The White House announced Tuesday morning that the President’s trip to Interstate Moving Services in Springfield, VA., where he was scheduled to talk about fuel efficiency, has been cancelled.

Instead, the President will “meet with industry officials at the White House to discuss the first of their kind fuel efficiency standards for work trucks, buses, and other heavy duty vehicles,” the White House said.


Eugene Robinson: The so-called analysts at Standard & Poor’s may not be the most reliable bunch, but there was one very good reason for them to downgrade U.S. debt: Republicans in Congress made a credible threat to force a default on our obligations.

This isn’t the rationale that S&P gave, but it’s the only one that makes sense. Like a lucky college student who partied the night before an exam, the ratings agency used flawed logic and faulty arithmetic to somehow come up with the right answer. No, life isn’t always fair.

And no, I can’t join the “we’re all at fault” chorus. Absent the threat of willful default, a downgrade would be unjustified and absurd. And history will note that it was House Republicans who issued that threat.

…. What happened this summer is that Republicans in the House, using the Tea Party freshmen as a battering ram, threatened to compel a default. More accurately, they demanded big budget cuts as the price of raising the debt ceiling. If the Senate and President Obama did not comply, the Treasury’s access to capital through borrowing would have been cut off.

…. The ratings agency should have focused instead on the one development that has direct bearing on our creditworthiness: the GOP threat to force a default. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor should never have planned to use the debt ceiling vote as “leverage.” Obama should have made clear from the start that if necessary he would take unilateral action, based on the 14th Amendment, to ensure there could never be a default. And yes, progressive Democrats who voted against the final debt-ceiling bill should be ashamed.

It’s pretty simple: If you threaten not to pay your bills, people will — and should — take you seriously.

Full article here

265 Responses to “tuesday”

  1. 1 collegekay
    August 9, 2011 at 9:24 am

    God Bless him! I can’t believe all this stuff is happening. It makes me sick to my stomach.

  2. August 9, 2011 at 9:25 am

    hm. I see some in the media are still talking about ‘unilateral action’ and the ’14th Amendment.’ Thank god it didn’t come to that, else right now, we’d be fighting an impeachment process. Whew! ………. SAPs is ridiculous. I hope that they are well aware of just how well US treasury bonds are doing. If that wasn’t a bigger eff you than the one from PBO, I don’t know what is.
    ps- good morning Ms. Chips 🙂

    • August 9, 2011 at 9:47 am

      I saw that Lisa about the Treasury bills and that was just great news.

      If The President had used the 14th amendment Robinson would be complaining about how he overstepped his authority.

      • 4 57andFemale
        August 9, 2011 at 10:25 am

        This 14th Amendment b.s. — you think the markets wouldn’t have tanked and a downgrade wouldn’t have happened anyway and probably ten times worse? If S & P is concerned with ‘uncertainty’, just imagine this country wound up over impeachment and the legality of what Obama had done — winding its way up to the Roberts Supreme Court. It was ridiculous a month ago, and just as ridiculous now. It would not have given Treasury the right to do whatever it wants in terms of borrowing. It’s completely, totally, absurd. And this is what we hear from progressive pundits as an answer. The lack of facts, reporting, investigation into the ramifications are astounding to me.

        What seriously concerns me is that so many Americans truly believe that a President can solve problems like it’s an episode of Law and Order — all neatly tied up in 22 minutes, plus Viagra commercials. I’m beginning to think they honestly believe that super heroes can do all that shit. Astounding.

        • 5 Sue in Minnesota
          August 9, 2011 at 4:07 pm

          Very flippant to suggest the use of the 14th Amendment without expanding on the many potential consequences of doing so.
          I agree 57andFemale Americans tend to insist that solutions are easy and clear, and give little consideration to the expanded impacts of the actions they are urging, and certainly do not give the competiting forces realistic weight or acknowledgement.

          We are screaming for simple solutions to very complex problems.

    • 7 nospin
      August 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      “I see some in the media are still talking about ‘unilateral action’ and the ’14th Amendment.’”

      You read my mind. That is crazy especially when PO explained why that was not an option.

  3. 8 utaustinliberal
    August 9, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Did anyone see Morning Joe today? He was his insufferable empty barrel self as usual, But now I see where some fairweather democrats and ignorant populace who either don’t have the time or will to search for truth or just swallow all lies hook, line, and sinker. He blamed President Obama for the Newsweek cover of Michele Bachmann entitled “The Queen of Rage” where she looks like the nutjob she is and portrays. I wonder when President Obama morphed into Tina Brown. ( Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast and Newsweek) He kept yelling that during the campaign and even in his presidency there has never been a bad picture of President Obama and he considers that highly suspect and suspicious. Uhhhhh…. Oh ye King of the Douchebags that’s because President Obama isn’t inherently a crazy, psychotic, insane nutjob. Plus he doesn’t look or sound crazy so why would he pose for a picture or walk about looking like something that walked out of a horror movie?

    He also blamed President Obama for turning 50 and having a birthday party during a “crisis.” Saying that during a crisis at least you could count on George Bush to show up. Helloooooooo…… Katrina anyone? Bush didn’t visit New Orleans for more than 72 hours, vacationed and lollygagged in Texas and when he finally showed up it was to conduct a flyover. Yeah… that’s the guy one can count on during a crisis. Lizz Winstead of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart blasted his behind on twitter and kept tweeting and tweeting Joe calling him out on his revisionist history. She told him you might not like President Obama and want to fundamentally destroy him, but don’t you dare lie about him and history. She tweeted a picture of Bush and McCain during the Katrina mess, yakking it up, eating cake, and having a blast and asked Joe where the heck was his criticism then? Other journalists and democratic strategists got in on the action also calling Joe Scaborough out on his lies. It’s easy to see how some people believe his brand of lies and BS. He does a very sly job of not coming off as an ideologue and portraying himself as the sensible smart middle of the road former congressman who “calls” out both sides. And with his band of idiots; Willie, Mika, and Mike agreeing with him on every point and nodding like bobbleheaded dolls only enhances his “credibility” to the non discerning average voter.

    • 9 collegekay
      August 9, 2011 at 9:33 am

      I can’t stand Joe. The only one who seems to call him out is Rev Al when he’s on there.

    • August 9, 2011 at 9:41 am

      If he comes on the same time as Dinosaur Train, Cheyenne or anything else that happens to be on TV at the moment the answer is no. I don’t figure a former rightwing Republican Congressman who voted to impeach a Democratic President is going to change his spots anytime soon just because he’s the host of some low rated cable news show.

    • August 9, 2011 at 9:42 am

      that’s why i stopped watching him. I found him disingenuous and disgusting. I couldn’t believe how he would talk about being moderate but in his every action he was a complete right wing ideologue. I couldn’t stand it. I wrote him an angry Dear Joke letter and told him he was too disingenuous and two faced for my weak stomach. Ugh! 😕

      • August 9, 2011 at 10:02 am

        He may have moments of clarity once in a blue solar eclipse but he is what he’s always been. A winger. No surprise that he’s going to trash a Dem President and/or a Dem Congress and that his minions are for the most part are going to play along. Best imo to cut out the middleman and just watch Fox and Friends. At least they don’t make any pretense.

        • August 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

          amen. may as well just watch FOX. 😕 you wind up having almost the same complaints after watching them both anyway.

          • August 9, 2011 at 10:38 am

            The scary part is the Fox folks will give this President a pass more than the so called liberal network.

            • August 9, 2011 at 12:07 pm

              what liberal network? …………… 😉
              ps- in regards to the liberal media. there is one thing you can definitely say about repug lies: they stick like glue and are hard to destroy.

            • 18 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
              August 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm

              Liberal network? 😯 There isn’t one that exist in this country.

            • 20 Eleroy
              August 9, 2011 at 7:38 pm

              “…Fox folks will give this President a pass ..”

              Now you’ve completely lost me with that one!!!

              Fox “news” and their band of merry sick evil bastards, have no redeeming value!!! It’s as simple as that.

              • August 9, 2011 at 8:46 pm

                I’ve seen O’Reilly compliment this President on more than one occasion while saying he is a tough guy. That’s more than Cenk Uygur ever did in six months

                • 22 Eleroy
                  August 10, 2011 at 5:42 am

                  A random “compliment” from Bill O’reilly is worth nothing, zero, zilch!!!

                  We really must stop falling for these ridiculous crumbs periodically dropped for whatever reason!!! Bill O’Reilly is the same obnoxious asshole who given the honor to interview the President, proceeded to make a complete mess of it!!!

                  The man is a first rate asshole and his periodic “compliments” after repeated lies and attacks add up to nothing!!! Sorry not fooled by the fool!!!

                  • August 10, 2011 at 9:03 am

                    I just made a passing reference not an all out defense of Fox news. Nobody’s falling for anything. All I said was occasionally they give the President more props than places like CNN or MSNBC. Don’t make anymore out of it than it is.

      • August 9, 2011 at 12:20 pm

        I stopped watching over 2 years ago. That entire show stressed me out and made me sick.

    • 25 ChristiMtl
      August 9, 2011 at 9:43 am

      Good morning all,

      UT, I was looking for your recap of MJ this morning, thank you so much for doing this, I just can’t watch him, he turns my stomach.
      But I like to be informed about what’s going on.
      I saw on twitter than people were mad at him this morning, but it’s not really unusual, it’s pretty much the same daily. I saw something like: ”Can you imagine George Bush going to a fundraiser under these circumstances”. I jumped on my chair, he’s such a liar.

      But this is the most important point that you made and that need to be repeated over and over again.


      He does a very sly job of not coming off as an ideologue and portraying himself as the sensible smart middle of the road former congressman who “calls” out both sides.

      This is it! This is why the crap he says daily is not dismissed, because he’s such a good hypocrite that he sound credible.

      The truth is, he’s worst than any members of the t-party, his only goal is to destroy the President, he’s a pathological liar as well and he’s a far-right extremist. They don’t all look like Bachman or sound like her.

      He’s very dangerous.

      • 26 Eleroy
        August 9, 2011 at 7:44 pm

        The truth is that many of these republicans now posing as “moderates” are actually so much more dangerous and insidious than the outright crazies!!!

