rise and shine



12:00: PBO meets with NBA Champions Dallas Mavericks

7:00: Attends fundraiser; Washington, DC

8:40: Makes remarks at second fundraiser; Washington, DC


Read Steve Benen here and Greg Sargent here on Romney’s problems with the truth









Morning everyone 😉

159 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 1 collegekay
    January 9, 2012 at 10:05 am


    • 2 collegekay
      January 9, 2012 at 10:05 am

      Good morning everyone 😀

      • January 9, 2012 at 10:46 am

        Goooood Morning…everyone….

        sipping coffee …reading …

        how do you change a person’s point of view….how do you change their perspective….is it possible….this crop of Republican nominees appeal to the worse in us….to the racist fears of white folks….to the stereotypes of black people….blaming public workers and unions ….calling the EPA…imperialist….and the list goes on….

        there are some folks whose minds won’t be changed…but there are those who can be influenced and perhaps we can find some common ground….

        Dr King always believed in the good of America….as does the President…this is what i have to keep my eyes on….

        Pressssssssssss ON!

  2. 7 LOL
    January 9, 2012 at 10:08 am

    A couple of things…

    Why I’m not worried about that book Part 6….

    “In describing an episode that happened Kantor said Michelle bounded up on stage in a black and white sleeveless dress…..except she was wearing a 3/4ths sleeve floral print dress” Le Sigh.

    Second…grab your popcorn, soda pops and take a seat…

    It’s nail-biting time in New Hampshire. Front-runner Mitt Romney’s lead continues to shrink and Ron Paul looks safe in second, but there’s a three-way race for third, and there’s no telling now how it will turn out tomorrow.

    In our exclusive 7News/Suffolk University poll, Romney stays on top with 33%. Ron Paul is still in second, with 20%; Jon Huntsman is third, with 13%; and Newt Gingrich fourth, with 11%.


    • 8 itgurl_29
      January 9, 2012 at 10:11 am

      Where did you get that quote from the book? This Jodi Kantor woman is not only a POS, but apparently, she’s a pretty crappy writer. Doesn’t she have Getty Images?! Geez lady, look up a pic before you try to describe an outfit!

    • January 9, 2012 at 10:15 am

      We can’t have Huntsman get 3rd because that could be real trouble. I think he’s benefiting from Romney being too far out in front, so some Romney supporters are switching to Huntsman because Huntsman put in a lot of work in NH and he could be their second choice so want to reward him. On the other hand, Huntsman could pull 3-4-5 percent from Romney in S.Carolina and Florida which is winner-take-all and could be enough to cost Romney wins in either state. So I’m undecided how I want this to play out – Huntsman gets 4th or worse and goes home, or Huntsman gets 3rd or better, gets a bump and sticks around for a couple more primaries. If Romney wins SC or Florida it’s over, but I don’t want to give Huntsman the chance to catch fire either. Romney is damaged goods with a lot of baggage.

      • 12 LOL
        January 9, 2012 at 10:20 am

        Agree. I want Huntsman to take his ball and go home. I would not mind, however, Romney getting dinged down to 30..and Huntsman getting around 16%. He will never have a state like NH with all those indies and really he’s been campaigning there since SUMMER so he can’t repeat that in any other state.

        • 13 hopefruit2
          January 9, 2012 at 10:27 am

          There will be NO repeat of NH for Huntsman in other states, unless the votes are illegally rigged in his favor. And regardless, Obama will wipe the floor the with him in the General. Hunstman is no threat to OBama. I’m not buying any of the media hype about this one or that one being a threat to Obama. At one time it was Gingrich who was expected to trounce Obama with his Lincoln-Douglas style debates. At another time it was Perry who was expected to let Obama know who’s boss. At another time Herman Cain was the REAL BLACK candidate threat who was supposed to eviscerate Obama by siphoning all the Black votes. Then it was the DNC being SKURRED of Romney…

          The truth is: None of these candidates will match or beat Obama in November.

          • 14 LOL
            January 9, 2012 at 10:30 am

            AGREED X1000

          • 15 Chi
            January 9, 2012 at 11:21 am

            Thank you Hopefruit2…

            I’m sick and tired of this bogus Huntsman as potential threat…

            The man is just another lightweight loser who remains only ever slightly mythical simply because unlike the other once mythical Perry, Gingrich, Christie etc, he hasn’t had his sterilizing moment in the sun…

            And even without that surge moment, Jon Huntsman has shown himself to be terribly unimpressive…

            Spitting out obviously borrowed, crammed and embarrassingly rehearsed lines including lifting and repeating lines directly from President Obama…

            Jon Huntsman is pathetic, petty and very thin-skinned and seems to lack even the most basic political savvy in how to respond in an honorable way when things don’t go his way…

            It was all well and good when he thought he was inevitable and had the foregone backing of the media and the GOP/PUMA corporate elite and was playing out his scripted and choreographed poor imitation of our dignified and honorable President…

            Huntsman quickly unraveled as things failed to materialize as he assumed they would…

            This is a petty, spiteful man who responds like a scorned high school girl when he fails to get his way or endorsements go to others…

            Not a terribly impressive picture of a man who claims to be a ‘diplomat’, wants to be President but can’t even manage slight disappointments and worse, lacks vision and the ability to plan ahead or effectively pivot…

            Any man capable of abandoning a job he quit his governorship for – only to run against the President he insists he had to answer when he was called to ‘serve’ – is not only self-serving and unreliable, but incredibly undeserving of the blatant attempts at painting him as worthy of even the lower positions he once held…

            But then one realizes that those positions where only bought and paid for by his wealthy father who desperately seeks to live vicariously through his rather lazy son who has only had to play the part and not much else…

            • January 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm

              Chi, you are on fire. Perfect put down of Huntsman. I would also add that it took him 12 hours to respond to Romney’s criticism of his serving as ambassador in the Obama administration. PBO would wipe the floor with him in 12 seconds and Huntsman would still be searching to a comeback retort the next day. He occasionally says less utterly hateful things than the bozos he’s running with, but the bar is set so low that it doesn’t mean much. He cannot and never will be able to compete in the same league as his former boss, Barack Obama.

          • 19 nospin
            January 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm

            “None of these candidates will match or beat Obama in November”.

            hopefruit2 – I have no idea why folks would think any of these candidates stand a chance. President Barack Obama will “crush” all of them.

