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2012 Election

2012 ElectionJeff Soyer on 09 Oct 2012 05:00 am

You know, the Obama administration always has an excuse for whythings go wrong or aren’t improving. It’s the unrest in Greece or Europe, it’s greedy oil companies, it’s the tsunami in Japan, it’s Bush’s fault, it’s some obscure YouTube video, and so on.

Regarding his lousy debate performance, he (or his spokespersons) have so far blamed Romney (for a supposed barrage of lies), the moderator Jim Lehrer, the altitude of Denver, and now they are blaming Sen. John Kerry who was Obama’s debate practice partner. It’s always someone else’s fault, never the fault of the President himself.

Obama had no executive experience (either in business or in Government) and had far slimmer credentials for the job in 2008 than Romney does now.

Politics and 2012 ElectionJeff Soyer on 05 Oct 2012 04:24 am

In Illinois, the President of a branch of the NAACP is not supporting Obama for re-election. David Lowery doesn’t say who he is supporting because as a non-profit organization, the NAACP is not supposed to openly endorse anyone. But Obama is not his choice. From CBS Chicago:

Lowery says he doesn’t personally support the president because he’s not addressing issues important to the black community. He said he was explaining that to Raymond when the Obama campaign official told him, “You know what? I know everything about you.”

Lowery says Raymond added, “We’ve been watching you, and since you don’t support Obama, we’ll deal with you,” before hanging up.

Lowery filed a report with the Oak Forest police report, he says, “in case something happens.”

Alas, being in Illinois, Lowery cannot legally CCW in order to protect himself from Obama’s thugs.

2012 ElectionJeff Soyer on 28 Sep 2012 04:31 am

A survey of 200,000 beer drinkers has revealed strong political tendencies:

Americans who most often drink Dos Equis are in the middle-of-the-road while drinkers of Heineken’s flagship brand are strongly Democratic. Samuel Adams drinkers are strongly Republican, and more likely to vote.

Full chart at the link lets you see who your fellow (favorite brand) drinkers favor in the political world.

Samuel Adams drinkers might tend to vote Republican but Mitt Romney doesn’t imbibe in anything alcoholic. Could that be why support for him is rather meh?

2012 ElectionJeff Soyer on 22 Sep 2012 05:21 am

Quin Hillyer at The American Spectator asks, How can any cogent American citizen possibly even consider voting for Barack Obama now? He then reads the full riot act on just how awful Obama has been. Print it out and leave copies around where liberals congregate.

Liberals and 2012 ElectionJeff Soyer on 18 Sep 2012 04:20 am

One reason why teachers aren’t supposed to have sex with their students (regardless of the student’s age) is the difference in power or authority that the teacher has over the student. If this was a story about sex, the media would be all over it. Instead . . .

From Fox News:

A Florida community college has launched an investigation and placed a tenured professor on leave over reports that she made students in a math class sign a pledge to vote for President Obama.

[ . . . ]

The website Watchdogwire.com, which first reported the allegations, said the students were told to sign a pledge that read: “I pledge to vote for President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket.”

Best reply to a comment, in the comments:

{Excuse me… a MATH Professor? I’ve always been under the impression that Liberals can’t do math.}

No they are very good at math. Take x away from y and give to z.

It economics they don’t have a clue with.


gun rights and 2012 ElectionJeff Soyer on 11 Sep 2012 05:12 pm

Okay, we know that Romney has a tendency to, er, flip-flop on issues. Of late, he has been saying that he supports the Second Amendment and gun rights. In an exclusive Daily Caller interview with Mitt Romney, conducted by the NRA’s Chris Cox, he goes much further:

Cox: The United Nations has been conducting serious negotiations on a treaty that would likely impose significant regulation of private gun ownership in the United States. The Bush administration strongly opposed this effort as an infringement on American sovereignty. How would a Romney administration approach this issue?

