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The PR campaigns to rehab Common Core before 2016 have begun. Having said that,
this is the most hilarious, talking point laden puff piece I’ve seen in a while:
Former Romney spokesman: Common Core popular in many quarters
The thrust of this article repeats the biggest talking point out there, that Common Core allows for ‘local control’. What’s more that McCoy’s assertion of ‘local control’ is somehow tied to how ‘popular’ Common Core is. We’ll get to the latter of that, first let’s talk ‘local control’.
Was Mr. McCoy intending to insult the intelligence of the reader?
To say that Common Core is about local control of any kind is to tell a whopper. Continue reading
On the last day of early voting in Wake County, North Carolina, I took an afternoon to volunteer for Mitt Romney. It was my first time volunteering for a campaign of any kind. I wasn’t really nervous, but more on the side of excited.
When I got there, a great young man in his last year at NC State got me set up and started to work the phones. I quizzed him for a few moments about his experience at college and found he readily identified his professors as being nearly all liberal leaning. Go figure. He was undeterred and had been working with the campaign for quite a while.
Working the phones was basically calling and implementing a survey that consisted of inquiring if people had gotten out to vote already or if they planned to on Election Day. Seeing how it worked on the caller side was interesting and softened me on actually answering such callers instead of screening my calls in the future. The amount of disconnected numbers, wrong numbers and no answers was pretty high, but the live people I did get were incredibly nice and all had voted already. Of all the live people I spoke to, ALL offered that they had voted Romney.
I was struck by the diversity of the volunteers. Some as young at 15, elderly, women, men, black, white, asian and hispanic. The young lady I met, who was about 15, had interned at the headquarters all Summer and had won the chance to meet Paul Ryan when he came to Raleigh. I was thoroughly impressed with her dedication and clear grasp of the issues at hand this election. Her mother was equally as impressive and I chatted with her briefly as we worked the phones. I even ran into the mother of a child who was in my own child’s Kindergarten class. She was volunteering to go door to door, with her young daughter,in the suburb of Raleigh we both live in. What a small world!
During my volunteering, I had the honor of meeting and listening to three fantastic women, Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, Former SBA Administrator, Jovita Carranza and RNC Co-Chair, Sharon Day. I was pretty bowled over that the RNC Co-Chair was there. I was honored to have a few moments of her time after the speeches – she’s so down to Earth and her drive is amazing. After blogging and writing several stories on Congresswoman Ellmers, it was fantastic to meet her in person. Her energy just pulsed through that room when she spoke. Having her in Washington working for us is a BIG plus. The Congresswoman assured me they are going to work for #FullRepeal. I believe her.I wasn’t able to catch up with Ms. Carranza, regrettably. I loved her speech and I’ve linked to her bio (above). Please take a moment to read it and the corresponding article.
I shot some video of their speeches using my regular camera for pictures. I apologize for the shakiness; no tripod and I was doing this on the fly.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-I8fJNRDrj8&feature=youtu.be]
Just a few of the pictures of the event via the NC Victory 2012 Facebook page: Continue reading
Related: The PJ Tatler » Obama Ticket Demand Low — In Boulder Continue reading
Last night was the final Presidential debate. This thread will serve as my usual rundown and link-around. My commentary from during the debate can be found here.
LL1885’s overall take:
Best moderated debate yet. Bob kept his trap shut and that worked out well.
Benghazi was swept under the rug.
Fast and Furious didn’t even get mentioned.
Obama lied a lot. Romney missed chances to hit him on them.
Romney kept an even keel while Obama seemed like he was racing to catch up each question. This resulted in a lot of creepy looks from Obama and quite a bit of petty snark. Net-net effect: Romney looked like the incumbent and looked more presidential.
Romney won. It wasn’t a win like the first debate, but he came out and did what he needed to do. He successfully pushed the narrative that Obama has not led and that the world doubts our resolve and strength as a nation. Obama has not delivered on his 2008 promises, but in fact made our reputation worse. Romney also effectively highlighted that the President’s default mode of debating is not to offer solutions and talk about himself, but rather to attack Romney. Shorter: “Attacking me is not an agenda.”
