Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain dove into his stump speech at a campaign stop in Florida yesterday, telling the crowd that we are a “nation of crises.” After listing the nation’s many “crises,” Cain declared, “we’ve got a moral crisis!” However, before he could continue, an audience member shouted in response, “you have a moral crisis!” (Cain has been dogged by allegations for weeks that he sexually harassed and assaulted multiple women in the past.) Watch the video, courtesy of The Shark Tank:
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Richard Ben Cramer published the definitive chronicle of the 1988 presidential campaign, "What It Takes," by largely disdaining the day-to-day press coverage in favor of human portraits of the candidates, and he told us during a rare visit to Washington, D.C. last night that he thinks that the gap is wider than ever.
“Even more than when I was doing politics, there is nothing now that tells me what I want to know about the candidates,” he said Monday night over bourbon and a cigar. “It’s very hard to imagine anybody being president when the stuff that’s written about them is empty of who they are."
Cramer favors the long form, no question. He likes The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, for instance, and he has high hopes for David Maraniss's promised Obama biography. “But if you just Google-News what’s happened in a day, you don’t see anything that tells you anything about these people, about who they are and what they’re like,” he said.
"TV is set up to be just a shout fest: Is this good for Republicans or bad for Republicans; is this good for Cain or bad for Cain… tell me something that I need to know.”
Cramer, a Pulitzer Prize winner and veteran of both local papers and national magazines, recently and somewhat silently released “What It Takes” as an e-book. (Which the present generation of political junkies really ought to pick up for the slow moments this time around.)
Journalists could still write books like “What It Takes,” Cramer says, “but they’re not right now, because there is nobody in the business.”
Instead, he’s reading George W. Bush’s memoir “Decision Points,” Arthur Gelb’s “City Room,” about the New York Times, and Larry Colton’s “Counting Coup,” about an all-girls Native American basketball team in Montana. The author of a book on Joe DiMaggio, and two on Ted Williams, Cramer is something of a baseball man, and has been working on a book about Alex Rodriguez -- though we got the impression he wouldn't mind getting back into politics, after a long hiatus.
“If God had given me a fastball, you’re goddamn right I wouldn’t have been a writer,” he said toward the end of the night. “But Koufax got all the Jewish fastballs.”
Monday, November 14, 2011
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Said Cain: "I prayed and prayed and prayed. I'm a man of faith, I had to do a lot of praying for this one, more praying than I'd ever done before in my life. And when I finally realized that it was God saying that this is what I needed to do, I was like Moses. 'You've got the wrong man, Lord. Are you sure?'"
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1. Gingrich started dating Jackie, who was to be his first wife, when he was a 16 year old in high school, she was his geometry teacher (you can't make this stuff up), 7 to 9 years his senior. They married in 1962. She's the one he, allegedly, famously, served divorce papers while she was in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery.
2. Gingrich reportedly had girlfriends (plural) during his unsuccessful run for Congress in the mid 70s. That's when one of the women came forward and said that Gingrich liked to have oral sex because then he could deny having "slept" with the woman.
3. In 1981, Gingrich marries his second wife, Marianne, who he started dating while still married to his first wife, Jackie. Gingrich asked her to marry him before he was even divorced.
4. 1999, Gingrich meets third wife, Callista, 26 years his junior, while still married to second wife, Marianne. Second wife is diagnosed with MS, Gingrich divorces her and marries third (remember that the first wife had surgery for cancer when he divorced her - it's at least an interesting coincidence). He allegedly already had asked wife number three to marry him before he asked wife number two for the divorce.
These "youthful" indiscretions span 25 years of Gingrich's adult life. (That's assuming the first affair was in 1974, there's no way to know if they started earlier.) And if you include a teacher having an affair with an underage student (again, the pattern of favoring illicit affairs), then it's much more than 25. That's one heck of a long, repetitive, pattern to now claim you've broken.
