WaPa/ABC poll shows Ryan gaining momentum

posted at 10:01 am on August 22, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

That’s not exactly how the Post headlines its official coverage of the latest results from its poll series, but Aaron Blake at the Fix does a little better with the data.  Overall, Paul Ryan and Joe Biden are fairly even in polling, with the incumbent at 43/43 and the newly-minted challenger at 41/37:

Both parties’ vice presidential hopefuls earn lukewarm reviews from Americans, marking a lackluster introduction for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and a major drop-off in popularity for Vice President Biden as the Republican and Democratic conventions near, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Ryan receives favorable marks from 41 percent of the public, while 37 percent rate him negatively. The outspoken author of the congressional Republicans’ budget plan enjoyed a ratings boost in a Post-ABC poll after appearing with Romney for the first time at a blockbuster rally on the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk. Since then, strongly unfavorable ratings of Ryan have crept up 9 percentage points.

We’ll get back to the trending in a moment.  Blake notices something more significant in the internals, which aren’t readily available for the poll yet:

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows 41 percent of Americans view the new GOP vice presidential nominee favorably, while 37 percent rate him unfavorably — slightly improved from last week’s polling.

Among seniors, though, the numbers are even better for Ryan: 50 percent favorable and 35 percent unfavorable. Fully one-third of seniors say they have a strongly favorable view of the Wisconsin congressman, while one-quarter have a strongly unfavorable view.

The numbers suggest Democrats’ attempts to turn Ryan’s Medicare proposal against the GOP haven’t stuck yet among the most pivotal group: seniors. If a Medicare attack was working, after all, seniors would likely be the first group to start deserting Ryan.

Ryan’s Medicare plan, of course, isn’t designed to affect current seniors; it would turn the entitlement into a voucher program for future beneficiaries, starting in 2023. But that doesn’t mean Democrats haven’t tried to use it for leverage with elderly voters — a reliable and important voting group in the 2012 election — and one that generally favors the GOP.

In other words, the Mediscaring has been a flop for the first eleven days of the Romney/Ryan ticket.  Eleven days?  It’s hard to believe that it’s only been that short a period since the official announcement of Mitt Romney’s choice of running mate.  Ryan has settled well into his role so far, while his direct opponent has stumbled repeatedly.

The polling trend shows that voters have noticed, too.  In a flash poll conducted by WaPo/ABC on August 12th, the day after the announcement, Ryan scored 29/32 on favorability, and down 11/17 on strong favorable/unfavorable results.  Eleven days later, Ryan’s favorability has gone from a -3 to a +4, gaining ten points in the strongly favorable category and only six in strongly unfavorable (now 21/23).  Ryan’s trendline looks good, at least in the first couple of weeks, and without a gaffe or stumble, it’s difficult to see how Democrats can successfully demonize (or Palinize) him.

Biden, on the other hand, has momentum going the other way.  This series hadn’t polled on Biden’s favorability since April 2009, when it was 57/32.  He’s down to 43/43 now, and 17/27 on the “strongly” measures.  Democrats might be well advised to quit highlighting Romney’s running mate and forcing the comparison, and sticking to attacks on the top of the ticket.

With this in mind, Bill Whittle explains why it’s important to have Ryan in the race — not for Mitt Romney or the Republican Party, but for the nation.  Even losing with Ryan and his ideas in play is better than not talking about them at all:

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…well!…he better be gaining the big MO…look who he’s opposing!

KOOLAID2 on August 22, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Ryan / Romney 2012.

locomotivebreath1901 on August 22, 2012 at 10:03 AM

It’ll be nice a week from now when Ryan gives his convention speech and we can go back to focusing on the ticket instead of Missouri politics. I anticipate him getting a huge boost in favorability from that which will make it tougher for the Dems to smear him. I just wish there wasn’t a month and a half wait between the convention and the VP debate.

Doughboy on August 22, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Overall, Paul Ryan and Joe Biden are fairly even in polling, with the incumbent at 43/43 and the newly-minted challenger at 41/37:

…more money needs to go toward mental health!

KOOLAID2 on August 22, 2012 at 10:05 AM

WOW!!! Fox just showing a new poll of ADULTS showing Romney and Obama within ONE POINT of each other. This is a POLL OF ADULTS!!! Dems are ALWAYS at least 5-10 points ahead with adults. Put this into a “likely voters” model, and barack is TOAST! Fantastic!

