Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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When a party suffers a major setback, everyone comes forward with their diagnosis of the problem. And in most cases their diagnosis of the problem tells us that the solution is what the diagnoser wanted to do more of in the first place. This is just human nature. We see the evidence before us as confirmation of what we already thought. When I'm asked these kinds of questions, what I always say is that we should be highly skeptical of anything that suggests the answer is obvious or simple to execute. Because for all the groupthink and folly and insular thinking of political professionals, they're generally fairly bright and they have huge personal and professional incentives to win. If it were really that obvious, someone would have tried it already.

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I generally don't like harping on other outlets' errors or the always mortifying process of issuing a correction. It's a mix of 'there but for the grace of God' and, in this case, look at the source. But I think here we may have perhaps the best 'correction' in the long storied history of 'corrections', especially ones stemming from errors no remotely careful journalist ever would have made in the first place.

As noted a bit earlier, on Saturday Breitbart published an exclusive pointing out that President Obama's Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch was part of the team that defended President Clinton during the Whitewater investigation - not a bad little scooplet. Only it wasn't the same Loretta Lynch, which kind of takes the punch out of the story.

Breitbart then issued a 'correction'. But like I said, it's a correction for the ages.

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A couple of political scientists got in some hot water when their exit poll experiment which asked South Carolina voters a series of question meant to assess negative or positive feelings toward African Americans. Like "Do you think African-Americans are too demanding in their push for equal rights?" But this wasn't the Klan University asking the questions. It was an effort to see whether measurable racial or racist ideas affected whether a voter voted for Tim Scott or Lindsey Graham, both of whom won reelection to the Senate on Tuesday.

On Tuesday Coloradans elected a new virulently anti-gay state legislator and exorcist who among his other accomplishments once, purportedly, performed an exorcism on President Obama - which apparently didn't work. But Gordon Klingenschmitt also argues that one of the potential cures for homosexuality is spanking - which suggests that Klingenschmitt has either never been to a Pride parade or is perhaps a Ted Haggard in the making.