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talk up

TPM: With President Obama’s jobs package facing a handful of Democratic defections in the Senate, the White House released a letter from 16 Democratic governors who are standing squarely behind the bill in a last-ditch lobbying blitz before the Tuesday night vote.

… the Democratic governors who signed onto the letter to House and Senate leaders are urging Congress to swiftly pass the American Jobs Act…

…. The signers include: Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, California Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr., New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. John P. deJongh, Jr., Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, Washington, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.

Democratic governors not signing the letter are:

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (Contact)

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (Contact)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (Contact)

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (Contact)

Democratic Senators who could oppose the bill Tuesday night include:

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (ContactTwitter)

and

Montana Sen. Jon Tester (Contact)

Full post here

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Steve Benen: The Senate will take up the American Jobs Act tonight, and no one needs a crystal ball to know the bill won’t come close to getting 60 votes. But let’s take a moment to mention exactly what will be voted on tonight.

This is not a vote on final passage of the bill. It’s not even a cloture vote to end debate so that there can be a vote on final passage. Tonight, rather, is on the motion to proceed…..

In effect, what the Senate will vote on tonight is whether they can have a debate on the jobs bill. That’s all this is, a vote to allow a discussion. Republicans will, of course, filibuster the motion to proceed….

When members of the Democratic caucus – Ben Nelson, Joe Manchin, and Joe Lieberman – vote with Republicans tonight, they’re not only rejecting a credible jobs bill, they’re also rejecting an opportunity to talk about a credible jobs bill. Republicans and conservative Dems are, as a practical matter, saying that the notion of even debating the American Jobs Act is so offensive, they can’t even allow members to begin the discussion…..

Full post here

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Kevin Drum (Mother Jones): Greg Sargent rounds up reaction to the possibility that “moderate” Senate Democrats will sink Obama’s jobs bill:

Obama has done what skittish Senate Dems and their aides asked him to do – he has waged a public campaign to build support for his proposals. Have we already forgotten that only a few short months ago, the papers were filled with quotes from anonymous Dems complaining that Obama had failed to (a) focus on jobs; and (b) use the bully pulpit to rally public support for job-creation proposals?

By any measure, Obama has addressed those complaints. As ABC News polling director Gary Langer put it the other day, Obama proved that “it’s possible to move the bar” when it comes to public opinion on jobs. And yet, now that Dems have finally made that pivot to jobs and are finally fighting it out on turf favorable to themselves; now that Obama has shown it’s possible to move public opinion in the direction of his proposals, despite his low approval numbers; and now that Obama and Dem leaders are hoping to use GOP opposition to the jobs bill to cast the GOP as the number one enemy of progress on the economy, a handful of moderate Dems are still prepared to help Republicans muddy those waters.

It is truly astonishing. Finally, Democrats have a chance to demonstrate a sharp, clear, popular difference with Republicans, and even then they can’t manage to stand together and look like an actual governing party….

…. Even on a purely symbolic bill (since the House isn’t going to pass it anyway), Democrats can’t manage to get their act together. What a bunch of morons.

Full post here

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President Obama speaks at a campaign fundraising event in Orlando, Florida, October 12

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President Obama sits down for a beer with unemployed construction workers at The Harp and Celt Irish Bar in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 11

13News

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President Obama’s statement on the Senate’s vote Tuesday on his proposed American Jobs Act:

“Tonight, a majority of United States Senators voted to advance the American Jobs Act. But even though this bill contains the kind of proposals Republicans have supported in the past, their party obstructed the Senate from moving forward on this jobs bill.

“Tonight’s vote is by no means the end of this fight. Independent economists have said that the American Jobs Act would grow the economy and lead to nearly two million jobs, which is why the majority of the American people support these bipartisan, common-sense proposals. And we will now work with Senator Reid to make sure that the individual proposals in this jobs bill get a vote as soon as possible.

“In the coming days, Members of Congress will have to take a stand on whether they believe we should put teachers, construction workers, police officers and firefighters back on the job. They’ll get a vote on whether they believe we should cut taxes for small business owners and middle-class Americans, or whether we should protect tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires.

“With each vote, Members of Congress can either explain to their constituents why they’re against common-sense, bipartisan proposals to create jobs, or they can listen to the overwhelming majority of American people who are crying out for action. Because with so many Americans out of work and so many families struggling, we can’t take “no” for an answer. Ultimately, the American people won’t take “no” for an answer. It’s time for Congress to meet their responsibility, put their party politics aside and take action on jobs right now.”


317 Responses to “talk up”


  1. October 11, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Pass this jobs bill and every single one of those “job creators” will have someone to hire. Love ti.

    I just got a robo call from OFA asking me to call my Republican Senator.

  2. 2 P
    October 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Stuepsssssssssssssssss the stream is not working for me!!!!!!!! Guess it’s a sign that I should be studying………..is there another site carrying the speech?????

  3. 5 elo4obama/biden
    October 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I’m listening to the prez via my sister’s cell phone. She’s there in Orlando tonight. This is awesome!

    • 6 P
      October 11, 2011 at 6:35 pm

      WOW that’s so cool!!! You and you sister are so lucky 😀 …..tell your sis to shout at the top of her voice “WE LOVE YOU MR PRESIDENT, WE HAVE YOUR BACK 100% AND THANK YOU FOR THE HARD WORK YOU’RE DOING!!!”…….although I’m certain she’s already doing that 😉

      • 7 elo4obama/biden
        October 11, 2011 at 6:44 pm

        “We love you Mr. President.” “God bless you.” “Uhmm hmm”, “YES” and “that’s right” and “pass this bill.” Sounded like church there all the voices in the background. Sweet! Ya know I never get tired of listening to my President…sigh

  4. 9 Bobfr
    October 11, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    #GOPFAIL plan – SUFFOCATE THE ECONOMY theobamadiary.com/2011/10/11/the… Webb, Manchin, Lieberman, Tester are ready to add their pillows to the effort

    #PRESSON

  5. 10 dotster3
    October 11, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I love seeing all those different skin tones on the arms reaching out to shake his hand post speech. American arms. You sure don’t see that at a Repub event.

  6. 11 dotster3
    October 11, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    NBC is treating Romney’s endorsement by Christie as if Romney had just been endorsed by God. Nauseating and cockeyed.

  7. 16 jacquelineoboomer
    October 11, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I can’t stand these people. Tuned in to the Senate proceedings on C-Span 2 TV and McConnell started out by saying “the President’s so-called jobs plan” so I muted him. Then I looked up to see McCain sitting right behind him with the ugliest scowl I’ve ever seen on anybody’s face.

    It’s a bleeping horror show.

    • 17 nintendowii10
      October 11, 2011 at 6:39 pm

      I can’t believe these Republicans are going to vote this jobs bill down, they are going to vote against 54% OF THEIR OWN PARTY who want tax increases on the rich, just because they want to deny President Obama another term, and it might actually work. 😡 😡

    • October 11, 2011 at 6:40 pm

      Nothing new about that J O’B. I just do not understand these people at all. There sure is a bunch of them that should be worried come judgment day. It will be really hot where they are going!

    • 21 HZ
      October 11, 2011 at 7:08 pm

      Yes, I saw that Jacquelineoboomer and I felt my pressure rising. Then seeing JM sitting just makes you want to slap some ugly faces. These people are very hateful but there will be a payback day from the people when we go to the voting booths Nov.2012. That will make me very happy.HZ

    • 22 a4alice
      October 11, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      Yah. I just clicked on CSPAN2 a little bit ago and it says the the”President’s Jobs Plan Fails to Move Forward” So if I understand from Benan’s article this means that they are voting to NOT have a debate about this right? Does that kill it then?

  8. 23 elo4obama/biden
    October 11, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    “We love you Mr. President.” “God bless you.” Oh my, she got a handshake! It just sounded like the room was rockin. I was following on the CNN stream, and I turned away. We laughed that I’d look for her hand in case she got close enough, and laughed that she not say or do anything crazy. I teased her that I did not want to see her mouthing “I love you” and seeming like a stalker. Well she’s just really over the moon now. I’ll hear a full report later. She scraped the moola together as her donations for the rest of the year. She called earlier and was enjoying a live band and I think there were light refreshments.

    I know there were TOD family there and I can’t wait to hear more. Awesome! I kinda felt like I was there too:)

  9. October 11, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    So far I count 51 ayes!

    Good job team Obama for calling these foolish democrats!

    This will give us talking points!

    • 27 nintendowii10
      October 11, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      But we need 60 to prevent a filibuster, and looks like Republicans have the numbers to filibuster… this is a mess…

      • 28 Bill
        October 11, 2011 at 6:54 pm

        That was expected, but a majority is critical.

      • October 11, 2011 at 6:55 pm

        It was never going to pass, but it does give the prez talking points to paint republicans as obstructing the economy!

      • 30 P
        October 11, 2011 at 7:00 pm

        Those Republicans are wicked!!!! They are jeopardising the American people because they want one man to fail? that’s a dirty way of thinking. At the end of it all Obama is rich whether or not he is a one term or two term President (which he will be!). His future is secured and so to are his kids……so who are they really hurting?? I know for sure it ain’t President Barack Hussein Obama! Stupid, wicked, Selfish, lowlife, dogs <———Republicans in Congress!!!! And they wonder why China is leading the way???……man these people are funny!

