off to ohio

President Barack Obama walks with Col. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, commander of the 89th Airlift Wing, before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. The president is scheduled to deliver remarks on the economy at Shaker Heights High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio.


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.






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137 Responses to “off to ohio”

  1. January 4, 2012 at 10:45 am

    From previous thread:

    OK, so this is pretty interesting. POTUS is making the appointment not solely based on the notion of “recess” so much as on the fact that there is no precedent for constantly holding pro-forma sessions to avoid recess appointments. IOW, the “pro forma” sessions don’t matter. What matters is if they are actually in session and they aren’t. Presumably from the sharpest legal team in the WH.


    McConnell is absolutely throw a fit. Expect another nasty logjam.

  2. 10 FiredUpInCA
    January 4, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Bachmann is playing I Feel Good by James Brown at her press conference. Wonder what that means?

    • 11 lovingandlaughing
      January 4, 2012 at 10:53 am

      Hmmm, interesting song pick. She’ll surely be hoping to be the VP candidate for whomever the nominee turns out to be.

    • 12 Ladyhawke
      January 4, 2012 at 11:00 am

      The crawl at CNN says that she will “SUSPEND'” her campaign. Just like Herman 999 Cain.

      • January 4, 2012 at 11:41 am

        Ladyhawke, here’s a good explanation about why most candidates “suspend” their campaign$$$….

        Cain still has millions in campaign money
        Published: Dec. 6, 2011 at 3:26 PM

        Herman Cain can return unspent donations to his campaign for the U.S. presidency or give them away to other candidates or charity, an expert says. Because he “suspended” his campaign instead of ending it, Cain can even continue to raise money, The Washington Times reported. While he cannot simply put the millions of dollars he raised in his own bank account, he can continue to control them by setting up a charitable foundation or a “Super-PAC.”

        Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich,who has replaced Cain at the top of Republican polls, used a network of foundations and committees to remain a political force after he left Congress.

        Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/12/06/Cain-still-has-millions-in-campaign-money/UPI-74831323203160/#ixzz1iVa7Espg

    • 14 dotster3
      January 4, 2012 at 11:31 am

      Saw some tweet that the loss of Bachmann/Perry is a big blow to comedy.

  3. 15 relellit
    January 4, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Good morning Todville
    Way to go, Mr President. Keep on outsmarting the repubs.

  4. January 4, 2012 at 10:47 am

    President Obama signed several bills into law on Tuesday, including one that authorizes intelligence operations for fiscal 2012, and another increasing civil penalties for violations of oil and gas pipeline safety rules.

    Both the intelligence authorization bill, H.R. 1892, and the pipeline safety bill, H.R. 2845, were approved by Congress in December.

    Also on Tuesday, Obama signed into law H.R. 1801, which requires the Department of Homeland Security to develop rules allowing for expedited airport security screening for members of the U.S. Armed Forces. This popular bill was approved unanimously in the House in late November, and by a voice vote in the Senate in December.


  5. January 4, 2012 at 10:48 am

    President Obama plans to circumvent Senate GOP opposition and recess-appoint his nominee to head a new consumer bureau, two senior administration officials told The Hill.

    White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer confirmed the recess appointment of Richard Cordray on Wednesday on Twitter after the move was first reported by The Associated Press.

    “We Can’t Wait: Today in Ohio, President Obama will announce the recess appointment of Consumer Watchdog Richard Cordray,” Pfeiffer tweeted.


    But but but Eric cantor said…

  6. 25 Proud Former White House Intern
    January 4, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Bundle up President Obama. I can’t wait to hear him speak.

  7. January 4, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner will travel to China and Japan next week to hold high-level economic talks, the Treasury Department announced Wednesday.

    High on the agenda will be getting Chinese support for new sanctions against Iran, which is forging ahead with its plans to develop a nuclear weapon.

    President Obama last weekend signed harsh new U.S. sanctions into law as part of the 2012 defense authorization bill.


