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Joe the Plumber's Imaginary Empire

Mike Papantonio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Papantonio

The truth about Joe is that he is not a licensed plumber and he's never made more than $40,000 dollars a year in that trade.

Who Won the Final Debate? Drudge Votes Early...

Dan Treul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dan Treul

The results of Drudge's Mid-Debate Post-Debate Winner's Poll have John McCain as the overwhelming winner of the still-running face off. As of 10:22 EST, the Republican wins handily, 75 percent to 23 percent!

McCain Didn't Report Ties To Contra Group

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As a freshman congressman in the early 1980s, John McCain did not disclose his connections to a controversial group that was implicated in a secretive...

New Obama Keating Five movie

Alison Teal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alison Teal

Voters in swing states -- and this, Colorado, appears to be the mother of all swing states -- are treated to a nearly endless barrage of political advertising and discussion.

McCain/Palin No Mavericks, Say Real Mavericks

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

Fontaine Maverick, great-great-granddaughter of Samuel Augustus Maverick, for whom the word was coined, would like John McCain and Sarah Palin to stop misusing the word.

Defining a Maverick

Robbie Gennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

If both candidates have voted overwhelmingly with their party do you want the one who voted with Bush 90% of the time or the one who voted against Bush 96% of the time?

Friday Talking Points [50] -- Can I Call You Joe?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I refuse to get too wrapped up in the question of who "won" the debate. In general, unless one candidate obviously self-destructs, this question is answered subjectively and personally. That's not to say I didn't think Biden did better. I did.

Say It Again and Again, Joe

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Palin's request, "Can I call you Joe?" was an attempt to get him to refer to her as Sarah -- to establish a false familiarity that would have been beneficial to her. Biden didn't take that bait.

I Want A VP Who Is Smarter Than Me

Pam Atherton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Pam Atherton

I don't want someone who believes their biggest asset is that they know what it's like to shop at WalMart and take their kids to hockey practice in a mini-van. How will that help in negotiations and diplomatic missions with other heads of state?

10 Things We Now Look For In A Guy Because Of Barack Obama

Twisted Sisters | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Twisted Sisters

10. He doesn't date lobbyists 9. Likes Spike Lee 8. Doesn't mind if we're taller than him in heels 7. Likes a little fist action. Bump! Bump! 6. He...

Regardless of Who Wins the Election, Start Teaching Your Kids Mandarin

Christopher Ingram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Ingram

Voters don't want change. When the American voting public goes to the polls and re-elects the same bunch of losers to Congress year after year, they should expect to get more of the same.

Economy Tanking, War On Two Fronts, No Time For A Maverick

Chuck Lasker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Chuck Lasker

Yes, as far as TV shows, romance novels and motivational books, we love the maverick. But, is that what we need right now to bring our country back on track?

Denouncing Extremists While Touting 'Mavericks'

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tina Dupuy

You can't denounce 'extremists' and tout 'mavericks'. That's akin to denouncing hoagies while endorsing po-boys. It makes you look nuts.

Friday Talking Points [47] -- Our First Anniversary

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Surprise! It's our first anniversary column! But before we get to that, I have to pass on this information, in the hopes nobody will get stung by a v...

Against Change Before Being For It

Bill Squadron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Squadron

Having discovered that to today's worried Americans the mantra of "experience" loses to the appeal of "change," McCain is trying to use his obsolete maverick laurels to recast himself as the "change" candidate.

G O P is not G O D

Buddy Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Buddy Winston


The War of the Lizard Brains

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Questions like "Are you an elitist?" "Is your health plan socialized medicine?" "Would you rather lose a war than an election?" Those questions deserve a lizard answer -- like "No," "No," and "Hell No."

Obama, Don't Call McCain a Maverick Five Times in Your Ad!

Joseph Romm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph Romm

You can't debunk a myth by verbally repeating it. This is basic stuff, so it is surprising that neither Obama nor his team understand it.

Rebranding Slick Sarah, the Make-Believe Maverick

Joseph Romm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph Romm

Palin's obsessive phoniness in the face of the facts opens the door to not just call her a liar but to actually give her a defining nickname to describe what appears to be a fundamental character flaw.

James Garner files suit against John McCain: Claims Infringement on Maverick Trademark

Steve Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Steve Young

James Garner, who played the original Maverick - Bret - on TV, has filed a restraining order on behalf of Jack Kelly (Bart) , Roger Moore (Beau) and R...

John McCain Is A Maverick Like Barry Bonds Is Home Run Champ

John R. Bohrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John R. Bohrer

Finally, McCain's logo makes sense to me. That's no star. It's an asterisk! And an appropriate one -- every day, he makes a claim about his record that needs an asterisk next to it.

Prebuttal: McCain's Reform Credentials Have Turned to Sand

David Donnelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Donnelly

The John McCain who fought for campaign finance reform in the past is not the same John McCain speaking tonight. Here's what he'll claim, and what the truth really is.

McCain's Deadliest Catch: Polls Say GOP In Deep Water

Beverly Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Beverly Davis

Palin will now be vetted by the national press and the blogosphere and it won't be pretty. She's got six short weeks to learn foreign and economic policy. The honeymoon is over.

Friday Talking Points [45] -- Lessons Democrats Should Learn From Obama's Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I know that just about the entire blogosphere is talking about John McCain's pick of Sarah Palin (who?) for his running mate, but I, for one, refuse t...

Why Are Senators Worried About Hurting John McCain's Feelings? To Heck With John McCain's Feelings

Jonathan Leigh Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Leigh Solomon

The worse scenario is McCain feels just fine and doesn't have to worry about walking into the Senate chamber ever again except to cheers and back-slaps -- when he gives the State of the Union.