The 'Good Deal'


You know Paul Krugman's feeling well when he puts up a piece extolling the virtues of the Obama Administration calling it the "Big Deal". Here's Steve Benen's comment on it.

Now I know everyone's in a good mood at the moment but maybe we're going a bit too far? I'd be willing to settle for the 'Good Deal' or even the 'OK Deal'.

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Post-Election Discussion by Campaign Leaders


Interesting post-Election discussion by campaign leaders in the Obama and Romney campaigns hosted by Harvard's Institute of Politics: 2012 Campaign Decision Makers Conference.

Axelrod generates a lot of heat in the 'Discussion of the Democratic Strategy' particularly versus the press ("difference between the world we inhabit and reality"). Sad comment on the times: to the question of something you didn't expect, answer: the strength (particularly financial) of the Super PACs. Not good.

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We Won But ...


The obvious take-away from last week's election was quite simply, 'We Won', or in the words of Rachel Maddow:

.... President Barack Obama, yes, will go down in history as our nation`s first African-American president. But he will also go down in history as the most successful Democratic presidential candidate since FDR.

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Irrational Exuberance Assigns Victory to Romney in 1st Debate


I'm not sure why so many pundits are declaring the first presidential debate a "victory" for Romney. Even TPM which usually has better judgement, gets into the act with the title of their report, "Romney Shines In Denver, Obama Camp Says So What"

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Campaign of Non-specifics


Andres Oppenheimer catches Romney promoting his signature agenda at the Univision forum in Miami:

Time and again, Romney responded with a promise to find a "permanent solution" to the immigration problem.

Problem is, he didn’t offer specifics, which amounts to offering a non-solution.

h/t dk

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GOP Foxes in the Hen House of Social Security and Medicare


I love how Republican candidates are running around the country presenting themselves as the true protectors of Social Security and Medicare. GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan just did it at an AARP confab where he claimed yet again that Obama wants to gut Medicare by $716 billion.

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Nice Guys != Nice Laws


PBS NewsHour commentator, Mark Shields, had an extremely insightful reaction to Mitt Romney's display of "kindness and generosity" during his acceptance speech in Tampa:

The one question that was raised -- and it is a legitimate one -- is that he was -- is enormously kind to people he can see in acts of personal kindness and generosity of time. But policies affect all kinds of people you don't see, millions of people that he will never come in contact with.

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Hashtag Beats out URL in Romney Signs : Moment in History or for Insiders Only?


Probably more of a comment on me than anything else... But when I saw the flurry of "Mitt" signs at the Republican Convention in Tampa, the first thing I noticed was the use of a hash-tag, in this case, "#ROMNEYRYAN2012".

What? No URL? Is that 'sposed to be 'ole school now? On the other hand, maybe they're only trying to communicate with the insider regulars on Twitter -- and figure no one else is paying attention?

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Romney Does an Eagleton?


Weird thought: maybe Romney's holding back on revealing his tax returns because they're so bad, if they got out, he'd have to do an Eagleton.

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