Not making much headway with grassroots organizing and television ads, Barack Obama has moved on to straight-up bribing American voters. First, it was the great ice cream giveaway in New Hampshire. Now comes the Iowa Fair beer buyoff…
Obama spent roughly an hour at the fair, making his way past various stands, including Ginnie Smith's Gourmet Mini Cinnamon Rolls, where he declined to try the baked goods. "I'm saving my space for pork chop on a stick," the president was heard saying.
Later, he also passed on a smoothie, reportedly saying the healthy drink "sounds OK, but a beer sounds better."
When he made it to the beer stand, Obama pronounced "Bud Lights all around on me," to cheers and laughter from the crowd.
After checking his wallet, he offered to buy 10 beers for 10 people and chants of "Four More Years" quickly morphed into a chorus of "Four More Beers."
At least the affinity for beer and pork on a stick gives lie to claims that the president is a closet Muslim, though it doesn't obviate the possibility that he's a rain god. Yet there's something amiss about the way ABC News transcribed this story. According to the pool report, President Obama said, "I'll tell you what, except for Romney sign, I'll buy beers for ten people."
Meaning, no matter how much ABC tries to cover this up, he's going to have to reconcile with this offended Romney voter in a White House beer summit.
Unfortunately for his campaign, the president has been peddling these bribes in all the wrong order. If he had led with free ice cream and beer, universally-diabetic Americans would have been way more receptive when he offered them universal healthcare.
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Tags: Alcohol, Barack Obama, Food, Iowa
Four years ago, a young good-looking charismatic junior senator from Illinois popped up on the national radar, and it was pretty tough to avoid getting pulled in by his tractor beam of coolness. Consequently, lots of voters ended up identifying with Barack Obama and his Democratic Party establishment. He was a rock star. He was an outsider. He was a rebel. Or so it seemed.
Now, four years later, he's looking a lot more dad-like. He's getting pretty gray. His hipster-nerd jokes seem less hip and more nerdy. He plays with a lightsaber. He wears mom jeans. Mom jeans!
I think that might go a long way toward explaining why so many voters in swing states are looking to reestablish their indy cred…
The collective total of independents grew by about 443,000 in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and North Carolina since the 2008 election, according to data compiled by Bloomberg from state election officials.
During the same time, Democrats saw a net decline of about 480,000 in those six states, while Republicans — boosted in part by a competitive primary earlier this year — added roughly 38,000 voters in them, the analysis shows.
If I were David Plouffe or David Axelrod — any David on the Obama campaign staff, really — I'd be looking to get Obama cast in a Tarantino movie or something.
Or he might want to consider going full-frontal in an upcoming press conference. That could also work.
Tags: Barack Obama, Colorado, Democrats, Florida, Independent, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina
Conservative reaction to the Supreme Court's decision upholding Obamacare has been harsh, with many suggesting that Chief Justice John Roberts was bullied by the Obama administration into changing his vote and others blaming Roberts' pro-ACA opinion on a mental impairment caused by his anti-epilepsy medication. They're handling disappointment quite well.
God bless state legislators then, for offering good quote. Here, for example, is Kent Sorenson of the Iowa State Senate, explaining that when the Supreme Court pees, insurance cards for low-income Americans come out. It must be very painful…
Our supreme court chose to walk and urinate on our constitutional freedoms today. It is time to control-alt-delete the judicial system.
— KentSorenson (@KentSorenson) June 28, 2012
Not everyone was satisfied with the walk and pee formulation…
In a closed door House GOP meeting Thursday, Indiana congressman and gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence likened the Supreme Court's ruling upholding the Democratic health care law to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to several sources present.
He immediately apologized.
"My remarks at the Republican Conference following the Supreme Court decision were thoughtless. I certainly did not intend to minimize any tragedy our nation has faced and I apologize," Pence said in a statement to POLITICO.
Referencing 9/11 at every opportunity is a well-documented Republican nervous tic. Luckily, Obamacare covers that.
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Tags: Iowa, Mike Pence, State Legislature, Supreme Court
With the general election just a few short months away, it's critical for Mitt Romney to reach out to the important swing states, focus on talking to the people who live there and allow the voters there to get to know him.
Unfortunately, that carries with it certain dangers. Such as the danger that the voters there might get to know him…
Among the voters in our poll living in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin, Obama's lead over Romney increases to 50%-42%.
Also in these swing states, Romney's favorability numbers have dropped: A month ago, Romney's fav/unfav score stood at 34%/38% nationally and 36%-36% in these 12 swing states. But in this latest survey, his national fav/unfav score is 33%-39% (that 39% unfav is tied with his all-time high) and 30%-41% in the swing states.
It's probably for the best to keep him away from swing staters for a little while longer. Like maybe just four or five months. After that, definitely get him out there.
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Tags: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Mitt Romney, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Polls, Virginia, Wisconsin
You know that old phrase "cowpie of distortion"? Man, when are politicians going to stop using that very common and not-just-made-up-at-all phrase? It's getting to be a cliché at this point. It's always "cowpie of distortion" this and "cowpie of distortion" that. It's getting even more overused than that other very common phrase "prairie fire of debt"…
President Barack Obama on Thursday blasted GOP hopeful Mitt Romney for offering a "cowpie of distortion" with his claim that a "prairie fire of debt" was consuming the nation.
"You know, he left out some facts," Obama told a crowd of about 2,000 supporters in Iowa. "His speech was more like a cowpie of distortion."
I can't speak with any certainty here, but I would be willing to bet money that the backstage conversation before this speech was pretty close to this…
Tags: Barack Obama, Iowa, Mitt Romney