afternoon all

The Atlantic: The president of the United States reflects on what Abraham Lincoln means to him, and to America.

By Barack Obama

Lincoln is a president I turn to often. From time to time, I’ll walk over to the Lincoln Bedroom and reread the handwritten Gettysburg Address encased in glass, or reflect on the Emancipation Proclamation, which hangs in the Oval Office, or pull a volume of his writings from the library in search of lessons to draw.

Always thoughtful, always eloquent, Lincoln’s writings speak to me as they speak to so many Americans, reminding us what is best about ourselves and the Union he saved: that though we may have our differences, we are one people, and we are one nation, united by a common creed.

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Charles Pierce: By now, everybody’s seen the America’s At Halftime commercial, featuring Clint Eastwood…. The general feeling  is that the ad itself was a kind of endorsement of the president’s re-election bid, what with its emphasis on the recovery of the auto industry, which Willard Romney opposed in favor of letting the major automakers go bankrupt.

… The president can’t run on “It’s Morning In America.” He’d look foolish. He can, however, credibly run on the notion that the sky is getting a little brighter in the east. By contrast, more than a few people have noted that the Republicans in general, and Willard in particular, seem interested in running on “It’s Apocalypse In America,” gloomily drooping around the country as the people to whom they’re talking try desperately to feel optimistic again…..

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303 Responses to “afternoon all”

  1. 10 isonprize
    February 6, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Wow, GO L3!!

  2. February 6, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Update on that video:

    Chrysler’s Super Bowl commercial featuring Clint Eastwood was restored to Chrysler’s YouTube channel today after confusion cleared up about a supposed copyright claim by the NFL.

    Some time Sunday night, the video was removed from YouTube. Instead, a message said: “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by NFL Properties LLC.

    But a spokeswoman for Chrysler said today that the company did not remove the commercial, titled “Halftime in America,” and is unsure why it was removed.

    NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Free Press today that he isn’t sure why the Chrysler ad was removed from different websites.

    “The NFL did not file a copyright complaint about this ad with Google,” he told the Free Press. “We have asked Google to reinstate the ad immediately. Google is looking into why the ad was removed.”

    Google, which owns YouTube, and YouTube could not be reached immediately for comment.


    • February 6, 2012 at 11:50 am

      Very strange. Something’s up here.

        February 6, 2012 at 11:53 am


        • 15 hopefruit2
          February 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm

          Yes, this is how the media controls the “message” at the GOP’s behest. All dirty tricks. Just like MSNBC tried to pretend that the ad was similar in popularity to another ad that had way fewer votes. I don’t want to hear anymore about the administration’s “messaging problem.” Time to shine the spotlight fair and square on the dishonest GOP media.

          • 16 a4alice
            February 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm

            do you think Clint is at home chuckling to himself about how he made the GOP go “HUH?”. I would be. Good for him.

          • 17 yardarm756
            February 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm

            It ain’t gonna work though. Too many people saw it and are talking about it. It’s a buzz on talk radio too. There’s something about the truth. Isn’t there?

          • 19 nathkatun7
            February 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm

            “I don’t want to hear anymore about the administration’s “messaging problem.” Time to shine the spotlight fair and square on the dishonest GOP media.” Thank you hopefruit2 for always speaking TRUTH!

        • 20 Mel
          February 6, 2012 at 3:01 pm

          Everybody please go on Bing Web Search and VOTE on the Clint Eastwood Ad this wil a
          very strong message to the Republicans that even A Republican as Clint Eastwwod
          agreed with PBO.

      • February 6, 2012 at 11:59 am

        I agree…no one knows why it was taken down? Something is up.

  3. 23 isonprize
    February 6, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I’m off to turn in Petitions for Pres. Obama to be on the ballot in PA. THAT’S WHAT’S UP!!! Enjoy the rest of your day!!

  4. 25 Debz
    February 6, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Congrats L3. This was a pretty good interview, Matt wasn’t hostile towards PBO, and as usual our President was wonderful.

  5. 28 utaustinliberal
    February 6, 2012 at 11:48 am

    The interview with Lauer was better than the clap trap PBO was subjected to from that cretin Bill O’Reilly from Fox Noise. But really Matt? Putting the onus on PBO to meet with whoever the GOP Clowns pick as ring master and hold hands in a kumbaya moment and promise not to go negative on them. How about you hold the GOP Clowns especially Romney to that edict. Romney buried Newt in negative Ads from Iowa to Florida and PBO is supposedly the negative one? That was just a little to precious even for the mediocrity that is Matt Lauer.

    • February 6, 2012 at 11:50 am

      I laughed at that UT – PBO did too! This constant attempt by the media to make out it’s a tie between the admin and the GOP when it comes to spitting bile …. it’s comical.

    • February 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      I just watched both videos and PBO was STELLAR. He does so incredibly well suffering these MSM idiots. He got his very strong message across beautifully.

    • 31 itgurl_29
      February 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Matt Lauer’s a bimbo.

    • 32 Ladyhawke
      February 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      I’m with ya ut. Here are a couple of my thoughts on that interview. As always, PBO answered every question completely and thoroughly.

      1) I loved it when ML asked about the “optics” of the large donations and PBO schooled him on the 5 grassroots donors he had dinner with. It’s typical that ML did not want to focus on the huge volume of small donations because it just didn’t fit his narrative. As PBO said, he wishes it wasn’t necessary to take the large donations. But he has to be able to get his message out and this is how the system is set up now. Duh….

      2) The nonsense about sitting down with the GOP nominee to discuss how the campaigns will be run as it relates to negativity was pure and complete bullshale. As PBO said, you want to know what kind of campaign he will run then just look at his track record from 2008 and how he has performed his duties as president. Meanwhile, the presumptive GOP nominee’s stock-in-trade is lying and making stuff up about PBO. Romney would render a lie detector in operable.

      3) I think i will scream the next time some gasbag like Matt says that PBO has not changed the tone in Washington. Matt Lauer clearly has selective amnesia. Mitch McConnell says he goal is to make PBO a one term president. The Republicans in congress have obstructed everything PBO has wanted to do. And on top of that they have systematically shown disrespect and disdain for him. So the
      question is why hasn’t President Obama changed the tone in Washington? Are you kidding me?

      4) And this crap about people being disappointed because he hasn’t done everything he said he would do is beyond annoying. My question to Matt Lauer is what about all of the accomplishments that were made in spite of the GOP obstruction (as PBO said). Just imagine what more could have been done if the GOP had put the country before their party. You would think there was only one brach of government (EXECUTIVE) responsible for governing.

      • 33 nathkatun7
        February 6, 2012 at 6:02 pm

        Ladyhawke, I am totally with you and UT! Thank you for your brilliant comment. I agree with everything you said.

