“if they don’t act, i will”

President Obama speaks in front of the Key Bridge, which spans Arlington, Va. and Washington, urging Congress to pass the infrastructure piece of the American Jobs Act.



Text of First Lady’s remarks at a DNC event in New Orleans


White House live


Many thanks to AJ for this – I posted the President’s 2004 Convention speech in the new speeches’ section here and AJ let me know about this video of the reaction at the time of the PBS panel (Mark Shields, David Brooks and Richard Norton Smith):


Oh dear:


MSNBC: U.S. private-sector employers added 110,000 jobs in October, beating economists’ expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed Wednesday.

Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP National Employment Report would show a gain of 101,000 jobs. September’s private payrolls were revised up to an increase of 116,000 from the previously reported 91,000.

The report, which is jointly developed with Macroeconomic Advisers LLC, gives some hope ahead of the release of the key U.S. jobs report from the government, which is due Friday morning and forecast to show the economy created 95,000 jobs last month.

Full post here


Don’t forget – Michelle Obama hosts the PCAH’s National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards at 2:30 – White House Live


Have to go out for a few hours, will catch up later 😉

315 Responses to ““if they don’t act, i will””

    November 2, 2011 at 11:11 am


  2. November 2, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Today is also a day I hope to add more names to the TOD state locator page.

    There was a suggestion that we have a category for overseas, that sounds great to me. Post the info and I will enter it later tonight.

    The list can be found at


    If i have missed your post, accept my apologies and post again.

    Here are states where we don’t have anyone signed up for yet. I know there are folks out there who have either missed my call to action or have figured “someone else” would sign up for their state. Well the president needs your help. So please post below or post at the web page.


    • November 2, 2011 at 11:21 am

      oops, forgot to sign in – What is Working: I’m in ND, I did give you the info a few months ago, but I guess it got missed.. anyhow, please feel free to add me on your list.

    • 6 dotster3
      November 2, 2011 at 11:50 am

      I’m in Illinois, and you have me listed there. But I will cover Iowa too if no actual Iowan pops up. I was born and raised there, know most of the towns and key news sites, already check on many of them and comment where needed. We had some great Ia. supporters during ’08 campaign. Wish they could find their way here. Would it be a good idea, or not, to link to this site on news comment threads? Wonder if that would do more harm than good, bring on another onslaught of trolls.

    • 7 Linda
      November 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      I am in Georgia…..

      Luckily I am in one of the 5 Dem Districts…

    • 8 anniebella
      November 2, 2011 at 12:11 pm

      What is Working, explain to me what this is all about.

      • November 2, 2011 at 12:45 pm

        HI Anniebella

        We decided to create a network for the folks who use this blog which would allow us to work with folks in our state. We can offer support by exchanging email, work together to get facts out to local media, and maybe even carpool to OF events. We may have folks who are neighbors and don’t realize it. If you are interested in connecting with others in your state or are willing to work local media then please sign up. Thanks

  3. November 2, 2011 at 11:15 am

    brought over from the previous thread

    Good Morning TOD family

    This morning as we are all energized by the polls, video, and articles – it seems like a good time to start taking action.

    I have a few suggestions.

    1. I just received an email asking me to ask MSNBC to fire Pat Buchanan


    2. Second – a few days ago there was a post to a website we can use to make calls to support the Jobs act. I think this is a really valuable resource and it may have been overlooked in the events of the day.


    I feel we need to use this website for several reasons:
    The Jobs Bill is great and we need to support it
    OFA needs to know that there are folks out there that are willing to help when they provide us with tools like online phone banking
    folks who hear from us, even if they don’t make a call to Congress, need to know that the Democratic party is organizing and working for jobs.

    • November 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm

      OT–my apologies TOD!~ Linda, here’s something that I came across that you may be interested in adding to the numerous resources on your site.

      “For a couple years now I’ve been a member of my local Freecyle. I’ve gotten rid of a stove and a/c for junk (someone made a couple bucks and I got them off my porch) and I’ve been able to help out some families that had been burned out of their homes with towels and sheets. It feels good, and it’s easy.”


      “Guess what I’m trying to say is that there are umpteen opportunities for us to reach out to each other, especially in this rough time. You guys help us out on our fundraisers (for which you know we adore you) because you are able. I can’t donate money to anyone, but I sure as shit can help out with dippy things that I will never use. Consider your local Freecycle, and help someone out.”


      h/t Paddy

      • 13 theo67
        November 2, 2011 at 2:44 pm

        Great suggestion, Creolechild – I have a bunch of stuff that I need to replace, but it’s all in really good condition. Wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, but your email came just at the right time! Thanks.

      • 14 nathkatun7
        November 2, 2011 at 10:40 pm

        Really excellent suggestion, creolechild!

    • 15 GGail
      November 2, 2011 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks! I just emailed this to a friend in Detroit who is an Educator.

  4. 16 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 2, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Press on, Mr. President. We’re with you!

  5. 17 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    November 2, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Glad to see supporters are waking up to the fact that Romney will be the nominee. It is obvious that the Obama campaign has seen this for quite some time. Like I have forcasted for almost a year now IT IS ON MITTENS!! The Cameleon will try to slither his way into the Whitehouse with his checkbook and the Rove/Koch machinery and deceive the public on his way in, just like GWB. Well I want to announce to the vastly growing crooked Romney capaign that OBAMANATION is having none of it. KEEP HOPE ALIVE!! Obama/Biden 2012!!

    • 18 jacquelineoboomer
      November 2, 2011 at 11:41 am

      Yes. We have Camelot on our side and The Chameleon on their side.

    • November 2, 2011 at 11:46 am

      Hear, hear. i stand with you.

    • November 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      It’s a devastating ad but I’ll believe Romney is the nominee when it actually happens. There’s a 500 ton elephant in the room that imo is going to haunt Romney in the South and Midwest. His Mormonism.

    • November 2, 2011 at 7:20 pm

      A rightwing commentator who looks like a white-haired televangelist and was termed “Ultra conservative radio host Bryan Fischer ” (Raw Story), warned that if Mitt Romney succeeds as the Republican presidential nominee, it will be the end of the Republican party. I thought it was pretty funny because who else could he recommend out of that crowd of clowns who could possibly be any better. Old Fischer was referring to Romney’s flip-flopping, but the rest of them don’t even have anything to flip-flop ON.

      The only way President Obama could lose a second term, actually, is by fraud and voter suppression, and that’s what we should fight against, tooth and nail. Aside from Eric Holder, who else in authority can we contact about this threat? I’ve signed a couple of petitions, too, for Wisconsin and Ohio, but letters to some nonpartisan group would be a lot better. This voter suppression is coming from Republican-controlled states.

      • November 2, 2011 at 8:01 pm

        Hiya Joan, only got your message now, I was out for a bit. Are you still having trouble with viewing videos? Do you have the latest version of Firefox, 7.0.1? Let me know when you can and I’ll check it out. Thanks Joan, hope you’re recovering well.

      • 23 Obama Grandmama
        November 2, 2011 at 8:49 pm

        I saw a clip on one of the MSNBC shows this last week about voting suppression being legally fought against by The League of Women Voters in one of the Northern states. I know the organization has left FL as the laws enacted makes it impossible to sign up voters there. Maybe that group needs support to fight the suppression of voters.

      • 24 nathkatun7
        November 2, 2011 at 10:54 pm

        Good to hear your voice, Joan. I hope you are feeling much, much better. You are absolutely right! Only voter suppression fraud can defeat President Obama. I think we need to right away launch an education campaign to help Democratic voters obtain picture ids., vote absentee, and do everything possible, to overcome the huddles being erected by these teabag right wingers. Also, Democratic groups should file law suits to obtain injunctions to stop these voter suppression laws.

    • November 2, 2011 at 8:22 pm

      OBAMANATION, I like that word Keith, Lol 🙂

  6. 27 jacquelineoboomer
    November 2, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I’ll bring these random notes from the speech over:

    PBO: “I’m glad to see all of these construction workers out!”

    PBO (on our failing infrastructure):

    “Farmers can lose five cents a bushel when a rural bridge closes.”

    “If we don’t act now, it could cost Americans hundreds of billions of dollars and hundreds of billions of jobs by the end of the decade.”

    “I’m speaking to all Americans, now.”

    “At a time when we’ve got more than a million unemployed construction workers … ”

    “We’ve got to get folks in Congress to share the same feeling of national emergency as mayors and construction workers around the country feel … We’ve got to get everybody on Capitol Hill to ‘get it.’”


    “I’m going to keep on pushing these senators and some members of the House of Representatives to vote on common-sense, paid-for jobs proposals. In the meantime … we are going to go ahead and do what we can do to help the American people find jobs … I’ll do everything in my power … with or without Congress … Today I am announcing that we are going to expedite loans and competitive grants … that will create new jobs for thousands of workers like these. If there’s money in the pipeline, we want to get it out faster … “

    • 28 jacquelineoboomer
      November 2, 2011 at 11:42 am

      The President went there, and mocked the Rs for their latest stall tactic:

      “In God We Trust? I trust in God but God wants to see us doing our job and putting people back to work!”

      • 29 PoliticalJunkessa
        November 2, 2011 at 11:43 am

        OH MY! I ♥ this man.

      • 30 anniebella
        November 2, 2011 at 12:09 pm

        I heard that line too and I loved it.

      • 31 Ladyhawke
        November 2, 2011 at 12:28 pm


        It’s up to President Obama to call them out because you would never know about this if you depended on the media to report. it I am loving this. Keep on pulling back the curtain Mr. President. The media has let the Republicans off the hook for too long. And the jackals have the nerve to be annoyed because the White House invited local reporters to the spend the day behind the scenes. Maybe if the lazy media stenographers would do their job they might get some respect. But so far they get an “F”.

      • 32 Mel
        November 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm

        PBO is so brilliant when he said “I trust God but God wants to see us doing our job and puttong people back to work”
        just brilliant. According to MSNBC 72% of the poeple agreed with PBO, the GOP are walking on thin Ice the people
        are really getting tired of the B.S from the GOP so is the GOP with the American people or Grover Norquist?

