Obama to tour New Jersey hurricane damage — with Chris Christie

posted at 9:27 pm on October 30, 2012 by Allahpundit

Pains me to say it but this is awfully smart retail politics by The One. He got an unexpected political opportunity (and challenge) from the storm to show leadership and compassion in the aftermath. What better way to do both than by coopting one of Romney’s most visible surrogates, the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention, into a “message: I care” photo op in New Jersey? It’s a way to show centrists that he’s bipartisan when he needs to be. The alpha-male optics of having Christie forced to stand behind him while he’s at the podium would alone be worth it.

President Obama will join Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, in viewing damage from the storm on Wednesday, the White House announced on Tuesday as Mr. Obama praised relief efforts at a Red Cross headquarters in Washington…

Mr. Christie had been one of the president’s most ardent critics until the storm’s arrival. In the last 24 hours, he has praised Mr. Obama’s leadership and the administration’s actions to speed relief resources to New Jersey.

At the Red Cross, Mr. Obama said his message to officials in the federal government was “no bureaucracy, no red tape.” And he said federal officials were “going to continue to push as hard as we can” to provide resources to places like Newark, where there were major losses of electricity.

I wonder who gets more out of this deal — Obama for the reasons stated above (plus a contact high from appearing with a guy who’s earning praise for his storm performance) or Christie for getting to share the spotlight with a Democrat who’s going to win his very blue state easily next week? Whether you think Christie’s working a political angle here depends, I guess, on how much you like him personally: In fairness, it’d look petty if he denied The One a visit at a moment when he’s on official business, although there are ways to do it that can be framed as apolitical. The Christie-skeptic theory would be that (a) at a minimum, he’s prioritizing his own reelection bid as governor over Romney’s campaign and (b) that just maybe he secretly hopes Romney loses because it’d clear the way for his own 2016 candidacy. (Remember that Christie’s convention speech was lighter than expected for the nominee.) The Christie-phile theory is that he really truly doesn’t give a damn about presidential politics right now. He’s not a robot; he spent the last day being briefed on massive destruction in his state and spent the days before that bracing for landfall from the storm of the century. He’s probably too busy thinking about Atlantic City being underwater to care much about the election. And if you asked Romney whether his reaction is inappropriate, no doubt he’d say that it is. Exit question: Which theory is correct?


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Oh good. Maybe Christie has some more Muslims he can appoint to the bench while he’s at it.

Lanceman on October 30, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Did Mitt hurt Chris Christie’s feelings, too?

Fallon on October 30, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Screw theories. Christie is an opportunistic pig. At least Bloomberg gave him the finger.

BettyRuth on October 30, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Christie, the Dems are going to support Cory Booker.

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

It’s a trap.

Ugly on October 30, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Too little too late.
He ignored all the previous disasters & catastrophes during his term.

22044 on October 30, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Love gov Christie. There is so little that he could do at this point to make me not like him, I give him a pass. And if he says O is doing a good job handing out the dough, then wth that’s all that O knows how to do anyway, sheesh, he’d better be good at it. Then, hey, i believe the gov is sincere.

This doesn’t hurt Romney.

JustTruth101 on October 30, 2012 at 9:31 PM

It’s a way to show centrists that he’s bipartisan when he needs to be.

If this is being bipartisan, it’s the first time Obama has ever been that.

Bitter Clinger on October 30, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Nothing wrong with what Christie’s doing.
NJ did sustain the worst damage and having Obama accompany him at least keeps him off the campaign trail a little longer.

22044 on October 30, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Earlier today I came up with as many natural disasters I could think of that have happened during his tenure in which Obama was slow off the dime to respond. Ice and flood and fire. Where was Obama?

INC on October 30, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Chris Christie sucks donkey balls, he’ll be happy standing behind Obama.

SWalker on October 30, 2012 at 9:33 PM

The hurricane was a Godsend for Obama and I’m glad Allah has a realistic appraisal of the situation.

Maybe Mitt can do another awkward campaign/fundraising combo tomorrow and get blown off by the Red Cross again and mocked by the MSM even more!

