Opening Act: Off the Record

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – As unforced errors by struggling campaigns go, this is a classic – the White House skittishly giving an off-the-record interview to the Des Moines Register, and refusing to take it on the record even after nothing disastrous happened.

We were told it was not their decision; it came from the White House. We requested that the White House be asked to reverse course so whatever the president shared with us could be reviewed by voters and our readers.

No reason was given for the unusual condition of keeping it private.

We relented and took the call. How could we not? It’s the leader of the free world on line one.

Why agree to the interview under those conditions?

Barack Obama, the first meme president.

Michael Tomasky dips a toe into the Existential Narrative Trutherism genre.

Charlie Pierce puts John Kerry in perspective.

Breitbart.com’s Dana Loesch will campaign for Todd Akin.

And David Farenthold has too much fun talking to the kook who won the Democrats’ U.S. Senate nomination in Tennessee.