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Update: Insta-polls coming in

” Doesn’t matter who won the battle, says Ron Fournier. What matters is who won the war:

Mitt Romney wins. That’s not to say he won Monday night’s debate or the presidential campaign, but it’s safe to say he won an important chapter: The debate season…

There are ample reasons for both Obama and Romney to feel optimistic about their chances Nov. 6. But through his own steady performances and a spectacular first-debate failure by the incumbent, Romney has cleared an important hurdle: A near-decisive number of Americans believe that he is a viable alternative to Obama, an incumbent saddled with a weak economy and a pessimistic national mood.

Another point made more than once in the national tweet scrum tonight was that it sometimes felt like Romney was the incumbent and Obama the angry, occasionally snide challenger. ”

” The Drunk At The Bar “

” I expected “table-pounding atmospherics” from Biden but I didn’t expect him to act like a total jackhole for fully 90 minutes. Give him credit for knowing his target audience, though: His task tonight was to get the left excited again after Obama fell into a semi-coma in Denver, and evincing utter disdain for Ryan — grimacing, shouting, laughing inappropriately, constantly interrupting, the total jackhole experience — is just what the doctor ordered. He might have irritated independents and undecideds, but probably not so much that it’ll change people’s votes. The Democrats needed someone to go out there and clown for liberals, and if there’s one thing this guy knows, it’s clowning.

Here’s a taste of what I mean via Mediaite, centered around one of Ryan’s more cutting lines of the evening. For what it’s worth, the media lost patience with Biden’s shtick too, but I doubt that’ll cost him anything tomorrow. And yes, needless to say, Raddatz was also terrible. Exit quotation from Greg Gutfeld: “Biden is the drunk at the bar; Martha is the unhappy bartender, and Ryan is the unfortunate salesman caught in the middle.” “

Extreme Water Carrying

Kirsten Powers: Yes, the media’s reaction to Romney’s Egypt statement yesterday was utterly insane

  “Via Mediaite, consider this a video complement to Erick Erickson’s piece at Red State this morning about yesterday’s virtuoso exercise in narrative-driven concern-trolling. If you only know KP from her Fox appearances, this clip will come as a surprise, as she’s as unsparing of O’s failures here as any pundit on the other side of the aisle would be. If you follow her Twitter feed, it’ll come as no surprise at all. She’s been lighting into the White House and the embassy for the past 36 hours, and in fact has lit into them frequently in the past on the topic of Egypt. She’s tweeted before too about having friends in the Copt community there, so this is no academic exercise in punditry. The stronger the Brotherhood gets, the more dangerous the situation becomes for the Copts and for the United States. Go figure that she’s more worried about the president’s reaction than Mitt Romney’s.”

Change We Can Believe In

WaPo/ABC poll: Obama’s favorable rating now underwater — including with women


  ” B-b-b-but Madeleine Albright says she can’t understand why any woman would vote for Mitt Romney.

Seriously, guys, I want to believe. I do. But … I don’t.


Just 47 percent of registered voters in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll see Obama favorably overall, down 7 percentage points from his recent peak in April, while 49 percent rate him unfavorably. He’s numerically underwater in this group for the first time since February.”  

” Anderson Cooper grills Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: Why are you lying about Romney’s position on abortion?”

…. he must be worried .

“It’s come to this: Newly media-shy president turned down an interview with … Chris Matthews”

  “I don’t blame him. What if Tingles surprised him
with a tough question about how difficult it is to
deal with Republicans?”

“The fact that they offered Obama an interview with a guy who’s face-first in the tank for him instead of asking him to sit with Todd, like
Romney did, tells you everything you need to know about partisanship on cable news. “

“Report: Secret Service thanked baker after he refused to host Biden over O’s “you didn’t build that” remark”

  ” Joel Gehrke of the Examiner calls it a “startling” bit of news. I agree; the same passage jumped out at me when we headlines the WDBJ story this morning. But does it really say what we all think it says? Quote:

” Then, several paragraphs later:
Here’s the back story, we’re told that shortly after Crumb and Get It told Biden’s advance people ‘no’ — the secret service walked in and told Chris McMurray ”Thanks for standing up and saying ‘no’ — then they bought a whole bunch of
cookies and cupcakes. “

“Swing state poll: After picking Ryan, Romney now leads in Ohio, Virginia — and Florida”

We’ll see where this leads but it is encouraging nevertheless .

  ” Romney has seen the largest gain in Ohio, a state we have seen bounce between the campaigns over the last few months. Today, the GOP ticket leads by 2 points
(46% to 44%), compared to July when President Obama led the state 48% to 45%. Romney also gained ground in Virginia – today, he and Paul Ryan hold a 3-point advantage in the race (48% to
45%), while Romney trailed by 2 points in July. “

Hot Air Reports 


@dancathy just called me. #ChickFilA has already set a world record today, with 7 more hrs to go in the West. #OutOfChicken

— Rick Warren (@RickWarren) August 2, 2012


Not a word about today’s activities has been whispered on Chick-fil-A’s feed even though CFA has been trending on Twitter off and on all day. As noted in the earlier post, the suspicion is that the company’s lying low about what’s happening in order to extricate itself from the front line of the culture war, but I wonder if today’s outpouring will draw some sort of recognition tomorrow. If Dan Cathy’s willing to tout the numbers to Rick Warren, presumably an official acknowledgment and thank you is on the way.”

