Polls: This Mitt fellow is becoming more likeable by the day

posted at 1:31 pm on November 4, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

I know many conservatives bristle at the notion of “likeability” or personal “favorability” as an important campaign metric, dismissing it as a shallow consideration not worthy of news coverage.

But, the fact is, it does matter. It is not, on its own, a qualification for office, but we are human beings and we make many decisions based on whether we like or dislike others. If you don’t think it’s a boon to be likeable, imagine Ronald Reagan’s presidency with Harry Reid’s personality.

The likeability issue has probably received an outsized amount of coverage during President Obama’s four years in office because, as economic stats stalled and fell, Obama’s personal “favorability” didn’t, allowing media to crow about its preferred candidate’s appeal.

No longer. In the waning days of this election, Mitt Romney has closed the likeability gap—formerly Obama’s greatest asset— in four separate polls (three national, one battleground), rising to his highest levels of the campaign in the eyes of voters.

WaPo/ABC:

Fifty-four percent of likely voters in the latest ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll express a favorable opinion of Obama overall, the most basic measure of a public figure’s popularity. Yet 53 percent now see Romney favorably – a majority, remarkably, for the first time.

It’s a dramatic gain for Romney, who emerged from the Republican primaries as the least popular major party candidate in polling back to 1984 and remained there up to the debates. Just 40 percent saw him favorably as recently as late August, and it was essentially no better, 44 percent, after the party conventions.

Politico/GWU:

Romney and Obama are now at parity on likability: 51 percent view Obama favorably while 50 percent view Romney favorably. Meanwhile, 45 percent of respondents view Obama unfavorably and 44 percent view Romney unfavorably.

In the Oct. 1 Politico/GWU poll, taken entirely before the first debate, Obama outdid Romney 51-46 on this measure.

Same in the most recent Fox poll:

In addition, the two are about equally liked by voters. Fifty-two percent have a favorable opinion of Obama, while 51 percent have a positive view of Romney.

Pittsburgh Tribune poll of Pennsylvania, which shows a 47-47 race in the Keystone state today:

Obama enjoyed wide leads in state polling during most of the race. That narrowed when Romney’s image improved as a result of the October presidential debates. Susquehanna found 48 percent of voters view Romney favorably, the first time he tied Obama on that measure. A Trib poll in September found Obama with a 47 percent favorability rating, compared with Romney’s 41 percent.

The NBC poll’s numbers on individual questions won’t come out until tonight. The race is a dead heat in four national polls and Romney has closed the likeability gap, while Democrats show signs of improving their enthusiasm numbers. Will the former offset the latter? Romney’s problems with likeability were widely seen as a large part of the reason people didn’t view him as a viable alternative to the president. He has changed his image perceptibly since the first debate, wiping out what used to be sometimes a double-digit advantage for the president.

Is it enough to push a few extra voters to the polls in Northwest Ohio and Eastern Ohio coal country, Western Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia burbs? Or, given the high numbers of early voters, did folks just learn to like Mitt a little too late?

Since we’re going anti-Eyeore in this post, let’s also give you a shot in the arm with Guy Benson’s 6 Reasons to be Optimistic this weekend.

Front-page photo credit to Nate Beeler

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Libs throwing tantrums, stomping feet.

John the Libertarian on November 4, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Here in Florida there is no enthusiasm, practically no signage, furtiveness and avoidance of debate….

spiritof61 on November 4, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Then you don’t live in the part of Florida I live in. There’s 2x the number of McCain signs there were in 2008, and very few Obama signs.

And have you heard about the 3 and 4 hour waits to vote early? No way all those people are waiting to vote for the boy king.

Flora Duh on November 4, 2012 at 8:14 PM

It is at least readable without every other comment being his dribble, or someone responding to his dribble.

Flora Duh on November 4, 2012 at 8:08 PM

I’d tend to agree. He’s beginning to babble like a lunatic.

(On a nit-picking side-note, it’s “drivel”. But you can go with dribble if you like–I kinda like it! :) )

RedCrow on November 4, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Fox is showing clips of Obama and Bubba campaigning. They seem so childish and silly that it is amazing that the race is so close. I worry about the fate of our country with a plurality of people who would reelect this knucklehead.

Cindy Munford on November 4, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Media driveby’s said it was a lose race in 1980

workingclass artist on November 4, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Liar.

xblade on November 4, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Trollcott is engaged. Do not engage the trolls. Repeat: Do not engage the trolls.

happytobehere on November 4, 2012 at 8:15 PM

I’m outside the packed Fifth Third Arena at the University of Cincinnati .as we wait for President Obama to speak ,have fun giving the trolls power y saying trollcott every three posts…… see ya I got to go inside …

U2denver on November 4, 2012 at 8:16 PM

It was more subdued. I think it was because we were losing, then. :)

RedCrow on November 4, 2012 at 8:07 PM

You make a good point!!..:)

Dire Straits on November 4, 2012 at 8:16 PM

GAZE

Flora Duh on November 4, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Ignore it, it goes away.

