Quotes of the day

posted at 9:01 pm on September 9, 2012 by Allahpundit

President Obama’s post-convention bounce has grown to four points according to two new polls released Saturday.

Gallup’s daily tracking poll has Obama at 49 percent support among registered voters to GOP candidate Mitt Romney’s 45 percent…

A Reuters/Ipsos daily-tracking poll released Saturday also gave Obama a 4-point lead. Obama leads Romney 47 percent to 43 percent among likely voters. On Friday, Obama overtook Romney in the same poll and held a 46 to 44 percent edge.

“The bump is actually happening,” said Ipsos pollster Julia Clark. “How big it’ll be and how long it will last remains to be seen,” she added.

***

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows President Obama attracting support from 49% of voters nationwide, while Mitt Romney earns 45% of the vote. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and three percent (3%) are undecided…

This is the president’s biggest lead over Romney among Likely Voters since March 17. See daily tracking history. Obama’s convention bounce is evident both in the head-to-head numbers with Romney and in his Job Approval ratings…

A president’s job approval rating is one of the best indicators for assessing his chances of reelection. Typically, the president’s job approval rating on Election Day will be close to the share of the vote he receives. Currently, 52% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s job performance. That’s his highest approval rating in more than a year-and-a-half, since January 2011.

***

President Barack Obama heads out of the national political conventions with a much clearer path to winning, top advisers to Mitt Romney privately concede.

The Romney campaign, while pleasantly surprised by Obama’s lackluster prime-time performance, said the post-convention bounce they hoped for fell well short of expectations and privately lament that state-by-state polling numbers — most glaringly in Ohio — are working in the president’s favor.

“Their map has many more routes to victory,” said a top Republican official. Two officials intimately involved in the GOP campaign said Ohio leans clearly in Obama’s favor now, with a high single-digit edge, based on their internal tracking numbers of conservative groups. Romney can still win the presidency if he loses Ohio, but it’s extremely difficult…

Obama officials have maintained for several weeks that there are too few undecided voters for Romney to get the bounce he needs from the debates. “Romney is not going to win undecided voters four-to-one,” a senior administration official told reporters on Air Force One on Friday. “If you are losing in Ohio by four or five points and trailing in Colorado by two points, if you are trailing in Nevada by two or three points, you are not going to win in those states.

***

Once upon a time, the Romney campaign dreamed of putting New Jersey, New Mexico, and Oregon in play. Now, just a few months later, they are on the precipice of giving up on Michigan and Pennsylvania, and they are still behind in Ohio.

So using money to try to make Paul Ryan’s Wisconsin competitve is sensible, maybe essential. Right now, Romney-Ryan has fewer electoral college paths than Kerry-Edwards did at this point in 2004.

***

“We’re very comfortable with the reality of what this race is about, and we’re not in the momentum business,” said Stuart Stevens, Romney’s chief strategist. “We’re in the talking-to-voters-about-their-lives business.”…

The 1980 analogy holds for Romney the potential for a breakthrough during or after the debates. In that campaign, Ronald Reagan trailed President Jimmy Carter into the month of October. He moved ahead after the candidates’ only head-to-head debate. Romney advisers have said for months that the longer they stay roughly even with the president, the better their chances of winning in November.

Obama advisers, however, see that as a flawed analogy. The electorate was less polarized then than now, with more opportunity for each candidate to attract a larger number of undecided voters than exists today. They also note that Reagan’s image was more positive than Romney’s has been. “There are so many ways that’s not plausible,” Axelrod said of the 1980 analogy, “starting with Obama’s not Carter and Romney’s not Reagan.”

***

Thursday night in Charlotte, Barack Obama doubled down on his liberalism, articulating the case for big government, greater regulation, and more spending (which he calls “investing”). He defined a choice that is starkly ideological, courageously embracing the left. We have not seen such positioning since the days of Mike Dukakis and Walter Mondale. And with good reason: the American people are conservative…

While eloquent as he accepted his party’s nomination, Obama failed to go after Mitt Romney in his speech and throughout the whole Democratic convention. “The folks in Tampa,” “the Republican establishment” and “the conservative Congress” all came in for a thrashing. Mitt Romney was not on the list in both Clinton and Obama’s speeches. In fact, his name was hardly mentioned — an odd occurrence in view of the over $100 million Obama has spent on ads attacking Romney…

The result of these two conventions is a decided advantage for Romney.

***

Wisconsin is a big target. It has been the whole damn time. All the groaning and eeyoring by folks over it’s absence in the first release was weak-kneed silliness, as much as the fretting over “120% turnout in Madison” was for the recall. Team Romney is going to attack a vastly larger map than what McCain was desperately trying to win avoid embarrassment and hold in 08. Enjoy that bounce from the convention while you can, President Obama. The ads and GOTV rollout begins now, and no amount of scale-thumbing by Purely Partisan Polling will be able to deflect a 9-figure onslaught.

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Why the Media Predict-o-Herd is wrong 1.They ignore the coming ad blitz and cash advantage Romney holds…

4. After 200 million against Romney and a thousand hits by press stenographers running Chicago’s hits, Romney is alive…and inoculated.

5. Registration numbers in key states ain’t pretty for Obama: in 2008 Dems had a 670k reg adv in Fl and he barrrely won. Now? Only 440k…

8. The same “Democrat victory is inevitable” stories from every cycle except 84 are an echo of the era of Gang of 500 agenda power.

