The Daily Grind
10:40 AM, Jul 15, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
First Olbermann didn't know MSNBC was running a Twitter account for him and now this? So much for the tech-savvy libs.
Progress of a sort: The world has reached gender parity in schooling.
What else is left? "The problem is that he and his West Wing turn out to be not especially good at politics, or communications — in other words, largely ineffective at the very things on which their campaign reputation was built."
Karl Rove on his No. 1 mistake: I didn't work hard enough to refute the "Bush lied" meme.
Testing, testing: "After fixing a leak on a cap designed to plug up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP engineers readied Thursday to see if the new top is enough to contain the gusher."
Dana Bash, folks: "When the couple showed [Kathy] Griffin a picture of Sen. Scott Brown and asked her to identify the figure, she responded 'Scott Brown – who is a senator from Massachusetts, and has two daughters that are prostitutes.' Bash erupted with laughter, while King grimaced."
The stimulus albatross: "The hurried legislating and foolhardy assurances from the administration that the bill would prevent unemployment from climbing higher than 8 percent have made the Recovery Act the punching bag that it is today. The most recent USA Today/Gallup Poll found that 57 percent of adults claim the stimulus has had no impact on the economy or has made it worse. In the poll, 60 percent of respondents said they doubt the stimulus is going to help the economy later on. Embattled Democrats, trying to run purely local campaigns, try touting construction projects paid for by the stimulus program but cannot mention the law’s name."
Are we giving trial lawyers a tax break that never passed a house of Congress?
Chuck Todd on leadership: "When the going gets tough, Democrats, well, freak out."
Revving up: FEC reports to be filed today by potential 2012 challengers to President Obama reflect a swarm of behind-the-scenes activity, with top Republicans more convinced than ever that the president is vulnerable if they can find a strong horse. Mitt Romney led the money race from April to June, raising $1.8 million for his Free and Strong America PAC, compared with SarahPAC’s $866,000 and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s $723,501.
The Old Spice guy tells Obama how to get women voter back: