Blue Skies For Romney As Sandy Slams Into Obama

Let’s be crude and speculate on which candidate that storm/hurricane/depression called Sandy hurts the most. The question to ask is “Who needs to campaign the most this week in order to change the trajectory we are on headed to election day?

Barack Obama will posture and attempt to utilize Sandy to his advantage. Obama will stop golfing and ask for a book on how to at least appear presidential. No doubt the news that is breaking: Department of Labor might delay Friday jobs report until after the election is another attempt by Obama to bamboozle and distract American voters from the economy and jobs.

We don’t think Obama’s latest bamboozlements will flim-flam anyone. American voters are onto the Chicago game of smear, fear, distract, delay, defame, destroy, deny, deflect – and keep one step ahead of the cops banging on the door.

Trapped in the White House bunker, during these crucial last days, Obama has to be worried sick. According to the latest polls Mitt Romney is ahead in the states he needs to win. Critical must win states such as Florida, North Carolina, Virginia appear to be increasingly a lock for Romney. Obama needed to be able to campaign in these states but now for politically correct propriety Obama finds himself forced to take flights to Florida with no discernible purpose or campaign events on his golf/work schedule. A campaign appearance by Obama in super must win Green Bay, Wisconsin has also been cancelled.

Let’s take a look at the state of Ohio once again. The latest poll from Rasmussen: Romney up 2 in Ohio, 50/48.

It’s not just Rasmussen – the Sandy of political storm polls. Darrel Rowland of the Columbus Dispatch wrote a summary of a poll conducted by several Ohio newspapers. The result of this poll is a tie but the information contained in the poll indicates a Mitt Romney victory in Ohio:

“Boosted by a surge among male voters who think he’s the best candidate to fix the economy, Republican Mitt Romney has come back to tie President Obama in battleground Ohio.

They are deadlocked at 49 percent in a new Blade/Ohio News Organization poll. President Obama was ahead by 5 points in the same poll published Sept. 16. How does that tie get broken in the next nine days? [snip]

But the former Massachusetts governor scores with his performance in the debates. And on the crucial question of who would do the best job handling the economy, Mr. Romney prevails by 6 percentage points among all voters — and 18 percent among independents.

“If this poll reflects final voting patterns among Democrats and Republicans, Ohio’s independent voters may hold the keys to both Ohio and the presidency,” Mr. Rademacher said.

Obama needed to be able to campaign on fear and smears against Mitt Romney in order to turn these numbers to his advantage meaning away from the economy and jobs:

“The poll suggests independent preferences may move around depending on whether they are asked about the economy as a whole, the President’s handling of the auto industry, or the 47 percent issue.”

Male voters have swung sharply toward Mr. Romney in the past month. In September, he was winning by 2 points among men on who could best improve economic conditions in Ohio. Now, he’s up by 19 on a slightly different question, who can better handle the economy. Overall, his lead with men has jumped from 1 to 12 points. [snip]

“Four years ago, I made a mistake. I fell for the whole ‘change’ thing,” he said. “I got on the ‘change’ train. But there wasn’t any change.”

This year, Mr. Allen already has made plans with four co-workers to meet in front of his Ripley home at 6 a.m. on Election Day and go vote together — all for Mr. Romney.”

Sandy has slammed into Obama because Obama cannot lie himself out of the devastating new Romney ad in Ohio: So, about the president betting on American workers


As Ohio goes….

Politico has some good news for Obama – not really. There’s some good news from the Politico Battleground poll but there’s really really bad news from the Politico Battleground poll:

“New Projection of Election Results: Romney 52, Obama 47

The bipartisan Battleground Poll, in its “vote election model,” is projecting that Mitt Romney will defeat President Obama 52 percent to 47 percent. The poll also found that Romney has an even greater advantage among middle class voters, 52 percent to 45 percent.

While Obama can close the gap with a strong voter turnout effort, “reports from the field would indicate that not to be the case, and Mitt Romney may well be heading to a decisive victory,” says pollster Ed Goeas.

Should Romney win by 5 percentage points, it would increase Republican chances of gaining control of the Senate. His coattails would help elect GOP Senate candidates in Virginia, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida. “Republicans are now certain to hold the House,” Goeas said, “regardless of how the presidential race turns out.”

The poll’s election model takes into account variables including voter intensity, age, and education, and voters who are certain in their vote. The race “remains very close in the surface,” Goeas said, “but the political environment and the composition of the likely electorate favor Governor Romney.”

The projected outcome by the Battleground Poll is close to that of the Gallup Poll. Last week, Gallup said Romney leads Obama 49 percent to 46 percent in its model of the electorate’s composition on November 6.

The Battleground Poll is conducted by Goeas of the Tarrance Group and Celinda Lake of Lake Research Partners. Goeas is a Republican, Lake a Democrat. The survey is affiliated with Politico and George Washington University.”

As noted in the poll results “only 37 percent of voters believe the country is headed in the right direction.” Only Obama Hopium Guzzlers and imbeciles believe America is on the right track and that we should go Forward! into the abyss.

In the poll, once again, Romney is viewed more favorably than Obama albeit by 1 percent (but independents like Romney by 59 percent).

Polls aside, where’s the money? News reports today declare that a Mitt Romney SuperPac has just purchased $2.1 million in ads targeting – Pennsylvania! It’s the new normal.


It’s a gathering storm:

“A massive and historic storm is barreling towards the beltway this weekend. The entire DC-NYC axis, headquarters of the left media complex, will suffer the effects of three storm-fronts, converging at the same time. Evacuations may be ordered, but it is likely too late. No, I’m not talking about Hurricane Sandy. The storm I mean is the growing realization that Obama is on the cusp of losing the election. But, with just a little over a week to go, it may be too late to hit the panic button. [snip]

The first storm-front is the expanding campaign battleground. [snip]

The second storm-front is the increased convergence of the polls in the direction of Romney. [snip]

Moreover, virtually every state poll shows Obama stuck below the 50% level of support. [snip]

Most important, though, is the clear lead Romney has with Independents. [snip]

The third, most significant storm-front descending on Democrats is the change in the electorate. [snip]

Keep in mind that every poll is built on the assumption that Democrats will have a turnout edge next week. If they don’t have the edge or if the GOP has an advantage? Well, this could be a blowout. And, a lot of down-ballot Dems will be swept under as well”

The oceans are rising and about to engulf Barack Obama.

Iowa – Almost Back From The Snake Pit

Update: Des Moines Register endorses Mitt Romney.

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Perhaps it has to do with Olivia De Havilland? For whatever reason we always rejoice when the mentally ill return to good health.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBW1UKHGJGM&feature=related

Having explored the political health of sunshine state Florida and Buckeye state Ohio let’s take a peek at the harvest of events in Iowa. Iowa, new math or not, remains important for a November victory by Romney.

