'Wendy Davis is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.'
From the first Morning Jolt of the week:
The Airbrushed, Polished, Rewritten History of Wendy Davis
Nobody can seek office as they are, huh? Everybody’s got to be born in a log cabin, and have worked himself up from …
The Most Carlos Dangerous Game
Really long Morning Jolt today. Besides today’s preview on the sleaziest mayoral candidate in the country (Carlos Danger – er, Weiner) and the sleaziest mayor in the country (Bob Filner), there’s news of a new group forming to retire Lindsey …
How to Spot a Veep Pick Before the News Breaks
Maybe you’ll first hear the name of Mitt Romney’s running mate from the Romney campaign’s downloadable app. But it’s also pretty likely that the identity of the running mate will break in one of three other …
Chatting John Edwards With Ana Marie Cox
Once again, it’s time for another chat with Ana Marie Cox over at the Guardian, this time focusing on the John Edwards trial. The great Mark Steyn offered a surprising and compelling argument against his prosecution here:
The great …
We Never Really Know a Public Figure
In the first Morning Jolt of November 2011 . . .
Well, Herman Cain’s Name ID Issues Are a Thing of the Past
Do you know Herman Cain?
I don’t. I doubt you do, either. Even if you know him …
'We've Broken the Back of This Recession'? Really?
Should a president be bragging, with unemployment at 9.4 percent, that “we’ve broken the back of this recession”?
From the Bureau of Labor Statistics this week:
In December 2010, nonfarm payroll employment decreased in 35 states and the District of Columbia and …
RIP, Elizabeth Edwards.
There will be many days ahead to discuss the egregious actions and judgment of her husband. But today and tomorrow are not that day.
Dennis Quaid? Aaron Eckhart? Nah. This Part Was Meant for James Spader.
Two excerpts from this morning’s more-lengthy-than-usual Morning Jolt, which also covers the continuing brouhaha surrounding Michael Steele and recent polling about the Tea Party.
He Knows Dr. Strangelove Wasn’t a Documentary, Right?
The bar for the United States …
Nevadans Can Tell Him 'Good Night' and Have a Pleasant Tomorrow
This just handed to me: Harry Reid’s reelection chances, like Generalissimo Francisco Franco, are still dead.
Another House Democrat Considering Switching Parties?
I managed to grab lunch at the Hilton Head First Monday Republican Lunch Group, a group I’ve addressed twice before, and probably will at some point in the coming months. The turnout today was easily double what I had seen …
Bob Filner and the Bad Boys of American Politics
The final Morning Jolt of the week features the shocking news that the NSA behaves as badly as we always feared; a review of Planes, the latest Pixar/Disney effort to separate parents from their money; and then this big …
Bill Clinton Joins John Edwards as 'Father of the Year' Award-Winner
The National Father’s Day Committee, an entity of the Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, each year confers Father of the Year Honors on contemporary lifestyle leaders of our culture whose lives are dedicated to family, …
John Edwards: One Not-Guilty Verdict; Jury Hung on Other Charges
The verdict is in for John Edwards: not guilty on one of the six counts against him; the jury is hung on the other five charges.
The judge has declared a mistrial.
Last week I chatted with Ana Marie Cox …
Big Crowds at Iowa Campaign Events Mean . . . Nothing, Really.
Don’t put too much stock into crowd size as an indicator of momentum in Iowa. Looking back four years, we find . . .
December 31, 2007:
[John] Edwards, his wife, Elizabeth, and their three kids race around Iowa in a frenzied final campaign …
Coming Soon to a Courtroom Near You: Defendant John Edwards?
I stand by my position that anyone who voted for John Edwards should sit out the next election or two until they can account for how spectacularly they misjudged his character:
The United States Department of Justice has green-lighted the …
John Edwards, a Groundbreaking Innovator in Making Scandals Worse
In today’s Morning Jolt, a reexamination of a political figure that I suspect a lot of folks would like to never see again . . .
John Edwards Crosses Over to Beyond the Pale
I know some folks will look at any …
How Did Richard Blumenthal Not End Up Making a Trip to Haiti?
Back in January, when Haiti was enduring the immediate crisis of the earthquake, former president Bill Clinton — i.e., the United Nations’ special envoy to Haiti — took time to head up to Massachusetts and appear at a rally …
With Fundraising Like That, He's a Merchant of Toom
Tick . . . tick . . . tick . . . For Pennsylvania’s incumbent senator, of Brett Favrian decisiveness in party loyalty, Toomsday creeps ever closer.
Conservative Republican Pat Toomey raised $2.3 million in the 1st quarter of 2010, marking his U.S. Senate campaign’s most successful fundraising …
Your Special House Election Calendar
There are four special elections for the House of Representatives coming up.
The first is a week from tomorrow in Florida’s 19th congressional district, a heavily Democratic seat that was occupied by Robert Wexler. I took a look at Democratic …
Potential Campaign Slogan: Quit Complaining, Most of You Still Have Jobs
Gerry Connolly, the Democratic congressman who represents the “most affluent” district in the country in northern Virginia is “running scared” after the health-care vote, according to AOL. With a few heavily gerrymandered exceptions, if he’s running scared, how do you …