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More on the Romney campaign’s internal polling






Romney internal polling–myopia rather than rose-colored glasses I don’t call these post-mortems, but in this election follow-up, The New Republic has disclosed some useful information. The gist is that Mitt Romney’s campaign thought it was likely to win because internal polling at the end said so. The Romney team’s own last-minute projections for six key states showed Romney possibly winning enough electoral votes for victory.… Read More

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Grover Norquist Lost






Obama won, Grover Norquist lost 2012 election results are in, and Obama won. President Obama should also win Florida. That means an electoral college tally of 332-206. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which spent at least $28 million against Democrats, lost.   American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, which spent $1 billion against the president and against Democrats, lost. Karl Rove lost. Grover Norquist lost. Donald… Read More

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Mitt Romney and taxes, the last word






The last word on special tax deductions for filers like Mitt Romney [Update Mon. Nov. 5 Actually the last word on Romney’s taxes may be this Dutch article of today. The Volksrant reports that Romney lessened his tax pay-up by almost a hundred million Euros, by using tax mechanisms routed through the Netherlands as written earlier.]   The last pre-election word on Mitt Romney’s own… Read More

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Romney arithmetic and Staples






Romney arithmetic and Staples Divorce folklore abounds with stories about men trying to offshore assets, so to speak; dark hints about bank accounts concealed or moved abroad, about the plaintiff’s attorney being bought off by job offers or other means, about property liquidated for pennies on the dollar. Most such lore seems more suited for entertainment media–Dick Wolf’s Law & Order–than for hard reporting. Goldie… Read More

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Where was this foreign-policy Romney in the GOP primaries?






Etch-a-Sketching Middle East policy In pre-debate discussion on CurrentTV last night, former Vice President Al Gore speculated that Mitt Romney would need to avoid the pitfall of “too much endless war.” I wrote in my notes that “R will prob know how to avoid that one.” Did he ever. Whether Romney knew how best to avoid the pitfall of recommending endless war might be questioned.  But… Read More

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In honor of Sunday morning, a prediction about Sunday morning






In honor of Sunday morning, a prediction about Sunday morning It’s Sunday morning, and we can expect that today’s morning talk shows will not be terse about the much-touted close and/or ‘tightening’ election. Close election is the moral indifferents’ ground game. It was their calling card; now it is their mantra. If it happens, it will be a defeat for the public. Hence this article:… Read More

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The returning issue of Romney’s tax returns






The returning issue of Romney’s tax returns Tax returns are not trivial In the land of abundance, the legal obligations of citizenship rest lightly for most Americans. With no military draft or compulsory youth service, the United States actually requires little in the way of civic obligation–that is, obligation imposed by law and justice. Jury duty, maybe. Community service, maybe, depending on your school district,… Read More

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Benghazi , binders and birthers






Benghazi , binders and birthers With any luck, last night’s town-hall presidential debate will quell some unseemly attempts to exploit the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya. It will not end the topic, since the perpetrators have not been caught yet. When they are caught, that will be the point at which right-wingers of the Koch-brothers persuasion quit mentioning Benghazi. We will then… Read More

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Positive harbingers for Obama-Biden






Pre-election, looking warmer 2012 harbingers Yet another positive harbinger for the election, from a Democratic and democratic perspective: Citigroup’s CEO just abruptly resigned. Wall Street this fall did a little quiet house-cleaning. Doesn’t suggest that insiders see a wildly lenient Romney-Ryan ticket winning. Rep. Paul Ryan doesn’t seem to see that in his crystal ball, either: he is still on the ballot in Wisconsin, running… Read More

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Bain and Switch






Bain and switch No wonder the Romney campaign and helpers have been going on about ‘China’. Bain Capital, Romney’s company, has taken over an Illinois auto-parts company named Sensata Technologies and is closing it down–and shipping the jobs to China. People working at the Freeport, Ill., plant have the unenviable final task of training their Chinese replacements.   A sympathetic Steelworkers Union video about the… Read More

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