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Rachel Sklar on The O'Reilly Factor: McCain's Feud With the New York Times

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Huff TV


Behind Team McCain's Sudden Gambit

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

This is an attempted reboot in a losing scenario. McCain has been all over the lot on the financial crisis. He is a staunch deregulationist, at a moment in history in which it is clear that that approach has failed.

Is the Gasbag Lying? Or is He Just Ignorant?

Jan Herman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jan Herman

When that salary ended, Davis asked for, and received, a consultant fee from Freddie Mac that payed him $15,000 a month.

What Else Would President McCain Postpone in a Crisis?

Seth Grahame-Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Seth Grahame-Smith

Lincoln ran for office during the Civil War. Reagan ran at the height of the Cold War. Bush ran with two wars raging in Afghanistan and Iraq. But McCain can't run during a crisis on Wall Street?

Jason Linkins

Contessa Brewer Wins Latest Round Of "Stump Tucker Bounds" | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Another day, another opportunity for a teevee news anchor to play, and subsequently win, a round of Stump Tucker Bounds!

Reality Is in the Tank for Obama

Dan Sweeney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Sweeney

As a famous conservative pundit once opined, "Reality has a well-known liberal bias."

Distract and Detract: Team McCain Follows Form In Crisis

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Bradley

In a political crisis, Team McCain moves to change the subject and stay away from what may be unfriendly issues and instead switches back to a negative focus on Obama's personality and image.

Our Hobbesian Media Culture May Trump Obama's Big Issue Opportunity

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Bradley

The absence of clarity around Obama's policy on the present crisis presents opportunity in the Hobbesian media universe. Vagueness can be cast as anything. In this case, probably something bad.

Journalists of America--Your Country Needs You Now!

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Larry Gellman

You remember journalists. They were the reporters and analysts who used to make sure that stories were true before they published or went on the air with them.

McCain Camp Chief Used Sex Ed Smear Before

TNR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In my TNR profile of John McCain's then-recently installed chief of campaign operations Steve Schmidt, I briefly alluded to a lowly tactic the message...

Deconstructing The Big Mac Attack: 12 Key Things To Understand

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Bradley

Here's what Team McCain is doing, with its advertising and overall messaging, to give the veteran senator a pretty good chance of winning the White House.

W&W: Joe vs Sarah the (Unlicensed) Barracuda? And Yes, Ted Got Arrested...

Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein

So, um, lipstick? Yes, lipstick is the main story of the day; but why? Is it sexist? Is it a diversion? Is it just... lipstick?

Who's Running for President, McCain or Palin?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

It's safe to say that Republicans are downright giddy over their Everymom.

Team Obama's One Missing Ingredient: Killer Instinct

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

I'm reminded of the strategies of the legendary coach of the 49ers, Bill Walsh -- analyze your opponent. Find a vulnerability. And attack that vulnerability. Ruthlessly and repeatedly.

John McCain: The 25-Year Washington Insider Comically Running as the Washington Outsider

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

f Washington's been a swamp since George W. Bush took office in 2000, then McCain's been wading in it with his thigh-high muck-boots.

Let's Lay Off Sarah Palin

William Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Klein

Karl Rove and his disciples on the McCain campaign are leading us into a trap by making it so easy to focus our fire on Sarah Palin.

Cat Got Your Tongue, James Dobson?

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

Maybe I missed Dobson's press release condemning McCain's effort to court the Log Cabin Republicans. Either that or Dobson is every bit the Pharisee that we believe he is.

Top McCain Strategist Meets With Gay Republicans

The Advocate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In what represents a marked shift from the Republican campaign rhetoric of 2004 - where some George W. Bush advisors stoked anti-gay sentiment in an a...

The Incredible Lightness of Being Sarah Palin

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joe Cutbirth

Palin will throw mud with impunity, then in the tradition of Agnew, Dole and Quayle yell "double standard" and "bias reporting" when she is called on it.

Palin Uncorked! Or, How to Manage Expectations Tonight

Joshuah Bearman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Joshuah Bearman

And to think I decided not to go the DNC. "Too boring!" I said to myself. Who knew? Now, I'm obsessively following the furious debate about Palin an...

The GOP Defends Palin Like They Defended The Decision to Invade Iraq (Shudder)

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tina Dupuy

The spokespeople have been synchronized. And the tactic is instead of answering questions -- ask them. And when you ask them -- throw in an 'implication bomb.'

Rove "Wrong" About Palin, Steve Schmidt Says

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview with CBS' Katie Couric last night, John McCain chief strategist Steve Schmidt takes Karl Rove to task: COURIC: I want to get your rea...

GOP Sez: Clintons' Personal Lives Fair Game, Asking Anything Critical Of Sarah Palin "Sleazy"

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Sachs

The McCain campaign angrily derided the Democratic Party, mainstream media and liberal blogs today for vetting Sarah Palin when the McCain camp's own ...

Obama Counter-Programs The RNC, And Hurricanes Sarah And Gustav

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Bradley

What a bizarre week for Obama to mount a counter-programming effort. He has the RNC and Hurricanes Gustav and Sarah. It's going pretty well for him -- not that he has all that much to do with it.

13 Reasons Why It's, Ah, Palin

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

John McCain doesn't like that he's lost the change mantle to Barack Obama. We shouldn't expect to see too much more from Team McCain about how inexperienced Senator Obama is.