President Obama's lead in Pennsylvania shrank slightly since the first presidential debate, but he retains a 6-point lead on Mitt Romney in a new poll of the state released Saturday by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Obama has the support of 49 percent of likely voters, while Romney takes 43 percent, and 9 percent remain undecided. That marks both a decline for Obama and an increase for Romney of 1 percentage point of support since the paper's previous poll, conducted during the first week in October.
From the Philly.com article the poll was a telephone poll of 600 likely voters with a + - 4% margin of error. It also claims a 52% to 40% Obama lead with woman and a 47% to 46% lead with men. Make of it what you will.
My theory is that Romney will do far better in the polls than currently indicated because many union members will be hesitant to tell a pollster that they are not voting for Obama. Perhaps that explains the high "undecided" votes.
I don't know if we will win Pennsylvania, but the polls will be wrong by several percentage points.
I live in a suburb of Philadelphia and tune in to a local conservative station weekdays. The recent info on Benghazi is having an impact on the population. I've never heard so many men call in expressing absolute outrage because of the indifference of O & Company during the Libyan attacks on our personnel. If these guys are sharing their "feelings" with others who until recently haven't paid attention, there might be another surge for R&R on voting day.
Unnamed U.S. officials have told CNN and The Associated Press that Israeli warplanes destroyed a shipment of Russian missiles at a Syrian airbase. But officials in Tel Aviv won´t comment on the reported attack near the port of Latakia overnight on Wednesday. "We´re not commenting on these reports," a spokesman for the Israeli Defense Ministry told Reuters. Reuters also reported an explosion in the area and said one Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he thought that Israel had carried out a strike, but stressed that he was not entirely certain. NPR´s Emily Harris, reporting from Jerusalem, says: "Israel has long made
I’ve been quite critical of President Obama over the course of his presidency. Earlier this week, for example, I wrote a piece in which I accused Mr. Obama of mendacity.(snip)I had in mind what Jimmy Carter, who ranks with James Buchanan and a few others as among America’s worst and most inept presidents, said about Obama. When asked by Parade magazine how he would evaluate the Obama presidency so far, Carter said this: He’s done the best he could under the circumstances. His major accomplishment was Obamacare, and the implementation of it now is questionable at best.
Delaying Obamacare — the once unthinkable — has now become a potential reality. And it´s not just a Republican idea any longer. Ten Senate Democrats, all in vulnerable seats, have proposed extending the healthcare law´s enrollment period because people still can´t sign up at Healthcare.gov. More precisely, they seek to delay collecting the tax penalty for failing to buy insurance under Obamacare´s individual mandate. However, this congressional retreat raises a difficult political question for the president and congressional Democrats: They must now admit that Obamacare´s individual mandate is actually a tax, something they´ve resisted doing in public for years. The
Vice President Joe Biden, famous for his malapropisms and missteps in front a microphone pulled another one today as he called called U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) "Frank." The move came as Biden prepared to swear in newly elected Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) on the floor of the US Senate and the three men were situating themselves on the dais for the swearing in. After telling Menendez to "Come on up here, Frank" Biden quickly corrected himself and addressed Menendez as "Bob." Booker was elected last month to fill the term of the late Frank Lautenberg, who died in June.
