Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life (Or, The Totally Unskewed View From Romneyland)

When you’re this filthy fucking rich apparently you don’t need pesky contradictory facts getting in the way of your plans for a kick-ass post-victory fireworks display (h/t Kos):

Romney was stoic as he talked the president, an aide said, but his wife Ann cried. Running mate Paul Ryan seemed genuinely shocked, the adviser said. Ryan’s […]

America’s election and the Tea Party

by Cas Mudde

(Originally posted by openDemocracy, republished under a Creative Commons license)

What a difference two years make.After the congressional elections in November 2010, the Tea Party was the talk of the town. Both left-wing and right-wing media pundits declared “the” Tea Party to be the (only) winner, and all focus was on […]

Brand New Yr Retro

Amanda Marcotte re: the need for liberals to finally capitalize on the emerging progressive zeitgeist:

The road ahead, for liberals, is long and hard. Our social safety net and investment in ordinary working people who actually run this country is in tatters, decimated by years of Republican efforts and Democrats letting (or even making) it […]

Mittens Compounded Initial Benghazi Fail Because NEOCONS

WaPo on the internal response to Mittens’ hasty, ill-conceived late night Libya presser:

By sunrise the next day, it was clear to Romney that they had acted too quickly. The campaign learned that four Americans had been killed in an attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Even to […]

Mr. Burns Endorses Mitt Romney

HA! In yer face, Bloomberg:

A convenient “tie”

by Magnus Nome

(Originally posted by openDemocracy, republished under a Creative Commons license)

We’re only a few days away from knowing who will lead the US for the next four years. (Probably – I haven’t forgotten 2000).

The contest is already a media success. It has had some interesting twists and turns, and as it […]

Chait: “The attempt to wall disaster response off from politics in the aftermath of a disaster is an attempt to insulate Republicans from the consequences of their policies.”


What you are going to see over the next week is an overt effort by Democrats to politicize the issue of disaster response. They’re right to do it. Conservatives are already complaining about this, but the attempt to wall disaster response off from politics in the aftermath of a disaster is an attempt to […]

A Message From The Greatest Generation (NSFW)

Oh em gee:

The (Other) Presidential Candidate Who Would Destroy the Economy (Also, Water is Still Wet)

Josh Barro proudly flashes his Captain Obvious undies: “[Gary] Johnson has nutty economic policy views and would do tremendous damage to the global economy were he to somehow become president.”

h/t Rob Farley

Bank Of America And Billionaires Funded Conventions

by Russ Choma

(Originally posted by OpenSecrets Blog, republished under a Creative Commons license)

The story of the money behind this year’s political conventions hews very closely to the funding narrative of the entire election cycle — the Republicans had a huge advantage, led by generous donations from individuals, and the Democrats turned to a […]

Six Global Issues The Foreign Policy Debates Won’t Touch

by Foreign Policy in Focus, edited by Peter Certo

(Originally posted by Foreign Policy in Focus, republished under a Creative Commons license)

There is no other policy arena in which the president of the United States has greater latitude than foreign affairs. With U.S. foreign policy less constrained by Congress and relatively free from the […]

Was David Rothkopf Channeling Michael Oren?

Last week, after it appeared that the warmongering from Israel had died down, an article appeared in Foreign Policy by David Rothkopf, its editor. It was widely tweeted, and some reporters I respect seemed to be taking it seriously. I found that hard to do after this statement, about halfway through the article:

Indeed, according […]

John Lydon Hearts “My Man” Joe Biden

(The Artist Formerly Known As) Johnny Rotten talks with Current’s John Fugelsang about the VP debate, Obama’s constant struggle between sound policy and bloodless bureaucratic airs, and why he believes that it’s so crucial to keep Romney out of the White House.


Missing in Action

David A. Graham outlines 8 key issues missing from the debates so far (butbutbut LAUGHING JOE BIDEN!11).

The Banality of ‘Butbutbut LIBYA!1′

Greg Scoblete is rather underwhelmed by GOP attacks on Obama’s Libya record:

[W]hile Republicans have every right to seize on the administration’s dissembling, it’s very hard for me to find a foreign policy criticism here, outside of banal ones (i.e. that U.S. facilities overseas need better security and that public officials shouldn’t lie). Many Republicans […]