‘digital pamphleteer’

A 2008 film on Steve Benen

Steve Benen: And that’s a wrap ….  this is my very last post here at the Washington Monthly. I’ll start my new gig at MSNBC on Monday, Jan. 30…..

I am thrilled to be passing the torch to one of my very favorite writers …. Ed Kilgore will get started here tomorrow….

…. I wasn’t prepared to leave this job unless something truly special came along, and fortunately for me, something did. The chance to work for Rachel Maddow and MSNBC is a dream gig that I couldn’t be more excited about.

….  I lack the words to tell you how much I appreciate the support and encouragement.

And with that, I’m off. Be nice to the new guy – no hazing, please – and I hope to see you all on Monday morning.

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171 Responses to “‘digital pamphleteer’”

      • 3 LOL
        January 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm

        * Clears her throat, to read her “thank you” speech”

        I just want to say that I didn’t think I would ever see this day, even though I have been first many times…this one…this one feels right. *wipes a tear running down her right cheek* I would like to thank my mom for believing in me and my 3rd grade teacher, who told me, one day…one day..you will change the world. Ladies and Gentlemen that day…is today. 🙂

        • January 25, 2012 at 9:28 pm

          Beautiful speech LOL, you had me in tears. Hearty congratulations – remember, the award wasn’t just for this achievement, it was a mark of respect for your glittering career.

          • 5 LOL
            January 25, 2012 at 9:37 pm

            Thanks Chip. I don’t consider myself special, just like Mitt Romney, I earned my success the hard way—by throwing people out of their jobs and homes. I’m not gonna lie, there were moments in my career that I was worried or unsure—deciding between a 14 bedroom 19th century mansion in San Francisco or a beach front property in Myrtle Beach is a lot harder than many people think. 🙂

          • 7 HZ
            January 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm

            Ditto. What a touching speech. Your extended family is also proud of you as well. Beautiful job.HZ

            • January 25, 2012 at 9:40 pm

              Were you tearful too HZ? 😆

              • 9 HZ
                January 25, 2012 at 11:18 pm

                Oh yes, Chips. The Speaker had to hand me his hanky. He carries a pack of them in his pockets. Thank goodness he was lurking on our site during the speech, and I caught him lurking in the back row crying like a little baby

                . He said he needed some POB respectful love and support from that TOD family that loves POB so much.

                We Got You Mr. Speaker.HZ

            • 10 Pamela
              January 25, 2012 at 9:52 pm

              I am weeping in my joy! LOL, don’t forget your promise… (Aussi, Aussi, Aussi!)

    • 11 LOL
      January 25, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Wohooo….On another note, is this the broad that just stepped to the prez?

      I need that little porcupine LOL Chips 🙂

  1. 21 GGail
    January 25, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Peeping around as I hit send

  2. 40 Alma Blanca
    January 25, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Where’s everyone. By the time I get here there are usually 200+ comments. Post SOTU party blues? Everyone was sure celebrating last night.

  3. 42 Mary Gray
    January 25, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I am certainly going to miss Steve Benen. He has his own icon on my iPad so I can go straight to him. He is so perceptive and so gracefully writes of his analysis. What will he do on The RMS? Does that mean I have to watch it?

  4. 44 Ladyhawke
    January 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm


    Most conservative criticisms about the ill-effects of taxes are exaggerated or untrue. Taxes are in fact good – they are dues we pay to enjoy the numerous vital benefits that government provides for our society.


    Lakoff argues that we need to promote a very different view of taxes—one that uses a very different kind of metaphor. The metaphor he suggests is that of taxes as “dues”.

    Taxes are our dues — we pay our dues to be Americans and enjoy the benefits of American society. Taxes are what we pay to live in a civilized society that is democratic, offers opportunity, and has a huge infrastructure available to all citizens. This incredible infrastructure has been paid for by previous taxpayers. Roads and highways, the Internet, the broadcast airwaves, our public education system, our power grid — every day we all use this vast infrastructure. Our dues maintain it.

