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  • BET Poll reveals G.O.P. is on track for the worst showing w/ black voters in modern history (Meh)

    08/27/2012 3:07:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Rock Hill Herald ^ | August 27, 2012
    In the most comprehensive election-year study of registered African-American voters in the battleground states, BET News' original poll conducted by nationally-recognized pollster Cornell Belcher, reveals overwhelming support for President Barack Obama for a second term re-election and severe disapproval of Republican Presidential nominee Governor Mitt Romney (R-Massachusetts). "Black, Red, White & Blue," is a study of 800 registered black voters in swing states that explores divisions within the black electorate on key issues. The poll takes the pulse of African-American political opinion in the remaining months of President Obama's first term in office. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20070716/BETNETWORKSLOGO) "We've been inundated by polls...
  • What's behind Dairy State's rise in GOP circles?

    08/26/2012 11:11:07 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 15 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Aug. 25, 2012 | Craig Gilbert
    This week's GOP convention will be a striking testament to the remarkable prominence three Republicans from Wisconsin have achieved in national politics. Reince Priebus will preside as chairman of the Republican National Committee. His good friend Scott Walker is among a handful of governors with prime-time speaking slots. And their good friend Paul Ryan will be introduced to the nation as Mitt Romney's running mate. "It's kind of weird," Ryan told me this summer about their rapid national ascent, a phenomenon Walker and Priebus call the "Cheesehead Revolution." Is it just weird happenstance that Wiscon sin has in short order...
  • Low blows, low turnout, low expectations-4 yrs after he swept to victory, BHO campaign joyless slog

    08/24/2012 8:30:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | August 23, 2012 | Toby Harnden
    Barack Obama was swept to the White House in 2008 by a wave of idealism and inspirational campaigning in which he encapsulated the mood of the nation with his slogans of ‘Hope’, ‘Change’ and ‘Yes we can’. Then, his message was a fundamentally positive one. Americans wanted an end to the Bush era but that almost went without saying. Obama pointed to his own vision of the country; a post-partisan, post-racial America in which gridlock in Washington was ended and common-sense centrist solutions were adopted. What a difference four years makes. Obama is campaigning ferociously for a second term –...
  • Wake up, GOP, and quit ostracizing Akin

    08/24/2012 12:10:13 PM PDT · by elijah1757 · 33 replies
    World Net Daily (WND) Commentary ^ | /23/2012 | Diana West
    Prediction: If the GOP establishment doesn’t follow Republican Rep. Todd Akin’s example with a big, fat apology – to Akin – the whole party goes down in flames come November. I don’t mean every Republican will lose, but there is great political peril in not sealing the hole in Republican armor that has opened in Missouri and instead permitting it to remain a Democratic pressure point. Further, “for the good of the country” (the mantra accompanying the party-wide chorus of pleas to Akin to drop out of his U.S. Senate race), Republicans must resume funding Akin’s viable campaign ASAP, after...
  • Poll: Most swing-state voters say they are not better off than in 2008

    08/20/2012 11:22:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2012 | Meghashyam Mali
    A new poll finds a majority of swing-state voters saying they are not better off than they were in 2008. A new Gallup poll released Monday shows 56 percent of registered voters in 12 key battleground states saying they are not better off than they were four years ago. Forty percent say they are better off. Among all registered voters in the country surveyed, 55 percent say they were not doing better after four years of Obama to 40 percent saying their situation had improved. The poll's findings signal a trouble spot for the Obama campaign, which has sought to...
  • Ryan Rally: Romney beating Obama in new swing states poll

    08/16/2012 10:47:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential ^ | August 15, 2012 | Conn Carroll
    Mittt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential nominee has propelled him into the lead in a poll of 12 key swing states. In July, the PurplePoll (of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin) had Obama/Biden beating Romney/Ryan 47 percent to 45 percent. Today, PurplePoll has Romney/Ryan beating Obama/Biden 47 percent to 46 percent. PurplePoll reports: The Romney-Ryan ticket is fueled by an 11-point advantage among independents. This represents an increase from July, when Romney held a 5-point margin over Obama among that key group. … Ryan is...
  • Survey: Romney Approval With Younger Voters Above 40 Percent for the First Time

