A plaintive plea on a chilly October morning

I have just one thought:

Will Nov. 6 just hurry up and get here already? Seriously.

– Jay Bookman

226 comments Add your comment

TaxPayer

October 31st, 2012
8:08 am

What’s the rush. Nov 6. Just marks the last day before the next election campaign begins.

Fly-On-The-Wall

October 31st, 2012
8:10 am

Jay, I can’t agree more with you on that one. Can’t wait for this to be over.

curious

October 31st, 2012
8:11 am

Newt is going to run for President in 2016 unless he becomes the Pope before then.

Brosephus™

October 31st, 2012
8:13 am

I would agree, but I don’t think anything will change. One side will be smiling, and the other side will be tasting sour grapes.

stands for decibels

October 31st, 2012
8:13 am

Just three more working days after today. Hang in there.

Go Navy

October 31st, 2012
8:13 am

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commoncents

October 31st, 2012
8:13 am

I would just settle for the weekend…

sam

October 31st, 2012
8:14 am

why, what is Nov. 6th?

Aquagirl

October 31st, 2012
8:15 am

The election has driven Kyle to writing things like “Mickey Mouse Meets Luke Skywalker.” :) So I think you’re holding up pretty well Jay.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

October 31st, 2012
8:15 am

What a bunch a pantywaists…

This last week is the best.

I love American Politics!

Peadawg

October 31st, 2012
8:17 am

I agree, I’m ready for this s*t to be over no matter who wins.

Greg

October 31st, 2012
8:17 am

Give Kyle a break. News of a new Star Wars movie is big for us nerds in our mid-30’s.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

October 31st, 2012
8:18 am

I mean look at today….

President Obama, soon to be re-elected, spending the day with a prime
candidate for the GOP in 2016 – Chris Christie.

Oh the bliss!

will the "REAL" Mitt Romney please stand up...

October 31st, 2012
8:18 am

Atlanta Mom

October 31st, 2012
8:18 am

At least we won’t be inundated with phone calls and bad advertising for the next six days.

real john

October 31st, 2012
8:19 am

Haha, well said Jay. We don’t often agree, but I’m with you on this one.

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

October 31st, 2012
8:19 am

Six more days until Hillary, Christie and Romney start their 2016 campaigning.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 31st, 2012
8:20 am

I have to disagree with Brosephus. I think it will be worse after the elections for awhile. There will be reactionaries beyond sour grapes from some and the GOP will have to evaluate its non-cooperative, to hell with country, party first attitude. Whether we are going to see the devastation of a Mitt Romney presidency or the rebuilding of this country remains to be seen.

alex

October 31st, 2012
8:20 am

In 1 month, we’ll all be doing the same things, getting our kids off to school,worrying about our jobs and wondering,where does time go. All (important) politics is local ….

Aquagirl

October 31st, 2012
8:20 am

News of a new Star Wars movie is big for us nerds in our mid-30’s.

Oh, whatever.

Now if it was more Battlestar Galactica THAT would be news. :)

clem

October 31st, 2012
8:21 am

regardless of who wins, they’ll be at it again very soon afterwards. i’d like to see public financing and limited duration of campaigns and better unbiased journalism covering candidates…..fat chance

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

October 31st, 2012
8:22 am

It sounds like the Dems might expand their seats in the Senate. Plus, we have one more Sunday-morning-talk-show session to go through for more Cons to put footses in mouthses.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 31st, 2012
8:25 am

Bite me, nerd queen of the waterworld. dont make me go all Star Wars/Star Trek on your Harry Potter/Battlestar butt. :lol: ;)

alex

October 31st, 2012
8:26 am

@keep up ….Please STOP with the DRAMATICS, “reactionaries(you,possibly?),devastation” get that second cup of coffee,sheesh….

Georgia

October 31st, 2012
8:26 am

It’s not over till WE say it’s over.

one and only

October 31st, 2012
8:30 am

I ain’t listening, already voted. Early voting here in Fla., first time for us

Mick

October 31st, 2012
8:30 am

Citizens united has created a monster that is taking our politics to the brink…

Aquagirl

October 31st, 2012
8:31 am

dont make me go all Star Wars/Star Trek on your Harry Potter/Battlestar butt.

