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21626  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Nobody wants to buy Obama's old gas-guzzling car for 1 million $ on: February 02, 2012, 12:24:56 pm
CHICAGO -- A 2005 Chrysler 300C once leased by President Barack Obama was still in the hands of its owner early Thursday after an eBay auction closed with no bids meeting the minimum asking price -- a cool $1 million.

The car's owner Tim O'Boyle now plans to relist the vehicle closer to the upcoming 2012 presidential election -- perhaps at a lower price, the Chicago Tribune reported after the online auction closed late Wednesday.

Lisa Czibor, the eBay seller conducting the auction on O'Boyle's behalf, said, "We're trying to talk him into rerunning it now and making some changes to [the listing]. Lowering the price, and contacting Obama to find out if there's a charity he'd like us to donate some of the profits to.

"In the end, it's [O'Boyle's] car. It's up to him."

The auction listing stated that Obama leased the vehicle late in his term as a state senator, in 2004, and during his time as a US senator, from 2005 to 2007. It was accompanied by a photograph of the original Illinois title with Obama's name on it.

In December, 2007, Obama reportedly traded in the HEMI V8-powered luxury sedan for a Ford Escape Hybrid.

The car was first offered up for sale on eBay three years ago, FOXNews.com reported. That auction, which listed the car for a starting bid of $100,000, fell apart when phony bidders pushed the price up to $1 billion dollars and the car hasn't sold in the years since. Nevertheless, it was posted again last week with the $1 million price tag.

A representative for the Illinois-based O'Boyle told FoxNews.com last week that they think the car has even more historical value than it originally did now the president has spent three years in office, citing the reported sale of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's 1977 Peugeot for $2.5 million as an example of the potential value of the vehicle.

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/02/02/no-takers-for-obamas-1-million-chrysler
21627  Election Archive / 2012 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: MO: Public Policy Polling: McCaskill tied with her GOP opponents on: February 02, 2012, 12:01:50 pm
Her approvals are quite crappy. Might she actually do worse than Obama this year Huh
21628  Election Archive / 2012 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: MI PrimR: Rasmussen: Romney rising, Gingrich fading in Michigan on: February 02, 2012, 11:54:39 am
I was expecting something like this, because the previous EPIC poll (Romney+5) was conducted right after Newt won in SC.

Now we need some CO, MN, AZ and WA polls ... Smiley
21629  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Governors' statewide popularity on: February 02, 2012, 11:04:16 am
Brownback is in negative territory:

36-49

http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollReport.aspx?g=47a767c3-dff1-4a91-b02d-49b068e3cc6f
21630  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Governors' statewide popularity on: February 02, 2012, 10:58:12 am
Time to update your maps with a new set of polls for the Rocky Mountain governors:

http://www2.coloradocollege.edu/stateoftherockies/conservation_west_survey/Politics_in_West.pdf
21631  General Politics / International General Discussion / Elephants to Australia ? on: February 02, 2012, 10:48:09 am
Elephants 'should be drafted in to stop Australian bushfires'

In a piece in Nature magazine, Dr David Bowman, an ecologist at the University of Tasmania, proposed bringing in large "grass-eating machines" such as elephants and rhinoceroses to limit the damage from the continent's rampant bushfires.

"It's out of control," he said. "Last year we had a fire in the outback in Central Australia the size of Tasmania." But critics said the elephants could be as difficult to control as the African grass they are supposed to contain.

"If we did go down the road of introducing elephants to Australia, we had better develop the technology to clone sabre-tooth tigers to eventually control the elephants," said Dr Ricky Spencer, from the University of Western Sydney.

Australia's previous efforts to introduce species to deal with pests have had notoriously mixed results. Most famously, cane toads were imported from Hawaii in the 1930s to stop beetles destroying sugar crops in North Queensland; the toads have since spread across the country and have an estimated population of two billion.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/9056120/Elephants-should-be-drafted-in-to-stop-Australian-bushfires.html
21632  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Trump is backing...Romney. on: February 02, 2012, 10:23:25 am
Good for Gingrich, because Trump is a big tool.
21633  Election Archive / 2012 Senatorial Election Polls / MO: Public Policy Polling: McCaskill tied with her GOP opponents on: February 02, 2012, 10:20:52 am
New Poll: Missouri Senator by Public Policy Polling on 2012-12-06

Summary: D: 43%, R: 43%, U: 14%

Poll Source URL: Full Poll Details

21634  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Gallup state numbers predict huge Obama loss on: February 02, 2012, 09:52:00 am
Frankly, these numbers are beyond useless.

A poll that was conducted over a year ... Tongue
21635  Election Archive / 2012 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: National Tracking Poll Thread on: February 02, 2012, 09:42:37 am
Rasmussen once again made their tracking sample more Republican-leaning:

It's now 35.9% GOP, 32.5% DEM and 31.6% IND.

And that's among ADULTS surveyed. Their LV tracking model is even more Republican.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/partisan_trends
21636  Election Archive / 2012 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: PPP-OH/MO: Mittens not doing well in states he hasn't bought yet on: February 02, 2012, 09:18:10 am
We are not a footnote.

