228 Responses to “iowa …. chat away (part 2)”


  1. 1 nintendowii10
    January 3, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    It’s a nailbiter!

  2. 5 COS
    January 3, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Thank for the new thread Chips. This has been an interesting night.

  3. 6 Lorraine
    January 3, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    My local newsman said the same thing, he said regardless of.who wins.its the lowest turnout in Republican history. I guess Andrea Mitchell was wrong as usual.

  4. 8 ScottyUrb
    January 3, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Wow. Santorum leads Romney by 72 votes out of more than 113,388 cast.

  5. January 3, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Santorum back in the lead! I’m with Rick! 😀

    • January 3, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      I am with Rick also. I don’t want that lying flipflopper to have any bragging rights, epecially since he spent a fortune here. Perry also spent a fortune. Money does not always buy elections.

  6. January 3, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    um isn’t it some unspoken rule that wearing your military uniform while campaigning in frowned upon?

    actually someone somewhere told me it’s actually a federal law?

  7. January 3, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Meanwhile, in something of real importance: Michigan 17, VA Tech 17. Good game!

  8. 22 halo
    January 3, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    GO RICK GO!

  9. 23 defytheodds
    January 3, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Willard is about to get Newt’s foot where the sun don’t shine.

  10. January 3, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Little Ricky up by over 100 votes! It’s the Howdy Doody grin.

  11. 26 isonprize
    January 3, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Did a quick google…. The following is from the Navy. I would think that the other services have similar rules. (the bold emphasis is mine…)

    May military members campaign for, or hold, elective civil office in the federal or state government, territory, the District of Columbia, or any political subdivision?

    Regular officers on the active-duty list are prohibited from both holding and exercising the functions of a civil office.

    Generally,

    When acting in their official capacity, service members may not engage in activities that associate the Navy with any partisan political campaign or election, candidate, cause, or issue.

    Personnel, including reserve forces, are prohibited from wearing military uniforms at political campaign or election events. Attendance at rallies, meetings and conventions as a spectator and not in uniform is allowed.

    Active Duty personnel shall not organize or manage political campaigns, events or conventions even in their personal capacity.

    http://www.ig.navy.mil/complaints/Complaints%20%20%28Political%20Activities%20of%20Military%20Members%29.htm#May_military_members_campaign_for,_or_hold,_elective_civil_office_in_the_federal_or_state_government,_territory,_the_District_of_Columbia,_or_any_political_subdivision_thereof

    • January 3, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      “Personnel, including reserve forces, are prohibited from wearing military uniforms at political campaign or election events. Attendance at rallies, meetings and conventions as a spectator and not in uniform is allowed.”

      Wow.

      • 28 isonprize
        January 3, 2012 at 11:42 pm

        Yeah, and the “ig” in the URL stands for “Inspector General”

        That generally isn’t the department with the best sense of humor. I’m just sayin’…

        • 29 Dudette
          January 3, 2012 at 11:51 pm

          I know. My sister just retired from the Air Force IG. They DO NOT play. In fact, She took gleeful pleasure in busting the fools that should know better — especially the ones that were doing really crooked dirt.

    • 30 collegekay
      January 3, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      Exactly. When you’re wearing your uniform you are representing your county and the branch in which you’re serving. That’s like saying the ARMY (or whichever) is ALSO endorsing the candidate by way of you wearing the uniform. A definite no no.

      • 31 jacquelineoboomer
        January 3, 2012 at 11:54 pm

        In addition to the military, there are also severe restrictions relating to political activity by certain federal civilian employees in the Hatch Act. Note that this link is to the website of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel:

        http://www.osc.gov/hatchact.htm

    • 32 Dudette
      January 3, 2012 at 11:53 pm

      Some officer gonna be all up in homeboy’s annal orifice tomorrow morning. Trust.

