willard’s woes

Aw, this conservative seems a bit concerned about Willard’s prospects of beating PBO…..

Quin Hillyer (The American Spectator): …. all sorts of people are suddenly realizing that Mitt Romney is hardly the candidate with the best chance to beat Barack Obama …. former U.S. Rep. Artur Davis: “…. Democrats have not had to strain to plan the race they would run against Romney. For four days in the week, they will paint him as a flip-flopper who has occupied both sides of a lot of ground; for three days, as an entitled tool of corporate interests who made millions doling out pink slips on behalf of a shadowy management firm.”

…. I see, first, a candidate who “fails to inspire”. This is hugely important. It’s the old Dole/McCain/Bush 41 thing again: Without energizing one’s base, it doesn’t matter if you can get a few extra percentage points from “swing” voters…

…. there’s the attacks on his tenure at Bain Capital … coming from the left in a general election campaign, they will work ….Romney’s main selling point has been that he is a good businessman who proved himself in the private sector; if that gets taken away, he’s toast, because his record as governor was nothing to write home about…

Romney is the perfect foil for the Obama campaign, first because he is the very epitome of a Republican born rich who got richer by moving money around – a millionaire plutocrat who just can’t relate to “ordinary” Americans, and second because he is yet another Republican political/dynastic legatee….

Combine that with what appears to be a plastic insincerity …. with a “how dare you question me” attitude that increasingly has shown itself in debates, and with an utter failure to “connect” emotionally with what once were known as “Reagan Democrats” and you have a recipe for an extraordinarily weak general election candidate.

…. All of which is to say that Willard Mitt Romney has very low growth potential in a general election campaign against Obama …. this can be an easy recipe for what I call a “respectable loss”. But a loss is a loss is a loss. Romney is a weak general-election candidate who isn’t likely to get any better.

Full article here

Thanks Loriah

253 Responses to “willard’s woes”

    • 2 LOL
      January 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Me thinkz Quin haz a sad. But the problem with Romney (one of many) is that he does fail to inspire. And like McCain, he will pick a VP that inspires. And the only people that candidate will inspire will be the bottom dwellers and loons—taking away the Independent vote and the mystical “Reagan Democrats” Same thing happened when McCain picked Sarah.

      • 3 Bill
        January 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm

        Willard is going to have a difficult time finding a compatable.running mate. He needs someone with Washington evperience, someone with a personality, someone not fron the NE, probably a Protestant, someone who does not appear to be a Hail Mary, someone not crazy, someone to appeal to the Tea Party, it will be difficult.

      • 6 isonprize
        January 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm

        He’s a dynastic legatee. (hhhmmmm, ‘xcuse me while I click over to dictionary.com….)

        OOHHhhhhh, You mean his daddy was a politician too! Daddy left Willard a whole bunch of money.

      • January 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm

        LOL, if a good vice presidential pick could win an election, Michael Dukakis would have been president. A VP choice can NOT overcome a weak candidate. There might be a flurry of excitement as there was when McCain chose Sarah or when Mondale chose Farrare, but ultimately people are voting for president. A VP choice can complement, but it can’t compensate.

  1. 12 LOL
    January 14, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    My life is complete 🙂

    • 13 Pamela
      January 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      Not only he fails to inspire, he sows despair and discouragement with every word. At least to my ears….no mojo. No class.

      • 14 FiredUpInCA
        January 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm

        I think Romney has distinguished himself with the inspiration thing. From the moment he started running five years ago, he has consistently inspired revulsion, contempt and remorse. Nobody else comes close.

        • 16 isonprize
          January 14, 2012 at 7:44 pm

          You got that right!!! 😆

        • January 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm

          Fired up, I think that “revulsion” quality also distinguishes him from both Dole and McCain, who were considered war heroes, knew how to tell jokes and had long and respected careers. Romney stands unique among modern presidential candidates in his almost pathological inability to relate to people, with few compensating factors. Richard Nixon was also inept with people, but he was a brilliant strategist and had real expertise in foreign affairs. I’m searching and searching for Romney’s strengths and coming up empty.

  2. 20 vitaminlover
    January 14, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    For Willard well, it’s lying time again.

  3. 21 desertflower
    January 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    3rd? The one that’s playing the very tiny violin…..

  4. 22 LOL
    January 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    One thing that I saw on one of those sites, was a discussion that basically said they would rather not vote and get the prez for four more years than vote for Romney. Their rationale was that the country would be so fed up with Big Government *snickers* that they would swing 180 to a Paul Ryan or Allen West *giggles* in 2016.

    • 23 desertflower
      January 14, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      Allen West?????????????????????????? Are they on drugs?

      • 24 LOL
        January 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm

        Nope…he’s a REAL black man. To call them morons would be generous.

        • 25 desertflower
          January 14, 2012 at 7:08 pm

          He’s a real ASS****. The black men I know wouldn’t dare dream of that behavior. They have manners and class.


          Rep. Allen West (R-Crazy Caucus) has something to say about critics of the Marines who pissed on the corpses of Taliban soldiers.

          “As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.”

          He’s a moron. He needs to go back to where ever he crawled out from. We’ve all heard more than enough from him.

