Late Night: Something’s Squirrelly!

By: Tuesday October 16, 2012 8:00 pm

Tree crop farmers in the Northeast have had a bumper crop this year–not just of apples and nuts, but of squirrels who are enjoying the bounty. Nature has a way of resolving this: Many squirrels are ending up as roadkill.

Speaking of roadkill–was there any on tonight’s debates?

 

2012 Presidential Debate Thread, Take 2

By: Tuesday October 16, 2012 5:57 pm

Aaannnd we’re back! Town hall style! Will the rematch be any different from the opener? Will Obama emulate Joe Biden’s strategy of laughing maniacally at all of his debate opponent’s whoppers, or at least, y’know, mention it whenever Romney says something full of, ahem, malarkey? Or will he follow nominal Democrat Lanny Davis’s sage advice to just continue nodding at everything Mitt says?

Obama’s Debate Challenge: Identifying an Actual Agenda

By: Tuesday October 16, 2012 11:34 am

We sadly don’t have a media that disqualifies candidates for using bogus math or flawed studies (though Romney skirts that line). We do have a public which has waited patiently for the economy to improve. Though consumer confidence has ticked up, as well as the outlook for the economic future, the public still expects candidates for Presidents to have some plan, especially when there remains a fragility to the economic picture.

VP Debate: The Tax Discussion Stands In for the Jobs Discussion

By: Friday October 12, 2012 2:19 pm

Sadly, last night continued the string of national debates that basically featured little or no discussion of how to immediately move the country out of its jobs crisis, or at least nothing beyond the dispiriting “stay the course” of the current Administration, and the irrelevant “five-point plan” of the challengers, which offers nothing in a near-term context on jobs. Vice President Biden managed to defend the stimulus through an effective hit job on Paul Ryan’s behind-the-scenes support for it, and he painted a picture of the depths of the crisis that told that familiar “road we’ve traveled” story.

But this is not a plan for how to lower the unemployment rate immediately over the next 12-18 months, even though the Administration has a policy that would at least begin to do that in the American Jobs Act. Even the long-term job-related policies don’t take into account large and important issues that will help determine our economic future, in particular the need for more immigration into the country as a policy for economic growth.

VP Debate: Biden Serves as Attack Dog

By: Friday October 12, 2012 12:19 pm

Vice President Joe Biden gave the debate performance last night that a lot of Democrats were looking for from President Obama. He was aggressive and pointed, let nothing go unquestioned, and used all of the attack lines and avenues that Obama left on the table. That Republicans are trying to use this aggression against him shows you that they have nothing much to say about their own candidate and need to search for excuses outside the debate. Blaming Martha Raddatz is another tell.

Vice Presidential Debate Liveblogging

By: Thursday October 11, 2012 5:55 pm

At last, the moment we’ve all been waiting for! No, seriously – Biden vs. Ryan is almost guaranteed to be more interesting than Obama vs. Romney. Ryan is flat-out crazy, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen Joe sleepwalk through anything.

Warren’s Success: A Politician Actually Fighting for Jobs

By: Thursday October 11, 2012 3:05 pm

Elizabeth Warren had what by all accounts was a solid debate performance last night, punctuated by a pivotal moment where Warren ripped aside the moderate mask Scott Brown has been trying to wear this whole campaign. He tried to come across as a staunch defender of women’s rights, but Warren would have none of it, highlighting Brown’s votes against equal pay and women’s health.

The Machine to Cut the Safety Net Gets Started

By: Thursday October 4, 2012 10:36 am

Charlie Pierce’s big line about the debate mirrored my thoughts about how the discourse has been so narrowed by a combination of DC establishment insulation from the actual problems of ordinary Americans, and Democrats becoming the face of New Austerity.

Romney’s Pre-Existing Condition “Plan” Involves Encouraging the States to Come Up With a Plan

By: Thursday October 4, 2012 8:20 am

What’s Gov. Romney’s plan on covering people with pre-existing conditions? He’s made it clear in the past. It’s pretty much nothing. If someone has continuous coverage, they would be able to get insurance. That’s essentially what happens with COBRA: people get to stay on their insurance if they get laid off for a period of time. And if you lose employer coverage within 90 days, you have an option to pick up coverage from an insurer. But there are tens of millions of people, close to 50 million in fact, who have broken their coverage. After all, without any actual help to purchase this coverage, it quickly becomes unaffordable.

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