As Ohio Goes So Goes The Nation… And Israel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is what they sent out via email:

Dear UAPA community,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find a way Ohio – defeat Obama.

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189 thoughts on “As Ohio Goes So Goes The Nation… And Israel

  1. Columbus Dispatch endorses ObamaMitt Romney:

    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/editorials/2012/10/21/for-president.html

    For president
    Romney has real-world experience to lead nation out of economic malaise

    After nearly four years of economic stagnation, massive unemployment, record-setting debt and government intrusions into the economy that have paralyzed the private sector, the United States needs a new direction. For this reason, The Dispatch urges voters to choose Republican Mitt Romney for president in the Nov. 6 election.

    In 2008, The Dispatch warned of the problems that would result if Barack Obama were chosen as president. Noting the scant experience that Obama offered the nation in 2008 — eight unremarkable years in the Illinois Senate and less than one term in the U.S. Senate — the newspaper said:

    A resume containing so little evidence of leadership and accomplishment leaves in question Obama’s ability to handle the most responsible and difficult job in the world, especially at a time when the nation faces a combination of problems so large and complex that they would challenge even the most seasoned leader.” [snip]

    Four years after promising hope and change, and after a deficit-driving $787 billion stimulus program, here is the result:

    • 12.1 million unemployed, with an unemployment rate above 8 percent for 43 of the past 44 months.

    • 8.6 million working part time because they can’t find full-time work

    • 2.5 million who wanted to work, but have stopped looking for jobs.

    • In 2009, real median household income was $52,195. By 2011, it had fallen to $50,054

    • In 2009, the U.S. poverty rate was 14.3 percent. By 2011, the poverty rate climbed to 15 percent.

    • On Obama’s watch, 12 million more Americans joined the food-stamp program, which has reached a record of more than 46 million enrollees.

    • Annual federal budget deficits above $1 trillion for the past four years, increasing the national debt to an all-time high of $16 trillion.

    On that last point, it was freshman U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, who said on March 16, 2006, as he prepared to vote against raising the debt ceiling to (a mere) $9 trillion:

    “Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.‘ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”

    Americans do deserve better, and the fact that the president now regrets his 2006 stand is another reason why he is unsuited to a second term.

    Here is another: On Feb. 23, 2009, the year the federal deficit would total $1.4 trillion, Obama said, “Today I am pledging to cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term in office. … I refuse to leave our children with a debt that they cannot repay, and that means taking responsibility right now, in this administration, for getting our spending under control.”

    Instead, he has given the nation $1 trillion annual deficits ever since.

    Obama has failed. That is why Mitt Romney is the preferred choice for president. Romney’s adult life has been spent turning around troubled private and public institutions. These turnarounds include scores of companies acquired and restructured by Bain Capital, the investment firm he founded in 1984. Not all were successes, but that is because to a significant degree, many of the companies Bain took on were high-risk. In 1999, he was asked to take over the scandal-plagued and fiscally mismanaged 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. He quickly streamlined its management, fixed its finances and guaranteed its security, turning it into a success. As governor of Massachusetts, he made tough decisions to lead the state out of a budget deficit, and he did so in a state dominated by Democrats.

    As a career businessman and former governor, Romney brings a wealth of executive experience in the private sector and the public sector that dwarfs that of Obama. From working both sides of the government/private-sector equation, he understands how that relationship can aid or impede prosperity. His election would be an immediate signal to the private sector that someone who knows what he is doing is managing the nation’s economic policy. The effect on business confidence would be dramatic and immediate, and business confidence is the vital ingredient needed to spur investment and hiring, the two things that the United States so desperately needs.

    In 2008, Americans made a leap of faith when they elevated the inexperienced Obama to the White House. That faith was not rewarded. This time, voters should place their hopes for change in experience, by electing Romney.

  2. I do believe it’s up to Ohio. Please God or Goddess, let this nation be whole again. Let us wake up from this nightmare in our cherished White House. Let this country begin a new path that will take us once again to soaring heights of a nation. Let us be proud of America again, let us be proud of the person who represents us. May God Bless America, the Romney campaign and let Ohian’s lead the nation in a new America.

  3. (repost, because I want squish Allred like the bug she is.}

    Haha, read this to see what Allred may be up to. And it was too good for the plagiarist Obama to wait and not use it now. Obama gives away what Alred may be up to. This is such a laugh. Fine another abortion story for the lady parts people.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/10/21/Did-Obama-Give-Gloria-Allred-s-Game-Away

    In a speech on Friday in Virginia, President Barack Obama unveiled a new attack against his rival, accusing him of “Romnesia” (Romney + amnesia) about his past positions. The media treated the word as an innovation.

    But the term has a prior–and specific–history.

    According to the AlterNet article, which was published last Wednesday, “Romnesia” was the term created by Mormon feminists to describe his inability to recall specific details of his advice on abortion to female congregants. (Questions about Romney’s position on abortion, and his role as a church leader, first arose during his campaign for U.S. Senate in 1994.)

    That is Obama’s possible original source–the same story Allred may be mining.

  4. There are so many coal miners in Ohio that I know are not for Obama. The auto workers are hanging for the so called bailout without realizing what it’s done, yes they have a job now but next year they probably won’t have, then what will Obummer do to help them?

    Romney and the party must pour in resources like never before. It sounds like they are doing a fantastic job, even PA now is a possibility.

    If bummer looks like he’s loosing he’ll run tail so watch closely

  5. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/331046/ohio-closer-you-think-josh-jordan

    Ohio Is Closer than You Think

    Just a few weeks ago, Ohio was a state that was considered almost every media outlet to be a solid lock for Obama. There’s no need to rehash the actual headlines, but some even suggested Romney give up on Ohio and look elsewhere for a path to victory. Before the first debate, Romney was down 5.6 in RCP’s Buckeye State average. Today he is down 2.5, cutting his deficit by more than half, presumably in large part due to his strong first-debate performance. Here are a few reasons why it’s even closer than that:

    Democratic turnout advantage from 2008 probably wasn’t as big as you think: Last cycle was a wave election and Barack Obama took Ohio by 4.6 percent, 51.5 to 46.9. The exit polls showed a split of 39 percent Democrats, 31 percent Republicans, and 30 percent independents. If that had been the actual turnout, according to exit polls’ measurement of how members of each party said they voted, Obama would have won 52.8 to 45.6, for a 7.2 percent margin victory, substantially bigger than the margin by which he actually won. This means that the exit polls were off a little, which is unsurprising since they are, after all, just polls.

    But we have actual vote totals to compare these polls to. If you use the exit-poll numbers for reported voting by party and then look at what kind of a turnout by party you’d need to get to the actual state vote tally, you come out with this breakdown: 37.5 percent Democrats, 32.5 percent Republicans, and 30 percent Independents (that gives you a vote of 51.6 percent for Obama and 46.9 percent for McCain — pretty close to actual results). So while the 2008 exit polls show an eight-point Democrat advantage, in reality it was likely closer to five percent. That is a big difference when analyzing current polls.

    Romney is up big with independents: In 2008 Obama beat John McCain by 8 percent among independents in Ohio. Of the seven current RCP polls that give independent numbers, Romney is up by an average of 8.7 percent:

    That’s a 16 percent swing in independents toward Romney from 2008′s numbers. If you assume equal turnout in 2012 as 2008 (using my number from above) but take Obama’s 8 percent edge with independents and give it Romney, that 4.6 percent 2008 margin becomes a tie. At that point, Romney would win if he chips away at the five-percent turnout advantage from 2008.

    The current poll samples have Democratic turnout matching or exceeding 2008 levels: Of the seven current RCP polls in Ohio, the average Democratic advantage in party ID is 5.5 percent. That is, if we assume 2008 advantage was D+5, as explained above, then the average poll in Ohio right now assumes a 2008-level turnout. While anything is possible on November 6, there are not many people on either side thinking Obama can match his 2008 turnout advantage.

    Early voting is not as positive for Obama as it was in 2008: This is the last point, but a huge one. Take this quotation, from CNN today: “Four years ago, Democrats made up about 42 percent of the early and absentee vote while Republicans made up 22 percent. Through Wednesday, however, the margin has narrowed: Democrats account for 36 percent of the early and absentee vote while Republicans make up for 29 percent.” The current polls have been seriously inflated for Democrats because they’re reporting Obama with 30+ percent leads in early voting (which is then automatically counted in “likely voter” samples), which seems to be vastly overestimating the Democratic advantage among these voters. As CNN explains, Romney is making huge gains from 2008.

    Obama won in 2008 largely because of a healthy lead among independents and a highly enthusiastic base’s turning out votes. Right now Romney is leading big with independents, has a more enthusiastic base, and is drawing crowds in Ohio that rival Obama’s. While he is down 2.5 points in the polls, the average poll is assuming 2008 turnout which is unlikely to repeat itself this year. Adding the fact that early voting is trending more Republican than in 2008, there is a lot of reason for optimism that this race is much closer than the current polls suggest. Not bad for a candidate who was declared dead in the state just a few weeks ago.

    Chart at link.

  6. This makes me so disgusted, we had a drone recording the whole attack, and the OTurd did nothing, I am so angry! These poor 4 of our people were killed and no one did a damn thing, just watched! OTurd took his a$$ and went to bed! The attack was for several hours!!

    Will any damn American media even act like a real reporter and even confront the PO$ in the WH about this?!

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/us_watched_as_terror_raged_AypAEEA9OK23rPf7Z5BHWO#ixzz29wz8RDfe

    The United States had an unmanned Predator drone over its consulate in Benghazi during the attack that slaughtered four Americans — which should have led to a quicker military response, it was revealed yesterday.

    “They stood, and they watched, and our people died,” former CIA commander Gary Berntsen told CBS News.

    The network reported that the drone and other reconnaissance aircraft observed the final hours of the hours-long siege on Sept. 11 — obtaining information that should have spurred swift action.

    But as Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three colleagues were killed by terrorists armed with AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, Defense Department officials were too slow to send in the troops, Berntsen said.

    “They made zero adjustments in this. You find a way to make this happen,” he fumed.

    “There isn’t a plan for every single engagement. Sometimes you have to be able to make adjustments.”

    The Pentagon said it moved a team of special operators from Central Europe to Sigonella, Italy — about an hour flight from Libya — but gave no other details.

    Fighter jets and Specter AC-130 gunships — which could have been used to help disperse the bloodthirsty mob — were also stationed at three nearby bases, sources told the network.

    When the attack began, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta “looked at available options, and the ones we exercised had our military forces arrive in less than 24 hours, well ahead of timelines laid out in established policies,” a White House official told the network.

    Even as the administration continues to vow that the perpetrators will be brought to justice, the man identified by witnesses as a ringleader in the attack continues to walk the streets of Libya without fear of arrest.

    Cont…”

    Of course the murdering terrorist can roam those Benghazi streets with no fear, why would he be afraid, OTurd is blaming some damn stupid video for this!

  7. The alleged unilateral talks withnIrannare a giftnforbRomney if he plays it right. Can’t
    come off as wanting war, but must convince more Jews and Chridtian supporters
    of Israel that Obama is throwing Israel under bus.

  8. Transcript to the strong Romney ad in the article:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/10/21/new-romney-ad-find-a-way/

    VOICEOVER: “Most Americans believe we are heading in the wrong direction. Higher deficits, chronic unemployment, a president who admits he can’t work with Congress.

    VIDEO TEXT: “Higher Deficits”

    VIDEO TEXT: “Chronic Unemployment”

    VIDEO TEXT: “Can’t Change Washington”

    PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “[Y]ou can’t change Washington from the inside.”

    PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “And the most important lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t change Washington from the inside.”(President Barack Obama, Remarks At Univision Forum, 9/20/12)

    VIDEO TEXT: “He’s Only Had Four Years”

    VOICEOVER: “But he’s says he’s only had 4 years. That’s all Mitt Romney needed. He turned Massachusetts around, cut unemployment, turned the deficit he inherited into a rainy day fund. All with an 85% Democratic legislature. Some can’t live up to their promises. Others find a way.”

    VIDEO TEXT: “Mitt Romney: Turned Massachusetts Around”

    VIDEO TEXT: “Mitt Romney: Cut Unemployment”

    VIDEO TEXT: “Mitt Romney: Turned Deficit Into Rainy Day Fund”

    VIDEO TEXT: “Mitt Romney: 85% Democratic Legislature”

    MITT ROMNEY: “I’m Mitt Romney and I approved this message.”

  9. Admin, pl. make correction to your first comment. Columbus Dispatch endorsed Romney. They may not like your typo. 🙂

  10. I hope Bill Clinton does not do any more campaigning for Bummer but if he does I hope he gets his digs in like the other day, classic Bill Clinton.

  11. Don’t know how I’m going to get through the next two weeks. I was heavily emotionally invested in Hillary’s run but oddly enough it was because I knew she could be the best President. I’m invested in Romney because I know he HAS to be the best President in order to leave the country a better place. America can not stand another 4 years of Bummer. The EO’s he’d do, the ramrod of our constitution. If he’s elected again, I hope that I die rather quickly cause I just don’t see how I can handle it.

  12. dot48
    October 21st, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    No, please don’t say that. This country has struggled and survived much, and we will continue to survive. Again, please don’t say that, wish you all the best health and continued good health and long life, that is more important in this world than any scum-bucket that temporarily squats our, the American people’s, house!

