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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 ^ | 10/26/2012 | Crowder
    Crowder parodied the HECK out of that awful Lena Dunham ad for Obama. Already going viral...
  • 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:
  • 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...
  • Election 2012: Wisconsin Senate Wisconsin Senate: Thompson (R) 48%, Baldwin (D) 46%

    10/23/2012 8:44:39 AM PDT · by bigbob · 2 replies
    Rasmussen Research ^ | 10-22-12 | Rasmussen
    Former Governor Tommy Thompson and Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin are in a near tie in Wisconsin’s down-to-the-wire U.S. Senate race. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Wisconsin Voters, taken the night of the candidates’ second debate, shows Thompson with 48% support to Baldwin’s 46%. Three percent (3%) like some other candidate, and another three percent (3%) are undecided.
  • Did Obama blow it on sequestration?

    10/23/2012 8:23:30 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10-23-2012 | Ed Morrissey
    (snip) Politico’s Philip Ewing reports that Obama’s vow not only caught his campaign off guard, but Democrats in Congress too — and gave Republicans a big opening to attack Obama for his lack of interest in the issue so far: President Barack Obama startled Washington during Monday night’s foreign policy debate when he said billions in automatic Pentagon cuts “will not happen” — a line that could weaken his bargaining power during an epic spending and tax fight expected when Congress returns. … Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) said the president is “not a dictator yet,” expressing surprise over the president’s...
  • Who Won the Presidential Debate: Romney Won, and Will Win the Presidency

    10/22/2012 8:32:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    PolicyMic ^ | October 22, 2012 | Amy Sterling Casil
    Covering a lot of ground, from Libya and Syria to Iran, Afghanistan, and Iraq, the third presidential debate was alternately frustrating, boring, and repetitive. Mitt Romney grew stronger throughout the debate, while the President grew weaker. Romney's closing statement struck the exact right note of working in a bi-partisan manner to "carry the torch" of freedom back to America in the future. Romney also did something the President neglected to do: He asked for the job. The President may have hurt himself with a few snarky comments early in the debate with comments like, "I'm glad you recognize Al Qaeda...
  • Democratic strategist Paul Begala: Obama has given up on North Carolina

    10/22/2012 5:01:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | October 22, 2012 | Sean Sullivan
    * Obama’s campaign has given up on winning North Carolina, Democratic strategist Paul Begala, an adviser to the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action said in an interview Monday. “Yes. I am not supposed to say that Wolf, but I work for, as you mentioned, the pro-Obama super PAC, and I am being paid to help re-elect the president. But if you look at where he is going and where he is spending money — yes, it looks like Gov. Romney is likely to carry North Carolina.” * Obama’s pre-debate meal is the same as last time — steak and...
  • Romney makes first general election campaign visit to Cedar Rapids Oct. 24 (Iowa)

    10/22/2012 4:47:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa --- Republican president nominee Mitt Romney will visit Cedar Rapids Wednesday evening, hours after President Obama has a rally in Davenport. The visits by the presidential candidates signal the intensity in the race in the final two weeks of the campaign. “It’s incredibly tight” in Iowa, Romney spokesman Shawn McCoy said Monday. “We’ve got a lot of momentum in this race, momentum we’ve gained as Iowans have heard more about Gov. Romney’s message.” Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley thinks the race is too close to call in Iowa....
  • Worst case scenario for Romney in winning the election

    10/22/2012 11:58:57 AM PDT · by Viper652 · 14 replies
    If he were to win in a squeaker, all he has to do is win in Colorado, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin. That really raises my confidence sky high after playing with the map and seeing that.
  • Here Come The Other States

    10/21/2012 9:59:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies ^ | October 19, 2012 | Dick Morris
    While all national attention is focused — indeed riveted — on the seven to nine swing or battleground states, a major shift is taking place in the rest of the country: Voters are turning off Obama and onto Romney. In the forty states where the Obama campaign has not spread toxic negative ads against Romney, the Republican is gaining by leaps and bounds and will likely carry a bunch of “non-swing” normally blue states. Specifically, Romney is now three points ahead in Pennsylvania, one point behind in Michigan, and only two points behind in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Together, these four...
  • Election Night Surprise: Why Minnesota Will Turn Red on November 6

