rise and shine

President Barack Obama talks with Jon Favreau, Director of Speechwriting, in the Oval Office, Jan. 23, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


ABC: Unfavorable views of Mitt Romney have soared, doubts about Newt Gingrich remain widespread and Barack Obama has advanced to his highest personal popularity in more than a year — all in advance of the State of the Union address in which Obama makes his case for a second term.

Fifty-three percent of Americans in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll express a favorable opinion of Obama overall, up by 5 points from last month to the most since April 2010….. As he’s gained, Romney has stumbled badly, with unfavorable views of the recent Republican front-runner up by 15 points in just two weeks.

…. The sharpest shifts have been among independents. Unfavorable opinions of Romney have soared by 17 points in this group since Jan. 8, to 51 percent; favorable opinions have dropped by 18 points among independents in the same period, to just 23 percent. Gingrich, for his part, has lost 11 points among independents since December, to 22 percent favorability. Obama, by contrast, gets a 51 percent favorable rating from independents.

…. Obama has advanced by 12 points in favorability among moderates, to 66 percent, nearly as high as his rating from liberals, 70 percent positive.

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Greg Sargent: I’m not sure the Obama campaign could have scripted this more perfectly. In a remarkable bit of good timing, President Obama is set to deliver a State of the Union speech focused on income inquality and tax unfairness on exactly the same day that Mitt Romney will reveal that he made over $40 million in the last two years — all of it taxed at a lower rate than that paid by middle class taxpayers.

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Steve Benen: …. Why did Romney set up $100 million trust funds for his sons without paying any gift taxes? Were his accounts in the Caymans and in Switzerland created to avoid paying taxes? Was the closing of the Swiss account related to this IRS investigation? And given all of the questions surrounding Romney’s Bain-era work, why does the Republican candidate continue to insist he won’t disclose returns from previous years?

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Morning everyone

201 Responses to “rise and shine”

    • January 24, 2012 at 9:46 am

      New ad: ‘What’ – Indiana Gov. Daniels in his own words, opposing Right to Work for Less.

      From TPM Livewire:

      Indiana Labor Unveils New TV Ad Against Daniels For SOTU Response

      “Indiana labor groups have a new TV ad, responding to Gov. Mitch Daniels delivering the Republican response to the State of the Union tonight — focusing in on the state’s current political battle over “right-to-work” legislation, which would damage the ability of labor unions to organize and collect dues.”


        January 24, 2012 at 9:48 am


        • 4 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          January 24, 2012 at 9:51 am


          • January 24, 2012 at 10:08 am

            Oh that’s awful. So glad you’re there to help Sue.

          • 6 MTmarilyn
            January 24, 2012 at 10:09 am

            Sue, thank you for all of us for the work you do!!!! I am in awe of you dedication. God bless!

          • 8 Mel
            January 24, 2012 at 10:47 am

            SUE: with the buttom of our hearts THANK YOU, THANK YOU, and THANK YOU. Yiu are a beautiful
            person with a big heart God bless you SUE and thnaks for a great job you are doing for humanity.

          • January 24, 2012 at 11:21 am

            Sue, you are a huge blessing to that poor woman and others like her. These Republican governors won’t be satisfied until we’re living a 2012 version of 19th century Dickensian England. Every last one of the R governors put in place in 2010 have been an unmitigated disaster and have caused untold harm. Bless you for providing the love and humanity these heartless governors lack.

          • 11 anniebella
            January 24, 2012 at 12:23 pm

            It seems to me most of these Republicans have things back worth. They claim to be such religious folks, they wrap themselves in the Bible, but the Bible I read doesn’t say take care of the “RICH”, but forget the poor. These Republicans are all about taking care of that 1%, but blame the 99% for everything wrong. Cut program meant to help the middle class and poor, including wanting to go after Social Security and Medicare. But don’t touch the loop holes and other things they have to benefit the rich.

          • 12 anniebella
            January 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm

            God Bless you Sue for what you and those people are doing to help people like that homeless female.

          • 13 sjterrid
            January 24, 2012 at 5:21 pm

            Sue, I hope you see this. I lit a candle for you at the grateful candle site to thank you and keep you in my prayers for all the good work you do for the homeless and poor. I hope I can catch up with you in one of the later threads.

        • January 24, 2012 at 11:17 am

          Sue, and this is the man that the GOP usually puts on the A list of Republican “superstars” who could have won if they entered this year and are expected to run in 2016. In what universe does this make sense?

          • 15 SUE DUVALL SMITH
            January 24, 2012 at 11:40 am


            • January 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm

              Blessings to you SUE DUVALL SMITH . May your Light always shine for the Bible says:

              Isaiah. 58:10.

              “And if you give yourself to the hungry, and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness, and your gloom will become like midday. And the LORD will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.

    • January 24, 2012 at 9:49 am

      First AND Second?! Awesome sauce.

    • 21 prettyfoot58
      January 24, 2012 at 10:38 am

      Gooooooooood Morning …Chipsss and the TOD Fammmmm

      going to a WatchParty in my community tonight…i love these community meeting…it is sorta like a family gathering….

      plan to put my boots on…and get signatures to place the President on the PA ballot…

      Fireeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed UPPPPPPP……..Ready to go!!

  1. 31 Dudette
    January 24, 2012 at 9:47 am

    5th, I coulda been a contender! 🙂

  2. 32 Pamela
    January 24, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Good morning from Seattle, we are Fired Up, dreaming about pink shovels! SOTU tonight: nothin’ but net from PBO!