  13. dot48:

    Did you see this article, these guys have been correct since 1980. Anytime I need to feel optimistic, I just keep re-reading this article:

    http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2012/10/04/updated-election-forecasting-model-still-points-romney-win-university

    “An update to an election forecasting model announced by two University of Colorado professors in August continues to project that Mitt Romney will win the 2012 presidential election.

    According to their updated analysis, Romney is projected to receive 330 of the total 538 Electoral College votes. President Barack Obama is expected to receive 208 votes — down five votes from their initial prediction — and short of the 270 needed to win.

    The new forecast by political science professors Kenneth Bickers of CU-Boulder and Michael Berry of CU Denver is based on more recent economic data than their original Aug. 22 prediction. The model itself did not change.

    “We continue to show that the economic conditions favor Romney even though many polls show the president in the lead,” Bickers said. “Other published models point to the same result, but they looked at the national popular vote, while we stress state-level economic data.”

    While many election forecast models are based on the popular vote, the model developed by Bickers and Berry is based on the Electoral College and is the only one of its type to include more than one state-level measure of economic conditions. They included economic data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

    Their original prediction model was one of 13 published in August in PS: Political Science & Politics, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Political Science Association. The journal has published collections of presidential election models every four years since 1996, but this year the models showed the widest split in outcomes, Berry said. Five predicted an Obama win, five forecast a Romney win, and three rated the 2012 race as a toss-up.

    The Bickers and Berry model includes both state and national unemployment figures as well as changes in real per capita income, among other factors. The new analysis includes unemployment rates from August rather than May, and changes in per capita income from the end of June rather than March. It is the last update they will release before the election.

    Of the 13 battleground states identified in the model, the only one to change in the update was New Mexico — now seen as a narrow victory for Romney. The model foresees Romney carrying New Mexico, North Carolina, Virginia, Iowa, New Hampshire, Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida. Obama is predicted to win Michigan and Nevada.

    In Colorado, which Obama won in 2008, the model predicts that Romney will receive 53.3 percent of the vote to Obama’s 46.7 percent, with only the two major parties considered.

    While national polls continue to show the president in the lead, “the president seems to be reaching a ceiling at or below 50 percent in many of these states,” Bickers said. “Polls typically tighten up in October as people start paying attention and there are fewer undecided voters.”

    The state-by-state economic data used in their model have been available since 1980. When these data were applied retroactively to each election year, the model correctly classifies all presidential election winners, including the two years when independent candidates ran strongly: 1980 and 1992. It also correctly estimates the outcome in 2000, when Al Gore won the popular vote but George W. Bush won the election through the Electoral College.

    In addition to state and national unemployment rates, the authors analyzed changes in personal income from the time of the prior presidential election. Research shows that these two factors affect the major parties differently: Voters hold Democrats more responsible for unemployment rates, while Republicans are held more responsible for fluctuations in personal income.

    Accordingly — and depending largely on which party is in the White House at the time — each factor can either help or hurt the major parties disproportionately.

    In an examination of other factors, the authors found that none of the following had a statistically significant effect on whether a state ultimately went for a particular candidate: The location of a party’s national convention, the home state of the vice president or the partisanship of state governors.

    The authors also provided caveats. Their model had an average error rate of five states and 28 Electoral College votes. Factors they said may affect their prediction include the timeframe of the economic data used in the study and that states very close to a 50-50 split may fall in an unexpected direction due to factors not included in the model.

    “As scholars and pundits well know, each election has unique elements that could lead one or more states to behave in ways in a particular election that the model is unable to correctly predict,” they wrote.”

  14. He got nuthin. Nuthin I tell ya.
    Obama’s whole campaign can be summed up as Big Bird, lady parts and binders. That isn’t much of a reason to vote for him.
    Vote with your Lady smarts. 🙂

  15. I really need to stop calling it “liberal”, I always considered myself a classical liberal, these people hijacked that word. I’m calling them intolerant radical lunatic lefties from now.

    Is the columbus dispatch a lefty paper?

  16. Pm317, thanks. It’s corrected.

    Thanks Foxyladi14 for the FB share – we wondered from whom all the FB hits were coming from.

  17. Admin: two things:

    1. first, I spoke to a Romney volunteer in Mansfield Ohio. She was a supervisor for the phone company and her husband has been laid off for two years. They are struggling to make ends meet. She confirmed to me exactly what your are saying. For her and for many more Ohioans Romney is the man, & the message, the moment.

    2. second, the endorsement by the Columbus Dispatch is significant for this reason: that is where Ohio State University is located. It is reasonable to assume that most of them can read, and when they do so, they read that newspaper. So when they think about their own future perhaps they will remember that the Scarlett Pimpernel, was there last time with his hope and change banter, and their future job prospects are no better now than they were then. Maybe it is time to try another approach. After all, as Einstein once observed, insanity consists of doing the same which did not work before again and again and expecting a different result.

  18. I reread that NYpost article, what must these 4 American’s families think? Their loved ones were murdered all the while a drone just watched, and no order came to help these 4 Americans. I would bet based on how much of an indecisive scumBucket OTurd is, remember the Bin Laden raid, they had to pull him off the golf course!, the order to help the 4 Americans never came from OTurd. He went to bed instead as the firefight continued on, ya know, had to get his beauty sleep for his adoring drones in Las Vegas.

  19. If he’s elected again, I hope that I die rather quickly cause I just don’t see how I can handle it.

    That is silly. I say that with all affection I can express. At some level we are all just a drop in the ocean in the big scheme of things and there is absolutely no need feel that way — to give these elections and the people who win/lose, any more of our attention than calling them 4 years of good and bad nuisance. Whatever the outcome, life goes on, it must go on. You don’t owe your life to anyone but you and you alone. Yeah, if Obama wins and country goes to dogs, make sure you take care of yourself, protect yourself emotionally, block off politics and turn to something else that will give you joy and happiness. It may come across as cold and selfish but that is also how it should be, especially in a democracy where each of us is only one of about 229 million (voting population in 2010). We have already weathered the worst of Obama — the disappointment of Hillary not becoming the first woman president of this country.

  20. pm317
    October 21st, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Yep, and if the country goes to chit, let the Obots cry like the idiots they are, those who know what is at stake will prepare as best as they can, the Obot drones can go cry and whine, they’ve proven themselves to be the idiots that they are.
    Frankly, my sympathy cup is full. I will not listen or care with any ounce of sympathy for these obot fools.

  21. Thanks for posting the endorsement of Romney by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Their editorial staff are the best writers in the country, and the text of their endorsement is in keeping with that observation. It is fine and well to write in a way which is understood. But it is far better to write in a way which cannot be misunderstood. Rare as that is, they know how to do it. Their endorsement of Hillary in the 2008 primary was equally eloquent persuasive and honed in on the truth. This may sound a bit off point and pedantic to a fault, but it really is not. Especially when you see the delusionary stream of consciousness crap the Obama media puts out.

  22. ObamaCare is mainly why I would wish to pass on in some rather quick fashion my dears 🙂 It’s gonna kill us sooner than we think. No I’m not suicidal ya’ll. Don’t worry about that I’m just worried for America.

  23. from the above post:

    “NOTE: What former CIA commander Gary Berntsen is confirming here is the fact high ranking officials within the Obama administration had to know EXACTLY what happened during the Benghazi Massacre because they were watching it via a real-time feed from a drone as the attack took place. Why then did Barack Obama have his own White House spokesmen and several other prominent officials within his administration repeat over and over again those attacks were due to a little known YouTube video? Was Barack Obama playing politics and attempting to deflect blame from his own administration’s incompetence that led to the deaths of those four Americans?

    It certainly appears so.”

    Impeachment, this rises to the level of impeachment for OTurd. Dereliction of duty and impeachment. He did nothing to help our people and then lied about it, over and over again.

  24. Hate to say it, but Cutter looks mentally unhinged and frankly unstable. Probably can’t keep all the lies straight.

  25. Thanks Foxyladi14 for the FB share – we wondered from whom all the FB hits were coming from.

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    Admin this site is so good it has to be shared everywhere 🙂

  26. I wonder what else OTurd and his minion will throw at the wall to see what sticks. Lets see, they’ve tried, felon, murderer, thief, rich, liar, elitist, too moderate, too conservative, not rich enough.

  27. Admin What do you and our posters think about this? 😯
    For several days, reports have circulated that attorney Gloria Allred–who always seems to surface when a Democrat is in trouble–is about to drop an “October surprise” on the Romney campaign.

    Speculation has surrounded a story published last week by the left-wing website AlterNet, purporting to tell the story of women who claimed Mitt Romney advised them in the 1980s, in his capacity as a church leader, against having abortions.

    There is only one problem: the story is not new, and Breitbart News already discussed several aspects of the tale in January 2012, including the false claim that Romney had been insensitive to women in his congregation. One woman he had counseled against having an abortion, and who carried her baby to term, told Vogue in February she was grateful to Romney for his help, though she later decided to leave the Mormon church.

    There is perhaps reason to believe that this is the tactic Allred is preparing to use against Romney–and that she may be doing so in coordination with the Obama campaign.

    In a speech on Friday in Virginia, President Barack Obama unveiled a new attack against his rival, accusing him of “Romnesia” (Romney + amnesia) about his past positions. The media treated the word as an innovation.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/10/21/Did-Obama-Give-Gloria-Allred-s-Game-Away?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

  28. Hmm, so Gloria is back. I honestly don’t see how this will hurt Romney. My wife is pro-choice, I am not, but neither of us can figure out how this will turn people away from Romney, both of us are voting and supporting Romney. I guess OTurd and his minions have a very low opinion of women. “Sweeties” according to the OTurd camp thinks all women just vote “with their lady parts”

    Idiots.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/10/it-looks-like-weve-discovered-gloria-allreds-romney-bashing-october-surprise/

  29. Also, this whole “October Surprise” strategy, it really doesn’t work when its expected. Not really a surprise.

    Now what would be a “October Surprise” is if OTurd resigns effective immediately in October.

  30. Love Drudge’s pic.

    Obummer asking GDmanAmerika Wright to help him get out the “vote”

    He’s really down to the bottom of the barrel, read on another forum that he’s getting an old corpse out

    The internals must look pretty bad for them to need to get that GawdDamn wingnut out to help him

  31. Tim, I linked to a Breitbart article in the last thread where they put two and two together that Obama using “Romneysia” gave away Allred’s big surprise. Because Romneysia was what the Mormon feminists who talk about these abortion stories called Romney. Romney was 36 and it happened in the 80s. If this is Allred’s big surprise, more power to the lady parts people.

  32. is it true bummer is doing a 48 state blitz? I thought he had us with 57 states???? Not sure how some undecideds in those states might see that .. read the paper and say “oh, he’s coming here, he wants my vote” Do I need to just chill out or what LOL

  33. “is the columbus dispatch a liberal paper?”
    ********
    The Dispatch has endorsed one Democrat for President…..Woodrow Wilson, 1916. :>)

  34. Country and the world is going to crap, and OTurd and his minions wants to talk about how Romney just hates women.

  35. In China, Obama is known as the snake.

    But what praytell is in a name.

    In America, Obama is known as failure.

    Domestic faiure and international failure writ large.

    And, manachevetts, he has the track record to prove it.

    This election is no longer about politics.

    It is all about common sense.

  36. “Speculation has surrounded a story published last week by the left-wing website AlterNet, purporting to tell the story of women who claimed Mitt Romney advised them in the 1980s, in his capacity as a church leader, against having abortions.”
    *********
    I don’t see what the issue is. Here is the LDS position on abortion:

    ” In today’s society, abortion has become a common practice, defended by deceptive arguments. Latter-day prophets have denounced abortion, referring to the Lord’s declaration, “Thou shalt not . . . kill, nor do anything like unto it” (D&C 59:6). Their counsel on the matter is clear: Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints must not submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for an abortion. Church members who encourage an abortion in any way may be subject to Church discipline.

    Church leaders have said that some exceptional circumstances may justify an abortion, such as when pregnancy is the result of incest or rape, when the life or health of the mother is judged by competent medical authority to be in serious jeopardy, or when the fetus is known by competent medical authority to have severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth. But even these circumstances do not automatically justify an abortion. Those who face such circumstances should consider abortion only after consulting with their local Church leaders and receiving a confirmation through earnest prayer.”

    The only scandal for Romney would be if he advised a women to have an abortion.

  37. …just for the record, i posted that Moody’s article on the last thread because that is what Floridians in Broward are seeing on the Sun Sentinel (the main newspaper in Broward county) front page TODAY in the news…and because of the fact that O is losing strength in the Florida Democratic strongholds…and he needs those strongholds to have any chance of winning Florida

    …as some here have mentioned the national model they predict: ‘Its latest national model, released Sept. 28, predicts Obama will win 303 electoral votes, 33 more than required to win a second term. A new national forecast is due this week.’…that info is already dated and old…

    …essentially what I was trying to indicate is that in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami…the democratic strongholds in Florida…O is losing steam…and it is not getting better by the day, it is getting weaker…

    …and living here…just like the people commenting above in the article regarding Ohio…you do not see any enthusiasm for O…but there is a lot for Romney…signs, people you talk to on the street, etc…

  38. SHV, I thought I heard a “rumor” during the conventions that R would advise against abortion and for the child to be given up to the church…and also something about one of MR’s sons who was open to abortion during a surrogate pregnancy…?

    either way, it’s getting late in the game for these surprises…it looks more and more like desperation on O’s side, especially with all the other distractions they have been trying…big bird, binders, on and on…O is less Presidential by the day…and looking more like a frat house mentality gone amuck…than a Presidential campaign…

  39. I am watching “The American President” which I totally stumbled upon while channel surfing and he just said “Attack” and attack Libya. what! He also had to cut short his date with Sydney to “attack Libya”, Really!