As Hillary Clinton looks toward a potential 2016 presidential campaign, her personal image is eroding. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows the number of people who have a positive view of Clinton has dropped from a high of 58 percent in December to 46 percent today. The 22 percent who have a "very positive" view of Clinton is lower than any time since the 2008 presidential campaign, and the 21 percent who have a "very negative" view of her is higher than at any point since then. Clinton is still viewed more favorably than unfavorably. Just 31 percent have a negative
A federal appeals court on Thursday blocked a judge´s order requiring changes to the New York Police Department´s stop-and-frisk program and removed the judge from the case. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the decisions of Judge Shira Scheindlin will be stayed pending the outcome of an appeal by the city. The judge had ruled in August the city violated the Constitution in the way it carried out its program of stopping and questioning people. The city appealed her findings and her remedial orders, including a decision to assign a monitor to help the police department changes its policy and training
A Kentucky medical center has ordered all of its employees to undergo diversity training after a worker wore a costume of President Obama to the hospital’s annual Halloween party last Friday. As WZZTV reports, an employee at the Jennie Stuart Medical Center in Hopkinsville, Ky., wore an Obama mask and straitjacket to the party, escorted by fellow workers dressed in police gear, and performed a skit entitled “VIP Special Delivery.” The outfits and skit won third place in a group costume contest. The costumes spawned enough complaints that the hospital is now requiring all 750 employees to attend diversity training. Because of
The White House has made it official: President Obama won´t be attending Wednesday´s World Series game in Boston. White House spokesman Josh Earnest noted that Obama roots for the Chicago White Sox — rivals of the Boston Red Sox — but he understands "the passion" of Boston fans as they seek their third World Series title within the past decade. The Red Sox — who lead the St. Louis Cardinals three games to two in the best-of-sever series — have not clinched a World Series at home in Fenway Park since 1918, back when Babe Ruth was one of their stars. Obama, who
Tens of millions of parents now realize the message of victimhood and disempowerment President Obama and his administration are promulgating. It is clear and consistent: Individuals are not powerful and connected to an Almighty God; the collective is all-powerful, and God is a primitive superstition. I have written before about the evidence that this is President Obama’s message. - He has told business owners they should take no credit for building their businesses. - He has told all Americans that they cannot decide how to use their after-tax income and must carry health insurance, or be fined for making an independent decision to have
A pair of high school football coaches from California have joined a procession of Halloween revellers who marred the holiday this year by donning questionable costumes. Brian Bastenys, head football coach at Junipero Serra High School in San Diego, and assistance coach Harold Seeley landed in hot water after being photographed in blackface to look like members of the Jamaican bobsled team. Both men are white. The photo of the disguised duo paying homage to the 1993 film Cool Runnings about the real-life athletes who competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics sparked an outrage on social media sites.The image was posted on
Syrian President Bashar Assad said Wednesday that no political resolution to the country’s bloody civil war can be reached unless foreign powers stop supporting the opposition seeking to oust him. “The Syrian people alone are entitled to draw the future of Syria. Any solution must be approved by them and reflect their wishes away from any foreign intervention,” state television quoted Assad as saying to United Nations special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. “This is paramount to prepare the circumstances for dialogue and put clear mechanisms that achieve this goal.” Assad met with Brahimi in Damascus — the first direct contact between the two
"Winston Spencer Churchill was the best friend the United States ever had," said John Boenher, the speaker of the House, at the commemoration ceremony. (snip) When Barack Obama was sworn in as president, the White House returned a bust of Churchill to the British embassy, which had loaned it to George W Bush. Mr Obama´s aides angrily denied they had returned the bust to the embassy or that the move was intended to show "antipathy towards the British". But days later they were forced to backtrack, admitting the bust had in fact been sent back and that they had mistaken it for a
Society crumbles when it takes cues from the underclass When Snooki, whose talents include getting sloppy drunk and throwing up on camera, made Barbara Walters’ “Ten Most Fascinating People” list a few years back, one could only ask: Was Octomom not available? Last year, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” which features a cornucopia of social ills, was TLC’s highest-rated show, attracting more cable viewers than the Republican National Convention, which had the misfortune to share the time slot with the charmers from Georgia. The show’s matriarch, June Shannon, has four daughters by four men, one of whose names she can’t recall. White Trash
How Americans see President Obama changed in an important way this week. It’s because there is a huge difference between lies and bulls – - t. Obama says a lot of things that are not true, even nonsensical. But it’s easy to shrug off most of these, because they aren’t really lies. They’re just bulls – - t. Bulls – - t is airy, meaningless drivel, the stuff that campaigns are made of. Or it’s a misleading oversimplification with hidden qualifiers. Not only do we forgive bulls – - t, we like it. Especially suckers who have far too high an opinion
