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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.

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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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 Celestial Obama. Reuters photographer Larry Downing captures a new spin on the old “president boards a plane” photograph. 
via Reuters Editor’s Choice
(credit:  Larry Downing/Reuters caption:  President Obama walks up the stairs towards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington before departing for San Francisco, June 6, 2012. The clouds are reflected in the aircraft’s engine cover.)
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Celestial Obama. Reuters photographer Larry Downing captures a new spin on the old “president boards a plane” photograph.

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

(credit: Larry Downing/Reuters caption: President Obama walks up the stairs towards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington before departing for San Francisco, June 6, 2012. The clouds are reflected in the aircraft’s engine cover.)

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 Little Muslim boys love America as much as little Christian boys. 
(Regarding more images of Muslims  in Obama campaign photos, the economy isn’t getting better and Muslim-Americans are a voting bloc.)
via The New York Times Lens
(credit: Luke Sharrett/The New York Times caption:  A young supporter with a flag waits to shake hands with President Obama at St. Paul-Minneapolis International Airport.)
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Little Muslim boys love America as much as little Christian boys.

(Regarding more images of Muslims in Obama campaign photos, the economy isn’t getting better and Muslim-Americans are a voting bloc.)

via The New York Times Lens

(credit: Luke Sharrett/The New York Times caption: A young supporter with a flag waits to shake hands with President Obama at St. Paul-Minneapolis International Airport.)

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Why is it we see so few unflattering photos of Obama? Is it because he’s “always on” or simply photogenic? I don’t know, but this rare unflattering photo of the President (in which the lighting also makes his skin tone seem to be darker than real life) is notable for its uniqueness. 
via The New York Times
(credit: Doug Mills/The New York Times caption: On his trip to New York City on Monday, Mr. Obama made stops at two fund-raisers, this one at the Rubin Museum of Art. His campaign took in $25.7 million in April, a drop of about $10 million from March, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission on Friday afternoon.)
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Why is it we see so few unflattering photos of Obama? Is it because he’s “always on” or simply photogenic? I don’t know, but this rare unflattering photo of the President (in which the lighting also makes his skin tone seem to be darker than real life) is notable for its uniqueness.

via The New York Times

(credit: Doug Mills/The New York Times caption: On his trip to New York City on Monday, Mr. Obama made stops at two fund-raisers, this one at the Rubin Museum of Art. His campaign took in $25.7 million in April, a drop of about $10 million from March, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission on Friday afternoon.)

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Michigan is going to be tough going for Romney. Well, maybe not, now that it’s clear Romney, not President Obama, saved Detroit. 
What, you say that’s hogwash? I’m just going to cheer louder. 
via The New York Times Lens
(credit: Jae C. Hong/The New York Times caption:  Betty Merrow, 79, cheering Tuesday for Mitt Romney, the presumptive nominee, at a campaign stop in Lansing, Michigan.)
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Michigan is going to be tough going for Romney. Well, maybe not, now that it’s clear Romney, not President Obama, saved Detroit.

What, you say that’s hogwash? I’m just going to cheer louder.

via The New York Times Lens

(credit: Jae C. Hong/The New York Times caption: Betty Merrow, 79, cheering Tuesday for Mitt Romney, the presumptive nominee, at a campaign stop in Lansing, Michigan.)

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Remember that embarrassing M-A-V-E-R-I-C-K photo from the McCain campaign in 2008? Ron Paul’s supporters benefit here from brevity: less of them to look silly and more enthusiasm to pull it off.
via  BBC Day in Pictures 
(credit: Lara Solt/The Dallas Morning News/AP Photo caption: Allen High School seniors show their support for Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul during a town hall meeting at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.)
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Remember that embarrassing M-A-V-E-R-I-C-K photo from the McCain campaign in 2008? Ron Paul’s supporters benefit here from brevity: less of them to look silly and more enthusiasm to pull it off.

via BBC Day in Pictures

(credit: Lara Solt/The Dallas Morning News/AP Photo caption: Allen High School seniors show their support for Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul during a town hall meeting at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.)

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Think Romney will “be dogged by his pro-choice past”? (See caption on this Getty Images “blast from the past.” ) Gentlemen and ladies, start your Etch-a-Sketch!
via  BuzzFeed
(credit:  Getty Images caption: In this photo taken in January 1995 at the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (MWPC) awards ceremony, Romney is pictured with Evelyn Murphy, a former Lt. Governor; Ted Kennedy fundraiser Lisa McBirney; his own 1994 campaign fundraiser Priscilla Ruzzo. MWPC, is the state affiliate of the National Women’s Political Caucus, a nonpartisan group founded in 1971 by Gloria Steinem that “prides itself in increasing the number of pro-choice women elected and appointed into office every year.” MWCP lists it’s primary issues of concern as reproductive freedoms and the right to choice, equal and civil rights for all citizens regardless of sexual orientation, religion, or race, support for the Equal Rights Amendment, and accessible and affordable child care.)
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Think Romney will “be dogged by his pro-choice past”? (See caption on this Getty Images “blast from the past.” ) Gentlemen and ladies, start your Etch-a-Sketch!

via BuzzFeed

(credit: Getty Images caption: In this photo taken in January 1995 at the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (MWPC) awards ceremony, Romney is pictured with Evelyn Murphy, a former Lt. Governor; Ted Kennedy fundraiser Lisa McBirney; his own 1994 campaign fundraiser Priscilla Ruzzo. MWPC, is the state affiliate of the National Women’s Political Caucus, a nonpartisan group founded in 1971 by Gloria Steinem that “prides itself in increasing the number of pro-choice women elected and appointed into office every year.” MWCP lists it’s primary issues of concern as reproductive freedoms and the right to choice, equal and civil rights for all citizens regardless of sexual orientation, religion, or race, support for the Equal Rights Amendment, and accessible and affordable child care.)

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An interesting photo, given all the pressure on Santorum to drop out. Guess we could say his standing is precarious given failure to construct a more complete campaign.
via  The Charlotte Observer
(credit: Jae C. Hong/AP Photo caption:  Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum stands on a stack of wood as he speaks in Sparta, Wis., Wednesday, March 28, 2012.) 
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An interesting photo, given all the pressure on Santorum to drop out. Guess we could say his standing is precarious given failure to construct a more complete campaign.

via The Charlotte Observer

(credit: Jae C. Hong/AP Photo caption: Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum stands on a stack of wood as he speaks in Sparta, Wis., Wednesday, March 28, 2012.)

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 The belt-level reach photo doesn’t flatter Rep. Paul who is looking more and more irrelevant in the media each day. In this case, almost like an upright corpse.
via The Charlotte Observer
(photo credit: Chuck Riedel/AP Photo caption:  Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas talks to the media after a rally at the University of Missouri, Thursday, March 15, 2012, in Columbia, Mo.)
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The belt-level reach photo doesn’t flatter Rep. Paul who is looking more and more irrelevant in the media each day. In this case, almost like an upright corpse.

via The Charlotte Observer

(photo credit: Chuck Riedel/AP Photo caption: Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas talks to the media after a rally at the University of Missouri, Thursday, March 15, 2012, in Columbia, Mo.)

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