Thursday, November 22, 2012

News Nuggets 1113

DAYLEE PICTURE: A bear cub in a wildlife sanctuary near Orr, Minnesota.  From the Daily Mail of the UK.
The Nuggetsman will be off (for the most part) until Monday.  Nuggets will then resume daylee posting!

Five Things To Tell Your Republican Relatives At Thanksgiving Dinner from National Memo
"This year, you have to have a little sympathy for your Republican family members. Not only did they lose, they lost after nominating a guy they never liked because they thought he could win. For this reason they’ll be extra agitated and prone to ranting. ...  if your right-wing relatives want to treat you like Colmes to their Hannity and demand a debate, you should be armed with a few facts that will at least get them thinking."

Is This the Deal that Will End the Austerity Crisis? (Ezra Klein) from the Washington Post
Lots of talk that the general outlines of a "fiscal cliff" deal are close and that it will look something like what Klein discusses here.
"We’re 42 days away from the beginning of the austerity crisis, and the strangest thing is happening: Washington appears to be preparing to deal with it in a smooth, timely, reasonable way."

A Big Step Forward on 'Obamacare' Implementation (Steve Benen) from MSNBC 
"It's up to the Obama administration to make choices defining the limits and the benefits under the legal framework. With this in mind, "Obamacare" implementation took another important step forward yesterday ..."

Jim Messina: What I Learned in the Election from Politico
"Jim Messina, fresh off running the victorious Obama reelection campaign, oversaw the most technology-heavy campaign in history. But he insists it wasn’t just number-crunching that led to victory. It was the convergence of 21st-century data and old-fashioned on-the-ground door-knocking that left Messina confident before Election Day that Barack Obama would be victorious over Mitt Romney."

Obama Campaign Polls: How The Internal Data Got It Right (Mark Blumenthal) from the Huffington Post
"Summing up the lessons learned from a massive investment in data and technology, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina has a blunt message for pollsters: "We spent a whole bunch of time figuring out that American polling is broken.""

The Poll Quants Won the Election (Tom Bartlett) from the Chronicle of Higher Education
"Before the election, Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal asserted that “nobody knows anything” about the potential outcome. David Brooks of The New York Times said forecasters lived in “sillyland.” Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post tweeted that “averaging polls is junk.” Can anyone seriously argue that now?"

Denialists, Whiners, and Wackjobs (Paul Begala) from Newsweek
"There’s more than one way to be a Republican."

How the 2012 Election Polling Really was Skewed – for Mitt Romney (Harry Enten) from the Guardian [of the UK]
"Many in the GOP were sure polls were biased against their guy. In fact, they undershot Obama's win by an embarrassing margin."
Several folks (Jonathan Chait being one) had noted that there was ample evidence months ago that the polls almost certainly UNDERSTATED the level of support Obama actually had -- and that the Obama people knew it.

How The Conservative Media Lost The Election (McKay Coppins) from Buzzfeed 
"The plan was to unmask Obama. It didn't work.

GOP Strategist: Time to Talk Back to Rush (Howard Kurtz) from the Daily Beast
"John Feehery, a veteran Republican strategist, has a blunt message for his party: It’s time to stand up to “the Rush Limbaughs of the world.”"

Republicans' Choice: Fantasy Follies or Reality-Based Relevance (Ana Marie Cox) from the Guardian [of the UK]
"The GOP's electoral future hangs on whether it prefers the 'conservative entertainment complex' to America as it finds it."

Joe Scarborough Is Part Of The Problem (Andrew Sullivan( from the Daily Beast
"Scarborough called Nate Silver an ideologue and a joke. Instead of copping to his slander and his foolishness, he now writes a Politico column that is so brimming with, well Politico-style Village media horse-shit you need a medical mask to keep breathing to the end."

Commentary Editor John Podhoretz Has Awkward Postelection Epiphany (Jonathan Chait) from New York Magazine
"Months of optimistic spin about your candidate must be cast aside for an entirely different sort of spin — where before the candidate was a budding juggernaut boldly carrying the party banner onward to victory, now we can see in hindsight that he was a hapless loser unable to articulate our side’s clearly winning vision. Transitioning from one line to another can often take months of careful tip-toeing. Commentary editor John Podhoretz offers up a magisterial postelection essay, “The Way Forward,” that instead simply takes the full plunge all at once."

Chris Christie Works with President Obama, Approval Rating Skyrockets (Jed Lewison) from Daily Kos
"Why is this bound to be upsetting news for Republicans? Because it's objective proof that when a Republican works with President Obama, voters like it. And if more Republican politicians follow Chris Christie's lead and decide that working with President Obama can be good for their political careers, then the entire GOP bubble is going to burst."

Romney Advisor Rips GOP Officials on About Face from Politico
"A top adviser to Mitt Romney’s failed presidential campaign on Wednesday slammed Republican officials for turning on their standard-bearer after angling for Cabinet posts only a few days earlier."

How Allen West Blew It from Politico
"Early this year, shortly after launching his reelection campaign, the congressman sought out a surprising figure—former GOP Rep. Mark Foley, who resigned in 2006 amid revelations that he had sent sexually-charged electronic messages to House pages. ... Foley thought highly of West—at one point, he even advised the freshman to run for Senate in 2012, reasoning that his fundraising capabilities and national profile would make him a strong contender."
With supporters like this, no wonder West lost!

“The Barbarous Years”: What 17th-Century America Really Looked Like (R.B. Bernstein) from the Daily Beast
"What was life like in America in the 17th century? According to a new masterpiece of history by Harvard’s Bernard Bailyn, it was nasty, brutish, and short. R.B. Bernstein considers what Bailyn’s work reveals about how unlikely the European settlement of America really was."

Winter's Tale by Cartier
Even the best Christmas ads usually leave me cold ... and most of them leave me somewhere between annoyed and offended.  However, this one I thought was pretty creative and well-done.
"Two panther cubs play hide and seek in a snow-laden forest of fir trees. These mischievous cubs lead us on an enchanting adventure. Follow their journey, filled with discoveries and precious gifts."

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