Not a Surprise: Colin Powell Endorses Obama for a Second Term

Can everybody in the world please stop referring to Powell as a “Republican” now? Probably not:

Former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed President Barack Obama for a second term Thursday, telling “CBS This Morning” that he voted for Obama in 2008 but this time was going further and publicly backing him.

“We’ve come out of the dive and we’re starting to gain altitude,” Powell said. “The unemployment rate is too high, people are still hurting in housing, but I see that we’re starting to rise up.”

Powell said that when Obama took over “the country was in very, very difficult straits. We were in the one of the worst recessions we had seen in recent times, close to a depression.”

Reuters doesn’t plan to stop calling him a Republican any time soon:

“I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on,” the Republican, who also backed Obama in 2008, told “CBS This Morning,” adding, “I voted for him in 2008 and I plan to stick with him in 2012.”

Just a few months after Obama took office Powell expressed dismay that the president he voted for wasn’t being more fiscally responsible, but I guess Powell figures that Obama has since redeemed himself by only running up $5 trillion in debt in his term with four consecutive years of trillion-plus deficits:

Big Bird, Binders & Bayonets

This new ad from the RNC is another winner:

Political scientists will look back at the “Bin Laden is dead, Big Bird is alive” approach as being one of the bigger, more embarrassing blunders in campaign strategy history right up there with this.

While we’re at it, don’t forget that Obama gear is — not unlike like median income, America’s credit rating, new home sales and the size of the US work force — now 30 percent off from four years ago:


Trump Makes His ‘Special Announcement’

We talked a little bit about Donald Trump and Gloria Allred’s “October Surprises.” Trump just revealed what he has, and it’s more of an offer than a revelation: Trump just said via a YouTube announcement that he’d write a check for $5 million to the charity of Obama’s choice if he releases all his college and passport records and applications.

So anyway, we all know there’s a better chance of Debbie Wasserman Schultz telling the truth about something or of Biden going gaffe-free for a month than of Obama ever releasing this stuff, so let’s get back to the business of focusing on winning the election.

It Starts…

Stay alert when voting, because I have a feeling we’re going to be seeing record numbers of these kinds of things:

GREENSBORO, N.C. –The presidential election is just around the corner and voting issues have already become a problem in Guilford County.

On Monday, several voters complained that their electronic ballot machine cast the wrong vote. All the complaints were made by people who voted at the Bur-Mil Park polling location.

One of the voters, Sher Coromalis, says she cast her ballot for Governor Mitt Romney, but every time she entered her vote the machine defaulted to President Obama.

“I was so upset that this could happen,” said Coromalis.

Guilford County Board of Elections Director George Gilbert says the problem arises every election. It can be resolved after the machine is re-calibrated by poll workers.

“It’s not a conspiracy it’s just a machine that needs to be corrected,” Gilbert said.

After the third try, Coromalis says she was able to get her vote counted for Gov. Romney but was still annoyed.

“I should have just mailed it in,” Coromalis said.

Ever notice these little “common, innocent and completely random anomalies” always seem to favor the Dem candidates? Something similar happened in Nevada in the 2010 midterm election.

It’s a good thing the U.N. is sending in election monitors to keep an eye out for cheating conservatives!

Update: As you read this keep in mind that Eric Holder insists there’s absolutely no evidence of vote fraud or even attempted vote fraud in this country.

Trump & Allred to Reveal Dueling ‘October Surprises’

Donald Trump says he has something on Obama.

Gloria Allred says she has something on Romney.

In other words, prepare to be severely annoyed in the coming days.

Allred’s “goods” on Romney involve Attention Whore Gloria’s attempts to unseal court testimony in Massachusetts. I’m expecting Allred to accuse Mitt of knocking wingtips with Sharon Bialek, but only if Gloria grabs the wrong briefcase tomorrow morning. Actually I’ve read that it could have something to do with Romney’s time as a church leader and revolve around him allegedly counseling a woman in a troubled pregnancy out of having an abortion (scandal!).

Trump’s “goods” on Obama are even less clear. I’ve heard everything from “Obama sold coke in college,” to Trump getting his hands on divorce papers that Michelle never filed, to more of the “birther” stuff.

I honestly don’t care about any of it, outside of a casual morbid curiosity. The real “October Surprise” is no surprise: The last four years have been a total failure on multiple levels. There is nothing Trump or Allred have that will make me believe anything other than Obama’s got to go and at this juncture Romney should replace him.

