A new daily blog, updated often, covering news and controversy across a wide range of races and issues. As author of three books about influential campaigns (Upton Sinclair 1934, Nixon-Douglas 1950, Obama 2008), I also bring historical perspective to this. You can bookmark the daily blog by going here.
11:25 YOUR ‘DAILY SHOW’ RE-CAP For folks now shut out, here’s a rundown. Opens again with a financial scandal, this time HSBC, "Helping People Who Want to Kill You, Since 1991." Then on to "Smear and Loathing"–former Rep. Anthony Weiner and wife, and Michele Bachman attacking wife as pro-Muslim Brotherhood. Turns out Michele, and her husband, may have his own Arab link (watch this via here)….Then Ann Romney saying we don’t need to know about their finances, so Jon with Part II of alleged excerpts from the Romney tax returns he says they’ve obtained. Has he stashed money offshore on the island from "Lost"? … Interview with columnist E.J. Dionne on his new book on "divided" America, as conservatives have given up on government and a "communtarian" impulse.
9:00 SHOW ME YOUR I.D. Andy Borowitz: “When Tea Partyers say, ‘I want my country back,’ ask if they can identify it on a map”… Twenty-three consumer brands that are bankrolling right-wing attack ads.
8:45 MITT, MICHELE & McCARTHY With all the talk of Michele Bachmann & “McCarthyism” today, you might check out the real thing in new edition of my Tricky Dick and the Pink Lady book.
7:55 Ms. KNOPE GOES TO WASHINGTON Our favorite local candidate/public offiical of all, Leslie Knope of Pawnee, Indiana, paid a surprise visit to the White House yesterday and today—shooting the premiere episode for the upcoming season of NBC’s Parks and Recreation. Here’s a full report on Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Aubry Plaza and the gang shooting in DC. “According to TV Guide, Senators John McCain, Barbara Boxer and Olympia Snowe will make cameos in the episode. President Obama revealed at a March fundraiser that his oldest daughter, Malia, is a ‘big fan’ of the show.”
5:50 WEST SETTING IN SUNSHINE STATE? NYT just posted big piece on lunatic, Red-baiting Representative Allen West of Florida, pointing out that while he has become a right-wing darling he is running in a new “swing” district and so faces problems. “Mr. West is likely to face Patrick Murphy, 30, a Democrat and political neophyte who is shaping up to be a potent force. Democrats are banking that in a presidential election year, Mr. West will fail to sway enough independent-minded voters to win in November. They view the newly created 18th Congressional District on the Treasure Coast as one of six possible Democratic gains in Florida. Impressed with Mr. Murphy’s fund-raising—he is one of the top fund-raisers among Democratic challengers in the country—the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has put its financial and organizational strength behind him.”