‘promises kept’


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Steve Benen: Jennifer Rubin today reflects on President Obama’s re-election strategy, and argues he’ll struggle to point to meaningful accomplishments …Obama “accomplished nothing,” she says, other than “jamming through” – which is apparently synonymous with “passing with large majorities in both chambers, following a year-long fight” – the Affordable Care Act.

Well, he also passed the Recovery Act, which prevented a depression and created 3 million jobs.

And there was also the Wall Street reform package …. which featured the most sweeping overhaul of financial industry regulations since FDR.

Come to think of it, we also saw a rescue of the American auto industry, DADT repeal, a breakthrough student-loan-reform bill, ratification of New START, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the biggest overhaul of our food-safety laws in 70 years, new regulation of the credit card industry, a national service bill, expanded stem-cell research, the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, net neutrality, the most sweeping land-protection act in 15 years, and health care for 9/11 first responders……

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234 Responses to “‘promises kept’”

  1. 1 FiredUpInCA
    January 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Regardless of the rhetoric to the contrary he has kept his half of the promise for greater civility.

  2. 6 Pamela
    January 3, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Yo! Lunch is over, 2 hours to go!

  3. January 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Good News you would never guess based on what the media reports

    Historic drop in executions as U.S. death sentences reach 35-year low

  4. January 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    It’s time for us to give him something to work with, eh?

  5. January 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Share this with all your environmental friends

    Obama deserves credit for strong growth in energy industry

  6. 12 Pamela
    January 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    PBO looks so young in this vid; he’s handsomer than ever 4 years later! IMHO! 😉

  7. 15 AnitaW
    January 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Jon Huntsman is going to wish he had stayed in China after this primary season. And he will probably never win as a Republican after this debacle.

    • 16 Bill
      January 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      He has not exhibited much talent as a candidate. The only thing he has going is he is the only Republican candidate that is not crazy.

  8. January 3, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    We are really lucky to have Steve Benen correcting and calling out the folks who pedal lies about this administration. He is a real gem.

  9. 22 utaustinliberal
    January 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Jennifer Rubin can go suck on a rotten egg. She never gives PBO credit for anything. For f*cks sake when the Israeli embassy was under attack in Cairo, PBO got on the phone and through negotiations got all the hostages free and when Israel had a bush fire, PBO immediately sent financial help and man power but did Rubin give him creit? Nope. Instead she writes crap; saying he hasn’t accomplished anything. Nov. 6, 2012 can’t come soon enough. I want to see the absolute shock on these juvenile “journalists” faces when PBO prevails once again.

    • 23 Linda
      January 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      She wants him.

    • January 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      Jennifer is a rightwing wacko. I wouldn’t expect anything else from her.

    • 27 Bill
      January 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      She is also in the tank for Willard. In her eyes he can do no wrong.

      • 28 Pamela
        January 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm

        That proves it!

      • January 3, 2012 at 5:46 pm

        Someone mentioned yesterday that Romney was mocking the President for saying the phrase “repair the world”, which is actually a Jewish prayer that some say three times a day. This Jennifer Rubin wants to praise Romney, who could give a flying leap about her Jewish traditions – and yet she denounces President Obama, who’s actions have shown his support for the Israelis tenfold.It shows what she’s made of. She is a sour cynic.

    • 30 anniebella
      January 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      Someone need to ask that bitch Jennifer Rubin what has the Republicans accomplished. The only thing they have done was obstruct, filibuster, anything thing this President tried to do to make this economy better. What is so sick about these republicans is that they will lie in a minute.

  10. 31 PoliticalJunkessa
    January 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Ah Jon. You coulda been a contender.

    January 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm


  12. 33 Judith Fardig
    January 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Just what I needed to get fired up for OFA phone banking tonight! Find your neighborhood OFA team (barackobama.com) then look for events. Every action has a ripple effect!

  13. 35 FiredUpInCA
    January 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Willard the markets of have spoken and they have firmly requested that you sit down and shut up with your 47th out of 50 states-ranking in job creation:

    Stocks Kick Off 2012 With a Bang

    “On the economic front, growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector accelerated in December, rising to 53.9 in December, according to the Institute for Supply Management. Economists had expected a reading of 53.2, according to a Reuters Poll. A reading above 50 indicates expansion.