    08/15/2012 9:04:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Newsroom America ^ | August 15, 2012 | Staff
    The campaign of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney got a bit more good news on Wednesday with the release of a new survey showing his support among younger voters surpassing 40 percent for the first time. Pollster John Zogby of JZ Analytics told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday that Romney received 41 percent in his weekend poll of 1,117 likely voters, and that he is the only GOP candidate among the pool of Republicans who vied for the nomination to score so high in the 18-29 demographic. That's key, says Zogby, because in 2008 then-candidate Barack Obama lured most of...
  • Notably unhorrified women, young people, and senior citizens cheer Ryan in Colorado

    08/14/2012 7:51:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 14, 2012 | Mary Katharine Ham
    LAKEWOOD, Colo.— A capacity crowd of over 2,000 packed a high-school gym here Tuesday for vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan’s first appearance in the swing state, the room dotted with toddler-toting moms and senior citizens. Introduced by a Lakewood High School senior and Romney volunteer just weeks too young to vote for him— the crowd replied loudly, “Awwww.”— Ryan touted his connection to the Rocky Mountain state, saying he had been planning to be in Colorado this week anyway, “for family vacation.” “I’ve been climbing 14ers for 20 years in this great state,” he said— a reference to Colorado’s...
  • Romney campaign: $7.4 million raised online since Ryan was named VP ($100K an hour)

    08/14/2012 7:02:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 14, 2012 | Allahpundit
    Enthusiasm, to the tune of $100,000+ per hour: Andrea Saul@andreamsaul In 72 hours, @MittRomney & @PaulRyanVP raised $7.4 million online with over 101,000 donations 14 Aug 12 Reply Retweet Favorite It’s a testament to the phenomenal excitement that greeted Palin’s selection in 2008 that Team McCain raised $8.8 million in just 48 hours after she was named VP. As for Ryan, Ed noted on Sunday that Team Mitt collected $3.5 million on 41,000 donations during the first day after he was introduced, which tells us two things. One: As you might expect, the bigger donations from more ardent Ryan fans...
  • Dr. Jerome Corsi Calls For Tea Party Mobilization (VIDEO)

    08/13/2012 1:49:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Western Center for Journalism ^ | August 13, 2012 | Joel Valenzuela
    Dr.Jerome Corsi calls for the Tea Party to turn out and win the November election. (VIDEO AT LINK)
  • Huge Romney-Ryan rally in Waukesha, WI (photos)

    08/12/2012 6:14:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | August 12, 2012 | Professor William A. Jacobson, esquire
    Anne is at the Romney-Ryan rally in Waukesha. She says the crowd is so large they had to move the rally from indoors to outdoors to accomodate all the people. We’re still trying to confirm the crowd size estimate. (Campaign says 10,000, which is similar to what Anne was told.) Apparently three protesters managed to interrupt the speeches. Here’s a tweet of one heckler. Here are some photos Anne sent along. The line of car seemed to go on forever: The crowd was large:And Anne managed to get pretty close to the stage
  • Stoffa: Romney's choice of Ryan seals deal for Obama's victory (College student clues us all in)

    08/12/2012 1:25:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Iowa State Daily ^ | August 12, 2012 | Gabriel Stoffa
    It's a beautiful day in his neighborhood, a beautiful day for the president. Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won't you be my president? Hi American citizens, I'm Barack Obama and I'm glad we're together again. (sung to the tune of "Mister Roger's Neighborhood" theme) That is the diddy Obama and the rest of the Democrats across the nation will be happily humming all the way through election day as Mitt Romney made the announcement of Paul Ryan for his vice-presidential candidate. As this election process has progressed, Romney has had to battle both the left and the...
  • For wary Tea Party, Ryan could make Romney easier to swallow

