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Could Philadelphia’s affluent suburbs help Romney in PA?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:54 pm - October 25, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Post 9-11 America

Back in April 2008, Michael Barone’s “geographic analysis” of the primaries that had taken place at that point in the contest for the Democratic nomination and found “a divide between Democratic constituencies—a divide as stark as that between blacks and Latinos or the old and the young—which has not shown up in the exit polls”:

That’s the divide between academics and Jacksonians. In state after state, we have seen Obama do extraordinarily well in academic and state capital enclaves. In state after state, we have seen Clinton do extraordinarily well in enclaves dominated by Jacksonians [Appalachian voters mostly white].

Academics and public employees (and of course many, perhaps most, academics in the United States are public employees) love the arts of peace and hate the demands of war. Economically, defense spending competes for the public-sector dollars that academics and public employees think are rightfully their own. More important, I think, warriors are competitors for the honor that academics and public employees think rightfully belongs to them. Jacksonians, in contrast, place a high value on the virtues of the warrior and little value on the work of academics and public employees.

In the fall, John McCain would edge Barack Obama in a “Jacksonian” district where, in 2004, John Kerry beat George W. Bush by 8,000 votes, Pennsylvania’s 12th district, in the Southwest corner of the state.  (Interestingly, in his 1984 landslide, Ronald Reagan lost many counties in that region, that, in his 2008 defeat, McCain would carry.)

Perhaps if it were not for the market meltdown which hurt McCain in the suburbs, Obama’s weakness among “Jacksonians” might have cost him the election.  This year, as Barone has noted, at least since the Michigan primary at the end of February, Mitt Romney has done very well in affluent suburbs and seems to have, as the sage pundit reported earlier this week, translated that strength from the primary into the general election campaign: (more…)

Can Mr. Obama campaign without name-calling?

Earlier today, I linked a Yahoo! piece noting the increasingly snarky tone of the president’s campaign and observing how most incumbent presidents leave the personal attacks to their surrogates.

Unbeknownst to me then, the story of the president’s very unpresidential would only get bigger today.  Now, comes word that Mr. Obama described his opponent as, well, here’s the quote:  [LANGUAGE WARNING after the “more” link] (more…)

Gloria Allred’s horrible, no good, very bad day

Romney didn’t load up on Staples stock, devastating Allred’s case

Ace has more.

She disappointed her man Barry.

GOProud and Gay Republicans:
Bruce Carroll Wants to Change the Notion
That There Are No Gay Conservatives

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 5:33 pm - October 25, 2012.
Filed under: Gay Conservatives (Homocons),Gay Politics

Eh, I hate to have a headline with my name in it. So I just cut/pasted the one from PolicyMic that wrote the article about me today.

Bruce Carroll has had quite the successful career, especially for someone who is still in his mid 40’s. Carroll was elected as the youngest borough councilman in the state of Pennsylvania at age 21 back in 1992. Since then, it’s only been an upward spiral. After working for 15 years in government relations in the biotech industury and health care policy, he went on to become an incredibly successful blogger, with over 100,000 people visiting his site each month.

Today, he is the president and Founder of Patriot Consulting, an agency that was created to help small businesses and organizations with growing concerns about the impact of government regulations on their day-to-day operations.

There is however, a twist. Carroll is currently on the board of directors for GOProud, which today is the one of the leading advocacy groups for gay and straight conservatives in America. When coupled with his work at his blog, GayPatriot, Carroll has had an incredible impact when it comes to breaking down the stereotypes of what it means to be gay in America.

For many millennials, the concept of a gay, conservative activist probably sounds like something out of a science-fiction movie. Thankfully for those individuals and others, I was lucky enough to get a few minutes to ask Carroll some questions that I feel will shed some light on what it means to be a gay conservative in America.

But now you have to read it to find out what the questions and answers were!

For the record, that wasn’t the photo I gave them… and yes, it is about 5 years old.  Oh, and I hate all photos taken of me. I look better in three dimensions. LOL

-Bruce (@GayPatriot)

TONIGHT AT 9PM – The GayPatriot Report on Blog Talk Radio

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 4:55 pm - October 25, 2012.
Filed under: Radio - The GayPatriot Report

I have a great show planned for tonight at The GayPatriot Report on BlogTalkRadio!

My first guest is Chris Loesch, conservative activist, singer/songwriter and music producer.  And he is a terribly funny guy.  We are going to discuss the state of the Presidential race, the constant “squirrel” distractions by the Obama campaign, and the Missouri Senate race (Chris’ home state).

In 9:30 block, I’m pleased to welcome Andrew Marcus, the director of the new movie “Hating Breitbart” which recently opened in limited release.  I’ll ask Andrew about how the film came to be, how it is doing at the box office and prospects for a wider release.

Here’s the “Hating Breitbart” trailer….

