May 9th, 2013 at 1:06 pm
Passing Gang’s Immigration Bill Won’t Translate into More GOP Voters
Setting aside the horrendously bad policy outcomes embedded in the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill, some elite Republicans still support the measure because they think voting in favor of mass legalization will help the GOP win over enough Hispanic voters to reclaim the White House in 2016.
Alas, it just isn’t so.
Using an innovative electoral calculator created by polling expert Nate Silver, Byron York shows that Mitt Romney “would have had to win 73 percent of the Hispanic vote to prevail in 2012.”
For comparison, Barack Obama won 71 percent.
In 2004, George W. Bush, to date the Republican presidential candidate with the highest ever Hispanic vote share, netted only 44 percent.
It’s simply not reasonable to argue, as some Republican supporters of the Gang’s bill do, that a vote for this proposal will make enough of a difference in Hispanic vote preference to change any upcoming election.
Instead, what’s far more likely is that Republican support will give the legislation the veneer of bipartisanship while paving the way for an 11 million person increase in Democratic voters.
March 9th, 2013 at 4:07 pm
How Gallup Poll Misfired on 2012 Presidential Election
A very well-written report at the Huffington Post details how a few decisions by Gallup administrators caused the venerable polling company to miss key pockets of support for President Barack Obama in the run-up to last November’s presidential election.
Going into Election Day, Gallup had Mitt Romney leading Obama 49-48, but the actual result was 51-47. According to analysis by HuffPost, the reason for the bad call was because Gallup’s polling methods failed to keep up with how Americans are using their telephones. This is potentially a huge problem because calling via telephone is the primary method for contacting people for public opinion polls.
Since the number of people screening calls by using unlisted landlines and/or cell phones has risen dramatically over the last few years, polling firms who fail to find a way around the barriers run the risk of missing large segments of voters who are avoiding unsolicited calls.
It just so happens that people using unlisted numbers only (i.e. not cell phones as well) planned to vote for Obama last year by a margin of 58 to 36 percent. But because Gallup’s methodology didn’t correctly measure this subpopulation, the company never got a chance to put this data in their polls. Consequently, Gallup’s opinion polls did not accurately reflect the intentions of the voting public which ultimately influenced who won the presidency.
Gallup is no stranger to embarrassing poll predictions. The famous “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline from 1948 was based on polling data that stopped being collected two weeks before Election Day. The thought was why keep polling if the predictions haven’t changed? Of course, that decision didn’t account for the voters who broke late for Truman and made the false headline iconic.
Gallup rebounded from the fiasco to become arguably the world’s most reliable polling agency. As the process of regaining that crown unfolds, this new breakdown is a good reminder to heed the words of the Gipper – “Trust, but verify” when it comes to public opinion polls.
November 6th, 2012 at 8:36 pm
Lame Duck Flapping Its Wings
Like I said last week, the lame duck Congress will be very active:
Confident that Republicans would retain their majority in the House, Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told POLITICO that GOP lawmakers would reject any new taxes on households in the highest income tax bracket.
“We’re not raising taxes on small-business people,” Boehner said. “Our majority is going to get re-elected … We’ll have as much of a mandate as he will — if that happens — to not raise taxes.”
That anti-tax mandate would be shared by the White House if Mitt Romney wins tonight, of course.
H/T: NBC News
November 6th, 2012 at 8:26 pm
What Happens If Gambia Loses Its Marbles?
If the voting returns remain close, and there’s a recount of paper ballots Foreign Policy reports that it could be worse:
In The Gambia, a country in West Africa, each voter is given exactly one marble, which they place in one of the large marble collecting jars that are set up for each candidate.
“The polls workers are listening because when the marble goes into the jar, there’s a ding. And if there are two dings, maybe somebody came in with extra marbles in their pocket, so they call the police,” she said.
Asked how Gambians do a recount with the marble-based voting system, McCormick said, “I have no idea.”
November 2nd, 2012 at 3:05 pm
More Evidence of Democratic Voter Fraud
Though buried at the end of an article, even the New York Times can’t hide the truth:
Still, the Republicans have had legitimate complaints, election officials say. Groups associated with the Democrats have sometimes been overly aggressive in voter registration, paying people for each voter registered or offering bonuses for larger numbers of registrations. This has led to fraud. Ms. Platten, the Democratic county elections board director, said she had seen multiple registrations for the same person whose Social Security number had been shifted by one digit.
“In the end, that hurts the Democrats,” she said, “because we throw those votes out. I’ve begged them to stop.”
Chances are they won’t, and we’ll be in for a long legal slog if the votes are close in swing states on Election Night.
October 30th, 2012 at 8:54 pm
If Electoral Tie, Would Biden Pick Ryan as Replacement?