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:34 PM

So, no bureaucracy and no red tape because of a storm, but three years from now when I need to get a medical proceedure approved, Obama is just fine with me jumping through the hoops of his bureaucracy.

myrenovations on October 30, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Geez!
Christie could be a little bit more reserved in his praise for the Obamanation and a lot more low key when he arrives, like do the best to keep him away from cameras and reporters as much as possible…
You know the Obamabots are loving all this…

Remember Benghazzi!

Romney/Ryan 2012

Janovus on October 30, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Whatevs. I like Gov. Christie and this is the right thing for him to do as governor of New Jersey. Those electoral votes were not going Romney’s way anyway.

Ace ODale on October 30, 2012 at 9:35 PM

I think that Christie:

1.) Doesn’t give a sh*t because, as Allahpundit pointed out, this is a human tragedy issue and his state is facing one of the worst natural disasters it has ever experienced in modern history.

2.) Knows (or believes, correctly IMO) that it ain’t gonna make a lick’s worth of difference to the outcome of the Presidential election. Ohio’s vote isn’t going to be swayed on the basis of a Presidential touring appearance. Anyone who thinks otherwise is being silly.

What I can say for sure is that the idea that someone like Christie is working at secret cross-purposes against Romney (because he secretly wants the 2016 nomination or somesuch) is ridiculous. Christie came out and vocally endorsed at an absolutely critical time in the primary season, and then went ALL-IN as a campaigner. If he’d really been big on the idea of ‘picking up the pieces’ after an Obama re-election, he never would’ve endorsed at all (after all, Scott Walker stayed out of the endorsement game).

People search too hard for ulterior motives sometimes. Chris Christie is literally one of the very few politicians of either party who I’m confident is pretty friggin’ up-front about his motivations. (And this isn’t a partisan thing, either: I’d point out Paul Wellstone, Russ Feignold, Ron Wyden, and Bernie Sanders as being the same on the other side of the ledger.)

Esoteric on October 30, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Christie knows Obama will win NJ. Obama won’t be seen anyhow. Christie’s shadow will obliterate him.

they lie on October 30, 2012 at 9:36 PM

So what, it’s a blue state, and Chris Cristie is an opportunist pig.

JPeterman on October 30, 2012 at 9:36 PM

The hurricane was a Godsend for Obama and I’m glad Allah has a realistic appraisal of the situation.

Maybe Mitt can do another awkward campaign/fundraising combo tomorrow and get blown off by the Red Cross again and mocked by the MSM even more!

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Nobody cares (what you say)

Bitter Clinger on October 30, 2012 at 9:37 PM

This won’t affect the race one way or another. Do you think anyone is going to change their minds at this point because Obama decided to…stay out of the way and let the local authorities do their jobs? I doubt it.

GOPRanknFile on October 30, 2012 at 9:37 PM

If you don’t think Christie had someone talk to Team Romney beforehand…

…he most likely to Fehrnstrom “Hey, this is where I’m at”, and they gave the greenlight.

Not sure if Mitt pops in this weekend. Probably not.

Interesting to see if he shows in PA or VA.

budfox on October 30, 2012 at 9:37 PM

@INC, there are too many disasters to enumerate that Obama blew off. Floods, fires, tornado’s. Here in the Midwest we lost entire communities, and Obama never even acknowledged them. He’s an opportunistic jackass, IMO.

BettyRuth on October 30, 2012 at 9:37 PM

The Obamanation can’t stop campaigning on the bodies of dead Americans!

SHAME!

Janovus on October 30, 2012 at 9:37 PM

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:34 PM

So happy that you are thrilled that a natural disaster that has cost lives and billions of dollars of damages is making your candidate look good.

I’m sure the millions of people without power are warmed by that thought as well.

NerwenAldarion on October 30, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Christie is playing Israel. On the outside, he knows Obama may declare himself King and might need some Obama cash and protection. On the inside he’s seething and ready to bomb Iran.

patman77 on October 30, 2012 at 9:38 PM

BettyRuth on October 30, 2012 at 9:37 PM

I agree. I’m sure those who lived through them remember Obama being MIA.

