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  1. January 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I have always wanted to do that LOL

  2. 7 defytheodds
    January 2, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Rev. Al Radio program starts at 1pm est (he will be live today)


    Gen info: His radio program is M- F, 1-4pm est

    Chips, sorry I can’t take the pledge… 🙂

  3. 8 debbyeOh
    January 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Miss Chips, you stated the GOP point of view in a nutshell. God bless these narrow minded people!

  4. January 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm


    Gov. Scott Doesn’t Want More Tax Revenue To Plug Florida’s Budget Hole
    December 22, 2011 12:07 pm ET — Kate Conway

    One of the challenges facing Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) is the Sunshine State’s gaping budget hole — a challenge Scott hasn’t exactly met head-on, given his penchant for cutting taxes (even the ones that fund public education). Instead, Scott, the former head of a questionably scrupled hospital company, is focused on creating a fertile environment for business, primarily through a pledge to cut the corporate tax rate down to zero.

    It’s on pro-business grounds that Scott has struck perhaps his most nonsensical policy position yet: He says he’ll support a law to make internet companies collect state sales tax — but only if it doesn’t generate any increased revenue:



  5. January 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Biden’s Next Big Project:  Recognizing that Chinese Vice Premier Xi Jinping will be China’s president-in-waiting through much of 2012, the White House will move Vice President Joe Biden to the helm of the Obama administration’s US-China policy.


    • 11 jacquelineoboomer
      January 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Wherever PBO “assigns” Sheriff Joe, he will excel! What a great, intelligent administration. We are in capable hands, folks!

      • 12 desertflower
        January 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm

        Bad name to attach to VP Biden, JoB….Think ARIZONA 🙂 Bad. Very bad 🙂

      • 14 luci1119
        January 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm

        Hello and Happy new Year, but yes, Obama has put together an Intelligent Administration. I think that, that’s one of the reasons why the GOP dislikes our Beloved President, It’s because beside being Squeaky Clean, he’s chosen some Knowledgeable and Experienced People to work with him. Obama/ Biden 2012, yipppppeeeeeeeee 🙂

    • 15 mb32
      January 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Is it me or is this move a big STFU to all of the Hillary as VP supporters? Ride or die Joe has handled every portfolio he’s been in charge of with excellence and this will be no different. ObamaBiden2012 I’m going to an OFA event tonight to calling IA voters for the caucus….fired up and ready to go!

      • January 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm

        Thank you for all your hard work, mb32! Go get ’em!

        • 17 mb32
          January 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm

          Thanks Tien…I’m inspired by you and all the other activists on this site. Plus, its the new year so its time to put it in gear…again

          More clarification on my thoughts on the Biden move: If PBO were even slightly thinking of making Hillary VP, wouldn’t she be the choice to steer these talks with the current Chinese veep and future president. Plus, this article points out how vital VPB has been over the years, handling the tough jogs. Nicely played…I think the Obama team is pushing back against the Hillary nonsense.

          • 18 Debz
            January 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm

            I wouldn’t be surprised if the WH put out this info now to shut up the Clintonites. What would make these people think that PBO would get rid of his great VP, especially now, when the campaign is ready to start up?

            • January 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm

              Anyone know about this? It seems to be different from the two groups trying to create a third party.

              This was on Raw Story. There is a short pudgy guy heading up a pressure group attempting to get the president to do things that he’s been trying to do for the past three years of his administration. Tim Bryant is this person. He wants to get democrats to vote “uncommitted” in the democratic caucuses instead of Barack Obama, ostensibly to pressure the president. It sounds like the height of stupidity — of course, they’re begging for money. Why in hell don’t these people spend that money to get a democratic majority in CONGRESS so tthe president can go ahead with his agenda?

              You know what will happen — some Republican will pour money into this nitwit’s coffers to throw a wrench into the re-election. I’d like to think someone will throw a wrench into Tim Bryant’s agenda.

              Perhaps this is something that happens even in the best organized democratic campaigns, but I saw red listening to this inarticulate crackpot and his assumptions.

            • 20 luci1119
              January 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm

              Yeahhhhhhhhh, what’s wrong with People???????? Look, If It’s not broke, then don’t fix It?? And why would he do that??????/ HELLoooooooo 🙄

            • 21 nathkatun7
              January 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm

              I already have my campaign buttons featuring President Obama and Vice President Biden. These foolish pundits don’t know what they are talking about. There is no way President Obama is going to drop VP Biden in favor Hillary. That Madison guy really disappointed me. I am going to send an e-mail to OFA expressing my strong support for VP Biden. I hope all of us here at TOD would do the same. I am just so sick of people like Madison, Robert Reich and Doug Wilder who are trying to divide the Democratic party. If women supported this team in 2008, why wouldn’t they support it again in 2012; especially given the team’s record in supporting women issues?

      • 22 nathkatun7
        January 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm

        This is all about loyal Hillary supporters who are trying to piss on the President! VP Biden is by far the best VP in my life time. On top of that, is his incredible wife, Dr. Jill Biden who has demonstrated such commitment to education and the well being of military families. VP Biden is a political powerhouse. Besides all his accomplishments as VP, you can add on his over 35 years accomplishments in Congress. I think VP Biden, who is my age, can win the Presidency in 2016. He will be much younger than John McCain of 2008, Ronald Reagan of 1984, or Ron Paul of 2012. God willing, I will be right there campaigning for honest Joe Biden, in 2016! The Clintons had their turn. Time to move on.

  6. 23 Arnie
    January 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    That pledge looks about right.

  7. January 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Yet Another GOP Folly- Return To The Gold Standard-and How it Would Destroy the U.S. Economy
    By Harvey Gold| January 1, 2012

    Ever since the early 1800’s, gold has enjoyed as many unpredictable changes in favorability as the measure of choice for which to tie the U.S. Dollar currency value, as the changing lead GOP candidate in the polls for the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. Despite the obvious shortcomings–the limitations on the government’s ability to respond to fiscal crises, the necessity of defending against speculative attacks in times of crises, and the possibility of independent changes in the relative price of gold, make a gold-backed economy ever more unstable. The GOP in general and Ron Paul in particular, proudly tout its superiority to the bumper-sticker crowd which supports them. Never mind that it’s simply a terrible idea, which is why there are so few leading economists willing to raise their voices in support of it; if it fits on a bumper sticker it MUST be a solid concept.