If the Electoral College deadlocks at 269-269, Vice President Biden, in his role as President of the U.S. Senate, would get to decide the rules for picking the VP. (The House would pick the President.)
Roll Call paints the picture:
One of the foremost experts on Senate rules said he sees no evidence of expedited procedures to avert a filibuster of that process.
“I have read the 12th Amendment to the Constitution, and I don’t see anything that requires the Senate to vote without debate on choosing a vice president,” former Senate Parliamentarian Robert B. Dove said. “Therefore, I don’t see what would stop Senators from speaking about who is going to be the vice president and, in effect, forcing a cloture vote.”
While the parliamentarian advises the presiding officer on procedural questions, Dove said, the responsibility to rule rests with the occupant of the chair. In the event of an Electoral College tie, that would be Biden (in his capacity of president of the Senate, until Jan. 20). Dove notes that Democratic Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey disregarded the parliamentarian’s guidance with some regularity.
Something tells me Good Ole’ Joe isn’t the kind to let a little conflict of interest get in the way of his hold on power.
October 29th, 2012 at 6:45 pm
Obama Is Lying to Swing State Seniors
Avik Roy, an outside health care policy advisor to the Romney campaign, reminds us why you should never trust a clever lawyer or accountant:
Obamacare was cleverly designed such that its most politically toxic provisions wouldn’t go into effect until after the election. In addition, the Obama administration spent billions of unauthorized taxpayer dollars this year and last so that the impact of its cuts wouldn’t be felt until after the election.
2013: Tax increases and Medicare cuts
Over the next ten years, Obamacare cuts $716 billion from the Medicare program in order to fund its $1.9 trillion in new health spending over the same period. $156 billion of those cuts come from the market-oriented Medicare Advantage program, and those Medicare Advantage cuts start to kick in in 2013. 27 percent of all seniors are enrolled in Medicare Advantage, including 32 percent in Wisconsin and 36 percent in Ohio.
I hope the Romney campaign has been hammering home the part about the Obama Administration hiding the true cost of Obamacare from voters in swing states like Wisconsin and Ohio through aggressive direct mail and ad buys in those states because people need to know that before they decide whether to renew the incumbent’s contract.
For my part, a White House that deliberately hides the truth behind unauthorized spending and delayed implementation timelines is one that can’t be trusted; now or in the future.
October 26th, 2012 at 6:24 pm
Latest Reason Biden Needs to Retire
Here’s what the Vice President of the United States said at a campaign rally in Wisconsin:
“But you can’t erase what you’ve already done, they’ve voted to extend tax cuts for the very wealthy, giving a $500 trillion dollar tax-cut to 120,000 families.”
Remember, America, if reelected, Good Ole’ Joe is a heartbeat away from saying things like this from the Oval Office!
H/T: Fox News
October 26th, 2012 at 2:47 pm
Obama and America’s Historic Poverty Rate
Byron York says when it comes to talking about America’s historically high poverty rate, “Barack Obama ignores the issue when it comes time to campaign. A sky-high poverty rate doesn’t fit his theme that things are getting better. So he doesn’t talk about it.”
“But the problem is still there. According to the Census Bureau, the poverty rate has gone from 12.5 percent in 2007 to 13.2 percent in 2008 to 14.3 percent in 2009 to 15.1 percent in 2010 to 15.0 percent in 2011. The last time it was higher than 15.1 percent was in 1965, when the nation’s anti-poverty programs were just taking effect.”
For all his pretensions about being the next FDR, it looks like President Obama’s tenure could signal the death knell for LBJ’s expensive and failed Great Society.
October 25th, 2012 at 11:01 pm
Strassel: Long List of Obama’s Flip-Flops
Kimberley Strassel of the Wall Street Journal provides a terrific service with an entire column filled with Barack Obama’s bald-faced flip-flops.
“I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care program”—Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama, June 2003.
“I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter”—President Obama, August 2009.
“Leadership means that the buck stops here. . . . I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit”—Sen. Barack Obama, March 2006.
“It is not acceptable for us not to raise the debt ceiling and to allow the U.S. government to default”—President Obama, July 2011.
“We have an idea for the trigger. . . . Sequestration”—Obama Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew in 2011, as reported in Bob Woodward’s “The Price of Politics.”
“First of all, the sequester is not something that I’ve proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed”—President Obama, October 2012.
“Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times when America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive”—President Obama, April 2009, in France.
“We have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms”—President Obama, April 2009, in Trinidad and Tobago.
“Nothing Governor Romney just said is true, starting with this notion of me apologizing”—Barack Obama, October 2012, on whether he went on a global apology tour.
“If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition”—President Obama, 2009.
