HotAir Daily Express 09/07/2012

Fact-checking Obama: Math required
9/7/2012 10:01:57 AM  Ed Morrissey
During Barack Obama’s speech last night, my good friend Kevin McCullough made this observation on Twitter: Factcheckers are gonna have a field day with this speech… #fb — Baldwin/McCullough (@BMXRadio) September 7, 2012 I

Obama’s State of the Union speech fizzles out Democratic convention; Update: No mention of unemployed?
9/7/2012 9:21:06 AM  Ed Morrissey
As it turns out, Bill Clinton ended up overshadowing Barack Obama — and it wasn’t even close.  The President had an opportunity to craft a new message outlining his specific agenda for a second term at a moment when Obama had the attention of

August jobs report: 96,000 jobs added, unemployment 8.1%, 30-year low in workforce participation rate
9/7/2012 8:31:47 AM  Ed Morrissey
The Bureau of Labor Statistics delivered yet another disappointing jobs report, this time the morning after Barack Obama’s speech claiming to be taking the nation in the right direction. Only 96,000 jobs were added to the economy, and while the

Obamateurism of the Day
9/7/2012 8:01:24 AM  Ed Morrissey
One of the ex officio duties of a President is to be the leader of one’s party.  As many Presidents have learned, this is akin to being the leader of a Cub Scout pack of, oh, several thousand youngsters at once.  However, we haven’t seen

Quotes of the day
9/6/2012 10:37:13 PM  Allahpundit
Rep. Mike Rogers, the Michigan Republican who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, says that his much-discussed meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem late last month did, in fact, devolve into an sharp confrontation

Video: Jennifer Granholm’s got a fee-vah and the only prescription is more Hopenchange
9/6/2012 9:49:17 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Examiner, stick with it until 2:20 or so, when she really gets going. It’s not quite Dean-oesque, but it’s close — close enough for magic. First comes the star turn at the convention; next, the audience for her show on Current

Video: The worst movie trailer ever?
9/6/2012 9:12:21 PM  Allahpundit
The extent to which you love “A Christmas Story” is precisely the extent to which you’ll despise this. Bad enough that they’d try to graft a sequel onto a modern classic, but if you’re going to do that, at least honor the

Video: MK & Kelly talk DNC Day Two, Obama redux
9/6/2012 8:37:13 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Kelly Maher of Revealing Politics and I sit down to talk DNC Day Two on a beautiful, rain-free Charlotte night. Is there anything Obama can actually do to change the race? Will he deliver when it comes to big speech time or is it a myth that he always

Reuters poll: No bounce yet for Obama
9/6/2012 8:02:22 PM  Allahpundit
Not sure how useful this is but I subjected you to an eeyorish “no bounce yet” post about Romney during the convention so I owe you a tentative high-five. Mitt ended up with the most modest possible bump after the GOP shindig ended; maybe

Aw: President Obama sends his regrets to all those disappointed stadium fans
9/6/2012 7:21:34 PM  Erika Johnsen
I would’ve thought that wild horses couldn’t have dragged President Obama away from a gigantic football stadium packed to the brim with 65,000 cheering devotees, but most unfortunately, a chance of thunderstorms during the evening hours means

Dem convention, night three: Savior of mankind to explain where it all went wrong
9/6/2012 6:41:23 PM  Allahpundit
Here’s the schedule. Tonight’s show began at 4:30 p.m. ET, but things don’t really start rolling until “Barack’s Angels” formally bestow Hollywood’s benediction sometime between 7:30 and 8. Then comes Caroline

Ratings: Clinton’s speech finished behind football, had virtually same amount of viewers as Paul Ryan’s speech; Update: New numbers show bigger ratings for Clinton
9/6/2012 6:01:19 PM  Allahpundit
Via Philip Klein, help me figure something out. The whole point of sending Clinton out there was because he can reach white working-class voters in a way that virtually no one else in the current Democratic Party can, right? Okay, then … why on

