5:00: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at Ohio State University in Columbus
Back in a while, chat away
Congrats to you too. We tied.
U.S. Debt At Lowest Level Since 2006 bit.ly/VL5ZIh— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) October 09, 2012
the congress rethugs have kept the government hostage for years based on the big bad horrible debt. they have to address the fiscal cliff before the end of the year–couldn’t be better time for this message!
O*H*I*O 4 OBAMA!
Wait for me you two! Congrats tho, Utal & Tally
I have avoided getting into all the talk of polls so far (I reference anyone back to the post I wrote here a couple months ago for my feelings). However, I just want to point out that whenever really favorable polls come out for PBO, a common refrain I see here is that we should ignore those polls and work as if we are 10 points behind. The same thing applies now. In other words, ignore all polls because they don’t decide the election, we do.
Well said. IMHO there are too many fair weather “sailors” about. Sometimes one has to endure some rough seas before entering a calm port.
Well said Sir…
Got back from turning in my voter registration forms. You would think they would find a better day to tear up the sidewalk ….this being the last day to register or update your registration in Florida. No worries. Wow… a line of people like me turning in forms…several people registering and several people requesting absentee ballot forms. My tell tale sign if we win Florida again is to drive down to Broward and look at the lines for early voting. The first day is on Saturday October. 20. If I see lines like we experience in 2008 it will be all good. Remember Charlie Crist extended the voting times due to 6 hour waits to vote. I have faith this will happen again.
I am taking several people to vote during the early election times available. Tomorrow is my Clerk Class to work the polls at the General Election.
We will take Florida again in 2012
what time is the deadline for turning in registration?
damn, i have to move my phone baking hours to lunch time then. It will be too late after work…
To keep our cool, I suggest the Onion, which, as it frequently does, is doing an excellent job on the news:
“Romney said he is telling at least 80 percent more lies now than he was two months ago. Buoyed by his strong debate performance, which by his own admission included 40 or 50 instances of lying in one 90-minute period, the candidate said he will continue to “just openly lie [his] ass off” until the Nov. 6 election…..
‘The best part is, it’s really easy to lie,’ said Romney, who added that voicing whatever untruths come into his mind at any given moment is an easy thing to do because all it requires is opening his mouth and talking.”
And this one is worth it for the headline alone:
Reince Priebus Forced Back Into Ancient Puzzle Box After Being Tricked Into Saying Name Backwards
Ex-Powell aide on Romney’s foreign policy team: ‘These people make me sick’
Lawrence Wilkerson, the former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, skewered Mitt Romney’s foreign policy team on Monday, saying their policies make his stomach turn.
Wilkerson took particular aim at John Bolton, former President George W. Bush’s ambassador to the United Nations—and now an adviser to Romney.
“The man scares me to death,” Wilkerson, a retired U.S. Army colonel told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz. “He would defeat all the enemies in America and the world—and believe me they’re plentiful—and he’d do it with everyone else’s blood. John is like Dick Cheney, never served a day in his life and wouldn’t serve a day in his life … These people make me sick.”
Mitt Romney’s Most Dishonest Speech
When it comes to lies and half-truths, Romney saves his best stuff for foreign policy.
By Fred Kaplan | Posted Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at 5:14 PM ET
Mitt Romney has delivered a lot of dishonest speeches in recent months, but Monday’s address on foreign policy may be the most mendacious yet.
It was expected that he would distort President Obama into a caricature of Jimmy Carter. But it was astonishing to watch Romney spin a daydream of himself as some latter-day George Marshall, bringing peace, prosperity, and hope to a chaotic world—this from a man who couldn’t drop in on the London Olympics without alienating our closest ally and turning himself into a transcontinental laughingstock.
To the extent that Romney recited valid criticisms of Obama’s policies, he offered no alternatives. To the extent he spelled out specific steps he would take to deal with one problem or another, he merely recited actions that Obama has already taken.
Let’s go through the text, point by point.
