HotAir Daily Express 08/21/2012

CBS: Obama needs to answer for the tone of the campaign
8/21/2012 10:01:08 AM  Ed Morrissey
How well did Barack Obama do in his press conference yesterday?  If you’ve lost CBS …  Norah O’Donnell took Obama to task this morning for his attempt to distance himself from the personal attack run by his former White House aide Bill

MN Democrat tests limits of well-known axiom on political death
8/21/2012 9:21:09 AM  Ed Morrissey
Most people in politics have at one time or another said about an apparently Teflon-coated politician that the only way he could lose would be to be caught with a live boy or a dead girl.  It’s a rather crude way to show respect for an opponent,

Video: Akin’s new mea maxima culpa TV spot
8/21/2012 8:41:06 AM  Ed Morrissey
Can Todd Akin hang onto his Republican nomination for the US Senate after a disastrous interview over the weekend, in which he questioned the legitimacy of rape claims from women who got impregnated by their assaulters?  He’s giving it a try, with

Obamateurism of the Day
8/21/2012 8:01:07 AM  Ed Morrissey
I love Barack Obama press conferences, scheduled or impromptu.  Either way, they provide fertile ground for OOTD entries, and yesterday was no exception. When challenged on the negative manner in which his re-election campaign has operated —

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Quotes of the day
8/20/2012 10:39:31 PM  Allahpundit
The full weight of the Republican Party is now bearing down on Akin to leave the race in the wake of his “legitimate rape” remarks. Crossroads GPS has announced it is pulling its ads. Mitt Romney has condemned Akin’s comments. Several of Akin’s

Obama: Oh, by the way, I don’t blame Romney for the death of that steelworker’s wife
8/20/2012 9:58:37 PM  Allahpundit
Via Andrew Kaczynski of BuzzFeed, who reminds us that O’s attempt to disclaim responsibility for the ad under ye olde “I don’t control my Super PAC” dodge is perhaps undermined by the fact that his own campaign used the story of

Oh my: Romney’s cash advantage over Obama grows to more than $60 million
8/20/2012 9:32:31 PM  Allahpundit
Jay Cost calls this the biggest news of the day. It’s not just the raw numbers that are significant, it’s how Romney’s building his advantage: Obama’s campaign is dumping money into attack ads this summer trying to tear Mitt down

Todd Akin to appear on Piers Morgan’s show tonight, or maybe not; Update: Not
8/20/2012 8:37:46 PM  Allahpundit
9 p.m. ET on CNN — if it happens. As I write this, Morgan’s show says he’s booked: He’s the biggest name of the day.He’s the man everyone is talking about.And tonight, he’s on with @piersmorgan. @toddakin. 9p

2016: Are you ready for the Joe Biden presidential run?
8/20/2012 8:04:03 PM  Allahpundit
Never happen. No way could we get this lucky. Vice President Joe Biden is looking ahead to the 2016 presidential election, according to a new ebook by Glenn Thrush. “On scheduling calls with staffers from the Democratic congressional and Senate

Claire McCaskill: These national Republicans trying to push Akin out of the race certainly are meddlesome
8/20/2012 7:21:17 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Examiner, a golden moment from “Morning Joe” in which McCaskill walks the vanishingly fine line between being deeply offended at the thought of Akin representing Missouri and yet not so deeply offended that she’d want to see him

Poetic justice: Solyndra’s glass tubes now part of a modern art exhibit
8/20/2012 6:41:18 PM  Erika Johnsen
The erstwhile solar company Solyndra, you’ll remember, received a more than $500 million loan guarantee from Obama’s Department of Energy clean energy program and was touted as a poster child of the burgeoning clean energy movement, only to

Hannity to Akin: You know you could cost us the Senate, right?
8/20/2012 6:01:03 PM  Allahpundit
Via BuzzFeed, it’s important that people like Hannity, Coulter, and the boss emeritus are leaning on this guy too, not just Romney and Reince Priebus. Without pressure from all-stars on the right, he can dig in and turn it into a “weak-ass

