Saturday, November 3, 2012

Change your clocks on Saturday,
Change your President on Tuesday

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Remember to set clocks back Saturday night

Romney closes big: ‘Love of country’ vs. ‘Revenge’

What is most striking about the last days of this year’s presidential campaign is that Barack Obama has gone petty, urging his supporters to vote out of “revenge,” while Mitt Romney has gone large, offering a vision of a bigger and better America. Byron York captures the mood at Romney’s huge rally in West Chester Ohio last night: “Romney closes big: ‘Love of country’ vs. ‘Revenge.’” - John Hinderaker/Powerline

link - Byron York/Washington Examiner

Obama’s “revenge” remark was valuable to Romney not because it could be turned into an attack ad. “Revenge” was valuable because it underscored, a thousand times, Romney’s new emphasis on the bigness of his own campaign versus the smallness of Obama’s. Romney’s closing argument is filled with words and phrases that convey a largeness of vision: destiny, renewal, purpose, better life, better days, better future, fresh start, new beginning, a bigger, better country. In the campaign’s final days, Romney is pushing hard on the idea that things really can improve with new leadership; in his West Chester speech, Romney used the word “better” a total of 15 times.

A critical part of the theme is that Romney is now asking people to join him in a larger cause....

“We’ve journeyed far and wide in this great campaign for America’s future…” Romney said. “The door to a brighter future is there. It’s open. It’s waiting for us. I need your vote. I need your help. Walk with me. Walk together…”

The crowd erupted in cheers of ROMNEY! ROMNEY! ROMNEY! and then WE WANT MITT! WE WANT MITT! WE WANT MITT! It was a bigger, better moment.

How about distributing some “The Hope and the Change on” palm cards at church tomorrow (or wherever you go on Sunday)?

As of tomorrow, we’ll have just two days left to get as many people as possible to know about ‘The Hope and the Change” being available for FREE on - Kevin Dujan/Hillbuzz

I truly believe that no one who sees this movie can possibly vote for Barack Obama. The trick is getting the people who NEED to see it to watch it.

That’s where you come in.

[ You can also find a PDF of this HERE that's printable.]

Watch it here!

In Minnesota, Romney is up 13 points among independents, ahead of Obama 49 percent to 36 percent.

AFF poll: Minnesota a toss-up - Politico

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are separated by just 1 point in Minnesota, effectively making the race there a toss-up, according to polling taken for the conservative American Future Fund.

Romney takes 46 percent of the vote to Obama's 45 percent in the poll, which was conducted by the GOP firm NMB Research and shared with POLITICO. The Republican presidential nominee is up 13 points among independents, ahead of Obama 49 percent to 36 percent.

They survey breaks with recent public data, which has shown Obama maintaining a single-digit edge over Romney, but gives Republicans reason to hope for an upset. Democrats aren't taking the state for granted at this point, with Obama countering pro-Romney ads (including AFF advertising) and deploying Bill Clinton to campaign there.

From 'hope' and 'change' to 'revenge'

Going off teleprompter yesterday, President Obama let the mask slip and revealed the ugliness at the heart of his political mission. - Thomas Lifson/American Thinker


Red Rocks

The Romneys found a monster crowd inside an airplane hangar in Colorado Springs

Navy SEAL Scott Taylor on why he can't trust President Obama as commander in chief

Mittmentum Builds

Michael Barone is America’s “one man decision desk,” with credibility on elections far beyond that of anyone else working the field in America today. - Hugh Hewitt/Townhall

Which is why Michael’s bold Washington Examiner column from yesterday cut through all the spin from Chicago and all the blather from MSNBC, and struck President Obama supporters in their gut.

Barone, having surveyed all the polling data from every source and all the early voting numbers from all the states, sees Mitt Romney rolling up 315 Electoral College votes, including the states of Ohio, Virginia, Florida, Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, Wisconsin –and Pennsylvania!

Other evidence is rolling in to back up Barone’s prediction, most especially the not-friendly-to-Romney Washington Post tracking poll which put the governor a point ahead of the president on Friday night, a post-Sandy sign of a momentum swing towards Romney.

He who surges last surges best in a presidential campaign, and it appears that Romney has indeed caught the last big wave.... Read the rest...

NEWSDAY Editorial: Elect Mitt Romney president of the United States

Had Barack Obama done the job of president with the same passion and vision he displayed in seeking it, he would likely deserve another term. He did not. - Newsday

Against this we must weigh Mitt Romney, an imperfect candidate but one who has a special track record too. From his creation of a vast personal fortune to his successful stewardship of the threatened Salt Lake City Olympics to his governing of Massachusetts, Romney's life is a tale of success after success, many of them achieved in difficult circumstances.

Romney's potential to put America back to work earns him our endorsement.

If Friday’s crowd in Cedar Falls is any indication, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are going to do very well in eastern Iowa on Election Day. A raucous, standing room only crowd packed the University of Northern Iowa’s West Gym for Ryan’s visit.

Congressional candidate Ben Lange summed up the situation perfectly. As the presidential race tightens in the final days of the campaign, it is becoming increasingly clear that Iowa’s six electoral votes could play a huge role in the outcome. Perhaps even the deciding factor. The direction of our country might rest in the hands of Iowans, particularly those who live east of Interstate 35. - Kevin Hall/The Iowa Republican

The crowd’s excitement boiled over. They were treated to a performance by John Ondrasik, the lead singer of popular rock band Five for Fighting. They also heard from several of Iowa’s most prominent GOP officials and candidates. However, the eastern Iowans saved their greatest enthusiasm for the headliner.



I’ll have more photos later, but right now I just want to tell you how awesome tonight’s rally was. - The Other McCain

Rudy Giuliani’s speech was off the hook — the best takedown of the Obama administration I’ve heard this entire cycle, bar none. What Rudy said about Benghazi was particularly brutal.

We left early to beat the traffic out of the rally, stopped by the Double Tree Hotel to see some people, and Ali Akbar discovered an Associated Press reporter on Twitter trying to deliberately lowball the crowd estimate and claim there was “low energy” among Republican voters here.

Three words...

