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05 Sep 2011 23:02


Politics: Michele Bachmann’s top advisers step down, take smaller roles

  • Legitimately, it’s a Romney-Perry race.
  • Ed Rollins, the now-former campaign manager for Michele Bachmann • Discussing why he and deputy manager David Polyansky both stepped down from their positions this week. When asked if they left because of strategic differences, he said that there is “no strategic differences in the sense of what we should be doing or saying — it’s just a question of how you use your time, how you use your resources.” source

05 Sep 2011 22:27


U.S.: Texas, California wildfires threaten, destroy homes

  • 476 homes burned in Texas east of Austin since Sunday; Gov Rick Perry canceled an appearance at a forum in South Carolina in response
  • 800+ homes threatened by fire in California; officials are unsure how long it will take to contain the fires, caused by a plane crash on Sunday source

05 Jul 2011 16:16


Politics: Mike Huckabee gains indirect stake in Pawlenty campaign

  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders joins Pawlenty campaign: And yes, she’s related to that Huckabee — the father and daughter teamed up in 2008 when she was the political director for his presidential campaign. With her dad ultimately opting not to run in 2012 following a boatload of speculation, it seems like she thinks Tim Pawlenty is still a force to be reckoned with in the GOP primaries, despite disappointing early reviews. The Pawlenty campaign has said she’ll be leading their efforts in the Iowa Straw Poll, which Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman have already opted not to bother with — it looks clear that Pawlenty’s strategy hinges much more on appealing to social conservatism than either of those two. source

21 Jun 2011 15:27


Politics: Morale going from bad to worse at Gingrich campaign

  • 2 top fundraising staffers quit Newt’s flailing presidential campaign source
  • » The good ship Newt continues to sink: It was just twelve days ago that the Gingrich campaign suffered a high-level exodus of staffers. Now comes the news that two more have jumped ship — fundraising director Jody Thomas, and fundraising consultant Mary Heltman. If there’s one thing a presidential campaign needs, it’s having its money in order — departing staffers, however, accused Gingrich of having less interest in political spending than on chartering luxury jets. We’re at the point of considering this campaign little more than an exercise in raising Newt’s profile — he just doesn’t seem serious about it.

16 Jun 2011 17:15


Politics: Mitt Romney, unemployed American everyman

  • I should tell my story. I’m also unemployed.
  • Presidential candidate Mitt Romney • Cracking the sort of joke that only really goes over well with a crowd that likes you. A memo to all multi-millionaires out there: I hope this doesn’t sound like “class warfare,” but don’t make jokes about having hardships that you demonstrably don’t have. Does having tons of cash mean you can’t have problems in your life? Not at all. Would unemployment be one of them? Not really. source

06 Jun 2011 16:04


U.S.: Rick Santorum makes it official for 2012

  • Pick Rick? Former Republican senator Rick Santorum has officially announced his candidacy for President in 2012. We’ll admit, we were surprised when we long ago heard he might run, as we figured any candidate whose name can’t be safely Googled would be advised by strategists to sit it out. For perspective on his political stripes, here Santorum brings up gay marriage as an example of Obama devaluing our “moral currency.” The fact that he uses this rhetoric in his announcement speech is telling — that’s what he wants to be talking about, not currency standards. And in a country that seems to care less and less about who wants to fall in love and get married, this could very well be the last stand for one of America’s most strident political culture warriors. source

17 May 2011 16:41


Politics: Gingrich flops cause potent conservative backlash

  • He’s done. He didn’t have a big chance from the beginning, but now it’s over. … Reagan had the 11th commandment. Thou shalt not attack fellow Republicans. This [calling the Ryan budget “social engineering”] is a capital offense against the 11th commandment. He won’t recover.
  • Charles Krauthammer • Speaking on Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign. It’s been a rough few days for Newt, whose fluctuations from one policy position to the next (some of which we highlighted yesterday) have led many conservatives to begin heaping the dirt on his fledgling candidacy. Krauthammer is a venerated voice in the sphere of conservative opinion, and this one hurts. In addition, it calls attention to one of the chief differences between the two major parties. The idea of a Democratic “11th commandment” is utterly non-existent, as Democratic jockeying and infighting has become a staple of Beltway politics, especially in recent years (this is always our favorite example). Maybe Newt could switch parties? “I never said I was a Republican” would be rather in line with his contradictions of late. source

01 Feb 2011 13:17


Politics: Barbara Bush (Dubya’s daughter) joins campaign for gay marriage

  • It seems like only yesterday: It was 2004, and George W. Bush proposed a constitutional gay marriage ban in all fifty states as a reelection issue, under the supervision of his campaign manager Ken Mehlman. Now Mehlman is openly gay, Bush has said he has no interest in politics, and his daughter is cutting commercials for New Yorkers for Marriage Equality. Maybe things do have a way of working out in the end? source

07 Oct 2010 18:51


Music: Well, duh: Anti-Weezer campaign creator getting death threats

  • I’ve actually received death threats over this, believe it or not. Some people have told me they wish I would get AIDS. This whole campaign, I fully admit that it’s silly.
  • Weezer hater James Burns • Regarding the unpopularity of his campaign to have Weezer break up. Beyond the fact that he’s only managed to raise a pretty impressive $1,200 of his $10 million goal. Which is kinda lame, right? As for the band itself, drummer Pat Wilson is taking it all in stride: “If they can make it 20, we’ll do the ‘deluxe breakup’!” Burns might even become a fan after a comment like that. OK, not really. source

31 Aug 2010 09:03


Politics: “Republican candidate” looking pretty darn good this year

  • Gallup’s latest poll of generic candidates favors the GOP big time. While there’s a difference between John McCain and Sharron Angle, the fact of the matter is that the most recent result is the most extreme showing in the 69-year history of this particular poll. And the lead has doubled in recent weeks, too. Which leads one to think Democrats are going to be screwed in November.
  • 10% the lead over “Democratic candidate” in the latest poll
  • 7% the lead in the same generic poll as of two weeks ago
  • 5% the lead in the same generic poll as of one month ago source