Hey, remember when our Presidency threads were awesome and we analyzed polls obsessively and had people on the ground in lots of states and it was like a little organizing community all up ins instead of getting off on 10 pages of meaningless tangents that get Jeffe to come yell at us and threaten us with taking our toys away? Let's do that again!
Therefore, it's once again the American Presidency thread. In this thread, we are to:Do:
Talk about Mitt Romney's tax returns!
Bemoan our media's inability to call bullshit on contextectomies.
Speculate about the Republican VP choice!
Talk about ads we find interesting!
Link polls! Analyze the internals therein!
Sadly link the monthly job reports and weekly unemployment claims numbers!
Liveblog The Rachel Maddow Show when relevant (Preacher and me mostly)!
Laugh at Rush Limbaugh's stupid conspiracy theories!
Discuss largely meaningless tactics from the two sides!
Tell people to vote!
Argue about on topic stuff!Do not:
Engage in 10 page tangents about, say, the definition of the internet that distract from anything meaningful!
Contribute nothing other than tell another poster he's a useless loser who makes shit up. If you feel you must, call him or her a goose once and then stop responding to them.
Be a dick!Current happenings:
Barack Obama has a slim lead in the popular vote polls and a more robust lead in the electoral college, with Romney needing to pull a clean sweep of all the states we could vaguely label as toss ups at this point in time. 538 has him a 2 to 1favorite to win re-election, for example.
Mitt Romney continues to be pressed to release his tax returns. 54% of the country would like him to, 37% thinks he doesn't need to, with the rest undecided or don't know, according to a recent poll from Gallup
He is also being pressed on exactly when he left Bain Capital. As he does not want to be associated with them from 1999-2002. Except the good stuff, like Staples hiring lots of people. That is his doing. Just not the bad stuff like outsourcing or the stuff his base wouldn't like, like Bain's association with Stericycle.
The Romney camp has leaked that a VP pick is "soon" which seems unlikely what with the Olympics starting next week and drowning out a lot of coverage. The rumored leaders are Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, and Rob Portman of Ohio. All three are pretty boring individuals, though Jindal would obviously be a first for the Indian American community. Paul Ryan from Wisconsin is the dark horse and a suicidal pick.
The major Romney attack on Obama is ripping a quote violently out of context to claim Obama "doesn't understand America" because the Romney campaign is classy like that. Implications that he is foreign and un-American have abounded the last week as the Romney camp has struggled to fend off the tax attacks. John Sununu has been a particularly egregious offender.
Self-righteousness is incompatible with coalition building.