  3. 33 hopefruit2
    January 24, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Okay…it turns out that our friend Booman was being VERY sarcastic when he posted his “who cares?” article about Romney. So I have retracted what I posted on the previous thread!

  4. January 24, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Quick point. Greek investors are stupid, for not taking the write down deal (yet)!
    If Greece defaults, they get nothing.
    That is stupid and stubborn!

    • 36 Fred
      January 24, 2012 at 11:06 am

      good morning TOD family.May God continue to guide,bless and protect Potus.Today is an important day for our Potus and our Country so I pray God;and the Holy Spirit take over Potus and inspire him and put the right words in his heart;head and on his lips

      What a bunch of lying;arrogant;delusional and dangerous loons

      If anyone can send these facts to DWS that would be fantastic.Please and thank you

      until next time
      Fred 😉

      U.S. And Israel Cancel Joint Military Exercise In Spring |

      It was supposed to be the largest joint military exercise ever carried out by the U.S. and Israel, with thousands of American troops travelling to the Mid East to work on missile defense issues. But now, the scheduled May date has been indefinitely postponed. An Israeli official told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s Ron Kampeas that the “postponement principally had to do with budget cuts in Israel.” A U.S. official told Yahoo News’s Laura Rozen that Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak asked for the delay last month. The Associated Press spoke to an Israeli official who said the postponement reflected a desire to tamp down tensions with Iran. The Wall Street Journal reported this week that the U.S. warned Israel off an attack amid rising tensions. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Marting Dempsey is set to visit Israel this week.


      Israel, U.S. postpone joint anti-missile exercise

      Reasons for the postponement principally had to do with budget cuts in Israel, an Israeli official said.


      Israel requests delay in US-Israel missile defense exercise

      A major U.S.-Israeli missile defense exercise that had been planned to take place in the spring has been postponed due to a request by the Israeli Defense Ministry, American and Israeli officials told Yahoo News Sunday.

      Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak issued a request to the Pentagon last month that the planned joint exercise be postponed, a U.S. official told Yahoo News Sunday.

      “It was Barak,” the U.S. official said on condition of anonymity.

      The Jewish Telegraph Agency’s Ron Kampeas reported earlier Sunday that the exercise was being postponed, ostensibly because of “Israeli budget cuts.”


      Israeli-US war games postponed to avoid aggravating mounting tensions with Iran


        • 38 HZ
          January 24, 2012 at 1:08 pm

          Good Morning Fred. So good to see you and as always your sharing which is always so informative and on point. Still in my thoughts and prayers. Give Mom a big hug and here are hugs coming your way. Love you my dear TOD family member. Have a beautiful day.

        • January 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm

          Hello Fred, and thanks so much for all the 411 and the clearing up of Newt’s lying statements. Lairs, lairs, their pants are on fire. Now really folks, do you honestly think that God Is pleased with all the Lies? I mean Newt says that he’s been forgiven for his Insensitive devorces, but what about the Lies Newt? What about your Lies on PBO???????? Ahh newt, you have a mean snarl about you as you spew your Lies 😦 It’s a turn off, and unacceptable. It Is YOU, Newt, that Is dispicable!! 🙄 God Is watching you newt.

  5. January 24, 2012 at 9:51 am

  6. 43 TrumpDog
    January 24, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Hey wait a minute!
    Where’s Elizabeth Warren in the top picture? I thought she was the one that wrote Obama’s SOTU speech. Katrina Van-what’s her name said so.


  7. January 24, 2012 at 9:53 am

  8. 46 Dudette
    January 24, 2012 at 9:54 am

    From the Greg Sargent (WaPo) article:
    “Romney doesn’t just disagree with Obama on these fundamental issues; he personally symbolizes virtually the entire 2012 Democratic message. He is the walking embodiment of everything Dems allege is wrong with our system and the ways it’s rigged in favor of the wealthy and against the middle class. Yet this is the standard bearer the GOP seems set to pick”

    Amen to that.

  9. January 24, 2012 at 9:57 am

    teh rethug family values

    An aide to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) resigned Monday after he was arrested for battery following a bizarre incident in which his wife alleged he rolled her up in a carpet, beat and kicked her.

    Rubio’s Southwest Florida regional director, Michael J. Brennan, 39, was taken into custody Saturday by Lee County sheriff’s deputies at a motel in Fort Myers, authorities said. He was booked in the Lee County Jail and released after posting a $1,000 bond. Brennan has denied the allegations through his attorney.


  10. January 24, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Will the Librul media freakout, after the SOTU?

    Remember what they said after the President spoke during the oil spill? They were ruthless!

  11. January 24, 2012 at 10:00 am

  12. 53 Ladyhawke
    January 24, 2012 at 10:01 am



    Gingrich Is Only A Reagan Fan Now That It’s Convenient

    Gingrich can praise Ronald Reagan all he wants today, but he was not nearly as complimentary while the Gipper was with us. Some of the things Gingrich said about Reagan back in the 80’s and 90’s would probably end a Republican’s career if uttered in 2012.

    >>>>>>samples of Gingrich criticizing President Ronald Reagan<<<<<<<<<

    Today's Republican voters think they want a Reagan conservative, but they don't. Reagan was a solid moderate by today's standards. It's a shame that professional hacks like Newt Gingrich pretend they're upholding the Reagan legacy, when all they're doing is using his good name to confuse people.



  13. January 24, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Oh magoo, you have done it again!

  14. January 24, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Good Morning, Everyone!

    You’re probably already all prepped for the SOTUA,..I am! This is going to be a long day, waiting for the kickoff, and an even longer day afterwards discussing what was said! Let’s go get ’em Tiger! 😆

  15. January 24, 2012 at 10:05 am

  16. 58 Bill
    January 24, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Two words, “Swiss Bank Account”, oops, three words. What else needs to be said about Willard? Job creator in Switzerland?

