Author Archives: Campaign Outsider

Matt Labash Makes Kim Jong Ill

The hardworking staff has long been an un(L)abashed fan of Weekly Standard feature writer Matt Labash, and his latest piece makes us even more so. Troublemaker for Tyrants Thor Halvorssen hammers the Kims From the moment his dead-of-night emails, texts, … Continue reading

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Triple Overtime? Welcome to the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Say, that was some barnburner between the Nashville Predators and the Chicago Blackhawks last night, yeah? The hardwatching staff has been a little low on the uptake this Stanley Cup season (we have a new TV setup that we’re not … Continue reading

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Let the $9b Rumpus Begin! (Ad Early and Often Edition)

The air wars of Dustup 2016™ have gone from zero to :30 in no time flat. So the hardwatching staff is pleased to provide this handy clip ‘n’ save guide to the preliminary rounds, which range from the Presidential Donnybrook to the … Continue reading

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Celebrity Head Transplants (Katie Couric Edition)

First in a series from our Wait, What? desk The hardwrinkling staff gets the whole cosmetic surgery thing, especially for those in the media spotlight. But sometimes you get the (non-Botox) feeling that the makeovers have gone too far. Exhibit A: … Continue reading

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Airbnb’s Cuba Libre: Room and Coke?

Now that America and Cuba are on speaking terms again, it’s only natural that U.S. businesses get down to business, Havana-style. An early entrant is Airbnb, which ran this ad in yesterday’s New York Times:     Aircba is all the … Continue reading

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Mickey D and the Big Town Dailies

From our It Doesn’t Ad Up desk So, go figure. Fast-food giant McDonald’s announced on Wednesday that it will hike wages and benefits for employees at the stores it owns. McDonald’s then trumpeted that change with a full-page ad in … Continue reading

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Stones Snub Hub in Upcoming Tour

Hey, Boston: The Rolling Stones got no expectation . . . to pass . . . through here . . . again. From the Associated Press (tip o’ the pixel to Politico Playbook): Rolling Stones announce North American stadium tour LOS … Continue reading

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Say Hello to the New Shoefie!

From our Fear for the Republic desk This is an example of the traditional (that is, for all of a year) shoefie.     But there’s good news for the Me, Myselfie, and I set! A whole new definition of shoefie from … Continue reading

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Wait-What? The Entire New York Daily News Is Worth Less Than Its Newsstand Price?

It’s no secret that New York Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman is desperate to unload his Big Town money pit tabloid, but this is ridiculous (via Capital Playbook): “Cablevision’s Dolan to bid $1 for Daily News: sources,” by Post’s Keith J. … Continue reading

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Just Call Him Mike Hucksterbee

Former Arkansas governor and current GOP presidential wannabe Mike Huckabee never met a quack product he wasn’t willing to sell (and we’re not even counting his old Fox News panderama). Start with his shilling for a dubious diabetes treatment.     … Continue reading

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