The man who today occupies the White House and is running for president is a very different person. We have not seen such a divisive figure in modern American history than we have over the last three and one-half years.Florida Sen. Marco Rubio • Talking smack about Obama at a fundraiser in South Carolina last night. Since we’re talking about divisive figures, is it not worth noting that there are divisive figures all around, on all sides? Wouldn’t we have bipartisanship if people weren’t being so divisive? Here’s our question: Do Rubio’s harsh words make him more or less likely to be Romney’s VP? He’s sort of the top rumored guy at the moment — though the effect of this speech has some speculating he might make a good presidential candidate after 2012.
» And that’s just the low-end estimates. Analysts estimate that a gradual increase in the Pentagon’s budget to 4% of GDP would cost the United States roughly $2.1 trillion over the next decade. Should Romney win the election, and immediately push spending up to 4%, the subsequent spending could cost an additional $200 billion or more. While Romney is hardly the first to suggest such a plan, with past notable proponents including former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, some have been quick to condemn any plan tying the budget to GDP in any way. “GDP rises and falls. Do you really want your defense budget falling in a recession?” said Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments’ Todd Harrison, adding, “spending should be determined by the security environment — not the size of your economy.”
» That’s compared to 1 percent for Romney: While that stat (from a Washington Post poll) doesn’t say everything about the election, the lopsidedness of this one stat is pretty stunning. Overall in the state, Obama is ahead of Romney 51 percent to 44 percent, with the president leading among independents, women and younger voters, and Romney leading among whites and men. (hat tip to The Fix)