        • January 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm

          Allen West and Herman Cain, et al. suffer from a severe case of Stockholm Syndrome. I’ve seen it over the years where some folks go for the money and will prostitute themselves to be close to it or where they think it is. They will run through the fires of hell in gasoline underwear to be next to the money. They will even deny their heritage/history to obtain wealth/status. Back in the day, they were called “Uncle Tom” and “Tomasinas”. 😦

    • 28 isonprize
      January 14, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      Allen West???? OMG, The very definition of misogynistic, self-hating, arrogant and ignorant. Yeah, ok. whatever.

    • January 14, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Good, LOL, the more people think that way the better.

  5. January 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Posted this on the last thread after coming out of my hibernation — warm wife and warm pets in a warm bed on a chilly afternoon are great. I know there was some consternation over S&P’s downgrading of half the Eurozone countries. What’s interesting was the reasoning behind that action. From a MarketWatch article:

    S&P went further, casting doubt on Europe’s approach of insisting on tough austerity measures as the main path to restoring financial stability in Europe.

    “We believe that a reform process based on a pillar of fiscal austerity alone risks becoming self-defeating,” the agency said.

    Sort of like a certain US President and treasury secretary warned.

    Article here: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/france-austria-expected-to-lose-triple-a-2012-01-13

    • 31 desertflower
      January 14, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      Wonder why they didn’t listen?

      • January 14, 2012 at 6:57 pm

        Of course, the sad thing is that according to Euronews, Chancellor Merkel is ignoring that part of the reasoning and doubling down on austerity. How soon before we see mass demonstrations in European cities that aren’t in Germany because Germany is basically trying to remake the EU?

        • 33 desertflower
          January 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm

          Seems PBO needs to make a phone call and talk some sense into that woman. She’s smitten with him….maybe she’ll listen?

          • January 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm

            The problem is that the her base — and the electorate at large — is pushing her to take a hardline stance. They don’t want their money going to improve the economies of the “lazy south”. It’s very self-defeating; Germany’s biggest trading partners are the other Eurozone countries; if they’re not growing, neither will Germany. But it’s easy for irrationality to take hold.

  6. January 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Dear Family:

    Is there’s anything we can collectedly do to stop this nonsense? Your help is appreciated.

    UPDATE: An Alabama Court has announced that it will hear arguments as to whether Barack Hussein Obama II is in fact eligible to appear on the State Presidential Primary Ballot.

    Several Alabama citizens have filed a lawsuit within the Alabama Circuit Court to “prevent certification of President Barack Obama for 2012 Alabama ballot access pending final hearing based on factual evidentiary hearings.”

    The deadline for any candidate to register to appear on the Alabama Presidential Primary ballot is just days away, but by agreeing to hear the case, the Alabama Courts have effectively stalled any efforts by the Democratic Party to place Obama on the ballot.


    • January 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      In a word – no. It’s in the legal realm. It will get high enough on the food chain in the courts until it gets to the desk of a judge who has his eyes on a promotion to a higher bench. Obama team is on it – and it’s not going to go anywhere.

      • January 14, 2012 at 6:53 pm

        Pretty much. Even idiots have the right to bring a case. Whether they have standing is another matter.

      • January 14, 2012 at 6:55 pm

        Here’s some info I found about the Georgia case –

        “Obama will be on the Georgia ballot. The judge just denied the defense’s Motion to Dismiss because GA law says that citizens can challenge ballot positions in presidential primaries just as they can in any other primary or election.

        The judge also denied the plaintiff’s motion to take depositions. There will be a hearing (NOT a trial) on January 26th. At that time, the defense lawyer will file Obama’s certified birth certificate, the Judge will say OK, any other evidence? And Obama will be on the ballot.”


        “There’s no mention of the basis for the claims against the eligibility of the President to run in Georgia. This is most likely just a last gasp from a bunch of loony-tunes birther retards.

        By the Judge’s own language in this brief, it is necessary for judge’s to accept documents produced according to dictate’s of state law as they are written, and it is forbidden for the Judge to “read into” or “project” their own biases regarding the interpretation of said documents. Therefore, if you have a state issued birth certificate along with an affidavit signed by the state of Hawaii it would be a violation of juris-prudence for the Judge to project their own extremist right-wing conspiracy theories into the interpretation of said document.”


        “No. The burden of proof is on the plaintiff . . . and he has none. Meanwhile Hawaii has vouched for the documentation. In addition, they have found his birth announcement in a Hawaiin newspaper. August 1961.

        The plaintiff would have to prove Hawaiin officials are lying and that the announcement is faked in the paper’s archives. Ironically, the announcement was found by someone who wanted to find negatives on Obama. The birth certificate was examined by factcheck.org who then pointed out the falsity of all the accusations about it.”

    • 41 LOL
      January 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      I say we ignore it…How many courts have tossed out this argument now? What they should do is make these individuals pony up 10,000 bucks every time they come to court with this BS. That money can then be donated to all those crumbling schools in Alabama.

    • 42 GGail
      January 14, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      I hear POTUS Obama saying “Chill, I GOT THIS”

    • January 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      They are sure throwing the kitchen sink at him.
      They don’t have to much confidence to be doing all this extra caricualr activity.

    • 44 Mary Gray
      January 14, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      This suite has been dismissed several days ago. Judge said that the state can’t tell political parties who can or cannot be in their primary. This is just more evidence of hate and racism in Alabama.

