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as you can read in Poll: Obama widens lead in Pennsylvania, the poll shows a 2-point improvement in the results from Sept 9-12 as compared to the previous poll taken Aug 21-23.

A few key takeaways

top line 50-39 as compared to 51-42.  

According to article, margin is similar to what it was at this point in 2008 when Obama beat McCain ins-tate by 11.5 points

 A companion Inquirer New Jersey Poll, also taken Sept. 9-12, showed Obama ahead by 14 points, 51-37.

 The president's current standing is largely built on his overwhelming backing in the Philadelphia television market, home to more than 40 percent of the state's voters. That offsets support for Romney in the more conservative Pittsburgh market and some other areas.

 Statewide, Obama was ahead among all age groups, among both men and women, among those with college education and those without.

 He was marginally ahead among white voters, 46-43, and overwhelmingly ahead among black voters, 93-3.

Important to note that the margin is probably too large to be affected by the attempted voter suppression, even if Pennsylvania Supreme Court does not overturn or at least suspend the new picture-id requirement.

Obama has a 56-40 positive approval rating, while Romney is slightly upside-down at 48-46 (and that is an improvement from the previous poll).

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  •  Tip Jar (116+ / 0-)

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 05:31:51 AM PDT

  •  Well, that explains it (28+ / 0-)

    No wonder the Romney campaign bounced out. After all that ad saturation, the President is up by 11. What I'm curious to know, however, is whether or not this is a long-term trend? Is PA forever linked to the Democratic Party? Or is it only Obama, and PA will become a battleground state in 2016?

    Any thoughts T-ken?

    •  it could depend on candidates (18+ / 0-)

      and it certainly will be influenced by events in next 4 years, including whether Republicans keep control of state government in 2014.

      Look, the Senate race in PA is a blow-out, because the Republican candidate is a total nutcase.

      What you need to be looking at is if, despite gerrymandering, how many House seats Dems pick up.  If it were to become 4 or 5 (unlikely except in a wave election, although if margin got to 14-15 points maybe) that might well be indicating something of a shift

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 05:41:10 AM PDT

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    •  PA hasn't gone Republican since (21+ / 0-)

      1988.  It's not really a swing state at the presidential level, although it has the reputation for it.  This might be because it went Republican 4 out of 5 times from '72-'88.  

      Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity. Notes on a Theory

      by David Kaib on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:22:51 AM PDT

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    •  The Philly suburbs.... (20+ / 0-)

      ....are shifting to being more Democratic, a trend that has been going on for some 20 years now. Republicans did win PA in '80, '84, and (narrowly) in '88 against weak or damaged candidates and with a declining population in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. But, since then, Philadelphia has stopped losing population and its suburbs, once (moderate) Republican bastions are now becoming more and more Democratic. It's not really a swing state anymore, though Republicans can win statewide in a good GOP year.

    •  my thoughts about long-term trends... (14+ / 0-)

      ...it's too early to prematurely make any definitive judgment about such things. One cautionary note about jumping the gun on issues like this has to do with a lot of the reaction after President Obama's 2008 win.

      A lot of folks, including on this site, were declaring a "permanent national majority" for Democrats, just because of the president's and the Democratic Party's success in 2008. People were saying the Republican Party was toast and would never be viable again, etc., etc., etc.

      Well...thanks to seed money from a few billionaires to create the illusion of a "grassroots" Tea Party movement in 2010...guess what? You don't hear very much about all of that "permanent Democratic majority" stuff any more.

      It's very easy to misread the results of one election and extrapolate whatever you want from those results. The bottom line: it's too early to tell. One thing is clear, however, the Democrats need to continue to build a national party infrastructure if they are ever to realize a "permanent national majority," which means they will have to return to a 50-state strategy (or, in my opinion, a
      438-seat strategy (competing in all Congressional Districts throughout the U.S.-ALWAYS), if they are ever to do so.

      It would be nice if the Democrats had the luxury of being able to see what appear to be infertile political grounds in places like Kansas, Idaho, Georgia and Texas. Unfortunately, with the tsunami of secret, corporate cash being lavished on Republicans throughout the U.S., thanks to five of the most corrupt Supreme Court Injustices in American history (Scalia, Thomas, Alito, Kennedy & Roberts, in their Citizens United ruling/abomination/in-kind contribution to the Republican Party), this election cycle requires the Democrats to, necessarily, focus their time, energy, effort and resources on where they stand a chance to win.

      Long-term...it would be great for the party to have a visionary like Howard Dean looking out for the party's interests beyond just the next election.

    •  On a national level, I think we're blue... (11+ / 0-)

      But we can't seem to dislodge the R's at the state & county level. We're holding a voter registration drive next weekend & plan to really push down-ballot candidates. We want as many people to vote straight D as possible!

      •  state senate and house races are slanted GOP (5+ / 0-)
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        partially because of gerrymandering (check out the U.S. House 6th and 12th Districts) but also concentration of Democratic voters in urban and suburban areas where it's easier to gerrymander them (hence the GOP long-term dominance of th state senate).