    As stated, the most adamant proponent in the current GOP field of candidates for president is Ron Paul (big surprise). In various speeches, he has listed a number of reasons why he believes we should re-implement the Gold Standard– all of them wrong. To name just a few:



  8. 25 Tulips
    January 2, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Vice President Biden will take the lead on China. ttp://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/01/biden-gets-china/250747/#.TwH0FwU4yVg.twitter Obama/Biden is a team to reckon with.

    • 31 desertflower
      January 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      Pretty sick, huh?

    • January 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      Someone ought to let Mr. Greenwald know that we support the President precisely because he is by far the most decent, compassionate and caring person on the political stage today. Mr. Greenwald’s statement is not only ludicrous; it says a lot about Mr. Greenwald and doesn’t in the least reflect on those he likes to demonize. If Mr. Greenwald had an ounce of integrity, he would apologize to millions of Americans who support the President and, in addition, he should probably seek professional help to deal with his pathological hatred. He definitely should not embarrass himself by further comments of this kind.

      • January 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm

        Posted on Glenn Greenwald’s Facebook wall:

        I strongly support President Obama. Your comments on Obama supporters are highly insulting. You owe millions of Americans an apology. I will have you know that one of the reasons that I support the President is precisely because of his sterling character. His policy decisions have all been sound in an overall effort to move the country in the right direction. I may have liked some more decisi…ve changes, but I am also old enough to understand that politics is the art of the possible and that a President does not act in a vacuum. It is far more important to take careful steps to improve the lives of all people, not only in the U.S. but around the world, than to engage in grandstanding and futile inflexibility parading as principle. And, please remember – civility is also a principle of decent people.See More
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    • 37 anniebella
      January 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      I don’t have a strong stomach, I would be mad as hell if I read this B.S. from that sick bastard Greenwald, so I think I better leave it alone.

    • January 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      wow. I saw Chips got a few good licks in there. way to go chips. .

    • 39 nathkatun7
      January 2, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Glenn should go back to Rio, sit back and sip on something that makes him fee good, and stop trying to piss on the President and the Democratic party. I am just so sick of these neo-progressives whose tactics are entirely modeled on the tactics of the neo-conservatives.

  9. January 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    This is the best example of privilege and entitlement that I’ve seen to date. Bogus voter ID laws have been implemented to combat “fraud” and maintain integrity of the process–while stripping thousands of people of the RIGHT to vote. And here we have politicians who FAILED to get enough signatures to move to the next stage so they file a lawsuit AND the governor steps in to enact legislation to help them out! Unf___inbelievable!~

    Virginia primary: Gingrich and rivals join Rick Perry’s ballot lawsuit
    Samantha StainburnDecember 31, 2011 18:09

    Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman have joined a lawsuit filed by Rick Perry to get on the ballot for Virginia’s 2012 primary election.


    Today, Virginia’s attorney general said he will propose emergency legislation that would allow any presidential candidate to appear on the ballot if they qualify for federal matching funds, the New York Times reported. “Recent events have underscored that our system is deficient. Virginia owes her citizens a better process,” Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, the attorney general, said in a statement, according to the Times. “We can do it in time for the March primary if we resolve to do so quickly.”


    • 41 desertflower
      January 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Let’s add this to that toxic mix, creolechild.


      Despite nationwide efforts to make voting more difficult, the Republican Party of Iowa decided to buck the trend and allow for on-site registration. In doing so, however, they necessarily undercut the argument being made by GOPers in many other states that election day registration (EDR) invites fraud. (Of course, voters are 39 times more likely to be struck by lightning than commit fraud at the polls, and EDR actually helps prevent already-miniscule levels of fraud.)

  10. 47 Fred
    January 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    hiya TOD family.

    I just finished prepping my Tarte a L’oignon (French Onion Pie) and set it aside and will put it in the over in a few hours 😀

  11. January 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I just saw this very good piece on Daily Kos. I haven’t read there much but I know from comments on this and other sites that they are pretty anti-Obama. I thought this writer pushed back against that in a positive, non-angry way.


  12. 56 Tulips
    January 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    The twitter battle between Greenwald and Obama supporters is heating up and fighting the left hard. Sorota walsh got in and they are taking them down so bad its made the The GRio.com news site. We are not playing its on. http://www.thegrio.com/politics/glenn-greenwald-defends-obama-could-rape-a-nun-attack.php?page=2

    • January 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      I think it’s good that Greenwald is increasingly showing his very dark, ugly side so that it’s obvious to even the inattentive that he’s simply filled with pure, unadulterated hatred. In his supreme arrogance he has tried to hide his raw hatred behind erudite words and the pretense of brilliance, but he’s just another punk with who can’t see beyond his own bigotry.

      • January 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm






        I AM IN NO WAYS TIRED…..


      • 59 nathkatun7
        January 2, 2012 at 8:57 pm

        Just as the neo-conservatives took over the Republican party, making it the party of Pax-Americana; the neo-progressives are trying to take over the Democratic party to make it a party of uncompromising purity progressive party that ignores the diversity of American people. They forget that the party of FDR was built on various coalitions. So, for the neo-progressives, Ron Paul’s supposedly anti-war isolationism and his support for legalizing drugs are seen as fundamental positions that trump the advancement of racial equality. In other words, they could care less about retaining African Americans, Hispanics, women, and all others, whose rights were advanced by the 1964 Civil Rights Act. As much as they long for the leadership of FDR, Truman, JFK and LBJ, the neo-progressives –when it comes to understanding the reality of American politics — have absolutely nothing in common with these presidents they admire. All these Presidents were pragmatic progressives who realized that to make progress you have to be willing to take into account the political and ideological diversity of the country. As a matter of fact, all successful Presidents, both Democrats and Republicans, have understood that ideological purity, in an ideologically diverse country like the U.S., is not a recipe for effective governance.

    • January 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      Sometimes I wish they would all just disappear.

    • 61 utaustinliberal
      January 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      Greenwald is a sick cretin.