        They have perfected the art of seducing some liberals and have been pretty successful in using these liberals to do their dirty work of trying to destroy the President and the Democratic party!!!

    • August 9, 2011 at 9:45 am

      Oh, Lordy. It is the BTSBK phenomenon.

      Once again, thank you Ut for watching and sharing with us. Each day I send out an e-mail to the media. This morning I introduced this new phenomenon that is being adopted not only in the lazy media, but among the PL, and the GOP alike. It is called: BTSBK — aka Blame the Skinny Black Kid.

      It doesn’t matter what the issue, if it goes wrong, the first reaction is to blame PBO. This sort of thinking as demonstrated by Scarborough today, blaming PBO for Bachman’s picture on Newsweek, has become the norm for the media, I told them. For example, George Bush starts two wars, (cheered by some in the media), runs up the debt, PBO tries to fix it, he is blamed. Bil Clinton institutes DADT, this president promises to repeal it, does and he gets blamed for not doing it fast enough for some.

      So in the age of PBO, the BTSBK is a norm in the fantasy world for many.

      Go figure.

      • August 9, 2011 at 2:26 pm

        I like your terinology *Africa*….BTSBK, and you are so right my Friend. It appears to some GOPers and Teabaggers, that this Is a white world, and we blacks are living In It, because they brought us here to live In It, and against our will, I might add, now get to that??? I can’t figure this out 😦 😦

        • 29 Sue in Minnesota
          August 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm

          Someone tell them the first family (the original first family) are from sub-saharan Africa. So maybe they should revisit the idea of just whose world they live in.

    • August 9, 2011 at 9:59 am

      utaustinliberal, I am not trying to tell you what to watch or who to watch, but I don’t get why you waste your time watching Morning Joe. I do not watch him, I don’t like Joe, or Mika, or Willie. I refuse to watch them. Once I feel you have attack this President for no reason, you are on my enemy list, and I will fine something to watch, even if it’s cartoons, or ESPN, or a cooking show, before I will watch those bastards on Morning Joe. This whole thing about the photo of Bachmann, do they think this President have the time to worry about how Bachmann look on some magazine. That is just stupid. If you want to watch crap like that you have to be able to deal with it. Me I choose not to watch them.

      • August 9, 2011 at 10:12 am

        I agree with you anniebella. I refuse to give any of these bastards the ratings they crave. If you have cable and you watch that show, you are being counted as a viewer. I am done with the lot of them, except Rev. Al. I do not get to watch him because he comes on while I am at work, but I tape him, which counts me as a viewer.

        • August 9, 2011 at 11:06 am

          Rev. Al is the one I watch too.

          • 33 utaustinliberal
            August 9, 2011 at 12:21 pm

            The reason I watch anniebella, is that I will NEVER be part of the bandwagon that says shut off the tv. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. Let me repeat that again. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. How in the heck can you fight back when you have no concrete information to weld? How in the heck can you call out the BS when you have no idea what the BS is? How in the heck can you know what the other side is saying without arming yourself with info? How in the heck can you plan a defense without knowing the other side’s offense and modu operandi. Do you think folks running PBO’s campaign and those at the whitehouse aren’t paying attention to the other side or not watching the political shows? They know that these political shows set the talking points for the day, no matter how erroneous these talking points might be and they sit down and plan what their next moves will be. That’s why I watch these shows. I will never be a party to the logic of “ignorance is bliss.” It isn’t. It’s just a slow intelligence death.

            ps: If you don’t have a Nielsen box or if you don’t use your cable company’s dvr box to record the show and watch it later, then you aren’t being counted. Therefore your “clicks” aren’t registering.

            • 34 gcwp1
              August 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm

              I really appreciate this post, ut. I was forever reading the anger here after people would watch TV, and think, “so don’t watch!” I understand your rationale now, and truly thank you for taking the time to elucidate. Have a great day.

            • August 9, 2011 at 1:42 pm

              I suspect you can watch 5-10 minutes of one episode and fully comprehend what the BS will be for the next 6 months. But I give you mad props for going through it and reporting back. I’ve seen your summaries and they cut to the chase quite nicely.

            • August 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm

              ut, it’s not about ignorance.

            • 37 sjterrid
              August 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm

              Utaustinliberal I really appreciate your summaries and thank you for going there, so we don’t have to, because of you there are plenty of peoplle here that take action on twitter and facebook fighting back the lies. I have stopped watching all of MSNBC shows for awhile now.

            • 38 Anonymous
              August 9, 2011 at 3:25 pm

              Thank you utaustinliberal for watching morning joke so I don’t have to. It’s too bloddy early for me anyway.

          • August 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm

            And me three. I don’t watch morning Joke anymore, because he’ll make me throw something at my television

        • August 9, 2011 at 11:12 am

          Actually the only people being counted as viewers are the people with Nielsen boxes, or who use their cable company’s dvr equipment to record and then watch the show later.

          • August 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm

            really?! I never knew how that worked. I always just thought that who ever tuned in counted as viewers. Wow. I always wondered about the methodology they used to calculate viewership. you learn something new everyday.

            • August 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm

              They use those numbers to extrapolate the numbers they published based on age and gender, etc. Just tuning in doesn’t effect the count at all. Recording with dvr can, though, and that’s something to be careful.

      • 43 prettyfoot58
        August 9, 2011 at 12:05 pm

        i think that it is beneficial to know what the talking points are first hand…and i for one am grateful for the recaps….

    • 44 desertflower
      August 9, 2011 at 10:20 am

      Come to think of it, wasn’t there a birthday party involved at the time of Katrina? John McCain’s? Seem to remember a birthday cake in there somewhere as people were swimming in sewage and alligators. As far as Batshit Bachmann, I’m guessing the photographer took MORE than one picture! Is that the “best” one out of the bunch? She looks crazy and insane BECAUSE SHE IS!! CAN’T HIDE THAT FROM VIEW NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY…the camera doesn’t lie!

    • 45 Lovepolitics2008
      August 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

      Is Joe “losing” it ? And HE doesn’t think Michele Bachman is crazy ?? Wow.

    • 46 57andFemale
      August 9, 2011 at 10:26 am

      You forgot 9/11. When our President took a five-week vacation before that tragedy. FIVE WEEKS.

    • 47 dotster
      August 9, 2011 at 10:31 am

      I can’t watch that show any more, can’t start my day that way. But Joe is just a shallow bully, spouting partisan talking points or whatever he can pull out of who knows where that have no relation to truth. And what in the world is Mika’s role there? She just sits there like a potted plant, occasionally making faces. And gets paid for it!—handsomely! And Barnicle is there because he was a good friend of Tim Russert’s who came to his rescue and hired him after he was fired from the Boston Globe for plagiarism. He often looks like he’s napping during the show—-what a gig, eh? I tried to like Willie because he at least has a sense of humor and I like funny, but I think he’s probably as rt. wing as the rest of them or he wouldn’t be there. It’s amazing that this program and rt. wing Politico are allowed to set the political tone and talking points for the day, as if they had credibility.

      • August 9, 2011 at 11:12 am

        You notice that too about Mika. The times I would turn to the show, all I saw was Mika stting there like she was some fashion model with her moth glue together. She tried to be cute. But like I said I stop watching M Joe.

        • August 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm

          Mika is a freakin’ joke. I tried to muster up some sympathy when i read an article about her fight for ‘the chair’ on the MJ show. Okay fine. So I tuned in to show some straight up girl power solidarity. Then I watched and got madder and madder because CLEARLY she does not know how to think on her own and she agrees with everything Joe says. Perhaps that’s the contract, ‘sit there, bob your head, joe will let you take the lead and ask some questions sometimes but you don’t/can’t really contribute.’ So, she bobbed head and signed on the bottom line. That’s one scenario. The other scenario (and more probable) is when I see and listen to her and clearly the elevator does not rise above the 2nd floor intellectually, she is fulfilling some sick, cynical game that is calculating and designed to shut off real, substantive conversation led by women. Who should REALLY be in that seat? Randi Rhodes. Now that would be some good TV.

          • 50 Eleroy
            August 9, 2011 at 7:56 pm

            Randi would in 2 seconds leave the rightwing asshole tongue-tied, red-faced and enraged – simply with facts!!!

      • 51 criquet
        August 9, 2011 at 11:29 am

        Agree with you 100% on all you wrote in this post.

      • 52 Sue in Minnesota
        August 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm

        Mika reminds me of an abused spouse. Honestly you could not subject yourself to that toxic enviornment day after day, with little or no voice, and frequently being dismissed when you disagree, and not have some emotional flaws that needed attending to.

        This geled in my mind when I saw her on a Stephen Colbert, show being interviewed for a book she wrote (you all remember that one – I didn’t think so) very coy and very demure, a very small personna (like a very shy teenage girl) and come to find out Joe had accompanied her and was waiting backstage. Struck me as a very co-dependent arrangement, Mika does not impress me as being a very strong, independent and self determined woman. She is more like an accessory for a very abusive and domineering man’s arm. I don’t know if I should feel sorry for her or be upset that she defers so easily to such mean spirited control freak.

        Anyway, Joe in all his ugliness and self absorption, with his bombast and his duplicity, is exactly the image of a Republican in my mind.

        UT, I don’t know how you stomach watching this show…..obviously you are one tough cookie, and I respect that. Joe gave my blood pressure reason to sore, and my anger barometer reason to rise….couldn’t take it. CLICK

        • 53 Eleroy
          August 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm

          The sad fact is that there is NOTHING to be gleaned or learned from that show except maybe what the talking point of the day is and if another desperate for media exposure, self-identified Democrat has recently been co-opted into the Joe Scarbourough forum for anti-Obama bobbleheads!!!

          Stuff I have no use for!!!

    • 54 majii
      August 9, 2011 at 11:10 am

      PBO can’t help being so photogenic. Joe and those complaining about it in regards to Bachmann looking like a wide-eyed, drugged out dummy on the cover of a national magazine are simply jealous. Joke needs to understand that yes, PBO is better looking than all of them, including Bachmann and Palin.

