Halperin: Democrats now on defense in blue states

posted at 10:11 am on October 30, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Just how much has this race changed since the first debate in October?  At the time, Democrats thought they had a pretty good glide path to a narrower win in the Electoral College than in 2008, but a win nonetheless.  Almost four weeks later, the Obama campaign is having to buy air time in states previously considered safe, such as Pennsylvania and Minnesota, the only state that never voted for Ronald Reagan in the EC.  Mark Halperin tells Morning Joe that while one cannot claim to know how this race will turn out, there is no doubt now that the Democrats have gone onto the defensive in states that they absolutely cannot afford to lose:

For corroboration, here’s Chuck Todd noting that Team Obama has now begun buying ads in the Keystone State:

If Obama has to personally start campaigning in Pennsylvania, Halperin says, that’s a problem in another way.  “Every day they’re spending in Pennsylvania,” he notes, “is a day they’re not spending in Ohio.”  And Team Romney is starting to like the way the race is turning in Ohio, Byron York reports:

Jason admits he didn’t pay much attention to politics four years ago. Since then, though, he’s been repeatedly disappointed by Obama. He was leaning toward Romney but still undecided until the first debate in early October. That did it; like his wife, Jason is all in for Romney now.

Gloeckner has joined what appears to be a growing number of Ohio voters moving toward a vote for the Republican ticket. On Monday, pollster Scott Rasmussen released a new survey showing Romney leading Obama in Ohio 50 percent to 48 percent — the first poll to show the challenger in front. Over the weekend, a poll done for Ohio’s top newspapers showed the race dead even, with both candidates at 49 percent.

Of course, many polls have shown Obama with a slight lead in Ohio, but the newer surveys suggesting a tightening race have Romney forces confident that something is going on in the state. On Monday morning, the campaign sent out a new strategy memo from Scott Jennings, the Ohio campaign director, that used the word “momentum” six times. Team Romney sees it everywhere in Ohio: polls, endorsements, early voting.

We’ll see.  But if Obama has to start defending Pennsylvania, that speaks volumes about his traction in more-Republican Ohio.


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…throw every donkey azz out!

KOOLAID2 on October 30, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Uhh….yeah.

Wife was watching the Wheel last night and every single commercial break included Barky’s “America is hurting right now” commercial, saw this maybe once or twice in the last weeks. The dude is pouring it on in Minnesota, that spells trouble.

Bishop on October 30, 2012 at 10:15 AM

blue blue election blue that the color of my room,
where I will live

blue blue

too bad Obama isn’t going to get it

audiotom on October 30, 2012 at 10:15 AM

So one poll showing Romney ahead and all is well, huh?

Today or tomorrow, there will be polls in OH showing Obama with the typical 3 pt lead and that will be that.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:16 AM

but, but but, gumpy said OIHO was a “lock”

LMAO

Animal60 on October 30, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Mark Hatpin is worried he will not have a hat to be attached to any longer.

Lay with snakes you are often snake bit.

To bad so sad..

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 30, 2012 at 10:16 AM

So one poll showing Romney ahead and all is well, huh?

Today or tomorrow, there will be polls in OH showing Obama with the typical 3 pt lead and that will be that.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:16 AM

You know, I’m really gonna not miss you a week from now.

Doughboy on October 30, 2012 at 10:17 AM

gumbayandpokey,

Try another thread, you will not be able to bs your way here.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 30, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah,

Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah,

Hey, Hey, Hey, Good-Bye

NotCoach on October 30, 2012 at 10:18 AM

gumbayandpokey,

Hey, let me do a democrat party liberal deal, I’ll change the subject.

Who do you think gave the order that left Amb. Stevens and the others without any help via any means?

Was it you via the internet?

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Romney superPAC is running ads in Philly area.

Young mother running with baby in runner’s stroller. Worries about husband’s unemployment, what will happen to her daughter’s generation with the mess Obama made of the deficits.

Definitely pitched at the Yuppies and younger in the swing suburbs.

