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BASHIR: Romney going into debate: "stuck at the corner of 47th and Bain"

And yet ANOTHER Team Romney strategy is revealed
Posted on October 3, 2012

National Review: http://www.nationalreview.com/blogs/print/329019
Romney’s advisers have a simple strategy: They want their candidate to balance his finely tuned arguments with personal warmth. Since Romney is a reserved man, his advisers acknowledge that it will be difficult for him to endear himself to the country, especially under the hot studio lights. But they consider it critical. “This is really about introducing him to the country,” a Romney adviser says. “It’s the largest audience he has ever had. Everybody’s watching.”

Bob Cesca: http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2012/10/the-romny-debate-strategy-part-iii.html
“It’s really about introducing him to the country? Was the convention not good enough? …Was the last 9 months of the campaign not enough of an introduction? I believe America has been properly introduced to Mitt Romney, and Americans don’t like what they see. And if you’re just getting around to introducing yourself, or still struggling to demonstrate that you aren’t a cyborg when the election is only five weeks away, you’re losing.”

47 percent of the country is already pretty familiar with Willard Romney. We’ve been introduced. Which reminds me of the best headline today, and which highlights the essential problem with Mitt Romney, from Martin Bashir:

Romney stuck at the corner of 47th and Bain


Exclusive: President Obama Considered Putting Osama bin Laden on Trial if Taken Alive

Source: Vanity Fair

Exclusive: President Obama Considered Putting Osama bin Laden on Trial if Taken Alive

Michael Lewis’s Profile of President Obama from October’s Vanity Fair.
In an adaptation from his new book, The Finish—first reported for Vanity Fair—magazine contributing editor Mark Bowden reveals that President Obama intended to put Osama bin Laden on trial in the federal court system if he had been captured, rather than killed, during the Abbottabad raid. Bowden had access to key players including C.I.A. deputy director Michael Morell and the president himself.

According to Bowden in the story—in November’s Vanity Fair—in the unlikely event that bin Laden surrendered, Obama saw an opportunity to resurrect the idea of a criminal trial, which Attorney General Eric Holder had planned for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. This time, the president tells Bowden, he was prepared to bring bin Laden back and put him on trial in a federal court. “We worked through the legal and political issues that would have been involved, and Congress and the desire to send him to Guantánamo, and to not try him, and Article III.” Obama continues: “I mean, we had worked through a whole bunch of those scenarios. But, frankly, my belief was if we had captured him, that I would be in a pretty strong position, politically, here, to argue that displaying due process and rule of law would be our best weapon against al-Qaeda, in preventing him from appearing as a martyr.”

President Obama tells Bowden that he was aware of the possibility that “The Pacer”—as the team called the figure captured on surveillance video regularly walking around the Abbottabad compound’s vegetable garden—“was some warlord from Afghanistan who had set up shop, the possibility that this was a drug dealer from the Gulf who valued his privacy or had a mistress or a second family.” He also understood that The Pacer might be exactly who they thought he was. Obama had never bought the line that bin Laden “was living an ascetic life somewhere, in some mountain somewhere.

Read more: http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2012/10/obama-put-osama-bin-laden-on-trial

Wow. GREAT JOB: President Obama has lost Hannity and Carlson for sure!

PERFECT TOON - in advance of tonight's debate!

Los Angeles City Council repeals ban on pot shops

Source: Raw Story

The Los Angeles City Council repealed a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries on Tuesday night.

That ban, passed in July, was put on hold by citizen activists who raised a ballot initiative to rebuke the city’s move, gaining access to the citywide ballot for a special election in March. Appearing wary of spending money to hold the election on an issue they knew would fail, the council repealed the ban themselves in an 11-2 vote on Tuesday.

One of the key moments in the debate came when LA City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, himself a medical marijuana patient who’s suffering from a rare type of cancer, revealed that his doctors said recently that he doesn’t have long to live. “If I can’t get marijuana, and this is medically prescribed, what do I do?” he asked. “And what do all the people who have health issues ?”