  40. THIS NEEDS TO GO VIRAL. SPREAD IT TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW. There is a link at the bottom and there is a video there you can watch. It from FOX news.

    OBAMA ADMIN LEAKING CIA DOCUMENTS TO GIVE OBAMA COVER IN FOREIGN POLICY DEBATE ON BENGHAZI

    This White House is unbelievable. According to Fox News reporter Catherine Herridge, she’s been informed by House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rodgers that there is “a concerted campaign by people within the administration with specific leaks to the media to try and bolster the statements of people like Ambassador Susan Rice.” Herridge goes on to say that it’s a very one-sided leaking, that they aren’t going to leak documents that undercut this idea that it was a protest.

    In other words the Obama administration is leaking documents to give Obama cover in the foreign policy debate on Monday. It’s that simple. They know Romney is going to attack the president for misinforming Americans about what went on and they want to make it appear that Susan Rice’s story was legitimate so the president can be ‘offended’ again like he was at the last debate at the suggestion he misled the American people.

    Even now, the Washington Post has already released an article entitled “CIA documents supported Susan Rice’s description of Benghazi attacks” and it begins by saying that Romney “misfired” in suggesting that Rice’s “Sunday Show” version of events wasn’t backed up by CIA intelligence.

    http://www.therightscoop.com/obama-admin-leaking-cia-documents-to-give-obama-cover-in-foreign-policy-debate-on-benghazi/

  41. admin
    October 21st, 2012 at 3:31 pm
    ……………………………

    thanks for the info. i was really concerned about early bot voting in OH. this sheds some light. perhaps i can be a bit more optimistic regarding OH?

  42. The head of the House Intelligence Committee (a Republican) provided this information to Catherine Herridge, Fox News, and says it is a “concerted campaign by people within the Administration with specific leaks to the media.”

  43. I disagree with those who say that Obama has no agenda for the next four years.

    Just remember what he told Vlad Putin through Medved i.e.

    “I will have more FLEXIBILITY after the election.”

    Forgive me, but those are not the words of a man with no second term agenda.

    On the contrary, they are the words of a man who has a very definite agenda.

    A hidden agenda.

    An agenda which is inimical to the interests of the American People.

    That if he were to reveal it to the American People prior to the election

    Then he would not have the ghost of a chance of being re-elected.

    I can think of no better reason to vote Obama out of office.

    We cannot trust him.

  44. He does not have an agenda he can openly discuss with the citizens of this country, an agenda that would get them out of this economic mess and other messes.

  45. Dot – it’s a 48 hour blitz, not a 48 state blitz – with O personally calling “undecideds”

    I can’t remember, but it’s 4-5 states or something.

  46. Norma, yeah, he has nothing better to do.. If he calls me, that is what I will ask him? Don’t you have anything better to do? Isn’t your time spent on something more valuable than begging for my vote?

  47. Un-believable! Our people, our monies, our treasure, our country’s sacrifice and who comes in to get Afghan’s oil?? CHINA!

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-10-21/historic-first-china-begins-oil-extraction-afghanistan

    “Cont…
    As Reuters reports, in a historic development, and in a key staking of regional energy claims, a Chinese oil firm, China National Petroleum Corp, has just started oil production in the country which still has thousands of US troops on the ground.
    Cont…”

  48. Tomorrow night is big. Obama’s strong points are going to be Bin Laden, ending
    Iraq war and Afghanistan winding down. Mitt has to show how O’s weakness has led to
    more uncertainty and danger in the world. Also how thevArab spring iscplsyingbout and the slaughter in Libya. Israel/Iran as well. Obamaciscgoing to point to largest us/Israeli
    Military exercise starting tomorrow. Romney needs to show Obama’s total disdain for Israel .

  49. Raw video of Romney today of flag football between his staff and press corps. Love the simplicity of his competitiveness even for a simple game of flag football, I know if/when he’s elected he will make sure America and our people and our companies stays competitiveness against other countries in the same way.

  50. I know this site is pro-women but as a woman and a former volunteer for the 2008 HRC campaign and then a volunteer for democrats for McCain-Palin I have to stste my oppinion that women in the democrat party are allowing themselves to be dooped. I mean really, all this talk of abortin and birth control being a womans health issue. When will we ever hear the left refer to vasectomy as a men’s health issue? Never! Why is birth control always the responcibility of the women. Couldn’t women be saved from the harmful side effects of birth control pills if thier supper cool leftist man-boys would just wrap it up. Seems that they would be avoiding the posibility of catching an STD and an un-wanted pregnancy at the same time if they could only get their men to take some responsibility. The reality of the matter is that leftist dudes just want to have unprotected sex with women without any posibility of having to take responcibility for a child or for taking their own measures to avoid having a child.
    As for Obama’s Nazi like love affair with the Muslim Brotherhood women should be running form the “new democrat party.” I realized in 2008 that I had been brainwashed with leftist ideology all my life. If you know any woman who emmigrated to this country from a real socialist country just ask them what its like for women there.
    Wake up women. Obama and hi “Confidence Men” hate women.

  51. Not only do I hope to God above that Romney wins, but there is a big part of me that can’t wait after he wins to see the millions of Obot faces the next day.
    CA will never be a win for Romney, but damn, the R’s and Hillary’s PUMAs will be happy as heck and will be dancing in the streets.

    I can’t even think of Barry winning…not a thought in that direction.

  52. tim
    October 21st, 2012 at 9:38 pm
    Raw video of Romney today of flag football between his staff and press corps. Love the simplicity of his competitiveness even for a simple game of flag football, I know if/when he’s elected he will make sure America and our people and our companies stays competitiveness against other countries in the same way.

    Thanks for posting. Do my eyes deceive me or were the two captains at the coin toss both women?

    I bet if Romney were to play golf or pick up basketball women would be playing as well.

  53. Admin i know a lot of dems who sent in absentee ballots. They are voting for Romney. How are they counting those ballots

  54. Neetabug, this pdf document details absentee ballot procedures in the individual states:

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CCEQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nass.org%2Findex.php%3Foption%3Dcom_docman%26task%3Ddoc_download%26gid%3D461&ei=lb2EUM3hH-rq0gHaqYCoCw&usg=AFQjCNGAuSml7_1U8Rrl3Z4DT69kSgfwFw&sig2=bKv33tqJvYCGEU9XHVfb6A

    The assumption from absentee ballot counters is that Ds vote for Ds and Rs vote for Rs – that’s how the estimate work but obviously these are faulty assumptions. Campaign sometimes know a bit more about who is voting for whom from information (such as Ds voting for Rs) they garner via canvassing and phone calls.

    In Ohio:

    http://www.thecincinnatiherald.com/news/2012-09-22/News/The_latest_facts_on_absentee_ballots_early_voting_.html

    The bulk of absentee ballots are counted on election night. However, some ballots mailed by civilian and military personnel overseas have 10 days to arrive at the Board office following the election. Those ballots also go into the official count that is done within 10 days following the election. [snip]

    Election night results reported are the unofficial count; the Board is required to add any additional absentee or provisional ballots in the official count. Official counts in Ohio must take place within 20 days from the election or, this year, by Nov. 27.

  55. Juliette, this is from Molly Ball at Yahoo News:

    http://news.yahoo.com/revenge-soccer-moms-why-women-abandoning-obama-103320965–politics.html;_ylt=AoJTtUdYrXIHaYeHpa5qoAP9r.l_;_ylu=X3oDMTVxNmZkb2VkBGNjb2RlA2dtcHRvcDEwMDBwb29sd2lraXVwcmVzdARtaXQDQXJ0aWNsZSBNaXhlZCBMaXN0IE5ld3MgZm9yIFlvdSB3aXRoIE1vcmUgTG

    Revenge of the Soccer Moms: Why Are Women Abandoning Obama?

    CHANTILLY, Virginia — Remember the War on Women?

    A few months ago, it seemed like the battle for women’s votes was one Democrats had decisively won. While (male) Republican politicians talked about transvaginal ultrasounds, legitimate rape and the like, Democrats laughed all the way to the bank. President Obama’s steady double-digit leads with women in poll after poll were a major reason he stayed ahead of Mitt Romney for months on end.

    Then suddenly, a couple of weeks ago, Obama’s edge with women began to melt away. More than any other group, women have accounted for Romney’s surge in the polls, which has now given him a slim lead in the national popular vote and in some calculations of the electoral college. Women, it appeared, were not as firmly ensconced in Obama’s camp as they had seemed. Indeed, they were abandoning the president en masse.

    The evidence that Obama finds himself bleeding women’s votes can be seen in how aggressively his campaign has sought to steer the conversation back to women’s issues. Campaigning a few miles from here on Friday, Obama stood at a podium flanked by “Women’s Health Security” banners; he was introduced by Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, and spoke against a backdrop of risers filled exclusively with women, holding turquoise “FORWARD.” signs.

    Meanwhile, the evidence that Romney is desperate to hold on to these voters can be seen in how quickly and defensively he has moved to respond. In a new Romney ad this week, a woman googles the claims Obama has made about Romney’s abortion stance, only to find out they’re not true. [snip]

    The recent fluidity of the women’s vote, and the renewed struggle it has sparked, raises a question: Why, at this late hour of the campaign, when the vast majority of voters have made up their minds, are so many women still apparently open to changing their minds? Why was their onetime loyalty to Obama so weak? Will the president’s forceful new emphasis on women’s issues, particularly reproductive issues, bring them back — or are they gone for good?

    A Settled Issue [snip]

    Unlike their more conservative cohorts, these women agreed that abortion is not any of the federal government’s business. But they also didn’t believe abortion rights were on the line in the coming election. “It has never changed,” Zebib said. “We’ve had pro-life presidents many times, and it didn’t change. It’s a bumper sticker. They try to divert our attention.”

    Eileen touched her friend’s arm. “Most women I know, whether they’re for Obama or Romney, they feel the same thing,” she said. “It’s a distraction. That whole Gloria Steinem thing is old.”

    Given the makeup of the Supreme Court and the likelihood that liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be the next to retire, it’s possible, even probable, that a Romney presidency would lead to a new court majority hostile to Roe. But with abortion legal for nearly 40 years, these women can’t imagine it being any other way. [snip]

    This was a common refrain among the women I interviewed, a perspective that had them feeling pulled in different directions. The economy had soured their view of Obama, and while they agreed with him on women’s rights, they didn’t like to see themselves as single-issue voters.

    Romney’s “binders full of women” line, an awkward phrasing that inspired reams of mockery on the Internet, wasn’t changing any minds among the women I spoke to. Democratic partisans saw it as more evidence Romney was out of touch; Republican partisans saw it as of a piece with his business background. “Anyone who’s ever been a professional, ever, knows that’s how you get resumes: in a binder,”43-year-old Republican stay-at-home mother Michele Moss said, rolling her eyes. Only someone who’d never been in the business world — like Obama — would fail to understand that.

    The “binders” line didn’t register at all among the undecided women. [snip]

    Neither does Obama’s trumpeting of his work to ensure equal pay necessarily resonate. A couple of months ago, someone called Dee Ralls, a 49-year-old parole and probation worker for the state, at her house to ask about her vote. She said she wasn’t planning to vote for Obama, and the next thing she knew, there was a canvasser at her door, giving a big speech about equal pay for women.

    “I said, ‘I never had that problem,'” said Ralls, a heavily made-up blonde in a white peasant blouse and peace-sign earrings. “If anything, the reason I was discriminated against was because I was white.”

    Before her second husband died of a heart attack, for which Ralls received a malpractice settlement, she got pregnant for the fourth time. With three young kids, the timing wasn’t right. She got an abortion, but at the clinic, she was shocked and irritated by all the “slutty people” she saw, who didn’t seem to be taking the procedure seriously. [snip]

    I asked Prishack where she stands on reproductive rights these days. “That’s one of the reasons I became less conservative, honestly,” she said. “I couldn’t imagine someone telling me I don’t have the right to make that decision. There are so many factors. You can’t have a blanket policy.”

    Despite the way her politics have changed over the years, Prishack was still far from committing to Obama, and figured she’d have to do more research in the final weeks before the election.

    In swing states across the country, from Virginia to Colorado, the outcome of the election likely hinges on the choice voters like her make.

    The entire article is worth a read.

  56. admin

    Thanks for posting that article. It was an interesting read. Nw that I have met more conservatives after relizing that they are not those evil horned people the leftist brain washed me to believe they were, I find them to be infinitly more respective of women, and although some may be guilty of old fashioned sezism based in the innocent belief that women should be protected by men the lefts outragious misogyny and how they have made misogyny sa acceptable in our popular culture realy disturbs me. I have been trying to exorcise e demons of Bill Maher from my leftist Obama supporting friends for some time. How can a man who is a bat shit crazy misogynist be an intellectual giant to the left? Misoggyny dominates are popular culture today and that I can blame squarely on leftists. It is more than acceptable to call an innocent woman a whore even if she is the farthest thing from that. ABC finds it okay to air a sit-com call Good Christian Bitches and The Don’t trust the B in apartment (what ever). This is characteristic of the cowardly left. They would never use the N word in a TV show because they don’t want to get their ass kicked but they will slander and insult good decent women especially if they are Christian because they think it is cool to be a coward.

