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Given his divisive (& often dishonest) campaign,how can Obama (should he win) expect to unite country?

Yesterday, Charles Krauthammer contended Mitt Romney’s poll numbers were “so much worse in the swing states than they are in the national polls” because, for the past six months, Democrats have been falsely advertising that the Republican nominee “wants to cut the taxes for the rich and to tax the middle class”:

You see ad after ad, and they are both false. I think he needs to look at the camera straight, explain in a sentence or two why each is completely false, and to then turn to the president and ask him how he can premise his entire election on a way of presenting the Romney position that is so at odds with the truth….

Not only have Obama’s ads been generally dishonest, but they have been overwhelmingly negative.  The SuperPACs and unions cutting ads for the Democrat seem more intent on vilifying Mitt Romney than in making the case for Barack Obama.  One union even tracked down Mitt Romney’s garbageman who somehow seemed to know that the Republican didn’t value his services.

When running for governor of Massachusetts, however, Romney had spent a day working as a garbageman and feeling “invisible” in that job, wondered if “it was because a lot of us don’t think garbage men are worthy of notice; I disagree – anyone who works that hard deserves our respect.“*

The ad, in short, offered an impression of Romney at odds with reality.

And it’s not just the ads.  It’s comments like Vice President Biden’s yesterday (echoing things the president himself has said on the campaign trail) falsely claiming that Romney would raise taxes on the “middle class.”  Deceptive though it is, Obama’s negative campaigning has been effective to some degree.  Although Obama’s policies have exacerbated many of the nation’s problems (and sometimes even created new ones), he could still win.

But, if he did, how would he be able to govern?  How can a man who has run such a divisive campaign manage to unite the nation?

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More on Obama team’s deceptive Libya spin

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:00 pm - October 3, 2012.
Filed under: Obama Incompetence,War On Terror

In a piece reminding us why the Drudge tape shouldn’t “Overshadow Libya News“, Jim Geraghty cites this tidbit from Reuters:

Within hours of last month’s attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, President Barack Obama’s administration received about a dozen intelligence reports suggesting militants connected to al Qaeda were involved, three government sources said. Despite these reports, in public statements and private meetings, top U.S. officials spent nearly two weeks highlighting intelligence suggesting that the attacks were spontaneous protests against an anti-Muslim film, while playing down the involvement of organized militant groups.

Wonder if more than just a handful of journalists in the legacy media will start asking whether, as one talented journalist put it, the administration is “covering something up”.

Watcher of Weasels Nominations — Early October 2012 Edition

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:00 pm - October 3, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions (more…)

Barack Obama’s Horrible No Good Very Bad Day

A number of things happened yesterday, none of which are particularly beneficial to the Obama campaign:

Now, most of these stories won’t attract the media scrutiny they would attract if they involved, say, a Republican White House, but people are paying attention and news does seem to get past the legacy media’s filters.

Can you imagine the clamor for immediate answers if a Republican Secretary of State had urged the chair of a congressional committee to wait until after the election for answers to a question of national security?

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Modest Mittmentum heading into debate

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:10 am - October 3, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election

In the past two days, we’ve seen a spate of polls challenging the conventional wisdom that President Obama has built up an insurmountable lead over Mitt Romney.  Each of these three polls POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll, the CNN poll and the NBC/WSJ poll, showed Obama’s margin diminishing compared to its previous survey.

And there was one poll, the United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll showing the race tied at 47.  Like the Battleground and CNN surveys, this poll also shows Romney carrying independents, leading them by  “49 percent to 41 percent”, the same 8-point margin CNN found.  Ace notes that the survey was D+7, meaning that it forecasts a turnout nearly identical to the 2008 election.

Two things to note, as the election approaches, voters seem to be drifting away from Barack Obama and independents seem to be breaking toward Mitt Romney.

Perhaps, this Rasmussen data point that Drudge highlighted on Monday may be more significant than the top-line poll numbers:

Obama video reminds us of a media incredibly incurious
about the Democrat’s “past influences and present policies”

The subhead to William A. Jacobson’s post on “The Obama Tape” pretty much summarizes the meaning of this whole kerfuffle as it provides A timely reminder that we still don’t really know Obama.

Barack Obama, report the Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson and Vince Coglianese in releasing the video that their journal obtained, “gave the speech in the middle of a hotly-contested presidential primary season, but his remarks escaped scrutiny.”  He gave a shout out to the Reverend Jeremiah Wright even after that prejudiced pastor “had told The New York Times that he would no longer be speaking on the campaign’s behalf because his rhetoric was considered too militant.

Not only does he give a shout out to racist pastor, but he also manifests a patronizing attitude toward the poor:

We can’t expect them to have all the skills they need to work. They may need help with basic skills, how to shop, how to show up for work on time, how to wear the right clothes, how to act appropriately in an office.

Interesting that the Obama camp senses this could be damaging to their man, with Democrats, using “comments from reporters speculating” about the video, “quickly” working to dismiss the story before they  had even seen it.

No wonder.  According to Glenn Reynolds this is “video proof” of what Stanley Kurtz says we already know (but which I would add the legacy media dismiss or downplay):

So here’s Obama proudly advertising his relationship with Reverend Wright, and even imitating Wright’s divisive rhetoric on Katrina. Is anyone surprised? Essentially, every excuse Obama used to explain away his relationship with Reverend Wright during campaign 2008 was a lie. . . . (more…)