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NOVEMBER 1, 2012 2:52PM

Why is this man Romney even close?

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(NOTE:  I had a bout with bronchial pneumonia last week and wrote about it on my blog but didn't post it here.  That's what I'm referencing.)

Okay, I'm breathing again--raggedly, to be honest, but I'm seeing clearly and whatever fun writing I was so longing for last week will just have to wait.  Mitt Romney is closing in on the home stretch and I can't stand it.  What can I say that will change that?  We all know there is nothing I can say that will change anything this monumental and incomprehensible.  But I repeat: I can't stand it.

In any other true-life scenario, a man like Mitt Romney -- a confirmed liar, a clueless anti-populist, a shameless waffler -- would be laughed out of the political arena, never to be taken seriously again.  Considering the climate we live in, dire and dangerous to all but a few lucky souls, there shouldn't have been a moment when a man like Mitt Romney (or his running mate, the even more egregious Paul Ryan) would have been seen as anybody's choice to lead us out of this mess. 

But a map of red states vs. blue states tells the tale:  The campaign against Obama and the Democrats has been hugely successful; the obfuscation and near-obliteration of the Romney/Ryan misdeeds equally so.

It's a billionaires' election to win or lose, and Romney is their puppet.  It clearly doesn't matter what he says or does.  They run the show, and they've managed the impossible -- they've convinced enough voters that Barack Obama is their enemy; someone to fear, a man who only pretends to be a True American while attempting to hide his nefarious dark side.

It's the New Century--maybe the strangest we've ever seen--and we live with the voters we have.  They call themselves "the values voters", without ever fully understanding that "values" means much more than anti-abortion or religious freedom or balanced budgets or the color of our president's skin.   It means a clear-eyed look at which servants of the people can best move us away from vulture capitalism and back into whatever concept of democratic freedoms and obligations work best for our society.

As of a few days ago, more voters believed Romney can do more for the economy than Obama has or will.   Why?  Because Romney was a businessman and apparently knows more about how business runs.

This is the same Romney who bought and sold companies, making millions off of the acquisitions with no thought to what it did to the communities that were disrupted by the actions of his group. 

This is the same Romney who fought to keep his tax returns from going public, who hides his money in numerous off-shore accounts, who thrives because "ruthless" is legal and the name of the game.

This is the same Romney who saw FEMA as one of those Fed entities best relegated to the states or better yet, private enterprise, using the word "immoral" to effectively brand it obsolete.  Astonishing.  (Now his handlers say he didn't mean it that way.  Apparently that's good enough for even those Romney voters who live in areas battered by Hurricane Sandy.  He's still running neck and neck with President Obama.  Really.)

This is what the potential future president had to say:

"Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction," Romney said at a debate last June. "And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that's even better."

Asked by moderator John King of CNN whether that would include disaster relief, Romney said: "We cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids."
So, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, because they finally realized that sounded really, really awful, his handlers had Romney issuing what looks like a reversal but is actually code for, "Okay, we'll keep the idea of FEMA because you people just don't get it, but the bulk of the money is still going to go to state and local governments, because even though I want to be the biggie in Big Government, Big Government is a bad, bad thing."

Here's Romney's written statement from Wednesday, when the storm was still stormin':
 "I believe that FEMA plays a key role in working with states and localities to prepare for and respond to natural disasters. As president, I will ensure FEMA has the funding it needs to fulfill its mission, while directing maximum resources to the first responders who work tirelessly to help those in need, because states and localities are in the best position to get aid to the individuals and communities affected by natural disasters."

 No mention of what FEMA's mission will be under FEMA-haters Romney and Ryan, but it's not hard to imagine.  Centralized emergency relief apparently goes against every fiber of their beings, and no thing and no body is going to change that.

Well, okay, all that, but what drives me to this today is what has been keeping me awake, fuming.

It's this:  
 

Romney's phony food drive.  Photo: Stephen Crowley/ NYT

 

In the immediate aftermath of a raging, deadly storm, the presidential wannabee participated in a crass, phony, political opportunity dressed as "disaster relief", designed for no other reason than to make him look good in certain swing states.  (The Red Cross, downers that they are, said early on, "Don't send supplies, send money."  Spoilsports.)

 So, heedless of real needs, Romney's pack set up a hasty relief station and then went to WalMart to buy the appropriate props to make it look like they were actually concerned with the citizens of the storm.  They spent $5,000 on emergency supplies like diapers, toilet paper and canned goods to hand out to long lines of Romney voters who could then hand them back to Romney in front of the cameras. (Stunning, isn't it, that those Romney voters didn't think to donate their own emergency supplies?  But then, in order to be a Romney voter, one would have to be as clueless as he is.)

In the meantime, President Obama is all over the place taking care of business, surveying the damage, assuring everybody that our government will do what it's supposed to do.  It will take care of what needs taking care of.  FEMA is working at its efficient best.  Mayors and governors in the affected states are effusive in their praise of FEMA and the actions of the president. (Note to Chris Christie:  Ever thought of joining the Democrats?  The Republicans won't even speak your name anymore. And they have long memories.)

