WEAK @SS SPIN: Hickenlooper and Bennet Mocked For Obama Debate Talking Points

Credit: USHistory.org

10/10 UPDATE: Revealing Politics brings us video of Senator Bennet’s “crack political analysis”:

UPDATE: Politico’s Alex Burns asks if Hick’s post-debate spin was the worst…ever?

Readers seeking more information on Lincoln’s reputation as a debater might consider reading any American history book ever written, or at least seeing the forthcoming Spielberg film.


President Obama’s local Colorado surrogates have become punch lines in national media in their attempt to spin away Obama’s spanking in last week’s debate.

Today, Governor Hickenlooper made news when he tried to claim that Abraham Lincoln — he of the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates — “wasn’t a great debater.”

That earned him derision from a number of respected national reporters, including former Colorado great Adam Schrager and Politico’s Alexander Burns:

Hickenlooper wasn’t the only one with weak @ss spin. Immediately after the debate the Obama campaign sent U.S. Senator Michael Bennet on MSNBC to do a little clean up and even Chris Matthews found Bennet’s talking points pathetic. You know you’re in trouble when the man with the tingle running up his leg won’t buy your left-wing BS.

All throughout the segment Bennet keeps trying to push the narrative that Obama was the more substantive debater with big ideas, comments that produce proverbial eye-rolling from Matthews and Bennet’s fellow panelists.

After Bennet tried to claimed that Obama “is not the flashiest politician in the world” the panel of Chris Matthews, Michael Steele and Howard Fineman all laughed in Bennet’s face at the sheer stupidity of that statement.

Check out the full video after the jump. Needless to say, Colorado Pols’ post today about Obama’s surrogates being great looks about as stupid as their claim that Obama “won” the debate last week.



CORRUPT ED PERLMUTTER, TAKE 2: Coors Campaign Hits Perlmutter On Working The System…Again

The Joe Coors for Congress campaign is out with their second ad slamming incumbent Democrat Congressman Ed Perlmutter for corruption, this time hitting him for inserting last-minute language into a bill that would benefit himself and his political donors financially.

It started running Saturday morning with a 1000 points behind it — meaning the average viewer will see it 10 times in a week.

Check it out here:



OBSTRUCTIONIST-IN-CHIEF: CO’s Barack-less Boom in Oil and Gas

In last week’s debate, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney suggested that America would see approximately four million new jobs in the oil and gas sector.  With Colorado being a major hub of oil and gas activity, we wondered how many of those new jobs might be coming our way.

According to a study by Edward Morse, a Citi industry analyst, there exists great potential for the U.S. to be energy independent.  According to his presentation, “Energy 2020: North America, the New Middle East”, “North America has become the fastest growing oil and gas region in the world, and is likely to remain so for the rest of the decade and into the 2020s, with the main obstacles as political rather than geological or technological.”

His analysis also outlines the economic boost that a positive regulatory environment would offer the United States:

  • An additional two to three percent of real GDP
  • The addition of 2.7 to 3.6 million net new jobs
  • Narrowing of the deficit by 2.4% of GDP
  • U.S. dollar appreciation in real terms of 1.6 to 5.4%


Graph from Western Energy Alliance’s “Blueprint for Western Energy Prosperity”

The Western Energy Alliance also published a study called the “Blueprint for Western Energy Prosperity” that outlines the impact that a positive regulatory environment would have on the Colorado economy, which has suffered disproportionately under the Obama regime. One of the most significant western oil discoveries has been the Niobara discovery, which sits under Colorado and Wyoming.  It has been estimated that this discovery could produce 286,000 barrels of oil and condensate by 2020. By 2020, Western Energy Alliance predicts: ”Robust job growth is expected in Colorado and Utah as well, where the energy sectors are projected to grow by 26,000 (16%) and 5,700 jobs (7%) respectively.”



PREDICTING THE WIN: Peak Nation Prescient In Romney Debate Victory

Prior to the Denver debate between Governor Romney and President Obama last week we asked Peak Nation on Facebook who they thought would win the night…and our readers proved prescient in their overwhelming expectation of a Romney victory.

On Monday, October 1 we asked our readers who they thought would win the first presidential debate. The verdict? Readers thought Romney would come out victorious 82% (159 votes) –  18% (35 votes).

We then asked our readers on Wednesday night after the debate who they thought won the debate. The result wasn’t even close, with 97% (384 votes) thinking Romney took the night to only 3% (12 votes) giving it to Obama.

While these polls are in no way scientific (we can’t even get proper crosstabs from Facebook) they do further prove what we’ve known all along — Peak Nation knows what they’re talking about.


BOUNCE OR VAULT? Romney’s Debate Smackdown Showing Up In Polls

Governor Romney’s spanking of Barack Obama in Denver last week is beginning to show up in the polls in a significant manner.

