University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato in his final pre-election predictions says Obama will win re-election with 290 electoral votes. Is he right? Or does the water in Charlottesville flow too close to the Potomac?

Read the full analysis here.

It’s Labor Day! How do you celebrate? Hot dogs, hamburgers, fried twinkies? Obama just had a pizza named after him. It’s called “The POTUS.” Hmmmm, there’s no actual mention of Obama there. Could the store owner be hedging his bet?

A U-Haul filled with items for a Biden visit was stolen in Detroit. Rumor has it the vehicle was filled with jokes for Biden’s stump speech. The Obama campaign has not issued a complaint.

Obama and the DNC are kicking off there convention in Charlotte today. What do you hope to see?

Rodney King, who beacame famous in 1992 after being arrested and beaten by Los Angeles police officers, was found dead at his home after apparently drowning. He was 47 years old. King published a book this year: “The Riot Within: My Journey From Rebellion to Redemption.”

King’s early death is a tragic story. Politicians love to insert themselves into the lives of other people – often without justification. Will the story of Rodney King in 2012 end with the telling of his life or with the comments about to be made about people who never knew him?

A Father’s Day message from guest contributor Derek Oaks:

In 2009, over 4 million babies were born, of which 41 percent were to unwed mothers. Roughly 1.6 million youth were born into the country never to really know what Fathers’ Day is all about. They will never buy their dad a new tie, will never make him breakfast in bed, and will never go to Ponderosa or some cheesy buffet for Sunday Brunch.
Even worse, over 40 percent of children born in America today will never experience the joy of having their fathers come home from work. They will never revel in a fishing trip with their dads. They will never sneak away to the store to get ice cream and soda with their dads, ‘never to tell mom.’
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Mitt Romney clinched the number of delegate’s needed to claim the GOP nomination last week and already chatter is drifting to the subject of the VP. In fact Team Romney is discussing the early launch of a VP selection. As reported by Reuters, “It is far from clear, according to the outside advisers, on whether this route will be taken. But many Republicans see an advantage in going early. “You double your ability to campaign, you double your ability to raise money,” said one Republican official. “You get a longer media halo,” said another.

What say you? A good idea? Or a plan destined to go up in flames?

Last Friday we learned what a Romney presidency would look like on day one. The campaign is continuing that message today – part 2:

Rasmussen has the numbers in North Carolina:

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Tar Heel State shows the putative Republican nominee earning 51% of the vote to Obama’s 43%. Two percent (2%) like some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.

Wowzer! Is this all hype? Or the formation of a trend? Is this blowback aimed at America’s first gay president? And this is the state the National Democratic party picked for their convention – at least for now.

Barack Obama: the first black gay president? At least according to Newsweek he is. Politically speaking, is this a good thing? According to a USA TODAY/Gallup poll 51% say they agree with the president’s decision. 60% say it will have no bearing on how they vote. Did Obama thread the needle?

Karl Rove is out saying Obama is in a good position to be re-elected. The numbers man says Barack Obama has 220 solid electoral votes sewn away while Romney only has 93. Obama apparently agrees as he is making dog delicacy jokes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

The “Hey baby! Cash Money!” story continues to grow some well-tanned walking legs. Senator Grassley implied that we have yet to learn the full story. The list of agents fired, resigning or retiring has grown. Sources inside the Secret Service say this behavior is nothing new. Obama has referred to these agents as a bunch of knuckleheads, but the implications seem to be growing into something more serious.

Can this story have an impact on the fall election? Do Columbian apples fall far from the tree?

Mitt Romney spoke before the NRA on Friday where he warned against an unrestrained re-elected Obama: “As he told the Russian president last month when he thought no one else was listening, after a re-election he’ll have a lot more, quote, ‘flexibility’ to do what he wants.”

Dick Cheney, the man with a new heart and same old gravitas calls Barack Obama an unmitigated disaster.

Oh yeah, there’s a new sex scandal in Washington; well, technically Colombia. Numerous secret service and military personnel were sent home after reports surfaced of “inappropriate contact” with local prostitutes. If the reports are true, Obama says “I’ll be angry.”

Forever the avid political prognosticator, The University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato is out with his crap shoot selections as Mitt Romney’s VP. What do you think? Is anyone missing from this list? Is anyone worth putting your money on?

Check out Sabato’s full crystal ball here.

Rick Santorum is suspending his campaign. From The New York Times: “Rick Santorum is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday, according two of his advisers, bowing to the inevitability of Mitt Romney’s nomination and ending his improbable, come-from-behind quest to become the party’s conservative standard-bearer in the fall.”

And their evil money dog bone:

But ultimately, Mr. Santorum’s campaign struggled under a nearly-constant barrage of negative ads paid for by Mr. Romney and the “super PAC” supporting him, Restore our Future, which has spent millions in an effort to ensure that Mr. Romney captures the nomination in his second attempt.

And so, the ABR (anybody but Romney) crowd is finally turned away disappointed and the political couch potatoes must turn their attention to Romney’s VP selection. Is there a VP out there that can turn tea leaves gold?

A tale of two pastors: Tim Tebow and Jeremiah Wright offered two opposing views of faith over the weekend. Tebow says we are still one nation under God. Wright says Clarence Thomas worships some other God, white supremacy governs world policy and Founding Father Thomas Jefferson was a pedophile.

Rick Santorum won the Louisiana primary over the weekend with 49% of the vote. Even with this win Romney’s delegates continue to add to his total. Santorum is telling his supporters not to worry. Romney’s lead is a bunch of fuzzy math:

“There’s a lot of bad math there that doesn’t reflect the reality of what’s going on on the ground. And so I think we’re in much, much better shape than what the numbers that are out there suggest,” Santorum said in an interview.

In other news, Obamacare finally has its day in court.

Rick Santorum has come out with an endorsement of Barack Obama, if the other choice is Mitt Romney. Is this the beginning of the end? Are the campaign pressures getting to Rick or is he right?

Mitt Romney inched closer to the nomination this weekend by winning the GOP primary in the Spanish speaking country island of Puerto Rico.

Politico: Iraq is a testament to Obama leadership.
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