      • 20 hopefruit2
        January 9, 2012 at 10:20 am

        Saint Roscoe, What is so threatening about Huntsman putting in so much time, money and energy in moderate NH and only getting 3rd place? He’s not going to get anywhere near that in SC or Florida which are FAR more conservative in terms of Republicans than NH could ever be. He was ALWAYS within striking distance in NH and that’s what the polls are showing. Nothing has changed. In the other states, not so much. He’s dead last or next to last in SC and/or Florida.

        • January 9, 2012 at 10:34 am

          I don’t know, Huntsman has always been the guy I’ve been worried about in the back of my mind. To me he’s Romney with a better Gov record, FP credentials and without the baggage. And with Romney taking fire from Gingrich and SuperPAC’s now, I wonder if Romney supporters might start looking to their second option. Maybe I’ve been scarred by the Rick Snyder campaign.

          • 22 hopefruit2
            January 9, 2012 at 10:40 am

            Huntsman doesn ‘t appear to have baggage because he’s been too low in the polls for the normal scrutiny that comes with being frontrunner or a serious threat to the frontrunner. At one time I thought perhaps his poll numbers were being artificially fixed at a low level to avoid scrutiny because the GOP wanted him to be at least on the VP slot. But I’m not particularly concerned about this.

            Huntsman has baggage. We just aren’t aware of all of it. He has ties to Koch brothers; He has done some shady dealings in China. He endorses fully the Ryan plan. He stumped wholeheartedly for Sarah Palin in 2008. These are just a few of the unsavory things we know about Huntsman. It’s the tip of the iceberg.

          • 23 nintendowii10
            January 9, 2012 at 10:42 am

            saintroscoe, this is NOT 2010, where Synder and other Republicans lied through their teeth to get elected in an off season year. More people are blaming the Republicans than President Obama, and as I posted below in a response, this concern trolling over Huntsman is getting old. You shouldn’t worry about Huntsman because HE IS BORING!!!! He isn’t charismatic, and 90% of his platform is stolen from President Obama. If I’m an independent voter disappointed in President Obama, why would I vote for Huntsman, who is almost identical to Obama except further to the right on issues? Acknowledge reality, reality being NONE of these Republican candidates… Willard, Paul, Perry, Gingrich, Santorum, OR Huntsman pose ANY reasonable threat to Obama.

      • 24 nintendowii10
        January 9, 2012 at 10:39 am

        saintroscoe, I’ve had it with your concern trolling over Huntsman. He’s a more boring version of Hillary circa primary season 2008, NOTHING about Huntsman inspires people to get behind him. He’s more boring and dull than watching paint dry. Contrast that with President Obama, who is able to fire up a crowd and get people excited. Acknowledge reality and reality is, NONE of the candidates… Willard, Paul, Perry, Gingrich, Santorum, OR Huntsman pose ANY reasonable threat to Obama, because NONE of them can organize the community like Obama has to GOTV. Remember how Reverend Wright, Bill Ayers, the Bradley effect, etc were ALL supposed to doom Obama’s chances in 2008? And you STILL want to bank it all on the former ambassador of China who even admitted himself he despises campaigning? Really?

        • 25 Cindy Sweatt
          January 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm

          I have had the same nightmare about Huntsman as saintroscoe. I do like reading the other posts. I am a worrier. It is one of my worst traits. It doesn’t help anything, but I find it almost impossible to stop. That is why I come here. This site keeps me sane. Thank you. Let’s not be so hard on saintroscoe. I understand.

          • 26 Mae who love our CIC
            January 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm

            I think you and Str might have a bit of stage fright. Thinking back when McCain selected Sarah Palin as his VP, I recalled panic crept in because at first we thought that she was a viable candidate until we later learned that she lacked the intelligence and was very mean and she also lied about Mr Obama palling around with terrorist.

            Trust President Obama more than the GOP candidates.

        • January 9, 2012 at 12:08 pm

          Agree completely about Huntsman, nintendo, but Hilary can not be put in the same ideological class. She isn’t as charismatic as the president and she was wrong on the Iraq war, but she has a liberal heart. I any other year, Hilary would have done very well as a Democratic nominee. But Barack Obama came and stole all our hearts and there was no going back after that.

      • 28 57andFemale
        January 9, 2012 at 11:05 am

        I do not see Huntsman doing well in SC unless he tacks far to the right (which, frankly, is where he is except he believes in science, if not much else of use to the nation).

        We’ll see what happens tomorrow.

        By the way, this is all more important than that rag by Jodi Kantor, except that it will help Obama donations and actually shine a spotlight on all the good this FLOTUS has done.

    • 29 dotster3
      January 9, 2012 at 11:02 am

      In my final take on the book, I would caution against over-reaction. I’ve decided it doesn’t amount to much. I saw the Matt Lauer interview with the author this a.m. He described it as “a mostly positive” book about the Obamas, but asked if she didn’t take “poetic license” with some of the tidbits—-and that’s what I’d call them—-tidbits—-told her by friends and staff, meaning there was twisting and turning and stretching, trying to make a “big deal” out of normal, understandable incidents that happened “one day” in the WH. I mean, is it really shocking that there was friction with Rahm Emanuel? Everyone has had friction with Rahm, continuing in Chgo now with the Dem gov. etc. Is it really shocking that Michelle was a fierce defender of her husband and cared about the goals of his presidency and spoke out when she felt he was being underserved? No. And I can relate. I would be exactly the same way—-I have a similar emotional makeup to Michelle—-and would do all I could to try to make sure that all that could be done was being done. And Gibbs swore once? Ooooooh. Who cares? And that there were initial adjustments—-I can’t think of anything more normal ——-it’s a huge change going from private citizen, or as a senator’s wife to living in the WH as First Family. And there are positives in the book which haven’t received exposure. Just much ado about nothing, imho, and I would rather that the book does not receive more energy and attention than it’s worth, turning it into some big controversial “bombshell” when it really isn’t, making it more important than it is.

      • 30 halo
        January 9, 2012 at 11:15 am

        Still don’t get what the big deal is about the book. It’s not Ron Suskind-esque. It’s basically saying that the transition from a pretty normal life to a once-in-a-generation campaign for the WH throws things off balance. Michelle Obama is a modern day woman who has tried to balance career and family and no doubt the WH and its trappings provides lots of pros, but also lots of cons for someone who has worked her entire life. And it’s no surprise that being as smart and loyal as she is that she would have complaints about Rahm going aroudn in anonymous quotes that healthcare was dead. Big deal. Every WH has internal conflicts and every book tends to exaggerate things. So what. Michelle Obama is a force and will be in the campaign. This book is such small potatoes and PBO would probably just brush his shoulders off.