First, let’s look at how real the polling shift is. Per Gallup:

PRINCETON, NJ — Registered voters’ preferences for president are evenly split in the first three days of Gallup tracking since last Wednesday’s presidential debate. In the three days prior to the debate, Barack Obama had a five-percentage-point edge among registered voters.

That five-point bounce in Gallup is even larger than the post-convention bounce Obama briefly enjoyed in the aftermath of the Democrats’ North Carolina shindig. More importantly, Romney’s bounce is coming after a head-to-head matchup with Obama in front of a far larger audience. Gallup warns the bounce’s positive trajectory for Romney may continue to grow in the coming days.

We wouldn’t be surprised to see that happen considering what Gallup also reported today:

An Oct. 4-5 Gallup poll finds roughly two in three Americans reporting that they watched the Oct. 3 debate, similar to what Gallup measured for each of the three 2008 presidential debates. Those who viewed the debate overwhelmingly believe Romney did a better job than Obama, 72% to 20%. Republicans were nearly unanimous in judging Romney the winner. But even Democrats rated Romney as doing a better job than Obama, 49% to 39%.

That’s an even bigger win than the snap CNN poll of registered voters that found Romney the winner by a 67-25 margin — also the largest victory in that poll’s history.

Romney’s bounce is also seen in Colorado, where two Gravis Marketing polls found Romney going from a 5 point deficit with Obama before the Denver drubbing to a 3.5 point lead over the President after the debate.

The question then becomes, as Politico’s Maggie Haberman wrote in a must-read piece this morning: Is the polling shift a bounce, which by definition is ephemeral, or a vault?


DASH SUPPORT: The Left’s Losing Battle with Choice

Yesterday, actress Stacey Dash, best-known as Dionne in the inconic movie from the 90s Clueless, threw her support behind Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and the left nearly lost its mind. It’s one thing to be an actress and support Mitt Romney, but Stacey Dash is also an African-American actress.

Here are a few of the reactions from the internet:

“Now Romney can add a ‘Clueless’ woman to his roster of supporters.” (Pop2It)

“Stacey Dash, Republicans’ Latest Golden Unicorn” (Jezebel)

“This is the [stuff] conservatives live for, when one of the four black female republicans (are there four?) loudly proclaim their allegiance to the cause.” (Jezebel)

And Twitter may have been the worst, according to The Blaze:

“Not long after, presumed Obama supporters began insulting Dash for her opinion,  saying she isn’t ‘black’ enough, several even asking if the actress would just ‘kill herself.’”

“This hurts but you a Romney lover and you slutting yourself to the white man  only proves why no black man married u @REALStaceyDash.”

From The Urban Daily:

“However, after polling a few men around the office, it seems Dash being a Republican doesn’t make her less sexy. It’s the fact she is voting for Mitt Romney. According to a few men, they think Stacey Dash is less attractive for voting in Mitt Romney’s favor…. Another man in the office claimed Stacey Dash’s political views didn’t stop the desire in his loins when he saw her picture. He said, ‘When I look at Stacey Dash, my first thought isn’t ‘Damn, I hope her sexy ass ain’t a Republican.’ His view represents the side of the coin where beauty trumps brains.”

Wow.  So, if one were to take a message away from these misogynistic and racist rantings, it’s that the left screams that women’s choices are being eroded while, at the same time, demeans and belittles a woman for making the most basic of choices – who she will vote for in November?

Seems the left has relegated women’s “choice” to simply matters of sex organs.  When it comes to choices about education, energy, taxation, and more, the left is on the losing end of choice.

Kudos to Stacey Dash for standing up for what she believes.  While she might not get a part in the next Tyler Perry movie, let’s be honest, his movies aren’t critically acclaimed works of cinematic genius anyway.



Members of the Colorado press corps, and even some Republicans, like to question the strategy behind Mitt Romney’s decision to visit places like Pueblo and Ft. Morgan.

The criticism more often seems to derive from reporters bothered by having to schlep themselves outside the confines of the Denver metro area than a legitimate analysis as to the value to a campaign of a trip to the state.

First, statewide TV cameras will follow a presidential candidate wherever the candidate goes, and those local TV images on the local evening news are really what the campaigns are after during presidential drop-ins.

Number 2…newspapers in places like Pueblo reach audiences far beyond just the city named on the masthead…they reach a hop scotch of communities with voters that are notorious for making up their own mind.

Three…the state’s 3rd and (old) 4th districts, both rural, encompass many swing voters. Dubious? Ask former Congresswomen Marilyn Musgrave and Betsy Markey. They both found themselves on the wrong side of the tough-to-please voters in this part of the world.

This is background to what we want to discuss today: the Obama campaign’s decision to send Ken Salazar to the West Slope, as reported by the Daily Sentinel.

This move is less like sending Nixon to China, and more like sending Salman Rushdie to Mecca. Is Obama’s debate coach in charge of planning Obama surrogates in Colorado too?



