When desperation strikes incumbents

posted at 8:31 am on October 20, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

It’s been a while since we’ve had an incumbent President lose an election.  In fact, it was 20 years ago, when George H. W. Bush lost in a three-way fight to Bill Clinton.  What made that election remarkable was that Bush had enjoyed some of the best-ever job approval ratings of any modern American President just a little over a year earlier, into the 80s — unthinkable these days for anyone, Republican or Democrat.  Bush, a decorated veteran of World War II and a longtime player in diplomacy and national security, lost the election to an upstart Governor when the economy turned somewhat sour.

I recall the moment when I realized for the first time — not feared, but realized — that Bush would lose the election.  Bush was campaigning in Michigan at the end of October, trying to whip some energy back into his campaign in the home stretch, a task that would fall far short just a few days later.  Then-Governor John Engler told the Warren, MI crowd that the Bush campaign was “hot” and the Democrats “dead in the water,” which was merely the kind of fantasy all campaigns spin toward the end.

Bush then spoke, and went after Clinton and Al Gore in a personal, demeaning way I’d not heard from the President before then:

At a midday GOP rally at Macomb Community College, the president unleashed a rhetorical fusillade on Bill Clinton and running mate Sen. Albert Gore Jr., attacking their fitness for office, their character and charging, “My dog Millie knows more about foreign policy than these two bozos.”

In particular, Bush targeted Gore, whom he now calls “Ozone Man,” or just plain “Ozone.” “You know why I call him Ozone Man?” Bush said. “This guy is so far out in the environmental extreme, we’ll be up to our neck in owls and outta work for every American. He is way out, far out, man.”

When I heard that, I thought to myself, “What President talks like that?”  Part of the advantage the office gives an incumbent is its gravitas.  Bush’s own history as a diplomat, intelligence executive, and war hero gave him plenty more of that.  Bush abandoned that in the final week in schoolyard name-calling. That’s not why Bush lost the election, of course.  It was, however, the moment that I knew he’d lost it — and was pretty sure he knew he was losing, too.

Keep that in mind when you hear Barack Obama on the stump talking about “Romnesia.”  Those elementary-school attacks using people’s names are something one usually farms out to surrogates (and is pretty lame regardless).  That comes with the grasping of “binders,” literally grasping in Joe Biden’s case (and literally literally, not Bidenesque “literally”), as a major campaign theme. When the President himself starts using attacks like this, it speaks to his desperation more than his opponent’s positions.  It adds more heft to the argument that the first debate wasn’t a fluke, but demonstrated an actual gap in presidential stature between the two men.


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@EspressoBold – I said it first, but you said it better. I’m a lifetime NoVa resident and I can’t recall Fairfax County being anything other than liberal – unless it was sometime during the Reagan years, during which I was too young to notice.

mrsknightley on October 20, 2012 at 11:07 AM

If “we” are shocked, just think how flabbergasted the MSM will be. They declared “Mitt is toast!” in mid-September.

It’s starting to look like they may soon have to choose between “We are hopelessly out-of-touch and don’t know what we are talking about at all!” or “Mitt is Lazarus!”

What am I saying? I’ve already written what they will say:

“America is a racist and downright mean country!”

Resist We Much on October 20, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Some will say that–the Mike Lupicas and Toures of the world already have. However, most won’t look at it that way, especially once the economy starts to take off in 2013-2014. Most will turn on Obama. In 20 years it will be tough to find somebody that is willing to admit supporting Obama.

ghostwriter on October 20, 2012 at 11:07 AM

WI, NH and Maine voters spoke decisively on this subject recently and the socialists got their asses kicked.

dogsoldier on October 20, 2012 at 11:04 AM

But…but..but intrade said…………
*kunta

VegasRick on October 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM

rockmom on October 20, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Thank you…

SHARPTOOTH on October 20, 2012 at 11:09 AM

He should be running on his very solid record. …

urban elitist on October 20, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Delusional.

ShadowsPawn on October 20, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Yea, a gap in Presidential Stature. A gap in Experience. A gap in Intellect. It’s a major difference in Gravitas, if you will. The Failure-in-chief has acted like a kid, way in above his head. As the Ideologue he is, the details of the job, will never cross his mind. It’s all about the Ideology. As much of an Extremist, he’s also lacking in creativity. It’s hard to be creative when you’re always trying to catch up, intellectually!
Update on:How to take on the Obama Enemy media & Win: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 20, 2012 at 11:10 AM

McCain had alot of negativity from the Bush years to overcome. Right or wrong, the Bush Administration was polarizing and demonized by the left. The economy crash a month before the election was the final nail in the coffin for McCain’s campaign.

Texas74 on October 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Lost.

Bmore on October 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Know what desperation smells like?

Big Bird crapping a plastic binder . . .

BigAlSouth on October 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM

He should be running on his very solid record. …

urban elitist on October 20, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Delusional.

