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It's debate day, so it's a big day for pre-gaming. We were without Greg Dworkin today, but the publication of the latest Daily Kos/SEIU State of the Nation poll gave us the opportunity to highlight the differences between analyzing an unfavorable poll and "unskewing" one (i.e., cheating). Then a meandering stroll through the news, including the launch of Glenn Beck's line of jeans, the absurdity of Rep. Joe "You Lie!" Wilson (R-SC) complaining about the inappropriateness of President Obama's campaign accusing Mitt Romney of lying, and Rep. Darrell Issa's stretch in comparing the Benghazi attacks to President Bush's "mission accomplished" moment. Finally, we returned to the story of Mitt Romney's time at the head of Bain & Company's consultancy with the Russian government, and wondered why being a top advisor to the Yeltsin administration gets no mention from a campaign that admits it's lacking in foreign policy experience. Is it just that he's reluctant to accept the Cold War-era implications? Or is it that given the chance to construct a free market economy from the ground up, Romney instead opted to reconstruct a much more familiar (and personally profitable) kind of crony capitalism?

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  •  When exactly did Mitt have his Russian experience? (1+ / 0-)
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    Pre- or Post-Gorbachev?

    Pre- or Post-Putin?

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 10:31:54 AM PDT

  •  Love the music (0+ / 0-)

    I prefer solid harsh punk. I think that would be the most appropriate choice of music in these difficult times.

    And such. Too.

    Better get back to the web. The internet isn't going to surf itself.

    by RodSerling on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 10:54:44 AM PDT

  •  I didn't think it was possible ... (1+ / 0-)
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    Rep. Darrell Issa's stretch in comparing the Benghazi attacks to President Bush's "mission accomplished" moment
    ... but every time they try (and fail) to equate President Obama to his predecessor, they just make the shrub look even worse than we already know him to be.

    "The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another." ~ George Bancroft (1800-1891)

    by JBL55 on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 11:07:00 AM PDT

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