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  • Obama launches first 2012 TV spot

    11/29/2011 11:53:26 AM PST · by ColdOne · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Politico44 ^ | 11/29/11 | BYRON TAU
    The Obama campaign is going on the airwaves with a minuscule TV ad buy: A senior Obama 2012 campaign aide says the buy is intended more as a test to see if people will sign up with the campaign than as a full-blown television spot. Two different ads, part of the same ad buy, will air nationally on satellite. You can watch the two
  • Larry Sabato: Obama 'Unloading' on Romney Early to Thwart Campaign

    11/29/2011 8:18:39 AM PST · by Saundra Duffy · 30 replies ^ | November 23, 2011 | David A. Patten
    University of Virginia political guru Dr. Larry J. Sabato tells Newsmax that President Barack Obama’s re-election machine has launched an anti-Mitt Romney campaign that won’t stop attacking the former Massachusetts governor until Election Day 2012. “They are unloading on him early, and will never stop until Election Day,” Sabato tells Newsmax. “Now, if they can damage Romney early and get a weaker general election opponent like [former House Speaker] Newt Gingrich, they'll be delighted.” His remarks came as the Romney campaign fired back Wednesday at allegations they had distorted Obama’s words for a campaign ad running in New Hampshire. Romney's...
  • ABC's Tapper To Carney: Looks Like Obama "Is Campaigning On Taxpayer Dime" (video)

    11/28/2011 12:24:58 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies
    ABC News' Jake Tapper confronts White House press secretary Jay Carney over President Obama's schedule which has included a lot of traveling. Citing a Wall Street Journal article about the number of times President Obama has traveled to swing-states, Tapper bluntly asks Carney if Obama is "campaigning on taxpayer dime." "President Obama seems to travel to battleground states more so than any other president before him. Am I'm wondering if you could respond to this. It looks like the president is campaigning on the taxpayer dime more than any other president has done," Tapper said at today's White House briefing.
  • Dems to Obama: Yeah, You Should Probably Just Quit

    11/21/2011 10:55:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 58 replies ^ | November 21, 2011 | Katie Pavlich
    At this point, President Obama has got to be sick of hearing about buyer's remorse from Democratic voters; and I'm sure Hillary Clinton is getting sick of hearing about why she should run against Obama in 2012, but the calls for Obama to step down and for Clinton to step up are only getting louder. Democratic pollsters Doug Schoen and Patrick Caddell have said Obama should step aside before, and they did it again over the weekend in the Wall Street Journal. He should abandon his candidacy for re-election in favor of a clear alternative, one capable not only of...
  • Even Obama's Cheerleaders Are Falling Away

    11/22/2011 5:16:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 47 replies ^ | November 22, 2011 | David Limbaugh
    President Obama's cheerleaders are starting to peel away along with his approval ratings, and it's a fascinating sight to behold. They offer different reasons, but they all boil down to one obvious thing -- Obama is first and foremost about Obama -- and one less obvious: He has been a failed president. Democratic pollsters Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen, admittedly more centrist than most of their Democratic counterparts, penned an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal urging Obama "to abandon his candidacy for re-election." The authors conclude that the only way Obama could possibly win in 2012 would be "to...
  • The Hillary Moment (Out of the pan and into the fire?)

    11/21/2011 8:14:08 AM PST · by yoe · 33 replies
    WSJ ^ | November 21, 2011 | PATRICK H. CADDELL AND DOUGLAS E. SCHOEN
    When Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson accepted the reality that they could not effectively govern the nation if they sought re-election to the White House, both men took the moral high ground and decided against running for a new term as president. President Obama is facing a similar reality—and he must reach the same conclusion. He should abandon his candidacy for re-election in favor of a clear alternative, one capable not only of saving the Democratic Party, but more important, of governing effectively and in a way that preserves the most important of the president's accomplishments. He should step aside...
  • Former Democratic Pollsters: Obama Should Abandon Run for Second Term

    11/21/2011 9:15:26 AM PST · by MissesBush · 40 replies
    National Journal ^ | 11/20/11 | Michael Catalini
    President Obama should abandon his run for a second term and turn over the reins of the Democratic Party to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, two one-time Democratic pollsters wrote in Monday's Wall Street Journal, which appeared online Sunday. Patrick H. Caddell and Douglas E. Schoen argued that just as Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson decided not to pursue additional runs though they could have, Obama should do the same. “He should abandon his candidacy for re-election in favor of a clear alternative, one capable not only of saving the Democratic Party, but more important, of governing effectively and in...
  • Democrats Have an Uphill Climb to Retake the House

