Tea Partiers want to cut the favorite target of conservatives -- "entitlements." The only problem with that is that most folks don't call these programs "entitlements," most folks call them "my Social Security check."
As the show points out, it didn't matter what Jackson believed so long as he pitted himself against those more educated and serious politicians who actually believed the federal government could do some good.
The GOP nominee has hijacked the entire election. Nobody has any idea who's running against Kirsten Gillibrand, or that Chuck Schumer is up for re-election. Carl Paladino may be the only Democratic election strategy that works this November.
Taken together, Rahm has a good opportunity to attain the job he's always wanted, but like the Bears' chances of remaining a serious Super Bowl contender, it is no lock. In fact, he's probably the underdog.