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    goddamnit spark release the tax forms already
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    I've been saying for a while that I don't think Obama will win.

    In any case: despicable comments by Bachmann, and a fitting response by McCain.

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    I simply don't understand the extreme pessimism regarding Obama's chances. I'm not saying he's a lock to win, but he's got a greater than 50% chance IMO. It will all come down to the swing states, and Obama has consistently lead Romney in those polls. Romney's campaign strategy of "focusing on the economy" is just not enough. Also, how in the world does a guy who's been running for President for 8 years not have a proper response ready for predictable attacks on his Bain record and the tax returns issue? Boggles the mind.

    And yup, kudos to McCain, Boehner, and all the other Republicans that are condemning the nut job that is Bachman.

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    538 has had him at about 67-68% chance to win for aaaaages. Hardly anything has happened poll-wise for a month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fusion View Post
    Also, how in the world does a guy who's been running for President for 8 years not have a proper response ready for predictable attacks on his Bain record and the tax returns issue? Boggles the mind.
    Tbf it's been 20 odd years and he's still terrible at campaigning

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fusion View Post
    I simply don't understand the extreme pessimism regarding Obama's chances. I'm not saying he's a lock to win, but he's got a greater than 50% chance IMO. It will all come down to the swing states, and Obama has consistently lead Romney in those polls. Romney's campaign strategy of "focusing on the economy" is just not enough. Also, how in the world does a guy who's been running for President for 8 years not have a proper response ready for predictable attacks on his Bain record and the tax returns issue? Boggles the mind.
    Look at what is happening in the Swing States. Assuming that Obama wins PA, he still needs to win Ohio + Virginia/NV. Don't see him winning VA/NV and he is not winning Florida this time.


    And yup, kudos to McCain, Boehner, and all the other Republicans that are condemning the nut job that is Bachman.
    Too Little too late. It is a meak reaction/protest and deserves no praise from me in fact it is a very hypocritical stand considering that seeds of this sort of rhetoric was sowed by McCain and Republican Party's VP pick back in 2008.

    I don't see how this sort of statement is any worse than Palin saying that "Our opponent is someone who sees America imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists".

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    He's 50/50 in Florida. I'll be stunned if he loses PA, it'll take a big movement to shift VA, and Ohio is leaning in his direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    538 has had him at about 67-68% chance to win for aaaaages. Hardly anything has happened poll-wise for a month.
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    Individual polls are close to meaningless.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    He's 50/50 in Florida. I'll be stunned if he loses PA, it'll take a big movement to shift VA, and Ohio is leaning in his direction.
    It has already shifted in VA, Romney has closed the gap and it is a toss up. Florida is leaning towards Romney, almost every single polls has it in Romney's favor.

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    Besides Obama doesn't need Florida. Even if he lost all of Virginia, Ohio and Florida, he'd still win. Of course Romney is looking competitive in Colorado and Iowa, but yeah.
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    He wouldn't just lose FL, VA, OH though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    He wouldn't just lose FL, VA, OH though...
    That wasn't my point though.

    My point is that the electoral math is pretty stacked against the Republicans, purely due to the way big states vote. California, Illinois and New York are all dyed in the wool blue. Texas is the only decent comparison for the Republicans. There are good reasons why the Democrats won the popular vote in every election since 1988 apart from 2004. Also, with the Democrats winning 95% of the black and around 70% of the Hispanic vote (obviously could change but Romney doesn't really appeal to these groups), he needs 60%+ of the white vote. And I dunno if that can happen unless the economy went under.

    Of course it's still possible that Romney can win, but he's the underdog ats.

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    One thing that does worry me though is history.

    The last time someone won re-election despite winning less EV's was 1916. I can't remember the last time it happened in the PV. And I highly doubt that Obama can beat 2008.

    I'm still betting on a 2004-esque performance though.



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