Open Wounds

    Before Don Dehoracio died, he used to drag his feet, mincing his steps like he was wearing a geisha dress, to avoid bumping into things. He was going blind. This is how my mother remembers him; old, fat, blind, scratching his slippers on the wooden floor, making a “swish, shush” sound as he pushed and dragged his feet. Don Dehoracio was married to my mom’s Tia Julia. Tia Julia adopted my mother when my mom’s father, who was Tia Julia’s brother, died, leaving my grandmother Ana destitute. Grandma Ana lived in a little farm-town outside the city.  She visited my mother occasionally and at every occasion, my mother begged my grandmother to take her with her. Grandma never did take her away; offering the same reply as always, that Aunt Julia could give her a better life. I can’t imagine my mother begging, she’s [...]

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Tom’s Advice For Mitt Romney In The Upcoming Debates

As the regulars readers of this blog are aware, I am an unapologetic shill for Obama. Nevertheless, I offer here my sincere advice to Mitt Romney in the first debate this Wednesday.  Not because I really wish for Romney to win but rather, as I said here and here, I believe this election is already over and I might as well be a gracious winner.  In that spirit, here are my pointers for Romney:  

Suggestion 1: Don't choke!

Seriously. You don't want to choke at any point during a Presidential debate, if for no other reason than that it looks really gross and disturbing.  John McCain did not follow this advice and lost the 2008 election badly.  Romney needs to avoid this very fundamental mistake.

Suggestion 2: Don't try to be funny!

This pointer is more [...]

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Could “Harvesting Companies” Become The New 47%?

As we said yesterday, it would be hard for Romney to out-do 47%, but today we have a contender anyway.  Courtesy of Mother Jones again (who else), we have a video of Mitt from 1985 describing the goal of Bain Capital being "harvesting" companies:

Mother Jones has obtained a video from 1985 in which Romney, describing Bain's formation, showed how he viewed the firm's mission. He explained that its goal was to identify potential and hidden value in companies, buy significant stakes in these businesses, and then "harvest them at a significant profit" within five to eight years.

In this clip, Romney mentioned that it would routinely take up to eight years to turn around a firm—though he now slams the president for failing to revive the entire US economy in half that time.


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Mitt Romney’s Crocodile Tears

Greg Sargent has really been hitting his stride these days as the Romney ship goes stern-side up.  Here is his news item on the Obama campaign's response to charges of "mischaracterizing" Romney's record:

* Dems hit Romney in advance of debate: The Obama camp is out with a new Web video responding to Romney’s claim that he expects Obama to misrepresent his positions at the debates. The video recaps the alleged falsehoods Romney laments, and demonstrates that they are, well, true. David Axelrod has a memo noting that Romney will hit Obama hard over the economy, but that voters will judge the debates based on whose agenda for the middle class was more compelling.

It’s in the Obama camp’s interests for the media to score this debate based on that latter metric, since it’s in [...]

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47% For 100% Of From Now Until November 6th

Did you think 47% was going away?  Perhaps, but only if Romney comes out with something even more truly awful. Here is the latest Obama ad consisting of nothing but Romney's words (and helpful imagery):

Tom, you may be right, Halloween mask sales also predict Obama beating Romney

Halloween Masks predict Elections

I don’t like to declare victory prematurely. I worry that if everyone thinks that Obama already won the election that people who would vote for Obama may just decide to stay home. But according to a recent Gallup poll that will not be the case, as Democrats as of recently are more energized about the election than Republicans especially in key swing states.

Voter enthusiasm in these states has grown among members of both political parties; however, Democrats' level has increased more. Thus, whereas equal percentages of Democrats and Republicans were enthusiastic in June, Democrats are now significantly more enthusiastic than Republicans, 73% vs. 64%.

Independents' enthusiasm also jumped substantially over this period — up 18 points, similar to the 20-point gain among Democrats.

With that being said, I will actually indulge in some election predictions and a bit of premature celebration: [...]

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National Republicans Fund “Legitimate Rape”

After piously proclaiming it's revulsion for Todd Akin last month, the National Republican Senatorial Committee issued a statement Wednesday "clarifying" its support for Rep. Todd Akin in the Missouri Senate race and suggesting it might spend money to help elect him:

“There is no question that for Missourians who believe we need to stop the reckless Washington spending, rein-in the role of government in people’s lives, and finally focus on growing jobs in this country, that Todd Akin is a far more preferable candidate than liberal Sen. Claire McCaskill,” NRSC executive director Rob Jesmer said. “As with every Republican Senate candidate, we hope Todd Akin wins in November, and we will continue to monitor this race closely in the days ahead.”

This statement come after appeals from Jim DeMint and Newt Gingrich for Republicans to help Akin.  The "clarification" that the National Party is [...]

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Ohio Goes From “Toss-up” To “Leaning Obama” – Obama Now Has 278 EC Votes!

Likely Obama (184)

Leans Obama (81)

California (55)

Pennsylvania (20)

Dist. of Columbia (3)

Wisconsin (10)

Delaware (3)              

Oregon (7)

Hawaii (4)

Michigan (16)

Illinois (20)

Minnesota (10)

Maryland (10)

Ohio (18)

Massachusetts (11)


New Jersey (14)


New York (29)


Maine (4)

 Virginia (13)

Rhode Island (4)


Vermont (3)

  = 278

Washington (12)

 (270 needed)

New Mexico (5)


Connecticut (7) Calls The 2012 Presidential Election for Obama

A new CBS/NYT/Quinnipiac poll gives Obama a ten point lead over Romney in Ohio.  This, in combination with the recent Washington Post (Obama +8) and FOX News (Obama +7) polls, have raised the Ohio RCP average to Obama +5.2.  The way [...]

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Middle East Officials Praise Obama Speech

Rupert Murdoch and Co. have put this article behind it's paywall, even though it isn't very long.  We reprint it here under U.S. Copyright Fair Use doctrine:

UNITED NATIONS—Some Middle Eastern leaders praised President Barack Obama's address to the United Nations as welcome advice for a turbulent region, while Syrian opposition leaders expressed disappointment saying his demand that the country's ruler step down did not go far enough.

Mr. Obama mentioned Syria several times in a 30 minute speech in which he surveyed the uneven progress of the Arab Spring, saying "We again declare that the regime of Bashar al-Assad must come to an end."

But he outlined no new steps to help rebels topple Mr. Assad or form a new government, leaving opposition leaders unsatisfied.

"While statements of support are welcome, the slaughter of tens [...]

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A Heartbreaking Story Of The Obama Campaign’s Staggering Genius *

Republican Super PACs: We Can't Buy The Election Like We Thought We Could

A billionaire-backed stimulus program for states that went Obama in 2008.  A private cash infusion to prop up the economy in a race where Obama gets the credit. However you characterize what is going on now in the 2012 election, the societal benefit of the Super PAC spending spree is tremendous, particularly if you happen to live in one of the aforementioned states. From today's Wall Street Journal:

Big outside political groups armed with an unprecedented river of money had appeared poised to be pivotal players in the 2012 elections.

So far, these super PACs are looking less than super.

Freed of any constraints on the size of donations, political action committees have since April poured more than $250 million into the presidential and select congressional races—more than what the two [...]

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