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It seems to me that there's a lot of talk about the "Republican base" in these Benghazi days we're living in. The party is trying to fire up their base by politicizing the deaths of four Americans on September 11. That's the media narrative, and one that can be countered in relatively simple fashion. Follow me below the orangey thing to find out how.

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I attended a taping of NPR's "Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me" last night, and P.J. O'Roarke claimed this mantle for himself. It was very funny, and got a big laugh from the audience.

Conservatives don't seem to have a sense of humor, and perhaps if they did it would make them more tolerable. But O'Roarke knows he's outgunned on an NPR show, so he does what he can to keep it light.

The show, as always, is worth a listen on Saturday morning, or on the podcast.

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When Bruce Springsteen recorded "Badlands" decades ago, he foretold of Mitt Romney, in some way. Romney's imperious refusal to release his tax returns prove that he has no intention of appeasing the masses. Fellow rich guy John McCain could see Romney's returns in 2008, but we can't see them today. That speaks volumes about his mindset, doesn't it?.

And here's something I wrote on my blog about it, if you're interested.

http://bluebattinghelmet.wordpress.com/...

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Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 09:23 AM PDT

Anyone else troubled by this?

by SweetHomeChicago

The "You didn't build that" line from President Obama's recent speech in Virginia seems to be the salvation that the Romney campaign is looking for. In trying to divert attention away from his tax returns, and the revelations that his time at Bain Capital extended longer than he's said it did, the hope is that a distorted, clipped sentence can be the equivalent of a political "Get out of Jail Free" card. It's not working so far, and it may have helped to bring an exceedingly ugly image to light. More on the other side of the orange curly-Q.  

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Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 07:33 AM PDT

Wromney for America

by SweetHomeChicago

I'm going to do some silly, seemingly insignificant thing for the rest of this campaign. But I'm going to explain why in this space, in the hope that it will make sense to others who are likely to share my view of the world.

I hate making mistakes, at least when it comes to using words. I don't like texting, because it leads to making mistakes (that damn little touchscreen on my phone is a problem for me and my big fingers) and it's a big hassle to correct them, so I let them go more often than I would like. But on the whole, I'm a stickler when it comes to getting things right.

But I'll break with that for the next few months. Keep reading to find out why.

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Eight years ago, Bush and his minions touted the fact that there hadn't been any successful terrorist attacks since 9/11. This was their way of absolving Bush and his administration from any responsibility for 9/11 itself. So let's take that claim and apply it to President Obama's first term in office.

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Sat May 12, 2012 at 09:38 PM PDT

Malfoy for President

by SweetHomeChicago

This morning, as I was out walking my dog, a thought came to me. I have been giving the Mitt Romney incident at Cranbrook School a fair amount of thought over the past few days, and I realized that there's an angle we haven't heard--and won't ever hear--from the major media outlets in this country. Follow me down and I'll tell you what it is.

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