Update II: There is joy for those hoping the Romney campaign opens a new front in Pennsylvania: PAUL RYAN TO CAMPAIGN IN PITTSBURGH TOMORROW!
When: Saturday, October 20th, 2012
Doors Open 8:15 AM | Event Begins 10:15 AM
Where: Atlantic Aviation, 300 Horizon Drive in Moon Township, PA 15108
What is the current VP up to? Cover your faces in embarrassment: Biden now waving binders around during his stump speech. Division, subtraction, silliness, fear and smear is all the Obama campaign has left.
Update: Obama is busy dividing and subtracting with hot button issues along with silly insults (“Romnesia”) to distract from his failures and bamboozle the populace. Mitt Romney is denouncing the Obama failure of leadership and is now broadcasting a new Romney ad on bipartisanship: “We need to have leadership in Washington that will bring people together”
As to Florida, we have an additional report, to add to those below, from all important Pinellas county:
“Hi All. Great piece Admin. Like Outris, I too live in Pinellas County near St. Pete Beach. A month or so ago there were about 5-6 Romney signs on my little island and ONE for Obama. (I know the Obama Lady and she behaves quite similarly to Old Joe did in the Veep Debate, sans the laughter and grinning.) about 2 weeks ago, I took a drive around my neighborhood and saw a remarkable sight! DOZENS AND DOZENS of Romney signs in people’s yards! In addition, I have friends who live across a main road and their little neighborhood was bare of any signs at all. I went to see them last weekend, turned down their street, and was almost blinded by a COMPLETE STREET full of Romney signs, red white and blue and shining in the sun! The demographic of my area used to be mostly retirees (of which I am not one) but over the last 4-5 years, it has changed to more young families and singles.
I don’t see many bumper stickers at all unless I am downtown (St. Pete) – and there are more BUMPER STICKERS for O, but in the neighborhoods I go through on the way, I would say that it’s about 2/1 Romney yard signs in those yards that have them at all. And some of those are the big 4×8 foot ones as previously mentioned. IN YARDS!”
Sometimes all it takes is one more tiny raindrop on a soaked terrain to trigger a mudslide that brings the entire mountainside down on your head.
Watching Barack Obama, at last night’s Al Smith Dinner – all alone like a bachelor – as he was mercilessly mocked by host Al Smith IV (“President Obama, it’s never good when your opponent has produced more sons than you have jobs.”) and guest Mitt Romney (“As President Obama surveys the Waldorf banquet room, with everyone in white tie and finery, you have to wonder what he’s thinking: so little time, so much to redistribute.”) we could not help but wonder if David Axelrod has had “the talk” with Barack and Michelle Obama.
“The talk” is that conversation between campaign manager and candidate, typically held on the Monday before election day, when the campaign manager says “it’s over”. Perhaps that explains why Michelle’s scowl face was not at hubby’s side last night. “Why bother with them, why talk with them, why take their barbs, when we are going to lose?”
Michelle Obama has a lot to scowl about. Newspaper endorsements have less punch to them than in days of yore but the important Orlando Sentinel in the important I-4 Corridor of the important state of Florida, the paper that endorsed Obama in 2008 has today endorsed Mitt Romney and that surely bought a scowl unto the lantern jawed face of Michelle Obama:
“Economic growth, three years into the recovery, is anemic. Family incomes are down, poverty is up. Obama’s Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, highlighted these and other hard truths in this week’s second debate.
Even the September jobless numbers deserve an asterisk, because more than 4 million Americans have given up looking for work since January 2009.
And while the nation’s economy is still sputtering nearly four years after Obama took office, the federal government is more than $5 trillion deeper in debt. It just racked up its fourth straight 13-figure shortfall.
We have little confidence that Obama would be more successful managing the economy and the budget in the next four years. For that reason, though we endorsed him in 2008, we are recommending Romney in this race.
Obama’s defenders would argue that he inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression, and would have made more progress if not for obstruction from Republicans in Congress. But Democrats held strong majorities in the House and Senate during his first two years.
Other presidents have succeeded even with the other party controlling Capitol Hill. Democrat Bill Clinton presided over an economic boom and balanced the budget working with Republicans. Leaders find a way.“
Campaigns and Elections magazine in an article called “The 10 counties Romney needs to win” explains why the I-4 Corridor is the second most important county area in the country in presidential races:
“Pinellas County, Fla. Population: 916,542 Largest city: St. Petersburg
The top-two counties are both part of Florida’s I-4 Corridor, which runs through the Daytona Beach, Orlando and Tampa areas. The I-4 Corridor is the most important region in this presidential election. In Pinellas County, St. Petersburg has some neighborhoods that are solidly Democratic, but most of the territory is split 50/50. Every precinct could make the difference between winning and losing.
Past results: Bush was in a virtual tie with Kerry here while Obama bested Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) 54-46.”
In our comments section, Outris reports that the Romney signage in Pinellas County far outpaces, um, Obama’s. Also from the comments MoonOnPluto uploads some pertinent information on Romney leading in absentee ballots in Pinellas County. In September before the debates, NoMoBama wrote an eyewitness report which had some good news for Obama but which we also suspect has changed at least somewhat if the latest polling is to be believed:
“Ninety-five percent (95%) of likely voters in the Sunshine State say they are certain to vote in this year’s election. Among these voters, it’s Romney 51%, Obama 47%.
