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President October Approval Average +HK2′s Open Thread


Sean Trende describes this surge as not about Romney’s ineffectiveness but rather about the bounce from the early September DNC Convention at Charlotte, a wave of good feeling about being Democrats. … The surge will not last, … The election remains too close to call. It is not about Romney. It is about the economy, which is sluggish and discouraging. …

POTUS Obama enjoys the campaign trail, because the candidate can speak briefly in arranged slogans without having to explain much. Mr. Obama asserting that the second term of the Obama administration will see POTUS changing Washington from the outside is trite and yet at the same time clever.

It has no meaning but it sounds snappy.

The president is the complete insider in the Constitution: the checks and balances construction of the 18th and 19th Century arguments only works when the executive branch balances with the legislative and the judicial. Does Obama know this? Yes.

However, the cleverness of the remark that POTUS Obama means to change Washington from the outside means that Candidate Obama does not have to explain much of why Washington is so disliked even while he is the president who boasted of change. Perhaps this is all so much noise on the trail, and Obama is talking slogans because it is expected.

Could the president have said he planned to spend his second term living as far from Washington as possible, perhaps in Hawaii, and made as much sense? Sure.

October Approval Obama.

Sean Trende, RealClearPolitics.com, reminds that the RCP average approval rating of the president is the single most effective way to measure the election.

Obama’s average started two weeks ago at 47.4, a weak number that does not indicate re-election. The surge the last two weeks has moved Obama to 49.8, which is at the edge of re-election. Sean Trende describes this surge as not about Romney’s ineffectiveness but rather about the bounce from the early September DNC Convention at Charlotte, a wave of good feeling about being Democrats.

The surge will not last, says Mr. Trende, and the race will continue a slow grind into October. The economic numbers do signify, and so does the wealth effect of a surging stock market thanks to the QE3 boost of money-printing at the Fed; however, the public will decide on Mr. Obama’s stewardship the last weeks on the basis of the jobs numbers, the housing numbers, and the right direction/wrong direction opinions of the voters in the swing states.

The election remains too close to call. It is not about Romney. It is about the economy, which is sluggish and discouraging.

(Note: troubling foreign policy events, such as a wave of flag-burning and attacks, can change minds about right direction/wrong direction, and in that way can influence the approval ratings in October. Sean Trende reminds that this was the case for Mr. Carter late in the campaign of 1980 against the challenger Ronald Reagan.)

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Editor’s Note: “Obama Gets Smacked Down by Latinos,” Larry Johnson’s post on the revealing interview of President Obama, tells much of the story. John Batchelor’s post adds interesting insights into the polling.

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  • Lemuel Vargas

    Well, this being an open thread, the important thing about US Elections is that the President wins the election thru Electoral College, not thru popular votes. So how is Mitt doing in this regards? Hopefully, the independents and the not decided voters will be swung to Mitts’ side because of the state or our economy and not because of Obamas’ glib tounge or his being a cool guy..

  • HELENK2

    http://www.westernjournalism.com/navy-seal-explains-the-continuing-islamic-threat-to-our-nation/

    Navy SEAL explains the continuing islamic threat to our country

    PLEASE WATCH THIS

  • HELENK2
  • iert2

    Batchelor you can believe what you want. Yes, there is a chance the upswing was just a convention bump (although where is Romney convention bump?), but as we get further and further away from the convention, it has to be something more.

    I suggest you read Nate Silver. He is the best the business at interpreting polls.

    Here is a good piece for you to read:

    “This is probably about the last week, for instance, in which Mitt Romney can reasonably hope that President Obama’s numbers will deteriorate organically because of a convention bounce. That is not to say that Mr. Obama’s standing could not decline later on in the race, for any number of reasons. But if they do, it will probably need to be forced by Mr. Romney’s campaign, or by developments in the news cycle, not the mere loss of post-convention momentum.”

    http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/24/the-statistical-state-of-the-presidential-race/

    In the last 70 years there have been very few cases where a challenger was able to catch-up this late in the race.

    • http://twitter.com/beyondpartisan beyond partisan

      Let me ask you this, Obot…if you are that confident about Obama’s chances, why are you here posting this stuff? Just go about your day and let your man win, if it’s that in the bag. But it’s not. Which is why on any given time period on this blog, one of you Obots will be here to make sure that some sort of Obama propaganda is being pushed.

