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Entries by Jason Linkins from 07/2012

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 07.08.2012 | Media

Well, good morning everyone and welcome back to your Sunday morning liveblog of political yellery and pundit emissions. My name is Jason, and I have r...

Labor Unions' Campaign Finance Activities Leave Wall Street Journal Awestruck

Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics

After Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker prevailed in this year's recall election, there can't have been too many people who were left with the impression th...

Mitt Romney Assures Everyone There's Nothing Special About The Tax Returns He's Not Releasing

Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics

Thanks to a Vanity Fair article by Nicholas Shaxson detailing the "the murky world of offshore finance" and Mitt Romney's "pretty strange" offshore ho...

Dems Skittish On Obama Tax Cut Proposal Need To Remember 'Political Suicide' Of 2010

Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics

Yesterday, President Barack Obama jump-started the recurring battle over the Bush-era tax cuts with his proposal to retain those tax cuts for all Amer...

David Brooks Reads Some Of Chris Hayes' Book And All The Predictable LOLs Ensue

Posted 07.13.2012 | Politics

It seems that David Brooks has read Christopher Hayes' new book, "Twilight Of The Elites." Or, at the very least, skimmed it. This is problematic, as ...

Mitt Romney VP Rumors Deflect Media From Bain Criticism

Posted 07.13.2012 | Politics

As The Huffington Post's Howard Fineman wrote Friday, Mitt Romney has not been playing the political media game very well, turning what might have bee...

Ron Paul's Tampa Hopes Hinge On Cornhusker Convention Chaos [UPDATED]

Posted 07.13.2012 | Politics

Hey, kids! Do y'all remember the Republican Party's presidential primary season, which took place way back in the early months of 2012? If it rings a ...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 07.15.2012 | Media

Meanwhile, Iowa is totally kicking ass, as far as unemployment rate goes, and Obama is ahead of Romney in the polls there, too. But it's still pretty close, which means that maybe the unemployment rate as an electoral determinant isn't all it's cracked up to be?

Democrats Trying To Make 'Panthers Stadium' Happen [UPDATED]

Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics

Maggie Haberman reports that for the second time, the host committee responsible for spreading the good cheer about the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina has referred to the venue for Thursday night's speech from President Barack Obama as "Panthers Stadium." "Panthers Stadium," if I recall correctly, is where the Dillon Panthers of the "Friday Night Lights" teevee series play. Certainly this would be a bold and transcendental move, to have the last night of the convention take place in a fictional town in Texas. But that's not actually happening. Rather, the folks behind the convention would just prefer to play down the actual name of the Carolina Panthers' home field -- Bank Of America stadium.

Michele Bachmann Points To Huma Abedin As Muslim Brotherhood Infiltrator

Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), apparently in need of some attention, has launched some sort of paranoid inquiry into whether the U.S. Congress has b...

Republican Convention 2012 Has Pair Of Shoes With No Sarah Palin In Them

Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics

Michael Tomasky this week reflected on the not-yet-invited-to-the-convention Sarah Palin, and wonders why Romney hasn't extended the invitation to the former governor of Alaska. It's interesting to note that Tomasky's operating under the assumption that the only people who can fill a space that might otherwise be occupied by Sarah Palin are those who ran against Romney for the GOP nomination. There's no doubt that Palin, who's already off to a good start as a 2012 endorser, has kept her brand in better shape than those whom Romney defeated during his march through the primary calendar. But it actually hadn't occurred to me that any of the vanquished candidates would provide a prime-time presence at the convention anyway.

Daily Caller Decides The Time Is Ripe For Some Good, Old-Fashioned Jew Counting

Posted 07.19.2012 | Politics

Good news for people who love breathless paranoia! Matt Boyle, who by day serves as the Daily Caller's "Fast and Furious" muckraker, landed a hot scoo...

The DNC Is Sorry It Made Those Terrible Dressage Campaign Ads

Posted 07.19.2012 | Politics

Last week's ad from Obama for America -- the "Firms" spot that made use of Mitt Romney's warbling, pitch-averse rendition of "America the Beautiful" -...

Mitt Romney Searches For A Hit, Scores On An Error: The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For July 20, 2012

Posted 07.20.2012 | Politics

As we've said before, the first set of tasks in a political campaign are simply summarized: Define yourself, define your opponent, define the stakes o...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 07.22.2012 | Media

Any new news? In the coming days, it seems like we'll know more about the victims of the tragedy, and how they lived, and how many of them did things to protect their fellow moviegoers, and let's hope that we can get thirty times the coverage of those people next week than we got of the killer this week.

Neil Barofsky's 'Bailout' As An Anthropological Study Of Washington's Awfulness

Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics

Neil Barofsky, who served as the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program from December of 2008 to February 14, 2011, has a new...

New York Times 'Bailout' Review Incomprehensible, Dismissive

Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics

Let's look at Jackie Calmes' poorly argued New York Times "takedown" of the former TARP Special Inspector General's new book, Bailout. If you're living in America, and you can't figure out why "Wall Street turned so hostile to President Obama's re-election," then you haven't been paying sufficient attention. In the first place, people on Wall Street have made it pretty clear that their major beef with Obama is that he refuses to characterize them as all-knowing, all-wise, fully redeemed individuals. Instead, he has been critical of the role they played in the financial crisis. And that's what hacks them off. And Wall Street knows they'll be getting a better deal from Romney, so they support him. Do I really have to spell this out for Jackie Calmes? Apparently, yes!

Is Obama Bundler Terrence Bean A 'Gay-Porn Kingpin?' (No.)

Posted 07.26.2012 | Politics

According to the New York Post, President Barack Obama's recent appearance in Portland was organized by a "gay-porn kingpin." The paper is referring t...

Mitt Romney U.K. Vacation And Our Pretty Vacant Politics: The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For July 20, 2012

Posted 07.27.2012 | Politics

By now, you've probably heard that Mitt Romney has spent a day in the U.K., where he failed rather miserably at carrying the Star Spangled Banner, making a series of gaffes and blunders that rivaled "The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret," and which earned brickbats from British Prime Minister David Cameron and London's Tory mayor and Chris Matthews doppelganger Boris Johnson, who delighted a cheering crowd by referring to him as "a guy called Mitt Romney." But, hey, President George W. Bush and Tony Blair went all-in for a stupid, costly war in Iraq, so, you know ... there are degrees to this sort of trans-Atlantic incompetence.

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 07.29.2012 | Media

WHO WILL HOPE THE LONDON OLYMPICS SUCCEEDS THE HARDEST? Will it be Gibbs? Madden? Boris Johnson? David Cameron? Mitt Romney? Barack Obama? Whoever does wins zero electoral votes and twenty-pound gift certificate to Boots.

Secure America Now Says We Are All Probably Going To Die ... Because Obama

Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics

The folks behind Secure America Now -- a neoconservatve 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization dedicated to giving you a bunch of irrational anxiety attacks...

Rep. Steve King Defends Dogfighting Enthusiasts From State Governments

Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics

Lord knows there aren't a whole lot of debates that we can say, in terms of broad nationwide consensus, are settled. For crying out loud, whether ...

Joe Lieberman Not Invited To Party Conventions Apparently Some Sort Of Surprising 'Snub'

Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics

I don't know who, exactly, thought that Sen. Joe Lieberman was somehow destined to play a major role at one or more of the 2012 political conventions ...