Rational Thought on August 22, 2012 at 10:06 AM

OT: What is plan B for the Republican convention if South Florida gets hit by a hurricane? I ask because of this

joekenha on August 22, 2012 at 10:07 AM

I think we make a big push for the youth vote. Because if we win the Medicare argument, the youth have little reason to want to stick with O. They are the ones that are going to be hurt the most by future bureaucratic panels that are going severely cut and ration an insolvent Medicare / O-Care.

anotherJoe on August 22, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Ryan interviews very well. I think he will become more popular as the public is exposed to him.

besser tot als rot on August 22, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Just when the Dems were trying to define Ryan downward, Biden comes along and sucks the oxygen out of the meme.

paul1149 on August 22, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Rasmussen has Romney up 2 today/

And an AP;GfK poll has Barry up 1 47 to 46 with a sample of
D 31
R 23
I 30

and a MOE of 4.1

bayview on August 22, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Why are seniors favorable toward Ryan? I think it is because they don’t really want to screw their children and grandchildren over, but they also don’t want to give up their Medicare and SS. Ryan gives them an out where they can have their cake and eat it too. What’s not to like about that?

besser tot als rot on August 22, 2012 at 10:10 AM

OT: What is plan B for the Republican convention if South Florida gets hit by a hurricane? I ask because of this…

joekenha on August 22, 2012 at 10:07 AM

I am cautiously optimistic that this will work out for the best. Unless it is a catastrophic hurricane, I don’t think the convention will be effected, but the rain and wind WILL cut down on the demonstrations.

Of course, I may be eating my words next week at this time.

esr1951 on August 22, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Ryan interviews very well. I think he will become more popular as the public is exposed to him.

besser tot als rot on August 22, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Indeed. Nothing would benefit the Republicans more than the Dems continuing to cast him as some sort of scary, extreme, right-wing ideologue because he sure doesn’t come off that way in his speeches or interviews.

GOPRanknFile on August 22, 2012 at 10:12 AM

It would be good for Biden to lose this election. He could go back to clown college and finally get his degree.

RBMN on August 22, 2012 at 10:12 AM

I’ve not heard of this outfit before but this poll was published at The Hill.

A new Gravis Marketing survey shows Mitt Romney leading Barack Obama, 49%-45%, in Florida.

Flora Duh on August 22, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Ryan interviews very well. I think he will become more popular as the public is exposed to him.

besser tot als rot on August 22, 2012 at 10:08 AM

I think so too. The polls are all over the place. I think that once they start moving in one direction or the other though, Katie, bar the door.

hawkdriver on August 22, 2012 at 10:13 AM

steebo77′s Daily Swing State Report - August 22, 2012

State / Rolling Average / Latest Poll / Electoral Votes
Indiana / Romney +15.7% / Jul 31 / 11
Montana / Romney +14.8% / Aug 20 / 16
Georgia / Romney +11.4% / May 22 / 16
Arizona / Romney +9.8% / Jul 24 / 11
Missouri / Romney +4.5% / Aug 10 / 10
North Carolina / Romney +1.8% / Aug 3 / 15
National (tracking only) / Romney +1.1% / Aug 20 / NA
Florida / Romney +0.8% / Aug 15 / 29
National (w/ tracking) / Romney +0.4% / Aug 20 / NA
Iowa / Romney +0.0% / Aug 8 / 6
Virginia / Romney -1.3% / Aug 17 / 13
Ohio / Romney -1.3% / Aug 13 / 18
Colorado / Romney -1.4% / Aug 13 / 9
National (w/o tracking) / Romney -2.1% / Aug 20 / NA
Michigan / Romney -2.3% / Aug 16 / 16
Wisconsin / Romney -2.7% / Aug 17 / 10
Nevada / Romney -2.7% / Aug 18 / 6
New Hampshire / Romney -2.8% / Aug 10 / 4
Pennsylvania / Romney -5.9% / Aug 9 / 20
Oregon / Romney -7.3% / Jun 22 / 7
Minnesota / Romney -7.9% / Jul 18 / 10
Connecticut / Romney -8.3% / Jul 27 / 7
New Mexico / Romney -9.0% / Jul 14 / 5
New Jersey / Romney -11.1% / Jul 26 / 14
Maine / Romney -12.9% / Jun 22 / 4
Washington / Romney -13.6% / Aug 1 / 12

steebo77 on August 22, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Why are seniors favorable toward Ryan? I think it is because they don’t really want to screw their children and grandchildren over, but they also don’t want to give up their Medicare and SS. Ryan gives them an out where they can have their cake and eat it too. What’s not to like about that?

besser tot als rot on August 22, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Probably because a majority of seniors hate Obama and are more informed as voters than the young’uns.