      Funny how you Obots are rarely on here at the same time, which makes me think you work in shifts. I’m also fairly certain some of your accounts are shared, because one guy came on here and posted two comments to me in a row, where one was lucid and fairly well written, and the second one was a screeching creed filled with obscenities. That “one” guy was clearly two different people. So if you think we’re falling for this, think again.

    • getfitnow

      And there has never been an incumbent below 50% in September that won. Was that in the report—just for fair and balance reporting…oh wait.. no such animal in the msm.

  • akaPatience

    This WP item is featured on The Drudge Report today:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-how-america-views-the-campaign/2012/09/24/1dadf2b8-0690-11e2-afff-d6c7f20a83bf_print.html

    Notice how much more he beats up on Romney than the POTUS. And he’s overlooking one major difference between the two candidates: ROMNEY ISN’T THE PRESIDENT. It’s not his job to fulfill presidential duties. It’s one thing for a challenger to appear on frivilous shows but for a POTUS to do so while shirking/shunning/ignoring events of dire import is another matter.

  • elizabethrc

    I believe there is a lot of misdirection going on. The public are thoroughly fed up with the hateful rhetoric, the underhanded and even criminal behaviour of the Democrats and Obama’s team in particular. Don’t be too sure of the answers you are getting to your surveys, Dems.
    If this is a surge, it’s a pathetic one. He’s still not at 50% and will likely drop further, given that he’s solved none of the country’s problems and has even made them worse.
    I get calls from Democratic operatives all the time. I stopped being a Dem in 2008 after 45+ years but I’d rather they waste their time calling me than an Obama supporter. I let them think whatever they like, knowing that I’ll vote for Obama when my beard turns purple (I don’t have a beard).
    Let the Dems think they have this in the bag. Voters will cast their votes Nov. 6th and the truth will out.

    • http://twitter.com/beyondpartisan beyond partisan

      Please be careful…giving them false info that shows more support for Obama than he actually has could help them if they want to use voter fraud to win.

  • getfitnow
  • Roninstia

    I don’t have time to read any more John Batchelor articles.

  • akaPatience

    Well, this Batchelor piece is much easier to understand than previous ones — the writing is thankfully more lucid. But I just don’t see any cleverness in the “can’t change Washington from the inside” comment. I suppose it COULD help with low-information voters, especially ones like Howard Stern interviews (who may not even be likely voters). To me, the remark was yet another example of Obama’s typical blame deflection, ala his convention speech.

    • getfitnow

      The thing that’s troubling about this comment, is this is what he ran on. There was nothing else on his resume. There was also no reason to believe he “could” change Washington. What he doesn’t have is the keen and nimble ability to govern and work with congress, regardless of Washington. POTUS’ have come and gone, and I can’t recall a one less involved. Clinton was forced to work with Gingrich. Reagan and O”Neil were able to hammer out things. And we’ve all heard the stories of Johnson.

      And you’re right. He can’t take responsibility for anything unless there’s credit to be had. His comment about being respsonsible–”to a degree.” was nauseating.

      Obama is lazy and an opportunistic bambozzler. That’s pretty much what his life has reflected.

  • http://twitter.com/beyondpartisan beyond partisan

    I’ve been noticing more and more Obot trolls on this and other non-left-leaning websites as we get closer to the election. There’s a pattern to the type of statements they make. Right now, they have two things they are focusing on: 1) Trying to make it out like people don’t have a reason to vote “for” Romney 2) Making a big stink over Romney’s temporary campaign “debt,” which really isn’t an issue because of all the reserves the RNC has.

    These Obots are so transparent. Some of them are paid campaign operatives, I’m sure, and some of them are just obsessed partisans who copy and paste whatever talking points they must have gotten from being on Obama’s mailing list. Just recently there were some comments an acquaintance posted on my Facebook wall in relation to Romney, and I found the exact same comments on some random website.

    I don’t know why these folks think they are making any headway here. I’m certainly never going to change my mind about Obama…and neither is anyone else “real” here.

    • akaPatience

      And it’ll only get worse and the legions will include “concern trolls,” who will pretend to agree to an extent while trying to demoralize us.