      • 55 dotster
        August 9, 2011 at 11:27 am

        And like I said, Michelle Bachmann always looks like that—–wild eyed and crazy. Why is everyone pretending like they haven’t noticed that?

        • 56 Sue in Minnesota
          August 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm

          My thoughts as well, that is not an unfamiliar reflection of her. She is physically pretty, guess the secret is to put some distance between those wild eyes and the camera.

          Our President is a very handsome, and photogenic man…..which relys on a person being very comfortable in their own skin..largely. I have seen many less than attractive photos of our President,…they use them all over the internet, and the media outlets don’t mind using them.
          I’ve complained on two occassions regarding their choice of depictions of both Michelle and Barack. It seems deliberate to me since 99% of their photographs are stunningly beautiful, and IMO convey an essence of their inner beauty even more so then their physical attributes.

          The haters, the envious, the jealous, the destroyers, ……..our good President and FLOTUS are causing them to come unglued, by their own steam. They hate destroys the hater…waiting for the day.

      • August 9, 2011 at 11:39 am

        If I am not mistaken there was one Newsweek cover that darkened PBO skin a while back. Can’t remember if it was Time or Newsweek. But I think one of these magazines did that before.

        • 58 prettyfoot58
          August 9, 2011 at 12:07 pm

          made him look like a thug

        • 59 Puddin'
          August 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm

          And there are a few covers of Michelle Obama that is not so flattering. Michelle Bachmann has never been betrayed as a “terrorist”…I don’t watch these idiots who think they are important, because they are not informing anyone of the facts…no knowledge, just propaganda. They are talking heads paid by repubs (network owners and politicians)…we know the lies that come out of their mouths even before they pass their lips. It is hard enough to stay positive, focus and sane, without listening to these wannabes. I will get my knowledge/facts elsewhere.

      • 60 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        August 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm

        LMAO!! 😆

      • August 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm

        PBO couldn’t take a bad picture if he tried. Sorry Joe, it sucks to not be photogenic. Trust me, that’s why I run everytime a camera shows up. Otherwise, I have to turn, shift, pray, cuss, turn to the left 10 degrees, check my hair, my nose, lift and tilt my chin, push that piece of hair over that big ass blemish, then….okay…take the picture…quick!!

        • 62 Sue in Minnesota
          August 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm

          I hate being photographed and it shows! Just got my DL back from the DMV was afraid to open the letter and face the picture. There have been some seriously bad ones in the past, like I should have a prison ID number imprinted over my chest. This one is not good, but in comparison to some, it is great. I saved the 3 good photo Id’s I have had from over the years just to soothe my damaged ego. I keep telling myself it is what on the inside that counts.

    • 63 virginia
      August 9, 2011 at 11:54 am

      Joe is becoming obsessive about the President. He spends over half of the program criticizing him, and it’s beginning to sound crazy. I wrote him today TWICE telling him that he was beginning to sound paranoid about the President. His facts were all wrong, and he would not let anybody else on the panel even entertain the idea that the Republicans had something to do with what’s going on in Washington right now. It’s clear that in the last 6 months, the country has RETURNED to the Bush economy after 2 years of growth. He knows that, but doesn’t want anybody else to say it.

      • 64 theo67
        August 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm

        He’s getting desperate – and the entire GOP & media – because they are confounded that with everything they’ve thrown at the President, we still see him whistling as he makes his way to work, and his family is still happy and whole. They have tried to break him, and have forgotten that he told them “I don’t break”. It’s hard to watch, but this President is a wonder to behold, and clearly sustained by a force more powerful than the hate these people keep throwing at him.

        • 65 Sue in Minnesota
          August 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm

          That is the power of a self-possessed, strong and loving human being. He is a rare gem, and yet a role model for all of the potential for human excellence. My take.

        • 66 Eleroy
          August 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm

          Totally spot on Theo!!!

          Where have you been??

    • 67 Obama Grandmama
      August 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      As for the comment you said of Joe’s about PBO never having a negative cover while he was campaigning, I seem to remember a couple of instances where the covers of well known magazines were questionable. One darkened his skin tone and used a photo that appeared angry and the other used a cartoon of both Michelle and Barack with all of the so-called allegations against them in the cartoon. They were depicted as terrorists. I especially remember Michelle had a huge Afro and cartridges across her chest and some sort of war gun she held. There was a lot of controversy at the time about it. I also seem to remember a cartoon depicting our President as an ape in a major paper.

      • August 9, 2011 at 4:05 pm

        Grandmamma, that was a New Yorker cover, and the magazine got plenty of flak for it. The editors said it was satire, that it was the sentiment of so many nut jobs that portrayed them that way. I didn’t like it, satire or not. Stupidity doesn’t understand satire.

    • 69 Mae who love our CIC
      August 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      Scarborough is a boldface liar. I can’t stand that show because of Mika. She adds nothing to it. Tired of seeing a side view of face. Rarely does she challenge anything Joe says. Bobbleheads LOL

    • 70 nospin
      August 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm

      “He blamed President Obama for the Newsweek cover of Michele Bachmann entitled “The Queen of Rage” where she looks like the nutjob she is and portrays.”


  4. 71 utaustinliberal
    August 9, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Eugene Robinson seems to be in running for King of the Doublespeak. I really used to appreciate his analysis but my goodness for the past few months it’s been up and down and side to side. At first on Morning Joe this morning after Mika read his article, the discussion went along nicely. he pointed out that this was squarely the GOP’s fault. That “moderates” in the party got hijacked by the extremes and walked away from President Obama’s sensible, fiscally responsible and smart plan. Then Joe Scarborough began yelling and saying that was a false narrative; that President Obama never led, never put a deal on the table, only gave speeches and scolded the repubs instead of trying to work with them and before you could say Jack, Eugene did a 180. He said Joe was right; that President Obama is fundamentally weak, doesn’t know how to be a leader always leading from behind, is so weak that he can’t even call back congress from their recess, lacks the passion of 2008, his speeches aren’t as inspiring as they were in 2008 and his base is dwindling. That if he had drawn a line with the repubs and teapartiers he would have gotten a stronger bill sooner and they wouldn’t have jerked him around. Joe then gave him platitudes for agreeing with him. My goodness; how much money is one’s ethics, journalistic objectiveness, sound reporting and principles worth? In Euegene’s case, apparently very little.

    • August 9, 2011 at 9:51 am

      “Eugene Robinson seems to be in the running for King of the Doublespeak.” — Spot On!!

      He has to go along to get along. When I used to watch him on the 9 p.m. MSNBC show, I saw this all the time. He lost me a while back.

      But truly, this is Joe Scarborough’s M.O. He starts off injecting the Republican talking point for the day. Slowly gets his guests to come along and when they disagree slightly, he swats. There are few like Lawrence O’Donnell that won’t take his crap and would give him just as much as he gives.

      BTW, what is Robinson’s twitter handle, please?

    • August 9, 2011 at 9:55 am

      Eugene is a sad, sad case. It’s awful to see people setting their credibility (Pulitzer Prize) just to sit on a show for 5-10 minutes. People like him, you can only pity and in some cases-scorn- them. 😦

      • 75 Eleroy
        August 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm

        Eugene Robinson lost me a long time ago with his lame double speak and gratuituous denigration of President Obama!!! At first I was stunned and disappointed but then I rolled my eyes, turned him off and dismissed him for the desperate, greedy for participation and relevance, WEAK, FICKLE, fundamentally disingenious, wishy-washy piece of nobody he had exposed himself to be!!!

        We have to agree that for what it is worth, this whole exercise has been valuable in exposing the chaff, the riff raff, the eviil, and the fair weather friends!!!

        In the end, it is not President Obama but the likes of Eugene Robinson who have been thoroughly exposed for what they really are and what they will do and say for money and exposure!!! And it has been UGLY!!!

        History and posterity will judge Robinson and his ilk VERY harshly!!!

    • 76 ChristiMtl
      August 9, 2011 at 9:58 am

      You know what Ut? Did you notice that all those so called ”journalists” or ”analysts” who keep calling the President weak just crumbled in front of the loud mouth bully Scarborough? Isn’t it ironic.

      You have the perfect example now this morning with Eugene Robinson. As soon as the bully started to yell, he changed his tune.

      So who the hell is weak Eugene Robinson?…

      The only one that is no impressed one bit with this arrogant bully and can shut his mouth is Lawrence O’Donnel. and Scarborough knows it.

    • August 9, 2011 at 10:00 am

      I hate these pundits such as ER they come across one way in their columns, but when they’re on TV they adopt the view of the host narrative.

      • 85 desertflower
        August 9, 2011 at 11:06 am

        Group think. They wouldn’t have a thought of their own if their lives depended on it.Obviously doesn’t depend on it, because they keep getting paid for not doing their jobs!

        • 86 Eleroy
          August 9, 2011 at 8:21 pm

          And they have the nerve to scream at President Obama!!! They all think they know exactly what the President should be doing too!!! Idiots all of them!!!

    • 87 Ladyhawke
      August 9, 2011 at 10:14 am

      //Begin rant:

      Eugene Robinson causes me the same whiplash that I get from Tweety. These are two wishy washy so called political analysts who are all over the map. The pendulum swings back and forth so violently it makes you dizzy.

      I have the same problem with Lawrence O’Donnell. I have been a big fan of Lawrence from when he was just an occasional guest on the MSNBC shows. I didn’t always agree with him, but I thought he was brilliant (although a bit cocky, you know he was an aide for Daniel Patrick Moynihan – he never let anybody forget that) and very insightful. And he didn’t take any guff from Pat Buchanan.

      I had very high hopes for his show. But I find his show to be disappointing. He will do a great segment focusing on the facts and then the next segment is some cheap shot at the President. Or he is bringing on guests like Bill Maher because he knows that Bill will say he loves PBO….BUT he didn’t do x, y, and z right. And oh by the way he is not liberal enough.

      Bottom line what I think happens is that they will do an amazing piece where they report the facts about President Obama and the Democrats. And then they start to get hammered from the very loud and noisy right wing accusing them of BEING LIBERAL AND IN THE TANK FOR PBO. Then in order to prove them wrong they look for some negative crap to put on the air to neutralize any criticism from the right. Hence we all get whiplash.

