rise and shine – it’s friday


AJC: Pushing a campaign to act without Congress, President Barack Obama will announce on Friday two more executive actions on the economy, both of them small steps intended to give a boost to businesses.

The moves cap a week in which Obama has sought to employ the power of his office as he struggles to make headway on his jobs bill on Capitol Hill.

Obama is directing government agencies to shorten the time it takes for federal research to turn into commercial products in the marketplace. The goal is to help startup companies and small businesses create jobs and expand their operations more quickly.

On the other front, Obama is calling for creation of a centralized online site, to be known as BusinessUSA, for companies to easily find information on federal services. The site is to be up and running within 90 days and will be designed with input from U.S. businesses.

Obama is announcing both steps in presidential memos to be released Friday morning, according to administration officials.

More here


Washington Post: The U.S. economy grew at its fastest clip in a year during late summer as consumers and businesses shrugged off fears of a new recession, according to government data released Thursday that helped drive the stock market to its best day since August.

Investors were also cheered by overnight news that European leaders have reached an agreement on how to address their continent’s debt crisis, and the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index ended the day up 3.4 percent. European markets were up even more sharply, with the German Dax index up 5.3 percent.

The agreement in Europe still has many details to be filled in, and the 2.5 percent pace of U.S. economic expansion in the third quarter isn’t enough to bring unemployment down quickly, even if it is sustained. But on both sides of the Atlantic, the news on Thursday offered a sense of relief: Maybe the world isn’t falling apart after all.

Full article here

National Journal: On the surface, it seems surprising that the U.S. economy nearly doubled its growth in the third quarter.

July brought tense debt-ceiling negotiations and threat of a government default. In August, a top credit ratings agency cut the United States’ top AAA rating. Concerns over European sovereign debt seeped into the U.S. and grew in September as the situation across the Atlantic appeared to be rapidly unraveling. Congress announced no major steps to fix the economy and the weak housing and labor markets treaded water.

But on Thursday, the Commerce Department announced that gross domestic product grew by 2.5 percent during that time, up from just 0.9 percent in the first half of the year.

While 2.5 percent GDP growth hardly signals boom times, it seems to fly in the face of those major headwinds. But economists say it reflects a gradual climb out of recession rather than a rapid shift in the country’s fortune.

…. The good news is that the third quarter shared many of the same uncertainties that are likely to shape the fourth: uncertainty over the budget and deficit, threat of a downgrade, and the European debt crisis. The economy, while hardly in fighting shape, pulled through the third quarter to eke out 2.5 percent GDP growth — which is not too shabby.

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AP: He is the man with the mustache who takes a rebellious drag on a cigarette in the Herman Cain Internet ad gone viral …. Meet Mark Block, Cain’s unorthodox campaign manager …. a Republican strategist and tea party leader who’s left a trail of questionable campaign work behind him.

Block has been accused of voter suppression and was banned from running Wisconsin political campaigns for three years to settle accusations he coordinated a judge’s re-election campaign with a special interest group.

Records show Block has faced foreclosure on his home, a tax warrant by the Internal Revenue Service and a lawsuit for an unpaid bill. He also acknowledges he was arrested twice for drunken driving…..

Full article here



Eugene Robinson: The hard-right conservatives who dominate the Republican Party claim to despise the redistribution of wealth, but secretly they love it – as long as the process involves depriving the poor and middle class to benefit the rich, not the other way around.

That is precisely what has been happening, as a jaw-dropping new report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office demonstrates. Three decades of trickle-down economic theory, see-no-evil deregulation and tax-cutting fervor have led to massive redistribution. Another word for what’s been happening might be theft.

Full article here



ThinkProgress: House Republicans took the government to the brink of shutdown last spring by demanding across-the-board budget cuts to many vital programs. Instead of focusing on job creation, as Americans wanted them to, the GOP turned its attention to slashing funds for programs that funded assistance for women and children, local law enforcement, the social safety net, environmental protections, and many other programs they deemed as either too expensive or unnecessary. Worse, when challenged on why they hadn’t made the effort to tackle high unemployment, Republicans insisted that their slash-and-burn budget cuts were meant to create jobs.

….. According to a new report from the Center for American Progress’ Scott Lilly, those cuts didn’t result in the job creating boon Republicans insisted would follow. Instead, it has done just the opposite, as those cuts will result in the destruction of roughly 370,000 jobs……

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First lady Michelle Obama visited three Florida cities on Thursday for campaign fundraisers…. “This has been a great day,” the first lady told supporters in Ft. Lauderdale. “This is my third city in one day. And I go home tonight and Barack and I get up and go to parent-teacher conference tomorrow morning.”

“Just so you know,” she said. “Just handling our business.”



The Hill: The government’s bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac might end up costing taxpayers billions less than originally estimated, the mortgage giants’ regulator said Thursday.

In a new report, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) said the actual performance of the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) had been “substantially better” than originally projected, lowering the overall bill for the bailout, a longtime sore spot with GOP lawmakers.

…. So far, Fannie and Freddie are beating bailout expectations. In the first year of projections, the GSEs actually tapped the Treasury Department for $19 billion to $73 billion less than anticipated, depending on what scenario was applied.

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159 Responses to “rise and shine – it’s friday”

  1. October 28, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  2. October 28, 2011 at 8:51 am

    uh oh

    and FYI, Tonight’s newscast: Blago’s brother wrote to EACH congressman (that would be 10) serving on the ethics committee about Jackson and his willingness to testify against Jackson.



    Rob Blagojevich wants to speak to ethics panel about Rep. Jackson

    Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s brother has personally written to 10 members of Congress with an offer to testify before an ethics committee that last week re-launched its investigation of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.).

    Robert Blagojevich said Thursday that he sent letters to all the members of the U.S. House Committee on Ethics because: “I believe I have information I think will help them find the truth” on Jackson.

    He offered his testimony or to be interviewed about Jackson’s effort to secure an appointment by then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich in late 2008 to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant with the election of President Barack Obama.

    “Based on what I know, I believe Jesse Jackson Jr. has a lot of unanswered questions that he needs to answer,” Robert Blagojevich said. “There are a lot of unanswered questions he should be required to answer.”

    Robert Blagojevich suggested he might have more details to share that did not yet come out. Tried with his brother in federal court last year, Robert Blagojevich testified in his own defense, telling jurors he was approached by two Jackson supporters on separate occasions in 2008 with an offer: Get his brother to give Jackson the Senate appointment, and Jackson would give the governor campaign cash. Robert Blagojevich was heading his brother’s campaign fund at the time.

