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Does This Explain Something?
UPDATE: What a Cover-Up Looks Like

Posted on | October 15, 2012 | 11 Comments

Why is Obama still leading Mitt Romney in Ohio, but trailing in Florida? This puzzle might be explained by the early blitz of attack ads the Obama campaign laid down against Romney in Ohio back in May and June, which created a sort of “opinion deficit” that Romney has had to try to make up during the past four months.

Yet Obama also hit Mitt early in Florida, and Romney has bounced back pretty strong there in the past two weeks.

Is it Libya? And is it possible that the deadly Bungle in Benghazi has raised concerns about the administration’s Middle East policy among a key constituency in Florida? A friend on Twitter called attention to an article by my American Spectator colleague Jay Homnick:

MIAMI — The Jewish outreach of the Romney campaign leaves a great deal to be desired, about which more on another day. One good thing this wing of the overall effort has been doing is involving Ambassador John Bolton in presenting to Jewish groups. His powerful pro-Israel record and reputation make his name a good draw in the circles of the more knowledgeable Jewish voters. It does not hurt that he has astonishing breadth of knowledge, pristine clarity of thought, and crystalline clarity of expression.
Sunday night he appeared here in Miami at a synagogue bordering the two communities of Surfside and Bal Harbor. The biggest concentrations of Jews in the Miami area are not near that spot, but its equidistance from Miami Beach and North Miami Beach situate it perfectly for such events.
The room was packed to the rafters, and there were no hecklers or provocateurs. The crowd listened raptly and applauded lustily. It is difficult to extrapolate from this to voting patterns on Election Day, but this much was clear: there is a strong Romney-Ryan contingent among both the religious and secular Jews of Florida. . . .

Go read the whole thing. And while we’re at it, remember during last week’s debate, when Joe Biden laughed while Paul Ryan talked about the seriousness of the Iranian nuclear threat?

Biden’s dismissive attitude toward the danger of a nuclear Iran, accusing Republicans of reckless warmongering for taking that threat seriously — how did that play with Jewish voters? Biden’s bulldozing aggression against Ryan may have cheered up demoralized Democrats, but the unseriousness of Biden’s attitude hurt Democrats among undecided voters. Jim Geraghty examines a poll that found the Republicans gained a 3-to-1 advantage from last week’s debate.

But why trust the polls, when we’ve got the word of the Lord?

“And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee . . .”

You never want to get on the wrong side of a thing like that.

UPDATE: The big problem with the scandal now becoming known as “BenghaziGate” is that the Obama administration evidently decided to tell The Big Lie from the start, and so many officials repeated that lie so often that, once it became obvious they were lying, coming up with a plausible new lie was difficult. Ultimately, however, their problem is not their shifting lies, but rather the ugly truth of the administration’s failure. Even such a master of deceit as David Axelrod can’t hide from the facts:

Q. How soon after the attack did the President meet with the National Security Council, with people from state, with people from the…, the Director of National Intelligence, with all of the various people to try to sort out what happened in Benghazi?
A. Look. We are sorting out what happened there. Understand that the President the day after the attack called it an act of terror and charged everyone with responsibility for getting to the bottom of what happened. . . .
Q. Yes, the president made a statement and then he went to a fundraiser in Nevada. Question: Before he went to the fundraiser in Nevada, did he meet with his National Security Council to try to sort out the shifting stories. Because State says they never said it was a spontaneous demonstration; Intel, you are quite right, did. Did he meet with the National Security Council before he went campaigning in Nevada?
A. Chris, I assure you that the president was in contact with all those who had information and responsibility in the national security chain about this incident.

Via Memeorandum.

 

 

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  • http://twitter.com/wjjhoge WJJ Hoge

    Anyone who thinks that curse is an idle threat should check with Adolf Eichmann.

  • Quartermaster

    Now you went and done it. Quoting scripture at libtards is probably the most egregious sin one can imagine. To them at least. It’s much like the tag I ended a comment about about Chris Hitchens discovering that God actually exists and the come back I got from a couple regulars here.
    God’s word does not return void. It will accomplish its purpose, and it will come true because the God behind it will make it so. It matters little how the heathen may rage.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003232872834 Becca Lower

    How dare you, Stacy! Right after that statement, our president was hunkered down in crucial meetings with top advisors– with Secretaries Jay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Don’t get too cocky…there are traps out there:
    In Candy’s room, there are food wrappers all over the floor,
    but to get to Candy’s room, you gotta walk the darkness of CNN’s halls,
    Staffers from Obama, call my baby’s number and they bring her cheese,
    When I come knocking, she smiles pretty, she knows I wanna be Candy’s squeeze,
    There’s a sadness hidden in that pretty rounded face,
    a sadness all her own,
    with the hope the media can keep Obama safe.
    We eat a pizza,
    my heart burn coming back again,
    when I touch the last piece of pizza, She stabs a fork in my hand,
    I go driving deep into the light, in Candy’s eyes. She says,
    “Just wait for the Presidential Debate suckas!
    Talk about a death wish!”

  • Adobe_Walls

    “Because State says they never said it was a spontaneous demonstration; Intel, you are quite right, did.”
    Incorrect. While someone in the Intel community may have told the WH what it wanted to hear but there was no intel indicating a demonstration. Statements of purported fact asserting something has already happened when in fact it did not isn’t “intelligence” in any sense of that term. While someone at CIA or whatever may have “cherry picked” what it thought the WH wanted to hear, it is much more likely for the presidents political team to have done so. The intercepted Al Quaeda op referenced the protest in Cairo before stating the attack would go forward in Benghazi but didn’t say anything about a protest in Benghazi.

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    Evidently Obama has not met with the NSC or attended a Daily Briefing since the attack, else Axelrod would have mentioned it. The President’s schedule is a matter of record, that’s how it was discovered he attends less than half his security briefings over his term, far less than any other President.

    Where did the “intel” Clapper claims to have provided the White House come from? There was NO on the ground source saying there was a protest, no one in Libya has said or claimed that. Does Clapper get his intel from Al Jazeera?

    You see, at an NSC meeting OR at a Presidential Daily Briefing the actual intel would be discussed, sources named, validity or lack thereof explained. You’d think Obama might want to attend one sometime.

  • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

    But he’s already told us he’s actually better at this stuff than those intel guys are. I imagine he gets really tired of showing them up and embarrassing all of the so-called experts. It’s actually a generous thing he does, by not attending. That way those guys can work hard together in his absence, to try and catch up to the stellar brilliance that is Obama, lightbringer and SCOAMF (all at the same time, and no paradox!).

  • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

    I’m still picking Mitt to win Ohio by 6%.

    He’s got the miners and steelworkers THAT mad at the SCOAMF.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.goldberg.33 Joseph Goldberg

    Hahaha, thanks for that one. We all need a good laugh now and then.