    • February 6, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      I agree. What the president should have done is put the onus on the Media and told Matt Lauer that it’s up to the Media to dispassionately present the truth to the American people. He could have said that he is going to present the Democratic vision to the country and that the job of the press is not to equivocate or instigate but to elucidate. Instead we have a MSM that seeks to incite and insinuate. Their role is not in seeking truth but perpetuating truthism. I hope that the president in the upcoming months will hold the mirror up to the MSM so that they can change the error of their ways.

      • February 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm

        I think he’s already holding the mirror up by holding events like his bus tour to reach the everyday people or the Google+ hangout, which has the media’s knickers in a twist. He’s doing that.

        What I’d like is for the media to show us which President actually left office or was even at the beginning of their fourth year in office and had a public that was 100% satisfied or had kept all their promises before their term was over. That President doesn’t exist. So I don’t know how they dare to ask this President why people are disappointed with him and why he hasn’t kept all his promises before his term is over. They won’t even show people what he actually has accomplished, so people don’t even know what he hasn’t accomplished.

    • 36 nathkatun7
      February 6, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      Well said UT! Lauer didn’t even realize the irony of his request that the President “hold hands in a kumbaya moment and promise not to go negative….” Most of his questions to the president were based on negativity, including the media favorite question about all the people who are “disappointed” in the President. It’s as if the vast majority of us who applaud the job the President has done, and is doing, do not exist. Besides, Matt Lauer knows fully well that the media loves and thrives on negativity. If the media practiced calling out the negative lies being peddled by the Republicans, then Lauer would have had a leg to stand on with that question.

    February 6, 2012 at 11:51 am


    February 6, 2012 at 11:54 am


  8. February 6, 2012 at 11:58 am

    It was Matt Lauer trying to make a name for himself. Maybe if the media would do a better job of reporting the facts PBO could ask for no negative advertising. The truth needs to get out somehow. I am glad that PBO didn’t attack him, but I will. These journalists serve no purpose. They try to create news not report it. They ask no followup questions when the repubs tell lies. Investigate people. I think, as usual, that the President was perfect.

    • 40 Mel
      February 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      It’s all about sound bites. PBO did just excellent the interview was fine I never have to worried
      about him when he does interviews no matter who he gives the interviews with, PBO is just to
      smart for anyone. PBO will do whats is best for the country for all of us.

  9. 41 collegekay
    February 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    PBO is a class act. I loved how Matt showed him the cover of The New Yorker. Lol.

  10. February 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    This is a hoot:

    Meet John Fleming, the unfortunate Republican U.S. Representative from Louisiana who made that wonderful and all-too-common mistake of thinking that an Onion article was real and telling his Facebook followers to read it. Fleming’s Facebook status, from Friday, was posted by Literally Unbelievable, a Tumblr that collects images of Facebookers who think Onion satires are the real deal and post them on their walls.


  11. 50 Bill
    February 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I see nothing wrong with negative ads. The problem is when they are lies which we can expect from Willard.

  12. February 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm

  13. February 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Good morning Chips and TOD family! Yesterday was a good day. We watched the game with friends and Obama supporters. It was great to talk freely. Enjoy a good game and eat lots of food. We are still full this morning. Have a great day everyone.

  14. 54 LDS
    February 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    What is so reassuring and comforting is that we have a President who thinks, speaks and answers questions caringly, truthfully and just plain cool.
    Why do they think and even try to trip him with stupid questions. It just amazes me that every time he speaks I am more prouder of him. This is the man that I want to lead and preside over this country and my future, my children and grand children’s future. And even people here that I have never met, but have grown to love and respect. I want the same for you and your families just because we have a President who has a positive vision that includes ALL of us.

    The questions were what I expected from ML, along with the interruptions. But our President is intelligent and is cool and has class personified. And most of all he truly loves and respects his wife and family. God bless them.

  15. February 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Just added PBO’s piece on Abraham Lincoln from The Atlantic

    • 56 utaustinliberal
      February 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      Chips. Thanks so much for the article.With just a few lines and words PBO evokes such powerful and emotional imagery. He captures the Lincoln who is and was. He, like the Alexander Gardner picture of Lincoln, captures not just the icon but the essence that is Lincoln. He captures the depth that is Lincoln. He captures the man who was world weary and yet still so optimistic. He captures a time not quite unlike now, with a nation divided and standing at a precipice; a leader who could have a taken a timid step backward, but who urged a nation to take a giant leap forward and we are all the better for it. This is another reason why I respect the man that is PBO; because like Lincoln, he gets it. He really and truly gets it.

      • 57 nathkatun7
        February 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm

        UT, thanks for yet another brilliant comment! For a very young person, you are wise beyond you age. You really captured the essence of both President Lincoln and President Obama in your comment.

    • February 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      A companion piece to one of my favorite writings from PBO in 2005:

      What I See in Lincoln’s Eyes


      PBO’s eye, heart and voice are so utterly beautiful.

  16. February 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    A Salon writer (not my favorite site by a long shot) has a great take on how Crysler’s SB ad was definitely an ad for Obama 2012. It’s worth going to their site to read, but for the sake of your sanity avert your eyes to the predictable screeds of Greenwald and Sirota.


  17. February 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Americans for Prosperity just released Ronald Reagan ad, spoofing this Presidents out of context words with Mr Morning in America.


    • 68 utaustinliberal
      February 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      I saw the Ad too Jovie. I saw it on CNN. They took all of PBO’s words out of context. They made it sound as though he was championing class warfare and inequality. They also took his words out of context when PBO was at the APEC summit in Hawaii and said that sometimes the American business industry sits on its laurels and doesn’t promote our amazing companies, our amazing tourism industry, and our amazing goods and services. The Ad said that PBO called Americans lazy which he emphatically did not. All the soundbites about Reagan were all happy, upbeat clap trap and PBO was supposed to represent doom and gloom. Frankly, it was all hogwash. If this is the best they can do, they really are pathetic.

      • 69 anniebella
        February 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm

        I wonder if these bozos will play the video of Ronald Reagen asking the question if you think it is right for millionaires to pay lower tax rates than a bus driver?

      • February 6, 2012 at 1:25 pm

        JEEZE LOWEEZ! If only the Repugnants would have thought to get the Great ST. Ronnie stuffed and mounted on wheels they could run him again for President. They are pathetic!

  18. 71 anniebella
    February 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    When do the BET Awards come on? I know it’s this month some time.

    • 72 utaustinliberal
      February 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      If you’re talking about FLOTUS’s appearance, it’s not at the BET awards. It’s at the BET Honors; which honors leaders in the African-American community. It airs on February 13, 2012. At 8PM ET / 7PM CT I believe.

    • 73 collegekay
      February 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      It’s BET Honors. It’s on Feb. 13th at 9pm/ET.

  19. 75 Ladyhawke
    February 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    The hour of the jackals is upon us. Jay “Clark Kent” Carney is at the podium.