What are ya gonna do, huh? Throw your Twilight DVD’s at me? ;)

Jm

October 31st, 2012
8:31 am

I second that.

No more ads. A little less banter and a lot attacks against perfectly decent people.

Jm

October 31st, 2012
8:33 am

Shocker headline of the day: Atlanta lags in street paving, patching potholes

The “pothole mayor” (not really) left office years ago, ARRA blew tons of road money, and the ATL surface streets are still a disaster.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 31st, 2012
8:34 am

now alex, why would I be a reactionary? I believe in the rule of law. We have already seen a number of “second amendment remedies” threats in the recent past, we have many more militias and we have a lot more guns out there and increasing mass murder attacks. But if it helps you get through your Halloween….Boo!

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

October 31st, 2012
8:35 am

Jm

Who was responsible for the local distribution on the ARRA funds?

Tundra Dude

October 31st, 2012
8:35 am

A plaintive plea on a chilly October morning

I have just one thought:

Not to worry…should be plenty of thoughts when the Bungwazi Brigade show up……

Paul

October 31st, 2012
8:36 am

Jay, see what you’ve done? Opened a fissure in the sci fi family and fed an “us vs you” battle. Sheesh, what are you? A closet Republican?

Jm

October 31st, 2012
8:36 am

Hey, Wall St reopens today! :)

Don’t know that I missed it much though.

I could do with the stock market opening once a week and that’s it.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 31st, 2012
8:38 am

Aquagirl, worse than that…I am going to toss one William Shatner your way…. with a song!

sam

October 31st, 2012
8:38 am

so who is gonna win Georgia? Romney or Obama?

stands for decibels

October 31st, 2012
8:38 am

in other news, the fox “news” homepage now has FOUR-count-’em-FOUR linkees to keep the Butthurt over Benghazi story fresh in their viewers’ minds.

Expect RB to come in here and cry about the AJC’s “silence” before the mornin’s out.

Paul

October 31st, 2012
8:39 am

Forgot to lead with on topic. Okay, just like those times when we way overeat the good stuff and feel all stopped up and crampy, just remember, eventually this too shall pass!

Subtle, eh?

Jm

October 31st, 2012
8:41 am

Granny

The mayors were responsible for spending the money

I’m not blaming ARRA. The problem is bigger than that.

It is about spending a ghastly amount on civil servant pensions, to the point that ATL doesn’t have enough money to maintain it’s roads, government at it’s best

And it’s not about not enough tax revenue because ATL’s taxes are the highest in the region

It’s about ineffective government. Reed is doing a decent job trying to fix the disaster left him by Franklin, but it’s not enough

Wholesale change is necessary

Mike

October 31st, 2012
8:41 am

One of my grown kids asked me “what do you think will happen if Obama wins?” My response was “the sun will still rise and you will still get up and go to your office, and the same thing will happen if Romney wins”.

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

October 31st, 2012
8:41 am

So, is FEMA better centralized or would it benefit from being decentralized?

massachusetts refugee

October 31st, 2012
8:42 am

Greg@ 8:17 — just 3 words for ya – “the phantom menace”. enough is enough.

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

October 31st, 2012
8:42 am

and the same thing will happen if Romney wins

More LIES!

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 31st, 2012
8:42 am

in other news, the fox “news” homepage now has FOUR-count-’em-FOUR linkees to keep the Butthurt over Benghazi story fresh in their viewers’ minds.

drudgey only has two:

FACEBOOK Censors Navy SEALS to Protect Obama on Benghazi… Gingrich: Networks may have WH emails that called off Benghazi rescue…

Gingrich: Networks may have WH emails that called off Benghazi rescue…

But the day is still young.

alex

October 31st, 2012
8:43 am

there is very little unbiased journalism, this is advocacy journalism for the democrats, see FinnMcCool.. Anyway it’s fun,I do like public financing (whatever that really means-please explain),as for the star wars, battleship… fans, it explains a lot of aqua’s comments. At least you have a holiday dedicted to you:HAPPY HALLOWEEN1

Don't Tread

October 31st, 2012
8:43 am

“the GOP will have to evaluate its non-cooperative, to hell with country, party first attitude”

Much like the Democrats had to evaluate their arrogant, my-way-or-the-highway, your money is my money, I know what’s best for you, to hell with YOUR individual rights, party-first attitude when they got the bejeesus beat out of them in the last election? ;)

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 31st, 2012
8:45 am

there is very little unbiased journalism…

There’s your sign

Mike

October 31st, 2012
8:45 am

So Finn, you think the world will stop if Romney wins and people won’t go to work on Wednesday the 7th? Oh my….

