Rescue Comes In Five Days

DrudgeReport has the headline “5 Days”. In five days we might be rid of Barack Obama and his enablers – DailyKooks, Big Media Praetorian Guard, Hopium Guzzlers, and Dimocratic Party officialdom.

The race might or might not be tight. What are you seeing in your political real estate section of the world? No doubt Obama continues to be his nasty self with attacks against Mitt Romney. No matter where you are from that is the Obama message. There’s a reason for this – Obama’s emptiness and stridency relates to one thing: jobs. Obama can’t run on his record so he attacks.

Obama has no record of merit to run on so he hopes he will be awarded a Nobel Prize from the American people for doing nothing. Obama is a show about nothing.

Obama’s latest blunder though gave Mitt Romney fodder for his closing statement in the form of a new Romney ad: Secretary of Business?

Not to be outdone the Obama Dimocrats prepared an ad of Obama’s achievements to date:

An echo of our many articles about the “Mistake in ’08” and the foolishness of Obama’s Situation Comedy coalition, comes regarding the in this assessment from National Journal on the current state of the race:

“Meanwhile, the Obama turnout machine isn’t quite as valuable in the more homogeneous battleground states — Iowa, Ohio, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire — that make up the president’s firewall. These states have older, whiter electorates. The name of the game for Democrats here is persuasion as much as mobilization. In Ohio, Obama’s campaign strategy is clear: making Romney’s opposition to the auto bailout a central part of the bid to hold onto enough working-class whites to win the state.

But it’s also becoming clear that it’s not just Ohio, Iowa, and Wisconsin that are looking winnable for Romney–it’s the entire swath of competitive Midwestern and Rust Belt states that share demographic similarities, and where Republicans made significant gains during the 2010 midterms. Obama holds a small lead in Ohio thanks to the auto bailout, but the issues driving the electorate in neighboring states are more favorable to Republicans.

The Obama campaign is on the air in Minnesota, and it sent former President Clinton to Minneapolis and Duluth to shore up his standing this week. That comes in the wake of a Minneapolis Star-Tribune poll showing Obama with a mere 3-point lead, 47 percent to 44 percent. Obama is bleeding support from working-class white voters upstate [sic] over his health care law and energy policies. Also worth remembering: Obama won Minnesota by a narrower margin in 2008 (55 percent of the vote) than he did Wisconsin (56 percent of the vote), which has long been considered a toss-up.

In Pennsylvania Romney’s debate performances narrowed his once-imposing deficit in the Philadelphia suburbs, and his campaign is making a play to turn the western part of the state Republican. The Romney campaign is up with an energy ad attacking Obama on coal and cap-and-trade, a message aimed at converting disaffected Democrats around the Pittsburgh media market. A Philadelphia Inquirer poll conducted last week showed Obama with a 49 percent to 43 percent lead, with GOP internal polling showing the race even tighter.

In Michigan, the Obama campaign just announced it was buying costly Detroit television for the final week of the campaign to counter a multimillion-dollar buy from Romney’s super PAC. Expect Obama to blast Romney on the auto bailout and Romney to criticize the president over his record on welfare, both issues particularly potent with blue-collar workers prevalent in the state. A Detroit News/WDIV poll out on Wednesday showed Obama’s lead down to 3 points, 48 percent to 45 percent, the narrowest it’s been in a while.

The election isn’t just coming down to Ohio. There’s plenty of evidence that, given Obama’s struggles with white working-class voters, he could face some unexpected headwinds in states that have been in the Democratic column during presidential years since at least 1988. Obama’s campaign is acknowledging as much with its late television buys and surrogate campaign stops. Romney is currently trailing in the aforementioned states by several points, but Obama is under the 50 percent mark. If undecided voters break to the challenger, all bets are off.

Place your bets. Dick Morris says “Here Comes The Landslide” and he’s not talking about Obama.

For those afflicted by “Sandy” we hope all is returned to normalcy for you in the next few seconds. For those afflicted by Obama we’ll have to wait five more days.


257 thoughts on “Rescue Comes In Five Days

  1. MoonOnPluto, not to be in any way offensive but… what happens in states like New York where Obama’s vote comes from New York City? With much of Manhattan paralyzed is it at all possible that the anti-Obama upstate vote swings the state??? Or will the outages in Long Island with a large Republican vote balance out the loss of Obama votes from NYC? Same questions with names changes apply to Connecticut and New Jersey.

    This election has gone from close to crazy close because we don’t know who will vote. As you noted Obama the early vote in Florida and Virginia is intriguing to say the least.

    Five more days of crossed fingers and calling everyone we know in every state possible is the answer to anxiety.

  2. I’m with Dick Morris. I sensed a 55-45 win for Willard just after the conventions. Maybe a little optimistic, but I have a hunch it will be at least 52-53 for Willard and 1 or 2 percent for third candidates, leaving O with 46 percent. A blowout is coming.

  3. Very interesting…

    Obama doing final campaign stop in Iowa on Monday.

    President Obama will wrap up his re-election campaign Monday with a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, a campaign official confirmed to CNN. During the day Monday, Obama will be stumping in Wisconsin and Ohio before heading to Iowa. The Monday stops will cap a weekend of cross-country campaigning.

    Iowa was crucial to the president’s 2008 victory – both his win in the state’s caucuses that helped propel him to the Democratic nomination, and he captured the state in the general election with a 54%-44% victory over John McCain.

    Mitt Romney will be ending his campaign Monday with an event in Manchester, New Hampshire – another small state whose four electoral votes could be pivotal. Romney, who has visited Iowa at least 14 times this year, will be stopping in Dubuque, Iowa on Saturday as part of his last weekend campaign blitz.

    Romney’s entire Sunday is Free for a mystery day.

  4. admin: “…what happens in states like New York where Obama’s vote comes from New York City?”

    NYC dumped the “inadequate black male” Dinkins and has voted Republican mayors ever since. There are a much larger number of independents in NYC than most people realize. Very few registered voters on either side.

    With upstate NY sure to go for Willard and NYC being largely independent, I say that NY is in play regardless of Sandy.

  5. Oh i do think it affects, the one to watch is i heard today Cuyhoga county in Ohio (Obama’s big county) was very badly affected, that is really gonna temper Obama’s vote there.

    Certainly going to affect the vote in NJ and NY and Conn.

    Would be just total irony if a big disaster took out an other disaster.

  6. Its getting interesting in Nevada, the huge leads excepcted in early voting for Dems are not materialising at the moment, Nevada looks like it is gonna be on a knife edge.

  7. An exit poll of Americans who voted absentee in Israel finds Republican nominee Mitt Romney beating President Obama by a significant margin, 85 percent to 14 percent.

    IVoteIsrael, a nonpartisan organization founded over the summer to encourage American absentee voting, conducted the poll among 1,572 of the approximately 80,000 people the organization registered to vote absentee. The survey has a margin of error of 2.5 percent.

    Among those who said they were voting on “jobs and the economy,” Romney beat Obama 59 percent to 29 percent. Among those voting on Iran, the margin was even larger, 86 percent to 5 percent. Among those voting on Israel-related issues, such as Jerusalem and the peace process, Romney won 89 percent to 3.5 percent.

    The organization estimates that the swing-state breakdown for absentee ballots cast in Israel includes 7,500 votes in Florida, 3,500 in Ohio, and 3,500 in Pennsylvania.

    The exit poll showed that Romney won the Florida vote 85 percent to 15 percent and the Ohio vote 86 percent to 18 percent. No data was given for Pennsylvania.

  8. Hmmmmmmmmmmm , , ,

    The evangelical vote.

    When Mitt Romney’s 2012 candidacy was gaining traction in the primaries, the conventional wisdom instantly conveyed that the evangelical vote, skeptical of Mormonism, would sink him.

    What if in Ohio next week the opposite is true? There and in other swing states—Wisconsin, Iowa, North Carolina, Florida—the evangelical vote is flying beneath the media’s radar. It’s a lot of voters not to notice. In the 2008 presidential vote, they were 30% of the vote in Ohio, 31% in Iowa and 26% in Wisconsin.

    Back in April, the policy director of the Southern Baptist Convention, Richard Land, predicted that evangelicals in time would coalesce behind Mitt Romney. Yesterday he endorsed Mr. Romney, the first time he has done so for any presidential candidate.

    Ralph Reed, the president of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, has been spending a lot of time in states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in the belief that evangelical support for Mr. Romney could be decisive. He notes that when George W. Bush won Ohio in 2004, the Kerry camp thought their dominance of Democratic Cuyahoga County around Cleveland had the state locked up. But Mr. Bush’s solid support in evangelical-dominated counties from Cincinnati to the West Virginia border carried Ohio by two percentage points

  9. Rove: Romney’s Going to Win

    Guy Benson

    Nov 01, 2012 12:58 PM EST

    In his final pre-election Wall Street Journal column, Karl Rove makes some fearless predictions about what we’ll see next Tuesday night. As you browse through his thoughts, bear in mind that he didn’t earn his “architect” moniker my accident. On the current polls:

    It comes down to numbers. And in the final days of this presidential race, from polling data to early voting, they favor Mitt Romney. He maintains a small but persistent polling edge. As of yesterday afternoon, there had been 31 national surveys in the previous seven days. Mr. Romney led in 19, President Obama in seven, and five were tied. Mr. Romney averaged 48.4%; Mr. Obama, 47.2%. The GOP challenger was at or above 50% in 10 polls, Mr. Obama in none. The number that may matter the most is Mr. Obama’s 47.2% share. As the incumbent, he’s likely to find that number going into Election Day is a percentage point or so below what he gets.

    On turnout and independents:

    One potentially dispositive question is what mix of Republicans and Democrats will show up this election. On Friday last week, Gallup hinted at the partisan makeup of the 2012 electorate with a small chart buried at the end of its daily tracking report. Based on all its October polling, Gallup suggested that this year’s turnout might be 36% Republican to 35% Democratic, compared with 39% Democratic and 29% Republican in 2008, and 39% Republican and 37% Democratic in 2004. If accurate, this would be real trouble for Mr. Obama, since Mr. Romney has consistently led among independents in most October surveys.

    And on the crucial race for Ohio — which we touched upon earlier — Rove says members of the successful Bush ’04 Buckeye State team are seeing good signs:

    But doesn’t it all come down to the all-important Buckeye State? Here, too, the early voting news isn’t encouraging for the president. Adrian Gray, who oversaw the Bush 2004 voter-contact operation and is now a policy analyst for a New York investment firm, makes the point that as of Tuesday, 530,813 Ohio Democrats had voted early or had requested or cast an absentee ballot. That’s down 181,275 from four years ago. But 448,357 Ohio Republicans had voted early or had requested or cast an absentee ballot, up 75,858 from the last presidential election. That 257,133-vote swing almost wipes out Mr. Obama’s 2008 Ohio victory margin of 262,224. Since most observers expect Republicans to win Election Day turnout, these early vote numbers point toward a Romney victory in Ohio.

    They are also evidence that Scott Jennings, my former White House colleague and now Romney Ohio campaign director, was accurate when he told me that the Buckeye GOP effort is larger than the massive Bush 2004 get-out-the-vote operation. Democrats explain away those numbers by saying that they are turning out new young Ohio voters. But I asked Kelly Nallen, the America Crossroads data maven, about this. She points out that there are 12,612 GOP “millennials” (voters aged 18-29) who’ve voted early compared with 9,501 Democratic millennials. Are Democrats bringing out episodic voters who might not otherwise turn out? Not according to Ms. Nallen. She says that about 90% of each party’s early voters so far had also voted in three of the past four Ohio elections.

    Rove notes that “most observers expect Republicans to win election day turnout.” Indeed. McCain won election day in Ohio by three points; he got swamped by Obama’s early vote tsunami. Bottom line: Turnout, turnout, turnout. Finally, “intangibles” and a final prediction:

    In addition to the data, the anecdotal and intangible evidence—from crowd sizes to each side’s closing arguments—give the sense that the odds favor Mr. Romney. They do. My prediction: Sometime after the cock crows on the morning of Nov. 7, Mitt Romney will be declared America’s 45th president. Let’s call it 51%-48%, with Mr. Romney carrying at least 279 Electoral College votes, probably more.

  10. Hi from New Jersey I lived through sandy but my town was hard hit it will take some time to recover. Anger is building people are jumping in and helping each other but they’ve been more then partient. The gas situation is getting out of control no where to get it, why are they not sending tankers across country to fill up the stations, Staten island is destroyed but NY is preparing for a marathon on Sunday big big mistake it will take police ect away from where it is needed. Christie is doing a good job people seem happy with him, haven’t heard obamas name in days I think people are pre occupied and those that will climb through raw sewage water wasis high and out of broken homes will swing NJ.

  11. In my mind, the proposition is a little stronger than “might”. I think it is in five days, it is likely that we will be rid of Obama and his fellow travellers.

    I realize there is the possibility that the dims could pull a false rabbit out of the hat on the eve of the election. But that is really too late. By then most of the undecideds have been swayed by the momentum of the race, and the desire to be on the side of the winner. If the rabbit is pulled on the eve of the election, the first response of people who have made up their minds, will be to discount it, and stick with what they have come to conclusion they have reached.

    By analogy, the staged efforts by Obama to portray himself as a leader in the dying days of his presidency, weighed against a 4 year history of campaigning when he should be governing, has had no discernable impact on the momentum of Governor Romney. Moreover, it invites a comparison to his failure of leadership on the Benghazi disaster, which is back in the news today, on FOX.

    In labor relations, there is something called the 24 hour rule, which prohibits the company from holding mass meetings with employees withing 24 hours of the election. The theory beind this is that employees are most susceptible to coersion or inducements during that critical period. This assumption is founded more on administrative efficiency than social science. I doubt very much that the same concern applies here.

    The theory of most trial lawyers today is to sway the jury as much as you can in your opening statement. Primacy and recency are both important, but primacy is kind. This assumes the proofs come in as you promise. Later comes too late. And the reason for this is most people do not remain neutral any longer than they can stand it. Cognitive dissonance is too unpleasant.

  12. jtjames

    Wow, hope you and your family are safe and that NJ get’s gas and what they need soon. Good to hear Christie is doing a good job.

    Good to also hear Baracko isn’t seen as a hero in NJ.

  13. Eight Reasons the Pro-Obama Pollsters Are Wrong

    1. Republicans Can’t Wait to Vote:

    2. Romney’s Winning Independents:

    3. Romney Beats Obama On Favorability:

    4. Polls Show Republicans Will Turn Out In Record Numbers: Thanks to a mammoth 9,000 person likely voter poll, we can have confidence that the 2012 electorate will look even more Republican than it did in 2004:

    The difference between a D+3 and R+3 electorate is the difference between a Romney win and a Romney landslide.

    5. Romney Is Doing Well With Early Voting: Early voting also shows gains for Romney. Contrary to CorruptMedia spin, where data is available, Romney’s over-performing with early voters in a number of crucial swings states. Two polls (Pew and Gallup) also show Romney beating Obama in early voting by a seven-point margin.

    6. Polls Show Republicans Are More Enthusiastic: Finally, and this is what’s most ironic, some of the same polls (like yesterday’s from Quinnipiac) that predict Obama will enjoy a huge D+5 or better turnout advantage also show that Republicans beat Democrats on the question of intensity by double digits.

    7. Romney Has a Fantastic Ground Game: As far as ground game, there’s no question Obama has a sophisticated operation, but even Chuck Todd admits Romney’s ground game is better than the one Karl Rove employed in 2004 that allowed Bush to win 2004 while losing Independents. Furthermore, polls that look objectively at ground game metrics show no advantage for Obama.

    8. Motive: Let’s also look at the pollsters’ motivations. All Gallup and Rasmussen do is poll; that’s how they make their living. They have to get it right, and right now both show Romney up nationally and Rasmussen shows him up in enough states to win the electoral college. Many of the pollsters showing Obama in a stronger position are tied to universities and media outlets. They have an agenda above and beyond getting it right, and polling is merely a side business.

    In my opinion, and the data backs me up, there’s simply no question that these pro-Obama pollsters are living on another planet if they believe Obama’s going to best or come close to his 2008 turnout advantage. And yet, that’s what most every poll showing Obama up assumes.
    Regardless, we’ll know for certain on Election Day when Virginia closes at 7pm. If it’s close or Obama wins, we’re in for a long night.

    But if Romney wins Virginia by 5 points or more, we all need to tune to MSNBC and enjoy the show.

  14. AOS

    Ad Spending in the Final Days

    Here’s a good rundown of the ad spending set for the rest of the campaign. Pro-Romney buys include Romney, RNC, American Crossroads, Restore Our Future, Crossroads GPS, Americans for Prosperity, American Future Fund, Americans for Jobs Security, NRA, and Concerned Women. Pro-Obama buys include Obama and Priorities USA. It’s a little curious they only include one Obama PAC in this list, as I assume others and union groups are still spending. I can’t say for sure, though.

    Ohio – $30M total: Romney $18.4M, Obama $11.4M
    Florida – $22M total: Romney $13.7M, Obama $8.4M
    Virginia – $19.7M total: Romney $13.4M, Obama $6.3M
    Pennsylvania – $13.7M total: Romney $10.8M, Obama $2.9M
    Wisconsin – $10.8M total: Romney $7.8M, Obama $3M
    Iowa – $9.8M total: Romney $6.7M, Obama $3M
    Colorado – $8.9M total: Romney $5.5M, Obama $3.3M
    Nevada – $8.5M total: Romney $5.6M, Obama $2.9M
    New Hampshire – $7.0M total: Romney $4.7M, Obama $2.3M
    Michigan – $5.7M total: Romney $5.2M, Obama $500k
    Minnesota – $2.7M total: Romney $2.1M, Obama $550k
    North Carolina – $3.4M total: Romney $1.9M, Obama $1.4M
    New Mexico – $225k total: Romney $225k (ROF), Obama $0
    Maine (Bangor) – $70k total: Romney $70k (ROF), Obama $0

  15. PLEASE NOTE: 31 NATIONAL surveys in 7 days. Mitt Romney above 50% in 10 polls … Obama in NONE. that’s right ZERO, ZIP, ZILCH

  16. We KNEW this was coming. Bet most Americans will be in for a shock.

    New Obamacare Tax Form Mandates Americans Report Personal Health ID Info to IRS
    Here’s why the IRS will require Americans to disclose their personal health ID information starting in 2014

    When Obamacare’s individual mandate takes effect in 2014, all Americans who file income tax returns must complete an additional IRS tax form. The new form will require disclosure of a taxpayer’s personal identifying health information in order to determine compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.

    As confirmed by IRS testimony to the tax-writing House Committee on Ways and Means, “taxpayers will file their tax returns reporting their health insurance coverage, and/or making a payment”.

