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* Ed Rendell tells ABC's Top Line that Joe Sestak's ad tying Arlen Specter to George Bush is "disingenuous."

Yeah? Seems a lot more defensible than the original party-switching deal with Specter that Rendell and company foisted on all of us.

* Taegan Goddard notes that the weather is supposed to be bad in Pennsylvania tomorrow, potentially giving Sestak an edge.

* Ben Smith interviews Tim Pawlenty about his hard turn to the right in preparation for 2012.

* Duncan Black revives the Friedman Unit for Obama's war in Afghanistan. For those Post readers unfamilar with the term, read Wikipedia's description, since we may hear more of it.

* Nate Silver says Republicans are the ones taking risks by backing insurgent candidates.

* Dave Weigel notes the really important context behind Daniel Pipes' amazing, much-linked post decrying Muslim winners in beauty pagents:

This comes not from a penny ante blogger but from a former State Department staffer, former member of the United States Institute of Peace (holding a recess appointment after being filibustered by Democrats), and former adviser to Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign.

* And speaking of Rudy, he's getting ready to hop on his 9/11 magic carpet for yet another ride to, well, somewhere.

* Financial regulatory reform's endgame comes into view, and Byron Dorgan is still out there fighting the good fight.

* Markos Moulitsas says Kendrick Meek may already be in real trouble.

* It would be an understatement to say that Andrew Breitbart is makin' it up, but his extremely odd views didn't stop him from getting a huge profile in the New Yorker.

* Justin Elliott notes that GOP Rep. Darrell Issa has suddenly emerged as an unlikely defender of Miranda rights.

* And on a personal note, Obama's dog may have been a lot more expensive than mine, but in terms of cuteness I'll put my black lab up against Bo any day:

Cocoa.jpg

What else is happening?

By Greg Sargent  |  May 17, 2010; 6:06 PM ET
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Comments

The dog is cute Greg but slippery slope, slippery slope....

Don't go all John Cole on us.

Posted by: BGinCHI | May 17, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Dog pics? What's the dog's name?

Dee Dee, our rat terrier, is not cute or nice but we love her anyway.

Posted by: sbj3 | May 17, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

hah, BG, good point. Swear there won't be another one of these. :)

sbj, his name is alternately Cocoa or Elvis, depending on the day...

Posted by: Greg Sargent | May 17, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

"Justin Elliott notes that GOP Rep. Darrell Issa has suddenly emerged as an unlikely defender of Miranda rights."

What, you mean "former car theft suspect Darrell Issa"? Whenever a conservative takes a surprising position on civil rights, it's always because it has affected them or their friends and family.

As a rule, they seem incapable of conceiving of how the draconian policies they routinely advocate can affect ordinary people unless something happens to pierce the "it can't happen to me" bubble.

Posted by: jimeh | May 17, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

huh, interesting jimeh, hadn't considered that possibility...

Posted by: Greg Sargent | May 17, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Apologies if you saw this earlier, but I wanted to post this really provocative article by Ron Brownstein on jobs:

http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/print_friendly.php?ID=nj_20100515_5237

Here's the opening:

"If the economy produces jobs over the next eight months at the same pace as it did over the past four months, the nation will have created more jobs in 2010 alone than it did over the entire eight years of George W. Bush's presidency.

That comparison comes with many footnotes and asterisks. But it shows how the economic debate between the parties could look very different over time -- perhaps by November, more likely by 2012. More important, the comparison underscores the urgency of repairing an American job-creation machine that was sputtering long before the 2008 financial meltdown."

Posted by: BGinCHI | May 17, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

The "Atlantic Triangular Trade". Commerce. Capitalism. Profits. Really, the heights of human accomplishment in trade if you think about it. Stuff a boat with cocoa or coffee or metal or black people caught in nets and shackled in the hold and sail away and boy can you make a killing.
http://thinkprogress.org/2010/05/17/california-texas-textbooks/

Posted by: bernielatham | May 17, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, BG - that article already pretty much debunked itself - what with the footnotes and asterisks and all...

Posted by: sbj3 | May 17, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

sbj, I guess he could just make stuff up, you know, like every walking member of the GOP.

But if you want to defend the Bush jobs record, you're free to do that, and then we can compare that to where we're headed.

Posted by: BGinCHI | May 17, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

"compare that to where we're headed"

Will they also have unicorns and fairy princesses where we are headed?

Posted by: sbj3 | May 17, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

"Markos Moulitsas says Kendrick Meek may already be in real trouble."

Ya think?

Posted by: CalD | May 17, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Hatch meets anti-Hatch and the universe folds in on itself...

INGRAHAM: But aren’t you part of Washington?

HATCH: Hell no. I’ve never been.

As Yglesias points out, Hatch has been a Senator longer than Matt has been alive...
http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2010/05/orrin-hatch-pretends-to-be-outsider.php

Posted by: bernielatham | May 17, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

"Will they also have unicorns and fairy princesses where we are headed?"

sbj, let's leave your stuffed animal collection out of this.

Posted by: BGinCHI | May 17, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

"Will they also have unicorns and fairy princesses where we are headed?"