  20. 76 Linda
    February 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Washington Post :

    BOOK WORLD bestsellers — Feb. 5, 2012

    [Gone from the list this week are Jodi Kantor’s “The Obamas” and Sally Bedell Smith’s “Elizabeth the Queen,” among others … ]

    • 79 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      February 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      Love our VP Joey! He’s taking pictures with everybody!
      That’s why he always runs late — taking time to connect with the people…

  21. 80 Linda
    February 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Tea Party ‘Is Dead’: How the Movement Fizzled in 2012’s GOP Primaries

    A giant killer in 2010, it never came off the sidelines in the 2012 primaries—and may end up with the nominee it loves least. Now a Tea Party leader tells Patricia Murphy the movement is “dead” and “gone.”

    But after months of wondering how the Tea Party would change the primary game, leaders inside the movement admit they never came in off the sidelines. For the Tea Party movement, the 2012 presidential primaries have been a bust.

    “The Tea Party movement is dead. It’s gone,” says Chris Littleton, the cofounder of the Ohio Liberty Council, a statewide coalition of Tea Party groups in Ohio. “I think largely the Tea Party is irrelevant in the primaries. They aren’t passionate about any of the candidates, and if they are passionate, they’re for Ron Paul.”


  22. 81 AnitaW
    February 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Love the Chrysler SB ad, but I don’t think Eastwood will be endorsing a Dem for President. That being said I do find it interesting that Easwood would do this commercial. That is just a little weird. I’m not sure who else could have done the commercial and had the same impact.

  23. February 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Alex Wagner says this Catholic , is just like the Death panels,
    And Only difference i can see, is the MSM did not have Palin tweeting about it! LOL.!

    • 87 Linda
      February 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      Did you see the Gov. of Conn on Morning Junk school them all this morning ?

      28 States already follow this exact policy……

      • 88 Bill
        February 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm

        I don’t think the MSM has picked up on this. They are all predicting gloom and doom. Willard can hardly run on it as it was policy in Romneycare. One wonders at times how much reading and homework the MSM does.

    • February 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      I still think that the Obama administration should try to rectify the divide and pursue the Hawaii plan which allows Catholics institutions to not have to pay for oral contraceptions.

      I personally think that this is going to be a big problem for Obama in some of the battleground states where there are significant number of Catholics such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, etc.

      I don’t understand why the Obama team doesn’t solve this dilemma now. There are ways to solve this problem ie the Hawaii way.

      As a Catholic is totally supportive of Obama, I can Obama losing Catholic votes over this where it matters.

      • 90 itgurl_29
        February 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm

        98 percent of Catholics use birth control. This is a fake controversy.

      • February 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm

        The Obama campaign is not going to join in blowing this out of proportion and making this election about abortion. His opponents can be as poutraged as they want to be POLL AFTER POLL shows an extremely high majority side with the president on this issue.

      • 92 Bill
        February 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm

        This may be a small point but significant, the Catholic Church is not paying for oral contraceptions. It is the insurance policy/company to which the employee is contributing that is paying. These Catholic institutions are also receiving government funds. Another factor is that no one is requiring anyone to use contraception.

      • 93 Desraye
        February 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

        Please don’t group all Catholics together.

      • 94 vero804
        February 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm

        I’m not sure of the fallout, but I’m monitoring this issue closely and I, too, can see some potential problems for us should this issue continue to be misrepresented the way it has been. I see Sebilius did an op-ed on it, so that makes me think they are pushing back and know there is some room for problems if they don’t get the truth out, about how this part of the health care bill will be implemented. We have to remember that the health care bill is still controversial and far too many are still weary of it.

        It’s so irritating to hear Gingrich smear the president with this “war on religion” talking point. Such b.s. that Sebilius and the rest of the administration has to even defend the president over something so ridiculous.

        • 95 yfoot58
          February 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm

          …when many Catholic women use contraceptives….i did….i do not know any women who uses the rhythym method……so if i work for a Catholic institution (hospital) i should not be offered insurance that covers contraceptives…

          i have a problem with that….

      • 96 jeff
        February 6, 2012 at 3:43 pm

        whatever I know that most catholics support Obama over this and if the ones that don’t are old fashioned and tend to vote republican anyway.

    • 98 Ladyhawke
      February 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm


      Health Reform, Preventive Services, and Religious Institutions


      On January 20th, Secretary Sebelius announced that certain religious organizations including churches would be exempt from paying their insurers to cover contraception. Other religious organizations, including those that employ people of different faiths, can qualify for a one-year transition period as they prepare to comply with the new law. In recent days, there has been some confusion about how this policy affects religious institutions. We want to make sure you have the facts:

      Churches are exempt from the new rules: Churches and other houses of worship will be exempt from the requirement to offer insurance that covers contraception.

      No individual health care provider will be forced to prescribe contraception: The President and this Administration have previously and continue to express strong support for existing conscience protections. For example, no Catholic doctor is forced to write a prescription for contraception.

      No individual will be forced to buy or use contraception: This rule only applies to what insurance companies cover. Under this policy, women who want contraception will have access to it through their insurance without paying a co-pay or deductible. But no one will be forced to buy or use contraception.

      Drugs that cause abortion are not covered by this policy: Drugs like RU486 are not covered by this policy, and nothing about this policy changes the President’s firm commitment to maintaining strict limitations on Federal funding for abortions. No Federal tax dollars are used for elective abortions.

      Over half of Americans already live in the 28 States that require insurance companies cover contraception: Several of these States like North Carolina, New York, and California have identical religious employer exemptions. Some States like Colorado, Georgia and Wisconsin have no exemption at all.

      Contraception is used by most women: According to a study by the Guttmacher Institute, most women, including 98 percent of Catholic women, have used contraception.

      Contraception coverage reduces costs: While the monthly cost of contraception for women ranges from $30 to $50, insurers and experts agree that savings more than offset the cost. The National Business Group on Health estimated that it would cost employers 15 to 17 percent more not to provide contraceptive coverage than to provide such coverage, after accounting for both the direct medical costs of potentially unintended and unhealthy pregnancy and indirect costs such as employee absence and reduced productivity.



  24. 99 Ladyhawke
    February 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Oh, I am loving this. Jay is using props today at the briefing. The jobs chart is prominently displayed right now as the result of a question from CNN Jessica Yellin (who was carrying water for the GOP, trying to find fault with the good jobs numbers). I wonder how many jackals have actually seen that jobs chart.

  25. February 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Deep Freeze Spreads Across Europe: You all have to see these pictures. Some of them are just unbelievable.


    • February 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      We’ve had 5 inches of snow here near London but I guess we got off lightly seeing those pics. It looks lovely but driving conditions have been awful today and yesterday. Had to take the boys to school today and it was like an ice rink in places. I think my son could be enjoying a day off tomorrow if things don’t improve as we have a 6 mile drive to his school. Also got to make a visit to the grave yard to try to clean my son’s head stone as it would have been his 13th birthday next Monday and I really want it to look respectable for him. I hope we can get there.

