69 Responses to “‘a lot of reasons not to elect them’”

  1. 1 Fred
    September 23, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Chip do mind putting Politifact on this site please? http://www.politifact.com/texas/

  2. 2 Fred
    September 23, 2011 at 8:22 am

    “We know that President Obama stole over $500 billion out of Medicare to switch it over to Obamacare.”
    Michele Bachmann on Monday, September 12th, 2011 in the CNN/Tea Party Express debate in Tampa

    The jobs bill includes “President Obama’s tax on soup kitchens” Eric Cantor on Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 in a blog post


  3. 4 COS
    September 23, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Chips you are fast and furious this morning. So are the Dems with this nice ad. I love it. 🙂

  4. 5 Fred
    September 23, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Rick Perry Campaign: He Never Said Social Security Is Unconstitutional!

    PERRY: I don’t think our founding fathers when they were putting the term “general welfare” in there were thinking about a federally operated program of pensions nor a federally operated program of health care. What they clearly said was that those were issues that the states need to address.

    BREAKING: Perry Says He Hasn’t ‘Backed Off Anything’ In His Book, Still Thinks Social Security Is Unconstitutional

  5. 6 Sukey
    September 23, 2011 at 8:43 am

    And the House passed a bill with inadequate money for the disasters and more cuts to jobs programs. They are out of control.

  6. 7 Ladyhawke
    September 23, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I think this is one of the most effective ads I have seen from the DNC. It is absolutely devastating. It gets right to the heart of the matter by using the Republicans themselves to make the case against their own party. Just brilliant.

  7. 9 Kyle
    September 23, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Happy friday! felt good donating to PBO earlier this week. he’s certainly earned my paltry contribution time and again. I’ve been trying to contact my local slimeball congressman erik paulsen, but have yet to receive any response to my question: what jobs bill does/has the congressman supported this congress? since he ran on a jobs platform, one would think he’d have a ready answer for that….

  8. September 23, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Oh good ad… I love they have it coming from the repubs own mouths: “there are a lot reasons not to elect a lot of people on this stage” Indeed there are. A more detestable group I’ve never seen.. and don’t even get me started on the scary folk who cheer them on from the audience.

  9. September 23, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Good Morning TOD family

    Great to catch up after a long day at work yesterday.

    I received an email yesterday from Jim Messina

    Linda —

    Today, President Obama stood on the Brent Spence Bridge that connects Ohio to Kentucky and spoke about how the American Jobs Act could help rebuild that bridge and thousands like it, and put construction workers and manufacturers back to work.

    It has been exactly two weeks since President Obama proposed the American Jobs Act — a fully paid-for plan made up of ideas that both parties have endorsed in the past and ought to be able to get behind now. A wide majority of Americans who have heard about the Jobs Act want to see it passed right away.

    But Congress has yet to take any action on it whatsoever.

    There’s no excuse for any more delays. The President is out there bringing this plan straight to the American people. It’s on us to help put the pressure on Congress.

    House Speaker John Boehner — who will be leading the Republicans in negotiations — needs to hear what Americans like you think.

    Call Speaker Boehner’s office now at (202) 225-0600 — tell him not to let politics get in the way of creating jobs, and ask him to help make sure Congress passes the American Jobs Act.

    Then click here to let us know how it went.

    President Obama this week also outlined his plan to pay for the bill while still reducing our deficit. At the heart of the plan is the Buffett Rule, a commonsense principle that would require people earning more than $1 million a year to pay the same share of their income in taxes as middle-class families do.

    If that’s a proposal you think makes sense, it’s time to let John Boehner hear it.

    Republicans have responded to the plan with more cries of “class warfare,” a term that apparently applies when the President asks millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share but not when Republicans cut urgently needed programs for middle-class families.

    As the President said, this isn’t class warfare — it’s simple math. If we want to reduce the deficit and put America back to work, we can’t put the entire burden on the middle class. But we know that’s exactly what congressional Republicans will do if we don’t take action — decimate programs seniors and families rely on, while protecting every loophole and giveaway for billionaires and big corporations.

    None of us have time to sit around and wait while our lawmakers dig in for a political fight when there are reasonable solutions for creating jobs on the table right now.

