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Romney struggles with improved economy

Romney struggles with improved economy

03/09/12 04:41PM

The Republican National Committee had some trouble this morning responding to the new U.S. job figures. So, too, did the party's likely presidential nominee.The former Massachusetts governor ignored reporters' questions about the report, and did not address it in his remarks, leveling his usual criticisms at the president instead."Don't forget by the way that this President, how many months ago was it, 37 months ago, told us that if he could borrow $787 billion, almost $1 trillion, he would keep unemployment below 8 percent. It has not been below 8 percent since. read more

With his voting record, Armey would be attacked by FreedomWorks in 2012.

Dick Armey, RINO

03/09/12 03:53PM

There may be no clearer evidence of the hysteria in Republican politics than stories like these.FreedomWorks for America, the super PAC for former Rep. Dick Armey's (R-TX) FreedomWorks USA, just released new radio and TV ads urging the defeat of longtime Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). The spots are the latest in a series of attacks by the group against the six-term senator, who is facing a challenge from the right in this year's renomination process.The new commercials note that Hatch "voted 16 times" to raise the debt limit.The ad is accurate; Hatch did cast those votes. read more

The Week in Geek: Potpourri edition

03/09/12 03:52PM

Close your eyes and imagine the tectonic plates shifting. Seismometers in California even "heard" it.Speaking of Japan and earthquakes, Japanese engineers have designed an "airbag" for houses to isolate them from seismic activity. Be sure to watch the video to the end for a whole lotta shaking goin' on.PIGS IN SPACE! Take your Angry Birds addiction to a whole new level...or should I say orbit? Competitive paper airplane throwing is apparently a thing and this guy is really good at it.MIT has a certification program for piracy, not in the hacking sense, but in the swashbuckling sense. read more

There's often a gap between Romney's rhetoric and reality.

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. IX

03/09/12 02:36PM

There may come a point at which the issue of Mitt Romney's propensity for falsehoods reaches some kind of critical mass. In fact, we may have already reached that point.David Bernstein argued persuasively this week, "I think we've seen, over the past couple of months, an important tipping point where much of the national political media now recognizes ... that, in the Romney campaign, they are dealing with something unlike the normal spin and hyperbole. read more

Wednesday in Mississippi

Santorum advance guy on how it's done

03/09/12 01:33PM

As recently as mid-February, Rick Santorum reportedly had no paid advance staff. He would appear to have one now in Mississippi, or at least an advance person. Since late February, Chris Godbey has been showing up in the Mississippi press as Santorum's state political director, with promises of a couple of local campaign offices and an intensive effort ahead of Tuesday's vote.Godbey is a seasoned political manager whose resume includes running state campaigns and a brief stint as a field team leader with the conservative Media Research Center this year. read more

Gingrich intends to stick around for a long while.

Friday's campaign round-up

03/09/12 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:* With comments that will delight the Mitt Romney campaign, Newt Gingrich told an Alabama radio station this morning, "I'm going to be all the way to Tampa. read more

But are the grits the right height?

03/09/12 10:49AM

Campaigning in Mississippi yesterday, Mitt Romney did his very best to convince local Republicans they can relate to a patrician millionaire from Massachusetts, perhaps best known for supporting a government health care mandate and getting rich through mass layoffs."I am learning to say y'all and I like grits," he said. "Strange things are happening to me."Strange, indeed. read more

Obama appears to have good reason to smile.

'The wind is coming back'

03/09/12 10:26AM

Zeke Miller ran a report the other day, arguing that President Obama has gotten "his groove back," having "regained a bit of the swagger -- and the charisma -- that seemed to slip away as the exuberance of the campaign was replaced by the complex, draining business of governing."How much have the president's political fortunes improved? read more

Jobs picture continues to improve, economy adds 227K

Jobs picture continues to improve, economy adds 227K

03/09/12 08:49AM

Most estimates in advance of today's new jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggested the economy added about 210,000 jobs in February. As it turns out, we did even better than that.The U.S. economy added 227,000 jobs last month, while the overall unemployment rate remained steady at 8.3%. read more

House GOP leaders are still struggling to lead their caucus.

'Playing with fire' on 2013 budget

03/09/12 08:00AM

Congressional Democrats and Republicans have been expected to have plenty of arguments in 2012, but the budget process was expected to go relatively smoothly. So much for that idea.Just seven months ago, the parties agreed to spending levels for the upcoming year, as part of the debt-ceiling negotiations. With those figures already locked in, the most contentious part of the budget was already addressed. read more

Morning Maddow: March 9

03/09/12 07:45AM

The Arizona Senate approves a bill protecting doctors who don't disclose information that might lead a pregnant woman to choose abortion.The Senate rejects the Keystone XL pipeline.Mitt Romney's high cost per vote.Registering to vote by smartphone.Well that settles it: Sen. Inhofe invokes Genesis to refute climate change.Meet the Congressman who wants to repeal health reform, Medicaid and the Child Health Insurance Program.The Space Shuttle flies again. read more