HotAir Daily Express 08/22/2012

WaPa/ABC poll shows Ryan gaining momentum
8/22/2012 10:01:16 AM  Ed Morrissey
That’s not exactly how the Post headlines its official coverage of the latest results from its poll series, but Aaron Blake at the Fix does a little better with the data.  Overall, Paul Ryan and Joe Biden are fairly even in polling, with the

Video: Noted party boss castigates Akin for not withdrawing
8/22/2012 9:21:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
Count Sarah Palin among the politely unimpressed with Todd Akin’s dedication to principle in his decision to stay in the race.  “Bless his heart,” Palin told Greta van Susteren (whose own displeasure is couched in less-generous tones),

Akin: “I don’t know the future”
8/22/2012 8:41:29 AM  Ed Morrissey
Great news for anti-establishment types in the GOP: Todd Akin has your back.  The man who has been in Congress has a mission in this election, which is to fight against “party bosses” who want him out of the election.  You know, the

Obamateurism of the Day
8/22/2012 8:01:57 AM  Ed Morrissey
Once again, we return to Barack Obama’s press conference on Monday for today’s example of the “Me or Your Lyin’ Eyes” credibility strategy.  In this case, President Obama gets asked whether he’s prepared to condemn the

Quotes of the day
8/21/2012 10:43:22 PM  Allahpundit
Even before his now-infamous comments on rape, Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., presented Senate Republican leaders with a familiar problem. In O’Donnell, Sharron Angle in Nevada, and Ken Buck in Colorado, the 2010 Republican primaries and accompanying grassroots

NBC/WSJ poll: Obama leads Romney by four nationally, by three in battleground states
8/21/2012 10:01:24 PM  Allahpundit
Ah, the NBC/WSJ poll, the dreariest blog post of the month for the big A. Thus far this year they’ve measured registered voters, not likelies (although that’ll change soon), which means the data’s been iffy to begin with. Worse, the

Team Romney ready to lay out a “comprehensive energy plan”
8/21/2012 9:27:52 PM  Erika Johnsen
And about time, too! Mitt Romney told the audience at a fundraiser today that he plans to unveil his comprehensive energy platform on Thursday of this week, and you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be watching for it. As I’ve argued about a

Akin: The “liberal elitist media” is trying to push me out of the race
8/21/2012 8:50:19 PM  Allahpundit
The liberal media? Like Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin? I apologized but the liberal media is trying to make me drop out. Please stand w/ me tonight by signing my petition at — Todd Akin (@ToddAkin) August

Bounce: New polls show Romney leading in Michigan, Wisconsin after Ryan pick
8/21/2012 8:01:15 PM  Allahpundit
We need some good news. Second look at stealing the midwest right out from under Obama’s nose? PPP’s first Wisconsin poll since Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his running mate finds him taking a small lead over Barack Obama in the state,

Awww: WH shy about mentioning new regulatory chief’s tenure at Bain & Co
8/21/2012 7:21:50 PM  Ed Morrissey
Let’s play the new Obama administration game, “Guess The Missing Resumé Entry,” with our first subject, Boris Bershteyn.  President Obama appointed Bershteyn to replace the departed Cass Sunstein as head of the Office of Information and

Ryan: I’m pretty happy clinging to my guns and religion, thanks
8/21/2012 6:41:15 PM  Erika Johnsen
I don’t think I’ll ever tire of being reminded of then-candidate Obama’s exquisitely revealing moment of behind-the-scenes honesty when discussing the political motivations of rural Pennsylvanians and midwesterners, etcetera back in

Deadline passes: Akin defies calls to drop out
8/21/2012 6:01:49 PM  Allahpundit
I didn’t listen to his interview on Sean Hannity’s radio show this afternoon but conservative tweeters were rapt. This sounds promising: Akin now talking about two world wars, rebuilding our enemies’ lands… he’s rambling.