    • 62 mb32
      January 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      Nice article…I could see that some of the people posting comments were letting their hoods show….”black media” geesh The election of PBO how cause a lot of people on the right and left to reveal who they really are

  13. 63 Tulips
    January 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Correction Obama supporters are taking Joan Walsh & David Sorta down. They are calling on @ maddow and @ chris Hayes to check their friend. The bots are coming out in full force for 2012

  14. January 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Thank you, Smartypants!

    I’d like to introduce Glenn Greenwald to Reinhold Niebuhr
    Sunday, January 1, 2012

    Niebuhr was a Christian theologian/philosopher who lived from 1892-1971. He began his career as a pastor committed to the social gospel and pacifism. The rise of fascism and the events of WWII caused Niebuhr to question these commitments in a way that holds the tension between “the world as it is” and “the world as we want it to be.’

    So it should come as no surprise that you can hear the echos of Niebuhr in Obama’s acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize.

    We must begin by acknowledging the hard truth: We will not eradicate violent conflict in our lifetimes. There will be times when nations — acting individually or in concert — will find the use of force not only necessary but morally justified. I make this statement mindful of what Martin Luther King Jr. said in this same ceremony years ago: “Violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones.” As someone who stands here as a direct consequence of Dr. King’s life work, I am living testimony to the moral force of non-violence. I know there’s nothing weak — nothing passive — nothing naïve — in the creed and lives of Gandhi and King.

    Read more: http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2012/01/id-like-to-introduce-glenn-greenwald-to.html#comment-form

    • January 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm


      Alinsky was a self-described radical and Niebuhr was a devout Christian but neither man was an idealist. Both tended to see morality as a kind of cover story used by groups who, in Niebuhr’s words, “take for themselves whatever their power can command.” That doesn’t mean that these two men believed that nobody had the ability or will to change the world for the better. However, anyone who attempts to do so better be ready to get his hands dirty.

      But it’s much easier to lob verbal bombs from Brazil.

    • January 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      I am a big fan of Niebuhr. Excellent write-up by smartypants.

  15. 71 desertflower
    January 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm


    This is a tragedy that need not have happened. Someone could have gotten him the help he needed.

  16. 77 LDS
    January 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks to this blog, I have learned mor about this Greenwald fellow that I care to know. And if that is what he is saying, all I can say is that he is a sic puppy. I predict a landslide sweep in November. As a matter of fact, I claim it! The repugs have raped the American people for decades. Thanks to the foresight and visions of our President, we are waking up from that dead sleep and it is more business as usual.

    The quote of today gave me a jolt this morning. Our President is just getting started. We have his back and we have God and the love of God with and in us, we cannot lose.

    Ms. Chips, the pledge was so accurate. What an evil empire we are up against……….We have the victory!

  17. January 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    How totally appropriate! I chuckled and grumbled (about its “truthiness”). How sad…

  18. 79 hopefruit2
    January 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    This is a December 14th 2011 article from Time Magazine based on the Special Operations experiences of Admiral William McCraven:

    // A Fourth Star
    McRaven speaks respectfully of Bush as Commander in Chief, saying he “made some very, very tough decisions.” About Obama, without a question to prompt him, he waxes lyrical and at length. The planning and decisionmaking for the bin Laden raid, he volunteers, “was really everything the American public would expect from their national leadership.” (See TIME’s 2008 Person of the Year: Barack Obama.)
    “The President was at all times presidential,” he says. “I would contend he was the smartest guy in the room. He had leadership skills we’d expect from a guy who had 35 years in the military.”

    Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2101745_2102133_2102330,00.html #ixzz1iKTXz5kq

  19. 81 hopefruit2
    January 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    HEADLINE: President Obama to visit Cleveland to deliver address on economy

    // President Obama will fly to Cleveland hours after the Iowa caucuses for an address on the economy, the White House announced Monday.
    Obama will travel to the Ohio city aboard Air Force One Wednesday, where he will deliver remarks on the economy at Shaker Heights High School. //


    • 82 Debz
      January 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      The fact they tell us the POTUS will fly aboard AF1 makes me laugh, how else is he getting to Ohio? Sprout wings????

      • 83 desertflower
        January 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm

        Yes. He’s the “Magic Negro” doncha know! Idiots.

      • 85 Lovepolitics2008
        January 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm

        Yeah they’re going to constantly point out that President Obama is “campaigning” . Well I’m not offended at all if President Obama is doing a bit of campaigning. The republicans have been campaigning against him for months, have been given huge platforms in MSM to spout out their non-sense week after week after week. Meanwhile, President Obama is supposed not to push back ?

        I don’t think Americans will fall for that type of criticism. They know that President Obama can’t move without a lot of security around him. But most of all, they know that the battle has already begun and they understand that Barack Obama has to do some campaigning of his own and “squeeze’ it in a very demanding schedule.

        This criticism won’t get far beyond the rabid right wing base.

        • 86 FiredUpInCA
          January 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm

          For the GOP any Democrat that is not a weak, passive, beatable candidate is a threat to democracy. Just as in 2008, they had to be taught that Barack Obam refused to be swiftboated, refused to unilaterally disarm his fundraising firepower and refused to lose.

          Romney, is going to learn that he’s in over his head.

  20. January 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    So, the Iowa caucuses are tomorrow for both the GOP and the Dems. Serious question: where is Obama’s challenger? Have Hamster, the Soul Patrol Duo, and all the other “true progressives” (TM) failed? Oh, I’m sure it’s just a result of “Obama’s gangsterism”.

  21. January 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    I don’t look forward to too many films, but this one seems interesting: http://www.redtailsfilm.com/

    This squadron of Tuskeegee graduates was so good at escorting bombers over Europe that bomb crews clamored for them to be their escorts when they went on missions. Of course, being black, they had to fight to even get the assignment.

    • January 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      Yeah LL, I saw the trailer here earlier and it looked really exciting. I have already lined up a group of 4 friends to go when it comes out in our area, (an. 22)

      • January 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm

        And I can’t help but think of this politically: a film glorifying AA heroism in the face of rampant racism during an election year to re-elect the country’s first black President. Can’t hurt, can’t hurt.

    • 95 isonprize
      January 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      LL, I had a conversation with a Tuskegee Airman. He was 89 years old and sharp as tack. He had been following the production of this movie and mentioned that he and a few of the remaining Airmen had been asked about some of the details of their mission. He said that, from what he knew so far, the movie was accurate. He did mention that some of the racist foolishness that they all endured was probably “too raw” (his words) for the movies as entertainment.

      I definitely plan on see Red Tails!

    • 96 sonjiaduncan
      January 2, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      One of my teachers, Mr. Blackwell was a Tuskeegee Airmen. All the students at Booker T. Washington Jr. High school treated him as a real hero. Little did we know how great they were until much later in life.

  22. January 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    From Tegan Goddard’s blog:

    Obama campaign manager Jim Messina’s plan “is not to go after every state Obama carried in 2008; instead he will be content to recapture the 251 electoral votes that John Kerry won in 2004 and build from there,” Newsweek reports.

    He sees five paths to the 270 electoral votes needed: “The West Path would add Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada to the Kerry states, for 272 electoral votes. The Florida Path would add just Florida, for 275. The South Path runs through North Carolina and Virginia (274 electoral votes), while the Midwest Path includes Ohio and Iowa (270 electoral votes). Finally, there’s the Expansion Path: Obama carries all the Kerry states except blue-collar Pennsylvania and libertarian New Hampshire, then compensates with victories in Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and John McCain’s home state of Arizona, which was uncontested in 2008, for obvious reasons.”

    This is the good thing about the GOP primaries, and why they must go on unsettled as long as possible: the Obama team is already gaming out general election strategies, and can pretty much ignore the GOP clowns’ pathetic attacks.

  23. 103 Tulips
    January 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Folks Iowa is a mess.

    • January 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      Which is a good thing. According to GOS (no linky for them) Mittens is now dialing back expectations with Man-Dog-Love’s late surge. Delicious.

    • January 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      I’m with you LL I think it’s good it’s a mess. I’m still kind of hoping the Ron Paul gets it so the MSM will be forced to spotlight how seriously deranged he is. Although none of my friends are for him there are plenty of young guys at my work that think he’s great. Maybe with all the newsletter business they’ve finally woken up but RP and his ilk (ie Son of Paul) are not good for the country in my opinion.

  24. 110 desertflower
    January 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    thinkprogress REMINDER: Santorum, running as the values candidate, defended his friend Sen. Vitter when he was caught w/prostitutes. http://t.co/zjWph4PY
    about 1 hour ago · reply · retweet · favorite

    Hypocrisy . The middle names of ALL these sham candidates!

    • January 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      Hey df,

      Happy New Year! 🙂

      The Field – Great [‘Giordano’] analysis (and a parenthetical dismissal of Greenwald’s lack of political savvy): “Inevitable” Romney Meets the Santorum Surprise in Iowa… http://bit.ly/sz5Ooe Via @allanbrauer RT @smartypants32

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
      YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!
      PRESS ON!

      • January 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm

        Here’s his takedown of GiGi:

        And if you need any more proof that Paul is a lost cause, look no further than Salon.com’s Glenn Greenwald, now desperately trying to sell Paul to “progressives,” and revealing his own ideological axes to grind in the process: Greenwald is a reliably wrong bellwether in the sense that any bandwagon he attempts to form goes quickly next into the dustbin of history; yes, he is that bad a prognosticator.

        That’s the verbal version of PBO swatting the fly.

      • 114 desertflower
        January 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm

        Hi, snoopy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Long time, no see 🙂 Happy New Year, love! Ready to kick some ass?

        • January 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm

          “…Ready to kick some ass?”

          You know it! 😉

          YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
          YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!
          FIRED UP & READY TO GO!
          PRESS ON!

    • 116 Lovepolitics2008
      January 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      My hope is for a narrow win of Romney in Iowa followed by a more comfortable win in NH. Then a defeat in South Carolina would mean a long primary and the more these guys are exposed, the better.

      If Romney is not weakened too soon in Iowa and NH , there won’t be any panic from the GOP elite, any effort to find “someone else”. I think Romney presents a certain challenge, but is beatable. I don’t want a brokered convention where the GOP elite would push for someone stronger.

      • January 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm

        Romney wins in Iowa and it’s over. I think we need anybody but Romney to win in Iowa. Romney getting third place behind Paul and Santorum would be glorious.

        A brokered convention is basically impossible given they switch to winner take all races in April. If there was a brokered convention it would be ugly and I believe their convention is in late August, so said new miracle candidate would need to get a campaign up and running in two months before the vote and have to answer why they didn’t run in the primary and what that means to their readiness to be President.

        I’d risk that for a long drawn out primary where the candidates are spending tens if not hundreds of millions to attack each other, which would allow the Obama Campaign to keep trucking away organizing on the ground while the GOP candidates keep launching attack ads against each other and can’t afford to spend money on a long term strategic view because they need to worry about winning the primary.

  25. January 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Excellent Tweet.

    What’s sad is that so few RP acolytes see this. And really, Maddow? Do you think a President Paul would’ve overturned DADT or stopped defending DOMA in court? Idiot.

  26. January 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Good after noon folks. Got a little hitch in my get along today. I know the following is a bit off message but i’m still cleaning out my folders and this is the results. For us “old” heads.

    TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s !!

    First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they
    were pregnant.

    They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t
    get tested for diabetes.

    Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs
    covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

    We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when
    we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we
    took hitchhiking.

    As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster
    seats, seat belts or air bags.

    Riding in the back of a pickup on a warm day was always a special treat.

    We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

    We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and NO ONE
    actually died from this.

    We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-Aid made with
    sugar, but we weren’t overweight because

    We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were
    back when the streetlights came on.

    No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

    We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down
    the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes.
    After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

    We did not have Play stations, Nintendo’s, Xboxes, no video games at all,
    no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD’s, no
    surround-sound or CD’s, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet
    or chat rooms…….
    WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

    We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no
    lawsuits from these accidents.

    We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us

    We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays.
    Been there & done that. My brothers & I played Cowboys & Indians with
    loaded BB guns. DANG!! Those things hurt!!

    Made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it
    would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

    We rode our bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door, or
    rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!

    Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t
    had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

    The idea of a parent bailing us out of jail if we broke the law was unheard
    of. They actually sided with the law!

    These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem
    solvers and inventors ever!

    The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

    We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO

    If YOU are one of them. . CONGRATULATIONS!

    You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up
    as kids, before the lawyers and the
    government regulated so much of our lives for our own good

    And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how
    brave (and lucky) their parents were.

    Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?

