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David Axelrod: Obama's Last Push 'Coming From His Loins'

Source: Huffington Post

"I've known him for 20 years. We've worked closely for 10 years. I've never seen him more exhilarated than he is right now. He believes in what he's doing. He believes in what he's fighting for," Axelrod said.

"You know, you can see in the speech that he's delivering that he, you know, that he, this is coming from his loins," Axelrod said.

The reporters gathered around Axelrod tittered, and he was visibly thrown off balance for a moment. He tried to recover quickly by joking about the comment.

"And uh -- I just wanted to say loins. I wanted to see if I could get loins in the story," he said.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/02/david-axelrod-obamas-loins_n_2067366.html

Romney's CLOSING ARGUMENT: Elect Me Or House GOP Will Wreck The Economy

In what his campaign billed as his “closing argument,” Mitt Romney warned Americans that a second term for President Obama would have apocalyptic consequences for the economy in part because his own party would force a debt ceiling disaster.

“Unless we change course, we may well be looking at another recession,” Romney told a crowd in West Allis, Wisconsin.

Romney said that Obama “promised to be a post-partisan president, but he became the most partisan” and that his bitter relations with the House GOP could threaten the economy. As his chief example, he pointed to a crisis created entirely by his own party’s choice — Republican lawmakers’ ongoing threat to reject a debt ceiling increase. Economists warn that a failure to pass such a measure would have immediate and catastrophic consequences for the recovery.

“You know that if the President is re-elected, he will still be unable to work with the people in Congress,” Romney said. “He has ignored them, attacked them, blamed them. The debt ceiling will come up again, and shutdown and default will be threatened, chilling the economy.

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Nate Silver ‏@fivethirtyeight
SELL OBAMA ON INTRADE / MT @politicalwire: Dick Morris, who just days ago predicted landslide for Romney, sees danger signs for Republicans.


Congressional Research Service Report On Tax Cuts For Wealthy Suppressed By GOP

Congressional Research Service Report On Tax Cuts For Wealthy Suppressed By GOP

"The pressure applied to the research service comes amid a broader Republican effort to raise questions about research and statistics that were once trusted as nonpartisan and apolitical," the Times reported. Democrats in Congress, however, have resurfaced the report and published it in full. It can be read below.

Republicans told the Times they had issues with the tone, wording and scope of the report, but they clearly objected most strongly to its findings, which undermine the governing fiscal philosophy of the party, that tax cuts for the wealthy will spur growth and benefit everybody.

GOP officials told The Times that the decision by the CRS came after a cooperative discussion, but Democrats have suggested that the move is part of a broader effort by Republicans to squelch legitimate research that runs counter to their economic principles.

The CRS report, by researcher Thomas Hungerford, concluded:

The results of the analysis suggest that changes over the past 65 years in the top marginal tax rate and the top capital gains tax rate do not appear correlated with economic growth. The reduction in the top tax rates appears to be uncorrelated with saving, investment, and productivity growth. The top tax rates appear to have little or no relation to the size of the economic pie.

However, the top tax rate reductions appear to be associated with the increasing concentration of income at the top of the income distribution. As measured by IRS data, the share of income accruing to the top 0.1% of U.S. families increased from 4.2% in 1945 to 12.3% by 2007 before falling to 9.2% due to the 2007-2009 recession. At the same time, the average tax rate paid by the top 0.1% fell from over 50% in 1945 to about 25% in 2009. Tax policy could have a relation to how the economic pie is sliced—lower top tax rates may be associated with greater income disparities.


Lukovich: "WHAT?"

It's the liberal/drive-by/lamestream media's fault. It always is.

It's the liberal/drive-by/lamestream media's fault. It always is. They covered for President Obama's lapses in Benghazi, failed to hold him to account for his obvious failures, generally failed to vet him properly in 2008, and ignored the scandals during his first term. They tipped the scales. And in the last week, they covered his response to Hurricane Sandy as if he were a conquering hero. They hated Mitt Romney because they were jealous of his success. They ignored Chicago's relentless negative campaign.


Romney campaign crowds getting smaller

The greenvilleonline.com reports that Mitt Romneys first two rallies on thursday were strikingly smaller than similar events just two weeks ago with large empty spaces and crowds totaling no more than 2,500 a stark contrast to the droves that attended rallies in places like Chesapeake and Leesburg following Romney's successful performance in the presidential debates. The final rally, at an amphitheater in Virginia Beach on Thursday evening, was significantly larger than the earlier events.

President Obamas campaign last week thursday Oct 25th in Richmond, VA had a crowd of 15,000.

Romneys campaign in Doswell, VA only 25 miles from Richmond, VA had no more than 2,500 people, even though he campaigned there with Gov Bob McDonnell, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, US Senate Candidate George Allen, VA Attorney General Ken Kucinnell


"I guess we just gave you notice yesterday that we were going to be here tonight and the fact that you've turned out in such -- in such a response as this is overwhelming," he said. "I appreciate it It's a great sign. Thank you."


KRUGMAN Explains "THE BLACKMAIL CAUCUS"-Nice country you got-Shame if something were to happen to it

During the first two years of Mr. Obama’s presidency, when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, Republicans offered scorched-earth opposition to anything and everything he proposed. Among other things, they engaged in an unprecedented number of filibusters, turning the Senate — for the first time — into a chamber in which nothing can pass without 60 votes.

And, when Republicans took control of the House, they became even more extreme. The 2011 debt ceiling standoff was a first in American history: An opposition party declared itself willing to undermine the full faith and credit of the U.S. government, with incalculable economic effects, unless it got its way. And the looming fight over the “fiscal cliff” is more of the same. Once again, the G.O.P. is threatening to inflict large damage on the economy unless Mr. Obama gives it something — an extension of tax cuts for the wealthy — that it lacks the votes to pass through normal constitutional processes.

Would a Democratic Senate offer equally extreme opposition to a President Romney? No, it wouldn’t. So, yes, there is a case that “partisan gridlock” would be less damaging if Mr. Romney won.

But are we ready to become a country in which “Nice country you got here. Shame if something were to happen to it” becomes a winning political argument? I hope not. By all means, vote for Mr. Romney if you think he offers the better policies. But arguing for Mr. Romney on the grounds that he could get things done veers dangerously close to accepting protection-racket politics, which have no place in American life.

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Mr. Rove - I Ask YOU: What's Mitt's cock got to do with anything?

By DYLAN BYERS | 11/1/12 8:19 AM EDT

"Sometime after the cock crows on the morning of Nov. 7, Mitt Romney will be declared America’s 45th president,” Karl Rove writes in today's Wall Street Journal. “Let’s call it 51%-48%, with Mr. Romney carrying at least 279 Electoral College votes, probably more.”

What's Mitt's cock got to do with anything?

Even if Obama was up by 10 points in every swing state poll, it's doubtful Rove would have used his Wall Street Journal column to do anything other than cheer Romney's chances, as predicting an Obama win would essentially amount to Rove admitting that the millions of dollars and dozens of frequently-dishonest ads run by his political groups had failed.


my advice to mr. rove, crawl back under that plane and wait for it to wipe your ass...kp
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