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I wrote this one for the print edition on Wednesday, before the debate. It’s about Tea Party bigmouth Joe Walsh’s reelection campaign.

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Elizabeth Levy
Elizabeth Levy

As an American living in Israel who votes absentee, there are two important races that I am following - Joe Walsh and Josh Mandel. Why these two races? Because both these men are staunch conservatives and very pro-Israel and both candidates are running against liberals that are financially supported by the notorious anti-Israel J-Street (Duckworth $50,000 and Brown $60,000).

The war veteran card is being played and perceived differently in both races. Duckworth is being praised for her veteran status in Illinois while Mandel’s two tours in Iraq are seen as nonsense in Ohio. Why the difference? Because the press and people like Klein are liberal so their candidate can do no wrong and the Republican candidate can do no right.

Joe Walsh has proven his understanding of Islamic terrorism at home and abroad when he called on the US to stand up for peace in the Middle East by publicly coming down on the side of Israel. We need Walsh and Mandel in Washington to put a stop to the 4 year Obama policy of appeasing the Arab world. This has only weakened the US role in the region and encouraged more aggression, as we continue to see violent attacks on US embassies in Arab countries.

 

Elizabeth Levy
Elizabeth Levy

As an American living in Israel who votes absentee, there are two important races that I am following - Joe Walsh and Josh Mandel. Why these two races? Because both these men are staunch conservatives and very pro-Israel and both candidates are running against liberals that are financially supported by the notorious anti-Israel J-Street (Duckworth $50,000 and Brown $60,000).

The war veteran card is being played and perceived differently in both races. Duckworth is being praised for her veteran status in Illinois while Mandel’s two tours in Iraq are seen as nonsense in Ohio. Why the difference? Because the press and people like Klein are liberal so their candidate can do no wrong and the Republican candidate can do no right.

Joe Walsh has proven his understanding of Islamic terrorism at home and abroad when he called on the US to stand up for peace in the Middle East by publicly coming down on the side of Israel. We need Walsh and Mandel in Washington to put a stop to the 4 year Obama policy of appeasing the Arab world. This has only weakened the US role in the region and encouraged more aggression, as we continue to see violent attacks on US embassies in Arab countries.

73yearoldVet
73yearoldVet

Wishful thinking of the Left.

 

“Debate Is Not Going to Change Anything” - Donny Deutsch, MSNBC

 

And then there is Reality.

 

“Polls Show Big Gains for Romney in Swing States” - Sink amp; Easley, The Hill

 

A set of new swing-state polls show Mitt Romney making big gains in three critical battleground states just two days after the Republican nominee's widely-heralded debate performance.The polls — from conservative-leaning Rasmussen and We Ask America — showed Romney closing the gap or leading in Ohio, Florida and Virginia, three states the GOP candidate would likely need to capture to win the White House. And they represent a dramatic reversal from last week, where polls showed President Obama with a commanding lead.

In Ohio, the We Ask America poll gave Romney a 47-46 percent edge over the president, while Rasmussen flipped those results, giving Obama a 50-49 percent lead. Both polling firms completed the sampling for their survey Thursday, in the aftermath of Wednesday's shaky debate for the president.

 

A number of polls before the debates showed Obama extending his lead in the Buckeye State to as much as 8, 9 or 10 points. Obama now leads Romney by 3 in Ohio, according to the Real Clear Politics average of polls.

In Florida, We Ask America found Romney with a 49-46 percent lead, good for a six-point swing in the Republican nominee's favor from the polling firm's survey conducted in late September.

The RCP average now shows Obama and Romney tied in Florida.

Florida and Ohio are two of the biggest swing-state prizes, with 29 and 18 electoral votes at stake, respectively.

And in Virginia, both polling firms found Romney with an advantage.

We Ask America gave Romney the greater edge, finding the Republican challenger leading the president 48-45 percent. Rasmussen, meanwhile, gave Romney a 49-48 percent lead.

Those surveys were the first polls since early September to give Romney a lead in that state. Romney and running mate Paul Ryan campaigned in Virginia on Thursday night, and both Obama and Romney were holding rallies in the state on Friday.

The candidates are tied at 47 in Virginia, according to the RCP average of polls.

Ohio, Florida and Virginia are three of the twelve states President Bush won in 2004 that President Obama took in 2008, and they will be critical in determining the outcome of the 2012 election.

73yearoldVet
73yearoldVet

Joe,

"I wrote this one for the print edition on Wednesday, before the debate. It’s about Tea Party bigmouth Joe Walsh’s reelection campaign."

Joe since you and TIME are so fair and honest, I have a couple of questions for you.

1. When are you personally going to write a story about some of the Bigmouth Democrats that are running for re-election?

2. Since TIME wrote a cover story about "The Morman in Mitt Romney and how it affected his life and views", I was wondering when the story about "Barack Obama's Black Liberation Theology and how it affected his life and views" would be written and featured on the cover of TIME? Perhaps the Obama story could cover his Pastor of 20 years and his anti-white and anti-America comments.

I realize that since TIME and you personally are such liberal ideologues it will never happen. That's too bad. You and TIME show every day what a Left Wing rag and JournOlist you have both become.

SAJ2995
SAJ2995

Anything to distract from Obama's major loss last night.  But, this is Joe Klein.  The perpetual Obama shill.

73yearoldVet
73yearoldVet

SAJ,

True Accurate comments. Liberals really hate truth and honesty.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 How dare Joe Klein report news. Really is there anything sadder than a Republican shill crying for attention.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

You didn't even read what he wrote about the debate.  If you had you wouldn't have bothered to post this.

anon76returns
anon76returns

Did Duckworth call Walsh "appealing" or "appalling"?  Because from where I sit the latter descriptor seems closer to the mark.

Paul Dirks
Paul Dirks

http://www.tammyduckworth.com/...

I'm looking at the district map and for the life of me can't find that 'significant minority population" you refer to. It looks solidly like a socially tolerant but wealth-preserving Republican population to me.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Hope Duckworth kicks his butt.

[Oh, no....]

MrObvious
MrObvious

Wouldn't be awesome if there was this group of people instead of gushing about how Joe might seem like the 'reel' bombastic politician also detailed how is anti-tax at all cost is the real reason why gun carrier business guy lost his contract? Not just as a flyby line? So that everyone included gun carrier business guy understand that extreme narrowminded ideas have consequences?