The truth about Ohio
It's now tied
Is it surprising that the New York Times poll of Ohio shows Obama up by five in Ohio? When you consider that it said he was up ten, of course not. You can write that poll off as looking for a certain result, and Nate Silver knows it. He has labeled other polls, such as the Grove poll by Project New America, which is really David Axelrod's son's poll, Ethan Axelrod, as skewing toward a more Democratic sample and therefore unreliable. One can reasonably assume he would label the New York Times polls as equally unreliable, and probably more so, if he didn't derive a paycheck from the paper.
When looking at Mr. Silver's own listing of the Ohio polls over the last year, fifty-nine polls in Ohio have shown
Obama ahead, eleven have shown Romney ahead, and six have shown it a tie. As a percentage, Obama has lead 77% of the time, Romney 14%, and tie has resulted 8%. So if you look at the whole year, Obama has a three in four chance of winning.
But if you look at the last week, eleven polls have come out and it's looking like a tie. Obama has lead in six of them by an average of 2.6%, Romney in one poll by a point, and a tie has shown up four times. One must also consider that the New York Times relased one of those polls showign a five-point Obama lead, and that throws the averages off. Without that poll, Obama held a 2.2% lead in the ones where he lead. Averaging all the polls in the last week, Obama's lead is 1.4%, which is a statistical tie. Ties go to the challenger or to the party with more enthusiasm. Perhaps one could argue that Obama has a better ground game, but is that possible when the Republicans hold virtually every state office and have won the close ones in the past (2000 and 2004).
Can Newt even win a state?
Newt's inability to answer this question demonstrates that he is a defeated candidate. He would have loved to throw out Texas, but he couldn't even win the neighboring state to Georgia. He was running a southern and Texas strategy. He essentially admitted that even his Texas strategy is now defunct.
There is a great article in the Mail Online today. It makes clear that Newt really has no reason to stay in this race. Link below:
To openly advocate for a convention fight demonstrates that Newt puts himself before his country and party. It's not hyperbole. It's true. One cannot make a credible argument where a convention fight helps the Republican party in its quest to defeat Obama.
Right now, Newt Gingrich is Barack Obama's best weapon.
Newt: I don't know yet
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Publ.Date : Thu, 16 May 2013 22:59:41 +0000
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Publ.Date : Fri, 17 May 2013 20:52:09 +0000
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It doesn't take a political genius to grasp that President Obama has just weathered one of the worst weeks of his time in office.
But, sometimes a picture tells the story better than all the words we've written on it this week. Below is a chart produced by TargetPoint, a Republican consulting firm, using their National Dialogue Monitor to track national conversation on May 15 and 16. ("The National Dialogue Monitor tracks every time a politician, celebrity, organization, issue or corporation is mentioned across all media channels -- television, radio, newspapers, magazines, blogs, websites, and social networks," according to an explanation on the firm's website.)Read full article >>
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"For a president who wanted to spend the week, and the weeks to come, talking immigration and budget, the events of the past seven days virtually ensure he won't be doing that anytime soon," we wrote in describing Obama's scandal-plagued week.Read full article >>
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“I am going to go ahead and ask folks, why don’t we get a couple of Marines — they’re going to look good next to us — just because I’ve got a change of suits but I don’t know about our prime minister,” he said as two Marines appeared at the lecterns with umbrellas. “There we go. That’s good.” He gestured to the soggy press corps, adding, “You guys I’m sorry about.”Read full article >>
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Sunday marks 30 days since Tsarnaev was arrested following the April 15 twin bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260. Tsarnaev, 19, is charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in the April 15 bombings. He could face the death penalty if convicted.Read full article >>
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Her bangs were grown out and parted to the side with her hair slightly longer, touching her shoulders.
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Celia Roady, the lawyer whose question led Lerner to disclose the committee's wrongful targeting of conservative groups, said Friday that Lerner asked her to ask the question.Read full article >>
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