158 Responses to “‘do the right thing’”

    • December 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      and rightly so. nothing but a bunch of lowdown mofos.

    • 3 cuphalffull
      December 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      I am too. His statements about how our armed services don’t ask one another what party they are in when they fight together really got to me. I called my Republican rep and said so. One thing the aide said that really made me frustrated was that “the American people” want them to vote they way they are. I said “I am one of the American people” and I don’t. I really dislike the way they make you feel invisible if you don’t agree with them.

      • 4 Obama Grandmama
        December 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm

        Maybe a comeback line would be Have you looked at the public opinion of Congress lately? If you think you are doing what the American people want you to be doing no wonder you are polling so poorly.

      • 5 Cha
        December 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm

        The KOCHS want them to vote that way. Thanks for calling, cuphalffull. There was something very very wrong about what he said to you. It was there stock and trade LYING Bullshyte.

    • December 20, 2011 at 5:38 pm

      I know he is sick to death of this stupid shite. It’s taking away from so many of things that are on his plate.

    • 7 nathkatun7
      December 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      “PBO is pissed.” As he should be! These teabaggers are the most irresponsible, and uncaring, politicians I’ve seen in my life time.

  1. 8 jacquelineoboomer
    December 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Thanks for the video, Chips! And the snow!

  2. December 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    A New Line of Attack on Dr. Paul
    by BooMan
    Tue Dec 20th, 2011 at 10:14:47 AM EST

    I hadn’t anticipated this line of attack. How do you convince people who are inclined to vote for Ron Paul in the Iowa Caucuses to change their mind? You can try to discuss issues and policies, but if they are already leaning towards Rep. Paul, that may not be too effective. How about telling people that if Rep. Paul wins the caucuses, the Republicans will stop letting Iowa be the first state in the nation to hold a nominating contest? In other words, if you vote for Rep. Paul, it may be the last time you get to vote in an important caucus. All the money that Iowa sees every four years may simply dry up.

    With his left-of-Obama foreign policy views, libertarian outlook on social issues and paper trail of controversial statements, a Paul victory could represent a potentially devastating blow to the tradition of Republicans starting their White House campaigns in Iowa.
    “Mortal,” said Doug Gross, a leading Republican lawyer and Branstad adviser, when asked how severe the wound of a Paul win would be.

    “I think a Paul win would be devastating for the state of Iowa and the caucus process,” added Sam Clovis, an influential talk radio host in Northwest Iowa who endorsed Rick Santorum Monday.

    The back up plan is to pretend that Ron Paul doesn’t exist. Here’s the Republican governor of Iowa speaking:


    • 10 Obama Grandmama
      December 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      I was listening to Thom Hartmann this morning and finally heard a reason so many PLs may be wanting Ron Paul to go against PBO. I have worried that a lot of PLs will vote for Ron Paul due to his stand on wars and drugs. Thom said he’d like to see Ron Paul run against PBO but of course have PBO win. (I had not heard him say that before) He wants Ron Paul to push PBO further Left. He said he thought that would be the end of Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and other social programs. I think wanting Ron Paul to win is a mistake as I do think Ron Paul may bleed votes out of both parties. There are so many people that do not vote beyond a single issue and do not even check into the other issues. Maybe commentators just like a fight no matter the circumstance. It may make their job more interesting. They may not think like the public.

      • 11 Desraye
        December 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm

        THom Hartmann the PL whiner? You should have change the channel. Some people on the left don’t think. And if Paul does pull people away from PBO those people were never going to vote him.

        • December 20, 2011 at 6:44 pm

          Of course, there’s the matter of that huge elephant in the room with Ron Paul that some people like to pretend doesn’t exist…

          The Times notes that Ron Paul’s racism newsletters are, again, becoming an issue. The standard defense has generally been Paul didn’t write the newsletters. I think an honest reckoning with that defense would have someone question the faculties of an adult who would allow a newsletter filled–by Paul’s own admission–with bigotry to be published under one’s name. Had I spent a decade stewarding an eponymous publication steeped in homophobia and anti-Semitism, I would not expect my friends and colleagues to accept an “I didn’t write it”excuse. And I have no (present) designs on the launch codes. It is a peculiar thing when the basic standards of honesty and decency are lowered in direct proportion to the power one seeks to wield. This is especially true of our friends. One has a hard time imagining a President Barack Obama who had done a stint writing for, say, for The Final Call lambasting gays and Jews.

          Be that as it may, I think it’s extremely important that the discerning consumer understand that the problem isn’t merely that Ron Paul claims that the newsletters are a bizarre forgery, but that when initially asked about them Paul actually defended the letters.



          h/t Ta-Nehisi Coates

      • December 20, 2011 at 5:40 pm

        Sounds like the same “reasoning” for Nader and we got BUSH because of it.

      • December 20, 2011 at 7:04 pm

        Hartman is a moron. Paul wouldn’t pull Pres.Obama left. Ron Paul would be exposed for the extremist he is. If Ron Paul ever got the nomination, the media would finally have to investigate him and Ron Paul would be too busy explaining his racist newsletters and people would be too frightened about his plans to destroy their safety nets to even care about removing our troops and closing down our bases. Does Hartman really think the Obama campaign is not going to steer the conversation to those whacked policies of his?

