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And the Winner Is... Inglourious Basterds!... Really?

(443) Comments | Posted February 21, 2010 | 10:35 PM

If Quentin Tarentino's ingenious Nazi-killing fantasy comes from behind in the polls and wins the best picture Oscar, the win will be a shocker to the TV audience, but not the Academy.

The more I talk to Academy voters, the more I hear them leaning toward Basterds. Maybe half of...

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Will Scott Brown Ruin Republicans' (Secret) Plan to Pass Obamacare?

(634) Comments | Posted January 17, 2010 | 9:03 PM

It is now a given that if he wins a Massachusetts Senate seat on Tuesday, Scott Brown will destroy the Democrats' plan to pass health care reform. But he will also destroy the Republicans' not-so-secret plan to pass health care reform.

In Washington, where everyone is desperate to know...

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Ron Silver: A Great Friend, A Great Actor

(20) Comments | Posted March 18, 2009 | 11:37 AM

The thing about Ron, the overwhelming thing, was the energy. I have never known anyone who could match Ron's energy. I never argued with him--I really only argue for money on TV--because I knew he could knock me over with the force of his energy before mounting his attack on...

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New York's Next Senator: Opposed to the Obama Agenda

(539) Comments | Posted January 23, 2009 | 6:44 PM

The accidental governor of New York ended his relentless daily display of incompetence in choosing a successor to Senator Hillary Clinton by offering this praise for his choice, Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand: "She also introduced legislation that would require that our federal budget be balanced annually. Our state budget is balanced...

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Moynihan Endorses Caroline

(268) Comments | Posted December 17, 2008 | 1:50 PM

Liz Moynihan, the widow of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, began working in New York politics in the 1950s. On election night in 1960, when the Moynihans were living in Syracuse, Bobby Kennedy called her to get a report on how things looked in upstate New York. When Bobby hung up the...

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Caroline Has What It Takes

(345) Comments | Posted December 9, 2008 | 4:04 PM

Now that Caroline Kennedy has apparently told New York Governor David Paterson that she would like to be appointed to Hillary Clinton's senate seat, the Governor's short list should have only one name on it. Caroline Kennedy is, by far, the strongest possible choice Paterson could make.


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Colin Powell Is Ready To Endorse

(1871) Comments | Posted October 15, 2008 | 10:22 AM

When Colin Powell turns off his TV after the final presidential debate, he will have learned everything he is going to learn about the candidates vying to succeed his former boss, George W. Bush. Powell has made it clear that he has been thinking about an endorsement for a long...

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Hillary Will Drop Out by June 15

(1564) Comments | Posted May 7, 2008 | 2:18 PM

A senior campaign official and Clinton confidante has told me that there will be a Democratic nominee by June 15. He could not bring himself to say the words "Hillary will drop out by June 15," but that is clearly what he meant. I kept saying, "So, Hillary will drop...

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Will Hillary Repeal the Clinton Gas Tax?

(234) Comments | Posted May 5, 2008 | 9:52 PM

Bill Clinton raised the gas tax and no one in the political press seems to remember that, including George Stephanopoulos, who helped him do it.

Most political reporters obviously have no idea that in his first year in office President Bill Clinton raised the gas tax. He did it...

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Wesley Clark for VP!

(554) Comments | Posted April 13, 2008 | 3:05 PM

The long delayed Wesley Clark for VP echo chamber has finally begun. On June 15, 2007, I made the first noise on the McLaughlin Group: "The Democratic presidential nominee, no matter who he or she may be, will choose General Wesley Clark as the vice presidential nominee." The first echo...

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Hillary, Forget About Winning!

(823) Comments | Posted February 15, 2008 | 10:42 AM

Now that the deck chairs on the good ship Hillary have been rearranged, leaving Senator Clinton with a presidential campaign manager who has never managed a campaign, Hillary should forget about winning.

Hillary should rest her voice, kick back and watch a couple hours of cable news shout shows, where...

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John Edwards Is A Loser

(1030) Comments | Posted January 11, 2008 | 9:01 AM

John Edwards is a loser. He has won exactly two elections in his life and lost 31. Only one of his wins and all of his losses were in presidential primaries and caucuses. He remains perfectly positioned to continue to lose with a Kucinich-like consistency. Nothing but egomania keeps Edwards...

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Romney & Me

(949) Comments | Posted December 13, 2007 | 9:22 PM

After the Today Show used video clips of me talking (ranting, to some) about the racist history of the Church of Latter Day Saints as a lead-in to Matt Lauer's interview of Mitt Romney, I feel compelled to clarify the obvious: religious affiliation is not a good reason to vote...

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What's Wrong with Killing Dogs?

(455) Comments | Posted August 24, 2007 | 7:59 PM

So it's a federal crime to be mean to dogs? Who knew?

What's wrong with what Michael Vick did? I have no inclination to do what he did with dogs, but I have no comprehension of what all the fuss is about. Most people who are upset about killing dogs...

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Jury Pardons Libby

(142) Comments | Posted March 8, 2007 | 11:54 AM

The President's speechwriters will be quoting last night's MSNBC transcripts when they write the pardon statement for Irve Lewis Libby. The most powerful pardon advocate Libby now has on his side is not the Vice President, not a senator, not a former senator-actor, but juror No. 10, Ann Redington who...

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Russert Convicted Libby

(65) Comments | Posted March 6, 2007 | 2:07 PM

'Libby is guilty.' That is the first sentence of my last post on February 15. What made me able to predict that Libby would be found guilty before the lawyers made their final arguments was Tim Russert's testimony. Russert wasn't just Fitzgerald's best witness, Russert was Fitzgerald's whole case....

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Libby Is Guilty

(134) Comments | Posted February 15, 2007 | 12:29 PM

Libby is guilty. And he's going to be found guilty. The jury might not convict him on all counts, but he has no chance of surviving the perjury count that was proved beyond a reasonable doubt with Tim Russert's testimony.

The multi-million dollar defense, which provided no defense...

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How Giuliani Will Help Elect the Democrat

(127) Comments | Posted February 6, 2007 | 1:07 PM

Rudy Giuliani's presidential candidacy is the best thing that will happen for the Democratic candidates this year. He's going to lose. Yes, I know he's the Republican frontrunner in some polls, but Howard Dean was the frontrunner for a while in the last contested presidential primary season.


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Pelosi Needs An Agenda for 100 Weeks, Not 100 Hours

(78) Comments | Posted January 2, 2007 | 6:32 PM

Nancy Pelosi's first legislative move as Speaker of the House is a mistake. A big one. She is going to cram all the feel-good, easy-to-pass, politically popular legislation she can think of into her first hundred hours without any idea of what she's going to do for the next hundred...

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Rush Is Right

(208) Comments | Posted December 14, 2006 | 11:27 AM

Rush Limbaugh is vexed by the Iraq Study Group. At first, Rush said the group's report was not a cut and run prescription. He now says, "This is cut and run, surrender without the words." And, now, Rush is right.

The Iraq Study Group's report is a...

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