Iowa in 2008 was afflicted with a huge population of Olivia De Havillands walking about in delusion and drama. In 2012 the mental health of Iowans is returning. Iowans are freeing themselves from the snake pit.

We don’t like to equate mental health with political choices or call people who vote for Obama “imbeciles” as we have previously done, or latter day Pauline Kaels, as we have previously done. But what else can we say but call it madness? Should we just kick 2008 Obama voters? Should we just kick them every day? No, we will simply rejoice as they recover from madness:

“In Iowa, disappointment with Obama runs deep

WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa — In Iowa, a rural state of outsized political importance, retired nurse Pauline McAreavy is among thousands eager to vote against President Barack Obama after four years of disappointment.

McAreavy holds a personal grudge against the president that dates back to 2008, when she hosted Obama’s supporters for three weeks in the Midwestern state that nurtured his improbable White House dreams.

She never got a thank you note for her small role in helping land Obama in the White House, but McAreavy’s antagonism goes deeper, the product of broken promises and accumulated disillusion with the “hope” promised by the man who has billed himself an “adopted son” of Iowa.

Poor, deluded, creature. In 2008 she welcomed Obama volunteers and/or paid staff to live with her for weeks in order to elect Obama. We imagine her Iowa home must have resembled the padded cell rooms Olivia De Havilland occupied in The Snake Pit. Bereft of her senses she believed the flim-flam con man from Chicago. Now the light switch is on and Pauline McAreavy is on her way to mental health and full recovery by eagerly voting against Barack Obama:

“Obama gave us this ‘no red, no blue state’ America,” said McAreavy, 78.

I was fooled, I kick myself everyday,” she said. “I said: ‘In four years I’ll get you buddy — and I’m going to.'”

Her home lies in the state’s Iowa County, where residents gave exactly the same number of votes to Obama and his Republican rival John McCain in the 2008 elections: 4,173 votes each.”

We doubt any McCain voters of 2008, who saw Barack Obama as a flim-flam con man from the outset, will vote for Obama in 2012. With Pauline casting her vote in Iowa County against Obama we now know Mitt Romney will win Iowa County by at least 1 vote.

Pauline kicks herself every day for what she did in 2008. We won’t berate her. We welcome her back to lucid society.

Pauline was fooled by a professional con man. She has regrets for being fooled. Pauline is not alone:

“But McAreavy is among many voters in midwestern Iowa — which kicks off the presidential nominating contests every four years — who have abandoned their allegiance to Obama’s platform.

Their lack of support, revealed in two dozen interviews with Iowa County residents, is at the heart of the president’s challenge in seeking a second term in what has become a very tightly contested White House race.

Sweeping in front of her house in Williamsburg, McAreavy recalled how she had thought Obama would bring a politically divided country together and that electing the first African American president of the United States would be “wonderful” for this country.

He didn’t, he tore us more apart. I did feel maybe the world didn’t like America, but the world hates us more now than they did before!” she said.”

Pauline McAreavy is in full recovery. She not only rejects Barack Obama but she also wisely rejects the message of treachery and boobery of the messenger. Hooray Pauline, you are not alone:

“The Obama boat is leaking.

Many voters who chose Obama last time around are quick to vent frustration over the discrepancy between what they had hoped from a historic Obama presidency and what actually transpired. Almost no McCain voters, meanwhile, seem ready to cast a ballot for the Democrat. [snip]

“I don’t think he pulled Congress together enough to do something. He’s not a leader,” said McAreavy.

He’s more worried about his reelection. It infuriates me when after what happened in Libya, he went to a fundraiser in Las Vegas.”

Even the president’s supporters — and there are still legions of them — are gloomy. Many cite Republican control of the House of Representatives and its sizeable contingent in the Senate as extenuating circumstances. All search for excuses.”

Oh dear Big Pink readers – behold the fruits of all our works. Continue to speak with the many Pauline Kael’s McAreavy’s that we know and we will win the fight. Some that voted for Obama in 2008 have heard us and now understand.

Even the Obama supporters, searching for excuses to explain away the booberies and treacheries of Barack Obama have heard our message and are on the run. Yes, because of Big Pink and those many who continued to fight against Obama treachery and Obama boobery there is Hope for Change in 2012:

“Every election it’s the lesser of two evils,” said Williamsburg librarian Carol Uhlmann, a 72-year-old registered Democrat.

“In Afghanistan, why can’t we get out now? Why are we over there and all those little situations if we’re not being directly attacked?”

Inside the Williamsburg Public Library, a woman playing with a young girl has already decided not to vote for Obama, like she did four years ago.

I’m going to go with the change,” said the woman, who would only give her first name Ann.

That evening, Romney addressed supporters just an hour’s drive away, while Obama gave a campaign speech in Davenport 80 miles (130 kilometers) to the east.

This is where it all began four years ago — on your front porches, in your backyards. This is where the movement for change began,” he said. “And Iowa, you will once again choose the path that we take from here.”

Yes, Iowa is where the flim-flam mental health epidemic spread to first, after infecting the mad cow city of Chicago. Mitt Romney’s campaign appearances have helped wake many up to mental health:

“Sarah said she became especially comfortable after seeing Romney’s large family — he has five sons — on television.

And she is far from being alone. National polls by the Washington, DC-based Pew Center show that Romney’s favorability ratings jumped from just 37 percent in July to 50 percent in October.

Even young people, among Obama’s most ardent supporters in 2008, appear disillusioned.

Sam Tracy, who delivers beer in Marengo, said he plans to abstain from voting, disgusted by the political impasse in Washington.

In 2008, the registered Independent proudly cast a vote for Obama in an election that made the history books.

“Based on what we were coming from, there was a lot of enthusiasm for Obama, but now that he’s in office, the shine has worn off,” Tracy said.”

The golden calf has lost its shine. That is the first step to mental health. Next, Tracy will realize there never was a golden calf in Iowa. It was just a pile of butter, now melting away.

Serious Mitt Romney’s Serious Speech On Economy

Later today, around noon, Mitt Romney will deliver a serious speech in Ames, Iowa, on his vision for the American economy. The serious economic speech will, in a very serious way, be a closing argument to American voters about the decision they must make in less than a dozen days.

Although we have not seen an advance copy of Mitt Romney’s economic speech we are sure it will be serious. Mitt Romney is a serious person. For him this election is about serious matters and he will address the issue in a serious way. That’s what we have seen Mitt Romney do throughout this election cycle.

No doubt Mitt Romney will notice the Q3 GDP: 2.0% stagnation level “recovery” even as federal government spending increased 9.6% in order to delude the public and disguise the dire economy. Romney will no doubt remind voters that this feeble 2.0% number is less than half what Obama projected it to be.

We are sure if Mitt Romney mentions a certain large canary colored fowl it will be to discuss how said large bird plucks the American taxpayer, already burdened with Chinese debt to meet day-to-day obligations, to feather it’s luxurious nest.