    • January 14, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      Hey Kasai and others, please calm down. I know we talkin’ ’bout Al-la-BAM-ma but …please, please, please always consider the news source before alarming yourself. I live in Alabama (Yes, and I’m DAMN proud to be here MOST of the time, DAMMIT. 😉 ) The story you posted the link to is a Right Wing online rag. Our statewide newspaper, The Birmingham News, indicates that the most recent case challenging the President’s eligibility has been DISMISSED although the hearing for another case is set for next Tuesday. Fortunately, the DEADLINE for registering the President’s name to be on the Primary ballot is January 19, NEXT THURSDAY. Please see excerpt and link below. Now breathe easy… 🙂

      I kno’ we got some racist “NUTZ” her’e in Al-la-BAM-ma, but I don’ reckon’ we all “NUTS.” 😯


      St. Clair County judge dismisses Obama ballot suit

      Published: Friday, January 13, 2012, 10:42 AM Updated: Friday, January 13, 2012, 11:10 AM

      St. CLAIR COUNTY, Alabama — A St. Clair County judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Pell City man challenging President Obama’s inclusion on Democratic Party ballots in the March 13 primary, court records show.

      The one-page order issued this morning by Circuit Judge James E. Hill, cited a ruling Monday by a Jefferson County Circuit Court judge dismissing a similar suit filed in December in Birmingham.

      The Jefferson County judge, Helen Shores Lee, cited state laws and prior court rulings prohibiting courts from interfering in political party primaries when she dismissed the Dec. 14 suit filed by Birmingham resident Albert E. Hendershot.


      Lee has set a hearing for Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by Harold Sorensen in Jefferson County this week that also seeks a court injunction to keep Obama off state ballots. Lawyers for state Democratic Party Chairman Mark Kennedy, the defendant in all three ballot suits, have asked Lee to dismiss Sorensen’s case.Sorensen has asked Lee to step aside in his suit, accusing the black judge of racial bias.Courts will be closed Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The deadline for political parties to certify their primary candidates in Jan. 19.

  7. 46 Lorraine
    January 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    CBS News 2nd story was about Senator Santorum getting a boost from other Evangelicals. They talked about Willard Romney’s religion and spoke to one voter who said it was a sect and he was not voting for someone in a sect. Also, a pastor or guy in the Evangelical community said Mormonism is the same thing as Islam.

    • 47 LOL
      January 14, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      While there are many reasons not to like Romney, his religion is NOT one. The media are like a bunch of children. Rather than doing some actual journalism *shocking* and going through his Governorship in Massachusetts….they go to the easiest common denominator and divider ( religion). They did the same thing with the Prez. ABC should have been re- named the Reverend Wright channel, as many times as they played that clip. But miraculously and in the same breath, they would discuss Wright and then ask if the Prez was a muslim. Last time I checked muslims don’t have Reverends or go to Baptist churches…

      • 48 Cindy Sweatt
        January 14, 2012 at 8:56 pm

        President Obama was a 20 year member of Rev. Wrights church in Chicago. It is a United Church Of Christ church, not Baptist. I too am a member of a UCC church, and we are on the far left side of the pendulum, while the Baptists are over on the right. Look us up on line if you want to know more. UCC.org. I understand where people are coming from when they think a candidates religion shouldn’t be a factor, only my religion is the basis for my political activism. Personally I see my beliefs and religious teachings radiating from our President. This might sound really crazy, but I think he was sent to us from God. Wow, I think that is the first time I ever really actually said that. If that is too weird, I’m sorry, I am just in a mood tonight.

        • 49 Anna Luc
          January 14, 2012 at 9:43 pm

          Just a quick note here. There are two major Baptist churches in the US — the Southern Baptist Convention of predominantly white churches which finally renounced its support of slavery in 1995, and the National Baptist Convention of predominately African-American churches.

          I am concerned that Romney is a church official. I understand that he is a Bishop in the Mormon church. I think it is inappropriate for a high church official to also be President. I don’t care if the religion is Mormon, Catholic, Episcopalian, Hindu, Moslem, or Wiccan.

    • 50 desertflower
      January 14, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      Oh for crying out loud. I’m no fan of ANY of them…but seriously, religion should play no part in any of this. That’s their OWN self imposed litmus test and it’s just plain revolting to me.

    • January 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      ‘Evangelicals’ with views like these …. vile, disgusting bigots.

      • 52 isonprize
        January 14, 2012 at 8:06 pm

        The sad part is they think that they are right. One of the reasons that they hated Martin Luther King was because he called out religious leaders just as much as he called out elected officials.

        So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often it is an archdefender of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church’s silent–and often even vocal–sanction of things as they are.

        But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today’s church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. Every day I meet young people whose disappointment with the church has turned into outright disgust.

        Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr., April 16, 1963

  8. January 14, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Am I the only one hoping that the Pats just embarrass the hell out of Denver?

    • 55 desertflower
      January 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm


    • 57 LOL
      January 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      Nope…and I am a Florida gal, where we are not allowed to speak bad about Timmy. He is a nice kid, I’ve met him before, but ENOUGH already.

    • 59 desertflower
      January 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      Warm, wife, warm dog, warm bed…seems like the addition to the family is fitting in quite well!