Rudy Giuliani Calls on Obama to Resign, Says he should quit over Libya, economy, and that McCain would have helped prevent the Benghazi attacks. - Zeke Miller/Buzzfeed

Ohio Math: Numbers Equal Trouble for Democrats - Ali A. Akbar/Viral Read

Hurricane Sandy and the Aftermath

Phenomenal Photos

Hurricane Sandy in Photos - The Atlantic
Hurricane Sandy: After Landfall
Hurricane Sandy: The Aftermath

With can-do stance on marathon, mayor misreads NYC - AP
Staten Islanders On Sandy Response: We’ve Been Left FAR Behind; Borough Is In Shambles, But Little Help Has Arrived; They Ask: Where Is FEMA? - CBS New York
Storm Exposes the Magnitude of Bloomberg’s Failure to Govern - Seth Mandel/Commentary Magazine
Ala. utility, Fla. crewman blame electricians’ union for interfering with Hurricane Sandy relief - Matt Lewis/Daily Caller
Christie threatens ‘Disaster Control Act’ order to guarantee nonunion utility workers can help restore NJ power - David Martosko/Daily Caller
Bloomberg Wouldn't Let Guard Into Brooklyn Over Their Possession of Guns - Tom Blumer/Newsbusters
At the Jersey Shore, tears and disbelief in the aftermath of Sandy - Amy S. Rosenberg/Philadelphia Inquirer
'It's like the Wild West': Lawlessness and fear take over the outer boroughs as millions in misery endure a sixth day without power - Mail Online
Help is on the way: Obama buys up 22 million gallons of fuel to help desperate drivers get back on the road after Sandy dries up supplies - Mail Online
Obama opens strategic oil reserve to alleviate Hurricane Sandy shortage - Joel Gehrke/Washington Examiner @joelmentum
Painful Lessons from Hurricane Sandy - Canada Free Press
In Disaster Relief, Bigger Government Isn't Always Better - Michael Tanner/Wall St. Journal
Screams of Joy as Power Restored to Sandy's Hard Hit Victims - ABC News (note, autoplay)
After four days of darkness, power returns to much of lower Manhattan; By 6 p.m., Con Edison had followed through on the pledge, restoring power to more than 100,000 customers, mainly in Chelsea, the East Village and lower East Side. - NY Daily News

Drudge headlines:
Obama Ignores Question About Storm Victims' Frustrations - Keith Koffler/White House Dossier
Fear of the Dark - New York Times
Con Edison Distributing Dry Ice - CBS New York
FEMA Out Of Water, No Delivery Until Monday - Breitbart (note: autoplay)
2-mile line on Staten Island - Wall St. Journal
CONFUSION: Gov't tells public to stay away until first responders fuel up
Residents arm up: Bats, machetes, shotguns - New York Post
'It's Like The Wild West' - Mail Online
'Anarchy in Queens'...
ODD-EVEN: NJ counties enact Carter-style gas rationing...
DICK MORRIS: Obama Hit By Storm Backlash...
NY union members shout 'Scabs!' and 'Scumbags!' at visiting utility crews...

Friday, November 2, 2012

When The Huffington Post says a REPUBLICAN is winning.. you know it's a WIN.

Election Monitor: 5 Days to Go and Trend Model Says Romney Wins Popular Vote - Steve Lombardo/Huffington Post

"Romney has more than a 10-point lead among Independents nationally and in most key swing states. Our average of national polls fielded over the last two weeks shows Romney with a 14-point lead among Independents. For context, that's a full six points better than Obama's eight-point advantage over McCain in 2008. The Ohio poll average shows Romney with an eight-point lead among Independents."

A panoramic view of the Romney/Ryan event in Ohio tonight. The crowd is reported to be between 20,000 and 30,000 people.

"I'm not going to just take office in January, I'm going to take responsibility." - Mitt Romney ◼ Kitchen Cabinet

Mitt Romney made his "closing arguments" today in an amazing speech that made it crystal clear his love of America, his focus on being the President to all of US and his commitment to making this country great again.

Obama asked his supporters to "vote for revenge." Romney is asking US to "vote for love of country."

"This is much more than our moment. It is America's moment of renewal and purpose and optimism." -- Mitt Romney

On Tuesday, WE can make this good man the President of the United States... VOTE!!!!!

Watch Romnmey's speech at the link: ◼

Romney/Ryan Reno!

California volunteers are mobilizing to walk precincts in the Reno area. Last weekend, the Bay Area sent volunteers who reached out to 20,000 voters on Saturday and Sunday.

Buses leave early in the morning on Saturday from locations in Pleasanton and Sacramento. The campaign will cover your lunch, dinner, and lodging at one of the finer hotels in downtown Reno. There are plenty of folks participating in these activities who are trained through the Romney campaign. It's a lot of fun!

David Pegos is thecontact for Team Nevada. Contact him at 916-425-9598.

Can't do all 4 days? Join the weekend fun!

There is also a weekend only option. Contact David and he’ll fill you in on the details.

Michael Barone’s prediction:
Romney 315, Obama 223

Barone: Going out on a limb: Romney beats Obama, handily - Michael Barone/Washington Examiner @michaelbarone

Fundamentals usually prevail in American elections. That's bad news for Barack Obama. True, Americans want to think well of their presidents and many think it would be bad if Americans were perceived as rejecting the first black president.

But it's also true that most voters oppose Obama's major policies and consider unsatisfactory the very sluggish economic recovery -- Friday's jobs report showed an unemployment uptick.

Also, both national and target state polls show that independents, voters who don't identify themselves as Democrats or Republicans, break for Romney....

Bottom line: Romney 315, Obama 223. That sounds high for Romney. But he could drop Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and still win the election. Fundamentals.

Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and Ohio, oh my - Allahpundit

Exit question: Which state is the subject of this sentence in the NYT? “But there is a tangible sense — seen in Romney yard signs on the expansive lawns of homes in the well-heeled suburbs, and heard in the excited voices of Republican mothers who make phone calls to voters in their spare time — that the race is tilting toward Mr. Romney.” Answer here. And they’re not alone.

Charles Krauthammer: It Will Be Very Close But Mitt Romney Will Win the Presidency - FOX

Real Change From Day One —
Mitt’s Closing Argument

Gov. Mitt Romney's Closing Address in Wisconsin on the Economy - Andrew Malcolm/IBD

Mitt Romney gave a barnburner of a speech this morning in Wisconsin. He goes off script a lot, I notice. He even uses the a variation of a line that I’ve been tweeting all year long: “Americans are tired of being tired.” - Bruce Carroll @GayPatriot

We are Americans. We can do anything.

The only thing that stands between us and some of the best years we have known is lack of leadership. And that’s why we have elections.

This Tuesday is a moment to look into the future and imagine what we can do … to put the past four years behind us and start building a new future.

You saw the differences when President Obama and I were side-by-side in our debates. He says it has to be this way. I say it can’t stay this way. He’s offering excuses, I’ve got a plan. He’s hoping we’ll settle. I can’t wait for us to get started.

Americans don’t settle. We build, we aspire, we listen to that voice inside that says, “We can do better.” A better job; a better life for our kids; a bigger, better country.

That better life is out there, waiting for us. Our destiny is in your hands.

