Whenever political consultant Mike Murphy joins the podcast, the sparks fly. This week is no exception as the man who coined the term "Bachmann-Schmachmann" takes no prisoners as he defends David Brooks, explains why Bachmann probably can't win, and gives a master class in how to parse campaign finance reports, all with his trademark style and humor. You may not agree with him, but you will not be bored.
P.S. We had some intermittent audio issues this week due to the bane of all podcasts: lousy hotel WiFi. We apologize in advance.
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- No, we are not going to re-print the entire "man from Nantucket" limerick. That's why Google was invented.
- Here's a shot of John Kerry on his bike. Not exactly Dukakis on the tank, but close.
- Our man in Nantucket (not to be confused with the man from Nantucket) Rob Long snapped these photos of the Tea Party signs on July 4th.
- A $1.50 sounded awfully low for a cup of coffee in season in a tony resort town. So we called The Bean coffee shop on Nantucket and was told that a large latte goes for $4.25 a pop there. Bottom line: Ricochet is too cheap.
- The phrase "live at Budokan" is a reference to Cheap Trick's hit album released in 1979, featuring the single Surrender. Hear it the way James first experienced it by purchasing the cassette from Amazon, which you can pick up (used) for a penny.
- The much discussed column by David Brooks may be read here. Rob's post on Ricochet is here. Mollie Hemingway took umbrage with Mr. Brooks as well. Ricochet guest contributor Meghan Clyne kinda, sorta defended Brooks. Clearly, she didn't read the memo.
- Those bloop noises? That's Mike Murphy calling us on Skype. Mike, don't call us, we'll call you.
- Steve Allen was indeed the first host of The Tonight Show. Even though he died in 2000, he's got his own website, although it looks like it hasn't been updated since he passed away. Check out this video of Jerry Lee Lewis' TV debut on Allen's show. Incredible.
- Since Murphy is now writing for Time we thought it was fitting to link to this piece from 1981 reporting on budget battle Reagan undertook while he was recuperating from the assassination attempt on his life.
- Rob is correct: it is indeed being reported that Boehner and Obama are talking. And not just about lining up a putt.
- We're this close to having some Bachmann-Smachmann t-shirts printed up. The problem is, we'd probably have to share the dough with Murphy and Bachmann.
- Like it or not, in the age of Google, presidential candidates simply cannot make easily checked gaffes. It has nothing to do with the media. just ask Brit Hume. P.S. Editing your candidate's Wikipedia page to make her look like he or she was correct is creepy and Orwellian.
- Political strategist Ed Rollins is currently the guy charged with making sure Michelle Bachmann deosn't makes any more gaffes. Given some of his past clients, he should have a pretty good handle on how to do that.
- Mike did a great analysis on how to parse campaign financial reports. It's a must read.
- This year, The Ames Straw Poll is on August 13th at Iowa State University. Perhaps we should host a live chat that night with Murphy.
- The Washington Generals never win. Ever (OK, once in 1971). But they do have their own website and they appear to be hiring.
- The complete Murphy Time oeuvre is here. His piece on how Obama could overcome a weak economy through demographics is here. His post on Pawlenty's struggles is here and the "giggling" Pataki post may be read here. Finally, follow Mike's musings on Twitter. We do (nice shades, dude).
- Yes, it's true: Murphy will be doing a podcast for us on the election starting sometime in August. Really looking forward to that one.
- Give it up for Ricochet member Cas Balicki for his post Is It Time to Introduce a National Sales/Value-added Tax in the U.S.? He wins a copy of this week's Encounter Books Pick of The Week. Watch your email, Cas.
- No, Claire did not write a post about a legendary stripper, she wrote a post about buying roses from Gypsies.
- The "fast and furious" ATF arms for criminals story just keeps getting weirder and weirder. We'll see how high up it goes.
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