So please join me tonight at 9:00PM Eastern Time.  HERE’S THE LINK FOR THE SHOW.

Also, if you would like to call in and speak to me or our guests, the number is (646) 716-8574.

-Bruce (@GayPatriot)


Gay GOP campaign worker attacked in Wisconsin; HRC Silent

Kyle Wood, reports Dustin Siggins at the Daily Caller

a full-time volunteer working for GOP House candidate Chad Lee, was hospitalized for injuries suffered during what he said was an assault at his home.

Wood told The Daily Caller that vandalism preceding the assault, along with his attacker’s statements during the incident, suggested his sexual orientation and his politics each played a role.

Before the assault, Wood had experienced the same type of insults many gay Republicans hear on a regular basis:

Wood said his attacker’s reference to a warning likely pointed to graffiti he found painted on his car last week. The vandalism included the phrases “house trained republican faggot,” “traitor,” and “ur like a jew 4 hitler.”

. . . .

Lee and Pocan are squaring off to replace Rep. Tammy Baldwin, an openly gay Democrat who left the House of Representatives to run for retiring Democrat Herb Kohl’s U.S. Senate seat. . . .

Both the Pocan and Baldwin campaigns failed to respond to repeated requests for comment. The Human Rights Campaign, a leading liberal gay rights organization, also did not respond to TheDC’s request.

In Cleveland, Ryan articulates optimistic* vision of upward mobility

While the president is talking Big Bird, binders and birth control,” Jennifer Rubin writes, Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan was “delivering a serious and substantive speech at Cleveland University”.  The presidential nominee himself will be delivering “a significant speech on the economy Friday” in Ames, Iowa.

At least, one party would rather outline its vision than attack its opponents.  In his Cleveland address, Ryan only once made mention of his opponents and then merely to chide them for not offering “an agenda for a second term.”  He talked about real issues, the problem of poverty and the American ideal of upward mobility:

Mitt Romney and I are running because we believe that Americans are better off in a dynamic free enterprise-based economy that fosters economic growth and opportunity and upward mobility instead of a stagnant government-directed economy that stifles job creations and fosters government dependency.

He faulted the centralized top-down approach and heralded the bipartisan welfare reform of the 1990s, but lamented that today,  “we’re still trying to measure compassion by how much government spends not by how many people we help escape from poverty”, then put forward the “alternative approach” that he and Romney favor:

Well, to hear some tell it, we think everybody should just fend for themselves. That’s just a false argument. It’s a strawman set up to avoid a genuine debate.

The truth is Mitt Romney and I believe in true compassion and upward mobility, and we’re offering a vision based on real reforms for lifting people out of poverty. (more…)

Obama: from hope and change to snark and blame

Even the legacy media is beginning to take notice of Barack Obama’s, well, less-than-uplifting rhetoric of late, as Russell Goldman reports:

If you’re President Obama, you know you pushed the sarcasm envelope at Monday night’s debate when even Rachel Maddow describes the way you spoke to Mitt Romney as being in “very, very overtly patronizing terms.”

Maddow probably meant it as a compliment, but there have been plenty of other observers who were critical of the president’s use of Seinfeldian set-ups and snarky punch lines to score points about military spending and the state of U.S.-Russia relations.

Time’s Mark Halperin described the president’s style as “belittling.” Mike Allen at Politico called it “snide derision.”

(H/t:  Reader Kurt.)  Candidates, to borrow Goldman’s expression, tend to leave “most of the snark to their staffs and surrogates”, but Mr. Obama seems to relish making snide remarks himself.   (more…)

Gloria, you’ve got some ‘splaining to do

Via Drudge, we learn

DNC delegate and partisan Democrat lawyer Gloria Allred attended the “30 Days to Victory” Obama fundraiser at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on October 7th…featuring George Clooney and musical acts Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Bon Jovi and Earth, Wind & Fire. After the fundraiser, Allred admitted to O’Reilly Factor correspondent Jesse Watters that she “just had a few words with the President” backstage, “he had some very kind words for me,” and “knows of my work…” but would not elaborate more on the details of her conversation.

On the record, Ms. Allred needs to elaborate and tell us whether or not the president (or his team) encouraged her to file suit to unseal those divorce records.

In an e-mail to me, our reader Kurt quipped, “That Obama even met with her should tell us even more about him” than he does about her.  He’s right.  That’s why Ms. Allred needs to come clean, so we can better see what kind of man this Democrat is.

Condi Rice: “war on women” talk “far worse” than hyperbole

Last night, caught the end of Greta Van Susteren’s interview with former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and her commentary (at 7:57 below) about what Democrats call the “war on women”:

Those, she said “who talk about a war on women are not just engaging in hyperbole, I think it’s far worse than that, it’s condemning people who are going to be reasonable and who are going to take into account the views of those with whom they disagree.