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Obama’s Data Team Totally Schooled Gallup

David Axelrod, for one, had enough faith in his data guys that he was willing to bet his mustache on it. A week before the election, Axelrod wandered back to The Cave, where the analytics team worked, to ask point-blank if Obama would win Michigan, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. Newspapers were reporting surging crowds at Romney rallies and waning enthusiasm for Obama. Wagner said he thought he would. The next day, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Axelrod announced he would shave his mustache if Obama were to lose even one of those states. He won all three.

Obama’s Data Team Totally Schooled Gallup

David Axelrod, for one, had enough faith in his data guys that he was willing to bet his mustache on it. A week before the election, Axelrod wandered back to The Cave, where the analytics team worked, to ask point-blank if Obama would win Michigan, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. Newspapers were reporting surging crowds at Romney rallies and waning enthusiasm for Obama. Wagner said he thought he would. The next day, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Axelrod announced he would shave his mustache if Obama were to lose even one of those states. He won all three.

Original Sin: Why the GOP is and will continue to be the party of white people

It is not a coincidence that the resurgence of nullification is happening while our first African American president is in office …
We are left with the profound historical irony that the party of Lincoln—of the Gettysburg Address, with its reiteration of the Declaration’s assertion of equality and its vision of a “new birth of freedom”—has found sustenance in Lincoln’s principal intellectual and moral antagonist.
It has become the party of Calhoun.

Original Sin: Why the GOP is and will continue to be the party of white people

It is not a coincidence that the resurgence of nullification is happening while our first African American president is in office …

We are left with the profound historical irony that the party of Lincoln—of the Gettysburg Address, with its reiteration of the Declaration’s assertion of equality and its vision of a “new birth of freedom”—has found sustenance in Lincoln’s principal intellectual and moral antagonist.

It has become the party of Calhoun.

"The President loves to blame the debt on President Bush. But President Obama created more debt in four years than his predecessor did in eight."
-Marco Rubio

"The President loves to blame the debt on President Bush. But President Obama created more debt in four years than his predecessor did in eight."

-Marco Rubio

Ted Nuggent awaits the start of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013.
AnilDash: 

Imagine if a rapper had 1. Threatened the President 2. Brandished assault rifles 3. Got invited to the SOTU 4. Showed up in jeans. #Nugent

Ted Nuggent awaits the start of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013.

AnilDash:

Imagine if a rapper had 1. Threatened the President 2. Brandished assault rifles 3. Got invited to the SOTU 4. Showed up in jeans. #Nugent

nationaljournal:

PHOTO OF THE DAY: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama sip Guinness on Monday  at a pub as they visit Moneygall village in rural County Offaly,  Ireland, where his great-great-great grandfather Falmouth Kearney hailed  from. Obama landed in Ireland on earlier Monday for a visit celebrating  his ancestral roots, kicking off a four-nation European tour. (JEWEL  SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Barack O’Bama contains multitudes.

nationaljournal:

PHOTO OF THE DAY: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama sip Guinness on Monday at a pub as they visit Moneygall village in rural County Offaly, Ireland, where his great-great-great grandfather Falmouth Kearney hailed from. Obama landed in Ireland on earlier Monday for a visit celebrating his ancestral roots, kicking off a four-nation European tour. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Barack O’Bama contains multitudes.

Obama: The Secretary of Defense has also agreed to cut tens of billions of dollars in spending that he and his generals believe our military can do without.
Generals: Um.

Obama: The Secretary of Defense has also agreed to cut tens of billions of dollars in spending that he and his generals believe our military can do without.

Generals: Um.

I see you received one of my phone calls to Kentucky in 2008.

I see you received one of my phone calls to Kentucky in 2008.

(via rillawafers)

Can we talk about superficial communications strategy for a moment? This is the thing—the one thing—that  Joe Biden does better than Barack Obama. And it’s a crucially important thing: it’s the empathy card, the Bill Clinton thing.

Everyone in the room knows it’s a fat softball lobbed right across the plate. The Press Secretary actually does some slapstick as he sets it up. Hope you’re hungry, news directors, cause it’s sound-bite time. The press chuckles in anticipation of what the Righteous Mouth will deliver. 

But Righteous Mouth does deliver. Barack Obama would’ve hit this pitch—any major politician would—but he wouldn’t have hit it out of the park. Part of Obama’s appeal is that he’s dispassionate. It was an asset during the campaign and operationally during the economic crisis, but it’s a major liability during the BP spill. Obama fumbled the outrage card because it’s not really a strong color in his emotional palate. It is in Joe Biden’s, though.

The smart play isn’t to explicitly tie the GOP to the oil industry through Rep. Barton. The press has already smashed that home with a ball-peen hammer. Drill Baby Drill is doing the job with every photo of a drowning bird. The smart play is to link them all together with a broader message on the role of government in our lives. And there’s the Veep, doing exactly that, using personal stories, speaking in value statements, explaining the funding mechanism in simple language, as if to someone who’s hearing about it for the first time, as I was just now. The whole knock on Joey B is that he won’t stick to the script. He never gets the benefit of the doubt. So when he does deliver something scripted, it sounds spontaneous.

Beating up on Rep. Joe Barton is easy, but Rep. Joe Barton really, really needs to be beaten. The point needs to be driven home. It’s an opportunity that can’t be missed. It’s hard to say Biden is bloviating when the content is emotionally and structurally pitch-perfect.

Q: President Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are on a boat together and it starts sinking. Who gets saved?

shutthefuckupliberals:

The American people.

generic:

Yuk, yuk.

You know what’s a real hilarity-killer? The Democratic version of that joke, had Obama lost the election.

President Sarah Palin.

jlamere:

 Right. You might want to check your facts there.

generic:

Why do I have to spell everything out today? Why must I connect every dot? Is the Internet high?

Q: President Barack Obama, John McCain, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are on a boat together and it starts sinking. Who gets saved?

A: The American People. 

Except that joke’s not funny to Democrats, or even broad anti-incumbents. They’d prefer Old Man War to the Most Unqualified Person to Ever Seek the Office. Sarah Palin’s approval ratings are around where Bush’s were when he got booed out of office.

There are a lot of people (in certain regions, *ahem*) who would find “President Biden” far preferable to President Terrorist McBirthCertificate. But ”President Sarah Palin” isn’t comforting to people who don’t like Sarah Palin — which is most people. It’s chilling.

I mean, what’s the elections? You know, two guys, same background, wealth, political influence, went to the same elite university, joined the same secret society where you’re trained to be a ruler - they both can run because they’re financed by the same corporate institutions. At the Democratic Convention, Barack Obama said, ‘only in this country, only in America, could someone like me appear here.’ Well, in some other countries, people much poorer than him would not only talk at the convention - they’d be elected president. Take Lula. The president of Brazil is a guy with a peasant background, a union organizer, never went to school, he’s the president of the second-biggest country in the hemisphere. Only in America? I mean, there they actually have elections where you can choose somebody from your own ranks. With different policies. That’s inconceivable in the United States.

Noam Chomsky, Interview by Wallace Shawn, October 19, 2004 (via ericrobertsswagger)

Even when he’s wrong, he’s right. And even when he’s right, he’s wrong.

Know what I mean?