From Dave Wiegel at SLATE:
There are two contradictory rules in politics about how to handle an opponent’s embarrassing scandal.
Door Number One: Pile on. The guy’s not “under fire” unless there are flames on him. In the words of James Carville, “if he’s drowning, toss the sonuvabitch an anvil.”
Door Number Two: Back away. The guy’s on fire: You don’t want to get singed!
The choice that Cain’s opponents are making tells us a lot about how he can move past this. They’re all picking Door Number Two. Rick Santorum, in Iowa, isn’t talking about it. Ron Paul is explicitly saying he won’t go after Cain’s “character.” The Perry and Romney campaigns merely deny that the story came from them.
So who outed
Herb Herman Cain?
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From Alex Pareene at Salon:
Grown-up professional political pundits and journalists have decided that President Obama’s response to the oil spill has been a complete and utter failure because he has not acted mad enough. Some of them are also mad that he has not magically stopped the leak. A couple of them have specifically wished for him to act more like America’s Dad.
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From Joan Walsh at Salon:
[…] Tuesday night on CNN’s “Larry King Live,” rising GOP shill/star Liz Cheney refused to denounce the “Birthers” — the right-wing fringe movement devoted to denying (for a changing array of reasons) that Obama is eligible to be president. Instead, Cheney defended the Birthers by blaming Obama for their rage.
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From the New York Daily News:
If Rush Limbaugh is the new face of the Republican Party, it’s a face with lots of scars.
Not so much the literal ones, but scars in the character that is El Rushbo[…]
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