    08/11/2012 5:33:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 11, 2012
    For Tea Party activists uninspired by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the choice of fiscally conservative Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate might allow them to vote in November without holding their noses. Hours after Romney's announcement on Saturday, Tea Partiers' reactions ranged from "Wow!" to "a step up from Romney" to "this doesn't change a thing for me" - what one would expect from a notoriously fragmented coalition bound by a desire for smaller government. Many hailed the selection of as a sign of fiscally conservative movement's growing influence on the Republican Party platform. Others said...
  • Can Sarah Palin Win the Gold With Republican Endorsements?

    08/07/2012 2:42:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 7, 2012 | Amy Walter and Chris Good
    Analysis: Thus far, the former VP candidate Sarah Palin has endorsed four Senate candidates in competitive Republican primaries. All four have won. Tomorrow, she could extend that winning streak to five if Republican former Missouri state Treasurer Sarah Steelman, for whom Palin stumped this weekend, wins a three-way GOP primary contest. Like any good athlete, Palin has an impeccable sense of timing. And, she's keenly aware of the environment in which she's competing. Despite the fact that the Tea Party failed to field a credible presidential candidate, the mood of the GOP primary electorate remains as anti-establishment as ever. Palin...
  • Obama Campaign Dangerously Low on Cash, Leading to Panic

    08/06/2012 8:52:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | August 5, 2012 | Nick Chiles
    The Obama campaign has taken a huge risk by burning through hundreds of million of dollars in the early stages of the presidential campaign, opening offices in swing states, registering voters and getting to know local communities, but the expenditures have left the campaign dangerously low on cash heading into the final three months of the campaign. The analysis of the Obama expenditures by the New York Times shows that the campaign has spent $400 million from the beginning of 2011 to June 30, 2012. That number includes $86 million on advertising, $50 million on hiring Democratic party workers, $46...
  • The Real Poll Numbers

    08/06/2012 5:10:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    DickMorris.com ^ | August 6, 2012 | Dick Morris
    The media is trying to create a sense of momentum and of inevitability about the Obama candidacy. One benighted Newsweek reporter even speculated about a possible Democratic landslide. On Friday, I saw the real numbers. These state-by-state polls, taken by an organization I trust (after forty years of polling) show the real story. The tally is based on more than 600 likely voter interviews in each swing state within the past eight days. The trend line is distinctly pro-Romney. Of the thirteen states studied, he improved or Obama slipped in nine states while the reverse happened in only four. To...
  • Continued Update On Senator Kirk's Recovery

    08/06/2012 11:33:43 AM PDT · by bigbob · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8-3-12 | Sen. Mark Kirk
    United States Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) reveals the progress that he has made in his recovery after suffering an ischemic stroke in January. Sen. Kirk recently completed a 9-week mobility study at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where he worked tirelessly to improve his walking, speech, and mobility. During the course of the study, Sen. Kirk walked a total of 14.79 miles and climbed 145 flights of stairs.
  • Palin visits Iowa for Rastetter dinner

    08/05/2012 2:02:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 5, 2012 | Alexander Burns
    Sarah Palin dropped in Saturday at a major summer dinner hosted by one of Iowa's top GOP businessmen, a source in attendance at the event says. The former Alaska governor paid a visit to the get-together hosted by wealthy energy executive Bruce Rastetter, mingling with a crowd of upwards of 750 people. Palin stayed for a full three and a half hours, the source said. She wasn't the only pol there — Gov. Terry Branstad and Reps. Tom Latham and Steve King were present — but she was the only national figure. In 2011, Rick Santorum, Tim Pawlenty and Michele...
  • Obama campaign mobile app reveals which of your neighbors are registered Dems