Serious Mitt Romney will not insult American ears with scatological references to his opponent other than to seriously question the BS defecated by BO on the public discussion of serious issues.

If Mitt Romney does mention horses and bayonets we are sure it will be in the context of the military geopolitical posture of the American military and how to finance that military.

If Mitt Romney utters language in regards to “binders of women” it will be a serious discussion of the need to provide economic opportunity for women as he did when he was governor of blue state Massachusetts with it’s overwhelming opposition party culture and massive population of opposition party legislators.

Certainly Mitt Romney will be serious in his appeal for votes. Not for Mitt Romney double-entendres. Mitt Romney will not make an insulting appeal for votes asking women to lose their political virginity to him.

Mitt Romney will make a serious speech on the economy today. Barack Obama will take a break from interviews with such as “Pimp With A Limp”, The View, and Leno to appear on MTV.

For Ohio Voters: Letterman???? Says Obama Lies? Hey Leno – Wowsa!

Mitt Romney has a great new ad he can make to woo Ohio voters. Jay Leno has a great question he can ask Barack as Barack makes yet another visit to the Tonight Show. All courtesy David Letterman.

In our review of the third and final debate we wrote:

“Obama repeatedly attacked Romney on the auto industry. Romney shattered all these lies by noting he was born in Detroit and his father ran an auto company. Romney smashed Obama’s investment in auto companies in other countries as well as bankrupts such as Solyndra.”

Last night David Letterman, a big Obama supporter, with Rachel Maddow sitting on the couch, called Barack Obama a big fat (make that little and skinny) LIAR!

What’s that lame saying that goes something like “when you’ve lost _____ …?” Well, Letterman: Say, Obama’s kind of lying about this GM bankruptcy thing, huh?

“Letterman tells MSNBCs Rachel Maddow that he finds it disappointing when a challenger proves to be more honest than an incumbent President: [snip]

If you want your President to be telling the truth, then it’s time for a new President. And when a Democrat has lost David Letterman, and when Letterman tells people that the Republican was more honest than the Democrat, that is going to leave a big mark on Obama’s efforts to woo low-information voters, the very people Obama is trying to woo with his appearances on Entertainment Tonight, the late-night comedy shows, and MTV.

Who knows? Maybe Jay Leno will ask Obama a couple of tough questions tonight about his misrepresentations in the debates, and his personal attacks on Mitt Romney for the last several months.”

Wouldn’t it be a Godiva chocolate if Leno were to quote Letterman calling Obama a liar? It would be a luscious creamy center Godiva chocolate indeed.

Here’s what happened:

“DAVID LETTERMAN, HOST: Here’s what upset me last night, this playing fast and loose with facts. And the President Obama cites the op-ed piece that Romney wrote about Detroit, “Let them go bankrupt, let them go bankrupt,” and last night he brings it up again. “Oh, no, Governor, you said let them go bankrupt, blah blah blah, let them go bankrupt.” And Mitt said, “No, no, check the thing, check the thing, check the thing.”

Now, I don’t care whether you’re Republican or Democrat, you want your president to be telling the truth; you want the contender to be lying. And so what we found out today or soon thereafter that, in fact, the President Obama was not telling the truth about what was excerpted from that op-ed piece. I felt discouraged.

RACHEL MADDOW: Because the “Let Detroit go bankrupt” headline you feel like was inappropriate?

LETTERMAN: Well, the fact the President is invoking it and swearing that he was right and that Romney was wrong and I thought, well, he’s the president of course he’s right. Well, it turned out no, he was taking liberties with that.”



It’s not the only lie Obama told at the debate (hint: sequester). Hey Dave:

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

Brass Knuckle Mittens: Romney KO Of BO At Final Florida Debate FP Fight

Update II: Big Media “fact checkers” deride “the apology tour” label because they say Obama never used the word “apology”. We remind them Neville Chamberlain never called his policy “appeasement” but that is what it was and the consequence was a World at war.

Here is the best exchange of the debate when Romney calls out Obama:

“I think they looked and thought, well, that’s an unusual honor to receive from the president of the United States,” Romney said. “And then the president began what I’ve called an apology tour of going to nations in the Middle East and criticizing America. I think they looked at that and saw weakness.” [snip]

“Mr. President, the reason I call it an apology tour is because you went to the Middle East and you flew to Egypt and to Saudi Arabia and to Turkey and Iraq,” he said. “And by the way, you skipped Israel, our closest friend in the region, but you went to the other nations. And, by the way, they noticed that you skipped Israel. And then in those nations and on Arabic TV you said that America had been dismissive and derisive. You said that on occasion America had dictated to other nations.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uuOZgNMOuw

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Update: Lot of Wrap up: The third debate reactions coming in. Chris Wallace gets it:

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As we wrote, this “debate” was never going to be a discussion about foreign policy. This debate was about “getting votes”. Mitt Romney understood Obama wanted to smear him, as Obama smeared Hillary Clinton, by denouncing Romney as a warmonger.

By calling Romney a “warmonger” Obama hoped to get the women that have fled from his incompetence and damaged economy back to voting for him. Romney frustrated Obama and proved himself reasonable and rational.

During the “I killed Bin Laden” section, Obama threw Joe Biden under the bus by reminding everyone that Biden was opposed to the kill Osama operation by Navy Seals.

Romney did not just play “defense”. Romney struck blows against Obama policies around the globe.

If Obama is to be believed, we live in the most wonderful of all possible worlds and all those problems we see around the world are not happening.

Romney in his best moments mentioned the turmoil in the Middle East as evidence of Obama’s failures. Romney’s brass knuckles pummeled Obama on the obvious reality that despots watched Obama snub Israel, bad mouth Neyanyahu, stay silent on Iran’s Green Revolution, sashay on apology tour after apology tour and insult American history as polices as a country that “dictates”. [We’ll provided videos as soon as they are available. Tweets of the debate can be read at the Professor’s place. Reaction of others are available at the HotAir open thread: The third debate and other websites tracking this debate.]

Romney even reminded the nation of “no preconditions” Obama of 2008. Romney assaulted with these facts in Boca Raton with its large population of Jewish Americans that are well informed on Obama perfidy in the Middle East and ugliness against Israel.

Romney also returned time and time again to the need to have a strong economy if we are to have a strong military and a nation respected and effective around the world. Throughout Romney appeared “presidential” – confident and happy to engage the nation on his views.

Obama repeatedly attacked Romney on the auto industry. Romney shattered all these lies by noting he was born in Detroit and his father ran an auto company. Romney smashed Obama’s investment in auto companies in other countries as well as bankrupts such as Solyndra.

Obama repeatedly attacked Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney replied that attacks on him as a presidential candidate are not the answer and that Obama should provided solutions not attacks.

