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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: "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 ^ | 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...