Quotes of the day

posted at 10:37 pm on May 15, 2012 by Allahpundit

Fifty-six percent of Americans think Barack Obama will win the 2012 presidential election, compared with 36% who think Mitt Romney will win. Democrats are more likely to believe that Obama will win than Republicans are to believe Romney will. Independents are nearly twice as likely to think that Obama, rather than Romney, will prevail.

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The marginal factors in the past four or six weeks have looked slightly better for Mr. Romney than Mr. Obama. The recuperation in Mr. Romney’s favorability numbers, for instance — if it was somewhat to be expected — also reduces the risk that his personal qualities might cause him to lose an election that he otherwise would have won, as during another economic downturn.

Meanwhile, the tumultuous situation in Greece may increase the chance of an economic downside case for Mr. Obama. And data from the domestic economy has not been as strong lately. (Although it might also be mentioned that the situation in the Middle East is thought to be improving, and oil pries have receded somewhat.)

Put another way, if you are being very detail oriented, there is a case to be made that Mr. Romney’s odds of being elected have improved somewhat over the past six weeks.

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When pollsters call these voting blocs now, many people will likely proclaim their continued loyalty to the president.

They won’t be lying to pollsters about whom they really want to vote for. The issue will be whether they actually go to the booth and vote for Obama.

Many voted in 2008 with the desire to see racism and racists humiliated by having a qualified black man elected president. Especially after eight years of what was not, and still is not, perceived as a successful presidency.

Now, many of these same voters still feel an allegiance to Obama — and he’s their theoretical choice in the election. But along with feeling some allegiance, they also may be left feeling disappointment. And that can lead to a disconnect with what pollsters hear compared with the voters who actually show up on Election Day.

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But when I look at the data, a slightly different question comes to mind: Why is Obama even close? If you look at the fundamentals, the president should be getting crushed right now

The key is his post-boomer leadership style. Critics are always saying that Obama is too cool and detached, arrogant and aloof. But the secret to his popularity through hard times is that he is not melodramatic, sensitive, vulnerable and changeable. Instead, he is self-disciplined, traditional and a bit formal. He is willing, with drones and other mechanisms, to use lethal force.

Normally, presidents look weak in these circumstances, overwhelmed by events. But Obama has displayed a kind of ESPN masculinity — postfeminist in his values, but also thoroughly old-fashioned in style — hypercompetitive, restrained, not given to self-doubt, rarely self-indulgent. Administrations are undone by scandal and moments when they look pathetic, but this administration, guarded in all things, has rarely had those moments.

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In that view, the primary fundamentals are these: Obama is the incumbent. The economy is growing at a moderate pace. There’s no serious third-party challenge. We’re not losing massive numbers of soldiers in a foreign war. And when you look at those fundamentals, the reality is this: Incumbent presidents very, very rarely lose under those conditions

If I seem pedantic on this point, it’s because this is one of my pet peeves in political commentary: Pundits take political situations that can be explained through the fundamentals and then attribute them, without any evidence, to the telegenic characteristics of individual politicians or the messaging decisions made by their campaigns. Then, a few years later, the fundamentals turn around, and suddenly our great communicator has forgotten how to give a speech or run a campaign — or vice versa. Remember that in 1982, Ronald Reagan was under 40 percent in the polls. Then the economy rebounded, and he romped to victory in the election.

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There has been nothing very cool about the past 7 weeks for Obama. The president has twisted himself into a policy and rhetorical pretzel to win the support and money he needs from the members of the Democratic coalition.

The Times poll tells the tale: Obama’s nuzzling of the base, beseeching of donors and policy contortions have given Romney the chance to start winning over the narrow band of undecided persuadable voters.

If Democrats don’t want to see Obama defeated, they had better suck it up. Obama is not the superman they believe him to be, nor is his campaign the masterwork they have been led to believe.

The president knows how tight a spot he is in. His supporters are just now realizing it.

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Had this been an isolated event, Democrat campaign professionals might not be all that concerned. Mistakes, after all, are made. But this was hardly a “one off.” There are, in the view of many Democratic pros, far too many other examples of the Obama campaign making a hash of fairly straightforward political matters…

The mishandling of the President’s endorsement of same sex marriage sent the president’s re-election prospects into a tailspin; electoral college handicappers busily moved North Carolina from “toss-up” to “likely Republican.” And it necessitated today’s “let’s-get-the-media-talking-about-something-else” news event (the Bain attack ad).

