Obama Should Fire Hillary

International headlines have stacked up an impressive list of horribles for the United States this week.

American embassies have been protested and attacked and an ambassador and three others were murdered. Warnings came in and were either ignored or treated as so much noise. Adequate security precautions were not taken. The president shirked most of the official briefings leading up to the eleventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

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Presidential Creepiness, Bipartisan Edition

Your diarist has long complained about the Obama campaign’s creepy sounding e-mails. So it’s only fair to note that I just got two e-mails in a row from Mitt Romney with the subject line “Fly with me.”

Letters From the President

Here are the actual subject lines of two e-mails I received from Barack Obama tonight:

Before I take the stage

And then after:


Choose Your Own Electoral College

Real Clear Politics has this handy choose-your own electoral college map where you can game out the various scenarios. Just plugged in what I consider to be the most likely state-by-state outcomes. Here are the results:

Obama-Biden: 264 votes

Romney-Ryan: 274 votes

In putting this scenario together I used two all-important assumptions to try to keep it real: 1) don’t assume anything absurd; and 2) don’t assume that Romney runs the table.

RCP has designated 10 states as toss-ups. I predicted that Obama will nail down three of those — Colorado, Michigan and Ohio — and that Romney will pick up 7. The Romney states are Nevada, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Iowa.

It might not turn out exactly like that, of course. Romney could win his native Michigan; Obama could win Virginia if Virgil Goode siphons off enough votes from Republicans. Paul Ryan could help the GOP nail down Wisconsin but not demographically similar Iowa.

But there, folks, is my best guess. What’s yours?

Please Stop Stalking Us, Mr. President

Fun thought experiment: If over the last four years somebody had sent to the White House dozens of e-mails with the same kind of creepy subject lines that the Obama campaign routinely dispatches* to my inbox, how long would it have taken before the Secret Service came knocking?

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Listerine Can Breathe Easy

Imagine, if you dare, the sales bonanza a certain mouthwash company would have enjoyed in 2008 if it had only touted “The Audacity of Scope.”


Lolprez Update

Ask and ye shall receive. From I Can Has Cheezburger, behold an anti-Obama lolcat: