rise and shine

President Barack Obama signs the prosthetic arm of Sgt. Carlos Evans, USMC, after greeting wounded warriors in the East Room during their tour of the White House, March 6, 2012. First Lady Michelle Obama first met Evans, who was injured in Afghanistan while on his fourth combat deployment, during a visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)




Supporters of Mitt Romney wait for his “Super Tuesday” primary election night rally to begin in Boston, Massachusetts, March 6


Washington Post


Washington Post: Super Tuesday confirmed anew that Mitt Romney remains the favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination, but his slow, unsteady march is coming at a steep price. As he advances toward victory in the primaries, he is losing ground in the general election.

…. Romney is in worse shape at this point in the campaign than virtually all recent previous nominees …. Demographically, his image among independent voters, the most critical swing group, is more negative now than it was when the primary battle began. He could be hurt among women. He is in trouble with Latinos, a growing part of the electorate that is tilting even more Democratic than it was four years ago….

Geographically, the numbers from several key states have been discouraging for the former Massachusetts governor. Pre-primary polls in Ohio, Virginia and Michigan showed him running behind Obama by low double digits. Ohio is a must-win for the Republican nominee in the fall, and Virginia is a state the GOP is determined to take back from the president. Republicans once thought Michigan would be a possible battleground, but at this point it isn’t.

More here

The Week


NYT Editorial: Long before Super Tuesday, the Republican Party had cemented itself on the distant right of American politics, with a primary campaign that has been relentlessly nasty, divisive and vapid. Barbara Bush, the former first lady, was so repelled that on Tuesday she called it the worst she’d ever seen. We feel the same way ….. the Republican candidates are so deep in the trenches of cultural and religious warfare that they aren’t offering any solutions.

The results Tuesday night did not settle the race. Republican voters will have to go on for some time choosing between a candidate, Mitt Romney, who stands for nothing except country-club capitalism, and a candidate, Rick Santorum, so blinkered by his ideology that it’s hard to imagine him considering any alternative ideas or listening to any dissenting voice.

….. There is also no space between Mr. Romney and Mr. Santorum in the way they distort reality to attack Mr. Obama for everything he says, no matter how sensible, and oppose everything he wants, no matter how necessary…..

More here




Washington Post: Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio), the two-time presidential candidate and icon of the antiwar left, suffered a bruising primary defeat Tuesday as a new Republican-drawn congressional map threatened to end the career of one of the most colorful figures in Congress.

With most attention focused on the state’s GOP presidential primary battle, and no Democratic primary for president, Kucinich was left in a low-turnout race in a newly drawn district against his once-close ally, Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio). With about 90 percent of the vote in, Kaptur led 60 to 36 percent….

More here


Charles Pierce: ….. there remains a substantial amount of Republican voters who would rather remove their spleens with a melon baller than vote for Willard Romney for anything.

…. Is there anything else he can do to pander sufficiently to the crazoid elements in his party’s base short of immolating himself on Sarah Palin’s lawn? ….. And when, oh, when will they finally see that, even though Willard is struggling to beat the colossal dick Rick Santorum, he is still The Only Man Who Can Beat Obama? ‘Ees a puzzlement, no question.

…. As he spoke, you could see the people stealing away, huddling around the TV sets. It will go on. This time next week, Romney will be telling voters in Alabama and Mississippi what a hellhole that state was where he used to be the governor. The rubes will find this very funny. And he will know in the unsold part of his soul that he’s going to be running for president for a very long time.

Full post here


TPM: Rush Limbaugh may be steering the GOP into another Democratic-friendly trap with his consistent bashing of the Chevy Volt.

America’s attempt to to one-up the Prius …became an important symbol for the administration, and thus an immediate whipping boy for Limbaugh. Right-wing pundits and Republicans have followed suit, putting them in the bewildering position of rooting against a product of American engineering and manufacturing.