  57. Have you guys heard anything about this, and know whether it’s credible? Jawa Report had this link to this article at Wealsel Zippers, claiming that Obama had sent a message to Iran through a Swiss envoy acknowledging that America recognizes Iran’s nuclear rights – also denying that he wanted to impose sanctions, but had no choice because congress wanted it.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2012/10/21/iran-says-obama-sent-secret-message-through-swiss-envoy-recognizing-their-nuclear-rights/

  58. wbboei
October 20th, 2012 at 8:07 pm
“Inequality and the world economy – TRUE PROGRESSIVISM”

    An insightful article that includes the sentence…

    “Social mobility in America, contrary to conventional wisdom, is lower than in most European countries.”

    This was a point I relayed from Webster Tarpley last year, to which one blogger responded that “nobody cares about social mobility.”

    Social mobility is the very thing we call “The American Dream” – the “rags to riches” story. Is it true that we don’t care about it anymore?

    In today’s article, we have: “Some fear their generation is in danger of failing to match or better their parents’ now-dinged lifestyles“ which seems to indicate that some people are getting worried about the American Dream.

    But now, because European countries (except the UK) have bested us in this essential field, suddenly we don’t care about the American Dream any more. This is no doubt because, when stated in terms of “social mobility” it contains the word “social” so it must be “socialist”, thus out the window with it and everything else European.

    In fact “social mobility” is indeed socialist. It means the possibility for a young person brought up in a modest family to become an engineer, a doctor, lawyer, teacher, salesman or politician and find him/herself better off than his parents, and perhaps even find a high place in society.

    The socialist formula for achieving this in today’s mature economies is by (i) stressing quality education free of charge and thus available to everyone; (ii) providing “social services” at low cost, including full medical coverage from conception to grave, research, public transit, urban planning; (iii) keeping corporate noses clean by enforcing anti-corruption laws, enforcing free and fair competition; (iv) moving toward a society of law; (v) limiting inequalities, even if it means very much stiffer income taxes for the very wealthy.

    Your article begins its proposals with, “The priority should be a Rooseveltian attack on monopolies and vested interests…”, which is indeed part of aspect (iii) above. The last time we really leaned into trusts and robber barons was under Teddy Roosevelt. Now, throughout Europe, there are Competition Authorities in every country to ferret out cartels with whistleblower protection, and three out of every four companies attacked are American-based “multi-nationals” who pay heavy damages and fines and leave Europe in a huff. On the face of it, then, this harms the European economies and is one reason why they are so sluggish. But we have to keep our eyes on the long run.

    The article goes awry, though, when it says, “Getting rid of distortions such as labour laws in Europe… would also make a huge difference” because Europe’s labor laws are not a distortion. They provide the necessary guide to the basic human-to-human relation of employment, a fundamental component of civil society, and they have driven the labor unions out of business and brought management together with the worker for the purpose of making a living together. The cigar-smoking capitalist battling with striking proletarians in a “right-to-work” versus “big labor” context is a thing of the past.

    The suggestion to “narrow the gap between tax rates on wages and capital income” is kind of dumb. First of all, I see two kinds of “capital income” – (i) income from asset creation, which should be taxed at a very low rate or not at all; and (ii) income from speculative trading in securities such as derivatives, but also shares on the stock market, which could be taxed out of existence for all the good it does (or rather does not) do for the economy. At the very least, income from speculation should simply be included in one’s income tax, and the income tax itself should be raised back to the level that it was before Reagan – that is, something like the level of Hollande’s 75% for the highest bracket – with, however, a deduction for asset creation.

    The article comes back to reality when it says, “In the rich world Scandinavia is the most inventive region.” Again, Sweden is quite rich and is often touted as the most socialistic country in the world, yet the author finishes by saying, “…the left’s only answer is higher tax rates on wealth-creators” as if we are supposed to know who these wealth-creators are by some economic indicator.

  59. neetabug
    October 21st, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I’m mailing off my absentee ballot tomorrow here in CA, and this registered Democrat is voting for Romney.

  60. Bits Blog reporting that Obama campaign has accepted more than 2 million dollars in campaign donations from sources in which either no zip code was provided, or was incomplete. The Obama folks are up to the same tricks they were in 2008. Nothing was done about it then, in spite of petitions to the FEC to investigate. Nothing will be done this time around, either. Free passes all around for Obama and his thug nation.

    In this same article, a London man stated that he had successfully made two $5.00 donations to Obama online, entering a London address, Arkansas as the state of residence, with a zip code from NY state. He tried to make donations to the Romney campaign in the same manner, and each time, his entry was kicked out as unacceptable.

    http://bitsblog.theconservativereader.com/2012/10/obama-campaign-accepted-foreign-web-donation-and-may-be-hiding-more/

  61. jeswezey
    October 22nd, 2012 at 1:28 am

    The suggestion to “narrow the gap between tax rates on wages and capital income” is kind of dumb. First of all, I see two kinds of “capital income” – (i) income from asset creation, which should be taxed at a very low rate or not at all; and (ii) income from speculative trading in securities such as derivatives
    —————————-
    Agreed.

    That essay also points out that predatory capitalism can produce severe inequality withing a society, and for obvious reasons, that benefits no one. Romney has some constuctive ideas on how to address that without killing job growth, i.e. means testing medicaid (already there is a 5 year lookback), saving social security, and eliminating loopholes. The monies he would save in the process would be poured into education for the young, to created a labor force that could compete in a global economy. It bothers me to hear, as I did from a former undersecretary of Commerce under Clinton that the brain trust is moving from here to Asia. If it were my call, I would keep the brains here, and send them to Harvard graduates (other than a few friends of mine who went there but did not succumb to the elitism which that institution is famous for.)

    Frederick Law Olmstead is one of my heroes. He is well known as the great American landscape artist of the 19th century. Central Park in New York City, the Yosemite Falls in California, which he designed himself, and the great park system in Seattle which was designed by his sons. His goal was to build a retreat to nature in the midst of the bustling metropolises where people of all ages, races and social classes could go after work for one hour each day to secure their health happniess and well being. In that sense, he was a true democrat. He was also an abolitionist, and he said something which we must be mindful of in thinking about the future. Wherever there is an aristocracy, there will also be slavery, in one form or another.

  62. Ill fares the land
    To hastening ills aprey
    Where wealth accumulates
    And men decay–Goldsmith
    ——————
    This was the mantra of the Bull Moose Party of Teddy Rooselvelt and the first progressive movement in this county. These useful idiots who run around worshipping Obama and destroying our constititutions are not in any way shape or form progressives. They are brownshirts. The next progressive movement is trapped between two worlds on dead the other powerless to be born so long as we have Obama.

  63. Shadowfax
    October 21st, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    “CA will never be a win for Romney…”

    Schwarzenegger was Republican without qualifications for the post. I think Californians are capable of voting Republican, not being obstinately Dem. May be wrong, of course, but wouldn’t it be possible that people would vote R for President and D down ticket, the way I did in true blue NJ?

  64. http://freedomslighthouse.net/2012/10/21/gallup-polls-frank-newport-stands-by-findings-despite-obama-campaigns-criticism-says-romney-made-strong-gains-in-past-week-among-likely-voters-video-102112/

    from the link:
    “video of Gallup’s Frank Newport talking to Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” today. Newport discussed their polling that shows Mitt Romney leading Barack Obama by a six-point (7-point lead today). Newport said Romney really moved up over the past week, and they show Romney leading in the Battleground States by 4-points. Newport did not back down an inch in the face of the Obama Campaign’s criticism of their findings.”

  65. ” These useful idiots who run around worshipping Obama and destroying our constititutions are not in any way shape or form progressives. ”

    Well, wbboei, the word itself means something different now. These lunatics are not “liberals”, the way classical liberals used to mean before the word was hijacked by the left, the way Europe still defines “liberalism”. In fact, yes I would call the left “progressives”, because the radical lunatics are trying to progress past the US Constitution. Conservatism as it means now, in my view at least, is trying to conserve the principles of what the Constitution stands for, indiv liberty, smaller govt, more free market, more personal responsibility, etc.

    I just called them lunatic radical lefties, they aren’t liberals, intolerant progressives is probably the most accurate term.

  66. CDNC’s John HardWood, “chief political reporter” for CDNC, trying ever so hard not trying to act like an Obot. Only mentions good things of OTurd, subtly bashes Romney.

  67. “Where is the ACLU?”

    Busy campaigning for Mr. OTurd. bah! Constitutional rights and limitations?? That only matters when a repub is in power, dem in power? its all good, nothing to see, move along.

  68. Chavez, Castro, Putin endorse Obama…
    ————————————
    Three dictators who have a vested interest in the decline of the United States.

    Make that four.

    Still, the BOTS in this country cannot see the forest for the trees/

    Ran into one of them yesterday.

    Starts off by telling me he is a moderate.

    Claimed to deplore the extremes of bot parties.

    Then he proceeded to tell me he supports Obama.

    I told him then you two things are possible.

    Either you are not really a moderate . .

    Or you do not know what Obama really is

    He told me Obama inherited a mess

    And he saved the country from a depression.

    How did he do that.

    Well, he just did.

    I see.

    And he has given us the worst recovery since the depression.

    Oh, that was not his fault. That was the Republicans.

    Really, even when his party controlled both chambers of commerce and had a veto proof majority?

    Absolutely.

    I see.

    Futhermore, nobody could have done better.

    Well, Hillary could have done better, because unlike Obama, Hillary knew what she was doing.

    I like Hillary but I did not vote for her in the primary.

    Oh? I never would have guessed.

    There was just something about her that people didn’t like.

    You mean something you didn’t like–what was it?

    Oh no. I like Hillary, like I said.

    But like you also said you didn’t like her–why.

    I can’t say.

    Well then let me help you.

    You loved Obama, and you still love him, right.

    Well yeah, of course.

    Can you tell me why you like Obama?

    Yes, he believes in my values. And he is charismatic.

    Would you vote for Paris Hilton?

    No.

    Why not? She is charismatic?

    What values do you see in Obama?

    He is for the working man.

    How long has it been since you worked.

    I had a steady job until three years ago. But now I take work where I can find it.

    So roughly since Obama took office, you have not had a permanent job.

    Right!

    And you see no correllation between Obama’s policies, and your own lack of steady employment.

    No. That is Bush’s fault.

    Even though he had been gone for four years?

    Of course. Obama inherited a mess.

    Yea. I get that part.

    Would Hillary have done better?

    You bet your sweet bippy Hillary would have done better.

    And who knows, you might even have a steady job, if she were president.

    Nobody could have done better than Obama.

    I see. And you know this how?

    Because Bush left a mess.

    Yes, and now Romney will clean it up, along with Obama’s mess.

    Romney is no expert in foreign policy.

    Well, neither was Obama when he took office.

    And today, judging from his performance he is still no expert–more like a disaster.

    I don’t think so.

    Well then watch the debate Monday night, and you will learn something.

    I intend to.

    And read the article published yesterday by an Obama insider detailing the chaos in his foreign policy team.

    How do you think Hillary is doing as SOS? (Note: when they learn you were a Hillary supporter, the BOT will always try to snag you with that question)

    Not as well as I hoped.

    But in the position she is in, reporting to him, implementing a fatally flawed foreign policy, she has limited options.

    Well, I am sorry but I need to go. You certainly are an intelligence young man.

    I make it my business to stay informed.

    You certainly do. You have all the Obama talking points down cold.

  69. This is disconcerting!

    ***************
    presidential race for Barack Obama weeks ahead of election
    8:20 PM 10/21/2012

    Matthew Boyle
    Investigative Reporter

    The 2012 presidential election is still more than two weeks away, but on Friday a CBS News affiliate in Arizona called the race for President Barack Obama.

    For 17 seconds, Phoenix, Arizona CBS News affiliate KPHO ran a lower third graphic that showed that Obama had won the Nov. 6 election over Gov. Mitt Romney with 99% of the precincts reporting. The lower third graphic appeared around 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 19, during an episode of “The People’s Court.”

    The CBS News graphic showed Obama winning the election with 43 percent of the vote nationwide to Romney’s 40 percent -– or 40,237,966 votes to 38,116,216. It is unclear who garnered the other 17 percent in the fictional election results.

    KPHO’s general manager did not return The Daily Caller’s request for comment by time of publication.

