January 17, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Since Enrique Peña Nieto assumed the post of president here last month, his fellow Mexicans have grown accustomed to his public speaking style, which -- most of the time at least -- is as carefully manicured as his famous pompadour. Each word from Peña Nieto's lips tends to be enunciated with the accent-free precision of a TV newscaster; each idea is limned (no doubt thanks to a passel of talented speechwriters) with a simple clarity that can border on the graceful.
June 28, 2011 |
On a day that was intended to showcase her viability as a top-tier presidential candidate, Michele Bachmann spent Monday evening defending her veracity and explaining a gaffe that seemingly had her mixing up American icon John Wayne with a notorious serial killer. Bachmann found a friendly place to deliver her side of the story: Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News Channel. It became the forum where Bachmann and the news channel patched things up after a brief tiff spurred by Fox newsman Chris Wallace's asking Bachmann last weekend if she was a “flake.” Wallace was pushing Bachmann about whether she stretches the truth, an issue that has begun to trail the Minnesota conservative as even she has showed steady improvement in the polls.
November 13, 2011 |
"Saturday Night Live" had the last word on Rick Perry's struggles this weekend, stretching his 54-second memory lapse into a nearly six-minute opening sketch. SNL's take actually started by weighing in on the Herman Cain harassment allegations. "The important thing is, for every woman who has come forward, there are two who have not," Keenan Thompson says in his portrayal of the former pizza chain executive. A confident Perry, played by Bill Hader, then predicts he's going to "nail it" in the latest debate.
March 22, 2012 |
The Romney campaign may be learning that sometimes the best weapon against an unshakably bad story like "Etch-A-Sketch"-gate is to laugh it off. First, a refresher. Eric Fehrnstrom, one of Mitt Romney's top aides, torpedoed what should have been a gangbusters news cycle for the campaign with this answer to a question about how damaging the primary has been to Romney's chances in November. "I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It's almost like an Etch-A-Sketch.
March 6, 2012 |
The people who want to drive Rush Limbaugh off the air were not assuaged or persuaded by his apology over the weekend. They say he was not sincere: He only apologized for calling a Georgetown University law student a "slut" and a "prostitute" because of pressure from advertisers. Well of course he wasn't sincere. And of course he was only apologizing to pacify advertisers, which were getting pressure to pressure Limbaugh by these very critics. Oh, there might have been a political calculation too - that he'd gone too far for the good of his ratings or his celebrityhood.
February 5, 2010 |
A senior presidential aide is supposed to solve problems, not create or compound them for his boss. So the White House was knocked off-stride when Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was forced to issue a public apology for using a derogatory word for people with learning disabilities. But even before the gaffe, Emanuel was becoming a magnet for criticism of President Obama's difficulties in turning his ambitious agenda into achievements. In an unguarded moment, Emanuel had referred to a group of liberal Democrats as "retarded."