    11/21/2011 5:21:15 AM PST · by MontaniSemperLiberi · 17 replies
    realclearpolitics ^ | November 21, 2011 | Sean Trende
    A recent spate of polls showing Democrats in the lead on a generic ballot has prompted speculation that they are poised to retake control of the House. Politico's Mike Allen recently gushed that there will be "100 seats in play. So it definitely can happen. I think the chances of it are underestimated around here. When you have 100 seats, and the sort of volatile environment you have here, [picking up] 25 is not as many as it sounds. Nobody expects it, nobody predicts it, but very possible." Taking back the House is doable for Democrats. But it is unlikely....
  • Can President Obama win re-election if almost two-thirds of whites are opposed to him?

    11/17/2011 12:17:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    CNN's Cafferty File ^ | November 16, 2011 | Jack Cafferty
    With just about a year to ago until Election Day, the U.S. is a racially divided nation when it comes to President Barack Obama. Consider this: A new CNN/Opinion Research Poll shows 61% of whites disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job vs. 36% who don’t – that’s almost two-to-one. For non-whites, it's almost the mirror image. Only 32% disapprove while 67% approve. For a president who was supposed to symbolize a post-racial America, this is not good news. When Obama defeated John McCain in 2008, he did it with significant support from white Americans. Exit polls showed...
  • Politico's Mike Allen: 'Very Possible' Dems Will Win Back House Majority

    11/15/2011 4:39:41 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 67 replies · 1+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Was this sober political analysis, or merely an MSMer pining for the good old days of Speaker Pelosi? On Morning Joe today, touting a Politico Pelosi puff piece about her "golden touch," Mike Allen claimed it was "very possible" that Democrats would retake the House majority in 2012. View the video here.
  • Obama's Virginia Defeat (Cricket's chirping from the Lame Stream Media)

    11/11/2011 8:50:16 AM PST · by tobyhill · 26 replies
    wall street journal ^ | 11/11/2011 | KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
    Of all the noise of this week's state election results, what mattered most for Election 2012 came out of Virginia. It was the sound of the air leaking out of the Plouffe plan. That would be David Plouffe, President Obama's former campaign manager and current senior strategist, who is focused today on how to cobble together 270 electoral votes for re-election. That's proving tough, what with the economy hurting Mr. Obama in states like Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania that he won in 2008. The White House's response has been to pin its hopes on a more roundabout path to electoral...
  • Election 2011: What it means

    11/10/2011 11:25:25 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 4 replies · 1+ views
    For Immediate Release Contact: Garren Shipley (540) 686-1138 Election 2011: What it Means -- GOP Supermajority in House, Majority in Senate, Solid Start for 2012 -- The votes are counted. The canvass is done, and the dust has settled. What does it all mean? First, let's look at the lay of the land. House of Delegates * Republicans picked up 7 seats in the House of Delegates. * Republicans now have a 68 seat caucus in the House, the most in history. * Republicans won 13 of 14 open seats in the House. * Republicans defeated 2 Democrat incumbents in...
  • Unions and Young People: A Winning Combination for 2012?

    11/10/2011 7:51:10 AM PST · by pabianice · 12 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 11/10/11 | Killian
    The successful effort to roll back anti-union legislation in Ohio points to a possible future for the Occupy Wall Street movement In the wake of a significant electoral victory in Ohio Tuesday, unions and their supporters are energized and eager to flex their newly honed political muscles. But the path to greater electoral clout in 2012 could lie in a partnership with young voters and followers of the Occupy movement. It may seem like an odd pairing: Grizzled and battle-scarred union members, many of whom have voted Republican in the past and are more socially conservative, and free-spirited Millennials more...
  • Obama names DC earthquake "disaster zone," ignores Va. town near epicenter