OCTOBER SURPRISE?: Unemployment Rate Tumbles Amid Questions

After a week of setbacks to his campaign (Biden’s gaffe of the week and the miserable debate performance), President Barack Obama woke up to a 7.8% unemployment rate, a gift to his campaign to be sure.  This rate is the lowest it has been since Obama took office.  But, is this 7.8% unemployment accurate and do average Americans benefit?  The answer is no, not really.

First, is it accurate? Barron‘s also analyzed some of the numbers just below the headline numbers:

Curb your enthusiasm over the surprise 0.3 percentage point drop in September’s unemployment rate, to 7.8%. It was largely because of a surge in the number of part-time workers who would really rather have (or need) full-time jobs.  According to the survey of households, from which the jobless rate is derived, 873,000 people found jobs last month–which is a huge gain. But, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 600,000 of those workers settled for part-time employment for economic reasons, not by choice.

The fact remains that one year ago when we had 9% unemployment, we actually had 2,680,000 more Americans in the labor force.  Essentially, that means that over 2.5 million workers have given up looking for work since last year.  If we break it down by gender, that’s 711,000 men who have exited the workforce and, amazingly, over 1.9 million women who have exited the workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Romney campaign issued the following statement regarding the questionable numbers:

“This is not what a real recovery looks like. We created fewer jobs in September  than in August, and fewer jobs in August than in July, and we’ve lost over  600,000 manufacturing jobs since President Obama took office.  If  not for all the people who have simply dropped out of the labor force, the real  unemployment rate would be closer to 11%.”

And, Rommey is right.  The chart below from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the “Labor Participation Rate” is just about the lowest it’s been in 10 years.

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

As a Colorado blog, we must point out that the CO unemployment rate is 8.2% and seven counties in Colorado have real unemployment hitting 20%. Coloradans know nothing of a statistical sleight of hand improvement in unemployment.

Color us skeptical, but if this is what recovery looks like, we would hate to see a “recession”.  This hardly seems cause for celebration.  Low labor participation rates do not an “American Dream” make.


ZING! Top Ten Romney Zingers of the Night

The Denver Debate last night brought out a new side of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.  Some thought he was funnier and more likeable than President Obama, which is saying a lot since Obama is known for his “likeability”.  Below we’ve compiled our top ten best zingers from last night.  Which are your favorites?

Hat Tip to Vice-President Biden: “Under the president’s policies, middle-income Americans have been buried.”

Liar, Liar: “Look, I’ve got five boys. I’m used to people saying something that’s not always true, but just keep on repeating it and ultimately hoping I’ll believe it.”

Throwing Lehrer a Bone…Sort of: “I’m sorry, Jim, I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS, I love Big Bird. Actually like you, too. …I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.”

Obama Picks Losers: “But don’t forget, you put $90 billion, like 50 years’ worth of breaks [to oil and gas], into — into solar and wind, to Solyndra and Fisker and Tester and Ener1. I mean, I had a friend who said you don’t just pick the winners and losers, you pick the losers….

Not Born Yesterday: “That’s $1 [in savings for seniors] for every $15 you’ve cut. [Seniors are] smart enough to know that’s not a good trade.”

Obama Bankster: “Dodd-Frank was passed. And it includes within it a number of provisions that I think has some unintended consequences that are harmful to the economy. One is it designates a number of banks as too big to fail, and they’re effectively guaranteed by the federal government. This is the biggest kiss that’s been given to — to New York banks I’ve ever seen.”

Simply Put: “Expensive things [like Obamacare] hurt families.”

Mass. Hates Obamacare More Than Republicans: “As a matter of fact, when Massachusetts did something quite extraordinary — elected a Republican senator to stop Obamacare – you pushed it through anyway.”

Obama, He’s Just Like Us: “Mr. President, you’re entitled as the president to your own airplane and to your own house, but not to your own facts.”

Obama Loves Donors More Than Teachers: “You put $90 billion into — into green jobs. And I — look, I’m all in favor of green energy. $90 billion, that would have — that would have hired 2 million teachers. $90 billion.”



VICTORIOUS: Romney Dominates Debate and Headlines

Last night’s mile-high debate was a rousing success for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and this morning’s headlines from the top U.S. newspapers only confirm it:

USAToday: Romney Plays Strong Offense

Wall Street Journal: First Debate Highlights Stark Divide

New York Times: Romney Wins Debate Praise as Obama Is Faulted as Flat

And, the top Colorado newspapers agree:

Denver Post: Round 1: Romney

Colorado Springs Gazette: Most undecideds at watch party swayed toward Romney

Westword: Mitt Romney’s debate victory: Did Denver help elect the next president…again?

The Romney campaign must be thrilled with its candidate’s performance last night…and the way in which liberal journalists are now forced to give positive news coverage to a candidate that they didn’t pick.  Round 1: Romney, indeed.


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