Daily Archives: July 18, 2012
Sometimes bloggers do poor research… especially conservative bloggers. Not that I am worried about the blog competition, but here’s a neat piece I found on The Fifth Column:
A conservative blogger’s recent attempt to sandbag Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist Connie Schultz proved to be an epic failure — and the only thing saving him from public embarrassment is Schultz’s own grace.
The story begins on July 9, says Schultz, when she received an email from the inquiring blogger, who promptly misspelled the name of the author, former columnist for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, and winner of the 2004 Pulitzer for commentary:
Dear Ms. Shultz,We are doing an expose on journalists in the elite media who socialize with elected officials they are assigned to cover. We have found numerous photos of you with Sen. Sherrod Brown. In one of them, you appear to be hugging him.
Care to comment?
Uh oh, you might think. Soon she’ll have to defend herself from allegations of being overly cozy with a subject she reports on. Well — not quite.
On July 10, she replied with this:
Dear Mr. [Name Deleted]:I am surprised you did not find a photo of me kissing U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown so hard he passes out from lack of oxygen. He’s really cute.
He’s also my husband.
You know that, right?
Brown and Schultz have been married since 2004, as even a cursory Google search or glance through either one’s Wikipedia page would show. She recounted the amusing tale on Facebook and noted that as of Tuesday she hadn’t received a response.
- A Reporter’s Failed Attempt To Sandbag Connie Schultz (tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com)
- Conservative Blogger Outraged Over Senator Showing Affection To His Wife (huffingtonpost.com)
- Conservative Blogger Catches Reporter Hugging Senator Who Happens To Be Her Husbamd (outsidethebeltway.com)
- I Wonder Who’s The Mystery Blogger In This Post? (sinclairwatch.wordpress.com)
- Sen. Sherrod Brown’s Wife Makes Conservative Blogger Look Silly (usnews.com)
- Conservative blogger’s ‘gotcha!’ fails (jimromenesko.com)
- Gotcha Story Idea Backfires On Conservative Blogger (npr.org)
- Columnist Accused of Being Too Cozy With Own Husband (nymag.com)
In a poll by Latino Decisions released today, President Obama’s numbers are rising to 70% of registered Latino voters, compared Romney’s 22%. If that margin held until the election, it would certainly influence Latino voters in battleground states such as Florida, Nevada and Colorado.
Romney’s not giving up, however. He uses Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as a surrogate, and even though the word has leaked from his campaign that Rubio would not be a vice presidential pick, Romney is still hinting that he might.
In the ad, Craig Romney says:
“I would like to tell you how my father, Mitt Romney, thinks. He values very much that we are a nation of immigrants. My grandfather George was born in Mexico. For our family the greatness of the United States is how we respect and help each other, regardless of where we come from. As president, my father will work on a permanent solution to the immigration system, working with leaders of both parties.”
… and if you believe that, I have a great bridge to sell you.
- Poll: Obama winning most of Latinos (politico.com)
- Poll: Obama widens lead among Hispanic voters (thehill.com)
- Obama Up Big with Hispanic Voters (politicalwire.com)
- Obama opens up big lead in poll of Latino voters (blogs.mcclatchydc.com)
- Obama Leads Romney 70% To 22% Among Latino Voters (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Obama opens up big lead in poll of Latino voters (kansascity.com)
- Obama Has Big Lead Among Latinos in Swing States (politicalwire.com)
- Obama increases lead among Latinos (dailykos.com)
Even Fox News in a recent poll doesn’t think Romney can create jobs. The totals? 27 percent of Americans think Romney has a plan to revive the American economy… 41 percent of registered voters think Obama the better plan. That is a 14-point gap.
A revealing question in this poll was “Who do you think will do a better job looking out for you and your family during tough economic times?” 47 percent said Obama and 36 percent Mitt Romney.
“What is true in poker is true in politics. You can’t beat something with nothing.
And right now, voters are coming to the conclusion that when it comes to credible plans to fix the economy, Republicans have nothing.”
– Juan Williams, Fox News analyst
Are you surprised?
- Opinion: Republicans jab Obama on jobs, but have no plan of their own (thehill.com)
- Poll: Public says Obama tax plan more fair, helps economy (thehill.com)