rise and shine


Washington Post: Facing withering criticism from across the political spectrum and abandoned by Senate allies, House Republicans bowed to political reality Thursday and agreed to a two-month extension of a payroll tax cut for 160 million Americans.

The agreement represented a remarkable capitulation on the part of House Republicans, who had two days earlier rejected such a deal with Democrats as the kind of half-measure that their new majority was elected to thwart.

And it amounts to a Christmas gift for President Obama, who attempted to paint his Republican opponents as willing to raise taxes for millions of Americans. Such an image could have cost the party politically just as it is gearing up to try to take back the White House and the Senate in 2012.

Full article here


Eugene Robinson: Finally. After a year of artful camouflage and concealment, Republicans let us glimpse the rift between establishment pragmatists and Tea Party ideologues. There may be hope for the republic after all.

…. There are only two possible reasons for House Republicans to behave the way they did. Maybe they are so blinded by ideology that they no longer care about the impact their actions might have on struggling American families. Or maybe their only guiding principle is that anything Obama supports, they oppose.

The week’s events offer a lesson for Obama, too. One reason for all the Republican angst was that public opinion has become more sensitive to issues of economic justice. This may be partly due to the Occupy protests. But I’m convinced that Obama’s fiery barnstorming in favor of his American Jobs Act has played a big role. People are hearing his message.

The president has been on the offensive. It’s no coincidence that, for the first time in quite a while, Republicans are backing up.

Full article here



Steve Benen: …. the GOP leadership will, probably later today, bring the tweaked Senate agreement to the House floor, hoping to approve it by unanimous consent. If Republicans balk – and they might – Boehner will reconvene the House next week for an up-or-down vote. Since that vote would very likely pass the Senate bill, an objection today would only delay the inevitable, and extend this fiasco for a few more days.

…. perhaps one of the most striking realizations from this entire dispute is that Republicans gambled that Democrats would cave when the pressure was on – and Democrats didn’t. Arguably for the first time all year, Democrats from the White House to Capitol Hill knew they had the better hand, told Republicans that Dems wouldn’t fold this time, and sat back and watched and the GOP unraveled.

… After a year in which policymakers have moved from one hostage crisis to another, Democrats won a big one to close out the year, leaving Republicans looking awful and a weakened Speaker looking beaten.

For a party that earned a reputation for capitulating a little too often, it’ll start 2012 on the right foot.

Full post here


Vice President Biden in the Des Moines Register: Mitt Romney recently laid out his plan for America. Reading about it, I thought of my dad. My dad was a hard worker. He took pride in what he did. And, like millions of Americans, that pride was put to the test when he found himself struggling to make ends meet.

When I was a child, he had to ask my grandfather to take care of my mom, my brother, sister and I while he moved away to find a better job in Wilmington, Del. My dad had a saying: “A job is about more than a paycheck. It’s about dignity. It’s about respect.”….

Full article here

Thanks Jovie


Michael Tomasky (Daily Beast): Last week, I mentioned the racism charges against Ron Paul, involving the newsletter he used to publish and some of the vile and witless statements therein….

….These are not your run-of-the-mill euphemisms. These are blatantly racist comments by, I would hope, nearly any measure. Jews and gays get their moment in the sun ….The “Special Issue on Racial Terrorism,” produced after the Los Angeles riots, offers many gems, including this advice: “I’ve urged everyone in my family to know how to use a gun in self defense. For the animals are coming.” …. It would seem, in the pages of something called the Ron Paul Political Report, that that “I” would represent, well, Ron Paul. But he denies authorship….

…. If he didn’t write those sentences, who did? Why not say? If he genuinely disagrees with the statements and truly disavows them, there could be no good reason not to name names.

… I humbly suggest that there are some matters on which there should not a statute of limitations …. Calling a group of people—identifiable only by their race “animals” belongs in that company. We lack proof that Paul did that, but at the very least we have proof that he has regarded this whole thing very casually….

Full article here



Thanks Kasai!


Morning everyone 😉 This Friday’s very good!