    As the President told Congress more a week ago, “this plan is the right thing to do right now. You should pass it. And I intend to take that message to every corner of this country. And I ask every American who agrees to lift your voice: Tell the people who are gathered here tonight that you want action now. Tell Washington that doing nothing is not an option. Remind us that if we act as one nation and one people, we have it within our power to meet this challenge.”

    He was talking to us, so let’s do our job. Call John Boehner in Washington now — and tell him it’s time to pass this jobs bill.



    Jim Messina
    Campaign Manager
    Obama for America

    So… let’s do it.

    Donna, you led us on the charge last Friday, I am ready to do it again.

    Boehner, John A. @SpeakerBoehner (202) 225-6205

  10. 13 Valerie
    September 23, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Love this video…Willard Mitt Romney lies or changes his mind at the drop of hat. Geesh 😦

  11. September 23, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    Just saw this unbelievable stomach churning release:

    Clinton Book Coming in November
    Bill Clinton’s latest book, Back to Work, “will be released this November, and will offer solutions to some of America’s most pressing problems,” CNN reports.

    Clinton will provide “specific recommendations on how we can put people back to work, increase bank lending and corporate investment, double our exports, restore our manufacturing base, and create new businesses.”

    Clinton has published two previous books since he left office: an autobiography My Life, and a book on public service, Giving.


    There are no words.

    • September 23, 2011 at 9:41 am

      Wow… how ‘good’ of him to write a book on how to save us all.. but darn we gotta wait til November AND pay him for that all important info. No wonder he’s been all over tv playing his games: $$$$$$$$$

      I agree there really are no words. That black President sure has brought out the white in a lotta folks.

      • 16 Tally
        September 23, 2011 at 9:42 am

        Makes me seriously want to slap these people.

        • September 23, 2011 at 9:44 am

          G’morning Tally, nice to see you 🙂 have a lovely friday… to all of us ~

          • 18 utaustinliberal
            September 23, 2011 at 10:21 am

            No wonder he’s been flapping his gums on every freaking news station and undermining President Obama and his policies even after PBO did him the courtesy of speaking at the CGI. Just disgusting.

      • September 23, 2011 at 9:44 am

        Has this ever happened before in our history? A former president writing a book about how to run our country while a President from the same party is in office? Does he ever think about anything other than self-aggrandizement?

        • September 23, 2011 at 9:52 am

          I doubt it – has ever happened before… my memory of ex-presidents is that they generally go quietly.. or stick to their own private ‘good works’. I dunno what kind of ego/arrogance is at play with Clinton, he’s always been someone I had very mixed feelings about… he’s a dem thus I supported him, but he’s a trashy fellow imo and as we all know clearly- lying ain’t above or below his character.

          I honestly believe that there are things at play here for many of these caucasian men that even they seem to be unaware of: their sense of power/potentcy seems to be in jeopardy- by their actions imo- by this very potent President we have. There is – also imo- a real penis envy sorta behavior all over the atmosphere from these males- not only (but majorly) white males of ‘power’. There is hardly an explanation for Clinton to do this.. other than of course the obvious first thing: money.. and the rest has got to include ego/arrogance/rivalry… and the very small size of his d**k.

          None of these folks are however, Barack Obama.. and therein lies their problem/challenge/issue~ 😉

        • 21 Tally
          September 23, 2011 at 10:16 am

          I see no problem, since it will most likely reaffirm everything PBO is trying to do.

          The Big Dog is on our side, as much as some on the Right are trying to convince us all otherwise. Don’t fall for thier divisive propaganda.

          • September 23, 2011 at 11:53 am

            I’m not feeling he’s on our side, Tally. I respect your opinion but he’s made pubic statements during very difficult moments that directly counter what PBO has in mind. I understand differing opinions are healthy, but PBO is being hit from all sides and Clinton is often just plain wrong. It’s a cheap discourtesy that could easily be avoided as is traditionally expected. To go out of your way to write a book to proffer opinions about policy when he is not the President nor does he hold a cabinet or official position, is really playing it way too hard. Just my opinion but I’m very, very topped out on him.

