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  • Botching the Debates: How Biden and Obama blew it.

    10/27/2012 8:02:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | The November 5, 2012 Issue | Fred Barnes, executive editor
    Joe Biden was forewarned. When he did a walk-through at the site of his debate with Paul Ryan, he asked if there might be double screens when the debate was broadcast. Yes, indeed, he was told, though it would be up to each TV network and cable channel whether to show both candidates at once on a split screen. Biden may have ignored how he might appear on one screen while Ryan was speaking on the other. Or he may have purposely run the gamut of disdain from mockery to disgust as he listened to Ryan. Either way, he played...
  • The intriguing Fil-Am vote on Balitang America’s Poll: Who won the debates?

    10/27/2012 8:43:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Asian Journal ^ | October 26, 2012 | Gel Santos Relos
    DEBATE season is over and there are only eight days left before the US Presidential Election. As the Filipino Channel’s daily newscast “Balitang America” reports on each debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney, we also engage our viewers by asking their opinion about the candidates’ performances in presenting the policies and platform of their respective parties. The first debate was reported to belong to Romney, as indicated by almost all mainstream media polls -- primarily because of Obama’s “lackluster” and “flaccid” performance in this first face-off. Our ISYU NGAYON daily online poll of “Balitang America” also showed...
  • Presidential Polls 2012: Romney Ahead Nationwide, Has a Real Shot at Victory

    10/27/2012 8:23:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    PolicyMic ^ | October 27, 2012 | Jake Horowitz, co-founder
    With just 10 days to go until election day 2012 finally arrives, President Obama and Mitt Romney are in the final sprint, and the latest presidential polls reveal the race is a dead-heat. According to Gallup's daily tracking polls, Romney leads 50 to 47. According to Washington Post/ABC, Romney leads 50 to 47, including a national lead of 9 points on who would better handle the economy (52 to 43). President Obama has long been considered the favorite to win election 2012, but these starting numbers beg the question: Could Romney actually win this thing? In short, the answer is...
  • Early Vote in Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, New Hampshire and Wisconsin

    It's well known that Ohio is the key, and that Ohio state polls seem not to follow the national trend (Romney should be leading by at least 3-4, no polls showing him better than tie instead). RCP average in 2008 missed the real result in many states by several points (2.1 in Ohio, 2.5 in Indiana, 3 in Pennsylvania, 3.5 in Colorado, 5 in Arizona e 6 in Nevada) so maybe it's just due to the margin of error but it's worrying anyway. Anyway if Romney loses Ohio he has to win Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin and New Hampshire (if he...
  • Mitt Romney: It’s time for real change, America

    10/26/2012 9:46:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 26, 2012 | Erika Johnsen
    I hardly even know what to add to this. In a well-framed, critical yet optimistic, to the point, and refreshingly presidential speech in Iowa on Friday afternoon, Mitt Romney simply and clearly laid out his economic vision for his presidency. He touched on all the major domestic spheres of our economy and our society — our budget, education, energy, health care, regulations, you name it — without shying away or making excuses. It was a remarkable difference from the petty tone and shrinking subject matter we’ve heard from President Obama of late, and as Romney points out, the president so...
  • LENA DUNHAM: Your First Time PARODY!

    10/26/2012 8:13:30 PM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 56 replies
    youtube.com/stevencrowder ^ | 10/26/2012 | Crowder
    Crowder parodied the HECK out of that awful Lena Dunham ad for Obama. Already going viral... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSxDE1QCHA4
  • In case Obama is wondering why the Poles support Romney...

    10/25/2012 11:54:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 26, 2012 | Alan Aszkler
    Polish-American culture has been impugned and insulted by the current Occupant of the White House. The president's ignorance is apparent when it comes to the long history and perseverance of the Poles in their fight for liberty. To take one notable example, on the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland, Obama announced his cancelation of plans to place missile interceptors there. Obama has gone out of his way to disrespect the Poles with his "Polish death camps" remark, or his choosing to play golf instead attending the memorial for Polish President Lech Kaczynski, the Polish first lady, and...
  • The White Romney Vote: Based on Race? (Cover keyboard & monitor before reading)

