“A writer is someone who is interested in all the arts, in politics, and of course the psychology of people. Someone passionate about everything.”
– Susan Sontag, Radio France Interview (“Regarding Susan Sontag,” from HBO)

An excerpt from the latest book by Taylor Marsh:

…This is the heart of infidelity – physical lust and longing that are separate from love. Having the ability to live in the eye of passion blocking all else out, not allowing the complications of feelings and emotions to enter the arena of desire. Nothing exists but two human animals finding their way to erotic release. Carnality can catch you up in its vortex where you find yourself doing things you never dreamed of before. Sexual acts of unbounded moral lethality or unlimited imagination can take you over a pleasure cliff you never knew existed, and over which you feel you have no control. When an affair is moored in the physical alone, no earthly responsibilities attached, the escape works like a narcotic. It becomes an obsession, and is equally as deadly as any drug. […]

The Interview You Can Bet the White House Watched

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

This is where I tell you that national polls don’t mean much, then I cite national polls. It’s a snapshot in time moment.

The good news today for Pres. Obama in match-ups is because of the Republican circus, in Iowa and in the House, but also because of the end of the war in Iraq.

The bad news is that Mitt Romney is beating him with independents, which comes from PPP not Rasmussen, and is no surprise to anyone around here.

For the first time in PPP’s monthly national polling since July 2010 Mitt Romney’s taken a lead, albeit a small one, over Barack Obama. He’s up 47-45. Romney has two main things going for him. He leads the President 45-36 with independents. And he’s also benefiting from a much more unified party with 88% of Republicans committed to voting for him while only 83% of Democrats say they’ll vote for Obama.

It goes along with a National Journal assessment of a “third way” poll, which has independents growing more than the big two parties:

The group’s analysis found that, in the eight politically-pivotal states that register voters by party, a significant number have left the Democratic party since 2008, with many choosing to register as independents. Over 825,000 registered Democrats in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina and Pennsylvania have departed the party rolls since President Obama’s election in 2008, a much more significant share than the number of Republicans (378,000) who have done the same. Meanwhile, the number of registered independents has ticked upwards by 254,000.

Pres. Obama’s latest moves on indefinite detention and on Plan B haven’t helped him, nor did Democrats collapsing on the millionaire surtax. Contrary to what his die hard fans keep professing, who keep insulting people with real issues with Pres. Obama’s lack of fight on issues that matter to progressives, he’s going to need every single vote to win in 2012, even those pesky progressives. That’s especially if the Republicans choose someone like Mitt Romney, still the likely nominee, or the the long shot conservative candidate, Jon Huntsman.

So, whoever has kept Mitt Romney from doing interviews should be tarred and feathered. Or was the strategy to save Mitt for the moment until it was absolutely necessary, using the candidate as their ace in the hole? Newt Gingrich tripped that wire, if so.

Whatever it was, the interview with Chris Wallace, who has a reputation for distaste for Mr. Romney, was something nobody in the White House took lightly.

On Bain Capital, Mr. Romney gives the conservative argument for capitalism:
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Speaker Boehner Calls the Senate’s Bluff

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Politifact’s ‘Lie of the Year’ Goes to Democrats

Oh boy, this is going to make heads explode.

As a renegade liberal who never agrees with anyone, I characterized Paul Ryan’s plan like this:

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House Republicans Decide to Die Like ‘Braveheart’

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Robert Cruickshank is Half Right

Read Robert Cruickshank’s post on “Occupy the Progressive Movement.” Unfortunately, it only goes half way, which has been the problem with progressives since the health care bill sell off.

What’s needed from movement progressives and […]

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Romney ‘Baggage’ Attack on Newt Resonates, as Paul Takes Lead

Newt Gingrich’s campaign is rapidly imploding, and Ron Paul has now taken the lead in Iowa. He’s at 23% to 20% for Mitt Romney, 14% for Gingrich, 10% each for Rick Santorum, Michele […]

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North Korea’s ‘Dear Leader’ is Dead

The North kept news of the death of its leader secret for roughly two days, perhaps a sign that the leadership was struggling to position itself for what many believe could be a particularly […]

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Obama ‘Detached’, Emperor Newt Collapses, and Fun with Fallon

SNL was at its best last night, under the helm of host Jimmy Fallon. I’m a big fan, but last night was a primetime worthy performance. Michael Bublé has some chops, what a […]

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