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This and That

Salt Lake Tribune: …. From his embrace of the party’s radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: “Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?”

The evidence suggests no clear answer, or at least one that would survive Romney’s next speech or sound bite. Politicians routinely tailor their words to suit an audience. Romney, though, is shameless, lavishing vastly diverse audiences with words, any words, they would trade their votes to hear.

…. If this portrait of a Romney willing to say anything to get elected seems harsh, we need only revisit his branding of 47 percent of Americans as freeloaders who pay no taxes….

…. our endorsement must go to the incumbent, a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day. The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first.

Full endorsement here

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Two-year-old Sacha Marzett waits in line to attend a campaign rally with her mother Lazette Marzett and friend Catherine Ignacio at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

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Tampa Bay Times: Four years ago, Barack Obama offered an inspiring message of hope and change to an uneasy nation bogged down in two wars and facing economic collapse. The rosy idealism quickly gave way to the harsh realities of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The recovery has proven more difficult than anyone imagined. But conditions would be far worse without the president’s steady leadership. This is not the time to reverse course and return to the failed policies of the past. Without hesitation, the Tampa Bay Times recommends Barack Obama for re-election as president.

…. We wish the economic recovery was more vigorous, and we would like the president to present a sharper vision for a second term. But Obama has capably steered the nation through an incredibly difficult period at home and abroad, often with little help from Congress. The next four years will not be easy for whoever occupies the Oval Office, but Obama has been tested by harsh circumstance and proven himself worthy of a second term.

For president of the United States, the Tampa Bay Times recommends Barack Obama.

Full endorsement here

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George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

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Denver Post: …. though there is much in Mitt Romney’s résumé to suggest he is a capable problem-solver, the Republican nominee has not presented himself as a leader who will bring his party closer to the center at a time when that is what this country needs.

His comments on the 47 percent of Americans who refuse to “take personal responsibility and care for their lives” were a telling insight into his views and a low point of the campaign.

Obama, on the other hand, has shown throughout his term that he is a steady leader who keeps the interests of a broad array of Americans in mind.

We urge Coloradans to re-elect him to a second term.

….Obama’s record of accomplishment under trying circumstances and his blueprint for a second term make him the best pick to move the nation forward.

Full endorsement here

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Tumblr: Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards in Virginia today with her choice for President

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Ken Burns (Union Leader): …. Like FDR, Obama has walked us back from the brink. He averted a depression, ended one war and put us on the path ending the other, rescued the auto industry, slowly building the sound footing necessary to have a sustained recovery — better, smarter regulation of those that brought this upon us, tax breaks to save a dwindling middle class, and a request that the very super rich, folks like Gov. Romney who have taken advantage of loopholes and deductions and off-shore accounts to amass their fortunes, pay their fair share. (Like FDR’s hero, Theodore Roosevelt — also part of the new series we’re making — Obama has deployed the shrewd combination of speaking softly and using a big stick. Ask Bin Laden.)

….. More than a student of American history, I am also the father of four daughters. They mean the world to me, of course, and I’ve tried to teach them those timeless American values “It’s A Wonderful Life” promotes: a small-town hard-work ethic, holding to your inner principles and not changing with the first breeze of opposition, never lying, and loving both the country and its potentiality. And they constantly point me to the future, to the essential question George Bailey faced: What can one person do to make their community a Bedford Falls instead of a Pottersville? Well, there are many things. But one of them, I think, is to vote for Barack Obama.

Full article here

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Another epic installment from Steve Benen

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Bloomberg: The jobless rate dropped in Ohio and five other states where President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are concentrating their campaigns, according to U.S. Labor Department data released less than three weeks before voters head to the polls.

Along with Ohio, the September unemployment rate fell in Wisconsin, Colorado, Florida, Iowa and in Nevada, the department said today in Washington. In two other states the campaigns consider battlegrounds, New Hampshire and Virginia, the rate was unchanged from August. Joblessness in five of the eight states is below the national average of 7.8 percent.

More here

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5:15: Michelle Obama speaks at a campaign event at the University of Wisconsin-Wausau

CNN * CBS 1 * CBS 2


194 Responses to “This and That”


  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    October 19, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    1st

  2. 5 utaustinliberal
    October 19, 2012 at 4:38 pm

  3. October 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV/AP) –

    Thousands came out to vote Thursday in the first day of early voting in Mecklenburg Couty and across the state.

    More than 15,000 people cast their ballot in Mecklenburg County, according to the county’s Board of Elections.

    Heavy turnout was seen at the University City Library, Morrison Library, South Library and Beatties Ford Regional Library.

    More than 7,500 absentee ballots were also processed on Thursday in the county.