….. “As for the Volt, it is emblematic of a larger problem the GOP has: the sense that they are rooting for America to fail,” Paul Begala, Democratic strategist and adviser to President Obama’s super PAC told TPM. “When a good jobs report comes out, Mitt Romney looks sad. When Clint Eastwood makes an unapologetic, patriotic Super Bowl ad for Chrysler, Karl Rove says it makes him sick. They booed a gay soldier at a GOP debate, and didn’t even want to give the President his due for ordering the mission that killed bin Laden. One wonders if they will be rooting for communist China during the summer Olympics.”

More here


Boston.com: First Lady Michelle Obama will headline two Democratic National Committee events in Boston on Friday evening, the White House has announced …. Earlier Friday she will be in Concord, N.H., as part of her “Let’s Move!” initiative to foster healthy eating and active living. She will visit the Penacook Community Center to highlight an example of a collaborative community effort to promote health and wellness, good nutrition, and physical activity.

More here


Morning everyone 😉

250 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. March 7, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Good morning TOD family!!

  2. 21 Suzette
    March 7, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Good morning all.

    Super Tuesday has come and gone. Mitt I don’t think it was that super for you.

  3. March 7, 2012 at 7:50 am

    It appears that Super Tuesday wasn’t that super after all. Poor Mitt just can’t close the deal.

    That NYT article says it all about the GOPers. Excellent read!!

    Lots of good stuff to read. Where do I start with only about 15 more minutes before I leave for work. Oh, well. There is always tonight.

    Good Day everyone!!

    • 23 hopefruit2
      March 7, 2012 at 7:55 am

      That NYT article just had to take an unnecessary (and false) dig at our President with their last sentence. Simply mind-boggling why these editors just cannot have an article which is supposed to be about the GOP, yet end it by taking a cheap shot at PBO. To call this president “inert” is as dishonest/delusional as Newt Gingrich saying that PBO caused gas prices to go up.

      • March 7, 2012 at 8:07 am

        Agreed, Hope. It’s always, always, you are right.

      • 25 Ladyhawke
        March 7, 2012 at 8:11 am

        It’s really amazing isn’t it?? If the Democrats did something 2 times and the Republicans did it 100 times the media would say both sides do it. It’s infuriating. It’s lazy. It bears no resemblance to real journalism.

        The thread that runs through all of the GOP presidential candidates is that they are all pathological liars. They have nothing to offer, they are in their heart of hearts intimidated by the brilliance of President Obama. So what do they do? They create a mythical President Obama to run against. The real President Obama bears no resemblance to the President Obama they have tried to create.

        So they lie, distort, and make stuff up and hope their lazy and feckless friends in the media will ensure the facts never penetrate the firewall. The problem for (most likely Mitt Romney) is that the imaginary President Obama won’t be showing up at the debates. Mitt will have to deal with the awesomeness of the real President Obama. If you think Mitt’s ticks (talking fast, word salads, blinking, nervous movements) are bad now, can you imagine what he will do when he is face to face with the only adult in the room (without a teleprompter).
        As President Obama said yesterday Good Luck.

  4. March 7, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Good Morning All. Great night for President Obama

  5. 28 hopefruit2
    March 7, 2012 at 7:56 am

    • March 7, 2012 at 8:01 am

      Says it all. Terrific, thanks Hopefruit, added it to the post.

      • 30 utaustinliberal
        March 7, 2012 at 8:11 am

        GM Chips!!! It boggles the mind Chips. Romney spent about $12M in Ohio only to win by 1% over Frothy Santorum. 1%. A perfect description of who he is and what he represents. And the moronic pundits label that a “huge win.” When one is struggling against Sick Rantorum, that’s not a good thing and doesn’t speak much about one’s political strength. That’s like then Sen. Obama struggling against Dennis Kucinich. Laughable and pathetic.

        • March 7, 2012 at 8:14 am

          Hiya UT, I thought Martin Bashir was funny last night when he compared Romney to Prince Charles …. waiting to ascend to the throne forever and ever, but will probably never make it. Aw.

          • 32 anniebella
            March 7, 2012 at 10:43 am

            I would like to see Martin Bashir replace Chris Matthews. I have had enough of that fool. Maybe one day MSNBC will have to guts to get rid of him. I’m not counting on it though.