***

On paper, given Obama’s record, this election should be a cakewalk for the Republicans. Why isn’t it? I am afraid the answer may be that the country is closer to the point of no return than most of us believed. With over 100 million Americans receiving federal welfare benefits, millions more going on Social Security disability, and many millions on top of that living on entitlement programs–not to mention enormous numbers of public employees–we may have gotten to the point where the government economy is more important, in the short term, than the real economy. My father, the least cynical of men, used to quote a political philosopher to the effect that democracy will work until people figure out they can vote themselves money. I fear that time may have come…

Maybe this anxiety is misplaced. President Obama has never been able to rise above 47% support in the polls, and perhaps when November comes undecided voters will break against the incumbent, as the conventional wisdom has it. Maybe the election won’t be so close after all. We’d all better hope so. Because, given the rate at which Democrats are frantically adding to the dependency state, another four years of Obama may be enough to tip the balance between the private sector and government dependence once and for all.

***

[O]nce you accept a wealth-redistribution system in which government becomes the arbiter of “social justice,” the ball game is over. If government is given license to even the scales between the have-nots and the haves, the political incentive to even them will be constant and overpowering: Enough will never be enough. If the rationale for giving government this power is that the asset in question is corporate property, not private, what is to be the limiting principle? Why health care but not housing or income? And when it comes to providing for the truly needy among 310 million people, central-government planners will simply never be as good at it as decent societies and their local governments. And so the allocation of burdens and benefits in federal entitlement programs is guaranteed to be warped, wasteful, and ultimately unsustainable.

Yet, no political party is making that case. Both candidates want you to know they are sentries of the safety net. And no major conservative journal or think tank, it seems, would have it any other way. Concededly, the GOP’s approach, “Let’s work within this implausible system and do the best we can to patch it up . . . someday,” is a more attractive position than Obama’s “Let’s break the bank now.” But inspiring? . . . Not exactly…

Obama’s base, that lost third of the country, may not be as enthralled as they were in 2008. But they are committed, utterly convinced about who the villains are, and prepared to be as chameleon as it takes to reel in, from the culture they dominate, the additional 15 percent or so needed to push their guy across the finish line. That’s how what should be a landslide for his opponent becomes a squeaker.

***

Only the Romney campaign can cut through the cultural, educational, and media filters and force a debate over the Obama Democrats’ bogus redefinition of the American dream. The media can ignore what conservatives say, but they still have to cover the candidate. With the exception of his welfare ads, however, the Romney campaign has avoided an assault on Obama’s ideology. Romney’s entirely plausible strategy is to downplay the ideological battle (Ryan nomination notwithstanding)…

I can’t say for certain that Romney’s strategy is wrong. But I do think it’s far riskier than we realize. Treating Obama as a nice guy in over his head, rather than a smart leftist who knows exactly what he’s doing, leaves the Democrats’ bogus narrative about government unanswered. America is changing, and Republicans are naive to rely on the public to simply recognize the problems in the Democrats’ claims without significant help from our nominee…

I don’t have access to the Romney campaign’s focus-group and survey data. Maybe they’re right to try to pry away those erstwhile Obama supporters in only the gentlest of ways. Yet I worry that the Romneyites are fooling themselves. Technocrats and fixers from a state where liberals dominate, they are neither inclined or prepared to show how the Obama Democrats are slowly redefining American exceptionalism into the European social democratic dream. Romney may squeak by on bad unemployment numbers and gentle coaxing of undecideds, but patriotic veneer the Democrats have managed to slap on their leftism is worrisome. If Obama wins, it will be because we allowed him to get away with it.

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Via the Corner.

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Via Mediaite.


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If Obama is reelected he will be inheriting a Big Mess from … … … … himself. But don’t worry, he will then proceed to make the mess he inherited from himself look small by comparison and we will look back at his first term as “The Good Old Days”.

VorDaj on September 9, 2012 at 9:04 PM

“The bump is actually happening,” said Ipsos pollster Julia Clark

No…

… it is not.

Seven Percent Solution on September 9, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Scarborough FTW

budfox on September 9, 2012 at 9:05 PM

V

orDaj on September 9, 2012 at 9:04 PM

yup …. so lets preclude him from that ….

conservative tarheel on September 9, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Obama-Biden 2012
The Expressway To The Third World
Last Chance To Get Off, November 6

VorDaj on September 9, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Winning?

Only if America want’s to see another 200 years…

Electrongod on September 9, 2012 at 9:10 PM

The only bump Obama is getting, is on the mirror in the back room.

tbarleycorn on September 9, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Remind to NEVER hire Republican strategists.

SouthernGent on September 9, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Scarborough FTW

budfox on September 9, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Even a blind pig finds a truffle now and then.

BUt when he’s right, he’s right.

Midas on September 9, 2012 at 9:10 PM

..cue the Eeyores, concern trolls, True Cons, and other denizens of this wretched hive of scum and villainy. Prediction: Tonight’s QOTD will be like the bar scene in Star Wars.

“..this little one’s not worth the effort; come, let me get you something.”

