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September 12, 2012

Romney needs both Ohio and Florida to win the election

Sept. 11: Florida a True Must-Win for Romney - NYTimes.com
Florida has a well-established reputation as a swing state. But as the election season has worn on, it has come to look even more important. Florida now ranks a clear second on our list of tipping point states, those most likely to provide the decisive votes in the Electoral College, behind only Ohio. Florida is typically just slightly Republican-leaning, and the tipping point calculation is sensitive to even the smallest deviations from the national averages. As I’ve argued before, for instance, North Carolina isn’t that essential to the electoral math, even though the race there is quite close, because other states that would help get a candidate to 270 electoral votes precede it in the pecking order. But as the election has evolved, Mr. Obama’s polling has held up fairly well in Florida, including another decent poll there on Tuesday, which put him four points ahead. Just as important, Mr. Obama’s polling has been choppy lately in a several other states, particularly Virginia (where he got a very poor poll on Monday), Colorado and Iowa, which had initially appeared to be easier wins for him. It is more conceivable now that Mr. Obama could have an easier time winning Florida than those other states, increasing its importance. . . .

Mitt Romney to gay people, "I didn't know you had families"

When Romney tried to block same sex marriage in Massachusetts, his constituents came to see him. They were shocked to find that he was a sociopathic robot. Romney a wimp? Not so much, say gays who engaged with him as governor - Boston Spirit Magazine - Boston.com
For about 20 frustrating minutes, say those in attendance who Boston Spirit interviewed recently, they shared their stories, pled their case, and tried to explain how equal marriage would protect them and their families. Romney sat stone-faced and almost entirely silent. “Is there anything else?” Romney asked when they finished. With that, the meeting was over. “It was like talking to a robot. No expression, no feeling,” recalls David Wilson, one of the plaintiffs in the case who met with Romney that day. “People were sharing touching stories, stories where you’d expect recognition in the other person’s face that they at least hear what you’re saying — that there’s empathy. He didn’t even shake his head. He was completely blank.” Occasionally Romney would say something. “I didn’t know you had families,” remarked Romney to the group, according to Wilson. The offhanded remark underscored that Romney, the governor of the first state prepared to grant same-sex marriage, hadn’t taken the time to look at what the landmark case was really about. By this point the plaintiff’s stories had been widely covered by national media — in particular, Julie Goodridge’s heartrending tale of how her then-partner, Hillary, was denied hospital visitation following the precarious birth of daughter Annie. It was the ignorance of these facts — and Romney’s inaccurate, insensitive answer to her parting question, that pushed Julie Goodridge to her breaking point. “I looked him in the eye as we were leaving,” recalls Goodridge. “And I said, ‘Governor Romney, tell me — what would you suggest I say to my 8 year-old daughter about why her mommy and her ma can’t get married because you, the governor of her state, are going to block our marriage?’” His response, according to Goodridge: “I don’t really care what you tell your adopted daughter. Why don’t you just tell her the same thing you’ve been telling her the last eight years.” . . .

Israel is attempting to peer pressure the U.S. into attacking Iran

High Stakes Poker | TPM Editors Blog
We have a high-octane tussle tonight between the White House and the Netanyahu government in Israel. It started with a Netanyahu speech suggesting that the US had lost its “moral right” to block an Israeli attack on Iran by failing to put red lines beyond which Iran couldn’t go. That was followed by a leak from Netanyahu’s team claiming that Netanyahu had requested a meeting with Obama when he travels to the UN — only to be refused. The White House scrambled tonight putting out a flat denial of that claim. In essence, the White House called the Israelis liars. As I mentioned a moment ago in an impromptu editorial meeting, this has obvious political implications for the US election. But I don’t think the intensity of the engagement is mainly about politics. It’s about policy. Netanyahu desperately wants an attack on Iran. The White House desperately wants to avoid war. The stakes are quite, quite high. . . .

September 10, 2012

Photo: Pizzeria owner gives a bearhug to our adorable president

Secret Service Fail of the Day - Cheezburger
President Barack Obama's bus tour through Florida made a pizza stop in Ft. Pierce on Sunday. Upon meeting restaurant owner Scott Van Duzer, Obama exclaimed: "Scott, let me tell you, you are like the biggest pizza shop owner I've ever seen." What happened next probably isn't on the Secret Service protocol sheet. Duzer wrapped Obama in a bear hug and lifted him into the air, much to the delight of onlookers -- and likely the chagrin of his security detail.

September 06, 2012

Today's Tumblr: Little Face Mitt

For all your "what if Willard Mitt Romney had a small face?" needs! Little Face Mitt