2012 Election: Whew! That Was A Close One

It was supposed to be a close race, but if you had been following Nate Silver’s 538 blog on The New York Times, then it wasn’t. Within days of the election, it showed Barack Obama with a probability of about 91% to beat Mitt Romney -- based mostly on state polls and the electoral college, not the national polls or the popular vote, although both of the latter are included in his algorithm.

Even with that stat behind me, I was still concerned because there was still about a nine percent chance that Romney would become president, and you know the saying - shit happens.


Wrapping Up The Presidential Debates

Presidential Debates

Yes, the third presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on foreign policy was, unsurprisingly, boring, but at least it was good boring -- for a Democrat, that is. It was only surprisingly boring if you bought into the pre-debate hype generated by the media, which pointed to this as a make-or-break moment for both candidates.


Second Debate's Impact on Polls

So far, Barack Obama’s victorious outing in the second presidential debate against Mitt Romney isn’t showing much of a bounce in the national or state polls. If there’s any bounce, it’s very slight in Obama’s favor. It does appear to have halted Romney’s momentum though. That, in and of itself, is pretty good news for Democrats. As is, even though both candidates are statistically tie in the polls, Obama is favored to win by popular vote and electoral college.


Great Comeback for Barack Obama in Second Debate

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney Caricature

Like the vice presidential debate, I was afraid to watch -- afraid that Barack Obama would just be too nice of a guy to get into a brawl with Mitt Romney in the second presidential debate.


Joe Biden Over Delivered in Debate Against Paul Ryan

Joe Biden

I had low expectations. After Barack Obama’s disappointing and deflating debate performance last week, there’s a lot of pressure for Joe Biden to deliver. That’s scary because the guy’s been known as a gaffe machine. And you never know how people perform under pressure.

At the get go, I thought Biden delivered big time. He had energy. He had fire. He took control of the debate.


Mitt Romney's Etch-A-Sketching Confounded Barack Obama in First Presidential Debate

Barack Obama

If you’re a Democrat or an independent supporting Barack Obama, last night was tough to watch. Obama took a lot of punches, but didn’t fight back. All he did was block or deflect Mitt Romney’s attacks on his policies regarding the economy, medicare, Obamacare, taxes, and social security.

Obama Was All Defense and No Offense


Paul Ryan Tries to Explain Difference Between His and Obama's Medicare Cuts, Can't, then Flip-Flops


Medicare, the health care plan for the elderly, is a tricky issue for Paul Ryan. He wants to get rid of it and replace it with one supported by a voucher system. That’s why in his budget plan for the House, there is a $700B spending cut for Medicare.

He’s attacking Barack Obama for trying to take the same $700B from Medicare to help fund the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare). So what makes his $700B cut good and Obama’s bad?

“We are the ones who are not raiding Medicare to pay for Obamacare,” Ryan told Fox News anchor Brit Hume.


Wikipedia Correctly Picked Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's Vice Presidential Nominee A Week Ago

Paul Ryan

In 2008, people were wondering who would become John McCain’s running mate for the presidential election. We all know now that it was Sarah Palin. Leading up to the announcement, her page on Wikipedia was the most edited of all candidates, according to TechPresident.com.


James Holmes Isn't All That Smart Afterall

When the news media learned that James Holmes majored in neuroscience, they might have automatically assumed that he’s pretty smart. His family bragged about his academic achievements and one of his college friends said that he did well in tests without taking notes in classes. Because he’s socially awkward, he also behaves like a typical nerd.


A Portrait of the James Holmes from Longtime Friend, Community, and Video

James Holmes

The Los Angeles Times interviewed a friend of James Holmes, who has known him for more than ten years. According to Richie Duong, he seems like a normal nerd: really bright, hangs out with a select group of friends, and does stuff that your average guy likes to do - play cards, watch movies, and play video games.


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