Obama ended with more promises similar to promises unfulfilled. Romney ended by saying that he can do the job because he has the experience and record of accomplishment on these very issues.

No Apology: Romney Versus Obama International Treachery And Boobery At Florida Debate Fight

Update: There are football games on tonight. There is a big debate on tonight. We recommend as our entertainment pick the Spanish language program on Telemundo a show called Caso Cerrado. Watch it on reruns tonight if possible.

Caso Cerrado is a “Judge Judy” “People’s Court” type show. Tonight’s show featured a young woman with a ring around her lip and a big Obama T-shirt on. She is filing for divorce from her husband because he supports Romney. The audience and woman “judge” look upon her as a nut. This mocking attitude increases as we learn that she insists her husband abandon his viewpoint and adopt hers without exception. She is three months pregnant and says she will abort if Romney is elected. We have no doubt she is considered part of the DailyKooks “creative class”.

We’ll be watching and commenting on the debate tonight. We want to see if JBStonesFan is indeed a Romney good luck charm.

We are not the only ones watching and commenting. Powerline is on the job with a live blog of the debate. The Professor is also on the job and predicting an attack on Mitt Romney by the guy from Chicago. HotAir has an open thread: The third debate as well.

Hang on to your Mittins. The gloves come off tonight at 9:00 (ET).

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Mitt Romney has a problem tonight: too many issues to beat Obama up with. Romney has to decide which way to attack and the consequences of each. In 2008 Obama attacked Hillary Clinton as a warmonger because Hillary made it plain that a nuclear attack by Iran against Israel risked the obliteration of Iran by the United States:

“I want the Iranians to know that if I’m the president, we will attack Iran (if it attacks Israel),” Clinton said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them,” she said.

“That’s a terrible thing to say but those people who run Iran need to understand that because that perhaps will deter them from doing something that would be reckless, foolish and tragic,” Clinton said.”

Obama wants to tar Mitt Romney as a warmonger. That is the tactic Obama thinks will get women back to voting for him after so many women have fled.

Obama is right only about one thing in this “warmonger” smear: tonight’s debate is only about getting votes. Getting votes. Getting votes. Getting votes.

On many issues it will be tough for Romney to gain traction because Big Media has kept necessary information from the American voter. In addition there are so many lies coming from the Obama camp that it is near impossible to untangle the issues in the few minutes Romney will have tonight.

Consider: is there or is there not a post election meeting with Iran when Obama will be more flexible? How many lies have been uttered by Obama on Benhazi and will the Big Media moderator come to the rescue of Obama again?

That is not to say that Romney is paralyzed in discussing these issues. Quite the contrary, but Romney has to remember it’s about getting votes from American voters not a way to resolve international policy or untangle Obama lies. It’s about the voters and getting votes:

“Romney tonight can hit on a host of issues that are important to Jewish voters – not to mention the many conservatives who are diehard Israel supporters. These include Obama’s failure to reign in the Iranian nuclear program, his tilt toward the Palestinians, his awful relationship with Netanyahu, and even the rise of an Islamist regime in Egypt under his watch and his failure to back rebels against Israel’s nemesis, Bashar Assad.”

It’s in Boca Mitt:

“Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the Monday foreign policy debate should play to the Jewish TV audience like he was the star of a Borscht Belt revue.

Obama campaign affiliate Big Media will misrepresent or lie to protect Obama and injure Romney (see Politico’s latest nonsense). By now Romney knows this.

We are confident that Romney will expose Obama’s snubs of Netanyahu and outright insults when he thinks the microphones are off. Romney can make it clear that in human relations insulting peers is not a winning proposition. This line of argument will be harder for Obama to spin as evidence to smear Hillary Romney as a “warmonger”.

Romney can also note the anti-women policies of the Islamist states which now, because of Obama boobery and treachery, includes Egypt. Romney should declare that Bin Laden is dead because Navy Seals killed him but that his organization of murderous terrorists in growing and well fed on American blood thanks to Obama.

Romney can also note that Obama’s war on oil, war on coal, war on natural gas domestically makes the United States bow to the oil rich tyrants. That is also how Romney introduces the Obama apology tour and the Obama bows to despotic potentates.

Romney should address foreign policy in conjunction with domestic policy. This little noted story is something for Romney to discuss:

“PITTSBURGH (AP) — There’s been plenty of debate over the Marcellus Shale natural gas field, but new research adds a twist that could impact political and environmental battles. Two independent financial firms say the Marcellus isn’t just the biggest natural gas field in the country — it’s the cheapest place for energy companies to drill.

One of the reports adds that the Marcellus reserves that lie below parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and New York are far larger than recent government estimates, while another said the powerful combination of resource, cost and location is altering natural gas prices and market trends across the nation.

The Marcellus could contain “almost half of the current proven natural gas reserves in the U.S,” a report from Standard & Poor’s issued this week said.”

Will tonight’s debate matter? You betcha. Romney has already leaped over the “presidential” test. Now he can put Obama away, if Bob does not do a Candy.

While Obama bowed to the corrupt Romney can promise to make America a strong economy again. It’s the economy stupid – even when it’s about foreign policy.

As Ohio Goes So Goes The Nation… And Israel

Update: http://hotair.com/archives/2012/10/22/suffolk-poll-of-ohio-romney-47-obama-47/.

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We’ve not only been tracking what goes on in the all important, must win for Romney, state of Florida. We have our eyes and telephoning ears fixed on Ohio as well.

What our ears heard and eyes read in early October about the Romney efforts in Ohio was not good. We made some noise about these disturbing reports. What we originally wrote was later confirmed by Big Media outlets. This is what we wrote on October 9:

“After a season of some bad reports from Ohio we are now getting some very good news on a constant basis from Ohio. The Romney organization in Ohio was a mess from the reports we received. Campaign offices were staffed with young and arrogant local Republican party operatives more interested in themselves than in the campaign. Getting signs was a problem you needed to jump through hoops to get.

By October 15, the Washington Examiner was confirming our reports:

http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2510719#.UHtlCI5SbOF [snip]

“I see Romney momentum in Ohio in several ways,” said Mark Weaver, a longtime Republican strategist in Ohio. “People clamoring to get tickets to see him speak, people standing in line to get yard signs and then being upset if they run out, and polling that I see in my other races show him outperforming most other Republican candidates here.” And more: in an email interview, Weaver also said he sees “more and higher quality grassroots contacts, a better absentee ballot ‘chase’ program, staffers and volunteers who are mostly from the state (as opposed to a much higher rate of imports for Obama).”

What these reports confirmed to us was that the Romney grassroots in Ohio were very frustrated and willing to take on the Romney organization operatives if need be. The sisters were doing it for themselves and not letting Romney operatives get in the way of winning Ohio.