            • 23 theo67
              September 23, 2011 at 11:41 pm

              I agree with you – the media is going to go crazy having him on every show and trying to frame his opinions as criticism of President Obama. This is very wrong, and I’ll never forgive Clinton for doing this. It’s just a bridge too far – way out of line.

        • 24 57andFemale
          September 23, 2011 at 11:14 am

          No. He doesn’t.

          Anyone who thinks Bill or Hillary Clinton are some bastions of liberal thought and action is delusional. They talk good during campaigns and then comfortably live to the right of center, at best. The firebaggers think Hillary was going to pick Howard Ziinn, Cornel West or Robert Kuttner as advisors is seriously delusional.

          Imagine if Bill Clinton had actually fixed anything that Reagan put in motion? Now, the times were different. There was a backlash against Democratic memes and the country was ready to at least try a more Republican appraoch. But Clinton put privatization on steroids. He did not reverse the abandonment of anti-trust, in fact he did a great deal of harm allowing for the deregulation of the media in the Telecom bill. Welfare ‘reform’. Other than the tax pushback for deficit reduction, Bill Clinton’s presidency is only known for riding a wave of a good economy (that most likely would have happened anyway), and turning over American government to Republicans because of his lack of personal control.

          By all means. Lecture away, Bill Clinton.

          • September 23, 2011 at 1:06 pm

            Amen. The more I learn the more I get pissed off that they think Clinton is better.

          • 26 nathkatun7
            September 23, 2011 at 6:37 pm

            Well said! I have a very simple question: Why didn’t Bill Clinton write books, when George W. Bush was president, offering solutions on how to fix the economy, or how to fix Bush’s disastrous foreign policy? Clinton was completely silent about Bush’s policies. I am sorry, but I think Bill Clinton is still sore that his wife is not the President. He may also be trying to show that he was a better President than President Obama. But, as you said, “his lack of personal control” that dragged the Presidency into the gutter will forever stein his presidency. So far, he is one of the two presidents in history who was impeached and was almost removed from office. Nixon would have been the third, but he resigned before the full House voted on impeachment. People now forget that half of the Senate (50 senators), , including his buddy, John McCain, voted to remove Bill Clinton from office. Obviously I strongly opposed his impeachment. Nevertheless, no matter what Bill Clinton does with all his books, history will never regard President Clinton as a great President because of that stein of having been impeached by the House of Representatives.

      • September 23, 2011 at 10:25 am

        I agree Sherijr. We are not suffering from ideas. PBO and his team have lots of ideas, but he is working with a do nothing repug congress. Does Clinton have any ideas on getting the do nothing repugs to act on good ideas?

    • September 23, 2011 at 9:56 am

      This will start to relieve all doubts, that this man, and I refuse to call him President Clinton, has a score to settle!

      • September 23, 2011 at 10:42 am

        To that end I would repeat again, given the entrenched opposition from the GOP and lame cooperation he gets from some on our side, lesser men would have fallen on their faces long time ago. But resiliency runs deep in PBO’s core, hence we are truly blessed to have him.

        We just have to keep fighting the good fight, setting the record straight, and doing the ground work to get PBO in the White House for a second term.

        The other things will take care of themselves. PBO continues to live above everything that’s come his way. Not one to beat his chest about things, he will prevail.

        For lots of people on the other hand, history won’t be so kind. Whether it is the people that seek to enrich themselves off his good name or those that seek to get a leg up on him or those that simply want to see him fail.

        The time is NOW for PBO. Personally, I see no other before him or now that can or would have withstood the barrage of ugly thrown his way. Not to mention, he’s got US!! We’ve got his back!! And that counts for a lot.

    • 33 Claire
      September 23, 2011 at 10:06 am

      The only book Clinton should write is how I gave the country gwshrub because I had to do an intern in the WH. There should also be a chapter on how I turned my back on the ONLY members of the base who continued to support me….African Americans.

      • 34 L3
        September 23, 2011 at 10:39 am

        Truth. I said the same thing on a thread yesterday. The election never would have been close enough to steal had he kept it in his pants. W. could not have run a campaign to restore honor and integrity to the Oval Office if Clinton had exhibited honor and integrity in the Oval Office. He’s such a bastard.