JDW

October 31st, 2012
8:46 am

I see where “Brownie” has weighed in on The Obama Administration’s handling of Sandy…

“I noted that the president should have let the governors and mayors deal with the storm until it got closer to hitting the coastal areas along the Washington, D.C.-New York City corridor.”

Now could you find ANYONE in the US with LESS credibly on how to handle storm prep…I don’t think so.

To further underscore the different choices we face…Romney on Sandy and responses in general…

“Governor Romney believes that states should be in charge of emergency management in responding to storms and other natural disasters in their jurisdictions,”

Jm

October 31st, 2012
8:46 am

Sam does not live in a clock,

Sam I am lives under a rock.

indigo

October 31st, 2012
8:46 am

After watching Chris Christie’s comments on Sandy, I believe he’s setting himself up for 2016 as either a presidential of VP candidate. He and Obama will tour together today. Watch what he says and the body language.

I’m a liberal but, Christie just might be the man we will need in four years. Obama is percieved as weak by our enemies and I imagine Romney is seen by them(and some of us) as an empty suit.

Christie does not flip-flop. He is a blunt, in your face person and gives the impression of being a hard man to push around. In the mean and geting meaner world we live in, he may be just what we need.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

October 31st, 2012
8:47 am

Jm

The Mayors? Really?

http://stimulus.georgia.gov/

Yes, it is about ineffective government.

tiredofIT

October 31st, 2012
8:48 am

Don’t Tread
October 31st, 2012
8:43 am

“the GOP will have to evaluate its non-cooperative, to hell with country, party first attitude”

Much like the Democrats had to evaluate their arrogant, my-way-or-the-highway, your money is my money, I know what’s best for you, to hell with YOUR individual rights, party-first attitude when they got the bejeesus beat out of them in the last election?
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Sure you didn’t mean Republicans?

Bob Loblaw

October 31st, 2012
8:48 am

C’mon, Jay! You know you love it! It’s silly season, this time, interrupted by an insane storm that makes politics come in last place behind food, warmth and fuel.

I haven’t seen Romney on TV since the storm hit. It’s great! So he says “how can I get on TV” and boom! A big fundraiser for storm relief.

So sincere.

Aquagirl

October 31st, 2012
8:48 am

I am going to toss one William Shatner your way…. with a song!

You really deserve a lifelong ban for that. But then Jay, with his obvious bias, lets you Star Wars people get away with anything.

Brosephus™

October 31st, 2012
8:48 am

Paul @ 8:39

Are you saying the public is full of sh*t???

:)

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

October 31st, 2012
8:48 am

Wow, something we can all agree on..

Here’s what will probably happen knowing our luck…Sandy will force pushing the NOV 6 date sometime in the future and our pain and anxiety will last another few days or so:-)

Jealous Often?

October 31st, 2012
8:49 am

I have an appointment with my cardiologist on the 6th. Chance that I’m looking at open heart surgery that day.

Perspective.

Thomas Heyward Jr

October 31st, 2012
8:50 am

Nov 6 is just another day to Freedom lovers.
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Nov 7 is the day to watch.
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Sheep stampedes can get ugly.

willydoit?

October 31st, 2012
8:50 am

“It’s not over till WE say it’s over.”

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor??

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

October 31st, 2012
8:50 am

INDIGO

Can’t agree more on Christie…favorite line to New Jersey folks prior to storm..”don’t be an idiot….seek shelter’ or something to that matter..

Can you imagine him dealing with the BS in congress, the Russians, Chinese, immigration or Israel..??