Excellent post by rikyrah: 3chicspolitico.com/2012/10/09/isn…— ForUS50 (@FORUS50) October 09, 2012
What the last day to register to vote looks like at the University of Toledo: OFA.BO/OHoffices, instagr.am/p/QkD3zeDPU5/ #OHVotesEarly— Obama for America OH (@OFA_OH) October 09, 2012
OWU students are fired up for @iamwill, registering to vote, and early voting! #OHVotesEarly #ForAll http://t.co/cVKu1nXN h/t @VanessaArden— Obama for America OH (@OFA_OH) October 09, 2012
RT@vrsheely: John Husted (R-OH) Will Take Early Voting Decision to Supreme Court – NYTimes.com thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/09/ohi… #OHVotesEarly— MKD (@OHTheMaryD) October 09, 2012
New Obama Ad Highlights GOP Cuts To Medicaid livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/new-obam… via @benjysarlin— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) October 09, 2012
Early voting is a state issue and does not belong in the Supreme Court. Why would the SC even touch such a thing? I would think they would say, “Grow up and solve it yourself.”
I thought it was about the highest court in the state.
US files Mortgage fraud suit against Wells Fargo…
Then that’s Chase AND Wells Fargo! I hope they kick some some ass!
MITT ROMNEY HAS CONTEMPT FOR THE MEDIA AND THE VOTERS
In defense of ‘the basic power of arithmetic’
By Steve Benen
Romney, predictably, has condemned the Brookings and the TPC report, questioning the scholars’ integrity and accusing the researchers of using shoddy math. Brookings’ William G. Gale today sticks up for “the basic power of arithmetic” arithmetic against Republican criticism, explaining that Romney’s proposal really would “necessarily have to raise taxes on taxpayers below $200,000.”
Gale presents a terrific metaphor: suppose Romney claims he can drive a car from Boston to Los Angeles in 15 hours. Brookings and the TPC would say that would require Romney to exceed the speed limit, Obama would use this in campaign ads, and Republicans would decry the analysis as “partisan,” but, “You still can’t drive cross country in 15 hours without speeding.”
Josh Marshall added, “If you care about these things you should take a moment and read Gale’s short piece. If you’re a reporter who doesn’t like being lied to you should definitely read it.”
I want to see Romney's 2009 Tax Return + HEALTH RECORDS. Showing clear signs of ALZHEIMER'S: He can't remember his own policy stances.— Tally Briggs (@bardgal) October 09, 2012
He can remember, he is a used car salesman. Confuse the Consumer, tell them what they want to hear.
I heard someone on Stephanie Miller this morning say that he needed to leave himself postit notes all over the house because he never remembered things….wonder if that’s true
yes. I heard that too!!!
Why aren't TEAGOP upset Romney claiming Obama polices are his own?— Tally Briggs (@bardgal) October 09, 2012
Because, they have one thing in mind, get rid of the black guy. They could care less about policies, that cones a distant second.
occurs to me that the etch-a-sketch moment they’re really excited about is nov 7–that’s when they can throw out everything they’ve said, and do what ever they want.
fortunately, myth will be cruising around visiting his money while miss ann wipes his tears of defeat.
Reuters likely voters again, tied up-
So, he did get a bump, unbelievably! The media gave him one.
10% undecided with 28 days to go??? I doubt that!
Gallup is up 53 to 42 percent on presidential approval rating yet has Romney winning by 2 points which is statistical tie considering the Margin of Error. What a bunch of shit.
The notion that Democrats are going to stay home and not vote because of the debate, is ludicrous. Likely voter This!
ROMNEY IS MAKING PROMISES THAT DO NOT AND CANNOT ADD UP.
Bring Out the Hand Puppets
By Ed Kilgore
What Gale is doing is getting out the hand puppets and insisting that there’s an analytical point here that shouldn’t get lost, and it’s important: Romney is making promises that do not and cannot add up.
Now there’s a lot of magic in Romney’s proposals, domestic and international, and you can’t expect one tax wonk to cast light on them all. But Gale has shown it’s possible, with some effort, to get beyond the BS. If any wonk with access to a web site or a television screen would make a similar effort, we might get somewhere in promoting public understanding of what life in a Romney administration might look like. You’d like to think the folks who make Sesame Street would donate some puppets to help the cause along, but alas, they’ve got a non-partisan tax status to protect, so that’s off the table.