215 Responses to “rise and shine”

    • 2 PoliticalJunkessa
      December 23, 2011 at 9:37 am

      Brilliant. Love our Joey! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

      It really doesn’t matter WHO the teapublican presidential nominee is — the whole GOP philosophy is bankrupt and corrupt. PBO will eat their lunch. Doesn’t matter WHO the teapublican vice</i? presidential nominee is. VPJB will eat their lunch. Simple and plain. Obama/Biden 2012.

        December 23, 2011 at 11:10 am


    • 4 Pamela
      December 23, 2011 at 9:46 am

      Joseph Biden. ‘Nuf said, the guy is formidable beneath the kind and jovial exterior, he knows what’s going on! Blessings to him and his family.

      • 5 utaustinliberal
        December 23, 2011 at 4:49 pm

        He really is. He’s cheerful and all that good stuff but when it comes down to brax tacks; VP Biden is a fighter and I’m so glad he’s on our side.

    • December 23, 2011 at 10:15 am

      great article – read the comments though whew! There’s one brave little liberal putting up a fight. this paper must be like our Pioneer Press – full of RWNJ who live to comment.

    • December 23, 2011 at 10:33 am

      Someone tweeted that Biden was blaming Romney for the economy “really, he did” and Greg Sargeant tweeted , “no really he didn’t”

  1. 9 donna dem 4 obama
    December 23, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Happy Christmas Eve Eve TOD!!

  2. December 23, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Btw- good morning.
    It will be interesting to see how the Pubs react, already, crossroads gps is crying that the WH is playing politics and cares not for the economy.
    Is that all Rove has?

  3. December 23, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD’ers.

    Sweet Schadenfreude day.

  4. 20 Linda
    December 23, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Did Luke Russert just call this the FIRST win for the Democrats this year ?

    • 21 Bill
      December 23, 2011 at 9:31 am

      He did. Luke is in over his head this morning.

      • 22 anniebella
        December 23, 2011 at 10:27 am

        Someone need to tell Luke that this is a win for the American people. That is who President Obama is fighting for. And by the way, Luke is were he is because of his Daddy.

    • 23 desertflower
      December 23, 2011 at 9:32 am

      As I watched young Luke yesterday, all I could think of was that a certain “someone” would NOT be proud. Seriously? Kool aid is NOT brainfood.

  5. 24 LOL
    December 23, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Morning Chip….Morning All

    Remember Chip Friday’s Good!!!! Reaaaaaaaalllllll Good. 🙂

  6. December 23, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Jon Stewart loves Ron Paul- who knew?

    A left-leaning comedian and a far-right Republican candidate in his late 70s, Ron Paul and Jon Stewart may not be the most natural political alliance. But by all appearances the two have struck up an extremely friendly relationship in recent months, trading kind words in the press throughout the campaign.

    Now with Paul’s campaign descending into an ugly feeding frenzy over a series of racist newsletters he published in the 1980s and 90s, it will be interesting to see how things progress next month. Stewart’s show has been on break for the holidays, but will return in January and the story seems unlikely to go away so long as Paul threatens to make some serious noise in Iowa.

    In August, Stewart drew national attention for a Daily Show segment in which he argued that the media was unfairly dismissing Paul’s campaign based on his performance.


    Now it’s all starting to make sense!

    • 30 Lovepolitics2008
      December 23, 2011 at 9:58 am

      The PL is all obsessed with destroying the military-industrial complex and destroying the banks in the most speedy fashion, even if it means some chaos and suffering. So they love Ron Paul revolutionary language.

      But lost in all the rhetoric of Paul about the Empire and the Federal Reserve are all of his crazy ideas to dismantle a big chunk of government. I think democrats should start to point out in very concrete terms all the absurdities of Ron Paul’s ideology. All the federal agencies he would like to dismantle, all the regulations he would like to abolish, on the environment, on the working rights, on everything…

      This will be important if Stewart enters a campaign to push the idea of Ron Paul on his vast young audience.

      Sometimes I fantasize about a debate between President Obama and Ron Paul. There’s no doubt in my mind that President Obama would win this debate. Libertarianism is simplistic and reduced to a sole value: individual liberty. What President Obama proposes ( with his party) is a much more realistic and sophisticated view of the world, based on a much more realistic and sophisticated view of the needs of individuals and the needs of the different communities, on the local, national and even international level.