      What we need in this country are patriots willing to tell the truth and not sacrifice their journalistic integrity to satisfy either party. The question for the MSM is why has simply reporting the facts become an obstacle to doing your job??? What’s more important – educating and informing the public with the facts or being terrified that the right wing will accuse you of being liberal just because you report the facts??

      //End rant:

      • 88 theo67
        August 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm

        Great rant, Ladyhawke. People like Eugene Robinson don’t have the courage of their own convictions, and are the worst sorts of cowards. They’re simply jealous that President Obama is able to consistently stick to his long-held beliefs and not be swayed by public opinion. And he’s doing what he set out to do, despite horrendous and crazed opposition, and unexpected obstacles. He’s already the most legislatively successful President ever, and he’s only a third of the way through his two terms. Jealousy is an ugly master, and Eugene and the rest of the silly media don’t know what to make of this courageous President who simply will not lose the essence of who he is in order to satisfy some public perception. And President Obama does his homework – he knows why he didn’t use the 14th amendment, because he thought through the consequences and the precedence it would set. That takes cuts to take the hard road, even when you have a seemingly softer, easier path available to you.

      • 90 Sue in Minnesota
        August 9, 2011 at 1:44 pm

        I think personal egos tend to insinuate their analysis, so they stray from objectivity. That is the reason I quit Rachel, she has enormous potential, but with greater frequency was being more subjective, and personal in her analysis.

    • 91 desertflower
      August 9, 2011 at 10:21 am

      Tweet that twit:)

    • 92 Lovepolitics2008
      August 9, 2011 at 10:27 am

      “Obama never led, never put a deal on the table” LIE !!!!!! My goodness, what were all the discussions at the WH all about ?

      • August 9, 2011 at 11:23 am

        If Obama never put a deal on the table, then what was Boehner talking about when he said they had agree to certain amount of cuts and 800 billion of revenues, put the President move the goal post, he want 400 billion more. What was that all about, if there was no plan on the table. All these Progressives nuts in the media have all gain up on the President. Eugene is a disappointment.

        • August 9, 2011 at 11:24 am

          Eugene is in Maddow hip pocket.

        • August 9, 2011 at 11:27 am

          Of course I don’t believe things happen the way Boehner said. I believe Boehner couldn’t sell the deal to those radical nuts from the Tea Party.

        • 96 Obama Grandmama
          August 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm

          I am beginning to think these so called MSNBC experts brought on the show get paid per show so capitulate to whatever the host expects of them or doesn’t get invited back. It is all about money talks! No integrity.

      • 97 Sue in Minnesota
        August 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm

        Tell them their talking points are making liars out of them. They insist on insulting our intelligence, and ignoring the fact that we have access to factual information. They just don’t happen to be the source. They appear more than foolish in their attempts to manipulate the truth.

    • 98 Debz
      August 9, 2011 at 10:28 am

      Robinson is an idiot. There have been times when he writes a good column, and when asked to talk about his column he refuses and goes negative on PBO. As for this 14th amendment nonsense, did he suddenly become a constitutional expert? Just because the PL and former repug officials were talking abut the President using the 14th amendment, does not mean it was in the President’s power to do so. To still be pushing that idea is insane. The administration new that would mean impeachment, but I have no doubt that is what all of these “experts” were hoping for.

      • 99 Obama Grandmama
        August 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm

        All of the suggestions including using or threatening to use the 14th Ammendment as a weapon to stop the hostage situation by the GOP is a joke. The GOP would have loved that! They would have then had a real reason to try to impeach the President instead of manufacturing stuff. Also this standing up to them crap has no validity either. They just dig in their heels deeper.

        I did agree with his saying the PL should not have voted against the debt ceiling as it signaled a problem politically to S & P. I remember emailing one of my Dem Senators that I was more than disappointed in him for voting against raising the debt ceiling when there was no more time left to fashion another try at compromise. I felt it was just as dishonest as the teapartiers saying we didn’t need to raise the ceiling.

    • August 9, 2011 at 11:17 am

      I’ve had the tendency to believe that people in positions of media access, especially pundits, to assume that they are all clean and sober when they write and speak. I’m beginning to rethink that belief. Pundits are just as vulnerable to anger, stress, medication, booze and drugs and mental illness as anyone else and it might be more fair to wonder if these rapid mood swings aren’t evidence of chemical imbalances or other contributing factors that are affecting their judgment.

  5. 101 Ladyhawke
    August 9, 2011 at 9:46 am

    The MSM continues to ignore the obstruction and intransigence of the Republican Party and instead blame President Obama for not fixing all of the problems that the Republican Party created fast enough. We have divided government and the media is giving the “Job Killing Republican Party” a pass. Every cable and network nation should be reporting this……….

    1) After 216 days, Speaker In Name Only John Boehner has introduced ZERO JOBS BILLS.


    2) Cantor pushes intransigence, hopes to prove S&P right

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told Republican lawmakers to expect, and resist, increased pressure to raise taxes following the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating by Standard and Poor’s.

    “Over the next several months, there will be tremendous pressure on Congress to prove that S&P’s analysis of the inability of the political parties to bridge our differences is wrong,” Cantor wrote in a memo Monday to House Republicans. “In short, there will be pressure to compromise on tax increases. We will be told that there is no other way forward. I respectfully disagree.”

    In the same statement, Cantor added that this position — no tax increases on anyone at any time by any amount — is “what we must demand from the Joint Committee as it begins its work.”

    Soon after, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) issued a statement endorsing this line, declaring that “raising taxes is simply the wrong approach.”


    • August 9, 2011 at 10:00 am

      In short, Cantor is saying, “We will not be stopped from shutting down three governance of the United States”.

    • August 9, 2011 at 10:01 am

      “raising taxes is simply the wrong approach.”——– if this isn’t just the proof in the pudding that repugs don’t care about what the American people think, I don’t know what is. Didn’t a huge majority of people want to see tax increases? Even self-identified republican voters? 🙄 ………. I hope this is a death spiral into complete oblivion for this repug party. Hopefully, they go on a long hiatus—meaning getting the hell kicked out of government–then after 30 years something mildly decent can emerge. This set of repugs are the lowest of the low.

      • 105 Eleroy
        August 9, 2011 at 8:28 pm

        Souldn’t the heat be on the GOP led congress who have obstructed every single effort that would lift this country up!!! The President does NOT make laws!!!
        Why won’t these pundits speak the truth!!! May Karma quickly visit these people!!!

    • August 9, 2011 at 10:07 am

      America who’s to blame for the downgrading? Who did you say? I can’t hear you, who? Canter and Boehner and the entire Republican Party.

  6. 108 PoliticalJunkessa
    August 9, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD Fam…

    GO WISCONSIN! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  7. August 9, 2011 at 10:07 am

    President Obama is going to Dover to view the returning bodies of the Seals lost in Afghanistan. My heart truly aches for him.

  8. August 9, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I just read on twitter that PBO heading to Dover to meet bodies of dead soldires.

  9. 115 Linda
    August 9, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I just read that the President is going to Dover today. My stomach is in knots….

  10. August 9, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Send positive vibes to Wisconsin today. If we don’t get three seats it will be Walker forcing his agenda through for the next 15 months.

    Basically if comes down to three races, where we need to take two out of the three. Kapanke will lose to Schilling for one Dem win, however Cowles and Harsdorf look likely to keep their seats meaning it will come down to Hopper[R] vs King, Olsen[R] vs Clark and Darling[R] vs Pasch. They’re ordered from most likely to least likely. These three are all completely toss-ups – flip a coin three times and see how many you get heads vs tails. If you put a gun to my head, I’d say Hopper/King slightly leans Dem pick-up and Darling/Pasch leans slight GOP hold.

    I think we’re more likely to pick up one than win four – these are red districts where the current incumbents won/held during the 2008 Obama election. I’d put odds at winning three seats at 45% – against the odds, but it could happen. I wouldn’t bet money on our side, but I’ll keep the faith and my fingers crossed just the same.

    • 127 nintendowii10
      August 9, 2011 at 10:25 am

      Not that I don’t hope the Dems don’t win three or more, I’m actually thinking long term, actually recalling Scott Walker and kicking his ass out of office.

      Of course nothing is set in stone, but it’s more likely that Walker will be recalled and kicked out because too many folks are pissed off at his union busting nonsense. If he’s recalled in January, then any Repub wins today are rendered moot, because then whomever the Dem gov is can pretty much play the same card PBO is playing: call for bipartisan compromise while the Repubs continue to act crazy and such.

      • 128 57andFemale
        August 9, 2011 at 10:35 am

        If these races are a huge disappointment today (I mean if they’re not even close), the wind will go out of the Walker recall. These races will set the tone.

        I’m a nervous wreck over these races today. I was born and raised in Milwaukee and I don’t recognize my home state at all.

      • August 9, 2011 at 10:42 am

        Dems taking three gives the Dems a much better chance at beating Walker in a recall because they could wait to recall him when their efforts would have a better chance to be successful. If they take two or less, they basically have to try and recall him in January, but getting so many signatures in the frigid cold of the Wisconsin winter would be harder and the vote would be in early Spring. Still a ton of time for Walker to continue to run roughshod over Wisconsin. If Dems had three wins today (and a Wirch and Holperin hold of course next Tuesday – Holperin is only a slight lean hold), they could put off recall efforts to line up the Walker recall with the General election in November 2012.

        Some WI Dems are hearing that the GOP might run a recall campaign against Walker to try and get the recall date to be held on the Wi Presidential Primary date – the strategy of course being that there would already be high GOP advantage since there would be only a competitive primary on the GOP side. I don’t see this as likely though as Walker is a lightening rod and his election will get out the votes on both sides and Presidential Candidates wouldn’t like the idea too much either.

    • 132 gcwp1
      August 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks StR. I’ve been out of the loop with personal issues. This is a good synopsis.

    • 133 dotster
      August 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm

      I know it’s a tough deal. I see voting is said to be very heavy, approaching presidential levels. Have fingers crossed.