And a really big white piano with Liberace at the keys. You're gonna love it.

Posted by: bernielatham | May 17, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

And his brother George?

Posted by: sbj3 | May 17, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Nice intersection of posts there, BG

Posted by: bernielatham | May 17, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

No, sbj. I'm sorry but George is off to the southern climes where's he's assisting an elderly Evangelist.

Posted by: bernielatham | May 17, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Beck: "[W]hat's coming is horrific. I don't even want to speak it out loud"

We've been warned.
http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201005170022

That's one damn fine news organization over there at FOX.

Posted by: bernielatham | May 17, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

"Markos Moulitsas says Kendrick Meek may already be in real trouble." -- Ya think?

I, personally, don't think so. I could be wrong, but there is plenty of time in this race and the Rasmussen poll out today showed Meek beating Crist with Dem voters for the first time.

There's a LONG way to go yet.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 17, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Ethan, agreed. Gosh, in FL, what could possibly happen?

Who knows how many scandals and weird occurrences there will be between now and Nov.

Meek can still really benefit from Crist and Rubio beating the crap out of each other, too. Long way to go.

Posted by: BGinCHI | May 17, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Lol. Check out this Youtube video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMUVFctJ2Xw

Maybe Greg can add it to the morning round-up?

Posted by: mikefromArlington | May 17, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm think it's really funny Markos is saying Meeks is in trouble. Kos has never had anything to say about Meek. He was too busy trying to convince everybody that Crist should flip to Dem. A proven liberal in the race, but Kos only had eyes for Crist. Still does. Maybe someone should tell me what is the difference between Arlen Spector flipping to Dems admittedly to win re-election, and Charlie Crist all of a sudden trying to show his independence from the GOP.

DK is about helping to elect better Democrats. I've seen Kos go to the mat for Halter in AK (he even called FLOTUS classeless for not recognizing Halter at her commencement in Pine Bluff). How many money pleas has KOS had for Meek?

Posted by: lynell33 | May 17, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Lynell, it's Josh at TPM too. It's truly bizarre. And it's not so much that they should be hyping candidates just because they are Democrats or progressives, but if you're going to cover politics, cover politics. Meek has been doing nuts and bolts on the ground work for months now. But for some reason there is this idea in the political media that if it isn't controversial, it isn't news. And that bothers me to no end.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 17, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

The Cute is definitely strong with your black lab.

My golden retriever/pretty much a lion may look adorable...
http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewImage&friendID=275733573&albumID=338056&imageID=1651966

But it's all part of his plan to attack things that he believes belong to Hugh Munn
http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewImage&friendID=275733573&albumID=338056&imageID=1651968

Posted by: MichaelConrad | May 17, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone see this NYT piece on Blumenthal claiming to be a Vietnam vet when he is not?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/18/nyregion/18blumenthal.html?hp

Where do they find these guys? If my home state ends up with Lieberman and a Republican I'm going to start telling people I'm from MA.

Posted by: Eli6 | May 17, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

"Yeah? Seems a lot more defensible than the original party-switching deal with Specter that Rendell and company foisted on all of us."


Rendell owes his entire career to Specter's hiring of him as a prosecutor while Specter was Philadelphia District Attorney. Anything Rendell says for the public record with regards to this primary election must be considered in light of that very real debt.

Posted by: akaoddjob | May 17, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Hatch meets anti-Hatch and the universe folds in on itself...

INGRAHAM: But aren’t you part of Washington?

HATCH: Hell no. I’ve never been.

LOL!

That's why one of Orrin's best friends was Teddy Kennedy!

Posted by: akaoddjob | May 17, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

That Ben Smith article on Tim Pawlenty made me sicker than I already was. Pawlenty is the real wolf in sheep's clothing. In fact, he may have been the model for the Carly Fiorino Demon Sheep ad.

I think he's always been very far to the right but disguises it with his voice and demeanor. Even Bernie got taken in at some point, though you've seen the light, right Bernie?

Posted by: AllButCertain | May 17, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

I mentioned The Mudflats blog in an earlier post today. Go there for an exclusive interview with Geoffery Dunn regarding his new exposé on Sarah Palin:

http://www.themudflats.net/2010/05/17/the-lies-of-sarah-palin-a-mudflats-exclusive-interview-with-geoffrey-dunn/

I predict that Dunn's book will end Palin's run as an on air personae and squash any nascent POTUS bid before it ever really starts. The press will simply be compelled to check out Dunn's allegations and Palin will not be able to respond coherently.

Favorite extended quote:
"Dunn: Those inside her own camp are already talking about Palin being elected in 2012. They joke about her living in the White House. And they are already slamming Romney. I have sources in Wasilla and in D.C. who have told me that. Plus I’ve had some internal documents leaked. And Vegas bookies still have her as the GOP favorite.

Most importantly, Sarah Palin has an Obama fetish. She is consumed by him. She was devastated by the loss in 2008. She wants a re-match. She thinks that she can beat him in 2012. I also think she believes she has to beat him to satisfy her father. She remains very much Chuck Heath’s daughter."