        "A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere ". C. S. Lewis

        by TofG on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 07:25:56 AM PDT

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        •  This is exactly the case in my state (Virignia)... (3+ / 0-)
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          I was so proud that VA went blue in 2008 and am fairly confident it will do so again in 2012 - but the real trouble in VA is the Kaine-Allen race.  Dems need to turn up the heat on George Allen!

        •  exactly right! (2+ / 0-)
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          They can't gerrymander the presidential so they're resorting to voter supression and intimidation.

          None of this is really new in PA. When it comes to maintaining power at all costs PA Republican party takes the cake. There's been a long tradition of buying political influence (and judges) in this state - goes back to king coal and the railroad barons.

    •  Um, TK, do you realize that you didn't (1+ / 2-)
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      capitalize the first word of your diary?  The first word of a paragraph, as you must know, is supposed to be capitalized.

      Furthermore, you failed to put any type of punctuation at the end of your second sentence.  There are just words hanging there without any sense of completion?  What gives?

      Thirdly and how poetically, your third sentence also lacks a capital on the introductory word.

      as you can read in Poll: Obama widens lead in Pennsylvania, the poll shows a 2-point improvement in the results from Sept 9-12 as compared to the previous poll taken Aug 21-23.

      A few key takeaways

      top line 50-39 as compared to 51-42.  

      How can some one who goes into other people's diaries and criticizes them for utter nonsense AND EFFECTIVELY DERAILS THEIR DIARIES, stand up and throw grammatical and timing stones, we you are guilty of them yourself.

      In case anyone missed last night's nastiness by TK who posted this hypocritical criticism as the first comment under the tip jar and which then effectively hijacked the thread:

      Tip Jar (293+ / 0-)

      How to debunk the Right's lies on global warming

      by BruinKid on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 09:34:17 PM EDT

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       this is not breaking (10+ / 0-)
      the decision by the Board of Health was hours ago.  That Rachel just reported on it does not make it breaking.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 09:35:53 PM EDT

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      Bruin Kid's diary so you can read how upset and annoyed everyone was with TK's nastiness

      I think you owe an apology to Bruin Kid.  It is the height of hypocrisy to criticize others for the types of mistakes you do yourself.  

      I just cannot let what you did last night and have been doing pass without a word as you self righteously publish your diary this morning.

      You will not receive a T&R from me for your diary.

      OH, What the Heck? I know a lot of people won't have the time to click on the links I provided so here is the thread which was effectively hijacked by TK's nasty comment (as you will see, other people had other words for it:

      this is not breaking (10+ / 0-)
      the decision by the Board of Health was hours ago.  That Rachel just reported on it does not make it breaking.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 09:35:53 PM EDT

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       Good grief. eom (111+ / 0-)
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      by Naniboujou on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 09:38:35 PM EDT

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       that's why (3+ / 0-)
      "BREAKING" should be reserved for ironic usage only.

      I just genetically engineer them, I don't nominate them for President.

      by happymisanthropy on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 11:49:47 PM EDT

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       Some of us don't get to listen to the box (14+ / 0-)
      that makes all the sound and pictures until we get home from work.

      For us, it's new news. And Rachel (Goddess bless her) usually has the important stuff and coctails. That means alot.

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      by Rogneid on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 03:23:27 AM EDT

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       OK, fine. (87+ / 0-)

      How to debunk the Right's lies on global warming

      by BruinKid on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 09:38:47 PM EDT

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       It was breaking to me (180+ / 0-)
      Thanks for the diary, BruinKid.

      Homosexuality is found in over 450 species. Homophobia is found in only one. Which one seems unnatural now?

      by Chrislove on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 09:41:39 PM EDT

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       Ditto. (59+ / 0-)
      Monica Crowley: Victoria Jackson without the meth and ukulele.

      by here4tehbeer on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 10:07:30 PM EDT

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       Me too. n/t (46+ / 0-)
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      by CherryTheTart on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 10:23:06 PM EDT

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       Me three - thanks BruinKid! n/t (42+ / 0-)
      "A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future." – Leonard Bernstein

      by frisco on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 10:31:40 PM EDT

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       Me 77 n/t (28+ / 0-)
      "I think it is much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong." Richard Feynman

      by leema on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 11:07:51 PM EDT

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       I'll be 78. (36+ / 0-)
      I'm not ,and have no overwhelming desire to be, the smartest kid in the room; I'm not on Dkos 24/7; I don't live in Virginia anymore.
      I am very interested in the topic and I appreciate this diary.

      by cosette on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 11:20:37 PM EDT

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       What Women need to understand about 2012 (28+ / 0-)

      Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

      What women need to know about 2012 and what a Romney win would mean for them. Romney would:

      1. Sign a total abortion ban if congress serves one up to him and he is on record during the debate stating that.

      He also said on the Huckabee show that he would sign a "Personhood" amendment if it was put up for him to sign.

      2. He will appoint Supreme Court justices in his term, should he get elected, that will rule on any state challenge to Roe v Wade or "Personhood" amendments by the states.

      The republican controlled state legilatures are putting up anti-abortion legislation at an alarming rate. The strategy of the chritofacist anti-abortion crowd is to do it from the state level and then challenge it in the Supreme Court.

      Federal and State elections are as important as the race for the White House!