Rabbit

October 31st, 2012
8:52 am

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/31/nyregion/for-years-warnings-that-storm-damage-could-ravage-new-york.html?hp

The link is about the vulnerability of our coastal cities in the face of rising sea levels and more frequent storms. We know most elected officials in GA think this is bunk. But as my not so literate grade school teacher once said, “facts is facts.”

Oh, and another reason (somewhat humorous) to make the right decision when you vote.
http://bit.ly/St0hJp

Rabbit

October 31st, 2012
8:53 am

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/31/nyregion/for-years-warnings-that-storm-damage-could-ravage-new-york.html?hp

The link is about the vulnerability of our coastal cities in the face of rising sea levels and more frequent storms. We know most elected officials in GA think this is bunk. But as my not so literate grade school teacher once said, “facts is facts.”

Oh, and another reason (somewhat humorous) to make the right decision when you vote. [in all contests]
http://bit.ly/St0hJp

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

October 31st, 2012
8:53 am

JDW,

Good point on Romney but my question is besides sending money to the states for reimbursement of expenses, housing relocation, etcetera, how much of the real work is handled by FEMA versus the work (not cash) handled by state?

jconservative

October 31st, 2012
8:53 am

Easy Jay! This stuff is fun.

This morning Real Clear Politics is showing the poll average of their 12 toss up states as 1 tie (Colo.), 2 for Romney (FL & NC) and Obama up in the other 10.

But it is way to close to call.

Seven days to go. Then maybe two days to get all the votes counted.

USMC

October 31st, 2012
8:53 am

“Will Nov. 6 just hurry up and get here already? Seriously.”–JAY BOOKMAN

I take back my statement that JAY BOOKMAN is “out of touch” with the mainstream! Okay, I said it.

I have echoed Jay’s sentiment for the last few days.

Luckily for you guys, Morning Joe has called the election for President Obama.

Well, we Conservatives tried our best. :-)

gtt

October 31st, 2012
8:56 am

Yeah, I’m ready to get on with Nov. 8 and beyond.

The Snark

October 31st, 2012
8:57 am

Oh hell yes, Jay.

The Snark has already voted. It’s over as far as I’m concerned.

stands for decibels

October 31st, 2012
8:59 am

SR, I saw this downstairs (and read that politico link, thanks)…

he’s a damn genious but there are many reasons not to put anymore credence into his odds/projections than the other polls…

I continue to look at other poll amalgamators as well for their take, their numbers. I continue to think of Nate as the go-to guy, though, because he does a very good job of explaining stuff. No more complicated than that, really.

Oh, and if you’re looking for interesting “pundits looking at the pundit that’s siphoning away pageviews” takes on things, here’s Ezra on the anti-Nate “backlash.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/10/30/the-nate-silver-backlash/

So before we deal with anything Silver has specifically said, it’s worth taking in the surrounding landscape: Every major political betting market and every major forecasting tool is predicting an Obama victory right now, and for the same reason: Obama remains ahead in enough states that, unless the polls are systematically wrong, or they undergo a change unlike any we’ve yet seen in the race, Obama will win the election.

There’s no doubt about that. Real Clear Politics, which leans right, shows Romney up by 0.8 percent nationally, but shows Obama up in Ohio, New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Romney is up in Florida and North Carolina, but note that his lead in Florida is smaller than Obama’s lead in Ohio. And RCP shows Colorado and Virginia tied. Pollster.com, meanwhile, shows Obama leading by a point in Colorado and Virginia and the race tied in Florida.

It’s important to be clear about this: If Silver’s model is hugely wrong — if all the models are hugely wrong, and the betting markets are hugely wrong — it’s because the polls are wrong. Silver’s model is, at this point, little more than a sophisticated form of poll aggregation.

But it’s just as important to be clear about this: If Mitt Romney wins on election day, it doesn’t mean Silver’s model was wrong. After all, the model has been fluctuating between giving Romney a 25 percent and 40 percent chance of winning the election. That’s a pretty good chance! If you told me I had a 35 percent chance of winning a million dollars tomorrow, I’d be excited. And if I won the money, I wouldn’t turn around and tell you your information was wrong. I’d still have no evidence I’d ever had anything more than a 35 percent chance.

…gotta go produce. Later, maybe. Stay warm!

