Excessive reliance on data could influence even well-meaning politicians to lose sight of small-d democratic goals.
Private prison corporations are taking advantage of the economic crisis to buy state prisons; the French right wing is, unsurprisingly, falling apart; meanwhile, Obama goes back on his word and cracks down on medical marijuana dispensaries. These discoveries and more after the jump.
"Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck. It's divisive, negative, shameful and wrong," McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said Thursday. He was referring to the Illinois senator's comment Wednesday that Republicans were trying to scare voters about him because, among other things, "he doesn't look like all the presidents on the dollar bills and the five-dollar bills." Meanwhile, some analysts are arguing that the already infamous Britney Spears/Paris Hilton ad was designed to subliminally trigger voter racism.