General Election 2012 Thread - page 85

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    In a topsy-turvy GOP primary, where the unexpected has been the norm, such a final plot twist may be altogether fitting: the Mormon Yankee who thinks cheese grits are a revelation effectively seals the nomination in Alabama and Mississippi.
    Mitt Romney has a shot to win both states - polls show him leading or effectively tied in each. But even if the former Massachusetts governor doesn’t take them outright, the apparent resurgence of Newt Gingrich in the Deep South has once again muddled the primary-within-a-primary so that Rick Santorum is going to be denied his wish to get a clean shot at the front-runner.
    Read more: Alabama and Mississippi primaries: Mitt Romney could seal deal in Dixie - Jonathan Martin - POLITICO.com
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    mitt romney has always pitched himself as a numbers guy. his business background and balance-sheet savvy are cited as evidence of candidate well steeped in economic matters. his time in the world of private equity is offered as evidence of budget-balance acumen.
    so it is fitting, in a way, that after two big losses in the latest republican primaries on tuesday night, the main pitch for romney's campaign is now, basically, mathematical probability. the former massachusetts governor finished third in mississippi, behind rick santorum and newt gingrich, with 30 percent of the vote. and he was headed for a third-place finish in alabama, with 29 percent of the vote.
    mitt romney primary results: after big defeats he's left only with math
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    The Washington Monthly - The Magazine - The Incomplete Greatness of Barack Obama

    I have been taking a well earned break from he political arena. I did want to drop this off. i get tired of the question of what has Obama done. This piece does, in fact, point out accomplishments and failures. Certainly it has one sided appeal but it also has some validity. Well worth reading.

    OK, back to my vacation.
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    The Washington Monthly - The Magazine - The Incomplete Greatness of Barack Obama

    I have been taking a well earned break from he political arena. I did want to drop this off. i get tired of the question of what has Obama done. This piece does, in fact, point out accomplishments and failures. Certainly it has one sided appeal but it also has some validity. Well worth reading.

    OK, back to my vacation.
    Thanks for that. Of course those are failures to some people and not "accomplishments". Even if he looses in November, the positives effects of his administration are going to be felt for a long time and will be acknowledged in history. (I'll go ahead and to the obvious tit for tat: the negative effects of him ruining the country will be felt for a long time.)

    Along the same vein:

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    Finally, reality has set in for women voters, and they are ticked. The economy stinks, gas is almost $4 per gallon, unemployment remains extremely high, our nation has $15 trillion in debt, offensive ObamaCare mandates are rolling out weekly and, in response, Obama’s answer has been to avoid eye contact and blame others. And please don’t insult us with the proverbial box of dime store chocolate, otherwise known as “free” birth control.

    Face it ladies, he doesn’t deserve you, and it’s time to break up!
    Read more: Ladies, Don't Be Fooled By Obama's Overtures, You Have Got To Break Up With Him | Fox News
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    President Obama got a laugh out of a Maryland audience on Thursday when he mocked the Republican Party in a speech, comparing their skepticism of alternative energy to the “Flat Earth Society” in Christopher Columbus’ day and President Rutherford B. Hayes’ apparent dismissal of the telephone. But while Obama thinks the GOP is in need of a science lesson, he may need to bone up on history himself.
    In mocking the GOP, Obama cited an anecdote about Hayes in which, upon using the telephone for the first time, he said, “It’s a great invention, but who would ever want to use one?”
    “That’s why he’s not on Mount Rushmore,” Obama said. “He’s explaining why we can’t do something instead of why we can do something.”
    But Nan Card, curator of manuscripts at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Ohio, told TPM that the nation’s 19th president was being unfairly tagged as a Luddite.

    “He really was the opposite,” she said. “He had the first telephone in the White House. He also had the first typewriter in the White House. Thomas Edison came to the White House as well and displayed the phonograph. Photographing people who came to the White House and visited at dinners and receptions was also very important to him.”
    While often cited, Card said Obama’s cited quote had never been confirmed by contemporary sources and is likely apocryphal. A contemporary newspaper account of his first experience with telephone in 1877 from the Providence Journal records a smiling Hayes repeatedly responding to the voice on the other line with the phrase, “That is wonderful.” You can read the full story here.

    Obama Mangles U.S., World History In Energy Speech | TPM2012
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    Reagan Cited Same Rutherford Hayes Anecdote As Obama | TPM
    Republicans are having a fun time mocking President Obama today for using a story about President Rutherford Hayes expressing skepticism the telephone would catch on. According to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, the tale was a myth that's somehow caught on over the years without any sourcing behind it and Hayes was actually somewhat of a technophile.


