evening all

King of Bain – the 60 second version

And the 30 second version:

Greg Sargent: There seems to be widespread agreement that the half-hour documentary attacking Mitt Romney’s Bain years that was released yesterday by the pro-Gingrich Super PAC was a very effective piece of political communication. Ed Kilgore, for instance, described it as a “heat seaking missle aimed directly at the white working class id”.

But what will South Carolina voters themselves see? Will this attack translate well in the 30-second and 60-second ads based on this documentary that the Newt Super PAC ad will run in the state?

…. Rick Tyler, the GOP operative who works for Winning The Future, says the ads are part of a $3.4 million buy that includes other media. We should obviously treat that figure with serious skepticism until the money is actually spent, but if that’s true, that’s a significant buy for South Carolina.

More here



The Week


Robert Shrum: … what he spoke on election night in New Hampshire puts the presumptive Republican nominee at odds with the essential character of America. In a well-coiffed gentrification of the racist-tinged attack on Barack Obama as “the other” – a somehow alien and illegitimate president – Flip Romney, in full pander mode to the paranoia of the far right, arraigned the president for “tak[ing] his inspiration from the capitals of Europe” — and seeking “to turn America into a European-style entitlement society.”

…. In reality, Obama has been defending and extending the nation’s long march toward fulfilling its founding ideals. It’s Romney who, on critical economic issues, takes his inspiration from the capitals of Europe….

…. I doubt Romney will give up the xenophobia anytime soon. It plays well among primary voters who are suspicious that he’s not reliably reactionary; it’s a code-coated formula to depict Barack Obama as someone from another country, another continent, another tradition. In that sense, it’s a modulated form of “birtherism.”

Romney’s right when he says this election is about “the soul of America”. With his hostility to economic justice and the social safety net, his record in business, his desertion of the American quest for equal rights, and his embrace of floundering European economics, he would, if he ever got there, be the president of a very different and lesser United States…..

Full article here


TPM: If a speech Thursday morning by one of his top economists is any indication, President Barack Obama is going all in with the 2012 re-election message of stemming the rise in income inequality and reforming a system that’s increasingly perceived to be rigged in favor of the rich.

White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Alan Krueger rattled off a flurry of statistics illustrating the rise of inequality and its connection to the shrinking middle class. He blamed it on economic policies tilted to favor top earners – including income tax reforms (presumably during the Bush era) and the “drastic cut in the estate tax.”

He also argued that implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which Republicans are eager to repeal, will help reduce the disparities.

It’s a message that bore an uncanny resemblance to the “Teddy Roosevelt” speech President Obama delivered in early December, which was interpreted by many as laying out the grounds for his re-election campaign …. Romney has taken to decrying this message as the “politics of envy” and “class warfare” …. Krueger’s speech Thursday makes clear that that’s a fight the White House is happy to have.

Full post here



The Week


Our old GOPolitico friend Byron Tau got very excited today about the date on that DoJ memo on recess appointments. Read and learn Byron:

Mother Jones: ….. The opinion itself is dated January 6, two days after the appointments were announced – but that doesn’t mean the opinion was sought retroactively. “It is common, especially where time is of the essence, to give legal advice prior to a formal written opinion,” says Marty Lederman, a former attorney with the Office of Legal Counsel. “It takes time to produce an opinion with this level of detail.”

Young Byron then updated his post with this: White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters in the briefing that the DoJ memo was based on advice given by the president’s Office of Legal Counsel. “The opinion was rendered verbally prior to the date of the opinion itself,” Carney said, explaining the discrepancy. “The opinion was based on the advice provided by OLC”

Discrepancy? 😆 Byron? Quit while you’re that far behind behind.



Full video here

“This is typical Barack, saying something he shouldn’t”:

208 Responses to “evening all”

  1. 1 hopefruit2
    January 12, 2012 at 6:55 pm


  2. 4 hopefruit2
    January 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm


  3. January 12, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Well isn’t Mr. Kreuger easy on the eyes? 🙂

    I read the article earlier so I can gawk at the photo now.

  4. January 12, 2012 at 7:06 pm

  5. 25 hopefruit2
    January 12, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    I see Mr. Roger’s ghost on Bain Street (in the Romney’s America Cartoon above) singing, “It’s an ugly day in the neighborhood…”

  6. January 12, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Ok, that last video of Barack whispering to Michelle: Why do I always get naughty thoughts at seeing it?

