Rescue America: Our Best Debate Advice For Mitt Romney

Update: Advice for Mitt Romney might not be needed if Drudge is to be at all believed. October surprise: Drudge teasing potentially gamechanging video to be released tonight. Speculation runs wild. HotAir is right that it is probably not the Michelle “whitey” tape nor the Khalidi tape. What can it be? Speculation runs rampant. Maybe Jeremiah Wright donated something from his vault?


On this Wednesday’s debate Mitt Romney must call out Barack Obama and his lies with a sense of urgency and indignation. Watch Greta Van Susteren rationally but with outrage discuss an important domestic policy issue last night. This is the attitude and facts Mitt Romney should deploy on Wednesday:

In that video Greta Van Susteren discusses the Barack Obama henchmen specifically telling companies to violate the law and that the American taxpayer will pay legal expenses for violations of law. Barack Obama is not upholding his sworn duty to execute the laws of the United States.

Barack Obama is demanding that American corporations lie and violate the law in order to keep the truth of job layoffs to come hidden from the American public.

Mitt Romney must make the case that Barack Obama is killing the American economy and violating the law while at it – then making American taxpayers pay for the lies and corruption at the heart of the Barack Obama diktats.

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Quick – what is Mitt Romney’s campaign slogan? We all know Obama’s campaign slogan is the ludicrous “Forward”. What is Mitt Romney’s slogan?

Mitt Romney’s campaign slogan is “Believe in America”. The Mitt Romney campaign slogan should be “Rescue America“. It’s not enough to “believe” – Mitt Romney has to “rescue”. It’s the difference between a sense of urgency and action as opposed to an amorphous Cartesian philosophical discourse.

We have been constant in our critique of Mitt Romney that there is no sense of urgency or force in his campaign against Barack Obama. We are not alone in that analysis. But we are more than critics, we are trying to help.

We promised a few days ago to give Mitt Romney our best advice. In that article we discussed the Allen West video:

The Allen West ad is about leadership and the American people deciding who is needed now for the crisis at hand. THAT’S WHAT THIS AD IS ABOUT – and this ad can easily be used as a template for Mitt Romney ads and Mitt Romney specifically (as we stated above, more on this next week as we provide our best debate advice).”

In that article we hinted that our best advice for Mitt Romney involves John Kerry. We were specifically writing about foreign policy but the analysis applies to domestic policy as well:

“Mitt Romney has to declare that Obama is the problem. Obama bowing and scraping, in between apologies, is the problem. It sends a message of weakness. Of course Obama is weak so the message is apropos. Mitt Romney has to denounce Obama’s pusillanimous postures and demand that Obama be thrown out of office because Obama will get us killed.

We recently discussed George W. Bush’s message in 2004. It was simple:Bush will keep you safe, John Kerry will get you killed.” Mitt Romney better appropriate that message before Obama gets his slimy hands on it.

Obama wants to run a Bush 2004 campaign with a weak incumbent eventually winning. Mitt Romney has to block that and use the Bush message: “Mitt Romney will keep you safe, Barack Obama will get you killed.”

Mitt Romney must reject the stupidity his campaign committed on that dreadful Saturday when his very own campaign declared this to be a “choice” election. This should not be a choice election. This election should be a referendum on Barack Obama.

Mitt Romney should counter Obama’s lies and duplicities on foreign and domestic policy with vigor. On the Obama convention claim that “Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive” Romney should demonstrate his expertise by declaring “Al Qaeda is Reviving, GM Is Dying“.

Show a little righteous indignation” Mitt. Expose Barack Obama for what he is and smuggle in a little bit of foreign policy while you’re at it. Also, don’t forget Mitt what was said by Pat Caddell: Let’s face it, media bias has reached a new level of corruption

Lastly, our advice to Mitt Romney is to read this linked article in it’s entirely – it’s called The Video Mitt Romney Better Watch:

“In the last debate John McCain stated nailing down Sen. Obama’s various tax proposals is like nailing Jell-O to the wall. McCain should not have restricted his critique merely to Obama’s “tax proposals”.

Recall, at the height of the Obama gay-bashing and race-baiting campaign – South Carolina – Hillary Clinton spoke about Obama and his record and accountability:

CLINTON: Well, I couldn’t agree more. But I do think that your record and what you say does matter. And when it comes to…


… a lot of the issues that are important in this race, it is sometimes difficult to understand what Senator Obama has said, because as soon as he is confronted on it, he says that’s not what he meant. [snip]

Now, why is this important? It’s important because I think elections are about the future. But how do you determine what will happen in the future? Well, you have to look to the record, you have to look to what we say in campaigns, and what we have done during our careers.

And I want to be just very explicit about this. We are not, neither my campaign nor anyone associated with it, are in any way saying you did not oppose the war in Iraq.

You did. You gave a great speech in 2002 opposing the war in Iraq. That was not what the point of our criticism was.

It was after having given that speech, by the next year the speech was off your Web site. By the next year, you were telling reporters that you agreed with President Bush in his conduct of the war. And by the next year, when you were in the Senate, you were voting to fund the war time after time after time.

So it was more about the distinction between words and action. And I think that is a fair assessment for voters to make.


Barack Obama will try to weasel out of things he has said and done Mitt so don’t you let him. Hold him to account.

Remember our best advice Mitt: Demonstrate to America that you will defend America. The place to start showing you have the fortitude required to be president is this Wednesday Mitt.


255 thoughts on “Rescue America: Our Best Debate Advice For Mitt Romney

  1. Have they not figured out this is a very lazy person…….

    Obama says all-day debate prep “is a drag”

    LAS VEGAS Even at a resort hotel, President Obama says spending all day prepping for a debate “is a drag.”

    “They’re making me do my homework,” he said in a phone call with a political volunteer during a visit to his campaign field office in Henderson, about a 30-minute drive from his debate camp at Lake Las Vegas.

    He said the debate preparation was going great, but “basically they’re keeping me indoors all the time.”

    But they did allow him to take a break and drop by his local campaign storefront. He walked in with six pizzas as a way of saying thanks to the 20 or so volunteers there.

    “I know everybody has been working really hard,” he said, though he mistakenly said there were 34 days left to the campaign. His volunteers knew there were 36 days left.

    “Whatever it is,” he said, “it’s really coming up quick.” He said the race in Nevada was going to be “be close all across the country.”

    Can Romney redefine himself in this week’s debate? Obama holds slight lead ahead of debate Obama camp plays down debate expectations Let the debates begin He also sounded like he was worried about some kind of October surprise surfacing during this month.

    “There are going to be a number of other things we can’t expect over the next couple of weeks,” he said. He didn’t elaborate, but he delivered a decidedly optimistic refrain.


    He is a lazy shit, if you had this guy in your office, he would not last 5 minutes. This is the person in the office, that spends all day on the fire escape smoking and gossiping while everybody else gets on with their work and coasting off everyone else. that is why i think his arrogance is going to get him slaughtered tomorrow night because he thinks he knows everything and that no one can question, remember this is a guy who has deliberately evaded questions for over a year now from WH corps, his head will explode when he actually gets asked one tomorrow. If petulant arrogant Bambi shows up tomorrow, he will be slaughtered. The one thing, the low info voters do not watch debates, undecideds do, interested parties do. This could get interesting as soon as Romney gets an opening because it will be cough, choke and splutter with no teleprompter. Keep interrupting him, get into his head, get him unfocussed and watch the errors and nastiness flow. If it was me i’d say to Bambi “no point looking over there, there is’nt a teleprompter, you have to be prepared”. Just keep mentioning all the things he does’nt want to talk about regardless, bring them up in comments, economy, sequestrion, layoffs, benghazi, lying, just throw the book so he gets drowned in the avalanche. Forget the moderator, directly question Obama yourself and if the moderator gets in the way, snap his head off too.

  2. I sent the Megan Kelley interview of Caddell and Shoen to friends with this note:

    Here is more evidence of big media corruption. And here are two traditional democrats–two men of honor, who, in the grand style of the French writer Emile Zola in the Dreyfus Affair, are willing to point the index finger with arm outstretched at the head of big media and say J’ACCUSE! In the English language this has become the common generic expression of outrage against someone who is both corrupt and powerful. In a courtroom, it is the favorite ploy of an able prosecutor in his opening and closing statement to the jury. If Romney hopes to win, then tomorrow night, and all the days that follow Romney must avail himself of this tactic. He must use it first against Obama, and then against the big media who blindly supports Obama, to their own ends. Messmrs Caddell and Shoen have shown him the way. And now it is up to him. He must defeat a man whose whose warped policies and ruthless tactics pose a grave danger to a whole way of life that has given generations of Americans unprecedented freedom and prosperity. Simultaneously, he must defeat a big media who has crossed the Rubicon and become a dire threat to our future. J’accuse.


  3. The first debate is on Domestic policy and where the hell is Obama gonna run on that one……Economy, Sequestrian, layoffs, Obamacare and Romney can bring up fast n furious because it affected a lot inside the US.

    I will be pissed if the first full hour is not exclusively on the economy.

  4. For Mitt to use and it’s from Time magazine:

    Are We Already in A Recession?
    New data give support to those who believe the U.S. economy is already contracting.

    Most of the time and for most people, the difference between no growth and contraction probably doesn’t mean that much. However, we are in a much different situation now than we were in 2007. The Federal Reserve has more or less gone all in with its open-ended quantitative easing. The government’s fiscal mechanism is paralyzed and a large portion of the electorate has no appetite for further fiscal stimulus. If the American economy were to go into a so-called “double-dip” recession the government would be especially hard-pressed to drag us out. It would be a huge blow to the nation’s confidence and would lead to shrinking government revenues and further net job loss in both the public and private sectors.

    For those reasons, it’s more than a little frightening that we’re seeing a spate of depressing numbers that could signal a recession on the horizon — or that one is already here. On Thursday the Commerce Department revised down its estimate of second-quarter GDP growth to 1.3% from an already sluggish 1.7%. If that weren’t bad enough, the Department also reported that orders of durable goods – long-lasting pieces of equipment like airplanes or heavy machinery – fell 13.2% in August. And Friday, the Project Management Institute was out with a survey which showed that manufacturing activity in the Chicago region was contracting, surprising many analysts. While it’s unwise to read too much into any one of these data, the three in succession are unsettling.

    These data also give ammo to bearish commentators who have long been predicting a recession in either late 2012 or early 2013. John Hussman, president of Hussman Economectrics Advisors, is one of those bears and he has recently reiterated that prediction. In his most recent note Hussman wrote:

    “We continue to infer that the economy has already entered a recession – something that will probably take several more months to be broadly recognized. We’re seeing fresh lows on the most leading economic component that we infer using unobserved components methods . . . matching weakness that emerged in late 2000 and late 2007. On a slightly positive note, we don’t yet see the near free-fall in these measures that occurred later in 2001 and 2008 as economic weakness rapidly gained momentum.”

    And Hussman isn’t the only one. The Economic Cycle Research Institute – which has good track record calling recessions – has also been predicting a downturn. Now the ECRI is saying that the U.S. is in recession as we speak:

    “It has been almost a year since we predicted a recession. Back in December, we went on to specify the time frame for it to begin: if not by the first quarter of the year, then by mid-2012. But we also said at the time that the recession would not be evident before the end of the year. In other words, nine months ago we knew that, sitting here today, most people probably would not realize that we are in recession – and we do believe we are in recession.”

  5. If Romney wants to totally kill Obama in these debates, he can do it, The President should know exactly whats going on, if it comes across that Obama really knows nothing and is all over the shop, the facade will be gone no matter how much they cover for him..

    Romney’s goal for this debate is

    1 : Look like a President in waiting.
    2 : Run rings on the economy around Obama
    3 : Get into his head, call his bluff, we all know how that works out for Obama.
    4 : Ask Obama exactly what his 2nd term goals are, for none of us have any idea.
    5 : Pin him to the spot, once you have him on the run , keep going back to to the same open wound.
    6 : Stick to repeating the same lines over and over, “where are the jobs”, “why are you not sending out the layoff notices”
    7 : KEEP IT SIMPLE, do not get all technical, stick to laymans words “WHERE ARE THE JOBS MR PRESIDENT” “4 YEARS OF UNEMPLOYMENT OVER 8%”. These are things Obama cannot answer.
    8 : When you have an opening, climb in there and do not let go.
    9 : If he brings a gun, you bring the whole effing arsenal
    10 : Fast n Furious, this does involve domestic policy and is a sore point for Latinos, explain how Obama will get you killed, how he has killed mexicans.
    11 : Explain how Medicare will go bust and Obama stole $713 Billion from it to pay for his Obamacare, repeat this over and over and over.
    12 : If the Moderator is not being fair, go rogue, cut out the middleman and if need be if they are being partisan, tell them so.
    13 : You are going to hear “47%” over and over from Obama, be ultra prepared for this and ready to say exactly how Mr 47% is killing the fabric of America with dumbing down work ethics and killing work benefit regulations. Tell America exactly how much these freeloaders are costing the taxpayer, use a number and stick to it, tell the people exactly how many people dont pay taxes.
    14 : Be prepared for the default go to line of “Romney’s tax returns” because you are going to hear it over and over. Ask Obama exactly how much him and his wife are costing taxpayers with detail
    15 : Tell America eactly how much Obama will cost them if he is re-elected, how many and what taxes are waiting for them in Jan 2013 if you are not elected.
    16 : Be aware of what the cameramen will try to do to you, hold a straight face, stare at your opponent, make them blink because they will be looking for the slightest face change, sweat, anything.
    17 : If they start asking stupid questions, tell the moderator they are a waste of a question, whether it be birth control or daft questions, keep saying “I’d rather talk about the economy with the perilous state the country is in”, state a simple position and move on. Do not continue unless Obama makes a huge gaffe.

    The Simple line is Mitt, make this whole thing about the economy for 2 hours and how much people are going to have to pay if Obama is re-elected and you win, know your figures, details, be knowledgeable but keep it simple, let it drift off into birth control and other shit and letting Obama make it about you or your comments and you will lose. Do not let him control the debate, give him enough rope and then yank it hard. Make the people how much worse they are off with Obama.

  6. admin
    October 2nd, 2012 at 3:26 am
    My hat is off to you admin. A truly superb post, poetry and a primer on what Romney and his party need to do with great urgency. November will soon be at hand, but the real deadline is that arbitrary date when the majority of the electorate stop listening the candidate. Romney’s misteps, his failure to capitalize on openings and the machinations of big media present a problem which he must now overcome.

    As you correctly observe, the Obama media has positioned this as a choice election, while covering up Obama’s flaws and conjuring up and emphasizing Romneys to the exclusion of everything else. Meanwhile, Romney has obliged them by characterizing this election as a choice between two futures, instead of what it really is–a referendum on Obama and the certainty that if he is re-elected he will kill us. J’Accuse.

  7. Admin: as you suggest,”Rescue America”—that is a winning slogan.

    When Soros, the CIA and the Rand boys overthrew communist governments in the old Soviet republics, i.e. the Orange Revolution in the Ukraine, and the Rose Revolution in Georgia, which caused Soros to brag to a reporter “The Soviet Empire is now the Soros Empire”, one of the things they emphasized apart from text messaging, flash mobs and control of the media was simple slogans. The reason is they work there in the 1990s and they worked here in 2008.

    Try as we did, we could not get the Republicans to understand this strategy. They were too old school.

    Elections are emotional ordeals. Often they are fraught with a fair amount of cognitive dissonance. Consequently, it is easier for the electorate to fixate on two or three simple words, than contemplate two competing plaforms in all their complexity and nuance–a feat beyond the compass of ordinary minds. Thus, the slogan Rescue America encapsuels the thrust of his campaign and captures the emotional message. The image could be of the Carpathian that responded to the SOS and rescued he survivors of HMS Titanic.

  8. They (the debates) can be ultimate game-changers. Reagan won his elections at the debate podium. Ford lost his when he painted himself into a corner, claiming that Eastern Europe was not under Soviet hegemony. John McCain was awful — too polite, too correct, too little. He let Obama talk down to him, calling him “John,” and he let Obama slip one misstatement after another past him. He was too polite to discuss Obama’s associations with Rev. Jeremiah Wright or unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers or Tony Rezko. In short, as tough and heroic as he was in uniform, McCain was not suited to the task of running for president of the United States.

    “We now know Obama. He is oh-so-cool, never touches a banisteras he walks down the airplane steps, performs on late-night talk shows. Yet he is not the Great Communicator. He is only as smooth as his nearest teleprompter. He can be challenged, and he has to defend numbers and facts that are not only appalling, but outright embarrassing: unemployment exceeding 8 percent, real underemployment at close to 15 percent, a national debt grown to 16 trillion, national security leaks from his White House, Fast and Furious, Solyndra, the Keystone pipeline. (Note: we now have the collapse of his foreign policy driven by events in Libya and elsewhere as well) It will be Romney’s election to lose. If he is not ready for Obama after some twenty Republican primary debates that spanned six months between August 2011 and February 2012, then he never will be.