    The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:
    “With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding,
    severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another,
    and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, “Are we sure
    this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?”
    For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us….go ahead
    and delete this.
    For the rest of us…..pass this on.

  27. 122 jacquelineoboomer
    January 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm

  28. January 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Chips. Have i been banished? One of my “sage” posts has disappeared. i didn’t expose any naughty bits, have i.

  29. January 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Mr. C. Gauvin is unleashing Twitter hell on RP and his sycophants on the “Left”: http://twitter.com/jeffersonobama

  30. January 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Okay people, just finished reading Al Giordano’s piece. Not completely convinced, due to the fluidity of this campaign’s GOP politics, but he makes a compelling case that Santorum may emerge as the anti-Romney, and have a chance at the nomination. Brain storm: What does this mean for our side if it comes to pass?

    Al’s piece is here: http://narcosphere.narconews.com/thefield/4723/inevitable-romney-meets-santorum-surprise-iowa#.TwH5zoZXpjU.twitter

    • 135 Bill
      January 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Santorum is so extreme he would lose by a landslide. He has recently said that he would attempt to annul all same sex marriages. He lost his Senate seat by 18% points or so. He really is on the verge of being a religious whackjob and would be a joke as a candidate. Have you ever googled his name?

    • January 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      If it comes down to Santorum and Romney, then Romney will desperately try to out crazy Santorum and will have NO PATH to moderation in the general election. The Obama campaign will make Romney own everything he said and there will be no turning back. IF Santorum gets the nomination, I will shit my pants with glee.

    • January 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Santorum has no campaign organization. He doesn’t have the money for campaign store fronts and boots on the ground. He wouldn’t have enough time to get a ground campaign up and running in SC and Florida even if he skipped NH (which he should do if he wins Iowa).

      I still think Newt is the best chance to be the last Not-Romney standing.

      • January 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm

        Not quite accurate. Giordano’s piece indicates that the reason Man-Dog is surging is precisely because of retail politics. He has boots on the ground, lots of volunteers. He also mentioned Santorum’s statement that he has campaign managers in most of SC’s counties. Santorum is also running a smart campaign in NH. Al still thinks that Newt will emerge as the anti-Romney, but dismissing Man-Dog is no longer an option. All I know is that tomorrow will be very interesting.

        • January 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm

          Color me surprised – I know he’s broke, but volunteers cost nothing I guess. I wonder if he’s tapped into the evangelical volunteer base machine.

          I do think the economy is overplayed in that UEI might be high, but Pres Obama is seen as better with that group in that the GOP wants to kick them off the security net. And among those hundred and forty million with jobs – they’re spending money and largely unaffected. GOP has to be all doom and gloom about the economy and America – Pres Obama can be more upbeat and hopeful. Which message will voters choose?

          If the UER can get below 8% by November I think the President will be a lock to be re-elected.

          • 143 Lovepolitics2008
            January 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm

            StR, read Giordano’s piece. Santorum is indeed tapping into the evangelical volunteer base machine.

      • January 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm

        well he will have all those Duggars campaigning for him!

    • January 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      I love reading anything Al Giordano writes because he is a brilliant writer and comes from a unique on-the-ground perspective. I don’t know if Santorum will win, but I do think he’ll be stronger than expected and will give Romney a scare. (How I would love to see that smirk wiped off of Willard’s face). Al’s article also included a photo that I found priceless–Santorum pontificating and reporters pretending not to be bored or horrified. I literally could not stand to listen to this man for one minute. The likelihood of Santorum (some wit called him Insanetorum) winning the whole enchilada is slim, but it would truly be a gift from God to PBO and the rest of the country if he did and it would show how far down the rabbit hole the GOP has chosen to go. If Al is right and the so-called Christian Right embraces Ricky S, then they will have collectively crossed a deep chasm dividing the sane from the insane and history will not be kind to them.

  31. January 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Closing grafs from Al’s piece:

    Making the case that the United States is in an economic shambles has itself become a millionaire business from right to left, from Rush Limbaugh to Paul Krugman! Demagogues, all of them: preying on the guilt and fear of what is still the most comfortable land on earth. And that’s why Romney’s economic message will prove thin gruel to motivate and mobilize the Republican and Independent electorate even if he does become the nominee. And it’s also why “social issues” are, I project, going to carry the day tomorrow in Iowa, and push Santorum damn close to the top position, if not to first place itself.

    Chances are you are reading this from a high speed Internet connection in the comfort of a heated shelter: proof enough that most of you are not worse off today than you were four years ago, and so most of you are going to vote based on issues other than economic worries. Heck, it won’t even necessarily be a vote cast on “issues,” but, rather, on which team organizes you best to vote for its guy. In Iowa on the Republican side, Santorum is the one – with an assist from pre-existing Evangelical organizations and organizers – who has apparently done it. Next November, it will more likely be the community organizing of the Obama reelection campaign. Or, to properly appropriate the electoral credo of 1992 to amend it for 2012 realities: It’s the Organizing, Stupid!

    He definitely needs a wider audience.

  32. January 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm

  33. 150 Linda
    January 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm


    We need to keep on eye on this site…..they are exposing racist vile tweets. Some about our President mad yesterday

  34. 152 criquet
    January 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    I think this is the type of attack that PBO’s surrogates on TV and Pac Ads should use against Willard Romney -snappy, easy to repeat and true.
    It would be deadly.

  35. 154 criquet
    January 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm

  36. 156 Tulips
    January 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I just got a tweet from @katrina nation. I asked her what does it say when a liberal from the base tweets support for NDAA stance without revealing the signing statement. I also told her racism of GAYS<BLACKS<JEWS out weighs anything. to tweet Ron Paul stance is promoting him.

  37. 159 FiredUpInCA
    January 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Fingers crossed that they have finally caught this guy before someone gets killed…

    “CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Police Charlie Beck said he is confident authorities have their man after a 22-year-old was arrested and charged with arson Monday in connection with more than 50 fires in the last week.

    A second man, age 55, was also under arrest, authorities said in a midday press conference. They were set to release further details later Monday evening.”

    Fifty-three fires started Dec. 31-Jan 2. Southern California’s worst arson incidents in 20 years may finally come to an end today.