    But but but Donald trump said…

  8. January 4, 2012 at 10:52 am

    lol, I am ALWAYS posting on an outdated thread. Here’s a brilliant essay by smartypants this morning on how the GOP is screwed with no viable candidate this election year. BTW, the GOP money is going to carpetbomb Santorum’s butt in New Hampshire and everywhere else until he drops out. Looks like they’re stuck with Magic Pants for 2012.

    Smartypants32 Smartypants
    Smartypants: Blame it on Bush/Cheney http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2012/01/blame-it-on-bushcheney.html?spref=tw
    1 hour ago Favorite Retweet Reply

    • January 4, 2012 at 11:00 am

      I don’t agree with immasmartypants analysis on this one. I agree with Norbrook’s comment.

      • January 4, 2012 at 11:10 am

        Good points too. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if Joe Biden (hopefully Obama/Biden will win but don’t want to count eggs before hatched!) would voluntarily resign VP in 2015 to set up a viable candidate to run for election. Unless there is some other person standing out that wouldn’t require that. No way is POTUS going to just let the clock run out in 2016 like Bush did in 2008 so I disagree with Norbrook on that.

        • January 4, 2012 at 11:42 am

          Biden won’t have to do anything like that. But I am sure the Pres. will look to give room to the next leaders of the party to present themselves in his second term. Folks like Gov Patrick, Gov O’Malley, Gov Cuomo, Gov Schweitzer, Gov Hickenlooper, Sen Warner, Sen Kaine, Sen Gillibrand, etc. Pres. is a community organizer and knows it’s about cultivating leaders to step up and fill the role when you leave – he’s not going to leave a power vacuum when he leaves. Not a chance.

          • January 4, 2012 at 12:01 pm

            I think we have to keep in mind that Hillary Clinton is leaving after this term. I’m not suggesting she will run for pres., but she may. In any event, PBO would nominate a Dem who could make a good candidate in 2016 to that post. Secretary of State is probably the most visible cabinet position after Vice-President (I suppose Sec of Defense would be up there, too.)

          • January 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm

            Watch who gives the keynote speech at the 2012 convention. Then watch to see what other opportunities PBO gives this person to be in the spotlight.

  9. 33 FiredUpInCA
    January 4, 2012 at 10:54 am

    So if there’s any perception that the GOP is obstructing extension of the payroll tax break in retaliation over a recess appointment of a watchdog for the middle class, that will not work in their favor.

    • January 4, 2012 at 11:15 am

      The highway and FAA bill has to be renewed by end of month.
      Or they shutdown.
      Any bets that is where they shutdown?

      • 35 Lovepolitics2008
        January 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

        They will certainly try something of the sort. Problem is that they weakened themselves a lot before Christmas in the circus about the pay-roll tax cut. The general public is pretty aware now of their games.

        No, the republicans have overplayed their hands in their obstructionist tactics. And President Obama has had the PATIENCE to wait till he would have enough LEVERAGE against them. He has now so he is making his move. Pass the popcorn…

  10. January 4, 2012 at 10:57 am

    From previous thread:

    Romney won voters who were most concerned with beating Obama
    By Alan Silverleib\ Updated Wed January 4, 2012 7:14 AM EST

    Iowa’s Republican electorate shattered Tuesday night, showing a party establishment under siege and voters unable to coalesce behind any candidate in a deeply flawed field. Exit polls showed Romney winning major support among voters most concerned with beating President Barack Obama in November. Asked which candidate quality is most important, a plurality of 30% cited the ability to defeat the president. The former Massachusetts governor won almost half of those voters. Asked to choose which kind of experience is most important — a background in business or government — a majority cited the private sector. Romney, who made a fortune as a venture capitalist, won 35% of those voters — a clear plurality.



    • 37 FiredUpInCA
      January 4, 2012 at 11:07 am

      What a paradox: He won the majority of voters who most want to beat Obama but he ended up with fewer votes than he received the last time he ran. He had the lowest margin of victory in GOP primary history. He won by 8 dubious votes.

      As with the candidate himself, there is no there, there. They have an enthusiasm chasm.

      Four-thousand showed up for the Iowa caucus when Bush was running unopposed. Twenty-five thousand showed up for President Obama last night.