    However, whether Romney is ready or not, the poll numbers that matter will unfold in the final weeks or days, the way they always do.”

    Dov Fischer, adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School, is a columnist for several online magazines and is rabbi of Young Israel of Orange County. He blogs at

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  9. What Dov Fisher is referring to above is the hard and fast metrics of national failure which supercede biased polls suggesting that 35% of Americans feel better off today than four years ago, which begs the inevitable question first posed by EF Hutton–how do you measure success. Even if these people are telling the truth on that score, the truth they are telling is a very very very limited one. In other words, what good does it do to have 10% more dollars in your pocket than you did four years ago, if those dollars are worth half as much. It therefor follows that no man is an island, and every insult Obama delivers to the liberty and prosperity of this nation diminishes all of us.

  10. Admin: you have given the Romney camp the Ditka Boelcke for beating Obama.

    (Note: The Dicta Boelcke is a list of fundamental aerial maneuvers of aerial combat formulated by the first great German flying ace of the First World War, Oswald Boelcke–the blue max.

  11. Some have wondered how can it be that Brokaw has gone to the dark side? It is pretty simple. He sits on the Board of a Soros organization. Once again, follow the money.


    This article is absolutely worth a read.

    “The Federal Reserve continues to pump up this “bubble economy” by recklessly printing money and by setting interest rates artificially low, and the U.S. Congress continues to stand aside and allow them to systematically destroy our economy. The U.S. Congress could choose to end this madness at any time, but the truth is that Congress won’t even pass a law that would allow the American people to see what is going on over at the Federal Reserve.

    So who did Bernanke send those letters to?

    According to Politico, the thank you letters were delivered to U.S. Representatives Barney Frank, Elijah Cummings, Melvin Watt, Carolyn Maloney and Steny Hoyer.

    By refusing to take action against the Federal Reserve, the U.S. Congress is silently endorsing their incredibly foolish policies.

    Sadly, most Americans don’t even realize that the Federal Reserve has more control over our economy than anyone else does. Most Americans that are actually concerned about politics are busy arguing over whether Obama or Romney will be better for the economy when it is actually the Fed that controls the levers of economic power.

    Just think about it.

    The Federal Reserve played a major role in creating the housing bubble which severely damaged our financial system a few years ago.


  13. wbboei
    October 2nd, 2012 at 5:31 am

    that explains a lot, Brokow is now one of the Obot idiots as well. A decent career flushed down the tubes, he was one of the people leading the charge against Romney’s letter than the actual atrocities committed against those 4 americans in Libya.

  14. Fox News is reporting two U.S. border agents were shot, one fatally, on Tuesday morning at the at the Brian Terry Station near Naco, Arizona. According to Fox:
    The identities of the agents were not immediately released, but the shooting occurred at the Brian Terry Station near Naco, Ariz., which is just south of Tucson. The station was named after an agent who was killed in the line of duty in December 2010.

  15. DEVELOPING: Two U.S. Border Patrol agents were shot, one fatally, Tuesday morning in an area south Arizona known as a major drug-smuggling corridor, authorities said.

    The identities of the agents were not immediately released, but the shooting occurred at the Brian Terry Station near Naco, Ariz., which is just south of Tucson. The station was named after an agent who was killed in the line of duty in December 2010. The area is considered a remote part of the state and sources tell Fox News that the shooting occurred about eight miles from the border.

    The injured agent was airlifted to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

    The search for the killer is being led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.

    Two weeks ago, the station was named after Brian Terry who died in a shootout in December 2010 not far from Tuesday’s shooting.

    Two guns found at the scene were bought by a member of a gun-smuggling ring that was being monitored in the Fast and Furious investigation. Critics have knocked U.S. federal authorities for allowing informants to walk away from Phoenix-area gun shops with weapons, rather than immediately arresting suspects.

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  16. This is going to throw Fast n furious front row and center tomorrow night in the debate, I hope Romney pays tribute to the Border Agent that has died, it will be more than Obama ever does.

  17. As Twitchy reported earlier, one Border Patrol agent was killed and another injured during a shooting at the Brian Terry Station near Naco, Arizona this morning. Univision journalist Mariana Atencio wondered if the deadly shooting could be tied to Fast and Furious weapons and suggested the political implications could be “catastrophic” for President Obama.

    Univision’s Sunday documentary about the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal was widely praised by conservatives for asking the questions the mainstream media won’t. Atencio continues that trend, and she’s joined by other Twitter users wondering the same thing about the fatal Arizona shooting.


    Talk about your timing, this has thrown the spotlight on FnF in a big way, horrible as it is.

  18. Maggie Haberman of Politico is even more in the bag for Obama than even Ben Smith so we are always wary of posting anything by her because the bias permeates everything she writes. Here’s her latest report on GPS, which mostly sticks to the facts:

    American Crossroads and its affiliate Crossroads GPS are going up today with their biggest paid media push so far in the 2012 cycle, with a $16 million one-week buy on TV and radio in eight presidential battlegrounds and four Senate contests, POLITICO has learned.

    On the presidential level, American Crossroads will spend $11 million on a spot called “Actually Happened,” which focuses on the impact that President Obama said the stimulus would have on the unemployment rate. The spot features a man using charts and graphics to show where the president said unemployment would be around now, under 5.5 percent, compared to where it is, at 8.1 percent.

    The gist of the spot is a refrain that Republicans have hit Obama for over the last year – that money was spent, but what he said the nation would have to show for it didn’t come to pass.

    The ad is running in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia. Crossroads GPS, the non-profit affiliate, is spending an additional $1 million on radio in those states.

    Another $4 million is being spend by GPS in North Dakota, Virginia and Montana, and American Crossroads is going up in Florida.

    Steven Law, president of American Crossroads, said, “Obama’s weak leadership has yielded weak results and a weaker America. Staying on Obama’s course means a weaker America every day.

    The ads come after a muscular web video from Crossroads that hit the president for his appearance on “The View” as he avoided bilateral meetings with foreign leaders attending the UN General Assembly.

    Alex and I recently wrote that all Republican outside groups are about to demonstrate the extent to which they can have impact as the 2012 cycle enters its final stretch. In the presidential race, the case has been made that, especially given Mitt Romney’s own comparatively light advertising in the summer, the groups helped keep the race close in the face of Obama’s spending.

    But this week-long buy will offer some of the deepest saturation from the Crossroads groups yet.

  19. Will Romney do this again?:

    Romney overcame similar deficit in ’02 race
    Former Mass. governor capitalized on debates

    About six weeks before a crucial election, and shortly after he had secured the Republican nomination, Mitt Romney was trailing badly. Voters had unfavorable views of him. They didn’t think he cared for people like them. Women overwhelmingly favored his opponent.

    The year was 2002.

    There are many ways in which Romney’s flagging 2012 presidential campaign is different from his gubernatorial race of a decade ago. He’s fighting on multiple fronts, in multiple states, with an electoral map to victory that veers from difficult to daunting. And he’s facing an incumbent president with ample political skills and resources.

    Yet, the parallels can be instructive.

    Several weeks after Romney, with no primary opponent, officially became the Republican gubernatorial nominee in 2002, a late September poll showed he had not only lost his lead but had slipped six points behind his Democratic opponent, state Treasurer Shannon O’Brien.

    She was dominating among women — leading 48 percent to 30 percent among such voters in the survey — and his favorability numbers had dropped significantly from February, when he returned to Massachusetts after running the Olympic Games in Utah and announced he was running for governor.

    When asked which candidate most cares about people like them, only 18 percent said Romney. [snip]

    Shortly after the poll came out, Romney huddled with his aides during a barbecue at his Belmont home, and they decided to shift tactics. He would drop the gentlemanly role he had assumed, one that prompted some voters to see him as a smug, programmed front-runner.

    The campaign would drop the feel-good, family-focused ads in favor of sharper, more combative ones criticizing O’Brien’s management of the state treasury. Romney would start delivering attack lines himself, rather than leaving the dirty work to surrogates.

    We knew we needed to use debates and other methods to get our message out in a crystal-clear way,” said Mike Murphy, who was one of Romney’s chief strategists. “We needed to turn the boat a little bit, so to speak. Mitt was totally on board and we hit our stride.”

    Within weeks, the polls began to shift. [snip]

    With about three weeks to go before the vote, O’Brien ran an ad about Bain Capital, resurrecting attacks on Romney’s role downsizing the paper company Ampad Inc. and asking voters, “Now Romney wants us to trust him with our jobs and our economy?”

    “Mitt and I had talked about it a million times after the Kennedy campaign,” Manning said, referring to the attack ads Senator Edward Kennedy used so successfully against Romney in 1994. “We said, if we’re ever in a campaign again and they go after Bain Capital, we’re going to go really hard back at them.”

    Romney responded with an ad that criticized O’Brien for her tenure at a failed health care company. “O’Brien is attacking Mitt Romney for a company he never managed, just invested in,” the ad began. “Now learn about O’Brien’s business record.” [snip]

    He’s good in a crisis,” Murphy said. “When things are going tough he’s calm and he’s remarkably clearheaded. . . . I wouldn’t write him off.”

    The difference this time is Big Media will do everything to protect Obama and destroy Romney.

  20. House investigators warned Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to expect a hearing into their finding that that American diplomatic staff in Libya had their request for additional security denied by Washington officials.

    “Based on information provided to the Committee by individuals with direct knowledge of events in Libya, the attack that claimed the ambassador’s life was the latest in a long line of attacks on Western diplomats and officials in Libya in the months leading up to September 11, 2012,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and subcommittee chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, wrote Clinton today. They dismissed out-of-hand the suggestion that the attack ever could have been regarded as a spontaneous protest gone awry.

    “In addition, multiple U.S. federal government officials have confirmed to the Committee that, prior to the September 11 attack, the U.S. mission in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi,” Issa and Chaffetz added (my emphasis). “The mission in Libya, however, was denied these resources by officials in Washington.”

    The committee noted 13 “security threats” in Benghazi, including an attempt to assassinate the British ambassador to Libya.

  21. This debate is crucial.
    Romney needs to hit the President solidly on the chin and knock him down, and down again, and again… TKO or does not get up… 🙂

  22. House investigators warned Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to expect a hearing


    Of course they would attack Hillary with any such claims.

  23. Watch Hillary get chucked under the bus soon if these State dept memo’s keep coming out, someone is leaking them.

  24. moononpluto
    October 2nd, 2012 at 2:45 am
    Have they not figured out this is a very lazy person…….

    Obama says all-day debate prep “is a drag”

    LAS VEGAS Even at a resort hotel, President Obama says spending all day prepping for a debate “is a drag.”

    “They’re making me do my homework,” he said in a phone call with a political volunteer during a visit to his campaign field office in Henderson, about a 30-minute drive from his debate camp at Lake Las Vegas.

    He said the debate preparation was going great, but “basically they’re keeping me indoors all the time.”


    I guess he thinks he’s being “funny”. I guess he’s trying to relate, that, Who really would want to work real hard, when you could be golfing, biking, playing basketball, showing up on fun tv shows to talk about NCAA or Super Bowl predictions, or showing up on fluff shows like the View to have the interviewers ask the “tough questions”:

    The View: “Mr. Obama, or can I call you Barack?”

    BO: “You can call me anything you want, but don’t forget to vote in November.”

    TV: “Ha ha ha, you are SO witty. Being leader of the Free World must be very tough. And then campaigning must eat into some of your day job. And then the fund raising must take away even more time. It’s simply amazing that you have any time to spend behind the desk at the Oval Office, or to meet with the Congress, or meet with world leaders.”

    BO: “That’s my secret. I don’t. I don’t like being in DC. I seldom sit behind the desk at the Oval Office, except to make fund raising phone calls. I found working with Congress to give me agida, so I outsourced that to Valerie. And I just blew off a whole bunch of world leaders to come on this show. I sent Hillary.”

    TV: “Well you certainly know how to call the shots, and delegate.”

    BO: “Heck, I don’t even like campaigning, or even politics in general, for that matter. What I love is adulation, power (even if I don’t know how to use it), and gettin’ away with stuff.”

    TV: “Well it’s been so nice shooting the breezy with the Preezie”.

    BO: “Thanks for having me on. See you next week”.

  25. moononpluto
    October 2nd, 2012 at 9:33 am
    Obama drops 2 overnight….

    RCP approval for Oturd was +0.3% earlier today, but now -0.1% after Rasmussen’s -3 (48/51).

    This is the first time since Sep. 7th that he’s been in negative territory. During that time, his biggest positive was on 9/24 at +3.1%. He’s plummetted 3.2 points in one week. And this is during a period that MSM has been painting as Romney’s death spiral.

    And don’t forget, this is using “funny numbers” in many of the pollsters’ cases.

    Here are the numbers:

    RCP Avg… 9/24 – 10/1 48.6 48.7 -0.1
    Rasmussen. 9/29 – 10/1 48 51 -3
    CNN/OpRes. 9/28 – 9/30 50 49 +1
    Gallup…. 9/28 – 9/30 47 46 +1
    Quinnipiac 9/25 – 9/30 48 49 -1
    ABC/WashPo 9/26 – 9/29 49 49 Tie
    Politico.. 9/24 – 9/27 49 49 Tie
    FOX News.. 9/24 – 9/26 49 48 +1

  26. Neil Armstrong Buried at Sea

    He was buried at sea with a US Navy honor guard aboard the USS Philippine Sea (CG 58 ) on Sept. 14th. Captain Steve Shinego, commanding officer of the USS Philippine Sea presented the US flag to his wife, Carol Armstrong, following the service.

  27. Business as usual

    ABC, CBS & NBC Blackout! Major New Findings in Fast & Furious Scandal Ignored [UPDATED]
    By Geoffrey Dickens | October 01, 2012 | 16:06

    UPDATE: Still no ABC, CBS, NBC coverage of Univision’s Fast and Furious report on Monday’s evening newscasts or Tuesday’s morning shows.

    Over the weekend the Univision network broke major news in the Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal. They found 57 previously unreported guns used in crimes by Mexican cartels, but ABC, CBS and NBC have yet to report the Spanish-language network’s findings.

    There were zero mentions on Sunday night’s ABC’s World News and CBS’s Evening News (NBC’s Nightly News was pre-empted by Ryder Cup coverage) or on any of Monday’s morning shows. The blackout on ABC’s broadcasts is particularly confounding since they have an excerpt from Univision’s September 30 report on ABC’s official Web site. (video after the jump)

    The refusal by ABC, CBS or NBC to report the findings is remarkable since the Univision report not only contains politically explosive information to a sitting administration at the height of the election season but also compelling human tragedy. Univision’s Gerardo Reyes and Santiago Wills reported “Indirectly, the United States government played a role in the massacre” of 14 Mexican teens in a one-story house by “supplying some of the firearms uses by the cartel murders.”

    The lack of coverage by the Big Three (ABC, NBC, CBS) networks continues their trend of mostly ignoring major events in the scandal that has led to calls for Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation.

  28. As college student, Eric Holder participated in ‘armed’ takeover of former Columbia University ROTC office
    Published: 11:56 PM 09/30/2012

    By Charles C. Johnson
    Email Charles C. Johnson | Archive

    and Ryan Girdusky
    Email Ryan Girdusky | Archive

    Future U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is seen in the 1973 yearbook of Columbia University in New York City. He graduated from the Ivy League school that year. (Image courtesy of “University Archives, Columbia University in the City of New York)
    As a freshman at Columbia University in 1970, future Attorney General Eric Holder participated in a five-day occupation of an abandoned Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) headquarters with a group of black students later described by the university’s Black Students’ Organization as “armed,” The Daily Caller has learned.

    Department of Justice spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler has not responded to questions from The Daily Caller about whether Holder himself was armed — and if so, with what sort of weapon.

    Holder was then among the leaders of the Student Afro-American Society (SAAS), which demanded that the former ROTC office be renamed the “Malcolm X Lounge.” The change, the group insisted, was to be made “in honor of a man who recognized the importance of territory as a basis for nationhood.”

    Black radicals from the same group also occupied the office of Dean of Freshman Henry Coleman until their demands were met. Holder has publicly acknowledged being a part of that action.

    The details of the student-led occupation, including the claim that the raiders were “armed,” come from a deleted Web page of the Black Students’ Organization (BSO) at Columbia, a successor group to the SAAS. Contemporary newspaper accounts in The Columbia Daily Spectator, a student newspaper, did not mention weapons.

    Holder, now the United States’ highest-ranking law enforcement official, has given conflicting accounts of this episode during college commencement addresses at Columbia, but both the BSO’s website and the Daily Spectator have published facts that conflict with his version of events.

    Holder has bragged about his involvement in the “rise of black consciousness” protests at Columbia.

    “I was among a large group of students who felt strongly about the way we thought the world should be, and we weren’t afraid to make our opinions heard,” he said during Columbia’s 2009 commencement exercises. “I did not take a final exam until my junior year at Columbia — we were on strike every time finals seemed to roll around — but we ran out of issues by that third year.”

    Though then-Dean Carl Hovde declared the occupation of the Naval ROTC office illegal and said it violated university policy, the college declined to prosecute any of the students involved. This decision may have been made to avoid a repeat of violent Columbia campus confrontations between police and members of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in 1968.

    The ROTC headquarters was ultimately renamed the Malcolm X lounge as the SAAS organization demanded. It later became a hang-out spot for another future U.S. leader, Barack Obama, according to David Maraniss’ best-selling ”Barack Obama: The Story.”

    Holder told Columbia University’s graduating law students during a 2010 commencement speech that the 1970 incident happened “during my senior year,” but Holder was a freshman at the time. “[S]everal of us took one of our concerns — that black students needed a designated space to gather on campus — to the Dean [of Freshmen]’office. This being Columbia, we proceeded to occupy that office.”

    Holder also claimed in his 2009 speech that he and his fellow students decided to “peacefully occupy one of the campus offices.” In contrast, the BSO’s website recounted its predecessor organization’s activities by noting that that “in 1970, a group of armed black students [the SAAS] seized the abandoned ROTC office.”

    While that website is no longer online, a snapshot of its content from September 2010 is part of the database.

    In a December 2010 GQ magazine profile of Holder, one of his Columbia friends confirmed that he and Holder were both part of the ROTC office takeover.

    Holder particularly “connected with four other African-American students” at Columbia, correspondent Wil S. Hylton wrote. “We took over the ROTC lounge in Hartley Hall and created the Malcolm X Lounge,” said a laughing Steve Sims, one of those students.

    Hylton described Sims as “the attorney general’s closest friend” and “a man Holder describes as his ‘consigliere.’”

  29. Is Obama Introducing National Socialism to the US?

    That is a big topic on which much can be said. The U.S. has dabbled in National Socialism before; elements of Roosevelt’s New Deal emulated Mussolini’s policies, and were implemented by men who made no secret of their admiration for Il Duce. But it has been a long time since anyone has seriously tried to turn the United States in a National Socialist direction.


    10 quotes that haunt President Obama [snip]

    • “Washington is broken. My whole campaign has been premised from the start on the idea that we have to fundamentally change how Washington works.” [snip]

    • “I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.” [snip]

    • “If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.” [snip]

    • “Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not, and a way that Bill Clinton did not.” [snip]

    • “Guantanamo will be closed no later than one year from now.” [snip]

    • “I think that health care, over time, is going to become more popular.”

    • “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.” [snip]

    • “It’s here that companies like Solyndra are leading the way toward a brighter and more prosperous future.” [snip]

    • “I fought with you in the Senate for comprehensive immigration reform. And I will make it a top priority in my first year as President.” [snip]

    • “What we have done is kicked this can down the road. We are now at the end of the road and are not in a position to kick it any further. We have to signal seriousness in this by making sure some of the hard decisions are made under my watch, not someone else’s.” [snip]

  31. Admin, great advice. I see this motto as the most effective for Romney to use during the debates: “Al Qaeda is Reviving, GM Is Dying.” This is the crux of everything that is wrong with the Obama admin. Its easy to understand and is applicable for all of the presidential debates.

  32. Moonpluto is right. This is exactly what Romney needs to do:

    “Keep interrupting him, get into his head, get him unfocussed and watch the errors and nastiness flow. If it was me i’d say to Bambi “no point looking over there, there is’nt a teleprompter, you have to be prepared”.”

  33. I hate to put such high expectations on Romney for this debate. He, like Hillary , will be fighting against the media and the fraud.

    Hillary was such a strong candidate. I haven’t seen the same mastery in Romney.

    I am afraid the nice guy, that I believe he is, is just too strong. The CEO has to show up. I don’t know a CEO without ego and some bravado. I know he must have it.

  34. If he interrupts him he will come across as mean-spirited, loose, and unlikable. I remember Gore doing that to Bush and he looked ridiculous. I disagree.

    He has to be forceful and masterful, but he must be careful in how he does it. The daggers will be in his back.

  35. This comes right out of a Chicago news site:

    Could Mitt benefit from Hillary playbook?

    WASHINGTON — For all the intense prep Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are doing in advance of their first debate Wednesday in Denver, there are moments that could well be spontaneous — such as when Obama told Hillary Rodham Clinton she was “likable enough” during a 2008 primary debate in New Hampshire.

    And Clinton surprised her close advisers when in another primary debate — this one in South Carolina — she decided to go after Obama by invoking the name of Tony Rezko, asking Obama about legal work he did for “your contributor, Rezko, in his slum landlord business in inner city Chicago.”

    At the time — January 2008 — even though the Chicago papers were all over Obama and Rezko, the Clinton campaign was frustrated that the national press was giving Obama a pass. By using Rezko’s name, Clinton — unscripted, it turns out — elevated the Rezko matter and created a peg so compelling that news outlets finally covered questions that, back in the day, surrounded the Rezko/Obama relationship. Rezko is a convicted influence peddler, just to remind you.

    With Wednesday’s debate looming, I asked Phil Singer, an adviser to Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, how they prepared to face Obama during the primary — and his answer was instructive on how Romney may try to tackle Obama.

    In 2008, the thought was: “The best way to beat Obama was on the substance as opposed to the political one-liners; if you make a substantive argument against what he is doing, it is more effective in trying to push him back on his heels,” Singer told me.

    At the end of the day, “If substance is his strength, challenge him on his strength,” Singer said.

    On Monday, in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson — where Obama set up his debate camp at the Westin resort — he took a break to show up at a local campaign office, arriving with six pizzas. He told a supporter, “They are making me do my homework.”

    Obama’s prep team includes senior strategist David Axelrod; pollster Joel Benenson; adviser Anita Dunn; Sen. John Kerry, who plays Mitt Romney, and Ron Klain, Vice President Joe Biden’s former chief of staff, who has been doing debate prep for presidential, vice presidential, Senate and House candidates for more than 20 years.

    Last June, Klain wrote a memo full of debate-prep tips for Third Way, a moderate Democratic think tank — Bill Daley is on the board — and said the top goal is to write “your dream post-debate headline” and work backwards.

    Other tips: “Develop a list of the three items you must say in the debate” and study what your rival has been saying on the stump. Get transcripts of “everything” and “study them for counter-punching opportunities.”

    Now it has been reported that Romney’s advisers are preparing zingers. Candidates should use them at their own risk.

    “It is not good enough with a snappy cliche, you have to come up with one that actually is saying something,” Singer said. “People know the difference between a one-liner and a cliche.”

    When it comes to zingers, Klain advised, a one-liner can be overcome, so develop “five zippy replies to your opponents’ five most commonly used lines. . . . And game out responses to your own stump lines . . . nothing is more effective in a debate than a counter-punch punch!”

    Especially if it seems spontaneous.

  36. “Keep interrupting him, get into his head, get him unfocussed and watch the errors and nastiness flow. If it was me i’d say to Bambi “no point looking over there, there is’nt a teleprompter, you have to be prepared”.”


    and not looking for Hillary or Bill Clinton to give you the answers.

  37. If I hear Mitt say Obama is a nice man, I will throw my shoe at my tv.

    Mitt has to realize Obama was ‘hired’ to run our country with strength, courage and intelligence.

    Obama has been an all out failure as President and run our country into the ground.

    Put on your intellectual boxing gloves Mitt, and save the sweet guy for church.

  38. Romney overcame similar deficit in ’02 race

    Former Mass. governor capitalized on debates


    Shortly after the poll came out, Romney huddled with his aides during a barbecue at his Belmont home, and they decided to shift tactics. He would drop the gentlemanly role he had assumed, one that prompted some voters to see him as a smug, programmed front-runner.

    The campaign would drop the feel-good, family-focused ads in favor of sharper, more combative ones criticizing O’Brien’s management of the state treasury. Romney would start delivering attack lines himself, rather than leaving the dirty work to surrogates.

    “We knew we needed to use debates and other methods to get our message out in a crystal-clear way,” said Mike Murphy, who was one of Romney’s chief strategists. “We needed to turn the boat a little bit, so to speak. Mitt was totally on board and we hit our stride.”

    Within weeks, the polls began to shift. Voters responded to Romney’s negative ads, the most memorable of which portrayed O’Brien as a hapless, sleeping basset hound instead of a watchdog on Beacon Hill. The ad — humorous, yet cutting — is still talked about by political observers in Massachusetts.

    To try to get voters to connect with him, Romney spent time working several types of jobs during what the campaign called “work days.” He worked as a garbage man on Beacon Hill, sold sausages at Fenway Park, and fixed cars. They were all thinly veiled photo ops designed to convince people that his wealth wasn’t an issue, but those who helped run his campaign say such images had an impact.

  39. wbboei
    October 2nd, 2012 at 5:27 am
    Admin: you have given the Romney camp the Ditka Boelcke for beating Obama.

    wbboei, you are a REAL student of history/military history. KUDOS!!

    admin, great post. I’ll be watching Wednesday for (hopefully) the TRUE beginning of the end of this country’s sufferring at the hand of O’Bumbles.


    Hillary 2012

  40. Really cramming, i dont think he gives a shit…….Pres Obama takes another break from debate prep to visit the Hoover Dam.

  41. oooh whats this….

    Internal debate at news network about airing tape tonight, on eve of debate… MORE
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    Curious tape dropping tonight. NOT from MOTHERJONES. Will cause controversy, ignite accusations of racism — in both directions!

  42. and on cue Biden steps his foot right in it…..

    The VP says the middle class has been “buried” under Obama admin policies.

    Gotta love Biden.

  43. Romney has more sense than to continuously interrupt someone. For those of you promoting this, I suggest you review the Gore vs Bush W debates. It was embarrassing and he looked unhinged. Even the biased media couldn’t cover up for that psychotic performance.

    SNL did a skit on it but the video I found is not working right.

  44. wbboei
    October 2nd, 2012 at 5:07 am
    What Dov Fisher is referring to above is the hard and fast metrics of national failure which supercede biased polls suggesting that 35% of Americans feel better off today than four years ago,

    a. That means 65% don’t feel better off. That’s not good news for Oturd, who promised Hope/Change and delivered poop on a paper plate.

    b. I actually am “better off”, based on my job situation, but NO thanks to Obummer. However, if you asked me if the country is better off, I’d answer “no”. And four years ago, things under Bush sucked pretty bad.

  45. Obama does it all the time, he interrupts everyone and wags his finger, about time he got a bit of the same.


    I’m thinking its an Obama tape because there would be no hesitation to release it if it were a Romney tape.

  47. Apparently Sean Hannity has this tape and will play it this evening…..must be an Obama caught off guard moment.

  48. moononpluto
    October 2nd, 2012 at 4:41 pm
    From what I gather Hannity has an Obama tape from 2006 and its gonna be pretty strange and racist.

    Bring it on!!!

  49. Hannity has now stated it IS an Obama tape, Apparently the tape was obtained by Tucker Carlson and the Daily Caller.

  50. Unfortunately only FOX will air it.

    If an American Ambassador can be sodomized, tortured, and murdered with 3 other Americans, AND the ME in flames, you think a 6 y/o video will be the Oct surprise? Hell no.

  51. moononpluto
    October 2nd, 2012 at 4:56 pm
    Hannity has now stated it IS an Obama tape, Apparently the tape was obtained by Tucker Carlson and the Daily Caller.

    I wonder if the tape was obtained by some plant at an Obama fund-raiser. I could imagine Obummer in 2006 thinking to himself, “Man, I could milk this whole ‘white guilt’ thing all the way to being president, and I haven’t even held national office yet…”

  52. On ACE about the tape

    I honestly don’t need this.

    Possibly just to steel myself against bad news, here’s my speculation: The tape hurts Romney, in an unfair way. The “network” that has it wants cover, to release it, and not be called out as a partisans pushing an unfair October Surprise.

    So, they let Drudge know about it. Knowing he will build interest.

    Now, interest built up, the public will clamor for the tape, and thus the media network can’t be called out for partisan motive. After all, they’re just doing what the public demands, right?

  53. Sounds like a good one.

    Sean Hannity: “Tonight at 9pm we will show a video from 2007 that will effect the race.”

  54. This could be epic…..

    Drudge now with the siren stating:




    Gotta take the bitter with the sweet here. On the one hand, the White House’s contradictions are treated essentially as a big miscommunication, with the smoking gun about how soon U.S. intel knew that it was a terror attack dispensed with in the last 20 seconds. On the other hand, the fact that they’re talking about this at all is commendable and noteworthy as evidence that the story’s broken out of the normal cable news/blogosphere partisan political box. If they’re willing to spend five minutes of airtime dissecting the White House’s feeble spin, maybe they’ll spend a few more tonight or tomorrow on that devastating letter that Issa sent today. Ed did a bang-up job covering it this morning, but if you haven’t read the letter itself yet, stop what you’re doing and read it now [PDF]. There’s no substitute for seeing the many warning signs ignored by State presented in sequence.


    One of the tragedies of the Obama Administration is the historic political accident that it had 60 Senate Democratic votes in 2009. The ability to break a filibuster without Republican votes empowered the left to think it could pass anything, and so it steamrolled ahead with ObamaCare, which needed every one of those 60 votes to pass.

    Now a couple of those Senators are expressing regrets about those votes after the fact. In our pages last week, former Indiana Democrat Evan Bayh rehearsed the looming economic damage from ObamaCare’s medical-device tax. He described, as some of us predicted in 2009 during the debate, how the tax is sending jobs and investment overseas in an industry where the U.S. still leads the world. Mr. Bayh, who retired after 2010, provided the 60th vote for ObamaCare to pass.

    Another 60th vote, Virginia Senator Jim Webb, is also expressing second thoughts as he heads for retirement this year after one term. “My great regret on that is that I believe the whole health-care issue could have been handled differently by the Administration and over here,” he told MSNBC recently. “I think the way that the process was put forward without a clear set of principles from the Administration caused a lot of fear in the country. We had seven different or five different committees boiling up 7,000 pages of contradictory information.”

    All true, but reporter Chuck Todd pressed if the Senator regretted his vote?

    “No, and in the end I voted with the Republicans 18 times, but in the end I voted for it,” Mr. Webb added. “We do need to move forward. We need to find different ways to work with these issues. We could have had a smaller, more focused package, and the country would have been a lot more comfortable with the process as well.”

    Even hedged regrets are welcome, but the irony is that a Senator who says the parties need to work more together will have as his main legacy the most partisan and polarizing legislation of modern times. Had he or any one of the 60 Democrats insisted that the Administration get Republican votes, or drop the bill’s worst provisions, history would have been very different.

    A second irony is that Democrats only had those 60 Senate votes because of a series of improbable and corrupt events. Mr. Webb won his race by a hair in 2006 after incumbent George Allen stupidly uttered the word “macaca,” and the media portrayed him as racist. Alaska’s Ted Stevens lost his seat in 2008 by 3,724 votes after he was convicted eight days before the election in a trial in which the Justice Department withheld crucial evidence. He was later exonerated. And Al Franken, who was trailing on Election Day, managed to steal the Minnesota recount in 2008 by 312 votes from a hapless Norm Coleman.

    Add the Louisiana Purchase, the Cornhusker Kickback and the other special deals that President Obama used to buy Senate Democratic votes for ObamaCare, and you have the first major new entitlement in history that passed along strictly partisan lines and is as unpopular today as it was on the day it passed.

    Messrs. Webb and Bayh can lament what might have been, but the bitter truth is that the only way voters can undo their damage is by defeating Mr. Obama in November and electing a Republican Senate. Otherwise, both men will have left their country economically weaker and health care less affordable than it was when they decided to run for office. That should be their real regret.


    October surprise: Drudge teasing potentially gamechanging video to be released tonight; Update: “Obama’s other race speech”

    Bad for Romney or bad for Obama? Ace is in eeyore mode as a defense mechanism to prepare his brain and heart in case it’s bad for Mitt, but that would be a surprise given how pro-Romney the Drudge Report has been during the campaign. (“No one has displaced [Romney campaign manager] Matt Rhoades in the Republican firmament as the go-to Drudge guy,” said one top GOP operative last year.) On his site, Drudge says the video was recorded six years ago, which means it can’t be the long-sought Khalidi tape. That was recorded in 2003. It can’t be the Michelle Obama “whitey”/”why’d he” tape either, which was allegedly recorded in 2004. This is likely something new.

  59. Beckel said it’s the POS speaking to blacks.

    More at Drudge: gives a shout out to Rev Wright who is the audience.

    Pic on Drudge is of the POS – maybe fro the event referenced? He looks militant and angry with his fist in the air.

  60. Drudge now:


    Picture of Obama doing his “thing” at some podium ….


    Could be fun.

  61. Are we good, or are we good (it’s a statement not a question). This is the latest top of the page from Drudge:


    Wright is angry at Obama and hell hath no fury like a reverend scorned. This tape might just be from Wright’s vault as we so irresponsibly speculated in our update.

  62. Even if Fox is the only one showing the tape, hopefully it is seen by Romney camp and puts Barry into a tailspin in the debate.