      • October 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm

        Make them filibuster, so the whole world can see them naked as a jaybird. Let them stand there sprewing their hate and bile until they turn blue.

  10. October 11, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    We need to melt Jim Webb’s phone line down is he votes against Cloture. His number is (202) 224-4024

  11. October 11, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    52ayes!

    That is unanimous democratic support!

    Reid will probably say no or no vote in order to bring it up again!

  12. 38 jacquelineoboomer
    October 11, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Can somebody confirm what I think I heard? Webb voted yes on cloture? Norah O’Donnell, that ___ [fill in your own word; I’ve got mine], said he would not. I’d like to go on Twitter and rub that in her face!

    • 39 dotster3
      October 11, 2011 at 7:23 pm

      Tester and Ben Nelson voted no. Repubs were unanimous in opposition. As usual.

    • 42 hopefruit2
      October 11, 2011 at 7:32 pm

      It’s really the Repubs who blocked the vote because even if Nelson and Tester had voted “aye” the bill still would not have moved forward. So Nelson and Tester were not the deciding votes. The Republicans blocked it by unanimously voting “nay.”

  13. October 11, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Prior just said Aye! That is 53 democrats! All voted aye!

    Great job guys!

    I mean it, we all deserve stars on the forehead for calling these crazy congressman!

  14. 45 globalcitizenlinda
    October 11, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    reports I hear are contradictory about the result of the jobs bill. I guess I will wait a while for confirmation

    • 47 nintendowii10
      October 11, 2011 at 7:01 pm

      The President took an oath to protect America from her allies foreign and domestic, that means ANY American that goes overseas and allies themselves with a terrorist organization that plots attacks against the United States is considered an enemy… plus that is considered treason and the punishment for treason is DEATH.

      That Greenwald and the emoprog left whine about President Obama “killing a US citizen” shows and proves how loopy they are.

  15. October 11, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Concerned about shaheen, why keep vote open if you already have dem majority?
    Unanimous???
    Of course, the media will not tells us, we have to figure everything out ourselves!

  16. October 11, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I’m confused by this.. they’re still voting, right? Did I miss a first vote? I see this vote is on Reid’s version of the bill.. but it also says the repubs have enough votes to block it.. thus, can someone enlighten me? Also, anyone know how Hoeven of ND voted yet?

  17. 50 desertflower
    October 11, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    My idiot senators voted no…McCain/Kyl . I tried to call McCain today…BUSY.BUSY.BUSY. Kyl…got through to him and “Shawn” said he would pass my mesage aalong. Yea.Right. I’ll be calling them back to ask why they voted the way they did (as if I didn’t know)…and then I will compose my letter to the editor slamming the both of them.Neither on of them give 2 shits…Kyl is not running again, and I don’t think that after this term that McCain will either…Good. Time for new blood.They have both been as useless as tits on a boar for this state.But they DO love that taxpayer paycheck!!!!!

    • October 11, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      Desertflower, that is what they always say. We need to hammer the NO dems. Unfortunately, there isn’t much we can do about the Republicans unless there is more marching the streets just for the jobs bill. And that is my favorite saying by the way.

    • 53 Jennifer
      October 11, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      I tweeted Kyl as I live in California and on the OFA site, they gave me Kyl. Oh well. Barbara Boxer was just on LO and she was great. Since California has more millionaires+ than any other state, it was a vote to send a lot of California $$$ to help create jobs. Wonder how many millionaire constituents Nelson was protecting in NE? What a jerk!

  18. 54 hopefruit2
    October 11, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Unfortunately, the bill was just blocked in the senate. 48 senators voted “no.”

  19. 56 Bobfr
    October 11, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    Well, we now know who hates the American worker & middle class. They are on record and its for us to put them out of a job, ASAP. #PRESSON

  20. October 11, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Over 48 senators have voted NO on Obama’s Jobs Bill…..enough to block the bill. It’s imperative that democrats get out and vote these obstructionists out of office. If they take the majority of the House, the Senate AND the White House, you might as well bend over and kiss your ass goodbye. I’m moving to Canada.

    • 65 hopefruit2
      October 11, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      Reuters is clearly carrying GOP water. Yahoo is fair now only because the President had given them some props last week during his interview with George Stephanopoulos

    • October 11, 2011 at 7:15 pm

      Yeah I thought it was nice to see Yahoo with an actual truth-telling headline for a change.. Reuters not so much. I tweeted the media to make sure they make it clear it is Republicans who voted against allll of us tonight.

  21. 67 Bobfr
    October 11, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    #SenateSUFFOCATIONCaucus just did further damage to the American worker & our economy. #OWS they are the enemy, not President Obama.

    #PRESSON

    • October 11, 2011 at 7:46 pm

      Bobfr~ Can you condense this information so that it can used on Twitter. It may be helpful in moving the bill forward:

      …the White House released a letter from 16 Democratic governors who are standing squarely behind the bill in a last-ditch lobbying blitz before the Tuesday night vote.

      “It is an economic and historic truth that, to create jobs, a modern economy requires modern investments,” they wrote. “As President Obama has stated, to create jobs, we must also be willing to educate, innovate and rebuild. Our global competitors are investing in their infrastructure and in the skills and education of their workforce. To create jobs in our communities, we must be willing to do the same.”

      The signers include: Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, California Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr., New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. John P. deJongh, Jr., Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, Washington, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.

      Democratic governors not signing the letter are: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. Democratic Senators who could oppose the bill Tuesday night include: West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Montana Sen. Jon Tester.

      http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/10/16-dem-govs-pressure-dem-senators-ahead-of-jobs-vote.php?ref=fpb

      • 69 Bobfr
        October 11, 2011 at 8:43 pm

        Sorry, just saw your message. Since we know the outcome, I decided to bring a bit more heat to Tester and B Nelson (NE):

        Our4thEstate Bobfr
        Democratic Governors called on the Senate to pass AJA – 2 D members of the #SenateSUFFOCATIONCaucus said NO tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/10/16-dem… #BETTERDEMS

        #PRESSON

  22. October 11, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    The OWS needs to turn into an American Jobs Act protest.

    • 72 EDP4BHO
      October 11, 2011 at 7:50 pm

      I still say we should have our own march/protest. We watch as first the peebaggers, now the Ows have their say and their days of glory, none of it helpful to the real needs of the country. We have the right answers. I need to implore OFA to go further in its efforts—PBO needs a strong showing of visible support. I can tell he is very concerned and basically pissed as shit (listening to him now). He should be. Look at him, all out there alone. I want to scream at our society and how this man is treated. It’s a sin and a shame.

  23. 73 CTGirl
    October 11, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Pathetic bunch of losers … SMH at these politicians!

  24. 74 FiredUpInCA
    October 11, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    “President Barack Obama said Tuesday he is prepared to break his jobs bill into pieces and try to move it that way, hours before the measure faced likely defeat at the hands of Republican senators opposed to stimulus spending and a tax surcharge on millionaires.

    “I don’t know how Congress will respond to the overall package, but our expectation is if they don’t pass the whole package we’re going to break it up into constituent parts,” Obama told members of his jobs council in Pittsburgh not long before the first congressional vote on the $447 billion jobs plan.”

    http://www.taiwannews.com.tw/etn/news_content.php?id=1732867

    I think he reinforced this idea in his Orlando speech when he said “we’re going to keep going at it until they vote on something,” the something being each separate item of legislation.

    It’s a win for the GOP to say we stopped this jobs bill but it’s a win for the country and this President if he can get this congress to vote on individual job-creating proposals since they have done nothing in 273 days and would like to do nothing until 2012.

    • October 11, 2011 at 7:20 pm

      How is this a win for the Republicans to have been in power 280 days with no jobs bill introduced?

      • 76 elo4obama/biden
        October 11, 2011 at 7:32 pm

        I guess a win for them with their craziest voters. I was on that popov site to send an email in support of the AJA earlier today. Amazing thinking. I read it’s not paid for and adds to the deficit. We can’t afford it. Stimulus did not work. Keynsian economics, just cut our spending. The saddest one was a woman talking about how many of her family members were out of work and she guessed other family would be taking folks in. She just said we can’t afford this bill though. And the usual cry of calling President Obama out of his name and how he’s ruining the country. I finally stopped reading and am thankful that the overwhelming majority of us recognize the importance of passing a jobs bill.

        On to step 2, make the NO’s explain themselves and break up the bill. I have no doubt a majority of the pieces will be passed this year though. We will press on!

      • 77 FiredUpInCA
        October 11, 2011 at 7:35 pm

        Any real or imaginary setback for the President is a win for the people that the GOP appeals too. Remember, these were the people that roared with joy when the U.S. lost the chance to host the Olympics. They were so excited that the Obamas personally lobbied for the Olympics to come to Chicago and were not successful, that they forgot that their country lost the right to host the Olympics. The GOP and the people they appeal to are truly afflicted with Obama Derangement Syndrome.

        I think the President knew that the odds were against the whole package passing as one piece. So while the GOP can send out newsletters to their fans saying that they stopped the Obama agenda, the President and the country still ends up winning because he is made it a political non-starter for the GOP to do nothing until 2012. He has put enough pressure on them to finally propose or sign on to some job-creating legislation after 273 days. Something that they would not have done otherwise.