ShadowsPawn on October 20, 2012 at 11:10 AM

He’s exhibit A that liberals don’t care about actual accomplishments, only imputed intentions.

ghostwriter on October 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM

He should be running on his very solid record. Saved the economy, reformed health care, major Wall Street reform, strong effort on gays and women, decent foreign policy…

urban elitist on October 20, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Bishop on October 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM

WI, NH and Maine voters spoke decisively on this subject recently and the socialists got their asses kicked.
dogsoldier on October 20, 2012 at 11:04 AM

I will repost his just to see what others think. Obama is set up to game Ohio from the beginning and since 2008 but he doesn’t have that organization at this point in other places he didn’t think he would need and there is a way around any GOTV, Early voting, cheating he set up in Ohio if the numbers won’t move.

Repost::Just a side point Ohio is down to 18EV’s after the last census and we gains I think 7EV’s in that last census in Red states. Winning Romney’s backyard NH and Ryan’s Home state WI is 14EV’s and let’s you bypass Ohio to 271 with CO which the Obama camp is already conceding. There is a path around the Ohio firewall if Obama puts all his effort there. The will of the people will lose him WI and NH where he isn’t campaigning hard. He can’t just win an election he is losing by gaming Ohio.

Conan on October 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM

McCain had alot of negativity from the Bush years to overcome. Right or wrong, the Bush Administration was polarizing and demonized by the left. The economy crash a month before the election was the final nail in the coffin for McCain’s campaign.

Texas74 on October 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Romney is still contending with the Bush record, which tarnished the Republican brand pretty badly.

ghostwriter on October 20, 2012 at 11:13 AM

I will repost his just to see what others think. Obama is set up to game Ohio from the beginning and since 2008 but he doesn’t have that organization at this point in other places he didn’t think he would need and there is a way around any GOTV, Early voting, cheating he set up in Ohio if the numbers won’t move.

Repost::Just a side point Ohio is down to 18EV’s after the last census and we gains I think 7EV’s in that last census in Red states. Winning Romney’s backyard NH and Ryan’s Home state WI is 14EV’s and let’s you bypass Ohio to 271 with CO which the Obama camp is already conceding. There is a path around the Ohio firewall if Obama puts all his effort there. The will of the people will lose him WI and NH where he isn’t campaigning hard. He can’t just win an election he is losing by gaming Ohio.

Conan on October 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM

I don’t think that Romney necessarily needs Ohio. The fact that the conventional wisdom keeps harping on Ohio as essential suggests to me that Romney could very well wind up being the first Republican to win the presidency without Ohio, because the CW is so often wrong.

ghostwriter on October 20, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Vera Baker
https://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=les%3B&gs_nf=3&cp=7&gs_id=3c&xhr=t&q=vera+baker&pf=p&sclient=psy-ab&oq=vera+ba&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=c1b85a699ef1b350&bpcl=35466521&biw=1680&bih=920

Larry Sinclair
https://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=les%3B&gs_nf=3&pq=vera%20baker&cp=9&gs_id=u1&xhr=t&q=larry+sinclair&pf=p&sclient=psy-ab&oq=larry+sin&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=c1b85a699ef1b350&bpcl=35466521&biw=1680&bih=920

http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/19/gloria-allred-mum-on-drudge-october-surprise-speculation/

Women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred will not confirm or deny Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge’s speculation that she will soon “make a move” to affect the presidential election.

“Here she comes. Hearing Gloria Allred out there again, about to make a move.” Drudge tweeted Thursday. “After all, it’s her time of the campaign. Team O at the ready!!”

Allred is so far not commenting 0n the rumor, chalking her silence up to client privacy.

“I have no comment at this time about Mr. Drudge’s Tweet,” Allred told Radar Online. “I don’t discuss meetings with potential clients.”

Allred is known for taking clients with high-profile cases, including those with political implications.

During the Republican presidential primary, Allred represented Sharon Bialek, whose claims of sexual misconduct against Herman Cain helped to push him out of the race. In 2010, Allred represented the illegal immigrant former housekeeper of then-Republican California gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman.

In early October, Allred met with President Obama during a campaign fundraiser at the Nokia Theater in L.A.

“I just thanked him for being the great president that he is and let him know the work that I do. And he indicated that he was very well aware of the work that I do and liked the work that I did and was very very kind,” Allred told TMZ. “He said to the people there ‘she is one of the best attorneys in our country.’ So that was very very kind of him.”

Allred attended the Democratic National Convention as a Calfornia delegate over the summer.

Bring it Gloria.

PappyD61 on October 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM

When he starts using tactics like this? When did he stop? He’s been denigrating his opposition practically from the get go.

natasha333 on October 20, 2012 at 11:21 AM

.. and was surprised how many Obama sins I saw.
urban elitist on October 20, 2012 at 9:14 AM

We tried to warn you in 2008.

Cleombrotus on October 20, 2012 at 11:23 AM

He should be running on his very solid record. Saved the economy, reformed health care, major Wall Street reform, strong effort on gays and women, decent foreign policy…

urban elitist on October 20, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Bishop on October 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM

BWAHAHAHA!!!!

Metro on October 20, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I’ll concede to urban elitist this one point: Obama has made a “stong effort on gays” but not in the poltical sense.

natasha333 on October 20, 2012 at 11:24 AM

He should be running on his very solid record. Saved the economy, reformed health care, major Wall Street reform, strong effort on gays and women, decent foreign policy…

urban elitist on October 20, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Face it, your guy doesn’t want to be POTUS for another term.

