Four Good Reasons for Romney’s Bad Press
September 14, 2012
There’s a simple reason Romney is getting so much negative press these days: He deserves it.
Is This Election Killing Political Satire? Ask Nicki Minaj
September 04, 2012
Have we become unable to appreciate a good political joke coming from anyone but Jon Stewart?
The Difference Between Political Lies and Political Dishonesty
September 04, 2012
Some smart pundits are saying the media shouldn't call out Romney and Ryan on dishonesty. Here's why they're wrong.
Dollars to Donuts: Why Dunkin' Employees Hate Mitt Romney
August 31, 2012
Dozens of workers from Bain-owned companies rallied this week in Tampa to decry the impact of Bain-style capitalism.
The Tweeps on the Bus
August 24, 2012
BuzzFeed constructs its political content for the Twitter-fied world.
Bad political analysts received a gift today: a new tool to reinforce their worst instincts. Twitter has launched the “Twitter Political Index,” which will apparently provide a daily assessment of political sentiment on twitter. What exactly does that mean? Well, computers will analyze every single tweet and determine whether they're for or against Obama or Romney. Twitter sentiment is then boiled down into a number from 0-to-100, where a score near 100 means that tweets are resoundingly positive.
Romney: I Love Socialized Medicine
July 30, 2012
Conservatives have spent a lot of time accusing President Obama of trying to bring socialized medicine to America. It’s a grossly misleading charge: For better or for worse, the Affordable Care Act relies heavily on private insurance and involves far laxer regulation than most universal coverage schemes. No, if you want to see a system with truly socialistic characteristics, you have to look elsewhere. Israel, for example. And guess who just praised that system?
Beltway Media Cynicism? Yeah, You Built That
July 25, 2012
The 2012 campaign got off to a hopeful start in the never-ending battle between truth and cynicism. When the Romney campaign put up an ad last November that took a 2008 line of Barack Obama’s blatantly out of context—“If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose,” a line that was paraphrasing a John McCain adviser—the political press corps jumped all over it, and essentially shamed the Romney campaign into backing off that attack, no easy thing to do given that Romney advisers initially defended the ad with an “anything goes” breeziness.
Our Centrist Savior Misses His/Her Deadline
May 15, 2012
Now we know what the doomsayers feel like when the decreed day of judgment passes by without thunderbolts or second comings. Americans Elect, which was going to save our benighted political system with the ultimate deus ex machina—a bipartisan, third-choice presidential ticket borne from an online nominating process funded by leveraged-buyout tycoon Peter Ackerman and other deep-pocketed centrists—announced at midnight that the savior has not yet made his or her appearance.
March 14, 2012
Since launching his second campaign for the White House, Mitt Romney has resolutely insisted he favored a health care requirement only for Massachusetts residents, not as a matter of national policy.