Doughboy on August 22, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Biden, on the other hand, has momentum going the other way. This series hadn’t polled on Biden’s favorability since April 2009, when it was 57/32. He’s down to 43/43 now, and 17/27 on the “strongly” measures. Democrats might be well advised to quit highlighting Romney’s running mate and forcing the comparison, and sticking to attacks on the top of the ticket.

Joe-mentum!

aunursa on August 22, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Flora Duh on August 22, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Alot of crazy polls coming out in past 24 hours.

SUSA NV poll has Obama +2 with a +/- 3.4.

But get this- hispanics are SPLIT 48/47 Obama/Romney

Chuck Schick on August 22, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Why are seniors favorable toward Ryan? I think it is because they don’t really want to screw their children and grandchildren over, but they also don’t want to give up their Medicare and SS. Ryan gives them an out where they can have their cake and eat it too. What’s not to like about that?

besser tot als rot on August 22, 2012 at 10:10 AM

I think that’s true, but there’s more to it. Voters now know — they just know — that when Medicare and Social Security go bankrupt, barack obama and the democrats are going to send them a letter that says, “Sorry. We spent it all. You’re on your own,” and what are they going to do? Who are they going to complain to? They instinctively understand, now, that barack and these far-left democrats will do whatever they want. They don’t CARE about anyone — no one’s buying that anymore. And if they have to say “screw you” to millions of Americans, they will, because they think the media will have their backs and try to place blame elsewhere. They’ll push them all into poverty, and then try to turn them into useful idiots for the next election, and the next one after that. People have caught on. Well, except for people in the urban areas, but I sense some grumbling there, too.

Rational Thought on August 22, 2012 at 10:16 AM

OT: What is plan B for the Republican convention if South Florida gets hit by a hurricane? I ask because of this…

joekenha on August 22, 2012 at 10:07 AM

The host committee has stated there is a detailed plan in place to deal with a storm, but officials wouldn’t provide much more detail.

What officials have said is that authorities will make sure everyone is safe, first and foremost, and then it will be up to the GOP to make sure Mitt Romney is officially nominated as the party’s candidate.

“You’ve got to get that legal function out of the way,” Jones said. “Once you figure how to do that without anybody getting hurt, you make sure people are safe. You get them out of town and to an alternate location.” Source

Flora Duh on August 22, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Nevada.

Check out the Latino numbers.

http://www.lvrj.com/news/poll-obama-romney-neck-and-neck-167006295.html

artist on August 22, 2012 at 10:18 AM

The best gage I know is the actions of each campaign which are driven by their internal polling. On the one hand you have the Romney campaign behaving with more vigor, confidence, and organized thought. On the other you have disfunction, division, and desperation by the Bummers’ band of clowns. The Big Mo may be turning more than we know.

HoustonRight on August 22, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Even losing with Ryan and his ideas in play is better than not talking about them at all

No, losing is not an option. No moral victories this time. Ryan was one of the best choices Mitt could have made (along with Jindal). But let’s not equivocate about how losing but having the “right conversation” would ever be better than winning.
The Marxist in the White House is hellbent on destruction, and he cannot have another term or we’re done.

Right Mover on August 22, 2012 at 10:19 AM

steebo77 on August 22, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Ohio (- 1.3%) and above would give Romney 272 electoral votees.

aunursa on August 22, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Fox just showing a new poll of ADULTS showing Romney and Obama within ONE POINT of each other.

And Fox polling, despite what the loony left says about Fox, always tends to be slanted strongly towards Teh One.

Right Mover on August 22, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Alot of crazy polls coming out in past 24 hours.

SUSA NV poll has Obama +2 with a +/- 3.4.