    And construction spending increased 1.2 percent in November, its highest level since June 2010, according to the Commerce Department. Economists surveyed by Reuters expected spending to rise 0.5 percent in November…

    January is typically one of the strongest months for equities. And according to market statistics, if the first trading day of the year is positive, the full-year finishes higher almost 70 percent of the time.”

  14. 36 desertflower
    January 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2012/01/governor-scott-walkers-failure-is-nearly-complete.html I feel badly for the people in WI….wonder if they ALL learned their lesson.

  15. January 3, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Both sides do it.
    Written by: Matt Osborne| January 03, 2012

    The Republican Party always has a new plan for taking down [strike through Clinton] Obama, and that plan always makes room for liberal discontent. Here’s Greg Sargent yesterday: While it’s true that disapproval of Obama on the economy is running high over government’s failure to fix the economy, the independents and moderates who will decide the presidential election agree with Obama’s overall fiscal vision — his jobs creation proposals and insistence on taxing the wealthy to pay for them. They also recognize that Republicans are more to blame than Dems for government’s failure to implement those proposals.

    But as Steve Kornacki recently noted, blaming Obama for failing to transcend politics as usual despite determined GOP opposition may be the best way to give indys and moderates a reason to vote against Obama even though they generally agree and sympathize with him. And so, after doing everything in their power to prevent Obama from successfully transcending partisanship and achieving transformative change — even if it meant repeatedly opposing solutions to profound national problems they once embraced — Republicans will now attack him for failing to transcend partisanship and achieve transformative change.

    And who will help them achieve this? Why, none other than the professional poutragers of the left, for whom the president has indeed failed “to transcend partisanship and achieve transformative change.” That line is their battle-standard, and under its flapping tassels everything is terrible and it is the president’s fault. They would be this way for any Democratic president, not just Obama, but their rhetoric has reached fever-pitch in a disturbingly-familiar harmony.



  16. 38 desertflower
    January 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    During an interview with ABC’s Terry Moran on Monday, GOP presidential contender Ron Paul made an astounding admission. When asked by Moran if, “When you lay your head on your pillow at night, do you see yourself in the Oval Office?” Paul responded simply: “Not really.”

    Kingmaker…wants a legacy for himself. That is all.

  17. January 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Thank you, Norbrook!

    Sometimes I’m Insufficiently Liberal

    As readers of this blog may have guessed, I’m not in the “pure” category when it comes to being a liberal. I call myself a “pragmatic liberal,” because while I’m generally liberal, I also have a strong pragmatic streak. I said a year ago: What that means is that I will always go with “what works” over an impractical solution, or take what is achievable for now versus doing without anything in the vague hope that “the perfect” will somehow happen. Even aside from pragmatic, I sometimes have some other stances that aren’t really “liberal.” What are they?



    • January 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      That’s cute. He better keep that chip safe. Hopefully, someone will find one that looks like the entire map of the United States of America, and it will foretell a landslide victory in November. 🙂

  18. January 3, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Go Michigan! Thank you, eclectablog!

    Citizens’ referendum to repeal Emergency Manager law has enough signatures
    January 3, 2012

    At a Detroit rally yesterday to protest the imposition of an Emergency Manager on the city, Brandon Jessup of Michigan Forward announced that Michigan Forward has gathered over 170,000 petition signatures for their effort to put the repeal of Public Act 4, the Emergency Manager law, on the November 2012 ballot. Only 161,305 are needed.



    • 47 desertflower
      January 3, 2012 at 5:05 pm


    • January 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      Is the window for more signatures closed? Usually 10% of names are thrown out, which would be 16,000 in this case and thus not enough signatures to force a referendum.

      • January 3, 2012 at 6:25 pm

        Not yet, because we were given forms to get signatures over the winter break and they are due back tomorrow.

      • 50 defytheodds
        January 3, 2012 at 7:35 pm

        The petition drive’s organizers have set a goal of 250,000 signatures, in order to ensure they have enough to pass muster with the Michigan Secretary of State.