      • 33 nathkatun7
        November 2, 2011 at 10:57 pm

        I really loved that line from the President!

  7. 34 utaustinliberal
    November 2, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Give em hell PBO. Love it. The nerve of the House of Reps GOP. Debating over commemoration of a coin and re-affirming “In God We Trust.” How in the hell does that create jobs?

    • 35 jacquelineoboomer
      November 2, 2011 at 11:45 am

      I would have loved to have seen President Obama jump up into that tractor trailer and driven off!

    • 38 Sue in Minnesota
      November 2, 2011 at 11:55 am

      Was Speaker Boehner in attendance? Ouch PBO bitch slapped him all the way back to Ohio! 😀 😀 😀

      Cue the whining in 3…2…1……and no one does it better than Republicans and their water carriers the MSM.

      Wow, Chuck Todd needs to stock up on bigger BVD’s, seems his are really in a bunch. The emotional immaturity on display is stunning.

      • 39 Me4obama
        November 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm

        I haven’t tweeted little Chuckie, to tell him how exactly I fill about his whining. Later when I get time, he will hear from me.

    • November 2, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      How in the hell does that create jobs?…. Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh 🙄

  8. 42 collegekay
    November 2, 2011 at 11:46 am

    PBO was speaking the truth. Why is congress wasting time making sure that “in God we trust” is our motto? Seriously? I have never seen such a lazy, counterproductive House of Representatives in my entire time of studying politics.

  9. 44 Tulips
    November 2, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Chipstick i know you will get the video, Msnbc cut it off. He is calling them out by name. facts and numbers.

  10. November 2, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Here’s a stark reminder of what the GOP has accomplished, thus far, pertaining to jobs:

    In the now 300 plus days since Republicans have taken control of the House, GOP policies have [created] zero jobs and destroyed over 4.2 million jobs through spending cuts and legislation.

    At the 200 day mark of GOP control, House Republicans had voted to create 0 jobs, and had cast votes that would kill 1.9 million jobs. House Republicans have also pushed through spending cuts that they claimed would create jobs, but they have had the opposite effect.

    According to study by the Center For American Progress, an additional 60,000 jobs were [cut] when Republicans slashed funding for law enforcement, clean up at nuclear weapons production facilities, and The Federal Buildings Fund of The General Services Administration.

    The study found that this was just the tip of the iceberg,



  11. 53 Frenchie08
    November 2, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I’m in Missouri!

  12. November 2, 2011 at 11:58 am

    OT: This is a must-read about cyber security both at home and most especially on laptops on wi-fi: http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2011/11/turn-off-file-sharing-in-your-laptop.html

  13. 56 Don
    November 2, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Damn Right President Obama! If the republicans say no to every piece of legislation you put forth. Let them vote no and die by a thousands cuts.

  14. November 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Reminder: Jay Carney’s press briefing is at 12:30


    • 58 Sue in Minnesota
      November 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      i can’t stomach these briefings…..I know Jay is brilliant, but the insolence and immaturity on display makes me want to hurl! Yes I am the Wimp of TOD’s ville. 😦

      • 59 Keith in C-buc, Ohio
        November 2, 2011 at 6:06 pm

        No, you are not alone Sue. I just don’t have the courage to watch that trash as well. Gotta give it up for Jay he’ s a cool cucumber.

  15. 60 Linda
    November 2, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Here is a comparison between the 111th and 112th Congress……Nancy vs Johnny. It is stunning.



    Look at the section that says ” Major Legislation enacted “

    • 61 proudmemberofglobalzero
      November 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      Wow Linda…the Legislation enacted is a stark comparison.

    • November 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks for this, Linda.

    • 63 nathkatun7
      November 2, 2011 at 11:17 pm

      Thank you, Linda, for highlighting the differences between the 111th and the 112th congresses. This why I am so angry about Democrats who sat out the 2010 congressional elections that resulted in giving Republican control of the House of Representatives and a filibuster proof in the Senate. But I am even more angry with the PL, and especially with people like Ed Shultz who urged people not to vote punish President Obama and the Democrats. From what I am hearing from the vocal voices in OWS, it seems that the holier than thou progressives want a repeat of the 2010 elections in 2012, by urging people not to vote.

  16. November 2, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    frickity frick! I missed it. was consulting about a client. Curses 😦

  17. 66 Ladyhawke
    November 2, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    LaHood: GOP Doesn’t Care About Jobs


    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the lone Republican in Obama’s Cabinet, says his party wants to do nothing in Washington, and is more committed to defeating the president than creating jobs.



  18. November 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Stupid reporter. The GOP brought God into this with that meaningless vote on the motto rather than on jobs.

    • 68 Ladyhawke
      November 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm

      This is another instance where the question itself is an indictment of the media. That was incredibly stupid.

  19. November 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    seriously guys. just watched PBO. Was Bonehead there today? Is that who PBO was talking to when he asked about In God We Trust? hooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! FRICKING EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KISS PBO’s A$$$, Crusty! Kiss his big, beautiful, chocolate a$$!!!! 😀

  20. 71 Linda
    November 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s staff called off a press conference in Alexandria, Va. Wednesday morning as he faces sexual harassment allegations. “Excuse me!” he reportedly said, quite loudly, when asked about the controversy. He later said to reporters, “Don’t even bother asking me all these questions you’re curious about.” At least one photographer took a “hard blow to the face” as Cain personnel and hotel security pushed back against assembled photographers, according to the New York Times.


  21. 72 Ladyhawke
    November 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Notice the snarky and sarcastic way that Bill Plante asked his questions. And Ed Henry is literally smirking in the front row.

  22. November 2, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I found this old article about Rahm and I thought I would share. I swear Rahm is hilarious and he always reminds me of Ari from Entourage.


    • November 2, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      Wasn’t Ari from Entourage based on Rahm’s brother?

      • 75 utaustinliberal
        November 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm

        Yeah he was. And the Chief of Staff character on the West Wing was based on Rahm. Love those Emannuel brothers. A few months back Ezekiel Emannuel the doctor in the family was on Morning Joe. He helped write and implement parts of the heathcare bill and Nicole Wallace aka GWB mouthpiece was trying to peddle outrageous lies about ACA. Joe kinda egged her on too and tried to denigrate PBO as he usually does. Dr. Ezekiel Emannuel was like a pitbull in his defense of PBO and ACA. He just went there and laid it all out. He wouldn’t let them get away with anything. It was beautiful to watch. Joe then backed down and began grumbling saying he had heard that Ezekiel was the quiet and non-confrontational brother and Ari and Rahm were the ones who would get in your face. Ezekiel told him he might be quiet, but when lies are being fed to the American people, you bet he’s gonna have something to say about it. Awesome!

        • November 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm

          I am astounded that I never heard or saw this exchange on any of our pragprog blogs. Does anyone out their have a link or embed?
          Thanks, utaustin for another of your great summaries.

        • November 2, 2011 at 10:31 pm

          Thank you for this info and I would love to see that video.

        • 80 nathkatun7
          November 2, 2011 at 11:34 pm

          UT, you are truly a treasure for some of us who have decided, for health reasons, to turn off MSM cable shows. Your reports keep us informed about what’s going on in cable media land. Thanks for a job well done. By the way, I really like Mayor Rahm Emannuel. He is a hard nosed politician, but he also has a great sense of humor.

  23. 81 Ladyhawke
    November 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm


    A reporter just asked the Republican Party question: Why is President Obama going around the country talking to the American people about the American Jobs Act instead of staying in Washington negotiating with them.

    • 82 PoliticalJunkessa
      November 2, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      Let them stay clueless, corporate whores. They’ll never get it. F’em!

    • 83 Ladyhawke
      November 2, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      The next GOP question: President Obama had a meeting with the Democrats. Why hasn’t he met with the Republicans.

    • November 2, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      They ask this same stupid question at each presser. Jay should make a recording of his response and play it each time they ask this question.

    • 90 nathkatun7
      November 2, 2011 at 11:58 pm

      How do you negotiate with people whose only negotiating position is N0, No, No, No, No, and absolutely NO, to everything you propose? Let’s face it, the mainstream media are in cahoots with the teabag-Republicans whose sole mission is to see President Obama defeated for a second term. I am glad the President has decided to bypass them by talking directly to the local media. We all need to make the so called White House Press Corp., irrelevant. For all I care, they can all go find jobs with the National Enquirer. If these are people who represent the best graduates from our Journalism Schools, the U.S. is in real trouble. During the Bush years they cheered for the war, now all they do is ask stupid tabloid questions to try to undermine President Obama. Isn’t it instructive that ordinary people in town hall meetings, and comedians, like Jay Leno, ask better and meaningful questions than do the smug White House Press Corp?

  24. 91 Mary
    November 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Hi Chipsticks,

    Re: your question from a couple of days ago about fewer posts (but updated throughout the day) or more individual posts, can I just throw my 2 cents in? I prefer more posts because I read your blog on an RSS reader and updated posts don’t always show as “updated”. When there’s a new posts I can see it in my reader. Maybe there can be some middle ground? If there’s a post on one topic, update it as new info or photos on that topic come in but different subjects get separate individual posts? Just a thought. I think I often miss stuff on the long “updated” posts. Love your blog and thanks so much for all the hard work you put into it!!

    • November 2, 2011 at 1:09 pm

      Hi Mary, thanks so much for the feedback! I completely understand your point, the biggest problem with what I’m doing now is that people aren’t alerted to updates in posts – I’m going to have a think about how to make it better, will make changes soon! Thanks again Mary.

      • 93 Mary
        November 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm

        Thanks, I’m sure you’ll figure out a good way to do it. My vote is for more posts (the more the merrier) but that’s just because it makes it easier to be alerted to new stuff at a glance without checking and scrolling all the way down. Love the blog no matter how you do it, though! 🙂

      • 94 Mary
        November 2, 2011 at 2:45 pm

        Just had another thought, Chipsticks. If the main concern with having more posts is that conversations in the comments will be interrupted, maybe you could post a once-a-day “chat thread” that’s separate from all the other posts that day?

  25. 95 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 2, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I can’t view the reaction video to the 2004 speech now at work, but I remember that panel discussion vividly. It was quite The Moment. Such incidences are very few and far between — complete magic and magnetism. Total kismet.