  38. January 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm


  39. 161 Tulips
    January 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Here is something for your history buff . listen the documentary will air soon as soon as i get the time i will post. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/29/midday2/

  40. January 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    • 163 desertflower
      January 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm


      The RNC will debut a compilation of Obama clips from the newly polished video library in a TV ad to run across Iowa on Tuesday. The montage is expected to show “promises” Obama delivered in Iowa in 2008 contrasted with economic and other data on the reality now.
      One example from the RNC’s trove: Obama’s 2009 comment that the Recovery Act would help bring 2 million Americans out of poverty. The file cites census data suggesting more than 6 million Americans joined the ranks of the poor since 2009, instead.
      Another page from “The Book” features Obama’s promise to help between 7 and 9 million homeowners refinance their mortgages, coupled with recent reports suggesting fewer than 2 million homeowners were helped under the plan.
      Republican strategists say juxtaposing Obama’s words with data on the economy, health care costs and other issues will be the most potent mechanism for winning over crucial independent voters who may like Obama personally but are skeptical about his policies.
      “This is not an effective tool – it’s the most effective tool,” said Spicer. “We literally have gone through and looked at this over and over again. Survey after survey, focus group after focus group all say this is the most effective way to bring these folks over to our side.
      “It is 100 percent the most effective tool we have,” he added.

      What’s good for the goose……

        • January 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm

          And it will allow Pres Obama to run against the 10% approval rating Congress. Specifically the Senate GOP leader who said his number one goal was to see Pres. Obama was a one term President – How can America expect Pres. Obama to transend partisanship when the GOP leader is saying that? Or Boehner and the House taking the debt ceiling hostage and the world to brink of economic collapse to get 98% of what they wanted. Not content to negotiate 60-70% weeks earlier, Boehner took the economy to the brink for 98%!!

        • January 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm

          And, it’s YES.WE.CAN. It isn’t YES.I(HE).CAN: 😉

          YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
          YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!
          FIRED UP & READY TO GO!
          PRESS ON!

      • 168 hopefruit2
        January 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm

        “It is 100 percent the most effective tool we have,” he added

        That’s GREAT News! Because it will FAIL.

        And if it’s the “most effective” tool – then PBO will be re-elected.

        Thanks GOP!


      • January 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm

        Good information– complete with graphs– showing how and why many of the President’s policies have not been enacted. Bring it, GOP! We’re ready for you.~

        Republican Obstruction at Work: Record Number of Filibusters
        By Ole Ole Olson| Mar 2, 2010 at 5:50 pm

        When the Democrats regained tenuous control of the 110th Congress in 2007, filibusters by the new Republican minority skyrocketed. Following the landslide victory of Barack Obama and progressive Democrats in 2008, there was a clear mandate for change in reform in America, yet the 111th should set a new record for filibusters as part of a clear pattern of obstruction from those who do not want change or reform.

        Lou Gerber, the Legislative Director of the Communication Workers of America writes, “Under Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Republican Senators have instituted “new math” in which 60 votes have replaced 51 votes as the required majority to pass legislation.”
        Wes Rackley documents that while only 3 Bush nominees have been held up more than 3 months during his first year, 63 Obama nominees have been subjected to delay tactics, leaving important posts left unfilled.

        Read more: http://newsjunkiepost.com/2010/03/02/republican-obstruction-at-work-record-number-of-filibusters/

    • January 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      I reported an earlier version of this to attackwatch.com. (Attackwatch is on Twitter… @attackwatch #attackwatch. And, Attackwatch is on TOD’s sidebar.—-> 😉 )

      YES.WE. CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
      YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!
      PRESS ON!

    • January 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      The dog won’t hunt either. Pres. Obama is seen as a willing compromiser. GOP were obstructionists for the sake of being so – and there is quotes, votes, and actions to completely prove it. This will just allow the Obama Campaign to really highlight the GOP obstruction completely – from their use of 60-vote threshold, to the blocking of so many judges who are later confirmed 98-1 etc.

      • 172 hopefruit2
        January 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm

        Thank You. The issue of PBO not fulfilling all his promises goes right back to the central promise of the GOP congressional leadership – which was to obstruct as much as possible, destroy the economy in order to make Obama a one-term president. Voters know this too well.

  41. 173 Tulips
    January 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    The Obamabots on twitter is fighting the left back hard with chirpstory as proof. They are not liking this. Obamabots are in full force. every chirpstory i get i will post. Please bookmark. http://chirpstory.com/li/3674 This is david Sirota take down.

  42. 175 maritza
    January 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    >>>As you may have heard by now, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are having a contest of their own tomorrow night to see which one of them that the Iowa voters hate the worst so that unlucky person can have his butt beat like a rented mule by Barack Obama this November….


  43. January 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Conduct an experiment: watch about 3-5 minutes (if you can stand it for that long) of Willard with the sound OFF. Watch his tics and the stiffness. How plastic he is. The smarminess and entitlement in his body language. The lack of integrity and lack of full body presence. Without even knowing what’s coming out of his mouth, you can tell he doesn’t even believe his own words. There’s no *there* there.

    If that doesn’t convince that he is unpresidential….

    • 179 desertflower
      January 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      Ken Doll….without clothes.

    • January 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      I noticed that too. I mean, I did that with John McCain as well. Senator McCain’s convention speech compared with Barack Obama’s looked uncomfortable, unsure, and just plain rattled. President Obama looked confident, concise, and prepared. I also looked at Mitt Romney’s speech as well. Just look at it.

      If he is the nominee, he has to do that for at least 45 minutes. GAH!

      Look at President Obama’s. No comparison.

      • January 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm

        UGH! @ Willard’s speech. Was he trying…to…muster…up….some…emotion… in the beginning of the clip? Poor TIn Man.

        Even when they’re both not talking about politics, but just everyday stuff, the contrast between Willard and PBO is like night and day.

      • 183 Tulips
        January 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm

        If you listen to this speech. he as done everything he said. Also it will validate the President Obama. brought inequality to light not Ows, they just finally listened to what he was talking abt and now is taking it as their message. This one speech told a lot.

    • 184 Bill
      January 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      I get the sense he never simply hung out with ‘the guys” and does not know how to relate to anyone except people he has power over. His awkwardness will only become more aware as the campaign continues. His wife and sons have said numerous times how funny he is, and we have seen “examples” of his pathetic jokes. Love your comment.