There’s a reason why the 2012 election may turn out to be a watershed event, and this episode is just one of many that illustrates why Americans are going to return this President back to Chicago where his divisive community organizing ways are more acceptable.

Obama: “Voting is the Best Revenge” Against Your Enemy, Mitt Romney - Nice Deb
Revenge? What an odd choice of words for a POTUS to use about the Democratic process. Sounds more worthy of a community organizer – as have so much of his rhetoric this election season:...
But what else are we to expect from a president who spent weeks on binders, Big Bird, birth control, and bull shit — the president whose surrogates have used the word “felon” to describe Romney and accused him of murder?
In a democracy, Mr. President, voting is not “revenge” - B. Daniel Blatt/Gay Patriot

Biden: 'There's Never Been A Day In The Last Four Years I've Been Proud To Be His Vice President'

Joe Biden, at a campaign event today said, "There's never been a day in the last four years I've been proud to be his vice president." - Daniel Halper/Weekly Standard

You Should Watch This Video

A full hour long, this is an appearance Andrew Breitbart made in September 2011... I promise you, it’s worth your time and will leave you feeling inspired. - The Other McCain

If You’re Thinking of Volunteering, Do It

Locally: we're walking precincts Saturday, Nov. 3. Meet at the Humboldt GOP Office at 9:30 am. Call 442-2259, let us know if you can help. We also need poll watchers on election day - and teams to wave signs on election day. You can also make calls to voters in swing states ◼ (Super Easy Calls for Mitt Romney - call from home)

In Which I Prostrate Myself Before You And Beg Part 2 - BenK/Ace Of Spades

This is it. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday is all that stands between us and a second Obama term....

You can ...make calls ...If you don't want to leave your home, but you are willing to make calls then do it from home. Find out how here. ◼ (Super Easy Calls for Mitt Romney - call from home)

It is not enough to vote and donate in this election. You have to do something. It is close. Romney is either slightly up, tied, or slightly down in Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, Wisconsin, Ohio, New Hampshire, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. If you live in one of those states you have no excuse to be sitting on your duff this weekend. Your time is the most valuable asset you can offer for the campaign.

If you are in any of those state and can volunteer to poll watch, then please click the link in the sidebar and volunteer to poll watch. This is especially true if you are in a large county. If you are not in a swing state, they may not call you back. All of their efforts are focused on the close races.

They need people to watch polls to help prevent fraud. If you live in Cleveland, Las Vegas, Denver, Boulder, etc, then you need to poll watch to help prevent fraud. Those living in Republican leaning counties need to poll watch and work strike list to help turnout the vote.

We're winning with independents, but there are far more registered Democrats than Republicans. We're at a natural disadvantage because we are fewer in number. We have to outwork them if we want to win.

Please, do something to help.

More Indicators Of A Romney Wave

I wager Obama is losing a lot more Dems than polls indicate along with the lower energy on the left, so I think we will see another year like 2010 where a lot of pollster just never detected the voter outrage coming. - AJ Strata
...MO was barely won by John McCain in 2008 by one of the smallest of margins (0.1%). It probably was one of the few states not to go Obama (while VA went overboard). So why is it this year not even close and MO is now is solid GOP? The RCP poll average as of today shows Romney +11.2%! Is this not a clear sign Obama has lost his mojo from 4 years ago to go from tied to -11%?

Along these lines keep an eye on Battleground Watch for an in depth and daily analysis of two key counties in Nevada. The early voting data he is seeing is not a good sign for Obama, who is supposedly leading in the RCP average of polls in this state...
Battleground Watch

Every four years we are told that the coming election is the most important of one’s life. This time it might actually be true. At stake is the relation between citizen and state, the very nature of the American social contract.

The choice - Charles Krauthammer/Washington Post

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Obama a “narcissistic amateur” and “unworthy”

Benghazi blunder: Obama unworthy commander-in-chief - Las Vegas Review Journal

...This administration is an embarrassment on foreign policy and incompetent at best on the economy – though a more careful analysis shows what can only be a perverse and willful attempt to destroy our prosperity. Back in January 2008, Barack Obama told the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle that under his cap-and-trade plan, “If somebody wants to build a coal-fired power plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them.” He added, “Under my plan … electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” It was also in 2008 that Mr. Obama’s future Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, famously said it would be necessary to “figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe” – $9 a gallon.

Yet the president now claims he’s in favor of oil development and pipelines, taking credit for increased oil production on private lands where he’s powerless to block it, after he halted the Keystone XL Pipeline and oversaw a 50 percent reduction in oil leases on public lands.

These behaviors go far beyond “spin.” They amount to a pack of lies. To return to office a narcissistic amateur who seeks to ride this nation’s economy and international esteem to oblivion, like Slim Pickens riding the nuclear bomb to its target at the end of the movie “Dr. Strangelove,” would be disastrous.

Candidate Obama said if he couldn’t fix the economy in four years, his would be a one-term presidency.

Mitt Romney is moral, capable and responsible man. Just this once, it’s time to hold Barack Obama to his word. Maybe we can all do something about that, come Tuesday.

Wow. The Review-Journal is Nevada’s biggest paper... - Sister Toldjah

From the comments: The article should be required reading for all voters BEFORE voting.

Poser of the United States: The photo-op presidency

The official Obama 2012 campaign slogan is “Forward.” The operational motto of the Obama administration is “Cheese.” As in “say cheese.” From hollow Greek columns to strategically released Situation Room candids, the Paparazzi President has put self-serving optics above all else. - Michelle Malkin

What did we get after four long years of expertly staged Kabuki-theater-meets-Potemkin-village productions? Sixteen trillion dollars in debt, a pile of dead bodies, troops at increased risk and a gallery of tax-subsidized Kodachrome pictures creating the grand illusion of leadership.... Read the rest...

After Taking a Victory Lap Photo Op, Obama Leaves an Apocalpyse-Struck New York and New Jersey To Fend For Themselves - Ace of Spades
Hurricane Sandy: The Aftermath - The Atlantic


Last jobs report before election shows economy in 'virtual standstill' - FOX ◼ Via Drudge
Obama Faces Voters With Highest Unemployment Of Any Incumbent Since FDR - CBS Cleveland
ROMNEY: 'Sad reminder economy at virtual standstill' - White House Dossier
JOBS: +170,000 - Bloomberg
October Jobs Report Shows Incomes Continuing to Decline - Noel Sheppard/Newsbusters
Long-Term Rate Rises to 40.6% - CNS
The long-term unemployment rate rose to 40.6 percent in October, up from September’s level of 40.1 percent of the total unemployed, according to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday.

Long-term unemployment is unemployment lasting for 27 consecutive weeks or longer, according to BLS.