      • 60 desertflower
        January 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm

        Sorry. Warm wife, warm dog, and warm bed….. 🙂

        • January 14, 2012 at 7:06 pm

          Not just Stewie. Cats were strewn around. We took puppy in for some more shots and he’s gained 9 lbs. in the month that we’ve had him. He’s getting better potty-wise: He’s had very few accidents this week, going on the pads or outside. He’s also getting better at being fenced in the kitchen when we go to work. So, yeah, he’s growing on me.

          • 62 desertflower
            January 14, 2012 at 7:10 pm

            I KNEW IT!!!! That’s wonderful….they tug at your heart and make your life whole….you’re done for now 🙂 Dog lover for life! Congrats.

    • 63 dotster3
      January 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      No—even tho my Bears are long gone—sob—-I’ve got Ct. fam, some of whom have Boston roots, cheering for the Pats—especially my little grandson, who is also a neighborhood Obama campaigner.
      Jimmy Fallon had some fun with Tebow, funniest thing since JC appeared on a SNL skit and told Tebow to take it down a notch:

    • 64 Bill
      January 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      It is beginning to make me sick that something as fun and meaningless as pro football is becoming another segment of our society to divide us by religious and political beliefs because of a good natured 24 year old kid who knows little or nothing about life and politics. It really is a sign of our divided nation.

      • 65 L3
        January 14, 2012 at 8:52 pm

        Many people don’t like him because he’s a terrible quarterback, nothing to do with his religion.

        • 66 Bill
          January 14, 2012 at 9:27 pm

          How many QB’s who did not make it to the playoffs are vilified as much as Tebow? His former teammate at Florida, Cam Newton, who was kicked off the team for thief, and who many believe was paid to play at Auburn is nothing but praised. And Newton did not make it to the playoffs. Ask the Denver fans if they like Tebow. It is for no reason but for his type of faith that he is disliked by many. For the record, I am not a person of faith and detest organized religion.

    • 67 Cindy Sweatt
      January 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      Here in Denver we live for the Broncos. I think that whole Teebow thing is stupid.

  9. 68 Linda
    January 14, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    NEW YORK — A Muslim man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for joining a failed plot to firebomb John F. Kennedy Airport in 2007 by blowing up jet fuel supplies with the help of a notorious al-Qaida explosives expert.

    A federal judge in Brooklyn gave Kareem Ibrahim the life term after a jury found him guilty last year of conspiracy.

    Ibrahim’s attorneys had argued in court papers that he deserved only 13 years, claiming prosecutors had exaggerated his role in a scheme that had been infiltrated by an FBI informant and had no chance of succeeding.

    But U.S. Judge District Court Dora Irizarry said the case “shows the government at its best in terms of protecting the security of this country.”

    Was this reported yesterday ?

  10. January 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Hey Mitt, someone wants to have a word with you! Two pages of nothing but…”love.” LOL!

    From Paris with Love
    BY ERIC PAPE | JANUARY 13, 2012

    With the grin of a victor, you asserted that President Barack Obama “wants to turn America into a European-style social welfare state,” which sounded especially sinister because you contrasted that with your own intentions to “ensure that we remain a free and prosperous land of opportunity.” Listening to you, it sounded pretty nasty, though I admit my interpretation may be a bit skewed — always a risk in countries where there is so much good, cheap wine, and so much time to enjoy it.

    But I’m not clear on which part of a European-style social welfare state so offends you in 2012, four years into a global economic crisis that certainly wasn’t triggered by Europe? Could it be what some Republicans refer to as a “Socialist” medical system, even though most European leaders are centrist or right wing? I would explain to you how I was glad to be able to limit my concerns about the fragile health of my Franco-American infant son during his complicated birth, without the additional fears of how many years it might put my family into debt, except that it’s clear from the health care bill you passed as governor of Massachusetts, that you’re already sensitive to such issues.

    Read more: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/01/13/from_paris_with_love

  11. January 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Chipsticks, I didn’t sign on in time to answer your posts about comments. I want to say that I don’t see this as crankiness or whining at all. One thing I have noticed since President Obama took office is that when he is doing something good the GOP pulls something to get the attention back on them. Children know this instinctively and will get attention for being bad or being good — it’s all good to them to have the attention.

    Right now the economy is getting better in spite of their obstruction. People are becoming more and more aware that the GOP has sold them out to the upper 1%. And so the GOP primaries are now pulling attention. If they don’t then the GOP in Congress will take over. They beat a drum that government doesn’t work, don’t believe in it, everything is going down the toilet, don’t trust, don’t vote. And people who don’t take the time to check things out resonate to that drum. I wouldn’t buy toilet paper based on a television ad, but there are folks who get their information from those sources. We don’t need anyone here giving GOP talking points and adding to their drumbeat. We have more important things to do.

    Your “Press On” video was absolutely perfect. That is the message we want to spread. That’s the vision we want to be a part of. That’s the joyful, positive, inspiring drumbeat we want to sound out. People want that. People hunger for hope. People want to work together. People want to love their country. This is a Democracy. We are the government! People want to know the government is working for them and looking out for them. President Obama is doing all of that and more! The First Lady, Vice President Biden and Jill Biden are doing that and more. The Obama administration is doing that and more…more…more!! There is so much positive going on.

