HotAir Daily Express 08/20/2012

New book claims Team Obama riven with dissension, drama in 2008
8/20/2012 10:01:16 AM  Ed Morrissey
Maybe we don’t need polling to tell us the status of this year’s presidential race.  Glenn Thrush’s new e-book, Obama’s Last Stand, paints the Obama campaign as feuding, fighting, and fumbling — the kind of dynamics one sees

Trump to get “surprise” convention role
8/20/2012 9:21:43 AM  Ed Morrissey
Surprise!  Donald Trump will get a formal opening-day role at the Republican convention, according to Politico, who talked to “people familiar with the matter”: Trump has generated some buzz with recent posts on Twitter saying he was planning

Video: “Legitimate” rape? Update: Steelman blasts Akin
8/20/2012 8:41:18 AM  Ed Morrissey
Until yesterday, Todd Akin had a comfortable polling lead in Missouri over incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill in what had been the most vulnerable seat for Democrats this cycle.  Suddenly, one has to ask whether Akin has a, er, legitimate chance of

Obamateurism of the Day
8/20/2012 8:01:27 AM  Ed Morrissey
Via Real Clear Politics, a true Alfred E. Newman moment … what, me divide? “I don’t think you or anybody who’s been watching the campaign would say that in any way we have tried to divide the country. We’ve always tried to

Quotes of the day
8/19/2012 9:31:00 PM  Allahpundit
The Obama team on Sunday maintained that Vice President Joe Biden has not become a liability to the president’s reelection bid, despite the recent Republican backlash over his latest gaffe… Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter,

Is PolitiFact campaigning for Obama?
8/19/2012 8:01:00 PM  Dustin Siggins
Recently, the fact-checking organizations and failed to properly analyze an ad by President Obama claiming that Mitt Romney pays a lower tax rate than the average American. Just Facts President Jim Agresti and I subsequently

Does Ryan have a “Catholic problem”?
8/19/2012 6:31:11 PM  Ed Morrissey
That question has come at me several times in the nine days since Paul Ryan joined the Republican ticket as Mitt Romney’s nominee — and not meant in the same way that JFK had a “Catholic problem” in 1960.  People wondering about

Team Obama really pushing for the “triumph of hope over experience,” huh?
8/19/2012 5:01:02 PM  Erika Johnsen
Does this video give you “chills”? Because that’s the reason a deputy campaign manager for Obama for America provided in persuading me that I should watch it and share it with others in an e-mail late last night: Friend – This

Boston Globe: Biden’s “chains” remark sign of tiresome double standard for Democrats; Team Obama: So what?
8/19/2012 3:31:58 PM  Ed Morrissey
No, it’s not the Boston Herald, but the bastion of liberalism on (ahem) Morrissey Boulevard that pointed out the double standard for Democrats that gave Joe Biden a media pass for his “they goin’ to put y’all back in chains”

The end of tenure as we know it?
8/19/2012 2:01:09 PM  Jazz Shaw
We see plenty of political humor these days stemming from the policies and comments of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but not all of his ideas are suitable for satire. Back in 2010, the mayor proposed some remarkable changes to the public

Team Obama: People, Entertainment Tonight “equally important” to WH press corps
8/19/2012 12:31:31 PM  Ed Morrissey
Via the Free Beacon, which notes that the hard-hitting editors at People have headlined the critical, breaking story of whether Jennifer Aniston would ever get married again as the top story in their print copy this week — although on their

Halperin: Media pretty much does what Obama wants
8/19/2012 11:01:22 AM  Jazz Shaw
I’m not sure if we file this one under a refreshing trend of honesty in the media this election cycle, or simply a case of everyone having become so immersed in the day to day reality of political news coverage that they’ve just stopped