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The most recent polls indicate Mitt Romney has a strong chance to wrest the
White House from President Barack Obama, says ace Republican strategist Karl
The opening statements of the first presidential debate and the
closing statements of the final debate are what put Romney in this position, he
writes in The Wall Street Journal.
The average of the last 10
major polls compiled by Real Clear Politics shows Romney leading 47.7 percent to
47.1 percent. Just before the first debate, Obama led 49.1 to 46
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More importantly, in the past
week’s 40 national surveys, Romney’s support registered at or above 50 percent
in 11 polls, while Obama scored that high in only one, Rove says.
especially good news for Romney because “an incumbent president’s final number
in opinion polls is often his Election Day share of his vote, and undecided
voters generally swing the challenger’s way,” Rove writes.
The race will
likely be decided by a few states — Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, New
Hampshire, Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and most
important, Ohio, Rove says.
“So if Mr. Obama goes into Nov. 6 below 50
percent in these states — as he now is in almost every one — he is likely to
lose them and his chance at a second term.”
Earlier this week, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner put his “resume” into the marketplace by saying that he didn’t think that President Obama would ask him to continue in his position IF the President were able to win a second term. Geithner even hinted that if asked, he was ready for a change, and would “move on”.
Then yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said that she was ready to get “off the high wire of American politics”, and would not return to her position if a second term for Obama were to become a reality.
These type of statements are not unusual in any White House administration. But, perhaps Barack Obama should take a cue from these two high profile Cabinet members, and decide that a second term just isn’t what he wants!
Newly obtained emails show that the White House was better informed about a failed gun-tracking operation on the border with Mexico than was previously known.
Three White House national security officials were given some details about the operation, dubbed Fast and Furious. The operation allowed firearms to be illegally purchased, with the goal of tracking them to Mexican drug cartels. But the effort went out of control after agents lost track of many of the weapons.
The supervisor of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives operation in Phoenix specifically mentioned Fast and Furious in at least one email to a White House national security official, and two other White House colleagues were briefed on reports from the supervisor, according to White House emails and a senior administration official.
But the senior administration official said the emails, obtained Thursday by The Times, did not prove that anyone in the White House was aware of the covert “investigative tactics” of the operation.
On Tuesday, The Weekly Standard’s deputy online editor, Daniel Halper, made a noteworthy charge against the White House.
Following an article in which he discussed the ongoing debate over which country the U.S. believes Jerusalem is in (hint: It’s not Israel), Halper claims that the White House “cleansed” its site of references to the city being definitively tied to the Jewish homeland.