      Women had better wake up to what is going on and get loud on this issue or they will find themselves back in the 1950's!

      Stop the War on Women!
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      by Flint on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 11:44:03 PM EDT

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       This is not election year hyperbole... (13+ / 0-)
      I posted this before but it bears repeating after the events of today. This isn't election year hype... this is reality... it is happening here...NOW!

      by Flint on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 11:47:12 PM EDT

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       Fuck Yeah! I'm Awake! (8+ / 0-)
      I know this.
      I self-identify as a woman.
      Not quite sure why you're responding to me... assuming I'm a dimwitt.

      by cosette on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 11:54:39 PM EDT

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       You know this... but (7+ / 0-)
      There are plenty of women who don't!

      It isn't about you personally and I assume nothing about you. It was what you said about not being on D-Kos 24/7... most women aren't and they aren't policy wonks like most of the posters here.

      Far to many women don't know what is going on, especially at the state level or a state other than where they live. If it isn't in their home state they think they won't be effected by what has happened in Virginia or Mississippi... and that is dead wrong!

      by Flint on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 12:40:54 AM EDT

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       Get off my lawn, (1+ / 0-)
      young whipper-snapper!

      by doc2 on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:02:50 AM EDT

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       I am actually 76 and it's after midnight (14+ / 0-)
      and this is breaking news for me.  Thanks BK.

      Proud Democrat since 1960.

      by Lying eyes on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 12:41:30 AM EDT

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       Love your sig line btw. n/t (5+ / 0-)
      by cosette on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 11:57:39 PM EDT

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       Me, too. (11+ / 0-)
      Interesting Factoid from Texas: The vast majority of Texans have never voted for Rick Perry.

      by CoolOnion on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 11:00:10 PM EDT

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       Or Me, Six or whatever! :) (8+ / 0-)
      Interesting Factoid from Texas: The vast majority of Texans have never voted for Rick Perry.

      by CoolOnion on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 11:00:47 PM EDT

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       Oh heck, I stepped away to actually eat dinner (12+ / 0-)
      You broke the story for me BK.

      Thank you.

      And now I'm off to check the FAQ on the rules regarding when the term BREAKING NEWS can be used. I've read them hundreds of times and never seen anything about it. But apparently there are strict rules we need to follow, even on a Friday night when traffic tends to be lighter and people are more likely to just pop in and out.

      © grover

      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.
      by grover on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 12:03:21 AM EDT

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       I hadn't seen it either... (3+ / 0-)
      thanks for posting BruinKid

      Isn’t it ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray. ~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring ~

      by MA Liberal on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 08:25:46 AM EDT

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       The thing is, Rachel herself (17+ / 0-)
      would never say "hey, why didn't you see my show?" or harass somebody for missing it. She's pretty low-key. But her supporters here are pretty short-tempered with anybody who doesn't know what she said on her show.

      by doc2 on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 10:08:38 PM EDT

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       I'm glad you put it up. n/t (6+ / 0-)
      Okay, the Government says you MUST abort your child. NOW do you get it?

      by Catskill Julie on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 12:18:44 AM EDT

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       Well it was news to me (60+ / 0-)
      So break away :)

      Republican Family Values: Using the daughters from your first wife to convince everybody that your second wife is lying about your third wife.

      by jsfox on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 09:43:43 PM EDT

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       SO? It's breaking to me. (45+ / 0-)
      by OrganizedCrime on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 09:52:30 PM EDT

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       I think "hours" qualifies as (56+ / 0-)
      breaking. Especially it was news to me. I went out to dinner with my family. I guess I was the only one in the world who didn't see Rachel's show on TV tonight.

      by doc2 on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 10:02:36 PM EDT

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       News to me... (14+ / 0-)
      I only have very basic cable so I never see Rachael's show.  Thanks for sharing this info.

      "The diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty." James Madison

      by mslat27 on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 11:12:51 PM EDT

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       Me, too, I live in L.A., (12+ / 0-)
      the cable company calls it, "baby cable" (mostly just local channels).

      by Just Saying on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 12:04:20 AM EDT

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       lowkell (3+ / 0-)
      broked it this afternoon... "yawn'

      Only thing more infuriating than an ignorant man is one who tries to make others ignorant for his own gain. Crashing Vor

      by emmasnacker on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 10:16:30 PM EDT

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       Well, not many noticed lowkell's diary. (18+ / 0-)
      I appreciate BruinKid's diary since I'm not on DKos 24/7 and I don't live in Virginia anymore.

      by cosette on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 11:16:35 PM EDT

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       That's why I posted the link. (1+ / 0-)
      It's a good read, with a lot of info from different sources. I'm glad this diary went up, and got more eyes on the situation here with transvaginal bob and his cooch.

      Only thing more infuriating than an ignorant man is one who tries to make others ignorant for his own gain. Crashing Vor

      by emmasnacker on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 09:27:06 AM EDT

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       Since when is "hours ago" enough to not (35+ / 0-)
      be breaking news?  So is 24 hour news cycle not good enough for you?  Now it has to be 24 minute?

