The Lollipop King

Obama monitors storm responders

"If anyone asks for help, make them
beg for 7 hours and call al-Qaeda"

'Here comes the landslide'

"Voters have figured out that President Obama has no message, no agenda and not even much of an explanation for what he has done over the past four years," writes Dick Morris. "His campaign is based entirely on persuading people that Mitt Romney is a uniquely bad man, entirely dedicated to the rich, ignorant of the problems of the average person. As long as he could run his negative ads, the campaign at least kept voters away from the Romney bandwagon. But once we all met Mitt Romney for three 90-minute debates, we got to know him — and to like him. He was not the monster Obama depicted, but a reasonable person for whom we could vote.
"As we stripped away Obama’s yearlong campaign of vilification, all the president offered us was more servings of negative ads — ads we had already dismissed as not credible. He kept doing the same thing even as it stopped working. Read all of "Here Comes the Landslide"

The Leader presides

[From: Aftermath]

Cartoon: Eric Allie

[Cagle Cartoons]

Herald kicks Bam in the testimonials

At last! A member of the  MSM is kicking Obama in the testimonials over Benghazi. From The Boston Herald:
The Benghazi controversy is not one, but four separate scandals — each of which calls into question the president’s leadership. 
 First, Benghazi raises legitimate questions about Obama’s competence as commander in chief. In last week’s debate, the president said that his No. 1 job is to keep Americans safe. Then why did he not do so in Benghazi? Was the president unaware of the threat in Libya? Or did he simply fail to treat it with the requisite level of seriousness? The British saw the danger and closed their consulate months earlier. Once the attack was under way, why did the president fail to send assistance?
Second, the president’s reaction to Benghazi reveals his utter lack of integrity. That he allowed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to fall on her sword rather than man-up and accept responsibility for his administration’s failure was not only despicable, it was cowardly. 
Third, Benghazi reveals the president to be dishonest. It is now clear that the administration knew almost immediately that the Benghazi attack was a premeditated act of terrorism. But, in order to protect his own political hide, the president engaged in a misinformation campaign aimed at deceiving the American public.
And the president continues to lie daily in order to hide the cover-up. His most recent claim (and who can keep track, with his story constantly changing?) that he made information public as it became available to him has been proved patently false. And yet, he continues to claim that if he provided inaccurate information, it was simply “the fog of war.”
Fourth, Benghazi reveals Obama’s deeply flawed ideological principles. Ironically, despite his flippant “fog of war” defense, Obama has never indicated that he regards the Benghazi murders as an attack upon America. To the contrary, his reflexive response was to describe the attack as a random act of violence provoked by American religious bigotry. He then went on to minimize the seriousness of this violence by calling it “less than optimal” and by jetting off to Vegas for a major fundraiser in the immediate aftermath of the attack.

Barack Obama's Diary: How to lead

"This way, Governor"
Dear Diary: My second day of demonstrating  decisive Leadership and good presidential optics. This time I am going to Atlantic City to tour the damage with Governor Chris Christie. Sharing a narrow back seat with Christie  ain't gonna be fun. The good news is that I get to look Presidential, while Mittman is left to twist in the wind, absorbing media mockery for  his attempts to organize cans of food for the huddled masses. While, with a wave of my imperial hand, billions of dollars appear on command, after I get permission from China.


Hit the Road, Barack

Barack Obama's Diary: Keeping up appearances

Dear Diary:  I am spending today appearing  presidential. Hurricane Sandy is providing  a safe port for me as it distracts people from Benghazi. Meanwhile, let me be perfectly clear: while I pose for photos on the phone,  or in the Situation Room, looking serious, busy and in charge, I have Bill Clinton, Joe Biden and Michelle out campaigning, on my behalf. For now, life is good.

Cartoon: Eric Allie

[Cagle Cartoons]


Cartoon : Nate Beeler

That's the REAL Obama...