    08/05/2012 1:25:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 4, 2012 | Howard Portnoy
    Just when you thought the Obama campaign couldn’t get any weirder, along comes its latest high-tech gift. Meet the Obama for America app for iPhone, a tool that allows you to spy on your neighbors to determine which of them are naughty (read: not Obama supporters) and which are nice. What you do with that information is entirely up to you. The website ProPublica explains how the app works. The end-user types in his current location. The app returns a Google map of the area that flags households with one or more registered Democrats. Clicking on one of the blue...
  • Obama's latest election tactic: Judge Judy

    08/04/2012 10:43:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    AMONG the ads for toothpaste and dish detergent, the loyal viewers of daytime television are seeing a new pitch: Support President Obama. Judge Judy, in fact, has become one of the favourite venues for the Obama campaign and its allies to reach sympathetic voters. When the courtroom reality show featuring a sharp-tongued former judge airs in swing states, it often comes with ads telling viewers that Republican candidate Mitt Romney uses tax havens and as a businessman has shipped jobs overseas. The show is considered an ideal vehicle for commercials pushing the president's re-election because such courtroom programs are watched...
  • NRA-Backed Rogers Unseats Maggart

    08/02/2012 10:34:21 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    A four-term member of the state House has been unseated by political newcomer Courtney Rogers who enjoyed the backing of the National Rifle Association. Incumbent Debra Maggart lost the seat after an outside campaign to defeat her. Maggart became a target after she went along with Republican leadership and helped scuttle a bill allowing gun owners to store weapons in their car while at work. The NRA and the Tennessee Firearms Association spent a combined $100,000 on ads attacking Maggart. They were ultimately effective, at least on Hendersonville voter Peggy Shoaf. “You know I want to have my gun in...
  • Race Isn't the Problem for Obama (Trumka assigns 400K union goons to swing-state bell-ringing duty)

    08/02/2012 9:26:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 2, 2012 | Linda Chavez
    The president of the AFL-CIO is worried that President Obama is doing poorly among white, working class, male voters -- and he plans on putting 400,000 of his troops in the field in six key states to change the equation. Recent polls show the president doing poorly with white males with less than a college education. Mitt Romney leads the president among white males voters by more than 2-to-1 in a recent Washington Post poll, with the president favored by only 28 percent of this demographic group. Other polls show similar results. Republicans have won a majority of white males'...
  • Is a pro-Romney ad racist? Five questions to ask yourself [Groan!]

    07/26/2012 7:23:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 23, 2012 | Charlton McIlwain and Stephen M. Caliendo
    In the presidential election, it’s not a matter of whether racism will appear in campaign messaging, but when. President Obama is running for reelection with the support of the majority of black and Latino voters. Mitt Romney is challenging Mr. Obama with an almost exclusively white constituency behind him. Both candidates will raise and spend unprecedented amounts of money on political advertisements, as will their respective parties and allied super PACs. A crucial question is: How will we know when pro-Romney ads are potentially racist? It’s not always so easy to recognize. Reasonable people will disagree about whether an ad...
  • Obama’s poll spending is obscene

    07/24/2012 6:54:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 24, 2012 | Dr. David Hill, Republican pollster
    What’s up with all that polling the Obama camp is doing? Recently the folks over at the Weekly Standard combed through campaign spending disclosure records of the Obama campaign and related committees, discovering that they’ve spent $15 million on polling since the first of the year. And some of the June spending is still unaccounted for. Oh, my! From one perspective, spending $15 million on polling reeks of desperation. They are on a massive snipe hunt, trying to evaluate the appeal of every alleged accomplishment of the president and to gauge the credibility of every anti-Romney tidbit their dirt-diggers have...
  • List of Republicans (RINOs) Supporting the Marketplace Fairness Act

    07/24/2012 11:38:58 AM PDT · by donjuanluis07 · 13 replies
    RINOList.org ^ | July 24, 2012 | donjuanluis07
    The Marketplace Fairness Act is in short a national sales tax on online purchases (that is an extreme layman's view).  See the full run down at Breitbart.The List of Republicans supporting this bill are:
  • Is President Obama Above Water, and If So, Why?