      Youth accounted for 4% of the caucus last night, 8000 of whom voted for Ron Paul. In 2008 the youth were at 13%, 30,000 voted for Obama.

      Even if half the youth don’t show up for Obama/Biden (which won’t happen) they still kick Ron Paul’s butt, the only candidate other than Santorum able to muster a significant appeal to young people.

      The Tea-O-P is a lost cause in 2012. Good riddance.

  11. January 4, 2012 at 10:58 am

    David Axelrod

    The sound Santorum is hearing right now is not the buzz of victory. It’s the whirring of Romney Super PAC, preparing to carpet bomb him.
    10 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Undo Retweet Reply

    Ax and company know the money situation and I’m guessing is why they have targeted solely Romney in their attacks to date.

  12. January 4, 2012 at 10:59 am

    From previous thread:

    Huckabee Chides Republicans For Being ‘More Interested’ In Defeating Obama ‘Than They Are In Rebuilding America’ |
    By Marie Diamond on Jan 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    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.”


  13. 41 ChristiMTL
    January 4, 2012 at 10:59 am

    • 42 ChristiMTL
      January 4, 2012 at 11:01 am

      markknoller Mark Knoller
      GOP Congl Leaders furious at word that Pres Obama intends to recess appoint Richard Cordray to head Consumer Financial Protection Buro.

      markknoller Mark Knoller
      GOP Leaders insist a recess appointment cannot be made because the Senate never went on recess. Held pro-forma sessions every few days.

      It was expected wasn’t it? ….oh they are mad!….

      • 43 ChristiMTL
        January 4, 2012 at 11:07 am

        Senior WH official @Pfeiffer44 announced Pres Obama’s intention to recess appoint Cordray today – in a show of defiance to GOP opponents.

    • 44 Ladyhawke
      January 4, 2012 at 11:09 am

      Could someone please send this post to Mark Knoller about Republican Party NULLIFICATION.

      A radical embrace of nullification

      The GOP minority isn’t even questioning Cordray’s qualifications. Rather, Republicans are saying they refuse to allow existing law to function until Democrats meet the GOP’s demands and does Wall Street’s bidding. When the Senate minority is satisfied, they’ll consider allowing the law to function — if they feel like it.


    • 45 Pamela
      January 4, 2012 at 11:09 am

      Then perhaps they should get their lazy behinds back to work and stop fluffing around on extended vacations? We The People have been back to work for days, with little break for the holidays!

    • 46 anniebella
      January 4, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      Well, well, well. I’m shock. Those radical do nothing congress is furious with President Obama. I am Shock.

  14. January 4, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I guess America is not ready for HSR?-

    OFF THE RAILS — Funding for California’s planned bullet train is in jeopardy after a state-appointed review panel said the Legislature should not approve a $2.7 billion bond to fund the first stages of the project. The California High-Speed Rail Peer Review Group’s ruling makes it politically tougher for the lawmakers to sign off on the project, especially amid increasing public scrutiny and skepticism. The Los Angeles Times: http://lat.ms/yVTBOX.

  15. January 4, 2012 at 11:02 am

    “The president also was expected to announce other recess appointments on Wednesday.

    Until now, he has made 28. Bush made more than 170 during his presidency. Bill Clinton made almost 140.”

    NLRB will probably not be among them though as Pres. Obama only made nominations a few weeks ago and they haven’t had time to be blocked in the Senate yet.

  16. January 4, 2012 at 11:02 am

    SWEEEET. Richard Cordray is ON BOARD Air Force 1 with President Obama en route to Ohio for the speech on the economy.

  17. January 4, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Helloooooooo. Anyone having trouble posting tweets in the comments, check the post – I’ve just added a ‘how to’…. hope it helps 😉

    • January 4, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Thank you! I forgot how so now will go “study up”. 🙂

      • January 4, 2012 at 11:20 am

        Jeez, I didn’t realize it was that easy. Thanks Chipsticks. The only problem with Twitter is that it’s too easy! Seriously. I read on Twitter the other day that Facebook is where you realize how different you are from everyone and Twitter is where you realize that there are tons of people like you. So true.