    Robert Blagojevich said Rajinder Bedi, a state official, met with him in late October 2008, offering more than $1 million for the seat on Jackson’s behalf. Bedi testified as a prosecution witness that he had met with Jackson earlier on the same day that he met with Robert Blagojevich and that both fund-raising and the Senate seat were discussed in Jackson’s presence. Bedi also testified that, when he passed along the offer, Robert Blagojevich turned it down.

    The second approach, according to Robert Blagojevich’s testimony, came on Oct. 31, 2008. Jackson friend Raghu Nayak approached him with a $6 million offer — $1 million up front and Jackson would raise another $5 million for the governor once Jackson was appointed to the Senate, he said. He said he again turned it down.

    “I very definitely got the impression that they were representing Jackson,” Robert Blagojevich said.


    • 3 anniebella
      October 28, 2011 at 9:03 am

      How about Blagojevich, go somewhere and jump off the nearest bridge. I don’t really mean that, but he ought to go somewhere and get his life togehter instead of trying to cause trouble for someone else.

      • 4 57andFemale
        October 28, 2011 at 10:35 am

        There is nothing wrong with Jackson answering to the ethics committee about this.

        That being said, it’s only ever Democrats who have to answer. Republicans do these things daily with impunity.

        Disclosure: I’m not the biggest fan of Jesse Jackson. He’s far too willing to stab the President in the back if it gets him attention.

    • 5 dotster3
      October 28, 2011 at 10:01 am

      The only new info here is that Blago’s brother is now making this extra effort, likely trying to reduce the 30 yr. prison sentence that Blago is facing. Just from being a casual observer of Blago’s trial, I knew all these details re. Jackson Jr. I will say that Blago’s brother, Robert, came out of that trial with a sterling reputation in tact by all reports, received praise for his honesty and integrity. I was not a big fan of Blago, thought he was immature and in over his head as gov., and had this false bravado about him covering up for feelings of inferiority. But I always felt this trial had more than a little of the personal in it with prosecutor Fitzgerald, overselling Blago’s alleged crimes, saying Lincoln would be rolling in his grave etc. as if Blago was a serial killer. And I still can’t believe that Blago is facing a 30 yr. sentence for making threats about wheeling and dealing, even tho not one penny ever changed hands. There is so much worse happening in politics all over the place every day where there is actual quid pro quo. Check almost every Repub politican in the country’s modus operandi. As for Jackson, we will see. It looks like there are some out to get him. I think he has been on Fitzgerald’s list since he arrived in Illinois.

      • 6 57andFemale
        October 28, 2011 at 10:39 am

        I agree with you. Blago was, in my opinion, immature in dealing with a formidable political state government system (from both parties), but I don’t think he was in over his head when it came to policy. But he would not engage maturely with the governing bodies that he needed to engage, which was stupid.

        If Fitzgerald was sooooo outraged over Blago’s behavior, then he should be instituting lawsuits against every Republican elected official in the country. When he went so over the top, it was clear this was a Republican hit job.

        Remember, it was Fitzgerald who allowed Karl Rove to testify in the Valerie Plame issue when he wanted, how he wanted, about what he wanted and was allowed to amend his testimony when he was caught lying. That wasn’t enough of an outrage for Patrick Fitzgerald, was it?

        He’s a disgrace.

  3. October 28, 2011 at 8:54 am

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. consumer spending rose in September as Americans saved less to fund purchases amid weak income growth, which could cast doubts over the durability of the third-quarter’s economic growth spurt.

    The Commerce Department said consumer spending increased 0.6 percent, matching expectations, after an unrevised 0.2 percent gain in August. Spending accounts for about 70 percent of U.S. economic activity.


  4. 8 Sue in Minnesota
    October 28, 2011 at 8:58 am

    It’s Friday and I am in love, love,love with our remarkable President, our Flotus and family. Live long and strong Obama’s!

  5. October 28, 2011 at 8:59 am

    October 27, 2011
    The magic that is Mitt

    The accelerating simplicity of President Obama’s reelection strategy, as phrased by a “Democratic operative”:

    The thing that is unique about Romney … is that if you close your eyes and have somebody read the attacks on Romney it would be impossible to know if it’s coming from Perry, [Rick] Santorum, the DNC, [Democratic strategist Bill] Burton or [Obama spokesman Ben] LaBolt: that he doesn’t believe anything, that you can’t trust him, that he’s a flip-flopping weasel.

    In other words, the Obama campaign is unburdened by most presidential campaigns’ foremost, and most formidable, challenge: defining the opposition early, simply, and negatively. For as the operative added:

    The fight [Romney’s] having in the primary is the fight he’s gonna have in the general.

    Mitt will be exhausted by next summer, while Obama’s prep-work and framing are being done for him — by the former governor’s Republican opponents.

    Meanwhile, Romney can rely on the exceptionally charmless policies and downright ghoulish personalities of Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and Eric Cantor to further depress the Republican brand generically. My guess is that the Romney staff is frantically calling the GOP’s congressional conference and leaving the message, “Put a fucking sock in it”; but, well, boys will be boys. Especially these boys.

    I tell you, I almost feel sorry for Romney. He’s willing to be blue, be red, be a McGovern or Eisenhower, be a progressive or pseudoconservative — to be anything and everything he can be — and yet he’s blocked at every turn. And God knows he makes a lot of those.


    • 10 hopefruit2
      October 28, 2011 at 9:11 am

      Romney is counting on the MSM, PL, OWS doing his work for him. They will all serve to undermine the President while promoting the false equivalency of “both sides do it- Dems and Repubs are no different from each other.”

      • October 28, 2011 at 9:32 am

        I think Romney is counting on the fact that there is not one candidate that can beat him. Though he has not gained in popularity, the rest seem to hit peaks and valleys while he remains steady. Ultimately, I believe he is counting on the fact that Republicans only care about one thing, and that that is getting rid of Obama, and will hold their nose and vote for any nominee.

      • 12 dotster3
        October 28, 2011 at 10:09 am

        I still can’t believe 60 Minutes is jumping in to try to make smarmy, smug, intolerable Cantor into someone warm and fuzzy and lovable. Is there no segment of our MSM that still has integrity and is not in on the propping up of the Republican message?

