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Bill Clinton mocks Mitt Romney for being too “Clintonesque”

By mw | Related entries in clinton, Debates, Elections, Independents, Obama, Romney

In an evenly divided country with a divided government there are worse things than a President without core ideological convictions who is willing to compromise and govern based on pragmatic politics and the polls. What is specifically worse, is a dogmatic President who does not. The polls are, after all, indicative of the will of the majority.

Based on their relative performance in the Democratic Convention, Bill Clinton is a more effective advocate for reelecting Barack Obama than is Barack Obama. But when Barack Obama campaigns with Bill Clinton he runs the risk of reminding voters that Mitt Romney is more likely to be a ”Clintonesque” President than Barack Obama has proven to be over the last four years.

October 11th, 2012 | Permalink| 8 Comments »

Of debates, expectations, and empty chairs

By mw | Related entries in Colorado, Debates, Elections, I Told You So, Obama, Romney

The New Yorker is as good a place as any to start a round-up of reactions to the first Obama – Romney debate… The reaction on the right was a predictable and consistent mixture of triumphalism and relief, best exemplified by the opening minutes of The Colbert Report. The response on the left was more interesting, spanning a wide range of rationalizations and emotions including: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

October 6th, 2012 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

September Jobs Report Puts Unemployment at 7.8%. Lowest Since January 2009.

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Jobs, Obama

114,000 jobs added in September. Not bad, but not great. However, July and August both got BIG revisions upward. 41K more for July and 46K more for August. That puts them at 181K and 142K respectively. Those are starting to look like decent numbers, and may bode well for a September revision upward. Here are […]

October 5th, 2012 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

Nate Silver: 2012 Shaping Up To Be Like 2008

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Obama, Polls, Romney

The latest polls that came out on Wednesday were literally some of the worst of Romney’s campaign. Nate Silver puts it bluntly… Unlike many recent days, when Mr. Obama’s national polls were slightly less euphoric than his swing state surveys, Wednesday’s national polls seemed to support the notion that Mr. Obama has a clear lead […]

September 27th, 2012 | Permalink| 15 Comments »

PEW: Obama Leads Romney 51% to 43%

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Democrats, Obama, Polls, Republicans, Romney

First, ,a href=””>let’s look at historical numbers going back to 1988… I was actually surprised to see that Obama and McCain were tied at this point in 2008, but the Katie Couric interview of Palin in 2008 didn’t happen until late September…and that’s when the tide started to shift. And then you had the financial […]

September 20th, 2012 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Video: Chuck Todd Fact Checks The Dem Convention

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Biden, clinton, Obama, Video

We all know that NBC’s senior political correspondent will keep them honest. Tweet

September 7th, 2012 | Permalink| No Comments »

Gallup: Obama Sees Modest Increase In Approval After Convention; Increases Lead Over Romney

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Democrats, Obama, Polls, Republicans, Romney

I don’t expect this to last very long, especially after the job numbers. From Gallup: President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party look as if they are getting at least a preliminary bounce from their convention. Today’s (Friday, Sept. 7) Gallup Daily tracking update puts Obama’s job approval rating at 52%, the highest it has […]

September 7th, 2012 | Permalink| No Comments »

Poll: Heading Into Convention, Romney Leads Obama by 4 In North Carolina

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, North Carolina, Obama, Polls, Romney

It’s neck and neck going into the convention in Charlotte. From the Charlotte Observer: CHARLOTTE, N.C. Republican Mitt Romney appears to have gotten his bounce from his party’s national convention – at least in the state hosting the Democratic convention, according to a poll released Sunday. The new Elon University/Charlotte Observer Poll shows the GOP […]

September 3rd, 2012 | Permalink| No Comments »

Former Florida Gov Charlie Crist Endorses Obama, Lambasts GOP

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Elections, Florida, Independents, Obama, Romney

Crist was rumored to be on the GOP Veep short list in 2008, but McCain ultimately went with Palin. Then he wanted the GOP Senate seat in Florida, but lost to Marco Rubio when he ran as an Independent when Rubio showed too much juice as a Tea Party candidate. The big knock against Crist […]

August 27th, 2012 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

It’s unsustainable, stupid.

By mw | Related entries in Debt, Deficit, Divided Government, europe, Fiscal Responsibility, Health Care, Obama, Romney

In the 1992 presidential campaign, James Carville’s motivational meme “It’s the economy, stupid.” perfectly encapsulated the key issue of the election. In 2012 “It’s unsustainable, tuip”. You may not like the Romney/Ryan plans for dealing with our unsustainable spending, debt and entitlements, but at least it is a substantive plan and they are willing to talk about it during this campaign. If the Democrats and the Obama administration have a sustainable fiscal plan for the United States government I don’t know what it is, and they sure seem reluctant to talk about putting anything meaningful on the table. The easiest thing for the President to do would be to embrace the Simpson-Bowles plan. It was his commission. It was his idea. If the 2012 presidential election comes down to a choice between a candidate with a serious plan to get us out of this morass vs. a candidate that appears to ignore it – the man with the plan wins.

August 22nd, 2012 | Permalink| 8 Comments »