    It is about being a member, a part of the community. People pay a membership fee to join a gym, the local YMCA, or a club for which they get to use the basketball courts, the swimming pool, and the golf course. They did not pay for these facilities with their own memberships. They were built and paid for by other members, and all the current members maintain them with their dues. It is the same thing with our country — being a member in good standing of a remarkable nation. Americans pay their dues.

    This idea of taxes as dues is not original to Lakoff. It is an idea that has often been expressed, but has not been promoted with the same ferocity or persistence of the taxes-as-affliction metaphor. Franklin Delano Roosevelt once remarked that “Taxes, after all, are dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.” And Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. expressed a similar sentiment when he said that “I like to pay taxes. With them I buy civilization.”



    • January 25, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Thanks for this, Ladyhawke. I do get very sick of people complaining about taxes all the time when they actually pay very little relative to their income. And when local politicians start talking about taxes, rather than real issues, I just tune them out. A few months ago, we accompanied my 92-year old MIL to a financial planner who tried to sell her all sorts of tax shelters for her money. She got very agitated and the financial guy couldn’t figure out why. Finally I said, I believe my MIL considers it patriotic to pay taxes and does NOT want to “shelter” her money. My MIL said, “That’s exactly right.” I think it was the first time the financial guy had EVER heard someone say that and he just sat back and shook his head. It was a beautiful moment.

  5. 46 utaustinliberal
    January 25, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Wish Steve Benen the best of luck in his new gig. Hope to continue reading his work on the Maddow Blog and now that he will have a special commentary from time to time, I might actually tune in to the Maddow show more often.

  6. January 25, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    WOW. 6000 People.
    “I’m here because the factory that’s being built behind me is an example of an America that is within our reach, an America that attracts the next generation of manufacturing jobs,” he told an estimated 6,000 people in front of tall cranes being used to construct a new $5.2 billion Intel microchip plant.

    Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/articles/2012/01/25/20120125crowds-gather-president-obamas-arrival.html#ixzz1kWlwEo3i

  7. 53 Necoe4010
    January 25, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Oh, my Lord, this site makes me smile especially after a hard day at work and I just need something to be happy and glad about….Once again thanks all of you for this site…for the comments about our wonderful President and his family…the support here is unbelieveable!!! Be blessed everyone…I love just coming here to look around and admire all of your work…God bless you, and thanks Chipsticks!!! You are a gem!

  8. January 25, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    By Andrew Restuccia and Ben Geman – 01/25/12 05:53 PM ET
    State of play: Energy Secretary Steven Chu is taking President Obama’s State of the Union energy message on the road Thursday.

    Chu will “discuss the Obama Administration’s commitment to energy innovation and advanced manufacturing” in Albuquerque, N.M., according to the Energy Department.

    Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will join Chu on a tour of the Sandia National Laboratories’ National Solar Thermal Test Facility in the morning. Then Chu will hold a town hall at the University of New Mexico.


  9. 58 Dave
    January 25, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    I just saw a picture of that ignorant, reprobate sea-haggy gov. of AZ…………………. sticking a gnarled finger in the President’s face??????



    • 59 nospin
      January 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      “sticking a gnarled finger in the President’s face?

      flatlines_______________________________________________________________________ lolol

  10. January 25, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    chips glad that person is gone. plz remove my 2 responses to that troll. as soon as i hit the send button i figured it out. thanks.

    • 61 LunarSea
      January 25, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      you can remove my response also. Please. And thank you 😆

    • January 25, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      The troll won’t be back aamom, just checked their previous comments ….. 🙄 10 months to the election and still the best they’ve got are attacks on the President’s religion? Me sniffs a landslide 😉

      • 63 Dudette
        January 25, 2012 at 9:52 pm

        There was a troll? Dang! Did I miss a virtual butt-whooping from my TOD family?