    So why will the Obama IRS require your personal identifying health information?

    Simply put, there is no way for the IRS to enforce Obamacare’s individual mandate without such an invasive reporting scheme. Every January, health insurance companies across America will send out tax documents to each insured individual. This tax document—a copy of which will be furnished to the IRS—must contain sufficient information for taxpayers to prove that they purchased qualifying health insurance under Obamacare.

    This new tax information document must, at a minimum, contain: the name and health insurance identification number of the taxpayer; the name and tax identification number of the health insurance company; the number of months the taxpayer was covered by this insurance plan; and whether or not the plan was purchased in one of Obamacare’s “exchanges.”

    This will involve millions of new tax documents landing in mailboxes across America every January, along with the usual raft of W-2s, 1099s, and 1098s. At tax time, the 140 million families who file a tax return will have to get acquainted with a brand new tax filing form. Six million of these families will end up paying Obamacare’s individual mandate non-compliance tax penalty.

  17. jbstonesfan
    November 1st, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Why is Wisconsin so tight? Is Ryan working all the small towns ?

    I have heard it is the ground game structure that was put in place for Walker that Romney took over…

  18. Angie over at NQ said. 🙂
    Bush authorized $141 billion in FEMA funds total to rebuild NOLA & the Gulf Coast after Katrina (which is *more* than was given to NYC after 9/11). Further, contrary to the lies the Dems (including Obama) tell, the Stafford Act *was* waived for most of that (oh, and Obama is one of the 14 Senators who voted AGAINST waiving the Stafford Act for the last disbursement in 2007).
    PPS — the earliest responders with aid to NOLA after Katrina were the Mormons, the Baptists, the Salvation Army and WalMart. The Red Cross didn’t come until the end of September 2005.

  19. Power company ConEd says power will be back for the majority of New York customers by Sunday 11th November.

    Thats a long time in NY.

  20. Colorado….with 1,305,885 returned votes in, GOP leads with 37.8% compared to 35% for Dems, equates to a 36,565 raw lead for GOP.

    Florida, with over 3 million votes in now, Dems are only leading the GOP by 59,000, this is way behind what it was in 2008. In 2008, Dems had a 280,000 early vote lead and there is only 2 more days of early voting. Don’t forget as well Northern Florida Democrats extensively vote republican and are DINO’s.

  21. jbstonesfan
    November 1st, 2012 at 1:55 pm
    Why is Wisconsin so tight? Is Ryan working all the small towns ?

    Very union state. Milwaukee Journal wusses out and wouldn’t endorse either candidate. It is majorly Obama kool aid rag. I think it didn’t want to upset any conservative readers, newspapers are dinosaurs. It is THE newspaper of WI.Huge AA population in Milwaukee. MEchelle has spent much time there, there will be cheating.

  22. This Race is Over

    By: Erick Erickson (Diary) | November 1st, 2012 at 04:30 AM | 97

    We are less than a week from the election.

    At this point, I just want it over. I want my life back. I’m worn out. I am struggling to still care now that I have cast my absentee ballot.

    I think most Americans feel that way. The people of Ohio and Florida are begging for a return to TV ads for male enhancement drugs and self-lubricating catheters.

    Right now, according to a Fox News poll, the race is tied. A National Journal poll has Obama up 5. A Rasmussen poll has Romney up 2. Nobody really knows who is ahead. I think Romney is. My Democrat friends think Obama is. Privately, everyone concedes they really don’t know.

    At this point, I have a hard time believing undecided voters are going to vote. The die is cast. There is little more either side can do to shift voters. Right now it is all about turning out the vote, not persuading people.

    There is worry among a lot of Republicans who spend too much time on Twitter that somehow Hurricane Sandy and Chris Christie have shifted momentum in the race back to Barack Obama. I don’t think so. I think Romney has a ton of independent voters. While I don’t think he will win Pennsylvania, I think those Democratic voters who decided to ignore Barack Obama on the Democratic Primary ballot earlier this year are a bigger problem that has been overlooked nationwide.

    A lot of Democrats may not vote for Mitt Romney, but they may sit it out for Barack Obama. Gallup, Pew, and other pollsters show Republicans doing very well in early voting — better than 2008 and better than Obama in many cases. Several pollsters, including Gallup, predict a higher Republican turnout than Democrat turnout.

    If Republicans and Democrats are within three points of each other in turnout and Mitt Romney is winning independent voters by double digits, which he is, relax and go vote. The fat lady is warming up her vocals. Harness the uneasy feeling and participate in phone banking.

    Come what may, we’re almost there.

  23. I don’t know why the above video did not embed, but this is the wonderful left wing gay radio host telling the gay guy to kill himself.
    Gay Left-Wing Radio Host Advises Gay Romney Supporter to Commit Suicide, Says He Should Not Be Allowed to Vote

    Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:00 pm – November 1, 2012.
    Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Gay Politics,Liberal Intolerance,Mean-spirited leftists

    Our reader Tim in MT shared this video with us that he had made after catching Michelangelo Signorile on SiriusXM radio yesterday.

    The left-wing radio talker, twice in the segment (at about 2:15 & 3:45) advises his gay Romney-supporting caller to drink arsenic or other poison so he can commit suicide. At 2:57, he tells the young man that he should not be allowed to vote.

  24. SurveyUSA NV poll has O up 4, 50-46. Romney up 7 w/ indies. Sample is D+10 (was D+8 in 08, D+2 in 2010). That’s why Ds are nervous about NV.

  25. Full quote….lol Bill must be tired.

    Clinton: “I’m honored to be here in Pennsylvania for President Obama.”

    Crowd: “OHIO!”

  26. Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg endorses President Obama’s campaign because of his stance on climate change


  27. From UM

    Valerie Jarret – “After We Win This Election, It’s Our Turn. Payback Time.” (WSI)


    A rep from Jarrett office was in today. She gave us a finish line pep talk and then afterwards, heard her saying how Jarrett is very excited about a 2nd term agenda and a big part of that agenda is to punish everyone who opposed them during the first term and the campaign. Strange that everything was “Ms. Jarrett wants this, and Ms. Jarrett is looking forward to that”. You hardly heard Obama’s name mentioned by her which I guess reinforces what people are saying. Valerie Jarrett really is the power in the White House. I know that when her representative showed up it was like royalty was visiting. All the big dogs were lined up to meet her and acting real friendly and they gave us a heads up an hour before and told us we better “put on a good show” while she was here.

    The part that really stuck out to me was when I overheard the rep say that Jarrett told them, “After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges ready to go.” She was talking directly to about three of them. Sr. staff. And she wasn’t trying to be quiet about it at all. And they were all listening and shaking their heads and smiling while she said it. Pretty creepy.

    Why are they so confident about winning next week? We aren’t getting any numbers in the office that has any of us knowing Obama will win. It will be close. Jarrett and her people seem so confident. Why is that? Do you have any information on why she is so confident? I’m worried. Benghazi was supposed to play big this weekend. That is what everybody here was bracing for last week. You could really tell the staffers were freaking out. Now nobody is talking about it. Like it was never a concern. Like it never even happened. Don’t you have people to help with that? What happened? You said it was going to be a game changer. I told some others it would be and now I’m kind of hanging out there. Not the only one around here who got a real bad vibe after the Alex thing. Help! Need some good news after today!

  28. Not sure how “culpable” the State Dept is if it is shown that the WH, in fact, denied extra protection for Stevens and others after the State Dept request. The fact remains, Obama, Panetta, and others watched the attack in real time and did nothing! IMO, this IS the “smoking gun.” Catherine Herridge uses and repeats very specific words “culpability” and “smoking gun” to lay blame solely on the State Department, and AWAY from Obama. Why?

    “Ed Klein stated that the Clinton’s legal team told him that there were documents that showed President Obama denied the requests for additional security at the Benghazi Consulate despite Hillary Clinton’s request for more security. He also said that Bill Clinton wants to release the documents to exonerate his wife. (The Blaze TV)”

  29. So, with the title you posted Leanora, sounds like Hillary is the Devil that let the ambassador die.

    Too bad you didn’t include the rest of the story which is more on this level:

    While other media continue to willfully ignore the Benghazi massacre and resulting Obama White House cover up, Catherine Herridge makes clear the Obama administration KNEW, and did NOTHING to secure the safety of those eventually killed during the terrorist attack on the Benghazi consulate in Libya. A newly discovered classified State Department cable now appears to point to either massive incompetence or willful negligence within the Obama administration – followed then by the repeated lies to the American public by Barack Obama.

    Video on Greta last night

  30. Leanora
    “Hillary Was Informed On August 16 That The Ambassador Was Going To Die Unless She Took Action”

    The title is worded to make this “news” sound like a “bombshell” but in fact there is nothing new in the article (aptly written by “Dollard”) from what we’ve been hearing over recent days.

  31. Heheheheheh!

    While I am praying for those who have been affected by Sandy I am also LMFAO at the POS and his campaign.

    They thought Sandy would give them a win Tuesday but it looks like thousands won’t even be able or willing to get to the polls. That won’t affect him winning states like NY but could cut down substantially on the popular vote totals.


  32. Voted today! Proudly cast my vote for Romney/Ryan and did something I’ve never done before, straight Republican ticket. Confirmed and reconfirmed, looked at the little ticker tape on side of the machine and hit vote.

  33. dot48: “…straight Republican ticket…”

    I will never do that. Too many years I voted straight Democrat, now it’s a lookover of each candidate.

  34. Headlines on Drudge concerning east coast problems from Sandy.

    So much for Barry getting a tiny rise from ‘appearing Presidential’ and his love fest with Christie.

    Gas Shortages May Not End for Another Week…
    CON EDISON: ‘Vast Majority’ Of Residents Won’t Have Power Until Nov. 11…
    New Yorkers in fuel scramble as storm-hit pumps dry up…
    ‘I’m pretty pissed’…
    Troopers deployed to gas stations…
    Stars throw extravagant Halloween party despite destruction…
    Commuter Delays Rage…
    Fed to the Rescue? ‘QE Sandy’…
    NYC Official: Red Cross ‘Absolute Disgrace’…

  35. Jes, my state (WV) has kissed Obummers ass on Cap and Trade and War on Coal. Time to throw them out and start a fresh.

  36. Obama still thinks he’s gonna win……..

    New Cook Political: We are narrowing our House outlook from a Dem net gain of 0-10 seats to a Dem net gain of 0-5.

  37. Fingers crossed for the win. Yes, Romney win means Hillary is finished but its not like she wasn’t already. She’s sent no message that she intends to run again, she’s been adamant that she is done.

    That is what is so perplexing about Bill Clinton carrying the water for this turd. I just can’t wrap my head around it. I’m still frustrated with Bill C especially.

  38. Valerie Jarret – “After We Win This Election, It’s Our Turn. Payback Time.” (WSI)
    These statements are an effort to bolster morale at a time when it is sinking inside the White House team, and those people have to face the same unemployment debacle which they have gladly inflicted upon the rest of us. It is understandable that they would be anxious and depressed. Their core attempt to discredit Romney had failed and their meal ticket, Obama, is on the defensive.

    Beyond all that however, I am convinced that Jarrett is scared to death of this Binghazi thing, because at the bottom of that snakepit, I guanrandamnee you, we will find Jarrett herself. As with the Bin Laden episode, Jarrett was the one who convinced Obama to not act, therefore, it fell upon Panetta to do so. In the case of Bin Laden, he got it right. But in the case of Benghazi, he got it dead wrong. Jarrett could not overrule him. But she could get Obama to do that. If you want to know who gave the order to not save the seals, it was Jarrett. In the course of the investigation which is yet to come, she will be a target. And there will be plenty of people Congressional investigators will be able to flip.

    If, as has been reported, there are al Quaeda people and Taliban people working inside this White House it is at her direction. I believe the story of her anti American personna and misdeeds is yet to be written. It will be a study in the abuse of power by a staff person who serves the president and has become his svengali. In the end she will be twisting in the wind. Romney is likely to pardon others, as Ford did to Nixon. But staff people like her do not merit a pardon, and a prison term for her serves the interests of the criminal law from deterrence, to retribution, to isolation, to spreading the word.

    I was speaking with my friend this morning about Watergate. When the issue first arose, no newspaper wanted to touch it, except for the Washington Post. In fact, the Post wrote 200 articles about it before mainstream media finally decided to pick it up. Her husband ran the best small town newspaper in the country. They are Republican, but because of his commitment to journalism he thought seriously about sending his fine invetigative reporters to Washington to dig into the story. What prevented this was a lack of contacts. But the Post did pick up the cudgle and eventually everyone else followed.

  39. If Obama loses the election next week, it will be guaranteed open season on his administration….nothing like extreme lefties scorned.

  40. wbboei: “Jarrett. In the course of the investigation which is yet to come, she will be a target.”

    I think we can agree that, as éminence grise, Jarrett is the acting president. Obama will lift his finger only if she tells him to, and will do his usual nothing if she does not.

    However, the “grise” part of her eminence means that she gets to give and deny orders by word of mouth, not in writing. Written orders go out with the presidents signature on them, or Panetta’s in this case. So Jarrett will not be the target.

    “In the end she will be twisting in the wind”? No, I think she is safe. Maybe 20 yr from now historians will guess who was behind all this bullshit, but she is protected from today’s Congress and media.

  41. Tom Ridge predicts that Romney will carry Pennsylvnia. I met him at an Irish Republican event at Aronimink Golf Course years ago. He was a combat marine during Viet Nam and is a straight shooter. He was governor of Pennsylvania and head of Homeland Security. He thinks Romney will win Pennsylvania–Erickson does not. I think Ridge is correct. I campaigned there for Hillary and we beat Obama by 10 points. Philadlphia is solid blue, but the suburbs were Republican and are now independent. This election, most independents are going Republican. And that means he will win Pennsylvania. If I am right, I would not want to be wandering around Philadelphia that night because, when Obama loses there will be pockets of pandemonium.

  42. jeswezey
    November 1st, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Ehrlickman, Halderman, Mitchell, all went to jail.

  43. When Obama loses, the motive for the press to protect her evaporates. Not instantly, but when investigators uncover what she has really been up to, I think it will snowball.

  44. Published October 31, 2012

    Early voting problems in the key battleground state of Ohio are fueling concerns in the final days until Election Day, with the national race essentially tied in the latest Fox News poll.

    After several early voters in North Carolina said last week they cast ballots for Mitt Romney but the electronic ballot machine logged their pick as President Obama, similar problems have popped up this week in Ohio.

    Voters said they selected Romney on the touch screen but an Obama vote was logged instead.

    “You want to vote for who you want to vote for, and when you can’t it’s irritating,” Ohio voter Joan Steven told the Marion Star.

  45. wbboei
    “Ehrlickman, Halderman, Mitchell, all went to jail.”

    OK, but that was a different time with a media against them and Erlichman and Halderman were players that actually got their hands dirty. Jarrett leaves no traces.

    “she has many enemies at different levels in the WH”? OK, but still no paper trail. The orders are signed by O or Panetta.

  46. Whoops.

    DEVELOPING: The same weather model that predicted #Sandy’s NJ landfall a week in advance is now showing a possible nor’easter next Tue/Wed.

  47. When all this bs finally comes out, I hope the MSM along with most of Barry and his administration go to jail. No pardons, just time spent in prison.

    If that doesn’t work, I hope they all go to Hell.

  48. Voters said they selected Romney on the touch screen but an Obama vote was logged instead.

    Last I heard, there are three states having this problem. Not sure if they are the same machines or not, but all states with tight races.

    Chicago cheating once again. If you aren’t good enough to win an election, just steal it.

  49. Jarrett leaves no traces.

    “she has many enemies at different levels in the WH”? OK, but still no paper trail. The orders are signed by O or Panetta.

    Aren’t multiple witnesses as good as written documents?

  50. Benghazi, American Honor, Little Caesar, and the False Dmitri
    October 31, 2012 – 9:03 pm – by Michael Walsh
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    “A coward dies a thousand deaths,” to paraphrase Shakespeare in Julius Caesar, “but a hero dies just one.” As we hopefully approach the end of the Barack Hussein Obama II administration, cowardice is just one of the many possible explanations of its catastrophic failure at Benghazi last month, a failure that cost the lives of four Americans, the loss of valuable intelligence assets, the burning of countless Libyan collaborators, whose lives are now forfeit in that wretched land and elsewhere, and the needless handing to the ascendant jihadists of a propaganda victory that might have been avoided and has yet to be avenged.
    But wait — it gets worse. According to this story, they knew an attack likely was coming — and still did nothing:

    The U.S. Mission in Benghazi convened an “emergency meeting” less than a month before the assault that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, because Al Qaeda had training camps in Benghazi and the consulate could not defend against a “coordinated attack,” according to a classified cable reviewed by Fox News.
    Summarizing an Aug. 15 emergency meeting convened by the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, the Aug. 16 cable marked “SECRET” said that the State Department’s senior security officer, also known as the RSO, did not believe the consulate could be protected.
    “RSO (Regional Security Officer) expressed concerns with the ability to defend Post in the event of a coordinated attack due to limited manpower, security measures, weapons capabilities, host nation support, and the overall size of the compound,” the cable said
    It’s almost impossible to overstate the importance of what Obama’s handling of what is sure to go down asone of the most disgraceful episodes in American political and military history tells us about him, his administration, the ethos of the modern Democratic Party, and the state of our nation. The short answer: nothing good.
    Understanding the implications of the Benghazi story — which my colleague Roger Simon has outlinedhere and here and here — the MSM (except for Fox News) has done its best to ignore it. They know that, rightly presented to the American people, the fiasco — in which our ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three others who died fighting like men instead of like politicians – rightly should spell the end of the Obama administration. And regarding Roger’s suggestion of impeachment, it’s worth remembering that the Watergate burglary — the thing that ultimately ended Nixon’s presidency via resignation (under the threat of impeachment by the House) in 1974 — took place five months before his landslide victory in 1972. In other words, one doesn’t have to look very far for a precedent, should it come to that.

    Because, let’s face it, the president of the United States — for no apparent legitimate reason of state or military doctrine — let those four men die on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, a clear and present dereliction of duty that, were he an officer in the services, would have gotten him court-martialed, stripped in rank, and sent to the brig. Instead, Obama’s decision (or, more likely, indecision) was a result of purely political calculations: the Slayer of Osama, having tamed the savage Islamic breast and declared the War on Terror over, chose to ignore any evidence to the contrary. And the media, ever eager to please, ignored the story because it didn’t fit the narrative.