        “We got to make sure we don’t have any errors,” Jessup said. “Don’t rush this thing through, because this is about our survival.”

        Jessup repeated Jan. 18 as a target deadline for delivering the quarter-million signatures to Gov. Snyder.

    • January 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Oh, God bless them and let’s pray they are fully successful.

    • January 3, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      what a great effort! I had heard something about this on MPR a few weeks ago that this was coming up – they must have really gotten their house together and organized. Way to go!

  19. January 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    That Ratigan guy is an idiot of the highest level :X

  20. 58 desertflower
    January 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm


    With two years of the Obama administration, almost four times as much clean energy has been put on the grid on public lands as in all the previous 40 years.

    All the renewable energy ever permitted on public lands totaled 1,800 MW by the end of 2008. In the last two years, the Department of the Interior has approved 6,600 MW of new projects. […]

    The uptick in clean energy permits marks a real change in US energy on government-owned land. Public lands have traditionally been approved for oil and gas leases which generate federal revenues of between $5 billion and $6 billion a year. To get an idea of the scale of this change, the total for the two years of Obama renewable energy projects approved will generate just under $1 billion a year to the federal coffers: $786 million annually.

  21. 60 Brit
    January 3, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    It’s funny to watch the clip of Norah Odonell being shocked when Newt said Mitt is a liar. Yes, Norah, he is a liar.

  22. 65 hopefruit2
    January 3, 2012 at 5:09 pm

  23. January 3, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Today the media’s going on and on about the Romney boys because high school girls are fawning all over them. Ugh!!

    They look like a bunch of spoilt brats.

  24. January 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    “Inevitable” Romney Meets the Santorum Surprise in Iowa
    By Al Giordano – January 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    While none of the Republican candidates in 2012 have come close to the level of grassroots gravitas of the Obama ’08 campaign prior to Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, we have to remember two things: First, that prior to Obama’s emergence, the American leaders in grassroots organizing were not on the left or Democratic side of the spectrum. It was the Christian Right, with its Sunday church pulpits, phone banking, direct mail fundraising and house parties that had been the phantom field organization of the Republican party presidential victories in 1980, 1984, 1988, 2000 and, again in 2004, when that was the key factor in defending then-president George W. Bush’s reelection from Democrat John Kerry in key swing states like Ohio. That grassroots field apparatus is still there, even if it has fractured into many competing organizations and sectors that have not been able to – not until tomorrow night, anyway – coalesce behind a single GOP presidential candidate. But it’s still there, lurking, a specter that haunts Willard Mitt Romney and his “inevitability” claims.

    The second thing to remember is that Obama’s grassroots and online fundraising really didn’t kick in to high gear until the night he won the Iowa primary and, a week later, the night he lost the New Hampshire primary to Clinton, was in fact the night that the Obama campaign broke all online fundraising records in US politics. As we’ve argued for 20 months now, all it takes to derail the Romney Express is for the Evangelical Right of the GOP base to unite behind a single candidate. As hard as it is for political factions to come to alliance, the early caucus and primary process tends to force them into it. Americans are pragmatic when it comes to politics. They gravitate toward winners and electoral contests almost always boil down to two or three candidates who are perceived as having a chance to win. The votes and the money then drop the also-rans and follow those leaders.



  25. 74 desertflower
    January 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2012_01/romneys_odd_definition_of_midd034502.php What?

    For those who can’t watch clips online, Mitt Romney was on MSNBC this morning, and fielded a question from Tom Brokaw about whether Romney expects to deal with rising poverty if he’s elected president. The Republican replied:

    “Well, I want to make sure we have a safety net to care for those that are poor, but I want to get those who are poor into the middle class.

    “My ambition is to make sure that we start creating jobs again in this country and that we have rising median incomes, as opposed to the 10% decline we’ve seen in the last four years.

    “To get people back into work, get higher incomes, and let people have a middle-income life standard they had in the past. That’s the whole effort that I’m involved in.

    “Somebody who’s fallen from the middle class to poverty, in my opinion is still middle class.”

