Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney shakes hands with U.S. Senator John McCain at a campaign stop in Manchester, New Hampshire, January 4

Time: Announcing his support for Mitt Romney, Senator John McCain said, “The time has arrived for Republicans to choose a presidential nominee; a new standard bearer who has the ability and determination to defeat President Obama …. I’m pleased to have made my choice, and to endorse Governor Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination for President.

Governor Romney offers us the commonsense reforms of government policy that are necessary to turn around our economy. His record of accomplishment in government and business are a testament to his leadership abilities…

“I had the privilege of running against Governor Romney for the nomination four years ago, and I know he is a tough competitor. I have no doubt he is the best candidate we can nominate. And I am proud to support him for President.”


President Barack Obama greets people outside the Eason home in Cleveland, Ohio, Jan. 4, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Paul Begala (Daily Beast): You gotta love a party in which Mitt Romney can do no better than virtually tie with the guy who compared gays to “man on dog” sex and thinks contraception is evil.

I would have never guessed Rick Santorum would be so happy about two men being tied up together….

So while the winner of Iowa in terms of expectations is Santorum, the story is the man he basically tied: Mitt Romney. Not to put too fine a point on it, but when you can’t beat the Man-on-Dog guy, who lost his home state by 18 percent, you stink. You really stink.

…. Four years ago, Romney received 25 percent of the vote in the Iowa caucuses. Unencumbered by the need for gainful employment, Romney has been running nonstop ever since, and, along with a pro-Romney super PAC, spent at least $4 million in Iowa in 2012. Yet he garnered – wait for it – 25 percent …. it seems to me that spending $4 million to gain zero points is a bad return on investment. That is one expensive treadmill. I’ve seen Astroturf with stronger growth…..

Full post here


Adam Serwer (Mother Jones)

278 Responses to “oooooops”

  1. 1 CTGirl
    January 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    2 very odd men!

    • January 4, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      That does just about sum it up, doesn’t it. Nonsense from the media – especially FOX. Crazy from the GOP candidates. All business for the American people from President Obama.

  2. January 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I want that baby. He is adorable. (I actually want our President, but I know I can’t have him).

    • 35 anniebella
      January 4, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      Do anyone know when the contest to have dinner with POTUS and FLOTUS will be over? Whoever win this will be one lucky person. Since Romney copy everything POTUS does, I’m just waiting for Romney to have his contest to have dinner with Mitt and Ann Romney.

      • January 4, 2012 at 11:06 pm

        I heard on the radio a while back that Romney announced a pizza with Mitt thing, and his spokesperson said that Mitt will obviously take the cheese off his pizza.

  3. 37 donna dem 4 obama
    January 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    A FB Friend of mine just reminded me of something…
    Remember the other day when the President threatened to raise the debt ceiling. Then the Repubs cried foul and the President said oh since you are not in session I’ll move the date until your return? Well…..to quote my friend “I’m going to raise the debt ceiling … what, what’s that, you guys are out of session? I need to change that date to when you return to Washington? Great, now I can make all of these recess appointments I wanted to do since you guys are out of session and all.”

    BAM!! 🙂 😉 🙂

    • 38 Pamela
      January 4, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      Bingo! Checkmate…. He is the best of the best!

      • January 4, 2012 at 8:53 pm

        PBO checkmated the Almond-Joy-Repug Party the same way on the debt-ceiling negotiation with sequestration agreement. I am a strong believer that PBO is blessed with the Wisdom of Solomon.

        • 40 nathkatun7
          January 5, 2012 at 3:34 am

          I am a senior citizen. I have lived under many presidents, and I totally agree with you about this wise President. It is very obvious to me that President Obama thinks through all the political/policy moves he makes. It is also obvious to me that he is very focused on helping the majority of Americans who are not privileged.

          President Obama thought that he could work with reasonable Republicans just as he had done in the Illinois legislature and the U.S. Senate. I think he finally realized that the modern, teabag driven, Republican party is not the same Republican party of Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses Grant, Frederick Douglass, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower; or even the party of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. The modern tea-bag Republican party, that emerged after the 2008 elections, is the party of Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck and Fox News. Both Mitch McConnell and John Boehner take their orders from BOSS Limbaugh, Fox News, and teabaggers! Their orders are: to say NO to everything President Obama tries to do. That includes saying NO to policies that were previously supported by Republicans. As Mitch McConnell, candidly admitted, the #1 goal of the teabag Republican Party is to deny President Obama a second term. If defeating President Obama requires continuing the economic suffering of the vast majority of the American people, the teabag-Republicans think that this would be worthy the price. In other words, defeating President Obam for a second term is seen as more urgent and important task than cooperating with Democrats to improve the economy and the lives of the majority of Americans.

          The tragedy, of course, is that the leaders of the teabaggers, like the Koch brothers, have nothing to loose! They are unlikely to suffer from any economic hardships. In fact they stand to benefit. The same can not be said of their army of flowers: lower and middle class white people, who are being fed what Dr. King called “the stale meat of racism.” Lets hope that the vast majority of Americans will soon wake up soon to share your accurate assessment of President Obama.

    • 42 isonprize
      January 4, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      I keep saying “Underestimate Barack Obama at your own peril”

      A la Antoine Dodson – “They are so dumb. They are really dumb.”

    • January 4, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      He got ’em…GOTCHA! 😀

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST! (Bobfr @our4thestate) 😉
      PRESS ON!

    • January 4, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      And if you go to the OpenCongress.org page, both chambers are listed as “not in session”. So, looks like the Chamber of Commerce doesn’t have a leg to stand on!

  4. 46 nintendowii10
    January 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    More positive economic news courtesy of Detroit.