    We have now arrived at the purest distillation of the philosophy of the criminal organization masquerading as a political party that we call the Democrats: not only the personal is political, but everything — even the lives and deaths of our troops — is political. But no surprise here.
    Recently, one of the nastiest men of the 20th century — yes, I’m talking about you, Eric Hobsbawm — died at the age of 95. (If you can stomach the face of pure moral-equivalence evil, click here.) Hobsbawm, an Egyptian-born Marxist, died honored in Britain, to which he emigrated from Germany after Hitler came to power. Before his death, as noted by Bret Stephens in the Wall Street Journal, Hobsbawm famously opined that:
    None of this should have been surprising coming from a man who, over the years, gave his political assent to everything from the Nazi-Soviet Pact to the Soviet invasion of Hungary. Asked by the BBC whether the achievement of a communist utopia would have justified “the loss of fifteen, twenty million people,” he answered “Yes.”

    Holodomor: the Ukraine, 1933
    That “yes” is the authentic voice of the modern sociopathic Left of which Barack Obama is so unmistakably a part. Theory is everything to them; indeed, the villains of the Frankfurt School (to whom we provided safe haven from Hitler’s Germany) invented something called “critical theory,” a juvenile discipline predicated on the adolescent fixation with questioning strictures in the name of “human freedom,” but whose practical effect has been the demolition of moral and aesthetic standards and their replacement with nihilism. The deaths of millions of people in the name of their false god, communism, were — in words attributed to Stalin and endorsed by Hobsbawm — just a statistic.

    From his boyhood in Honolulu to his young manhood at Occidental and Columbia, to the streets of Chicago and the halls of Harvard, Barack Obama has been passed along from one mentor to another, swimming in the seas of left-liberalism and internalizing its anti-American world view to such an extent that — as a candidate for president — he could stand in front of adoring throngs and proclaim that “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”
    Think about that extraordinary statement (alas, too few of our fellow citizens did): what did he mean? Why did the nation need to be “fundamentally transformed” in the first place? Into what was he proposing to transform it? The answers today are all too apparent.

    In just four years under President Obama, the United States has seen its stature in the world sink, its economy crater, and its soldiers left to die, unaided, on a foreign battlefield. As a member of a military family, I concur with Roger that Obama’s inaction at Benghazi fully warrants the opening of an impeachment inquiry, so manifestly derelict in his duty does he appear to have been. But then, throughout his woebegone presidency, Obama has never been particularly interested in that aspect of the job, other than to play Drones of Death with his political advisors and crow about how “he” got bin Laden — behavior more suitable to a Chicago gangland chief dispensing with his enemies than a commander in chief defending his country.

    In other words, Obama is crazy brave as long as there is no personal or political cost, a fearless killer of evenAmerican citizens: judge, jury, and executioner by remote control. But when it came time to act, in real time, to support a few brave men fighting not just for their lives but to save other Americans, he choked (which is why those stories that he had little or nothing to do with bin Laden raid are now being given wide currency in Washington). Given his pampered upbringing at Punahou and the Ivy League, his cowardice is unsurprising, and his sociopathy obviously comes naturally:

    Clinton, being Clinton, had plenty of advice in mind and was desperate to impart it. But for the first two years of Obama’s term, the phone calls Clinton kept expecting rarely came. “People say the reason Obama wouldn’t call Clinton is because he doesn’t like him,” observes [former aide Neera] Tanden. “The truth is, Obama doesn’t call anyone, and he’s not close to almost anyone. It’s stunning that he’s in politics, because he really doesn’t like people. My analogy is that it’s like becoming Bill Gates without liking computers.”

    Tanden was, of course, forced to apologize for her candor once the Obama drones got to her, but her Kinsley Gaffe (inadvertently telling the truth) simply reinforced what everybody had long since come to understand about Obama, that he is a cold and unfeeling man, who views the military as his personal Praetorian Guard, Congress as his courtiers, and the American people as his subjects. He openly boasts about going around Congress with his executive orders and via his control of the regulatory agencies. And a second term, in which he would be unaccountable to the electorate, would be far worse. Because that’s where the real “fundamental transformation” will occur; these past four years will be seen as mere prologue to the nightmare to come.’

    In Russian history, there is a series of figures known as the “false Dmitris,” pretenders to the throne of the Czar of All the Russias who claimed to be the son of Ivan the Terrible. (These events form the backdrop of Mussorgsky’s great opera, Boris Godunov.) One after another they gathered adherents, raised armies, and marched on Moscow, only to be defeated each time. And yet each False Dmitri represented, you should pardon the expression, hope and change — hope for the restoration of the true Czar (the real Dmitri died in a mysterious accident in boyhood, and rumors attributed his death to Boris) and a change in the habitual misery in which the Russian peasantry lived.

    In the same way, Barack Hussein Obama arose from nowhere, proclaimed Hope and Change, and rode a wave of wishful thinking from the obscurity of the Illinois state house to the White House — by any measure, an astonishing accomplishment, and I don’t mean that as a compliment. But his wave was fueled by the perfect storm, the Hurricane Sandy of a dispirited and dispiriting Bush second term and the ineptitude of the McCain campaign, which torpedoed its own best asset, Sarah Palin, and let its supporters down in the cruelest way possible: by simply refusing to fight. They must have known that Obama was an arrant fraud, a man of no accomplishment who was cynically foisted upon the country by the Chicago mob — recall that Saul Alinsky, Obama’s rabbi in community organizing, was a close personal friend of Capone enforcer Frank Nitti, and that campaign guru David Axelrod, the former journalist now playing footsie with his former colleagues from the other side of the street, so vividly evokes in journalistic ethos the corrupt Capone-era Chicago Tribunelegman/bagman, Jake Lingle. And yet they threw the fight anyway.

    Shame of a Nation
    Now it’s Obama’s turn not to fight, at least not on the battlefield where a couple of former Navy SEALs sent some 60 of the dervishes to meet Allah before they were killed by mortar fire. Frantically calling for help while they delivered martyrdom to their assailants, the order to save them — a non-order that had to come from the top — never came. And so they were left to die, while their boss hit the sack in order to rest up for a fundraiser in Las Vegas the next day.
    Instead, Obama saved his fight for the second and third debates, and America finally got a good long look at his nasty side. The indolent, bored, Choom Gang Obama of the first debate had kicked the props out from his own carefully manicured legend, so lovingly created by David Axelrod and assiduously tended by an adoring Washington press corps, and revealed himself to be the third-rate intellect and borderline inarticulate extemporaneous speaker some of us knew him to be all along. But instead of the TelePrompter-fueled, silver-tongued Demosthenes his acolytes had expected, in his place arrived a snarling and petulant little man who treated his opponent with contempt and frantically worked the moderators whenever he was backed into a corner. Leaving aside the apparently insane Joe Biden’s baffling act at the vice-presidential debate, Obama’s performance was the worst in American political history.
    So this is how the first Obama administration ends: in retreat and defeat. The president stands revealed as just another False Dmitri, a pocket messiah with delusions of grandeur, a political Caesar — Little, not Julius — whose luck has finally run out.
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  51. BASIL99
    November 1st, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Everyone knows Bloomberg is a blithering leftie. So what that he endorsed the POS.


    😆 He is a Dim at heart

  52. Jeezus! I am so glad I got oput of LI last Sunday, cutting short my visit with my mom by a few days.

    This has me rethinking my recent decision not to buy a little motorized bike or even a scooter.

    On Twitter, there are widespread reports about fistfights and people bringing guns to gas stations, thanks to gas shortages in New York and New Jersey. Some on Twitter are also reporting that law enforcement has been stationed around many gas stations to prevent incidents:

  53. More on the gas shortage. This is nuts.

    Just watched two people beat the shit out of eachother in the gas station….On the bright side i have a full tank of gas now!!. #yay
    — Tiffany Tripodi (@tiffanytripodi) November 1, 2012

    Just awful! RT @metrogypsy: Someone just pulled a knife at Greenpoint #gas station as line stretches with hours long wait #gettingrealFAST
    — Camila Xavier (@camilaxavier) November 1, 2012
    What you can’t see is the 4 hour line on the highway and the gas station attendant in Ed hardy.

  54. “she has many enemies at different levels in the WH”? OK, but still no paper trail.
    I am not as sure as you are that there is not some kind of paper trail. But, as you know, there are other kinds of evidence. When people start throwing others under the bus to save themselves you would be surprised what pops up. If Woodward has been on his toes, he would have devoted a chapter or more to her pernicious inflluence. It could start as innocently as some congressional staffer asking why is it that we have taliban and al quaeda operatives esconsed in the White House, and her name being mentioned in that context.

  55. WOW! Los Vegas Review Journal excoriates Obama!


    Benghazi blunder: Obama unworthy commander-in-chief

    Posted: Nov. 1, 2012 | 2:01 a.m.

    U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans died in a well-planned military assault on their diplomatic mission in Benghazi seven weeks ago, the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. So why are details surfacing, piecemeal, only now?

    The Obama administration sat by doing nothing for seven hours that night, ignoring calls to dispatch help from our bases in Italy, less than two hours away. It has spent the past seven weeks stretching the story out, engaging in misdirection and deception involving supposed indigenous outrage over an obscure anti-Muslim video, confident that with the aid of a docile press corps this infamous climax to four years of misguided foreign policy can be swept under the rug, at least until after Tuesday’s election.

    Charles Woods, father of former Navy SEAL and Henderson resident Tyrone Woods, 41, says his son died slumped over his machine gun after he and fellow ex-SEAL Glen Doherty – not the two locals who were the only bodyguards Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration would authorize – held off the enemy for seven hours.

    The Obama administration was warned. They received an embassy cable June 25 expressing concern over rising Islamic extremism in Benghazi, noting the black flag of al-Qaida “has been spotted several times flying over government buildings and training facilities.” The Obama administration removed a well-armed, 16-member security detail from Libya in August, The Wall Street Journal reported last month, replacing it with a couple of locals. Mr. Stevens sent a cable Aug. 2 requesting 11 additional body guards, noting “Host nation security support is lacking and cannot be depended on,” reports Peter Ferrara at But these requests were denied, officials testified before the House Oversight Committee earlier this month.

    Based on documents released by the committee, on the day of the attack the Pentagon dispatched a drone with a video camera so everyone in Washington could see what was happening in real time. The drone documented no crowds protesting any video. But around 4 p.m. Washington received an email from the Benghazi mission saying it was under a military-style attack. The White House, the Pentagon, the State Department and the CIA were able to watch the live video feed. An email sent later that day reported “Ansar al-Sharia claims responsibility for Benghazi attack.”

    Not only did the White House do nothing, there are now reports that a counterterrorism team ready to launch a rescue mission was ordered to stand down.

    The official explanation for the inadequate security? This administration didn’t want to “offend the sensibilities” of the new radical Islamic regime which American and British arms had so recently helped install in Libya.

    The official explanation for why Obama administration officials watched the attack unfold for seven hours, refusing repeated requests to send the air support and relief forces that sat less than two hours away in Italy? Silence.

    An open discussion of these issues, of course, would lead to difficult questions about the wisdom of underwriting and celebrating the so-called Arab Spring revolts in the first place. While the removal of tyrants can be laudable, the results show a disturbing pattern of merely installing new tyrannies – theocracies of medieval mullahs who immediately start savaging the rights of women (including the basic right to education) and who are openly hostile to American interests.

    When Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney promptly criticized the security failures in Benghazi, the White House and its lapdog media jumped all over him for another “gaffe,” for speaking out too promptly and too strongly. Prompt and strong action from the White House on Sept. 11 might have saved American lives, as well as America’s reputation as a nation not to be messed with. Weakness and dithering and flying to Las Vegas the next day for celebrity fund-raising parties are somehow better?

    This administration is an embarrassment on foreign policy and incompetent at best on the economy – though a more careful analysis shows what can only be a perverse and willful attempt to destroy our prosperity. Back in January 2008, Barack Obama told the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle that under his cap-and-trade plan, “If somebody wants to build a coal-fired power plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them.” He added, “Under my plan … electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” It was also in 2008 that Mr. Obama’s future Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, famously said it would be necessary to “figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe” – $9 a gallon.

    Yet the president now claims he’s in favor of oil development and pipelines, taking credit for increased oil production on private lands where he’s powerless to block it, after he halted the Keystone XL Pipeline and oversaw a 50 percent reduction in oil leases on public lands.

    These behaviors go far beyond “spin.” They amount to a pack of lies. To return to office a narcissistic amateur who seeks to ride this nation’s economy and international esteem to oblivion, like Slim Pickens riding the nuclear bomb to its target at the end of the movie “Dr. Strangelove,” would be disastrous.

    Candidate Obama said if he couldn’t fix the economy in four years, his would be a one-term presidency.

    Mitt Romney is moral, capable and responsible man. Just this once, it’s time to hold Barack Obama to his word. Maybe we can all do something about that, come Tuesday.

  56. Alas I have long loathed and detested George Will as a smarmy snotnose with a peculiar hatred for the Clintons. Now he has partially redeemed himself with this literate, rare smackdown of the ONE. It is a must read for those who just need a little reassurance that this bozo is really on his way out. Huzzah!

    Read and enjoy…

    Obama’s campaign goes empty and strident
    By George F. Will, Published: October 31

    “It is a great advantage to a president, and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know he is not a great man.”

    — Calvin Coolidge

    Energetic in body but indolent in mind, Barack Obama in his frenetic campaigning for a second term is promising to replicate his first term, although simply apologizing would be appropriate. His long campaign’s bilious tone — scurrilities about Mitt Romney as a monster of, at best, callous indifference; adolescent japes about “Romnesia” — is discordant coming from someone who has favorably compared his achievements to those of “any president” since Lincoln, with the “possible” exceptions of Lincoln, LBJ and FDR. Obama’s oceanic self-esteem — no deficit there — may explain why he seems to smolder with resentment that he must actually ask for a second term.

    Speaking of apologies, Syracuse University’s law school should issue one for having graduated Joe Biden. In the 2008 vice presidential debate, he condescendingly lectured Sarah Palin that Article I of the Constitution defines the executive branch. Actually, Article II does. In this year’s debate, he said that overturning Roe v. Wade would “outlaw” abortion. Actually, this would just restore abortion as a subject for states to regulate as they choose. Biden, whose legal education ended well before he was full to the brim, was nominated for his current high office because Democrats believe compassion should temper the severities of meritocracy. It is, however, remarkable, and evidence of voters’ dangerous frivolity regarding the vice presidency, that Biden’s proximity to the presidency has not stirred more unease. To forestall that, Biden should heed Alexis de Tocqueville: “To remain silent is the most useful service that a mediocre speaker can render to the public good.”

    Two economic themes of Obama’s campaign have been that outsourcing jobs is sinful and that he saved GM, which assembles 70 percent of its vehicles on lines outside America. He thinks that ATMs and airport ticket kiosks cause unemployment but may understand that buying an iPhone involves outsourcing to China the jobs of assembling it. Although his campaign slogan is “Forward!” he evidently wants America to compete with China in the manufacture of T-shirts and toasters. His third economic theme — that he will “invest in” (spend on) this and that — has been inaudible amid the clatter of crashing companies he has invested in.

    Much of the Democratic Party’s vast reservoir of condescension is currently focused on women, who are urged not to trouble their pretty little heads about actual problems but instead to worry that, 52 years after birth control pills went on the market and 47 years after access to contraception became a constitutional right, reproductive freedom is at risk. This insult may explain the shift of women toward Romney.

    ’Tis said two things not worth running after are a bus or an economic panacea, because another will come along soon. Obama’s panacea is to cure what he considers government’s unconscionable frugality. Nothing in the president’s campaign has betrayed an inkling that anything pertinent to Social Security or Medicare has changed since they were enacted 77 years and 47 years ago, respectively.

    Four years ago, Obama said that he would slow the oceans’ rise but this year has not sought a mandate to cope with — he has barely mentioned — the supposedly onrushing calamity of climate change. He says that this emergency (like everything else) justifies giving government huge new dollops of power, yet our Demosthenes evidently despairs of persuading the benighted public. (See above: condescension.)

    His only notable new idea in this campaign is to alter the First Amendment in order to empower government to restrict the amount of permissible political speech — speech about the composition and conduct of government. Nancy Pelosi pledges that if Democrats control the House, they will pass this constriction of the Bill of Rights on the first day.

    All politicians are to some extent salesmen. But Obama, having devalued the coin of presidential rhetoric by the promiscuous production of it, increasingly resembles a particular salesman, Arthur Miller’s Willy Loman:

    “For a salesman, there is no rock bottom to the life. He don’t put a bolt to a nut, he don’t tell you the law or give you medicine. He’s a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine. And when they start not smiling back — that’s an earthquake.”

    Why the empty stridency of the last days of Obama’s last campaign?

    Perhaps he feels an earthquake’s first tremors.

    © The Washington Post Company

  57. Middle Cheese, my source on the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign who talks to the Romney big cheeses regularly, writes in with a state-of-the-race update for Thursday:

    Politically, Hurricane Sandy (and Gov. Chris Christie) helped President Obama, but my sense is that it was more a respite than a boost.

    FL, VA, and CO are looking very solid for Romney. NV remains within reach for Romney, but favors Obama ever-so-slightly.

    WI, MI, IA, PA seem to be closing well for Romney. In WI, internal GOP polling shows Romney with a 1 point lead and gaining steam.

    MN and PA aren’t head fakes by Team Romney; they are legitimate opportunities to expand Mitt’s electoral map. MN has gone from “solid blue” to “lean Democrat.” Team Romney is not only buying ads in PA, but is sending Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio to campaign there today. The fact that Obama is also buying ads in PA is proof that PA is in play. Don’t be surprised if Mitt makes a stop in PA over the next few days.-

    According to the polls, OH remains too close to call. While the early voting trends make me nervous, my sources on the ground in Ohio tell me that the GOP ground game is as good as it has ever been. Romney, Ryan and their top 100 surrogates will hold a “Real Recovery Road” mega-rally in West Chester tomorrow evening, which should provide grassroots Republicans with a huge shot in the arm going into the weekend.

  58. This is not comforting…I need some comfort, maybe I will get it in a bottle….just kidding…
    November 1st, 2012 at 3:19 pm
    From UM

    Why are they so confident about winning next week? We aren’t getting any numbers in the office that has any of us knowing Obama will win. It will be close. Jarrett and her people seem so confident. Why is that? Do you have any information on why she is so confident? I’m worried. Benghazi was supposed to play big this weekend. That is what everybody here was bracing for last week. You could really tell the staffers were freaking out. Now nobody is talking about it. Like it was never a concern. Like it never even happened. Don’t you have people to help with that? What happened? You said it was going to be a game changer. I told some others it would be and now I’m kind of hanging out there. Not the only one around here who got a real bad vibe after the Alex thing. Help! Need some good news after today!