Green group: The U.S. auto industry “owes us” better mileage and emissions standards
8/20/2012 5:21:22 PM  Erika Johnsen
Writing in the USA Today this morning, advocates for the Safe Climate Campaign opined about the need for U.S. automakers to “behave responsibly” and “shun their gas-guzzling ways” in compliance with the Obama

The obligatory “FBI investigated GOP rep for skinny-dipping in Sea of Galilee” post
8/20/2012 4:41:55 PM  Allahpundit
Is this story still a thing after 18 hours or has public interest already evaporated? Normally a splashy GOP scandal piece will keep for at least a day on the news shelf, but thanks to Akinmania and the fact that the “scandal” here seems to

Is Todd Akin going to drop out? Update: Tea Party group says Akin should drop out
8/20/2012 4:01:02 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
His Twitter feed says no: I am in this race to win. We need a conservative Senate. Help me defeat Claire by donating:… #mosen — Todd Akin (@ToddAkin) August 20, 2012 The tide is rising against him after

Surprise: Unexpected guest stops by the White House press briefing
8/20/2012 3:21:32 PM  Erika Johnsen
President Obama has been taking a bunch of flak lately for giving a noticeably large chunk of his media time to outlets like Entertainment Tonight and local radio, and especially for not meeting with the White House press corps for months, while allowing

Study: Red states more disposed to charitable giving than blue states
8/20/2012 2:41:40 PM  Erika Johnsen
According to a new survey of tax data by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, it appears that red states are much more prone to charitable donations than blue states — interesting, but not at all surprising when you think about it. Politico reports: The

Too good to check: Could Obama lose … Illinois?
8/20/2012 2:01:29 PM  Ed Morrissey
Look, I’m a pretty sunny optimist, but this stretches even my credulity.  A pollster in Illinois believes that Mitt Romney can win Barack Obama’s home state, thanks to a mediocre performance in Cook County by the incumbent, and outright

The Ed Morrissey Show: Matt Lewis
8/20/2012 1:31:04 PM  Ed Morrissey
The Ed Morrissey Show returns to its normal schedule today at 3 pm ET, this time with The Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis.  We’ll talk about the latest from the campaign trail, including whether Todd Akin can survive his misstep in Missouri, plus

Enviro-disconnect: Climate change and poverty
8/20/2012 1:21:23 PM  Erika Johnsen
Last week, HuffPo posted an interview with the director of the NAACP’s Climate Justice Initiative, which is meant to help address climate change’s  “disproportionate impact on communities of color in the United States and around the

Forbes wonders: Should Biden have a neurological exam?
8/20/2012 12:41:10 PM  Ed Morrissey
Are Joe Biden’s ever-increasing verbal missteps the result of increased media scrutiny after three years on a back burner,  a symptom of just plain old ordinary stupidity — or an indication of organic brain damage?  I’m inclined to

Newsweek’s cover: Change?
8/20/2012 12:01:01 PM  Ed Morrissey
Three weeks ago, we all laughed when Newsweek tried to hang a “wimp” label on the same guy that Democrats had been demonizing as a vampire capitalist that smote the spouses of workers with cancer while lighting his cigars with bearer bonds. 

Gallup swing state poll shows virtual tie, only 40% better off than in 2008
8/20/2012 11:21:11 AM  Ed Morrissey
Can an incumbent win a second term as President if the majority think their lives haven’t improved in his first term?  Barack Obama is about to find out the answer to that question.  While the race remains a virtual dead heat in swing states polled

Romney ad: Obama’s welfare changes “nuts”
8/20/2012 10:41:37 AM  Ed Morrissey
Team Romney launched another attack on Barack Obama’s executive-order changes to the 1996 bipartisan welfare reform, quoting a leading Virginia newspaper that called the changes “nuts”: National Journal calls this an escalation: Mitt