Sandy raises the odds of major election-night surprises

This election season already had many of the ingredients of a pollster’s nightmare. Millions of Americans are abandoning land-line telephones, and thanks to caller ID and obnoxious telemarketing, millions of others refuse to answer those landlines unless they know who the caller is.  The increased use of cellphones — many young people use them as text machines or for Internet access, seldom taking calls on their phones — have made it difficult to be confident that you’re getting your demographics right.

Throw in the growing use of early voting and the difficulty of predicting what the 2012 electorate will look like, and you have a real potential for polling mistakes.

And then, of course, there’s Hurricane Sandy. Millions of Americans are without power, hundreds of thousands have evacuated, thousands have seen their homes destroyed or seriously damaged and at last count roughly 30 people have been killed. According to weather forecasters, the storm is far from over as it moves inland.

That kind of devastation and dislocation makes the presidential race and Senate races impossible to poll. Gallup has announced that it has suspended its national tracking poll for that very reason. There are other questions as well: How will the storm affect turnout next week? It will undoubtedly affect some groups and some regions more than others, but which ones?  And will government’s response to the storm, either effective or ineffective, alter how people vote?

At this point in the race, political professionals are usually trying to eliminate as many variables as possible. They want no surprises, and they want data they can rely upon. This time, they’ll have none of those things. Campaigns, pundits, pollsters and voters will be going into next week’s election with a degree of uncertainty that we haven’t seen in decades, particularly in the regions most affected by the storm.

And an already considerable potential for major election-night surprises becomes even more significant.

– Jay Bookman

159 comments Add your comment

Aquagirl

October 30th, 2012
1:50 pm

Hey, maybe we can combine difficulties in voting and a disputed election, and top it off with power outages. What could go wrong?

Adam

October 30th, 2012
1:50 pm

I would be inclined to predict this is not going to affect the Democrat vote negatively all that much, unless there are procrastinators that were waiting until now to vote. Republicans tend to vote ON election day. This probably won’t affect them either, but they were going to vote reliably anyway. It’s what they do.

As far as the impact on swing voters, I would say the fact that Obama has responded very well to this crisis and emphasized just what the government can and does do when there’s a big storm will go a long way toward reinforcing his already strong LEADERSHIP. Chris Christie agrees.

Adam

October 30th, 2012
1:53 pm

“I only seem liberal because I believe that hurricanes are caused by high barometric pressure and not gay marriage.”

Jm

October 30th, 2012
1:53 pm

Yeah, a real election without Bunk polls

Sfd 12:09 I didn’t know that

CJ

October 30th, 2012
1:54 pm

Adding insult to injury, we get this…

“Mitt Romney’s campaign has been training poll watchers in Wisconsin with highly misleading — and sometimes downright false — information about voters’ rights…The training also encouraged volunteers to deceive election workers and the public about who they were associated with.”

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/10/30/1106961/romney-wisconsin-poll-watchers/

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

October 30th, 2012
1:55 pm

“I only seem liberal because I believe that hurricanes are caused by high barometric pressure and not gay marriage.”

one of the best Sorkin character quotes … EVER

and that says something.

Georgia

October 30th, 2012
1:56 pm

I think what Jay is saying here is that 2012 will be the first election in our history that is decided by barometric pressure.

Jay

October 30th, 2012
1:57 pm

Umm, I believe that would be LOW barometric pressure. (I learned that from Joel Myers, my Penn State meteorology prof and founder of AccuWeather.)

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

October 30th, 2012
1:58 pm

” think what Jay is saying here is that 2012 will be the first election in our history that is decided by barometric pressure”

weren’t there also problems following Katrina? IIRC, there were millions of displaced people who couldn’t vote, had no polling places, etc …

Jm

October 30th, 2012
2:00 pm

Sandy isn’t on the ballot

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

October 30th, 2012
2:02 pm

Jm

Wow are you ever the perceptive one!