    Across the state, about 150,000 North Carolinians cast their ballots on the first day of early voting.

    Election officials say the number of ballots cast Thursday surpassed the first day of voting four years ago. Officials say about 117,000 people cast their ballots on the first day of early voting in 2008. http://www.wbtv.com/story/19863335/early-voting-already-breaking-08-records-across-nc

    • 7 PoliticalJunkessa
      October 19, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      I can feel the momentum! We don’t need no “likely voter” numbers when this many people are ALREADY voting!

  4. 8 hopefruit2
    October 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Some more good news from the ground in NC

  5. 10 utaustinliberal
    October 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm
  6. 11 hopefruit2
    October 19, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    This is EXACTLY what I was wondering about in the last thread: CNN screened out 8pts in their “likely voter” screen to give Romney a lead, when Obama is ahead by +7 among registered voters.

    • October 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      I see few explanations: 1. They think this is 2010, which is ridiculous. 2. They just go by the old notion that Dems don’t vote, and the racist prejudice that minorities are too lazy to vote. 3. They completely underestimate PBO’ ground game. 4. Obviously, they need the horse race. I actually feel today the best I felt since before the first debate.

      • 13 forus50
        October 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm

        Me too. POTUS has resilience times 1000. I’ve never seen one person who so calmly overcomes so much adversity, works so hard and is so brilliant. I watched his Al Smith speech in a tux in NYC in my pjs and I’m still in them as he gave another speech in a different state and started a twitter Mockathon (hey, I just came up wtih that lol) with #romnesia. An amazing person for sure. I so hope he wins and then just hope that 2016 takes a long long long time to arrive.

      • October 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm

        I’m trying hard to ignore these damn polls BWD, but there were some very lovely swing state ones today. Most encouraging, though, are all these reports on early voting and turnout. Hugely heartening.

      • October 19, 2012 at 5:10 pm

        I agree with each of your points. I do think it’s going to be tight but I do not think Romney is ahead.

        Glad to hear you feel better about things. This is the point in time when momentum really starts to become very evident and I believe PBO has the good will of our nation at his back.

        • October 19, 2012 at 5:50 pm

          It was always going to be close. Palin got 47%, it’s a given that half of the country is dumb. And in this case, racist too. I think we were shocked by *what* triggered the tightening. But that’s history. PBO should destroy him on Monday, and then it’s all about GOTV.

          • 20 Vicki Green
            October 19, 2012 at 6:32 pm

            So happy that you are feeling better, BWD. What cheers me up is that LV is a count of people who voted in 2010. So everyone who has registered since, and/or woke up from the Dem stupor of 2010 is not being polled now.
            What we can be glad about is that PBO is energized , on fire! Romnesia is a snappy soundbite and Utah walking away from Romney is positive.
            And all of us will keep up our activities until PBO secures 4 more years.

          • 21 theo67
            October 19, 2012 at 6:46 pm

            Personally, with Bob Schieffer moderating and the right wing knowing that this is their last shot, I believe Monday will be all about refuting right wing conspiracies and talking points. They’re going to spend all weekend justifying their Libya stance – and a significant portion of Monday going in circles over it. I tuned in for two minutes to Andrea Mitchell this afternoon, claiming that President Obama gave a confusing answer to Jon Stewart on the question of Libya, then playing the clip that sows the answer wasn’t confusing at all. So, they’ll be trying to create a different reality for Monday’s showdown, so they can challenge the President’s claim that Al Qaeda is on the run – heard them starting that today. They’ll also question the Arab Spring, as though people don’t have a right to be free, to live in a democratic state and to be governed without corruption. They’ll make it seem like US security and stability supercedes the rights of people in other countries, and they’ll pretend that the US isn’t battling issues of democracy and debating it’s Constitution more than 200 years after it’s founding. They’ll make people think that people in other countries shouldn’t be governed under their own sets of values – and that Muslims shouldn’t recognize Muslim laws.

            Then, they will try and make people believe, like Condoleeza Rice stated in her convention speech, that the SOFA and three trade agreements were completely planned, negotiated and agreed to by the Bush admin, and that all President Obama did was sign the documents. They’ll ignore the very real achievements in the trade infringement battles with the Chinese. Romney will want to label China all sorts of things and he’ll ignore the fact that China has been revaluing it’s currency over time, and at quite a fast pace.

            They’ll confuse the issue on the Defense budget – and on this point, I am not sure whether Leon Panetta’s statements are always sanctioned, because it often feels like he’s pandering to the military folks and then walking back his statements – but I stand to be corrected on this. They will completely ignore the fact that the battles being fought by the military now require different tools – better intelligence, more cyber-power, leaner teams, clandestine equipment.