        • 13 hopefruit2
          October 28, 2011 at 10:25 am

          The good news is that whenever the MSM tries to take one of the GOP seriously and make them into something they aren’t, they usually tank quickly afterwards. The MSM is losing it’s credibility with the public where Republicans are concerned.

          • 14 Debz
            October 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm

            Cantor’s poll numbers in his district must be going down, so he wants to show how “human” he is. Too bad no one will believe it, he can try to repackage himself but he can not change who he is.

  6. October 28, 2011 at 9:01 am

    October 27, 2011
    The ultimate, right-wing cop-out

    OK, now we understand. We finally comprehend why the GOP presidential field is sated with clueless ideologues, unschooled blowhards, professional quacks, vocational swindlers, buffoons, halfwits and irremediable mossbacks.


    It’s Obama’s fault.

    No, really. Here’s WaPo’s Jennifer Rubin to explain:

    There is a certain hubris to run for president when you lack virtually every qualification other than age and citizenship. Alas, after Barack Obama the notion of preparedness went out of potential candidates’ decision-making process.

    Of course, there’s an alternative explanation as to why so many unprepared, pseudoconservative egotists are running for president. Alas, after George W. Bush the notion of having to confront an intellectually demanding conservative press went out of potential candidates’ decision-making process.


  7. October 28, 2011 at 9:02 am

    October 26, 2011
    Paul Ryan: technocratic whiz kid

    Paul Ryan self-promotes as a kind of technocratic whiz kid of the modern medievalism known as the Republican Party. His ideological compatriots love to propagate the whiz myth, hence political monasteries of the very right kind of thinking, such as the Heritage Foundation, originally financed by Rocky Mountain suds money and partially directed by unholy scandalmongers such as Richard Mellon Scaife, also love to host this unctuous ass of a U.S. representative.

    And Ryan gets unctuous-er every day, or morning, as the case may be, which it was today, in a speech, yep, at Heritage. There, this Wisconsin (wouldn’t you know it) Republican accused President Obama of “sowing social unrest and class resentment … [and] preying on the emotions of fear, envy and resentment.” How? By advocating a jobs program, in the midst of nearly unprecedented joblessness. Oh my.

    Who knows? Did it occur to Ryan that in accusing the president of sowing all that undesirable stuff, in addition to fear-mongering, that he himself was sowing some rather nasty business and doing a bit of fear-mongering, too? I’d like to think so, but only because I like my whiz kids to possess at least half a wit. But to watch Ryan in action, one wonders.

    I don’t mean to suggest he’s stupid. Not at all. He is, however, stunningly obvious in his arguments — and that sort of thing tends, in my book, to subtract from one’s proper reputation for whiz kiddism.

    Obama “is going from town to town,” charged Ryan, “impugning the motives of Republicans, setting up straw men and scapegoats, and engaging in intellectually lazy arguments, as he tries to build support for punitive tax hikes on job creators.” Well, there you go: a script as intellectually lazy and scapegoating as a political script can get. In said midst of said joblessness, the president is pressuring Congress to aggressively penalize job creators?

    To me, what’s most frightening about ideological twits like Ryan is not, in fact, their frightening ideology. It is, rather, their seeming disloyalty to any authentic ideology and their extravagant randiness instead to simply say anything that they think will politically harm Obama. These boys have no core, no — egads, sorry for the cliche — “authenticity,” no soul.


    • October 28, 2011 at 9:13 am

      I agree they have no authenticity and no soul and that’s why their appeal will be very limited to the very circumscribed venues they choose to appear at. These people will speak at Heritage or to other little groups they feel “comfortable” with, but they run in fear from a diverse crowd. Compare the video and the sheer lovableness of the president with what Carpenter beautifully terms the ghoulishness of the R’s and then ask who’s going to be the more believable. Those moments in the video were natural ones, not the carefully scripted (smile now, Mitt, now raise an eyebrow, now shake a hand) Romney attempts to be human.

    • 18 dotster3
      October 28, 2011 at 10:19 am

      So true about these GOP “twits”——no core, no authenticity, no soul and no decency. There’s something basic missing in all of them. A complete lack of compassion and empathy, a coldness and selfishness run amok.

  8. October 28, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Ray LaHood Calls Out Fellow Republicans

    I love this site, Republicans for Obama, I hope they get lots of converts.

    • 21 theo67
      October 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      I don’t think anyone can deny that there was a definite frustration and sensitive nerve just waiting to be struck – a ticking time bomb, so to speak. But, I also think that striking a nerve, and then utilizing that energy to effect real and tangible and sensible change are two different things. It’s one thing to speak to frustration and rally people to acknowledge that the system is corrupt and corporations are greedy. That’s the easy part. People were indeed ripe for the picking, ready to acknowledge that they’ve finally woken up and seen the light.

      It’s quite another thing to then say – well, what are we going to do about it. To simply keep stating that corporations are greedy is no better than a child saying over and over that they don’t like something, “just because”. Well, what are you going to do about it? Are you going to lobby for Congress to pass the AJA,which will ensure teachers and firefighters and police are put back to work? Or secure funding and benefits for returning military personnel? Or put construction workers back to work? Are you going to point out the obstructive and destructive actions of the GOP to draw a sharp contrast as we enter and election year? Are you going to rally behind the executive actions being taken by the Obama administration to bring relief to students and homeowners? Or even acknowledge that there is basically one man working against an entire system? Are you even going to call out the media and charge them to do their jobs?

      Or are you going to camp out and chant slogans and accuse both parties of being the same? Are you going to waste the valuable energy that has been ignited by this movement, and then complain that you are powerless to effect any change and that it’s everyone else’s fault? By all means, strike a nerve, rally the country. But then do something tangible to bring about the changes that you want to see. And open your eyes to see who’s working for you and who’s working against you.

  9. October 28, 2011 at 9:07 am

    The Origins Of Rick Perry’s Call To Release Obama’s Grades

    Jillian Rayfield October 28, 2011, 6:00 AM 229015It’s become fashionable among some birthers to shift from calling for President Obama’s birth certificate to instead call for his school records.

    As TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro put it this week, making digs about Obama’s grades “is a key component of a less-than-subtle birther conspiracy that Obama got into Harvard for reasons, you know, other than his intelligence.”

    But where did this latest conspiracy theory come from? Tough to say for sure, but it seems likely that like most not-crazy ideas, this one came from a chain e-mail.