Jm

October 30th, 2012
2:04 pm

Granny

Lighten up

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

October 30th, 2012
2:05 pm

Jm

That was light, Mr. Tense Silly Pants.

stands for decibels

October 30th, 2012
2:07 pm

Gallup has announced that it has suspended its national tracking poll

oh noes, not the one that’s got the signal:noise ratio of Lou Reed’s fifth solo lp.

however will the Republic survive.

Citizen of the World

October 30th, 2012
2:09 pm

Surely there will be some accommodations made for these displaced people or disabled polling places. I know if I were displaced I would not want to be disenfranchised as well.

stands for decibels

October 30th, 2012
2:10 pm

Sfd 12:09 I didn’t know that

jm, gotta give a hat-tip to Martin Scorsese’s wonderful docu, highly recommended, and without which I never would’ve known that particular factoid. (The dollar figure came from Eric Idle, I don’t know if that’s dead-on accurate but I’m sure it was a lotta dough.)

Goldie

October 30th, 2012
2:10 pm

Silence from Mitt today re: questions about his plans for FEMA if he manages to steal the election in November… just like everything else in his “plan” we have to wait to see if he gets himself elected first, then he will provide any details.

Optics: President Obama, doing his job today and looking very presidential. Romney looking like the slimeball shift-shaper he really is!

:)

Aquagirl

October 30th, 2012
2:10 pm

Mr. Tense Silly Pants

Funniest nickname ever.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

October 30th, 2012
2:12 pm

Aquagirl

I coulda’ used pantaloons or hammer pants…

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 30th, 2012
2:13 pm

Tense silly pants? Are those worn with Stevie’s thong? I was going to go to a strip club just to be sure to wipe out any disturbing mental images these ill-thought posts can create, but there were wayyyyy too many Republicans there.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 30th, 2012
2:14 pm

USinUK, I got deadthreaded but I left you a warning about that DDR downstairs. ;)

Rightwing Troll

October 30th, 2012
2:15 pm

“I coulda’ used pantaloons or hammer pants…”

But not pantelones… that would send the wingnuts into an over the top rage bout them mexicans…

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

October 30th, 2012
2:20 pm

AS awful as this storm and it’s path of destruction are….

It does allow President Obama to do that which he was made for -
be a great President.

It will also be something of a backhanded stimulus into 2013.

Tip….buy Home Depot, Lowes, Ace…..

Aquagirl

October 30th, 2012
2:21 pm

that would send the wingnuts into an over the top rage bout them mexicans

There’s nothing as funny as a semi-literate rant to speek english dammitt!!111!!!

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

October 30th, 2012
2:21 pm

Well, the way I heard it was it was only republican houses that got damaged and the Democrats are good to go…

Old Goober

October 30th, 2012
2:22 pm

Tracking polls are only as good as the sample selected. I think that Jay is correctly pointing out that we are in unknown territory here. We don’t know how many people have dumped regular phones for cell phones, and we therefore don’t know whether the sample selected is indeed reliable. History points out the problem. The tracking poll selected Dewey to trounce Truman because the sample polled consisted of people who could afford telephones at that time, and those people were overwhelmingly conservative.

We could be in for a major surprise on election night, regardless of what Nate Silver or Gallup says. And you need to keep in mind that even the 2010 exit polls were inaccurate as predictors of results.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 30th, 2012
2:22 pm

Goldie, it’s worse than that. Romney is expanding his false ad about Jeep closing an American factory to manufacture in China. When the GOP said they were not going to let fact checking stand in the way, they meant it. Does not say much for the credibility or integrity of Romney but all but the conned knew that. All that matters to them is Anybody But Obama no matter how lacking they are in all the things that they falsely claim Obama does not have.

East Cobb RINO, Inc (LLC)

October 30th, 2012
2:22 pm

I wonder if some of the hardest hit states would consider postponing their official election day. Although I cannot think of a time that has happened, states do have procedures for doing so in extreme cases which this could qualify. Just because the storm has passed, it is not all back to normal the next day. I can only imagine the chaos of a few states delaying election day would only be surpassed by the damages caused by Sandy.