  63. ‘My pastor, the guy who puts up with me, counsels me, listens to my wife complain about me. He’s a friend and a great leader. Not just in Chicago, but all across the country’.. …………..

  64. Uh-Oh.

    From HA


    Barack Obama speaks at Hampton University

    steebo77 on October 2, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Been uploaded since 2007, watched 20,000 times. Don’t think it contains a bombshell.

  65. Yeah, bit if it’s the clip from Hampton U which has been out here for years what’s the big deal unless there’s some footage that was edited out.

    I hope Sean didn’t get punked.

  66. Tucker Carlson : The video in question, not the edited YouTube version, will be on The Daily Caller at 9:00 pm Eastern.

  67. BASIL99
    October 2nd, 2012 at 6:30 pm


    No game changer, maybe I am in Eeyore mode. We all know that if Romney loses, obamacare stays, Israel is possibly, and likely destroyed, millions of muslims will migrate to America, eventual Sharia law, more distribution of wages. My wages, your wages, more free stuff to abled bodied people.

    I am thinking Australia, snakes, Great whites and all.

    You notice that the fraud is speaking with the black accent, on and off by the way, in the above video.

  68. Apparently the vid will be available at DC at 9 pm

    A lot of disappointment on other blogs as news the bombshell is from a previously re,eased tape spread. Even if it is the edited out stuff how bad can it be?

    Wonder if this is just another hype.

  69. more keeps getting added on, he’s building up to the juicy bits, you can see where its headed.

    “‘We don’t need to build more highways out in the suburbs. We should be investing in minority-owned businesses, in our neighborhoods’…”

  70. DAILY CALLER: ‘For nearly 40 minutes, using an accent he never adopts in public, Obama describes a racist, zero-sum society, in which the white majority profits by exploiting black America’… Developing tonight…

    OBAMA DECLARES HOW POOR PEOPLE: ‘Need help with basic skills, how to shop, how to show up for work on time, how to wear the right clothes, how to act appropriately in an office’… Developing…

    This is gonna be a full on rant you can see it, 40 minutes of popcorn.

  71. DAILY CALLER: ‘For nearly 40 minutes, using an accent he never adopts in public, Obama describes a racist, zero-sum society, in which the white majority profits by exploiting black America’… Developing tonight…

    Exactly what I said.

  72. OBAMA DECLARES HOW POOR PEOPLE: ‘Need help with basic skills, how to shop, how to show up for work on time, how to wear the right clothes, how to act appropriately in an office’

    Unfortunately he is right here, but I guess he gave up and just decided it would be easier to just give them our white guilt money.

  73. Drudge has now added……………….


  74. Starting to think this is a big fat meaningless tease.

    Drudge keeps cranking out the one-liners.

    OBAMA DECLARES HOW POOR PEOPLE: ‘Need help with basic skills, how to shop, how to show up for work on time, how to wear the right clothes, how to act appropriately in an office’… Developing…

    We don’t need to build more highways out in the suburbs. We should be investing in minority-owned businesses, in our neighborhoods’…

  75. Let’s hope the tape is a doozy but at this point, with the media spinning and protecting their precious, I’m not even sure a video of BO and Joe Biden having wild and crazy sex in the Rose Garden while ME-chelle and Jill cheered them on and Barbara WaWa joining them would get much attention in the news.

    But here’s HOPING the tape really will be a game changer.

  76. OTOH, Drudge has laid it all on the line for this clip. The headlines of each of the three column is about the vid. So is the left top corner feed and the front page.

  77. moononpluto,

    Of course you are right but unfortunately Hannity often over-hypes stories which tend to peeter out if you know what I mean.

    OTOH, Drudge has a real reputation to defend so maybe this is the real thing.

  78. Basil, this is a classic drip feed, the good stuff will come at 9. This is just the appetizer.

    I need to have a sleep though. Catch up with this later, everytime i go to sleep, i miss something big.

  79. Southern Born
    October 2nd, 2012 at 7:00 pm
    Let’s hope the tape is a doozy but at this point, with the media spinning and protecting their precious, I’m not even sure a video of BO and Joe Biden having wild and crazy sex in the Rose Garden while ME-chelle and Jill cheered them on and Barbara WaWa joining them would get much attention in the news
    Far too much information. Fight or flight? No. More like puke or pass out. This is not blue cinema. It is theater of the grotesque. As H.L. Mencken to a fellow Baltimore Sun reporter at the 1948 Democrat Convention says it all: he, she, it–makes you want to burn all the beds.

    If nothing else, this will open the gate for snips of Rev. Wright’s “sermons” that the Journalisters effectively shut down and Obama denied ever hearing.

  81. Advice for Romney
    from Dan O’Laughlin @ Red State

    I’ve watched Romney debate a lot (although this will be the first presidential debate where I’ll be rooting for him rather than against him – it’s kind of like the feeling I had when Tom Glavine joined the Mets, hopefully with a better ending). On the whole, Romney is about average as a debater. On the plus side, he’s smart, aggressive and basically shameless – a little like John Kerry without the pomposity (aggressiveness in debate was one of Kerry’s few positives as a candidate) – and not easily rattled. On the negative side, he’s not very flexible/improvisational (he tends to stick to his game plan, other than the time he offered Rick Perry a $10,000 bet) and he will never be Mr. Empathy. Which leads to…

    Get Obama’s Goat: The first rule of presidential debates is that how the candidates come across usually ends up mattering a lot more than what they say (absent a colossal gaffe; the only debate gaffe that may arguably have swung a presidential race was Ford’s Poland gaffe in 1976). The most famous example is JFK winning the televised debate with Nixon when the people who listened on the radio thought Nixon won. But there are many others: Dukakis’ cold-fish affect when answering the death penalty question in 1988, George H.W. Bush looking at his watch in 1992, Al Gore’s audible sighs in 2000.

    And one of the first corollaries of that rule is that the first guy to get mad loses. Obama has lived in a bubble most of his political career, and never moreso than the past two years, avoiding any venue where he might be challenged with difficult questions or forced to discuss subjects he doesn’t want to address. And historically, he gets prickly when he’s challenged. Romney should do everything he can to get under Obama’s skin, from communicating subtly and unsubtly his lack of personal respect for Obama to challenging his knowledge and truthfulness. It’s more important to puncture Obama’s cool than for Romney to pull his punches trying to look friendly and agreeable.

    Debate Like A Boss: Let’s face it: Romney’s not a particularly likeable, relatable guy, and he’s not going to become one 34 days from Election Day. I’ve long thought that Romney’s closing argument about himself had to be kind of a cross between Hyman Roth’s boast that he always made money for his partners and Danny DeVito’s speech in Other People’s Money (“I’m not your best friend…I’m your only friend…and you might make a few bucks for yourself.”). He’s the guy who knows how business works, who takes charge and makes the tough decisions, and he should send the message that he came to do just that.

    Here’s a point from The Transom that Ben Domenech and I had kicked around as a suggestion for a way for Romney to tie together that attitude with an approach that would be guaranteed to get under Obama’s skin:

    “In the private sector, one of the things I did was invest in companies. I learned a lot about how jobs are created, but I also learned a lot about leadership. One of the things I had to do when we got involved with a company was evaluate its leadership and see if it needed a change. And let me tell you, if I got involved with a company that was losing money and jobs hand over fist and piling up debt like there was no tomorrow, and I found out the CEO had been in the job four years and still spent most of his time blaming his predecessor and his co-workers, I’d fire him and get somebody in there who could get results.” A response like this, besides being one virtually guaranteed to tick off Obama, makes the whining look petty and small. But it would also do something else, too: workers of all types, but particularly blue-collar workers, resent the idea of the incompetent senior management which survives pain while they bear the brunt of it. Romney should do his utmost to speak for those who demand accountability and turn his negative role as one of the suits into an advantage.

    Don’t Get Mad, Get Even: Continuing in this vein, candidates who complain about negative ads come off as losers. But Romney also has an opportunity he needs to take to set the record straight as to some of the more outrageous falsehoods being thrown at him, ranging from the delusional fabulist claim that he intends to raise taxes on the middle class to the ads blaming him for things done at Bain Capital after he’d left to run the Olympics.

    Here, too, how you say it matters. The better approach is to acknowledge that he’s a big boy and negative ads come with the territory – but that the voters deserve to be told the truth.

    I Question Your Premise: Similarly, conservatives and Republicans – myself included – spend a lot of time beating up the media for bias, but it comes off poorly when the candidates themselves complain about it in general terms. But as Newt Gingrich demonstrated during the primary debates, it’s another story when confronted with an obviously loaded/slanted line of questioning. Romney will never have Newt’s facility for doing this, but he should enter ready to pick on a question or two that strike him as especially outrageous, and use it to force discussion of some issue Obama doesn’t want to get into.

    Four More Years? Romney this week has been hitting what I think has to be the core of his closing argument about the election as a whole, which is more about Obama than Romney: the country can’t afford four more years of this. No matter what else Obama throws out there as a distraction, Romney needs to keep bringing it back to the actual record of the past four years and the extreme unlikelihood that anything’s going to improve if we give Obama four more – and communicate a certain incredulity at the idea that anybody could consider the past four years a good record or something they’d want more of. He should not try to steal Reagan’s “there you go again” line, which will look transparent – but he absolutely should ask Reagan’s equally famous and perennially relevant question: are you better off now than you were four years ago? The beauty of the question is, the voters and not the politicians or the media get to have the final answer.

    Advice for Obama

    Obama’s greatest weakness as a debater is the contrast to his soaring rhetoric on the stump, and of course he’s rusty. That said, his debates with McCain were some of the better debates in recent memory. He may be full of silly ideas, but he’s not stupid. Aside from the obvious need to keep his cool, stay on script and not have another “you didn’t build that”/”spread the wealth around” moment that inadvertently reveals his actual thinking, here are some of the things he’d be wise to consider entering this debate.

    Stick to The Issues: Obama has run much of his campaign away from the issues, in particular focusing fire on Romney’s business career, taxes and wealth. But focusing on those points in the debate could be a disastrous error. First, as we saw throughout the Republican debates, Romney is at his weakest when debating public policy; he’s at his strongest and most vigorous when defending his own business career. Second, Obama’s invested a huge amount of money in unanswered negative ads on Romney’s biography; it would be a colossal error to give Romney the chance to rebut those in free airtime in front of an audience of tens of millions of voters.

    Tag Team: Romney is well-prepped to defend his business career and he knows what he wants to say about issues like Romneycare and the auto bailout. Paul Ryan will come well-prepared to defend his own plans in Congress. The wise approach is to switch: make Romney defend Ryan’s plans, many of which he’s not nearly as comfortable with or prepared to address, and have Biden make Ryan defend Romneycare, which he obviously loathes, and Mitt’s taxes.

    That said, the spectacle of Romney defending Romneycare is one that always puts a drag on GOP base enthusiasm, and is probably too tempting a target to pass up.

    Leave The Straw Men Home: Obama has few more unappealing characteristics than his tendency to sneer at straw man caricatures of everyone who disagrees with him. “You didn’t build that” and “bitter clingers” came out of that sort of thing, as have a number of his other gaffes. Romney’s 47% line has given the most divisive partisan occupant of the Oval Office in memory a fig leaf to try to rebuild his tattered reputation as an above-the-fray guy, but the minute he starts painting everyone who criticizes him as racists, extremists, ignoramuses, etc., he’ll remind people why they were so sick of him by 2010.

    Forget George Bush: Everybody’s opinions about Bush are cast in concrete by now. The excuse-making is unpresidential and opens up precisely the kind of rejoinder from Romney I noted above. At some point, it’s just counterproductive.

    Leave General Motors Alone: The Obama campaign has told a fairly compelling story about General Motors: Romney wanted it to go out of business, but Obama kept it out of bankruptcy and saved the company. The problem is, the narrative doesn’t survive contact with the facts: Romney argued for a bankruptcy restructuring, Obama poured billions into the company and couldn’t avoid a bankruptcy restructuring anyway: on June 1, 2009, the company filed one of the largest bankruptcies in American history. And the GM saga is right in Romney’s wheelhouse – it lets him talk about business as a businessman. He’s the son of a car-company CEO; he knows this stuff inside and out and should be ready to tear the Obama story to ribbons (recall that the bailout was unpopular, not because people wanted GM to fail but because the government picked winners and losers in the bailout and let a lot of other companies go without similar bailouts). Obama may be forced onto this turf, but it is not where he should want to go.

  82. From what I am reading on the internet there is evidently more to that video that has never been shown–the transcript I posted could have come from the version thats been floating around out there…

  83. I vaguely remember seeing some video of this in 2008, maybe the youtube videos linked above. I hope it is not disappointing.

  84. My guess, the whitey tapes exist and the repubs have it, but that is the nuclear option, and will only be revealed if the Oturd cons enough Americans to vote for him again in 2012.

    but I imagine there are lots of other tapes of Barky trying to act black, blaming white, Hispanics, any other group for all the troubles.

  85. it appears based on the parts of the speech released, OTurd sounds pretty demeaning towards blacks, very demeaning, acting like they are all part of his kingdom or something.

  86. Even if it is the video that was floating around in 2008 it probably has never been on television and shown to millions. Obama’s words will be shown to be nothing more than vote gathering and a stark contrast to the poor way he has actually governed since becoming president.

  87. the timing of this tape release is perfect, if this tape is as damaging as Drudge says it is, basically sucks out the air from the debate, now OTurd’s minions have to fight this on 3 fronts, libya, the debate and now this tape.

    and if the LSM doesn’t focus on this tape (which predictably they won’t) like they did with Romney’s 47% tape, which in my opinion wasn’t that damaging, then the LSM will lose even more than the 60% that don’t believe it.

  88. Not watching the tape, there are Obot drones who will vote for this idiot no matter what. To me, the LSM who will refuse to cover this is the real target, their credibility and supposed impartiality is what will hopefully be severely damaged as 1)they don’t cover this and 2)if the cover it, its to defend their Messiah, a stark contrast to how they went after Romney’s 47% comment.

  89. latest from WHI

    “Just a quick note on two items of interest as I don’t have time to elaborate further. Unfortunately I am also unable to explain why I don’t have time to elaborate further. Hopefully able to do so soon.

    First, reports coming out regarding the United States completely pulling out of Benghazi. This would indicate no ability to conduct an actual investigation on the killings of Americans by Islamic extremists – including the death of an American ambassador. Barack Obama promised a full investigation, but it now appears his administration was preparing to remove all personnel from that area even as he was promising that investigation – meaning Obama was once again lying.

    Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama taking some much deserved heat on this – though most in media still providing cover for Obama White House.

    Second, there is a considerable refocus on the Fast and Furious investigation following the Univision program this week on that scandal. Mexican drug lord just arrested with FnF weapons provided to him by the Obama administration. Remember, it was Barack Obama who issued Executive Privilege that has allowed him to hide any White House related information from Congressional investigators. Word is some Democratic lawmakers are voicing some willingness to be more openly active in finding out “who knew what and when”.
    Read more in News
    « Univision Finds “Holy Grail” Of Fast and Furious Investigation

    And possibly related – another U.S. border agent was shot and killed while on duty.

    Some SERIOUS stuff going on right now…”

  90. ACE comments

    Tomorrow, we will release DNA results of Fro-pick found at Columbia library while Obama was a student!

    He could sound like the Obamaphone lady and talk about white wimmin all over the country getting deep dicked by Mandigo as reparations and it won’t make a dent

    The worst part about Obama’s statement on Katrina is that the area that was hit the hardest, St. Bernard, Arabi, Chalmette, is majority white.
    This is the same guy the MSM allowed to sell himself to America as a racial healer/uniter in 2008.

    Shit, they HELPED him do the selling.

    This could be more about kicking the MSM in the ass than some kind of campaign game-changer.

  91. the man’s a racist, he is a very big racist, he seems to hate whites, hate poor people, hate blacks, what a demeaning speech. He’s talking down to all these people. Disgusting.

  92. neetabug
    October 2nd, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    nope, I do get a script error when using internet explorer, no error shows up with FireFox.

  93. I am having the same script error accessing this website using IE. I have tried various fixes suggested on the internet but none work. I too have switched to Firefox. I am guessing perhaps something got goofed up with IE in a recent Microsoft update.

  94. Racist!

    “The people down in New Orleans they don’t care about as much!” Obama shouts in the video, which was shot in June of 2007 at Hampton University in Virginia. By contrast, survivors of Sept. 11 and Hurricane Andrew received generous amounts of aid, Obama explains. The reason? Unlike residents of majority-black New Orleans, the federal government considers those victims “part of the American family.””

    so, I guess no more “”red america, blue america, united states of america”
    its now, white america, black america, asian america, hispanic america

    nice going MSM, you PO$, propping up this unqualified idiot loser.

