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Entries by Jason Linkins from 08/2012

London Mayor Boris Johnson Should Have Never Gone Zip-Lining

Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

Perhaps Mitt Romney can take some small amount of satisfaction from the news out of London today. One week after London's Mayor Boris Johnson used Rom...

Steve King Ponders The 'Telegram From Kenya' Scenario, For The Birthers

Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

You know, we make fun of Rep. Steve King for the way he opposes restricting dogfighting on the grounds that boxing exists, and isn't that the same thing? (No.) But you've got to hand it to King -- the man is an innovator. Scott Keyes (who I guess is on the Steve King beat these days, not that I'm complaining) has now caught King indulging in a little bit of Birther Calvinball. He's pretty sure that Obama's papers are legit, but you never know, because reasons. The whole point to Birtherism, though, is that you don't need to conclusively make this case to sell it. It's just that the buyers are all blithering loons.

Mitt Romney And The Associated Press Are Having Themselves A Tiff

Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

Gosh, will Mitt Romney and the traveling press corps ever get their relationship right? Work out their kinks? Build a happy home together? Or are they...

Harry Reid Romney Tax Tipster 'Is A Credible Person,' New Source Tells CNN (VIDEO)

Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

A second source, said to be "close to Senator [Harry] Reid," has told CNN's Dana Bash that Reid's original source for the claim that Mitt Romney "didn...

Mitt Romney Peeps Some Veeps: The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For Aug. 3

Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics

For many years, Americans learned whom their presidential nominees had chosen as their running mates the same, dreary way. The nominee would approach ...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 08.05.2012 | Media

DWS says that Congress cares more about defeating the President than putting Americans back to work. GSteph asks about the Federal Reserve intervening, and she says that the White House should not dictate to the Fed what they do. Why not, though?

'Koch Brothers Fire Back At Zach Galifianakis' Is Definitely Not A Headline I Ever Imagined Writing

Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics

One would sort of imagine that seeing yourself lampooned in a big feature-film satire about contemporary politics would be something of an honor, or a...

Someone Will Win The 2012 Election In A Landslide, Unless They Don't, Say People

Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics

If I had just 30 words to describe the state of the 2012 race, I would say, "Obama holds a narrow but not insurmountable lead, and the lousy state of the economy offers Romney a better than average chance to win a close race." That would leave me with three words, which I would donate to a worthy charity. But even if I had several hundred words to describe the state of the race, I probably would not describe it as an imminent "landslide." At least not in August of 2012. But Dick Morris, who primarily exists as a counteragent to Clinton-era nostalgia, is doing just that, because he's seen "numbers" that are more "real" than other, less "real" numbers, and these hypothetically add up to a Romney "landslide"

Feds Shut Down Medical Marijuana Shop To 'Protect' Colorado Students

Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics

The war on drugs: it's mostly hard, and frequently inane. But fortunately for modern-day drug-battling bureaucrats, there is a superbly easy target to...

Texas Death Penalty Enforced Based On Outdated Methods Inspired By John Steinbeck Book

Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics

The state of Texas executed 54-year-old Marvin Wilson by lethal injection Tuesday night. Wilson had been on death row since 1992 after being convicted...

Andrea Saul, Romney Spox, Gets Pilloried For Mentioning Candidate's Most Important Achievement

Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics

So, it's come to this. Today, a spokeswoman for Mitt Romney responded to an attack ad disseminated by a super PAC supporting President Barack Obama. T...

Only Those Who Guard the Mystery Of Mitt's Tax Returns Shall Be Unhappy: The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For Aug. 10

Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics

For as long as anyone can remember, mankind has yearned to see 10 consecutive years of Mitt Romney's tax returns. And for nearly as long, Romney a...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 08.12.2012 | Media

Is Wisconsin up for grabs this year? Walker says yes. I say check back in three weeks time. Ohio, Florida, and Virginia are way more competitive.

Paul Ryan Gets His Roll-Out: The Mediagasm

Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics

As Eric Boehlert pointed out, the most amusing thing about the way the media has treated Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate is t...

Paul Ryan, Capitol Hill's Most 'Serious' Man

Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics

If there's one word that's become associated with Wisconsin Representative and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan over his long tenure in Washington, D.C., it is "serious." Ryan is credited, up and down, with being a "serious" man. His reputation for seriousness precedes him in every fresh encounter on Capitol Hill and every booking on Sunday morning's political chat shows. And more amazingly, that reputation lingers long after those encounters have ended, despite each new pile of evidence to the contrary. He's as pure a product as the Beltway Bubble has ever produced. Of course, the truth is that there's really not a nickel's worth of distinction between Ryan's worldview and the one espoused by Texas Governor and debate comedian Rick Perry.

Florida State Senate Race Becomes Ground Zero In The War Over Robot Death Cars, Finally!

Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics

Thanks to Alex Pareene, I have become aware of a major flashpoint that's driving the conversation and winning the morning in the hotly contested race ...

Super PAC Ads: Here's What The Media Can Do About Them

Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics

Ah, super PACs. It seems like only yesterday they came steaming into our lives, promising to play havoc with our politics on a thick cushion of dark m...

Donald Trump's Republican National Convention Surprise Has Been Ruined For Everybody

Posted 08.16.2012 | Politics

So, Donald Trump has lately been touting the "big surprise" that he is "working on" for the upcoming Republican National Convention, which is of cours...

Sunday Morning Coming Down For Paul Ryan Punditry: The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For Aug. 17

Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics

Romney's decision to do his big Paul Ryan reveal last Saturday morning was one of those deft, media narrative-clinching maneuvers guaranteed to ensure...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 08.19.2012 | Media

Well, hello, there, everyone and welcome to yet another edition of your speedily-typed chronicle of what is happening or has happened (depending on yo...

The Word 'Bain' Seems To Be Royally Confusing Reporters

Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney's candidacy, and his willingness to just sit back for a month and let the Obama administration tee off on his record without much of a res...

Mitt Romney Should Get Female Vote Because Of His Superior Bodily Fluids, National Review Says

Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics

I'm sort of gratified that someone has finally had the courage to argue for Mitt Romney's election based on theories culled from "Doctor Strangelove" ...

Scott Brown Is Pretty Sure He's An Amazing Person, Thanks To His Truck

Posted 08.23.2012 | Politics

Perhaps the oddest anecdote from the whole Todd Akin Agonistes sideshow was the one reported in The New York Times Wednesday by Katherine Seelye, who ...

Republican National Convention: The Seven People You'll Meet In Tampa

Posted 08.24.2012 | Politics

This week, as we all well know, the Republican National Convention comes to Tampa, bringing people from all over the country -- and the people who cov...

Here's To Shutting Up And Other Advice For The 'Era Of Backlash': The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For Aug. 24

Posted 08.25.2012 | Politics

Let's take a moment to consider what the world was like on Aug 8, 2012. That morning, Missouri Representative Todd Akin woke up and greeted the day as...