Mighty Righty

October 30th, 2012
2:23 pm

There will be no surprises for Republicans. Democrats will claim to be surprised but the polls show the race is over. Romney will win by a large margin, probably as many by 53% to 46%. Republicans will not only retain control of the house but will gain a few seats. They will gain control of the Senate although by a narrow margin and will add to their already majority of State Governorships. I also expect the Republicans will gain control of several new state legislatures adding to their already commanding lead in this important category. The people are fed up with the “progressive” policies which have bankrupted nearly every state and the entire nation. Hope and change is in the air.

Mighty Righty

October 30th, 2012
2:26 pm

This is to delicious to ignore. When a person in one of the Sandy hurricane disaster area states calls FEMA for assistance they are told to call 911! Our government in action.

Donovan

October 30th, 2012
2:27 pm

Hmmm…judging from the numbers I have seen, most people having made up their minds already, and the fact that Democrats don’t get out to vote when weather is an issue…how do you say President Romney?

Georgia

October 30th, 2012
2:29 pm

I see a bumper sticker in our future: “Dont blame me, the barometric pressure was too low.”

Mighty Righty

October 30th, 2012
2:30 pm

East Cobb RINO, Inc

I don’t think the states have the authority to change a “federal election” day. They could postpone their local election but a change in the national election would have to be approved by congress.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 30th, 2012
2:32 pm

Mighty, you really are clueless about how emergency agencies are set up. So you think that a FEMA office should be handling 911 emergency calls? Our clueless conned buffoonery in action. :roll:

DebbieDoRight -Will Be Good Forever and Ever. AMEN

October 30th, 2012
2:33 pm

Jay; Throw in the growing use of early voting and the difficulty of predicting what the 2012 electorate will look like, and you have a real potential for polling mistakes.

Whacked Out Righties Say: Stop making excuses for Obama’s loosing Jay you liberal loon!!!

Keep – Are those worn with Stevie’s thong?

The Visual Keep — The visual……can’t get the visual outta my head……………..God will get you for that Keep. God will get you.

Joe The Plumber Too

October 30th, 2012
2:33 pm

The more the dims say they aren’t worried, the more those gimme gimme gimme hands of theirs shake. One week until eviction papers are served on barry and me-shell.

Oscar

October 30th, 2012
2:34 pm

Mighty Righty

October 30th, 2012
2:30 pm

______

As part of their decision in 2000 the Supreme Court said that election day was set by the constitution and could not be changed by the state. Florida could not have a revote, etc. on a later day.
Don’t think they would let Congress change or delay the vote either.

ragnar danneskjold

October 30th, 2012
2:35 pm

Mighty Righty

October 30th, 2012
2:37 pm

AUTO BAILOUT BOMBSHELL: Fiat Says Chrysler, Jeep Production May Move to Italy

10/29/2012 – 10:53

Coming hot on the heels of speculation that some Jeep production may be moved to China comes a bombshell from a Bloomberg report. Fiat is now considering moving Chrysler and Jeep production to Italy.
According to the piece, “To counter the severe slump in European sales, (Fiat CEO Sergio) Marchionne is considering building Chrysler models in Italy, including Jeeps, for export to North America. The Italian government is evaluating tax rebates on export goods to help Fiat. Marchionne may announce details of his plan as soon as Oct. 30, the people said.”

So, let’s be real clear here, we are talking about vehicles that will be built in Italy and exported to America. The evidence is clear that Fiat is looking at ways to move production of vehicles from the US to elsewhere, whether it be China or Italy, costing American jobs. This is becoming indisputable, despite outcries from certain parties to the contrary.

I know you Democrats feel much better knowing the jobs will go to Italy.

oops

October 30th, 2012
2:38 pm

ragnar danneskjold

October 30th, 2012
2:38 pm

Since there is a weather disaster in mostly blue region, I think I will start calling denizens there and urge them to wait until Nov 7, to allow the weather to clear.