        • 31 dotster3
          January 9, 2012 at 11:26 am

          Agree and as a final final p.s.—–book just discussed on The View, for what that’s worth, and Barbara Walters actually wrapped up that discussion with saying that Michelle Obama has been a terrific First Lady in her opinion, and the audience heartily applauded. Even horrible Elizabeth chimed in to defend Michelle. The book—–not a bombshell, not important, dismissive.

        • January 9, 2012 at 11:40 am

          I’m not as upset as others but I do understand where they are coming from.

          What a lot of people don’t like is that these stories will be used by the right wing and right wing media to reinforce what they already believe about her. We can’t change that but we are also very tired of FLOTUS being attacked. We got idiots like Chuck Todd saying the book is revenge for FLOTUS overstepping her bounds. Then AOL + HuffPo is reprinting headlines/articles from Fox News about the Halloween party. We are sick of hearing these things and we are especially tired of people making a profit off The Obama’s by appealing to these kinds of people. Its not just the book, its a culmination and people have had it.

          Whatever the content of the book, Obama supporters are geared up for 2012 and have vowed to be diligent in their push back against misinformation. Folks like Kantor won’t escape our wrath 🙂

          • 34 nospin
            January 9, 2012 at 12:19 pm

            “What a lot of people don’t like is that these stories will be used by the right wing and right wing media to reinforce what they already believe about her”.

            gobrooklyn – they were doing that anyway and had no problems in making shyte up.

            I am so with you on Obama supporters being geared up for 2012. The Kantor issue isn’t worth the energy. And for the folks who are upset, I like Diane’s idea. Donate $24.00 to PBO’s campaign. That at least provides a positive outlet and sends a message.

            • 35 LadyTNT
              January 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm

              Gobrooklyn, that’s exactly my point about the book. I’m not upset about what was said. Matter of fact, I believe it and am proud that the FL has the Pres’s back. My issue is the intention behind the words. It’s intention is to sound like juicy gossip to sell her book. Haters on the left and the right will try to use it to demean the FL. Just like we won’t be buying the book, a lot of others won’t be buying it either. So all they will see is the excerpts from the magazine or the stories that MSM put on tv. So the fact that the rest of the book is positive is no help. Why didn’t they put the less exaggerated parts in the article. Hmmmm, let me think…………..because it doesn’t sell books!

          • 36 anniebella
            January 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm

            Chuck Todd is a dumb jackass.

      • January 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm

        Dotster, I feel the same way because I, too, would be fiercely protective of my husband in such a high pressure situation and I would find adjustment to the White House both stifling and overwhelming. I can’t imagine any “sane” woman who could read about these struggles and not identify. Who wants a dishrag for a FLOTUS? Is she supposed to be someone who’s merely decorative and doesn’t care enough about her husband to get frustrated? Is she supposed to be a puppet? The FLOTUSES in history whom people remember and who serve as role models were all women of courage and bold action who took stands and fought for their husband’s welfare. Abigail Adams. Dolly Madison. Edith Wilson. Eleanor Roosevelt (my personal favorite). These were all women of great strength who put their talents where their hearts were.

  3. 40 taiping1
    January 9, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Bill Keller of NYT joins Reich with a call for Hilary as VP and Biden as SOS. The Clintonistas won’t give it up! NYT not particularly distinguished for political judgement after shameless reporting on Iraq and WMD.

    • 41 Mae who love our CIC
      January 9, 2012 at 10:15 am

      They are so bored with themselves that they are trying to help the GOP by creating controversy. It will not work. Press on!

      • 42 JoJothecat
        January 9, 2012 at 10:42 am

        They need some type of hype on the other side, it just won’t take on any traction. No one is paying attention to the clintonistas, pumas, and empogs and they’re jealous.

    • 43 FiredUpInCA
      January 9, 2012 at 10:51 am

      This is why Democrats can’t have nice things, like the greatest President in modern history.

      • 44 FiredUpInCA
        January 9, 2012 at 10:58 am

        Scratch that. We get to have him anyway despite the noise of the misguided few. Press on.

        • 45 Chi
          January 9, 2012 at 11:31 am

          But more importantly Firedup is why Bill Keller concerns himself with President Obama’s campaign and staffing decisions…

    • 46 Mel
      January 9, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Do not worried Hillary will Not run as VP ‘ Bill has all ready said that, and Hilary say no either, so
      is red meeet that they are trowing to the Wolves out ther is pure CACA PBO will do that ever it
      needs to be re- elected so let’s calm down. Do not pay attention to the book either Gail King is
      going to interview FLOTUS on Wednesday this week and Gail push back on the book this morning
      on CBS.

  4. 47 LOL
    January 9, 2012 at 10:13 am

    This is just too funny.

    As if Rick Perry didn’t have enough problems.

    The Texas governor was greeted at a restaurant in Anderson, S.C., by a young woman who posed for a photo with the Texas governor while saying it is “good to see someone as homophobic and racist as you.”

    He smiled, took the photo and moved on.

  5. 50 hopefruit2
    January 9, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Times sure are a-changing! This diary is #1 on the REC LIST at Old Orange 🙂


    For those of you who still visit there occasionally, please show the diarist some love with a tip and/or rec!

    • 51 JoJothecat
      January 9, 2012 at 10:49 am

      Logged in to show support…then logged off. I did not even read any of the comments because I know some are going to be real nasty once the flame throwers wake up :).

    • January 9, 2012 at 11:04 am

      “This is our chance to hold the soul of America”


      Pressssssssssss ON!

    • 53 57andFemale
      January 9, 2012 at 11:12 am

      I went there during the IA primary because I still like their threads on election days. I was somewhat amazed that a lot of what I saw finally realizes that the enemy is Republicans. I admit to not delving too far into comments but there was a promising shift.

      The last time I was there a few months ago, it was OWS all the time, like Olbermann’s show and a left instantly.

      The ironic difference: conservatives pull together their groups in order to find consensus, because they like to WIN (but as Steve Benen pointed out, they’re probably too late at this point to find a Anyone-but-Romney candidate to coalesce around).

      These emoprogs and their ilk are happy when we lose. It makes them feel pure or principled or something. In my book, that makes them dangerous at worst and irrelevant at best. If you are too stupid to understand that nothing good can happen with republicans in power, then STFU and stop hurting our country.

  6. January 9, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Folks beware Gingrich’s Winning the Future superpac Romney-bash video above .

