2012 Presidential Election

“Conservatism Is Calling”

Featured image One of my daughters sent me a link to this video last night. Called “Conservatism Is Calling,” it is reminiscent of America Rising, a video that was prepared in anticipation of the 2010 election and has been viewed 3.9 million times here on Power Line, making it the most-read or viewed post ever on this site. “Conservatism Is Calling” is different in that it is seven minutes long, but the »

Report from Bucks County

Featured image Reader Martin Karo writes from Yardley, Pennsylvania: I wasn’t expecting much from Romney’s Yardley rally; Bucks County was very hard hit by Hurricane Sandy, a large number of locals still lack electric power (including me), and the weather took a nasty cold snap. The cloud ceiling was rain-threateningly low, the air damp with a brisk wind. Anyone with any sense (and no power) would have been elsewhere, and without electricity »

22,000 deserving “favorites” the government decided not to pick

Featured image As discussed in the post below, the auto industry bailout is a classic case of crony capitalism, and one which has not accomplished its stated goal of putting General Motors on a sound footing. Nonetheless, the Obama campaign has made the bailout the centerpiece of its efforts to hold the electoral votes of the crucial states of Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The web ad below, by American Future Fund, counters »

After months of non-stop personal attacks against him, Romney emerges in as favorable a light as Obama

Featured image Mary Katharine Ham finds that in the waning days of this election, Mitt Romney has closed the “likeability gap,” formerly thought to be President Obama’s greatest asset, in three national polls. The polls in question are Washington Post/ABC News (Obama viewed favorably by 54 percent, Romney by 53 percent); Politico/GW (Obama 51 percent; Romney 50 percent); and Fox News (Obama 52; Romney 51). It’s not difficult to believe that Romney »

Ryan Rocks Minnesota [Updated]

Featured image Some scoff at the idea that Mitt Romney might carry Minnesota, but actions speak louder than words. Both Bill Clinton and Paul Ryan campaigned in Minnesota today. This morning, I put out a call to Power Line readers who attended the Ryan event to send me photos and accounts of the rally. The results were overwhelming; I can post only a tiny fraction of the photos we got, but thanks »

The Catholic vote in Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan

Featured image Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and maybe Michigan have turned out to be among the very most important states in this year’s presidential election. These states have several things in common, one of which is a large Catholic population. Catholics represent approximately 18 percent of the population in Ohio, 29.5 percent in Wisconsin, 28.5 in Pennsylvania, and 22 percent in Michigan. A Columbus Dispatch poll gives Romney a 55 to 44 lead »

“A Bigger, Better America”

Featured image Mitt Romney’s latest ad–maybe the last of the campaign–is a one-minute video called “A Bigger, Better America.” I am not sure whether it is playing on television as well as the internet; I hope so. It is beautifully done and highly effective, the kind of soaring, positive ad that Barack Obama, with his failed administration and mean, petty campaign, can’t even pretend to match: »

A Reaganesque moment in Englewood

Featured image Mitt Romney’s team arranged a beautiful moment of Reaganesque stagecraft yesterday in Englewood, Colorado. If you’ve heard Romney’s stump speech, you know he has incorporated a story about an American flag that was rescued from the Challenger disaster. Romney’s anecdote derives from his involvement with the Boy Scouts. NBC’s Garrett Haake picks up the story from there: “Retelling the tale of a Boy Scout group’s flag — thought lost in »

A Request to Anyone Who Attends Paul Ryan’s Rally In Minnesota Today

Featured image I am not going to make it to the Paul Ryan rally in Bloomington today, but if any of our readers are there–and I am sure some will be–please send your photos to john.hinderaker@gmail.com, along with your comments on the event, and I will do a post on it later in the day. Thanks! »

Is Romney Surging In Unexpected States?

Featured image This morning there are a number of fresh polls that seem to suggest Mitt Romney has succeeded in expanding the electoral map. Via Drudge, we see that a new poll puts Romney slightly ahead in Michigan. But beware: this poll is from Foster McCollum White Baydoun, the same outfit that has shown the race essentially tied in prior surveys. That doesn’t mean they are wrong, it just means that today’s »

Who’s ahead in Iowa?

Featured image Michael Barone has predicted that Mitt Romney will carry Iowa. The polls, however, tend to favor President Obama. NBC/WSJ/Marist shows President Obama up by 6 percentage points — 50 to 44 percent; Gravis Marketing shows Obama up 4 points — 49 to 45 percent; WeAskAmerica shows Obama up 1.5 points — 48.8 to 47.3 percent; while Rasmussen shows Mitt Romney up 1 point — 49 to 48 percent. At the »

Republicans have their work cut out for them in Nevada

Featured image Although Michael Barone predicts that Mitt Romney will be elected pretty handily, he gives President Obama the edge in Nevada: Democratic early-voting turnout is down from 2008 in Las Vegas’ Clark County, 70 percent of the state. But the casino unions’ turnout machine on Election Day re-elected an unpopular Harry Reid in 2010, and I think they’ll get enough Latinos and Filipinos out this time. Obama [to win the State]. »

Romney Closes Large

Featured image What is most striking about the last days of this year’s presidential campaign is that Barack Obama has gone petty, urging his supporters to vote out of “revenge,” while Mitt Romney has gone large, offering a vision of a bigger and better America. Byron York captures the mood at Romney’s huge rally in West Chester Ohio last night: “Romney closes big: ‘Love of country’ vs. ‘Revenge.’” Obama’s “revenge” remark was »

Under the Radar, Guns Have Become An Issue

Featured image The good old days when Democrats could be counted on to shoot themselves in the foot–so to speak–by coming out for gun control are sadly gone. As a result, the once-feared National Rifle Association has been relatively dormant on the political scene in recent years. But late in Obama’s term, he incautiously said a few things that can reasonably be interpreted as anti-gun. So the NRA has swung into action »

The Enthusiasm Is All GOP, Red Rocks Edition

Featured image I wrote here about the sensational Romney-Ryan rally at Red Rocks, the amphitheater outside Denver. The Romney campaign has now made a web ad out of the event, titled “Red Rocks.” I learned about the video because one of my 16-year-old daughter’s friends tweeted it. I have no idea how the youth vote will break this year, but there is nothing in Barack Obama’s tawdry campaign, or in the diminished »

Obama’s November Blunder

Featured image One of Barack Obama’s problems is that he is not a very accomplished public speaker. When he veers away from his teleprompter, which you pretty much have to do on the stump, his instincts are poor and he tends to get into trouble. That happened yesterday when Obama said to a crowd that had just booed Mitt Romney, “No, no, no — don’t boo, vote. Vote. Voting is the best »

Afghanistan missing from candidates’ “closing arguments”

Featured image Today’s Wall Street Journal contains “closing argument” statements by Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. President Obama mentions Afghanistan once in part of a sentence that talks about “ending” – not winning – “the wars.” Romney says nothing about Afghanistan. A friend writes: Think about this for a second: America has been at war in Afghanistan for 11 years; Americans are currently fighting and dying there; and neither candidate for president »