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topic: "Romney in Woodside for fundraiser" reviewed for accuracy

Original post made by Palm Reader, Menlo Park: Downtown, on Nov 20, 2012

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Posted by Carolyn Schaeffer
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Nov 20, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Mr 47% is at 47% ?


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Posted by Mark the Math Major
a resident of Hillview Middle School
on Nov 20, 2012 at 2:28 pm

So many really bad assertions and claims. Was it any wonder Romney thought he had a chance, rather than the blowout he took?

Read Doonesbury this week about math.

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Posted by Alfred
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Nov 20, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Nice try, Palm. You'll never have those 'prognosicators' defend their claims, even if they could take off their rose tinted Romney lens.

Don't worry though, in 20 years, Texas becomes a swing state and its game over for the GOP.

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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Nov 21, 2012 at 5:29 am

Hey guys, there was an election. Obama won. Romney lost.

Perhaps it is those supporting the winners who should get over it...

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Posted by Palm Reader
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 21, 2012 at 8:52 am

The so-called 'accountability' crowd detests it when they are held, you know....


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Posted by Jenny D
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Nov 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Accountability? Never!

How about this pack of rhetoric and lies? No wonder Rmoney lost and the whole party got beat up. The only one to come out ahead is the guy who wasn't running for office - Christie.

"When his holiness, the Oblama, comes to town all must move over because of his awesomeness. Change is in the air and BO will soon be voted out. By the way can we compare BO's business record to Mitt? Oh that's right BO has never started or worked in a business; nothing to compare. Who cares what the tax returns say, BO is wealthy and Mitt is wealthy; move on. What has either done for me lately? BO has done NOTHING but add to my taxes. Mitt says he his going to reduce taxes. I vote to give Mitt a chance. BO had 3+ years and so far he created high unemployement, a weak economy and massive tax hikes. Time to move on and let him make $100k / speech at the next climate change, global peace, we all need to be better world citizens gas bag festival."

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Posted by Pardoner of turkeys
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Glens
on Nov 21, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Web Link


The Rose Garden

2:08 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: Well, good afternoon, everybody. (Turkey gobbles.) (Laughter.)

They say that life is all about second chances. And this November, I could not agree more. (Laughter.) So in the spirit of the season, I have one more gift to give, and it goes to a pair of turkeys named Cobbler and Gobbler. The American people have spoken, and these birds are moving forward. (Turkey gobbles.) (Laughter.) I love this bird. (Laughter.)

Now, I joke, but for the first time in our history, the winners of the White House Turkey Pardon were chosen through a highly competitive online vote. And once again, Nate Silver completely nailed it. (Laughter.) The guy is amazing. He predicted these guys would win.

I want to thank everyone who participated in this election. Because of your votes, the only cobbler anyone’s eating this Thanksgiving will come with a side of ice cream. And for that, our winning turkey can thank his stellar campaign team led by Steve Willardsen, who is the Chairman of the National Turkey Foundation and raised this beautiful bird at Miller Farm in Harrisonburg, Virginia. So here’s Steve. (Applause.)

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Posted by Ed Treller
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Nov 22, 2012 at 10:23 am

Happy Thanksgiving, 'pardoner', and to all the readers.

While fun to mock the loony fringe that kept insisting that Romney would somehow win in a landslide (despite the structural Obama advantage in the electoral vote) let's look at the posters who were able to see past their particular echo chamber and view multiple sources, best of which were the aggregators. (sp?)

There were several threads that included predictions; numerous posters came pretty close. My listing of the predictions by RCP and Nate Silver did not count as a personal prediction; I only posted their prediction. Anyone who predicted over 300 votes for Obama then came down to whether they picked Florida's 29 votes correctly. For most out here, that was a coin flip, I feel even those on the ground in FL didn't know.

In several of the prediction threads, many posters referred to the aggregators, those posters tended to be closest. Posters who did not offer any reasoning for their guess, or offered a single data point (such as "Gallup, or Ras, gives Romney a 4 POINT LEAD!") fared the worst. Among those that referenced one aggregator or another: Pogo, apparently an RCP 'fan' who consistently called for a tight race, and Peter Carpenter, who appeared to prefered Silver's 538.

Poster Mark above refers to this week's Doonesbury -- fabulous, simply fabulous, right down to the hokey msnbc portrayal. Web Link

Poll numbers, monthly BLS job statistics, basic climate science, basic biology... skewering the 'unskewers' one at a time.



Now I'm rambling, waaaaay off topic...

My 'perfect election night coverage' rant.

The most frustrating? MSNBC. So close yet SO far from watchable. Mathews, Sharpton, Schultz made it literally unwatchable. The other networks were more watchable just for the absence of those buffoons.

My fantasy team? Rachel Maddow hosts Steve Schmidt (her regular GOP go-to, the campaign manager for McCain) and Michael Steele (former RNC head.) On her left would be Chris Hayes, a remarkably bright and likable lib (imo.)

Alternatively, bring in Chris Wallace from Fox to host and scoot Maddow over next to Hayes. Not sure if I would bring anyone else from Fox. Would've included Rove in days gone by, but he clearly has gone off the rails. Maybe CNN's Cooper to do remotes.

No cute blonde eye candy in my lineup (I suppose Cooper fills that void for some.) One night every four years, I can live without Megyn.


Enjoy your bird, or your tofu-urkey if that's your choice. Thanks for reading.

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Posted by Rufus
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Nov 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm

For fans of irony...

Romney is standing at 47.503600% of the popular vote, with a few million more votes to be added, mostly from western states and the Sandy-struck states, mostly blue.

That will soon put Romney at 47.49% or less, which rounds Romneys vote down to 47%.

The 47 percenter gets 47% of the vote.

In the meantime, the presidents margin of victory now exceeds 4 million votes.

Don't know what I enjoy more:
- reading the silly extremist predictions missing by so much
- or Romney getting 47% of the vote

Thank you Plam Reader. I appreciate you're holding the fringe and their noise to account.

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Posted by Palm Reader
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Mr Treller - nice post.

Rufus - thanks.

For those playing at home... Mr 47% is now at 47%! Technically, Romney is at 47.48%, but we can now all round it off to 47%. Web Link

With California and New York each having another million ballots each to count, it seems a sure thing that Romney ends with 47% of the popular vote, matching his 47% outlook of America.

Sweet irony.

Anyone surprised that the so-called 'personal responsibility and accountability' crowd don't seem to want to own their own statements?

Yeah, me neither.

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Posted by Wisconsin
a resident of another community
on Nov 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm

How about in those other sections where conservaticves claimed Romney was going to take Wisconsin with Paul Ryan and scott Walker leading the way?

Wisconsin becomes 21st state to certify its results:
Barack Obama 1,620,985
Mitt Romney 1,410,966

Obama by 7%

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Posted by Palm Reader
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 2, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Final numbers are in. Barack Obama broke 51%, beating MR 47%

@BarackObama 65,899,557 (51.06%), @MittRomney 60,931,959 (47.21%)

That makes only one president to get 51% of the vote twice, since Ike.

Your president and mine, President Barack H Obama.

The only one.

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Posted by insanity - same thing over & over
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Jan 3, 2013 at 5:59 pm

some peeps never learn

"At noon today, I introduced the first bill of the 113th Congress to repeal Obamacare in its entirety."
— @MicheleBachmann via
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