    Follow Matthew on Twitter

  70. October 22, 2012
    The Chicago Way travels to Florida
    Ethel C. Fenig
    Abandoning his duties as mayor of Chicago, carpetbagging Rahm Emanuel (D) zipped off to Florida for an extended weekend to do his real job–campaign for his BFF, his former boss and fellow Chicago resident, President Barack Obama (D).
    Leaving behind the multiple problems he inherited from Chicago’s former mayor, Richard M. Daley (also D!), such as high taxes but a budget deficit, increasing unemployment as businesses flee, and the highest murder rate in the country despite (or because of) total gun control, Emanuel brought the Obama Democratic hopey-changey message to Florida.
    “We’re here to give you guys support,” Emanuel said. “(We) want to make sure we bring this home. There are big things at stake. We gotta go out there and tell everybody, there are big things at stake.” In Florida, with its 29 electoral votes, surveys suggest the presidential race is neck and neck. Obama’s campaign is trying to recapture the energy that turned the state blue in 2008. “The energy is still there but it is not as high and you wouldn’t expect it to be,” said Obama campaign worker Blanche Turner. The mayor will remain in Florida until Monday, when President Obama arrives in Boca Raton on the state’s eastern coast for the foreign policy debate. Emanuel says Obama’s record is an advantage. “Said he was going to get us out of Iraq, he did it. Said we were going to focus on Al Qaeda, not only did that but brought justice to Osama Bin Laden,” Emanuel said.
    But…but… Obama also promised four years ago to bring down unemployment, to create jobs. Didn’t do it but did increase government dependency as use of food stamps and other government programs has soared that brought (the Democratic version of) justice to Americans.
    So, what kind of support do “the guys” need? The Chicago Way support because most polls indicate that Florida’s rich bounty of 29 electoral college votes is up for grabs. And a usually reliable source of Democratic votes are from union members.
    Union officials, with their upper echelon 1% salaries, usually back the Democrats although their rank and file aren’t always as enthusiastic. But to nudge them properly along, earlier in the week the Florida AFL-CIO posted, as captured by tthe Weekly Standard’s screen shot, the following on their web site advocating early voting. Yep, The Chicago Way has traveled to Florida.
    There is a mantra that we –at the Florida AFL-CIO– like to live by, “Vote Early, Vote Often”. (italics added) On October 27th, we get to put it into practice, when the United Association of Plumbers and Allied Trades (UA) will host Early Voting Rallies across Florida. These rallies will not only be a chance to get you fired up, but it will also be an opportunity to get you to the polls before November 6th. The UA will have buses and shuttles ready at each location to take you to an early voting location and help move our country forward by participating in the democratic process. Bring your friends, coworkers, neighbors…or really anyone that you can think of that wants to make sure to get to the polls and beat the crowds on Election Day. It is up to all of us to secure Florida’s future. The UA is stepping up, and now it is up to us to fill the buses and get the votes we need to win. They will be providing refreshments and food; so they want to make sure they have enough to provide for everyone. Click here to RSVP for a Early Vote Rally and Ride event near you!
    Whoops! Caught in the act, the union quickly changed their message to dutifully read, “There is a mantra that I like to live by, “Vote Early, and ONCE in every election.”
    Ha! We know better; we know the truthful and the original message of the desperate unions’ tactics, the desperate Democrats’ tactics; tactics, along with others, that Emanuel well knows–and is willing to use.
    But will Florida’s residents buy Emanuel’s message? Many of them fled Chicago and other Democratic urban areas, not just because of the weather but because of the problems–high taxes, high cost of living and crime–Democratic governance seems to bring.
    Here is another form of support for those of you in Florida and other key swing states–watch your back, watch your voting booth, watch the ones who count the votes. As Emanuel said, “We gotta go out there and tell everybody, there are big things at stake.” You’ve been…alerted.

  71. This is disconcerting!

    ***************
    presidential race for Barack Obama weeks ahead of election
    8:20 PM 10/21/2012

    Matthew Boyle
    Investigative Reporter

    The 2012 presidential election is still more than two weeks away, but on Friday a CBS News affiliate in Arizona called the race for President Barack Obama.

    For 17 seconds, Phoenix, Arizona CBS News affiliate KPHO ran a lower third graphic that showed that Obama had won the Nov. 6 election over Gov. Mitt Romney with 99% of the precincts reporting. The lower third graphic appeared around 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 19, during an episode of “The People’s Court.”

    The CBS News graphic showed Obama winning the election with 43 percent of the vote nationwide to Romney’s 40 percent -– or 40,237,966 votes to 38,116,216. It is unclear who garnered the other 17 percent in the fictional election results.

    KPHO’s general manager did not return The Daily Caller’s request for comment by time of publication.

    Follow Matthew on Twitter
    —————————-

    Disconcerting indeed.

    Subliminal imagining.

    A Dewey Defeats Truman moment weeks in advance.

    Shades of the Orsen Wells broadcast about the martian invasion–which caused widespread panic.

    They should turn in their FCC license.

  72. The Romney campaign sees this debate – to be moderated by Bob Schieffer on Monday night in Boca Raton, Fla. — as the last chance to move the needle in any significant way in the swing states that will decide the election. Aides head into it more confident about winning the race than they did before the first presidential debate, but believing Obama is slightly better positioned in the states that will dictate the outcome. The hope inside the campaign is that Romney will emerge in no worse position, advisers said.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/82692.html#ixzz2A2Jzgwjr
    ————————-
    If Gallup and Rassumssen are right, then Romney does not need to move the needle, and this nonsense from Politico is a goddamned lie.

  73. As a matter of fact, the conclusion is even at odds with the other article posted in their publication on the same day, saying Romney is winning. That article is posted above by jt james.

  74. @lenora, I’m glad you raised the issue of the person who made the video. When I saw on the news that he had been arrested, I believe they said for “Parole violation” I saw it as the Obama government’s natural response to “too much free speech”, as I believed one radical Muslim termed it. Of course, Obama’s limp-ass response to those who would criticize our right to free speech was another indication of how we already knew he really felt about America and the constitution of this country. It goes without saying that most of us are sickened when our fellow citizens use their right of free speech to spew hatred and disrespect, and condemn such actions. We will, however, support the rights of Americans to exercise the freedoms granted in our constitution. Additionally, I’m pretty offended when I see people of other countries, as often happens in the Muslim countries, describing us in the vilest of terms and vowing not to stop until we are all dead.

    Great question, Lenora. Where’s the ACLU? I have wondered the same damn thing for years. I didn’t seem them in 2008, attempting the ensure the rights of older white voters to enter their polling places to vote without intimidation by the New Black Panther Party. I didn’t seem them criticize the loss of access to medical care for women and reproductive rights when Obamacare was passed. I haven’t seen them launch a campaign to ensure that fair and equal wages for women.

    In 2008, I stopped donating to ACLU, Move-on, and a number of other so-called liberal groups, which seemed to have more concern about protecting the rights of those who hate this country, than about protecting the right of citizens with whom their ideology does not mesh. Regarding their efforts for and on behalf of women, I’ve never seen ACLU make any real difference – or even try to do so.

  75. I dont understand Rasmussens swing poll, looking at the details, it has today

    Romney 49% Obama 46%

    Yet says this Romney now leads 50% to 37% among unaffiliated voters in the combined swing states.

    You don’t lead by 13 in indies and have a small lead unless you are in a poll with a heavy dem bias.

  76. (10/22/2012)”Obama campaign denies Willie Brown’s claim of Obama-Wright outreach conference call”(The Daily Caller)
    http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/22/obama-campaign-denies-willie-browns-claim-of-obama-wright-outreach-conference-call/#ixzz2A2F6wWQo

    Willie Brown, the former mayor of San Francisco, reported Saturday that President Barack Obama held a semi-secret conference call with the racist preacher Jeremiah Wright and other ministers last weekend to boost African-American turnout. But Obama for America campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith denied it flatly to The Daily Caller on Sunday.

    Pressed on whether Wright has “engaged any campaign activity with President Obama over the last two months,” Smith replied, “He has not. The story is totally incorrect.”

    Brown’s claim of a secret outreach effort to a group of black religious figures including Obama’s former pastor came with a parallel claim that anti-black racism will drop Obama’s Election Day results by roughly 4 percentage points below pre-election polls.
    “By my estimate, you have to build in a three- to five-point slip from the poll numbers for any black candidate on Election Day … [so] you need to pump up the black vote by equal measure,” he wrote in his Oct. 20 column.

    Brown didn’t include any details about the unpublicized call to Wright and the other preachers.

    Smith also told BuzzFeed Sunday that the “report is false,” though she didn’t specify exactly what about it was inaccurate.

    However, Obama has to hide his African-American outreach for fear of further antagonizing white voters, Brown claimed.

    “If Obama looks as if he’s going black, he could turn off white people. So he’s largely been lying low on the race issues — visibly pushing for the Latino vote, the gay vote, the women’s vote, but not the black vote,” said Brown.

    “But last weekend, he held a conference call with a collection of black preachers that included his old pastor, Jeremiah Wright. He wanted to talk to them about getting out the vote.”

    Brown didn’t include any details from the conference call.

    The San Francisco Chronicle also downplayed the news by placing a boring headline above Brown’s dramatic article.

    “Obama makes late push for black voters,” read the headline.

    I had been wondering if the “Bradley Effect” could sometimes apply to an incumbent. Mayor Brown would seem to think so.

  77. (10/21/2012)”Gallup chief: Our poll is ‘extremely solid'”(Politico)
    http://www.politico.com/blogs/politico-live/2012/10/gallup-editor-in-chief-methodology-is-extremely-solid-139109.html

    Gallup Editor in Chief Frank Newport said on Sunday the polling company’s methodology is “extremely solid.”

    Their most recent seven-day tracking poll showed Mitt Romney leading Barack Obama 51 percent to 45 percent among likely voters, when many other polls show the race to be dead even.

    Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Newport was asked by host Chris Wallace what he made of the criticism from the Obama campaign that Gallup’s polling was “way out of line.”

    “It’s not unusual, going back to Dr. George Gallup who founded our company…He found heated commentary from either side on polls, and I’ve certainly found it in the six election cycles going back to 1992,” Newport said. “People come at you from either side if they don’t like the results.”

    “Our methodology is extremely solid. We’re very open about how we do it,” he added. “We’re doing great but it’s not unusual for people to bite back at you who don’t your findings.”
    Newport also said that Gallup has never weighted their results by party affiliation.

    “We do not weight by party at all. We never have and we don’t now,” he said. “We think party identification is an attitudinal variable that fluctuates just like who are you going to vote for.”

    I didn’t realize that Gallup didn’t weight for party affiliation. That would explain it.

  78. (10/20/2012)”Thousands call Planned Parenthood for mammograms after Obama’s claim”(EWTN News)
    http://www.ewtnnews.com/catholic-news/US.php?id=6384

    Nearly 2,000 pro-lifers called local Planned Parenthood clinics Oct. 18 to schedule mammograms, after President Obama implied the organization offers the service.

    In response to the implication that the organization provides mammograms, the pro-life groups And Then There Were None and Live Action organized “Call Planned Parenthood to Schedule Your Imaginary Mammogram Day.”

    Bryan said the idea was generated by And Then There Were None, and that Live Action “thought it was a great idea, to get to the bottom of it and expose the truth.”

    Participants called the organization’s national toll-free number to be connected to their local center, and were instructed to “tell Planned Parenthood you would like to schedule a mammogram,” according to Live Action’s website

    A statement released by Planned Parenthood on Oct. 17 said that “like the vast majority of primary care physicians and ob-gyns, Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses refer patients to other facilities for mammograms based on breast exams, age, or family history.”

    The organization does provide clinical breast exams at their facilities.

    “For many women, Planned Parenthood is the only health care provider they will see all year, and thus the only way they will get a referral for a mammogram.”

    According to the statement, women “rely on Planned Parenthood for referrals for and financial help with mammograms and specialized diagnostic follow-up tests (like ultrasounds and biopsies).”

    The claim that Planned Parenthood improves access to mammograms and other health services is often used to maintain taxpayer funding for the group.

    Does PP really a meaningful amount of financial assistance for “mammograms and specialized diagnostic follow-up tests” and even if so, is that the most cost efficient and cost effective way to provide that sort of financial assistance?

  79. Obama has always been and will always be a con-man. He gets donors to finance his campaign, ignorant voters to vote for him, so he can attain power, reward those donors and leave the American People holding the bag. We are starting to get examples where he is soliciting and accepting campaign contributions from foreigners seeking to influence and control our govermnent, which is flat ass illegal.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/10/22/A-Cancer-at-the-Center-of-the-Presidency-Robert-Roche-a-Chinese-Agent-Of-Influence

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/10/21/Team-Obama-Signs-Up-Foreigner-Who-Donated-To-Campaign-For-Volunteer-Events-Without-His-Knowledge

  80. I wanted to share with you this wonderful feeling!

    I JUST VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!!

    USMC Battle Cry “OORAH”

    EARLY VOTING TEXAS!

  81. Heh… here is an email I got from the Obama campaign in Sacramento.. how freakin pathetic is the first line?!!

    SACRAMENTO FOR OBAMA
    LOL, found at ACE…someone got this email!
    **************

    2008 ALUMNI GET TOGETHER

    ***If you no longer live in the Sacramento area and/or are no longer a supporter, please excuse this email. IF YOU ARE STILL A SUPPORTER, please read on:

    “We were one heck of a team during the ’08 elections, it was a very special time where we all made special bonds with many very special people. Some have gotten involved this time around, some have not – with just 2+ weeks left until the election day it is a tight race and the President that we helped elect in 2008 needs as again.”

  82. gonzotx
    October 22nd, 2012 at 12:14 pm
    So I voted and ya all don’t comment on it?
    __________________________________________
    Gonzo…congrats! My 23 yr old daughter (away at school) also sent in her ballot from college for Romney. Keep ’em coming.

  83. This is Bullshit! Pardon my French
    *****

    Breaking on Fox Business News, James Biden, brother of Joey Plugs, gets a 1.5 billion deal to build homes in Iraq. Contract comes from Iraqi government, in other words, us.

    Linky

    http://tinyurl.com/98rvkwm
    Posted by: MrCaniac at October 22, 2012 11:56 AM (Zd/NW)

    But, but, but… Haliburton!!!!!

  84. Guys, don’t worry about those things, all stations and media do graphic checks before to test computer programs. No big deal.

  85. All Romney needs to say tonight is: “The President’s supporters include Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chavez, Vladimir Putin, Fidel Castro, and the Muslim Brotherhood. Any questions?”