  26. 77 FiredUpInCA
    January 3, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    RT @ppppolls: Obama’s strength in Virginia and Colorado makes it so he only needs to win 1 of the FL/OH/PA trio…change from Kerry and Gore


  27. January 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I never do this, but the post is short enough that I can only capture its sense by quoting it in full. From TPV:

    Here’s Robert Scheer:

    “It should not be difficult for those same editorial writers [at the New York Times] to treat Ron Paul as a profound and principled contributor to a much-needed national debate on the limits of federal power instead of attempting to marginalize his views beyond recognition.”

    Dear Bob, you and all the other “progressives” who want to treat the Dixiecrat sleazeball politics of Ron Paul as “profound” are exactly why I don’t call myself a progressive anymore. I have no patience for your racist drivel, your ignorance of history, your smug-self-regard and condescending lectures. Take your limousine liberalism for a long drive off a short pier. This is where Ron Paul’s anti-federalism comes from – and if you are too stupid, too immersed in your privileged position, too ignorant to understand that, why don’t you go join the Republicans?

    That “The Nation” is debating Ron Paul is an indication of how much the election of a black man as US President has unhinged a number of white guys who think of themselves as deserving a place in the elite – whether they call themselves “leftists” or “rightists”.

    Thanks to rootless_e, h/t jeffersonobama.

    • 79 FiredUpInCA
      January 3, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Hallelujah for this spot on quote.

      2012 is the year that emo progressives finally, unequivocally, permanently and publicly debased themselves. The questions is no longer if they are blinded by privilege but how much so.

      • January 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm

        The emos are the same as a bigot when confronted by a non-English speaker: IF I YELL LOUDLY ENOUGH THEY WILL UNDERSTAND ME. For all the education that most emos have, you’d think they would’ve figured out by now that people don’t like others yelling at them. That’s why they’re mostly irrelevant.

  28. 81 Brit
    January 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    The guy behind the Willie Norton ad, is the person running Mitt’s PAC(MSNBC).

  29. January 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    NLRB finds musicians at three symphony orchestras are employees, not independent contractors
    December 29, 2011

    The National Labor Relations Board has found that musicians playing for symphony orchestras in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Texas are employees, not independent contractors, and therefore are eligible to vote on whether they want union representation.

    In a 2-to-1 decision in Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, issued Dec. 27, the Board reversed the Regional Director’s decision to dismiss an election petition and sent the case back to the region for further action.

    In unpublished decisions issued the following day, citing Lancaster, the Board also found that musicians at the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra and Plano Symphony Orchestra are employees.

    Read more: http://www.nlrb.gov/news/nlrb-finds-musicians-three-symphony-orchestras-are-employees-not-independent-contractors

  30. January 3, 2012 at 5:37 pm

  31. 86 dotster3
    January 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Loved this tweet: “If you don’t believe Romney created 100,000 jobs, you’ve never been to India.”

  32. January 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    A moment of Zen: a baby orangutan and a French bulldog.

  33. 92 desertflower
    January 3, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Randi! Just called this President a BAD ASS PRESIDENT 🙂 She broke this down SOOOOOOOOOO good today!

    • 93 hopefruit2
      January 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      For a while I was concerned that the PL mentality was taking hold of her. Perhaps she and Cenk had a quarrel over the break – especially after he advised Iowa voters to not vote for the President.

      • 94 desertflower
        January 3, 2012 at 6:21 pm

        Someone called in today and told her that he was so glad that she was back, that he didn’t like Nicole 🙂 She said that Nicole’s nice, but that she doesn’t listen to her…or something like that. Sounded like she was happy to be back. She totally backs this President….

  34. January 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Just saw this quote on Facebook: “Many people consider the things which government does for them to be social progress but they regard the things government does for others as socialism.” ~~~ Chief Justice Earl Warren, 1952

    So true, huh?

  35. 99 Bill
    January 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Steve King (IA-R) has been appearing on teevee all day to say he is not endorsing anyone. He is a creep. What is the point?

  36. January 3, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Reminder, peeps:

    8:15 PM Eastern
    Race to 2012: Obama addresses supporters
    President Obama participates in a video teleconference with Iowa caucus attendees.