  17. January 24, 2012 at 10:09 am

     EIA predicts a decline in U.S. dependence on imported oil, a result of moderate demand growth, increased efficiency, growing domestic production, and the use of biofuels and other nonpetroleum fuels.  EIA expects net petroleum imports to drop to 36% in 2035, from a high of 60% in 2005.  See Figure 1 for EIA’s projections.
    EIA expects domestic oil and natural gasproduction to increase substantially.  U.S. crude oil production is estimated to reach 6.7 million barrels per day in 2020, the highest level since 1994. Shale gas production is expected to be the driving force behind increased natural gas production, increasing from 5.0 trillion cubic feet in 2010 to 13.6 trillion cubic feet in 2035, accounting for nearly half of all domestic natural gas production, as shown in Figure 2.


  18. 60 Ladyhawke
    January 24, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Tampa, Fla. Debate Fact-Check



    Gingrich as Lobbyist

    Newt Gingrich repeated once again that he was never a lobbyist.

    It is true that Mr. Gingrich never registered as a lobbyist at the federal or state level. But he did many of the same things lobbyists do, including meeting with state lawmakers, members of Congress and federal officials to promote issues important to companies that were paying his consulting firm as much as $200,000 a year.
    His dealings with Novo Nordisk, a drug maker, show how his work could easily be viewed as lobbying. Novo, a Danish company, paid Mr. Gingrich to help expand the market for its diabetes treatments in the United States. A spokesman for the company said Mr. Gingrich did no lobbying, and provided only “guidance and strategic advice.”

    But in its annual report to shareholders, Novo Nordisk offered a different take. It listed Mr. Gingrich’s work for the company under the category of public policy activities, noting, “Such activities are often referred to as lobbying.”

    – Mike McIntire


    More fact checking here…..


  19. 63 Linda
    January 24, 2012 at 10:12 am

    What flag would Mitt fly over the White House ? Swiss ? Cayman Islands ?

  20. January 24, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Very happy about those poll numbers. The debates have probably opened people’s eyes. That or the good news on the economy.

  21. 69 Ladyhawke
    January 24, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Gingrich Makes Like McCain – I’m an Outsider


    As to that, as the Los Angeles Times puts it, “At 67, Gingrich…has worked in D.C. as a legislator, business consultant, policy theorist, and author for the better part of 30 years…” Mitt Romney accurately depicts him as a lobbyist (which Gingrich denies while somehow managing to call Romney dishonest) and calls his post House-career “influence peddling.”

    Part of that consulting was done for mortgage giant Freddie Mac to the tune of $1.6 million from 1999 to 2008. But he’s an outsider, he says. As an outsider, what could he have possibly had to sell Freddie Mac?

    I’ve never held office. I am an outsider. So are most of you.

    Gingrich is not.



  22. 70 Linda
    January 24, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Is the Mormon Church a charity ? I think it is a business…..they are in the business of stopping gay marriage.

    • January 24, 2012 at 10:31 am

      Ah, there are a few churches like that Linda, eg the one I was born in to and left: the Catholic church!

    • 73 Bill
      January 24, 2012 at 10:34 am

      By the looks of their temples on which they pay no taxes, the Mormon Church appears to be a tax free real estate holding company that makes The Donald look like a piker.

      • 74 Dee
        January 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm

        Bill, as a Latter-Day Saint, yes we got some blinging temples, both great and small all over the world, about 140 I believe. Been to a few of them . They are consecrated bldgs where we make and keep scared covenants with the Lord. They are the Lord’s houses, isn’t he worth the effort? We pay and maintain them through our tithes. Every penny is accounted for (Hubby is over our area audit committee) We also GENEROUSLY donate to relief , whether disaster or general welfare of all whether and usually, non-member needs, all over the world. Definitely, Donald is a piker, but next to practically anyone!

  23. 75 dotster3
    January 24, 2012 at 10:24 am

    As to Willard closing down his Swiss bank acct. when investment adviser noted that it might not be smart to see that on the financial resume’ of a candidate for POTUS——-I suspect it was also the news that as the DOJ and IRS have gone after these Swiss banks which were hiding money of U.S. citizens, they were also seeking information to identify the thousands of Americans who have been guilty of offshore tax evasion. It was rumored that there were recognizable names on the list. Here’s an Oct 24, 2011 Bloomberg story on this:

    • 76 Puddin'
      January 24, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      This is why billionaires and millionaires (including some dems) will spend a whole lot of money to try to make PBO a one term President…they pay whatever and do whatever to whoever to get this man out of the White House…sure PBO’s skin color is the reason why some folks hate him, but THE COLOR OF MONEY IS THE BIGGER REASON!

  24. 77 Ladyhawke
    January 24, 2012 at 10:25 am



    Romney Combusts Newt’s Megalomania + Insecurity

    By Charles Pierce

    This may be the key to things going forward. Gingrich’s political gifts are solely those of an arsonist. Challenged with the reality of what he’s always been, he will bluster and fume and light a dozen strawmen on fire, but he’ll never actually answer the damn question in a way that anyone with the intellect of an andiron would find to be adequate. Asked any kind of decent follow-up, and you can almost see his megalomania collide with his insecurities while he gropes for what comes next. Now, it is possible that the GOP base, which is, in the words of the late, great George V. Higgins, as soft as church music, has decided en masse that, Hell with it, we just want to burn the whole motherfker down. In which case, Gingrich may still be in as strong a position as he was before the night began. However, as an indication of how the debates against Barack Obama might go in the fall, Gingrich made himself look silly last night. Three hours? Lincoln-Douglas style? The president would be singing Al Green tunes over Gingrich’s smoking hulk 45 minutes into the show. Willard, though, now that’s a whole ‘nother kettle of tedium.


