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June 2, 2011
We have now polled on Palin’s favorability in 31 states. Voters in all 31 of those states have a negative opinion of her.
Public Policy Polling’s Tom Jensen • Palin’s support has always been miles deep but inches wide; even so, the results of PPP’s polling really paint a dire picture of her electoral prospects. Alaskans disapprove of her by a twenty five-point margin; not a huge surprise, as constituents generally don’t like when their governors quit mid-term for no good reason. But in McCain states, she faces a sixteen point deficit, and West Virginia, which “likes” her the most, still dislikes her by six percent. If she runs, it’ll be a really steep climb. source (viafollow)
2:30 // 2 years ago
May 23, 2011
I’m not a Washington figure, despite the years I’ve been here.
Newt Gingrich • Grasping desperately at the “outsider” mantle. Similarly, we’re not bloggers, despite the fact that we blog. source (viafollow)
22:54 // 2 years ago
May 19, 2011
motherjones:

Yesterday Newt Gingrich bard spokesman Rick Tyler composed a stirring epic poem about the ex-Speaker’s disastrous first week as a presidential candidate. It included the sentence “a lesser person could not have survived the first few minutes of the onslaught.”
Today, Internet hero Jon White has reproduced Tyler’s ode in comic strip form. America still does big things after all.

We really wish more things like this existed, and highly encourage White to continue representing campaign statements in graphic novel form (hopefully Gingrich stays in long enough for his press shop to crank out a few more gems).

motherjones:

Yesterday Newt Gingrich bard spokesman Rick Tyler composed a stirring epic poem about the ex-Speaker’s disastrous first week as a presidential candidate. It included the sentence “a lesser person could not have survived the first few minutes of the onslaught.”

Today, Internet hero Jon White has reproduced Tyler’s ode in comic strip form. America still does big things after all.

We really wish more things like this existed, and highly encourage White to continue representing campaign statements in graphic novel form (hopefully Gingrich stays in long enough for his press shop to crank out a few more gems).

12:57 // 2 years ago
May 18, 2011
Maybe I oughta back [Mitch Daniels], because it would be an opportunity to show that people who don’t have charisma could be elected president.
Republican Senator Charles Grassley • About…well, Mitch Daniels. Aren’t these guys supposed to be on the same team? He went on to compliment Daniels’ performance as George W. Bush’s budget director (because if there’s anything Bush did well, it was handle the federal budget). source (viafollow)
22:53 // 2 years ago
Dark horse alert: Rick Perry may run for president
Late registration: The reporting is a bit muddled and inconclusive, but it looks like Texas Governor Rick Perry may be testing the waters for a presidential run. Jumping into the race this late in the game would require a lot of catch up, and Perry’s past flirtations with secession could pose a problem for him as a presidential candidate. Nevertheless, if he did enter the race, he would have a very solid chance of getting the nomination—and, in our opinion, a reasonable shot at defeating Obama in 2012. source
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Late registration: The reporting is a bit muddled and inconclusive, but it looks like Texas Governor Rick Perry may be testing the waters for a presidential run. Jumping into the race this late in the game would require a lot of catch up, and Perry’s past flirtations with secession could pose a problem for him as a presidential candidate. Nevertheless, if he did enter the race, he would have a very solid chance of getting the nomination—and, in our opinion, a reasonable shot at defeating Obama in 2012. source

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21:34 // 2 years ago
Everything about Newt Gingrich—the operatic temperament, the multiple divorces, the six-figure credit line at Tiffany’s, the ego, the solipsism, the sheer haplessness and capacity for self-delusion—it all summons up the ‘Real House Wives of Beverly Hills.’
TNR’s Johnathan Cohn • It may sound like a pithy, superficial comparison, but Cohn backs up his argument effectively: “They’re all aging, camera-hungry divas who used to be something that they can’t seem to let go of…they remain the stars of their own universe, blind to the indifference of the world around them…They’re always causing scenes, having fights, and then apologizing to their “frenemies” but not really meaning it.” Sounds spot-on to us. We’d add one more: Like Gingrich, the Housewives are highly entertaining to watch, but ultimately irrelevant in the 2012 presidential election.   source (viafollow)
16:32 // 2 years ago
May 13, 2011
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May 11, 2011
While Mr. Trump’s chances of winning the Republican nomination may not be exactly zero, they’re pretty close.
Nate Silver • Assessing various GOP candidates chances at getting the nomination. Silver contends that the current field of Republicans is “the most wide-open in the modern era on the GOP side,” with the favorite (Mitt Romney) unable to crack 30% odds. source (viafollow)
20:16 // 2 years ago

"Mitch The Knife" lives up to name, cuts health services for poor sick people

  • NO Planned Parenthood access for poor Hoosiers source

» Last June, he called for a “truce" on social issues. Now, with a presidential run looking ever-so-tempting, Mitch Daniels has no problem cutting reproductive services for 9,300 Medicaid recipients in Indiana, of which he is regrettably the governor. Today, a court rejected Planned Parenthood’s efforts to postpone enforcement of the bill. For low-income Indianans who feared they might have life-threatening illnesses, Planned Parenthood was one of their only resources. Now, thanks to Daniels’ quixotic presidential ambitions, they’re out of luck. (Note: A separate request for an injunction, filed by the ACLU, has not yet been ruled on)

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19:37 // 2 years ago
May 9, 2011
23:41 // 2 years ago