INC on October 30, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Fat RINO remains Fat & RINOish. News @ 10

Norwegian on October 30, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Anyone who doesn’t think Christie is positioning himself for 2016 is woefully naive. He went above and beyond in praising Obama today and will do the same tomorrow.

Mitt is being thrown to the side to further Christie’s political ambitions. And he’ll get glowing MSM coverage along with Obama.

This is a masterstroke of political genius by both Obama and Christie.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:38 PM

From what I saw on Fox this evening, Obama wanted to come to NYC and Bloomberg said that he was to busy and that Gov. Christy would be a great representative for both states. No one is going to insult the man with the checkbook.

Cindy Munford on October 30, 2012 at 9:38 PM

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:34 PM

If that doesn’t prove you’re a lying prog plant, nothing will.

What Romney did today was genuine.

To write what you just did, confirms you’re not voting for him.

Prepare for the banhammer, gimpy.

budfox on October 30, 2012 at 9:39 PM

At this point just about anything Obama does will appear to be politicking for reelection and totally lacking in authenticity and sincerity. How many people are even watching the hurricane coverage?

I don’t think it will help him with anyone not already voting for him.

I coud be wrong of course.

Charlemagne on October 30, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Meanwhile, Romney refuses to answer questions about whether he’d end FEMA as President. I wonder why he won’t answer?

libfreeordie on October 30, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Then the eSTAB-lishment Repubs don’t understand why they keep getting their heads handed to them! These Morons keep giving the people who see them as Enemies, the opportunity to use them for political gain and get nothing but a sharp stick in the eye, in return! They deserve to lose! They get outsmarted like this so regularly by these moron clowns, you have to question there intellect!
Addendum on the fight against the Obama enemy media: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 30, 2012 at 9:39 PM

“”Outstanding”"

KMav on October 30, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Too late to try looking Presidential, Mr Campaigner in Chief.

rayra on October 30, 2012 at 9:39 PM

2009:

Ice Storms Strike the Heartland: Where’s Obama?
The president has been living it up in the White House while people in flyover country suffer.

INC on October 30, 2012 at 9:35 PM

You beat me to that one, but remember this

2010.

Massive flooding hits Nashville

JPeterman on October 30, 2012 at 9:40 PM

libfreeordie on October 30, 2012 at 9:39 PM

You’d be right at home in the old USSR.

Charlemagne on October 30, 2012 at 9:40 PM

I’ll never forget Obama’s non-response to the people of Tennessee. That showed his true character IMO.

gophergirl on October 30, 2012 at 9:40 PM

The hurricane was a Godsend for Obama and I’m glad Allah has a realistic appraisal of the situation.

Maybe Mitt can do another awkward campaign/fundraising combo tomorrow and get blown off by the Red Cross again and mocked by the MSM even more!

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Gumby..

You are choking it…

Release the grip..
Allow some blood to go to your head..

There..There..

Electrongod on October 30, 2012 at 9:40 PM

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:38 PM

2020, after Romney’s second term.

Cindy Munford on October 30, 2012 at 9:41 PM

So now the trolls think they have something to cling to. Their messiah is gonna try to look all presidential and all. I guess there is a first time for everything…

sandee on October 30, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Allah

Whenever you’re ready to drop the banhammer on gimpy, please do.

He’s crossed from dissenter to agitpropgandist.

budfox on October 30, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Re RuPoll’s farcical ramblings, I believe Occam’s Razor applies, as usual.

And I’m going to ignore him and hope that my fellow HA’s do the same. He likes the attention.

22044 on October 30, 2012 at 9:42 PM

If that doesn’t prove you’re a lying prog plant, nothing will.

What Romney did today was genuine.

To write what you just did, confirms you’re not voting for him.