John the Libertarian

Naah, I like calling it the liar that it is. Maybe instead of trollcot, everyone could just respond with “liar”. Because that’s exactly what it is.

That does not work. Do not engage, the less they post, the less they get paid.

Trollcott!

JPeterman

They are probably in a union, so they likely all get paid the same, no matter what, lol.

xblade on November 4, 2012 at 8:18 PM

xblade on November 4, 2012 at 8:13 PM

…hey! …this thread is headed to a thousand without the troll argument…don’t start putting your head where the liberals have theirs…k?
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NO TROLLS…!!!

KOOLAID2 on November 4, 2012 at 8:18 PM

But you can go with dribble if you like–I kinda like it! :) )

RedCrow on November 4, 2012 at 8:14 PM

No, I meant dribble, as in…

produce saliva: to let saliva spill out of the mouth

;-)

Flora Duh on November 4, 2012 at 8:19 PM

U2denver on November 4, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Trollcot Liar.

xblade on November 4, 2012 at 8:20 PM

They will not stop just because they are ignored and not responded to.

bayview on November 4, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Sure, let them. They can talk amongst themselves if they like. We simply will not legitimize their comments by responding to them. If you feel otherwise, feel free to feed the trolls.

IamDA on November 4, 2012 at 8:20 PM

xblade on November 4, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Engaging with trolls works about as well as a stimulus from Obama. It doesn’t no matter how many times it’s tried, no matter how many billions are wasted.

Trollcott. Do it. You’ll love it.

happytobehere on November 4, 2012 at 8:21 PM

In Cleveland? http://twitchy.com/2012/11/04/another-large-crowd-for-romney-in-heavily-democratic-cleveland/

Cindy Munford on November 4, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Righteous!

Malkin in the twittersphere was a damned smart move.

workingclass artist on November 4, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Trollcot Liar.

xblade on November 4, 2012 at 8:20 PM

That’s still engaging. No quotations. Just say trollcott. You really will enjoy it. After a while it’s like there are no trolls.

happytobehere on November 4, 2012 at 8:23 PM

They are probably in a union, so they likely all get paid the same, no matter what, lol.

xblade on November 4, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Lol. Good point.

(But, the flip-side has a good point, too. For example U2denver? This dummy is clearly bothered by the trollcott. And pukey? He wet himself a few pages ago. Tantrum-having toddlers don’t like to be ignored, but eventually they find something else to do.)

RedCrow on November 4, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Ignore the polls. Follow what your eyes and ears tell you…and that is that Mitt Romney will be the next President of the United States.

Phoenix7 on November 4, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Following my eyes and ears, Mitt Romney is the President.

davidk on November 4, 2012 at 8:23 PM

I wish i lived in PA (I can’t believe I just typed that!) so at least I could feel like my vote could mean something. Go Mitt from the People’s Republic of Vermont!

nicefly on November 4, 2012 at 7:45 PM

C’mon down! We have some nice, reasonably priced houses for sale here in western PA. :)

But then there’s my response from earlier last week:

I really don’t like the fate of the nation resting on Philadelphia and its suburbs.

SouthernGent on October 31, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Those of us who live in the western half of Pennsylvania really hate it. I’ve voted in every presidential election since 1980; there’s nothing that makes me madder than seeing a sea of red in all the counties except Philadelphia County and the four or so counties surrounding it and hearing that it means the state has been declared for the Dem candidate, whoever it is or was.

PatriotGal2257 on October 31, 2012 at 11:58 AM

We’ve been disappointed time and time again. But especially after seeing Romney on TV at the rally in Morrisville, I’m more hopeful than I’ve ever been in years that we just might overwhelm Philly and Pittsburgh. Trust me, I’m praying it is so.

PatriotGal2257 on November 4, 2012 at 8:23 PM

The one who just left sounded just like one of those college obamabots that are the majority of what the loser has left in his cheering squad.

BeachBum on November 4, 2012 at 8:24 PM

IamDA on November 4, 2012 at 8:20 PM

I do not feel explaining the movement of the numbers in the Pew poll was feeding the trolls.

bayview on November 4, 2012 at 8:24 PM

I’d tend to agree. He’s beginning to babble like a lunatic.