FLOTUS: Better Vote Early in Case Your Toilet’s Overflowing on Election Day

Originally I hadn’t planned to mention this but then I remembered that my parents always taught me to never look a gift election metaphor in the mouth, so here goes:

“On Monday I led by example: I mailed in my ballot early,” she said. “I voted for Barack Obama. And I did it because I want to spend Election Day really working to turn out the vote, and that’s something that you may want to think about doing.”

Mrs. Obama continued: “Early voting is important because it gives you that convenience, truly — especially students with busy schedules, families with busy lives.

“You wake up on Election Day — you might have a cold, babysitter gets sick, it’s raining, car broke down, I mean I could go on — toilet overflowing,” she said, to a laughing audience. “There are so many ways to mess up a day when you don’t have a lot of time.”

The pitch has gone from “Change We Can Believe In” to “In Case Your Sh*tter’s Clogged” in just four short years.

Hopefully November 6th brings about an epic flush.

Obama Campaign Borrows $15 Million From Bank of America

Ironic that after several years of bashing Wall Street a campaign that has already raised in excess of a billion dollars is spending what is hopefully its final days having to take out a loan from those same people they’ve demonized:

Obama For America took out a $15 million loan from Bank of America last month, according to the campaign’s October monthly FEC report. The loan was incurred on September 4 and is due November 14, eight days after the election. OFA received an interest rate of 2.5% plus the current Libor rate.

Warren Buffett, Obama donor and namesake of the infamous “Buffett Rule,” invested $5 billion in Bank of America last year in an effort to help the ailing financial institution. Last month, two weeks after OFA took out the loan, Bank of America announced a plan that would lay off 16,000 workers by the end of the year.

Team Obama is spending more than it’s taking in? No way!

No wonder Wall Street needs to be bailed out all the time. Giving a large loan to a sinking politician and it isn’t due to be repaid until after an election that could send him packing? Any bank worth saving would have made the loan repayment date November 5th.

If I ran Bank of America I’d have sent Team Obama the news story below along with the following note: “Our stockholders seem to feel that we have an inherent right to a certain amount of profit, and that would force us to charge you interest on the loan you requested. Because we don’t want you to appear hypocritical in any way, we’re denying your campaign’s loan request — best of luck in the election”:


Shocker: Planned Parenthood President Volunteers for Obama Campaign

The reason Cecile Richards has to take leave from her job at the abortion mill is because if she kept working there while also volunteering for the Obama campaign she’d run the risk of people thinking Planned Parenthood is a partisan organization (pause for laughter).

From CNS News:

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards announced Friday she is taking a break from running the nation’s largest abortion provider to volunteer full-time for the re-election of President Barack Obama, because, “Our daughters’ and our granddaughters’ future depends on it.”

“I’ve taken a break from my day job in order to volunteer full-time to reelect President Barack Obama,” Richards said in a one-minute 45-second video posted on the Obama campaign website.

Richards praised Obama for the new health care law, for the law extending the statute of limitation for gender discrimination lawsuits and accused Republican nominee Mitt Romney of seeking to take women back 40 years.

And why not team up with Obama on a formal basis? They’ve been coordinating their lies more than ever lately. Cecile Richards has said that PP provides mammograms for women, and President Obama offered up the same claim during the last debate.

Problem is, that’s a bunch of BS:

At the second presidential debate, President Obama said that women “rely on” Planned Parenthood for mammograms. Actually, mammograms are not performed at the clinics; Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses conduct breast exams and refer patients to other facilities for mammograms.

Obama said: “When Governor Romney says that we should eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, there are millions of women all across the country who rely on Planned Parenthood for not just contraceptive care. They rely on it for mammograms, for cervical cancer screenings.”

Obama used a similar line again on Oct. 18, telling a Manchester, N.H., crowd: “Governor Romney said he’d end funding for Planned Parenthood, despite all the work it does to provide women with mammograms and breast cancer screenings.”

Women can’t walk into a Planned Parenthood clinic and get a mammogram on the spot. The clinics don’t have mammography equipment.

More on that here.

It’s been nearly 40 years since Roe v. Wade passed. When Obama and Richards warn of Republicans who want to to turn the clock back 40 years, if you listen carefully in the wind, there are about 55 million tiny voices asking not only what took so long, but why it happened in the first place.