He’s a historic figure, the first “black” POTUS. Why can’t you just let him retire gracefully? Voting for him is an act of cruelty. Keeping him in the job of POTUS that is so far beneath a man of his once-in-a-millennium stature is doing him a grave injustice.

His first term has been so magnificent, he shouldn’t need another — what could anyone do to be worthy of following that unparalleled greatness. He’s running again simply out of humility and a sense of duty from which you should be eager to release him.

Voting for Obama again is like admitting that he wasn’t as great as you thought he was.

mr.blacksheep on October 20, 2012 at 11:24 AM

ghostwriter on October 20, 2012 at 11:13 AM

The whole thing reminds me of 1980. The country in 1976 elected a liberal incompetent Democrat who promised to heal the country’s soul from what the Republican Presidency had (supposedly) done to it with Nixon and Watergate. The Presidency following was a failure with high gas prices and a horrible economy as a result of pursing liberal ideas about the world, energy and the economy. The country then was reluctant to embrace a guy that the President painted as a radical and dangerous. Then they debated and the country saw a reasonable guy that in no way resembled the demon they had been told. The country started to go towards the new candidate and he started to climb in the polls. Let’s hope the rest of the story is the same. The incumbent President is tossed out and an era of repair is begun. The Republican brand is renewed as the party of competent leadership and the Democrats are sentenced to be untrustworthy for over a decade.

Conan on October 20, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Bmore on October 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Good morning!..:)

Dire Straits on October 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM

PappyD61 on October 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM

O’Bumbles won elections at the state level via personal attacks and through the convenient un-sealing of divorce records. It wouldn’t shock me that his real October Surprise consisted not of a miltary action somewhere in the Middle East but some sleazy, guttersnipe attack on Romney at the last moment (for maximum effect) through Gloria the publicity whore.

Moose Drool on October 20, 2012 at 11:28 AM

An effective October Surprise for Obama has to be something that depresses Romney’s base. Think about the DUI that the Dems used against W late in 2000 which caused a lot of religious conservatives to stay home and made that race much closer than it should have been.

I don’t think they’ve got anything, which isn’t to say they won’t try. I just don’t think it will work.

Jack Squat Bupkis on October 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM

guttersnipe attack on Romney at the last moment (for maximum effect) through Gloria the publicity whore.

Moose Drool on October 20, 2012 at 11:28 AM

If you are undedicded or a swing voter some lawsuit isn’t going to do it for you. I would add binders and insults to that. I would also add any sudden attack would look cynical with 2 weeks to go and backfire if you are too suspicious of Obama to vote for him after ALL this campaigning.

Conan on October 20, 2012 at 11:34 AM

An effective October Surprise for Obama has to be something that depresses Romney’s base. Think about the DUI that the Dems used against W late in 2000 which caused a lot of religious conservatives to stay home and made that race much closer than it should have been.

I don’t think they’ve got anything, which isn’t to say they won’t try. I just don’t think it will work.

Jack Squat Bupkis on October 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I would be astonished if they had any dirt on Romney. If they have anything, it’ll be on Ryan. And I don’t think that folks are very interested in playing those kinds of games this year, after the last four that we’ve had. Short of there being a dead girl or live boy involved, it won’t save Obama.

ghostwriter on October 20, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I don’t think they’ve got anything, which isn’t to say they won’t try. I just don’t think it will work.

Jack Squat Bupkis on October 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM

They have been holding on to the ATOMIC news story that Romney pulled Maryjane Smith’s pigtails in kindergarten. gloryia all-red will drop the bombshell.

VegasRick on October 20, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Middle East but some sleazy, guttersnipe attack on Romney at the last moment (for maximum effect) through Gloria the publicity whore.

Moose Drool on October 20, 2012 at 11:28 AM

It’s too late for Gloria. If she had anything Zero would have used it already. What she has may in fact hurt Obama. He may be the target.

dogsoldier on October 20, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Sidenote: They really have some odious characters on the left, don’t they? That Allred person is pretty despicable IMO–an absolute bottomfeeder.

ghostwriter on October 20, 2012 at 11:39 AM

“When the debate is lost, slander is the tool of the loser.” …Socrates

Mr. Obama has lost and I think he knows it…

StarLady on October 20, 2012 at 11:39 AM

An effective October Surprise for Obama has to be something that depresses Romney’s base.
Jack Squat Bupkis on October 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Now you are thinking like Axelrod. The October surprise would have to be about Romney and depressing votes Obama can’t get. Problem with this is Romney voters aren’t going to go for another 4 years of Obama without a gun to their head. There will be no protest vote against something Romney did that I can see and would people believe it enough from Obama to drop out of voting? I don’t think so.

Conan on October 20, 2012 at 11:39 AM

It’s too late for Gloria. If she had anything Zero would have used it already. What she has may in fact hurt Obama. He may be the target.

dogsoldier on October 20, 2012 at 11:37 AM

These folks are not that bright. I think she comes out revealing that obambi is gay in an attempt to help his campaign.

