Steve Benen: ….. As best as I can tell, McConnell’s proposed scenario, which would avoid default, is an elaborate scheme to pass the buck.

President Obama could raise the debt ceiling, effectively on his own, with McConnell setting up a series of votes going into the 2012 election intended to put Democratic lawmakers on the spot. (McConnell’s top goal, other than defeating the president, is becoming Majority Leader in the next Congress. If he can make vulnerable Dems cast awkward votes, McConnell will do this as often as humanly possible.)

Brian Beutler unwraps the proposed solution.

The plan would require Congress to pass a bill allowing Obama to raise the debt limit on his own contingent on him taking a series of steps: Obama would have to notify Congress of his intent to raise the debt limit — a high-sign to Congress that would be subject to an official censure known as a “resolution of disapproval,” and which Obama could veto. If he vetoed the resolution, and if Congress sustained the veto, then Obama would also have to outline a series of hypothetical spending cuts he’d make, equal to the amount of new debt authority he gives himself.

McConnell proposes extending this process in three tranches, to force Obama to request more borrowing authority, and to force debt limit votes in Congress, repeatedly through election season. […]

The legislation would not give Obama unilateral authority to cut spending or reduce deficits. And as such, it represents a big policy cave by Republicans, who’ve long insisted that they will not raise the debt limit without enacting entitlement cuts, long-sought by the conservative movement, on a bipartisan basis. But, if Dems buy into this option, it will keep the potent debt issue alive, and central to politics, for much of this election season.

Garance Franke-Ruta (the politics editor of The Atlantic) described this as “one of the clearest statements of legislative cowardice I’ve ever seen.”

The right, meanwhile, doesn’t seem fond of the idea – Erick Erickson (at Red State) is equating McConnell with “Pontius Pilate” and said it’s time to “burn” the Senate Minority Leader “in effigy.”

Full post here

Jay Carney’s statement:

“Senator McConnell’s proposal today reaffirmed what leaders of both parties have stated clearly, that defaulting on America’s past due bills is not an option. The President continues to believe that our focus must remain on seizing this unique opportunity to come to agreement on significant, balanced deficit reduction. As the President has said, ‘If not now, when?’ It is time for our leaders to find common ground and reduce our deficit in a way that will strengthen our economy.”


Kevin Drum (Mother Jones): ….When I read about Mitch McConnell’s debt ceiling proposal, my jaw dropped. The cynicism of the thing was enough to leave my tongue hanging out of my mouth the entire time I was writing the post below….

….McConnell wouldn’t have proposed giving Obama his debt ceiling increase with only political strings attached unless he was convinced that Republicans were losing the PR battle for a more comprehensive deal…

….Obama has been positioning himself all along as the reasonable, centrist guy, willing to agree to trillions in spending cuts as long as Republicans are willing to close a few modest tax loopholes. Last week Republicans derided Obama’s repeated focus on tax breaks for corporate jets as class warfare etc., but you know what? It must have been working. Somewhere down in the bowels of the GOP’s polling operation, they must have discovered that the public was buying Obama’s pitch that “the wealthy need to pitch in too.”

…apparently McConnell had started to realize that shutting down the government over tax breaks for hedge fund billionaires and shorter depreciation schedules for corporate jet owners was really, really, not going to go down well, even among Republicans. So he pushed the eject button and tried to bail out.

It probably won’t work, though. The political cynicism of his proposal is almost certainly too much for some Democrats, and giving up on spending cuts will be too much for most Republicans. Still, it provides a hint about who has the upper hand in the debt ceiling negotiations right now. And it ain’t McConnell.

Full post here

CBS: The Senate’s top Republican said Tuesday that he did not see a way for Republicans and Democrats to come to agreement on meaningful deficit reduction as long as President Obama remains in office.

“After years of discussions and months of negotiations, I have little question that as long as this president is in the Oval Office, a real solution is probably unattainable,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said in remarks on the Senate floor. More here

138 Responses to “cowardice”

  1. 1 meta
    July 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Mitch McDonnell doesn’t give a damn about this country.

  2. July 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    If we get this, I will be happy. Seriously, the president will take care of the politics, and the senate needs 2/3rds approval on the resolution to get sent to the presidents desk. No way that happens.
    Mcconell just caved!