It was not about lacks of signs – there were plenty of signs in offices across Ohio. It was about signs being hoarded while campaign functionaries made supporters jump through hoops to get the honor of picking them up then placing them on lawns or businesses. It was about a campaign not running at full steam, lackadaisical, offices not running at top speed and not always open let alone welcoming of the grassroots.

From the reports we now receive things have changed dramatically. The grassroots are increasingly assisted and welcomed. The Romney campaign offices are now open and buzzing with activity. Mittmentum can be detected everywhere.

Some may reasonably wonder about the value of signage in a technological age of air warfare in politics. But this was not about signage, it was about desperation and the will to win.

What the grassroots saw was that Ohio was a necessary win and the Romney campaign efforts to win Ohio were a little more than minimal. This could have led to demoralization. It did lead to Big Media reports of a failing campaign. The Big Media reports led to more demoralization. It was an ugly spiral to defeat. But the grassroots did not get demoralized. Wiser heads prevailed in the Romney organization.

Things have changed dramatically in Ohio and quickly. By October 18 this is what we heard/read:

“What is the signage situation in your area? We got this email from a reader who forwards information from the key Columbus Ohio area – Upper Arlington. It appears that the Upper Arlington Progressives have noticed more Romney signs than Obama signs:

http://uaprogressiveaction.com/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=210&qid=62592

This is what they sent out via email:

Dear UAPA community,

As we drive around Upper Arlington, we see three Romney signs for every Obama sign. People must be thinking that we don’t care or that we’re too scared or embarrassed to show our support. We can do better than that! Let’s turn UA blue! Order your sign TODAY!

We’re informed that the ratio is much better for Romney than merely 3 to 1. Any signage stories from your area now that we are less than 20 days from the election?”

Some who strongly campaigned for Hillary Clinton in 2008 are busy defeating Obama. The Proglodytes will never understand why this is so, but those who bother to think know why this is entirely logical.

It’s not just signage. The grassroots are mobilized and ready to rumble. A report from the Columbus Dispatch demonstrates why crowd reports from Obama rallies are not what they appear to be and the strength of the Romney grassroots in Ohio:

“The cheering midst of a rally featuring President Barack Obama and a largely college-age crowd of 15,000 on the Oval at Ohio State University would not seem a likely place to encounter those not in the president’s corner.

Yet, the first five students approached at random by a Dispatch reporter on Oct. 9 turned out to support Republican Mitt Romney and his aspirations of replacing Obama in the White House.

The must-vote adoration and enthusiasm for Obama isn’t what it once was among 18- to 29-year-old Millennials in central Ohio, a must-win area in a must-win state for presidential hopefuls.

This is not 2008, when two-thirds of the youth vote broke big for Democrat Obama and his message of change amid the accompanying offer of making history by electing the first black president.

This is 2012, with Obama running on a recession-riddled record. Job prospects are iffy for even educated young Ohioans. Some fear their generation is in danger of failing to match or better their parents’ now-dinged lifestyles.

Ohioans will rubber neck to see Obama, in the same way motorists will look at a post-accident bleeding lump of flesh on the road, grateful they are not part of the disaster. Ohioans know it’s time for a change:

“Husband and wife William, 26, and Katherine Frost, 20, OSU students from Grove City, had high hopes for Obama but now are Romney voters. “Obama didn’t fulfill his promises,” she said. “I’m ready for a fresh change,” he said. [snip]

Millennials, an increasingly diverse and growing group representing 16 percent of Ohio’s population, are coveted by both Obama and Romney, with both making college campuses a frequent stop.

And the biggest of them all, Ohio State and its 56,387 main-campus students, rests in the heart of Franklin County, which cast 50 percent of the presidential vote in a 20-county swath of central Ohio four years ago. Obama chose OSU, in fact, to kick off his re-election campaign at a May 5 rally.

“Ohio is the center of the political universe, and Columbus is the center of that,” said Mayor Michael B. Coleman, a Democrat who exhorted OSU students at the Obama rally to “have his back.”

Franklin County typically is vital turf in presidential elections, with successful Democrats such as Obama relying on six-figure wins to overcome the GOP votes cast by the reliably Republican counties dominating central Ohio.”

Win Upper Arlington and you increase your chances of winning Franklin County. Win Franklin County and you increase your chances of winning Ohio. That’s why we look to signage in Upper Arlington and activity in Franklin County.

You don’t have to love Mitt Romney to know Obama’s gotta go:

“Rachel Dininger, 19, an Ohio State freshman from Arlington, Texas, is registered to vote in Ohio. “I’m not a fan of Romney’s emphasis on big business, but I’m uncertain about Obama’s economic plan. My generation is going to have to pay off his (Obama) debt. I could go either way.”

Cameron Phelps, 19, an OSU sophomore from Marion, still is making his call, as well. “I’m not really supporting anybody, but I’m leaning toward Romney after the first debate. I’m uncertain how Romney fixes everything, but Obama’s track record is not good.”

On the economy “Obama’s track record is not good.” But it is much worse than that. Our Big Pink catechism:

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

Young people must know they will pay the bill for Obama’s wasteful America destroying charge card occupation of the nation’s capital. That’s bad enough to run to the ballot box to throw the bum out. But it is more than that. It is more than former Obama voters saying they are voting for Mitt Romney now “Because I refuse to be that stupid twice.”

For Israel, it’s about paying with their lives when Obama is more “flexible” after the election – if he wins. Ohio voters have to keep that in mind.

Israel has been completely surprised by the announcement this weekend that “no preconditions” Obama has agreed to “talks” with Iran. Obama frequently made the assertion that he was keeping Israel not only informed but consulted as to actions that affect Israeli lives. But Israel is once again victimized by Obama treachery. It’s an October surprise of treachery which had better be discussed by Mitt Romney at tomorrow’s foreign policy debate.

As of now, it is clear “nobody owning up to US-Iran talks story“. We expect Mitt Romney will make Obama own up to this latest treachery.

Obama promised Hope and Change in 2008. Only Iran now has Hope – Hope that their nuclear status will Change followed by a charred Israel. Israel is in great danger and we hope that consideration is made by Ohio voters and all Americans as they weigh their vote on the economy and jobs.

Obama’s Hope and Change nonsense was a campaign ploy designed to dupe the gullible. Obama has no experience in getting anything done other than dodge tough votes by voting present and slathering empty flowery words on the heads of those chasing trends and in need of idols. Romney’s promises are based on a track record, as noted in the new Romney ad – Find a way:

Find a way Ohio – defeat Obama.

The Raindrop Explodes

Update II: There is joy for those hoping the Romney campaign opens a new front in Pennsylvania: PAUL RYAN TO CAMPAIGN IN PITTSBURGH TOMORROW!

When: Saturday, October 20th, 2012
Doors Open 8:15 AM | Event Begins 10:15 AM
Where: Atlantic Aviation, 300 Horizon Drive in Moon Township, PA 15108

What is the current VP up to? Cover your faces in embarrassment: Biden now waving binders around during his stump speech. Division, subtraction, silliness, fear and smear is all the Obama campaign has left.

