Romney’s foot-in-mouth disease persists: Obama won by offering “gifts”

Romney needs to sign up for Obamacare and find a good doctor that cures him of a severe case of foot-in-mouth disease. We have seen it before, but we hoped not to hear or see any of it ever again. It's too embarrassing after such an embarrassing loss and all the other embarrassing statements we have heard from him. In a call with top campaign donors on Wednesday afternoon, Romney said that Obama won by offering "gifts" to African-Americans, Hispanics and young voters.

Now even Republicans have had it with the guy. Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana slams Romney for 'gifts' comment about minorities and young voters.

“I absolutely reject that notion,” Jindal, who was a surrogate for Romney’s campaign, said at the Republican Governors Association conference in Las Vegas. “I think that's absolutely wrong.”

When asked about Romney’s remarks, Jindal said [...]

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How ORCA was defeated by Narwhal & Dreamcatcher



Reported as early as Feb, 2012 in a Slate article titled “Obama’s White Whale”, project Narwhal, Obama’s top-secret campaign project until then, featuring high tech data integration and data mining techniques, promised to change the ways in which campaigns are fought and won.  

It started off as part of the 2008 campaign, when early on, during the first initial steps of the campaign in 2007, each Obama campaign department started creating their own data repositories for the election and voter data they collected. They realized, albeit too late for the 2008 elections, that they were collecting unprecedented volumes of political information, but had no way of studying the data together to yield the maximum benefit, which in this case meant, targeting voters in the most effective way and getting them to cast their vote. In 2008:

Even as the outside [...]

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Dear Mitt & Dear Barack

Dear Mitt: I'd like to express my absolute joy for your defeat. In case you didn't realize it, most of the entire PLANET was terrified at the prospect of your victory…

Dear Barack: CONGRATULATIONS!!! Now the pressure is on. We've given you a second chance. Enough of sticking with the Status Quo, of holding yourself hostage to a Congress that you've been forced to please consistently. Time to take the bull by the horns. This is your last (and only) chance to finally come through for us. Let us see a regulated Wall Street FOR REAL now, among others things… The wish list is too long, but I think you get the message. Go for it!

The last stretch: Nate Silver, Sam Wang and Tom predict an Obama win!

What do these three individuals have in common? They use an aggregation of poll results to estimate the probability that Obama will win the election in November. They all focus on the electoral vote because in the US the states decide who wins the election, the popular vote, i.e. the percentage of people from the whole country who vote for one or the other candidate does not matter.

Tom uses straight-forward arithmetic and poll results including those from the right-leaning Real Clear Politics web site for his prediction. As of Nov 3rd, he predicts that Obama will win at least 303 electoral votes which are 33 more than he needs to win the election.

Nate Silver, who started as a blogger in Daily Kos and later established his own web site, uses a statistical model, to obtain his predictions. Silver’s latest [...]

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My friend and I went to a bar and kinda picked up a cute guy (he gave us his #) who is voting for
Romney. He is like 10 years younger, but we’re both two hot Latina women!

Now to the politics. So this guy said he is voting for Romney because he is smarter than Obama when it comes down to the economy.  And so I said: “Yes, he is smart enough to have shipped his company’s jobs overseas to China!”

He laughed sarcastically and said that I was parroting the anti-Romney ad messages, but that if Romney were to become president he would do what is best for the country.

I said: “Well, he did pretty well with Rommeycare in Massachusetts, but it’s surprising he is now against his own policies”. I wasn’t really able to finish my sentence, it was loud in [...]

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Discussing the military at the final presidential debate: Horses and Bayonets!


Obama responded to Romney's statement that he wants to add billions in defense spending to grow the US military by saying that Romney does not understand how the military works nowadays:

"We have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of military spending has changed"

I have always wanted a Democrat to remind people how backwards Republicans really are. This picture would be a good reminder:


NPR caller: I’d rather see the economy gain 100,000 jobs a month than losing 800,000 a month

This evening while listening to an NPR discussion about last night’s debate, I heard this excellent comment by someone who called into the program and it went something like this:

I know it is getting old to blame today’s economy on Bush, but when Romney complains about the slow job growth, I think Obama should remind him that it is much better to gain 100,000 jobs a month than losing 800,000 a month, which is what happened when Bush left office, and may happen again when Romney takes office because their policies are similar.

The NPR anchors were impressed with that statement and suggested the caller become Obama’s speechwriter (or debate instructor).

The consensus is that Obama was strong in yesterday's debate and had many good answers, but when it comes to job creation and the economy, he needs to be more agressive and find [...]

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In a self-defeating move, Romney brought up the 47% by lying about caring for the 100%

The question in the mind of Democrats and those who want to see president Obama reelected was: Will Obama mention Romney’s 47% quote? Will he go there? Democrats wanted to hear Obama talk about it. Well, he did! And it was another big lie by Romney that prompted Obama’s answer. Romney, trying to appear compassionate and caring, said, without being asked about it, that he “cares about the 100%”. What a moron! He dug his grave for the night!

Romney’s words from that secret video need to be repeated and people need to be reminded that it occurred during a campaign fundraiser with wealthy donors. People should not confuse Romney for someone who cares for all. He doesn’t:

 There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, [...]

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Would a Romney/Ryan administration etch-a-sketch ERASE what Obama accomplished?

You bet!

No matter how much flip-flopper Romney may try to convince everyone that he is a moderate now, he will do what Republicans always do; he will govern by focusing on getting reelected, by satisfying the demands of those who put money into his campaign: Big Oil, financial Institutions, corporations, wealthy donors like the Koch brothers, and those who vote for him: the Tea Party.

Another Republican president means that the middle class will wither once again, the rich will get richer and the poor poorer, and the 1% will become the 0.5% and the US no better than a developing country.

That is because, a Romney/Ryan ticket would keep the Bush tax cuts in place, including tax loopholes and subsides for the rich, and of course, cuts in “entitlement” programs for everybody else.

A Republican president will allow powerful [...]

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It’s hard work…

So the polls say Romney and Obama are even now after the very sad performance by Obama the other day and the strong but dishonest performance of Romney. No reason to panic.

Anyone remember Bush’s: “It’s hard work” phrase? In his first presidential debate with John Kerry in 2004, Bush kept repeating a few times too many that being President is "hard work". What he was trying to say is that he had to work so hard in his role as president and worry about the important stuff that he had little time to think about or prepare to debate some guy who wants his job.

And because it is fun to watch, here are the key moments of that historic debate:



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