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Kent Sorenson update

Remember Kent Sorenson, a Republican Iowa state senator and then-presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s state campaign chairman, who defected to Ron Paul’s campaign in 2011– four hours after attending a Bachmann event?
In case you were wondering whatever happened to Sorenson: he has pleaded guilty to hiding money he received from Paul’s campaign to switch his allegiance [...]

Bartender speaks about recording Romney “47 percent” video

It turns out that the person who recorded Mitt Romney’s infamous “47 percent” comments at an exclusive Florida fundraiser was a bartender at the event.
So I was wrong when I assumed last September that the recording was done by a guest at the fundraiser– a “Rooseveltian traitor to his class.”
I found this account particularly telling:
The [...]

Worst pundit of 2012

Here in the US, the consensus seems to be that it’s former political consultant Dick Morris of Fox News. His wildly inaccurate prediction of the outcome of last month’s presidential election simply tops a list of boneheaded forecasts.

An honorable mention goes to Rush Limbaugh, who also predicted (on election day) a Romney victory, adding, “I [...]

Congrats, Mitt

The fact-checking website Politifact.com has awarded Mitt Romney (remember him?) its not-so-coveted “Lie of the Year” award for 2012.
It was a lie told in the critical state of Ohio in the final days of a close campaign — that Jeep was moving its U.S. production to China. It originated with a conservative blogger, who twisted [...]

Mr. Burns explains the dreaded “fiscal cliff”

The (genuine) wisdom of Bobby Jindal

I’m not a fan of Louisiana’s Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal (see here, here and here), but he has said some remarkably perceptive things since the reelection of President Obama.
He edged dangerously close to what many of his fellow Republicans would call class warfare if a Democrat said it.
“We’ve got to make sure that we are [...]

Why Republicans hate unions

And why so many of them want to keep unions as small and weak as possible:
Unions had a good night last Tuesday. “I think we were the margin in states like Ohio, Wisconsin and Nevada, and probably three or four other ones,” AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka told Salon in a Wednesday interview. In Ohio, said [...]

Then and now

Trust the people, trust their good sense, their decency, their faith. Trust them with the facts; trust them with the great decisions…
–Adlai Stevenson, who lost to Dwight Eisenhower in the 1952 and 1956 presiedential elections
So our guy lost the election. Why shouldn’t those of us on the coasts feel superior? We eat better, travel more, [...]

Chuck! Chuck! Chuck!

Remember when Republican Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia– a member of the House Science Committee– told an audience of mounted deer heads that the theory of evolution is “lies straight from the pit of hell”?
Broun was reelected to Congress on Tuesday with no opposition on the ballot. However the late evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin received [...]

This means war

Metaphorically, of course.
A remarkable post-election video from the PAC of the conservative Heritage Foundation: