#NCGov: Shame on Democrat @WalterDalton for playing the race card on @PatMcCroryNC

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I am so not surprised by this (hat tip: @thesavvy):

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican Pat McCrory says North Carolina politics has reached a new low after a video released by Democratic gubernatorial rival Walter Dalton accuses the former Charlotte mayor of being insensitive to black residents.

McCrory told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that Dalton should be “shameful” for approving such a video, which was emailed to Dalton supporters, It may turn into a television ad by the campaign’s end.

The video includes several black speakers. Former state civil rights group president Skip Alston accuses McCrory of not understanding the African American experience in North Carolina. The voices refer indirectly to McCrory’s support for bills requiring photo identification to vote and cuts to education.

Here’s the online ad:

It’s your standard garden variety race card playing, with black liberals claiming McCrory the white Republican is out of touch with “African-Americans” in North Carolina – complete with stark imagery of the street battles between black people and white people in the 50s and 60s during the height of the civil rights movement.

That Pat McCrory is a racist is not true, of course, especially if you consider the fact that the big (liberal and “modern”) city of Charlotte elected him multiple times as mayor and he was well-liked by both parties (most of the time), including the more liberal black politicos here. But then again, Democrats on the whole have never ever let little inconvenient facts like that interrupt a good attempt at nasty character assassination of a good and decent – and well-respected man.

For out of staters, let me show you why this is happening:

Snapshot of polling for the race to replace Gov. Perdue.

To get a more complete picture, click this RCP link where that screencap came from. You’ll see that McCrory has had a double digit lead for most of this campaign. Not helping Lt. Gov. Dalton is the fact that his boss Gov. Perdue has been a disaster for this state, so much so that she declined to run for another term, so Dalton started off at a distinct disadvantage and has been desperate to gain ground in the battle for the Governor’s chair. Clearly, his last few months of trying has not worked.

As a side note, I don’t have numbers on campaign cash on hand but I suspect Dalton is way behind McCrory. (Update: Confirmed.)

So it’s come to this. And Walter Dalton should be damned ashamed for going this route. Haven’t we had enough of these types of gutter political tactics in the state of North Carolina? Unfortunately, some of our more high profile races here earned notorious places in the national spotlight in the past due to the deeply negative turns they took (the 2008 Dole/Hagan Senate race where Dole launched a disgusting personal attack on Hagan’s faith is the most recent one that comes to mind), and enough is enough. Yes, politics is rough and tumble and all candidates should anticipate and expect having to counter their fair share of hits and jabs and to have their associations questioned, but the phony race-card playing, the unwarranted questioning of people’s faiths, and the like need to be thrown out and buried deep underground – never to return.

We will never move forward here (and, in fact, nationwide) as long as politically opportunistic Democrats continue to live in the past on the issue of race, and as long as they continue to paint their opposition – who simply have DIFFERENT ideas than them on how to resolve the issues that plague lower income black people – as “raaacists” rather than actually debating the substance/merit of their ideas. It’s time for baseless personal attacks against political opponents in this state to stop and stop now. The future is on the line, yet here Democrats are insinuating – without any real evidence – that the GOP opposition are racists, and want to suppress the black vote … in spite of the fact that poll trends give that opposition a clear double digit advantage going into the final weeks before the election to a point that even if they WANTED to “suppress the black vote” they wouldn’t have to!

Character matters, and in this particular department both Walter Dalton and his campaign are showing that they are – unfortunately – sorely lacking. Time for them to grow up – and get real.

North Carolina voters deserve better than this.

Is @Virgin’s @RichardBranson accepting nominations for who can help him #PopulateMars?

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This one was too good to pass up:

Richard Branson is on a mission to Mars.

The Virgin Airlines CEO says he has a plan to populate the red planet with an intergalactic Noah’s Ark.

“Obviously, you are going to want scientists initially,” he told the New York Post at Condé Nast Traveler’s Celebration of “The Visionaries” at Alice Tully Hall. “You’re going to want physicians, you’re going to want comedians, you’re going to want fun people, beautiful people, ugly people — a good cross-section of what happens on Earth — on Mars. People have got to be able to get on together, because it’s going to be quite confined.”

Branson would also like to take the journey himself, though, “It may be a one-way trip because the energy to get you there is relatively easy, the energy to get you back is quite difficult. So maybe I’ll wait till the last 10 years of my life, and then maybe go, if my wife will let me.”