            • 33 Mel
              March 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm

              anniebell I was thinking the same thing Martin Bashir is by far better than Tweety , Ratigan
              Tweety sounds like a used car sellsperson Martin is a very very smart man I watch martin everyday.

    • 34 anniebella
      March 7, 2012 at 10:49 am

      Course the rich will vote for Mitt, they don’t want their taxes to go up. They don’t care about fairness, they want more tax cuts, so of course they will vote for their friend Mitt the 250 millionaire.

  6. 35 Ladyhawke
    March 7, 2012 at 7:57 am


    The Scarborough-Schmidt smackdown

    By pm carpenter


    Scarborough called him “an incredibly flawed candidate” for whom it is “going to be hard to put this party back together.” By that he meant, what GOP faction does Romney rule? He hasn’t the libertarians (see RomneyCare) or the social conservatives (see Mormonism, although Scarborough didn’t say that, since he didn’t need to); then Schmidt graced the show by declaring that candidates like Romney need “more circumspection” when it comes to foreign policy — in other words, neoconservatism (Romney’s latest personification) should shut the hell up. Ouch.



    • 36 prettyfoot58
      March 7, 2012 at 8:22 am

      Gooooooooood Morning…Chipssss and all TODville….

      i watched a lil bit of Morning Joe before leaving for work….

      the MJ crew were falling all over themselves trying to find a good spin for Mitt Romney’s less than stellar performance on Super Tuesday…..

      yes he won Ohio…but only by the hair of his chinny chin chin…and now the Romney camp has a spin that says that although he might not win the nomination outright….he deserves the nomination because he has the most delegates and the most votes….

      almost only counts in horseshoes….

      sooooooo the spin of the MJ crew is that Romney will be the Republican nominee and that Repubublicans will vote for him because anyone is better than the President….

      what a sham all this is….

      it is clear that even if you disagree with the positions of the President…at least you know what they are…does anyone really know what Romney’s positions are…because they keep changing….or perhaps Repub folks are banking that he really is a moderate in conservative clothing…one who is moldable with no real convictions of his own and will do whatever he is told…

      Presssssssssssssssss ON!!

      • 37 busbus
        March 7, 2012 at 12:47 pm

        In reply to prettyfoot58

        “…does anyone really know what Romney’s positions are…because they keep changing….or perhaps Repub folks are banking that he really is a moderate in conservative clothing…one who is moldable with no real convictions of his own and will do whatever he is told…”

        Mr. Romney will be whatever the Koch Syndicate wants him to be! Mr. Romney is not interested in governing. He just wants the title and the pomp of being president of this great country. He doesn’t care what will happen to this country and the 99% as long as he gets what he wants. The Koch Syndicate and their regime will destroy this country and its people for many generations to come.

        To see where this country will be headed if any GOP candidate, particularly Mr. Romney, were to become President of the United States is to take stock of what is happening in the states with GOP/TP governors and particularly those with a GOP/TP majority senate and assembly. It’s a bleak picture and one that NO American should want.

        Currently, the GOP/TP has a lock on the Supreme Court and a lock on the House. It has enough in the Senate to halt legislation. Can one imagine what will happen if the GOP/TP gets a lock on the Executive branch? Thought that GWB and Cheney were bad?

        The future of America is at stake. With Mr. Romney serving as puppet for the Kock Regime, the ALEC agenda will become the law of the land and America will be up the creek without a paddle!

        • 38 prettyfoot58
          March 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm

          hello busboy…

          then i would suggest that we all get Firedddddddddd UP and ready to go…

          because WE WON’T GO BACK!!


  7. March 7, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Agree with BWD and chips that the NYT editorial is a must read. It defines the sad reality of the Repub primary race brilliantly. Of course, it had to add a throw away, cautionary Obama sentence at the end (or no free ice cream cone?) but every other sentence was on the mark.

  8. March 7, 2012 at 8:01 am

    GM folks.

    country-club capitalism. me likey.

    STORM warning – jovie is pissed off this am at tweety aka the clueless moron. 🙂

  9. March 7, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Wow, that first pic.

    Morning everyone, morning my love, Chip.

