Biden: Romney "Wants to Turn Back Time"

Joe Biden in Arvada, Colorado today:

When taking the stage, Biden reminded the crowd that tonight was end of Daylight Savings time. "It's Mitt Romney's favorite time of the year because he gets to turn the clock back," Biden said.

A new Ipsos/Reuters poll on early vote results shows Obama leading in key swing states: [More...]

  • In Colorado, where 60% of registered voters have already voted, Obama is ahead by 8 points (51% - 43%) among those who have cast their vote early.
  • In Ohio, early voters break for Obama 59% to 35%, with a third (33%) of registered voters have already voted.
  • In Florida, where 38% have already voted, Obama is ahead by 7 points (52%-45%)

Among likely voters, the results are much closer. So don't forget to vote.

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    Speaking of Cher... (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by lilburro on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 02:40:46 AM EST
    Cher and Kathy Griffin made a video against the War on Women.  Pretty funny.

    Meanwhile, in the real world... (2.00 / 4) (#2)
    by lentinel on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 03:34:08 PM EST
    Hurricane Sandy has cut off whole towns from basic information, supplies and electricity, leaving individuals who have lost everything increasingly desperate for help.

    And our government is doing what exactly to help them?

    Way to dampen a GOTV post for Obama... (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by magster on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 04:04:53 PM EST
    .... by criticizing Obama for not caring.

    I can see a post saying,"while we GOTV, don't forget to also chip in to the Red Cross" or some such thing. But to jump in with comment # 2 with more Obama bashing after a whole thread-full in the GOTV post before....


    A little time with the Google and (5.00 / 4) (#8)
    by Anne on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 04:19:16 PM EST
    you might have been able to answer your own question.

    From reports I am seeing, the effort is serious, focused, multi-dimensional and well-staffed.  Is everyone being helped to their satisfaction?  Probably not, but is there a universe in which that would even be possible?

    Here's the question I have for you, that I can't answer via Google: do you want Obama and the government to fail at this, or do you want them to succeed?  Because seeming to want failure here doesn't make sense to me, not from any angle.

    I, personally, am pulling like crazy for the government to shine, because at a time when the argument for trimming, cutting and tweaking programs that help those in need is that the government isn't very good at it, I don't want to give those arguments any fuel.

    If failure isn't what you're hoping for, I don't understand your initial question, given how easy it would have been to answer it yourself.

    Sorry, I don't mean to be confrontational - it's just that your comment seemed like the prelude to a cheap shot that seems not just unnecessary, but unwarranted.


    How (none / 0) (#16)
    by lentinel on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 06:57:55 AM EST
    you could think that I would wish for "failure", whatever that might be in this instance, escapes me.

    There are people in NYC about whom I have been reading. They could not get to work because the transportation system was shut down. Many are workers who get paid by the hour, are living on a shoestring, and will not get compensated for hours lost.

    In my question, I did not refer to Obama.
    I referred to the government. That includes local people like Christie and Bloomberg. People who have been out front in the news.

    I am not interested in failure or success since I don't know what that means in this context. I don't know what the government, local or federal is setting as its goals.

    I, personally would like people who are the most vulnerable, to be compensated financially for losses incurred by a situation that was not of their own making.

    Low interest loans wouldn't do too much for people who cannot repay loans. I don't know if these have been offered.

    What I have seen are appeals for citizens to contribute to the Red Cross, which is not, to my knowledge, a government agency.

    As you know, I am cynical about government.
    WNYC printed this quote from a Staten Island resident who is praising FEMA for their response:


    I got my claim number in already, the guy said he's going to call me in a couple of days," she says. "He's going to come out and estimate, and they said, listen, whatever doesn't work, they're going to help us put stuff in storage."

    My reaction, tempered by cynicism, is to ask for a follow-up for this person. I would like to know that she did indeed receive a call in "a couple of days". I would also hope that they could do more for her than help her put her "stuff in storage".

    And no.
    I am not hoping for failure.

