Tag Archives: First Read

When a Nation Forgets Its Own Clichés . . .

. . . well, that’s just sad. The hardnoting staff has a habit of recording mangled phrases in the press, and here’s our latest batch. • From Boston Magazine last July, about the 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial race: “[Martha Coakley’s] apparent reversal … Continue reading

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Let the Whatever Billion Dollar Rumpus Begin! (McCutcheon v. FEC Edition)

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission decision letting big-bucks political donors go all in, here’s the bad news by the numbers. From the NBC News digest First Read: Political spending from outside groups — … Continue reading

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Let The Wild Obamacare Rumpus Begin!

The air war over Obamacare has officially begun, with TV spots pro and con popping up all over the place. Via Monday’s MSNBC First Read: The fight to define health care’s  implementation: After the Supreme Court upheld the health-care law … Continue reading

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Barney & Friends Not Feeling The Love

Looks like interim Senate wannabe Barney Frank (D-Pick Me!) and his  drumbeaters have undercut their own cause. Start with drumbeater and Norfolk resident John F. Kelley (via ABC’s The Note): MOVEON MEMBER LAUNCHES PETITION TO PUT BARNEY FRANK IN THE … Continue reading

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Let The Whatever-Billion-Dollar Rumpus Begin! (Early Money Is Like, Yeesh! Edition)

The dog days of August have taken on a whole new meaning this election year. Political ad spending (a.k.a. attack advertising) has already reached Brobdingnagian levels usually reserved for the waning days of a campaign. From MSNBC’s First Read: Last … Continue reading

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Scott Brown (Hearts) Barack Obama

Sen. Scott Brown (R-It’s Not Girly to Shoot Underhand) has a new Radio Report that grabs onto Barack Obama like a liferaft. From MSNBC’s First Read: Scott Brown cites pride in ‘standing with President Obama’ in ad Massachusetts Sen. Scott … Continue reading

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Newt Dawn? Gingrich Seizes His “Moment”

From MSNBC’s First Read: Relishing in controversy, Gingrich cuts ad out of debate moment [From the Campaign Outsider Syntax Squad: No, guys – you either relish something or revel in it. Pick one.] To continue: No one can say that … Continue reading

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Rick Perry & Thrust (Iowa Blitz Edition)

Rick Perry (R-New Hampshire Caucuses) is ramping up his marketing efforts in Iowa, where they acually do hold caucuses. From MSNBC’s First Read: Perry pushes new Iowa mailer, TV ad WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Thirty-three days and counting till … Continue reading

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Let The $4 Billion Rumpus Begin! (Thrifty Obama Edition)

Barack Obama (D-I Need You to Do Me a Favor) has launched his first ad campaign with a small buy on national satellite television (DISH, DirectTV). Via MSNBC’s First Read: The ads, per NBC’s Alex Moe, urge supporters to go … Continue reading

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Political Dustups Over . . . Dust?

Apparently farm dust is the new toxic waste in political campaigns. Via the Huffington Post: Ad By Crossroads, Karl Rove’s Outfit, Yanked Off Air For Being False WASHINGTON — An ad by Karl Rove-backed Crossroads GPS was yanked from rotation … Continue reading

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