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Raising the wrong Specter

Raising the wrong Specter

02/24/12 09:26AM

Nate Silver noted this morning that Mitt Romney probably isn't "playing to his strength" by emphasizing Rick Santorum's 2004 endorsement of former Sen. Arlen Specter.I agree, but the Romney campaign doesn't seem to care.Former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter left Capitol Hill more than a year ago, but Mitt Romney's campaign is working hard to give the party-switching ex-lawmaker a political revival of sorts.The Romney campaign released a new web video on Friday highlighting the alliance between Specter and Rick Santorum when the two were colleagues in the U.S. read more

Remember him?

GOP uses Bush as a model of moderation

02/24/12 08:42AM

Three years after Bill Clinton left the White House in January 2001, the 2004 Democratic candidates were tripping over each other to connect themselves to the nation's 42nd president. I remember one September 2003 debate in which literally every Dem running for the party's nomination said they were the rightful heir to the Clinton legacy.Al Sharpton, after a while, apparently couldn't take it anymore. "I know that within the next hour we'll say that Bill Clinton walked on water," he joked.We're at a comparable point now with regards to George W. read more

The wrong way to argue about gas prices

02/24/12 08:00AM

President Obama was in Miami yesterday talking about gas prices, making a pitch for an "all-of-the-above" energy policy that would rely on oil production, alternative energy, and improved fuel-efficiency standards. Anticipating the Republican response, Obama added, "Anybody who tells you we can drill our way out of this problem doesn't know what they're talking about, or just isn't telling you the truth."If an "all-of-the-above" policy sounds vaguely familiar, there's a good reason: as recently as 2008, it's what Republicans said they wanted, too. read more

Ahead on the 2/23 Maddow show

02/23/12 07:18PM

Tonight's guests include:State Rep. Yasmin Neal, (D) Georgia, proposed vasectomy regulation billManuel Roig-Franzia, staff writer for the Washington Post and author of an upcoming book about Marco Rubio, due out in JulyWhile 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

Thursday's Mini-Report

02/23/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Pressuring Syria: "A United Nations panel concluded on Thursday that 'gross human rights violations' had been ordered by the Syrian authorities as state policy at 'the highest levels of the armed forces and the government,' amounting to crimes against humanity."* 12 Iraqi cities targeted: "A rapid series of attacks across a wide swath of Iraq killed at least 60 people Thursday, targeting mostly security forces in what appeared to be another strike by al-Qaida militants bent on destabilizing the country."* A deadly accident: "Two Marine Corps helicopters collided read more

Allen West's Hummer

Allen West's Hummer

02/23/12 04:06PM

President Obama was in South Florida this afternoon, discussing energy policy and increased oil production at the University of Miami. With rising gas prices, the president is, not surprisingly, eager to discuss his ideas about reducing energy costs.And then there's Rep. Allen West (R) of Florida, who shared his own concerns about the same issue on his Facebook page today."This 'tax policy' is an example as well as today's speech on his 'energy policy' shall be. Here is the bottom line, last night it took 70 dollars to fill the tank of my 2008 H3 Hummer, what is it costing you? read more