    I know about the heroism of the first responders. I know about helping to evacuate people who were trapped. I know that part.

    What I don't know about is how or if government can or will help by helping people with actually no-strings financial aid. That is, money.

    I am compelled to add this sentence to my reply:

    From the article published which reports glowing reports from people about FEMA - contrasting it today to its disastrous response during the Bush era:

    It ends with this sentence:

    Officials know all too well the reviews of FEMA are likely to become less glowing with each day that passes that the lights remain out and people like Smith can't move back into their homes.

    That is a quote from "officials".
    They are anticipating that the reviews of FEMA are likely to become "less glowing" with each passing day.

    I don't think that these officials are hoping for failure.
    But they seem to be anticipating that evidence of inadequate responses will be more evident in the days following the election.


    lentinel, this is not an open thread (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by Jeralyn on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 04:35:29 PM EST
    please stay on topic, it's the election.

    Full details (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by vicndabx on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 05:53:28 PM EST
    at Army Times

    Army and Air National Guard forces were on duty by midweek, supporting the governors in 13 Eastern Seaboard states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and West Virginia.

    The Defense Department airlifted 120 medical personnel from Colorado, Ohio, and Texas to provide care to nursing homes and elderly patients in New York City.

    The National Guard response was just one part of the Defense Department's effort to assist FEMA's relief efforts in the storm ravaged Northeast.

    so much for that.


    Navy ships are bringing fuel. (none / 0) (#4)
    by oculus on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 03:48:21 PM EST
    CA emergency personnel and equipment are arriving by air.  

    From NPR (5.00 / 3) (#5)
    by magster on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 03:54:36 PM EST
    PG&E is already out there. (none / 0) (#13)
    by nycstray on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 09:01:45 PM EST
    Helping on L.I. and perhaps elsewhere (I only checked LI about power/flooding, I have clients there!).  Folks were headed East pre-storm from all over the country.

    That's funny (none / 0) (#1)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 03:31:12 PM EST
    what Biden said. I wanted to tell some of my GOP friends on facebook that the 1890's are calling and it wants its candidates back.

    Murdoch just tweeted to Christy (none / 0) (#3)
    by magster on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 03:45:49 PM EST
    Re-declare for Romney or take blame for the next 4 years.  

    Murdoch's in a foul mood (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by shoephone on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 04:45:01 PM EST
    because he tried to buy Penguin book publishing and they basically told him to "F*%# off" and instead entered into a merger deal with Random House. (I'm not happy about the merger -- it doesn't bode well for writers -- but anybody who tells Murdoch to "F*%# off" is OK on my book. No pun intended.)

    Murdoch obviously missed (none / 0) (#6)
    by CoralGables on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 04:03:55 PM EST
    the Christie interview on Fox the other day when he said:

    "If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics then you don't know me"


    For some reason, (none / 0) (#14)
    by nycstray on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 09:07:52 PM EST
    I'm seeing Pro Romney ads in the Bay Area (GAWD! they are driving me NUTS!! on the lie factor). I'm guessing it's a national buy,  but they started a bit late, as like many states, our early/by mail voting was already in full swing. In fact, I think it was too late for mail -ins by the time I saw any.

    Ryan wants to be the Cheney (none / 0) (#17)
    by Politalkix on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 08:09:46 AM EST
    of economic policies. link

    Oh, dear Lord... (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by Anne on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 08:39:50 AM EST
    if ever there was an example of damning with faint praise, it has to be this:

    Already seen as an intellectual leader of the Republican Party because of his sweeping House budget proposals...

    I mean, if Ryan is the intellectual leading light, that's not saying as much as he'd like to think it does, does it?

    And I'm not sure that being compared to Dick Cheney, only as the new economic evil mind, is a big vote-getter.

    But I have no doubt they are grooming him for 2016 - and all my snark aside, it would be a mistake not to take that seriously; I do think he's much more dangerous than a Mitt Romney-type.