Into the 10th Inning

Posted on October 16, 2012
Whether you loved it or hated it, thought it was necessary or unjustifiably rude, the story of the debate was definitely how Vice-President Biden aggressively handled Congressman Paul Ryan, with “that’s a bunch of malarkey” and “oh, now you’re Jack Kennedy!” zingers. But the real winner of the vice-presidential debate wasn’t Biden, or Ryan, or the entertained audience, but debate moderator Martha Raddatz who was gaining 1,000 Twitter followers per minute during a good part of the debate for a superb performance; demanding specifics and calling out nonsense from the VP candidates.
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No Need to Panic

Posted on October 10, 2012
Well, things just got confusing: according to a new poll, Allen West hasn’t only managed to close the 9 point gap in just a week, but is now ahead of his opponent by 12 points. Ok now, either the pollsters are messing with us, or Florida’s 22nd District is home to the most capricious set of voters in the country (we’re ruling out the “bad polling” explanation because it’s too plausible and not funny enough).
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Keeping It Interesting

Posted on October 02, 2012
Depending on which pundit you ask, this debate will change the direction of the race in one direction or the other, or not matter at all (thank you, pundits).
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Like We Haven’t Had Enough

Posted on September 25, 2012
The law, which requires voters to present a photo ID at the polls, was initially upheld in a ruling that cited a legal precedent, from 1869, which advocated implementing a discriminatory registration process in order to avoid placing “the vicious vagrant, the wandering Arabs, the Tartar hordes of our large cities, on a level with the virtuous and good man” (we’re not kidding).
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Secrets and Bombshells

Posted on September 18, 2012
By the way, does Romney know that the Republican Party platform says that it “envision[s] two democratic states” as the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Way to go undermining the Party platform, Mitt.
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Dealing with the Aftermath

Posted on September 11, 2012
So, are the Dems owning up to the mishap, or are they further embarrassing themselves like an 800 pound gorilla attempting to avoid detection by hiding behind a twig? Yes, you guessed it again.
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We Wrote This Countdown Together

Posted on September 07, 2012
We can’t write a Countdown from the Democratic National Convention without addressing the elephant in the room (you know, the one repeatedly yelling “no”), so let’s get straight to it.
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We Built This Countdown

Posted on August 31, 2012
Greetings from Tampa, where the Republican National Convention just wrapped up. This is a special RNC edition of Countdown, which we built ourselves with very hard work and no one can take it from us (but you can still read it). Enjoy!
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Feeding Monsters

Posted on August 21, 2012
Carney recalled how Odysseus chooses to lose several of his men to the six-headed monster rather than lose his entire ship to the whirlpool. In Carney’s version of the epic, as you’ve surely guessed, the constitutional rights of Arab Americans and American Muslims are what must be fed to the six-headed monster to save the ship.
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Hour of Turbulence

Posted on August 14, 2012
While not every attack can be directly traced back to the bigoted rhetoric of politicians, one certainly shouldn’t miss the connection between the rise in these types of incidents and the increase in mainstream acceptance of this rhetoric. We’re not just talking about people being offended anymore; we’re talking about the safety of real people in America. No joke, we urgently need to put a stop to this nonsense.
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