        • 58 lovingandlaughing
          January 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm

          Oh, that is interesting forus50. I keep deleting fb friends realizing how little interest I have to be in close daily contact with many of them. I have not yet tried twitter, but I think I must start by at least following Axlelrod. The tweets of his that people post on here always make me smile.

          • January 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm

            Yeah, I thought it was interesting too. I never got into Facebook as I have so many crazy relatives – I just would rather not be reminded how crazy every day. 🙂

            Try Twitter today – it’s fun to see the TOD bloggers tweets and retweets there.

    • 60 dotster3
      January 4, 2012 at 11:41 am

      Help for the feeble-minded! Even with the kindergarten instructions, I am unable to accomplish this tweet posting feat. I used to be highly successful at this exercise—until Twitter did some updating of some sort. And now I am just a Big Huge Failure. It’s sad and humiliating. See, I open the tweet, so far so good, and then when I click on the time stamp—-left click—-the tweet just shrinks back into its former space, ignoring me completely. If I right click, there is no copy option, no url thingy that shows up, nothing. It is a complete standoff—-defying me, laughing at me. What in the world? Can anyone help me before I do something drastic?

  18. January 4, 2012 at 11:09 am

    EL PASO, TX.– On Wednesday, Jan. 4th , Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor will join Representative Silvestre Reyes for a tour of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Desalination Plant, the world’s largest inland desalination plant which produces 27.5 million gallons of fresh water on a daily basis. Following the tour, Salazar and attendees will meet with irrigation stakeholders to hear how the Federal government can better support successful water conservation, supply, and delivery efforts across the state.


    Taking the salt out of water to make fresh water! That is wise!

    • January 4, 2012 at 11:17 am

      It’s expensive, energy intensive and have no where to put the salt. You can’t just dump it back in to the ocean because it would raise salt levels and make a virtual dead sea in the area where the dumping happens. So you’d have to freighter it out into the middle of the ocean and dump it.

  19. 67 Linda
    January 4, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Boehner On Obama: ‘Extraordinary’ Power Grab

    Speaker John Boehner, in a statement released to the press, slammed President Obama’s intention to recess appoint Richard Cordray to the top consumer watchdog agency.

    This is an extraordinary and entirely unprecedented power grab by President Obama that defies centuries of practice and the legal advice of his own Justice Department. The precedent that would be set by this cavalier action would have a devastating effect on the checks and balances that are enshrined in our constitution.

    • 68 ChristiMTL
      January 4, 2012 at 11:13 am

      Oh the statements are coming out ….they are fuming

    • January 4, 2012 at 11:18 am

      And what checks and balances is he talking about – the ones where the Senate is 100% obstruction mode and will not even allow a vote to come to the Senate floor?

      I hope Carney has charts and graphs ready today to explain it to the moron jackals in the press briefing.

    • January 4, 2012 at 11:20 am

      Perhaps John Boehner needs to take a refresher course as to what the Constitution allows and disallows!~

      President Obama Still Has All The Legal Authority He Needs To Make A Recess Appointment Right Now
      By Ian Millhiser on Jan 3, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      There are no modern precedents for McConnell-style mass obstructionism, and there is no Supreme Court decision considering how long senators must be out of Washington before recess appointments are allowed. In Evans v. Stephens, that court considered whether Pryor’s appointment was invalid because it occurred during a very short legislative break. This court is the highest legal authority ever to weigh in on the question of whether a break in the Senate’s calendar must last a certain number of days before a recess occurs, and it answered that question with an unambiguous “no”:

      The Constitution, on its face, does not establish a minimum time that an authorized break in the Senate must last to give legal force to the President’s appointment power under the Recess Appointments Clause. And we do not set the limit today.

      As Evans explains, “the text of the Constitution does not differentiate expressly between inter- and intrasession recesses for the Recess Appointments Clause,” and “the main purpose of the Recess Appointments Clause—to enable the President to fill vacancies to assure the proper functioning of our government —supports reading both intrasession recesses and intersession recesses as within the correct scope of the Clause.”

      Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/01/03/396384/president-obama-reportedly-will-make-recess-appointments-today-or-tomorrow/

      • 71 Debz
        January 4, 2012 at 11:31 am

        Maybe I don’t understand the Constitution, but I always thought Senate approval was just a formality. If they refuse to vote then why shouldn’t POTUS do recess appointments?

        • January 4, 2012 at 12:14 pm

          I think traditionally, it has been somewhere in betwene a formality and a genuine approval process. When GW Bush wanted to appoint John Bolton to the U.N., we Dems pushed for them to block the appointment. And, they did. Bush then did a recess appointment and Bolton was free to be an international jackass for the next 15 months or whatever it was. So, we really did want the Senate to have a say in the appointment.

          The big difference with this, though, is that the GOP has no real qualms about Courdroy’s qualifications for the position. Thy just don’t want the agency to exist. So, if we had to put up with an highly suitable appointment like Bolton at the UN, the Republicans can surely put up with a highly qualified appointment to the CFPB–whether they like the idea of a CFPB or not.

  20. January 4, 2012 at 11:10 am

    3-Judge panel finds Congressional redistricting unconstitutional
    By Andrea Lannom| Posted: Jan 03, 2012 1:41 PM EST

    Legislators have until Jan. 17 to come up with a new congressional redistricting plan after a three-judge panel ruled the current plan unconstitutional in a Jan. 3 decision. West Virginia was assigned three seats in the U.S. House of Representatives based on the 2010 census. In a unanimous vote Nov. 3, the Jefferson County Commission decided to seek legal remedy against the congressional redistricting plan that places the Eastern Panhandle in a long district that stretches to the Ohio River.

    Plaintiffs’ witness Kenneth Martis, a West Virginia University geography professor called the plan an “abomination” in his testimony. “The 2nd district was gerrymandered to take a representative out of the picture, to take power away from a political group,” Martis explained in his testimony. “The state Legislature decided one party had to go and in 1991, they drew an elongated district from the Maryland border to the Ohio border. It’s a classic case of intrapower gerrymandering. It’s the origin of the problem here today.”



  21. 75 Debz
    January 4, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Since Mittens spends so much effort trying to be like PBO, same shirt, holding babies, how does he plan to compete with the shirtless football photos? Somebody had to ask.

    Looking forward to the recess appointments. FU McConnel.

  22. January 4, 2012 at 11:16 am

    This is going to be a great speech……….

  23. January 4, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Greg Sargent: Mitt Romney’s central jobs claims revealed to be bogus: Finally! The Romney campaign has now been pressed to justify the central claims he’s been making about jobs and the economy. As I’ve noted here, Romney has been saying over 100,000 jobs were created on his watch at Bain Capital — an assertion that’s never been proven — while arguing that jobs were destroyed on Obama’s watch, proof that Romney is the superior candidate on jobs.

    And guess what: Romney’s argument has now been revealed to be thoroughly bogus.


  24. January 4, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I am worried about the FAA and highway bill not being extended at end of month.
    The Repiblicans are predictable!

  25. 91 Linda
    January 4, 2012 at 11:23 am

    The president also was expected to announce other recess appointments on Wednesday. ( according to AP)

    Until now, he has made 28. Bush made more than 170 during his presidency. Bill Clinton made almost 140.

  26. January 4, 2012 at 11:23 am

    U.S. Troop Deaths In Afghanistan At 4-Year Low |
    By Ben Armbruster on Jan 3, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Reuters reported last month that 2011 would most likely see a decline in U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan. USA Today confirmed the numbers in a report this morning, noting troop deaths in Afghanistan declined in 2011 for the first time in four years. The number of U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan totaled 405 last year, down 18 percent from 2010, according to Pentagon reports compiled by USA Today. NATO and other allied deaths totaled 545 in 2011, down from 699 in 2010. USA Today notes that the “coalition death toll had been rising since 2005.”


  27. 95 FiredUpInCA
    January 4, 2012 at 11:23 am

    “Ron Paul on Wednesday denied that he personally wrote a mocking message on Twitter to Jon Huntsman, saying he receives “some help” in tweeting.”

    If I’m running Ron Paul’s campaign the last thing I would want to do is having him denying responsibility for what was written in his name.