    10/25/2012 10:00:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Root ^ | October 26, 2012 | Les Payne
    Blacks are accused of backing Obama out of racial loyalty, but white GOP voters get a pass. Little about the GOP candidate appeared to qualify him for the White House as he sweated freely over foreign-policy debate questions Monday night. Clearly ill-suited to be commander in chief, Mitt Romney fidgeted in his chair, fudged his Afghanistan position and, in the cross talk over Iraq, seemed on the verge of proffering another $10,000 bet on whether his position had changed. Despite losing two of three debates, Romney has going for him a poll-obsessed media keen on a close race sustaining their...
  • Obama’s Aura of Defeat

    10/25/2012 9:03:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 24, 2012 | Ross Douthat
    In an argument that was echoed and amplified around the liberal twittersphere yesterday, New York’s Jonathan Chait made the case that the Romney campaign has bluffed the press into covering the last two weeks of the campaign as though Obama’s losing. Like George W. Bush in 2000, who famously (and probably foolishly) campaigned in California to lend himself an air of inevitability in the closing days of the campaign, Team Romney’s current brash confidence is designed to persuade the media to overlook the underlying numbers that still point to an advantage for the incumbent. And it’s working, Chait argues: The...
  • Obama: "No More Serious Issue On A Presidential Campaign Than Trust"

    10/25/2012 4:22:00 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 8 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 10-24-2012
    OBAMA: And we joke about Romnesia, but all of this speaks to something that's really important and that is the issue of trust. There's no more serious issue on a presidential campaign than trust. Trust matters.... (snip) You could take a videotape of things I said 10 years ago, 12 years ago and you'd say, 'Man this is the same guy. Has the same values. Cares about the same people. Doesn't forget where he came from. Knows who he's fighting for.' And you know what? I haven't finished all the work that we set out to do back in 2008....
  • Are the Democrats Worried About Minnesota?

    10/25/2012 1:01:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    PowerLine ^ | October 24, 2012 | John Hinderaker
    We have written several times about the presidential race–such as it is–in Minnesota. Neither party has done much of anything here, yet the polls are surprisingly close. Our consensus has been that, tantalizing though the thought may be, it is not realistic to think that Minnesota could be in play. So I was surprised to receive an email from Maya Angelou, a little while ago, urging me to be sure to vote: From: Maya Angelou Subject: Pretty or plain, heavy or thin, gay or straight, poor or rich Date: October 24, 2012 5:02:14 PM CDT To: John Hinderaker Reply-To: democraticparty@democrats.org...
  • Signs and Omens: Obama’s Fading Hope and the Graveyard Whistling Choir

    10/24/2012 11:28:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | October 23, 2012 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Nate Silver continues to lead the Democrat Graveyard Whistling Choir, raising Obama to a 70.3% likelihood of victory based on . . . what? I dunno. I’m not an expert with a New York Times column or anything, much less a Magical Forecasting Model™ that can divine future events with the precise scientific exactitude of 1/10 of one percent. This morning, Silver told us that Ohio might be a crucial battleground, which may be news to a victim who just escaped from an underground rape-dungeon after nine months of being held hostage and tortured by a sociopathic sex offender. But...
  • Pro-Romney Mini-PAC reaches out to black community in Ohio

    10/24/2012 5:37:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | October 22, 2012 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    Are Mini-PACs the wave of the future? Pivot Point Washington Super PAC is making waves by running anti-Obama ads on BET television in Cleveland and Seattle. The Super PAC is run by Dave Shemwell: (VIDEO AT LINK) Creator of Pro-Romney Super PAC in Washington Discusses Campaign Dave Shemwell joins “Race To The Wire” to explain his role in Pivot Point Washington, what he thinks about other Super PAC’s, and why he says there’s a need for more political discourse from each side in the Evergreen State. view full article The thing is, this Super PAC really is a mini-PAC as...
  • New Hampshire: Romney 50, Obama 48

    10/24/2012 3:37:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 24, 2012 | Allahpundit
    New from Rasmussen, itÂ’s the second poll in as many days showing Romney up two points in NH. Of the last eight polls taken in the state, he leads in four, is tied in two more, trails by a single point in another, and the last is an outlier. (RasmussenÂ’s last poll of NH, taken eight days ago, had Obama up by a point.) Why should you care about that? Simple: If Ohio doesnÂ’t pan out for Mitt, his lone remaining path to the presidency may well be hitting an exacta with New Hampshire and Wisconsin. If he wins Florida,...
  • Broadening the battlefield: Romney to travel to WI as Obama tries to cling to turf he won in 2008

