February 20, 2012 |
If you thought you were living through a particularly nasty presidential primary season, turns out you were right. Four years ago, just 6 percent of campaign advertising in the GOP primaries amounted to attacks on other Republicans; in this election, that figure has shot up to more than 50 percent, according to an analysis of advertising trends. And the negative ads are not just more frequent — they also appear to be more vitriolic. In 2008, one of harshest ads Mitt Romney ran...
June 3, 2012 |
Sen. Jon Tester's massive right hand is capable of a vise-grip handshake. In old photographs, however, the Montana wheat-and-barley farmer often has his left hand in the pocket of his barn jacket. Or down by the leg of his jeans. The three middle fingers on that hand are gone, lost to the blades of a meat grinder when he was 9 years old. The 55-year-old Democrat still uses that hand when fixing the combine at his farm , flipping through a family album or picking up a burger ...
March 14, 2012 |
Finally, a conservative who likes President Obama. And he's not just any conservative, mind you. He's a capital-C Conservative, British Prime Minister David Cameron. On his official visit to Washington, the Briton could not say enough good things about his American host. On Iran: "The president's tough, reasonable approach has united the world. " On Libya: "Mr. President, Barack, about Libya . . . none of that would have been possible without the overwhelming support and overwhelming...
January 22, 2010 |
David Bossie, a veteran Republican campaign operative who made his mark investigating the Clintons, thought his group could offer a conservative answer to Michael Moore's successful films. After Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" premiered in 2004, Bossie's Citizens United group released "Celsius 41.11. " And after it became clear that Bossie's longtime enemy Hillary Rodham Clinton would run for president, Citizens United released another flick: "Hillary: The Movie. " Featuring a who's-who cast of right-wing commentators, the...
May 31, 2012 |
A very strange story, that 6,000-word front-page New York Times piece on how, every Tuesday, Barack Obama shuffles "baseball cards" with the pictures and bios of suspected terrorists from around the world and chooses who shall die by drone strike. He even reserves for himself the decision of whether to proceed when the probability of killing family members or bystanders is significant. The article could have been titled "Barack Obama: Drone Warrior. " Great detail on how Obama personally runs the assassination campaign.
August 8, 2012 |
In 2008, it was Joe the Plumber . This year, it's Joe the Steelworker. Joe Soptic, 62, has become a go-to figure for supporters of President Obama , appearing this week in his second campaign ad talking about being laid off from a Kansas City, Mo., steel plant that was taken over by Bain Capital in 1993. In the ad, released Tuesday by the super PAC Priorities USA and titled "Understands," Soptic makes his most heated claim to date, suggesting a link between his wife's death five years...