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Entries by Jason Linkins from 03/2012

Rick Santorum Google Problem: Presidential Campaign Produces More Favorable Search Results

Posted 03.01.2012 | Media

Rick Santorum may not have done well enough in Michigan to necessarily forestall some sort of "Romney bounce" between now and Super Tuesday, but did y...

2012 Primary Panic: It's The Candidates, Not The Process

Posted 03.01.2012 | Politics

It is clear now that the Republican establishment's dislike of Mitt Romney is only rivaled by its dislike of his rivals. What you see in the recently stated need for Romney to "break loose" is a demand for him to provide some "sign" to restore their faith in the frontrunner with whom Republicans are stuck. If Romney could only take this race by the collar and end it quickly, the logic seems to go, his critics would be able to make peace with him as their candidate. But his inability to do so has people instead blaming the primary process itself -- forgetting that the process was designed to provide a means to put the GOP's top brands on a lengthy display, to drive up enthusiasm. This time around, the right candidates just didn't run.

Republican Candidates Promised To Avoid Negative Campaigning Ha Ha Just Kidding, Sorry! (VIDEO)

Posted 03.02.2012 | Politics

So this week, if you spent any time reading about the primary election process that will eventually (we think!) yield a Republican nominee for preside...

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For March 2, 2012

Posted 03.02.2012 | Politics

With nothing but weeks of time to fill between Maine's Caucuses and this week's primaries, we heard unending talk about the importance of the Michigan...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 03.04.2012 | Media

Today, Chris Wallace will chat with Rick Santorum, for whom few things have gone right, about Super Tuesday. And then Lindsey Graham and Richard Blumenthal will yell at each other about Iran. Also, the Washington Caucus thingy happened, and Mitt Romney won.

A Super Tuesday Look Back On A Less-Than-Super Campaign Trail (VIDEO)

Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics

Well, folks, it's time for Super Tuesday -- the moment where the race to determine the GOP nominee for president becomes ... well, "Super," anyway. ...

After Super Tuesday Mitt Romney Needs Patience To Replace Panic

Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics

As much as I'd like to help everyone pretend that tonight's Super Tuesday results are going to be partly cloudy with a chance of some interesting twists, I think what I'm going to do instead is lay down a great big spoiler. So, you've been warned! At the end of the night, Mitt Romney's campaign will be able to plainly state that it has won a plurality of the delegates at stake, that it's nearer than any of its competitors to the magic number of 1,144 delegates and that it has widened its lead over the rest of the competition. That's the good news. The bad news, for Romney, is that he'll still be many hundreds of delegates short of the mark.

Mitt Romney Wins The Endorsement Of Largest Alabama Newspaper

Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics

With less than a week before the Alabama primary, Mitt Romney has won the endorsement of the Birmingham News, the state's largest newspaper. The edito...

Mitt Romney Gets Suddenly Squishy On Carried Interest (VIDEO)

Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics

Over at Business Insider, Linette Lopez catches 2012 presidential aspirant Mitt Romney on CNBC, sending messages on one of his favorite tax-breaks-for...

After Mitt Romney Wins, Media Having Hard Time Facing Facts

Posted 03.07.2012 | Media

Because the primary process is designed to be elongated, and because the media loves exciting storylines, a night where Mitt Romney went out and did everything he was supposed to do has been turned into a Pyrrhic victory for Rick Santorun and Newt Gingrich, two guys who split a smaller portion of delegates between the two of them, underperformed throughout the night, and who have big limitations on their campaign infrastructure going forward. What everyone should be saying is that we now have a race between one guy who could conceivably notch the nomination and three guys who might delay him. Instead, we're hearing that Romney could not deliver the "knockout punch" in a contest that ended up a "Republican Split Decision" and that it's actually Romney who has "no clear path to victory."

Gail Collins Is Apparently Not Allowed To Write About Seamus The Dog Anymore

Posted 03.08.2012 | Media

Over at BuzzFeed, McKay Coppins rounds up a bunch of reactions to Gail Collins' most recent New York Times column, and how much people hate her for writing it. Why are they dogging out Collins?