Team Obama wanted to replace Super PAC head Bill Burton with…Robert Gibbs
8/21/2012 5:21:24 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Oh, imagine the cancer ads Press Secretary Peter Griffin could have produced! “Obama’s Last Stand,” an e-book by Politico’s Glenn Thrush released this week, documents the transition of Team Hope and Change to the dispiriting

Cook Political Report moves Missouri from “toss up” to “likely Democrat”; Update: Romney, Scott Walker call on Akin to quit
8/21/2012 4:42:49 PM  Allahpundit
Maybe ObamaCare won’t be so bad, guys. A couple of tweaks to IPAB, a little fine-tuning of those state insurance exchanges, and who knows? We might be able to duct-tape this boondoggle together and keep it aloft for a decade or two. If anyone can

Obama to upstage GOP convention by unleashing garrulous idiot on Tampa
8/21/2012 4:01:39 PM  Allahpundit
No word yet on what they have planned but, Joe being Joe, expect a press conference aimed at Cuban-Americans with Biden speaking in a fakey Latino accent. And maybe wearing a sombrero, like all the real Cubans wear. He knows how to “connect”

Most transparent convention evah won’t release the names of its donors?
8/21/2012 3:21:41 PM  Erika Johnsen
It looks like the Democrats’ convention organization is taking a leaf out the Most Transparent Administration Evah‘s playbook, promising in advance that they’re going to do something for the sake of transparency and then, you

Federal appeals court strikes down EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
8/21/2012 2:41:57 PM  Ed Morrissey
The Obama administration suffered a stinging legal loss at the federal appellate level today.  The DC circuit vacated a novel EPA rule that would have forced power plants in 28 states to cut electricity production, ruling 2-1 that the EPA had exceeded

Albright campaigns for Obama: We’re going to keep blaming Bush “forever”
8/21/2012 2:01:57 PM  Erika Johnsen
How nice. From Revealing Politics, here’s former Clinton-appointed U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaking at an Obama campaign rally in Colorado and assuring supporters that Democrats will quit blaming ‘the previous

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm; Update: Karen Harrington in bonus minutes!
8/21/2012 1:31:41 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 Akin-A-Go-Go [Akin-a-Stay-Stay? -- Ed], Obama’s “surprise” presser, and all of

Breaking: Akin tells Huckabee he’s staying in the race
8/21/2012 1:23:30 PM  Ed Morrissey
Business Insider has the update from Todd Akin’s appearance on Mike Huckabee’s radio show, which Huckabee had teased with this tweet: Todd Akin will return to The Mike Huckabee Radio Show in the next 30 minutes to announce his final decision

DoJ approves new voter-ID law in Virginia
8/21/2012 12:41:02 PM  Ed Morrissey
The Department of Justice, which is currently embroiled in fights over voter-ID laws in South Carolina and Texas, has passed on an opportunity to pick a fight in Virginia.  TPM’s Ryan Reilly reports that the structure of Virginia’s regulation

Video: Which was worse — Akin or Biden?
8/21/2012 12:01:35 PM  Ed Morrissey
Yesterday, I made my first appearance on local TV since 2005, during the Adscam story that briefly made me a curious intrusion on Canadian politics.  It’s not for a lack of invitations; KMSP has been asking me to appear for quite a while, but the

Chris Christie: No, I will not tone it down for the convention
8/21/2012 11:21:30 AM  Erika Johnsen
Heh. Nor would we want you to, governor. Via CBS: Governor Chris Christie is on his seventh draft of his keynote address for next week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. … The famously brash governor said he has no plans to tone it

New Romney web spot focuses on welfare success story
8/21/2012 10:41:13 AM  Ed Morrissey
The latest in the Team Romney attack on Barack Obama’s executive order on welfare features an inspirational story … and a bit of a conundrum.  Daniel Vargas grew up on welfare in Brooklyn, the son of divorced immigrants from Puerto Rico,