  44. January 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    John king has his election map out and he has all the swing states, figured out.
    He has it as anybody’s match, with possibly more blue states swinging GOP.
    The President has not even begun yet, and John King has that silly push button red, blue map out!

  45. January 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    D Wasserman Schultz
    On my way to join @wolfblitzercnn in the @CNNSitRoom. Tune in to @CNN at 5:10 p.m. ET.

  46. January 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Jeff Zeleny reports on President Obama’s robust campaign in Iowa. In spite of all the attention on the Republicans, Mr. Obama is the most organized candidate in the state.

    * Caucus Video Archive


    This is the video that had Alex GAGner and all her guests nervous! Lol!

  47. January 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Ben LaBolt
    .@BarackObama said 4 yrs ago he wld end Iraq war, pursue college affordability, energy ind., hc reform. Promises kept. bit.ly/tz2sXl

  48. January 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Ben LaBolt
    Des Moines Register: Man Says Romney Cost Him His Job dmreg.co/sT5zo7

    • January 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      And at the last second, OWS has backed off obstructing people from voting.
      Because, obstructing people from voting is a federal crime, a felony.

    • January 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      This is great news about Wisconsin. Please, please let them find a dynamite Dem to run against Walker. After all this, they’ve got to choose a winner and then fundraise like crazy.

      • January 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm

        Only names I’ve heard are retired Rep. Obey, retiring Sen. Kohl and potentially Mayor Barrett wanting a rematch. Feingold has publicly said he will not run.

    • 201 Tulips
      January 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Thats what im talking abt go Wisconsin. This what democracy looks like. What the next step do you Know?

    • January 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Two weeks to get 100,000 more. Not necessary, but rather to be safe than sorry. Names are crosschecked three times to look for duplicates as well, so there should be many less thrown out than usual in these types of drives.

      And then when they run against Walker it will not be solely on the union buster issue, eventhough that will be front and center given he never ran on it, but admitted he “dropped the bomb” in a cabinet dinner shortly after inaugeration. Also the Wisconsin economy is still losing jobs when near 40 states are now adding jobs, he cut education to give tax breaks to companies, and there seems to be cronyism/corruption hovering around his administration.

      Key will be to get an a-list recruit to run against him.

  49. January 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    May I remind us all that PBO didn’t even start campaigning…

    • January 2, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Ok, you won’t support President Obama because he used to smoke, but you supported President Bush, in spite of knowing he drank alcohol. They can kiss my black asscrack with that one.

      • 210 anniebella
        January 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm

        I didn’t know Laura Bush smokes. Is that true? I was reading some comments from the article on the politicalcarnival.net and it talk about Laura Bush smoking. This is a surprise to me, imagine what Michelle Obama would be going through from the media and right wing idiots if she smokes. Where someone just kidding I wonder?

  50. January 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Yes BWD. In the immortal words of Al Jolsin, we ain’t seen nothing yet.

  51. 215 desertflower
    January 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Heads WILL explode! 🙂 Good for you, Mr. President. Good for you!


    Without announcement, the CIA stopped carrying out drone strikes in Pakistan seven weeks ago. European allies are already endorsing peace talks with the Taliban. The president is signaling a prisoner transfer from Guantanamo to Afghanistan. The Muslim Brotherhood’s chief jurist, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, has agreed to mediate negotiations.
    The president’s detractors on the left will declare none of this to be meaningful at all, because the president is the same as Bush if not worse. Yet that last bullet point point about al-Qaradawi has National Review Chief Islamophobe Andrew McCarthy hysterically declaring “the surrender is complete now” in Afghanistan.
    Of course, in the neocon world ‘success’ in Afghanistan is measured by the continued presence of many tens of thousands of troops, their continued deaths in roadside bombings and combat, and the unending carnage of war. Rather than recruit a mediator with credibility among the jihadis, the president (they think) should send John Bolton’s mustache of doom because (of course) all Muslims are the same, even when they’re not.
    As I’ve written before, bringing the Taliban to terms means not compounding them with al-Qaeda, but rather dividing them from the terrorist organization.

  52. 217 desertflower
    January 2, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Tweeters might want to Tweet this:)

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/01/02/395363/gop-economic-agenda-for-the-one-percent/ Complete with easy to understand (how badly you’ll get screwed, chart)

  53. 218 maritza
    January 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    …The following is a letter from Kim Jong-un, Supreme Leader of North Korea, to the people of Iowa.

    Dear Voters of Iowa:

    In December I became Supreme Leader of North Korea. Pretty amazing development for a twentysomething who at the time was still living at home and spending all day playing Angry Birds. But there I was, receiving the cheers of millions of North Koreans, who usually don’t get that excited unless they’ve caught sight of a pork sandwich. (LOL)…


  54. January 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Debbie W. Shultz was very good on the sit room!

    • 220 hopefruit2
      January 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Yes, she was very good and completely eviscerated Blitzer’s false claim that the Dems were scared of Romney.

  55. January 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I am sick of Java Joes.

    That is all!

  56. 222 hopefruit2
    January 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    CNN is in full campaign mode for Mitt Romney. During an interview with DWS, while Blitzer was trying to get her to say that the Obama campaign was scared of Romney, they had this in big letters on their screen:

    “The DNC’s Romney’s Obsession. Why are Democrats so worried about him?”

    PUHLEEEZE…it’s the opposite..the entire GOP field is obsessed and scared of President Obama. So much so that they have attempted to suppress voter rights by using underhanded tactics…so much so that they have co-opted bloggers, websites and other MSM pundits from the so-called left to pose as disgruntled Obama supporters…so much so that they have tried to get Black congressional members and other blacks of influence to dislike the President…so much so that they spend most of their GOP primary debates lying about Obama rather than talking about what THEY would do as President…so much so that their so-called frontrunner is trying to imitate everything Obama does down to the type of shirt he wears…so much so that they occupy the media every Sunday filled with garbage RW anti-Obama talking points…so much so that in all the rallies they did today in IOWA were spent bashing OBama rather than each other…so much so that they have followed the Koch brothers and Karl Roves’ orders by giving the President 91% NEGATIVE coverage in the media…far more than any current candidate…

    I could go on and on, but CNN clearly have their facts twisted – just like their chosen Candidate Romney.