Christie and Obama with Hurricane Sandy survivors

 

 This is what true leadership looks like.  This is what big government does best.  This is who we're supposed to be.  This is what we need to fight to keep.  And yet as I write this, Mitt Romney--undeserving to the nth degree and then some--has a real chance at winning the presidency.

So that's it.  I can barely breathe, not because of the pneumonia, but because of what I just wrote.  The very thought of my country going the way of Romney/Ryan after all they've done to try and hurt us makes me crazy. 

All I can do is yell. 

I can't stand it.

Signed,  Ramona

(Cross-posted at Ramona's Voices)

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Ramona, for some electoral therapy google Natesilver 538. for most of October, he's given Obama an over 70% chance of winning the election.

But I know....it's crazy-making. And Romney should be getting the same kind of Presidential trouncing that Barry Goldwater and George McGovern both had. But I do think Obama's going to pull this out. Being Presidential in the face of a national emergency helped him, while people being reminded of what Romney said about FEMA should count against Mittens.

Sorry you've been so sick!
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Read some stuff today on Slate about undecided voters, many of whom don't like R's social stances but think his business background is what's needed right now.

(a) that's a dubious assertion - business is for making money, and government is a whole other thing
(b) there should be some definition of business as producing products or supplying services; playing around with money a la Wall Street or buying & selling companies do not provide goods or services to anybody, merely producing essentially unearned profits.

R's 'business' experience seems entirely irrelevant.
Thanks, Shiral. I hope I'll be feeling better after November 6! Romney should never have had a chance, of course, but we live in a whole different universe these days. It's "Through the Looking Glass" all over again, where up is down and in is out and the crazies are running the place.
Myriad, I can't remember a time when anyone thought a businessman would be a more likely presidential candidate than a politician (or a community activist). We've skewed toward big business for so long now I'm terrified that we'll actually swing easily into a corporatocracy without recognizing the deadly ramifications for us all.

These are scary days, and I sometimes wonder if we can ever win. Even if we "win".
Congrats on the EP, Ramona! You & the rest of us will feel much better AFTER the Election! R
Thanks, Marilyn. I didn't realize I was an EP until you told me! That's always nice, for sure. People keep assuring me I have nothing to worry about, but I'm still stewing over GWB's second term. He won that one against all odds. (And, no, Kerry, wasn't THAT bad!) He won because people who really should have known better voted for him.

They're the same voters who are wearing blinders, voting for Romney. It's insane!
This is a country that re-elected a president who took them to war under false pretenses, and they knew it at the time. It is not only possible Romney will win, but probable. Don't blame the conservative fundies or poor stooges of the rich, but faux liberals waiting for God in the guise of a politician.

Libbyliberal my ass.
Yes, that too, BenSen.
First, I’m glad you’re feeling better.

It’s actually not as close as the MSM let it seem to be. As of this writing, here are the probabilities of winning for Obama:

Nate Silver’s 538: 80%

Predict Wise (Average from Betfair, Intrade and IEM): 70%

Princeton University’s href="http://election.princeton.edu/">Princeton Election Consortium: 96% (Frequentist) to 99% (Bayesian)

Some of the websites above used sophisticated statistical analysis tools, while others have used econometric models that are not based on polls. The last one from Princeton appears to be highly reliable, as shown with their predictions in the past.
Small typo:

Princeton University’s Princeton Election Consortium: 96% (Frequentist) to 99% (Bayesian)
Well, Kanuk, you're making me feel better all the way around. Looks like I've got some studying to do. (Thanks for the good wishes.)
I share your passion, Ramona. I'm a nervous wreck worrying that sleazy, greasy son of a bitch and his robot running mate could somehow grab the brass ring. Like you, I'm outraged they've even gotten this close.
Chicken, I think what drives me crazy the most is that I can't figure out for the life of me what is driving people to vote for Romney/Ryan. Their words and actions practically BEG people to shun them, but instead they're running practically side-by-side with Obama/Biden. It is outrageous to me (to us) but apparently perfectly reasonable to millions of voters. It's nuts!
I get it. It is amazing. If there are future historians, they will be appalled. Romney, like Reagan, has made a career out of telling people "the lies they love to hear." That Disneyland is the 'real America,' that banal platitudes are final truth. That all yoru childish fantasies are true.
Are you serious? Why is Obama even close is what your article should read. Did you not get the news that Romney was out at the disaster site distributing bottled water to people? Your article is complete opinionated smear. You don't know what you're talking about. Who pays you? Who in their right mind would want another 4 years of Obama engineered economic decline. deficit spending, debt ceiling crises, credit downgrades for the US government, high unemployment, our embassies burned down with no response by our cowardly lying President. Who would be stupid enough to want more of this insanity? What is the matter with you?
Great write-up Ramona. It's almost unbelievable how many of his positions and statements he just nullifies when they inevitably become inconvenient. The 47% comment made to rich donors where he thought no one was recording? Now, it's just wrong. His 20% tax cut morphed, in the first debate, as something that would only be enacted if it didn't add to the deficit. He spends the primary season and the first month of the presidential campaign hammering Obama for the specified Afghanistan pull-out in 2014. Yet in debate 3 he agrees.