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

October 31st, 2012
8:59 am

RABBIT

Good stuff…the problem with prioritizing 10 billion spend for outer levees or whatever is that the last storm like this was in the 1930’s killing 700+ folks…leaves the imagination blank relative to what if’s…hopefully this will provoke a meaningful risk reduction at any cost. I will tell you that the insurance rates for flood and wind cover for this area will skyrocket so the sooner they invest the better…check out the video..

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2012/10/29/the_great_new_england_hurricane_of_1938_video_watch_watch_nyc_s_last_frankenstorm.html

Fly-On-The-Wall

October 31st, 2012
9:01 am

Hey, I’ll take Star Wars, Battlestar, and Star Trek. No need to leave one out.

Greg

October 31st, 2012
9:02 am

Mass Refugee@8:42. Phantom Menace concerns me to, but I thought Revenge of the Sith was good and after seeing what Disney did with the Avengers, I am looking forward to the new Stars Wars.

Aquagirl

October 31st, 2012
9:02 am

No need to leave one out.

FLIP FLOPPER!

Simple Truths

October 31st, 2012
9:03 am

Welcome to your occupation

October 31st, 2012
9:04 am

Don’t worry too much. At the rate we’re going, we may in the future have elections, but they’ll increasingly be devoid of real pressure and tension as they’ll have been found out by the people as being the near pointless, mock events they are already well on their way to becoming.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

October 31st, 2012
9:05 am

Had some Mike Luckovich today?

Gooey Delicious treat.

JohnnyReb

October 31st, 2012
9:05 am

Is it true this blog will be an academic study on those in denial?

DannyX

October 31st, 2012
9:06 am

Drudge headline…OBAMA TO CAMPAIGN IN NJ – WITH CHRISTIE

Doggone/GA

October 31st, 2012
9:06 am

“Obama is percieved as weak by our enemies ”

Republicans aren’t our enemies

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

October 31st, 2012
9:06 am

STANDS

I hear you..when you compare a 4 year body of work to 20 years or more, the deviation between low estimates and high estimates at 4 years can be 2-5 times higher compared to studies with many years of data…in retrospect, it can fairly be said that in 2008, a vast majority of states that he picked had delta’s of 2.5% or more in his favor…same with the congress races…

I’m just finishing a study which provided me 10 years of data. The voodoo factors I apply to the older years lets say amounts to 1.1 so I increase the oldest year by 10%….since the most recent numbers are so green, I apply a factor of over 100% since that data is too green to project thus carries less weight…I have to be conservative so I don’t have to call my malpractice (we call it errors and ommissions) carrier and ask them to pay the difference:-)

You probably understand all this but this is why I’m careful to be more balanced in considering the polls…

Tundra Dude

October 31st, 2012
9:08 am

USMC:
Luckily for you guys, Morning Joe has called the election for President Obama.

Maybe not so lucky….a presidential historian sez 2nd terms are usually *unspectacular*.

Fly-On-The-Wall

October 31st, 2012
9:08 am

I do love the quote from Animal House – perfect for this voting season.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

October 31st, 2012
9:10 am

Buzzfeed: Romney campaign spent $5000 at Walmart to stage their charity event

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/the-making-of-romneys-storm-relief-event

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Love the last ditch ploys.

Fly-On-The-Wall

October 31st, 2012
9:10 am

Aquagirl – we have a big tent for all super heroes and sci fi shows :) But if I were to pick one I’d vote for Buck Rogers in the 25th century. That was one terrible TV show.

detritusUSA

October 31st, 2012
9:11 am

I’ve voted since 1964, and I consider this one the very worst campaign on both sides. Not just the candidates themselves, but their supporters who post all over the place. I’ve de-friended really good friends on facebook because of their extreme views, left and right. This election seems to have brought out the very worst in people. What no one seems to realize is that no matter who wins, nothing will change for the great mass of ordinary Americans.

Li'l Aynie

October 31st, 2012
9:12 am

This campaign has gone on far too long. The President is ending it to return to his duties. Romney is campaigning in the swing states under the guise of “disaster relief”.