    • 5 Dorothy Rissman
      July 12, 2011 at 8:42 pm

      Check out Lawrence again tonight. He is so spot on. Howard Dean was on and he actually tried to take away part of Obama’s brilliant moves. Lawrence ended his interview with Dean by saying again, the president owns this. Check it out friends. This is so amazingly wonderful.

      Of course we know that PBO let Howard go as DNC Chair. Howard has his own ego issues. Lame, Howard, lame.

      • 6 lisalovesobama
        July 12, 2011 at 8:53 pm

        saw what Dean did. Tried to convince myself that he wasn’t trying to be petty. I loved Lawry’s last words to him: “Nancy who had been absent from the negotiations had complained about this oversight. She’s now a part of the process. Tonight she said how proud she was of how PBO has been handling things.” —Translation: ‘Better than you thinks PBO is badass.’ I just shook my head and crooned: “Jealousy, is such an ugly word, mostly it’s just what you do…… Jealousy, is really unattractive, maybe you should grow a few….”

  3. 7 GGail
    July 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    McConnell is a sleazy, dirty dog lawyer coward. These repugs don’t care about the country, their just jockeying for prime positions down the road.

  4. 8 makesense4tulips
    July 12, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    The pl is quiet and the repubs. Adam green scammed progressive and now is quiet. He is wondering how did POtus rope a dope Whole party.

    • 9 nintendowii10
      July 12, 2011 at 6:59 pm

      I’ve actually been bitchslapping firebaggers on Balloon Juice, on the thread that ABL made specifically calling the firebaggers out. They are still buying into the lie that President Obama is going to cut benefits on SS/Medicare to raise the debt ceiling, among other things.

      • 10 Anonymous
        July 12, 2011 at 7:16 pm

        I love reading your comments wherever I see them! It’s easy to notice your avatar…….you are fantastic!

      • 11 TrumpDog
        July 12, 2011 at 7:54 pm

        Co-signing what Anonymous said; you are ruthless and always bring up great counterpoints.Thanks for speaking out.

    • July 12, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      These people have taken “crying wolf” to a whole new dimension, they are soon to make themselves irrelevant.

    • 14 Dorothy Rissman
      July 12, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      That creepy Adam green is one of the vilest people I know of. Next to Jane. I am laughing at your Adam Green.

  5. 15 lisalovesobama
    July 12, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    CBS interviewer asked PBO about Rusty Bonehead and Turtle’s statements today.
    CBS Interviewer: ” do you like Bonehead?”
    PBO: Yes
    CBSI: do you trust Bonehead?
    PBO: I trust that he means what he says
    Translation: I wouldn’t trust that fucker as far as I could throw his crusty ass

    On Turtle
    CBSI: Turtle said he won’t do business with you as long as you are in this house (WH), as long as you are president.
    PBO: Turtle’s been trying to beat me since the day I became president.
    CBSI: but what’s your response to that?
    PBO: how is he not gonna do business with me when I’ll be here for at least another year and a half?
    Translation: that fat fuck. I’ll be here longer than his ugly ass can even begin to imagine.

    Best Part of Interview: PBO’s message was concise and the interview framed all his questions just right (think he may be a secret PBO support). He set up all PBO’s talking point. When PBO was talking about hedge fund manages and their billions of dollars and how it makes sense to tax them more instead of balancing the debt ceiling on the backs of the middle class, poor, seniors and college kids, CBS guy was like: “but the republicans don’t believe in that.” PBO said: “I know they don’t believe in that, but I’m talking about what makes sense.” Spot on. I may just start watching this CBS guy more often. 🙂

    • July 12, 2011 at 6:59 pm

      LMAO @ your transcript! Yes, we need to watch CBS Evening News more often. :mrgreen:

      PBO is unflappable — if you don’t know, you betta ask somebody.

    • 17 GGail
      July 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm

      Lisa!!!! it hasn’t come on yet here on the west coast – don’t spill anymore!!! LOL! and yes, Scott Pelley does respect our President.