Wethal on October 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Today or tomorrow, there will be polls in OH showing Obama with the typical 3 pt lead and that will be that.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:16 AM

You spin me right round, baby
Right round like a record, baby
Right round, round, round

You spin me right round, baby
Right round like a record, baby
Right round, round, round

NotCoach on October 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Obama has never abandoned his 50 state strategy. That’s what we’re seeing here.

akaniku on October 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM

So one poll showing Romney ahead and all is well, huh?

Today or tomorrow, there will be polls in OH showing Obama with the typical 3 pt lead and that will be that.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:16 AM

You know, I’m really gonna not miss you a week from now.

Doughboy on October 30, 2012 at 10:17 AM

What will these OFA shills have left to do in their Mom’s basement after Nov. 6?

Joe Mama on October 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Keep it up, everyone. ONE MORE WEEK.

Red Cloud on October 30, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Does anyone else remember what Barry did when things turned south for him in the ’09 special elections and 2010?

He stopped going to those locales.

We’ll know tomorrow if he’s doing the same thing.

He has two stops in Ohio; Akron and Cincy.

If he bails on one or both, for Sandy, we’ll know his internal polling in OH has gone from plateu towards valley.

Last week, it was reported whereever Barry went in OH for GOTV, the Republican early voting spiked.

That’s the same pattern as ’09 and ’10. Whenever Barry stopped by, opposition intensified.

People do not like the pandering coverage he gets, over nothing.

budfox on October 30, 2012 at 10:21 AM

“So one poll showing Romney ahead and all is well, huh?

Today or tomorrow, there will be polls in OH showing Obama with the typical 3 pt lead and that will be that.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:16 AM

You know, I’m really gonna not miss you a week from now.

Doughboy on October 30, 2012 at 10:17 AM”

Are you leaving?

Watch how the “Obama dealt with the hurricane brilliantly” narrative/bump develops in the next few days. Chris Christie could not contain his praise for Obama on Fox this morning. Sandy will be worth a few points in the polls for the President.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Uhh….yeah.

Wife was watching the Wheel last night and every single commercial break included Barky’s “America is hurting right now” commercial, saw this maybe once or twice in the last weeks. The dude is pouring it on in Minnesota, that spells trouble.

Bishop on October 30, 2012 at 10:15 AM

If you live in the Twin Cities, it’s probably aimed at the Sconnies in western WI who are in the Mpls/St.Paul media market.

Hat Trick on October 30, 2012 at 10:22 AM

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 30, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Just ignore him… he’ll be political road-kill soon enough.

CPT. Charles on October 30, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Obama has never abandoned his 50 state strategy. That’s what we’re seeing here.

akaniku on October 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Please tell me you forgot the sarc tag.

Doughboy on October 30, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Obama has never abandoned his 50 state strategy. That’s what we’re seeing here.

akaniku on October 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Even McGovern only lost 49 of them. Maybe Obama can beat him, though.

Wino on October 30, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Obama has never abandoned his 50 state strategy. That’s what we’re seeing here.

akaniku on October 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM

What about the other 7, put on the ignore list?

Bishop on October 30, 2012 at 10:22 AM

somebody cover me while I make a run through Kos and check the mood…

DanMan on October 30, 2012 at 10:22 AM

“Who do you think gave the order that left Amb. Stevens and the others without any help via any means?”

Nobody cares.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Obama is running at his seemingly uniform rate of 47% in Oregon too. 5-7 point lead. The polls are small samples of unknown quality. I don’t think anyone really knows what’s going on in that state.

forest on October 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

You cannot gain territory if you are defending. My heart is felling so sorry for the donkeys.

NOT!

platypus on October 30, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Watch how the “Obama dealt with the hurricane brilliantly” narrative/bump develops in the next few days. Chris Christie could not contain his praise for Obama on Fox this morning. Sandy will be worth a few points in the polls for the President.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Gumby,

I’ll go ahead and take this prediction with the same grain of salt I take all of your predictions. You really aren’t very good at this. What is it you do for a living, anyway?

adurb44 on October 30, 2012 at 10:24 AM

felling s/b feeling

Chinese keyboard.

platypus on October 30, 2012 at 10:24 AM

The Obama campaign is unraveling in a hurry.

bluegill on October 30, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Nobody cares.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Mr. Charles Woods cares. I care. Americans care.

