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Morning Examiner: Somebody is ‘not based at all in reality’

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Conn Carroll

Yesterday, The Des Moines Register endorsed Mitt Romney for president writing, “The president’s best efforts to resuscitate the stumbling economy have fallen short. Nothing indicates it would change with a second term in the White House. … Which candidate could forge the compromises in Congress to achieve these goals? When the question is framed in those terms, Mitt Romney emerges the stronger candidate.

President Obama’s campaign did not take the historic endorsement (The Des Moines Register had not endorsed a Republican candidate for president in 40 years) kindly. On ABC News’ This Week, Obama’s deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said the editorial “didn’t seem to be based at all in reality.”

Iowa voters will get to decide how close to reality the Des Moines Register’s assessment of Obama’s presidency next Tuesday. And that night, we’ll also get to see which of our nation’s pollsters have been reporting reality, and which have been trying to create it.

Take Public Policy Polling, a liberal North Carolina polling firm that does work for the Service Employees International Union, liberal blogs, and other progressive groups. Below are the latest PPP polls of key swing states along with the latest polls from other news organizations:
Colorado: PPP – Obama 51/Romney 47; Purple State Strategies – Obama 47/Romney 46
Florida: PPP – Obama 49/Romney48; Sunshine State News – Romney 51/Obama 46
Ohio: PPP – Obama 51/Romney 47; Ohio Newspaper Organization Obama 49/Romney 49
Virginia: PPP – Obama 51/Romney 46; Purple State Strategies – Obama 47/Romney 47

Notice a pattern? In every single state PPP has Obama running far ahead of where other pollsters have the race. This is not random statistical variance. Either PPP is accurately reporting a last-minute pro-Obama surge that will propel him to a comfortable reelection, or their polls are partisan propaganda. It’s one of the two. We’ll find out which next Tuesday.

From The Washington Examiner
Lisa Gartner: Hurricane Sandy shutters D.C. area
Byron York: How Team Romney sees the polls
Michael Barone: A newspaper endorsement that may matter
Alan Blinder: GOP senses chance to beat Obama in Wisconsin
Tim Carney: Who is the real extremist on abortion?
Phil Klein: How Ohio could break for Romney

Campaign 2012
Obama: Obama cancelled campaign appearances in Northern Virginia on Monday and Colorado on Tuesday to monitor Hurricane Sandy from the White House. Obama is still scheduled to make campaign visits to Orlando, Fla., and Youngstown, Ohio Monday before returning to the White House.
Minnesota: A new Star Tribune poll of Minnesota shows Obama with just a narrow 47 percent to 44 percent lead over Romney.

In Other News
The Washington Post, Washington area employers are cautious about hiring, giving raises in 2013: A recent survey of Washington area employers found that fewer organizations plan to hire in 2013 and their budgets for raises are likely to remain flat, a finding that human resources professionals say is a result of uncertainty about the “fiscal cliff.”
The Wall Street Journal
, Europe’s Crisis Spawns Calls for a Breakup—of Spain: In protests large and small, hundreds of thousands of Catalans are embracing a stark proposition: Only by breaking ties with Spain and becoming an independent country can Catalonia free itself from economic malaise.
Associated Press, San Francisco World Series win spawns riot: San Francisco Giants fans celebrated the team’s World Series win with a rampage early Monday morning, lighting a bus on fire, throwing bottles and injuring several people.

Righty Playbook
Ross Douthat details Obama’s “weirdly paternalistic form of social liberalism, in which women are forever single girls and the president is their father, lover, fiancé and paladin all rolled into one.”
George Will reviews Nicholas Eberstadt’s new book, A Nation of Takers: America’s Entitlement Epidemic.
Libertarian law professor Brad Smith explains why many libertarians support Romney over Gary Johnson.

Lefty Playbook
The New Republic‘s Jonathan Cohn attacks Romney for running an ad pointing out that Chrysler is planning to make Jeeps in China.
Andrews Sullivan told an ABC News ‘This Week’ panel, “If Virginia and Florida go back to the Republicans, it’s the Confederacy. Entirely. You put a map of the Civil War over this electoral map, you’ve got the Civil War.”
The Huffington Post‘s Ryan Grim accuses Romney of wanting to abolish FEMA.

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