  12. January 3, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Narnia and Lord of the Rings!

  13. January 3, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    ♥ ♥ ♥ Good Evening Chips! Good Evening TOD Family! ♥ ♥ ♥

    Barack Obama Quote O’ The Day

    “Years from now, you’ll look back and you’ll say that this was the moment, this was the place where America remembered what it means to hope. For many months, we’ve been teased, even derided for talking about hope. But we always knew that hope is not blind optimism. It’s not ignoring the enormity of the tasks ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It’s not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it and to work for it and to fight for it.”

    –from Iowa Caucus Victory Speech, January 3, 2008

    Have a great night, everyone! Obama/Biden 2012 😛

  14. January 3, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    ricky increases the lead by about 100 votes.

  15. January 3, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Oh no he didn’t!

  16. 41 defytheodds
    January 3, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is speaking now.

  17. 44 Betsy
    January 3, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Bachman is such an idiot!

  18. January 3, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    54 vote lead for Ricky with 96%!

  19. 46 nintendowii10
    January 3, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    CrazyEyes Bachmann ranting and raving!

  20. 47 desertflower
    January 3, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    I just want to acknowledge the best joke of the night…the winner, yet again…PJ! for the joke about the hydraulics and Callista’s hair!!!!!!!! I swear I nearly fell out of the chair! Thanks, PJ!

  21. January 3, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    The irony, it’s delicious, like a fine Bordeaux.

  22. 53 hopefruit2
    January 3, 2012 at 11:37 pm

  23. 56 nintendowii10
    January 3, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Good god Bachmann, Reagan was NOTHING like you, he was actually sane and reasonable on many issues… get off the stage!!!

  24. January 3, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Yaaaaaaaay, Michelle isn’t quitting!!! Oh my god, I’m so giddy.

  25. 68 desertflower
    January 3, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Is she gone yet? I can’t look

  26. 71 Betsy
    January 3, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Oh, here comes the Rick Santorum love. Chuck Todd you are such a pathetic jerk.

  27. January 3, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    The Obama administration’s lawyers have concluded that President Obama has the legal authority to name Richard Cordray head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) through a recess appointment.

    According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Democrats and Obama administration lawyers said the president has that right. The newspaper also reported that the appointment could happen as early as Wednesday, while Obama is in Ohio to give a speech on the economy.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/202189-report-obama-attorneys-say-he-has-authority-to-recess-appoint-cordray

  28. January 3, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    with 9^%, ricky still leads by 100.

  29. 78 Betsy
    January 3, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Did you guys notice that one county on Todd’s map is totally blue?

  30. January 3, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    And the Sugar Bowl is about to go into OT!

  31. January 3, 2012 at 11:47 pm

  32. January 3, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Tomorrow:

    10:05 PBO departs the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews.

    11:35 PBO arrives in Cleveland, Ohio.

    12:05 PBO participates in a discussion with a family at a private residence.

    1:15 PBO delivers remarks on the economy.

    2:35 PBO departs Cleveland, Ohio, en route to Joint Base Andrews.

    4:05 PBO arrives at the White House.

  33. 85 Tulips
    January 3, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Good showin for dem caucus 7,500 vowed to campaing for the president. http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/updates/3497

  34. January 3, 2012 at 11:51 pm

  35. January 3, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    From TPM:

    More Than 25,000 Iowans Turned Out For Democratic Caucuses
    More than 25,000 Iowans turned out to vote for Barack Obama, who was unchallenged on the Democratic ballot, according to the DNC. Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky gave the following statements on tonight’s caucuses:

    Tonight’s caucus successfully brought our supporters together, and we’re overwhelmed that more than 25,000 Iowans turned out to talk about the President’s record and vision for an economy that restores security for the middle class. We not only saw how excited Iowans are to support President Obama, but to also work for his reelection. The Iowa caucus was a great opportunity to test our campaign organization and expand our volunteer base as we move toward November. In a strong show of support, more than 7,500 Iowans tonight pledged to volunteer for the campaign over the course of the next year, underscoring their commitment to continuing the change the country has seen under President Obama’s leadership.
    That is an impressive showing, highlighting just how well organized Democrats are in the state

  36. January 3, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Take Ed to school, Lawrence! LOD’s patience is running short with Ed’s stupidity.

