HotAir Daily Express 10/17/2012

Halperin: So where was the second-term agenda?
10/17/2012 10:01:47 AM  Ed Morrissey
Call this a buzz-kill moment for the Left, especially as it comes on MSNBC, where most of them will flock to bask in the glow of a candidate who bothered to show up for a debate.  Time’s Mark Halperin notes what I pointed out on NRA News and the

Romney hits Obama on “math,” deficits
10/17/2012 9:21:55 AM  Ed Morrissey
Fox News has one of Mitt Romney’s better moment of the debate last night, although Romney certainly had a number of good responses in the townhall debate.  Barack Obama had attacked Romney’s tax plan as a $5 trillion tax hike, a figure that

Video: Luntz focus group unloads on Obama after debate
10/17/2012 8:41:35 AM  Ed Morrissey
In my estimation, last night’s debate was a draw.  Both men did what they needed to do for the debate, but neither had enough of a breakout performance to make much of a difference in the race. I’d expect to see very little impact to the

Obamateurism of the Day
10/17/2012 8:01:40 AM  Ed Morrissey
The Barack Obama media avoidance strategy continues apace in the OOTD feature, once again with a bit of a twist. On Monday night, Hillary Clinton announced that she took “full responsibility” for the security failures that led to the attack

Wrap up: The second debate; Update: Obama wins CBS insta-poll narrowly, but Romney wins big on economy; Update: Actually, Romney had a point, says Crowley
10/16/2012 11:19:49 PM  Allahpundit
The consensus among the righties that I follow on Twitter is that it was a push, with Romney acing his answer on the economy and underperforming when he finally took on The One on Libya. Better that than vice versa, though: As Ben Domenech said, only one

Open thread: The second debate
10/16/2012 8:38:18 PM  Allahpundit
9 p.m. ET across the dial, don’t miss your chance to watch a man who “really doesn’t like people” try to relate to average voters. According to Team Mitt, all they need tonight is a tie: “He does not need to take home the same

Tonight’s MSNBC pre-debate talking point: If Romney wins and ObamaCare is repealed, many more people will die
10/16/2012 7:48:37 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Examiner, a Grayson-ian appeal to the electorate as the left stares over the cliff at defeat. In fairness to Jonathan Alter, he’s been making this argument for months, since the days of late summer when O had a small but consistent lead. He

Important campaign story of the day: Did Paul Ryan wash clean dishes or dirty dishes in his photo op at a soup kitchen?
10/16/2012 7:11:30 PM  Allahpundit
Via Newsbusters, a little taste of liberal desperation as the left tries to jumpstart another trivial gravity-defying attack-pander on Romney for the benefit of middle-class voters. (Alas, poor Big Bird, we knew ye well.) On Saturday, Paul Ryan swung by

Obama spokesman: Of course he’s ultimately responsible for security in Benghazi
10/16/2012 6:36:48 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Examiner, I told you Team O would be all about blame-taking today now that Hillary went ahead and did the heavy lifting. Watch Jen Psaki’s interview with an appropriately skeptical Shep Smith below. She mentions Clinton’s

The War on Bacon
10/16/2012 6:01:27 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Welcome! Let us explain. Kelly Maher of Revealing Politics and I are doing a little talk show for 30-45 minutes, here, at 6:15 p.m. every day. We named it The War on Bacon. We figure, since the government is after trans fats, big sodas, salt, and most

Team Obama deploys Bill Clinton to bolster $5 trillion argument
10/16/2012 5:21:45 PM  Erika Johnsen
President Obama has his work cut out for him tonight. The last debate blasted a huge hole not merely through the Democrats’ messaging on Obama’s record, but also through the vaunted image of Obama’s larger-than-life, mythically superior

Gallup tracker: Romney expands lead among likely voters, now up by four
10/16/2012 4:41:27 PM  Allahpundit
Literally no one doubts at this point, I think, that Romney’s post-debate surge is for real and not a bounce, so I’m not giving you these numbers to (re-)prove that point. I’m giving them to you to suggest that The One’s now in

Rice: My talking points were “purely a function of what was provided to us” by intelligence
10/16/2012 4:01:51 PM  Erika Johnsen
Last night, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took (pretty much symbolic, showy) responsibility for the security failings during the terrorist attack in Benghazi that resulted in the death of four Americans. As for who approved Ambassador Susan

French president actually considering a ban on homework
10/16/2012 3:21:17 PM  Erika Johnsen
It’s actually come to this. For the sake of creating a more level playing field for students who might not have home lives as conducive to productive learning as others, the national — I repeat, not some local or regional government or

Videos: Obama 0-4 for 2008 townhall-debate promises
10/16/2012 2:41:12 PM  Ed Morrissey
With this year’s townhall debate ready to go, BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski took a trip on the Wayback Machine to the townhall-forum debate from four years ago, when an ascendant Barack Obama offered his prescription for the next four years.

Poll: Romney leading by a long shot in rural swing counties
10/16/2012 2:01:31 PM  Erika Johnsen
Some quick, non-scientific observations from this Virginia resident: The number of Obama bumper-stickers that I must endure observing whenever I drive around my neighborhood (which is just a stone’s throw from D.C.) is enough to have me gnashing my

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm at IBD Headquarters
10/16/2012 1:46:09 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), my friend Andrew Malcolm joins us as always on today’s TEMS at 3 pm ET! The Prince of Twitter and I will discuss [update] and all of the hot political stories of the day. Today, we’ll also welcome a

DWS: I desperately hope women’s issues come up in the debate
10/16/2012 1:21:39 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
All right, she said “fully expect,” but I think “desperately hope” probably characterizes the sentiment better since yesterday’s Gallup poll found President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney tied with women likely voters. “I

Electric car battery maker A123 Systems, of Obama-stimulus fame, files for bankruptcy
10/16/2012 12:41:04 PM  Erika Johnsen
Another day, yet another example of what happens when the government tries to “create” jobs based on its own ideological-political ambitions rather than allowing the free market to function based on efficiency and consumer choice. This latest

Don’t expect a gamechanger in tonight’s debate
10/16/2012 12:01:45 PM  Ed Morrissey
Once again, the two presidential candidates will square off tonight in a debate, their second of three and the third in the overall series.  Mitt Romney thumped Barack Obama in the first, by universal acclamation, while the irrelevant VP debate had a

Ross Perot endorses Mitt Romney
10/16/2012 11:21:36 AM  Ed Morrissey
He’s back — even if he didn’t bring any Power Point presentations with him this time around.  H. Ross Perot, who ran the most successful independent presidential bid in a generation, endorsed Mitt Romney in the Des Moines Register

AMA committee endorses Ryan-esque Medicare reform
10/16/2012 10:41:38 AM  Ed Morrissey
The exchange on Medicare may have been the most substantive and interesting part of the Vice President debate last Thursday night.  Paul Ryan explained that the Obama administration’s robbing of Medicare Advantage to pay for Medicaid expansion