        • 64 desertflower
          January 25, 2012 at 10:31 pm

          Don’t feel bad…I missed it too 🙂

        • 65 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          January 25, 2012 at 10:32 pm


      • January 25, 2012 at 9:54 pm

        They are just being antagonistic. They do it all over the bligosphere, to get a rise out of Obama supporters.
        But why? To what end?

        • 67 LunarSea
          January 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm

          Who knows?! Probably to make themselves relevant. I don’t know why but when I see these type of troll posts, I think FDL and her minions -which then remind me of the flying monkeys on the wizard of oz. It’s a weird word association type of thing. Go figure.

  11. January 25, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Me thinks Brewer is trying to intimdate the President.
    Harass him, into thinking that she will be a pest everytime he goes to Arizona.
    This is strategy from a Republican think tank, me thinks.

    • 69 utaustinliberal
      January 25, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      I think you’re affording her more esteem than she deserves. This is not some republican agenda. It’s just a raging bitch who overestimates her importance.

    • 70 anniebella
      January 25, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      Jovie, she won’t intimdate the President, she won’t harass him, because all the President has to do is say one word to the Secret Service and that witch won’t get within a 100 yards of POTUS.

      • January 25, 2012 at 10:22 pm

        I hope so. These people are ruthless and tricky!

      • 72 HZ
        January 25, 2012 at 11:33 pm

        Thank you anniebella. If this woman is smart, she better inform the SS of her new greeting for the POTUS,otherwise, the next time she willl be escorted into a little room by the SS Detail and will have to Show Her ID. She is playing with the wrong President for sure.

        If POB will dress down Trump, what makes her think that he will not do the same to her. These crazy folks better stop playing POB for a fool, that he is NOT. HZ

    • 73 Pamela
      January 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Republican drunk tank, maybe.

  12. January 25, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Maybe some of you saw SwissMitt’s attempt to call himself “Mexican-American” today:

  13. 79 LunarSea
    January 25, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Chips, please delete. This was in response to that weird post you removed.

  14. 80 Dudette
    January 25, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Wall Street Journal: The GOP Deserves to Lose
    Video and article here: http://crooksandliars.com/blue-texan/wall-street-journal-gop-deserves-lose

    “The WSJ is the voice of the DC-New York GOP establishment, and that voice was crackling with anger and tears on Tuesday.

    Let’s just say right now what voters will be saying in November, once Barack Obama has been re-elected: Republicans deserve to lose.

    Well, yes. They deserve to lose because they’ve learned nothing from spectacular failures of the Bush/Cheney years and are doubling down on every right-wing fetish: Even lower taxes! Even more wealth inequality! Even more war! Even fewer regulations! Let’s deport 12 million people! Let’s bring back child labor!

    But I digress.

    Above all, it doesn’t matter that Americans are generally eager to send Mr. Obama packing. All they need is to be reasonably sure that the alternative won’t be another fiasco. But they can’t be reasonably sure, so it’s going to be four more years of the disappointment you already know.

    But won’t Newt beat Obama in the debates?

    A primary ballot for Mr. Gingrich is a vote for an entertaining election, not a Republican in the White House.

    Ouch. But…but…don’t we need a businessman to create jobs?

    On the evidence of his campaign, Mr. Romney is a lousy CEO.

    Oh, snap! And the big finish!

    …the U.S. will surely survive four more years. Who knows? By then maybe Republicans will have figured out that if they don’t want to lose, they shouldn’t run with losers.”

  15. January 25, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I wonder where in Las Vegas is the Presudent staying? Do you think he will gamble? Lol!

  16. 91 Ladyhawke
    January 25, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    GOP DOOM AND GLOOM (Be afraid, be very afraid)

    Using Lemony Snicket as a backdrop, Rachel Maddow is destroying the Mitch Daniels rebuttal from last night. She is replaying it in black and white with lightening strikes periodically flashing through the screen. It’s hilarious. Mitch Daniels was dreary, gloomy, and downright depressing. I still can’t imagine why the GOP thought it was a good idea to have him do the rebuttal. His history has head of OMB during the George W. Bush administration and the drama with the unions should have been enough to avoid him.