    10/21/2012 6:26:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Battleground Watch ^ | October 19, 2012 | Keith Backer
    Minnesota has crept into the news cycle recently with senior campaign surrogates stumping in the state and campaign dollars flowing to a state once thought out of reach for Republicans this cycle. I received a lot of push-back over my conclusion regarding Minnesota’s competitiveness based on Rochester, Minnesota being a top 10 ad market this week. Upon closer inspection, however, the evidence keeps piling up that the Land of 10,000 Lakes should be on everyone’s radar for an election night surprise. The latest is a poll released yesterday from SurveyUSA gives President Obama a 10-point lead over Mitt Romney, 50...
  • Mitt Romney likely win in November indicated by latest polls

    10/21/2012 3:56:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Examiner ^ | October 21, 2012 | Dean Chambers
    If the election were held today Mitt Romney would win 321 electoral votes while Barack Obama would win in states worth 217 electoral votes according to the latest polling data available today. The Rasmussen Reports Presidential Daily Tracking poll released today shows President Obama leading over Mitt Romney by a 49 percent to 47 percent margin. The new Gallup Tracking poll released today shows Romney leading 52 percent to 45 percent. Today's release of the QStarNews Daily Tracking Poll shows a 52 percent to 41 percent lead for Mitt Romney. These are the most accurate and least skewed polls among...
  • Tennessee GOP predicting historic gains; 'super duper majority' within grasp, Republicans say

    10/21/2012 2:25:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 10/21/12 | Tom Humphrey
    NASHVILLE — Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says there's a good chance Democrats will be left with just seven seats in the Tennessee state Senate after the Nov. 6 election. House Speaker Beth Harwell's most optimistic Republican scenario has the minority party with just 24 representatives remaining. They and other Republican leaders say there's virtually no doubt that the GOP will hit a new high-water mark in the 2012 elections by gaining a two-thirds "super majority" in both chambers of the Legislature. There is considerable confidence in Republican ranks that they will go beyond that to what some are calling "a...
  • Hold On, Obama Still Has 1 More Debate ("Everyone seems to agree that Obama had a pretty good week")

    10/21/2012 2:06:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Root ^ | October 19, 2012 | Keli Goff
    Everyone seems to agree that President Obama had a pretty good week. His debate performance on Tuesday night was a vast improvement over his performance in the previous debate, but he still has a tough road ahead in regaining some of the ground the polls indicate he lost with voters. So below are the five things he needs to do in the next debate, and in the weeks to come, if he is serious about remaining in the White House. 1. Win Back Women President Obama held a comfortable lead with women voters for much of the general election campaign....
  • It’s Romney’s Race to Lose: Here's how the Republican can close the sale...

    10/20/2012 2:08:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 19, 2012 | Rick Moran
    With less than three weeks to go until the election, both camps are on edge, hoping not to make a fatal misstep while praying their opponent stumbles. At this point, gaffe recovery would be problematic and the unfortunate candidate who shoots himself in the foot may think seriously of finishing the job by aiming the gun to his head. You can smell the desperation in the crazy attacks mounted by both campaigns and their thousands of surrogates on the web and social media in the last 72 hours. Romney’s “binder”comment was inexplicably seized upon by Obama and his twitterites and...
  • Obama’s Hometown Jewish Newspaper Endorses Romney

    10/20/2012 2:30:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Gestetner Updates ^ | October 19, 2012
    The Chicago Jewish Star an independent twice-monthly general interest Jewish newspaper wrote an editorial endorsing Governor Romney over their Hometown President Barack Obama. “It is not only that Mr. Obama thus deserves to be a one-term proposition; it is that Mr. Romney is simply the better bet for our country.” writes the Chicago Jewish Star. The Following are excerpts of the editorial: In many ways this is still a post-9/11 world. The threat of Islamic terror, a depressed and failing economy, an unsure future for a troubled healthcare system, a genocidal-spewing Iran, an unbalanced Middle East- these are some of...
  • The Problem with Voting “Other” Whether Libertarian or 3rd Party

    10/19/2012 11:53:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | October 20, 2012 | Prof. Anita Morrill, Des Moines Area Comm College
    I have a lot of respect for my Libertarian friends, and they are frequently the first people I’d like to have a discussion with about a new policy or political controversy. I find most of them to be intelligent, thoughtful, well-read people. I also find that in large part Independents (including the Tea Party) often have much in common with the right when it comes to the issues of this particular election–economics and the over-reach of the Federal government. But I do think that to actually vote for a 3rd party candidate in a tight general election (as this one)...
  • Lauding Obama, Clinton cites 'impatient' Americans

