hey, we have a shiny new gopolitico star! (updated!)

Well, actually, Byron Tau has been hanging around GOPolitico for a while, but a week ago he became the boss man on their ’44’ section – you know, the bit that’s devoted to telling us the President hates Israel and the First Lady is a food fascist.

Whatever happened our beloved Julie Mason? Did she get bored with her dearest hobby at GOPolitico – counting black faces in the White House?

Any way, just to let you know, Byron has started fantastically well. Here’s most of what he expertly picked out as the big news the past week:

Not since Woodward and Bernstein has a journalist broken a story so monumental: Joe Manchin doesn’t support the President? Who knew?! Spectacular start Byron! Pulitzer stuff!


So, Byron listened to the President’s speech at Fort Bragg about the ending of the Iraq war and was moved. Moved to be stunned by the President’s failure to give a ‘love you lots’ shout-out to the man who started the war, thereby giving PBO the very lucky opportunity to end it. Breathtaking ingratitude. Keep it up Byron, you’re doing great.


Next, Byron watches the VP’s interview with Rachel Maddow and is just gobsmacked when the VP completely fails to describe the ending of a pointless war as a ‘failure’. Well spotted Byron. VPs have been impeached for less. Well, no, they haven’t, but you get the point.


Woot, only three days in to his new ’44’ job and Byron’s really hotting up! He spots an op-ed by that most principled of Blue Dogs, Dennis Cardoza, on The Hill site and almost faints with delirium as he links it for us! Byron Tau, the Walter Kronkite of our generation!


After OFA promised to send a thank you email to your GOP-supporting relatives if they annoyed you enough to donate to Obama/Biden 2012, Byron was clearly pissed after his inbox was stuffed with emails …. after his Dem-supporting aunties, uncles, grandmothers, grandfathers, nieces and nephews passed on his address.


Byron didn’t have much to say about the Obama family portrait, apart from quoting a GOPolitico colleague’s revelation that Sasha’s dress cost $73.99. That much?!? Jeez, a bit uppity!


Another scoop by Byron – who knew Orrin Hatch still existed?


We’re on a roll now! Byron shares with us Alex Burns’ story about the President shamefacedly letting the American people know the Iraq war is over. Thanks so much Byron, this outrage needed to be exposed. A commendable unveiling of an ugly truth.


More brilliance. Byron’s take on that AP-GfK poll that had a gazillion different talking points, but this is the one he liked. Quite understandable too. Thanks Byron, your poll-dissecting abilities are special.


Superb Byron! It never hurts to point out the President’s Godlessness! True, Amy Sullivan didn’t ‘lament’ anything, she simply pointed out how tricky it is for a President and his family to visit a ‘public’ church – from a security and ‘fuss’ point of view – and noted (although Byron must have missed this bit when he summarised) that “more often, Obama and his family have followed the lead of the Bush family, joining the congregation at Camp David …. but staying home on Sunday mornings when in Washington”.

But, never mind – great headline!


You know, I was beginning to worry for Byron’s job security – a whole week had gone by and he hadn’t written about the President and Israel at GOPolitico. Phew, at last! Now, those of you who argue that the President didn’t “defend” his policy on Israel today, that he simply re-stated it, are just a bunch of picky Obots.

I’d like to think, though, that someone here helped Byron keep his job by sending him this reminder today:

Although, we can’t be sure if he actually read it, the fella is awfully busy on Twitter:

(Note: it’s never ‘President’ or ‘Pres’, it’s ‘Obama’ – but that’s okay Byron, we understand 😉 )

And re-tweeting the Drudge Report can be very time-consuming:

But, awesome job this week Byron, you’re destined for a stellar career at GOPolitico!



Update – Byron’s very latest story:

Woot! And he even quotes Keith ‘I hate Michelle Obama so much I could cry’ Koffler in the story – you know, the guy who makes Michele Bachmann seem like Jane Fonda! Byron? You rock!

160 Responses to “hey, we have a shiny new gopolitico star! (updated!)”

  1. December 16, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    LOL. Guess julie couldn’t it cut it anymore. Keep up the hackery, byron.