    07/24/2012 12:21:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Power Line ^ | July 23, 2012 | John Hinderaker
    This morning David Gelernter wrote a thought-provoking post titled, “What Keeps This Failed President Above Water?” How can a president with a record as terrible as Barack Obama’s be running essentially even in the polls? I have some thoughts on that question from a perspective that is slightly different from Gelernter’s. First of all, it is questionable whether Obama is, in reality, above water. He can’t get his approval rating out of the 40s, nor can he get a majority in any head-to-head poll with Mitt Romney, even among registered voters or “adults.” For a sitting president more than three...
  • State Senate District 33 in Minnesota - A Clear Choice

    07/21/2012 11:13:19 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 1 replies
    http://www.davidosmek.com ^ | 7/21/12 | MplsSteve
    This thread is directed primarily at Minnesota Freepers - but obviously your support (at any level) is encouraged. This is a GOP primary taking place in state Senate District 33 in Minnesota. Geographically, it includes a number of the western and northwestern suburbs of Minneapolis. This is a good GOP district. The incumbent state senator is retiring. David Osmek, a member of the Mound City Council won the GOP endorsement with 81% of the vote - but he's being challenged by state rep Connie Doepke. As I'll point out to you, Doepke's record is decidedly a un-conservative one. Click on...
  • Opinion: Obama "You Didn't Build That" Comment Incites Class Warfare

    07/20/2012 7:07:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    WYNC-FM ^ | July 20, 2012 | Karol Markowicz
    Ever since President Obama made his anti-business comments there has been an outcry by liberals that his words were taken out of context. I would never want to misquote my president so here is the full comment: Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are...
  • Poll: Enthusiasm up for Romney, down for Obama

    07/18/2012 3:07:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 18, 2012 | Donovan Slack
    A new CBS News/New York Times poll to be released Wednesday found some troubling trends for Team Obama. From the CBS report: "[T]hree and a half months before election day, Republican enthusiasm about voting this year has shot up since Mitt Romney clinched the nomination in April, from 36 percent of Republicans saying they were more enthusiastic in March to 49 percent now. President Obama was helped to election in 2008 by a wave of voter enthusiasm among Democrats, however this year, Democratic enthusiasm is down a bit since March. Twenty-seven percent of Democrats said they were more enthusiastic about...
  • Obama sues Ohio Secretary of State

    07/17/2012 4:04:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    WKSU-FM Ohio Public Radio/Kent State University ^ | July 17, 2012 | Jo Ingles, Statehouse Reporter
    President Obama’s campaign is suing Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to try to re-instate the three days of early, in person voting before Election day in November. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports. (AUDIO AT LINK) Back in 2004, Ohio’s voting process was under national scrutiny after there were long lines at polling places, causing voters to wait for up to eight hours to cast their ballots at some precincts. After that, Ohio lawmakers passed a law that, among other things, allowed Ohioans to vote in person on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before the election. Those rules were...
  • Where is Sarah Palin?

    07/17/2012 1:41:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    WLS-AM ^ | July 16, 2012
    Last May, a cult-like throng of journalists chased Sarah Palin and her bus along the East Coast, eager that she’d drop the slightest of hints that would answer an almost fanatical question: Was she jumping into the GOP primary? This weekend she gave a speech in front of hundreds of supporters, revving them up with some of her favorite lines — blasting both President Obama and “crony capitalism” and calling the “bitter clingers” to action. She even unveiled this new line to huge cheers: “We’re little tea pots, and we’re getting steamed up because Obama is tipping us over, pouring...
  • Eight Legit Reasons Why Palin is the Only Logical Choice to be Our Nation’s Next Vice President