    Back in June 2009, World Net Daily, the birther-est of birther sites, claimed that many of Obama’s school records — from Kindergarten in Hawaii through his time at Occidental College, and then on to Columbia undergraduate and Harvard Law School — are missing. The argument was summed up by WND columnist Jack Cashill who said, “If Obama’s LSAT scores merited admission (to Harvard), we would know about them. We don’t. The Obama camp guards those scores, like his SAT scores, more tightly that Iran does its nuclear secrets.”

    Fast forward to this week, when Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry dabbled in traditional birtherism, and then made the leap to the school records question. Perry started off by saying that he doesn’t “have any idea” if Obama’s long-form birth certificate is real. But he told CNBC’s John Harwood: “I’m really not worried about the president’s birth certificate [but] it’s fun to poke at him a little bit and say ‘hey, how about let’s see your grades and your birth certificate.’”

    Back when he was teasing the media with the idea of a presidential run, Donald Trump took the release of Obama’s long-form birth certificate in stride, instead pivoting to the grades theory: “The word is,” Trump said at the time, Obama “was a terrible student when he went to Occidental [College]. He then gets to Columbia. He then gets to Harvard.”

    “I don’t know why he doesn’t release his records,” Trump said. “Why doesn’t he release his Occidental records?”

    Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips had similar concerns after the release of the long-form birth certificate, but he touched on something else: “I have found it very disturbing that president Obama has not released all his records,” he told TPM in April, adding that there’s a “rumor that Obama attended Occidental [College] on a scholarship reserved for foreign students.”


    • 23 dotster3
      October 28, 2011 at 10:32 am

      I was going to say that all this garbage came about after Perry had his big mtg. with the buffoon Trump. Trump was out yelling crazy stuff from the fringiest of fringe sites, ready and willing to believe anything some crazy nut said about Obama in order to confirm his hate. And dumb Perry just took Trump’s conspiracy theories and dumbly ran with them. Ugliness personified. Beyond disgusting, the whole lot of them.

    • 24 theo67
      October 28, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      Personally, I could care less about grades from President Obama’s teenage years, considering the man is 50 years old, has a lifetime of achievements, and has demonstrated himself to be the smartest guy in any room he’s in, and the most capable. This is stupid, as are the people who are focused on this issue when their candidates are clearly either heartless, demented or brainless. I almost feel like adding the tag line “these people make me sick” after each statement about the GOP. I say it in my head…

    • October 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm

      Politics aside, the only real “question” about President Barack Obama’s intelligence is whether this man, already apparently one of the smartest and most capable people on Earth, is in fact *the* smartest and most capable person on Earth.

      (Actually, that question is almost impossible to answer, especially given present technology.)

  10. October 28, 2011 at 9:08 am

    REPORT: House GOP’s ‘Job Creating’ Spending Cuts Destroyed 370,000 Jobs


    Can all the tweeters, bloggers, facebookers and talkers – spread the word about this one.

    • 27 hopefruit2
      October 28, 2011 at 9:12 am

      Thanks WIW….off to tweet!

    • 28 Ladyhawke
      October 28, 2011 at 9:21 am

      REPUBLICAN JOB CREATION – The GOP keeping millions unemployed to put one man out of work.


      Shortly after gaining the House of Representatives in 2010 the new Speaker of the House, John Boehner, made the welcome claim that the primary purpose of the Republican Party was to increase employment. His exact words were:

      “We’re going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs.”

      The following, therefore, is a chronological list of legislative activities by the GOP beginning 2-10-2011. I’m sorry to report that none, so far, have resulted in a single new job being created in America.

      (1) Attempted curtailing of abortion rights.

      (2) Attempted defunding of Planned Parenthood.

      (3) Attempted defunding of NPR.

      (4) Investigating Muslims.

      (5) Declaring English as America’s Official Language.

      (6) Reaffirming “In God We Trust”. Yawn.

      (7) 3-28-2011: Challenging AARP’s tax-exempt status.

      (8) 4-1-2011: Approved defunct funding for failed religious schools.

      (9) 4-6-2011: Attempt to destroy Medicaid.

      (10) 4-8-2011: Attempt to destroy Planned Parenthood.

      (11) 4-11-2011: Planning on shutting down the government

      (12) 4-13-2011: Attempt to destroy the EPA.

      (13) 4-15-2011: Attempting to eliminate financial counseling.

      (14) 4-18-2011: Passed a House budget that gives $4 trillion in tax cuts to the rich.

      (15) 4-20-2011: Spent $500,000 to discriminate against gays.


      More GOP atrocities documented here…


    • 29 GGail
      October 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks WiW!
      I sent it to Michigan and Utah!

  11. 30 Fred
    October 28, 2011 at 9:11 am

    good morning TOD family

  12. October 28, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Big news this morning- what you have not heard? Us donors are holding out, as Obama is losing his donor base?
    Really ?

    • 36 hopefruit2
      October 28, 2011 at 9:13 am

      This meme of Obama losing donors is as as stale, false, and ridiculous as the birth certificate meme.

      • 37 57andFemale
        October 28, 2011 at 11:45 am

        And some of us — call us crazy — are budgeting our donations because the election is over a year away and Obama has no challenger. We are ‘small’ donors and understand that giving the maximum now means we have no leverage next summer. Duh.

        That being said, why isn’t the story about how many MORE donations Obama has received? Never the narrative, is it?

    • October 28, 2011 at 9:20 am

      First headline I saw this morning:

      Obama lost many donors from ’08 presidential race
      President Barack Obama has lost millions of dollars in support from former donors in Democratic strongholds and in districts that he won narrowly four years ago, according to an Associated Press analysis of the most recent federal campaign finance data.

      Needless to say, I didn’t bother reading it. They are all digging to the bottom of the barrel. Crazy media getting crazier every day.

      • October 28, 2011 at 9:53 am

        Yep. First headline I saw early this morning as well. I shook my head and moved on……didn’t even click on it.

        • 40 edp4bho
          October 28, 2011 at 9:59 am

          One of the first headlines on the radio. So, where did all those donations to put him over the top come from? Right ?

        • 41 JoJothecat
          October 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm

          Yep and its all over the radio……and what about the GOP? crickets……crickets…..crickkets….

      • 42 utaustinliberal
        October 28, 2011 at 10:09 am

        The media really is getting laughably desperate. It irks them endlessly that every quarter heck every fundraising event, PBO knocks their dumb projections out of the park. People are donating in droves; small and big donors alike. They’re all scared and pissed that PBO is bypassing their republican schilling methods and going directly to the American people to sell his jobs plans and executive decisions to grow the economy; so what do they do? They begin the same old crappy lie filled meme that PBO has lost many donors from the ’08 Presidential race.

