(WND) We’re all daily witnesses to Barack Obama’s two-pronged, slash-and-burn re-election strategy:
1) Tell astonishingly bold lies about your opponent;
2) Bribe the heck out of all your constituencies in hopes of cobbling together a winning voting coalition in November.
Simultaneously, Obama bribes every group he can, wooing female voters by ridiculously conjuring up a Republican “war on women,” endearing himself to homosexuals by embracing same-sex marriage, making an audacious play for Hispanic votes with his surprise amnesty edict – an executive action he himself previously claimed would be illegal, alluring college students with promises of student-loan rate extensions, homeowners with mortgage aid programs, union member exemptions from Obamacare requirements, and on and on.
(Ben Swann) Reality Check takes a look at the Republican National Committee’s attempt to keep liberty delegates who support Ron Paul from being seated at the RNC unless they vote for Mitt Romney.
(FOX19) I’ve told you for months about the GOP establishment’s efforts to control the Republican National Convention… here is more unbelievable proof of how far they are willing to go.
In the state of Maine, it is well documented that 21 of the 24 delegates are strong supporters of Congressman Ron Paul.
Those 21 delegates plan to go to Tampa later this month and cast a vote for Dr. Paul to receive the nomination.
A little over a week ago, 20 of those 21 delegates were told that their credentials were being challenged by Mr. Peter Cianchette (who headed the Romney campaign in Maine).
The grounds for the challenge; that 20 of these 21 delegates were illegally elected to represent Maine.
As a result, the RNC planned to not seat the entire Maine delegation at the RNC in Tampa.
Now, here is where it gets really interesting.
This weekend, the RNC, via Maine Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster offered a “compromise”… take a look:
1. A majority of the delegates sign a statement agreeing that, if Ron Paul is not on the ballot, they will vote at the Convention for Mitt Romney.
2. Instead of Brent Tweed, Charlie Webster or Paul LePage would serve as the spokesperson for the delegation and announce the votes cast for president. That spokesperson would also handle all media on behalf of the Maine delegation.
3. There will be nothing negative said about Mitt Romney or positive said about Obama (especially to media).
4. The Delegation will be admitted to the Convention, and to all committee assignments, without barrier.
5. The Contest brought by Jan Staples and Peter Cianchette will be withdrawn.
Tonight at 10:00 PM, Reality Check is going to break down all the details of this as well as two unrelated efforts to block Gov. Romney from receiving the Republican nomination.
For now, you can read the official response from the Maine delegation to the RNC “Compromise” here:
DOC: Maine delegation response -https://docs.google.com/a/fox19.com/document/d/19e445qtQmarLWmO9iiw4xad66mpTf5aOn1vPg9gZwgg/editDOC:
RNC’s position - https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B1WT4DlXFQbeME11dExETV9NQ1U
(GINA SMITH) Want to know who will win the presidential race in November? Forget South Carolina. (The candidates will.) Instead, focus on North Carolina and a dozen other states.
How the states are expected to vote in the November presidential race, the number of electoral votes at stake and the average of the latest polls in the closest races:
Obama-solid states (142 electoral votes) — California (55), Delaware (3), District of Columbia (3), Hawaii (4), Illinois (20), Maryland (10), Massachusetts (11), New York (29), Rhode Island (4), Vermont (3)
Obama-likely states (42 electoral votes) — Connecticut (7), Maine (4), New Jersey (14), New Mexico (5), Washington (12)
Leaning Obama (37 electoral votes)
Minnesota (10) — Obama leading by 11.6 percentage points
Oregon (7) — Obama leading by 8.6 percentage points
Pennsylvania (20) — Obama by 7.8 percentage points
Obama total — 221 electoral votes
Romney-solid states (85 electoral votes) — Alabama (9), Alaska (3), Arkansas (6), Idaho (4), Kansas (6), Kentucky (8), Louisiana (8), Mississippi (6), Nebraska (5), Oklahoma (7), South Carolina (9), Utah (6), West Virginia (5), Wyoming (3)
Likely Romney states (55 electoral votes) — North Dakota (3), South Dakota (3), Tennessee (11), Texas (38)
Leaning Romney (36 electoral votes)
Arizona (11) — Romney leading by 6.8 percentage points
Georgia (16) — Romney by 10 percentage points
Indiana (11) — Romney by 9 percentage points
Montana (3) — Romney by 8.25 percentage points
Romney total — 176 electoral votes
Toss-up states (136 electoral votes)
Colorado (9) — Obama leading by 3 percentage points
Florida (29) — Obama leading by 0.8 percentage points
Iowa (6) — Obama by 2.5 percent age points
Michigan (16) — Obama by 1.8 percentage points
Missouri (10) — Romney by 3 percentage points
Nevada (6) — Obama by 5.3 percentage points
New Hampshire (4) — Obama by 5.7 percentage points
North Carolina (15) — Romney by 1.2 percentage points
Ohio (18) — Obama by 2.6 percentage points
Virginia (13) — Obama by 3 percentage points
Wisconsin (10) — Obama by 4.4 percentage points
If the leader today in each swing state won, what would be the result?President Obama would be re-elected in an electoral landslide.