    (Jindal -> McDonnell -> Daniels) There was something terribly wrong with each presentation.

  17. 92 GGail
    January 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    thanks Chipsticks – you’re too smart to be snookered. That troll tried to slide that garbage in by saying it was an email they received – yea right.

  18. 93 collegekay
    January 25, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    That was a troll? I thought they were talking about someone on their facebook page. He/she was talking about it on the last thread.

  19. January 25, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Oh brother. Governor Rick Scott says people are faking car accidents, so he wants to reform car insurance.

    Oh brother, is this how he gets attention during the Primary?

  20. January 25, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Scott nails Jan Brewer:

  21. 99 yardarm756
    January 25, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Rachel has just exposed Politifact as bogus.

  22. 103 LOL
    January 25, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Please Delete this post too.. i did all that google search for that troll.

    • January 25, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      LOL, I looked back through the troll’s comments – and s/he is a Ron Paul fan.

      Now, isn’t that interesting in light of what ‘it’ posted tonight? Teabagger bile about the President and his religion, bla, bla, bla.

      And the Ron Paul groupies insist they’re not racist?

      You can only laugh.

      • 105 LOL
        January 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm

        Bunch of BS….These Paultards have been complaining that their candidate has not been given any media attention, and now that he has it… people see him for the loon he is. Eff them.

      • 106 collegekay
        January 25, 2012 at 10:12 pm

        Wow. I hadn’t even noticed. How long was it posting here? Scary.

        • January 25, 2012 at 10:17 pm

          They were here a while collegekay, but hadn’t commented very often. I completely missed their obvious and pretty pathetic Ron Paul-supporting comment, if I’d seen it they’d have been gone ages ago. Out troll was not a very bright person, it has to be said. 🙄

          • 108 halo
            January 25, 2012 at 10:32 pm


            • 109 anniebella
              January 25, 2012 at 10:51 pm

              Rachel said Mitch Daniels rebuttal speech stunk like a skunk, well she didn’t like that, but she said it wasn’t very good. Why does that not surprise me?

              • January 25, 2012 at 11:04 pm

                Rachel had me dying laughing tonight about that Daniel’s speech. She is not a fan of his. I also laughed when she slammed politifact by firing them. Wow old Fineman said that PBO’s speech was a good speech. I think I am going to faint. Of course he had to say, “to bad he did not give it to now”.

                • 112 Ladyhawke
                  January 25, 2012 at 11:36 pm

                  I noticed that too cos. In the rare instances when Howard Fineman decides to say something positive about PBO there’s always a BUT (fill in the blank). These pundits really kill me. They sit on their perches in the comfort of the television studio and make all of these pronouncements about what the president should say, how he should say, when he should say it. They treat everything he does like it is a sporting event.

                  This reminds me of all of the folks who complained that President Obama was trying to do too much in the first two years of his administration. I distinctly remember folks saying he should have held off on healthcare reform. Just imagine if PBO had waited until 2011 to try and get hcr enacted.

                  There is a reason why President Obama is in the White House and Howard Fineman is a pundit on cable tv. President Obama knew he had to strike while the iron was hot and do something that five previous presidents had tried to do. And remember he had majorities in the House and Senate for a few nanoseconds and the Blue Dog Democrats along with the Republicans were a thorn in his side. I will be forever grateful that he had the wisdom and determination to forge ahead with hcr. It’s an amazing accomplishment.

      • 113 EDP4BHO
        January 25, 2012 at 10:41 pm

        And to think I responded. Better get my act together.

    • 114 LunarSea
      January 25, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      Your post with links is great and should stand for any others that may think of posting stuff like that.