    11/08/2011 7:24:19 PM PST · by martosko · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/08/2011 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama has declared Washington, D.C. a major disaster zone, but it’s not because of the red ink flooding from his pen. It’s not due to the president’s collapsing approval ratings. And it has nothing to do with the mud-slides and verbal infernos that he has loosed on his political rivals. Obama declared D.C. a disaster zone Tuesday because of the August 23 earthquake that damaged some pinnacles and a gargoyle on an Episcopal cathedral, frightened some zoo animals, dropped some bricks into an alleyway alongside Ecuador’s embassy, and cracked the stones near the top of the Washington Monument....
  • Bill Clinton: Let presidents serve three terms

    11/08/2011 6:54:43 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 54 replies
    Bill Clinton: Let presidents serve three terms By: Tim Mak November 8, 2011 08:48 AM EST Three times could be a charm - but not for him. Former president Bill Clinton said Tuesday that presidents should be able to run for a third term so long as they take off some time after their second term. “I’ve always though that should be the rule,” he said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “I think as a practical matter, you couldn’t apply this to anyone who has already served, but going forward I personally believe that should be the rule.” Clinton made the...
  • Virginia state Senate election may be signal for Obama

    11/05/2011 10:29:24 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/5/11 | Ian Simpson - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Virginia's state Senate elections next week are shaping up as an early signal for President Barack Obama ahead of national elections next year. Republicans have a strong shot at taking control of the state Senate from Democrats on Tuesday, political analysts said. A win would put state government solidly in Republican hands in an important swing state, and mark a sharp turnaround from 2008, when Obama became the first Democrat to win Virginia since 1964. Political analysts said loss of the 40-seat state Senate to Republicans would be a bad sign for Obama as he seeks to...
  • James Carville: 'I'm worried' for the general election

    10/26/2011 8:52:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/26/2011 | By MAGGIE HABERMAN
    James Carville underscored the concerns among Democrats about the current economic picture and what it means for 2012 in a radio interview with Scott Hennen: _______________________________ "Everything worries me in this environment. Nobody’s gotten elected with these kinds of numbers. So, I’m worried in the general election. I profoundly admit that. Again, Romney’s just making a technocratic kind of confidence argument, and he’s really kind of a windsock of a guy. If you don’t like his position on something, give it a day he’ll change it." _______________________________ To some extent, underscoring concern helps gin up the Democratic base and crystallizes...
  • Obama says this Election won't be as Sexy as the First one?...(No big ego here!)

    10/25/2011 7:44:44 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 14 replies
    Hello?...A two dollar whore with no teeth is sexier than you and your chances, Gilligan!
  • MTSU Poll Finds Obama Trailing Republican Rivals [Romney, Perry, Cain]

    10/24/2011 9:25:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    The Chattanoogan ^ | October 24, 2011 | Breaking News
    Any of the Republican presidential primary’s frontrunners would beat President Obama in Tennessee if the presidential election were held today, the latest MTSU Poll finds. The same poll shows President Obama’s job approval rate hitting an all-time low in Tennessee, and his disapproval rate hitting an all-time high. The poll also probed knowledge of the state’s new voter ID law, preferences for addressing the finances of the state’s lottery-funded college scholarship program, perceptions about the quality of Tennessee’s public schools, and attitudes on several other issues. Conducted Oct. 3-14 by the College of Mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University,...
  • Susquehanna poll suggests Obama would lose Pennsylvania

    10/21/2011 8:39:01 PM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 34 replies
    TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | 10-21-11 | Brad Bumsted
    HARRISBURG -- A generic or "nameless" Republican would beat President Obama in Pennsylvania, according to a statewide poll out today. The poll by Susquehanna Polling and Research shows that a Republican would defeat Obama 45 percent to 38 percent with 15 percent undecided and 3 percent saying they didn't know. The poll didn't further define "nameless Republican," nor did it match up the current GOP presidential candidates against Obama. Obama's job approval rating -- 41 percent approving and 54 percent disapproving -- shows little change from a June poll, said Jim Lee, president of the Harrisburg-based polling firm. What changed...
  • Obama, First Lady Tout Jobs Plan for Veterans

    10/19/2011 9:47:25 AM PDT · by maggief · 21 replies
    AP ^ | October 19, 2011
    Heralding a splash of good news on jobs, President Barack Obama on Wednesday praised a series of companies that have promised to hire 25,000 veterans or military spouses within two years, calling it a sign of patriotism and business savvy. He pushed his economic agenda anew to a military audience, this time with first lady Michelle Obama at his side. "We ask you to fight, to sacrifice, to risk your lives for your country," Obama told an audience of thousands of people at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. "The last thing you should have to do is fight for a job when...
  • Wall Street to Dems: you can't have it both ways