Peggy Noonan in today's WSJ: "...(Iwas talking with) a member of the U.S. Senate who served there with Mr Obama and has met with him in the White House. People back home, he said, sometimes wonder what happened with the president (in the first debate). The senator said, I paraphrase: I sort of have to tell them that it wasn't a miscalculation or a weird moment. I tell them: I know him, and that was him. That guy on the stage, that's the real Obama. Read it all


Oh Joe, no Joe

"Joe, your balls are big enough
for the two of us."

Biden's bizarre 'balls' gaffe

The father of one of the Navy SEALs who was killed in the Libya consulate attack has criticized the White House reaction to his son's death - especially a bizarre and obscene comment  by Joe Biden.
Charles Woods, father of Tyrone Woods, said he thought Barack Obama had 'no remorse' over the attack and felt Hillary Clinton was 'not telling the truth'.
And he revealed that at the ceremony for the return of Tyrone's body, the Vice President approached his family and asked: 'Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?' Read more.

Barack Obunicorn

Bampty Dumpty

Laugh of the Day

 Laugh of the Day goes to Chris Wysocki at  Wyblog.

Obama 'blocked order for more Benghazi security'

It is now alleged that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered more security at the U.S. mission in Benghazi before it was attacked, but President Obama denied the request. More here

Obama's La-La Land

In a previously off-the-record interview with The Des Moines Register, President Obama argued that the economic recovery he's overseen isn't as bad as his opponent, Mitt Romney, claims.
Read More.


Cartoon: John Darkow

[Columbia Daily Tribune]

The Dung Beetle Award goes to...

The Academy of Dung Beetles' Award is being rolled towards media mogul Ted Turner for describing  rising suicide rates among US troops as "good."  Details here.

Surge towards Romney

Last month, women preferred Obama over Romney 56% to 40% on the economy. Now, the difference is 49% for Romney and 45% for Obama.  Where understanding people’s problems is concerned, Obama’s lead among women has shrunk from 58%-36% to a 50%-43%.
The polls consistently show a real surge to Romney, from Obama:
Rasmussen: Mitt Romney 50% nationwide, Obama 47%.
Gallup: Romney 50%, Obama 47%.
ABC News/Washington Post: 49% Romney, 48% Obama.
Reuters/Ipsos: Romney 47%, Obama 46%.
AP-GfK: Romney 47%, Obama 45%.
More details here.

Obama's incredible vanishing audience

NBC News anchor Brian Williams is criss-crossing the country with President Obama during the president's 48-hour post-debate swing-state blitz. This morning he told Chuck Todd that it's not 2008 anymore and at his current stop Obama would have attracted 50,000 people four years ago. This time only 5000 showed up. Read more.

Where is Joe Biden?

"Hi, Barack. I'm in Ohiowa"

Barack Obama's Diary: Busy, busy, busy

Dictated aboard Taxpayer One en route from  Tampa to... errr... somewhere:
Auggh! They've got me on another insane ...uh...schedule today. Hello Richmond! Hello Chicago! Hello Cleveland! Let me be clear, Jarrett thinks that the busier I keep the media, the less time they will have to be thinkin' about Benghazi, talkin' of which, I hear that Hillary has already lawyered up, ready for any Congressional inquiry. Only a couple weeks until Nov 6. It shouldn't be difficult keepin' a lid on it all until...uh... then. Now I'm goin' to grab a few zzzzs  before we land at errr... O'Hare 


Our future is at stake, warns Clint

"There's not much time left and the future of our Country is at stake," warns Clint Eastwood in this new  pro-Romney ad from American Crossroads.

Cartoon: Gary McCoy

[Cagle Cartoons]

Your world -- without capitalism

Ever wonder what your world would be like without capitalism?  A useful guide for those with kids and/or friends who are Obamabots [Thanks: BJS]

Obama rage as defeat looms

"...the president keeps playing the same losing hand aimed at denigrating an opponent who strikes most Americans as inherently reasonable. That makes one wonder whether the president’s condescending attitude as well as his sarcasm has a lot more to do with his anger at Romney’s strength and staying power than it does with any tactical political plan," writes Jonathan Tobin in Commentary. "More and more, it’s sounding as if President Obama is just plain mad at Romney because of the growing possibility that he [Obama] is going to lose the election..." Read it all.