    Love the work, Chips!

    • 96 Sue in Minnesota
      November 2, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      Sadly they were so eager to praise his brilliance and now work overtime to disgarage and demean him. Guess he didn’t comply with their timetable or tow their line. The MSM is a joke, and a very sick one at that.

      • 97 PoliticalJunkessa
        November 2, 2011 at 1:43 pm

        It’s lower human nature. Their first reaction was the truest one, but the jealousy and self-hatred took over. His light is too bright for them. After all, if *he* is so self-actualized, so evolved, so magnamimous, what does that say about *me*? It’s easier to try to tear him down than look inward.

        • 98 jacquelineoboomer
          November 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm

          Beautiful analysis, although sad. Sad but true. However, I’m not giving up that the jealous hearts will open up once again!

        • 100 Sue in Minnesota
          November 2, 2011 at 1:58 pm

          You are spot on. It is a projection of their own personal insecurities and weaknesses. PJ, you expressed it beautifully.

        • November 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm

          Ahhh, but one must always remember that shit never goes up except to float.

        • 104 nathkatun7
          November 3, 2011 at 12:20 am

          Brilliant take, PJ! After what I’ve witnessed with people who hate President Obama, most of the time for no clear reasons that I can grasp, I have come to appreciate why the Christian sages regarded Envy (Jealousy) as one of the seven deadly sins. I know I often refer to my age on this and other blogs, but I have consciously lived under nine Presidents, including PBO. Actually, I should say ten Presidents because I was a high school teenager during JFK’s presidency but to be honest I had a superficial understanding of politics. Nevertheless, his assassination shook me up. It was after that that I started paying close attention to presidential politics. Bottom line: of all the nine Presidents I’ve consciously lived under, President Obama is, in my humble judgement, one of the best, if not the best. While I understand why the right wingers are against him, I just don’t get it why the media and the professional left (including some members of CBC) are so vehemently against him. I think the part of the answer is what you’ve zeroed on: Jealousy (Envy).

      • November 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm

        It occurs to me that the cable MSM’s primary function is to help talking heads/pundits sell their latest books.

      • 106 prettyfoot58
        November 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm

        That is what baffles me about Tweety…how he was so enamored with the President…even said that we were in a Post-racial America…his turnabout is stunning to me….

        • 107 smoothscotch
          November 2, 2011 at 10:31 pm

          The trickle down his leg dried up. I am not sure what’s up with him. Oh, and that refernce to Kennedy and how PBO should try to be more like him, who the Hell is Chirs?

        • 108 nathkatun7
          November 3, 2011 at 12:27 am

          Matthews goes with the wind! You should check out how he joined the right wingers in relentlessly attacking Bill Clinton during the Lewensiky scandal. Now he calls Bill Clinton President of the World. If tomorrow he realizes that the President’s poll numbers are going up, and he is assured of re-election, Matthews will jump back and pretend to be a long term supporter of the President. Like Mitt Romney, Chris Matthews has “no core.”

      • 109 theo67
        November 2, 2011 at 3:28 pm

        It’s the same thing they’re doing with Elizabeth Warren. I hope they give her a chance to get established in the Senate and make her way, find her footing and then decide whether or not she wants to run for President some day. I’m hearing a lot of people say she’s the progressive hero,and saying Warren 2012! But these are the same things they said about President Obama in his early days, and now they’re saying he’s a mini-Bush. Calling an individual a “progressive hero” betrays a stunning lack of knowledge of how Congress or the Presidency works. There is no one hero that can make anything happen in either position – it’s a collaborative place, and the power is in the people who support them. Elizabeth Warren will have limited power when she gets in the Senate, and would meet the same ugly obstruction that President Obama has met if she were to be President – and without the support of the people who are currently lifting her up, she’ll be less effective than if she was fully supported by the people.

        That said, I don’t think there’s any other person on this planet who could have achieved the tremendous list of successes that President Obama has pushed through, if faced with this same unified obstruction.

        • 110 Sue in Minnesota
          November 2, 2011 at 4:07 pm

          theo67 I hope they do not end up maligning Elizabeth Warren in the same manner they have President Obama. Someone once told me it is a mistake to place expectations on anyone but yourself, after all it is only yourself that you have the ability to control. Not such dumb advice.

          The other aspect that the ideological left fails to account for is that the citizenery is moderate at best. Some insist it is right of center……and yet they stridently insist on their way or the highway, which is unrealistic and delusional.

        • 111 smoothscotch
          November 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm

          That last sentence is part of the problem for them. How did he do that?

  26. 112 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 2, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    But, but, but, he’s lost all the hard-working white folks! Oh wait…..

  27. 113 jacquelineoboomer
    November 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Chips – Thanks for the video critique of then-State Senator from Illinois Barack Obama at the 2004 DNC convention.

    It reminded me that my niece (who’s a journalist and a member of the American Library Association) attended the ALA 2005 convention in Chicago, and heard then-U.S. Senator from Illinois Barack Obama. During the ’08 campaign, she sent me a newsletter where she had covered his ’05 speech and she actually took his photo for the publication! She said he spoke WITHOUT NOTES and knew so much background about libraries and education, that the attendees were awed. He mentioned his own experience with libraries.

    Just tried to find a video of that speech, but nothing seems to be available. Apparently, he garnered a record crowd of 10,000 in the audience and everyone gave him a standing ovation. Here’s a story he wrote – apparently his convention speech was the genesis – for their ALA publication. Love the title: “Bound to the World.”

    Sharing for those who love PBO, books, and libraries (and LiberalLibrarian, if here!):


    • 114 theo67
      November 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      I hope everyone takes the time to read this transcript – he’s really quite amazing. This speech is so personal, so in-depth, so insightful and so consistent with who he is today. He’s clearly thought long and hard about these things, and has his convictions. And he’s an idealist and a realist all rolled into one. Great transcript – thanks for sharing it!

    • 115 nathkatun7
      November 3, 2011 at 12:44 am

      Thanks for sharing this excellent article by your niece. I must confess that I really love books and reading and Libraries. Having read this article by you niece, I now have an additional reason, his passion for reading, for loving and appreciating President Obama. Please pass on my thanks and regards to your niece for her work as a journalist, but more importantly for her work in promoting libraries. My parents never went beyond 7th grade. Without public libraries I would never have had a chance to read some of the most fascinating writers.

  28. November 2, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    BAM! BAM! BAM! Carney swats and destroys idiot press on question of whether it takes all that much time to pass “In God We Trust” and other meaningless legislation:

    “Were it not for the President’s insistence on job creation would we be debating the issue of jobs at all?”

    • 117 Ladyhawke
      November 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm


    • November 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      Oh! Boom goes the dynamite! Jay, we love you.

    • 119 Ladyhawke
      November 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm

      Our cutie pie Jay has the patience of Job. I don’t know how he stands the jackals.

      I did not see anything that resembled real journalism today. It’s really a disservice to the American people. They ask all of these stupid process questions and write their stories and the American people still don’t have a clue about the accomplishments of the Obama administration and the extent of the obstruction of the Republican Party. And they are annoyed that the White House has to go over their heads to get the facts out? It’s because they are useless. No only is it time for congress to do their job, it’s time for the jackals to do theirs. I won’t hold my breath.

      • 120 nathkatun7
        November 3, 2011 at 12:57 am

        Bravo, Ladyhawke! I totally share your sentiments. I think reporters from the tabloids, like the National Enquirer, would do a much better job of asking questions than these so called mainstream White House Press Corp. I am just so sick of them. Thankfully we have a President, and his Press Secretary, who are so patient, and wise, when dealing with “the jackals” who are masquerading as the Press. Just to think that many, if not most, of these people are paid six to seven figure incomes to ask stupid questions. No wonder they constantly repeat idiotic teabag-Republican talking points.

  29. 121 Ladyhawke
    November 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Dan Lothian of CNN wants to know if it was fair for President Obama to bring up God today. Because the House did pass 20 other bills.

    Jay makes it plain that the issue is that the GOP is doing NOTHING about job creation. Lothian should be embarrassed.

    • 122 utaustinliberal
      November 2, 2011 at 1:28 pm

      Is it fair for me to call Lothian an overpaid buffoon? Yes it is; when it’s the truth. Just as it’s the truth when PBO calls out the do nothing GOP.

      • 123 Ladyhawke
        November 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm

        Buffoon is fair.

      • 126 nathkatun7
        November 3, 2011 at 1:05 am

        UT, “buffoon” is not only fair, it’s also very generous! I really had other choice words I wanted to use to respond to him that I would rather not repeat on this marvelous site. Why are people like Dan Lothian still regarded as journalists? Dan Lothian came across as nothing but a right wing, teabag-Republican, hack.

    • November 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks for his name. I recognize his face but didn’t know his name. Jay destroyed him. We need a clip.

  30. 128 Ladyhawke
    November 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Mike V. trying to dissect the dinner between Vice President Biden and Majority Leader Eric Cantor. It’s a social event. But that’s not enough for the jackals. They are trying to find out if there is some hidden agenda to the dinner.

    Mike V. pooh poohing the deadlines for the super committee.

  31. 129 Ladyhawke
    November 2, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Another reporter trying to understand why there isn’t drama like in the summer with the American Jobs Act. She feels the administration is taking a hands off approach. It’s a backdoor way to have Jay explain exactly why PBO is going around the country talking directly to the American people instead of being the Washington negotiating with the Republicans. The jackals crave drama and controversy.

    Jay is schooling them about how the government works. President Obama gave congress everything they need. They just need to pass the bill. It’s not that complicated.

    • November 2, 2011 at 1:33 pm

      Now Knoller wants to know why PBO doesn’t just declare a stalemate, give up and try something else. GAH.

      • 131 Ladyhawke
        November 2, 2011 at 1:34 pm

        There are student journalist that would put the jackals to shame. I am stunned at just how much they suck.

        • 132 jacquelineoboomer
          November 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm

          So true. But Jay is more and more confident and quick-thinking and coming up with faster and faster brilliant answers than ever! He was good on “day one,” but he’s even better now. I noted that at least once he even raised his voice to the jackals. It was fun.

