WELCOME TO DAYBOOK, our daily collection of media and politics hits/misses plus fun videos and (at the bottom) a music pick. Return for updates during the day. Keep up with fresh items via @gregmitch at Twitter. E-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out my new book on a wild leftwing campaign and the birth of "media politics" here.
New from Pew: Would you (as a Democrat) like other Democrats to challenge Obama for the nomination in 2012? Yes 34 percent , No 62 percent…. Ari Melber’s new column at Politico on Blue Dogs vs. Bold Progressives (w/ new data).
British Tory politician arrested for joking on Twitter this week that he wants a Muslim columnist "stoned to death."
Apparently Jon Stewart was ill but still sat for the lengthy Maddow interview yesterday. Some viewers felt it turned into the Daily Slow with Jon, obviously sick, losing coherence at times when pressed on why the left should partly disarm in facing aggressive right, should not claim Bush "is a war criminal" and such. Rachel’s blog has all kinds of stuff, uncut video, her reactions. Here’s part:
My new piece on shocking tragedy of soldier and veterans suicides, with links. Catch re-run of HBO’s "War Torn" if you can.
Great 30 Rock last night with Mad Men‘s John Slattery as a parody of a Tea Party candidate. His TV commercials wacky, yet true to life.