        • October 11, 2011 at 9:54 pm

          And don’t forget, PBO has single-handedly placed the national focus on job creation, rather than the deficit and he has stolen that issue from the R’s so that they cannot run on it.

      • October 11, 2011 at 7:57 pm

        WE…THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE THE LOSERS HERE…4REALZ…AND ITS A SHAME!!!!!

  25. 80 HZ
    October 11, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Tester of MT joined the Repubs in the NO vote on the bill.

  26. 84 Desraye
    October 11, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    What are ya’ll talking about? According to TPM the vote is not until 8:45. Could this been another bill?

    • 85 FiredUpInCA
      October 11, 2011 at 7:24 pm

      “Oct 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate defeated President Barack Obama’s job-creation package on Tuesday in a sign that Washington is likely too paralyzed to take major steps to spur hiring before the 2012 elections

      As voting continued, opponents had amassed more than the 40 votes they needed to block the legislation in the Demcratic-controlled Senate.

      The vote was not expected to officially close for several hours until one Democratic lawmaker returned to Washington, but that was not expected to affect the outcome.”

      This puts the GOP (and a few troglodyte Democrats) on record as being against the people that gave them their jobs.

      The bill can be broken up into parts and this clear contrast can be drawn with each new job-creating proposal. Then it’s up to the people to notice what is really going on in Washington.

      And anytime that an Occupy Wall Street supporter or media enabler claims that this is a referendum on the President, this vote and each subsequent vote can be used to remind them that it was the President who proposed emergency help for the middle class and it was congress that stopped it.

    • 86 hopefruit2
      October 11, 2011 at 7:26 pm

      No, they’re waiting for Dem senator Shaheen (NH) to return from an awards ceremony. They already know that enough senators voted against the bill to fillibuster. Her vote will not make a difference at this point in terms of the bill moving forward. They are just waiting to get the vote on the record.

  27. 88 Bri
    October 11, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Every Democrat that voted against AJA NEED to be voted out. Dem voters need to stop votind destructive Dems in just because they have a D next to their name.

    • 89 hopefruit2
      October 11, 2011 at 7:24 pm

      Nelson and Tester.

      • October 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm

        Imagine if we did not call? It would have been 46 democratic votes!
        At least this gives us talking points!

        • 91 hopefruit2
          October 11, 2011 at 7:36 pm

          We still have talking points because Nelson and Tester voting “aye” would not have made a difference with the unanimous Repub “Nay” vote.

          We have to emphasize that Repubs unanimously voted “nay” to kill the jobs. It doesn’t matter how the Dems voted. Not a single Repub vote. In the history of legislation, there are usually some ayes from the opposition, even to make the bill move forward, even if the majority vote along party lines. But since Obama became President, the Republicans have decided that their biggest objective is to see him “fail” as per orders from El Rushbo, even if it means the entire country goes down.

          That’s why I will NOT support OWS unless they unequivocally identify their target as the Republicans and not the President.

  28. October 11, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Btw; those last 4 democratic votes were a result of us being pro active!

  29. 99 donna dem 4 obama
    October 11, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    jacquelineoboomer, isn’t today your birthday???

  30. October 11, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Here is the link to C-Span. It lists Tester and Nelson voting no for the Dems and Coburn (R) was not there to vote.

    http://www.c-span.org/

  31. 111 jacquelineoboomer
    October 11, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Okay, now I’ve confused myself. Wasn’t this Reid’s version of the bill they voted on, not the President’s?

    • 112 hopefruit2
      October 11, 2011 at 7:37 pm

      This is Reid’s version. Many Dems (e.g., Landrieu, Casey, Manchin) did not like the Prez’s version because it included Oil companies giving up subsidies and closing corporate loopholes.

      • 113 Bri
        October 11, 2011 at 7:46 pm

        Mary Landrieu is a a big oil addict, she is no different than Republicans.

      • 115 globalcitizenlinda
        October 11, 2011 at 7:47 pm

        well, here is a suggestion. If these Dems ( Landrieu, Casey, Manchin etc ) say they did not like the Prez’s version because it included Oil companies giving up subsidies and closing corporate loopholes and a majority of Americans support these positions, then we can put them to a referundum vote in november 2012 and the people can decide conditional on popular vote tallies

  32. 116 anniebella
    October 11, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    This show any American with any dam sense that the Republicans don’t give a dam about them, and 2012 they better get out to vote and kick those sorry ass Republicans out, and the Dems who voted NO, vote them out too.

    • 117 anniebella
      October 11, 2011 at 7:49 pm

      To the Republicans it’s all about 2012. They don’t care that people are struggling, they don’t care one bit.

  33. October 11, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Although the Senate vote on President Obama’s jobs bill is not yet complete its defeat is now almost certain, with 48 senators including two Democrats voting against it.

    Leadership is holding the vote open in order to allow Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) to arrives and vote in favor of the legislation which will likely give Democrats a symbolic majority of 51 votes. The legislation, however, requires 60-votes to proceed in the upper chamber.

  34. October 11, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    wait, wait, C Everett Koop endorsed Herman Cain???? um does anyone really care who C.E endorses???

  35. October 11, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    TERROR PLOT: The White House said President Obama spoke to the Saudi ambassador on Tuesday about the disrupted plot to kill the ambassador. The plot has been blamed on Iran.

    Here is the text:

    “President Obama called Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir of Saudi Arabia today to express the solidarity of the United States and Saudi Arabia in the face of the disrupted plot to assassinate Ambassador al-Jubeir in the United States. President Obama underscored that the United States believes this plot to be a flagrant violation of U.S. and international law, and reiterated our commitment to meet our responsibilities to ensure the security of diplomats serving in our country. He also underscored the close partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia.

    “The President also attended a meeting of his national security team this morning to thank them for their exceptional work in disrupting this plot, and coordinating closely among our law enforcement and intelligence agencies.”

    Obama spoke to 450 donors at a fundraiser in downtown Orlando Fla., on Tuesday, and was to attend a second one at a private home, that of attorney John Morgan, in Lake Mary, Fla.

    Pool report-

  36. 126 Bobfr
    October 11, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Fill in the blank (as I’ve been doing several times 🙂 )

    ___________ #GOPFAIL+Renegade D’s = The #SenateSUFFOCATIONCaucus: mission is to kill the middle class & our economy. #WeWillNeverForget

    Just to be crystal clear in messaging to the American People:

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    Message to the American Worker and Middle Class – Republicans just proved, beyond any doubt, they HATE YOU. Got it, Yet? #OBAMA2012

    #PRESSON

    • October 11, 2011 at 8:19 pm

      I suggest we hit Senator Scott Brown hard on Twitter. He has to be really feeling the heat of Elizabeth Warren’s campaign. The more tweets he gets, the more nervous he should be.

      • 128 Bobfr
        October 11, 2011 at 10:36 pm

        Have been doing that, Jackie, and agree. Ms Warren is going to be a great Senator (and, President, someday).

        #PRESSON

  37. 129 donna dem 4 obama
    October 11, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    So I just checked my cable channels and I get that Bloomberg channel but I cannot stomach these people. TPM is going to do live blog on their site so I think I’ll watch it there.

  38. 132 globalcitizenlinda
    October 11, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Tweety, Tweety, Tweety, is a very inconsistent person!!

    I listened briefly to an earlier broadcast of hardball. Tweety was talking to huff’s Feinman and both were almost jubilant that President Obama was not going to get even a majority of Dems to support the AJA. I immediately muted this nonsense and tried to complete my work.

    Now less than 2 hours later, with the votes in, there is Tweety (in the same chair and with the same broadcaster) claiming how clever this was for President Obama and Senator Reid to do and how this is going to be a clear and favorable campaign tool for Dems.

    Aha, politics and punditry are funny businesses!

  39. 136 GGail
    October 11, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    The Senate this evening failed to get enough votes to move forward with a version of the President’s jobs plan. The procedural measure required 60 votes to open debate on the bill. All Democrats voted to open debate except Tester (MT), and Nelson (NE). All Republicans voted no except Coburn (OK), who did not vote. As of 7:15pm ET the vote was unofficially 50-48 – with New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen expected to cast a “yes” vote sometime after 9pm ET, giving proponents of the bill a symbolic majority.

  40. 137 MTmarilyn
    October 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I am so upset right now with my Senator Tester. I think I will call his local office in the morning and have them take my name off their supporter list. I refuse to support someone who doesn’t support the people. There isn’t anyone in MT that would primary him and the Repub running against him is Rehberg who really makes me sick. I love my state but when it comes to politics it’s frustrating. I am surprised at Baucus, he is usually the one I am mad at. I will continue to work all out for the President. This is so critical. We must PressOn.

    • 138 anniebella
      October 11, 2011 at 8:04 pm

      Contact Tester and ask him to explain why he voted against the bill. He owe you that explanation, and you want it. I’m getting ready to email that sorry Senator Richard Burr R-NC and let him know exactly what I think of him.

    • October 11, 2011 at 8:12 pm

      MTmarilyn, you did so much to pursue his vote. I can only imagine how disappointed you must feel. But thank you for all your efforts. You are a star.

    • October 11, 2011 at 8:14 pm

      You are not alone Marilyn. My state of Arizona is even worse. We have a Republican Governor (Jan Brewer), and our Senators are John McCain and Jon Kyl. It is pathetic, but we can make a difference for the rest of the country by participating in the call effort. Things are changing. An initial vote of 50 for this jobs bill is because we here made a difference. We must and we will PressOn.