Romney displayed stability. Obama displayed narcissism.
In my opinion, Obama really blew it on ‘What role America should play’. He highlighted almost everything that he managed to screw up in the last 4 years and try to sell them as positives. Then he attacked Romney. Obama didn’t really answer to the question posed. Fail.
I doubt this will impact the polls or voter opinion much. If it does, I think it will be in Romney’s favor and not Obama’s. People know who they want by now. I maintain 201 is going to look like a warm up. (Note: As I was finishing this post, my suspicion was confirmed.)
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Last night was the second Presidential debate at Hofstra University. In case you missed it, Mr. Liberty live blogged it in VodkaPundit style — with a healthy serving of Bourbon. Check out his comments, I think he did very well for blogging his first debate, all bias and bourbon aside. My own comments are below the useful links.
The Useful Links
Other Live Blogs from last night to check out:
Here are the video and the transcript.
Hot Air: The second debate; Update: Obama wins CBS insta-poll narrowly, but Romney wins big on economy
Ace: Romney Wins. “But on actual issues — the ones that will determine this election — Romney destroyed him.”
Instapundit: Who lost the debate? “America’s media.” UPDATE: Video: Crowley Admits Romney Was Right on Libya
American Thinker: Romney Wins the Three-Way Debate at Hofstra
Power Line: Essentially a draw, but whom does it help?
DaTechGuy: Round Two Short Term Draw Long Term Romney
Zero Hedge: Debate Post-Mortem: Jobs-4-Jeremy, Gang Bangers, And Candi(e)d Fact Checking
Polling & Panels:
The Right Scoop: Frank Luntz focus group OVERWHELMINGLY thought Romney was more presidential
Real Clear Politics: Luntz Focus Group Of Mostly Former Obama Voters Switch To Romney
Real Clear Politics: Second Part Of Luntz Focus Group On Second Presidential Debate
Weekly Standard: MSNBC’s Undecided Voter Panel Swayed by Romney
NEVADA VOTERS ON MITT ROMNEY: “CONFIDENT,” “WINNER,” “FORCEFUL,” “OUR NEXT PRESIDENT”
Oops! Luntz Focus Group Member on Obama: He’s Been Bullsh*tting the Public for 4 Years
NC independents say Romney won debate
Politico’s Mike Allen Fact Checks “Acts Of Terror” Comment
Obama spokeperson: Obama takes responsibility for Benghazi security failures
The media set an expectation for last night’s debate that was not met. Yes, Obama did better in attitude but the substance was still not there. Take away the attitude and you had an empty chair spewing campaign slogans in a jumbled order that made no sense. In almost every answer, Obama went for the class warfare tack.
1. Class warfare. 2. Repeat.
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL)
Of note, the audience and questioners seemed less like undecided voters and more like Candy Crowley/ Team Obama hand-picked plants. Maybe they weren’t, but they sure seemed rather biased. So, I’m giving this debate to Romney since he not only had to debate Obama, but also the Moderator and the audience. After the debate, the Left had their panic attacks when they realized Obama fell short of what he needed to do last night, which of course included more death threats to Romney.
Romney won on points. He had the clear grasp of the issues and conveyed them very well. Mr. Liberty didn’t like the moments when Romney got a bit aggressive himself early on, but I didn’t mind that so much. For me, it was Romney establishing he wasn’t going to be Joe Bidened by Obama. Romney settled down and hit his stride not long after. Romney got in a favorite line of mine from the last debate and used ‘trickle down government’ to hit Obama and highlight again there are two paths in this election.
Key hits were on oil and gas, taxes and Benghazi, despite the moderator debating for Obama on that one. Romney would have done well to mention Obama just cut off drilling in half of Alaska during the gas prices part. Mitt landed strong blows to Obama on China. Could have been harder.
Romney slams Pres Obama for cutting by half the number of licenses and permits for drilling for oil and gas on federal lands.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller)
Most of the questions were alright, but one initially made me angry until Romney stepped in and aced it. That question essentially asked how Romney was different from George Bush. My first reaction: Uh, is Romney running against Obama or Bush?? Then I calmed down and realized this was Romney’s chance to take away the Bush card. Romney responded brilliantly:
President Bush and I are — are different people and these are different times and that’s why my five point plan is so different than what he would have done.
