HotAir Daily Express 09/19/2012

AP poll shows Obama up only by 1, 47/46
9/19/2012 10:01:01 AM  Ed Morrissey
The bounce has officially dissipated.  A new AP/GfK national poll of likely voters shows Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in a virtual tie, with Obama having a 1-point edge at 47/46.  The internals, noted by the Washington Post, show a demographic divide

Chicago teachers back on the job
9/19/2012 9:21:48 AM  Ed Morrissey
The Chicago Teachers Union voted to return to their jobs, hours before a Chicago judge would have entertained a motion to issue an injunction ordering them to return.  They claimed victory over Mayor Rahm Emanuel, although the nation’s highest-paid

France’s turn?
9/19/2012 8:41:43 AM  Ed Morrissey
The US may no longer command the full attention of angry Muslims marching in the streets, thanks to a satirical newspaper in France and its decision to publish cartoons featuring Mohammed.  Charlie Hebdo offered its latest issue earlier today, and France

Obamateurism of the Day
9/19/2012 8:01:57 AM  Ed Morrissey
Democrats really tried to sell the American public during their national convention on the allegation that Republicans have declared a War On Wimminses, and that Mitt Romney is the Offender in Chief in dismissing the distaff set.   But as Eli Lake

Quotes of the day
9/18/2012 10:33:32 PM  Allahpundit
A top advisor to Mitt Romney said Tuesday that the controversy over the GOP nominee’s comments about President Obama’s supporters as dependent on government and not paying income taxes would blow over. “It has to,” said senior advisor Kevin Madden,

Jay Carney: On second thought, I guess it’s possible that that Benghazi attack was preplanned
9/18/2012 9:34:58 PM  Allahpundit
He was telling a different story four days ago, but now that the press is back in “what about Romney’s gaffes?” mode, I guess it’s safe to open the door a crack to a very obvious conclusion. The White House on Tuesday explicitly

Say, who’s the real “extremist” here, anyhow?
9/18/2012 8:41:16 PM  Erika Johnsen
Just for a quick addendum to Allahpundit’s earlier post on the Obama ‘I believe in redistribution’ audio that was making the rounds today: As AP already pointed out, it’s never a bad idea to remind voters of how President

WSJ/NBC poll: Obama 50, Romney 45
9/18/2012 8:01:28 PM  Allahpundit
The sample: 42D/37R/16I, or D+5. That’s not bad for an outfit that’s had some truly dreadful samples so far this year, but it’s still a few points bluer than election day is likely to be. The poll was conducted from September 12 to 16,

LA Times op-ed: Maybe this Mohammed movie isn’t free speech after all
9/18/2012 7:21:57 PM  Allahpundit
On a day when Egypt is appeasing its mob by issuing arrest warrants for the people responsible for the film (a capital offense there, do note), this is what’s running in the biggest paper in Los Angeles. Turns out the author, Sarah Chayes, is a

Mitt responds to 47 percent-flap: “We have two very different views about America”
9/18/2012 6:41:43 PM  Erika Johnsen
Mitt Romney appeared on Cavuto this afternoon to personally respond to today’s fallout over whether his remarks about 47 percent of the electorate at a private fundraiser awhile back were right on the money or hopelessly callous. Although he

Video: The War on Bacon
9/18/2012 6:01:59 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Join us at 6:15 p.m.! We’ll discuss…things other than Mitt Romney’s comments at a fundraiser, which is more than we can say for most news sources today. We’ll also discuss Mitt Romney’s comments at a fundraiser because we

1998 audio: I believe in redistribution, says Obama
9/18/2012 5:21:37 PM  Allahpundit
Can’t hurt to remind low-information voters of this by having Drudge give it the red-font treatment, but … you guys already knew this, yes? The whole point of the Buffett Rule is that O wants a showy yet meaningless peg on which to hang his

Heads up, youths: Graduate pay outlooks for Harvard versus South Dakota
9/18/2012 4:41:52 PM  Erika Johnsen
By at least one measure, the young-people (aged 18 — 29) unemployment rate for the past summer hovered just under thirteen percent. That means that more than one in ten members of last May’s whole new crop of graduates spent the summer

Bounce over: Obama’s lead in Gallup tracker down to one — among registered voters
9/18/2012 4:01:21 PM  Allahpundit
You guys are poll-savvy enough by now to know that samples of likely voters always skew a bit more Republican than samples of registereds, so what we’re looking at here is a de facto tie race at worst. Rasmussen has it 47/45 for Romney today;

Video: Prepare to be bowled over by Randy Newman’s incisive, unpredictable political satire
9/18/2012 3:21:48 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
You ever watch the Oscars and think, “This is the best the best-paid, most acclaimed creative entertainment talents in all the world can give us on the most important night of their year?” Especially on a night dedicated to the ego-stroking

What can you do with 79 million man-hours?
9/18/2012 2:41:57 PM  Ed Morrissey
I missed this analysis of ObamaCare compliance costs last week, but it’s worth noting — especially with the election coming up.  With much of the regulation still left to be written, the known compliance costs for the ironically-titled

Awkward: Jay Carney disparaging Obama’s “bitter clingers” remark in 2008
9/18/2012 2:01:26 PM  Erika Johnsen
There has been much ado about (nothing, cough cough, what?) the mysteriously just-unearthed secret footage of Mitt Romney awhile back telling fundraiser attendees about his views on the 47 percent of Americans already certain to vote for President Obama.

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
9/18/2012 1:46:17 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 the secret Romney vids, the Mother Jones slow-roll strategy for them, and all of the hot political

Democratic candidate for Senate tells voters that Orrin Hatch might “die before his term is through”
9/18/2012 1:21:45 PM  Ed Morrissey
Here’s yet another test of Morrissey’s Axiom of Politics and Courtship: Desperation isn’t an aphrodisiac in either. In Utah, where Republican incumbent and nominee Orrin Hatch looks ready to sail to a sixth term in office, his

Will this become a foreign-policy election?
9/18/2012 12:41:24 PM  Ed Morrissey
We’ve assumed throughout this election cycle that the economy and jobs would drive voter choice, but that would mean a referendum on the current incumbent, something Democrats desperately wanted to avoid.  Two weeks ago, Democrats promised us that

Romney ad: President Obama’s spending habits have created a “prairie fire” of debt
9/18/2012 12:01:53 PM  Erika Johnsen
The Romney campaign is out with a new round of ads, and given that much has been made of whether/how Team R is going to re-strategize in the now t-minus 49 days until election day, this latest attack on President Obama’s spending policies is

Video: DoJ Civil Rights Division chief can’t commit to protecting free speech; Update: Perez clarified later
9/18/2012 11:21:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
Via Eliana Johnson and Michael Totten, the question that Rep. Trent Franks asked Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez in July shouldn’t be very difficult to answer — especially for the man who heads up the Civil Rights Division of the

Archbishop Chaput: I can’t vote for pro-abortion Obama
9/18/2012 10:41:49 AM  Ed Morrissey
Whither the Catholic vote in this election?  Late last week, a poll showed Obama ahead by eight among Catholic registered voters (to which I’ve lost the link), although the data didn’t come from one of the regular national pollsters such as