SOURCES: Real Clear Politics and The State newspaper
South Carolina: The next swing state?
As South Carolina’s Hispanic population grows and an increasing number of African-Americans register to vote, S.C. Democratic Party chairman Dick Harpootlian predicts the Palmetto State, too, could be a swing state in coming presidential cycles.
The state’s population increased by 15 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to U.S. Census data, much of the increase in the state’s minority population.
In April, GOP strategist Karl Rove raised some eyebrows when he said South Carolina already was a swing state, an assessment he later backed away from.
“It is shifting demographically to more of a swing state,” Harpootlian said. “If (presidential Democratic campaigns) wanted to apply the resources, it could happen.”
Republicans shake their heads in a mixture of incredulity and mirth at such statements. “Dick Harpootlian believes in the tooth fairy, too,” said Chad Connelly, chairman of the S.C. Republican Party. “Obama has been so bad. He’s been such a divider. Principles matter to people of all color.”
— Gina Smith
As it has done in every presidential cycle since 1980, conservative South Carolina’s nine electoral voters will be won by the Republican nominee — in this case, Mitt Romney — leaving little reason for national Democrats or Republicans to pay attention to the Palmetto State.
South Carolina’s two political parties aren’t even focusing on the Palmetto State. Instead, both have turned their attention to neighboring North Carolina, one of about a dozen toss-up states considered winnable by either candidate.
The candidate — Democratic incumbent Barack Obama or Romney — who wins the most electoral votes in those states will win in November.
Consider recent history.
In 2000 and 2004, George W. Bush did well in the swing states and won the presidency. In 2008, President Obama grew the list of swing states to about a dozen, claiming surprise wins in North Carolina, Indiana and Virginia.
This year will be more of the same. The key will be whether voters in those key states are still in the 2008 mood for change that ushered Obama to victory or whether they are in the 2010 Tea Party mood of limited government and less taxation.
Both candidates will face challenges as they fight to clinch the 270 electoral votes needed to win.
Obama is unlikely to galvanize as many voters as he did four years ago, when he was the first African-American candidate on a major party’s ticket. And the struggling economy remains an albatross around his neck.
But conservatives are not enthusiastic about Romney either who has struggled with a flip-flopper image and questions about his time at the helm of private equity firm, Bain Capital.
Battleground North Carolina
Both the S.C. Democratic and Republican parties are sending S.C. volunteers to North Carolina in hopes of swaying the result there.
In some ways, the state is similar to right-leaning South Carolina. For example, it too has an anti-union sentiment and its voters, like those in South Carolina in 2006, overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on gay marriage this year.
Also, in 2010, N.C. Republicans took control of the state’s Legislature — a first in more than 100 years. Both houses of South Carolina’s Legislature have been GOP-controlled for a dozen years.
But the Tar Heel state is growing in a way that helps Democrats. Its urban centers are outpacing its rural areas in population growth, which allowed Obama to squeak out a North Carolina win in 2008.
As North Carolina continues to become less white and more urban, Democrats hope to win again in November, going so far as choosing Charlotte for their national convention in September in an attempt to woo Tar Heels.
S.C. Democrats, many of whom went to North Carolina in 2008 to help Obama, are helping out again.
S.C. Democratic Party chairman Dick Harpootlian said the party, in partnership with Obama for America, has been sending volunteers to North Carolina for the past three months to knock on voters’ doors.
“Do you want to wake up on Nov. 7 to four years of President Mitt Romney? Four years of the 1 percent driving the rest of us into financial ruin?” reads an email blasted out last week from Harpootlian to S.C. Democrats. “Just one day of volunteering between now and election day in North Carolina by phone or in person can make the difference.”
S.C. Republicans too are organizing to send volunteers to North Carolina, Ohio and other toss-up states, said Chad Connelly, chairman of the S.C. Republican Party, with plans to kick the effort into full swing in August.
“North Carolina is going to swing back” Republican, Connelly predicted. “People, particularly young people, were duped by Obama into believing he represented something different. Instead, he’s a left-leaning socialist, and we all know it now.”
An average of recent North Carolina polls by the website Real Clear Politics puts the two candidates in a neck-and-neck race with Romney up by 1.3 percentage points.
Shifting populations, shifting politics
Besides North Carolina, the battleground states this year are Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Some battleground states, including Virginia, are seeing their longtime politics changes as their populations change.
