The Other McCain

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

Memo From the National Affairs Desk: Mathematical Impossibilities Happen

“Rick Santorum charged of out Tuesday’s wins in the South with a fresh claim to being the chosen son of the Republicans’ conservative flank. Mitt Romney limped out with something that could endure longer: an enhanced lead in delegates. “Under the cruel math of the prolonged GOP primary race, Mr. Santorum’s victories in Alabama and […]


UPDATE 1:55 a.m. ET: Mitt Romney wins all nine of American Samoa’s delegates, just like Guam. I say we sell ’em both to China. Package deal. Good riddance! UPDATE 1:05 a.m. ET: Earthquake in Vanuatu. Just a coincidence, right? UPDATE 12:15 a.m. ET: As of now, according to the Associated Press, Mitt Romney has 472 […]

The Expert Agrees: Polls Are Crap! BONUS: @ESantorum2012 in Hawaii

Nate Silver of the New York Times shows a surprising humility in explaining the limitations of polling, particularly with the situation we’re facing in Alabama and Mississippi: We don’t have what you might call “data depth.” Unlike the early states (e.g., Iowa or South Carolina), we don’t have a long string of polls, several every […]

Rick Santorum’s Daughter Elizabeth Will Campaign for Her Father in Hawaii

This news was announced Saturday night: The former Pennsylvania senator broke the news about his daughter while standing on stage at a campaign rally in Missouri with his wife, Karen, and second-oldest child, John. “John just said to me there is an advantage of being the oldest,” Santorum joked. I’ve contacted my editors at The […]

Celebrity News Update: Djou Wins Hawaii; Lindsay Lohan Hits the Bottle; PLUS: Beyonce! Obama! Felipe!

The biggest Hawaiian superstar since Don Ho: Republican Charles Djou emerged victorious tonight in the special election to fill Hawaii’s vacancy in Congress, giving Hawaii its first GOP member of Congress in 20 years. Djou won the special mail-in election with 39.7 percent of the vote in the final printout, released at 9 p.m. The […]

Divided Democrats Help Hawaii

Republican Charles Dijou now leads by 8 points: With two Democrats on the ballot in Hawaii’s May 22 mail-in election, a Republican could win with a plurality . . . Video from Steve Foley of the Minority Report: Meanwhile, in case you missed it earlier, my Green Room special report on the PA12 special election is now […]