  10. March 7, 2012 at 8:10 am

  11. March 7, 2012 at 8:11 am

    ADP says we added 170k workers in Feb.

    We shall see!

  12. 52 desertflower
    March 7, 2012 at 8:13 am

    I agree with BWD. That first pic was WOW! The one that made me LOL…was the Mitt supporters 🙂 For crying out loud….that’s embarrassing!

  13. March 7, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Romney might eventually get the nomination but no way he comes out of this process anything but weaker. Next week is going to be brutal.

  14. March 7, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Every time I checked on Morning Joke this a.m.—–can only take it in short snippets—–they were talking about George Herbert Walker Bush!!! Is he running? Joe and Fools were twisting themselves into unbelievable contortions trying to morph Romney into George Herbert Walker Bush. Same kind of dork, I guess, but they were trying to lend Willard a hand in any way they can, give him some undue perceived respectability. Joke is so full of BS, just blowing meaningless hot air, daily reminding everyone about how great things were “back when I was on the hill”, back in the ’80’s. Funny, he never mentions the circumstances of his abrupt departure from “the hill”.

    • March 7, 2012 at 8:21 am

      Hi Dotster, their efforts to boost Willard are just comedy gold – “same kind of dork, I guess” cracked me up 😆

      • 59 utaustinliberal
        March 7, 2012 at 8:39 am

        They seem to forget that people didn’t like Bush 41 because he was/is a condescending jerk towards working and middleclass people. To morph Romney into Bush 41 does him no good.

    • 60 57andFemale
      March 7, 2012 at 8:42 am

      I can’t wait until we have our morning alternative on Current: Bill Press and stephanie Miller.

  15. March 7, 2012 at 8:17 am

    March 7 (Reuters) – U.S. multinational conglomerate General Electric and Chesapeake Energy Corp said they will collaborate to accelerate the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel.

    Under the multi-year collaboration, GE will provide more than 250 compression stations beginning in the second-half of 2012. These units will be used to expand access to compressed natural gas (CNG) at fueling stations and other designated installations.

    Compressed natural gas is most commonly used in vans, taxicabs, refuse and delivery trucks.


    But Gallup…

  16. 62 collegekay
    March 7, 2012 at 8:17 am

    The release of Automatic Data Processing’s (ADP) employment report for February at 8:15 a.m. EST (1315 GMT) and ahead of Friday’s payrolls number will be an important test for a market grown accustomed to signs of an improving labor market. Economists expect that 208,000 private sector jobs were created in February, versus 170,000 new jobs in January.


  17. March 7, 2012 at 8:23 am

    BEIJING (Reuters) – A U.S. trade bill targeting Chinese imports goes against international rules and Beijing will not adjust the value of its currency to try to bridge a trade deficit that is Washington’s problem to fix, China’s commerce minister said on Wednesday.

    President Barack Obama is set to sign the bill into law to allow duties to be imposed on subsidized goods from China and Vietnam, which the White House says will protect American jobs.

  18. 67 Ladyhawke
    March 7, 2012 at 8:23 am

    MARTIN BASHIR: Mitt Romney is the Prince Charles of the GOP


    • 68 anniebella
      March 7, 2012 at 10:54 am

      Sorry Mitt !!!! Someone need to tell Mitt that he will have to wait four more years because he won’t get the throne this year. Maybe he can try again 2016.

  19. 69 a4alice
    March 7, 2012 at 8:24 am

    hey guys how is everybody today? I’m at work so can’t stay and play but wanted to give a shout out. hey take a look only about 8500 more sigs to go and then they’ll be at 25,000 – spread the word to all your friends to sign


  20. March 7, 2012 at 8:24 am


  21. March 7, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Peyton Manning was cut by the Colts!

  22. March 7, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Merkel Cabinet approves EU Fiscal Pact, to be signed by June 15.
    Greek bondholders to participate in bond swap, rather than default!