VegasRick on October 20, 2012 at 11:39 AM

mrsknightley on October 20, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I used to live in Fairfax Co. – way back in the 60s – and it was a fairly conservative area.
Of course, back then, Fairfax was not even considered a “suburb”, but was just “way out in the country”.

Solaratov on October 20, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Rasmussen still shows Romney ahead, in polling conducted since the second debate.

ghostwriter on October 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM

And, it wasn’t Clinton’s first three-way either!

/rimshot

massrighty on October 20, 2012 at 8:37 AM

nice to start the morning off with a laugh here in NV

I am a driver for hundreds of CA Bay Area volunteers walking the neighborhoods in Reno, while thousands of volunteers from UT and LA do it in Las Vegas

soaring optimism here

early voting starts today

lawn signs 20 to 1 in favor of Romney

one sweet young Obama campaign worker flipped us the bird when we walked by her restaurant table and waved HI

lady parts speaking I guess

fred5678 on October 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

He should be running on his very solid record. Saved the economy, reformed health care, major Wall Street reform, strong effort on gays and women, decent foreign policy…

urban elitist on October 20, 2012 at 9:14 AM

You forgot the /sarc/ tag, ue.

But thanks for the morning laugh anyway.

Solaratov on October 20, 2012 at 11:46 AM

I used to live in Fairfax Co. – way back in the 60s – and it was a fairly conservative area.
Of course, back then, Fairfax was not even considered a “suburb”, but was just “way out in the country”.

Solaratov on October 20, 2012 at 11:40 AM

These days Fairfax is pretty liberal. As you go further west and south, )(e.g., Fuaquier or Loudon counties) it becomes progressively more conservative. Obama needs to rack up big margins in Fairfax if he wants to carry Virginia.

I spend a lot of time in the area, and my general feeling is that enthusiasm for Obama seems to be much lower than in ’08. Even in Maryland, I see much fewer Obama bumper stickers than last time around (not that Romney is going to carry Maryland). However, it could just be wishful thinking on my part…

ghostwriter on October 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Sidenote: They really have some odious characters on the left, don’t they? That Allred person is pretty despicable IMO–an absolute bottomfeeder.

ghostwriter on October 20, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I’m guessing she’ll trot out some woman that Romney counseled when he was an acting Bishop for the Mormon church. Some kind of reproductive advice he gave her, or marital advice, or something with a patriarchal whiff to it, to turn off women. The woman will appear damaged by the meeting with Mitt. Watch for it.

Paul-Cincy on October 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM

It will be interesting to learn the actual number of attendees since the Pittsburgh media (except for the Scaife-owned newspaper) are generally in the tank for the Dems.

onlineanalyst on October 20, 2012 at 10:28 AM

I heard on Friday that the Tribune Review (Scaife-owned) endorsed Casey for the Senate. They said it was because he is just so darn easy to get along with and has such a great personality!

Night Owl on October 20, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Now you are thinking like Axelrod. The October surprise would have to be about Romney and depressing votes Obama can’t get. Problem with this is Romney voters aren’t going to go for another 4 years of Obama without a gun to their head. There will be no protest vote against something Romney did that I can see and would people believe it enough from Obama to drop out of voting? I don’t think so.

Conan on October 20, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I predict Zero will use Gloria Allred to bring some woman forward who is filing a lawsuit against Romney, or one of his sons, for some kind of “discrimination” thing.

Rational Thought on October 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM

The woman will appear damaged by the meeting with Mitt. Watch for it.

Paul-Cincy on October 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Let the refuttingating (made up word) begin!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcqPVEYKQEk

VegasRick on October 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM

“Some are born to move the world
To live their fantasies
But most of us just dream about
The things we’d like to be
Sadder still to watch it die
Than never to have known it
For you, the blind who once could see
The bell tolls for thee…”

— Rush “Losing It”

AbeFroman on October 20, 2012 at 11:52 AM

I haven’t read the comments yet, so someone else may have said this:
One striking difference between Obama and the first George Bush is that Obama hates the United States. Who knows what Obama will do. I think he will do anything to win.

GaltBlvnAtty on October 20, 2012 at 11:53 AM

They don’t have shite, they are just taunting…same like they said theh would leak his tax returns, yeah right…as for that idiot, gloria allred, it worked once with Meg Whitman, and that’s because she was a lady and didn’t fight back (dirty, I mean), but it’s not going to work this time, the stakes are too high, they are suicidal if they try something now, it will have the opposite effect on the public..and what could be anyways. That his gardener at his La Jolla house is illegal, yeah, big deal, aren’t they all…here, in Kali at least :)… Nanny out of question coz apparently they never had nannies or maids…so, gloria allred can kiss my derriere, she has the credibility of john edwards at this point…

jimver on October 20, 2012 at 9:06 AM

I never understood that Meg Whitman incident. If it actually happen, why wasn’t the maid sued and prosecuted for fraud and identity theft?

Nutstuyu on October 20, 2012 at 11:58 AM

SPOT ON analysis Ed….

when the president acts beneath the dignity of the office…that is pretty grim

cmsinaz on October 20, 2012 at 11:58 AM

They gon’ put y’all in binders!