      • 18 lisalovesobama
        July 12, 2011 at 7:18 pm

        ooooooopppppps!!! So sorry!! 😳 :oops:—- I’m so sorry GGail. That was very thoughtless of me, I guess I was just a tad bit too excited. But you know, with PBO, you can never spoil the beauty of his interviews. They are worth watching a million times cause they’re just so darn goooood 😉 Here’s hoping you still get a kick out of it, GGail and anyone else whose viewing pleasure I spoiled 😳

        • 19 GGail
          July 12, 2011 at 7:24 pm

          LOL!!!! I will enjoy it Lisa, I know your heart was in the right place, your lips & fingers just HAD to share – I understand 🙂

          • 20 lisalovesobama
            July 12, 2011 at 7:31 pm

            hahahaha 😆 😉

            • 21 GGail
              July 12, 2011 at 9:57 pm

              Lisa, you’re right – it was a good interview! I liked when POTUS said that he thought he was being pretty restraint when discussing the negotiations. LOL!!!! I bet he could say or has said in private some pretty strong words. If the repugs think “my daughters don’t wait till the last minute to complete their assignments” was rough, they should hear what’s said in private between him and Joe. 🙂

    • 22 Anonymous
      July 12, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      Turtle said he won’t do business with you as long as you are in this house .

      I saw that earlier. I cannot believe the arrogance, the total lack of respect they have for the President who is ALWAYS so gracious no matter what.

    • 23 dotster
      July 12, 2011 at 7:24 pm

      I liked that he repeated “what makes sense”——that hedge fund mgrs. et al who made a billion dollars last year would be expected to pay in a tad bit more, that srs., the middle class and poor children shouldn’t have to shoulder the bulk of the burden. Yes, it “makes sense”——unless you’re at the bottom of the brain chain. Tea party, I’m talkin’ to you.

    • July 12, 2011 at 7:24 pm

      “PBO: how is he not gonna do business with me when I’ll be here for at least another year and a half?”

      Well played sir. Well played. And I would like to emphasize the AT LEAST part. :mrgreen:

    • 25 meta
      July 12, 2011 at 7:27 pm

      I love my President!!

    • 26 TrumpDog
      July 12, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      But why isn’t Obama using his bully piiiiiiiiiiiiiiit?!???? 😡

    • 27 Fred
      July 12, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      lawdhammercy! 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

    • July 12, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      Lisa, I just love your translation Lol 🙂

    • 29 Dorothy Rissman
      July 12, 2011 at 8:44 pm

      lisa, you never cease to amaze me as to how funny, and satirical you are. Thx.

    • July 12, 2011 at 8:52 pm

      Lisa, you should write the Chipsticks screenplay…

  6. 31 nintendowii10
    July 12, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    More political theater from McConnell.

    Either way, POTUS gets the last laugh because he has made the Republicans his bitches. He has made it clear that he is the boss, and that he is NOT fucking around.

    • July 12, 2011 at 7:08 pm

      nontendowii10, you’re are so right! I’ve been thinking of the veiled shots the presidents was thowing at the republicans when he told them that even his two daughters are responsible enough to not wait until the night before to do what they know should be done. Then at his last presser when he told them to pull the bandaid off and eat their peas…………in so many words he was saying they were acting like little b*tches.

  7. 33 Anonymous
    July 12, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Their only goal is to destroy the country to regain power……I really do question their mental health. That level of cruelty and greed is pathological…it’s not normal behavior.

    • 34 JojoRaze
      July 12, 2011 at 7:24 pm

      It doesn’t even matter what the Repubs say now. PBO has photographic, video, rumor evidence that he offered $4 TRILLION in cuts and was willing to gore his party’s sacred cows in exchange for getting rid of loopholes and tax increases on the wealthy that would not go in force until 2013 and the Repubs ran because they didn’t really want to solve the deficit issue, they just wanted to blame the president for it. Cowards ALL are the Repubs!