I had to laugh at this statement from The Economist in endorsing Obama: "Mr Romney has an economic plan that works only if you don’t believe most of what he says."
I wish more people would speak up like you have, because this is not only about Mitt Romney, but about the fact that he has now established a precedent for not releasing tax returns and running fact free campaigns.
To be honest, though, some of this is President Obama's fault. Nobody was taking Romney seriously until that first debate which the president handled so incredibly badly that it gave Mr. Romney a real chance. In the third debate, when he could have won the election right there by just calling Mr. Romney out on his idiotic Syria is Iran's water route remark, he just sat there.
Unfortunately, Romney did not do this on his own. I don't understand what happened to our president, but I still would much rather have him than the alternative. I think. Let's see what happens to our social programs in the upcoming "grand bargain."
A variety of factors give Republicans a disproportionate share of the vote. For one thing, they're more disciplined about going to the polls than Democrats. For another thing, Republican demographics skew exactly towards those people most likely to vote of any demographic group- the elderly and higher income groups.

F*x News certainly helps to influence public opinion. For someone not very knowledgeable about politics, F*x provides the propaganda to bend malleable minds.

Finally, let's not forget racism.

I myself despair at the massive stupidity of this country. Romney will most likely corral at least 47-48% of the electorate, an astoundingly high figure.

But the good news is, the GOP is on the slippery slope. Its demographic group is literally dying, and minorities are in the process of making up the majority in this country.

Even better news down the road is that the insurance industry is beginning to get very uncomfortable about the impact of global warming, and we are about ready to see countervailing power of major interest groups that will actually begin to swing at least some Republicans away from their position of global warming denial.

The massive expenditures needed to safeguard the East Coast will also conflict with our $1 billion per airplane, solid platinum fetishes of the Defense Department.

Better days for liberals are on the way.
Romney, I hope that the word is no longer needed a month from now, and passes into the annals of of history as a footnote, is asking voters to vote their pocket book and then planning on making sure there won't be much in it for a long, long time. Good piece.
I found two more:

Votamatic: 232 Obama 206 Romney (electoral votes)

Electoral-Vote.com: 310 Obama 206 Romney 22 tied.
A. Romney's lies/waffling - President Obama has only fulfilled 37% of his campaign promises in 2008. One of those promises was that he would make prosecution of Americans under federal drug scheduling laws for the use of cannabis a "low priority" at the DOJ. Yet, in 3 years, the Obama DOJ has arrested, prosecuted, convicted and jailed more cannabis users under those same federal drug scheduling laws than any other president in history. The former record holder, George Bush's record, which took 8 years to amass, was shattered by Obama in 3.

Know how he stopped rendition? He gave it a new name.

B. Romney's just a businessman - That's one way of looking at it. Another way would be that, running a wildly successful Equity Fund, the majority of business in which was via their Venture Capital division, the Romney was a successful businessman who was successful at picking and choosing successful ventures and growing them.

C. What leadership looks like - Leadership isn't able to be captured in a staged campaign photo. I love how I've heard that the president has stopped campaigning, and yet Bill Clinton is running his ass off on campaign stops and have you noticed the price of gas lately? I seem to remember a massive jump in gas prices after Katrina...gas here (on the West Coast...also not affected by Katrina) has been steadily declining the last two weeks and didn't even go up the day before or after Sandy...hmmm...that is peculiar, no?

They're both assholes. Obama is just "your" asshole, and Romney is the assholes' asshole. same difference.
Wait, we're in the worst depression/recession since the 1930s and you're grousing about the legalization of POT?? That's nuts.

Yes, rendition is serious and needs attention, but we're in the worst depression/recession since the 1930s, thanks to runaway capitalism and the Republicans who let it happen. The president and the Democrats in general want to fix it (maybe not to your liking) while the Republicans in congress are doing everything they can to stop any kind of progress would put the black man in the White House in a good light. From the first days of Obama's presidency they've pledged to stop him in his tracks and make him a one-term president. Who did they hurt? All of us.

Romney made money for himself without thinking for a minute about the lives his companies changed by buying up companies and swallowing them whole. The last thing this country needs is more big business in government. We need government to curb big business, not the other way around.

Last I looked, Bill Clinton was no longer the president. The president did stop campaigning; now he's back at it. So what?

I have no idea what you mean about gas prices, so I can't comment on that.
Did anyone else read "Doc Vega's" comments and wonder in what universe?
Lol. Yes, I read the comment. At first I thought it was a joke but when I realized it wasn't, I chose not to waste my time answering standard Right Wing gibberish.
Ramonas:

First I hope you feel better. I do think you may lose your voice on Tuesday from screaming at the TV while you watch the returns.

Okay, you heard it here first. As for electoral college votes Romney, yes Romney, will top 300. See why you are going to scream at the TV?

Now for what you and some of your readers have wrong.