Keep it up Biden, soon Romney will have all of the 50 Shades of Gray fans in his corner.

agmartin on October 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM

saw a neighbor’s sign this am in his yard, ‘I BUILT THIS’…pretty cool

cmsinaz on October 20, 2012 at 12:01 PM

SPOT ON analysis Ed….

when the president acts beneath the dignity of the office…that is pretty grim

cmsinaz on October 20, 2012 at 11:58 AM

When has Obama lived up to the dignity of the office? Serious question. Obama was attacking Rush at the very beginning of his term in office, when he was still riding high.

ghostwriter on October 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM

He should be running on his very solid record. Saved the economy, reformed health care, major Wall Street reform, strong effort on gays and women, decent foreign policy…

urban elitist on October 20, 2012 at 9:14 AM

HAHAHA. No comment necessary, but at least you realized you had to limit your praise on foreign policy to “decent”.

Chuck Schick on October 20, 2012 at 12:14 PM

if the October surprise is some false affair

bring up the fact that they tried to do this to John McCain in 2008

stand dignified, presidential and refute

personally I think their big bomb was the 47%
they had to use it early when Lybia went viral

audiotom on October 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM

He should be running on his very solid record. Saved the economy, reformed health care, major Wall Street reform, strong effort on gays and women, decent foreign policy…

urban elitist on October 20, 2012 at 9:14 AM

HAHAHA. No comment necessary, but at least you realized you had to limit your praise on foreign policy to “decent”.

Chuck Schick on October 20, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Even decent is delusional. Can they name one significant achievement, aside from bin Laden’s death?

ghostwriter on October 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM

He should be running on his very solid record.
urban elitist on October 20, 2012 at 9:14 AM

That would be pretty hard to do when he’s already spending every waking moment running away from it.

tommyboy on October 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM

personally I think their big bomb was the 47%
they had to use it early when Lybia went viral

audiotom on October 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM

You get the kewpie doll! I think that your analysis is exactly right. They’ve shot their wad. Even if they come up with something else now, it’ll be even lamer than binders and Big Bird.

ghostwriter on October 20, 2012 at 12:18 PM

October surprise? Anyone hear anything about a possible deal with Iran…. and an agreement that’s been made with them to halt/suspend their nuclear arms program?

lynncgb on October 20, 2012 at 12:19 PM

If it should come to pass, the moment I realized (not hoped) Obama had lost was when I saw the pic of him titled. “If you got a peace prize, you didn’t earn that” or some such. Never had I seen anyone take BHO’s big foot and so eloquently/effortlessly plant it in his pie hole.
I FB’d with the note, “Yes, this is piling on and yes it’s getting too easy”.

onomo on October 20, 2012 at 12:21 PM

October surprise? Anyone hear anything about a possible deal with Iran…. and an agreement that’s been made with them to halt/suspend their nuclear arms program?

lynncgb on October 20, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Well, Ahmadinejad is on record supporting Obama’s reelection. LOL

ghostwriter on October 20, 2012 at 12:21 PM

ghostwriter on October 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM

you got me there…gw…you got me there

cmsinaz on October 20, 2012 at 12:23 PM

audiotom on October 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM

you maybe right…i believe some dems were wondering it came out so early themselves

cmsinaz on October 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Can they name one significant achievement, aside from bin Laden’s death?

ghostwriter on October 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Don’t they consider terrorists to be “criminals”? How can Osama’s death be a “foreign policy” achievement? :-)

Resist We Much on October 20, 2012 at 12:25 PM

He should be running on his very solid record. Saved the economy, reformed health care, major Wall Street reform, strong effort on gays and women, decent foreign policy…

urban elitist on October 20, 2012 at 9:14 AM

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! Thanks. I needed that.

And why is that? Because he has no record to stand on.

toolnutz on October 20, 2012 at 12:30 PM

AngeloTX•9 hours ago•parent−

I think most of America has a case of Obamarhoids and we’re a couple of weeks away from applying some Romneyation H.

haven’t seen this yet….

dear leader has been a pain in the a$$

cmsinaz on October 20, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Well, Ahmadinejad is on record supporting Obama’s reelection.

ghostwriter on October 20, 2012 at 12:21

This is what I was referring to.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/oct/20/dick-morris-predicts-obama-iran-october-surprise/

lynncgb on October 20, 2012 at 12:32 PM

This low life behavior is well expected from a socialist welfare queens agitator from Chicago who spent most of his political life agitating the parasite class of Chicago… A man who knows nothing about anything of importance to be a dog catcher let alone to be the President of the greatest nation in history… Incredible Stupidity, ignorance, and incompetence… This man will go down in as the biggest hoax ever devised in the history of the Republic…

mnjg on October 20, 2012 at 12:33 PM

McCain had alot of negativity from the Bush years to overcome. Right or wrong, the Bush Administration was polarizing and demonized by the left. The economy crash a month before the election was the final nail in the coffin for McCain’s campaign.

Texas74 on October 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM

In 2008 no matter who was our candidate the democrat candidate would have won the Presidency no matter who he or she was. People who attributed the loss of 2008 on McCain weakness or Obama victory on his supposed mythical magic are delusional… The reality on the ground would have made it impossible for any Republican candidate to win…

mnjg on October 20, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Re: Obama’s Perpetual Campaign, moto perpetuo puttering out so far to the Left…

Romney on ‘the incredible shrinking campaign’

the further away it gets, the smaller it looks

maverick muse on October 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Those warning of a very late October surprise are wisely concerned. It is a concern based in reality.