The Nate Silver Poll / Math that works.

October 30th, 2012
2:39 pm

Mitt Romney
243.4
-3.8 since Oct. 22

Barack Obama
294.6
+3.8 since Oct. 22
Electoral votes needed – 270 to win

The accuracy of his November 2008 presidential election predictions—he correctly predicted the winner of 49 of the 50 states—won Silver further attention and commendation. The only state he missed was Indiana, which went for Barack Obama by 1%. He also correctly predicted the winner of all 35 Senate races that year.

East Cobb RINO, Inc (LLC)

October 30th, 2012
2:42 pm

There is probably not a precedent here but I could see where legal challenges would be made to the validity of the election if enough people who want to vote are unable to vote through no fault of their own. Government offices are closed so they cannot get absentee ballots and they have been evacuated and cannot return to their homes and the voting place has been rendered unusable. How is somebody going to be able to exercise their constitutional right to vote? Oh I remember now, I hear you can vote by phone. Nevermind.

Oscar

October 30th, 2012
2:42 pm

ragnar danneskjold

——

A lot of old people would fall for that. Calls are made telling old folks they can vote by phone or email or the caller can take their vote over the phone and they don’t have to come to the polls. And it supposedly works more than you would think.

MANGLER

October 30th, 2012
2:42 pm

So, um, if your home was washed away by the ocean and you show up to vote, will the pollster challenge your address?

Rightwing Troll

October 30th, 2012
2:42 pm

“I know you Democrats feel much better knowing the jobs will go to Italy.”

How could you know that? Don’t like what Fiat has decided, don’t buy their products… that’s the “free market”.

indigo

October 30th, 2012
2:43 pm

Two things to consider:

1. Obama, in the days to follow, shows strong Presidential leadership, and gives generous amounts of Federal money to storm victims.

2. A desperate Romney trashes Obama for failing to react to this storm as he should, and, showing his true “empty suit” colors, gives the election to Obama.

Any bets?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 30th, 2012
2:43 pm

Mighty clueless:

Message From Sergio Marchionne Regarding Jeep Production

by Sergio Marchionne

October 30, 2012 11:55 AM Chrysler Group’s production plans for the Jeep® brand have become the focus of public debate.
I feel obliged to unambiguously restate our position: Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China.

North American production is critical to achieving our goal of selling 800,000 Jeep vehicles by 2014. In fact, U.S. production of our Jeep models has nearly tripled (it is expected to be up 185%) since 2009 in order to keep up with global demand.

We also are investing to improve and expand our entire U.S. operations, including our Jeep facilities. The numbers tell the story:
• We will invest more than $1.7 billion to develop and produce the next generation Jeep SUV, the successor of the Jeep Liberty — including $500 million directly to tool and expand our Toledo Assembly Complex and will be adding about 1,100 jobs on a second shift by 2013.
• At our Jefferson North Assembly Plant, where we build the Jeep Grand Cherokee, we have created 2,000 jobs since June 2009 and have invested more than $1.8 billion.
• In Belvidere, where we build two Jeep models, we have added two shifts since 2009 resulting in an additional 2,600 jobs.
With the increase in demand for our vehicles, especially Jeep branded vehicles, we have added more than 11,200 U.S. jobs since 2009. Plants producing Jeep branded vehicles alone have seen the number of people invested in the success of the Jeep brand grow to more than 9,300 hourly jobs from 4,700. This will increase by an additional 1,100 as the Liberty successor, which will be produced in Toledo, is introduced for global distribution in the second quarter of 2013.

Together, we are working to establish a global enterprise and previously announced our intent to return Jeep production to China, the world’s largest auto market, in order to satisfy local market demand, which would not otherwise be accessible. Chrysler Group is interested in expanding the customer base for our award-winning Jeep vehicles, which can only be done by establishing local production. This will ultimately help bolster the Jeep brand, and solidify the resilience of U.S. jobs.
Jeep is one of our truly global brands with uniquely American roots. This will never change. So much so that we committed that the iconic Wrangler nameplate, currently produced in our Toledo, Ohio plant, will never see full production outside the United States.

