Tim Pawlenty, Frustrated at Soledad O’Brien’s Rhetorical Prowess,…

Soledad O'Brien can carve another notch into her rhetorical shillelagh after making Tim Pawlenty look like a xenophobic douche on Wednesday. After giving Romney surrogate John Sununu a what-for about Medicare, O'Brien got into a similar debate with Pawlenty when she confronted the former Minnesota governor over a Mitt… » 8/16/12 11:55pm 8/16/12 11:55pm

A World Where President Michele Bachmann Sounds Reasonable

Despite all the idiotic this or that questions in yesterday's Republican debate, it was all about consensus: A world of slashed government safety nets and regulation, where Rick Santorum's views on abortion and gay rights don't stand out as extreme at all. And where Bachmann, who announced her candidacy onstage, looks… » 6/14/11 10:30am 6/14/11 10:30am

The Guns Have Been Readied For The Circular Firing Squads

  • The Republican Governor's Association meeting (supposedly starring Sarah Palin) kicked off today with a comedy routine from Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, who was once considered for the VP slot. Pawlenty said that the Republican Party "needs more than a comb-over" and that "Drill, baby, drill, by itself, is not…
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Liveblogging The Boys of Republicana

In order to make my life worth living and the liveblog tenable, I stopped for a double cappuccino and missed Mel Martinez speak. Actually, I didn't "miss" him so much as I looked up and realized — unlike the rest of the crowd — that he was speaking. The rest of the crew, though, I paid attention to and my liveblog » 9/04/08 8:09pm 9/04/08 8:09pm

Conventional Crap: Moebama Underwhelmed By Barack's Beautiful, Moving…

Although I am basically a walking, red-colored zombie — or, I would be if my feet didn't hurt so much that I'm not really walking as much as limping — someone's got to wrap up the week of speechifying, pandering, branding and making the kind of history that causes grown people to cry before the speech even starts and… » 8/29/08 10:00am 8/29/08 10:00am

Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe, Some Of These Veep Picks Have To Go

Okay, now, seriously. Obama's VP pick — whoever it's going to be — is going to be giving the most important speech of his (or her) political career in less than eight days and almost no one knows who that person is going to be. It's time to start whittling that list down a little! And the same goes for John McCain,… » 8/19/08 10:00am 8/19/08 10:00am

I Know, If Only You Could Write In "Pabst Blue Ribbon" For VP…

It's speedmating, readers! The weekend's New Republic has a big veep-speculation package and Megan and I — well, mostly Megan — read it so you don't have to! Sad notes: they don't think Hillary's in the running; Satan conquerer Bobby Jindal, the Republican governor of Louisiana, is not profiled. But Ed Rendell is!… » 6/09/08 10:00am 6/09/08 10:00am