  95. from the daily caller’s excerpts of the speech:

    As the speech continues, Obama makes repeated and all-but-explicit appeals to racial solidarity, referring to “our” people and “our neighborhoods,” as distinct from the white majority. At one point, he suggests that black people were excluded from rebuilding contracts after the storm: “We should have had our young people trained to rebuild the homes down in the Gulf. We don’t need Halliburton doing it. We can have the people who were displaced doing that work. Our God is big enough to do that.”

    This theme — that black Americans suffer while others profit — is a national problem, Obama continues: “We need additional federal public transportation dollars flowing to the highest need communities. We don’t need to build more highways out in the suburbs,” where, the implication is, the rich white people live. Instead, Obama says, federal money should flow to “our neighborhoods”: “We should be investing in minority-owned businesses, in our neighborhoods, so people don’t have to travel from miles away.”

  96. neetabug
    October 2nd, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    this is how I did it, hope this helps.

    do a search on “firefox”, I think the company’s name is Mozilla, and then click on that link and download the firefox application (its free), and it should come up with a “save, run” option, I chose to “run” it and then it downloaded firefox and its a light orange looking fox icon that appears on the desktop.

  97. Tim, I didn’t see a full video on Dailycaller. But the short video, angry bits sound angrier and of course, more repulsive, when watched up and close from their website.

  98. National Journal : Obama, Romney TIED 47-47

    National Journal’s latest D+7 poll finds Romney winning indies, all age groups besides the utes, men, and those with college degrees.

    You can guess whom the President is still chummy with.

    Yeah, this election is totally over already.

  99. gonzo, the theory is that they are making the polls tight so they can give him a good bounce after tomorrow’s debate. Everything is fake now.

  100. I actually think Romney is doing better, they have been skewing these polls for some time and we all know it.


    “The highlights from Bill Gross’ latest monthly piece:

    Armageddon is not around the corner. I don’t believe in the imminent demise of the U.S. economy and its financial markets. But I’m afraid for them.
    Unless we begin to close this gap, then the inevitable result will be that our debt/GDP ratio will continue to rise, the Fed would print money to pay for the deficiency, inflation would follow and the dollar would inevitably decline. Bonds would be burned to a crisp and stocks would certainly be singed; only gold and real assets would thrive within the “Ring of Fire.”
    If the fiscal gap isn’t closed even ever so gradually over the next few years, then rating services, dollar reserve holding nations and bond managers embarrassed into being reborn as vigilantes may together force a resolution that ends in tears. The damage would likely be beyond repair.
    The U.S. and its fellow serial abusers have been inhaling debt’s methamphetamine crystals for some time now, and kicking the habit looks incredibly difficult.

  102. oh goodie, the panel on Greta going to analyze this tape… time to change the channel, no need to listen to all the obots cover for their Messiah.

  103. neetabug
    October 2nd, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    did firefox install correctly? you should see “mozilla firefox” on your desktop? when you double click on it, is that when you get that script error?

  104. Meh… I don’t see how that video is supposed to be some kind of game changer. The only people who will find that kind of talk shocking are the ones who would never vote for Obama in the first place.

  105. Video tapes, polls, MSM, the bottom line is we have to take a deep look into what
    we as Americans have become. I think it is fair to say that most of us here
    were life long democrats until the last election. However, we saw very early on
    what Obama was doing to Hillary and Bill, and feared the same for our country.
    It turns out we were right, but a significant part of this country either
    is blind to what we see, prefers moving the country to more of a Euopean socialist model, and or simply feel they have no alternative given the way Romney has run his
    campaign. As a realist, I have come to the realization that it is us who are now in the
    minority and should Obama win, it is going to be a very difficult four(4) years for us.
    I hope Romney can change the narrative and the alleged poll numbers, but I find myself feeling very desperate this late in the game.

  106. Agree, Jen. I don’t see how anyone can find this shocking after Obama stepped in and had his famous “beer summit” or sticking his nose in the Trayvon Martin case w/o all the facts.

    This video didn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know and frankly, it just came across as a ratings stunt by Hannity.

    If the media isn’t interested in the murder of our ambassador, 20 other countries protesting at our embassies or the revelations of Univision’s report on Fast and Furious, they aren’t gonna give one iota of a second to this video.

  107. Hey, “Debbie Downer”, if you look at the polling over the last two weeks, Obama has been dropping substantially. Congressional edge now goes to Republicans.

  108. What a realy waste of an opportunity the way this video was presented. What they should have matched up were Obama’s Katrina comments and then the timeline of Obama’s actions when the oil spill hit the Gulf.

  109. Mitt Romney and Disrespectin’ the Garbage Man

    Well based on the ad made by the AFSCME we’re supposed to believe that Romney doesn’t understand the lives of garbage collectors (and probably despises them too) because he never hugged or fist bumped the guy who used to pick up his trash in CA.

    So the new narrative is that he’s just a sheltered patrician who wouldn’t know a 65-gallon PDE bin from a Boss Corinthian leather tissue box.

    But clearly the AFSCME never read Romney’s own autobiography (p. 251) where he talks about WORKING AS A GARBAGE MAN as NRO’s Charles Cooke pointed out:

    During my campaign for governor, I decided to spend a day every few weeks doing the jobs of other people in Massachusetts. Among other jobs, I cooked sausages at Fenway Park, worked on asphalt paving crew, stacked bales of hay on a farm, volunteered in an emergency room, served food at a nursing home, and worked as a child-care assistant. I’m often asked which was the hardest job – it’s child care, by a mile.

    One day I gathered trash as a garbage collector. I stood on that little platform at the back of the truck, holding on as the driver navigated his way through the narrow streets of Boston. As we pulled up to traffic lights, I noticed that the shoppers and businesspeople who were standing only a few feet from me didn’t even see me. It was as if I was invisible. Perhaps it was because a lot of us don’t think garbage men are worthy of notice; I disagree – anyone who works that hard deserves our respect. – I wasn’t a particularly good garbage collector: at one point, after filling the trough at the back of the truck, I pulled the wrong hydraulic lever. Instead of pushing the load into the truck, I dumped it onto the street. Maybe the suits didn’t notice me, but the guys at the construction site sure did: “Nice job, Mitt,” they called. “Why don’t you find an easier job?” And then they good-naturedly came down and helped me pick up my mess.

  110. Sam Zell On “Class Warfare Crap”, QE3 Unreality, And Why Everything Is Mispriced Due To The Fed
    Submitted by Tyler Durden on 10/02/2012 10:06 -0400

    CRAP Recession Sam Zell

    “QE-whatever has created artificial numbers that the underlying won’t support” is how Sam Zell sums up his view of the Fed’s actions, adding that the Dow should be more like 9000, not 14000. The typically optimistic bottom-feeding real-estate magnate says he is not buying here, is gravely concerned about liquidity needs, and in his assessment “everything is massively too expensive.” This epic CNBC interview-fest, where the less-than-cheer-leading Zell was allowed to speak, includes his views on a pending recession (as he sees capex planned projects being delayed) and while trying not to play the political card too strongly, he asks that we “stop this class warfare crap” and that the animal spirits are unleashed – as the game is being stacked against him. “We’re kicking the can down the road… and with QE, there is now too much capital chasing too few opportunities – even when nobody has confidence in the future!”
    Obama loving opportunistic, lying, bottom feeding, real estate magnate Sam Zell asks why must we have class warfare? And the answer is oh so simple. Because we have opportunitic, lying, bottom feeding, real estate magnates like you who are poster childs for class warfare and protect Obama who promotes that theme pursuant to his war on the middle class. From my standpoint however I kind of like it because it prevents wealthy liberals like Zell from using the middle class as human shields to deflect attacks by the have nots against they themselves. After all, that is their game. A rich liberal is simply a poseur. If he or she was a true liberal, they would give their money to the have nots and refuse to take a charitable deduction. The infamous lecher Ted Kennedy is the prototypical example.

  111. The whole concept of class warfare makes the elites very nervous. They want to bleed the middle class slowly and do not want to be seen as the problem. In the final analysis, the elites and the underclass have something very important in common, which, if pushed to the limits of its logic will destroy civilization. Neither believe that the rules of society apply to them. And without a legitimate set for rules fairly enforced everthing goes to hell–Zell, you fuck stick.

  112. Zell is the enemy of anyone and everyone who cares about the survival of Israel. During the primary process he hid the tape that would have exposed Obama for precisely what he is.

  113. gonzotx
    October 2nd, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Mitt Romney and Disrespectin’ the Garbage Man


  114. As a realist, I have come to the realization that it is us who are now in the
    minority and should Obama win, it is going to be a very difficult four(4) years for us.
    I hope Romney can change the narrative and the alleged poll numbers, but I find myself feeling very desperate this late in the game.
    I understand what you are saying. Three thoughts to cheer you up. First, the article by Rabbi Dov Fischer posted below demonstating the fluidity of elections. Second, the Morris video posted above. Third, the probability of civil war, race riots and massive taxpayer boycotts if Obama wins. Sounds pretty cheerful to me–compared to the alternative of socialism administered by a Kafkaesque bureacracy.

    As the French say: chacun à son goût

    Wouldn’t Touch It with a Ten-Foot Poll
    By Dov Fischer

    We hear a great deal about the polls measuring the relative electoral strengths today of President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. For weeks the candidates have been running neck-and-neck, as in the fascinating Rasmussen “Daily Tracking Poll.” Electoral swing states like Florida, Ohio, Virginia, and Colorado gain extra attention, with swings of three points raising eyebrows. Of course, at the same time, pundits note no real movement in most polls despite weeks of Obama’s negative campaigning against Romney’s private-enterprise experience, his repeated demands that Romney release a decade of tax records beyond anything that any law in this country requires, and a series of Obama autocratic enactments aimed at pandering to discrete voting blocs: holding down interest on student loans, ordering non-enforcement of immigration laws, stating that he will visit Israel at the start of second presidential term, promoting jealousy and social division between and among economic classes, and on and on.

    Amid the polls upon polls, we look back at specifics from an election thirty-two years ago. The Democrats’ candidate was incumbent President Jimmy Carter, seeking re-election. The Republican candidate, Ronald Reagan of California, had been a two-term governor but also was depicted as a dangerous war-monger as well as a Hollywood buffoon. In the mix, Rep. John Anderson ran as a third-party candidate. The election would take place on November 4, 1980.

    January 29, 1980. The ABC-Lou Harris Poll headlines: “Carter Now Far Ahead of Both Reagan and Bush.” The survey explains: “President Carter so dominates the American political scene now that his margin over Ronald Reagan in a post-Iowa trial heat has risen to an overwhelming 65-31 percent. … So-called ‘swing’ groups of voters, whose support is indispensable to either party in a close election, are also going for Carter by massive margins.”

    March 10, 1980. The ABC-Lou Harris Poll headlines: “Ford Leads Both Carter and Reagan.” In the poll, Republican voters express a preference that ex-President Gerald R. Ford, who remains eligible to run for the White House, seek the presidency as their party’s candidate against incumbent Jimmy Carter. Among Republicans, he outpolls former California Governor Ronald Reagan by 36-32 percent. The same poll measures how Reagan would do if pitted directly against President Carter among the broader electorate, including Democrats and independents. Reagan trails Carter by a whopping 58-40 percent. The prior November, Carter led Reagan by 53-44 percent. So Carter is pulling away from Reagan even more dramatically. “In the test runs among the total electorate, Reagan runs behind Carter in every region, except the South, where the two are in a 49-49 percent dead heat.”

    April 1, 1980. Gallup has Carter leading Reagan by 48-43 percent. On May 15, 1980, the Christian Science Monitor reports on a new ABC-Lou Harris poll showing that third-party candidate John Anderson now is almost even with both Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Anderson is at 29 percent, Carter at 31, and Reagan at 35. A month later, the Washington Post headlines on June 19: “Carter, Reagan in Dead Heat, Poll Reports.”
    Spring 1980. Gallup has Carter ahead of Reagan by 43 to 35 percent.

    Reagan starts moving into higher gear in July, as the Republican Party convention pummels Carter, but amid reports of Reagan gaining momentum, the Washington Post headlines on August 10: “New Polls Show Closer ’80 Race: New Polls Suggest Carter-Reagan Race Getting Tighter.” On September 14, the Washington Post has Reagan and Carter tied at 37 percent, with Carter starting to run away with the South. On September 21, the New York Times headlines: “New Poll in Texas Shows Carter Leading Reagan.” The poll shows Carter leading by 42-34 percent. Similarly, on September 28, the Washington Post headlines: “Carter Gains on Reagan in Virginia Polls . . . Statistics Cast Doubt on Certainty of November Victory for the GOP.”

    On October 20, the CBS-New York Times poll has Carter beating Reagan by 43-41. On October 25, ABC-Harris has Reagan ahead by three points at 45-42. However, Gallup reports the next day that Carter is ahead 45-42. On October 27, CBS-New York Times has Carter ahead 42-39. On October 30, the Washington Post has Carter ahead by 43-39. The CBS-New York Times poll of November 1, 1980 shows some Reagan movement as the race reaches the wire, with the governor inching ahead 44-43, well within the margin of error. Gallup has Reagan up by three points that day. Finally, on election eve, November 3, 1980, the New York Times headlines this story by Adam Clymer: “Reagan and Carter Stand Nearly Even in Last Polls[.]”
    The actual vote takes place on November 4. Ronald Reagan receives 51 percent of the vote, Carter a paltry 41 percent. It is a landslide.
    Today, we live in the 24-hour news cycle. With cable news emblazoning another non-urgent “Fox News Alert” every five minutes, while CNN and MSNBC desperately compete, all augmented by better talk radio than we had before Rush Limbaugh emerged on the scene, we understandably are hungry for the latest daily tracking, and the free-enterprise system obligingly feeds us. It therefore is valuable to look back on the 1980 polls to remember that the real election and the polls that matter begin in earnest only with the two national party conventions: the Republicans in Tampa, Florida from August 27-30, and the Democrats (the ones not afraid to be photographed attending, at least) in Charlotte, North Carolina’s Time Warner Cable Arena from September 4-6.

    We may expect that Romney will surge ahead from the gridlock by the end of August and that Obama will re-tighten it after he appears amid Greek or Roman columns — whichever are lighter to deliver and cheaper to rent. Nevertheless, we also may anticipate that the Republicans will have so much more material to shellac during their four days, and the two conventions may end with a few points’ gap finally opening.
    As Labor Day passes, people will start paying closer attention. Romney will be allowed by law to start spending from his campaign war chest, and his advertising will shift into a new gear. People will be tired of hearing about Romney’s dog and his taxes and Bain Capital. They will become more interested in hearing about unemployment and disappointing jobs reports and misery indices. They will want to know how their Senate and House candidates will vote on repealing the ObamaCare they want repealed.

    Interest groups on the right will become increasingly riled, setting aside misgivings about Romney, surging into orbit as they contemplate the looming prospect of four more years of Obama if they falter. Latino voters will be invited to consider how much higher their jobless numbers have risen under Obama and to wonder why Obama did not address immigration issues when he and Pelosi controlled the House handily, while Harry Reid had a filibuster-proof Senate. Seniors will learn that their Medicare is imperiled by ObamaCare. College students, who were so jazzed four years ago about hope and change, will be less inclined to miss class or a concert or a TV episode on their laptops or iPads for the sketchy purpose of casting a vote for the president who has consigned them to the worst unemployment numbers that young people have known in generations, with bleak prospects in the forecast.

    And then there will be whatever debates transpire. They can be ultimate game-changers. Reagan won his elections at the debate podium. Ford lost his when he painted himself into a corner, claiming that Eastern Europe was not under Soviet hegemony. John McCain was awful — too polite, too correct, too little. He let Obama talk down to him, calling him “John,” and he let Obama slip one misstatement after another past him. He was too polite to discuss Obama’s associations with Rev. Jeremiah Wright or unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers or Tony Rezko. In short, as tough and heroic as he was in uniform, McCain was not suited to the task of running for president of the United States.

    We now know Obama. He is oh-so-cool, never touches a banisteras he walks down the airplane steps, performs on late-night talk shows. Yet he is not the Great Communicator. He is only as smooth as his nearest teleprompter. He can be challenged, and he has to defend numbers and facts that are not only appalling, but outright embarrassing: unemployment exceeding 8 percent, real underemployment at close to 15 percent, a national debt grown to 16 trillion, national security leaks from his White House, Fast and Furious, Solyndra, the Keystone pipeline. It will be Romney’s election to lose, and if Romney is not ready for Obama after some twenty Republican primary debates that spanned six months between August 2011 and February 2012, then he never will be.

    However, whether Romney is ready or not, the poll numbers that matter will unfold in the final weeks or days, the way they always do.

    Dov Fischer, adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School, is a columnist for several online magazines and is rabbi of Young Israel of Orange County. He blogs at

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  115. When the Los Angeles Times was up for sale, I was hoping Ron Burkel (Yukaipa) would get it. He is a good guy and a close friend of WJC. He lives in Beverly Hills in the estate of the silent movie actor Harold Lloyd. It has thirty or forty rooms. The arbitrator I have spoken of visited his home along with a bunch of union and management people. He asked Burkel how much of this mansion do you actually occupy. Burkel responded if you are asking me where I live, I live in the bedroom and the kitchen. That is true of some of the rest of us, who do not live in Beverly Hills or own a mansion. It is the life of a bachelor.

