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    Quote Originally Posted by Bman View Post
    current projections are:


    Obama: 303 electoral votes

    Romney: 235 electoral votes
    Let's watch that change as gas prices increase.

    Of course, I expect Obama to beg Saudi Arabia to triple oil shipments to lower prices at the pump just in time for the election...
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    as the stock market goes, so goes Obama

    and the market is going up right now


    May 1, 2012 2:45 PM


    Gallup: Obama approval rating highest since bin Laden killing


    By Stephanie Condon Topics Campaign 2012 (Credit: SAUL LOEB)

    (CBS News) President Obama's approval rating has risen slowly since last summer and is now its highest monthly average since May 2011, according to Gallup's daily tracking poll, which showed support increasing particularly among independents.


    Mr. Obama's approval rating averaged 47 percent in April 2012 - just below his 50 percent approval rating last May, when a team of U.S. Navy SEALS killed Osama bin Laden. The poll boost comes as the president reminds voters of the successful raid on the al Qaeda leader, spurring debate over whether he is inappropriately politicizing the event.

    The president's approval rating reached a low point in the summer of 2011, when it stood at 41 percent. Since then, it's climbed the most -- by eight points -- among independents. His approval rating improved particularly among independent women, according to Gallup.

    Still, as in CBS News/ New York Times polling, Gallup finds that Mr. Obama remains essentially tied with Republican Mitt Romney among voters nationally.


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    Let's watch that change as gas prices increase.
    With Netanyahu's efforts to foment a war into which the US would be dragged going nowhere, the increase about which you fantasize is highly unlikely.

    The early morning call from the Petro Tollgate Shell’s owner made Ken Powers smile: He told Powers he could lower prices at the pump.

    "Finally," Powers, the gas station's manager, said. "The (gas) prices are starting to go down."

    On Monday morning, the gas prices didn't just go down, they dropped 10 cents per gallon. The Shell station at the intersection of Collier and Davis boulevards cash prices changed from $3.99 for to $3.89 and credit prices from $4.09 to $3.99, both for regular unleaded gas.

    At a range of 3.99 per gallon to 3.72, according to GasBuddy.com, these prices are the lowest yet this year. And the average price of gas in Florida as of Monday — $3.80 — is less than it was at the same time last year, when it was $3.86.

    "Crude oil is trading in a narrow range, $102 to $105 a barrel over the last three or four weeks" Greg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com, said. "Which means there's relative stability. I don't see anything to push the price out of that range, unless it's something to push it to the lower side."

    Overall, for every 10 cents crude oil prices either increase or decrease, it translates to a 25-cent increase or decrease at the pump, Laskoski said.

    Unless a war breaks out in the Middle East or countries like China, which ranks below the United States in oil consumption, or developing countries like Brazil and India, boost their infrastructure development, gas prices shouldn't spike. So a price of $5 a gallon in the summer, or high prices over Memorial Day weekend, shouldn't be feared.

    Laskoski called such a belief an urban myth.

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    http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2012/...ar-ago-to-say/
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    Marco Rubio's Speech Proves Obama Has the GOP Beat on Foreign Policy


    Whatever the Tea Party had in mind when it vaulted Marco Rubio to the top of American politics, it wasn’t Joe Lieberman.

    With a single speech, delivered at the left-leaning Brookings Institution and fawningly introduced by his favorite Democrat, Rubio has demonstrated that the greatest damage Barack Obama has done to the Republican Party is through his foreign policy. The president has inflicted a blow it will take years, if not decades, to repair.

    Obama’s foreign policy is not perfect. Sometimes it is incoherent. But it almost seems deliberately calculated to drive a stake into the heart of Republican unity on the most fundamental questions about America’s role in the world. Some on the right think Obama is too soft. Some think he is too hard. And then there’s Rubio. “The easiest thing for me to do here today is give a speech on my disagreement with this administration on foreign policy,” he said. “I have many.” Which is to say, he wasn’t there to give a speech on his disagreement with the administration. Moments later, he revealed what he was there for. “I recently joked that today, in the U.S. Senate, on foreign policy, if you go far enough to the right, you wind up on the left.”

    At times during his speech, Rubio appeared to be echoing points made by President Barack Obama. Speaking about efforts to solve global problems, he said, “experience has proven that American leadership is almost always indispensable to their success.”

    Rubio went so far as to claim that “there are no global problems that can be solved without us.” Were he more authentic, Rubio would have chosen not to evade responsibility and simply declared that there are no global problems that will be solved without us. Obama sings a different tune on this question. But the Republican mainstream have been in denial over Obama’s foreign policy for so long that it’s now too late to recover without hitting bottom first. As I’ve said before, Obama’s foreign policy is not anti-American or pro-weakness. It’s simply devoted — as is his domestic policy — to a vision of American exceptionalism different from Republicans’. Both Obama and the mainstream GOP see America’s national and international greatness as a means to an end. They simply embrace different ends.