    • 27 hopefruit2
      January 12, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      He loves doing that. He’s a good man. I’ll leave it that. No naughty thoughts for me.

    • 28 anniebella
      January 12, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      Did you hear FLOTUS when she said that after a Christmas party , after a line of about shaking hands with 300 people, she kick her shoes off and POTUS was picking them up to take them up stairs. Now isn’t that one special man.

      • 29 anniebella
        January 12, 2012 at 7:48 pm

        I just love that picture of POTUS whispering in FLOTUS ear and she is laughing her head off.

        • 30 HZ
          January 12, 2012 at 9:36 pm

          Yes, anniebella our FLOTUS said in the Barb Wa interview that POB is very romantic. It was so cute the way FLOTUS said it. I love seeing them showing their respect and love for each other. I have not seen this in the WH for many, many years. It is fun and so sweet.

          I am not saying that other Presidents did not, but we just see this beautiful First Couple in such lovely moments that makes us so happy for them and about them. Love them.HZ

      • 31 meabloom
        January 12, 2012 at 8:33 pm

        I hear it and I thought it was so cute. And how Gayle King is wishing for the PBO&FLMO to have another little Obama. Loved the interview.


      • 32 TrumpDog
        January 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm

        He sure is.

  7. January 12, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    That 30 second ad is too chopped up and the message is lost. Actually I don’t like either of them, but I’d just pull any money paying for the 30 second ad and buy extra 60 second ads. I don’t like either because they don’t focus on Romney making tens of millions while the jobs were lost and small investors were screwed, or point out how Romney raided the pension funds – which the tax payers then had to cover in part.

  8. 34 FiredUpInCA
    January 12, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    “Home Depot says it plans to hire 70,000 temporary workers at US stores for spring selling season – @CNNMoney”

    • January 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      But I thought the Home Depot CEO said that hiring wouldn’t start until PBO was out of the White House?

      • 36 dotster3
        January 12, 2012 at 7:37 pm

        And he donates huge sums to Repub candidates.

        • January 12, 2012 at 7:51 pm

          And Lowe`s owner is the exact same.

          • 38 anniebella
            January 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm

            i have always believe that these companies were not hiring because they want to help the Republicans. They want the unemployment numbers to be high, so it could hurt Obama. Some of these companies are sitting on 2 trillion dollars, but yet refuse to hire. it’s a tactic to try to help the Republicans.

      • 39 L3
        January 12, 2012 at 7:54 pm

        That was his hate talking. Clearly he knows you hire people because they are needed when greater demand for products and services is anticipated. Someone has to help the customers and the fact they are hiring proves, much to his chagrin, that the economy is getting better.

  9. January 12, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    And Robney poll in SC is dropping, he is already in a statistical tie with Gingrich.


  10. 44 Tulips
    January 12, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Me and Mr ByronTau went at for a bit until. I told him to let me introduce him to a real journalist. I then linked him one eclectablog writings. tomorrow i will link him to rootless of the peoples view. everyday showing him the difference between gossip and true jouranlistic reporting. He went silent quick. LOL!

  11. January 12, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Gingrich has a few good web ads, but they’re useless unless he puts them on television.

    Here’s his latest –

      • January 12, 2012 at 7:19 pm

        Actually a moderate has a better chance against Pres.Obama than a full on wingnut like Santorum. In fact national polls have shown that Newt loses by a way bigger margin than Romney.

        • January 12, 2012 at 7:22 pm

          The thing is that Mittens isn’t a moderate. Oh, I don’t think he believes half the crap he’s been spewing, but that just makes it worse. He’s playing a rabid conservative to get the nomination, and there’s no way the Obama campaign will let him swing back to the middle if he’s the nominee. Really, only GOP primary voters are paying attention right now. Once the general starts, Obama’s team will hang the GOP primary around whoever the nominee is.

        • 58 anniebella
          January 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm

          Yea but is Mitt a moderate? Mitt has sold his soul to the conservative party and if he make it to the general election, he can’t then try to pretend to be a moderate. Those conservatives wouldn’t like that at all.

