a bit on politics
Round-up of a few things:
So the Pew poll: I take it with a grain of salt considering how far off the norm their last poll was that showed a ginormous Obama lead. Their current poll, taken in the 3 days after the debate shows a ginormous switcheroo. In fact, it shows an 18% drop among female voters for Obama, making the female split identical between the two at 47% each. One thing is clear is that it has at least captured a rather seismic shift in voter perceptions and preferences following the debate. Virtually every poll taken post-debate shows a minimum of a 5-point percentage shift toward Romney. Another thing that is clear is that a debate has not caused such a seismic shift in voter perceptions since Kennedy debated Nixon.
The campaign contribution scandal: I’m not going to cover this much until the proof is in that the Obama campaign actually accepted sizable contribution amounts from foreign (non-U.S. citizens abroad) donors. Clearly they have and did (more than half of the folks going to the donation page come from foreign IPs and they sent numerous appeals for donations to non-U.S. foreign citizens for small amounts of money that they don’t need to keep records of). The tip line, however, set up for the reporting with proof of folks who don’t have citizenship and who donated illegally is being flooded so expect some data on this within the next couple of weeks.