But get this- hispanics are SPLIT 48/47 Obama/Romney

Chuck Schick on August 22, 2012 at 10:16 AM

I’ve never understood why Nevada seemed like such a lock for Obama(or at least a lean Democrat). They’ve got arguably the worst housing situation in the country. Their unemployment rate is one of the highest(if not THE highest). And Obama has repeatedly bashed Las Vegas. Yes, they have a large Hispanic population and more than a few refugees from California, but how can that be enough to overcome the economic desolation they’ve suffered under this regime?

Doughboy on August 22, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Is WaPa the Cherokee translation for WaPo?

NotCoach on August 22, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Ryan has explained in his stump speech that the RR “vouchers” will make those 54 and younger able to opt into the same medical program that Federal employees enjoy. Heck, many OVER 55 would go for that ” like a duck on a junebug.” It’s all about choices.

Haven’t heard any Fed Emps grousing about their coverage.

More, please.

marybel on August 22, 2012 at 10:26 AM

And an AP;GfK poll has Barry up 1 47 to 46 with a sample of
D 31
R 23
I 30

and a MOE of 4.1

bayview on August 22, 2012 at 10:09 AM

And it’s a poll of registered voters.

opustx on August 22, 2012 at 10:26 AM

I’ve never understood why Nevada seemed like such a lock for Obama

Because after Harry Reid won in 2010, suspicions were raised about the means with which he was able to secure “victory.” There might be enough crooked infrastructure in place to steal Nevada for the Dems.

Right Mover on August 22, 2012 at 10:31 AM

And an AP;GfK poll has Barry up 1 47 to 46 with a sample of
D 31
R 23
I 30

and a MOE of 4.1

bayview on August 22, 2012 at 10:09 AM

…lately a good number of Dem’s say they are Indies because they are too shy to affiliate themselves with their old party the last few years.

KOOLAID2 on August 22, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Rasmussen has Romney up 2 today/

And an AP;GfK poll has Barry up 1 47 to 46 with a sample of
D 31
R 23
I 30

and a MOE of 4.1

bayview on August 22, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Woah. They’ve gotta wildly skew the samples, in polls of registered voters, just to get Obama a tiny lead. Can’t wait till they finally start polling likely voters with a decent sample.

changer1701 on August 22, 2012 at 10:33 AM

What the hell is going on at DRUDGE?! Seriously. How did everything get so far off course over the past week?

nitzsche on August 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Because after Harry Reid won in 2010, suspicions were raised about the means with which he was able to secure “victory.” There might be enough crooked infrastructure in place to steal Nevada for the Dems.

Right Mover on August 22, 2012 at 10:31 AM

That doesn’t explain the polls.

Doughboy on August 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM

I’ve never understood why Nevada seemed like such a lock for Obama(or at least a lean Democrat). They’ve got arguably the worst housing situation in the country. Their unemployment rate is one of the highest(if not THE highest). And Obama has repeatedly bashed Las Vegas. Yes, they have a large Hispanic population and more than a few refugees from California, but how can that be enough to overcome the economic desolation they’ve suffered under this regime?

Doughboy on August 22, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Isn’t it partly the Gary Johnson factor? That’ll probably be why New Mexico isn’t really in play. I’ve always understood Nevada voters to have a bit more of a libertarian streak (doesn’t explain constantly re-electing dingy Harry, but that’s what I’ve heard).

changer1701 on August 22, 2012 at 10:35 AM

OT: What is plan B for the Republican convention if South Florida gets hit by a hurricane? I ask because of this…

joekenha on August 22, 2012 at 10:07 AM

The host committee has stated there is a detailed plan in place to deal with a storm, but officials wouldn’t provide much more detail.

What officials have said is that authorities will make sure everyone is safe, first and foremost, and then it will be up to the GOP to make sure Mitt Romney is officially nominated as the party’s candidate.

“You’ve got to get that legal function out of the way,” Jones said. “Once you figure how to do that without anybody getting hurt, you make sure people are safe. You get them out of town and to an alternate location.” Source

Flora Duh on August 22, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Liberals rejoice at the news that Hurricane Isaac could hit Tampa during the RNC

On the left-wing website Democratic Underground, user AnnieBW writes: “For once, I’ll be cheering for a hurricane to hit the West Coast of Florida … Usually, my husband and I worry when a hurricane gets close to the West Coast. Not this time. We’re going to be laughing our asses off!”