The War Planner on September 9, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Even John Francois Kerry went ahead of the incumbent for a time. Mitt has never led. I clearly do not understand this country. How anyone could vote for Obama is beyond comprehension.

txmomof6 on September 9, 2012 at 9:11 PM

“The bump is actually happening,” said Ipsos pollster Julia Clark

No…

… it is not.

Seven Percent Solution on September 9, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Forget all about everything you see, hear and feel. Julia Clark is in control of your mind. Look deeply into her eyes. You are getting sleepy, very sleepy. Everything is wonderful. No one is unemployed. Gas cost only 99 cents a gallon. Sex change operations will soon be free. Not even a co-payment. College tuition will be free. The oceans will recede. The planet will heal.

VorDaj on September 9, 2012 at 9:11 PM

I don’t think,Obama got a bump,but he did get picked up
today tho!!!(sarc).
===================

Photo: Owner of pizza restaurant in Florida picks up President Obama – via @dougmillsnyt

5 hours ago from yfrog.com by editor

http://yfrog.com/m943rkj

canopfor on September 9, 2012 at 9:12 PM

The only bump Obama is getting, is on the mirror in the back room.

tbarleycorn on September 9, 2012 at 9:10 PM

..maybe Biden could get him a bump from his OIHO biker chick.

The War Planner on September 9, 2012 at 9:12 PM

The Romney campaign, while pleasantly surprised by Obama’s lackluster prime-time performance, said the post-convention bounce they hoped for fell well short of expectations and privately lament that state-by-state polling numbers — most glaringly in Ohio — are working in the president’s favor.

“Their map has many more routes to victory,” said a top Republican official. Two officials intimately involved in the GOP campaign said Ohio leans clearly in Obama’s favor now, with a high single-digit edge, based on their internal tracking numbers of conservative groups.

Romney can still win the presidency if he loses Ohio, but it’s extremely difficult…

Can we say with certainty that the Ryan pick did nothing to change the feelings of the general public towards Romney?

Can we also now say that the TEATERS have the upper hand?

Missing from the article above is what the crap the Romney people plan on doing about this?

Obviously people just don’t care that Obama is labeled a Marxist or Socialist. They like that he’s the laid-back cool cat and they love his smile and his wife’s arms.

MITT YOUR CAMPAIGN IS SUCKING.

PappyD61 on September 9, 2012 at 9:12 PM

No…

… it is not.

Seven Percent Solution

Yes…

…it is.

Deal with it.

This is what comes of nominating a GOP candidate even Republicans hate.

lostmotherland on September 9, 2012 at 9:12 PM

two facts:
Joe Biden had a h*rd-on when the biker chick sat in his lap.
Barrack Obamma had a h*rd-on when the pizza place owner gave him a bear hug.
Carry on.

the new aesthetic on September 9, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Deal with it.

This is what comes of nominating a GOP candidate even Republicans hate.

lostmotherland on September 9, 2012 at 9:12 PM

..you deal with it, crapsack. Reckon you’ll be suffering form a righteous case of hemorrhoids when Romney kicks your hero’s asss in November.

The War Planner on September 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM

This is what comes of nominating a GOP candidate even Republicans hate.

lostmotherland on September 9, 2012 at 9:12 PM

So where do I make my donations to you?

Wait a tick…

The IRS will take care of that…

Electrongod on September 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM

.cue the Eeyores, concern trolls, True Cons, and other denizens of this wretched hive of scum and villainy. Prediction: Tonight’s QOTD will be like the bar scene in Star Wars.

“..this little one’s not worth the effort; come, let me get you something.”

The War Planner on September 9, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Take a good lok at what’s wrong with the GOP, folks. “Scum and villainy”? Oh my. The little one is throwing a temper tantrum because Mr Electability, The Only One Who Can Beat Obama ™ might not be all that after all? Please. If there’s any “scum and villainy”, it’s among those who’ve been shoving this squish down our throats for the past 4 years.

ddrintn on September 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM

How anyone could vote for Obama is beyond comprehension.

Because Romney has the personality of a sack of wet money and simply comes from a different planet (planet Rich) that most Americans can’t identify with (except as some fantasy island TV diversion). Obama, for all his faults, is seen as a regular person who’s lived a normal life. The Romneys are too out of touch.

lostmotherland on September 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM

It’s pretty simple. The Republican Party has move so far to the right, and become so addicted to decades-old plutocratic nostrums, that even in the midst of economic hard times, voter recognize the GOP for the frauds they are.

urban elitist on September 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Currently, 52% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s job performance. That’s his highest approval rating in more than a year-and-a-half, since January 2011.

What?

I am afraid the answer may be that the country is closer to the point of no return than most of us believed. With over 100 million Americans receiving federal welfare benefits, millions more going on Social Security disability, and many millions on top of that living on entitlement programs–not to mention enormous numbers of public employees–we may have gotten to the point where the government economy is more important, in the short term, than the real economy. My father, the least cynical of men, used to quote a political philosopher to the effect that democracy will work until people figure out they can vote themselves money.

O no.

Maybe this anxiety is misplaced. President Obama has never been able to rise above 47% support in the polls, and perhaps when November comes undecided voters will break against the incumbent, as the conventional wisdom has it. Maybe the election won’t be so close after all. We’d all better hope so. Because, given the rate at which Democrats are frantically adding to the dependency state, another four years of Obama may be enough to tip the balance between the private sector and government dependence once and for all.