  23. March 7, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Department of you can’t make this stuff up: OK, so Marcy Kaptur beat Dennis Kucinich last night. Who is now her Republican opponent? Joe the Plumber. We gotta do something here, folks……

  24. 85 desertflower
    March 7, 2012 at 8:33 am

    So now Marcy Kaptur gets to face “Joe the Plumber”? What a circus side show.

  25. 86 globalcitizenlinda
    March 7, 2012 at 8:35 am

    poor, rich willard, what are you gona do?

  26. 87 collegekay
    March 7, 2012 at 8:39 am

    hey amk,

    I got my grade for my 40 page report. I got a 93! 😀 😀 😀

    i thought you wanna know.. hehe

  27. 118 desertflower
    March 7, 2012 at 8:39 am


    I bet these would sell like hotcakes! Santorum Shield Condoms!

    The Santorum Shield is the protection you need during those sinful nights that leave you naked (except for a sweater vest) and lustful. Most importantly, the Santorum Shield is much more effective at preventing STDs and unplanned pregnancies than putting aspirin between your knees. Unfortunately, it’s also far less oppressive towards women.
    For only $3.00 you can decrease your chances of fathering a snob, also known as a child that wants to earn a college degree and obtain a job that doesn’t cause black lung.

  28. March 7, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Christie Hefner is a good surrogate for the President!

    • 122 utaustinliberal
      March 7, 2012 at 9:13 am

      She’s ok. She’s was kind of weak this morning. There have been 24 months of job creation and she didn’t really highlight that fact. She didn’t really go after Joe’s lies about PBO’s foreign policy achievements. She didn’t really emphasize how the base is laying the foundation through impressive organization. She was just meh and for a representative for the Center for American Progress, she can do better. Surrogates like her need to realize that this is 2012….not 2009….not 2010….but 2012 and when you appear on rightwing shows or on TV you have to be spitting facts like a gumball machine…..in rapid fire mode. You have to use all of PBO’s accomplishments and nail the GOP and Romney. With the contraception and Sandra Fluke issue, she could have nailed Romney harder.

      • March 7, 2012 at 9:38 am

        Well, she was in enemy territory. If you go on a set, with 4 people against you…

        • 124 utaustinliberal
          March 7, 2012 at 9:50 am

          She still could have done better. She’s done better in the past. This isn’t her first appearance on Morning Joe. When Stef Cutter, Axelrod, Jen Psaki, Robert Gibbs, Rev. Al etc. appear on the show, they don’t let Joe and his band of morons control the discussion and let lies flow unchecked.

        • 125 57andFemale
          March 7, 2012 at 11:29 am

          That’s kinda the point: you need someone strong who can get our message out.

    • March 7, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Hugh’s daughter? From what I’ve seen of her, she’s smart and I think she helps to head her dad’s business.

  29. March 7, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Hi all. I love coming here and reading the comments and I love our President. Hes coming here today!! My friends brother works at that plant near Charlotte. Wish I could see him but glad that Scott can. He had been laid off for more than a year and appreciates that its the Pres who got his job back. And the union.

    Well Ill just watch on my TV…..later

    • 128 miss pat
      March 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      Let us know what Scott says of the Presiiden’ts visit. Glad he got his job back. You are a good sister and keep us informed please.

  30. 129 globalcitizenlinda
    March 7, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Hmm, the very rich people in Ohio and Michigan left their country clubs and gated homes long enough to vote for willard the liar???? well, since there are more poor and middle income people than there are rich folks, I can only repeat what President Obama said : Goodluck Tonight mitt

  31. 131 Ladyhawke
    March 7, 2012 at 9:01 am


    OMG, this line from the Charles Pierce article had me screaming. He has a way with words.


    At the very least, Romney’s team seems to be the only one of the four remaining Republican campaigns that realizes that the past two weeks of anti-ladyparts campaigning has created a gender gap for the party this fall into which you could sink the Nimitz.



  32. 133 lovingandlaughing
    March 7, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Oh Chips, this is my favorite Mitt-mania pic! I LOLed!