          And I think I heard him say something like “there … I inserted ‘God’ again,” when answering a so-called question, which I think he really enjoyed.

        • 133 nathkatun7
          November 3, 2011 at 1:07 am

          Totally, cosign, Ladyhawke!

      • 134 yardarm756
        November 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm

        Knoller, now there’s a piece o’ work. Is Jabba the Hutt with a beard and glasses too cruel to Jabba?

      • November 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm

        Because Einstein people want jobs. And they’d settle for yours considering that’s the best you can do with your questions. How does Jay do it?

      • 136 prettyfoot58
        November 2, 2011 at 2:57 pm

        arggggggggg….what goood are these people….they never cease to amaze me….

      • November 2, 2011 at 3:01 pm

        Knoller wants this statement of defeat from PBO so much, he can taste it. He’s already got the story written the story with the key words circled: failed, weak, strong R’s holding fast. He’s been at this job–how long?–and he still doesn’t know PBO or how tenacious he is. The president is so far above his ken and his class that he can only flail about trying to fit him into a pigeon hole. I hope that the White House hosts lots and lots of local anchors and newspaper reporters in the months ahead, so the real story gets out and Knoller is left gasping in outrage.

  32. November 2, 2011 at 1:33 pm


    (Reuters) – U.S. private employers added 110,000 jobs in October, beating economists’ expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday.


  33. November 2, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Vice President Biden will be in Pennsylvania on Friday to talk about the White House’s jobs bill. Here’s the vague announcement from the administration:

    On Friday, November 4th, Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to discuss the American Jobs Act. Additional details are forthcoming.

    President Obama is harping on that theme today at the Key Bridge, though this time he’s asking Congress to just pass part of his bill, not the whole thing.

  34. November 2, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Just in- 50 house Republicans to support higher tax revenues in deficit deal.

    Oh yeah!

  35. November 2, 2011 at 1:40 pm


    Viewers looking forward to their afternoon talk show and soaps may be in for a surprise if they tune in at 2 p.m. Nov. 9.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Communications Commission and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Organization will administer the first national test of the Emergency Alert System at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

    The system is used to communicate with the public during a national emergency. The test will last up to three and a half minutes and play simultaneously on all regularly scheduled television, radio, cable and satellite programs.

    • November 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      Hi Tien Le

      Great article. for me this article lifted my spirits. What these voter registration article have done in the past is make me discouraged and concerned that no matter what we do the election will be rigged. Your article which was chuck full of facts and held a more moderate tone was very encouraging. It made me feel that if we are all willing to work hard we can not only re elect PBO we can take back the House, hold the Senate, put Democrats in state government. Press On

      • November 2, 2011 at 5:14 pm

        After all you do for all of us (me in particular), I’m delighted to be able to return the favor, my dear.
        And then today we get this encouraging news:

        CHICAGO—The Obama re-election campaign has quietly opened a counteroffensive against Republican-backed changes to election laws that Democrats say will suppress votes for their candidates and limit their get-out-the-vote drives.

        The effort, led by former White House counsel Robert Bauer, prompted the suspension of an Ohio law limiting early voting. Campaign officials produced educational materials to counter a Wisconsin law that requires voters to produce photo I.D.s—but disallows those used by Wisconsin colleges.

        By this spring, the Obama re-election campaign will mount what Mr. Bauer called an unprecedented “voter protection” effort, fielding thousands of volunteers in battleground states to help navigate …

    • 151 Sue in Minnesota
      November 2, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      I also really appreciated your article, gave it thumbs up 😀 We have to be realistic, accepting what is if we are to be able to coordinate ways to overcome our obstacles. Education and suggested appropriate actions will help us all to be prepared. Thank you for your positive approach, very PBO like 😀

  36. November 2, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Obama tops Forbes most powerful list, Putin No. 2

    (Reuters) – Barack Obama topped Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful people in 2011, as the U.S. leader’s clout rose after the deaths of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

    Obama bumped Chinese President Hu Jintao from the No. 1 spot on the magazine’s annual rankings.


  37. November 2, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    But Republicans in Congress are bringing down the president’s wrath — and now it’s time to start invoking.

    “The American people are with me with this,” Obama said, in a speech on the American Jobs Act in front of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Georgetown. “It’s time for folks running around spending all their time talking about what’s wrong with America to spend some time rolling up their sleeves to help us make it right. There is nothing wrong in this country that we can’t fix.”

    Republican House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio did not attend Obama’s remarks, but the president addressed him just the same.

    “If Congress tells you they don’t have time, they’ve got time to do it,” Obama said. “In the House of Representatives what have you guys been debating? John, you’ve been debating a commemorative coin for baseball. You have legislation reaffirming that ‘In God We Trust’ is out motto. That is not putting people back to work.”

    Obama said, “I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves, by putting people back to work.”


  38. November 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Herman Cain cartoon:

    • 158 jacquelineoboomer
      November 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      Oh, meta – That was superb.

      • 159 jacquelineoboomer
        November 2, 2011 at 4:02 pm

        Martin Bashir just did a nice “foreign policy” take down of Herb Cain, who said recently he thinks China might be interested in getting nuclear weapons to use against us.

        Martin said somebody should remind Herb that “China tested its first nuclear weapon in 1964.”

        What’s up with these Republicans? Sarah Palin, Herman Cain, etc., couldn’t even pass a high-school history test.

        • 160 Sue in Minnesota
          November 2, 2011 at 4:18 pm

          Word on the street is Palin is re-considering the possibility of entering the race. The speculation comes from tweets put out by Gina Loudon
          ………..I wish Palin would fall off the face of the planet, can’t stand the thought of that racist imbecile poisoning the public discourse. 👿

        • 161 nathkatun7
          November 3, 2011 at 1:24 am

          I am waiting for the clueless teabaggers, like Cain, to blame President Obama for China’s first test of a nuclear weapon although it took place when the President was not even three years old.

  39. November 2, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Gee- senate Democrats on cspan are all sticking up for infrastructure…

    A sight to see. Democrats actually fighting for something.

    Am I in an alternate reality?

    • 163 Sue in Minnesota
      November 2, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      I don’t know Jovie, maybe the water in DC has been fortified with common sense and courage. We can only hope we see more of it.
      It’s way past time for a unified front.

  40. November 2, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    The Republican Party of Virginia has strongly condemned the image of President Obama as a zombie.
    (Page 1 of 2)
    Caitlin Gibson
    Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011

    A Loudoun County Republican Committee official has resigned following controversy over an e-mail that depicted President Obama as a zombie with part of his skull missing and a gaping bullet wound in his forehead, according to reports by NBC Washington.

    The Loudoun GOP committee’s communications director, Robert Jesionowski, took full responsibility for the e-mail, the report said.

    The Loudoun County Republican Committee and the Republican Party of Virginia did not respond to requests for comment.

    The e-mail, first reported on the blog Too Conservative, was sent Monday to promote the committee’s activities at a Halloween parade in Leesburg. The e-mail also included an image of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) with distorted features and one eye bulging from its socket.

    The image of Obama was strongly condemned by both state and local Republican officials.

    Mark Sell, chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Committee, issued a statement late Monday saying the e-mail was “a light-hearted attempt to inject satire humor into the Halloween holiday.”

    Washington Post-

    • 165 Sue in Minnesota
      November 2, 2011 at 2:07 pm

      Mark Sell you need your ass kicked, and I’ld like to be first in line to do it. There is NO ACCEPTABLE EXCUSE for this, none!

    • November 2, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      There is nothing lighthearted about a bullet hole in the face of PBO in a photo. This guy is sick.

    • November 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      I am forever amazed at the millions of people who think this type of mess is funny, Jovie. Since BO was elected POTUS, I’ve witnessed things going on in this country that I thought were in the past, and it’s heartbreaking. I grew up under segregation and dealt with the racism firsthand, and it has really been depressing to see how ugly some people still are/can be in 2011 where issues of race are concerned. If I didn’t have such a strong inner core, I’d probably have gone off on some of these tools down here in GA by nowt. I just keep praying, asking the Lord to take care of PBO and to let no evil touch him. With people like Sell calling themselves Christians, it’s no wonder that people are walking away from organized religion more and more recently.

    • November 2, 2011 at 2:38 pm

      Okay, resigning isn’t enough. This guy needs to be visited by the Secret Service and he’s got to feel some serious consequences. There is no excuse for this and frankly, I hope he goes on all lists Homeland Security has from no-fly to suspected terrorist. I hope he gets called at of line at every airport and given a full body search. I hope local cops are alerted to watch out for his license plate and make sure he’s nabbed for every violation, no matter how trivial. I hope he has a mark on his record and has trouble getting jobs. He needs to feel his “satire” for the rest of his days.

      Finally, I don’t think any ‘Communications director” of a local party sends something out on his own without approval from the committee. Everyone of the Republican Party executive committee in Loudon is culpable and should be investigated.

      • 169 prettyfoot58
        November 2, 2011 at 3:29 pm

        Finally, I don’t think any ‘Communications director” of a local party sends something out on his own without approval from the committee. Everyone of the Republican Party executive committee in Loudon is culpable and should be investgated


      • November 2, 2011 at 9:16 pm

        Great assesment Jackie and I concur whole heartedly.

    • 171 nathkatun7
      November 3, 2011 at 1:45 am

      What exactly was “light-hearted,” satirical or humorous about the image of the PRESIDENT depicted “as a zombie with part of his skull missing and a gaping bullet wound in his forehead?” What, in God’s name, is wrong with these people? Didn’t they learn any lessons from the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords? I am sorry, but in my book, these people should be classified as promoters of terrorism. It’s increasingly becoming obvious to me that many people in the teabag-Republican party are planning to resort to terrorism if President Obama is re-elected. That’s just my perception which is based on my readings of some of the right wing blogs as well as right wing comments on various sites.

  41. 172 Ladyhawke
    November 2, 2011 at 2:03 pm


    Well, it’s looks like Mitt “Who Am I This Time?” Romney is not the only GOP presidential candidate that has a temper.