Gov. Romney: I am troubled by this. In foreign policy, I am guided by one overwhelming conviction: This century must be an American Century. In an American Century, America has the strongest economy and the strongest military in the world. In an American Century, America leads the free world. God did not create this country to be a nation of followers. America must lead the world, or someone else will. Without American leadership, without the clarity of American purpose and resolve, the world becomes a far more dangerous place. Let me make this very clear. As president of the United States, I will devote myself to those ideas, and I will never, ever apologize for America. So by the same token, I will never support or enforce any treaty that attempts to restrict our fundamental rights, or tries to “harmonize” our constitutional rights with all of the less-free nations in the world.

Cox: Would you support legislation to provide national reciprocity for Right-to-Carry permit holders so that they can protect themselves when they’re traveling outside their home states?

Gov. Romney: Absolutely. Fundamental rights don’t disappear when we cross state borders, and self-defense is a fundamental right.

Cox: Would you support the reimposition of a federal ban on semi-automatic firearms incorrectly called “assault weapons?”

Gov. Romney: No. I do not support any additional laws to restrict the right to keep and bear arms.

Read the whole thing. If he really, really means it, the interview makes him appear to be our best friend on gun rights. I don’t know. Is it just poll-driven political posturing, or has he had an epiphany? I would love to believe the latter but suspect the former. Still, he has staked his claim. So has Obama although fortunately, as yet, Obama hasn’t overtly acted upon his gun control agenda.

Economy and 2012 ElectionJeff Soyer on 09 Sep 2012 08:21 am

This election should be a slam-dunk for Romney. The fact that it isn’t is a sorry statement about the average intelligence, or perhaps intransigence is a better word, of most media and liberal voters refusing to admit that Obama has been a failure on resuscitating the economy. He has failed to take the steps that would encourage small businesses to expand and hire new workers. Indeed, receiving absolutely no sense of leadership from the current administration and therefore facing an uncertain future as regards healthcare costs, tax policies, and the price of an over-regulating federal government, what sensible business owner/entrepreneur would start placing “help wanted” ads at this time? What is needed in Washington — right away — is someone who understands starting and growing a business. Job creators seem to agree:

. . . But one group of voters has been paying attention for quite some time and that should concern all Democrats.

I’m talking about job creators — the entrepreneurs, CEOs and other business owners whom President Obama mostly ignores, when he’s not criticizing them. Two recent polls of this group should be sending waves of panic through the president’s re-election team. For instance, an August 20 Rasmussen poll found that Romney leads Obama by 20 points among entrepreneurs (56 percent to 36 percent). Another poll from Manta, released on August 24, shows that 61 percent of small business owners support Romney, compared to just 26 percent who support Obama.

At least among this group, there is no contest: America’s job creators support Mitt Romney by overwhelming margins. This comports with my own informal survey of business leaders in consumer electronics and other industries. I have yet to meet a CEO who supports the president’s re-election.

Read the whole piece at the Daily Caller link, it’s very good. The author, Gary Shapiro, is President and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association.

2012 ElectionJeff Soyer on 07 Sep 2012 03:59 am

From Breitbart:

Several high-profile former supporters of President Barack Obama in 2008 announced on Thursday they have now switched to Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

The group launched a petition online on the day Obama addressed the Democratic National Convention, hammering home the point that Obama let down many Democrats and independents who believed in his rhetoric of hope and change in 2008.

The first step is admitting you have a problem; that you made the wrong choice in 2008.

Media Bias and 2012 ElectionJeff Soyer on 06 Sep 2012 06:40 pm

When even the liberal stalwart web site, Politico, is claiming that the Obama campaign has been more negative, how can Democrats claim that Romney’s is? Never mind. If you’ve been following the Obama campaign over the past few months, and their convention over the past few days, you know that lying comes naturally to them. From Politico:

. . . there is a particular category of the 2012 race to the low road in which the two sides are not competing on equal terms: Obama and his top campaign aides have engaged far more frequently in character attacks and personal insults than the Romney campaign.

With a few exceptions, Romney has maintained that Obama is a bad president who has turned to desperate tactics to try to save himself. But Romney has not made the case that Obama is a bad person, nor made a sustained critique of his morality a central feature of his campaign.

Obama, who first sprang to national attention with an appeal to civility, has made these kind of attacks central to his strategy. The argument, by implication from Obama and directly from his surrogates, is not merely that Romney is the wrong choice for president but that there is something fundamentally wrong with him.

It’s that promise of a new civility that Obama requested several years ago. We see it today in how four Democrat’s have compared Romney and or Ryan to Nazis and one delegate to their convention wants to kill Romney. This from the party of “Hope and Change.”

2012 ElectionJeff Soyer on 04 Sep 2012 04:50 am

Rocket scientist Vice President Joe Biden was speaking at a rally yesterday where he exclaimed that the country sure is better off than it was four-years-ago. He’d explain why, “If it weren’t so hot out!” Video here.

No one in the Democratic Party can explain why we’re better off than four-years-ago. Maybe that’s why another predictive model is forecasting a Romney landslide.

Gun Control Crowd and 2012 ElectionJeff Soyer on 03 Sep 2012 10:22 am

Well naturally! From The Hill:

The draft language of the Democrats’ 2012 platform – set for a final vote this week in Charlotte – argues that current safeguards protecting the public against gun violence are insufficient and urges “an honest and open conversation about firearms.”

The document also calls for “reasonable regulation” governing guns, including laws banning assault weapons and requiring all gun sellers – not just licensed dealers – to perform background checks on potential buyers.

“An honest and open conversation about firearms.” Okay, to be honest, I really like pump shotguns and I love revolvers. There. So, what are your favorite guns?

Ah yes, there’s that favorite canard of liberals, “reasonable” regarding gun control laws. If they’re for it, it’s reasonable. If we’re not, we’re unreasonable. Heads I win, tails you lose. Let’s reinstate the phony, cosmetically-based “assault weapons” ban and close the so-called “gun show loophole.” Reasonable.

Needless to say — according to the article — the gun grabbing Brady Bunch types aren’t satisfied with the wording in the Democratic platform plank. It doesn’t go far enough, as in probably calling for a complete ban on civilian (peasant) ownership of guns.

Update 9/4: Here’s the actual wording of the plank. I’ve “bolded” relevant text:

Firearms. We recognize that the individual right to bear arms is an important part of the American tradition, and we will preserve Americans’ Second Amendment right to own and use firearms. We believe that the right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation. We understand the terrible consequences of gun violence; it serves as a reminder that life is fragile, and our time here is limited and precious. We believe in an honest, open national conversation about firearms. We can focus on effective enforcement of existing laws, especially strengthening our background check system, and we can work together to enact commonsense improvements – like reinstating the assault weapons ban and closing the gun show loophole – so that guns do not fall into the hands of those irresponsible, law-breaking few.

“Reasonable regulation.” “commonsense.” All the usual buzzwords from the self-appointed arbiters.

Polls and 2012 ElectionJeff Soyer on 01 Sep 2012 03:05 pm

Many presidential preference polls purposely over-sample declared Democrats because the pollsters want to lie to us try to duplicate exit polls from 2008. Thus, in actual poll results, the majority of respondents might prefer Romney over Obama but because the pollsters polled more Democrats than Republicans, the outcome still favors the incumbent. With that in mind, consider this report about a new Rasmussen poll:

According to new research released today by Rasmussen, more voters identify themselves as Republican than ever in the last 8 years. More importantly, by a 4 point margin, more voters identify as GOP than Democrat. This is the largest spread between the parties ever. Worse for Democrats, the number of voters who identify with their party is also approaching an historic low.

So. If your typical presidential preference poll over-samples Democrats, and more people are identifying themselves (we presume to the pollsters) then we can presume that the disparity between candidate choice is greater than results might show. That is: If (as currently reported today, that) Romney has pulled slightly ahead of Obama in current polls, it could very well be that he is truly much ahead of Obama.

Read the whole article for more details but — and THIS is the “hope and change” that I am pining for . . . — Romney could be headed for a decisive win in a couple of months.