  3. 15 Don
    December 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    There is no way that the Senate Republicans would pass a bill with almost 100% Senate Republican agreement and have themselves cut off at the knees by the House Republicans. Worst case scenario for President Obama is that he gets to do a one year extension on taxes and unemployment insurance, which he wanted to do in the first place. With only eleven days left, the House and the Senate must now rush to come up with something to please President Obama. If I were him I’d make them throw in the closing of Gitmo as a sweetener.

  4. 19 lovingandlaughing
    December 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Chips, thanks for posting this to youtube. This short message form the President needs to get out there. The youtube link makes it easy to share. I am guessing so many people are completely confused and turned off regarding what is going on in congress today. This clarifies it all.

  5. December 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm

  6. December 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Good poll for Obama
    by Kay

    It’s way early, but I like this poll, so let’s look at it. Don’t tell me the only poll that matters is the one on election day, because, well, I know that:

    According to the survey, 49% of Americans approve of the job Obama’s doing in the White House, up five points from last month, with 48% saying they disapprove, down six points from mid-November. The 49% approval rating is the president’s highest since May, when his number hit 54% thanks to a bounce following the killing of Osama bin Laden. Since then, in CNN polling, Obama’s approval rating has hovered in the mid-40s.

    “President Barack Obama’s approval rating appears to be fueled by dramatic gains among middle-income Americans,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “The data suggest that the debate over the payroll tax is helping Obama’s efforts to portray himself as the defender of the middle class.”

    Obama’s gains have come at the expense of the Republicans in Congress and the GOP in general. By a 50% to 31% margin, people questioned say they have more confidence in the president than in congressional Republicans to handle the major issues facing the country. Obama held a much narrower 44% to 39% margin in March.

    And the GOP’s overall favorable rating has dropped to six points, to 43%, since June, while the Democrats’ positive rating remained steady at 55%.

    “The Democrats do particularly well among middle income Americans, while the Republicans win support only from the top end of the income scale,” adds Holland.


  7. December 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Let the taxes increase. CALL THEIR BLUFF!!

    • 27 collegekay
      December 20, 2011 at 3:25 pm

      I disagree. They need to work this out now and pass something. I have faith that they will but this is ridiculous. Many middle-low income families, including mine, cannot afford a tax hike. I’m sure PBO would rather sign a deal he doesn’t like rather than let struggling Americans go without.

      I can’t stand these GOP hostage takers. And equating this to poker? Really?? These are people’s livelihoods they’re playing with.

      • 28 anniebella
        December 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm

        Something was work out but the House Republicans refuse to bring it to a vote. This bill with the Senate wasn’t what the President wanted, but he went along with it. So what is it now that the President suppose to work out with the House Republicans?

    • December 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm

      What about the unemployment insurance. And the impact to the economy, especially over the holiday season that is the biggest retail period of the year? When he calls their bluff, and we see that the GOP are more than happy to let people starve or die over the holiday season – then what? Some people may feel good for ten minutes because Democrats “won”, but then what comes after that? My guess is that many of those same people calling for President Obama to stick it to the Republicans will be some of the first to accuse him of failing to get a deal done. Many will be the ones who start attacking him for the GOP actions. And many more will decide that this is more proof that the country should give in tot he demands of the GOP, reward them for their bad behavior and just be thankful that they have stopped torturing the hostages. Meanwhile, millions of families will suffer, the economy may drop back into recession and companies may start laying off some of those who are currently secure in their jobs. But, we’ll be able to chalk a “victory” for our side.

  8. 31 Slimjim
    December 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Numbers for PPP’s monthly national polling

    As a Independent I do not get the reason for the Mitt love. I Think its a reflection on just how bad the other GOP candidates are.


    “For the first time in PPP’s monthly national polling since July 2010 Mitt Romney’s taken a lead, albeit a small one, over Barack Obama. He’s up 47-45.

    Romney has two main things going for him. He leads the President 45-36 with independents. And he’s also benefiting from a much more unified party with 88% of Republicans committed to voting for him while only 83% of Democrats say they’ll vote for Obama.

    Our national survey confirms the wide electability gap between Romney and the rest of the Republican candidate field. Obama leads both Newt Gingrich (49-44) and Ron Paul (46-41) by 5 points, Michele Bachmann (50-41) by 9, and Rick Perry (50-40) by 10. It continues to look like if GOP voters really want to defeat Obama they pretty much have to nominate Romney.”

    • 32 nintendowii10
      December 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm

      PPP isn’t considering a few factors. One, President Obama isn’t officially campaigning for re election yet, and two, Willard hasn’t yet gone through the Republican primary process to get the nomination, and picked out a VP running mate. Yet another factor is how many Republicans don’t like any of the candidates, including Willard because he is a flip flopper with no core values or beliefs.