          • 59 anniebella
            January 12, 2012 at 8:21 pm

            So Mitty boy has back himself into a corner and he will have to stay there.

          • 60 TrumpDog
            January 12, 2012 at 8:41 pm

            I’m not sure what Mitt is.
            I don’t think he does, either.

          • January 12, 2012 at 10:23 pm

            I was speaking generically. Mitt is whatever is most profitable to his portfolio.

            • 62 nathkatun7
              January 13, 2012 at 4:40 am

              The reality is that the media pushes the meme that Willard “Mitt” Romney and Jon Huntsman are moderates. Sadly many Americans tend to buy the memes pushed by the media. Having said that, I don’t think Willard “Mitt” Romney can afford to tack to the middle given his cynical pandering to the conservatives during the primaries. If he decides to campaign as a moderate during the general elections, he risks the possibility of further alienating teabaggers.

      • January 12, 2012 at 7:24 pm

        Crikey, it’s all guns blazing from the Gingrich crew. Poor Mitt.

      • 73 Puddin'
        January 13, 2012 at 1:09 am

        …what gift Newton Leroy is, who would have thought he was going to make such a difference (in our favor) in the 2012 election?!?! The Fat Lady is getting ready to sing…Rob-you-and-me, can say “au-revoir” 🙂 🙂 🙂

  12. January 12, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Just blocked someone on twitter. Nothing really offensive but they post way too much and seem all over place. Just annoyed the hell out of me.

    In any case, I’m asking around but do any of you visit blogs/sites that have nothing to do with politics? Nothing whatsoever.

    I would appreciate some recs even if you think I might not be interested.

  13. 94 hopefruit2
    January 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    FLOTUS is now at 185K+ followers on Twitter! 🙂

  14. January 12, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    For those who haven’t read this yet…

    Chips, I’m going to be a real pain the neck, and re-post this from the previous thread. But no pressure is intended…really… 🙂

    We’ve shared various strategies here on TOD about how to get accurate information out about President Obama, and his administration’s, achievements. But we’ve haven’t–to the best of my knowledge– created a plan on how we would use social platforms and media outlets to accomplish this. Donna Dem and WhatISWorking had great ideas and have posted suggestions that we could also implement. I’d like to throw an idea into the mix, if I may.

    I’d like to know if we could have a News Dump Day where we agree on a theme (such as health care reform, the benefits of the American Jobs Act, payroll tax extension, raising the tax on the wealthy, alternative energy, green jobs, etc.), and we each commit to sending a set number of articles (1-3) to at least five, or more, individuals that we know. We could use Twitter, FaceBook, and websites that aren’t on our blogroll. I think Fridays or Saturdays might be the best days to attempt this. There’s so much good information that’s posted here that would go a long way towards informing the public and helping to lay the foundation for President Obama’s re-election.

    What do you think?

    • 97 Arnie
      January 12, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Regarding the Affordable Care Act, I came across this website. It speaks in plain language; has a simple, non-wonky interface; and even includes a fun little game (you get to pretend to be a person going through life, and decide whether or not to avail yourself of the ACA benefits when illness/accidents strike. When you reach the end, you see how better off you would be if you had chosen the ACA benefits as they were made available to you). I think it would be helpful in explaining the benefits of the ACA to people who aren’t aware, or are against it.


    • January 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      creole- Keep being a pain in the neck. it is so important to follow through on this!

  15. 101 Renegade522/AuntSis
    January 12, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Ok, I did it. I have a twitter account and I am following 11 people all ready. TOD of course, Michelle, the Obama 2012 campaign. I have a stupid question. If I am following 11 folks does that mean they are following me as well? My name is AnotherSignUp1

  16. January 12, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Pepsi to Pay $3.13 Million for Hiring Discrimination Against Black Workers
    By Jamilah King

    Big changes are in order at Pepsi Beverages after the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that hundreds of black workers were unfairly impacted by the company’s use of criminal background checks: Here’s what happened, according to a press release:


    h/t Colorlines

  17. January 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Romney’s Tax Cut For Millionaires Would Be Nearly Twice The Size Of George Bush’s
    By Pat Garofalo on Jan 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    As we’ve been noting, Mitt Romney’s economic plan calls for a massive tax cut for the rich, even while the plan would likely result in a tax increase on millions of middle class families. And as it turns out, Romney’s tax cuts for the rich would dwarf even those put in place by George W. Bush in 2001 and 2003, as Center for American Progress Director of Tax and Budget Policy Michael Linden noted:

