HotAir Daily Express 10/26/2012

The last-minute battle of the ad-bulge
10/26/2012 10:01:47 AM  Erika Johnsen
It’s a strange and tricky business, these campaign-ad wars, and not merely because of the content of the advertising (in a desperate bid to cling to the diminishing gender gap, for instance, many of Team Obama’s ads are doing their darndest

Q3 GDP: 2.0%
10/26/2012 9:21:14 AM  Ed Morrissey
Looks like I had it about right yesterday, after the latest durable-goods report showed some of the lost ground being regained in the final month of the third quarter.  The economy expanded in the third quarter at an annualized rate of 2.0%, a slight

Panetta: We didn’t defend consulate under attack because of a lack of intel
10/26/2012 8:41:19 AM  Ed Morrissey
One of the unanswered questions about the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi is why the US military didn’t intervene.  Rumors had swirled that the US asked the Libyan government in Tripoli for permission to fly into Benghazi to break up

Obamateurism of the Day
10/26/2012 8:01:16 AM  Ed Morrissey
One of the first things an attorney is supposed to learn is to never ask a question without first knowing the answer. One of the first things a politician is supposed to learn — at least since Gary Hart talked himself out of a presidential

Quotes of the day
10/25/2012 10:43:43 PM  Allahpundit
Obama’s Chicago-based brain trust had intended to highlight four years of “solid, steady progress” in the final days of the race, several Democrats told POLITICO, with a healthy dose of hammering Romney — a strategy that had given Obama a lead going into

Father of SEAL killed in Benghazi: Hillary told me, “We will make sure that the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted”
10/25/2012 9:46:34 PM  Allahpundit
Via Glenn Beck, the bit about Hillary comes at the start of the second clip but both are worth listening to as an insight into how O, Biden, and Clinton allegedly operate in semi-private circumstances. The awkward “cueballs” line from Biden

New ad: Your first time should be with Barack Obama
10/25/2012 8:46:21 PM  Allahpundit
Worth watching if only as fodder for a thought experiment on how a similar ad would be received if it came from the right. Light-hearted or no, it would bring about the “war on women” End Times, a days-long tribulation of fake-outrage

Video: Obama asked to show ID while voting in Chicago
10/25/2012 8:01:27 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate. If he’d forgotten to bring his driver’s license, this clip would have been 24-karat comedy gold. As it is, I’m surprised that he didn’t seize the opportunity to say something about voter ID laws afterward.

Team Obama raises $90 million in the first half of October
10/25/2012 7:21:33 PM  Erika Johnsen
Earlier today, Team Romney (including Romney for President, Romney Victory, and the Republican National Committee) announced that, between October 1st and 17th, they raised a combined total of over $111 million, and still have about $169 million cash on

Romney hits 50 percent for first time in new ABC/WaPo tracking poll
10/25/2012 6:41:52 PM  Allahpundit
Of the last seven national polls taken, he leads five and is tied in another. Four of those polls now have him up by exactly three points, and three of them — Rasmussen, Gallup, and this one — now have the race precisely at 50/47.

The War on Bacon
10/25/2012 6:01:33 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

Obama on Leno: These banks are profit-seekers, which is precisely why we need to regulate them
10/25/2012 5:21:16 PM  Erika Johnsen
Our president made his fifth visit to the “Tonight” show with Jay Leno on Wednesday evening, and for me, one of the most painful moments of the interview came when the president yet again paraded his woefully inept and downright disquieting

Virginia: Romney 50, Obama 48; Update: New Fox News poll also shows Romney by two
10/25/2012 4:43:21 PM  Allahpundit
Romney could, in theory, replace Virginia’s 13 electoral votes by winning Wisconsin (10) and New Hampshire (4), but Wisconsin and New Hampshire are supposed to be Plan B in case he loses Ohio. If he loses Virginia, then there is no Plan B:

Wind industry boom going bust
10/25/2012 4:01:07 PM  Erika Johnsen
The continuance and/or discontinuance of the wind production tax credit is the subject of much debate among lawmakers and lobbyists at the moment, and it’s an issue President Obama often likes to bring up as a hot talking point on the campaign

From Generation Hopenchange to Generation Disenchanted?
10/25/2012 3:21:01 PM  Erika Johnsen
One of the key Hopenchange-influenced demographics that boosted Barack Obama’s path to victory in 2008 was, of course, the starry-eyed youth vote, and part of Team Obama’s strategy still relies upon urging the youth vote to vote again/vote

Detroit News: Thanks for those auto bailouts, but… we pick Mitt
10/25/2012 2:41:32 PM  Erika Johnsen
President Obama has lately been trying to make hay over Mitt Romney’s now-infamous “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” 2008 article, mischaracterizing it as the callous approach of a cold-hearted let-them-eat-cake capitalist that contrasts

Doing the math: Obama recovery still the worst in decades
10/25/2012 2:01:20 PM  Ed Morrissey
Lately, Barack Obama has taken to claiming that he’s leading a slow but steady economic recovery, hampered by the nature of the 2007-8 Great Recession and other external factors.  Two different analyses today rebut that assertion on the eve of the

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kerry Picket, Nick Popaditch
10/25/2012 1:46:27 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. We’ll also check in with Congressional candidate Nick Popaditch, running in CA-53 again this year, and maybe even have

Magic gone in Ohio?
10/25/2012 1:21:09 PM  Ed Morrissey
In 2008, Barack Obama campaigned like a rock star, especially in places hard hit by the economy, like Ohio — which Obama won by five points in the election, while enjoying a D+8 turnout.  Four years later, the rock-star vibe has utterly faded, and

President “you don’t deserve a bunch of name-calling” Obama goes smaller and smaller
10/25/2012 12:41:20 PM  Erika Johnsen
“If you were looking for a bunch of partisan rhetoric, I’m probably not your guy.” “If you can’t beat your opponent’s ideas, you distort those ideas — maybe you just make some up. If you don’t have a record

The “second term agenda”: No immigration reform, no entitlement reform
10/25/2012 12:01:09 PM  Ed Morrissey
Maybe this is the best recap ever of Barack Obama’s campaign, taken from Obama’s own speech this morning in Tampa Bay.  Obama starts off by attacking Mitt Romney’s economic agenda, and then momentarily can’t find his own: Obama’s

Team Romney raises $111.8 million — in 17 days
10/25/2012 11:21:55 AM  Ed Morrissey
Normally we’d have to wait until sometime in November to see how fundraising went for candidates in the last full month of the campaign.  The Romney campaign couldn’t quite contain their excitement over their numbers for October, however, and

Durable goods regain two-thirds of August tumble in September
10/25/2012 10:41:07 AM  Ed Morrissey
Last month, the durable goods report looked disastrous for Barack Obama’s re-election effort, coming in with a 13.1% decrease in a single month, one of the worst reports in the last several years.  Today, the Obama administration got better news