  37. January 3, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Dam, Ed has really been snowed by Santorum. I am glad that Lawrence is setting his straight.

  38. 96 defytheodds
    January 3, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest #2 is speaking now.

  39. 99 HZ
    January 3, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    LOD just slapped the crap out of Ed. Now I can go to bed. Been waiting for this one. Still love LOD for a while.HZ

  40. 100 hopefruit2
    January 3, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    HEADLINE: More Than 25,000 Iowans Turned Out For Democratic Caucuses

    // More than 25,000 Iowans turned out to vote for Barack Obama, who was unchallenged on the Democratic ballot, according to the DNC. Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky gave the following statements on tonight’s caucuses. That is an impressive showing, highlighting just how well organized Democrats are in the state. //

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/updates/3497

    • January 3, 2012 at 11:57 pm

      At least it is comparable, in the same ballpark as santorum and Romney.

      Phew!

      • 102 hopefruit2
        January 4, 2012 at 12:04 am

        No – it’s not comparable because unlike Santorum and Romney Obama is not participating in a REAL contest – this is just a rehearsal. The fact that 25000 people came out to “practice” for PBO without the threat of a challenger is nothing short of AMAZING. That is some serious organization. The GOP should be afraid, be very afraid.

    • 109 defytheodds
      January 4, 2012 at 12:03 am

      “In a strong show of support, more than 7,500 Iowans tonight pledged to volunteer for the campaign over the course of the next year, underscoring their commitment to continuing the change the country has seen under President Obama’s leadership.”

      Great job Team-Iowa!

  41. January 3, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Anyone has willard’s iowa numbers from 2008 ?

  42. January 3, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    The Obama campaign, in a test drive of its organization, is asking supporters in California to travel to neighboring Nevada and help turn out Democratic caucus-goers in that battleground state.

    Through tweets and a new Travel to Nevada Web page, Obama for America has been asking Golden State residents this week to sign up for the trip, even offering housing.

    “2012 is around the corner! So come Get Out The Caucus in Nevada from January 18-21…#CA2NV #Obama2012,” Obama’s California campaign tweeted this afternoon.  

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/01/obama-camp-also-organizing-for-nv-109469.html

  43. January 3, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Rick Perry headed back to Texas to “reassess”. He needs a long nap.

  44. 122 desertflower
    January 3, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    is Ricky bowing out?

  45. 124 Dudette
    January 4, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Rick Perry says he’s going home to reassess his campaign. Is that like Herman Cain suspending his campaign?

  46. January 4, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Oh man, just saw the CNN clip with the corporal. Yeah, he’s going to be in a world of hurt tomorrow.

  47. January 4, 2012 at 12:04 am

    CNN is calling the delegate count: 6 for Ricky, 6 for Mittens, 4 for ReichsfuhrerSS Paul.

  48. January 4, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Bobfr? 1936 is calling!

  49. 131 LDS
    January 4, 2012 at 12:10 am

    This is organizing at its best! What a pathetic picture the repugs have painted for themselves……they have no one to blame but McCain allowing Palin to defrost. The big picture that POB envisioned for us all is to rid us of these crazy fools. Now, let us work hard to put a Congress in that will work with him. What a team! I am so glad that…….I’M IN! Goodnight all.

  50. January 4, 2012 at 12:11 am

    with 97% in, ricky leads by 87

  51. January 4, 2012 at 12:12 am

    They have this video up of President Obama from Iowa… not really good quality tho… which pisses me off!! Grrrr

    http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Speaks-to-Iowa-Democrats-Via-Teleconference/10737426812-1/

    hope the link works?!

    • 136 collegekay
      January 4, 2012 at 12:20 am

      OMG! I could kiss you right now.

      • January 4, 2012 at 12:48 am

        collegekay 😆 the quality of the video isn’t that great at all.. but its the best that I could find. I so desperately wanted to hear what he had to say… I had to bare with the shocking quality and poor audio 😦 I hope someone out there has a better quality video

    • 138 isonprize
      January 4, 2012 at 12:50 am

      I think that last statement (about “Adobe Connect”) is why we couldn’t see the President live. As I suspected, the tech part is still being worked out. The campaign is really pushing new techniology to the limits. I’m thinking that the campaign wants to totally, TOTALLY work around the networks, cable TV, MSM, etc. Basically, they are working to get rid of the middleman and go DIRECTLY to the people.