For this reason, Romney should have two surprises. One to release right before Obama does, and another to release after Obama does.

As for the question of Obama winning meaning a shift in the country…

I notice one comment above that mentioned a generally Republican part of Va. with a lot of Obama signs. Va. has gone from red to purple because of all the gov’t jobs and contracts. In other words, many there have sold their souls to gov’t largess. This is a symptom of cultural rot in this country: a prime value now is ‘money ueber alles’. If Obama wins, it’s because he’s bought off enough (a) poor with food stamps and Obamaphones, (b) enough middle class by scaring them into thinking Romney will take their gubmint pensions/healthcare and (c) enough upper class/wealthy with gov’t contracts and bailouts.

IF YOU PUT MONEY OVER PRINCIPLE, SOON YOU WILL HAVE NEITHER.

It’s things like this that make a ‘socon’ like myself shake my head when someone tells me that they’re a fiscal conservative but a social liberal. That is an incoherent position, and it always winds up the same, namely fostering big government.

avgjo on October 20, 2012 at 12:41 PM

dear leader has been a TERMINAL pain in the a$$

cmsinaz

maverick muse on October 20, 2012 at 12:42 PM

http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollReport.aspx?g=ac0d63ea-75f1-42aa-ba9c-e6955f64c76b
Survey USA has Barry at 47 and Romney at 46 in FL, B +1. The party breakdown is D 43, R 34, I 23. That means Romney is ahead.

bayview on October 20, 2012 at 12:42 PM

lynncgb on October 20, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I posted that info yesterday and as
lynncgb on October 20, 2012 at 12:32 PM just posted, Morris was on Fox this morning talking about that issue. Below is the article Morris was talking about. Be sure to check out how jarrett is involved?

http://www.wnd.com/2012/10/obama-cuts-deal-with-iran-over-nukes/
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letget on October 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM

pfft, the best “surprise” of all would be none

maverick muse on October 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM

The “October Surprise” will be a military strike (likely drones) against the bad guys in Libya.

IcePilot on October 20, 2012 at 12:46 PM

He should be running on his very solid record. Saved the economygot in the way of the economy, reformed health care Go to ANY medical office and see the outright disdain they have for your healtcare rampage.. Patients are terrified they’ll lose their doctors, doctors are going to retire or stop taking Medicare Medicaid patients, because they can’t run a practice on pennies.. so from the need I have for modern medicine.. F you very much, douche for screwing up a working system for a non-workable one.., major Wall Street reformWall Street changes pushed by his Wall Street supporters.. so what are the odds, they gain something?, strong effort on gays and womenYawn,…., decent foreign policy sucka** appeaser on foreign policy.

urban elitist on October 20, 2012 at 9:14 AM

oh please DO run on his record… WE DARE YOU….

mark81150 on October 20, 2012 at 12:46 PM

That comes with the grasping of “binders,” literally grasping in Joe Biden’s case (and literally literally, not Bidenesque “literally”), as a major campaign theme. When the President himself starts using attacks like this, it speaks to his desperation more than his opponent’s positions. It adds more heft to the argument that the first debate wasn’t a fluke, but demonstrated an actual gap in presidential stature between the two men.

If this “binder tactic” doesn’t seem to gain them any traction with the wimminses, the Obama/Biden ticket is only left with saying, “Look, you effing bishes, you better get out there and vote for us or you ain’t going to like what you’re gonna get from us.”

ted c on October 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Whatever Gloria Alred has – it isn’t on Obama.

Guy is NOT an “alpha male”. He’s relied on women all his life to raise him and advise him. He doesn’t have it in him to “prey” on them. No doubt in my mind that Michelle is the one on top in that relationship. Say what we will about his politics – he’s been a good family man and an example for African American men to follow.

I don’t expect a single Conservative here to actually acknowledge that fact though.

Willard – another good family man. Biden? I really don’t think the guy is sexually functional – so the dirt’s not on him.

Ryan is the only question mark in my mind.

HondaV65 on October 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

When Odumbass finishes in 2nd place this election we should all pitch in and get him a nice trophy or ribbon. Second place is still pretty good.

St Gaudens on October 20, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I agree with the posters who say Obama doesn’t seem as if he wants to be president anymore but I bet he will love being the pain in the hindquarters opinion giver on every news show and lecture circuit.

Cindy Munford on October 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Ryan is the only question mark HOPE in my mind.

HondaV65 on October 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

FTFY

VegasRick on October 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM

The “October Surprise” will be a military strike (likely drones) against the bad guys in Libya.

IcePilot on October 20, 2012 at 12:46 PM

That’s not exactly a surprise nor should it give Obama a bump since it was his “liberation” of Libya and his failure to provide adequate security despite the requests of Amb Stevens and others that resulted in the deaths of the four. It is the very least that he could do. I don’t think his killing the bad guys overcomes the fact that he and his administration looked into the camera and lied to the American people.