      • 141 MTmarilyn
        October 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm

        Thank you all for your support. I will call tomorrow. I just sent off an email and I expressed my anger.

        Jackie, I know how bad it is in Arizona. We have boycotted it for now. My husband was born there and he graduated from ASU, I attend Grand Canyon College and our oldest son was born there. I have told all our family and friends that we will not be coming to AZ until things change. I admire all that you, desertflower and others are doing.

        We all must PressOn. This country is worth it.

    • October 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      I think calling his office and taking your name off his list is a wise move. He needs to see real life consequences to his actions. Even better if you could get a few other people to do it as well. I sent Tester a e-mail today when I was truly furious and was not kind. I’m sure his staff deleted it.

  41. 143 anniebella
    October 11, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    The Republicans are going to be sadly fool when they are blame for the trouble economy. They are betting that they can win with the unemployment high, and the economy tanking, but this vote right here showed the American people who don’t give a dam about what the American people wants. They ignored the polls. McConnell just gave the President his messaging for 2012.

    • 144 COS
      October 11, 2011 at 8:11 pm

      I am sure PBO is retooling his jobs speech right now. Those two dems who voted against the bill need to be called out. I am sure Rev. Al and Ed schultz will call them out. I am saddened about this.

    • 145 FiredUpInCA
      October 11, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      The GOP apparently has not been paying attention to the sinking poll numbers of Congress. Three years on, public polling still places most of the blame about the economy on President Bush and his party’s policies, not the current occupant of the White House.

      The GOP is playing with fire. They won the first S&P downgrade of U.S. creditworthiness and having learned nothing, they went on to block an emergency jobs bill act that cuts taxes for small business and the middle class. They’ve squandered 273 days of power and created no jobs. Instead at the state level the GOP has led the way in layoffs. The private sector keeps adding jobs, but GOP legislatures keep cutting jobs.

      They think this is a winning strategy. ti’s a pity.

      • 146 COS
        October 11, 2011 at 8:33 pm

        FiredUp, I think they still believe that they were rewarded in 2010 by just saying no, therefore therefore, they believe they are doing what’s right to be rewarded again in 2012. However, I think they are in for a rude awakening.

        • 147 Betsy
          October 11, 2011 at 9:04 pm

          Only if the dems turn out to vote due to voter suppression going on in the states. The Dems fell for the PL lamenting that PBO didn’t do enough, the Congressional Dems tried to run away from the Prez and lost their jobs, now we need to work even harder to wake people up. It will be tough, given the Americans penchant for not voting.

          • October 11, 2011 at 9:44 pm

            I don’t think the Dems fell for what the PL were lamenting about because most Democratic voters don’t know who the PL is and don’t listen. Dem voters became complacent because they had worked so hard in 2008 and thought that was enough. I think two things happened: 1) there was a decent turnout of Dems, not really dramatically different from other non-presidential years, but it didn’t match the souped up enthusiasm of the extreme right wing, who got burned in 2008 and wanted revenge; 2) the Demcratic Party did not take the time to cultivate a strong bench for many of the governor, senator and congressional candidates. We had people running in our state who were too green to take on the challenge for the jobs they wanted and it was reflected in the lack of enthusiasm people had for them. I have been writing, calling and urging the state party to cultivate candidates NOW to challenge the governors and senators we got in 2010. Groom them, train them and get them on the road building name recognition.

            A presidential race changes all the dynamics and people do turn out because the race is in their face very day. We have to make sure people understand all the new voter restrictions and help people overcome them. Then we have to make sure voters get to the polls.

      • 149 elo4obama/biden
        October 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm

        I hope you don’t mind I just save a draft of your comment in my email. It will serve as a template over the next couple of days to communications to my sorry republicans Isaakson and Chambliss. Neither of who twitter and the OFA site directed me to Kyle(Az). Yeah they have some explaining for their votes, and it will come back and bite them on the butt.

  42. October 11, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    @pfeiffer44: POTUS stopped at a bar in Orlando to have a beer with some unemployed workers — while the GOP was voting to block the #AJA

  43. October 11, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    hmm…BET HIP HOP AWARDS or GOP DEBATE???? What to watch? What to watch?

    it may be ghetto, but it can’t be worse than GOP Debate. I’m gonna go with Hip Hop Awards if only cause they gonna honor my first celeb crush…LL Cool J!

  44. 159 FiredUpInCA
    October 11, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    After today’s Senate vote against creating jobs for the American people, the same people that gave those Senators their jobs, the President is pressing on:

    “(Reuters) – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Tuesday the Obama administration would push Congress to approve as much of its jobs plan as possible after the Senate voted to block the plan in its entirety.

    In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Geithner said the action by Republicans to block the bill in a procedural vote would likely result in weaker U.S. growth and employment.

    “We’re going to do everything we can to maximize the chance that we get as much of this done as possible,” Geithner said. “And we should, because this bill includes things that have always had broad support among Democrats and Republicans, There’s just no reason why politics should stand in the way of doing something to help the economy now.”

    Geithner also said that the Chinese currency bill that passed needs to be fixed to be in alignment with U.S. trade agreements.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/11/us-usa-jobs-idUSTRE79A4D220111011

    I have never met a group of people who have so much impact on people’s lives who are so consistently bad at their jobs. The Senate. The place where good legislation goes to die.

  45. 160 Betty's Girl
    October 11, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    The Dems look weak and unable to govern. I don’t care how they spin it. The more they blame Republican the more weaker they look to everyone including Dems. This is not inspiring at all.

    • 161 hopefruit2
      October 11, 2011 at 8:22 pm

      That is absolutely false. And it’s precisely because of that kind of twisted thinking that Republicans are able to get away with their outrageous behavior. NEVER in the history of this country has there been such a level of obstructionism. NEVER. I’m sick and tired of people making excuse after excuse for these RACIST Republicans who are willing to destroy entire country just to see the Black President fail. This has NOTHING to do with Democrats – they have always had a few people vote on the conservative side, that is NOTHING NEW. It’s the Republicans people need to be directing their VENOM, SCORN, and DISRESPECT at, not the Democrats or this President.

      Republicans should be blamed fairly and squarely. There is nothing here to “spin.” 100% of the Republicans voted to block the bill, so no matter how many Dems voted, the bill would not have passed.

      • October 11, 2011 at 8:30 pm

        WORD.

        Anybody who feels the urge to blame Democrats either hasn’t been paying attention or doesn’t understand how the Senate works.

        • 163 Betty's Girl
          October 11, 2011 at 9:02 pm

          I understand perfectly! We will respectfully disagree. I said nothing about the President so don’t go please! I love and support the man completely!

          • 164 hopefruit2
            October 11, 2011 at 9:23 pm

            The President is a Democrat and the defacto head of the Democratic party – so unfortunately when you say that Republican obstructionism makes the Dems look weak and unable to govern, that also extends to our President, who by the way has been attacked as being “weak” and unable to govern by his detractors. I would prefer that we keep the focus fairly and squarely on the Republicans because they deserve to be reprimanded, scorned, ridiculed and consequently voted out of office.

            • 165 Betty's Girl
              October 11, 2011 at 10:10 pm

              Wow just wow! As long as I’ve posted on the blog I can’t believe anyone would think I feel the President is weak and can’t lead or that I don’t understand what he is up against. All I can say is check all my other posts (if possible). I should’ve been more clear that I was talking about the Senate and Congressional Dems. I agree with you 100% on that point but please don’t say words or thoughts that I certainly don’t feel.

              • October 11, 2011 at 10:40 pm

                We are sick to death of people blaming Dems for the sins and gross irresponsibility of the GOP. The bill required 60 votes to pass. So TWO wayward red state Dems voted against it. Bad on them, but make no mistake ALL of the GOP VOTED AGAINST. To say “DEMS can’t govern” is just wrong.

              • 167 JoJothecat
                October 12, 2011 at 12:10 am

                Betty…the Dems house of reps under Nancy Pelosi did more than the GOP house or reps under that orange puddle of poo. Because a lot of democrats didn’t vote or voted against their best interest to teach PBO a lesson is who you should dumping on. When we do not have over 60 dems in the senate what do you want them to do? Don’t dump on all the Dems because of two DINOs.

        • 168 a4alice
          October 11, 2011 at 9:19 pm

          ” I’m sick and tired of people making excuse after excuse for these RACIST Republicans who are willing to destroy entire country just to see the Black President fail. This has NOTHING to do with Democrats”

          This.

          Thanks Hope

        • October 12, 2011 at 10:06 am

          Both…

          But, U.S. Government 101, anyone? 😉

          YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
          PRESS ON!

      • 170 anniebella
        October 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm

        hopefruit2, thank you for speaking the truth. Nothing but the truth. I can’t understand how anyone can blame the Dems, but say not a word about the B.S. that the Republicans have been playing from day one. Who has set the Senate record with their filibusters?

      • 171 Frenchie08
        October 11, 2011 at 9:15 pm

        Thank you!

    • 172 Me4obama
      October 11, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      How does anyone supposed to respond to that.

