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'I find all of this a bit incredible'

04/04/12 12:43PM

We talked earlier about Judge Jerry Smith, a Republican appointee on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, throwing a bizarre political tantrum on the bench yesterday, assigning childish homework to the Justice Department. TPM noted that "even conservatives are concerned that the circuit court judges stepped out of bounds Tuesday -- and made Obama's point about judicial overreach for him."Brian Fitzpatrick, a professor at Vanderbilt University School of Law and former clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia, put it this way: "I find all of this a bit incredible."Prof. read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

04/04/12 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:* Despite three years of media speculation that Jewish voters will abandon President Obama, a new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute, an independent research group, shows Obama with strong Jewish support. Indeed, his Jewish backing is largely unchanged from 2008 levels.* In Maryland yesterday, incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin (D) easily fended off a primary challenge, defeating state Sen. Anthony Muse by a whopping 58 points. read more

Dems enjoy 2012 enthusiasm edge

Dems enjoy 2012 enthusiasm edge

04/04/12 11:30AM

One of the keys to the 2010 midterms was the Republicans' "enthusiasm gap" -- the GOP thrived in part because Republican voters were so engaged and excited about the election. As late as the fall, Democrats still looked strong in congressional polling among registered voters, but Republicans led among likely voters.Nearly two years later, the picture has changed.The enthusiasm gap is back for 2012...but now it's working to the Democrats' advantage. read more

The rubber-glue phenomenon

04/04/12 10:55AM

Just a couple of weeks ago, Rachel explained an annoying habit politicians and campaigns invariably pick up. She called it the "I'm rubber, you're glue; whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you" technique.It's a basic idea we've all seen many times. read more

Wisconsin county still looks like a mess

Wisconsin county still looks like a mess

04/04/12 10:50AM

At about 1 A.M., the Patch writer in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, reported returns from the county clerk's office for a pair of school board seats. Waukesha ran into trouble last year when it failed to post results immediately in a Supreme Court judge's race, then found 14,000 votes that swung the election. read more

Mugshots of four Indiana Dems charged with fraud in a 2008 primary.

If this what counts as 'voter fraud'...

04/04/12 10:16AM

Yesterday afternoon, President Obama delivered an unsparing speech in Washington, rejecting Republicans' budget, their shift to the very far right, and their entire approach to governing. Fox News viewers got to some of the early portions of the remarks, but the network soon broke away to cover a breaking story ... which happened to be a four-year-old incident.What had Fox so excited? read more

Haley claims women 'don't care about contraception'

04/04/12 09:32AM

Republican efforts to restrict contraception access, as part of the larger "war on women" campaign, have taken a considerable toll on the GOP, while giving Democrats a boost with more than half the electorate. It's not surprising, then, that Republicans would start doing some damage control.This means making Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) a key Romney campaign surrogate; it means putting Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), the only woman in the Republican leadership in either chamber, in front of reporters; and it means dispatching South Carolina Gov. read more

The 5th Circuit's unsettling tantrum

04/04/12 08:50AM

At a press conference on Monday, President Obama argued in support of the Affordable Care Act's constitutionality, and said, "I'm confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress."The phrasing may have been incomplete, but the point was hardly controversial. As Obama clarified yesterday, in cases like these, the justices haven't overturned federal laws since before the New Deal. read more

Romney cruises; Santorum looks ahead

Romney cruises; Santorum looks ahead

04/04/12 08:00AM

So, is it over? After a year of campaigning and three months of voting, can we finally say the race for the Republican presidential nomination has ended?It's an unsatisfying answer, but it depends on how you look at it.For most of us, of course it's over, and it's been over for quite some time. Mitt Romney followed a familiar script -- heavily outspend his rivals and rely on a superior campaign organization -- to cruise to easy wins in Wisconsin, Maryland, and D.C. yesterday. read more

Double show tonight, sorta

04/04/12 12:17AM

Because the 9 p.m. hour was eaten up with speeches, what would have been the midnight repeat is going to be a whole new live show. So we've got some of the clips from the 9pm hour already posted, but there will be a whole 'nother show's worth a little later.The podcast will be cut from the midnight show, not the 9pm show. read more

Romney embrace of Ryan presents target for...

Romney embrace of Ryan presents target for Democrats

04/03/12 08:00PM

Steve Kornacki, senior writer for Salon, talks with Rachel Maddow about why Republicans have put so much political stock in Paul Ryan's weak and unpopular budget, and whether President Obama can draw alienated Republican centrists to his side in 2012. watch