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Entries by Jason Linkins from 05/2012

Mann, Ornstein Urge Media To Get Smarter On Partisan Polarity, Chris Cillizza Says 'No Thanks!'

Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics

As you may already know, over the weekend, Thomas E. Mann of the Brookings Institution and Norman J. Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute co-...

Roland Sledge Campaign Ad Delivers On Promise Of Urination

Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics

Zeke Miller gifts the internet with this latest campaign ad treat, from Roland Sledge, a Republican running for Texas Railroad Commissioner, which is ...

Wall Streeter Wants Obama To Give Moving Speech About How Awesome Rich People Are

Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics

Team Obama Re-Elect has been having a difficult time courting big Wall Street donors this election cycle, mainly because President Barack Obama has, at times, intimated that the wreck of the global economy may have had something to do with some sort of widespread misrule among members of the financial industry. Meanwhile, corporate America has been posting record profits, the the Dow Jones Industrial Average is (perhaps ominously) back to its pre-recession levels, and, of course, no one has actually been punished for that time the global economy nearly died in a ditch. But gads! The whining! It remains. So what's Obama to do?

Jon Huntsman Promises To 'Hit The Trail' And Enthusiastically Profess His Ambivalence For Mitt Romney

Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics

It hasn't always been easy to track what Jon Huntsman thinks about ... well, anything, really. He's a very confusing guy. And that's never been more c...

'If You Vote For My Opponent, Everyone Will Die': A Historical Compendium Of Fearful Political Ads

Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics

This week, the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death inspired the Obama campaign to release an ad, titled "One Chance," in which former President Bil...

Late Returns: Americans Elect Candidates Still Not Doing Well

Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics

Last week, we reported on the newly minted "Draft David Walker" movement, a campaign to get the former head of the Government Accountability Office i...

David Maraniss Is Above Politico's Cheap Antics, Reports Politico

Posted 05.03.2012 | Media

Politico reports today that there is a "dangerous new Obama book" coming out that turns out to be the same book -- David Maraniss' forthcoming "Barack...

SEC 'Courageously Assails' Small Ratings Agency, Leaves Downturn Culprits Unmolested

Posted 05.03.2012 | Business

If you're like me, you may have noticed the curious way our Wall Street watchdogs tend to operate. For example, a comparison: Harry Markopolos can gif...

Al Qaeda's Inspire Magazine Returns, Recommends Forest Fires As Next Great Terror Innovation

Posted 05.03.2012 | Media

When we last left the genius who apparently thought that what al Qaeda's global death cult needed most was to embark on a print media enterprise, he w...

Life Of Julia: Welcome To The Trollgaze Campaign

Posted 05.03.2012 | Politics

The latest social media innovation from the Obama campaign is called "The Life Of Julia." It is not, as the title suggests, some outré piece of high-...

CNN Is Terrible. Here's Why.

Posted 05.04.2012 | Media

CNN is terrible. A God-awful, wall-to-wall, epic mess. And now, they have, in their hands, the clearest sign yet of how bad things have actually gotten.

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For May 4, 2012

Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics

This coming Tuesday, in Indiana, voters will go the polls in the GOP Senate primary to decide if they are going to stick with six-term Sen. Dick Lugar...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 05.06.2012 | Media

Okay, now we jump to the 54,348th Sunday morning conversation with Sith Lord McCain. Where does McCain come down on the issue of blunderbussing? This is perhaps the most unnecessary question in the world.

North Carolina Amendment One Will Probably Pass Because Everyone Is Really Confused About It

Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics

On one level, the likely passage of Amendment One, which would enshrine in North Carolina's constitution an amendment that states, "Marriage between o...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 05.13.2012 | Media

This is probably not the conversation Priebus would prefer to have, by the way -- a lengthy discussion of same-sex marriage? There's a contrast, and that's the point: it needs no further elucidation.

Mitt Romney Has Decided To Avoid Doing The Dumb Things The McCain Campaign Did, Apparently

Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics

Today's big campaign take-out from Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei involves the Mitt Romney campaign's strategy in the wake of lessons learned from 2008: ...

Life Inside The Jamie Dimon Bubble

Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics

We are apparently reaching the stage in the JPMorgan $2 billion fail-scapade when the patsies are identified and shamed. JPMorgan co-CIO Ina Drew has ...

Americans Elect? More Like American't Elect

Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics

Today is May 15, 2012, and if you're up on this year's most misbegotten political ideas, you know what that means: Today is the deadline for Americans...

Tim Pawlenty Will Not Be Mitt Romney's 'Incredibly Boring White Guy' VP, Sorry Everyone!

Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics

Yesterday, Politico reported that the Romney campaign had come to an important strategic decision that basically boiled down to, "Let's take all the r...

Unconstitutional Filibuster? Let's Do It, Let's Sue The Senate!

Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics

Lots of people agree that our government is currently bogged down in a morass of dysfunction that's so disastrous that it's basically criminal. And I ...

As GOP Backs Away From 'Repeal And Replace,' Media Remains Largely Inattentive

Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics

Over at Daily Intel, Jonathan Chait notices that after many months of vowing to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act, the GOP has applied Lean...

Late Returns: Will Big Money Buy A Cornhusker Primary?

Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics

You probably haven't been paying much attention to the Nebraska GOP Senate primary (there is one, and it's tonight), because feh, Nebraska. But over a...

Carlos DeLuna And Cameron Todd Willingham: The Sad Similarities

Posted 05.16.2012 | Crime

During the Supreme Court's 2006 adjudication of Cameron v. Marsh, Justice Antonin Scalia had this to say about what would happen if an innocent person...

Senate Unanimously Rejects A Budget Offered By Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) [UPDATE]

Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics

I predict that the news cycle is going to characterize a bit of legislative maneuvering this week as a defeat for some "Obama Budget." The vote on a Potemkin "Obama Budget" is not intended to be taken seriously. It's a stunt designed to get a slag into the news cycle, and they tend to work. What happens is a Republican legislator presents a "budget proposal" that's designed to be a satirical presentation of an "Obama budget," and Democrats don't vote for it, because they recognize that it bears no resemblance to their budgetary preferences. This is all stuff that should be pretty easy for adults to penetrate and demystify. But how many times are we going to hear about the "Obama budget's" ignominious defeat in the Senate on this weekend's Sunday talk shows? I'm going to guess: "many times."

Rep. Joe Pitts Says Zombie, Comatose Man Need To Team Up For Middle East Peace

Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics

Presented without comment, here is the report from the Philadelphia Inquirer: Replying to a Chester County constituent's email regarding Middle Eas...