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Entries by Jason Linkins from 02/2012

Newt Gingrich's Living Dead Campaign Will Attempt One More Terrifying Re-Animation

Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics

With the Florida primary in the books and a triumphant Mitt Romney headed out to favorable settings -- like Nevada, Arizona, and Michigan -- loaded with momentum and flush with cash, we would, in ordinary circumstances, be saying that the 2012 GOP nomination is over. Just need to have the votes, count the delegates, and call it a primary season. But we can't quite do that, can we? And the reason we can't is because Newt Gingrich remains in the race. And he's made it clear that he will stay in the race until his spirit is crushed and his body is ground to dust.

Romney's Challengers Now Have To Cope With End Of The Hype-Filled Portion Of The Primary Process

Posted 02.01.2012 | Media

One of the more effective ways Newt Gingrich has managed to galvanize voters and bring them to his side -- most notably, in South Carolina -- has been...

Herman Cain And Newt Gingrich's Texts From Last Night

Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics

Most of the time, when Herman Cain sends someone a text in the middle of the night, the rest of the world doesn't find out about it until Gloria Allre...

Newt Gingrich's Diminished Debate Ambitions

Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics

According to Tuesday night's CNN exit polls, one of the few demographic segments that Gingrich won the Florida primary were voters for whom the debate...

Let's Help Reporters Understand What 'Mortgage Refinancing' Is, Shall We?

Posted 02.02.2012 | Media

Dave Dayen today flags an exchange between Fox News White House Correspondent Ed Henry and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, in which the former drives the...

Donald Trump Manufactures Pseudo-Event For Media, Endorses Romney For Some Reason

Posted 02.02.2012 | Politics

One of the things you learn from watching political coverage, especially during an election season, is how important it is for the Big-Time Political ...

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For February 3, 2012

Posted 02.03.2012 | Politics

Congratulations, America: you survived January of 2012, along with its four super-hyped primaries and its eleventy-billion debates. Your reward? A sno...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 02.05.2012 | Media

Mitt Romney prevailed in the Nevada Caucuses, like everyone expected. And everyone else decided, for some reason, to keep on campaigning.

Sean Hannity Says If Obama Had His Way, Bin Laden Would Be Alive -- And He Can Prove It, With 'Tape'!

Posted 02.08.2012 | Media

On last night's edition of his eponymous Fox News show, Sean Hannity briefly took a trip to his smile-time fantasy world when he had this conversation...

Barack Obama's Super PAC Conundrum

Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama's decision to give his "reluctant blessing" to a super PAC supporting him, Priorities USA Action, has created something of a low-grade mess for his campaign team, which has had to spend the past few days fending off charges of hypocrisy from the press. This is understandable! President Obama, after all, famously defamed the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision that has allowed these secretive organizations to flower and flourish. And the president has taken his share of shots from those on his side of the aisle as well: Russ Feingold characterized Obama's embrace of the super PAC system as "dancing with the devil."

Rick Santorum Will Stealthily Convert The Jews Of South Carolina

Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics

New York Observer political reporter Hunter Walker unearths a pretty hilarious relic from the past holiday season -- a wonderful little holiday card i...

How Many Delegates Did Rick Santorum Win Last Night?

Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics

None. People are still getting this wrong. Don't be one of them....

Americans Now Prefer Random Assortment Of Strangers, Rather Than Congress, To Run Country

Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics

Just how much do ordinary Americans dislike the group of legislators who are currently spending their days babbling at each other in the House of Repr...

Barack Obama's Super PAC Embrace Is Secretly Loved Inside The Beltway

Posted 02.09.2012 | Media

I have nits to pick with a few parts of Jim VandeHei's column "The political transformation of Barack Obama," but I'd rather talk about the way he tak...

Everything And Everyone Has Made America Great [VIDEO]

Posted 02.09.2012 | Politics

When the Washington Press Club Foundation approached the people of HuffPost Hill to provide video entertainment for its 68th Annual Congressional Dinn...

How About We All Agree To Stop Glitter-Bombing People?

Posted 02.09.2012 | Politics

From time to time during the campaign season, the candidates vying for the GOP nomination have been set upon by marriage equality activists at public ...

Ron Paul Caucus Strategy: The View From Inside Is Looking Up

Posted 02.09.2012 | Politics

We've spent a lot of time talking about Ron Paul's "caucus strategy" approach to the GOP nomination season, but haven't really been able to illustrate...

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For Feb. 10, 2012

Posted 02.10.2012 | Politics

Fans of the National Basketball Association have a saying about the league's playoff series: It's not a competition until the visiting team shows up a...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 02.12.2012 | Media

Today, the star of the show is... uhm... Jack Lew. Yeah! (Who is Jack Lew, again?) Oh, right, He's the White House Chief of Staff, and, I'm guessing, Tiger Beat cover model. Plus there will be some Rick Santorum, and, for some reason, Sarah Palin.

Romney's Offensive Against Santorum Will Be Weak But Well-Funded

Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics

While Romney's "Get Santorum" message itself is as spicy as vanilla ice cream, the money that Romney is prepared to invest in his latest all-out-attack is going to buy plenty of scoops. The Romney super PAC has already dropped $500,000 into Michigan to begin mounting attack ads. The no-brainer way of attacking Santorum is to go after him on his extreme social positions. Unfortunately, now that Romney has decided to be a hardline conservative, that option is not open to him. So, Santorum may struggle with this attack, but his struggle won't be on the merits -- it will be because Romney drowns out his counter argument.

Mitt Romney Makes For An Awkward 'Son Of Detroit'

Posted 02.14.2012 | Detroit

In an op-ed in today's Detroit News, Mitt Romney attempts to restate and reconfigure his argument against the government's intervention in the U.S. au...

Mitt Romney Will Drive Around Detroit In The Same Car, Rhapsodizing, Forever

Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics

Dave Weigel notes that Mitt Romney's new ad had him back behind the wheel of his car, straight up sentimentalizing about Detroit and the economy and t...

Mitt Romney Campaign's Surrogacy Fail

Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics

Scenes from a Mitt Romney surrogate conference call, brought to you by Dave Weigel: So the Romney campaign held two surrogate conference calls toda...

PolitiFact Successfully Trolls Media With Marco Rubio Ruling

Posted 02.15.2012 | Media

In recent months, I've had the occasion to throw shade on PolitiFact for some of its odder determinations, most notably the decision to call a totally...

Mitt Romney, 'Son Of Detroit,' Tools Around Michigan In Car Manufactured In Canada

Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics

Having seen Mitt Romney tool around the Greater Detroit area in two campaign ads in which he nostalgically recalls his childhood and his love of cars,...