    07/16/2012 9:00:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | July 16, 2012 | Gary P. Jackson
    America is at a crossroads. Our government is out of control. All three branches of the federal government have abandoned First Principles and the Constitution. We have a president who ignores Congress and a Congress that cannot get anything done because of obstructionism by Big Government liberals in both parties. We have a Supreme Court Chief Justice who just ruled on the most evil piece of legislation this country has ever seen, one that will destroy America, not based on his understanding of the Constitution, but because he fears bad press for the Court! Corruption, from the Oval Office, to...
  • The full outbreak of Romney Derangement Syndrome

    07/14/2012 1:29:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 209 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 14, 2012 | Karl
    This week in the presidential campaign was driven by several stories, primarily Mitt Romney’s speech to the NAACP convention; the likely bogus rumor that Romney was considering Condoleeza Rice as his vice-presidential pick; and the hysterical, bogus claim that Romney may be a felon based on decade-old SEC filings. Let’s look at the common thread running through them. Partisans on both sides of the aisle questioned Romney’s decision to appear at the NAACP convention, given that African-Americans have been a solidly reliable Democratic voting bloc for decades. However, a Romney campaign adviser told BuzzFeed that Romney’s attendance at the convention...
  • Obama spends nearly $100 million on campaign ads

    07/13/2012 6:32:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    President Barack Obama's campaign has spent nearly $100 million on television commercials in selected battleground states so far, unleashing a sustained early barrage designed to create lasting, negative impressions of Republican Mitt Romney before he and his allies ramp up for the fall. In a reflection of campaign strategy, more than one-fifth of the president's ad spending has been in Ohio, a state that looms as a must-win for Romney more so than for Obama. Florida ranks second and Virginia third, according to organizations that track media spending and other sources....
  • Do You Wish You Voted For Obama Instead Of McCain?

    07/10/2012 11:14:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Western Center for Journalism ^ | July 10, 2012 | Derrick Hollenbeck
    A google search using the term, “McCain voters say they wished they’d voted Obama” shows about 7,450,000 items, but searching through them yields not a single article about voters feeling this way. When most people are asked, “We all know people who voted for Obama and say they wished they had voted for McCain, but where are the people who say they voted for McCain but wish they had voted for Obama?” they start laughing. By now, we have all heard the public “secular confessions” of the Barack Obama supporters who wish they hadn’t done what they did. These people...
  • Good news for Romney: Enthusiasm gap is shrinking

    07/10/2012 11:45:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 10, 2012 | Rachel Weiner and Scott Clement
    President Obama still inspires more enthusiasm than former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, but the gap is shrinking. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that 91 percent of Obama voters are enthusiastic, compared with 85 percent of Romney supporters. That gap widens when you look at the “very enthusiastic.” Fifty-one percent of Obama backers are very enthusiastic, compared to 38 percent of Romney backers. When we asked the same question in May, the same 51 percent of Obama fans said they were very enthusiastic, but only 26 percent of Romney supporters said the same. Overall, in May, 93 percent of...
  • Third parties a dud in 2012

    07/06/2012 6:08:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    The Examiner ^ | July 6, 2012 | Michael McGuire
    Voter dissatisfaction or not, there is very little support this year for third party presidential candidates. In a Gallup Poll released Friday that includes three minor-party candidates, Barack Obama received 47 percent support, Mitt Romney 40, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson 3, Green candidate Jill Stein 1 and Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode less than 1. Two percent of voters said they favor U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), 1 percent mentioned someone else, 2 percent had no opinion and 5 percent said they will not vote. Voter dissatisfaction or not, there is very little support this year for third party presidential...
  • Poll: Romney up big in battleground states

    07/05/2012 9:09:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 3, 2012 | Jonathan Easley
    Mitt Romney has a sizeable lead in 15 battleground states, according to a CNN/ORC poll released late Monday. The Republican candidate leads President Obama 51 percent to 43 in 15 states that will be critical in determining the outcome of the 2012 election. Obama won 12 of these battleground states in 2008 — Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin — and will need to keep about half of those in 2012 if he’s to secure reelection. The poll also included Missouri, Indiana and Arizona as battleground states. That’s good news...
  • Tea Party Groups Planning July 4 Comeback (Snarky yet informative)

