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They really believed it. They were ready to get working. Even if it meant using a photo of Obama’s inauguration in their representation of Romney’s special day.

But what this truly underlines is the difference between the science party and the “no science” party. Had they looked at the U.S. Census and read analysis of the popular vote in the last two elections, they would see they overestimated the white vote by 5-6 percent and no pixels would have died in putting up a transition team website.

Clinton wasn’t talking about electoral math or polling when he said “People ask me all the time how we delivered four surplus budgets. What new ideas did we bring? I always give a one-word answer: arithmetic.” My take is that if you can use math in one endeavor, you can use it in another.

via Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire

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 I like this photo of Stacie Laughton, the first transgender woman to be elected to office in New Hampshire. Women candidates have brought about many firsts in New Hampshire electoral history but, like all women running for office, how they look matters. Yet no one is looking at Laughton in this photo. And she won.
via The Manchester Union Leader
(Photo Credit: Simon Rios/Union Leader Correspondent caption:  Selectman Stacie Laughton assists a voter to fill out an affidavit. Voters are required to sign affidavits affirming their identity if they have no means of identification.) 
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I like this photo of Stacie Laughton, the first transgender woman to be elected to office in New Hampshire. Women candidates have brought about many firsts in New Hampshire electoral history but, like all women running for office, how they look matters. Yet no one is looking at Laughton in this photo. And she won.

via The Manchester Union Leader

(Photo Credit: Simon Rios/Union Leader Correspondent caption: Selectman Stacie Laughton assists a voter to fill out an affidavit. Voters are required to sign affidavits affirming their identity if they have no means of identification.)

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Before the Campaign ‘12 results come in this evening, I want to pay my respects to one of America’s finest editorial photographers. I’m constantly taken by his ability to capture meanings on multiple levels. Take his images from candidate Romney’s final blitz, for example. On face value, Stephen Crowley is merely offering glimpses into stagecraft and campaign ephemera. Look further though, and the photos are silent editorials, even essays about the candidate, his personality and political culture.

I want to touch on a few of Crowley’s images that appeared in yesterday’s New York Times slideshow entitled: “To the White House? Or Home to Massachusetts?” as Crowley sees Mitt back to the land of the 1%.

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I don’t really know how to put this in words, but something about these two late October photos in the same Reuters slide show struck me as cementing conceptions of the two candidates for president. Romney alone and waiting, the focus on the man waiting for the verdict. A woman with her back to him, but every other human nearly incorporeal. He’s the only real solid in the photo. A lonely solid. If I could paint, this could be my portrait of him.

In the other photo; Obama is embraced by a man who seems almost humbled by the president’s attention: he’s hugging Obama in an intent if awkward manner, his arm solidly around the president’s waist. His fellow fire fighters smiling at his vulnerability and the interaction. Again, if I could paint, this could be my portrait — not of the president, but of his emotional impact. I don’t know why or how Obama engenders this dynamic, but it is genuine and evident in this photograph.

via Reuters Obama vs. Romney Slide Show

(Top Photo Credit: Bryan Snyder/Reuters caption: Staff members are reflected off the window of the room as Mitt Romney works before a campaign rally in North Canton, Ohio October 26, 2012. Bottom Photo Credit: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters caption: President Obama hugs a fire fighter who offered up a game of basketball during a visit to a fire house in Tampa, Florida October 25, 2012.)