As for drones, Obama will have to use another terrorist zapper. All of the drones are currently screaming about Big Bird, binders full of woe-is-me-men, tax returns, car elevators, Seamus the Dog, Ann Romney’s $900 fish shirt, Mormonism secret plan to take over the world, and Romney’s goal of putting blacks back in chains and women back in the kitchen on every political website in America.

Resist We Much on October 20, 2012 at 12:57 PM

I’m late to this story, so I don’t know if this has been posted yet, but here’s a good article on Ohio polls:

Ohio Is Closer than You Think

For any Titter users, he’s a must follow: @numbersmuncher

right of the dial on October 20, 2012 at 12:57 PM

If Barry had the press that Bush had in the 1980s, Barry would not or could not run for re-election.

albill on October 20, 2012 at 12:57 PM

For any Titter Twitter users, he’s a must follow: @numbersmuncher

right of the dial on October 20, 2012 at 12:57 PM

FIFM

right of the dial on October 20, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Not a person to follow opens, but this was eye-catching when I first came on the site. Three of the first five posts down the left-hand column of the HA homepage had something in common:

“When desperation strike incumbents” 271 Comments

Oh my: Paul Ryan campaigning tommorow in … western Pennsylvania” 271 Comments

Poll: Romney now leads by one in New Hampshire — and Iowa” 271 Comments

271 is a number I’m very interested in for the next month, so it stuck out like a Sheriff Joe gaffe.

Freelancer on October 20, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Del Dolemonte on October 20, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Urban troll thinks he is smarter than The Boys From Chicago. Probably an NYC thing.

That and/or the troll is starving for attention this morning.

farsighted on October 20, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I used to live in Manhattan myself. You’re absolutely correct.

Del Dolemonte on October 20, 2012 at 12:59 PM

maverick muse on October 20, 2012 at 12:42 PM

yup

IcePilot on October 20, 2012 at 12:46 PM

i wonder if that will fly

cmsinaz on October 20, 2012 at 1:02 PM

I don’t think that Romney necessarily needs Ohio. The fact that the conventional wisdom keeps harping on Ohio as essential suggests to me that Romney could very well wind up being the first Republican to win the presidency without Ohio, because the CW is so often wrong.

ghostwriter on October 20, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I still hold that Mitt will win Ohio..

The dems are counting on a massive base turn out, but without the independents, he still falls short, and Mitt has been carrying the indies for a while now..

Plus.. the intangible.

The polsters, media are seriously underestimating the depth of anger at Obama.. The ABO will be a record breaker.. and the dem vote is depressed, I still see no Obama yard signs in my county, none.. one bumpers sticker for Obama.. about 2 dozen for Mitt..

I think the media is seeing what they want to see, and are ignoring the depths of peoples feelings here, Mitt won the presidency with the first debate..

Americans want a PRESIDENT..

not a sneering left wing scold in chief..

Obama has not once stood up and looked a foreign leader in the eye, and declared, this is MY country, MY people, HOW DARE YOU SPEAK ILL OF OUR COUNTRY….

his reaction is to silently nod while Chavez ranted for an hour about our evils… then he SMILED a grand I love ya smile when he shook hands with that petty little rat…

He’s not my president, never will be..

mark81150 on October 20, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Ed, I’ve gotta take respectful issue with your premise.

Sure, Bush 41 acted odd & high-strung under pressure. I post this link from 2004 with a very strong caveat that it looks like a hit piece with a bunch of added junk – but I do remember supposedly reliable MSM reports coming out during the Bush 41 presidency that he was on Pr0zac. At the time, Pr0zac was new and it didn’t cause a huge scandal to think that the president was on anti-depressants. As I recall, Bush 41 had a series of erratic speeches and events, and sources close to him told reporters about his anti-depressant use.

May be pure malarkey, but I remember that the story was out there on our TV screens around 1991, back when it was harder to get away with pure BS on TV.

But I got into the weeds a bit here.

The key takeaway from the ’92 election is that Bush still would have won, had Perot not siphoned off about 19% (IIRC) of the conservative vote.

I voted for him, and nearly everyone I knew, including my conservative folks, did too.

It was an object lesson in what happens to a party that tries to move toward the center, away from a popular two-term conservative president.

JMO, but I think that the Perot moment is a permanent leverage point for conservatives with regard to the GOP. The GOP told conservatives to stuff it, and to vote for Bush 41 and like it, the conservatives pushed back, the GOP tried to brazen it out, and paid the price.

This all should be a carefully remembered lesson for the Romney gang, should he win next month and stand for re-election in ’16.

Conservative voices are here to stay – especially with the rise of the conservative blogosphere and talk radio, and I think Romney would find it even harder than Bush 41 to pivot to the center unscathed.

cane_loader on October 20, 2012 at 1:03 PM

saw a neighbor’s sign this am in his yard, ‘I BUILT THIS’…pretty cool

cmsinaz on October 20, 2012 at 12:01 PM

On a busy street near my house, someone has an empty chair with ‘Obama’ on it and a sign beside it “Make my day.” I’m thinking about putting an empty chair in my front yard. For Halloween at least!

Brat on October 20, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Since when has Obama ever acted presidential? The answer is never.