Jeep assembly lines will remain in operation in the United States and will constitute the backbone of the brand.
It is inaccurate to suggest anything different.
Sergio Marchionne

http://blog.chryslergroupllc.com/blog.do;jsessionid=B85557A4D6681021A30842C1636BC984?p=entry&id=1950

Oscar

October 30th, 2012
2:44 pm

East Cobb RINO, Inc (LLC)

October 30th, 2012
2:42 pm

____

If the polls are closed by the weather, must be God’s will. Just like a woman getting pregant by rape.
No do overs allowed.

Rightwing Troll

October 30th, 2012
2:45 pm

Things must not be going too badly post Sandy… or else the wingnuts would be screaming and crying about it instead of lying about Jeep…

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

October 30th, 2012
2:45 pm

Mighty Righty

“May” comes after April and before June.

DebbieDoRight -Will Be Good Forever and Ever. AMEN

October 30th, 2012
2:46 pm

Mighty, you really are clueless about how emergency agencies are set up. So you think that a FEMA office should be handling 911 emergency calls?

You forgot to add “Duh!!”

Oscar

October 30th, 2012
2:46 pm

So, um, if your home was washed away by the ocean and you show up to vote, will the pollster challenge your address?

____

Maybe. If the pollster had been your next door neighbor.

East Cobb RINO, Inc (LLC)

October 30th, 2012
2:47 pm

Oscar, that just leaves the question then as the whether or not Sandy was a legitimate hurricane.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

October 30th, 2012
2:47 pm

Trump this morning:
“Because of the hurricane, I am extending my $5 million offer for President Obama’s favorite charity until noon on Thursday.”

I’m sure Obama has nothing better to do between now and Thursday. This is why this man is delusional about being President.

Peter

October 30th, 2012
2:48 pm

The surprise will be if the woman of America don’t vote Obama in……. considering they risk losing all they have gotten in the last 30 years.

Dekalb comments

October 30th, 2012
2:49 pm

Democrats tend to vote early so many, many of them have already voted. I always vote absentee so my ballot went in several weeks ago.

Based on the storm’s path I don’t see any states that can have an actual impact on the presidential election outcome being much affected except for Pennsylvania.

@Mighty Righty – I love your optimism. It is always good to have dreams even if they are unrealistic.

retiredds

October 30th, 2012
2:50 pm

FYI folks: DETROIT | Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:41pm EDT

(Reuters) – Chrysler Group LLC Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne reaffirmed on Tuesday that the company is not moving Jeep vehicle production out of the United States to China after it became an issue in the U.S. presidential campaign.

Peter

October 30th, 2012
2:51 pm

Mighty Righty …….. I expect the woman of America to do the correct thing…….. they don’t want to be under the thumb of a few white arrogant folks.

stands for decibels

October 30th, 2012
2:51 pm

Expectations! getcher expectations heeere…

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/us-usa-campaign-poll-idUSBRE89K0A920121030

(Reuters) – The U.S. presidential race remains a dead heat one week before Election Day but most Americans think President Barack Obama will defeat Republican Mitt Romney, according to a Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll released on Tuesday.

Obama leads Romney among likely voters by 47 percent to 46 percent, a statistically insignificant margin, the online survey found. Neither candidate has held a clear lead since early October.

But 53 percent of all registered voters predicted Obama would win the November 6 election, while only 29 percent said Romney would be the victor. A majority also said that they expected Obama to win their state.

I’m thinking this “we’ve closed the gap and are SURGING for realz!” riff isn’t resonating like Team Romney would like.

however, there’s always some gullible folks:

Romney will win by a large margin, probably as many by 53% to 46%.

East Cobb RINO, Inc (LLC)

October 30th, 2012
2:52 pm

There are a lot of Senate of House seats up as well that are closely contested. The inability of entire precincts being unable to vote could tip one of these one way or the other.