    10/18/2011 11:48:34 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 49 replies
    Wall Street to Dems: you can't have it both ways By: Robin Bravender and Anna Palmer October 18, 2011 01:09 PM EDT After the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent a recent email urging supporters to sign a petition backing the wave of Occupy Wall Street protests, phones at the party committee started ringing. Banking executives personally called the offices of DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) and DCCC Finance Chairman Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) last week demanding answers, three financial services lobbyists told POLITICO. “They were livid,” said one Democratic lobbyist with banking clients. The execs asked the lawmakers: “What are you...
  • Virginia Reveals Challenges Ahead for Obama

    10/18/2011 10:39:55 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 18 Oct 2011 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    President Obama arrives in Virginia on his bus tour today, just as some Democratic candidates for the state legislature are running away from him. Ward Armstrong, the top Democrat in the House of Delegates, is one of several incumbents up for re-election in the state’s off-year elections three weeks from now. And he’s one of several who have been tied to Mr. Obama by Republican rivals. “Now Charles Poindexter is comparing me to Barack Obama,” Mr. Armstrong says in a television ad this month. “That’s a stretch, Charles. I’m pro-life, pro-gun and I always put Virginia first. That’s why I...
  • Obama on NC, VA bus tour: 'I'm the president'

    10/18/2011 11:37:46 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 18, 2011 | JULIE PACE
    JAMESTOWN, N.C. (AP) -- President Barack Obama sought Tuesday to recapture some of the bipartisan appeal that helped get him elected, while using the opportunity to assail GOP lawmakers for blocking his jobs bill. Appearing in politically important North Carolina to promote his economic measures and his re-election, Obama promised he would work with GOP lawmakers on any serious plan they put forward to help get Americans back to work.
  • New poll: Democrats losing enthusiasm in presidential campaign

    10/18/2011 11:13:44 AM PDT · by South40 · 19 replies
    WaPo ^ | 10/18/2011 | Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake
    As the 2012 election draws closer, Democrats are getting less — not more — enthusiastic about the prospect of voting for president. In a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll just more than four in 10 (42 percent) Democrats said they were either “extremely” or “very” enthusiastic about the 2012 vote. Those numbers compare unfavorably to Democratic enthusiasm number in CNN surveys from the spring and summer, when 56 percent and 55 percent of Democrats, respectively, described themselves as either “extremely” or “very” enthusiastic about voting next year. By contrast, the level of Republican enthusiasm has been high and steady for...
  • 2012 Presidential Matchups [Cain 43%, Obama 41%]

    10/17/2011 8:41:14 AM PDT · by jakerobins · 131 replies ^ | Monday, October 17, 2011
  • Latest Quinnipiac Poll Continues to Show Virginia Is Top Battleground

    10/11/2011 3:47:22 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Roll Call ^ | October 11, 2011 | Kyle Trygstad
    A new Quinnipiac University Polling Institute survey in Virginia confirmed yet again that the state will be a battleground on both the presidential and Senate levels. The new poll found that former Govs. George Allen (R) and Tim Kaine (D) remained neck and neck in the race for the state’s open Senate seat, while President Barack Obama was statistically tied with Mitt Romney, the frontrunner for the Republican nomination. Kaine took 45 percent to Allen's 44 percent, matching the 1-point margin the polling institute found in its last two surveys of the race in June and September. The race is...
  • Cain, Romney Top Pack In Virginia GOP Race, Quinnipiac Univ. Poll Finds; Perry Fades

    10/11/2011 8:23:03 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    Quinnipiac ^ | 10-11-11 | Quinnipiac
    Businessman Herman Cain ties former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as the leading choice of Virginia Republicans for their presidential nomination with 21 percent each, followed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry with 11 percent, less than half his showing a month ago when he had led the pack, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. President Barack Obama's job approval and re-election numbers remain seriously under water in Virginia, although he is in a statistical tie with Romney and Cain, while holding a narrow lead over Perry, in general election matchups, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe- ack) University poll finds. In...
  • Bill Maher: "Somehow the Republicans stole the Jews"

