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Flashback: In 2012 Campaign Reporting, Watch For The 'Sweet n' Blow'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Here at the Speculatron, we shall from time to time warn you about particularly odious forms of campaign journalism that will utterly ravage your mind...

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Where Things Stand: Campaigning vs. Exploring vs. Running

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday, Tim Pawlenty made news when he announced that he was launching a presidential exploratory committee. This is exciting news! It means that...

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Donald Trump Expands On His 'Screw Them'-Based Foreign Policy Platform

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Donald Trump offered America some insight yesterday into how he would conduct foreign policy in the unlikely event that he becomes president of these United States: he would "screw" our enemies by leasing them land and then denying them the right to use that land, while keeping the money.

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Speculatron Weekly Roundup: Barbour Jumps Back Into The Fray

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Did the 2012 race finally get real this week? Maybe just a smidge, actually! A week ago, Haley Barbour was staking out a position outside the covera...

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Buddy Roemer Plans RV Tour Of Early Primary States

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In presidential campaigns, candidates' favored mode of transportation can be the stuff of legend. Think of Harry Truman busting Thomas E. Dewey's ...

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Late Returns: Pushing Away From Palin

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After two years of offering hesitant, qualified praise for Sarah Palin and her place in the GOP movement, conservatives are starting the process of putting daylight between themselves and their post-modern populist Prometheus. But there are some conservatives speaking out against this distancing with the message: hold up now, no one gets to walk away clean from this.

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Barbour Continues To Move From The Hawk's Nest, Urges Cautious Approach To Libya

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Mississippi Governor and potential presidential aspirant Haley Barbour (R) made news Tuesday when he publicly expressed skepticism over the United Sta...

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The Inevitable 'It Would Be Smart For The GOP To Lose In 2012' Piece Has Been Written

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

One of the magical aspects of presidential campaign coverage is that once the material facts of the day are dispensed with and their typical mundanity is absorbed, there's still about a million hours left to attempt all sorts of counterintuitive-sounding speculation. For instance, someone has to write the "maybe the smart move for presidential contenders in 2012 is to lose the election" piece. In the case of this election cycle, every political writer called "Not it!" until only one person remained.

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The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For a long while now, we've been told that we should be impressed with the potential candidacies of Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin, who have been two heads on a three-headed frontrunner with Mitt Romney.

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Rick Santorum Described As A 'Force,' Because It's March Of 2011 And So Why Not?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By now, you are probably aware that Rick Santorum is running for president. You're also probably aware that he plans to participate in this thing call...

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David Brooks On 2012 Field: Obama 'Beatable,' Gingrich Should 'Not Run A 7-Eleven'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Would you be interested in hearing about what sorts of upper-middle-class feelings David Brooks is having about the 2012 election's field of candidate...

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Newt Gingrich Will Make Second Attempt At A Campaign Announcement In May

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A week after the Newt Gingrich campaign sputtered and fluttered and changed their story about a dozen times on the way to launching a website, they're...

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Late Returns: Santorum Says It's 'Silly' To Think He Can't Win

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview with CBN's chief political correspondent, David Brody, Rick Santorum says that it's "silly" to think that he can't win the GOP nominat...

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Newt Gingrich Opens Up About His Lady Problems

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Newt Gingrich doesn't just have problems committing to a run for the White House. For even longer, he has basically been thinking about forming an exploratory committee into monogamy, a situation that has now left him in the position where his potential first lady would actually be his third.

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Mike Huckabee Seeks Clarification On Whether His Mau Mau Uprising Comments Were Dumb Or Not

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over at Mediaite, Mark Joyella runs down the highlights of an interview that presidential aspirant Mike Huckabee gave on Sirius Radio's POTUS channel,...

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Pawlenty Pulls A Punch

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Kendra Marr notes today that when Greta Van Susteren served up a golden opportunity for Tim Pawlenty to take a shot at his 2012 rival Mitt Romney over...

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Noted Expert Suggests That Iowa Caucuses Might Be Important, Somehow, In 2012

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Basically, Business Insider's John Ellis prediction for the 2012 campaign amounts to: Romney can safely skip Iowa, the rest of the field must fight each other to the death on frozen cornfields, and Haley Barbour gets some lovely parting gifts if he's still drawing breath in March.

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Newt Gingrich Acknowledges That He Royally Confused Everyone With Last Week's 'Campaign Announcements'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In some important self-awareness news, vague presidential aspirant Newt Gingrich is apparently cognizant of the fact that his campaign badly "bobbled"...

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Late Returns: Two Down From The Front-Running Trio?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

More and more, 2012 speculators are backing away from the notion that the 2012 campaign will feature a robust battle between the popular faces on the ...

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Mitt Romney Faces His 'Mitt Romney Problem'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When Mitt Romney blew into CPAC as one of the likely frontrunners for the GOP nomination, he gave his speech, presented his case and collected his sec...

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Ensign's Retirement Promises Another Colorful Year Of Nevada Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ensign's decision will touch off a series of changes to Nevada's political landscape. It places a newly elected Republican Representative in the driver's seat for a Senate promotion. It cracks the door ajar -- ever so slightly -- for a possible Democratic pickup. It provides the previously defeated Sharron Angle with a possible path to Washington, D.C. Jon Ralston is already tweeting up a storm, and why not? His studio is likely to be as popular a destination in 2012 as it was in 2010.

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The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Oh, Newt Gingrich! For four presidential cycles you have been teasing us with the idea that you are running for president. I think that two ladies h...

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New Gingrich Website Inspires Web Shenanigans

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After a week of keeping the media guessing on a nearly hourly basis as to whether he was going to officially enter the 2012 presidential fray, former ...

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2012 Campaign Coverage Will Ruin Your Life

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over at the Awl, Ben Dolnick writes, "I Know The 2012 Election Will Destroy My Life," in that he's poised to become a "Politico-reading, blog-commenting, Sunday-show-watching lunatic... I dread the coming darkness," says Dolnick.

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Pawlenty's Pretty Sure Bank Of America's Taxes Are Too Damn High

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Corporate tax rates! I still have fond memories of the 2008 campaign, where Senator John McCain and his sometime-surrogate business super-genius Car...