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October 4, 2012
Romney did something last night that I didn’t expect him to do, and obviously Obama didn’t expect him to do. He suddenly became the moderate Massachusetts governor again.
Michael Tomasky, chalking Romney’s success last night up to the adoption (or re-adoption) of a moderate political ideology. In returning to his circa-2002 policy positions, Romney “disavowed or contradicted virtually everything he’s been saying for the past 18 months,” Tomasky says, citing Romney’s stated positions on preexisting conditions, taxes, Medicaid and school funding. source
22:04 // 2 years ago
October 3, 2012

Six takes on tonight’s debate worth reading

  • Hot Air "I said in the open thread that the media would strain to spin this as an Obama victory, but I assumed that he’d give them something, however small, to work with. He gave them nothing."
  • Sully "Look: you know how much I love the guy, and you know how much of a high information viewer I am, and I can see the logic of some of Obama’s meandering, weak, professorial arguments. But this was a disaster for the president for the key people he needs to reach, and his effete, wonkish lectures may have jolted a lot of independents into giving Romney a second look."
  • The Fix "If the main goal for Romney in this debate was to show he could stand on stage with the president and handle a wide-ranging discussion on economic policy, he did so with flying colors."
  • Schultz “I was disappointed in the president tonight. The president had an opportunity tonight – he created a problem for himself on Social Security tonight: he agrees with Mitt Romney.” 
  • Hayes "President made an interesting (to my mind weird) choice to accentuate areas of agreement w/ Mitt Romney as much as disagreement."
  • Weigel “[Obama] just repeated the Bush 2004 strategy — stick glumly to talking points until the other guy shuts up. Romney’s managed to blend the Kerry 2004 strategy with the Reagan Classic — just insisting that the president is constantly lying, and that nothing he says about the record is true.”

And now, you: What did you think of tonight’s debate?

23:15 // 2 years ago
September 28, 2012

Super PACS pay a whole lot more for ad time than candidates’ campaigns

$125 the price President Obama’s campaign paid for a slot of ad time in Ohio

$900 the price a conservative super PAC paid for the same amount of ad time in the same state source

A rarely-discussed fact about super PACS: Under federal law, they’re charged a substantially higher rate for ad time than candidates’ campaigns. One implication of this is that candidates who are supported primarily by super PACS get a lot less bang for their buck than candidates who pay for ads with their own campaigns. This excellent chart, courtesy of Paul Blumenthal at Huffington Post, says it all:

Keep in mind that Florida is a must-win state for Mitt Romney, yet for all of his supposed financial advantages, he’s buying less ad time there than Obama (h/t Jon Chait).

18:27 // 2 years ago
September 27, 2012
Team Romney probably isn’t too happy about this picture.

Team Romney probably isn’t too happy about this picture.

20:05 // 2 years ago

Samuel L. Jackson and the Author of “Go The F—K To Sleep” Present …

Extremely NSFW:  There’s not really much to say about this video, other than that we definitely recommend wearing headphones if you plan to watch this in the workplace. This might be the most entertaining political advertisement ever released.

15:04 // 2 years ago
September 26, 2012
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September 23, 2012

Report: Hispanics disproportionately affected by voter ID law changes

  • 10M the number of Hispanic U.S. citizens the civil rights group Advancement Project believes have been disenfranchised due to new laws which could prevent Latinos from registering and voting. The laws include strong restrictions for photo identification for voters, as well as laws that require proof of U.S. citizenship. source
23:31 // 2 years ago
September 22, 2012
See, when they skipped town, Members of Congress left a whole bunch of proposals sitting on the table – actions that would create jobs, boost our economy, and strengthen middle-class security. These ideas have been around for months. The American people want to see them passed. But apparently, some Members of Congress are more worried about their jobs and their paychecks this campaign season than they are about yours.
Obama calls out Congress for leaving early in his weekly radio address.
9:10 // 2 years ago
September 17, 2012


Mitt Romney should be seriously worried about Ohio. Recent polls, and interviews conducted with about two dozen Ohioans in recent days, show that he’s dangerously underperforming in the must-win state.

There’s a growing concern in Republican ranks, and even within Romney’s campaign itself that the GOP nominee is dangerously underperforming in Ohio — and that was before yesterday’s Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll showed Obama jumping to a 7-point lead in the state. The Buckeye State’s 18 electoral college votes are critical to Romney’s White House hopes. No Republican has ever won the White House without Ohio, and even if Romney sweeps seven swing states carried by Obama in 2008, including Florida, Virginia, Iowa and North Carolina, he still can’t win if he loses here.

So goes Ohio, goes the nation.

(via huffingtonpost)

10:47 // 2 years ago