    10/01/2011 12:51:11 PM PDT · by martosko · 114 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/01/2011 | Jeff Poor
    In the last five presidential elections, the Democratic presidential nominee averaged 79 percent of the Jewish vote. However, if the recent election in New York’s Ninth Congressional District is a bellwether, those numbers could change. This caught the attention of HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher. On his Friday program, Maher lamented the GOP gains and blamed the shift on Republicans’ belief in the Bible. “And people might say, ‘Why are you talking about it?’” Maher said. “First of all, I’m talking about it because 42 percent of Republicans think the Bible is literally true. A fourth of them think...
  • Obama's Bus Tour Headed to Virginia [Obama to speak soon in VA-Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Danv

    10/08/2011 3:40:14 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 21 replies
    President Barack Obama is taking his bus tour to the Virginia cities of Danville, Charlottesville, Newport News and Fredericksburg this month to pitch his jobs package to the people. A senior Democrat said the four cities are part of his pitch to voters in key battleground states to pressure congressional Republicans to approve his $447 million economic revitalization bill. The Democrat, speaking anonymously, had not been authorized to disclose the locations.
  • Obama: I'll win if 2012 choice is between me and GOP Congress

    10/06/2011 12:06:57 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 28 replies
    Obama: I'll win if 2012 choice is between me and GOP Congress By Sam Youngman - 10/06/11 01:47 PM ET President Obama challenged Republican lawmakers Thursday to pass his jobs package and deny him a key plank in his campaign platform: Running against a “do-nothing Congress.” Obama blasted opposition to his $447 billion jobs act and demanded that opponents explain their opposition, continuing a refrain he has used on the road for the past month. “If Congress does something, then I can’t run against a do-nothing Congress,” Obama said, smiling. “If Congress does nothing, then it's not a matter of...
  • Official: Obama to embark on bus tour of NC, VA

    10/05/2011 11:02:44 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 27 replies
    WWay/AP ^ | 10/5/11 | Erica Werner
    <p>WASHINGTON - A White House official says President Barack Obama is planning a bus tour through the politically importantstates of North Carolina and Virginia later this month to push for his jobs plan.</p> <p>The trip is scheduled for Oct. 17-19, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of a formal announcement.</p>
  • Majority Expects Obama to Lose Re-election

    10/03/2011 12:17:50 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies
    By Gary Langer Oct 3, 2011 2:30pm Majority Expects Obama to Lose Re-election A majority of Americans expect Barack Obama to be a one-term president, an assessment on which, in past elections, the public more often has been right than wrong. Just 37 percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll say they expect Obama to win re-election in November 2012; 55 percent instead expect the eventual Republican nominee to win. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos is asking the president about that result in an interview today. It’s a challenging finding for the president because expectations can fuel voter enthusiasm – precisely...
  • Just how deep is the electoral trouble Obama is in.

    09/30/2011 12:10:01 PM PDT · by dangus · 40 replies
    dangus vanity, based on Gallup polling data | 9-30-11 | dangus
    Jimmy Carter's approval ratings in 1979 were significantly lower than Barrack Obama's are currently, as bad as Obama's are. But Obama is in worse position electorally. In 1979, democrats weren't certain about Carter, and a high proportion expressed disapproval or mixed feelings, leaving Sen. Ted Kennedy ample room to challenge Carter for the nomination in the 1980 primaries. Obama, meanwhile, still has astronomically high ratings among most groups of Democrats. But Obama's approval ratings among Independents and Republicans, combined, are lower than Carter's. Among Republicans, Obama still carries only 9%, where Carter was carrying 18%. Among independents, Obama's doing better,...
  • Obama faces a white flight

    09/27/2011 6:21:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 80 replies · 1+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | September 27, 2011 | By Melissa Harris-Perry
    Electoral racism in its most egregious form is the unwillingness of whites to vote for blacks regardless of qualifications or ideology. So far, Barack Obama has been involved in two elections that suggest such racism is no longer operative. His reelection bid, however, may indicate that a more insidious form of racism has replaced it. The 2004 Illinois Senate race between Obama and Alan Keyes, two African Americans, was a unique test of old-fashioned electoral racism. For a truly committed racist, neither would have been acceptable. In 2008, the long primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Obama added hundreds of...
  • Poll Shock: Obama 39%, Cain 34%

    09/28/2011 8:35:05 AM PDT · by kristinn · 107 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | Wednesday, September 28, 2011
    Headline only. Will post more when available.
  • Obama's Cabinet Does The Hokey Pokey

