New Jersey governor Chris Christie continues to make a fool of himself while residents of his state suffer.
Christie, who claimed that his state and the people that lived there were his number one priority in trying to explain away an over-the-top embrace of President Obama just prior to the election, decided that everyone was well off now, and this was the time to make a cameo appearance on Saturday Night Live.
Via Front Page Mag:
Tens of thousands of New Jersey residents are without power. Many have lost homes and everything else that they have. Some don’t have enough to eat and others are struggling to stay warm.
This is not the time for a responsible leader to go do his self-promoting shtick on Saturday Night Live. But Christie seems so tone deaf that he puts his self-promotion ahead of anything else.
Yes Giuliani went on Saturday Night Live a few weeks after September 11, but that wasn’t a series of gags, it was a serious tribute to those who died in the attacks. It had very little in common with Christie showing off the same routine that he does every time he’s in the vicinity of a video camera. And at a time when New Jersey residents still need help, why is their Governor spending time on a comedy show cracking jokes about what people have been going through?
We’ve got people from Louisiana and North Carolina coming in to help New Jersey, while Christie hops from one photo op to another.
Meanwhile, in the city of Rahway, NJ, you have stories like this:
In Rahway, where many residents were still without power yesterday afternoon, 400 survival kits handed out by the Red Cross in the City Hall parking lot proved to be too few.
“All of a sudden it was like a big rush,” Red Cross worker Lauren Franklin said. “They went extremely quickly.”
For Monique Patterson, who arrived too late to get a survival kit, it was insult added to injury.
“It’s been hell,” she said. “I have three kids and we have no power, no heat, for 13 days now.”
William Dickson, who works for the Union County city, said there has been little communication between authorities and residents about when PSE&G would restore electricity.
“It’s so cold at night I have to sleep with a blanket over my head and use my own breath to stay warm,” he said.
I’m sure once their power is finally restored, the freezing children in the Patterson family will find reruns of Christie’s SNL shtick to be truly hilarious.
Christie, the clown prince of New Jersey, to the good fortune of the Republican party, killed off any chance of a national run when he locked his embrace on the current President. In the end, the joke will be on him.
It remains a mystery in my eyes, how liberals and Democrats fail to recognize that by constantly playing the race card in every possible scenario, it ends up being patronizing to the minority group that they are actually trying to defend.
Case in point – voter ID. Liberals would have you believe that getting a free photo identification from the local DMV, and making it necessary to vote in elections, would suppress the minority vote. Now, the only way you can possibly believe that statement is true, is if in your own little head, you actually believe that those minority groups are too incompetent to attain the proper identification necessary to vote. It’s the only way that statement rings true.
And now we have this…
Via Gateway Pundit:
First off, Rice’s actions amount to one of two things. She either knowingly lied about what had happened in Benghazi, or she was used as a puppet by the administration to feed the public their talking points. If she lied, then she is unfit to serve in her current post, let alone as a replacement for Hillary Clinton. If she was used to promote the administration’s lies, then they have also denigrated this African-American woman by using her as a tool rather than letting her do her job.
Second, to come to the conclusion that Rice is being attacked because she is a black woman, is to view her with a condescending level of tunnel vision. The very people that are criticizing her are doing so because they view her as Susan Rice, United States Ambassador to the United Nations. The people that are defending her do not look at her in the same manner. Instead they patronizingly view her as a poor defenseless black woman incapable of standing up to her critics or defending her position.
When Susan Rice attained the tremendous heights that she has throughout her career, do you think she’d rather have been viewed as a successful overall individual, or do you think she’d prefer to be viewed as the career product of being a poor black woman?
There couldn’t be anything less racial about the entire Benghazi cover up. And yet Democrats feel they still have to play that card. The left consistently turns race into a political ploy. If you’re a minority, don’t you feel a little bit embarrassed every time they do it?
Regardless of your politics, if somebody calls 911 and says that a man at a polling station has told you to leave because he has a gun, is it not mandatory that the police arrive as soon as possible to check on the situation?
Not in Detroit apparently…
First, there was this tweet from Election Journal:
This morning, a legally credentialed poll watcher was threatened and intimidated while attempting to perform his legally allowed duties of observing the election process at precinct polling location 289 in Detroit.
The poll watcher, a lawyer, was confronted by a voter in line, who demanded the poll watcher produce his credentials, which he did.
However, the voter said that wasn’t good enough and that he had “a badge and a gun” and told the poll watcher get out of the precinct.
Rather than allow the situation to escalate, the poll watcher left before the voter produced a badge or brandished a gun.
Fearing for his safety, the poll watcher exited and called 911, however the Detroit Police refused to respond to the call – neglecting the fact that a voter alleged to have a ‘badge’ and a ‘gun’ in a precinct, putting other voters at risk.
Let’s see. A man threatens a voter with a badge and gun. Said voter calls more men with badges and guns. They don’t respond. Why? Was the first man allegedly holding a badge and gun professionally related to the other men with badges and guns?