      If it's still within the same day that it happened, its still breaking news.

      by Steven Mading on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 10:25:46 PM EDT

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       from wapo (14+ / 0-)
      "State Health Commissioner Karen Remley told the board that all of the state’s abortion clinics have already been inspected, and none have indicated they intend to close. Eleven have been licensed after submitting plans to correct deficiencies, while corrective plans for others are pending.

      Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, said that doesn’t mean the clinics will be able to remain open.

      “Of course they’re all trying to make a good faith effort,” she said, but some clinics will have to come up with as much as $1 million to “reinvent themselves as hospitals.” Clinics have two years to meet the requirements."

      Chief Justice John Roberts to President Barack Obama: "I'm not always there when you call, but I'm always on time..."

      by tha puddin on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 10:53:22 PM EDT

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       This will end up in the courts, and likely the (4+ / 0-)
      clinics will win in court. But it'll cost them a lot of money. Then McDonnell and his nasty crowd will try another tactic.

      by doinaheckuvanutjob on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 04:53:35 AM EDT

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       Do you really have to be a dick about it? (23+ / 0-)
      by drmonkey on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 10:53:39 PM EDT

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       Yeah, that kind of surprised me...it seems like (7+ / 0-)
      a very un-teacherken-type comment...

      The last time the Republicans were this radical, they were working to elect former slaves to Congress. What a difference a century and a half makes!

      by jayjaybear on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 11:15:22 PM EDT

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       Hah! do you read all his posts? n/t (12+ / 0-)
      by cosette on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 11:23:33 PM EDT

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       NO. (2+ / 0-)
      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:02:44 AM EDT

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       I once dared to critize SecAg Vilsack (3+ / 0-)
      in a tk diary about him and was flamed relentlessly by tk.

      My respect for tk took a huge and permanent dip.

      It's a shame that a Kossack with so much good to contribute frequently feels the need to be, as another commenter said, such "a dick".

      "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

      by blue in NC on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 08:17:34 AM EDT

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       I can't believe you dissed (1+ / 0-)
      Vilsack right in front of tk!  He must have gone fucking nuts.

      by doc2 on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:05:43 AM EDT

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       It was breaking news to me! (13+ / 0-)
      So what if it happened a few hours ago.  Thanks, BruinKid for this diary!

      NFTT 2013

      by VeloVixen on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 11:22:21 PM EDT

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       Guess we are all just 'slow.' n/t (10+ / 0-)
      by cosette on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 11:36:07 PM EDT

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       I haven't figured out why Kosmail is not (24+ / 0-)
      seen as a better way to communicate something like this rather than hijacking the discussion with the first comment. Diarist clearly changed the title quickly.

      I'm very glad to have another diary on it linked to. The way I get to DKos varies. Sometimes I've been to Memeorandum and seen DKos in the discussion section with a direct link to that diary. When it is a writer I like, their rec list is of interest and I often link there before going to the FP.

      It isn't that unusual to have two diaries on anything new. There are 4 on the Wisconsin Act 10, 2 on Rec list, the first still buried in recent diaries used 'Breaking' in the title. If the first one doesn't make it to the rec list, the second can attract the attention and update a link to the first as appropriate.

      Hopefully the backlash registered.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 11:40:38 PM EDT

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       Exactly. (16+ / 0-)
      If it's so important, why not communicate it privately? I've been hijacked like this before, and it's never appreciated, no matter how valid the criticism is. It's just in poor taste.

      Homosexuality is found in over 450 species. Homophobia is found in only one. Which one seems unnatural now?

      by Chrislove on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 11:47:02 PM EDT

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       And it's something, I might add, (10+ / 0-)
      that this particular commenter has done to me before. The only difference being that, back then, he replied to my tip jar to correct me on some minutia.

      Homosexuality is found in over 450 species. Homophobia is found in only one. Which one seems unnatural now?

      by Chrislove on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 11:52:59 PM EDT

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       It really bugs me when it is someone who has a (6+ / 0-)
      good standing in this community - to the point where some of his diaries are recced despite being less than worthy- has to tear someone else down for such a minor issue.

      Oh, well. Imperfection is human, maybe we can all grow a little from it.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 07:15:58 AM EDT

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       It's actually minutiae. (0+ / 0-)
      by doc2 on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:07:02 AM EDT

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       * [new] Thans, doc2, spelling that word makes (0+ / 0-)
      me crazy. I want to use it sometimes, but would be too embarrassed if I misspelled it.

      "I believe more women should carry guns. I believe armed women will make the world a better place. Women need to come to think of themselves not as victims but as dangerous." Anna Pigeon

      by glorificus on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:20:12 AM EDT

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       For us old fogies (7+ / 0-)
      Any news that's less than 24 hours old is "breaking." Just because it's fallen off your Twitter feed doesn't make it dated.

      by kevinwparker on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 12:16:42 AM EDT

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       The fact that you know (3+ / 0-)
      what a Twitter feed is makes you by definition NOT an old fogey :)

      by demoKatz on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 12:39:22 AM EDT

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       My grandmother refuses to (0+ / 0-)
      use Twitter because someone told her you can be electrocuted.

      by doc2 on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:07:58 AM EDT

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       It is to those of us (8+ / 0-)
      Who have not heard of this before now.  This is a disgrace to all women (and men) with these 2 dictators ruling our lives.  If the people of Virginia elect Cuccinelli Governor next year you can just imagine the dictatorial control he'll take on the State.  Shame.