“We’ve got a long way to go but . . . we’ve come too far to turn back now. . . . And that’s why I’m running for a second term”—President Obama, October 2012.
Read it all here.
October 25th, 2012 at 10:00 pm
Obama Second Term “A Cheesy Cheap Shot”
In case you haven’t read the Obama campaign’s 11-page brochure outlining the President’s (vague) agenda for a second term, A.B. Stoddard of The Hill saves you the trouble:
It’s not just that the plan is the first voters have heard of any Obama has for his second term — two weeks before Election Day — but that the brochure is about as cheesy a cheap shot as they come.
How, they asked the campaign, could the president possibly win a second term in such a tight race without having outlined an agenda for the next four years? And so an eleventh-hour glossy appeared to answer the charge that Obama had nothing in mind for 2013-2017, with pretty pictures and pabulum to prove it.
Paul Ryan couldn’t agree more.
October 19th, 2012 at 6:14 pm
Obamacare Failures in One Long, Hilarious Sentence
If you haven’t already seen it, the video of Illinois State Senate candidate Barbara Bellar’s single-sentence description of Obamacare is a hilariously accurate indictment of the Obama Administration that promoted it.
October 17th, 2012 at 6:13 pm
Crowley’s Libya Gaffe Keeps Obama Missteps in the News
Robert Stacy McCain: “By highlighting the Libyan issue and adding a new element of controversy, however, Crowley inadvertently ensured that the administration’s failure in Benghazi will be the focus of post-debate news coverage — which is unlikely to improve Obama’s re-election chances.”
Indeed, every news site covering the presidential campaign has at least one entry mentioning the Libya story – none of it favorable to the Obama campaign.
And even though some are prone to think Mitt Romney missed his one great opportunity to skewer President Obama with the Libya debacle, Romney gets another chance. The next and last debate is focused solely on foreign policy.
Wanna bet Mitt will be ready next time?
October 16th, 2012 at 6:01 pm
5 Points Romney Should Make in Tonight’s Debate
The Heritage Foundation tees up five issues that so far haven’t been mentioned in the Romney-Obama or Ryan-Biden matchups:
1) Welfare Reform
4) Federal Spending and Debt
5) American-Produced Energy
Each of these is not only critical to American prosperity, but also conveniently is attached to a disastrous policy decision by the Obama Administration.
This summer Obama’s HHS gutted the work requirement for receiving welfare checks that was the hallmark of the mid-1990’s reform.
The President and his fellow liberals in Congress held hostage free trade agreements negotiated by the Bush Administration as a favor to labor unions, and in the process damaged our international standing.
Obamacare is scheduled to hit Medicaid doctors with a 19 percent pay cut starting in 2014.
This is the fourth consecutive year of $1 trillion budget deficits presided over by President Obama, and there is no indication the incumbent will do anything differently if reelected.
As for domestic energy production, Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline angered not only consumers paying high gasoline prices, but also the unionized labor that stood to benefit from short- and long-term job creation.
Mitt Romney should look for ways to insert these failures of leadership into his answers during tonight’s townhall debate with Barack Obama. People need to be reminded that the President’s kneejerk liberalism is bankrupting the country.
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October 15th, 2012 at 4:27 pm
Clinton Lawyers Up After White House Lays Blame for Libya
John Fund says that the White House blame-shifting for the Libya fiasco is causing a rift inside the Administration:
Obama officials may have made a key mistake when, in their panic, they attempted to lay blame for the Libyan fiasco solely on others. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that responsibility for Libya lay with the State Department, not the White House. Ed Klein, a former New York Times editor who has authored recent biographies of both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, says his sources tell him that Bill Clinton is already pulling together an informal legal team to create a defense in case Obama officials continue to point the finger in Hillary’s direction.
“If she is left with this stain on her reputation, it could seriously damage her chances for election” as president in 2016, Klein told the Daily Caller.
So, after four years as a loyal Secretary of State, THIS is how Hillary Clinton gets rewarded by the man who beat her in the 2008 Democratic primaries?
Bill must be fuming. Barack should beware a Bubba-eruption.
October 12th, 2012 at 1:18 am
Ryan’s Best Line of the Night
“I think the vice president very well knows that sometimes the words don’t come out of your mouth the right way.”
True and well delivered. The crowd loved it too.
October 10th, 2012 at 5:35 pm
O-Care Lets IRS Tax Refunds, Monitor Daily Life
Last week Byron York highlighted two important Nanny-state features of Obamacare when it gets fully implemented in 2014:
Administration officials and Democrats in Congress have stressed that Obamacare does not permit the IRS to garnish wages or seize cash and assets from taxpayers.
