27
Oct
11

rise and shine

NYT: … Despite a school of thought in Washington that Mr. Obama’s support among blacks has weakened because of the poor economy and a sense of unmet expectations, interviews and public opinion surveys show that his standing remains remarkably strong among African-Americans.

….Some believe the president will be hard-pressed to reproduce those (2008) results, with a political narrative emerging in Washington that African-Americans have begun to sour on the president. Various black leaders – including Representative Maxine Waters of California, the television host Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, a prominent professor – have criticized Mr. Obama for what they see as not doing enough for black Americans…

Outside Washington, however, the story is markedly different. Mr. Obama’s support among African-Americans appears strikingly strong, even among many who are out of work, who might be expected to complain the loudest.

In a recent Pew Research Center poll, black voters preferred Mr. Obama 95 percent to 3 percent over Mitt Romney, “which is at least the margin he got in 2008,” said Michael Dimock, associate director for research at Pew. “There’s no erosion at all.”

Even more noteworthy, less than 10 percent of black voters in a New York Times/CBS News survey taken last month said that Mr. Obama had failed to meet their expectations as president, while nearly 3 in 10 said he had exceeded expectations…

…. Sitting in a chair at the Ultimate Choice Barber Shop in Charlotte, Brian Gainey, 28, a truck driver, initially hesitated when asked if he was going to vote again for Mr. Obama. “Yes,” he said finally, adding: “I’d almost like to see someone else win though. Maybe then they’ll see how much better Obama was than whoever will come after him.”

To Lemar Foster Jr., 48, a barber at Ultimate Choice, the Obama family epitomizes a bigger cultural change. …. “ … having the Obamas in the White House?” he asked. “Yeah, I’m very proud. And I’m definitely voting for him again.”

Full article here

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Bloomberg: President Barack Obama’s “tsunami” of new government regulations looks more like a summer swell.

Obama’s White House has approved fewer regulations than his predecessor George W. Bush at this same point in their tenures, and the estimated costs of those rules haven’t reached the annual peak set in fiscal 1992 under Bush’s father, according to government data reviewed by Bloomberg News.

…. The scope of government regulation has emerged as a major issue in the 2012 presidential race and on Capitol Hill. Republican presidential candidates have accused Obama of stifling job creation by imposing rules on businesses, and House Republicans have vowed to rein in proposed regulations on everything from the environment to health care to banking.

….. Obama’s White House approved 613 federal rules during the first 33 months of his term, 4.7 percent fewer than the 643 cleared by President George W. Bush’s administration in the same time frame….

Full article here

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Today:

12:00 PM: Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a Democratic National Committee luncheon in Jacksonville, Florida

3:10 PM: President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Petr Necas of the Czech Republic

3:30 PM: Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a DNC reception in Tampa, Florida

5:05 PM: The President greets city and municipal leaders from across the country

6:45 PM: The President has dinner with winners of a campaign contest

7:00 PM: Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a DNC reception in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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Robert Shrum: Critics berate the president for taking his inspiring new progressive message to the American people. But it’s the critics who ought to be ashamed

The president must be doing something right. He’s now getting advice (from all the wrong quarters) that he ought to stop standing up for the people, not the privileged. Of course, such arguments largely rest on pre-cast assumptions and self-serving calculations.

…. New York Times columnist David Brooks, on the other hand, sounds agonized and genuinely disappointed as he mourns Obama’s passage from compromising to fighting for progressive values….. Brooks contends that instead of fighting such battles, Obama should “champion a Grand Bargain strategy.” When he did just that this summer during the debt-ceiling fight, the Republicans wouldn’t meet the president even a quarter of the way….

…. So fight on, Mr. President. You’re renewing your voice and your vision, and America is beginning to hear you again as it did in 2008….

As long as you keep fighting, the critics will keep complaining. Every time they do, think of Harry Truman in 1948, written off, facing a “do-nothing Congress,” assailed for class warfare, but clear in purpose and in principle. And think of what he promised as he came to the podium of a weary and worried Democratic convention: We “will win this election and make these Republicans like it — don’t you forget that…The reason is the Democratic Party is the people’s party, and the Republican Party is the party of special interest, and it always has been and always will be.”….

Full article here

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Steve Benen: By most measures, the third quarter – July through September – wasn’t pretty. The Eurozone crisis intensified; the debt-ceiling scandal rattled investors; and Republican intransigence generated a downgrade in U.S. debt. Talk of a “double-dip” recession was ubiquitous.

But as it turns out, the U.S. economy muddled through anyway. The Commerce Department released its report this morning showing that the nation’s gross domestic product rose at 2.5% annual rate in the third quarter. It’s the strongest economic growth in a year, and a marked improvement over the anemic growth we saw in the first two quarters (January through June).

Indeed, economic growth in the third quarter was nearly double the rate seen in the previous quarter.

That said, it’s important to note that 2.5% GDP growth is hardly great news. It’s a clear improvement relative to the first half of 2011, but as Neil Irwin put it, we’re still dealing with “the diminished economic expectations of the post-crisis age.”….

I mention this in part because, while faster economic growth is encouraging, policymakers and pundits would be making a tragic mistake if they saw today’s numbers as an excuse for inaction….

Full post here

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Gallup

Thanks VC


210 Responses to “rise and shine”


  1. 1 Me4obama
    October 27, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Good morning TODville. Off to tweet this to GOPolitico

  2. 2 Me4obama
    October 27, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Does anyone know if Robert Shrum is on Twitter? I need to send him a thank you tweet.

  3. 8 hopefruit2
    October 27, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Good:

    • 9 LOL
      October 27, 2011 at 8:44 am

      YES YES YES..Hope I posted the linky below and in the other thread you asked about….but this is BEFORE the AJA…think about what would happen if the Congress actually started doing the peoples’ work.

  4. 11 cuphalffull
    October 27, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I am organizing in a rural Republican area where extremism is ubiquitous; next door, the county paper, the repairman that comes to fix your appliance. Its been hard, we don’t get the deliverables that other areas get but we keep trying to have an effect on the conversation in our community. I found this film and thought I’d try to post it here. Maybe others that are trying to work in communities that are susceptible to the right wing message would take heart from and relate to it.

    http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/activate/2011/09/20119415101883395.html

    • October 27, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      Cuphalfful

      let us know where you live and we will try and find other folks on this blog that can serve as a support system.

    • October 27, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      It’s hard living in a right wing area. I used to live in a very red neighborhood and it really just sucked the life out of me. Having a Republican representative, and getting back nonsense from him when I would write about a topic. I’d spend hours refuting the many lies in his responses – to no effect. And he was re-elected in 2010 after doing zero work for the community.

      Now I live in a very blue neighborhood, and even the air feels healthier. The people seem happier. I have a Democratic representative. You can see work happening in the neighborhood – construction, roads. And it’s very diverse.

      It really is like two different worlds. I commend you on fighting the good fight!

