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Draw your own conclusions

Draw your own conclusions

03/05/12 01:09PM

Kudos to the socially progressive folks at Archie comics who have sold out an issue chronicling the marriage of Archie's gay friend Kevin despite the usual conservative poutrage.Now the Archie creators are about to release a new issue (#635) dealing with the Occupy movement — in this case, the economically divided town of Riverdale.So the question is, does Archie choose hot 99-percenter Betty and her paradigm-shifting momentum or gorgeous one-percenter Veronica with her vast connections and bankroll?Right now, we are all Archie. TRMS'ers, please weigh in. read more

When in doubt, Romney relies on fear

03/05/12 12:40PM

President Obama spoke over the weekend at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, and spent a fair amount of time addressing "the issue that is such a focus for all of us today: Iran's nuclear program."The relevant portion of the speech begins at about the 18:53 mark in this clip. Though Obama warned against the "loose talk of war," which only serves to benefit the Iranian government, the president also said Israel, the U.S. read more

Monday's campaign round-up

03/05/12 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:* There have been quite a few polls out of Ohio released over the last few days, but the most recent I've seen comes from Quinnipiac, which shows Mitt Romney up by three over Rick Santorum, 34% to 31%.* With several new endorsements from high-profile GOP figures, it appears that the Republican Party establishment has finally resigned itself to a Romney nomination.* Newt Gingrich isn't likely to have a very good day tomorrow, but he's almost certa read more

Only one of these two has focused on campaign infrastructure.

Rick Santorum's amateur hour

03/05/12 11:26AM

Of all the Super Tuesday contests tomorrow, Ohio's Republican primary is arguably the highest-profile race, and the results will garner the most attention. Polls show Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum running neck and neck.But even if Santorum fares well tomorrow in Ohio, his campaign's logistical and organizational weaknesses will apparently cost him dearly.Rick Santorum was already known as starting from a deficit, delegate-wise, in Ohio. read more

George Will eyes "constructive defeat" in the 2012 presidential race.

The '96 strategy

03/05/12 10:40AM

Last week, Rachel talked to Salon's Steve Kornacki about the 2012 campaign, and he noted that there may come a point at which congressional Republicans stop thinking about the presidential campaign, and start thinking about their own re-election prospects.No one in the party would ever talk about this publicly, but there may come a point at which GOP officials believe President Obama is going to win re-election. The next question, of course, is what Republicans would do if they grudgingly accept this premise. read more

GOP process takes a 'corrosive' toll

GOP process takes a 'corrosive' toll

03/05/12 10:12AM

The new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll is chock full of interesting data, but Mark Murray flags the results that are likely to cause the most heartburn among Republicans.Four in 10 of all adults say the GOP nominating process has given them a less favorable impression of the Republican Party, versus just slightly more than one in 10 with a more favorable opinion. read more

'Three steps backwards for Virginia women'

'Three steps backwards for Virginia women'

03/05/12 09:45AM

The picture above shows how Virginia State Police greeted protesters for reproductive equality this weekend. On Saturday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports, 31 people were arrested for marching to the Capitol and sitting down on the steps, where they were faced officers in riot gear.Blue Virginia has video, updates, etc., and posts this statement from Democratic Delegate Scott Surovell:Women fought for decades to achieve equality with men and the right to control their personal medical decisions. read more

Profiles in courage -- or lack thereof

Profiles in courage -- or lack thereof

03/05/12 09:08AM

Before Rush Limbaugh "apologized" for his attacks on Sandra Fluke, Mitt Romney was asked on Friday for his perspective on the controversy. It didn't go well.Mitt Romney steered clear of the Rush Limbaugh controversy until Friday evening, even avoiding a CNN reporter earlier in the day, when he addressed the issue after an event in Cleveland."I'll just say this which is it's not the language I would have used," Romney said.That's not much of an answer. read more

GOP sees Obama gas-price conspiracy

GOP sees Obama gas-price conspiracy

03/05/12 08:44AM

Last summer, with gas prices rising, several leading Republicans came up with a curious accusation: President Obama was causing pain at the pump deliberately, as part of some undefined environmental agenda. This odd line was pushed by Haley Barbour and the Koch brothers, among others.In the ensuing months, prices came back down, and the talking point went away. read more

What passes for a Limbaugh apology

What passes for a Limbaugh apology

03/05/12 08:00AM

Rush Limbaugh doesn't apologize often, but with several of his show's advertisers abandoning him, the right-wing host issued a "statement" late Saturday, explaining that he "chose the wrong words," and "did not mean a personal attack" on Sandra Fluke. Limbaugh concluded that he was trying to be "humorous," adding, "I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices."But problems persist. read more

Morning Maddow: March 5

Morning Maddow: March 5

03/05/12 07:38AM

Super Tuesday is looking good for Romney.Eric Cantor gets on the Romney train.A gang of lawmakers is reportedly working in secret to cut spending and raise revenue.This is what happens when you respond to hard times with draconian budget cuts.Rush Limbaugh loses another advertiser.Larry Flynt is digging for dirt on lawmakers again.I guess these folks are going to miss the Alaska caucuses. read more

Romney scores easy win in Washington

Romney scores easy win in Washington

03/04/12 09:03AM

Mitt Romney wanted to head into Super Tuesday with some momentum, and after winning Michigan and Arizona earlier in the week, and beating Rick Santorum by double digits in Washington yesterday, he's arguably right where he wants to be.Romney and the other three remaining Republican presidential candidates waged a tougher-than-expected battle for Washington's votes, even though no delegates to the national convention were decided there.Each candidate has spent time and money in recent weeks in hopes of picking up a victory -- and political momentum -- in Washington, as a table-setter to Super T read more

This Week in God

03/03/12 10:36AM

About six years ago, inspired by "The Daily Show," I started a weekly feature called "This Week in God," covering news related to religion, politics, and government. Today, it returns to its traditional time slot: Saturday mornings.The God Machine has plenty to offer this week. First up is a high-profile reversal from the Rev. Franklin Graham, the controversial son of legendary evangelist Billy Graham, who recently appeared on msnbc and questioned the sincerity of President Obama's Christianity. read more

Links for the 3/2 TRMS

Links for the 3/2 TRMS

03/02/12 11:31PM

Hitting Limbaugh where it hurtsDetroit Historical EventsRomney attacks Santorum over earmarksRomney campaign turns to shallow pockets Wealthy would cash in under Romney tax plan Romney tax plan favors the richest of the rich Romney put in $42 million of his own fortune read more

On the corner in Ohio, with bagpipes

03/02/12 08:24PM

A  group called the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property stormed into Ohio this week, bagpipes bleating. As you can see from this video by Marc Kovac of Ohio Capital Blog, they're against everything -- contraception, Obamacare, socialism, everything.Protester: The underlying problem here is not the mandate itself, although that is very, very abusive. The main problem is socialism, because if this mandate gets passed, then what other mandates are coming down the pike? read more

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