    Embracing the idea that only America can lead the world doesn’t settle anything. Conservatives are beginning to grasp this, with painful results. Republicans simply do not know what to do about the growing divide between those who demand that no obstacle ever be raised to muscular leadership and those who reject unlimited defense spending and unlimited latitude in military intervention. The result is crystallized by the content of an email sent to Republican hawks by Cesar Conda, Rubio’s chief of staff, and a former Cheney aide: “On foreign policy, [global war on terror], Gitmo, Afghanistan, Rand Paul is NOT one of us.” True enough. But how sad that the hawkish right is straining to use the ultimate realist policy tool — containment — to deal with internal foreign policy heterodoxy. It will not do to smear all Republican dissenters as Paultards, and it will not work.

    Under a different Democratic president — one fully committed to Team Hawk or Team Dove — the GOP would find itself in much different straits. The tense balance between the two conservative cultures of honor and prudence would be tipped in one way or the other. With Obama, the GOP has become like Woody Allen’s neurotic diner: the food is horrible, and such small portions! The president is condemned for leading and for leading from behind; for relying too much on talk and too much on drones; for slavishly kowtowing to foreign leaders and for arrogantly refusing to stroke foreign leaders.

    Obama’s foreign policy has paralyzed the GOP by laying bare just how much Republicans collectively refuse to fully commit to one grand, unifying possibility in international affairs — including the possibility of stepping away from sweeping principles and playing it by ear for a while. Republicans’ spasmodic flurry of attacks, complaints, and self-pitying diatribes is so intense that they have succeeded in shuddering themselves into a state of frozen paralysis. Call it the political equivalent of encephalitis lethargica.

    The worst of it for the GOP will come when they realize that the possibilities Obama has created actually call into question whether Republicans can ever again restore committed unity to their foreign policy within the framework of their party. Other disputes can be papered over or worked through for a long time. Debates about what our politicians should do are of a different kind than debates about what America is. The whole matter of identifying the national being raises very uncomfortable questions for American conservatism about the degree to which it pulls the focus away from self-reflection about our individual souls or selves. Thinking that politics will save us is thinking deeply at odds with the best of conservative wisdom — and thinking that all is lost without a certain kind of American leadership comes dangerously close to believing that only politics can save us. At bottom, the most powerful critique of Barack Obama is that he believes this.

    It will take a long time, maybe forever, for a critical mass of Republicans to translate this insight into action that can transform our political reality. In the meanwhile, the GOP faces the prospect of a war of all against all — that many will be all too willing to fight.
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    As promised, checking into this thread to re-iterate relative items to the election...

    Since the Santorum withdrawal, it is largely conceded that Romney is the Republican nominee. Since that time the one on one polling that Gallup has performed is now starting to be significant. While both Romney and Obama have held leads in the head to head match up, neither is holding a significant lead. While Obama is trending upward in Presidential job Approval rating this previous month matches Ford at 47%. Ford lost re-election. Simialr Bush was at 49%, but he won re-election.

    I suppose, as refleted in this thread, the Obamatauns will glean nothing but good news while Hard core Republicans will do the same. But the truth is that at this point, it is a toss up, but if I had to give an edge to anyone it would be Romney, a the President's numbe are not all that strong. With Europe looming and Romney's election campaign just now solidifying, it is all about the incumbent and frankly, the incumbant and his policies suck.

    Here is a great historical analysis by Gallup's editor in chief.
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    With Rice leading in the polling and Christie conceding he would now consider a pitch by Romney to be his running mate, Rubio is old news
    "What is morality?" she asked. "Judgment to distinguish right and wrong, vision to see the truth, courage to act upon it, dedication to that which is good, integrity to stand by the good at any price."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phuct View Post
    As promised, checking into this thread to re-iterate relative items to the election...

    Since the Santorum withdrawal, it is largely conceded that Romney is the Republican nominee. Since that time the one on one polling that Gallup has performed is now starting to be significant. While both Romney and Obama have held leads in the head to head match up, neither is holding a significant lead. While Obama is trending upward in Presidential job Approval rating this previous month matches Ford at 47%. Ford lost re-election. Simialr Bush was at 49%, but he won re-election.

    I suppose, as refleted in this thread, the Obamatauns will glean nothing but good news while Hard core Republicans will do the same. But the truth is that at this point, it is a toss up, but if I had to give an edge to anyone it would be Romney, a the President's numbe are not all that strong. With Europe looming and Romney's election campaign just now solidifying, it is all about the incumbent and frankly, the incumbant and his policies suck.

