Election Eve Prediction

No, not THAT prediction. There's been quite enough of that already. No, what struck me (enough to toss down a "you heard it here first" marker by writing this post) when seeing the tremendous kerfuffle over Nate Silver and his predictive model of the Presidential race, was what'll happen after this election, if/when the mood of the country shifts. My prediction? A lot of the same people who are...

How Much Does YOUR Vote Count?

No, this isn't going to be one of those "don't vote, it only encourages them" posts. Instead, I'm talking about the electoral college today. This post was sparked by a segment on Rachel Maddow in which she pointed out that in addition to smaller states being able to exercise influence disproportional to their populations through representation in the Senate (every state gets two Senators, making...

Foot-Bullet 'Pragmatism'

How amusing. Here's die-hard Obama fan Karoli Kuns* at Crooks and Liars, gamely rallying the troops through the obligatory fear-based warning about Teh Preznit Romney: 537 votes. That's all that stood between Bush and Gore. It came down to 537 votes. That's too close. Way too close. The past is the past. But the only way to overcome all of the roadblocks is to step up and cast a vote in...

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...

Here Are The 'Six Studies' Romney Says Refute Tax Policy Center Study Of His Tax Plan

*** 10/16 - SEE UPDATE BELOW; ROMNEY FINALLY RELEASES DETAILS OF TAX PLAN*** Back at the beginning of August, the non-partisan Tax Policy Center issued a much-discussed study that was the first to try to run the numbers on Mitt Romney's tax plan. Specifically, they wanted to see whether Romney's claim to be able to leave the Bush tax cuts in place and then cut taxes by an additional 20% across...

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,...

On Mitt Romney's 47% Comments

What Ezra said. Romney's comments were so shocking - and disgusting - on their face, that it's tempting to simply point to them or mirror the video and assume that the reader/viewer will know without thinking what's wrong with them. Truthfully, most people probably will intuitively understand most or all of why Romney's comments were so vile. But merely using implied assumptions to carry the day...

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...

Politics 101, Economics Edition

(warning: lengthy, Socratic-ish discourse ahead): Over at POLITICO, we learn that Wall Street intends to turn the full wrath of it's newly-increased, post-Citizens United and SuperPAC strength, against President Obama this year. Expect a veritable blizzard of deceptive, negative advertising. The usual suspects will, no doubt, tout this as proof positive that claims of Obama being friendly to Wall...