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From Andy, who writes on Karen’s Lonely Conservative:

Former Hillary Clinton Aide Endorses…ROMNEY!

November 3, 2012 | By 

As yet another sign of the wobbly wheel challenged Canadian made Obama bus disaster, Gigi Georges – former Hillary aide and New York State Democrat Party executive director – has given her endorsement to Mitt Romney.

From Politico:

Mitt Romney has been making a pitch for bipartisanship in the closing days of the race, and this morning rolled out an endorsement from Hillary Clinton‘s former Senate state director, Gigi Georges:

For most of my life, I’ve been an active Democrat. I am proud to have worked for President Bill Clinton and then-Senator Hillary Clinton, and, during that time, I saw firsthand what can be accomplished by strong, bipartisan leadership. I know what it means to work across the aisle on issues that are important to the American people. And that’s why I am supporting Mitt Romney. Governor Romney has a plan to restore the prosperity this country deserves and expects. He will work with people of good will no matter what their party, and he will pursue the policies that are in the best interest of our country, no matter who proposes them. That’s what President Obama promised to do four years ago. But like so many of his promises, bipartisan cooperation is just another one he has broken. We can’t have four more years of failed policies and two parties that can’t work together. We need the change Mitt Romney is offering.

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There are a couple of ways to take this endorsement. First it could be a truly heartfelt choice for what Gigi thinks is best for our nation. Another reason could be that Obama has been really bad for the Clintons. He played the race card on them during the primary and took from Hillary what was thought by many to be an easy path to another Clinton White House (sans oval office oral amusements). More importantly, he has annihilated any future chance for a possible Hillary presidency with the Benghazi scandal.

However, with my ever optimistic viewpoint, I choose the former reason for this endorsement and welcome Gigi into the land of reality and renewed national pride.

While your Editor, like Andy, does not know why Miss Georges chose to endorse Governor Romney, his last gave me the idea to check into a rabid pro-Hillary Clinton site, Hillary is 44, which was supposed to mean that Mrs Clinton would be our 44th President. The site, started in April of 2007, makes no bones about not liking Republicans. From the site’s About page:

We started this website because we believe Senator Hillary Clinton will be an excellent 44th President of the United States. Senator Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic Party’s nominee for President because she is not only the best candidate running, but she is also the one candidate that will without doubt beat the Republicans and restore sanity to the White House.

For the next year, we will bring you news and commentary of the 2008 race for president. Our focus will be on Senator Clinton and the Democrats. Once Senator Clinton wins the nomination we will turn our focus to the Republican nominee.

Although we feel that Senator Clinton will be the nominee (we thought that way back in March 2006) the race, as always in a democracy, will be an exciting one. We will have lots to say especially with regards to the media and blog coverage of the campaign. We will keep an especially sharp eye on “progressives” or Democrats who repeat Republican talking points to undermine Hillary or any of our candidates.

Hillary Is 44 is certainly one of the most rabidly pro-Clinton sites out there, but this year, they are supporting Mitt Romney:

Don’t Forget To Change Your Clocks On Saturday And Your President On Tuesday

Our clever title today comes via Foxiladi14. We have been busy making phone calls to get behind the scenes information and fortunately our information confirms a lot of the optimistic reports as to a Romney victory on Tuesday.

Our comments section has been superb and we are borrowing from there today. Those who are voting not based on skin color but on content of character there is this stark difference – “uniter, no red states, no blue states” Obama says vote for “revenge” but from Romney: Vote for love of country, not revenge:

I’d point out that the Administrator of Hillary Is 44 absolutely loathes Barack Obama, and I believe that she voted for John McCain in 2008. I doubt that many of Mrs Clinton’s supporters in 2008 voted for Mr McCain, but when I see how President Obama has trashed his Secretary of State, I have to wonder just how many of Mrs Clinton’s more vociferous supporters will, if not vote for Mr Romney, just stay home?

Allahpundit found something humorour on the “revenge” comment:

Obama campaign manager: Why must Mitt Romney be so focused on “revenge”?


Obama says something about revenge, Romney hammers him on it, ergo it’s Romney who’s made revenge his message. Of all the golden Orwellian moments Team O has given us this year, this one will be hard to beat:


Uhhh, it was President Obama who said that voting was the best revenge, not Governor Romney. But, in the Newspeak world of Barack Obama, where all opposition is criminal, and raaaaacist to boot, why of course it’s Mr Romney focused on revenge!

William Teach wrote:

Sorry, Nancy P, That Gavel Won’t Be Coming Your Way

November 3, 2012 – 3:33 pm

After the historic beatdown the GOP laid on the Nancy Pelosi led House, she was predicting that the Democrats would retake the House. Not going to happen by a long shot

(Washington Post) The Fix now projects that the 2012 race for the House is likely to be close to a draw, and there is even a fair chance that Republicans will add to their biggest majority in six decades on Tuesday.

