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  • From the Pork Barrel: Mitt Romney Loves to Laugh

    * It's a near-perfect simulation of genuine emotions of humorishness.

    * "The only relevant comparison that I see between [Mitt Romney's] campaign and Friday Night Lights is in the character of Buddy Garrity." -Peter BergFNL series creator and anti-BuzzBissinger

    * Looks like the swings states are slowly but steadily swinging away from Barack Obama. Oh well. Who needs Iowa?

    * Todd "Shut That Whole Thing Down" Akin is, it seems, also quite the scholar in the field of evolutionary science.

    * Download our free iPhone and iPad app Indecision Election Companion and jump up into the the Peanut Gallery — our liveblog/instant reaction arena — to watch and respond with us as we watch CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning at 9 am (EST).


    Tags: Barack Obama, Evolution, Mitt Romney, Pork Barrel, Science & Technology, Television, Todd Akin
  • Barack Obama Launches Big Bird Attack [VIDEO]

    During his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2008, Barack Obama proclaimed, "If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things."

    So it's a good thing that Big Bird stands at 8 feet, 2 inches tall, because the latest Obama campaign ad — running on cable television — features a narrator intoning, "Mitt Romney knows it's not Wall Street you have to worry about, it's Sesame Street. Mitt Romney: Taking on our enemies no matter where they nest…"

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    Tags: Advertising, Barack Obama, National Review, Television
  • Big Bird Claws Back at Mitt Romney

    Mitt Romney may love Big Bird, but the feeling is not mutual. Ever since Mitt Romney promised to "stop the subsidy to PBS" during the first presidential debate, the Internet has been atwitter with the protests of loyal Sesame Street viewers.

    The kerfuffle is another reminder that primary elections matter. Sesame Street is produced by the Children's Television Workshop. If Newt Gingrich were still around, there'd be no debate about the worthiness of the enterprise, except to wonder why it doesn't employ even more children.

    As it is, Romney has an Occupy Sesame Street movement on his hands…

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    Tags: Children, Debates, Mitt Romney, Television
  • Mitt Romney Needs His Juice Fix

    Campaigning in Ohio, Mitt Romney decided to replace his usual shtick of patrician condescension with a new strategy: begging for a hit of that good stuff…

    "I need it in a big way," Romney replied. "Come on, you guys, I need you to come through."

    The established consensus holds that Romney is the male version of Arrested Development's Lucille Bluth. Yes, Romney's words sound perfectly convincing coming out of Lucille's mouth, but while the Bluth matriarch is a vodka-swilling Machiavellian, Romney is a hapless teetotaler.

    Forget Lucille, Mitt is our Buster, with the mommy fixation replaced by daddy issues. Whenever Romney adopts his addict routine as above, it's hard to imagine him begging for votes or drugs, but it's very reminiscent of Buster, "We have unlimited juice? (laughs) This party is going to be off the hook."

    And both are over-educated graduates of prestigious preparatory schools! You can always tell a Milford man.

    Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Mitt Romney, Ohio, Television
  • Top 10 Things Barack Obama Should NOT Say on Letterman (Too Late)

    Damn it! Damn it! Damn it! I meant to get this Top Ten list of of ridiculously stupid things that President Obama should definitely avoid saying on The Late Show with David Letterman up on the blog before his scheduled appearance the other night. Unfortunately, I got all distracted by this video of a monkey wrestling with a puppy, and before I knew it, I was too late.

    As it turns out, he really could have used my advice

    When asked if he remember what the national debt was when he entered office, President Obama said "I don't know what the number was precisely." Obama told Letterman "we don't have to worry about it short term."

    If only I had gotten this post up on time! Aaargh! He somehow managed to hit two of my ten trouble statements within seconds of each other. Look…

    1. "I don't know what the national debt number is precisely."
    Definitely don't say this or any variation of this. It hits exactly at conservative's biggest criticism of you. You can't make yourself look like you're uninformed about one of the biggest issues of the day. And, besides, it's not like it's difficult information to find. Remember that giant debt clock the Republicans had at their convention, so maybe refer to that.

    2. "I suspect there might be werewolves, or possibly Frankensteins, hiding inside the walls of the White House."
    This kind of paranoid rhetoric is not going to instill confidence in voters who are looking for an even-keeled rationalist to be in charge. Plus, it's really more of a Michele Bachmann-esque talking point.

    3. "We don't have to worry about the national debt in the short term."
    Again, you can't make yourself look like you somehow don't care about the national debt. Republicans are going to keep hammering away at this issue. See #1.

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    Tags: Barack Obama, CBS, David Letterman, Debt, Television