    • December 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      There are numerically more Democrats than Republicans. And, there’s enough incentive for these polls to paint a picture that thin-skinned Romney can beat President Obama – they want to push Newt out the door. I’m not sure where they’re polling and seeing that 88% of Republicans will vote for Romney, when we’re seeing other polls showing Mitt and Newt tied against President Obama, and other polls yet showing Ron Paul leading in some areas. These polls are dubious.

    • 34 halo
      December 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      I love how when PBO is leading by 2 points it’s OBAMA TIED WITH ROMNEY. And then when Romney is leading by 2 points it’s ROMNEY WINNING!

  9. 36 LOL
    December 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    The Prez is going to have Boner crying again.

  10. 38 nintendowii10
    December 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    OrangeBoner is repeating the same mistake he made during the debt ceiling debacle, overplaying his hand, and how did that play out? The debt ceiling got raised with a few token cuts in place, but President Obama got most of what he wanted, even with Orange Boner lying through his teeth and saying he got 99% of what he wanted. President Obama can now hopefully get the original 12 month extension he wanted, minus the poison pills and maybe with a few token cuts in spending, just like the debt ceiling bill.

  11. December 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    December 20, 2011 12:40 PM
    Mr. Speaker, your weakness is showing
    By Steve Benen

    On Saturday, None other than House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) seemed relieved by the Senate’s bipartisan compromise on a payroll tax cut. He called it a “good deal” and a “victory,” and took it to his caucus hoping they’d follow his lead.

    As is often the case, they didn’t. Rank-and-file Republicans were outraged by the bipartisan agreement in which Democrats made key concessions and the GOP gave up nothing, forcing the Speaker to announce his opposition to a deal he’d endorsed the day before.

    Boehner is one of those rare “leaders” who follows the instructions of his followers, rather than the other way around. Or as Dana Milbank explained today, referencing the payroll-break fight, “[T]he old-school speaker is less a leader of his caucus than a servant of his radical backbenchers.”


  12. 40 a4alice
    December 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I’m PO’d for him. Just watching PBO speak makes me mad at these jokers all over again. grrrrr…….

  13. December 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Mitt Romney: I Hate That Romney-Supporting Super PAC I Helped Raise Money For
    Evan McMorris-Santoro December 20, 2011, 1:31 PM

    Meet Mitt Romney, campaign finance reformer.

    On Morning Joe this morning, Romney came out firmly against the Super PAC that’s currently spending more in Iowa on ads running on his behalf than the entire GOP field combined spent in 2008. Romney was responding to Newt Gingrich’s criticism of the Super PAC’s ads that are battering Gingrich in the Hawkeye State. Gingrich has promised to disavow negative campaigning and has called on his supporters to abandon any Super PAC that runs negative ads on his behalf.

    Romney, on the other hand, has helped raise money for Restore Our Future, the Super PAC laying into Gingrich. Romney’s defended the right of a former colleague to dump $1 million into ROF.

    But now he says the Super PAC — which is staffed by members of his 2008 campaign — is everything that’s wrong with politics today.


  14. 42 halo
    December 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    CHIPS, YOU”RE SO FAST!! Glad to hear PBO and Pelosi going out in force! Saturate the airwaves. Get the message out!

    • 43 utaustinliberal
      December 20, 2011 at 4:22 pm

      Me too. I was so happy to see Sen. Chuck Schumer on Morning Joe and Daily Rundown sticking to the script that this is all on House GOP (which it is) Also Debbie W. S and Steve Israel have been on message. Getting out there and letting Americans know that the House GOP are holding the payroll tax cuts hostage. It was also cherry on the cake to see Bill Burton on Now with Alex pointing out the hypocrisy and disingenuousness of the House GOP who on Saturday were chuffed at the deal and then on sunday did a complete 180.

  15. December 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    December 20, 2011 11:25 AM
    Stuffing the ballot box didn’t matter
    By Steve Benen

    Following up on an earlier item, I’ve seen some suggestions that PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year” competition was skewed — House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) stuffed the ballot box. In some ways, I wish that were true, since it would make PolitiFact’s mistake easier to understand.

    It’s accurate to note that Ryan did use his notoriety to try to influence the process. As Jamison Foser explained a couple of weeks ago, the right-wing lawmaker sent out an email to supporters, urging them to vote at PolitiFact’s website for the Democratic Medicare argument as the Lie of the Year. (Ironically, Ryan lied in his email.)

    And while the congressman’s lobbying may have had some impact, we saw the results of the reader survey this morning:

    1. The economic stimulus created “zero jobs.” — The National Republican Senatorial Committee and other Republicans (24% of the vote)

    2. Abortion services are “well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.”- Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz. (17% of the vote)

    3. “Republicans voted to end Medicare.” — The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and other Democrats (16% of the vote)

    So, PolitiFact’s audience voted for two actual lies for Lie of the Year, but PolitiFact’s editors ignored this and awarded the dubious honor to a claim that happens to be true.


  16. December 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Let’s see if the news will all cover Pelosi presser, like they all did boners?

  17. 47 desertflower
    December 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    My lunch nearly came out of my nose. From Political Carnival

    Click to access redmeat-calendar-2011-12.pdf

  18. December 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    December 20, 2011 10:45 AM

    Pushing the Iowa caucuses into irrelevance?
    By Steve Benen

    Can Ron Paul win the Republican presidential nomination? No. Can he win the Iowa caucuses? Sure.