Tuesday’s vote means there will no longer be a citywide ordinance regulating the sales of medical marijuana. The measure has to be voted upon once more because Tuesday’s ballots were not unanimous. The council also passed a resolution calling for state lawmakers to clarify how cities may regulate marijuana sales.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/10/03/los-angeles-city-council-repeals-ban-on-pot-shops/

OBAMA CAMPAIGN: Video touted on Drudge Report a 'desperate attack to change the subject'

The Obama campaign called a video touted by conservative news aggregator Drudge Report as a potentially explosive development in the election a "transparent attempt to change the subject" from Mitt Romney's comments, made by his "allies."

“In a transparent attempt to change the subject from his comments attacking half of the American people, Mitt Romney’s allies recirculated video of a 2007 event that was open to and extensively covered by the press at the time. The only thing shocking about this is that they apparently think it’s wrong to suggest that we should help returning veterans, children leaving foster care and other members of Mitt Romney’s 47 percent get training that will allow them to find the best available jobs," said Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt in an e-mail to The Hill.


BREAKING NEWS: Romney claimed he "never managed" Bain Capital!

With about three weeks to go before the vote, O’Brien ran an ad about Bain Capital, resurrecting attacks on Romney’s role downsizing the paper company Ampad Inc. and asking voters, “Now Romney wants us to trust him with our jobs and our economy?”

“Mitt and I had talked about it a million times after the Kennedy campaign,” Manning said, referring to the attack ads Senator Edward Kennedy used so successfully against Romney in 1994. “We said, if we’re ever in a campaign again and they go after Bain Capital, we’re going to go really hard back at them.”

Romney responded with an ad that criticized O’Brien for her tenure at a failed health care company. “O’Brien is attacking Mitt Romney for a company he never managed, just invested in,” the ad began. . .


Republicans Underwater

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds the Democratic party is slightly more popular than unpopular, 49% to 42%, while the Republicans are underwater, 39% to 53%


Firm hired by Florida GOP knew weeks ago of possibly fraudulent voter registrations


Firm hired by Florida GOP knew weeks ago of possibly fraudulent voter registrations

By Michael Van Sickler, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau
In Print: Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Republicans say they didn't hear about the flawed forms until a week later when told about them by a Palm Beach Post reporter.

But Cheryl Johnson, Lee County's voter registration director, told the Times/Herald on Tuesday that she noticed some odd applications that came quite a bit earlier, on Aug. 28. It looked like someone had checked Republican in a number of party registration boxes in a manner that didn't match the way the rest of the application was filled out. Four of the forms appeared to have been filled out by the same person.

Johnson called the person who dropped them off, a Strategic Allied Consulting employee named Danielle Alvarez. On Sept. 6 — 12 days before they learned about the Palm Beach forms — Johnson met with Alvarez and a man named Jack Reed.

"They said they were shocked," Johnson said. "They told me that they fired someone and it wouldn't happen again." Johnson said they took copies of the questionable forms and promised they would call back. But that was the last Johnson heard from them.

Read more: http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/firm-hired-by-florida-republicans-knew-weeks-ago-of-possibly-fraudulent/1254517

Strategic Allied Consulting knew of voter registration problems earlier than reported



"It is no big surprise that we fight the terrorists because they are fundamentally un-American, and yet we have terrorists in our own culture called abortionists. One of the good pieces of news why we are winning this war is because there are not enough heartless doctors being graduated from medical schools. There is a real shortage of abortionists. Who wants to be at the very bottom of the food chain of medical profession? And what sort of places do these bottom-of-the-food-chain doctors work in? Places that are really a pit. You find that along with the culture of death go all kinds of other law-breaking: not following good sanitary procedure, giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant, cheating on taxes, all these kinds of things, misuse of anesthetics so that people die or almost die."

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