Mighty Righty

October 30th, 2012
2:52 pm

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 30th, 2012
2:32 pm
Mighty, you really are clueless about how emergency agencies are set up. So you think that a FEMA office should be handling 911 emergency calls? Our clueless conned buffoonery in action.

This sounds a lot like the excuses used to cover for our president’s ignoring the pleas by our people for help in Benghazi before our cowardly leader allowed them to die. If FEMA can’t help people with emergencies then their name should not inlude “EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT” further if the Secretary of Defense can’t DEFEND then his title shouid be changed to something like the Secretary of Don’t Call Me if it’s Dangerous.

Oscar

October 30th, 2012
2:52 pm

Dekalb comments

______

Maybe Virginia. And don’t know about New Hamshire. No one has heard from them since Saturday night.

stands for decibels

October 30th, 2012
2:53 pm

I’m really wondering how an Ohio voting public that already seemed pre-disposed not to like Romney would be moved to think differently if he starts blasting them with an ad that assumes voters are idiots.

Idiots as in, “yeah, that makes sense, Jeep making Jeeps in China and expecting to sell those Chinese-made Jeeps to Americans. Suuurrrre, Mitt. Makes total sense!”

Oscar

October 30th, 2012
2:54 pm

Romney will win by a large margin, probably as many by 53% to 46%.

____

Populat vote doesn’t count. It’s elector votes – state by state.

Dekalb comments

October 30th, 2012
2:55 pm

@Oscar…..based on the news reports I haven’t heard much about the areas south of say Philadelphia. There obviously was damage along the Virginia coastline but don’t know how much actual residual damage there may be inland.

I have seen nothing about damage inland further north such as N.H. They may be taking a soaking and high winds but they don’t have the storm surge to deal with.

DebbieDoRight -Will Be Good Forever and Ever. AMEN

October 30th, 2012
2:56 pm

This sounds a lot like the excuses used to cover for our president’s ignoring the pleas by our people for help in Benghazi before our cowardly leader allowed them to die.

Perhaps you should change your blog name to Mighty Silly………….

Oscar

October 30th, 2012
2:57 pm

Dekalb comments

___

I was thinking about rains and floods. Snow melt from West Virginia could cause some flooding in Virginia.
Have not heard that on the news, that’s just my speculation.

Regnad Kcin

October 30th, 2012
2:58 pm

“Mighty, you really are clueless about how emergency agencies are set up. So you think that a FEMA office should be handling 911 emergency calls? Our clueless conned buffoonery in action.

This sounds a lot like the excuses used to cover for our president’s ignoring the pleas by our people for help in Benghazi before our cowardly leader allowed them to die. If FEMA can’t help people with emergencies then their name should not inlude “EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT” further if the Secretary of Defense can’t DEFEND then his title shouid be changed to something like the Secretary of Don’t Call Me if it’s Dangerous.”

My goodness – maybe Righty is one on thse parody posters? Nobody could possibly show such humiliating ignorance and deflection for real, could they?

Mighty Righty

October 30th, 2012
2:58 pm

East Cobb RINO, Inc (LLC)

October 30th, 2012
2:52 pm
There are a lot of Senate of House seats up as well that are closely contested.

Republicans will vote come H–l or High Water. Democrats will only put up with inconvience to collect their welefare checks. I along with thousands of other Republicans stood in line 4 hours to get rid of Herman Talmadge and I would do it again to vote against Obama but I have already voted.

Romney won't tell you what he's gong to do......

October 30th, 2012
2:59 pm

Mitt Romney refused to answer reporters’ questions about how he would handle the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), after a Tuesday “storm relief” event in Ohio for Hurricane Sandy.

“We cannot — we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids,” Romney continued, when asked specifically about disaster relief. “It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. It makes no sense at all.”
Mitt Romney

jms

October 30th, 2012
2:59 pm

I’ll go ahead and say it for next week’s losing side: “It’s unfair how the other side used a natural disaster for political gain and made the presidential election results illegitimate.”