You are trash.

kingsjester on October 30, 2012 at 10:25 AM

From an Obama campaign memo:

The Romney campaign, of course, wants you to think they’re expanding the map. They’re not—and we’re calling their bluff. This is one of the oldest tricks in the book. In 2000, George W. Bush bluffed at the end that he was going to make a play for California, and Dick Cheney did the same in Hawaii in 2004. Now Romney is pretending he’s got a shot in states like Pennsylvania and Minnesota.

If Romney has no chance, why is the Obama campaign spending time and money in these states? Who’s doing the pretending?

aunursa on October 30, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Watch how the “Obama dealt with the hurricane brilliantly” narrative/bump develops in the next few days. Chris Christie could not contain his praise for Obama on Fox this morning. Sandy will be worth a few points in the polls for the President.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Atomic bomb?

NotCoach on October 30, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Obama has never abandoned his 50 state strategy. That’s what we’re seeing here.

akaniku on October 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM

If that was true, he would not have lost nearly half of his nearly 30 point lead in MA in just the past 3 weeks.

F-

Del Dolemonte on October 30, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Nate Silver says Obummer has 1010% chance of winning!!!1!!!!

Blake on October 30, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Are you leaving?

Watch how the “Obama dealt with the hurricane brilliantly” narrative/bump develops in the next few days. Chris Christie could not contain his praise for Obama on Fox this morning. Sandy will be worth a few points in the polls for the President.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Oh good. Another jame gumb guarantee. Are you trying to set a record for most consecutive predictions gotten wrong? I think you’re on pace to surpass Dick Morris’ streak.

Let me explain something to you. This election is going to be decided on the economy. Barring a great jobs report on Friday(assuming Obama even releases it), there’s nothing that will change the narrative that the economy sucks. It’s already priced into the electorate.

A hurricane and Obama’s response to it(which consists of what, public statements and releasing federal funds?) may dominate the news cycle for a few days, but it won’t shift the mood of the voters when the economy is still front and center.

Doughboy on October 30, 2012 at 10:26 AM

“Who do you think gave the order that left Amb. Stevens and the others without any help via any means?”

Nobody cares.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

It’s pretty clear that Obama doesn’t care about the 4 employees he watched die. Or did he go to bed to rest up for Vegas?

forest on October 30, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Nobody cares.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Yes, that does seem to be the problem.

I love your brilliant theory that Obama’s hurricane blather is going to help him in swing states. Yeah, because this is a major issue in Ohio and Wisconsin, right? Idiot.

Red Cloud on October 30, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Oh, and one other thing…

This is one of the oldest tricks in the book. In 2000, George W. Bush bluffed at the end that he was going to make a play for California, and Dick Cheney did the same in Hawaii in 2004.

Which party won those elections?

aunursa on October 30, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Gumby,

I’ll go ahead and take this prediction with the same grain of salt I take all of your predictions. You really aren’t very good at this. What is it you do for a living, anyway?

adurb44 on October 30, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Some questions are best left unasked because the answer may terrify you.

Bishop on October 30, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Today or tomorrow, there will be polls in OH showing Obama with the typical 3 pt lead and that will be that.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Now THAT is wishful thinking.

If you said things will stay the same until election day, I’d agree.

But you’re apparently praying for some magical coverage of Obama vis a vis Sandy, that’s going to flip five points of momentum back to Obama.

Aren’t you in Wisconsin, Gumby?

budfox on October 30, 2012 at 10:28 AM

So one poll showing Romney ahead and all is well, huh?

