Morning Briefing: September 24, 2012
by Jen Green
Four years ago this week . . .
John McCain was competitive in the 2008 campaign until this week four years ago. Then Lehmen brothers toppled and eventually McCain suspended his campaign to go to Washington and vote for the biggest, most illegal power and money grabbing legislation the American government has ever foisted on its people (until ObamaCare, perhaps). After that, the race was then Illinois Senator Barack Obama’s to win.
According to Scott Rasmussen’s Sunday daily tracking poll, Obama and Romney are tied. . . .just as McCain and Obama were at this time four years ago. Romney is coming off a tough week yet yesterday on the talk shows he promised his campaign was entering into a new phase. Fundraising is done, now he says for the last seven weeks he’s going to be meeting voters on the ground, especially in the key swing states.
Baring a TARP-like mistake, can Romney finish better than McCain?
With a Little Help from True Friends
If slow and steady wins the race, then Todd Akin is on the right track in Missouri. The U.S. Senate candidate defied the odds by winning the primary, now is doing it again by rebuilding his numbers in the race against incumbent liberal Claire McCaskill. He did well in his first debate against McCaskill at the end of last week, and he’s showing no signs of letting up even though this week marks another “opportunity” for him to leave the race. On Tuesday is the deadline for him to get a court order to drop his campaign but Akin says he has no plans to do so.
So, while Reince Priebus the head of the party for whom Akin has worked hard and represented like a good soldier for ten years went on the Sunday shows and said, “We’re not going to play in Missouri with Todd Akin, I can tell you that,” Akin’s real friends are helping him win. He’ll be joined this week by Newt Gingrich, Phyllis Schlafly, and a newly-formed group Women for Akin.
A Moving Tribute
And finally, “values voters” have twisted themselves into a proverbial pretzel trying to pound the square peg RINO’s into the round hole that is our beliefs and values during the last two presidential campaigns. Stop for about four minutes and remind yourself what a truly principled candidate and President should should like by watching this compilation video put together by this former President’s church to commemorate his birthday.