Why does it matter? Because Gingrich took the lead in going after Bill Clinton for his affair. Gingrich is also one of the GOP's lead moralists-in-chief, on every issue under the sun. The hypocrisy, and intellectually dishonesty, is rank.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Is Perry Toast? — Almost immediately after what will probably be remembered as the Bill Buckner moment of primary debates, when Texas Gov. Rick Perry literally forgot which governmental agencies he would cut and concluded his answer with a sheepish “Oops,” Mr. Perry's stock on the betting market Intrade dropped in half.
Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
Conservatives organize to defeat Romney — A coalition of conservatives is working to organize the disparate groups opposing Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential nominee. — While much has been made of Romney's lack of support amongst conservative Republicans, the sense of malaise …
Considering how things have panned out on the Republican side (Perry/Cain implosion, Pawlenty out meekly...Gingrich a front runner !?!) Christie must be kicking himself for wimping out and passing up on his shot.
Mitt 'Android' Romney?? The guy is so stiff he makes Al Gore look like Telly Savalas!
What can you say about a debate in which one candidate had perhaps the worst moment ever in a presidential debate — Rick Perry’s brain freeze about the third of the three government agencies he wants to eliminate — and he didn’t even give the most embarrassing performance?
No, that would be Herman Cain. Look, he wasn’t going to be the nominee at any point during the cycle, and he certainly wasn’t going to be the nominee after it turned out he was an alleged serial sexual harasser. But after dragging American political rhetoric to a new low, referring to the House Minority Leader and a former speaker as “Princess Nancy,” it’s about time that Cain was called to account for insulting the American people and the political process for the farce that he’s engaging in. Whether it’s not knowing that China has nuclear weapons, or repeatedly botching his own position on abortion, or any of a number of other gaffes, Cain has made Perry look like a well-briefed genius throughout the campaign. And Wednesday night, he was even worse.
Yes, he’s that bad.
And so the debate season will continue. Can Perry’s campaign find a way to turn his inept performances into a plus? Seems unlikely, but stranger things have happened. No one else seems to be doing anything more than auditioning for a Fox News spot; unless I missed something, the only one during the entire session who even mildly attacked Mitt Romney was Jon Huntsman (on China-bashing), and he practically apologized for it while he was engaged in it.
Real candidates who are actually trying to win do more. Cain, Gingrich, Bachmann? Nope.
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With Rick Perry's embarrassing implosion in last night's debate (um, Texas you've elected this guy governor what 3x now? Wow. just wow--) part of me thinks Ricardo Montalban could step in and win the GOP nomination right now.
Yes folks, it is that pathetic.
Huntsman is actually a normal guy who happens to be a moderate Morman like Mitt Romney, but hasn't been nearly the core-less flip flopper Mitt has been throughout his career.
He's a guy many Democrats and swing voters could actually vote for. All I can say is that if Newt Gingrich is now considered a front runner, anything is possible.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Debate crowd cheers Cain in face of sexual harassment claims — Onstage at his first presidential debate since sexual harassment allegations against him emerged more than a week ago, Herman Cain dismissed the accusations as a “character assassination” Wednesday — and was enthusiastically backed up by the debate audience.
Alexander Burns / Reuters:
Rick Perry crashes, Cain cheered at GOP debate — ROCHESTER, Mich. - The Rick Perry comeback hit a potentially disastrous snag Wednesday night, as the Texas governor again froze on the debate stage — this time, while attempting to list three federal agencies he'd eliminate as president.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Monday, November 07, 2011
This latest episode seals it for me--Mitt Romney is one weird dude. Stiff as a board doesn't even begin to describe the guy.
More like a robot/Android or something. The guy makes Al Gore look like Mick Jagger
And he will be crushed by Obama in the general election...
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Two Questions for Today: 1. Did Rick Perry Just Give a Speech Completely Drunk, and 2. Who Threw Herman Cain Under the Bus?
More specifically a fellow Republican desperately vying for the Tea Bag/uber right wing/Republican jihadi vote....