Because we have been told for so long that Team Obama is the very model of the modern campaign operation, we have come to sort of believe it. In reality, they’ve been surprisingly inept since they set up shop last year. They’ve been through three slogans and four over-arching re-election “themes.” They’ve made a big deal out of Romney’s dog. They’ve introduced us to “Julia,” which seemed like a right-wing parody of the perfect constituent of the nanny state. One could on (and on).

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Slap him Mitt!

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 10:38 PM

JugEars had his legs TIGHTLY CROSSED on the VIEW again!

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 10:39 PM

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Thanks for keeping my seat warm. Now beat it.

Bishop on May 15, 2012 at 10:39 PM

…was he afraid of what’s between his legs?…or the girls?

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 10:40 PM

The economy is growing at a moderate pace.

Maybe on Mars it is.

This planet, not so much.

Rebar on May 15, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Chris….lost on Jeopardy.

Electrongod on May 15, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Whoo hooo! Bishop has his glitter glove on tonight!

:)

Fallon on May 15, 2012 at 10:41 PM

I want to make my moniker a link. Where do I go to find this out? Allah, I don’t ask for much. A little help please. ; )

Bmore on May 15, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Many voted in 2008 with the desire to see racism and racists humiliated by having a qualified black man elected president.

They must have missed the part where the black guy chose Joe Biden as his running mate.

Bishop on May 15, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Thanks for keeping my seat warm. Now beat it.

Bishop on May 15, 2012 at 10:39 PM

…*slinks away*….

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 10:41 PM

#Obamainhistory

John the Libertarian on May 15, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Thanks for keeping my seat warm. Now beat it.

Bishop on May 15, 2012 at 10:39 PM

I was wondering when you would lash out..

:)

Keep it up Koolaid.

The union must be defeated

:) <—–

Electrongod on May 15, 2012 at 10:43 PM

“But Obama has displayed a kind of ESPN masculinity — postfeminist in his values, but also thoroughly old-fashioned in style — hypercompetitive, restrained, not given to self-doubt, rarely self-indulgent.”

O_O

Denial is not a river in Egypt…

Seven Percent Solution on May 15, 2012 at 10:43 PM

There is going to be a lot of surprised pollsters and pundits come November…

d1carter on May 15, 2012 at 10:44 PM

was he afraid of what’s between his legs?…or the girls?

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 10:40 PM

What, you mean Mooshelle let him have them back for the show?

lovingmyUSA on May 15, 2012 at 10:44 PM

I want to make my moniker a link. Where do I go to find this out? Allah, I don’t ask for much. A little help please. ; )

Bmore on May 15, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Not Allah but click on your name in the comment box. Add your link to the website box under your profile info. That should do it.

Fallon on May 15, 2012 at 10:45 PM

“But Obama has displayed a kind of ESPN masculinity — postfeminist in his values, but also thoroughly old-fashioned in style — hypercompetitive, restrained, not given to self-doubt, rarely self-indulgent.”

To hard to imagine what kind of mind THINKS this shite up…

lovingmyUSA on May 15, 2012 at 10:46 PM

*rubs eyes* Did I read this right – no gay/SSM quotes.

YIPPEE!

As for Romney’s chances – it’s only May 15. Long way to go and he’s trending in the right direction. Slow and steady beats the socialist.

gophergirl on May 15, 2012 at 10:46 PM

I want to make my moniker a link. Where do I go to find this out? Allah, I don’t ask for much. A little help please. ; )

Bmore on May 15, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Scroll all the way to the end where you see your user name and “log out”, click on your username, which will bring up your profile. Insert your link where asked.

JPeterman on May 15, 2012 at 10:46 PM

…gosh AP…your piece made me throw up a little bit in my mouth…not a good after taste!

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Fallon on May 15, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Oops, and hit the Update box.

Fallon on May 15, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Fifty-six percent of Americans think Barack Obama will win the 2012 presidential election, compared with 36% who think Mitt Romney will win. Democrats are more likely to believe that Obama will win than Republicans are to believe Romney will. Independents are nearly twice as likely to think that Obama, rather than Romney, will prevail.

Good job MSM & eeyores. /s

Dark Star on May 15, 2012 at 10:48 PM

The economy is growing at a moderate pace.

Not that Obama can’t win, but the economy is not growing at all. The only reason unemployment is going down is because so many have just given up.

One of the other quotes is right. In a sane world, this election wouldn’t be close.