  25. January 24, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Love this, sorry if it was posted before:

    • January 24, 2012 at 11:30 am

      That was the best explanation of liberal i ‘ve seen this video needs to go vira. Thanks for posting.

    • 80 nabsentia23
      January 24, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Excellent video.

      Actually, Ms. Goldberg is basically calling on liberals and progressives to do what we use to do from the turn of the 20th century to the ’60s.

      Where do you think the Religious Right learned how to organize? They learned it from us! But, for the last 30-40 years, we forgot how and some of us today even assume that labor laws, Social Security, Medicare, etc just magically appeared out of nowhere with no effort, setups, compromise, or stuggle.

      I really want to thank Obama for helping us remember what it really takes to get something done.

  26. 81 Linda
    January 24, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Romney needs four lawyers, including the former IRS commissioner to defend his tax plan:

    Romney’s campaign held a conference call with reporters this morning to defend and explain his tax returns, and apparently felt the need to have former IRS Commissioner Fred Goldberg, along with three other top lawyers and his campaign communications director to explain the returns. At one point, the call had to be interrupted so officials could confer with mega accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.


    oy vey

  27. 87 isonprize
    January 24, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I JUST GOT MY “Made in USA” Birth Certificate mug. I AM A HAPPY CAMPER!! 😆

  28. 89 dotster3
    January 24, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Now Romney’s giving a pre-buttal to the SOTU. How many prebuttals and midbuttals and postbuttals do we need? Dozens? This is just way out of hand and utterly ridiculous. And the media is treating it all like it’s just normal.

    • 90 hopefruit2
      January 24, 2012 at 10:45 am

      EXACTLY – I tweeted something to that effect that previous presidents NEVER had to deal with this nonsense.

    • January 24, 2012 at 11:08 am

      So they need two repubs to handle President Obama huh? Good, that means they are terrified.

      • 93 Dee
        January 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm

        And that is why they will lose. They make his right and obligation to present the state of our country, a political one. This is the same crap they spout during re-election time. They can’t handle the truth of Pres Obama, and are terrified the regular folk who rarely pay attention to policy and politics hear him . They don’t what the fence-sitters to be dissuaded from their line on attacks and the half-truths or lies they spout. I can hardly wait for tonight!

  29. 94 Ladyhawke
    January 24, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Six Facts About Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns

    After weeks of refusals and equivocation, Mitt Romney finally released his tax returns last night to a handful of media outlets, showing that he made $21.7 million in 2010 and $20.9 million last year. He only actually released one year of returns, 2010, and his estimated return for 2011, even though many have called on him to follow the precedent set by his father and release many more years of returns.
    Nonetheless, there is much to learn from the astonishing 550 pages of returns Romney released:


  30. 96 CTGirl
    January 24, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Willard is right, I envy him…he is paid 13.9% in taxes! I wish!

    • 97 57andFemale
      January 24, 2012 at 10:49 am

      It was lovely to hear Jansing this morning say, “President Obama makes so much more and pays so much more percentage in taxes.” Then Dave Weigel saying, “that’s because it’s earned income”.

      Happy SOTU!

      • 98 CTGirl
        January 24, 2012 at 11:05 am

        🙂 I am stunned that Romney made $57,000 a day for the past two years (higher than the median yearly income of $50,221) and paid only 13.9% in taxes. There is no fairness here at all! I am so looking forward to SOTUS 🙂

  31. 99 57andFemale
    January 24, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I’m assuming most of us here are happy with last night’s debate result? The MSM and Repubs were looking for blood lust from Newt and didn’t get it. I’m actually glad Romney looked ‘stronger’ — he can look as strong as he likes in the clown car debates but he’s no match for Obama.

    And then there’s Romney thinking that his 2010 and 2011 returns should be released on the day of the SOTU, knowing what was in them…….

    I am having debates in my own brain, wondering which one of these monsters I want to be the face of the Republican Party. What do you guys think?

    • 100 Linda
      January 24, 2012 at 10:49 am

      I prefer Mitt … Newt is disgusting to me.

    • 102 lovingandlaughing
      January 24, 2012 at 11:09 am

      I have a hard time with that too. Newt’s ability to motivate the racist crowd in SC scared me completely and Romney is such a slime ball weasel who is an incredibly wealthy rich guy born with a silver spoon in his mouth who does not deserve to be president and who will say anything (lies) to get people to vote for him while money continually falls out of the pockets (and into swiss bank accounts and in the cayman island). They are both Evil. I really just want to fast forward and have POB win already next Nov!

    • 104 Bill
      January 24, 2012 at 11:17 am

      Difficult call, Newton Leroy is bipolar, and Willard will simply lie in an attempt to get whatever he wants. Newton probably has the potential to completely destroy the GOP , so I go with Newton.

    • January 24, 2012 at 11:25 am

      I’ll take Mittens. He unwittingly gave a face and voice to the wall street one percenters, who crashed the economy. He’s the perfect foil for President Obama.

  32. 108 LDS
    January 24, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Good morning, Ghips, how do I bring my comments over from the last thread or do you do that? Thanks. By the way, the video from Michelle Goldberg is absoluelyy spot on! wow! Still looking for my eyeglasses………….ugh!

    • January 24, 2012 at 10:51 am

      Morning LDS! I’m worried about your missing eyeglasses, are you going to be typing comments like “Hatuyd khgowb alhds” all day?