  26. February 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I like this comment from Wikipedia (which shocked me, when I read it years ago, thinking that the “Gettysburg Address” was one of the most revered texts in US history):

    Other public reaction to the speech was divided along partisan lines. The next day the Democratic-leaning Chicago Times is reputed to have written, “The cheek of every American must tingle with shame as he reads the silly, flat and dishwatery utterances of the man who has to be pointed out to intelligent foreigners as the President of the United States.”[citation needed] In contrast, the Republican-oriented New York Times was complimentary.

  27. February 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Interactive version of the bikini chart:


    Rollover each month for specific numbers.

    • 108 Lorraine
      February 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      You know Joe Scarborough is a smuck! He is a slick liar too. He slips lies in without notice at times. I rarely if ever watch that man’s show, but when I saw Reverend Al sitting at the table this morning I wanted to watch just to see the Right Reverend preach the truth to the so called Christian.

    • February 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      This was a long clip, but worth sitting through Joe’s smug ignorance and Mika’s heaving sighs – Ezra Klein really made an honest argument for reason and logic, and he outlined a fundamental flaw in Mitt’s scorched earth campaign strategy. Mitt won’t be able to govern if he cancels all consideration of stimulus or government intervention. The truth is that real Republican policies don’t work – tax cuts and deregulation are the only things they seem to believe in (along with all their right wing “Christian” fundamentalist nonsense), and those are the very things that caused the current crisis.

  28. February 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    In Today’s edition of “no sh#@ Sherlock” news:

    “By a more than two to one margin, Americans say that the more they learn about Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, the more they dislike him, per a new Washington Post / ABC poll…”

    • February 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      Couldn’t agree more, he is just obnoxious! Even some of my more conservative/republican friends can’t stand him, in fact one of them messaged me and told me that if Romney becomes the nominee they would either not vote or vote for President Obama. I replied with a message outlining all that PBO has done to benefit them personally and that rather than wasting a vote by not turning out that their second statement about voting for PBO would not only benefit them but the rest of the country. I hope they DO vote PBO.

  29. 113 Ladyhawke
    February 6, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    MEMORANDUM: ‘No Jobs’ GOP’s Week in Review

    By Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi



    Republicans, who refused to produce a jobs agenda for more than a year, only found doom and gloom in today’s jobs report. Yet they spent the whole week focusing on anything but jobs:

    Doubling Down on Pledge to End the Medicare Guarantee (Conveniently followed by a vote to hide the impact GOP bills have on Medicare & Social Security)

    [Republicans] touted the fact that next month they plan to once again pass a budget that would drastically cut spending and transform Medicare. [The Hill, 2/1]

    Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan: “We’re not backing off of any of our ideas…” [Fox News Sunday, 1/29]

    Unveiling Another Gift to Big Oil in a Train Wreck of a Transportation Bill that Jeopardizes Jobs

    “This is the most partisan transportation bill that I have ever seen,” [Transportation Secretary Ray] LaHood said in an exclusive interview with POLITICO. [Politico, 2/2]

    Risking a Tax Hike on 160 Million Americans by Bogging Down Payroll Cut Conference Committee Negotiations



  30. 115 57andFemale
    February 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    So Mark Halperin just said, “We’re over-analyzing the Chrysler ad. Most people will only see Clint Eastwood.”

    In other words, the ad was a win for our side. Halperin, you d***

    • 116 Linda
      February 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      ha !…He is such a whiner….

    • 124 Ladyhawke
      February 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      Please, most of us commenters on this website are better political analysts than Mark Halperin. It’s amazing that he actually gets paid for the nonsense he spouts. His comments sounds like look at that shiny object to me. This ad is so amazing and powerful. It has hit a nerve. I don’t know how anyone can watch it and not get the message and be moved by it. And therein lies the problem because the haters and the msm never want to give President Obama credit for anything he does.

    • February 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      Translation: Yikes is that Romney guy in trouble.

  31. 126 xtine
    February 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Kilgore @ Washington Monthly wrote a good phrase in discussing VA Gov. McDonnell:

    “Rooster Taking Credit For Alarm Clock” – [Hah!]

    “A useful phrase for people who take credit for coincidental occurrences is that they are like “a rooster taking credit for the sunrise.” In McDonnell’s case, it’s worse than that: he’s taking credit for economic phenomena his party actively opposes and treats as unhealthy “socialist” competition with “real” job growth. So he’s like a rooster taking credit for an alarm clock.”


  32. 128 Proud of Obama
    February 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    OMG. Andrea Mitchell interviewing Meredith Viera about interview she did with a woman who was an intern and JFK’s mistress. The woman has a book out and says the affair began four days after she went to work as an intern. Tweety is going to take to his sick bed.

  33. 139 Linda
    February 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Convicted of Voter Fraud, Republican Indiana Secretary of State Accuses Gov. Daniels of Same Crime |

    On Friday, then-Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White (R) was convicted on six felony counts of voter fraud, theft, and perjury and removed from his office. Yesterday, he took to Fox News Channel to defend himself.

    Calling Indiana a “land of men and not laws,” White vowed to appeal what he called a “total miscarriage of justice” and a “pervsion.”

    Then, White accused Gov. Mitch Daniels of similar crimes, claiming his fellow Indiana Republican voted incorrectly in “the last ten straight elections.” Both White and Daniels have made fighting the nearly nonexistent problem of voter fraud a key part of their political agendas.

    I hope this is true about Daniels…..he is a liar

    • 146 hopefruit2
      February 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      “A guilty conscience needs no accuser.”

      • 147 Lorraine
        February 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm

        I’m using that! Nice!

      • 148 L3
        February 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm

        These right wingers better back up off of Clint Eastwood. They need to try a little self-examination and realize that their radical behavior may have driven Eastwood away from them into Chrysler’s waiting arms. Regardless of party, everyone including Eastwood should be happy to cheer on the success of the American auto industry. And besides, at 81 he still looks like he could kick some Republican a$$. So keep it up Rove; you’re gonna fool around and make Clint’s day.

      • 149 Mel
        February 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm

        So Clint made Karl Rove his day??? so Karl if I were you I would not Fuck around with Clint.

    • 150 donna dem 4 obama
      February 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Chips, I swear the RW had something to do with taking that commerical down from youtube last night. I can feel it in my bones. They hate this commerical because its in your face truthtelling and they can’t stand it.

      Roves “offense” noted!

      • February 6, 2012 at 2:08 pm

        I know, right? They are all in the panic room right now.

