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Swopa

About Me:
Swopa has been sharing prescient, if somewhat anal-retentive, analysis and garden-variety mockery with Internet readers since 1995 or so, when he began debunking the fantasies of Clinton-scandal aficionados on Usenet. He is currently esconced as the primary poster at Needlenose (www.needlenose.com).
 
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About Me:
Swopa has been sharing prescient, if somewhat anal-retentive, analysis and garden-variety mockery with Internet readers since 1995 or so, when he began debunking the fantasies of Clinton-scandal aficionados on Usenet. He is currently esconced as the primary poster at Needlenose (www.needlenose.com).

The Emperor’s (Or At Least the Villagers’) New Talking Points

By: Friday November 30, 2012 8:00 pm

I suspect Grunwald is about to find out what actually happened to that little boy who called out the naked emperor in that old fairy tale. (You didn’t think the courtiers who invested so much effort in fooling the public really just shrugged and let the kid get away with it, did you?)

Late Night: The Unspeakable Truth

By: Friday November 23, 2012 8:00 pm

Oh, now you tell us… or, at least Sarah Kliff of the Washington Post does: After surviving a Supreme Court decision and a presidential election, the Obama administration’s health-care law faces another challenge: a public largely unaware of major changes that will roll out in the coming months. States are rushing to decide whether to [...]

Late Night: It’s Gonna Be Alright

By: Friday November 9, 2012 8:00 pm

The goal for 2016 should be clear… namely, to nominate and elect someone who is worthy of progressive support, because it’s a philosophy that can win.

Late Night: The Elves Arise

By: Friday November 2, 2012 8:00 pm

How do you know it’s the last week before a presidential election?

Late Night: The Virtues of Procrastination

By: Friday October 26, 2012 8:00 pm

Over at the Washington Monthly, Paul Glastris claims the Obama campaign has waited too long to make its best closing argument.

Late Night: A Familiar Diagnosis

By: Friday October 19, 2012 8:00 pm

It’s a common gibe that anyone running for President has to be a bit mental to want the job in the first place, much less suffer the indignities involved in pursuing it.  Which may be why I find it odd when the candidates start diagnosing one another: Speaking today in Fairfax, Virginia, President Obama finally [...]

Late Night: A Wake-Up Call, Perhaps Scheduled in Advance

By: Friday October 5, 2012 8:12 pm

Of all the complaints that can be justifiably launched against President Obama, can I add that he sure knows how to take the fun out of chronicling the cratering of Mitt Romney’s campaign?

Not that I think B.O. has thrown away his re-election with his passive performance in Wednesday’s debate — as Reagan in ’84 and Bush in ’04 showed, a shaky opening debate by an incumbent who’s leading in the polls is a survivable error.

Late Night: Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide

By: Friday September 28, 2012 8:00 pm

The whispers began to surface nearly two weeks ago, in this Byron York column:

“Mitt Romney is in the race of his life. So why isn’t he running harder?”

Late Night: For Romney, Things Go From Bad to Weird(er)

By: Friday September 21, 2012 8:00 pm

I guess the bright spot for Mitt Romney at this point, as complaints from fellow Republicans about his increasingly wobbly presidential run pile up, is that he can adopt the joking slogan many parts of the U.S. have regarding their weather: “Hey, if you don’t like our campaign’s strategic focus, just wait a few minutes — it’ll change!”

Late Night: The Limits of Rovianism, Cont’d

By: Friday September 14, 2012 8:00 pm

You know this election is deeply surreal when pollster Pat Caddell — who long ago cashed in his credibility from Jimmy Carter’s surprising victory in 1976 to become a Fox News Democrat — tosses aside his poor-man’s-Dick-Morris schtick for a moment and makes sense.

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