    Instead of Burkel, Zell got the LA Times. It was good to get rid of the Otises and Chandlers, but bad that Zell got it.

  116. Makes you wonder why Brett O’Donnell is not preparing Romney this time around. Is it a matter of personalities, trust, or strategy?

  117. wbboei
    October 3rd, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Well, he clearly does not think Romney is hitting hard enough and defining and connecting the fruad with his record. My fear this was a decision by his inept team, “we want to be liked” guys.

  118. I have to say this. Hannity was a JACKASS for putting out this video the night before the first debate. He just gave an opening to the MSM to ignore what happens in the debate tomorrow if it goes bad for Obama. They will all discuss how “racist” Republicans are at a fever-pitch and air clips from Hannity’s show. Further, it doesn’t do a damn thing for Romney as far as making any in-roads with minorities.

    This was as stupid as stupid comes and thanks for a big fat NOTHING Hannity.

  119. I found this on another website, NR, thought it might be from wbb!

    I have two points to

    Charlie Whatever Cooke: you are the genuine inheritor of WFB’s zeitgeist. Long
    may ye prosper!

    As to the topic at hand:

    Mittsy has only one
    problem; he is a genuinely good man, running against the trumped-up Scum of the
    Universe. Many a hero of gothic tales is cast as he. But one essential thing
    must happen for him to win and throw his foes into the eternal abyss. He must first
    understand them as an existential
    threat, deserving no quarter whatsoever, and requiring their slow roasting over
    hot coals. Only then, can he lead his deserving minions into those cool uplands
    of love and prosperity, which they so richly deserve, leaving their ersatz enslavers
    destitute. Wimpyness only gives them time to plan more mayhem..

    Never leave a vanquished
    enemy upon the field. It took Julius Caesar years to find this out. He was too merciful
    to people who wished his death and destruction. Only after betrayal upon
    betrayal, did he finally order their hands chopped off, so that they might not
    be able to make war upon him. They had
    pledged their bond that they would not. They always violated that bond.

    Today, we remember their
    hands. Somehow, his multiple amnesties; always violated, doesn’t figure in he

    As far as I’m concerned,
    the jury is still out on Mittens, and I would vote for the Punxsutawney Phil
    before I would leave that lying, thieving, stupid miscreant in the White House.

    I know Mitt’s a good
    man. But is he the kind that, understanding the threat, can become Patton, or,
    indeed, Attila.

    For America’s sake, I sure
    hope so. Otherwise, the commie termites already have us.

    We just don’t know it,

    Mitt, you must be Churchill,
    not Chamberlain. It’s hard. I know you can do it.

  120. I agree with the comments above about there be no new revelations in the vaunted Tucker Carlson tape–for those who were listening. But the fact is, many were not listening to the facts. And big media did their level best to promte a false image of Obama. Therefore, one purpose of the tape is to give those people a sense that they were not given all the facts by the media, anymore than they were given all the facts by the big media in the case of Bengazi. A second purpose of the tape relates to Obama himself. It shows that he is not the post racial figure he pretends to be when he appears befor white audiences, but a vile race baiting demogogue capable of inciting a riot. The third thing it does, is lay the foundation for a critical examination of he perverse policies he promotes–policy by policy, and show him for the radical he is. If those dots can be connected then it can have some effect with the target audience, which is to say the undecidedes/

    combine that tape with a showing of what he has done during his term in office, then I believe it takes on a whole different character. His selection of Holder to be his attorney general, coupled with a showing that Holder was a student radical who conspired to take over the

  121. What I am saying is, it establishes the fact that he is a radical, and thereby helps explain the intent of his policies as president and why they have proven to be so dysfunctional.

  122. My fear this was a decision by his inept team, “we want to be liked” guys.
    Like Ed Gillespie, and Dan Senior (Campbell Brown’s husband). Losers in my book.

  123. What is this shit?

    Obama meets with a black audience

    Obama affects rapper cadences

    Obama tells them that America

    Must show “the poor”—who is he talking about?

    How to shop?

    How to dress?

    How to get to work on time?

    That is a role for the family, the church and other no governmental institutions

    But that is not what this asshole is saying

    He wants the government to do this and everything else

    Which would lead to A Nanny State

    Let forget about that horsehit, and give them three things instead

    one: safe schools

    two: excellent teachers

    three: decent food at a very low price

    Obama does not give a shit about these children.

    If he did, he would be saying this, rather than the manchurian drivel he is peddling.

  124. Whenever anyone talks about safe schools, the ACLU appears and threatens to sue any teacher who seeks to enforce discipline. Today, the ACLU is no longer a defender of the constitution. They nothing more than an arm of any leftist government organization, no different that big media. Once upon a time, both of these institutions were willing to challenge illicit govermnent power whereas today they have become partners in crime whith the federal government keen to steamroll anyone and anything that lies in their path. You might even say that the ACLU has simply reverted to its early Bolshevik roots, i.e. it founder, Roger Baldwin was a close friend of Vladimir Lenin.

  125. Maybe that video might rally the base
    That would be a redundancy. The base is already rallying. It is the undecidedes, and more specifically those who are sometimes called low information voters who may be impacted by it. It may also touch some former Hillary supporters who have drifted away from Obama. For me it is just old hat, but the penetration for the electorate at large will depend on how it is used, and the connections which can be made to current policies and the appointment of people like Holder. It is a template for a broader discussion–if it is pushed effectively.

  126. The Katrina thing was a disaster. The response of the Bush Administration was deplorable. Left wingers will claim the reason was race. But the facts belie that assertion. The real reason was class warfare. It was implicit in the remarks by Barbara Bush to the effect that it was no big deal because the victims never had anything to begin with.

  127. Corruption and looting were also a major concern. But the response by the president’s mother was, for me, the smoking gun.

  128. moononpluto
    October 2nd, 2012 at 4:20 pm
    Really cramming, i dont think he gives a shit…….Pres Obama takes another break from debate prep to visit the Hoover Dam.

    moon – it doesn’t matter if BHO is prepared, or not. regardless of how he does in tonights debate, the msm will have him “hitting it out of the park”.

  129. Amazing how much the MSM has basically turned into a dictatorships media. They are basically not reporting any news unfavorable to the Govt, this really is akin to traitors to the country.

    When Romney wins, i hope they pass legislation forcing the news media to be balanced or be shut down because it is beyond ridiculous and i hope they start yanking licenses and getting some of these people out of their Pravda positions. Its nothing short than Sedition to the people of the US.

  130. How the MSM portrays it, the people watching it are important and they will know, they are the ones interested in this election, the reachables, the ones not watching are basically in the fold for whoever they are voting for.

    The debates are mainly for the ones who can be swayed.

  131. Presidential Memorandum ­ Presidential Determination with respect to the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008


    SUBJECT: Determination with Respect to the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008

    Pursuant to section 404 of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 (CSPA) (title IV, Public Law 110-457), I hereby determine that it is in the national interest of the United States to waive the application of the prohibition in section 404(a) of the CSPA with respect to Libya, South Sudan, and Yemen; and further determine that it is in the national interest of the United States to waive in part the application of the prohibition in section 404(a) of the CSPA with respect to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to allow for continued provision of International Military Education and Training funds and nonlethal Excess Defense Articles, and the issuance of licenses for direct commercial sales of U.S. origin defense articles; and I hereby waive such provisions accordingly.

    You are authorized and directed to submit this determination to the Congress, along with the accompanying Memorandum of Justification, and to publish the determination in the Federal Register.


    You read that right. It wasn’t enough to allow thousands of weapons to travel across the border so they could be used by drug cartels. Now this president is giving money to countries with child soldiers.


  132. Debate format, fewer questions, more discussion..

    Sounds like more rambling for Obama and filibustering. I hope Romney uses this opportunity to hold Obama accountable, ask pointed questions and try to make Obama answer or not.

  133. Public Schedule for October 3, 2012

    Public Schedule
    Washington, DC

    October 3, 2012



    9:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul, at the Department of State.

    10:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton hosts the U.S.-Afghanistan Bilateral Commission, at the Department of State.
    Pre set for video cameras: 9:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 9:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

    1:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with the Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Yerlan Idrisov, at the Department of State
    Pre set for video cameras: 12:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 1:15 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

    2:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton hosts a swearing-in for U.S. Ambassador to Croatia Kenneth Merten, at the Department of State.

    3:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at the World Food Program-USA Awards Ceremony, at the Department of State.
    Pre set for video cameras: 2:30 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 3:15 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

    4:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton participates in a meeting at the White House.

    Dirty Barry is in trouble and he and his gravytrainers are going to try and destroy our Hillary.Next week she will be subjected to the hearings so just watch the vultures and Oreo go to work at destroying her.I am now thinking sh should take that position at Yale and let the stink bug hang out there see what the freeloaders put in the WH.


  134. moononpluto
    October 2nd, 2012 at 4:20 pm
    Really cramming, i dont think he gives a shit…….Pres Obama takes another break from debate prep to visit the Hoover Dam
    The prick is so obvious. He visits Hoover Dam so he can say tonight I visited Hoover Dam and saw the wonderful things government can do to build an economy, and then list tediously some mind numbing statistics of that which should impress no one. He is not Roosevelt. He is a bellowing commie, who had no more to do with Hoover Dam than he had to do with the Civil Rights movement. They are just props.

  135. Another nail in the coffin of big media–the Carlson video. Roughly 2 out of 3 people now know big media hides the truth from them, and in no way shape or form can big media be trusted by anyone who seeks liberty–because they do not trust the American People with a little thing called the truth, which is the lynchpin of representative democracy. What they are doing to the country now is nothing less than a mortal sin. And they deserve to suffer the consequences of this treason–banishment from the public debate now, oblivion later for all eternity.
    Trent Lott Was Unavailable for Comment

    By: Erick Erickson (Diary) | October 2nd, 2012 at 11:22 PM | 77


    I think this Tucker Carlson exclusive is damning.

    But it is damning not of Barack Obama. Conservatives already knew who he really was and is.

    The video is damning of the media.

    The media created the post-racial narrative of Barack Obama. The media invested its energies in it. Sure, they got an assist from the Obama campaign, but it was the media.

    Tonight, Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller released the video of Barack Obama and the media yawned that it was old news. Media outlets threw up links of where they had covered the speech in 2007. Yawn.

    In 2007, while running for President of the United States, Barack Obama told a black audience, in full pander dialect, that the then white President and his government did not view black residents of New Orleans as part of the “American family.”

    Here are his precise words:

    “Down in New Orleans, where they still have not rebuilt twenty months later,” he begins, “there’s a law, federal law — when you get reconstruction money from the federal government — called the Stafford Act. And basically it says, when you get federal money, you gotta give a ten percent match. The local government’s gotta come up with ten percent. Every ten dollars the federal government comes up with, local government’s gotta give a dollar.”

    “Now here’s the thing,” Obama continues, “when 9-11 happened in New York City, they waived the Stafford Act — said, ‘This is too serious a problem. We can’t expect New York City to rebuild on its own. Forget that dollar you gotta put in. Well, here’s ten dollars.’ And that was the right thing to do. When Hurricane Andrew struck in Florida, people said, ‘Look at this devastation. We don’t expect you to come up with y’own money, here. Here’s the money to rebuild. We’re not gonna wait for you to scratch it together — because you’re part of the American family.’”

    That’s not, Obama says, what is happening in majority-black New Orleans. “What’s happening down in New Orleans? Where’s your dollar? Where’s your Stafford Act money?” Obama shouts, angry now. “Makes no sense! Tells me that somehow, the people down in New Orleans they don’t care about as much!”

    Had a Republican said the same to a largely white crowd with Barack Obama as President, the media would crucify the politician. When then Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott was caught on tape at a birthday party for Strom Thurmond, the then oldest and longest serving senator in American history, he said in his remarks he’d have voted for Strom Thurmond if he could have for President. Lott was clearly just flattering an old man. But Thurmond had run as a segregationist and the media piled on Trent Lott, driving him from office.

    Here comes President Obama whipping a black crowd into frenzy claiming George Bush denied them what he gave others because they were black. He, as usual, tries to have it both ways and goes on to say that Bush was incompetent regardless of race, but the audience and everyone else knows what Obama meant.

    New York and Florida were “part of the American family.” The black residents of New Orleans were not.

    On this tape, Barack Obama is just a typical race baiting politician. He’s playing on the fears of a crowd and picking racial scabs that he and so many other Democrat politicians refuse to let heal because they profit from the racial seeds of discord.

    Again, the right knows Barack Obama is just a typical politician. But the media has built him into some post-racial being who transcends the race based politics of yore.

    No he is not. He’s a typical politician. To the extent Americans see this pandering and race baiting for the first time, it will hurt Barack Obama. He is not what the press tried so hard to claim.

    But this is really damning of the media that even tonight tried so hard to say it was old news when, in truth, had a Republican said anything like that the press would be in a feeding frenzy. The press trying to dismiss this video as old news is really the press trying to escape any sort of blame for its collectively fraudulent portrayal of Barack Obama as something other than what he is.

    Don’t believe me? Ask Trent Lott. Or even ask Mitt Romney how the press gave more attention to his 47% remark than to the President’s team’s handling of Libya. But then that was supposedly new news.

    Tags: 2012, Barack Obama, Trent Lott

  136. I am having a script error also, that I did not have before you worked on the sight. Please see if something is going on. It takes me forever to fix that problem.

  137. This race has only just begun, according to Jay Cost. Also, contrary to the lies of big media, Romney has a huge store of cash on hand. Finally, October is the month of decision, when significant swings are historically common.
    Morning Jay: This Race Has Just Begun6:00 AM, Oct 3, 2012 • By JAY COST

    The most recent RealClearPolitics average of the national polls shows President Obama holding a 3.3 point lead over Mitt Romney, 49.1 to 45.1. Additionally, his net job approval rating is now back to about even, 48.8 approve to 48.5 disapprove.

    It’s important not to buy the left wing spin that this race is over: it’s not even close to being over. Here’s why.

    First, October is the month of voter decision making. A lot of the polls that show a narrow Obama lead are actually “pushing” undecided voters to make a decision. This will make for interesting swing in the polls as these people move back and forth, but it nevertheless misrepresents the level of uncertainty that remains in the electorate.

    Indeed, consider this chart, taken from exit poll data, on the timeline of voter decision-making.

    Granted, most of those “undecided” voters are actually partisans (albeit, soft ones) who will wait until this month until going for the candidate that we always knew they would back. But, nevertheless, the pure swing vote is most certainly included in the share of the electorate that will make up its mind from this point forward.

    Second, Team Romney has been raising money hand over fist – as we all know – but have largely held off in spending it. So has the broader GOP constellation – the Romney campaign, the RNC, and the super PACs. To appreciate that point, consider the following chart of total advertising spending from the GOP through mid-August.

    It’s worth keeping in mind that, as of August 31, that Romney, the RNC, and Restore Our Future had about $191 million dollars on hand to spend. Clearly, very little of it was spent on television ads in September.

    Why? The answer gets back to the first chart: The core swing voters are just now starting to make up their minds. Recall Romney’s basic theory of the race: he has 47 percent of the vote locked in, and so does Obama; that means it is a battle for that final 6 percent. These people are not won via a marathon, but by a sprint through this month; via television advertising as well as the debates, they come to make up their minds.

    The polls right now are pushing these people to offer a tentative opinion, but as a recent Rasmussen poll showed, only something like 43 percent of Obama and Romney’s voters are totally locked in. There is a lot of room for movement; it will happen mostly in October; and that’s why the GOP has largely held off spending its vast cash reserves.

    Or, as was supposedly said during the Battle of Bunker Hill: “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes.”

    Third, polls can move quite a bit from October 1 through Election Day. Right now, the Gallup poll of registered voters shows Obama up 6 points on Romney, but 6 points worth of movement is virtually nothing in the month of October. Consider these Gallup registered voter polls taken on or almost before October 1:

    [Note: I’m using the Gallup poll of registered voters not because I think it is an ideal poll. I do not; instead, I much prefer likely voter polls at this point. The utility of the Gallup registered voter poll is that it traces back through history to 1952. No other poll does this.]

    The only two years where there was not major movement in the Gallup poll of registered voters relative to the final result was 1988 and 2008. Otherwise, we see pretty substantial breaks in one direction or another – in some years, like 1972, 1984, and 1996 the leader has enough of an edge to endure the rise of his opponent. In other years, like 1968, 1976, 1980, 2000 and 2004 we see enough movement that the entire race is turned inside out.

    Again, this should make sense in the context of the first chart: When you have upwards of a third of voters making their final decisions this month (or early November), is it any surprise that the polls swing so wildly?

    In other words, Obama’s lead of 6 points among Gallup’s registered voters (or his lead of 2.5 points in the recent, reliable likely voter polls) is great to have, but at this point is by no means determinative.

