• Stateside,  Vote 2012

    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 from Bachmann. The Des Moines Register reports: Investigators concluded that Sorenson secretly negotiated with the Paul campaign over a period of months to join the campaign, and received $73,000 in a series of payments to do so. The problem with that was the manner in which the payments were made: monthly payments of $8,000…

  • Vote 2012

    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 man, who tended bar for a company that catered to a high-end clientele, had previously worked at a fundraiser at a home where [former president Bill] Clinton spoke. After Clinton addressed guests, the man recalled, the former president came back to the kitchen and thanked the staff, the waiters, the bartenders, the…

  • Punditry,  Vote 2012

    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 could be proven tonight to be so wrong and so all wet that nobody should be listening to me.” He said it. I didn’t. It would be nice to believe that some Dittohead, somewhere, took his advice. Of course a number of our own Harry’s Place commenters expressed serene assurance that Obama was electoral…

  • Vote 2012

    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 an accurate news story into a falsehood. Then it picked up steam when the Drudge Report ran with it. Even though Jeep’s parent company gave a quick and clear denial, Mitt Romney repeated it and his campaign turned it into a TV ad. And they stood by the claim, even as the media and…

  • Stateside,  Vote 2012

    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 not the party of big business, big banks, big Wall Street bailouts, big corporate loopholes, big anything,” Jindal told POLITICO in a 45-minute telephone interview. “We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys.” He was just as blunt on how…

  • Trade Unions,  Vote 2012

    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 Trumka, AFL-CIO members are 83 percent white. 40 percent are evangelicals, and 53 percent own guns. “And they voted 70 percent for Barack Obama.”

  • Vote 2012

    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, dress better, watch cooler movies, earn better salaries, meet more interesting people, listen to better music and know more about what’s going on in the world. If you voted for Bush, we accept that we have to share the country with you. We’re adjusting to the possibility that there may be more of…

  • Vote 2012,  Wingnuttery

    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 about 4,000 write-in votes in one county, home of the University of Georgia. I don’t dare to expect that a more enlightened Republican can defeat Broun in the 2014 primary. But I hope a live, eligible Democrat can be found to run against him.