      Just copy and paste any comments you want to bring over from previous threads …. if you can see them 😕

  33. 110 halo
    January 24, 2012 at 10:48 am


  34. 111 L3
    January 24, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Good morning everyone!

    I want to share a story with you that I found both funny and sad at the same time. I was grocery shopping yesterday and as I appproached the check-out, two female cashiers, age 30-40, were talking when the cashier in the next lane looked in my direction and asked, “When is the election?” I wasn’t sure if she was talking to me or my cashier. No one responded so she repeated, “When is the presidential election? Is it this year or was it last year?” Now, it was not until the young man bagging my groceries looked at me and said, “You’re the right person to ask that question,” that it dawned on me the reason the topic even came up was because I was wearing two 2012 buttons clearly visible to everyone(except me). Trying to hide my shock at such a question I responded, “The presidential election is always every four years, the first Tuesday in November.” I got the feeling that she was concerned that she might have missed the election. It was very odd but then it got worse when my cashier said, “I have been registered to vote since I was 18 years old but voted for the first time for PBO”. To which I replied, “You must vote in every election. The reason Gov. Snyder is able to do what he is doing to this state (I live in MI) is because people do not vote regularly.” I said “Not to lecture you but as you can see people are upset and complaining but when you ask them if they voted in 2010 they say no. Well there you go. That’s what happens when you don’t vote.”

    Needless to say I left the store with mixed feelings. I was sad that people are willfully ignorant in a way that just takes your breath away and there is very little messaging and catchy phrases can do to break through that kind of mindless fog. But, I was also encouraged that my simple gesture of public support for PBO, wearing the 2012 buttons, prompted an important exchange of information that could have a lasting impact on the way three people think about voting from here on out. At least, I hope so.

    So, I guess the moral of this story is wear your buttons if you have them and are comfortable enough to publicly show your support and if you don’t have buttons yet, get them soon.

    • January 24, 2012 at 11:03 am

      Good story and reminder on the consequences of not voting. What’s really sad is that a lot of people think that their vote doesn’t count.
      The problem is when a bunch of people think that way!

      • January 24, 2012 at 11:59 am

        It is indeed sad, but the truth is they are right – their vote doesn’t count, IF THEY HAVEN’T VOTED. How to help them INTERNALIZE this? 😦 You’ve made a good start with these three, L3! Thank you for your willingness to be already visible with months to go to the election. Who knows what the ripple effect will be from these three ‘new converts’ to their family/peers. 😉 I really believe like OFA and LOTS of others here, that it’s these one-on-one non-confrontational interactions that are going to be the most meaningful. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012! [I haven’t started dreaming LANDSLIDE yet, but Bobfr’s mantra is starting to seep through. VC

        • 114 Dee
          January 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm

          During 2010, I called folks thru OBA, trying to get them out to the polls, and i could not believe people 1) where unaware it was not a presidential voting year, 2) One even said she was only gonna vote in2012, 3) another said she would but she didn’t really want to find her voting place (I then told her). Just as you say it was nonsense and laziness like that that we have those republican governors, like “commandant” Synder. Just think , how many races could have been won, pain avoided, because people were too indifferent or lazy.

  35. January 24, 2012 at 10:59 am

  36. January 24, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Describing last night’s debate

  37. January 24, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Good Morning TOD family

    I will be teaching during the SOTU, but I know I can come here after and get all the important information.

    I also want to thank everyone who blogged about the debate. Reading about Gingrich and Romney being icky, is so much better than watching them on TV. I am very grateful to those of you who bravely when in and reported back.

    This blog is amazing.

    • January 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      WiW, why doesn’t your college suspend classes during the duration of the speech, &/ don’t you have the professional ‘right’ to incorporate the speech into your programme? It seems to me that this could be taken as a teaching moment. I guess I’m puzzled, because where I am, I could easily see a teacher using something like the SOTU as content, pulling it apart and scrutinizing its implications in virtually any subject area.

      • January 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm

        Hi VC

        I teach Web Design. Students work in teams to produce free websites for non profits in the community. This week we have a class where I meet with the teams to discuss how conduct the first client meeting. NO overlap with SOTU. But it will be on video and I will have this wonderful sanctuary to return to about 9pm tonight.

        • January 24, 2012 at 8:17 pm

          I’m back after going to do real-life cooking, chauffeuring etc. (The buses in our town are still on strike after months!) You can see that I came back to see your answer because I really wanted to understand. 😆 Thanks for responding, WiW and I know you’ll get good commentary here when you are able to join in! Til then, have a good class! VC

  38. January 24, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Good News stories for the day

    American Consumers’ Confidence Gains in Sign Spending May Hold Up

  39. 124 LOL
    January 24, 2012 at 11:09 am

    1/23 Mitt attacks Newt for lobbying for Fannie and Freddie. In this attack Romney blames Fannie and Freddie for the conditions of the housing market in Florida. To Romney, Newt got rich while Floridians lost their homes.

    1/24 Romney releases his tax records. His tax records show that he has invested money in Fannie and Freddie. The same Fannie and Freddie that, according to Romney, caused the housing woes for Florida’s homeowners. The same Fannie and Freddie he attacked Newt for.

    Can someone wake me up from this dream?

  40. January 24, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Nine Million Smart Meters Installed Nationwide

    This is also listed on the comprehensive achievement list from the environment page. It is amazing to me how many things the President has accomplished in the field of energy and environment. The list was truly ginormous


    • January 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      That environmental toolkit is a thing of beauty, WiW! I love it so much.