      • September 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm

        Al Gore, Jeb Bush, Kathy Hughes and The Supreme Court did more to give the country to Shrub then anything Clinton did.

        • 36 L3
          September 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm

          Clinton got a blow job in the Oval Office and lied about it prompting the idiot Republicans to impeach him. That along with him lying to the American people about “that woman, Ms. Lewinsky” dragged this country through the mud for almost two years. Nothing tops that. Al Gore should have coasted to election and Jeb Bush and the Supreme Court would never have had an opprtunity to steal the election. Thanks alot Bill, for NOTHING! (I don’t know who Kathy Hughes is or what she had to do with the election, unless you’re talking about Karen Hughes, in which case I still don’t recall what her role was.)

          • September 23, 2011 at 4:11 pm

            Nope. The people that voted against Gore could care less what Clinton did they still were not going to vote for Gore. Big Al was the one who made it tougher than it had to be. He couldn’t even win his own home state. Clinton even after the scandal remained wildly popular among democrats. Kathy Hughes was the person in charge of counting votes in Florida who just happened to be on Shrub’s campaign staff.

            • 38 L3
              September 23, 2011 at 4:55 pm

              We’ll have to agree to disagree. You are always going to have people who will vote democratic or republican come hell or high water, but those people generally do not decide elections. It is the persuadeable voter who decides elections and part of the reason Gore did not win his home state is because Tennessee was and is relatively conservative and voters believed that Gore’s very public defense of Clinton during that scandal meant that he no longer represented Tennessee’s conservative democratic values. I believe he lost TN by less than 4%. Gore was tainted by Bill’s nasty behavior with the persuadeable voter. There are still people who find extramarital sex in the Oval Office appalling. I am a Democrat and I found it appalling, just not impeachable.

              It is the very reason I supported Sen. Obama from beginning to end in the primaries. I did not want Hillary to win for many reasons but first and foremost of all reasons was I did not want that bastard, Bill Clinton, anywhere near the White House ever again and that was before they revealed how nasty they both could be toward another Democrat during the primaries. Many of the attacks against Senator Obama in the primaries were started by desperate Clintonites. So now we have people left and right slamming President Obama with attacks rooted in the primaries. I did not trust Hillary to be vice-president for obvious reasons and did not want her in the cabinet although I understand why the President selected her. I am generally quiet about the two-headed Clinton monster until they and their minons do and say things to undermine my President. When that happens all I can say is Houston, we have a problem.

            • 43 nathkatun7
              September 23, 2011 at 6:44 pm

              “Nope. The people that voted against Gore could care less what Clinton did they still were not going to vote for Gore.” Where is your evidence? By the way, Al Gore received more popular vote than Clinton! In 1992, only 43% of Americans voted for Clinton. In 1996, he received 49.1% of the popular vote. Bill Clinton never won the majority of Americans. Al Gore won the majority of Americans. Clinton should write a book paying homage to Ross Perot!

    • 45 L3
      September 23, 2011 at 10:30 am

      I have grown to despise Clinton since the 08 primaries. His sociopathic need to be publicly loved and adored is pathetic. I know he still holds a grudge against the President for daring to have the temerity to run for president and I do not trust him or his democratic cronies in the media and D.C. and while Hillary has been a good Secretary of State (as much as an outside observer can glean) I don’t trust her either. In his mind her election would have been a third term for him having squaundered much of his presidency due to his own immoral and disgusting behavior. For her, it would have been history and the ultimate reward for suffering the humiliation of staying married to a serial adulterer all in an effort to protect his political career (hers too).

      The two of them and all their allies showed thier asses in the most despicable way during the 08 primaries. I was not personally involved and I’m not over it so I know they aren’t over it either because they were personally involved. Bill has become like Republicans believing they are entitled to the presidency. Almost all of the democratic attacks against the President are coming from Clintonites. I wish someone in the media maybe Rev. Al or Randi would explore this on their shows. Most people probably wouldn’t touch this topic because it is explosive. Think about it, Democrats lead by a former Democratic President sabatoaging the presidency and re-election of the current Democratic President who by the way just happens to be the first African American President. Believe it. It’s true and if successful will destroy the Democratic Party, the country and God forbid the world.