      • October 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm

        I love this. When I lived in TN it was impossible to be a Dem. we were shunned and our Rep was crazy.
        Now I live in Charlotte which is quite Dem and although I have the worst Rep ever, The air is better and I feel more like getting out there to work.

  5. October 27, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I am such a cynic. The “black vote” story had to be planted to let the GOP know…the black folks will still vote for Obama despite all the PL bedwetting. Now wait to see other articles regarding the “hispanic vote.”
    Here’s one to let the GOP know Marco Rubio ain’t your savior
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/rubio-on-national-ticket-could-be-risky-bet-for-gop/2011/10/26/gIQAp9vuJM_story.html?hpid=z1

    • 16 Mel
      October 27, 2011 at 11:59 am

      And my massage to Marco Rubio is he does not REPRESENT the latino comuny he represent the Cubans republicans in
      Florida I had talked to many of the Hispanic Corgressional Cacus and the all have tol me tha they are 100% with
      Obama so Fuck Marco Rubio.

  6. 17 Bobfr
    October 27, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    @davidaxelrod The low-class #KOCHMAFIAGOP has no chance against the 99-99-99 Plan – 99% of the 99%ers elect 99% of OUR Candidates in 2012.

    #PRESSON

  7. 18 LOL
    October 27, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Why are you lying to me Chip ….GOPolitico told me the Prez is loooooooosing the black vote. I mean, I thought Maxine Waters, Tavis Smiley and Cornell West spoke to their frustrations. They even had a glowing article about ol Max the other day. I loathe the media…so much..so very much.

    Anywho… Here is the recent BS,er, Fox News poll
    http://www.foxnews.com/interactive/politics/2011/10/26/fox-news-poll-gop-primary-voters-get-on-cain-train/

    Herb is in front, with Mittens coming in second, and the rest of the goof troop tied for irrelevant. But here is the kicker, Huntsman went from 4% in September to —- in October. Now you might be saying to yourself, did she forget to put a number…NO…he is registering at —(dash dash dash).

    The MSM will be devastated. Oh Mark Halperin and Morning Joke let me bathe in your tears of pain, disappointment, anger.. 🙂

    • October 27, 2011 at 8:53 am

      “Why are you lying to me Chip ….GOPolitico told me the Prez is loooooooosing the black vote.”

      😆

      • October 27, 2011 at 11:10 am

        Good morning Chips. Fabulous news. “I’d almost like to see someone else win though. Maybe then they’ll see how much better Obama was than whoever will come after him.” I pretty much bet that are millions of people to feel the same way.

        • 21 dotster3
          October 27, 2011 at 11:57 am

          I disagree that there are millions that feel the same way. That would be sacrificing our country to prove a point.

          • 22 anniebella
            October 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm

            dotster3, I’m with you on that point. I don’t think this country could survive the Republicans in control or in the White House.

            • 23 Tracy
              October 27, 2011 at 3:11 pm

              GOP in the WH would mean 3 new conservatives on the Supreme Court: in other words you can forget about Roe v. Wade, women’s rights, voting rights, civil rights, workers’ protections, environmental protection, health care for the next generation. One more reason to work every day for reelection and democratic majorities in Congress.

          • October 27, 2011 at 5:03 pm

            Dotster, I am not saying that he should lose to prove something, but I can understand how that man feels. If only the left knew what they have been missing. I am a bit a shocked that you would think I want that.

    • 26 Sue in Minnesota
      October 27, 2011 at 9:26 am

      You have such a clever way with words…..”the goof troop.” May I borrow that, please?

    • 28 donna dem 4 obama
      October 27, 2011 at 10:13 am

      OMG ROFL @ the “dash dash” for Huntsman!!!!

      🙂 🙂 🙂

    • 29 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      October 27, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      🙄 Anti-Obama narratives are meant to be IGNORED. A million plus in small donations means PBO isn’t losing much of any sub group. 😎

    • 30 GGail
      October 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      LOL, you are LOL!!!! and you’ve got me ROFL 🙂

  8. 31 Lovepolitics2008
    October 27, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Refreshing to find some myth debunking in MSM on black support and “refulations” . Dare I dream that we’ll see a bit more of it ?

    Thanks for the links Chips. and most of all thanks for your out-stan-ding work.

    • 32 Lovepolitics2008
      October 27, 2011 at 10:20 am

      “regulations”‘ sorry.

      • October 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm

        Oh LP2008, I thought you were just adding to our language in the manner of a past vp candidate. After all, Shakespeare did it. 😉

        • 34 Sue in Minnesota
          October 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm

          vcprezofan2…my brilliant Sistah, you just bitch slapped Sarah, in the kindest most gracious way. I have so much to learn from you 😀

    • 35 TrumpDog
      October 27, 2011 at 10:48 am

      I wish I could say yes but I’d be lying to you. We will see more of the media concern trolling, trying to find another segment of Obama’s base that he’s losing.
      Count on that.

      Everytime they predict something, they are usually wrong. But then maybe that works in our favor by giving the other side a false sense of security. What a let down the latest poll finding must have been.
      /sad face.

      • 36 Sue in Minnesota
        October 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm

        I keep thinking at some point the MSM is going to need to attempt to cut the crap, lose the false memes, return to reality, course correct in an attempt to salvage their reputation. But their I go thinking as if they have any integrity at all…my bad!

  9. October 27, 2011 at 8:58 am

    PBO and Dems are holding up quite well with Latinos, too:

    http://faculty.washington.edu/mbarreto/ld/oct_banners.html

  10. 39 MoObama
    October 27, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Chips I hope you post Rev Al showing the president calming a baby as the ” cry whisperer” and inferring the he has a greater challenge calming the speaker of the house.

    • 40 LOL
      October 27, 2011 at 9:02 am

      Not surprised….I wouldn’t know what to do with an orange baby either..hehehe

    • 41 Sue in Minnesota
      October 27, 2011 at 9:36 am

      After watching those clips of Boehner that the Good Rev incoporated into his segment, I am stunned. I knew Boehner was a drippy guy, but good Lord almighty, I didn’t realize just how bad his plumbing problem really is! I have no problems with a man displaying deep emotion that results in tears, but that guy has a pathological problem. Either that or his overflow valve is constantly open due over saturation of alcohol….I think that is the definition of a SOP. I am embarrassed for the guy, what a freakin drip!

      • 42 dotster3
        October 27, 2011 at 10:29 am

        There’s evidence of emotional problems with these guys who are constantly sobbing, almost always when telling their life stories, so impressed are they with their own awesomeness to overcome difficulties, breaking down as they pat themselves on the back. Glenn Beck is another head case who is always crying about himself as he spins his latest conspiracy theory and calls Obama Hitler and worse. Conservative Kathie Lee Gifford decided that the world needed another dose of Beck’s lunacy and interviewed him on the Today Show yesterday. He sobbed through most of it. Kathie Lee later described him as so warm and wonderful, saying he dares to say what others won’t. What? That Obama is the anti-christ? And build your bunker? What a bunch of bull. Beck needs to be somewhere seeking mental health help instead of being featured on national TV. Outrageous.