  42. November 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm


    Rank: 1
    Age: 50
    Title: President, USA
    Residence: Washington, DC

    Regaining the title of the World’s Most Powerful Man on this year’s list is President Barack Obama, who gave up the top spot last year to China’s president Hu Jintao (#3). Despite his current political weakness, Obama remains the head-of-state of the world’s largest, most dynamic economy, commander-in-chief of the planet’s deadliest military and, unofficially, the leader of the free world. Moreover, Hu’s relative power is decreasing as he starts giving up important political offices, including general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, to his successor Xi Jinping (#69).

    Sure, his jobs bill was gutted, his debt-ceiling negotiating was derided and his popularity has plummeted, endangering his reelection, but Obama regains his position as the most powerful person on the planet this year. Why? Despite faddish American declinism, the U.S. remains, indisputably, the most powerful nation in the world, with the largest, most innovative economy and the deadliest military. Plus, Obama’s only legitimate rival for the title, last year’s number one, Chinese President Hu Jintao, is diminishing in influence as he gives up political office.

    2011 Highlight: Took out the world’s deadliest terrorist in May.

    In second place is Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin, who is poised to regain the Russian presidency this year from his loyal underling president Dmitry Medvedev (#59). German chancellor Angela Merkel ranks fourth and rounding out the top five is Bill Gates, co-chair of the world’s largest charity, chairman of Microsoft and America’s richest man.

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (#9) is the youngest person on the list at age 27, and the biggest gainer this year, jumping 31 spots from 40th in 2010. Also moving up is Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, who ranks 40th, 26 spots higher than last year. Bezos, who is already the largest “e-tailer” on Earth, is now exerting increasing power over the publishing business through the Kindle and Amazon Web Services powers some the biggest sites, including Zynga and Netflix.

    Name: Vladimir Putin
    AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Yana Lapikova

    Rank: 2
    Age: 59
    Title: Prime Minister, Russia
    Residence: Moscow, Russia

    Loyal lapdog Dmitry Medvedev recently announced he will not be seeking reelection as Russian president, setting up his mentor, Putin, for the job some would argue he never really gave up. Assuming that he serves 2 more terms, the increasingly autocratic Putin will be in office until 2024. Take that, Stalin!

    2011 Highlight: Push for new Eurasian economic union of Russia and several former Soviet republics, including Kazakhstan, Belarus and Ukraine, by 2015.

    We Love our President:-)

  43. November 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Why Can’t Huntsman Gain Traction?

    GOP consultant Steve Goldberg claims he’s the only one who has a chance against Obama (via Ben Smith). For what it’s worth, I agree. Michael Dougherty outlines Huntsman’s conservative record and announces:

    Are you a Republican looking for a more viable alternative to Mitt Romney? Has the cratering of Rick Perry left you feeling hopeless? Do the scandals afflicting Herman Cain make you think he isn’t all that electable? Well, there is still a very electable conservative in the race! Surprise it is Jon Huntsman!

    James Poulos blames the Huntsman campaign:

    Team Huntsman [has] blundered for no good reason. Look at Huntsman mastermind John Weaver, best known for his time atop Campaign McCain. “It’s a fork in the road between seriousness and circus,” he told Dana Milbank last month. Really? If so, Huntsman would be better off not running at all. … What does it say about an essentially mainstream conservative like Huntsman that he entrusts his brand and his electoral fortunes to a man who wants him to run against his own appeal to the Republican base broadly understood?

    I take James’ point, but don’t think it’s the real reason. The GOP is a religious and cultural force dominated by evangelicals, and fixated on total rejection of establishment or liberal ideas. Huntsman has acknowledged climate change, alone among the candidates. He has backed civil unions for gays, alone among the candidates. These two positions, in my view, all but dismissed him from the race from the get-go. His radical tax reform ideas are therefore ignored in favor of Herman Cain’s. His energy policy is trumped by Perry’s desire to turn the entire US into Texas (because Texas is about the only place he barely understands). And he worked for Barack Obama in China and speaks fluent Mandarin (not that I can tell whether he’s fluent but he gives a good impression of it on TV). These are all culturally anathema to what the GOP now is.

    When you realize this intelligent and capable two-term governor from the rock-ribbed Republican state of Utah, with deep domestic and foreign policy experience, has one tenth of the support of a pizza guy who emerged from motivational speaking and talk radio, and who admits he knows nothing about foreign policy and has never held elective office in his life … well, you have the core reality of today’s Ailes-led, resentment-fueled GOP.

    The only hope is for Huntsman to keep at it, place a marker and wait. The Republicans, just like the British Tories after 1997, may go through several unelectable candidates before they find their own Cameron. And what were the two issues that helped Cameron break through to the wider public? Climate change and homosexuality. When the right accepts reality on those topics – that the two phenomena even exist – you’ll know it’s one the way back.


    • November 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      “When the right accepts reality on climate change,” the few remaining people on earth will be vacationing in sunny Antarctica, the Southwest will be a desert and North Dakota will be selling beach front property. When they accept reality on homosexuality, their great, great, great grandchildren will be living in communes sunny Siberia. That’s also about the length of time it would take for Republicans to go for Huntsman. Sully must be suffering a sugar high from too many Halloween Tootsie rolls.

  44. November 2, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    November 02, 2011 2:00 PM

    The race card

    By Steve Benen

    Herman Cain has faced quite a bit of criticism this week, but he thinks he knows what’s behind it: racism.

    It’s not just the Republican candidate, either. Leading conservative media personalities, including Rush Limbaugh, have said racism is driving the criticism towards Cain the past few days. Even a U.S. Senator, Mike Lee (R) of Utah, raised the specter of a “racially-motivated attack” against the presidential hopeful.

    Jamil Smith noted earlier, “I thought the right didn’t like when people of color blame anything on racism.” I thought so, too.

    If the right wants to defend Cain, fine, but to casually throw around accusations of racism is cheap and offensive.

    I don’t often agree with Jennifer Rubin, but her response to this line of argument generally rings true.

    This is reprehensible, the sort of racial inflammation that, when practiced by the left, infuriates conservatives. Who is he accusing of racism — the Politico reporters? The women who made the claims in the 1990s? The media for covering allegations that he admitted were true (e.g., his employer settled at least one sexual harassment claim)?

    Cain and his defenders, like actors in a theatrical tragedy, are falling prey to the very evil they labored against: the propensity to assign political identity by race and to invoke race to shield one from personal responsibility.

    I’m not even sure what it is, exactly, that is supposed to be racist. The fact that Cain was accused of sexual harassment? We already know that’s true; Cain has acknowledged the accusations. The fact that Cain has repeatedly changed his story? That’s not his critics’ fault, and it has nothing to do with race.

    Where, specifically, is this alleged racism? Can anyone in the Cain campaign or on the right point to a single instance in which he’s faced a racially-motivated attack?

    Or is this more likely little more than a pathetic ploy? An African-American candidate is dealing with legitimate controversies, so the way to shut down discussion is to say those with questions must necessarily be racists.

    I can only imagine the apoplexy if President Obama and his backers were to reflexively accuse any and all detractors of being bigots every time he faced criticism.

    Even for the right, this is contemptible. If Cain, Limbaugh, Lee, and their cohorts were still capable of feeling shame, now would be a good time for some.


  45. November 2, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    November 02, 2011 1:10 PM

    John Boehner’s short memory

    By Steve Benen

    It’s only natural in any presidential election to consider whether the country is on stronger or weaker footing than four years earlier. And while the question will no doubt be the basis for spirited debate over the next year, this doesn’t make sense.

    It’s safe to say Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) does not agree with President Obama’s suggestion on Tuesday that Americans are better off now than they were when he took office. “Are you kidding me?!” Boehner said loudly in response to a reporter’s question on the comment.

    Of course, “are you kidding me” is not an argument. Boehner wants the answer to be self-evident, but he should probably try to offer a little more depth.

    Obviously, national conditions aren’t close to where they need to be. Americans are in a sour, pessimistic mood, and with good reason. Maybe, if guys like Boehner would start passing jobs bills and stop holding the economy back on purpose, the public would start to feel like the country is on the right track again.

    But for those who take reality seriously, there’s no real question as to whether the country is better off now than in January 2009.

    Then the nation was hemorrhaging jobs; now it’s gaining jobs.

    Then the economy was shrinking; now the economy is growing.

    Then the American automotive industry was on the verge of collapse; now it’s starting to thrive.

    Then taxpayers were sending money to Wall Street; now taxpayers are being paid back.

    Then Osama bin Laden was targeting Americans and our allies; now he’s dead and al Qaeda’s leadership has been decimated.

    Then U.S. troops were headed into the Middle East in greater numbers; now they’re headed home with their heads held high.

    Republicans, including John Boehner, drove the United States into a pretty deep ditch during the Bush/Cheney era, and conditions are still pretty ugly. That doesn’t change the simple fact that the nation is much stronger now than the day the president was inaugurated. If GOP leaders disagree, they should answer basic questions about undeniable facts: If the country was losing jobs, and now it’s gaining jobs, isn’t that better? If the economy was shrinking, and now it’s growing, isn’t that evidence of progress?

    And no, Mr. Speaker, I’m not kidding you.


    • November 2, 2011 at 2:54 pm

      “Are you kidding me?” is Boehner’s idea of witty reparte and indepth thinking. He thinks he’s being clever and oh so sophisticated when he’s actually a buffoon with the mental capacity of a gerbil (no offense to gerbils). How anyone cannot rate him as the worst Speaker in US history is beyond me.

      • 181 jacquelineoboomer
        November 2, 2011 at 3:53 pm

        So true, Jackie! And you made me laugh. Mostly because you have to keep laughing at them, to keep from crying (oops – used the magic word).

  46. November 2, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    ok, you twitter army you, this needs to be tweeted to all those idiots in the MSM.

    The Palin Model
    Mitt Romney follows in the footsteps of Sharron Angle, Joe Miller, Mary Fallin, et al:

    On Sunday, Fox News host Chris Wallace called attention to Romney’s absence from “Fox News Sunday” and his competitors’ programs. “With Governor Perry’s appearance, we have now interviewed all of the major Republican candidates in our 2012 one-on-one series except Mitt Romney,” Wallace said. “He’s not appeared on this program or any Sunday talk show since March of 2010. We invited Governor Mitt Romney again this week, but his campaign says he’s still not ready to sit down for an interview.” During recent Republican debates, Romney has twice mentioned an interview he gave to a top national political journalist, Dan Balz of the Washington Post. That interview, however, took place in June 2007.