    I am so pleased and happy that you put your foot down. I thank you for creating this community where we can join together to co-create with this incredible President.

    I put on my marching shoes and I am ready to Press On!!! A solid Democratic majority in the House!!! Hello Speaker Pelosi!!!! Even more Democrats in the Senate!!! We can do this!! Obama/Biden 2012!!!!

    • 77 pinkbunny
      January 14, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Sorry – I’m not getting the point of this video…other than painting the Paulites a bunch of weirdos

      • 78 Linda
        January 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm

        They are calling her out for her reporting and this comment she made on CNN

        Bash’s name has become mud among many Paul fans after she was filmed telling husband and colleague John King that, “I’m sure you talk to Republicans who are worried as well, just like I am, that Ron Paul will continue on long into the spring and summer.”

        • 79 LOL
          January 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm

          I think Dana is a certified member of the Peanut Gallery who have been clamoring for Obama v Romney. Yet, I think she probably meant that she also TALKS to Republicans who say the same thing about not wanting Paul. Those Paul people can be really aggressive and rude. I do wonder, though, why Paul has largely abstained from knocking Romney. During the last debate he went after Newt HARD about not serving. Not making excuses for him, but Newt’s father served and he has two daughters. Here is Romney, whose father didn’t serve, left for Paris doing the war…and has 5 sons who are not serving. Yet, he is just as bombastic and militaristic minded as Newt. I have no issues with people not serving—-just don’t be so quick to send other people’s kids to war.

          I think Paul and Romney’s people are in cahoots…..For Paul not attacking Romney and attacking Newt/Santorum/Perry for Romney…it is possible Romney will give him a prime time speaking slot during the convention. I mean, really, if you want to win, you punch up, not down.

          • 80 hopefruit2
            January 14, 2012 at 7:50 pm

            I agree, and I believe that the Ron Paul supporters are Romney supporters. That’s why MSNBC is soooo enamored of Paul and Romney.They’re being bankrolled by the same corporate outfit.

        • 81 Mel
          January 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm

          Well Dana Bush is a tool of the GOP and she is realy terrible reporter and I do not blame the Paul Fauns
          for callin her out on her bullshit, and I am NOT defending Ron Paul either, But Bash is realy CRAP.

    • 82 anniebella
      January 14, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      Dana Bash looks like she need to go home and rest for a few years.

  12. January 14, 2012 at 7:10 pm


    Ron Paul Raises $13 Million in Final Quarter
    By Lauren Fox| January 11, 2012

    Ron Paul’s supporters haven’t just mobilized in voting booths around the country: On the World Wide Web, they are a force to be reckoned with, showing support for the Texas congressman by commenting on news stories, voting in online polls, and, according to the campaign, pulling out their pocketbooks. Gary Howard, the campaign spokesman, reports that his team raised $13 million during the last months of 2011, with 75 percent of those donations rolling in online. The campaign ha received money from nearly 200,000 individual donors, and Howard adds that the large number of individual donors proves just how much Paul’s message is resonating.

    Read more: http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/ballot-2012/2012/01/11/ron-paul-raises-13-million-in-final-quarter

    • 84 hopefruit2
      January 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      Whatever. Ron Paul isn’t going anywhere. He’s not going to be the GOP nominee or US President. He’s simply a place holder for Romney (as was Herman Cain). The so-called $$$ he’s raising are from the same Wall Street donors who would gladly donate to Romney’s campaign once Paul drops out of the race.

    • 85 anniebella
      January 14, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      Ron Paul raise $13 million, well I guess the KKK sent Paul some money.

  13. January 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Blue America Endorses Annie Kuster for Congress
    By digby| January 14, 2012 11:00 AM

    On election night 2010, when progressives around the country were pummeled and defeated, one race kept us all up late, hoping against hope that we’d have a memorable victory among the defeats. As it turned out New Hampshire’s 2nd congressional district candidate Ann McLane Kuster lost to Charlie Bass that night by only a few votes, but showed that even in a GOP tsunami she had what it took to compete as a progressive. So naturally she’s challenging Bass to a rematch in 2012.

    Read more: http://crooksandliars.com/digby/blue-america-endorses-annie-kuster-congress

  14. 88 pinkbunny
    January 14, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I hope it keeps building momentum where people see more and more how much a liar and political nightmare Willard is.

    The fact that he thinks he’s entitled to the Presidency because of his wealth, and that he thinks he can just buy the election is obscene. He is a plastic, flip-flpping, condescending, immoral, greedy bastard, and I can’t wait til President Obama wins in a landslide humiliating this idiot to going back to his mansion and hiding there with his ill-gotten money.

  15. January 14, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Introducing Eric Cantor’s competition, E. Wayne Powell!~

  16. 103 halo
    January 14, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    MITTROMNEY SHOWS THAT $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ CAN”T BUY CLASS

  17. 104 Pamela
    January 14, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    This is a word of appreciation for the Runway To Win category of gear at the Obama Store….. Beautiful and lots to choose from! Maybe we are poor, but we won’t look poor wearing this stuff! And it’s very reasonably priced too! Check it out! Chips, you must do the $7 thing when you hit 7 million, that was really fun with the $6 toss! Back later, lots to catch up on here…

  18. 122 LOL
    January 14, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    I think Daffy Duck is running Newton’s campaign. Pray tell, why do you go to an all black church to answer Questions from a group that is solidly pro-Obama with less than 10 days left before the SC primary? And to boot…it was his only event today.