    It’s meant to bait us to give ’em eyeballs then they’ll Swiftboat PBO in general election. The casino billionaire whose $5 million is backing it is a Netanyahu henchman sworn to support the Republican candidate. This video is intended to lure liberals in with these KNOWN Facts about Mitt Romney. But it also slickly neutralizes its potency for the general election. They are trying to take it off the table for us to use in the fall, by which time it will be “old news”. Let’s not fall for it. Don’t give them the clicks.

    The DNC & Moveon.Org have already been making videos of the Bain laid-off employees. So why is Gingrich jumping on it and giving it the Willie Horton scary treatment? It’s a form of inoculation. This is water under the bridge for Republican voters who don’t care what Romney did. They’ll vote for him. There’s no credible Non-Romney now who could benefit from this take down of Romney. Think folks, why didn’t Gingrich do this when it mattered most, but waits till SC?

    These people are vile. If they suck us in with this TRUE ad, they’ll be able to suck in the general public with FALSE ads in the fall against President Obama, when more people are actually paying attention. Be warned

    • January 9, 2012 at 10:19 am

      Romney will have unlimited money as well – nothing we can do about that. Newt is a much worse candidate – so if Winning the Future helps propel Gingrich to being the nominee than that only helps us.

      • January 9, 2012 at 10:26 am

        Yup. noot will turn off indies in a trice. And so I want him as their candidate. Politico reports noot now has a 3.5 mil superpac money in SC to splash around. Good for him.

      • January 9, 2012 at 10:47 am

        No the point of the pseudo-attack on Romney is not to boost Newt but to neutralize the Bain job-layoff bomb for the General election. It is potent and they know, but by bringing it out now they hope to desensitize the public. It gives Romeny a chance to weasel his way endlessly out of it.

        • January 9, 2012 at 11:01 am

          It will not work. This isn’t an affair or some Macaca moment, this is Mitt Romney’s entire career. These facts will be used in the general election especially since Mitt Romney will continue to use his time at bain to show that he can create jobs.

        • January 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm

          I don’t know about that because, if it came out in the general than all Republicans would rally around Mitt and frame Pres. Obama as anti-capitalist, anti-success and anti-business. However since it’s a fellow Republican calling it unseemly and a perversion of capitalism, and because we’re still in primary season it means Gingrich’s supporters, Santorum supporters, Perry supporters and Paul supporters will not jump in to defend Romney against the charges.

        • 60 rikyrah
          January 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm


          I understand your reasoning, but I agree with gobrooklyn.

          WILLARD’S entire campaign is based upon that he’d be a better President because of his experience in the private sector.

          BAIN is his experience in the private sector.

          WHAT he did at Bain is the focal point of how he’d be as President.

          I don’t care if all the anti-Mitts ran Bain ads….

          it will NOT go away for the general election.

        • January 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm

          One, this assumes the public is paying attention; they’re not. Two, it assumes people will bother to watch the whole video; they won’t. Only political junkies will sit through the whole thing.

        • 62 Obama Grandmama
          January 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm

          Not sure the time element and a worn out accusation works as the opposite of it takes many repeats of an attack to be effective could be said also.

    • 63 relellit
      January 9, 2012 at 11:04 am

      Good morning TODville family

      And why is the disgrunteled ex-MSNBC , DAN ABRABMS posting a lie that Axelrod Confirms Robert Gibbs Did Curse Michelle Obama


      Listening to the video I did not hear David say Yes Robert Gibbs did curse the First Lady. But, I did hear Axelrod say it was taken out of context.


  7. 64 mtmarilyn (@mtmarilyn2)
    January 9, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Good morning Chips and this wonderful TOD family. It is hard to believe Mitt really believes he could be President of the US. Obama/ Biden will become know as the best duo ever. I love Joe! His loyalty to this President is a beauty to behold. God bless our POTUS and VPOTUS. Have a great day everyone!

    • January 9, 2012 at 10:25 am

      And yet, their is another Ny Times article saying that the President should draft Hillary!
      I don’t get how the ny media and Beltway types, target Joe?
      I think Joe is a very good VEEP!

  8. January 9, 2012 at 10:19 am

    From TPM:

    Secret Service Barring One Dallas Mavericks Member From WH Visit
    The Secret Service is barring Dallas Mavericks player Delonte West from today’s White House visit because of gun charges in 2009, West Wing Report reports.

  9. January 9, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Personally, I think christie is the most negative person, in the history of politics. A bully.
    He has the nerve to say that this President is cynical?

    • 74 Brit
      January 9, 2012 at 10:23 am

      He gets away with being a bully, which isn’t right.

    • January 9, 2012 at 10:26 am

      He’s the epitome of the “ugly American” stereotype – obese, egotistical, no self awareness, brash, mean, bullying know-it-all. Imagine this man on the world stage…

      • January 9, 2012 at 10:31 am

        He has very deep issues. There’s no way I’d want him anywhere near the White House.

        • 77 HZ
          January 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm

          Good Morning/Afternoon TOD Family. May I jump in here to concur on this issue. I feel the same as Meta does. There are some deep issues within this man.

          I get deeply upset with the ugly, hateful, and most of all the bully personality of this man. When our children are being bullied on their campuses daily, and then to have to see and in some cases hear this elected official, who thinks he will be President or VP one day is plain and simply disgraceful and dangerous.

          We do not need to pamper this ugly American, this awful governor, and this constant bully in our lives ,and for sure ,not as an example for our children. Enough of his foolishness, and we shall and will continue to speak up about it and against it.

          I taught students who had to deal with bully people each hour of their school day, and it is a very dangerous and hurtful thing for them to encounter in their lives. So we will not encourage and lift up this ugly governor in anyway. Not now, not ever. I care about the children too much to sit silently and excuse this ugly governor, and I am sick and tired of his sick attitude. Shame on him. Enough!!!!!HZ

    • 78 Lovepolitics2008
      January 9, 2012 at 11:47 am

      Let them say what they want. A majority of Americans like the President and recognize his qualities as a man. Attacks like that are only reverberating with the right wing base. It rings hollow, stupid with the rest of the voters. And in the end they may help President Obama and democrats. Ari Fisher (sp?) , former press secretary of Bush, admitted it himself.

      • 79 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        January 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

        Exactly LP. PBO’s personal likability polling has consistently been over 70%. They are wasting their time with the character BASHING.

  10. 80 Debz
    January 9, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Good morning all!!!!! Happy to see Mittens being called out as the liar he is. 🙂

    • 81 Obama Grandmama
      January 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      Me too, Debz. I heard that comment I didn’t see the ads then the turn around in the same speaking time about the ads he saw. No one spoke of that so I was really glad to see it was framed as an ad. It is the epidome of a compulsive liar not even recognizing when they lie.