      • 43 dotster3
        October 28, 2011 at 10:38 am

        We were laughing this a.m. at some AP story about the stock market surge. They always add a “but” to every good news for Obama story they have to report. It was something like ‘stock market surges BUT other economic news is grim’—-something like that. They can never just straight up report good news, they always have to add a qualifier, a negative slant. It’s just desperation, and it’s a sad, sad era for our news media.

        • 44 edp4bho
          October 28, 2011 at 11:05 am

          You’ve noticed that too….LOL. I find myself going “…….,.but ” whenever NPR or KYW here make their economic pronouncements on Fridays. This in itself is enough to convince us the entire msm is re-thuggish. I do not remember all the conditional reporting during Bushie’s reign of dumbness.

      • 46 COS
        October 28, 2011 at 11:49 am

        I was listening o the radio and heard the same. The commentator added that it is possible that Mitt Romney is benefiting from those donors. MSM never stop. I did see Candy Crowley discussing PBO’s rise in the gallup polls, but I had my mute button on. I always turn CNN on every morning to read the crawler at the bottom of the screen.

      • 47 nathkatun7
        October 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm

        If all of us –that is the million who donated to his campaign- donated 10 dollars to day, we could help the President raise 10 million dollars. I just donated $25 dollars in response to all these negative headlines about President Obama loosing many donors.

    • 48 Fred
      October 28, 2011 at 10:44 am

      yeah first thing I saw too on my abc7 ticker when I woke up.I gave it one huge eyeroll and switched channels 🙄

  13. October 28, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Friday, October 28, 2011
    Michele M. Bachmann Will You Please Go Now?
    Posted by Zandar

    The party’s over for the Bachmanniac as the floundering Republicans eat their own ahead of January’s primaries.

    It’s time for Michelle [sic] Bachmann to go,” reads the first line of a statement from American Majority President Ned Ryun. His group operates in seven states, trains thousands of tea party supporters and is “liked” by over 371,000 people on Facebook.

    “Bachmann, the leader of the so-called tea party caucus in the House and the most vocal about her affiliation with the Tea Party than any other Presidential candidate, has consistently presented herself as a champion of the movement and its values,” Ryun’s statement continued.

    “Bachmann has ridden her tea party credentials from obscurity to a national platform like no other.”
    Bachmann campaign manager Keith Nahigian responded in a statement.

    “The strength of the Tea Party is all individual’s opinions are valued but the no single leader speaks for it. Mr. Ryun, who supports Texas Gov. Rick Perry, is entitled to his own opinion. And that’s exactly what he is expressing. Michele Bachmann enjoys strong support from Americans across party lines and that certainly includes the Tea Party. She will continue to be a strong advocate for the values and principles reflected by the Tea Party as works toward a victory in the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses as she seeks to win the Republican nomination.”

    Ryun denies he supports Perry, telling CNN: “I liked his plan that he came out with earlier in the week. And I said as much in a blog post. But I have not, and neither has American Majority endorsed anybody.”

    American Majority’s rebuke of Bachmann marks the first time a well-known tea party group has turned on one of its own in the presidential race – a candidate who so frequently pushes tea party values it’s become a key underpinning of her White House bid.

    Republicans are quickly realizing that the media smokescreen about the “conventional wisdom that President Obama is doomed” is so much bullpucky, and that the President’s numbers remain steady while the Republicans are falling on their faces. President Obama continues to lead head to head match-ups with any Republican, time and time again.

    Bachmann’s own numbers have dropped off a cliff. Republicans are clearing the decks of the crazies because they’re realizing if one of them is allowed to win the primary, they lose to Obama. The problem of course is all of them are crazy.


    • October 28, 2011 at 9:49 am

      I think it’s more the Teabaggers don’t want Romney and they see the far right/teabaggers are splitting their vote three ways and that they need to unite around one candidate. Bachmann drops out and her 7-8% goes to Cain or Perry, I’d guess more likely Perry. So if Perry got a 5 point boost, he’d have some momentum to brag about, and re-enter the contender picture. As Cain starts to fade, Perry would be there to pick up the pieces.

      Cain is Koch man, but so is Perry. I think this Cain stuff was just a distraction to give Perry some breathing room to relaunch his campaign. I think Cain could be taken down rather quickly once Perry’s campaign is ready to hit the ground running. At least 80% of Cain supporters would go to Perry when that happens. Santorum’s supporters would go Perry over the Mormon as well.

      Perry NEEDS Iowa, but Bachmann has been there the longest. Get her to drop out and Perry might have a chance. With only two months to Iowa I can’t see Bachmann getting out now though. Even if she is running in debt, she’ll just camp out in Iowa the next two months and hope for a win there.

  14. October 28, 2011 at 9:21 am

    WH Joins with OneMoms – Moms Making a Difference


    The folks at the WH just seem to be everywhere. Ya gotta love these folks.

  15. October 28, 2011 at 9:24 am

    IMHO this is a BFD. I am hoping you folks can help me share the news.

    Folks always scream during a bailout but never mention when it gets paid back or costs less than expected

    Fannie, Freddie bailout might cost taxpayers billions less than estimated

  16. 64 prettyfoot58
    October 28, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Good Morning…my TODers….

    i hope that everyone is well…i found out yesterday that my dad’s lung cancer may have returned…but we won’t really know until the tests are back…i was in a chill mode yesterday…

    today i came back to the blog…a place so full of light and energy…

    i see that we are soon to be in Halloween mode,,,everyone being assigned a mask to wear of their fav bozo…gotta love that…

    a lil while ago someone mentioned that we should go to the dem convention in Charlotte…i liked that idea…yesterday i got an email from the PA Dems…announcing a contest to win an all expenses paid trip to the convention complete with hotel stay….Imagine that…of course i signed up…

    but it would be great if we could get the to convention…and meet up….

    as always….this place is a place of information…comraderie and fun…Thank you Chips and my fellow TODers

    have a great day….

    • 65 hopefruit2
      October 28, 2011 at 9:52 am

      prettyfoot sorry to hear about your dad… our thoughts are with your him you and your family..and lets hope that the test results come back negative.

      On a lighter note, for Halloween please feel free to take a costume of your bozo of choice…there are many suggestions on the earlier threads, but you can come up with anyone that you feel like being on Halloween! 🙂

    • 67 edp4bho
      October 28, 2011 at 9:55 am

      Prayers going out for your dad, prettyfoot.