I mean for instance, we can now, by virtue of new technology actually get all the energy we need in North America without having to go to the — the Arabs or the Venezuelans or anyone else. That wasn’t true in his time, that’s why my policy starts with a very robust policy to get all that energy in North America — become energy secure.
Number two, trade — I’ll crack down on China, President Bush didn’t. I’m also going to dramatically expand trade in Latin America. It’s been growing about 12 percent per year over a long period of time. I want to add more free trade agreements so we’ll have more trade.
Number three, I’m going to get us to a balanced budget. President Bush didn’t. President Obama was right, he said that that was outrageous to have deficits as high as half a trillion dollars under the Bush years. He was right, but then he put in place deficits twice that size for every one of his four years. And his forecast for the next four years is more deficits, almost that large. So that’s the next area I’m different than President Bush.
And then let’s take the last one, championing small business. Our party has been focused too long. I came through small business. I understand how hard it is to start a small business. That’s why everything I’ll do is designed to help small businesses grow and add jobs. I want to keep their taxes down on small business. I want regulators to see their job as encouraging small enterprise, not crushing it.
And the thing I find the most troubling about Obama Care, well it’s a long list, but one of the things I find most troubling is that when you go out and talk to small businesses and ask them what they think about it, they tell you it keeps them from hiring more people.
My priority is jobs. I know how to make that happen. And President Bush has a very different path for a very different time. My path is designed in getting small businesses to grow and hire people.
One of the best parts for Romney last night was this exchange below. It was the best because it embodies what this election is really about and Romney delivers a masterful response that rings true. The RNC has already turned it into an ad.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnFxAwFMHGg&feature=em-uploademail-new]
Daily Caller: Romney on gun violence: Fast and Furious is ‘the greatest failure we’ve had’ [VIDEO]
Daily Caller: Romney spotlights Obama’s overseas investments, including in China [VIDEO]
Daily Caller: Obama, Romney go toe-to-toe over administration’s Libya response [VIDEO]
NRO: Obama, Romney, and the Libya Exchange
Obama was better this debate. He came out stronger and quickly figured out pulling the interrupting game like Biden did was going to get him face to face with Romney more than he liked. Obama did continually borrow Biden’s smirk – more than just once and at really inappropriate times. If you look past Obama’s demeanor, one realizes he never really answered the questions put to him but instead chose to attack Romney. This was no more clear than the last question where Obama cowardly hits Romney when he has no follow-up to respond instead of speaking about himself, which was the point of the question.
Obama, with the aid of Candy Crowley, chose to lie in a national debate on Benghazi — again. I don’t think anyone missed that one. Also, Obama never did answer the question posed on Benghazi; he walked away just like he did to the media pool at Kingsmill.
FACT: Obama went to bed knowing Ambassador Stevens had gone missing. Had to rest up for his fundraiser the next day. #DumbassDebate
— Bob Owens (@bob_owens)
Obama also had a few lines that I am sure will haunt him, one being that gas prices were low because we were on the edge of economic collapse. Really? Obama also flailed and tossed falsehoods about by bringing up the bailouts.
The President also said there are some jobs that are never coming back — wow, hope and change? Obama’s big problem remains that he has a crappy record and that he still has no second term agenda to speak of.
Obama didn’t answer the questions posed from start to finish, but instead engaged in avoidance demagoguery. Fine example – the final question was supposed to be about themselves, Romney answered it but Obama used it to attack Romney.
Obama takes the time on the misconceptions on himself to hit Romney #debate
— Peter Ingemi (@DaTechGuyblog)
Sometimes, when the President was dodging questions, he resorted to outright lies as he did with his mention of the AZ immigration law. We got a lot of attitude last night and not much substance; recycled slogans and empty platitudes delivered in a condescending lecturer cadence.