Prepare for the banhammer, gimpy.

budfox on October 30, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Genuine?? It was nothing more than a political ploy. I mean it’s not like Romney has a history of helping out the less fortunate or people afflicted by tragedy! Oh wait…

GOPRanknFile on October 30, 2012 at 9:42 PM

So Hussein will be campaigning on our dime ? Again ?
What’s new about that ?

burrata on October 30, 2012 at 9:42 PM

NJ has been hit with a disaster. I don’t blame Christie one whit and it will do Obama no good.

gerrym51 on October 30, 2012 at 9:42 PM

The hurricane was a Godsend for Obama and I’m glad Allah has a realistic appraisal of the situation.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Hmmmm I wouldn’t be so sure.

God does act in very mysterious and powerful ways.

gophergirl on October 30, 2012 at 9:42 PM

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Release..STAT!

Electrongod on October 30, 2012 at 9:42 PM

None of Romney voters, i.e. the majority of voters is going to leave him and vote for Obama because Obama toured areas hit by the storm showing so called leadership and compassion doing photops with crying storm victims and making speeches full of soaring rhetoric… They know that this is the least a President can do and it would not erase one iota his utterly failed record of the last four years that made them leave him to begin with and vote for Romney… They simply do not want for more years of this misery and failure…

I know that it is easy for some to get scared that this is going to be some decisive moment in the election that would be good for Obama but it is not going to be… Tomorrow Obama will milk his visit to the max in term of politics, hugging and comforting crying storm victims who wants his help, giving speeches, etc… the media will bombard us all day tomorrow and after tomorrow with these photops and speeches but at the end it will have zero effect on the elections… They may even make more biased polls to show him gaining because of the storm but like all their polls they are lies and you should not believe it…

mnjg on October 30, 2012 at 9:42 PM

The hurricane was a Godsend for Obama and I’m glad Allah has a realistic appraisal of the situation.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:34 PM

40+ dead people due to this storm is a Godsend?

Please explain.

JPeterman on October 30, 2012 at 9:43 PM

“gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:34 PM

If that doesn’t prove you’re a lying prog plant, nothing will.

What Romney did today was genuine.

To write what you just did, confirms you’re not voting for him.”

What Romney did was genuine. And it looked and sounded awkward because he didn’t know how to properly handle the situation. He should have just kept his campaign schedule starting with last night in Milwaukee, and let the chips fall where they may.

Instead, he got shoved aside by the Red Cross and became a joke on the cable networks.

It was a disastrous day for him with only a week to go.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:43 PM

And if you asked Romney whether his reaction is inappropriate, no doubt he’d say that it is.

Typo? Or do you really mean that Romney would say that it is NOT appropriate?

malclave on October 30, 2012 at 9:43 PM

JPeterman on October 30, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Thanks!

2011:

Perry, Cornyn, Hutchison blast Obama for denying Texas wildfire aid request

INC on October 30, 2012 at 9:43 PM

NJ has been hit with a disaster. I don’t blame Christie one whit and it will do Obama no good.

gerrym51 on October 30, 2012 at 9:42 PM

My opinion too. Obama has been a disaster and no hurricane photo op will change that fact or reverse Romney’s momentum.

Charlemagne on October 30, 2012 at 9:43 PM

What’s Ann Coulter’s take on this?

Meanwhile, Romney refuses to answer questions about whether he’d end FEMA as President. I wonder why he won’t answer?

libfreeordie on October 30, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Because there might be more efficient/effective alternatives. Clue is looking for a subject.

The entire government operation needs to be reviewed and re-engineered. Waste, waste, waste.

I know…what will all those middle class idiots of a variety of ‘afflictions’ do when they lose their jobs? May they all go to hell, the bloodsuckers and looters.

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Christie can do us all an eternal favor and just eat him.

Literally.

cane_loader on October 30, 2012 at 9:44 PM

40+ dead people due to this storm is a Godsend?

Please explain.

JPeterman on October 30, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Frequent Flier Miles on Air Force One…

Electrongod on October 30, 2012 at 9:44 PM

The hurricane was a Godsend for Obama and I’m glad Allah has a realistic appraisal of the situation.

