HotAir Daily Express 08/08/2012

Gibbs on indefensible ad: Let’s change the subject
8/8/2012 10:01:55 AM  Ed Morrissey
Former White House press secretary and now Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs tries to change the subject when asked on today’s Morning Joe about this cycle’s most despicable ad — the one accusing Mitt Romney of causing the death of a

CBS/NYT poll shows swing states in play for Romney
8/8/2012 9:21:11 AM  Ed Morrissey
We’ve already taken a look at one of our “favorite” polls to analyze.  How about another series infamous for sampling issues?  The latest survey from CBS and the New York Times covers three swing states won by Barack Obama in 2008, and

WaPo/ABC poll shows Romney favorability plateaued, Obama dropping among registered voters
8/8/2012 8:41:03 AM  Ed Morrissey
Today’s Washington Post/ABC News poll gives a little bit of good news to Barack Obama — and therefore some bad news for Mitt Romney.  In an advance look at the overall poll results, Obama leads Romney on favorability.  However, the gap

Obamateurism of the Day
8/8/2012 8:01:04 AM  Ed Morrissey
Here’s a riddle for you.  You hear Democrats talking constantly about the evils of the “Bush tax cuts,” the rates set in 2001-3 for income tax which haven’t been changed since.  Whenever the topic of tax rates comes up, Democrats

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Quotes of the day
8/7/2012 10:43:38 PM  Allahpundit
These days, you hear it everywhere — from Republican donors and veteran operatives, and at Capitol Hill watering holes. A few weeks ago, it was a wishful rumor floating in the Beltway ether. Now, sources close to the Romney campaign say it’s for real,

Jay Carney: I don’t speak for Harry Reid, but Romney sure could resolve this by releasing those tax returns, huh?
8/7/2012 10:04:35 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Washington Free Beacon, why on earth is the White House press secretary wading into a dispute related to the presidential race? I’m sure GOP press secretaries have done that too for Republican incumbents but I don’t like it from

CNN: Wife of steelworker in new Obama Super PAC ad still had job and health insurance after he lost his
8/7/2012 9:20:05 PM  Allahpundit
I wonder if Bill Burton and crew knew about this and greenlit the smear anyway or if they didn’t care enough to even find out. Why would they? The point of calling Romney a murderer is to keep him on the defensive; the more ridiculous the charge

Video: MKH and O’Reilly go after each other on mandatory sentencing
8/7/2012 8:38:03 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
I won’t make a habit of posting my own video clips, but this made some news on other sites today, to my mild surprise. I guess the disagreement among right-leaning figures on the drug war and mandatory sentencing is counterintuitive enough and the

Rumor of the day: First Romney fundraiser with VP “may” be in Florida on Sunday
8/7/2012 7:50:20 PM  Allahpundit
Yes, yes, I know — pure speculation, as thin as tissue paper. Get used to it. No less than Karl Rove thinks the pick could come as soon as Friday, so the full force of VP frenzy will soon be upon us. Don’t be surprised if we’re a little

Scarborough: Why on earth wouldn’t you let Palin speak at the convention?
8/7/2012 7:01:33 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Daily Caller, I couldn’t agree more. What possible reason is there to exclude her? She’s the reining vice presidential nominee; she gives a hell of a speech; she’s on a major roll in helping tea-party candidates win their Senate

Bad news from Zach Galifianakis: What the Koch brothers are doing is “not freedom”
8/7/2012 6:20:51 PM  Allahpundit
Good thing I already hate “The Hangover” or else this would have been bitterly disappointing. The phrasing is important here, I think. The comedian is referring to a scene in “The Campaign” in which Ferrell’s character, Congressman Cam Brady,

Video: Chick-fil-A drive-through worker forgives jackass who lectured her
8/7/2012 5:23:04 PM  Allahpundit
To no one’s surprise, she’s just as gracious as she was in the Backfire Heard ‘Round the World. But then, that’s all part of the pattern in the developing “dignified innocents victimized by unbelievable jackasses”

Christie insiders: No, he’s probably not being seriously considered for VP
8/7/2012 4:44:34 PM  Allahpundit
Obligatory debunkery via Robert Costa after yesterday’s heavy breathing. Listen very hard and you can hear the sound of Ann Coulter’s heart breaking. Over the past year, relations between Christie and Romney have been warm, but they have not

Obama’s sleaziest ad yet: Romney kinda sorta killed a man’s wife by closing down his steel plant
8/7/2012 4:01:52 PM  Allahpundit
Please, spare me the objection that this comes from The One’s Super PAC, not his formal campaign, and therefore it’s technically not an “Obama ad.” That excuse never flew for Romney when his own Super PAC was carpet-bombing

Do the rich pay their fair share?
8/7/2012 3:21:58 PM  Dustin Siggins
Last week, Georgetown law professor Peter Edelman wrote about poverty in America in the New York Times. Edelman spent most of his time outlining what he sees as the causes of poverty in America, but he did offer some basic liberal fare when it came to

Poor, conservative-maligned law student introducing Obama at campaign event
8/7/2012 2:41:57 PM  Dustin Siggins
A few months ago, Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke made headlines for supporting the HHS Mandate in testimony to Congress, and her name exploded into the national scene after Rush Limbaugh made her a target of scorn and mockery. At the time, liberals

Gallup: Economic confidence dropping sharply for second month in a row
8/7/2012 2:01:40 PM  Ed Morrissey
The question for the economic fight in the presidential election may not be whether voters buy Mitt Romney’s tax plan or Barack Obama’s class warfare.  It may be whether they’re buying anything at all.  After six straight months of

DOJ hits Gibson with $300K fine in settlement over exotic wood raids
8/7/2012 1:21:40 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Did you get here Googling “exotic wood raids?” Is this not what you expected? I’m sorry. Settle in for some hot public policy. Last we checked in with Gibson, the famed Tennessee guitar maker had been raided twice by armed federal

GOP chair: I hope Palin speaks at the convention
8/7/2012 1:11:27 PM  Ed Morrissey
“I can’t make that announcement tonight,” RNC chair Reince Priebus told Greta van Susteren last night on Fox when asked about Sarah Palin’s chances of landing a speaking slot at the Republican national convention in Tampa.

Petraeus for VP — Obama’s nightmare?
8/7/2012 12:36:58 PM  Ed Morrissey
This one’s getting the siren treatment from Drudge.  Is Barack Obama worried that Mitt Romney may ask General David Petraeus — the hero of the Iraq surge strategy — to be his running mate? One of Obama’s donors says that’s

Should Romney demand that Obama release his college records in exchange for tax returns?
8/7/2012 12:01:46 PM  Ed Morrissey
That’s the suggestion from former Libertarian Party VP candidate Wayne Allen Root, who graduated in the same disciplines as Barack Obama at the same time (1983) from the same college, Columbia University.  If Harry Reid wants to play the

Obama goes seven weeks without White House press conference
8/7/2012 11:21:53 AM  Rob Bluey
Reporters ridiculed Mitt Romney on his recent foreign trip for not making himself more available for questions. Even though Romney held one press availability in London, journalists complained they “didn’t come all the way here to handle

WaPo fact checker gives 4 Pinocchios to Harry Reid
8/7/2012 10:41:33 AM  Ed Morrissey
You’re probably asking yourself, “Only four?”  That’s as high as the scale goes for Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler, who takes a rather dispassionate view of the McCarthyite tactics of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid,