Sunday, October 7, 2012

Obama's debate notes and more

Why Obama is falling apart

A presidential reelection campaign needs three key elements: a defense of the incumbent’s record, a successful effort to define the opposition and a compelling vision of a second term.
President Obama may well celebrate a second term in Chicago next month, but the conventional wisdom underestimates the difficulty he faces, as his campaign has distinct problems with all three elements.

His defense of his record is exceptionally weak, his effort to define Mitt Romney is nearly exhausted, and his vision for the next four years — perhaps the most important — has been largely missing from his effort this year.

Wisconsin’s in play

PPP's newest Wisconsin poll finds a big debate bump for Mitt Romney in the state. Two weeks ago he trailed Barack Obama by 7 points there, 52-45. Now he's pulled to within two points, with Obama's lead now just 49-47.

Where have all the Obama Stickers gone?

One of the signs that Obama is in trouble is the lack of Obama Bumper stickers this time around.  In 2008 they were everywhere.  Today not so much.

Circumventing the Law?

The President seems completely comfortable with circumventing passed law and Congress itself.  With his instructions for ICE agents to disregard portions of passed immigration law still fresh, instructions are issued from the Department of Labor to employers to disregard WARN Act notifications. 

What the Youth can look forward to in Obama’s America

Hi, my name is Marty and I’ll be your waiter for the next 40 years.

A leftist pundit asks, “Does Obama want to win?”

Michael Tomasky points out: 

…let’s take stock. It’s now been three nationally televised public performances in a row—the convention speech, the 60 Minutes interview, and the debate—where he was pretty terrible; withdrawn and distant and just not there. Someone needs to ask the cut-to-the-chase question: is he enthusiastic about keeping this job, or he is just maybe tired of being president?

It think Obama doesn’t like any criticism and has lost the fire in his belly.

SNL parodies the First Debate

Obama’s campaigns out Andrea Mitchell

The Obama campaign have taken a supposedly straight news segment with Andrea Mitchell and used it in a campaign ad.  In the clip used by the Obama campaign, Mitchell quotes a liberal group’s claim that Romney’s tax plan will cost $4.8 trillion and will therefore raise taxes on the middle class, a charge that other, more credible analysts, have debunked. This is a point on which even liberal fact checkers have concluded that the Democrats’ pants are on fire, but Mitchell loyally spouted the allegation on the air as if it were objective fact.

Mitchell is hardly the only partisan hack masquerading as a fair-minded journalist on one of the networks and perhaps isn’t even the worst (CNN’s Soledad O’Brien certainly gives her a run for her money in this category). But the Obama ad removes even the flimsy veil of false objectivity from her conduct.

Obama attacks Romney over statements he didn’t make

“Last night, my opponent says he refuses to close the loophole that gives big oil companies $4 billion in taxpayer subsidies every year,” Obama said at a Denver  campaign event on Thursday. “He ruled out closing the loophole that gives oil companies $4 billion in corporate welfare.”

But here is what Romney actually said:
Actually, this $2.8 billion goes largely to small companies, to drilling operators and so forth.

But, you know, if we get that tax rate from 35 percent down to 25 percent, why that $2.8 billion is on the table. Of course it's on the table. That's probably not going to survive you get that rate down to 25 percent.

It doesn’t make a lot of sense why Mr. Obama would misstate something that is so easy to check. 

Obama supporters think Obama should have a teleprompter at the debates

I think these are the same people who had notes hidden when they took tests in school.

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