      • January 24, 2012 at 2:31 pm

        Thanks WIW for this information. I sent it to my opposition friends who can’t tell me one thing POB has done for them. I know they have the Smart Meter, because I went out and spoke with the installer the day he installed them in our community. I talked with him about the program and how it was working in our city, and at that time he said that his job was just so busy. The man had a job as well as helping the American people.

        I saw my neighbor go out later that same day to proudly look at his meter, and I was able to say ,” Another promise kept, don’t you know by that wonderful President, Barack H. Obama.” They are as he states, “Ultra, Ultra Conservatives.” And they Do Not Like POB. But I always point out what benefits that they are receiving because of POB. They are seniors. It is a challenge, but I am a fighter to the end.HZ

  41. January 24, 2012 at 11:14 am

    President Obama’s Program Supports the “Insourcing” of American Jobs
    great video of the President, and an article about a furniture maker.


  42. January 24, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Btw- the dnc messaging has been awesome! Debbie is doing great!

    That is all.

    Oooops! Chip my comment went to pending!

  43. 137 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 24, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Watchdog-in-Chief Richard Cordray Outlines Plan to Clean Up Consumer Lending

    read transcript/watch video here:


  44. January 24, 2012 at 11:23 am

    O/T Though I like children, I confess I do NOT envy this young mother. Then again, I tend to like them better when they are old enough to dialogue and be rational and reasonable


  45. January 24, 2012 at 11:34 am

  46. 141 nintendowii10
    January 24, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Fox Propaganda is giving weak sauce for the SOTU. They’re sniveling that PBO is “Going Into Campaign Mode” For SOTU Because He’s “A Much Better Campaigner, Many People Have Said, Than President” (Steve Douchebag’s words)

    They’re not even saying he’s a big spending liberal, they’re not even saying he failed to cut the deficit, they’re not sniveling that he’s tied to Bill Ayers and Reverend Wright, they’re saying he’s going into campaign mode. They have NOTHING of substance to refute the anticipation of the SOTU… I hope that President Obama once again SINGS like he did at the Apollo, so that their yaps will shut up about him not being able to connect and whatnot.

  47. January 24, 2012 at 11:43 am

  48. 147 edp4bho
    January 24, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Oh Vero, where art thou? 😀 I thought I’d do like you and respond on a newer thread rather than searching for a spot you may not return to. I think all your opinions regarding PBO’s debate/interview style are pretty valid, especially since FLOTUS has told him the same, in words. But, we have who we have. Good thing most of us get him, or his ratings would not be as high as they are. Some people want him to be fierce, temperamentally, but it’s not who he is. Also, FLOTUS said he’s stubborn, so what’s a supporter to do? PBO is gonna be PBO and we can only hope that he comes across stronger in the future. I do think however, with the current crop of bimbos running on the other side, and after watching the “more animated” PBO at the Apollo ( during the speech, that is), he realizes he will have to, as that video posted here yesterday says–throw down the gauntlet—and I believe he’s ready to do just that. After all, this is a run for re-election, and not a policy speech. His very political life depends on him giving all he’s got to give, and if we’ve read past descriptions of him when he’s in a rough spot, he comes out with daggers for the kill. Still waters run deep.

  49. January 24, 2012 at 11:48 am

  50. January 24, 2012 at 11:53 am

    The New England Patriots are holding a contest for the best Local Public Service Employee.
    Teachers, fire fighters and Cops will get a chance to win a trip to the Suoer bowl.
    2 winners, will get all expense paid and tickets.

    Do you think Robert Kraft(owner of the Pats) is a Democrat?

    • 150 AJ
      January 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Unfortunately, Jovie, Mr. Kraft is a Republican, as seen on CNB, but we could use more GOP’ers like him in this country. A very decent, very charitable man with a great heart and mind, but who believes the private sector should be soley responsible in this country for both jobs and charity.

  51. 153 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 24, 2012 at 11:59 am

    They’ve been warned:

    Yes We Can … DO More Together – We Must! #LandslideOBAMA2012 #OutPerform1936

  52. January 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm

  53. January 24, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    The Senate confirmed John M. Gerrard of Nebraska to be United States District Judge for the District of Nebraska 74-16 on Monday in its first vote of the year.

    Sen. Jeff Sessions (D-Nev.) lead the Republican opposition to the judge stating Gerrard was a good man but had shown signs of holding allegiance to his personal view on the death penalty over the law during his years as a member of the Nebraska Supreme Court. 

    “I will vote against that nomination reluctantly, and I really don’t want to in one sense, but his nomination raises an important issue about the duty of a judge to be faithful to the law and to commit to serve under the law and under the Constitution,” said Sessions, who is the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. 


  54. 161 Linda
    January 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Gee maybe Sarah Palin’s family IS just like the rest of America.They ignore her when she is on television just like the rest of us do.

    Photo courtesy of Willow’s Twitter account.

  55. January 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm


    The House Monday evening easily approved two non-controversial bills, capping a light day that will be followed by a slightly more substantive Tuesday.

    By a 373-1 vote, members approved H.R. 3317, the Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act. This bill extends a now-expired program allowing states to issue electronic duck stamps, which can serve as hunting permits and help raise funds for conservation efforts.

    And by a 278-100 vote, the House approved H.R. 1141, the Rota Cultural and Natural Resources Study Act. This bill authorizes Interior to study the feasibility of designating certain forests on Rota, in the Northern Mariana Islands, as part of the U.S. park system.


    Surely they can do better than this?

  56. 164 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 24, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    The crazy gets crazier ————-> http://selfdeport.org/

  57. January 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm


    Wsj talks what the President will say about energy .