    10/19/2012 9:58:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Former President Bill Clinton said Friday that President Barack Obama is facing a tough re-election race because "impatient" Americans haven't fully recognized an economy on the mend. Campaigning for Obama in Green Bay, Wis., Clinton urged voters to stay the course as more signs of a recovery sink in. Clinton said voters should judge Obama on the past three years, in which private sector job growth has made up for lost ground. "This shouldn't be a race," Clinton said. "The only reason it is, is because Americans are impatient on things not made before yesterday and they don't understand why...
  • Poll: Romney now leads by one in New Hampshire — and Iowa

    10/19/2012 6:36:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 19, 2012 | Allahpundi
    Yes, yes, I know, this comes from Kos’s pollster. What can I say? If the left can cling bitterly to Rasmussen as a bulwark against terrible numbers from Gallup, I can cling to this. RCP’s average already had New Hampshire within a point so the new PPP number there isn’t news. The Iowa number is. This is the first poll in a month showing Romney ahead in the state, notwithstanding his blockbuster debate two weeks ago. NBC’s poll last night, in fact, had O up by eight points in Iowa, a ridiculous figure given that Obama’s worried enough to have...
  • Unemployment rises sharply

    10/19/2012 3:25:31 PM PDT · by stocksthatgoup · 8 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | 10/18/2012 | Christopher S. Rugaber
    Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped 46,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 388,000, the highest in four months. The increase represents a rebound from the previous week's sharp drop. Both swings were largely due to technical factors. The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, rose slightly to 365,500, the Labor Department said Thursday. That is still a level consistent with modest hiring. Last week, California reported a large drop in applications, pushing down the overall figure to the lowest since February 2008. This week, it reported a significant increase. The gyrations occurred because it processed applications...
  • What in the heck is going on in Ohio? (VANITY)

    10/19/2012 9:21:26 AM PDT · by AdamBomb · 100 replies
    Everything is breaking our way. We have the momentum and a great candidate. But something isn't right in Ohio. How in the world can zero be tied or up in this state? Does anyone have any inside information or plausable theories?
  • Bob Beckel: If Gallup numbers are correct, ‘It’s over’

    10/18/2012 8:41:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 18, 2012 | Jeff Poor
    (VIDEO AT LINK) Thursday’s Gallup tracking poll giving Republican nominee Mitt Romney a seven-point lead over President Barack Obama sent shock waves throughout the political world. It also may have dampened the outlook of a few Democrats just weeks before the presidential election. On Fox News Channel’s “The Five” on Thursday, Bob Beckel, the show’s lone liberal, said the election is over if the poll is accurate. “If I were looking at the numbers and managing the campaign, I would be upset,” Beckel said. “I’m not sure panic. But if the numbers are correct, it’s over. It is over. So,...
  • Why Race Is Moving Towards Romney: That 1st Debate Made American People Realize Obama's A Screw-up

    10/18/2012 2:57:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | October 18, 2012 | John Hawkins
    Political junkies — and you are almost certainly one of them if you’re reading this post — pay close attention to politics. Most Americans don’t. They may read the paper and watch the nightly news, but they don’t have a deep understanding of what’s going on in the country because those outlets don’t provide that any more. Sure, if you read the New York Times and watch CNN every night, you may get what’s happening in the country in a broad sense, but compared to the sort of people who read blogs and listen to talk radio, your knowledge level...
  • The Tennessean Breaks with Obama, Endorses Romney

    10/18/2012 1:42:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Ricochet ^ | October 18, 2012 | Nathan Harden
    Breaking with a long tradition of endorsing Democratic candidates for president, The Tennessean (the state of Tennessee's largest daily newspaper) endorsed Mitt Romney today. The normally left-leaning editorial page cited Obama's ram-rod approach to healthcare reform and inability to control spending as reasons to deny the president a second term. For all his efforts, ranging from the stimulus package to green-energy development, to bring us out of recession, he has never found the key. He has generally made poor choices of the people needed to get the job done, such as Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. And the number of jobs...
  • Romney takes his first Electoral College lead

    10/18/2012 1:12:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 18, 2012 | Howard Portnoy
    Since the debate on Tuesday, which many analysts ceded to President Obama, mainly on strength of his having shown up, the term comeback kid has been getting play among liberal pundits. Yet, this afternoon’s Real Clear Politics Electoral Map suggests goaway kid (or maybe just, “Go away, kid!”) is a more fitting description. The map for the first time gives challenger Mitt Romney a lead of 206 to 201 over Obama in Electoral College votes. Strikingly, the map has Florida (with 29 Electoral votes), Michigan (with 16), Ohio (with 18), Pennsylvania (with 20), Virginia (with 13), and Wisconsin (with 10)...
  • Romney gains a point post-debate in Gallup, up 7 (So much for Re-Energized Barack Obama)

