Election 2012

The Iowa Caucuses are silly (but we're all watching)

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We all know (or we ought to) that Iowa is radically unrepresentative of the United States and that the Iowa Caucuses are a dumb barometer for choosing a president and that only really insane news media coverage has made this into such a big event. Read more »

The redistricting furor

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I opposed the measure that created California's new Redistricting Commission. As we noted in our endorsements at the time:Read more »

Lots of buzz and politicking around D5 appointment

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There is eager speculation – and lots of public and private pressure being applied to Mayor Ed Lee – over the question of who he will appoint to fill the District 5 seat on the Board of Supervisors that is being vacated by Sheriff-elect Ross Mirkarimi.

Anti-progressive entities from the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce to the San Francisco Chronicle are urging Lee to appoint a fellow moderate to the solidly progressive seat, despite the outrage that would trigger on the left and the difficulty that appointee would likely have keeping the seat after the November election.Read more »

My (latest) favorite website ever

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Rick Perry will fight a chicken with hand. He says so himself, right here. And Newt Gingrich reminds us that you can't think when you're fucking high.

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The women who love Herman Cain

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Sexual harassment is serious, and Herman Cain ought to be held to account for the sizable number of allegations against him. (Really, whatever Cain says, most women don't make this stuff up; going public is painful enough). The charges that he had an affair? Whatever -- that's none of my business or anyone else's. But in the GOP world, being "unfaithful" is a pretty serious sin (unless, of course, your name is Newt Gingrich).

Still, it's pretty creepy that he's set up a "women for Cain" website, with some truly bizarre testimonials:

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Will Obama win in 2012?

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Right now, all the signs say no -- the economy isn't improving, he's pissing off his base, the GOP kicked his ass in the 2010 midterms, and a vast majority of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction. But then, at this time in 1991, all the signs said that George Bush I was unbeatable.

And then, of course, you have the Republican candidates.Read more »

Mormons and Republicans

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CalBuzz, one of my favorite political sites, has an interesting essay on what the anti-Mormon sentiment in America means for Mitt Romney. Among the central points:Read more »