Today or tomorrow, there will be polls in OH showing Obama with the typical 3 pt lead and that will be that.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:16 AM

For many people, there are indicators in addition to polls that can help paint a better picture of the race. This post was not about poll results so much as it was about campaign behavior as an indicator of confidence. Can you distinguish the difference, or are you 100% poll driven?

digitalhap on October 30, 2012 at 10:28 AM

“Who do you think gave the order that left Amb. Stevens and the others without any help via any means?”

Nobody cares.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

I don’t usually engage the troll.
This statement is the one of an un-American dirtbag.
You should be deported, you piece of dung.

cane_loader on October 30, 2012 at 10:29 AM


Who do you think gave the order that left Amb. Stevens and the others without any help via any means?”

Nobody cares.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Certainly not Obama voters. But then, he gives them stuff.

Jabberwock on October 30, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Oh how I wish and pray that my California is in play.

John the Libertarian on October 30, 2012 at 10:30 AM

“Who do you think gave the order that left Amb. Stevens and the others without any help via any means?”

Nobody cares.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Gee, I thought liberals had so much compassion.

Along with Obama’s and Hillary’s inaction, this pretty much seals the deal on that malarkey.

Bitter Clinger on October 30, 2012 at 10:30 AM

“Who do you think gave the order that left Amb. Stevens and the others without any help via any means?”

Nobody cares.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

You need to never run into me.

Patrick S on October 30, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Nobody cares.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

And by
“nobody”, you mean the president of course.

JusDreamin on October 30, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Nobody cares.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

At least you’ll find a warm welcome in Hell someday.

NotCoach on October 30, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Nobody cares.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Speak for yourself.

earlgrey133 on October 30, 2012 at 10:31 AM

somebody cover me while I make a run through Kos and check the mood…

DanMan on October 30, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Um, it’s been a while. Has anyone seen DanMan?

Fallon on October 30, 2012 at 10:32 AM

“Who do you think gave the order that left Amb. Stevens and the others without any help via any means?”

Nobody cares.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Tell that to Charles Woods and Pat Smith. Or the millions of us out there who do give a damn about their President lying to them when terrorists attack US soil and murder 4 Americans.

Doughboy on October 30, 2012 at 10:33 AM

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:22 AM

What’s happening, is everyone is giving you until the election.

If you’re right, you stay.

If you’re wrong, Ed and AP are going to be flooded with demands for the banhammer. And they’ll do it.

I think you’ll be the third or fourth this year.

budfox on October 30, 2012 at 10:33 AM

“Nobody cares.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Yes, that does seem to be the problem.

I love your brilliant theory that Obama’s hurricane blather is going to help him in swing states. Yeah, because this is a major issue in Ohio and Wisconsin, right? Idiot.

Red Cloud on October 30, 2012 at 10:27 AM”

When you have glowing coverage of Obama’s handling of a crisis, it impacts every state’s impressions of him, whether or not they were in the area or not.

I urge everyone to find the clip of Chris Christie on Fox this morning. You could not make a better campaign ad for Obama.

Obama really is The Messiah if he gets a hurricane droppped into his lap to deal with a week before the election. People are not going to vote out a guy who dealt with a natural disaster so efficiently.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Please stop responding to the poll troll.

Obama has never abandoned his 50 state strategy. That’s what we’re seeing here.

akaniku on October 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Ha. So, why isn’t he campaigning in Indiana, a state he won last time? Or Missouri, one McCain barely won? A true 50 state startagey would, you know, focus on red states too, but the fact is NO McCain states are in danger of flipping, while it looks like several Obama ones will and could. He’s on defense, and suggesting otherwise is just silly.

changer1701 on October 30, 2012 at 10:35 AM

llort =yekopdnaybmug

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 30, 2012 at 10:35 AM

I wish everyone would ignore Gumbypokey – like he/it isn’t even here.

djl130 on October 30, 2012 at 10:35 AM

“Chris Christie .. on Fox this morning.”
gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Yeah, saw that live — Christie reported that O’Barkey made a lot of promises.
We know how well that worked out for Rep. Bart Stupak.
/.

CaveatEmpty on October 30, 2012 at 10:35 AM

““Who do you think gave the order that left Amb. Stevens and the others without any help via any means?”

