HotAir Daily Express 09/20/2012

Er, did Harry Reid just campaign on the Senate floor?
9/20/2012 10:01:02 AM  Erika Johnsen
On the Senate floor this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and some Senate Democrats took a few moments out of what I’m sure is a very — er — busy schedule to excoriate Mitt Romney over his positively diabolical personal tax

Gallup: Democratic enthusiasm surges in swing states, nationally
9/20/2012 9:21:26 AM  Ed Morrissey
As anyone who watched the Democratic national convention’s Abortion-Palooza could easily determine, Barack Obama and his campaign team have settled for a base-turnout election rather than appeal to the moderates.  So far, that strategy appears to

White House staff involved in Cartagena brothel scandal?
9/20/2012 8:41:18 AM  Ed Morrissey
Will the Cartagena brothel case make an unwelcome reappearance in the middle of Barack Obama’s re-election efforts?  That’s what sources from law enforcement and Capitol Hill told Fox News yesterday, saying that an upcoming report on the

Obamateurism of the Day
9/20/2012 8:01:16 AM  Ed Morrissey
On Monday, I noted that Barack Obama reacted to the assassination of a US Ambassador — the first in 33 years — not by going back to the White House to demonstrate leadership, but to Las Vegas to raise money.  Some might object, saying that

Quotes of the day
9/19/2012 10:53:46 PM  Allahpundit
“The last several years you’ve seen greater and greater divisiveness in this country,” said the GOP hopeful. “We had hoped to come back together. But instead you’ve seen us pull apart. And politics has driven us apart in some respects. So my campaign

Exciting new Obama merchandise: The “O” logo American flag
9/19/2012 10:11:35 PM  Allahpundit
Go have a look before they yank it down, as it’s already disappeared from a campaign tweet after people complained. That’s vintage 2008-style propaganda, made pathetic by the ruins of Hopenchange hype all around us. Makes me chuckle to think

Chicago alderman: Chick-fil-A promised me in writing they’ll stop giving to anti-gay-marriage groups
9/19/2012 9:39:24 PM  Allahpundit
I’d like to think they took my advice and made a totally empty promise knowing that there’s not much he can do to punish them if they break it. But I don’t. I assume this is on the level, and further assume that it’s a business

UN chief: Free speech must be protected, unless it provokes or humiliates someone’s beliefs
9/19/2012 9:03:14 PM  Allahpundit
Alarming, not because you or I take this stooge seriously but because lots of dopey liberals do, and not just here in the U.S. At a moment when the left’s dimmer lights are taking a second look at blasphemy laws, it’s repulsive that a guy

Video: America’s got a fee-vah and the only prescription is more “Hobbit” trailers
9/19/2012 8:11:47 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate. The first trailer, released nine months ago, was a quick look at Hobbitville or whatever it’s called, presumably because that’s most of what Peter Jackson had shot to that point. Nine months later, you’re finally

Obama official: Yes, Benghazi was a terrorist attack and there are “indications” Al Qaeda was involved; Update: Ringleader released from Gitmo in 2007?
9/19/2012 7:31:37 PM  Allahpundit
So here’s where we’re at after a week of inane White House spin. Until yesterday, the official line was that this attack — which involved heavy weapons — just might have been a spontaneous protest over the Mohammed YouTube video

Hey, something new and different: CBO raises another estimate of ObamaCare costs
9/19/2012 6:51:50 PM  Erika Johnsen
Ah yes, yet another confutation of an original government estimate, and not in a direction that sounds favorable for our economic outlook — will all of these earth-shattering wonders about the hidden costs of ObamaCare never cease? (Hint:

Video: The War on Bacon
9/19/2012 6:11:37 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Little late on the post today, guys! Sorry for the delay. Join us at 6:15

Video: Obama now pretending he doesn’t know how much the national debt is
9/19/2012 5:21:55 PM  Allahpundit
Am I giving him too much credit in thinking that he does know — rounding within, say, a trillion dollars — and is simply playing dumb to deflect an “unhelpful” question, or have we reached the point where we’re hemorrhaging

DOJ F&F probe: “Pattern of serious failures,” 14 employees up for… sanctions
9/19/2012 4:41:10 PM  Erika Johnsen
The Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Justice has released a long-awaited 400 page report on their investigative findings concerning deadly gunwalking operation Fast & Furious, in which thousands of untraceable firearms were

Andrea Mitchell: We can’t air Obama’s “redistribution” audio because, um, we haven’t authenticated it yet
9/19/2012 4:01:27 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Washington Free Beacon, two flavors of stupid. Flavor one: Chuck Todd, the guy she’s talking to here, actually did air the redistribution audio this morning — grudgingly, with disdain for Drudge for posting it, natch. Flavor two: As

Paul Ryan: The point is, under Obama, govt dependency is up
9/19/2012 3:21:02 PM  Erika Johnsen
Love him or hate him, there can be no denying that during President Obama’s tenure, Americans’ level of dependence on government has increased — the news that President Obama’s work requirement waiver helped to explode the number

Watching this ridiculous 13-year-old on ‘X Factor’ will make your day
9/19/2012 2:41:40 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Consider your palate cleansed. I was fretting over the future of the nation last night, as I’m wont to do, when I ran across this. Since then, I’ve watched it about 12 times and it has yet to fail to make me smile. This clip, from last

Obama’s foreign-policy approval rating on the decline?
9/19/2012 2:01:16 PM  Erika Johnsen
On Tuesday, as the general assembly of that highly effective, morally righteous, and venerable body known as the United Nation convened to begin a new session, a State Department official took to the floor to describe how four years of President

The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, Mary Katharine Ham
9/19/2012 1:46:11 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), it’s time again for our Salem All-Stars! Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham join me today to discuss Mitt Romney’s inelegance, Barack Obama’s redistributionism, and the state of the race. 

Swing state polling shows dead heat, too
9/19/2012 1:21:26 PM  Ed Morrissey
Earlier today, I took a look at the Associated Press poll that shows the presidential race in a virtual tie nationally.  What about the all-important swing states?  Four different pollsters look at that question today, two of which are tracking polls,

Welfare waiver in stimulus bill more than doubled able-bodied food-stamp recipients by 2010
9/19/2012 12:41:01 PM  Ed Morrissey
Debate continues over whether Barack Obama’s command to waive the work requirement of the 1996 welfare reform is legal, and if it offers states a way out of effectively enforcing the Able-bodied Adults Without Dependents rule that required those

Ann Romney on “47 percent”: Writing people off? Not even a little bit
9/19/2012 12:01:48 PM  Erika Johnsen
Ann Romney appeared for an interview on a Fox affiliate last night, and when asked specifically about the hullabaloo over Mitt Romney’s ’47 percent’ comments and whether or not, as Team Obama insists, Romney was showing

Video: RNC jumps on Obama’s redistribution quote
9/19/2012 11:21:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
It doesn’t take long these days for quotable quotes to end up as campaign ads, at least on the Internet.  The RNC put together this web ad overnight that exploits the discovery of Barack Obama’s 1998 embrace of redistributionism, effectively

“Complete” video of Romney missing 1-2 minutes of remarks on the 47%
9/19/2012 10:41:05 AM  Ed Morrissey
The last 48 hours of media commentary has evinced an interesting, and entirely unsurprising, double standard, or perhaps triple standard.  When undercover videos of ACORN and NPR by James O’Keefe or of Planned Parenthood by Lila Rose get published,