Then, regardless of all the New Black Panther “poll watchers,” and the Democrat lawyers, and the dead or illegal voters that the Democrats deploy to the voting booths, the mandate will be clear. Maybe not to the liberal Obama amen chorus “reporting” for NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, NPR, PBS, NY Times, WaPo, LA Times, etc., but to all of us regular, honest people.

2012 ElectionJeff Soyer on 01 Sep 2012 05:26 am

Apparently not much:

President Barack Obama was greeted with fleeting applause and extended periods of silence as he offered profuse praise to soldiers and their families during an Aug. 31 speech in Fort Bliss, Texas.

[ . . . ]

The audience’s reaction was so flat that the president tried twice to elicit a reaction from the crowd.

“Hey, I hear you,” he said amid silence.

The selected soldiers who were arrayed behind the president sat quietly throughout the speech.

CNN and MSNBC ended their coverage of the speech before it was half-over.

Read the whole thing; it’s damning. The problem for Obama is that the armed services don’t serve Kool-Aid in the battlefield.

2012 ElectionJeff Soyer on 31 Aug 2012 06:48 pm

Remember all those liberal news pundits pounding on W. Bush over taking several days before flying over New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina? I can guarantee you that they won’t mumble a word against Obama for not doing the same. And, while Obama continues to campaign, Mitt Romney is already there — in Louisiana — viewing Isaac’s devastation. And, suddenly, Obama decides that maybe he’ll show-up there on Monday. Too. Six-days after the storm struck. From the Daily Mail:

President Barack Obama was today forced to announce he will fly to storm-hit Louisiana on Monday – hours after Mitt Romney beat him to the punch by deciding to head there this afternoon.

After it emerged that Obama was still taking time to fit in a campaign stop in Cleveland, Ohio, before checking out how clean-up operations are proceeding in the Bayou state, the Obama campaign abruptly cancelled that event, though he will still hold a rally in Toledo, Ohio before heading south.

But the Republican presidential candidate touched down in the Hurricane ravaged state this afternoon - a full three days before Obama - touring the flooded areas around Lafitte and showing his support for local residents.

I can promise you that the likes of NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NPR, PBS, the NY Times, Washington Post, LA Times, SF Gate, Boston Globe, and so on; all of them will suddenly find this NOT newsworthy or worth condemning or at least criticizing Obama the way they did G.W. Bush.

Why? Because all of them have been and are liberal assholes who are in-the-tank for arguably the worst president our country has ever had. Instead, I predict they will somehow, someway, turn this against Romney. There’s no rational way to do that but I promise you that they will try.

2012 ElectionJeff Soyer on 31 Aug 2012 04:27 am

I didn’t watch it. I read the transcript.

I get up to blog and then go to work at 4 in the morning so I was sound asleep last night before Romney spoke.

Judging by the transcript, it seemed an uplifting speech with just the right amount of criticism towards Obama and a goodly dose of optimism about what the economic future of our country could be under new leadership.

You’ll have to tell me if the delivery matched the content. . . .

Liberals and 2012 ElectionJeff Soyer on 27 Aug 2012 05:50 am

Obama has spent his first term blaming everyone for the mess the country’s economy is in. He’s blamed Bush, Republicans, the European crisis, the Japanese Tsunami, Greece, the oil companies, and the list goes on. Almost four years into his term, he thinks he deserves another term and if he doesn’t get it:

Today, President Obama sent out a campaign email essentially blaming his supporters if he loses. See, he’s supposedly being outspent. And because he’s supposedly being outspent, he’s losing. And he can’t spend more money unless his supporters fork it over.

Amidst the high unemployment, multi-trillion dollar debt, jobless economy, more people than EVER receiving government handouts, businesses shuttering their doors, etc., the one person he has never blamed for any little thing is . . . himself.

General and 2012 ElectionJeff Soyer on 26 Aug 2012 06:19 am

Maybe he’s hoping to get an ambassadorship to a tropical island after butt-kissing Obama in this op-ed of his.

