," you could typically rely on...

As More States Jump Primary Calendar, RNC Backs Down On Sanctions

Posted 08.04.2011 | Politics

This primary season has seen a host of insurgent states trying to move up on the primary calendar. And this is everyone's worst fear. In states like New Hampshire, there are actually laws that compel the state to stay at the front of the line.

Karger-mentum: Long Shot Fred Karger Scores 2 Percent In Poll, Possible Debate Appearance

Posted 08.05.2011 | Politics

Here at the 2012 Speculatron, we have striven to be the premiere online destination of news related to long-shot GOP 2012 hopeful Fred Karger. Because...

National Organization For Marriage Asks 2012ers To Sign A Second Pledge Against Marriage Equality [UPDATE]

Posted 08.05.2011 | Politics

Seems like only yesterday that many of the 2012 GOP candidates were falling all over each other to sign the Family Leader's "Marriage Vow" pledge, whi...

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For August 5, 2011

Posted 08.05.2011 | Politics

In an odd moment from this week, an eagle-eyed Taegan Goddard found a strangely pessimistic image on the RNC's website -- pessimistic, that is, from t...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 08.07.2011 | Media

The difference between being standard and poor and being Standard And Poors is that everyone runs to the teevee cameras when the latter has something to say.

Obama Versus Romney: President's Team Has Revealed Their Secret Plan To Politico, For Some Reason

Posted 08.09.2011 | Politics

According to Politico, the White House's plan to beat Mitt Romney is to convince people that he is weird and... like Gordon Gekko, who was a pop-cultural staple of the late 1980s.

If Obama's Past Statements Are Any Guide, Then He Doesn't Support Urban Rioting

Posted 08.09.2011 | Media

Were you wondering if President Barack Obama is secretly siding with London's opportunistic looters and arsonists? Probably not, because that sounds crazy... but not at National Review!

Herman Cain Pledges To Stop Sending The Military To Dangerous Places, Which Is Kind Of The Whole Point Of Having A Military

Posted 08.09.2011 | Politics

When it comes to the topic of the ongoing war in Afghanistan, Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain has kept his commentary on what he would do, if electe...

Late Returns: Pawlenty's Fundraising Slapshot

Posted 08.09.2011 | Politics

Hey, everyone! Do you enjoy hockey? Probably lots of you do! Now, do you enjoy Tim Pawlenty? Okay, well, for the two of three of you who find yourselv...

S&P Downgrade Gives Media A 'Wake Up Call' About The Terrible Economy

Posted 08.09.2011 | Media

Ordinary people in America have probably noticed that over the past three years, the economy has been, for the lack of a better term, "FUBAR." Even if...

Thomas Friedman Dreams Of A 'Grand Bargain,' In Which Sentimentality Saves America

Posted 08.10.2011 | Media

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has returned from another of his periodic sojourns into the cloudcuckooland of his own imagination, and brings us word of this dream he had, which he hopes to implant. The basic plot is this: In an alternate universe, our American lawmakers buck their traditional bases to come up with a plan -- it's a revision of an old plan, actually -- that singlehandedly eliminates the need for the Sad Guys On Trading Floors blog forever.

Rep. Cory Gardner Tells Constituent Concerned About Outsourcing To Just Find A New Employer

Posted 08.11.2011 | Politics

Matt Finkelstein reports on a tete-a-tete between Rep.Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and one of his constituents that evidently went down at a Monday town hal...

Obama Told To Call Congress Back From Recess, Despite The Fact That Americans Have No Faith In Congress

Posted 08.11.2011 | Politics

S&P downgraded the U.S. credit rating, the Dow has been pitching around as if it were the Coney Island Cyclone and millions of Americans are unemployed. Someone should do something! So why not the Congress -- who have famously done nothing?