Bradley Manning Presents a Tough, Complicated Case

Photo of Bradley Manning and Julian AssangeBradley Manning presents a tough, complicated case. Either you believe he is a great whistle-blowing hero or a confused young man who broke every rule in the book. Along the way there were questions about treatment in jail, media involvement, and the role of Julian Assange.

As often happens in what passes for American “public discourse”, everyone has an opinion and clamors to offer it while confusing salient facts.

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Are Debates Even Worth It?

Debates and Undecided Voters

We’re half way through debate season and every media outlet and water cooler in the nation reeks with the stench of idle speculation. A million Tweets are aflutter with who won, who lied, and this year’s novelty bitchfest – moderator bashing. Sure, interest is high, but are debates even worth it?

Campaigns design them to capture the hearts and minds of a miniscule slice of the electorate. These people can’t make up their minds if the ghost of Charlton Heston held a gun to their heads. They stare at their closets every morning trying to decide what to wear. Given the chance, they would change clothes six more times for the flimsiest of whimsy. In short, they are the Kim Kardashians of the voting world. Bush didn’t win his election because people watched him mush-mouth his way through a debate. He won because Floridians were too stupid to operate a ballot.

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What Do Mitt Romney and Joe the Plumber Have in Common?

Heeeee's Back: Joe the Plumber

TWO PEAS IN A POD – Joe and Mitt have a lot in common – including running some of the worst campaigns in recent history.

Here’s a burning question. What do Mitt Romney and Joe the Plumber have in common? As it turns out, they are each running the most incompetent political campaigns ever.

Samuel Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, is the honest-to-God, official Republican candidate for Ohio’s 9th Congressional District Representative. He opposes 15-term incumbent Democrat Marcy Kaptur. Joe has taken the novel position that the best way to run for Congress is to stay hidden. But not hidden in that Mitt Romney way where you cut a few stump speeches until the heat from your latest gaffe blows over. No, he means really hidden, as in you have to contact him through the country party chair because he doesn’t answer his phone hidden.

Obviously, this does not make the 9th District’s Republican swells happy. And therein lies the first commonality between Mitt and Joe. Their party hates them.

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