    Livestreamed at http://live.cnn.com/

  37. 101 Bill
    January 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    David Gregory is making a mistake going against DWS.

    • 102 dotster3
      January 3, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      David Gregory was despicable—-again—–but DWS took care of him pretty good. It was so gratifying to see someone strike back at Gregory’s utter nonsense and partisan Republican rhetoric. DWS is great!

    • 104 hopefruit2
      January 3, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      Yes, DWS is such a fantastic improvement over Tim Kaine. She can stand up to all these MSM bulllies.

      Is it me or does the media sound depressed? Maybe GOP enthusiasm is not as high as they would like us to think it is. Maybe more folks in Iowa are talking about PBO than anything else. Chuck Todd seemed more subdued; Gregory looked angry/sad.

      • January 3, 2012 at 6:11 pm

        Kaine’s “problem” was that he fully expected to run for office again and coming from a purple Virginia he couldn’t be a fire breathing defender of Dems – especially issues that might not play as well back in Virginia. Wasserman Shultz seems happy to be in the House and to work her way up in leadership there and comes from a safe blue seat.

  38. January 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Poor non-Ed Murrow.

  39. 114 Debra
    January 3, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz is great she let David Gregory have it on Hardball. He is a real jerk. He tried talk about the President’s vision. She let him know that President Obama is beating every repub candidate in Iowa.

  40. January 3, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Now I have to bleach my brain.

  41. January 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    😆 😆

  42. 117 hopefruit2
    January 3, 2012 at 6:06 pm

  43. 123 hopefruit2
    January 3, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Rev Al only one on that panel making any sense.

    Thanks Rev Al.

  44. January 3, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Hey everybody,

    Ms. Chips, thank you for posting “promises kept” I have tears wow! Love you so much…Obama/Biden 2012

  45. 126 Linda
    January 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Is UpChuck Todd going to be on all night ?

  46. January 3, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    From ThinkProgress. When Mike fracking Huckabee chides you for being unserious, you know you’ve screwed up.

    As the GOP candidates stump around the Hawkeye State before tonight’s Iowa caucus, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), who won the caucus in 2008, called out many in his party for prioritizing political victory over the country’s well-being. In a radio interview, Huckabee expressed his frustration with the current field and said, “If I walked in the booth today I’m not sure who I’d pull the lever for.” He explained that he decided not to get in the race this time because, “It appears to me, and it still does to a large degree, that many of the Republicans are more interested in just defeating Barack Obama than they are in rebuilding America.” Huckabee said he wanted to see more of an emphasis on how to get Americans back to work and noted, “defeating somebody without a plan to really resolve problems, to me, is a worthless endeavor.”

  47. January 3, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Michael Steele is on tv morning, noon and night.

    Does he ever sleep?

  48. January 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm

  49. January 3, 2012 at 6:33 pm

  50. 141 dotster3
    January 3, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    There’s Tom Brokaw feeding some “Obama’s really in trouble in Iowa” garbage on NBC Nightly News. And he’s airing an interview with some Iowan who said Obama was not “a man of faith” and referenced Rev. Wright—-AGAIN. Noticed Wright popping up on commentary on my local news blog today also. I think they’re dredging him up because they have nothing else, other than the teleprompter which pops up regularly and ridiculously. Back to instilling a little fear again—-Rev. Wright!!! Scary and black!!! Disgusting. I hope with all my might that all these haters have to take a seat again—-for the next 4 years and beyond.

  51. 146 Brit
    January 3, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Chris and Lawrence are HITTING Mitt Romney’s lawyer!! They have him tongue twisted.

    • 147 Brit
      January 3, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      Ben Ginsbirg is the aid. He helped with Citizens United.

    • January 3, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      That guy is one nasty piece of work. I worked at the law firm (don’t know if he’s still there) where he worked in D.C. Used to be mostly Democratic lobbying firm, when they started letting GOP like him on board, whole complexion, atmosphere stunk and still stink. He is not a very nice person, in and out.

  52. January 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I guess the Iranians really want PBO to be re-elected if they’re willing to do something that will rally the country around him.

