Hysteria Grips Conservatives as Election Nears
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
September 26, 2012 07:50 AM | 1394 views | 15 15 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
It's called buyer's remorse; that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach when you realize you bought a lemon you can't return.
 
That's what many conservatives felt about this time back in 2008 and what they're feeling today, a little more than a month away from the presidential election.
 
They know they chose the wrong candidate and they're stuck with him. Republicans are watching the White House slip through their fingers as Mitt Romney stumbles and bumbles from one shocking gaffe to the next, revealing his true inner self along the way, a man with no convictions, no core, no moral compass.
 
Romney fails to even mention the sacrifice of our troops fighting in Afghanistan or their families at home in his acceptance speech, then he tells us he doesn't care about "those people" who don't pay income taxes, which includes the working poor, senior citizens, servicemen and women, students and disabled people.
 
Far right media attack dogs like Michelle Malkin are lashing out at mainstream conservatives like Bill Kristol who had the temerity to admit, "The Obama team has turned (the economy) around pretty well. The Clinton speech at the convention was very important in that way. How horrible was it four years ago?"
 
Conservative columnist Peggy Noonan was even more blunt: "It’s time to admit the Romney campaign is an incompetent one," she recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal.
 
Desperate for any edge, other conservatives are grasping at straws in an effort to smear Obama in the run up to the election. When he's not the food stamp president Obama is appeasing Muslim terrorists. When he's not running guns to the Mexican drug cartels, he's responsible for 8 percent unemployment because the GOP-led House hasn't passed his jobs bill.
 
They keep throwing any garbage they can dream up at the president and, guess what? None of it's sticking, at least where it matters in the key swing states. A new Washington Post poll has Obama up by 8 points in Ohio and Virginia, 4 points in Florida. A poll of Latinos and Hispanic puts Obama's lead at more than 40 points.
 
But the real evidence hysteria has seized the GOP appeared yesterday in the form of half-term Alaska Governor and professional media crackpot Sarah Palin, who advised the governor to "go rogue" because America needs a "come to Jesus" moment.
 
Yeah, that worked well last time. Go for it, Mitt!
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CobbCoGuy
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October 15, 2012
It ain't over yet, but I'm kinda liking the way the polls are trending now.

Looking forward to the next townhall debate.
Peace thru strengthy
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October 14, 2012
Here we are, October 14, and who's cryin now, Foley?

Did you see Axelrod dodge the question about whether the pres met with national security people before jetting off to campaign in Las VEgas on Sept. 12? Heck, even idiots know this guy doesn't care about things like an ambassador and our consulate getting hit by terrorists. They are just man-caused disasters, right Kev?

And the debates? Well shure...you just go on ahead and vote for the Cheshire cat, the guy who laughed maniacally when discussing the al quaeda attack. I could go on, but feel sort of sorry for you.
Lib in Cobb
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October 08, 2012
Cobb: Romney lied through his teeth regarding his widely publicized $5 trillion tax plan.

CobbCoGuy
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October 04, 2012
Y'all's analysis of the debates?
Lib in Cobb
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October 02, 2012
"PA judge halts voter ID law". As of 10/2/12

Another win for the good guys.

More drooling for DA King!
Lib in Cobb
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September 27, 2012
Satire, yes. Truth, also yes.
CobbCoGuy
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September 27, 2012
Hey Lib

Looks like that article about Romney, Ryan and the "stench" was satire.

Have a good'un.
CobbCoGuy
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September 27, 2012
Mr. Foley, I’m not returning to discuss the over-sampling argument.

;)

Mr. Hammerhand, I’m cherry picking? Fair enough. Let's try to bring a little logic into the mix.

Polls should reconcile.

The current polling suggesting an Obama victory doesn’t make sense when viewed against other polls analyzing Obama’s support among various voting blocs. Voting blocs lost in 2008 are certainly not voting for him this year; and, he’s not gaining any ground with blocs won in 2008. Granted, the results for this statement are based again on, yes, polling; but to my eyes, it doesn’t reconcile with the polls suggesting a win for Obama. Results from various polls, viewed in the aggregate, viewed from “50,000 feet”, should make sense.

What blocs you ask? Catholics, Evangelicals, Jews, young voters, women, African-Americans, Hispanics, Union workers, big donors, and, yes, rank-and-file Democrats.

Let me say this again. I’m not saying the GOP is leading among these blocs. In fact, in many of those voting blocs Obama is trouncing Romney. I’m saying Obama has not gained any ground with these blocs. If anything, he’s lost ground, and that's the rub. Incumbents are reelected because voters, more voters, thought he did a good job in the first term.

What say you?
Lib in Cobb
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September 27, 2012
A juicy bit of news just read on The Daily Beast. Obama is ahead in the polls with Catholic voters. Obama 54 to Mittens 39. As much as the Catholic clergy was whining about birth control, the Catholic voters prefer Obama by 15 points.

Oh yeah, this is going very well for Mittens.
Lib in Cobb
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September 27, 2012
Last night, Mittens has flip-flopped on healthcare for all again. It was Mittens' statement which in part was boasting about the healthcare for all act in MA was a good idea, but the ACA by President Obama was not a good idea even though the ACA was modelled after the Mittens' MA bill. Huh?

I will need the help of one of the "whistle nuts " here to translate that for me.

"whistle nuts" = those who can hear dog whistles = right wingers.
Kevin Foley
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September 26, 2012
@ CobbCoGuy

Newsmax: President Barack Obama is now polling above 50 percent in the three states that have traditionally been seen as the most important battlegrounds, a new poll released Wednesday shows.

He holds 54 percent of the vote among likely voters in Pennsylvania and 53 percent in both Ohio and Florida, the Quinnipiac University survey for The New York Times and CBS News shows.

Harold Hammerhand
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September 26, 2012
My rebuttal is that of a statistician. Anyone can cherry-pick a set of numbers like you did to come up with an argument that is essentially numerology. It has no statistical predictive power though because there is an equally large set of sets of numbers that can be cherry-picked to indicate the opposite.

The most careful predictive assessments are done by Nate Silver at 538, and by Tannenbaum are electoral-vote.com. These people have a proven track record of prediction, and the predictions right now are that Romney has no better than a 1 in 4 chance of winning.

CobbCoGuy
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September 26, 2012
Y'all havin' fun? :)

I agree; the polls and certain anecdotes are making many in the GOP nervous; however, using a little history and logic, a case can be made that Obama will receive his pink slip. To wit,

Reelected Presidents generally earn more backers, not opponents, during their first four years.

Obama won the popular vote over McCain 53 to 47 and Obama outspent McCain 3 to 1 nationwide. The money factor is different this time, wouldn't you agree?

If you look at mid-September Gallup polling from 1956 to 2004, every incumbent above 50% won, and every incumbent below 50% lost, reelection. Methinks Obama is below 50%.

Now I'm sure y'all will comeback with info and statistics from other polls suggesting otherwise, but I'm just sayin' the party ain't over yet.

I welcome your rebuttals.
Kevin Foley
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September 26, 2012
Update: This morning's Quinnipiac poll has Obama at 50% in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. In Ohio, Romney is down 10%.

No GOP presidential nominee has won without Ohio.
Lib in Cobb
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September 26, 2012
One of the best Republican anti Romney comments was released yesterday. Craig Robinson, the former Republican director for Iowa said, "Paul Ryan will have to wash the Romney stench from him, if he intends to run for national office again".

Now that is a thing of beauty, the Repukes are eating their candidate.
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