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Early Voting May Not Be a Blessing When There's Late-Breaking News

By: Lloyd Brown | Posted: October 30, 2012 3:55 AM
From the Right Coast
More than 1 million Florida residents already have cast a vote in the presidential election, which will be decided in one week. Given recent news, at least a few of those who voted for the incumbent must be wishing they could retrieve their ballots.

Unable to defend his abysmal economic record of a $16 trillion debt increasing daily and growth declining annually -- during what is being called a "recovery" -- Obama has to go somewhere else.

Where he's going isn't pretty.

An angry Obama lashed out the other day, calling Mitt Romney a “bullshitter.” His ads call Romney a “traitor.”

This is from someone who repeatedly said as a candidate that we have to stop name-calling and improve the tone of politics.

In the past week, there also have been signs of an attempt at voter suppression -- not the phony kind alleged by liberals, but the real thing. Republicans in Florida have received letters suggesting they could be jailed for going to the polls. Elsewhere there have been problems getting absentee ballots to military personnel, who tend to vote for conservatives.

In 2008, Obama promised to unify Americans, run a transparent government, halve the deficit, increase employment, bring peace to the world and set a higher standard for politics. All are at odds with the reality.

Transparency is not the standard in the Benghazi attack. For 17 days afterward, the White House put out a false version of the attack and now is saying it wants to find out what happened two months ago. I don’t expect its” investigation” to end until after the election.

Excellent reporting by Fox News shows the White House knew during the attack that it was a terrorist attack planned in advance. Four Americans died, two of them former SEALS who fought furiously, futilely hoping aid that was nearby would come. A former top CIA official says Obama had to know what was happening and that refusing aid was "cowardly."

On the day it was reported that the CIA had asked for help in Benghazi three times and had been denied, neither NBC, nor CBS, nor the New York Times reported the news.

Knowing how the left-wing media hate Fox News, I expected them to contradict the story or make excuses, not to totally abdicate their responsibilities, and I'm not the only one who is outraged. Longtime Democratic pollster Pat Caddell said, "The worst thing is, the very people who are supposed to protect the American people with the truth -- the leading mainstream media ... they have become a threat, a fundamental threat to American democracy and the enemies of the American people ... these people have no honor ... cover-up is too nice of a word."

If Benghazi is what it appears, it means the president ignored pleas for help, slept soundly for seven hours while heroes fought for their lives, and calmly went to a Las Vegas fundraiser the next day. Those who voted for him early might soon be applauding his impeachment, or hailing his defeat.



Lloyd Brown was in the newspaper business nearly 50 years, beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor of the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. After retirement he served as speech writer for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Comments (11)

wbp
10:39AM NOV 1ST 2012
only a very partisan person, lloyd, would call what goes on at fox excellent reporting. there is no news organization further to the right than fox. fox makes even the WSJ look left of center. i doubt few if any would change their vote based on yours or fox's opinion.
Andrea
9:29AM OCT 31ST 2012
"If Benghazi is what it appears,"

Such a little word, but oh how important.

IF.

It is absolutely not as ‘it appears’, and certainly is not what the author described in the last paragraph - the 7 hours were from about 9:40pm to 4am Benghazi time, which according to sources is six hours ahead of EDT, making it 3:40pm to 10pm. The President was most definitely not sleeping through it, let alone soundly. By the time he left the next day, the incident was well over, investigations into it were already under way. I'm not sure what else he personally was supposed to do at exactly that moment.

Also, there is a meme going around that it was one 7 hour sustained attack at one location and that is not true. The fights ebbed and surged and the security forces bravely managed to safely move about 30 Americans to another location, which then got attacked (that's where 2 of the 4 died).

While the initial consulate attack may not have been strictly about the Anti-Muslim video, there were groups protesting in the area about it.