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/01/12/403537/romneys-tax-cut-bush/?mobile=nc

  18. 112 dotster3
    January 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Saw this link on twitter—-interesting as it breaks Rush Limbaugh’s $28 million annual salary down by the day etc.——$116,000/day—–for spreading the worst hate and fear and lies and saying the most vile things ever said on the airwaves. Unbelievable. Something is wrong with this picture.

  19. January 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    17 Of The Top 20 Biggest Political Donors This Election Cycle Are Conservative |
    By Ian Millhiser on Jan 12, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Egged on in no small part by the Supreme Court’s decision to turn campaign finance into the wild west, a small group of donors have gotten increasing aggressive in their efforts to us their enormous wealth to influence elections. As Mother Jones lays out, this has given a decided advantage to Republicans and conservative candidates. Seventeen of the top 20 spenders seeking to buy election results are conservative: [Click on link to see graph]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/01/12/403112/17-of-the-top-20-biggest-political-donors-this-election-cycle-are-conservative/

    • January 12, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      Only recourse Dems might have is making the fact that they’re trying to buy the election an issue. Pres. Obama can start framing it my making it an issue during the SOTU when he should have 25M+ viewers. He needs to mention Citizens United and the up coming election season where there will be hundreds of millions of dollars spent on third party attack ads – paid for by secret donors with no limits.

    • January 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      Still, they are spending lots of money in the primary.
      I remember Rove did a 20 million dollar ad buy this summer. That is a waste!

  20. 119 vitaminlover
    January 12, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    To me, Romney always has a confused expression on his face. Maybe he’s thinking of his next flip-flop or trying to sort out his lies.

  21. January 12, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Stereotyping Black Women. I Love Me Some Michelle Obama Pics!
    Posted by TiMT on January 12, 2012

    Michelle Obama is A Symbol of Transcendence. The importance of Michelle Obama is not only to Black Women but also to all women of all colors who have struggled for civil rights, the right to vote, equal pay, equality, the right to own her body, the right to education, etc. Michelle Obama mirrors it all because she is the by-product of years of women’s’ struggle. But, her transcendence is intentionally being suppressed by the main stream media, the good ol boys club, and the man’s world. The man’s world still wants to keep it all locked up since changing a 400 years old stereotype is considered disadvantageous and a treat to their supremacy.

    Read more: http://timtpost.com/2012/01/12/stereotyping-black-women-i-love-me-some-michelle-obama-pics/

  22. January 12, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I would love to ask the folks in the video if they’re gonna vote for Obama. Indiana folks are a bit to the right except for Lake county.

    • 124 dotster3
      January 12, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Obama won Indy by a 2 to 1 margin, won Bloomington, Lafayette, even Evansville—–almost everywhere there was a university—surprise/surprise.

      • 125 dotster3
        January 12, 2012 at 8:01 pm

        McCain won all the rural areas, surprise/surprise, and people like those featured in the film likely voted against their self-interest.

  23. 126 Pamela
    January 12, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    191,939! She rocks my world! And I don’t even tweet!

    • 127 anniebella
      January 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Well i don’t tweet, if I did I would be right there too.

      • 128 Pamela
        January 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm

        anniebella, you can bookmark someone on their twitter page, then you can read what they tweet, and also their replies to other, without having a twitter account of your own. @DalaiLama is one I check daily, also PBO, and my daughter, and a few others who interest me. Not many but you don’t have to use twitter to follow them.

  24. 130 Pamela
    January 12, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Hey, Chipsticks? What means dote?

  25. January 12, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    The United Farm Workers of America have endorsed President Obama for reelection.

    UFW president Arturo Rodriguez: “We are proud to endorse President Obama in this historic year during which the UFW celebrates its 50th anniversary. We are proud to stand with President Obama because he has stood with farm workers and immigrants over the last three years,”


  26. January 12, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Giuliani to Newt- what the hell are you doing?


  27. January 12, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Ofa is having a big voter registration weekend! Please signup?
    Maybe chips can put it on the post?

