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.
11:30 YOUR ‘DAILY SHOW’ RE-CAP For folks who are now blocked from Comedy Central. Opens with LIBOR. "Bankers–never trust anything that rhymes with wankers." "Are you friggin’ kidding me"–guys named Rich Ricci, Mr. Diamond and Alexander Hoare. "Is this a Dickens novel?" ….Then on to Romney and tax returns: "Mystery Finance Theater 2012." Jon claims the show obtained 25 years of Romney returns. First tidbit: Took deductions for car stairs and car escalator before he got car elevator. More excerpts to come….Sigourney Weaver, aka new TV "Hillary Clinton," guests. Family in show also modeled on Kennedys, Johnsons, etc. Wasn’t looking to do TV but loved character. "I especially want women to see it."
8:00 FINALLY, ROMNEY MYSTERIES SOLVED Seamus takes the fall. Andy Borowitz: “BREAKING—Romney Claims Dog Ate Tax Returns and Ran Bain Capital for Three Years.”
7:20 THE HORNY TOAD & THE STRIPPER Attack ad of the month—and there have been some wild ones in Prez race—has got to be this new one for the Lt. Gov. post in Missouri. Candidate, with great name Kinder, placed at a bar called the Horny Toad, and then there’s some trouble with a stripper. You can’t make this up, and maybe even the ad maker didn’t. Meanwhile, MoveOn sticking with “Tricky Mitt” meme from its own ad today (see below) with this image.
7:05 NO BOUNCE IN POLLS That Obama bump some predicted due to Romney’s very bad Bain month—but which I discounted—seems illusory indeed, as new NYT/CBS poll finds Romney for rare time leading, 47–46 percent. Means little except that—when added to other current polls—obviously, no surge. And Romney now leads 49-41 on best able to manage economy—suggesting that, as I warned, that weak jobs report this month, forgotten by many pundits and progressives, has more salience right now than the missing tax returns. Also, Obama’s “favorable” index declines, though would hate to hazard a guess why.
5:50 PLAYING ‘CHECKERS’ WITH NIXON With the new “Tricky Mitt” attack ad gaining traction—and new calls for Romney to come clean on financial history—here’s the classic Nixon “Checkers” speech from 1952, if you have somehow missed it (also has a part II). Love the way he stumbles over “integrity” at beginning. And then we get to the dog and Pat’s “Republican cloth coat.” (BTW, there are new print and ebook editons for my Tricky Dick and the Pink Lady book.)