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Entries by Jason Linkins from 10/2012

Presidential Candidates Attempt Varsity-Level Sports Pandering: HuffPost List

Posted 10.01.2012 | Politics

This week, your heroic replacement refs of the National Football League achieved a brief moment of “bipartisanship” on the campaign trail, whe...

Joe Biden Will Save Medicare With His Raw, Sexual Dynamism, Apparently

Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics

This week, most of America is focused on the upcoming commencement of debate season, the prospect for greater economic policy specifics and the Obama ...

Obama-Romney Debate: What To Watch For In Denver

Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wednesday night, the 2012 campaign-a-palooza will proceed to another important series of events, the presidential debates. Beginning in ...

Drudge, Daily Caller Hype Old Obama Speech, Trolling Entire Political World

Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Daily Caller, working in collaboration with Fox News, released a video Tuesday night of a speech President Barack Obama delivered at...

Mitt Romney Campaign In Total Disarray After Thomas Friedman's Devastating Foreign Policy Critique

Posted 10.03.2012 | Media

Going into Wednesday night's debate, Mitt Romney has a decent chance to alter the underlying dynamics of the campaign and achieve a somewhat more favorable position to close the gap with President Barack Obama in the remaining weeks of the race. But apparently, this is all for naught, because according to Mark Halperin, Mitt Romney has already lost an utterly critical political constituency, and is probably doomed to wander the earth like a pauper, or whatever: "Mitt Romney decisively loses the Tom Friedman Primary," Halperin tells us. It should be pointed out, though, that Romney's inability to win Friedman's favor and prevent Halperin's ensuing concern is very similar to Romney's alienating the "47 percent" in his famous donor-party remarks, because Friedman and Halperin account for 47 percent of the BS that is written about politics in America.

Jim Lehrer Loses Control During Presidential Debate In Denver

Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics

Hard going for the debate moderation veteran tonight. LEHRER: Do you support the voucher system, governor? Romney responds by saying he supports...

Obama Performs His Disappearing Act: The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For Oct. 5

Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics

Well, last week, your Speculatroners couldn't help but notice that the political media had apparently all had a brunch, or something, at which it was ...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 10.07.2012 | Media

In short, it was a strange week, full of strange and unwanted metaphors. And the worst part of all is that once again I have failed to find the horcruxes of the Sunday Morning Television Shows and so I must once again watch them and recap them.

Post-Debate Explanations And Excuses Take A Turn In The Spin Cycle: HuffPost List

Posted 10.08.2012 | Politics

So this past Wednesday night, President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney met at the Magness Arena and debated policy a...

Thin-Skinned CEO Superstar Jack Welch Quits Fortune, Reuters After His Demented BLS Tweet Gets Criticized

Posted 10.09.2012 | Business

Jack Welch, the strongest and most capable CEO in the history of the world, made news last week when he took to his Twitter account (history shall rec...

Pew Poll Prompts Mad Panic, Emotional Pain For Obama Supporters

Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics

Now that we've entered the home stretch of this presidential campaign, we're starting to see what happens to high-information political partisans afte...

The Looting Of Russia Was Just A Warm Up: Meet Your Future Leaders

Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics

Jason Cherkis and Zach Carter have a humdinger out today that lays out Bain & Company's deep involvement with Big Tobacco in the early 1990s as it was...

Suffolk Pulls Polling From Florida And Virginia Because Reasons, Shut Up!

Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics

In the last weeks of the 2012 presidential election, there is going to be an ever-intensifying look at the polling numbers coming out of the battlegro...

VP Debate 2012: Paul Ryan, Joe Biden And What To Watch For

Posted 10.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Thursday night, all of your political reporters and merry meme-makers will be focusing their energy and attention on the second of the C...

Mitt Romney's Bain & Company Timeline: Let's Get It Straight, Shall We?

| Posted 10.11.2012 | Media

Over at the Daily Beast, Megan McArdle responds to Zach Carter and Jason Cherkis' story about Bain & Company's well-documented efforts to open up the ...

Joe Biden Knows That A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure: The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For Oct. 12

Posted 10.12.2012 | Politics

The reviews from Thursday night's debate are in, and the macro story, essentially, is that Vice President Joe Biden "managed to right the listing USS ...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 10.14.2012 | Media

Today we'll begin with David Axelrod and Ed Gillespie dully going through the surrogacy motions. I appreciate the way Chris Wallace says "Axelrod and Gillespie!" as if that's something worth rejoicing. Whoa, guys, major gets, there. Can't wait to hear what they have to say, I'm sure it would be difficult for me to predict, just sitting here.

Everyone's Got Debate Advice For Barack Obama On Your HuffPost List

Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics

A few weeks ago, Barack Obama debated Mitt Romney. It did not, strictly speaking, go well for the president -- with reactions to his performance r...

An Electoral College Tie Would Be A Hilarious Disaster

Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics

At a certain point during the home stretch of an election, attention tends to drift from the big national head-to-head polls to the more granular poll...

2012 Presidential Debate: What To Watch For At Hofstra

Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics

Tuesday night, the highly successful season of "The Commission On Presidential Debates Presents: These Presidential Debates That We Were Commissioned ...

Politico Article Saying Lobbyists Crave 'Comeback' Under Romney Gets Appropriately Destroyed

Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As tonight's debate is consuming the lion's share of everyone's attention today, with the whole of the media speculating feverishly on w...

Mitt Romney Tax Plan Math Doesn't Add Up

Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics

In Tuesday night's presidential debate, Mitt Romney thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts. We're talking tax policy...

On Libya, Winning Debate On Semantics, Missing The Point: The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For Oct. 19

Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics

One final note on this: we were a little dumbstruck by the number of people who commented that Obama had managed to definitively parry the issue or put Libya to bed. No, no! It really is more than what phrases were used in certain speeches, we're afraid. There is a whole debate coming on Monday, exclusively about foreign policy. That debate's moderator, Bob Schieffer, is absolutely going to want to earn his stripes. He will absolutely re-raise the question. If he doesn't he will be pilloried. So the matter has not been put to bed. Hopefully, Schieffer will manage to steer the discussion to more substantive grounds.

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 10.21.2012 | Media

Hello, hello again, to all of you joining me today in this long-running exercise in self-torture, your Sunday morning liveblog of the political twit-talking and panel jamborees that appear on your teevees. My name is Jason, and we are but a fortnight and change from the election. You know, which one I am talking about right?

Presidential Debate 2012: Obama, Romney Have Final Showdown In Boca Raton

Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

Monday night, the Commission On Presidential Debates wraps up the 2012 series of debates with its extra special season finale. When we last left our protagonists, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, they were, basically, yelling at each other about a host of issues before an audience of undecided voters from whom the questions of the evening were extracted. It made for a sharp series of exchanges and an emphasis on the theatrical. The president, having decided to ditch the somnambulatory techniques he used in his first disastrous debate, showed substantially more verve in his second outing, and has been generally characterized as the winner, on points. But Romney held up decently as well, turning in a performance that conservative pundits could continue to support. Now, they meet one last time, in a debate that decides everything. We guess? Let's just go with that.