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Here's Rove rationalizing a Romney Victory and setting up the theft

It comes down to numbers. And in the final days of this presidential race, from polling data to early voting, they favor Mitt Romney.

He maintains a small but persistent polling edge. As of yesterday afternoon, there had been 31 national surveys in the previous seven days. Mr. Romney led in 19, President Obama in seven, and five were tied. Mr. Romney averaged 48.4%; Mr. Obama, 47.2%. The GOP challenger was at or above 50% in 10 polls, Mr. Obama in none.

The number that may matter the most is Mr. Obama's 47.2% share. As the incumbent, he's likely to find that number going into Election Day is a percentage point or so below what he gets.

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Adrian Gray, who oversaw the Bush 2004 voter-contact operation and is now a policy analyst for a New York investment firm, makes the point that as of Tuesday, 530,813 Ohio Democrats had voted early or had requested or cast an absentee ballot. That's down 181,275 from four years ago. But 448,357 Ohio Republicans had voted early or had requested or cast an absentee ballot, up 75,858 from the last presidential election.

That 257,133-vote swing almost wipes out Mr. Obama's 2008 Ohio victory margin of 262,224. Since most observers expect Republicans to win Election Day turnout, these early vote numbers point toward a Romney victory in Ohio. They are also evidence that Scott Jennings, my former White House colleague and now Romney Ohio campaign director, was accurate when he told me that the Buckeye GOP effort is larger than the massive Bush 2004 get-out-the-vote operation.

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In addition to the data, the anecdotal and intangible evidenceófrom crowd sizes to each side's closing argumentsógive the sense that the odds favor Mr. Romney. They do. My prediction: Sometime after the cock crows on the morning of Nov. 7, Mitt Romney will be declared America's 45th president. Let's call it 51%-48%, with Mr. Romney carrying at least 279 Electoral College votes, probably more.


where did the ballot request information come from? Husted? Note that no poll of early voters in Ohio is mentioned. What a surprise.

Ezra Klein: The Nate Silver Backlash

Which brings me to the backlash against Nate Silver.

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So before we deal with anything Silver has specifically said, itís worth taking in the surrounding landscape: Every major political betting market and every major forecasting tool is predicting an Obama victory right now, and for the same reason: Obama remains ahead in enough states that, unless the polls are systematically wrong, or they undergo a change unlike any weíve yet seen in the race, Obama will win the election.

Itís important to be clear about this: If Silverís model is hugely wrong ó if all the models are hugely wrong, and the betting markets are hugely wrong ó itís because the polls are wrong. Silverís model is, at this point, little more than a sophisticated form of poll aggregation.

But itís just as important to be clear about this: If Mitt Romney wins on election day, it doesnít mean Silverís model was wrong. After all, the model has been fluctuating between giving Romney a 25 percent and 40 percent chance of winning the election. Thatís a pretty good chance! If you told me I had a 35 percent chance of winning a million dollars tomorrow, Iíd be excited. And if I won the money, I wouldnít turn around and tell you your information was wrong. Iíd still have no evidence Iíd ever had anything more than a 35 percent chance.


That 7 point RMoney lead in Gallup's Daily Tracking from a few days ago?

Down to 3.


Romney and his wife's dressage horse

Just got bayoneted.

"It's not a game of battleship"


Just beautiful.

This is a foreign policy debate

Policy is foreign to RMoney.

Syria is Iran's route to the sea???

Huh??? Iran has over 1000 km of shoreline.

America's Media Just Made Vote-Rigging Easier by Victoria Collier

The news that America's mainstream media has cancelled exit polling in 19 states, means that insider election theft this November is now even harder to track, and therefore easier to get away with - something that scarcely seemed possible.

As I've written in the November issue of Harper's Magazine ("How to Rig an Election", our voting system is already privatized, corporatized, computerized and arguably less secure than Vegas slot machines. It's also controlled by a shadowy cartel of right-wing affiliated companies that keep merging and changing their names, perhaps - and almost certainly in the case of Diebold - to avoid association with the record of white-collar criminal charges and convictions that trail them from state to state.

Precious few methods now remain for verifying results generated by these corporate "black box" touch-screen voting machines and optical scanners, which have been proven (ad nauseam) by experts to be vulnerable to insider rigging and outsider hacking. This evidence remains long unreported by the mainstream media, which ignore the kind of stories now broken weekly at the Brad Blog, like the latest White Hat hack of Diebold voting machines: In September, 2011, the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Labs gained controlling access to the electronic votes within the machines using $20 in parts and the equivalent of an 8th grade science education.

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The Red Shift has been detected in both state and federal American elections, where computerized vote totals have consistently "shifted" - often by a 5 percent to 7 percent margin disparity (sometimes less, but sometimes much greater) - in comparison to hand-counts and polling data. This mysterious seismic lurch invariably pushes votes to the right, and when the dust settles, it has inordinately benefitted GOP candidates and ballot issues.

To conceal these unnerving discrepancies that strongly suggest computerized vote rigging, exit pollsters began "adjusting" their final reported numbers - literally forcing polls at the end of Election Day to better align with the voting machine results.

Surprisingly, this is not a criminal or even covert act, but common knowledge amongst pollsters (though certainly not the American public) and accepted practice.


Nate Silver on the Gallup Poll

October 18, 2012, 6:29 PM
Gallup vs. the World

Gallup Performs Poorly When Out of Consensus

Usually, when a poll is an outlier relative to the consensus, its results turn out badly.

You do not need to look any further than Gallupís track record over the past two election cycles to find a demonstration of this.

In 2008, the Gallup poll put Mr. Obama 11 points ahead of John McCain on the eve of that Novemberís election.

That was tied for Mr. Obamaís largest projected margin of victory among any of the 15 or so national polls that were released just in advance of the election. The average of polls put Mr. Obama up by about seven points.


New Sports Analogy

President on the blocks, spins into the lane, drops the shoulder and takes it to the rack for the jam.

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