‘Binders full of women’ hits Amazon

If you search for "binders" on Amazon.com, you will see some very interesting reviews:

Breaking News: Romney Paid No Taxes in 2009

Romney now denies this!  (See updates below)

This just in from Business Week:

When the stock market collapsed in 2008, the wealthiest investors fared worse than everyone else. (See, for instance, this Merrill Lynch study.) The “ultra-rich” — those with fortunes over $30 million — fared worst of all, losing on average about 25 percent of their net worth. “There was really nowhere to hide as an investor in 2008,” Merrill Lynch’s president of global wealth management pointed out in 2009. “No region ended the year unscathed.”

As a member of the ultra-rich, Romney probably wasn’t spared major losses. And it’s possible that he suffered a large enough capital loss that, carried forward and coupled with his various offshore tax havens, he wound up paying no U.S. federal taxes at all in 2009. If true, this would be politically deadly for him. [...]

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Rubio Not Even Vetted?

From ABC News:

[K]nowledgeable Republican sources tell me that [Marco] Rubio is not being vetted by Mitt Romney’s vice presidential search team. He has not been asked to complete any questionnaires or been asked to turn over any financial documents typically required of potential vice presidential candidates.

Although it is possible that Rubio may yet be asked to go through the vetting process, it has been nearly two months since Romney named his long-time aide Beth Myers to run his vice presidential search. The fact that Rubio has not been asked to turn over any documents by now is a strong indication that he is not on Romney’s short list of potential running mates.


Apparently the Romney team has decided to go with the "boring White guy" option. (As opposed to the "Zombie White guy" option.) Unless, [...]

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Obama a “metrosexual Black Abe Lincoln”? (Illustration)

In a piece entitled With memo, race issue flares in campaign, Politico boldly quotes the New York Times without actually linking to their story:

Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades offered a relatively mild rebuke to a $10 million proposal to run a new super PAC blitz against Obama. The memo to attack Obama, prepared for TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, describes Obama’s effort to portray himself as a “metrosexual Black Abe Lincoln,” according to The New York Times.

We at Immizen, of course, have no trouble providing the link to the original source.

Analyzing the Analysis

Now is the "silly season" of election handicapping. There are too many of these out right now to read every one, but this bit of hackery by new blogger Charles Mahtesian of Politico caught my eye:

Whatever you call the most competitive places on the electoral map – swing states, battleground states, toss-ups – the range of opinion suggests that they aren’t all equally in play. And that’s borne out by the polling and recent voting history of many of the states.

One way to look at the swing state collection is to divide them into hard and soft swing states. The hard swing states are nearly universally agreed on by the two parties, analysts and by media outlets as up for grabs; ad purchases and investments by the candidates, parties or outside groups underscore their status as extremely competitive.

The soft swing states [...]

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The dangerous new Obama book

Let's reward Politico for it's over-provocative headline about the new Obama book and give their website some more hits.

In the handful of excerpts released so far, there are no new bombshells involving personal or political corruption or indiscretion beyond anything Obama has already revealed, though the book isn’t out until June 19.

Oooohhh!  Sounds scary!

Update 12:13:  Jennifer Rubin agrees!

There is an art to junk journalism: Write a flashy headline that isn’t supported by the story itself, treat old news as a revelation and assert that those about whom you are writing are terribly frightened of what you are writing.

On a meta-level, I have to note that there is also an art to how bottom-feeding bloggers get attention:  Decry the sensationalism of other blogs with higher Google rankings than your own, make sure to include the exact headline of blog [...]

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