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US Election Nov. 6

miller

TRIBE Member
Who will win and why?

Both parties need to rally their base. Does not appear to be many undecided or swing voters, but what there is will go to the Dems.

Lots of Poli-tricks about to happen.

Obama is still affable. Romney is much more polarizing.

I expect lots of Neg attacks on Tea Party policies (i.e. The New Republican Platform)
 
After watching the shit show that was the RNC, I'm amazed that the Republicans are still continuing the race.

I thought the Federal Liberals were in a bad state. But Jesus Christ, the Republicans are so unbelievably fractured and divided themselves, I'm starting to wonder if the Tea Party might form their own party that might break away from the Republican base.
 

le bricoleur

TRIBE Member
Romney v Larry Flint

Larry Flynt and Hustler offer $1 million bounty for Romney tax info - Boing Boing

Larry Flynt and Hustler offer $1 million bounty for Romney tax info

By Xeni Jardin at 4:07 pm Tuesday, Sep 11

Mitt Romney’s personal tax history is exactly the kind of political mystery that porn mogul and free speech advocate Larry Flynt would like to uncover. So he and Hustler are offering $1 million in cash for information on the presidential candidate's “unreleased tax returns and/or details of his offshore assets, bank accounts and business partnerships” in full-page ads in USA Today and the Washington Post. “What is he hiding?” asks the ad. There's a larger scan here.

 

acheron

TRIBE Member
Wow, this must be important, I mean Flynt only offered what, $50 for Lindsay Lohan to pose nekkid....
 
Good luck trying to spin this one, Romney.

Video Captures Uncensored Mitt Romney at Fundraiser | Swampland | TIME.com

In a hidden-camera video captured at a private fundraiser and posted Monday afternoon to the website of Mother Jones, Mitt Romney offers an assessment of Barack Obama’s supporters that is far more withering than any he’s revealed in public.

The clip is one in a series of leaked videos, purportedly taken at an unspecified fundraiser held “earlier this year” and obtained by Mother Jones. They cover everything from Romney’s view of how to win over unhappy Obama voters (“they love the phrase that he’s ‘over his head’”) to his belief that policy arguments don’t move polls (“discussion on a whole series of important topics typically doesn’t win elections”) to the strategy behind the deployment of Ann Romney. The cache comes on the heels of another surreptitious clip that captures Romney telling donors a story about the miserable work conditions in a Chinese factory to which he once traveled, and which Bain was considering buying.

The most incendiary clip posted by Mother Jones is likely to be Romney’s characterization of Obama voters as an “entitled” cohort, “people who pay no income tax” and are “dependent on government, who believe they are victims.” It appears to reflect a Randian view of the country, in which Romney’s supporters are the producers and Obama’s are the moochers.

In general, it’s not great for a presidential candidate to make unsympathetic generalizations about 47% of the U.S. population. It’s additionally problematic for Romney to whack them for paying too little in taxes when he’s declined to provide more than two years of his own returns and pledged to cut taxes for the middle class — some of whom presumably fall into the 47% Romney is denigrating.

Obama knows full well that views a candidate espouses in private can prove damaging; comments he made at a 2008 fundraiser about voters who “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them” dogged him for months. Jim Messina, Obama’s campaign manager, released a statement this afternoon that said: “It’s hard to serve as president for all Americans when you’ve disdainfully written off half the nation.”

The Romney campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Update, 7:00 p.m. The Romney campaign sends along the following statement from communications director Gail Gitcho:

“Mitt Romney wants to help all Americans struggling in the Obama economy. As the governor has made clear all year, he is concerned about the growing number of people who are dependent on the federal government, including the record number of people who are on food stamps, nearly one in six Americans in poverty, and the 23 million Americans who are struggling to find work. Mitt Romney’s plan creates 12 million new jobs in four years, grows the economy and moves Americans off of government dependency and into jobs.”
 
Looks like the 2 years of tax releases might have been manipulated to make him look good on a political front and conform to his claim that "he paid his fair share". It's not a smoking gun, but you can't help but ask why he didn't take a full charitable tax credit for those years that he released other than for the fact it'll avoid making him look like he's bordering on tax evasion or paying a crazy low tax rate for the amount he's earned.

Romney gives Democrats support for claim he manipulated tax deductions for political purposes - The Washington Post

While it would be a huge invasion of privacy and almost certainly a felony for any one that would leak his tax returns, I'd still be very interested to see what they show, and how he'd try to justify his elitist Ayn Rand-themed bullshit.
 
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praktik

TRIBE Member
Looks like the 2 years of tax releases might have been manipulated to make him look good on a political front and conform to his claim that "he paid his fair share". It's not a smoking gun, but you can't help but ask why he didn't take a full charitable tax credit for those years that he released other than for the fact it'll avoid making him look like he's bordering on tax evasion or paying a crazy low tax rate for the amount he's earned.

Romney gives Democrats support for claim he manipulated tax deductions for political purposes - The Washington Post

While it would be a huge invasion of privacy and almost certainly a felony for any one that would leak his tax returns, I'd still be very interested to see what they show, and how he'd try to justify his elitist Ayn Rand-themed bullshit.
Mitt Romney is paying… too much in taxes?

In 2011, Romney made $14 million while being unemployed
 

alexd

Administrator
Staff member
If there is no clear winner, this is going to be a disaster. Years of court battles ahead.
 
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