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Entries by Jason Linkins from 12/2011

Senate 'Secret Santa' Effort Won't Actually Solve America's Problems, According To Political Science

Posted 12.01.2011 | Politics

I wish our senators all the best in their attempt to manufacture Christmas cheer, but what I'd really like to know is how I can get hooked up with the Federal Reserve's "Secret Santa" exchange, which seems much, much cooler.

Buddy Roemer Throws In His Lot With Americans Elect -- Which Is A Huge Mistake

Posted 12.01.2011 | Politics

Yesterday, while helping the media to divine the truth as to whether or not Jon Huntsman intends to mount an independent run for the presidency (he do...

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For December 2, 2011

Posted 12.02.2011 | Politics

Want to know our theory behind Gingrich's recent rise? It's all in the timing. Newt's ascendance comes at the same time that families across America gathered together for Thanksgiving, and we think that Newt is reminding a lot of people about that cranky uncle that everyone sees once a year on Turkey Day. You know the guy. At dinner, he makes awkward political comments about how poor children have no work ethic and your public schoolteacher sister is a socialist. Pregnant pauses, nervous laughter, dad makes a fumbling segue to a new conversation, and you wonder why you agree to put up with the guy every year.

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 12.04.2011 | Media

Good morning everybody and welcome once again to your Sunday Morning Liveblog of spoken-word political blither-skittles that happens every week to America at this time.

Mitt Romney Needs To Turn Down The Trump Debate [UPDATED]

Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics

UPDATE, 4:17pm: Mitt Romney has evidently taken my advice. Donald Trump, through a spokesman, sent over a response to Romney's decision not to atte...

Jon Huntsman Shifts Stance On Climate Change

Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics

Back when former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman was trying to make a name for himself, he fired off a tweet that sought to separate him from the rest of the 2012 GOP field: "To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy." Suddenly, a lot of people were interested in Jon Huntsman again! But his nominal support for scientific reality only took him so far with primary voters. And by "so far," I mean, "almost nowhere." Now, mired in the low single digits as per usual, Huntsman offered a different take on the matter Tuesday in remarks to the Heritage Foundation.

Elizabeth Warren Will Never Stop Being Asked About Red Sox Trivia, Apparently

Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics

In the Massachusetts Senate race, Democratic candidate and former chair of the post-financial crash Congressional Oversight Panel Elizabeth Warren has...

Newt Gingrich And Nancy Pelosi Co-Sponsored A Lot Of Bills, And This Is Meaningful Somehow

Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics

The relationship between presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, both former Speakers of the House, has been ... we...

Romney Dumps Trump Debate, But Still Runs The Risk Of Receiving Trump's Endorsement

Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is now the third invited candidate, after Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman, to turn down the offer to appear in a GOP debate moderated by Donald Trump. That was a good decision. Unfortunately for Mitt, he does not appear to have sufficiently angered The Donald with the way he went about declining the invitation. Trump was on MSNBC this morning discussing Romney's decision, and by all appearances the amount of ill will sowed by Romney was insufficient to disqualify him from receiving Trump's endorsement. That's too bad!

Media Experts Grapple With The End Of The World

Posted 12.07.2011 | Media

Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. But regardless of how the apocalypse goes down, one question rages: how will the media cover it?...

GOP Elites May Take One Last Stab At Getting New Candidate Into 2012 Race

Posted 12.08.2011 | Politics

The perennial story of the race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination has been and may always be that GOP elites are not happy with the choices the...

North Dakota, Minnesota Fracking Battle Contains 'Obamacare' Irony

Posted 12.08.2011 | Politics

Last month, the Star Tribune reported that "North Dakota and some of the state's major energy interests [had] filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seekin...

Rick Perry Declines Donald Trump Debate Invite [UPDATE: Bachmann Out, Too]

Posted 12.08.2011 | Politics

So, how's that Donald Trump debate shaping up? So far, it looks like it's going to be two hours of watching Rick Santorum try to get a word in edgewis...

Karl Rove-Funded Ad Says Elizabeth Warren Is In Bed With Wall Street

Posted 12.08.2011 | Politics

Seems like only a month ago that Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS was running ads against Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, darkly warning of her ties to the Occupy Wall Street movement. The ads pointed out that she had taken credit for providing the "intellectual foundation" for the movement and is generally supportive of the demonstrators, who Crossroads characterized as "extreme left protesters." Something must have gone wrong with that message, however, because this week, Crossroads returns with a new Warren attack ad that paints her as a champion of the bailed-out Wall Street banks.

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For December 9, 2011

Posted 12.09.2011 | Politics

This week, we've learned something about what constitutes an existential dilemma for your elite GOP bigwigs. It seems that when they stare into a void, it is Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich who stare back. Lurking somewhere off in their peripheral vision, ominously, is Ron Paul, perhaps. But as this wide-open contest begins to crystallize into a two/three-man race, the discontent that the establishment GOP has felt has only grown more acute.

Do The Small-Business Owners The GOP Claims To Listen To Even Exist?

Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics

Back in September, our own Christina Wilkie teamed up with Shawn Alff of Creative Loafing to talk with some small-business owners in the Tampa, Fla., ...

Mitt Romney Challenges Rick Perry To $10,000 Bet At Iowa Debate (VIDEO)

Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics

Mitt Romney is tired of hearing about the change made to his book that touts Massachusetts' CommonWealth Care as a "model for the nation." But Rick Pe...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 12.11.2011 | Media

Good morning everyone, and welcome once again to your Sunday Morning liveblog. My name is Jason, and this will be the last Sunday Morning liveblog of 2011, actually!

Newt Gingrich Pledges Fidelity To Fidelity Pledge In Lengthy Letter

Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

When influential Iowa social conservative Bob Vander Plaats rolled out the Family Leader's "Marriage Vow" pledge, it was enough for most of the 2012 G...

Fred Karger Lambastes Rick Perry In Spoof Of Widely 'Disliked' Ad

Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

Fred Karger, as readers know, has been entirely shut out from the 2012 debate process owing to his low standing in the polls (which might improve if h...

Rick Perry Ad Spoofed By Bad Lip Reading

Posted 12.12.2011 | Comedy

Here's the you-just-knew-this-was-coming spoof of Rick Perry's ad from the folks at Bad Lip Reading, who are making a strong bid to become the "Auto-T...

Donald Trump Steps Down As Moderator Of Universally Ridiculed Debate

Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

The writers of The Daily Show are mourning today. After a few weeks of having candidate after candidate opt to avoid his debate -- citing such reasons...

'Poor Black Kids' Should Work Harder To Escape Poverty, Says Forbes Writer

Posted 12.13.2011 | Media

Did you ever stop to wonder what life would be like for you if you were a poor black kid? Here's a hint: you probably wouldn't be allowed to write abo...

Ron Paul: Poised For An Upset In Iowa?

Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

Ron Paul. Remember him? His basic story, if you've been absorbing the most conventional accounts from the most conventional media, is that Ron Paul doesn't... quite... exist. Paul's the candidate who has consistently gotten ten times the amount of support of the various candidates who get excluded from the debates, without getting much more in the way of press coverage. He consistently outperformed Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum, now has Bachmann and Perry envying his position, and yet, even as he's peaked, the disrespect continues. At the last debate, Paul received only about eleven minutes of time to answer eight questions. But how will Iowa treat him?

Fox News' Graphic Department Having A Very Bad Week

Posted 12.14.2011 | Media

Earlier today, in what might have been the unkindest cut of all to poor Mitt Romney, the Fox News Channel ran a graphic that didn't quite capture the ...