Latest Presidential Polls 2012: Data Shows the Romney 47 Percent Comment Has Taken Serious Toll

Published: PolicyMic (September 26, 2012)

Up until now, debate on the political impact of Mitt Romney’s “47%” comments has been entirely speculative. That is no longer the case.

According to recently released New York Times/CBS/Quinnipiac surveys — the first major polls to be conducted right after the emergence of the controversial video — Romney has suffered enormous setbacks in key swing states. He is behind by 9 points in Florida (53%-44%), 10 points in Ohio (53%-43%), and 12 points in Pennsylvania (54%-42%). At no point has his deficit ever been that significant in any of those states, and anyone who questions whether this is being reflected on a national level need look no further than the new Bloomberg Poll (also the first major one conducted post-47%), which shows Romney behind Obama by six points (49%-43%). read more

Max Hell Frog Warrior: What A Web Review of a Z List Movie Tells Us About Internet Freedom

Published: PolicyMic (September 25, 2012)

The events of the past couple days have compelled me to defend the rights of artists. Before I do that, however, I need to provide some background information on the peculiarities of this particular situation, and explain why an internet critic’s review of a martial arts cult film indicates that the internet community must start really talking about what can be done to protect artists’ rights in the age of SOPA and PIPA.

Everyone has their guilty pleasures. For some, it’s reality television. For others, it’s egregiously violent video games. read more

Obama vs. Romney: Mitt Romney 47 Percent Gaffe Proves He is Too Conservative to Be President

Published: PolicyMic (September 23, 2012)

Conventional political wisdom states that, to become president, you must first acquire your party’s nomination by pandering to its radical base. After that, you win the general election by moving back to the ideological center. Keep that axiom in mind as you’re reading this editorial.

Back in February, Mitt Romney earned the derision of political observers when he tried to woo attendees at the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference by referring to himself as “severely conservative.” At the time, most spectators dismissed his remark as being yet another embarrassing misstep in a long string of attempts to pander to his party’s far right elements. Since the beginning of the summer, however, two campaign-defining incidents have occurred which suggest there was more truth to Romney’s self-description than was generally believed. read more

Romney 47 Percent Hot Mic Comments: This Proves Just How Wrong He Is For The American Presidency

Published: PolicyMic (September 18, 2012)

Secret video recordings of comments made by Mitt Romney at a private fundraiser are so appalling that it’s hard to figure out where to even begin analyzing them. I guess the best way is to look at the three main parts.

First there is the Republican presidential nominee’s declaration that 47% of the American people will vote for Barack Obama no matter what because they are “dependent on government” and believe, “that they are victims … that government has the responsibility to care for them … that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing.” As far as Romney is concerned, his “job is not to worry about those people,” since he’ll “never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” read more

Barack Obama Must Ask $2,000 Question

Published: The Morning Call (September 6, 2012), PolicyMic (September 6, 2012)

More than a month ago, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center revealed that Mitt Romney’s proposed tax cuts for the affluent will require him to increase taxes on middle-class families by an average of $2,000 a year.

Since then, President Obama has put a calculator on his campaign website to help ordinary citizens calculate exactly how much their taxes will go up under a Romney administration. Occasionally he even mentions this statistic in his speeches. Apart from that, however, he has done little else with this precious information. read more

Who Won the Debate Tonight: Romney is Winner for the Media, Big Loser is Moderator Jim Lehrer

Published: PolicyMic (October 3, 2012)

Editor’s Note: This represents instant analysis of the presidential debate on Wednesday night. For the author’s thoughts in the hour immediately before the debate began, see here.

[To see who won the third and final presidential debate, see here]

Here are my first impressions about the first debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on Wednesday evening:

1) The Big Points

– Twitter monitors have found that Romney’s Big Bird comment is trending. Clearly he was trying to be funny, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing – e.g., his self-deprecating joke about how Obama and his wife would probably rather not see him on their anniversary was humanizing and clever. The problem with the Big Bird quip, though, is that it was so absurd that it’ll no doubt provide the Obama camp with an easy punchline at Romney’s expense in the future. Telling a man employed by PBS that he wishes to cut that station’s budget may be ballsy, but declaring “I love Big Bird” takes things too far. read more