        • 43 Sue in Minnesota
          October 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm

          To be sucked into the vortex of the Beck cesspool, and to have a sense of compassion and empathy for that mess indicates to me Kathie Lee Gifford needs her have her head examined along with Beck. Yowzer!

  11. 44 CTGirl
    October 27, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Goooood morning! This is how I like to start my day – thanks Chips!

  12. October 27, 2011 at 9:06 am

    The money quote FTW.

    Outside Washington, however, the story is markedly different.

    Hah.

  13. 46 rikyrah
    October 27, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Bashir can be BRUTAL.

    hilarious, but BRUTAL.

    • 47 utaustinliberal
      October 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      For real. When he has the nutty republicans in his line of fire; watch out! It’s quite refreshing to watch him tell the truth and shame his colleagues who pander to the rightwing nutjobs.

  14. October 27, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Now that the economy is showing signs of growth, count on Rusty and his GOP clowns to deliver another crisis. BANK ON IT.

    • 49 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      October 27, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      Most definately true meta. I just hope PBO and the DEMS call them out on it, instead of staying mute. The appeasing the “fun and games” crowd is over. Either we want to win this election or we don’t. We must let the world KNOW when they start this next manufactured crisis what is really going on. The debt ceiling debate and subsequent near default should have been exposed from its beginning 😕

      • October 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm

        Well, there’s a whole movement of people camping out on the streets, claiming to be sending a message to someone. They should be the ones “calling them out on it”, instead of just saying both parties are the same, or marching on to President Obama’s campaign offices. If those voices were lifted and calling out the Republican obstruction, then you wouldn’t need to have the President – who is President of all the people – having to become partisan in an election year, when so many people are uninformed and misinformed.

  15. 51 rikyrah
    October 27, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I actually watched the piece from Tweety on Anchor Baby Rubio, and he was hilarious with that Politico guy….he was like, are you kidding me…don’t give him any slack….he lied like a mutha.

    indeed he did, Tweety.

    indeed, he did.

    the Cubans now know that they were played for fools by Rubio.

    • 52 Olivia
      October 27, 2011 at 9:49 am

      They don’t believe it. He still walks on water down here in Miami…

    • 53 dotster3
      October 27, 2011 at 10:35 am

      And Rubio’s defense is sad—–‘My story didn’t change just because my story changed. The story I’ve been telling had a few details wrong, like every detail, but my parents still came here from Cuba and I’m still Cuban!’ I would think his exposure as a liar might have put a big damper on his VP prospects.

      • October 27, 2011 at 12:41 pm

        ‘I would think his exposure as a liar might have put a big damper on his VP prospects.’

        In the Republican party? Be serious, Dotster3, you know this guarantees that he fits right in.

        • October 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm

          Indeed – he’s now shown he can tell bold-faced lies, and then lie again when he’s caught out, without showing a morsel of shame. Fits right in with today’s Republican party.

  16. October 27, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Chips, you have become the world’s best day starter–better than fortified orange juice and a healthy tonic. Today is dark and rainy and we’ve got snow predicted for the weekend, but here there’s sunshine. I’m glad the NYT story about AA support said, “outside the beltway,” which is code for “in the real world.” I worked inside the beltway for over 30 years and I can tell you it’s a skewered vision that permeates that area. Moving away was literally an “eye-opening” experience. One thing I wish people would understand about the president in the time leading up to the debt ceiling resolution: his so-called bargaining got him exactly what he wanted and gave him all he needed to begin his campaigning earlier. If he’d gotten cooperation from the R’s, he might be less on the road and more in the White House. I said at the time that if the Republicans were smart, they would compromise and keep him home. Their stubborn intransigence was their own undoing.

  17. 59 Fred
    October 27, 2011 at 9:11 am

    good morning TOD family.Thank you Chip for all the hard work and those who contribute as well

  18. 60 a4alice
    October 27, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Hey TOD how’s it going? the hubby and i are off for a few days go on a little road trip. I’ll check back in with yez on monday sometime. happy halloween! Boo! 🙂

    am

  19. 68 Lorraine
    October 27, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Good morning, if Bob Shrum wasn’t married I would ask for his hand in marriage; he is always, I do mean ALWAYS on point. I love when he is on MSNBC.

  20. October 27, 2011 at 9:18 am

    The beltway chatterboxes are totally flummoxed by Pres. Obama’s rising poll fortunes plus today’s eye-pooping 2.5% GDP growth numbers. Ha!

    This is eleventy seven level dimensional chess. PBO letting wingnuts hang themselves and nuke their own feet and balls? priceless!

    • October 27, 2011 at 10:36 am

      zizi,

      did you see the new poll about who the Congressional GOP favors?

      the middle class for them was single digits

      BWA HA HA HA AH AH

    • 71 dotster3
      October 27, 2011 at 10:42 am

      I noticed there’s little to no talk of politics all of a sudden on the teevee and news websites. With Obama’s poll numbers inching up, ahead of all Repub candidates in every state I’ve seen lately, with the increase in positive economic news, the usual blabbers have gone dark. Silence. Very interesting and telling that only negative Obama and economic news get attention.

      • 72 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        October 27, 2011 at 12:27 pm

        Why is that such a surprise dolster? The MSM behavior will not change. The Rethugs will manufacture another crisis to halt economic growth and to help PBO’s numbers start a downturn once again. Like clockwork the MSM will be all over the crisis and will be pushing the meme that it is all PBO’s fault.

        • October 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm

          Yes, don’t forget that the media is already buzzing about the lack of agreement among the secret super committee. They’ll be building up that “crisis” soon, especially since McCain has already sworn to go on the Senate floor to block the triggers for the Defense cuts. No mention of the entitlement cuts also included in the triggers..

  21. 74 Me4obama
    October 27, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Iam FIRED UP. What a way to start my day with nice reads like this! Thank you Chips for all you do for us.

  22. 75 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 27, 2011 at 9:22 am

    GOP . . . What are you talking about? . . . Share the wealth!
    http://yfrog.com/hswm2xgyj

  23. 77 Me4obama
    October 27, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Is our Donna Dem having dinner with PBO? Mark knoller is reporting that he is having dinner with the winners of the fundraising contest. Am confused.

    • October 27, 2011 at 9:29 am

      Hi M4O, no, that was a different fundraising drive (‘Dinner with Barack’), Donna’s still waiting for her call!

      • 79 Me4obama
        October 27, 2011 at 9:41 am

        Oh good, my heart skipped aliitle thinking Donna is going to suprise us with the new arrangements. Thank you chip.

    • October 27, 2011 at 9:32 am

      politico

      LOOK WHO’S COMING TO DINNER: Back from the West, President Obama has a host of meetings scheduled for Thursday, ending in a dinner with campaign donors who won a contest to eat with him.

      Here’s the order of the people whom Obama is seeing: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, senior advisers, Czech premier Petr Necas, “city and municipal leaders,” and, finally, the winners of the dinner contest.