  23. 117 EDP4BHO
    January 25, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Hey guys. Do any of you think PBO was “incredibly naive” to think he could work with rethugs in congress? Subsequently, are any of you a tad “disappointed” in what he could not get done. Do you think his speech didn’t concern significant substance, i.e. healthcare reform? Do any of you think jobs will not come back despite the idea of reduced taxes for those companies who remain here? I am listening to this drone about his take on the SOTU. OMG, and he wants people of color to be aware of the hardships PBO will have during the election, and that we need to make sure we vote. Listen to the rhetoric and then listen to what the rethugs offer, and people will vote on their pockets. He is getting on my one last nerve tonight. I need to turn him off right now. We have major work at righting the spin out there. I would so love to believe, now, that PBO really played the rethugs all along, exactly knowing how far they would actually support his agenda. He is not unknowing of how Washington worked before he became POTUS. That’s why he included this as part of his campaign. We know he offered change, and to me he has continually shown he is willing to be bi-partisan, knowing all along they would try and emasculate him. Which is why he is still standing tall, assured, confident, and fully unbroken. In fact the last time I detected any real concern in his voice was during 2010 and I saw him in person. His “plea” was for us all to send him a congress he could work with. I mean, even Superman had to rest. Even God had to rest on the 7th day….LOL.

    • 118 vero804
      January 25, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      Who are u listening to?

      The only thing I will say is I think he was not prepared for the level of vitriol and obstruction of the Repubs. I’ve even been surprised. I think it took him a bit too long to adopt this “we can’t wait” attitude. The bottom line is, it is what it is. He’s much more aggressive and much more focused of firmly placing himself on the populist side of things. That’s a good thing.

      • 119 EDP4BHO
        January 25, 2012 at 10:37 pm

        You say what the host was sayiing……that it took him too long. Maybe 3 years too long. Call “me” naive, but I still think PBO is smart enough to have known right from the door what he would be up against. He is an engaging person, like his mom and dad both, so it seems only natural to me that he would lay his markers down early, let everyone know where he stood on things, allow them to make a move towards or away from, and his place would be clear. He maybe had been surprised at the level of vitriole but, after my reading of The Audacity of Hope, I think he knew. Chicago gave him a proving ground. But, we shall see in the end.

    • 120 Cindy Sweatt
      January 26, 2012 at 12:14 am

      I don’t understand what you are speaking of? Are you quoting someone, or are you really wondering?

  24. 121 Dudette
    January 25, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Rachel handed Politi”Fact” their asses today over their Half True-Mostly True BS about PBO’s statement about businesses creating more than 3 million jobs over 22 months.

    • 122 utaustinliberal
      January 25, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      Wonderful! Politifact was getting on my last nerve. They portray themselves as non-partisan yet for the past few months they’ve blamed Democrats for everything and now this BS about POTUS?

  25. January 25, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    ugh, Howard Fineman is going go on Lawrence O and try to say that POTUS “played into Guv Brewer’s” hands????

    WTF! I’ve been posting back to him on twitter, but I suspect he doesn’t follow people and doesn’t respond. When replied to.

  26. 125 Dudette
    January 25, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    LOD is leading with the hag wagging her stump and her senior moment from 2010.

  27. January 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Coward Fineman on Lawry saying PBO is president and “punched down”. Wolf said PBO is president and the only way to punch is down….. Fuck Coward.

    • January 25, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      Lisa love your name for ‘My Sources.’ I turned LOD off after that mess, and tweeted Fineman.

    • 128 Obama Grandmama
      January 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      I was watching the Fineman comments too and at the end of the segment it seemed he was trying to twist it around to be in favor of PBO’s behavior over Brewer’s. To me the switch did not work or make sense. It was something like that is what I was trying to say in agreement with the other pundit.

  28. 129 halo
    January 25, 2012 at 10:09 pm


  29. 130 halo
    January 25, 2012 at 10:12 pm


  30. 131 collegekay
    January 25, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Wait that reply was to Chips… comments are doing weird things

    • January 25, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      Sorry Collegekay, I’ve deleted a bunch of comments from one confirmed troll and one possible – and people who replied to them asked me to delete their comments too. So, that part of the thread is going to look a little mucked up!