    10/18/2012 12:19:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 18, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    So much for Re-Energized Barack Obama. Gallup’s seven-day tracking poll picked up its first post-debate day of polling — and Mitt Romney added a point to his lead among likely voters. He’s now up 52-45. Obama did pick up a point among registered voters, but still trails by a point, 48/47. He also went from +4 to +6 on his job approval among all adults, now at 50/44, but that isn’t helping much among likely voters, as the rolling average shows. When Romney took a six-point lead in yesterday’s tracking poll results, Washington Post analyst Aaron Blake cautioned to wait...
  • Obama: "I'm Not Too Proud To Beg; I Want You To Vote"

    10/18/2012 8:45:33 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 23 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 10-17-2012
    "I want your vote. I want your vote. I am not too proud to beg; I want you to vote. And the good news is, you can vote in Ohio, right now. .....
  • Early Vote Looking Good in Iowa

    10/18/2012 7:52:15 AM PDT · by NY4Romney · 5 replies
    On October 15th, the Washington Post did on article on early voting in Iowa and how it is "looking good for democrats." They explained that of all ballots cast, it's 53% democrat and 28% republican - a 25% lead. In 2008, democrats won the early vote by 18% Now, today, only 3 days later, the Iowa Secretary of State reports of ballots cast, it is now 49% democrat and 30% Republican. That's a SIX POINT swing in just 3 days. Furthermore, the ballots "requested" is 46% to 31%. A report from Politico yesterday said this: "Republican voters’ requests for ballots...
  • PPP sees no Obama Bounce post debate

    10/17/2012 8:39:05 PM PDT · by NY4Romney · 37 replies
    Just saw this tweet from public policy polling: Not seeing anything in our polls tonight to suggest a big shift back toward Obama- think things will go on similar to how they have been Great news for Romney - the American people are smart enough to see who won despite the MSMs lies
  • Tennessee: On the ground / EARLY VOTING (Anecdotal)

    10/17/2012 6:15:50 PM PDT · by AdamBomb · 16 replies
    Today was the first day of early voting in Tennessee...a state that will be easily won by Romney. I live in Marsha Blackburn's district. She will also easily win in this very conservative district. So why is this important? Even thought the R's will win easy here, early voters turned out in huge numbers in Williamson County. In fact, the poll workers were not able to take a break all day because people just kept coming in. Again, this is a very Republican district with the outcomes already known. Me thinks there is a tidal wave of enthusiasm on our...
  • Women, including ex-Cabinet members, rally behind Romney and 'binder' project

    10/17/2012 5:09:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 17, 2012 | Nick Kalman
    Mitt Romney’s second-in-command when he was governor of Massachusetts and a coalition of women's groups rallied Wednesday behind the Republican presidential nominee in the face of a rapidly expanding Internet phenomenon poking fun at his "binders full of women." The supporters said Romney, indeed, asked for and received binders with name of potential female candidates for high-level posts -- backing up his claim in Tuesday night's debate that as governor he had reached out to women's groups because he was dissatisfied with the mostly male applicants for jobs in his administration. Romney's anecdote, in which he recalled receiving "binders full...
  • Report: Obama campaign turning grim on Florida, Virginia, North Carolina — and Colorado?

    10/17/2012 3:12:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 17, 2012 | Allahpundit
    You need to read way, way, way down into this National Journal piece to find the key bit, but it’s worth it. Says Jay Cost, “I’ve never seen anybody bury a lede like Major Garrett here.” Let’s bring this treasure chest up to the surface: What also became clear after the dust began to settle from the rumble on Long Island was the electoral map has narrowed and Obama’s team, while conceding nothing publicly, is circling the wagons around Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada. Plouffe said that Obama remains strong in all four states, but he would not discuss...
  • A new, improved Barack Obama shows up for the second debate but fails to halt Mitt Romney's momentum

    10/17/2012 11:06:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | October 17, 2012 | Toby Harnden
    President Barack Obama needed a game-changing night here in Hampstead, New York and Mitt Romney made sure he didn't get it. Over the 90 minutes, Obama might have edged it - just - but strategically he did little if anything to blunt Romney's growing advantage. Just as Al Gore over-compensated for his poor first debate in 2000, we saw a completely different Obama this time around. He had clearly had some intensive coaching from his debate prep team and was acting under orders to do change everything. Romney strategist Stuart Stevens quipped afterwards that he became 'Joe Biden without the...