    • January 9, 2012 at 10:30 am

      Now if Mitt Romney’s campaign was running against Mitt here, you know that one clipped quote would be taken out of context and splashed all over ads. However in the context of the larger quote I don’t think there is any hay to be made with what he said.

      • 84 LOL
        January 9, 2012 at 10:33 am

        SaintRoscoe you are correct. If the Obama team ran ads and pulled quotes the way the Romney team did ….it would be devastating.

      • January 9, 2012 at 11:05 am

        True. I actually understood what he meant. He likes choice and competition but why didn’t the moron use those words? He really is oblivious to the way people see him. He walked into this.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:41 am


    • January 9, 2012 at 11:22 am

      Is English Willard’s 1st language? Sometimes I wonder. That statement is just so clumsy. I gather he speaks French, but I wonder if Spanish is the first language he learned? Not that it really matters – speaking several languages is a wonderful plus IMO, but Willard’s sometimes awkward turn of phrase raised the question in my mind. Oh well,don’t mind me. My mind is wandering this morning, so maybe I should go do my overdue grocery shopping. 😛

  11. 89 LOL
    January 9, 2012 at 10:29 am

    WOW…so Tavis Smiley complained to FOX NEWS about getting the boot. I’m not linking that crap but you can find through the google.

  12. January 9, 2012 at 10:30 am

    From the previous thread- Good morning, TOD!~

    Racism Is A Vital Piece Of The 2012 Republican Platform
    By Rmuse| January 8, 2012

    Many pundits claim that racism rose as a result of President Obama’s election, but they fail to recognize that his election gave the existing bigots legitimacy as if they were only reacting to Obama’s policies. However, the rise of the teabaggers and their “taxed enough already” and “Socialist tyranny” mantras was code for opposition to a Black man illegitimately sitting in the White House. The only reason President Obama entered office to outrage and instant hatred was simply white supremacy that informs racists that an African American is not qualified to be president because he is not white. If President Obama were white, he would be hailed as a tax-cutting, terrorist killing, business friendly, and right-leaning centrist that deserves re-election and a place of honor on Mount Rushmore.

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/en/2012-gop-racism

  13. January 9, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Ron Paul in One Lesson: A Primer on Libertarianism
    By D. L. MacKenzie| January 8, 2012

    As a former long-haired pot-smoking Libertarian, I can attest that libertarianism attracts—not only pot-smokers, but—starry eyed idealists, believers in a Lennonesque live-and-let-live utopia tantalizingly within reach if only they could manage to convince all of humanity to abruptly and simultaneously stop being assholes. It takes a while for the smoke to clear, and by then the Libertarian larvae have metamorphosed into more or less mature creatures, plunged unwillingly into a workaday world which brooks no such chimerical stargazing. The ugly truth sinks in: All of [us] are mortal, and none of us is self-sufficient. And libertarians lose another follower.

    Libertarians believe that if government and all such collectivist enterprises simply vanished, an ideal world would miraculously arise on the ash heap of the old. Liberals, on the other hand, are willing to work for it.

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/en/ron-paul-in-one-lesson-a-primer-on-libertarianism

  14. 100 Ladyhawke
    January 9, 2012 at 10:34 am


    Newt Gingrich the Republicans and the Loony Religious Fringe


    It was the Reconstructionists who, along with several less extreme activists like my father, created the climate in which the likes of Gingrich-as-Far-Right-Roman-Catholic-convert, George, Colson, and Beck have been taken seriously by many Evangelicals. Without the work of the Reconstructionists, the next generation of religious activists (trying to use the courts, politics, and/or civil disobedience to impose their narrow theology on the majority of Americans) would have been relegated to some lonely street corner where they could gather to howl at the moon. Instead, the twenty-first century’s theocrats (though they’d never so identify themselves) enjoyed the backing of Fox News, were tolerated at places like Princeton University, and could be found running most Evangelical organizations.

    George’s, North’s, and Gingrich’s idea of the “rule of law” is that it must be subject to a biblical mandate, in other words to what Gingrich’s bishops tell him will “sell” to their faithful and their evangelical fellow-traveler religious extremists. This is the constituency that Gingrich is now appealing to, with the direct help from his Roman Catholic advisers and his Reconstructionist and Dominionist friends. And then there is the cherry on the cake: in return for espousing their theocratic anti-democracy views Gingrich will be forgiven his multitude of divorces and a lifetime of adultery.



    • 101 nathkatun7
      January 9, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      Thank you so much, Ladyhawke, for the link. Frank Schaeffer does excellent work in exposing the Right wing Christian evangelicals who are now dominating the Republican party.

  15. January 9, 2012 at 10:35 am

    And, this argument that the far left and far right has about the bank bailouts are stupid.
    Should their have been more safeguards in the bill, sure! But, they are saying we should have let the Banks fail!
    That is messed up.
    The conservative Paulson tried that approach with Lehman Brothers, and the whole Market exploded.
    If we did that with AIG, B of A and Goldman Sachs, we would have 30% unemployment.

    How do we know this? Look at the cascade effect that Lehman Brothers had on the World Market?

    Yet, this calling for Banks to fail is Populism?
    It’s stupid! Ignorant! And irresponsible!

    That is all!

    • January 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

      Yes, I can’t for the life of me understand why people want to take down the whole ship to get the captain. Anyone remember how their 401K’s were being slashed by 30%-50%? hundreds of thousands of jobs being lost every month? We would be in a depression right now.

    • January 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      Both the far left and far right wanted a complete societal collapse because they’re mostly young fanatics who think that they could rebuild their personal political Valhallas out of the rubble of the economy. Progressives want something closer to socialism and Libertarians want Somalia.

    • 105 nathkatun7
      January 9, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      Really excellent comment, Jovie! I am continually amazed by people who have such short memories! People have forgotten that in September and October of 2008, the entire financial structure of America was on the verge of total collapse. If all those Banks failed the entire world economy would have been devastated. I think you are being generous about the possibility of 30% unemployment. I think unemployment would have been much, much, higher.

  16. January 9, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Iraq war crimes trial to begin in California
    By Agence France-Presse| Monday, January 9, 2012

    Opening statements will be delivered Monday in a court-martial of the last US Marine charged over a notorious 2005 killing of civilians in Iraq.
    Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich pleaded not guilty Thursday at Camp Pendleton, California, where the first day of proceedings was spent questioning potential members of the panel which will decide his fate. The 31-year-old faces nine counts of voluntary manslaughter and other charges for his role in 24 deaths, many of them women and children, in the Iraqi town of Haditha on November 19, 2005.