The government reported that just over 5 million people were unemployed for more than six months – 27 weeks – rising from September’s level of 4.8 million.
Blacks to 14.3% - Daniel Halper/Weekly Standard
Food Stamp Growth 75X Greater than Job Creation - Daniel Halper/Weekly Standard
"Simply put, the President’s policies have not produced jobs. During his time in office, 14.7 million people were added to the food stamp rolls. Over that same time, only 194,000 jobs were created—thus 76 people went on food stamps for every one that found a job," says Senator Jeff Sessions, ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee. "This is a product of low growth. Post-recession economic growth in 2010 was 2.4%, and dropped in 2011 to 1.8%. This year it has dropped again to 1.77%. Few, if any, net jobs will be created with growth of less than 2%."

Elizabeth Emken on Hannity Radio

Nonunion utility crews turned away from New Jersey

A news station in Alabama is reporting that non-union utility crews were turned away upon arriving in New Jersey - The Right Scoop

WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

link - WAFF

Thursday, November 1, 2012

California GOP chairman Tom Del Beccaro opts not to run for another term

Tom Del Beccaro announced in an email this week that he will not run in the party's spring elections, saying he has decided "it is time for me to pause from Party politics." - Sacramento Bee

The Benghazi Drip-Drip-Drip

link - -Jake Tapper, Mary Bruce, Devin Dwyer and Dana Hughes

The Washington Post’s respected foreign policy columnist David Ignatius just yesterday posed “Lingering Questions about Benghazi.” One of them, pointedly, was “At a time when al-Qaeda was strengthening its presence in Libya and across North Africa, why didn’t the United States have more military hardware nearby?”

In the place of a detailed description from the Obama administration about what happened more than six weeks ago comes the drip-drip-drip of stories about the failures of the Obama administration to provide those Americans on the ground in Libya with all the security assets they needed.

ABC News broke some stories on this, ranging from a security team being denied continued use of an airplane its commander wanted to keep in country to better do his job; to the security team leaving Libya before Ambassador Stevens wanted it to.

Fox News’ Catherine Herridge and Rep. Jason Chaffetz ‘On the Record’ - Gretawire/FOX

Fox News Channel’s Catherine Herridge last night reported on a newly discovered cable indicating that in August, less than a month before the attack, the diplomatic post in Benghazi convened an “emergency meeting” concerned about local Al Qaeda training camps. Said the cable: “RSO (Regional Security Officer) expressed concerns with the ability to defend Post in the event of a coordinated attack due to limited manpower, security measures, weapons capabilities, host nation support, and the overall size of the compound.”

The cable stated that “In light of the uncertain security environment, US Mission Benghazi will submit specific requests to US Embassy Tripoli for additional physical security upgrades and staffing needs by separate cover.”

The State Department’s comment to Fox: “An independent board is conducting a thorough review of the assault on our post in Benghazi. Once we have the board’s comprehensive account of what happened, findings and recommendations, we can fully address these matters.”

It was the exact same statement given to ABC News earlier in the month about a different revelation.

This afternoon, journalists Harald Doornbos and Jenan Moussa in Foreign Policy Magazine reported that when they arrived at the compound in Benghazi on October 26 they found “several ash-strewn documents beneath rubble in the looted Tactical Operations Center, one of the four main buildings of the partially destroyed compound. Some of the documents — such as an email from Stevens to his political officer in Benghazi and a flight itinerary sent to Sean Smith, a U.S. diplomat slain in the attack — are clearly marked as State Department correspondence. Others are unsigned printouts of messages to local and national Libyan authorities. The two unsigned draft letters are both dated Sept. 11 and express strong fears about the security situation at the compound on what would turn out to be a tragic day. They also indicate that Stevens and his team had officially requested additional security at the Benghazi compound for his visit — and that they apparently did not feel it was being provided.”

...The White House press secretary – who has not held a full-fledged briefing with the White House press corps since October 12 – said that the president “expects the investigations to be rigorous. He is extremely focused on making sure that we find exactly what happened and who was responsible, and tracking down those who were responsible and bringing them to justice.”

Up to 32 Americans were denied military assistance at the consulate and CIA safe house. - Bob Owens/PJM

'Troubling' Surveillance Before Benghazi Attack - Harold Doornbos and Jenan Moussa/Foreign Policy Magazine

Gen. Ham contradicts Panetta on Benghazi - Daniel Greenfield/Washington Times

This comes from an interview with Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz who sits on two Homeland Security subcommittees relaying the responses from General Carter Ham heading up the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) who had direct responsibility for the situation.

General Ham told Chaffetz that the forces were available, but that no order to use them was given. Defense Secretary Panetta had claimed that the refusal to use force had come from him, General Dempsey and General Ham.

General Ham appears to have broken with that story and is taking no responsibility for the decision not to bail out the consulate and the Navy SEALS.

Benghazi: The Democratic Party Will Be Lucky if Obama Loses - Roger L Simon/PJM

New Romney ad: Secretary of Business?

One point the ad doesn’t mention, but is worth making: even when Obama adds bureaucracies, he ignores them. - HotAir

He (Obama) created his own blue-ribbon panel to deal with the deficit, Simpson-Bowles, only to completely ignore their recommendations in his two successive budgets (neither of which got a single vote of support in Congress in three floor votes). Obama formed a “jobs council” of CEOs and economists directly to the point of his “Secretary of Business” response, and then went several months without meeting with it.

That flub gave Romney a chance to hammer home his closing message on jobs and the economy. It’s a good punch; we’ll see if it scores a knockout.

Romney touts support from CEOs… on President Obama’s Jobs Council - Erika Johnsen/HotAir

Lest we all forget that Jeff Immelt — CEO of General Electric and chief of President Obama’s specially-appointed and now dusty-from-disuse Council on Jobs and Competitiveness — announced in August that he intends to vote for Mitt Romney over our incumbent president, Team Romney is following up on their “Secretary of Business? [Really?]” ad by touting the support of business leaders to highlight his free-market credentials.

