Quick Hits

Lots of good stuff out there that doesn’t fit neatly in this blog or merit a full post so I thought it was time for another one of these:

Calif. official whose agency under-reported unemployment stats was Obama campaign donor.

Volunteer to get out the vote in Florida tonight: Join the FreedomWorks Grassroots team for a comprehensive look at the best techniques for getting out the vote.

Ben over at Ace of Spades volunteered for the Romney using the election day task force link in the sidebar. They sent him an online training course that took 10 minutes. He provides tons of info in you’re so inclined.

Things on the ground in New Hampshire are looking up. First hand report over at the Powerline Blog. (h/t Housebroken Dad)

Attempts to diminish GOP early voting gains in Ohio are being met with rightful derision by Moe Lane. (h/t Medicine Man)

@NUmbersMuncher has a great post at Natiponal Review’s The Corner regarding the Romney lead with Independents in EVERY national poll, typically averaging +8.3%. (h/t No Tribe)

PPP is scrambling to rehabilitate its reputation with a few reasonable polls down the stretch since election “look backs” always focus on the later polls released in the cycle.


  1. JGS
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Just posted by PPP.


    • TeaPartyPaul
      Posted October 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Wow….NBC/WSJ/Marist +9 Iowa…Dem Poll +1…no words can explain the disgust and anger i have.

  2. housebroken dad
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Also breaking are the State Dept documents proving Stephens begged for add’l security and expressed severe concerns about security, even on the day of this death. Just despicable. I am ashamed.

  3. JGS
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Permalink | Reply

    That must be what Hannity was talking about last night, that he promised to break with on his show tonight.

    • John Fisher
      Posted October 19, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Frankly, this should not have to wait until Hannity on a Friday night. Fox News should be breaking with it now!

  4. TeaPartyPaul
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Permalink | Reply


  5. Posted October 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Obama retakes RCP lead after the Investors Business Daily Poll swings from an a tie to Obama 2 point lead. Looks like maybe he got a bounce afterall.

    IBD is odd…D+7 but they find Romney only leading men by 2, but Independents by 9 and losing ground among upper income…WTF

    • Eric
      Posted October 19, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink | Reply

      A lot of the men in that poll are Democrats. This election will not be anywhere close to D+7. I think it’ll be R+1 or somewhere around there. It could be anywhere from D+3 to R+4.

    • Medicine Men
      Posted October 19, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Couple of wacky polls ( +3 BO) that is having some effect on the average. The IBD poll seems pretty fluid on a daily basis. I think BO got some of those soft Obama support back after the first debate. Don’t over react. Wait a week to see if it is real or not.

    • John Fisher
      Posted October 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Sad to say but IBD has become worthless as they continue to oversample D.

    • damien
      Posted October 19, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Permalink | Reply

      if u give someone a plus seven sample…he better get a bounce

  6. Eric
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I haven’t seen any evidence whatsoever of a bump up for Obama after the 2nd debate. The dirty little secret is that Obama didn’t win that debate. it was basically a tie or maybe a small win for Romney. What matters is changing votes, not what some pundit on TV thinks.

    The polls have basically been sideways since the 2nd debate.

    • Medicine Men
      Posted October 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Meh. I guess it is what the definition of “bump” is. Rasmussen has Romney at 49 for nearly a week straight and up on BO. Could be just stat noise since it just one day, but he is down to 48 today. Will it last? Did it change the race? Did it stop the bleeding? I don’t know know, no and yes….dreams of a blow out need to be kept in check as 17+ days in an eternity when some one is constantly hitting refresh on Battleground Watch.

    • Posted October 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Permalink | Reply

      looking at Gallup LV tracking…Obama on Oct 12 was at 47…went down to 45 and then has been at 45 for 3 straight days. Romney the last three days went up, up, and then back down 1. But those people who left Romney didn’t go to Obama. He is stuck in place. Seems 45 may be his floor/base. just thought this was interesting. A sitting president stuck in late october at 45 in a 2 man race.

      • Medicine Men
        Posted October 19, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

        Reason I believe Gallup is more stable is a couple of reasons: 1) more reasonable party ID R + 0.7 I believe so one one see the variability seen in more D heavy samples 2) 7 day rolling average.

  7. MattWestfall
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Another quick hit, for PA: Iacocca!!

  8. Ron
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

    His youth vote is down.
    His woman vote is down.
    His black vote is down.
    His Catholic vote is down.
    His Jewish vote is down.
    The economy stinks.
    He’s got no new plan.
    He’s boring everybody.
    Even MN, MI and PA are in play.
    He lost the first crucial debate big time.
    He was only passable the second time at bat while Romney held his own.
    The polls are once again playing obvious games with the truth.
    Everybody’s talking about Lybia.
    Romney’s team seems in an exceptionally good mood lately.

    Just sayin’.

    • Medicine Men
      Posted October 19, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Permalink | Reply


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