    DETROIT (AP) – Strong sales in December capped off a great year for U.S. carmakers – especially Chrysler – and 2012 should be even better. […]

    U.S. auto sales rose 10 percent to 12.8 million in 2011. That’s up 22 percent from 2009, when the U.S. auto industry and the financial system were in peril.

    November and December were the strongest months of the year for U.S. auto sales, and analysts expect the momentum to continue into 2012. Improving employment numbers, low interest rates and building demand to replace older cars should all boost 2012 sales. […]

    Full post here: http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2012/01/let-them-go-bankrupt-2.html

  5. 47 AnitaW
    January 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    McCain alwayslooks as if he’s gritting his teeth instead of smiling. It’s horrible and really sort of creepy looking.

  6. January 4, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    A youth activities center built with $7.5 million in Recovery funds is nearing completion at Hunter Army Airfield, at Fort Stewart, Georgia.

    The shell and exterior of the facility were finished in June; since then, workers have been concentrating on the interior, particularly the framing and painting in addition to installation of the tile flooring, carpet, electrical wiring, ductwork, and doors.

    The center will offer a range of physical, educational, and social activities, both indoor and outdoor for up to 135 children, ages 11 to 18.  The facility includes a fully equipped gym as well as offices for counseling.


    January 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm


  8. 57 Pamela
    January 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    PBO is just a good, good man. A decent person, genuinely caring about people and other forms of life on this little planet Earth. Bless him, bless him.

  9. January 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Ok, hold on, is Mitt wearing the same checkered shirt as PBO? SMH.

    • January 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      “Ok, hold on, is Mitt wearing the same checkered shirt as PBO?”

      Yes, LL I noticed that, too . I just laughed and told my husband how Mitt Romney is not only a flip flopper, but he is also a copy cat. That Mitt is just a bullsh*tter wannabe.

    • 63 dotster3
      January 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      Yes, he copies Obama on everything. Everything is deliberate and fake with Romney. But even though I have stuck up for the Obama checked shirt, from the farm backyards of pre-caucus Iowa to Monday’s departure from Hawaii, and across the midwest and everywhere in between, and praised his priorities where clothes are not so important, especially compared to all the other decisions on his plate, and for really getting his money’s worth out of that shirt, every penny, I may be ready for a change. And since all the other candidates have adapted the checked shirt, especially Willard, the reputation of the blue checked and its checks have started to fade. (not all its fault, thanks a lot Willard) And so I am ready to move onward and upward and away from the blue checked. New campaign, new shirt. Unless—–it’s a good luck shirt—–and then we’ll just have to hope it hangs in there, through 300 more laundry cycles, until victory. ( Should I have deleted?—-too shirty?)

      • 64 hopefruit2
        January 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm

        LOL! Not too shirty, but I love that checkered shirt only on my President!

      • 65 Lovepolitics2008
        January 4, 2012 at 8:47 pm

        I suspect that “the” shirt is indeed a few identical shirts… No problem with multiple laundry cycles lol…

      • 66 jacquelineoboomer
        January 4, 2012 at 9:01 pm

        So funny, dotster3. But you are reminding me of when I’m in the middle of telling my son some crazy story that has obsessed me, something that I’m trying to figure the answer to, and he quietly says, “You’re thinking too deeply on that, Mom.”

        Ha ha!

      • January 4, 2012 at 9:09 pm

        That was wonderfully funny…*grin*

  10. January 4, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Florida’s new redistricting standards, coupled with the 10-year shift in population, has forced Republicans to do what is rarely done in politics — sacrifice incumbents – and that is not going over well with some Republicans.

    The possible casualties include U.S. Rep. Allen West, whose Broward to Palm Beach-based district would become more Democratic in every map proposed by both the House and Senate.

    Broward Republicans have launched a web site — “saveallenwest.com.” – and are mounting a campaign to pressure legislators to revamp the maps to make them more in line with what they believe are the legal requirements of the new Fair Districts amendments. The changes they suggest would also make the district more favorable to the re-election of West, one of two black Republicans in Congress.



  11. January 4, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    What nonsense is this? Mr. Gerard should be well aware by now what happens to those who attempt to give the POTUS “ultimatums.” If he doesn’t, he can ask the GOP how that worked out for them!~

    Oil industry chief warns Obama on Canada pipeline
    By MATTHEW DALY | AP – 2 hrs 24 mins ago

    The oil industry’s top lobbyist warned the Obama administration Wednesday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline or face “huge political consequences” in an election year. Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, said it would be a “huge mistake” for President Barack Obama to reject the 1,700-mile, Canada-to-Texas pipeline. Obama faces a Feb. 21 deadline to decide whether the $7 billion pipeline is in the national interest.

    “Clearly, the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest,” Gerard said at the trade association’s annual “State of American Energy” event. “A determination to decide anything less than that I believe will have huge political consequences.” Gerard said the oil group has teamed up with at least 15 unions to support the pipeline, which would create thousands of jobs. “We will stand shoulder to shoulder” with labor unions that have backed the pipeline, including the Teamsters and the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department, Gerard said. “Over the next 60 days, they will not be silent,” he said.



    • 73 Jessica
      January 4, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      I think PBO should attach the Dream Act to the keystone pipeline. No Dream Act, no pipeline. And I dare the emoprogs and the teapublicans to whine about it. No ticket no laundry PERIOD!

    • January 4, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      I really question how many jobs for Americans it would create. There have been pipelines coming down from Canada before and it was basically Canadians and non-union labor involved.

      • January 4, 2012 at 9:07 pm

        Exactly, japa! The number of jobs were grossly inflated. As you pointed out, Canadians and non-union labor would get the jobs that some labor unions mistakenly believes will be generated for U.S. workers.