            They’ll inflate the budget that goes to foreign entities – and pretend that more is being spent than actually is spent. They’ll exacerbate tense relationships with countries like Pakistan and the Palestinian people with the lies they’ll be telling on Monday – and force the Obama administration and State Department to do clean up on Tuesday. They’ll further Netanyahu’s claims that Iran is on the verge of nuclear capability – even though he’s been claiming the same thing since the 90’s.

            And of course – they won’t want to bring up the fact that the US image has been greatly elevated around the world, because it will remind people that 6.7 billion people actually would crawl over Chuck Todd’s infamous glass shards to have President Obama as their leader.

            So don’t get too excited about Monday. There are plenty of conspiracy theories that the right wing have been feeding their ignorant flock, and that flock won’t believe the truth when they hear it. So they’re just going to be reinforcing all the lies they’ve been telling for the past four years, so they can try and regain the lead on foreign policy. Most of the viewers don’t even know where to find Canada on a map, and many more don’t even care. We have to be prepared to knock them down on twitter. the good thing is that their lies have been out there for so long, we know what they’ll try before they try it.

      • 24 hopefruit2
        October 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm

        YAY! Glad to see you’re feeling optimistic BWD. I also feel very good today. So far, the ACTUAL early vote numbers in the various states suggest that the OFA ground game is formidable – superseding that of 2008. And this will beat whatever outdated “likely voter” BS screens these pollsters use!

  7. 25 vcprezofan2
    October 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Amk, you here/ I’m tagging..

  8. October 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV/AP) –

    Thousands came out to vote Thursday in the first day of early voting in Mecklenburg Couty and across the state.

    More than 15,000 people cast their ballot in Mecklenburg County, according to the county’s Board of Elections.

    Heavy turnout was seen at the University City Library, Morrison Library, South Library and Beatties Ford Regional Library.

    More than 7,500 absentee ballots were also processed on Thursday in the county.

    Across the state, about 150,000 North Carolinians cast their ballots on the first day of early voting.

    Election officials say the number of ballots cast Thursday surpassed the first day of voting four years ago. Officials say about 117,000 people cast their ballots on the first day of early voting in 2008. http://www.wbtv.com/story/19863335/early-voting-already-breaking-08-records-across-nc#.UIG54wZa6Q4.facebook

  9. October 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I’m going to say it now: Nov. 6 will put an end to the “likely voter” model used by many pollsters.

  10. 34 jackiegrumbacher
    October 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Something great happened today–I voted for Barack Obama in no early voting PA!! My husband and I have been assigned to manage a staging location that is far from our polling place and will keep us away all day. So we dutifully went to our election office with our absentee ballot application, thinking we would be put on the mailing list to receive a real ballot once our “excuse” was accepted. The clerk looked it over and asked if we wanted to vote today!. I squealed and said, yes, yes, yes, embarrassing my husband and astonishing the clerk. She set us up at a table with cardboard dividers and I cast my vote. That’s two votes for Barack Obama handed in today!!!!! At the end I thanked the clerk so much and told her it was such a joy that she was just shaking her head and my husband was firmly steering me to the door. It felt great. I love to vote and I said as I left that if everyone knew how much fun voting is they would never, ever, ever stay home. Of course, I didn’t have to stand in line for hours in rain and wind. But even then, there is nothing like filling in the circle or pushing the button for the candidate you love. Whoo Hoooo!!

    • October 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Thank you, Jackie!!

    • 36 PoliticalJunkessa
      October 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Wooooot! :-P :-P

      I love all these voting stories!

    • 37 GGail
      October 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you thank you thank you Jackiegrumbacher and Mr. jackiegrumbacher!!!!!!!

      YES.WE.CAN!!!!

    • October 19, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      You’re delightful, Jackie!!! Great story of yours and your husband’s voting experience, today.

      #FORWARD

    • 39 Obama Grandmama
      October 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Way to go!

    • 40 vcprezofan2
      October 19, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      Great news, JG! Also great to see that you are back on your feet!

    • 41 theo67
      October 19, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      Excellent – you probably made that clerk’s day when she thought about your unconcealed joy later. That’s how everyone in this country should feel having the chance to vote for the person who leads the entire world. It’s such an honor, it surprises those of us who are the innocent bystanders of the consequences of US elections that more people don’t take it seriously. What happens in US elections affects the whole world. Like it or not. I love hearing emotional stories like yours.

      • 42 amk for obama
        October 19, 2012 at 7:02 pm

        What happens in US elections affects the whole world.

        This. Especially if they elect scums like dubya.