High growth in northern Virginia, including the diverse suburbs of Washington, has turned Virginia, once solidly Republican, into a swing state. Obama won the state in 2008 — the first Democrat to do so since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
And he could win the state — heavily dependent on federal jobs — again in November. Obama leads Romney by 3 percentage points in an average of six Virginia polls, compiled by Real Clear Politics.
Labor unions could shape the campaign in several key swing states, including Ohio with its high percentage of unionized workers in the steel and auto industries.
Ohio is a must-win for Romney. Over the last half-century, no Republican has won the White House without winning Ohio.
President Obama won the state by 5 percentage points in 2008. However, Ohio’s state politics have shifted in the GOP’s favor since then. In 2010, Republicans successfully won the governor’s office, took back the state House of Representatives and replaced five Democrats in the U.S. House.
But a fight over labor unions threatens Republicans newfound Ohio power.
In 2011, the Legislature, backed by the state’s Republican governor, attempted to reduce unions’ bargaining rights. However, voters overwhelmingly rejected the idea in a referendum. Gov. John Kasich’s approval rating remains well below 50 percent, making him as less-than-ideal friend to the Romney camp.
Taking on unions also will be part of the discussion in another battleground state, Wisconsin. There, Republican Gov. Scott Walker survived a recall vote last month, with some help from S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, after he took on his state’s unions.
It’s likely to be a similar fight in Michigan, where voters have, for the past five presidential cycles, picked the Democratic nominee, in part, because of GOP hostility toward labor unions.
Michigan suffers from one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates, which could give Romney, a Michigan native whose father was a popular governor there, a much-needed boost.
But President Obama will continue to counter that joblessness would be worse in Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio if the federal government had not bailed out General Motors and Chrysler, a bailout he will note — again, and again, and again — that Romney opposed.
Swing states Obama may lose
Several once solidly Republican states turned their back on their GOP roots in 2008, casting their electoral votes for Obama instead, seemingly becoming swing states. But as the economy continues to struggle, Obama has lost his luster in some of the states.
Indiana voters, for example, narrowly chose Obama in 2008. It was the first time in 40 years that a Democratic presidential candidate had taken the state. But media reports suggest that Hoosiers’ 2008 pride in Obama, from the neighboring state of Illinois, has all but vanished as Indiana’s economy has continued to struggle.
It is a similar scene in Nevada, where foreclosure and unemployment rates remain high. Add to that a large Mormon population and Romney has a good shot at winning the state. Meanwhile, the Obama camp hopes that Nevada’s large Hispanic population will benefit the incumbent.
And in Iowa, where Obama ignited young and middle-aged voters in 2008, media reports say supporters have not been impressed with his first term. He may struggle to rev up the state’s large number of independent voters, who are moderate, as well as its evangelical Christians, who disagree with his backing of gay marriage. Polling shows Obama and Romney in a dead heat in the state, which launched Obama’s 2008 campaign after he beat Hillary Clinton in its caucuses.
Other ballot items
The presidential race in the battleground states also could be affected by ballot referendums that motivate large numbers of voters — Democrats or Republicans, or both — to show up at the polls.
Hot-button ballot measures have been employed as a successful strategy since 2004, when they were credited with upping the conservative turnout in swing states. In 2006, for example, many believe an Ohio ballot measure — defining marriage as being between a man and a woman — helped President George W. Bush narrowly win re-election.
Ohio has no similarly divisive measure on the ballot this time around.
But some other states do.
In the kingmaker state of Florida, which boasts the nation’s third-largest number of electoral votes, voters will decide whether public money should be barred from going to health insurance policies that include abortion coverage.
And, in Colorado, a proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational use could turn out liberal voters.
(PRISON PLANET) A political website that contained stinging criticism of the Obama administration and its handling of the Fast and Furious scandal was ordered to be shut down by the Obama campaign’s ‘Truth Team’, according to private investigator Douglas Hagmann, who was told by ISP GoDaddy his site contained information that was “maliciously harmful to individuals in the government.”
Hagmann, CEO of Hagmann Investigative Services, Inc., a private investigative agency serving a roster of Fortune 500 clients, was given 48 hours by GoDaddy to find a new home for his website before it was deleted.
Hagmann was told the reason for the shut down was because the website featured “morally objectionable” material. After GoDaddy refused to identify the complainant, only saying that it was not “any official government agency,” further investigation by Hagmann revealed that the order came from a group tied to Obama campaign headquarters.
Speaking with the chief investigator in the GoDaddy Abuse division, Hagmann discovered, “Ultimately it was found that the complaint originated ostensibly with a group associated with the campaign to re-elect Barack Hussein Obama.”
