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Monday, November 05, 2012

Why The Electoral College Should Be Axed

The New York Times this morning:
"In the razor-thin 1960 presidential election, John F. Kennedy campaigned in 49 states. Richard M. Nixon visited all 50.

"The current contest is just as close and intense, but the candidates have campaigned in only 10 states since the political conventions. There are towns in Ohio that have received more attention than the entire West Coast."
Since California (and Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas) are locked up (the winner takes all electoral college votes in each), neither Obama nor Romney have reason to campaign there.

In a he/she-who-garners-the-most-votes-nationwide-wins kinda contest, you'd bet they'd be out there pushing for every vote they can get.

(And the good people of Los Angeles would have to endure non-stop TV advertising.)

* Yeah, it means Crazy Al would have been president in 2005.  But it is what it is.

The War On Coal Has Only Just Begun

Is there a better reason to get everyone to the polls tomorrow?
November surprise: EPA planning major post-election anti-coal regulation
Conn Carroll, Washington Examiner

President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency has devoted an unprecedented number of bureaucrats to finalizing new anti-coal regulations that are set to be released at the end of November, according to a source inside the EPA.

More than 50 EPA staff are now crashing to finish greenhouse gas emission standards that would essentially ban all construction of new coal-fired power plants. Never before have so many EPA resources been devoted to a single regulation. The independent and non-partisan Manhattan Institute estimates that the EPA’s greenhouse gas coal regulation will cost the U.S. economy $700 billion.

The rush is a major sign of panic by environmentalists inside the Obama administration. If Obama wins, the EPA would have another four full years to implement their anti-fossil fuel agenda. But if Romney wins, regulators will have a very narrow window to enact a select few costly regulations that would then be very hard for a President Romney to undo. [link]
Obama's EPA is on a rampage.  Its target is the coalfields of Southwest Virginia.  And everyone who tries to eke out a living there.

We have the chance to stop it.  To kill it.

But you're going to have to get off your dead ass and vote.  No excuses.

CNN Fudges The Numbers ...

... and still can't get Obama in the lead going into tomorrow's election.

This is sad, in a way:

"Romney has gained 3 points since the last time CNN ran its poll, in late September, when Obama led 50%-47%. That is good news for the Republican ticket, especially since the poll was conducted after Hurricane Sandy.

"Yet there is something odd--and even ridiculous--in the poll's sample: of the 693 likely voters in the total sample of 1,010 adults polled, '41% described themselves as Democrats, 29% described themselves as Independents, and 30% described themselves as Republicans.'"

One wonders why those ... professional ... pollsters at CNN didn't go all in and interview only Obama supporters.  How encouraging the results would have been!

Dishonest.  Deceptive.  And Devious.

But at least they would have been able to get a good night's sleep.

At least for one more night ...

Imprison All The Environmentalists

Before they hurt themselves:

Green-Energy Projects Face Opposition From Green Groups

And before my head explodes.

This Is Sick

NBC Today Show host Savannah Guthrie: Hurricane Sandy Sent 'Seemingly From Above' to Help Obama Get Re-elected

Are These The Same White People Who ELECTED HIM?

I'm getting a bit peeved with this sort of nonsense:

"White men are supporting Mitt Romney to the exclusion of logic or common sense, in defiance of normal Americans.”

So, you white boys who see your country going to hell in a handbasket are to be considered abnormal.  Because, apparently to this scribe for Slate magazine, skin color should be more important to you than the fact that you have no job and no food or shelter.


Go away.  Just go away.

Times-Dispatch Goes With Romney

I must agree with the estimate drawn here by the Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial page (yesterday).  But I wonder, is it because Mitt Romney has done so well as a campaigner or because Barack Obama has done so poorly - as has the country - that the enthusiasm level runs so high?

Election 2012: On Tuesday
Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial

The Times-Dispatch reiterates its endorsement of Mitt Romney for president with considerable enthusiasm — more than we anticipated even a few months ago. We believe his common-sense economic policies, his steady demeanor and his remarkably successful experience in the private sector will enable him to pull the country out of the long-term economic stupor created by President Obama's reliance on ever-expanding government.

Romney has passed the commander-in-chief test and will defend freedom and American interests abroad. He is a man of sound judgment and good character, perhaps more earnest than most presidential aspirants, certainly more accomplished.

Obama has been a disappointment. Our post-partisan president has become our most partisan president. His assaults on Romney's honesty are particularly discouraging, given the Obama campaign's own singular reliance on misleading attack ads. In our endorsement one week ago, we felt it necessary to state that Romney would not "lie to the American people every time he opens his mouth." We were not casting aspersions on the incumbent. We were, instead, defending Romney in the face of Obama's relentless attempts to undermine his integrity.

It is, most emphatically, time for America to hire a new president. [link]
That time is tomorrow. Be there.

Griffith Logs A Lotta Miles

Somehow this strikes me as refreshing.  Think of soon-to-be-former Senator Dick Lugar, who would fly back to Indiana from his home in Washington to vacation and see the relatives - oh, and bump into the occasional constituent.

Then read this press release from Congressman Morgan Griffith:
Griffith Travels Over 3,000 Miles On 'Every Last Vote' Tour

Christiansburg, VA - Congressman Morgan Griffith has traveled over 3,000 miles in the last 10 days as part of his Every Last Vote Tour of the 9th District before Election Day.

Griffith started the Every Last Tour on Thursday, October 25. Since then, he has traveled over 3,000 miles and has one more day remaining on the tour.

"Over the past 10 days I have been traveling our region, talking to voters about how important it is that we get every last vote possible in this election," said Griffith. "I have talked to voters about jobs, energy, the deficit, health care and many more issues. I have explained my record and asked for their vote for another term as Congressman."

Although Griffith has already marked over 3,000 miles, he will continue the tour on Monday with stops in Montgomery and Roanoke Counties. That means the campaign will have made over 40 stops in the last 11 days leading up to Election Day.

"The ninth district is a sprawling district larger than the state of New Jersey. But every voter here matters to me, and I will always work to cover every last inch of Southwest Virginia. From Covington to Martinsville to Lee County and every town in between, I will always work for our region," said Griffith.
Refreshing. An elected representative who mingles with the little people.

I like it.