Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Image Makeover That Could Help Perry Win Texas AND New York

[h/t @socratic]  

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False Equivalency, August 16, 2011

Sometimes the media engages in false equivalency by citing two very different actions or events, one by a Democrat and one by a Republican, and saying or implying they’re equivalent. But sometimes it takes the form of inventing or shoehorning … Continue reading

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No Payoff for Pawlenty, Minnesota Pays the Price

It was never realistic to think that Tim Pawlenty, who dropped out of the race this morning, had a chance to win the Republican nomination. It wasn’t because he was insufficiently ideological for the frothing-at-the-mouth radicals who increasingly dominate Republican … Continue reading

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Why Perry May Not Be Able to Win

Barring a catastrophe, Rick Perry can’t beat Barack Obama. Kevin Drum may be correct that Perry can’t win the nomination, but I agree with Adam Serwer that Drum’s reasons Perry can’t win the nomination are mostly reasons that he could.  Drum’s reasons … Continue reading

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Texas Fatigue

I was never quite sold on the notion, pushed in 1999 and 2000 by DC stenographers parroting what they were told by the (very skilled) Bush press operation, that America had “Clinton fatigue.” When Bill Clinton left office he was … Continue reading

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Blackwater Vs Republican Intelligence Committee Chair

Aaron Blake just caught this and he was right to react by saying “wow”: Three high-profile Michigan Republicans are supporting Clark Durant to run for U.S. Senate against Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow in 2012. Former Michigan Republican chairman Saul Anuzis posted on … Continue reading

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Perry’s Pathetic Performances

What does Rick Perry have in common with Butch Otter (R-ID) Tom Emmer (R-MN), Jim Keet (R-AR), Mary Fallin (R-OK), Robert Bentley (R-AL), Nikki Haley (R-SC), Dan Maes (R-CO), Carl Paladino (R-NY), Sean Parnell (R-AK), Paul LaPage (R-ME), John Robitaille … Continue reading

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If Someone Loses Their Job and TV Cameras Aren’t There to Film It, Does It Make a Noise?

For decades, receiving unemployment benefits required the applicant to go to an office of their state unemployment office to fill out paperwork, and sometimes it required them to return each week to request a payment. This process has shifted online, … Continue reading

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The Left Loved FDR Throughout His Presidency (Except When It Didn’t)

The New York Times, February 2, 1935: The article was written just after the midterms of Franklin Roosevelt’s first term. His first two years had been a whirlwind of activity, but much of it was of dubious effectiveness in stimulating the … Continue reading

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If You Move The Fences Enough, Even the Best Hitter Won’t Be Able to Hit a Home Run

There’s been a good discussion going on across several blogs and twitter over the last few days about the accomplishments of both Barack Obama and George W. Bush, and the comparative difficulties of each. In baseball, there’s a measure of … Continue reading

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