Inside the Beltway: Ill-suited?

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“Just the tip of the iceberg, folks. And vote they undoubtedly will. A lot of people who get their news only from the ‘lamestream’ media are going to be shocked when the tea party turns out in full force on Nov. 6,” predicts Glenn Reynolds, the “Instapundit” for Pajamas Media.

HOLA, AMERICA

“We want all Latino Christians to exercise their civic responsibility as an act of prophetic witness. I encourage Latino faith voters to coalesce around our core values of life, family, religious liberty, education, poverty alleviation and immigration reform . At the end of the day, our No. 1 objective is to reconcile Billy Graham’s message with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s march. We advance not the agenda of the donkey or the elephant but exclusively the agenda of the lamb.”

— the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and the Hispanic Evangelical Association

POLL DU JOUR

• 87 percent of U.S. voters are “absolutely certain” they will vote in the presidential election.

• 62 percent say if President Obama is re-elected, he should make “major changes” in his second term.

• 47 percent of likely voters favor Mr. Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden, 47 percent prefer Republican challengers Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan.

• 47 percent say the presidential debates have not influenced their support.

• 27 percent said the debates made them more likely to vote for Mr. Romney, 24 percent say the debates made them more likely to vote for Mr. Obama.

• 39 percent say the U.S. could have prevented the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

• 34 percent say they do not know enough about the attack to judge; 26 percent say the U.S. could not have prevented it.

Source: An NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey of 1,000 U.S. voters conducted Oct. 17-20.

Churlish remarks, happy talk to jharper@washingtontimes.com

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