Tuesday marked the start of my daily focus on the 2012 election campaign, covering the latest news and controversies across a very wide range of races and issues that progressives care about. As the author of three books about influential political campaigns, I also bring a certain historical perspective to this very topical task. You can bookmark the blog by clicking my name at the top or by going here. Send me tips at email@example.com. Frequent updates, from the top:
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4:45 THE BALLAD OF MITT Just came across this incredible (because it’s not a parody) song tribute to Romney–from 2008 but still hitting all the notes for today. He even "turned water into wine." Or maybe he meant "whine." Incredibly: There’s even a slowed-down version for maximum "goosebump" potential. (h/t Zoe Schlanger)
3:55 POST-SPEECH REACTIONS The official @BarackObama feed tweets: "Turning back Citizens United loophole and restoring democracy must be priority for 2nd term."…. MSNBC’s Jon Alter called speech "one of least successful" from Obama he’s ever heard….MoveOn pressing Romney to take clear stand on Florida vote purge.
3:50 "MAC" ROMNEY Andy Borowitz: "BREAKING…New, Improved Mitt Romney Has Retina Display." But no flash drive, for sure….
3:25 WHATEVER Think Progress: GOP at its Latino outreach site uses stock photo of Asian kids at the top of the page. Update: They’ve now removed it.
2:50 HAMMER HITS EXECUTIONS MC Hammer (left) backing one of my pet issues: supporting California’s ballot initiative to replace the death penalty with life without parole. He writes about it at Huffington Post.
2:05 LOOK OUT, CLEVELAND Obama starts allegedly "big" speech in Ohio. Chris Cillizza of Wash Post tweets: "Obama missed a chance not to start his speech with ‘Hello, Cleveland.’ Spinal Tap references = winning." Watch live here. Follow my live-tweet commentary @gregmitch. Next to address voters in Ohio: The Bush head from "Game of Thrones." Read about Romney bus folks taunting Obama fans outside arena.
1:30 DIMON IS FOREVER Guess how much money those U.S. Senators who went easy on Jamie Dimon yesterday got in donations from JP Morgan? Ding-ding-ding. Yes, over $550,000.