  59. Washington Post poll

    Voters planning to vote on Election Day in crucial swing states break for Romney 54-43 percent.

  60. Artur Davis commented Wednesday that Democrats are “panicked” over early voting numbers for next week’s election.
    The former Alabama Congressman and Democrat-turned-Republican explained that the depressed early voting numbers for Democrats are very important because Democrats typically “put a lot of stock in early voting.”
    Speaking on Fox Business Channel’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight”, Davis described Democrats as “panicked” because in 2008, “they ran up a huge margin over John McCain because of early voting.”
    Davis said, “One of the reasons why Democrats are trying to furiously spin every possible tea leaf and discredit every national poll is because they’re looking at hard data from the early vote numbers, and, in almost every state, they’re way behind their early vote numbers…”

  61. A little grace from ACE..internal memo, maybe Romney knew we needed a few words to steady the ship…

    Romney Internal Memo: Yeah, We’re Winning Iowa

    A guy named @talldave7 wants people to understand something: Even if Romney loses a bunch of east/midwest states, he can still win if he wins Iowa, Colorado, and Nevada.*

    Only Nevada is a tough slog in that trio.

    Just keep that in mind. I actually think we’ll win Wisconsin, so we won’t have to worry for too deep into the night. But even if that doesn’t come to pass, Republicans in Colorado and Nevada can cinch the election for Romney.

    So long as we grab Iowa. Which I once thought was a lost cause.

    But Iowa is looking good.

    An Iowa Republican tells me, “I have seen polling from a third-party group, three congressionals, our state Senate campaigns and state House campaigns — all using different pollsters, and ALL of them have Romney rising, and ALL of them have Romney with a 1 to 2 point lead.”
    See the link for more details. The important things are that Republicans are overperforming in the early vote, and have cut Obama’s lead in Democrats casting early votes by 75%. Obama still leads, but by a much smaller margin.

    And, again, he’s cannibalizing certain votes just to keep that padded edge:

    • The Obama campaign is panicking, and you can see it in the way they are turning out their most reliable, most likely voters long before Election Day. They are using their highest propensity voters to pad their absentee and early vote numbers. Incredibly, half of Iowa Democrats who have voted in all four of the last four general elections have been made to request absentee ballots or vote early by the Obama campaign.
    • The upshot is that Republicans have twice as many reliable, high propensity voters available on Election Day. Republicans already have a natural advantage on Election Day – after all, we invented the 72-Hour Program – which will only be larger in 2012 due to our record-shattering volunteer voter contact effort and the Democrats’ foolish decision to cannibalize their most reliable voters to pad their early voting figures.

    * That actually gets him to a 269-269 tie, but then Romney would win in the House.

    Plus, if he wins the very-gettable Maine-2 single EV, that would do it.

    Pennsylvania Dreaming? Romney’s on his way. And it’s not just a head fake– In 2008, Republicans led absentee voting by 2%, in a surprisingly narrow loss in an election Obama destroyed McCain in.

    Today, Republicans lead by 18%.

    Absentees are a small slice of the voting population, but they are suggestive of determination to vote in the broader population.

  62. This is the man Romney needs to get out the votes in the big minority cities Black churches. I wonder how he has been used? He is a better speaker by a mile than the fraud.

  63. Obama must be crapping himself

    UPDATE: The Romney/Ryan rally is expected in the Philadelphia suburbs — no BS spin this is really for eastern Ohio. Also robo-calls in Philly suburbs with an anti-Obamacare message happening.

    The next Vice President Paul Ryan is stumping in Middletown, Pennsylvaia on Saturday (Harrisburg Airport)

    Sources on the ground in the Philadelphia suburbs are getting robo-calls from Fred Thompson on behalf of Romney-Ryan

    Pennsylvania ranks 4th nationwide in ad spending this week between the 2 camps is $13.7 million: Team Romney $10.8mm versus Team Obama $2.9mm

    Romney-Ryan Billboards are on the New Jersey Turnpike in the Philadelphia suburbs

  64. Sickening. And I believe it.

    Claim: ‘Hail Obama’ Chants at First Lady Rally

    At a campaign rally featuring First Lady Michelle Obama today in Daytona, Florida, supporters of President Obama were reportedly chanting “Hail Obama,” according to one local reporter.

    Mike Synan, a local reporter at WOFL FOX 35, writes on Twitter:

    Crowd for #FLOTUS event in Daytona now chanting “Hail Obama”. Wow, just wow #fox35

    — Mike Synan (@msynan) November 1, 2012

    Minutes later, he repeated his claim:

    True. Would not lie. Chanting “Hail Obama” RT @jeffreybillman: @msynan For real, or are you just Drudge-baiting?

    — Mike Synan (@msynan) November 1, 2012

  65. Obama’s Layoff Bomb
    by Michelle Malkin
    Creators Syndicate
    Copyright 2012
    In June, a diffident and self-deluded President Obama claimed that “the private sector is doing fine.” Last week, the private sector responded: Speak for yourself, buster. Who needs an “October Surprise” when the business headlines are broadcasting the imminent layoff bomb in neon lights?
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last Tuesday that employers issued 1,316 “mass layoff actions” (affecting 50 workers or more) in September; more than 122,000 workers were affected overall. USA Today financial reporter Matt Krantz wrote that “(m)uch of the recent layoff activity is connected to what’s been the slowest period of earnings growth since the third quarter of 2009.” Some necessary restructuring is underway in response to the stagnant European economy. But more and more U.S. businesses are putting the blame — bravely and squarely — right where it belongs: on the obstructionist policies and regulatory schemes of the blame-shifter-in-chief.
    Last week, Ohio-based auto parts manufacturer Dana Holding Corp. warned employees of potential layoffs amid “looming concern” about the economy. President and CEO Roger Wood specifically mentioned the walloping burden of “increasing taxes on small businesses” and the need to “offset increased costs that are placed on us through new laws and regulations.”
    Case in point: Obamacare. The mandate will cost Dana Holding Corp., which employs some 24,500 workers, “approximately $24 million over the next six years in additional U.S. health care expenses.” As Ohio Watchdog blogger Maggie Thurber reported, the firm’s Toledo area corporate offices laid off seven white-collar employees last Friday; company insiders told her more were on the way. They are not alone.
    On Tuesday, Consol Energy issued a federally mandated layoff disclosure announcing its “intent to idle its Miller Creek surface operations near Naugatuck, W.Va.” The move will affect the company’s Wiley Surface Mine, Wiley Creek Surface Mine, Minway Surface Mine, Minway Preparation Plant and Miller Creek Administration Group, all in Mingo County, W.Va. Despite state approval, cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and myriad other agencies, and a stellar safety record, Obama’s EPA dragged its feet on the permit approval process. The impasse has forced layoffs of 145 Consol Energy employees that will hit at the end of the year. They are not alone.
    In August, Robert E. Murray, founder and CEO of Murray Energy Corporation in Ohio, blasted the White House anti-coal agenda for the layoffs and closure of his company’s mine. He told Obama water-carrying CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien that “the many regulations that (Obama) and his radical appointees and the U.S. EPA have put on the use of coal, there are dozens of them and collectively by his own energy administration, have closed 175 power plants.” As O’Brien barked at her guest about purported environmental objections, Murray explained that “we cannot get permits for these mines. They are delaying the issuance of permits. If you can’t get the permit, you can’t have the mine. … I created those jobs, and I put the investment in that mine. And when it came time to lay the people off, I went up personally and talked to every one of them myself to lay them off. It’s a human issue.”
    And it’s an innovation issue, too. As I reported in February, Obamacare’s impending 2.3 percent medical device excise tax has already wrought havoc on the industry:
    Stryker, a maker of artificial hips and knees based in Kalamazoo, Mich., is slashing 5 percent of its global workforce (an estimated 1,000 workers) this coming year to reduce costs related to Obamacare’s taxes and mandates.
    Covidien, a N.Y.-based surgical supplies manufacturer, recently announced layoffs of 200 American workers and plans to move some of its plant work to Mexico and Costa Rica, in part because of the coming tax hit.
    Mass.-based Zoll Medical Corp., which makes defibrillators and employs some 1,800 workers in the U.S. and around the world, says the medical device tax will cost the company between $5 million and $10 million a year.
    This July, Indiana’s Cook Medical Inc. shelved plans to open five new plants because of the imminent medical device tax hit. They are not alone.
    The heads of Koch Industries, Westgate Resorts and ASG Software Solutions have all separately informed their employees of prosperity-undermining Obama economic politics. Left-wing groups have lambasted the executives for exercising their political free speech.
    But they have remained silent while the White House corruptocrats bribed federal defense contractors into delaying federally mandated layoff disclosures before the election. In a memo now being investigated on Capitol Hill, Obama promised to cover the legal fees of Lockheed Martin and other defense contractors if they ignored legal requirements to inform workers in advance about so-called sequestration cuts to the military’s budget scheduled to kick in next year.
    Truth suppression is a time-honored Obama tactic, of course. Remember: The administration and its Democratic allies on Capitol Hill attempted to punish Deere, Caterpillar, Verizon and ATT in 2010 for disclosing how the costs of Obamacare taxes were hitting their bottom lines — even though they were simply following SEC disclosure requirements. The White House also tried to silence insurers who dared to inform their customers about how Obamacare was driving up premiums.
    Not this time. The administration’s bully boys don’t have enough whitewash and duct tape to cover up the past, present and future devastation of the president and his economic demolition team.

  66. gonzotx
    November 1st, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    This is not comforting…I need some comfort, maybe I will get it in a bottle….just kidding…

    I know what you mean, everyone is pretty freaked out since this election is so close. Then again, I keep thinking of 2010 when the obots didn’t think the Tea folks had any influence over the election and they were only going to split the Rethug party.

    They lied and the Dim’s lost the supermajority.

    I gotta believe Mitt is going to win, or I will get too depressed to function.

  67. Rove is putting his reputation on the line?

    I hope he is right>

    Rove Predicts Romney Victory, 51-48

    Karl Rove, whose precinct-to-precinct electoral expertise is almost unmatched in the pundit sphere, has asserted that Mitt Romney’s poll numbers give him a clear edge in the presidential election. Rove’s prediction? Romney 51%, Obama 48%, with Romney winning at least 279 electoral votes.

    Here are Rove’s key points:

    1. Of the 31 national surveys in the last week, Romney leads in 19, Obama in 7, and five show a tie. A key fact is that Obama is not over 50% in any poll, while Romney is over that number in 10 different polls.

    2. The national average for Romney is 48.4%, while Obama trails at 47.2%. Even with the traditional 1% boost the incumbent always receives on Election Day, that still leaves Obama short.

    3. The Gallup poll that was based on October suggested that the turnout looks as though the Republicans have a 1% lead, 36% to 35%, compared with 39% Democratic and 29% Republican in 2008. If that is true, that’s big trouble for Obama.

    4. Gallup has reported that early voting has broken for Romney, 52% to 46%.

    5. Gallup also found that the 63% who said they planned to vote on Election Day similarly supported Romney, 51% to 45%.

    6. In battleground states, the 2008 edge in early and absentee votes for Obama has eroded.

    7. Getting specific about Ohio, 530,813 Ohio Democrats had voted early or had requested or cast an absentee ballot, which is down 181,275 from 2008. But 448,357 Ohio Republicans had voted early or had requested or cast an absentee ballot, up 75,858 from 2008. That 257,133-vote swing is almost exactly equal to Obama’s 2008 Ohio margin of 262,224. With most observers expecting Republicans to win Election Day turnout, those numbers look good for Romney.

  68. How is Obama NOT responsible? Why did it take a whopping 90 minutes for BO to meet with his team the night of the attack? The article says the State Dept did not request military intervention the night of the attack, but even if that were the case (which I doubt), numerous cables were sent out to other top government agencies about the attack. The implication is that Obama and his WH team weren’t alerted in time to do anything. BULL SHIT!!!!

    “Normally it would be the job of the U.S. ambassador on location to request a military response. But Stevens likely died in the first two hours of the attack. The responsibility for requesting military backup would then have fallen to the deputy chief of mission at Benghazi or officials at the State Department in Washington.

    “The State Department is responsible for assessing security at its diplomatic installations and for requesting support from other government agencies if they need it,” a senior U.S. Defense official said. “There was no request from the Department of State to intervene militarily on the night of the attack.”

    The president, however, would have the final say as to whether or not to send in the military. By 11 p.m. Benghazi time, 90 minutes after the assault began on the U.S. mission, Obama met with the National Security Council to discuss the attack. NSC spokesman Tommy Vietor said the president “ordered Secretary Panetta and Chairman Dempsey to begin moving assets into the region to prepare for a range of contingencies” at that meeting.

    According to the senior Defense Department official, those assets included a special operations team from central Europe to be staged at the Sigonella Naval Air Station in Italy and other small teams of Marines deployed at U.S. Naval bases known as FAST platoons. (These details were first reported by Fox News.) By the time the special operations team and the Marines were prepared to go forward with the rescue mission, however, the first wave of the attack was over.” [….]

  69. Trixta

    BULL SHIT!!!!


    I agree. Hillary is not the villain nor the fall-woman.

    Barry and Jarrett have their blood all over this.

  70. Nixon was impeached for much less than this. Hillary tried, her men died, but she stands by the fool and BC is out there campaigning madly for him. I can not forgive them this…So’ who was watching the attack for 7 hours exactly? We know the fraud doesn’t have the guts or concentration?

    Obama Didn’t Convene Terrorism Response Task Force During Attack
    As @johnekdahl puts it: It was decided from the first moments that this wasn’t terrorism, because it would be politically harmful if it were terrorism.

    So the joint force in charge of counter-terrorism was not convened. That would have created a paper trail.

    And so four men died.

    CBS News has learned that during the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, the Obama Administration did not convene its top interagency counterterrorism resource: the Counterterrorism Security Group, (CSG).
    “The CSG is the one group that’s supposed to know what resources every agency has. They know of multiple options and have the ability to coordinate counterterrorism assets across all the agencies,” a high-ranking government official told CBS News. “They were not allowed to do their job. They were not called upon.”

    Information shared with CBS News from top counterterrorism sources in the government and military reveal keen frustration over the U.S. response on Sept. 11, the night ambassador Chris Stevens and 3 other Americans were killed in a coordinated attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya.

    Counterterrorism sources and internal emails reviewed by CBS News express frustration that key responders were ready to deploy, but were not called upon to help in the attack.

    Absent coordination from Counterterrorism Security Group, a senior US counterterrorism official says the response to the crisis became more confused. The official says the FBI received a call during the attack representing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and requesting agents be deployed….

    Another senior counter terrorism official says a hostage rescue team was alternately asked to get ready and then stand down throughout the night, as officials seemed unable to make up their minds.

    Gutsy call.

  71. Didn’t this Bi#$h ridicule Romney for getting supplies for the flood victims? Wasn’t only BLOOD&MONEY they needed? Dumb Bi#$h…


    Staten Island Borough President: Don’t Give Money to the RedCross

    “You know, I went to a shelter Monday night after the storm. People were coming in with no socks, with no shoes. They were in desperate need. Their housing was destroyed. They were crying. Where was the Red Cross? Isn’t that their function? They collect millions of dollars.

  72. Well I blew that, let me repost…
    Didn’t this Bi#$h ridicule Romney for getting supplies for the flood victims? Wasn’t only BLOOD&MONEY they needed? Dumb Bi#$h…

    ACE…(Andrea Mitchell still adores them)

    Staten Island Borough President: Don’t Give Money to the RedCross

    “You know, I went to a shelter Monday night after the storm. People were coming in with no socks, with no shoes. They were in desperate need. Their housing was destroyed. They were crying. Where was the Red Cross? Isn’t that their function? They collect millions of dollars.

  73. It was a positive post. Much better than the NYT poll. Within margin or error. Tomorrow’s Gallup will be important as will be the job #’s report. Trying to keep the
    faith 5 days out and counting. The one scenario that does worry me is losing Ohio as I
    do not think he is winning NV.

  74. NV is the unions SEIU… considering the foreclosures and lose of jobs, it’s amazing they follow the beat of the fraud. And who the hell is he meeting with all these trips to LV? I have always wanted to know that fact.
    November 01, 2012
    Las Vegas Review Journal Slashes Obama as “Unworthy” of the Presidency Due to Incompetence, Cowardice, and Dishonesty

    Harshing his mellow.

    This administration is an embarrassment on foreign policy and incompetent at best on the economy – though a more careful analysis shows what can only be a perverse and willful attempt to destroy our prosperity. Back in January 2008, Barack Obama told the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle that under his cap-and-trade plan, “If somebody wants to build a coal-fired power plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them.” He added, “Under my plan … electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” It was also in 2008 that Mr. Obama’s future Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, famously said it would be necessary to “figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe” – $9 a gallon.
    Yet the president now claims he’s in favor of oil development and pipelines, taking credit for increased oil production on private lands where he’s powerless to block it, after he halted the Keystone XL Pipeline and oversaw a 50 percent reduction in oil leases on public lands.

    These behaviors go far beyond “spin.” They amount to a pack of lies. To return to office a narcissistic amateur who seeks to ride this nation’s economy and international esteem to oblivion, like Slim Pickens riding the nuclear bomb to its target at the end of the movie “Dr. Strangelove,” would be disastrous.

    Candidate Obama said if he couldn’t fix the economy in four years, his would be a one-term presidency.

    Mitt Romney is moral, capable and responsible man. Just this once, it’s time to hold Barack Obama to his word. Maybe we can all do something about that, come Tuesday.

    Instapundit has a longer quote, and if you like that, go to the source and Read the Whole Thing.

    Nevada’s going to be tough — but it’s still very possible (see about midway through article).

    If things fall through, remember, there is always a chance of a late win in Nevada.

  75. gonzotx
    November 1st, 2012 at 8:45 pm
    Reid must have his dirty hands in this in LV
    They have rattlesnakes in Nevada I believe

    Besides Harry Reid I mean

    Of course no rattle snake would bite him.

    Professional courtesy.

  76. CBS News has learned that during the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, the Obama Administration did not convene its top interagency counterterrorism resource: the Counterterrorism Security Group, (CSG).
    FOX has led the pack on this story. But CBS is joining in. ABC, NBC and CNN will not go near it. When Obama loses, ABC, NBC and CNN will find that they have painted themselves into a corner. Not trusted by the public. Not trusted by the new administration. They are not journalists. They are whores. Hell, they don’t even understand the principle of diversification, i.e. don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

  77. Gonzo: in re. The Red Cross:

    In his autobiography Goodbye Darkness, JKK biographer and Swarthmore Professor William Manchester recounted the experiences as a marine in World War II on Guadalcanal, and those of his father before him as a marine in World War I.