    • 123 vero804
      January 14, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      The man is just plain arrogant. He thinks he can go in there, trick black folks with all of his “knowledge,” and make some inroads in his failing campaign that way.

  19. January 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    U.S. Warns Israel on Strike

    WASHINGTON—U.S. defense leaders are increasingly concerned that Israel is preparing to take military action against Iran, over U.S. objections, and have stepped up contingency planning to safeguard U.S. facilities in the region in case of a conflict. President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and other top officials have delivered a string of private messages to Israeli leaders warning about the dire consequences of a strike. The U.S. wants Israel to give more time for the effects of sanctions and other measures intended to force Iran to abandon its perceived efforts to build nuclear weapons. Stepping up the pressure, Mr. Obama spoke by telephone on Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will meet with Israeli military officials in Tel Aviv next week.

    Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204409004577159202556087074.html?mod=world_newsreel

  20. January 14, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    We are soooooo LUCKY we have such an incredible 2012 candidate in Barack Obama. I’m not sure, even with Romney’s HUGE, HUGE flaws, that any other Dem could beat Romney given the tough economy and the unlimited money available to the Republican candidates with Citizens United and the Kochroaches, Murdoch, etc. All of that would drown out an average to good Dem candidate.

  21. 134 Tulips
    January 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    they are saying flotus is stunning in a crimson gown at the Bet honors do anyone know where to get a photo?

  22. 145 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm


  23. 154 Dudette
    January 14, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Not sure if this has been covered already, I just ran across it…

    Obama Campaign Celebrity Wish List
    Apparently someone “leaked” a wish list of potential surrogates for the campaign. Unclear whether this is legitimate, but it is interesting.

    This article from The Grio has a slideshow of some of the names on the list:
    “President Barack Obama is looking to add a whole lot of star power to his 2012 re-election campaign. The Obama campaign has put together a massive list of prominent sports, music, film and television icons they hope will act as surrogates for the president during the general election”

    Here’s a PDF of the list:

    Click to access DN183776111.PDF

    Here’s an article from the Tennessean about the list:
    Not all Obama celebrity surrogates have signed on

    I see that Matt Damon, Tavis Smily, Cornel West and Harry Belafonte aren’t on the list. Hmmm, strange; I can’t imagine why.

    • 161 Dudette
      January 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks for the pic, Tulips!

      Host, Gabrielle Union

      2012 BET Honors Honorees:
      Stevie Wonder
      Mariah Carey
      Spike Lee
      Coach Beverly Kearney
      Dr. Maya Angelou (not on stage)
      The Tuskegee Airmen (anyone have the names of the gentlemen representing them on the stage?)

  24. 162 Tulips
    January 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    The link above is Flotus at the Bet Honors taping. she looks beautiful

  25. January 14, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Michelle Obama on BET honors

  26. January 14, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Bringing Romney to a boil
    p m carpenter| January 14, 2012

    We live in a tin pot of repetition. The political blogosphere gets its teeth into a juicy bit of red meat and that’s just about all she wrote, for days. The cable networks stumble on quarter-hour boosts so that’s about all they broadcast, for days. Pile on talk radio and email alerts and newsy text messages — all the ever-increasing sources of Know It Now — and you’ve less a perfect storm of information than ideal maelstroms of political propaganda. Its true political magnificence lies in its having served the first enticing bowl of believability, leaving its victim to twitch and squirm and deny, deny, deny.

    Read more: http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/2012/01/bringing-romney-to-a-boil.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+pmcarpenterscommentary+(p+m+carp

  27. January 14, 2012 at 7:52 pm


    If voting legislation in 2011 centered largely on hindering access to the ballot box, 2012 will hopefully be defined as the year that voting rights began fighting back…..

    eeling from 2011′s setbacks, lawmakers in a number of states are introducing legislation this year to recoup many of those voting rights that were taken away. Courtesy of Project Vote, here is a rundown of some of the state legislation being introduced that will improve, rather than hinder, access to the polls [Florida, Virginia, Washington, Virginia]….

    Public advocates hope the tide of anti-voting legislation has been stemmed and this rash of new legislation will help restore many of those rights that were recently lost. ThinkProgress will continue to monitor their progress and report on the overall state of voting rights across the country.

  28. 177 Dudette
    January 14, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Dang, SF just got another touchdown!

  29. January 14, 2012 at 8:01 pm


    Breaking: Religious Right Endorses Santorum; Aims to Stop Romney in South Carolina

    Just as things were looking like a clear sail for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in his quest for the Republican presidential nomination, a gale has blown in. At a weekend meeting in Texas of religious right leaders — including Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, James Dobson of Focus on the Family, Donald Wildmon of the American Family Association, and Gary Bauer of American Values — participants agreed to coalesce behind former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum in a bid to sway the largely evangelical base that will determine the outcome of the South Carolina presidential primary….

    Why throw in with the candidate who is trailing in a distant third place? Perkins seemed to intimate that Gingrich, despite his strength in current South Carolina polls, is carrying too much baggage — what, with his three marriages, ethics cloud, and lust for the blue boxes of Tiffany & Co. — to win in the general election…..