  31. January 25, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Looks like I missed a troll. Go home Jan! 👿

  32. 138 LunarSea
    January 25, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I want FLOTUS body.

    There! I said it…..

    (this is from watching her with the kids in the school cafeteria)

  33. 139 LunarSea
    January 25, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Good someone point me in the direction of DWS reading Gabbie’s farewell? I’ve been looking but have no luck. Thanks

  34. 143 Tally
    January 25, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    *sigh* I always miss the trolls. Thankfully. 😉

  35. 145 desertflower
    January 25, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I have been busy until now…I’ve missed so much, but posted this on the last thread. Here it is again.

    Ok. I need to vent. First, on behalf of all the SANE CITIZENS of Arizona, I would like to formally apologize for the unprofessional, disrespectful,ignorant,RW nutjob of a governor.She is an embarrassment to the people of Arizona, and should write a formal apology to the President for her unprofessional, and self centered actions today.

    I would bet anyone, dollars to donuts, that Brewer’s new BFF, Sarah Palin told her that in order to sell more copies of her shitty sophomoric book, she’ll need to do something that will take the eyes and attention OFF the President (who came here touting jobs for HER state…because SHE HASN’T DONE ANYTHING ABOUT JOBS OTHER THAN CUT THEM) So Jan has to make this about HER! So she decided that she would stick her finger in the chest of the President of the United States.”You Got That BOY!!” That’s what she implied. I detest her, and will call her office and give her a piece of my mind.

    Contrast that crass,moron…with the grace and class of Gabby Giffords in the House today, handing her resignation to Boehner. A woman who put her constituents and her state above all else, and acted at all times with honor, grace, professionalism,and respect for her job, her coworkers, her constituents, her state, and her country.

    Jan Brewer could stand to study Gabby Giffords, and try and emulate her.I wish Gabby a strong and swift recovery. I hope that she can return to Congress to do the people’s work again.I will call Grijalva’s office or even Debbie Wasserman Shultz’s office, and see if they would be agreeable to placing a plaque outside the entrance of the House, in honor of Gabby….that they may start a new tradition before they enter the House. They should ALL touch that plague, in remembrance of Gabby….and approach their interactions with one another in the spirit that she embodies. To put partisanship aside and do what is best for the country. For Gabby.

    Understand that the cryptkeeper(yes, I call her that ALL THE TIME, though the reference to the crocodile was close) wanted the attention on her.She’s got an ego the size of Newt’s. If anyone would like to respectfully, but pointedly, like to call her office tomorrow and let her know how you feel….or maybe just say THANK YOU! for the striking attention to who the REAL PROFESSIONAL was….602-542-4331 Gov’s office.

  36. January 25, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Ahhhh! I always miss the good stuff. :pout:

  37. 147 Tally
    January 25, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    ok – catching up on my screenings:

    Albert Nobbs –
    Interesting film. Glenn is very good, but Janet McTeer is awesome. It’s a weird script in that all the characters seem to be whole people except the title character. But perhaps that was the point. I think I may be the only person on earth who has caught that Typhoid Mary is in it.

    Beginners –
    Uhm. Everyone in it is sublime. But I hated the script. I’m so over people who are so broken they want to fail. But kudos to Ewan for attempting to play that. The dog is better than the one in The Artist. Plummer is good, but meh.

    The Descendants –
    WOW. Great film. Great script. Brilliant direction. George is brilliant. Great cast. And it’s Hawai’i.

    Still liked Jane Eyre better than most of the nominated films.

    So excited about BENEN!!!

    • January 25, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      Have you seen Midnight in Paris? I’m over Woody Allen but I looked at the previews and it seems like more of his old schtick.

      • January 25, 2012 at 10:46 pm

        I just got Beginners today. Sounds so-so but I’m trying to watch the nominees. Urp.

      • 150 Cindy Sweatt
        January 26, 2012 at 12:23 am

        I really enjoyed Midnight in Paris.