He has one more taker in Susan Sarandon, who was overheard backstage telling the Virgin Galactic mogul she’d like to travel to space “and open a pingpong bar.”

Oh, my dear dear Mr. Branson. I have a very, very long list of people, mostly your fellow liberals, who I’d love for you to consider making that trip to Mars – assuming it’s a permanent one, of course. It’s a bit longish and, quite frankly, would rival Santa Claus’ “nice kid” list – but I think you’d find a lot in common with many of the people on it.

Just let me know … ;)

Benghazi consulate massacre: White House knew it was a terrorist attack, lied about it

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**Posted by Phineas

Americans died, Obama lied.

Fox News is also reporting what Eli Lake reported yesterday: the administration knew within 24 hours of the jihadist attack in Benghazi that it was not demonstration that just got out of control:

U.S. intelligence officials knew within 24 hours of the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya that it was a terrorist attack and suspected Al Qaeda-tied elements were involved, sources told Fox News — though it took the administration a week to acknowledge it.

The account conflicts with claims on the Sunday after the attack by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice that the administration believed the strike was a “spontaneous” event triggered by protests in Egypt over an anti-Islam film.

Two senior U.S. officials said the Obama administration internally labeled the attack terrorism from the first day in order to unlock and mobilize certain resources to respond, and that officials were looking for one specific suspect.

One should point out that these sources could be the same who talked to Lake, so it many not be a confirmation, just different outlets for the same whistle-blower.

All the same, members of Congress are not happy:

The account that officials initially classified the attack as terrorism is sure to raise serious questions among lawmakers who have challenged the narrative the administration put out in the week following the strike. A few Republican lawmakers have gone so far as to suggest the administration withheld key facts about the assault for political reasons.

“I think we should have answers right away. … I think they’re reluctant to tell us what this event really was probably because it’s an election year. But the American people deserve to know answers about what happened at our embassy in Libya,” Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., told Fox News.

Obama? Democrats? Putting electoral politics ahead of the national interest? Now whatever would give anyone that idea?

(Hint: Their behavior over Iraq from 2004 to 2008.)

This is quickly becoming a national scandal. While elements of the administration were treating this as a terrorist attack by the next day, high government officials, including the president, were trying to convince us it was all about an obscure YouTube video. As Bryan Preston at PJM writes, the situation is so screwed up, only one person can answer the questions:

The president himself needs to conduct a press conference and explain his administration’s actions and multiple conflicting statements. Nothing less than an explanation from Obama himself will do at this point. His own credibility is on the line, and the campaign of misdirection has ruined Secretary of State Clinton’s and Ambassador Rice’s credibility.

Neither Rice nor Clinton can credibly claim that they were acting on bad information from subordinates. Their subordinates, according to both Eli Lake and Fox, were treating the attack as terrorism, and even hunting a specific suspect, while Rice, Clinton, and Jay Carney continued to blame the YouTube video. Obama blamed that video again in his UN address and even now refuses to call the attack an act of terrorism.

And it’s not just the questions about the blatant lies the administration told; we’re also owed explanations for the obviously poor security in Benghazi and the failure to act on warnings, including Ambassador Stevens’ own misgivings.

Maybe the MSM should spend its time questioning Obama about this, rather than NFL refs.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

#FightLikeAGirl: Time to ignore polling numbers, and to start the final #RomneyRyan2012 push

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There has been a lot of talk recently as to the poll numbers that are suddenly showing Obama with a distinct edge in battleground states. Specifically, the chatter is that the heavy oversampling of Democrats is what is giving our celebrity President the appearance of being in the clear lead in the final five weeks leading up to the November elections.

From what I’ve read of the various polling data, that appears to be the case in some instances. In others, not so much. While I’m sure there is no coordinated conspiracy on the part of the MSM and the polling outfits they use, there’s no question in my mind that they are in full “re-elect Obama” mode and are using the questionable numbers to hammer Mitt Romney, blaming his 47% comments – among others – for his supposed “dramatic drop” in the polls. At the same time, they search for “clues” that the RomRy campaign are “re-launching”, which to the mainstream media equates to acknowledgement that the GOP ticket’s message isn’t resonating with voters and as a result they are trying to switch gears.

