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‘Gender Gap’ Near Historic Highs

Source: 538

‘Gender Gap’ Near Historic Highs
If only women voted, President Obama would be on track for a landslide re-election, equaling or exceeding his margin of victory over John McCain in 2008. Mr. Obama would be an overwhelming favorite in Ohio, Florida, Virginia and most every other place that is conventionally considered a swing state. The only question would be whether he could forge ahead into traditionally red states, like Georgia, Montana and Arizona.

If only men voted, Mr. Obama would be biding his time until a crushing defeat at the hands of Mitt Romney, who might win by a similar margin to the one Ronald Reagan realized over Jimmy Carter in 1980. Only California, Illinois, Hawaii and a few states in the Northeast could be considered safely Democratic. Every other state would lean red, or would at least be a toss-up.

Although polls disagree on the exact magnitude of the gender gap (and a couple of recent ones seemed to show Mitt Romney eliminating the president’s advantage with women voters), the consensus of surveys points to a large one this year — rivaling the biggest from past elections.

Read more: http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/21/gender-gap-near-historic-highs/

SNL News Update- thank you, somebody, finally nailed it...

“Romney leads by 7 points among people who still answer landline calls from a blocked number.”
— SNL News Update


Ann: "My Boys Served"

Tagg served in Bordeaux.
Matt served in Paris.
Josh served in Leeds, England.
Ben served in Australia.
And, Craig served in Santiago.


LOL! Gingrich Cites Romney's Time as Missionary in France as Foreign Policy Experience

Newt Gingrich outlined Mitt Romney's credentials on foreign policy in an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday, ahead of Monday's final presidential debate on foreign policy.

Gingrich mentioned Romney's time spent abroad as a missionary, his work at Bain Capital which was an international company, his dabbling in foreign policy as the governor of Massachusetts, and finally his work with other nations while running the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Gingrich also took aim at Obama's foreign policy, which he said was falling apart in the Middle East.


Ann Romney Comes To Florida For A Shameless Breast Cancer Photo Op

Ann Romney Comes To Florida For A Shameless Breast Cancer Photo Op
By Imani Gandy (ABL) October 21st, 2012

This post is by Martha Jackovics aka @BeachPeanuts. Before you read it, you must understand that Mitt Romney supports the Blunt Amendment which would permit your employer to deny you breast cancer screenings (as well as a laundry list of other preventive healthcare services primarily used by women). Period. -ABLxx

Team Romney goes pink as Ann marches streets of Orlando for annual breast cancer fundraiser

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2220863/Ann-Romney-dons-pink-AGAIN-First-lady-hopeful-wears-colour-marches-streets-Orlando-annual-breast-cancer-fundraiser.html#ixzz29xjxbbhm

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer? What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Notice anything unusual in this photo? I did right away. Normally when there’s a breast cancer walk or similar fundraising event, those pink t-shirts the participants wear promote the effort in the battle against the disease. Call me crazy, but I don’t see anything on the front of those t-shirts that mentions breast cancer. However, they do promote the effort that Ann Romney cares about most:

Getting her husband into the White House.

Supporting women, my ass, kpete

YEP "War is a moral and political disaster—a terrible cancer eating away the soul of the nation"

"Most Americans see the establishment center as an empty, decaying void that commands neither their confidence nor their love," McGovern asserted in one of the great unknown campaign speeches in American history. "It is the establishment center that has led us into the stupidest and cruelest war in all history. That war is a moral and political disaster—a terrible cancer eating away the soul of the nation....It was not the American worker who designed the Vietnam war or our military machine. It was the establishment wise men, the academicians of the center. As Walter Lippmann once observed, 'There is nothing worse than a belligerent professor.'"


NPR: 60% of undecided voters are women & breaking HEAVILY for The President-75% vs. ROMNEY 25%

Since July, undecided voters have been "as a whole breaking for Obama," Vavreck says.