The latest name on Team Romney’s endorsement-list of entrepreneurs and execs includes yet another member of the White House Jobs Council, Intel CEO Paul Otellini, who gave to John McCain in 2008 but joined the president’s (completely symbolic) team of business advisers with ideas for growth — unfortunately, no such luck, via the WSJ:
Supporters include Charles Schwab, Cisco Chief Executive John Chambers and Bernie Marcus, the co-founder of Home Depot. The newest name on the list belongs to Intel CEO Paul Otellini, a member of President Barack Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

… In 2010, he criticized the administration for failing to generate more robust job growth. He was particularly critical of the stimulus. But the Intel CEO joined the president’s so-called jobs council to much fanfare the following year as Mr. Obama embarked on a very public – if short-lived – courtship of big business.
The president lauded Intel for investing in the U.S. during a trip last year to one of the chipmaker’s advanced manufacturing facilities in Oregon. …
It’s too bad President Obama never took the advice of his Jobs Council, merely trotting it out for show in an effort to repair his relationship with big business — maybe if he had done so instead of resorting to regulation and stimulus and government involvement at every turn, he wouldn’t be in this awkward position

This is Our Moment | This is Our America

New Obamacare Tax Form Mandates Americans Report Personal Health ID Info to IRS

When Obamacare’s individual mandate takes effect in 2014, all Americans who file income tax returns must complete an additional IRS tax form. The new form will require disclosure of a taxpayer’s personal identifying health information in order to determine compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. - Americans For Tax Reform

So why will the Obama IRS require your personal identifying health information?
Simply put, there is no way for the IRS to enforce Obamacare’s individual mandate without such an invasive reporting scheme. Every January, health insurance companies across America will send out tax documents to each insured individual. This tax document—a copy of which will be furnished to the IRS—must contain sufficient information for taxpayers to prove that they purchased qualifying health insurance under Obamacare.
This new tax information document must, at a minimum, contain: the name and health insurance identification number of the taxpayer; the name and tax identification number of the health insurance company; the number of months the taxpayer was covered by this insurance plan; and whether or not the plan was purchased in one of Obamacare’s “exchanges....”

It Wasn’t Just Four Americans Abandoned in Benghazi

Up to 32 Americans were denied military assistance at the consulate and CIA safe house. - Bob Owens/PJM

More than 21 Newspapers across California AGREE: YES ON PROP 32!

Yes on Prop 32, Stop Special Interest Money Now

Yes on Prop. 32: Labor bosses’ clout hurts voters - San Diego Union-Tribune

It was once said, “Money in politics is like air in a balloon: Any time you compress it one place it's going to pop out somewhere else....

Opponents of Prop. 32 are desperately trying to convince voters it silences union members. Nonsense. Union and nonunion government employees would still be able to contribute to the political causes they support through direct deposit and automatic credit card payments. The difference under Prop 32, however, is that they would have to choose to do so annually, without having to go through the onerous process of “opting out” of contributing to the union’s PAC – a process that often leads to the union members being harassed for not being team players.

Prop. 32 isn’t about shifting the balance of power between special interests in Sacramento. It’s about making politicians less accountable to special interests and more accountable to voters.

Proposition 32 may not be the panacea that proponents claim it to be, and it’s definitely not the End of Days that the opponents claim it to be, but there’s no mistaking this: it’s one giant squeeze of the political money balloon. Voters should take every opportunity, like voting YES on Prop. 32, to squeeze the balloon in as many places as possible until it pops.

Endorsement: Yes on Proposition 32 -- Unions have inordinate amount of power in state politics - Daily News/Los Angeles
Eliminating paycheck deductions to fund political campaigns would help correct power imbalance in Sacramento. - Orange County Register
Opinion: Union's Prop. 32 mailer misstates newspaper's stand - The Sun

The union chapter, which represents grocery store workers in eastern Los Angeles County and western San Bernardino County, distributed a newsletter that arrived in the mailboxes of members last Wednesday -- the same day the editorial boards of the Press-Telegram and its sister papers in Southern California ran an endorsement urging a yes vote on Proposition 32. ◼ Endorsement: Yes on Proposition 32 -- Unions have inordinate amount of power in state politics - Press-Telegram

To understand the need for Proposition 32, all a voter has to do is look at the the vast sums of cash pouring into the campaign against it. A total of more than $50 million has been donated to the "yes" and "no" campaigns. Of that, the vast majority has gone to fund advertising for the "no" side. And of that, most has come from unions representing California teachers and other public employees.
This is an example of the financial power that gives unions outsized political influence everywhere from election campaigns to the halls of the state Legislature and local city halls, too often resulting in laws that benefit union members over the interests of all Californians.

Now California voters have a chance to rein in that power. They should not miss the opportunity on Nov. 6. The editorial board urges passage of Proposition 32.

Protect Your Paycheck and Your Vote: "Yes!" on Prop 32 - Arthur Christopher Schaper/Monrovia Patch
California's Proposition 32: Ending Union Dominance Of California Politics - Tom Thurlow/American Thinker

The California Republican Party and The California Federation of Republican Women recommend a 'YES' vote on Prop 32.
YES on 32

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Prop 32 TIED: YES 45% vs NO 45% with 10% undecided

The California Business Roundtable survey came out this week that shows Prop 32 TIED: YES 45% vs NO 45% with 10% undecided.

That means that a high Republican turnout on Election day could push Prop 32 over the finish line. We need all Republicans to go out and vote Yes on Prop 32! You could be the difference.

RASMUSSEN THURSDAY: Romney 49% Obama 47%...

Romney 49% Obama 47%... - Rasmussen Reports™

WISC: Romney 49%, Obama 49%
COLO: Romney 50%, Obama 47%
OHIO: Romney 50%, Obama 48%

OHIO: Voting machines swapping Romney for Obama

Joan Stevens was one of several early voters at the polls on Monday. But when Stevens tried to cast her ballot for president, she noticed a problem. - Marion Star via drudge

Upon selecting “Mitt Romney” on the electronic touch screen, Barack Obama’s name lit up. It took Stevens three tries before her selection was accurately recorded.

Stevens said she alerted Jackie Smith, a board of elections member who was present. Smith declined to comment, but Stevens says she mentioned that the machine had been having problems all day.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Top 53 Reasons to Vote Mitt Romney for President

Republican candidate and former governor Mitt Romney is a leader of tremendous character, whose ability to turn around enterprises, talent for overcoming partisanship, and commitment to his country make him worthy of becoming the next president of the United States. The following are characteristics displayed by Mitt Romney, based on his record. - Kyle Becker/Independent Journal

#1. Mitt Romney graduated from Harvard University with a degree from the prestigious J.D.-M.B.A. program, which is the graduate education of the last two presidents combined.

#2. Mitt Romney governed a state whose schools ranked first nationally in education.

#3. In 1984, Romney founded and led one of the world’s most successful venture capital and investment firms: Bain Capital.

#4. Bain Capital helped turn around numerous struggling businesses that went on to become prosperous and successful, such as: Burger King, Sealy, Sports Authority, Staples, Brookstone, Burlington Coat Factory, Clear Channel, Domino’s Pizza, Houghton Mifflin, Dunkin’ Donuts, The Weather Channel, Guitar Center, and the Hospital Corporation of America.

