NOW We See Obama Fired Up, Ready to Go

I said this last night on Twitter, after seeing a TPM post that talked about Obama “pushing back hard” on liberals, including Elizabeth Warren, who were excoriating the secrecy and push for fast-track authority on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but it bears repeating again here: what a President is willing to push for defines who they are politically, and how they should be viewed....

War and the Imperial Presidency

On Tuesday, Rachel Maddow led off her show with a brilliant, 22-minute rant against the return of all the failed Iraq war architects and cheerleaders to the nation's airwaves, now that Iraq is once again descending into visible chaos (apologies for the ad; I can't edit the MSNBC footage out): The entire thing is worth a watch if you were awake during the 2002-2005 era, since it truly is...

Gramps McCain Grumpy (Again)

TPM has the story: McCain: Obama Is 'Near Delusional' In Thinking The Cold War Was Over - "I think many things and I'll try to be brief," McCain told Andrea Mitchell on "MSNBC." "One is a fundamental understanding of Vladimir Putin. They have been near delusional in thinking the Cold War was over." "Maybe the President thinks the Cold War is over," he added, "but Vladimir Putin doesn't and...

An Open Question on Social Security

Right now, everyone's in campaign mode. All the guns, all the cylinders are being fired at once. This is the quadrennial "big f*ckin' deal" as Joe Biden would say. So perhaps it's not the right time to pose this question...but then again, given that election times tend to represent unique opportunities to put pressure on candidates, perhaps it's the perfect time. On the subject of Social...

I Get Post-Debate Letters

I sometimes forget that the email address I used to sign up for Obama campaign updates (almost exclusively fundraising appeals these days) gets filtered into its own special folder in my email inbox, because otherwise it's simply too annoying to deal with the daily volume of email from that single source, this close to election day. So it wasn't until today that I thought to check that folder,...

Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire

Most of us heard this old cliché for the first time when we were children. The rest of us heard it at some point along the line. I'd venture a guess virtually all of us of voting age have heard it by now; it's long been a bit of Americana. Well-known songs have been written about it: The point is, the phrase "pants on fire" quite clearly is understood generally to refer to lying, even gross,...

About Mitt Romney's Tax (Disclosure) Evasion

So lately, as everyone who reads blogs or watches left-ish TV pundits knows, much hay has been made about Mitt Romney's seemingly-inexplicable refusal to release more than two years worth of his tax returns - the last two, when he knew for certain he was already running for President in 2012. Actually, Romney hasn't even fully released all of those two years, but close enough. Speculation has...

This Is What Passes For Hard-Hitting Investigative Journalism On The Right

**UPDATE, 7/15 - welcome Crooks & Liars readers! Thanks for visiting. ** Beyond parody: The Obama Campaign rolled out some new fonts on the campaign last week.  The typeface chosen for the word ‘America’ was starkly different that anything we had seen before. Buzzfeed’s Zeke Miller reported that the font was named “Revolution Gothic” and that according to myfonts.com the typeface...