    • KenoshaMarge

      Some trolls may do it for money but mostly they do it because they are miserable human beings who are looking to demean and disrupt.
      Trying to “talk” to them is a waste of time. There simply is no “there” there.

    • arabella_trefoil

      Beyond partisan, thank you for your well reasoned comment. I agree with your assessment. The paid trolls who come to NQ are not doing anything for Obama. In fact they hurt his campaign.
      Why? Because they reveal the script and the talking points. If the Obama campaign had better ammunition, we’d see it here.

    • getfitnow

      Trying to make it out like people don’t have a reason to vote “for” Romney.
      *************************
      Romney’s message on this weeks bus tour is “STOP OBAMA!” That’s a good enough reason for me.

  • HELENK2

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nC4_K1JRXMA#!

    mitt, whitehouse ” jumped the gun” and bumps in the road.

    backtrack gives mitt material every day

    • HARP2

      Ralph Reed told Greta that he will get out to vote,17 million evangelicals that stayed home in 2008

      • HELENK2

        I have not forgiven them for not voting in 2008. If they had voted we may not have been stuck with backtrack.
        So as far as I am concerned they should shut up and get themselves down to the voting booth and do their duty.

  • HELENK2

    Iowa Hawk

    In the last 24 hours we’ve learned the president considers dead
    ambassadors “road bumps”, Israel “noise”, and himself “eye candy.”

    • TeakWoodKite

      no wonder he is in a ditch. Asshole can’t drive.

  • HELENK2

    http://weaselzippers.us/2012/09/24/krauthammer-if-romney-called-u-s-deaths-in-libya-bumps-in-the-road-it-would-be-a-three-day-headline/

    krauthammer : if Romney called US deaths in Libya ” bumps in the road” it would be a three day headline

    • KenoshaMarge

      I disagree with Dr. Krauthammer, it would be a weeks long, never ending, attack on Mitt Romney by the Obama campaign and the lap-dog obamamedia.

      And of course the Obama campaign saves money because they don’t have to spend as much for attack ads because the obamamedia does all the attacking for them.

      A win-win for Obama and a lose-lose for the country. But media doesn’t care. Nor does Obama and the Obama campaign. It isn’t as if any of them had any integrity.

  • HARP2

    Veterans retreating from Barack Obama

    But recent polls make clear that the president’s campaign is losing the
    battle. Even as Obama leads in Colorado, Florida, Ohio and Virginia,
    Mitt Romney is up by double digits among veterans in those states.
    Nationwide, he’s got a commanding 20-percentage-point lead over Obama
    and has even overtaken the president with younger veterans.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/81616.html#ixzz27RipK43A

    • arabella_trefoil

      HARP2 – I’m in nursing program at a four year university. So I spend my time with a lot of 20 year olds. They are not hyped up about Obama. In fact, they are not even interested in the election.
      What concerns my classmates is the economy. They will have loans to pay off. Big ones! The job market stinks, even for nurses. Their parents are struggling to keep their own heads above water. Some of the pointy head academics (profs, etc.) have Obama bumper stickers. But considering it’s a college campus, there is hardly any support for Obama.

  • HELENK2

    http://weaselzippers.us/2012/09/24/kansas-city-imams-petition-obama-to-criminalize-insulting-islam-because-it-incites-muslims-to-commit-acts-of-violence/

    in the you can not make this up catagory

    kansas city imans petition backtrack to criminalize insulting islam because it incites muslims to commit acts of violence

    • beachnan

      Hell no. My advice is that if they want sharia law, they need to go back to the Middle East. This is America!!!

      • getfitnow

        This reminds me of something I’ve notice. I don’t watch tv much, but I’ve noticed over the pass several month Spanish language product commercials popping up on the networks.

        I agree with you, beachnan.

  • HELENK2

    the leader of Iran who wants to wipe Israel off the map will speak at the UN on a Jewish High Holiday.
    how low class and no class,
    under any other president our delegation would must likely walk out. under backtrack they will probably applaud.

  • getfitnow
    • http://twitter.com/beyondpartisan beyond partisan

      Elizabeth Warren is an opportunistic liar. And to think how the mainstream media destroyed poor Christine O’Donnell’s political career and ignores Warren’s outright lies and blatant socialism.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mary.cusack Mary Cusack

      yeah she’s in my state. in Northampton they have her signs everywhere. I just yell: Fauxcahontas go back to happy posing ground. I have a birth mother who told me I have part cherokee but I ain’t checking no box until I have the dna report to prove it.