"Myriad, I can't remember a time when anyone thought a businessman would be a more likely presidential candidate than a politician (or a community activist)"

Does the name Ross Perot mean anything to you?

"that's a dubious assertion - business is for making money, and government is a whole other thing"

I don't know how you have anything. I'm sure you house is full of things that you bought from businesses. The whole point of business is to get something to run right so that it spends less than it makes. Those who can't get their business to run right, go out of business.

That is what Romney did. They would buy failing businesses and use their experience to try to get them to run correctly then sell them. Every now and again you will find one that for some reason you can't turn around and it will be liquidated. It doesn't happen often but it does. Romney fixed things like businesses and the Olympics.

Obama flew into NJ did his photo op then took of to Las Vegas. While the people of Staten Island are dumpster diving for food, have no water, no heat, no gas the president and his ilk are patting themselves on the back and telling people what a good job they are doing. In the mean time, sanitation workers are pulling bodies out of piles of the ruin.

And while people are starting fights in the streets and in gas lines for hours the mayor rejected help from the National Guard.

[Borough president] Markowitz demanded the National Guard’s help just an hour before Bloomberg’s press conference, claiming that the NYPD and FDNY are “brave — but overwhelmed” by all the challenges Sandy brought when it visited the borough on Monday night: flooding, power outages, and looting.
“All of our resources have been stretched to the limit,” Markowitz said. “In the name of public safety we need to send more National Guard personnel into Coney Island, Manhattan Beach, Gerritsen Beach, Red Hook, and any other locations.”
Markowitz hopes that the sight of an armed soldier would deter criminal activity in the still-unaccessible evacuation zones — such as the rash of break-ins that took place in Coney Island hours after Sandy kissed the borough goodbye — but the Mayor said the NYPD was more than capable of handling the job..

Truckers, including me, have turned down FEMA loads going to the area because of the lack of security.

I think that's a good place to stop for now. Dinner just got served. You keep worshiping at the feet of Obama. I'll vote for Romney and morn the loss of those in Libya.
Ross Perot became president? Since when?

But, honest to God, I can't for the life of me figure out why anybody who isn't magnificently wealthy would vote for Romney--and you haven't satisfied my curiosity one little bit.

Get over the Libya fable or go do some reading. Lots of wicked distractions this last week before the election and Fox has latched onto Libya to keep from having to play up Romney. Why is that? Because there's not one damned good thing about Romney to play up.

I'll be screaming with glee on Tuesday night. Romney doesn't have a chance and you know it.
What's going on in your lungs is nothing compared with the malignancy that is going on in your brain.

Romney is a candidate of experience, intelligence, and beneficience born of the genuinely successful.

Obama is a political puppet whose luck fooling the under achievers has run out.

We all hoped that the historic presidency of a racial minority member would inspire him to vault over his pathetic presidential resume. Unfortunately, reality reared its ugly head.

Obama is a thin-skinned nasty loser. His "revenge" remark was revelatory. Let's hope that most Americans see it for what it was.
My God, you Romney guys are so hilariously out of touch it's hardly worth the bother to even answer. How could you possibly put your finger on what Romney stands for when he's so all over the place? It's like watching wind gusts--here and there and everywhere, just pushing air around.

I'm sure you'll think this is all just last minute left wing conspiracy, but Steve Benen over at Maddowblog found 917 lies Romney told in just 41 days. These are well-documented, straight from the horse's mouth. The man is a serial liar and if you don't see that you're not capable of seeing anything.

http://voice4america.com/articles/2012/11/02/steve-benen-documents-romneys-800-lies-over-40-weeks-with-sources.html#ixzz2B7dRWwtL
When the conservative Washington Times is already throwing the towel, it's not hard to claim that Romney is in big trouble.

WASHINGTON, November 2, 2012 — Like it or not, Republicans are having to face up to a very sobering truth: Mitt Romney will lose the election.

He gave it the old college try. He has been whatever voters wanted him to be. He would say whatever they wanted to hear. He truly was the Etch-A-Sketch man.

His first decisive win during the debates rejuvenated his faltering campaign and gave him a tail wind for weeks afterwards. The momentum was his. But then the wind began to subside and it wasn’t just Hurricane Sandy blowing into town…


Why Romney’s losing the race for president

Even the Romney’s campaign managers have started to brace for a defeat.

Citing sources within the campaign, Jan Crawford of CBS News reported Saturday that Team Romney believes the storm, which devastated parts of the East Coast last week, is responsible for putting a halt on their much-touted momentum…

Romney Campaign, Karl Rove Framing Hurricane Sandy For Possible Election Day Defeat


When Romney cannot even win the state where he was a governor nor the one where his dad was also a governor tells us everything we need to know about the outcome of this election.
"Even Romney’s campaign managers..." above.
Romney is a candidate of experience, intelligence, and beneficience born of the genuinely successful.” (I assume the word is “beneficence.”)