  2. December 16, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    United States President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama are the world’s two most popular leaders according to the results of a Radio France International and France 24 “world leaders barometer”, published Friday.

    Obama won 77 per cent backing, in the sixth wave of the survey, which was carried out by Harris Interactive. This is one percentage point higher than in November.


  3. 9 desertflower
    December 16, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Wonder what high school he goes to. Is that his senior picture?

  4. 11 isonprize
    December 16, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Such journalistic integrity. I can’t stand it…

  5. 13 CaliCat
    December 17, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Hahaha. So hilarious! I’m relatively new to posting here but I’ve been enjoying the mockery of GOPolitical for quite some time now. They deserve every bit of it. This Tau guy is really earning his stripes over there. He’ll be a regular on Morning Joe and Tweety any day now. LOL.

  6. 16 jacquelineoboomer
    December 17, 2011 at 12:02 am

    I can’t take it any more, Chips! People like that are sad, pathetic fools. But the way you brought this to us made me laugh – a lot! So, I’ll end my night with that takeaway. Really appreciate your bringing this goon to our attention, so we may (devilish chuckle here) pay him a little visit on Twitter from this point on … if ya know what I mean.

    Congrats again on your close, personal relationship with David Axelrod. Loved that!

  7. 18 Tulips
    December 17, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Its about time he meets the Obamabots. we will be on his case. LOL

  8. December 17, 2011 at 12:12 am

    The guy looks like a total skeeze ball.

    • 41 africa
      December 17, 2011 at 12:23 am

      Yeah, he does. And people wanted to cast GeoPolitico as liberal when they went after Cain. Little did Cain know it was all in collusion the powers that be in the GOP. He (Cain) believed all the bullkaka they were feeding him.

    • 42 anniebella
      December 17, 2011 at 7:19 am

      lisa, he’s working for Politico, he is a sleeze ball. A dirty rotten stinking sleeze ball.

  9. 43 hopefruit2
    December 17, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Stupid donkey Tau!
    I would just slap that foolish grin off his face.

    • December 17, 2011 at 7:26 am

      I especially loved the cookie reference. How dare the White House chefs use all that flour and sugar. Don’t they know that visitors to the WH who eat those yummy Christmas cookies would rather the flour remained untouched in the WH pantry. Only Republican Congressman and senators have the right to Christmas treats as a reward for all their work to help millionaires.

      It’s difficult to imagine a mind so petty—the guy’s potty training experience must have been fierce.

      • 45 hopefruit2
        December 17, 2011 at 8:40 am

        When it comes to our President it seems that pettiness rules the day for the media. I still can’t get over MSNBC’s Alex Wagner making a comment on national TV that our hard-working President wants to leave for Hawaii just so he can hula!

  10. December 17, 2011 at 12:25 am

    I noticed someone included their twitter handle with their screen name here. Thought I’d try it.

  11. December 17, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Tried to modify my screen name to include my twitter handle and it went to moderation. Sorry, Chips.

  12. 49 collegekay
    December 17, 2011 at 12:28 am

    What a putz.

  13. December 17, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Chips, you are just the best!!!! GOPolitico is the pits. The media really hates Obama. We have our work cut out for us. I also love the post BWD wrote. Thank goodness for this wonderful site. We will win because we have the interest of all in this country not just the 1%.

  14. December 17, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Sorry Chips, I hadn’t fully checked in correctly. My post is in moderation.

  15. December 17, 2011 at 12:36 am

    I had noticed people adding their twitter name. It is a good idea.

  16. 54 collegekay
    December 17, 2011 at 12:36 am

    My tweet

    The GOP water that @ByronTau is carrying is overflowing. Seems to be obsessed with negative connotations to this President. SMH. #MediaFAIL

    I couldn’t wait until tomorrow.