    • 134 theo67
      August 9, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      I just can’t imagine that people in those red states don’t have some family members adversely affected by Walker’s bullying tactics and policies – even if it’s just their children who are now in classes with 40 kids to one teacher. Or firefighters who thought they would be exempted and found out that they are also in the line of damage. Surely even people in red districts care about democracy.

  11. August 9, 2011 at 10:37 am

    FYI –

    Obama Cancels Schedule to Meet Returned Bodies of Fallen Soldiers
    By Yochi J. Dreazen
    Updated: August 9, 2011 | 10:20 a.m.
    August 9, 2011 | 9:56 a.m.

    President Obama will travel to Dover Air Force base later on Tuesday to honor the 22 Navy SEALs and eight other American troops killed in Afghanistan on Saturday when an insurgent shot down their helicopter, according to an administration official familiar with the matter.

    Obama will head a delegation of senior administration, Pentagon, and military officials who will salute the flag-draped caskets of the troops who died this weekend in the worst single-day loss of the long Afghan war. The crash in eastern Afghanistan also marked the largest death toll in the history of the U.S. Special Operations Command, which oversees the SEALs and other elite units.

    The president canceled a visit to Springfield, Va., to make the trip to Dover, Del., the central conduit for fallen Americans. He had previously gone in October 2009 to pay respects to 15 troops and three Drug Enforcement Agency operatives killed during a particularly bloody stretch of the war.


    I believe this will be closed press. Perhaps Pete Souza will release a photo.

    My heart goes out to the families and friends of those lost and to President Obama, upon whose shoulders rest these difficult times.

    • August 9, 2011 at 11:00 am

      The bodies have arrived in Dover.

    • August 9, 2011 at 11:43 am

      I’m at work now but since Chris mathews critisized the president in saying ho should’ve came out earlier and said something…….today when I tweet him I will ask ft the president meeting the fallen soldiers bodies meet with his approval?


  12. 138 desertflower
    August 9, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I had a thought last night, and you can agree or disagree. Aside from the Dem black man in the White House…It occurred to me that they see him as such a threat because he is so smart.Intellectually and politically speaking. He is actually the first President I have heard actually tell the American people what the RW is doing…in such a pointed way. They HATE that he is smart, they hate that he’s articulate, they hate that he calls them out publically and chastises them in the same way.If he COULD call them WLTB’s….wish he could. Still and all, the congress’ approval rating is somewhere around 20%, and he has managed to stay pretty stable throughout this entire self made fiasco.People are beginning to wake from their self imposed political slumber…because this directly effects them. They are FORCED to pay attention.When the majority of people said they want a balance of revenues and cuts, they weren’t kidding! The only people that DON’T realize that, are the R’s…mark my words, they WILL pay for this come 2012.I, for one, will not shed a tear.

    • 139 Sue in Minnesota
      August 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      I think President Obama is fisrt and foremost a serious threat to the entrenched powers. And he continues to be focused, determined and pushing forward, and coming out on top of every match-up thus far. Compromise has always played to his favor, and politically he let
      lets them hang by their own rope. The fact that he is African-American is seconadary, although it is allowed to be exploited, in attempts to rile the hateful and small minded idiots creating chaos and division, and attempting to put a crack in President Obamam’s veneer. The racism is real and it is ugly, and it is something every respectable American should be pushing back against not just for the President ,but for every American impacted by it’s degrading and destructive force. We owe that to one another.

      I honestly think that the superior qualities of Barack Hussein Obama, his intellect, his determination, his charisma and his heart are the reason we are witnessing such desperate and openly destructive behavior by Republicans. I believe, if America gets squarely behind him
      President Obama will prevail. God be his strength and his shield, and give each and every one of us courage and determination to assist him in this, our quest.

      My prayers and condolences to the families of those who gave their lives in Afghanistan, II will try never to for get your sacrifice. I knew President Obama would pay his last respects personally, he is a good and loving man. I am sure his heart is burdened.

    • 140 Puddin'
      August 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      desertflower, “they” hate PBO for all the reasons you mentioned and then some…when “they” look at and listen to him, “they see and hear everything that they are not. What “they” feel towards this man is more dangerous than hate, “they” envy him and they fear him…this is what makes them crazy…the more he does right the crazier they get. :mrgreen:

      • 141 nospin
        August 9, 2011 at 8:28 pm

        Puddin’ you have captured the core of the issue right there.

        One more thing, PO makes them and his predecessors look lazy. Curious to see how the next administration will be able to follow in his footsteps come 2016.

      • 142 Eleroy
        August 9, 2011 at 10:40 pm

        Add resentment to that list!!! They resent him for being everything they could never be!!!

  13. 143 desertflower
    August 9, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I was up at 4am this morning and the MSM wasn’t mentioning anything about the WI recall elections either.Amazing. No, it’s not.

    • 144 FiredUpInCA
      August 9, 2011 at 11:04 am

      You would think they would cover this because it could go either way. If the Democrats win we can expect little to no coverage and the GOP loss will be attributed to everything from the weather to traffic to a volcano in East Pago Pago but not to a backlash against GOP policies. If the Democrats lose it will be an orgy of Presiden Obama blame. They are so predictable and sad. It would be amusing if they weren’t endangering the Republic with their boosterism of tea party-flavored GOP nihilism.

    • August 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      media has short attention span that only has the stomach for salacious scandals. they are disgusting.

  14. 147 askew
    August 9, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I saw a bit of MSNBC this morning and the whole panel was giddy over Perry joining the presidential race. Apparently, he’s going to appeal to the country because he has swagger and that is missing in our current president. And Perry “looks presidential”. They are desperate to get one of these GOP candidates to catch on with the general public. They tried this with Pawlenty and Huntsman already.

    • 148 desertflower
      August 9, 2011 at 10:56 am

      They’re all “pretty” or “handsome” (except Newt) but not a one has anything going on upstairs.They have not a scintilla of brains between the whole lot of them…and sorry, but you can’t win elections alone with the southern, white, evangelical voters only….all the rest of us, including older Republican voters, ARE paying attention. Besides, every last one of them has so much baggage that won’t be good when the bright spotlight is on them.Not a one.

      • 149 askew
        August 9, 2011 at 11:12 am

        That’s my thinking as well. I expect the media to do everything in their power to avoid talking about the GOP candidates’ negatives like they did with McCain. However, the public is smart enough to catch on.

      • 150 nospin
        August 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm

        “They’re all “pretty” or “handsome” (except Newt) ”

        am sure that is because the public hasn’t been properly exposed to the “mankini”.

    • August 9, 2011 at 11:29 am

      He will be dangerous as he’ll have energized foot soldiers in the Evangelicals. We already know he’ll have the money through third party Citizens United donations – but Romney, Bachmann or Pawlenty were not going to energize the base to turn out the volunteers.

      However I don’t know how he expands the map, and probably actually shrinks the Romney map.

      I just hope he and Romney get very ugly because I don’t want that unity ticket. Would either accept the VP slot? I’m not sure. I think Perry would probably consider being Texas Governor the better gig than being VP, but it would set him up as a 2016 front runner if they lost. Would Romney take the VP gig? This campaign is his last shot – but he’s an executive at heart could he accept being told what to do and playing second fiddle to Perry? Would he swallow his pride in order to out achieve his father?

      Everybody knows that Romney’s VP was going to have to bring Evangelical credentials – whether it was Huckabee, Bachmann or whoever. Perry could fit that role – so it will be key to see how hard they go at each other. Will there be a whisper campaign against Romney’s Mormonism? Will Perry come out guns ablazing against Romneycare and Romney’s record in Massachusetts and smear him as an NorthEast Republican? Will Romney call out the phony “Texas Miracle” economy? Call him Bush v2.0?

      • 152 askew
        August 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm

        Eh, I think the evangelical base was maxed out in 2008 and we beat it handily. They turned out in droves once Palin was named as the VP pick.

        I don’t see Romney, Bachmann, or Perry offering or taking the VP slot. The GOP hasn’t done that in a while and I expect they won’t this cycle either. Also, after Palin they are going to want a controllable and safe VP pick. I think Pawlenty gets the VP nod for all of them. He’s got enough evangelical chops that Romney doesn’t need to risk a wildcard like Huckabee.

        I think Romney’s map is actually smaller than Perry’s. I think Romney loses Florida while Perry wins it. And Romney isn’t going to pick up any of the Mormon heavy states like NV or CO. Those are now blue states with the growing Hispanic population.

    • August 9, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      “looks presidential”——- they mean he looks white. Eff ’em. 😡

      • 154 Eleroy
        August 9, 2011 at 10:57 pm


        Anybody but the black guy!!!

        That’s the mindset that has taken over and has even afflicted liberals and the media. The only reason many of the long time Democrats in the media are cheering for the republican candidates – the white ones of course!!!

        It’s the anyone but the black guy driving force!!!

        President Obama has proved to be too succesful, obliterating the legacies of their more recent white hero presidents – (the claim to fame for some of these media types is that they worked for these former presidents)

        The success of this President and the potential blow he is dealing the status quo, frightens them!!!

    • August 9, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      Perry is one of the worst. He is Bush on steroids!! He is a Theocrat who just held that prayer service in a stadium and was acting as governor and preacher. He is very anti gay, racist, and very much of a Tea Bagger.

      Perry is absolutely the worst candidate out there, he gives me nightmares. ..incredibly right wing and such a hateful person.

    • 156 theo67
      August 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      To me, Perry looks like a dense fool. I am not discounting prayer, but he doesn’t seem to have any other answers to the problems plaguing his state. He stole the stimulus dollars and balanced his budget, and then tried to portray himself as a fiscal conservative mastermind, when he actually took food and jobs from his own constituents. He couldn’t even allow justice to be served by delaying an execution long enough for a man to get proper legal representation before he was scheduled to die by lethal injection. Plus, he wanted to secede from the United States.

      I think he might be worse than Bush.

      • 157 Sue in Minnesota
        August 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm

        Does anyone look beyond the surface, my understanding is that he has poorly managed his state’s fiscal affairs. The death penalty and some wrongly executed citizens. How shallow, thoughtless and dangerous have we become to ourselves, if optics are the basis for electing a president.