    • January 4, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      And, because of the Koch Brothers & Co., I don’t “care” for the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline:

      COVERT OPERATIONS: THE BILLIONAIRE BROTHERS WHO ARE WAGING A WAR AGAINST [PRESIDENT] OBAMA… http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer#ixzz1iY2Fttlt

      Kochs win big if Keystone XL pipeline is approved… http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/02/11/207492/keystone-xl-pipeline-tar-sands-kochs/

      Like the TeaPUBLICANs/TeaGOP, Murdoch/Ailes’ Fox “News,” (the Communications and PR/propaganda arm of the TeaPUBLICAN/TeaGOP Party), Rove & Co., etc., they need to be “takin’ down” a notch or two…Grrr! 😡

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST! (Bobfr @our4thestate) 😉
      PRESS ON!

    • January 4, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      NPR did a little segment on this tonight, saying that this imposed deadline is probably the worst thing that could have happened to it, because even the Keystone people don’t know what the new route is, and if the State Dept was to approve it without that information, they’d be open for lawsuits – which the environmentalists have vowed to bring. And NPR also said that the Keystone people said if it’s rejected, then they will reapply, because they need until at least the Fall to finish their research. There seemed to be some wiggle room from the environmentalists, too, because they said that they understand that if there’s a crisis in the other oil producing countries, they might be blamed for having blocked Canadian oil – but their concern is the additional greenhouse gases created by pulling oil from the tar sands, which takes more energy. I think there’s room to find a solution that everyone would be happy with.

  12. 78 Tulips
    January 4, 2012 at 7:55 pm

  13. 82 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 4, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    Psst – GOP. The NLRB & CFPB appointments. Best you can do now is forget’um, otherwise #PresObama will ensure your approval rating is < 1%.

    He's set a massive public relations trap for the GOP and their corporate masters. They have no way to win and if they are foolish enough to try to challenge him in the courts they'll regret it.


    • 83 JoJothecat
      January 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      PBO will get a lot of free press (although the msm will try spin it negatively) trying to protect the consumer, middle class, against the corporate thugs.

  14. January 4, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    The Obama administration is rewriting its defense strategy to absorb hundreds of billions of dollars in defense budget cuts while scaling back the longstanding Pentagon goal of being ready to fight two wars simultaneously.

    Underscoring the political dimension of Washington’s debate over defense savings, President Barack Obama planned to make a rare appearance at the Pentagon on Thursday to outline the new strategy. The administration says tighter budgets are a must but will not come at the cost of sapping the strength of a military in transition after a decade at war.


    That whirring sound is the Tepublicans crying!

  15. 85 desertflower
    January 4, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    This Sunday, Jan 8th…is a day that we remember those innocent lives that we gunned down, by a madman, as Rep. Gabby Giffords was set to meet with her constituents outside a Safeway store in Tucson, AZ. I see that Gabby will attend this event. I thought that I would include this link, in hopes that some of you might want to write some of your thoughts….Thank you 🙂


  16. January 4, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Just tuned into Ed, his intro was basically him complaining that liberals are accusing him of stumping for Santorum. He says he’ll explain more…..later in the show.

    • 87 majii
      January 4, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      When he breathlessly says, “Santorum gives as good a stump speech as Obama!” without noting that Santorum’s positions are out of step with the majority of Americans and without acknowledging that Santorum’s own nephew says he’s a divider, what does he expect? And, yes, I let him know on Twitter how I felt about his enthusiasm for a man without substance- a one note Charlie. I also let him know that his wishy washiness is why I don’t watch his show and why I don’t believe/listen to anything he says. Still stuck in my craw is the fact that he used his national platform in 2010 to discourage dems not to vote in the midterms in order to “teach PBO a lesson.” And, I will never forgive him for this because it was people like Ed, GG, and Moore who cost President Carter a second term in office. He may have a short memory, but I don’t.

  17. January 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Oh shit! kathrina Bitchinhuvel is also on Ed’s stupid show. She started off by saying PBO is really standing with the middle class…..oh, both are complaining that PBO’s move is “a little late, but it’s sweet.”

    • 90 nintendowii10
      January 4, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      Katrina, Ed and the rest of them are the fair weather left, the second anything doesn’t go their way they’ll throw a tantrum and rant and rave about how the world is ending.

      Notice also how OWS has not made the headlines, their emoleft anarchist whinefest and fighting with cops camping out in parks didn’t exactly play well for them.

      • January 4, 2012 at 8:25 pm

        I was thinking about that today. They’ve been relegated to the tail end of the Rose Parade and the back of the room in Iowa. I’m glad. They could have captured a powerful energy to make a very important statement about the middle class but instead focused unproductively and mindlessly on trespassing public property for who knows what vain purpose. Just hideous. They really blew it.

        • January 4, 2012 at 9:49 pm

          They blew their capacity to effect real change because their message got confused and their tactics meaningless. When you mindlessly protest everything and everybody, you stand for nothing. They could still redeem themselves if they focused on the vote. If not, their sell-by date will expire and they’ll be little more than a footnote in history.

    • 94 anniebella
      January 4, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Did anyone catch Rachel talking about the great family value man Santorum and what he did when he found out about his pal John Ensign affair.?

      • January 4, 2012 at 10:00 pm

        Santorum’s values? What a joke. Santorum was deeply involved with efforts to exempt the Mariana Islands from legislation that would ban corporations from importing slave labor, which included forced abortions. He was the “go to” guy for Jack Abramoff and his crowd and the whole ugly K Street lobbyists group. All of Ricky S’s sanctimonious blathering about being pro-life are intended to apply to other people, not himself. For years he scammed the state of PA by billing them for his kids’ education when he was actually living out of state. He’s an A number # hypocrite.

        • January 4, 2012 at 11:32 pm

          So, when Santorum talks about the state of the family being directly related to the state of the economy (???), is he saying that the economic collapse was caused by Vitter and Ensign and the rest of the cheaters? That Mariana Islands story was sickening – I can’t wait until all of this comes out and bursts Santorum’s “holier than thou” bubble. He’s reprehensible – they all are.

