Oct 10, 2012, 7:03 pm EDT
By all accounts, President Barack Obama bombed in the first presidential debate with his GOP challenger last week. The effect on the campaign has been palpable. Obama’s poll numbers have plummeted, his lead has evaporated and media outlets across the board have excoriated him.
Tomorrow night, Vice President Joe Biden and his possible successor, Representative Paul Ryan, will take the stage for the one and only vice-presidential debate. While these debates have historically been inconsequential, this time it’s different. Obama’s supporters are anxious to see if Biden can deliver the scathing attacks on the Romney/Ryan campaign that they believe should have come from the president last week.
As you are watching the VP debate, keep in mind what each man needs to accomplish on the stage in Danville, Kentucky. Read
Oct 10, 2012, 12:16 pm EDT
Imagine Mickey Mouse with sunglasses and a visor at the World Series of Poker. Maybe you can see Goofy in your mind’s eye at the roulette table shouting, “Mommy wants a new pair of really big shoes, ah-haw-haw!”
Dare I suggest Daisy Duck smoking a stogie and hitting on 17 in blackjack?
If these thoughts seem out of place, then imagine how Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) would feel at the juxtaposition of these images. Yet despite the oddities involved in these scenarios, they are not the reasons why Disney is donating 90 cents of every dollar to Republican candidates in the state of Florida. Disney wants Republicans in the state legislature because they’ll oppose plans to permit casino gaming in the state of Florida. Read
Oct 9, 2012, 10:28 am EDT
I’ve been mulling President Obama’s abysmal debate performance for the last few days, wondering what was really behind it.
Yes, he was rusty and has been isolated in the Oval Office. And certainly, the president was guilty of complacency, unusually high self-regard and, frankly, disdain for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
But his performance was such a disaster, down to his body language — his “uhs” and “ahs,” constantly scribbling notes and rarely looking at the camera — that it looked not so much like a defeat as a surrender. Read
Oct 9, 2012, 10:21 am EDT
Just when things were looking bleak for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, along came the debates to throw him a lifeline. Romney convincingly beat a listless-looking Barack Obama last Wednesday, and now the polls are beginning to reflect Romney’s victory.
According to a Pew Poll done from October 4-7, Romney convincingly won the debate among voters polled by a 3-1 margin. He also received a boost in his likeability measures and on his ability to handle most political issues. Most importantly, though, he pulled into a statistical tie among registered voters and into the lead among likely voters on who they would vote for.
Among registered voters, 46% support Romney, with the same percentage supporting Obama. Among likely voters, Romney leads 49% to 45%. This is a substantial bump from Pew’s previous polls on September 12-16, where Romney trailed 51-42% among registered voters and 51-43% among likely voters. Read