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Entries by Jason Linkins from 01/2012

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 01.01.2012 | Media

I'm back after two weeks of treating myself to not having to watch these shows by using Christmas as a convenient escape hatch. Why can't Christmas always be on a Sunday? How were these shows on Christmas morning? Were they terrible?

Jesse Thorsen, Ron Paul Supporter, Appears To Violate Military Uniform Protocol In Iowa

Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics

On Tuesday night, during Ron Paul's address to his supporters, the Texas congressman invited "Jesse Thorsen on stage to say a few words." CNN viewers ...

Iowa Caucus: It's Actually Totally Okay If You Haven't The Faintest Clue About What Is Going To Happen

Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics

The Iowa caucuses will be getting underway in just a few hours, and normally, as events speed themselves toward the conclusion of a thing, one expects bewilderment to fade and for a certain amount of well ... certainty to start to congeal.

Rick Santorum's Sweaters Are Now A Thing, Because Reporters In Iowa Are Bored

Posted 01.03.2012 | Media

In the clearest sign that all of the reporters in Iowa have run out of local Iowa culinary fare to take Instagrams of and are now just bored in the wa...

Romney, Gingrich Predict They Will Either Win Or Lose In Iowa, Unless They Don't, Depending On When You Ask

Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics

There's only a few hours left before the Iowa caucuses, which means in a few hours, the Iowa Caucuses are going to happen. Time for stressed out candi...

Iowa Caucus Night As Seen At CNN: Madcap, Hologrammed, Punch-Drunk (VIDEO)

Posted 01.04.2012 | Media

CNN outdid everyone else last night with hours of frantic, high-tech whiz-banging over an evening that eventually became chaotic and punch-drunk. Yes, there were holograms. And "magic walls." And tables full of pundits, sitting around doing nothing.

The Iowa Caucus' Real Results: Hardly Anybody Voted, And Nobody Won Anything

Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics

So, with the Iowa caucuses in the books, our attention turns to the matter of who "won" last night. Technically, the "winner" is Mitt Romney, who eked...

Mitt Romney's Conservative Critics To Take One Last Stab At Preventing His Anointment

Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics

If you recall, as far back as May of last year, various forces had begun to mobilize in the conservative movement to prevent Mitt Romney from winning ...

Michele Bachmann Quits Race: A Fond Farewell

Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

The Iowa caucuses are perhaps better known as a contest that culls certain losers from a field of candidates than one that anoints the winner. But thi...

Rick Santorum's Challenge After Iowa Is Ramping Up His Shoestring Operation

Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

The close second-place Iowa finish has given Rick Santorum's candidacy new life, but he is now playing catch-up with the new top tier. And he has a lot of catching up to do.

Twitter: Should We Get Excited About Its Election Predictions? (No.) [UPDATED]

Posted 01.05.2012 | Media

If you watched the CNN's Iowa caucus coverage Tuesday night (or caught our highlight reel of the same), you probably were treated to another extension...

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For January 6, 2012

Posted 01.06.2012 | Politics

The real reason that we put up with the idea of the Iowa Caucus, despite the quadrennial concerns that it allows a few people from a small state to ha...

Republican Debate In New Hampshire: Worst Ever

Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics

If you can get a message to Ben Sherwood at ABC News, please tell him thanks for shutting this down earlier than anticipated. In case you didn't know,...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 01.08.2012 | Media

Hello, and good morning, and welcome to your Sunday morning liveblog. And now: goodbye! Yes, some super-genius in Hell has decided that the debate sch...

Rick Santorum Gets Tough On Food Stamps, Jon Huntsman Promises 'Real Pain'

Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics

Moderator David Gregory pivoted to "substance" about 10 minutes after Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) suggested he should in Sunday's NBC/Facebook presidentia...

Mitt Romney Remains Unruffled By Rivals' Not-So-Devastating Attacks

Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics

From the very first time Mitt Romney deigned to appear onstage alongside his competitors for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, it was hyped as a m...

Super PACs: A Primer For The Media

Posted 01.10.2012 | Media

Chances are, if you've been following Stephen Colbert's high-concept satiric attack on super PACs you may be somewhat versed in the controversy these organizations have caused and the potential distorting effect they have on the political discourse.

New Hampshire Primary: Tune In For Furious Spin And Expectations Setting As New Storyline Is Written

Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics

What should you watch for in New Hampshire tonight? Beats me! Packs of drunk voters and snow drifts probably top my list. The real action will come af...

Ron Paul, John Sununu Lend New Hampshire Primary Coverage Crotchety Excitement

Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

When New Hampshire designed the quarter commemorating their state, they chose to venerate a much-beloved rock formation on Cannon Mountain that once o...

New Hampshire Primary: Everyone's A Winner, According To Everyone Who Didn't Win

Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

2012-01-11-linkidnfkdfjdfjidjf.jpgIt's hard to argue that Mitt Romney's grip on the eventual nomination didn't grow more certain after last night. Unless you asked his competitors!

New Hampshire Television Stations Find Politifact's 'Lie Of The Year' Argument Lacking

Posted 01.11.2012 | Media

One thing that should, by now, be painfully obvious to any political observer who's mastered some basic achievements in cognitive development is that ...

Rep. Diane Black Will Prove Congress Isn't In Recess As Soon As She Returns From Recess

Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

Jonathan Bernstein has caught Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) making what is, in his estimation, the "best self-refuting argument ever." From her press rel...

Looks Like Someone At CNN Accidentally Published Wolf Blitzer's Most Insipid Thoughts About Politics

Posted 01.11.2012 | Media

Wolf Blitzer thinks that politics and the people who do politics are, like, really super neat, for reals! That is what I've divined from these several...

We Watch The 'King Of Bain' Attack Documentary So You Don't Have To

Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

Newt Gingrich has fired many shots at Mitt Romney's political past in an attempt to tear him down. But what no one could have possibly expected, and what no one on the right could possibly have wanted, was for Gingrich to launch an all-out assault on Romney's Bain Capital roots, and eviscerate the candidate for being a predatory capitalist. But that is exactly what Gingrich has done, and done with astounding thoroughness, by acquiring the rights to a 28-minute attack documentary that's come to be known as King Of Bain. Made "by former Romney supporters," the result is a potent polemic that paints Romney as a dark-hearted, vicious-minded, boodle-craving technocrat-privateer.

No Labels Takes Out Ad In New York Times Advocating For Prom Seating At State Of The Union

Posted 01.12.2012 | Politics

No Labels -- an organization that earnestly believes that all of America's problems are being caused by a deficit of niceness among Congresscritters -...