For liberals freaking out: The fundamentals of the race are still in our favor dailykos.com/story/2012/10/…— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) October 09, 2012
Al Giordano comments on Sully on FB:
“Beware of glommers. That’s the lesson here. They pledge their undying love to you but when you can’t return it at the level they feel they are entitled to receive they turn into psycho hysterical plate-throwing stalkers…
the Obama who Andrew loved in 2007 – whom he called “the adult in the room” – is exactly who Andrew rails against today. Suddenly he’s too calm, too grown-up, not dysfunctional enough to suit Sullivan’s 2012 desires. The lack of coherence and consistency here is not Obama’s. It is Sullivan who has strayed out of his idyllic beach house and has gone stark raving mad in the public square…
He’s hardly the first columnist or blogger to create a narrative then selectively seize upon and misread polling data hurriedly to claim it backs up his version of events. He’s actually taken one outlier poll (the Pew poll) which catches a Romney post debate bounce but ended taking surveys to early to catch the quick Obama re-bounce that came from last Friday’s disclosure that unemployment has lowered to under 8 percent for the first time in four years. Poll reading was never Andrew’s strength and he really should try to learn more about it before playing in that sandbox.”
(BTW, is there a weird internet protocol about posting FB comments?”)
lamh, thank you for this. Al is always the voice of calm reason and I miss his blog so much.
Ah, the pause that refreshes. Al Giordano makes it plain. He has a way words. His blog has been quiet for some time. I really miss him. Thanks for posting lamh35.
Republicans can are allowed to change their positions if it means they can muddy the water and cause confusion/discord within the Dem’s Tent this worked in 2010.
Arianna Huffington perfected this strategy…pretend you are a reform Republican long enough to (Fox in the hen house) gain credibility among Liberal followers…blaring the lines which is design to cause confusion. When they are attack by Republicans because they take a left position publicly they are seen as credible/moderate by the left…once they gain a large enough audience they go right back to being on the Right.
A strategy that been effective, when needed to suppress the vote and depress Dems.
Jon Stewart is a Republican; who was the first to start the “they (Dems & Republicans) both do it narrative”
If you believe the Republicans was planning President Obama defeat from day 1; don’t you think the media was a part of that strategy as well?
The GOP had to control the air waves of the so-call liberal media ….Romney/ Bain have been busy buying up network interest; i.e. CNN (Tea Party deal), Current TV (yes Current), Comcast…bought NBC/MSNBC right after President Obama was elected (Keith was let go–although he had the highest rating on MSNBC at the time; notice who told Dems not to vote in 2010… coincidence?)
The MSM isn’t distracted they are focus.
How do you find his FB comments? I just found his bio.
Me thinks, this was all played out. Say that the President is way ahead Nationally(before the debate), then after the debates, use a likely voter model saying Robney is ahead or tied. It’s all to neat and cozy, to be otherwise.
President Obama’s Spanish ad is pretty good!
very nice! his espanol sounds good, too.
That was good!!! I can only count to 10 and say thank you and you are welcome.
As someone who’s fluent in Spanish I must say I was quite impressed! His pronounciation was very good compared to most Americans. Sorry, I don’t mean to offend anyone, but Americans/Brits/Australians/Kiwis etc. are usually pretty bad at speaking Spanish. Obama has mastered the R sound, and that’s what most English speakers have trouble with. Way to go Mr. President!
Students are flooding #OhioState campus to see our President @BarackObama #ObamaOval! The message is clear #BuckeyeNation @Buckeyes4Obama— Buckeyes for Obama (@Buckeyes4Obama) October 09, 2012
Large crowd already on the Oval for President Obama #ObamaOval http://t.co/nfDX618l— The Lantern (@TheLantern) October 09, 2012
But but but enthusiasm?
MY SCHOOL!!! Just a little pet peeve…it’s THE Ohio State University:)
Some else Al Giordano said about the VP debate is an interesting tidbit and I think a good way to go into the VP Debate.
Don’t expect some sort of reset or shift change, but based on demographics maybe depending on how rattled Biden can get Ryan, we could see some shifts in the gender gap.
Al Girodano – “If you really look behind the numbers and specifically at the dates of the various surveys, or the day-to-day numbers, the story told is that it has already stabilized. The Biden-Ryan debate competes with the Steelers game on Thursday night football so it’s sure not going to cause much notice in Western Pennsylvania and nationwide the male audience will dip considerably. Biden’s move should therefore be to extend the gender gap.”
Jack Welch stomped his feet and held his breath cuz he was called out so he and his wife quit their jobs at Reuters and Fortune.