    • October 11, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      The political party that “looks weak and unable to govern” is the one that has proposed absolutely NO legislation whatsoever pertaining to jobs but has devoted inordinate amounts of energy on derailing women’s rights, eliminating Social Security and Medicare, enabling voter suppression, laying off teachers, firefighters, policemen, dismantling health care reform and financial regulation. It’s also pretty obvious that they’ll do whatever is necessary to protect oil subsidies, corporate tax loop-holes and nothing that requires the wealthy to pay their fair share in taxes. Spin that!~

    • 178 elo4obama/biden
      October 11, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      And in your opinion ho do the republicans look. Strong and good at governing. As good as the 8 years under Bush? We have divided government. We need 60 votes in the Senate to get over all of the precedural hurdles. That means we need at least 7 pubs to vote with Dems, even if ALL dems were on board. The democratic part has conservadems to progressives, so it’s a big tent. I don’t see anything worth bragging about that 46 pubs all put party first tonight to block passing a bill that would help Americans. They put their 2012 agenda to stick it to the American economy and try to blame the prez over fulfilling their legislative duties to serve the people.

      I just hope folks have a full understanding that this is what they voted for at the midterm by not voting at all, and not lending monetary and other support behind the democratic party.

      • 179 Obama Grandmama
        October 11, 2011 at 10:24 pm

        I still think the GOP theme of “They Put Party Over People.” needs to be repeated over and over with these voting examples. If the people say but the Dems didn’t vote for it in total you can say the Dems do not put party over individualism but the majority of them did support the people’s need for jobs, healthcare and regulations to protect their water, air and food.

    • 180 anniebella
      October 11, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      I disagree with you Betty’s Girl. What I see is a bunch of Republicans who has had one agenda from day one. Defeat this President. They don’t give a dam if people suffer, they don’t give a dam if this country fall apart, as long as they think they can get rid of that black man in the White House. You can’t convince me that not one of those Republicans didn’t think there were some good ideals in that jobs bill. The fact is, they have an agenda, and giving the President any kind of victory wouldn’t help their agenda. So while I am not trying to excuse any Dems, if the Dems look weak, how does this make the Republicans look? Like they don’t give a dam about the Americans out there struggling, and they don’t.

      • 181 Betty's Girl
        October 11, 2011 at 9:49 pm

        It’s fine to disagree with me Anniebella! I can perfectly accept that. My comments were directed at the Congress certainly not my President who I love and work so hard for in every way to support him.

    • October 11, 2011 at 9:47 pm

      Put on your glasses and see the real truth, The Dems can not pass Laws because the Republican keep blocking the votes. To Govern is more then passing Laws. They did not pass Women right,civil right laws, and on and one the first time around. To govern is to keep at it, Not to give up, keep fighting until you get it pass, seem to me you have giving up on the Dems. (Democrate until I DIE) I will never give the Republican that victory even if Obama/Biden don’t win.

  46. 184 EDP4BHO
    October 11, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Hey folks, I don’t yet tweet but I was reading some and seems that nice guy Van Jones has his new group looking to primary PBO. Also read that PBO Chief of Staff to step down after 2012 election. What the fuck is going on?

    • 185 hopefruit2
      October 11, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      I would advise you to get this information directly from Van Jones before assuming that is true. Send him a tweet.

      • 186 EDP4BHO
        October 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm

        I just indicated I don’t yet tweet but I really wouldn’t put it past him to turn. I’m just fishin for answers. I’m only back and forth here tonight. Will check back later.

    • 188 hopefruit2
      October 11, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      Also, if PBO Chief of Staff is expecting to step down after 2012 election, it means that they know that PBO is going to be re-elected? That rumor makes very little sense.

      • 189 EDP4BHO
        October 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm

        From your lips to God’s ears, to whom I just got done praying. I didn’t realize Daley was just to fill in for the abscence of Rahm. Guess I really need to do my research, but hey, I get spoiled coming here and getting all this great info. I’ll get these fingers busy. 😀

    • 190 Janelle
      October 11, 2011 at 8:40 pm

      Regarding Daley stepping down, I’m not concerned. A reporter asked him would he be staying on and he just said that he told the President before accepting the job that he would stay until 2012 and then he wanted to go back to Chicago. I believe that’s normal tenure for that position. I can imagine Chief of Staff is one of those positions that is no joke. If the President gets a solid majority in the House again, I would love to see Debbie Wasserman-Schultz or Robert Wexler in that position to get some progressive legislation through.

      • 191 EDP4BHO
        October 11, 2011 at 8:43 pm

        Thanks Janelle. I really had better get these rollers in my hair or I’ll look like Don King in the morning !

      • 192 jacquelineoboomer
        October 11, 2011 at 8:45 pm

        Great idea about Debbie or Robert. I’d like to keep Debbie in the House, if at all possible, but since Robert’s already out of Congress, perhaps he’d enjoy a turn – since I think he would be FABULOUS in that role.

      • 193 Janelle
        October 11, 2011 at 8:47 pm

        OT: Can I just say how much I loathe the Senate? These folks should not have their positions for 6 years and the House gets 2 years. At least decrease it to a 4 year limit at the very least. It’s like a country club of old geezers that needs to be broken up. Most are so removed from people’s problems that they can’t relate to people’s suffering. No wonder the President was itching to run in order to get out of that atmosphere to try to get something done.

      • October 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm

        I think the first time I saw Wexler was at the Dem meeting over the Super-Delegate votes during the primaries. He was FIERCE.

    • 195 jacquelineoboomer
      October 11, 2011 at 8:47 pm

      I think yesterday Van Jones said on Twitter that they are NOT looking to primary PBO, and that he supports Nancy Pelosi for Speaker. Think he was communicating with Bobfr and others?

      • October 11, 2011 at 8:54 pm

        Yes. I saw something else floating around today where people were asking him if he was with MoveOn to primary the POTUS but I don’t think he responded. I don’t follow him so I can’t be sure.

      • 197 Bobfr
        October 11, 2011 at 10:38 pm

        Here’s the thread, Jacqueline

        Our4thEstate Bobfr
        @VanJones68 This is not a trick ? Are You going to provide full, unequivocal, unrelenting support for the re-election of President Obama?

        I’m not letting this rest. Hope none of you will, as well.

        We have suffered the catastrophe of Nader 2000. Most of those participating in OWS have not shown any awareness of the damage done by Nader as well as by President Clinton’s caving on Gramm-Leach-Blilely though the ill effects that harm them are directly linked to those two.

        #YesWECanDOMoreTogether

        ON EDIT:
        My ? to Van Jones:

        Our4thEstate Bobfr
        @VanJones68 This is not a trick ? Are You going to provide full, unequivocal, unrelenting support for the re-election of President Obama?

        His response:

        VanJones68 Van Jones
        @Our4thEstate @RebuildDream / I want Obama to win and progressive Dems to run Congress. Don’t u? Is that clear enough?

        My response:

        Our4thEstate Bobfr
        RT @VanJones68: Exceptionally Clear. Thank you! @Our4thEstate @RebuildDream / I want Obama to win and progress… (cont) deck.ly/~FHI37

        He also responded to another colleague:

        VanJones68 Van Jones
        @sherylkaye / I do support Obama & want Pelosi as speaker. We are not primary-ing him. We need a POSITIVE *alternative* to Tea Party. Night!

        #PRESSON

    • 198 anniebella
      October 11, 2011 at 9:06 pm

      If Daily leaves in 2012, so? He can be replace by President Obama. No big deal.

  47. October 11, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    I think that the GOP candidates realize that average Americans are not gonna watch debate live so they are just creating soundbites…

  48. 200 FiredUpInCA
    October 11, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Just a head’s up to the PL: The President went big in his proposal like you always demanded he should. He used the bully pulpit since State of the Union as you always insisted he should to ensure legislation would be passed. He called out Republicans out by name — Cantor, McConnell and Boehner — and even bully pulpitted in front a bridge that connecting the states of the leader of the Senate and the House — so he did the optics. And he did not negotiate with the Maine twins or any other member of the GOP. He demanded that this bill be passed as proposed. He gave the proposal a clear, concrete, title to reinforce messaing: The American Jobs Act.

    My question is, having implemented every single one of your pet strategies and now having seen the results, is it possible that given the realities of the Senate and the House, there are other ways to get stuff done, you know, like the methods the President has been using successfully to pass historic legislation?

    • 201 jacquelineoboomer
      October 11, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      Beautifully put, FiredUp!

    • October 11, 2011 at 8:51 pm

      Can I get an Amen?

      I am glad, however, to see this whole Jobs campaign by the President around the AJA over the last few weeks. It has achieved several important things: 1) it’s vividly contrasted the republicans as the anti-jobs party and the anti-middle class party 2) it’s proved that the President can swiftly and easily move public opinion to his side 3) it has changed the terminology around taxes and the role of government 4) it has pulled us out of the doldrums we were in after the debt ceiling debacle.

      President Obama is a fighter, and that is plain to see more than ever. And this is just the beginning.

    • 205 Betsy
      October 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      Awesome post FiredupinCA!

  49. 206 hopefruit2
    October 11, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Just saw on Twitter that Cornel West is on FOX NEWS tonight. Also saw on Twitter that Ron Paul will be sleeping tonight with #OWS in NYC.

  50. October 11, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    On the buddy romer show, I mean LOD show, Lawrence is once again pandering to Adam green.
    Time to change to pay per view movie- let’s see…
    Ahh- The Green Lantern looks good. Lol!

