By Igor Volsky on Oct 26, 2012 at 9:04 am
On Thursday, Romney campaign co-chair advanced the theory that Gen. Colin Powell endorsed President Obama because he’s black. But this isn’t the first time Sununu or even Mitt Romney’s campaign have introduced Obama’s race into the election. The former New Hampshire governor has repeatedly suggested that Obama or his policies are “foreign,” European, and something less than American. Here are some of his greatest hits:
– Obama is foreign. Obama doesn’t understand the “American system” because “he spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something, spent the next set of years in Indonesia, another set of years in Indonesia, and, frankly, when he came to the U.S. he worked as a community organizer, which is a socialized structure.” [Fox News, 7/17/2012]
– Obama doesn’t know how to be an American. During a conference call, Sununu claimed, “The men and women all over America who have worked hard to build these businesses, their businesses, from the ground up is how our economy became the envy of the world. It is the American way. And I wish this president would learn how to be an American.” [Conference call, 7/17/2012]
– Obama is a lazy idiot. Sununu described Obama’s debate performance as “babbling,” “lazy,” and “disengaged,” and dismissed the possibility that he could do better in the future. “When you’re not that bright you can’t get better prepared.” [Fox News, 10/4/2012]
– Obama has no class, just wants to be cool. “That moment of using the B.S. word was kind of a self-defining moment for the president,” he told Sean Hannity. “No class, wants to be cool. Sacrifices the dignity of the presidency for appearing cool to a magazine that works for some of his base.” [Fox News, 10/25/2012]
Romney has never publicly rebuked Sununu’s racial remarks, though Sununu has previously issued retractions of some of his statements. With just 11 days before Election Day, he remains the campaign’s most prominent spokesperson and is even attacking Obama for dividing Americans along racial lines. During an appearance on Fox News on Thursday he complained that Obama has instituted “class warfare,” adding, “This guy has tried to create some racial divides.”
What do Google searches reveal about the US election? Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a doctoral candidate at Harvard, has analysed the data and found out that it does not quite match up poll results.He tells the BBC’s Laura Trevelyan that 70% of those who don’t vote tell pollsters that they are “certain” they will do so, and that Google searches are more oriented toward the superficial aspects of the campaign rather than the policy.But campaigns can put this information to use great use; “There’s a lot of powerful information in this data set,” Mr Stephens-Davidowitz says.”They can have predictions of turnout and they can use this to allocate their voter mobilisation efforts. they can see where their stories are catching on and use that to maximise their advertising ef
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Louisville improved to 8-0 and snapped a four-game losing streak vs. Cincinnati
Cardinals cornerback Terrell Floyd picked off a pass on Cincinnati’s first drive of overtime
John Wallace kicked the game-winning field goal
1:53AM EDT October 27. 2012 – LOUISVILLE – The Louisville Cardinals reclaimed the Keg of Nails without putting the hammer down.
They won without demonstrating their dominance, without overpowering their opposition from the University of Cincinnati, without an unambiguous answer to how they have managed to remain undefeated.
But not, yet again, without proving their worth.
BOX SCORE: Louisville 34, Cincinnati 31 (OT)
“We talk about tenacity, about finishing, and about resiliency,” Louisville head coach Charlie Strong said following Friday’s 34-31 victory over the visiting Bearcats. “And that’s what you look at with this football team. . .We have yet to put together a 60-minute game. But this team continues to find a way.”
Trailing by as many as 10 points, forced into overtime by a desperate game-tying drive in the final minutes, confounded by a curious injustice in the football rulebook, Team Tightrope nonetheless persevered, performed and prevailed.
Indisputably imperfect, yet remarkably resilient, the No. 14 Cardinals won their fifth one-possession game of a serendipitous season. This time, their escape act was made possible by a freeze-the-kicker timeout Cincinnati coach Butch Jones called just prior to a Grant Donovan snap that sailed over holder Will Stein’s head on a potential game-winning field goal.
Thus reprieved, John Wallace converted a 30-yard kick to seal the soggy Big East Conference showdown and hold Louisville’s place vis-à-vis the BCS post-season picture. The victory reduced the number of teams still unbeaten in Big East play to two and further raised the stakes of the Nov. 29 matchup between Louisville and Rutgers.
For the moment, though, the Cardinals should be counting their blessings instead of counting down to their regular season finale. They should count themselves fortunate that they could yield 196 yards rushing and a game-tying 53-second touchdown drive with less than two minutes remaining in regulation and yet somehow emerge victorious.
“This win shows how much our team has matured from last year,” receiver Damian Copeland said. “We knew this was going to be a big week and a big game and we got it done.”
Louisville’s success, again, hinged on the considerable skills of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (24-of-41, 416 yards, two touchdowns) and his latest go-to guy, DeVante Parker. Parker’s juggling 30-yard touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter required an official review before it could be ratified, but his subsequent 64-yard cross-country touchdown run rated extensive replays because of the moves he made and the amount of ground he covered.
“DeVante is a special kid,” Bridgewater said. “He always steps up when his number gets called. We have to get him his touches each and every game because he has that big-play ability.”
For most teams that approach Halloween still undefeated, Parker’s second score, a go-ahead touchdown with 1:56 left on the clock, might have been sufficient to send the fans home happy. But nothing comes easily for these Cardinals, and Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux shredded Louisville’s defense with another rapid-fire touchdown less than one minute later.
It was that kind of night. Until Wallace’s winning kick, Louisville’s celebrations were consistently brief and sometimes premature. And those in search of bad omens did not have to look very hard to find one.
With Cincinnati leading, 10-7, early in the second quarter, Cincinnati’s Anthony McClung muffed a punt, kicked it into his own end zone, and was tackled on top of it only to be rewarded with a touchback instead of being penalized with a two-point safety.
The rules interpretation was plainly right – you can’t fumble a ball that you never really possess — but the result was patently ridiculous, with the Bearcats improving their field position through their own sequential clumsiness.
It appeared for a while as if the Keg of Nails trophy might remain in Cincinnati because football’s rules makers have some screws loose. But in the end, the home team was carrying the keg and a still unblemished record.
These Cardinals don’t do dominance, but they sure do drama.
President Obama gave 10 Television interviews today. Talk about a media Savvy president we got on here. Time is running out on Mitt Romney.