User tbf, sounding much like Barack Obama’s pastor of 20 years, writes: “I love it when the chickens come home to roost.”

User Oldtimeralso adds, simply: “Go Isaac GO!!!”

-snip-

Over at the liberal Huffington Post, user Akindra writes: “far out…come on hurricaneeeee [sic] wipe out the hall and the lying GOP candidates.”

User Don Ludahl, who may not be from a country where English is usually spoken, writes: “Gods [sic] not going to wait until you sorry Republicans pass hes [sic] going to start now nailing evil.”

User Gcock10 writes: “THE WRATH of GOD is coming the GOP way … That is his way of trying to help give America another chnce [sic] … ENEMIES of America.”

-snip-

At the far-left Daily Kos, user jfromga writes: “it probably won’t happen … but hopefully the models let me stay happy a few hours more.”

User Obama Amabo writes: “if there were such a thing as karma, it would be most apt for a major hurricane-on-global-warming-steroids to slam precisely into their convention!”

From a different Daily Kos post, user pholkhero writes: “Dear God, I promise that from now on, I will believe in you, and tell everyone I know of your greatness if you can send this hurricane to Tampa.”

User fearisthemindkiller writes: “Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of sociopaths.”

TOLERANT LEFT

Del Dolemonte on August 22, 2012 at 10:37 AM

steebo77 on August 22, 2012 at 10:14 AM

This is always so interesting – thank you for posting

gophergirl on August 22, 2012 at 10:37 AM

What the hell is going on at DRUDGE?! Seriously. How did everything get so far off course over the past week?

nitzsche on August 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM

I don’t understand what you mean.

Axe on August 22, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Simply going with personal experience, here, but I think a lot of seniors who’ve only recently retired to the Sunshine State have ALSO been online for several years.
Those I know personally had made internet acces a priority when they made the move, and are VERY politically savvy, being able to learn from and participate in the ‘new media’.
Thank you Al Gore. ;-)

pambi on August 22, 2012 at 10:40 AM

OT: What is plan B for the Republican convention if South Florida gets hit by a hurricane? I ask because of this…

joekenha on August 22, 2012 at 10:07 AM

As FloraDuh says, there are plans in place to deal with just about everything. The facilities the RNC will be using are all newer buildings that were built to decent hurricane specs. Most Hillsborough county offices located downtown – aside from emergency/police – have already closed for the convention. The various hotels are self-contained with their own generators.

For the best hurricane/tropical storm info, do NOT use accuweather (that article was full of gossipy ‘possibles’ not probables) or – heaven forbid – the tropically stupid weatherchannel. Use only the National Hurricane Center, where everyone else gets their raw data. Everyone else puts dramatic often inaccurate spin on the info.

At the moment, Isaac isn’t even headed towards Tampa but towards the tip of south Florida. Even if he goes right up the state, he’ll be weakened considerably by the time he reaches us. During the big four hurricane hit year, Tampa got sideswiped by a Cat 1 and we didn’t even bother covering windows. Tropical Storms just replentish our aquifer. Worst problem in that case would be flooding and some localized power outages.

Speaking as a long time Tampa resident, I’m kinda looking forward to a tropical storm or just our normal afternoon thunderstorms to wash away the grubby anarchist protestors that have promised to cause trouble. hehehe

Back on topic, I think Ryan’s favorables will continue to grow as people see more and more of him. Plus the fact that seniors actualy like him is great because they’re the ones that vote moreso than the young voters.

Kirin on August 22, 2012 at 10:40 AM

steebo77 on August 22, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Thanks for the numbers. Gotta get Ohio and Virginia on the upswing from R &R.

changer1701 on August 22, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Isn’t it partly the Gary Johnson factor? That’ll probably be why New Mexico isn’t really in play. I’ve always understood Nevada voters to have a bit more of a libertarian streak (doesn’t explain constantly re-electing dingy Harry, but that’s what I’ve heard).

changer1701 on August 22, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Frankly New Mexico makes no sense either. I know again we’re talking large Hispanic population, but they just elected a Republican governor(a Hispanic woman no less) and this is a state Bush won in 2004, so we’re not dealing with a traditionally blue state. And Arizona has a lot of Hispanics as well and is a lock for Romney.

