Hump Day Report: Presidential Debate #2 – Do Or Die
ALOHA, ALL!! Obama has everything to lose in Tuesday’s debate. Everything. The pressure is on for him to do better than the first time he debated Romney. He’s been holed up somewhere trying to get his facts straight and no doubt practicing one-line zingers he can throw at Romney. Will it work? Obama will be walking a very fine line. Since Biden already showed voters that the Democrats are arrogant bullies, Obama can’t seem too smug. Frank Luntz – In Second Debate Romney Must Make Obama Go Negative On the other hand, he needs to be more aggressive than he was the last time. My prediction: epic fail for Obama. He won’t have a teleprompter. He’ll have the pressure of Romney being right next to him in a Town Hall format – no dais to hide behind and pretend to take notes. Will he make another 57 states-like gaffe? Should be interesting.
Candy Crowley = Obama Hack. (Shaka to Biz) Crowley Shouldn’t Re-Interpret Questions “The Commission on Presidential Debates does not want Candy Crowley, the debate moderator, to reinterpret audience members’ questions — a small but important point in this ongoing debate over what role the moderator is meant to play in the townhall-format debate.” But if there’s any way she can make Obama look good, she will!!!
The mother of all swing states is deeply in play. Yep….the one with the Buckeyes in it. Check this out from Mark Halpern (Shaka to Carl):
The Romney Scenario
By Mark Halperin | October 15, 2012
Here’s why some Democrats are worried tonight. If Romney wins the three Southern battlegrounds (FL, NC, and VA) and OH, he is at 266 electoral votes. Leaving the other five battlegrounds unallocated, that means Obama would be at 237 and Romney would only need to win one of the remaining five states to get to 270+. See the map above.
One senior Democratic official expressed real concern tonight unlike I have heard before about Ohio potentially slipping away from Obama (the state has been trending Republican in statewide races, Rob Portman has become a force, religious and gun groups are flooding the state with voter contacts, two of Romney’s top strategists have recently won a statewide race there, etc).
This doesn’t mean Romney has the upper hand right now. But it is no longer at all implausible that he could take the three Southern battlegrounds and Ohio. If he does that, he sure as heck would have the upper hand. And that leaves at least some Democrats with the shakes.
But wait….there’s more! (Shaka to Scott): Romney Narrows Gap With Women, Leads Obama In Swing States “As the presidential campaign heads into its final weeks, the survey of voters in 12 crucial swing states finds female voters much more engaged in the election and increasingly concerned about the deficit and debt issues that favor Romney. The Republican nominee has pulled within one point of the president among women who are likely voters, 48%-49%, and leads by 8 points among men.”
The 8,000 pound gorilla is still in the room and he ain’t leaving. (No, I don’t mean Hillary) Hillary Clinton Is Key To Unlocking Libya Scandal “It is clear the scandal is being intentionally manipulated by the Obama administration. Do not forget Obama and Hillary Clinton are from the school of Alinsky. Miss-information and contradictions are their tools because chaos is their friend. They embrace it. The conflicting interviews and contradictory statements during the last month have been carefully managed and methodically unrolled. While you sit back and smile thinking you’ve got it figured out, they’re huddling and drawing up the next play. This is what they do.”
And speaking of sleaziness, I still don’t trust Obama. Neither does Dick Morris. He thinks Obama may have an October surprise up his sleeve.
Final Thought: “He who cannot put his thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of dispute.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human
GOD BLESS AMERICA – PASS THIS ON – REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER – 21 DAYS AND COUNTING!!
- Obama loses lead in battleground states as WOMEN flock to Romney – Daily Mail (dailymail.co.uk)
- Why Ohio is the most important state in the country (washingtonpost.com)
- Obama Behind the Eight Ball (realclearpolitics.com)