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/01/09/iraq-war-crimes-trial-to-begin-in-california/

    January 9, 2012 at 10:36 am


    • January 9, 2012 at 11:11 am

      What’s his political affiliation?

      • 109 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        January 9, 2012 at 11:20 am


  18. 110 thoughtful3
    January 9, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I don’t post comments (time constraints,etc.), but I just wanted to drop a note on how much appreciated that “word from diane”. And, that the emails I get from TOD are invaluable. thanks.

  19. January 9, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Thank you, Michelle Obama for your efforts in this regard!~

    Healthy eating may help ADHD kids
    By Agence France-Presse| Monday, January 9, 2012

    Simply eating healthier may improve the behavior of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder if therapy and medication fail, said a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers, however, said that their review of recent controlled scientific studies had shown conflicting evidence on the impact of supplements and restricted diets — in some cases they were no better than the placebo effect.

    Nutritional interventions should therefore be considered an alternative or secondary approach to treating ADHD, not a first-line attack, said the review by doctors at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. “Supplemental diet therapy is simple, relatively inexpensive, and more acceptable to patient and parent,” than strict additive-free diets that have been popular in the past, said the study.

    “Public education regarding a healthy diet pattern and lifestyle to prevent or control ADHD may have greater long-term success.”

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/01/09/healthy-eating-may-help-adhd-kids/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheRawStory+%28The+Raw+Story%29

  20. January 9, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Good Morning , One and All! The sun is shining. There’s no snow on the ground. (That’s so unusual for this time of year that I’m expecting to ‘pay for this’ later. However, I’m not going to worry about that right now. :lol:)

    TODville is up and about. Life is good!

    Have yourselves a great Monday!

    • 117 nathkatun7
      January 9, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      I don’t care about the so called progressives who support this racist libertarian and his equally racist son. Any one who equates the right to discriminate on racial grounds with the right to be able to smoke cigar in the bar is, in my humble opinion, a white supremacist. This worshiping of property rights over human rights is insane! I wonder if Ron and Rand believe that restaurant owners have a right to serve spoiled food that would result in making people sick and government should have no say so in this matter. If that’s what they believe, then what is the purpose of government? If Ron Paul wants to do away with federal government, why is he running to be President of the United States? May be he should come clean and tell the American people that he intends to be the last President of the United States because his goal is to do away with the federal government.

      I wish Ron Paul and Rand Paul followers would pose for a moment and ask themselves what the framers of the U.S. Constitution meant when they wrote this Preamble to the U.S Constitution:

      “WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES (notice they didn’t say I Joe the Plumber), in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE (my emphasis), and secure the blessings of liberty to OURSELVES and OUR POSTERITY (notice again, not to I, the individual), do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

  21. January 9, 2012 at 10:47 am

  22. January 9, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Ten Years of Guantanamo: What Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld Knew
    By: Jason LeopoldMonday| 9 January 2012

    The Bush administration deceived the American people about the certain danger posed by Guantanamo Bay detainees – the “worst of the worst” as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld called them – when many were simply innocent bystanders, according to a former top State Department official. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, who was chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, said President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Rumsfeld knew that many detainees had done nothing wrong but still kept them prisoner for political or PR reasons.

    Wilkerson said he “made a personal choice to come forward and discuss the abuses that occurred because knowledge that I served in an Administration that tortured and abused those it detained at the facilities at Guantánamo Bay and elsewhere and indefinitely detained the innocent for political reasons has marked a low point in my professional career and I wish to make the record clear on what occurred.”

    Read more: http://www.truth-out.org/ten-years-guantanamo-what-bush-cheney-and-rumsfeld-knew/1326049233

  23. 120 Ladyhawke
    January 9, 2012 at 10:52 am


    By BooMan


    I suppose it’s fair game for Gingrich to fight back, but we have to change this system. It’s absolutely corrosive. The principle of one person, one vote is completely undermined by this kind of campaign financing. It’s particularly troubling when the donor has such close ties and big investments in a foreign country and clearly wants to influence the election so that the U.S. will have a pro-Likud president. How would we feel if this was a Chinese-American businessman who was best friends with the Chinese premier?

    This system stinks, and we need a Supreme Court that will overrule Citizens United or people or just going to give up on the political system and either become apathetic or take to the streets.



  24. January 9, 2012 at 10:56 am

    The author asks the question, Why? Perhaps that’s a question he should ak the Republican Party and multinational corporations that are shipping jobs overseas…

    There Are 5,000 Janitors in the U.S. with PhDs
    By: Kyle VanHemert

    There are 18,000 parking lot attendants in the U.S. with college degrees. There are 5,000 janitors in the U.S. with PhDs. In all, some 17 million college-educated Americans have jobs that don’t require their level of education. Why?

    The data comes from a the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and can be seen here in handy, depressing chart form:

    Read more: http://gizmodo.com/5671062/there-are-5000-janitors-in-the-us-with-phds

  25. 122 utaustinliberal
    January 9, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Morning TOD. I watched CBS’s This Morning (new show that took over the early show) and Gayle King and Charlie Rose did a good job pushing back on that piece of trash book by Jodi Kantor which has dominated all tv stations and tv shows this past weekend and this morning with a-hole Chuck Todd giving the crap book the thumbs up and saying it was revenge of the white house staff because FLOTUS was probably over stepping her bounds. Gayle King pointed out that the book was full of gossipy inuendo about a strong Harvard educated woman who has done a phenomenal job as FLOTUS. She also said she was on her way to the white house to interview FLOTUS about a host of things but she would also get her side of the story so that Jodi Kantor isn’t the only one being allowed to peddle a one-sided story. The interview will air on Wednesday January 11, 2012 on CBS This Morning.

    • 123 Linda
      January 9, 2012 at 11:04 am

      Kantor should hook up with Ron Suskind maybe they can do a 2 for 1 promotion of there $1.00 bargain bin books….

    • 124 ChristiMTL
      January 9, 2012 at 11:09 am

      Chuck Todd gave the book the thumbs up? Oh what a surprise!….