What they mention less frequently is that the IRS has another way to get the money. About three-quarters of U.S. taxpayers receive refunds after filing their returns each year, with the average refund nearly $3,000. After 2014, those people will discover the IRS can take the penalty out of their refunds.
The IRS will also determine who is eligible for taxpayer-financed subsidies to purchase health care on the exchanges that will be set up in every state. Anytime anyone’s situation changes — a raise, a new job, a move to another state — that person will be required to report it to the IRS for the purpose of recalculating their eligibility.
This is not a small group. Obamacare will give tax credits for the purchase of health coverage to people who make up to four times the poverty level — at the moment, that’s $44,100 a year for an individual and $88,200 for a family of four. Those millions of Americans had better keep the IRS informed of their status every step of the way.
So, failure to buy a product that the feds approve of can get your tax refund wiped out, while failure to update your status with the IRS like it was Facebook can get you fined?
These are the kinds of details that need to be hammered home in the upcoming debates by Romney and Ryan so that voters can know what a vote for Obama – and Obamacare – really means.
October 5th, 2012 at 3:24 pm
Obama Admin Hiding FHA’s Need for a $688 Million Bailout
Dan Murphy at National Review found another possible debating point for Mitt Romney:
Tucked away in President Obama’s 2012 budget proposal was a little-noticed provision telling Congress that it may need to provide $688 million to cover the FHA’s projected losses this fiscal year. Translation: The FHA will need a bailout for the first time in its 75-year history.
A short-term solution by the Department of Housing and Urban Development covered up FHA’s growing financial problem until mid-November, i.e. after the presidential election.
Mitt Romney should clue-in the American people on this failure before they vote.
October 5th, 2012 at 12:03 pm
CNN Host Dismantles Obama’s $5 Trillion Tax Cut Claim
Kudos to CNN host Erin Burnett for getting Obama campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter to admit that President Barack Obama’s charge that Mitt Romney is campaigning on a $5 trillion tax cut is just wrong.
From a transcript provided by RealClearPolitics:
Erin Burnett, CNN host: So you’re saying if you lower them by 20% you get a $5 trillion tab, right?
Stephanie Cutter: It’s a $5 trillion tab.
Burnett: But then when you close deductions it’s not going to be anywhere near $5 trillion, that’s our analysis.
Cutter: Well, okay, stipulated. It won’t be near $5 trillion but it’s also not going to be the sum of $5 trillion in the loopholes that he’s going to close. So it is going to cost someone and it’s going to cost the middle class. Independent economists have taken a look at this. There aren’t enough deductions for those at the top to account for the number of tax cuts that they get because of Mitt Romney’s policy so you have to raise taxes on the middle class. As Bill Clinton said, it’s just simple math.
Burnett: Okay, they’ll just say that you can do that. There are other studies. I know the one to which you’re referring, but there’s also the possibility of economic growth.
Cutter: Prove it. Erin, prove it.
Burnett: We can’t prove either side, that’s all I’m saying, but the one thing that I can say is not true is the $5 trillion tax cut.
Cutter: I disagree with you. You can prove it. So then they should just say that they’re counting entirely on economic growth to pay for a tax cut. Which is an interesting theory because that is what George Bush and let’s look at how that turned out, we had the slowest economic growth since World War II.
Burnett: They’re not saying entirely, they’re saying closing loopholes and economic growth, both. I understand you disagree with it.
Cutter: But that still leaves you at least a trillion dollars short. The math does not work with what they’re saying. And they won’t name those deductions, not a single deduction that they will close because they know that is bad for their politics. Now look, this is the center, this is the core of Mitt Romney’s economic policy. Last night, he walked away from it, said he didn’t have a $5 trillion tax cut. He does. That’s what lowering the rates amounts to.
Don’t confuse them with the facts!
October 4th, 2012 at 9:57 pm
Biden Trying to Replace Ryan on GOP Ticket?
If headlines earn a vice presidential candidate’s stripes, then Joe Biden may merit consideration as Mitt Romney’s most effective attack dog.
A few days ago Biden said the middle class has been “buried” during President Barack Obama’s economic stewardship. Today, Obama’s self-immolating Vice President confirmed Mitt Romney’s charge that the Democratic incumbent would raise taxes if reelected:
Biden said Romney and other Republicans often say `Obama and Biden want to raise taxes by a trillion dollars.’ Guess what? Yes, we do in one regard: We want to let that trillion dollar tax cut expire so the middle class doesn’t have to bear the burden of all that money going to the super-wealthy. That’s not a tax raise. That’s called fairness where I come from.”
It’s true Biden is gaffe-prone, but these kinds of statements are too true to be unintentional.
Watch yourself, Paul Ryan – Good Ole’ Joe is gunning for your job!
H/T: Fox News