Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Nov 1, 2012
November 1, 2012
Election 2012: Posturing, Posing and Press Releases:
With Election Day coming up next week on November 6th, the folks at Breitbart.com note that Republicans are on a six-for-six winning streak when elections are held on that date:
--1860: ABE LINCOLN over STEPHEN DOUGLAS
--1888: BENJAMIN HARRISON over incumbent GROVER CLEVELAND
--1900: WILLIAM McKINLEY over WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN
--1928: HERBERT HOOVER over AL SMITH
--1956: DWIGHT EISENHOWER over ADLAI STEVENSON
--1984: RONALD REAGAN over WALTER MONDALE (Pacelli)
Most Americans think BARACK OBAMA will win reelection next week.
According to the latest Gallup survey (which was released today but conducted over the weekend before Sandy hit), 54 percent of Americans say they think the president will be reelected next Tuesday, compared to only 32 percent who expect MITT ROMNEY to come out on top.
Americans have accurately predicted the popular vote now for the last four presidential elections, going back to 1996 (when Gallup first started asking the question. In 2000, 52 percent of registered voters thought AL GORE would beat GEORGE BUSH; 35 percent thought Bush would win. Gore won the popular vote but lost in the electoral college.
The Gallup numbers largely correspond with a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Tuesday that had registered voters predicting an Obama win, 53 percent to 29 percent. (Maiman)
STEVEN TYLER may not be making that third trip to the altar. Sources tell the NY Post's Page Six gossip column claim he's quietly split from fiance ERIN BRADY because he can't put effort into a relationship while trying to stay clean and sober on the road. A spokesman for the AEROSMITH front man denies the rumor, says the two are "asking for their privacy at this time," are still engaged to be married and committed to their sobriety. The singer popped the question last December in Hawaii. (Lee)
Is TOM CRUISE leaving Scientology? In Touch magazine reports that the actor skipped a huge church event even though it was right near where he was filming. Sources have been whispering that Tom is struggling with staying with the church since his ex KATIE HOLMES doesn't want their daughter SURI involved and he hasn't been seeing her as much. (Myers)
Unfortunately, we got this too late to include in this year's holiday gift guide, but you need to be aware of it.
It's the Disney Turkey Leg Scent Air Freshener!
Yes, folks, just like the catalog says, "Bring home the freshly roasted turkey leg scent of a favorite Disney theme park treat with this scented air freshener for car, home, office or anywhere!"
Editor's note: Well, now we know what they did with all the "Plastic Pluto Dog Turds" they couldn't sell last year. (Maiman)
Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places:
Officials with the Chinese Air force have more than just defense on their minds.
Orange.co.uk says top brass threw a huge party to help their recruits find girlfriends. Generals with the People's Army hand selected the 150 single male air force officers to attend the party as a reward for excelling in their training. 150 local girls were also invited to the party, specially selected as potential brides for the cadets. One official explained, "It's difficult for people in the military to meet partners so we like to help." (Still)
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