      • January 4, 2012 at 10:28 pm

        Yeah, i saw that too annie. As far as i’m concerned all the rethugs are running around with their clothes around their ankles.

  18. 98 donna dem 4 obama
    January 4, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Martin Bashir is the 1st show that I watch online each night. He never disappoints. This video of him castigating Rick Perry.


    • 99 Liberal Librarian
      January 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      And to think that before his MSNBC gig his claim to fame was the Michael Jackson interview which led to MJ’s trial on child molestation.

      • 100 anniebella
        January 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm

        Liberal Librarian, I know and I hated him for years for that too.

        • January 4, 2012 at 11:39 pm

          Yes – I was against Martin Bashir for that, and then I doubled down on my boycott when he revealed on TV that the one anchor was pregnant, and she had no idea he was going to announce it on TV. And during the run-up to the Royal Wedding, he was talking to the same anchor )can’t remember her name, it’s been so long since I’ve watched MSNBC during the day), and he was asking her whether she wore a garter at her wedding, and being overly personal.

          But, I have to admit, his bluntness and outspoken nature do well when attacking the GOP crazies.

          • 102 Puddin'
            January 5, 2012 at 12:34 am

            Martin does get a bit too familiar with folks (the ladies)…he said something to Tamara (sp?) Hall a few weeks ago and she had to tell him not to ever say that again (on air!!!). I was mad at him too re the Michael Jackson matter…I would not/did not watch him when he did Nightline on ABC. I just started watching him a few months ago….so far so good (crossing my fingers :-))

    • 103 dotster3
      January 4, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      He is the best—–shedding light on all the Repub atrocities and is entertaining, he has great guests, he knows his stuff—–should be in prime time instead of Ed.

      • 104 JoJothecat
        January 4, 2012 at 9:20 pm

        I’d like to see him replace David Gregory. I turned the Channel last night when tweety put him on…they must be best friends.

  19. January 4, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Paul Begala (Daily Beast): You gotta love a party in which Mitt Romney can do no better than virtually tie with the guy who compared gays to “man on dog” sex and thinks contraception is evil.

    I would have never guessed Rick Santorum would be so happy about two men being tied up together….Not to put too fine a point on it, but when you can’t beat the Man-on-Dog guy, who lost his home state by 18 percent, you stink. You really stink.

    …. Four years ago, Romney received 25 percent of the vote in the Iowa caucuses. Unencumbered by the need for gainful employment, Romney has been running nonstop ever since, and, along with a pro-Romney super PAC, spent at least $4 million in Iowa in 2012. Yet he garnered—wait for it — 25 percent. I’m not a Harvard Business School grad like Mitt; in fact, I’ve never even laid anyone off, but it seems to me that spending $4 million to gain zero points is a bad return on investment. That is one expensive treadmill. I’ve seen Astroturf with stronger growth…….

    Full post here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/01/04/iowa-results-show-romney-s-weakness-even-against-gop-unelectables.html

  20. 108 rikyrah
    January 4, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    January 04, 2012
    The WH: Which plan of attack?

    In today’s NY Times analysis, “Obama Weighs 2 Tactics on Romney,” the questions are asked of the president’s reelection team, “Do they go the flip-flopper route? Or do they go the out-of-touch, protector-of-Wall-Street route?”

    The Times concedes that “The two tactics are not necessarily mutually exclusive,” although in the first there lies the peril of the electorate mistaking Romney’s utter lack of principles for a vigorous pragmatism. (And these two characteristics indeed are mutually exclusive; the authentic and dare I say honorable pragmatist accepts on occasion the sacrifice of compromise to achieve at least in part a preexisting and principled goal, while the unprincipled pol merely exploits his vacant core to achieve whatever might be deemed a political triumph.)


    • 109 nathkatun7
      January 5, 2012 at 4:44 am

      I would say expose him on both fronts! Yes Romney is a “flip flopper” who has no core! And yes, Romney is an “out-of touch, protector-of Wall Street.” That is why he wont release his tax returns because they would reveal the amount of money he makes without having to work a day in his life. Mitt claimed to be unemployed. All he needs to do is show us his tax returns that confirms that he shares the pain of the unemployed workers!

  21. January 4, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    McCain is right about one thing. When you look at the Republican field, Romney is the best candidate. Of course, that is more a statement about the Republican field than it is about Romney.

  22. 112 rikyrah
    January 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    January 04, 2012 4:50 PM
    Can McCain define ‘destroy’?
    By Steve Benen

    As we talked about earlier, John McCain probably didn’t want to endorse Mitt Romney today, but he did. Was this largely a matter of party loyalty and the Republican establishment rallying behind their guy? Probably, though there are a couple of related angles to consider.

    For one thing, as much as McCain dislikes Romney, he dislikes Rick Santorum more. For another, as much as McCain dislikes Romney and Santorum, he hates President Obama with the heat of a thousand suns.

    McCain took the microphone and delivered a full-throated rebuke to Obama: “My friends, our message to President Barack Obama is you can run, but you can’t hide from your record of making this country bankrupt, from destroying our national security and for making this nation one that we have to restore with Mitt Romney as president of the United States of America.”


  23. January 4, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Seeing McCain try to claim some sort of kingmaker role is just so repulsive. He’s wasted his life on meaningless hyperbole and bipartisanship when he could have gotten something done by cooperating with others. But he chose the path of empty rhetoric and barren ideas. The WORST sort of politician. UGH>

    • 122 nintendowii10
      January 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      McCain is just a much older version of Willard, it’s amazing those two who were at each others throats back in 2008 are now close friends.