Need chocolate. Need chocolate like a fat man sobbing through a photo album. Or an excuse to open the “celebration” Port. Or literally any other thing than this uncertain place.

Axe on September 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Here, this. More of this.

Talking about Romney already having lost – what, a week after the nomination? Really? – only makes the libertarians say, “Oh, I won’t soil myself with voting for him, then. I’ll vote for Gary Johnson.” It makes the social conservatives say, “I’ll stay home and pray for the country.” It makes the doom and gloom crowd say, “I won’t vote. I’ll buy ammo and be ready to fight the civil war.”

Yeah, praying and arming yourselves won’t ever hurt (talk of civil war might), but deciding not to vote on the basis of skewed polls and smarmy Journolist spin is just stupid. And amplifying and giving credence to the MSM spin when you KNOW the polls are beyond flawed and that the Justice Department has its jackboots into the pollsters is criminal. Yes, criminal. It’s spreading fear and despondency.

Do you feel scared at times? Do you wonder if we’ve gone too far? Do you wonder if we can’t win? Everyone does. Do you not want to delude yourselves? No one does.

But we already have a disadvantage in not having a dedicated media. MUST you amplify the media? What is the point of fear and despondency but to make our side give up?

The signs are against the polls. The very success of the 2016 documentary is against the polls. The registration momentum is against the polls.

Is America going to go back after Obama because he gave a speech? Oh, for heaven’s sake, even the MSM admitted it wasn’t a good speech. That’s why they played on Clinton extensively.

SouthernGent on September 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Complete and total jerkfest.
It’s Romney or civil war, America, f’n CHOOSE.

rayra on September 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Joe Scarborough

@JoeNBC

The Romney campaign is not conservative. It is just as cynical and risk-averse as Team Obama. A real conservative would be winning now.
====================================================================

Hmmmm….smacks of a Reverse-Psychology-Political Sumpin Sumpin Operation!
(sarc).

canopfor on September 9, 2012 at 9:17 PM

..you deal with it, crapsack. Reckon you’ll be suffering form a righteous case of hemorrhoids when Romney kicks your hero’s asss in November.

Sore loser?

lostmotherland on September 9, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Romney really needs to stop listening to the Boston crowd. Give the voter a clear difference. Don’t worry all the time about alienating some soccer mom somewhere.

Mark1971 on September 9, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Barrack Obamma had a h*rd-on when the pizza place owner gave him a bear hug.
Carry on.

the new aesthetic on September 9, 2012 at 9:13 PM

It is not like the two have met for the first time
http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/09/pizza-owner-who-bear-hugged-obama-reportedly-visited-the-white-house-in-june/

burrata on September 9, 2012 at 9:17 PM

This feels like after the financial crisis hit in 08 and the polls swung and put Obama in the lead and that was that. No ads or debates could change the outcome. All the momentum is on Obama’s side now despite the poor economy. And it doesn’t help to have Romney stick his finger in the eye of Conservatives by praising Clinton and parts of Obamacare.

gumbyandpokey on September 9, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Obama-Biden 2012
The Expressway To The Third World
Last Chance To Get Off, November 6

VorDaj on September 9, 2012 at 9:09 PM

so stealing that … would like to see that as a bumper sticker ….

conservative tarheel on September 9, 2012 at 9:18 PM

I’d be very disappointed to find out that Team Romney is taking advice from Joe Scarborough.

I can’t say with certainty that Romney will win but I’ve seen enough from their campaign to know they are not handing the election to the rat-eared bastard. Some examples:

Upon becoming the presumptive GOP nominee, Romney held an event outside the shuttered Solyndra facility.

Romney made Obama cancel a day of campaigning to go to Louisiana and look at flooded out people in a state that he will lose in November.

Ann Romney did not get sucked into expressing her own views about social issues.

In short, I think there is merit in not going full tilt against the rat-eared bastard now. It is far better to make the contrast during the debates where Obama has to defend his pathetic record on the same stage as the “corporate vulture.”

Happy Nomad on September 9, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Because Romney has the personality of a sack of wet money and simply comes from a different planet (planet Rich) that most Americans can’t identify with (except as some fantasy island TV diversion). Obama, for all his faults, is seen as a regular person who’s lived a normal life. The Romneys are too out of touch.

lostmotherland on September 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Obama is a regular person…

LOL…

In America…I see Romney as a marker….

Obama…

I see as someone that is in my way..

You..
Are also in my way..

Electrongod on September 9, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Have a good night all – this QOTD thread is going to have to go full eeyore without me.

Yeah football.
Yeah Army Wives season finale

gophergirl on September 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Romney = Kerry. Maybe not in policy, but definitely in style and unfortunately image takes precedence over policy with the low-info voters who will ultimately decide this thing.

The only thing that will save Romney’s bacon is to make absolutely clear that his will be the last election in which those paying in to the system will be able to out vote those living off the system and let the racism accusations that will necessarily follow such an argument fall where they may.

abobo on September 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM

You certainly called it War Planner! *clink!*

thatsafactjack on September 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows President Obama attracting support from 49% of voters nationwide, while Mitt Romney earns 45% of the vote. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and three percent (3%) are undecided…

Last week, Ras was the Gold Standard. Now let’s see how many ‘bots throw him under the bus.

ddrintn on September 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM

“The bump is actually happening,” said Ipsos pollster Julia Clark. “How big it’ll be and how long it will last remains to be seen,” she added.