    But The Atlantic spots an interesting potential source for the latest use of the Hayes story, or rather set of sources. President Ronald Reagan apparently used the same Hayes quote about the phone in a 1985 speech honoring Apple's Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. The episode was recounted in Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography of the late businessman, providing a pretty clear avenue for it to make itself back into the White House.

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    pssssst, Mr. Santorum........it's the economy dummy. I'm not sure about the date of this post, but I'm thinking it's fairly recent.

    America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography. A wealth of research is now available demonstrating that pornography causes profound brain changes in both children and adults, resulting in widespread negative consequences. Addiction to pornography is now common for adults and even for some children. The average age of first exposure to hard-core, Internet pornography is now 11. Pornography is toxic to marriages and relationships. It contributes to misogyny and violence against women. It is a contributing factor to prostitution and sex trafficking.

    Enforcing laws against illegal pornography | Rick Santorum for President
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    Quote from Tweety
    pssssst, Mr. Santorum........it's the economy dummy. I'm not sure about the date of this post, but I'm thinking it's fairly recent.




    Enforcing laws against illegal pornography | Rick Santorum for President
    It continues:
    The Obama Administration has turned a blind eye to those who wish to preserve our culture from the scourge of pornography and has refused to enforce obscenity laws.
    While the Obama Department of Justice seems to favor pornographers over children and families, that will change under a Santorum Administration. - Enforcing laws against illegal pornography | Rick Santorum for President
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    Meanwhile, back in the trenches:

    Over the past century, our nation expanded the franchise and knocked down myriad barriers to full electoral participation. In 2011, however, that momentum abruptly shifted.

    State governments across the country enacted an array of new laws making it harder to register or to vote. Some states require voters to show government-issued photo identification, often of a type that as many as one in ten voters do not have. Other states have cut back on early voting, a hugely popular innovation used by millions of Americans. Two states reversed earlier reforms and once again disenfranchised millions who have past criminal convictions but who are now taxpaying members of the community. Still others made it much more difficult for citizens to register to vote, a prerequisite for voting.

    These new restrictions fall most heavily on young, minority, and low-income voters, as well as on voters with disabilities. This wave of changes may sharply tilt the political terrain for the 2012 election. Based on the Brennan Center’s analysis of the 19 laws and two executive actions that passed in 14 states, it is clear that:


    • These new laws could make it significantly harder for more than five million eligible voters to cast ballots in 2012.
    • The states that have already cut back on voting rights will provide 171 electoral votes in 2012 – 63 percent of the 270 needed to win the presidency.
    • Of the 12 likely battleground states, as assessed by an August Los Angeles Times analysis of Gallup polling, five have already cut back on voting rights (and may pass additional restrictive legislation), and two more are currently considering new restrictions.

    States have changed their laws so rapidly that no single analysis has assessed the overall impact of such moves. Although it is too early to quantify how the changes will impact voter turnout, they will be a hindrance to many voters at a time when the United States continues to turn out less than two thirds of its eligible citizens in presidential elections and less than half in midterm elections.

    This study is the first comprehensive roundup of all state legislative action thus far in 2011 on voting rights, focusing on new laws as well as state legislation that has not yet passed or that failed. This snapshot may soon be incomplete: the second halves of some state legislative sessions have begun.
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    Unintended consequences? Perhaps, but considering that these laws were written from templates created by ALEC, I tend to doubt that.
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    Santorum supporter: "He spoke to what's important about America: where we came from, where we're going, how important our freedoms are," said Al Piccirilli, 66, a construction project manager."

    I guess sexual expression that's different from the "norm" isn't part of our "freedoms"?

    Rick Santorum: 'The Issue In This Race Is Not The Economy'
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    the U.S. mission in Afghanistan appears to be fraying. Iran is continuing its pursuit of a nuclear weapon. The Syrian government is mowing down anti-government protesters. A new North Korean dictator is vowing to launch a satellite into space.
    And leading voices in the Republican Party have begun to suggest that it’s time to sharpen a foreign policy and national security message for the post-George W. Bush era.
    That’s easier said than done. The problem is that in 2012, President Barack Obama – helped by an unalloyed victory in the killing of Osama bin Laden – has a chance of winning the issue, while typically hawkish Republicans feel the ground shifting under them.
    Read more: Republican foreign policy message: TBD - Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman - POLITICO.com


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