Nobody cares.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Tell that to Charles Woods and Pat Smith. Or the millions of us out there who do give a damn about their President lying to them when terrorists attack US soil and murder 4 Americans.

Doughboy on October 30, 2012 at 10:33 AM”

Sorry if it’s not flowery enough for you, but the American people either doesn’t care or doesn’t understand what’s going on with Benghazi to be engaged on the issue.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Obama really is The Messiah if he gets a hurricane droppped into his lap to deal with a week before the election. People are not going to vote out a guy who dealt with a natural disaster so efficiently.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:34 AM

This is just so over the top even for gumby.

gumby is a parody troll.

cozmo on October 30, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Who do you think gave the order that left Amb. Stevens and the others without any help via any means?”

Nobody cares.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

People like you don’t care. People who care about America, care about our servicemen and women, care about national security, care about honesty in gov’t, care about things like Character – those people care about this. People like you, who hate America and everything it stands for likely actively cheered the Benghazi attacks and are grateful that Obama is as corrupt and dishonest as he is.

Why do you hate America so damn much? What has made you so despicable?

Monkeytoe on October 30, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Watch how the “Obama dealt with the hurricane brilliantly” narrative/bump develops in the next few days. Chris Christie could not contain his praise for Obama on Fox this morning. Sandy will be worth a few points in the polls for the President.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:22 AM

And I thought the whole climate change thing was a desperate attempt to lock onto the weather for votes.

Let him go to NYC to oversee the pumping on Ground Zero. Mitt Romney will be in Ohio…

JohnGalt23 on October 30, 2012 at 10:37 AM

I just started seeing Obama and Romney ads here in MN. If he has to spend resources here, a state that was a lock for him 1 month ago. That tells me he’s in trouble, not only here, but nationally. Also anecdotally, I am seeing very few Obama signs and bumper stickers. In fact I’ve noticed more Romney signs. That doesn’t mean the liberal bastions of Minneapolis will vote for Romney, but their is a huge enthusiasm gap this time around. It’s a fickle state that can rebel sometimes. There’s a small chance we might finally break our streak! I am praying!!!

Minnfidel on October 30, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Mr. Charles Woods cares. I care. Americans care.

You are trash.

kingsjester on October 30, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Since gumbyandpokey is obviously just a button-pushing, pot-stirring wanker, why does anyone give him the attention he so desperately and pathetically craves? All it does it get him more sexually excited, and who wants to be a party to the outcome of that?!

Anti-Control on October 30, 2012 at 10:37 AM

“Who do you think gave the order that left Amb. Stevens and the others without any help via any means?”
Nobody cares.
gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

All you care about are polls and spinning the news in Obama’s favor. How disgusting that you so callously dismiss the lives of the four Americans murdered. You are nothing but trash and you give Democrats a bad name. I look forward to watching you slink away for good after Obama loses.

bluegill on October 30, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Wouldnt it be awesome to awake Nov 7th and learn Hurricane Barky only too CA, NY, IL and HI…steam-roll!

hillsoftx on October 30, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Pokeylittlepuppy is helping to make record on line of what Obama’s supporters were/are like, useful later to prove up the facts of how sick and twisted they were/are.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 30, 2012 at 10:38 AM

too=took

hillsoftx on October 30, 2012 at 10:38 AM

People are not going to vote out a guy who dealt with a natural disaster so efficiently.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:34 AM

You are really, really delusional. Looks like Sandy did not quite live up to expectations, so your tin-pan messiah will have to slink away after he is defeated in November.

The funny thing is, you do really worship Obama and gov’t. This is not your attempt at humor. You are a sick, delusional, emotionally unstable person.

Monkeytoe on October 30, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I urge everyone to find the clip of Chris Christie on Fox this morning. You could not make a better campaign ad for Obama.

Only reich-wing hacks watch Faux News and those racist KKK’ers aren’t going to vote for the black man anytime soon.

When meme’s collide in a forest, do they make any sound?

