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Oh Please Let Rick Santorum Be Right

Santorum on Fox via TPM

...This president is the most hostile president to the private sector since Franklin Roosevelt. Look what happened under Roosevelt. Years after years of playing the class warfare politics, which Roosevelt did during the Great Depression, and he drove businessmen away. He stopped creativity, he stopped innovation, he stopped people who were willing to risk and invest, and that's what's happening.

Because that would be awesome!

Source: US Department of Commerce (annually from 1929 through 1946 quarterly from 1947) http://www.bea.gov/national/index.htm#gdb (click on current dollar and real gdp)

Under Hoover, who saw the start of the Great Depression, the growth was spectacularly negative, reflecting the greatest economic catastrophe of that century. The value of the domestic economy (roughly, the average standard of living) had shrunk by fully one-fourth between Hoover’s inauguration in spring of 1929, and the end of his term in 1933.

Even more extraordinary is the rate the economy grew in Roosevelt’s first term—almost exactly erasing the losses during Hoover’s term. There is a common misconception that the economy didn’t begin to recover from the Great Depression until the onset of World War II. Perhaps this is because the economy started growing even faster in Roosevelt’s third term, but Roosevelt had robust economic growth in each of his terms.


Mitt Really Stepped in it; Collection of Headlines So Far

Romney’s birther joke and the closed information loop
By Jonathan Bernstein
Well, at least the political press won’t be talking about Todd Akin during the weekend leading into the Republican National Convention. Mitt Romney today, showing off his less-than-world-class sense of humor: “No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate.”

Just approaching this from the point of view of campaign strategy: Yikes! This can’t possibly be any good for him. I mean, where to start? First of all, it’s certain to put the Romney campaign on the defensive over the weekend. The national press is pretty clear that birther nonsense is out of bounds; make up stuff about welfare and you’ll get burned by MSNBC hosts, the liberal blogosphere and the fact-checkers, which have a combined audience of approximately zero undecided voters — but make birther jokes, and you’re going to get the (negative) attention of the national press.


Mitt Romney, birther-in-chief
Romney makes a joke about Obama's birth certificate -- and makes clear his strategy of doubling down on whiteness...


Watch Mitt Romney Go Birther: 'No One's Ever Asked To See My Birth Certificate!'


A Guide for Defending Mitt Romney's Birther Joke

Whether you're a a conservative deeply invested in Mitt Romney's election, or a reporter deeply invested in maintaining your pox-on-both-their-houses objectivity during this campaign season, you'll need to compare Romney's birther joke to something President Obama's done. Conservatives need to argue that Romney's birther joke, with all the wink-wink-nudge-nudge-racist connotations, wasn't all that bad. Reporters need to say, "We're sick of both these partisan pols on both sides, right America?" But it's hard. Though there is a small Romney-birther movement, it doesn't pack the same punch. Allow The Atlantic Wire to guide you in the process of figuring out what Obama joke, exactly, Romney's birther joke was really like....


Romney drops birth certificate joke on Obama (Wink, wink)

.....Somewhere, Orly Taitz is smiling.

For those who have been avoiding the Internet for the past five years (Welcome!), the shout-out is to WIDELY DISPROVEN ACCUSATIONS that President Obama was not born in the U.S. He was.


And way way more:


More like an air raid siren than a whistle, really. Oops, right bishop?

All logic aside, there is room for real concern about this election

In 2008 I was like a broken record in conversations with friends, family and those I encountered when canvassing. Over and over I heard myself say that given voter turnout habits and other factors we needed an overwhelming lead to prevail.

We did that. Final polls gave Obama a lead of 5 to 7 points nationally. Currently on TPM's tracker page it's Obama by 1.3.

In 08 he lead from 7 to 9.8 points in PA. Now he's ahead by less than 6.

In VA he was up between 4 and 7 points. He leads by just 0.4 right now.

In Iowa he was up by 11. This time? 0.3

All the final polls are listed here:


The 2012 TPM stats are at this link:


FL and NC were tight last time too, but hoo boy some of the other contrasts gave me food for thought. Those big national leads last time around had a lot to do, I believe, with a ground swell of optimism and , um, Hope, that won't factor in quite so prominently this time. Low information voters and those who are on the fence about voting will need a personal touch.

I've been mostly out of work since December. My job as a Federal clerk was cut as a result of DOC restructuring. Uncertainty and blues have sort of kept me sidelined campaign wise but that's enough of that. I'm in. If he needed me last time, he sure as hell needs me this time. OFA just got another volunteer.

Allow me to encourage you. If you've been thinking about it, pitch in with some time. If you're already active, thank you and please forgive me for slow start.


I'm one of the temp election workers in my county and I can tell you that my experience with the primary race did nothing to encourage me about the efficacy of our system, even in my blue, blue WA.
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