While RomRy certainly have their work cut out for them on messaging and convincing voters they are a better choice to put America on the road to recovery than O’Biden – bad polling or not – I’d like to address the frustration and discouragement of those who are reading these polling numbers and who are resigning themselves to the media narrative that Romney and Ryan can’t win.

STOP.

As I noted yesterday on Twitter, I heard from several friends and family members via email, text, or phone expressing to me deep concern about Romney’s “falling numbers.” This is the intended effect, of course, for the MSM – who are notorious for trying to manufacture horse races the closer it gets to election time. I told everyone I talked to to not get discouraged, to not let what they were hearing cause them to start believing this election was hopeless. Because it’s not. Not even close.

We don’t need the input of veteran pollsters to aid us in coming to that conclusion, do we?

Four years ago, Barack Obama rode into the office in a blaze of glory, basking in the support of a compliant lapdog media, reliable Democrat supporters, actual Republicans in Name Only, and independents who desperately wanted to believe he was the agent of hopey change he made himself out to be. The youth vote, the black vote, and Independents were particularly energized for candidate Obama, and they carried him to victory in several key states – including North Carolina, where he saw his smallest margin of victory for flipped states.

But reality has set in for some of these folks, and there are numerous reports – which I have documented here – that suggest the youth vote edge is gone, enthusiasm is lacking, and that there are enough black voters dissatisfied with Obama’s stances on various social issues like abortion and gay marriage to perhaps make his life very difficult in key states he and Romney know they must win. Some independents are experiencing wake up calls and understand now that the guy Obama painted himself out to be on the surface during the 2008 campaign is not the one who sits in the Oval Office.

In short, there are cracks at the seams of many of his core groups, and these cracks are just wide enough for the Romney/Ryan campaign to swoop in and try to convince even a small but significant percentage of these voters to come over to the GOP side. In many states, it won’t take much for RomRy to win – and I say that as someone who does NOT believe the polling data that relies heavily on the belief that Obama’s supporters will come out in “record numbers” for this election. I’m just not seeing it.

Yes, Romney/Ryan have an uphill climb ahead of them but we knew going in that whoever the eventual nominee was going to be was going to face seemingly insurmountable odds in defeating the empty chair in the White House. We also knew in advance that the official campaigns for both the GOP nominee and the GOP itself were not always going to be on point, and frequently make agonizing, frustrating mistakes. We also knew that the poll numbers would seesaw back and forth, and that the closer it came to people going to the actual polls to vote that the media would kick into an unprecedented overdrive to push their guy over the top.

This is what they do.

What can we do, in turn? Put polling numbers in the back of your mind. Don’t completely ignore them but don’t let them be your guide post as to how much effort you put into helping the GOP win the White House, Congressional races, etc. Whether it appears we’re ahead by 10, or down by 20 in any given state: DO.NOT.GIVE.UP. Keep pushing forward. In fact, the words “I quit” should not be in the DNA of any conservative, any Republican, any Blue Dog Democrat or independent who gives a damn about the dangerous direction this country is taking and who wants it to change course. Simply put, our focus needs to be on continuing to promote our conservative ideals, praising and defending RomRy where necessary, pushing back and hard against Democrat/media lies about either of them, and absolutely destroying false narratives painted by the Obama campaign and their allies in the press.

We have much more of a chance of winning enough states to carry us over the top if we utilize this strategy than we do if we mope around at this stage in the game thinking that what the polls say now means we’re doomed in November.

The choice is yours.

Phineas butts in: 100% agreement with my blog-buddy on this. Let me also point you to a great article at Ricochet by Rick Wilson: “Behind the Magic Trick.” Here’s an excerpt:

Once you know the secret behind a magic trick, it loses its appeal.

No matter how carefully crafted, no matter how spectacular the effect, no matter how much skill goes into its design, once you see the wires, or know where the secret compartment is, the trick stops being magic and becomes nothing more than engineering.

The trick the Obama campaign has executed beautifully this month is to demoralize and dismay the GOP base. A combination of a very, very, very heavy TV buy in swing states (pay attention, because this is a rabbit they can’t pull out every week), a fierce assault on Romney at every turn (abetted by a cooperative press that loves the taste of blood) and a series of public polls that have played into a self-reinforcing narrative that Obama is inevitable.

The trick is a good one, and to judge from the wailing and lamentations on our side, it’s been working.

But it’s just a trick.

Let’s pull back the curtain, shall we?

Read it all, and take heart. Remember, they want you to give up.