  24. January 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Along the lines of the above: I caught the very end of Rock Center (Brian Williams) Monday night. He teased (big-time) next weeks show: the Romney family in Mexico……its Mexico roots, etc. Interesting, huh?

    • 124 hopefruit2
      January 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      A sickening attempt to appeal to Hispanic voters?

      • 125 Liberal Librarian
        January 4, 2012 at 8:54 pm

        Yeah, I don’t think Latinos will be too impressed by a clan that left the US to pursue its polygamist religion.

      • 126 Jessica
        January 4, 2012 at 8:55 pm

        Romney = meet mi familia en Mexico but I oppose the Dream Act.

        • 127 Puddin'
          January 4, 2012 at 10:11 pm

          I read somewhere that the family members in Mexico are confused about willard’s new stance on immigration…they are hoping he will change his mind/heart (yet again). willard….poor fellow ain’t going to make it.

          OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

      • January 4, 2012 at 10:22 pm

        Can he speak Spanish? I highly doubt him talking about his so called roots will make Hispanics forgive him the whole Dream Act thing. Has he ever even been to Mexico before this puff piece? And the whole hand holding thing……..really? The reason it works with PBO and Miche is because it’s real…… Not fake and made for tv, Mr. Roboto. 🙄

    • 129 desertflower
      January 4, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      See my post above…with C&L link…..

    • 131 Lorraine
      January 4, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      As long as he tells the whole truth.

  25. January 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    One of the GOP strategies is to say our President hasn’t kept his promises. After looking at all the promises kept documented on politifact: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter/rulings/promise-kept/ my response is: The GOP wish the President would STOP keeping his promises. There are some seriously progressive things on that list.

    • 133 desertflower
      January 4, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      And it’s 8 PAGES LONG!!!!!!!!!! What a slacker that never keeps his promises 🙂 ! They better hope that the dumbing down of America is complete enough for them…because when America finds out how much the Republicans HAVE LIED TO THEM…they’re going to be PISSED!

    • 134 LOL
      January 4, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Politfact has the President breaking 6 out of 25 top promises. While I would quibble at the characterization that its the president fault (a la closing Guantanamo)..76% ain’t nothing to sneeze at.

      • 135 hopefruit2
        January 4, 2012 at 9:43 pm

        Especially with that unprecedented level of obstruction and the useless garbage Republican propaganda machine we call the media.

    • January 4, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      Perfect! Off to tweet.

  26. January 4, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Hi Folks,

    Did you all see Romney holding hands with his wife like POTUS and FLOTUS on the page with the Paul Begala article. What a fraud.

    • January 4, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Someone predicted yesterday that he’d be trying the hand holding thing, as his next copycat move on trying to be like President Obama. He’s so predictable.

      • 139 anniebella
        January 4, 2012 at 9:43 pm

        I will be waiting to see Romney running around shirtless playing football next. YUKE! YUKE! YUKE!

      • January 4, 2012 at 9:46 pm

        My blood boils everytime I read something like this about this fraudster theo67. Aside from his flipfloppoing and lying, I think the copycat stuff upets me more. He and Scott Brown could be brothers. I guess he will buy a pickup truck next.

        • 145 hopefruit2
          January 4, 2012 at 10:09 pm

          Romney must’ve picked up his clean crisp copy of “Obama for Dummies” at Barnes & Noble right before he announced his 2012 presidential run.

  27. January 4, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Ooh that picture of him holding the cutie all bundled up in a snowsuit – he’s a Dad for sure!

  28. 151 JoJothecat
    January 4, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    The last time McCain did anything for the presidential election he gave us $carah Palin. She has gradually left the msm obscession, with the likes of the GOP Klown Kar bridage for pure comedy…three down (batcrazy-bachman, hoemer, cain) five to go (perry, sanitorium, gringrinch, huntsman, cadavore-ron-paul).

  29. 152 desertflower
    January 4, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Seriously. This needs to stop. We NEED immigration reform! Pronto!

    * Lorene Turner couldn’t find her 14-year-old granddaughter after she ran away in the fall of 2010. It turns out, she’d been mistakenly deported, despite being an American citizen.

    • 153 isonprize
      January 4, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      Wait. WHAT??? Do you have a link for this? That is horrible, just horrible.

        • 155 isonprize
          January 4, 2012 at 10:00 pm

          OMG, Desertflower. THIS IS RIDICULOUS. And she’s STILL NOT HOME??? I’m sorry, I don’t mean to scream, but man. this really is outrageous… Wow, just wow…

          • 156 desertflower
            January 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm

            I know. Sick.Poor thing…and her poor family here….cruel.

          • 157 Dudette
            January 4, 2012 at 11:26 pm

            I’ll add my outrage as well. LOD says in his Rewrite piece tonight that she’s stuck there because Homeland Security says her grandmother needs to come up with the money to fly her home. Hell No!

            What needs to happen is this:
            1) Her congressperson and someone high up the foodchain in Homeland Security need to get their asses on a plane and go down there and bring her home, issue a public apology and declare a moratorium on deportations especially of minors (and their families) until comprehensive immigration reform is enacted
            2) The idiot who didn’t adequately investigate her story needs to be fired for gross incompetence*
            3) As compensation for this ordeal, HLS needs to set aside some scholarship money for this girl
            4) Grandma needs to be reimbursed for any expenses she had related to investigating her granddaughter’s disappearance

            That’s the LEAST they can do. There’s probably more, but I’m too pissed off to think straight!

            *And for the record, I don’t give a flying frak that she lied about her identity. If these people are so damned incompetent that they can’t tell when a 14 yr old is lying, they don’t deserve to make a living from my damned tax dollars!

  30. 159 Tulips
    January 4, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    • January 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      I love that these elderly grandmother types bake him pies. It’s just so real and sweet. I wonder if Secret Service lets him enjoy them.