    • 32 anniebella
      December 23, 2011 at 10:43 am

      Hay Jon, are you ” disappointed” in your man Paul?

    • 33 boxman15
      December 23, 2011 at 11:04 am

      I think the story is a little misleading. I’m a fan of Stewart’s (though I think he’s too tough on President Obama, but his beatdowns of these GOP clowns and media talking heads is priceless) and he isn’t a fan of his economic policy at all.

      He defends him from media talking heads that say Paul has no shot at the White House even though he’s been consistently high in GOP polls. And he likes how he’s “consistent” and doesn’t flip-flop unlike all these other candidates. I’m sure he’d be having a field day with these new newsletters being brought out.

      He’s had Paul on his show a few times now, and each time they’ve debated vigorously but respectfully the merits of an activist government vs. a do-nothing government as Paul would like. Stewart really sticks up for the left during those debates and even defends the president in these debates.

      His defense of Paul has less to do with Paul or his policies and more to do with the media’s coverage of him.

  7. 34 rikyrah
    December 23, 2011 at 9:08 am

    ok, that first cartoon just brought tears to my eyes.

  8. December 23, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Good morning TOD family and it is a very good morning. Not even the GOP toting MSM could carry this water for them. They failed miserably and we will never let them forget.

    Let’s keep in mind that come February there should be no let up on their silly games. They pushed the idea that they wanted certainty, a main reason for asking for extending the tax for a year. In February, they should be able to do so with ease.

    Merry Christmas everyone.

  9. 38 rikyrah
    December 23, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  10. December 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Oh, and one more thing on a personal note. After nine weeks of training, I had to take a certification test which was tied to me keeping my job or not.

    I took the test on Wednesday and I passed. Whew!! Stress, pressure eliminated. For the first time yesterday I went to my office looking at ways I would decorate. Beforehand, I left the walls bare, except for a white board I used for daily affirmation/inspirational quotes.

    Thanks for all your support here.

  11. December 23, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Morning Chips and the TODville Gang! It’s a beautiful sunny day where I am AND I haven’t been called in to work! Yay! 🙂 🙂

    • December 23, 2011 at 9:24 am

      Now if I can only catch up for the last couple of days here, do some house cleaning, put up the Christmas tree, decorate the home place, maybe start the baking, AND. KEEP. ON. TOP. of today’s posting, I’ll count myself successful!

      Of course, knowing that Chips Chica has a few days off and therefore likely to try and spike my last mentioned goal, I strongly suspect that I won’t meet all my goals. Oh well, at least I thought about them enough to make a list. 😉 😉

      Have a wonderful day everyone!

      • December 23, 2011 at 9:30 am

        VC ….. you know …. (and this is a little embarrassing) … I haven’t even started my Christmas shopping. 😳 Your organization makes me feel ill!

        • 83 dotster3
          December 23, 2011 at 10:00 am

          I have 9 million things to do today—not exaggerating—-well, maybe by about 8 million—-have no biz looking at my compute—-but this is more fun and not as exhausting. Wonder what I’ll be serving for xmas din—-sigh. And it’s impossible to get around out there—-too many old peeps driving 20mph. Old peeps=anyone older than me, not me of course. Cheers to all!

          • December 23, 2011 at 10:12 am

            ‘… this is more fun and not as exhausting.’

            Exactly Dotster, and it energizes me, so I might just get more done eventually. This last part is actually true. When I squeeze out every last second I can on line, I am forced to work FASTER and more efficiently to get more done when I’m off line so that I can sign on again ASAP. I haven’t cooked meals and tidied the kitchen before as quickly as I’ve been doing the last four months!

        • December 23, 2011 at 10:05 am

          No need to be 😳 , Ms Chips. My organization is only ‘on paper’ (it really doesn’t go much further) ;). You on the other hand do awesome work here, plus are busy at work, while meditating on and waiting to spot the ‘perfect’ gifts for family & friends. Think of the thought you’ve put into your shopping during this time while others are buying precipitously. 😆 [It’s all in the spin, Chips Chica]

  12. December 23, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Romney was interviewed by Hackperin! He said, that axelrod is going to try and tarnish my good name and poor me.