Florida allows early voting, and among voters who have already voted, Romney’s ahead 51% to 45%.
Among those who have yet to vote, 88% say they have already made up their minds which candidate they will vote for. Romney leads 54% to 45% among these voters.”
The mountainside is getting drenched and the scowl on Michelle’s face has turned to granite. The Tennessean which since the 1970s has not endorsed a Republican unleashes a thunderstorm on the mountainside:
“In 2012, the United States faces crippling debt; seemingly endless military conflicts and terror threats; an aging population; and sweeping workforce and geopolitical changes that threaten to turn our society upside down.
America needs strong leadership; yet, our leaders in Washington have seldom looked more impotent. [snip]
The next president must be the one with the best chance to get the crushing, $16 trillion national debt under control, coupled with the more immediate need of enabling a vibrant job market.
It is because the economy is paramount that The Tennessean endorses Gov. Mitt Romney for president. [snip]
President Obama’s steps to get spending under control and reduce the debt are too tentative, and again hark back to his inability to possess the leadership to break the partisan gridlock in Congress. [snip]
He has generally made poor choices of the people needed to get the job done, such as Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. And the number of jobs created during his term simply has not kept up with demand. [snip]
But it’s clear whatever shaky bridges were burned in the push for health reform only emboldened Republicans to oppose his subsequent economic proposals. That has rendered much of his presidency ineffective.
Barack Obama was elected in 2008 with a call for hope and change. Perhaps the change he spoke of could only come with the help of Mitt Romney.“
Like Goldilocks walking up to hostile bears surrounding her, Jewish Americans are waking up to the threat of Barack Obama. The Chicago Jewish Star, which in 2008 endorsed Obama, is pouring water on the mountaintop too:
“It is not only that Mr. Obama thus deserves to be a one-term proposition; it is that Mr. Romney is simply the better bet for our country.” – Chicago Jewish Star
The threat of Islamic terror, a depressed and failing economy, an unsure future for a troubled healthcare system, a genocidal-spewing Iran, an unbalanced Middle East– these are some of the problems which surfaced after that fateful September day and mutated afterwards in unexpected ways.
With his executive experience, belief in the enervating potential of the private sector, proven ability to deal with opposing views, positive outlook and quiet but admirable religious and charitable persona, Mitt Romney is the candidate who can best guide our country in the years ahead.
We like Mr. Romney- and strongly endorse his candidacy for president- because of his moderate, small-government views
We like Mr. Romney because he is able to travel to a hot-bed area like Israel and- openly, unapologetically, and accurately- commend the Jewish state for its achievements, while frankly acknowledging that it is Palestinian recalcitrance which has denied peace to the area.
We like Mr. Romney because he understands the need to create jobs by providing the right environment for the private sector to do so.
Finally, we like Mr. Romney because he, and his running mate Paul Ryan, have announced that they believe in accountability. The buck stops in the Oval Office.
Finally we like Mr. Romney in comparison to his opponent. The administration of Barack Obama has been a failure.
Contrary to the implications of Mr. Obama’s 2008 statement, Americans provided for the sick before his time; the rise of the oceans did not begin “to slow” and our planet did not begin “to heal”- not in a metaphoric sense and not in a real one.
Mr. Obama’s unsatisfactory direction for America was rooted in untenable assumptions, fueled by arrogance, and promoted by divisiveness. We don’t need more of that.
It is not only that Mr. Obama thus deserves to be a one-term proposition; it is that Mr. Romney is simply the better bet for our country.“
The raindrops are exploding all over the place.
A.B. Stoddard was a reliable spinner of Obama lore. A.B. Stoddard today:
“Obama spinning toward a loss
President Obama is losing. So says the latest Gallup poll, and so do those swelling numbers in key states like Wisconsin, Florida, Virginia and Ohio.
Democrats say wait, he won the second debate. They are holding their breath, hoping polls next week will show that this week’s debate brought the herky-jerk of the campaign back full swing, with Obama back to his September lead in the swing states and poised to win. But with two weeks to go, a sudden surge in voter support for a president as unpopular as this one, in an economy this weak, is simply hard to believe. Conservatives like Karl Rove note that this late in October, no candidate with support higher than 50 percent (see Mitt Romney: Gallup) has ever gone on to lose. [snip]
There is no obvious reason for Obama’s performance to reverse the course of the campaign and blunt Romney now. And though there is one final debate next week, a back-and-forth on national security and foreign policy isn’t likely to make the sale for anyone who still cannot make up his or her mind.
Romney is arguing Obama has still failed to articulate a reason, plan or purpose for a second term. He is correct. [snip]
Indeed, though President Obama was deemed the debate winner by numerous snap polls this week, the polls show just how firm Romney’s support has grown. In every poll he beat Obama by a wide margin on who is stronger on the economy.
Bachelor Obama, walking down the lonely road, will soon find the mountain did not come to Mohammad, the mountain fell on him. Four years of boobery and treachery has been enough. It’s time for a change.