The fact that I’m seeing so many people post about WardrobeGate tells you exactly what is wrong with the state of the journalism and social media today. The fact that I’m blogging about it after not posting anything in months tells you that I’ve reached my tipping point.
I think it’s fair to say that First Lady Michelle Obama looked spectacular in her $6,800 jacket that she wore to Buckingham Palace to meet the queen.
This jacket has been a source of contempt from the right wing. Did she pay for it herself or did we, the taxpayers pay for it? Does it really matter? Mrs. Obama was officially representing the United States of America at an event at Buckingham Palace with the Queen of England. Did these idiots want her wearing a $45 K-Mart jacket?
The point is the right wing found their retaliation for criticism aimed at Ann Romney for a $990 shirt she wore for an appearance on CBS This Morning back in May. This shirt apparently caused an outrage by the media and the left. The claim was that Mitt and Ann Romney are out of touch with the American people because ‘how many Americans can afford a $990 shirt?’
I ask, how many people complaining about (or defending) the $990 will ever appear on television? It’s a non-story. The bigger story is that it appears Mrs. Romney overpaid for the shirt by about $985.
The Romney’s have money and Ann spent $990 because she wanted to look good for her television appearance, as would we. The problem wasn’t the money; it was a hideous fish shirt.
Or was it a bird shirt? It had no wing and no gill. If we can’t tell whether it’s a bird or a fish, then the designer of this shirt needs to find a new profession.
And if Ann Romney paid $990 for THAT shirt, Michelle Obama’s $6,800 jacket was a bargain.
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President Obama’s approval numbers continue to rise and the Republicans continue to bash everything yet offer no solutions. The voting public is now seeing through this. Check out these projections based on NationalPolls.com
Note: Safe states are awarded to the specific candidate regardless of whether a poll was completed for that state.
Electoral College votes based on current polling:
- Obama 419 Gingrich 101
- Obama 312 Santorum 150
- Obama 337 Paul 141
- Obama 324 Romney 191
- Obama 265 Generic GOP candidate 174
Even the dream generic GOP candidate is losing to Obama. There are some tighter state races. This information proves two things. Republicans do not like any of their candidates & Obama should coast in November.
Even North Carolina goes for Obama across the board.
The intangibles between now and November:
- How much money is spent on ads (Super PAC’s gone wild)
- State of the economy. Everything the GOP has done to slow down recovery and we’re still recovering. Housing is still very slow to recover but states are diverting money allocated to helping homeowners into the state budget.
- Foreign policy: Does a war between Israel and Iran begin? What is the state of the world / terrorism? Obama can run on killing Osama bin Laden but it only works if nothing major occurs before November 6th
- Scandals: Look at Herman Cain and Gary Hart. It depends on the severity and type but you can never count them out. You know they’re digging right now
By the way things look today, Obama looks to be in good shape for reelection.
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Florida State Senator Stephen Wise – Republican (really?) from Jacksonville wants the public school ‘Winter Break’ renamed to ‘Christmas Break’. Let the “War on Winter” begin! [Read story here]
The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi showed up at a Florida Governor and Medicare Fraud Champ Rick Scott speech and asked him to ‘pee in a cup.’ Mandvi was trying to get Scott to take a drug test. Love it! [Watch the video here]
Found this in Keith Olbermann’s Twitter stream: ”Greatest video ever: O’Reilly slams umbrella into protestor filming him; Combover destroyed by wind:” [Watch Bill O'Reilly's combover destroyed] Did you notice that he didn’t like being questioned but it’s perfectly fine for him to do that to others.
Classic Video: You’re a Mean One, Newt Gingrich – by Adam Kontras. This is a must see.
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Pundits are calling Republican Bob Turner’s Special Election victory in NY-9 a referendum on President Obama and the state of the economy. I’m sure some voters cited this as their reason for voting for Turner.
It would be surprising if former Democratic Mayor Ed Koch helped Turner with his across-the-aisle endorsement. Just like it is doubtful Turner picked up many voters over New York’s passage of gay marriage.
More likely many Democratic voters stayed home in protest over the Democratic Party’s insistence that Rep. Anthony Weiner resign over the sexting scandal even after it became clear that his constituents didn’t want him to resign.
All of the above may be factors of varying degrees but it’s nothing that couldn’t be overcome before the November 2012 General Election cycle.
What really should have the Democrats panicking is the type of candidate they are able to produce for elections. David Weprin is probably a very nice man but he’s not a very strong candidate.
Weprin doesn’t even live in the 9th district. If New York is unable to produce a strong candidate within the Brooklyn, Queens and Rockaway district, then they have serious problems. Even worse, they couldn’t find a strong candidate outside the district.
Capable but weak candidates seem to be something Democrats know well. Massachusetts saw state Attorney General Martha Coakley lose to Scott Brown and Florida elected a corporate criminal as governor because Democrats put up a qualified but weak candidate in state CFO Alex Sink.
If Democrats are unable to find any strong, confident candidates to run in November 2012, they will be in serious trouble. Republican candidates generally are strong, arrogant and campaign well.
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz needs to find better candidates than Weprin or 2012 will be a bloodbath. It doesn’t appear that President Obama’s coattails are long enough to carry many Democrats along to victory so it comes down to Wasserman-Schultz finding better candidates than Weprin.
New York’s 9th Congressional District, which hasn’t elected a Republican in 90 years, should be a wake-up call for Democrats.
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Only days after Tropical Storm Lee dropped an abundance of rain in the Louisiana area, another storm is developing in the Gulf of Mexico.
It is not yet clear which direction the storm will head – some computer models have it moving west to Mexico while others have it heading up into the Louisiana area as Lee had.
If it reaches Tropical Storm status, this would likely be called Nate.
[MORE: Storm Computer Models]
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Tropical Storm Maria has formed in the eastern Atlantic and will make its way across the ocean over the next week or so. Initial models show that the storm could skirt the Lesser Antilles before beginning its curve to the northwest. Conditions, at this time, indicate that Maria may not strengthen above Tropical Storm.
2 pm Advisory:
- Winds: 50 mph with gusts to 65 mph
- Position: 13.0 °N / 42.0 °W / about 1,220 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands
- Pressure: 29.62 in / 1003 mb
- Movement: W 23 mph
[MORE: Tropical Storm Maria Computer Models]
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Hurricane Irene is a strong category 2 and it is moving toward the North Carolina coast. The storm is expected to impact North Carolina north to New England this weekend.
8 am Advisory - August 26, 2011
- Winds: 110 mph (Cat 2) with gusts to 130 mph
- Position: 30.0° N / 77.3° W / About 375 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
- Pressure: 27.91 in / 945 mb
- Movement: N 14 mph
U.S. on high alert:
North Carolina Outer Banks - Hurricane Irene is expected to strike Saturday. Conditions will begin to deteriorate by sunrise.
Northeast U.S. Hurricane Irene is a very large storm and impacts could be felt from Virginia to New England. By the time Irene reaches Connecticut and Massachusetts, it is expected to weaken to a tropical storm.
Irene will produce heavy rain and flooding is expected in many areas. As the ground is already saturated in parts of the northeast, this could produce many downed trees and power lines.
Watches & Warnings:
- A Hurricane Warning has been issued from Little River Inlet, South Carolina north to Sandy Hook, New Jersey
- A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from Edisto Beach, South Carolina north to Little River Inlet
- A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the Chesapeake Bay
- A Hurricane Watch has been issued from Sandy Hook, New Jersey north to the Merrimack River
If you are called upon to evacuate, please do so.
Computer / Spaghetti Models below the fold.
[MORE: Hurricane Irene Computer Models]
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