    • December 17, 2011 at 12:40 am

      oh hey that was you! I just retweeted that 🙂

      K. I’m in for tonight but I’ll check in tomorrow and see what is going on over here at TOD. You guys rock! Chips you’re the best

      nite everyone 🙂

  17. December 17, 2011 at 12:41 am

    This twerp. 🙄 He’s just another gossip reporter masquerading as a political “journalist.” It’s all they know how to do. He’d probably rather be on E! covering the Kardashians but he’s not photogenic enough.

  18. 58 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    December 17, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    @ByronTau carrying water for #Neoconsters seeking #NEWSTANER stardom, breathlessly awaiting Ailes to hire you, it’s President Obama, twerp.


    • December 17, 2011 at 1:07 am

      Oh crikey Bob, you & words are a match made in heaven! You’re fantastic. See ya tomorrow, gotta go sleep!

    • 61 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      December 17, 2011 at 1:08 am

      Oh, and he definitely is disingenuous in how he lies, as well …

      ByronTau Byron Tau
      NYT says Obama did not mentioned Palestinians in his speech on Israel today. j.mp/vWmOl0 Not exactly true. He did say “two states”


      • 62 anniebella
        December 17, 2011 at 7:15 am

        I listen to the President speech and I know he did mention Palestinians in that speech. That writer and the NY Times are liars. Any respect i had for them is gone.

  19. December 17, 2011 at 1:18 am

    LMAO! I’m dying over here. What a putz. Has he had his bar mitzvah yet? I think the shine is from acne cream.

  20. 65 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    December 17, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Its called RACISM. Not a mystery. The MSM encourages it and the low information voters SUCK it in. Byron Tau is just a microcosm of the journalism in America that has deteriorated. I really started to notice this phenomina back in 2003 with the MSM coverage of our illfated invasion of Iraq. It is what it is. We just have to work hard for PBO’s re-election. When PBO says this is going to be a FIGHT he is not kidding. There is a massive power structure that has been around for decades (centuries even) that feel very threatened by PBO. We aren’t playing cards here folks. KEEP HOPE ALIVE!!! Obama/Biden 2012

    • 66 lEFT-iNDIE
      December 17, 2011 at 7:02 am

      It’s not called RACISM. Like somebody said above, it’s called gossipy, gutter journalism. The way to deal with it is what Chips and the tweeters are doing. Keep exposing him, and the paper her represents, as stupid and unreliable source.

      • 67 hopefruit2
        December 17, 2011 at 8:52 am

        I’m sorry but there IS a racial component to this. The term “one-term President” has NEVER, EVER been repeated so often in the media and elsewhere with any other President but this one. The terms “spineless,” “wimp,” “caver-in-chief” have NEVER, EVER been used so often to describe any other president but this one, when ALL legislation has been compromised and watered down including the big ones like SS, and Medicare. DADT & DOMA were compromise legislation, you NEVER hear Bill Clinton being referred to as “spineless” or “weak” . There has been an UNPRECEDENTED number of filibusters in the senate since 2009, an unprecedented number of appointees not being confirmed in the senate? How the HELL do you explain this? There has been data showing that this President receives 91% NEGATIVE media coverage, by far the lowest of ALL current political contenders for 2012 – although he is by FAR the SUPERIOR candidate. Stop excusing bigotry and start facing reality. There is a strong racial component from both the LEFT and RIGHT’s opposition to this President. It’s not logical, it’s not based in any substance, it’s pure irrational fear that a “Black person cannot lead.” It’s a negative disposition towards seeing Black people in any position of power and privilege. It’s a deep-rooted emotional response that cannot be denied or explained away. Keith in C-bus is 100% correct on this one.

        • December 17, 2011 at 9:12 am

          Exactly this. Yes. Thank you.

          • 69 lEFT-iNDIE
            December 17, 2011 at 9:58 am

            Racism is an easy go-to. It’s just dirty politics pure and simple. Papa Bush used to fight the wimp factor, too. Clinton didn’t have that label, he had others. Stupid & reckless was the label for Bush 2. Today we have 24/7 political media, hyper-partisan electorate that can make up there own “facts” and major media outlets that decided to present the news as “he said/he said” instead of hard analysis to avoid controversy. And really bad economy scaring people. Prez. Obama doesn’t help himself on the “cave” thing anytime he walks back a veto threat like he seems to be doing on this pipeline thing and the military detention issue. He is dealing with bullies. Sometimes you’ve to punch a bully on the nose even if you get bloodied for it. And, by the way, I don’t agree that he is a caver or a wimp. Perception can be reality, though.