        • 43 theo67
          October 19, 2012 at 7:07 pm

          Yup. We’re still reeling from that one. And there are still people in Gitmo – who shouldn’t be there.

      • 44 amk for obama
        October 19, 2012 at 7:08 pm

        Can someone send me a coupla ballots for self and wifey unit? :)

      • 45 smoothscotch
        October 19, 2012 at 9:59 pm

        There in lies the reason there is so much international interest in this election, the067, not the least of which is us Canadians.

        I had one client tell me today that if PBO wins, things wouln’t be that much different,still slow, but Robme wins things will get better faster. I looked at her and said she’s got to be kidding, Robme is such a LIAR and two faced that’s not possible. How does she think things will get better faster? maybe not so much obstruction, yeah and what else? what specifically would he do? No answer. She then tells me her boss said the same thing, including he’s such a liar. And this is in Canada, what about around the world?

        • 46 theo67
          October 19, 2012 at 11:15 pm

          It’s true – the Republicans are effective liars and are able to amplify their voices through their dominance in the media. What you did – asking or specifics that would give confidence that Romney actually has answers – is the right thing to do. Make them question their own certainty over nonsense and their motives for supporting him. The fact is – if Mitt has answers based on his business experience, then why didn’t that business experience show up in Massachusetts when he was governor? Why did his Utah experience rely on a huge government/taxpayer bailout – to the point that he even did presentations touting his use of taxpayer dollars?

          The thing that gets me most riled up is the certainty with which uninformed people make their claims of Romney’s superiority. And the thing that brings me great satisfaction is challenging them and making them realize they don’t have a leg to stand on. Especially the ones who are clueless about the actual state of recovery in the economy and positive gains on the international front.

        • 47 jey
          October 19, 2012 at 11:25 pm

          Wow, can’t believe your client said that. I have also heard a something similar, comment from one of my ex-bosses who probably listened to some idiot pundtwit, said to me, that PBO hasn’t done much. Of course I started on my spiel and he was kinda taken aback. Listened for a bit, nodded his head in agreement :).

          I have to say, like Jackieg … last time I voted in the Ontario provincial elections, I was overcome with joy and had the biggest smile evah. Walking into a school gymnasium on a beautiful clear sunny day, casted my vote for the Libs … felt so damn lucky to be living here in Toronto. Imagine having the privilege to be able to vote in a peaceful and safe environment where my vote counted – that to me is very empowering, when so many in some parts of the world are not as lucky as I am … (sad to say, even my best friend doesn’t vote, I never realized what a cynic she was :)…)

        • October 20, 2012 at 2:32 am

          Fox losers for sure. I always ask sweetly….do you watch Fox news? and then move on.

    • 49 amk for obama
      October 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      my husband was firmly steering me to the door. :)

      Congrats jackie. Serendipity is awesome, isn’t it ?

    • October 19, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      You are so precious Jackie G!

    • 51 Pamela
      October 19, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      Yay, jg! And WooHoo! What a wonderful story! :)

  11. October 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Well, isn’t two-year old Sacha just the cutest little thing you ever did see! She is adorable, and so happy to see our President. Who can blame her?

    These newspaper endorsements make for great tv ads — I hope some are coming.

  12. October 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Ooooh. Made the top 20. Hi everyone. Sure am glad I have a job, but hate that I am so busy I can’t keep up with you all.

  13. October 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm

  14. 55 utaustinliberal
    October 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Hey TOD, there’s a documentary about Pres. Obama’s presidency and the 2012 election on BET tonight. I just saw a clip on Bashir Live and it looks interesting. Part One airs tonight on BET at 9PM ET/8PM CT and Part Two airs on October 26th at 9PM ET/8PM CT. Here’s a clip.

    http://www.bet.com/video/news/politics/2012/second-coming.html?ftcnt=HP_Shows

  15. October 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Hey all! I missed the rally and didn’t get a chance to see if I could spot #2 in that massive crowd. She did just call me ecstatic about the opportunity to see PBO. She was about 11 rows back near the media area and was even interviewed. She was interviewed by Fairfax ABC channel 7, L.A.times, and the Alexandra Connect. She also was in a pic taken by the White House photographer. It’s of her and her friends holding the Forward sign. He only wanted their hands though. She told me that her hands have orange polish. So now I’m off to see if I can find the interviews and pictures. This may be her second time ending up on the White House site.

  16. October 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm
  17. 58 GGail
    October 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    My son is a truck driver for Swift Transportation headquartered in SLC so of course he lives there. I emailed him the endorsement and he was very happy to see it!