  • getfitnow

    That One mentions the failure of Chicago public schools. Was
    this before or after his and Bill Ayers’ failed Annenberg Challenge blew
    millions$$ on education?

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/09/24/full-audio-of-1998-redistribution-speech-obama-saw-welfare-recipients-as-majority-coalition/

    BTW, why isn’t the university forthcoming regarding this
    audio? I guess Daily Caller showed there’s more than one way to skin a cat.
    Breitbart live!

  • HELENK2

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-23/we-would-be-better-off-had-romney-been-president.html

    we would be better off if Romney had been president.

    I taught my kids that it is not what happens to you, it is how you handle what happens to you.
    If Romney had inherited the economic climate that backtrack did , instead of whining about it for four years, he would have looked around for some answers

  • Hokma

    Howard Stern does some thoughtful and probing interviews of Obama supporters:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeJbOU4nmHQ&feature=player_embedded

    • PainKillerJayne

      OMg……….what an interview!

      • getfitnow

        Howard did this during the ’08 campaign too. There were fools that thought Palin was the DEM VP candidate, and of course, supported her.

  • HELENK2

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/decision2012/obamas-appear-on-the-view-with-talk-ranging-from-marriage-to-libya/2012/09/24/9eb02b9a-0688-11e2-afff-d6c7f20a83bf_story.html

    backtrack and meeeschele on the view talk ranging from marriage, his election and Libya.
    i am just so underwhelmed that he found time to discuss Libya

    • beachnan

      I remember watching that show years ago. I don’t think I have watched it in at least 6 years. It’s hard to believe that anyone bothers to watch that drivel.

      • KenoshaMarge

        I can’t either. But then I know women who wouldn’t miss Oprah back in the day when she “ruled” afternoon drivel.

        When you get your news and views from women like these it doesn’t leave much room for knowing and growing.

        And I really found women who took “diet” advice from Oprah hysterically funny. I mean how stupid can you get?

  • HELENK2

    http://townhall.com/columnists/kyleolson/2012/09/23/complaints_mount_against_michelle_obamas_new_lunch_menu

    I love this story. never underestimate kids
    complaints mount against meeeschelle school lunch menu

    there is now a black market on chocolate syrup in some schools.

    I remember telling my son if he wanted a dollar he had to go earn it. I thought he would help a neighbor clean up his lawn.
    instead he and some friends found playboy magazine and sold the centerfolds to some teenagers for 50 cents

    • HELENK2

      stolen from a commenter at the crawdad hole

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2IB7NDUSBOo

      • getfitnow

        This is actually dangerous– what this moocher is doing. She has no experience or expertise, that I know of, in either physical activity or nutritional requirements for anyone, least of all our growing children.

        Since she is literally making national policy in this regard, she needs to be called on it.

        • akaPatience

          I absolutely agree with you getfitnow but the FLOTUS is probably untouchable. Neither Romney nor any Republican should risk saying anything against her due to her popularity. I think stories about healthy, active, non-obese kids complaining about school diets can really help get the word out in a more effective way.
          BTW, why isn’t there more said about a major cause of childhood obesity: playing video games instead of playing outdoors? Could it be that Big Media and liberals wouldn’t dare cast any aspersions on the entertainment industry?

          • getfitnow

            The timing–I absolutely agree with you. I would love to see her wide ass, however, seated before a congressional hearing–making a report on this nonsense.

    • elizabethrc

      Your son is going to someday be head of a large, successful company! Executive timber if ever I saw it!!!!

  • HELENK2

    http://weaselzippers.us/2012/09/24/poll-romney-beating-obama-among-middle-class-voters-by-14-point-margin/

    poll romney beating backtrack among middle class voters by 14 point margin.

    walk around smiling it will drive the obots nuts.

    ps
    has anyone found a poll among veterans to see how they plan to vote??
    I think it will be for Romney, but I have no facts to back it up

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ND2FCCGVV2IZTTAZQTXKJTCPNI Ruth

    obama has the edge? no he doesn’t. this is the most flaggrant case of our msm lying i have ever seen.no bumper stickers, low turnout at the ralleys, and obama’s being low on money? and i am to believe that he is surging? NO! the polls are rigged for the most part. the internal polls say different. jmo

    • skinny_malinky

      Obama is not low on money. In fact, he raised more money than Romney in September.

      http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/09/21/obama-outraises-outmaneuvers-romney-in-money-battle

      • getfitnow

        He needed to as he’s been spending more than he’s taking in. But that’s his way– just like he’s running the country.