Barack Obama's Diary

Who am I? Where am I? Hello Denver! Hello Vegas! Hello Davenport! I have an insane schedule today, and-- to twist the knife --some right-wing blogs are mocking the choice of Dolittle Park, Las Vegas, as one of my campaign venues. Dolittle? How do they think I've fitted in 100+ rounds of golf in four years? The truly significant part of the day comes at 6.30pm PST when I record an appearance on Jay Leno's Tonight Show in Burbank, where I can confidently expect an adoring audience, some softball questions,  I can flash my adorable man-candy smile and send a few zingers Mittman's way while he can't answer back. Life is good.

You Lie! White House Benghazi spin exposed

The truth at last :  Reuters reports that officials at the White House and State Department were advised only two hours after attackers assaulted the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, that an Islamic militant group had  claimed credit for the attack, official emails show. The emails, obtained by Reuters from government sources, specifically mention that the Libyan group called Ansar al-Sharia had asserted responsibility for the attacks.
[Thanks BJS]

The Dung Beetle Award goes to ...

The Academy of Dung Beetles' Award is being rolled towards The Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan for attacking Romney for his Mormon faith, saying "for 31 years  [Romney] belonged to a racist church". More.


Cartoon: Nate Beeler

[The Columbus Dispatch]

Surprise! Obama inflates job growth

In a new TV ad, President Obama makes an inflated claim to have added 5.2 million new jobs. The total added during his time in office is actually about 325,000. Details here.
[Thanks: BJS]

Romney 'heading for victory earthquake'

Keith Koffler at White House Dossier is sensing a big Romney victory:  "Gov. Mitt Romney may be moving toward a large win, in the same way Ronald Reagan did in the final days of the 1980 campaign. I expect the ground to start shifting, and the movement could escalate into an earthquake." Read his evidence here.

Biden's total recall

"Barack, I've forgotten what
 Romnesia means"

The Dung Beetle Award goes to...

The Academy of Dung Beetles' Award is being rolled towards the multitude of Twitter thugs threatening to riot, or assassinate Mitt Romney if he dares to win the election and maybe threaten  their  food stamps, welfare checks and Obamaphones.

Romney 50% -- Obama 46% !

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 50% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns the vote from 46%. One percent (1%) prefers some other candidate, and two percent (2%) are undecided. Details here.

Barack Obama's Diary

Dictated aboard Air Force One en route from Florida to Dayton, Ohio: Dudes !  I am leaving Florida on a jubilant wave. My new ploy of fixin' Mittman with a dagger-like stare was a huge success. Axelrod and Jarrett were over the moon. And best of all was my riposte about horses and bayonets. Boom! I only wish I could have twisted the ...uh.. knife with  a zinger about the Romneys' Olympic dressage horse. This race  is becomin' even tighter. But I am in no doubt that after last night's routing of Romney, the American people in the privacy of the votin' booth will choose Yours Presidentially. With a bit of luck, that nice Mr Ahmadinejad in Tehran will come through with a concession in the next few days that will hold Bibi in check and carry me  through to November 6, glowin' with diplomatic glory. Now, to prepare for my  uh...Dayton debut..." Hello Dayton. I always think of ya'll as the pearl of Ohio...[pause for prolonged rapturous applause]"

Sunny Romney, unlikable Obama

Keith Koffler at White House Dossier has as good a take on the debate as any we have seen: "...the impression that will linger through Election Day is that of the sunny guy to the left of the screen who seemed to have ideas about where to go and was interrupted repeatedly by the guy on the right who made lots of points but, in the end, had no new ideas, couldn’t defend his record the few times it was challenged, and seemed a little unlikable...." Read it all.


Cartoon: Eric Allie

[Cagle Cartoons]

Should Obama resign at the debate?

"I won’t hear what I’d like to hear at the presidential foreign policy debate Monday," writes Roger L. Simon.
"What I’d like to hear is Barack Obama resigning over Benghazi, the most extreme public mishandling of an attack on American personnel ever, certainly in my lifetime. If I (or most people) had been president and something like that happened on my (our) watch — and then I had lied about it myself while urging others to cover up — I would be so ashamed of myself I wouldn’t be able to come out in public." Read it all.