I’d give it a couple of more days. People have a short attention span about these things. The everyday reality of Obama’s policy failures will rapidly erase any temporary emotional bump from an empty speech.

HotAirian on September 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Leave it to AP to write up a handwringing post for the end of the day. It’s what he does best.

wargamer6 on September 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Yeah football.
Yeah Army Wives season finale

gophergirl on September 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Tomorrow?

Electrongod on September 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Obama, for all his faults, is seen as a regular person who’s lived a normal life. The Romneys are too out of touch.

lostmotherland on September 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM

That Obama has lived anything like a normal life is the biggest bunch of nonsense I have ever heard. Only a total idiot would believe it.

VorDaj on September 9, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Last week, Ras was the Gold Standard. Now let’s see how many ‘bots throw him under the bus.

ddrintn on September 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Go to bed, douche.

wargamer6 on September 9, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Let us try that poll just one more time, shall we…?

… But this time, let us include a few more relevant factors:

Real Unemployment at 19%

How long will it take us to pay back $16 trillion in debt?

Obama’s energy policy threatens U.S. security

The Obama team has launched the greatest regulatory barrage in history. It just hasn’t taken effect — yet.

Take your time…

… we have a few more days before the election.

Seven Percent Solution on September 9, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Axe on September 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Stand fast. This is the same blather we heard during the beginning of the primary from the same sources. Useless noise.

thatsafactjack on September 9, 2012 at 9:21 PM

It’s pretty simple. The Republican Party has move so far to the right, and become so addicted to decades-old plutocratic nostrums, that even in the midst of economic hard times, voter recognize the GOP for the frauds they are.

urban elitist on September 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM

If the GOP is losing, it isn’t losing because it’s too conservative. I can’t believe you are trying to make that case with Mitt Romney as the nominee, and buckets of conservatives moaning here about that fact on a daily basis.

Axe on September 9, 2012 at 9:21 PM

If the GOP is losing, it isn’t losing because it’s too conservative. I can’t believe you are trying to make that case with Mitt Romney as the nominee, and buckets of conservatives moaning here about that fact on a daily basis.

Axe on September 9, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Urban Elitist is a liar through and through. Just FYI.

wargamer6 on September 9, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Leave it to AP to write up a handwringing post for the end of the day. It’s what he does best.

wargamer6 on September 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Sometimes I think he is Henny Penny.

VorDaj on September 9, 2012 at 9:21 PM

It’s pretty simple. The Republican Party has move so far to the right, and become so addicted to decades-old plutocratic nostrums, that even in the midst of economic hard times, voter recognize the GOP for the frauds they are.

urban elitist on September 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Yeah, right. It’s the opposite. The GOP has been in such a mad dash for that fuzzy middle, they’ve become indistinguishable from the Democrats. Dem vs Dem Lite, Dem will win every time.

ddrintn on September 9, 2012 at 9:22 PM

SouthernGent on September 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Thanks. We needed that.

esr1951 on September 9, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Yeah, right. It’s the opposite. The GOP has been in such a mad dash for that fuzzy middle, they’ve become indistinguishable from the Democrats. Dem vs Dem Lite, Dem will win every time.

ddrintn on September 9, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Oh if only your hero had ran in the primaries..

wargamer6 on September 9, 2012 at 9:23 PM

If the GOP is losing [...]

Axe on September 9, 2012 at 9:21 PM

*I don’t actually think the GOP is losing, by the by.

Axe on September 9, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Last week, Ras was the Gold Standard. Now let’s see how many ‘bots throw him under the bus.

ddrintn on September 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Go to bed, douche.

wargamer6 on September 9, 2012 at 9:20 PM

And another one of the intellectual lights of the Mittler Youth checks in. You people are going to have to be committed on the evening of November 6. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

ddrintn on September 9, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Obama, for all his faults, is seen as a regular person who’s lived a normal life. The Romneys are too out of touch.

lostmotherland on September 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM

the Obama’s? lmfao alinsky fail. neither of them have produced one thing of value in this world. they are prototypical affirmative action soft bigotry of low expectation progressives promoted way past their aptitudes. they’d be better off in the south side of Chicago avoiding the gang violence hustling on the street.

tom daschle concerned on September 9, 2012 at 9:25 PM

When Romney had a 4 point bump in the polls immediately post convention all of these same people were SILENT. No where to be found.

Today they rush here trying to proclaim victory.

They’re the same people we saw do the same thing during the primaries.

Give it a couple of days.

thatsafactjack on September 9, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Romney can beat Obama.

Team Romney cannot fight Team Barry.

When the campaign manager inflicts the most long lasting wound with “etch-a-sketch” and doesn’t get fired, we all walk the tightrope.

budfox on September 9, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Last week, Ras was the Gold Standard. Now let’s see how many ‘bots throw him under the bus.

ddrintn on September 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Actually in the threads today I saw none of that but you’re comments are predictable.