Doughboy on August 22, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Good god I wish this hurricane story would go away. It has a lot of land to cross over before it “strikes Tampa” which will weaken it. Wishful thinking by the dems that this will even be an issue.

Hawkerflyer on August 22, 2012 at 10:41 AM

…lately a good number of Dem’s say they are Indies because they are too shy to affiliate themselves with their old party the last few years.

KOOLAID2 on August 22, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Perhaps some of those calling themselves “Independents” are Dems too cheap to make a political contribution to their party. They are freeloaders through and through in their bones.

bayview on August 22, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Barry Soetoro….Foreign exchange student….Fascist
Vote and have faith.
The republic is at risk.
Romney is just a step to restoring the republic.
True restoration involves electing people who believe in liberty at the local and state levels and then promoting them to national positions.
It will take time, but we will prevail
III%

dirtengineer on August 22, 2012 at 10:45 AM

What the hell is going on at DRUDGE?! Seriously. How did everything get so far off course over the past week?

nitzsche on August 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM

He is being very purposeful in ignoring the Akin story, which has to be driving the left nuts. Drudge drives a lot of traffic, so when he ignores something it matters. I’m tellin ya’, Drudge hate barack. I know a lot of folks think he’s a righty — I don’t, I think he runs whatever drives traffic — unless it’s helpful to barack. He hates the guy. Must be personal.

Rational Thought on August 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM

steebo77 on August 22, 2012 at 10:14 AM

I really enjoy following these, and appreciate your postings. You ought to make a new blog or something and just post these each day as a convenient reference point too.

Doomberg on August 22, 2012 at 10:48 AM

There has been a pretty constant 6 to 7 % “undecided” in the Rasmussen tracking polls. Those may break, in a preference cascade, for Romney/Ryan if Romney and Ryan turn in strong debates against the SCOAMF (who is out of practice of debates, having no primary challenger, had been hiding from the press, and will speak without a teleprompter) and SloJoe.

bayview on August 22, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I’m kinda looking forward to a tropical storm or just our normal afternoon thunderstorms to wash away the grubby anarchist protestors that have promised to cause trouble. hehehe

Kirin on August 22, 2012 at 10:40 AM

So am I. A consequence the leftists who are cheering on this storm hitting Tampa obviously haven’t thought about.

As someone said on Twitter yesterday…those attending the convention will be on the inside, those protesting it won’t. Who would you rather be during a tropical storm or Cat 1 hurricane?

Flora Duh on August 22, 2012 at 10:56 AM

It is shaping up to looking like a terrific NO-vember…

Khun Joe on August 22, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Hawkerflyer on August 22, 2012 at 10:41 AM

While I agree the story is stupid, a lot of land in Florida is a relative term. We had really serious flooding on the East coast from a storm in the Gulf. Florida is skinny.

Cindy Munford on August 22, 2012 at 11:05 AM

While I agree the story is stupid, a lot of land in Florida is a relative term. We had really serious flooding on the East coast from a storm in the Gulf. Florida is skinny.

Cindy Munford on August 22, 2012 at 11:05 AM

True, and the county I live in is already under a flood watch just from our usual afternoon thunderstorms.

Last month my daughter went to Indian Rocks Beach on vacation. She ended up having to stay 2 extra days because the area was flooded from a tropical storm while she was there.

But as you know, the good news is we’re prepared for weather like a cat 1 storm so I’m sure the convention will proceed with very little disruption.

And if it doesn’t it, I’m also sure someone will throw this prediction back in my face. ;-)

Flora Duh on August 22, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Alot of crazy polls coming out in past 24 hours.

SUSA NV poll has Obama +2 with a +/- 3.4.

But get this- hispanics are SPLIT 48/47 Obama/Romney

Chuck Schick on August 22, 2012 at 10:16 AM

48/47 among Hispanics is going to be a disaster for Obama in Nevada… He cannot win the state with less than 60% of Hispanics voting for him…

mnjg on August 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I’ve never understood why Nevada seemed like such a lock for Obama(or at least a lean Democrat). They’ve got arguably the worst housing situation in the country. Their unemployment rate is one of the highest(if not THE highest). And Obama has repeatedly bashed Las Vegas. Yes, they have a large Hispanic population and more than a few refugees from California, but how can that be enough to overcome the economic desolation they’ve suffered under this regime?