If this was true, he should be winning hands down in Massachusetts, but he’s getting his ass kicked right now:

Massachusetts: Obama 59%, Romney 40%

Election 2012: Massachusetts President

Obviously, people in that state must believe (firsthand) that Romney’s experience and intelligence among others are significantly lacking. These are the same people who have elected other GOP politicians in the past.
Kanuk,

Thanks for posting two links to far left hit pieces. You can show me a few polls and how they got their samples and how they were weighted and I'll do my own math.

I still think it's Romney over 300 in the EC. You can blow hot air all you want.
@C'n'L

Please feel free: http://election.princeton.edu/

In the process, you should elaborate and explain to us Bayesian statistics.
Kanuk,

Do you really think that the turn out percentages are going to be the same as 2008? If you will look at some of the samples you will see that they are projecting more of an Obama supporting demographic that he carried in 2008.

That's why I say, show me the numbers and the weights you are using and I'll figure it myself.

Romney +300. That's my call. What are you predicting?
Nate Silver has Obama winning 306.9 electoral votes (as of 1:27 AM, November 4).

His predictions have been mostly accurate in the past. His is one of the more seriously studied and unbiased prognosticating.

http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/
This election should be at least 80/20 in favor of Obama. But it's not, and the fact that it's 50/50 does not bode well for the future, The sad truth is that even if Obama manages to eke out a win in the Electoral College, it doesn't change the fact that close to half the population is -- well, there's no nice way to put it -- they're nuts.

The first proof of that charge is hiring someone to do a job they don't believe in; that is, "I want to run the federal govt because I don't believe in federal govt." That pretzel logic has afflicted the voters since at least Reagan. .

As for Myth Romoney -- unless you're a millionaire, there is NO possible rationale for voting for a man who in essence wants to return the failed Supply-Side policies that have dominated the political arena for decades. But even if you are a millionaire, there is still no rationale for supporting a candidate who has proven time and again that he is a pathological liar and a sociopath.
Thank you. I remember feeling the same way when Bush was reelected after declaring war on Iraq. It got worse when we discovered that Gore had actually won Florida, but by then Bush was already confirmed as the winner with Florida in his pocket.

Thank you for a well articulated rant.
Ben Sen and Tom Cordle: Obama is probably going to win by a fairly comfortable electoral margin. I trust Nate Silver's statistical analysis. The popular vote will be tight, perhaps made even tighter by the fact that Sandy might keep vote totals down in the solidly blue Northeast, but that won't matter. But I agree 100% with your analyses and look forward to Faux News airheads and OS Obama-bashers having to tuck their tails between their legs on Tuesday night.
CC:

The storm may keep the total votes down on Tuesday. I don't think it will only keep Democrat votes down so the blue states will stay blue states and it will not move the EC. Change the popular vote, maybe, but that's not really the vote that is counted. Obama will still get those EC votes.
Did Catnlion just call a piece from The Washington Times a "far-left hit piece"?
Steve: Yes, he did. I guess he missed "conservative" Washington Times above.
I don't give a shit about pot. I don't smoke it anymore, and even when I did, I still thought it was cooler when it was illegal.

This is simply an illustration of a promise made that not only didn't he keep, but he took a complete 180 on it for no reason. I used that example because you stated that Romney lies and waffles.

And, should you be a pot smoker, I guess you're gonna get pancaked by the current administration (20 years for any amount of any schedule 1 drug...of which, pot is one. 20 years - I bet it's important to the people to whom the president broke that particular promise, if not to you or I).

You're damn straight rendition is important. To me, it's more important than the economy (life is #1, and the president blew that one when he order the assassination of an American Citizen, and blew it again when he order the assassination of that American's American 16 year old son...liberty is #2, and we've briefly discussed rendition, so we'll leave it at that...the pursuit of happiness is #3, and this is where the economy comes into play. I'm a traditionalist like that, though. I believe people do things for a reason, so in addition to the cadence of the phrase, I believe those items were placed in that order for a reason, and that reason is importance).

As far as Clinton goes, you highlighted the fact that the president stopped campaigning as proof that he is a good president.

Are you fucking kidding me? That staged glory shot is "not campaigning"? This storm is the best thing that Obama ever could have hoped for. He was more likely to lose without it than with it happening.

Hey, speaking of hurricanes, when's the last time you remember gas prices falling in the wake of a major natural disaster hitting the US? Weird that this is the case for the one that hit a few days before the election, no?

I'm not voting for Romney, but the Romney people are typically quite transparent and honest in their reasons for not wanting Obama to be reelected. I am as well - despite being the thing that was needed in the moment he was elected (an inspirational leader in a time when inspiration was in short supply), he ended up not being that thing, and he has hampered his own interests, as well as the American people's, more than any Republican Congress ever could (you know the way he could have ended their ridiculous filibuster bluff every time something looked like it would pass that they didn't like? Fucking call them on it. Actually force them to make good on their word and filibuster an important piece of legislation or make them back down and show them to be the ineffectual pussies that they were. But he is such a poor political strategist that he couldn't figure that one out? Really? But, he's the guy to get us out of our economic crisis? Um...I call bullshit on that one).

