Opening Act: Just Grab Something

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Oct. 31 2012 8:22 AM

Opening Act: Just Grab Something

AmericaBlog reads between the lines of the Red Cross statement on Romney's "storm relief" event.

Note that last line: “We encourage individuals who want to help to consider making a financial donation or making an appointment to give blood.”  That’s the equivalent of your grandma saying “thank you so much for the inflatable Elvis doll, honey, and I encourage anyone else wanting to get me a birthday gift next year to try something I can actually use.”

McKay Coppins goes deep on the stagecraft.

Empty-handed supporters pled for entrance, with one woman asking, "What if we dropped off our donations up front?" The volunteer gestured toward a pile of groceries conveniently stacked near the candidate. "Just grab something," he said. Two teenage boys retrieved a jar of peanut butter each, and got in line. When it was their turn, they handed their "donations" to Romney.

But if the goal was to get Romney in a news cycle that would have been dominated by the incumbent, I think it worked.

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Alan Dershowitz goes for Obama, after three-odd years of criticizing the administration on Israel.

When it comes to re-energizing the moribund peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, Romney has said that he would do nothing other than kick the can down the road. President Obama, on the other hand, would almost certainly try to bring the parties together to achieve a two state solution that guaranteed Israel’s security while allowing the Palestinians to govern themselves.

And Glenn Beck's news site gets ready for the election.

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