      I LOVE IT! They gotta work out the kinks, but they WILL get there. I’m sure there are some tech-head up RIGHT NOW, looking at what happened with the audio, and why there was such an echo, sound dropped out, varied so widely, etc, etc.

      OBAMA/BIDEN 2012. There is NO DOUBT!!!

  52. January 4, 2012 at 12:12 am

    While CNN went to a commercial, they woke up 25 people on NH and asked them who they would vote for!

    • 140 anniebella
      January 4, 2012 at 12:39 am

      Romney has spent how much of his money, Romney’s buddies has spent how much money for Romney, and he is struggling to win. Serves the lying flip flopper right.

  53. 141 Tulips
    January 4, 2012 at 12:14 am

  54. 142 collegekay
    January 4, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Hmmm in 2008 PBO won Iowa with 37%. Today, Republicans are struggling for 25%. So much for enthusiasm gap.

  55. January 4, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Oh good lord, I’ll plotz if Man-dog somehow gets the nomination.

  56. 145 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    January 4, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Economy Sabotage Alert!!!! Hey, family just getting home and listening to the neck and neck race of Romney vs Santurum, but my local news on tv was telling us that gasoline prices will be up to $4.80 and $5.00 a gallon by summer. This is a direct hit by the Oil Execs to sabotage the economy just in time for the elections. Things are looking bright right now and the Rightwing is trying to find a way to reverse the positive momentum of the economy. Thoughts!! Obama/Biden 2012

    • 146 hopefruit2
      January 4, 2012 at 12:26 am

      I’m sure the Obama administration and DOJ will anticipate all of these dirty tricks and clamp down on them. For now the local news is just Koch propaganda.

    • January 4, 2012 at 12:26 am

      As much as I’d like to blame the oil execs, gasoline prices are directly related to oil prices, and those pretty much do follow supply and demand. With Iran rattling sabres, excess pumping capacity almost exhausted, and the summer driving season coming, gas prices will go up. High oil prices are the new normal. Assuming Obama gets re-elected and the Dems take back the House and maintain or expand their control of the Senate, expect major initiatives to wean us off of oil in the second term.

      • January 4, 2012 at 12:45 am

        Liberal, that’s not always true. I used to work for a company that brokered fuels for other companies and did consulting. I remember price fixing in California and some other attempts. Couldn’t give you a link on it for the life of me, but price fixing has happened. I will cheerfully point out to anyone that mentions it to me that the Koch brothers are worth at least $44 billion dollars personally, are big in oil and influence politicians and legislation. They are part of the 1% making their money off the 99%.

        • January 4, 2012 at 1:30 am

          Oh, I have no doubt there can be manipulation. The question is how much is manipulation and how much is due to pumping capacity being at maximum, political situations in the oil producing countries, and so on? I have faith in the Obama DoJ to keep an eye on the shenanigans of the Koch’s and their ilk. But there are a lot of factors that point to high oil prices for the foreseeable future. Fossil fuels are a dead end for us economically.

      • 150 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        January 4, 2012 at 12:46 am

        Assuming PBO gets re-elected? Come on LL where is your team spirit? LOL!

    • January 4, 2012 at 12:30 am

      I’m not a tweeter, but creating a hash tag about it or Facebook page. The people are getting the message that the GOP is for the 1%. We just need to keep repeating it over and over. Most people mistrust the very wealthy and for good reason so it’s easy to make them aware of it.

  57. January 4, 2012 at 12:21 am

    McCain is reportedly going to endorse Romney tomorrow. OMG, this is hysterical!!

  58. January 4, 2012 at 12:22 am

    with 99%, ricky leads by 20.