The Obama apologists are way worse than the Romney apologists, because if the policies they are currently defending were Romney's, they'd be jumping down his throat to get him to stop them, but they do whatever they can to facilitate the current president in the same.

I'd say the word hypocrite comes to mind, but I passed that word way around the Telecom Amnesty vote Obama made before taking office, so I have no idea what to call it anymore.
"Why is this man Romney even close"?

Obama's record as President is probably the biggest factor.
MalcolmXY, that emphasis on pot is baffling. How does the president go about changing pot laws? Isn't that up to congress? Or the states? I have no problem with legalizing marijuana, even though I've never smoked it. I don't drink alcohol, either, but it's okay with me that other people do. I don't like the administration's take on medical marijuana at all but I've been around for enough administrations to understand that they're not going to take orders from me.

They're always going to do things that infuriate me, but in this election I look at the big picture and I see slow progress toward a healthier America, overall. I haven't heard anything from Romney/Ryan that would make me think they would keep it moving forward. Just the opposite, in fact, and I don't know how anyone who has been through what we've been through would be willing to go backward again.

Everything else you said in that comment means nothing at all to me. I want us to keep moving forward and the only way that's going to happen, even slow as molasses, is the keep Obama in office.
Election Eve's highlights include a strong denunciation of Obama by a huge coalition of military leaders who, understandably don't trust the guy, and an increasing number of traditionally liberal newspapers who can't bring themselves to endorse such a thoroughly accomplished incompetent. Add the revelatory, "vote for revenge" comment and Romney's elegant response and you've got a clear path for victory for Romney/Ryan.
You're a dreamer, Gordon. All signs point to an Obama win. For every person you cite who won't vote for Obama for whatever reason, there are many more who want us to keep moving forward.

And please stop using that "revenge" comment as something it clearly wasn't. He said, "voting is the best revenge." That's far different from what serial liar Romney is pushing. What I take that to mean is that when we've had four years of a deliberately obstructionist Republican congress, the best way to send a message to them is to vote them out.

They have the dubious distinction of not having passed a single jobs bill in four years, all so that they don't give the president a one-up come election day. That is foul. And it's dangerous to our citizens and our economy. I see voting them out of office as the best revenge, too.
You're right- it shouldn't be close. I have yet to meet one person who genuinely likes Romney. What we're seeing is anti-Obama vote, fueled by latent racism and a gullible electorate. Look at how Romney doubled, tripled, and quadrupled down on these lies: Obama removed work requirements from welfare, Obama robbed $748B from Medicare to fund Obamacare, Obama went on an "apology tour", Obama got the Italians to move Jeep operations to China.... etc.

I take solace in knowing that the electoral map favors Obama heavily and that by this time Wednesday, Romney will be out of the public eye forever.
RV:

"What I take that to mean is that when we've had four years of a deliberately obstructionist Republican congress"

You are kidding me, right?

The House is passing items that we need, LIKE THE BUDGET! It then goes to the Senate where Senator Harry Reid (D) NV won't let them even come to the floor for a vote. There is a law that requires him to pass a budget and he won't let it be debated. If it's bad then debate it and show how it's bad.

One more thing. If something is passes and Obama doesn't like it, he has the final say with a signature of a veto. Since he only used his veto twice during his four years then he must have approved of all the legislation that has crossed his desk.

So don't blame the Republicans in the House. They are only one third of the process and they are doing their part.
catnlion, you really need to look around you. Bills originate in the House. The Republicans hold the majority in the House and they have not allowed a single JOBS bill to see the light of day. Not one. There is nothing for Obama to sign or to veto when nothing can get out of the House. Their obstructionism is reprehensible and you just can't see it.

Do you know anybody who is looking for a job? Do you know anybody who is underemployed? Do you know service members who can't get jobs or even aid, thanks to the Republicans?

If you do, you might want to apologize to them for voting Republican. Because, if not for the Republicans, we might be on the road to recovery.

(You do know, don't you, that the Republicans use budget-balancing as an excuse to keep necessary programs from going forward? How keen were they to balance the budget during the eight GWB years? Right. Not at all. )

You and your Republican friends have been hornswaggled. They get tons of free PR from you, because you're not willing to see what they're real agenda is.

The evidence is out there for you to find easily. The Republicans in congress set an agenda to keep Obama from a second term and they don't care who they hurt to make that happen.

I find that outrageous. And about as un-American as it gets.
That's "their" real agenda.
Pot, as I said, was simply used as an example to show that he will not only not make good on a promise, but also do a 180 and completely break a promise.

And, yes, Congress makes the laws, but in the Federal Government, Law Enforcement is under the purview of the Executive Branch.

Did you know that there is still a law on the books in New York which states that any automobile operating after dark must be accompanied by someone walking 20 feet in front of it who is holding a lamp?

The State Legislature never bothered to change the law, but at a certain point, the law ceased to be enforced.

This is what Obama said about Cannabis (and again, it is SOLELY TO ILLUSTRATE HIS WAFFLING/LYING
cont...

that I am using pot.)