  13. 91 Hachikō
    December 23, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Happy Friday TODers! I hope your holiday season is going well. My son comes home tomorrow and I can’t wait. 🙂

  14. December 23, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I guess it’s the senates turn first. They gavel in at 9:30.
    However, it’s the House that is the interesting one.

  15. 108 lovingandlaughing
    December 23, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Great toons, and that Sarah Palin card is too funny! What was that pic of her originally for???? It looks completely ridiculous and majorly contrived with the shorts (is she also wearing panty hose?), sneakers and the flag draped over the chair near by. Might we be able to complain that is a disrespect for the flag? I am joking, but honestly it is such a silly image! Love the photo shop addition of Bo though! 😉

    • 109 LOL
      December 23, 2011 at 9:24 am

      Nope…the woman who thinks we should take her seriously POSED for that shot in a runner’s magazine. Seriously. Then she and her people got mad when I think Newsweek used it as a cover photo for an article on her.

    • December 23, 2011 at 9:40 am

      The flag casually draped over the chair at the table is beyond TACKY. Maybe she also has a crocheted flag on her sofa? She’s a hacktastic bucket of CHEESE.

  16. December 23, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Here is the CNN conversation on if the President will make it to Hawaii by x-mas.

    I don’t know- Wolfe, he has to stay until they pass the bill and then he has to sign it. And it takes 12 hours to get to Hawaii.
    Blah blah blah.
    Is this really news?
    The President can take a F-22 and get there in half the time. Or maybe he can dust off the Space Shuttle and get there in an hour!

    • December 23, 2011 at 9:29 am

      No doubt this was part of the idiotic obstruction — to mess up the President’s holiday. These people act like they are in kindergarten.

    • December 23, 2011 at 9:29 am

      Ha, I like the Space Shuttle idea! 😆

      • 114 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        December 23, 2011 at 9:57 am

        ..but, if he takes the shuttle, they’ll say he’s going traveling back to his home planet and leaving us earthlings behind!

        Chips, please insert PBO/Superman photo. Thanks!

        • 115 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          December 23, 2011 at 10:14 am

          “traveling” vice “going traveling”

          Sometimes my brain and fingers fight each other like they’re the house rethugs…

    • December 23, 2011 at 9:40 am

      I think this is prolly why he mentioned he wished he could fly.

      • 117 JoJothecat
        December 23, 2011 at 10:02 am

        He’ll make it in time before Xmas eve. Xmas is on Sunday anyway, all this mess should be over by this evening right?

      • 119 Ladyhawke
        December 23, 2011 at 10:56 am

        So a few weeks ago the media was obsessing about President Obama taking 17 days vacation. Now they obsessing about him getting to Hawaii in time to be with his family for Christmas. Let’s face it, the GOP will find some way to criticize President Obama for taking vacation while the congress is also on vacation. The mind reels. For a recap of some of the silliness around holidays, Media Matters documents the atrocities. It’s really hilarious.

        Right-Wing Media: Obama Ruins Nation’s Holidays


        Right-wing media have recently attacked President Obama for celebrating Hanukkah too early and for displaying too many Christmas trees at the White House. Right-wing media have long attacked Obama for how he observes holidays, including Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Easter, Ramadan, and even Halloween.



  17. December 23, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Good morning everyone. Love the Sarah Palin card. That pic came out just after McCain picked her for VP. Love what’s happening to her pantyhose. You go Bo!

  18. December 23, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Harry just approved the bill.
    House at ten.

  19. December 23, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Hmm, thinking of starting The Santorum Diary after seeing this inspirational video:


    • December 23, 2011 at 9:42 am

      But but but he is an evangelical and Joe screamborough said that evangelicals dont hate Mormons even though they do and did you know that evangelicals think the Pope is the anti Christ and…

    • 130 LunarSea
      December 23, 2011 at 10:03 am

      Aww how sweet. He got an endorsement from Sarah the Quitter. That’ll help his chances…..NOT!