      I think donna must be there.

    • 84 dotster3
      October 27, 2011 at 11:13 am

      According to twitter, the din winners are a retired teacher from Co., a retired prof from In., postal worker from Az. and a sm. bsns. owner from Mn.

  24. October 27, 2011 at 9:30 am

    buried in politico (eye-roll)

    . a Quinnipiac poll from Ohio showing that President Obama tops his potential Republican challengers even as he struggles with rough approval ratings. From the survey:

    • 47 – 39 percent over Cain;
    • 45 – 41 percent over Romney;
    • 47 – 36 percent over Perry.

    • October 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      What shocks me even more than the 35-41% responders who support any of those GOP candidates is the fact that they happily hand over their children and babies to be held by these very people who will make their children’s lives so much worse. I was looking at the link yesterday with the pictures of all the presidential candidates holding babies and small children, and I thought: those parents won’t have social security or medicare to rely on when they get older, and they’re going to burden those babies with their senior care – if the GOP take the White House. In addition, those children will have a poorer education, will grow up in a racially charged environment, will find it harder to compete in the changing world, will have less job and retirement and medical security as they get older – if the GOP take the White House. And those babies will grow up in an environment where bullies at the highest levels of government teach them that bullying gets rewarded, and compromise or integrity or truth-telling doesn’t – if the GOP take the White House. I could go on.

  25. 88 Me4obama
    October 27, 2011 at 9:39 am

    BREAkING NEWS on Twitter. Morning Joke said this morning that Obama supporters have been very mean to him on twiiter but “these were specific Obama supporters” I guess our voices r getting through. Keep it up Obamabots. Tweet away your life.

    Reply

    • 89 Sue in Minnesota
      October 27, 2011 at 9:44 am

      Isn’t that precious! The Bully is getting a little taste of his own medicine and he can’t swallow it. Typical bully, all bluster, no muster.

    • 90 TrumpDog
      October 27, 2011 at 10:56 am

      There are a couple that are incredibly relentless. I LOVE it and am inspired by it. I try to jump in whenever I see something (still new to this twitter thing)

      Keep it up and I have your backs!

  26. October 27, 2011 at 9:45 am

    FYI –

    10:45 AM Eastern Nancy Pelosi weekly presser
    12:30 PM Eastern DPB with Jay Carney

    My bet is on the jackals asking Jay about the purchase of PBO’s book by USEmbassies rather than about the positive doubling of GDP.

  27. 92 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    October 27, 2011 at 9:46 am

    OUR PRESIDENT WILL NEVER LOSE HIS SUPPORT…AND WE WILL NEVER LOSE OUR PRESIDENT…THE REAL LOSERS WILL BE THE GOP IN 2012!…OUT THE DOOR THEY ARE!..EVERY SINGLE,LAST,GREEDY ONE OF THEM!

  28. 95 desertflower
    October 27, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Game ON! http://www.thehousemajoritypac.com/ads/2011/10/17/duffy-struggling/ Read the blerb under the video….new polls show that Dems are favored over R’s to win back house seats….

    • 96 donna dem 4 obama
      October 27, 2011 at 10:30 am

      If last nights rally here in MD is any indication of what is going on outside of the beltway medias lies then yep those polls just might be right on target 🙂

      • 97 desertflower
        October 27, 2011 at 10:33 am

        That’s a GREAT thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even here in AZ, news is that the President could take this state! I’m feeling pretty positive:)

        • 98 dotster3
          October 27, 2011 at 10:45 am

          I saw that encouraging news. Go get ’em! It would be so satisfying for Obama to win Arizona.

        • 100 smoothscotch
          October 27, 2011 at 11:30 pm

          I hope voters (actually vote) really WAKE UP and vote in their interest.
          I had a dream the other nite, THE PEOPLE of the US of A said in loud voices, ” don’t bother with the election, we already have a PRESIDENT for the next 5 yrs.”

          lol, its my dream so I can have any kind I like.

  29. 101 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 27, 2011 at 9:55 am

    This is what’s happened to income in the neocon era.

    http://yfrog.com/hswm2xgyj

    Everyone can understand this chart.

  30. 102 desertflower
    October 27, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Interesting chart…differences between US/Great Britain with regards to stimulus. The R’s always talk about the fact the stimulus did nothing to help the economy, while Britain is using austerity measures only (to the people’s discontent). Shows the difference in rebound for each country.
    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/10/26/354460/chart-stimulus-us-u/

    • October 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm

      What an interesting chart and bares out what I have noticed since last May when the UK brought in austerity. I have been comparing US/UK differences since this time and have noticed that US growth has been greater than here in the UK (it could be EVEN better if those intransigent republican a******s in congress would think of the American people instead of their own sorry asses.) I know people are suffering in the US with unemployment etc and my heart goes out to all who are but things here are getting far worse since P.M. Cameron got in.It looks like we could be losing some of my husband’s disability allowance next year under a new government directive to cut benefits/pensions – as usual conservatives are penalizing those who can least afford to lose anything (easy option for them.) Sorry to vent but those right wing no hopers are just like your republicans, bought and owned by the rich and corporations. Bastards!

  31. 105 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 27, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Do not speak to him unless you are spoken to. . .Herman Cain
    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/10/27/354623/herman-cain-campaign-policy-for-staff-do-not-speak-to-him-unless-you-are-spoken-to/

    What!!! the heck are you Herb??

  32. October 27, 2011 at 10:01 am

    via bj, even fucking forbes sez

    US Businesses Not Being Strangled By Regulation And Taxation, per World Bank.

    What it looks like from the research desks at one of the most powerful and elite multilateral institutions on the planet is a U.S. that does not have the government in its way, but a U.S. whose government is more out of the way than it is in every other major economy on earth, including mainland China.

    The U.S. economy is not suffering because of taxes, energy policy, or Obamacare as data and polls have shown consistently.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2011/10/20/us-businesses-not-being-strangled-by-regulation-and-taxation-world-bank-says/

  33. 110 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 27, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Another one joining the GOP crazies for President . .
    Quran Burning Pastor Terry Jones Is Running For President
    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/10/quran-burning-pastor-terry-jones-is-running-for-president.php?ref=fpb

  34. 114 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 27, 2011 at 10:06 am

    What the heck are they to do?
    Detroit school cited for having too many kids in class!
    http://fearandwar.tumblr.com/post/11958471268/they-are-the-99-percent-detroit-school-cited-by-fire

  35. October 27, 2011 at 10:07 am

    First lady Michelle Obama is visiting Tampa today to raise money for her husband’s presidential re-election campaign and the Democratic Party.

    Michelle Obama is scheduled to arrive at Tampa International Airport about 2:50 p.m., where she will be greeted by a group of students from Sexton Elementary School in St. Petersburg, which has been recognized nationally for its health and nutrition programs.

    The first lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign aims to address the problem of childhood obesity within a generation by “empowering parents and caregivers, providing healthy food in schools, improving access to healthy, affordable foods and increasing physical activity” according to the campaign’s website. A task force is developing a national action plan.

