ON THE DEBATE: Romney won by staying in the ring, not getting knocked down, avoiding Obama’s rope-a-dope and forcing Obama to look mean and a little punch-drunk!
‘Preference Cascade’: Republicans are increasingly confident and Democrats are increasingly discouraged, and not just because of the polls. Veteran political analyst Michael Barone observes that the Obama campaign's Electoral College "firewall" appears to be collapsing. While the Democrats seem to have given up on North Carolina and perhaps even Florida, the Republicans are now expanding their own ambitions to include Pennsylvania. And over the weekend, it was reported that the RNC has an 18-to-1 campaign cash advantage over the DNC.
If Romney were indeed riding the momentum produced by a decisive "preference cascade," such signs are exactly what we might expect to see. However, Professor Reynolds has also popularized another phrase Republicans should also keep in mind: "Don't get cocky."
Guess who's coming for coffee? -- If you're in the White House, perhaps an American friend of the terrorist group Hamas. TheDC's Neil Munro reports: "White House visitor records show that administration officials have hosted numerous White House meetings with a series of U.S.-based Muslim political groups that have close ties to jihadi groups and push to reduce anti-terrorism investigations. The visits were discovered by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, which compared the Obama White House’s visitor records with its database of Islamist advocacy groups. For example, the records show that officials from the Council on American Islamic Relations have visited the White House 20 times, according to the organization’s report. Members of CAIR were invited to the White House, even though an April 2009 FBI statement said the bureau 'does not view CAIR as an appropriate liaison partner' because of its ties to the Hamas jihadi group.
"This shouldn't be too hard: You don't get an invite to the president's house if you excuse terrorism, or worse, if you are part of a group so radical the FBI won't even meet with you. Period. End of sentence.
"Nearly all men can withstand adversity; if you want to test a man's character, give him power." -- Abraham Lincoln
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