    Put simply: This race has just begun.

  138. I downloaded firefox to my desktop. I am still getting the script error when i click on the title, also when i logon with my password. Evem when i logout i get the error message.

    After i logon from the desktop i get this white square. nothing happens. I am on my other computer, i still get the script error. It started with this new article. If i go back to the last article i am not getting this message. I cannot even close the message i have to keep hitting the escape button.

  139. Obama campaign pulling early voting shit in Florida.

    Obama campaign’s robocall about early voting called misleading

    Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley is warning voters about potentially misleading early voting information after his office received hundreds of inquiries from voters Tuesday wanting to cast early ballots.Early voting in Florida doesn’t begin until Oct. 27 and lasts through Nov. 3. Corley traced one of the complaints to a robocall from Organizing for America, an arm of the Democratic Party.

    OFA spokesman Eric Jotkoff said the call refers to a program where voters can request an absentee ballot at the elections office and fill it out on the spot. Corley said that program is known as a “carry-out absentee ballot,” which is available now. But he said some voters specifically mentioned early voting.

    “It is causing, I would say, massive confusion,” Corley said. “The problem is the message going out is severely misleading.”

    Jotkoff provided the Times with a copy of the robocall script, which does not use the term “early voting.” This issue arose a day after Corley took a complaint from a voter about an OFA volunteer who initially said he worked for the elections office. The man told the voter there was a problem with her voter registration status, though officials confirmed her registration is fine.

    Corley said voters should call his office toll-free at 1-800-851-8754 if they have questions about their registration status. Voters can also check that information at

  140. Have heard there may be more Obama tapes and will be dripped out over the next month like death by a thousand cuts. There is evidence of a strategy going on, another surfaced today of Rev Wright.

  141. I am not going to watch…I will log in after and rely on you all to give the thumbs up or down. I can’t stand watching Prez Obama let alone with the softballs he will get compared to Romney.

  142. Newsweek, a left wing scab, has a picture of The Great Deceiver on its cover. It calls him the Democrats Reagan? Whaaaaaaaaaa. Well, thats better than four years ago when they presented him as Black Jesus. In each case, they hide the truth about him and ask us to believe a myth–similar to Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and Obama as a leader. The record conspires against this erronous conclusion, therefore they have no choice but to hide, distort and cover up the record. They do a grave disservice to the American People. How can you put any stock in anything these people say on any subject, when it is crystal clear from this example that they lie with impunity?

  143. jbstonesfan
    October 3rd, 2012 at 11:22 am
    I am not going to watch…I will log in after and rely on you all to give the thumbs up or down. I can’t stand watching Prez Obama let alone with the softballs he will get compared to Romney.
    My dad was a USC graduate, but a Washington Huskies fan. Even so, he could not stand to watch the Huskies play football live. He would get too
    wound up about it, and it was bad for his health. But when they won, he was glad to watch the re-runs. You must be an excellent attorney. It is obvious that you take important things, like the clients best interests not only seriously but personally. Most attorneys I know do not. But if you take this shit too seriously, it can be hazardous to your health. One of the things the Hillary campaign taught me is that we have little leverage to influence the ultimate result. But we are doing ourselves and our country a grave disservice if we fail to do eveything we can within the boundaries of the law to stop a man and his ignorant camp followers from destroying a country which has been a object lesson to the world and an inspiration for any human being to be a citizen of.

  144. Have heard there may be more Obama tapes and will be dripped out over the next month like death by a thousand cuts. There is evidence of a strategy going on, another surfaced today of Rev Wright
    How can there not be? The man is an incessant flapjaw with an opinion on every subject ranging from nuclear disarmament to teaching the “poor” how to get to work on time”. His only blindspot is how to run the country. His only flaw occurs when the goes off teleprompter for then
    Dr Jeckel recedes to the background, and out jumps the race baiting America hating devil–Mr Hyde.

    This being the age of cell phone cameras, videoo recorders and tape recorders. A juicy recording of Bambi going native would be worth its weight in gold. So here we have it. Motive and opportunity. There will be more.

  145. But if you take this shit too seriously, it can be hazardous to your health. One of the things the Hillary campaign taught me is that we have little leverage to influence the ultimate
    Spot Wbboei. I am about to turn 50 next week and for almost the last 4 years I have never felt worse in my life. I never had any real health issues, but since last election, I have been to doctors ranging from cardiologist to urologists and while nothing nefarious has come up, it has taken a toll (24 yrs of of practice also does wonders to a person as I am sure you can relate). But for this site, I would not be invested at all as it is too much friggin grief.

  146. 10 Attack Lines Romney Should Use in the Debates

    This is the chance to bypass the Obama-friendly media.

    The presidential debates, the first of which takes place tomorrow, will be the first chance for many voters to get a good look at Mitt Romney. The debates provide Romney with a rare opportunity to make his case to voters in a way that’s largely “unfiltered,” as Chris Christie politely put it in Sunday interviews. By unfiltered, of course, Christie meant free of the spin, selective editing, and bias by omission that the Obama-friendly media uses to suppress or distort the message of Republican politicians and conservative pundits.

    Romney will be constrained by the debate format, by Obama’s filibustering and obfuscation, and perhaps by the biases of the moderators; it’s still his best chance to introduce some 60 million Americans to his beliefs and policy ideas on something approaching his own terms. Just as importantly, it’s his opportunity to acquaint voters with some of the scandals that have beset the Obama administration, and with some of the president’s most damaging blunders and revealing comments. Most of these are notorious among conservatives, though the media gatekeepers have done their best to ignore or minimize them.

    What follows is a list of ten lines of attack that Romney should use when the opportunities present themselves. For good measure, at the end of each point is a line Romney could deliver.

    1. Obama could not remember the size of the debt

    The national debt is sure to come up. In addition to hammering Obama on the size of the debt itself, Romney should goad Obama about his appearance on David Letterman’s show, when he pretended not to be able to recall the figure. This line of attack will be even more effective if Romney can challenge Obama on his “forgetfulness” before the figure has been mentioned.

    Killer line: “Can you tell us that number tonight, Mr. President?”

    2. Europe
    While on the subject of the economy, Romney can point to the chaos now enveloping Spain, Greece, and France. In France, under socialist President Francois Hollande the economy is teetering on the brink of recession, unemployment has reached its highest level in ten years, and wealthy individuals and businesses are fleeing punitive new tax rates of up to 75 percent. Romney can declare that this is what the future holds for America if it remains on its current course of ever-higher state spending and ballooning entitlements, and it’s not pretty: crushing austerity measures and riots. At home, Romney can point to the fate of California, run into the ground by a governing coalition of Democrats and big labor.

    Killer line. “When your liberal friends say they’d like America to be more like France, is this what they have in mind?”

    3. Energy policy

    Romney should confront Obama with two soundbites on this subject that most Americans are unlikely to have heard, both from an interview he gave to the San Francisco Chronicle in 2008. Obama said that under his cap-and-trade plans, energy prices would “necessarily skyrocket,” and warned that if somebody wanted to build a coal power plant, “it will bankrupt them.” With gas prices rising, Romney might also mention that shortly before being appointed energy secretary, Steven Chu told the New York Times: “Somehow, we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.”

    Romney should point to the efforts of the Obama administration and its supporters in the environmental lobby to thwart efforts to create jobs and to make America energy independent: opposition to the Keystone pipeline and fracking; the moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. He should point to the wasting of billions of dollars on failed green energy projects. Foremost of these is Solyndra, and Romney should seize any opportunity to remind voters of that scandal, including the fact that the Solyndra investors who benefitted from Obama’s largesse included donors to his campaign.

    Killer line: “You don’t make America energy-independent by wrecking the coal and gas industries, destroying thousands of jobs, and blowing billions of dollars on the pipe dreams of your Democrat cronies.”

    4. Millionaires and billionaires

    When the subject of taxing the rich comes up, Romney should point out that while Obama routinely demagogues “millionaires and billionaires,” Obama has raised tens of millions of dollars from some of the wealthiest Americans on Wall Street and in Hollywood.

    Killer line: “Just once, Mr. President, I’d like to hear you tell an audience of your multi-millionaire admirers in Hollywood that they’ve ‘made enough money’.”

    5. The embassy attacks

    The attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya and the protests at other embassies are sure to come up in the foreign policy debate. In addition to attacking Obama for his administration’s constantly changing version of events, the security failures on the ground, and the broader failure of his Middle East policy, Romney should hit him for retiring to bed while Ambassador Chris Stevens was still unaccounted for. And for flying off to a fundraiser in Las Vegas while U.S. embassies were still under siege.

    Killer line: “Your secretary of State once questioned whether you could deal with a crisis phone call at 3:00 a.m., and now we know the answer: the phone was off the hook, and there was a Do Not Disturb sign on the door.”

    6. Free speech

    Moving on from the embassy attacks, Romney should steer the discussion towards the issue of free speech. He should attack the Obama administration’s appeasement of Muslim protesters, from the TV ads that aired in Pakistan to Obama’s speech at the UN. He should also pull Obama up on this line from his recent interview with Univision:

    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.

    Romney should ask Obama if he really thinks that laying siege to embassies and burning the American flag are “natural” reactions to a third-rate YouTube video.

    Romney should also say that the arrest of the man linked to the film Innocence of Muslims sends out the wrong message to the Muslim world (notwithstanding the fact that he is actually accused of parole violations). He should point out that while Obama said in his UN speech that insults to Christianity and other religions should be condemned along with insults to Islam, his administration hasn’t condemned the return of Piss Christ to New York or the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon. Indeed, Hillary Clinton went to see that musical. Romney can reference his own Mormon faith here, saying that while he might be hurt by seeing his religion mocked, he would never seek to silence those who mock it.

    Killer line: “The president began his term of office four years ago by apologizing to Muslims and the Arab world, and he’s still apologizing to them today.”

    Killer line #2: “As president you swore to defend the First Amendment along with the rest of the Constitution, not to qualify it.”

    7. The real unemployment rate

    Romney will obviously take every opportunity to attack Obama for the unemployment rate, but he should make clear that the rate would be even higher were it not for the fact that millions of American have given up looking for jobs. Estimates of the “real” rate range from around 12 percent to 15 percent or even higher.

    Killer line: “Your administration told Americans that if Congress passed your $700 billion stimulus, unemployment wouldn’t go above eight percent. They did pass it, and it’s never been below eight percent for 44 straight months.”

    8. “Flexibility” for Russia

    In the foreign policy debate, Romney should bring up missile defense and Obama’s decision to scrap plans to site elements of the proposed system in Poland and the Czech Republic. He should also confront Obama with his infamous remarks to Russia’s former president Dmitry Medvedev — Obama said he would have “more flexibility” to conduct negotiations on missile defense after he was re-elected. Romney should challenge Obama to explain what he plans to offer Russia that would apparently be so unpalatable to American voters that he wouldn’t dare propose it while running for re-election.

    Killer line: “From Poland to Israel, Mr. President, your administration has turned its back on America’s allies while appeasing countries whose interests are inimical to our own.”

    9. Fast and Furious

    Millions of Americans still know little or nothing of what is perhaps the biggest scandal of Obama’s presidency, although this week’s Univision special will hopefully have introduced more voters to the story. If Fast and Furious doesn’t come up directly in the debates, Romney will need to work it into a discussion about immigration or relations with Mexico. He should hit Obama for his administration’s efforts to thwart the investigation into the scandal, and demand that he fire Eric Holder.

    Killer line: “At least two Americans and hundreds of Mexican civilians are dead because of a gunrunning operation overseen at the highest levels of your Justice Department. Why won’t your administration tell us the truth?”

    10. The “47 percent” remark

    Obama is likely to attack Romney on this, and Romney should take the opportunity to acknowledge that his words were poorly chosen (“as, Mr. President, I’m sure your words were poorly chosen when you talked of Americans in states such as Pennsylvania ‘clinging bitterly to their guns and religion’”). He should then take the opportunity to talk about the economic and moral implications of a growing dependency culture, as suggested here.

    Killer line: “It’s Democrats who have written off millions of Americans by consigning them to a life on welfare, while still expecting them to turn out and vote for them every two years.”

    Romney needs to move the needle further, and playing safe in the debates won’t do it. It’s long past time for him to introduce voters to the issues and to the Obama soundbites that the media would rather they didn’t know about.

  147. Obama is hiding the Medicare cuts….

    Sebelius helps Obama by hiding Obamacare’s pain

    But Sebelius is using her office to help Obama’s campaign in a much bigger way than any mere campaign appearance. She is now using her position as head of HHS to blunt — temporarily — the effects of a provision of President Obama’s health care law that could otherwise be very damaging to his re-election prospects.

    To pay for other parts of the law, Obamacare shifts about $216 billion over the next decade away from Medicare Advantage, a program that provides health coverage through private plans under contract with government. About a quarter of all Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in this program, which allows some services not covered under traditional Medicare. The shift of funds away from this program will result in fewer services, hike rates or both. That would have become apparent during Medicare’s open enrollment period, which begins this month — a few short weeks before an election.

    Rather than let the president face seniors’ wrath over his cuts to Medicare Advantage right before the election, Sebelius amended an existing “demonstration project” that Obamacare established to pay bonuses to the most efficient Medicare Advantage plans. She changed this program so that it will now provide bonuses not just to the best, five-star rated plans, but also to middling ones with ratings as low as three stars.

    This will offset 71 percent of the Medicare Advantage cuts in 2012. In short, Sebelius is hiding the pain in store for Medicare Advantage recipients until the election is over.

    It’s hard to read this any other way. By rewarding mediocre plans, Sebelius is pretty much defeating the purpose of the demonstration project — to give plans incentives to improve. She is also stretching the definition of “demonstration project” to the breaking point. At $8.3 billion, this one costs more than the previous 85 demonstration projects combined, going back to 1995.

    It is not clear that Sebelius has the authority to spend government money this way, either. A report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office was unusually blunt: The demonstration project was “unlikely to achieve its research goals and raises legal concerns” about whether HHS exceeded its authority. The GAO recommended the project be canceled.

    Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the GOP’s one-man CSI team, has been probing the project. The response of Sebelius’s HHS has been, in essence, “LA-LA-LA, we can’t hear you!” In congressional testimony in July, an official simply said they disagreed with the GAO’s findings and plowed ahead with the project.

    Issa has demanded that HHS turn over internal communications regarding the program and set a deadline of Friday. Given Sebelius’ record, one might expect her to follow up sometime after Nov. 6.


    Disgraceful, Seniors need to know what Tsunami is about to hit them.

  148. Very telling……

    Funniest part about 2007 Obama vid is learning Southern-fried Chrristian Obama doesn’t know the Lord’s Prayer.

  149. For tonight, this is good to know:

    Romney campaign unveils online rapid response ahead of debate
    By Alicia M. Cohn – 10/03/12 01:54 PM ET
    Mitt Romney’s campaign on Wednesday unveiled its rapid response strategy ahead of the evening’s first presidential debate.
    With the presidential campaigns no longer relying on press releases via email to counter arguments being made in real time on the debate stage, the Romney campaign’s response strategy includes a new website, real-time updates on Twitter and Tumblr and a nationally promoted hashtag.
    The Romney campaign plans to tweet through @RomneyResponse, using the blogging platform Tumblr for longer responses and counter-arguments.
    The campaign has also set up a new website specifically to act as a hub for their its response at
    “This site will continue our campaign’s commitment to a multi-screen digital strategy and allow users the enhanced opportunity to engage with the debate from a computer, tablet, or mobile device,” according to an email from the campaign. “We will also post research, infographics, and video from our Rapid Response Team and feature a handful of our top Twitter users aggregating their Tweets in real time.”
    The campaign is also promoting one of the top ten national trends on Twitter ahead of the first presidential debate.
    Romney’s hashtag, #CantAfford4More, appears now at the top of the list of ten national trends on the left side of Twitter’s homepage. Romney will own that spot all day and can switch out the trend once during the 24-hour period….

    Best of luck, Mitt!!!

  150. More Greta to be grateful for:
    Greta Van Susteren What I would ask President Obama tonight
    “…we already know that Reverend Wright sells hate and that President Obama was very cozy with him and now distances himself from it and denies he knew anything about it. Fixating on the part of the just uncovered total speech showing the President’s very misguided admiration of Reverend Wright is missing the bigger point of that 2007 speech.
    In the 2007 speech President spoke about the inner city and in that speech he made promises to them (and thereby to us who care.)
    Are those who live in the squalor of the inner city better off now than before he became President? In other words, was he pandering in 2007 in that speech or did he get a product?…”

    Is she the first legit media to spell out the Wright/Obama situation? Puts me in a good mood. Maybe I can watch.

  151. Obama campaign’s robocall about early voting called misleading
    Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley is warning voters about potentially misleading early voting information after his office received hundreds of inquiries from voters Tuesday wanting to cast early ballots.Early voting in Florida doesn’t begin until Oct. 27 and lasts through Nov. 3. Corley traced one of the complaints to a robocall from Organizing for America, an arm of the Democratic Party.