Hawkins1701 on May 15, 2012 at 10:49 PM

There is going to be a lot of surprised pollsters and pundits come November…

d1carter on May 15, 2012 at 10:44 PM

…I’m praying that everyone from the MSM will be…s u r p r i s e d …!!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Fallon on May 15, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Thank you Fallon, can I look forward to some new food at yours soon? ; )

JPeterman on May 15, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Thank you Mr. Peterman.

Bmore on May 15, 2012 at 10:51 PM

I’m praying that everyone from the MSM will be…s u r p r i s e d …!!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 10:49 PM

The massive head explosions will be epic.

The tears and tantrums coming from the White House will be heard around the world.

JPeterman on May 15, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Whoa…

AP’s post won’t make history…

Cat is a walkin’

Results are comin’ in………

Electrongod on May 15, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Julia might as well have been created by the Romney campaign. I’m not sure if that was a sign they need to fire up their base, or if they really believe the thought that women are so weak that they need government nurturing every step of the way is something that plays well with persuadables. Either way, my big takeaway from that fiasco was that they’re in a good bit of trouble.

stldave on May 15, 2012 at 10:54 PM

wait till Willard the coward has to leave the Fox News bunker and face the MSM, he’ll trip up badly and his team knows it. Romney has to answer questions about Romneycare and his hawkish foreign policy eventually. Obama is gonna cream him in the debates and open up a solid lead thereafter.

DBear on May 15, 2012 at 10:56 PM

DBear on May 15, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Old news…

Try to keep up.

Electrongod on May 15, 2012 at 10:58 PM

DBear on May 15, 2012 at 10:56 PM

You were more cogent before your operation.

Bishop on May 15, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Troll Alert!

JPeterman on May 15, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Nogaybama 2012!

Let’s just redistribute the glitter!!!!!!!

PappyD61 on May 15, 2012 at 11:00 PM

There is going to be a lot of surprised pollsters and pundits come November…

d1carter on May 15, 2012 at 10:44 PM

…(keep checking on the Palin/Cornhusker thread…might be a shocker there).

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Christie rocks.

Must see:
http://youtu.be/wHN0ZeS5c-4

joana on May 15, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Troll Alert!

JPeterman on May 15, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Third tier at best. Not worth the effort.

Bmore on May 15, 2012 at 11:01 PM

You were more cogent before your operation.

Bishop on May 15, 2012 at 10:59 PM

yet more proof conservatives are not funny

DBear on May 15, 2012 at 11:01 PM

The marginal factors in the past four or six weeks have looked slightly better for Mr. Romney than Mr. Obama

.

Wow! Imagine that. Romney is talking about jobs and the economy. Obama is stuck on “getting” OBL and recognizing sodomite unions.

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Mitt FINALLY spoke that all powerful truth about how not only did Obama Bail out private companies, but he bailed out his FRIENDS and bundlers! I think he’s getting it! he’s REALLY getting it!

(At least I hope so!)

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on May 15, 2012 at 11:03 PM

The reason unemployment numbers are going down is that they are using Social Security disability as extended unemployment for hundreds of thousands. They slide off the radar screen but the inevitable crash is drawing nearer.

halfbaked on May 15, 2012 at 11:03 PM

yet more proof conservatives are not funny

DBear on May 15, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Nothing funny about it..

I take Americans seriously…

You…

Not so much.

Electrongod on May 15, 2012 at 11:05 PM

DBear on May 15, 2012 at 10:56 PM
———————————-

You were more cogent before your operation.

Bishop on May 15, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Bishop:Was it a …..

…******************* LAY BOTTOM EE ***************!:)

canopfor on May 15, 2012 at 11:06 PM

yet more proof conservatives are not funny

DBear on May 15, 2012 at 11:01 PM

I wasn’t trying to be funny, simply stating fact; you’re…slower…than you were before.

Bishop on May 15, 2012 at 11:06 PM

DBear on May 15, 2012 at 10:56 PM

…you work somewhere that doesn’t require drug testing…don’t you?
(Oh you don’t work… wait!…they don’t require that yet to get your check!)

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 11:07 PM

…you work somewhere that doesn’t require drug testing…don’t you?
(Oh you don’t work… wait!…they don’t require that yet to get your check!)

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 11:07 PM

The latter…

Electrongod on May 15, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Why did HotAir not cover the story of the 24 year old Army enlist returning to his base in Tampa who security cameras recorded being beaten by a gang of black thugs?

Drudge covered it. I really would have liked Hannity and O’Reilly to have show it. Those animals need to be found and prosecuted.