  59. January 4, 2012 at 12:23 am

    The fact that Romney is going last should tell you all something!
    Oh well.
    NH is going to be a mudslinger. Finally, mittens will get scrutiny!

  60. 163 defytheodds
    January 4, 2012 at 12:25 am

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest #3 is speaking now.

    And good old Willard will close out the night.

  61. January 4, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Rick “the surge” Santorum sounds confused. He started out okay (for a republican) but then lost steam….

    • 165 hopefruit2
      January 4, 2012 at 12:28 am

      He’s not a good speaker (not to mention his outlandish extremist views). That’s why if he ever wins the GOP nomination, it’s all but over for them.

    • 168 halo
      January 4, 2012 at 12:45 am

      Disagree. That speech was what the GOP was all about. It’s why Romney’s speech is just awful. He doens’t know what makes the GOP tick.

      • 169 Dona
        January 4, 2012 at 1:04 am

        I agree with you. Santorum told a personal story and emphasized the GOP philosophy. I don’t agree with his homophobic and racist views, but I admired his passion. Romney’s speech was all over the place. It had no compelling theme, never once mentioned his core policies. It reminded me of a very bad “cut and paste” ransom note from a desperate kidnapper. Through to his meme, he displayed extremely low class, with his nasty references to the president. He was so anxious to get in all the catch words and lines, that he ended up sounding like a pathological mendacious fool. He has no chance against the very calm, collected and gracious Barack Obama.

        4 more years!

  62. January 4, 2012 at 12:29 am

  63. January 4, 2012 at 12:30 am

  64. 173 defytheodds
    January 4, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Palin said MB should dropout…I would love to hear MB reply to Sarah.

  65. January 4, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Santorum up 5 votes. Jeepers!

  66. January 4, 2012 at 12:33 am

    This site is supposed to be the most up-to-date and has good info, maps. Run cursor over the bar by each candidates name to get the totals. I’ve seen projections that Mittens will win by a small amount.

    http://www.wnyc.org/articles/its-free-country/2012/jan/03/patchwork-vote-iowa/

  67. January 4, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Josh Marshall’s take on tonight. Quoting in full.

    In no particular order, my takeaways from tonight’s results.

    1. Going into tonight the idea was that Romney could come in first, second or maybe even third and still ‘win’. There was a decent logic to that. But as I hear the conventional wisdom taking shape, the result in practice (which could still quite likely be a numerical victory for Romney) seems considerably worse for Romney than one might have expected. It feels like a significant setback. In the big picture, still very hard to see how someone else gets the nomination. But a tie for first, which seemed like it would be still pretty good for Romney, doesn’t look so good in the event.

    2. Given the above, the entire Republican establishment is going to be coming out in the next couple days to shut this down and say it’s Romney. We already have news that John McCain will travel to New Hampshire tomorrow to endorse Romney. The avalanche of attempted GOP establishment coronation will be one of the big things to watch over the coming days. Can they pull it off? Probably so. But now it’s from a footing of relative weakness.

    3. Newt Gingrich. Newt looked tired tonight. He looked all of his 68 years. But through that he’s mad. And Newt Gingrich has a great capacity for anger. He says he’s going to keep fighting for the nomination. And at some level I buy that. But what seemed much more clear is that he has a new goal in this campaign, maybe in life: hurt Mitt Romney. That’s dangerous for Romney. There are more debates coming. Newt’s good at debates. And reporters love drama. That’s hazardous for Romney.

    Go Rick! Go Newt!

  68. January 4, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Drats now it’s willard +26.

  69. January 4, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Daily Kos Elections
    @DKElections
    So the Dems drew 240,000 last time. And the GOP looks like they’ll get about 110-115K. Hell of an enthusiasm gap.

    Lol!

  70. January 4, 2012 at 12:37 am

    If Michelle and Goodhair Rick drop out, I think those votes go to Santorum. They’re mostly Evangelical, and they just don’t like Romney. The GOP establishment can pimp for Mittens all it wants; they sowed the Tea Party wind, and will now reap the whirlwind.

