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Dick Morris predicted Romney would win in a "landslide," winning 325 electoral votes. (He won 206.) He was named "Worst Pundit of 2012" by PunditTracker, after making only 6 out of 30 correct predictions in 2012. And he was fired from Fox News, where accuracy is not always a precondition for employment. Now, he's heading over to 1210 WPHT where he'll replace Michael Smerconish, who's leaving for satellite radio. If Smerconish thought talk radio was "too old, too white, too male, and too angry" before, well...Morris will host daily from 2-6 p.m., beginning April 15th, the day Smerconish leaves. He made
More evidence that Chris Christie will never be president as long as he remains Republican: The New Jersey governor wasn't invited to CPAC, an annual gathering of the nation's top conservatives. "On the one hand, it spares Christie — who’s running for reelection in a blue state — the agita of having to make an appearance that Democrats would use against him in 2013. On the other, it underscores that some conservatives still are angry over the post-Sandy performance, as well as his tongue-lashing of House Speaker John Boehner for tabling a bill to provide storm aid." Maybe, but those
Like many liberals, I felt there was one appropriate response when I heard that Fox News ratings had plummeted to their lowest levels in 12 years:HahahahahhahahahahahahAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHahahahah! WOOOOOO!Or something like that. Schadenfreude’s an ugly emotion—and Fox News isn’t going anywhere—but sometimes the best thing in the world is to see your rival stumble and bump his nose on the door frame. It can enrich the soul on occasion.There are probably two big reasons that Fox News is losing viewers. One of them is kind of incidental, and won’t last forever. But the second requires everyone’s attention.The first: Nobody likes a loser.
On the face of things, it feels just a little too easy to equate today’s Republican Party with a bunch of over-entitled frat boys. Sure, George W. Bush spent most of a decade doing his level best to seal the connection in our minds with his famed ability to keep even close associates in their place by giving them passive-aggressively bullying nicknames like “Turd Blossom,” and sure, it’s easy to look at campus organizations filled mostly with smug, privileged white guys and guess how they’ll end up voting, but still, it’s all just a little too easy, right? The cheapest
Just when you thought the National Constitution Center was getting too edgy with their Prohibition exhibit, they've decided to scale things down to PBS-volume again. On February 4th, Rolling Stone author Al Gore will crash the NCC to protest Article II, Section I of the Constitution. Ha! No, actually, he'll be there to hawk a new book, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. Insert lame 'inventing the internet' joke here. [Philebrity]
Tom Corbett is caught between a rock in a hard place: Fund Pennsylvania's decimated transportation infrastructure, or obey Grover Norquist's no-tax pledge? It appears he's going to break with the (once?) mighty Norquist and lift a cap on wholesale gasoline taxes. Doing so would generate $1.85 billion in new revenue to help pay for roads and bridges. Yay! But lifting the cap would also add about 28.5 cents to the 19.2-cents per gallon already paid by wholesalers. Boo!It's unclear how much of that would actually trickle down to the consumer. MORE IMPORTANTLY, does this violate the all-important Americans for Tax
You kids are probably too young to remember Ron Headrest, the Max Headroom-like virtual version of President Ronald Reagan that existed only in Doonesbury cartoons back during the 1980s. But the technology is closer to real: Yahoo News reports that a Ronald Reagan hologram very nearly made an appearance at this week's Republican National Convention—courtesy of the same guys who brought you the Tupac hologram at Coachella. But Mitt Romney's representatives put the kibosh on that idea, apparently worrying it would overshadow their candidate. "At the time he hadn't chosen Paul Ryan, so I think they were a little worried about
[caption id="attachment_40711" align="alignright" width="114" caption="The author and his father, minus guns, in 1972."][/caption]Last weekend, my wife and I flew to Colorado to spend the weekend with her brother's family and celebrate her parents' 50th wedding anniversary. My in-laws are among the most genial and welcoming two people you could ever hope to meet; the first time I visited them, they treated me to four days of virtual nonstop fun in their native South Dakota. We biked the Mickelson Trail, hiked around the stunning granite outcrops at Sylvan Lake, rode horses through the Black Hills and spent an entire afternoon driving through Custer State Park where I was almost gored by a bison. They also happen to be the most politically conservative people with whom I've ever voluntarily spent an extended length of time—which makes my “East Coast Liberalism” (their take, not mine) something of a novelty, especially when I visit with them in their home state (ranked the sixth most conservative in the nation by Gallup).
Two weeks ago, HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher broadcast a segment that quickly became controversial, and to me represents one of the more unfortunate trends in recent political discourse.The segment was filmed around the time of the Mississippi Republican presidential primary, and filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi—daughter of the former House speaker—interviewed voters about the election and President Obama, pointing out that Mississippi is both the nation's poorest state and its most conservative. The three-minute video featured several people fitting every liberal's worst stereotypes of conservative rednecks in the deep South: gun-toting, missing teeth, nostalgic for the Confederacy, and quick to make ostentatiously racist comments about the President and black people in general.
Christopher Hitchens never really shied from speaking ill of the dead. So it wasn’t really a surprise when—amidst all the hagiography following his own demise Friday—more than a few anti-war writers decided to rhetorically spit on Hitch’s still-warm body, not giving up the grudges created by his vituperative advocacy of the Iraq War.“Unforgivable!” Gawker screamed.