      When I learned that President Obama was going to speak at the Clinton Global Initative all I could think is the man is a saint and far bigger than I could ever be. This country and the Democrtatic Party does not deserve him.

    • 47 theo67
      September 23, 2011 at 11:35 pm

      Unless his book tells us how to make the GOP stop obstructing, stop trying to destroy the President at any expense – then he should keep his advice to deliver behind closed doors, directly to the President – if he asks for it. There’s only one President at a time!

  12. 48 Tally
    September 23, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Bonjour everyone!

    Just a reminder to set your DVRs for this NOT TO BE MISSED HBO documentary –
    The Strange History of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell


    September 23, 2011 at 9:41 am


  14. September 23, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I just checked @maddow & @ltdanchoi timelines & so far not one peep about the travesty against gays at last night’s GOP debate. Hello?

    • 53 57andFemale
      September 23, 2011 at 9:56 am

      Well, to hear Dan Choi’s rambling on Thom Hartmann yesterday, the only threat to gays in this country is the Obama administration. He’s doing everything he can to discredit the administration and see to it that gays either don’t vote in 2012 or vote Republican, from what I can tell.

      If you want details on his latest beef, all the ‘facts’ are at firedoglake. Need I say more?

      I was literally screaming at the radio in my car.

      • 54 Tally
        September 23, 2011 at 10:09 am

        That’s because he knows that if any GOP is elected, they will immediately resend the DADT repeal. Then he can be back in the spotlight with something to bitch about.

        The repeal of DADT isn’t a victory for Lt Dan. It has made him irrelevant.

      • 56 desertflower
        September 23, 2011 at 10:22 am

        When Thom said “My guest is Lt. Dan Choi.”…I turned it off.

        • 57 JoJothecat
          September 23, 2011 at 10:31 am

          When Stephanie Miller goes off the air I turn off Thom Hartmann show. I can’t stomach him anymore. Then at noon, I turn on Randi Rhoads. I think Randi is gone today, she’s in NY giving a speech I think, so Nicole will be on, I guess I won’t we listening today.

          • 58 theo67
            September 23, 2011 at 11:50 pm

            I’m with you – although, I’ve recently stopped listening to Stephanie Miller, too. I can’t stand the PL she has on her show, even though she is very much a supporter of President Obama. But they spend way too much time replaying everything that the right wing does, and bashing the President without offering any realistic,constructive comments. I don’t need that first thing in the morning. I listen to NPR now, and Randi Rhodes (except when she has Nicole Sanders) – and that’s it. I have very little tolerance these days.

    • September 23, 2011 at 9:56 am

      Yeah.. I guess its okay if you’re a republican…

      The only folks who I have seen give any push back are the ‘gay republicans’ who demanded apparently an apology from only Santorum.. who apparently (read on twitter) did apologize to the soldier. But I’ve read nothing thus far about the abhorrent behavior of all the candidates, the fox media folk or at the audience who gleefully booed this young man. crickets.

  15. 60 dotster3
    September 23, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Will wonders never cease? The AP fact-checking Repub lies at the debate??? It’s almost shocking to see some integrity in the news biz. There has been zero pushback on all the Repub fabrications they have been spouting for months. Look, ma, journalism!

  16. 61 Claire
    September 23, 2011 at 10:01 am

    The only reason anyone would vote repub is because they are stupid, ignorant and/ or racists. Anyone who is honest knows this is the truth.

  17. 62 desertflower
    September 23, 2011 at 10:20 am

    OK. I know…the link brings you all to hell….but it is a must read. ESPECIALLY because of where it comes from! Heard about it on Stephanie Miller’s Show this morning and thought I’d check it out. Only one complaint…wish it was longer:)
    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/09/23/sex-lies-and-immigration-more-gop-candidates-talk-more-out-touch-appear/ Read, and get out quick…so you don’t catch some disease!

  18. September 23, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Thanks for sharing. I, too, just heard it on Stephanie’s show. Was in the shower :). Was afraid I would forget by the time I got out so really happy you shared it.

  19. 68 gcwp1
    September 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    “And the best reason not to elect us. We make statements explaining why we should not be elected that can be taken out of context and made into ads for the opposition. We are THAT stupid.”

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