"About 60 percent of undecided voters are women," she says, "and women undecided voters who have made up their minds are breaking heavily for the president — 75 percent for Obama, 25 percent for Romney."

In key swing states — Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, New Mexico and Colorado — the number of undecided voters comes out to about 900,000 people.

As former Clinton White House adviser Paul Begala called it, "The American president will be selected by fewer than half the number of people who paid to get into a Houston Astros home game last year."


NC Early Voting Day 3: Epic Turnout - 42,709 "Unlikely" Voters Have Already Voted

SUN OCT 21, 2012 AT 09:07 AM PDT
NC Early Voting Day 3: Epic Turnout - 42,709 "Unlikely" Voters Have Already Voted
by MattTX

Since yesterday's update, we found some missing voters, thanks to commenter dean4ever. Not all counties always manage to update their early vote numbers in time for the statewide update, so some votes will keep trickling in from previous days. Taking these voters into account, Obama is doing better than previously thought. For example, my previous diary said that Day 1 turnout was 156,129 votes. But now, with the late updating counties included, we are up to 171,055. Because of the late updating counties problem, these diaries will tend to underestimate actual turnout to some degree, for the most recent days.

Click on the picture below for a full sized chart.

Turnout so far in 2012 early voting can only be described as epic. Yesterday's diary reported that turnout was up 26.6% above 2008. Now with updated data, turnout is 36.6% above 2008. And that number will only go up even further if there are still some counties lagging behind.


Hey Mitt: How About Binders Full Of YOUR TAX RETURNS?!?!?

Employees of Romney Family's Secret Bank Tied to Fraud, Money Laundering and Drug Cartels

Employees of Romney Family's Secret Bank Tied to Fraud, Money Laundering and Drug Cartels
Sunday, 21 October 2012 09:48
By Gerry Bello and Bob Fitrakis, The Free Press | News Analysis

As previously reported in by the Columbus Free Press, the Romney family, namely Mitt, Ann, G Scott and Tagg Romney, along with Mitt's "6th son" and campaign finance chair have a secretive private equity firm called Solamere Capital Partners. This firms ties to Romney's campaign and bundlers is already well documented, along with its connection to the manufacture and distribution of voting machines. What is not as well documented is a subsidiary of that private equity firm hiring employees of a failed firm tied to a Ponzi scheme that has a long history of money laundering for Latin American drug cartels and to the Iran-Contra scandal.

As reported by ThinkProgress, Solamere Capital Partner's subsidiary Solamere Advisors is a investment advisory group, providing advice to Solamere clients and boosting sales. Would-be corporate pugilist Tagg Romney is a director. According to the New York Times, all but one of its 11 employees came from the Charlotte office of the Stanford Financial Group, the US investment arm of convicted felon R. Allen Stanford's offshore banking and fraud network that comprised a host of companies including the Stanford International Bank, Stanford Capital Management, The Bank of Antigua, Stanford Trust and Stanford Gold and Bullion. Three of these employees, Tim Bambauer, Deems May, and Brandon Phillips, received incentive compensation related to their direct sales of securities linked to a fraud that brought down this banking network.


Allen Stanford is currently serving a 110-year prison sentence for convictions on 13 counts of fraud. His companies were placed in receivership. $8 billion of Stanford's stolen money has yet to be recovered and the victims are in court to recover those funds and incentive pay bonuses to Stanford employees (including Bambauer, May and Phillips) for fraudulently getting people to invest in an operation that later bilked many of them out of their life's savings.


Stanford's shady history and criminality did not begin with the fraudulent investments that lead to his downfall, nor was it unknown at the highest level of United State's Government. In a 2006 diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks, the US Ambassador to Antigua advised "Embassy officers do not reach out to Stanford because of the allegations of bribery and money laundering. The Ambassador managed to stay out of any one-on-one photos with Stanford during the breakfast. For his part, Stanford said he preferred to conduct his business without contacting the Embassy, resolving any investment disputes directly with local governments. It is whispered in the region that Stanford facilitates resolution with significant cash contributions."

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