Let’s hope the one doing the threatening wasn’t actually a police officer.
A pretty disturbing report coming out of U.S. Senate candidate, Wendy Long’s campaign. Apparently, a poll worker reviewed Long’s ballot and told her it would be rejected because she didn’t “fill in every space”.
When Long countered that you can indeed leave some sections of the ballot blank, the poll worker again indicated her ballot would be rejected.
Long correctly informed the worker that forcing a voter to vote in every race, would essentially result in that person being forced to vote for candidates they do not want.
The poll worker even went so far as to suggest Long should mark the Democratic line all the way down.
Here is a letter released by Long:
“This morning when I went to vote, a poll worker who was at the scanner, studied my private ballot and proceeded to tell me that it was rejected because I did not ‘fill in every space.’ She then proceeded to indicate that I should mark the Democratic line all the way down.
The poll worker said, ‘you have to fill in all of THESE, all the way down,” indicating the whole line at the far left of the ballot, saying ‘you can’t leave any blank.'”
I said, “I’m sorry, but that just can’t be the case …. that would force me to vote for people I don’t want to vote for.” She insisted again, that every office had to be filled out or the ballot would be rejected. And I said again “I don’t want to vote for those people!”
I protested again and said that I wanted to feed my ballot into the scanner as I had filled it out. She eventually relented saying ‘well you can TRY it’ — meaning she would allow me to put it in the scanner.
It obviously worked.
I had just remarked to all the poll workers, before I filled in my ballot, that we were all very fortunate to have heat and water and electricity.
It is heartbreaking, especially in these trying times for New York City with thousands of voters displaced from their homes and their polling locations, that poll workers would behave in this way, and through intent or ignorance, work to distort the outcome of an election and violate an individual’s right to vote for whomever he or she chooses.
I urge all voters to know your rights when you vote.
You can ask for help in how to operate the scanner, but your ballot is private and cannot and should not be inspected.
You do not have to vote in every office, or fill in every oval. Vote only for the candidates whom YOU want to vote for.
Finally, question authority – poll workers are there to help you to vote, not to tell you how vote. If one crosses the line, contact the Attorney General’s Office or your local Board of Elections.”
Poll workers shouldn’t be trying to persuade anybody to vote in a certain manner, but it is even more absurd when you try to coax a Republican candidate for office to vote straight Democrat.
So they fought back, and won the first battle –
Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement regarding the first court order issued by the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas to seat Republican Minority Inspectors in Philadelphia Polling places:
“This was a shameless attempt from the Obama campaign to suppress our legally appointed Republican poll watchers in Philadelphia and they got caught,” Chairman Rob Gleason said.
“We’ve seen these shenanigans before and it’s clear that Democratic operatives and the Obama campaign are desperate; trying to shield Republican Minority Inspectors who are employees of the City of Philadelphia today from monitoring election activities. It certainly raises the question, what are Democrats doing in the polls that they are working so hard to shield folks from monitoring this election?”
So far this morning, Democratic operatives prohibited 75 legally credentialed Republican election workers from accessing polling places in heavily Democratic areas in Philadelphia. Incidents ranged from judges of elections refusing to seat Republican Minority Inspectors and Clerks, to reports of Democratic election operatives announcing that “No Republicans will be allowed in the polling place.”
As a result, the Republican Party of Pennsylvania petitioned the Court to issue formal orders to force Democratic judges of elections to seat Republican minority inspectors and clerks. The Court said that they will issue around 6-12 Orders with approximately 6 – 10 names per Order.
And so it begins…
Its happening in Philadelphia – Democrats are trying to steal the election.
The Philadelphia GOP is reporting that court appointed Minority (read GOP) Inspectors are being thrown out of polling locations in several Wards.
The Philadelphia Enquirer is on it:
These Inspectors are election officials – again, court appointed — and are reportedly being thrown out by the Head Judges of Elections (these Judges are elected Democrats).
Philadelphia is a liberal hot bed, and will no doubt see plenty of voter intimidation tactics. It isn’t an isolated incident either.
This has happened at the following locations:
Ward 32, Div 13
Ward 43, Div 14
Ward 56, Div 1
Ward 56, Div 22
Ward 32, Div 28
Ward 32, Div 28
Ward 12, Div 17
Ward 39, Div 1
Ward 24, Div 9
Ward 18, Div 25
Ward 43, Div 14
Ward 29, Div 18
Ward 65, Div 19
Ward 20, Div 1
Ward 6, Div 11
Please, if you see any signs of illegal activity today, contact True the Vote at their Election Integrity Hotline, (855) 444-6100.
Republican Internal Polling Has Romney Up in Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, Tied in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin
If these figures are correct, Romney will almost certainly become the 45th President of the United States…
Via the Daily Mail:
Mitt Romney is ahead by a single percentage point in Ohio, according to internal polling data provided to MailOnline by a Republican party source.
