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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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 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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 More evidence of Romney/Ryan running on nostalgia as The National Review goes for a WPA theme.
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More evidence of Romney/Ryan running on nostalgia as The National Review goes for a WPA theme.

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 The media (justifiably) goes after Romney for taking the day off yesterday, the newly-minted candidate not only choosing not to acknowledge Labor Day (maybe he thought he was snubbing the union movement?). Rather than lying low and just doing a b-b-q, however, he’s out doing the boating/yachting thing. Like the vacation over Fourth of July while Obama bypassed Camp David or Martha Vineyard for campaigning on Main Street, Romney’s response (as it was at the time) is that he’s earned his vacations. Anyway, it’s belaboring the obvious to say that yesterday’s optics are terrible — especially since that’s the way my local news channel framed it. It’s like Romney is doing to himself what it took Rove to do to Kerry in 2004 … in framing a tall, handsome dude as extremely rich, out of touch, and a man of expedience: Same tune, different body of water.
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The media (justifiably) goes after Romney for taking the day off yesterday, the newly-minted candidate not only choosing not to acknowledge Labor Day (maybe he thought he was snubbing the union movement?). Rather than lying low and just doing a b-b-q, however, he’s out doing the boating/yachting thing. Like the vacation over Fourth of July while Obama bypassed Camp David or Martha Vineyard for campaigning on Main Street, Romney’s response (as it was at the time) is that he’s earned his vacations. Anyway, it’s belaboring the obvious to say that yesterday’s optics are terrible — especially since that’s the way my local news channel framed it. It’s like Romney is doing to himself what it took Rove to do to Kerry in 2004 … in framing a tall, handsome dude as extremely rich, out of touch, and a man of expedience: Same tune, different body of water.

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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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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)

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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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It’s interesting that, for a person generally considered to be handsome (or at least distinguished) looking, he’s not particularly photogenic. 
via The New York Times Lens
(Top photo credit: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times caption:  Mitt Romney, addressing a Business Roundtable luncheon at the Newseum in Washington, said the Obama administration had pursued the most “antibusiness” policies in modern American history.)
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It’s interesting that, for a person generally considered to be handsome (or at least distinguished) looking, he’s not particularly photogenic.

via The New York Times Lens

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 Biting photo by AP’s Evan Vucci. As much about how “positioned” and “packaged” Romney is as it is about “goofitude.”
via The New York Times Lens
(credit: Evan Vucci/Associated Press caption:  Mitt Romney, right, with Representatives Daniel Webster, left, and Connie Mack, both Florida Republicans, before a campaign stop at Con-Air Industries in Orlando, Fla.)
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Biting photo by AP’s Evan Vucci. As much about how “positioned” and “packaged” Romney is as it is about “goofitude.”

via The New York Times Lens

(credit: Evan Vucci/Associated Press caption: Mitt Romney, right, with Representatives Daniel Webster, left, and Connie Mack, both Florida Republicans, before a campaign stop at Con-Air Industries in Orlando, Fla.)

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 Obama is looking thin these days.
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Obama is looking thin these days.

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Dinesh Souza has an anti-Obama film coming out in June.  Here’s the trailer.
One of the most memorable shots? A black family fighting over a Monopoly board. On some levels, somewhat perplexing; on all other levels: racist. Because you know his re-election means blacks are going to rule the United States. Just like they have for the past three years. 
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Dinesh Souza has an anti-Obama film coming out in June. Here’s the trailer.

One of the most memorable shots? A black family fighting over a Monopoly board. On some levels, somewhat perplexing; on all other levels: racist. Because you know his re-election means blacks are going to rule the United States. Just like they have for the past three years.

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