    07/01/2012 12:45:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | June 30, 2012 | Evan McMorris-Santoro
    On July 4, the tea party will dust off the tri-corn hats and head into the streets to fight the second revolutionary war against “Obamacare.” Tea party organizers tell TPM that the movement is planning a big Independence Day push in response to the Supreme Court ruling in favor of President Obama’s health care reform bill. The decision ruling the law constitutional — and the surprising vote of Chief Justice John Roberts in the majority — has breathed new life into the tea party, members say. But the tea party is also growing up. And that’s one of the reasons...
  • High Court Ruling Energizes GOP (Gov. Romney now has 23% black support in Georgia!)

    06/29/2012 6:12:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Georgia Public Broadcasting ^ | June 29, 2012 | Jeanne Bonner
    The U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold Pres. Obama’s healthcare law is mobilizing Georgia Republicans. Fundraising and volunteer activity spiked on Thursday, and a new state poll shows the lead of GOP presumptive presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, is widening. For Georgia Republicans, the ruling means one thing: electing Romney is the only way to repeal the law. State GOP officials say donations surged upon news of the ruling, and volunteers are flooding the party’s Web site. Mark Rountree is Georgia-based Republican strategist and pollster. His firm, Landmark Communications in conjunction with Rosetta Stone, conducted a poll Thursday that shows Romney...
  • Supreme Court Ruling: Rebirth of Tea Party

    06/28/2012 4:54:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | June 28, 2012 | Lloyd Marcus
    Dear Patriots, I am heartbroken, but fired-up more than ever! If the Tea Party was dying, the Supreme Court upholding Obamacare is unquestionably the rebirth of the Tea Party. I briefly mourned the death of America as we know it. Upon stabilizing my emotions, I realized that as a Christian, I must trust God. I know some of you will want to slap me across the face for my optimism. Perhaps, the Supreme Court ruling is a blessing in disguise. Had Obamacare been ruled unconstitutional, Obama's reelection team which includes the mainstream media would have launched a shock-and-awe campaign ranting...
  • Obama takes bus tour to connect with average Americans

    06/27/2012 8:00:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    President Barack Obama is ramping up a fresh phase of his re-election bid with a bus tour next week, focusing more on direct engagement with voters and less on ritzy fundraisers. Obama's two-day road trip through Pennsylvania and Ohio, two key battleground states in the November election, kicks off July 5, a campaign official said. It will be the president's first bus tour of the 2012 campaign. The bus trip also will coincide with the release of the monthly nationwide jobs report, a key economic indicator that could directly affect the president's re-election prospects...
  • Cash Rules at Romney Retreat While Condoleezza Rice Steals the Show

    06/23/2012 11:11:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 24, 2012 | Shushannah Walshe
    PARK CITY, Utah — If the majority of donors who attend this weekend’s gathering of hundreds of high dollar fundraisers go back home as fired up as Rodger Young, the Romney campaign will be in quite strong a financial position and the investment in time and effort for the event will be paid back many times over. “I am going to bundle every penny I can bundle,” said Young, a donor at this weekend’s mixer for Romney donors, GOP stars, and Republican leaders. Until this weekend, Young was merely a donor not a bundler, but that has now changed. “I...
  • Obama tries to win voters who ignored him in primaries (Pennsylvania)