      • January 4, 2012 at 9:38 pm

        I am sure they don’t let him eat the pies. If something happen they will be responsible. In a way, he is the secret service kid. There are some things they just won’t let him do Meta. 🙂

      • 164 dotster3
        January 4, 2012 at 10:04 pm

        No. I even notice that he always does the takeout thing when he stops at a local food joint. I don’t think he ever eats any of it. But his appearances there are good for the businesses.

  31. 165 All IN
    January 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    The guy who lost the general to Obama in ’08 is endorsing the guy who lost the primary to him in ’08 – Up is down….talk about irony!

  32. January 4, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    How awesome. This 91 yr old lady, Mrs. Eason, who POTUS visited today made a peach pie and a sweet potato pie for him and 21 others for Secret Service and his staff.


  33. January 4, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    As seen on Facebook: What do Mitt Romney and a homeless person have in common? No matter what they do, Republicans will, at best, only give them a quarter.

    • 178 desertflower
      January 4, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      I posted this early this morning…I thought it was a good piece…about time someone in the MSM is bothering to broach the subject. Could it BE more obvious?

  34. 179 desertflower
    January 4, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    He’s bogus.


    Mitt Romney, last night’s Iowa caucus winner, has been on the campaign trail claiming that the private equity firm he ran, known as Bain Capital, was responsible for creating loads of jobs. Romney responded to criticism about his time at Bain by saying, “I’m very happy in my former life; we helped create over 100,000 new jobs.”
    When a group of Romney backers ran an ad making the same claim, they were unable to back up the number with data. And as it turns out, the Romney camp can’t either, as it admitted that the statistic is nothing but cherry-picked job growth from a few companies that did well after they were bought by Bain:

  35. 181 Tulips
    January 4, 2012 at 10:04 pm

  36. January 4, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Stupid Mike McKinon just said that Willard is a better candidate today than he was 4 years ago and that a long primary fight will make Willard a better candidate, much like PBO became a better candidate after going a few rounds with Hillary. 🙄 this No Lables ass is too much.

    • January 4, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      I was wondering why I had not seen that racist pig on MSNBC lately. I voted in that poll but it has been taken over by RW folks.

    • January 4, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      Poor Pat really believes that the sun rises and set cause the white man says so, and that Jesus looked like Jeffrey Hunter. I like this better:
      “1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them.”- Kurt Vonnegut,

    • January 5, 2012 at 12:09 am

      Don’t read the comments. The crazies are definitely out on that one. Scary.

  37. 196 dotster3
    January 4, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    I know Alan Colmes got in trouble and had to apologize to Santorum for mentioning the weird behavior of he and wife following a premature birth—–but it was really weird. His wife delivered a stillborn at 5 mo.—-and they slept with the fetus/infant in between them overnight, refused to surrender the body according to state law, took it home, introduced it to all their young children as their baby brother, Gabriel, kept it at home for the day, had all the children hold it and “play with it”. Santorum is one strange bird with thinking that is way out of the norm.

  38. January 4, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    I still don’t get that “Lean Forward” slogan of MSNBC. It’s weird and meaningless. And the promos for the show are uncomfortable to watch – even Rachel’s.

    • 207 jacquelineoboomer
      January 4, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Rachel’s are the worst. Well, next to Tweety’s.

    • 211 isonprize
      January 4, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      The Rev Al’s is funny… I have no idea what “Lean Forward” has to do with it, but it’s funny!!!

      • 212 Dudette
        January 4, 2012 at 11:38 pm

        Another weak play on words. I believe what they mean to convey is “Unlike Fox, we don’t lean right or left, we lean forward” But without context it gets lost. A marketing campaign doesn’t work if it leaves audiences scratching their heads about what it means.

        • 213 JoJothecat
          January 5, 2012 at 12:15 am

          Tweety leans based on which way the wind is blowing….can’t stand him. For weeks he was singing the praises of PBO then when his book needed promoting he becomes anti-PBO…what a forward leaning douche.

    • 214 Mae who love our CIC
      January 5, 2012 at 6:52 am

      When someone is speaking, and the message is interesting you have the tendency to lean forward toward the messenger.

  39. 215 collegekay
    January 4, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Ugh I can’t stand to look at McCain & Romney’s lying faces.

  40. 216 auni
    January 4, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Oh Lord, I listened to Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, and McCain tonight, plus read a long letter to the editor in my local paper about how Obama is trying to destroy America. How do those people get so crazy!!!

    • 217 Dudette
      January 4, 2012 at 11:40 pm

      Unh, I don’t think I could do that without immediately jumping in the shower to wash all of the stink off.

  41. January 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Lawry just said that PBO is in the rewrite. His teaser said PBO is rewriting the Dem image of being soft on immigration by deporting a lot of people and that he—Lawry— was going discuss the stupid mistakes that immigration officials are making. Thanks, Lawry. What would we poor, ignorant, stupid mortals do with you to point out everyone else’s faults. Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t the deportation numbers so high because illegal immigrants are now being caught at high rates coming into America? It’s not like he’s breaking up families and shipping them out. His policies are just better and more effective at nipping illegal immigration in the bud. Lawry is such an ass.

    • January 4, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      I turned when he said that. I don’t need to hear him blaming PBO and getting into PBO’s head as to what he is thinking. He act like PBO has not been to Ohio lately and he only went there today because it is election time. I did not want to hear that either.

    • January 4, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Ooooh! Apparently, Homeland Security mistook a 14 year old black girl, American born and bred, for a 22 year old Hispanic woman. Now they don’t know where the 22 year old is and the 14 year old is stuck in Bogota. Yikes! Ugh.

