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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

NEW ROMNEY VIDEO: In 1985, He Said Bain Would “Harvest” Companies for Profits | Mother Jones

Campaigning for the presidency, Mitt Romney has pointed to his stint as the founder and manager of Bain Capital, a private equity firm, as proof he can rev up the US economy and create jobs at a faster clip than President Barack Obama. Last year, while stumping in Florida, Romney declared, “You’d have a president who has spent his life in business—small business, big business—and who knows something about how jobs are created and how we compete around the world.” His campaign spokeswoman, Andrea Saul, has said that Romney’s Bain days afford him more expertise than Obama to “focus on job creation and turn around our nation’s faltering economy.” Romney has even claimed that during his tenure at Bain, “we were able to help create over 100,000 jobs.” In his acceptance speech at the Republican convention, Romney smacked Obama for having “almost no experience working in a business” and tied that to the sluggish recovery.

But at Bain, Romney’s top priority wasn’t to boost employment. As the Wall Street Journal recently noted, creating jobs “wasn’t the aim of Bain or other private-equity firms, which measure success by returns produced for investors.” And, the newspaper reported, Romney’s 100,000-jobs claim is tough to evaluate.

Mother Jones has obtained a video from 1985 in which Romney, describing Bain’s formation, showed how he viewed the firm’s mission. He explained that its goal was to identify potential and hidden value in companies, buy significant stakes in these businesses, and then “harvest them at a significant profit” within five to eight years.

via NEW ROMNEY VIDEO: In 1985, He Said Bain Would "Harvest" Companies for Profits | Mother Jones.

GOP Hired Fraud Company to Destroy Voter Registrations of Democrats | Politicol News


Sept. 26, 2012 Why Nathal Sproul is not in jail is a mystery, after a long history of charges he manipulated the 2004, 2008 and now the 2012 Election.

Nathan Sproul stands accused of destroying Democrat Registration forms in the past, has been hired by the Republican party to help Romney win in Florida and other states by fraudulent methods.

via GOP Hired Fraud Company to Destroy Voter Registrations of Democrats | Politicol News.

Ohio voters face challenges from tea party groups – latimes.com

CINCINNATI — Lori Monroe, a 40-year-old Democrat who lives in central Ohio, was startled a few weeks ago to open a letter that said a stranger was challenging her right to vote in the presidential election.

Monroe, who was recovering from cancer surgery, called the local election board to protest. A local tea party leader was trying to strike Monroe from the voter rolls for a reason that made no sense: Her apartment building in Lancaster was listed as a commercial property.

“I’m like, really? Seriously?” Monroe said. “I’ve lived here seven years, and now I’m getting challenged?”

Monroe’s is one of at least 2,100 names that tea party groups have sought to remove from Ohio’s voter rosters.

The groups and their allies describe it as a citizen movement to prevent ballot fraud, although the Republican secretary of state said in an interview that he knew of no evidence that any more than a handful of illegal votes had been cast in Ohio in the last few presidential elections.

via Ohio voters face challenges from tea party groups – latimes.com.