    06/23/2012 10:26:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Erie Times-News ^ | June 24, 2012 | John Guerriero
    When Erie County Democrats cast ballots in the Pennsylvania primary, 17 percent either didn't vote for President Barack Obama or wrote in someone else's name. In Crawford County, 23 percent of Democrats at the polls declined to vote for the president. And the website www.PoliticsPA.com recently reported that in 27 of the state's 67 counties, primarily in central and southwestern Pennsylvania, more than 30 percent of the Democratic voters failed to vote for Obama on April 24. Does that translate into a battleground-state problem for Obama against presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney in the Nov. 6 election? Bill Cole, Erie...
  • Romney Stirs Up Challenge on Unions’ Own Turf

    06/22/2012 8:41:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Cutting Edge News ^ | June 22, 2012 | Sean Lengell, The Washington Times
    Mitt Romney has pushed the 2012 electoral battleground into union-friendly territory — putting organized labor on the defensive in states it typically has little trouble holding. A recent demoralizing election loss in Wisconsin and simmering disappointment with President Obama poses further challenges for labor to rally its troops this election season. Among the 10 or so swing states where the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is battling President Obama, about half are populous, union-heavy states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, where in most polls Mr. Obama holds precarious single-digits poll leads. Mr. Romney is performing particularly strongly in Ohio...
  • Who Would Kaisich Choose--If Romney picks his "most comfortable" Portman for VEEP

    06/21/2012 6:10:26 AM PDT · by Amish · 12 replies
    If Romney selects Portman for VEEP (a fellow technocrat and middle of the roader) who do you Ohioans think would governor Kasich choose to replace him in the Senate?
  • The Invisible Romney Vote Obama Should Fear

    06/18/2012 2:39:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | June 15, 2012 | Clark S. Judge
    Something strange is going on in the election campaign. Former president Bill Clinton seems to look for every opportunity to undermine the sitting president of his own party. His former political aides publish a memorandum saying the White House message strategy is failing. The morning reports have the press corps dismissing President Obama's supposedly major speech in Ohio Thursday as a windy nothing-burger. Everyone agrees that the president has had one bad day after another, beginning more or less with Gov. Scott Walker's victory in the Wisconsin recall election, the first governor in American history to survive a recall effort....
  • Why the Youth Vote is Ours to Win

    06/17/2012 12:27:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Jedediah Bila's website ^ | June 13, 2012 | Jedediah Bila
    I recently found myself in a discussion about America’s youth with a small group of conservative activists. They were in unanimous agreement that conservatism and libertarianism will never be “cool,” that young people just don’t relate to the conservative or libertarian message, that no amount of outreach could be successful, and that we have to just face it–liberalism appeals to young people and eventually they’ll grow out of it and see the light. I couldn’t disagree more on every level. The good news? They’re wrong. As a former teacher, student adviser, dean, and private tutor, I have had the pleasure...
  • Sarah Palin mocks Obama on drug use, dogs

    06/16/2012 6:47:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    The Politico ^ | June 16, 2012 | Tim Mak
    LAS VEGAS – Sarah Palin ridiculed President Barack Obama at a conservative bloggers conference Friday for his “cocaine snorting” and eating dog as a child. “That cocaine snorting, and what he ate — Fido? Rufus?” the former Alaska governor said, alluding to Obama’s memoir, “Dreams From My Father,” in which he admits both to cocaine use and being served dog by his stepfather in Indonesia. “I think it’s funny that the cocktail circuit gives me a hard time for eating elk and moose. Anybody here have a pet moose? There’s a difference.” It was part of a 30-minute speech at...
  • Is Legalizing Weed Obama's Secret Weapon?

    06/13/2012 6:10:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | June 13, 2012 | Elspeth Reeve
    In 2004 George W. Bush's re-election campaign worked to put anti-gay marriage ballot initiatives up for vote in several swing states in order to turn out more hard-core conservatives to the polls. This year the question is whether marijuana legalization measures will turn out young voters for Obama. Bush's plan to use gay marriage bans -- in states that did not actually allow gay marriage -- as a turnout booster led to signs featuring icky public restroom symbols proliferated and liberal panic that the Christian right had taken over. The press obsessed over "values voters." One of Bush's aides, Ken...