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Run, Mitt, Run!

Mitt Romney is considering running again in 2016. Herewith a little history lesson. Three men have lost their first election as their party’s presidential nominee, then gone on to get their party’s nomination again:*# Democrats William Jennings Bryan (1896, 1900, and 1908), and Adlai Stevenson II (1952, 1956), and Republican Thomas Dewey (1944, 1948). Each…

Sailing Away to Irrelevance, Part II

“But there is another kind of light; a light that fills even the darkest places.  For if this meat-light did not exist, how could darkness be seen? And so it is with the truth. There are some things which appear to be the truth, but which are not the real truth.  The real truth must…

What If It’s the OTHER Reality?

Though I’ve made my view of the electoral situation pretty clear, I’m well aware that Tuesday’s election will be damned close. I’m well aware that as encouraging as Nate Silver’s model/conclusions are, he still predicts that Romney would win one or two out of every ten elections (were we able to run the trial multiple times).…

Nate Silver Himself Is the Entity to Be Analyzed

I love Nate Silver. I love his steady analysis of staggering reams of data. I love his measured treatment of complicated electoral possibilities. I love that he talks in terms of probabilities instead of certainties. I love his (apparent) bewilderment at the rhetorical windstorm currently swirling around his work. Nonetheless, I still feel bad for…

Why has Conservatism inexplicably become our generation’s Hollywood Squares?

“On Monday morning, Romney’s local team in Dayton was eagerly preparing to host the candidate the following day. A high school gym had been reserved, a stage had been rented, and a pair of celebrity guests — country singer Randy Owen and NASCAR driver Richard Petty — had been booked.” “Cameras flashed nonstop when Lindsay…

The best political ad of the season is a celebrity-endorement satire from Joss Whedon

Political ads are like soft drink ads. They don’t have anything to do with facts or the inherent quality of a product,[1] they’re really just designed to make you feel an emotion that probably isn’t deserved about a can of water that’s had some sugar dumped into it. Which is why I find myself loving Buffyverse-creator and…

President Obama Reintroduces Himself

The night of October 16 was a good one for President Obama. After more than a month of sounding, looking, and acting like a tired man who resents being made to undergo the electioneering process, the Obama seen during the second presidential debate actually performed. He didn’t approach the debate like something it wasn’t (a genuine…

A Theoretical Case for a Romney Presidency From a Foreign Policy PoV.

Over at Blinded Trials the esteemed Dr. Saunders has a post up about how W. Mitt Romney, much like John McCain before him, has managed to alienate potential voters with his mendacity and pandering to the Republican base. In response to said post Jaybird says: There is a part of me that is vaguely troubled by the…

Governor Romney’s Mediscam

Daniel Hatcher, a professor of law at the University of Baltimore, recently authored an op-ed for the Boston Globe on how Romney, as governor, was a deft practitioner of what’s been called “Mediscam.” The practice, which Hatcher credits to another New England Republican, Judd Gregg, is basically a case of lying through numbers: because a state’s…

Health Care Is Not About Numbers

Romney made news today, at least in the left-of-center blogosphere, with the claim that, “[N]o one in this country dies because they don’t have health insurance” (an assertion I’d argue the former Governor of Massachusetts, a smart and informed man and the father of Romneycare, likely knows to be false). But I don’t think it…

The Campaign Is a Performance

I maintain that Barack Obama was terrible during last week’s debate and that many liberals — goaded on by a political media desperate for a new storyline and thrilled with the prospect that November’s election will indeed be too-close-to-call-cash-cow — are overreacting. There’s reason to believe the drop in unemployment announced on Friday was enough to…

What Happened to Barack Obama?

Perhaps the most commonly asked question in the wake of last night’s debate is, What the hell was wrong with Barack Obama? Some ideas are more plausible than others. My sense is that, to a significant degree, Romney capitalized on an almost structural flaw of Barack-Obama-as-candidate: his unwillingness (and I’d guess at this point inability)…

A few quick thoughts on last night’s debate

First, the obvious: the unquestionable winner of the night was Romney.  If by chance you didn’t watch the debate and you’re wondering, did Romney win or did the President lose, the answer is “yes.” My other thoughts: The moderator:  I’ve read quite a bit of criticism of the moderating this morning, and it was a…

The Romney Rebound

The first thing that should be said before any estimation of tonight’s debate is that, historically, presidential debates are not the “game-changers” all of the hype would lead one to believe. That doesn’t mean they don’t matter — they do, as John Kerry can attest. But while the first debate often provides the challenger a…

While David Brooks Is Not Mitt Romney, He Very Much Remains David Brooks

Have you seen today’s David Brooks op-ed yet? It’s a little weird; but, then again, he’s been a little weird ever since the campaign began in earnest (and, not incidentally, Romney began losing). In this one, Brooks pretends to be Mitt Romney giving his opening statement during tomorrow’s debate. As a piece of writing, the…

On why tomorrow night’s debate won’t affect the election

Over the next 72 hours, much of the news media and political blogosphere is going to be devoted to tomorrow night’s Big Debate, as Romney and Obama finally go mano y mano.  The coverage will be nothing if not predictable. Today, each side’s ground forces will be rubbing elbows with members of the press, attempting…

The Problem With Mitt Romney Is Mitt Romney…And His Message

So, it’s not as funny as the Hunger Games Bad Lip Reading, but it’s exactly the sort of thing I need this election season. Fight nonsense with nonsense. The singing part gets me every time…. In all seriousness, I am looking forward to the debates. They should be good indicators of which way the election is going.…

A Heretic’s Pilgrimage: My Journey to the 2012 Values Voter Summit

“Who would you rather kiss, Paul Ryan or Justin Bieber?” I turn to see a group of very young women standing directly behind me, each giddy with excitement.  It is 6:30 on a Friday morning in Washington, DC, and we are standing in line inside the Omni Shoreham Hotel, waiting to be admitted to the…

Mugged By Their Own Narrative

As Team Romney continues the process of self-immolation, various journalists have discerned a pattern in conservative reactions to his collapse. Echoing Richard Cohen’s column from several days ago, Fareed Zakaria notices that Romney is deeply constrained by the Republican Party’s pursuit of purity: So Romney could present a serious economic plan with numbers that make…

Sarah Silverman explains voter ID laws and Jon Stewart explains Fox News

She says it better than I could. Though hers is a NSFW version. “No photo. No voto.” Then again, at this point Romney is doing a wonderful job losing this election all on his own with just a tiny bit of help from Paul Ryan.

So, is it possible Republicans are trying to lose?

Hands down, the best election blog post on the entire internet this year is Mark Thompson’s What Not Getting It Looks Like.  (And no, this is not just my opinion – it’s a fact. Really. It’s been proven scientifically, in actual laboratories by scientists in white coats, working with bunsen burners and test tubes and…

The “47%” isn’t the bit that should bother you

I’ve been sequestering myself away from the front page since Friday as I’ve been working on projects, but decided to quickly jump in and weigh in on what is now, I assume, The Big Topic on the Internet: the “secret” recordings of Mitt Romney.  Like just about everybody else not on the Mother Jones payroll,…