  51. 213 Ladyhawke
    October 11, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    From Think Progress Live Blogging……

    ————————————————–

    8:28: Romney says he would fire Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. In fact, the president can’t do that.

    ————————————————–

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/10/11/341228/live-blog-of-bloombergwashington-post-gop-presidential-debate/

    • 214 EDP4BHO
      October 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      Hahaha….I took a break from rolling my hair to read that. This is a treasure:

      “8:46: Cain claims that his 999 plan’s massive new tax on food won’t hurt poor people in part because used goods are not taxed under the plan. So Cain’s plan is for poor people to buy used food?”

      I nearly screamed out loud with laughter. We have regressed as a nation since 2008 if anyone thinks this man is presidential material .

      • 215 Obama Grandmama
        October 11, 2011 at 10:33 pm

        I have been hearing Romney and Cain’s name as Prez and VP on Ed’s show by his GOP pundit. He thinks that will steel the Obama Black support. Like any Black will do. Hope he is wrong.

        • 216 conlakappa
          October 12, 2011 at 9:15 am

          You hope? Those people might have problems distinguishing black folks from each other. I don’t think black folks do! It’s even insulting for them to insinuate once again that we only voted for him because he was black.

    • 217 anniebella
      October 11, 2011 at 9:09 pm

      Ladyhawke, If Romney is the GOP candidate, he’ll just flip flop during the general election.

  52. October 11, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    President Obama’s statement on the Senate’s vote Tuesday on his proposed American Jobs Act:

    “Tonight, a majority of United States Senators voted to advance the American Jobs Act. But even though this bill contains the kind of proposals Republicans have supported in the past, their party obstructed the Senate from moving forward on this jobs bill.

    “Tonight’s vote is by no means the end of this fight. Independent economists have said that the American Jobs Act would grow the economy and lead to nearly two million jobs, which is why the majority of the American people support these bipartisan, common-sense proposals. And we will now work with Senator Reid to make sure that the individual proposals in this jobs bill get a vote as soon as possible.

    “In the coming days, Members of Congress will have to take a stand on whether they believe we should put teachers, construction workers, police officers and firefighters back on the job. They’ll get a vote on whether they believe we should cut taxes for small business owners and middle-class Americans, or whether we should protect tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires.

    “With each vote, Members of Congress can either explain to their constituents why they’re against common-sense, bipartisan proposals to create jobs, or they can listen to the overwhelming majority of American people who are crying out for action. Because with so many Americans out of work and so many families struggling, we can’t take “no” for an answer. Ultimately, the American people won’t take “no” for an answer. It’s time for Congress to meet their responsibility, put their party politics aside and take action on jobs right now.”

  53. October 11, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    enjoyed Lawrence O’Donnell’s ‘rewrite’ tonight. he told the truth about that the best Willard could do is TIE the POTUS, who hasn’t even started in earnest campaigning.

  54. October 11, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Lawrence just pointed out that PBO turned around public opinion on jobs and the AJA by at least 10 percentage points in just three weeks of campaigning, and that Americans flipped from trusting republicans more on the economy to trusting PBO. “He’s still the best campaigner in American politics today.” Can’t be good news for any repug candidate.

  55. October 11, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    The final vote on AJA in the Senate looks something like 50-49 because Sen Reid has to change his vote procedurally to ‘No’ in order to vote on it again.

  56. 235 Uche
    October 11, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Watching Lawrence…..on his Rewrite segment,he just analyzed how and why PBO is still the best political tactician in the country today – and why his success in selling his AJA to the American people (as seen in a 10% point increase in the number of overall Americans and Independents) is bad news for the nominee from the GOP. He said Romney has been campaigning non-stop for more than a year and attacking the President full throat all that time,while his(President’s) poll numbers were at their lowest….and despite all that he is only tied with PBO in national polls,while the Prez beats all other candidates.
    The details are in Axelrod’s memo out today.

  57. 238 Ladyhawke
    October 11, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    This weak response from Willard should be roundly criticized. To be the front runner and not have a good answer to this questions is pathetic. But I have to say I am thrilled somebody finally asked. It’s easy for Willard and Chris to criticize President Obama, BUT WHAT WOULD WILLARD HAVE DONE. Crickets……..

    ———————–

    8:29: In a testy exchange, Romney refuses to say what he would have done differently from President Bush and President Obama to prevent an economic meltdown by bailing out Wall Street, dismissing the question as a “hypothetical.”

    ————————

    Think Progress Live Blogging

    • October 11, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      Ha! That question is the exact OPPOSITE of hypothetical, and it’s not like he hasn’t had time to think about it — what else has he been doing for the past 3 years besides running for president?!?! What a spineless fool!

    • 242 Uche
      October 11, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      LH….I watched that clip live and that has become the high point of this debate for me….Romney is CLUELESS, despite all his proclamations as the economy guy. Can’t wait for the campaign to start…PBO’s gonna clean their clocks again.

  58. 243 halo
    October 11, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    This GOP debate is much better than the last one. There are real moderators asking intelligent questions.

  59. 244 jacquelineoboomer
    October 11, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    About the R debate, Andrew Sullivan is one columnist not afraid to speak up on Twitter or elsewhere … no matter how distasteful I find all of this:

    sullydish Andrew Sullivan
    The sheer contempt for Obama is staggering to me. He really is a “boy” to them. #vicodinliveblogging

  60. 246 hopefruit2
    October 11, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    HAHAHAHAHA….this youtube musical parody of the Repub candidates is hilarious!!! You HAVE TO SEE IT 🙂

  61. October 11, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Rachel Maddow’s opening segment is about real world successes of the federal government.

    the type of stories that would make you go ‘ you know that stuff only happens in books by Tom Clancy’.

    LOL

    • 249 Ladyhawke
      October 11, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      That was a breathtaking report. Absolutely riveting. I love it when Rachel spends her time doing reporting like that. I would not expect to see a segment like that anywhere else. Don’t even get me started with the feckless media stenographers.

  62. October 11, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    None of these guys really wants to be Prez (obviously). They aren’t even trying to get at Mitt. it’s obvious, that these debates are just fluffer. Perry was put in to take the sails out of Bachmann. Newt sourpuss face was a non-starter to begin with. Herman Cain was never gonna get it. Huntsman is a douche, Paul is crazy, and Santorum is a “frothy mix…”joke.

    So since no one else is getting in the race, and the other candidates seem to be not even trying to dethrone Mittens, looks like Romney’s it.

    Here’s my question, since the other candidates aren’t using the enormous amount of op-repo on Romeny to cut him down to size, I hope that he Obama/Biden campaign are girding their loins and just waiting out the nom process and then will “release the kracken” of op-research they have. Is there enough op-res for Obama/Biden to use to bring Mittens down?

  63. 253 Me4obama
    October 11, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Reporting. My President had a Guiness at a bar in Orlando . I hope it tasted like Moneygal’s.

  64. 261 desertflower
    October 11, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Check out Booman….http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2011/10/11/21654/537?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+boomantribune%2FSvpw+%28Booman+Tribune%29
    This isn’t even CLOSE to being over…everything will be proposed separately, and then we can REALLY SEE what the little Fockers don’t like!

  65. 262 Ladyhawke
    October 11, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Rick Perry is coming undone. This is pretty desperate or he is very confused.

    9:44: Rick Perry claims the biggest creator of poverty in America is Barack Obama, but as governor of Texas, Perry saw a childhood poverty rate that hit 25 percent. Meanwhile, the state has the highest percentage of minimum wage jobs in the country.

  66. 263 hopefruit2
    October 11, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Is it just me, because I’m noticing that the GOP candidates seem rather subdued if not downright depressed, now that they realize the enormity of what the Presidency actually entails. It seems as though Barack Obama has made this job seem much easier than it is, and a lot of narcissistic individuals who think it’s a game wanted to jump in. But more and more when they realize the huge mess left by 8 years of dysregulation and bad policies, this job is nothing to sneeze about. Let that also be a lesson to those folks on the left who might be thinking about a “primary” or “third party” nonsense.

    • 264 jacquelineoboomer
      October 11, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      The only ones who don’t look depressed are the truly stupid – like Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul – who actually think they are smart enough for the job. Wait … actually, I think Ron Paul is sleep walking, not depressed or stupid.

      Perry’s as stupid as dog dirt, and he knows it, but his ego is pushing him forward so it no longer matters to him.

      The rest are even more boring to write about.

  67. 265 Me4obama
    October 11, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Boy, oh Boy, Bill Maher might have stepped in it, talking about if Mitt Romney was to have a sex change and its popular to be a Black Woman he will run and buy a wig and name himself Latisha. He said it jokingly but it will rub some people the wrong way.

    • 267 Ladyhawke
      October 11, 2011 at 10:08 pm

      I couldn’t get to the remote fast enough when Rachel teased the Bill Maher interview. He’s one of the emoprogs who is constantly saying PBO should have done more when he had a majority. A precarious majority that lasted a hot minute. And even then the Democrats were still a thorn in his side.

    • 268 hopefruit2
      October 11, 2011 at 10:22 pm

      Why is Maher so obsessed with Blacks?