    • December 23, 2011 at 10:42 am

      Rick Santorum just left himself wide open…….

      for criticism that is.

      what a dope.

    • 132 24Sass
      December 23, 2011 at 10:44 am

      Too syrupy for me. Pandering to the wingers makes me sick….even when it’s another winger doing the pandering. 😉

    • 133 Linda
      December 23, 2011 at 10:52 am

      What a liar….This is from 2004

      By now most people have heard all about how my wonderful Senator Santorum was making the Penn Hills school district pay for his children to go to a cyber charter school. this cost the school district about $38,000 a year. he just decided to home school his children instead, but the teachers at the charter school offered to teach his kids for free. ok scandal over right?

      well not really. there was a great editorial in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today.

      The two-bedroom house that the Santorum children called home for education purposes and that gives Mr. and Mrs. Santorum the right to vote in Pennsylvania lacks an occupancy permit. And the property tax break from the homestead exemption claimed by the Santorums on the Penn Hills house is allowed under law only if the dwelling is their “permanent home.”

      so let me get this right, he forced a school district to pay for his kids to go to school, based on his ownership of a house that isnt legally allowed to be lived in. and he is breaking the law claiming a property tax break. loveley. this should piss off the hard working people of W. PA.

      It’s a strange case of political turnabout. In his initial House race against Rep. Doug Walgren in 1990, challenger Santorum attacked the incumbent from Mt. Lebanon for buying a house and raising his children in McLean, Va. Now Rick Santorum of Leesburg, Va., is saying that he is and he isn’t a resident of Pennsylvania.

    • December 23, 2011 at 11:32 am

      Oh my god. I’m gonna puke.

  20. 135 rikyrah
    December 23, 2011 at 9:40 am

    December 23, 2011 8:00 AM

    An important win — with caveats
    By Steve Benen

    After House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) surrendered in the payroll tax-cut fight late yesterday, he did what he should have done on Sunday: he told his caucus what they didn’t want to hear.

    After the Senate approved its bipartisan compromise, the Speaker initially approached his members, hat in hand, asking for their permission to pass the extension. They said no. Yesterday, Boehner presented the same deal as a fait accompli — and this time, he took no questions from his caucus.

    As for what happens now, the GOP leadership will, probably later today, bring the tweaked Senate agreement to the House floor, hoping to approve it by unanimous consent. If Republicans balk — and they might — Boehner will reconvene the House next week for an up-or-down vote. Since that vote would very likely pass the Senate bill, an objection today would only delay the inevitable, and extend this fiasco for a few more days.


  21. December 23, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I was thinking, as the economy grinds on and we begin to see things get better, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-23/november-durable-goods-orders-in-u-s-climbed-3-8-on-aircraft-purchases.html — what will the GOP have to run on? They can’t claim the foreign policy mantra, they can’t claim the economy, they can’t claim the tax cut debates, they don’t like the poor, they hate the environment, they want to squeeze the middle class, they want to suppress the vote, what exactly is there for them to run on to topple PBO?

    I am thinking zilch?

    • December 23, 2011 at 10:22 am

      Don’t forget the ‘We DON’T LIKE President Obama or anything he says’ platform. Sadly, in America that one is sure to give them SOME votes.

    • December 23, 2011 at 10:45 am

      They will LIE LIE AND LIE.

      Romney will also lie and keep trying to paint Pres.Obama as “the other” or “not like us” or “not a real American”. He’s been doing it for a while now.

  22. 140 rikyrah
    December 23, 2011 at 9:42 am

    The humbling of the House GOP


    This time there was no discussion. This time, House Speaker John Boehner didn’t take the chance of losing another deal to a caucus with a tendency to self-immolate.

