Tag Archives: Mitt Romney

Republican Last Hurrah

If Nate Silver is right, it could be a surprisingly good night for President Obama. My favorite political oddsmaker has Obama’s chances of victory at 91%, with potentially 314 electoral votes. If this turns out to be the result, the … Continue reading

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The Tell

Chris Christie is a smart politician. His full scale embrace of President Obama in the last three days was not done without consideration for the political value going forward. My guess is that Christie has seen enough internal Republican polling … Continue reading

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Mitt Romney, Peacenik

When months ago Mitt Romney’s spokesman suggested he could Etch a Sketch his way back to the political center, I expected the Convention to be the venue for this makeover. But that was not to be, as a hall full … Continue reading

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Obama by a Knockout

George Will said on ABC that last night’s debate was the best he has seen in his lifetime and I agree. He also said Obama won–and I agree. Determined to erase the memory of his poor performance two weeks ago, … Continue reading

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Obama’s Debate Challenge

President Obama was caught off guard in the first debate by Mitt Romney’s pivot to the center and his embrace of the Compassionate Conservative position. That Obama allowed Romney to blur their differences on healthcare, social security and even taxes … Continue reading

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Why Biden Won

Two of the big research themes of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab converged in last night’s VP Debate: Social Sentiment Analytics and Transmedia Storytelling. The analytics part is fairly straightforward. For the last year in association with the Signals Analysis … Continue reading

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Debate Post Mortem

For Obama the debate was an unmitigated disaster. It was a low energy performance by a man who seems to think he is sitting on a lead and has to play a conservative game. Obama kept looking to moderator Jim … Continue reading

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Twitter Sentiment and The Debates

I’d like to enlist your help in a project we have been creating at the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab . We have built an analytics tool to track sentiment around the two candidates using Twitter as the data feed. So … Continue reading

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Political Endgame

Nate Silver is the most reliable assessor of political polling in our country. His latest column seems to indicate that President Obama is in pretty good shape. Here are some highlights This is probably about the last week, for instance, … Continue reading

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Atlas Shrugged and Then Shot Himself In the Foot

It has been the contention of this writer that the philosophical underpinnings of the Romney Ryan campaign are the writings of Ayn Rand, most specifically Atlas Shrugged. “Rand’s heroes must continually fight against “parasites”, “looters”, and “moochers” who demand the … Continue reading

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