      • 269 jacquelineoboomer
        October 11, 2011 at 10:29 pm

        Sometimes I think he thinks it’s “humorous” – as a libbruhl – to “be able” to joke about blacks. That twisted kind of thinking.

        But, in fact, there’s not much coming from him anymore that is humorous – yet he’s another one who has fooled himself into thinking he’s hot. Like Jon Stewart.

      • 271 anniebella
        October 11, 2011 at 11:15 pm

        Blacks or black women????????

    • 274 meabloom
      October 11, 2011 at 10:31 pm

      I was trying to drink juice, stroll through comments and study a psychology book at the same time. I was doing fine until I read your comment and almost wet the book and my laptop. Run that by me again will you?!?!? What is up with him??

  68. October 11, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    so Perry is fizzling, and Cain is stupid. Bachmann has crazy eyes and Huntsman aint’ that funny. Newt is as bigotted and racist as ever, and Santorum is just a “cleaner, boyishly handsome” version of Newt, so the coronation of Romney is set.

    It’s seems like a better question is who will Romney pick as his running mate?

    Ain’t no way Romney is picking Cain (what votes does he pic up by picking Cain as VP, it sure ain’t Black votes!). Palin’s out and if u can’t have the real thing, why would you want a substitute (Bachmann). Santorum’s “frothy mixe” problem is it for him. If Christie’s too “robust” to be POTUS, then how is being VP any better? Huntsman…um, 2 Mormons on one ticket…um no. Pawlenty…um, 2 boring douches on one ticket…um no.

    So who does that leave? I guess Perry, but I have a feeling that Perry and Romney are done after the Mormonism is a cult biz?

    • 276 Ladyhawke
      October 11, 2011 at 10:03 pm

      This just cracks me up….

      9:58: Rick Perry steals Santorum’s slogan: “let America be America again.” Santorum, of course, stole that slogan from a pro-union, pro-racial justice and pro-immigrant poem by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes.

    • 277 isonprize
      October 11, 2011 at 10:10 pm

      Wow, you broke it down like a fraction!!! Well, you know recent Repubs are famous for plucking some unknown whistlehead from the back bushes somewhere. So don’t be surprised if he looks under a rock and finds a good-looking younger dark-haired white woman from either down South or out West who can at least string a sentence together and agree with whatever Mittens decides to say this week. . 😆 😆

      Or an ugly but smart younger white man with blonde hair from either down South or out West who can at least string a sentence together and agree with whatever Mittens decides to say this week.

      NONE OF THE ABOVE WILL MATTER BECAUSE PRES. OBAMA IS GOING TO WIN IN 2012. WE WILL MAKE SURE OF IT!!!

    • October 11, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      The mummified remains of Dick Cheney.

    • 279 JoJothecat
      October 11, 2011 at 10:30 pm

      The GOTP wants the hispanic or woman vote. Romney will pick an unknown hispanic or woman. It won’t matter because he’s gonna lose.

      • October 11, 2011 at 10:41 pm

        yeah, ur prob right, I can def see the Hispanic pick to capitalize on the growing Hispanic demo, but the only real choice I see is Rubio, and he’s already said no, although I know just saying “no” doesn’t mean much, I still don’t see what’s in it for him. It would be stupid of Rubio to do it now, IMHO. He should wait til 2016, then he’ll have 4 years under his belt, and the Latino population is expected to just keep getting bigger which means that maybe the Latino voting population will also increase, and he could be at the top of the ticket instead of playing 2nd fiddle.

      • October 11, 2011 at 10:50 pm

        Plus as I’ve said previously, not all Latinos vote alike, and Mexicans think differently than Dominicans, Domincans think differently than Puerto Ricans, Puerto Ricans think differently than Cubans…ya get my drift. Other than speaking the same language, their is not as much of a “shared experience” among the Latino community, IMHO, so Rubio being Hispanic may not be enough to bring a large majority over to Mittens side, especially with all the crap Mittens has been saying about immigration lately. Plus Rubio seems to be of the “I got mine, now you get your” Herman Cain-esque school of hard knocks when it comes to immigration.

        • 282 jacquelineoboomer
          October 11, 2011 at 10:55 pm

          Plus, wasn’t Rubio the dork who said Social Security is morally bankrupting our country or some such foolishness, while it’s probably a fact that his 80-something-year-old mother (no offense to her) collects Social Security?

  69. October 11, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Something just occurred to me.

    What do you get when you flip Herman Cain’s 999 plan.

    Answer: Hell!

  70. 286 desertflower
    October 11, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    “Democrats’ sole proposal is to keep doing what hasn’t worked – along with a massive tax hike that we know won’t create jobs,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, saying there are 1.5 million fewer jobs than when Obama’s 2009 economic package became law. “Why on earth would you support an approach that we already know won’t work?” McConnell said.
    McConnell’s BS spin…

    • 287 Ladyhawke
      October 11, 2011 at 10:13 pm

      So the GOP jobs plan is no taxes and no regulations. That’s exactly what we had for 8 years in the Bush administration. How did that work out Mitch?? So again, why on earth would you want to go with that approach when we already know how it turned out. The Recovery Act needed to be larger but your caucus would not allow it. But that doesn’t mean the stimulus didn’t work.

  71. 289 desertflower
    October 11, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Tester’s lame statement as to why he didn’t vote yes on AJA….I thought this vote was FOR DISCUSSION of AJA . He didn’t even want to discuss!
    “The things I support in this bill are outweighed by the things I can’t support. We shouldn’t be sending billions of dollars in bailout aid to states. And I can’t support tax gimmicks that do little to create jobs and fail to address a much bigger underlying problem: The need for a big, broad and bipartisan plan to cut the deficit and to make sure we can pay our bills and rebuild our economy.
    “Moving forward, we need to focus on investing in the things that create jobs in this country: Our critical infrastructure, education, and research and development. We need significant but responsible cuts to government spending. We need a wholesale reform of our tax code to make sure that millionaires and corporations pay their fair share, and to make taxes more fair for working families. And we need to ensure that critical initiatives like Social Security and Medicare are built to last, so they can benefit our kids and grandkids.

    “This measure does none of those things. It is an expensive, temporary fix to a problem that needs a big, long-term solution. And I look forward to working together, putting politics aside, to find a solution that’s right for Montana and the nation.”

    • October 11, 2011 at 10:45 pm

      ah, yet another back stabbing from dkos dahling. What a twerp.

    • 291 Ladyhawke
      October 11, 2011 at 10:45 pm

      This statement just fills me with rage and loathing for this man. It is totally disingenuous.

    • 292 bonkers
      October 11, 2011 at 10:53 pm

      What the Phuck?!? I donated money to this guy!

      The President’s Bill does EXACTLY what he says he supposedly wants….point by point! What a frackin’ ass. He clearly thinks he needs to pander to the Repub racists in his state, and anything President Obama is for, Tester thinks he needs to be against, even though it’s exactly what Tester supposedly wants. Jeezus H. Kee-rice on a pogo stick. I’m calling his DeeCee office tomorrow demanding my money back.

      It would be one thing thing for him to vote against, but those reasons are what’s really setting me off. I can’t believe how dishonest that is!

      • October 11, 2011 at 11:02 pm

        It’s the old playbook! Look, I swear when the clerk first started the roll, Tester and Manchin were yes votes, then Harry must have had them in his back pocket, because they changed to No votes!
        This is Harry protecting his Senstors, the old DC playbook! What Harry does not understand, that playbook is moot! The Turtle never uses the old playbook and goes with unity!

        Makes Harry look soft!

        • 294 hopefruit2
          October 11, 2011 at 11:12 pm

          No, the way it works is that they vote “yes” in case they are going to be the deciding votes. Say if 7 Repubs had voted yes, they would have kept their “yes” votes and the bill would have moved forward. But that did not happen. Once it became clear that enough Repubs had voted “no” to fillibuster, then they changed their votes to “no” for political safety. It’s actually a good move by the DEMS because it shows that it’s really the Repubs who killed the bill.

    • 297 anniebella
      October 11, 2011 at 11:11 pm

      Then why didn’t this sorry SOB (Tester) come up with a jobs bill his self. A piece of crap.

  72. October 11, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    THIS is exactly how we should frame today’s vote:

    @ribletsonthepan
    4 once get it right USMedia! OBAMA JOBS PLAN GETS MAJORITY SUPPORT IN SENATE, BUT BILL BLOCKED BY REPUBLICAN FILIBUSTER http://t.co/fObAGzNQ

    THANK YOU, riblets!!

    • October 11, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      And you can bet that is exactly what the DNC plans to do. Now we have the GOP on record as trying to destroy Medicare AND refuse to create jobs. Sheer genius. And now, as the President says, we can break it up into bits to see what exactly is their objection. I’m likin’ this strategy.

      • 300 desertflower
        October 11, 2011 at 11:29 pm

        I agree, Tien. He is going to make them ALL own their votes and explain why….the old vise grip tactic….as it should be..

  73. 301 Bobfr
    October 11, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    In summary:

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    #MurdochLIESInc + #KOCHMAFIA + FoxNEWSTAINERS = a vastly more dangerous threat to America than the Soviets, Confederacy, & China, combined.

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    America – #KOCHMAFIA is close to owning you. Vote Republican one more time and they will. Got it? #Obama2012

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    America – you want jobs, the rich to pay their fair share, Medicare & Social Security so why do you vote for Republicans? They hate You.