        He is a loud mouthed, boorish Texan, and being Texan has nothing to do with my distaste for him. Nothing about him appeals to me…….his college transcripts don’t inspire my confidence either. Nor the fact that he feels the need to shoot a coyote with a gun (or pistol or grenade or whatever MR. tough guy pulled). How about those threats to secede from the nation, that’s a unifying spirit…NOT. Sarah Palin his BFF is a good reason to challenge his competency.

        And please dispell the rumor that he is yet another closeted gay Republican. I’ve heard that many times. I wish these boys would come out of their closets for their own well being. Secrets twist a person.

    • 159 dotster
      August 9, 2011 at 11:34 am

      Just shared that interesting tidbit of news with my local news website in Walsh’s district, who is not reporting this. Deadbeat dad Walsh, he of “I won’t place one more dollar of debt on the backs of my children” hypocrisy fame, is one of the worst, if not THE worst, of the current crop of teabaggers. Hope Walsh is snared in that arc of justice. It would be so fitting and satisfying.

    • 161 theo67
      August 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm

      This guy is a scumbag, and karma is coming for him. Can’t believe he’s even fighting against paying what he owes. These are his own children! And it’s not just a month or two – it’s years of neglect. Now he says he’s fit to manage the finances of the nation? I hope he enjoys his Congressman’s salary for the next year, because after that, he goes back to the unemployment lines.

      What’s with the GOP bringing in all these grifters?

  15. 162 Ladyhawke
    August 9, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Republican Political Theology Turns Reality On its Head

    It’s pretty obvious where our debt came from, isn’t it?

    This insistence on following the dictates of political theology over the facts has led to some bizarre assertions from Republicans, including Obama being responsible for 9/11, for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq being “Obama’s wars” and of course, Obama being responsible for the deficit, even though it was Bush who fought two unpaid for wars while cutting taxes and deregulating, and even though Obama’s initial budgets were directed at repairing the economic crisis brought about through Bush’s reckless economic policies. Not to mention two wars that Obama has to support that he didn’t start. No president operates in a vacuum. But whereas Bush took over with a balanced budget care of Democratic President Bill Clinton, Obama took over a country with an economy already in ruins.

    And it’s somehow all Obama’s fault.


    • 163 desertflower
      August 9, 2011 at 10:59 am

      Not to mention that Bush left the wars, the prescription drugs, and the 2 tax cuts OFF THE BOOKS! He was lying to the public from the git go! PBO PUT THEM ON THE BOOKS SO ALL OF AMERICA COULD HONESTLY SEE HOW MUCH WE OWNED. No hiding from the reality! So if you ever hear that Obama ran up the biggest debt in history…it’s a lie. He just included what Bush EXCLUDED from the budget for all those years.

  16. August 9, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Good Morning Everyone

    Let’s take a look at some things we can do to improve the situation.

    1. Contact AP and other media sources and complain that the S and P downgrade is not being reported accurately. Chipsticks has a contact the media page found at


    2. During the Congressional recess we need to attend all events that Republicans are holding (town halls, and especially FUND RAISERS, and hold the Republicans responsible for the S and P downgrade. If you can’t make it to an event, you can email, call, write, or tweet everyday about this issue.

    3. The Dems in Congress and President Obama will be pushing for a program called “Making It in America”. There are several bills involved – all of which will boost jobs. We need to show up at the events of Republicans and Democrats and say we support this program. Again, if you can’t make it to an event, you can email, call, write, or tweet everyday about this issue.

    For contact info for your elected officials visit

    One final note, some of the info on this page may be wrong. I have listed the Tea Party folks as R/Tea. A few weeks ago someone on BWDs blog mentioned that I had not identified all the Tea Pary folks, they were correct. I had just listed the folks in the Caucas – not all the folks who identify and vote with the Tea Party. I have since fixed the mistake. If you find an error you can post a comment on the page, or email me at whatisworking@gmail.com

    One final point, since folks are on recess it might be best to call them at their local office. That # is not listed on the page, however if you follow the link to their website (their name takes you to this page), they often have the locations and phone numbers of their office at the bottom of their home page.

    • August 9, 2011 at 11:08 am

      Thanks so much, WIW. I’d love to see more of this here.

    • 166 desertflower
      August 9, 2011 at 11:10 am

      Thanks,WiW…I called Ben Quayle’s office yesterday to see if he had any town halls planned and what the dates were. His staff said that no events were planned at this time….I found that very striking. I’m calling again today and will engage the young staffer:)

      • August 9, 2011 at 11:50 am

        Sometimes you have to be sneaky to find out, maybe get on his email list, look at his website, contact the Republican party in your area and ask about fund raising events. Thanks for your efforts.

        • 168 desertflower
          August 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm

          They asked yesterday if I wanted to be on his email list. I said no…but I’ll call today and say ok. The thought that that ignoramous would ever think I supported him in any way, makes my skin crawl. He’s the one that had a campaign commercial on tv last year, calling out PBO and saying that HE was going to Washington to “kick the hell out of it!” THAT was his commercial. On Tv. Nice guy, huh?

        • August 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm

          Think about that. Why on earth would any American have to be sneaky to find out when a Town Hall was being held? It boggles the mind that even happens in this Country.

  17. 171 carolyn
    August 9, 2011 at 11:06 am

    When I watched the president yesterday, I knew he would be going to Dover. He takes those losses personally. No press doesn’t surprise me either. The “press” will be mad at being excluded, but I think the American people (the thinking ones) will completely understand. If that was my son coming home that way, I would NOT want a gaggle of loud, thoughtless, careless press people there! Good for PBO! He always does the right thing, in spite of the haters and detractors.

    • 172 desertflower
      August 9, 2011 at 11:11 am

      HE does always do the right thing, carolyn. He does at that:)

    • 174 Doris
      August 9, 2011 at 12:41 pm

      Pray for the President today. I know his heart is heavy. Bless him Dear Jesus.

      • August 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm

        ” I am your Shield. No buffer of the world can harm you. Father, allow the President to feel that between all the indignity is a strong shield. Let him practice feeling this until nothing has the power to spoil the inward peace that he carries around each day. Let no lower standard than his faith allows him to believe in is faith each day as he performs his duties as our President andd your beautiful gift to all of us. Father, let each family come and walk with you as they believe in their own spiritual heart what is best for them at this time to feel that gentle and comforting peace for their loss. We thank you for the good that will come out of all of this. Amen

    • 176 theo67
      August 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      I thought the same thing, Carolyn. He looked deeply affected at the end and also indignant that Congress can fail to do its duty, even putting troop paychecks in jeopardy, while those same troops put their very lives in harm’s way every single day – and some sacrifice those very lives.

  18. 177 FiredUpInCA
    August 9, 2011 at 11:19 am

    According to Gallup, Americans a very sick of the GOP:

    “Prior to the elections of 1994, 2006 and 2010 when party control changed hands in the House or Senate, many Americans said incumbents didn’t deserve re-election.

    Now, we’re seeing the highest number of Americans in two decades who agree with that sentiment, spelling another potential “wave” election for 2012, USA Today reports.

    Only 24 percent of all adults surveyed in the USA Today/Gallup poll said most members of Congress deserve re-election “the lowest percentage since Gallup began asking the question in 1991″ the newspaper reports.”


    Let’s review:

    1) This popular President currently occupying the WH has the highest approval ratings of any modern President at this same point in their administration.

    2) The majority of America is sick to death of the politicians that a fearful fringe put into office. According to Gallup, this is the most disgusted the country has been with their incumbents since they started tracking it in 1991.

    3) The economy has been adding an average of 150,000 jobs per month before the debt ceiling issue was settled. Now it’s settled. The stock market is slowly creeping up from the nation’s post-S&P downgrade.

    In short, we’re going to win this thing again. Electoral landslide here we come. Nancy gets the gavel. The tea parties go packing. Yes we can. Yes we must. Yes we will. Again.

    • August 9, 2011 at 12:38 pm

      This is even more reason for Democrats to get behind the President. I can sell my Rep because he’s been supporting the President. If he hadn’t been, then I wouldn’t have an easy time with voters or even volunteers. One of my Senators is up this cycle, too. She hasn’t been as vocal in her support as Patty Murray, but in our surveys thus far she’s still in pretty good shape. I think once people see the alternative and we cast that alternative as being part of the Tea Party, then we’ll be fine.

    • 179 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      August 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      Love your enthusiasm Fired Up. Where did you get your information for your first point? What poll shows PBO as the most popular in modern times at this juncture of his presidency? I love your upbeat post though!! 😉

  19. 180 donna dem 4 obama
    August 9, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I just read this on twitter:

    “I get to man a sound truck to drive through neighborhoods, calling on people to vote.”

    Wisconsin is AWESOME!!!

  20. 183 donna dem 4 obama
    August 9, 2011 at 11:27 am

    OFA is on the ground in Wisconsin

    Mitch Stewart just tweeted “Wishing our volunteers in Wisconsin the very best today!”

  21. August 9, 2011 at 11:40 am

    In addition to supporting the Make It in America bills proposed by Congress, we can make a difference by contacting businesses and sharing our concern that we make things in America.

    Again there are a number of ways we can do this.

    When you go into a store, ask the clerk which items are made in America, if they don’t know ask to speak to the manager. Let the manager know that you would be more likely to buy a product if it was made in the USA.

    Call or write to companies you support and ask them to manufacture in America.

    I have just created a petition to Apple computers – asking them to bring manufacturing home. I am a loyal Mac user and do not intend characterize them as a “bad company”. I would simply suggest that they could help the country, and boost their brands appeal by bringing at least a portion of their manufacturing back to the USA. They could even design a special iPad or iPhone that was labeled Made in USA.


    Thanks in advance to all who take the time to sign the petition and pass it on to others.