Bishop on October 30, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I wish everyone would ignore Gumbypokey – like he/it isn’t even here.

djl130 on October 30, 2012 at 10:35 AM

This

Jackalope on October 30, 2012 at 10:38 AM

People are not going to vote out a guy who dealt with a natural disaster so efficiently.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Americans will vote out the man-made disaster.

hillsoftx on October 30, 2012 at 10:39 AM

A hurricane and Obama’s response to it(which consists of what, public statements and releasing federal funds?) may dominate the news cycle for a few days, but it won’t shift the mood of the voters when the economy is still front and center.

Doughboy on October 30, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Just did a Google news search on Sandy. O’bamna’s name was never mentioned in any of the headlines.

All he can do is what you outline above. And that will not swing any election, no matter what Mika thinks:

Brzezinski eagerly predicted how the President would be perceived during the storm: “…expect command centers up and down the east coast and the President to be very visible at all of them, telling people about the federal dollars that are on the way, and that will be advantage Obama.” Meanwhile, she claimed Romney would be “in an awkward situation,” and that “anything he does might look so blatantly political and almost needy, because he’s just not in the equation when the country’s under siege from a massive storm.”

Dr. Goebbels would approve.

Del Dolemonte on October 30, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Democrats on Defense… isn’t thread hijacking cause for ban?

Jackalope on October 30, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Watch how the “Obama dealt with the hurricane brilliantly” narrative/bump develops in the next few days.

I was thinking this storm was going to help Obama, and it might at first with all the posing and mediagasms etc.

A week from now when everything is still a mess, not so much.

forest on October 30, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Since gumbyandpokey is obviously just a button-pushing, pot-stirring wanker, why does anyone give him the attention he so desperately and pathetically craves? All it does it get him more sexually excited, and who wants to be a party to the outcome of that?!

Anti-Control on October 30, 2012 at 10:37 AM

We can’t let his propaganda lies go un-refuted because a lot of non-commentors read the comments and we don’t want them left with the impression that anything this idiot says is accurate. That’s his whole purpose. The DNC pays him to come here and try and tamper down GOP/conservative enthusiasm. It is b/c he and the DNC knows that Obama is in big trouble, they are hoping to lower GOP turnout to try and save their boy-king. By not allowing him to go unanswered, we keep him from achieving his goal.

Monkeytoe on October 30, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Trolls are bitter lately…. i am happy they have MSNBC and Nate Silver to give them comfort in these hard times.

At least I had good scotch in 2008 when I saw the same Dem tide coming. Payback is a beach.

Bensonofben on October 30, 2012 at 10:42 AM

I wish everyone would ignore Gumbypokey – like he/it isn’t even here.
djl130 on October 30, 2012 at 10:35 AM

I don’t. This is a highly trafficked website, and we shouldn’t let nonstop pro-Obama comments from someone pretending to be a conservative on here just go by unchallenged.

People are right to put Gumby in his place and mock him for all to see.

bluegill on October 30, 2012 at 10:42 AM

“All you care about are polls and spinning the news in Obama’s favor. How disgusting that you so callously dismiss the lives of the four Americans murdered.”

I’m sorry you don’t like it, but the fact of the matter is Benghazi will be 100th on the list of issues that people cared about next Tuesday. If it’s not being reported on, nobody will care.

All this righteous outrage is silly.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Democrats on Defense… isn’t thread hijacking cause for ban?

Jackalope on October 30, 2012 at 10:41 AM

I’m just throwing jame gumb and pokemon a bone here. He/she/it will be on suicide watch a week from now.

Doughboy on October 30, 2012 at 10:42 AM

The firewall of Blue States has been breached… having to defend PA and MN is not an indication of confidence by Team Obama, but desperation.

As the good Capt. said in regards to politics – ‘Fear is not an aphrodisiac’

ajacksonian on October 30, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Want to be really angry? OT but this is too awful not to post.

Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11) shocked constituents by suggesting that military Veterans are unqualified to serve in Congress because their deployments prevent them from putting “sweat equity” into the districts they hope to serve in Congress.