    The larger question, then, isn’t what the party intends to do about Paul’s candidacy, which will wither as the nominating process unfolds, but rather, what the party intends to do about the Iowa caucuses.

    Conservatives and Republican elites in the state are divided over who to support for the GOP nomination, but they almost uniformly express concern over the prospect that Ron Paul and his army of activist supporters may capture the state’s 2012 nominating contest — an outcome many fear would do irreparable harm to the future role of the first-in-the-nation caucuses. […]

    Paul poses an existential threat to the state’s cherished kick-off status, say these Republicans, because he has little chance to win the GOP nomination and would offer the best evidence yet that the caucuses reward candidates who are unrepresentative of the broader party.

    “It would make the caucuses mostly irrelevant if not entirely irrelevant,” said Becky Beach, a longtime Iowa Republican who helped Presidents Bush 41 and Bush 43 here.


  19. December 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    GIT ‘EM, Milt Shook, and thank you!

    December 20, 2011
    Anybody Wanna Buy Our “Mansion”? Politifact Surrenders Its Credibility

    I’ve always had a problem with “fact checking” web sites run my major news or propaganda organizations. Media Matters, I love, because they don’t actually interpret. They simply say whatever was said, then show whatever caused a contradiction, and let the readers decide what they should believe. They do lean left when it comes to choosing which lies they discuss, but their discussion of falsehoods is rarely, if ever, actually biased. Too many “fact checking” organizations, however, have a tendency to assert their own biases in their analyses.

    Some will recall that I had a major row with Factcheck a couple of years ago, when they tried to claim the Affordable Care Act would allow for government funding of abortions. It was bad enough that they made a mistake, but after I uncovered the mistake and corrected them using language in both the ACA and the Hyde Amendment, the director of Factcheck, Brooks Jackson, insisted he was right because, well, he was, that’s all. They lost a lot of credibility with me, and many of my readers, and I still fact check Factcheck as a result.

    But you know what? Politifact has outdone that little error. They have determined that the Lie of the Year 2011 is that “Republicans voted to end Medicare.” Not just a lie, mind you, but the BIGGEST LIE OF THE YEAR. In a year that featured claims such as “The Iraq War was a success,” “Cutting taxes on millionaires will mean more jobs,” and “The United States is so broke, it could default on its debt,” they chose THAT as the “Lie of the Year”? Really? With a Republican presidential field full of lies and “pants on fires,” that was the biggest lie they could think of?



    • 54 utaustinliberal
      December 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      Milt Shook is 100% correct. I saw the segment on CBS’s The Early Show and when I heard the Politifact guy pick that as the biggest lie of 2011, my jaw dropped. He was rambling all over the place trying to justify Ryan’s Kill Medicare Bill saying that it preserved Medicare as is with only minor tweaks that would benefit everyone. It was pure and utter hogwash. Made me wonder who in the GOP paid him to spin that crock.

    • 55 Cha
      December 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      Thank you, Milt Shook! I absolutely adore him..the way he goes after pants on fire LIARS like Michael Moore and after IDIOTS like Political Fact! BIGGEST LIE OF THE YEAR. Really? Can they be unundated with Outrage?

    • December 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm

      Its obvious why they picked that ‘lie’. Its the one thing the Democrats can use against them that is truly effective. The Republicans will get beaten about the head and shoulders for voting for the Ryan budget as, and here’s what the Democrats *actually* said: It will end Medicare AS WE KNOW IT.

      I’m unconcerned, the average senior isn’t going to hear anyone when the GOP claims its a lie. They aren’t going to remember 11 months from now that this was voted ‘lie of the year’. They’re going to hear the already severely damaged GOP wants to end medicare by privatizing it. Seniors will equate words like privatizing and vouchers with ending.

  20. 57 auni
    December 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    When the President showed up at the press briefing, the whole tone in the room changed. You could just feel those phony front row high school reporters sit up straighter. Nice to see the split between the Repub House and Senate–if the Senate has to come back–they are going to be so ticked off.

  21. December 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Buying Iowa: Pro-Romney Forces Keep Up Unprecedented Battle For Hawkeye Airwaves
    How did Newt Gingrich fall so far so fast in Iowa polling? A big reason is the massive ad campaign that are blanketing the state partially in an attempt to take him down.

    And when we say blanketing, we mean it. A pro-Mitt Romney Super PAC has already spent $3.1 million on ads building up their guy in Iowa. That’s double what the entire GOP primary field spent on Iowa advertising in 2008.

    Now the same group, Restore Our Future, is spending the same amount on ads attacking Gingrich. The AP reports the Super PAC will buy $1.4 million in ads attacking Gingrich this week, bringing their total spending to $3 million.


    • December 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      I kind of have to wonder at the soundness of the Iowa voters, if they can be so influenced by ad-buying that they become so fickle. Either they are picking their candidates based on sound reasoning, or not. They seem to be twisting and turning each week – which makes one think that they really don’t know what they want.