    09/26/2011 5:01:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | September 26, 2011 | Lurita Doan
    Forget about Dancing with the Stars. If Americans want to see some really fancy footwork, just watch the senior members of the Obama Administration as they do the hokey pokey. The President is, perhaps, the greatest dancer of all as he constantly talks about his policy goals, waves it all about, only to take it all back as he turns himself around. In May 2009, Secretary Chu put his hands all over the Solyndra loan which he said would be a model for what the government creation of "green" jobs. Chu attended the ground breaking with President Obama and cited...
  • Hillary In 2012? Two Scenarios Expose Democratic Disarray

    09/26/2011 6:14:13 AM PDT · by maggief · 29 replies
    FoxNews ^ | September 26, 2011 | Michael Goodwin
    With poll after poll showing President Obama’s prospects sinking along with the economy, wild scenarios suddenly pop up in conversations. Some Democratss, for example, believe there is a small but growing chance the president will pull a Lyndon Johnson and decide not to seek re-election. Then there’s the perennial Hillary guessing game. Actually, there are two Hillary guessing games. The first, and more likely, is that the secretary of state would switch jobs with Vice President Joe Biden and take his place on the ticket. The White House denied that idea when it initially emerged, saying Obama already told Biden...
  • Rick Perry's 'President Zero' apocalypse ad (alarmist and w/ "footage of horses!")

    09/22/2011 2:53:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 136 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 22, 2011 | Alexandra Petri
    [snip] The ad scares me. It's actually the “2012” trailer, but without the waves and wolves because Perry does not believe in man-made global warming. This would make a great summer blockbuster. I can see sequel potential, and there’s even Shia LaBoeuf-level acting. But the message is startling. Is Perry's main selling point really, “It's the Apocalypse, and I am the Only Hope For America?” Because, frankly, this is not what I was hoping for from my presidential candidates. “Also, here is some footage of horses!” Zero Change and Zero Jobs. Thank heavens REAL GOLD-FONT ALL-CAPS AMERICAN Rick Perry is...
  • Poll: Obama slips with black voters

    09/22/2011 4:07:26 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 98 replies ^ | September 22, 2011 | TIM MAK
    African Americans appear to be cooling their support for President Obama, with “strongly favorable” views of the president dropping dramatically from 83 percent five months ago to 58 percent today, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows. The drop in support among black voters mirrors the declining support for Obama among all groups.
  • Liberals vow to challenge Obama in Democratic primaries (Ralph Nader alert)

    09/19/2011 12:11:24 PM PDT · by Danae · 109 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-19-2011 | Seth McLaughlin
    "President Obama’s smooth path to the Democratic nomination may have gotten rockier Monday, after a group of liberal leaders, including former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, announced plans to challenge the incumbent in primaries next year. The group said the goal is to offer up a handful of candidates from various fields and areas where the president either has failed to stake out a “progressive” position or where he has “drifted toward the corporatist right.”
  • President Confident of Re-election

    09/18/2011 12:26:35 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 51 replies
    Despite unanimous polling trends showing increasing dissatisfaction with his job performance, President Obama says he’s confident he’ll come out on top after the ballots are counted in November 2012. “In 2008 I was a virtual nobody,” Obama recalled. “Now I’m the president. Just being the president gives you a big leg up on all the up-and-coming nobodies who want to take your place. Consequently, I’d have to say that the odds of me being re-elected are much higher than the odds of me being elected in the first place.” The president boasted that “my ideas are the key. I have...
  • Republicans dodge the real lesson of Solyndra

    09/19/2011 4:29:09 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 32 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Sept. 19, 2011 | Timothy P. Carney
    In Republican-leaning circles in Washington, the question of the moment has been "Does this Solyndra thing have legs?" -- in other words, will the news media keep running stories on the subsidized, politically connected solar power company that just went bankrupt? When Republicans ask this question, they mean, "Will this significantly detract from President Obama's re-election chances?" The brief answer is: Probably not, because too many Republicans are asking the wrong questions and drawing the wrong conclusions.
  • Why Obama should withdraw