In fact, right now, The Fix projects that Republicans have 228 seats either solidly in their favor or leaning toward them, while Democrats have 184. Another 23 seats are tossups.

If Republicans can win 14 of those 23 tossup races, they would keep their majority exactly as it is. If they win more than that, they would actually gain seats.

Part of this is due to redistricting. Hey, elections have consequences. In my area, the 13th district had been in the hands of Dems and Brad Miller for a long time, but it is sure to go GOP, per the article.

Hot Air breaks it all down more than I can, as does Powerline (writing with a Droid phone).

I’d point out here that even if the Democrats win every toss-up race, as long as the Republicans win their solid and leaning seats, they’ll retain the majority.

Patterico shares Vice President Joe Biden telling the truth for once:

Absotively, posilutely right! :)

Jim Lynch of bRight & Early has mostly given up blogging, but he did have one post up on Hallowe’en:

Anecdotal Evidence Poll

Sure, it’s only anecdotal evidence, but here in the part of central Florida that I call home I have noticed a big shift in one election indicator that is very much different from 2008 – yard signs.

In the areas I travel I have noticed a huge gap in the number of yard signs. In 2008 there were much fewer yard signs for either candidate and they were distributed fairly evenly between Obama and McCain. That’s not the case this year. In the weeks since the conventions I’ve noticed a huge imbalance, so big that it was noticeable. I have seen dozens and dozens of Romney/Ryan signs but I have only seen two Obama yard signs. Two — total.

Does it mean anything? I don’t know. Is it scientific? About as scientific as the poll I’m about to ask you to participate in (that would be “No” for those of you who missed it). Over in the right side bar is a poll asking what anecdotal evidence you’ve seen in your area.

Regardless, we have less than a week before election day. Get out there and vote.

Anecdotally, I have seen a lot more Romney signs around here than there were McCain signs in 2008. Barack Hussein Obama carried Carbon County in 2008 by a relatively small margin, 13,464 to 12,957, and for such a small county, we had a lot of third party votes, 629. John McCain carried 10 out of Pennsylvania’s then 19 congressional districts; had Pennsylvania been using the Maine/Nebraska method, Mr Obama would have won 11 electoral votes to 10 for Mr McCain in 2008. The state legislature considered changing Pennsylvania to the Maine/Nebraska system for 2012 and the future — something Wagonwheel said was a more democratic system, and with which I agree — but failed to do so.1

And last, from Hube:


Despite a 0.1% rise in the national unemployment figures today, here’s how the Boston Herald reports the news:

The U.S. unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent in October as the nation added 171,000 jobs.The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics report also revised the number of jobs created in September to add another 34,000, increasing the number to 148,000. The August jobs number was revised upward to show 192,000 jobs created.

The October employment report solidified the picture of the U.S. job market that’s emerged this year: Companies are hiring steadily, but cautiously. And unemployment remains high.

“It seems to me if the folks who are working for Gov. Romney were hoping the story this weekend would be the deteriorating U.S. economy and the declining jobs situation, then they’ve got to be disappointed this morning about that,” said Michael Goodman, public policy professor at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. “I don’t think anybody looks at the employment situation in the United States and says, ‘we’re out of the woods,’ but certainly this data and the data over the last couple of years suggests we’ve been slowly and steadily moving in the right direction. … We’re adding jobs; people are returning to the work force. This is a stronger report than I expected. It’s very encouraging.”

Yeah, Mitt Romney is gonna be “disappointed” by today’s report because after last month’s unemployment figures dropped to under 8.0% for the first time in Boss Obama’s term … now have gone up again?? YEESH. And the number rising again is “stronger than expected” and “very encouraging”??

They are “very encouraging” to the Obaministae because the “big number” is below 8.0. But the economy is still in the toilet, and Barack Hussein Obama doesn’t have any flaming idea what to do about it.

  1. In 2000, George Bush carried 228 congressional districts, and carried 30 states. If every state had used the Maine/Nebraska system, Mr Bush would have won the election 288 to 250, and we’d never have gone through the Florida recount mess. In 2004, President Bush carried 255 congressional districts and 31 states, and would have won the election 317 to 221.


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  2. The state legislature considered changing Pennsylvania to the Maine/Nebraska system for 2012 and the future — something Wagonwheel said was a more democratic system, and with which I agree — but failed to do so.1

    I think this is a stupid idea. It’s like hanging a “Kick me” sign on the back of the Electoral College. Now, I don’t know if the Electoral College is a good idea, but obviously the Founders thought so, and that’s the system we have today. Candidates have to win entire states, not just parts of states. Of course, this is a disadvantage if you don’t live in a swing state. A vote for Romney is largely wasted in California, just as a vote for Obama is in Texas. In only a few states will your vote really count. That’s one argument for switching to a popular vote. Then, every vote in every state will count, and the candidates will have to fight for every vote in the country. But the Electoral College is what we have, and I don’t think we should change it lightly.