      • July 12, 2011 at 8:37 pm

        Listen, our President, Is sho’ nuff playing Chess, do you hear me??? Go on with your bad self President Barack Hussien Obama, I just love It 😀 I really have to shake my head because really, ALL THAT STINK, THAT THE REPUGS RAISED ABOUT EVERYTHING, and now they’re running, backing off, caving, look, this is the behavior of a BULLY. Huh! well knock me down and call me shorty, Lol. Wonders never cease to amaze me. I do believe that PBO? he’s got this. He’s playing chess like a champion. I tell you, I’m just getting a revelation about this whole thing. President Obama, gonna make this Country better, and really, I do believe that you can take that to the bank. Keep the Faith my friends, keep the faith PBO got this. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  8. 36 gc
    July 12, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    And the Kossacks and PL call Obama a coward. Some days I hate them more than others. Yesterday, after a long absence, I went back to my volunteer work with generously spirited quadriplegic patients, today, the stirring Medal of Honor ceremony, and the Ford funeral, I hate the traitors on the “left” more than ever. There is courage and grace in this country, but they will never be a part of it.

    • 37 TrumpDog
      July 12, 2011 at 8:02 pm

      I guess being brave is going out in public, yelling, screaming and throwing fits. And when you HAVE to deal with people that don’t care one bit about the economy or jobs, you must take a more reasoned approach. I wish it weren’t like that, but the people swept them into power and Obama has to play the hands he’s dealt (thank you voters).

      It appears Obama is holding the card while the chickenshit Republicans are folding.

    • 38 TrumpDog
      July 13, 2011 at 1:08 am

      Since pulling the plug on the deal, Boehner has been largely silent in the meetings, leaving House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to present details of the House’s position. On Tuesday, people in both parties said, Obama tried to reestablish Boehner’s primacy.

      Cantor, who is advocating a smaller deal, at one point demanded that Obama offer the details of his vision for a “grand bargain.”
      “Where’s your paper?” he asked angrily.

      Obama snapped back: “Frankly, your speaker has it. Am I dealing with him, or am I dealing with you?”

      Boehner spokesman Michael Steel later said that the White House has not supplied Boehner with a detailed plan.


  9. July 12, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    And….we will be back to square one: a clean raise to the debt ceiling. These stupid teapublicans could have avoided all this nonsense, and now I bet they wish they would have. Amateurs!

  10. 42 Bobfr
    July 12, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    As several of us have been noting for quite sometime, McConnell and Boehner are so done – they’re not toast, their charcoal.

    McConnell has now confirmed it – totally lame.

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  11. July 12, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Can’t wait to see Lawrence O’Donnell tonight, lol. He’s probably got ants in his pants right now!

  12. 45 utaustinliberal
    July 12, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    PBO will never go for that. Congressmen/women are sent to Capitol Hill by the people to do WORK not shirk their responsibilities. They want to kick the can down the road and then covertly blame dems and PBO for continuous spending and use it to run for re-election. This is where they have miscalculated because PBO will hold their feet to the fire and make sure this is a clean debt limit bill, no shoddy practices.

    July 12, 2011 at 7:11 pm


  14. 48 GGail
    July 12, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I see POTUS, Joe and Nancy just laughing to themselves. 😆

    • July 12, 2011 at 7:21 pm

      I was thinking the same thing.

      But I also hope it means a good restful night’s sleep for all of them. They’ve earned it!!!!!!

    • July 12, 2011 at 7:22 pm

      Harry is in there too — sleepy but laughing. Harry could actually ride this thing out pretty easily — he knew the Senate would put a stop to all this madness if it ever came to that.

  15. July 12, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Who died and left this anal orifice in charge. He should be charged with treason and keel hauled. This “good ole boy” has forgotten that he ain’t “back home”.

    • 52 lisalovesobama
      July 12, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      hahahaha “Who died and left this anal orifice in charge”—–awesome 🙂 I also agree with the latter part of your statement.

  16. July 12, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I’m starting to believe that the president has been operating a war on two fronts. On one front it was to expose the republicans for the nut jobs that they are, and on the second front it was to expose his enemies on the left.

    And if I’m correct he succeded on both fronts.

    • 54 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      July 12, 2011 at 8:23 pm

      I agree bjw2. We are talking about a MASTER TACTICIAN here. He has forced the Teapubs to capitulate and he knows who his LEFTY enemies are going into election season. He has taken notes and all accounted for. The enemy Left will be disposed of believe me. I am trusting this man more and more as the DAYS pass by. Boy, God blessed us with a good one. We have to work to keep him in the WH. Obama/Biden 2012!!