    From the airport, the first lady will travel by police escort and motorcade to a private fundraising event with deep-pocketed donors at the Davis Islands mansion of real estate developer Joel Cantor and his wife, Shannon.

    The fundraiser reflects the first lady’s increasing role in her husband’s re-election bid. In recent months, she has hauled in millions in cash headlining events in Michigan, Vermont, Maine and California. And recent polls indicate the first lady’s popularity has remained high among seniors and white voters, even as the president’s has slipped.

    President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign reported this month raising more than $42 million in the three months that ended Sept. 30. The DNC reported raising another $27.3 million.

    The president was in Orlando this month for a couple of fundraisers.

    The first lady’s visit will follow an appearance at a DNC fundraiser in Jacksonville. Later today, she will travel to Fort Lauderdale for another fundraising event.

    TBO-

  36. 121 donna dem 4 obama
    October 27, 2011 at 10:22 am

    The “Dinner with Barack” contest winners got to eat with him. Honestly, I think I would have been a drooling fool if I got to sit and break bread with this man. It’s better that I get the phone call that way he won’t see what a nut I’ll be when he “makes that call”. 🙂

  37. October 27, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Dow jones back over 12k. You will note, after the downgrade, we were near 10k.
    Europe looks like they got their shot together, so expect the GOP to have another manufactured crisis, to slow economy down!

  38. October 27, 2011 at 10:35 am

    OFA video on the student loan program.

  39. October 27, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I really love this TOD site.. it never disappoints with up-to-date and current information to read. I think I spend most of my time browsing TOD when I’m not working or studying.. and I leave the page open all day and refresh it when I need to check for any updates lol!

    I’m always looking for stories to read on PBO and the family, but there are not many consistent places online where the messages are positive for me to continue wanting to visit them. But this site is really great! I enjoy it every time I visit, and even though we are on different time-zones, I’m always waiting in vain to read the next stories while everyone is fast asleep on the other side of the world 🙂

    Thank you all so much for giving me a place to hang out daily to get my daily dose of the POTUS..because even when many who claimed to the Presidents back.. were actually the ones who threw him under the buss when times got tough.. but his REAL loyal supporters were with him (TOD fam of course).. This president has never disappointed me.. I am addicted to his message.

    I have never seen any PM (Prime Minister) or President, wake up a Country and have them take notice the way he does, ever since his 2004 speech for Kerry, I’ve been hooked, and to have the World watch him grow over the years, has been a great pleasure to see from the ‘outside looking in’.

    I’ve told many people online who are angry or frustrated with PBO, and threatening not to vote… that shiiiiiiiiiiiit… if you dont want your President…….. GIVE HIM TO US LOL!!! If you want to suffer at the hands of those moron Republicans (and living out of the USA, trust me, we can spot a political party full of bigots and greedy folks etc from a mile away.. and for the GOP to use the term ‘illegal aliens’ repeatedly during debates like the people arrived on UFO’s from outa space to migrate to the U.S, shocked the shit out of me that they refer to HUMAN BEINGS like that, I find it really disgusting)….. maybe its just a culture shock of terminology being used from two different countries (here we just use the term Overstayer for those living without a Visa who are overstaying their intended stay)….. just WOW @ the language they use in the GOP field *SMDH*

    Again, great site!!

    • 134 Fred
      October 27, 2011 at 11:03 am

      welcome Jen and keep posting 😀

    • 135 desertflower
      October 27, 2011 at 11:20 am

      Hi, Jen! Glad you’re here..

      • October 27, 2011 at 11:28 am

        thanks desertflower and Fred.. I’ve only commented here twice and don’t really say much.. I just do alot of reading when I’m on here hehehe.. Geez, the weather is getting hot here (It’s spring moving into summer).. its after 04:27 Friday, and here I am.. still on the TOD site ROFLMFAO!!! I’m a TOD junkie……. *guilty* lol thanks for the welcome though.. much appreciated 🙂

    • 138 AnitaW
      October 27, 2011 at 12:27 pm

      Welcome Jen,

      You are going to love it here. Keeping posting. Voices from all over are almost as good as the blog posts.

    • 139 Sue in Minnesota
      October 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      Welcome friend. So glad you feel at home here, and hope you’ll add your voice regularily to the conversation. We all love it here (I understand the draw, frankly I am addicted to TOD’s) and consider it an oasis of sanity, inspiration and good will. And it goes without saying……We LOVE our remarkable President, the reason we have all been brought together.

      New Zealand is a dream destination of mine….I hope I get there someday, as my parents planted seeds of excitement and enchantment from there own visits ‘down under.’

    • October 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      Hi Jen. I am also ‘from the outside looking in’ and see what you do. The GOP are bigots of the worst order! I have also been hooked on President Obama since the DNC speech of 2004 he is just amazing and since he became President it has been awesome watching him.
      Welcome to TOD, this really is such a gem of a site, so supportive not just of PBO but of each other too.

  40. 141 kefauver
    October 27, 2011 at 11:02 am

    You hear that? That’s the sound of Beltway/Firebagger memes crumbling to pieces.

    1. “Obama is bleeding away African-American support.” FALSE.

    2. “Looks like we’re headed toward a double-dip recession, this time for real.” FALSE, yet again.

  41. October 27, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Reading comments here is almost even better than reading the stories featured. The joy and love of our PBO is so overwhelming. I can say it fills my heart.

  42. October 27, 2011 at 11:18 am

    House GOP preparing another stopgap measure to fund government til x-mas.

    Their plan is telegraphed. We all know this crap, by heart!

  43. October 27, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Now, Cantor just told reporters that the House GOP is not waiting for the WH on jobs. That they have several de regulation and oil bills to pass and are waiting in the Senate to vote. WTF?

    You see, they are mocking him! Who was the third grader who thought of this strategy?

    How childish-

    • October 27, 2011 at 11:48 am

      Jovie, it’s too late, the 99% are awake and are not fooled by this chicanery.

      • 146 smoothscotch
        October 27, 2011 at 11:56 pm

        Thank goodness for that. Now they all need to VOTE IN THIER BEST INTEREST, not sit out. I wish I could have reached thru my TV and shake that ED and sometimes RACHEL in that 2010 debachle. My son tells me nobody can hear me when I’m screaming at the TV. This site I quite appreciate, at least you can get true info., some of those other sites like huffpo turned me off. I’m talking to my relatives in the US as well making sure they’re clued in and to ensure they will VOTE. Best I can do from outside, since I can’t vote or donate. This is in all our best interest. Canadian.

    • October 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      When they have those bills evaluated and can give us an estimate on which jobs and how many will be added, then they can use the term “jobs bills”. Just because they call it a jobs bill, doesn’t mean it’s going to create any new jobs!