    10/24/2012 1:32:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | October 23, 2012 | Toby Harnden
    Mitt Romney is to travel to Wisconsin, a state Barack Obama won in a 14-point blowout four years ago, as the Republican candidate's surging campaign seeks to expand the 'chessboard' into previously safe Democratic territory. At the same time, the Romney campaign has bought television advertising in the Boston market, which reaches screens in New Hampshire, a state Obama won by almost 10 points in 2008. Asked whether Romney himself would be visiting Wisconsin in the closing days of the race, Eric Fehrnstrom, a senior Romney adviser, said: 'Yes. Paul Ryan was just in Pittsburgh. We'll be back in Wisconsin,...
  • Romney Gains in South and Nationally (Solid South in polling now, plus Colorado and Iowa)

    10/23/2012 11:32:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Southern Political Report ^ | October 23, 2012 | Hastings Wyman
    Mitt Romney is now leading in every state in today’s Solid South, including the three – Florida, North Carolina and Virginia – that Barack Obama won in 2008 and where his campaign has expended considerable muscle, money and candidate time. Moreover, the nationwide polls also show a marked shift to Romney since the first debate. The President, however, still maintains leads in most of the battleground states. In Florida, with a substantial 29 electoral votes, virtually all polls now give Romney the lead, with the Real Clear Politics (RCP) average showing a 2.1 point lead for the Republican challenger. The...
  • Romney’s Brilliant Maneuver

    10/23/2012 11:20:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | October 23, 2012 | Keith Koffler
    Gov. Mitt Romney today pulled a bold move in the final debate with President Obama, opting for relatively limited verbal combat with his opponent while instead showcasing his knowledge of foreign affairs, adopting a presidential demeanor, and offering a sense of optimism for the future. This strategy was the political equivalent of the Muhammed Ali Rope-a-Dope against George Foreman in the heavyweight boxing championship in 1974. Everyone expected a war, but Ali laid back on the ropes and let his bigger, stronger opponent pound away until Foreman was exhausted, and Ali knocked him out. And I think Romney may have...
  • Again The Polls; Again The Clueless Pundits

    10/23/2012 10:32:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Hugh Hewitt ^ | October 23, 2012 | Hugh Hewitt
    It would be better for left- and left-leaning pundits to watch future debates in isolation rooms so that they do not produce among themselves the sorts of collective misjudgments that dominated the post-debate commentariat after the second, third and last night's final debate. Indeed, mass herd instinct led to hysteria and derangement after the first debate which took a terrible night for the president and made it a fatal one. Now having proclaimed victory yet again, their followers wil yet again watch polls soldify around Romney (and perhaps even increase in his favor as happened with Rasmussen's tracking poll today)...
  • Joe Scarborough: Mitt Romney wins debate season

    10/23/2012 5:25:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 23, 2012 | Joe Scarborough
    Barack Obama won on points last night. But that victory may not have been enough to undo the damage done to the president by this year's debate season. President Obama came into the first debate in Denver as a heavyweight champ circling his battered, over-matched foe. But Obama let the challenger off the mat and deliver enough blows to change the contest's momentum in dramatic fashion. The next debate was a messy tossup round that barely went to Barack, and last night continued that trend. Now the question is whether Big Mo stays with Mitt. But there is no question...
  • Sarah Palin’s PAC gives $5,000 to Koster

    10/23/2012 3:48:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | October 23, 2012 | Emily Heffter
    Republican John Koster, a candidate for Congress in the 1st District, received a $5,000 contribution from SarahPAC, the political organization headed by Sarah Palin. Koster is in a tight race with Democrat Suzan DelBene to represent the 1st District, a newly drawn swing district that runs from Redmond to the Canadian border. Palin endorsed Koster in 2010, when he ran against Democrat Rick Larsen. Koster’s far-right tea party ties have been a major talking point for the DelBene campaign, which has branded Koster “too extreme” for the 1st District. Koster’s campaign says DelBene is too liberal...