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In Romney, GOP Has a John Kerry of Their Very Own

Brian Normoyle | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Brian Normoyle

Republicans would have been wise, however, not to gloat over creating such a one-dimensional and easily re-castable character since it was only a matter of time before one of their own would perfectly fit the role. Enter Mitt Romney.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Matt Osborne

We've seen this pattern before. A non-sourced, anonymous story enters the right-wing blogosphere and gets picked up by mainstream media, allowing the right to stovepipe their insanity.

Obama Swiftboats Van Jones

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Milazzo

Van Jones' resignation isn't a testament to the frenetic dry-drunk tirades of a delusional Fox employee. It is due to the Obama administration's failure to rightfully and necessarily defend a valuable member of its team.

Passion and Anger Are Potent Weapons in the Hands of the Calm and Collected

Trey Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Trey Ellis

The most corrosive effect of Democratic passivity in response to lunatic right wing charges is to the masses. It's like watching your big, strapping dad get beat up by your scrawny weasel of a next-door neighbor.


Norman Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Horowitz

Wikipedia defines this word as: "... American political jargon that is used as a strong pejorative description of some kind of attack that the speaker...

The Silly Season In Politics

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

"Silly season" refers to late summer, when governments go on massive taxpayer-funded vacations all over the world. This year's season could produce a bumper crop of silly.

FOX Attacks Obama Just Like Kerry

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

Did you see Barack Obama go on The O'Reilly Factor last night—right into the belly of the beast? While we didn't want Obama to appear on FOX initia...

Unlike 2004, Mainstream Media -- Even AP -- Hit Back at New"Swiftboat" Book

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

Among the Corsi pieces this week one stands out. It appeared Thursday night via The AP, written by one of its top political reporters, Nedra Pickler -- a journalist the liberal blogosphere has frequently criticized.

Rachel Weiner

Jerome Corsi: Obama Camp Fighting Swiftboat Attack | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Talking Points Memo reports that Jerome Corsi's smear book on Barack Obama, "The Obama Nation," will stay on the top of the New York Times' bestseller...

Reading The Pictures: Swiftboating A Facial Expression

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2008-08-15-corsi_cover_shaw.jpgWhat makes a meme effective -- be it verbal, visual or the combination -- is repetition.

Friday Talking Points [42] -- Get Up, Stand Up, Barack

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I have to assume if you're reading this that you're sick of the Olympics already. Wow, that was fast. Is NBC's coverage going to be twice as bad as ...

Reading The Pictures: McCain's War Cred Goes Belly Up

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2008-07-02-mccainhanoi.jpgUntil Sunday, this well-known October 1967 image of McCain being pulled from a lake near Hanoi was used to convey heroism and elicit admiration and empathy.

Yes We Can Talk About McCain's Service

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

Republicans have been twisting Wes Clark's mundane observation that McCain's experience "getting shot down" in a fighter plane is not a "qualification to be president."

Lack Of Money Hobbling GOP Attack Machine

McClatchy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democrats and the media have used the term so much that it's almost an article of faith. But the so-called "Republican attack machine" waiting with pi...

Vets Fighting To Reclaim "Swift Boat" Name

New York Times | KATE ZERNIKE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Years ago, when William Miller talked about being in the Vietnam War -- if he talked about being in the Vietnam War -- he would tell people he served ...

Obama Must Accept McCain's Town Hall Challenge

Paul Peete | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Paul Peete

The only modern way to combat this powerful, entrenched, well-financed conservative cabal is to create public outrage. After sleeping through the bloodless coup the 2000 elections turned out to be, Americans have tuned into the battle between Hillary and Barack that kept us listening, talking and taking sides. Obama must re-ignite that excitement by engaging McCain in the most democratic of forums.

Friday Talking Points [35] -- Tim Russert Memorial Edition

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Nobody seriously annoyed me this week, but I will launch a pre-emptive finger-wagging, to anyone on the left who can't resist the urge to be disrespectful of Tim Russert's memory right now.

Swift Boat Vets' PR Firm Now Pushing Abstinence-Only Campaign

Think Progress | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

On Sunday, the Washington Post reported that the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA) is launching a $1 million "Parents for Truth" campai...

Obama Files F.E.C. Complaint Against Pro-Clinton "Swiftboat" Group

M.S. Bellows, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
M.S. Bellows, Jr.

In filing the FEC complaint, the Obama camp is sending a message that "Swiftboat"-style groups will not be free to ignore the revised laws governing such groups as the general election heats up.

Pro-Clinton Group Swiftboating Obama In Indiana

Beverly Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Beverly Davis

"This ad violates the FCC standards. It's modeled after the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth ads. It is being supported by the Clinton campaign and the consequences are going to be severe."

Obama: Swiftboating Can't Stop Me

CBS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Barack Obama could withstand any last-minute "swift-boat" attacks from Republicans on his race or past drug use because winning the grueling cont...

Barack Obama: "They Will Try To Swiftboat Me

CNN | Jessica Yellin and Peter Hamby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Barack Obama's starting to talk about his fall campaign as a matter of when, not if - and so are some of his potential general election opponents. Ob...