(On a nit-picking side-note, it’s “drivel”. But you can go with dribble if you like–I kinda like it! :) )

RedCrow on November 4, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Meth & Red Bull can have that effect…and Obammy was a C student at Columbia anyway.

workingclass artist on November 4, 2012 at 8:24 PM

produce saliva: to let saliva spill out of the mouth

;-)

Flora Duh on November 4, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Lol. :)
Perhaps bibs are in order?

RedCrow on November 4, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Fox is showing clips of Obama and Bubba campaigning. They seem so childish and silly that it is amazing that the race is so close. I worry about the fate of our country with a plurality of people who would reelect this knucklehead.

Cindy Munford on November 4, 2012 at 8:07 PM

The contrast with what we just saw from Romney in PA is incredible. I am with you, really concerned about what the closeness of the race says about the state of our electorate, Obama shouldn’t even be on the public radar.

neuquenguy on November 4, 2012 at 8:24 PM

We’ve been disappointed time and time again. But especially after seeing Romney on TV at the rally in Morrisville, I’m more hopeful than I’ve ever been in years that we just might overwhelm Philly and Pittsburgh. Trust me, I’m praying it is so.

PatriotGal2257 on November 4, 2012 at 8:23 PM

I think he’ll win big with Catholics…

workingclass artist on November 4, 2012 at 8:26 PM

The contrast with what we just saw from Romney in PA is incredible. I am with you, really concerned about what the closeness of the race says about the state of our electorate, Obama shouldn’t even be on the public radar.

neuquenguy on November 4, 2012 at 8:24 PM

The only thing showing this race being close is the polls. Everything else is for a huge Romney landslide. 2010, Walker, crowds, behavior of the candidates, debates, Positive vs. Negative… It’s all for Romney. We’ve got this.

happytobehere on November 4, 2012 at 8:28 PM

You know, there is a small chance–small, but not negligible–that Obama will carry only one state (guess which) between the Potomac and the Sierra Nevada. All his EVs would come from the NE and the Pacific Coast. A vast Sea of Repudiation across the North American continent, with a single turdball in the Windy City.

Now there’s something to dream about.

spiritof61 on November 4, 2012 at 8:28 PM

In Cleveland? http://twitchy.com/2012/11/04/another-large-crowd-for-romney-in-heavily-democratic-cleveland/

Cindy Munford on November 4, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Thanks Cindy. But every time you post a Twitchy link, I have to endure that picture of Fluke. (Wonder if they’re getting complaints.)

RedCrow on November 4, 2012 at 8:28 PM

The contrast with what we just saw from Romney in PA is incredible. I am with you, really concerned about what the closeness of the race says about the state of our electorate, Obama shouldn’t even be on the public radar.

neuquenguy on November 4, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Carter was going to beat “Bedtime for Bonzo” in 1980..They were absolutely certain.

workingclass artist on November 4, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Watching King Obama during his rally in Ohio. He looks defeated, tired and very small.

JPeterman on November 4, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Watching King Obama during his rally in Ohio. He looks defeated, tired and very small.

JPeterman on November 4, 2012 at 8:29 PM

He keeps seeing the same Union faces…and it’s expensive bussing them everywhere

workingclass artist on November 4, 2012 at 8:31 PM

I think he’ll win big with Catholics…

workingclass artist on November 4, 2012 at 8:26 PM

I wish that were so. So many Catholics I know are utter liberals. Love baby killing etc. A friend of mine was just at Mass today where the priest told the parish that they had to vote Catholic and that that means voting for the pro-life/pro marriage candidate. About a fourth of the parish walked out!

So many Catholics are in it for the tribalism. Yes, there are catholics that actually try to follow the teachings, but they are not a majority by any means.

We’re still winning the election, however. The evangelicals will come out big for Romney, methinks.

happytobehere on November 4, 2012 at 8:31 PM

About a fourth of the parish walked out!

happytobehere on November 4, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Three fourths stayed.

spiritof61 on November 4, 2012 at 8:34 PM

neuquenguy on November 4, 2012 at 8:24 PM

We need to neutralize Democrats in our educational system before the kids can’t tie their shoes.

Cindy Munford on November 4, 2012 at 8:34 PM

RedCrow on November 4, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Well, I am sorry about that, just point and laugh that she only gets double digit turn out for her little pep talks.

Cindy Munford on November 4, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Three fourths stayed.

spiritof61 on November 4, 2012 at 8:34 PM

The others looked very angry at the priest. You think we can count on their vote? Please.

We’re still going to win without them.

happytobehere on November 4, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Watching King Obama during his rally in Ohio. He looks defeated, tired and very small.

JPeterman on November 4, 2012 at 8:29 PM

An accurate observation that is worth much more than polling data. It can’t be spun or faked.