        • 152 donna dem 4 obama
          February 6, 2012 at 2:23 pm

          Which is why they were all given the talking point to hammer away at the “Catholic issue”. You see the auto bailout was government intervention that worked and the public saw that on full display via this commercial. So today they send out their minions to sing about how the government is stepping on your religious freedom. Its simply a distraction from the fact that smart government policies work to make everyone’s lives better. They know that its all about perception. If the country sees and then feels that we are on the rebound economically they know they are screwed because they got nothing if the economy is not a concern of the public.

          So you are right they are in the panic room trying to figure out what to do with a front-runner (Romney) who the only perception they could sell is his so-called business success.

          “Yeah, it’s halftime, America,” “And our second half is about to begin.”


      • 155 nathkatun7
        February 7, 2012 at 12:05 am

        You know Donna dem4 Obama, I think you are absolutely right. So far, no one has been able to fully explain the reasons for pulling that commercial. U-TUBE needs to come clean and identify the source responsible for taking down the commercial.

    • 156 a4alice
      February 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Chips that made me laugh. RT’d that

    • 157 susanne
      February 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      now that’s a lovely bit of news!

    • 158 Ladyhawke
      February 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm



      Well, that didn’t take long. I was waiting for someone in the GOP to express outrage at the Clint Eastwood commercial.

      This is in line with the outrage expressed when President Obama explained what HIS FAITH means TO HIM at the National Prayer Breakfast. He had the audacity to say I am my brothers keeper, I am my sister’s keeper. This was apparently too much to bear for Congressman Phil Gingrey. He was so disgusted that he walked out on the speech. And of course, there was Senator Orin Hatch who went to the well of the Senator to express his outrage that President Obama had compared himself to Jesus. Oh dear……

      And one more thing, there seems to be a conspiracy brewing about the January jobs numbers. The Republican Party and Fox is questioning the validity of the numbers. They are accusing the White House of cooking the books. After all, it is an election year.

  34. 159 hopefruit2
    February 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm

  35. 160 Frenchie08
    February 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    The Clint Eastood Ad is on the front page of USA!!! It is the entire front page and then some! It is a beautiful page. I wish I knew how to download it but I don’t. Chips, you might want to grab a copy of this!

  36. February 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Check out Knoller’s tweets on the Eastwood Chrysler ad:



    • 173 Lorraine
      February 6, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      “can’t” Chips, darlin’ we need an edit option, love.

    • 176 CTGirl
      February 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      love this one:

      If national polls aren’t scaring Republicans yet, how about the electoral college vote?

      Currently President Obama leads in the following states.

      WA, OR, CA, NV, CO, NM, MN, WI, IL, MI, OH, PA, NY, VT, NH, ME, MA, RI, CT, NJ, DE, MD, DC, and HI.

      284 total electoral votes is 14 more votes than needed to win the Presidency.

      Obama was only statistically tied in VA, NC, FL, IA, and gets two votes from NE which splits it’s electoral votes. This was before the good news on the economy and the bad news Romney generated.

      This would bring Obama’s total to 349.

      And MO, AZ, and GA are within striking distance for Obama’s campaign.

      This would bring Obama’s total to 386.

      Not to mention that all we’ve been listening to is the GOP candidates negative ads and debates pounding the President since the last election. As Obama said, once the GOP votes the losers off the island the campaign will begin in earnest. But where will the GOP get their electoral votes from???

      Fantasy Island….

      • 177 CTGirl
        February 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm

        Thank you for the link, I am enjoying some sweet chuckles!! 🙂

        More comments:

        So it just takes a couple of negative questions to knock Romney down…how interesting!

        8 votes#10 – Mon Feb 6, 2012 1:25 PM EST
        Ursula … you win the Astute Comment of the Day award.

        5 votes#10.1 – Mon Feb 6, 2012 1:41 PM EST
        Don’t worry Willard…perhaps you could become a “Butcher”….look how well you did on the “National Anthem”.

        6 votes#11 – Mon Feb 6, 2012 1:28 PM EST
        Mickey, NY
        That would be America the Beautiful…but I’m splitting hairs…he still BUTCHERED IT!

        6 votes#11.1 – Mon Feb 6, 2012 1:33 PM EST
        Thanks Mikey, NY

        My mistake

        1 vote#11.2 – Mon Feb 6, 2012 1:39 PM EST
        Beverly in Chicago

        Don’t worry Willard…perhaps you could become a “Butcher”….look how well you did on the “National Anthem”.

        ROFL, that is too funny and so true. My guess is even though he ripped “America the Beautiful” the same could be expected for the “National Anthem”; (literally & figuratively)

        4 votes#11.3 – Mon Feb 6, 2012 1:56 PM EST

      • February 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm

        Doh! You beat me!! But, great minds do think alike. 😉

        • 179 CTGirl
          February 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm

          🙂 How about this one?

          Complete BS. What did you expect from the Romney Campaign? President Obama is besting Romney and will easily beat him in November because President Obama has more supporters, more money, actual presidential experience, and because he is doing an excellent job as President. Anyone with an IQ above their shoe size understands what Obama inherited. He inherited the republican created Great Recession, 2 failed wars, $4 trillion in deficit, a failing Wall St and Financial system, a Health Care crises and many other crises from the failed Republicans, who had been in control of both houses of Congress from 1994-2006 and the US Presidency from 2000-2008. Contrary to the republican’s lies and false memes, the facts speak an entirely different story of President Obama. Too bad so many people in this country are so stupid they believe the first negative information they hear regarding any person. Why? because they themselves are negative. As for Romney, he LOST JOBS when he was Governor of Massachusetts. We voters quickly gave Mitt the boot after 1 term and elected a Democrat, who eventually fixed our economy after Romney screwed it up. CHECK THE FACTS BEFORE YOU VOTE. THE ROMNEY CAMPAIGN AND THE REPUBS ARE LIARS.

    • February 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      As a corrective to last week’s Gallup “poll” which showed the GOP candidate romping to victory, a comment from the article:

      If national polls aren’t scaring Republicans yet, how about the electoral college vote?

      Currently President Obama leads in the following states.

      WA, OR, CA, NV, CO, NM, MN, WI, IL, MI, OH, PA, NY, VT, NH, ME, MA, RI, CT, NJ, DE, MD, DC, and HI.

      284 total electoral votes is 14 more votes than needed to win the Presidency.

      Obama was only statistically tied in VA, NC, FL, IA, and gets two votes from NE which splits it’s electoral votes. This was before the good news on the economy and the bad news Romney generated.

      This would bring Obama’s total to 349.

      And MO, AZ, and GA are within striking distance for Obama’s campaign.

      This would bring Obama’s total to 386.

      Not to mention that all we’ve been listening to is the GOP candidates negative ads and debates pounding the President since the last election. As Obama said, once the GOP votes the losers off the island the campaign will begin in earnest. But where will the GOP get their electoral votes from???

      Fantasy Island….

