Opening Act: Poolside

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Sept. 24 2012 8:20 AM

Opening Act: Poolside

I can't be the only person who's sort of wistful for the days when Oval Office conversations were secretly recorded. Posterity beats privacy, when it comes to these people.

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David Weigel is a former Slate political reporter. 

Mike Allen talks -- for two hours! -- with Sheldon Adelson.

“I don’t believe one person should influence an election,” he said as he dined on salmon and mixed vegetables in his conference room, with a napkin tucked over his lavender tie. “So, I suppose you’ll ask me, ‘How come I’m doing it?’ Because other single people influence elections.”

Tom Fitzgerald tromps through Ohio and meets undecided voters who sound perfectly wise.

He voted for President George W. Bush in 2004, and Obama in 2008, but now he is not sure what he will do. Well, almost.
"I don't like Mitt Romney at all," Underwood, who describes himself as a conservative Democrat, said. "I honestly can say I just don't like anything about the way he thinks." To him, Romney seems ignorant and bellicose in foreign affairs and out of touch with the concerns of regular people like him. "I don't think he knows what it's all about. He looks out for Number One, and that's Mitt Romney."

Josh Harkinson breaks out the TI calculator and determines Mitt Romney's total wealth, as best he can.

And this is atrocious, but the idea of such a homoerotic video making an impact in the campaign appeals to me.


David Weigel is a former Slate political reporter. 



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