CW on September 9, 2012 at 9:25 PM

And another one of the intellectual lights of the Mittler Youth checks in. You people are going to have to be committed on the evening of November 6. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

ddrintn on September 9, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Wow nazi references? Truly pathetic from the cult of the failed Alaskan Governor.

wargamer6 on September 9, 2012 at 9:26 PM

President Barack Obama heads out of the national political conventions with a much clearer path to winning, top advisers to Mitt Romney privately concede.

According to Jennifer Rubin the Romney campaign denies that their people said anything of the kind.

Terrye on September 9, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Oh if only your hero had ran in the primaries..

wargamer6 on September 9, 2012 at 9:23 PM

It’s “had run”, Shakespeare. And yeah, I wish she had.

ddrintn on September 9, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Worse off than four years ago? You’re worse off than last year. (GREAT LINE from I think the WSJ that Romney should use).

Marcus on September 9, 2012 at 9:27 PM

According to Jennifer Rubin the Romney campaign denies that their people said anything of the kind.

Terrye on September 9, 2012 at 9:26 PM

That’s not going to stop the TrueCon shitmouths from complaining.

wargamer6 on September 9, 2012 at 9:27 PM

And another one of the intellectual lights of the Mittler Youth checks in. You people are going to have to be committed on the evening of November 6. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

ddrintn on September 9, 2012 at 9:25 PM

I’m sure all here are hanging on your every word.

VorDaj on September 9, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Oh if only your hero had ran in the primaries..

wargamer6 on September 9, 2012 at 9:23 PM

She’ll still be standing after this mess is over..:)

idesign on September 9, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Give it a couple of days.

thatsafactjack on September 9, 2012 at 9:25 PM

I’m not really worried about the election. I’m just worried about that strange 52% approval. So half the country thinks Obama is doing an OK or better job? Wait, this country?

What does he have to do, spoon with a biker chick?

Axe on September 9, 2012 at 9:28 PM

urban elitist on September 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM

as you well know, this has nothing to do with right or left, it has to do with $$$$$$…the opm type of money

and, as you also know, what can not continue, won’t. (of course, you probably agree with Keynes that in the long run we’re all dead)

but, on a more cheerful note…Sarah Hoyt has some stuff to remind us all of

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/09/09/spreading-fear-and-despondency/?singlepage=true

Recently I’ve been reading the anti-Obama blogsphere, and yesterday it finally got to me.

I have only one question to ask – are you insane?

No, let me add a few other questions: Have you gone completely out of your minds? Do you want to lose? And do you understand fully what a loss would mean?

I hate to say it but I think the answers are yes, yes, yes and no.

I don’t like yelling at people on the right. Like Reagan, I hold on to the idea that there are no enemies on the right. I prefer to make my points in nicer ways. However, there comes a time any good housewife reaches for the broom. It is now time for the broom.

r keller on September 9, 2012 at 9:28 PM

She’ll still be standing after this mess is over..:)

idesign on September 9, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Nah. She would’ve quit when things got tough. Just like in Alaska.

wargamer6 on September 9, 2012 at 9:28 PM

According to Jennifer Rubin the Romney campaign denies that their people said anything of the kind.

Terrye on September 9, 2012 at 9:26 PM

How would they know? Do you think anybody who said that would go to their superiors and say, “Oh by the way, I just started spreading doom and gloom to the press.”

Mark1971 on September 9, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Two metrics are going to determine the winner of the 2012 elections.

1. The percentage of Obama “White Voters” in 2008 who would switch and vote for Romney in 2012.

2. The percentage of Obama 2008 voters who would stay home in 2012.

If 10% of Obama 2008 “White Voters” switch and vote for Romney in 2012 AND if 3% of Obama 2008 voters stay home in 2012 then it is a certainty that Romney would win the elections.

Based on polls Obama is losing 15% to 18% of his 2008 “White Voters” so assuming that 10% of Obama 2008 “White Voters” switching for Romney in 2012 is a very probable scenario.

Based on polls it is very clear than the Republican base is highly more energized than the democrat base so assuming that 3% of Obama 2008 voters staying home in 2012 is a very probable scenario.

Based on the above the probability of Romney winning the elections is higher than Obama…

mnjg on September 9, 2012 at 9:28 PM

And another one of the intellectual lights of the Mittler Youth checks in. You people are going to have to be committed on the evening of November 6. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

ddrintn on September 9, 2012 at 9:25 PM

You want Obama to win because the only thing you care about is seeing Mitt Romney lose..that will not change the fact that your preferred candidate did not run…so what you are warning me about? Maybe Sarah should have run, maybe she should have spent less time on book tours and reality TV and more time on actually putting it on the line and running for the nomination.

Terrye on September 9, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Yeah, right. It’s the opposite. The GOP has been in such a mad dash for that fuzzy middle, they’ve become indistinguishable from the Democrats. Dem vs Dem Lite, Dem will win every time.

ddrintn on September 9, 2012 at 9:22 PM

I’m trying to identify the part where they rushed the middle. I’m thinking that, the third time around, people aren’t buying the old “cutting rich people’s taxes will make your life better” sales pitch. Particularly when you’re trying to make the deficit an issue. People aren’t actually as stupid as Romney hopes.