            • 70 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
              December 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm

              Lover your contributions to the message board Indie, but you are not looking at the entire scope of what is happening in our country and government. We are in a battle for social, economic, and spiritual beliefs in this country and at the top of all of this is RACE. Hopefruit broke it down in great detail, but you seem to have just ignored everything she posted. DENIAL does not make a problem go away. This President has been the most ostricized prez in our history. He has gotten just as much condemnation from his own party as with the Teathugs. Racism has no borders. There is plenty of bigots in Progressive/Liberal land as well and they make their presense known.

              We work on fighting back on this from this site. Chips and the warriors work on exposing all the enemies schemes and games here. If we choose not to identify all the negative elements we are against it will make it that much more difficult to reach our goals. So recognizing racism when we see it and confronting it is a good thing.

              BTW I guess you dont consider all the voter disenfranchisement going on across the nation as racism either. Of course these laws being put in place by Rethug state governments will disproportionately effect non white populations (ie african american and latino) not to mention young voters like college age students. PBO’s election and subsesquent first term in office has exposed a lot of what still exist in this country and like many others I choose to not stick my head in the sand. Obama/Biden 2012!!

              • 71 lEFT-iNDIE
                December 17, 2011 at 2:39 pm

                No, I don’t consider voter disenfranchisement racism, per se. It’s simple. They see those groups voting against them. So, the less of them that can vote, the better. If rethugs thought little ol’ white ladies were consistently voting against them, they would be talking steps to handicap them. They are ruthless like that. Race is not the point, power is. Dems had years to make sure the opposite would be true, but didn’t. They could have fought hard for a lot of ex-cons to vote, they could’ve fought for a voting day as a national holiday. They let ACORN, very important to Dem vote, die away on bogus charges. Some of them helped kill it. About how they are acting with the president, it ain’t nothing new. All you have to do is look back at what they were doing to Prez Clinton. This is what they do to any Dem Prez. It’s a formula.

        • 72 nathkatun7
          December 17, 2011 at 10:29 pm

          Exactly! Extremely well said, hopefruit2.

  21. 73 Jenny
    December 17, 2011 at 2:02 am

    What a piece of crap.

  22. December 17, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Guess who said this. :mrgreen:

    I don’t think any of these candidates want to be the frontrunner. Being tagged the ‘frontrunner” in this race is like being tagged by Col. Sanders.

    So if Mitt is the frontrunner, then so is Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, or now, maybe even Michelle Bachmann — for now. The distinguishing mark for Mitt as a frontrunner is and so far remains, his profound inability to rise above 25% support among the GOP base. Until he breaks beyond that threshold, any grasp he has on the mantle frontrunner will be suspect. Conventional wisdom tells us (and the Establishment types are hoping) that in the end the sheep (excuse me, I mean the base) will fall in line, hold their noses and elevate Romney to the nomination. That very well may be true; but, damn, does Romney really want to become the ultimate frontrunner (read nominee) that way? I guess in politics, you take it any way you can get it.

    And speaking of frontrunners, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul have got to be replacing some skin on their backsides this morning after what Michele Bachmann did to them last night. She absolutely scorched Newt on Freddie Mac and fileted Ron Paul on Iran. I was amused that the rest of the fellas were like your kid brother who, when your mother turns her wrath on you, stands quietly to one side and watches hoping she doesn’t see him too. It was very clear, Ms. Bachmann was not going to be trifled with nor was she going to let slide the opportunity reclaim some lost ground — at least with the voters in Iowa.