  47. 184 dotster3
    November 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    I’m really sad to hear the explanation from a Biden spokesperson as to why in the world Eric Cantor and wife were his chosen dinner guests tonight, that Cantor and Biden got to be really good friends over the summer—-gag—-and they have been trying to find time for the 2 couples to spend time together and that this is strictly a social evening. Ugh, ugh, ugh.

    • 185 utaustinliberal
      November 2, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      The spokesperson isn’t going to give the real reason dotster. Haven’t you heard of “killing your enemy with kindness?” 😉

    • November 2, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      You have to do that in politics sometimes although I suspect there is more to this social gathering than the Biden people are letting on.

      • 187 jacquelineoboomer
        November 2, 2011 at 3:46 pm

        I agree. Joe often calls Boehner an “old friend” – says he likes the guy personally. Wink wink. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t at least try to interject some thought and logic into the conversation with any of them.

      • 188 Sue in Minnesota
        November 2, 2011 at 4:25 pm

        It’s called arm twisting.

    • 189 Obama Grandmama
      November 2, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      I keep hearing how the old rivalries died after dark in DC and GOP and Dems would socialize together. I think if there was mor friendship and socializing maybe some of the abhorrent behavior would lessen. I am all for trying to get back to being able to talk and compromise. Good for Biden for giving it a try. Most are cheering PBO for ravaging his opponents and called him a whimp when he tried to break through. I think it is much harder to try to compromise. I know PBO tried and tried and got no where so I understand his current strategy and think it is all he has left. He tried long enough so that everyone knows he made a hard effort before going directly to the people. I am not going to denegrate Biden for still trying though.

  48. November 2, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Crack Sentencing Retroactivity In Effect
    by BooMan
    Wed Nov 2nd, 2011 at 11:15:43 AM EST

    While you’re wringing your hands about our dysfunctional government and wondering why the Obama administration isn’t tougher on the banks, don’t forget to stop and smell the roses. In July 2010, Congress passed the The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 which vastly reduced the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses. Then, earlier this year, the U.S. Sentencing Commission decided to make the decision retroactive. Yesterday, that change went into effect.

    The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted this summer to make the reduced crack penalties retroactive, which means more than 12,000 current inmates are eligible to request reduced sentences.
    The retroactivity took effect Tuesday. The Sentencing Commission estimates that inmates will have an average of three years chopped off their sentences. An estimated 1,800 inmates became eligible for release immediately because they had already served enough time, and prosecutors did not object to their release.

    Critics of the old sentencing system say it was unfair to African-Americans, who make up the majority of those convicted of possessing and distributing crack.

    “This really has been one of the great stains on our federal criminal justice system for 20 years or more,” said Michael Nachmanoff, the federal public defender for the Eastern District of Virginia. “This disparity between the punishment for crack cocaine and powder was really unjustified.”

    Needless to say, it takes political courage to be responsible for the sudden release of 1,800 mostly black felons who have done hard time in federal prisons. That’s why it’s a small miracle that it is happening at all. It’s inevitable that some of these parolees will commit violent crimes. Our prisons don’t tend to churn out model reformed citizens. It’s more like institutionalized gangsterism, where even if you didn’t belong to a gang before you were imprisoned, you probably joined one to survive on the inside. Prison policy is incredibly hard to get right, but we certainly have it wrong. And that’s the problem, not that people who received unjustly-long sentences are getting an early release. However, the eligible parolees’ records are being reviewed by judges in an effort to ensure that they won’t present a danger to the community.

    There is still an 18:1 disparity between crack and powder (down from 100:1), but the new 5-year mandatory minimum sentence doesn’t kick in until someone is caught with 28 grams of crack (up from 5 grams). In effect, this will limit arrests to true dealers and largely eliminate the racial disparity of our cocaine sentencing guidelines.

    It will be easy to demagogue this reform. Just wait for the first Willie Horton ad. Remember to have the back of the politicians who had the courage to do the right thing.


    • 191 JoJothecat
      November 2, 2011 at 3:32 pm

      My God, that alone helps thousands of AA’s who innocently got caught up in being sentenced harhsly under the Reagan Administration’s targeting the AA community for selling or using crack. I remember Clinton would not touch this because of how it would make him weak on drugs. I remember seeing this young woman who was dating a drug dealer and they found his drugs at her apartment. She got more time then he did and her parents were asking Clinton to pardon her. I don’t know what happened but the story was about how being caught with crack or distributing put young people away for 20 to 30 yrs while 2nd degree murderers got less time.

    • 192 PoliticalJunkessa
      November 2, 2011 at 4:39 pm

      This is phenomenal. Next time one of those CBC hags or Travesty or Corny starts talking about how PBO doesn’t do any thing for AAs….

  49. November 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    November 02, 2011 12:35 PM

    Brewer’s impeachment scheme advances in Arizona

    By Steve Benen

    When we talked last week about the impeachment drive in Arizona, there was still some question about whether Republican officials would actually go through with such a ridiculous stunt. Now, we know the answer.

    Let’s quickly review the story for those just joining us. When it comes to post-Census redistricting, Arizona has an Independent Redistricting Commission, made up of two Democrats, two Republicans, and one registered Independent. The system, was adopted by Arizona voters more than a decade ago, and was intended to take partisan agendas out of the redistricting process.

    The tripartisan panel recently unveiled a draft proposal that would, as a practical matter, create four safe Republican seats, two safe Democratic seats, and create three competitive districts, all the while improving the voting influence of the state’s growing Latino population.

    This did not sit well with Republicans, who were so outraged that Gov. Jan Brewer (R) raised the prospect of impeaching the commission’s members for producing a map the GOP doesn’t like. Brewer would need the support of two-thirds of the Arizona state Senate, and wouldn’t you know it, Republicans have a 21-9 majority in the chamber.

    Which leads us to yesterday.

    Gov. Jan Brewer and the GOP-controlled state Senate on Tuesday touched off legal and political battles as they took the unprecedented step of removing the chairwoman of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.

    On a 21-6 party line vote, the Senate gave the Republican governor the two-thirds majority vote she needed to oust Colleen Coyle Mathis, citing “gross misconduct” in her role at the helm of the independent panel.

    In waging the attack against the chairwoman, Brewer’s evidence of “gross misconduct” included allegations that some of the panel’s meetings were private, violating the state’s open-meeting laws.

    But there’s no mystery about what’s really going on here. This is a partisan ploy, launched by Arizona Republicans to punish a tripartisan commission for failing to tilt the district map in their favor. The result is a total mess, multiple court fights, and ambiguity as to who, if anyone, is the current chair of the redistricting panel.

    Democrats, meanwhile, are accurately calling the GOP stunt “a brazen power grab that would rival any in Arizona history,” and have begun exploring recall elections against three Republican state senators who sided with Brewer on this impeachment drive.

    John Avlon’s big-picture assessment struck me as the right one: “If Brewer gets away with this power grab, it will suddenly appear on the menu of every other governor looking to artificially preserve his or her party’s hold on power, Republican or Democrat. It is nothing less than an attempt to hijack representative democracy.”

    Even for Republicans, this abuse is outrageous.


  50. November 2, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Big Bucks Went To GOP Effort To Skew Pennsylvania Electoral Votes

    Kleefeld November 2, 2011, 1:28 PM 14093There are new details in Pennsylvania on the proposal by Republican leaders to change the state’s allocation of electoral votes, to a House district-based system — showing a lobbying effort drawn from the top tiers of state Republican ranks.

    A new report from the state news site Capitol Wire (paid subscription required) reveals that a group with the ironic name “All Votes Matter” has emerged, lobbying state legislators — and hiring former top state Senate staffers for the task.

    According to the report, the group spent $77,700 on lobbying in the April-June quarter, and spent $186,882 on lobbying in the July-September quarter. The source of the funding is not legally required to be disclosed, and has not been disclosed.

    The proposal, if passed into law, would enable the 2012 Republican nominee to potentially take a majority of the 20 electoral votes in the state, even if President Obama carried the state’s popular vote, thanks to GOP-led redistricting after the 2010 wave. Polling has shown Pennsylvania voters opposing the measure.

    Had this proposed system been in place in 2008, when Obama won the state by a ten-point margin, he in fact would have only taken 11 out of the state’s 21 electoral votes at the time — due to a combination of past Republican-led redistricting efforts to maximize their district strength, and Obama’s votes being especially concentrated within urban areas.

    Pennsylvania is classified as a swing state, and is regularly fought hard over. However, it has voted Democratic in every presidential election since 1992, and voted for Barack Obama by 55%-44% in 2008. Indeed, over the past 50 years it has only voted Republican in presidential landslides for the GOP: 1972, 1980, 1984, and finally 1988. The last time Pennsylvania voted Republican during a close national race was 1948, when it picked Tom Dewey over the victorious Harry Truman.

    While the results have sometimes been narrow for the Dems, it is a state that can be expected to vote Democratic for president in the context of a close national campaign, such as its votes for Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004.


  51. November 2, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    November 02, 2011 2:50 PM

    Choosing not to swing at ‘Romneycare’

    By Steve Benen

    In March, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) took a not-so-subtle shot at Mitt Romney’s record on health care in the context of the 2012 presidential campaign. “It’s not that dissimilar to ObamaCare,” Ryan said of Romney’s reform law in Massachusetts. “And you probably know I’m not a big fan of ObamaCare.”

    Now, however, the right-wing Wisconsinite is singing a different tune. Asked about the striking similarities between Romney’s and Obama’s reform laws, Ryan said this week, “I don’t think this question matters that much anymore.”

    It speaks to what I consider the biggest surprise of the presidential race so far: Romney is simply getting a pass on health care. The former governor’s health care included an individual mandate forcing taxpayers to purchase insurance; it provided benefits to immigrants who entered the country illegally; and it covers abortion — and somehow, this hardly ever comes up in the middle of the GOP primary contest. A year ago, the right was saying Romney wouldn’t even be considered unless he renounced and apologized for his health care law, and now, it’s effectively become a non-issue.

