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New polls show Obama has the momentum

IF you’re a supporter of President Obama and want him re-elected, these new polling numbers will make you smile. Markos over at Daily Kos is clearly pleased, and he should be, as will a lot of Democrat supporters:

Quinnipiac University, on behalf of CBS and the NY Times, stuck a dagger in Romney’s Ohio hopes by showing President Barack Obama up 50-45, as well as a one-point lead in Florida and two-point lead in Virginia. Marquette University, the best pollster during the Wisconsin recall, now shows Obama winning the state 51-43. Their last poll a couple of weeks ago had it 49-48 Obama. PPP has Obama cruising in Iowa 50-45, […]

We’ve found the only sane Republican in 2012

Republican Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey praises Obama and his leadership for assisting New Jersey with the aftermath of Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy (which means of course he’ll be automatically disqualified from running for President in 2016 by the frothing tea party wing):

Even better, he went on Fox News and chastised the Republican-biased hosts for trying to bring politics into it.. praised Obama there too… another strike against him (in his fellow Republicans eyes).

Dalton decides against running; Obama shows Romney foreign affairs isn’t about playing Battleship

As you know by now, Dalton Mcguinty has declared he won’t be running for the federal Liberal leadership. I’ve said previous to this that I didn’t think he would be able to beat Harper, particularly in Ontario, where his reputation wouldn’t be the best. Perhaps Dalton figured this out too, or perhaps he was just persuaded that he should call it a day politically… but I think his decision was the correct one and for the best.

That of course means the Liberals still don’t have any real ‘big names’ to currently run against Justin Trudeau, the obvious front-runner at this point. Everyone agrees, it seems, that the Liberals […]

Random Friday musings

– I wished Dalton Mcguinty well a few days ago, but the reason (or one of the reasons) I soured on him and the Ontario Liberals is they seemed to try to copy a lot of what Harper and the Federal Conservatives were doing – from the same slogans, to using an omnibus bull (er.. bill), to weakening environmental laws to now proroguing the legislature – too similar for me to be very comfortable with the OLP in its current configuration under Dalton. That is why I hope for a more progressive leader to lead the OLP, and why if Dalton Mcguinty runs for federal Liberal leader (which I am […]

A US election prediction

Hardly going on a limb here, I don’t think.. but let me just say that unless something drastic happens (i.e Obama somehow does a disastrous debate or 2), I think Obama is cruising to re-election. He may not win the national popular vote by much, and he may not win as many electoral college votes as he did in 2008, but in the swing states that matter, he will win more then enough it appears, and in some cases win by good margins. Mitt Romney can’t seem to go a week without putting his foot in his mouth; he at times has proceeded to put both feet in his mouth […]

47 %’ers

There’s a big hubbub in the US over the leaked Mitt Romney tape from a private fundraiser earlier this year, where he disparages 47% of the US people who support Obama as being dependent on handouts, etc. He’ taking yet more flak over it.

Personally, I think it’s good this was released. Now, everyone sees Romney for what he is and how he would act if President, (not just wondering what he’d be like, since he’s tried to be as opaque and shape-shifter like as possible) and it will give the far-right wingers – who’ve all been applauding this by the way and agreeing with it-, a chance to see […]

The Clint Eastwood Speech at the RNC figured out.

If you follow politics and more specifically follow American Politics.. you know the talk lately has been the quirky offbeat speech that actor Clint Eastwood gave at the Republican National Convention – specifically addressing an empty chair pretending President Obama was sitting there while attempting to go “Dirty Harry” on him.

I think I see the method to Clint’s madness though. All I’ve seen since that appearance are the ads/commercials for his latest film “CurveBall” in a couple of weeks, about a baseball scout slowly losing his ability as he ages.

If you think about it, this was perfect publicity: put forward a uh, “attention-getting” speech at the RNC, […]

2 ironies here with Republican Todd Akin

Todd Akin, if you’re not aware, is the Republican candidate for Missouri Senate. He is now infamously quoted as having said this in an interview on Sunday:

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in an interview posted Sunday. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

First irony – this photo:

 

2nd irony: everyone is calling on the Republican nominee to step down.. including those on the mainstream Republican right, horrified they might lose their best chance at a US Senate seat pickup, but if Akin […]

US Politics – Mitt Romney chooses Paul Ryan as his VP candidate. Democrats applaud

So it’s official, Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee, has chosen US Congressman Paul Ryan as his Vice-Presidential running mate.

You don’t know much about Paul Ryan? He’s viewed as an ideological right-wing Congressman, who would be supported by those folks known as the Tea Party faction in the US. How ideological is he? One of his pet projects is to privatize US Social Security. He proposed to privatize US Social Security in 2005, and the George Bush administration rejected his plan. When a Republican like Bush is rejecting your plan as being too radical, you know you’re way out there on the fringe – which is exactly why the Tea […]

Upset with Obama? Could be worse – you could get Romney.

A fair number of progressive political activists in the US and some in Canada are disappointed that Obama has not been as progressive or transformational as they like, and has turned out to be more of a cautious President. That may be true, but things could be worse: they could always end up with Mitt Romney, who has turned a trip to London England and the Olympics into a PR disaster.

Republicans and others have said and will say they don’t care what is said about Romney in London’s press or by the Prime Minister, but the major job of a US President is in the area of foreign relations, […]

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