If he got Mitch McConell and John Boehner to stand up with him and annouce thatm, within 90 days of his inauguration, he’d sign something similar to Simpson-Bowles plan, he’d win in a landslide. But he’s a prisoner of his own base.

urban elitist on September 9, 2012 at 9:29 PM

You want Obama to win because the only thing you care about is seeing Mitt Romney lose..that will not change the fact that your preferred candidate did not run…so what you are warning me about? Maybe Sarah should have run, maybe she should have spent less time on book tours and reality TV and more time on actually putting it on the line and running for the nomination.

Terrye on September 9, 2012 at 9:29 PM

There’s more money to be made in TV and books. That’s why she didn’t run.

wargamer6 on September 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Wow nazi references? Truly pathetic from the cult of the failed Alaskan Governor.

wargamer6 on September 9, 2012 at 9:26 PM

And what are you going to be in December, the cult of the failed buyout specialist?

ddrintn on September 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

OBAMA’S HHS PROGRAMME TO SHIFT POOR SENIORS OUT OF MEDICARE AND INTO VOUCHER PROGRAMMES

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/09/hhs-programme-to-shift-poor-seniors-out.html

Resist We Much on September 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

If Obama is a regular person then so was Jim Jones.

VorDaj on September 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

How would they know? Do you think anybody who said that would go to their superiors and say, “Oh by the way, I just started spreading doom and gloom to the press.”

Mark1971 on September 9, 2012 at 9:28 PM

And how do we know that these people even exist?

Terrye on September 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Axe on September 9, 2012 at 9:28 PM

LOL! Polls are notoriously unreliable at this point in the campaign. They tend to become more stable and reliable the closer one gets to election day starting about 6 weeks out.

Even then, it depends on the spread, who they ask, and how they ask the question.

I don’t pay a lot of attention to polls.

thatsafactjack on September 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

One thing I noticed is that Rasmussen’s SWING STATE tracking poll barely changed. Romney had a 2 point lead for most of last week and now has a 1-point lead.

Methinks that the convention bounce may largely be in states Obama was already winning.

FBones on September 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

When the campaign manager inflicts the most long lasting wound with “etch-a-sketch” and doesn’t get fired, we all walk the tightrope.

budfox on September 9, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Congratulations on waking up from your coma.

Romney is the candidate. Stop with the primary fights.

Happy Nomad on September 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

As of August 1st…
My insurance premiums went up $40/month to pay for lostmother’s..birth control…

Another $500 per year…

Thanks Lost…

Electrongod on September 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Wow nazi references? Truly pathetic from the cult of the failed Alaskan Governor.

wargamer6 on September 9, 2012 at 9:26 PM

And what are you going to be in December, the cult of the failed buyout specialist?

ddrintn on September 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

At least he put his time and money on the line and ran. That is something your hero did not bother to do.

Terrye on September 9, 2012 at 9:31 PM

And what are you going to be in December, the cult of the failed buyout specialist?

ddrintn on September 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

There’s no “mittbots”, no “cult of romney”. There’s just people who are trying to defeat Obama.

You, on the other hand, are a douche. Your hero didn’t run, so you do your best to take potshots at the winner. You show your true colors here, loser.

wargamer6 on September 9, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Obama hates white people, especially Jews, so why would any of them vote for him?

VorDaj on September 9, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Maybe the election won’t be so close after all. We’d all better hope so. Because, given the rate at which Democrats are frantically adding to the dependency state, another four years of Obama may be enough to tip the balance between the private sector and government dependence once and for all.

Uh, no. Four more years of Obama and there won’t be any dependency because there won’t be any money left. Unless every working American(the ones that are left anyway) is prepared to pay a much higher tax rate in order to keep the gravy train rolling for a few more years, the whole economy will come crashing down. Then we’ll all see why gun sales have been spiking lately. It ain’t an infringement on the 2nd Amendment that has people worried. It’s that when people who are dependent on government checks suddenly stop receiving them in the mail, they’re gonna get angry and violent.

Doughboy on September 9, 2012 at 9:32 PM

I’m trying to identify the part where they rushed the middle.

urban elitist on September 9, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Two immediate examples: the debt ceiling and the “hey, let’s keep some of ObamaCare” stuff.

ddrintn on September 9, 2012 at 9:32 PM

And another one of the intellectual lights of the Mittler Youth checks in. You people are going to have to be committed on the evening of November 6. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

ddrintn on September 9, 2012 at 9:25 PM

We are going to win on November 6 2012… And even if we lose, the chances are small that this would happen, we will go on with our lives. We conservative are hard working producers… The people who would be hurt most if Obama wins, he is not going to win, are his supporters who the lazy and parasites of our society… Just check who is hurting most under Obama now and it is mostly his voters…

mnjg on September 9, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Methinks that the convention bounce may largely be in states Obama was already winning.

FBones on September 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

That may well be. So I guess Romney might as well wright off Kalifornia, New Yark and Illnoise.

VorDaj on September 9, 2012 at 9:34 PM

According to Jennifer Rubin the Romney campaign denies that their people said anything of the kind.

Terrye on September 9, 2012 at 9:26 PM

That’s not going to stop the TrueCon shitmouths from complaining.

wargamer6 on September 9, 2012 at 9:27 PM

And it won’t stop the legacy media from making things up from whole cloth.

SouthernGent on September 9, 2012 at 9:35 PM

There’s more money to be made in TV and books. That’s why she didn’t run.

wargamer6 on September 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

That might be true…but she was not the only one..for all the finger pointing at Mitt Romney from TruCons and other people looking for someone to blame in case of an Obama victory, it is worth noting that the choices were pretty damn slim. Several high profile conservatives could not be bothered to take the chance Mitt Romney has taken.