    Tragically, his father was seriously injured hours before the signing of the Armistice, was tossed in a military hospital, was triaged into the group who were dying and lay there for hours. He wanted a cigaratte but there were none available. The Knights of Columbus stopped by to render aid, but they did not help him because he was wearing a Masonic ring. The Red Cross came by and refused to help him unless he signed a note to repay them for the goods and services they rendered. He had no money so they passed him by. Finally, the Salvation Army showed up and they gave him anything he wanted free of charge.

    Ironically, Manchester, the son, was wounded in World War II. The Red Cross came by and rendered aid but made him sign a note to pay them back. Manchester remembered what had happened with his father in World War II, and all the people back home who gave generously to the Red Cross because they believed it would get to the troops. But of course much of it never did. It went to the top people in that organization and the bureacracy. Manchester contributed to the Salvation Army, but never to the Red Cross. And he never repaid he loan to them. He figured he owed that much to his father.

  78. ACE…(Andrea Mitchell still adores them)
    Compared to who she is married to . . . It would be like being married to Bela Lugosi.

  79. Claim: ‘Hail Obama’ Chants at First Lady Rally
    The gladiators salutation. Senatus Publicus Q Romnaus: Hail Caesar! We who are about to die salute you!!!

  80. Washington Post poll

    Voters planning to vote on Election Day in crucial swing states break for Romney 54-43 percent.
    Well, the delta is 9. I think thre real number is double digit 11-12.

  81. wbb – I was just about to post something from the story you referred to from CBS. Article from Powerline.
    States when O didn’t convene the CSG, a representative of Hillary Clinton’s office called CSG and requested FBI to help. Because there was too little security, however, the request was refused.


    Report: Key task force not convened during Benghazi attack

    President Obama has claimed that “the minute” he became aware of the Benghazi attack, he directed his staff to “make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to do.” But CBS News reports that one thing Obama and his staff didn’t do was to convene its top interagency counterterrorism resource: the Counterterrorism Security Group, (CSG).

    “The CSG is the one group that’s supposed to know what resources every agency has. They know of multiple options and have the ability to coordinate counterterrorism assets across all the agencies,” a high-ranking government official told CBS News. “They were not allowed to do their job. They were not called upon.”….
    Absent coordination from Counterterrorism Security Group, a senior US counterterrorism official says the response to the crisis became more confused. The official says the FBI received a call during the attack representing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and requesting agents be deployed. But he and his colleagues agreed the agents “would not make any difference without security and other enablers to get them in the country and synch their efforts with military and diplomatic efforts to maximize their success.”
    Obama’s failure to consult the CSG appears to violate established protocol which reportedly calls for the Counterterrorism Security Group (CSG) to be convened in the event of a possible terrorist attack. The attack in Benghazi was always a possible terrorist attack. According to a public military document, the reason for the protocol is to
    ize the efforts of all the government agencies that have a role to play in the Global War on Terrorism.”
    However, Obama opted, in the words of one official quoted by CBS “isolate the response process at the most senior level” and not to “consult counterterrorism professionals.” The outcome in Benghazi suggests that he should have followed protocol.

    Perhaps Obama believes he’s a better counterterrorism expert than his counterterrorism professionals. Or maybe he just had his mind on Las Vegas.

    Just one more word about Herridge article/interview. I commented on last threat, but it was at same time a new article was posted by Admin, so I don’t know if it was noticed. I won’t move it, but would like to say that the language this reporter used in reference to Clinton’s actions or lack thereof provides a clue to her intention to slam Hillary, regardless of whether she deserves it, and her bias. Of course Herridge is from FOX, and some from that network would sooner slander a Clinton than win the lottery.

    The statement posted above from Herridge’s article that Hillary knew by August 16th that if she did not do something someone would die, is the most sensationalized language, intended to target Hillary, and, I might add, is in conflict with other articles stating that upon receiving the request for additional security, she sent the info and request to Obama. This is the problem with articles that can’t be verified and that are for the sole purpose of smearing, and/or impacting an election. Regardless of how much I hate Obama, I don’t want MSM or FOX to be able to exaggerate and create their own version of the truth in order to accomplish this. It’s especially unfair given that no doubt some of the info required to confirm Hillary’s actions cannot be made public. What an easy ride in a fancy car Herridge took when she tried to put a nail in Hillary’s coffin – thus doing a little damage to Obama, while also bagging her a Clinton for FOX.

    This is what I meant by politicizing. And, no matter how much others may or may not want it to be about the deaths – it’s not. This was not this authors purpose – not with the sensationalized, inflammatory language she used. She was not just reporting. She was not just providing information. She was politicizing. If I were the family of one of the victims of this incident about which some reporters have put out a bunch of garbage, and obscured the truth, I’d do my best to make damn sure they paid for it. I have learned one thing since 2008, it’s that conservative/right wing females hate Dem or liberal women way more than right wing men do.

  82. “But of course much of it never did. It went to the top people in that organization and the bureacracy. Manchester contributed to the Salvation Army, but never to the Red Cross.”
    I have heard similar stories from vets of WWII, Korea and Viet Nam. Red Cross wanted money, Salvation Army did all that they could for free. In HS, I worked road construction with a Korean War vet who had been wounded during the 8th Army retreat. He still talked about the Red Cross wanting money for cold coffee and stale donuts and nothing but praise for the Salvation Army.

  83. Dailybeast has a hit piece that State never called for military backup. That fucker Obama and Panetta are watching the attack real time as it happened and they wanted State to send them a request. Fuck Obama!

  84. Yes, pm317, my point exactly! BO was watching events unfold in real time and they couldn’t act? And it took them 90 minutes to assemble their WH team? Why that long?? Have they released BO’s WH schedule for the evening?

    Reporter Herridge, IMHO, was on a mission last night to point the finger right back at State, no doubt. “Smoking gun”…”culpability” — all very definitive words, which she carefully repeated throughout her interview on FOX. The question remains”: Why didn’t BO give the order to intervene while he was watching in real time? Doesn’t BO have a direct line to the CSG?

  85. SHV
    November 1st, 2012 at 9:59 pm
    “But of course much of it never did. It went to the top people in that organization and the bureacracy. Manchester contributed to the Salvation Army, but never to the Red Cross.”
    I have heard similar stories from vets of WWII, Korea and Viet Nam. Red Cross wanted money, Salvation Army did all that they could for free. In HS, I worked road construction with a Korean War vet who had been wounded during the 8th Army retreat. He still talked about the Red Cross wanting money for cold coffee and stale donuts and nothing but praise for the Salvation Army.
    Yes. The Salvation Army is the only charity I contribute to when I can afford it, and when I cannot afford it.

    When I hear the word “progressive” I think of the Salvation Army. They were part of the original progressive movement that was devoted to alleviating the ills of society in a decent and humane way.

    At one time, there was a progressive political movement as well. Ironically, it begain in the Republican Party, with Teddy Roosevelt, La Folleytte. But is was also present in the democrat party with Al Smith and of course FDR.

    In Tolstoy’s novel War and Peace, there is a character named Pierre Buzukoff. He is part of the Russian Aristocracy, yet he supports the idea of a peasant revolution. The reason he supported it was because he felt it would free the nobility as much as the serfs.

    Most of the American aristocracy does not subscribe to that view. They see no advantage to a middle class. They fail to realize that the middle class is the buffer between them and the mob. This has been true throughout history.

    Today, the progressive movement is dead. Big business used Barack Obama to kill it, and kill it he has. The young pip squeeks like Ezra Klein and Nate Silver claim to be progressives, but that is a lie. They are neo-fascists.

    I wish there was a political movement today that was true to those values. Many of the people who describe themselves as progressives now, are really neo-fascists, anti-constitutionalists, and shameless self promoters.

  86. From a poster on NQ:

    “Rumsfeld was on Medved this afternoon. Didn’t hear it all, but he did talk Benghazi at length, and I paraphrase:

    WH situation room would have immediate access to same feed as State &CIA. NSA and Chief of Staff would have known of attack very early and it’s inconceivable that one or both of them would not have immediately informed POTUS.
    Did Hillary ask Obama to do something? If she didn’t, why didn’t he do something anyway?”

  87. MOONACHIE, N.J. –  New Jersey will deploy military trucks to serve as polling places on Election Day in storm-battered communities, the state secretary of the state announced Thursday during a visit to this flood-ravaged town. The state is also extending the deadline on mail-in ballots.

    Department of Defense trucks will be parked at regular polling places that have lost power, as long as the sites are still accessible. Paper ballots will be used.

    Republican Secretary of State and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno said voters will find “a DOD truck with a well-situated National Guardsman and a big sign saying, “Vote Here.”

    Guadagno said it was still unclear how many of the state’s 3,000 polling places are without power, but she would know by Friday. Alternate sites are to be identified in cases where polling places are gone, she said.

    More than 1.6 million electric customers in New Jersey remained without power Thursday night.


  88. Dailybeast has a hit piece that State never called for military backup. That fucker Obama and Panetta are watching the attack real time as it happened and they wanted State to send them a request. Fuck Obama!
    Agreed. I suspect they did ask for a back-up from the man in the White House, he was curled up in a fetal position and could not make a decision (poor little bambi). Instead of waiting for the help that never came, the people at State did something. They got in an airplane and went in themselves to join in the fight. While Bambi covered his poor little eyes and asked his nanny Jarret to make the bad monster go away.

    Bing Wests is the only one I trust. He has given us the Occums Razor answer to this, and everyone else is trying to obfuscate, complicate and evade. Bing is a stand-up guy and so are the dead navy seals. They represent the highest ideals of this nation. And the craven administration represents the nadir. So fuck you Obama. Fuck you Panetta. Fuck you Jarrett. Fuck you Donilon. Fuck you Brenan. Fuck you Dempsey. You have betrayed your oath of office, and this country. All of you should be charged with murder.

  89. well why is Big Dog still campaigning for the turd? It’s obvious they are trying to throw what Hillary didn’t throw of herself under the bus. So what gives with that

  90. The year is 1916. The place is a courtroom in Paris. Far enough from the battlefield that no gunfire is audible. But close enough in terms of time and geography that the horrors of the battlefiedl are on everyones mind. Days earlier, a high ranking general of great ambition and little regard for others, orders his men in to climb out of the trenches, race across no mans land, elude the maxim gun which will soon plough them down and take a hill which has no strategic value, other than the advancement of the generals career. The men obey the order grudgling, are cut to pieces by the maxim gun and the hill is not taken. Rather than admit his own error, the general decides to make his own men the scapegoat, so he orders the company commander to pick three men from the company and charge them with treason, cowardice under fire, and betrayal of the country–all this and more to save his own ass. A court marshall is convened to try these men, and their attorney, Kirk Douglas, who is also their company commander, gives this closing statement. The themes which defense counsel invokes in this clip, humanity, carrying it with them to their dying day, and the lack of due process, are in evidence in Benghazi as well.

  91. well why is Big Dog still campaigning for the turd? It’s obvious they are trying to throw what Hillary didn’t throw of herself under the bus. So what gives with that
    Most likely. Bill figures if he can help Obama win, then Obama will use the powers of his office, and Harry Reid to shut down further investigation into the Benghazi matter. On the other hand, if Romney is elected and the Republicans win the Senate then the investigation will go forward full throttle, and big media will turn on the defeated dims like the rattlesnakes big media most definitely are. For obvious reasons, Bill is anxious to preserve the status quo ante, where Obama can control the Senate and the press, and all the participants can slip the noose. There are other factors in play here too

    As you may recall, during the vice presidential debate, Biden told the country that he and Obama were never informed about the security problem in Benghazi. At that point, it became obvious that Obama was coming after her. Whereupon, Bill and Hillary convened the meeting with trusted associates, decided that she there was a paper trail which would provide her with some degree of protection, but they also decided to hedge their bet by having Bill campaign to re elect Obama for the reasons above. I could be wrong, as I see it, that is most likely what has happened. There is an element of desperation in some of Bill’s remarks.

  92. Most union-employer pension plans are seriously underfunded. Lucrative benefits, fewer employer contributors and poor investment performance are the drivers. The total unfunded liablity may be as high as $5 trillion. If Obama gets a second term he will use taxpayer funds to bail them out. He will call it saving the middle class, but only those who are union. That is what he has promised them, along with lifting the Federal Government trusteeship over the Teamsters. There is not enough gold in Fort Knox to pay for Obama’s campaign promises. But he does have that low life Benake who is perfectly willing to print as much money as he needs and thereby undermine our currency. When Romney wins, he needs to fire Bernake immediately. He is dangerous.

  93. My personal sanity guide to get through the next 5 days.

    1. Polling is going to be sporadic in the east coast states due to Hurricane Sandy. Don’t trust them. Ignore them.

    2. Ignore all MEDIA polls. Remember, polling is a side note for them, not their business operation. I would only look at Rassmussen and Gallup as this is their business. Don’t get hung up on any CBS, NYT, Fox etc. polls.

    3. Pray

    4. Pray and then have a drink.

    5. Talk with one undecided voter and explain what this election means for the country.

    6. EXHALE..go for a walk, watch a football game..get outside. Turn off your computer for a few hours.

    7. Pray.

    8. Pray then have a drink.

    9. Pet your dog/cat. It reduces stress.

    10. If you haven’t already, on Tuesday…VOTE!

    There won’t be any November “surprise” to change voters’ minds. Even the unemployment figure won’t matter whatever way it goes tomorrow. If it goes up, just reinforces the failed Obama policies. If it goes down, nobody trusts the number this close to the election.


  94. wbboei
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:05 am
    well why is Big Dog still campaigning for the turd? It’s obvious they are trying to throw what Hillary didn’t throw of herself under the bus. So what gives with that
    Most likely. Bill figures if he can help Obama win, then Obama will use the powers of his office, and Harry Reid to shut down further investigation into the Benghazi matter. On the other hand, if Romney is elected and the Republicans win the Senate then the investigation will go forward full throttle, and big media will turn on the defeated dims like the rattlesnakes big media most definitely are. For obvious reasons, Bill is anxious to preserve the status quo ante, where Obama can control the Senate and the press, and all the participants can slip the noose

    And that is my theory as well, which is why I, starting today, will never support a Clinton again. I am sick to my stomach, believed so strongly in them.

    America first.

    Will a real American hero please save us from ourselves, even though we are not deserving of same?…

    I feel like Admin will not like that statement, but perhaps she will let me stay till the outcome on Tuesday.It’s been a long journey…

    Obviously I believe the buck stops with the President, and he is so wholefully lacking, but the Clinton’s have had their chance to step up for America, and they have chosen a path I will not follow.

  95. Sexual misconduct and battery, intoxicated in public, living at home with his parents. . . . Oh vay. Bots will be bots. A fine representative of BO/

    Obama Campaign Staffer Arrested For Sexual Assault
    By: Aaron Gardner (Diary) |

    Luke Buchanan, a Field Organizer with President Obama’s reelection campaign, Obama For Amerika has been arrested and is being detained in Larimer County jail for “Unlawful Sexual Contact” according to reports from CBS 4 in Denver and a press release from the Loveland Police Department.

    Based on reports, the assault happened while Buchanan was canvassing neighborhoods for Obama For Amerika.

    The victim, a 21-year-old woman, reported to the Loveland police that Buchanan “identified himself as a member of the Obama political campaign and asked to speak with her about her voting status.” According to the press release, after Buchanan was done speaking to the victim he “asked if he could give her a campaign sticker. The victim accepted and the male allegedly grabbed her breasts while applying the sticker to her shirt.”

    The Loveland Police Department identifies Buchanan as “a 24 year old Washington, D.C. resident, who was working on the campaign in Loveland.” The release also stated that Buchanan was arrested for “one count of Unlawful Sexual Contact, a class 1 misdemeanor.”

    Records found by Media Trackers and first reported by the Denver Post suggest this isn’t Buchanan’s first run in with the law. This March, Buchanan was booked by Santa Monica County for public intoxication According to California Penal Code 647(f) PC, public intoxication means either “your level of intoxication makes you unable to exercise care for your safety or for the safety of others, or your level of intoxication interferes with, obstructs, or prevents others from using streets, sidewalks, or other “public ways.”

    The statute does not limit intoxication to alcohol, instead including “influence of intoxicating liquor, any drug, controlled substance, toluene, or any combination” of the same.

    Buchanan’s Facebook page lists him as the Field Coordinator for the Fort Collins Obama for America office. Buchanan describes himself as a Field Organizer with Obama for America on his LinkedIN profile. In his biography, Buchanan states that he has a double major in Communications and Environmental studies, and he indicates he is “now working on President Obama’s campaign in Colorado, where I recruit and manage volunteers, perform cold-calls, and collect and input data.”

    According to records, Buchanan lived with his parents in D.C. prior to moving to Colorado. Buchanan’s D.C. residence is a luxurious home in a neighborhood where the mean home value is over $1 million and the median income is just under $100 thousand.

    A search of voter registration records shows no current or former registrations for Buchanan in either Washington D.C. or Colorado. This despite being responsible for registering voter for the Obama campaign in Colorado.

    This post was originally featured at Media Trackers Colorado.

  96. I feel like Admin will not like that statement, but perhaps she will let me stay till the outcome on Tuesday.It’s been a long journey…
    Admin has made it clear that we are not bots and are not compelled to go along with everthing Hillary says and does. We are free to express our opinions and think for ourselves. I would like to believe Hillary will come out of this smelling like a rose, but the thing that troubles me is continuing to parrot the party line that this was a spontanous event. This was a gunrunning operation, they are trying to cover it up because it was profoundly stupid and if it became widely known it would destroy our credibility. It is the problem of multiple audiences. The other problem is they are trying to make it look like the president is a leader when everyone in the know, knows that he cannot take the 3 am call–when the phone rings he goes blatto.

  97. It’s been a long journey
    A long, expensive and gut wrenching journey.

    The Hillary we saw in the campaign was marvelous. We would have followed her to the gates of hell, if she had asked.

  98. Alabama crews turned away because they are “non-union” in NJ. Really sickening.

    The hurricane-ravaged east coast has been receiving north Alabama help, but crews from Huntsville Utilities learned they’ll be doing work in Long Island, New York instead of in New Jersey.


    Utility crews volunteered with Sandy recovery. See photos.

    Crews from Huntsville, as well as Decatur Utilities and Joe Wheeler out of Trinity headed up there this week, but Derrick Moore, one of the Decatur workers, said they were told by crews in New Jersey that they can’t do any work there since they’re not union employees.

    The crews that are in Roanoke, Virginia say they are just watching and waiting even though they originally received a call asking for help from Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

    The crews were told to stand down. In fact, Moore said the crew from Trinity is already headed back home.

