HotAir Daily Express 10/05/2012

FBI investigates in Benghazi for … 12 hours
10/5/2012 10:01:50 AM  Ed Morrissey
Hey, maybe 12 hours is all the FBI needed for their crime-scene probe.  After all, it’s been almost four weeks — so what could be left to check? A team of FBI agents arrived in Benghazi, Libya, to investigate the assault against the U.S.

Romney: We sure didn’t get transparency from Obama on Benghazi attack, huh?
10/5/2012 9:21:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
Consider this a warm-up for the next presidential debate, which will focus on foreign policy.  Last night on Hannity, host Sean Hannity asked whether Mitt Romney thought that the weeks-long string of lies and half-truths coming from the White House about

Jobs report: 114K jobs added, jobless rate 7.8%; Update: CNBC confused by “contradictory” numbers; Update: Bloomberg explains?
10/5/2012 8:31:41 AM  Ed Morrissey
The Bureau of Labor Statistics delivered yet another disappointing jobs report.  In September, the economy only added 114,000 jobs, and while the jobless rate dropped to 7.8%, that mainly came from a mid-year adjustment last month on the number of

Obamateurism of the Day
10/5/2012 8:01:57 AM  Ed Morrissey
Talk about bad timing!  When Mitt Romney accused Barack Obama of “picking losers,” Obama appeared to be doing, er … just that at the 11-second mark here: There’s really no good time for that, is there? One word for the next

Quotes of the day
10/4/2012 10:41:37 PM  Allahpundit
Buoyed by a powerful debate showing, Mitt Romney said Thursday he offers “prosperity that comes through freedom” to a country struggling to shed a weak economy. President Barack Obama accused the former Massachusetts governor of running from

The 20 House races you should be watching
10/4/2012 10:04:00 PM  Patrick Ishmael
Two years ago I did a projection of how many seats Republicans would net in the 2010 general election. The experiment turned out… pretty well. So I decided to dive back into the numbers. This time, the map of possible flipped seats is a bit

Report: National magazine preparing “blockbuster” scandal story on Obama campaign donations
10/4/2012 9:27:51 PM  Allahpundit
If the term “Doodad Pro” means anything to you, none of this will come as a surprise. President Obama reelection campaign, rattled by his Wednesday night debate performance, could be in for even worse news. According to knowlegable sources, a

Video: “A Good Day to Die Hard” trailer
10/4/2012 8:43:01 PM  Allahpundit
As a change of pace after so many debate posts, I thought we’d all enjoy a palate cleanser that involved less destructive ass-kicking than we saw last night. So here’s the new “Die Hard” trailer. This one takes place in Russia, a

Inevitable: The Obama “Uh” supercut
10/4/2012 8:03:42 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
There’s no harm in enjoying it for a day, you, uhh, extremist, um, mob, uhh, of hostage-taking, uhh, bitter, um, clingers. If only you rabble could put a sentence together like our professorial leader, here. So, that’s 51 seconds of

George Will: Romney’s biggest achievement last night might have been changing the narrative
10/4/2012 7:23:22 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Daily Caller. Until around an hour ago, I was set to agree with him. Then this somehow ended up in my Twitter feed: 20 minutes into debate GOP online voter registration doubled above normal & still at that pace – Dem. source who

Real talk: Sununu calls President Obama “lazy” and “detached”
10/4/2012 6:41:33 PM  Erika Johnsen
Andrea Mitchell’s amazed reaction, after Sununu confirms that, why yes, he did indeed intend to call the president of the United States “lazy,” without skipping a beat… is kind of priceless. JOHN SUNUNU: What people saw last

The War on Bacon
10/4/2012 6:01:52 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

Biden: You’re darned right Obama and I want to raise a trillion dollars in new taxes
10/4/2012 5:21:06 PM  Allahpundit
Via BuzzFeed, reminds of the end of “A Few Good Men,” i.e. a ruinous admission against interest made in a fit of bravado by one of America’s sexiest grandpas. Who ordered the code red on the economy? Obama did, baby. And damned proud of

58 million viewers: Debate ratings top first debate from 2008; Update: Revised upwards to 67.2 million; Update: 70 million?
10/4/2012 4:41:52 PM  Allahpundit
The last time a beating this brutal drew a wider audience was Ali-Foreman, I believe. More than 58 million people watched the first Presidential debate last night between President Obama and Mitt Romney, up substantially from the first debate in the 2008

Team Obama goes into emergency-restrategizing mode
10/4/2012 4:01:13 PM  Erika Johnsen
After that rather embarrassing performance last night, Team Obama is changing tack at warp speed. They’ve certainly got their work cut out for them, considering what will be the most effective ways to tear down Mitt Romney and put President Obama

Stewart: Er, the president isn’t looking quite as brilliant as he used to
10/4/2012 3:21:54 PM  Erika Johnsen
Here are a couple more reactions to last night’s debate proceedings from the liberal crowd for you, just because it’s fun — first, comedian Jon Stewart on Good Morning America, acknowledging that the president had a “very

Did hubris catch up with Team Obama?
10/4/2012 2:42:16 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
As the Republican primary process wound down and Mitt Romney emerged as the likely candidate in spring of 2012, President Obama was itching to take him on, according to Glenn Thrush’s inside look at the Obama campaign, “Obama’s Last

Gore: Obama’s poor debate performance may’ve been because of… altitude sickness
10/4/2012 2:01:46 PM  Erika Johnsen
If this isn’t a Democratic-excuse-making shark-jumper, I don’t know what is. AL GORE: I’m going to say something controversial here. Uh, Obama arrived in Denver at 2 p.m. today, just a few hours before the debate started. Romney did

The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, Kerry Picket, Steven Crowder
10/4/2012 1:46:52 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), it’s time again for our Salem All-Stars! Guy Benson from Denver to talk about the debate, Kerry Picket brings us up to date on the goings-on inside the nation’s capital, and Steven Crowder returns to

DNC ad: Man, Mitt Romney was like a mean, aggressive bulldozer, wasn’t he?
10/4/2012 1:21:35 PM  Erika Johnsen
Just in case we needed another indicator of how thoroughly Mitt Romney trounced President Obama during the first presidential debate last night, the following is among the first post-debate videos put out by the Republican National Committee. Daaang.

Who buried the middle class? Update: Manufacturing orders drop 5.2% in August
10/4/2012 12:41:36 PM  Ed Morrissey
In last night’s debate, the term “middle class” only got eight mentions: two by Mitt Romney (the first and the last), and six by Barack Obama.  Given all the rhetoric that Team Obama has floated in this cycle about middle-class concerns

Boss Emeritus, Carville agree: The empty chair showed up last night
10/4/2012 12:01:45 PM  Ed Morrissey
As in so many contests, victory usually goes to the side that wants it more.  The consensus across the aisle from last night’s debate was that Mitt Romney came to play, and Barack Obama didn’t.  James Carville told CNN that as much as he

Video: Obama defends ObamaCare, IPAB
10/4/2012 11:21:58 AM  Ed Morrissey
Earlier, I noted the difficulty of playing defense in a debate. Barack Obama gives a good example in this exchange last night with Mitt Romney on ObamaCare, an unpopular law, with Romney hitting one of its most unpopular features — the Independent

Video: Romney comes out swinging on green energy
10/4/2012 10:41:32 AM  Ed Morrissey
Since I missed the debate last night, thanks to my school schedule this year, I’ve had to content myself with the transcript and clips of key exchanges between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.  This one, I believe, is one of the most telling. It