Thursday, May 10, 2012

May 10th, 2012 Edition

Mourdock to Newsmax: My Election Awakened a ‘Sleeping Giant’

by Paul Scicchitano
May 9, 2012

Fresh off Tuesday’s upset victory, Richard Mourdock tells Newsmax.TV exclusively that he views his primary defeat of six-term Sen. Richard Lugar as a wake-up call for a sleeping giant — in this case the American people — who collectively rose up for a smaller and more fiscally responsible government.

“It was about more than Indiana yesterday here in Indiana. It was about the tone that’s going to be carried forward in the Senate of the United States by Republicans. And I think it was a great thing,” declared Mourdock on Wednesday. “I think we truly have fired a shot that may yet be heard round the world.”

With the bitter GOP senatorial primary behind him, Mourdock says he would welcome Lugar’s support in his bid to defeat Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly in the general election.

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Tea Party: "Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated"

Long, Hard Slop Ahead in the Presidential Race
by Michael Barone
May 10, 2012

Just as the political air is filled with talk of the inevitability of Barack Obama's re-election -- we are told that the kids at his Chicago headquarters are brimming with confidence -- in come some poll numbers showing him behind.

Not by anything statistically significant, mind you. But when you get the Gallup and Rasmussen tracking polls and the Politico/George Washington University Battleground poll all showing Mitt Romney leading Obama by 1 point, an Obama victory seems far from inevitable.

These results came in at a time when the average of recent polls shows 50 percent expressing favorable feelings about Obama and only 37 percent saying the same about Romney.

Some analysts still claim Obama has a lock on the Electoral College. They look at his 365-173 margin in the Electoral College in 2008 and argue that Romney will have trouble peeling enough states away.

The reapportionment of House seats following the 2010 census has whittled Obama's 2008 margin down to 359-179, and Obama does not own all those electoral votes. No one expects him to carry Indiana again. In "swing states," he must win in a political climate where voters know much more about him than last time.

Rush Limbaugh: Obama Is Leading ‘War On Traditional Marriage’
by Meenal Vamburkar 
May 9th, 2012 at 10:53 p.m.

Rush Limbaugh weighed in on President Obama‘s support of gay marriage on Wednesday, characterizing it as a “war on traditional marriage,” similar to the “wars” on stay-at-home working mothers and the Catholic Church. Addressing a caller who said Limbaugh and those who agree with him are “losing,” Limbaugh said, “At the ballot box, you’re never gonna win this.”

The caller, Jerry, said those who oppose Obama’s stance are on the losing side of the battle. Limbaugh said that not very long ago, marriage meant one man and one woman, “like two plus two equals four.” And then “some people came along” who weren’t happy with that, and now those like Limbaugh have to defend traditional institutions.

“We’ve arrived at the point where the president of the United States is going to lead a war on traditional marriage,” Limbaugh said. “You want to call that winning?” He said he could see why someone would say that since, 10 years ago, nobody thought about the issue, “until you guys decided you were unhappy and wanted to make everybody conform to the way you look at things — even if it meant bastardizing the definition of words.”

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Gingrich Press Aide Cites Three Legs of Horse-Race Coverage
by Erik Wemple
Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 05/02/2012 

Gingrich couldn’t get his ideas platform through the media, says Hammond, because of their obsession with horse-race coverage. That approach to campaign news, argues Hammond, has three prongs. They are:

Horse Race Obsession No. 1: Money, as in Hey, candidate, how are you doing on fundraising. Got enough cash coming in? Can you afford television spots in New Hampshire?

Horse Race Obsession No. 2: Attacks, as in Hey, candidate, what do you have to say about the remarks of John Doe attack specialist, who said you don’t have the goods to serve in office?

Horse Race Obsession No. 3: Who’s up, as in Hey, candidate, the latest tracking polls don't appear to jibe with your sunny assessment of prospects in the southern states. Any comment on that?

Of those three focuses, Hammond says, “It’s a fact that that’s what the press is looking to cover. They don’t show up because they’re here to talk about how wonderful the world could be. If they’re not covering politics, the next story on the news is likely to be a car chase,” riffs Hammond. As he hears me chuckling, he remarks, “You’re laughing because it’s true.” No argument there.

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