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Ahead on the 4/2 Maddow show

04/02/12 06:40PM

Happy Monday! Here's the guest list for tonight:Jay Bookman, columnist for the Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionMichael Beschloss, NBC News presidential historianWhile watching tonight's video preview, here's tonight's soundtrack for your listening enjoyment. (Just be sure to allow the ad below to play out entirely before starting the song)Here's senior show producer Cory Gnazzo with a look at what's to come:  read more

Heard in Wisconsin: 'We can't replace me'

04/02/12 05:45PM

While it's big news that Republican Scott Walker is staring at recall as governor of Wisconsin, let's not overlook the fact that his right hand, Rebecca Kleefisch, appears to be the first lieutenant governor anywhere to ever face recall. Surprise! She's not happy about it.  Just last week Lt. Gov.  Kleefisch said former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk was "setting women back 50 years" for running against Gov. Walker in the recall election. And that Ms. Falk was using public employee unions as a "sugar daddy" to support her campaign. read more

Monday's Mini-Report

04/02/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* For the first time since last week's Supreme Court arguments, President Obama addressed the legal state of the Affordable Care Act today. read more

Rove draws parallel between NAACP, Crossroads

04/02/12 04:35PM

Poor Karl Rove is feeling picked on again. All he wants to do is receive millions in secret donations to lie about Democrats, without feeling aggravation about pesky concepts like "transparency" and "disclosure." Is that so wrong?Ryan J. Reilly reports today that Rove's comically-dishonest American Crossroads is facing pressure from state treasurers, which want to make "hedge funds that manage state pension funds disclose donations" to super PACs, including, presumably, Rove's.This predictably makes Rove feel like a persecuted victim ... read more

Pics: Great Virginia license plate challenge

04/02/12 01:26PM

As we were saying last week, the Commonwealth of Virginia offers a special license plate that benefits the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood. We discovered this when Karen Bohn of Spotsylvania wrote it to say that she'd just ordered the plate for herself. It comes with the message "Trust Women. Respect Choice."After that, you can personalize the plate, so long as you stay within a few rules about not discussing intimate body parts, not being profane, vulgar or sexually explicit, and not being socially offensive. read more

Romney presented his new stump speech in Wisconsin.

'Ownership Society' becomes 'Opportunity Society'

04/02/12 12:47PM

When George W. Bush and his team were gearing up for the 2004 election, they came up with a theme to help summarize the administration's governing philosophy. It was called the "Ownership Society."The message never really resonated with the public, but the Republican team was pretty invested in it, at least for a while. read more

Monday's campaign round-up

04/02/12 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:* Wisconsin's Republican presidential primary is tomorrow, and PPP shows Mitt Romney leading Rick Santorum in the state, 43% to 36%.* Speaking of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) has decided to run in the recall election against Gov. Scott Walker (R), but will first run in a primary against former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk (D).* In Massachusetts' closely watched U.S. Senate race, a new Boston Globe poll shows incumbent Sen. read more

Biden: 'This is not your father's Republican Party'

04/02/12 11:31AM

For much of the American mainstream, there's a general understanding of the two major political parties: voters choose between a center-right Republican Party and a center-left Democratic Party. This dynamic has been pretty consistent for many decades, and voters broadly know what to expect from both sides.One of the broader goals for Democrats is to persuade the mainstream that, in 2012, the dynamic has changed. read more

Here's an image we apparently won't see at the Republican convention in Tampa.

Haley, Rubio would turn down VP nod

04/02/12 10:32AM

With the Republican establishment lining up behind Mitt Romney, and the general-election phase apparently getting underway in earnest, this is about the time we'd expect to see GOP officials signaling their willingness to join Romney's ticket. Virginia Gov. Bob "Mandatory Ultrasound" McDonnell (R), for example, has already talked up his availability, as have Romney's ostensible rivals.It comes as something of a surprise, then, some of the names rumored for the VP short list are already saying they're not interested. South Carolina Gov. read more

Ryan didn't 'misspeak'

04/02/12 09:32AM

Everyone misspeaks from time to time, especially in public affairs. Someone might accidentally say Iraq, when they meant Iran. Someone meant to say 47, but they said 57. They're just verbal slipups, and they're hardly worth getting excited about.But in politics, it's worth appreciating the difference between actually misspeaking and getting caught saying something controversial.On Thursday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Budget Committee, insisted that he, not America's military leadership, should be trusted when it comes to Pentagon spending levels. read more

Women boost Obama in swing states

Women boost Obama in swing states

04/02/12 08:35AM

Campaigning in Wisconsin yesterday, Mitt Romney seemed well aware of the recent polling trend. "We have work to do," the Republican said, "to make sure we take our message to the women of America."The available evidence, however, suggests American women have already heard that message, and they're not especially impressed.A new USA Today/Gallup poll shows President Obama leading Romney among registered voters, 49% to 45%, and while that margin is clearly narrow, it's also the president's largest lead in the 2012 race thus far. read more