  44. 148 dotster3
    October 27, 2011 at 11:35 am

    “Cain hires fellow Uncle Tom to call Dems racists”. I got interested in this Apostle Claver (Apostle Claver Kamau-Imani) when I saw him in clips on Bashir and Hardball yesterday, screaming and yelling at a Cain event that Dems are the racists. I don’t understand what motivates people like this. He founded some group called the Raging Elephants, is a tea party darling (they love to feature black people ranting about Obama). He’s a conservative (duh) Libertarian radio host, born again founder and pastor of Corinthian Christian Empowerment Movement church in Houston. He’s a Lamar U. grad, former vice chair of Libertarian Party in Tx. How can people like this guy and Cain ignore facts and truths of 40 years of recent history, yell lies at the top of their lungs? Anyone have any idea what is up with these kind of people, how they become so deluded, so hateful?

    • October 27, 2011 at 11:42 am

      I agree! When I saw the Martin Bashir video, even I was puzzled at how he could accuse the dems/liberals of being the things he was yelling into the mic.. his language and tone.. is quite odd coming from someone who is a ‘pastor’.. how does someone of the cloth.. spread that kind of filth of a message? I don’t know who ordains people like that.. but they need to be stripped of those duties.. its utterly disgraceful (and hell, I’m atheist LOL).. 😀

  45. October 27, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD’ville- Happy Thursday! 😆 😆
    I peeked around the neighbourhood a little bit before coming home and spotted this, which perked me right up though I didn’t read all of it. 😉

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/150365/Gallup-Finds-Significant-Drop-Unemployment-During-October.aspx?utm_source=add%2Bthis&utm_medium=addthis.com&utm_campaign=sharing#.Tql1tQEQqhc.twitter

    ‘The Government’s Next Unemployment Report
    Gallup is documenting a clear decline in unemployment and underemployment during October. Modeling based on statistical comparisons of Gallup’s unemployment data to the government’s seasonally adjusted data over time suggests that the Bureau of Labor Statistics could report an October unemployment rate of less than 9.0% on the first Friday in November.
    The improvement in Gallup’s measures may partly reflect seasonal factors, because Gallup’s data are not seasonally adjusted. However, Gallup did not see a similar decline in unemployment at this time last year, suggesting seasonal impacts are not the only factors in play.’

  46. 151 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 27, 2011 at 11:54 am

    John Bohner and his cohorts will be working only 6 days in January. I tweeted him and to get his proper address I did a search and found this . . .

    I am really disgusted with their shenanigans when people are suffering. Please lets tweet him to death today!
    Thanks

  47. October 27, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Chrysler reports 212 million dollar profit for quarter 3.

    Profit, you say?

    • 155 defytheodds
      October 27, 2011 at 1:01 pm

      More good auto news: For immediate release: Oct. 26, 2011

      A majority of UAW Chrysler members vote in favor of contract ratification

      The contract is the third and final agreement ratified with the domestic automakers in the 2011 auto talks.

      “This agreement adds 2,100 new UAW jobs which, together with jobs added at GM and Ford, mean more than 20,000 direct manufacturing jobs will be added to our economy,” said UAW President Bob King. “The Center for Automotive Research estimates the multiplier for other jobs created from an auto manufacturing job is 10, so these 20,000 direct auto manufacturing jobs, will create another 180,000 jobs in devastated communities across America. The UAW and the domestic auto companies are jump-starting the nation’s economic recovery,” King added.

      http://uaw.org/articles/majority-uaw-chrysler-members-vote-favor-contract-ratification

      • October 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm

        What I love about the collaborative culture at Chrysler is that they may have had to give up on some usual benefits in order to save their jobs and their company, but they’re getting huge bonus rewards as the company gets stronger and stronger. Didn’t each employee received an average of $8000 last year in bonuses? My figure might be a bit high because I’m working from memory, but it was significant. I’m so glad for these workers. I hope they vote for the party and the man who made this all possible.

        • 157 defytheodds
          October 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm

          theo67 here’re the bonus breakout: Each of Chrysler’s 26,000 UAW workers will receive a pretax payment of $1,750 in the next month for ratifying the deal. They could receive an additional $1,750 when Chrysler achieves certain undisclosed financial goals.

          UAW members at GM are to receive a $5,000 signing bonus, while most workers at Ford will receive $6,000, plus about $3,750 of profit-sharing, which will be paid in November.

          Overall this is a true American success story–Thank you President Obama.

          dto

        • 158 utaustinliberal
          October 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm

          Hiya Theo. They received $5000 in bonuses. Freaking sweeeet! All thanks to PBO bailing them out and making sure they were all restructured properly so as to become more efficient and more productive.

        • October 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm

          Thanks to both of you for the accurate info – and yes, thanks to President Obama for making this happen!

  48. 160 amari10
    October 27, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Hey Chips,

    I’m not sure if this has been posted yet but I want to bring to your attention or ‘re-bring’ to your attention the fact that FLOTUS is coming out with a White House kitchen garden cookbook:

    “Are you ready for Michelle Obama, kitchen goddess? The first lady’s pulling a Gwyneth Paltrow and publishing a cookbook. American Grown, on sale April 10, 2012, combines veggie growing tips with recipes inspired by Michelle’s White House garden.

    It’s a garden she’s toiled over since 2009. So have daughters Sasha and Malia, who help with the weeding “like it or not”. Despite being a gardening novice, Obama’s laid the groundwork for over 55 varietals of veggies. Stalks of black kale, bright yellow peppers, and beams of eggplant have grown from the most expansive garden the White House lawn has ever seen.”

    http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/food/michelle-obama-celebrity-chef-first-ladys-cookbook-to-share-homegrown-recipes-2596295/

    They have a picture of the cookbook cover.

  49. 161 elo4obama/biden
    October 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    http://www.c-span.org/Events/Sec-Clinton-on-the-Future-of-Afghanistan-Pakistan/10737425059-1/

    Just started watching SOS Clinton appear before congress. It was headlined as above but some rep is asking about fast and furious. Oh ending now. Anyone have info to share about this? I know it started under Bush. I sure hope the details come out and really bite the pubs on the butt. I listened to thim absolutle grill and be very disrespectful to Sec Nepolitano yesterday. Really trying to get folks to speak off the cuff so they can hang them with their own words. She too would only speak of what she knew, and did not take anyone’s word for what was or was not a statute or against the law.

    I also llistened to the admin for SBL and they were a lot more respectful, just lied about how all the regulations are hurting big and small banks. I think a few pubs also complained about the paperwork, then I heard a dem mention it was only 2 pages now, and the speed of applying online. Though it does seem more outreach has to take place, though I know they do not have the budget they’d really need for that. Of course it still go political with Barletta (?) from Pa. had the nerve to ask for an opinion regarding why so much aid to Pakistan when we can’t have lower rates for SBL here , and how follks are suffering when we’re aiding flood areas of Pakistan. One of the dems crushed him by reminding him of the hypocrosy of asking for dollar offsets for FEMA while appearing so concerned for Irene victims and the businesses that suffered. He tried to ask for time but was shut down. It really is reality tevee on the Hill. The pubs are usually such masters of playing to their base, but I think they are way overplaying their hand now.