    Understandably, Moore said they’re frustrated being told “thanks, but no thanks.”

    At least Huntsville has now found someone who wants their help.

  99. Following to the gates of hell was a Revolutionary War expression, which expressed the admiration that the soldiers felt for their commanding officer, General Wayne–a Patton of an earlier century.

  100. DEVELOPING: GOP sources confirm VP candidate Paul Ryan will hold a campaign rally in the Twin Cities on Sunday, 2 days before the election.

    So Romney in Pennsylvania on Sunday and Ryan in Minnesota.

  101. Alabama crews turned away because they are “non-union” in NJ. Really sickening.
    Perhaps the odd couple, i.e. Obama and Christy should address that issue. If disaster victims are reduced to eating out dumpsters, it would seem that repair efforts should proceed with great urgency, and no offer of qualified help should be refused.

    But the unions do not care about that. They see this disaster as a golden opportunity to bleed the clock for overtime. If more men are available, the overtime opportunites are correspondingly reduced.

    If this were a permanent situation, then they might have a jurisdictional interest to protect. But this is temporary.

  102. moononpluto
    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:19 am
    Sounds like the Obama firewalls are crumbling.

    Time and geography matter:

    In the final days of the campaign, R/R are on the offensive, and O/B are on the defensive, everywhere.

    In the final days of the campaign, R/R are fighting the battle on O/B’s home turf.

    In the final days of the campaign, R/R are poised to capture the enemy flag.

  103. wbb, obviously, everyone has a right to his/her opinion and feelings about Bill’s role. Lord knows we have read plenty of speculation about it. But, I don’t buy the idea that he is hoping O will be reelected, and somehow save Hillary. She is the one who has tried to be more forthcoming about this from jump. She never said that the attack was due to the video. She referenced it in supporting the right of free speech, after Obama, Valerie J, and others claimed it for the reason, and Obama had practically assured his comrades in the ME that he didn’t think so much of the whole idea of free speech, either. I know she reportedly mentioned the video to Mr. Woods. In that situation, assuming that O and his band of idiots had already offered it as a reason for the attack that killed his son, what should she have done at that time and place, with a brief time to speak to this man who is grief stricken,and desperately in need of answers about how and why and at whose hand his son’s life had been taken? That was not the moment to pull him aside, and say, now, these a-holes are all lying to you. It’s all a smoke screen to cover for a botched operation in which he received no help, but behaved with extreme courage? Not the place. Not the time. And, she did not have the authority to openly and publicly challenge her boss’s explanation. She did proclaim it a terrorist act, before Obama and Valerie J did. She stood up to him in various ways, and I believe has attempted to disclose what info she could. No doubt there are many constraints.

    Reports about whether she called for security prior to the attack is conflicting, although several have indicated that there is proof that she did. The same holds true regarding her response during the attack. I firmly believe that when all the facts are known, we will see that she did as she has done throughout her service as SOS. She has done the hard work, made the hard calls, fulfilled her responsibility, and managed this thing as well as it could be managed considering the chain of command, the limits of her authority, and the required protocol.

    I know you haven’t forgotten that Obama placed Susan Rice in charge of some of the functions that normally the responsibility of the SOS. He didn’t trust Hillary, and believe me, she knew damn well she couldn’t trust him.

    Regarding Bill – First of all, I think it is a stretch to assume that he should want Obama defeated. He’s a Democrat for heaven’s sake, and while we have the luxury of saying f**k you to the Dem party, he does not if he and Hillary are to remain active and continue their work for and on behalf of America – from their ideological perspectives as moderates. Secondly, Hillary’s announcement that she would consider remaining as SOS, if O got reelected was so strange – coming right after O had announced that in spite of his begging, she wouldn’t stay. I would bet the ranch that he was dying to get her gone. With her having no official position in his Administration, she would not have access to information about the investigation into Benghazi. She couldn’t impact the narrative coming from the WH – which would be total BS, no doubt. She wouldn’t have access to classified documents and evidence, through which to exonerate herself. She would be thrown under the bus.

    So I believe that even though he wanted her gone, he was a little afraid of what Bill might say in the weeks before the election. He agreed to have her stay – even pretended to the media that he wanted her to stay, and, in return, Bill would make nice and help him with the election. If Obama remains in office, she will at least be in a position to protect herself – so long as she remains part of the administration.

    Maybe I just want to believe the best about her and Bill. Hell, after all the work we put in in 2008 to campaign for her, the money we contributed, and the hope we have managed to keep alive about a future run, I damn sure don’t want that to have been for nothing. But, more importantly, regardless of whether I lika and/or approve of some of the actions of Bill and Hillary, I would still prefer them to be in leadership positions over any other Dem or Republican in the country – bar none. You can’t expect to like everything about a candidate or a leader. Hell, don’t did too deeply, or you may find a few things you’re not too crazy about in Mitt (Ryan being a big one for me). Hillary and Bill do not owe it to us to live up to our personal life map for them.

    She was the one who went through hell in 2008. Our disappointment and outrage had to be only 1/10 of hers and Bills. We can’t know everything that motivates them – their personal perspectives on what their obligations are to other Dems who have supported them, to the party of which they function as leaders. I know – country before party. Well, hell, maybe in trying to find a viable way of remaining involved in government through the only vehicle available to them – the Dem party – maybe in eating the shit that the progs have repeatedly served them (not to mention the large quantity of it FOX and MSM both have tried to shove down their throats) they have seen their willingness to remain affiliated with the party as their way of putting country first. Maybe it was a sacrifice for them, and one beyond which any one of us could have made.

    I’m not going to say anything else about this. I think I’ve expressed my views on Hillary and Bill a little too often, and it is only my view. We all have opinions, and we don’t have to agree with each other. So be it. But, until Admin takes Hillary’s name off this blog, and even though at present the focus is on Mitt’s election, I assume it still is a blog for the purpose of supporting Hillary Clinton and that pro-Clinton views are acceptable. If in the future, there is real proof of wrongdoing on Hillary’s part (and I don’t mean a mistake – who the hell doesn’t make them. Does that cancel out every good think you’ve ever done?) then I guess we’ll all know what’s up. But damn if I’m going to base any damn thing I think on some BS leaked by one of O’s thugs, or on some unverifiable information put out by reporters and blogs whose obvious intent is to manipulate facts for the purpose of influencing this election.

  104. 4 days of campaigning left and the race is more or less decided, anyone not decided at this stage either votes for the challenger or does’nt bother, nothing left out there for Bambi, who ever is voting for him has made their mind up and many more than likely don’t bother turning up.

    Rasmussen polls are all moving slowly over to Romneys corner and Rasmussen will start doing final polls this weekend, those which he thinks are definites he will call by Sat/Sun with his final call on Monday.

    Watch for movement to Romney from today as they only now have a few days now to start pulling it right. Independents have been moving to Romney for months and Obama’s base has been missing in action, they don’t suddenly just go back to him this late in the game, the early voting must be scaring the crap out of them because what I am seeing is a full on severe drop on Obama early voting, so anaemic its positively corpse like.

  105. wbboei 9:29 “…people back home… gave generously to the Red Cross because they believed it would get to the troops. But of course much of it never did….”

    I can confirm that. The father of one of my college classmates worked for the Int’l Red Cross. I met the father in 1966 and he said he took a $20 K salary as a subaltern, which was very high pay at the time, especially considering that the IRC was not involved in any significant activity at that time either. It was and is a fallacy that the Red Cross is some kind of non-profit humanitarian organization. They’re not Swiss for nothing!

    I can also confirm Manchester’s account of the Salvation Army. My grandparents worked in the Salvation Army throughout the Great Depression, and while they always foisted messages of Jesus on all their beneficiaries, they never refused help to anyone in need regardless of creed (regardless of race too, which was really something at that time!).

  106. Colorado early voting is currently 400,000 lower than in 2008 when the Dems led by 3% in EV, currently the vote is 400K subpar 2008 with GOP up 3%, a 6% swing. Unless the Dems show up in higher numbers than 2008 on election day, Colorado goes Romney and dont forget in 2008 Colorado was R+1. (-6)

    Florida early voting closes tomorrow Saturday and the Ev is currently 1,377,000 down on where it was in 2008. Unless that number comes in withing the next 2 days, the EV will be substantially lower than 2008. Obama lead early voting in 2008 by 8.3%. Currently Dems have an advantage of 1.6%, a drop of 6.7% and in Florida, that is a lot. (-6.7)

    Iowa early vote has gone from D=18 in 2008 down to D+11 and declining by the day in 2012. (-7)

    Louisiana early vote has gone from D+30 in 2008 to D+17 in 2012 (-13)

    North Carolina EV has gone from D+21 in 2008 to D+15 in 2008 (-6) and Obama only won this by less than 40,000, he wont do it again.

    West Virginia EV was D+24 in 2008, it is D+14 in 2012 (-10)

    Pennsylvania Absentee ballots have gone from D+1 in 2008 to R+18 in 2012 (D-19) This is incredible.


    Sorry this is all the states i have collective figures for at present but you can see the trend here, Obama is down everywhere in Absentee voting and i mean everywhere and its not little drops, it is substantial, he needs to turn out voters on election by numbers 6% to 7% higher in some states to even get close to where he was in 2008. Trend says the enthusiasm for that is not there, i dont see how he does it, If the turnout is D+3 or less, he’s definitely gone, if its D+0 or R+anything, he’s screwed badly.

  107. final stretch here in NH. R will be here tomorrow and has a big event monday in machester at the verizon center with kid rock. i, unfortunatly, get stuck with dik-head in my own town this sunday. ugh.

  108. tuesday can’t come quick enough, I’m over all this, we really need a shorter election campaign than this.

  109. Oh Jesus, Obama is calling himself Bill Clinton now WTF.

    Obama: I’m Bill Clinton, he’s George W.

    President Obama didn’t mention George W. Bush by name, but he didn’t have to.

    At a campaign rally in Boulder, Colo., on Thursday, he sought to meld GOP challenger Mitt Romney with the former president. And himself with the more popular former president Bill Clinton.

    Obama outlined his owns beliefs about shared sacrifice, a strong middle class, affordable health care and a dignified retirement, then added, “For eight years we actually had a president who shared those beliefs and his name was Bill Clinton.”


    I think i just threw up in my mouth, this from the man who ran from the Clintons and tore their record to shreds in primaries. DISGUSTING and Bill is backing this SOB.

  110. The parting shot of a campaign on the skids:

    “Vote for me – I’m Bill Clinton.”

    Does that sound like the bearing of a winner? Obama does not even want to be Obama.

  111. Claim: ‘Hail Obama’ Chants at First Lady Rally
    The gladiators salutation. Senatus Publicus Q Romnaus: Hail Caesar! We who are about to die salute you!!!

    It was also the Nazi salute – Heil (Hail) Hitler!

  112. Here’s the real tip off on how Obama is really doing:

    He’s spending time campaigning in Boulder, Colorado – the San Francisco of my state.

    O is reduced to appealing to his base for votes. Like I said, look at where the candidates are campaigning and how they are scheduling their last days. That’s far more revealing than any poll.

    And if O needs to lock down the base in a liberal, Democratic Colorado city four days prior to the election, its over! He’s not going to win here! And you can take that to the bank.

    Same with Florida, Obama campaigning in Broward 4 days before the election means the base has bolted.

  113. freespirit, November 2nd, 2012 at 2:49 am

    Thank you very much for this lengthy and intelligent post. I fully agree with all of it.

  114. R’s sunday event in PA is brilliant. it will be on all the local PA news outlets right before the GE. here is your opportunity, PA!

  115. The following is from “World News on NBC News”. AP and Reuters contributed to the report.

    I think it is important in understanding why Hillary, among others, wants to keep the Benghazi incident out of the news until at least after the election, because I have read that Chris Stevens was in Benghazi that night to talk with a Turkish representative and Turkey is furnishing arms to the Syrian opposition which includes Al Qaeda.

    State Department involvement in the Syrian “revolution” is an intricate and prickly subject that will eventually involve Hillary when the story comes out in full.

    Syrian opposition wary of US push to coalesce leadership

    Syria fighting rages as US calls for opposition revamp
    Syria fighting rages as US calls for opposition revamp

    As fighting rages in Syria with heavy air raids, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. would push for a major revamp in Syria’s opposition leadership. NBC’s Keith Miller reports.

    By NBC News staff and wire services

    Members of Syria’s opposition-in-exile bristled Thursday at the Obama administration’s suggestion that Washington will handpick more representative leaders at a crucial conference in Qatar next week.

    The new U.S. push appears aimed at creating a unified leadership that could work more closely with the West. But there are signs of resistance among deeply fractured opposition groups wary of attempts by foreign backers to dictate strategy in the civil war against President Bashar Assad.

    “This direct tutelage and these dictates are not acceptable to the Syrian people anymore,” Zuhair Salem, the London-based spokesman for Syria’s banned Muslim Brotherhood opposition group, told The Associated Press. The Brotherhood is part of the main political opposition group, the Syrian National Council, which is dominated by exiles.

    Syrians and the U.S. administration have grown increasingly frustrated as the opposition proved unwilling or unable to coalesce. The U.S. and its allies have long bemoaned the lack of a cohesive leadership, and there is little doubt that this has held back more robust foreign aid and involvement to bolster the opposition in its fight.

    With the battle for control of Syria almost certainly to be decided on the battlefield, the political opposition led by exiles is being further sidelined.

    Syria warplanes pound rebel strongholds

    On Wednesday, the Obama administration said it would push for a major shakeup in the opposition leadership so that it better represents the fighters risking their lives on the frontlines. At least 36,000 people have been killed since the uprising began 19 months ago, according to anti-regime activists.

    It was a signal that Syria’s political opposition is increasingly irrelevant, as it’s become clearer that the conflict will be decided by fighters.

    In the latest violence, anti-government rebels killed 28 soldiers on Thursday in attacks on three army checkpoints around Saraqeb, a town on Syria’s main north-south highway, a monitoring group said.

    Some of the dead were shot after they had surrendered, according to video footage. Rebels berated them, calling them “Assad’s Dogs,” before firing round after round into their bodies as they lay on the ground.

    The highway linking the capital Damascus to the contested city of Aleppo, Syria’s commercial center, has been the scene of heavy fighting since rebels cut the road last month. Saraqeb lies just south of Aleppo.

    Watch World News videos on

    ‘Own agendas’
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the administration was suggesting names and organizations that should feature prominently in any new rebel leadership that is to emerge from a four-day conference starting Sunday in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

    The U.S. said a revamped leadership could rally wider international support and help buffer against attempts by extremists among the rebels to hijack the uprising.
    Syrian opposition figures have called on the U.S. and other Western supporters to provide the rebels with strategic weapons, such as anti-aircraft missiles, to counter the Assad regime’s military superiority and help the rebels break the battlefield stalemate. However, the U.S. has been cool to the idea. It fears that such weapons could fall into the hands of radical Islamists fighting on the rebel side who might one day use them against the U.S. and its allies.

    The SNC is widely seen as ineffective and cut off from those fighting on the ground. It has been plagued by infighting and defections. Still Clinton’s portrayal of the SNC leadership as out-of-touch exiles kicked up a storm of disapproval inside and outside Syria.

    Salem said Clinton’s remarks show the U.S. wishes to “tailor the Syrian opposition to specific demands.”

    The U.S is pushing for a greater role for the rebel Free Syrian Army, the main fighting force on the ground, among other groups. However, the FSA and the Syria-based National Coordination Body, made up of veteran opposition figures, appear skeptical that the disparate opposition groups can fit under one umbrella.

    Air raids, car bomb hit Damascus on last day of failed truce

    Faiz Amru, a Syrian army general who defected earlier this year, said any transitional government or body created abroad cannot possibly represent those dying in Syria.

    “Everyone is trying to push their own agendas,” he said dejectedly by phone from the Turkish Syrian border. “The big powers have hijacked the Syrian revolution.”

    Amru said he does not support any opposition group, saying that none of them care about fighters on the ground.

    The U.S. administration responded to the criticism by saying it was not issuing dictates.

    Car bomb in Damascus shatters feeble Syria cease-fire

    “We’re not giving them a list,” said State Department spokesman Mark Toner. “Ultimately it’s up to the Syrians themselves to make those choices. This is in no way telling them what to do.”

    But Clinton’s remarks were seen as damaging by opposition leaders and ordinary Syrians long wary of U.S. meddling in the region. The opposition has been increasingly frustrated by what it perceives as the lack of a coherent U.S. plan to help the rebels.

    Muhydin Lazikani, a London-based writer and SNC member, said Clinton had no business criticizing the SNC at a time when the Obama administration has not charted a path for Syria.
    “All they try to do is blame the SNC,” said Lazikani.

    Mohammad Sarmini, a Turkey-based SNC spokesman, said the U.S., through this new push, is “trying to make up for its shortcomings and impotence to stop the killings and massacres in Syria.”

    Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Doha Center was also critical of the U.S. approach.

    “The U.S. does not seem to have a real end game here,” he said. “Where does this lead? What happens after you have a unified opposition? It will still have to be fought out between armed groups.”

    The shift in the U.S. position came after months of fruitless attempts by the Obama administration and its allies to cajole the notoriously fractious SNC to broaden its base, according to two American officials.

  116. Everyone’s invited, including you, to the massive Romney-Ryan rally tonight in West Chester, Ohio. Here’s who will be joining you:

    Nearly 100 governors, senators, congressmen, mayors, Olympic gold medalists and other Republican luminaries are scheduled to join Romney and his vice presidential running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), in a Cincinnati suburb Friday night for a huge rally designed both to inject new energy into their Ohio campaign and to launch the Republican ticket on its final, frenetic three days of barnstorming before Election Day. Kicking off what the Romney campaign is dubbing the “Romney-Ryan Real Recovery Road Rally,” the event will be held in West Chester, just outside of Cincinnati, a populous and potentially decisive swath of southwestern Ohio where Romney needs to drive up turnout within his conservative base and win over moderate suburban voters. The campaign announced that almost every Romney surrogate – from the candidate’s wife, Ann, and their five sons to a number of Olympic athletes to a lengthy roster of elected officials, including Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the GOP’s 2008 presidential nominee – will attend, underscoring the importance of Ohio’s 18 electoral votes to Romney’s calculations. From West Chester, the surrogates will fan out across the nation to campaign over the weekend in 11 key states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

    You’re invited to a Victory Rally with Mitt & Ann Romney, Paul Ryan & Janna Ryan John Kasich, Rob Portman, John Boehner, And the Republican Team with Special Musical Performance by Kid Rock

    When: Friday, November 2, 2012

    Doors Open 4:30 PM | Event Begins 7:00 PM

    Where: The Square at Union Centre, 9285 Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester, Ohio 45069

    Click here to register for the event.

