March 18, 2009
Before last week, few of us had ever heard of Rick Santelli--despite Santelli's best efforts--and fewer still had any particular affection for him. Santelli is a CNBC TV personality whose most distinctive assets are a near- continuous state of agitation and a Billy Mays-like ability to project his voice, drowning out other shouting heads with ease. His persona is meant to make you pay attention to him, not to love him.
TRB: Mad Men
February 27, 2009
Before last week, few of us had ever heard of Rick Santelli--despite Santelli’s best efforts--and fewer still had any particular affection for him. Santelli is a CNBC TV personality whose most distinctive assets are a near-continuous state of agitation and a Billy Mays-like ability to project his voice, drowning out other shouting heads with ease. His persona is meant to make you pay attention to him, not to love him.
Today's Polls: Sorry, Matt Drudge -- No Mac Comeback Yet
October 12, 2008
I've been fighting a bit of a cold on and off for the past couple of weeks, and so I took most of the day to rest and recover and to check a couple of assumptions in our model. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let's look at what we have to work with on a relatively light polling day:Colorado actually hadn't been polled all that much over the past two weeks or so, so the new PPP poll, giving Obama a 10-point lead there, is a pretty big deal.
A Simpler Obama-hillary Explanation
June 09, 2008
Forget race, gender, Mark Penn, Patti Solis Doyle, "change" versus "experience," Iraq, fundraising, immigrant drivers licenses, Bill Clinton, losing Iowa, skipping the other caucuses, the gas tax, sniper fire, Obama Girl, will.i.am and Matt Drudge. Maybe he was just taller? Which bodes well against McCain... Caveat: I ran into Fred Thompson at the 2007 White House correspondents' dinner and told him "Tallest man wins!" "I hope so!" he replied. (Turns out you actually have to put some effort into it, too.) --Michael Crowley
Drudge's Obama Crush
June 02, 2008
One of the theories for how Obama wins the general is that he blows up (or keeps blowing up) into a massive pop-cultural/marketing phenomenon that completely drowns out anything the McCain campaign says or does. The Nike of politics probably beats some old white guy most days of the week. Particularly when the old white guy's party faces historically low levels of popularity. If you're banking on this scenario--and there are probably worse ways to win an election--then you have to be encouraged by the piece Jonathan Martin and Ben Smith have in today's Politico.
Drudge Hearts Obama
May 01, 2008
More on the Dems and conservative media: Early in the campaign, team Hillary courted Matt Drudge and earned remarkably kind treatment from his Drudge Report website. That changed a long time ago. When Hillary's artifice of perfection was first shattered in that October 2007 debate exchange over immigrant drivers licenses, Drudge led the gleeful pile-on, and he's never looked back. But more recently I've noticed that Drudge is not only hard on Clinton, he's actually quite good to Obama.
The Long Run-Up
February 21, 2008
Last night, around dinnertime, The New York Times postedon its website a 3,000-word investigation detailing Senator John McCain’s connections to a telecommunications lobbyist named Vicki Iseman.
The Crying Game
January 30, 2008
Manchester, New Hampshire The reporters covering Hillary Clinton first knew she would win the New Hampshire primary around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, when a beaming Terry McAuliffe walked into the press filing center in a Manchester gymnasium bearing the news. A few nights earlier, a very different McAuliffe had been standing on an Iowa stage just after it became clear Hillary would place third in the caucuses. Then he had looked strained and tired, casting worried glances at his BlackBerry.
Who's Winning The Drudge Primary?
December 20, 2007
Earlier I did a post about how the McCain campaign appears to be hoping the New Hampshire AG will find the Romney campaign guilty of some dirty tricks. Now, just as McCain is pulling closer to Romney in New Hampshire, I see that Drudge is pimping a story about how McCain's said to be fighting tooth and nail to kill a damaging NYT story about him and some favors he supposedly did for a lobbyist. It's interesting that this showed up on Drudge.
Hillary And The Media
November 13, 2007
TPM's Greg Sargent has some interesting thoughts about my new story on Hillary Clinton and the media: With the Freak Show there's literally no room for error -- once a story gets written into the Freak Show's script there's no going back. So the idea is to move as quickly as possible to strangle these stories before the Freak Show gets a hold of them. This is what's largely driving Camp Hillary's aggressiveness with the press. No mystery here. Absolutely.