    And CNN reports the President will also be talking about clean energy initiatives!

  58. January 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Romney’s Broken Jobs Record Can’t Match Obama’s Presidential Experience

    The inherent lying from Republican presidential hopefuls makes it difficult to gauge their true qualifications, and their campaign speeches have served to verify that most of their assertions are fallacious. It is often beneficial to listen carefully to concession speeches to determine how a candidate reacts after suffering through defeat, and after South Carolina’s primary last Saturday, Willard “Mitt” Romney reverted to using the tired canard that his prior accomplishments as investor and governor of Massachusetts are reasons he is a better choice to be the Republican standard bearer in the 2012 general election. For Americans with a memory, Romney’s broken record assertions may not be his best argument for winning the Republican nomination or the presidency.

    After losing to Gingrich, Romney thanked the Republican field for a hard-fought campaign and leveled a bevy of attacks at President Obama and Gingrich highlighted by his oft-repeated exaggeration of his qualifications. In particular, Romney said that, “President Obama has no experience running a business and no experience running a state. Our party can’t be led to victory by someone who also has never run a business, or a state.” First, let’s get one thing straight; President Obama does not have executive experience running a state, but for the past three years he has run the richest, most powerful nation in the history of the Earth and he is still cleaning up after the last Republican president who had experience running a state and businesses.

    Conservatives may embrace the notion of a vulture capitalist running this country, but for most Americans, leveraging struggling and start up businesses with debt and laying off untold numbers of employees is not the definition of a businessman. Romney slipped during one of the South Carolina debates and admitted that he did not run any business that added employees during his time at Bain Capital, so his assertion that he “ran a business” that created jobs is patently false. Bain Capital used other investors’ money to either shore up or cripple businesses with debt and profited from management fees and selling off failing businesses. While Romney ran Bain Capital, they closed more than 1,000 offices, stores and plants, and cut employee benefits, pensions and wages. American workers were laid off, and their jobs were outsourced to other countries, but Romney will never brag about those facts. Romney is a job-killing machine and he made hundreds-of-millions in the process.


  59. 167 nintendowii10
    January 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Now Newt is sniveling about the silenced crowd at last nights debate and attempting to make it an issue of free speech. What a dick!

  60. January 24, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I truly love this site. Thank you Chips!

  61. January 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Mitt’s TPS Reports Always Have the New Cover Sheet
    by mistermix

    When I went to confession yesterday my priest told me to say 3 Hail Marys and watch the Republican debates as my penance, so I saw most of last night’s shitshow. I think that priest know what he was doing, because I’ve resolved to keep the boozing and sodomy down to a minimum so I just have to say an Act of Contrition next time. That said, I have a couple of observations.

    Brian Williams was careful to phrase his 47 questions about the ark of the horse race covenant, “electability”, in a way that kept him from getting smacked down by Newt. Instead of asking direct questions about each candidate’s weak spot, he repeated one candidate’s attack ads to the another. He also stayed away from Newt’s 3 marriages and counting. This led to an awesome half hour of Romney and Gingrich pounding on each other, with no real clear winner, though it’s probably good news for Romney that he finally landed a couple of solid shots, including channeling Steve Benen by pointing out that Newt resigned in “disgrace”.

    The man-on-man action was pretty entertaining, but what struck me is the exchange I embedded above, where Romney unveils the centerpiece of his immigration strategy, “self-deportation”. In other words, he expects undocumented immigrants to leave voluntarily because his administration will make their lives miserable. The questioner, Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, asked the obvious follow-up question, “Isn’t that what we have now?” and Mitt replied with some earnest word salad about “e-verification”, which assumes that some magic card will reverse a 50 year national habit of hiring undocumented workers.


  62. 172 dotster3
    January 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Steve Benen going to msnbc! A producer on Maddow and an msnbc contributor:

    • January 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Oh wow. Thrilled for Steve Benen, and I know he said he’ll still blog at the Maddow site, but I’ll really miss him at Washington Monthly. Hope he blogs as much!

      • 174 MJ
        January 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm

        I’m more than a little sad to see him go. Aside from TOD, Political Animal was the only other blog that I checked multiple times a day. However, we must all embrace change and new opportunities. So I wish him the best at his new gig. Rachel’s show is pretty okay most of the time. And maybe Benen will be able to “talk Rachel down” the next time she starts preemptively giving up on the President.

    • 175 Cha
      January 24, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Happy for Steve..bummed for me. Told him and that my comfort was that he’d bring some strong, sensible, light to the cable show.

  63. 176 symmetry11
    January 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Hey guys…I just read that Steve Benen is leaving Washington Monthly. He is going to be an MNSBC contributor & Producer for the Rachel Maddow show.

  64. January 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    How Mitt Romney’s Tax Rate Stacks Up: Comparing the Candidate To The Rest of Us

    Now that Mitt Romney’s confirmed what we’ve long suspected about his effective federal tax rate — “It’s probably closer to the 15 percent rate than anything” — we have a fact worth contextualizing. Though it could easily be less, assume Romney effectively pays 15 percent in taxes on all his income to the federal government. How does he stack up to the rest of us, most of whom are regular wage earners? When you account for the fact that most people also pay payroll taxes, and don’t enjoy enormous deductions, credits or other benefits, you see that Romney’s making out about as well as a taxpayer who makes $50,000 a year. Not bad for a man whose net worth is estimated to be in the neighborhood of a quarter billion dollars.

    http://media.talkingpointsmemo.com/slideshow/mitt-romney-taxes/1-249675 via @TPM

  65. 178 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Chester teacher to join First Lady at State of the Union
    By Dan Hardy
    Inquirer Staff Writer

    Sara Ferguson, one of the teachers who volunteered to work without pay if the Chester Upland School District ran out of money, has been invited to join First Lady Michelle Obama at tonight’s State of the Union address, the White House said this morning.

    more ——————> http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20120124_Chester_teacher_to_join_First_Lady_at_State_of_the_Union.html

  66. January 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm


    • January 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Oh, I will miss him at the Washington Monthly. I doubt they’ll be able to replace him with anyone half so good.

