1. I’m not a Democrat. I’m an anti-Republican.

    The return of Benghazi is the latest evidence that the GOP is putting its unhinged obsessions before the good of the country


  2. Half of GOP voters think a non-existent group stole the election for Obama

    According to PPP — the pollster clearly having the most fun after the election — “49 percent of GOP voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama,” compared with 52 percent who said the same in 2008. The problem? ACORN no longer exists. The community organizing group went bankrupt and disbanded in 2010. I think there’s a fairly “charitable explanation” for this, says Jamelle Bouie at The American Prospect. It’s clear “a large number of Republicans don’t like President Obama, and when offered a chance to endorse something that signals that dislike, they did it, even if the ‘something’ is absolutely insane.” That’s too charitable, says Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog. After all, “Fox News keeps telling its viewers that ACORN still does exist — at least in altered form” — and its former employees are responsible for a “massive subversion of the American way of life.” 

    This week’s 4 most ridiculous, head-scratching poll results

    (Source: theweek.com)


  3. The littlest campaigners — Even with the country sharply divided, the charm of these budding patriots and partisans will surely cross party lines.

    Take a look at more refreshingly gaffe-free kids on the campaign trail.

    (Source: theweek.com)


  4. Just like the candidates themselves, photographers can easily fall back on clichés — like the old candidate-waving-from-the-tarmac scenario, or the candidate reflected in sunglasses… 

    9 photojournalism tropes of the campaign trail


  5. Undecided voters are not going to vote against someone because they “forgot” stuff. You have to disqualify the candidate with his own words and portray them as craven, as someone who will say anything to get elected. That is a tell. It shows people that the other candidate cannot be trustworthy, and if you can’t trust him, then you won’t trust him with the country. The core attack against John Kerry in 2004 was not that he was effete and out of touch, it was that he had no core. This wasn’t true, but it worked really well. George W. Bush… he had a core. Obama has a core. But his campaign chose a line of attack that didn’t completely de-core-ify Mitt Romney. If Obama had been as aggressive in the first debate as he was in the last two, where he pointed out, over and over again, that Romney was inventing himself anew (the etch-a-sketch candidate), if he did this THE FIRST TIME PEOPLE SAW THE TWO MEN TOGETHER (sorry for screaming), Obama would have had this election wrapped up.”

    Marc Ambinder, who predicts that, even though it’s “anyone’s race,” Obama is still slightly favored to win re-election.


  6. In 2008, 79.8 percent of Americans making $100,000 or more voted, vs. just 51.9 percent of people making less than $20,000.

    Here, a deeper look at How America Votes.

    (By the way, we’ll be doing infographics like this one every week from now on!)


  7. "You’re not Solomon, carefully weighing the choices. You’re a ditherer. You probably panic at ‘paper or plastic’ in the supermarket, backing up the checkout line." —Timothy Egan at The New York Times

    The presidential race may well be decided by a small slice of people who, rather implausibly, have yet to make up their minds. Let’s roast them.

    6 brutal takedowns of undecided voters


  8. Cartoon of the day: Enemies until Nov. 6

    RICK MCKEE © 2012 Cagle Cartoons

    More cartoons


  9. Recent surveys — including one by Fox News, which is not known for favoring Democrats — say Romney has been losing ground against President Obama. According to Fox, Obama would get 49 percent of the vote to Romney’s 40 percent if the election were held three months early, a healthy lead that is significant beyond the survey’s margin of error.

    Just a week ago, it seems, all of the headlines suggested the race was neck-and-neck. Why has Romney fallen back in the polls? 4 reasons Romney is slipping


  10. Only in America: Virginia lawmakers had to omit any reference to “climate change” and “sea-level rise” in a study of a growing flooding problem. Republicans conceded that flooding is a growing problem, but said there could be no mention of “sea-level rise” because it’s a “left-wing term.”


  11. "Let’s face it: Poll numbers don’t mean all that much. But here’s a pair of numbers that mean everything: 247 to 206. That’s the number of electoral votes that Democrats and Republicans, respectively, appear to have either a lock or a lead on with less than eight months months until election day. The magic number needed to win the White House, of course, is 270 — meaning Obama needs just 23 more, and Mitt Romney 64. For both men, that’s easier said than done.”

    — Paul Brandus

    The battle for the White House comes down to just seven states — and anyone could win. 


  12. Off-year elections are often quickly forgotten in the build-up to a coming presidential contest. Still, despite the usual low turnout and lack of national contests, Tuesday’s balloting provided important insights into the political parties’ strengths and weaknesses heading into the 2012 campaign. What lessons should politicians take to heart? 

    • Voters are angry about “Republican overreach”
      Ohio voters rebuffed Republican Gov. John Kasich’s “signature anti-union legislation” by a 2-to-1 margin. Even more “surprising,” conservative Mississippi said “no” to a hardline anti-abortion amendment that was expected to pass. And the recall of Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce, the architect of the state’s harsh crackdown on illegal immigrants, was “a stunning blow to the Tea Party,” says Jeff Biggers at The Huffington Post. “This election shows that such extremist behavior will not be rewarded,” says Randy Parraz, a leader of the recall drive.

    More lessons here


  13. Up until 1989, Rick Perry was actually a Democrat. He was Al Gore’s Texas state chair in 1988 when the Tennessee Democrat ran for president the first time. And in 1987, Perry supported a $5.7 billion tax hike, which was opposed by most Republican lawmakers and “triggered the largest tax increase ever passed in modern Texas.” Oops.