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On Monday April 22nd, conservative pollster and talking head Frank Luntz gave a speech at Penn (he's class of '83). At one point he requested to go off-the-record, telling the audience that what he wanted to say would get him in trouble. A reporter with the Daily Pennsylvanian complied while a college junior named Aakash Abbi did not, choosing instead to record Luntz on his iPhone and send the footage to Mother Jones, which also aired Mitt Romney's "47%" video. In his comments, Luntz blamed conservative talk radio hosts for damaging the Republican cause.Marco Rubio's getting his ass kicked. Who's
Ah, the perils of the paid-gig speaking tour. Talking to a high school in Grosse Point, Michigan--Romney territory--Santorum received an apparently empty bomb threat via social media, when a student Tweeted, "Hey Mr. Santorum, can you sign this bomb for me?" The child was removed. Undeterred, and pocketing $18,000 for the trip, Santorum speechified away, reprising an old story about dog pee. [CBS]
Today, dearly departing for satellite radio Michael Smerconish has officially been succeeded by Dick Morris, the fired Fox News pundit who should be forever remembered for his ineptitude in the field of punditry. Dick will kick things off today from 2-6 p.m. at WPHT 1210 A.M. Call 610-668-2095 or 610-668-5868 to let him know how you feel. FYI: "Today’s topic: How Obama’s tax policies are destroying us!"
If not for a couple of massive egos, Mitt Romney may never have been the GOP nominee. Josh Green reports that last February, during the Republican primaries, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum nearly joined forces to consolidate their support against Romney. First, after Gingrich lost Florida, Santorum's people called him and asked him to drop out. Gingrich had a better plan.He proposed that both men join forces but remain in the race, each concentrating on the states where he matched up best against Romney. Gingrich thought he could carry Georgia, Delaware, Washington, and Wisconsin (from which his wife, Callista, hails).
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
Germantown native and deputy chief technology officer for Barack Obama's campaign dished on the POTUS's web strategy at Callowhill's VentureF0rth tech incubator. Among the revelations: Obama answered all his own Reddit AMA questions; Obama's tech team had somewhere between eight and fifty times the number of staffers Romney's did; and staff members were allowed to tweet at their own discretion, to maximize the potential they would get their message trending.“The main metric is not dollars raised,” Conlow said. “The main metric in technology is the number of people you talk to and how effective you are at convincing them on
Jack-of-all trades Comcast exec David L. Cohen and his wife Rhonda were two of Philly's three biggest Obama fundraisers last year, collecting over $500,000 from friends and family for the president's reelection campaign. Mark Alderman of law firm Cozen O'Connor rounded out the group. This surely makes Cohen the only guy in the state who's raised triple figures both for the Democratic president and the Republican governor who refuses to implement a major slice of his signature health care law. [Inquirer]
The twice-felled presidential candidate sat down with Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace yesterday, once with his wife, once solo. This is the first time we've seen Romney out of the wilderness since his election, but he wastes no time critiquing Obama for not bringing the country together during this latest fiscal crisis. Highlight occurs durring joint interview when Romney addresses the issue of people taking iPhone pictures of his mussed hair. Also: Ann really, really thought they were going to win. And Mitt really, really, wishes he were president right now.
"They're here. They're serious. They'd like to talk," reads PW's cover story. And one's registered as a Democrat, another doesn't like the state's voter ID law, and the third guy opposed the effort to repeal Obamacare. Meet Philly's black GOP. [Philadelphia Weekly]