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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Stories to Watch: 2/18/12

I think I'll make chili tonight. And corn bread. That sounds awesome right now. I'll make the chili, put it in a baking dish, spoon the corn bread batter over the top with some cheese, onions, and pepper rings, and bake it. Dang, I've made myself hungry and lunch is the pressing problem. Now here's the news...

Hey, remember the guy the John McCain's "build the danged fence" ad? He seems to be guilty of all different kinds of hypocrisy. Not to mention at least one actual crime. According to the report, "Rising Republican star and well-known border hawk Sheriff Paul Babeu, who’s now running for Congress in Arizona, was hit Friday night with bombshell accusations from a Mexican immigrant who said he dated the sheriff for years and was threatened with deportation if he ever told anyone about their romance."

Santorum's newly released tax records show that, despite being a multi-millionaire, he gives almost nothing to charity.

GOP panic over their presidential field deepens.

This goes a long way toward explaining the GOP's problem here; "There is no other way to put this without resorting to demographic bluntness: the small fraction of Americans who are trying to pick the Republican nominee are old, white, uniformly Christian and unrepresentative of the nation at large."

How far outside the mainstream is the GOP voter? Their frontrunner is getting wild applause for praising income inequality.


Wingnut bloggers are super-excited about a recent poll giving Scott Brown a big lead over Elizabeth Warren in the Massachusetts Senate race. Here's the thing though; not even Republicans believe it.

And why should they? Think about it. All the polling before this either had them pretty much tied or Warren leading. Now, all of a sudden, Brown opens up a big lead. And this is because...?

Yeah, it's because nothing. Nothing has changed. No one has switched strategies, no one's launched a big ad campaign or switched to a new message. No one got involved in a big scandal or saved a bunch of orphans from a burning building. The numbers lack any underlying explanation -- which is why even GOP insiders think they're inaccurate.


Finally, saying that Super PACs represent the 1% is severely understating the problem. Super PACs represent the .0000063%.

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