    Overall, this debate like the ones before it revealed much about the state of the Grand Old Party and the difficulty any one of these candidates will have coalescing fiscal conservatives, social conservatives, national security conservatives, libertarian conservatives, small government conservatives, and constitutional conservatives around a set of core principles to govern the nation by and not ideological litmus tests to please segments of the party’s base.

  23. December 17, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Obviously, go politico panders to the far right, and is designed to make independents go – huh!
    The only thing I like about politico is it’s pool report, other than that it is worse than Matt drudrge and huff puff put together.

  24. December 17, 2011 at 4:55 am

    On the application on politico, are you a racist?
    If you check yes- your chances of becoming a journalist there, increases 10 fold!

  25. December 17, 2011 at 5:06 am

    Senate leaders have agreed in principle  to a two-month deal extending the payroll tax holiday, unemployment benefits and the Medicare doc fix that also includes a provision on a controversial oil pipeline the president has said he would reject.
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) began intense negotiations to reach agreement Wednesday evening, after Speaker John Boehner encouraged them to find a deal and send it to the House. Reid offered Senate Republicans a $190 billion full-year extension of the expiring provisions and the short-term two-month package — which sources indicated will cost between $30 billion and $40 billion.
    But leaders were unable to resolve differences over how to pay for the larger bill, leaving the more modest package as the last resort for lawmakers itching to go home for the holidays.


    • December 17, 2011 at 5:12 am

      Senate Democrats say the Obama administration will kill the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, a controversial issue in the debate to extend the payroll tax holiday.

      Senate leaders on Friday agreed to a two-month backstop measure to extend payroll tax relief, which included House-passed language to expedite a decision on the pipeline’s construction. The Senate will vote on the measure Saturday morning.


      • December 17, 2011 at 5:15 am

        As expected, the Senate will take a series of four votes on Saturday morning to fund the government for fiscal year 2012 and to extend President Obama’s signature tax cut legislation.

        The upper chamber will ring in at 9 a.m. for the rare Saturday session and immediately proceed to vote on approval of the two-month extension of the pay roll tax cut compromise brokered between leaders late Friday evening. That compromise will technically see a vote as a substitute amendment to the earlier House-passed full-year extension of the cuts. If the amendment succeeds, however, the bill, H.R. 3630, will be considered passed as amended.

        Reid released a statement Friday night skewering Republicans for blocking a full-year extension of the tax cuts but suggesting his caucus is eager to renew the fight following the holiday break.


        • December 17, 2011 at 5:47 am

          Statement by White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer: “The President said that Congress cannot go home without preventing a tax increase on 160 million hardworking Americans, and the deal announced tonight meets that test.  This is an important step towards enacting a key provision of the President’s American Jobs Act and a significant victory for the American people and the economy, because as independent analysts have said, failing to extend this tax cut would have had a damaging effect on our recovery and job growth.  The President urges Congress now to finish up their business for the American people.

  26. 84 Linda
    December 17, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Whoa !!!! Is that David Frum’s Love child ???

  27. December 17, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Highlights of the $1 trillion-plus 2012 spending legislation in Congress:


  28. December 17, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Adam Green is mad at the President, mad, I tell ya.
    He blames the Prez for the omnibus deal, wants him to use his nuclear weapons on the Republicans, if they don’t do what he says.
    Okay, maybe not a thermo nuclear device, but listening to Adam Green, he does want the President to go to DEFCON 1,

    Always the same players, just waiting for any deal to demagogue the President.

    What a trouble maker- definitely not a democrat! Meh!

    • December 17, 2011 at 8:36 am

      if Adam Green isn’t doing so already, he can go frack himself. Hey, Adam Green, PBO doesn’t give a shit if you’re mad or not. He’s not gonna take advice from an insane azz&*(#. 🙄

  29. 89 Linda
    December 17, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Five Georgia men have challenged President Barack Obama’s inclusion on next year’s presidential ballot, with at least some citing an oft-discredited theory that Obama is not eligible for office because the Constitution says that a president must be a “natural born citizen.”