Marcus on May 15, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Why did HotAir not cover the story of the 24 year old Army enlist returning to his base in Tampa who security cameras recorded being beaten by a gang of black thugs?
Marcus on May 15, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Good question…

Electrongod on May 15, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Cross Susana Martinez off the VEEP list. She’s a Illegal immigrant sympathizer.

She doesn’t even know what “self deport” means apparently.

UGH!!!!

PappyD61 on May 15, 2012 at 11:11 PM

“But Obama has displayed a kind of ESPN masculinity — postfeminist in his values, but also thoroughly old-fashioned in style — hypercompetitive, restrained, not given to self-doubt, rarely self-indulgent.”

Postfeminist values ≠ masculinity.

I had to look up who actually wrote this stuff. I expect some of the ESPN commentators to sue him!

This, fellow commenters, was brought to you by David Brooks, who wrote the ode to the “perfectly creased pant.”

INC on May 15, 2012 at 11:13 PM

The president knows how tight a spot he is in. His supporters are just now realizing it.

Hear!..Hear!..:)

Dire Straits on May 15, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Drudge covered it. I really would have liked Hannity and O’Reilly to have show it. Those animals need to be found and prosecuted.

Marcus on May 15, 2012 at 11:08 PM

It appears HA is steering away from these stories.

And more crickets…

George Zimmerman suffered injuries after alleged scuffle with Trayvon Martin: report
Medical report says he had black eyes, lacerations to his head and other bruises

JPeterman on May 15, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Jeffrey M. Jones

Hard to imagine, we live in a country that has slipped to the level it is at. 56% thinks 0 will win. What will the remaining % do when 0 is re-elected?

Bmore on May 15, 2012 at 11:15 PM

JPeterman, what was your question on Albright please?

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2012 at 11:18 PM

NATE SILVER

I guess Nate is kinda wondering what the 56% are going to do once 0 is defeated in the fall.

Bmore on May 15, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Fifty-six percent of Americans think Barack Obama will win the 2012 presidential election, compared with 36% who think Mitt Romney will win. Democrats are more likely to believe that Obama will win than Republicans are to believe Romney will. Independents are nearly twice as likely to think that Obama, rather than Romney, will prevail.

There is no eeyore here. Republicans reasonably fear that the election can be stolen but are unsure how many dead votes can be produced. Democrats just know that number.

Archivarix on May 15, 2012 at 11:20 PM

“There is going to be a lot of surprised pollsters and pundits come November…

d1carter on May 15, 2012 at 10:44 PM “

Propagandists usually are…

Seven Percent Solution on May 15, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Hard to imagine, we live in a country that has slipped to the level it is at. 56% thinks 0 will win. What will the remaining % do when 0 is re-elected?

Bmore on May 15, 2012 at 11:15 PM

First, the people lie to the pollsters more than ever before.

Second, wait for the results on Nov. 6th.

Third, if he loses, you get drunk.

Fourth, if he wins, you starve the looters, of whom he is the chief, and the moochers, whom he considers plankton in the voting bank.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2012 at 11:21 PM

And, fifth, Bmore, you kiss yer land off, into the abyss.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2012 at 11:22 PM

JPeterman, what was your question on Albright please?

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2012 at 11:18 PM

Just your thoughts on her personally. I just finished reading this, Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948

It was an incredible read and helped put pieces of the puzzle together for me.

JPeterman on May 15, 2012 at 11:22 PM

That flag-stomping distinguished professor who was “just a friend from the neighborhood” and his terrorist wife started a Prairie Fire many years ago…

Buy Danish on May 15, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Chris….lost on Jeopardy.

Electrongod on May 15, 2012 at 10:40 PM

There’s an app song for that: Jeopardy

AZfederalist on May 15, 2012 at 11:23 PM

yet more proof conservatives are not funny

DBear on May 15, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Liberal humor: Sarah Palin is dumb! (hilarious laughter) Sarah Palin is a (insert vulgar reference to women’s reproductive organ) (tears rolling down face laughter). Trig is retarded! (laughter, applause)

John the Libertarian on May 15, 2012 at 11:23 PM

the story of the 24 year old Army enlist returning to his base in Tampa who security cameras recorded being beaten by a gang of black thugs?
Marcus on May 15, 2012 at 11:08 PM

because justice for Obama’s son is more important than the beating of a 24 yyr old Army enlist,
who doesn’t look like someone’s son !

burrata on May 15, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Politico as usual not worth the read.