Obama: Gas Prices Were Low Because Economy On Verge Of Collapse – Video
Obama: There Are Jobs That Aren’t Coming Back – Video
President Obama Lied To The Nation About Libya Tonight
Breitbart: Flashback: Obama Wouldn’t Call Libya Attack ‘Terrorism’ On The View
Obama’s Tax Cut Hypocrisy
Debate 2012: Obama Cites Debunked Study on Romney’s Tax Plan
Crowley. Where to begin. Candy Crowley was so out of line, it was unbelievable. Crowley played the part of Joe Biden with the interruptions last night. The woman proved herself to be a partisan hack incapable of moderating without inserting herself into the debate as a participant. Her interception of the Benghazi question was incredibly stupid, arrogant, biased and on top of it all, factually WRONG. Crowley was forced to back track and admit Romney was right. Of note in the Obama tank, Chris Matthews has some walking back of his own to do. I sincerely hope she continues to be skewered over this one for a long time, because she deserves every second of it. Her second biggest obvious bit of hackery was cutting Romney off on Fast and Furious; giving a life-preserver to Obama as a result. Meanwhile, she did not redirect Obama on the same question with regards to the gun violence in his own hometown of Chicago nor did she explore the Fast and Furious topic with Obama. Crowley did not follow her own rules, neither did the FLOTUS.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P19O6R1zqBY&feature=em-uploademail-new]
Althouse: “The moderator will not… intervene in the debate except to acknowledge the questioners from the audience or enforce the time limits, and invite candidate comments during the 2 minute response period.”
Instapundit: CANDY CROWLEY INSERTED HERSELF INTO THE DEBATE, OUTRAGEOUSLY, to break up Romney’s most dramatic moments..
Weasel Zippers: CNN’s Crowley Allows Obama To Speak For 44:04, Romney Only 40:50
Gateway Pundit: Krauthammer: Candy Crowley Was Essentially Incorrect and Contaminated the Argument (Video)
Washington Free Beacon: Candy Crowley: He Was Right
Twitchy: And now: CNN walks back false “act of terror” fact check
Breitbart: Crowley Said Obama Took 17 Days to Claim Benghazi Was Terrorism
Breitbart: Crowley to Axelrod: Obama Never Said Benghazi Attack Was ‘Act of Terror’ Continue reading
In the VP debate, Ryan gave the shortest and best answer on Abortion I can remenber:
REP. RYAN: We don’t think that unelected judges should make this decision; that people, through their elected representatives and reaching a consensus in society through the democratic process, should make this determination.
We knew the Obama camp would turn back to the manufactured War on Women bit when they got desperate and like clockwork, they are turning back to it again. I give vredit to the Romney team for meeting the issue head on and taking a clear stand. The Romney campaign now has a new set of videos out centered around religious freedom:[youtube=http://youtu.be/hNskDSUE14g] [youtube=http://youtu.be/g_vwHf_jMv8]
These videos dovetail nicely with Paul Ryan’s remarks near the end of the VP Debate; the one section where VP Biden didn’t interrupt him.
Transcript excerpts via NY TIMES since ABC’s is incomplete:
MS. RADDATZ: — people in this country. Please talk personally about this if you could. Congressman Ryan.
REP. RYAN: I don’t see how a person can separate their public life from their private life or from their faith. Our faith informs us in everything we do. My faith informs me about how to take care of the vulnerable, about how to make sure that people have a chance in life.
Now, you want to ask basically why I’m pro-life? It’s not simply because of my Catholic faith. That’s a factor, of course, but it’s also because of reason and science. You know, I think about 10 1/2 years ago, my wife Janna and I went to Mercy Hospital in Janesville where I was born for our seven-week ultrasound for our firstborn child, and we saw that heartbeat. Our little baby was in the shape of a bean, and to this day, we have nicknamed our firstborn child, Liza, “Bean.” (Chuckles.)
Now, I believe that life begins at conception.
That’s why — those are the reasons why I’m pro-life.
Now, I understand this is a difficult issue. And I respect people who don’t agree with me on this. But the policy of a Romney administration will be to oppose abortion with the exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother.
What troubles me more is how this administration has handled all of these issues. Look at what they’re doing through “Obamacare” with respect to assaulting the religious liberties of this country. They’re infringing upon our first freedom, the freedom of religion, by infringing on Catholic charities, Catholic churches, Catholic hospitals. Our church should not have to sue our federal government to maintain their religious — religious liberties.
