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2:40 THEIR BANE IS TRUE Dave Weigel on the NYT profile of the “Bain-bashing” PAC, Priorities USA (we have posted a couple of their ads) and how their work has a lot of “octane” and with much more to come. Twist: folks who made a pot of dough in the private sector now donating to rip it.
2:30 WTF STREET JOURNAL Alex Pareene with more on the somewhat surprising attacks on Romney campaign by the WSJ editorial page. “The conservative press is much better at bullying its candidates into adopting particular strategies and policies than the liberal press, which has approximately zero power over candidates and elected officials.”
12:50 KROHN ATTACK Amazing slide show at TPM starring that former GOP teen hero, Jonathan Krohn (now an Obama supporter) posing with various rightwing icons. Photo at left: with the three Mouseketeers, Andrew Breitbart, James O’Keeffe, Karl Rove. We also see him, Zelig-like, with Romney, Rudy G, Bachmann, Rubio, Gingrich, Bill O’Reilly, Malkin, Lee Greenwood, Joe the Plumber, and on and on.
12:30 AFTERNOON DELIGHTS Ari Melber: Average net worth of a US Senator: $13.2 million—average of all Americans: $77,000… Joe the Plumber pipes up: Obama should be “embarrassed” to visit Ohio. Remember, he is GOP nominee for Congress…
12:10 pm ROBERTS RULE? RNC says Obama crackdown on China merely an election year stunt… Now Romney of all people claims that Roberts’s vote on healthcare was “political”—as if that wasn’t true with most of the other rulings by the conservative bloc (or block) in recent years. Wow, a “decision was made not based upon constitutional foundation.” Surely, a first! …Buzzfeed on Romney claiming to have spent the fourth in “coolest” town in USA that is actually a “kitschy” resort…
11:05 am LIFE OF BRYAN Here’s the second in my series of audio of famous speeches by speakers whose voices you have perhaps never heard. The first was Teddy Roosevelt during his “Bull Moose” 1912 campaign. Now here’s background and excerpt from William Jenning Bryan’s “Cross of Gold” speech. Yes, he does sound like Fredric March in Inherit the Wind.