In 5 weeks you will be.
21637  Election Archive / 2012 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: NV PrimR: University of Nevada: Romney leads by plenty in Nevada on: February 02, 2012, 09:16:15 am
So much for a strong second for Ron Paul, lol.

Minor quibble, btw.  'University of Nevada' usually refers to the original institution in Reno.  The university that conducted this poll is universally known as UNLV.
Apart from maybe the Romney vote, this poll will look very little like the real results.

Didn't Sharron Angle endorse Santorum ?

If this didn't happen I thought Paul could have secured the 3rd place, but now I'm not so sure anymore ...
21638  Election Archive / 2012 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: NV PrimR: University of Nevada: Romney leads by plenty in Nevada on: February 02, 2012, 09:12:29 am
So much for a strong second for Ron Paul, lol.

Minor quibble, btw.  'University of Nevada' usually refers to the original institution in Reno.  The university that conducted this poll is universally known as UNLV.

It's very hard for Paul to do really well when only Republicans vote and they are also very old.

Besides, almost nobody is voting in Nevada. Expected turnout is only 50000 or so.
21639  Election Archive / 2012 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: NV PrimR: University of Nevada: Romney leads by plenty in Nevada on: February 02, 2012, 09:08:02 am
The PPP numbers will likely be very similar, because they twittered that after the first night of polling Romney leads by 20 and Paul and Santorum both have about 13%.
21640  Election Archive / 2012 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / NV PrimR: University of Nevada: Romney leads by plenty in Nevada on: February 02, 2012, 08:59:56 am
New Poll: Nevada President by University of Nevada on 2012-01-31

Summary:
Romney:
45%
Gingrich:
25%
Santorum:
11%
Paul:
9%
Other:
0%
Undecided:
10%

Poll Source URL: Full Poll Details

21641  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Will Romney overperform or underperform his polling #s in the caucus states? on: February 02, 2012, 02:31:12 am
^^^^

Yeah, there is hardly any caucus polling to speak of this cycle in the first place.

There will certainly be polls by Saturday.  PPP at least is polling Nevada this week, and I'm sure there will be others.

After first night of NV polling, PPP has:

* Romney up by about 20 over Gingrich
* Paul 3rd with no chance for 2nd place
* Santorum 4th
21642  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: The FL Election Day & Results Thread on: February 01, 2012, 11:17:22 am
Posted by: CaDan

"This user is currently ignored."

This is fun !

Smiley
21643  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Romney's campaign money on: February 01, 2012, 04:03:41 am
PS:

The other 3 candidates are basically bankrupt considering Romney's numbers.

Gingrich had 2 million left at the end of December, Paul had slightly more than 1 million and Santorum had about 300.000$ left.

And the 10 million from Sheldon Adelson that went to Gingrich are now also invested in SC and FL.
21644  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Romney's campaign money on: February 01, 2012, 04:00:21 am
Just looked at the FEC data that was released yesterday:

At the end of December, Romney had 19.9 million cash on hand and brought in 25 million in the 4th quarter.

At the end of December, Romney's SuperPAC "Restore our Future" had 23.6 million cash on hand and brought in 18 million in the last 6 months.

...

Together, they had a cash-on-hand balance of roughly 43.5 million and they take in about 11.5 million each month (Romney: 8.5 million, PAC: 3 million).

So, it can be argued that they had about 55 million $ to spend until Jan. 31 - (43.5+11.5)

...

Romney and his PAC spent 4.5 million in IA, 4.5 million in SC and between 15-20 million in FL.

I have no figures for NH, but let's say 3 million.

Alltogether they spent about 27-32 million in January.

...

That means further:

55 million minus the 27-32 spent = 23-28 million left in the bank

...

Romney and his PAC still have about 23 to 28 million left in the bank as of today (without the operating costs of Romney, which are also very high)
21645  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Post your FL predictions here on: February 01, 2012, 01:55:09 am
Absolute last final prediction now with the ARG poll out:

45.8% Romney
31.1% Gingrich
13.5% Santorum
  8.7% Paul
  0.9% Others

Doez I win ?

Smiley
21646  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: The FL Election Day & Results Thread on: January 31, 2012, 09:18:50 pm
GOP turnout looks like 1.85 million compared with 1.95 million in 2008.

In fact, only SC so far had more turnout than 2008. IA, NH, FL are all down.
21647  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: 4th quarter fundraising numbers on: January 31, 2012, 09:06:57 pm
Herman Cain raised 11.5 million in the final quarter ... Wink
21648  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: The FL Election Day & Results Thread on: January 31, 2012, 08:52:29 pm
Turnout seems to be down compared with 2008.

1.9 million compared with about 2 million in 2008
21649  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: The FL Election Day & Results Thread on: January 31, 2012, 08:23:08 pm
This one is slightly faster with counting/reporting the votes:

http://enight.elections.myflorida.com/Default.aspx
21650  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: The FL Election Day & Results Thread on: January 31, 2012, 08:13:11 pm
Why are 20% of voters Independents or Democrats ? Isn't this a closed primary ?
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