New Polls Show Romney Lead in Battleground States
RUSH: More polling data here, folks. John Nolte at Breitbart reporting: "The good news in today's ARG poll of Ohio is not that Romney's leading 48-47%," but get this: "[T]he party ID breakdown doesn't reflect anything nearing reality." In this Ohio poll, Romney is beating Obama with a Democrat sample of plus-nine. Romney is winning independents in this Ohio poll by 20 points. It just came out. He's up by one over Obama, 48-47, with a Democrat sample of 42% and a Republican sample of 33%.
So even with a nine-point sample advantage for Democrats, Romney is leading by one, and independents by 20.
New Republic: Never Mind, the Debate Bounce is Over
RUSH: The left and the media think they're making a comeback, folks. The New Republic thinks they have found news in the latest polling data that looks bad for Romney. Nate Cohn at the New Republic: "Potentially Ominous Sign For Romney In Today's Gallup Numbers -- While the twitter-verse was ablaze with the news that Romney seized the lead in Gallup’s tracker of likely voters, the underlying data hinted at troubling news for Romney. After making big gains among registered voters following the debates, Gallup’s most recent days of tracking have shown a shift back in the president’s direction, with Obama returning to pre-debate levels. Similarly, Gallup’s 3-day approval tracker found the president reaching 53 percent, suggesting that the president fared pretty well in interviews on Saturday, as well."
So the left thinks that whatever Romney got postdebate, it's over, and now people have changed their minds again and Obama's where he was before the debate. Now, I'm sorry, folks, I just don't buy any of this. What they want us to believe is that there was this massive 18-point, ten-point, 12-point swing following the debate from Obama to Romney, and now it's back to where it was. This is not how people think. Now, they may be telling pollsters this. Heck, who knows. But there aren't this many people undecided in this race. Do you realize how many undecided people there have to be for all this to be true?
Anyway, the point remains, they are just totally absorbed in these polls. Whatever these polls tell 'em, they are invested totally in them. They're using no common sense. They're using no critical thinking, or independent thinking. I mean, whatever the polling data says is what it is that day. They don't even consider the polls to have any fallibility whatsoever. So somebody call Andrew Sullivan now and get him to come back in off the ledge, because the New Republic has found news here in the latest Gallup number -- see, it was the Pew poll that had Sullivan suicidal, but the Gallup poll now says that Sullivan can come back in off the ledge, because Obama's back to right where he was before the debate, which means people have forgotten what happened in the debate. Or, whatever happened in the debate that made 'em change their mind, something's happened since to make 'em say, "You know what? I still don't like Romney, the hell with him. I'm going back to Obama." I mean, the stuff they ask us to believe. Gallup's accuracy in 2008 was 17 or 18. Rasmussen was number one, in terms of being the closest to predicting the real outcome.
Shakeup at Obama Campaign?
RUSH: Now, F. Chuck Todd is reporting that big shakeups may be happening in the Obama campaign. They might be looking at bringing back some people from the '08 campaign. No names mentioned.
Another Obama Green Energy Boondoggle
RUSH: "President Obama touted it in 2010 as evidence 'manufacturing jobs are coming back to the United States,' but two years later, a Michigan hybrid battery plant built with $150 million in taxpayer funds is putting workers on furlough before a single battery has been produced."
Yes, you heard right. A plant that got $150 million -- I don't know if it's stimulus money or not -- but they got $150 million in government money, subsidize making batteries for the Chevrolet Volt? This company is laying people off, and they haven't in two years made a battery. Hello, green energy. Everybody thinks green energy -- well, Obama does -- thinks green energy is the next big thing. And it's not there yet. There just isn't any green energy business yet. It may happen someday, but it hasn't happened yet.
So we're subsidizing Big Bird. We're subsidizing a battery factory that never made a battery. And somebody want to tell me this man knows what he's doing? Well, in the sense of competence, he does know what he's doing. Believe me. What's happening is exactly what he wants to happen.
RUSH: Now, look at this: "President Obama Marked Columbus Day." What is Columbus Day to you? What does Columbus Day mean to you? The old lore is that Columbus discovered America. You know what Columbus is to the left? I am not making this up. To the left -- to the multiculturalists, to the people teaching your kids in school who subscribe to this multicultural belief -- Columbus was a mean, evil guy. Columbus is the root of most of the evil in this country.
Columbus brought racism, sexism, bigotry!
Columbus didn't care about the environment.
He destroyed everything he came in contact with. He was an oppressor. He encountered the native people, the indigenous people, and he basically just took everything they had. He took it away from 'em. He took over and made 'em slaves. Christopher Columbus didn't do one thing worthwhile. I'm not exaggerating. That's who he is to the left, particularly the real radical left and a lot of teachers. Okay, so now that you know that, listen to this:
"President Obama marked Columbus Day by issuing a proclamation that reflects 'on the tragic burdens tribal communities bore' in the years that followed the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus." That's his presidential proclamation. (interruption) Nope. No. This is from Fox News. It's at their website, a guy named Todd Starnes. They put the presidential proclamation on the White House website.
(interruption) No, it's not a joke. "President Obama marked Columbus Day by issuing a proclamation that reflects 'on the tragic burdens tribal communities bore' in the years that followed the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus. 'When the explorers laid anchor in the Bahamas, they met indigenous peoples who had inhabited the Western hemisphere for millennia,' Obama wrote.
"'As we reflect on the tragic burdens tribal communities bore in the years that followed, let us commemorate the many contributions they have made to the American experience, and let us continue to strengthen the ties that bind us today.' He called on Americans to 'recall' the courage of Columbus, while celebrating 'our heritage as a people born of many histories and traditions. Following is the complete proclamation of what President Obama called 'that fateful October day in 1492.'"
Now, let me just say something. If this is The Onion, if this is satire, if this is a joke, if somebody is running a scam here on Fox News and Todd Starnes, let me just say something. If it's a joke, the reason it works is because all humor -- really good humor -- is grounded in some truth. The reason this works is because it is believable that Obama, as a leftist, would have this view. They do. This is the multiculturalist view.
I just asked you: "What is Columbus Day to the left?" It's Oppressors Day! Why did you say that? Because you know that's what it is to them. Okay, so that's who Obama is: A leftist. (interruption) Why are you so shocked? (interruption) You don't... Okay, Snerdley is not buying it. "Obama wouldn't dare do this as president in an election year. Obama wouldn't dare do this! This has to be satire. It has to be. It can't possibly be true."
Well, I've got the proclamation here, and it does say we reflect "'on the tragic burdens tribal communities bore' in the years that followed the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus." By the way, how many of you have ever heard that Columbus landed in the Bahamas? See, that, to me, is what makes this thing a little suspicious and dubious. Hispaniola! Hispaniola. I hate to tell you, Mr. Snerdley, the proclamation is legit.
This is not The Onion. It is not Scott Ott. It is not a parody. It is found on government websites. That's where Mr. Starnes at Fox News and Commentary found it. It's legit. (interruption) Snerdley still doesn't believe it. Go look it up! Go look at any White House website, any government website. "Columbus Day 2012, By the President of the United States of America, A Proclamation:
"As dawn broke over the Atlantic on October 12, 1492, a perilous 10-week journey across an ocean gave way to encounters and events that would dramatically shape the course of history. Today, we recall the courage and the innovative spirit that carried Christopher Columbus and his crew from a Spanish port to North America, and we celebrate our heritage as a people born of many histories and traditions [and] reflect on the tragic burdens tribal communities bore in the years that followed" the discovery of the New World by Columbus.