HotAir Daily Express 10/23/2012

Surprise! Matthews claims Romney support “racial hatred”
10/23/2012 10:01:02 AM  Ed Morrissey
How can you tell an election is going well for Chris Matthews?  The country suddenly becomes a beacon of light and hope.  How can you tell an election is going badly for Chris Matthews? We’ve suddenly become a bunch of racists.  I’m pretty

Romney wins the debate season — and the key test for a challenger; Update: Romney hits 50% in Rasmussen tracker, up 4
10/23/2012 9:21:19 AM  Ed Morrissey
Allahpundit linked to National Journal’s Ron Fournier last night in his excellent roundup of the debate analysis, but it’s worth considering again the next morning after the final debate of the 2012 presidential cycle.  Like many pundits

New Obama ad: Dude, I found my second-term agenda!
10/23/2012 8:41:19 AM  Ed Morrissey
This would be hilarious if it weren’t so … well, hilarious, really, but in a very sad way.  The Barack Obama campaign officially launched in April 2011.  They have raised something close to a billion dollars, and they’ve certainly spent

Obamateurism of the Day
10/23/2012 8:01:28 AM  Ed Morrissey
As we decelerate from last night’s debate on foreign policy, let’s recall this moment from the previous debate. Mitt Romney challenged Barack Obama on energy policy, pointing to skyrocketing gas prices as one outcome of Obama’s energy

Wrap up: The third debate; Update: Insta-polls coming in
10/22/2012 11:02:47 PM  Allahpundit
The nearly universal consensus on Twitter is that Romney won by holding his own, which is all a challenger needs to do in a foreign-policy debate. After watching him talk about international affairs for 90 minutes, does he seem like a guy you’d

Open thread: The third debate
10/22/2012 8:34:46 PM  Allahpundit
9 p.m. ET all across the dial except for Fox, which will carry Game 7 of the NLCS. Between that and “Monday Night Football,” it’s a lead-pipe cinch that this will be the lowest-rated of the three debates, especially since people

ABC/WaPo poll: Romney pulls nearly even with Obama on handling foreign affairs, terrorism; Update: Obama’s giving up on NC, says Begala
10/22/2012 7:47:08 PM  Allahpundit
I know you’ve got poll fatigue but we’re in a news holding pattern ahead of the debate. This one’s topical, though: Even before the first words are spoken in Florida tonight, Romney’s surged into a near tie with O on the two core

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz on Obama’s “kill list”: What “kill list”?
10/22/2012 7:11:20 PM  Allahpundit
Via Reason. If you missed this in Headlines this weekend, or even if you glanced at it in Headlines but didn’t watch the clip, stop what you’re doing and watch now. My assumption always with DWS is that she knows the truth but is happy to lie

Dueling Romney/Obama FP ads: “Healed the world?” vs. “20th-century approach”
10/22/2012 6:36:14 PM  Erika Johnsen
With the third presidential debate focusing exclusively on foreign policy and national security this evening, both camps have been kicking the messaging on those fronts into high gear. One of Team Romney’s newly-released ads today is a one-minute

The War on Bacon
10/22/2012 6:01:44 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Join us for our podcast, “The War on Bacon,” every night at 6:15 p.m. We talk a lot of politics, a bit of culture, a splash of sports, and in the end, strive to be a show Ron Swanson would want to watch. You can download the audio for the

Obama flashback: This McCain fellow is trying to distract you from the bad economy
10/22/2012 5:21:39 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Four years ago today, Barack Obama took the stage at the Richmond Coliseum in Virginia, to the warm reception of roaring crowds in the new swing state. Wearing a more relaxed smile than 2012′s Obama and clearly relishing the trail life, the

Suffolk poll of Ohio: Romney 47, Obama 47
10/22/2012 4:44:11 PM  Allahpundit
Of the four most recent Ohio polls, two have the race tied, one has O up by a single point, and the other you already know about. An interesting tidbit from the new Suffolk poll: They’ve got Romney up three points among people who haven’t

Christie: If Obama can’t change DC, then “what the hell is he doing asking for another four years?”
10/22/2012 4:01:53 PM  Erika Johnsen
As wary as I am of speaking too soon, as a lifelong Virginia resident, I’m starting to get a creeping (though completely nonscientific) feeling in my gut that the commonwealth is starting to lean towards Mitt Romney. Nevertheless, Virginia tends to

Monmouth U poll: Romney 48, Obama 45
10/22/2012 3:21:46 PM  Erika Johnsen
Joining in with the latest string of poll’s widening Mitt Romney’s edge over President Obama, a nationwide poll released by Monmouth University on Monday maintains that Romney has made inroads against the president, not merely since the first

DWS: Romney’s foreign policy is “unclear,” but he would drag us back to “cowboy justice”
10/22/2012 2:41:00 PM  Erika Johnsen
On MSNBC this morning, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz had some tough words for Mitt Romney’s foreign-policy stance — but, her tough words were rather oddly contradictory, for which Chuck Todd didn’t fail to call her out. Via

Will tonight’s debate matter?
10/22/2012 2:01:58 PM  Ed Morrissey
Tonight’s the third and final debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, one that Democrats initially thought might close the deal with voters — but now looks more like a minefield than ever.  They may not need to worry — or for that

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kevin McCullough
10/22/2012 1:46:36 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), Kevin McCullough joins us again to discuss the intersection of faith and politics. Kevin and I will talk about tonight’s debate, the latest in polling, and the final two weeks of The Most Important

Latest Iranian claim: Obama WH assured us of our nuclear rights
10/22/2012 1:21:53 PM  Ed Morrissey
Consider this the bookend to 48 hours of Iranian game-playing before the election.  On Saturday, the New York Times reported that the US and Iran had agreed to direct negotiations over the Iranian nuclear program, purportedly fueled by the sanctions that

Obama campaign adviser also lobbying on the side
10/22/2012 12:41:24 PM  Ed Morrissey
Remember Anita Dunn?  She played a key role in the Obama administration’s war on Fox News, acting as the informal liaison between the White House and Media Matters in the ill-fated effort, but eventually left the White House communications office

New Obama ad on war fatigue: It’s time to stop fighting over there, and start rebuilding here
10/22/2012 12:01:42 PM  Erika Johnsen
Hitting the “we need to bring our troops back and start doing some nation-building at home” note that he’s struck several times throughout his presidency (which, by the way, helpfully implies that it’s somehow our defense budget

Cutter: No, Benghazi was not a foreign-policy failure
10/22/2012 11:21:15 AM  Ed Morrissey
Stephanie Cutter insisted this morning on NBC that the attack on our consulate in Benghazi was not a “foreign policy failure,” and that the only reason people might think it was is because Republicans are “politicizing” a tragedy

Video: 62% want a significant change from Obama policies in next four years
10/22/2012 10:41:34 AM  Ed Morrissey
We didn’t circle back around to the NBC/WSJ poll after the initial tease yesterday morning, but Joe Scarborough and his team certainly did.  Mark Halperin, who was one of the few national journalists to note that Barack Obama didn’t outline a