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Entries by Jason Linkins from 06/2012

Mitt Romney Grabs Nomination, Immediately Goes Double Negative: The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For June 1, 2012

Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics

So far this year, the media has spent more time fretting about Barack Obama's negativity than it has on any of the arguments that were being mounted. Was Obama going too negative? Was it too soon? Oh no what is happening, in politics? And so the Obama campaign was broadly deemed to have "stumbled out of the gates." All of this presented Mitt Romney with a unique opportunity to come into June as the high-minded, positive candidate. Out of the gutter, above the fray, just talkin' economy with the folks, Obama is a nice guy who is in over his head. So we're at a loss to explain why Romney picked this week to cede this advantage, or at the very least risk, it by crawling down into the gutter himself. He closes out the month with a series of stunts that come across as either base or weird or vindictive, and none were absolutely necessary.

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 06.03.2012 | Media

All of Chris Matthews' friends think that Obama will be held responsible for negative attacks on Romney. (No one held him particularly responsible for negative attacks on McCain, though!) I often wonder what you are supposed to do, in politics, if you are never allowed to criticize your opponent!

Karl Rove Would Like You To Believe That He Is Against Fearmongering And Negativity Now

Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics

Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS super PAC is out with a new ad today, decrying the Obama campaign for "going negative," which for our purposes basically me...

Income Inequality Revealed Through Urban Foliage

Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics

Back when Mitt Romney was campaigning in Michigan, he had this weird phrase about his one-time home state that he kept robotically repeating: "The tre...

Mitt Romney's Successful Wooing Of GOP Elites Deemed To Be 'Unthinkable' For Some Reason

Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics

Politico's big feature story Tuesday does a pretty good job chronicling the GOP's fears of what could go wrong in the Romney campaign between now and ...

Obama's Battleground-State Economic Silver Lining May Be A Mirage

Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics

Back in late April, even as the nation's economy began to pitch and yaw in the wrong direction after a robust mini-recovery in the winter months gave ...

Don't Get Too Excited About The Possibility That Democrats May Retake The Wisconsin Senate

Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics

Based upon the way polls are shaping up, it looks like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has a better-than-even shot at holding off tonight's gubernatorial ...

Scott Walker: Vote For Me Because Ronald Reagan Died Eight Years Ago

Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics

Via Twitter, here is what I gather is Governor Scott Walker's "closing argument:" As a retweeter points out, this is the same Ronald Reagan who...

Late Returns: A Supreme Court Strikedown Of Health Care Reform Would Not Be A Boon To Obama

Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics

Because political discussion is primarily forged in the flames of a pointlessly crazy news cycle, by a profoundly decadent set of pundits farting into...

I Have Decided That CNN Covering The Diamond Jubilee Instead Of American Politics Is Fine With Me

Posted 06.06.2012 | Politics

Here is CNN's entire strategy for covering political outcomes: everyone run around the room like a bunch of rabid chimps on salvia, doing stuff, doing it harder, doing it faster, doing it until everyone drops dead of exhaustion or secures a note from a therapist, excusing them from the activity. If the end result of an evening spent watching CNN "do" politics is just the depressing feeling you get watching all that human wreckage frenetically destroying its own dignity, then I say give me the Queen! Give me Piers Morgan, randomly exulting at the sight of barges on the Thames. Let these poor CNN people numb themselves forever in slack-jawed appreciation of the royal family's collection of fascinators and epaulets. Let CNN play to its strengths. Let's save the human race from the Prometheus monsters.

The Relative Salience Of The Etch A Sketch Quip

Posted 06.06.2012 | Politics

As you may have heard, way back in March, as Mitt Romney was widening his delegate lead and locking down the GOP nomination, his adviser Eric Fehrnstr...

The New York Times Decides That Now Would Be A Good Time To Publish A Dumb Story About Mitt Romney's California Neighbors

Posted 06.07.2012 | Politics

Remember how last week, Politico wrote this mammoth indictment about how The New York Times and the Washington Post were engaged in a seedy practice o...

GOOD Goes From Bad To Worse

Posted 06.07.2012 | Politics

Last week, the people behind GOOD -- a media organization dedicated to covering philanthropy and the people who work at "moving the world forward" -- ...

Romneynomics And The Aggregate Demand Denialism Problem

Posted 06.07.2012 | Politics

Over at the Plum Line, Greg Sargent -- in an effort to touch off some amount of grappling with the cumulative effects of Mitt Romney's economic policy...

Here Is A Politico Article About BlackBerrys, For Some Reason

Posted 06.07.2012 | Politics

Over at Politico, there is a two-page article on BlackBerrys. Okay? I mean, those articles that placed the BlackBerry as a fixture of the Capitol H...

In Wisconsin, Lessons Learned And Bridges Burned: The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For June 8, 2012

Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics

Your mainstream media came out of Wisconsin with only one takeaway to their name -- that the Wisconsin recall election is a harbinger of the larger pr...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 06.10.2012 | Media

Hello everybody, and welcome to your weekly ad-hoc, fast-typed, snaply judged, prickly thorn, but sweetly worn liveblog of Sunday morning political gr...

Wisconsin Recall: Perhaps All Of This Could Have Been Avoided

Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics

Just when you thought it wasn't possible to have any further thoughts on the Wisconsin recall election, here are some more, courtesy of the Washington...

Anonymous Democrats Agree With Other Anonymous Democrat That It's Time To Freak Out

Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics

Yesterday, the chattering class was having a field day over a memo advising President Barack Obama to do more to ensure middle and working class Americans that he has a plan to brighten their future. It's not hard to see the wisdom in the strategy memo, whose authors urge the president to ignore the conventional wisdom of "elites" and focus on the fact that voters are sophisticated enough to understand the causes of their economic dislocation, and are looking for a sign that the president understands it as well. However, it's even easier to stop reading the memo after you get to the phrase "impossible headwind" and decide that it's a call for all-out panic. What to do next? Well, if you want to "confirm" the panic, all you have to do is call a random assortment of "Democratic strategists," who as a general rule, are almost always panicking.

Everyone On The Campaign Trail Should Stop Treating Iowa Diner Employees Like Complete Crap, Okay?

Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics

I think it's safe to say that political campaigns should make a concerted effort to tread lightly when visiting Iowa dining establishments on the trai...

Michael Bloomberg Is Mulling Doing Something Really Stupid With Parking Meters

Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics

As longtime readers may know, one of my favorite parts of Matt Taibbi's book "Griftopia" is the part where he describes how it came to pass that Chica...

Late Returns: The Diminishing Returns Of Bush Blaming

Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics

Jonathan Capehart took a look at the same Karen Tumulty piece I discussed earlier today, and reaches some of the same conclusions -- "No one does pani...

The Sorrows Of Young Jeb: The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For June 15, 2012

Posted 06.15.2012 | Politics

During the primary season, it was impossible to ignore the loud lamentations from prominent GOP figures that the field of the pre-primary season was n...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 06.17.2012 | Media

This is why I actually don't mind Graham being on these Sunday shows, because while he's occupied, other Americans have a fighting chance to unconstipate America. I am working on some way of tricking Graham into believing there are Sunday shows on everyday, but so far no luck.

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 06.24.2012 | Media

Hello, everybody! It is Sunday morning, which must mean that I am awake and unhappy about having to watch all these horrific political chat shows, and...