  33. 138 carolyn
    March 7, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Collegekay, Congratulations on your grade! Forty page papers are difficult to write…what subject was it? I limit my students’ papers to ten pages in Composition research….that’s all I can stand to read!!! However, that is a Freshman course and that is all they can do. Forty pages…that’s halfway to a thesis…..

    • 139 collegekay
      March 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

      thank you!! I am a junior. it was for my sociology of poverty class! it was basically Q&A so not totally devoted to my own research, but rather everything we’ve talked about in class thus far. I also took material from the required readings. It wasn’t too difficult but it was very strenuous.

  34. March 7, 2012 at 9:10 am

  35. 141 desertflower
    March 7, 2012 at 9:13 am

    O/T.. but can the Twitter Brigade Tweet this message out. This man is a criminal that needs to be stopped. For the children!

    My daughter pointed this out to me:) Makes her mama proud that she is paying attention to the world community. Damn. I did something right:)
    Keep talking, parents!

  36. March 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  37. March 7, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis says he was denied right to vote

    Former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis said he and his wife Lynda were denied the right to vote Tuesday in his Fentress County hometown.

    “We walked in and they told me I was not a registered voter. I had been taken off the list,” said Davis, who served two terms representing the fourth congressional district of Tennessee, leaving office in 2011.

    “These are people who I grew up with. I told them I live here. I went to school about 20 yards away.”

    Davis has been voting in Pall Mall, Tenn., since 1995, he said.


    “He said I would have to re-register,” Davis said. “And I told them I’m already registered, I’m not going to re-register. I’m a former member of Congress, state senator, House member, mayor and all my life, I’ve been involved in the community, coaching Little League, participating in Boy Scouts and serving on boards here, and I’m denied the right to vote. It just doesn’t make sense.”


  38. 152 Linda
    March 7, 2012 at 9:17 am

    (Reuters) – The pace of job creation by private employers accelerated in February, reinforcing hopes that Friday’s broader payrolls report would confirm the labor market recovery has moved into a higher gear.

    The private sector added 216,000 jobs last month, the ADP National Employment Report showed on Wednesday, topping economists’ expectations for a gain of 208,000.

    January’s payrolls figures were revised up to an increase of 173,000 from 170,000.

  39. 153 Pamela
    March 7, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Riser, and it really IS shining out here this morning, and colddddd……. Frozen windows on all the cars! Heya, Chips! Heya all!

  40. 154 Pamela
    March 7, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Love the cartoon of PBO eating popcorn in the movie theatre, watching the GOP version of zombies and the walking dead! Loved Charle Pierce calling stantoridium a colossal dick! Laughing out loud here!

  41. 155 carolyn
    March 7, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Tennessee sounds like another case for the DOJ!

  42. 156 collegekay
    March 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

    i can’t wait until PBO debates one of these fools

  43. March 7, 2012 at 9:30 am

    “morning all you lazy later-comers!”
    —————- Good morning, Peggysticks! 😉

  44. March 7, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD family. It is a beautiful sunny day in MT. Today will be an in and out day for me. Sure hope I will be able to listen to the President. But if I do miss it I know that Chips will have it here.

    Great day to everyone!

  45. 160 Ladyhawke
    March 7, 2012 at 9:36 am

    INTERACTIVE MAP: The Most Restrictive Abortion Measures In The States


  46. 161 Linda
    March 7, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Did Chris Matthews say our President is not a very good debater on Morning Junk today ?

    • March 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

      what?! Is that true? What does that man smoke?

      • 163 Linda
        March 7, 2012 at 9:42 am

        I think he did….I was checking if anyone else heard that.

      • 166 prettyfoot58
        March 7, 2012 at 10:56 am

        Joe said that the President can be good in front of crowds but that he is not a good debater/that he feels that Romney is a better debater and getting better….

        this is their spin….it is not true…just shows how desperate they are….

        Presssssssssssssss ON!

