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Romney, oblivious, bashes his own endorser

Romney, oblivious, bashes his own endorser

02/21/12 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow shares video of Mitt Romney on stage criticizing Rick Santorum for voting to raise the debt ceiling, while standing next to Senator Rob Portman, Romney endorser who voted to raise the debt ceiling. watch

Ahead on the 2/21 Maddow show

02/21/12 06:34PM

Tonight's guests include:Meghan McCain, columnist for The Daily Beast, author of “Dirty Sexy Politics” and msnbc contributorSen. Bernie Sanders, (I) VermontSteve Kornacki, political news editor for SalonWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to let the ad below play out entirely before starting the song.)Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

Tuesday's Mini-Report

02/21/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Eurozone finance ministers approved the second giant bailout for Greece overnight, but widespread doubts remain as to whether the policy will work.* Losing hearts and minds in Afghanistan: "As thousands of angry Afghans flung rocks at NATO's largest military base in Afghanistan on Tuesday, American officials sought to quell a widening furor over what they said had been the accidental incineration by U.S. read more

Michigan: where the trees are 'the right height'

02/21/12 04:32PM

The clip has been making the rounds -- we aired an excerpt on last night's show -- but for those who still haven't seen it, Josh Marshall argues the video "has been scientifically proven to be the best Mitt video in history."Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economyFor those who can't watch clips online, here's Mitt Romney, speaking in Michigan, trying to explain why he loves the state:"A little history -- I was born and raised here. I love the state. It seems right here. Trees are the right height."I like -- I like seeing the lakes. I love the lakes. read more

How Gingrich defines 'barely'

How Gingrich defines 'barely'

02/21/12 03:20PM

Newt Gingrich took an odd shot at President Obama's national security record this morning, arguing that the administration's foreign policy "has been so effective, they barely got a guy on Saturday who's tried to blow up the U.S. Capitol.""Barely"? It's true that the FBI arrested a 29-year-old Moroccan man who hoped to execute a suicide bombing at the Capitol, but as Adam Serwer explained, Gingrich's description of the developments is at odds with reality.Authorities "barely" foiled the plot only if, by "barely," Gingrich means they controlled the entire thing from beginning to end. read more

Virginia House puts off ultrasound bill again

Virginia House puts off ultrasound bill again

02/21/12 02:17PM

The Virginia House of Delegates again today decided to put off voting on the Senate's version of a bill to require women seeking an abortion to first undergo medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds. They also let the vote "pass by" yesterday, with a more than a thousand demonstrators lined up in a silent protest outside.Democratic Delegate David Englin writes:Quick update on Va. read more

Would Romney raise the debt ceiling?

Would Romney raise the debt ceiling?

02/21/12 01:02PM

Mitt Romney found it relatively easy to take down Newt Gingrich, targeting the disgraced former House Speaker's controversial past. Going after Rick Santorum isn't quite as easy.Here's what Romney's come up with so far.Romney spoke for about 10 minutes with Sen. read more

The Watergate in Washington, D.C.

In need of a new historical touchstone

02/21/12 12:33PM

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), May 2010:An e-mail from Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-Calif.) campaign suggested Wednesday that the controversy over Rep. Joe Sestak's (D-Pa.) alleged administration job offer could be President Barack Obama's Watergate scandal. an e-mail with the subject line "The Sestak Affair - Obama's Watergate?"The Weekly Standard, September 2011:Will the 'Fast and Furious' Scandal Be Obama's Watergate?Rep. read more

Tuesday's campaign round-up

02/21/12 12:00PM

Today's installment of campaign-related news items that won't necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:* Maybe it was just a figure of speech, but casino magnate Sheldon Adelson said yesterday he might give Newt Gingrich as much as $100 million.* With a week to go before Michigan's Republican presidential primary, the campaigns for both Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are trying to lower expectations.* On a related note, at least one new poll shows Romney inching ahead of Santorum in the Wolverine State, 32% to 30%.* Michigan isn't the only race tha read more

Rove repeats a tired lie

Rove repeats a tired lie

02/21/12 11:30AM

Karl Rove must be feeling a little antsy about 2012 -- he's not only repeating falsehoods on national television, he's telling old lies that were debunked years ago.Here was Rove on Fox News last night, telling Sean Hannity about President Obama giving a loan to Brazil."The president gave a loan to Brazil. Brazil which is eating our lunch economically internationally, why do they need our money? They have plenty of their own. read more

Targeting the existence of public schools

02/21/12 10:46AM

About a year ago, when Rick Santorum's presidential campaign was still in its infancy, he included an interesting target in a list of societal enemies: public education."Just call them what they are," Santorum said. "Public schools? That's a nice way of putting it. These are government-run schools."The former senator has apparently begun targeting public schools all over again.For the first 150 years, most presidents home-schooled their children at the White House, he said. "Where did they come up that public education and bigger education bureaucracies was the rule in America? read more

'You can't spend more than you take in'

'You can't spend more than you take in'

02/21/12 10:15AM

Rep. Connie Mack IV, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Florida, recently shared his thoughts on fiscal conservatism at the Conservative Political Action Conference: "You can't spend more than you take in."Given his personal circumstances, it's an odd maxim for Mack to base his campaign on.Congressman Connie Mack has made penny-pinching debt-reduction central to his U.S. read more

Santorum points to his elusive thinking cap.

The 'anti-science' side of the political divide

02/21/12 09:20AM

Rick Santorum made the transition yesterday from theology, pre-natal care, and WWII, to rhetoric that's arguably even more ridiculous: accusing his opponents of being "anti-science."Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum charged on Monday that President Barack Obama and Democrats were "anti-science" because they refused to exploit the Earth's natural resources to the limits of technology. "It's so funny that this party that criticizes the right for being anti-science, but when it comes to the management of the Earth, they are the anti-science ones!" the candidate declared. read more

Merit badges, cookies, and 'the destruction of traditional American family values'

Merit badges, cookies, and 'the destruction of traditional American family values'

02/21/12 08:30AM

Remember a couple of weeks ago when we talked about the right's increasing animosity towards the Girl Scouts? As this story out of Indiana helps demonstrate, it's apparently getting worse.A Fort Wayne lawmaker has refused to sign on to a resolution celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, calling the group a "radicalized organization" that supports abortion and promotes the homosexual lifestyle.Rep. read more