    Jonathan Bernstein had a good piece the other day, referencing the last Kaiser survey data on health care, and concluding that Romney’s GOP rivals are “blowing it.”

    First, the context: as you might expect, Republicans really hate Barack Obama’s health care reform, with an 11/81 split against it and almost two-thirds “very unfavorable.” And those who know about the Massachusetts plan have a similar opinion, which isn’t strange since the basic structure is so similar (although lacking the important ingredient of Barack Obama, as I’ve argued): Republicans oppose Romneycare by a 6-1 margin.

    But the key number isn’t how many Republicans dislike health care in Massachusetts; it’s how many don’t know enough to offer an opinion. That would be a whopping 77% (and even more telling, it’s the same number for likely primary voters as it is for all Republicans in the survey). Kaiser also asked about whether the Massachusetts reform was similar to the national reform law, with the same results: 69% of likely primary voters didn’t have an opinion. Of those who did, 18% said it was similar while 11% thought otherwise.

    So here we are, just 10 weeks from the Iowa caucuses, and Mitt Romney’s opponents have so far completely failed to let Republican voters know about his (presumably) biggest weakness.

    At least in the primary phase, this was supposed to be a weight on Romney’s shoulders. How could he run for the Republican nomination after providing the blueprint for the health care law that the GOP hates with the heat of a thousand suns? How could Republican voters condemn government health care mandates to be the most offensive policy in American history, and then nominate for president the only governor in America to impose a health care mandate on his constituents?

    But these details only make a difference if someone tells GOP voters about it. At this point, it looks like “Romneycare” is a hanging curve, right over the middle of the plate, but the rest of the Republican field just doesn’t want to swing.


  52. November 2, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    November 02, 2011 10:40 AM

    Pushing back against the GOP’s ‘war on voting’

    By Steve Benen

    Republican officials in more than 30 states have approved new restrictions on voting in recent years, including seven states where Americans will be required to show photo ID before they’re allowed to participate in an election. It’s a little something called the “war on voting”; it may keep 5 million eligible voters from casting a ballot in 2012; and as Richard Hasen, an election law expert at UC Irvine, explained this week, the new Republican rules “could easily decide the outcome” of next year’s election.

    The significance of this is not lost on the DNC and President Obama’s re-election team.

    The Obama re-election campaign has quietly opened a counteroffensive against Republican-backed changes to election laws that Democrats say will suppress votes for their candidates and limit their get-out-the-vote drives.

    The effort, led by former White House counsel Robert Bauer, prompted the suspension of an Ohio law limiting early voting. Campaign officials produced educational materials to counter a Wisconsin law that requires voters to produce photo I.D.s — but disallows those used by Wisconsin colleges.

    By this spring, the Obama re-election campaign will mount what Mr. Bauer called an unprecedented “voter protection” effort, fielding thousands of volunteers in battleground states to help navigate new election laws, months earlier than past efforts.

    In states where new restrictions are already in place, Democratic officials have limited options. Some legal challenges are already underway, but much of the counter-offensive seems built around a public-awareness campaign.

    Indeed, to a very real extent, the “war on voting” has become the basis for new Democratic activism. The WSJ reported, “Rod Smith, chairman of the Florida Democratic Party, said his office coordinates daily with the Obama campaign on how to encourage older voters, college students and African Americans to vote by absentee ballot. The message is: ‘They believe they can keep you from voting. Don’t let it happen.’”

    But let’s not overlook the punch-line.

    Republicans see no precedent for a presidential re-election campaign to go this far to counter laws passed by state legislatures and signed by governors. “It’s somewhat concerning that the president’s own team is seeking to undermine laws that ensure only registered voters actually vote,” said Sean Spicer, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee.

    Actually, what’s “somewhat concerning” is a national Republican campaign to rig an election cycle by restricting voting rights, relying on efforts that look “an awful lot like methods pioneered by the white supremacists from another era that achieved the similar results.”


  53. 203 JoJothecat
    November 2, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Can Arizonans start a recall of Jan Brewer?

    • 204 desertflower
      November 2, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      We thought about that awhile back. Maybe if more people finally get wind of her nasty ass power grab, they will begin again in earnest….we’re hoping for the pond scum, Russell Pierce to bite the big one in his recall election. This place REEKS of corruption.

  54. 205 Ladyhawke
    November 2, 2011 at 3:19 pm



    Last night, on The Last Word Lawrence O’Donnell schooled Rush Limbuaugh, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, and the rest of the right wing defenders of Herman Cain on the real meaning of the word racist. Lawrence was in rare form and hitting on all cylinders. He made very effective use of videos and sound bites that Limbaugh has made in the past. The plethora of material showing the disgusting, hateful and racist remarks that Limbaugh has made about President Obama is staggering. The bottom line of the segment is that Rush Limbaugh needs to take a very long look in the mirror.



  55. November 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    The group Priorities USA, reportedly struggling to keep up with Republican groups for fundraising, has put $100,000 into Web advertising of various sorts for its new anti-Romney campaign.

    That’s a lot of money for an online buy when a free Web ad will get as much chatter as one that a group spends on, and more than most outside groups are spending — though consultant Mindy Finn points out to me that while the group is calling it a “social media buy,” that term seems to include YouTube, Google and Facebook advertising.

    The goal of an ad like this, though, is to get the group the sort of online following, including an email list, that may come in handy next year.

    Posted by Ben Smith 10:02 AM

  56. 207 anniebella
    November 2, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Chris Matthews was on Martin Bashir afew minutes ago running his dam mouth and plugging that stupid book of his.

  57. 209 Ladyhawke
    November 2, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    President Obama Urges Congress: Put Construction Workers Back on the Job

    by Secretary Ray LaHood


  58. November 2, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Eric cantor was finally asked- where are the jobs?
    He responded, they are stuck in the Senate!


    • 211 Ladyhawke
      November 2, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      Obama Blasts The GOP: In God We Trust Isn’t Putting People Back To Work


      Later the President blasted Congressional Republicans, “Everybody here, we are Americans. We’re not people who sit back and watch things happening, and if Congress tells you they don’t have time, they’ve got time to do it. We’ve been, in the House of Representatives, what have you guys been debating? John, you’ve been debating a commemorative coin for baseball? You had legislation reaffirming that In God We Trust is our motto. That’s not putting people back to work. I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.

      Obama made a great point. How can the House GOP claim that they have no time to create jobs when they obviously have time to debate and pass legislation relating to baseball and the national motto? Under closer scrutiny, the Republican argument that they don’t have the time to create jobs completely falls apart. Maybe House Republicans would have more time if they didn’t take off one week for every two weeks they work?



  59. November 2, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Fair sentencing act of 2010 came online yesterday.
    Lots of prisoners of crack cocaine charges, got same sentence as cocaine charges.
    Thousands are being released today!

    But but but…

  60. November 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Gallup is basically crud these days, but they’ve released a poll showing that a full 75% of those polled supported having the Iraq troops home by Christmas (96% of Dems, 43% of Republicans and 77% of Indies).

  61. November 2, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Ok this is so funny I can’t even describe it. You just have to see it for yourselves. It’s the Orange Man’s new website.


    • 216 Ladyhawke
      November 2, 2011 at 5:07 pm

      That’s hilarious. I can’t stop laughing. That website is nothing but an attempt to put lipstick on a pig. If Boehner wants to see what a innovative, substantive, resourceful, and creative website looks like, he should check out whitehouse.gov

      • 217 Ladyhawke
        November 2, 2011 at 5:09 pm

        One more thing, this reminds me of one of the GOP jobs documents – It had very large fonts and lots of pictures. There was no substance. Just fluff and generalities.

    • November 2, 2011 at 6:19 pm

      LOL! WHAT D HELL?!!….

      Sign up and earn badges??!!

      We don’t need no stinkin’ badges….

      How about some JOBS!!!~

  62. November 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I need your help.

    We have not had a Call to Action, Press On kind of day in quite a while. With the President out talking about the Jobs bill he needs us to make phone calls, send email, tweet, and in general “raise a fuss”.

    This only works when other folks at the blog join in. So….. Donna, Jacqueline, Alice, Chips, Jackie, Hanna, Tien Le, and all the other folks who have been kind enough to help me. Lets DO SOMETHING tomorrow or Friday.

    For those who are anxious to get started – we need to make calls to our Senators –


    There is also 2 sub-lists – feel free to call these folks even if you don’t live in their state.

    Dems who are dragging their heals and Republicans who have not signed the Grover Norquist tax pledge.


    • 220 Sue in Minnesota
      November 2, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      Linda I have been e-mailing and calling Senators Udall, Bennett, Merkely, Harkin, Whitehouse and Durbin, in addition to mine own Franken and Klobuchar, demostrating support for the legislative initiative for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. In the course of it I am wondering to myself which is more effective….calling or e-mailing? Any feed back?

      Tomorrow I will call/e-mail about the infrastructure bill….my own Senators support it so I’ll tackle the waivering Dems, and the few Republicans that haven’t violated their constitutional oath to serve the people, not Grover Norquist.

    • November 2, 2011 at 5:35 pm

      Bring it up again on Friday. Always happy to call congress with a specific message.

    • November 2, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      I will join on Friday.

  63. November 2, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    From Twitter:

    (AP) — Third former employee complains of workplace sexual behavior by GOP candidate Herman Cain.

  64. November 2, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    More on the third Cain woman from Twitter:

    RT @jamiedupree: AP: “She says the behavior included a private invitation to his corporate apartment”

    • 226 desertflower
      November 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      Oh, dear:) Gag.

    • November 2, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      I used to investigate and resolve sexual harassment cases in a campus climate. If there was compelling evidence in more than one case, most places have a termination policy. Too much of a liabilty, exposure to risk. He wasn’t there very long for positions of this kind (I think 3 yrs or so). I’d be interested in the terms of his departure.

      • November 2, 2011 at 4:25 pm

        Found this piece:

        …..Whether you are talking about George McGovern in 1972, Jimmy Carter in 1976, Howard Dean in 2004, or even the second coming of McCain in 2008, they had considerably more of a campaign apparatus than Cain. Their campaigns were often unorthodox, but their actions were rarely random. They didn’t surge to the top based on seat-of-the-pants decisions.