Everyone In Politics Still Really, Really Hates The Long Primary Season, Like Always

Posted 03.08.2012 | Politics

Remember that time the RNC set up a primary process that was "heavily back-loaded" and had "major states such as California and New York going much la...

Olympia Snowe Quit Senate 'Not Living Up' To Founding Fathers

Posted 03.08.2012 | Politics

Times have just changed for today's legislators, who have to wake up every morning to the news that their approval ratings hover one or two points ahead of people who desecrate graves for fun.

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For March 9, 2012

Posted 03.09.2012 | Politics

Bill Kristol says it's just getting started. Sarah Palin says all bets are off. Other GOP luminaries say that so far, what they've seen has been "a collective yawn." What are they talking about? The GOP race for the 2012 presidential nomination, that's what. And all of these assessments have been handed down from on high in the wake of Super Tuesday's results. But wasn't Super Tuesday a pretty unequivocal win for Mitt Romney, leaving him as the only candidate with a path to the nomination that doesn't require a series of miraculous events?

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 03.11.2012 | Media

Today there's going to be... well, there's going to be a lot of Newt Gingrich, I'm afraid. Also, John McCain is here to talk about what countries he wants to bomb.

GOP Consultants Would Love To Help (Themselves To) Rick Santorum('s Money)

Posted 03.12.2012 | Politics

Rick Santorum's path to the nomination remains stuck somewhere on the spectrum between improbable and implausible. But at the moment, the candidate ha...

Cliff Stearns Stars In Today's Edition Of Birther-Pandering Theater

Posted 03.12.2012 | Politics

I know that back when President Barack Obama called a meeting of the White House Press Corps to dramatically reveal his long-form birth certificate, t...

Washington Post Corrects Light Bulb Math Without Telling Readers

Posted 03.12.2012 | Media

Washington Post staff writer Peter Whoriskey did his level-best last week to ridicule the Department of Energy for bestowing it's "L Prize" -- a "cont...

'Game Change' Movie Reminds Media Of Neat Stuff That Happened That Time

Posted 03.13.2012 | Media

I have no working knowledge of whether the movie Game Change is any good. I suspect that it's probably significantly better than the book for a couple...

'Game Change' Has Convinced Richard Cohen That The Democrats Will Soon Succumb To Palinism

Posted 03.13.2012 | Media

Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen evidently felt compelled to write something about the movie "Game Change" because that was the big shiny thing...

The Less Shocking Photo That The Weekly Standard Doesn't Want Its Readers To See! [UPDATE]

Posted 03.13.2012 | Media

Back in the day, you could typically count on the Weekly Standard to produce long and complicated arguments designed to build the case for getting the...

Everyone Won Last Night's Primaries, Depending On How You Look At It

Posted 03.14.2012 | Media

Last night's primary contests were, once again, pivotal and game changing and will have huge effects on the state of the race, right? Well, if you are...

Ann Coulter Criticizes Sarah Palin, Says GOP Has A Problem With 'Con Men And Charlatans'

Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics

Yesterday, while in a deep and ethereal reverie about "Game Change: The Movie," which was based on "Game Change: The Book," which was based on "Game C...

Rick Santorum Tells Puerto Ricans To Speak English If They Want Statehood, So Mitt Romney Will Win Puerto Rico

Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics

Reuters has a story out about Rick Santorum's campaign swing to Puerto Rico, whose upcoming Sunday primary has 20 delegates at stake. On that trip, Santorum suggested that if Puerto Rico wanted to become a state, it would have to adopt English as its official language. He believes that everyone should be in "compliance" with an English language standard, regardless of the fact that no such compliance requirement or enforcement mechanism exists. So, go ahead and add the lion's share of those delegates to Romney's count. With zero precincts reporting, I can now call Puerto Rico for Mitt Romney!

Former Legislators Get Staggeringly Rich Peddling Influence, In Case You'd Somehow Forgotten

Posted 03.15.2012 | Politics

If the example of Senator Olympia Snowe is any guide, then the typical "Why I Am Leaving Congress" op-ed is fairly similar to Greg Smith's now-famous ...