Romney is collecting canned goods and used clothing for the victims of Sandy. He’s so out of touch that he thinks people still eat food out of cans, and that storm victims are stripped absolutely naked.

So, we are seeing another face of Romney, the eighth, I believe. Funny, he had only two when he was formally nominated at the Republican Convention.

weetamoe

October 31st, 2012
9:12 am

A NY friend sent this facebook comment from a NY attorney to his fellow New Yorkers:
Apparently half the utility crews coming to help us are from Texas and the South. Based on some of the things you say about them I just know you will turn down their troglodyte anti-science backward ways because you are intellectually–um–consistent.

Woody

October 31st, 2012
9:12 am

Y’know, I’ve already voted, and my vote was more or less buried in an overwhelmingly Republican state, but I’m at peace with the outcome. No nail biting here – both candidates are acceptable to me. Mr. Obama, while not my favorite, is a thoughtful, cool-mannered fellow, well suited to the job, and Mr. Romney, while having to play to the Idiot Right just to get the nomination, is an experienced high-level manager and well suited to the job also. Electing him just means watching some half-baked insincere attempts to undo some Democratic agendas just for the sake of appearances, without real effect in my view. It is NOT the most important election in 2 centuries. What happens in Washington only rarely actually touches the tragedies and triumphs of daily life here in the USA.

St Simons

October 31st, 2012
9:13 am

that’s the whole con idea, dude.

to exasperate you. to lie, cheat, create dysfunction, screech louder,
make it impossible to function, to be so absurd, that normal thinking
people just throw up their hands and give up. Its all they have.

Works in prisons & concentration camps
Its the cons last desperate attempt before their demographic becomes
irrelevant. Don’t let sociopathic 3 yr old fit-pitching toddlers win.

Jeff

October 31st, 2012
9:14 am

For once, Bookman said something I agree with!

Peter

October 31st, 2012
9:15 am

All you Republicans that are not in the highest 1% will vote for a guy who wants to screw you if there is a natural disaster

Running mate Paul Ryan is squarely on the side of cutting other spending to pay for disasters. Earlier this year, he tried but failed to scrap a new system, established in the 2011 debt ceiling-deficit cuts deal, that boosts disaster spending and budgets help for victims of hurricanes, tornadoes and floods before they occur. House leaders rebuffed him, siding with Appropriations Committee members of both parties who like the new system.

Yup.. the Republican’s could care less about the typical American citizen.

ragnar danneskjold

October 31st, 2012
9:15 am

Brosephus

October 31st, 2012
9:15 am

All you Dumb masses need to get to work and stop blogging. Unless your unemployed due to the great job our joke of a president has done. ROMNEY WILL WIN THIS ELECTION! Obama is the worst thing to ever happen to this country.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 31st, 2012
9:16 am

You really deserve a lifelong ban for that. But then Jay, with his obvious bias, lets you Star Wars people get away with anything.

Well I could have linked a Lorne Green song and that idiot Twiggy robot but then Jay would have shut it down and we’d have children’s rules like over at Kyle’s table. ;)

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 31st, 2012
9:17 am

Name-jacker at 9:15?

Peter

October 31st, 2012
9:18 am

I agree with an earlier blogger……………..Governor Christie, may be an excellent choice for the next President !

Aquagirl

October 31st, 2012
9:19 am

Buck Rogers in the 25th century. That was one terrible TV show.

So much bad in only two seasons is really some kind of weird achievement.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

October 31st, 2012
9:20 am

Kam

I thought he might just be in “blog” costume…but his little trademark is missing….

Joe Hussein Mama

October 31st, 2012
9:20 am

SfD — “SR, I saw this downstairs (and read that politico link, thanks)…”

Excellent piece. The degree of sheer innumeracy exhibited here by many of our regular posters is absolutely incomprehensible to me. And yet people who haven’t the faintest concept of how to develop a servey research instrument, how to randomly sample or how to conduct a poll (much less how to read and interpret polling results) post here on the topic day after day.

Pro tip — if your argument consists of ‘these numbers MUST be skewed’ or ‘no way that can be correct’ or ‘oversampling, OVERSAMPLING,’ then you need to go take at least a couple of semesters of college-level Statistics so you can better understand how ridiculous you sound.