Two days.
Remember Benghazi.

spiritof61 on November 4, 2012 at 8:36 PM

I wish that were so. So many Catholics I know are utter liberals. Love baby killing etc. A friend of mine was just at Mass today where the priest told the parish that they had to vote Catholic and that that means voting for the pro-life/pro marriage candidate. About a fourth of the parish walked out!

I think there will be a 10-15 point swing in Catholics from ’08 which is about 25% of the vote…

MGardner on November 4, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Trollcott is engaged. Do not engage the trolls. Repeat: Do not engage the trolls.

happytobehere

Feel free to play your Trollcott game if you like. I choose not to.

xblade on November 4, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Three fourths stayed.

spiritof61 on November 4, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Exactly, Romney will win Catholics big, which is why Minnesota is in play…

MGardner on November 4, 2012 at 8:38 PM

The only thing showing this race being close is the polls. Everything else is for a huge Romney landslide. 2010, Walker, crowds, behavior of the candidates, debates, Positive vs. Negative… It’s all for Romney. We’ve got this.

happytobehere on November 4, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Carter was going to beat “Bedtime for Bonzo” in 1980..They were absolutely certain.

workingclass artist on November 4, 2012 at 8:29 PM

You are right that all the evidence outside of the poll points to a big Romney win. This is a big difference from 2008 where the only positive thing we had to hold on to was many rash in insisting McCain was going to win (along with Dick Morris). Still, the closeness of the polls worry me, mostly because it points to an increasingly dumbed down electorate.

neuquenguy on November 4, 2012 at 8:38 PM

happytobehere on November 4, 2012 at 8:35 PM

I think you’re going to be pleasantly surprised at the Catholic exit polling on Wednesday. A majority will not go for the Planned Parenthood Posterboy like in 2008.

spiritof61 on November 4, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Yet, Walker was barely “edging” Barrett in the polls. Just like Romney is either slightly down, tied, or getting shallacked in D+9 polls.
Ignore the polls. Follow what your eyes and ears tell you…and that is that Mitt Romney will be the next President of the United States.
Phoenix7 on November 4, 2012 at 7:59 PM

But Walker was AHEAD. IN. EVERY. POLL.
Romney is AHEAD. IN. NONE. NONE. NONE. NONE. NONE.
gumbyandpokey on November 4, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Ed! Allah! For gripes sakes! It’s being intentionally disruptive, posting crap it knows to be false because it contradicts its other posts. What does it take to get banned here, anyway, obscenity? Is that the threshold? Hammer time!

smellthecoffee on November 4, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Feel free to play your Trollcott game if you like. I choose not to.

xblade on November 4, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Way to stand with comrades, good for you!

It is all about you after all.

cozmo on November 4, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Remember Benghazi.

spiritof61 on November 4, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Unbelievable that the Won is getting away with not having to answer anything about Benghazi before the election.

neuquenguy on November 4, 2012 at 8:40 PM

I’m wondering if any of the legitimate commenters have considered, that a goodly number of the trolls here are sock puppets of the Salem Communications staff. It makes sense in a perverse sort of way.

tbarleycorn on November 4, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Trollcott is engaged. Do not engage the trolls. Repeat: Do not engage the trolls.

happytobehere on November 4, 2012 at 8:15 PM

The person we aren’t engaging isn’t going to want to engage us after reading this:

30,000+ Rally for Romney in Pennsylvania

Alberta_Patriot on November 4, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Way to stand with comrades, good for you!

It is all about you after all.

cozmo on November 4, 2012 at 8:40 PM

What is that party pooping song I heard once?

JPeterman on November 4, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Fox is showing clips of Obama and Bubba campaigning. They seem so childish and silly that it is amazing that the race is so close. I worry about the fate of our country with a plurality of people who would reelect this knucklehead.

Cindy Munford on November 4, 2012 at 8:07 PM

The contrast with what we just saw from Romney in PA is incredible. I am with you, really concerned about what the closeness of the race says about the state of our electorate, Obama shouldn’t even be on the public radar.

neuquenguy on November 4, 2012 at 8:24 PM

I am convinced that the reason all these polls are dead heated is because Romney is leading and they want to try to get his base out

Conservative4ev on November 4, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Oh my CNN poll has 49-49 with a D+11 sample!!!

MGardner on November 4, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Unbelievable that the Won is getting away with not having to answer anything about Benghazi before the election.

neuquenguy on November 4, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Yes. That was Romney’s choice, not to smash him when opportunity was given. But it’s small comfort to have run out the Benghazi clock when you are getting your clock cleaned by the electorate. And the media has shamed itself beyond all recall.

spiritof61 on November 4, 2012 at 8:44 PM

NJ governor pledges to vote Romney despite praising Obama

http://www.courant.com/news/politics/sns-rt-us-israel-election-christiebre8a30jb-20121104,0,7935316.story

davidk on November 4, 2012 at 8:45 PM

We need to neutralize Democrats in our educational system before the kids can’t tie their shoes.