  37. 183 xtine
    February 6, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    This R-Stoopid had me wondering if these people are creeping into our world “Fringe-like.” AZ you need to find that wormhole! Here’s the link in response to a question (asked by another R) about having a Latino Day in AZ, has video, & text actually saying:

    ‘”I’m supportive of this proposition. I just want them to assure me that when we do become in the minority you’ll have a day for us,” Ash said. ….

    “Yes, I think it was appropriate. It was appropriate for the mood that was in the House and I think that if and when the Caucasian population becomes a minority, they may want to celebrate the accomplishments and the contributions of the Caucasian population the same way,” Ash said.’


  38. 184 jacquelineoboomer
    February 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Chips – This one (from The Onion) is for you:

  39. February 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Is Obama the Least Liberal Dem President?
    Posted on 02/06/2012 at 12:12 pm by Bob Cesca

    Not a chance in hell. I have serious problems with this study by Keith Poole and taken at face value by Paul Krugman indicating that President Obama is the least liberal Democratic president in nearly a century.

    For the sake of proving my point, let’s take a quick look at the last two Democratic administrations. According to the study (and don’t laugh too hard) President Clinton is more liberal than President Obama.


    Clinton passed DADT. President Obama repealed it.

    Clinton signed DOMA. President Obama stopped defending it in court and would sign a repeal.

    Clinton flew 153,000 sorties into Iraq, bombed Iraq in ’98, attacked Afghanistan, Somalia and Bosnia. President Obama ended the Iraq War despite military pressure to stick around, and he’s in the process of wrapping up in Afghanistan.


    • 189 57andFemale
      February 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      Let’s add a few: telecommunication bill, welfare reform. Gramm’s bank bill that blew up the world economy.

      Show meClinton’s progressive agenda, other than raising taxes on the rich. What other actual progressive policies did Clinton pass? Or advocate for.(Campaign rhetoric does not count)

  40. 190 nintendowii10
    February 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    HuffnPuff has a huge headline about how Willard hasn’t taken any questions from voters in weeks. His foot in mouth disease is killing him!

  41. 193 hopefruit2
    February 6, 2012 at 2:38 pm

  42. February 6, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I cant get the photo above. Chipstick check it out and ask yourself why would Romeny pose for this picture. he is truly out of touch

    • 209 susanne
      February 6, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      i could only stomach a short portion of this, but it’s a reminder of who we’re dealing with: liars, fear mongers, sanctimonious rabble rousers, and their robotic minions. do you hear the responses of someone near the mic? ‘oh, wow’. yep, just believing this garbage and passing it along unexamined. talk about a horror movie.

    • February 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      Santorum is a despicable excuse for a human being who has no more business running for president than a farmyard goat. Here’s a true story: a group of people from my country went to DC to meet with Santorum about the lack of adequate equipment for our soldiers during the Iraq war back when he was the junior senator from PA. He was unbelievably rude to the group and told them the soldiers had “volunteered” so they needed to buck up and take what they got. You cannot believe the depth of ill will he created in these concerned citizens. People were doing happy dances all over the state when Casey beat him down by 18 points.

  43. 215 hopefruit2
    February 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    • 216 nintendowii10
      February 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      I guess Mitt’s regretting his “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” 2008 op-ed… let’s see how that plays to Michigan now that they have a job destroying governor in office.

      • February 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm

        Rove on the Eastwood ad.
        “I was, frankly, offended by it,” said Karl Rove on Fox News Monday. “I’m a huge fan of Clint Eastwood, I thought it was an extremely well-done ad, but it is a sign of what happens when you have Chicago-style politics, and the president of the United States and his political minions are, in essence, using our tax dollars to buy corporate advertising.”

        Don’t know where to even start with how _ucked up Rove’s statement is.

        • February 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm

          Start here: This ad scared the daylights out of Rove and he knows that it’s going to hurt Romney bad. Real bad.

          • 219 SUE DUVALL SMITH
            February 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm


        • February 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm

          What in the world is he talking about? LOLz.

        • February 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm

          Rove is completely incoherent here. What do Chicago-style politics have to do with the re-growth of the auto industry? Is he suggesting that PBO bought the ad for Chrysler? That Clint Eastwood is for sale? If you’ve got nothing better to say than this word salad, better to shut up. Ask Sarah.

        • February 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm

          Rove is basically acknowledging Clint Eastwood’s republican past and his widespread appeal. Does anybody really think Clint Eastwood gives a rat ass that he narrated a positive commercial for America and supporting its manufacturing base?

          • February 6, 2012 at 6:08 pm


            Let them fret and wring their hands over another message of positivity and unity. They thrive on negativitiy and fear. Just look at how hatred continues to consume them from a Man who lives the words of Hope and Change….I am my brothers keeper, I am my sisters keeper…

            Obama/Biden 2012

  44. 225 Linda
    February 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    A Majority Of Small Business Owners Favor Letting The Bush Tax Cuts For The Rich Expire |

    According to a new poll from the Small Business Majority, American Sustainable Business Council, and the Main Street Alliance, a majority of small business owners both believe that millionaires are not paying their fair in taxes and favor a higher tax rate for individuals making more than $1 million annually.

    A majority of small business owners also favor letting the Bush tax cuts lapse for those making more than $250,000, blunting the Republican claim that letting those tax cuts expire would disproportionately harm small businesses

  45. 228 JoJothecat
    February 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Maybe this was already addressed but, the question Matt asked about “fixing” Washington, we “THE AMERICAN PEOPLE” need to STOP SENDING OBSTRUCTIONIST TO D.C if we want to change the tone of Washington. If they are frustrated with the folks in washington then we need to stop sending people who obstruct because lobbyist pays them money to continue to run for office.

  46. 229 Canuck Joyce
    February 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Flotus Michelle will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to celebrate Let’s move anniversary!
    Chips, I’ll be here waiting for you to post the video 😀 Love you chica.

  47. 234 Linda
    February 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    A Romney supporter….but my guess is they were a Perry supporter first.

  48. 236 Proud of Obama
    February 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    ‘Harry Potter’ star ‘disgusted’ by GOP race ”

    Harry Potter’ star Daniel Ratcliffe weighs in on the GOP race. Sorry it’s Politico.


  49. February 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm

  50. February 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    In the “Wow, that Obama really is weak sauce” Department:

    In light of Congressional Republicans’ abandonment of a key part of the debt limit agreement, two senior administration officials briefing reporters at the White House Monday said automatic, across the board cuts to defense programs will happen as scheduled unless Republicans relent on their refusal to raise revenues.

    The officials conducted the briefing under the condition that they not be quoted directly, but their position was unambiguous — the White House will not support any effort to swap out scheduled cuts to defense programs (and other automatic cuts) unless Congress passes a balanced package of deficit reducing legislation of equal or greater measure. That means new tax revenue from wealthy Americans and corporate interests, which Republicans have routinely refused to consider.

    This doesn’t constitute a change in the White House’s position. But the renewed declaration is significant given a growing push among GOP members and their leaders for annulling those cuts.