Terrye on September 9, 2012 at 9:35 PM

There’s no “mittbots”, no “cult of romney”. There’s just people who are trying to defeat Obama.

You, on the other hand, are a douche. Your hero didn’t run, so you do your best to take potshots at the winner. You show your true colors here, loser.

wargamer6 on September 9, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Oh, so you’re just another Red Team camp follower then. Henry Waxman could put a n R after his name and snag the GOP nomination and you’d be pimping him as well.

At least he put his time and money on the line and ran. That is something your hero did not bother to do.

Terrye on September 9, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Time and money wasted, probably.

ddrintn on September 9, 2012 at 9:36 PM

And it won’t stop the legacy media from making things up from whole cloth.

SouthernGent on September 9, 2012 at 9:35 PM

That is true, especially if they think they can cause trouble and create division. Needless to say there will be people ready willing and eager to help them out.

Terrye on September 9, 2012 at 9:37 PM

On October 26, 1980, two days prior to the debate between Reagan and Carter, Gallup released a survey that suggested that Carter was leading Reagan by a margin of 47% to 39%. Carter by 8%.

The Debate occurred on October 28, 1980.

The Washington Post then released a poll with the interview date of October 30, two days after the debate. It showed Carter leading by 3%.

CSR released a poll with the interview date of November 1 that showed a dead heat.

November 4, 1980, Reagan won the election by 10%.

jaime on September 9, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Oh, so you’re just another Red Team camp follower then. Henry Waxman could put a n R after his name and snag the GOP nomination and you’d be pimping him as well.

You’re just as crazy as the Paultards. All Sarah has to do is wag her finger, and you’ll come running. If she ever decided to be a Democrat, you’d follow and still be a parrot.

wargamer6 on September 9, 2012 at 9:38 PM

This is all unbelievable. BO gives a lousy speech and the masses are energized and up go his polls? Please. Gallup already has him down 4 points now. This is nuts. And for anyone to say Romney’s gonna lose means there are a bunch of spineless R’s and wishful D’s.

gracie on September 9, 2012 at 9:39 PM

LOL! Polls are notoriously unreliable at this point in the campaign. They tend to become more stable and reliable the closer one gets to election day starting about 6 weeks out.

Even then, it depends on the spread, who they ask, and how they ask the question.

I don’t pay a lot of attention to polls.

thatsafactjack on September 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Oh, give me a break. Every time a Ras poll is highlighted showing Romney in the lead, the ‘bot squad shows up doing the funky chicken dance. Romney in the lead: reliable. Romney trailing: meaningless. The delusion at this site is so thick you can cut it with a knife.

ddrintn on September 9, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Romney is the nominee. That’s reality. IF you wish to see Obama out of office, Romney is the candidate to back.

If you’re one of those people who insists that you’re a conservative, and you’re still attacking conservatives over supporting the nominee, despite the fact that the primary is over… look around at who is standing there agreeing with you and attacking conservatives with glee.

You recognize them. The Obamaists.

That’s the company you’re keeping, the people you’re enabling, and the side your helping.

thatsafactjack on September 9, 2012 at 9:40 PM

We are going to win on November 6 2012… And even if we lose, the chances are small that this would happen, we will go on with our lives. We conservative are hard working producers… The people who would be hurt most if Obama wins, he is not going to win, are his supporters who the lazy and parasites of our society… Just check who is hurting most under Obama now and it is mostly his voters…

mnjg on September 9, 2012 at 9:34 PM

A layer above lazy parasites exists, and people there are going to have a really hard time climbing up. Those are the ones I’m worried about. (We could call them the working poor or something — people for whom the safety nets are entangling and the rungs above their heads have either disappeared or been pulled up out of reach.)

Axe on September 9, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Oh, so you’re just another Red Team camp follower then. Henry Waxman could put a n R after his name and snag the GOP nomination and you’d be pimping him as well.

At least he put his time and money on the line and ran. That is something your hero did not bother to do.

Terrye on September 9, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Time and money wasted, probably.

ddrintn on September 9, 2012 at 9:36 PM

If it is that damn easy why didn’t some of these people who like to go on TV and yak about what great conservatives they are give it a try?

Ron Paul made a career out of running for President….That is the thing about people like you…you are good at back stabbing and finger pointing but you can not deliver…you have no new ideas, candidates or suggestions..you just sit back and pray for disaster so that you can make other people feel bad. That is all you care about.

Terrye on September 9, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Kurtz is 100 percent right.

A month ago, by picking Ryan, I thought Romney had decided to show Obama for what he is: a smart, demogogic leftist who wants to reshape the country. That’s when he caught up. Now he’s plateauing again because rather than defending conservatism the campaign became “Obama’s in over his head.” No he’s not. He’s a leftist who’s doing exactly what he wants to do.

If that message doesn’t come out, the game is over. If Obama wins the goose is cooked and America, and conservatism, will be over until there’s a collapse from Big Government Liberalism like in Greece. I became worried when Ryan’s speech didn’t talk about the American idea, which is what he had been doing for the last two years.

cpaulus on September 9, 2012 at 9:41 PM

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