Friday, October 19, 2012

Romney comes shining through

Alfred E. Smith Dinner

Mitt is actually funny much more funny than Obama and very gracious at the end of his speech.
Some nice self-deprecating humor from Romney as well, but he saves his best to pound Obama. Best line: “Speaking of Sesame Street, tonight’s dinner was brought to you by the letter ‘O’ and the number 16 trillion.”

Orlando Sentinel endorses Romney for President

The Sentinel, a liberal paper that endorsed President Obama four years ago has come out in favor of Mitt Romney.  

We have little confidence that Obama would be more successful managing the economy and the budget in the next four years. For that reason, though we endorsed him in 2008, we are recommending Romney in this race.

Signs of Democratic Desperation

While Romney attempts to focus this election on the economy, Obama attempts to do just the opposite.  The result is this article which highlights seven of the most trivial campaign issues the left has brought up.

Obama’s campaign strategy:  win Ohio

Obama’s down to that.  Everything else has failed.  The Obama administration is in its battle of the Bulge mode. 

Obama questions Romney using the tactics Obama approved of and used in 2010

Was Candy Crowley biased?  Is the Pope Catholic?

There were 11 questions asked and Candy gave President Obama the last word eight times.  She interrupted President Obama 9 time during those 11 questions, but she interrupted Governor Romney 28 times. 

Is CNN biased?  Is the pope Catholic?

CNN has admitted the Candy Crowley allowed the President to talk four minutes longer than Mr. Romney even though one of her main jobs was to enforce the time limits.  Their justification: the president speaks more slowly.

Bring us together:  A New Romney Ad

We could also name this “the smirk.”

Who is Mitt Romney?

Hard to believe this was actually on CBS.  A nice piece on how Romney helps people giving not just money but of himself.   

Iacocca makes his endorsement

After a lifetime of voting for and supporting Democrats — and even declining appointment to the U.S. Senate from a Democratic governor Lee Iacocca Thursday endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for president.

Why Won’t The President Tell Us About His Second Term Agenda?

To paraphrase Mr. Obama, is it because it’s just too good? 

When does a win become a draw or even a loss?

The vice presidential debate seemed more or less a draw, with Joe Biden maybe having an edge. But it was in the postdebate, in the days afterward, that Mr. Biden seemed to slip, because the national conversation didn't move off his antics—the chuckles, the grimaces, the theatrical strangeness of it all. A draw, or a victory, began to seem like a loss.
Mr. Obama won the second debate Tuesday night with a vigorous, pointed performance. He showed up, fought, landed some blows. It was close and he was joyless, a bit of a toothache, but he emerged in marginally better shape than he entered. But he doesn't seem to be winning the postdebate. No one is talking about his excellence or his stunningly good performance—no one is talking about that. Instead the national conversation has been about the terrorist attacks in Benghazi. Did the president tell the truth at the time? Was he telling it now? Did Mr. Romney fail to unmask his dishonesty? People are asking what is the truth of the economy, as opposed to the factoids deployed. Have drilling permits on federal lands been cut or not? These issues are not good for the president, and they'll be the subject of discussion up until the next debate. 

In the post-debate, the president's win is starting to look like a draw

What do the polls look like?

Nationally, Gallup held fairly steady today, with Romney leading by six among likely voters; Rasmussen has it tied, with data suggesting a small Romney bump is probably on the way.  A new Gravis nationwide poll has Romney leading 46-44, despite a D+8 sample.  The GOP nominee leads independents by eight points in that survey.  PPP's DailyKos/SEIU tracker has Obama up one, thanks to strong youth support.  (Romney leads every other age group, and young voters are the least likely cohort to vote this year). But what about those crucial battleground states?  Here are quick flashes from around the country.  Clickhere

When four Americans get killed it’s not optimal.

Wisconsin Senate Race:  Baldwin sponsored legislation to withhold troop’s body armor and medical supplies

The Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate co-sponsored legislation in every session of Congress from 2003 until 2009 to allow taxpayers opposed to the military, Department of Defense, and various intelligence agencies to withhold their tax dollars from being spent in support of those entities. Specifically, the legislation allowed individual taxpayers to block funding that would be used, “the training, supplying, or maintaining of military personnel.” That would include body armor, medical supplies, and other non-offensive equipment.

At least four times Baldwin co-sponsored the legislation, in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009. The 2011 version of the bill does not list Baldwin’s name as a co-sponsor. At that time she was possibly contemplating a run for the U.S. Senate.

Castro suffers stroke

Fidel Castro hasn’t been seen or heard from since last March.  A doctor from Venezuela is quoted that Castro has suffered a cerebral hemorrhage that has left him very close to a neurovegetative state.

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