10/23/2012 - 5:12pm

Last night after the debate, when a producer told Chris Matthews that he hadn't called anyone a racist is 17 minutes, he decided to blame race for the fact that Mitt Romney has voters who support him.

I think they hate Obama, I think they want him out of the White House more than they want to destroy al Qaeda. Their number one enemy in the world right now, on the right, is their hatred, hatred for Obama....

10/23/2012 - 1:59pm

John Kerry says don't vote for Mitt Romney - he's a flip flopper!

Yesterday, he changed every position... the American people simply cannot trust Mitt Romney.

Notice how proudly Kerry announces he's been studying to be Mitt since the beginning of the summer so he can play him in debate prep?

10/23/2012 - 11:28am

A new Obama ad started running on Tuesday - a closing argument now that the debates are over. It makes the things are heading in the right direction argument.

10/23/2012 - 8:04am

Steve Hayes of the Weekly Standard is still irate over the president's Benghazi deceptions - which is appropriate.

We now know so much more... we know that they were monitoring this in real time at the White House... we know that the CIA station chief called it a terrorist attack immediately...

10/23/2012 - 7:04am

Wow - tough ad from Tommy Thompson, running for US Senate in Wisconsin.

Thompson is the former governor of Wisconsin and was U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services under George W. Bush.

10/23/2012 - 3:33am

After months of pundits telling us how many more paths to victory the president has, suddenly Mitt's path looks clear and attainable. 3-2-1.

Even without Ohio there are other ways now for Romney to get there... very very tossup, close race, electorally, now...

10/23/2012 - 1:26am

The president mocked Romney on the strength of the US military, using his punchiest line of the night on to defend against a shrinking ship count for the Navy. We also have fewer horses and bayonets offered the president. But it turns out that horses and bayonets remains vital to our national defense.

You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916," Obama said. "Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military's changed.

"We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go under water, nuclear submarines," he said.

10/23/2012 - 1:20am

Who has shined in the handling of the Benghazi assassination of the US Ambassador to Libya - Romney or Obama? Former Romney aid Mike Murphy says the prize goes to... neither.

I think it was kind of a train wreck on all sides... I don't think it's gonna reallys change the outcome of the election, but it takes the edge off all these bragging rights for the president... it's like there's been an incompetence to it...

10/22/2012 - 3:28pm

A scary number for the president in the new NBC/Wall St Journal poll shows 62% saying, if Obama is reelected, that they want to see major changes from him. Mark Halperin says this spells trouble.

The number in there that says people want a changed Obama agenda is a huge number - it's higher than what people wanted from George W. Bush in 2004... He has said 'give me four more years to finish what I've started.' That number suggests people don't want him to finish, they want a change in direction...

10/22/2012 - 3:42am

The new poll from NBC News has some nice nuggets, much juicer than showing the race tied at 47% when the president led by 5 in their September poll. For example, as much as the media loves talking about Romney's girl trouble, it's the president who suffers a gender gap, but even though their gender numbers favor Romney, they're still calling it his problem!

... Romney's gender gap narrows when you move from registered voters to likely voters -- Obama's lead with women shrinks to eight points (51 percent to 43 percent), and Romney's advantage with men grows to 10 points (53 percent to 43 percent).

On the big economic issues on which the election hangs - like job creation - Romney is leading.

Romney also has the advantage on jobs and unemployment (46 percent to 39 percent) and the federal budget deficit (48 percent to 35 percent).

And by a four-point margin (45 percent to 41 percent), voters think Romney is better prepared to create jobs and improve the economy over the next four years.

Bad for Romney is the rather odd optimism that seems to have taken hold.

Forty-five percent believe the economy will improve in the next 12 months. That's up one point from the last poll and a whopping 18 points since July. What's more, 41 percent think the country is headed in the right direction, which is the highest mark on this question since June 2009.

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