Kay (left) overheard that Melissa's brother is not registered to vote and suggested GottaVote.com #MyHero http://t.co/6tyRhXU1— Obama for America VA (@OFA_VA) October 09, 2012
Just overheard a woman tell someone to go to GottaVote.com. Love this crowd already! #MichelleVA— Obama for America VA (@OFA_VA) October 09, 2012
A nice "Fired up, ready to go chant" just got going here in Leesburg. #MichelleVa— Obama for America VA (@OFA_VA) October 09, 2012
Hey guys, I just got done live-watching Bill Clinton speak at my school (UC Davis). He was there to endorse four Californians for Congress. Words can’t express how pumped up we all were!
CNN has a story up saying that Romney & Ann knew the ex-Seal that was killed in Libya. RIP to the ex-Seal, but this is just too convenient a story. Were they thinking about the dead Americans when he politicized the crisis. I bet not.
Gawd. I really can’t stand this people who use someone else’s tragedy to advance their own agenda. the same thing was done with the story he told when the media was trying to say Romney was getting all “personal”…whatever
He trying to gain leverage before his foreign policy debate. Be sure to tweet this info to Stephanie cutter, so she knows.
I tweeted Cutter about it.
some how I doubt that Romney really knew him. It sounds like a BS story which seeing as it comes from CNN comes as no surprise.
knew him ? like he knew BiBi …?
Why didn’t he mention this before ?
omg… I just read the story on HP…….
Some one called him and reminded he met the Seal at a Xmas party that Mitt and Ann wandered into by mistake in 2009 or 2010..he can’t remember….
They thought they were going to a neighborhood party and went to the wrong house….supposedly…but he claims that pictures were taken.
This just reinforces his memory issues for me.
You mean Romney was up there getting choked up over somebody he barely knew? This only confirms what a PHONY he is!
I’m assuming he had the family’s permission to introduce their dead son into his campaign narrative.
It was very convenient, otherwise they would have had to tell us about Ann’s physical challenges again. Reminds me of John Edwards (sorry to bring him up). I’m sorry Ann has those challenges, but they have brought it up one too many times. I would rather know what she meant when she said she was worried about Romney’s “mental stability”. What did that mean??? This is something else they’re hiding, and I DO NOT trust them.
MITT ‘WHO AM I THIS TIME’ ROMNEY
A Little Late for a Pivot, Isn’t It?
By Jonathan Cohn
So what does this jumble of statements and positions tell us about Romney? One theory is that Romney’s policy commitments don’t mean much anyway—that he’s a technocrat who talks like a conservative ideologue only when necessary to please his party’s political base. David Brooks and Ross Douthat have made versions of this argument, perhaps because they hold relatively moderate views and want badly to believe Romney agrees with them. I’m dubious, but who knows—maybe they’re right.
Still, there’s a reason we ask politicians to make policy commitments during campaigns. Historically, those commitments have told us something about the plans candidates pursue in office. Those commitments have also told us something about the resistance candidates will put up in the face of political pressure. With Romney, the latter may be more important, because if he’s elected he’d almost certainly be working with a Republican Congress. The plans he endorsed are very much like the ones House Republicans have already passed. And, as Jamelle Bouie at the American Prospect notes, “When a President Romney faces political pressure, the vast majority of it will come from the right.” If Romney is not willing to stand up to that pressure now, why should we expect he’d stand up to it as president?
Romney had more than a year of campaigning to position himself as a moderate. He chose not to do so. That tells us a lot—more, surely, than anything he says now.
WHOAAAA!! Check out El Presidente’s Espanol!!!!!
Wow, he speaks like a native. I noticed some mispronunciations, but overall pretty damn good.
I wonder if he’s really been practicing because there are times when his pronunciation is not good at all and others when it’s very good. I was surprised to hear how fairly consistent he is in the terrific ad. I don’t speak Spanish but I grew up around it. I can tell you that Latinos, especially the older generation, will hugely appreciate this ad.
He was practicing his Spanish instead of practicing debating the Shape Shifter Liar. SNARK!
NO time to jump off the ledge:
CNN POLL October 5-8 Ohio, Likely Voters: Obama 51%, Romney 47%.
But but but the enthusiasm gap…
Playing Robney ads for free? Always!
RT @PeterHambyCNN: CNN/ORC POLL October 5-8 OHIO Likely Voters' Choice for President: Obama 51%, Romney 47%— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) October 09, 2012
Eyes on the Prize!!
Obama at 51% Romney at 47% among LIKELY voters in Ohio, per CNN— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) October 09, 2012
today’s doonsbury is a hoot:
OOoopsie, Chips, I’m sorry. My bad for not refreshing the page.