    And so when Boehner delivered the news that he had struck a deal on a Thursday afternoon conference call with House Republicans, the technology was in place to prevent rank-and-file lawmakers from voicing the kind of angry dissent that scuttled a Senate-passed payroll bill on Saturday. The five day drama that exposed both the political naivete of the freshman-heavy Republican Conference and the sharp limits of Boehner’s power over them ended in silence.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1211/70803.html#ixzz1hMw2fBlS

  23. 141 rikyrah
    December 23, 2011 at 9:44 am

    The Great Republican Crackup: How Angry, White, Southern Men Took Over the GOP and Made Our Government Into a War Zone
    The GOP’s radicalism is dangerous for America. We need two political parties solidly grounded in the realities of governing.
    December 21, 2011 |

    Two weeks before the Iowa caucuses, the Republican crackup threatens the future of the Grand Old Party more profoundly than at any time since the GOP’s eclipse in 1932. That’s bad for America.

    The crackup isn’t just Romney the smooth versus Gingrich the bomb-thrower.

    Not just House Republicans who just scotched the deal to continue payroll tax relief and extended unemployment insurance benefits beyond the end of the year, versus Senate Republicans who voted overwhelmingly for it.

    Not just Speaker John Boehner, who keeps making agreements he can’t keep, versus Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who keeps making trouble he can’t control.

    And not just venerable Republican senators like Indiana’s Richard Lugar, a giant of foreign policy for more than three decades, versus primary challenger state treasurer Richard Mourdock, who apparently misplaced and then rediscovered $320 million in state tax revenues.



  24. 142 nintendowii10
    December 23, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Sorry for posting this:

  25. 144 desertflower
    December 23, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Reid..9:45 presser

  26. December 23, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Romney says that pulling out of Iraq is the signature failure for Obama.
    Signature failure? Really?
    This guy talks more shit…

    • 146 FiredUpInCA
      December 23, 2011 at 10:28 am

      “At least 16 bombings shook Baghdad Thursday, leaving more than 70 dead and well over 200 wounded.”

      “In a nearly 90-minute news conference broadcast on tape-delay, Mr. Maliki defied his rivals and pushed back on all fronts in Iraq’s deepening political crisis, threatening to release investigatory files that he claimed implicated his opponents in terrorism.

      He also threatened the Kurds, valuable allies with close ties to the Americans, warning that there would be “problems” if they protected Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, who fled to the semiautonomous Kurdish region in recent days to escape an arrest warrant on charges that he ran a death squad responsible for assassinations and bombings.”


      Iraq owns Iraq’s destiny now. They’ve had 9 years to figure out how they wanted to proceed. Sectarian violence isn’t sustainable or in the interests of a country that wants to attract visitors and flourish. Maybe they’ll figure this out. Maybe they won’t. Whatever they decide, our role is to encourage the better path, not micromanage their democracy.

      Romney needs to talk to the guys who thought they would be greeted as liberators and nation-builders. They are the architects of this mess. But if Iraq fails, that signature failure belongs to Iraq.

  27. 148 Don
    December 23, 2011 at 9:51 am

    What is it with these comedians and their love for libertarians? Whether it’s Stewart or Bill Mahar, it’s as though they go out of their way to pick anyone except the guy that’s actually getting shit done. The guy that used up most of his political capital in the first year in office by trying to get people health insurance, the guy that has passed more progressive legislation than any President in the last fifty to one hundred years. I’m so tired of these guys, or as I like to call them, “where is my fucking pony brigade.”

    • December 23, 2011 at 9:59 am

      Whoever wants to legalize pot, that is who they dig.
      Yeah Maaan. Ok bro? Peace, love and happiness!

    • 150 JoJothecat
      December 23, 2011 at 10:12 am

      Until the libertarian does something they don’t like…..then it’s a different story. With Ron Paul saying no Dept of Education, colleges can charge as much as they want, college will be unaffordable, no government help….they are cutting off their noses for a few ounces of weed!

  28. 152 Ceb
    December 23, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Good morning, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone (including the lurkers).

    Hope the House gets it done soon. The ladies are waiting for their guys.; AF1 is ready to fire up.

    I always enjoy seeing photos of our dynamic duo. Whoever would have thought in 2007-2008 that these two men would fit so well together?

    What a team!

  29. 154 Linda
    December 23, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Luke Russert is a child.

    Obama should trade his college records for Romney’s tax returns ?