      • 221 isonprize
        January 4, 2012 at 10:57 pm

        Desertflower posted the link. OUTRAGEOUS doesn’t even begin to describe this mess…


      • January 4, 2012 at 10:58 pm

        He’s so fricking snide. It was a stupid mistake. Apparently, the girl ran away after her grandad died. Po-Po ran into her and asked for her name. Unfortunately, the name she gave matched the Columbian woman they were looking for. Of course it was a stupid mistake but Lawry shouldn’t have snidely said:”thanks for keeping us safe, guys.” as if those agents aren’t over worked and underpaid. Lawry is such a bitch. Those guys work hard, this mistake happened but no need to be snide about that department of Homeland Security. And the girl isn’t stuck like she can’t get out. It’s more her family has to pay for the plane ticket which is ludicrous. HS should pay for that mistake or at least refund the family.

        • 224 isonprize
          January 4, 2012 at 11:10 pm

          I don’t know LIsa. I didn’t hear what LOD said, but I’m not giving them “stupid mistake” status on this one. You gotta figure they fingerprinted her and took pictures of her. Nobody, NOBODY, took the time to be sure they were deporting the right person?

          I’m sure there is way more to this story. and it doesn’t surprise me that LOD would use the stroy to spin a tale, but something ain’t right about this one. Not one bit…

          • January 4, 2012 at 11:15 pm

            You got me with the 15 and pregnant. It’s one one mistake culminated and culminated. Oy! This might turn into a snow ball.

          • January 4, 2012 at 11:16 pm

            Isonprize I am in total agreement with you. Something is wrong with this picture.

          • 227 Dudette
            January 4, 2012 at 11:52 pm

            Forgive my repost from upstream, but this steams me so much, I must repeat it:
            I’ll add my outrage as well. LOD says in his Rewrite piece tonight that she’s stuck there because Homeland Security says her grandmother needs to come up with the money to fly her home. Hell No!

            What needs to happen is this:
            1) Her congressperson and someone high up the foodchain in Homeland Security need to get their asses on a plane and go down there and bring her home, issue a public apology and declare a moratorium on deportations especially of minors (and their families) until comprehensive immigration reform is enacted
            2) The idiot who didn’t adequately investigate her story needs to be fired for gross incompetence*
            3) As compensation for this ordeal, HLS needs to set aside some scholarship money for this girl
            4) Grandma needs to be reimbursed for any expenses she had related to investigating her granddaughter’s disappearance

            That’s the LEAST they can do. There’s probably more, but I’m too pissed off to think straight!

            *And for the record, I don’t give a flying frak that she initially lied about her identity. If these people are so damned incompetent that they can’t tell when a 14 yr old is lying (and that she doesn’t even speak Spanish), they don’t deserve to make a living from my tax dollars!

      • 228 isonprize
        January 4, 2012 at 11:02 pm

        except now, according to the story, she’s 15, and pregnant, doesn’t speak Spanish and STILL in Columbia. This whole situation is wrong in so many ways!!!

        • January 4, 2012 at 11:07 pm

          15 and pregnant.—–ugh. Seriously, can’t this get any worse?

        • 230 JoJothecat
          January 4, 2012 at 11:43 pm

          Somthing does not sound right to me….she gives a false name, they take finger prints of this girl of someone they are looking for (they must have had that person in custody they were looking for to know her, and they did not wait to see if the finger prints matched?) I would reserve opinion until the full story comes out and it will. This girl purposely gave a false name, when she was being deported, did not confess who she was? She gets to Columbia and they give her a work visa or the ability to work? If you are from that country why do you need documents to work? It sounds like she’s preggers NOW not when she was deported I can’t tell because it sounds like they were cramming a lot of sensational information in one story. I want to see some timelines as to some of the events. Kids need to be taught to beware of the over zealous police especially if they are minority.

    • January 4, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      Yes, he’s pretty full of himself, as my Mother would say. Often reminds me of Keith Olbermann preaching at us. You go to ANY private corporation, company, business and there are mistakes made hundreds of times a day. “I asked for no cheese” “No I said ordered it for delivery on the 5th not the 15th” Whatever. Mistakes. And that’s exactly what this was. It wasn’t Bush breaking the law stuff, just a stupid mistake similar to mistakes that both governments and private enterprise unfortunately make every day.

    • 232 desertflower
      January 4, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      Actually, he has informed ICE not to pay attention to deporting people that aren’t dangerous….won’t do immigration reform like WE SHOULD? Then we just won’t deport people that want to make a better life for themselves….he did deport a lot, but to me…he was just following the laws as they stand now. As usual, another Catch 22….we need REAL reform!

  42. January 4, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Megan McOld came on Lawry saying she, her dad and her mom like Willard. Lawry wasn’t buying it.

    • 239 TrumpDog
      January 4, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      That was an awful appearance. I actually cringed for her.
      I can’t believe someone thought she’d be a good pundit. She’s terrible.

  43. January 4, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    McCain is only 10 years older than Romney.

    What are the odds Romney dyes his hair?

  44. 247 africa
    January 4, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Keith Olbermann has issues with another employer yet again. Wow. He left Fox, MSNBC, now there is dust up with Current.


  45. January 4, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    I love Barack Obama so much today. So much. What he did, they he talked, they way he looked. I felt like a teenage groupie. This was a beautiful day to be an Obamabot.

  46. 258 anniebella
    January 4, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    I still love looking at that video of the Obamas when they talk to Barbara Walters before Christmas. The one were FLOTUS is showing Barbara the Christmas trees in honor of our troops. Then Bo comes in. Where Barbara says you guys are holding hands, how long have you been married. POTUS says it will be 20 years next year,I think I have watch that one twenty or thirty times.

  47. 259 I Love OCD
    January 4, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Great photo, great comment thread. Thanks everyone!

  48. January 5, 2012 at 12:00 am

    hey everybody…lookit..!!

