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November 3, 2012
Chris is a sort of cavalier New York, New Jersey guy: ‘If I’m a few minutes behind, I’ll blame it on traffic,’ That’s just who he is.
A person close to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie • Quoted anonymously in a Politico story today, which suggests that Governor Christie may have initially been Mitt Romney’s top choice for Vice Preisdent. That began to change, however, with Christie’s tardiness to some events irking Romney, as referenced above, and concerns persisted within the campaign that he was too focused on himself to be an effective “number two.” Over the course of his trip to visit the Olympics in London, Romney finally settled on Rep. Paul Ryan. The article also states that some Romney “friends and donors” are upset with Christie’s public appreciations of President Obama the last week, as the pair have coordinated tightly on New Jersey’s post-Sandy disaster relief. source
16:53 // 1 year ago

election:

How Will the Animated GIF Affect the Presidential Election? from PBS’ Idea Channel

Few jobs would require as much nuance and precise understanding of stratified cultural appeal as that of a campaign’s official .gif maker.

15:38 // 1 year ago
election:

This chart shows why the Obama Campaign says it will win Ohio.
On Friday, Obama’s field director released numbers showing that Obama now has a decisive lead among the ballots that have already been cast in Ohio:

About 24% of projected Ohio votes have already been cast.
Ohioans who live in counties that Obama won in 2008 have already cast 866,798 ballots, compared with just 448,635 votes cast from Republican counties.
[So now] Romney needs to win at least 53% of the remaining votes to catch up.

Republicans counter with two points:

1) Just because a county went for Obama last time, that doesn’t mean the majority of its voters still back him today;
2) Romney’s supporters tend to turn out more on Election Day than during the early vote.

The first point is logical, but undermined by polls of people who already voted in Ohio, which show Obama leading among those voters by 20 to 30 points. 
The second point is the question that could decide the entire election — can Romney mobilize a surge on Election Day to come back in Ohio? Because right now, all indications suggest that he is behind.
By Ari Melber


The Obama campaign has been pushing early voting as the cornerstone of their get-out-the-vote effort for months and months, and with good reason — in a state with a history of staggering lines and wait times to vote on Election Day, especially in lower-income and black neighborhoods, getting your voters squared away early comes at a premium.

election:

This chart shows why the Obama Campaign says it will win Ohio.

On Friday, Obama’s field director released numbers showing that Obama now has a decisive lead among the ballots that have already been cast in Ohio:

About 24% of projected Ohio votes have already been cast.

Ohioans who live in counties that Obama won in 2008 have already cast 866,798 ballots, compared with just 448,635 votes cast from Republican counties.

[So now] Romney needs to win at least 53% of the remaining votes to catch up.

Republicans counter with two points:

1) Just because a county went for Obama last time, that doesn’t mean the majority of its voters still back him today;

2) Romney’s supporters tend to turn out more on Election Day than during the early vote.

The first point is logical, but undermined by polls of people who already voted in Ohio, which show Obama leading among those voters by 20 to 30 points. 

The second point is the question that could decide the entire election — can Romney mobilize a surge on Election Day to come back in Ohio? Because right now, all indications suggest that he is behind.

By Ari Melber


The Obama campaign has been pushing early voting as the cornerstone of their get-out-the-vote effort for months and months, and with good reason — in a state with a history of staggering lines and wait times to vote on Election Day, especially in lower-income and black neighborhoods, getting your voters squared away early comes at a premium.

14:53 // 1 year ago
millionpuppetmarch:

Here’s the official Million Puppet March route map! See you in DC on 11/3

So this is apparently happening right now.

millionpuppetmarch:

Here’s the official Million Puppet March route map! See you in DC on 11/3

So this is apparently happening right now.

13:21 // 1 year ago
Genius graphic of the day: As the New York Times shows in the amazing interactive piece “512 Paths to the White House,” Obama’s path to winning the Electoral College is much easier than that of Romney. In fact, if Obama wins Florida, Romney would have to win eight other toss-up states to topple that blow. That’s less likely than an Obama Ohio win at the moment, but … ah, why explain it?! Play with the fun, interactive, awesome graphic! (ht Jason Smedvik)

Genius graphic of the day: As the New York Times shows in the amazing interactive piece “512 Paths to the White House,” Obama’s path to winning the Electoral College is much easier than that of Romney. In fact, if Obama wins Florida, Romney would have to win eight other toss-up states to topple that blow. That’s less likely than an Obama Ohio win at the moment, but … ah, why explain it?! Play with the fun, interactive, awesome graphic! (ht Jason Smedvik)

0:38 // 1 year ago
October 31, 2012
apsies:

On Marine One, President Obama and Governor Christie survey the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy along New Jersey coast, Oct. 31, 2012.

This camaraderie won’t last, but it’s great to see, eh?

apsies:

On Marine One, President Obama and Governor Christie survey the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy along New Jersey coast, Oct. 31, 2012.

This camaraderie won’t last, but it’s great to see, eh?

19:13 // 1 year ago
At the top of my list, I have to say that Gov. Christie throughout this process has been responsive. He’s been aggressive in making sure that the state got out in front of this incredible storm and I think the people of New Jersey recognize that he has put his heart and soul into making sure the people of New Jersey bounce back even stronger than before. So, I just want to thank him for his extraordinary leadership and partnership.
President Obama, returning the favor to Christie at a joint press conference today. Some have suggested that Christie is helping himself politically by embracing Obama, but that’s a dubious suggestion at best (just ask Charlie Crist). Regardless, it’s been heartening to watch this bromance emerge; here’s to hoping it sticks around after the storm is gone. source

(Source: usnews.nbcnews.com)

18:27 // 1 year ago
October 29, 2012
To be brutal, a certain amount of bad weather on election day helps conservatives in every democracy. In crude terms, car-driving conservative retirees still turn out in driving rain, when bus-taking lower-income workers just back from a night shift are more likely to give rain-soaked polls a miss.
The Economist, speculating on what effect—if any—Hurricane Sandy might have on the outcome of the election. “School closures are a particular problem for low-income families or single mothers scrambling to find childcare,” the columnist adds, and this could further surpress Democratic turnout. However, there’s also the possibility that Sandy could help Obama’s chances. The theory here is that the news coverage devoted to the storm will prevent any serious change in the media narrative of the race from taking hold, and because Obama is still the favorite for reelection, this could end up “freezing the election campaign, and Mr Romney’s perceived momentum, in place.” In truth, it’s anyone’s guess as to what effect Sandy will have on the polls. Thankfully, though, the storm is expected to clear up by November 6th, so it may ultimately be a moot point. —Seth @ ShortFormBlog (via election)
18:56 // 1 year ago
October 27, 2012
My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people — not all of them, but most of them — who are still basing their positions on race. Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists. The real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin. That’s despicable.
Retired Army Colonel and former aide to Colin Powell, Lawrence Wilkerson • Diving headfirst, in the most blunt terms possible, into the media dust-up kicked off last Thursday by Romney surrogate John Sununu. Responding to news that former Secretary of State Colin Powell had endorsed President Obama, Sununu suggested that Powell had a “slightly different” reason for doing it than politics – namely, his race. Sununu reversed course on this today, saying “I do not doubt that it was based on anything but his support of the president’s policies,” but not before Wilkerson unleashed this incendiary attack on some of his fellow Republicans. An attack which, frankly, seems destined to generate a lot more heat than it does light. source
14:48 // 1 year ago
October 25, 2012
Today in political cartoons with an extra dash of clever: xkcd’s take on electoral precedent.

Today in political cartoons with an extra dash of clever: xkcd’s take on electoral precedent.

22:30 // 1 year ago