ButterflyDragon on October 20, 2012 at 8:38 AM

1. Muffed his oath of office
2. The opening line of his inaugural address contained an inacurate statement.

Downhill from there…

massrighty on October 20, 2012 at 8:52 AM

How about this gem: “Office of the President elect”? WTF?

rottenrobbie on October 20, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Brat on October 20, 2012 at 1:03 PM

that is an excellent idea…..

cmsinaz on October 20, 2012 at 1:06 PM

HAHAHA. No comment necessary, but at least you realized you had to limit your praise on foreign policy to “decent”.

Chuck Schick on October 20, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Even decent is delusional. Can they name one significant achievement, aside from bin Laden’s death?

ghostwriter on October 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM

bin Laden’s death wasn’t a foreign policy achievement, it was a national security one.

Del Dolemonte on October 20, 2012 at 1:06 PM

On a busy street near my house, someone has an empty chair with ‘Obama’ on it and a sign beside it “Make my day.” I’m thinking about putting an empty chair in my front yard. For Halloween at least!

Brat on October 20, 2012 at 1:03 PM

My empty chair has been out at the end of my driveway for over a month :)

I feel bad for the old black Vietnam vet who keeps horses in the back pasture, because he’s got his 0bama/Biden sticker proudly on his truck. When he questions me about the chair, I say, “you mean the trash truck still didn’t pick it up?? Damn. I guess when I get around to it I’ll have to cut it up and put it in the trash can.”

cane_loader on October 20, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Superb reading

Schadenfreude on October 20, 2012 at 1:10 PM

cane_loader on October 20, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Hee hee. Maybe if you put a big bird doll or a binder in it he will get a clue?

Brat on October 20, 2012 at 1:10 PM

In VA Fairfax County has a major division: the part that resides inside the beltway and the part outside of it. Both have a large contingent of people with government jobs, but those filtrate out the further west you go.

Of those jobs, however, are ones that Obama has put a problematical spin to: DoD (not just military but civil and contractors) via sequestration, and the INTEL jobs (CIA, and a few other outfits, though most of the NSA folks tend to be in MD) which are now given the heave under the bus. When you start threatening the jobs you promised and, even worse, throw career specialists under the bus, then you have a long-term problem going on. The CIA has been seen as swinging to partisanship for a few decades, and helping D candidates by timely leaks… now after all the Administration leaks and throwing the IC under the bus, these people just may not have the same view of partisanship that they had, oh, 6 years ago. That, actually, is a good thing for the Nation (reminding the IC that partisanship doesn’t gain favoritism and should be eschewed) but bodes ill for Obama & Co. for the long run.

Sequestration can hit hard and deep into Fairfax, particularly the contractor jobs. Plus all the jobs that depend on those contractors and their families.

Throwing the IC under the bus, is pure insanity and something you just don’t do.

ajacksonian on October 20, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Superb reading

Schadenfreude on October 20, 2012 at 1:10 PM

OMG Don’t even have to read the article. That pic is worthy thousand words. Such idiocy I can’t even fathom from those poor misguided Wimminz.

Brat on October 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Let’s also keep in mind that Ross Perot captured 19 percent of the popular vote.

John the Libertarian on October 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM

According to the latest Gallup survey,

Mitt Romney is polling 52% of likely voters. At this point in the race he is ahead of:

Where Jimmy Carter was in 1976 (47%)

Where Ronald Reagan was in 1980 (39% — Carter was six points up)

Where George H.W. Bush was in 1988 (50%)

Where Bill Clinton was in 1992 (40%)

Where George W. Bush was in 2000 (48%)

Where Barack Obama was in 2008 (49%)

It ain’t over till it’s over, but this is pretty sweet considering the number of times sneering boob’s like Chuck Todd were shoveling dirt on Mitt’s candidacy.. all the MSM were calling his campaign dead in the water..

Obama is now actually seeing HIS chickens come home to roost.

mark81150 on October 20, 2012 at 1:15 PM

OT-

I have to say, OT, that I am dreading the aftermath of the election.

Should 0bama win under doubtful circumstances, the rumble from the right will feel like the incipient pre-shocks of an 8.0-magnitude quake.

Should 0bama lose, under any circumstances, I dread the ugliness to come. I live in an area with a lot of blacks. They have formed a united racial front in support of 0bama, and it’s being done with no regard for the facts – just racial solidarity.

I expect racial killings across the nation should 0bama lose, and this scares me and saddens me.

It’s coming, folks, and I can’t argue my way around it. November through January will be a terrifying time if Romney wins. And all bets are off if 0bama wins. Either way, get your lions out and gird them because I don’t even know what to say to my old black friend if 0bama loses.

This whole thing is a tragedy. To have the first “black” president be a failure and be thrown out, a la Carter, will be the worst thing to happen to race relations in America since Bull Conner and Birmingham and the murder of MLK. I resent the people and institutions who actively colluded to put an unqualified and unvetted 0bama up there. They have acted treasonously, without regard to shattering the domestic tranquility of the nation. Those who did this will have blood on their hands.

I fear for my country right now.

cane_loader on October 20, 2012 at 1:16 PM

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