    All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids, or signs will be allowed in the venue. Cameras are permitted.

    For questions, contact us at: | (614) 547-2290
    For Important Campaign Updates: Text OH to GOMITT (466488)

    In addition to Mitt and Ann Romney and Paul and Janna Ryan, the Romney campaign has announced that the following will attend:

    John McCain and his wife, Cindy; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; Texas Gov. Rick Perry; Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback; Sens. Rob Portman (Ohio),Marco Rubio (Fla.), John Thune (S.D.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Kelly Ayotte (N.H.); former senator Norm Coleman (Minn.); former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani; former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge; Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus; Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah); former congressman Artur Davis (Ala.); Olympic champion speed skater Derek Parra; Olympic champion figure skater Scott Hamilton; champion golfer Jack Nicklaus; as well as Tagg and Jen Romney, Matt and Laurie Romney, Josh Romney, Ben Romney and Craig and Mary Romney, and BFA Chairman James Irvine.

  117. Bloomberg is gonna have his let them eat cake moment by not cancelling this marathon.

    Does this marathon come with 18′ towers of champagne?

  118. Who are Obama’s surrogates? Looks like mainly Bill Clinton. Where are the others? Why are they not talking? Look at the list of people who are campaigning for Romney.

    {BTW, not voting for Hillary even if she ran in 2016. I am done.}

  119. ACE

    Giving up the internet and giving it to the UN looks like it will have some consequences not publicized.

    Are you ready for your Amazon purchases to be taxed by the UN?

    A U.N.-sponsored conference next month in Dubai will propose new regulations and restrictions for the Internet, which critics say will censor free speech, levy tariffs on e-commerce, and even force companies to clean up their “e-waste” and make gadgets that are better for the environment.

    When did the Senate approve this treaty?

  120. e-waste is a big deal and a looming problem. But I would never leave it to the extremely corrupt third world slumlords (Obama and Jarrett included) at UN to take care of it.

  121. Failure : BREAKING: Unemployment rate up to 7.9% from 7.8% in September, Economy adds 171,000 jobs in October

  122. There is Romney final ad right there…..

    In 2009 Obama forecast Oct 2012 unemployment of 5.2%. Missed it by 4.2 million jobs

  123. The pollsters have been useless this year, they have no idea and are all going to hedge their bets and do a wait and see.

  124. Nevada paper calls the POS a Narcissistic Amateur. And a SCOAMF

    Click if you like this post!

    The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada’s largest daily newspaper, has some extremely harsh words for President Obama in a new editorial. The words come in response to President Obama’s leadership in the past four years, but specifically in response to his handling of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi known to the Review-Journal as Obama’s “blunder.”

    This administration is an embarrassment on foreign policy and incompetent at best on the economy – though a more careful analysis shows what can only be a perverse and willful attempt to destroy our prosperity. Back in January 2008, Barack Obama told the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle that under his cap-and-trade plan, “If somebody wants to build a coal-fired power plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them.” He added, “Under my plan … electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” It was also in 2008 that Mr. Obama’s future Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, famously said it would be necessary to “figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe” – $9 a gallon.

    Yet the president now claims he’s in favor of oil development and pipelines, taking credit for increased oil production on private lands where he’s powerless to block it, after he halted the Keystone XL Pipeline and oversaw a 50 percent reduction in oil leases on public lands.

    These behaviors go far beyond “spin.” They amount to a pack of lies. To return to office a narcissistic amateur who seeks to ride this nation’s economy and international esteem to oblivion, like Slim Pickens riding the nuclear bomb to its target at the end of the movie “Dr. Strangelove,” would be disastrous.

    Candidate Obama said if he couldn’t fix the economy in four years, his would be a one-term presidency.

    Mitt Romney is moral, capable and responsible man. Just this once, it’s time to hold Barack Obama to his word. Maybe we can all do something about that, come Tuesday.

    Ouch. Harsh words, but oh so true.

    Although the Journal used the most jabbing words against Obama, at least 21 other major papers who endorsed the President in 2008 have switched to Romney this time around with the five biggest being The Houston Chronicle, The Forth Worth Star-Telegram, The Orlando Sentinel, The Tennessean and The Des Moines Register. Two things here. 1) Mitt Romney is a much better candidate in 2012 than John McCain was in 2008 b) Obama’s record has caught up to him and editorial boards across the country have finally admitted he hasn’t earned a second term.

  125. i knew, it, i said to you Rasmussen is deliberately put all his polls to tied so as he can say that he was’nt worng and there was a late surge, one way or another.

    Its all been kabuki theatre, none of them have a clue.

  126. Generators should give power to people — not marathon

    As hundreds of thousands of Big Apple residents suffer in homes left without power by Hurricane Sandy, two massive generators are being run 24/7 in Central Park — to juice a media tent for Sunday’s New York City Marathon.

    Since emergency executive orders have been issued, the governor, mayor — or even President Obama — could take the generators for a more important use, explained Pace University law professor Bennett Gershman.

  127. Job report mixed bags as more jobs, but slightly higher unemployment rate because of more participation. I would say it could help either side, but Obama a bit more cuz of the 170k is better than expected. The Rasmussen poll is disconcerting as he has had R up plus 2% for a while. When does Gallup come out? Also, I was listening to Fox/CNN driving into work, the CNN poll has O up 3% in Ohio…I don’t know. Last week we seemed to have a lot of momentum and now it seem O has gained a little back. Nerve racking.

  128. Jbstonesfan



    American Jews who are living in Israel have cast their votes in the 2012 presidential election, and the result is astonishing, according to Abe Katsman of the Times of Israel: 85% of their votes were for Mitt Romney and only 14.3% were for Barack Obama. This enormous percentage of voters voting Republican would make Israel significantly redder than the most red state in the United States.

    Obama’s support is 40% less now from Jews in Israel than in 2008. And that kind of anti-Obama sentiment is sure to cross the Atlantic. Most Jews in Israel have relatives in America who worry about them, and if Israeli Jews feel safer with Romney, their families will be moved by that.

    The total number of American Jews voting in Israel is roughly 80,000. That’s about 25% of all ballots from all Americans living abroad. It represents 50% of all eligible U.S. voters in Israel, indicating that the American Jews there are greatly motivated to vote this year. That figure is double the number of ballots ever cast before. Compare that to Americans living abroad in other countries, who vote one-tenth of that frequency and are more likely to vote for Obama. What this shows is there is a strong correlation between voting for Romney and the passion to cast a vote.

    A significant number of the American Jews living in Israel that broke with their party to vote for Romney, and even among those who had their own Congressional Democratic candidates to support, half of them voted for Romney anyway.

    The strong Jewish move toward Romney bodes well for him; for roughly the last 100 years, any candidate receiving more than 30% of the Jewish vote won the election.
    The most telling effect of the Jews’ support for Romney may be felt in the swing states; 7,500 Israel-based Floridians voted; in Ohio there were another 3,500, and Pennsylvania added another 3,500.

    Obama’s contempt for Benjamin Netanyahu, his refusal to see Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, his coddling of Iran and other Islamist dictatorships; his betrayal of Israel with leaks — all of these and more have driven the Jews of Israel to realize he is never going to be their friend.

  129. Today’s jobs report is bad news for Obama.

    The reason is more psychological than statistical.

    Statistically speaking, it confirms that Obama’s economic policies have not worked.

    After spending trillions of dollars we remain in the throes of a moribund economy.

    Four more years of Obama will be four more years of the same.

    Now granted, if you voted for Obama because you believe his wife is a fashion plate, then these statistics are irrelevant.

    Or if you voted for Obama because he is half black, well then there is no reason to change your vote–he is still half black.

    A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.

    But if you are one of those young people who voted for Obama in 2008 because you believed he would make your life better

    And you find yourself today living at your parents house, with no job, and a massive student loan in default

    Then it is hard to imagine that you will be enthusiastic about going out and voting for Obama again

    If you are at all perceptive, then you have seen the elephant and know it is an illusion.

    If you are that person, what do you do?

    Do you vote for Obama?

    Probably not.

    Do you vote for Romney?

    Probabley not.

    Then what do you do?

    You just stay home.

    And when you stay home what does that do?

    It subtracts from Obama’s base.

    The subtext to Obama reads:

    Fool me once–shame on you.

    Fool me twice–shame on me.

    Voter turn out will determine this election.

    At this point, the polls mean less than nothing.

  130. freespirit
    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:49 am


    I couldn’t agree with you more and thank you for putting it into words.

    I agree with your ‘big picture’ of what has happened, is happening and may happen with Hillary and Bill.

    I also do not turn on people I have trusted for years and judge them by rumors and media slander. Before I will blame them for betraying my country, I need more proof than that. Admin and all of us have already talked about Bill campaigning for Dems and the Fraud, nothing new there.

  131. Most American Jews living in Israel are probably Zionists like me, so it is not surprising. The surprising thing is most Jews living in America vote against their own economic interests and Israel by blindly voting democratic. I tried to explain to my friend yesterday that abortion rights have not and will not disappear under a republican Prez, but under Obama our tax rates will go up to 39.6% and Israel will be without a friend in the WH with no election repercussions to stop Obama ‘s systematic destruction of the Jewish state. He seemed indifferent saying ‘I could never vote for a guy like Romney who always changes his positions”. You just shake your head and realize most people are morons.

  132. Foxiladi14, there’s more in that article about Big Media feasting while many suffer:

    In addition to the generators, a food services truck dropped off hundreds of cases of water, sparking angered responses from hurricane victims.

    “I am from Coney Island where everything is flooded and underwater,” Yelena Gomelsky, 65, said. “I live 1 block from the ocean where everything is floating. “[Seeing the generators and water] makes me feel so bad. People have no food, no water, nothing.

    “They should make all of these runners bring food and water to people’s houses who need it. They should bring all of these generators to buildings where old people live and give them power.”

    Since emergency executive orders have been issued, the governor, mayor — or even President Obama — could take the generators for a more important use, explained Pace University law professor Bennett Gershman.

    Such an emergency action would need the approval of the City Council, state Legislature or Congress. And they would have to compensate the owners of the devices.

    But plenty in the city wish they had taken such decisive action. After all, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie postponed Halloween for safety reasons, so Gov. Cuomo or Mayor Bloomberg should issue an executive order for lifesaving generators.

    Manhattah Borough Preisdent Scott Stringer voiced his opinion on Friday, saying that the city needs to recognize the suffering following “a tragedy of historic proportions.”

    “New Yorkers in Staten Island, the Rockaways, Coney Island and Lower Manhattan are struggling to keep body and soul together, deprived of basic essentials as temperatures drop,” Stringer said.

  133. The parting shot of a campaign on the skids:

    “Vote for me – I’m Bill Clinton.”

    Does that sound like the bearing of a winner? Obama does not even want to be Obama.

    Asshole, you not only are NOT Bill Clinton, you aren’t Abe Lincoln nor JFK.

    You are the political puppet that is just about to get his strings cut and tossed in the trash.

  134. An email message mistakenly sent to Newt’s List serve, says Obama is totally gonna win. But the thing to worry about is not this year – it’s ABOUT HIS THIRD TERM. LOL

    Shadowfax, you are spot on. If the man had an ounce of pride, he would be totally humiliated to have to proclaim himself to be Bill – considering the smack he and his peeps talked about him in 2008. Bill’s a racist. Now he’s half black. I swear I think the Temps were singing about Obama: “I can turn a gray sky blue. I can make it rain whenever I want it too….” What a pathetic joke O is.

    Errant Gingrich Email: ‘Obama Is Going to Win’

    “An email message mistakenly sent to Newt Gingrich’s list serve this morning told subscribers that President Obama would no doubt win in 2012 and that they should be more worried about Obama’s winning in 2016.
    That’s right, despite the 22nd Amendment, which limits any one person to two presidential terms, the email that went out to Gingrich’s supporters suggests President Obama would be running again in 2016, and possibly serve through 2020.

    The email, titled “What’s really at stake this Tuesday …” came from Gingrich Marketplace and went out to people who’d given their contact information to the Gingrich campaign when the former speaker of the House was still in the presidential race. Bygone candidates, such as Gingrich and Herman Cain, regularly rent out their email address lists to advertisers.

    “The truth is, the next election has already been decided. Obama is going to win. It’s nearly impossible to beat an incumbent president,” advertiser Porter Stansberry wrote in the email to Gingrich supporters. “What’s actually at stake right now is whether or not he will have a third-term.”

    Conservative news group Human Events manages the Gingrich Marketplace emails, but Gingrich has a say over which advertisers can have their messages go out to the list. And according to Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond, Stansberry & Associates should have been on the blacklist.

    “We do not rent to the entity in question,” Hammond said, speaking by phone Thursday. “In fact, we go to lengths to vet where we rent.”

    Human Events Vice President Joe Guerriero said the email was “a mistake.””

  135. BILL CLINTON: ‘I may be the only person in America,’ but I’m more excited about Obama this time…

    Both vomit and a dig at the same time.

  136. wbboie, I agree, but since the final debate and Sandy(and prays to all effected) the momentum Mitt had ceased. The 4-5% lead has now becomes either a tie or slight lead for Obama. The swing states are really close by leaning Obama. I just wish Mitt could have had a stronger last week, but it is what it is.

  137. I wish this election was over so i did’nt have to listen to all this piss,whinge and moan. i think i may turn off my laptop until Tuesday so i don’t have to hear all this woe is me crap.

  138. Actually, it’s kinda funny the way Barry hides behind Bill and Hillary.

    First Obama claims Hillary is ‘nice enough’, Bill is a racist…

    Obama and crew steal the primary from Hillary and he begs her into being SOS even though she kept refusing.

    Barry then tries to put Hillary on a leash as SOS, but Hillary outshines every political person in the US, making even the Rethugs proud of her.

    Then he passes Obamacare that is a piece of crap compared to single payer, just to try and pass anything on health care to ‘show up’ HillaryCare attempt.

    Then Barry has Bill take over his news conferences so he can rush off to meet his MO. Bill shows him up big time.

    Then Barry wants Bill to take the stage at the Dim convention, and Bill shows him up again, letting Dems remember what a REAL President sounds, thinks and acts like.

    Barry gets jealous of Hillary’s popularity and the fact that she announces almost one year in advance that she will step down as SOS after His first term.

    Barry keeps begging Bill to stump for him, and so do all the other Dems running for office because the DNC doesn’t give candidates any financial support, but spends it on their tin cow.

    Benghazi attack happens, Barry ignores the media and throws Hillary under the bus, and Hillary steps up and says the Buck stops with her as far as the State Dept is concerned.

    Barry then claims he is now Bill Clinton.


    If Barry hates the Clinton’s so much, why is he clinging to their coat tails and why are they pretending to parent him?????

  139. My cousin is my financial broker and I was stunned when I spoke to her yesterday and she was voting for Obama.

  140. Now Hear This all Eyores!!!
    It is good the ozero is ahead in the polls!!!
    It will make his supporters complacent and not vote cause (HE WON)
    And it will make R/R supporters work harder to GOTV!!!.
    Relax it will be a LANDSLIDE>
    Practice saying President Romney!!!! 🙂

  141. Benghazi’s Smoking Gun? Only President Can Give ‘Cross-Border Authority’
    Sending additional forces into a foreign country always requires the president’s approval. He was either absent, or refused “CBA”.
    November 2, 2012 – 12:00 amPage 1 of 3 Next -> View as Single Page

    The Benghazi debacle boils down to a single key factor — the granting or withholding of “cross-border authority.” This opinion is informed by my experience as a Navy SEAL officer who took a NavSpecWar Detachment to Beirut.

    Once the alarm is sent – in this case, from the consulate in Benghazi — dozens of HQs are notified and are in the planning loop in real time, including AFRICOM and EURCOM, both located in Germany. Without waiting for specific orders from Washington, they begin planning and executing rescue operations, including moving personnel, ships, and aircraft forward toward the location of the crisis. However, there is one thing they can’t do without explicit orders from the president: cross an international border on a hostile mission.

    That is the clear “red line” in this type of a crisis situation.

    No administration wants to stumble into a war because a jet jockey in hot pursuit (or a mixed-up SEAL squad in a rubber boat) strays into hostile territory. Because of this, only the president can give the order for our military to cross a nation’s border without that nation’s permission. For the Osama bin Laden mission, President Obama granted CBA for our forces to enter Pakistani airspace.

    On the other side of the CBA coin: in order to prevent a military rescue in Benghazi, all the POTUS has to do is not grant cross-border authority. If he does not, the entire rescue mission (already in progress) must stop in its tracks.

    Ships can loiter on station, but airplanes fall out of the sky, so they must be redirected to an air base (Sigonella, in Sicily) to await the POTUS decision on granting CBA. If the decision to grant CBA never comes, the besieged diplomatic outpost in Benghazi can rely only on assets already “in country” in Libya — such as the Tripoli quick reaction force and the Predator drones. These assets can be put into action on the independent authority of the acting ambassador or CIA station chief in Tripoli. They are already “in country,” so CBA rules do not apply to them.

    How might this process have played out in the White House?

  142. Obama would not give cross border authority. He could not deal with the political uncertainty which a rescue mission would entail. Gutsy call.

  143. jbstonesfan
    November 2nd, 2012 at 12:17 pm
    My cousin is my financial broker and I was stunned when I spoke to her yesterday and she was voting for Obama
    Why? He’s black.

  144. wbboie, I agree, but since the final debate and Sandy(and prays to all effected) the momentum Mitt had ceased
    The polls are i-r-r-e-l-e-v-a-n-t now.

    What counts is who goes to the polls.

    (And who counts the votes.)

    That is a function of one thing: enthusiasm.

    The enthusiasm gap here is vivid.

  145. Ok, either way, you have been a blessing here these past 4 yrs. Thanks for your encouragement and always brilliant posts.

  146. I agree that we shouldn’t get so shook up about the polls. Polls always tighten in the last few days before the election and this is nothing new. There is much evidence that other factors are at work in this election as Wbboei points out plus we have other indicators from the internal polls from various states. It may be close but that doesn’t mean Obama is going to prevail.

  147. Jb: here is a hypothetical to noodle on: if the polls showed Obama one point up, but if 10% of his base did not show up to vote, would Obama win? At this point, the polls are not informative or predictive–unless everyone who participates also goes out to vote.

  148. “In addition to the generators, a food services truck dropped off hundreds of cases of water, sparking angered responses from hurricane victims.”
    My wife is signed up to run in the NYC marathon and but she cancelled yesterday. She will lose entry fees etc. The e-mails that she got from the marathon, about how great it is for NYC to run the race this year were total self-serving bullshit.