East Cobb RINO, Inc (LLC)

October 30th, 2012
3:00 pm

Snowshoe can open early this year. Hooray!

Williebkind

October 30th, 2012
3:01 pm

Reading liberal blogs is like reading a comic book but there is never a last page.

Dekalb comments

October 30th, 2012
3:01 pm

@Ragnad Kcin, the bull about Obama’s foreknowledge about security concerns in Benghazi has been thoroughly debunked and you know it.

East Cobb RINO, Inc (LLC)

October 30th, 2012
3:04 pm

Mighty Righty, I am looking at this from the perspective of everyone’s right to vote regardless of how they would vote. Although I do concede I would be a little less concerned if it were Texas.

Williebkind

October 30th, 2012
3:04 pm

It sure is nice that it took two national emergencies in less than month for Obama to act presidential!
It must be a guideline that only if five or more die you get the immediate necessary response.

DebbieDoRight -Will Be Good Forever and Ever. AMEN

October 30th, 2012
3:05 pm

Nobody could possibly show such humiliating ignorance and deflection for real, could they?

Welllllllllllllll Our Mighty Silly is a something else……………

weetamoe

October 30th, 2012
3:05 pm

Obama is loosing Jay? I didn’t even know he had him tied up. Let him loose, O Baby! he wasn’t the one who hurt your feelings with that jeep going to China story.
A few years ago, Home Depot offered to buy back my shares for $37.00 That would have been an ok profit, but since HD is in my *play with* shares account, I just kept them. Last week they were up to $61.00. Wonder if they will go higher now.

East Cobb RINO, Inc (LLC)

October 30th, 2012
3:08 pm

Last week they were up to $61.00. Wonder if they will go higher now.

If they do, the old adage is sell the news.

Mighty Righty

October 30th, 2012
3:11 pm

Regnad Kcin

Nice trry. When the Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta says, “We don’t send people into dangerous situations without knowing what’s on the ground” and he has been watching the actual fighting himself on TV, he forfits the right to the title of Sectretary of Defense. Now, you and I both know the Secretary of Defense cannot make a decision to send or not send our troops into a foregin country. That order can only come from the president. So the cowardly order to stand down came from Obama. It cannot come from another person. But, the the excuse, the lie came from Panetta. An honest man would have refused the presidents order and told the president he would have to make it himself.

LeRoi2

October 30th, 2012
3:12 pm

The most affected areas, NY, CT, NJ, RI, are all solidly blue states. There will possibly be fewer people voting, but Obama should win these states easily, just as was predicted pre storm.

That does nothing to take away from the fact that most people are fed up with the economy, and are smart enough to know that things will not change for the better with 4 more years of Obama. The trend is clear, Romney wins the popular vote by 5%, or more, and the EC with 300.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

October 30th, 2012
3:12 pm

Mighty Rightys Post re: FEMA and 911

Officially nominated for funniest of the day….

getalife

October 30th, 2012
3:13 pm

Our President is great. Just ask Christie.

Regnad Kcin

October 30th, 2012
3:15 pm

“Nice trry. When the Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta says, “We don’t send people into dangerous situations without knowing what’s on the ground” and he has been watching the actual fighting himself on TV, he forfits the right to the title of Sectretary of Defense. Now, you and I both know the Secretary of Defense cannot make a decision to send or not send our troops into a foregin country. That order can only come from the president. So the cowardly order to stand down came from Obama. It cannot come from another person. But, the the excuse, the lie came from Panetta. An honest man would have refused the presidents order and told the president he would have to make it himself.”

Con logic…make up your own fantasy, and decide it’s true… *rolls eyes*

Mighty Righty

October 30th, 2012
3:16 pm

“We cannot — we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids,” Romney continued, when asked specifically about disaster relief. “It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. It makes no sense at all.”