Congressman Connolly is running against Colonel Chris Perkins, a retired officer who served most of his more than 24 years in uniform as an Army Green Beret deployed overseas. Connolly has repeatedly suggested that Perkins’ lack of local involvement because of his military career makes him unqualified to hold federal office.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/

Deanna on October 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Since gumbyandpokey is obviously just a button-pushing, pot-stirring wanker, why does anyone give him the attention he so desperately and pathetically craves? All it does it get him more sexually excited, and who wants to be a party to the outcome of that?!

Anti-Control on October 30, 2012 at 10:37 AM

the real question is why Hotair allows someone who is so clearly a paid troll post here. For instance, Urban Elitist and Verbulace were around long before the current election and post on things other than polls. The only thing gumby posts on is polls and I don’t recall seeing him comment before the election.

Monkeytoe on October 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

We can’t let his propaganda lies go un-refuted because a lot of non-commentors read the comments and we don’t want them left with the impression that anything this idiot says is accurate. That’s his whole purpose. The DNC pays him to come here and try and tamper down GOP/conservative enthusiasm. It is b/c he and the DNC knows that Obama is in big trouble, they are hoping to lower GOP turnout to try and save their boy-king. By not allowing him to go unanswered, we keep him from achieving his goal.

Monkeytoe on October 30, 2012 at 10:41 AM

This is BS – you are enabling the turd to manipulate you into responding to him, which is EXACTLY what he wants, and it makes you look dumb.

Anti-Control on October 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

…the Democrats have gone onto the defensive in states that they absolutely cannot afford to lose

Reminds me of the sinking of the Titanic. After enough water tight compartments are breached, the ship will go down.

STL_Vet on October 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

“Brzezinski eagerly predicted how the President would be perceived during the storm: “…expect command centers up and down the east coast and the President to be very visible at all of them, telling people about the federal dollars that are on the way, and that will be advantage Obama.” Meanwhile, she claimed Romney would be “in an awkward situation,” and that “anything he does might look so blatantly political and almost needy, because he’s just not in the equation when the country’s under siege from a massive storm.””

Now that is a realistic assessment of the situation.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

“Who do you think gave the order that left Amb. Stevens and the others without any help via any means?”

Nobody cares.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Wow, that has to be one of the most disgusting comments I have ever read on HotAir. You are really a very sick person.

mrsmwp on October 30, 2012 at 10:45 AM

I’m just throwing jame gumb and pokemon a bone here. He/she/it will be on suicide watch a week from now.

Doughboy on October 30, 2012 at 10:42 AM

I know, and I don’t expect any bans until next week. But still, this thread is about Democrats being on defense in blue states. And I’m ignoring trolls that are spittling garbage.

Jackalope on October 30, 2012 at 10:45 AM

I’m sorry you don’t like it, but the fact of the matter is Benghazi will be 100th on the list of issues that people cared about next Tuesday. If it’s not being reported on, nobody will care.

All this righteous outrage is silly.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:42 AM

I’m putting your theory to the test, Gumby. I have a liberal here at my workplace who is borderline undecided. She is leaning Obama, but Benghazi may be the breaking point for her.

I will keep you folks updated.

Turtle317 on October 30, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I’m sorry you don’t like it, but the fact of the matter is Benghazi will be 100th on the list of issues that people cared about next Tuesday. If it’s not being reported on, nobody will care.

All this righteous outrage is silly.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:42 AM

No, idiot. It’s not being reported on because the MSM has given up any pretext of being unbiased. People will find out someday and when they do, they will care and they will be outraged.

Bitter Clinger on October 30, 2012 at 10:46 AM

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Dang right gumbo.

Dead Americans in Libya, no sweat, eggs must be broken for 0bama’s greater good.

People die in a hurricane/storm dance. It will allow 0bama to shine.

Pathetic gumbo, pathetic.

cozmo on October 30, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Obama has never abandoned his 50 state strategy. That’s what we’re seeing here.

yaki-nikku on October 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM

..why don’t you just get it over with, lady? Vote for Obama and become a woman. It won’t hurt (that much); just lie back and think of England.