As if we need any additional proof as to the extent of Palin's imbecility, she thinks that SHE can beat Obama in 2012. I'll take odds on that bet.

Posted by: Gasman1 | May 17, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Gasman, that's a fascinating interview on Palin. You're going to drive Greg to start that blog on her he's mentioned.

Posted by: AllButCertain | May 18, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

ABC,
If Greg follows up on some of the dirt that Dunn uncovers, that would be fine with me. Palin is a narcissistic grifter and a compulsive liar who has this strange power of attracting morons the way Scheiße attracts flies. Her continued presence on the national stage is more than an embarrassment, it is dangerous in that it lets a true mental incompetent within reach of national power. Palin makes Dan Quayle and George W. Bush look like Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein by comparison.

Posted by: Gasman1 | May 18, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

"I predict that Dunn's book will end Palin's run as an on air personae and squash any nascent POTUS bid before it ever really starts. The press will simply be compelled to check out Dunn's allegations and Palin will not be able to respond coherently."

I predict that Dunn will continue to cement his reputation as a buffoon and incompetent hack.

Posted by: quarterback1 | May 18, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

@ABC - Until Sue Lowden came along, Pawlenty was the thing with feathers. I guess I assumed the law of averages would apply to Republicans and that here or there a good one ought to pop up. But as we've come to learn, if a good one does pop up, the movement itself will immediately draw and quarter the poor soul and then put his head on a pike.

Posted by: bernielatham | May 18, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Another piece on Drew Westen http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/17/AR2010051703823.html?hpid=politics

Glad they are attending to him.

Posted by: bernielatham | May 18, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

The linked piece from yglesias, which in turn recycles New Yorker drivel, is weak to say the least.

Wouldn't it be more honest, not to mention informative, to actually confront the idea that Obama is influenced by Frankfurt School critical theory, rather than yet again to resort to cheap and stupid rhetoric about how "odd" it is to claim Obama was elected as a result of a "plot" by German intellectuals in the 1930s?

There is no controversy about the fact that Frankfurt School critical theory profoundly impacted American academia beginning in the 1960s and pervaded social science and humanities departments by the late 70s and 80s. I lived it and learned it, and so did thousands of others who were in colleges and universities then, including Barack Obama. In fact, Columbia University became something of an informal home of the Frankfurt School. I saw many classmates adopt these ideas; some are teaching them to another generation in universities today.

This has nothing to do with a "conspiracy" or "plot" by German intllectuals to get their man elected POTUS. Radical professors at elite American schools h s widely taught this material for several decades now -- Marcuse, Adorno, Habermas (the favorite of one of my radical professors) as well as Gramsci and other neo-Marxists (although some had already moved on to Foucault and nihilism by the 80s). This was all happening while Reagan was President, and Yglesias's attempt to dismiss it as a fantasy because Reagan was elected is utterly absurd.

If Mr. Sargent or yglesias or that shallow hack from the New Yorker have any idea what neo-Marxist critical theory even is, I would love sometime to hear your explanation of why it is outlandish to believe that Obama is influenced by its ideas. Please do explain to us how we know that Obama rejects neo-Marxist critical theory?

But I won't be waiting, since the cheap it job on supposed conspiracy thinking is all they ever deliver.

Posted by: quarterback1 | May 18, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

All, morning roundup posted:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/05/the_morning_plum_10.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | May 18, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Re the Palin stuff...

The least interesting sort of person, it seems to me, is the one who is deeply self-absorbed, Paris Hilton, say, or Palin. It's because they are so self-absorbed that they aren't much interested in anything else outside of themselves. This lack of curiosity and attention outside of self means they don't bother to get educated or to attend to things which aren't immediately related to them.

But there are things going on here which are bloody interesting. Dunn claims that the GOP establishment is "deeply concerned" about her because she will be divisive, for country and party. It's not clear if he's suggesting that concern arises from her near-certain loss if she runs but it's clearly a factor.

Yet in the (internally linked) piece, Alaska's Hickel describes her as a puppet and "not her own woman".

And this is where all the interesting questions sit. Whose woman is she? If you have Limbaugh and Kristol and FOX and the WSJ pushing her forward early on, then one ought to consider them as likely candidates for puppeteer. And yet, how do those folks not meet the description of GOP establishment?

Posted by: bernielatham | May 18, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

"But it shows how the economic debate between the parties could look very different over time -- perhaps by November, more likely by 2012."

Obviously, now that we have Obamacare, jobs will explode as millions of new "entrepreneurs" who are no longer "job locked" quit working and pursue their dreams of being musicians.

So Eva Pelosi has told us.

No doubt millions of kids will be able to pursue their dreams of being video game developers now, too, since their health care will be provided, freeing them from the drudgery of work.

I look for strong inflation within 12 months as employment rapidly reaches the "full" point and goes beyond. We are on the brink of an Obamacare and regulation and tax-driven entrepreneurial revolution.

The internet and high tech boom will look like nothing compared to the coming "pursue your dreams" boom.

Posted by: quarterback1 | May 18, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

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