Cindy Munford on November 4, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Unfortunately this starts with parents, many of whom have abdicated their responsibility and their rights with regards to their kids education, and continues with school choice and accountability. Tall order.

neuquenguy on November 4, 2012 at 8:46 PM

JPeterman on November 4, 2012 at 8:42 PM

LOL thanks, I needed a laugh. Geesh, I feel old, has to be at least 50 years since I sang that song.

BeachBum on November 4, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Oh my CNN poll has 49-49 with a D+11 sample!!!

MGardner on November 4, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Let them lead with that. Hang it round their necks.

spiritof61 on November 4, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Ed! Allah! For gripes sakes! It’s being intentionally disruptive, posting crap it knows to be false because it contradicts its other posts. What does it take to get banned here, anyway, obscenity? Is that the threshold? Hammer time!

smellthecoffee on November 4, 2012 at 8:39 PM

I think Ed & AP will drop the mushroom cloud on this jackass Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, right after they scrape what’s left of O’Butthead’s dignity off the bottom of Romney’s shoe – after the 300+ EV bitchslapping Hopeychangey is gonna receive.

It’ll give us all a chance to say our proper goodbyes.

Be patient. It’s coming.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on November 4, 2012 at 8:47 PM

LOL thanks, I needed a laugh. Geesh, I feel old, has to be at least 50 years since I sang that song.

BeachBum on November 4, 2012 at 8:46 PM

But I’m kind of new to America and only heard it once and can’t remember it.

JPeterman on November 4, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Signing off from Tampa. Remember Churchill’s dicta:

In War: Resolution
In Defeat: Defiance
In Victory: Magnanimity
In Peace: Goodwill

spiritof61 on November 4, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Signing off from Tampa. Remember Churchill’s dicta:

In War: Resolution
In Defeat: Defiance
In Victory: Magnanimity
In Peace: Goodwill

spiritof61 on November 4, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Excellent

ShadowsPawn on November 4, 2012 at 8:51 PM

I’m wondering if any of the legitimate commenters have considered, that a goodly number of the trolls here are sock puppets of the Salem Communications staff. It makes sense in a perverse sort of way.

tbarleycorn on November 4, 2012 at 8:42 PM

I think Salem people would do a more credible job of it. On the other hand, I do suspect that they tolerate trolls because they think it means hits and money. We have to find a way to make trolling cost Salem.

slickwillie2001 on November 4, 2012 at 8:51 PM

tbarleycorn on November 4, 2012 at 8:42 PM

I’m figuring about half. Most of the rest are interns. Only a couple of real trolls.

cozmo on November 4, 2012 at 8:51 PM

JPeterman on November 4, 2012 at 8:49 PM

The song goes:
Every party has a pooper and that’s why we invited you.
Party Pooper, Party Pooper….. and so on….you get the drift. ;)

BeachBum on November 4, 2012 at 8:54 PM

NJ governor pledges to vote Romney despite praising Obama
http://www.courant.com/news/politics/sns-rt-us-israel-election-christiebre8a30jb-20121104,0,7935316.story

davidk on November 4, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Romney will win on Tuesday, and we should not forget Christie’s self-serving, over-the-top and unnecessary gushing over Obama.

Christie is a fraud, and I’m very happy that he wasn’t chosen as VP candidate.

bluegill on November 4, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Oh my CNN poll has 49-49 with a D+11 sample!!!

MGardner on November 4, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Let them lead with that. Hang it round their necks.

spiritof61 on November 4, 2012 at 8:47 PM

That’s the point I made earlier, Romney is leading, they do not want to show it, it’s the last effort to get his base out

Conservative4ev on November 4, 2012 at 8:55 PM

I wish that were so. So many Catholics I know are utter liberals. Love baby killing etc. A friend of mine was just at Mass today where the priest told the parish that they had to vote Catholic and that that means voting for the pro-life/pro marriage candidate. About a fourth of the parish walked out!

So many Catholics are in it for the tribalism. Yes, there are catholics that actually try to follow the teachings, but they are not a majority by any means.

We’re still winning the election, however. The evangelicals will come out big for Romney, methinks.

happytobehere on November 4, 2012 at 8:31 PM

This is about Secular Government Coercion of Catholic Liturgy and Practice in our Institutions.

Tell your liberal catholic friend to say Bye Bye to every Catholic School,University and College, Charity Hospitals (1 in 6 hospital beds in the US) and Catholic Charities in America within 2 years…That is a fact & he has been warned…and it will be his damned fault!