Maybe Mitt can do another awkward campaign/fundraising combo tomorrow and get blown off by the Red Cross again and mocked by the MSM even more!

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Wow. Just wow. No human concern whatsoever. Every thing that happens is just to serve your own political daydreams. What’s particularly disgusting is that you believed Barky to be ahead anyway, but still applaud a natural disaster as a “Godsend” for your chosen candidate.

I knew you were filth when you proudly argued and continued to repeat that “nobody cares” about the human life lost at Benghazi, but you reaffirm your indifference to life here and sink to yet another low.

I have said it before and I will say it again. It is time for you to go now. Leave. Creep.

So happy that you are thrilled that a natural disaster that has cost lives and billions of dollars of damages is making your candidate look good.

I’m sure the millions of people without power are warmed by that thought as well.

NerwenAldarion on October 30, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Well said.

Gingotts on October 30, 2012 at 9:44 PM

The hurricane was a Godsend for Obama and I’m glad Allah has a realistic appraisal of the situation.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:34 PM

40+ dead people due to this storm is a Godsend?

Please explain.

JPeterman on October 30, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Maybe 40 deaths is the optimal number for Democrats.

malclave on October 30, 2012 at 9:44 PM

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

‘Nuff said.

Resist We Much on October 30, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Gumby you’re just another in a long line of useful idiots and water carriers…holy cow..you’re a clown.

CW on October 30, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Perry, Cornyn, Hutchison blast Obama for denying Texas wildfire aid request

INC on October 30, 2012 at 9:43 PM

FEMA will dish out billions to blue states now, buying votes and squandering more funds than are needed or are available. The only good thing is that the party might end on Nov. 6, theoretically, and Jan. 20th practically.

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Instead, he got shoved aside by the Red Cross and became a joke on the cable networks.

It was a disastrous day for him with only a week to go.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Sure…….

Release your grip..

Electrongod on October 30, 2012 at 9:46 PM

“The hurricane was a Godsend for Obama and I’m glad Allah has a realistic appraisal of the situation.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:34 PM

40+ dead people due to this storm is a Godsend?

Please explain.

JPeterman on October 30, 2012 at 9:43 PM”

Absolutely a Godsend for Obama…

He can look and sound Presidential, give empathetic remarks that are in his comfort zone, and not have to deal with his record. Obama could not have asked for a better turn of events. The storm is the only thing that will matter for the last week of the campaign.

And he’s helped by Romney being so unsure of how to react and proceed.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:46 PM

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Haven’t you claimed every day is “disastrous” for him? And yet he’s not falling..

wargamer6 on October 30, 2012 at 9:46 PM

So doing what Presidents should do in an emergency like this makes obama somehow special?I guess since this is something he rarely does it is “special”

sandee on October 30, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Pay close attention to Christie tomorrow.

Bmore on October 30, 2012 at 9:46 PM

The hurricane was a Godsend for Obama and I’m glad Allah has a realistic appraisal of the situation.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:34 PM

40+ dead people due to this storm is a Godsend?

Please explain.

JPeterman on October 30, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Gumby has the same brain power and ‘decency’ as Obama.

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2012 at 9:46 PM

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

Has he actually done something?

Charlemagne on October 30, 2012 at 9:46 PM

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Right. Because 1 storm is going to erase 4 years of economic stagnation. In your dreams.

wargamer6 on October 30, 2012 at 9:46 PM

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 10:34 AM

You indecent Michael Moore swine!

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2012 at 9:47 PM

If this opportunist a** costs us the election, then I say we make darn well sure that he never gets close to the nomination in 2016. I’ll post here daily pointing out how the jerk cost us the 2012 election.

Illinidiva on October 30, 2012 at 9:47 PM

300+ one week from now

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2012 at 9:48 PM

FEMA will dish out billions to blue states now, buying votes and squandering more funds than are needed or are available. The only good thing is that the party might end on Nov. 6, theoretically, and Jan. 20th practically.