  28. 155 Pamela
    January 12, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    195,520. Show ’em how it’s done, FLOTUS! I can’t wait for the moment MythRobney eats her dust! My daughter in the Solomon’s followed her from sun rise there, so it’s moving all around the world! Like a love wave!

  29. January 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Andrew Sullivan mentioned in a piece on “When Mitt Romney came to town” that the backers have bought time in S.Carolina to air the whole 28 minute ad/film.

    Newt could win the primary if he goes populist and keeps attacking Romney for being representative of what is wrong with America and Capitalism. Folks know the game is rigged against them, if he could tap into that he could really strike a nerve and win the nomination.

  30. January 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    • January 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      I knew it. This will be very exciting.

    • January 12, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      I really want to see that movie and so does my son.

      • 166 nathkatun7
        January 13, 2012 at 5:58 am

        Me too, DrDemocrat! A very good friend of mine who was a member of Tuskegee Airmen passed away three years ago. He used to tell me the stories of what Black folks had to go through to enlist in the Army Air Corps and the Marines. He also gave me a copy of a VHS documentary aired by PBS in the 1970’s or 1980’s about the history of Black soldiers going as far back as the American revolutionary war through the Vietnam war. It has a fascinating segment dealing with the Tuskegee Airmen and their role in World War II that is pretty much omitted from history books.

  31. January 12, 2012 at 8:24 pm

  32. January 12, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Just in- Steven colbert announces an exploratory committee for President!

    • January 12, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      Hands over his super PAC to Jon Stewart.

      That just ate into Ron Pauls base. Seriously!

    • 171 dotster3
      January 12, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      I would call Colbert Must See TV tonight. He says, “I am proud to announce that I am forming an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for my possible candidacy for President of the United States of South Carolina.”
      Colbert is an absolute gem.

  33. 174 carolyn
    January 12, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    That Jody Kantor totally miscalculated on that book. FLOTUS is LOVED! Not just by us on this blog, but by numberless others. Kantor has cooked her goose, I think.
    Another word about dote…..our family used it as a verb…to dote on something, meaning to really like, adore, think the world of…..So to me it has always been a favorable term. I think it may be Southern in usage. My mother was born in Texas and used that word.
    Words are fun and funny. We kind of collect them and love to hear new ones…..so using dote as a noun is a new way, and is fun.

    • 175 Pamela
      January 12, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      Thank you, carolyn, that is the customary usage, and one I am familiar with. It is a loving and secure expression, implying trust and honesty!

  34. January 12, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    We in good company…:-) Eva has over 2Mil followers…by midnight Flotus will probaly have 250 thousand (1/4) of a Mil
    Way to Go!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. 185 VotingPoet
    January 12, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I haven’t read the book and don’t intend to but from what I’ve heard, it just makes me love and respect them even more. Peace, J

  36. January 12, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    I see that MO twitter a/c has hit 200 K followers already.

    Man, can’t a guy catch his shuteye without things moving so fast?

  37. January 12, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Nice article and clips, one from the star of iCarly talking about Miche and one of Miche acting!!!!


  38. January 12, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Oh gross. John OldCain will be on Dave Letterman tonight. Yuck, yuck, yuckity, yuck, yuck!!! :puke:

  39. January 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Dave is a huge PBO supporter even though, he doesn’t show it much on his show…but once in a while he will slip and give an opponent a slight punch..with a smile 🙂 in defense of PBO

  40. January 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I finally saw the entire Bain movie. It is depressing as hell.

  41. January 12, 2012 at 9:09 pm

  42. 205 JoJothecat
    January 12, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    I wonder what he is whispering in her ear? “who loves ya baby”? or “I can’t wait to get you alone”.

  43. January 12, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I keep popping in and out so I have NO real clue what is going on! Grrr! It’s so frustrating when I wander in in the middle of all that is going on and DON’T KNOW what preceded all this. I must say that all the talk about FLOTUS suddenly reminded me of Me4Obama (whom I haven’t seen in a while) and her ‘michelling’. Wonder is she’s caught up to FLOTUS yet? 😉

    OH, Good night, Chips! Was it something I said?

  44. 208 veryslowwriter
    January 13, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    That last picture! SOOOOO sexy.

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