    • January 4, 2012 at 12:49 am

      Kelly O’Donnell said that some of the supporters of Bachmann and Perry said that they would support Santorum if these candidates dropped out. I don’t think Mittens will benefit from any of these supporters. The race is really getting ready to get ugly now.

    • 191 Obama Grandmama
      January 4, 2012 at 1:31 am

      Santorum used the gun and bible quote in the last election against Obama in his end speech. Grrrr Mitt’s whole speech was full of lies about Obama. The whole party drives me crazy.

  71. 192 jacquelineoboomer
    January 4, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Again, Mitt’s wife looks “trapped.”

  72. January 4, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Here comes the Tin Man With The Empty Eyes and the Magic Undies.

  73. 195 halo
    January 4, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Ok. Santorum speech was the HEART of the GOP. TINMAN IS JUST RAMBLING.

    • 196 jacquelineoboomer
      January 4, 2012 at 12:43 am

      He’s even boring his biggest supporters. His one son is staring ahead, thinking of sleeping in tomorrow.

  74. 197 jacquelineoboomer
    January 4, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Ask Osama bin Laden how “that’s worked out,” Mitt. Ask him.

  75. January 4, 2012 at 12:43 am

    01-03-2012 11:34 PM ∞ t witter
    Bachmann Campaign Manager Says She May Drop Out
    Michele Bachmann’s campaign manager is saying that the candidate could be dropping out due to her last place finish in Iowa, the AP reports.

    Lol!

  76. 201 nintendowii10
    January 4, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Willard is an ass!!!

  77. January 4, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Man-on-Dog in the lead again!

  78. 204 halo
    January 4, 2012 at 12:47 am

    WILLARD YOU’RE A PHONY. GET OFF THE STAGE.

  79. 205 jacquelineoboomer
    January 4, 2012 at 12:47 am

    I guess Willard just unintentionally dropped out, since he said this election is about the soul of America and he has no personal, individual soul. Bye bye, Willard!

  80. 206 Betsy
    January 4, 2012 at 12:47 am

  81. 207 Betsy
    January 4, 2012 at 12:48 am

    This is funny

  82. 208 halo
    January 4, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Anyone who compares Santorum’s speech and Romney’s speech knows why Romnye has 75% of the people voting against him.

  83. 209 jacquelineoboomer
    January 4, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Now the non-veteran Willard is asking veterans to raise their hands, like he cares about any of them.

    • 210 Dona
      January 4, 2012 at 1:07 am

      It pains me to see him showcase his four non- serving sons on stage, and having the unmitigated gall to ask veterans to show their hands. The hypocrite!

  84. January 4, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Willard’s sons have inherited the vapid, blank stare gene. The one on the right didn’t blink once.

  85. January 4, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the results of Tuesday’s Iowa caucus:

    “We knew that the Iowa caucus was an opportunity to test our campaign organization and expand our volunteer base as we move toward November, and we’re overwhelmed with the results.   Not only did 25,000 Iowans come out tonight to talk about the President’s record and vision to restore security to the middle class, but 7,500 Iowans pledged to volunteer and work for his reelection, underscoring their commitment to continuing the change the country has seen under President Obama’s leadership.   This is the first time a caucus has organized for a general election, and it’s a significant down payment for November.  

    “The Republican caucus tells a different story.    They made clear tonight what kind of nominee they want facing President Obama in November — a candidate that supports Tea Party policies that let Wall Street write its own rules, gives more tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires and makes the middle class foot the bill.  But after five years of campaigning and adopting policies far to the right of Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich on issues ranging from economic philosophy, to immigration, to social issues, Mitt Romney still failed to convince voters that he could be trusted to help middle class families and those still trying to reach the middle class.
    “So while the Republican candidates pack up their offices tomorrow morning and head out of town, President Obama will emerge from tonight’s caucuses with the strongest grassroots organization and infrastructure in this critical battleground state of any candidate going forward.  The President made a promise tonight to keep fighting for America’s working families, and he’s going to keep it – for the people of Iowa and for folks across the country.”

  86. January 4, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Lol! Rachel gave Ed Shultz the game ball tonite for picking santorum!
    Lol!