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2012 at 9:45 PM

That was my thinking. Playing politics with disaster has been one of Obama’s many disgraceful acts.

INC on October 30, 2012 at 9:48 PM

And he’s helped by Romney being so unsure of how to react and proceed.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Actually dimwit political experts on both sides of the aisle know this is bad news for Obama. Destruction and death on top of our already pathetic economy. More negativity for the guy in charge. Do your homework dummy.

You don’t know shite.

CW on October 30, 2012 at 9:48 PM

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Not much Romney can actually do since he’s not POTUS or any other elected official with authority.

So Obama gets to believe he’s looking presidential by being president.

Charlemagne on October 30, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Christie is an idiot.

He should be blaming Obama for no getting help there soon enough.

faraway on October 30, 2012 at 9:49 PM

How many moozies in NY+NJ ?

burrata on October 30, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Locally, with power out no one much is gonna see his “performance” The rest of the Country is just busy trying to make a living…

sandee on October 30, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Absolutely a Godsend for Obama…

He can look and sound Presidential, give empathetic remarks that are in his comfort zone, and not have to deal with his record. Obama could not have asked for a better turn of events. The storm is the only thing that will matter for the last week of the campaign.

And he’s helped by Romney being so unsure of how to react and proceed.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Sorry..

If what you are saying will sway the undecided…

There are way less undecided today..

Your lover is Toast.

You can back down…
Release..

Electrongod on October 30, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Meanwhile, Romney refuses to answer questions about whether he’d end FEMA as President. I wonder why he won’t answer?

libfreeordie on October 30, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Because unlike your dishonest and ignorant ass, he understands what a useless gotcha / have you stopped beaing your wife question it is.

rayra on October 30, 2012 at 9:49 PM

The hurricane was a Godsend for Obama and I’m glad Allah has a realistic appraisal of the situation.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:34 PM

40+ dead people due to this storm is a Godsend?

Please explain.

JPeterman on October 30, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Gumby’s a puke.

CW on October 30, 2012 at 9:49 PM

NYT/CBS poll: Obama 48% Romney 47%. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10

The sample size is 563 LVs. Who the hell runs with a sample that small a week before election day?

I guess that they wanted Obama to be +1. In every poll, as the sample size increases and MOE decreases, Romney’s lead increases.

Anyhoo, breaking down the poll, which is 36/31/33 D+5.

* R has a +9 advantage in voter enthusiasm.

* R has a +12 advantage with Independents.

* R has a +17 advantage with whites.

* O is only pulling in 83% of non-whites (R gets 14%).

* R has a +6 advantage on the economy.

* R has a +6 advantage on immigration.

* R has a +15 advantage on the budget deficit.

* R has a +11 advantage on who will work better with Reps & Dems in Congress.

* R has a +9 advantage on leadership.

* 70% of Americans think Romney will not raise taxes on businesses.

* 80% of Americans think Obama will raise taxes on businesses.

* 54% of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track. (39% on right track).

“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

Despite the MSM’s best efforts, 75% of Americans have heard or read a lot about Benghazi.

* O is -6 on Libya among all adults. 51% of LV disapprove. 57% of Independents disapprove of his handling of Libya.

Resist We Much on October 30, 2012 at 9:49 PM

“What’s particularly disgusting is that you believed Barky to be ahead anyway, but still applaud a natural disaster as a “Godsend””

Nope, never applauded the disaster at all. I just gave the realistic appraisal of what it means for the election.

You guys are so busy being outraged and partisan, that you are unable to assess a situation realistically.

There will be no more questions about the economy. Everything is how Obama handled the Frankenstorm and if Romney wants to cut FEMA.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:49 PM

2012:

Democrats’ New Motto: Never Let a Wildfire Go to Waste

Did you know that President Obama has been incommunicado with Colorado’s governor for more than two weeks as the nation’s worst wildfires rage across the state?

INC on October 30, 2012 at 9:50 PM

He can look and sound Presidential, give empathetic remarks that are in his comfort zone, and not have to deal with his record. Obama could not have asked for a better turn of events. The storm is the only thing that will matter for the last week of the campaign.

