Laugh of the Day: Soledad excitedly (and falsely) claims Obama “up by 15” in VA

Because in the middle of Campaign 2012 insanity, some folks really do stand out more so than others. ;) Via Politico:

This morning, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien told Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell “pre-debate polling shows that the president was up 15 points in the state of Virginia.” But O’Brien did not mention what the CNN Chyron, on the bottom of the screen, did: The +15 points was among female voters, based on a Quinnipiac poll that had Obama leading Romney by 16 points (56-40) among women.

“How worried are you that your state is going to go for President Obama when the polls show a significant lead pre-debate, after the first pretty awful debate?” she asked McDonnell.

“I’m not sure what you’re looking at there, Soledad,” McDonnell replied.

Current polling in Virginia puts Obama and Romney almost dead even, with a slight edge for Obama. But for the record, Obama has never led Romney by 15 points in Virginia, according to any 2012 poll. The last time he led Romney by double digits was in May 2011, roughly one year before Romney became his party’s nominee. The Quinnipiac poll O’Brien cited has Obama up by 5, a recent NBC News/WSJ/Marist Poll has Romney up by 1.

Ms. OBrien did email Politico through a spokesman to note she had mistakenly left off the word “woman” but, um, I think informed conservatives know otherwise. ;)

Romney closing on Obama in… Michigan??

**Posted by Phineas

Signs of an electoral apocalypse?

A new statewide poll shows a tight race between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney, as well as growing enthusiasm among Republicans for their nominee.

Released Wednesday, the poll of 600 likely voters showed Obama leading Romney in Michigan, 44.2 percent to 40.5 percent, but Romney also within the sampling error of 4 percentage points — meaning it’s a tight race.

The poll was conducted by the Michigan polling firm Denno Research and commissioned by Grand Rapids-based Lambert, Edwards & Associates, which also has offices in Lansing. Dennis Denno, president of Denno Research, also is chief of staff to state Sen. Virgil Smith Jr., D-Detroit.

Note that last: this is a Democratic poll. Maybe the partial nationalization of the auto industry isn’t as popular as assumed?


In addition, the poll found that Romney had a 6 percent lead over Obama with independent voters — 36 percent to 30 percent — strengthening Romney’s chances of closing the gap.

This is crucial: Obama may or may not have “fired up” his core Democratic supporters after the last debate, but it’s the unaligned who provided him with much of his margin of victory in 2008. If Romney, who’s already enjoying growing Republican enthusiasm according to the poll, is stealing the independents, then we may find Team Obama having to spend its scarcest resource, campaign time, not as much as they’d like in genuine battleground states, but in states that should be safe for them, such as Minnesota.

Looks to me like they’re the ones playing defense, falling back to their second line of fortifications while denying rumors that they’re abandoning their outer works in North Carolina, Virginia, and Colorado. Romney still isn’t likely to win Minnesota or Michigan (though I predict a red Pennsylvania), but that more and more polls in Blue states are narrowing has to worry them with the election so near; that they spend any time or money in those places at all is a visible sign of this.

Or consider it another way: when was the last time Romney-Ryan campaigned in Texas?

Maybe an electoral strategy based on Big Bird, binders, and Tagg Romney’s violent urges doesn’t resonate with the American public?

What. A. Shock.

via Hot Air

UPDATE: Beware of irrational exuberance, but Gallup has Romney up 52-45 in likely voters. Analyst Sean Trende is reasonably skeptical. But it sure is pretty.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Ta-Nehisi Coates: It’s RAAACIST for Tagg Romney to joke about “taking a swing” at Obama

The left is in full freak-out mode over Mitt Romney’s son Tagg joking about wanting to take a swing at President Obama. First, the comments – via Politico:

Mitt Romney’s eldest son joked in a radio interview that he wanted to “take a swing” at President Barack Obama after Obama called his father a liar.

“Jump out of your seat and you want to rush down to the stage and take a swing at him,” Tagg said, laughing. “But you know you can’t do that because, well, first because there’s a lot of Secret Service between you and him, but also because that’s the nature of the process.”

North Carolina radio host Bill LuMaye had asked Romney what it felt like “to hear the president of the United States call your dad a liar.”

Read the link for Tagg’s full comments.

It was an innocent, unscripted human moment on the campaign – and heartfelt, showing how a son is understandably being protective over his dad. You’d think the Romney campaign’s explanation that Tagg was just noting how stressful and frustrating running for office can be on a family would be enough, but unfortunately for the desperados on the left, this was indicative of a “violent” side to the Romney family and it should be, you know, investigated further. In fact, the Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates, a black liberal, absurdly freaked out more so than others over Tagg’s remarks. Insinuating that Tagg was serious about wanting to “assault” President Obama, Coates blubbered:

Yes because a good whippin’ would teach that Obama boy to mind his place.

It’s worth trying to imagine any black man associated with a credible black candidate for the presidency, joking about beating down the incumbent president of the United States. Racism isn’t just in what you do and don’t say, but in the terrain you walk. It is baked in the cake — a fact which is hard to understand when you are the party of white people.

The mind-blowing stupidity pretty much speaks for itself. Coates would have you believe Tagg Romney would NOT have made the same remark had Romney had the exact type of battle with a white incumbent Democrat president. The basis of his remarks? TAGG ROMNEY IS WHITE. Did Coates think the same thing of Rev. Jesse Jackson when he talked about wanting to cut off candidate Obama’s balls back in 2008? Of course not.

Which brings us to the next question: Who is the real racist here? Tagg Romney for making an off the cuff remark about defending his dad, or Ta-Nehisi Coates, who sees a racist lurking behind every white Republican? Related to all this, I wonder how Coates feels about the volumes of vicious threats that have been issued on Twitter to Mitt Romney, and the vile rape threats against Ann Romney, many of which have come from black supporters of President Obama? Visit and type in threats in the search engine and you’ll see what I’m talking about. I, along with several others, have been involved off and on in exposing these threats and pointing them out to the Secret Service’s Twitter account.

Coates’ response to these threats, some of which are ACTUAL racism and ACTUALLY serious in nature? Crickets chirping, of course.

Bill Jacobson at Legal Insurrection writes about the responses from other hyperventilating leftists, and points out their typical deliberate deceptive editing of the audio from the interview. You really cannot make this stuff up.

Parodies of left wing freak outs in progress really do not do them justice. This is how they react when they are on the ropes. Expect more of this abject nonsense over the next two and a half weeks, especially if Obama doesn’t see a noticeable bounce in the polls from the second debate and the last one.

“By any means necessary” and all that. Idiots.