Conservative groups not spending money in Pennsylvania — or Michigan?
9/6/2012 5:21:41 PM  Allahpundit
Makes sense, really. The pro-Romney groups American Crossroads and Americans for Prosperity are pouring nearly $13 million into advertising in key states, indicating they remain eager to lend considerable financial muscle to Romney in states viewed as

Markey: Romney’s an “empty chair” on climate change
9/6/2012 4:41:51 PM  Erika Johnsen
Oh really, Rep. Markey? Tell me more: Markey jabbed Romney by recalling Clint Eastwood’s rambling speech at last week’s Republican convention, where Eastwood used an empty chair to have an imaginary chat with President Obama. “[Romney] actually used to

Gold: “The Daily Show” on Democratic “tolerance”
9/6/2012 4:01:45 PM  Allahpundit
So oblivious are the subjects here to the joke that it’s hard to believe they’re not in on it, although admittedly TDS has always had a knack for finding people like that. (Or for editing them to seem that way?) I’m happy to grant

Latest Romney ad enlists Bill Clinton: “Give me a break”
9/6/2012 3:21:57 PM  Erika Johnsen
As ever, Team Obama’s inability to tout their own candidate’s economic record meant bringing Bill Clinton to the front and center of the campaign fray, first with ads and then with a prominent convention role, to do the heavy lifting on

Video: Why breaking up is not so hard to do
9/6/2012 2:41:26 PM  Ed Morrissey
The RNC has a new ad out now that follows up one of the most prominent themes from last week’s Republican convention with a new 30-second TV spot aimed at former Obama voters.  Titled “The Breakup,” the ad features one of my good

Elizabeth Warren: “The system is rigged.” Yes. Yes, it is.
9/6/2012 2:01:39 PM  Erika Johnsen
I just can’t hold my peace on self-styled champion of financial reform Elizabeth Warren’s speech at the DNC Wednesday night — it pains me far too deeply. Behold, this is what intellectually cheap populism looks like, in all its utterly

The Ed Morrissey Show: Live from Germany, it’s Duane “Generalissimo” Patterson
9/6/2012 1:36:38 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), we’ll take a look at the past week a day early with Duane “Generalissimo” Patterson of the Hugh Hewitt Show. Tomorrow, I’ll be guest hosting the Hugh Hewitt Show while Hugh travels to New York.  Duane and

Politico: This Hope and Change guy is really into mudslinging, huh?
9/6/2012 1:21:30 PM  Ed Morrissey
For anyone paying attention to the avalanche of character-assassination attacks from Team Obama and its surrogates, today’s Politico analysis hardly comes as a shock.  Deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter accused Mitt Romney of being a felon,

The first rule of Government Club is …
9/6/2012 12:41:54 PM  Ed Morrissey
David Harsanyi and I are on the same wavelength in our columns today.  Both of us note that the argument presented at the beginning of the Democratic National Convention, that “government is the one thing we all belong to,” was no

Oddly, young voters continue to feel less and less enthusiastic about President Obama
9/6/2012 12:01:14 PM  Erika Johnsen
In 2008, the youth vote was practically gift-wrapped for President Obama, with larger-than-average numbers of starry-eyed, enthusiastic, inspired under-30s showing up at the polls to vote overwhelmingly in his favor. Obama barely even had to do any real

Great news: Obama-approved Democratic platform proposes $675 billion in new spending
9/6/2012 11:21:22 AM  Ed Morrissey
Party platforms usually don’t get too much attention, and are taken even less seriously by the candidates the parties nominate for office.  This time around, Democrats attacked the Republican platform for having the exact same language on abortion

Is DoJ suit against Gallup retaliation for bad Obama poll numbers?
9/6/2012 10:41:04 AM  Ed Morrissey
So says the Daily Caller, which questions the timing of a lawsuit brought against Gallup by Eric Holder and the Department of Justice over claims of overbilling for services.  Matthew Boyle does his best to connect dots after the release of e-mails show