Doughboy on August 22, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Its called Unions. The casino and food workers are unionized there. There are a lot of them.
The Union’s do a great job of brainwashing the members out there. The Unions have them voting hard left against their own best interest, Unions love scare tactics..

p.s. I am a Union member and I support the Tea Party 100%.

RockyJ. on August 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Hilariously you say this in a post just above this one:

The simple fact is that people don’t vote for the running mates in presidential elections.

So much journalism. Just sit around linking to other people’s work and then saying whatever pop in to your mind, independent of the previous thought. La di da.

tommyhawk on August 22, 2012 at 11:46 AM

What the hell is going on at DRUDGE?! Seriously. How did everything get so far off course over the past week?

nitzsche on August 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM

H

e is being very purposeful in ignoring the Akin story, which has to be driving the left nuts. Drudge drives a lot of traffic, so when he ignores something it matters. I’m tellin ya’, Drudge hate barack. I know a lot of folks think he’s a righty — I don’t, I think he runs whatever drives traffic — unless it’s helpful to barack. He hates the guy. Must be personal.

Rational Thought on August 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM

And…just like that, Drudge changes his headline…to barack’s 4th straight trillion dollar deficit. He hates barack. Me, too.

Rational Thought on August 22, 2012 at 11:50 AM

locomotivebreath1901 on August 22, 2012 at 10:03 AM

The way the headline for this thread reads, you would think that’s the order of the candidates.

It’s good that we are talking about some of what Ryan has been talking about, but we are still a very long way from an adult conversation on the budget and the economic nuke awaiting us.

In the end, Mittens is the man with responsible charge of the campaign, and who will enter the oval office if Zer0 is turned out. Mittens, alas, is a flaming moderate (meaning moderately liberal) and will most likely show it come next January.

Quartermaster on August 22, 2012 at 12:06 PM

In the end, Mittens is the man with responsible charge of the campaign, and who will enter the oval office if Zer0 is turned out. Mittens, alas, is a flaming moderate (meaning moderately liberal) and will most likely show it come next January.

On the slopes in Aspen, with a cup of cocoa, and an immaculate $2,000 sweater.

tommyhawk on August 22, 2012 at 12:15 PM

H
e is being very purposeful in ignoring the Akin story, which has to be driving the left nuts. Drudge drives a lot of traffic, so when he ignores something it matters. I’m tellin ya’, Drudge hate barack. I know a lot of folks think he’s a righty — I don’t, I think he runs whatever drives traffic — unless it’s helpful to barack. He hates the guy. Must be personal.
Rational Thought on August 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM

And…just like that, Drudge changes his headline…to barack’s 4th straight trillion dollar deficit. He hates barack. Me, too.

Rational Thought on August 22, 2012 at 11:50 AM

It’s almost funny how many times in recent days he changed his favorite titles (Israel will attack Iran before the US elections, Hillary refused to be O’s VP, Domestic drones will spy on Americans) for more negative stuff about Obama…normally he would have run with titles like the one above for a whole day, these days though he put them up, keeps them there a few hours , and back to the ones hammering obama (love his choice of pics too :)…I wondered if he had an epiphany of sorts lately…while obviously he was never a fan of obama, his aggregate didn’t run nearly as many negative stories about O last prez election cycle…it was more like he didn’t care, or didn’t think it would be sucha big f…deal if Obama won…

jimver on August 22, 2012 at 12:22 PM

On the slopes in Aspen, with a cup of cocoa, and an immaculate $2,000 sweater.

tommyhawk on August 22, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Paid for with HIS money, unlike a certain FOTUS we all know.

Flora Duh on August 22, 2012 at 12:24 PM

In the end, Mittens is the man with responsible charge of the campaign, and who will enter the oval office if Zer0 is turned out. Mittens, alas, is a flaming moderate (meaning moderately liberal) and will most likely show it come next January.

On the slopes in Aspen, with a cup of cocoa, and an immaculate $2,000 sweater.

tommyhawk on August 22, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Aww, are you channeling the spirit of the now defunct OWS :)…how cute…

jimver on August 22, 2012 at 12:24 PM