Bmore on May 15, 2012 at 11:32 PM

…well… looks like the irrelevant Palin and the irrelevant Tea Party didn’t make a difference for Fish in Nebraska!
All these irrelevant stuff!

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Test…I’m having some comments lost in space…

d1carter on May 15, 2012 at 11:36 PM

(Although it might also be mentioned that the situation in the Middle East is thought to be improving, and oil pries have receded somewhat.)

Gas is up $0.16 this week in SoCal – AND rising each day

koaiko on May 15, 2012 at 11:38 PM

DAVID BROOKS

Funniest thing I’ve read all day! Thanks Allah, that was a real treat after the day I had. Funny!

Bmore on May 15, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Brooks = super beta male. Funny! Would love to have him spend the day with me some time. Funny!

Bmore on May 15, 2012 at 11:41 PM

You have GOT to check out Twitchy on Obama’s rewriting of the official presidents’ bios on whitehouse.gov.

My favorite contribution.

John the Libertarian on May 15, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Bmore on May 15, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Shiny Happy People!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 15, 2012 at 11:44 PM

yet more proof conservatives are not funny

DBear on May 15, 2012 at 11:01 PM

…I laugh at you so much I almost pee my shorts…and no not because you are in anyway amusing…

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Nice subtle reference to Bill Ayers Communist manifesto “Prairie Fire” , by Romney.

Keep reminding people who Obama is.

batterup on May 15, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Ezra Klein

Having trouble following this rationale for some reason.

Bmore on May 15, 2012 at 11:50 PM

My dem neighbor said tonight he is giving up reading/watching the left’s sites. He asked if the dems ever went to high school. He said when they went after Romney for such a stupid teen age stunt he’s given up on them. Great, just when I thought I would try and avoid him because I thought he was too smart to fall for 0b0z0′s line. And I guess he is!

Bambi on May 15, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Shiny Happy People!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 15, 2012 at 11:44 PM

; ) I guess we didn’t get the memo about Conservatives not liking gay folks. Nice rehearsal.

Bmore on May 15, 2012 at 11:58 PM

In that view, the primary fundamentals are these: Obama is the incumbent. The economy is growing at a moderate pace. There’s no serious third-party challenge. We’re not losing massive numbers of soldiers in a foreign war. And when you look at those fundamentals, the reality is this: Incumbent presidents very, very rarely lose under those conditions…

How about these fundamentals? The economy is anemic. The debt is driving us off a cliff. Record unemployment. Two-thirds of the country HATES Obamacare and the way it was rammed down our throats. Gas prices have skyrocketed. The EPA is out of control.

John the Libertarian on May 15, 2012 at 11:59 PM

An ESPN kind of masculinity? Say what?

sandee on May 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM

yet more proof conservatives are not funny

DBear on May 15, 2012 at 11:01 PM

O.K., Class watch this.

Unit DBear…please answer the following questions, in order.

1. Please define “Funny”.

2. Please then expand that to give us examples of whom you consider “Funny People” as far as “Comedians” are concerned.

3. Next, please tell us what your alltime favorite Comedy TV Show was/is, and why.

4. Do the same for your alltime favorite Comedy Film.

5. And finally, tell us what the Favorite Indoctrination Joke you tell your Niece and Nephew about those Evil Republicans is.

DBear-

Del Dolemonte on May 16, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Chris Stirewalt

Yep.

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 12:01 AM

John Ellis

I always enjoy being linked over to Real Clear, have a look to your left when you go, its nice.

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 12:04 AM

It was an incredible read and helped put pieces of the puzzle together for me.

JPeterman on May 15, 2012 at 11:22 PM

I have not read the book but find her intelligent and erudite, misguided philosophically/politically, but a much more presentable and international dame than Hillary. Hillary is down right creepy of late.

I hold against Albright that she sipped champagne with that N. Korean thug and that she yaks nonsense on shows/C-Span.

Still, she could have been president in Europe if she wanted to. She’s had an interesting life and achieved much, in spite of all.

Schadenfreude on May 16, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Bmore on May 15, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Take me to the River!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 16, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Chris….lost on Jeopardy.

Electrongod on May 15, 2012 at 10:40 PM

The last 2 months Jeopardy has gone ‘all in’ for the administration and the rest of the lefty douchebags.

Rio Linda Refugee on May 16, 2012 at 12:10 AM

I hope Rmoney™ does take the necessary steps to get this ship turned around and heading back to port. I hope he realizes that by taking the proper measures he might well be a one term President himself. I hope he does the correct thing for the sake of our great Nation. He needs to be prepared to sacrifice his own ambitions and do so for our sake. Time will tell.

