October 7, 2012

Press Helps Obama Campaign Commit Gaffe Over Woman’s Question of Ryan in Iowa

I originally thought that the story of Linda Morrison which will follow after the jump would be all about the Obama campaign completely misreading the situation surrounding a question asked of GOP vice-presidential nominee at a Clinton County, Iowa town hall forum. It turns out that it’s actually biased reports from their good friends in the establishment press which led the overeager campaign to do something embarrassing.

Here’s how Shushannah Walshe at ABC News described the question Ryan was asked and the answer he gave (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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The Silence Is Deafening

Filed under: Activism,Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:53 pm

From Americans for Prosperity (HT Maggie’s Farm via Instapundit):

Don’t think it’s the best political ad ever as some do, but it’s pretty darned good — and effective.

Ohioans Not Buying the Sherrod Brown SuperPAC Lies About Josh Mandel

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:45 am

From Rasmussen — pay no attention to the cooked polls which infest Real Clear Politics. The Ohio U.S. Senate race is deadlocked:

Sunday, October 07, 2012

The U.S. Senate race in Ohio is now a tie.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Ohio Voters finds incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown and his Republican challenger Josh Mandel each earning 46% support. Two percent (2%) like another candidate, and six percent (6%) are undecided.

Ohio now shifts back from Safe Democrat to a Toss-up in the Rasmussen Reports Senate Balance of Power rankings.

Good news, considering that Sherrod Brown’s SuperPACs have unleashed what, if memory serves, is the most disgraceful set of dishonest attack ads I have ever, ever seen on Mandel. They apparently haven’t worked.

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UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Wenzel Strategies has a poll which Politico is predictably downplaying –

The Republican-leaning outside group Citizens United is releasing a poll showing a tight presidential race and a tight Senate contest in Ohio, the key battleground where Mitt Romney has consistently been behind in public and private polls.

The survey, by Wenzel Strategies, has Romney in a statistical dead heat with President Barack Obama, 48 percent with leaners to 47.3 percent for Obama, and 4.7 percent undecided.

In the Senate contest between Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown and Republican state Treasurer Josh Mandel, the GOPer is up by about 4 percentage points in the survey, which has a roughly 3-point margin of error and included 1,072 people from Oct. 4 through Oct. 5, the two days after the presidential debate.

The toplines and poll memo are viewable here and here.

The poll has a 38-37-25 split of Republicans and Democrats. That’s far more representative of the balance of party affiliation in the Buckeye State than the Ohio polls released by most other organizations thus far. It still probably understates relative Republican turnout, and turnout by the portion of the electorate which considers itself independent with Tea Party values.

UPDATE 2: Oh my. The Wenzel poll’s memo says that Mandel is leading Brown in Northeastern Ohio by 48% to 42%.

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (100712)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

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Positivity: New e-book on Catholic voting urges political transformation

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:55 am

From New Haven, Connecticut:

Oct 6, 2012 / 05:37 pm

Carl Anderson, head of the Knights of Columbus, will release an e-book of his three recent major speeches on responsibility in the voting booth, asserting that Catholics can transform politics by withholding votes from “candidates and propositions that oppose Church teaching on matters of intrinsic evil.”

“Catholics and other Christians will find in this e-book a thought-provoking conversation about our political situation today and how we ought to approach our responsibility in voting,” Anderson said.

He said faith should transcend party affiliation “in every case.” Religious believers should approach politics “from the point of view of their Bible and religion,” and not see their religion through the lens of politics.

Anderson’s e-book “Proclaim Liberty: Notes on the Next Great Awakening” will be released by the Random House imprint Image Books on Oct. 9. It contains three speeches Anderson has given in the last year: his National Catholic Prayer Breakfast speech, his Catholic Press Association speech, and his speech to the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders.

The e-book will be available from online booksellers for those with e-book readers or the appropriate computer, tablet or smartphone software, the Knights of Columbus said.

Anderson said Catholics should withhold their votes from candidates and ballot measures that support intrinsic evil “in every case, in every race for political office, regardless of the party of the candidate.”

“Though it is impossible to say which party might benefit most in the long run, if Catholics take such a stand, we could literally change the face of our country’s political debates,” Anderson stated.

The speeches in his e-book examine how to vote with a well-formed conscience. …

Go here for the rest of the story.