The War Planner on October 30, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I’m sorry you don’t like it, but the fact of the matter is Benghazi will be 100th on the list of issues that people cared about next Tuesday. If it’s not being reported on, nobody will care.

All this righteous outrage is silly.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:42 AM

I’m glad you hate americans and want your CIC to let them die. You are a total and complete POS. You aren’t worth the scum on my shoe. You will likely rot in hell.

Enjoy gloating over the fact that the liberal media embargo a president failing as badly as Obama did allowing people to die for his own political reasons. It defines you as the scum of the earth you are. You deserve whatever terrible things come your way in life.

Scumbag.

Monkeytoe on October 30, 2012 at 10:46 AM

This is BS – you are enabling the turd to manipulate you into responding to him, which is EXACTLY what he wants, and it makes you look dumb.

Anti-Control on October 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Whatever. That’s your opinion. Ignore his comments yourself if you want. Obviously you can’t – which simply proves my point. Making your entire comment “BS”.

Monkeytoe on October 30, 2012 at 10:47 AM

“Brzezinski eagerly predicted how the President would be perceived during the storm: “…expect command centers up and down the east coast and the President to be very visible at all of them, telling people about the federal dollars that are on the way, and that will be advantage Obama.” Meanwhile, she claimed Romney would be “in an awkward situation,” and that “anything he does might look so blatantly political and almost needy, because he’s just not in the equation when the country’s under siege from a massive storm.””

Now that is a realistic assessment of the situation.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

If Mika is your standard for rational, logical conclusions, it shows how stupid you really are.

Bitter Clinger on October 30, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I’m sorry you don’t like it, but the fact of the matter is Benghazi will be 100th on the list of issues that people cared about next Tuesday. If it’s not being reported on, nobody will care.

All this righteous outrage is silly.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:42 AM

First of all, it is being reported on. Even you apparently watch FoxNews since you keep citing Chris Christie’s appearance on there this morning, and they’ve been all over this story(as have Drudge, Sheryl Atkinson of CBS News, and the blogosphere). So the idea that this isn’t reaching voters is wishful thinking on your part.

Secondly, there’s nothing silly about the possibility that our President denied military assistance to Americans under attack on US soil and then lied about it for 7 weeks(and continues to do so today).

Doughboy on October 30, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I’m predicting Penn goes for Romney. O’s defense not good enough. When you play not to lose, it isn’t good enough.

Jackalope on October 30, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Wow he released federal dollars (Which he is reallt really good at) And looked concerned in his command center photo op! Yea, forget about the worst economy since the depression. All is well and the messiah has saved us!!!

Minnfidel on October 30, 2012 at 10:49 AM

“People die in a hurricane/storm dance. It will allow 0bama to shine.”

That is an accurate statement.

Just watch the news coverage today and tomorrow.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:50 AM

the real question is why Hotair allows someone who is so clearly a paid troll post here. For instance, Urban Elitist and Verbulace were around long before the current election and post on things other than polls. The only thing gumby posts on is polls and I don’t recall seeing him comment before the election.

Monkeytoe on October 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I disagree – I say the real question is, why does any adult bother responding to the equivalent of a bored 13 y/o troll who loves to rile people up with inane comments? He’s punking you, and you are letting him.

Anti-Control on October 30, 2012 at 10:51 AM

“All you care about are polls and spinning the news in Obama’s favor. How disgusting that you so callously dismiss the lives of the four Americans murdered.”

I’m sorry you don’t like it, but the fact of the matter is Benghazi will be 100th on the list of issues that people cared about next Tuesday. If it’s not being reported on, nobody will care.

All this righteous outrage is silly.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Like politicians you use this phrase loosely. “The fact of the matter is” is frequently followed by a blind assertion or an opinion. You follow right in line. Politicians usually resort to that line when they have a weak argument that they need to bolster with non-factual information. You do not disappoint.

weaselyone on October 30, 2012 at 10:51 AM

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