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11:00 ROMNEY UPS THE ANTI Incredible, and revealing statement, from Romney at a fundraiser tonight in Montana on getting booed at NAACP confab today for hitting Obamacare: "Remind them of this: If they want more stuff from government, tell them to go vote for the other guy—more free stuff. But don’t forget, nothing is really free.. it has to paid for by people in the private sector creating goods and services, and if people want jobs more than they want free stuff from government, then they are going to have to get government to be smaller." Well, maybe that will energize his opponents. Earlier today I may have been one of first to suggest that he actually wanted to get booed to help please his base. Now I see that it is widely shared review, including by Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell.
8:55 DARK KNIGHT OF THE SOUL New parody of hot summer sequel "Dark Knight Rises," focusing on 2012 campaign and "Bane Capital." Bane capital punishment, indeed.
8:05 YOUR DAILY BOROWITZ "I’m all for poor people showing their IDs at polling places if rich candidates show their tax returns." And a new piece from Andy: "Romney Receives Standing Ovations from National Association of Rich White People."
4:55 LIT HERO VOTED FOR REAGAN Apparently that much-awaited upcoming bio of the late David Foster Wallace reveals that he once voted for Reagan for president, which may surprise many. “Though Wallace covered John McCain’s 2000 presidential bid extensively, he never wrote plainly about his own politics. According to author Tom Bissell, the biography reveals that Wallace cast a ballot for Ronald Reagan, though he does not say whether it was in 1980 (the year Wallace could first vote) or 1984.”
3:50 BABBLING BROOKS In their weekly online dialogue at NYT site, Gail Collins really gives it to colleague David Brooks in discussing “apathy” in current campaign. “I’m happy to tell you it’s the Republicans’ fault. The normal rule of democracy is that if things are lousy, you throw out the incumbents. But right now the opposition is controlled by people who are totally insane and good at nothing but shutting things down. I would argue that the president, with a Congress composed mainly of Democrats and traditional Republicans, could take care of a lot of our problems. But if people simply want a change, all they’ve got is the Forces of Loony Doom.” Brooks responds by accusing her watching too much MSNBC.