Here, just randomly, are some quotes. Read the whole thing because context doesn’t make them any more rational:

I applaud and share his vision of a future built by a strong and confident middle class in an economy that gives us the opportunity to reap prosperity through hard work and personal responsibility.

[ . . . ]

He kept his compass pointed due north and relentlessly focused on saving jobs, creating more and helping the many who felt trapped beneath the house of cards that had collapsed upon them.

[ . . . ]

President Obama has a strong record of doing what is best for America and Florida, and he built it by spending more time worrying about what his decisions would mean for the people than for his political fortunes.

This is actually all laugh-out-loud funny. Just these three quotes are so far away from the truth as to almost be a satire from The Onion.

Personal responsibility for citizens? He’s created the largest government-dependent underclass in our country’s history.

Relentlessly focused on creating jobs? What jobs? Employment is 4 million less than it was when he took office.

Not worrying about his political future? Every move he has made and makes has been designed to get him re-elected.

Charlie Crist is unhinged if he really believes what he writes in this ludicrous editorial.

2012 ElectionJeff Soyer on 25 Aug 2012 02:50 pm

Now, most of you in the other 49-states might not be interested in the fact that moderate Republican U.S. Senator Scott Brown has finally (poll details here) overtaken Fauxcahontas Warren in the Massachusetts senate race. She, no doubt, is wondering how this could be possible.

From today’s Boston Herald, here’s just one reason why:

Now she’s out there grimacing in TV commercials, feigning indignation over the soaring costs of a college education, prompting industrious reporters to discover she earned more than $350,000 for teaching one class twice a week, which could have funded the tuitions of seven Harvard Law students.

And she got that job by claiming to be part Cherokee.

Nice work if you can get it by lying.

Polls and 2012 ElectionJeff Soyer on 20 Aug 2012 10:43 am

That famous Reagan line: “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” From Gallup Polls:

A majority of voters in key 2012 election swing states say they are not better off than they were four years ago; 40% say they are better off. Swing-state voters’ assessments of their situation compared with 2008 have varied little since last fall.

Plenty of details at the link. And yet . . . The bulk of the MSM continues to cheer-lead for Obama. I suppose that is why, with this crappy economy that hasn’t improved one iota under Obama, that he is still competitive in current polls and not a shoo-out headed for the Exit Door. Hey! Thanks, NBC, CBS, ABC, NPR, PBS, NY Times, WaPo, LA Times, etc. Your in-the-tank-for-Obama news reporting bias got him elected in 2008 and will probably ensure our continued misery this November.

I’m certainly not better off than I was four-years-ago and I’m grateful to many of you readers here who have been kind enough to help me out by hitting the “tip-jar” over the past years. My thanks to you and certainly not to Obama.

Romney wasn’t my ‘first choice’ but he and Ryan will, definitely, absolutely, positively, be better than Obama to attempt to lead us out of the current dismal state of our nation’s economic hard-times. He certainly couldn’t be any worse!

Four-more-years of Obama will doom us.

2012 ElectionJeff Soyer on 18 Aug 2012 02:47 pm

Jerry Della Femina runs one of the top advertising agencies in the world. He’s not particularly conservative but he is smart and knows — has come to understand — just how badly this country needs to rid itself of the current occupant in the White House. He is suggesting that a movement of “Democrats for Romney” needs to come out into the open and he offers some suggestions for campaign ads:

“I’ve voted Democratic all my life. In 2008 I voted for Barack Obama. It was a vote I am proud of. I wanted to be part of the generation that voted a black man into the presidency of the United States. It was the right vote for the right reason. But, sadly, it was for the wrong man. “I don’t think this country can survive four more years of Barack Obama as president. I know my family can’t. I lost my job two years ago, and I fear I’m going to lose my house.

“Mitt Romney has the business experience to bring back our economy fast. He has my vote.”

More at the NY Post link.

I suggest that the Romney Campaign advisers consider such a line of ads along with, of course, focusing on the economy, jobs, and how a Romney-Ryan administration will improve on both.

“It’s the economy, stupid!”

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