  50. 163 Don
    October 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Hey Chips, will Carney do his press briefing today?

  51. 165 elo4obama/biden
    October 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live says 12.30, but has not started yet

  52. 166 Fred
    October 27, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    omg this is unbelievable.Can the DOJ do anything about that and why isn’t the media (I know it’s a worthless question 🙄 ) talking about that 😯 😯

    Report: South Dakota Removes Hundreds Of Native American Children From Their Homes, Collects Millions In Federal Funds

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/10/27/354306/south-dakota-removes-native-american-children/

    • October 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm

      NPR has had a daily feature on this topic for a few days now. I’ve been captivated by this topic and often find myself sitting in the car after parking so I can hear the rest of the story. What’s so sad is that the Governor has profited from allegedly monopolizing the child welfare activities that have snatched these children out of their homes into the group home system. And the Indian representative in the community won’t lift a finger to intervene, because he says he “trusts the state”, and doesn’t think anything is wrong. The stories have been heart wrenching. And this has been going on for years.

  53. October 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    HEADS UP!!! Press briefing HAS started! Jay is answering his first question.

  54. 170 elo4obama/biden
    October 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    the hour of the Jackals is upon us. Actually first question is in regard to the European deal last night

  55. October 27, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Has There Ever Been A Candidate Like Herman Cain?

    We’re begining to see some signs of gravity: chaos in the campaign, an obvious strategy to run for president as a money-making proposition through book sales and vastly increased speaker fees, staggering policy ignorance, meta and campy web ads that appeal to twentysomething ironists but not exactly the Christianists he needs … and yet, there is no sign yet that Cain is about to implode. In the last two days, both the NYT and the Fox News polls have Cain as the front-runner, with a quarter of the votes. Romney in both is several points behind, and Perry is now behind Gingrich. More to the point:


    Cain is particularly popular among Republican primary voters who identify as being a part of the Tea Party: he captures 32 percent to Romney’s 8 percent among this group. Cain also has a wide 15 percentage-point advantage over both Romney and Gingrich among white evangelicals.


    Nate Silver can’t find a historical parallel:


    Not only do I not know how I would go about estimating the likelihood that Mr. Cain will win the Republican nomination —I’m not sure that there is a good way to do so at all. But I do know what an analyst should not do: he should not use terms like “never” and “no chance” when applied to Mr. Cain’s chances of winning the nomination, as many analysts have.

    There is simply no precedent for a candidate like Mr. Cain, one with such strong polling but such weak fundamentals.

    My own take on this is that Cain is a great performer – he makes a living as a motivational speaker, after all – and the rest of the field is hobbled by one glaring problem respectively, while Cain isn’t. Perry is simply too dumb and lazy to be president. Romney too transparently opportunist for a purist party. Paul is disqualified because of foreign policy. Bachmann is a programmed bonkers-bot. Santorum is a frothy substance whose views of the world are frozen in place sometime around 1986. Gingrich is an asshole who could never win the presidency, and even those who like his permanent smirk/snarl understand that. Huntsman might as well be Al Sharpton, because of his views on climate change, gays and because of his working for Satan. No wonder Cain has a shot, given the debates. He is likable and brilliant at simple, effective presentation. He has the skills of an actor, and a roguish shamelessness that reminds me a little of Clinton. Even though you know he’s a total charlatan, you still kinda like the guy.

    He’s black too, and one cannot help but feel that some of his support is really a way of expressing hatred for Obama, and proving that the Tea Party is not racist.

    But Cain is a function, I think, of a deeper Republican reality. It has become a wing of the entertainment industry, and in that media-industrial complex, the money to be made is immense. You do not make that money or become a star in conservative circles by actually governing, by the process of compromise and negotiation with one’s opponents, or by detailed policy knowledge. In the universe where conservatism is defined by Levin and Malkin and Limbaugh and Hannity, you have to be a great polemicist, you have to be partisan above all, you need to be outrageous at times, and you have to appeal to the gut, rather than the brain.

    This is an entertainment company based around a religious identity politics and masquerading as a political party. Once you grasp that, you can see why a Mitch Daniels or a Richard Lugar or a Jon Huntsman are asterisks. They know things; they want to govern, not perform; and they are not in a permanent mode of marginalized and angry opposition.

    I’m beginning to wonder if the GOP is heading for a defeat they don’t see coming – even in an economic environment which should make the presidency theirs’ for the taking. I hope it is. Something needs to wake them up from their increasing detachment from the reality of governance.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/10/has-there-ever-been-a-candidate-like-herman-cain.html

    • 172 Mae who love our CIC
      October 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      Ri,
      The GOP has been playing games all along. Let the games continue!

    • 173 Lovepolitics2008
      October 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm

      God I wish they would suffer a defeat of historical proportions. They SO totally deserve it. The obstructionism, the mocking of institutional traditions, the lies, the propaganda, the peddling of hate via the air waves, the dirty tricks in the new voting laws, and most of all their deliberate sabotage of the economy and hurting ordinary americains in order to get back in power.

      Watching them getting rewarded in 2010 was infuriating. Not this time !!!!!

    • October 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      Motivational speaker?! Motivate to do what? Be an asshole?

      And, my burning question is..Why do they “hate Obama”? Because they’re told to? Because he actually cares about what happens to them and Cain doesn’t? It’s Orwell’s World and they’re living in it.

  56. October 27, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I think I love when Jay replies ‘I haven’t had that discussion with the President’. Eighty % of the time, I generally interpret that as ‘we were involved in more serious discussions’.

  57. October 27, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    If Perry Can’t Debate, How Can He Govern?
    Rick Perry is thinking about sitting out some of the debates. Ed Morrissey is perplexed:

    Perry needs some serious face time to re-energize his campaign, and he’s not going to get that by pulling a Jon Huntsman and staying off the stage. If he wants to make a point about protesting the number of debates that have been scheduled, that might be worth protesting — except that he’s attended fewer debates than almost everyone else on stage at this point, and his campaign isn’t making that case, at least not at the moment.

    But when you can bypass any forum like this and sell yourself directly in carefully controlled ads and speeches, that’s a pretty big temptation. Remember you-know-who? Friedersdorf thinks this shows that Perry isn’t fit to be president:

    This announcement is an admission that the Texas governor doesn’t even expect he can improve over time.

    Of course, it isn’t actually essential that a president be a good debater, but it is essential that he has a deep grasp of numerous issues, is a quick study, and can use the bully pulpit to good effect. As it happens, these are the very things at which Perry is failing miserably. Would you send him to meet with world leaders? To address the press corps of foreign nations on trips? To quickly understand the issues at play in a complex and unexpected crisis? To do Town Hall meetings where he persuades the American people to rally behind his policy initiatives? The guy isn’t even quick enough on his feet to get off a one liner about Mitt Romney’s tendency to flip flop. How would he handle a matter for which he wasn’t prepared?