  18. October 19, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    The Obama campaign is out with a new Ohio ad featuring auto industry workers whose jobs were ostensibly saved by the government bailout.

    “Mitt Romney would have just let us go under- just let them go… bankrupt,” a man named George says in the spot. The ad goes on to include a clip of Romney saying ““That’s exactly what I said…’let Detroit go bankrupt.'”

    Romney tried to parse his stance on bankruptcy in the debate this week, but it’s unclear if his parsing did anything to make him less vulnerable on the issue .

    The bailout – and Romney’s opposition to it — has so far been Obama’s biggest talking point in the Buckeye state, where one in every eight jobs relies on the industry. The Romney campaign has been touting another industry in the state — coal. But so far, the battle of the industries seems to be favoring the president. Polls have shown he maintains a lead, albeit a small one, in Ohio.

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/10/new-obama-ad-features-ohio-auto-workers-139037.html

  19. 60 forus50
    October 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    :)

  20. 64 Anna
    October 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Martin Bashir commedy show great today, Romnesia, Ryanopia, and the best FTD ( Fox Transmitted Disease). Was going to stay for Tweety, see what he had to say about the Alfred dinner last night. Chuck Todd on, listened long enough to know wanted to stick dirty sock in Tweetys and Todds mouth. Martin had much better guests.

    • October 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      I just howled and “belly laughed” at Martin’s show today. Every guest was SO funny. What an uplifting, exciting and plain ‘old funny day. Romnesia>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Best ever. Our Prez is THE BEST!

  21. October 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Heads up: Michelle Obama at the University of Wisconsin-Wausau

    http://www.ustream.tv/cbsnews

    CNN’s up too

  22. 68 hopefruit2
    October 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm

  23. October 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm

  24. 70 hopefruit2
    October 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm

  25. 71 hopefruit2
    October 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm

  26. 72 GGail
    October 19, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Dear Chipsticks & TOD family…..I must say goodnight. 1am comes quickly and I need to sleep.

    GREAT coverage today – Romnesia is simply the BEST!!!!!

  27. 75 anniebella
    October 19, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Head’s Up……FLOTUS is speaking.

  28. 76 PoliticalJunkessa
    October 19, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    OMG — the New Yorker cover is incredible!

  29. 80 forus50
    October 19, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    • 81 carla4obama
      October 19, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      Is this NYer cover for real? That says it all. The endorsements that came from newspapers today (Utah, NC and Col) all were writing about this same problem…who is Romney? Maybe Americans are feeling similarly concerned now that it is for REAL.

      • 82 forus50
        October 19, 2012 at 6:19 pm

        Yup. For reals. :)

      • 83 theo67
        October 19, 2012 at 7:03 pm

        Those Romney’s had to know, after six years of preparation, that running for the top Office in the land requires vetting at a pretty brutal level? They must have believed the FOX “News” lies that President Obama wasn’t vetted, and that he had no record to run on. It’s actually quite shocking how unprepared for this race the Romney’s are proving to be.

  30. October 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    A little levity for a Friday evening.

    Damn it don’t you hate when a song in part of a commercial and then get stuck in your head!!! Well damnit, thanks to some commercial, now I have this song in my head. At least it’s one I like.

    Hall and Oates ” You Make My Dreams Come True”

  31. October 19, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Mitt Romney Game : Help Mitt Romney to catch all women with his binder !

    http://www.romneybindersgame.com/

  32. 88 criquet
    October 19, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Ahem…heads exploding at Fox News.

    • October 19, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      Oh, those librul polls …… oh, wait. :lol:

      • 90 EDP4BHO
        October 19, 2012 at 6:50 pm

        Hey chips. I’ve been skimming the sites today, noticing much talk of polls. They can really get one rattled, no lie. If anyone hasn’t the opportunity to listen to NPR, Frank Newport- editor in chief of the Gallup poll (their regular guest, by the way) said that the poll favors Romney because most LV’s are rethugs, and the RV’s are not as likely to actually go the polls (which leaves our work always cut out for us). So Gallup’s numbers may be correct in the sense that they use the LV model. This should not depress the favorability ratings for PBO across the board in other polls. Just my take, I’m no expert. I hate politics :-D

  33. 91 criquet
    October 19, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    • 92 theo67
      October 19, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      It will be fantastic if that unfavorable number can fall into the 30’s – then it’ll more closely reflect the actual Republicans that always vote for the Republican side in these spot polls – it usually seems to be around 31-37%

  34. 93 dotster3
    October 19, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Wow—surprise endorsement—–isn’t it funny that all the places that know Willard best don’t like him?