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Update: Obama is busy dividing and subtracting with hot button issues along with silly insults (“Romnesia”) to distract from his failures and bamboozle the populace. Mitt Romney is denouncing the Obama failure of leadership and is now broadcasting a new Romney ad on bipartisanship: “We need to have leadership in Washington that will bring people together”

As to Florida, we have an additional report, to add to those below, from all important Pinellas county:

“Hi All. Great piece Admin. Like Outris, I too live in Pinellas County near St. Pete Beach. A month or so ago there were about 5-6 Romney signs on my little island and ONE for Obama. (I know the Obama Lady and she behaves quite similarly to Old Joe did in the Veep Debate, sans the laughter and grinning.) about 2 weeks ago, I took a drive around my neighborhood and saw a remarkable sight! DOZENS AND DOZENS of Romney signs in people’s yards! In addition, I have friends who live across a main road and their little neighborhood was bare of any signs at all. I went to see them last weekend, turned down their street, and was almost blinded by a COMPLETE STREET full of Romney signs, red white and blue and shining in the sun! The demographic of my area used to be mostly retirees (of which I am not one) but over the last 4-5 years, it has changed to more young families and singles.

I don’t see many bumper stickers at all unless I am downtown (St. Pete) – and there are more BUMPER STICKERS for O, but in the neighborhoods I go through on the way, I would say that it’s about 2/1 Romney yard signs in those yards that have them at all. And some of those are the big 4×8 foot ones as previously mentioned. IN YARDS!”

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Sometimes all it takes is one more tiny raindrop on a soaked terrain to trigger a mudslide that brings the entire mountainside down on your head.

Watching Barack Obama, at last night’s Al Smith Dinner – all alone like a bachelor – as he was mercilessly mocked by host Al Smith IV (“President Obama, it’s never good when your opponent has produced more sons than you have jobs.”) and guest Mitt Romney (“As President Obama surveys the Waldorf banquet room, with everyone in white tie and finery, you have to wonder what he’s thinking: so little time, so much to redistribute.”) we could not help but wonder if David Axelrod has had “the talk” with Barack and Michelle Obama.

“The talk” is that conversation between campaign manager and candidate, typically held on the Monday before election day, when the campaign manager says “it’s over”. Perhaps that explains why Michelle’s scowl face was not at hubby’s side last night. “Why bother with them, why talk with them, why take their barbs, when we are going to lose?”

Michelle Obama has a lot to scowl about. Newspaper endorsements have less punch to them than in days of yore but the important Orlando Sentinel in the important I-4 Corridor of the important state of Florida, the paper that endorsed Obama in 2008 has today endorsed Mitt Romney and that surely bought a scowl unto the lantern jawed face of Michelle Obama:

“Economic growth, three years into the recovery, is anemic. Family incomes are down, poverty is up. Obama’s Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, highlighted these and other hard truths in this week’s second debate.

Even the September jobless numbers deserve an asterisk, because more than 4 million Americans have given up looking for work since January 2009.

And while the nation’s economy is still sputtering nearly four years after Obama took office, the federal government is more than $5 trillion deeper in debt. It just racked up its fourth straight 13-figure shortfall.

We have little confidence that Obama would be more successful managing the economy and the budget in the next four years. For that reason, though we endorsed him in 2008, we are recommending Romney in this race.

Obama’s defenders would argue that he inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression, and would have made more progress if not for obstruction from Republicans in Congress. But Democrats held strong majorities in the House and Senate during his first two years.

Other presidents have succeeded even with the other party controlling Capitol Hill. Democrat Bill Clinton presided over an economic boom and balanced the budget working with Republicans. Leaders find a way.

Campaigns and Elections magazine in an article called “The 10 counties Romney needs to win” explains why the I-4 Corridor is the second most important county area in the country in presidential races:

“Pinellas County, Fla. Population: 916,542 Largest city: St. Petersburg

The top-two counties are both part of Florida’s I-4 Corridor, which runs through the Daytona Beach, Orlando and Tampa areas. The I-4 Corridor is the most important region in this presidential election. In Pinellas County, St. Petersburg has some neighborhoods that are solidly Democratic, but most of the territory is split 50/50. Every precinct could make the difference between winning and losing.

Past results: Bush was in a virtual tie with Kerry here while Obama bested Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) 54-46.”

In our comments section, Outris reports that the Romney signage in Pinellas County far outpaces, um, Obama’s. Also from the comments MoonOnPluto uploads some pertinent information on Romney leading in absentee ballots in Pinellas County. In September before the debates, NoMoBama wrote an eyewitness report which had some good news for Obama but which we also suspect has changed at least somewhat if the latest polling is to be believed:

“Ninety-five percent (95%) of likely voters in the Sunshine State say they are certain to vote in this year’s election. Among these voters, it’s Romney 51%, Obama 47%.

Florida allows early voting, and among voters who have already voted, Romney’s ahead 51% to 45%.

Among those who have yet to vote, 88% say they have already made up their minds which candidate they will vote for. Romney leads 54% to 45% among these voters.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D167JarVaJc&feature=player_embedded#!

The mountainside is getting drenched and the scowl on Michelle’s face has turned to granite. The Tennessean which since the 1970s has not endorsed a Republican unleashes a thunderstorm on the mountainside:

“In 2012, the United States faces crippling debt; seemingly endless military conflicts and terror threats; an aging population; and sweeping workforce and geopolitical changes that threaten to turn our society upside down.

America needs strong leadership; yet, our leaders in Washington have seldom looked more impotent. [snip]

The next president must be the one with the best chance to get the crushing, $16 trillion national debt under control, coupled with the more immediate need of enabling a vibrant job market.

It is because the economy is paramount that The Tennessean endorses Gov. Mitt Romney for president. [snip]

President Obama’s steps to get spending under control and reduce the debt are too tentative, and again hark back to his inability to possess the leadership to break the partisan gridlock in Congress. [snip]

He has generally made poor choices of the people needed to get the job done, such as Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. And the number of jobs created during his term simply has not kept up with demand. [snip]

But it’s clear whatever shaky bridges were burned in the push for health reform only emboldened Republicans to oppose his subsequent economic proposals. That has rendered much of his presidency ineffective.

Barack Obama was elected in 2008 with a call for hope and change. Perhaps the change he spoke of could only come with the help of Mitt Romney.

Like Goldilocks walking up to hostile bears surrounding her, Jewish Americans are waking up to the threat of Barack Obama. The Chicago Jewish Star, which in 2008 endorsed Obama, is pouring water on the mountaintop too:

“It is not only that Mr. Obama thus deserves to be a one-term proposition; it is that Mr. Romney is simply the better bet for our country.” – Chicago Jewish Star

The threat of Islamic terror, a depressed and failing economy, an unsure future for a troubled healthcare system, a genocidal-spewing Iran, an unbalanced Middle East– these are some of the problems which surfaced after that fateful September day and mutated afterwards in unexpected ways.

