morning everyone

Bob Cesca: One of the most often-overheard refrains from the Republican Party and its far-right base is that President Obama is the worst president in American history….

But what does this say about the men and women who are noticeably hesitant to officially announce their candidacies for the Republican nomination?

…At this juncture in the 2008 cycle, most of the major Democratic and Republican candidates were underway with their official campaigns…

…If what they’re all saying were true (its’ not), why are they so clearly afraid to run against President Obama: a president who they claim is some sort of gelatinous, terrorist, girlish, treasonous, Eurotrash socialist, gay, Kenyan constitutional usurper?

There are several reasons why the Republicans are dithering … First, Republican voters are more convinced about the wacky birth certificate thing than they are about their preference for a nominee…

…Economic growth is up, and has been steadily growing since the passage of the president’s recovery act. President Obama successfully appointed the first Hispanic female Supreme Court justice which invigorates a growing Hispanic demographic. Unemployment is slowly declining. The stock market is up, thus stabilizing 401(k)s and mutual funds owned by middle class Americans. And despite what the Republicans say, the president and the Democrats cut the deficit by $122 billion last year: the largest single-year decline in the deficit in American history. The list goes on and on. As soon as the Obama 2012 re-election campaign gets cranking on these accomplishments, the mostly unpopular Republican candidates will be almost totally neutered…

…There’s one last reason why the Republicans are so cautious about declaring their intentions. They’re cowards. And they’re self-debunking the mythology that modern Republicans are bold, brave “Reagan-ish” leaders. They’re cowards and so they’re moving at granny-speed rather than light-speed to run against the president – a real leader onto whom they’re projecting their dithering and indecisiveness.

Not that I’m complaining.

Full post here


Thank you LoriahR and Lovepolitics2008 😉

23 Responses to “morning everyone”

  1. 1 Lovepolitics2008
    April 22, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Hi Chipsticks ! Good morning !

    I too don’t like going to HP. There’s a solution. Mr. Cesca has his own blog and posts his articles there too.

    Here’s the link for today’s article:


    • April 22, 2011 at 10:32 am

      Hiya Lovepolitics – you’re a star, I just posted that great article, LoriahR emailed me about it. Thank you both of you, I would have missed it without you 😉

  2. 3 DreamChaser57
    April 22, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Good Morning, Chipsticks and TOD family! May all of you be immeasurably blessed as we gear up for 2012.

  3. 4 Pragmaticadult
    April 22, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I was trying to post this great “GOP got nothing” article on BWD. Love it!

  4. 5 MTmarilyn
    April 22, 2011 at 10:50 am

    What a great article. I have seen several of Cesca’s articles and I wondered where I could read more of his stuff. I refuse to go to Huff & Puff. I have really come to admire Chipsticks! I found this place via BWD. I just love seeing all these wonderful pictures of our President and read comments from people who feel the same as I do. Thanks to all of you!

  5. 6 anniebella
    April 22, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I will tell you this, let us be ready to face who ever they dig up to run against our President. We know it will be a battle, and we shall not under estimate anyone, but we will be “FIRED UP AND READY TO GO”. Because we believe in this President. We believe in President Obama.

  6. 11 cat48
    April 22, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Good Morning Chip & TOB gang,

    Cable is blasting selectively new poll numbers this a.m. & it seems that 70% feel the “country is headed in the wrong direction.” They just don’t understand “what Obama has done to cause this??” I think I know. The Gop ran on “Jobs” & so far, limiting abortion & gutting Medicare & Medicaid is what they’ve concentrated on exclusively. Makes sense to me that the GOP caused this discontent.

  7. 12 hgerhard
    April 22, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Good morning, Chipsticks and friends. I am trying to get caught up with all the information, more fabulous videos and comments. I had to work late last night and missed all the goodies. Same will happen today – but then I’ll be able to truly indulge over the weekend.
    One little item in today’s news article caught my eye and I think we should tweet it and repeat it until it sinks in:

    ” .. the President and the Democrats cut the deficit by 122 billion last year: the largest single-year decline in the deficit in American history”

    If that is not an indication of sound management, I don’t know what is. Cutting deficits in a recovering, but still struggling economy – while continuing efforts to maintain growth – is extremely difficult and requires great skill and judgment far beyond the sound-bite demand to cut spending regardless of outcome. Kudos to our great President and his economic team!

    • 13 Lovepolitics2008
      April 22, 2011 at 11:53 am

      I totally agree. I will add that Timothy Geithner, Jack Lew and their teams are unsung heroes here. They didn’t destroy capitalism as some on the left would have liked, but they are doing a great job of rebuilding towards something more secure and more fair, after the destructive Bush years. Given their limited REAL power, and given the political environment, I’m happy about what they’ve done.

      • 14 V C prezOfan2
        April 22, 2011 at 12:26 pm

        That was the exact quote I copied and was coming down the thread to comment on! My point was going to be be ‘How come I don’t REMEMBER hearing this before?’ This is definitely information that needs repeating …and repeating … IMO. I particularly like the clarification you added to it, Hgerhard.