Wow, I have a huge grin on my face! ‘Softee here he cuddles up with her…” : )
Awwww … so sweet; that dog is loved! As well he should be.
I loathe everyone who tells PBO exactly what to do and say or they whine. But here I go, doing what I loathe: the notion that PBO is going to be some angry, hyper prizefighter is ridiculous. But what I would like to see in the next debate is that genuine warmth that he exudes on the campaign trail. Connect viscerally with real people. That will disarm Mitt, but in a PBO way. The lies cannot go unchallenged: for good or ill those expectations now have to be met; but PBO can do that by embracing the people in that town hall audience. He can and should stand his ground as the proud POTUS that he is. He wins our hearts when we see the PBO-style fight.
It no longer matters what we saw or felt at last week’s debate: my husband and I thought PBO kicked Willard’s ass. It no longer matters that the whiners on the left have caused the firestorm (yes, YOU, Tweety and Ed). If PBO connects with one person in the audience, that message and that goodness washes over every American.
That’s what I would like to see. But then again, PBO always surprises and overcomes all adversity.
Columbus mayor Michael Coleman has made his way to the podium. Coleman says,"We got a job to finish."— The Lantern (@TheLantern) October 09, 2012
Coleman says the presidential race is "close." Says, "We're in the fourth quarter, Ohio State." #ObamaOval— The Lantern (@TheLantern) October 09, 2012
from paul krugman’s blog:
‘ Hmm. A late thought about the discussion on This Week. I suggested that it was the job of the news media to check on and report falsehoods from politicians. The response of the other panelists was that the media can’t do that if the opposing candidates didn’t make an issue of it — which as far as I can tell makes no sense at all.
But even granted that, the fact is that the Obama campaign is making an issue of Romney’s falsehoods, or at least trying to. Yet this is apparently considered unworthy of attention, because Obama didn’t make a forceful attack right there on the spot.
So let’s see if I have this straight: it’s not the job of the press to take on political falsehoods unless the other side makes a forceful case in 30 seconds or less. Glad to see that this has been clarified. ‘
Because there can never be too much Bo:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BO OBAMA!!!!
John Glenn has made his way to the podium #ObamaOval— The Lantern (@TheLantern) October 09, 2012
Air Force One has just landed in #Columbus #ObamaOval— The Lantern (@TheLantern) October 09, 2012
By EMILY SCHULTHEIS | 10/9/12 3:54 PM
Mitt Romney came to Iowa Tuesday to outline his agricultural plan and appeal to the state’s rural voters just four weeks before Election Day. “The big difference between the president and me, he has no plan for rural America, no plan for agriculture, no plan for getting America back to work,” Romney said. “I’m going to make sure I help the American people, and the American farmer, and get America working again.”
That’s not a plan.
Jonathan Alter is full of shit.
That is all!
anyone have the video feed of POTUS in Ohio?
Heads up everyone:
Likely voters 51-47 PBO, registered voters different story:
CNN/ORC POLL: Among #Ohio registered voters, #Obama up 10, 53% – 43%— Dane Weekes (@MrDane1982) October 09, 2012
Seems kinda backwards doesn’t it.
A panorama of the crowd filling up the Oval, waiting for Obama to take the stage. #ObamaOval http://t.co/GytZPGnp— The Lantern (@TheLantern) October 09, 2012
Obama camp brushes off bad polls
By DONOVAN SLACK | 10/9/12 3:32 PM EDT
The Obama campaign on Tuesday brushed aside polls showing the president lost significant ground after a disastrous debate performance last week.
When asked about a Pew survey that found Obama fell from an 8-point lead to a 4-point deficit, campaign spokeswoman Jenn Psaki said, “I’m not going to get into picking apart any individual poll.
“…We’ve always run this race like we’re 5 points down,” she told reporters aboard Air Force One. ”…We know that there are going to be many ups and downs… We have blinders on. We’re implementing our own game plan. We’re focused on getting our supporters out, communicating the choice.”
Psaki maintined that unlike Mitt Romney’s campaign, which has reportedly pulled back from Pennsylvania and upped its focus on Ohio, the Obama camp is still competing vigorously in every state it set its sights on from the beginning.
“We feel that the race and the states in play have been entirely consistent,” she said. “…This is a race that is being competed every day [in] about seven to nine states. That’s where we’re up on the air, that’s where our focus is.”
Jovie, what are ya doing to me?! Donovan Slack?! There’s no MSM shill I loathe more!!!!!!
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