Finally, nothing else that I wrote matters? I notice how easily you dismiss the Romney nutsos, but everything I have used to criticize the president should fit quite nicely into your faux-liberal aesthetic, but as I said (in the part that doesn't matter), you Obama apologists are the worst, because you will forgive and endorse the president any trespass as long as it's your donkey in office and not the other guy's elephant.

I'm not religious either, but this is why the bible warns against idolatry. It's dangerous, regardless of whether the idol is given deistic qualities or not.
MalcolmXY, Catnlion, Gordon, and anybody else who seems so intent on making Obama the bad guy this election period, please listen to me carefully. There are forces out there threatening to destroy us. They are Right Wing specialists who, thanks to huge monies interests, are winning the battle. If we lose this election we've sent them the message that they've won. Can you imagine what they'll do with that mandate?

Everything you've written here has been argued and discussed ad infinitum. We're less than 24 hours away from the election. The arguments are over. Now it's time for action. You will either vote for Obama or you'll vote for Romney.

What we're voting against this year is a very real vast Right Wing conspiracy. Hillary was right when she described them as such, and she was royally derided for it, which played right into their hands. They are the enemy, not ordinary Republicans, not ordinary Democrats, not even Obama or Romney.

I'm asking you to please read this piece with an open mind. It's a piece by Rick Perlstein, who has studied the history of the Right Wing, and it is chilling. It describes to a tee what their real agenda has been since the days of the John Birch Society. It describes why it is so easy for them to fabricate and demonize in order to get their way.

This is the real enemy. If Romney wins, they win. That's all there is to it.

http://www.thebaffler.com/past/the_long_con/P2
How did he even get the nomination at all? Why would they choose a loser like this and put the establishment behind him? It makes no sense. They know how to do a more effective job manipulating and at times they show it but at other times they act in an in-comprehensive manner.

As for why he seems to be close it is almost certainly because the pols are incompetent and Obama is a lousy choice and because the propaganda machine is doing everything they can get away with to convince the public that they only have the two corporate choices.

This is a massive mess that is largely due to the incredibly bad job the corporate media does informing the public of their options and the educations system teaching people about what democracy really is.

I suspect that there will be a surprise turn out among those that are fed up with the two party system and chose alternatives. Blaming these people for the outcome when they didn't rig it would be foolish but I suspect that Romney still can't win especially since I'm guessing that as much will be drawn by Gary Johnson and even Jesus from Romney as from Obama who isn't nearly as representative of the people as he pretends.

If not it will be interpreted as a mandate by the corrupt winner as usual and we will continue to have a mess that will only get worse. If they're put on notice by a large independent turnout then even if an alternative doesn't win they will know that there could be more where that came from if they don't address the concerns of the public.
Any one who believes Mitt Romney is a good and honest businessman, is someone who lives in a Fox, Limbaugh, Beck bubble and never hears the truth, or the other side of the story. Instead they are jerked around by false propaganda and code words. I don't believe it is really 48 /48, I think that is a lie to set us up for the tie that will be decided by the Supreme Court, and we know which way that will go. I hope your health is improving and that you have voted or will be able to vote. We are in Sandy ravaged NJ with no power (see my blog, "After Sandy") and drove to the county court house where we thought we could vote in advance. All the traffic lights were out and we had an automobile accident. But we're back in the saddle with a rental car and plan to vote tomorrow in our town at the recreation center.
Awesome post. I just wrote about why (at 44), I am voting for the first time ever.

All I can do is shout!

Let freedom ring.
Wow, Pam, you are one dedicated voter! So sorry about your accident--and of course about Hurricane Sandy! Let's hope there's good news tomorrow.

Thanks for your best wishes. We voted about three weeks ago, which was a good thing, since I'm sort of staying away from public places for a while. I've never not voted, and if I couldn't this time it would just kill me.

I'm a bit suspicious about the polls, too. Mainly because they're wrong so much of the time. I do trust Nate Silver's projections because it's obvious that he takes it seriously and knows what he's doing.
This guy Romney is close because the Dems chose to re-run an incumbent every bit as despicable and harmful to Us The People as he is.... and because even in the face of two abominably awful major candidates, barely anyone seems to remember that there are other people in the race who aren't owned by the right wing and Wall Street.

You're right that in a sane country, Mittens wouldn't even dare try to enter such a race lest he be laughed out of the room. In a sane country, BHO would have likewise been shunned like a radioactive cobra. If the citizens bothered to act as citizens, O wouldn't have had a chance. At the mere mention of his running again, every Dem campaign headquarters should have been flooded with letters, faxes and emails essentially saying: "Get rid of this guy. He's worked to protect the highest-level criminals in the land, reward the banks for destroying our economy, destroy our rights and fought to cut my Social Security and Medicare in order to fund even more unnecessary wars overseas. Put out some worthwhile candidates or you won't get another vote or cent from me."
This guy Romney is close because the Dems chose to re-run an incumbent every bit as despicable and harmful to Us The People as he is.... and because even in the face of two abominably awful major candidates, barely anyone seems to remember that there are other people in the race who aren't owned by the right wing and Wall Street.