    Here is a great historical analysis by Gallup's editor in chief.
    One other thing- the next significant land mark will be the end of the second quarter- the electoral picture will really begin to come into focus at that point.
    "What is morality?" she asked. "Judgment to distinguish right and wrong, vision to see the truth, courage to act upon it, dedication to that which is good, integrity to stand by the good at any price."

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    Quote Originally Posted by pilobolus View Post
    Rubio has demonstrated that the greatest damage Barack Obama has done to the Republican Party is through his foreign policy.
    This election will not be about foreign policy. It's the economy, stupid.
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    "The pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue states ..." – Barack Obama, rising star, Democratic convention, 2004

    But look at him now. The end of 'Hope and Change...'

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    Poor Solicitor General Donald Verrilli. Once again he's been pilloried for fumbling a historic Supreme Court case. First shredded for his "train wreck" defense of Obamacare's individual mandate, he is now blamed for the defenestration in oral argument of Obama's challenge to the Arizona immigration law.

    The law allows police to check the immigration status of someone stopped for other reasons. Verrilli claimed that constitutes an intrusion on the federal monopoly on immigration enforcement. He was pummeled. Why shouldn't a state help the federal government enforce the law? "You can see it's not selling very well," said Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

    But Verrilli never had a chance. This was never a serious legal challenge in the first place. It was confected (and timed) purely for political effect, to highlight immigration as a campaign issue with which to portray Republicans as anti-Hispanic.

    Hispanics are just the beginning, however. The entire Obama campaign is a slice and dice operation, pandering to one group after another, particularly those that elected Obama in 2008 – blacks, Hispanics, women, young people – and for whom the thrill is now gone.

    What to do? Try fear. Create division, stir resentment, by whatever means necessary – bogus court challenges, dead-end Senate bills and a forest of straw men.

    Why else would the Justice Department challenge the photo ID law in Texas? To charge Republicans with seeking to disenfranchise Hispanics and blacks, of course. But in 2008 the Supreme Court upheld a similar law from Indiana. And it wasn't close: 6-3, the majority including that venerated liberal, John Paul Stevens.

    Moreover, photo IDs were recommended by the 2005 Commission on Federal Election Reform, co-chaired by Jimmy Carter. And you surely can't get into the attorney general's building without one. Are Stevens, Carter and Eric Holder anti-Hispanic and anti-black?

    The ethnic bases covered, we proceed to the "war on women." It sprang to public notice when a 30-year-old student at an elite law school (starting private-sector salary upon graduation: $160,000) was denied the inalienable right to have the rest of the citizenry (as co-insured and/or taxpayers – median household income: $52,000) pay for her contraception.

    Despite a temporary setback – Hilary Rosen's hastily surrendered war on moms – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will resume the battle with a Paycheck Fairness Act that practically encourages frivolous lawsuits and has zero chance of passage.

    No matter. Its sole purpose is to keep the war-on-women theme going, while the equally just-for-show Buffett Rule, nicely pitting the 99 percent versus the 1 percent, is a clever bit of class warfare designed to let Democrats play tribune of the middle class.

    Ethnicity, race, gender, class. One more box to check: the young. Just four years ago, they swooned in the aisles for Obama. No longer. Not when 54 percent of college graduates under 25 are unemployed or underemployed.

    How to shake them from their lethargy? Fear again. Tell them, as Obama repeatedly does, that Paul Ryan's budget would cut Pell Grants by $1,000 each, if his domestic cuts were evenly distributed. (They are not evenly distributed, making the charge a fabrication. But a great applause line.)

    Then warn that Republicans would double the interest rate on student loans. Well, first, Mitt Romney has said he would keep them right where they are. Second, as The Washington Post points out, this is nothing but a recycled campaign gimmick from 2006 when Democrats advocated (and later passed) a 50 percent rate cut that gratuitously squanders student aid by subsidizing the wealthy as well as the needy.

    For Obama, what's not to like? More beneficiaries, more votes.

    What else to run on with 1.7 percent GDP growth (2011), record long-term joblessness and record 8 percent-plus unemployment (38 consecutive months, as of this writing). Slice and dice, group against group.

    There is a problem, however. It makes a mockery of Obama's pose as the great transcender, uniter, healer of divisions. This is the man who sprang from nowhere with that thrilling 2004 convention speech declaring that there is "not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America."

    That was then. Today, we are just sects with quarrels – to be exploited for political advantage. And Obama is just the man to fulfill Al Gore's famous mistranslation of our national motto: Out of one, many.

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    Obama is just the man to fulfill Al Gore's famous mistranslation of our national motto: Out of one, many.
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