  17. July 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    God, why is it that these Repugnians always look so old and tired ? It’s almost as if all their distorted and evil thoughts resonate outwardly on their faces. It appears that they haven’t quite moved frorward into new era thought patterns but are stuck in the same ole – same ole tricks and Karl Rove stategies! P.S Cowardice is a mild term when it comes to these folksies.

    • 57 HZ
      July 12, 2011 at 7:40 pm

      Concur ladyjazzfromtrinidad. The face shows the heart. The inner core of people in many ways, mostly comes out on their face. Sen. McConnell heart is not right. Look at his actions. He should not be allowed to take away the bright, beautiful futures of so many wonderful young people, and I pray God will not allow him to be able to do so. We will keep working to get to the better side for our nation. People like this should not be allowed to render such pain and evil actions on people’s lives. And these are EVIL ways of the likes of McConnell. But we fight evil with good. It works all the time. It may take some time, but it works.

      • 58 gc
        July 12, 2011 at 8:21 pm

        I was just thinking of that, viewing the faces of the attendees at Mrs Ford’s funeral: sorrow and distress on Michelle and Hilary, Rosylyn’s wavering voice when she spoke, and then there was Bush – “get me outta here.”

        Boner has been looking scared shitless. “All my mani-pedis, all that Tan in a Can, and I’m not feeling so well. Don’t know why exactly, but I think I’m losing. I’ll end up being Charlie Sheen’s intro act…going on Dancing With The Stars and doing worse than Tucker Carlson…shit.”

    • July 12, 2011 at 8:47 pm

      But McConnell face, he looks just like he could spit bullets. Long face, tight muscles, It’s because of all of that mean hateful and evil poisonous venom, look, It shows on his face. So very unbecoming yuk!

  18. 60 meta
    July 12, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Nancy Pelosi: House has finished voting for the day. “Jobs bill?”, you ask. No, we voted on light bulbs: http://t.co/HeqUHhj

    These people are serious FREAKS.

  19. 61 meta
    July 12, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    McConnell has a lot of nerve waxing on about taxes when he comes from a welfare state. As a Californian, it infuriates me.

  20. 62 halo
    July 12, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Why are these stupid people in Congress?

  21. 63 ChristiMtl
    July 12, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    DId you guys see that Lawrence O’Donnell will respond to the criticisms about his opening comment last night?

    • 64 Me4obama
      July 12, 2011 at 7:48 pm

      Iam waiting for Lawrence tonight. Did anyone watch rev Al?, he went off the scripted remarks and laid his heart out. It was fun to watch him take on the tea bagger too. Iam starting to believe he should have his own show on Msnbc.

      • 65 ChristiMtl
        July 12, 2011 at 7:51 pm

        I swear to God, when I watch Rev. Al, I either laugh out loud or have a big smile on my face. He is so entertaining!……I love him. He means business! not like the fraud journalists who let the GOP get away with murder.

      • July 12, 2011 at 8:49 pm

        Yes I watched, he’s off the chain, but dead on top of things. He’s good 🙂

      • 67 TrumpDog
        July 13, 2011 at 1:10 am

        Al’s great but I’ll be honest. Watching paint dry is more entertaining than listening to Cenk.

    • 68 hopefruit2
      July 12, 2011 at 7:48 pm

      What were the criticisms, and who made them?

    • 70 lisalovesobama
      July 12, 2011 at 8:01 pm

      what criticism? Must be the idiot repugs 🙄

  22. 71 desertflower
    July 12, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    The President has been masterful during this entire ridiculous thing.He does appear as the only adult, but, except for the stupidest Americans (tea party, that would be YOU) he has exposed the entire Republican congress for the inhumane,evil, sociopaths they are. Do you really think that ANYONE but the very devoted base will ever trust them or take them seriously again? I’m not so sure.That’s a good thing, because from where I sit, they shouldn’t be trusted with anything. EVER.

  23. 72 ChristiMtl
    July 12, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Crap. Joan Walsh blocked me on twitter.

    Chips really created a monster here lol….when she put her list of the TOD family, it encouraged me to give it a go and start tweeting, I was just following some people before.

    Now I can’t stop. I love giving these morons a piece of my mind.