It’s that simple & the Bishops are United. The plan has been in formulation and the Bishops have the authority.
They will execute it and nobody can stop them.

All that will be left are those few organizations run by the separate orders but they will shutdown too if the Pope orders them too…He has Authority over the Orders.

The Pope has given the order to the Bishops and they agree with him.

Obama has picked a battle with the American Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church who are being backed by the Bishop of Rome and Pope Benedict XVI means business.

They did this in the UK…Catholics shutdown catholic adoption centers in the UK.

This is happening everywhere & the Pope has been firm.

workingclass artist on November 4, 2012 at 8:56 PM

OK, to be Fair and Balanced…I found the cite about people walking out on a Romney rally the other day. I did a Google search using the keywords “people walk out on romney rally”, and got 49 and a half million results.

But strangely, in the first 5 pages of results, I only got 1 result that actually had that actual story. And that came from Democrat Underground!

AP Reporter: “people leaving Romney rally in the middle of his speech…energy level low”

Steve Peoples ‏@sppeoples

Steady stream of people leaving Romney rally in the middle of his speech. Maybe it’s the cold, but energy level low in Ohio. #2012

http://twitter.com/sppeoples

I could find no other search results to corroborate this story, but will assume it happened.

Strange thing, though-in those search results, I found many times more results about the folks walking out of the O’bamna rally. And that was not even using the correct keyword (O).

When I change the Google search by swapping out the name of the candidate, I get 58 million results. Nearly all of the results on the first 10 pages of said results link to the Breitbart story.

What’s amazing about that? Breitbart only broke this story 5 hours ago.

People walking out on a campaign speech by the challenger is one thing. But this is Democrats walking out on the sitting pResident.

If Bush supporters had walked out of one of his campaign rallies in 2000 or 2004, it would have been front page news.

Del Dolemonte on November 4, 2012 at 9:01 PM

“The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 9,000 jobs lost in mining in October, a statistic Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is likely to cite in the waning hours of the campaign.

“Mining lost 9,000 jobs in October, with most of the decline occurring in support activities for mining,” the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced in Friday’s jobs report. “Since May of this year, employment in mining has decreased by 17,000.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/04/9000-mining-jobs-lost-in-october/#ixzz2BJFl2nsQ

workingclass artist on November 4, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Oh my CNN poll has 49-49 with a D+11 sample!!!

MGardner on November 4, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Wow… D+11?!?! Really?

How do these people not think about what they’re doing while they do it? How do they live with themselves?

Alberta_Patriot on November 4, 2012 at 9:03 PM

If Bush supporters had walked out of one of his campaign rallies in 2000 or 2004, it would have been front page news.

Del Dolemonte on November 4, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Now do a search on the Peoples person. First class liar. You may find information over at Newsbusters.

JPeterman on November 4, 2012 at 9:03 PM

The song goes:
Every party has a pooper and that’s why we invited you.
Party Pooper, Party Pooper….. and so on….you get the drift. ;)

BeachBum on November 4, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Thank you. You may point and laugh at me now :)

JPeterman on November 4, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Mitt is over 37 on Intrade…

Busting out to the upside…

Volume starting to come in…

MGardner on November 4, 2012 at 9:07 PM

xblade on November 4, 2012 at 8:18 PM

F-

Del Dolemonte on November 4, 2012 at 9:07 PM

NJ governor pledges to vote Romney despite praising Obama
http://www.courant.com/news/politics/sns-rt-us-israel-election-christiebre8a30jb-20121104,0,7935316.story

davidk on November 4, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Romney will win on Tuesday, and we should not forget Christie’s self-serving, over-the-top and unnecessary gushing over Obama.

Christie is a fraud, and I’m very happy that he wasn’t chosen as VP candidate.

bluegill on November 4, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Christie woulda never played well in the south…Ryan was an excellent choice a running mate.

workingclass artist on November 4, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Del Dolemonte on November 4, 2012 at 9:01 PM

As I explained to a number of “reporters” last night.

You go wait in 40 degree weather for hours.

After parking far-ass away.

And then realize you’ve got to hoof it back

Just to be caught in a 30-60 minute traffic jam

before you even get moving

and god help you, if you’re not a local

which most people in these big crowds are not.

budfox on November 4, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Oh my CNN poll has 49-49 with a D+11 sample!!!

MGardner on November 4, 2012 at 8:44 PM

I remain cautiously optimistic about our chances Tuesday night. The election is close, well within the margin of fraud, and turnout will decide it. Now that I have the cliches out of the way, regardless of who wins this election will have been instructional on a couple of fronts.