Turning to his contacts within government, Hagmann then contacted spoke with another source who confirmed that the ‘Obama Truth Team’ was responsible for the shut down order.
“I’m laying this right on the doorstep of the Obama Truth Team,” said Hagmann.
The ‘Obama Truth Team’ is an outreach of the Obama 2012 re-election campaign that urges supporters to “help fight back against the attacks on President Obama and his record” by reporting supposed misrepresentations and lies. However, as ABC News reported, the ‘Truth Team’ has mischaracterized legitimate criticism as smears in an effort to chill dissent against Obama. It has also been caught fibbing on a number of other occasions.
The same methods of intimidation were also very much in force during the 2008 campaign season. Under the guise of the ‘Obama Truth Squad’, influential public figures in Missouri including St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch, St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, and Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer, promised to “respond quickly, forcefully, and aggressively” to “lies” about Obama.
As ABC News highlighted, this helped to create a chilling atmosphere in which “Missourians might be afraid of being prosecuted for criticizing Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.”
This is by no means the first time political websites have been shut down on a whim with no due process after official pressure is brought to bear on ISPs.
In December 2010 Amazon responded to pressure by Sen. Joe Lieberman and the Department of Homeland Security by axing the Wikileaks website from its servers.
GoDaddy itself is not renowned for its support for free speech. The company lost 37,000 accounts last year over its initial failure to oppose the controversial Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA).
Despite the fact that his son was getting married on the same weekend, Hagmann was eventually able to move his website – HomelandSecurityus.com – to another server before it was deleted by GoDaddy.
“It took an incredible number of man hours and it was a tedious (and costly) process, but I have successfully moved my site out of reach,” Hagmann told us.
Hagmann noted that his story from last month about a DHS inside source warning of coming mass civil unrest, which went viral on the Internet, was one of the primary reasons behind the effort to shut down his website.
Hagmann is now warning that any independent website which forcefully dissents against the Obama administration could be targeted next.
“I respectfully ask that you spread the word – that the Obama “Truth Team” is out in full force, scouring any U.S. based web sites of any size or influence (yet small enough to be pushed around) that contains any information deemed “objectionable” to the Obama re-election campaign. Perhaps it’s already too late. Regardless, people need to wake up now and listen to what we’ve been saying. There might not be a tomorrow,” Hagmann told us in an email.
Watch a video about the Obama Truth Squads below.
See one of the GoDaddy emails sent to Hagmann below (click for enlargement).
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infowars Nightly News.
(INFOWARS) Four separate eyewitnesses inside the Westfields Marriott hotel in Chantilly Virginia told London Guardian writer Charlie Skelton that Mitt Romney was in attendance at Bilderberg 2012, suggesting the Republican candidate could be the elite’s pick for the upcoming U.S. presidential election.
“Four eyewitnesses on the hotel staff told me Willard Mitt Romney was here at Bilderberg 2012. My four eyewitnesses place him inside. That’s one more than Woodward and Bernstein used. Romney’s office initially refused to confirm or deny his attendance as Bilderberg is “not public”. They later said it was not him,” writes Skelton.
The London Guardian writer adds that the fact Romney’s name did not appear on the official list of attendees is meaningless. Numerous power brokers, including Bill Gates, were photographed arriving at the event yet were not included on the list of participants, as is routinely the case.
With speculation already raging that Romney’s potential VP – Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels – was already being groomed by Bilderberg cronies, Romney’s appearance at the secretive confab of global power brokers suggests that he is being favored by the elite, who have seemingly lost faith in Barack Obama.
As Skelton noted in a separate report, on Saturday afternoon a limousine arrived at the hotel surrounded by a police motorcade, signaling the arrival of a “heavyweight politician”. Could this have been Mitt Romney? It’s unlikely given the fact that he was appearing at fundraisers on the west coast all weekend, but Romney’s schedule for Thursday, the first day of the Bilderberg meeting, was clear.
An invite to the Bilderberg conference has routinely proven beneficial to future Presidents and Prime Ministers.
Four years ago during a heated battle on the campaign trail, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton gave reporters the slip to attend the 2008 Bilderberg meeting at the same hotel. On precisely the same weekend as the confab was taking place, the Washington Post announced that Hillary was withdrawing from the presidential race and would support Obama.
Bill Clinton and Tony Blair were both groomed by the secretive organization in the early 1990′s before rising to prominence. Portugal’s Pedro Santana Lopes and Jose Socrates attended the 2004 meeting in Stresa, Italy before both going on to become Prime Minster of Portugal.
Confirmation that Romney attended Bilderberg 2012 may be hard to come by, but news that the former Governor of Massachusetts email account was compromised by a hacker could offer proof, although no emails have been leaked thus far.