    • 69 Sue in Minnesota
      October 28, 2011 at 9:59 am

      prettyfoot58…so deeply sorry to hear about your Father’s health issues. Stay strong, I and I am sure everyone here will lift our prayers and thoughts up for the best possible outcome.

      Charlotte would be a trip, my own means are limited so I plan to save for the 2013 Inaguaration when we rejoice the reelection of our remarkable President and we take control of the House and Senate and get down to the work of rebuilding an America for all.

      • 70 prettyfoot58
        October 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm

        Thank you sue…i appreciate your best wishes….

        the inauguration would be nice too….but i must admit i cannot stand out it the cold…

    • 71 Fred
      October 28, 2011 at 10:05 am

      sorry about the news Pretty.Let’s cross our fingers and toes for him.Take good care.Will say a prayer for ur dad and u

    • 73 mtmarilyn
      October 28, 2011 at 10:09 am

      Oh prettyfoot58, I am so sorry to hear about your father! I know that this will be a very hard time for you. Know that you are not alone and we will keep your father and your family in our thoughts and prayers!

    • October 28, 2011 at 10:11 am

      So, so sorry prettyfoot58, praying the test results will be encouraging, it must be a horrible time for you, your Dad and all the family. Thinking of you.

    • October 28, 2011 at 10:14 am

      We will hold you and your family in our thoughts. Let us know if we can help in any way. This place is a refuge of encouragement so I hope you are able to visit often.

    • 79 utaustinliberal
      October 28, 2011 at 10:22 am

      Hey prettyfoot so sorry to hear about your dad. I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and sending positive thoughts your way.

      As for the Halloween costumes you are now assigned the role of Piers Morgan. You can begin asking all your guests; especially the African-Americans how disappointed they are in President Obama. And oh yeah….. you can also begin denying your involvement in the Murdoch hacking scandal.

      SamUkObamaSupporter can assist you by playing the character of Rupert Murdoch. 😉

    • 84 desertflower
      October 28, 2011 at 10:54 am

      Thinking of you and your dad…hope he’ll be alright

    • October 28, 2011 at 11:51 am

      Oh, Prettyfoot, I’m so sorry. Much love.

  17. October 28, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I have updated the TOD List of Members by state.

    Please check it and join if you are not already on the list.

    Here are a few comments from my last post I wanted to share

    October 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Thanks again, What is Working. You know what else might help? For those of us who aren’t as savvy with the status of each state, it would help if we could know which states are red or blue or purple, and a zip code for each of the battleground states when we might need to call in to an out of state politicians office, so that we could apply the appropriate pressure. I’m in a blue state, with a Dem Governor, two Dem Senators and a Dem Representative. I always feel like my calls are wasted (except when I call Diane Feinstein, because she sometimes needs encouragement on certain votes). But, I’d love to help or buddy up on a more challenging state or politician. Maybe others feel the same?


    Thanks theo67 – Here are some ideas to make calling out of district easy.

    1. When you go to the Contact Elected officials page there is the phone # but there is also a link to their website, almost all the web pages have the address of the Congressmans office on the site. Use that zip code.

    2. If they don’t have that info on their site they almost always have an “About the 3rd district”, that page will have a map of the area they cover and you can just pick a city from that map.

    3. If you want to be super prepared you can use the web to find a real estate site and type in the name of a city in the Representatives district. Then you can give them a precise address if asked.

    Now for another posting from yesterday. I wanted to share this comment since some of you may not understand why we are doing this.


    October 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Also, don’t forget that ONE of the reasons Desertflower suggested this idea was so that we would have people in each state to push back with truth in their **local media**, or to their local senator, etc. as the campaign develops. I actually see this particular goal blending nicely with Linda’s previous ideas to collect sample ‘senator’ letters, and senator contact info. As one of our NJ participants (can’t remember who right now) discovered earlier in the summer, sharing info about Christie in her local paper led to them following up on his secret meeting with his KOCH bosses, and the info was thus spread further afield in NJ. IOW as a team we can probably do more than we know to affect the public dialogue since the MSM rarely do enough.


    So – if you haven’t posted your name and location, do it now.

    If you aren’t sure if I have your info check here


    Sorry if some folks had to send me the info twice, I get a bit rum dum at times.

    • 89 hopefruit2
      October 28, 2011 at 9:53 am

      My state is Maryland. My twitter is @aspirational12


      • 90 donna dem 4 obama
        October 28, 2011 at 10:19 am

        Wow hopefruit2 I didn’t realize you were here with me in MD. 🙂

        • 91 hopefruit2
          October 28, 2011 at 10:28 am

          Right on Donna – don’t you agree that our state is the greatest when it comes to supporting our President?! I plan to help out in some adjacent states like PA, NC and Virginia to bring it home for our Great President in 2012 🙂

          • 92 donna dem 4 obama
            October 28, 2011 at 10:37 am

            So much so hopefruit that I don’t think I could live anywhere else. Yep we are going to work our fannies off for PA, NC and VA. This state is Fired Up for the President’s reelection.

    • 93 m
      October 28, 2011 at 10:29 am

      I am in CT, but i have yet to get a twitter account.

    • 94 desertflower
      October 28, 2011 at 10:55 am

      Thanks theo…great idea:)

    • October 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      Didn’t see my name but if this is only for those who tweet – then I don’t but if it is for everyone who loves this site and visits daily count me in
      louc1 – great state of Maryland

      • 96 theo67
        October 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm

        Letters to editors, phone calls, office visits, email, faxes, hand-written letters to Congress people – it all counts! The President even made mention of carrier pigeons…

  18. October 28, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Isn’t eugene robinson part of pl crowd ?

  19. October 28, 2011 at 9:56 am

    My mom went to her evangelical church and they are all worried about sharia law.
    She almost walked out!

    • October 28, 2011 at 11:56 am

      Jeezus! Its not some airborne illness. Laws come from lawmakers FFS!

    • 102 theo67
      October 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      Those worried about Sharia law might want to compare the details of Sharia law with some of the legislation put forward lately by the Republican party. They might be unpleasantly surprised at the similarities of some of the more extreme tenets. Also, I heard an expert on the radio this week mentioning (specific to Libya) that there are many aspects to Sharia law that are not extreme, and it is possible to be moderate – look at Turkey. It would be nice to ask these people what they’re afraid of with regards to Sharia law – most of them won’t be able to mention one specific thing.