        • skinny_malinky
          • getfitnow

            I really don’t see your point. His campaign is paying off a loan–a loan that isn’t usual for a challenger that doesn’t have access to GE funds.

            • skinny_malinky

              So Obama being is debt (which he isn’t, by the way, but let’s just play with your hypothetical) is representative of his fiscal recklessness, but Romney’s debt is perfectly normal?

              • beachnan

                He skinny minney, or whatever you want to call yourself. Obama has acess to his funding, since that’s all he’s done since he got into office is fund raise, and yet at the end of August Romney had more funds on hand than Obama, since he wasn’t spending as much as Obama throughout the summer. Romney wasn’t allowed to use his GE funds until after the convention, so they borrowed money until his funds were released after the convention. I know this may be too difficult for you to follow, but Romney is doing just fine financially. Thanks for the concern anyway.

              • BettsAZ

                What the hell?…We are all in debt BECAUSE of Obama. MORON!

                • skinny_malinky

                  I’m referring to the campaign funding issue only. And we’re not in debt because of Obama; we were in debt long before Obama came around.

                  • getfitnow

                    So in the real world of Obama’s spending what are you referring to?

                    BettsAZ is right. Everything is more expensive since That One was installed. The average gasoline price is twice as high than before he took office and that is reflective in prices across the board.

                    And since his campaign funds are being managed so responsibly, why didn’t he pay for that last day of the convention that had to be cancelled. And wasn’t there a little loan that was taken out to cover, I believe, convention expenses. Who knows, it could have been for busing people in.

                    And unlike Romney, whose life exemplifies helping, has That One transferred any funds to help down-ticket candidates? To my knowledge, he hasn’t and never has. Romney shifted several million$$ to both senate/house campaign.

              • HObama HObamanana

                You are absolutely correct. Obama isn’t in debt. America is, because of Obama.

                • skinny_malinky

                  America isn’t in debt because of Obama. America was in debt long before Obama took office.

                  • HObama HObamanana

                    True, but Obama has made the debt much worse in less than 4 years than Bush did in 8. And according to your guy Obama it is unpatriotic to leave the country with so much debt. So by definition that makes Obama unpatriotic by his own admission. Lovely guy that Barry Obama. No wonder he bows before kings and apologizes to terrorists that assassinate our citizens. Not to mention selling his own version of our flag.

      • Hokma

        in August . . . it is still Sept.

        • skinny_malinky

          Oops! Good point

      • BettsAZ

        Probably printed it just like he does for everything else,stinky malinky.

        • skinny_malinky

          Wow, stinky malinky. How could I ever come back from that devastating witticism?

      • elizabethrc

        4 million more is not a lot, given Romney’s coffers.

        • skinny_malinky

          I didn’t say it was a lot, I was responding to someone who said Obama was running low on money, which is obviously not true.

      • HObama HObamanana

        Run along pesky Obot. Aren’t you late for an Obama ass kissing party?

        • skinny_malinky

          Yes, God forbid there be any dissent at this website. Everyone must fall in line!

          • HObama HObamanana

            Only Obots need fall in line. With all the unemployment created by your guy Obama you’d think Obots such as yourself would be used to getting in lines.

  • Hokma

    Romney really has his back against the wall which may be a good thing for him because of how well he rebounds under pressure.

    Obama is the most damaged President in modern history and should be in this race. The only reason he is in the race and leading is not the convention bounce, but the exceptionally good job the media has done as the propaganda arm of his campaign.

    They have managed to cover up his slips into socialism, his many gaffes, his horrific handling of the Middle East events, his DOJ crimes, his awful economic results, and his lies and blames.

    The media have also managed to redirect attention away from Obama’s failings and on to none issues like Romney’s uneventful tax returns, or the hidden video (partial video) of his making the statement that 47% won’t vote for him, or on to his lifestyle, or anything else David Axelgrease and Media Matters can drum up.