    • 73 utaustinliberal
      July 12, 2011 at 8:01 pm

      ChristiMtl welcome to the club. I am proud of you. Joe Scarborough also blocked me b/c he couldn’t take the heat I was unleashing over the slur and aspersions cast by Mark Halperin towards President Obama. I also tweeted him everytime he spewed BS on his show and I guess his bloviated hide couldn’t handle the truth. Chips really has unleashed a we the people monster and we are never going back to sleep. Keep tweeting Joan Walsh and your followers will retweet your message. Never let her get away with lies. That’s what I do for Joe Scarborough (@joeNBC)

      • 74 ChristiMtl
        July 12, 2011 at 8:33 pm

        Thanks! I didn’t think about that, one of my followers could retweet my message. I have so much to learn still.

        Thanks! I have to multitask between my job and politics…..and now Twitter!……

        Thank God for Chips and her amazing blog. I get so much info in here.

    • 75 Me4obama
      July 12, 2011 at 8:05 pm

      Lawrence is on fire. Give me sir, yup, yup, yup. Amen.

    • 76 meta
      July 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm

      It’s pretty addictive!!

  24. July 12, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Lawrence O’Donnell coming up. Talking heads are going in on the teafools 😆

    Oh my, LO’D asks: “Why does Michelle Bachmann’s husband know so much about gay sex?”

    LOL — I’m convinced that man is another Ted Haggard!

    Lawrence: “President Obama continues to outwit, outplay and outtalk the republicans….”

    It’s on and poppin :mrgreen: !

  25. July 12, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Hahaha: Turtle looks like he has hemorrhoids!

  26. 84 Betty's Girl
    July 12, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    The weak Repubs keep following the crazy T-Heads off the cliff at their own peril. McConnell has to be tired of getting his ass kicked by the President. I laugh at him not wanting to work with the President again. I wouldn’t want to either if I keep losing. I will say it again…they underestimate the President which is his greatest strength.

  27. July 12, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Goodgoooglygoo: LOD is hot tonight, baby.

  28. 87 lisalovesobama
    July 12, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Damn. Lawry looks like he’s having a shit load of fun explaining PBO’s brilliance 🙂

    • 88 TrumpDog
      July 13, 2011 at 1:14 am

      Lawrence understands politics and how to govern. Something Ed doesn’t. I’d even say Rachel too.

  29. 89 Me4obama
    July 12, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Amen Lawrence.

  30. July 12, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Aw lawd, I hope Howard Dean doesn’t say anything stupid….

  31. 96 hopefruit2
    July 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Larry O’Donnell was once again on FYAH!

  32. 97 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    July 12, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I wonder has any member of the press asked McConnell how he can refuse to work with a President that was elected by the people? A sizeable majority of the people I might add. Because last time I checked we decide who he works with. Not him. He doesn’t get to choose who to work with any more than I do. I’m sure we’ve all worked with people we would rather not have to deal with at some time or other, but us regular people are expected to get on with business and do our jobs anyway. Why does this pompous old man think he is any different?

    How dare he? This is not his choice to make. We already made the choice. I’m so ticked off that these people refuse to accept the choice the people so clearly made. He’s saying he won’t play until we give him what he wants. What a ridiculous overblown sense of entitlement these people have.

    • July 12, 2011 at 8:24 pm

      They think W is still in the White House. My personal theory for some time now is that a lot of these cats are still in shock that Obama actually is the President. They think it’s a mirage. It’s surreal to them and they haven’t quite come to grips with it in their little brains. PBO tried to tell them at the inauguration: “The ground has shifted beneath them.”

      • 99 Walking_on_ Sunshine
        July 12, 2011 at 8:50 pm

        It’s the arrogance that gets me. You’re right. They can’t accept that this is a new century and the American people really did make this choice and felt damn good about it too. And they have spent every day since the inauguration trying to ruin that good feeling. I really can’t stand these people. A bunch of self satisfied old white guys who think it’s their right to rule the world. They probably think they can get one of their own in office and then the world will go back to how it “should be”. But they are so wrong. No matter what happens the world will not go back. Ever. And I for one am thankful for that.

    • July 12, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      Look, they are just not use to having an AA as their President. It’s quiye painful for them. They think that that they can take us back to slavery days. Say anything to us, do anything to us, whenever, and hoever. Lord help them all.

