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Dick Morris goes after Chris Christie with egg on his face

Here’s conservative commentator Dick Morris saying something ridiculous: I’ve got egg on my face. I predicted a Romney landslide and, instead, we ended up with an Obama squeaker. The key reason for my bum prediction is that I mistakenly believed that the 2008 surge in black, Latino, and young voter turnout would recede in 2012…

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)…

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…

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.

This Just In: Democrats to take away your Bible, force you into same-sex marriage (Now Updated – Twice!)

[Now with Second Bonus Update below! -tk] [Note: Updated below – tk] Well, that was quick. Last week it appeared that Republicans had made a tactical decision to shed their stuffy, country club image by reaching out to women, minorities and the poor.  But, like so many other conventioneers from a myriad of industries, it…

Leading Missouri Senate Candidate to Women: If you get pregnant, you weren’t really raped

This really should be a Blinded Trials shoot down, but since the good Doctor is away on a well-deserved holiday with husband and critter, I’ll go ahead and take the uncontested shot from the post. In what has to be the most amazing combination of junk science and assumption that victims of rapes are just…

Romney the prankster, Obama the politician

You knew it would get ugly, and now it has. Romney’s character is being called into question as his past as a youthful prankster and loud-mouthed homophobe is coming to light. Recalling an incident at prep school, Romney’s old friend Matthew Friedemann describes Romney’s distaste for another student, John Lauber, who was presumed to be gay:…

Can Romney Beat Obama?

Guest post by James Hanley Short answer; yes. After all, we don’t know what’s going to happen between now and election day. Longer answer; not likely, with detailed explanation below. For the record, although I am a political scientist, this is not a professional explanation. There is no specialized information here that anyone else here…

Like any truly great politician, the real Mitt Romney doesn’t exist

“Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all of over again.” ~ Romney Communications Director Eric Fehrnstrom on whether his boss’s hard-right turn will alienate general election voters. That’s a lovely image: an…

Is Ron Paul secretly working for the Mitt Romney campaign?

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, and the likeliest explanation is usually the most straightforward and least complex. So when rumors started surfacing last month that Newt Gingrich’s Super PAC sugar daddy Sheldon Adelson was supporting Newt Gingrich in order to hurt Rick Santorum and help Mitt Romney it all sounded…

Forget Citizens United, the real corporate money is Big Media and the revolving door

That’s the basic premise of my latest piece in The Atlantic: In a 5-4 decision in January of 2010, the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional campaign finance regulations which restricted corporations and unions from using funds from their general treasuries in elections, striking down previous court decisions on the matter. This was met with a huge…