    OFA spokesman Eric Jotkoff said the call refers to a program where voters can request an absentee ballot at the elections office and fill it out on the spot. Corley said that program is known as a “carry-out absentee ballot,” which is available now. But he said some voters specifically mentioned early voting.

    “It is causing, I would say, massive confusion,” Corley said. “The problem is the message going out is severely misleading.”

  152. jbstonesfan
    October 3rd, 2012 at 11:22 am
    I am not going to watch…I will log in after and rely on you all to give the thumbs up or down. I can’t stand watching Prez Obama let alone with the softballs he will get compared to Romney.

    In the past, I’d always watch these things. But Obummer really makes me want to vomit, and I don’t want to vomit. Go git ’em, Mit (and by “them”, Oturd and the moderator.)

  153. Syria needs to calm down asap because Turkey can take Syria out very quickly with its army and firepower. Would’nt last 5 minutes.


    Funny though, MoDo couches it as, “Why in the world would they try to puff up his foreign policy creds when he’s already proven he’s all that…???”.

    Dowd excerpt: “Just so, in an overzealous effort to burnish a president who did not need burnishing…”

    Complicity in Duplicity?

    Published: October 2, 2012

    A woman named Rice in a top administration job, ambitious to move up to secretary of state, hitting the Sunday talk shows to aggressively promote a Middle East narrative that’s good for the president but destined to crumble under scrutiny.

    Accusations that intelligence on Al Qaeda links in the Middle East was cherry-picked by American officials to create a convenient reality.

    A national security apparatus that becomes enmeshed with the political image-making machine.

    Sound familiar?

    Last time it was Condoleezza Rice helping her war-obsessed bosses spin their deceptive web, as they recklessly tried to re-engineer the Middle East. This time it was Susan Rice offering a noncredible yarn as the Obama team desperately tries to figure out the Middle East.

    W.’s administration played up Al Qaeda ties, exploiting 9/11 to invade Iraq, which the neocons had wanted to do all along. The Obama administration sidestepped Al Qaeda ties in the case of the Libyan attack to perpetuate the narrative that the president had decimated Al Qaeda when Osama bin Laden was killed, and to preclude allegations that they were asleep at the switch on the anniversary of 9/11. Better to blame it all on a spontaneous protest to an anti-Islam video on YouTube.

    It’s remarkable that President Obama, who came to power abhorring the manipulative and duplicitous tactics of the Bush crowd, should now be vulnerable to similar charges.

    You know you’re in trouble when Donald Rumsfeld is the voice of reason. “The idea of sending a United Nations ambassador for the United States out to market and peddle and spin a story that has, within a matter of hours, demonstrated to be not accurate, I think is inexcusable,” the former defense secretary told Fox News on Tuesday. “I can’t imagine.”

    His imagination fails him even though he, his pal Dick Cheney and his ward W. sent then-Secretary of State Colin Powell to the U.N. to market a story that fell apart one invasion later. Rumsfeld said that if the Obama administration’s critics are right, that perhaps officials were “bureaucratic and unwilling to respond promptly to a threat report.” Like when W. was unwilling to respond promptly to that threat report screaming “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”?

    There was something off-kilter about the tragic saga of Christopher Stevens from the beginning. Even for a highly regarded ambassador with a dash of Lawrence of Arabia’s empathy and mistaken sense of invulnerability, Stevens was obviously too lightly guarded in a region roiling with threats and hatred; he was in a susceptible complex without enough armed security and basic emergency equipment. Even afterward, the place was so unprotected that a CNN staffer could walk in and pick up Stevens’s private diary, which reflected the ambassador’s fear about never-ending attacks and being on an Al Qaeda hit list.

    There were, after all, Al Qaeda sympathizers among the rebels who overthrew Muammar el-Qaddafi with American help.

    House Republicans will hold a hearing next week and have asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to explain why the consulate was not better defended given, as Representative Darrell Issa noted in a letter, the “long line of attacks on Western diplomats and officials in Libya in the months leading up to September 11, 2012.”

    Susan Rice’s tumble is part of a disturbing pattern of rushing to pump up the president on national security, which seems particularly stupid because it’s so unnecessary.

    Last year, the White House had to backtrack from the overwrought initial contentions of John Brennan, a deputy national security adviser, who said Bin Laden died after resisting in a firefight and that he was “hiding behind women who were put in front of him as a shield.”

    Now that one of the members of the Navy SEAL team, Matt Bissonette, has written a book, there are contradictory accounts, one by a Democratic White House dying to sound tough, and one by an eyewitness. Bissonette wrote that the lead commando shot an unarmed Bin Laden in the head when he peered out of his bedroom door and they shot his convulsing body again inside the bedroom. In the administration’s version, the shot in the stairwell missed.

    Just so, in an overzealous effort to burnish a president who did not need burnishing — especially against foreign policy bumbler Mitt Romney and foreign policy novice Paul Ryan — they have gotten tangled in contradictory accounts about Benghazi. The administration had benefited from the impression that it had diminished Al Qaeda, even though the public no doubt appreciates that it was never going to be so simple. But, as Romney learned when he prematurely rushed to the microphone to take advantage of the crisis and mangled his facts, there is a cost to letting the political spin cycle dictate how you discuss national security.

    The U.S. military is preparing to retaliate for the Libyan attack. But, even if Stevens is avenged, will the president get the credit he deserves if his acolytes have left the impression that they’re willing to rewrite the story for political advantage?

  155. Politico: Romney Up 4 in ‘Toss Up’ States


    by Mike Flynn 3 Oct 2012, 10:48 AM PDT 59 post a comment

    This week, Politico released its latest Battleground poll of the presidential race. Despite coming from the left-wing news site, the poll is one of my favorites. Its put together by respected pollsters from both parties, makes available its full cross-tabs and uses a very modest and reasonable turnout model for its sample. Including leaners, the sample in the poll is D+2. Nationally, Obama leads by 2-3 points, but, in the critical swing states, Romney now has the edge.

    Each candidate leads in states considered “safe” for their party. In safe GOP states, Romney leads by 8. In safe Democrat states, Obama leads by a massive 22 points. But, in the more numerous and more important “toss up” states, Romney leads by 4, hitting the critical 50% threshold.

    In the slightly different category of “battleground” states identified by Politico, Romney leads by 2, 49-47. Romney’s lead over Obama is powered primarily by his edge with independents. Romney leads Obama by 4 among the important swing voters. By 11 points, these voters think Romney would do better on the economy than Obama, 51-40.

    Romney also has a big edge with middle class families, who prefer him over Obama by 15 points, 56-41

  156. Hey, Basil, I found another one by the same guy, similar topic.

    Hail Mary: Losing the Election, Obama Needs a Debate Knock-Out

    by Mike Flynn
    2 Oct 2012

    Yes, I realize everyone in the media is telling me that the race for President is over. With 5 weeks to go, Obama has been called the winner by the DC bubble of journalists. Even the beltway GOP has gotten into the act. (My hatred of them will become clear on November 7th) An objective read of recent polling, however, shows that Obama is clearly in trouble. Obama is losing and it is his campaign that needs a boost from today’s debate.
    This week, virtually every media organization has rushed forward their pre-debate polls. Every poll seems to be converging on an Obama lead of 2-4 points. The problem for Obama is that all of these polls have very ambitious assumptions about Democrat turnout this year. It will not come close to 2008 levels, putting Obama’s reelection in real jeopardy.

    Tonight, National Journal released their latest poll. Among likely voters, the race is tied. Among independents, Romney has an 8-point lead. As you can probably guess, the poll assumes a 2008 turnout model and is D+7. So, if Democrats achieve the same history-making turnout they experienced in 2008, Obama and Romney are tied. In 2008, with a D+7 electorate, Obama defeated McCain by 7 points. Today, with the same electorate, Obama is tied.

    Tell me, which campaign is underperforming?

    In the past two weeks, virtually every media poll has shown a narrowing of the presidential race. Obama’s lead is now beneath the Democrat skew in polls. In other words, a D+5 poll, for example, will give him a lead of 2-3 points. Another poll with a D+7 sample will show him tied. The numbers change, but his lead has never exceeded the partisan oversampling in any poll. He has never held a lead in any poll that has a more realistic turnout of the November elections.

    You poll a lot of Democrats, Obama wins. You poll based on a realistic turnout of the November elections? Obama loses.

    The media, in its waning days, can only get you so far. They have sacrificed their credibility on the altar of Obama, but it won’t be enough. They tell us that Romney needs to win the debates to turn his campaign around. Yet, his campaign is steadily gaining ground against Obama. Going into the first debate, the underdog is Obama. The pressure is on him to right his own ship.

  157. MEDIA BIAS???

    It’s lights, camera… and drool all over Obama

    By Howie Carr
    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

    The only place to watch tonight’s presidential debate is on C-SPAN.

    You know what everyone on every network except Fox is going to say. Comrade Chris Matthews’ leg is going to be tingling out of control. Sgt. Ed Schultz and Rachel Maddow will be breathlessly reading phony stories from the Internet about dissension in the GOP ranks.

    On CNN, “Republicans” Alex Castellanos and David Gergen will compare Barack’s closing statement to the Gettysburg Address and the Sermon on the Mount. David Brooks will swoon as he notes the perfect crease in Obama’s trousers.

    All of these trust-funded parrots — the pundits, the bow-tied bumkissers, the throne sniffers — will agree that it’s all over and Mitt might as well throw in the towel.

    Talk about marching in “lockstep,” to use a favorite word of both U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Granny Warren on Monday night in Lowell.

    But don’t let the Democratic agitprop get you down. Just watch the debate on C-SPAN and then, as soon as it’s over, flip over to a radio talk show, or the Internet.

    The courtiers on the alphabet networks are just trying to depress you. They want you to stay home on Nov. 6. This is always done in campaigns — in World War II, the Axis had Tokyo Rose and Lord Haw-Haw spouting propaganda to the Allies over shortwave radio. Of course, the difference is, they were broadcasting from behind enemy lines.

    Tonight’s Lord Haw-Haws will be trying to destroy morale from posh TV studios in New York and Washington. They ride around the East Side in limousines, make seven-figure salaries and summer on Nantucket. They’re the one percent.

    Some have speculated that the network touts might try to keep Mitt viable, to goose ratings and keep a semblance of a horse race going. That may have been true until recent times, but now, the watchdogs are lapdogs. They can’t help themselves. They worship at Barack’s feet.

    How can it be that Mitt Romney putting his dog in a crate on the roof of his car is approximately 100 times as big a story as Barack Obama actually eating one in Indonesia?

    But there’s good news. For a lot of these obsequious, squirrely Uriah Heeps, this is the last go-around. Their newspapers — and maybe networks — aren’t going to exist in another four years. Re-electing Obama only will hasten the demise of the lame-streams.

    Your average elite reporter is about as truthful as Granny Warren. Think “fake but accurate,” a famous headline about a hoax “60 Minutes” fabricated for the Democrats in 2004.

    Here’s another example of fake news. On Jan. 10, 2010, the Sunday Globe ran a front-page story about Marsha Coakley’s commanding lead in the Senate race with nine days to go.

    “Democrat Martha Coakley … enjoys a solid, 15-percentage-point lead over Republican rival Scott Brown as the race for U.S. Senate enters the homestretch, according to a new Boston Globe poll of likely voters. … Coakley’s lead grows to 17 points — 53 to 36 — when undecideds leaning toward a candidate are included in the tally.”

    Nine days later, Scott Brown won, 53-47. Anyone know what channel C-SPAN is on in Brighton?

  158. rgb44hrc
    October 3rd, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Hey, Basil, I found another one by the same guy, similar topic.

    Great find And I agree with Flynn’s premise.

  159. US lost secret docs at abandoned Benghazi consulate. Also, Syria & Turkey trade missile fire. Also, Iran says it has nuke. All systems A-OK!

    The Obama world.

  160. Sensitive U.S. Documents Found by Reporter at Consulate in Libya — More Than 3 Weeks After Attack

    It has been more than three weeks since U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed in a terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, yet documents containing sensitive information about the mission in Libya still litter the grounds of the American compound, the Washington Post has learned.

    U.S. documents concerning “weapons collection efforts, emergency evacuation protocols, the full itinerary of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens’s trip and the personal records of Libyans who were contracted to secure the mission were among the items scattered across the floors of the looted compound when a Washington Post reporter and a translator visited Wednesday,” the paper reported.

    The gates to the compound remain locked, however, no government security forces are currently guarding the compound, allowing looters and other individuals to stroll into the U.S. Consulate. As a result, many documents have reportedly gone missing.

    The Washington Post discovered that just two private security guards, paid for by the building’s Libyan owner are keeping an eye on the compound.

    “Securing the site has obviously been a challenge…We had to evacuate all U.S. government personnel the night of the attack. After the attack, we requested help securing the site, and we continue to work with the Libyan government on this front,” Deputy spokesman at the State Department Mark Toner said.

    The Post has more details:

    None of the documents were marked classified, but this is not the first time that sensitive documents have been found by journalists in the charred wreckage of the compound. CNN discovered a copy of the ambassador’s journal last month and broadcast details from it, drawing an angry response from the State Department. Unlike the journal, all of the documents seen by The Post were official.
    At least one document found amid the clutter indicates that Americans at the mission were discussing the possibility of an attack in early September, just two days before the assault took place. The document is a memorandum dated Sept. 9 from the U.S. mission’s security office to the 17th February Martyrs Brigade, the Libyan-government-sanctioned militia that was guarding the compound, making plans for a “quick reaction force,” or QRF, that would provide security.
    “In the event of an attack on the U.S. Mission,” the document states, “QRF will request additional support from the 17th February Martyrs Brigade.”
    Additionally, other documents identifying the Libyan citizens contracted to provide security from a private company disclose names, photographs, phone numbers and other personal information. A number of those Libyans are now concerned that they may in danger, as does the State Department.

    This glaring security failure will only put more pressure on the Obama administration to provide an explanation as to why the investigation into the deadly attack has been so sluggish and inefficient.

    U.S. Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Tuesday sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanding answers about the assault. The GOP lawmakers in the letter argue that some of the previously mention Libyan citizens working as private security were warned by family members weeks before the actual attack occurred.

  161. In this first, 1-1/2-hour debate, there will be just six questions, all focused on domestic issues.

    Moderator Jim Lehrer, of PBS Newshour, has already outlined what their basic thrust will be: three questions on the economy, one on health care, one on governing, and one on the role of government. Mr. Lehrer chooses the questions.

    This is a change from past years, in which debates have typically had more questions and shorter discussion times. Lehrer, in part, advocated for the new format, and pushed to reduce the number of questions from nine to six, in the hopes that it would encourage more of a television talk-show approach, in which the candidates engage in discussion rather than just deliver talking points.
    What are the rules of the debate?

    Each question will have a 15-minute period devoted to it. After Lehrer asks the question, each candidate will get two minutes to respond. After that initial response, Lehrer can ask follow-up questions to provoke discussion between the two. The candidates will also have two minutes for closing statements.

    The candidates cannot ask each other questions.


    so at least 45 minutes will be on the economy and Obama cannot get away from them, in fact none of the 6 questions hold any good news for Obama because Romney has ammunition on all of them.

    15 minutes on Healthcare……this ought to be a laugh

    15 minutes on Governing, even more of a laugh.

    15 Mins on the role of Govt.


    If we cannot show up Obama on all of these, we never will.

  162. The U.S. military is preparing to retaliate for the Libyan attack. But, even if Stevens is avenged, will the president get the credit he deserves if his acolytes have left the impression that they’re willing to rewrite the story for political advantage?

    Credit? Credit? DoDo must have been crunk when she wrote that article

  163. I won’t watch it either, but I wish Mitt a steady voice, great courage and strength tonight. Get her Mitt!

    God Bless US

    O Lord, our refuge and strength
    When it’s ‘in God we trust’
    The foe has struck your firstborn
    With a great infamous thrust

    Like history repeated
    A Trojan Horse await
    To massacre the blameless
    A ‘Nine-eleven’ fate

    They’ve dared defy an army
    That does proclaim you Lord
    Deliver US from their hand
    Whet your glittering sword

    Our Father who’s in heaven
    Shield US, your battle axe
    Guard these in Thy replevin
    Then Babylon do tax

    Give US righteous victory
    In Thy name, Lord of host
    So that all the earth may know
    ‘In God we trust’ foremost

    O Lord, our Rock and fortress
    ‘Land of the Free’ protect
    Keep US strong ’til Shiloh come
    Then on to Him collect

    He maketh the wars to cease
    Unto the end of earth
    Breaketh bow, cut sunder spear
    To chariots flame’s birth

    ‘Be calm, and know that I am God:
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.’*

    The Lord of hosts is with US
    Our refuge we proclaim
    Bless US in our endeavor
    We ask in Jesus name

    *Psalms 46: 10, Inspired by Jeremiah Chapters 50 and 51..

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