You're right that in a sane country, Mittens wouldn't even dare try to enter such a race lest he be laughed out of the room. In a sane country, BHO would have likewise been shunned like a radioactive cobra. If the citizens bothered to act as citizens, O wouldn't have had a chance. At the mere mention of his running again, every Dem campaign headquarters should have been flooded with letters, faxes and emails essentially saying: "Get rid of this guy. He's worked to protect the highest-level criminals in the land, reward the banks for destroying our economy, destroy our rights and fought to cut my Social Security and Medicare in order to fund even more unnecessary wars overseas. Put out some worthwhile candidates or you won't get another vote or cent from me."
Hi Ramona, Yes I have never not voted either. I consider it a very important right and privilege which is why all this voter suppression is getting to me. Yes, we voted today!! Including my 18 year old granddaughter voting for the first time. Our small town had to shift the voting place, but because we are a small town we didn't have to wait in a long line. I feel for those people who were standing in line 9 hours ! I'm back in the saddle as far as driving is going. Unfortunately, my husband is feeling some after effects in his neck and isn't feeling too chipper. We have been told we are getting power tonight. My son saw the cherry pickers out the window. Good folks from Georgia and Florida who came to NJ to help get us back our electricity. As I've always said putting partisan politics aside, all Americans will help their fellow Americans in a crisis. We are after all the United States of America, not red states and blue states, as our President so famously said. And let's pray he continues to be our President! Fingers crossed tonight!
Hi Ramona, Yes I have never not voted either. I consider it a very important right and privilege which is why all this voter suppression is getting to me. Yes, we voted today!! Including my 18 year old granddaughter voting for the first time. Our small town had to shift the voting place, but because we are a small town we didn't have to wait in a long line. I feel for those people who were standing in line 9 hours ! I'm back in the saddle as far as driving is going. Unfortunately, my husband is feeling some after effects in his neck and isn't feeling too chipper. We have been told we are getting power tonight. My son saw the cherry pickers out the window. Good folks from Georgia and Florida who came to NJ to help get us back our electricity. As I've always said putting partisan politics aside, all Americans will help their fellow Americans in a crisis. We are after all the United States of America, not red states and blue states, as our President so famously said. And let's pray he continues to be our President! Fingers crossed tonight!
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GODS AND GENERALS - a movie.
It's a Bloody Civil War True Story.
I'm somewhere in the DVD movie.
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No!
I was John Brown at the PLANK.
smile . . .
Farmers wanted to Be Movie-Stars?
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huh?
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Stephen Lang, Robert Duval. etc:.,
and I had a ball at ` Harper's Ferry.
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It's a Bloody Civil War True Story.
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catnlion: Hey, where are Romney's 300 EV? You should have listened to us. Bye Bye Romney!!
Frankly I am seething. But greatful!

My apartment complex which is "state of the art" low income is predominantly black men and white women.
And of course predominantly Democratic.

I had arranged for a bus to pick us up to take us to the voting booths.

The management, a 30ish nazish republican female decided that Tuesday the 6th would be "inspection" day.
We here at New Hope have high standards and I am more than in favor of it. Every few months they do internal inspections to eliminate hoarding and filth.
But many of these people are territorial, and she knew this. Meaning that rather than allow someone to enter their apartment without them being here, they cancelled their voting trip!

I begged, cajoled, and even tried to humiliate them into going, but they wouldn't. It was only 140 people, but I was angry.
This morningof course everyone was celebrating, I refused to attend, only saying O'Bama is there no thanks to them.

I tried to contact the Democratic voting contention, but it was too late in the day and they had their hands tied. I know I should write something, but I am afraid of getting kicked out.
Nice article. I hope that in the coming months, we will soon start to forget about Romney and the campaign. I do think that his concession speech was very gracious and it didn’t get as ugly as it could have. My facebook feed was filled with a lot of hatred so I took a hiatus.
Nice article. I hope that in the coming months, we will soon start to forget about Romney and the campaign. I do think that his concession speech was very gracious and it didn’t get as ugly as it could have. My facebook feed was filled with a lot of hatred so I took a hiatus.
Excellent essay. Congrats to you for writing it while recovering.
I, too, never understood how anyone who was paying attention to the election could vote for Romney. A friend of mine who has a small barely profitable business said she was voting for him since she thought he'd be better for business. She failed to realize that he's a financier (and a vulture capitalist at that), not a businessman & that he's made much of his fortune outsourcing American jobs to China. She also said she didn't watch a single one of the debates. Why? Because baseball games were on TV & they are more entertaining.

I blame:
* The death of journalism in this country due in large part to the corporate-owned media.
* Voters' general disinterest in politics & their complacency & ignorance.

I find that the best sources of news and information are on the internet these days. To this end, I follow 80+ news sources on Twitter. Investigative journalism is still barely breathing and can be found in some unlikely sources like Mother Jones Magazine or even Rolling Stones magazine, but you have to dig for it.
Yeah, well, maybe. But that Kenyan was never goin to get our vote.