  30. December 23, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I got on CSPAN this morning….my comments are at the 11:10 video mark:


  31. December 23, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Are you watching this? Boner has the Gavel!

  32. 172 Linda
    December 23, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Kelly O’Donnell lying through her teeth…claiming the Republicans wanted a one year deal.

    30 lumps of coal for Kelly

  33. 174 desertflower
    December 23, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Agree or disagree with Krugman, but I think in this piece, he may be right on target….unless, of course, WE call the MSM OUT…each and every time!


  34. 175 Don
    December 23, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Give them hell, Steny!!

  35. 176 desertflower
    December 23, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Ron Paul’s investments


    At our request, William Bernstein, an investment manager at Efficient Portfolio Advisors in Eastford, Conn., reviewed Rep. Paul’s portfolio as set out in the annual disclosure statement. Mr. Bernstein says he has never seen such an extreme bet on economic catastrophe. ”This portfolio is a half-step away from a cellar-full of canned goods and nine-millimeter rounds,” he says.

  36. 179 FiredUpInCA
    December 23, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Ron Paul has explaining to do:

    “In an interview with CNN’s Gloria Borger on Wednesday, Paul said of the newsletter’s articles: “I didn’t write them. I didn’t read them at the time and I disavow them…”

    “Early in the 2008 presidential campaign – in which Paul was a candidate – Kirchick published an article in The New Republic in which he described Paul as “not the plain-speaking antiwar activist his supporters believe they are backing – but rather a member in good standing of some of the oldest and ugliest traditions in American politics.”

    The letter promoting Paul’s newsletters claims that Paul – through what he describes as a network of “extraordinary sources” in Congress, the White House, the Treasury and Justice departments, the Federal Reserve and the Internal Revenue Service – had acquired unique insider information that would his subscribers to “neutralize” the plans of “powerbrokers.”

    Paul’s letter went on to describe various plots and schemes that he had “unmasked,” including a “plot for world government, world money and world central banking.” He also claimed to have exposed a plan by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to “suspend the Constitution” in a falsely declared national emergency.

    Despite being “told not to talk,” Paul wrote that his newsletters also “laid bare” the “Israeli lobby, which plays Congress like a cheap harmonica,” and a “federal-homosexual cover-up on AIDS.”

    Paul claimed that his “training as a physician” helped him “see through” this alleged cover-up.”


    So somebody–we don’t know who–claimed on Ron Paul’s behalf that Ron Paul had “training as a physician”?

    This is not going to fly. This is not going to go away. It’s great that he disavows the hateful words now. That’s not the problem.

    The fact, that he has not and will not take responsibility for that hate spewed in his newsletters and claims he doesn’t know who wrote them and claims he didn’t read them at the time, yet signed them, is the problem.

    Is this a glimpse of how he’d run his Presidency?

    ‘Somebody on my staff wrote those letters to Putin and Ahmadinejad that I signed but didn’t read, but I disavow it now that you’re asking about it.’

    Ron Paul is done.

  37. December 23, 2011 at 10:11 am


    Great job, OTeam!!

  38. December 23, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Seeing on twitter that PBO is likely preparing to depart for Hawaii. We may have a statement from him before he leaves.

    I wish for LOTS OF REST for our POTUS.

  39. December 23, 2011 at 10:22 am


  40. 186 Linda
    December 23, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Minimum wage goes up on January 1st doesn’t it ?

  41. 191 Don
    December 23, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Listen, I’ve never been the smartest person in any room I’ve ever entered and I’m alright with that. But I want my President to be the smartest person in the room. Didn’t this guy Ron Paul end up in some hotel room with Borat?

  42. 194 desertflower
    December 23, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Some of Mitt’s foreign policy Flip Flops…all lined up, and tied with a bow.


  43. December 23, 2011 at 10:24 am

    A Fox News guest on Thursday said that “you might want to say” President Obama looks like “a skinny, ghetto crackhead.”

    Brent Bozell, of the conservative Media Research Center, appeared on Fox Thursday night, where guest host Mark Steyn showed a clip of MSNBC’s Chris Matthews saying that Newt Gingrich “looks like a car bomber.”


