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“The numbers in Florida show this was winnable,” Brett Doster said in a statement obtained by the Miami Herald. “We thought based on our polling and range of organization that we had done what we needed to win. Obviously, we didn’t, and for that I, and every other operative in Florida has a sick feeling that we left something on the table. I can assure you this won’t happen again.”

You know if you say if you’re for equal pay, but you can’t say if you’ll sign a bill for equal pay, you might have Romnesia.” And: “If you say you think women should have access to contraceptive care, but you support legislation that would let employers deny contraceptive care, you might have Romnesia.” And another: “If you say you you’ll protect a woman’s right to choose, but you stand up in a primary debate and say you’d be delighted to ban abortion in all cases, then you definitely have Romnesia.” But you don’t need to worry, said the President. “If you have Romnesia, here’s the good news—Obamacare covers preexisting conditions. We can fix you! We can make you well.

Who are these guys checking me out at the Al Smith dinner? Yeeesh! (via Photo by katiecouric • Instagram)


Mitt Romney greets President Barack Obama as Ann Romney looks on at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner in New York on October 18, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Young

One of the challenges facing Romney and Republican-affiliated super-PACs and 501c’s is that they are currently paying higher rates for advertising than Obama.  This reflects both campaign finance law, which allows candidates to pay lower rates than independent groups, as well as Romney’s decision to buy advertising time relatively late in the cycle.  

Here is what this means: across all the presidential general election advertising by candidates, parties, and groups, each pro-Obama ad has cost an average of $502 dollars.  But each pro-Romney ad has cost an average of $630.

This may also help to explain why Obama has retained an edge in most battleground states. 

As of June 5, 2010, if not much earlier, Billy Graham’s website stated:

A cult is any group which teaches doctrines or beliefs that deviate from the biblical message of the Christian faith. It is very important that we recognize cults and avoid any involvement with them. Cults often teach some Christian truth mixed with error, which may be difficult to detect.

There are some features common to most cults:

• They do not adhere solely to the sixty-six books of the Bible as the inspired Word of God. They add their “special revelations” to the Bible and view them as equally authoritative.

• They do not accept that our relationship to Jesus Christ is a reality “by grace through faith” alone, but promote instead a salvation by works.

• They do not give Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God, full recognition as the second Person of the Trinity, composed of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Some of these groups are Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, the Unification Church, Unitarians, Spiritists, Scientologists, and others.

Had Mr. Obama been on track to win by five or six percentage points, then we could say that Mr. Romney was underperforming the fundamentals.

In Denver, however, Mr. Romney presented himself as an acceptable and competent alternative. Challengers also generally profit from the first debate: in 8 of the 10 election cycles since 1976, the polls moved against the incumbent, and a net gain of two or three percentage points for the challenger is a reasonably typical figure.

At the same time, incumbent presidents just aren’t that easy to defeat. Mr. Obama’s approval ratings are now hovering around 50 percent and don’t seem to have been negatively affected by his performance in Denver. Although Mr. Obama’s approval ratings may be slightly lower among those most likely to vote — meaning that Mr. Romney could win with a strong turnout — historically that number has been just good enough to re-elect an incumbent. (Mr. Bush’s approval ratings were in the same range late in 2004.)

In some ways, then, the election might not be quite so unpredictable as it appears. There was reason to believe that Mr. Obama’s numbers would fade some after his convention — and the first debate has quite often been a time when the challenger drew the race closer.

There’s a Clueless joke in there somewhere.

Most of the time, we have to coach him and teach him every new word, and he only uses his words because we make him (he’ll bring me his cup when he wants milk, and I make him say, “Milk” before I’ll fill it up) or in response to a direct question we’ve coached him on (“What does the cow say?” “Mooooo.”) Tonight he picked up a new word completely unprompted for the first time, and he said it completely on his own with no coaching. He looked at a picture of the big yellow bird Romney wants to fire, and he said, “Big Bird!”

This is something he should have done 6 months ago, maybe even longer. But he finally did it tonight, and I could not be prouder. And it was thanks to Sesame Street. I’m certainly not the type of person who parks my kid in front of the television all day, but no matter how much I work with him and teach him and pull my hair out trying to make him talk, at the end of the day I’m just his mom. Big Bird is a rock star. Elmo and Ernie and Cookie Monster are superheroes. They inspire him and motivate him in ways that I can’t.

virtual ephemera: This is why I take Sesame Street seriously. (TL;DR but please do.) 

Again, read it. Know it. Understand that this isn’t just a funny meme or something silly that liberals have latched onto. It’s shameful that a serious candidate for president would give cuts to PBS as an example of how he’ll reduce the deficit. Spending cuts should not come on the backs of children and education when these areas account for so little of the federal budget.