    But, you know, Caver-in-Chief and public option and droooooooooooooooooooooooones!

    Story here: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/02/white-house-to-gop-only-one-way-around-defense-cuts—-and-youre-not-gonna-like-it.php?ref=fpblg

  51. 243 Ladyhawke
    February 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm


    RNC Chairman Reince Priebus Condemns January Jobs Report, Says Improving Economy Should Make President Obama Un-Electable


    America has already experienced what conservative policies do to the economy and it hasn’t been pretty. It is now time to reinstate the liberal policies that made the American economy the strongest in the world for over 50 years before Republicans teamed up with corporations to dismantle those policies. Despite what the GOP wants you to believe, the January jobs report proves that President Obama’s policies are working. The Republicans know this. That’s why they’re spinning this report. This report marks nine consecutive months of positive job growth and the numbers just continue to go beyond expectations. Spurred by a thriving American auto industry, manufacturing is making a strong comeback in America and other industries are following. It takes a long time to clean up the kind of mess the Republicans left America in 2008. Three years is simply not enough time to fix it. And Republicans fear four more years of President Obama because they know that the economy will continue to improve with him at the helm. Because when Americans finally realize that liberal policies work, all of the conservative policies that Republicans have forced down our throats for the last thirty years will go down in flames. It would be crazy to elect a Republican after all of this improvement when the only policies they have is the exact same ones that brought the economy to its knees. Who in their right mind would want to try it again?



  52. 244 xtine
    February 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Great Snark: “The Susan G. Komen Foundation Thinks You’re Stupid”

    “We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that resulted in completely unexpected scrutiny of our CEO’s unconscionably high salary, obscenely high overhead to actual good ratio, longstanding links to Republican politicians, huge budget for taking oppressive legal actions against other charities that dare use the word ‘cure,’ vast marketing and lobbying budgets, and long-standing history of secretly lobbying against federal assistance to women with breast cancer. Based upon the last ten years, we truly had no idea that we couldn’t do whatever the hell we wanted with gullible contributors’ money. We thought that the corpse of our CEO’s sister was an impenetrable shield that protected all of our actions from scrutiny or accountability. We appreciate your support while we try to figure out WTF has changed.

    However, although the sudden spike in scrutiny and precipitous drop in fundraising and sponsorships scared the crap out of us, we want to assure all of you that, even as we desparately attempt to salvage something out of the conflagration burning our brand to the ground, we will continue to flat-out lie to your face and generally assume you are all still such credulous imbeciles that we can shamelessly stick to obvious falsehoods or change our story from minute to minute as whim or panic dictate.

    Now please stop looking into our finances, lobbying and legal activities and strong political connections with right wing politicians. Stop it right now or Susan will be angry, very angry with you. Thank you.”


  53. February 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    WE have a caucus Tuesday-


  54. 247 Linda
    February 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm


    MITT 28%

    NEWT 24%


  55. 253 Proud of Obama
    February 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Romney’s stupid camp is whining about the ABC/WaPo poll trying to say the methodology wasn’t fair. And stupid TPM found a Dem pollster to say they might have a point. I tweeted TPM on this. Makes me sick.

    And wishy washy Tweety trying to pick the poll apart to say economy still will be a problem for PBO. They all make me want to throw a shoe.

  56. 260 Linda
    February 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    NBC: Appeals Court To Decide On Constitutionality Of Prop 8 On Tuesday

    The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will issue its decision on the constitutionality of California’s Prop 8 legislation on Tuesday, NBC reports.

  57. 261 Linda
    February 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Former Rep. Mark Neumann (R-WI), who is running in a three-way primary for the state’s open Senate seat on a platform of cutting government, has in fact taken government spending from a particular Obama administration initiative: stimulus grants. What’s more, the money was for his solar energy company.

    This revelation doesn’t come at a great time for Neumann, who’s running to the right of the establishment favorite, former Gov. Tommy Thompson. Ever since the Solyndra collapse, the Obama administration’s support for renewable energy companies has been one of the GOP’s favorite talking points.

  58. 262 eveingeorgia
    February 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Chips, do you and Donnadem still have your donation sites? I am trying to steer some donors to you. Please send the info to my email.

  59. February 6, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    OMG, Romney just named Pete Wilson California Co-Chair of his campaign. He is despised by Latinos due to Prop 187!!! What an idiot.

    • 267 Linda
      February 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      Romney does not care about Latinos.

      • 268 donna dem 4 obama
        February 6, 2012 at 5:56 pm

        I would love to see President Obama win over 70% of the Latino vote this November. I believe he got 67% in 2008 and after watching these Republican clowns in all their prejudice for the world to see I hope he can expand that voter pool to 70-75% percent. That would ensure him Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico this November by a very large margins.

      • 269 isonprize
        February 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm

        R-money does not care about Latinos. people.

        There, Linda. I fixed it for you.

    • February 6, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      Good going Mitt. Keep up the good work.

      • 272 utaustinliberal
        February 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm

        He really is a bloody moron. This is what? Gaffe 73,899? Counting down to the next Romney gaffe in 3….2….1.

        • February 6, 2012 at 6:31 pm

          Now UT give credit where it’s due. It wasn’t a gaffe. This was a wise (snicker) thoughtful intelligent decision (stifled laugh) that will pay dividends (smirk) come November with the Latino community. I applaud Mitt (chortle) for making the right choice.

  60. 274 Elly in Maryland
    February 6, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Maybe this has been said, but…..I just had my local news on and they were talking about the most popular Super Bowl ads, and said the Clint Eastwood Chrylser ad was #1!! More popular than dogs and Doritos and beer!!! I don’t know if this was locally (DC area) or nationwide.

    The conversation that the ad prompted shows a lot of things: that Republicans did and do root for the economy to fail, not just Detroit’s. And it reminds us that President Obama is a wise leader, who gathers the facts, then makes a decision, even if it’s a risky one. Saving the auto industry was risky, so was giving the green light to the raid on bin Laden’s compound.

    I believe in their guts most Americans want what he represents: a steady hand, wisdom, and an upbeat attitude. Many people don’t think about policy so much as these character issues.

  61. 275 a night owl
    February 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Funny Gilligan’s Island photoshop of the Republican field (apologies for the GOS link):


  62. February 6, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    The FAA bill just passed- 75-20!

    On the way to the Presidents desk.

    Good thing I heard about this on msnbc. Oh, wait a minute!

  63. February 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Margaret and Helen have just posted a new blog and it’s a good read, I think. The ladies here should co-sign.if they agree. These ladies are tough and I love ’em.

  64. February 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    The House Ethics Committee is investigating whether Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) violated federal law and House rules by failing, in his financial disclosures, to report his positions in 17 entities.

    The new round of allegations could be politically troublesome for Buchanan, the finance vice chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, who has been dogged in the past by unrelated allegations of campaign finance violations.