Internal campaign polling completed last night by campaign pollster Neil Newhouse has Romney three points up in New Hampshire, two points up in Iowa and dead level in Wisconsin and – most startlingly – Pennsylvania.
If the Romney campaign’s internal numbers are correct – and nearly all independent pollsters have come up with a picture much more favourable for Obama – then the former Massachusetts governor will almost certainly be elected 45th U.S. President.
Then there’s these headlines on Drudge:
It’s going to be a stressful day tomorrow for most of us. But not in the mind of Dick Morris, who is predicting a Romney landslide.
Via Gateway Pundit:
Dick Morris doubled-down today telling Megyn Kelly on America Live there is a 90% chance Mitt Romney will win tomorrow and a 60% chance it will be a landslide.
Today, NYGOP spokeswoman Becky Miller released the following statement regarding Senator Gillibrand’s stint yesterday on MSNBC’s “NOW with Alex Wagner:”
“On MSNBC yesterday, Kirsten Gillibrand touted ‘OffTheSidelines.org’, a website she’s running to get ‘more women, Democrats, Republicans, all women, to hopefully run for office.’
But according to an exposé by the Weekly Standard, OffTheSidelines.org is:
“nothing more than a gateway site and fundraising tool for the Gillibrand campaign. A disclaimer at the bottom of the page says the site is “paid for by Gillibrand for Senate.” The homepage has a prominent link to ‘Contribute to Gillibrand for Senate,’ and another link to simply ‘contribute’ leads to a Gillibrand for Senate contribution form.”
“During her interview, Gillibrand referenced the 11 women who are running for US Senate this year. Indeed there are 11 female Democrats running for Senate – but there are also seven female Republicans, which New York’s Junior Senator didn’t deign to mention.
“Kirsten Gillibrand’s career in the Senate is built on a foundation of lies and deceit, from touring New York touting new ‘jobs bills’ that never get passed to lying about her role helping women participate in politics.
“We call on Kirsten Gillibrand to name the Republican women that her organization helps – or admit that OffTheSidelines.org is a sham: just another way to funnel money to her reelection campaign.”
Late last night, the Romney campaign announced that the Republican presidential candidate will be revealing his choice for running mate at 8:45 EST in Norfolk, Virginia.
Speculation has been running rampant, but most news outlets have been leaning toward the choice as Paul Ryan, the Congressman from Wisconsin.
Fox News is now reporting that a Republican source has confirmed that Ryan is the choice. The Los Angeles Times adds details on that report:
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate, according to a Republican with knowledge of the development. They will appear together Saturday in Norfolk, Va., at the start of a four-state bus tour to introduce the newly minted GOP ticket to the nation.
The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because this person was not authorized to disclose the decision.
And now, NBC adds further confirmation with more sources:
Three different sources close to the Romney campaign indicate to NBC News that Mitt Romney will announce House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate at tomorrow’s campaign event in Norfolk, VA.
Fittingly, this morning’s announcement will be made in front of the USS Wisconsin.
Time to break out the “Hey Girl, It’s Paul Ryan” tumblr site again…
Actor Zach Galifianakis may be known for his less-than family-friendly sense of humor, but billionaires David and Charles Koch demonstrated Tuesday they don’t find him so funny.
The comedian is co-starring with Will Ferrell in the upcoming comedy, “The Campaign,” which features a pair of wealthy donors called the “Motch brothers,” played by Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow.
Galifianakis, whose uncle served as a U.S. congressman from North Carolina, told the New York Daily News on Monday that it was “pretty obvious” the Motch brothers, a pair of wealthy donors who attempt to manipulate political campaigns, were crafted after David and Charles Koch, best known as the “Koch brothers.”
The Koch brothers are high-profile figures in the Republican Party who support conservative and libertarian causes. Backers of the group Americans for Prosperity, the pair of industrialists are expected to spend tens – if not hundreds – of millions on Republican causes this year.
In July, the Kochs hosted a fund-raiser for Mitt Romney in Southampton, which drew multiple protests from Occupy Wall Street crowds.
In the interview Monday, “The Hangover” star wasted no time expressing how he feels about the real-life industrialist titans.
“I disagree with everything they do. They are creepy and there is no way around that. It’s not freedom what they are doing,” Galifianakis said.
Today, the Koch brothers responded by ripping Galifianakis’ as a monkey-loving comedian who is for some reason, offering political commentary.
Apparently, the real Koch brothers weren’t so amused. A spokesman for the industrialist titans released a statement, chiding the actor’s comments.
“Last we checked, the movie is a comedy. Maybe more to the point is that it’s laughable to take political guidance or moral instruction from a guy who makes obscene gestures with a monkey on a bus in Bangkok,” said Philip Ellender, referring to a scene from the movie “The Hangover Part II.”
So who got the last laugh?