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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Obama Gets Virginia's Message

You haven't a prayer here:
Has Obama just given up on Virginia?
By Dwayne Yancey, Roanoke Times

The National Journal has a story out looking at what’s next in the presidential race. Of particular interest: It says the Obama campaign is “circling the wagons around Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada” as states it has to win and where the campaign insists it’s ahead.

Left off that list, obviously, is Virginia.

The National Journal says: “It is uncharacteristic of Team Obama to concede any terrain, but [ Obama campaign manager David ] Plouffe offered no such assurances about Obama’s position in North Carolina, Virginia, or Florida.”

One way to tell, of course, is to look at the candidates’ travel schedules. The less we see of Obama (or Biden) here, the more likely this scenario is. [link]
In truth, the less we see of Obama or Biden anywhere, the better off this country will be.

You Folks In Grundy Must Really Love Gov't

This somehow doesn't surprise me:
‘Coal mine’ stalls small Virginia airport runway’s takeoff
By Debra McCown, The Washington Times

Grundy, Va. — Officials from two Southwestern Virginia counties say a project vital to the area’s economic development has been held up for years because of a dispute with federal regulators over what is an airport and what is a coal mine.

Local leaders say the three-year battle with the U.S. Office of Surface Mining over plans to extend the runway at Grundy Municipal Airport has cost taxpayers in this poverty-stricken corner of Appalachia millions of dollars in lost opportunities, and a list of regulatory hurdles remains before construction can even begin.

“We were attempting to permit this project as an airport project, not a coal-mining project,” said state Sen. Phillip P. Puckett, a Democrat from Lebanon who has been involved for three years with the effort to lengthen the runway from 2,200 feet to more than 5,000 feet — the length needed to comply with insurance standards for corporate jets. The holdup: Federal regulators have refused to allow the runway project to go forward without a mining permit because of the coal deposits below the land that will be dug up during construction.

“That’s where the permitting process got caught up — in determining whether it was an airport project or a mining project, by the Office of Surface Mining in Washington,” Mr. Puckett said. “We’ve tried to resolve that with them for the last couple of years. We’ve had very little success.”

Regulators contend that a mining permit is needed because local authorities plan to sell the coal dug up in extending the runway to help finance the overall project. The Office of Surface Mining said it “will continue to work with the state, as well as other affected local and federal officials, regarding the best way to proceed with the proposed airport expansion.”

Yet the impasse remains. [link]
And so it continues ...

Romney Breaks Out

You know why President Franklin Roosevelt refused to debate Wendell Wilkie in the 1940 race for the White House?  He didn't want to give his Republican opponent the chance to be on the same stage and look at all presidential.

Probably a smart move.

As Barack Obama is finding out.


That's Gallup's trend line showing likely voters and their preferences over time.  The black line (now at 51%) represents those who were likely to vote for Mitt Romney on/after October 12, after the 1st debate (and after the Ryan/Biden debate).

What's it mean?

Give the guy the chance to work around the Obama/media distortion machine - allow Romney to appear before the American people uncut, uncensored, unadulterated - and a president emerges.

Maybe Obama and the press should have done more to keep Romney from public view?

Bottom line: Most Americans have been looking for a reason to vote against Barack Obama.  They've found it.

Words For The Ages

From Joe Biden:

"I want to make this clear so there no misunderstanding anybody. I got a daughter, lost a daughter, got four granddaughters, and Barack has two daughters. We are absolutely — this is to our core — my daughter, and my granddaughters and Barack’s daughters are entitled to every single solitary operation! EVERY SINGLE SOLITARY OPERATION!"

Picture this guy standing in the center of the bar, babbling so incoherently.  Time to maybe call a taxi for him?

Now, picture that same guy being handed the keys to all our nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles.

For he's but a heartbeat away ...

Obama Has Biden Disease

He's spouting nonsense that won't stand up to the realities of the world around him.

The latest:

Obama: ‘We Have Seen Increases in Coal Production,’ Energy Dept.: Coal Production Down from ‘08

Perhaps it's not Biden Disease.  Maybe it's just an extension of his effort to write his autobiography that, as everyone now knows, is a pile of fiction.  Obama knows coal production is up because he wants it to be up. Thus: “We have seen increases in coal production and coal employment.”

Actually he hasn't.  But he wanted it to be so.

And then there's this:

During Tuesday's second presidential debate, President Barack Obama said that women "rely" on Planned Parenthood for mammograms, but, according to the Food and Drug Administration, no Planned Parenthood facility in the United States is licensed to do mammograms.

Dreams From My Father.  Revised edition.

Words For The Ages II

Obama has learned how to put a coherent thought together from his mentor, Joe Biden.

In Tuesday night's debate, in response to Mitt Romney making note of the fact that gas prices have doubled since Obama took office, the greatest orator in the history of the world had this:

"Well, think about what the governor -- think about what the governor just said. He said when I took office, the price of gasoline was $1.80, $1.86. Why is that? Because the economy was on the verge of collapse, because we were about to go through the worst recession since the Great Depression, as a consequence of some of the same policies that Governor Romney's now promoting. So, it's conceivable that Governor Romney could bring down gas prices because with his policies, we might be back in that same mess."

Nobody on this planet can explain that.

Nobody.

Except perhaps his running mate, the second-greatest orator in the history of ...

What Did You Expect?

Republicans accept leftist "journalists" as moderators at presidential debates and are then shocked when those leftist moderators take sides while those debates are in progress?  Hello?

Now that the damage is done ...

"If the mainstream press had any self-respect, presidential debate moderator Candy Crowley would be out of work today. Even by the media-bias standards we've come to expect, she set a new, unforgivable low."

A note to the GOP: Don't play their game by their rules and you won't suffer the humiliation of having a debate moderator join in the debate on the Democrat's side.

A second note: Lincoln and Douglas had no moderator when they engaged each other in the most celebrated series of debates ever executed.  Seems they did just fine.

Oh, and the Republican won the election.

Headline Of The Day

Press: Romney Loses Debate; Voters: Romney Wins Debate

Headline Of The Day II

Sununu Tells CNN's O'Brien 'It's Always Good to Come on the Groupie Channel'

You Know Benghazi Isn't Going Away ...

... when CBS News is willing to do a story on it.

Which it did last night:

CBS's Crawford Exposes Obama's Deception on Benghazi Attack

"On Wednesday's CBS Evening News, correspondent Jan Crawford devoted a full story to President Obama's deceptive claim that he called the Benghazi attack an 'act of terror' early on, as she recounted the administration's initial reluctance to call it a terrorist attack. The CBS correspondent also implicated debate moderator and CNN anchor Candy Crowley in bolstering Obama's distortion."

This is no longer a narrative about a terrorist attack on our consulate in Libya.  This is a story about ineptitude, deception, and unctuous politics on an eye-popping scale.




They Talk In Circles

On the Benghazi attack and the quicksand that is the Obama administration's reaction to it:

"On September 20 — eight days after Obama claims to have called the Benghazi attack an 'act of terror' — [White House spokesman] Jay Carney affirmed to reporters that the White House had never called it “a terrorist attack.”

For the love of God.