    The committee had announced in December that it was reviewing a report referred to it by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), an independent panel, but did not disclose the nature of the allegations. On Monday, the committee extended its investigation again — and released the report detailing the allegations against Buchanan. But the committee declined to move forward at full speed by forming a special investigative subcommittee.


    Could not have happened to a nicer person!

  65. February 6, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    The House on Monday approved one non-controversial land-use bill by voice vote, and quickly debated two others that will be approved later tonight.

    Members approved H.R. 306, which requires the secretary of the Interior to enter into a new agreement for the management of wild horses in North Carolina. The bill would also roughly double the number of horses that can be managed under the agreement, which supporters say would help ensure the existence of the horses by introducing more genetic diversity.

    The House also debated H.R. 2606, which authorizes the construction of a natural-gas pipeline off the coast of New York City to deliver gas to residents of Brooklyn and Queens. And, the chamber debated H.R. 1162, which would designate federal land in Olympic National Park in Washington as wilderness land and puts some land in trust for the Quileute Indian tribe.


    February 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm


  67. 285 Linda
    February 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Senior Gingrich Campaign Official Scrubbed Infidelity, Tiffany Credit Line From Wikipedia Page

    Newt Gingrich loves technology, but apparently it doesn’t always love him back enough on its own and sometimes needs encouragement.

    Gingrich has already been caught vastly inflating his Twitter following with phony accounts, and now CNN now reports that the campaign’s communications director, Joe DeSantis, has been aggressively making dozens of edits of Gingrich’s Wikipedia page. DeSantis has attempted to scrub or embellish embarrassing information about Gingrich’s marital troubles, House ethics investigation, and $500,000 Tiffany credit line:

    Wikipedia records show DeSantis has made over 60 adjustments to entries in the online, publicly-edited encyclopedia to the biographical entry on Gingrich, the similar page on his wife, Callista, and a separate page on one of their books, Rediscovering Good in America. […]

    DeSantis’ edits, which began in October of 2008, included rewriting, removing, and editing lines, including several edits to references of Gingrich’s marriages, according to Wikipedia edit records, which are published and publicly viewable on the site

      February 6, 2012 at 6:43 pm


  68. 287 hopefruit2
    February 6, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    PBO is up in the polls; GOP enthusiasm for the candidates is down; MSM “golden boy” Willard is so desperate that he’s now bordering on Teabaggery, and the media is getting nervous. So now Mr. Tweety is saying that the 2012 elections are not going to be about Romney but only about Barack Obama and whether he can convince the American people that he is cable of finishing the job of getting the economy back on track.

    So I hope if and when Obama wins in 2012, Tweety won’t revise his position and claim that PBO “got lucky” or that “Romney was such a poor candidate that anyone could have won” or that the election wasn’t about PBO, it was about something else.

  69. February 6, 2012 at 6:53 pm

  70. 291 hopefruit2
    February 6, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    One more thing I have to say to Tweety:

    I don’t need President Obama to “convince” me of any thing for me to go to the polls and vote for him this year. I have seen him operate for 3 years and I know fully damn well that he is supremely capable of doing the freaking job of getting the economy on track. Furthermore, if you’re trying to tell voters to stop focusing on Romney and focus only on PBO, you’re backing up the wrong damn tree. People like Mitt Romney are a huge part of why we got into this damn mess in the first place. I know the media would love for voters to not scrutinize Romney and give him a pass while holding PBO to an impossible standard. Sorry Tweety – it ain’t happening. The stakes are too damn high for us to simply pretend that a Romney presidency would be just fine and dandy. Sorry Chris, I’m not buying the drivel you’re peddling tonight.

    • 292 susanne
      February 6, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      you really laid it out here, hope: they want us to hold pbo to an impossibly high standard, and make him ‘prove’ he’s worthy of another term, while just ignoring the repugs horrid behavior and statements–as if they’re already vetted and ready to step in when pbo falls. not hardly!!

    • 293 nathkatun7
      February 7, 2012 at 12:55 am

      Bravo, Hopefruit! I am glad that you are letting Chris Matthews, and others in the media who love to peddle negativity, that there are millions and millions of us who unequivocally support President Obama because of the wonderful job he is doing as President.

  71. 294 hopefruit2
    February 6, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    FLOTUS making a cameo appearance on Wheel of Fortune on behalf of military spouses 🙂

  72. February 6, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    From my hometown newspaper:

    Reporting from Broomfield, Colo.—
    As the rancorous contest for the Republican presidential nomination spreads across the nation’s heartland, the leading candidates have begun to turn off swing voters, a setback in the party’s quest to unseat President Obama.

    Independents, the dominant political force in Colorado and other swing states, have been warming to Obama in recent weeks while souring on the Republican Party’s top potential challengers, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, polls show.

    Here in Broomfield, a bellwether Denver suburb, conversations with independents last week laid bare a shift in campaign dynamics that does not bode well for the Republicans vying to unseat the Democratic president. Though disappointment in Obama was widespread, so were negative opinions of Romney and Gingrich as their nasty scuffle drew more attention in advance of Tuesday’s caucuses.

    Story here: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama-gop-20120206,0,6102950.story

    I’ve said this before, but I’ve been amazed that as nefarious as the Koch Bros. and Karl Rove are, they can’t find someone who can beat PBO. And abundance of money breeds complacency and incompetence.

  73. 299 Ladyhawke
    February 6, 2012 at 7:20 pm




    When the jobs numbers are good, the Republican Party accuses President Obama of cooking the books. Good jobs numbers are just not to be believed. When the jobs numbers are bad they are accepted at face value by the Republican Party. No need to quibble. If the numbers are bad it’s President Obama’s fault.


    When the stock market is down, it’s President Obama’s fault. When the stock market is up “crickets”.

    Got it…..

  74. 300 Ladyhawke
    February 6, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    The Ad Team Behind That Chrysler Clint Eastwood Super Bowl Ad

    For two Super Bowls in a row, Chrysler’s been the company to watch, first dropping gorgeous art-deco spot about the revitalization of Detroit starring Eminem and a gospel choir, and this year, rolling out Clint Eastwood for an ad that sounded as much like an Obama campaign message as a pitch for cars:

    The team behind both ads is Wieden + Kennedy, based out of Portland, Oregon. And they have a strong track record of creating inspiring advertising with communal messaging that even if it’s not specifically progressive, feels resonant with progressive values. They’re the team behind the Go Forth campaign for Levi’s that used Walt Whitman’s poem to argue “we must march, my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger”:


  75. 301 Insomniac
    February 6, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Hi Chips: Not sure if you’ve seen this yet…http://imgur.com/Kw8nJ – pretty telling, no? Don’t think it’s photoshopped, but regardless, it’s worth noting that you can’t spell Romney without MONEY, right? Of course RMONEY could also come out as OUR MONEY, eh? 😉

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