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 Interesting that the rest of the Obama family watched Michelle’s convention speech in The Treaty Room. As we wrote about the speech in our post today, Michelle Obama with the Sound Off, her mission was nothing short of updating the American people on the Obama’s 2008 contract of hope with the goal of reengagement. By the way, here’s an earlier Bag post on the painting above the Obamas’ heads.
via The White House Flickr Feed
(credit: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo caption:  President Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, watch on television as First Lady Michelle Obama begins her speech at the Democratic National Convention, in the Treaty Room of the White House, Tuesday night, Sept. 4, 2012.)
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Interesting that the rest of the Obama family watched Michelle’s convention speech in The Treaty Room. As we wrote about the speech in our post today, Michelle Obama with the Sound Off, her mission was nothing short of updating the American people on the Obama’s 2008 contract of hope with the goal of reengagement. By the way, here’s an earlier Bag post on the painting above the Obamas’ heads.

via The White House Flickr Feed

(credit: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo caption: President Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, watch on television as First Lady Michelle Obama begins her speech at the Democratic National Convention, in the Treaty Room of the White House, Tuesday night, Sept. 4, 2012.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
 Maybe #Eastwooding stands for message mis-management? Clint needled the president last night for running around in a gas guzzling plane. Here’s Romney’s new ride, unveiled today.
via @GingerGibson (Politico)
(credit: Ginger Gibson/Politicocaption:  Oh yeah, Romney finally got his campaign plane today.)
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Maybe #Eastwooding stands for message mis-management? Clint needled the president last night for running around in a gas guzzling plane. Here’s Romney’s new ride, unveiled today.

via @GingerGibson (Politico)

(credit: Ginger Gibson/Politicocaption: Oh yeah, Romney finally got his campaign plane today.)

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 This Souza White House photo is nothing special — unless you’ve been following  the saga of Churchill’s bust. The fact it anchors a campaign rebuttal and is served up as documentary evidence actually is unusual however, as the White House post points out.  So it goes in a campaign season in which absolutely nothing is left on the table, or the credenza, or the bookcase in the daily tit-for-tat.
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(credit: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo caption:  President Barack Obama shows Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom a bust of Sir Winston Churchill in the private residence of the White House, July 20, 2010.)
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This Souza White House photo is nothing special — unless you’ve been following the saga of Churchill’s bust. The fact it anchors a campaign rebuttal and is served up as documentary evidence actually is unusual however, as the White House post points out.  So it goes in a campaign season in which absolutely nothing is left on the table, or the credenza, or the bookcase in the daily tit-for-tat.

via WhiteHouse.gov

(credit: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo caption: President Barack Obama shows Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom a bust of Sir Winston Churchill in the private residence of the White House, July 20, 2010.)

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 White House shot offers informal poll, courtesy of Governor Christie, of Obama’s popularity with Ground Zero hard hats.
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(credit:Pete Souza/Official White House Photo caption:  President Barack Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, right, greet workers during a tour of the One World Trade Center site in New York, N.Y., June 14, 2012.)
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White House shot offers informal poll, courtesy of Governor Christie, of Obama’s popularity with Ground Zero hard hats.

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(credit:Pete Souza/Official White House Photo caption: President Barack Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, right, greet workers during a tour of the One World Trade Center site in New York, N.Y., June 14, 2012.)

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According to this GOP ad, Obama is the Most Arrogant Man in the World. Kind of funny, but not in a way that hurts Obama. What do you think? 
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According to this GOP ad, Obama is the Most Arrogant Man in the World. Kind of funny, but not in a way that hurts Obama. What do you think?

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 Soon (probably Monday) we will go from two lonely guys waiting on the steps of SCOTUS to crowing and hand wringing. We know it will happen, we just don’t know who will be doing it. 
via DayLife
(credit: Alex Wong/Getty Imagescaption:  WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 21: Jeff Johnston (R) and Gabe Stix (L) of CBS News set up their stake out position in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on June 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court is expected to hand down its ruling on the Healthcare Reform Law before the end of its 2011-2012 term.)
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Soon (probably Monday) we will go from two lonely guys waiting on the steps of SCOTUS to crowing and hand wringing. We know it will happen, we just don’t know who will be doing it.

via DayLife

(credit: Alex Wong/Getty Imagescaption: WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 21: Jeff Johnston (R) and Gabe Stix (L) of CBS News set up their stake out position in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on June 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court is expected to hand down its ruling on the Healthcare Reform Law before the end of its 2011-2012 term.)

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