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The end is Newt?

The end is Newt?

03/12/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow ponders the fate of Newt Gingrich should he fail to win either the Alabama or Mississippi primary, and questions his sincerity when he insists... watch

Ahead on the 3/12 Maddow show

03/12/12 06:40PM

Tonight's guests include:Josh Rogin, staff writer for Foreign Policy magazine and author of the blog “The Cable”Nicolle Wallace, former McCain-Palin campaign senior advisor and subject of the HBO film "Game Change", author of “It’s Classified” and former communications director for President George W. BushWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just make sure the ad below plays out entirely before starting the song.)Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

Monday's Mini-Report

03/12/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* An American soldier opened fire on Afghan civilians in Kandahar over the weekend, killing at least 16 people, including nine children. read more

Artist rendering of Mitt Romney with a Pisces symbol neck tattoo in case he was considering getting one and wondered what it would look like.

Mitt Romney, Pisces

03/12/12 05:22PM

Joining Liza Minnelli, Jack Kerouac, Barbara Feldon, James Taylor, and Darryl Strawberry, birthday wishes are in order, as Steve mentioned a little while ago, for one Willard Mitt Romney, who turns 65 today. So how does the upcoming year look for the hard charging Pisces-- astrologically-speaking? On the whole, pretty good.According to Café Astrology:"A comfortable level of personal popularity helps to keep conflict to a minimum…..You are determined to meet or exceed your goals. … A new project or goal begun this year has a good chance of being successful and long-lasting. read more

Why the former half-term governor matters

03/12/12 04:51PM

Our guest tonight for the interview will be Nicolle Wallace, a senior adviser to the McCain/Palin 2008 campaign, who saw firsthand just how woefully unprepared the former half-term governor of Alaska was to seek national office.If you've seen HBO's "Game Change," you know Wallace has an interesting perspective to share on Sarah Palin.But as it turns out, President Obama's re-election campaign has also taken an interest in the candidate-turned-Fox News personality. read more

'It should be illegal to read off a teleprompter'

03/12/12 04:26PM

Go to any major Republican gathering, and you're sure to hear some "jokes" that deserve more groans than laughs. Someone will probably mention arugula; someone is bound to complain about an imaginary "apology tour"; and a whole lot of folks are guaranteed to joke about teleprompters.Opinions vary as to how this nonsense got started. Every modern president, from both parties, has used teleprompters, but for whatever reason, Republicans love to characterize President Obama's use as some kind of scandal. read more

Misleading Mitt misguided on Medicare

03/12/12 03:05PM

Mitt Romney turned 65 today, and decided to celebrate his Medicare eligibility by ... lying about Medicare.As part of an effort to reverse the public's perception of the parties' positions on Medicare, Mitt Romney's campaign is appropriating a common Democratic attack and using it against President Obama. read more

Texas to voters: Help yourselves

Texas to voters: Help yourselves

03/12/12 02:14PM

In a six-page letter today, the Department of Justice told Texas that its new law to make voting harder cannot stand. The bulk of it is that by requiring voters to show photo ID they never had to show before, Texas could disenfranchise between 603,892 to 795,955 people, a disproportionate number of them Hispanic. But there's more. From the letter (pdf):You have informed us that the DPS-issued "free" election identification certificate, which is proposed to be implemented by Section 20 of S.B. 14, would protect voters who do not already have another acceptable form of identification. read more

Tilting at Dutch windmills

03/12/12 01:53PM

Rick Santorum caused a minor international incident a few weeks ago, arguing that in the Netherlands, government officials routinely euthanize the elderly "involuntarily" when seniors "are older and sick." As a result, the Republican presidential hopeful argued, elderly Dutch people simply "don't go to the hospital," because they're terrified of being murdered by the state.Erik Mouthaan, the U.S. correspondent for the Dutch RTL Evening News, appeared on the show soon after, explaining that Santorum has no idea what he's talking about. read more

By some measures, Romney's the candidate who set his hair on fire.

Douthat's excessive generosity

03/12/12 12:52PM

Ross Douthat had an interesting New York Times item yesterday that's generated some worthwhile discussion, so let's take a closer look at his 2012 thesis.As the conservative columnist sees it, the Republican primary voters may be mocked and maligned, but the derision is unfair -- these GOP voters actually deserve a pat on the back, Douthat argues, for having "methodically sifted through the alternatives" to Mitt Romney, "discarding each in turn."A crazy party might have chosen Cain or Bachmann as its standard-bearer. read more

Monday's campaign round-up

03/12/12 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:* Alabama's Republican presidential primary is tomorrow, and PPP shows a very competitive race: only two points separate Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum.* The race in Mississippi is nearly as close, with PP showing same three candidates separated by only five points.* With limited statewide name recognition, Rep. read more