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Entries by Jason Linkins from 11/2011

Herman Cain's Evolving Response To Sexual Harassment Flap

Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics

Video produced by Sam Wilkes. I don't think anyone in the press can claim to know all the facts in the curious case of what sexually charged gestur...

The Case For Jon Huntsman Involves A Lot Of Magical Thinking

Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics

Ben Smith talks to Horizon PAC consultant Steve Goldberg about the "case for Huntsman." From the moment he jumped into a race at a time when the GOP b...

Herman Cain Sexual Harassment Story Not Planted By GOP Rivals, According To GOP Rivals

Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics

WHODUNIT? Who was it that dropped the sexual harassment dime on Herman Cain? Over at The Hill, Cameron Joseph gathers all of Cain's GOP rivals into th...

Mitt Romney: The Candidate You Can Push Around

Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics

In 2012, what's so great about having principles? Sure, Mitt Romney might have nothing but an empty space where his "core" should be, but his awkward, rapid repositioning in Ohio demonstrates that you can rent that space for cheap. Your other GOP frontrunner of the moment, Herman Cain, has evinced a similar malleability. Don't like his "9-9-9 plan?" Well, it's a "9-0-9" plan now! What is it that you want Cain to say about abortion? Fine, that's what he thinks now. For the moment, it sure seems like the GOP base is warming up to the idea that the best candidate for president is someone who is an empty vessel into which it can pour its resentments and who it can browbeat with relative ease. Mitt Romney fits that bill.

Late Returns: Let's Reconsider Tim Pawlenty's Candidacy, For Some Reason!

Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics

Should we spend some time wondering about what might have happened with Tim Pawlenty if he hadn't bailed on the 2012 race? Probably not, but whatever....

'In God We Trust' Motto Reaffirmed, Ironically, By Congress With Approval Rating Of 9 Percent

Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics

Was there some sort of nationwide epidemic of people no longer trusting in God that I somehow missed?

Herman Cain Sexual Harassment Charges Provoke Varied Reactions From Opponents

Posted 11.03.2011 | Politics

Herman Cain had no public appearances planned for Thursday, so he need only not bump into any packs of reporters this week to avoid more of those awkward moments where he's bellowing "Excuse me!" at them. Also, there's a pretty good chance that he won't sexually harass anyone new right now, so he's got that going for him too. But as he darts from view, Cain leaves behind a field of competitors, some of whom want to exploit his humiliation to their advantage, others of whom are trying to dodge his "whodunit" claims. And it turns out that you can really separate the wheat from the chaff in the 2012 field by sizing up the other candidates' reaction to the Cain story.

Awesomest Anonymous Source In History Fingers Rahm Emanuel For Herman Cain Sexual Harassment Story

Posted 11.03.2011 | Media

In September, I wrote about the transition of the generations between actors and how we're at a moment where we can see it happening.

Jack Abramoff Book Details Relationship With Redskins Owner Dan Snyder

Posted 11.03.2011 | Media

Jack Abramoff is best known as a disgraced former lobbyist who was convicted in 2006 on charges related to a massive public corruption probe that resu...

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For November 4, 2011

Posted 11.04.2011 | Politics

Look: we're not going to B.S. you today. Unless you've been living under a rock, you know this week has been consumed by the multiple allegations of s...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 11.06.2011 | Media

Good morning everyone and happy move-the-clocks-back-an-hour-so-I-can-sleep day! My name is Jason, and this will be your quickly typed liveblog of the political chat shows I have on TiVo.

Welcome To The Final Days Of Republicans Being Unable To Accept That Romney Will Be The Nominee

Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics

Herman Cain's "blame the media for everything" strategy may enable him to survive the events of the past week in good enough shape to maintain his pol...

Stephen Colbert, Buddy Roemer Coordinate In Super PAC Ad Criticizing Super PAC Coordination

Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics

Buddy Roemer has suffered some setbacks of late in his long-shot bid to earn the GOP nomination through honesty and a principled stand against the per...

Elizabeth Warren Apparently A 'Hypocrite' For Believing That Others Could Be As Affluent As She Is

Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics

If you're trying to keep up with the themes that underpin the GOP attacks on Elizabeth Warren, well, good luck to you. Way back when, her affiliation ...

It Is Now Totally Fair To Refer To Mitt Romney As 'Fancy Pants'

Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney took to a metal fabrication shop in Dubuque, Iowa, and, according to the Times, was "clad in Tommy Bahama blue jeans and a blue plaid work shirt."

Herman Cain Chief Of Staff Mark Block Proving To Be A Serial Screw-Up Artist [UPDATED]

Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics

Yesterday, as Herman Cain continued to fend off multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, Cain's chief of staff Mark Block went on Sean Hannity's epo...

Christmas Tree Tax: Obama Attacked For Agriculture Department Plan To Support Farmers [UPDATED]

Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics

If you've been reading the Drudge Report lately, you've probably heard about some new plan that Obama administration had just now to finally destroy Christmas once and for all.

Michigan Recall Of Paul Scott May Have Unintended Consequences

Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics

If you're a Democrat, you're probably looking over last night's election results with an optimistic eye. When the polls had closed, there were a handf...

Herman Cain Sexual Harassment Allegations Brought Up At GOP Debate (VIDEO)

Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics

To audible boos and groans, CNBC debate host Maria Bartiromo on Wednesday asked GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain the question we'd been girding ...

Newt Gingrich's Freddie Mac Claims Punctured By David Frum

Posted 11.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "Freddie Mac Didn't Pay $300K for History Lectures," writes David Frum on Thursday, and he pulls the relevant text from the historical r...

Herman Cain Gets On Detroit Ruin Porn Train For New Campaign Ad

Posted 11.11.2011 | Politics

This week, the GOP candidates flocked to Michigan -- The Great Lakes State! -- for the CNBC debate at Oakland University in Oakland County, Mich. But ...

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For Nov. 11, 2011

Posted 11.11.2011 | Politics

The biggest difference between this week and last week on the political scene was that this week, no one got handed a free pass because Herman Cain was putting out multiple fires. In fact, by week's end, the GOP landscape had almost completely inverted itself. The midweek CNBC debate put the rest of the field back in the spotlight and tasked with the mission of exploiting Cain's woes and pushing themselves forward in the race to be the alternative to Mitt Romney.

Thomas Friedman Needs Someone To Help Him Access Widely Available Facts About Politics

Posted 11.16.2011 | Media

Would it be too much to ask for someone -- perhaps one of his New York Times colleagues -- to give famously airheaded columnist Thomas Friedman a bit of an explanation of what is actually going on in the world of politics?

Rick Perry Town Hall Citizenship Checks Stemmed From Venue Security, Not Campaign

Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

A Rick Perry town hall event in Manchester, N.H., made news Tuesday with initial reports that non-U.S. citizens would be barred from the event. This c...

Karl Rove Gets 'Mic Checked' By Occupy Baltimore At Otherwise Dull-Sounding Symposium

Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

On Monday night, Karl Rove got into a wee bit of awkwardness. During his planned remarks at the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium at Johns Hopkins Univer...