        In short, there was method to their madness. With Herman Cain’s candidacy, there hasn’t been. There has been minimal fundraising. There has been truly bizarre scheduling that only seemed to make sense in the context of selling autographed books at $100 apiece. (Why else would you go on a two-day bus trip of the length of Tennessee, which doesn’t vote until March 6)? My hunch is that Cain’s surge surprised no one more than Cain himself.

        But there was more. Several weeks ago, word started circulating that Cain’s business record was not quite as impressive as he claims, specifically as it relates to his tenure as head of the National Restaurant Association. Some of his peers privately said that they were astonished at how he was being portrayed. They said that his less than three-year tenure (rather brief in the Washington trade-association world) was rocky and that the restaurant folks couldn’t get rid of him soon enough—possibly because of sexual-harassment allegations. They said it took some time to get the association back on sound financial footing after he left. Some who worked with Cain said that he spent considerable time running around the country giving speeches and that he was a policy lightweight, both internally and externally. But they hesitated to be more specific.


    • 230 Me4obama
      November 2, 2011 at 4:10 pm

      Well, well, well, those darn corporate apartments :rolls:

  65. November 2, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    FYI –

    Tonight is the Obama Student Summit to kick off the GreaterTogether campaign with Jim Messina at UofPenn.

    7pm ET
    Livestream: http://OFA.BO/gQC3

  66. November 2, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    And more Cain:

    AP: “she said Cain told her he had confided to colleagues how attractive she was and invited her to his corporate apartment outside work.”

  67. 236 Me4obama
    November 2, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Does anyone know Roland Martin CNN twitter account. Please help if you do, thank you.

  68. November 2, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Drip, drip, drip.

    Veteran GOP pollster says Herman Cain sexually harassed woman at Arlington, Va., restaurant in the ’90s: http://politi.co/tRMaai

  69. November 2, 2011 at 4:13 pm


    RSVP now if you are a college student, to listen to Jim Messina at 7 conference call!

  70. 249 Linda
    November 2, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    oops….here comes another Cain former employee……

    AP Exclusive: Third Worker Says Harassed by Cain


    • 250 jacquelineoboomer
      November 2, 2011 at 4:22 pm

      Gee, that’s funny. Cain said he “never sexually harassed anybody” in his entire life.

    • 253 dotster3
      November 2, 2011 at 4:37 pm

      And this is coming from a GOP pollster who works for a Perry super-pac. A good clue as to origin of some of this. Don’t know how much he can be trusted but says if lady in question is allowed to speak, it would be the end of the Cain campaign. I’ve noticed little hints that there were more shoes to drop. It’s looking more and more like Cain didn’t just enjoy LOOKING at flowers (his response to a question, if he had a roving eye, he said he enjoyed looking at the flowers). That corporate apt. he had—–so tempting!

  71. November 2, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    More if the usual craziness from Netanyahu:

    Israel Sending Signals of Iranian Attack
    JERUSALEM November 2, 2011 (AP)
    An Israeli official said Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to persuade his Cabinet to authorize a military strike against Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program — a discussion that comes as Israel successfully tests a missile believed capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to Iran.

    It remained unclear whether Israel was genuinely poised to strike or if it was saber-rattling to prod the international community into taking a tougher line on Iran. Israeli leaders have long hinted at a military option, but they always seemed mindful of the practical difficulties, the likelihood of a furious counterstrike and the risk of regional mayhem.


    • 255 JoJothecat
      November 2, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      I don’t thing the Israili people will go for Nutanyahoo starting a BS war to prove a fact. Didn’t I just hear on this site that Iran is no where near having a nuke. They are bluffing just like Saddam Hussein did. It would be a disaster to nuke a country that is nowhere near having a nuke.

  72. 256 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 2, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Damn, I was hoping Cain would stick around a lot longer. Teehee.

    *buys more popcorn stock*

    • November 2, 2011 at 4:44 pm

      He supposedly got 400k in donations yesterday but I don’t think that matters. for all we know, the Koch brothers could have donated all of this thru their shenigans. 🙂

    • 258 Fred
      November 2, 2011 at 4:49 pm

      oh PJ you have me holding my side laughing 😆

      excuse my language but the GOP is just filled with pound scum 😯

      • 259 PoliticalJunkessa
        November 2, 2011 at 5:33 pm

        Hahaha, Fred. I’m settling in with my snacks in front of the tv tonight — it’s gonna be on like popcorn! You know there’s nothing the corporate media likes more than a sex scandal. They can’t investigate anything else of import (like why the GOP refuses to move on jobs), but they’ll sure turn over rocks to find an affair. I for one am gonna jump in the shallow pool with them tonight and wallow a bit.

        CRUNCH! 😆 😆 😆

  73. November 2, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Sara Chunley Carter from Durham, North Carolina
    Put me on the list!

  74. November 2, 2011 at 4:47 pm


    What Not to Ask Chris Matthews
    Jeff Bercovici found that out the hard way that Chris Matthews didn’t use a ghostwriter on his new book, Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero.

    Said Matthews: “Fuck you. Where’d you get that? Is that what you think? You think I don’t write my books?”

    He adds: “I would never let anybody write something for me. Why do you think I’m like that? It’s amazing to me that you think I’m some lightweight, glib bullshit artist that has somebody do his work for him. The writing is the hard part, the composition.”


  75. November 2, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Boy the Rethugs really taking Cain down. Now Politico is reporting he made inappropriate remarks.


  76. November 2, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Now a 4th? GOPolitico

    Iowa radio host accuses Herman Cain of making ‘inappropriate’ remarks.

    I think Cain remarked a couple of days ago that he was sure there would be more. I think he was trying to be ironic. LOLz.

  77. 273 Fred
    November 2, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Carnival Barkers like Trump;Limbaugh;Coulter who have accused us Liberals without facts ( what’s new right? 🙄 ) of slandering Cain can shove their accusations up their arrogant out of touch racist arses cuz it sure as hell was one of their own!

  78. 277 donna dem 4 obama
    November 2, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Oh its getting jucier…the Perry people are pointing fingers at the Romney people.

    There is not enough popcorn to watch this side show!

  79. 283 Ladyhawke
    November 2, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Does Millionaire Sen. Ben Nelson’s Desire To Leave A “Bigger Estate” Affect His Voting Record?

    According to the most recent estimates by the Center for Responsive Politics, Nelson’s current net worth is somewhere between $8 million and $16 million, making him the 21st-richest senator, so he’s already likely to leave a pretty big estate.


  80. 284 carolyn
    November 2, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I checked out Boehner’s new webpage…”Team Boehner”…..whatever! That is the most amateurish web page I’ve seen. My freshman students do better more creative work than that for English class presentations! They would be embarrassed to use something that dull. Whoever did that, Boehner got taken!

  81. 285 dotster3
    November 2, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I cannot believe that msnbc has actually hired Megan McCain!!! What in the world???!!! Why?????? Tell me one reason. The country is in need of her “deep” thoughts? She has anything of importance to say??? Anything significant???

    • November 2, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      What?????? So they now have McCain’s campaign manager and Megan McCain. I guess Nicole Wallace will be next. I can tell you right now, I will not listen to anything Megan has to say. I will fastforward thru anything that concerns her.

    • 288 Fred
      November 2, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      well Dots;she likes to run her trap and get into back and forth with her fellow conservative idiots.This is all for ranting imho

    • 290 Linda
      November 2, 2011 at 5:55 pm

      Good Grief…..they are getting as bad as TeaNN

    • 291 Sue in Minnesota
      November 2, 2011 at 6:10 pm

      For what good reason? It’s so lucrative to be a member of the inner circle.

    • 292 TrumpDog
      November 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm

      Are you serious? OMG She was on Lawrence’s show last night talking up Romney and bragging about how wrong Lawrence was in saying Pawlenty would be the GOP nominee.I can’t stand her
      I’m already pissed that Pat Buchannan is still employed by that station. I love Rev Al but I’m about ready to give up on this channel

    • 294 PoliticalJunkessa
      November 2, 2011 at 6:36 pm

      👿 So that’s why Lawrence was interviewing this sarcastic valley-girl on his show last night. Dammit! She was boring, dim, and self-absorbed. As she was giving her “analysis” she was sorta snapping her neck like she was telling somebody off, as she dismissed Cain and expressed her unshakeable confidence in Romney. She looked and sounded ridiculous. I’ll never forget a while ago how much Rachel was gushing over this twit — PLs just LOVE conservatives who stumble over a progressive issue or two that they like, but bash people like the President who they apply a progressive purity standard to. Same thing with Buddy Roemer — they show this guy such deference while he spews his false equivalene crap. Meanwhile, they save their hard-hitting journalist costumes and questions for people that are actually fighting the fight. That Megan McCain lovefest left a really bad taste in my mouth, and I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve watched Rachel since.

  82. 295 halo
    November 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Karl Rove has knocked down Herman Cain.

  83. 296 Ladyhawke
    November 2, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Senator Chuck Schumer being interviewed right now on PoliticsNation with Rev Al.

  84. 297 Brit
    November 2, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Rick Perry probably never thought that it would get out that his people “handed” Politico the Herman Cain story. I think this will hurt Rick, but Repugs likely don’t care that their politicians playing dirty. Day 3, and we have the culprit. I cannot wait until the debates next week!

  85. 298 donna dem 4 obama
    November 2, 2011 at 6:22 pm


  86. November 2, 2011 at 6:39 pm


    @fivethirtyeight Nate Silver
    Alabama radio host, citing unnamed sources close to Palin, says she’s “reconsidering” POTUS race. bit.ly/vA8PTN

  87. 312 Uche
    November 2, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Rev Al is cracking me up…”a fish that doesn’t want to be caught should keep it’s mouth shut!” – talking about the Herbie Cain saga which is still unravelling.

  88. November 2, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    This week OFA is opening offices in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Kenosha and Waukesha.

  89. 315 lexusv
    November 2, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    That fool Cain sure doesn’t have the tempermant to be President…not even dog catcher. He is so out of his league. Good at making money for himself only.

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