  20. October 28, 2011 at 10:01 am

    2 more executive orders today.
    This is really hurting the republicans, they hate this stuff! Lol!

  21. October 28, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I think the President might have made a tactical mistake going with “We can’t wait” executive orders this week, it seems to have taken some momentum away from the AJA push. IIRC there was supposed to be a “Rebuild America” plan this week that would focus on infrastructure spending but that is no where to be seen. Maybe that will still happen next week, but why the wait? To stretch things out and give folks time to digest? Were the votes happening too fast and becoming non-stories as a result? I guess I can see that.

    “Rebuild America” and infrastructure spending in general is broadly popular, and GOP usually love their pork as well. President Obama needs to be out pushing this, and then Harry Reid needs to have a vote on it to have the GOP vote against it en masse once again. Taking the foot off the peddle is giving the GOP the chance to regroup from the shock and awe of it and get their talking points Luntz tested and out via the MSM puppets.

    • 105 hopefruit2
      October 28, 2011 at 10:12 am

      I have to disagree with you on the tactical error part. The President still emphasized that he’s going to push the AJA…and bills are still being introduced in the senate. Also, the “we can’t wait” E.O. will show the President caring about the people who can’t wait 13 months until the election – something the President himself has emphasized in his jobs speeches. I think he will be spreading the E.Os over the entire year…if the Repubs continue to refuse to act on his AJA jobs plan.

      • October 28, 2011 at 10:39 am

        Not only that but the EO are really pissing off the Republicans.
        They say it is against the law to write executive orders to help the economy- lol!

      • 107 theo67
        October 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm

        I agree – I think the AJA messaging was started to be ignored, since nothing was happening in Congress, and the only voice we were hearing was President Obama having to deliver the same simple message over and over. With additional, smaller measures, the specter of the President trying everything possible, not matter how small, amplifies the “do nothing” attitude in Congress. I think it’s a brilliant tactic, and keeps these efforts in the news.

        • October 28, 2011 at 8:33 pm

          Politics aside, and just looking at the strategy…

          My family once engineered the rise of an incredibly obscure flower into a billion-dollar-a-year industry (no, we didn’t see a net profit — Dad was more the “do it for the sake of doing it” sort).

          One of the keys? Dad screened thousands of varieties (called cultivars), and extensively tested across North America’s weather zones.

          This had two effects. One, he was able to publish his data, selecting some award-winning cultivars, and thus *created*his*own*news.* In a content-hungry medium, this was extremely powerful, as most publications would give serious coverage to each major plant type it handled every few years or so. Hence, he would steadily get multipage articles and front-cover promotion, even from leading gardening magazines. (It helped that he could write and edit the articles himself, with the family’s help.)

          Two, Dad’s work brought to light a lot of gems amidst the dross, and provided some objective data in field so cluttered with opinion that facts could be almost impossible to find. He also pointed out which plants were most effective for landscaping, and which you might want to plant next to your door to be duly admired for its exquisite blossoms. (Yes, there was still some subjective assessment involved, though backed up by photographs.)

          Another key was persuading the North Carolina Department of Transportation that just planting a few rapidly multiplying landscape flowers could save them a bundle on mowing. Thus creating a larger state DOT demand that altered the “facts on the ground” across the country.

          What’s the analogy?

          President Obama is creating his own news. People who have been following his Administration have been aware that he has been issuing executive actions and orders since he was sworn in. But now he is rolling them out publicly as a program every week, at least until the end of the year. And they don’t appear to be “small initiatives,” certainly to the people affected by them. So he creates his own news, highlights what he considers to be important actions, and draws the attention of people who can use these resources.

          This won’t last forever, but it doesn’t have to. First, realize he can give a speech with every action he announces — sometimes out in the country, sometimes from the White House. Combine these executive actions with the American Jobs Act votes, successes like the fall of Qaddafi and the death of bin Laden, and the impact of seeing the troops come home from Iraq in time for the holidays.

          The President is shaping his political environment and driving the larger narrative. And whatever you may think of his work, trying to warp this narrative too blatantly, day-to-day, is just going to kill your credibility. Which affects the larger context as well.

    • 109 edp4bho
      October 28, 2011 at 11:08 am

      PBO has so much ammunition against rethugs, he’s giving them whip-lash trying to counter him. Not to worry.

    • October 28, 2011 at 11:58 am

      The We Cant Wait IS a part of the AJA push. The bill is going no where in Congress so Pres. Obama wants the people to see that someone is doing something. They need to see something come out of all these tours he’s doing otherwise he’ll look incompetent and voters will be frustrated.

    • October 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm

      STR, actually the “we Can’t Wait” component is the one part of a two-prong Jobs push. As harry Reid scurries around to line up votes, the Democrats also need some signal that the Pres. is ALSO doing something on HIS OWN for their constituents, so that they don’t feel like they are on a limb supporting the President.

      The cheers from the people when the Pres. announces these Executive Orders serve as affirmative polling for the AJA as well as demonstrate an engaged electorate. The people are likely to say “if the President is doing this on his own, what is my congresscritter doing in support”? But if the President only pushes AJA with nothing concrete/tangible as appetizer for the people to nibble on, he looks impotent.

      That is te calculation. Also as Bill Daley’ interview with Roger Simon shows, Pres. Obama is equally angry at Democratic congresscirtters who had blocked his legislative initiatives. So the Executive Orders are acts of defiance and pressure all rolled into one.

    • 112 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      October 29, 2011 at 12:50 am

      SR you never fail to amaze. Your optimism and LACK of criticism or concerns for PBO’s moves have been legendary and continue without abatement. Are you a EMOPROG? 🙄

  22. 113 hopefruit2
    October 28, 2011 at 10:08 am

    // A majority of Americans think President Obama’s economic policies would have positive results if they were implemented, according to a new Fox News poll released Thursday. 52 percent of respondents said Obama’s “ideas are good, but he hasn’t been able to get them implemented,” against 37 percent who think his “ideas are bad, and too many of them are being implemented.” In past polls, substantial majorities have supported the main proposals in Obama’s jobs plan, while others show continued frustration with Congressional Republicans for repeatedly blocking Obama’s proposals. //


  23. October 28, 2011 at 10:16 am

    this is OT from politics, but so many of my posts are I ffigure you guys are used to it.

    Yoga Helps Addicts, Homeless Find Peace

    I am always encouraged by ways to deal with problems that don’t involve prison or violence.