    I have to live in this insanity. 😦


    • 90 anniebella
      December 17, 2011 at 7:10 am

      Linda what they are really saying is the Constitution says that a president must be a white American. That’s what these guys are saying.

      • 91 anniebella
        December 17, 2011 at 7:27 am

        Hopefully the President can join his family early next week, by Wednesday I hope.

        • December 17, 2011 at 7:35 am

          Hopefully-. Otherwise, the first family will be required to take a military hop back to DC. Because, you know, a VIP C-9 Military jet is too expensive, for our wonderful first family. Meh.

    • December 17, 2011 at 11:20 am

      The mofo lawyer representing the plaintiffs is just dumb claiming the constitution intended for both parents of presidential candidates to be born in the US. Well, that would exclude their precious Mittens whose father was born in Mexico

    • 94 Pamela
      December 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      5 more imbeciles trying to grasp their fleeting 15 minutes. Imbecility is inbred, perhaps a bit too much inbreeding in this bunch, eh? Stupid a**es!

    • 95 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      December 17, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      Calling leftie Indy, calling leftie Indy. This is an example of RACISM and what we were talkinga bout earlier in this thread. We are not imagining this my friend. Time to fight bigotry where it exist. KEEP HOPE ALIVE!!!

  30. 96 halo
    December 17, 2011 at 7:04 am



    TRIPOLI, Libya — Presidents from Thomas Jefferson to Barack Obama have planned for war with, and even made war on, these shores. No American defense secretary had ever set foot here.But early Saturday, Leon E. Panetta became the first defense secretary to visit Libya, arriving to assess the progress as well as the challenges facing a government trying to unite rebel groups that ousted Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi with the support of NATO attacks.

  31. 97 halo
    December 17, 2011 at 7:15 am



    • December 17, 2011 at 11:38 am

      Thank you, Osborne Ink!~

      Newt and Arianna: Lovers and Other Strangers
      Dec 15, 2011

      Huffington, as the article pointed out, was regularly known during the 90s as “Gingrich’s muse.” She was a devotee to Team Newt, a slavish devotee – and ne’mind, the fact that Madame was a married lady. Hell, that made no difference to Newt. He loooooves married ladies, especially if they’re not married to him. Besides, Huffington’s husband was gay.

      If you’ve been reading a lot of the latest invective she wants us to believe is journalism, which seems to alternate between the President and Newt Gingrich, please don’t take the anti-Gingrich rhetoric as Newt Derangement Syndrome. This is more along the lines of a twelve year-old schoolgirl bitch-in-training protesting too much and masquerading her massive crush on the school bully as snark.

      Gingrich “plucked her out of obscurity,” according to Ferguson, and Huffington returned the favor by helping to lead a cheering section for Gingrich. It was a time of “tremendous churning of the social and professional order” in Washington, recalled Ferguson, who tagged along with Gingrich in early 1995 after being asked to consider collaborating on a book. And “by attaching herself to Gingrich, it gave her a kind of cachet in Washington society. … Arianna became a representative of that whole Republican Revolution.”

      Read more: http://www.osborneink.com/2011/12/newt-and-arianna-lovers-and-other-strangers.html

  32. December 17, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Have you noticed that Chris Hayes never goes after Republicans.
    Why is that?

    • 100 anniebella
      December 17, 2011 at 7:28 am

      Because Hayes is like the rest of the media, they are anti-Obama.

    • 102 Linda
      December 17, 2011 at 7:38 am

      His chronic and constant stuttering stops me from paying attention to his words.

      • December 17, 2011 at 7:43 am

        Lol! 40 minutes into his program, not one mention of the republicans.
        But, Gerry nadler equated, that the military indefinite detention program makes Obama just like Bush.
        Again- demagogue the President -to cover your own butt! Check.

        • 104 Linda
          December 17, 2011 at 7:52 am

          Well….Chris just stuttered his way through putting the blame on Congress and Senator Merkley is coming on to discuss his vote on it.

          • December 17, 2011 at 8:18 am

            And after 3 emails to Chris to ficus on republicans, he start talking about tge circus, 1.20 hours into his show.