      I can wait to see what questions these idiots are going to ask Jay today…

      • 125 edp4bho
        January 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm

        Wouldn’t it be lovely if POTUS walked in right when UpChuck asks about that piece of trash journalism, given his earlier comments? A girl can dream, can’t she ? 😀

    • January 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      I kind of wish Gayle King wasn’t going to ask the First Lady about that book, and continue to publicize that piece of trash. There’s nothing that the First Lady will say that will not be twisted and used against her with regards to this book. I’m not a huge fan of Gayle King, so I could be totally wrong on this. The day she went on the radio and said that the protests about the New York mosque were right, and that the Muslims should give way tot he people’s sensitivities – I wrote her off. I wonder what side she would have taken during the de-segregation battles, if she thought the sympathies should be with the bigots, particularly since there were two mosques housed in the actual WTC buildings before 9/11. Her own children told her she needed to stop talking about the issue, because she didn’t know what she was talking about. Anyway, I don’t want to rehash that battle. Kudos to her for sticking up for the First Lady this morning, but I generally don’t trust her (Gayle King’s) judgement.

    • January 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      We need to send positive feedback on the new show. That’s how Rev. Al kept his time slot. What if for every complaint we sent 2 compliments. – we would feel better and the shows we like would “feel the love”

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  26. January 9, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Pelosi: Obama Should Run Against This Do-Nothing Congress
    By David| January 09, 2012 07:00 AM

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Sunday advised President Barack Obama to make his re-election campaign a referendum on how little Republicans have accomplished since taking control of the House of Representatives. In an interview that aired Sunday, CNN host Candy Crowley asked Pelosi if she was comfortable with the president running against Congress “because that’s you.” “It’s not me,” Pelosi replied. “It’s the Republican majority in the House of Representatives.”

    Read more: http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/david/pelosi-obama-should-run-against-do-nothing-c

  27. 130 ChristiMTL
    January 9, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Good morning everyone,

    I just read Bill Keller’s article.

    The @nytimes’ Bill Keller makes the case that Obama needs to make Hillary Clinton his veep pick.

    ”She would bring to this year’s campaign a missing warmth and some of the voltage that has dissipated as Obama moved from campaigning to governing. ”

    Here we go again……this will never stop.

    Such disrespect for VP Biden.

    • January 9, 2012 at 11:19 am

      I cannot think of a more accomplished VP than Joe Biden. Can you? Cheney? Gore? Quayle? HW Bush? Mondale? No, Joe has done a terrific job on behalf of the American people and he has served our POTUS very, very well. The media are the most superficial idiots imaginable.

      • 132 ChristiMTL
        January 9, 2012 at 11:25 am

        I so agree with you meta, they are a great team, very respectful of each others. RESPECT!….Reading this article, one would think that Hillary Clinton is absolutely perfect in every way.

        His scenario: ”Obama swallows his considerable pride and invites a refreshed Hillary to join the ticket.”

        His considerable pride??

        It’s so irritating.

        Pumas need therapy

        • 133 FiredUpInCA
          January 9, 2012 at 11:36 am

          “Pumas need therapy.” This is true. It seems to me nothing is more arrogant than to suggest that the President drop his Vice President . Who are these people? When Bill Clinton was in office I don’t recall any chatter to replace his Veep?

          When they have these conversations in the media, they completely ignore the point-of-view of key figures like the President and his base.

          • 134 ChristiMTL
            January 9, 2012 at 11:42 am

            I was checking his twitter feed….saw that little gem:

            Jeanette607 Jeanette
            @nytkeller Enjoyed your op-ed on Hillary today, esp. since I agree that her presence would greatly help. In fact, HRC=only way I vote 4 Pres

            You have Pumas who will hold their noses and vote for the President and you have the crazy ones who will not vote for the Black President.

            Like the guy who started the campaign to send $20.12 to show her their support, he said that he ended up voting for McCain.

            They don’t care about politics….just their hatred for the President.

      • 135 a4alice
        January 9, 2012 at 11:29 am

        no. no no no no. it’s PBO and VPJOE. I’m going to look this up and help mr keller see the light.

      • 138 nathkatun7
        January 9, 2012 at 8:38 pm

        I am totally with you Meta! Besides, I already have my campaign materials with President Obama and Vice-President Biden. Right now I am sipping my coffee from the “Cup of JOE.” This talk about Hillary as VP is, in my opinion, aimed at creating divisions in the Democratic party. People pushing it know fully well that it’s just not going to happen. But they see this as a way to further alienate Hillary supporters so that they wont come out to support the re-election of President Obama. I hope and prey that Hillary supporters will reject these manipulations.

        In addition, while Humphrey, Mondale and Gore were good VPs, I still think VP Biden is the best VP in my lifetime. Joe Biden brings a wealth of experience, both on the Domestic and Foreign issues. Most importantly,there is such good chemistry between the Obams and the Bidens, which makes it easy for them to work as a team! Can you imagine the First Lady having to work with the egocentric Bill Clinton? So, my question to all these Hillary promoters is: why fix something that is not broken?

    • January 9, 2012 at 11:43 am

      shouldn’t bill keeler be concentrating saving the greay lady instead of trying to save obama from himself ?

    • 140 relellit
      January 9, 2012 at 11:59 am


      They hatw her guts so how could Hillary bring missing warmth??? Me-thinks Bill Keller needs some ginkgo biloba pills for his memory.

  28. January 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Santorum: There is no Middle Class in America
    By Heather| January 08, 2012 04:00 AM

    From this Saturday’s ABC GOP debate, apparently Rick Santorum wants to end that whole “class warfare” issue by pretending that there “is no middle class” and bashing President Obama for daring to point out that the Republicans really don’t care if there is a middle class left in America with their policies that do nothing but protecting the upper one percent and their richest donors. It’s just more of their standard fair where they’re continually trying to turn the definition of “class warfare” on its head and pretend they actually have the interest of the working class at heart should they be elected to office.

    Read more: http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/santorum-there-no-middle-class-america

  29. January 9, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I had posted on my blog a few days ago about a speech Mitt was giving. I could not believe the lie that fell out of his mouth. He flat out said Obama was to blame for the economy. I was really appalled by his comment. How can a person of his stasis just flat out lie and get away with it? I really think Obama has done a good job with a really bad situation. Just as FDR took us out of the depression. Obama needs to keep on going and don’t let the others affect him because I seen a few times he seemed to want to blow his cool (He did better than I, I would punched em in the face) but hey that’s me….. I like your site good job, i looks very nice

  30. January 9, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Mitt “I like to Fire People” Romney is about to receive the BAIN BOMB.