The above is part of a quote made during the Republican presidential nominating process back in January or February so please don;t try to fool us into thinking you have discovered some recent.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

October 30th, 2012
3:17 pm

Well, looks like even the Lord don’t want the librul Democrats to win so He sent a big-azz hurricane up there to keep the welfare cheats home in the dark on election day. So while they’re laying around dirty and cold and wondering why the mail don’t come with their guvmint checks, us Republicans will be fixin’ their wagon.

Me, I thought about early voting but then I thought if I waited till election day my vote might tip the scales for Romney. I wouldn’t want to miss out on that. Anyway, you can be danged sure I’ll be around to boo and hiss when the Obamas have to leave the White House like Adam and Eve getting kicked out of the Garden of Eden.

Go, you big old hairy Sandy! Tear ‘em up!

Jefferson

October 30th, 2012
3:17 pm

Romney is not worried about his kids, grandkids or YOURS.

john dahodi

October 30th, 2012
3:18 pm

SANDY will sweep Romney from the ballot screen and Obama will win. Why Obama will WIN? Because; he has smoothly, sincerely, wisely and courageously rule for the last very difficult four years. He stopped financial meltdown, war mongering hysteria and provided social justice to many. He has plan and courage to carry out his mission in the interest of general public rather than 10% wealthy. He will continue FEMA and federal help to the millions during the natural calamity but Romney will defunct FEMA and other agencies and throw needy Americans over the CLIFF.

East Lake Ira

October 30th, 2012
3:19 pm

Brownie weighs in…

Talking points received, words now being spewed…

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

October 30th, 2012
3:20 pm

Mighty Righty

“The above is part of a quote made during the Republican presidential nominating process back in January or February so please don;t try to fool us into thinking you have discovered some recent.”

Is it past it’s sell by date?

Has it spoiled like old meat?

Do his comments expire after 30 days?

Call FEMA, this sounds like an emergency of the highest order!

(Oh I read about the attempt to get Candidate Romney to answer the question about FEMA…14 times it said….and no answer…that Etch a Sketch is a slinky)

East Cobb RINO, Inc (LLC)

October 30th, 2012
3:23 pm

LeRoi2
October 30th, 2012
3:12 pm

I went to the CNN electoral map and pretended Romney won all remaining toss up states and maxed him out at 291. But Obama taking Ohio and Nevada plus either Wisconsin or Colorado is game over.

Mighty Righty

October 30th, 2012
3:23 pm

Reprinted from the Washington Times

Mr. Panetta said the military had forces positioned to respond, but the situation was too uncertain to send them in.

“The basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on, without having some real-time information about what’s taking place,” he said. “It was really over before, you know, we had the opportunity to really know what was happening.”

A defense official told The Washington Times that an elite commando team called the Commander’s In-Extremis Force had been deployed to a U.S. air base in Sicily, about an hour’s flight from Benghazi, “within hours” of the start of the attack.

The assault, by dozens of heavily armed extremists supported by mortar fire and rocket-propelled grenades, unfolded in two stages over about seven hours.

getalife

October 30th, 2012
3:24 pm

Real Americans unite after a disaster.

What are you doing cons?

Tommy Maddox

October 30th, 2012
3:24 pm

“Our President is great. Just ask Chris” Stephens.

John Sununu

October 30th, 2012
3:25 pm

Calling all racist and Fox News puppets. We need your support next week. Mitt is a lying flip flopping sexist with no definative plan but at least he’s not black.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

October 30th, 2012
3:25 pm

Mighty Righty

Commander’s In-Extremis Force.

Nope it was the Incredibles, backed up by the Marvel Comics Avengers.

and Batgirl too of course.

getalife

October 30th, 2012
3:26 pm

tom,

Terrorist lover much?

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

October 30th, 2012
3:28 pm

W’s FEMA director Michael Brown is upset with Obama for acting TOO SOON on the hurricane.

wow.

Williebkind

October 30th, 2012
3:29 pm

“Real Americans unite after a disaster.
What are you doing cons?”

Waiting for election day! Anybody but Obama!