  3. This would not change the electoral college system, but simply how votes are apportioned. In 2008, John McCain carried the state of Nebraska, but Barack Obama carried one of the state’s congressional districts, and got one electoral vote out of the state.

    I like the electoral college system, because it makes undisputed majority winners out of plurality winners. But the Maine/Nebraska system would have avoided the Florida fiasco in 2000, because while the state as a whole was very close, most of the congressional districts were not. It has the effect of requiring candidates to scramble for every vote, not just try to win the big cities.

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  5. Voter Suppression by Leon Panetta’s Department of Defense!

    The voting rights our brave men and women serving overseas are fighting to preserve for all of us are being denied to them. It’s a national disgrace and the blame is squarely on Leon Panetta. He should be dismissed from office in disgrace and brought up on charges. That goes double for his treachery in Bengazhi and triple for his on-going participation at the center of the cover-up. None of this is going to go away.

    The following excerpt is from Ramsey Cox writing at The Hill dated 11/5/12

    GOP senators: Thousands of ballots unlikely to reach military voters in time

    A group of Republican senators said Monday that thousands of voter ballots are unlikely to reach military service members until after Nov. 6.

    One day ahead of the election, Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sent a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to express their concern over delays in ballots reaching military voters overseas.

    “We write to express concerns over another serious failure by the Department of Defense (DoD) to safeguard the voting rights of our overseas military service members, which we believe could result in the imminent disenfranchisement of thousands,” the letter stated.

    Mail redirection in the military can take between 14 to 50 days, meaning a ballot could reach the voter possibly more than a month after ballots have to be mailed back in order to be counted. The Military Postal Service Agency (MPSA) identified problems with the system after the 2010 election, but hasn’t implemented changes.

    “DoD’s failure to fix this longstanding problem means that the blank ballots of thousands of overseas service members, as well as some who have recently returned from overseas, could be currently trapped in an archaic and inefficient mail forwarding system,” the senators wrote. “These ballots are unlikely to reach these service members until after Election Day has passed.”

  6. The following excerpt is from Paul Bedard writing for the Washington Examiner in his Washington Secrets column, 11/6/12

    Philly GOP: Poll inspectors being ousted for Dems

    The Philadelphia GOP is reporting that court appointed Minority (read GOP) Inspectors are being thrown out of polling locations in several Wards.

    Court-appointed Republican poll inspectors are being forcibly removed from voting stations in some Philadelphia wards and replaced in some cases by Democratic inspectors and even members of the Black Panthers, according to GOP officials.

    Secrets just received this memo from GOP officials:

    These Inspectors are election officials – again, court appointed — and are reportedly being thrown out by the Head Judges of Elections (these Judges are elected Democrats) and being replaced by Democrats.

    This has happened at the following locations:

    Ward 32, Div 13

    Ward 43, Div 14

    Ward 56, Div 1

    Ward 56, Div 22

    Ward 32, Div 28

    Ward 32, Div 28

    Ward 12, Div 17

    Ward 39, Div 1

    Ward 24, Div 9

    Ward 18, Div 25

    Ward 43, Div 14

    Ward 29, Div 18

    Ward 65, Div 19

    Ward 20, Div 1

    Ward 6, Div 11

    Another official told Secrets: “one of our female inspectors was physically thrown out.”

    Presidential candidate Mitt Romney decided at the last minute to make stops in Pennsylvania, believing that the race there was close enough that he could win.

    Apparently partisan Democrat election officials in Pennsylvania are willing to violate the law and even strong-arm court appointed inspectors in order to make sure Romney doesn’t get a fair chance to win.

  7. Update: Court Orders GOP Inspectors Returned to Polls

    More on the court victory from the Republican Party of Pennsylvania:

    HARRISBURG, PA—Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement regarding the first court order issued by the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas to seat Republican Minority Inspectors in Philadelphia Polling places:

    “This was a shameless attempt from the Obama campaign to suppress our legally appointed Republican poll watchers in Philadelphia and they got caught,” Chairman Rob Gleason said.

    “We’ve seen these shenanigans before and it’s clear that Democratic operatives and the Obama campaign are desperate; trying to shield Republican Minority Inspectors who are employees of the City of Philadelphia today from monitoring election activities. It certainly raises the question, what are Democrats doing in the polls that they are working so hard to shield folks from monitoring this election?”

    So far this morning, Democratic operatives prohibited 75 legally credentialed Republican election workers from accessing polling places in heavily Democratic areas in Philadelphia. Incidents ranged from judges of elections refusing to seat Republican Minority Inspectors and Clerks, to reports of Democratic election operatives announcing that “No Republicans will be allowed in the polling place.”

    As a result, the Republican Party of Pennsylvania petitioned the Court to issue formal orders to force Democratic judges of elections to seat Republican minority inspectors and clerks. The Court said that they will issue around 6-12 Orders with approximately 6 – 10 names per Order.

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