      • 61 Debz
        December 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm

        I agree with you theo67. What type of people are so easily swayed by ads or even what some talking head says. I know that I get tired of seeing election year ads, I just tune them out. The more i see, the less I even pay attention to them. I remember in 2007 prior to the pimaries, many people in Iowa and NH were complaining about all the ads, they were tired of seeing them.

  22. December 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Bringing this over from a previous thread. Remember this gem, courtesy of WhatISWorking? Perhaps it’s time that WE started using it on a daily basis…(Thank you, Linda, for all of the time and effort that you put in! 🙂

    January 10, 2011
    Media Contact Info. – address, phone, email, twitter

    Listed below is contact information for several media outlets. If you can contribute more names and information to the list please send me a note at whatiswoerking@gmail.com

    ABC News
    147 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10023
    Phone: 212-456-7777
    General e-mail: netaudr@abc.com
    Twitter: ABC News @ABC, @GStephanopoulos, @DavidMuirABC
    Nightline: email nightline@abcnews.com Twitter: @Nightline,
    20/20: email 2020@abc.com
    Feedback Web form – http://abcnews.go.com/Site/page?id=3271346&cat=ABCNews.com

    CBS News
    524 W. 57 St., New York, NY 10019
    Phone: 212-975-4321
    Fax: 212-975-1893
    CBS Evening News: evening@cbsnews.com
    Twitter: @CBSNews, CBS Tweet @CBSTweet, Mark Knoller @markknoller

    The Early Show: earlyshow@cbs.com
    60 Minutes II: 60m@cbsnews.com
    48 Hours: 48hours@cbsnews.com
    Face The Nation: ftn@cbsnews.com



  23. December 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I think for this season, and this moment in our history, this clip speaks volumes.

    • 66 isonprize
      December 20, 2011 at 9:26 pm


      Wow, do you live up to your name!!! I have always said that librarians are the smartest people ever, If they don’t know something, they know where to find it, and that is just as important.

      I confess, the only thing I knew about Charlie Chaplin was that he played the slewfoot, mime character who wears a bowler and that he composed the music to “Smile” though your heart is aching…


    • December 20, 2011 at 9:52 pm

      Ooooo LL. This is the bomb. I got to keep a copy if you don’t mind. Whew!

  24. 68 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    December 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    @SpeakerBoehner @EricCantor Did Norquist give you permission to raise taxes on 160M Americans so you could be good little #KochServants?



    • 69 Cha
      December 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks Bob! The aides are LIARS when they tell callers the American People want them to vote that way. IT’S THE KOCHS WHO ARE THREATENINGLY STANDING OVER THEM WITH THEM.

  25. 71 Slimjim
    December 20, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    This explan a lot:

    It’s A Family Thing: Ancestry.com Finds that Romney and George W. Are Cousins

    Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/12/20/family-ties-ancestry-com-finds-that-romney-and-george-w-are-cousins/#ixzz1h6j8TzgJ

  26. 72 collegekay
    December 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    This is ridiculous.

  27. 73 JoJothecat
    December 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Yeah, but PBO is a distance relative to CHENEY and we don’t hold that against our president.

  28. 74 nintendowii10
    December 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Office of the Speaker
    H-232 The Capitol
    Washington­, DC 20515
    Phone: (202) 225-0600
    Fax: (202) 225-5117

    If you do decide to call him, be very respectful and courteous.

  29. 75 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    December 20, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Heads-up: Appears Leader Pelosi will be having a press conference shortly – http://www.c-span.org/Events/Rep-Pelosi-Talks-About-House-Democrats39-Position-on-Payroll-Tax-Cut/10737426507-1/



    • 76 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      December 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm

      On Live Now

      • December 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm

        On CNN, Iowa caucuses.

        On MSNBC, Martin Bashir is on commercial.

        On Fox, missing child.

        What useless toads.

        • December 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm

          Good info, for all those who think that the messaging problem lies with the Dems. How many stations and shows did Cantor appear on earlier today to spread his filthy lies? And how many of those same stations and shows are giving equal time to the Democrats, who are being smeared by filthy Republican lies? Food for thought.

          We’ll need to spread the video of the conference far and wide via twitter and Facebook and email, and also to various editors – so they can get the truth.

          • December 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm

            One of the few good things about being home with a sinus infection is detailing the media’s failure on all fronts.

            • December 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm

              Feel better! A sinus infection is painful – I feel for you.

              I have to make a resolution for next year that I’ll spend less time on TOD during the work day, but it’s going to be VERY difficult, especially in an election year.

            • 81 geegee
              December 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm

              LL, I’m dealing with the same thing; no fun at all 😦 .

          • 82 Cha
            December 20, 2011 at 4:47 pm

            And, why I keep mentioning “OCCUPY THE MEDIA”. The absolute Crux of America’s Problems. BIG MEDIA GOPROPAGANDA MACHINE. ASSHOLES.

            Thanks for ALL you TODS do to get the FACTS OUT. GEEZE..even political fact is an idiot org.

