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President Barack Obama heads out of the national political conventions with a much clearer path to winning, top advisers to Mitt Romney privately concede.

The Romney campaign, while pleasantly surprised by Obama’s lackluster prime-time performance, said the post-convention bounce they hoped for fell well short of expectations and privately lament that state-by-state polling numbers — most glaringly in Ohio — are working in the president’s favor.

“Their map has many more routes to victory,” said a top Republican official. Two officials intimately involved in the GOP campaign said Ohio leans clearly in Obama’s favor now, with a high single-digit edge, based on their internal tracking numbers of conservative groups. Romney can still win the presidency if he loses Ohio, but it’s extremely difficult.

The Obama and Romney campaigns anticipate little movement in national polls before the first debate on Oct. 3, which both see as the most important day of this campaign. They also see eye-to-eye on their belief the election will come down to whether Romney can persuade voters he understands the problems of ordinary people and that his solutions are at least marginally better for turning things around economically.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/80949.html#ixzz25wUyc457

Look In The Mirror, Paulie-Boy


“City Welcomes Fab Four”

The Portsmouth Herald. September 8, 2012.

He's the President now.

AT SEP 08, 2012 AT 09:08 AM PDT
What Obama's Speech Did (that all the pundits are missing).
by flashmans ghost


He's the President now. We elected the young leader who came out of nowhere four years ago, the new inspiring guy who stood up and said, "You can do this." We're going to re-elect a leader with more grey in his hair, who's been through fire, who sees the road ahead and knows how we can get there; the one who knows in his bones how big some of the problems are, but who also knows that we can overcome them.

And who knows that working together to make it all happen will be the adventure of a lifetime, for every one of us who wants to be part of this story.

That's the most important thing of all, and that's what the pundits have missed. The President gave us context, and told us what story we're living through and where we are in it -- and it's a wonderful story, one where everyone who wants to be can be a hero, one where we are on the side of right, and one where victory and joy are within our grasp, if only after the kind of struggle you need to earn them. Maybe it's childish of us as a nation, but we like feeling that just by being Americans, we're heroes and participants in a great and worthy adventure. (Can I have a chant of, "USA! USA!") And we're only human; we like to win, and many of us can't help a sneaking liking for being able to identify ourselves with a winning team. Or nation. Voters whose candidates can tell a story where all that is true are happy, enthusiastic voters, and also, we're voters who have a lot of motivation to make sure our candidate wins so we can go on living in that story.


And the people at Politico who really, really didn't like it? Well. I don't want to be unkind, but I'm guessing that when it comes down to it, they just don't want to go where we're going. The vampires, they never do respond all that positively to daylight, you know?

the rest:

The GOP convention negative bounce: a final look

Soon, post-DNC state polls will begin to arrive. So here is the best glimpse we are going to get of the negative post-GOP-convention bounce. Basically, their convention appears to have helped…Obama. It’s the part in red at the end.


Bill Clinton, Obama's New "Secretary Of Explaining Stuff"

"Somebody emailed me after his speech -- they said, you need to appoint him secretary of explaining stuff... That was pretty good. I like that... the secretary of explaining stuff."

-- President Obama, quoted by USA Today, on Bill Clinton's convention speech.

Obama’s speech was a speech given by someone older, grayer, & more aware of the weight of governing

Obama’s speech was a speech given by someone older, grayer, and more aware of the weight of governing. Sending troops to fight, knowing many won't come home; dealing with epic economic challenges; holding the hands of people whose lives were ruined by natural disasters; trying to pass workable legislation with an opposing party determined to block EVERYTHING – these were the words of someone determined to keep fighting for what he believes in, but more attuned to the realities of the office. Less audacious, humbled, this wasn’t the brash young man in the football stadium (good decision to pull that one), but the veteran who has been through many battles and hasn’t won them all. And here’s the thing: people LIKE that


Maybe, he can win the Chinese vote?

Larry Flynt Offers $1M Reward for Mitt Romney Tax Returns - - - Hackers, on your mark!

Larry Flynt Offers $1M Reward for Mitt Romney Tax Returns Hackers, on your mark! By Emma Bazilian

It’s no secret that Larry Flynt, the often-controversial founder and publisher of Hustler magazine, is not a fan of Mitt Romney. (Maybe that’s because the Republican nominee has said that he supports federal obscenity laws—which aren't exactly good Flynt’s business.) It’s also no secret that Romney opponents have been dying to get their hands on his unreleased tax returns, which, they claim, could prove that the candidate hasn't been paying his fair share of taxes. Now, Flynt is joining their cause by offering a $1 million reward for Romney's tax information.

Flynt is taking out full-page ads in this Sunday’s edition of The Washington Post and Tuesday’s USA Today that promises “up to $1 million” for the dirt on Romney’s “unreleased tax returns and/or details of his offshore assets, bank accounts and business partnerships.” (But before you go calling the Hustler hotline, be aware that Flynt will need “documented evidence of your claims.”)
According to the ad, all correspondence will be kept confidential—so if you’re a former Bain exec with a bone to pick (or without a golden parachute), you might want to get a pen.


oh lookie here Mr. Ryan:

The grant Ryan requested was funded directly by the Affordable Care Act, better known simply as healthcare reform or Obamacare.

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