  24. October 28, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Romney ripped Obama for fundraising with a former Solyndra backer, even as a former Solyndra lobbyist raised funds for Romney.


  25. October 28, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Please don’t take away our tax breaks- chevron made 61 billion dollars in 3rd quarter. That is sixty one billion.

  26. 118 desertflower
    October 28, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Morning all:) I tell you, I have had such trouble getting this site to load on the computer this morning, that by the time I finally did….the link that I had all ready to go on my little mouse was already posted! AH…away to little mouse heaven it shall go!
    WiW, thanks so much for organizing this list of individuals in each state…you have been most diligent on this suggestion that I made, and I appreciate it very much.I think that if we focus like a laser on our local level and our state level to get this news out..it will have a huge effect on spreading the truth…and more folks will see this than otherwise would if we left the job to the local or national media.Imagine, having to do their jobs for them! As always, include your list of email family and friends to pass that information on to as well….and ask THEM to pass that news along.
    vcpresofan2…thank you as well for picking the ball up and running with this…and reminding everyone of what the plan is. I am not able to check the site while at work during the day…so thanks so much for being so diligent as well:)
    I think we can all make great headway doing this…I know that this will make a difference…after all, there are already rumblings that PBO can take Arizona!!! People need to know the facts, and when they DO, they will see…there is only ONE choice!

  27. October 28, 2011 at 10:45 am

    You know something- 1 million more kids are in their Parents Health insurance because of the Health care law!
    They probably have NO idea it was because of this law that they now have coverage, amongst other notable benefits that have come online.
    Why do I make a note if this?
    Kaiser has a poll that says only 34% support the healthcare law.
    That is astonishing-

  28. 134 donna dem 4 obama
    October 28, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Chips I’m loving the It’s Friday video.

    You are such a blessing to us 🙂

  29. 138 donna dem 4 obama
    October 28, 2011 at 11:05 am

    TOD I’ve been challenged to get 3 donations this weekend.

    So I am on the hunt for 3 different donors at $5.00 each. Can you help me out with a donation for the President’s re-election?


  30. 146 Me4obama
    October 28, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Good Morning TODville. Lots to read. #PressOn.

  31. October 28, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Infrastructure legislation on agenda despite Boxer’s doubts
    By Alexander Bolton – 10/28/11 06:00 AM ET
    Senate Democrats will try to pass President Obama’s $60 billion infrastructure bill next week, despite the past opposition of a powerful Democratic chairwoman to a major component of the legislation.

    The bill includes $10 billion for a national infrastructure bank, even though Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said last year she would “never” support such a proposal. 


    Wait…, Boxer and Bennet are against the infrastructure bank! That is weird, I love Boxer!

  32. October 28, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Another good one from MSM

    President Ramps Up His End-Run Around Congress

    love this quote

    “To the dismay of the Republican congressional leadership, President Obama is issuing a new memorandum today and triggering two new executive actions, ramping up his weeklong effort to act without the help of Congress.”

    I hope he dismays them every week.

  33. 151 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 28, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Is Mitten wearing Mormon underwear?

  34. 152 dotster3
    October 28, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Love when Jimmy Fallon and Bri Wi with the Roots slow jam the news. This time on the OWS news. For some fun watch:

  35. 153 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 28, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Love my President . .

    Can you imagine how far this country would have been without the obstructionist??
    PEOPLE, WAKE UP!!! Singing to the choir, I know, but I have been email like crazy.

  36. 154 Ladyhawke
    October 28, 2011 at 11:59 am



    THE HERO: Press Secretary Jay “Clark Kent” Carney

    THE BAD GUYS: The White House Press Corps aka The lazy media stenographers who carry water for the Republican Party and shield them from the scrutiny they deserve.

    TIME: 12:00 PM ET (check your local listings)

  37. October 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    If anyone can get a hold of Randi Roads pod cast show from yesterday please do so.

    Yesterday she talked about why she was an Independent and how in 2008, that it was the Professional Left that attacked her because she was pointing fingers at those on the left who were going after PBO.

    She also spoke against KO the other day after she played a clip that included him along with those on the right attacking PBO for his victory in Libya.

    I predict she will doing more of this.

  38. 156 donna dem 4 obama
    October 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I cannot stand Adam Green but one of my favorite Facebook Posters is the one that says: “Occupy Congress and get them to pass the President’s jobs bill”. For that I give these Progressive candidates kudos….

  39. October 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    October 28, 2011 11:25 AM

    Support is one thing, access is another

    By Steve Benen

    For all the scuttlebutt that African-American voters are abandoning President Obama, the New York Times reports that this just isn’t true. “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,” the NYT noted, “interviews and public opinion surveys show that his standing remains remarkably strong among African-Americans.”

    That is, to be sure, interesting and important. But I’d argue that Obama for America should be worried less about whether African-American voters will support them, and more about whether African-American voters will be able to participate in the first place.

    An elderly black woman in Tennessee can’t vote because she can’t produce her marriage certificate. Threatening letters blanket black neighborhoods warning that creditors and police officers will check would-be voters at the polls, or that elections are taking place on the wrong day. Thirty-eight states have instituted new rules prohibiting same-day registration and early voting on Sundays. All of this is happening as part of an effort to eradicate a problem that is statistically rarer than heavy-metal bands with exploding drummers: vote fraud.

    Many commentators have remarked on the unavoidable historical memories these images provoke: They are so clearly reminiscent of the Jim Crow era. So why shouldn’t the proponents of draconian new voting laws have to answer for their ugly history?

    Proponents of reforming the voting process seem blind to the fact that all of these seemingly neutral reforms hit poor and minority voters out of all proportion. (The Brennan Center for Justice estimates that while about 12 percent of Americans don’t have a government-issued photo ID, the figure for African-Americans is closer to 25 percent, and in some Southern states perhaps higher.)

    Risa Goluboff and Dahlia Lithwick added that the Republican efforts to restricting voting rights in 2012 — efforts generally known as the GOP’s “war on voting” — look “an awful lot like methods pioneered by the white supremacists from another era that achieved the similar results.”

    The African-American community still overwhelmingly backs President Obama. If the community is blocked from voting, it won’t matter.


  40. October 28, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Good grief! the Hour of the jackals is now over. Ed Henry is a truly despicable munchkin. He has the nerve to carp about lobbyists bundling money for PBO’s election? All based on an article that OFA’s Ben Labolt has vigorously rejected? Such Chutzpah!!!

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