  86. OBUMMER’S POOR EXCUSE-MAKERS AT MOTHER JONES

    Sad little Kevin Drum at Mother Jones tries to sell the notion that the day after the Benghazi attack, that Obama SPECIFICALLY called it a terrorist attack. But we know that he did a tap dance, to broadly speak of never giving into terrorists, but regarding the attack, he basically said that “we” should be more “tolerant” (in other words, let’s not distribute films critical of Islam).

    So little Mother Jones’ers are just sad little toadies for Obama. His lies start with the first Q/A.

    Then his response about “the administration” calling it an attack referred just to Hillary’s statement. What about your president???

    Lastly, look how many times he has to resort to vague “not really”…very weasely.

    Here’s the link:

    http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2012/10/cutting-through-fog-benghazi-brief-qa

    The Benghazi Controversy, Explained
    =============================

    The reporting on what we know about the Benghazi attacks on September 11 just gets more and more interesting. Let’s do a quick Q&A:

    Q: Why was President Obama initially unwilling to call it an act of terror?

    A: He wasn’t. The day after the attack, on September 12, he gave a Rose Garden speech in which he said, in reference to the assault, “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation.” At campaign stops that day and the next, he again referred to the Benghazi assault as “an act of terror.” A McClatchy report sums up the evidence: “In the first 48 hours after the deadly Sept. 11 attacks on U.S. diplomatic outposts in Libya, senior Obama administration officials strongly alluded to a terrorist assault and repeatedly declined to link it to an anti-Muslim video that drew protests elsewhere in the region, transcripts of briefings show.”

    Q: A day after the attacks, the CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington that there were eyewitness reports that the attack was carried out by militants. Why didn’t Obama administration officials say so?

    A: They did. Hillary Clinton, for one, referred to it as an attack “by a small and savage group.”

    Q: OK, but that McClatchy report quoted above also says that a few days after the attacks administration officials started putting more emphasis on the “Innocence of Muslims” video. Why? It had nothing to do with the Benghazi attacks.

    A: That’s not what locals said. As David Kirkpatrick reports: “To Libyans who witnessed the assault and know the attackers, there is little doubt what occurred: a well-known group of local Islamist militants struck the United States Mission without any warning or protest, and they did it in retaliation for the video….The fighters said at the time that they were moved to act because of the video, which had first gained attention across the region after a protest in Egypt that day.”

    Q: So the video might have played a role. But why did UN ambassador Susan Rice put the video front and center in her Sunday morning appearances a week after the attacks?

    A: She didn’t, really. On Face the Nation, she said the “best information” at that moment suggested that Benghazi began “as a reaction to what had transpired some hours earlier in Cairo where […] there was a violent protest outside of our embassy sparked by this hateful video.” She then immediately added: “But soon after that spontaneous protest began outside of our consulate in Benghazi, we believe that it looks like extremist elements, individuals, joined in that effort with heavy weapons of the sort that are, unfortunately, readily now available in Libya post-revolution. And that it spun from there into something much, much more violent.”

    Q: Still, why even mention the video? By that point, wasn’t it clear that the real cause of the attacks lay elsewhere?

    A: Not really. We now know that the CIA still believed the video was partly to blame for the violence. David Ignatius reports that a set of “talking points” prepared by the CIA on September 15, the day Rice taped her TV appearances, “support her description of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate as a reaction to Arab anger about an anti-Muslim video prepared in the United States. According to the CIA account, ‘The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the U.S. Consulate and subsequently its annex. There are indications that extremists participated in the violent demonstrations.'”

    Q: Fine. But why did Rice suggest that the attacks came after a “spontaneous” protest at the Benghazi consulate? There was no protest.

    A: True, but Rice didn’t know that at the time because the CIA talking points still referred to “demonstrations” that had been inspired by the protests in Cairo. As David Martin reports: “Over that same weekend, U.S. intelligence began to uncover evidence that there had not been a protest outside the consulate. That new intelligence did not get to Rice before she appeared on the Sunday talk shows, making her the target of Republican accusations the administration was trying to cover up the terrorist attack.”

    Q: But why did anyone think there was anything “spontaneous” about this in the first place? In fact, the assault on the consulate was preplanned by “al-Qaeda elements,” as Libyan President Mohammed Magarief said, wasn’t it?

    A: No. The LA Times reports that Magarief was mistaken: “The assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi last month appears to have been an opportunistic attack rather than a long-planned operation, and intelligence agencies have found no evidence that it was ordered by Al Qaeda, according to U.S. officials and witnesses interviewed in Libya….The attack was ‘carried out following a minimum amount of planning,’ said a U.S. intelligence official….A second U.S. official added, ‘There isn’t any intelligence that the attackers pre-planned their assault days or weeks in advance.’ Most of the evidence so far suggests that ‘the attackers launched their assault opportunistically after they learned about the violence at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo’ earlier that day, the official said.”

    Q: Still, the Obama administration was negligent in refusing a stream of requests from American diplomats in Libya to provide more security, wasn’t it?

    A: That’s possible. However, increased security probably wouldn’t have changed anything. As the New York Times reported a couple of weeks ago, “The requests were denied, but they were largely focused on extending the tours of security guards at the American Embassy in Tripoli — not at the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, 400 miles away.”

    &&&&&&&&&&
    Bottom line: There were conflicting reports on the ground, and that was reflected in conflicting and sometimes confused reports from the White House. I don’t think anyone would pretend that the Obama’s administration’s response to Benghazi was anywhere near ideal. Nevertheless, the fact is that their statements were usually properly cautious; the YouTube video really did play a role; the attack was opportunistic, not preplanned; and it doesn’t appear to have had any serious connection with al-Qaeda. It’s true that it took about ten days for all this to really shake out, but let’s be honest: ten days isn’t all that long to figure out what really happened during a violent and chaotic attack halfway around the world. I get that it’s a nice opportunity for Republicans to score some political points in the runup to an election, but really, there’s not much there there.

  87. admin
    October 22nd, 2012 at 8:04 am
    The five pictures featured on DrudgeReport today of Obama bowing are deadly.
    &&&&&&&&

    The US does not dip its flag at the Olympic Games, but this dude bows to the people who secretly bankroll his campaigns.

  88. wbboei
    October 22nd, 2012 at 10:04 am
    If Gallup and Rassumssen are right, then Romney does not need to move the needle, and this nonsense from Politico is a goddamned lie.
    &&&&&

    I know, I know, MSM once again tells us:

    “Romney has to pull an inside straight”.

    “Despite weeks of bad news for Obama, and polls going South, Nate Silver still gives Obama a 69.73452% chance of winning. Oh, and NOW Nate doesn’t believe Gallup…”

    Screw em all.

  89. The foreign policy debate will not move anything, this is an economy and jobs election and dont let the media tell you otherwise.

  90. gonzotx
    October 22nd, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    So I voted and ya all don’t comment on it?
    _________________________________________

    I voted too… in FLORIDA!!!!

  91. HARDBALLS ACKNOWLEDGING “THE END IS NEAR”

    Even MSNBC now has to consider that Mitt-mentum is real.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/10/22/matthews_todd_and_martin_discuss_election_does_romney_now_have_the_edge.html

    Hardball: Does Romney Now Have the Edge?
    ===============================

    Chris Matthews, Chuck Todd and Jonathan Martin discuss the state of the race on “Hardball.”

    MATTHEWS: This thing seems to be drifting around. I don’t want to bring a lot of numbers in tonight because there’s so many of them, they all conflict with each other. Is there a drift, a turn, is it moving towards Romney clearly ever since that first debate? Is that a safe assessment or is it not?

    TODD: I think it moved clearly in Romney’s direction. I think it is now sort of sitting there. The question is, does he still got a little bit of momentum or did the president stop him?

    MATTHEWS: So that’s the bottom line. A little more momentum left, but he did gain ground?

    TODD: He gained a lot of ground. I think this is basically an even race, a coin-flip race. It’s about whether Mitt Romney can break through in the three Midwestern states. He’s got to unlock those three Midwestern states: Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin. It’s the only way the math works.

    MATTHEWS: So you’re implying that it’s going to be so close in the popular vote, you and Jon, that these electoral decisions state by state are going to really matter?

    TODD: I think they absolutely are going to matter.

    MATTHEWS: There’s not a big national mandate.

    TODD: I think Colorado and Virginia are the two closest.

    MATTHEWS: So you don’t see a national mandate crossing the country right now?

    TODD: Not right now, but if it moves. I am still a believer that it’s still possible.

    MATTHEWS: Do you agree with him that it basically moved a big space toward Romney after that first debate, and it sort of came to a still, that swing, or has it in your mind?

    MARTIN: I think it is still moving in Romney’s direction, and I think that one of two things are going to happen. Either the Obama campaign is going to sweat out an electoral vote victory where they put together a combination of states that Chuck mentioned — Iowa, Wisconsin and Nevada — and Romney can’t get to 270. And they sweat out a really tough race, negative race, they grind it down, and they get 275. Or in the next couple of days here, we do see that national swing, and Romney does make a sort of huge push.

    TODD: Sweeps it. Sweeps the battleground states.

    MATTHEWS: At what point does this become a popular vote election where the electoral decisions state by state really are overwhelmed by the national surge?

    TODD: If Romney moves. It could happen. It would only happen in the Romney direction.

    MATTHEWS: If he has hard movement the next two weeks as he had two weeks ago, is he the winner? Is he the winner?

    TODD: Yes.

    MARTIN: Yes, absolutely.

    TODD: Absolutely, yeah. If that moved that way, sure.

  92. gonzotx
    October 22nd, 2012 at 11:59 am
    I wanted to share with you this wonderful feeling!
    I JUST VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!!
    USMC Battle Cry “OORAH”
    EARLY VOTING TEXAS!

    gonzotx
    October 22nd, 2012 at 12:14 pm
    So I voted and ya all don’t comment on it?

    Good for you Gonzotx. Ethics may prohibit us from voting both early and often but it’s certainly ok to vote early!!

  93. TALKING ABOUT NATE SILVER…

    October 22, 2012, 11:39 amComment
    Oct. 21: Uncertainty Clouds Polling, but Obama Remains Electoral College Favorite
    By NATE SILVER
    The bad news for President Obama: it’s been almost a week since the second presidential debate, in Hempstead, N.Y., one that instant-reaction polls said was a narrow victory for him. But there is little sign that this has translated into a bounce for Mr. Obama in his head-to-head polls against Mitt Romney. Instead, the presidential race may have settled into a period of relative stability.

    There is bad news for Mr. Romney as well, however. The “new normal” of the presidential campaign is considerably more favorable for him than the environment before the first debate, in Denver. However, it is one in which he still seems to be trailing, by perhaps 2 percentage points, in the states that are most vital in the Electoral College.

    The FiveThirtyEight forecast was essentially unchanged again on Sunday, with Mr. Obama retaining a 67.6 percent chance of winning the Electoral College, little different from his 67.9 percent odds on Friday and Saturday.

    These estimates might seem to be incongruous with national polls that show a nearly tied race. But the FiveThirtyEight method is, principally, an Electoral College simulation, and therefore relies more heavily on state-by-state polls. Our estimates of the popular vote in the critical states are highly similar to those of other Web sites that use different methods to calculate them.

    This is expressed in the chart below, which compares the current FiveThirtyEight “now-cast” in each battleground state (our snapshot of what would happen in an election held today) against those of three of our competitors, RealClearPolitics, HuffPost Pollster and Talking Points Memo.

    [CHART HERE…missing]

    There are only three states that are “called” differently by the different methods. In Colorado, RealClearPolitics gives a slight edge to Mr. Romney, while the other three sites have Mr. Obama just ahead. However, it would be easy to overestimate the importance of these differences. RealClearPolitics has Mr. Romney only 0.2 percentage points ahead there, while the most favorable result for Mr. Obama, from The Huffington Post, has him up by 1.3 percentage points.

    In Virginia, RealClearPolitics and The Huffington Post show an exact tie, while FiveThirtyEight and Talking Points Memo give a slight advantage to Mr. Romney.

    Finally, in New Hampshire, FiveThirtyEight and The Huffington Post have Mr. Obama ahead, while the other two sites have the race going for Mr. Romney.

    Still, these states — Virginia, Colorado and New Hampshire — are not quite at the electoral tipping point. Instead, Mr. Obama could win the Electoral College by winning Ohio, Wisconsin, and either Iowa or Nevada.

    All the methods have Mr. Obama just ahead in each of these states. In Iowa, his margin runs from 1.5 percentage points to 2.5 percentage points, according to the different methods, with FiveThirtyEight representing the lowest point in the consensus. In Nevada, it is between 2.1 points and 5.2 points, with FiveThirtyEight again reflecting the lowest end of the range.

    FiveThirtyEight is somewhere in the middle of the pack in Ohio, where the different methods give Mr. Obama an advantage of between 1.4 and 2.6 points, and in Wisconsin, where the estimates run between a 2.8- and a 3.8-point advantage.

    One can certainly debate how to translate Mr. Obama’s apparent edge in each state into his overall probability of winning the Electoral College. It is a challenging problem from a mathematical standpoint, particularly given that the states cannot be expected to behave independently from one another. (That is, if Mr. Obama underperforms his polls in one swing state like Ohio, he is also more likely to do so in similar ones like Iowa.) It is a problem that we thought about very carefully in designing the model this spring, and in advance of the 2008 election. But because there have been only about eight presidential elections in which there has been a rich amount of state-by-state polling data, any approach will inherently be speculative to some degree.

