Monday, November 5, 2012

News Nuggets 1098

DAYLEE PICTURE: An ice halo caused by hurricane Sandy in Alabama.  From the Daily Mail of the UK.

The U.S. Presidential Debates and the Glory of American Democracy (Ali Jassem) from Al Sabaah [of Iraq in English]
"At the end of each U.S. presidential term, we watch with amazement - we being the millions of Arabs and Asians deprived of any form of democracy, even the fictional kind. We watch the competition between the outgoing president (Obama now) and his opponent (now Mitt Romney) through glamorous and well-produced video clips. ... The final stage of the U.S. presidential competition consists of televised debates with live audiences, in which the two candidates sit facing one another on an open platform, i.e.: it can be watched by Americans, Chinese, Indians and even Saudis in the Arabian Peninsula, assuming they aren't too busy camel racing!"

The Choice from the Editors of the New Yorker
"The reëlection of Barack Obama is a matter of great urgency. Not only are we in broad agreement with his policy directions; we also see in him what is absent in Mitt Romney—a first-rate political temperament and a deep sense of fairness and integrity. A two-term Obama Administration will leave an enduringly positive imprint on political life."

The Case for Barack Obama: Why Voters Should Choose the Democratic Ticket from The Week
"So far, 35 of the 72 largest newspapers by circulation have endorsed President Obama's re-election. All but one also endorsed him in 2008. Here are some of the arguments they are making for why voters should choose the Democratic ticket: ..."

Upholding Democracy, Ballot by Ballot from the Editorial Board of the New York Times
"This year, voting is more than just the core responsibility of citizenship; it is an act of defiance against malicious political forces determined to reduce access to democracy. Millions of ballots on Tuesday — along with those already turned in — will be cast despite the best efforts of Republican officials around the country to prevent them from playing a role in the 2012 election."

The Moral Case For Obama (Andrew Sullivan) from the Daily Beast
"I've supported Democrats and Republicans in my adult life, for different prudential reasons at different moments in time. In politics, I'm a conservative; not an ideologue. But there is another dimension to politics and it's about morality. Some issues are not subject to prudential or utilitarian reasoning, but are fundamental a priori moral questions."

UPI Poll: Obama Gets Bounce from Sandy from United Press International 
"The UPI/C-Voter survey released Saturday said 65 percent of adults agreed the destructive storm and its aftermath gave the president a chance to connect better with voters in the critical closing days of the U.S. presidential campaign."

Obama, Bill Clinton Electrify Virginia Crowd Ahead Of Presidential Election (Julie Pace) from the Associated Press via the Huffington Post 
"With the White House race in its final days, President Barack Obama and Bill Clinton hit the campaign trail together Saturday night. Clinton, his voice hoarse from a flurry of campaign events, said he had given "my voice in the service of my president." The former president vouched for Obama's economic agenda, saying he had done a good job with a bad hand."
Note how Bill Clinton is in demand everywhere.  Where's the demand for W? One of the deep-in-the-book reasons why I think Romney and the GOP will lose on Tuesday.

Sunday Update: Nate Silver Makes Obama 85 Percent Favorite (David Daley) from Salon
"The president nears his high-water mark in the influential survey, rebounding almost to pre-Denver debate levels."

PRES-PA: Rendell On Pennsylvania Dems: 'They're Pissed' At Obama's Treatment (Sam Stein) from the Huffington Post
"Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, who has, on occasion, been
circumspect about Obama's chances in Pennsylvania, told The Huffington Post on Sunday that he thought the president was in great shape in his home state heading into Election Day."

What We Know Before Election Day: Countdown Day 2 (Howard Fineman) from the Huffington Post
"Regional, racial and demographic divisions are, if anything, getting deeper, it seems clear. Almost 150 years after the end of the Civil War, the "Solid South" remains pretty much just that. President Barack Obama and the Democrats still think they can win Virginia, at least, but everything else from Columbia, South Carolina over to Columbia, Missouri is a sea of one-party Republican Red. Nothing is forever in politics, but the endurance of that regional split, rooted in slavery and war, is nothing short of remarkable."

GOP Already Putting Out “Why Romney Lost” Spin (John Aravosis) from Americablog
"As a sign of how bad things are looking for Romney, GOP strategist Ana Navarro was just on CNN, “defending” Romney, and when asked by the host for a one word answer as to who would win on Tuesday, the Democrat on the panel said “Obama,” while the Republican replied that she was only going to say that Romney would win Florida. Ouch."

Romney Camp Talks Losing, Because They're Losing (Markos Moulitsas) from Daily Kos
""We're the challengers. We always knew we could lose," one aide told me here in Dubuque. "They [the Obama camp] never contemplated they could lose." ... What's delicious is that this loser talk is happening days before the election. They're beat, they know it, and after weeks of pretending otherwise, they're too exhausted to keep up the pretenses."

How the Christian Right Is Preparing for an Obama Win (Kevin Roose) from New York Magazine
"But if all that fails, and Obama is re-elected despite their efforts, you can be sure that millions of Christians will once again use Biblical arguments very similar to Erickson's to console themselves over the prospect of a second Obama term."

On the Coming Post-Election GOP Freak Out (Michael Tomasky) from the Daily Beast
"If Romney loses on Tuesday, watch for the right’s outrage machine to kick into high gear."

Lessons Learned from 2012 from Politico
"... for top leaders and strategists in both parties, the race has yielded immediate, tangible lessons that will shape the nation’s politics in the months and years ahead, regardless of who wins on Tuesday. Here are a few of the conclusions top tacticians are already drawing:..."

When Manhattan Went Dark: Historic Photograph from the Air Captures New York City Left Powerless by Hurricane Sandy from the Daily Mail [of the UK]
"Hurricane Sandy left thousands without electricity when it struck on Monday evening, and the confronting, yet beautiful, photo encapsulates how one of the world's most powerful cities was rendered powerless in an instant by mother nature."

Heaven's Gates: Stunning 180 Degree Pictures Capture Architecture of New York's Most Magnificent Churches to Make the Soul Soar from the Daily Mail [of the UK]
"Stunning shots of New York's ornate churches could rival even King Solomon's carefully crafted temple. New York City based photographer Richard Silver captured the majestic architecture of churches across Manhattan in 180 panoramic shots that give spectators a top to bottom view of these houses of worship."

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