    (Reuters) – Iran threatened on Tuesday to take action if the U.S. Navy moves an aircraft carrier into the Gulf, Tehran’s most aggressive statement yet after weeks of saber-rattling as new U.S. and EU financial sanctions take a toll on its economy.

    Story here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/03/us-iran-usa-idUSTRE80208P20120103

    • January 3, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      I sure hope they don’t mess with a US Navy Task Force. They’d be better off shaving a gorilla while riding in an elevator. In the words of Mr. T, “I pity the fool.”

  53. 151 hopefruit2
    January 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm

  54. 157 Linda
    January 3, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    FailinPaIi­n said on FOX_News today:

    “As for MichelBach­mann. She has a lot to offer, also, but I don’t think it is her time this go around. And I believe that unless she, too, wants to spend her own money or borrowing money and perhaps go into debt. Which heaven forbid, you do that to your family? Perhaps she is one, too, who would start saying ‘supporter­s of mine, why don’t we coalesce around one of the other candidates and let’s move together as a team to get that right primary candidate chosen?'”

    Jeeeeeeeee­eeeez, I miss that woman!!!
    Who can make that sh*t up?

  55. January 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    So, here’s my question: Who do we want to see winning tonight? Personally, I’m so pumped up about running against the lying weasel, that I can hardly wait. What do you guys think?

  56. January 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Uhm, what’s going on here?

  57. 204 desertflower
    January 3, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Ouch. Pissed another “network” off?

  58. January 3, 2012 at 7:06 pm


  59. January 3, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Chipsticks, did I read earlier today (sorry it’s been a crazy day at work) that you were the Iowa Dem Caucus Director in “08?!?!

    • January 3, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      Oh yikes no forus50! But I can completely see how that post read that way – I put a video in the middle of Mitch Stewart’s email so it might have looked like I wrote “I was the campaign’s Iowa caucus director in 2008”, instead of Mitch! 😳

  60. 216 desertflower
    January 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Did I miss PBO talking to Iowa?? Link??

  61. January 3, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Not sure how old these polls are, but, POLLGASM.

  62. January 3, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    More polling goodness.

  63. 220 FiredUpInCA
    January 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Speaking of promises kept:

    Al Qaeda on the Ropes: One Fighter’s Inside Story

    “New recruits have stopped coming, Hanif says. “When new people came they brought new blood, enthusiasm, and money. All that has been lost.” The money may be a bigger problem than the manpower, he says. Al Qaeda used to receive millions of dollars a year from Arabian Gulf contributors, but Hanif’s uncle says his contacts tell him the donations have dried up.

    Instead, he believes, the money is going to the more productive and generally nonviolent Arab Spring movements in North Africa, Syria, and Yemen. “I think Arab people now think the fight should be political at home and not terrorism aimed at the West,” says the uncle. “The peaceful struggle on Arab streets has accomplished more than bin Laden and Zawahiri ever have….”

    al Qaeda has nothing left to offer local militants. The group is broke, and most of its best explosives and technical specialists have either died or left the vicinity. There aren’t even enough fighters left to act as reinforcements.”


  64. 223 Marlz (@marjgra)
    January 3, 2012 at 7:36 pm

  65. 226 halo
    January 3, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Does anyone know where one can find MSNBC streaming?

  66. January 3, 2012 at 7:46 pm


  67. 231 dotster3
    January 3, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Just posted my “breaking news” in the wrong thread—bringing it here because y’all will want to know that Perry broke down crying today in his appearance before Nationwide Insurance—-pretty sad in itself. He started crying about ——–regulations!!!!! He was crying about states having regulations!!!! He said to remember this, that he will “ma (breakdown in middle of the word—sob sob) make Washington as inconsequential in your life”—-not a sensible sentence but it made him cry! So sad, isn’t it? And quite amazing and crazy that we have a candidate for the president of the United States who is crying about regulations!

  68. January 3, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Love Rev. Al. He just said that Rick Santorum can’t run family against the Obama family. I am so happy that he is on that panel. 🙂

  69. January 3, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    These caucuses ain’t got nothin on him

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