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Entries by Jason Linkins from 04/2012

Women Are Caterpillars: The Media Life Cycle Of A Dumb Political Analogy

Posted 04.05.2012 | Politics

Here's the problem that RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has: Mitt Romney, all but confirmed as the GOP's nominee for president, is standing on the wrong s...

Santorum Meeting With 'Conservative Leaders' To Come Up With Secret Plan To 'Stop Romney' That Will Probably Fail Badly

Posted 04.05.2012 | Politics

Hey, everyone! So the news burning up your Internet today involves some behind-closed-doors meeting in Virginia with Rick Santorum and "conservative l...

What If Rick Santorum And Newt Gingrich Join Forces? (A Hot Sack Of Nothing.)

Posted 04.05.2012 | Politics

OK, so earlier today, I noted that Rick Santorum is meeting with some group of conservatives in Virginia about how they will "Stop Romney." How will t...

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For April 6, 2012

Posted 04.06.2012 | Politics

So, did you hear? This week, the GOP nomination pretty much became a settled issue. Barring some accident or emergency (or some freaktastic alchemical...

Maine Anti-Gay PAC Distributes Pledge Against 'Sodomy-Based Marriage'

Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics

In yet another sign that the people who decry "sodomy" have no idea what that word means or who participates in it, a recently formed anti-gay PAC in ...

Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul Remind Everyone That They Are Still Running For President

Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics

If for some reason you don't recall, over the weekend, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich seemed to be close to conceding the race for the 2012 GOP no...

Rick Santorum Helpfully Drops Out After Rumors Run Wild On Twitter

Posted 04.10.2012 | Media

Crazy Twitter rumor-mongering got a big assist from actual reportable news events today, when it turned out that Rick Santorum actually did suspend his campaign, some time after a Bloomberg reporter heard about some Washington Post report that reported that Santorum was dropping out, reportedly. This set off a confusing time in our lives when half of the journalists on Twitter were retweeting Bloomberg's report of a report, while the other half were left to ask, "Wait, where are you hearing that?"

Herman Cain Would Be Open To Talking To Mitt Romney About Being His Vice President Whenever He's Free, No Big Deal..

Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics

Way back in January, after he'd quit the race, Herman Cain appeared before the Palm Beach County Republican Party at its Lincoln Day Dinner and announ...

Washington Post Misleads Readers On Deficits And Entitlements Twice In One Week

Posted 04.11.2012 | Media

As a habitual reader of the Washington Post, I've long become inured to some of the fun editorial quirks of that paper. For instance, it is more or le...

Rick Santorum's Exit Is Good News For Newt Gingrich, According To Newt Gingrich

Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics

With Rick Santorum's exit, New Gingrich is now saying that his supporters are asking him to keep fighting. This raises a series of questions, like, "Wait, Newt Gingrich still has supporters?"

The Romney Veepstakes: Let The Wild, Speculative Rumpus Begin!

Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics

Now that Mitt Romney has all but sewn up the GOP nomination, the political press can turn its attention to Romney's policy positions choice for the person who will be "one heartbeat away from the presidency" and cutting ribbons at the dedication of historic monuments and shopping malls. It's "Veepstakes" time -- that time in the campaign where journalists fill the hole left in their hearts by the conclusion of the competitive primary season with a metric ton of panicky speculation about who might be the nominee's running mate. At any rate, the one thing that everyone agrees on is that if history is any guide, Mitt Romney's vice-presidential pick will not be Tim Pawlenty. (Or will he?) (No.)

Mitt Romney Gets Key Endorsements Long After It Matters, So, Thanks For Nothing, Guys!

Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics

From early on in the campaign, one of the key advantages that Mitt Romney claimed in his march to the nomination was the portfolio of endorsements he ...

QUIZ: Hilary Rosen Kerfuffle Means: A) Nothing; B) Less Than Nothing; C) Doodlysquat To Election

Posted 04.12.2012 | Politics

So let me catch you up on what's been happening over the past 12 hours in the life of our always hyper-cogent political discourse. Hilary Rosen, a "De...

Newt Gingrich Says He Probably Won't Accept Position In Romney Administration That Romney Would Never Offer

Posted 04.12.2012 | Politics

Newt Gingrich, who is still in the race at this late date, partially because he doesn't think Mitt Romney is conservative enough and partially out of ...

White House Press Corps Proves To Be Refreshingly Resistant To Hilary Rosen Fever

Posted 04.12.2012 | Media

Kudos, I believe, are in order for your White House Press Corps. Given the opportunity to form a pack and feast on the easy empty calories of the Hila...

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For April 13, 2012

Posted 04.13.2012 | Politics

This week, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum decided that the time to quit his upset bid had finally come. He shuttered a campaign that had risen...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 04.15.2012 | Media

Ah, hello, everyone, and welcome back to your liveblog of the errant tippy-tap-tap sounds you hear emanating from Washington, DC, broadcast on the teevee.

Thomas Friedman Spoofs Himself In What I'm Guessing Is An Epic Work Of Adventurous Satire

Posted 04.18.2012 | Media

But yesterday, after blogger Duncan Black labeled Friedman "the one true wanker of the decade," I admit I was wondering how Friedman would respond. Because that's a pretty harsh criticism. I mean, there have been mass murderers galore over the past decade. Also, Damien Hirst.

Bad Social Security Journalism Causes Mass Misunderstandings Of Social Security, Apparently

Posted 04.18.2012 | Media

Columbia Journalism Review's Trudy Lieberman has written a lengthy lamentation on the state of our Social Security journalism, and finds that the media has performed a "dubious role" in shaping the debate over the program. "Dubious" in that media outlets have done a pretty awful job doing "journalism." Moreover, bad journalism begets bad information begets bad decisions. This is why it's so appalling when journalists get marginal tax rates wrong -- people turn down raises. And then, the guy from Politico writes about how everyone in America is stupid. But the fish rots from the head!

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For April 20, 2012

Posted 04.20.2012 | Politics

For as long a time as your Speculatroners have been dutifully cataloguing the damage that the primary process has been doing to Mitt Romney's brand, w...

Is This Banner At A Romney Event Racist? (No.)

Posted 04.20.2012 | Politics

Are the words "Obama isn't working," hung on a grey banner behind Mitt Romney's head at a campaign appearance in Ohio some sort of secret, racist dog-...

Last Night A Marist Pollster Saved My Life

Posted 04.20.2012 | Politics

Now that the election season is upon us, people are probably dreading the inevitable phone calls from polling agencies, which always seem to come at t...

Scenes From The Secret War Of The New York Times Columnists

Posted 04.20.2012 | Media

If you're a regular consumer of the New York Times editorial page, you may have already noted that a sort of sub rosa battle has been going on between...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 04.22.2012 | Media

Many years ago I was a government contractor who planned conferences and meetings -- none of which were as lavish as these GSA in Vegas dealies -- and visiting the GSA meant stepping into a Sartrean crapscape of maybe the worst cubicle life you have ever seen.

Draft David Walker: Americans Elect Backers Leave Americans Elect To Get American Elected

Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics

When Americans Elect was founded back in April of 2010 by a collection of semi-obscure political elites and hedge fund managers, their intention was t...