President Barack Obama bragged to his aides that he´s ´really good at killing people,´ according to explosive claims in a new book about the 2012 presidential campaign. The revelation comes at a time when Obama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, has faced increasing criticism for his use of drones to target insurgents and terrorist suspects, particularly in Pakistan and Yemen. The London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates that Obama has authorized 326 drone strikes. Since 2004, CIA unmanned aerial vehicles have killed 2,500 to 3,600 people--including up to
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who lost the 2012 election to President Barack Obama, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that he believed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could “easily” become the GOP presidential nominee in 2016 and “save our party.” Christie most recently made national news when he decided to drop a legal challenge to rulings in New Jersey state courts that declared same-sex marriage legal there. And not long before that, he changed his position on the question of whether illegal aliens should get in-state tuition rates at New Jersey state colleges. Now he backs legislation that
Mitt Romney said Sunday that Barack Obama lied about whether Americans could keep their health insurance under the Affordable Care Act — a “fundamental dishonesty” that is “rotting” the president’s second term. “When he told the American people that you could keep your health insurance if you wanted to keep that plan, period — he said that time and again — he wasn’t telling the truth,” the 2012 Republican presidential nominee said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “That fundamental dishonesty has really put in peril the foundation of his second term.” Mr. Romney has maintained a relatively low
The National Republican Senate Committee, the GOP campaign arm responsible for Senate elections, has decided to use its political power to block consulting firm Jamestown Associates from receiving political work from GOP candidates or incumbents. Jamestown´s "sin" is working with the Senate Conservative Fund, an organization that supports conservative candidates for the US Senate. NRSC communications staffer Brad Dayspring, a former spokesman for House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), told The New York Times on Friday, “We’re not going to do
Congressional Republicans have stoked consumer fears and confusion with charges that the health care reform law is causing insurers to cancel existing policies and will force many people to pay substantially higher premiums next year for coverage they don’t want. That, they say, violates President Obama’s pledge that if you like the insurance you have, you can keep it. Mr. Obama clearly misspoke when he said that. By law, insurers cannot continue to sell policies that don’t provide the minimum benefits and consumer protections required as of next year. So they’ve sent cancellation notices to
WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney isn´t including tea party favorite Ted Cruz among the Republicans´ most electable potential presidential candidates in 2016. Who does the 2012 GOP nominee put on his list of "very capable people?" His ex-running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. But Romney says New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie "stands out as one of the very strongest lights." Romney was asked on NBC´s "Meet the Press" whether Texas Sen. Cruz is a "potential light." Romney said he´s not going to disqualify anybody.
Too smart to be President. Is that really Barack Obama´s problem? Mika Brzezinski thinks so. On today´s Morning Joe, as Mike Barnicle and John Heilemann kicked around the notion, as others have before, that President Obama doesn´t much like politics and the people in it, Brzezinski piped up with a different explanation for his aloofness: he´s "too smart for the job," she suggested. View the video after the jump. Heilemann had a quick comeback: "I´m not saying that, although I´m sure that´s your gloss on it." Joe Scarborough suggested that such was Obama´s gloss on it as well. So what
This will not go over well for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner. According to the new book “Double Down,” in which journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann chronicle the 2012 presidential election, President Barack Obama told his aides that he’s “really good at killing people” while discussing drone strikes. Peter Hamby of The Washington Post noted the moment in his review of the book. The reported claim by the commander-in-chief is as indisputable as it is grim. Obama oversaw the 2009 surge in Afghanistan, 145 Predator drone strikes in NATO’s 2011 Libya operations, the May 2011 raid that
Why does the Tea Party love Ted Cruz despite his decisive role in the recent partial government shutdown, which many consider a debacle for the GOP? Why aren’t Tea Partiers blaming Cruz for their drop in the polls, as mainstream Republicans are busily doing for their own decline in popularity? A CNN-ORC International survey from shortly after the shutdown ended shows that 56 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the Tea Party, while “only 28 percent” see it in a favorable light — the Tea Party’s lowest favorability rating since its emergence in the wake of the 2008
More than a decade ago, Kmart was Wal-Mart´s biggest rival. But today the Sears-owned chain is in a tailspin, plagued by negative sales and disinterested customers. Last year, the company closed 100 stores after a disastrous holiday season. Brian Sozzi at Belus Capital Advisors visited several Kmart locations and took photos that illustrate how grim it is at the retailer. "The research and photos presented below show that Kmart, believe it or not, may be in worse fundamental shape than Sears!" Sozzi writes. "By fundamental I mean dreadful to visit, borderline unsafe stores that are sending the division’s financials down