  33. 101 gc
    July 12, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Good, I always thought “Larry” was handsome, but it didn’t jibe with his poutrage of late. Now, it’s all good…

  34. 102 lisalovesobama
    July 12, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    was it just me or did anyone else see how sweaty and uncomfortable Turtle looked in the clips Lawry showed of him while he was backing away from his crazy repug talking points. He seemed so uncomfortable, hm. I don’t even want to imagine what they said about PBO once they realized he screwed them over. Lousy Critters 😕

  35. 106 Anonymous
    July 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I wish there was a lot more focus put on the McConnell statement “After years of discussions and months of negotiations, I have little question that as long as this president is in the Oval Office, a real solution is probably unattainable,” because he’s basically saying “If you want the GOP solution of tax breaks for billioniares and slashes to entitlements than elect the GOP”, if you want to “Protect entitlements and raise revenues on millionaires and billionaires” to solve the fiscal problem than vote Democrat.

    I’m really hoping that once this debt ceiling is done with (hopefully President Obama has it put off until 2013) that President Obama and Dems go into campaign mode, or at least start calling out the GOP’s garbage. Call out McConnell saying his first priority, over jobs, is to see President Obama is a one term President. Call out Boehner and the House for being in the majority for 200 days and not proposing one jobs bill. How the GOP has killed 10 Jobs bills the Dems have offered up. Once the debt ceiling issue is settled, it’s time to go on offense, and go hard on offense. Don’t accept the frame that the unemployment rate is the Presidents alone – point out the job creation numbers before and after the GOP took the house.

    • July 12, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      I personnally hope that the SS has a little chat with him. He was over the line and needs to be put back in his place before some idiot gets any ideas.

  36. 108 Me4obama
    July 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    The Gay community is really engaged in the Republican Primary campaigns. First the Newt Glitter shower then this undercover report on crazy Bachman. Keep up the good work.

  37. 109 lisalovesobama
    July 12, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Okay, I’m sorry. I know speculation is not good, proof is always better. But does anyone else feel that when it comes to gay issues, Batshit’s husband tends to protest a tad too much, especially when it comes to his Gay Interventionist Therapy?
    ps-hahahahahahahhaha!!! Lawry just asked the same question. Why did I stop watching him again? we seem to be on the same wave length 🙂

    • 110 ChristiMtl
      July 12, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      I stopped watching him when he had batshit crazy Dan Choi on his show after the NY vote. I was so mad. But I calmed down and now I don’t miss it.

      • 111 Me4obama
        July 12, 2011 at 8:40 pm

        I have a love and hate relationship with Lawry, but I can stand him when he critizes PBO, Rachel on the other hand, I will never watch her again she pushed me to the edge of no return.

        • 112 utaustinliberal
          July 12, 2011 at 8:51 pm

          Hahaha… Lisa I also think Marcus Bachmann doth protest too much. Lawrence pretty much just said on his show that a person who knows uncomfortably much about the initimacies between gay partners while coldheartedly bashing them is a self-loathing homophobe and should just come out of the closet. 😆

        • 113 TrumpDog
          July 13, 2011 at 1:20 am

          I find that I have to take a break from Lawrence’s show every now and then. He pisses me off when he has Green and Hamsher on as representative of “Obama’s base” (they are not). I wish he’d stop doing that.

          I can no longer get into Rachel
          s show and I can’t stand to heard Ed’s shrieks. That guy needs to bring it down a notch.

      • 114 meta
        July 12, 2011 at 8:44 pm

        Speaking of Choi, has he chained himself to Bachmann’s Gay Cure Clinic yet?

    • July 12, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      Especially when it comes to his voice!!

  38. July 12, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    “Turtle” McConnel is the face of pure, unadulterated evil. He has shown his malevolence on many occasions, but this is truly top notch maneuvering at its worst.

  39. 118 Hachikō
    July 12, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I hate to say I told you so, but: “CNN just reported that #Palin is getting ready 2 “throw her hat in the ring” 4 GOP Pres nominee. Matalin & others cited”

    • 119 Me4obama
      July 12, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      I will believe it when I see it. Matalin often spews false information.