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    Eight years of Bush – massive job loss. 273 days of #teabagger House – Zero Jobs. America, the only place #GOPFAIL creates jobs is offshore.

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    #GOPFAIL Congress batting a perfect 1.000 – Kill Medicare (House) & Kill Jobs (Senate) – oh, and they hate the middle class & Obama, too.

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    #KOCHMAFIA bought & paid for #SenateSUFFOCATIONCaucus – mission: kill the American economy & middle class – just pushed the pillow down hard

    #YesWeCanDOMoreTogether

    • 302 jacquelineoboomer
      October 11, 2011 at 10:50 pm

      You can probably rest easy tonight, Bobfr, knowing you’ve done a splendid job on Twitter! You’re a role model for all of us.

    • 303 a4alice
      October 11, 2011 at 10:55 pm

      I bow to your awesomeness bob. now i’m stealing your stuff and tweeting it again

    • 304 Betsy
      October 12, 2011 at 1:03 am

      As you can see Bobfr, I tweeted all of yours above. No room to give you credit, but I do give you all the credit. Thanks.

  74. 305 jacquelineoboomer
    October 11, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Just saw Sen. Bernie Sanders on The Ed Show. Normally, he says something that I don’t agree with, about President Obama. But tonight he said that the R defeat of the Senate jobs bill actually works in the President’s favor, politically, and that he should continue “running around” the country “speaking truth” to the American people. Didn’t ruin it with any opposing advice for the President, as he usually does.

    So, at least one small, good thing came out of the awful Senate vote for this PBO supporter! I waited all the livelong day for it, but I finally saw it with my own eyes. 🙂

    • 306 COS
      October 11, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      I am watching Ed now and I am glad you told me because I was getting ready to fastforward thru Bernie Sanders. 🙂 I will watch now. I think this vote just vigorates PBO to campaign for the jobs bill more. Hope you are having a good Birthday Mrs. O’Boomer.

    • October 11, 2011 at 11:19 pm

      I didn’t see the interview, but I definitely agree with the sentiment. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if PBO feels a bit freed up from having to play inside ball and is relishing the ability to just run with this message. But damn, we see today just one more reminder (the Iran plot) how much he has on his plate. If it were me, I would cuss EVERYBODY out and go chill on a beach in Hawaii.

  75. 308 bonkers
    October 11, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Jon Tester Facebook page:
    http://www.facebook.com/senatortester

    Join me there. Lots of other people not happy with this clown’s “reasons.” He supposedly has organic farms…let’s find out which companies he supplies and if the Tester’s sell directly to the public too, and make it known we will not be buying their products as long as this dishonest tool is supplying them.

    If there was just a “no” vote from him, I wouldn’t be so upset…it’s that his statement is such an obvious lie I literally cannot believe it. Obama/Biden all the way! They’re honest people. I want my money back, you liar, Tester! Hope Sharla is proud of you at least, along with the Repubs.

    • 309 a4alice
      October 11, 2011 at 11:17 pm

      Yah. He’s kinda gettin’ his petude kicked.

      • 310 bonkers
        October 11, 2011 at 11:29 pm

        I’m usually pretty even-keeled, but that statement from Tester really set me off.

        Hey Jon, your Facebook page is filled with people who donated and worked for you, saying they’ll work against you now with your statement of lies. You do have one guy in there, yes one guy cheering you on, and he refers to the President of the United States, you know the guy who has single-handedly gotten Osama bin Laden and almost all of Al-qaeda’s leaders, as “Barack Hussein Abdullah Obama.” (Alex Poolet).

        Jon, enjoy your one new friend. Two teas in a pod. How do can you look your grandchildren in the eye, Jon? Sad. Maybe you can invite your new friend Alex over to help watch your grandkids. How sweet.

        • 311 a4alice
          October 11, 2011 at 11:39 pm

          Yes that Alex Poolet guy. Accckkk. Gahhhh. Tweeting for bloodpressure.

        • 312 bonkers
          October 11, 2011 at 11:45 pm

          Might be a good time for me to follow my own advice and follow a true leader with real integrity, unlike Jon Tester, and ask myself, WWOD (What Would Obama Do)?

          He’d tell me to relax and use this energy to get to work in my community. I will do that now, Mr. President.

      • 313 desertflower
        October 11, 2011 at 11:42 pm

        People are PISSED! I also found this on his Facebook. Wondering if someone more knowledgeable than me can parse this
        http://www.facebook.com/notes/senator-jon-tester/a-bipartisan-bill-to-create-jobs-cut-red-tape-raise-capital/10150375981021579

    • 314 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      October 11, 2011 at 11:33 pm

      Thanks bonkers. I gave him a piece of my mind also. I can’t for the life of me understand why these people run as Democrats in the first place. They are useless.

  76. October 11, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    First lady Michelle Obama addressed a DNC fundraiser at a private residence in D.C. Tuesday night, emphasizing the importance of working together during difficult economic times.

    She continued to push for her husband’s jobs bill which earlier stalled in the Senate. While stressing that it would help stimulate the economy, she said the bill was part of Americans’ obligation to help each other.

    “It’s about whether we as a country will honor the fundamental promise that we made generations ago, that when times are hard, we do not abandon our fellow citizens,” Obama said. “We don’t do that. That’s not who we are.”

    Obama also spoke about her husband’s role as an advocate for women — signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and appointing two women to the Supreme Court.

    Pool report-

  77. 316 LunarSea
    October 12, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Dropping in before turning in to say great work all. Chips I wanted to thank you for your ‘good night’ posts last night. They hit the spot but I was too tired to post at the time. {{{chipstick & TOD family}}}

    So I called reps & senators as usual. I think boehner took his phone off the hook so I faxed and made a sheet of paper with bullet points on why they should pass the bill. Encouraged everyone at work to call the rats. Thank goodness for a liberal work environment. Had friends call & fax.

    Blocked my phone with *67 and used apropo zip code and names from whitepages. LOL So why don’t I have any guilt about it? bleh.

    I thought the Maine women would pull through but I’m disappointed to say it was -as you all know- a straight party line vote.

    So here’s my plan for tomorrow : I make up a new sheet of paper just for Snow & Collins with all the benefits they voted against and pass that around. Think I will send it to the local papers also. The Portland Journal, Bangor News and any others I can find fax numbers for.

    I will encourage people to fax them so their offices can be littered with stark reminders since I wonder if the phone messages got thru. The ppl answering the phones were pleasant but got an earful. I’m thinking something like:

    —Begin flyer/poster/fax—-

    Maine Senators voted against the American Jobs Act that would have given our ailing state a much needed boost by ensuring:

    -30,000 firms in Maine receive a payroll tax cut
    -$138,700,000 for Maine that could’ve supported a minimum of approximately 1,800 local jobs.
    -$117,300,000 in funds for Maine to support up to 1,800 educator and first responder jobs
    -$90,700,000 in funding to support as many as 1,200 jobs to modernize schools
    -$20,000,000 to revitalize and refurbish local communities
    -$12,800,000 in funding in the next fiscal year for its community colleges
    -21,000 long-term unemployed workers in Maine back will be back at work through UI reform
    -Pathways Back to Work that could place 500 adults and 1,100 youths in jobs in Maine.
    -Expand the payroll tax cut passed last December by cutting workers payroll taxes in half next year
    -Fully Paid for as Part of the President’s Long-Term Deficit Reduction Plan

    Finally a bail out for Main St and our Senators voted against it. (phone numbers)

    —End—-

    I will stop at a copy place on the way home. Make copies and start ‘forgetting’ them everywhere. By the way I got the info from WiW site. Great stuff there.

    I’m pumped. The President will be running against a do-nothing congress and I want to make sure I let as many people as possible know it. he he he

    Have a good night and a great day tomorrow everyone. The battle continues but my slippers are OFF!

  78. 317 Believe Again
    October 12, 2011 at 2:06 am

    I usually lurk on this site (by the way great site) but I must say that the fault of this rests solely with the American people. President Obama last year practically went on bended knees asking the American people to give Dems 2 more years at least to allow the changes achieved so far to take hold, but due to people listening to all forms of lies they allowed people who destroyed their country to get back into power.
    To me it is astonishing! I remember in one of the European countries, when one party screwed up(nothing close to what the republican did), it took them 20 years to get back to power, 20 flipping years. Do you think they did not learn their lesson?

    The republicans almost brought the whole US economy and the world’s economy to its knees and all they got for it was re-election to power! It would be laughable if it was not so pathetic. So they get a nice reward for that so maybe if they Nuke America the people will give them keys to the UN and every other country on God’s earth.

    I will say this again like I have said in other sites, the only Lobbyists the middle class and lower class have in Washington DC are President Barack H Obama and a few Democrats with some Conscience in Congress other than that they have no one.

    Anybody who tells you that your president is the enemy is even worse than Al quaeda in my opinion because they are enemies in sheep’s clothing. At least with Al quaeda you know who your enemies are!

    How can the republicans and their sponsors even utter the word Patriotic, when they are not even willing to give a cent to help protect their country’s economy?

    I do not care if I agree with someone 99% of the time, if the one percent we disagree on is that you want me and mine to perish then I will not vote for you and I do not care what any talking head, racist, family member or religious leader has to say about it!

    Wise up people and fight for your lives literally!


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