    09/18/2011 4:28:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 146 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | September 18, 2011 | Steve Chapman
    When Ronald Reagan ran for re-election in 1984, his slogan was "Morning in America." For Barack Obama, it's more like midnight in a coal mine. The sputtering economy is about to stall out, unemployment is high, his jobs program may not pass, foreclosures are rampant and the poor guy can't even sneak a cigarette. His approval rating is at its lowest level ever. His party just lost two House elections — one in a district it had held for 88 consecutive years. He's staked his future on the jobs bill, which most Americans don't think would work. The vultures are...
  • New Gallup: Obama slips with Jews

    09/15/2011 9:36:36 PM PDT · by Clairity · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | Sept. 15, 2011 | MJ Lee
    President Barack Obama's support among Jews has dropped, new data shows. Four out of 10 Jewish Americans currently disapprove of Obama, according to polling data provided to POLITICO by Gallup, which has yet to post the numbers on its website. This 40 percent disapproval rating is 8 percent higher than the 32 percent disapproval rating among Jewish Americans that was last reported by Gallup in June. Obama's approval rating among Jewish Americans is also down to 55 percent - a five point drop from his approval rating in June, which stood at 60 percent. Together, the rise in disapproval and...
  • Disappointed Hollywood Giving Obama Cold Shoulder (et tu Entertainment Industry?)

    09/16/2011 11:03:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    As the 2012 election fund-raising cycle heats up, the onetime darling is finding far less enthusiasm from the showbiz donors who tell THR what went wrong. At this point in the previous presidential election cycle, Barack Obama was a Hollywood heartthrob. The entertainment industry's ardent Democratic activists couldn't dig deep enough into their wallets to finance his ambitious run for the Oval Office. The industry remains with the president, but the disenchantment is increasingly palpable, and even devoted Democrats are approaching his re-election campaign with all the enthusiasm of a studio contractually obligated to finance a dubious sequel. Obama certainly...
  • The GOP's Genius Plan to Beat Obama in 2012

    09/15/2011 7:15:39 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 67 replies · 1+ views
    Mother Jones, via Hot Air ^ | 14 Sep 2011 | Nick Baumann
    Republican state legislators in Pennsylvania are pushing a scheme that, if GOPers in other states follow their lead, could cause President Barack Obama to lose the 2012 election—not because of the vote count, but because of new rules. That's not all: There's no legal way for Democrats to stop them. The problem for Obama, and the opportunity for Republicans, is the electoral college. Every political junkie knows that the presidential election isn't a truly national contest; it's a state-by-state fight, and each state is worth a number of electoral votes equal to the size of the state's congressional delegation. (The...
  • NRCC on Nevada victory: ‘Democrats just saw their 2012 playbook fall apart’

    09/14/2011 6:26:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/14/2011 | Alexis Levinson
    Late Tuesday night National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Pete Sessions painted the Republican win in the special election in Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District as a snapshot of the problems Democrats will face in 2012. “Democrats just saw their 2012 playbook fall apart as Nevada voters refused to buy Democrats’ Medicare scare tactics and misinformation campaigns,” Sessions wrote in a statement. “This election sends Democrats another warning that Democrats up and down the ballot next year cannot escape accountability for their failed economic policies.” Medicare policy was a major focus in the ad war between Democrat Kate Marshall and Republican Mark...
  • Disaster looms for O in 2012

    09/14/2011 3:45:07 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 71 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 14, 2010 | David Seifman
    <p>Republican Bob Turner’s victory in the closely watched special election to replace disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner delivered an unmistakable message to President Obama: Be afraid, be very afraid, of what’s coming down the pike in 2012.</p> <p>That a Brooklyn-Queens district where Democrats outnumber Republicans 3 to 1 could swing to a GOP candidate who was outspent and outmanned -- and where unions poured in enormous resources in the final hours -- doesn’t bode well for a president facing re-election in a queasy economy.</p>
  • Buyers’ remorse: Youth ditch Obama. Millennials now hope for White House change

    08/30/2011 10:19:28 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 73 replies
    WashTimes ^ | 8-29-11 | WashTimes
    President Obama coasted into the White House thanks in part to the youth vote, individuals aged 18-29 who bought into his vague promise to bring change. During Mr. Obama’s term in office, however, many of this group - known as Millennials - have been forced to learn how to subsist on pocket change. This isn’t quite what they were expecting when they turned out in historic droves in 2008. According to a recent poll commissioned by Generation Opportunity, 57 percent of Millennials participating said they will learn more about the policy positions of presidential candidates in the 2012 election than...