  35. October 19, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    With just one early polling station open, about 950 people voted here in Boone yesterday for the first day of voting. In three days, they will be opening a second polling location in the student union of Appalachian State University, followed by another in a different part of the county.

    Incidentally, the permanent population of Watauga County is somewhere in the 50,000 to 60,000 range, plus the students.

    So nearly 1,000 on the first day is impressive.

  36. 101 prettyfoot58
    October 19, 2012 at 6:29 pm

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  38. October 19, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    The folks who produced the swag for the last election and I think the current election are having a sale on some good stuff. It’s not the OFA store but if you’re watching your money and need something at a steep discount, check it out. Yard signs, buttons, t-shirts are all $1.

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  39. 106 lamh35
    October 19, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    For anyone who has an obsession with the election polls, check out Political Wire. They have a daily rundown of the election polls in a post and the commenters are really informed about the polling outfits, the polling data and for my money, they are great when it comes to analyzing polls. And while I don’t obsess over polls any more, it’s alot in part to reading some of their analysis.

    here’s a link: http://politicalwire.com/archives/2012/10/19/latest_swing_state_polls.html

    It’s not a “progressive” blog per se, but the vast majority of the commenter are Dem-leaning and def Obama-supporters. it’s more of an aggregate site of stories and such, without all the HuffPo-lite of TPM. If u haven’t already check it ou.

  40. October 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm

  41. 109 prettyfoot58
    October 19, 2012 at 6:40 pm

  42. October 19, 2012 at 6:47 pm

  43. 111 utaustinliberal
    October 19, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I love this ad. Uses Romney’s words to damn him.

    • 112 amk for obama
      October 19, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      mitt romney. not one of us.

      Perfect. For all his and the thugs ‘foreign’ attack and birth cert garbage.

  44. 113 carla4obama
    October 19, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    “The Salt Lake Tribune, owned by Dean Singleton, endorsed Bush twice (2000 and 2004) then endorsed McCain in 2008.

    How bad does the Republican candidate for President have to be for the Salt Lake Tribune to endorse a Democrat for President?”
    comment left on the Salt Lake Tribune web site

  45. 115 proudmemberofglobalzero
    October 19, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I will let you know how Florida goes a week from tomorrow. I have two places to drive by and if there are lines on day 1…I know we will take the state again. I have a group of about 100 that I registered and will make sure they get to the polls to early vote. My first trip is next Saturday at 6:00am. I am taking two people on my first trip at that time.

    • 116 lisalovesobama
      October 19, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      I’m specifically going home in order to early vote in person. My parents are doing the ballot and dropping them off with me when I go in to vote. Can’t wait till next week!!!

  46. October 19, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    State of Washington ballots out, rec’d mine yesterday and voted and dropped in ballot box
    most of state is by mail vote fyi

  47. October 19, 2012 at 6:58 pm

  48. 130 amk for obama
    October 19, 2012 at 7:04 pm

  49. 138 forus50
    October 19, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Just posting this again in case you weren’t here this morning. I will be on the OFA bus downtown Chicago (218 W. Wabash) at 7a.m. headed to Davenport Iowa. Anyone else from TOD going? Would love to meet you!!

  50. October 19, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Chuck Todd said that Robney was going 2 sweep everything???

    • 140 lisalovesobama
      October 19, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      only if he cheats and the LameStream Media continues colluding with him.

    • 141 amk for obama
      October 19, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      phuck chuck.

    • 143 Vicky
      October 19, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      I would like to see someone with more expertise take apart that discussion. I have never heard those views before.

      • October 19, 2012 at 7:15 pm

        Matthews just spoke of troglodytes. Doesn’t he realize he is one? His political-cognitive thinking has not been upgraded since the early 1960’s.

    • 145 anniebella
      October 19, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      jovie141, did Todd really say that? Or are you just kidding.

      • October 19, 2012 at 7:49 pm

        He had Jonathan Martin and chuck Todd on, saying just that. My mom was frustrated, until I showed her Jefferson Obama all polls, and she calmed down.

      • October 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm

        He and the other guest said that if the stalemate broke for anyone it would break for Romney and if that happened it could lead to a Romney landslide. The other guy agreed. They seemed to agree it could not break for PBO because he had screwed up so badly. They did say if PBO won it would be him limping to an electoral victory. I was so ticked. Matthews started off the show saying PBO had to provide a better reason to vote for him than he has done thus far. And later in the show he focused on Benghazi and how PBO needed to come clean about it.