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      by Rosalie907 on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 12:31:48 AM EDT

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       I hear you, Rosalie. But.... (2+ / 0-)
      my question is...why now?

      Why would they do this so close to the election?
      This is truly dark ages politics and shameful but it also seems they do not care that the state will go to the D's.
      Wow.

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      by Carla in Sequim on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 01:46:12 AM EDT

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       It may just be the natural progression - now was (1+ / 0-)
      the time the paperwork just happened to present itself so women-hater Bob could sign it.

      "I believe more women should carry guns. I believe armed women will make the world a better place. Women need to come to think of themselves not as victims but as dangerous." Anna Pigeon

      by glorificus on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 09:54:39 AM EDT

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       Did you diary it earlier or something? (4+ / 0-)
      I was looking for an earlier diary on this but couldn't find one.

      by Bob Johnson on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 12:49:14 AM EDT

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       Lowkell did a diary around 5PM (1+ / 0-)
      on this outrageous VA Republican move to completely shut down abortion clinics:
      Virginia Republicans Impose Draconian Restrictions on Abortion Clinics, Intertubes Yawn

      as emmasnacker points out above.

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      by BachFan on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 07:04:18 AM EDT

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       sour grapes tk; poor form, imo (10+ / 0-)
      Hurricanes, Flooding, Frying and Drying = Climate Change! Call it like it is! Our Survival Instinct can and will conquer Greed.

      by SeaTurtle on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 02:11:59 AM EDT

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       Ken, how petty of you. (3+ / 0-)
      I don't watch TV. It's BREAKING to me.

      "I believe more women should carry guns. I believe armed women will make the world a better place. Women need to come to think of themselves not as victims but as dangerous." Anna Pigeon

      by glorificus on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 09:47:46 AM EDT

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      Hurricanes, Flooding, Frying and Drying = Climate Change! Call it like it is! Our Survival Instinct can and will conquer Greed.

      by SeaTurtle on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 07:44:32 AM PDT

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      •  Hi, (6+ / 0-)

        Jack.

        The Republican Party is now the sworn enemy of the United States of America.

        Listen to All Over The Place - we play all kinds of music!

        by TheGreatLeapForward on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 07:51:23 AM PDT

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      •  Maybe it's the 4:52 AM talking but (3+ / 0-)
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        what?

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        by Nulwee on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 07:52:27 AM PDT

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      •  I'm really tempted to HR (5+ / 0-)

        this on the "don't be a dick in someone else's diary" grounds.

        •  pls feel free to do as you see fit; no hard (3+ / 0-)
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          feelings, elmo.

          My reason for doing this is that this is what TK did and has done to others.  Made nasty comments in their diaries and HUGELY derailed them.  

          Time for him to get a taste of his own medicine and be called out for his behavior.

          I view this as a form of protest and if you want to give me an HR, I will accept it without qualm.  But I am doing this out of conviction, that a point needs to be made here and I am willing to accept the HR in order to make it.

          Thank you.

          Hurricanes, Flooding, Frying and Drying = Climate Change! Call it like it is! Our Survival Instinct can and will conquer Greed.

          by SeaTurtle on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 08:25:10 AM PDT

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      •  Sea Turtle's comment makes a legitimate (2+ / 0-)
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        point about hijacking, even if you don't agree with him, so I "unhid" it.

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        by illinifan17 on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 12:06:56 PM PDT

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        •  No, I disagree. One rule that Markos has been (1+ / 0-)
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          adamant about is "don't drag shit into other diaries."

          TK's comment was prissy, but it really wasn't as nasty as SeaTurtle claims.

          And TK didn't cause the following hijack.

          And SeaTurtle already took several shots at TK in that other thread.

          And SeaTurtle is not really "making a point."  He's just spewing ad homs at TK.

          For him to drag it all in here is arguably somewhat like stalking, and it really could cause him problems if Markos sees this obnoxious post.

          TK is not exactly my favorite poster.  I've gone after him a few times myself, and wrote one apology diary about it.  But the above post is just wrong.

          •  Well, (1+ / 0-)
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            tk was wrong in his comment. That often causes the resulting thread. That is where the hijack happens.

            Cause -> effect.

            I don't agree that this is the way to get someone's attention but it is also not stalking:

            Thread stalking is defined as having three requirements:

                On multiple occasions, one or more commenters follow a community member into diary threads; and,
                The commenter(s) posts comments that include false information, personal attacks, lies, or implied/express disclosure of private information; and
                The commenter(s) engages in this conduct with the intent to harass, harm, humiliate, frighten or intimidate another poster. This intent may be inferred from the number of times that the commenter follows a community member into threads and/or the nature of the comments posted.

                Stalking does not include the mere expression of disagreement, seeking out diaries or comments of favorite diarists or simply frequent interaction on the boards.

                Accusations of stalking should not be made on comment threads but emailed to Meteor Blades or another administrator together with relevant links to evidence that comports with the requirements cited above. Repeated accusations of stalking in the comment threads will lead to a suspension of posting privileges.