#5. In 2002, Romney left the private sector to oversee the Olympics preparations at Salt Lake City. He erased a $379 million operating deficit, organized 23,000 volunteers, and oversaw security in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

#6. As governor of Massachusetts, Romney turned a $3 billion deficit into a $700 million budget surplus in less than two years.

#7. Governor Romney was granted emergency gubernatorial powers and slashed unsustainable spending levels by hundreds of millions of dollars.

#8. As governor, he helped reduce Massachusetts’ unemployment rate from 6% to 4.7%. More at the link.

100 Reasons To Vote For Mitt Romney Or Against Barack Obama (LISTEN) - Hugh Hewitt
100 Reasons - Hour 1
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Drudge: Sen. Feinstein explains decision not to debate challenger Elizabeth Emken

"(It's) unworthy of the office she's been holding for two decades and disrespectful of the people she claims to represent" - Martin Wisckol/Orange County Register

Feinstein noted that she has debated in the past – John van de Kamp and Pete Wilson when she ran for governor in 1990, and Tom Campbell and Gray Davis in two of her Senate races.

Glenn Beck to Media Outlets Sitting on Damning Benghazi Emails: Release Them or Be Exposed

During his Wednesday evening broadcast, Glenn Beck revealed that he and his network, TheBlaze, are absolutely certain based on “very well-sourced information” that two media outlets — one a network — do indeed have emails proving the Obama White House gave orders to “stand down” during the terror attack in Benghazi. - The Blaze

Beck said it is incumbent upon those media outlets to release the information and provide Americans with the truth, rather than shield the president. If they refrain from doing so, Beck said he will “expose them.”

Washington Times EDITORIAL: Vote for Romney

America needs a businessman in the White House - Washington Times

...America needs a turnaround specialist to save the Land of the Free from its own mismanagement. That man is Mitt Romney.

Existential crises beckon greatness from national leaders. It usually isn’t obvious beforehand where the inner strength to fight for the future will be found. Certainly no one would have predicted what a profound effect a country lawyer from Illinois would have in the middle of the 19th century or the Hollywood actor — also from Illinois — in the 20th. One fact is manifestly evident though: American greatness will not be resurrected by the community organizer from Illinois who doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism....

The United States needs a leader to fight today’s fiscal battle. With more than 23 million Americans unemployed and economic growth limping to reach 1.5 percent, the most pressing challenge is to revive the economy to get people working again. This will take an experienced executive to cut government spending and regulation to unchain the dynamism of the private sector. Mr. Romney has spent his life taking failing companies and revamping operations to make them competitive; he has the skills to do the same in the Oval Office. The Washington Times endorses Republican Mitt Romney for president.

Romney pressures Obama by expanding electoral map

Romney expands the map - Conn Carroll/Washington Examiner @conncarroll

Battleground state presidential polls suggest a very close finish, but look at nearby states on the map, and national polling, and it becomes clear that late-deciding Americans are breaking hard for Romney.

In poll after poll of formerly safe blue states, the Republican is closing ground on Obama, far outpacing Republican totals from 2008...

...Obama campaign strategy has accordingly concentrated on holding states he carried in 2008, rather than seek new electoral ground. - Michael Barone/Washington Examiner @michaelbarone

Obama's strategists conceded Indiana early on and North Carolina more recently. Now, Florida, Virginia and Colorado seem headed to Romney, and Germano-Scandinavian America is up for grabs. Minnesota and Pennsylvania suddenly have come into play.

Team Obama gambled on reassembling his 2008 coalition despite the Republicans' strong showing in 2010. Maybe a losing bet.

Romney team sees Ohio numbers moving their way - Byron York/Washington Examiner

Emails show Obama admin used DOE loan money to help Harry Reid’s 2010 campaign

President Obama claims that political considerations did not influence the Energy Department’s green energy loan program, but newly-released internal emails show that his administration subsidized Nevada companies in order to help Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., win his 2010 reelection campaign. - Joel Gehrke/Washington Examiner

“And these are decisions, by the way, that are made by the Department of Energy, they have nothing to do with politics,” Obama said last week when asked about the green companies that have gone bankrupt despite receiving taxpayer support.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released DOE emails today that compromise Obama’s position on two counts: one, the emails show that Obama himself was involved in approving loans; two, DOE officials were keenly aware of the political interests at stake, as they regarded the loans as a way for the White House to help Reid by giving him a way to brag about bringing federal money into Nevada.

Messages from late in 2010 demonstrate that DOE officials were concerned that President Obama’s personal desire to get DOE loans approved was putting tax payer money at risk.

“I am growing increasingly worried about a fast track process imposed on us at the POTUS level based on this chaotic process that we are undergoing,” Loan Program Office Senior Credit Advisor Jim McCrea wrote to loan program executive director Jonathan Silver in October 2010. “[B]y designing the fast track process and having it approved at the POTUS level (which is an absolute waste of his time!) it legitimizes every element and it becomes embedded like the 55% recovery rate which also was imposed by POTUS....”

Nevada Geothermal received a $98.5 million loan guarantee. Solar Reserve, another Nevada project included Solyndra investors among it’s board, received a $737 million loan guarantee (after Solyndra went bankrupt). LS Power Associations, which used to be known as SWIP, received a $343 million loan guarantee from DOE.


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Liberals jump ship and abandon Obama

Americans of all political persuasions are now comfortable criticizing the president. - Glenn Reynolds/USA Today

Last week, I speculated that we may be seeing a "preference cascade," as people who previously supported Obama now feel safe about publicly changing their minds. It seems that we're seeing more of that this week as word of the Benghazi debacle spreads. The Obama campaign no doubt hopes you'll be distracted from this by hurricane news, but that's probably a vain hope on its part.

On the left, the defections are mounting. Last week, I spoke to Camille Paglia about her new book on art history, but she also stopped to explain why she wasn't voting for Obama this time: basically, disappointment. She said he ran as a moderate, but has been "one of the most racially divisive and polarizing figures ever. I think it's going to take years to undo the damage to relationships between the races." h/t: kb

The progressive case against Obama - Matt Stoller/Salon

There are many good arguments against Obama, even if the Republicans cannot seem to muster any. The civil liberties/antiwar case was made eloquently a few weeks ago by libertarian Conor Friedersdorf, who wrote a well-cited blog post on why he could not, in good conscience, vote for Obama. While his arguments have tremendous merit, there is an equally powerful case against Obama on the grounds of economic and social equity. That case needs to be made....

why oppose Obama? Simply, it is the shape of the society Obama is crafting that I oppose, and I intend to hold him responsible, such as I can, for his actions in creating it....