        I just got back from a screening of “Act of Valor”. Not sure how I felt. It is real action packed and exciting. I think Navy Seals rock. At the same time I was kind of uncomfortable–I felt I was watching a very sophisticated piece of propaganda. Totally trying to make us all afraid, very afraid. Afraid of “Russians” “Muslims” “Asians” and “Mexicans” just about “everyone else”. I would love to hear what someone else thinks when they see it.

      • 151 Tally
        January 26, 2012 at 12:52 am

        I loved Midnight in Paris. I seem to like Woody Allen films he’s not IN. Like Bullets Over Broadway.

  38. January 25, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    That whore T-Paw is on Lawry. No M. F-ing shame.

  39. 153 carolyn
    January 25, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Ed4…have you seen What Is Working’s lists of the President’s accomplishents? It is stunning. He has the biggest legislative record of success since LBJ, in spite of a recalcitrant Congress. LBJ had like 70 Senators with him. I am not disappointed in him at all, perhaps because I am older, and know that governing is hard work. Every president has a learning curve, and he has to do his job in the spotlight, with people critiquing and carping at him every day.
    I am certainly glad that I didn’t full time observers in my classroom every day my first year! The kids were resilient, and we learned together, but my “mistakes” were not broadcast to the world. I learned, assessed, adjusted and moved on. That is what he has done, only he hasn’t had the dignity of doing it without self styled experts, who all think they know better than he does.
    I get so tired of “Obama should say…” “Tell the President to…..” “Why didn’t he…..” Do these people ever stop to think where would be if cCain were president and Sister Sarah were VP? Think about that…..that is scary. I’ll tell you where I think we would be if that were the case: we would be at war with Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan would be escalating, our deficit would be at least three times what they are now, Medicare and Social Security would be gone, and we would be alone in the world without an ally.
    So…….we MUST work hard to re-elect the best president of my lifetime, and I am 72 years old.

  40. January 25, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Odd request, I know: Is anyone up on the excise tax on upper end health care plans under ACA? I have a question from a family member who works in HR for a very high profile high tech company in Silicon Valley. They were going over changes to their health care plans next year and he says it sounds like they will be paying an extra $20M for health care under PBO’s plan. He wanted me to help understand this……I’m googling but not seeing the big picture……

    January 25, 2012 at 10:39 pm


  42. 156 anniebella
    January 25, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Rachel talked of her disagreement with Chris Matthews over Mitch Daniels rebuttal speech. Rachel thought the speech stink.

    • 157 utaustinliberal
      January 25, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      I agree with Rachel. Chris called it wrong. Daniels speech wasn’t strong or decisive. It was all gloom and doom; plus it was incredibly boring. Just mind numbingly boring.

  43. 158 desertflower
    January 25, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    The best revenge against idiots like Brewer, would be to turn AZ BLUE!!!!!!!!


  44. 160 Michele
    January 25, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    The President was right to check her on a book in which she obviously lied. I remember the C-SPAN video or her saying the meeting was productive and POTUS was cordial to her.. She came to that airport with an agenda and it back fired on her, so much so she had to correct the facts of what happened…


  45. 161 desertflower
    January 25, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    She’s such a fucking bitch.

    Arizona Gov. Brewer Calls President Obama “Thin Skinned” After Exchange
    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer called President Barack Obama “thin skinned” following an intense exchange during his trip to the state on Wednesday.

    In a phone call to a Phoenix radio talk show after the exchange, Brewer said the president didn’t like the way she wrote about him in her recently published book.

    “I asked him if he had read my book, ‘Scorpions for Breakfast.’ And he said that he read an excerpt and he didn’t think that I was very cordial,” Brewer said in the phone call to KFYI’s Mike Broomhead. “I said, ‘Well, we’ll just agree to disagree.’ And , uh, he was somewhat thin skinned and a little tense to say the least.”

    • 162 utaustinliberal
      January 25, 2012 at 11:24 pm

      She’s lucky the President walked off mid-sentence and didn’t call on the SS to jack her the fuck up. She’s a raving lunatic. She just wanted to make news.