            Markos didn't really address current links. It was more about dragging old fights by linking in current diaries. This was from yesterday. ST got dinged for it, made his point, lets not make more of either action than is warranted.
        •  You should remove the uprate. (0+ / 0-)
      •  get a life (0+ / 0-)

        I had no trouble with Bruin Kid's diary, just the use of the word Breaking in the title  - which i note was changed after my comment.  I am not responsible for what other people did

        as for my diary I deliberately did not capitalize the first word because I continued it a continuation of the title of the diary as one continuous sentence, which I think it pretty obvious

        "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

        by teacherken on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:36:58 PM PDT

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    •  A key indicator.... (0+ / 0-)

      might come after the state court rules on the voter suppression/ ID law.

      "Have a beginner's mind at all times, for a beginner knows nothing and learns all while a sophisticate knows all and learns nothing." - Suzuki

      by dolfin66 on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 08:16:31 AM PDT

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    •  Narrowly D (0+ / 0-)

      PA is one of the 18 states (and DC) which have gone for every Democratic presidential candidate since 1992.

      It is one of those which the Republicans feel that they have to contest each time.

  •  I live in a pretty blue area in NJ, but I (28+ / 0-)

    have not seen a single Romney sign or bumper sticker. Lots of folks still have their Obama '08 stickers on their vehicles. If anything, NJ is bluer than it was after almost two years of governor big-mouth.

  •  The field is shrinking. (10+ / 0-)

    Just like Mitt's ideas.

    Expose the lies. Fight for the truth. Push progressive politics. Save our planet. Health care is a right, not a privilege.

    by lighttheway on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 05:43:14 AM PDT

  •  Mitt dips below 40? Yikes (10+ / 0-)

    And this is supposed to be a swing state? I don't think so. Go Obama!!!

  •  At what point (11+ / 0-)

    do we turn our attention down ticket?  Running up the score, past a certain point, doesn't have much of an impact, whereas Republican control of the House or Senate, or the mix of conservatives versus progressives in the caucus, makes a big deal.  And the last two years should have made clear the importance of state government control.  It seems to me we're largely ignored these things throughout the campaign, and now that it looks like it's opening up, it's important to think about how these other things factor in.

    Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity. Notes on a Theory

    by David Kaib on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 05:44:32 AM PDT

    •  not mutually exclusive (6+ / 0-)

      Running up the score helps candidates downticket.

      •  Not necessarily (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm not saying they are mutually exclusive, but it's not simply causal either.  If you invest in races down ticket, they are more likely to be impacted by presidential coattails. That also means you can impact who is carried along, which matters a great deal in terms of the makeup of the caucus.  

        Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity. Notes on a Theory

        by David Kaib on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:50:26 AM PDT

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    •  To speak to PA (1+ / 0-)
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      Downticket to US House races could help in a few areas. Some extra "running up the score" by Obama on Romney might really keep the "R" vote in the Philly burbs down to the point that team D can pick up PA-07 from Meehan with a Badey win. It got a tad redder, but it's still Joe Sestak's district. PA-08 is also able to be gotten from Mike Fitzpatrick with Kathy Boockvar.

      Downticket to some other areas could really be helpful. For example:

      PA House - has been very swingish over the past few cycles. This set of elections is going to be held on the 2000 census Gerrymander, which got more blue over the past 10 years. The new new 2010 map won't be in place until 2014. There are a good number of Rs in the PA House that are dealling with both a bad mix of Rs vs. Ds and have been vote packed into a current really strong D U.S Congressional district. This is especially true in near Philly burbs.

      PA Attorney General - This is a BIG deal. Sadly f-ing Bill Clinton helped defeat Pat Murphy and we're stuck with anti-labor witch Kathy Kane and the "Democratic" nominee for AG.  If Kane can pull off a win(a big "IF" condisering labor might not be knocking on any doors for her), she can help launch a full investigation into the partisan manner in which Tom Corbett slow played the Sandusky investigation as both AG and Gov. Destroying the Corbett admin via the AGs office will be key in getting a Democratic Gov back in Harrisburg.  There are strong rumors of a Joe Sestak run for Gov, and a weakened Corbett would really help.

      In any and all of those cases, Obama pressing for the biggest blowout possible in PA helps demoralize Repbulicans to the point where a few extra seats/offices can be won.

      An Obama win, with a few more US house seats in PA going blue, with a Dem majority in the PA house, with a Democrat like substance as AG, with Sestak eventually as Gov would do wonders for the state.

  •  Has my state (NJ) had that ONE poll (4+ / 0-)
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    that we seem to have every presidential cycle, the one showing the Republican within 5 and spurring a small flurry of breathless "Is this the year NJ is competitive?" coverage? I mean, I know this ain't it, but it's usually sometime in September that it hits, and then the Dem goes on to win by the expected comfortable margin anyway.

    The braying sheep on my TV screen make this boy shout -- make this boy scream -- I'm going underground...

    by jamfan on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 05:57:51 AM PDT

  •  Correction please - 65-40 lead is impossible. (2+ / 0-)
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    Is approval rating 65-30?  55-40?  Obviously, total can't exceed 100.

  •  PA SC isn't going to overturn, but they will (6+ / 0-)

    suspend. At least one R justice will see that as reasonable. I'd be wiling to bet on it.

    Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

    by JTinDC on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:08:21 AM PDT

    •  The issue isn't overturning yet (4+ / 0-)
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      The plaintiffs filed for a preliminary injunction to keep the law from taking effect until a full trial on the merits can occur, I believe.  Adam B is much better informed that I am on this, so don't take my word as gospel.

      Based on the news reports I saw in the Legal Intelligencer, there is a chance that one or even two Republican justices will join the Democrats.

      I do not feel obligated to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use -- Galileo Galilei

      by ccyd on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:44:41 AM PDT

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      •  I've read and heard almost exclusively talk of (1+ / 0-)
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        overturing, both here and on MSNBC and it's been maddening since all along it seemed obvioius that getting the court to agree to putting off implementation should be quite do-able.

        It wasn't until the last couple of days that I've heard the talking heads on MSNBC start talking about delaying implementation rather than overturning. And that's what we'll get and should've been a realistic expectation all along, but that's not how it was being spun. Not here, for the most part, and not on MSNBC.

        Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

        by JTinDC on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:53:40 AM PDT

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    •  I agree. The justices SEEM to be leaning that way (2+ / 0-)
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      from the excerpts I saw on PCN. It makes sense, since that would gice 2 years to get a not totally screwed up system in place.

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      by TofG on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 07:29:19 AM PDT

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    •  PA polls should ask if interviewees have ID (2+ / 0-)
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      Doesn 't matter if voters say they will vote for PO. If they can't vote, it won't count.

      "I feel like I'm still waiting to meet my true self. I'm assuming it's gonna be in a dark alley and there's gonna be a fight." ---Rachel Maddow

      by never forget 2000 on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 09:05:00 AM PDT

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    •  2 schools of thought (0+ / 0-)

      1) Castile (R) is irked at the Tea Bagger types because of the whole pay raise freak out that got his buddy Cappy voted out a few years ago. He already give a HUGE middle finger to team R on the Gerrymander they tried to use and pushed the whole new map back to 2014, and only after some changes. Castile might give another middle finger to the Tea Baggers and suspend/overturn the new law.

      2) Castile was reported as being somewhat irked at the legal representation trying to get the law overturned. He was a bit snappy with them.

      We shall see....................

  •  and this does NOT include (6+ / 0-)
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    the infamous press conference, by Captain Smirky.


    "A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and bulbous..........got me?" - Don Van Vliet

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:12:15 AM PDT

    •  I've been wondering how soon we'll see polls (1+ / 0-)
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      that reflect the electorate's level of disdain for the blatant display of unAmerican opportunism and by how much. I'd hope, as a measure of Americans' sense of decency, Romney loses at least a full point if not two or even three.

      Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

      by JTinDC on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:22:42 AM PDT

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  •  This line from the poll's article is ridiculous (9+ / 0-)
     For black voters, ethnic pride continues to be a powerful factor.
    But the very next line in the article contradicts this foolishness and raises questions about why they included the statement to begin with:
    But Anina Walker, a hotel housekeeper from Philadelphia's Feltonville section, said her feelings for Obama were less important than her sense that he will do more for public schools, save Medicare, and promote the health interests of Americans.

     "A president is a president," Walker said. "It's time to keep him in office, to do what he's doing."

    Although the article doesn't say Ms. Walker is black, they used her quote to refute the ridiculous statement, implying that she is. Regardless, she's correct. A president is a president. Not all black people support President Obama because he's black. Just ridiculous.
  •  OT, but you being a Virginian, teacherken, do (1+ / 0-)
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    you have a sense as to whether the abortion clinic decision yesterday might place VA from swing to lean Obama?

    Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

    by JTinDC on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:12:57 AM PDT

    •  it already is lean Obama eom (1+ / 0-)
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      by teacherken on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:17:09 AM PDT

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      •  That's right (4+ / 0-)

        I'd guess a 5 point lead right now.   The abortion decision will much a much bigger difference next year in the Governor's race (the actual decision won't go into effect for two years).  

        PPP tweeted that Goode seems to be falling back, but that's not included in the 5 point lead -- we'll see their poll results tomorrow.   I live in a reddish county (James City County) and have seen much more enthusiasm for Obama than Romney.   I did, however, see a Romney bumpersticker yesterday.  One.

      •  barely, and a tie by MSM standard. I'm talking (0+ / 0-)

        about undeniably lean Obama.

        Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

        by JTinDC on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:25:58 AM PDT

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        •  it already is (2+ / 0-)
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          at least from what I know about internal polling

          and like last cycle, there is a huge advantage in ground game on behalf of Obama

          "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

          by teacherken on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:30:22 AM PDT

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          •  There I went again not being clear. My bad. (0+ / 0-)

            I know all the polls tell us VA is at least lean Obama if not nearing solid Obama. What I should have clarified was if the abortion issue would move the polls significantly enough to where the MSM would not be able to get by with saying it's a tie/toss-up as some of them apparantly want desperately to do for as long as they can.

            Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

            by JTinDC on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:44:20 AM PDT

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            •  would have to be margin >7 (3+ / 0-)
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              for that to happen

              in other words, a margin > than that by which he won state in '08

              important to note that the voter-id laws in VA are not particularly restrictive, so voter suppression is harder to do

              "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

              by teacherken on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:50:25 AM PDT

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            •  worth noting (3+ / 0-)
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              that if u back out the likes of Rasmussen, most poll aggregator models make VA likely Obama

              "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

              by teacherken on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:51:11 AM PDT

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  •  As Republicans tank big time in the polls (6+ / 0-)

    I suspect we'll get more rulings against voter suppression.  The courts don't want to be on the wrong side of a landslide.

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:33:30 AM PDT

  •  Romney is winning in "Alabama in between Philly (3+ / 0-)
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    and Pittsburgh." The problem is no one lives there. The solution: a massive voter disenfranchisement scam that could deprive 750K voters. the vast majority that will support BHO.

    •  not all 750K on team D and not all 750k accurate (0+ / 0-)

      A big chunk of that 750k was due to slight mismatches in names in databases and another big chunk is from ye olde and ye really olde angry white people who would be voting R.

      Don't get me wrong, this law sucks and should be overturned. I'm just not worried that Obama is starting negative 750k to Romney.

  •  Very good news! (2+ / 0-)
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    Likely Voters!  Magical 50% threshold!

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    by ccyd on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:37:16 AM PDT

  •  The fact that Romney is not competitive in PA (6+ / 0-)

    Indicates that this race isn't as close as GOPers want us to believe.  VA is already lean Obama.  If you exclude the GOP polls, Obama has a 4-5 point lead.

    Alternative rock with something to say: http://www.myspace.com/globalshakedown

    by khyber900 on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:58:29 AM PDT

  •  Not to jinx anything but (4+ / 0-)

    I knew with 100 per cent certainly that President Obama had won the 2008 Presidential Election when MSNBC called PA for him right at 8PM, the poll closing time. PA is NEVER called that early unless the Democrats are kicking butt. PA was called for Kerry at roughly 10:30 PM. If PA is called at the closing time again this year, expect the President to be preparing his victory speech!

  •  We have a full time Obama staffer here in WV. (5+ / 0-)

    Since they aren't competing here, she has been recruiting volunteers to canvass across the border in SW Pennsylvania or to call voters across the river in Ohio.

    She has stopped recruiting for PA canvassing and is now just trying to get people to call Ohio.

  •  Damn! It's a dead heat! <snark> eom (2+ / 0-)
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    If there is no accountability for those who authorized torture, we can no longer say that we are a nation of laws, not men.

    by MikePhoenix on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 07:33:39 AM PDT

  •  The day after the president's speech at the (1+ / 0-)
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    DNC the local welfare office was flooded with voter registration forms.  What I do know is that most of these people do not have an updated ID photo.  They are either expired or from another state, yet they are residents of PA.  Would the voter laws affect their right to vote?

  •  I guess we're not a swing state anymore (1+ / 0-)
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    It was fun while it lasted.

    Four years ago, all the candidates spent a lot of time around here. We were inundated with ads, and phone calls, and knocks on the door. There were signs everywhere, and campaign headquarters nearby, and huge coordinated efforts to get out the vote.

    This year, there were some early signs it would be the same way. There were some early appearances from Bill Clinton and from Michelle Obama.

    But some time in August, it pretty much all stopped. No more ads or visits. There are still some robo-calls but they're from groups like the NRA.

    Most people find the peace and quiet preferable...

    There's smart, and there's K-mart smart. Sarah Palin is K-mart smart.

    by InsultComicDog on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 07:39:41 AM PDT

    •  If the trend keeps up you might see SC, Georgia, (0+ / 0-)

      Montana, ND, and SD get some add time. Would be interesting to hear Tweety reaction on election night if the whole East Coast joined the West Coast (sans Alaska) as Blue.

      "A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere ". C. S. Lewis

      by TofG on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 07:44:48 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  If the election is not competitive (0+ / 0-)

        the GOP Super PACs will pivot and divert their huge money into more competitive down-ticket races, and the pro-Obama PACs, if they have extra cash on hand, might do the same.

        I don't think there is any scenario where they will be moving the money into other states that they do not need the electoral votes from.

        There's smart, and there's K-mart smart. Sarah Palin is K-mart smart.

        by InsultComicDog on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 07:50:45 AM PDT

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    •  so true! it's like a blackout (1+ / 0-)
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      InsultComicDog

      It's as if nobody is talking about this election - I come home from work and turn on Hardball to get my fix.

      I miss it actually :(

  •  Oh my God! He's winning white voters?!?! (2+ / 0-)
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    Timari, Mostel26

    Fuck. Well, if he can pull that off in the other swing states, we got ourselves a landslide!

    Have you googled Romney today?

    by fou on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 08:43:02 AM PDT

    •  Conservative Dems (3+ / 0-)
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      Timari, Mostel26, pademocrat

      will probably realize that at least Obama will be able to veto stuff a Republican congress passes; in other words - Romney and an R congress would be a nightmare that they'd never be able to absolve themselves of.
      Obama will be a lesser-of-two-evils vote for them. Combine that with bragging about de-funding Planned Parenthood in SE Penn. and there's your white Dem plurality.

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