Bottom line: The president is complicit in creating an increasingly unequal -- and unjust -- society

Sean Hannity on Benghazi Audio Tapes: “I’ve Heard They Are Damning”

“My sources tell me they’re pretty damning, Juan. They’re begging for help.” - Jim Hoft/Gateway Pundit
Gingrich: Senator told me networks may have White House emails commanding counterterrorism group to stand down on Benghazi rescue - Daily Caller

The 99% Halloween: Redistributing candy to make an anti-tax argument [VIDEO]

Just in time for Halloween, political commentator Steven Crowder took the tax policies of Democratic politicians to a “trunk or treat” church event, asking children with the most candy to pay “their fair share” to kids with less. - David Martosko/Daily Caller

The results, captured on a hidden camera, were predictable.

All those attacks did Obama no good

It is worth recollecting the array of attacks from the Obama camp that failed to carry the day. - Jennifer Rubin/Washington Post

Romney’s approval rating is now higher than Obama’s and the Obama team tried portraying Romney as: 1) the “vulture” capitalist; 2) a tax evader and/or a felon for signing (or not signing) Bain documents after he left to run the Olympics; 3) killer of Joe Soptic’s wife; 4) outsourcer of jobs to China; 5) determined to take contraception away from women; 6) ready to give a tax cut to the rich and hike middle-class taxes; 7) egging on the auto industry’s demise; 8) willing to throw granny over the cliff on Medicare; 9) President George W. Bush’s political twin; and 10) Big Bird terminator.

In big and large assaults, some petty and some sweeping, Obama and third-party groups have spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to make Romney an unacceptable alternative. It seems to have failed, spectacularly so. You can attribute a great deal of that wipeout to Romney’s outstanding debate performances. You can give him and his campaign staff credit for (belatedly) focusing on the beleaguered middle class and his positive agenda to restore them to prosperity. And you can even credit some in the mainstream media — and many more in conservative media — for debunking the attacks.

Down ticket, few reach for Obama’s coattails

President Obama’s hope-and-change coalition powered his party to wins up and down the ticket in 2008, but the campaign this year has taken on a far more self-serving focus, as both Mr. Obama’s campaign and his fellow Democrats see benefits in keeping their space from each other. - David Sherfinski/The Washington Times

Newt Gingrich: Networks may have White House emails that called off Benghazi rescue

On Tuesday night’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” on the Fox News Channel, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that major news networks might have secret emails proving that the White House canceled plans to assist the besieged U.S. Embassy in Benghazi. - Daily Caller

Gingrich said that the bombshell emails could be revealed within the next two days. “There is a rumor — I want to be clear, it’s a rumor — that at least two networks have emails from the National Security Adviser’s office telling a counterterrorism group to stand down,” Gingrich said.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

When President Barack Obama urged Americans under siege from Hurricane Sandy to stay inside and keep watch on for the latest, he left out something pretty important — where to turn if the electricity goes out

FEMA, W.H. send storm victims to Internet - Politico

Despite the heightened expectation of widespread power and cable television failures, everyone from the president to local newscasters seem to expect the public to rely entirely on the Internet and their TVs for vital news and instructions.

What They Are Saying: 28 Newspapers (And Counting) That Endorsed Obama In 2008 Change Their Minds In 2012

28 Newspapers (And Counting) That Endorsed Obama In 2008 Change Their Minds In 2012 -

“Given the final two minutes to speak during Tuesday’s second presidential debate, President Barack Obama quickly spotlighted what he said was the key distinction between his re-election candidacy and the campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. ‘There’s a fundamentally different vision about how we move our country forward,’ Obama said. He’s right, and ‘fundamentally different’ is what the nation needs. For that reason, Romney should be elected president on Nov. 6." Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Barack Obama was elected in 2008 with a call for hope and change. Perhaps the change he spoke of could only come with the help of Mitt Romney.” (Editorial, “Time For Another Change,” The Tennessean

“The United States simply cannot afford another four years of weak leadership.” (Editorial, “Romney For President,” The New York Observer Lots more at the link!

MSNBC Ridicules Romney for Collecting Food and Supplies for Sandy Victims

This one is really hard to believe, even for the most biased so-called "news network" in the nation. - Noel Sheppard/Newsbusters

MSNBC on Tuesday totally trashed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for collecting food and supplies at a storm rally event in Ohio to be sent to victims of Hurricane Sandy

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Father of American killed in Libya demands truth from WH

Charles Woods seeks accountability for son Tyrone's death - Sean Hannity/FOX

Obama needs to come clean on what happened in Benghazi, The American people deserve to know the truth - Adm. James A. Lyons/WashingtonTimes

Obama stonewalls on Libya, again - Jennifer Rubin/Washington Post

When they called...

Michael Moore/ We will burn this motherf*cker down and c*ck-punch Romney...

Viewer Discretion - Eliana Johnson/National Review

This ad, produced by Michael Moore in cooperation with MoveOn.Org, purports to carry a message from the Greatest Generation.

With a week to go, Team Romney is upbeat about Ohio

On Monday, pollster Scott Rasmussen released a new survey showing Romney leading Obama in Ohio 50 percent to 48 percent -- the first poll to show the challenger in front. Over the weekend, a poll done for Ohio's top newspapers showed the race dead even, with both candidates at 49 percent. - Byron York/Washington Examiner

Of course, many polls have shown Obama with a slight lead in Ohio, but the newer surveys suggesting a tightening race have Romney forces confident that something is going on in the state. On Monday morning, the campaign sent out a new strategy memo from Scott Jennings, the Ohio campaign director, that used the word "momentum" six times. Team Romney sees it everywhere in Ohio: polls, endorsements, early voting.

And in the people coming to Romney's rallies. Jennings attended the rally at the steel-processing company, and as we talked while waiting for Romney to speak, a woman came over. "I'm taking it very, very personally that it's going to come down to the state I live in," the woman, Regina Gardner, of Columbus, said. "I'm doing a lot of volunteer work, I'm helping to get out the vote, I'm knocking on doors, I'm calling people, I'm going to be a poll watcher on Election Day. I'm trying to get my friends to realize, you can't just complain; you've got to do more...."

NPR: 8-point swing puts Romney in front -
Independents favor Romney 51% to 39%

A new National Public Radio poll, which had President Obama leading Mitt Romney 51 percent to 44 percent four weeks ago, now has Mitt Romney on top, 48 percent to 47 percent, with the Republican benefiting from his debate performances. - Paul Bedard/Washington Examiner

...Romney is doing particularly well among independent voters. According to NPR, "most of the gains for Romney have come from independents, who went from favoring Romney by a few points before the debates to favoring him 51% to 39% after the debates."...