Poll sample was never scrutinized as it is now, and if Romney wins this aspect of the campaign will be discussed and researched at length, as those not as invested/interested in the process as we are look for answers as how the polls could be so ‘wrong’. Many here expected the pollsters to switch to a more reasonable poll sample as the election drew near, so as be to seen to be ‘right’ when it counted. Instead it has gone the other way as this poll shows. There are two reasons for this in my view – either they really are so in the tank for Obama that they don’t care anymore about their reputations, or as others have suggested the likely voter screen is so loose they are basically using what was once the registered voter screen and calling it a likely voter screen. In either case, the poll results are predictably skewed Dem, and the skew will show itself fully on Tuesday.

The other point that is very encouraging is the greater questioning of poll results as being gospel. This has happened on both sides as the results have become less appealing at one time or another. Couple this with the questioning (if not outright rejection) of media bias and how the opinions and ‘research’ from partisans, no matter how much they try to convince you of their objectivity, are taken with way more than just a grain of salt, and what you’re left with is a healthier skepticism going forward.

Amazingly, people are starting to think for themselves.

IamDA on November 4, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Oh my CNN poll has 49-49 with a D+11 sample!!!
MGardner on November 4, 2012 at 8:44 PM

It’s game over for Barack Obama.

bluegill on November 4, 2012 at 9:16 PM

xblade on November 4, 2012 at 8:37 PM

wellthengofockyourselfyoulittleneddlenoseddick!

KOOLAID2 on November 4, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Harry Reid’s personality reminds me of the famous saying about luck: “If it weren’t for bad luck he’d have no luck at all.” If Harry Reid didn’t have a bad personality, he’d have none at all.

njcommuter on November 4, 2012 at 9:17 PM

I think he’ll win big with Catholics…

workingclass artist on November 4, 2012 at 8:26 PM

I think with many of them, he will. Still, I’m troubled by a friend of mine in my parish who supported Obama in 2008, but expressed doubts this time around and seemed on the fence. Since she’s a home health care nurse, I talked to her about Obamacare and all of its looming problems coming down the pike. She didn’t say much in reply. Then after the first debate, she said something like, “Well, your guy won that one,” almost as if she was looking for a reason to take a second look at Romney. I’m not sure if my comments or the debate made her open her mind a little.

This is the type of Catholic I wonder about – the reflexively stubborn JFK Democrats (for want of a better term) who somehow think they’re abandoning their roots if they vote for a Republican. I’m convinced they don’t see (or don’t want to) that the current iteration of the Democrat party is completely divorced from their values and have been for years and that it has been taken over by radicals at every level. It’s denial, plain and simple, over what the party has become, and I’m frankly surprised that average Democrats who pay even a little attention to politics have not wholesale abandoned it.

PatriotGal2257 on November 4, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Oh my CNN poll has 49-49 with a D+11 sample!!!
MGardner on November 4, 2012 at 8:44 PM

It’s game over for Barack Obama.

bluegill on November 4, 2012 at 9:16 PM

My feelings exactly

Conservative4ev on November 4, 2012 at 9:35 PM

This is the type of Catholic I wonder about – the reflexively stubborn JFK Democrats (for want of a better term) who somehow think they’re abandoning their roots if they vote for a Republican. I’m convinced they don’t see (or don’t want to) that the current iteration of the Democrat party is completely divorced from their values and have been for years and that it has been taken over by radicals at every level. It’s denial, plain and simple, over what the party has become, and I’m frankly surprised that average Democrats who pay even a little attention to politics have not wholesale abandoned it.

PatriotGal2257 on November 4, 2012 at 9:19 PM

I know…

Make the message simple for her.

And it is very simple…so simple that every Catholic understands it.

It is this.

The USCCB have stated that they will shutdown every Catholic School, University & College, Catholic Charity Hospital (1 in 6 hospital beds in the US) and Catholic Charities in the United States and this will be done in 2 years before they will allow the US Government to violate Catholic Faith.

This is not your typical democratic/republican social issue…This is a Catholic issue that effects every catholic in America and every non-catholic served through our Catholic Institutions.

It is that simple. The Bishops have the authority and the means to do it and they are united…every Catholic knows this.

The Pope has made it clear…Catholic Institutions will not comply with anything that violates our Catholic Faith…We are faithful citizens but in matters of faith we answer to a higher authority.

The Bishops answer to the Bishop of Rome.
The Orders answer to the Bishop of Rome.

Remind her of St. Thomas More and St. Thomas Becket.

Pope Benedict XVI is firm, he is tough and he is right.

Her vote is on her conscience and she like the rest of us will answer one day for that vote…And there will be no liberal mouthpiece to help her explain to Christ how she rebelled against The Chair of St. Peter and became an enemy to Christ’s church in America

The Bishops have explained it clearly.

