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August 01, 2012

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August. Whoa, August.

I forgot to mention it yesterday: on Monday, GOP Senators successfully filibustered one of Obama's judicial nominees, signalling that they would filibuster all nominees from now until the election. Democrats cried foul, but this is a traditional practice, one that they embraced fully to block Bush 43 nominees in 2004 and 2008. Sens. Coburn, Inhofe, and Hatch voted present.

On this topic, the NYTimes editorial on Monday said that it's time to end the filibuster for judicial nominees. It's quite a contrast to a NYTimes editorial in 2005 that said it is "most important" for senators to have a "right of veto" over judicial nominees. I wonder what could have changed since then...

The White House has been strangely reluctant to embrace the DNC's proposed gay marriage support in the 2012 platform. Perhaps there's some dawning realization that not everyone, and particularly not black voters, are happy with the idea.

Quinnipiac has new swing state polls out of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. After 7AM, the release will be here. It looks like it's going to be Florida, Obama 51-Romney 45; Ohio, Obama 50-Romney 44; and Pennsylvania, Obama 53-Romney 42. Two caveats: wait for the samples' partisan breakdown numbers, and keep in mind that Obama has outspent Romney 2-1, since Romney has to wait until after the convention to spend general election funds.

The L.A. Times has a piece out today on Breitbart.com.

A new 30-second Romney ad hits Obama for closing GM dealerships in 2009. I've gotta say: this doesn't strike me as all that effective.

Am I wrong?

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