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GREAT PIC! President Obama Shakes Hands With Mitt Romney's Grandson

President Obama Shakes Hands With Mitt Romney's Grandson
A moment of sweetness and comity following a rancorous debate. Miles Romney is a perfect little gentleman.



more great pics:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/gavon/president-obama-shakes-the-hand-of-mitt-romneys-g

The Two Trillion Dollar Question: Mitt's Military Budget

The Two Trillion Dollar Question: What Would Mitt Romney Spend on the Military?

http://news.firedoglake.com/2012/10/23/the-two-trillion-dollar-question-what-would-mitt-romney-spend-on-the-military/

Romney's Mythical Momentum

Today nationally:
Romney 47.7%, Obama 47.1%, Romney by 0.6%.

Two weeks ago nationally:
Romney 48%, Obama 47.3%, Romney by 0.7%.

But the election is won via the Electoral College, of course. So what about the jewel in that particular crown, Ohio?

Today in Ohio:
Obama 47.6%, Romney 45.7%, Obama by 1.9%

Two weeks ago in Ohio:
Obama 47.8%, Romney 47%, Obama by 0.8%.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/23/1148808/-Romney-s-Mythical-Momentum
http://cookpolitical.com/story/4849

Mr. President - Please Slap Mitt In The Face With THIS:

“What Romney is doing is mortally destroying any chance of a resolution without war. ... Obama does think there is still room for negotiations. It’s a very courageous thing to say in this atmosphere. In the end, this is what I think: Making foreign policy on Iran a serious issue in the US elections — what Romney has done, in itself — is a heavy blow to the ultimate interests of the United States and Israel,” - Efraim Halevy, former chief of the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad.

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2012/al-monitor/israelsecurityiran.html

The Neocons' Long Game

Mitt Romney Foreign Policy Team: 17 of 24 Advisors Are Bush Neocons
http://www.policymic.com/articles/11219/mitt-romney-foreign-policy-team-17-of-24-advisors-are-bush-neocons



The Neocons' Long Game

MATTHEW DUSS OCTOBER 23, 2012
Romney may have backed away from his party's most powerful foreign policy contingent in last night's debate, but don't expect the fuzzy moderate feelings to last if he ends up in the White House.

Perhaps the most brutal moment of the night was President Obama's takedown of Romney's claim that the president had gone on an "apology tour" after taking office, a treasured conservative myth despite its pantaloons being rendered aflame by virtually every fact-checking organization in existence. True to form, the Romney campaign blasted out a new "Apology Tour" ad this morning, which notably doesn't include any footage of President Obama apologizing.

It tells us a lot about Romney’s lack of a clear foreign policy agenda that this is was the moment his campaign thought most worthy of highlighting from last night—a cheap attack based not on any substantive policy difference, but a stylistic difference founded on a complete falsehood, the idea that President Obama hasn't proclaimed or exerted American power boldly enough.

Which is why, despite Romney's momentary embrace of President Obama's policies, we should still be concerned with the role that neoconservatives would play in a Romney administration. It's important to keep in mind that, as a candidate, Governor George W. Bush made a lot of moderate, reasonable-sounding noises about foreign policy too. But when faced with a crisis on 9/11, the inexperienced president with unformed foreign policy ideas fell back on the comforting but naive idea that America's greatness could be proclaimed, and its deterrence re-established, through the massive exercise of military force. The next president will likely face a similar crisis, even if not likely on the scale of 9/11. It very much matters who has his ear.


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http://prospect.org/article/neocons-long-game

Romney: 'A weak, vacillating nothing who will be what he's told by Dark forces of American fascism'

Can Obama Save Us From A Koch Brothers Takeover?

..........If you have concerns-- or doubts-- about the direction Romney would take this country should he get into the White House-- or what Republican control of the Senate and House will mean----------- Recall the speech Grover Norquist, the quintessential whore for plutocracy, gave at CPAC this summer:

All we have to do is replace Obama… We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget… We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate... Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.


David or Charles Koch-- let alone père Fred, the Bircher-- couldn't have summed up the right-wing case for Romney any better: a weak, vacillating nothing who will be what he's told by the Dark forces of American fascism.



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MORE (lots and lots):
http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2012/10/can-obama-save-us-from-koch-brothers.html

Jennifer Rubin: Criticizing Bush = "Apologizing For This Nation"

Jennifer Rubin: Criticizing Bush = "Apologizing For This Nation"
BLOG ››› 39 MINUTES AGO ››› SIMON MALOY


Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin is fast approaching some higher plane of hackdom far enough removed from the gravitational centers of logic and sense that the fundamental laws of punditry no longer apply. This morning she joins the chorus of conservatives defending Mitt Romney's false claim at last night's debate that President Obama went on an "apology tour," arguing that Obama, in the very act of criticizing the foreign policy of his predecessor George W. Bush, was indeed "apologizing for this nation."

I will focus on two major apologies that have been deliberately and forcefully delivered by the president and/or top aides.

The first is our handling of the war on terror. Liberals don't even see that Obama's excoriating his predecessor is apologizing for this nation, but of course it is. George W. Bush wasn't acting as a private citizen, and whatever he actions he took were done in the name of the United States.

So it most certainly was an apology (often repeated) when Obama decried: "Unfortunately, faced with an uncertain threat, our government made a series of hasty decisions. ... I also believe that all too often our government made decisions based on fear rather than foresight; that all too often our government trimmed facts and evidence to fit ideological predispositions. Instead of strategically applying our power and our principles, too often we set those principles aside as luxuries that we could no longer afford. And during this season of fear, too many of us -- Democrats and Republicans, politicians, journalists, and citizens -- fell silent. In other words, we went off course." That version was delivered on national TV, albeit from U.S. soil but it was a confession to be sure.


Here's a fun question: if criticizing the commander-in-chief for actions taken in the name of the United States constitutes "apologizing for this nation," then aren't people like Mitt Romney and Jennifer Rubin, who have spent the last four years doing little beyond that, serial America apologists?


MORE:
http://mediamatters.org/blog/2012/10/23/jennifer-rubin-criticizing-bush-apologizing-for/190868

WILBUR!

MITT: "I Love Teachers"


and....Romney Loves Big Bird too!
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/23/1148367/-Romney-loves-teachers#comments

Glenn Beck-Post Debate: "Why Vote?





http://underthemountainbunker.com/2012/10/23/debate-reactions-the-shape-shifter-and-the-president/
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