        • 148 EricFive
          October 19, 2012 at 8:51 pm

          If you continue to be surprised by MSNBC personalities spewing the same pro-Mitt propaganda as the rest of the MSM, you may have Romnesia. Chuck has been a right wing shill all year and Tweety must be bipolar (or in a quest for ratings for the third debate). PBO leads in all polls among registered voters. The pollsters are using “likely voter” screens to make race seem closer than it is. They are taking 7-8 points from PBO using this likely voter screen, which according to experts is deeply flawed. For example, if you did not vote in the 2010 midterms, you will not be deemed a likely voter. This is not a midterm election. PBO was not on the ballot in 2010. For these pundits to pretend otherwise is journalistic malpractice. Learn to tune these fools out and not fall for their bs again and again and again…………..

  51. 149 Esmerelda
    October 19, 2012 at 7:07 pm

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  55. 155 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 19, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Congressman John Lewis does it “gangnam style”

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  58. 161 ctgirl7
    October 19, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Full video of FLOTUS on Live with Kelly and Michael

    http://dadt.com/live/video/video-archive.html

  59. 165 vcprezofan2
    October 19, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Drop in at SmartyPants and read this post, you’ll enjoy a chuckle from the video clip she used at the end

    http://www.immasmartypants.blogspot.ca/2012/10/why-romnesia-meme-seals-deal.html

    /…
    The third – and perhaps most important reason this works so well is something Steve Benen nailed.

    There are a lot of ways to go after a rival, some more aggressive and abrasive than others, but to paint an opponent as someone who deserves to be literally laughed at may be the most brutal approach of them all.
    This is quintessential Obama. He’s not the type to be good at aggressive or abrasive. But he’s great with using humor against his opponents. If you doubt that, take a look at my very favorite moment from the 2010 elections when President Obama went to Nevada to stump on Sen. Harry Reid’s behalf against his opponent Sharon Angle.

    ../

  60. 166 kathryn kivett
    October 19, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    If any of you are like me, unable to phone bank, canvass etc; but want to help PBO get elected in addition to our donations, please take donations of water, treats, cookies, cupcakes, tp, paper plates, coffee cups etc; to OfA offices….it doesn’t matter if you are in a “swing” state or not, these wonderful people from all over the country are working their tails off for PBO and us….I did, yesterday, and it was so appreciated and made me feel like I “helped”…discovered that they didn’t have a coffee pot, so I found an extra one I had and made a care package of coffee, sugar, spoons, coffee cups, 1/2 & 1/2 and took it by today with a note saying Thank You, I don’t have Romnesia…You would have thought I made a $1,000 donation, they were so excited……We need to thank these people who are giving of their time, some a long way from home, to get PBO elected…..Homemade treats would be wonderful, but if like me, no time, just get a box of cookies or some fruit….anything…..we need to say a BIG THANK YOU!….most of them are here on their own dime..JUST DO IT…each and every one of you….it will help PBO b/c it will help his volunteers and it will help you feel like you are a part of it all….

    • 167 amk for obama
      October 19, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      That’s a great way to show appreciation, kk. Yes, to use woody allen cliche, 80% winning is just showing up. These peeps are so busy that a kind thoughtful gesture like yours will likely remain with their memory.

    • October 19, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      kathryn, you are so right about that. Every little thing is so appreciated. Even having folks walk by and step and just say, “thank you” is terrific. So you’re a gem for thinking of that group.

    • 169 kathryn kivett
      October 19, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Oh, I can’t take credit for this idea….I got this idea RIGHT HERE…..I just procrastinated, thinking it won’t make any difference and will they think I’m pushy or something….Boy was I wrong…..so when I went and voted, I was in the neighborhood and just stopped in to check it out….PLEASE DO IT PEOPLE….there are enough of us here that if each one of us did just one little visit it might make a difference by giving the volunteers just that little bit of extra energy to get more people to the polls and that just might make that difference in a tight race. Who knows….at least we will have TRIED something rather than sitting home THINKING about doing something. So many of you are actually the people I am talking about….You are volunteering, You are out there pounding the pavement, or calling, and YOU made me feel guilty for just swipping the credit card….I just want to say THANK YOU for doing this not only for PBO but for all of the USA….

  61. 170 forus50
    October 19, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    The only reason I go to Daily Kos on my own (without an offered link leading me :) ) is for Friday Rum and Coke Cheers and Jeers — to vote in Bil in Portland Maine’s poll of “Who Won The Week”. Always fun and a good way to remember what happened that week, lol. Gosh a lot of good stuff happened this week — politics and otherwise — but of course the winner AGAIN is Barack O’Bama! And

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/19/1146699/-Cheers-and-Jeers-Rum-and-Coke-FRIDAY

    p.s. he leads his column with a post from ‘Margaret and Helen” from their “undisclosed binder” lol.