        ‘Cutting deficits in a recovering, but still struggling economy – while continuing efforts to maintain growth – is extremely difficult and requires great skill and judgment far beyond the sound-bite demand to cut spending regardless of outcome.’

        Kudos to out President and his team,indeed!

      • 15 Dorothy Rissman
        April 22, 2011 at 12:45 pm

        LP, I remember when even television moderators would put Geithner down for wearing certain types of shirts. Ugly, ridiculous behavior coming from so many nincompoops.

    • 16 Dorothy Rissman
      April 22, 2011 at 12:38 pm

      Excellent point. That is a number I will keep in my head.

  8. 17 HZ
    April 22, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks and family here. Thanks for the great article. Yes, he is a great President and we will continue to work to make it continue in 2012. Have a wonderful day to all who are so dear here on this site. I enjoy it so much.

  9. 18 V C prezOfan2
    April 22, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Howdy, Chipsticks and The Gang! May we all have a terrific (Good)Friday!

  10. 19 Fred
    April 22, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Bob Cesca was pitch perfect!

    I’ve always found that curious about Repukes. They talk a big talk and just love to go on blogs and spew endlessly every hateful though that flows through their pea brains. But confront them in person on it and they fold like a deck of cards.

    I had this experience a few weeks ago. I finally ran into one of these hateful bitter old white guys who had no problem throwing out the “n” word and was your typical teabagger genius with all the Faux talking points. When I confronted him on it at first he tried to impress me with his Faux facts. I started laying out the reality with numbers and where they came from. Also threw in a bit of religious philosophy which is a must with these people IMHO.

    The guy turned into jello! No wonder these people feel so insecure without their guns and are so fearful someone is going to try take them away. Because they are cowards.

    • 20 Dorothy Rissman
      April 22, 2011 at 12:41 pm

      Fred, That is a great, but tragic story. I am happy with Bob Cesca these days. We kind of lost him for a while, but I think as we get closer to the election, and people realize the choice they have, they will come back to the fold.

  11. 21 Carolyn
    April 22, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I think, and I hope, that some of the opinion writers and pundits, are growing up, and realizing that these 2 1/2 years have been productive for the American people. I saw two strains in the writers of the left: 1. We elected Obama and don’t have to work any more. He can do it alone. 2: We elected him, so he has to do our bidding, when we say so, the way we say so. They didn’t do their job and look what happened in 2010! The President, great as he is, cannot do it alone. He is doing nobody’s bidding; he is NOT their water carrier! He is fulfilling his vision for the American people.
    Ed Schultz is a perfect example of this: “He needs to draw a line in the sand!” Whatever that means.”Why isn’t he marching with the people in Wisconsin?” The president knew not to. He said, “If I do, then it becomes all about me.” Basically he knew they are grownups, this is their fight, and they can handle it, and they have, quite well. I’m sure he encouraged them. This is what I mean about people growing up and taking responsibility. Ed wants the president to concentrate only on HIS projects, and do it in ED’s time! He needs to grow up too.
    The Only Adult in the Room is so apt!!!

  12. April 22, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    The Republicans characterizing Barack Obama as the “Worst President in America’s History” is a metaphor they’ve adopted from the TRUE, WORLDWIDE estimation of GW Bush. It was adopted by them for two reasons — to try getting Bush moved down the list of worst presidents and to get the metaphor out into the public talking points.

    We Democrats have always done this — allowed the conservatives to frame the dialogue so that we’re always on the defensive. Pretty soon the dittoheads will start referring to him as the worst president, Fox, Limbaugh, O’Reilly will take it up, then we’ll hear it on the street at the check out counters.

    I think we ought to grab this metaphor and turn it on its head, start speaking of Barack Obama as so much better than any world leader known up to now. And in the United States, the best since FDR (whose legislation the Rs have been trying to destroy since Reagan, yet still hold him up as a man so much better than our president).

    I often wonder to myself, how can the country as a whole work to be worthy of this great man, this incredibly intelligent and thoughtful president?

    Ah well, this is how I’ve felt all along, but surely we can slip this metaphor into conversations with Republican citizens who are fairly lacking in intelligence, who wait until their favorite Fox commentator tell them what to think. Can we say (to someone halfway reasonable, “You may not like this, but you’ve got to admit he did well to do this other thing.”

    Believe me, I have a Republican brother in law, the baby of the family. 15 years younger than his older brother, and who was terrifically spoiled as he was growing up. He knew nothing of privation until 2008 and there were times when I could have strangled him with my bare hands. Arthritic as they are. Thank heavens I don’t have to talk to him very often — he’s struggling in Florida to dig himself out of near bankruptcy that, incidentally, he’s voted for himself since Reagan.

    Last time I heard, he blamed it all on Obama.

    • 23 V C prezOfan2
      April 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      Joan, I totally like your suggestion that we can assist in changing the dialogue by slipping pertinent, non-threatening information into our conversations.
      ‘Can we say (to someone halfway reasonable, “You may not like this, but you’ve got to admit he did well to do this other thing.”’

      I like to dream that little pieces of truth thus administered might make more and more of an impact over the next 18 months.

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