  30. 83 a4alice
    December 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    rats i don’t have streaming at work. y’all will have to tell me how it went when it’s over.

  31. December 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Bringing this over from a previous thread. This may be another reason why Cantor is talking tough…

    E. Wayne Powell, 7th Congressional District of Virginia: I plan to take my campaign directly to the people, and my fight directly to Mr. Cantor who keeps himself as far away as he can from those he is supposed to serve. My ultimate goal is to try to help him fulfill his pledge “to fix Washington…” In my view, and I believe the majority of the voters of the 7th district, “fixing” Washington, would be in large part accomplished by defeating Eric Cantor. But I cannot do this alone. I need your help and money to compete with his machine.


  32. 85 Linda
    December 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Steny giving a time line of The Walk-a-way Republican Caucus .

  33. 86 nintendowii10
    December 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Steny Hoyer calling the Republicans the “walk away caucus.” 😀

  34. 87 Ladyhawke
    December 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm


    Steny Hoyer is itemizing all of the times that the GOP has walked away. This is great. I was hoping someone would do this on camera. It’s devastating. He is showing what a pathetic leader Boehner is. He is being led around by the nose by the radicals in his party.

  35. December 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    The Empire strikes back…

    It’s not a joke. In response to the Occupy Wall Street movement, a band of one-percenters—including JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, who made $23 million in 2012; and John A. Allison IV, a director of BB&T Corp.—has started a campaign to rescue rich CEOs’ tattered image. Calling themselves the Job Creators Alliance, the group plans media appearances, pens op-eds, and comes up with talking points to defend executives from the 99 percent who, at least in terms of wages, has seen little trickle down from Wall Street for the last two decades.

    Bernard Marcus, a founding member of the alliance, isn’t worried about Occupiers being offended by his organization’s mission. “Who gives a crap about some imbecile? Are you kidding me?” he told Businessweek. “If I hear a politician use the term ‘paying your fair share’ one more time, I’m going to vomit,” chimed in billionaire Tom Golisano.



    h/t Jaime Fuller

  36. 92 nintendowii10
    December 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Nancy Smash!!!

  37. 95 Linda
    December 20, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Kelly O’Donnell spewing Republican talking points .

  38. December 20, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Inside the Dem game plan to paint Romney as predatory capitalist
    Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 12/16/2011
    By Greg Sargent

    Begala suggested a Dem response that goes directly to the heart of voters’ perceptions of what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable capitalist conduct — one that places a heavy emphasis on Romney’s self interest and on how he earned his enormous fortune. “Obama can say, `I didn’t load all these companies up with debt, bankrupt them, lay off all their workers, and pay myself millions of dollars in the process,’” Begala said, referring to the contrast with Obama’s bailout of auto companies. “

    “The Bain years are central to Romney’s narrative,” he said. “If you think about the arc of his life, on a personal level, he seems to be an exemplary man. He was born with every advantage of wealth, power, and privilege. But he used all of those talents to enrich himself and his wealthy friends — and to screw the middle class. That feeds into his policy agenda.”

    Begala contrasted that with “the contrary arc of Obama’s life.” He said ”Obama, too, went to the best schools. But he grew up poor, with a single mother. He graduated with the same platinum diploma.” Obama went into public service, while Romney “profited off the misery of others.”



    • 99 Cha
      December 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      They really don’t have to do much “painting”, Greg. All they have to do is get the FACTS to THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

      Sorry, I seem to want to talk a lot in CAPITALS today.

  39. 100 Tulips
    December 20, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Chipstick if you can look for the clip of Bashir live. Goldie Taylor went off and shut S.E. Cupp down. also Tamoron Hall frustration with the Gop rep. She let him have it priceless.

    • 101 utaustinliberal
      December 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      S.E. Cupp and Meghan McCain are two useless nitwits who stink up the airwaves. They have absolutely nothing of value to add to any discussion on politics or policy. I was incredibly happy to see Bill Burton on Now with Alex earlier today. He did a bang up job and shut Meghan’s hypocritical BS down. He just kept reiterating that PBO and Democrats are the only ones truly fighting for the middleclass, the House GOP are holding the payroll tax cuts hostage, Romney has no core, Boehner is a puppet, the teaparty caucus are radicals and he had evidence after evidence to back up his statements. It was blissful not hear Meghan’s Kim Kardashian like and valley girl like way of speaking. That nonsense grates on my nerves.

      • 102 Bill
        December 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm

        Meghan McCain went off today on Newton Leroy’s wife having been his “mistress” and that she was “icey”. Her parents must not have told her about their relationship.

  40. 105 Dakota
    December 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Could someone give me the quick and dirty on Nancy’s presser? Can’t access video from work. Thanks!

    • 106 nintendowii10
      December 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      Steny Hoyer called out Orange Boner and the “Walk Away Caucus” for “walking away” from yet another bipartisan deal.

      Nancy Smash said she’s no longer going to play the game of Charlie Brown and Lucy and have the football yanked away once again.

  41. December 20, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Supreme Court to hear arguments in March on healthcare law
    By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
    December 19, 2011, 5:54 p.m.

