HotAir Daily Express 08/23/2012

Video: Clinton cuts ad touting Obama plan that Obama never talks about
8/23/2012 10:01:28 AM  Ed Morrissey
Say, what exactly is Barack Obama’s second-term agenda, anyway?  I mean, besides saving us from the eeeeevil capitalists at Bain — except for his own Bain bundler Jonathan Lavine, who was managing director during the layoffs Obama keeps

Race tightening in CBS/NYT/Q-polls of FL, OH, WI
8/23/2012 9:21:36 AM  Ed Morrissey
Those swing state polls continue to narrow for Barack Obama.  While a new CBS/NYT/Quinnipiac series on three key states show Obama in the lead, in two of the three the races have dropped into a virtual tie.  Even in the third, the sample suggests that

“Independent” watchdog on energy loans turns into big Obama donor
8/23/2012 8:41:35 AM  Ed Morrissey
Well, well, well … what a coinky-dink.  The man who got picked to review more than $23 billion in Department of Energy loans and gave them a clean bill of health — without reviewing loans to already-defunct Solyndra and Beacon Power —

Obamateurism of the Day
8/23/2012 8:01:14 AM  Ed Morrissey
This one’s a two-fer, one for Barack Obama and another for a prominent media outlet.  Yesterday, Obama campaigned in Ohio and wanted to engage in some of the local sports customs, such as the Ohio State cheer that uses four people to spell the

Quotes of the day
8/22/2012 10:11:51 PM  Allahpundit
Rep. Todd Akin was in Tampa Wednesday night meeting with top conservative groups and donors, several sources confirmed to POLITICO. The embattled Missouri Senate candidate flew to Tampa to meet with members of the Council for National Policy, a secretive

Let’s hear it, southerners: Is Romney saying “bless his heart” about Obama a big deal?
8/22/2012 9:21:36 PM  Allahpundit
Via Ace and Twitchy, whose managing editors, Lori Ziganto and Jenn Taylor, are southern transplants and who seem palpably impressed that Mitt would “go there.” CBS reporter Jan Crawford calls this, half-jokingly I presume, “the ultimate

Academic model: Romney will take 52.9% of the vote, 320 electoral votes
8/22/2012 8:41:25 PM  Allahpundit
Three reasons why: Economy, economy, economy. Supposedly, the model’s been accurate to within 20 or so electoral votes in every election since 1980. Dude? Using a state-by-state analysis of unemployment and per-capita income, academics Kenneth

Obama’s response to ’03 question on late-term abortions: “I am pro-choice”
8/22/2012 8:01:03 PM  Allahpundit
Via John McCormack, whose post you should read as a refresher on how dismal The One’s abortion record is. In fact, it’s so dismal that I think it undercuts the power of the clip he found. Show of hands: Who didn’t already assume before

Which candidate is preferred by small business? Survey says…
8/22/2012 7:21:41 PM  Erika Johnsen
If there’s one thing that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney can most certainly agree upon, it’s that small businesses are a fundamental building block of our nation’s economy. As both candidates are constantly intoning, the vast majority of

Biden reveals secret of his success: He’s known three presidents intimately
8/22/2012 6:41:44 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate, via BuzzFeed. He doesn’t name the three, but let’s face it: Bill Clinton’s not known for being discriminating. The bit about knowing presidents intimately is silly fun but this is worth watching for the

Greece: Er, do you think we could get an extension on those austerity benchmarks?
8/22/2012 6:01:52 PM  Erika Johnsen
And now for an update on what’s happening with the ongoing European debt crisis (which, as President Obama is constantly reminding us, is one of the many “headwinds” facing global economic recovery) after the summer slowdown.

Tampa mayor: This tropical storm could force us to call off the GOP convention
8/22/2012 5:23:27 PM  Allahpundit
Potential proof that, if God exists, he’s a Democrat. A double whammy for a conservative atheist, my friends. Thus are a man’s dreams of four days of gloriously lazy open-thread convention blogging shattered: Tampa won’t hesitate to

Cutter: Obama has created more jobs than the Reagan recovery
8/22/2012 4:41:22 PM  Erika Johnsen
Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter made another appearance on MNSBC Wednesday morning, promoting some mighty interesting ideas about job creation and the economy. …Well, I think that worker probably has a good understanding of

CBS: Sources say Akin might quit if he doesn’t get early support
8/22/2012 4:01:06 PM  Allahpundit
Yeah, well, on Monday there were also sources whispering to prominent conservatives on Twitter that Akin would be out on Tuesday. One of the salient facts about this guy is that, for a sitting congressman, he appears to be unusually cloistered from the

Video: VA farmer facing fines for … hosting a birthday party
8/22/2012 3:21:41 PM  Ed Morrissey
What does every 10-year-old girl want for her birthday?  A big party and lots of room to have fun.  My own 10-year-old granddaughter had her campout/sleepover birthday party at our house three months ago.  Fortunately, we’re not farmers in Fauquier

Barbara Boxer: Maybe Republicans just don’t like their moms or wives or something
8/22/2012 2:41:42 PM  Erika Johnsen
I’ve always thought of myself as a woman, but evidently, I’m not a real woman — I mean, how could I possibly vote Republican and still be a real woman at the same time? Apparently, caring more about the economy, jobs, and the deficit

Rasmussen: McMahon leads in CT, 49/46
8/22/2012 2:01:30 PM  Ed Morrissey
There’s no way that Republicans can lose a Senate race in Missouri while winning two in Massachusetts and Connecticut … right?  Would Spock have to wear a goatee in that universe?  Rasmussen’s new poll in the Nutmeg State shows

The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, Mary Katharine Ham
8/22/2012 1:41:35 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), we’re talking politics with Townhall political editor Guy Benson, who will bring us up to date on the latest from the campaign trail. The second half will bring us Mary Katharine Ham on the HamCam.  Trust me, you

CBO: Deep recession on the way if Congress fails to stop the fiscal cliff
8/22/2012 1:21:10 PM  Erika Johnsen
On Wednesday, the Congressional Budget Office issued its latest report, predicting that — unless Congress acts to thwart January’s upcoming “Taxmageddon” — our economy will suffer even further setbacks and likely land

PPP poll in MA shows Brown up five over Warren
8/22/2012 12:41:00 PM  Ed Morrissey
Well, what do you know — maybe there’s some hope for Massachusetts after all.  Democratic pollster PPP applied a likely-voter test for the first time in the Bay State, and discovers that incumbent Republican Senator Scott Brown has a small

Romney gaining steam in swing-state polling?
8/22/2012 12:01:50 PM  Ed Morrissey
That’s the cautious analysis from one of the best in the business, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight at the New York Times.  Nate’s cautious because he rightly notes that we don’t have a plethora of data yet from swing-state polls, nor a

New Obama ad: Romney really can’t relate to wanting the best education for your children
8/22/2012 11:21:27 AM  Erika Johnsen
On the campaign trail on Tuesday, President Obama accused Mitt Romney of aloofness in his understanding of the burdens of student debt and touted the utter importance of a college education — and today, the Obama campaign took the education battle

AP poll narrows Obama lead to one point, 47/46
8/22/2012 10:41:50 AM  Ed Morrissey
With the clock running out on Team Obama’s money advantage over Team Romney, the polls continue to look close — and perhaps edge more in Mitt Romney’s favor.  The latest poll from the AP shows the race at 47/46 for Barack Obama, a