    The Romney commercials are okay – they are not great – and hopefully they improve.

    But there are about 6 weeks and Romney cannot afford errors or to coast.

    Most important will be the debates and if he does to Obama what he did to Newt, then Romney will permanently turn this around and win the election. And with Ryan it could be a 1-2 punch.

    I remember back in the day, they said that a challenger to a the fighter with the title cannot box to a draw or a decision. To get the crown you have to knock out the champ.

    Obama has the title and so far Romney has played to a draw. He needs to deck Obama the way Reagan decked Carter – which is what turned the fortunes for Reagan.

    • akaPatience

      I absolutely agree Hokma. The DNC convention bounce faded a week or so afterwards and Romney was ahead again in the Rasmussen poll by a couple of points. The trend was in his favor. Then the Libyan terrorist attack on 9/11 occurred and OFA played the tape card it was holding in order to prevent further erosion or maybe even a freefall. At the same time, MEDIA have stepped up their game and are fiercely running interference for the POTUS. And it’s the ONLY reason he’s in the game to the extent that he is. Big Media types of all [partisan] stripes rarely if ever bring themselves to admit this, including Sean Trende. It seems to be a professional creed of theirs, not unlike physicians who are loathe to report colleagues guilty of malpractice.

      • getfitnow

        I can’t remember another candidate having to run against as much as Romney, and yet he’s in the game, and is holding up under the pressure. One thing that isn’t being reported and we won’t see the outcome, is the reality on the ground outside the beltway bubble.

        That One seems to be cracking. He’s making rookie mistakes, even in the friendliest of environments–on Letterman he didn’t know what the debt is–and we know the “noise” and “bumps” he spoke of last night, and the fiasco on Univision….well..

        I look at how Scott Walker was treated– dogged for 2 years, and it never let up and the day of the recall he was suppose to lose–was it by +5? I recall Chick filA vs the gay counter demonstration. The media gave more coverage to the latter and yet, on the ground the people, including gay people, rose up in support of free speech. I recall the State Supreme Court election in Wisconsin–remember what we were told and what actually happen?

        The revolution will be televised after the election and only those clowns twisting themselves in knots to get Obama reelected will be surprised.

      • HObama HObamanana

        Yeah, but Romney wimped out after the first media attack. He should have been all over Obama for the past week or so. No President should be able to get away with lying to the American people concerning the deaths of it’s citizens. Especially when those deaths are directly attributable to the actions of the President. I mean, if the guy didn’t demonstrate how very little this all meant by getting on a plane and flying to a fundraiser after a very short speech I don’t know how more obvious it could be. Romney needs to nail him with this. And maybe he is waiting until the debates to do so.

        • beachnan

          Go to Breitbart where they have the story where Romney today accused the White House of misleading the public on the middle east. He’s hitting them hard.

    • BettsAZ

      If we had an honest media, Obama would never have been elected in the first place. It is even worse this year.
      I am concerned about the fact the debates are being monitored by only liberals, who have already made disparaging remarks about Romney. They will try to help Obama by their manner of questioning (which I’m sure Obama will know beforehand) They will be condescending to Romney and drooling for Obama. I just pray the American people see through it, and vote against this miserable fraud of a President. We have to remember that 64% of the public do not trust the media, and the polls are majorly skewed for Democrats. I personally know Democrats and Independents that won’t be voting for BHO this time around.

      I live in a very liberal neighborhood, blocks from a University, and you know what I don’t see? Obama/Biden bumper stickers or yard signs, other than a few hardline delusionals.

      • HObama HObamanana

        I took a trip through liberal-land today and I didn’t see a single yard sign or bumper sticker for The One.

      • Hokma

        Hopefully that is a good sign of a lack of enthusiasm for Obama.

        • PainKillerJayne

          I wouldn’t be so sure about that……..my mother a staunch dem wanted a barry sign for a display case for school. The dems wanted 5 hours of her time manning the phone banks. They are hurting for volunteers to man the phonebanks in Ohio.
          She refused and got no yard sign. I think they are hurting, but not enough.
          The Romney camp gave her one for free.