    Reporting from Washington— The Supreme Court announced Monday that it would hear arguments over three days in late March to decide the constitutionality of President Obama’s healthcare law, another sign the justices see the case as a once-in-a-generation test of the federal government’s regulatory power.

    The 51/2 hours of argument are believed to be the most time devoted to a single case since the 1960s.

    In the 19th century, the justices often sat silently and listened to arguments over several days in one case. But in recent decades, one hour per case has been the norm, even when a major constitutional question is at issue. The lawyers for each side normally have just 30 minutes to state their cases and answer rapid-fire questions from the bench.



  42. 109 LOL
    December 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    File this one under “That’s a shame” Hows that union busting thing working for you, Scotty?

    Wisconsin led nation in jobs lost in November

    Wisconsin led the nation in jobs lost in November, according to the latest numbers released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    Wisconsin lost 14,600 jobs in November, the largest over-the-month decrease in employment in the country, followed by Minnesota, which lost 13,700, and Colorado, which lost 4,500.

  43. December 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    But, you know, there’s no such thing as right-wing terrorism, and DHS commissioning a report warning about it — under the Bush Administration — is just another of the Kenyan’s plots to impose socialism and Sharia on god-fearing gun-owners.

    White Supremacist Harpham Gets 32 Years For Failed MLK Parade Bomb Attack.

    Can anyone tell I’m just fed up with these assholes?

  44. December 20, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    CNN likely voters poll-

    Obama. 52

    Roomy. 45

    Obama. 56

    Gingrich. 40

  45. 118 rikyrah
    December 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 12/20/2011
    Senate GOP aide: House GOP has `zero leverage’ in payroll tax cut fight
    By Greg Sargent
    This morning, Chuck Schumer went on MSNBC and vowed that Dems would not budge from their position on the payroll tax cut — and would hold the line until House Republicans buckled and agreed to support the Senate compromise extending it by two months.

    “Pressure every day is mounting on Republicans,” Schumer said. “All you have to do is let the pressure mount, day in and day out, and they will come back and support the two month. Not a majority of Republicans, but enough Republicans added to the Democrats to pass the bill by a large majority. In a few days, they will fold.”

    Which raises a question: Do House Republicans have any leverage at all in this fight at this point?

    A senior Senate Republican aide I spoke to this morning said the sentiment among some Senate Republican aides is that the House holds no leverage at all. And he suggested a very interesting endgame in this fight for Dems.


  46. 119 LOL
    December 20, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Iowa evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats called Michele Bachmann and urged her to drop out of the race and endorse Rick Santorum, a source with knowledge of the conversation told POLITICO Tuesday.- POLITICO

    * Pass the popcorn PLEASE*

  47. 121 rikyrah
    December 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm


    Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 12/20/2011
    Obama directly calls out Boehner: Stop the games
    By Greg Sargent

    This afternoon, after House Republicans voted to “disagree” with the Senate compromise extending the payroll tax cut, the brinksmanship took a sudden and dramatic turn. Obama made a surprise appearance before reporters and called out John Boehner in the most direct terms yet to stop the games and pass the Senate proposal. He said:

    House Republicans say they don’t dispute the need for a payroll tax cut. What they are holding out for is to ring concessions from Democrats on issues that have nothing to do with the payroll tax cut — issues where the parties fundamentally disagree. A one year deal is not the issue…
    The clock is ticking. Time is running out. And if the House Republicans refuse to vote for the Senate bill, or even allow it to come up for a vote, taxes will go up in 11 days.

    I saw today that one of the House Republicans referred to what they’re doing as “high stakes poker.” He’s right about the stakes. But this is not poker….This is not a game for the average family who doesn’t have 1,000 bucks to lose. It’s not a game for somebody who’s out there looking for work right now, and might lose his house if unemployment insurance doesn’t come through. It’s not a game when the millions of Americans take a hit when the entire economy grows more slowly because these proposals aren’t extended…

    • December 20, 2011 at 5:34 pm

      This was really great positioning. He made the R’s seem unserious, playing with people’s lives like it was a damn card game. This is serious suffering they’re talking about, especially on the 2.3 million unemployed.

  48. December 20, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Looks like the Pee Pee Pee poll was an outlier.
    Just look at the new CNN poll of likely voters?

  49. 128 maritza
    December 20, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    This one is from the WTF Dept.:

    “Look, I know Barack Obama is Da Man.

    But, this is kinda ridiculous. No, not kinda. Very. This is very ridiculous.

    Here’s the story, the whole story –

    (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner asked President Barack Obama in a letter Tuesday to order the Democratic-led Senate to appoint negotiators to work out a compromise with the Republican-led House on a payroll tax-cut extension.

    Boehner, excuse me, but isn’t that YOUR job? I mean, isn’t working out a compromise part of the majority leader’s job description?

    Question, John: if Barack Obama can order the Senate to do anything, can he order you to cry me a river? I think so. I think that’s the freekin’ rules.

    What a pimp. If Boehner wants Obama to do the congress’ job, shouldn’t Boehner resign first?

    Somebody get President Obama a robe because I think he needs to do the Supreme Court’s job, too.”

