Here’s the Herminator – NYTimes.com.
Here’s the Herminator
Published: October 14, 2011
For instance, on the matter of immigration, Cain says that he thinks it would be a great idea to build an alligator-filled moat between the United States and Mexico. (“And make it a real big moat.”) So, in the spirit of political fact-checking, I called an expert, Frank Mazzotti of the University of Florida, who said that the cost of keeping the alligators alive in that climate “would be astronomical.” If there turned out to be a spot along the border where the alligators were comfortable, Mazzotti said, they could escape, multiply and create “all sorts of economic problems.” Not to mention the danger to household pets
Read the full story here: The New York Times
Michele Bachmann, others raise millions for political campaigns with ‘money blurts’ – The Washington Post.
In the ever-evolving world of campaign fundraising, some
politicians have stumbled on yet another way to bring in buckets of
cash. Let’s call it the “money blurt.”Here’s how it works: An up-and-coming politician blurts out
something incendiary, provocative or otherwise controversial. The remark
bounces around the blogs and talk shows and becomes a sensation.
And in the midst of it all, the politician’s fundraisers are manning the phones and raking in the donations.
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US Republicans: race to the right | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian.
US national debate needs pragmatists, not people who indulge grievances and parade prejudices as badges of identity
The US Republican party has made a bad start showcasing its presidential talent as it begins to choose a candidate to run against Barack Obama next year. Its prime exhibit is Mitt Romney, who made his personal fortune downsizing companies, but whose current message – ironically – is “jobs, jobs, jobs”. He joked to unemployed Floridians, that he, too, was unemployed. Few laughed. Or there is Michele Bachmann, who makes sense to the evangelical right, but sounds almost unhinged to many others. Her answer to faltering economic recovery? Close down the Environmental Protection Agency.
Read the full article here: The Guardian, online edition, June 19, 2011
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s announcement Monday that he will not seek the presidency is just the latest sign that politically sentient Republicans fear their party’s voters have moved so deeply into la-la land that winning their support in next year’s primaries could render their nominee unelectable in November. “Friends of Barbour,” reports The Post’s Dan Balz, “said that he had come to the conclusion that Republicans can win only if they are totally focused on serious issues and not distracted by some side issues, such as Obama’s birthplace, that have arisen in the early going.”
Read the complete article here: Republicans are being held hostage by their base – The Washington Post.
“a philosophy delivered without a passport and with a view (on a clear day) of Russia”, quoted from The New York Times
“From an inspirational notion, however flawed in execution, that has buttressed the global spread of liberty, American exceptionalism has morphed into the fortress of those who see themselves threatened by ‘one-worlders’ (read Barack Obama) and who believe it’s more important to know how to dress moose than find Mumbai.”
the science dealing with Alaska’s first female governor and US VP nominee, Sarah Palin
and also referred to in The Los Angeles Times
That’s Todd Palin, accourding to the Washington Post.
“a creepy literary type [… of] irrational, emotional, self-referential women”
quoted from: Slate Magazine
“Occasionally, I am a human being like everyone else.” – Hillary Clinton on why she “mis-spoke” by claiming to have landed in Tuzla in Bosnia under sniper fire when she hadn’t.
quoted from: The Economist, March 29, 2008, online edition
Now, did she “mis-speak” again, or did she really mean to say that she is human only occasionally?
a (somewhat derogatroy and dismissive) term used by the Clinton campaign to describe the young and better educated among Barack Obama’s followers
Another term for Mr Obama’s followers is “Starbucks Democrats” whereas, in Chris Lehane’s wording, Mrs Clinton’s followers could be called “Dunkin’Donuts Democrats; cf. The New York Times