    • 182 donna dem 4 obama
      January 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm


      I’m happy for Steve but he was so good at Political Animal. I will miss his commentary there. I know he says he will be blogging at the Maddow Blog but it won’t be the same IMO. 😦 😦 😦

    • January 24, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      I’m devastated about Steve Benen’s departure. He has such a SINGULAR pragmatic progressive analytic voice. Still, I wish him the best and hope he’ll have the power/input to improve The Rachel Maddow Show. If you have a chance, TOD’ers, hope you take the time to drop a line of thanks on his blog. Damn, after TOD, his blog is my second go-to. He always keeps his eye on the big picture and neither allows himself to go into the emo-prog weeds nor does he vilify them.

      Respect. Empower. Include.

  67. January 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I dedicate this to the PL on behalf of PBO.

  68. January 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    DENVER –  The FBI has arrested a refugee from Uzbekistan at Chicago’s O’Hare airport on terrorism charges after he was accused of planning to travel overseas to fight on behalf of a terrorist group.

    The agency says 35-year-old Jamshid Muhtorov, of Aurora, Colo., also goes by several other names. He was arrested Saturday by members of the FBI’s Denver and Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Forces.

    The FBI says Muhtorov was indicted on a charge of providing and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. The group named is the Islamic Jihad Union.

    The Department of Justice says Muhtorov made his initial appearance Monday in federal court in Chicago.


  69. 189 Diane
    January 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Steve! I read you every day!! I KNEW something like this was up when you took 2 days offs and then a couple of more–I am happy for you, you certainly deserve it…but, but, what will I read with my morning coffee after TOD? Congrats Steve.

  70. January 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Some of President Obama’s allies are going after Mitt Romney with a Hispanic language ad in Florida. The labor union SEIU and the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA are up with a six figure ad buy in Spanish.

    The Tampa Bay Times’ Adam C. Smith has the translated script: “Mitt Romney has no shame. He shows one face to the Hispanic community and another completely different one to everyone else. On the one hand, he launches a commercial here in Florida targeted to Hispanic voters to try and convince us that he shares our values. But in another state he boasts about having the endorsement of Kris Kobach, a leader in the anti-Hispanic movement and author of many anti-immigrant laws like Arizona’s SB 1070 that unfairly attack our families and spread fear and uncertainty in our communities.”


  71. January 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Via James Hohmann’s Morning Score, the Republican National Committee will air an ad in Washington D.C., Michigan and Virginia as a response to tonight’s State of the Union.

    “It includes the clips of Obama saying that it things aren’t better in four years his will be a one-term proposition and then saying that Americans aren’t better off than they were four years ago,” Hohmann reports.

    Oh Brother!

  72. January 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Warren Buffett’s secretary to sit with Michelle Obama during State of the Union

    President Obama has called on a special guest to help him make his case for economic fairness during his State of the Union speech Tuesday night: Warren Buffett’s secretary, Debbie Bosanek.

    Bosanek will be among the guests in first lady Michelle Obama’s box in the House chamber when Obama delivers his third annual report to Congress at 9 p.m. She is the inspiration for the president’s call for wealthier Americans to pay a higher tax rate, known as the “Buffett rule,” which Obama is expected to highlight again in his speech.

    Read more:

  73. 195 jacquelineoboomer
    January 24, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    This tweet from David means a lot to me, because Romney’s been lying about the Navy – calling it “weak” under President Obama:

  74. 197 Jax6655
    January 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Gingrich: ‘Most Of The Asians,’ Some Latinos, But Not Many African Americans Understand Entrepreneurship


    He’s a racist and a liar . . . .

    Black-Owned Businesses

    There were 1.9 million black-owned businesses in 2007, up 60.5 percent from 2002. Receipts of these businesses totaled $137.4 billion, up 55.1 percent from 2002.
    In 2007, 37.6 percent of black-owned businesses were in health care and social assistance, repair and maintenance, and personal and laundry services.
    Black-owned businesses accounted for 28.2 percent of businesses in the District of Columbia, which led the nation, followed by Georgia, where 20.4 percent of businesses were black-owned, and Maryland, where 19.3 percent of businesses were black-owned.

    US Census Bureau, Survey of Business Owners


  75. 199 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    African American women see their own challenges mirrored in Michelle Obama’s

    By Krissah Thompson and Vanessa Williams, Published: January 23

    As black women watch Michelle Obama on the national stage, they search — sometimes nervously — for nuances often lost on the larger culture. How she handles criticism, how she raises her children, even her style of dress, has the potential to counter negative stereotypes.

    “She is mainstreaming to the world what a lot of us already know about ourselves,” says Dacenta Grice, a 37-year-old black woman who works as a physician assistant in Atlanta. “She reinforces the reality that so many of us live. She is a black woman who just seems fantastic in her own right, who just seems like every day people and is relatable.”

    Article ————> http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/african-american-women-see-their-own-struggles-mirrored-in-michelle-obamas/2012/01/19/gIQA5k4DMQ_story.html

  76. 201 57andFemale
    January 24, 2012 at 1:19 pm


    Wow, please don’t let them compromise your principles, Steve Benen.

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