          • 106 vero804
            December 17, 2011 at 8:23 am

            I only caught the Merkely and Coons interviews and I thought they were good. These provisions are terribly problematic. I just don’t understand the reasoning that the military should have such a prominent role in detention and prosecution of these suspected terrorists and their sympathizers? Graham and Cain have a deep love of all things military…they’d probably give the military the power to teach our kids in school if they could.

            I agree with the analysis that the waiver that allows the president to forgo military detention is a setup for Repubs to be able to pounce on the president as soft on terror and being a terrorist lover, should he use the waiver. It seems to me, after the Gitmo and KSM pushback, that this waiver will never be used.

  33. December 17, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Still no mention of the Republicans, 1 hour inti Chris Hayes show.
    Lots of mention of his idolizing libertarian groups who have come our against the defense bill, and oh yeah, it’s all Presudent obamas fault.
    Back to Jeff Merkely in a moment.
    You see, what happens is, on fix news, that channel pushes republicans to the far right. And msnbc pushes democrats to the tar left, hence, nothing gets done and when something does get done, tge Presudent gets blamed. Me thinks, that is what they want, nothing to get done. OWS could not be happier with our media! Now, off to close all our ports(lol)!

  34. 114 Linda
    December 17, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Thank goodness Chris Coons was elected instead of Christine ” I am not a witch ” O’Donnell……I like him..

  35. 120 Bill
    December 17, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Senator Chris Coons deserves credit for going on the air early Saturday morning to defend and explain his vote. The douche, Chris Hayes, had no real comeback except to stutter.

  36. December 17, 2011 at 8:22 am

    ”florida family association’, who made the lowe’s an afraidy cat and who waged war with muslins , is an bigoted one-man show, who was addicted to porn.


    nyt, for once, did some real journalism here.

    • 128 vero804
      December 17, 2011 at 8:35 am

      Well gay r not, he’s definitely an asshole and a pip-squeak.

      • 129 vero804
        December 17, 2011 at 8:56 am

        I’m good. Promised myself I’d rest this morning, then it’s more Xmas partying and shopping. It is a fun time of the year. Hope u are well, and it’s always good to see you around the interwebs.

  37. 130 vero804
    December 17, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I love how soft the meda is on Romney ever since Newt took the lead. The media are the biggest flip flippers of all.

    • December 17, 2011 at 8:37 am

      You noticed that too? They go by the emails they get in their in box. Always, always, always.
      But only if they are Republican emails, the WH emails get ignored!

    • December 17, 2011 at 8:38 am

      All republicans on the Sunday shows. All of them.

      • 133 vero804
        December 17, 2011 at 8:42 am

        Unreal. That’s why I don’t watch that crap. It’s prime spin time for those jokers.

        • December 17, 2011 at 8:45 am

          The media are such whores. It’s not the fact that they are whores that’s the problem. it’s the fact that they don’t cop to it. They protest a tad too much. In fact, they’re downright insulted when you call them on it. At least if they were honest whores, I could at least try to—-alright, pretend to—— respect them.

          • 135 vero804
            December 17, 2011 at 8:59 am

            What bothers me as well is that they seem to have no problem or capability of accepting the fact that public trust in them sux. That is a problem and one would think credibility is important enough to the media, that they’d reflect and try and change their ways.

      • 137 Bill
        December 17, 2011 at 8:50 am

        Michele Bachmann is appearing on MTP. Maybe David Gregory will ask her something important such as how many children and foster children she has. Gregory probably is not aware that the Iraq war ended this week.

  38. December 17, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Dayyyyyyyum!!!! I’m speechless. 😯

  39. 141 Linda
    December 17, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Oh….I may have to watch AlexNitWitt. She is having Doris Kearns Woodwin on to talk about the surprising revelation that the President meets with Presidential Historians…….

    He even has them over for dinner……….YIKES !!!!!! OMG !!!!! WHAT DOES IT MEAN ????????


    Gawd these people are so incompetent……Douglas Brinkley has been talking about these meetings, which began shortly after PBO took office.