    A Skinny, Gheto crackhead???

  44. 199 desertflower
    December 23, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Many good nuggets!


    Dems are hoping the story they told during this battle — they are the fighters for the middle class, while Republicans revealed that their true priorities are protecting the wealthy even if it means more hardship for working families — will establish the narrative for the 2012 campaign. Crucially, they think they have put the battles over the deficit behind them — battles that unfolded on GOP turf — and can now make the fight all about the ideological differences between the two parties over how and whether government should act to create jobs and improve economic conditions for the middle class.

    Polls suggest that public opinion may have shifted favorably for Obama and Dems in some respsects, despite continuing high disapproval over the economy. A recent Post poll found that Obama now holds a 15-point advantage over Congressional Republicans on who is more trusted to protect the middle class; he holds a 17 point advantage among independents on taxes. Meanwhile, a recent CNN poll found that Obama’s approval rebound is being fueled by big gains among middle class voters, a crucial swing constituency.

  45. 200 MTmarilyn
    December 23, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD family. Merry Christmas Eve Eve!!! Have just alittle more shopping to do today. Then tomorrow is baking day. Now if we can just get the President to Hawaii to celebrate with his family. Have a wonderful day everyone.

  46. December 23, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Good Morning TOD family

    Here is an encouraging story

    Immigrants Founded Half Of The Top U.S. Start-Up Ventures

  47. December 23, 2011 at 11:02 am

    The WH continues to put out wonderful stories of business people who support the American Jobs Act.

    North Carolina Entrepreneur Says American Jobs Act Will Help Expand Her Business

    video and this quote from the business woman

    “The American Jobs Act will enable St. Laurent to more quickly grow her business and her ability to offer opportunities to those in need. “I know first hand the hopeless feeling of long-term unemployment. The programs the President has proposed, including “Bridge to Employment” will support us as we look to expand both our business and our commitment to being a positive, powerful force in the communities we serve.”


  48. 206 boxman15
    December 23, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I rarely post here (I’m a bigtime lurker, though) and I just want to say that I’ve never been prouder of the job this president has done than right now. Sticking up for the middle class and exposing the GOP as the party of the rich for all to see was huge and should have a big impact on American politics from now until they decide to change course.

    The Republican Party is reeling and it’s thanks to the intense pressure Obama put on them while sticking up for 160,000,000 people.

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    • 207 desertflower
      December 23, 2011 at 11:17 am

      Welcome,boxman….delurk yourself and join the family:) That’s exactly the point…this wasn’t the President’s victory, it was the American people’s victory…I think that PBO’S victory, was showing the true face of Republicans, once and for all, to the public. We must NOT allow them to forget who is in their corner fighting for them!

      • December 23, 2011 at 11:25 am

        Hey Boxman glad to see you posting!

        Geeze. I gotta get going. I have the day off but I gotta make potato salad for a gazillion……sigh…..

        see ya later TOD!!!

  49. 210 Ladyhawke
    December 23, 2011 at 11:20 am



    A Dazed And Beaten Boehner Admits the GOP Was Forced to Do The Right Thing

    Republicans are writing the 2012 election ads for Democrats.

    So, today John Boehner caved to the mounting backlash. His response to reporters will haunt him for the next year:

    “Why not do the right thing for the American people even though it’s not exactly what we want.”

    Remember those words, because I suspect they will be playing in a commercial near you very soon.



  50. 212 Linda
    December 23, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Someone just sent me this picture…..hahahahahhaa

  51. 213 jacquelineoboomer
    December 23, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Chips – Good morning! The image of the solder home from Iraq at his family’s front door is exactly what we needed to be reminded of, this holiday season. Thank you, thank you! Special thanks to President Obama and Vice President Biden for bringing them home. I’m fully confident our troops in Afghanistan will be home early, too, as long as we re-elect PBO! And we will!

  52. 214 anniebella
    December 23, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I always thought Bo was a special dog. He even knows trash when he sees it. I love the picture of Bo peeing on that quitter thing from Alaska. It sure gave me a good laugh.

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