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Sorry Video 1 ^^^^

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 12:11 AM

But when I look at the data, a slightly different question comes to mind: Why is Obama even close? If you look at the fundamentals, the president should be getting crushed right now…

The key is

Highly skewed polling statistics weighted to give Obama the advantage.

You’re welcome

In that view, the primary fundamentals are these: Obama is the incumbent. The economy is growing at a moderate pace. There’s no serious third-party challenge. We’re not losing massive numbers of soldiers in a foreign war. And when you look at those fundamentals, the reality is this: Incumbent presidents very, very rarely lose under those conditions…

Umm, yes, yes, you are correct that incumbents very rarely lose when that is the reality.

Unfortunately, the only thing that is true in the opinion article is the statement that “Obama is the incumbent”

The economy growing at a moderate pace? Yeah, I guess if you consider 1 or 2% to be “moderate”. Hey, at least it’s not shrinking, right?

We’re not losing massive numbers of soldiers in a foreign war? Anybody seen the latest casualty number from Afghanistan? Yeah, me neither.

Let’s look at a few more of those fundamentals, shall we?

Unemployment rate going down? Only because more and more people are falling off the unemployment rolls due to not finding work and no longer seeking work. Lowest workforce participation rate in decades.

No mention of gasoline prices. Averaged $1.84 when Bush left office, we’re about 2x that now.

Yeah, those are great stats for an incumbent. If you’ve got the press in your back pocket. Oh, wait. But even that isn’t going to work because you can’t tell someone out of work and unable to afford gasoline that everything is coming up roses. It won’t work

AZfederalist on May 16, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Video 2 I’ll pass on this one. Sorry.

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 12:12 AM

*rubs eyes* Did I read this right – no gay/SSM quotes.

YIPPEE!

As for Romney’s chances – it’s only May 15. Long way to go and he’s trending in the right direction. Slow and steady beats the socialist.

gophergirl on May 15, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Obama on the Spew doesn’t get much gheyer than that.

Rio Linda Refugee on May 16, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Nice post AZ, how you been doing?

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 12:14 AM

AZfederalist on May 16, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Excellent Post!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 16, 2012 at 12:17 AM

Take me to the River!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 16, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Roh roh, You’ve got the Miss’s dancing again. ; )

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Dire Straits, how come you never linked your moniker like some folks here do?

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 12:19 AM

Take me to the River!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 16, 2012 at 12:09 AM

One of the best Dire! I really like that whole performance including “I Have a Bmore Now.”

How bout some Cure standing on the beach…

tom daschle concerned on May 16, 2012 at 12:20 AM

Still, she could have been president in Europe if she wanted to. She’s had an interesting life and achieved much, in spite of all.

Schadenfreude on May 16, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Thanks for your insight. She didn’t know she was Jewish until 1997 and her father appears to have been her driving force. The memoir is not some mushy family stuff, but a well researched and well written piece of history.

She kept her politics at home when she wrote this story.

JPeterman on May 16, 2012 at 12:24 AM

I really like that whole performance including “I Have a Bmore Now.Bmore is Better.
tom daschle concerned on May 16, 2012 at 12:20 AM

tom daschle concerned on May 16, 2012 at 12:24 AM

tom daschle concerned on May 16, 2012 at 12:24 AM

You and Dire just like knowing my Miss’s is dancing. ; )

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 12:29 AM

JPeterman, you do know this…

Rice’s initial college major was piano, but after realizing she did not have the talent to play professionally, she began to consider an alternative major.She attended an international politics course taught by Josef Korbel, which sparked her interest in the Soviet Union and international relations. Rice later described Korbel (who was the father of Madeleine Albright, a future U.S. Secretary of State), as a central figure in her life.

Schadenfreude on May 16, 2012 at 12:29 AM

Schadenfreude, how come you never made a link out of your screen name?

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 12:30 AM

You have GOT to check out Twitchy on Obama’s rewriting of the official presidents’ bios on whitehouse.gov.

My favorite contribution.

John the Libertarian on May 15, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Here I thought I was pretty much shock proof about anything he might pull, but I could hardly believe that. For some naive reason I thought those bios were done by some Library of Congress historian, if not former aides to a President, and that they were most definitely not up for revision. It’s a childishly pathetic display of look at me, except that it’s being done by the WH.

INC on May 16, 2012 at 12:31 AM

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