And with respect to abortion, the Democratic Party used to say they want it to be safe, legal and rare. Now they support it without restriction and with taxpayer funding, taxpayer funding in “Obamacare,” taxpayer funding with foreign aid. The vice president himself went to China and said that he sympathized or wouldn’t second- guess their one-child policy of forced abortions and sterilizations. That, to me, is pretty extreme.
This exchange between Ryan and Biden on abortion was very telling to me. Ryan nailed Biden on Obama’s assault on religious freedom in one zinger (bolded):
REP. RYAN: All I’m saying is if you believe that life begins at conception, that therefore doesn’t change the definition of life. That’s a principle. The policy of a Romney administration is to oppose abortion with exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother. Now, I’ve got to take issue with the Catholic Church and religious liberty.
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: You have, on the issue of Catholic social doctrine, taken issue.
REP. RYAN: If they — if they agree with you, then why would they keep — why would they keep suing you? It’s a distinction without a difference.
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: (Chuckles.)
Then Biden keeps on talking out of both sides of his mouth as he did the whole debate, tossing Bork, Roe v. Wade and the threat of a Conservative Court in for good, scary measure. If you can’t win on the issues, as Ryan said in the debate a few times,
“And then I would say, you have a president who ran for president four years ago promising hope and change who has now turned his campaign into attack, blame and defame. You see, if you don’t have a good record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone to run from. That was what President Obama said in 2008. It’s what he’s doing right now.”
Well, here’s Biden painting someone to run from, funnily enough when he finally shut up most people were running from him:
MS. RADDATZ: I want to go back to the abortion question here. If the Romney-Ryan ticket is elected, should those who believe that abortion should remain legal be worried?
REP. RYAN: We don’t think that unelected judges should make this decision; that people, through their elected representatives and reaching a consensus in society through the democratic process, should make this determination.
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: The court — the next president will get one or two Supreme Court nominees. That’s how close Roe v. Wade is.
Just ask yourself: With Robert Bork being the chief adviser on the court for — for Mr. Romney, who do you think he’s likely to appoint? Do you think he’s likely to appoint someone like Scalia or someone else on the court, far right, that would outlaw Planned — excuse me — outlaw abortion? I suspect that would happen.
I guarantee you that will not happen. We picked two people. We picked people who are open-minded. They’ve been good justices. So keep an eye on the Supreme Court —
REP. RYAN: Was there a litmus test on them?
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: There was no litmus test. We picked people who had an open mind, did not come with an agenda.
MS. RADDATZ: I’m going to move on to this closing question because we are running out of time.
Yes, we’re running out of time but hopefully we’ll get a new clock with a President Romney. Continue reading
THE FRIDAY FOCUS
PRESIDENT ROMNEY EDITION
Last night in Denver, Mitt Romney positively schooled President Obama. It almost made me feel bad for the President — Almost. President Obama was in dire need of being challenged and having his arrogance taken down a notch or two… or fifty. Romney was in total command from the opening question. He knew the numbers, the facts and the laws better than the President, whose ‘uh’s’ and um’s’ became increasingly annoying as the debate wore on. Mitt Romney thrashed President Obama.
We saw the clear choice between the candidates: One is a businessman who has worked his way up and sees the Presidency as a job and another one who is more engaged with the faculty lounge elite than reality, requires a teleprompter as a crutch and who regards the last four years as one celeb filled photo op. The President is one giant walking empty platitude and last night made that a stark reality. He’s about slogans, not solutions. If you doubt that check this out: Obama touts ‘new economic patriotism’ in post-debate Denver rally
New Economic Patriotism? Yes, Dear Leader. We obey. Frankly, that sounds like a new code word for Class Warfare. Keep an eye on the term and the rhetoric that goes with it.
Poor Biden is probably going to have a nervous breakdown before the VP debate next week; Paul Ryan is even better with numbers than Romney.
You can hit my debate Roundup here: #DenverDebate: Romney destroys the #EmptyChair
Here are some more video highlights and clips from Denver: Continue reading