      • elizabethrc

        I hope someone is going to check Obama to see if he is wearing a wire through which he’ll get answers.
        I remember the ‘box’ under Bush’s coat jacket during one of his debates. I put nothing past Obama.
        Call me paranoid? It’s time for a little healthy paranoia!

    • beachnan

      I think that Romney is a far better debater than Obama, but if you read the Washington Insider, it states that the last time around the left leaning media gave Obama the questions ahead of time. Check it out at ulstermanreport.

      • skinny_malinky

        You do know that ulstermanreport is complete bullshit, right? It’s an anonymous blog that uses an anonymous source. And it’s downright silly. Do you really think either candidate would need the questions fed to them? They do debate prep for weeks. They already know what the questions will be.

        Please, try to use some critical thinking rather than just believe any negative things about Obama that you read.

        • Hokma

          And Obama is an anonymous President who still holds the Illinois record for voting “present.”

          Obama could be spoon fed the answers and unless there is a teleprompter or a 10 minute delay to edit the debate, Obama will come off as inadequate.

        • http://twitter.com/beyondpartisan beyond partisan

          What I *do* know is that Ulsterman has been proven right in the year or two he’s doing his blog. And I *do* know that “skinny_malinky” is utter bullshit – you are another paid Obot trying desperate to save Obama’s flailing campaign.

          • skinny_malinky

            Nope, not paid by the Obama campaign. That’s why you’ll never see me post during the day; because I have a job with a crappy, old OS and browser that Disqus doesn’t support.

            I know, you’re brokenhearted that I don’t post more. Try to hold back the tears.

            • http://twitter.com/beyondpartisan beyond partisan

              That’s even more pathetic – that you *volunteer* for this. You are being used by people who don’t give a crap about your welfare or job prospects.

              • skinny_malinky

                I’m not being used by anyone. I believe what I believe, you believe what you believe. Honestly, I hadn’t posted on here for a while because I was too busy. But I’m stuck at home more now because my doctor thinks I have a herniated disc, so I can’t go to the gym or go for a walk or even do much around the house. Gotta find some way to kill the time, and what better way than to bring the truth to my old friends at No Quarter? ;)

            • arabella_trefoil

              skinny_malinky, are you saying that if you worked at a company with up-to-date computers and a Disqus compatible browser that you would post here while at work? On company time?
              Mr/Ms Malinky, we may disagree on many issues, but I implore you to search your conscience. Surely you are not the type of person to be unethical, unprincipaled, amoral, and/or dishonest.

              • skinny_malinky

                arabella_trefoil, are you saying that the company you work at doesn’t offer any breaks?
                Mr/Ms trefoil, we may disagree on many issues, but I implore you to contact the Department of Labor. Surely you are not the type of person to be so abused by your employer.

                • arabella_trefoil

                  Dear Mr/Ms malinky,
                  I am a nursing student. In one regard you are correct: nobody abuses me. Not ever.

                  • skinny_malinky

                    That’s great. I’m sure you’ll be a great nurse.

      • Hokma

        Fortunately Romney is the smartest guy on the stage having the questions ahead of time will not help Obama.

    • HObama HObamanana

      Your point about the obedient media is apt. Obama has all the free advertising he could ever need. And when he isn’t leaning on Bill Clinton to do his “splaining” for him all one has to do is turn to nearly media outlet and there they are to give one in-depth excuses for Obama’s foolishness. And knock Romney down to boot.

      I think that Ryan is making a mistake by going after Obama on Medicare. Instead, I’d like to see him make the case for the Romney/Ryan way. Explain what needs to happen and why. By going after Obama at the AARP he gave the media (and some members) the excuse they needed to ignore his message.

      Romney is the one that needs to take down Obama. He can do so with grace and intelligence and by holding Obama to account for his own words, record and promises. But Romney also has to make the case for himself. I’m confident that he can accomplish this.

      • beachnan

        I thought it was gutsy of Ryan to go to AARP. Of course, Obama couldn’t afford the time, too busy with Letterman and JayZ and Beyonce. They are in the bag for Obama because they make millions off of their health insurance to seniors. If they were looking out for seniors then they should be opposed to Obamacare and the very real possibilities of death panels. Plus Obamacare will ensure a shortage of doctors. What a mess.

    • beachnan

      Hokma, check out the web site unskewed polls. I think it will definitely give you a different picture of this election.