  87. 216 ShyLurkerB****
    January 4, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Santorum has heart?

    …uh, yeah, Chris.

  88. 217 Dudette
    January 4, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Wow, there must’ve been some fireworks going on over at Fox News on Monday. Did y’all hear about this?Understandable if you don’t (I certainly don’t watch Fox News)…

    Alan Colmes mocks Rick Santorum for ‘playing’ with his dead baby
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/01/03/alan-colmes-mocks-rick-santorum-for-playing-with-his-dead-baby/

    “Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum and his wife Karen have reportedly accepted the apology of a Fox News contributor who mocked them for taking their dead baby home, where he said they “played” with it.

    During a segment on Fox News Monday, Alan Colmes told host Jon Scott that Santorum’s surge in the polls would be only temporary after voters discovered some of his history.

    “Once [voters] get a load of some of the crazy things he’s said and done, like taking his 2-hour-old baby who died right after childbirth home and played with it for a couple of hours so his other children would know that the child was real,” Colmes explained ..”

    ———–

    This paragraph in particular stood out to me:

    “The Washington Post reported in 2005 that after the 1996 death of their baby, Santorum and his wife took the baby home and “spent several hours kissing and cuddling Gabriel with his three siblings, ages 6, 4 and 1 1/2.”

    ———–

    OMG! Look I have been taken the long trip around the sun quite a few times now, but never in my life have I heard of such a thing. I can see grieving parents wanting to spend time with the lost child themselves. I get that, but taking the body home to young children, seems not only sick to me, but isn’t that illegal?

  89. 219 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    January 4, 2012 at 12:58 am

    So Willard wins Iowa and New Hampshire. What we all have expected. Nothing new. All this drama is for views, hits, and propoganda. Everyone knows it will be the Sleazbag flip flopper vs our beloved President Obama. Time to GEAR up for the general.

  90. January 4, 2012 at 1:55 am

    And Al Queda fading into irrelevance: most of top leaders killed, poor recruitment, money going to Arab Spring. Their model for change in the Arab world is a failure. Taliban opening an office in Qatar, negotiations to follow. With luck, perseverance, and great diplomacy the Obama administration may well close out the war in Afghanistan and battle against al Queda making AUMF provisions on detention of AQ no longer relevant. All the more reason to do everything we can to reelect our President. As in 2008 expanding the electorate key. The new OFA tool is easy to use to find local events.

  91. January 4, 2012 at 2:00 am

    Bwah HA HA

  92. January 4, 2012 at 2:02 am

  93. 227 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 4, 2012 at 9:09 am

    IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO WON…NEITHER WILL BE ABLE TO DEFEAT PBO! WE HAVE THE BEST…WE HAVE THE HONEST PRESIDENT WHO IS FILLED WITH GRACE AND INTEGRITY. HOWEVER…IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE FAR RIGHT EVANGELICALS WILL NOT VOTE FOR ROMNEY. IF THERE IS NOONE ON THE BALLOT THAT THEY LIKE…THEY WILL MORE THAN LIKELY STAY HOME AND NOT VOTE AT ALL. ROMNEY’S MORMONISM IS AGAINST THEIR RELIGION. SANTORUM…WHETHER HE IS QUALIFIED OR NOT…THEY WOULD VOTE FOR JUST TO STRIKE A VOTE AGAINST PBO!

  94. 228 Lightfoot
    January 5, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Quote: “Beating Obama is so important for the GOP that turnout is lower than 2008 even with Ron Paul bussing in half of Narnia.”

    Oh my bleeping god! Who comes up with this JUICY stuff?! Think about this: remember when you were little and one of your pals
    or siblings tickled you to kingdom come, and you thought, oh no, I am about to die laughing, I mean, really die, and my pal or sibling
    won’t realize that I am actually dying because I am laughing so hard — and who equate dying with hysterical laughter? —
    Well, that’s how I feel right now! Particularly about the part of the quote which states Ron Paul bussing in half of Narnia!
    Ha ha haaaaaaaaa!!!!!:-D


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