    • 120 Anonymous
      July 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm

      I won’t believe it until it is official. She must be trying to beat Perry in, or sees Bachmann running second and thinks `She`s just a rip-off of me” so if she can get those numbers, I could do even better.

      Romney has to love it – Palin and Bachmann will fight for the same votes, splitting them whereas Mitt, even if he’s at his ceiling now, will not lose any voters to Palin.

      I still think she’s maybe 10% chance of running given this news. Maybe I just don’t want to jinx it though.

      I’d rather see Perry run, because he could beat Romney in the primary and would be completely unelectable in a general election.

    • 122 lisalovesobama
      July 12, 2011 at 9:05 pm

      I wouldn’t trust CNN to tell me that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

  40. 123 Ladyhawke
    July 12, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Obama Uses Social Security To Tighten Noose Around The GOP’s Neck

    The Republican caucus is fractured. Mitch McConnell is trying to defuse the crisis with an odd little plan that would give Obama the power to raise the debt limit in three phases, but at each phase he would face a non-binding potential 2/3 vote of disapproval in the Congress. John Boehner is “pissed.” Eric Cantor’s private feud with Boehner is inching closer to open warfare, Mitch McConnell has knifed Cantor in the back with his plan, and the topper is the release of secret memo from Cantor that lays out how much of Medicare/Medicaid he is dreaming of cutting.
    It was the Republicans who fashioned this debt ceiling noose and placed it around their own necks. What they never counted on was Barack Obama’s willingness to be their hangman.


  41. July 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Oh dear. Willard Romney is the great grand son of a polygamous union. Poor Mitt.

  42. 133 meta
    July 12, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I actually thought the entire CBS Evening News was worth watching and Scott Pelley was very good. And PBO of course was terrific. What a rare breath of fresh air in the MSM.

    • July 12, 2011 at 9:45 pm

      Meta, Scott, is from 60 minutes. So he knows how to interview and he studied under people of talent and greatness. I still miss Ed Bradley and the creator of 60 minutes who said to his team “tell me a story” If anyone has the old clip of Ed Bradley and Lena Horne please post it…

      I think this is what Chipsticks is teaching us all, to tell the story and the people will come.. 3,ooo,ooo here we come…

      • 135 meta
        July 13, 2011 at 12:45 am

        I loved Ed Bradley and that interview with Lena Horne was so beautifully classic. Real and honest and enlightening. Those were the days!

  43. 136 Ladyhawke
    July 12, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    A fascinating take on the cynical Mitch McConnell from the Balkinization blog.

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011


    Joey Fishkin

    Following up on Sandy’s post, McConnell’s trial balloon today was, I believe, several degrees more cynical than Sandy suggests. Far from handing the President the power to actually cut spending unilaterally, McConnell’s proposal amounts to a delegation to the President of the power to raise the debt ceiling without cutting spending at all. (The President must propose, and be on the hook politically for, some large cuts, but Congress need not enact them.)

    The McConnell proposal would trade policy leverage for political leverage. Instead of a big policy victory—the massive cuts to domestic programs including Medicare that the Republicans were very likely to win as the price of increasing the debt ceiling—McConnell aims for a different kind of victory: forcing President Obama to “own” the increase in the debt limit, not one time but three times, between now and November 2012. This victory provides a new and cynical twist on the logic of what Daryl Levinson and Rick Pildes call “the separation of parties, not powers.”
    And that is why I can’t help but think of Levinson and Pildes’ article, which explores the tensions that arise out of the fact that we live under a legal regime of separation of powers, overlaid on a political regime in which the real separation is of parties. Usually, one major implication of this gap is that legislatures are more inclined to constrain executive power when government is divided, and more inclined to cede power to an executive of the same party. McConnell’s proposal today provides a different, and more cynical, twist. With power, unfortunately, comes responsibility. When there are unpopular things that must be done, it can be inconvenient to have a legislative majority. Ceding power to an executive of the opposite party can thus be a smart political strategy for legislators who wish to avoid taking responsibility for doing what needs to be done.


  44. 137 xtine24
    July 12, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Maybe it’s time to send some Peas, with a RIP to Bandaid!

  45. 138 xtine24
    July 12, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Know any farmer with some peas to spare to send to Congress?

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