With his executive experience, belief in the enervating potential of the private sector, proven ability to deal with opposing views, positive outlook and quiet but admirable religious and charitable persona, Mitt Romney is the candidate who can best guide our country in the years ahead.

We like Mr. Romney- and strongly endorse his candidacy for president- because of his moderate, small-government views

We like Mr. Romney because he is able to travel to a hot-bed area like Israel and- openly, unapologetically, and accurately- commend the Jewish state for its achievements, while frankly acknowledging that it is Palestinian recalcitrance which has denied peace to the area.

We like Mr. Romney because he understands the need to create jobs by providing the right environment for the private sector to do so.

Finally, we like Mr. Romney because he, and his running mate Paul Ryan, have announced that they believe in accountability. The buck stops in the Oval Office.

Finally we like Mr. Romney in comparison to his opponent. The administration of Barack Obama has been a failure.

Contrary to the implications of Mr. Obama’s 2008 statement, Americans provided for the sick before his time; the rise of the oceans did not begin “to slow” and our planet did not begin “to heal”- not in a metaphoric sense and not in a real one.

Mr. Obama’s unsatisfactory direction for America was rooted in untenable assumptions, fueled by arrogance, and promoted by divisiveness. We don’t need more of that.

It is not only that Mr. Obama thus deserves to be a one-term proposition; it is that Mr. Romney is simply the better bet for our country.

The raindrops are exploding all over the place.

A.B. Stoddard was a reliable spinner of Obama lore. A.B. Stoddard today:

Obama spinning toward a loss

President Obama is losing. So says the latest Gallup poll, and so do those swelling numbers in key states like Wisconsin, Florida, Virginia and Ohio.

Democrats say wait, he won the second debate. They are holding their breath, hoping polls next week will show that this week’s debate brought the herky-jerk of the campaign back full swing, with Obama back to his September lead in the swing states and poised to win. But with two weeks to go, a sudden surge in voter support for a president as unpopular as this one, in an economy this weak, is simply hard to believe. Conservatives like Karl Rove note that this late in October, no candidate with support higher than 50 percent (see Mitt Romney: Gallup) has ever gone on to lose. [snip]

There is no obvious reason for Obama’s performance to reverse the course of the campaign and blunt Romney now. And though there is one final debate next week, a back-and-forth on national security and foreign policy isn’t likely to make the sale for anyone who still cannot make up his or her mind.

Romney is arguing Obama has still failed to articulate a reason, plan or purpose for a second term. He is correct. [snip]

Indeed, though President Obama was deemed the debate winner by numerous snap polls this week, the polls show just how firm Romney’s support has grown. In every poll he beat Obama by a wide margin on who is stronger on the economy.

Mitt Romney won the first debate in Denver. Mitt Romney won the second debate in Hofstra. Mitt Romney will win the third debate in Florida.

Bachelor Obama, walking down the lonely road, will soon find the mountain did not come to Mohammad, the mountain fell on him. Four years of boobery and treachery has been enough. It’s time for a change.

Mitt Romney Wins Hofstra Debate

Update: As we note at the end of our article: Mittmentum. It’s 7-up time. Romney gains a point post-debate in Gallup, up 7. Biden did not help. Obama lost the Hofstra debate. Romney won the Hofstra debate.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tAiEFhNHZk

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Mitt Romney won Tuesday night’s debate. Barack Obama lost Tuesday night’s debate. Why? Barack Obama failed to achieve his strategic aims. Mitt Romney succeeded in his strategic aims. Romney achieving his strategic aims is why Romney edge expands post-debate in Rasmussen tracking poll. But lets momentarily put the latest polls, even the valid ones, aside.

Recall the Obama convention. We wrote Why The Obama Convention Was A Big Fat Flop. The reason it was a flop, as we wrote was because Obama’s strategic aims for the convention were not achieved. Yes, the show was well done. Yes, Bill Clinton epitomized what a president should do and say – implement policies that succeed and be able to explain why, what, and how, to the nation on issue after issue and the direction he wants to go in. (What Bill Clinton cannot explain is why Obama is unable or unwilling to present or explain in a coherent fashion what Obama has done, what it has achieved, what he wants to do, and why he wants to do it.)

But the Obama convention willfully insulted organized labor in order to achieve one strategic aim: raise an army of volunteers that would win North Carolina and Virginia. Those strategic aims were to be achieved by “bookend” events which were supposed to attract hundreds of thousands – but both “bookend” events failed to take place due to lack of money and enthusiasm. That was a failure and now Romney will win North Carolina and Virginia. The Obama convention moved beyond failure and into catastrophe because the Obama convention additionally provided fodder on “God” and Jerusalem that Republicans can utilize to win Florida, Iowa, and other states.

When you fail in your strategic aims (think Pearl Harbor and the failure of the Imperial Japanese Task Force to achieve it’s strategic aims – sink the American aircraft carriers. The attack thrilled the Saki-soaked but smart admirals saw the failure for what it was immediately) you fail. The show at Pearl Harbor was a shocker, the show in Charlotte was fabulous – but strategic aims were not achieved. Result: failure.

Supporters of Barack Obama were happy Tuesday night because that wind-up clown toy they bought on vacation years ago, while drunk or drugged, the won one they thought was broken, started banging the little brass colored cymbals again and making rude noises. They had a giggle for a night as they saw the clown come to life – but the innards of that clown are rusted and screeching and soon will be thrown out when mom comes into the basement for a clean.

The response of the Hopium Guzzlers in the Obama campaign has been to talk about anything but what the American people want to discuss. As Paul Tully instructed to generations of Democratic strategists when he constructed the “message box” you have to address and win on the issues that most concern the voter. Purposefully ignoring the important issues Obama Hopium Guzzlers want to talk about Big Bird and the binder. As noted by Mark Halperin: Team Obama jumps the binder

What was Obama’s strategic aim for the second debate? In short, Obama needed a game changer. Obama needed to crush Romney in the same undisputed overwhelming manner that Romney crushed Obama in the first debate. Obama needed to prove to one and all that he was the won one to trust and entrust with the nation’s future on the economy and jobs and overall direction. This strategic aim was not achieved by Barack Obama.

Mitt Romney’s strategic aims was to keep Mittmentum going strong by demonstrating he is the best steward of the nation’s future direction especially on the economy and jobs. Romney succeeded in achieving these strategic aims. Indeed if not for the bovine intervention of Candy Crowley Tuesday night’s debate would have been a replay of Gerald Ford’s catastrophic “freeing” of the captive nations of the Soviet. Romney will get a second crack at that egg this Monday.

