Presidential Race 2012

Just Another Casual Conversation About Voter Fraud

By on 10.26.12 | 9:26AM

When Rep. Jim Moran's, D-Va., son and field director Pat was caught on video discussing the ways a campaign volunteer might commit voter fraud, the coverage focused on his relationship to his father. It makes some sense, given that he is working for his father's campaign, but the conversation about voter fraud had nothing to do with Moran's re-election. It was about turning out the vote for President Obama, outside a party office in Northern Virginia.

Here is the list of questions I arrived at as soon as I heard the audio of the video:

1.) Why is the son of a congressman aware of these kinds of dirty tricks?

2.) Why is the son of a congressman talkingabout these kinds of dirty tricks?

3.) Why is the son of a congressmen talking about these kinds of dirty tricks when his father isn't in any danger of losing reelection?

4.) Why is the son of a congressman talking about these kinds of dirty tricks with a total stranger that is working in his campaign office in Northern Virginia?

Biden’s goal was the wrong one

By on 10.11.12 | 11:25PM

The expectations were set incredibly low for Joe Biden. As Ryan would put it to him during the debate, "Sometimes words don't come out of your mouth the right way," eliciting laughter from the gallery. As a man who wouldn't be taken seriously entering this debate, he couldn't possibly be more buffoonish. So why not go ballistic and interrupt Ryan at every turn?

The move paid off. The only times Ryan got to enjoy uninterrupted time to make his pitch to the American people were during his opening and closing statements. Every other moment was shared with Biden or the moderator, Martha Radditz.

Ryan's strength comes from his knowledge of the math and the numbers. He needed to establish with the American people that he was a competent, thoughtful aspiring vice presidential candidate who could work across the aisle. Just a month ago, he was being protrayed as a right-wing radical with ideas too crazy for independents. That's why his pitch was so focused on how he would focus on working with Democrats to reach a solution on the budget or on foreign policy, contrasting that to the experience of Obama's first term. 

Who Said It? Jimmy Carter’s Birthday Edition

By on 10.1.12 | 4:19PM

It's the 39th president's birthday, and what better way to celebrate Boy Wonder than to play a game!

The following quotes are from either Barack Obama or Jimmy Carter. Guess which one said it! Get one right, add a point. Get one wrong, lose a point. Record your score below in the comments.

Geithner Says Obama Policies ‘Incredibly Effective,’ Calls Romney Claims ‘Ridiculous’

By on 4.15.12 | 11:15AM

President Obama’s economic policies “were incredibly effective,” Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Sunday, crediting the president with having prevented a depression.

While admitting it is “still a very tough economy out there,” Geithner said the administration is “making a lot of progress” and said “the broad indicators are pretty encouraging.”

Interviewed on ABC’s This Week, Geithner was asked by host George Stephanopoulos about the gloomy forecasts from economists such as New York University professor Nouriel Roubini, who called the current recovery “anemic, subpar, below trend, below potential.”

Geithner suggested Obama could not be blamed for that, saying “if he'd had more support from his opponents in Congress, then we could have got more things passed that would have put more people back to work more quickly.”

Hilary Rosen: ‘I Have Said Enough ‘

By on 4.13.12 | 10:18PM

After igniting a three-day firestorm Wednesday by asserting on CNN that Ann Romney has "never worked a day in her life," Democratic National Committee adviser Hilary Rosen has backed out of a scheduled Sunday appearance on NBC's Meet the Press.

"I have said enough and ... I don’t have anything more to say," Rosen wrote in a note posted to the Meet the Press Web page. "I apologized to Mrs. Romney and work-in-home moms for mistakenly giving the impression that I do not think their work is valuable. Of course it is. I will instead spend the weekend trying to explain to my kids the value of admitting a mistake and moving on."

Rosen's "apology" to Mitt Romney's wife was nothing of the sort: "Spare me the faux anger from the right who view the issue of women’s rights and advancement as a way to score political points." Does that sound apologetic to you?

Et Tu, Jim Antle?

By on 3.26.12 | 2:10PM

Good Lord, a raging epidemic of Romneyitis has broken out here, eh?

Look, Jim: i did not make a "complaint" about Mitt's money advantage, I merely pointed out that Romney is winning by methods which, when viewed in perspective, make his campaign's claims to overwhelming superiority look much less impressive than they appear at first glance. He wins Michigan, his home state, by 3 points and wins Ohio by 1 point and, on the basis of such narrow victories purchased at such a high price, Mitt's a world-beater? Give me a freaking break.

Et Tu, Ross Kaminsky?

By on 3.26.12 | 11:37AM

Really? I mean, really, Ross? You call this an argument for Mitt Romney's electability?

Several things are missing from your argument, but let's focus one just one: Money.

During the month of January, Romney's campaign spent $18.8 million, compared to $5.9 million for Newt Gingrich and $3.3 million for Rick Santorum. Thus, Romney outspent Gingrich by a factor of roughly 3.2-to-1 and Romney outspent Santorum by a factor of roughly 5.7-to-1.

The Price of Imperalism: Mitt Romney, American Samoa and McKinley’s Ghost

By on 3.14.12 | 4:10PM

John Tabin's note about Mitt Romney's win in American Samoa -- Mormons in Samoa? Who knew? -- is proof that Ron Paul is right: The United States has paid a terrible price for its overseas expansionism, going back to the McKinley administration.

Ever since Guam went unanimously for Romney, I've begun to regret the U.S. victory in the Spanish-American War, just as Mitt's win in Florida made me realize we should have left Florida to the Seminoles, the Spanish and the alligators. But while it may be too late to sell Florida back to Spain -- with their debt problems, the Spanish couldn't afford it -- there's still a chance we could rid ourselves of those pesky Pacific Island territories that keep voting for the wrong candidate.

Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Marianas Islands -- sell them all to China!

We could arrange a swap, letting Beijing have those isolated atolls and archipelagos in exchange for a reduction in whatever share of our national debt is held by the Chinese.

Co-Chairman of Gingrich Tennessee Campaign Switches Support to Santorum

By on 3.3.12 | 2:15PM

Rick Santorum is leading the polls in Tennessee, which holds its primary Tuesday. Newt Gingrich is running a distance third there, and his state campaign co-chairman saw the writing on the wall:

State Sen. Stacey Campfield, co-chairman of Newt Gingrich's campaign in Tennessee, announced today he is quitting that position to support Rick Santorum in the Republican presidential race.
The Knoxville Republican made his announcement in a post on his blog. In an interview, Campfield said he believes that conservatives need to unite behind a single candidate and that Santorum is best positioned to defeat "establishment Republican" candidate Mitt Romney.

Romney Campaign Arizona Co-Chair Resigns in Gay Sex Scandal

By on 2.18.12 | 8:34PM

A bizarre scandal has struck Mitt Romney's campaign in Arizona, just four days before a crucial Republican presidential debate. According to the Phoenix New Times, an illegal Mexican immigrant claims that he was threatened with deportation if he refused to be silent about a homosexual affair with the sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona.

Sheriff Paul Babeu, who had been co-chairman of Romney's Arizona campaign, resigned from that position Saturday and admitted he is homosexual, but denied that he or his lawyer had threatened to deport the Mexican man with whom he had been sexually involved. David Catanese of Politico reports:

"All of the allegations are false except one, I am gay," Babeu said.