  22. 188 cuphalffull
    August 9, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I was just having a conversation about the stock market with a friend and she said she thought the market had been manipulated as another way of making the President’s efforts seem like a failure. She said she had been listening carefully to coverage of various talking heads who suggested this was a “panic” but that she didn’t buy it. She said that she feels the way things are computerized it would not take much for a few key players (Koch Bros anyone) to manipulate the situation so that there would appear to be some sort of negative force on the market. She also said that this will hit many middle class people and that might just be the end that is desired. By taking out the pesky middle class that will complain, organize recall elections, etc. they might reduce our country to those that have absolutely no political power and must work for “bread” and themselves as the controllers of all wealth and power.

    • 189 GGail
      August 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm

      Unless you need cash from your 401k or Stocks, it is highly recommended to just don’t touch it and let this ride out. It is beginning to correct itself as we speak. Panic is not good.

  23. August 9, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Now time for the encouraging stories of the day

    100K New Call Center Jobs to Boost Already-Thriving Business

    The next time you call customer service, ask them where they are located, if it isn’t the US, COMPLAIN!! and mention this article.

    • August 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm

      This is so cool, WiW. I absolutely hate non-U.S. call centers. The people who work there just don’t get it. The one for Virgin Mobile particularly sucks.

  24. August 9, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Go Lisa Jackson

    A “Pro-Business” Gutting Of The EPA Just Makes Life Harder For Businesses


  25. 198 Linda
    August 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    There is a pathetic diary at kos written by Cenk Uyger…here is the last paragraph…….

    If the clever guys at the White House don’t realize they’ve hit their tipping point, they’re in for a rude awakening when that tsunami washes over them. They’re headed into the 30s in the polls and I don’t think they have any clue how to get out of there. They don’t even know that they’re about to hit an iceberg. They think they’re just one more compromise from turning the corner.

    Could you twitterers get him please…



    • 199 desertflower
      August 9, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      I think we call that: PROJECTION!

    • August 9, 2011 at 12:42 pm

      I just sent him a couple of tweets:

      @TheYoungTurks Your bitterness is your own tipping point, eating you up and causing extreme paranoia. WH isn’t focused on you. #mediafail

      @TheYoungTurks is now a Republican again, helping the RWNJ regain power. #GOPFAIL #mediafail

      • 203 utaustinliberal
        August 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm

        Thanks for the info Linda. I also sent him a tweet too Meta. Me thinks someone’s jealous of the fabulous ratings that Rev Al Sharpton gets night after night. If Cenk wants ratings like that, how about he sticks to fact, truth telling, data, grow an intelligent mind, and oh yeah refrain from verbally bullying his guests ala Joe Scarborough style.

        • 204 nintendowii10
          August 9, 2011 at 1:09 pm

          I just don’t understand why the professional left has a fetish to make their own version of Rush Limbaugh. Rush Limbaugh is a fat hateful piece of shit, why the fuck do they want to emulate that… and they have the nerve to say that they represent PBO’s “base.” As far as I recall, PBO’s base from 2008 didn’t use hateful rhetoric or demonize folks that disagreed, so Cenk Uygar, Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann, Ed Shultz, Jane Hamsher, Glenn Greenwald, Adam Green, Cornell West, Tavis Smiley, and the rest of these hateful fuckers of the professional left need to fuck off with their hateful rhetoric and lies.

    • 208 nintendowii10
      August 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      Cenk Uygar is a punk bitch who STILL isn’t over the fact that Rev Al took his show and actually made it relevant. Fuck Uygar and the horse he rode in on, monkey fucker just wants PBO to fail, which makes him no different than Rush Limbaugh!!!! 😡 😡 😡 😡

    • 209 LYNND
      August 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      Still pissed that MSNBC gave him the boot eh?

      • 210 nintendowii10
        August 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm

        Actually MSNBC didn’t give him the boot. They offered him a weekend slot, to which he said no and then preceded to throw this infinitely long temper tantrum blaming PBO for giving him the boot. If that’s the case, why hasn’t PBO gotten rid of Morning Joke, Ed Shultz, and Rachel Maddow? Fucking self centered egotistical professional left douchebag!

    • 211 askew
      August 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      Just ignore Cenk. Giving him or DK traffic makes them look more powerful than they are. Less than 1% of the US population know about DK or Cenk. Let them keep busy talking to the same people while the rest of us concentrate on winning re-election for the pres and take back the House.

    • 212 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      August 9, 2011 at 3:19 pm


    • 213 Eleroy
      August 9, 2011 at 11:11 pm

      Funny that Mr. intelligent Cenk Ugur neglects to mention that not even Reagan or Clinton were polling as high as President Obama is at this point in their presidencies!!!

      President Obama still polls high despite their best efforts to strip him of support and every other crazy man made and natural disaster this presidency has witnessed!!!

      Fuck Cenk!!!

  26. August 9, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Posting this here for you all.. I re-tweeted it from Latoria of Reelect Obama-Biden2012- she picked up on it first.. and I retweeted, Roberta – one of our TODers asked if I’d post it here:


    • 215 MTmarilyn
      August 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      What a great article. He says what I feel. Whenever I hear the right say but we (the left) called George Bush such and such, I want to scream. Bush was never called anything like this President has been. Thanks for sharing!

  27. 216 dotster
    August 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Apropos of nothing, this thought made it through my old brain cells sometime during the night, not sure why. I think the recognition had been making its way to the forefront for weeks, since I first laid eyes on him. But—ta dum!—-Michelle Bachmann’s husband looks exactly like Liberace!—they could be twins!—–if anyone else is old enough to know who that is. He could really play the piano with the candelabra, and he was very flamboyant in style and mannerisms, just like Mr. Michelle.

    • 217 desertflower
      August 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      Yes he does! Good catch, dotster:) Thanks. Now I’ll think of Liberace every time I see him:)

    • 218 askew
      August 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm

      Bwah! He does look like Liberace. That is hysterical. You should tweet that to the Daily Show/Colbert to see if they pick it up. That’s a riot.

    • 219 GGail
      August 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm

      Why yes, yes he does! I had that inkling too when I saw him dancing with Bachman, but I couldn’t place who it was that he resembled. Thanks dotster for clearing the fog in my remembrance! PRICELESS!

    • 220 Sue in Minnesota
      August 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      I refer to him as ‘Spanky’ after watching the Second City parody of him and Michelle. His dance sequence at the end, 1..2..kick ball change is permanently etched in my mind. 😀

      In seriousness, I wish every human being that is gay could be openly, and freely themselves. Secrets have a way of twisting and torturing our beings.

    • 221 MTmarilyn
      August 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      He does and that is sad because I love Liberace!

  28. August 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Good Morning Chipsticks and my TOD Family:

    Went to bed late and up early this morning. Grateful to be alive. Feeling fine for those of you who are so kind in your concerns for my health. I am a fighter in all ways. I just finishing writing the President, VP, Presidents Advisors, and thank the President for surrounding himself with such great young and old staff members. I thanked him for his words yesterday, and I told him that we all saw the pain and hurt in his face as well as his presence when he entered the room to speak. I told him how proud that we are of his leadership in these difficult times, but we are here for him and his Cabinet. I thanked him for taking his message from different departments such as the one from Melody Barnes, Director of WH Domestic Policy and Sec. of Education, Arne Duncan, and Hilda Solis(my Cali lady also). I also thanked him for the days when he gives us that milion dollar smile, that holding hands with our beautiful First Lady, the laughter and humor that he allows us to see him share with our First Daughters and other friends. I told him how we at TOD have his back and we love him for all of his hard work. And I told him how much we appreciate his compassion for our military and thanked him for the great work that First Lady Michelle and Dr. Biden are doing for our military families. I told him that we could see the pain and hurt that he shouwed when sharing with us about the loss of lives in that mission this past weekend. I thanked him for ALL that he does for America and the world daily. And I said that we will and are working to re-elect him by keeping our blog positive, coming up with ideas in which we can workably help him in any way that is possible with our individual and collective ways. I also thanked him for Pete Souza who keeps us smiling and crying at times when we see the lovely, serius, and comforting photos of him daily. I told him that we use our individual spiritual choices to lift him up, in prayers, meditations, to send good and positive loving energies out to him. And then I called the WH and spoke with a beautiful young lady and I expressed to her our thanks for all that each one of them do daily for the President to keep the WH moving in a positive directions even though they experience negative setbacks. But I deeply expressed(with some tears) how much we love him, support him, have his back, and that we appreciate her and everyone who help make that WH work for him and the people he serve. She was so grateful, and so humbly. Let us do more of that. She really thank me for taking the time to let them know that we care out here and that we appreciate everything they do daily for him and for us. Very sweet and gracious young lady.(And I know the typical okay , lady etc. that is nice), no that this Whitehouse. President Obama has set the bar, and it is a very high and very loving and professional one. Trust me. Now I am off to find the rest of my list of things to do to help our President and others around the country who need us. I have another post, but I do not want to put it in these remarks because of its nature. I love you all back very much, HZ

    • 223 utaustinliberal
      August 9, 2011 at 1:09 pm

      Rock on HZ. May the good Lord continue to keep you safe, healthy, and blessed. I’m sure the WhiteHouse was happy to receive such a grateful, warm, and touching phonecall; especially after the horrid three months they had over the debt deal, and now the S&P downgrade and the deaths of our fallen heroes. Hope you have a peaceful day. 😀

    • August 9, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      You are so choking me up, right here.

    • 225 desertflower
      August 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm

      You are a true Godsend, HZ. A most kind and loving human being…I’m so glad that you are here for all of us. A giant hug to you and hope you are feeling better every day.

    • 226 GGail
      August 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      Bless you HZ! You are so caring. Thank you for your contributions here at TOD 🙂

    • 227 MTmarilyn
      August 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      HZ you are amazing!!!! Thanks for including all of us too.

    • 228 Sue in Minnesota
      August 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      And I love you. You bless us with your inspirational spirit HZ. And you are a soldier of great fortitude. You impress me positively with every word you write. Thanks for being you, for being part of us and for representing us to the White House with such grace. You are a treasure.

    • 229 Eleroy
      August 10, 2011 at 5:51 am

      You are a beautiful human being HZ!!!

      I will follow your wonderful example and also call the WH to register our support, gratitude and faith in the President!!!

      You ROCK HZ!!!

