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June 2012

@abulsme Updates from 2012-06-30 (UTC)

  • Reading – Experts: Romney's mandate is a tax too (Kyle Cheney) #
  • Reading – Of Silver Linings and Clouds (Ilya Somin) #
  • RT @BreakingNews: ‏Clinton urges UN Security Council to pass sanctions authorizing military action in Syria – @AP #
  • Reading – ELI5: What exactly is Obamacare and what did it change? (TheeGing3) #

@abulsme Updates from 2012-06-29 (UTC)

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Inauspicious Start

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • Impending Fatherhood / Dual Monitors / Clothes
  • Microsoft Surface
  • Syria & Turkey
  • Egypt

Recorded on 25 Jun 2012

Length this week – 49:49

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Electoral College: New Hampshire Swings!

Chart and map from the 2012 Electoral College Prediction page. Both assume Obama vs Romney with no strong third party candidate. Both show polling as it currently exists. Things will change before election day. On the map red is Romney, blue is Obama, gold states are too close to call. Lines on the chart represent how many more electoral votes a candidate would have than is needed to tie under several different scenarios. Up is good for Obama, Down is good for Romney.

One state moves today, and once again it is a move in Romney’s direction:

New Hampshire gets a flurry of polls at the end of June and it becomes clear that the race has gotten a lot closer since the last round of polling in May. Obama’s lead in the five poll average drops under 5% to 3.4%, so I once again classify New Hampshire as too close to call, which means I now include the possibility of winning New Hampshire in Romney’s best case:

Romney Obama
Romney Best Case 311 227
Current Status 206 332
Obama Best Case 170 368

As we near the end of June, we see that it has been a very good month for Romney in this analysis.

A month ago on May 29th, Romney’s best case was to tie (269 to 269). His best case is now to win by 84 electoral votes (311 to 227). Slowly but surely, he has been moving “Weak Obama” states where Obama had a lead over 5%, into the zone where those states are close enough to be within reach. Michigan (16), Virginia (13), Colorado (9), and New Hampshire (4) all made this move in the last month.

He has also made some movement in reducing Obama’s best case by increasing his lead in Arizona (11). On May 29th Obama’s best case was to win by 220 electoral votes (379 to 159). Now it is to win by only 198 electoral votes (368 to 170).

So Romney is doing what he needs to be doing, getting more states into play, giving himself many more “paths to victory” and thus a lot more flexibility into how to attack the electoral college.

It is worth noting though that our third line, the one representing what happens if everybody wins every state where they are even slightly ahead in the polls, has not moved at all in the last month! A month ago it showed Obama winning 332 to 206, and it shows the same thing today. So while Romney has been reducing Obama’s lead in a variety of states, he hasn’t yet started moving states “over the line” toward him.

Perhaps in July.

Aunts and Cousins and Such


@abulsme Updates from 2012-06-28 (UTC)

  • RT @BreakingNews: US Supreme Court upholds Obama law’s requirement that most Americans have health insurance – @AP #

@abulsme Updates from 2012-06-27 (UTC)

@abulsme Updates from 2012-06-26 (UTC)

@abulsme Updates from 2012-06-25 (UTC)

  • Reading – Turkey/Syria Shoot Down Update (Josh Marshall) #
  • Reading – Last Pinta giant tortoise Lonesome George dies (BBC) #
  • Reading – With Tablet, Microsoft Takes Aim at Hardware Missteps (Nick Wingfield) #
  • Reading – Hands-Off: Microsoft Surface Tablet Review (Danny Sullivan) #
  • Reading – Obama’s Reversals on Executive Power (Ilya Somin) #
  • Reading – Nest thermostat reviewed: A smart device for all seasons (Kevin C. Tofel) #
  • Reading – Egypt's president-elect Morsi vows to unite a divided nation (Kristen Chick) #
  • Watching – Where the Hell is Matt? 2012 (mattharding2718) #
  • Reading – Old vs. Young (David Leonhardt) #
  • .@BYUfan I’ll add it to my queue. :-) #
  • Reading – ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Alex Trebek Suffers Heart Attack (Todd Gilchrist) #
  • RT @BreakingNews: Syrian general, 2 colonels, 2 majors, 1 lieutenant and 33 troops defect from Assad regime, arrive in Turkey – @Reuters #
  • MT @chrisalbon: This is huge. RT @mpoppel AP: Turkey says it’ll push NATO to consider Syria’s downing of Turkish jet as attack on alliance. #

Trip the Light

The latest dancing around the world video from Where the Hell is Matt? This year’s is the best of the bunch.

Just awesome. Watch full screen.