Milwaukee, Nov 3
8:0: President Obama departs the White House
9:30: Arrives Concord, New Hampshire
** 10:25: Delivers remarks at Capitol Square, Concord **
11:50: Departs Manchester, New Hampshire
2:50: Arrives Hollywood, Florida
** 3:40: Delivers remarks at McArthur High School, Hollywood **
5:0: Departs Hollywood
7:10: Arrives Cincinnati, Ohio
** 7:55: Delivers remarks at 5th/3rd Arena, Cincinnati **
9:10: Departs Cincinnati
9:50: Arrives Aurora, Colorado
** 10:25: Delivers remarks at Community College of Aurora at Lowry **
11:30: Departs Aurora
NYT: This year, voting is more than just the core responsibility of citizenship; it is an act of defiance against malicious political forces determined to reduce access to democracy. Millions of ballots on Tuesday – along with those already turned in – will be cast despite the best efforts of Republican officials around the country to prevent them from playing a role in the 2012 election.
Even now, many Republicans are assembling teams to intimidate voters at polling places, to demand photo ID where none is required, and to cast doubt on voting machines or counting systems whose results do not go their way. The good news is that the assault on voting will not affect the election nearly as much as some had hoped. Courts have either rejected or postponed many of the worst laws. Predictions that up to five million people might be disenfranchised turned out to be unfounded.
But a great deal of damage has already been done….
Public outcry, with support from the courts, may eventually remove these threats to democracy. For now, those who contribute to a heavy turnout on Tuesday will send a message that Americans reject any underhanded effort to place political gain above a franchise for which people have given their lives.
Full editorial here
Heading to New Hampshire, Nov 4
I hate linking to Huffington Post, but it’s worth it for the ‘Open Letter to President Obama’ that accompanies this amazing photo – see here (Thank you DesertFlower)
Milwaukee, Nov 3
Greg Sargent: Nate Cohn looks at all the most recent polling in Ohio, Wisconsin and Nevada — three states that would put Obama over 270 — and concludes:
As of today, there is not a single non-partisan survey showing Romney ahead in any of these three states.
The RCP averages show Obama leading in those states by 2.9, 5.4 and 2.7 points respectively. This comes after two polls yesterday put Obama up three and five points in Ohio. Meanwhile, Cohn notes there is evidence Obama is edging ahead in Colorado. And in Florida, an NBC/WSJ poll put Obama up two points…..
…. As always, the polls could be wrong, and Romney could still win. But the polls would have to be overwhelmingly, systematically, catastrophically wrong in multiple states for that to happen.
I didn’t read on after these first two paragraphs – they should be enough to get out every vote:
NYT: Representative Paul D. Ryan may have largely disappeared from the national spotlight down the campaign homestretch, ceding attention to Mitt Romney. But if the Republican ticket prevails, Mr. Ryan plans to come back roaring, establishing an activist vice presidency that he said would look like Dick Cheney’s under President George W. Bush.
Mr. Ryan would dedicate most evenings to dinners with senators and House members of both parties, aides said, as he steps into the role Mr. Romney promised: architect of a Romney administration’s drive to enact a budget that shrinks the government and overhauls programs like Medicare….
Bristow, Nov 3
Haaretz: …. for various reasons, Mitt Romney has made incumbent President Obama’s policy toward Israel a hot-button issue in the campaign. One of those reasons is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s open support for Romney, who like him enjoys the patronage of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. Obama has been accused of taking a cool and hostile stance in relation to Israel on several issues, from Iran to Palestine. Romney promises a warmer, more supportive approach.
…. But a deeper examination …. reveals no grounds for portraying Obama in a negative light….
…. The outcome of the elections will be determined by the voters’ decision as to which of the two candidates is good for America. But if any of them are vacillating in their vote over whether Obama has been a good president for Israel, the answer is yes.
Full article here
Dubuque, Iowa, Nov 3
Mentor, Ohio, Nov 3
Morning everyone – another quiet day!