      • January 25, 2012 at 11:57 pm

        Exactly, UT. She is very stupid. All POB had to do would be to look over to one of his SS Details and she would have been in a room alone. She better thank her lucky whatever, because he did not want to make a scene there. She forgot what POB does to people who pull this crap on him. She better call the Donald and ask him to refresh her memory.HZ

    • 164 Mae who love our CIC
      January 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

      this heifer’s behavior is confrontational and she showed the world she is not cordial.

  46. 165 hopefruit2
    January 25, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    WOW – came just in time to catch up and to wish everyone a wonderful good night..

    Enjoyed reading all Chips’ excellent posts and the comments from TOD community! Missed my President’s speech in Arizona, but there will be many other opportunities I’m sure. I’m glad that Andrew Sullivan ended up with a steaming plate of crow & broccoli for his post SOTU bitchfest supper tonight.

    I’m dog tired tonight but will be back bright and early tomorrow morning! 🙂

  47. 166 Michele
    January 25, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Hello all, I am still pissed regarding crazy lady brewer. She is disgusting and the President in my opionion was correct when he stated he didn’t like her book. Brewer is a bold face liar because she said out side the WH that the President was cordial to her and I assume her peeps.


  48. 167 elo4obama/biden
    January 25, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    I made wthe mistake of tuning in to LOD. He interviewed the oh so boring Pawlenty. So P is saying that the president is not a businessman, has’nt run anyting, does not know about making executive decisions or entrepeneurship(?sp) Praised Romney he’s been a sucessful bisnessman. LOD asked him to name 1 ex bisnessman president. He came up with Reagan! LOD reminded him he was head of his union, one of those union thugs. He came up with Lincoln, L laughed. I did ot hear what Lincoln had actually done. That was humorous, but Pawlenty had far too much time and was allowed to go on ad nauseum about the president and his supposed all of his career as a pollitician, with no executive experience.

    Maybe LOD fellt sorry for this poor lying ass of a rethug. Oh I remember Lincoln had been a lawyer. Uh Barack Obama, practiced briefly as a lawyer, community organiizer, law professor ( I know rethugs have no respect for teachers) and several years in the state senate. Ugh! And he lied about the auto loan, that it was a give away to unions. Unions gave up stuff- and loudly complained, they too had to take a hair cut. Plus more generous terms if the US is your lender than a bank.

    OK and how many presidents have command of the military experience- lots of sucesses their too. Just jealous that so many of those in office yearning to be president can not compete with this man. Who is as president Obama said in a debate with McCain, green behind the ears. He knows how to lead, how to organize and draw talent, and workds like a dog to get things done.

    OK I’ve calmed somewha t, P was so pathetic I really should just pitty the fooll. LOD for some reason likes P, and is stillf dissappointed that he died off so quickly in he primaries. Pathetic man, sorry behind party and lame arguments against 4 more for 44. I guess Pawlenty did his job lie and distract, as he did not answer the questions asked. What the heck are these fools going to have in a debate with him? Nada, not a darn thing!
    🙂 🙂 😀 😀

    • 168 Obama Grandmama
      January 26, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      I thought O’Donnell gave Pawlenty too much time to spew his talking points too, but then Lawrence did pick Tim Pawlenty early on as the GOP candidate that would be facing PBO.

  49. 169 susanne
    January 25, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    our president is always working, all over the world, while the repugs just snap and yap at his heels!

    here’s an article from bbc about a plan unveiled at the davos world economic forum for uninterrupted delivery of supplies during a crisis.

    once again, he’s keeping us safe, and boosting the economy, and creating international partnerships–even as he delivers the sotu,and saves the girl from the pirates.


    • 171 Cha
      January 26, 2012 at 1:17 am

      Thanks for the vid on Steve Benen, Chips! I posted it on “It’s a Wrap” on his last post for Political Animal and told him I found it on The Obama Diary~

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