It is that simple…

workingclass artist on November 4, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Is it possible we’ll see a D+20 sample tomorrow? It is after all “kitchen Sink” time for the marxists
LOL

Strike Hornet on November 4, 2012 at 10:01 PM

And I called this one out to the Trollcot yesterday, now Big Government confirming:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/11/04/Media-reports-20k-in-12k-arena

Lies, damned lies, and statistics.

Phoenix7 on November 4, 2012 at 10:09 PM

KOOLAID2 on November 4, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Kool, we are all mostly friends here. If Xblade chooses to comment to the troll it is his business. He’s not your foil here, the troll is. If just by the disagreement of who or will not comment to it makes us argue to this extent, then the troll still wins.

One Team, One Fight?

hawkdriver on November 4, 2012 at 10:12 PM

KOOLAID2 on November 4, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Kool, we are all mostly friends here. If Xblade chooses to comment to the troll it is his business. He’s not your foil here, the troll is. If just by the disagreement of who or will not comment to it makes us argue to this extent, then the troll still wins.

One Team, One Fight?

hawkdriver on November 4, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Coherent strategy or every man for himself?

slickwillie2001 on November 4, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Obama starting to tank in the state markets on Intrade. People are selling off their Obama shares.

https://www.intrade.com/v4/misc/electoral-map/

VidOmnia on November 4, 2012 at 10:26 PM

hawkdriver on November 4, 2012 at 10:12 PM

…I understand that bud…but when you see what’s going on about you…can you go with the flow for once for all the crap in the past… when it’s not really hurting anything…or do you have too just be… the only dick?

KOOLAID2 on November 4, 2012 at 10:35 PM

OT
Tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead was insane and sad – some of the show’s characters died.

TigerPaw on November 4, 2012 at 10:56 PM

TigerPaw on November 4, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Not gonna’ spoil it, but I almost did the happy dance.

cozmo on November 4, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Not gonna’ spoil it, but I almost did the happy dance.

cozmo on November 4, 2012 at 10:59 PM

I’m guessing that’s in reference to the death of a certain female character? I know she was annoying, but I didn’t want her dead.

TigerPaw on November 4, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Christie is a fraud, and I’m very happy that he wasn’t chosen as VP candidate.
bluegill on November 4, 2012 at 8:54 PM

True. If Romney were like Rahm, Christie would be opeing a package of dead fish right about now.

HellCat on November 4, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Feel free to play your Trollcott game if you like. I choose not to.
xblade on November 4, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Heh. You should see pages 3&4, the trollcott koolaid was as strong then. Frankly, I’m surprised that some of the trollcotters are still posting in this very thread hours later. You’d think they’d abandoned the thread and gone to greener pastures. But then again maybe it’s a reflection of a slow day that they’d while their hours “trollcotting”.

AH_C on November 4, 2012 at 11:35 PM

AH_C on November 4, 2012 at 11:35 PM

…(pssssst…did you get my apology?)

KOOLAID2 on November 4, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Feel free to play your Trollcott game if you like. I choose not to.
xblade on November 4, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Heh. You should see pages 3&4, the trollcott koolaid was as strong then. Frankly, I’m surprised that some of the trollcotters are still posting in this very thread hours later. You’d think they’d abandoned the thread and gone to greener pastures. But then again maybe it’s a reflection of a slow day that they’d while their hours “trollcotting”.

AH_C on November 4, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Why do you two refuse to allow that a coherent strategy to handle the worst of the trolls just might have worked, and continue to work?

Do you like it when trolls own HA threads?

slickwillie2001 on November 4, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Way to stand with comrades, good for you!It is all about you after all.
cozmo on November 4, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Interesting choice of words. But yes it is all about you dictating what’s acceptable. Carry on. I see many a folk getting the case of nerves these past couple of days and releasing their inner real self — nice.

AH_C on November 4, 2012 at 11:50 PM

It’s amazing how many polls have this race tied. It’s like none of them have any idea how things are gonna turn out and are all too afraid to make a stand one way or the other. It’s like they don’t have any confidence in their own polling. I mean not even the Bush/Gore super close 2000 election had this many “ties” during the final polling.

So either this is going to be the closest election of ALL TIME, or none of these polls have any clue what’s going to really happen!

tkyang99 on November 4, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Let’s go, folks! Push this one over the top for MKH!

John the Libertarian on November 5, 2012 at 12:04 AM

or none of these polls have any clue what’s going to really happen!

tkyang99 on November 4, 2012 at 11:55 PM

This. There is no way possible to have a dead heat when Romney is ahead 20 points with Independents. No way possible.

I stopped listening to polls when Scott Walker was supposed to be in a dead heat, but took it by seven points.

John the Libertarian on November 5, 2012 at 12:08 AM

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