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Daily Kos: ‘I don’t have the time’ to explain tax plan, says Paul Ryan on Fox News

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There’s kind of a pattern here: Back in an August interview with Fox News’ Brit Hume, Paul Ryan couldn’t offer details on the budget proposal he and Mitt Romney would be promoting if elected because “we haven’t run the numbers” and also he didn’t want to get too wonky, didn’t want to get into complicated baseline issues, and so on.

Sunday, talking to Fox News’ Chris Wallace, Ryan again ducked, dodged, and evaded Wallace’s attempts to get him to be specific about the Romney-Ryan tax plan, culminating in the claim that “I don’t have the time. It would take me too long to go through all of the math.”

via Daily Kos: 'I don't have the time' to explain tax plan, says Paul Ryan on Fox News.

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Eugene Robinson: Republicans deluded by ‘skewed’ polls – The Washington Post

Conservative activist circles are abuzz with a new conspiracy theory: Polls showing President Obama with a growing lead over Mitt Romney are deliberately being skewed by the Liberal Mainstream Media so Republicans will be disheartened and stay home on Election Day.

This is denial and self-delusion but not of the harmless kind. It’s a false narrative that encourages the Republican Party to take the wrong lessons from this election, no matter the outcome.

via Eugene Robinson: Republicans deluded by ‘skewed’ polls – The Washington Post.

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Election Forecasts – FiveThirtyEight Blog – NYTimes.com

After a secretly recorded videotape was released on Sept. 17 showing Mitt Romney making unflattering comments about the “47 percent” of Americans who he said had become dependent on government benefits, I suggested on Twitter that the political impact of the comments could easily be overstated.

“Ninety percent of ‘game-changing’ gaffes are less important in retrospect than they seem in the moment,” I wrote.

But was this one of the exceptional cases? A week and a half has passed since Mr. Romney’s remarks became known to the public — meaning that there’s been enough time to evaluate their effect on the polls.There’s a case to be made that they did damage Mr. Romney’s standing some.

via Election Forecasts – FiveThirtyEight Blog – NYTimes.com.

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Suspected GOP Voter Fraud Spreads in Florida

Florida elections officials said that “at least 10 counties have identified suspicious and possibly fraudulent voter registration forms turned in by a firm working for the Republican Party of Florida,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

via Suspected GOP Voter Fraud Spreads in Florida.

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How social media is sinking Mitt Romney | Digital Trends

Love or hate his politics, Mitt Romney’s recurring social media slipups show how technology is changing the campaign game, and steepening on the learning curve.

The significance of social media is indisputable. While its monetary value is still up for debate, the influential role it plays in users’ lives is inarguable, and that’s become incredibly evident in the world of politics. The fact that campaigns now have Social Media Directors is proof enough that this stuff matters – as in could decide elections matters.

via How social media is sinking Mitt Romney | Digital Trends.

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