Seeking the leadership switch

"Four years you've looked for Bush's leadership 
switch, Barack. Try looking under your foot."

Christie eviscerates Obama

Cartoon: Jeff Parker

[Florida Today]


Cartoon: Yaakov Kirschen

A Candy-coated lie that saved Obama

As America braces for Debate Three, Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center writes of Debate Two: "Just how badly did CNN's Candy Crowley destroy her first (and hopefully last) attempt as a presidential debate moderator? More than 65 million people saw that she is to debate moderation as CNN is to "news."
Barack Obama made a fatal mistake when he lied, claiming he'd labeled the Libya attack as an act of terrorism. The look on Romney's face said it all: Mr. President, here comes checkmate.
Then Crowley leapt to Obama's defense, declared a lie a truth, changed the subject, and Obama was free.
It was a travesty. Read it all.
[Thanks: BJS]

Obama 'to announce Iran nuke deal'

Iranian and U.S. negotiators have reached an agreement that calls for Iran to halt part of its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting sanctions, according to a highly placed Iranian source, WND reports.
The agreement calls for Iran to announce a temporary halt to partial  enrichment after which the U.S. will remove many of its sanctions.  Details here. 
Debkafile has another take on these events here.
Laughing Conservative is expecting an announcement  to come [as a Romney killer] during Monday night's debate and assumes that Iran will quietly resume enrichment ASAP, although Obama -- a man of utter, spotless  integrity --couldn't be so cynical as to use nukes as pawns in  a desperate, last-minute move to checkmate Romney, could he...? Surely not?


California, a state of craziness

Victor Davis Hanson writes: "California may face the nation's largest budget deficit at $16 billion. It may struggle with the nation's second-highest unemployment rate at 10.6 percent. It will soon vote whether to levy the nation's highest income and sales taxes, as if to encourage others to join the 2,000-plus high earners who are leaving the state each week. The new taxes will be our way of saying, "Good riddance." And if California is home to one-third of the nation's welfare recipients and the largest number of illegal aliens, it is nonetheless apparently happy and thus solidly for Barack Obama. The unemployment rate in my hometown is 16 percent, the per capita income is $16,000 -- and I haven't seen a Romney sticker yet." Read it all. [Thanks BJS]

Cartoon: Rick McKee

[The Augusta Chronicle]

Barack Obama's Diary: Obamanesia

Dear Diary:  Let me be perfectly clear: I have been floatin' on a high of jubilation since my dazzlin' attack on Mittman, accusin' him of "Romneysia" -- a genius move, even if I say so myself, and I do. The only drawback is that I am  now gettin' sniggerin' from Michelle and Valerie, who say "Obamanesia," every  time I forget some triflin'  little thing. Ha, ha, hardy har. Judgin' by how the the polls are trendin', "Obnoxious" can't be far behind. Augh! Not only is Mittman surgin' ahead, the Democrat Party is financially democrupt even before the um... election.  I am goin' to be at err... Camp David for the next few days to prepare for the foreign affairs debate and to think of ways to blame Bush for Benghazi. Bush-blamin' has gotten old, but it is still workin' for me.


Iran can have '6 nukes by next March'

 The latest US intelligence input confirms that Iran can have enough enriched uranium for 4-6 bombs by March 2013, DEBKAfile reports. Details here.

Cartoon: Rick McKee

[The Augusta Chronicle]

Cartoon: Christopher Weyant

[From : The Hill]

MItt 49% --Obama 45% ...in Pennsylvania!

A new poll shows Mitt Romney leading in Pennsylvania, a state that Republicans had all but written off just weeks ago but which is now listed as a toss up by the Real Clear Politics website.
Susquehanna Polling and Research provided The Washington Examiner with a poll it conducted for state party officials that shows Romney with a 49 percent to 45 percent lead over President Obama. Details here

Bam's downhill run

Cartoon: Nate Beeler

[The Columbus Dispatch]


Barack Obama's Diary: Busy me

 Dictated aboard Air Force One en route from New Hampshire to New York. 
Dear Diary:  Let me be clear: This is a day in which both Taxpayer One and yours Presidentially  are getting a major workout. I left for New Hampshire  at  err...daybreak,  landed in Manchester and then addressed an adoring campaign crowd. Now, I'm flying  back to the Small Slurpee for the really important business of the day: recording an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. After I have dazzled the ...er... audience with my razor-sharp wit and perspicacity on the issues of the day, I will  be whisked to another event at the uh... Waldorf Astoria, finally returning to DC around midnight. Phew!

White House War on Women

Cartoon: Nate Beeler

[The Columbus Dispatch]


Barack testifies

[From: Aftermath]

Cartoon: Rick McKee

[The Augusta Chronicle]

Gallup: Romney 51% -- Obama 45%

Gallup's latest poll shows  Romney 6 points ahead. Details here

Caption of the Day

"Stick to the facts on Benghazi?
You're kidding me"

The Dung Beetle Award goes to...

The Academy of Dung Beetles' Award is being rolled towards CNN's Candy Crawley  for her outrageous moderation of the Second Debate: interrupting Romney 28 times vs. 9 for Obama and, worst of all, contradicting Romney's correct claim that Obama failed to describe Benghazi as a terrorist attack on the morning after the incident.

MsNBC 'undecided' group favors Romney

Debate moderator's 'disgrace'

CNN correspondent and second presidential debate moderator Candy Crowley disgraced herself repeatedly intervening to save a floundering President Obama, writes Matthew Sheffield at Newsbusters
Her most outrageous act, he says, was her incorrect seconding of Obama's statement that he declared the Libya terrorist attacks to be "terror."  More here

Cartoon: Rick McKee

[The Augusta Chronicle]

Obama's global catastrophe

"Lost in all the 'fog of war,' as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called it, that is still rising like smoke from the burned and looted U.S. consulate in Benghazi is an even more glaring global catastrophe caused by the Obama administration", writes Charles Hurt in The Washington Times.
"Everyone, even The New York Times, is finally talking about what a scandal it is that the administration ignored stark warnings and failed to protect U.S. interests and people abroad. Then, after terror struck and our ambassador was assassinated, they spun and lied and concocted every excuse imaginable to blame everyone else for the travesty that they alone should have prevented." Read it all
[Thanks BJS]


Obama's strategy for Debate #2

[From: Aftermath]

Oops.. we'll be in Afghanistan way past 2014

The State Department is about to begin formal negotiations over the extension of U.S. troops past 2014, a top Department official said Tuesday.
Last week, Biden assured Americans during his Oct. 11 debate with Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan that U.S. troops were leaving Afghanistan by 2014. More here

Barack Obama's Diary: Ready or not, here I come...

Dictated aboard Air Force One en route  from Williamsburg to New York:
Dear Diary: I'm on my  way to ...errr...Hofstra University for the ...uh...second debate tonight. I'm armed with to the...uh... teeth with zingers and I'll be wired to the eyeballs with caffeine (but no Red Bull or coffee as I can't leave the stage) and I'll have Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries pumping from my Ipod into my ears, as I wait to go on stage for the Big Showdown.  I'll be awash in adrenaline. Be afraid Mitt, be very afraid. I am become death, the destroyer of worlds. Talking of ...uh...destruction, Michelle will be watching  in the audience and I will be able to tell from her Scowl-o-Meter if I am being fearsome enough. I almost feel sorry for Mitt as he faces the scimitar of my limitless intellect, honed to razor sharpness after hours of duelling with the formidable John Kerry. I am ready for Mitt, let me have at him!

Hillary's Benghazi move 'a masterstroke'

Hillary Clinton accepting responsibility for Benghazi is a political masterstroke, says Da Tech Guy. Read why.


Hillary takes the fall for Benghazi

 CNN reports that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday tried to douse a political firestorm over the deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya, saying she's responsible for the security of American diplomatic outposts. She said an investigation now under way will ultimately determine what happened at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, where Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed on September 11.  "I take this very personally," Clinton added. "So we're going to get to the bottom of it, and then we're going to do everything we can to work to prevent it from happening again, and then we're going to work to bring whoever did this to us to justice." Read it all.

