Subscribe: The Carpetbagger Report
Preview: The Carpetbagger Report

The Carpetbagger Report

Commentary and Analysis on Politics in America by Steve Benen

Published: Sat, 28 Jan 2012 21:25:54 +0000


We’ve moved (again)

Sat, 28 Jan 2012 21:25:54 +0000

Effective Monday, January 30, 2012, I’m blogging at MSNBC’s MaddowBlog, where I’ll also be a producer for “The Rachel Maddow Show” and an MSNBC contributor. I hope to see you there. Carpetbagger archives and this site’s search feature will remain active indefinitely, as will my email address. My most sincere thanks to everyone for all the support [...]

We’ve moved

Sun, 24 Aug 2008 13:00:31 +0000

Effective Friday, August 22, I’m blogging exclusively at the Washington Monthly’s Political Animal. See you there. Carpetbagger archives and this site’s search feature will remain active indefinitely, as will my email address. My most sincere thanks to everyone for all the support and encouragement. I hope to see all of you at my new home.

Goodnight I Say

Sat, 23 Aug 2008 11:00:58 +0000

Guest Post by Morbo Well, the cat is out of the carpetbag: Steve is off to The Washington Monthly to become a real political animal. It couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy. I’ve known Steve before there was a Carpetbagger Report. I used to joke about him being the biggest political nerd I’ve ever known [...]

We’ve moved

Fri, 22 Aug 2008 11:00:47 +0000

Just a reminder, as of this morning, I’m blogging exclusively at the Washington Monthly’s Political Animal. See you there. As for Carpetbagger content, be sure to swing by Saturday morning for a sign-off post from my friend “Morbo.” And now, back to the news….

Thursday’s Mini-Report

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 21:30:35 +0000

Today’s edition of quick hits. * Confirming earlier reports: “Iraq and the U.S. have reached preliminary agreement to withdraw American forces from Iraqi cities by next June, six years into the increasingly unpopular war, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Thursday after meeting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.” * Russia isn’t in any hurry: “Washington [...]

Housekeeping note

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 20:50:47 +0000

Just a reminder, as we discussed earlier in the week, today is the last day I’ll be posting content to The Carpetbagger Report. Starting first thing in the morning, I’ll be writing exclusively for the Washington Monthly’s Political Animal blog. It’s right here. A couple of other quick notes. First, my friend “Morbo” will have a [...]

The ‘birds of prey’ have landed at McCain campaign headquarters

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 20:00:27 +0000

Oddly enough, when I started going through the news this morning, I noticed a story about John McCain criticizing lobbyists, and thought that would have to be the big political story the day. That, of course, was before I noticed that McCain couldn’t keep track of all the houses he owns. Nevertheless, overshadowed or not, this [...]

Spakovsky lands on his feet, will work on voting rights

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 19:20:43 +0000

Hans von Spakovsky, as a top political appointee in Bush’s Justice Department, was a leading player in what has been labeled the administration’s “vote-suppression agenda.” When it came to voter disenfranchisement, von Spakovsky was a reliable member of Team Bush. And as a reward, Bush tried to promote von Spakovsky to a six-year term on [...]

A noun, a verb, and ‘prisoner of war’

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 18:30:04 +0000

The initial response from the McCain campaign on the senator’s confusion about how many homes he owns was pretty weak. Put it this way, it talked about arugula and Hawaii. A couple of hours later, though, the McCain gang went with the one response that applies to every question. The McCain campaign is road-testing a new argument [...]

Exactly how many homes does McCain own?

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 17:45:07 +0000

We know that John McCain owns so many homes, he’s lost track of the exact number. But as long as it’s the topic du jour, maybe we should go ahead and answer the question McCain is struggling with — how many homes does McCain own? The McCain campaign conceded that the senator owns “at least four.” [...]

House flap manna from heaven for Obama, Dems

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 16:50:29 +0000

Have you had the feeling that the Obama campaign has seemed troubled of late? They’re on the ropes, slipping in the polls? Maybe they could use a little spark to help shake up the race? Based on the last few hours, I think they got one. We talked earlier about a reporter from the Politico asking John [...]

Thursday’s campaign round-up

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 16:00:24 +0000

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn’t generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers: * The major players are still hoping for unity: “Politico reports that Clinton’s campaign is putting together a 40-person ‘whip team’ to quickly shut down any protests before they become vocal enough for the [...]

McCain won’t try to highlight differences with Bush

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 15:18:58 +0000

John McCain has struggled for a long while to explain the ways in which he’s different from George W. Bush. He wasn’t asked the question much during the Republican primaries, but in recent months, it’s been an awkward subject for him. For a while, McCain would tell anyone who asked about the differences that he disagrees [...]

The temperament question comes roaring back

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 14:45:25 +0000

For months, any and all criticism Barack Obama directed at John McCain was about policy differences. It’s become one of the more dramatic differences between the two campaigns — McCain would go after Obama on personal issues (arrogance, patriotism, etc.), while Obama would go after McCain on substantive issues. Yesterday, Obama’s team mixed it up a [...]

McCain owns so many homes, he’s lost count

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 13:45:36 +0000

Throughout the campaign, there have been various trivialities that have taken on enormous political significance. Nearly everyone can no doubt rattle more than a few examples off the top of their heads — haircuts, arugula, bowling scores, lapel pins, etc. But I have a hunch not one of these is as humiliating as this one. Sen. John [...]