HotAir Daily Express 10/24/2012

New ad by Clint Eastwood: An Obama rerun would not make my day
10/24/2012 10:01:02 AM  Ed Morrissey
American Crossroads has a new ad out today, one that features a familiar face and voice — Clint Eastwood. Taking a distinctly more serious approach than his lighthearted, extemporaneous skit speech at the Republican Convention, Eastwood warns about

Rasmussen: All tied in Ohio
10/24/2012 9:21:54 AM  Ed Morrissey
Did the final presidential debate move the numbers in Ohio, perhaps the most critical of the swing states to both campaigns?  Rasmussen polled likely voters in the Buckeye State and found that the answer was … no, not really.  What had been a 49/48

Obama refuses on-the-record interview with leading Iowa newspaper; Update: Obama changes his mind
10/24/2012 8:41:33 AM  Ed Morrissey
Barack Obama demanded that an Iowa editorial board keep an interview with him entirely off the record, and not just any Iowa newspaper, either, but the Des Moines Register, the state’s most influential publication — and just fourteen days

Obamateurism of the Day
10/24/2012 8:01:36 AM  Ed Morrissey
As is usually the case when Barack Obama has to speak extemporaneously for any length of time, the debate on Monday night provided a few nuggets for OOTDs. Today’s comes courtesy of Breitbart, Ed Driscoll at Instapundit, and Jim Hoft, and took

Reuters: White House, State Dep’t received e-mails within two hours of Benghazi attack about jihadi group taking credit
10/23/2012 11:21:45 PM  Allahpundit
No Quotes of the Day tonight. Read this instead. We actually know most of this already, I think. Remember this Reuters story from October 2 describing multiple intelligence reports about a jihadi connection even in the first few hours afterward? How

Who’s up from some Wednesday “October surprises” from Trump and Gloria Allred?
10/23/2012 10:05:19 PM  Allahpundit
When I first heard Trump was ready to dump something, I assumed like you that it’d be Birther-related. Today’s first rumor, though, was about youthful drug-dealing. Is that the big surprise? Nope: “Mr. Trump’s announcement is substantially

Bayonets, horses, and ships, oh my
10/23/2012 9:19:00 PM  J.E. Dyer
There are so many ways to criticize President Obama’s now-infamous “horses and bayonets” comment from last night’s foreign policy debate that one hardly knows where to start.  The snarky attitude alone is worth a column.  What is Obama, a blog troll?  If

Video: “Iron Man 3″ trailer
10/23/2012 8:43:03 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate. This one feels broodier to me than the usual fare, a little more Dark Knight-ish, shall we say. Although admittedly, having seen neither of the first two “Iron Man” movies nor any of the Nolan Batman series, I’m

Romney inches up, takes lead in ABC/WaPo tracking poll
10/23/2012 8:04:49 PM  Allahpundit
It’s a two-point gain, flipping a 49/48 lead for O into one for Romney, which isn’t statistically significant. It also doesn’t include reaction to the debate. That’ll start being priced in tomorrow. So why post it? Two reasons.

Obama: If Romney had been president, “we might not have an auto industry” right now
10/23/2012 7:21:27 PM  Erika Johnsen
Last night’s debate-focus was meant to stick to foreign policy, but President Obama managed to get in a few shots proudly touting his signature auto-industry bailout and criticizing how Mitt Romney would’ve handled the situation — which

Romney thinking of running 30-minute “closing argument” ad in battleground states?
10/23/2012 6:41:01 PM  Allahpundit
An intriguing pair of tweets from a Fox News producer given the sourcing. Sounds like they are, or were, thinking about doing this, but maybe are debating whether the home-stretch budget will allow it. Senior Romney aides confirm to Carl Cameron that

The War on Bacon
10/23/2012 6:01:42 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
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 other sinfully delicious

Enviros reprimand the candidates: Wherefore, climate change?
10/23/2012 5:21:48 PM  Erika Johnsen
I keep a special Twitter list of hardcore liberals and green groups specifically to stay in tune with the vagaries of the environmental movement, and as presidential debate season wrapped up last night, there appeared to be a growing consensus among the

Megyn Kelly: Media in spin room laughed and applauded at Obama’s “bayonets” line
10/23/2012 4:41:38 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite. I take it the defense here will be that they weren’t rooting for Obama, just grooving on a righteous zinger expertly dealt even though it was incorrect on the merits. But maybe I’m wrong; maybe there’ll be no defense. The

Oh, goody: More waste, fraud, and abuse from Obama’s Energy Department?
10/23/2012 4:01:06 PM  Erika Johnsen
Via the WFB, I missed this a few days back, but regular readers will know and understand that Obama’s Department of Energy holds just such a particularly special place in my heart that I couldn’t let it pass by without at least a little

Obama’s mopey new fundraising e-mail: ‘I don’t want to lose this election.’
10/23/2012 3:21:47 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
As with the second debate, Monday night may have looked like a victory for President Obama on the top line numbers, but if you looked a little deeper, the results for Mitt Romney were pretty good. More on that below, but a fundraising e-mail sent out by

Messina, Axelrod: Disregard these pesky rumors that we’re giving up on North Carolina, etc
10/23/2012 2:41:35 PM  Erika Johnsen
There’s been plenty of speculatin’ about whether or not Team Obama is pulling away from North Carolina and reinvesting their precious resources in more viably attainable swing states, as it’s looking more and more like the time is nigh

Video: Did Biden get his brother a lucrative contract in Iraq?
10/23/2012 2:01:36 PM  Ed Morrissey
Joe Biden’s younger brother James stands to earn millions of dollars in post-war construction in Iraq, thanks to his long experience in the construction industry.  No, wait, James Biden doesn’t have much experience in construction.  All

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
10/23/2012 1:46:19 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 last night’s debate and all of the hot political stories of the day. The last twenty

New Romney ads: “Clear Path,” “Apology Tour”
10/23/2012 1:21:15 PM  Ed Morrissey
If we can tell anything about the psyche of campaigns by the ads they publish immediately after debates, then we can conclude that both candidates have different takes on last night’s results than the conventional wisdom.  Team Obama belatedly

Biden: Romney really isn’t qualified to be president, you know
10/23/2012 12:41:05 PM  Erika Johnsen
On an interview that aired on the Today Show this morning, Vice President Joe Biden offered his immediate reaction to last night’s foreign-policy debate, and — surprise — when asked if Romney is a qualified candidate on the

McCain hammers Obama’s “lack of maturity”
10/23/2012 12:01:59 PM  Ed Morrissey
Earlier today, I participated in a conference call with Senator John McCain, arranged by Mitt Romney’s campaign as an answer session after the debate.  McCain came out attacking Obama for several statements made during the debate, both in

Video: CBS focus group in Ohio picks Romney the winner
10/23/2012 11:21:07 AM  Ed Morrissey
Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell seem a little surprised by the results of this focus group conducted by CBS during last night’s debate, a group that consists of eight undecided voters in Ohio — a critical swing state for both Barack

Did Obama blow it on sequestration?
10/23/2012 10:41:28 AM  Ed Morrissey
By even Fox News’ account, Barack Obama’s answer on sequestration last night was one of his best moments.  Summoning a commanding presence, Obama emphatically pledged to the American public that the planned sequestration of funds that would