    At the same time, off-the-cuff or “gut-feel” estimates of these probabilities are probably not a good substitute for an effort to determine them through a more rigorous, empirical and rule-driven means. Our intuitive estimates of probabilities are normally quite poor, especially in situations that involve a relatively large degree of mathematical complexity and in which we have relatively little hands-on experience.

    To be sure, these problems also present difficulties for anyone seeking to design a forecast model.

    But if you accept the premise that Mr. Obama is ahead by some (small) margin in the tipping-point states, something that all the different methods agree on, it then becomes a question of how much doubt you should have about that advantage given the intrinsic uncertainty in polling.

    Saying that the race “could go either way” is an obviously correct statement — but also one devoid of insight.

    We dare to pose a more difficult question, the one that a gambler or an investor might naturally ask: What are the odds?

    We calculate Mr. Obama’s odds as being about two chances out of three.

    Not only will the underdog — Mr. Romney — win some of the time, but he should win some of the time if we have estimated the odds correctly. If the set of candidates you have listed as 67 percent favorites in fact win 95 percent of the time, or 100 percent of the time, you’ve done something wrong. Over the long run, such candidates should win two out of three times — no less and no more.

    Of course, it takes a very long time to realize the long run in presidential elections, since there is only one of them every four years. To the extent that one is evaluating the accuracy of political forecast models — whether they calibrate the odds correctly — it is probably better to look at something like races for the Senate. In that case, there are roughly 35 races held every other year, as opposed to just one every four years. Although these races are not completely independent from one another (there have been years in which Democrats or Republicans overperformed their Senate polls across the board), they are substantially more informative on balance for measuring the effectiveness of a series of forecasts.

    Having indulged your patience with this philosophical detour, let me turn your attention back to the presidential race.

    Sunday’s Polls

    Four of the five national tracking polls published on Sunday showed a gain for Mr. Romney, but there was one clear exception: a poll for Investor’s Business Daily, which showed Mr. Obama surging to a 5.7-percentage-point lead from 2.6 percentage points previously.

    What to make of the Investor’s Business Daily poll? Probably about the same thing that you make of the Gallup poll, which had Mr. Romney up by 7 points among likely voters, and had him gaining an additional point on Sunday.

    You should be highly skeptical that these polls represent the true condition of the race: polls that look like outliers normally prove to be so. This is certainly the case with the Gallup poll, which has performed quite poorly in the past when it has diverged from the consensus of other surveys.

    But the Investor’s Business Daily poll, like the Gallup poll, also has a history of sharp swings to and fro (sometimes before conveniently settling in with the consensus at the very end of the race).

    When I point out that polls like Gallup or Investor’s Business Daily have a history of behaving in this way, my goal is not to browbeat them into changing their methods. Instead, as strange as this might sound, I would much rather that the pollsters paid no attention to FiveThirtyEight. When pollsters feel as though they are under pressure to conform to expectations about the race, they may herd toward the poll averages, which would reduce their independence and would therefore reduce the benefit of aggregating different polls together.

    My intention, rather, is to provide a counterweight to what seem like misinformed views about the presidential race. Sometimes the outlying polls receive more attention from the news media, when they probably deserve less.

    On Sunday afternoon, I looked up how often each tracking poll had been cited in the Lexis-Nexis news database over the course of the past week. (The criterion I used for this search was to look for instances in which the pollster’s name appeared within 25 words of the term “tracking” and also either of the terms “poll” or “survey.”)

    It turns out that the Gallup national tracking poll was cited in the news media more often than the other six national tracking polls combined. Although the national tracking polls show, on average, a race that is about tied, they would have conveyed the impression of a four-point lead for Mr. Romney if weighted based on how often they were cited in news accounts.

    [snip]

  94. From Capital Hill insiders …RE : Virginia…

    Purely anecdotal, but why my instinct is that Romney ahead in VA.
    Normally I don’t view yard signs as any reputable indicator, but was surprised that a stretch of Shreve Rd. in Falls Church was filled with Romney signs on yards — more than 2:1 Romney. This, I thought, was solidly Dem territory (it’s gerrymandered in Moran’s district)

    Sure enough, checking the precinct data, Obama carried the area, 60-38% in 2008; Kerry won 57-42% in 2004.

    It’s consistent with what I’ve been seeing throughout Fairfax Co… shocked to see so many Romney/Ryan signs in areas that, to put it mildly, awfully hostile to Bush both in 00/04. But if upper-middle class voters moving Romney’s direction… would make some sense. O needs big margin in Fairfax Co to counteract weaknesses downstate, and if Romney overperforming in Fairfax, my gut is that ballgame over. about a minute ago

  95. O-HIGH-O

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/331046/ohio-closer-you-think-josh-jordan

    Ohio Is Closer than You Think
    ===========================

    By Josh Jordan
    October 20, 2012 8:00 A.M.

    Just a few weeks ago, Ohio was a state that was considered almost every media outlet to be a solid lock for Obama. There’s no need to rehash the actual headlines, but some even suggested Romney give up on Ohio and look elsewhere for a path to victory. Before the first debate, Romney was down 5.6 in RCP’s Buckeye State average. Today he is down 2.5, cutting his deficit by more than half, presumably in large part due to his strong first-debate performance. Here are a few reasons why it’s even closer than that:

    Democratic turnout advantage from 2008 probably wasn’t as big as you think: Last cycle was a wave election and Barack Obama took Ohio by 4.6 percent, 51.5 to 46.9. The exit polls showed a split of 39 percent Democrats, 31 percent Republicans, and 30 percent independents. If that had been the actual turnout, according to exit polls’ measurement of how members of each party said they voted, Obama would have won 52.8 to 45.6, for a 7.2 percent margin victory, substantially bigger than the margin by which he actually won. This means that the exit polls were off a little, which is unsurprising since they are, after all, just polls.

    But we have actual vote totals to compare these polls to. If you use the exit-poll numbers for reported voting by party and then look at what kind of a turnout by party you’d need to get to the actual state vote tally, you come out with this breakdown: 37.5 percent Democrats, 32.5 percent Republicans, and 30 percent Independents (that gives you a vote of 51.6 percent for Obama and 46.9 percent for McCain — pretty close to actual results). So while the 2008 exit polls show an eight-point Democrat advantage, in reality it was likely closer to five percent. That is a big difference when analyzing current polls.

    Romney is up big with independents: In 2008 Obama beat John McCain by 8 percent among independents in Ohio. Of the seven current RCP polls that give independent numbers, Romney is up by an average of 8.7 percent:

    That’s a 16 percent swing in independents toward Romney from 2008′s numbers. If you assume equal turnout in 2012 as 2008 (using my number from above) but take Obama’s 8 percent edge with independents and give it Romney, that 4.6 percent 2008 margin becomes a tie. At that point, Romney would win if he chips away at the five-percent turnout advantage from 2008.

    The current poll samples have Democratic turnout matching or exceeding 2008 levels: Of the seven current RCP polls in Ohio, the average Democratic advantage in party ID is 5.5 percent. That is, if we assume 2008 advantage was D+5, as explained above, then the average poll in Ohio right now assumes a 2008-level turnout. While anything is possible on November 6, there are not many people on either side thinking Obama can match his 2008 turnout advantage.

    Early voting is not as positive for Obama as it was in 2008: This is the last point, but a huge one. Take this quotation, from CNN today: “Four years ago, Democrats made up about 42 percent of the early and absentee vote while Republicans made up 22 percent. Through Wednesday, however, the margin has narrowed: Democrats account for 36 percent of the early and absentee vote while Republicans make up for 29 percent.” The current polls have been seriously inflated for Democrats because they’re reporting Obama with 30+ percent leads in early voting (which is then automatically counted in “likely voter” samples), which seems to be vastly overestimating the Democratic advantage among these voters. As CNN explains, Romney is making huge gains from 2008.

    Obama won in 2008 largely because of a healthy lead among independents and a highly enthusiastic base’s turning out votes. Right now Romney is leading big with independents, has a more enthusiastic base, and is drawing crowds in Ohio that rival Obama’s. While he is down 2.5 points in the polls, the average poll is assuming 2008 turnout which is unlikely to repeat itself this year. Adding the fact that early voting is trending more Republican than in 2008, there is a lot of reason for optimism that this race is much closer than the current polls suggest. Not bad for a candidate who was declared dead in the state just a few weeks ago.

  96. I keep telling myself, many of these “democrats” cannot be blind and stupid enough to re-elect Obama. Can they? What about loyalty to the country? The past four years demonstates one point beyond cavil. Obama has no loyalty to this country. The question is, do they? If they vote for him, then the question is answered.

  97. (10/22/2012)”Republicans bring back Obama ‘bitter’ remarks in Pa. ad” (Fox News)
    http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2012/10/22/republicans-bring-back-obama-bitter-remarks-pa-ad

    A new ad from the super PAC backing House Republicans invokes President Obama’s 2008 comments about “bitter” small-town Americans clinging to guns, religion and their prejudices against outsiders.

    The ad is aimed at Democratic Rep. Mark Critz , but could have blowback for the president in the crucial western Pennsylvania district where it’s running.

    The president made those hidden-camera comments, during a 2008 fundraiser in California, in reference to Pennsylvania voters. Obama said at the time that, as jobs disappear in the area, “It’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

    A spokesman for the Young Guns Action Network — the group running the new ad — told Fox News that the ad is set to begin airing in heavy rotation in the Pittsburgh media market later this week and Johnstown media market on Monday.

    The district is key to Mitt Romney’s hopes in Pennsylvania, with lots of coal production and many disaffected 2008 Obama voters.

    The kicker on the ad: “A top Obama advisor even said Critz ‘enjoys common values’ with the Obama administration. Those aren’t Southwestern Pennsylvania values. A vote for Mark Critz is a vote for Barack Obama.”

  98. Reporter ‘not allowed’ to talk to voters at Biden event – POLITICO.com
    Joe Vardon, a reporter with the Columbus Dispatch, says campaign aides stopped him from speaking to voters at a rally featuring Vice President Joe Biden in Canton, Ohio, today. snip Back in August, Dave Davies, a senior reporter for Philadelphia’s WHYY radio station and an NPR contributor, reported that campaign staffers prevented him from interviewing voters outside a rally featuring Michelle Obama.
    Vardon noted that he was allowed to speak to voters at multiple events for Rep. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s running mate, last week.
    The Obama/Biden campaign has yet to respond to a request for comment regarding the complaint.
    http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2012/10/reporter-restricted-from-voters-at-biden-event-139187.html#.UIWG08Ao25M.twitter

  99. Eononomist: Peter Morici

    The global economy is teetering on collapse, and the presidential election may well decide whether another Great Depression is avoided.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/10/22/presidential-election-and-risk-economic-collapse/#ixzz2A3LuZD9k

    Four years with President Obama speaks loudly that he doesn’t have the stomach to effect changes with China or on Wall Street. At least Mr. Romney promises to tackle the China problem and new Wall Street reforms.

    The choice is between the failed and the untried.

    Americans should not double down on the unsuccessful policies, but rather bet on Mr. Romney.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/10/22/presidential-election-and-risk-economic-collapse/#ixzz2A3LKS3ZQ

  100. Published on Oct 22, 2012 by Charlie Spiering
    Chris Christie’s epic takedown of President Obama in Virginia

  101. Why did Romney agree to these moderators? Just say no!!!! Why do they never get a conservative leaning moderator for the Prez debates? Anyway, how are the poll numbers looking. I am on aol and that always links me to Huffington which is always a bad move for me.

  102. rgb44hrc
    October 22nd, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    snip

    The current poll samples have Democratic turnout matching or exceeding 2008 levels: Of the seven current RCP polls in Ohio, the average Democratic advantage in party ID is 5.5 percent. That is, if we assume 2008 advantage was D+5, as explained above, then the average poll in Ohio right now assumes a 2008-level turnout. While anything is possible on November 6, there are not many people on either side thinking Obama can match his 2008 turnout advantage.

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    as many of us have said

    …this is the big illusion/delusion that many think is being created by the Nate Silvers, NBC, etc…seems so obvious to many of us, that most of the polls up to now have been ridiculously weighted in favor of O…

    …especially since the mood is completely different in 2012…AND O now has a record of failure…PLUS O is not running against McCain…he is running against Romney, a much more attractive candidate on a variety of levels…a much stronger candidate who is not afraid to confront O to his face and prosecute O’s failures…

    …so many of us do believe these polls have been rigged and rigged primarily to discourage MR’s camp and followers and also allow the media to expand on the meme of inevitablity of O winning…to support the self fullfilling prophecy, if you will…

    …kind of hard when cold reality starts to intercede and prick or burst that bubble…

    …also if what we suspect is even close to the truth than MR could be even further ahead than many of us think…

    …in fact, this is a good time for me to also personally thank MOONonpluto for all his clarity and all the education of polls that he has continually provided to us…

    a big thanks Moon…

    *********************************

    congrats, Gonzotx and Amarissa…I will be joining you this Sat when I go in and vote early in the democratic stronghold of FLORIDA…

  103. “…in fact, this is a good time for me to also personally thank MOONonpluto for all his clarity and all the education of polls that he has continually provided to us…

    a big thanks Moon…”

    HERE! HERE!

    Besides the most amazing posts, links and intellectual arguments, I actually come here now looking forward to reading Admin’s & Moon’s Poll analysis. (Others too!)