    • January 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      I think that the fair citizens of Iowa might have a surprise for Wolf and the rest of the Village tomorrow. Get your popcorn out, folks; it’s going to be a bumpy night.

    • 225 anniebella
      January 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      I’m getting ready to send Wolf an email. President Obama is not scared of Romney. It’s the other way around, have anyone heard Romney’s name come out of President’s mouth? But how many times have you heard Romney talking about President Obama? He even have his stupid son talking about Obama. CNN is just horrible.

  57. January 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Add possible 9/11 Trutherism to RP’s list of beliefs. From Little Green Footballs:

    Why don’t you come out about the truth about 9/11?


    Ron Paul: Because I can’t handle the controversy. I have the IIF, the Federal Reserve to deal with, and the IRS to deal with. Because, uh, no I just have work— too many things on my plate. Uh, because, uh, I just have too much to do.

    Troofer: All right, thank you sir. Thank you very much.

    Ron Paul: OK. OK.

    I keep forgetting about LGF. Like John Cole, he’s another former right winger who woke up one day and said “Man, my side’s fucking insane.”

    Story here: http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/39699_Ron_Paul_Angrily_Denies_Being_9-11_Truther_But

  58. January 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Tweety asks his crowd who they are voting for and the first six people said Obama. Then he said something peculiar, ok you ate all breaking my heart. They were breaking his heart voting for Obama? Really?

    He had to ask is anybody here voting republican?

  59. January 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    More RP: Maybe we won’t abolish the Fed. From a HuffPo article (no link to them):

    Introduced by his son Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Paul ran through his platform of individual liberty, withdrawal from Afghanistan and reform of the Federal Reserve system.


    Paul, perhaps sensing victory, slightly moderated a stump speech line that generally gets the loudest applause: His insistence that the Fed should not just be audited, but ended entirely, guilty as it is of creating bubbles and distortions in an economy he says would run more smoothly without central bank interference.

    “Not only do we want to audit the Fed, we want to,” Paul told the crowd, hesitating slightly, before finishing, “make sure that we have something much better than the current Federal Reserve System” The implication was the same, if the rhetoric was toned down.

  60. January 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Ok, as I make my rounds of the intertubes, I’m getting more and more excited about tomorrow. I think we’re going to see a major move forward in the crackup of the GOP. Santorum is surging, Paul is more than holding his own, and MIttens can’t crack 25% after campaigning since 2007. I’m foreseeing a GOP civil war on the order of the 1968 Dems.

  61. 237 halo
    January 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm


  62. 238 utaustinliberal
    January 2, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Hahahahaha Chris Matthews just did an informal poll of the audience at Java Joe’s. The majority of them said they were Democrats and that they were definitely voting for PBO in 2012. One woman yelled “Obama All The Way!” Made me chuckle.

    Then Chris asked the crowd who would win in tomorrow’s caucus and when he counted down 1..2…3… The crowd yelled “Obama!” It was hilarious.

    The GOP thinking that they have Iowa better have another think coming because I saw fired up Democrats and young people who are also for PBO!

    Loving 2012 so far. We’re gonna kick GOP butts! 😉

  63. January 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Hah hah!! Hahahahahahaha!!! This is the acme of political “journalism” in the US: Mitt don’t need no surges.

  64. January 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    And now, for a moment of Zen:

  65. January 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    That’s a good crowd behind tweety. PBO is alive in IA. FIRED UP!

    • 249 hopefruit2
      January 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      And the GOP have been railing against him all day long in each of their rallies…and he has been away in Hawaii. Yet the energy for him is so high. That is a very troubling sign for the GOP – whoever the nominee is. No wonder Donald Trump is so frustrated!

  66. 250 rikyrah
    January 2, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    President Obama’s Words: RNC Weapon of Choice in 2012

    On the eve of the Iowa caucuses, the Republican National Committee is touting an expansive new video database that party operatives say is their most potent weapon for attacking President Obama in 2012.

    The electronic catalogue, which RNC officials describe as “The Book,” is a searchable trove of “every utterance” from Obama – including hundreds of pages of quotes, video clips and data points documenting the entirety of the president’s first term.

    It will provide fodder for an expected onslaught of video attacks in the months ahead, officials said.

    “It’s a virtual Lexis-Nexis [database] for a Republican campaign going after a Democrat,” said RNC communications director Sean Spicer. “We have everything he has done and said catalogued six ways to Sunday.”

    While presidential campaigns have long amassed opposition research and sought to use an opponent’s words against him, Spicer said the latest iteration is groundbreaking in its efficiency and specificity, thanks in part to the president himself.

    “We’re in a unique place this cycle, unlike any other cycle, because Obama made very specific promises in very specific locations,” Spicer said. “A lot of times candidates speak in platitudes, and you can argue those facts back and forth all day long. But Obama has said very specific stuff on the campaign trail and in office.”


    • 251 Grab a Mop Grace
      January 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      That’s lovely that they’ve spent so much (wasted) time listening to the President’s words over and over.
      Fortunately, the President doesn’t misspeak, he doesn’t make those kinds of mistakes. He doesn’t GO ROGUE excuse the reference.
      Perhaps in the countless hours of cataloging the Presidents words, a few interns who were in charge of the task actually “listened” to what PBO said and will vote for him in November:)

      Happy New Year all!

      Obama/Biden 2012

  67. January 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    OK guys, I finally got my act together and started following and tweeting on Twitter. I love it. If you get a sec, please follow me back at @ForUS50


    Thank you and Happy New Year! #4MoreObama!!

  68. January 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Looking ahead to next fall, Democrats in Iowa and beyond sought to weaken Republican Mitt Romney in advance of Tuesday’s lead-off presidential caucuses as polls show the former Massachusetts governor amassing support.

    Democrats dispatched party leaders and surrogates in Iowa on Monday to assail the Republican field while paying close attention to Romney, who has led in national polls and could use Iowa and other early states as a springboard to secure the Republican nomination. Democrats have tried to portray Romney as lacking any core convictions while raising questions about his business background, which the former governor has offered as a chief reason to send him to the White House.

    “When push comes to shove, Romney’s economic vision could not be more out of touch with the needs of working folks here in Iowa and across the country,’’ said Michael Fitzgerald, Iowa’s state treasurer and a Democrat.


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