Barack Obama supporters, strung out on that strong Hopium required to distort reality and see Barack Obama as someone in any way trustworthy, enjoyed the show on Tuesday night as their wind up clown clanged cymbals. But the sober Mitt Romney supporters see the Romney victory for what it is.

Obama failed to grab his strategic objectives. Mitt Romney won his strategic objectives. You don’t have to believe us on this. Listen to the undecided voters gathered together on Obama campaign field office MSNBC. Don’t listen to the MSNBC “moderator” who declares it a “draw” even as voter after voter chose Romney. Listen to what the MSNBC undecided voters said after the debate:

The Fox News undecided voters focus group was even more decisive a victory for Mitt Romney:

Big Media JournoListers, the Candy Crowleys, and those easily distracted by shiny objects want to convince themselves and their diminishing claque of readers that Obama somehow “won” the show or at the very least they gift Obama a “slight edge overall”. But what are the people with the votes saying? Romney won his strategic aims of being seen as the one with a better direction for the nation and able to do a better job on the economy and JOBS:

“Despite Obama’s slight edge overall, Romney was seen as better able to handle most issues.

The trend was most notable in the CNN poll: he had an 18-point edge among registered voters on the economy (58 percent to Obama’s 40 percent ); a 3-point edge on health care (49 percent to 46 percent); a 7-point edge on taxes (51 percent to 44 percent); and, largest of all, a 23-point edge on the deficit (59 percent to 36 percent).”

In the CNN poll Obama only beat Romney by 2% on the issue of foreign policy – that’s likely due to Candy Crowley’s mendacious protection of Barack Obama and will be turned around at the final debate which will be focused solely on foreign policy.

In the CBS poll, “65 percent of respondents also said Romney would handle the economy better.

As we wrote in our immediate assessment of the debate, Mitt Romney gave a coherent and brutal assessment of Barack Obama’s tenure as golfer, er, cymbal banging clown. Hopium Guzzlers will applaud as the wind up toy clangs and bangs and makes a spectacle but voters vote, albeit sometimes mistakenly, for the person they believe will make things better for them.

Obama four years later still has no plan (as we wrote in 2009). Obama still has no plan for his imaginary second term, as noted by Mark Halperin: So where was the second-term agenda?

“As I wrote earlier, Obama and his team still believe they can win the election by simply being the anti-Romney — without putting an agenda on the table for voters to see and support. That strategy was doomed to failure in the first debate anyway, but the stark contrast two weeks ago between a very presidential Romney and a disengaged and apathetic Obama magnified that effect and impact. Obama seemed to pretend last night like that never happened, which as Halperin notes could be a fatal flaw in their final three weeks.

Most voters aren’t going to go into voting booths to choose the best debater. They’re going to choose the candidate that they trust more on the issues. Obama lost the first debate by virtual default, and he’s going to lose the election the same way unless he can launch a second-term agenda in less than three weeks.”

The giggles from Tuesday night, are over. Gallup with the latest poll results put an end to that frivolity from the harlequins and proglodytes. [Gallup tracker: Romney up 6 with likely voters, up 2 with registered].

That Gallup poll, beyond the margin of error Romney victory, did not survey after the Hofstra debate. But today’s Rasmussen poll does and Romney leads in that one too because he still has Mittmentum. And unlike after the first debate, in which there was a two week hiatus in presidential debates, the next debate is Monday so there will not be enough time for Obama to turn things around.

Why are the latest polls showing Romney ahead?

Mitt Romney won the Hofstra debate.

Strongest Moment For Romney, Biggest Lie By Obama, Biggest Lie By Crowley – At The Hofstra Halloween Horror Debate

Update II: Candy Crowley of CNN must apologize for her protection of Barack Obama last night. Candy Crowley is a mess that should consider a career as a replacement referee for the NFL. Remember that NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers? The replacement referees screwed up so badly it was the tipping point that ended the strike. Crowley is the tipping point but we don’t know for what. We know Big Media won’t reform itself.

Crowley kinda sorta admitted she was wrong last night after the damage was done.

Gallup should apologize too for their selection of the audience (which almost entirely was composed of former Obama voters). Gallup and Crowley also must apologize if indeed one of the most helpful to Obama questioners was a member of CodePink. In either case both Gallup and Crowley failed in getting an audience and questions that reflected true undecided voters without partisan bias.

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Update: As promised Mitt Romney’s strongest moment:

HotAir in their wrap up: The second debate:

“Mitt gets another crack at the Libya attack in the next debate, which will focus exclusively on foreign policy. He’ll be very well prepared, rest assured. And since most of the media’s coverage tomorrow will focus on the Libya exchange tonight, that issue will continue to get plenty of coverage for the rest of the week. I can live with that. Exit quotation from Ben Smith: “Romney did, again, come away looking like a guy who could be president, which is probably the most important thing.” Yep.”

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Obama lied. Crowley protected Barack Obama’s lie with a lie of her own. Candy Crowley lied, or perhaps she was mistaken or heard what she wanted to hear. Obama did not say the Benghazi attack was a terrorist attack the day after.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0wllKURCq8

Obama lied and he lied internationally and from talk show to talk show:

Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler has a terrific list of statements made after the Benghazi attack by administration officials and President Obama.  Interestingly, despite the fact that yesterday it was reported that U.S. officials knew as early as September 12 that the attack was orchestrated by al-Qaeda, no official used the term “terrorism” until September 19th, when National Counterterrorism Center director Matthew Olsen said in a congressional testimony, “I would say yes, they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy.” 

The next day at the Univision Town hall, Obama is asked this: “We have reports that the White House said today that the attacks in Libya were a terrorist attack. Do you have information indicating that it was Iran, or al-Qaeda was behind organizing the protests?”

But in his response, Obama suggests it remains unclear whether the attack was an act of terror. “Well, we’re still doing an investigation, and there are going to be different circumstances in different countries,” Obama said. “And so I don’t want to speak to something until we have all the information. What we do know is that the natural protests that arose because of the outrage over the video were used as an excuse by extremists to see if they can also directly harm U.S. interests.”

And then again, several days after Olsen has told Congress that the attack in Benghazi was a “a terrorist attack,” Obama refuses to call it terrorism when appearing on The View in an episode that aired September 25. In response to this question, “I heard Hillary Clinton say it was an act of terrorism. Is it? What do you say?”, Obama said, “We are still doing an investigation. There is no doubt that the kind of weapons that were used, the ongoing assault, that it wasn’t just a mob action. Now, we don’t have all the information yet so we are still gathering.” Once again, there is no mention of the word “terrorism.” 

Romnney’s best moment of the debate? It was when he listed the litany. Obama’s failures. Failure upon failure upon failure. We’ll put the video up as soon as it becomes available.

It was a true Halloween Horror filled with tension. At times we thought a fistfight would erupt. Or maybe that’s what we wanted.