    Kevin Drum pokes fun:

    Perry’s not hiding from anything. He’s just choosing to stay off national TV because it makes his dimness a little too painfully obvious to voters who are trying to choose a leader of the free world. Better to focus instead on what he’s best at: attack ads and laughably flimsy policy proposals

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/10/if-perry-cant-debate-how-can-he-govern.html

  58. October 27, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Jay: Don’t take my word for it, look at what independent economists say about [GOP] proposals. [In other words, do your jobs.]

    Answering question re supposed GOP job bills that were presented.

    Jay: I know it sticks in your craw that the President takes his message out …

    OUCH! OUCH! Say it like it is, Jay!

    • October 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm

      What’s the name of the faux-journalist who keeps annoying with his campaigning question? I missed it.

      • October 27, 2011 at 1:04 pm

        Jay: It’s a statement of fact. If you believe the data. [ooooo]

        I’m truly enjoying Jay’s schooling today! 😆 😆 The first time in a while I’ve actually followed the presser.

      • 180 elo4obama/biden
        October 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm

        Don’t know but boy he sure is obnoxious,. I thought I heard him say gangster when speaking of the prez taking it to the people., but I could be wrong as I was munching on popcorn. I loved thast Jay remnded him that the president has spoken to folks from all kinds of state colors- red blue and purple!

        And don’t ya just love all the whining- when did the President last talk to Boehner and and what’s with all the executive ordrers. Can he do that bypass congress uh uh why didn’t he do them sooner. Jay broke it tdown, these are not in the AJA and reminded them of other EO to keep out work folks in their hojmes and etc.

    • October 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm

      Carney actually said that ? Go Jay.

  59. October 27, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Absolute nonsensical question from Mike Viquera about OWS actions running counter to White House aims. Absolute BS. How is PBO responsible for the actions of OWS? These stenographers will cause me to develop hypertension. AAAAAGHHHH

  60. 183 dotster3
    October 27, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Oh Andrea Mitchell—-sigh again! She was so concerned that Obama was “so down in the mouth” during his west coast swing. Thanks for caring, Andrea, you faker. She followed that false impression by asking Jen Psaki of WH communications team if the OWS protesters will “really rattle Obama’s campaign?” Thanks for your (in)sincere concern, Andrea who always carries GOP water.

    • 184 jacquelineoboomer
      October 27, 2011 at 1:43 pm

      I’d like to splash some of that GOP water right into Andrea’s face. Like a wake-up call for her.

      But I don’t want to give her that much time.

    • 187 Linda
      October 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      I turned it on and lasted less than 30 seconds….she was saying that no Dems want to be seen with the President when he is out on the road…( or something like that )

      Why do I pay $92.00 a month just to get MSNBFOX ?

      • October 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm

        I sent good old concerned Andrea some tweets about her stupid right wing questions. That “down” meme was started by our old buddy Chuck Todd, the tool.

        • 189 Lovepolitics2008
          October 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm

          Even IF President Obama was a little bit energetic it could very well be that he was exhausted from the last few weeks (Lybia, Af/Pak, the Euro crisis, AJA, preparation of his executive orders on the economy, MLK speech, etc.) The man is not a machine…

  61. 190 nintendowii10
    October 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    more BatshitCrazy Bachmann madness 🙄 🙄

  62. 194 Bobfr
    October 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    All Blame And No Credit From The Professional Left Towards President Obama! bit.ly/vKA3x7 #KOCHMAFIAGOP loves their #GOPemoprog elfs

    Good to see the #GOPemoprogs getting called out.

    #PRESSON

  63. October 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Oh Jay. “I know 9 is a popular party in the republican party but 9% approval for congress can’t be what they had in mind.” Zinger!!!

  64. October 27, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    How do I get me one of these stenographers’ gig at the White House? Seriously I too want to try my hands at being a dumb GOP-enabling stenographer

    • October 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm

      ‘How do I get me one of these stenographers’ gig’

      I was thinking along similar lines earlier. I could do what they are doing, in fact so could high school students. I mean, none of the vocal players seem to have a clue that they can do some research on their own, or that their questions should seek to enhance/clarify the political dialogue. This group just seems totally obsessed with the President and not at all about the country and the impact lack of appropriate legislation is having on the average joe. I’ve been wondering in fact if journalism courses teach how to ask thoughtful questions, and why these jokers missed this part of the training.

  65. 200 elo4obama/biden
    October 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Oh no! Jake just broke the front rows heart again. Someone just asked how is Prez Obama apprised of OWS and Jay said he reads up on it usually not much TV watching. There was much groaning and chuckling, and he aplogized to the front row, kinda like ooops I guess I should not have said that.

  66. October 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    JAY-TALKING: Here’s what you need to know from Thursday’s White House briefing with press secretary Jay Carney:

    — Carney made a decent Herman Cain joke as he cited a poll that said Congress has a 9 percent approval rating: “I know that nine is a popular number in the Republican Party, but this can’t possibly be the nine that they want.”

    — President Obama is “operating well within the balance of his authority” to issue executive orders to help the economy, Carney said in response to House Speaker John Boehner’s concerns. He also added, “I would respectfully suggest to the speaker that perhaps he should and the House should” focus on the economy.

    — Carney explained Obama’s destinations of choice to talk about his economic plans thusly: “I think he has been around the country including to places that are blue and purple and red.”

    — Obama is aware of the violence between “Occupy” protesters and Oakland police, Carney said, though he said he didn’t know if Obama had seen the footage.
    Pool-

  67. 204 jacquelineoboomer
    October 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    My son sent me the “Occupy Trenton” livestream from the New Jersey State House where Chris Christie rules. Have been checking it every now and then since last evening, but there’s not much action. Their tag says they’ve been there for 22 days. I’ve only spotted a few protesters, although their camera shot is very restrictive. A little while ago, three or four state troopers showed up, reminding them to “move the gas can away from the generator” and mentioning “a letter” they had received about what could and could not be brought to the site, etc. Downtown Trenton is a hubbub of state workers during the day, and pretty deserted at night (unless something’s changed since I’ve been there – and that’s been a while). Anyway, this small group is hanging in there:

    http://www.livestream.com/occupynj_statehouse

  68. October 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    for those who like the bikini graphs a follow up to Jovies post above.

    Estimate of GDP for the Third Quarter of 2011 Up 2.5%

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/10/todays-report-shows-that-economy-posted.html

  69. 208 nintendowii10
    October 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    And it gets even worse:

    Bizarre Anti-Welfare Board Game Re-Released With ‘Obozo The Marxist Clown’

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/10/anti-welfare_board_game_re-released_with_obozo_the.php?ref=fpb

    • 209 Sue in Minnesota
      October 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      Takes too much energy to hate these neanderthals, not to mention the self destructive nature of hate…..guess I better try praying that these sorry creatures be brought into the light. Sigh!

    • October 27, 2011 at 7:10 pm

      I think the President has more hair on top. Love the dated late 60’s early 70’s style clown outfit.


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