  “Report: GOP investigation finds five top ATF officials responsible for Fast & Furious

” Fearless prediction: Whatever happens on election day, we’re going to have ourselves a
new Attorney General next year . Obama wouldn’t dump him before for fear of looking weak by caving to GOP pressure, but if he wins
in November, he’ll have a perfect excuse. Just normal administration turnover; all presidents do it. No need to read anything into it just
because this particular turnover involved a guy who oversaw guns being walked to Mexican drug lords.



  “Via Greg Hengler, we’re late to this but it’s still a must-post, simply because it’s one of the great
narrative derailments you’ll ever see on cable. If ever there was a dynamic primed for a gun
control cri de coeur, it’s DNC TV nudging a relative of one of the shooting victims while he’s
still grieving. No one would have faulted him for responding emotionally; instead, he came back
at them with this. His composure and insistence on sticking to principle under the circumstances
are remarkable. “

Oops !

Allahpundit on a San Diego fireworks display gone awry . Video at the link .

 ” To cleanse the palate. I was going to do a post on the Higgs boson, but what would you rather spend time on? Reading a dummy like me try to find insight about afantastically complex matter of particle physics or watching the single most awesome 15 seconds of fireworks that you’ll ever see? The bad news: The crowd apparently was bummed that hours of waiting outside paid off with less than half a minute of sparkly fun goodness. The good news: I’m reasonably sure that this is going to be the first Instagram pic to win a Pulitzer. Looks like a sexy space amoeba descending to Earth to spread love and music and hallucinogens and maybe a radioactive pathogen that’ll kill us all. Can’t wait to see which band buys the rights to it as cover art for their next album. “

Allahpundit points us to some possible good news.

” A rare case in which a news outlet actually tries to undermine its own poll by pointing out
problems in its methodology . Is that because it’s terrible for the Unicorn Prince or because, to be
fair, it’s hard to draw any conclusions from numbers these vague?

   I’m not putting any stock in it but let’s blog it anyway. After last week’s SCOTUS groin-punch,
we need something to be happy about. “

   As we wait with bated breath for the Supremes to announce their decision viz the constitutionality of Obamacare , Richard Mourdock’s office let slip a preemptive , celebratory video .

Allahpundit explains 

  ” Silly fun via Roll Call and, evidently, a Mourdock campaign staffer whose YouTube upload trigger finger got a bit too itchy. Nothing wrong with planning for every contingency so that you’re ready to go messaging-wise when the bomb drops; Ed and I, in fact, have already prepared posts for 17 different possible outcomes, including one in which John Roberts is eaten by wolves as he’s reading the majority opinion. I’m impressed, actually, that Mourdock was so thorough:”

  The media never ceases to  amaze us with it’s steadfast refusal to grasp the new order of battle. They no longer control the narrative but plodded along as though it’s still 1989 .

   Oh well , it’s all to the good for truth . As Allahpundit points out , us of the unwashed have learned and adapted to the new media and so will no longer remain in the darkness of MSM dependency .

“,Here’s Andrea Mitchell straining to turn this into Mitt’s very own “supermarket scanner” moment, which (as the Corner notes) was a bogus hit on Bush 41 but served the Democratic narrative that
Republicans are always and forever “out of touch.” “

“Texas dad “remorseful” after catching man molesting his daughter and beating him to death”

“The case is headed to a grand jury but this guy’s more likely to land on Barbara Walters’s couch than in prison. I’d be surprised if there’s a GJ in America that would indict him; if there is, lord knows it’s not in Texas. Here’s the relevant statute in the state’s penal code. Not a close call: “

  Hot Air from Howard Dean

” Via WaPo , what strange Orwellian urge compels guys like this to try to make a meal out of a shinola sandwich? Literally nobody believes him.

   Jon Stewart turned MSNBC into a punchline for the depth of their denial after the Wisconsin
results and Dean-o’s even further gone than they are. You know what he thinks the bigvictory was last Tuesday?

  Supposedly, it’s the fact that Democrats took back the state senate by defeating a Republican incumbent in a recall election.”

Always look on the bright side of life Howard .


What a powerhouse lineup of talent for Al Gore’s prime time schedule . Certain to be Don’t Miss TV . Eeeew 

“The new line-up will be Behar, Cenk Uygur, Eliot Spitzer, and Jennifer Granholm, which is dreadful as a four-hour block of political television but might not be half bad as the nucleus of an awful-yet-compulsively-watchable left-wing variety show. Joy in the Joan Rivers host role, Cenk as affable Andy Richter-esque sidekick, Granholm as the straight (wo)man, and Client Number Nine as some sort of Dean Martin figure wandering the set with drink in hand and firing off double entendres to the audience’s delight. Magical.”

   As both Scott Walker and Rebecca Kleefisch have emerged victorious in the face of the  Union/Left’s temper tantrum and in the process taken millions in Democratic campaign funds off the table for the presidential race , we on the side of liberty and common sense can rejoice in the fact that the adults are still in charge .

“The year-long saga of the Wisconsin recall is, at long last, over, and Scott Walker is still standing. The low-key Republican governor has withstood a sustained (and expensive) onslaught from the forces of Big Labor and its allies on the Left that featured everything from the coordinated cross-border retreat of intransigent Democratic lawmakers, to the occupation of the state house by a band of radicals, bongo drummers, and high school truants, to ill-fated attempts to nullify Republican legislative majorities and pick off uncooperative judges. Walker’s enemies did everything but release the kraken…”


Update : My 1000th Post

Via Hot Air

“The “No Labels” crowd that wanted him to run for president as an indie swore that he’d help bring Americans together. And so he has. Is there anyone on either side of the aisle, aside from celebrity buffoons like Alec Baldwin and the social engineers of tomorrow at Ezra Klein’s blog, who thinks this is a swell idea?”