Cartoon: Nate Beeler

[The Columbus Dispatch]

Romney now gaining female voters

Mitt Romney leads President Obama by four percentage points among likely voters in the nation's top battlegrounds, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, and he has growing enthusiasm among women to thank. Details here.

'Obamaphone lady' video used in anti-Obama ad

The Super PAC  Tea Party Victory Fund plans to run this ad in Ohio. It features the infamous 'Obamaphone lady'  video that has been viral on the Internet for weeks. More here.

Cartoon: John Darkow

[The Columbia Daily Tribune]

The bus bites Obama

[From: Aftermath]

Barack Obama's Diary: Purgatory

Dear Diary: Another day in purgatory at the Kingsmill resort, in Williamsburg, verbally duelling with John Kerry,  as  I look wistfully through the windows at the golf courses outside. I know perfectly well that I roundly defeated Mittman in the last debate, and there's no reason this should be any different. Giving me an inflatable Romney and a baseball bat won't make me more aggressive. Debating Kerry is as bracing as bathing in warm ketchup. Frankly, I'm bored. Maybe I should  take a break and carry another five pizzas into the local democrat office and soak up their admiration.  What impertinence it is to expect a sitting president to put on a dog and pony show to justify his re-election. There's a Ferrari car show going on here. One of those and a gigantic Hawaiian mansion  with a triple garage to put it in --now that's worth getting excited about.

Obama's greatest weakness

Jackson Diehl in The Washington Post: "The president’s handling of Syria... exemplifies every weakness in his foreign policy — from his excessive faith in “engaging” troublesome foreign leaders to his insistence on multilateralism as an end in itself to his self-defeating caution in asserting American power...." Read it all.

Cartoon: Gary McCoy

[Cagle Cartoons]


The Book of Mitt

I have a strong work ethic, I hope I can say this without being prideful. And I have made most of the weekend to prep for Tuesday's debate. Barack Obama, bless his heart, seems to find it hard to concentrate on anything for very long. Even during our last debate he looked as though he was thinking about his last round of golf. I was almost reluctant to tear him away from his reveries. Today I see he took a break from prep to drop by at a local Dem office bearing pizza and make a few voter calls.  Pride cometh before a fall, my friend.

Joe's creepy message

"Biden’s smile, though it may be the most remembered part of the debate, probably didn’t work as intended. Democrats may have overlooked the inauthenticity of the smile, not to mention Biden’s repeated interruptions, because he was projecting the aggression they were feeling.
Research on smiles is extensive and fascinating. Sincere smiles, which have a name — the Duchenne smile — are related to health and longevity, among other things. But studies also show that different kinds of smiles convey different messages.
Our deep brains instinctively decipher smiles and generally know what they mean. A sincere smile conveys confidence, humor and contagious well-being. An insincere smile is hostile — and creepy...." Read more
[Thanks BJS]

Part-time prep for part-time president

 Even with  the vivid lesson of that appalling past debate, it seems President Obama  still doesn't have enough grit to concentrate on his  debate prep. He took a break Sunday afternoon to visit a local Democrat phone bank,  bearing the inevitable pizzas and  making a few voter calls.  Conceited doesn't cut it as a description of this won't-work president. Indolent, maybe.

Cartoon: Deng Coy Miel

[Deng Coy Miel, Singapore]


Obamaween: a night of terrors

Cartoon: Eric Allie

[Cagle Cartoons]

Barack Obama's Diary: Williamsburg

Dear Diary: Here I am in Williamsburg, shut off again again from the outside world as I spend three days preparing for the next debate. I hate the whole process of being evaluated by others. As an academic, it has heretofore been my role to do the evaluating. There is fine golf course near the Williamsburg Inn but I doubt if I'll be allowed to play even a few holes. Now...where was I?  Oh, yes ..."There  you go again. You're no Ronald Romney, Mr Reagan..." Pretty good, huh, David ?

Caption of the Day

" Barack, you think I'm gonna take the fall for 
Benghazi? Dream on."