  149. I guess what I am saying is the work you are doing on the ground right now—getting people out to vote, jb, is far more important than what the pundits and pollsters say.

  150. When considering the jobs report, remember that Sandy made landfall on October 29th and was predicted to head that way for several days before. I would expect that would have an influence on the jobs reported for the month. That 7.8% for September was too phony.

  151. WCBS : WCBS says NYC Marathon workers prevented storm victims from using portable toilets – residents going to bathroom in woods.

    Chris Rock : Family’s are being kicked out of hotel rooms to make room for runners. This is insane.

  152. Hey gang, surviving in NJ (near Great Adventure) without power, but we have a generator for basics (frig, to keep my beer cold, well water, sump pump, lighting etc. But no hot water, so shower is chilly, and no cable tv, no landlinde, spotty cell phone coverage. But we totally got lucky, as compared to our fellow Jerseyans by the shore, or near creeks.

    Having to work out of the Philly office because NYC is hard to get to…so I’m going to my old favorite veggie Chinese place for lunch in a few.

    Oy, vey.

  153. From UM, Insider is pretty ticked off at the old man too…

    WHITE HOUSE INSIDER – “Governor Romney Is Gonna Win This Thing”

    by Ulsterman

    A rare and unexpected phone interview with a longtime D.C. political operative suggests that while momentum has shifted slightly toward Barack Obama over the last few days, Mitt Romney remains the likely winner of next week’s election – so long as the Obama team is not successful in their attempts to steal it.

    UM: Did you read the latest update from -deleted- ? (WSI)

    WHI: Yeah-yeah. Whatever. He don’t know…all due respect. He don’t know sh-t about how this stuff works. He didn’t even vote. Ever. This gonna be his first time voting, right? That’s what he said.

    UM: Correct. But what about what he said? You have anything to say on that?

    WHI: No. What he said was…it doesn’t really concern me. Don’t care what they think in Chicago now. Don’t care what that b-tch Jarrett is thinking. She don’t know about this stuff either. She has been wrong way more than right. She’s just…if she said that stuff…hell to pay, whatever it was. Hell, that could have been a leakdown test. See who was talking. Where the air’s comin’ out. That dumb f-ck might have just compromised our source by telling you to publish. And you should have asked me about it before you did. Not blaming you here…you’re just following his lead. But it wasn’t smart.
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    UM: How about the numbers? We going to lose this thing next week?

    WHI: The vote? Maybe. Not likely. But maybe. There’s always maybe. These sneaky f-cks know how to pad the numbers. We been running the absentee scam for a long time now. Sure they got that ready to go.

    UM: Absentee scam? What is that?

    WHI: Oh…hell… get enough people to go out and get an absentee ballot, then have them show up at the polls too. Simple. I’ve got a feeling all this early voting push…its tied into that. On a bigger scale than I’ve seen. Back in 92…we took at least four counties that way. Big counties. Most of it gets flagged…but you still get about 10 or sometimes 20% of those through.

    UM: You cheated.

    WHI: You askin?’

    UM: No, I’m saying. Seems clear enough. You cheated. You stole votes.

    WHI: Sh-t son…we all did. Both sides. Here and there…yeah. It’s part of it. But…these Obama boys…they took it to a whole other level. Votes, donations…deals…it’s a lot more Putin than it is Clinton. Pay to play…Big Labor…this country never seen it at this level. And it shouldn’t have to, but they got the Senate. Had it locked up. Another firewall for all of them. Everything…every investigation, everything…it died in the Senate. Obama didn’t even have to get involved.

    UM: So there are no clean elections?

    WHI: Not in my experience son. Not even close. I will say this though…Romney…the Romney campaign. They are about as clean as I’ve seen. And I ain’t sayin’ that just because…you know. It’s the truth. Which is a good thing in a way…but in another way…it worries me. Got an ulcer the size of my fist, swear to God…I’d feel better if they played a little more dirty on that end of things. Just for some peace of mind. It’s usually not the candidate who is the campaign crook. It’s…it’s the rest of us. We do the down n dirty, right? But Romney…he’s made it clear the campaign isn’t to go there.

    UM: Isn’t that something to be respected?

    WHI: Sure…respect. But…that don’t mean…a politician don’t win with respect. That’s what the Old Man don’t understand. He should know…he was a mean son-of-a-bitch…you don’t know that part of him. 20 odd years ago…sh*t, he walked it, man. Now…he’s so damn polite! Trying to buy his way in I suppose…can’t blame him for that. But he knows better – this political stuff…that update he sent you…he don’t know nothin’ about how this all works. A campaign. The internals. The messaging. Buying up the good air time before they do. The leaks. The promises. You got to give to get in this work…and let me tell you – it IS work.

    UM: You sounded dejected yesterday.

    WHI: No – I wasn’t de…dejected. I was PISSED. Big difference son.

    UM: Benghazi and the storm, right?

    WHI: No…I mean, that’s all…the Benghazi thing…it’s the real deal. I’m talking criminal here. At least administratively. It’s a cover-up. And they know it. Obama, some of them on the Hill…they know it. They have to. All the signs…it’s being buried right now…under that f-cking storm. But that’s not what’s got me so pissed there now…it’s bastards who promise something and then don’t deliver. That sh-t drives me f-cking nuts. I just don’t…how people go and do that…not when the stakes are this high. We’re all bastards…but we love our country, right? That’s where we draw the f-cking line, right?


    But apparently not.

    UM: Who broke their promise? I assume they were going to do something on Benghazi.

    WHI: Hell yes they were…four of them. Three Rs…one D…well…a sorta D. They would be doing a press conference right about now. They promised. Told House leadership they were gonna do it.

    UM: Were they House or Senate?

    (No answer)

    UM: Were they House or Senate?

    WHI: The main one…Mr. TV…they were Senate. All four. Senators. And f-cking liars. But…

    UM: What?

    WHI: Sh-t…why not. He told you to publish…so I’m gonna do the same. He want’s to play that way…fine.

    UM: What?

    WHI: You notice….you been happy with how the Old Man has been on this Benghazi thing? The level of support? Because I sure as hell ain’t.

    UM: He seems very determined to defeat Barack Obama.

    WHI: Not what I asked. I’m talking Benghazi here. DIRECTLY. Forget the campaign. Think about it. All I’m sayin’. Think about it. Maybe there could have been a bit more pressure applied to certain media sources? But…just seems a little less than it deserves from him, right?

    UM: I’m not comfortable…I’m very grateful for his help. You said you were too. Many times.

    WHI: Sure…but like they say…that was then…this is now. I’m just sayin’ you should ask yourself…step back and ask yourself if the help has really been there on this. What was in those containers? The warehouse? All that weaponry…that represents a work order, right? Shipment? Contracts. MONEY. It’s got me thinking. A little bit. Just wondering. He’s a big boy…he can’t mind me doin’ just a little wondering on this.

    UM: I’m not going to consider that. He’s an honorable man. He’s given everything he has to help with this.

    WHI: Everything? C’mon now…no way you really believe that one. Everything…sh-t…not even close. He’s done us a hell of a lot of good…I ain’t sayin’ he hasn’t done that…but this Benghazi thing…somethin’ ain’t right here. How those Senators…they just shut it down. Used the storm as an excuse. Not a whole lot of people knew about the press conference.

    But the Old Man did…

    UM: How about you…just focus on the polls. You have any internals that might suggest the race still remains Romney’s to lose?

    WHI: Changing the subject?

    UM: Yes. Please.

    (Long Pause)

    WHI: Alright then…sure. Internals huh?

    UM: You said before…you said Obama only had 7 states locked up. That was it.

    WHI: Yes I did…I’d put that number about about 8 now. He’s gained a little ground. Just a bit.

    UM: You also said Romney landslide.

    WHI: Sure…and I’ll keep on that…if they don’t steal it. Remember, I also told you the only way they win this thing is if they steal it…and that does have me very concerned.

    UM: The same kind of stealing you used to do.

    WHI: Sure…you wanna put it that way…sure. I did what I was told. I did what needed to be done…so yeah…but we never did it like these Obama

    UM: (Interrupts)…right- got it. The Obama campaign is a lot worse than anything you were involved in. Does that include 2008?

    WHI: What?

    UM: 2008 – you helped them win in 2008. Did you cheat?

    WHI: I did what I was told.

    UM: Cheat?

    WHI: Yeah – we all did.

    UM: And now?

    WHI: For the first time…I’m doing what is right. You know that.

    UM: Do I?

    WHI: If you don’t – just walk away now. Call it good. No hard feelings.

    UM: What happens right after the election? If Obama loses?

    WHI: Riots.

    UM: And if Obama wins?

    WHI: Riots.

    UM: So why does it matter?

    WHI: Because one will be temporary…the other…if Obama wins…it all becomes permanent. The country is done – at least as anything we will recognize. And I ain’t gonna see that happen without a fight. And frankly…I say we win this thing next week. And you should be a part of that. Don’t…I told you to walk away. I don’t mean that…you need to see this thing through. We all do.

    UM: Including the Old Man?

    WHI: Sure…but if he was behind any of this Benghazi shut down…him and me…we are done. I’ll tell you that. No more. You with me there?

    UM: (Pause)…I suppose I would be.

    WHI: Whatever…he ain’t long for this world. Not to be insensitive…but we all know that’s the deal there. And whatever he did or didn’t do…that will be between him and Jesus.

    UM: He’s Jewish.

    WHI: (Laughs) Oh…(inaudible) …that one up. (Laughs)

    Look…we are all feeling the pressure now. But thing is…as pissed as I was yesterday…I still say the voters are gonna do right by all of us next week. And I ain’t never been wrong on that. Never.

    And then…and then you go write that book and put my ugly mug on the cover.

    UM: You are pretty hideous. Don’t think that would help with sales any.

    WHI: Normally I’d tell you to f-ck off…but…can’t argue facts. God done hit me up hard with the ugly stick.

    (Pause) …You hold tight now. Take care. The governor…he’s got this. I may be a cheater…but I ain’t a liar. The governor…Governor Romney, is gonna win this thing. Next week…just hang on.

  154. This decision to keep the NY Marathon is going over like a bucket of crap in gale force wind.

    What is possessing these guys to not cancel it and direct the manpower to the city, its beyond disgraceful.

  155. I think there is going to be a hell of a lot of voters in NY and NJ not showing up for voting next week and you would’nt blame them one bit.

  156. The polls for sure are confusing. I’m hearing consistently from reliable pollsters that Romney has the national popular vote. However the electorial vote is still in question.

    What I can tell you about Florida, that Obama won in 2008 by 2.8%, is that it is not happening in 2012. I mean, it is a totally different atmosphere. No paid Bobots lining the streets, no parades of black voters singing on the way to the polls and not even a exit interviewer at the polls. Yard signs and bumper stickers – more for Romney. And I live in a mostly Democratic county.

    The estimates you are hearing on the early voting are based on party affiliation. I am still a registered Democrat. I think that the Republicans are voting Republican and the Democrats are voting Democrat and Republican.

    Do you know any Republicans who are going out to vote for Obama?

    If Obama wins, it will be by stealing the election in the swing states. And you can bet your ass he is working on it.

  157. JB. As Kevin at Hillbuzz would say…quit reading the “fear porn”! Romney has not lost momentum. Early voting is favoring Romney because Dim votes are way down everywhere and Repub voting is way up. Independents are also favoring Romney and he’s crushing O in the primary question about who can handle the economy better. These are all great signs. I know you want someone to say “JB..I guarantee Romney will win”. We all do. At this point the positive signs far outweigh the negatives. Please focus on that.

  158. National polls boil down to this: If turnout is D+5 or above, O wins. D+3 and under, Romney wins. 08 was D+7, 2004/10 even. I like R’s odds. Can’t keep pointing this out enough.

  159. moononpluto
    November 2nd, 2012 at 9:18 am
    The pollsters have been useless this year, they have no idea and are all going to hedge their bets and do a wait and see.

    …and correct me if i am wrong…but the pollsters also have no way of knowing how many of those dem voters have voted for Mitt…they all seem to assume dim votes are all for O

    …last night met up with a bunch of Los Angeles democratic friends that have moved to Fl…all of them are voting for Mitt, including the musician in the group…

    and btw…Boca Raton is loaded with signs for Mitt…lining the streets…i saw ONE sign for O

    I think that will be one of the biggest shockers of all…dems crossing over to MR

    …none of the MSM has even suggested that possibility…


    btw…all of these endorsements for Mitt have really pulled the skin off O…no one is afraid to speak out anymore…the illusion of O has been seen for what he is…an incompetent, inexperienced fake…bluffing and teleprompting his way thru his first term…

  160. BO is on FOX News at a rally in Springfield, OH. How in the world could any sane person support this fraud? Why can’t the people see this man is a LIAR?

  161. Shadowfax
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:27 pm



    also when they talk about all the absentee votes or early votes in for Dems, the pollsters and pundits seem to assume that all are for O…BUT we know better…

    …seems to me, this factor could cause big problems for O that no one is even mentioning…guess they are saving it for the reason no one even ‘considered’ when MR wins…

  162. Southern Born
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:31 pm
    BO is on FOX News at a rally in Springfield, OH. How in the world could any sane person support this fraud? Why can’t the people see this man is a LIAR?


  163. Yeah theres a hell of a closing message….not.

    President Thug at Ohio rally: ‘Voting is the best revenge’

  164. Amazing, I had faxes come into my office today telling people how to vote early and to vote for Obama. I have my name/office address on public record as donating for Hillary , but I still wonder how they get my office fax? Same thing for cell phone calls I receive.

  165. Ditto for Admin’s salutation to Rgb44hrc and all the others caught up in this horrendous time. Best of luck coping with all the difficulties like cold water showers. The whole mid Atlantic is traumatized with the effects of the storm. Lucky and smart of you to have had a generator. Hope it is patched back together soon.


    Schumer looks like he wants the ground to open up and swallow him.

    NY Daily News: Staten Island has been the scene of some of the most heartbreaking storm-related devastation, especially on the South Shore where numerous trapped residents had to be rescued. Hundreds of homes — from multimillion-dollar mansions to modest bungalows — have been damaged and dozens of streets are impassable due to downed trees and buckled roads.

    As such, federal and local officials heard an earful from residents Thursday.

    “Please don’t leave us,” a weeping Donna Solli pleaded to Sen. Chuck Schumer in front of her damaged Neptune St. home. “I live alone down here.”

    Schumer hugged Solli, a Transportation Department worker, and tried to comfort her. “I know what you’re going through, sweetheart,” he said.


    Schumer you would’nt have a clue what she is going through sitting in your luxury penthouse.

  167. The mayor who’s diverting generators to hold a marathon in a disaster area tells us to trust his judgment & vote for Obama.

  168. Groan.

    BC stoking the race card. Shameful.

    “Colin Powell said, ‘I’m going to endorse the president because I think he’s done a good job in a difficult, rapidly changing, not totally controllable world and because Gov. Romney has the same neocon advisors who gave President Bush the push to go into Iraq on bad intelligence,’” Clinton said. “That’s what he said. What did they respond? They put Gov. Sununu out to respond and he said, ‘What do you expect these two guys — Colin Powell wants a black guy to be re-elected.’”

    After pausing while the crowd chanted “racist, racist,” Clinton added: “Obama has been a good commander-in-chief without regard to race.”

  169. Trippi just mentioned that both of these campaigns are working on two different turnout models…and one of them is going to be right and one is going to be wrong…and then he added and that could mean an electoral landslide for the one that is right vs the one that is wrong…

  170. Ditto for Admin’s salutation to Rgb44hrc and all the others caught up in this horrendous time.

    —-Sorry I didn’t say it sooner.

  171. S,

    Wow. Great find. This stat is encouraging.

    13% of 2008 POS voters switching to MR.

    Two weeks of Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll interviews find 84 percent of likely voters who supported Obama in 2008 support him this year.

    13 percent say they are switching to Romney and 3 percent are backing others or haven’t made up their mind yet.

  172. Anecdote from upstate NY
    My area was not hit by Sandy but we are feeling the effects.
    Today, while in Lowe’s shopping for a kerosene heater and possible backup generator the salesman said the store can’t keep either in stock and there’s a backlog of at least one month for generators.

    He said people from the tri-state area have been driving up to Greene County, a three hour drive, buying temporary generators for $4-500 and then selling them for $2500 in NYC and NJ.

    Lowe’s can’t keep plastic gas containers in stock. People have been buying the store’s entire inventory, filling them up with gas and then selling them for $20 in the city.
    Two customers from LI were ion the store looking for gas tanks, batteries and generators.
    While driving home ( the scenic route) I saw several gas stations with lines of a dozen cars per pump, a rare site up here.
    This is nuts.

  173. I just returned from Manhattan. I ran for 5 hours with stops, covering 12 miles in total, scoping the island from west to east. You will not hear these stories from the Mayor or Governor; these are my observations, informed by discussions with real people who live in lower Manhattan:

    1) Virtually every retailer, restaurant and grocery store south of 38th street is CLOSED. This is in an area covering 8 square miles. I only observed a handful of bodegas in Soho and the East Village, along with Ben’s Pizza on W3rd and MacDougal serving customers. Whole Foods Union Square had a sign reading “because there is no electricity, we cannot open.” There is no food, other than what you have in your refrigerator.

    2) To that point, there are close to 400,000 people living below 38th street without power. The mayor earlier said it could be 3 days without power; some Con Ed guys I spoke with in the East Village think it could be longer. Nobody knows.

    3) No working traffic lights in this region (drivers are generally being cautious and appropriately yielding to pedestrians). Apartment stairwells are pitch black. High rises have no elevator access.

    5) There is no running water or flushing toilets for people living in the Jacob Riis Houses and surrounding NYCHA buildings on the Lower East Side. In my estimate, this is roughly 20,000 people. One family I spoke with is packing their bags and moving to Brooklyn until services are restored. But it did not appear that all residents were evacuating, even as their toilets did not flush.

    6) I did not witness a single Red Cross Truck or FEMA Vehicle or in lower Manhattan. Recall the assistance these agencies provided after 9/11 – this is NOT HAPPENING. There are bound to be hundreds of elderly people, rich and poor, who live on the upper floors of buildings with elevators that are now disabled. IF POWER IS NOT RESTORED, THIS WILL MOVE FROM BEING AN ECONOMIC DISASTER TO A HUMANITARIAN DISASTER.

    9) The water from the storm surge was invariably contaminated – floating garbage, wood pieces from the dock, and possibly sewage. One Nuyorican woman who lived on Avenue C near 12th street noted the water level peaked above her waist. She was still visibly shaken this afternoon. She also recalled a huge noise at 8 pm when the substation failed. The sky, in her words, turned from black to green.

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