    Instead, you step up and say, “the staff member who wrote that twitter comment without my authorization has been expelled from the campaign. I apologize to Gov. Hunstman. Though it was not my hand but this is my campaign, so it’s my responsibility.

  28. January 4, 2012 at 11:24 am

    (CNN) — Mitt Romney, fresh from a narrow win in the Iowa caucuses, defended Wednesday his opposition to the DREAM act, which would allow a path to citizenship for minors in the country illegally.

    “You know, the Hispanic-American voters I speak with are overwhelmingly concerned with opportunity,” Romney said on CNN’s “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien.”


    Oh boy!

  29. 98 FiredUpInCA
    January 4, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Bachmann is in full bat-crap mode.

    • January 4, 2012 at 11:29 am

      I could be wrong here, but does she not like ‘Obamacare’? 😕

      • January 4, 2012 at 11:54 am

        No kidding. That crazy lady’s total obsession. I still can’t believe that it isn’t a law that those who voted against it are excluded from government health care for themselves and their family. HYPOCRITES!

    • 101 Bill
      January 4, 2012 at 11:32 am

      What is with her eyes? The MSM including MSNBC is giving her insanity a pass. Morning Joe and Mika have nothing but praise for her.

  30. 102 FiredUpInCA
    January 4, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Bachmann stepping aside. Perry:

    “Continuing his GOP campaign, Texas Governor Rick Perry tweets: ‘Here we come South Carolina’ – @AP”

    • 103 lovingandlaughing
      January 4, 2012 at 11:35 am


    • January 4, 2012 at 11:47 am

      Interesting. I thought he was getting out too soon and suspected he must have been out of money. If that’s not the case than there is no reason not to stick around and see the fall out from Gingrich going scorched earth with Romney. Looks like Perry will skip NH though. Probably a good idea.

      • January 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm

        I think Pery stil lhas lots of money. Now that Bachman’s out, I suppose he figues he can give it one more shot and grab her supporters. But, I bet he was seriously considering bowing out. Sure seemed like it.

      • 106 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        January 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm

        SR I thought you stated in the other thread that Gingrich will fall to the company line and not attack Romney? In this post you are stating the opposite. Just curios, what is your actually projection?

  31. January 4, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Breaking news: Bachmann decides “to stand aside”.

  32. January 4, 2012 at 11:33 am

    OMG! The Bachmann people are playing our ‘Hey’ in the background 👿

  33. January 4, 2012 at 11:35 am

    This bears repeating:

    “Obama wasn’t trying to profit; Romney was trying to make himself and his investors rich.”
    Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 5:18 pm by GottaLaff

    [T]here’s no comparison between President Obama’s rescue of the American automotive industry and Romney orchestrating leveraged buyouts at his vulture-capitalist firm. Obama wasn’t trying to profit; Romney was trying to make himself and his investors rich.

    Second, Romney now claims to have created “over 100,000 jobs” at his vulture-capitalist firm, but he appears to have made this number up out of whole cloth. […]

    Third, Romney seems eager to boast about his record in Massachusetts, but that’s a mistake. His administration’s record on job creation was “one of the worst in the country,” ranking 47th out of 50 states in job growth. It’s one of the reasons Romney left office after one term deeply unpopular, and why his former constituents don’t want him near the White House.


    h/t Steve Benen

  34. 110 PoliticalJunkessa
    January 4, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I guess God has other plans for CrazyEyes Bachmann. 🙄

  35. 111 Ladyhawke
    January 4, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Michele (with one L) Bachmann just served up a very large and rambling “WORD SALAD” sprinkled with lots of OBAMACARE.

  36. 112 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 4, 2012 at 11:40 am

    @davidaxelrod The GOP spent 3 yrs harming most Americans in order to destroy it’s 1st black President & instead it destroyed itself. #KARMA


  37. 114 nintendowii10
    January 4, 2012 at 11:41 am

    If Michele has any intellect, she’l endorse Willard in hopes of getting into the VP pool. Nikki Haley is already in that pool with her endorsement of Willard, angering the Teabags that got her elected.