  31. January 9, 2012 at 11:13 am


    January 9, 2012 at 11:13 am


  33. 148 Ladyhawke
    January 9, 2012 at 11:13 am


    I don’t know how I missed this. But Norm Ornstein posted some suggested questions for the GOP debates back in November that are just terrific. These are questions that the jackals, pundits, gasbags and talk show hosts could not bring themselves to ask. Someone’s feelings might get hurt. But they are the type of questions that educate the public even if the candidate dodges with a talking points response or evades the question entirely.

    Twelve Questions They Should Be Asking at Tonight’s Debate (11/22/11)


    Here’s a list of questions that I would love to hear answers to (and I imagine many primary voters would, too), but that almost certainly won’t get asked in the dozen primary debates scheduled in the weeks ahead. But a guy can dream, right?


    TO NEWT GINGRICH: In a recent debate you called for the imprisonment of Barney Frank and Chris Dodd for their longtime support for and involvement with Freddie Mac and Fanny Mae. Since you got paid at least $1.6 million by Freddie Mac from 1999 to 2006, what prison sentence should you receive?



    • 149 nathkatun7
      January 9, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      Thanks, Ladyhawke, for another excellent link! Norm Ornestein’s questions are exactly the questions that real journalists should be asking. The reality, of course, is that we no longer have real journalists in this country’s so called mainstream media.

  34. January 9, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I’m just now getting here . . . wanting to speak into the space of Prettyfoot 58 up there at little after 10 a.m.
    about How do we change people’s thinking? and what MLK would do? . . and some of our other leaders.
    I think that ALL of this is training ground for us. We are in the days of earth-shifting politics, thanks to the
    leadership of PBO. And we as a citizenry need not rue the difficulties of birthing a whole new way of seeing,
    thinking, being. I think that the opportunity for deepening ourselves is all around us; and how we respond matters.
    If we are only reactive, we repeat the past. If we can use the current crazinesses to practice being still and sane,
    calling it like we see it, yes by all means, but without suprise that it is what it is,
    then the new actions will arise all over the place. This is a little bit prophetic, I realize, and it’s not
    original with me. But I believe this to be so: that if we here on TOD cultivate alertness [you all amaze me with
    your alertness] and our willingness to press on, there is no stopping this new thing that has already emerged.
    Thank you for all of your-selves and your commitments. It is imperative for us to deepen, right here.
    This is so awesome. I never thought I would see it in my lifetime, the breadth and depth of what TOD is doing.

    • 151 Betsey
      January 9, 2012 at 11:36 am

      I agree wholeheartedly. We are fighting the vanguard action of those who want to stay in the past, and are either terrified of change, or profiting from things as they are. It’s hard to stay sane and calm, and to keep our eye on the long view, but that’s what PBO does, so we can learn from him. I think this is a very powerful time on this planet. PBO is the avatar of the new that is coming. It’s a hard position to be in, but he was prepared for it, and took on the challenge. We are beyond blessed to have him.

    • January 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm


      Thanks for your sage advice. I hope you post often. We need voices like yours.

  35. 153 FiredUpInCA
    January 9, 2012 at 11:15 am

    These two paragraphs sum up the problem the GOP has:

    “The surging candidate this time four years ago was the man who is now president. In December 2007, his first appearance with Oprah Winfrey in Des Moines attracted an estimated 18,000 people. In the Iowa campaign’s closing days, both he and Clinton were capable of drawing four-figure crowds even in areas of Iowa traditionally inhospitable to Democrats.

    The surging closer this year was Rick Santorum. His campaign wisely kept its events to coffee shops and small local businesses — venues in which the 200 or so people Santorum proved capable of drawing filled to overflowing.”


    They have an enthusiasm abyss. Romney with his 8 vote win receive fewer votes than he did the last time. They’ve tried to make Michele Bachmann the rock star that will galvanize their base. Then Rick Perry. Then Cain. Then Gingrich. Now Santorum and Huntsman.

    Give it up. There’s nothing like the real thing.

    When you scrutinize the members of President Obama’s hardcore base, do they seriously think Romney or Paul have a chance of luring them when everything out of their mouths says ‘I do not care about you.’

  36. January 9, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Mitt Romney and the Tea Party: A Match Made in Greedy Capitalist Heaven. So What are They Waiting For?
    Written by: Thomas Franks| January 8, 2012

    Dear Tea Party Movement,

    For the last few months, the world has been fascinated by your frenzied search for a presidential candidate who is not Mitt Romney. We know that you find the man inauthentic and that you have buoyed up a string of anti-Mitts in the Iowa polling — Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich — buffoons all, preposterous figures whom you have rightfully changed your minds about as soon as you got to know them. It was quite a spectacle, your quest for the non-Romney — and I think we all know why you undertook it.

    In ways that matter, Romney is clearly a problem for you. Still, my advice to you idealists of the right is this: get over it. Not for sell-out reasons like: Romney has the best chance of beating Obama. No. After all, given everything you represent, why wouldn’t you line up behind this quarter-billionaire who’s calling for just a little human love and sympathy for billionaires? I’m sure you already understand me perfectly well, but just to be certain, let me make the case.

    Read more: http://www.alternet.org/story/153687/mitt_romney_and_the_tea_party%3A_a_match_made_in_greedy_capitalist_heaven._so_what_are_they_waiting_for/

    h/t TomDispatch.com

    • 155 nathkatun7
      January 9, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks for the link, creolechild. Thomas Frank did an excellent job exposing the real ideology of the teabaggers which perfectly mirrors the ideology of Willard “Mitt” Romney.

  37. January 9, 2012 at 11:36 am

    politico has a piece titled mitt romeny and the bain bomd. Looks like noot and govnor goodhair are hitting mittens where it hurts, Loving it,

  38. January 9, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Good Monday morning everyone. I could not post yesterday or this morning for some reason.

    Today looks like a good day for lighting a candle. With all the horrific press on the new negative Obama book, please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Lady and the Nation.


  39. January 9, 2012 at 11:48 am

    The Rapid Economic Recovery Republicans Are Praying Against
    Brian Beutler| January 9, 2012, 5:20 AM

    Everything that’s supposed to happen in politics this year, and everything that has happened for the last several months, has been premised on the tacit, but seemingly safe assumption: The economy will remain weak for years. This has underlined Congressional jobs bill theatrics, campaign rhetoric about Obama’s record, debates about who’s to blame for high unemployment, and which party best represents the interests of the middle class. But what if that assumption is wrong?

    A contrarian school of thought holds that it is wrong — and its proponents have a growing cache of evidence to back them up.

    Read more: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/morning-in-america-the-rapid-economic-recovery-conservatives-are-praying-against.php?ref=fpa

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