Well, I guess the polls are really full of it. According to an article in the Washington Examiner, 2 things don't bode well for Obama in Ohio:

1) There is a significant difference in the percentage gap of absentee ballots requested by DEMS and GOP (in 2008, DEMS got 33% of ballots and GOP got 19%--in 2012, DEMS got 29% and GOP 24%)
2) There is a 45% DECREASE in the total number of absentee ballots that were requested in 2012 compared to 2008

The combination of those 2 items (GOP having a bigger piece of the absentee ballot pie and an overall significant decrease in the amount of absentee ballots requested) tells you that the Republicans have the corner on voter enthusiasm.

Paul Bedard

Washington Secrets
The Washington Examiner

In a remarkable reversal of fortune for President Obama in Ohio, the GOP has closed the huge gap in absentee ballot requests used by early voters that favored the Democrats and the president in 2008, setting up what one state analyst said could be a Mitt Romney blowout on Election Day.

While in 2008, 33 percent of the 1,158,301 absentee ballots went to Democrats and just 19 percent to registered Republicans, a 14-point gap, this year 29 percent are being requested by Democrats and 24 percent by Republicans, a five-point gap.

And in a sign that the enthusiasm of 2008 voters is depressed, just 638,997 absentee ballots have been requested, according to American Majority Action, which culled the statistics together from Ohio college professors who are tracking the state's absentee ballots used for early voting. The group provided Secrets with the details.

Even more dramatic, while the GOP has cut the Democratic advantage in early voting throughout the state, the changes favoring the Republicans in certain counties has been huge. In Franklin County, home to Columbus, for example, a 2008 Democratic advantage of 5 percent is now a 5 percent GOP advantage. In Cuyahoga County, home to Democratic Cleveland, the GOP has shaved six points off the Democrat's 2008 advantage. And in Hamilton County, home to Cincinnati, Republicans have expanded their 2008 advantage to 13 percent.

University of Dayton Professor Larry Schweikart told American Majority Action President Ned Ryun that the GOP gains favor Romney. "Although it is early, we will soon be at a point where--assuming Republicans vote for Romney--the Democrats will have to overwhelmingly win all the remaining early voting just to be even on November 6. But, given Ohio's voting history, if the numbers are even close after early voting, Obama will lose, and possibly lose big."

Ryun, whose group has opened voter registration efforts in Ohio and other swing states, said that the Buckeye State's efforts to clean up voter rolls has also played a part in tightening the gap. He said that 450,000 dead voters and duplicate registrations have been nixed, and the majority were Democrats.

"Considering Obama won the state by 263,000 votes, Ohio's cleaner rolls could make a big impact," Ryun said. He added, "The five largest counties in Ohio have all shifted at least 6 percent and as much as 27 percent to the Republicans since 2008. While the polls show an Obama lead, these real votes--assuming registered voters vote for their candidate--demonstrate a Republican shift since 2008."

Ryun sent this to Secrets from his analysis of Ohio early voting:

In 2008, there were 1,158,301 total absentee ballots requested, 33 percent registered Democrat and 19 percent registered Republican--a 14 point gap. So far in 2012, 638,997 ballots have been requested, 29 percent Democrat and 24 percent Republican--only a five point gap.

The Republicans have shrunk the gap nine percent overall since 2008, but when we examine key counties in Ohio, the numbers become even more dramatic.

--Champaign County: Was +3% GOP, now +23% GOP - 20 point shift.

--Columbiana County: Was +9% DEM, now +9% GOP - 18 point shift.

--Crawford County: Was +3% DEM, now +12% GOP - 15 point shift.

--Cuyahoga County: Was +36% DEM, now +30% DEM (GOP already has 6,000 more requests than in 2008) - 6 point shift.

--Erie County: Was +24% DEM, now +7% DEM -17 point shift.

--Franklin County: Was +5% DEM, now +5% GOP - 10 point shift.

--Greene County: Was +4% DEM, now +19% GOP - 23 point shift.

--Harrison County: Was +22% DEM, now +5% DEM - 17 point shift.

--Hamilton County: Was +7% GOP, now +13% GOP - 6 point shift.

--Licking County: Was TIED, now +16% GOP - 16 point shift.

--Montgomery County: Was +29% DEM, now +5% DEM - 24 point shift.

--Muskingum County: Was +1% DEM, now +16% GOP - 17 point shift.

--Pickaway County: Was +12% DEM, now +15% GOP - 27 point shift.

--Seneca County: Was +1% DEM, now +13% GOP - 14 point shift.

--Summit County: Was +33% DEM, now +6 DEM - 27 point shift.

--Wood County: Was +10% DEM, now +1% GOP - 11 point shift

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when the next debate on Foreign Affairs, shows his utter, complete, and 100% incompetence.
Obammy-sold out the Czechs & Poland -on the promised missile defenses they wanted to purchase.
Obummer-has thrown Israel, under the Mohammaden bulldozer so many times that he has Muslim Brotherhood terrorists coming to the WHITE HOUSE ?!
Obozo's absolute cowardice & disgusting lies about the Benghaze,Libya , Ambassadors death along with 4 others is an Impeachable Crime.

And, Fast & Furious , has killed more folks than influenza has !

America, is dead as dead can be if this clown is re-coronated !

I'm not a mathemetician, but I did some basic calculations based on this article's information and it's pretty staggering to the Democrats. Here's what I found:

2008 Absentee Ballot Distributions
Democrats 382,238
Republicans 220,077

2012 Absentee Ballot Distributions
Democrats 185,309
Republicans 153,359

Sure, there are other options for voting; but the Democrats have always relied on a strong absentee turnout. Should be interesting.

Was the character in the movie Vacation, Clark Griswold, based on Willard Romney?

There is nothing on the official clark griswold website to sugges that so it would seem that you are left to decide for yourself. Although you should probably consider some of the evidence to the contrary. Mitt Romney didn't start Bain Capital until after the movie was made so there is little chance the John Hughes who directed the first Vacation movie knew who he was. Secondly Hughes' originally wrote the story of Vacation for the magazine National Lampoon and has said in numerous interviews that it was based on a vacation his family took to Disneyland. I'm surprised you weren't able to find all this yourself on the internet.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

...but I'm pretty sure Clark Griswold's cousin Eddie (played by Randy Quaid) was based on Jimmy Carter.

The Griswolds never put anything alive on the roof of their car.

There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at

Remember what Ray Walley said when he heard someone had taken a security guard hostage at Walley World:

"Are they Arabs? Give them whatever they want."

Sounds just like Obama to me!

Remember what Galt's wife said to him on his wedding night : "Is it in yet" .LOL

I don't remember that, but of course I wasn't there. I'm curious as to why you were Willard, and where?

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

You were there having a Ménage à trois with Galt, the janitor at your station , and his wife giant boo boo, who you later start seeing..Did you forget?

Dimwits, who vote the straight mooch/blood sucking line for the Dims.
Lazy, loafers, run together like crips, bloods, Latin kings, and Al Qaeda.

And, post with like wise dim idiocy....

put President Barack Hussein Obama over the top in electoral votes! Yay Ohio!

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