    RT @Obamaphile: Keith Olbermann QUITS Current as tweeted by TeamOlbermann: http://bit.ly/yvnfP4 #news #p2 #politics

    • 261 SueBee
      January 5, 2012 at 12:09 am

      Olbermann has a problem.

      • 262 JoJothecat
        January 5, 2012 at 12:19 am

        I feel bad for Olbermann, back in 2008 he was great during the elections then he became bigger than himself, forgot his audience and started attacking the President…he became leader of the empogs and has gone down hill ever since. He should have stayed neutral and would probably still be on MSNBC.

  49. January 5, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Hi guys, sorry I haven’t posted in a while. We’ve been out most days getting our last signatures to get PBO on the ballot in Indiana.

    I didn’t see this posted, so forgive me if this is a duplicate. But it’s from TMZ.


    Hubba hubba hubba.


    • 264 Dudette
      January 5, 2012 at 12:17 am

      Hi POB! We missed you. Glad to hear you’re out doing great work on behalf of our great President.

      There was quite a bit of swooning going on over the shirtless football pics on a couple of previous posts. Chips had to order a supersized naughty mat. 🙂

      Let me just say, however, you will get no complaints from me about reposting the link. I can’t get enough.
      So now I can alternate between these, the Wet POTUS pic, and the sexy wavy from the car last week. Sigh!

  50. 266 SueBee
    January 5, 2012 at 12:07 am

    OK TOD family..I am livid! Meghan McCain was on Lawrence and made a personal attack on the Obama’s marriage..claiming they look like a perfect family but they are not. Ugghhh! Say what you want about the Obama’s, but they never do personal attacks. Of course she waited 10 seconds before they go off to slip that in there. I was about to tweet her something nasty, but she’ll just ignore it. Don’t know why I got so upset, but she was very offensive in my opinion. That *witch*!

    • 267 JoJothecat
      January 5, 2012 at 12:44 am

      Poor megan, projecting her dysfunctional family onto the Obamas….sorry megan, you were born to a father no one would want, I don’t care if he is a senator, he’s an embarrassment.

    • 268 anniebella
      January 5, 2012 at 4:32 am

      If that dumb ass Megan McCain had any brains, she would realize ain’t no body family perfect. The Obamas have talk about how their marriage isn’t perfect, like most married people who love each other you have to work at it. Someone should tell Megan don’t be jealous because her parents marriage ain’t worth shit. I don’t think it was necessary to say what she said, disagree with President Obama policies, but leave his marriage and kids alone.

    • 269 anniebella
      January 5, 2012 at 4:52 am

      SueBee, you still should have sent the dumb bitch a nasty tweet. Excuse my language, but these haters just go to far. My parents marriage were not perfect, they had their ups and downs, but they loved one another and they work at their marriage, because they loved one another and loved their family. You should have ask Megan is her parents marriage perfect, is Mitt and Ann Romney’s marriage perfect?

      • 270 Mae who love our CIC
        January 5, 2012 at 7:04 am

        Anniebella, Megan is looking for attention. She wants tweets and she should not get negative attention. The best weapon is to ignore her especially when you know the truth.

  51. 272 Dudette
    January 5, 2012 at 12:13 am

    I’m loving how my President played Repugs on the recess appointment.

    I can just imagine this is how it went:

    [PBO on conference call with Boner and Turtle last week]
    PBO: Guys look, we’re gonna need to raise the debt ceiling again. Since you’re technically in (pro forma)session, I’ll just keep this simple so you won’t have to endure the optics and remind people of the last debt ceiling debacle.

    Boner and Turtle whining in unison: Bwah, but Mr. President, you can’t do that to us while we’re out of session. That’s not fair! We should have the opportunity to crap on you… er, um vote on it to make up for our past mistakes. Really, we’ll be good.

    PBO: Well, okay, but you’re not technically out of session; you’re running the pro forma sessions still aren’t you? When do you want me to reschedule the request?

    Boner and Turtle: Oh yeh, that’s right. Well, heh-heh you know that pro forma thing is BS. There aren’t enough members in town right now to get any work done on the debt ceiling or anything really. Why don’t you move it to some time after we really get back in session. We promise it’ll go smoothly.

    PBO: Okay deal.

    Boner and Turtle hang up and snicker to themselves: Tee-hee we got him again!

    [PBO calls a meeting with senior advisors and White House counsel]
    PBO: Okay, the Republican leadership just admitted they’re not really in session, so we can move forward on the CFPB and NLRB appointments. Let’s get this done. By the way, we’re rescheduling the next debt ceiling debate for when Congress returns. What’s next?


  52. 274 dotster3
    January 5, 2012 at 12:22 am

    This is going to be interesting—–Brian Williams is on Letterman and he brought the shirtless in Hawaii Obama photos with him—–going to show and tell after the commercial—–wonder what they’ll say………
    Letterman just asked when did the Republican Party became the party of the unstable——and they talked about Romney’s pac crushing Newtie—-all the limitless wealth there.
    Oh they love showing Obama diving for the pass and landing face down in the sand—–saying there’s your 50 yr. old president—- he’s ruining it for the rest of us (being able to look so athletic)—-and Letterman said that’s who you want right there—–meaning someone that fit and energetic in charge. They were both very complimentary and impressed.
    Colbert was great tonight too, as usual—–had a lot of fun at Wooden Willard and Creepy Santorum’s expense. Heilemann was his guest—–thinks Santorum may have a path——which would just be unbelievable.

  53. 277 africa
    January 5, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Dave Letterman just showed PBO’s picture playing football on the beach. He showed on where PBO dives for the ball. soooooooo impressive and hot!!

    • 278 JoJothecat
      January 5, 2012 at 12:32 am

      Thanks doster and africa, I plan to watch them both, flipping back and forth since they are on at the same time. I will skip Jon Stewart…he is dead to me. He can have Ron Paul.

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