  38. January 4, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Bachman out, Perry sayhe is in at least until SC!

    January 4, 2012 at 11:50 am


  40. 120 Ladyhawke
    January 4, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Bachmann exits stage right


    The unhinged lawmaker is arguably the most ridiculous person in Washington. She proudly embraces bizarre conspiracy theories; she routinely says crazy things on national television; she pretends to grasp public policies she doesn’t understand; and her worldview is comparable to someone who’s suffered a serious head trauma. Even as the Republican Party leaps off a right-wing cliff, Bachmann stands out for her unique brand of madness.

    Even in a radicalized party and the most extreme House majority caucus in generations, Bachmann stands out as one of Congress’ most loony-tunes members. To put it gently, she’s stark raving mad.

    That there was a point in this race at which Bachmann was actually taken seriously as a candidate for national office is a national embarrassment.


  41. January 4, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Any of you all tweet, please send DWS our thanks, she was all over the news pushing back on the lies?
    She really pissed off Gregory and Scarborough! Lol!

    • 125 ChristiMTL
      January 4, 2012 at 11:57 am

      I don’t blame her!!

    • 126 dotster3
      January 4, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      She was great. Gregory looked shocked and sad after she smacked back at his usual Repub tripe. Like he wanted his mommy. Scarborough reacted predictably also, bully style—-couldn’t handle the truth so decided to walk away and distract by talking loudly to others.

  42. January 4, 2012 at 11:57 am


    Dude, Where’s My Party? – For moderate Republicans, the GOP’s right wing is a bigger problem than President Obama.
    Harold Meyerson| January 4, 2012

    Speaking one hour before the Iowa caucuses commenced, Huntsman directed barbs at both Republicans and Democrats. What was notable was that the crowd—several hundred well-heeled and –coiffed GOPniks and independents—responded chiefly—actually, only—to the barbs directed at their own side.

    The country suffers, Huntsman argued, from two deficits, one fiscal, the other of trust. Huntsman isn’t much of an orator—he repeatedly sets up the basis for an attack, then can’t deliver the zinger—and his tales of the horrors that flow from fiscal deficits left the crowd silent.

    Then he turned to the deficit of trust, which has afflicted virtually all our major governmental institutions. He cited some of them; again, no response.

    Then he said that Congress had just an 8 percent approval rating. “Everyone knows that Congress needs term limits,” he said. Suddenly, the crowd erupted in cheers. He didn’t say “the Democrats in Congress.” He just said “Congress.”

    Then he attacked President Barack Obama for refusing to deal with hard issues, for not accepting, for instance, the recommendations of the Bowles-Simpson Commission. He waited for applause. There was none. Plainly, the Republicans of Peterborough were angrier at Eric Cantor than they were at Obama.

    Read more: http://prospect.org/article/dude-wheres-my-party

  43. January 4, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    So THIS is why we are cursed with the Klown Kar.

  44. January 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Bill Burtons on Alex GAGner show!

  45. January 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Forgive me if this has been posted before — I’m always late getting to the news in the morning. But here’s Borowitz’s take on the Iowa results in his daily column —

    Romney Jubilant After Finishing in Dead Heat with Walking Joke in Sweater Vest
    Mitt: ‘The Eight People Have Spoken’

    DES MOINES (The Borowitz Report) – Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was overjoyed today after finishing the Iowa caucuses in a virtual tie with a walking joke who wears sweater vests.

    “The eight people have spoken!” exclaimed Mr. Romney, who was joined by supporters celebrating his .0006% margin of victory.

    The former Massachusetts governor put the best face on his razor-thin lead, telling supporters, “Say what you will, but eight votes is still six more than Rick Perry can count.”

    Historians noted that the last time so few people decided a Presidential race they were all on the Supreme Court.

    As for the other candidates, runner-up Rick Santorum said that he had received a phone call from President Obama: “He stopped laughing just long enough to say congratulations.”

    Rep. Michele Bachmann told supporters, “I don’t know the meaning of the word surrender. Also, the words science, math, apple and cat.”

    And former House Speaker Newt Gingrich addressed speculation about whether he would leave the race: “Not unless it gets cancer.”

  46. January 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm

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