HotAir Daily Express 10/19/2012

CIA linked Benghazi attack to “militants” in first 24 hours
10/19/2012 10:01:37 AM  Ed Morrissey
Earlier this morning, McClatchy asked why the Obama administration changed its story on the Benghazi terrorist attack after three days from an initial, vague reference to terrorist attacks to a demonstrably false narrative about a “spontaneous

A popular-vote/Electoral College split?
10/19/2012 9:21:25 AM  Ed Morrissey
Hey, who’s up for another 2000 election — or 1876?  Charlie Cook and other analysts are warning this week that we may see another split between the outcomes of the popular vote and the Electoral College, but color me skeptical: Partisans

McClatchy: Obama admin changed story on Benghazi to blame video 3 days after attack
10/19/2012 8:41:12 AM  Ed Morrissey
Barack Obama insisted in the presidential debate on Tuesday night that he had called the Benghazi attack an “act of terror” in his Rose Garden address the next day.  Fact-checkers called shenanigans on that claim, but McClatchy notes that

Obamateurism of the Day
10/19/2012 8:01:03 AM  Ed Morrissey
There is almost nothing worse in politics than the zinger that ends up as backfire. Barack Obama thought he’d scored a big point on Mitt Romney Tuesday night by attacking his wealth, and specifically his investments and pensions: Ha ha!

Quotes of the day
10/18/2012 10:41:20 PM  Allahpundit
In the hours after the debate, Democrats began making fun of Romney for saying that as governor he had gotten “binders full of women” to find qualified appointees — a comment they would never have criticized, or even noticed, had it been said by one of

Video: Romney roasts Obama at the Al Smith Dinner
10/18/2012 10:01:48 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite, I haven’t watched the clip yet but I’m told Mitt killed. In fact, judging from the introductions, sounds like everyone killed: Al Smith IV: President Obama, it’s never good when your opponent has produced more sons than

Obama on Benghazi: “If four Americans get killed, it is not optimal”
10/18/2012 9:21:53 PM  Allahpundit
People are e-mailing about it so I’m giving you the transcript, but I want to see the clip before making a judgment. Stewart: “Is part of the investigation helping the communication between these divisions? Not just what happened in Benghazi,

Reid: Romney gives “used car salesmen a bad name,” but Joe “the bullets are aimed at you” Biden is a stand-up guy
10/18/2012 8:41:57 PM  Erika Johnsen
Harry Reid hasn’t exactly kept it a secret that he’s not Mitt Romney’s biggest fan; he’s already publicly taken umbrage with Mitt Romney over his dastardly faux-to-hardcore conservative politics, his undue representation of their

Video: Let’s ask young Obama supporters what they think about Benghazi
10/18/2012 8:01:41 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
I can’t resist this delicious piece of video from an Obama rally at a Ohio university from our friends at Revealing Politics. The way Kelly Maher tells it, this endeavor started innocently as a project to determine whether rank-and-file Obama

Whoopi Goldberg to Ann Romney: Hey, isn’t it true that Mormons don’t serve in the military?
10/18/2012 7:21:29 PM  Allahpundit
If this were any other show, I’d assume that the interviewer knew the answer and was just playing dumb as an excuse to fling this accusation. But this is “The View” so … right, Whoopi probably really didn’t know and

Bill Clinton on the Obama economy: “It’s true — we’re not fixed”
10/18/2012 6:41:44 PM  Erika Johnsen
At a campaign event for Barack Obama in Ohio earlier today, President Bill Clinton acknowledged that Mitt Romney’s main argument is, indeed, true — the economy “isn’t fixed.” Governor Romney’s argument is,

The War on Bacon
10/18/2012 6:01:35 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

New poll shows Romney ahead in … Pennsylvania? Update: GOP closing early voter gap in Ohio; Update: Romney leads by four in Susquehanna poll of PA
10/18/2012 5:19:28 PM  Allahpundit
Is it worth writing about a poll that appeared suddenly on Twitter, rocked the world of every last conservative who saw it, then was quickly and mysteriously deleted by the pollster? What if the DNC’s communications director screencapped it and

AP: Romney camp weighing whether to shift money from NC to bluish states like WI, MI, PA
10/18/2012 4:36:04 PM  Allahpundit
Even more encouraging than the new Gallup numbers, I think, and circumstantial evidence that maybe Major Garrett was right yesterday about Team O preparing to pull back from some swing states. The catch with Gallup’s tracker is that it’s the

New poll shows millenials not as Hopenchangy as in 2008
10/18/2012 3:56:12 PM  Ed Morrissey
In 2008, young voters flocked to the polls to vote for Barack Obama in their third-best turnout since 1972, the first year that 18-year-olds could vote.  In 2012, four years wiser, many of them won’t be back, according to a new survey from Harvard

Romney cabinet’s women representation better than today’s leading Democratic governors
10/18/2012 3:21:29 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
While Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts, the state was recognized for its record in putting women in leadership roles. In 2004, “10 of the 20 top positions in Romney’s administration were filled by women, including lieutenant governor Kerry

Notably anti-corporate Democratic convention used corporate cash for funding
10/18/2012 2:46:23 PM  Erika Johnsen
Prior to their big convention in September, the Democrats running the show made a big to-do about not accepting any corporate donations to help put their main event together, since corporations don’t represent normal people but only evil, greedy

Means-tested welfare costs shot above $1 trillion in FY2011
10/18/2012 2:11:27 PM  Ed Morrissey
How much spending does the US do on means-tested welfare programs?  According to Senator Jeff Sessions and the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, it’s more than one would imagine.  In FY2011 alone, federal and state spending on

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kerry Picket, Steven Crowder; Update: Senator James Inhofe
10/18/2012 1:46:41 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), Kerry Picket brings us up to date on the goings-on inside the nation’s capital, and Steven Crowder returns to discuss his latest video efforts — the parody of David Bowie’s

Romney gains a point post-debate in Gallup, up 7
10/18/2012 1:36:02 PM  Ed Morrissey
So much for Re-Energized Barack Obama.  Gallup’s seven-day tracking poll picked up its first post-debate day of polling — and Mitt Romney added a point to his lead among likely voters.  He’s now up 52-45. Obama did pick up a point among

Confirmed: Taxpayers expected to get little-to-nothing back on Solyndra’s $500 million+ loan guarantee
10/18/2012 12:41:02 PM  Erika Johnsen
Not really a surprise — we all pretty much expected  that we wouldn’t be getting back the money the Obama administration so magnanimously “invested”  into the now-failed solar company on our behalf — but as the company waits

Obama car czar: You have to go back to the 30′s to find economic performance this bad
10/18/2012 12:01:53 PM  Ed Morrissey
A couple of weeks ago, Jazz Shaw wrote that conservatives should consider Morning Joe a good forum to have for moderates and independents that tune into MSNBC to get some semblance of the truth.   We’ve already noted Mark Halperin’s cutting

Obama only at 44% in auto-bailout Michigan?
10/18/2012 11:21:44 AM  Ed Morrissey
Usually, an incumbent who can’t get to 50% in pre-election polling is in trouble.  An incumbent who can’t get to 45% is almost certain to lose, especially with less than three weeks to go, as undecideds are already disinclined to support the

Romney edge expands post-debate in Rasmussen tracking poll
10/18/2012 10:41:38 AM  Ed Morrissey
The Left seemed pretty pleased with Barack Obama’s performance in Tuesday night’s debate, cheering his renewed energy and aggressiveness.  How did it play with voters overall?  The spot polls produced mixed results, generally agreeing with