    • January 14, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      I think it was a huge mistake on their part. They’re just going to show how irrelivant they are when Romney cakewalks to the win in S.Carolina. They might have had a chance with Newt, but I guess his marriages scared them off.

      • 181 jacquelineoboomer
        January 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm

        Yes, but if the religious right starts passing the word now, they may have enough time to boost Ricky to win SC. Anything can happen, it appears, in this R primary. Even old Gary Bauer has picked himself up off the floor behind the curtain after falling off the stage and sprung himself on the country at large, once again.

      • January 14, 2012 at 8:31 pm

        That wasn’t my point in posting the comment, Roscoe. The title of Chips’ post is Williard’s woes and this is one of them. I think these folks might have some impact, not as much as they think they will. I thought it was hilarious that they even considered Newt at all. Baggage is the least of terms far right Christian’s should use for his actions or else they don’t believe their own beliefs.

      January 14, 2012 at 8:15 pm


  30. 184 Dudette
    January 14, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Sanits!!! Go ahead touchdown!!! Woohoo!!

  31. 186 Dudette
    January 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Oh no! You have GOT to be kiddin’ me!

  32. 187 LOL
    January 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    AAAAAAAA 49ers

  33. 188 Dudette
    January 14, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Can they get a touchdown in 9 seconds?

  34. 190 hopefruit2
    January 14, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Twitter is ablaze with the game. Even Axelrod is tweeting!

  35. 196 collegekay
    January 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    49ers win! Man what a game!!!

  36. 200 jacquelineoboomer
    January 14, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Hi, Chips!

    And, yes, Virginia, a loss is a loss is a loss … for Rerun Romney and all the others!

  37. 202 nintendowii10
    January 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Well, the two teams I wanted to be in the SB are out… Steelers and Saints.

    Looks like it’s going to be two in a row for the Pack, even though I hope the Giants upset them I don’t see it happening. I’m now calling a Cheatriots Pack SB with the Pack winning.

  38. January 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    People are screaming and horns are honking in San Francisco!!

  39. January 14, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Wow. What – A – Game!

  40. 210 Pamela
    January 14, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    300,129. Go FLOTUS!

  41. 214 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    January 14, 2012 at 8:29 pm


    • January 15, 2012 at 12:22 am

      Keith, I’ve emailed you at the address you use to log in here. Please read it to see why you were banned – although you already know why. I’m prepared to give you one more chance if you promise to cut out the nasty personal attacks on fellow TODers. If you’re not willing to make that promise, then goodbye.

  42. 217 Ladyhawke
    January 14, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Southern Politics makes New England primaries look like high school elections


    With less than 2 weeks to go before the South Carolina primary (and in an election year, that’s an eternity), some conservatives are openly desperate to halt the momentum of the former Massachusetts governor. Voters and political operatives alike are all girding for the worst on the state’s radio, TV and cable broadcasts. Everyone is expecting the vicious whisper campaigns, viral innuendo and the loud, dubious personal attacks that have made South Carolina the state where, “politics is as harsh as their iced tea is sweet”. Already, a blitz of negative ads has hit the airwaves. And due to the Citizens-United, US Supreme Court decision, the ads are being funded by unknown outside groups that have no intention of using their inside, known voices.



  43. January 14, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    • January 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      Click the suntimes link. leads to a few photos.

      • January 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm

        Oh my. I find the Sun-Times photos very poigniant(sp). You see, the DuSable Museum was started by Margaret Burroughs who was a high school classmate of my mother. She started the museum in her home and I remember visiting her place as a teen thinking about how weird this lady was. She was into the Afro-centric stuff before Dr. King and Emmitt Till and WWII according to my mom.

    • 221 Dudette
      January 14, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      Very cool! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the one that recalls that great photo of POTUS whispering something to FLOTUS from behind… probably something naughty.

    • 222 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      January 15, 2012 at 1:28 am

      Okay, going to have to use my FF miles for a trip to Chicago…

  44. 223 halo
    January 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm


  45. January 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Love this. Read some wingnut tonight pointing out that PBO would need the protection of 10,000 troops on his visit to Colombia in April.


    Here’s the report:

    Cartagena authorities have announce stringent security plans for the Sixth Summit of the Americas, after U.S. President Barack Obama confirmed he would attend. It will be Obama’s first visit to Colombia since President Juan Manuel Santos took office.

    More than 10,000 troops from the Marine Infantry and National Police will be on guard during the two-day conference in April bringing together 34 heads of state from across the continent ….. The navy will provide the primary security, stationed along the coast, Dique canal and on access roads around the city. The police will act as a second ring of defence.


    So, it’s 34 heads of state who will be guarded by 10,000 troops.

    Unlike this fella who needed the protection of 15,000 all for himself:

    2004: President Bush pledged more funding to support Colombia’s fight against drugs and violence during a visit Monday to the world’s cocaine capital …. Bush met with Alvaro Uribe, the president, during a four-hour stopover in this resort city on the Caribbean coast, protected by 15,000 troops, two submarines and an array of battleships, combat helicopters and warplanes.



