I just love this headline: “[President] Obama’s team seeks to counter GOP message.” YA THINK?
Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) makes a birther joke, seemingly completely ignorant of the massive distraction this will create. Rule #1 of political communications: No distractions. Write that down.
States to keep an eye on this election year: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia. So, the states to keep an eye on every election year. A ninth-grade civics class could take this list and do some actual punditry with it.
The university in one of those states, Virginia, declines to host an Obama campaign rally. They cited logistics, but all you really need to say is that a publicly funded university is no place for a Washington campaign event.
That marriage equality will be part of the official Democratic platform appears to be lost on organizers of Charlotte’s gay pride festival, who wanted a new location for the Democratic National Convention after North Carolina passed its gay marriage ban. If they were consistent about this one, they’d have left Charlotte permanently by now.
Tea Party members of Congress come to a point to which all of us come eventually: the point at which you have to choose between ideology and pragmatism (or beliefs and politics, depending on where you’re coming from). This will be fun to watch.
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Dumbassland) refuses to drop out of his Senate race. Pay close attention to the people who are still backing him, and how few of them there are relative to those who have disavowed him. His decision to impress the former is why we can’t have nice things.
Wind energy supporters are where ethanol supporters were eight years ago: torn between a tax credit and a hard place. But doesn’t everyone feel optimistic about tax credits like this the first time?
The Bank of Canada says the strong dollar is not to blame for declining exports. I have to agree with that. If RIM is any indication, the people making the worst decisions about Canadian manufacturing have been the manufacturers themselves.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refuses to attend a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement if his Gaza counterpart, Hamas leader Ismail Haniya, is there. Is that a vertebra I see, Mr. President, or are you just happy to see reality?
French President François Hollande’s approval rating slips to 54 percent. Expect an approval tax to make up for the loss.