The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Layover in Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif. The airport terminal here is a low-tech, low-budget affair — a single-story building with two large, bare waiting areas and a sort of vestibule where the TSA has its security-screening operation. The restrooms are located in a couple of temporary-looking out buildings. There are none of those covered gangways to or exit […]

Memo From the National Affairs Desk: Final Boarding at McCarran International

The National Affairs Desk, 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 McCARRAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Las Vegas By the time I got to the taxi stand in front of the fabulous Venetian Resort Hotel, it was 4:30 p.m. and I only had until 5 p.m. to get checked in at the Jet Blue counter for my flight […]

Money Problems for Rick Perry? Also: Thoughts on the Logic of Strategy

Call this the “former front-runner” problem: Texas Gov. Rick Perry kicked off his presidential campaign with an aggressive fundraising schedule that quickly made him a front-runner for the Republican nomination. But reports his campaign filed with the Federal Election Commission show that his ability to attract big money fell off steeply in September — perhaps […]

VIDEO: Hitler Reacts To CNN GOP Debate In Vegas

by Smitty For discussion of the importance of magnets and hair to the debate, read the live blog. This was our first outing on one of these. This blog recommends considering buying the film, as we did, before having a go.

Herman Cain’s Day in Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nevada Herman Cain spoke this afternoon at the Western Republican Leadership Conference here: Earlier today, I went with Steve Foley of Citizens for Cain to a luncheon at Maggiano’s Little Italy hosted by the Republican Women of Las Vegas: After Cain’s luncheon speech, he posed for photos with well-wishers while surrounded by the […]

A Venn Diagram Might Be Helpful

LAS VEGAS, Nevada Last night at the CNN debate, somebody said, “Hey, have you seen Erik Telford?” “No, is he here?” “Yeah. He was on Twitter asking who was coming to Vegas for the Western Republican Leadership Conference.” Well, I’d been busy covering the debate and hadn’t seen the Twitter message, and by the time […]

LIVE AT FIVE – 10.19.11

by Smitty Live At Five is experiencing technical difficulties having to do with bandwidth availability in the Clark County joint that may or may not have something to do with this video:


LAS VEGAS, Nevada We’re here at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, where the CNN Republican debate in Las Vegas just ended. Now the action shifts to the “spin room,” where candidates and their proxies try to convince reporters that their candidate scored a crushing victory in the debate. UPDATE: I actually got started early […]

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