Can’t post links here apparently, but there’s a great description of the event from a guard who was there, but you can find it by going to world(dot)time(dot)com and searching on “Benghazi”. It’s the one titled “The Other 9/11”.
Carlos Igles
10:25AM OCT 30TH 2012
BY the way, in 2009 Minority leader McConnell and his Republican cohorts decided that making Mr. Obama a one-term president trumped anything else, including making any efforts to improve the economy. Mr Boehner's House has voted 33 times in a symbolic gesture to repeal Obamacare knowing there would never be agreement from the Senate or escaping the veto of our Chief Executive. So much for their aowed focus on Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. Only a man who could finally kill Bin Laden, End a war, preside over a restored Dow currently over 13,107 and pass sweeping healthcare reform and the Lily Ledbetter Act for fair pay for women could be accused of not having a record to be proud to run on.
Repubtallygirl
11:40AM OCT 30TH 2012
In the words of Joe Wilson, YOU LIE.

McConnell made his remarks in an interview that appeared in the National Journal on Oct. 23, 2010 — nearly two years after Obama was elected president. The interview took place on the eve the of the midterm elections.

NJ: What does this mean now?
McConnell: We need to be honest with the public. This election is about them, not us. And we need to treat this election as the first step in retaking the government. We need to say to everyone on Election Day, “Those of you who helped make this a good day, you need to go out and help us finish the job.”
NJ: What’s the job?
McConnell: The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.
NJ: Does that mean endless, or at least frequent, confrontation with the president?
McConnell: If President Obama does a Clintonian backflip, if he’s willing to meet us halfway on some of the biggest issues, it’s not inappropriate for us to do business with him.
NJ: What are the big issues?
McConnell: It is possible the president’s advisers will tell him he has to do something to get right with the public on his levels of spending and [on] lowering the national debt. If he were to heed that advice, he would, I imagine, find more support among our conference than he would among some in the Senate in his own party. I don’t want the president to fail; I want him to change. So, we’ll see. The next move is going to be up to him.

There is no doubt that McConnell said he wanted to make Obama a one-term president. But he did not say it at the start of Obama’s term; instead, he made his comments at the midpoint, after Obama had enacted many of his preferred policies.

Via Washington Post Fact checker
Carlos Igles
10:18AM NOV 1ST 2012
2009, 2010, 2011... should we even care what year? If we set aside what was said and when, and look at actions: Republicans in the House and Senate are purposefully and willfully (looking at the legislative agenda only) have not passed countless good bills that would have helped our citizenry. Here's a fun resource: republicanjobcreation-dot-com for what they did instead.
Carlos Igles
10:19AM OCT 30TH 2012
Well... sourcing your article from Fox News and assigning the Fed Debt to the Executive branch instead of the Legislative branch from where all budgets are appropriated and approved shows you are writing to persuade the un-informed rather than inform the persuadable. Sad. Not unexpected from someone who worked under any Bush brother.
Repubtallygirl
11:49AM OCT 30TH 2012
Fox News, regardless of your leftist hatred, has the best ratings over the other networks, combined. That is because they are the most fair and balanced. Sad and pathetic of your liberals, but expected.
wbp
10:34AM NOV 1ST 2012
thats funny !
Carlos Igles
10:12AM NOV 1ST 2012
Ad hominem attacks? Usually if not always the sign of no real facts. Very Rush Limbaughian of you.
Frank
9:28PM OCT 30TH 2012
Perhaps we should just put Fox News "comments" (lies) up against fact checkers like you used in the comment above . . . . want to bet where it'll will rate then?

Yes, you must be right, Fox News doesn't take sides and is "fir and balanced". I guess that's why Fox News HAS been indicating since early 2009 it opposed Obama's Presidency and would act as an oppositionforce to it.

If you want to be stupid enough to take that on, well, I can just start bringing out the quotes.

Pathetic.
Repubtallygirl
9:45AM OCT 31ST 2012
What is pathetic is that you do not possess the ability to differentiate between a news program and an opinion show.

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