  104. The obamamedia polls cannot keep up anymore, they were using D+7 and now they are having to go up to D+9/10 to get him even level.

  105. interesting comment from Michelle Malkins site.
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    I have written this before but I am starting to feel like Jonah inside the whale. I keep shouting but nobody hears: The Republicans (repeat Republicans) have nobody to blame but themselves for 30 years of only liberal broadcasters moderating the debates. The Republicans ceded the negotiations to Frank Farenkoph many years ago. Nobody ever elected Farenkoph to anything but he has held the negotiating position for the Republicans without Priebus or anybody else raising a stink about it. Regarding Farenkoph, he is a highly paid K Street lobbyist who represents the gambling industry. He calls it the “gaming industry”. Farenkoph’s living such a comfortable lifestyle depends on schmoozing with media bigshots and playing footsie with Democratic Party bosses. That is how the gambling industry gets what it wants and how a beltway lobbyist earns such a handsome living. Farenkoph is not about to bite the hand that feeds him. As long as the RNC and the Republican nominees kowtow to liberal Democrat journalists, the Republican candidate will always get stuck with the likes of Crowley, Raddatz and Schiefer. And lets not forget how Schiefer behaved in 2004. He asked Bush about “why men don’t listen to strong women around us”. Heck, Bob just about apologized on behalf of 150 million males.

  106. After the way they treated him, you would think he would have done a Dick Morris. No, he is dong a BC.
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    Dan Rather: Hey, The Ohio GOP Could Steal The State and The Election, Just Like They Did in 2004
    —Ace

    A bitter old lefty, who for years headed a major network news organization. And was insisted to be “straight down the middle.”

    “Keep in mind: The whole upper tier of Ohio state government is in the hands of the GOP now,” Rather explained in a Facebook post this morning. “In very close voting they have the power to influence what votes are counted and how.”
    Rather warned, “Remember Ohio, Bush v. Kerry in 2004 and Florida, Bush v. Gore in 2000.”

    Dan Rather just pushed the discredited wild-eyed-leftist claim that Ohio was “stolen” in 2004.

  107. Something to think about:

    “Votes by Mail Are Less Likely to Be Counted”

    “The biggest challenge to voting accuracy in the U.S. isn’t hanging chads or hacked voting machines—it’s the mail. A new report by the Voting Technology Project (VTP)—a joint venture between the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—finds that even though absentee ballots account for about only a quarter of all ballots cast during an election, the number of uncounted absentee and election-day ballots may be roughly the same.”
    ***
    n the 2008 election more than 28 percent of votes were submitted by mail or at early voting centers, more than twice the 14 percent in 2000. Perhaps the most significant transformation in how Americans vote since 2000 is “when and where we vote, rather than the machines we use,” the VTP report states.
    ****
    The researchers acknowledge that they can only speculate as to what happens to these uncounted absentee ballots. In some cases, they note, absentee ballots can be intercepted before they even get into the mail stream. Other concerns are that people can buy or sell these ballots. There aren’t any strict chain-of-custody procedures for ensuring that the person who receives an absentee ballot in the mail is the same person who returns it, the researchers say.
    ****

    http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2012/10/19/votes-by-mail-are-less-likely-to-be-counted/

  108. A big fat, “OORAH” to all of you early voters that voted R2!

    I will wait to stand in line, I like doing it and talking to folks and seeing how the wind is blowing. I always demand my little ‘I voted’ sticker and place it on my Hillary 2008, and Hillary 2012 bumper stickers. Being at the polling site makes it more real to me than mailing in a ballot, and I like it counted on election night, with the majority.

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    jeswezey
    October 22nd, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Shadowfax

    “CA will never be a win for Romney…”

    Schwarzenegger was Republican without qualifications for the post. I think Californians are capable of voting Republican, not being obstinately Dem. May be wrong, of course, but wouldn’t it be possible that people would vote R for President and D down ticket, the way I did in true blue NJ?

    ———-
    The only reason Arnold won wasn’t because he was a ‘true Republican’.

    1- He was the ‘Teminator’, and Hollywood rules big time in CA…Clint and his chair made it big for the non Obots.

    2- Arnold was for environmental stuff, mainly middle of the road, married to a Kennedy…so how Republican could he get? 😉

    3- Everyone knew Gray Davis was as worthless to CA as Obama is to the US economy, so they were willing to vote for Arnold, who seemed to have good ideas, business sense and he was a movie hero to the young…that’s how he got in.

    4- And what about Ronny Raygun, he was a Gov in Calif that screwed education and tossed the mentally ill out in the streets as homeless to save the economy.

  109. hold’um

    Chris Christie’s epic takedown of President Obama in Virginia

    ——–
    Ah, I have been missing Christie, Trump, and all the conservatives that say it like it is.

    Romney needs Christie to be his Press Sec. I would listen to each one with delight.

  110. SHV
    October 22nd, 2012 at 4:06 pm
    Something to think about:

    “Votes by Mail Are Less Likely to Be Counted”

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    this is absolutely true…i also posted info about this a few threads ago and in particular, what a big problem it is in South Florida…(included tv links with reporters showing investigation and proof of voter fraud – channel 10 in Fl)

    …rule of thumb, if you can go in and vote early or if you can vote on election day…please choose those options…

    voting by mail allows too many “cooks in the kitchen” to handle you ballot…it is the most risky option…

  111. Hi Shadowfax…so Trump is out saying he has election altering info he will expose on Wed…hmm…actually i hope it is something other than birth certificate because that will cloud things and media will ridicule…

    any thoughts?

  112. I actually read Scheifers book a few years back and liked it. Hopefully he will not be the issue tonight. I will not watch as it’s seems to have been good luck for Mitt so far. Anyone have any predictions how it unfolds? Can they really be a knock out by either at this point? Mitt just can’t make any monumental mistakes?

  113. Trump been a big disappointment imo. H eled us on and seems all for publicity. Mitt does not need the birther crap now…will just give Obots talking points on those “crazy bithers” who support Romney. A distraction at this point. The Breitbart video had no effect either.

  114. S
    October 22nd, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Hi Shadowfax…so Trump is out saying he has election altering info he will expose on Wed…hmm…actually i hope it is something other than birth certificate because that will cloud things and media will ridicule…

    any thoughts?
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    Where did you hear this S? Link?

    Election altering info…I say, bring it on Trump. Trump knows things need to have proof, so I hope it’s real enough to get thought to the MSM.

  115. jbstonesfan
    October 22nd, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Trump been a big disappointment imo.

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    You have been depressed, disappointed and glued to Huff N Puff polls and news for months…so I take your disappointment of Trump with a grain of salt.

    You were kinda happy yesterday…let’s leave it at that. 😉

  116. I just talked to my sister-in-law who lives in Texas. She voted for Romney this afternoon. So, there’s another vote.

    She voted straight republican too. She is tired of all the dems.

  117. Comments at Breitbart wonder if Trump has a copy of this tape???

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    24 Hours Left For Khalidi Tape $100k Reward

    There are only 24 hours left to claim the $100,000 reward that Breitbart News has offered for the full, unedited, and complete “Khalidi tape”–the video recording of the 2003 farewell party for radical Palestinian-American academic Rashid Khalidi, which featured several anti-Israel speeches and included a speech by Barack Obama.

    No one has yet come forward with the tape. As of 12:01 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 23, the offer will expire.

    The existence of the tape was first revealed by the Los Angeles Times in April 2008. The Times viewed the tape but did not provide a transcript thereof, nor did it release it to other journalists or the general public for independent corroboration of its contents and the specific conclusion that Obama had given a more moderate address than others. The Times cites an agreement with the source as the reason for not releasing the tape.

    The tape forms an essential part of the foreign policy background of President Obama, whose radical past remains largely shrouded in mystery. Even those who have–finally–delved into the background of a president who self-consciously created a “blank slate” persona on the national stage have tended to downplay his radical associations. The mainstream media have shown little interest in investigating critical biographical and political details that may have great relevance to the policies he chooses to enact in his second, more “flexible,” term.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/10/22/24-Hours-Left-For-Khalidi-Tape-100k-Reward

  118. Well, here are some of the headlines on articles in Politico…things are not rainbows and unicorns over there…

    Poll: Mitt takes lead

    Poll: Mitt more likeable

    Poll: Dems less enthusiastic

    Economy drags on President Obama

    Obama struggling ahead of high-stakes speech

    Poll: Independents side with Republicans

    Poll: Rocky road (with no marshmallows) ahead for Obama

    Poll: Voters predict Republican takeover

    http://www.politico.com/polls/politico-george-washington-university-battleground-poll.html

  119. Email from the Desperado DKooks

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    The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a United Nations partner on democratization and human rights projects, will deploy 44 observers from its human rights office around the country on Election Day to monitor an array of activities, including potential disputes at polling places. It’s part of a broader observation mission that will send out an additional 80 to 90 members of parliament from nearly 30 countries.

    Liberal-leaning civil rights groups met with representatives from the OSCE this week to raise their fears about what they say are systematic efforts to suppress minority voters likely to vote for President Obama.

    The election is going to come down to a battle between Democratic voter turnout efforts and Republican voter suppression efforts. At Daily Kos, we have made it easier to win this battle by putting the two largest Democratic voter turnout operations—President Obama’s reelection campaign and the union-backed Workers’ Voice—on a single Act Blue page.

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  120. shadowfax…here is one link re: Trump surprise info…have seen it a few other places

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/82701.html?hp=r3

    I was thinking it would be interesting if T had a clip on the outreach call O supposedly had with Rev Wright…the one that O denies ??

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/22/obama-campaign-denies-willie-browns-claim-of-obama-wright-outreach-conference-call/

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    JBS…chin up…deep breaths…feel your anxiety but must think positive…

  121. BREAKING: Paul Begala, who works w/ Priorities USA, admitted to @WolfBlitzer that Obama Campaign has given up on NC

  122. Been thinking about the debate tonight. Casual voters are not really into Foreign Policy, I follow the blogs and to be honest I’m lost in a lot of it all. As a casual viewer I would be wondering why the White House can’t get a cohesive story on an attack over 6 weeks ago, why does the story keep changing? Why does this not work after 9/11 and 3000 people died. I see LibyaFibya as a total failure and I think most people will come away seeing that UNLESS the moderator does a total blow job on Bambi like CandyAss done.

  123. I hope Romney has surrogates follow Bambi in all of those 6 states he’s hitting, follow up every campaign stop with their own and hit the lies he’s telling. Of course I’m sure Romney does not need my advice. I’m voting Romney/Ryan and most likely a full Republican ticket here in the state of WV. My governor, and all other elected officials here who have been mooching from the trough need booted out.

  124. Despicable.

    http://mediatrackers.org/2012/10/22/thugs-attack-young-romney-supporter-beaten-hospitalized/

    The son of a Republican state senator in Wisconsin was brutally attacked and beaten on Friday morning by two thugs attempting to steal his Romney-Ryan yard sign in Whitewater, Wisconsin. In a statement released on Monday, Sen. Neal Kedzie described his son’s ordeal in horrific terms. Sean Kedzie, the senator’s son, spent Friday night in the hospital suffering from serious injuries to his head.

    Here is Sen. Kedzie’s statement:

    Early on Friday morning, October 19th, my son Sean was awakened by noises outside his residence in Whitewater. As he went to see what the commotion was about, he noticed an individual removing a Romney/Ryan yard sign from his property. He yelled to the person that they were taking something not theirs and to return it immediately. The individual returned the sign, however, a second person confronted and attacked Sean without warning.

    Sean was wrestled to the ground by both persons, held down by a constricting chokehold, and struck repeatedly about the face and head. He nearly passed out from the chokehold and suffered contusions to his face and eyes. Fortunately, an alert neighbor heard the commotion, scared the individuals away, and called the police. My wife and I were awakened by a telephone call from Sean’s roommate that Sean had been taken by ambulance to Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital.

    Sean was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital the same day. As this was a private family matter, we chose not to remark publicly about it and allow law enforcement to do their job. But we understand these types of incidents will eventually become public and questions will arise, particularly in my position as a state legislator.

    Sean is still recovering from the injuries he sustained as a result of this beating, and we are confident he will make a full recovery. But obviously, as parents, we are shaken by this event and very troubled it was apparently initiated and motivated for political reasons.
    Television and radio stations in Wisconsin are starting to pick up this story. Polls show the state to be a battleground state with President Obama and Governor Romney statistically tied in the polls.

  125. dot48
    October 22nd, 2012 at 6:31 pm
    Been thinking about the debate tonight. Casual voters are not really into Foreign Policy, I follow the blogs and to be honest I’m lost in a lot of it all. As a casual viewer I would be wondering why the White House can’t get a cohesive story on an attack over 6 weeks ago, why does the story keep changing? Why does this not work after 9/11 and 3000 people died. I see LibyaFibya as a total failure and I think most people will come away seeing that UNLESS the moderator does a total blow job on Bambi like CandyAss done.
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    Dot….even if they pull another Candy(|), most folks saw through it anyway. Romney still won that debate and increased his lead.

    Let’s hope this rings true tonight….
    “Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
    The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
    And somewhere men (and women)are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
    But there is no joy in MSMville — “mighty” Obama has struck out.”

  126. Mitt will do well tonight if he outlines a Pro America FP tonight and connects is hard to American jobs.

    They will keep trying to bring it back to Bush’s wars and “I killed OBL”.

    There will be trap set and Mitt needs to walk over them.

    Keep it to FP and jobs and money and he’ll walk it.

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