  62. 171 amk for obama
    October 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm

  63. October 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Video of Michelle Obama’s speech in Racine, Wisconsin today:

    http://www.620wtmj.com/multimedia/videos/?bctid=1913436902001

  64. 173 lisalovesobama
    October 19, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Sensata is an Obama/Biden 2012 ad waiting to happen. that ad would immediately solidify OH for PBO.

    • October 19, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      I agree, Lisa. I only see it covered by a couple of programs on MSNBC. Otherwise, crickets. Why isn’t this a scandal when it relates to Willard? But, no, the rest of the media is focused on Benghazi……!

  65. 180 dotster3
    October 19, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Just noticed that Ed is broadcasting from Freeport, Il., home to soon to be shipped off to China Sensata jobs.

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  67. 183 utaustinliberal
    October 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    The more one learns about Sensata, the sicker one becomes. Romney’s an asshole. He’s raking in cash from Sensata yet can’t lift a finger to help them save their jobs.

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  71. 190 Ladyhawke
    October 19, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Mitt Romney is Neither a Good Nor Decent Man

    By Bob Cesca

    ——————————-

    Whenever the chips are down, Romney leans on dog-whistles.

    During Tuesday night’s debate, Romney used the deliberately truncated “Democrat Party” monicker — specifically, “Democrat Senate” and “Democrat House.” The party is called the “Democratic Party,” and the shortened “Democrat” title is only used to describe one or multiple members of the party. When discussing the House and Senate between 2009 and 2011, the proper term is “Democratic House,” and so forth.

    The reason Romney used this phrase was to appeal to the extremist far-right of the party who use the epithetic and incorrect party title as a means of stripping the party of any association with democracy or democratic values, and also to childishly emphasize the “rat” syllable at the end. So yes, this allegedly good and decent man used a grade-school-recess name-calling trick that’s better reserved for Freeper comment threads than a presidential debate stage with an audience of 60 million people. Let’s put this another way, can anyone imagine a self-respecting Democratic leader like, say, President Obama using the monicker “Rethuglican Party?” I should hope not.

    ———————————

    http://thedailybanter.com/2012/10/mitt-romney-is-neither-a-good-nor-decent-man/

  72. 191 utaustinliberal
    October 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Darrell Issa is a scumbag. First he endangers the CIA and now this.

  73. 193 desertflower
    October 19, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    The ladies cranked out 2 new posts in 2 days:) Love them! Read this…. http://margaretandhelen.com/2012/10/19/thank-you-ann-for-clarifying-that-your-husband-mitt-is-indeed-a-liar/

    I’ve read some of the comments here. I get it. I drank the Kool-Aid so why listen to me? I am just a dumb liberal who doesn’t watch Fox News and therefore hasn’t a clue. You shouldn’t listen to me.

    Instead you should listen to someone who really does know what is in Mitt’s heart. Let me introduce you to the woman who has been washing his underwear for 43 years. Well I am assuming that of course. She could have outsourced the laundry duties. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Ann Davies Romney:

    “Mitt has always been a pro-life person, he governed, when he ran, uhmm, as pro-choice…”

    That would be an exact quote. It gets a little complicated after that because Ann finds it hard to make that shit sound truthful, but basically she said that he was pro-life while he campaigned as pro-choice . Then he got elected. Once elected, Mitt realized that he couldn’t actually govern as a pro-choice because, in fact, he was pro-life. So then, and only then, he let everyone know via an editorial in the newspaper that, in fact, he was exactly the opposite of what he campaigned. He was Pro-No Choice. Of course, now he is back to needing women to vote for him so he is willing to be pro-choice-ish again. It’s confuing, I know. Ann has always had a problem separating her whites from her colors.

  74. 194 nathkatun7
    October 20, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Today was a great day for the President. The endorsement by the “Salt Lake Tribune,” “Tampa Bay Times,” and the “Denver Post” were great. While the President has more than a 50% chance to win both Colorado and Florida, he has absolutely no chance of winning Utah. Yet one of the largest paper in the state chose to side with TRUTH and not political expediency by endorsing the President. The editors of the “Salt Lake Tribune” must be commended for their courage. They absolutely nothing to gain except for being drum majors for TRUTH.

    For me, the endorsement of the President that touched me very much was that of the historian/film maker, Ken Burns, published in the “Manchester Union Leader.” Ken Burns is a student of history unlike the media pundits who are into instant gratification. He knows the mess President Obama inherited and how, through his steady leadership, he saved the country from total catastrophe. He knows this because he knows how long it took the Great FDR to lift the country from the Great Depression. I wish more Americans listened to the wise voices of people like Ken Burns instead of listening to the non-stop media pundits.


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