    These journalists (cough) should start watching c-span.

    • 142 hopefruit2
      December 17, 2011 at 8:59 am

      These journalists should go back to elementary and school and learn basic civics, American and World History. Their ignorance is mind-boggling and advertises a very UGLY side of America to the international community.

      • 143 Linda
        December 17, 2011 at 9:02 am

        I already changed my mind about watching…(giggle). Maybe I will watch the Senate make asses of themselves instead .

    • 144 Linda
      December 17, 2011 at 9:22 am

      oops *Goodwin…

  40. 145 vero804
    December 17, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I just cannot stand Luke Russert. All he is is a gossip reporter.

  41. December 17, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Harry Reid is giving Senate a Civics lesson right now. Very proud of him

  42. 150 Linda
    December 17, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Hey…McConnell…..TransCanda hasd 12 pipeline spills last year…..

  43. 151 Linda
    December 17, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Here comes the vote. Sigh !

  44. 152 Linda
    December 17, 2011 at 9:27 am

    What part of the healtcare bill is being cut ?

  45. December 17, 2011 at 9:31 am

    That guy looks like he should be on tour with Skating on Ice.

    This is what the press do these days that passes as “work.” Awesome takedown, Chips.

  46. December 17, 2011 at 11:53 am

    FBI considered a sting aimed at Newt Gingrich in 1997
    By James V. Grimaldi, Published: December 15

    It is a curious case in the annals of the FBI: The bureau considered a sting operation against then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich after sifting through allegations from a notorious arms dealer that a $10 million bribe might get Congress to lift the Iraqi arms embargo. The FBI ended up calling off the operation in June 1997. It decided there was no evidence that Gingrich knew anything about the conversations the arms dealer was secretly recording with a man who said he was acting on behalf of Gingrich’s then-wife, Marianne, according to people with knowledge of the investigation.

    But details of the case, which became public this week in an article and documents posted online by a nonprofit journalist, show how a series of second- and third-hand conversations alleging that the top man in Congress might be for sale caught the attention of federal investigators. The investigation began after the arms dealer, Sarkis Soghanalian, told federal prosecutors and FBI agents in Miami that Marianne Gingrich said during a meeting in Paris in 1995 that she could provide legislative favors through her husband. The case progressed to the point that it was deemed a major investigation requiring approval in Washington.


    The document and the existence of the aborted sting was first revealed this week in a 6,400-word story by Joseph Trento, who operates a Web site called DC Bureau (www.dcbureau.org). Trento interviewed Soghanalian several times before his death in October at 82.


  47. December 17, 2011 at 11:56 am

    That simpleton smile of Tau reminds of our newest boy cat, eight months old, who throws himself down, trying on his cutest face, after he’s climbed the ninon curtains and been yelled out. He throws himself down like, “Look at me, pick me up, you know you love me” (are you kidding me?)

    Tau, go away, you’re a disgrace to your heritage.

  48. December 17, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Senators Introduce Legislation to Take On Tricks and Tactics to Keep People from Voting
    By Jon Christian | Posted at December 17, 2011, 7:49 am

    Senators Ben Cardin (Md.) and Charles Schumer (N.Y.) have introduced a bill that would impose greater criminal and civil penalties for individuals who attempted to trick voters for political gain. The legislation is an effort to crack down on misleading campaign literature like the 2010 Maryland “robocall” incident during the state’s gubernatorial election.

    The bill would prohibit the communication of false statements regarding election and voting information, such as poll location or time, within 90 days of an election. It would also prohibit mischief that interferes with voter registration. Schumer and Cardin first introduced similar legislation in 2007 with then-Senator Barack Obama.



    h/t Campus Progress

  49. 158 Pamela
    December 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    This kid is still wet behind the ears, deserves to have his hynie paddled, and sent to the corner with a pointy hat!

  50. 159 zekke LyDonna
    December 17, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Chipsticks, this was totally awesome.

  51. 160 bizgirl
    December 18, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Another EMPTY WAGON. Isn’t that special.

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