  29. 230 nintendowii10
    August 9, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    As far as Perry joining the race, LET HIM!!!! I hope he wins the nomination so that PBO can effectively say “We just got rid of a Texas Republican 4 years ago who caused us eight years of misery, do you really want 4 years of that shit in the Oval Office?”

    Of course PBO being PBO will say that in a much more respectful manner. 😉

    I’m not worried about Perry at all, it will be so easy for PBO to make him out to be a George W. Bush Texas Republican, and folks are STILL not forgetting the pain his wrath did to this country, despite the MSM wanting to forget Bush’s epic failure.

    Heck, the Bush folks hate Perry because he reminds them so much of Bush, and I’ve heard that Rove n Co are doing their best to swiftboat him.

    Perry will be nothing. The MSM may say he has “swagger,” but he doesn’t have the swagger of PBO. PBO got those Somali pirates, Osama bin Laden, and he swatted that fly, can Perry say he could have done those things and then some?

    The media saying Perry has “swagger” is just them getting nostalgia for the days Bush was in office, when he would make jokes about terrorists that they found funny, even though he did nothing BUT fuck shit up, and they have the nerve to blame his fuck ups on PBO and consistently demand why he hasn’t fixed everything yet. Fuck em all royally! 😡 😡 😡 😡

    • 231 utaustinliberal
      August 9, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      As a sane Texan, I sooooo badly want him to run and maybe win the nomination so that we can get Bill White (D) as our new Governor. He was fabulous as the Mayor of Houston, is an all around nice gentleman, threw his support behind a female lesbian democrat when others were maligning her and now Houston has a lesbian democrat Mayor. freeeeeaking sweeeeeet!

      When Perry runs; all PBO has to point out is the $27 billion deficit Texas is in. Job creating Governor my ass. He cut funding for education by over $4 billion, used the stimulus money (part of which was meant for education) to try and close the budget and that failed. Refused to allow educators to reform Texas public schools so that we could get the money Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D) secured for our schools. Now schools are having to scramble to stretch their limited funds for the school year, Medicaid funds were draconially cut. Plus he’s in bed with very shady big money financiers. Not to mention his close ties to evangelical pastor John Hagee of the Catholics are going to hell because we worship a false god, Hurricane Katrina was God purging the world of the multitudes of black sinners who make New Orleans their home and all the slurs leveled at the LGBT community. Run Perry Run. Jerk.

      • 232 desertflower
        August 9, 2011 at 1:26 pm

        I KNOW! If Perry is their new shiny object…I say Bring IT! What a hot mess that guy is.

      • 233 nospin
        August 9, 2011 at 8:47 pm

        I sooooo badly want him to run and maybe win the nomination so that we can get Bill White (D) as our new Governor.


    • August 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      I’ve already seen a “Read my lips, no new Texans” quip floating around ready for Perry.

  30. 237 Tulips
    August 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    STeve Harvey and the crew tell it like it is, about tavis and west. click on all three megaphones to here. Steve Harvey and To m joyner is not having their mess. http://www.v103.com/pages/sh.html?article=8939870

  31. 248 desertflower
    August 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Keep digging that hole!!! http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_08/public_support_for_gop_plummet031409.php Personally, I think people are beginning to pay attention and I also think that we should take a step back and not stand in the way of progress…they are kicking their OWN asses, and I say let them! People will just get wiser and wiser…there is not one middle class family left untouched by their greed and reckless endangerment.

    • 249 nintendowii10
      August 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      Yet the professional left keeps on saying that PBO is losing to the Republicans, they keep on believing the BS from the corporate mainstream media.

      PBO doesn’t need to listen to these cranks in the professional left, he needs to continue being his adult mature self and keep on calling for compromise, which allows the independent voters to see that he’s above the fray and the Republicans are the radicals. The professional left continues to seek short term personal gratification over long term strategy, which is why they want PBO to be the angry black man. Well if they want an angry black man, they can support Hermain Cain who is DEAD LAST in GOP polling, and that shows you how far the angry black man gets you in American politics.

      • 250 desertflower
        August 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm


      • 251 theo67
        August 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm

        The professional left are in their own bubble, a self-reinforcing echo chamber. They ignore the President’s appeals for them to get out of the bubble and listen to the American people, and they’ll be mighty shocked that the people are on a completely different page from the media and GOP – but the exact same page as President Obama. I think that day the servers crashed shocked some of them.

    • 252 Linda
      August 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      Ha !

      PuffingtonHost blocks that link… I tried 3 times

    • 253 donna dem 4 obama
      August 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm

      We have a lot of work ahead for us. The Tpubs in coordination with our corp. owned media do a great job of keeping the public in constant confusion. We, the supporters on the ground make two steps forward and along comes some manufactured crisis that takes us one step backward. This keeps us constantly trying to keep people engaged and involved instead of growing the base. These polls ask the question how do you feel about Congress in general and they get extraordinarily high disapproval numbers but when they change the question to how to you feel about YOUR congresspersons the numbers change remarkably. The last poll done by CBS showed that 51% of the country approve of their Congressperson and WOULD re-elect them. So you see the public may have an overall negative opinion of Congress but they haven’t really lost faith in THEIR congressperson as of yet. Like I said we have a lot of work to do convincing them that the tpubs don’t share their interest. It’s gonna be an uphill battle but I am noways tired yet 🙂

  32. August 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Polling clerks in Wi are reporting high turnout saying it’s Governor election levels, while others say it’s even Presidential election levels. While I always like high turn out as it means people are talking part and owning their votes, in these red districts a high turn out doesn’t bode well for the good guys.

    I believe I read a stat where 20-25% of union members were/vote Republican in Wisconsin. I guess we have to hang our hopes on them and their friends and families turning out to vote Dem, probably for the first time in their lives for many of them. This is why the GOP candidates tried desperately to nationalize it, to try and sway back the Republican union member to vote for their “team” over their own interest.

    Police and firefighters were not targeted by Walker and Co. but then went in with the other public unions, so if GOP keeps the majority you know Walker will go after them next. Police and FF both endorsed Walker in 2010.

    Also the changes that Walker and Co made, they inserted language that it would need 2/3rds majority in State House and Senate to over turn – that’s shady shit given they pass it with a 3 vote majority and then force a super majority to undo it.

    • August 9, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      There’s still time to help with the Wisconsin recalls even if you don’t live in Wisconsin.


      Wisconsin Democrats are fired up and have been working hard. They’ve been doing a great job. A wonderful job! People in Wisconsin are aware of the issues more than ever. The Democrats aren’t going to give up.

      We are not helpless. There is still time to help get out the vote.

      • August 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm

        They’ve done an amazing job, having to fight up hill the whole way – in terms of getting the recalls in red districts, against the established incumbent in the red districts, being outspent 6-to-1 in outside money with the GOP candidates already having name cache and volunteer machines from past elections.

  33. 257 Ladyhawke
    August 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm


    Overriding a Key Education Law

    Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced that he will unilaterally override the centerpiece requirement of the No Child Left Behind school accountability law, that 100 percent of students be proficient in math and reading by 2014.

    The administration’s plan amounts to the most sweeping use of executive authority to rewrite federal education law since Washington expanded its involvement in education in the 1960s.

    Conservatives said it could inflame relations with Republicans in the House who want to reduce, not expand, the federal footprint in education. But Mr. Duncan and White House officials described their plan as offering crucial relief to state and local educators as the No Child law, which President George W. Bush signed in 2002, comes into increasing conflict with more recent efforts to raise academic standards.

    The law made its focus the use of standardized test scores in schools, particularly those serving minority students.



    Providing Our Schools Relief from No Child Left Behind



    Press Briefing with Melody Barnes and Secretary Arne Duncan


  34. August 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Just gotta say, people who choose not to watch the same toxic message every day from the same MSM blowhards, it’s not about wanting to be ignorant.

  35. August 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm


    Analyst: US not heading for double-dip recession
    By Alex Sundby

    (CBS News) A day after the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted more than 600 points for its worst day in more than two years, a financial analyst said on CBS’ “The Early Show” Tuesday that he doesn’t think the United States is heading for a double-dip recession and expressed confidence that the economy will improve.

    “The economy has its troubles, no doubt,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, told CBS News correspondent Rebecca Jarvis from Austin, Texas. “The stock market’s decline is certainly very disconcerting to watch, but we’re in a much better place than we were a year ago, two years ago, three years ago. We’ve made a lot of progress, and I think ultimately that will shine through.”

    The Dow closed 634.76 points down Monday, the first day markets were open after Standard & Poor’s downgraded its rating for U.S. long-term debt from its highest AAA rating to AA+ for the first time in its history.
    Zandi emphasized the importance of maintaining confidence in the economic climate and discouraged the kind of panic that contributed to Monday’s sell-off…..

    • August 9, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      Good news. Thanks.

    • 262 desertflower
      August 9, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      Yes…and now there’s “Breaking News” that the stock market is rebounding…as my husband tells his clients…when it’s down, that means “buy more”…which is EXACTLY what they’re all doing:)

  36. August 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Dems go on offense in Iowa to counter the Ames Straw Poll. Good messaging about making the Rs look extreme: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/175817-democrats-plan-weeklong-blitz-in-iowa-to-counter-gop-straw-poll

  37. 264 carolyn
    August 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Perry will be the media’s new shiny darling for a while. Remember Trump, Huntsman, Bachmann, even Romney? None of them last…they are all cardboard and hollow. Perry, who is governor of the state next door to me, is, in my daughter-in-law’s words, “an ass!” She’s a native Texan and sees what he’s done to the state. The high point in Texas was Anne Richards,;since Bush and now Perry it’s been downhill. They used to have an education system…..public 1-12 and college that was the envy of the surrounding area. Not any more! They’ve gotten religion mixed up in educational decisions, and are perverting science and history in their textbooks. I cringe when I think what my grandchildren will be taught. Perry is truly an intellectual neanderthal (my apologies to Neanderthals!) His record in Texas is awful, and that won’t take long to come to light. I know Texans would love to get rid of him, but not by making him president. They should vote him out!!!!
    Any governor who agreed that his state should secede from the Union is a traitor!!!

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