And he’s helped by Romney being so unsure of how to react and proceed.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Debate 1 blew away any chance of The Messiah looking Presidential. If he cared about such things, FEMA wouldn’t have denied funds to Texas. This is Chicago politics at a national level.

nobar on October 30, 2012 at 9:50 PM

So, let Obama play the big role in a pure dark blue state, who cares? By the way, where was this dolt during all the other disasters?

rplat on October 30, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Everything is how Obama handled the Frankenstorm and if Romney wants to cut FEMA.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:49 PM

And, Obama cuts FEMA by $900 million in his sequestration.

Resist We Much on October 30, 2012 at 9:50 PM

If this opportunist a** costs us the election, then I say we make darn well sure that he never gets close to the nomination in 2016. I’ll post here daily pointing out how the jerk cost us the 2012 election.

Illinidiva on October 30, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Seriously you make AP look like a Pollyanna.

gophergirl on October 30, 2012 at 9:50 PM

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:49 PM

WTF are you smoking? The economy’s the number 1 issue!

Just because you wish it wasn’t so, doesn’t make it so.

wargamer6 on October 30, 2012 at 9:51 PM

“And he’s helped by Romney being so unsure of how to react and proceed.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Actually dimwit political experts on both sides of the aisle know this is bad news for Obama.”

Really?

According to what network or political experts?

Heck, even Allah knows how it’s going to play.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Instead, he got shoved aside by the Red Cross and became a joke on the cable networks.

It was a disastrous day for him with only a week to go.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:43 PM

You are slime and you wouldn’t know truth if it kicked you in the face with a size 15 boot.

Most news hasn’t mentioned Romney today other than the ongoing rumors and talk of a campaign that appears will begin again tomorrow.

The only ones mocking Romney for his genuine desire to help those affected by the storm are the partisan hacks at MSNBC.

I am unsurprised that you are familiar with what MSNBC says. That channel is likely always on at your home/asylum/bus station where you poop and watch TV.

I repeat, it is time to go. You have crossed the line from poll spewing partisan to bile filled troll.

Gingotts on October 30, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Bloomberg turned down the ONE…?

d1carter on October 30, 2012 at 9:51 PM

There will be no more questions about the economy. Everything is how Obama handled the Frankenstorm and if Romney wants to cut FEMA.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Gumby..

I am starting to get worried about you..

Frankenstorm may fall off.

Electrongod on October 30, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Because unlike your dishonest and ignorant ass, he understands what a useless gotcha / have you stopped beaing your wife question it is.

rayra on October 30, 2012 at 9:49 PM

So asking Romney to stand by the things he said in the GOP primary in order to appeal to conservatives is a “gotcha” question? Wow. It has been truly amazing to see how willing conservatives are to let Romney use and abuse them in the service of winning. Do you honestly think we’re seeing dishonest Mitt now, or was it dishonest Mitt then? I get it for the low-info voters, which is probably why Romney wins. But for the high info voters around here? Puhleeze. You sat there, just like the rest of us and watched Mitt Romney describe federal funding of FEMA as part of an “immoral” debt level. Why is it not acceptable to ask him, in the wake of an event where FEMA is predominate, about the morality of FEMA?

libfreeordie on October 30, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Gingotts on October 30, 2012 at 9:44 PM

It about time to ban this low life scum gumpyandpokey… Not because he is a liberal but because he is a huge liar and filthy low life scum…

mnjg on October 30, 2012 at 9:52 PM

gophergirl on October 30, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Ignore her. She’s a crybaby; she was throwing a tantrum a few weeks ago as she hasn’t lived through a GOP landslide ala Reagan 84 yet.

wargamer6 on October 30, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Meanwhile, Romney refuses to answer questions about whether he’d end FEMA as President. I wonder why he won’t answer?

libfreeordie on October 30, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Why are you trying to politicize this storm, when the bodies haven’t even been rounded up yet?

faraway on October 30, 2012 at 9:52 PM

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