    • December 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm

      Boehner is looking for someone to bale him out of the hole he dug himself. The Dems in the House won’t help him by appointing people to a conference committee because they don’t think it’s necessary. That was the point of Pelosi’s press conference. Harry Reid told Boehner he’s on his own. The president said he’s waiting for the Senate bill to be voted on in the House and then he’ll sign it.
      So Boehner is out on the limb by his lonesome with his Tea Party bosses. If nothing gets done by January 1 it is his fault and his alone. And that’s what we’ve got to keep tweeting, e-mailing, facebooking and calling about.

      The Tea Party has calculated that PBO would be so anxious to get this done that we would put pressure on the Senate and House Dems. He’s not going to do it.

  50. 133 LOL
    December 20, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    How’d you like to wake up to this?

  51. December 20, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Does anyone here know anything about SB S 510? I just was given a link to this article about how it will make it illegal to grow a backyard vegetable garden. Sounds weird, but I said I would check it out.


  52. 146 Ladyhawke
    December 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm



    Best line from Minority Leader Pelosi: The Tea Party tail is wagging the elephant!

    Best line from Minority Whip Steny Hoyer: The GOP Walk Away Caucus

    Congressman Sandy Levin “REINTRODUCED” the bill passed by the senate.



  53. December 20, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    According to this poll, support for renominating PBO is at an all-time high. And it’s higher with liberals than moderates.


  54. December 20, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Can anybody explain to me why Joe Biden said the Taliban is not our enemy?
    I only want to know, because a lot of military
    Are mad about this statement!

    • December 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm

      Jay Carney explained it in yesterday’s dpb:


      Q Vice President Biden gave an interview in which he said the Taliban, per se, is not our enemy. We are fighting the Taliban right now, as I know I don’t need to tell you. Can you explain a little bit more?

      MR. CARNEY: Sure.

      Q Does he regret using that language?

      MR. CARNEY: Not at all. I think it’s important — I know you’ve written about this — to understand what most Americans I think know, which is that we didn’t invade Afghanistan, we did not send U.S. military personnel into Afghanistan because the Taliban were in power. They had been in power. We went into Afghanistan because al Qaeda had launched an attack against the United States from Afghanistan.

      And what the Vice President was reflecting is that — and this is related to the reconciliation process that I was just discussing — is that the Taliban, per se — while we are fighting them, it is not the elimination — the elimination of the Taliban is not the issue here. The objective that the President laid out when he laid out his Afghanistan strategy made clear that the number-one principle here is to defeat, dismantle — or disrupt, dismantle and ultimately defeat al Qaeda, as well as help stabilize Afghanistan. And that’s what we’re doing.

      Part of that process is our support for the Afghan-led reconciliation talks. The conditions for reconciliation for the Taliban are very clear. But reconciliation has to be a part of the long-term process in Afghanistan if Afghanistan is going to evolve into a peaceful country.

      Q I understand that. I just — obviously there isn’t much of an al Qaeda presence in Afghanistan. Leon Panetta, when he was CIA director, told me a year or two ago that there were less — fewer than 100 al Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan. We’ve been devoting a great deal of blood and treasure, focused almost entirely on defeating Taliban insurgents, Taliban fighters. And I understand that ultimately there’s going to have to be some sort of reconciliation. I just wonder if the language was regrettable at all.

      MR. CARNEY: Well, it’s only regrettable when taken out of context that I just explained — that it’s regrettable to present it out of context, because it is a simple fact that we went into Afghanistan because of the attack on the United States on September 11, 2001. We are there now to ultimately defeat al Qaeda, to stabilize Afghanistan — and stabilize it in part so that al Qaeda or other terrorists who have as their aim attacks on the United States cannot establish a foothold in that country.

      So what is also completely clear is that Afghanistan’s future has to include within it reconciliation. And that’s why we support the Afghan government-led effort there.


  55. December 20, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    A tale of two polls:

    PPP – Romney ahead of Obama


    CNN: Obama leads Romney 52-45

  56. 152 Ladyhawke
    December 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Obama Calls The House Republicans’ Bluff On The Payroll Tax Cut

    Their insistence on hiding behind process is a disgrace to the Constitution and the men who wrote it. They are attempting to use the legislative process as a cover to increase taxes on the middle class. The proof is in the fact that they refused to vote on the tax cut itself. They don’t want to go on the record as opposing a tax cut, so they simply decided not to vote on the bill.

    President Obama has made it very clear who is to blame if taxes go up in the middle class in less than two weeks. It won’t be the Senate. It won’t be the House Democrats, and it won’t be the president. The blame will all rest on the shoulders of the House Republicans. John Boehner’s leadership has been so lacking that he has allowed a band of tea partiers to hijack his entire caucus.


  57. 153 defytheodds
    December 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    “The Tea Party Tail is wagging the Elephant” Nancy Pelosi

    • 154 utaustinliberal
      December 20, 2011 at 5:53 pm

      Hahaha. Gotta love Nancy Smash. She needs her gavel back. Under her leadership, the house actually did their job.

  58. 158 DD
    December 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Oh he’s pissed

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