Mark Halperin: Democrats now on defense in blue states - Ed Morrissey/HotAir

Just how much has this race changed since the first debate in October? At the time, Democrats thought they had a pretty good glide path to a narrower win in the Electoral College than in 2008, but a win nonetheless. Almost four weeks later, the Obama campaign is having to buy air time in states previously considered safe, such as Pennsylvania and Minnesota, the only state that never voted for Ronald Reagan in the EC. Mark Halperin tells Morning Joe that while one cannot claim to know how this race will turn out, there is no doubt now that the Democrats have gone onto the defensive in states that they absolutely cannot afford to lose... if Obama has to start defending Pennsylvania, that speaks volumes about his traction in more-Republican Ohio.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Is there a Benghazi media coverup?

Is there a mainstream media cover-up of an Obama administration cover-up in the wake of the 9/11 Benghazi attack that left four Americans dead? Chronicle included? - Debra J. Saunders/SF Chronicle

Since Sept. 12, The Chronicle has run about 67 stories, items, editorials, columns and letters that mention Benghazi. In September, I criticized Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and White House press secretary Jay Carney for claiming that an anti-Islam video had incited the attack, not al Qaeda-inspired terrorists.

Some readers tell me that they see The Chronicle's failure to run a rash of front-page stories as proof of bias. They have a point, but they fail to appreciate the local emphasis in today's front-page placement, especially during a presidential election and World Series, which the Giants, incidentally, won 4-zip....


link - John Nolte/Breitbart
Very early on, before this campaign started in earnest, live or die, I publicly cast my lot with Gallup and Rasmussen. As a poll addict going back to 2000, these are the outlets that have always played it straight. It's got nothing to do with politics and everything to do with credibility and not wanting to kid myself. So when an outlet like Gallup tells me Romney is up seven-points, 52-45%, among those who have already voted, that's very big news.

Just as Gallup did with their bombshell survey showing that 2012 is looking like a year where Republicans will enjoy a record three-point turnout advantage over Democrats (a ten-point shift from 2008), for whatever reason, they buried the lede with this latest bombshell, as well. When you consider the fact that the CorruptMedia's been talking for weeks about how Obama's crushing Romney in early voting, you would think Gallup proving that Narrative a big fat phony lie would be news. Instead, though, they bury this explosive news at the bottom of a piece headlined: "In U.S., 15% of Registered Voters Have Already Cast Ballots".

Sounds like a nothing story, right?

Except waaaaay at the bottom we learn this:
Thus far, early voters do not seem to be swaying the election toward either candidate.

Romney currently leads Obama 52% to 45% among voters who say they have already cast their ballots. However, that is comparable to Romney's 51% to 46% lead among all likely voters in Gallup's Oct. 22-28 tracking polling. At the same time, the race is tied at 49% among those who have not yet voted but still intend to vote early, suggesting these voters could cause the race to tighten. However, Romney leads 51% to 45% among the much larger group of voters who plan to vote on Election Day, Nov. 6.
Oh My: Romney Leads 52/46 Among Early Voters Nationally? - Guy Benson/HotAir

Am I missing something, or is this a rather significant development? Isn’t early voting supposed to be Democrats’ secret weapon, with which they run up the score, then dare the GOP to catch up on Election Day? And unlike the snapshot national polls that we obsess over each day (many of which are based upon samples of 800-1,200 respondents), this survey has a massive sample size of 3,312 registered voters.

In U.S., 15% of Registered Voters Have Already Cast Ballots - Early voting highest in the West and among seniors; similar by party ID - Gallup

Who will do more?


photos from the Romney-Ryan “Victory Rally” at the Marion County Fairgrounds Coliseum - The Other McCain

Latest super high resolution image of Hurricane Sandy

See the latest stunning image (now with a defined eye) - Watts Up With That

Dept. of Energy e-mails contradict Obama denials on another green energy failure

President Obama said Friday the decision to give millions in taxpayer money to a now bankrupt solar company in Colorado “was made by the Department of Energy,” and had “nothing to do with politics.”

But e-mails published by Colorado reporter Todd Shepherd reveal Department of Energy officials pushing the loan to Abound Solar based on pressure from the White House. Complete Colorado has the full e-mail exchanges...

Abound Solar, which counts major Obama bundler Pat Stryker among its early backers, is now under criminal investigation for misleading investors. It went bankrupt in mid-2012, leaving employees out of work and taxpayers with the bill. The company had gone through $70 million of a federal loan guarantee worth $400 million. It was supposed to create 1,500 permanent jobs, according to the president’s 2010 announcement of the loan.

Upon its closing in June, Rep. Darrell Issa, the head of the House Oversight Committee, suggested Abound’s weak financials at the time of its loan suggested political motivations over taxpayer protection...

New Projection of Election Results: Romney 52, Obama 47

The bipartisan Battleground Poll, in its “vote election model,” is projecting that Mitt Romney will defeat President Obama 52 percent to 47 percent. The poll also found that Romney has an even greater advantage among middle class voters, 52 percent to 45 percent. - Fred Barnes/Weekly Standard

The projected outcome by the Battleground Poll is close to that of the Gallup Poll. Last week, Gallup said Romney leads Obama 49 percent to 46 percent in its model of the electorate’s composition on November 6.

Swing State Tracking: Romney 50%, Obama 46% - Rasmussen Reports™

◼ Wow. Gallup: Romney 51% Obama 46% - Gallup

In OHIO: - Rasmussen Reports™

Scott Rasmussen has noted that “Wisconsin May Be The New Ohio.”To win the election, Romney will have to win at least one of these two battleground states.

Beyond Impeachment: Obama Treasonous over Benghazi

Is it treason when you put your own reelection above the good of your country and the lives of its citizens? If so, Barack Obama committed treason in leaving the four Americans to die in Benghazi. - Roger L Simon/PJM

"Over the weekend, the newest, and by far the most disturbing, revelations surrounding the Benghazi attack were revealed." - Althouse

You don't mess with the CIA - Washington Times

You know who doesn’t like getting thrown under the bus? The CIA. You know what the CIA does when you try to throw it under the bus? They get even — quickly, quietly, and with fatal consequences.

That seems the most logical explanation for the torrent of information pouring out this week (unless Hillary Rodham Clinton — also thrown under the bus by President Obama — is scrapping any chance of ever running for president again and is simply setting the whole administration on fire, along with her legacy as secretary of state).

The main lesson from Watergate (after the no-brainer that you should never hire a guy named “Tricky Dick”) was this: The Cover-Up Is Worse Than The Crime. For some reason, Professor Obama seems not to know this crucial lesson. Or he’s just arrogant enough to say, “Well, that doesn’t apply to someone as brilliant as moi.”

Make no mistake, though: There is a massive cover-up under way in the White House....