HotAir Daily Express 10/18/2012

Halperin: Team Obama jumps the binder
10/18/2012 10:01:45 AM  Ed Morrissey
In my column today at The Fiscal Times, I gave Mark Halperin of Time Magazine a lot of credit for being one of the very few journalists that spoke out about Barack Obama’s lack of a second-term agenda or much substance at all after the debate on

Surprise! Jobless claims return to 18-month range …
10/18/2012 9:21:58 AM  Ed Morrissey
It’s funny what happens to a data series when consistency returns to its collection.  Last week’s weekly jobless claims numbers dropped dramatically to nearly a four-year low, but later it was discovered that one large state didn’t

Biden: Our daughters are entitled to every single solitary operation
10/18/2012 8:41:21 AM  Ed Morrissey
Via PJ Media and Washington Free Beacon, Joe Biden gives us a little insight into future of Democratic governance.  Bryan Preston gets a chuckle out of this, wondering if Biden thinks that his daughters are entitled to vasectomies, and tells the Vice

Obamateurism of the Day
10/18/2012 8:01:09 AM  Ed Morrissey
We like to complain about empty campaign promises from politicians, but few are literally empty, as in no possibility of ever being honored or met.  Barack Obama came close in Tuesday’s debate to making one, however, as he pledged to keep federal

Quotes of the day
10/17/2012 10:51:54 PM  Allahpundit
Speaking in Mount Vernon, Iowa, Mr. Obama made his own reference to Mr. Romney’s “binders” comment, saying that there were enough talented women in the country that finding them required no special search. Mr. Romney, at a campaign rally in Chesapeake,

Video: Who’s up for a focus-group shoutfest about Candy Crowley’s debate moderation?
10/17/2012 10:13:19 PM  Allahpundit
Video fun to help wind down the day after. It starts slow but perks up about halfway through. True story: An apolitical friend surprised me today by launching into a two-pronged tirade about the debate. Prong one was him insisting that when O got snotty

Reuters: Some Libyan guards hired by Benghazi contractor were basically totally unprepared
10/17/2012 9:33:25 PM  Allahpundit
As you read this, I want you to remember that what really annoyed President Spock last night and had him showing uncharacteristic flashes of anger wasn’t the fact that Chris Stevens was operating essentially without security in a jihadi playground.

Er, no, Obama didn’t win the debate last night
10/17/2012 8:41:00 PM  J.E. Dyer
We’ve reached a watershed here, where we either live in our own heads affirming reality, regardless of spurious inputs from demagoguery or sentiment, or we give up on reality and let demagoguery and sentiment take over at the decision table.  Did the

Blowout: 65.6 million watched second debate, nearly matching audience for first
10/17/2012 8:03:05 PM  Allahpundit
A return to form historically. Until 1992, the second presidential debate typically drew almost as many viewers as the first; in 1992, thanks to Perot’s late entry, the second and third debates actually outperformed the first one considerably. Over

The left’s got a fee-vah and the only prescription is … something about Mitt Romney and binders
10/17/2012 7:21:27 PM  Allahpundit
I’ve been avoiding this all day but my curiosity’s finally gotten the better of me. Question: Are Democrats obsessing over Romney’s “binders full of women” line at the debate purely as a joke, or are they actually pegging it

Lance Armstrong steps down as Livestrong chairman as doping plot thickens
10/17/2012 6:41:15 PM  Erika Johnsen
I’ve covered the cycling beat before, and I figure that now with all of this doping fallout happening I should probably stick with it — but I stand by what I said before. It’s not that I have any personal, emotional investment in Lance

The War on Bacon
10/17/2012 6:01:28 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

Report: Obama campaign turning grim on Florida, Virginia, North Carolina — and Colorado?
10/17/2012 5:24:04 PM  Allahpundit
You need to read way, way, way down into this National Journal piece to find the key bit, but it’s worth it. Says Jay Cost, “I’ve never seen anybody bury a lede like Major Garrett here.” Let’s bring this treasure chest up to

Libya questioner at debate: Obama didn’t really answer what I asked him
10/17/2012 4:41:08 PM  Allahpundit
Lost in the navel-gazing last night over “acts of terror” was the fact that, um, Obama wasn’t asked about that. He was asked a much more important question, one which Mitt unfortunately neglected to press him on but surely will on

DOJ wonders if federal court wouldn’t mind just dismissing Fast & Furious lawsuit
10/17/2012 4:01:54 PM  Erika Johnsen
Surprise, surprise — it looks like the Justice Department is hoping that maaaaybe we can all just settle our differences and move on from that whole stonewalling, contempt-charge, executive-privilege, deadly Fast-and-Furious debacle, via the

Kerry: Romney “perpetrating a fraud on the American people”
10/17/2012 3:21:47 PM  Erika Johnsen
John Kerry, President Obama’s Romney-impersonating debate prep partner, had some tough words for Mitt Romney’s tax plan and the budgetary math that ostensibly doesn’t add up on MSNBC this morning. It’s time to get really serious

Gallup tracker: Romney up 6 with likely voters, up 2 with registered
10/17/2012 2:41:12 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Team Obama better hope that overwhelming 3-6 point debate win Tuesday sinks in with the electorate pretty fast. Can they just re-release the anti-Gallup panic memo or do they have to write a new one? Among likely voters, Romney leads Obama by six,

New Romney ad: “The choice”
10/17/2012 2:06:16 PM  Erika Johnsen
Ed argued earlier that Mitt Romney’s best moment at last night’s presidential debate came when he made a direct pitch to middle-class voters based on economic issues, effectively countering much of the Obama campaign’s middle-class

The Ed Morrissey Show: Post-debate with Guy, Mary Katharine, and Jeff!
10/17/2012 1:46:31 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), it’s time again for our Salem All-Stars! Guy Benson, Mary Katharine Ham, and Jeff Dunetz join me today to discuss last night’s debate, today’s fallout, and the latest Gallup tracking poll

Was Candy Crowley the loser of the debate?
10/17/2012 1:21:36 PM  Ed Morrissey
I don’t think I’d call her a “winner,” not after having to retreat from her strange fact-checking interjection on Benghazi last night.  As more than one pundit has either written, Tweeted, or said last night and this morning, if

Obama: Equal pay for thee but not for me?
10/17/2012 12:41:46 PM  Ed Morrissey
If charity begins in the home, shouldn’t employment-fairness initiatives begin in the house — the White House?  The townhall debate produced a question about equal pay, and Barack Obama rushed to take credit for advancing its cause as

Romney calls out Obama’s distortions on decreased oil/gas leasing and permitting
10/17/2012 12:01:15 PM  Erika Johnsen
During the second presidential debate last night, Mitt Romney took President Obama and his administration to task for their restrictive and opportunity-killing domestic energy policies — but then Obama tried to double down on the deliberately

Video: Romney makes the middle-class pitch
10/17/2012 11:21:22 AM  Ed Morrissey
Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney had some good moments in last night’s debate, but this was Romney’s best of the 90-minute event.  Until Romney took up this argument, the issue of the middle class hadn’t been broached, which gave

Ryan: No, Obama didn’t tell America in the Rose Garden that Benghazi attack was terrorism; Update: Carney admitted it nine days later
10/17/2012 10:41:20 AM  Ed Morrissey
Even the debate moderator who claimed otherwise has since changed her tune, which leaves a pretty big opening for Republicans to address on Barack Obama’s response to the Benghazi attack — both in real terms and in the debate last night.