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Entries by Jason Linkins from 09/2011

Congress May Try 'Senior Prom Seating' At Obama Address Next Week

Posted 09.01.2011 | Politics

After yesterday's charlie-foxtrot fall-out over the possibility that Congress might have to endure a Presidential address and a GOP candidate debate o...

Reflections On The Great 'Debate vs. Jobs Speech' Scheduling War

Posted 09.01.2011 | Media

In the end, what did we learn from the Great Logistical Kerfuffle of 2011? Well, we've been reminded that everyone in politics and the media is as thin-skinned and as petty as they ever were.

Stuff Happened In August, According To Math

Posted 09.01.2011 | Media

Most reporters within the Beltway Bubble regard August as a thirty-one day period of "dog days" downtime, in which not a lot of Stuff Happens. "Slow n...

2012 Debate Exclusion: The Latest Update

Posted 09.01.2011 | Politics

One thing we've harped on a bit on these pages is that many of the GOP candidates who haven't been granted access to the debates are basically caught ...

Late Returns: Mitt Romney Still Loved By 'Insiders'

Posted 09.01.2011 | Politics

Cursory examinations of "the polls" lead us to conclude that Rick Perry is very popular, at the moment, with "the people who participate in polls." Wh...

Cameron Todd Willingham Execution: Rick Perry's Role Deserves Scrutiny

Posted 09.02.2011 | Media

In the three weeks since Texas Gov. Rick Perry stormed into the 2012 presidential race, bigfooting past the Ames Straw Poll and surging to frontrunner...

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For Sept. 2, 2011

Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics

It's been less than three weeks since the Ames Straw Poll, and the narrative of this still-young campaign season is flush with Rick Perry triumphalism...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 09.04.2011 | Media

Oh, hello everyone, and welcome to your Sunday Morning Semi-Live, Hastily-typed, Somewhat Recap of your political chat shows. My name is Jason, my int...

Jon Huntsman Ad Touts His Jobs Record As Superior To Romney's

Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman's campaign is out with a new ad today, using the numbers "1" and "47" to set up a comparison between Huntsman and fo...

USA Weekend Fails 'Math For Grownups'

Posted 09.06.2011 | Media

Laura Laing is the author of a book called Math For Grownups. Gregory Connolly is an ostensibly grown-up journalist, tasked by USA Today to summarize some "tips" from Laing's book. But in his summary, Connolly doesn't seem to get how taxes work.

Ron Paul's Fleeting Affection For Ronald Reagan Trumps Rick Perry's Fleeting Affection For Al Gore

Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics

If I were advising Ron Paul on how to best attack Rick Perry in, say, a one minute advertisement, I might go with something like: "Hello, I'm Ron Paul...

Mitt Romney Jobs Speech Charts And Graphs Roil The Internet

Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics

2011-09-07-Screenshot20110907at8.06.55AM.pngIf you want to talk about Mitt Romney's misleading infographics, here's one.

Here's What Mitt Romney's Recession/Recovery Chart Should Look Like

Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics

We had the occasion on Tuesday to work through some of the controversy that arose in the wake of Mitt Romney's "jobs plan," after this chart from page...

GOP Debate: Newt Gingrich Attacks The Media Again (VIDEO)

Posted 09.07.2011 | Media

Newt Gingrich decided to fall back on his "attack the media" act during the NBC GOP debate on Wednesday. (Gingrich had a series of arguments with mode...

Rick Perry On Death Penalty And 'Ultimate Justice' In Texas: 'I've Never Struggled With That'

Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics

Brian Williams becomes the next reporter to almost, but not quite, hold Rick Perry to account for the execution of Cameron Todd Willingham. During the...

Jon Huntsman's 'Reasonable Man' Scam

Posted 09.08.2011 | Politics

For most of the year, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman had a difficult time getting anyone interested in his campaign. The campaign's build-up -- which s...

Rick Perry's Lawyers 'Read The Riot Act' To Cameron Todd Willingham Investigator

Posted 09.08.2011 | Media

I was disappointed that Brian Williams, faced with the golden opportunity to specifically cite the Cameron Todd Willingham case in his debate interrogation of Rick Perry, instead opted for a more generic set of questions on the death penalty.

Rick Perry Subjects Ron Paul To A 'Rick Lazio Moment'

Posted 09.08.2011 | Politics

Most of the post-debate media chatter centered on the sparks that flew between top-tier candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. That's to be expected, ...

Late Returns: Seven Swing States Shall Settle Stakes, Maybe

Posted 09.08.2011 | Politics

Are you wondering where campaign reporters will be camped out for the next fifteen months? Or what states' airwaves will be buffeted by wave after wav...

The Dick Cheney Softball Book Tour, Remembered

Posted 09.09.2011 | Media

A few weeks ago, Dick Cheney's memoir, "In My Time," arrived at bookstores. It came with the promise that it was going to hit the streets like a twent...

Sam Bassett Responds To Halt Of Investigation: 'It Is A Sad Day For Criminal Justice In Texas'

Posted 09.09.2011 | Politics

In the long saga of the Cameron Todd Willingham case, which we've detailed here, comes another disappointing turn. Per the Houston Chronicle: A sta...

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For September 9, 2011

Posted 09.09.2011 | Politics

This week, the 2012 campaign took a trip to Simi Valley, California, where the Reagan Library played host to another of the 382 debates that are sched...

Dan Snyder Has Never Read The Article He Is Suing Over

Posted 09.09.2011 | Media

As readers may be aware, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder has, for the better part of the year, been in a legal brouhaha with the Washington City ...

Dan Snyder Drops His Lawsuit Against 'Washington City Paper'

Posted 09.11.2011 | Media

The Washington City Paper reports tonight that Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who had been pursuing legal action against the paper for an artic...

Democrats' Fight For American Jobs Act Will Play Out Exclusively In Battleground States

Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics

President Obama is embarking on a campaign to promote the new jobs bill and fight for its passage. Will this fight be coming to your state? Well, ask yourself this: are your state's electoral votes up for grabs in 2012? No? Well, probably not then.