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Clare Malone and Jamelle Bouie have “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Super Tuesday” up at The American Prospect. Frank James of NPR.org weighs in with “Super Tuesday: What to Look For.”
The Nation’s Ben Adler elaborates on “Rick Santorum’s Elite background” in stark contrast to his working-class pretensions, first noted at TDS by James Vega. As Adler notes, “His fraudulence as a working class candidate, both biographically and substantively, hasn’t stopped him from making reactionary appeals to anti-elite resentment…There’s no doubt that Santorum is more adept at appealing to cultural and class resentments of working class voters than Romney. But that doesn’t mean he is actually working class himself, and the media should not indulge this fantasy any more than they should have let George W. Bush pretend he was a brush-clearing cowboy.”
Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has some interesting advice for President Obama in his Ohio campaign. As Pete Hamby writes at CNN’s Political Ticker: “If I were the president, I would talk about the Cayman Islands, I would talk about Swiss bank accounts. What could persuade a man running for president to have Swiss bank account?
Sue, Sandra sue!
Turns out Rush Limbaugh’s oft-cited ratings are a lot of baloney, alleges Cenk Uygur. Writing in HuffPo, Uygur says: How many listeners does Rush Limbaugh have? Well, in the press there are only two numbers you’ll ever see — 20 million or 15 million. Those are large numbers, so that is why Limbaugh is taken seriously and is believed to be influential…I’ve got news for you — those numbers are a total fabrication. They’re made up out of whole cloth…” Uygur explains how listener ‘ratings’ are determined and concludes “Rush’s audience is a myth. He is a paper tiger. Do some people listen to him? Of course. Is it anywhere near the hype? Not remotely. Talk radio is a dying business. I wouldn’t be surprised if his daily listeners didn’t even reach a million…”
Looks like Dems’ initial optimism about taking Snowe’s Senate seat was a little premature, reports Steve Kornacki at Salon.com. A popular former Governor Angus King, is now preparing to run as an independent. King is one of two Maine Governors who have been elected as Independents.
A new CNN/ORC poll has President Obama tied with a generic GOP nominee — in Georgia, reports Atlanta Journal Constitution Political Insider Jim Galloway.
Dems, don’t even think about tilting toward a little austerity, now that the recovery seems on track, argues Nobel laureate Paul Krugman in his ‘Conscience of a Liberal’ blog entitled ‘Not Again With The Pivot.’ Krugman offers five compelling reasons, including: “…it just isn’t true that structural adjustment, to the extent that we do need it, proceeds faster and more easily when the economy is depressed. Workers won’t leave jobs if they aren’t reasonably sure of finding others; firms won’t invest even in useful new technologies unless there’s adequate demand. Keeping the economy weak is a way to postpone good changes, not accelerate them…”
Women trending blue, says NBC’s Chuck Todd.
Ambreen Ali has a post up at Roll Call Politics, “GOTV a Mission of Hispanic Media,” which ought to chill Republican leaders. According to Ali, “Last month, Univision partnered with Hispanic advocacy groups and smaller media outlets in a campaign called “Ya Es Hora,” or “It Is Time,” to broadcast information on how to register to vote, comprehensive campaign coverage and news segments on issues such as immigration and jobs…A similar campaign ahead of the 2008 elections helped naturalize more than 1.4 million people, according to the network…Telemundo launched its own campaign with advocacy groups in November, called “Vota por Tu Futuro,” or “Vote for Your Future,” and has even worked political plots into its steamy soap operas…Univision and Telemundo both reach more than 90 percent of Hispanic households, giving them access to a much-coveted bloc of swing voters.”

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