  46. 231 desertflower
    January 14, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    O/T…but still important, and goes to the mentality of RW thought.

    http://www.blogforarizona.com/blog/2012/01/now-tusd-is-banning-books-incredible.html I don’t know if any of you have been following what has been going on in Tucson AZ in regards to their Mexican-American studies program. It is now effectively gone, because, heaven forbid, Mexican Americans get to learn their history that isn’t a sanitized version with a white man spin…If you want to find out more info on this, you can search the site I have linked here…they have done an excellent job of reporting this. Banning books? WTF is wrong with these people? I ask that a lot lately.They fear everything and seek to understand nothing or no one…..chilling.

  47. 232 Ladyhawke
    January 14, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    WH Popcorn Night:

    President Obama Screens “Red Tails,” Invites Film Stars & Tuskegee Airmen


  48. 235 rikyrah
    January 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    January 14, 2012 9:20 AM

    An odd way of showing ‘concern for the poor’
    By Steve Benen

    NBC News reported yesterday that Mitt Romney made a “slight tweak to his usual campaign message” during an appearance in South Carolina yesterday

    Traditionally on the stump and in debates, Romney says the poor are “taken care of” by the country’s social safety net. Today he appeared to call for reinforcing that net, in addition to helping the middle class.

    “I’m concerned about the poor in this country. We have to make sure the safety net is strong and able to help those who can’t help themselves,” Romney said, before returning to his standard remarks. “I’m not terribly worried about the very wealthiest in our society; they’re doing just fine.”…..


  49. 238 hopefruit2
    January 14, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Oh boy..isn’t this a form of BRIBERY for votes?!?!?

  50. 241 Dave
    January 14, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I certainly agree with everything that has been said about the despicable Willard-Mittens, but what pisses me off the most is the bombastic, blatant, and fuck-faced LYING about the President. Just fabricated crap. STANDS THERE with his smarmy, priveleged fecal-self spewing patently false nonsense. I would sum it up with “ASSHOLE!”, but that’s already been repeatedly pointed out.

    Whew. Ok, back to taking the tree down!

    • 242 pinkbunny
      January 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Totally know what you mean!!! It takes awhile for me to be talked down when I read about Romney lying about the President. It’s one thing if he lies about what his position is, but to blatantly lie about the President shows a total lack of character, and quite frankly speaks very badly of his “Mormanism”, with all the betting, lying, and lack of concern for his fellow man and dog, he’s definitely not setting a very good example.

  51. 243 GGail
    January 14, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    WHEW, I’m exhausted!
    That Saints-49er game just wore me out.
    Now, I’ve got to refresh for the Clippers-Lakers game. Go Clippers!

  52. 245 desertflower
    January 14, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    WOW. Seems like everyone is handing her money….

    Williams has been out of work since October and is caring for an ill son. She said that after meeting Romney she had also met South Carolina state treasurer and Romney supporter Curtis Loftis, and said he had given her money. She said she used the money to pay her light bill.

    A Romney campaign aide confirmed Loftis had given Williams money.

    Williams has been volunteering at Romney’s state headquarters in Columbia since the original meeting, she said.

    This isn’t good.

  53. 246 Marlz (@marjgra)
    January 14, 2012 at 9:22 pm

  54. 247 halo
    January 14, 2012 at 9:22 pm


  55. 249 Marlz (@marjgra)
    January 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm

  56. January 14, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Hi Everyone,
    A thought has been bothering me for awhile so I thought I would throw it out there:
    Suppose Ron Paul is really laying the groundwork for his son, Rand, to run in 2016? He would come with the identical platform. He has 1000s of volunteers and contributors. When PBO wins in 2012 they will have the foil of how Romney failed and what he would do differently. I think Ron Paul will stockpile the money from this campaign and be ready to support his son. What does everyone think about this?

    • January 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      Very likely but that doesn’t concern me as every year there are fewer racists as they continue to die off and more minorities in the U.S. The South might just return as Dem country. And FOR SURE POTUS would set up a good replacement rather than let the Republicans undo everything he worked so hard for.

  57. January 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    God is on the Patriots side! Lol!

  58. 253 rikyrah
    January 14, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    January 14, 2012, 2:49 pm
    What’s Race Got to Do With It?

    Mitt Romney may not have officially clinched the Republican nomination, but his victory has never really been in doubt. Nor has his viability in November: the most fanatical Tea Partiers are not about to withhold their votes and risk allowing President Obama to be re-elected.

    Pundits have already begun the endless debate over whether Mr. Romney’s wealth and religion are hindrances or assets. But there has yet to be any discussion over the one quality that has subtly fueled his candidacy thus far and could well put him over the top in the fall: his race. The simple, impolitely stated fact is that Mitt Romney is the whitest white man to run for president in recent memory.

    Of course, I’m not talking about a strict count of melanin density. I’m referring to the countless subtle and not-so-subtle ways he telegraphs to a certain type of voter that he is the cultural alternative to America’s first black president. It is a whiteness grounded in a retro vision of the country, one of white picket fences and stay-at-home moms and fathers unashamed of working hard for corporate America.

    In this way, whether he means to or not, Mr. Romney connects with a central evangelic fantasy: that the Barack Obama years, far from being the way forward, are in fact a historical aberration, a tear in the white space-time continuum. And let’s be clear: Mr. Obama’s election was not destiny, but a fluke.


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