Benjy Sarlin

In (Partial) Defense of a (Supposedly) Indefensible Ad
August 08, 2012

It's one of those days when the news cycle is moving faster than I can write about it. As of Wednesday afternoon, the chatter online is all about the Romney campaign's unexpected decision to cite his Massachusetts health reforms as proof that he cares about average Americans facing financial hardship. The decision is unexpected because Romney has spent the past two years vowing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, whose scheme for expanding insurance coverage is basically a national version of what Romney did in Massachusetts.

Romney on Taxes: Deny, Distract, Dissemble
August 02, 2012

Twenty-four hours later, the conservative reaction to a devastating report about Mitt Romney’s tax plan is proving almost as interesting as the report itself. The report, published by the Brookings-Urban Tax Policy Center, demonstrated that Romney’s plan, if implemented, would reduce taxes for the wealthiest 5 percent of Americans but increase taxes for everybody else.

Youdidn'tbuildthatgate
July 19, 2012

Before Youdidn’tbuildthatgate progresses further, let’s call time on efforts by both conservatives andliberals to distort what it was that President Obama said. In case you’ve been living in a cave: On July 15, President Obama gave a campaign speechin Roanoke, Va., in which he defended the idea that the rich have a moral obligation to give something back to their country. Here is what he said, in its entirety: If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own.

Youdidn’tbuildthatgate
July 18, 2012

Before Youdidn’tbuildthatgate progresses further, let’s call time on efforts by both conservatives and liberals to distort what it was that President Obama said. In case you’ve been living in a cave: On July 15, President Obama gave a campaign speech in Roanoke, Va., in which he defended the idea that the rich have a moral obligation to give something back to their country. Here is what he said, in its entirety: If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own.

Romney Death Watch
July 19, 2011

PPP now has him trailing Michelle Bachmann in a national head-to-head matchup. Check out this part about Romney's support for the individual mandate: Only 17% of Republican voters say they'd be willing to vote for someone who had supported an individual health insurance mandate at the state level, compared to 66% who say they would not be willing to support such a candidate. The funny thing about that is Romney's getting 17% right now with that latter group of voters and his favorability with them is 49/33.

Tomorrow's Budget Climbdown Today
September 14, 2010

Benjy Sarlin reports that Rand Paul and some Tea Party activists are serious about their demand for a balanced budget: For some in the Tea Party movement, the standard they plan to judge the party’s progress by is sky high. A spokesman for Rand Paul, the Tea Party-backed Senate candidate in Kentucky, said Paul “will vote against and filibuster any unbalanced budget proposal in the Senate.” Let me ruin the suspense and explain how this movie ends.