Finally: Race-Baiting Repubs Get Honest About Their Racism

Are you sick of the Sotomayor hearings and stoking of racial tensions? Racialicious' Latoya Peterson and I are as well, but we talk about it anyway, in addition to Mark Penn's elitism, Mark Sanford's latest disappearance and Rahm Emanuel's allure. » 7/16/09 10:00am 7/16/09 10:00am

Mark Penn Defends Men, Idiocy

Mark Penn decries the rates of male incarceration, alcoholism and educational attainment. Then he whines about the gain in female life expectancy over men's since 1900, failing to note it probably has something to do with the 99% drop in maternal mortality in that time. Fail. [Wall Street Journal, CDC] » 6/01/09 6:20pm 6/01/09 6:20pm

James Carville Blames Mark Penn For Hillary's Loss

James Carville dishes about the Hillary Clinton campaign in his new book, placing plenty of the blame at Mark Penn's feet for pushing the aura of inevitability and not knowing about proportional primaries. [Plum Line] » 4/30/09 11:40am 4/30/09 11:40am

Presidential Poll: Women Scorn Sexist Media, Feminists

Tina Brown's internet baby The Daily Beast » 11/18/08 1:30pm 11/18/08 1:30pm recently hired former Clinton strategist Mark Penn's firm to . Leaving aside the situational irony of hiring a firm whose named partner convinced Hillary Clinton to to prove that she can be Commander In Chief, it has some interesting (if sometimes obvious) results.…

Kwame Kilpatrick Waves Goodbye to Denver Dreams

Who Knows Things? John McCain Knows Things!

Memo To Hillary Clinton: You Should Have Done The Sexism Speech

The Atlantic » 8/12/08 10:00am 8/12/08 10:00am's new issue has out today, focusing on a number of Hillary Clinton insiders' memos and e-mails which paint her campaign at least as dysfunctional as you suspected and probably more so. Even author Joshua Green was amazed at how much paper he was given to wade through, saying "paranoid dysfunction breeds…

Raise Your Hand, John Edwards, If You're Sure That This Is The End

Olympics? What Olympics? For political watchers, the possible end of the political career of former Senator/Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards, most recently on Democrats' wish list as Attorney General in an Obama Administration, is the functional equivalent of the Olympics. So although one of us was on a little… » 8/11/08 10:00am 8/11/08 10:00am

Vanity Fair And The New Yorker Expose The Clandestine Operations That…

Hola, patriots! We have a treat for you today at Crappy Hour: we read two really long stories for you, Gail Sheehy's first rough draft of the demise of Hillaryland in Vanity Fair and Seymour Hersh's investig-planation of what exactly your tax dollars are doing in Iran. And oh my goodness, the stuff we knew that we… » 7/01/08 10:30am 7/01/08 10:30am

Bureaucracy Comes For Us All, Gitmo Or No

Moe is stuck in bureaucratic hell this morning, so who in the world am I going to call at 9:30 to help me write Crappy Hour? That's right, it's the Megan and Spencer Windy Attackerman show this morning, as we bring you more delicious detainee rights goodness, with a side of hate for Doug Feith, John Yoo, Robert Mugabe… » 6/13/08 10:30am 6/13/08 10:30am

Bitterroot, Or How We Came To Discuss Charlie Black And Mark Penn

Moe's off having a coughing fit and "enjoying" the side effects of DayQuil, so it's up to me to introduce you to one of John McCain's top advisors Charlie Black, aka, The Man Who Can't Be Fired. God, I want to be this guy, and not just because I keep getting fired. He can fuck up, he can have a negative story… » 6/03/08 10:00am 6/03/08 10:00am

Bigger Than Burning Man.

Seventy five thousand people showed up to see Obama's biggest yet speech in Portland, Oregon yesterday. Firstly, that represents something like one-seventh the entire population of Portland and undoubtedly the biggest-ever congregation of fixed-gear bicycles. In fact, the crowd was bigger than pretty much any outdoor… » 5/19/08 10:00am 5/19/08 10:00am

The "And You Thought Yesterday Was Bad" Edition

Hillary Clinton Paid $10 Million For This Dude And Obama Got Samantha…

Never thought I'd say this but: I missed crapping out the Crappy Hour. Amateur hack punditry is an addiction, an addiction that will eventually kill us all, and let me tell you, not being able to glibly offer congratz to the Clintons for earning more than $100 million in the past seven years, or new Merrill Lynch CEO… » 4/07/08 10:00am 4/07/08 10:00am

MLK Flip-Flopper John McCain Gets Booed In Memphis

John McCain's Speeches Suck; Samantha Power Is The Comeback Kid

This was one of those days where, a little hungover, I totally wanted to talk about important stuff like the teenage stripper or how the crappy Mark Penn might have finally done something that Hillary will be forced to fire him over or even racism in Pennsylvania, but Moe was away and I was all like, oh, dammit, I… » 4/04/08 10:00am 4/04/08 10:00am

Chelsea Clinton Made A Girl Fat!

Look, it's Chelsea Clinton on the cover of a magazine! What impeccable timing, New York! Your empathetic portrayal of Hillary's pretty (and pretty reticent) daughter who would rather be seen than heard pushes my "I totally want to read this right now" buttons almost as hard as that April Fools Day themed Modern Love… » 2/25/08 10:00am 2/25/08 10:00am

Broke Hillary Fires Loyal Hill Force One Captain Patti Solis Doyle

Oh Patti Solis Doyle, we hardly knew ya! Maybe it is just that you resemble Rachael Ray, but even though your job running the Clinton campaign was surely tortuous, you always seemed so sunny and approachable. Unlike your boss's husband, we really did have a soft spot for you. But while you were masterminding such… » 2/11/08 10:00am 2/11/08 10:00am