        • 167 Obama Grandmama
          March 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm

          I started following Sen. Obama in 2006 when he was on the Oprah Show with his book Audacity of Hope. That was before PBO decided to run for the presidency. In the very beginning of the Primary Debates when there were many candidates Obama did not do very well at debating cuz he did not use short zingers and got into detail in his answers running out of time. He also would say he agreed with people which was unheard of prior to that time. The moderators and journalists would say the other candidate won when the people said Obama won. The old school moderators said he was not very good at debating. Over the course of the contests he improved greatly and by the time the GE came around he was quite good at getting his point over. Chris Matthews is old school and was probably one of those saying PBO lost the debate at that point in time. He seems to be going back to that way of framing the future debates.

          • 168 prettyfoot58
            March 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm

            ok..i see what you mean…thanks…this time around the President will hit the ground running…

            Pressssssssssssss ON!

    • March 7, 2012 at 9:41 am

      We are not allowed to talk about Chris Matthews or Gallup!

      It’s against the Law! A felony!

      March 7, 2012 at 9:42 am


  47. March 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Today is a very sad day for Pennsylvania as the state senate is poised to pass a restrictive anti-voter law that will make it hard for minorities, the poor and the elderly to vote. I am trying to rouse the local municipalities to prepare for the onslaught of questions and requirements–they have no idea what’s going to hit them and how much it’s going to cost. Democrats are going to have to rally troops to drive people to get their photo IDs and help poor people pay for them. Many people will be inhibited from voting because because it will be a major hassle to get to a state sanctioned voter ID place. I hope this comes back to bite the Republicans big time. A judge in the state of Wisconsin said their vote ID law was unconstitutional. I’m hoping we can get a similar result in this state, but it will take money to wage a lawsuit. I’m just sick at heart at what the 2010 election brought us in this state. It’s a sad, sad day for democracy.

    • 177 desertflower
      March 7, 2012 at 9:42 am

      Can you write the DOJ to investigate??? These “laws” are probably illegal

    • 179 prettyfoot58
      March 7, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Hello Jackie…

      i am in Philly….

      i feel as you do….i have been sending emails to all i know about this…

      but it is as Rev Al said on Saturday…we must push back against unjust laws…but we must also work as you said to make sure that folks are first… aware of the requirements and help them to get the proper ID….the NAACP AND URBAN LEAGUE…are on the move with this…

      we have to join forces with this….OFA/DEMs/Independents/and anyone else…

      we cannot go back to those days of being denied the right to vote…..

      Presssssssssssssss On!!!

      • 180 prettyfoot58
        March 7, 2012 at 11:23 am

        In addition Jackie …this will change how we register folks to vote …we will have to ask them is they ave a state issued ID….if they say no…we have a way of helping them to get one….and of course to follow up on the voter to make sure that they get the proper ID….

        we haave to develope a network….

        mercy mercy….May the Creator have mercy on us…and bless our righteous work…


        • March 7, 2012 at 12:09 pm

          Pf, I’m most worried about getting people–particularly the elderly–to the places where they can get a state ID. If it’s going to cost the, how is this not a poll tax. If they can’t afford it, the Democratic Party will have to have a fund to help. We can’t have voting depend on economic status.

      • 183 miss pat
        March 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm

        I was thinking about that lately and I was wondering if lawyers would not volunteer their time pro-bono to sit inside or outside of a polling station and help people that are turned away. In the meantime everybody should see about thier id. The best one is a passport and also take your electric and ohone bill to show proof or residence. For those of us who cannot afford a passport maybe a non-driving driver’s liscense will do. Be prepared like the Boys Scout motto.

    March 7, 2012 at 9:39 am


  49. 185 desertflower
    March 7, 2012 at 9:41 am


    Danger Signals for Romney
    By John Fund
    March 6, 2012 10:05 P.M. Comments55
    Mitt Romney will exit the ten Super Tuesday contests with more delegates than anyone else, but his political reputation damaged.

    Given his crushing financial advantage, Romney should have done better tonight.

    He lost Oklahoma to Rick Santorum, despite the endorsement of the state’s most popular politician — populist U.S. senator Tom Coburn.

    He won Virginia, where his only opponent was Ron Paul, by only 59 percent to 41 percent. He lost significant cities ranging from upper-crust Charlottesville to working-class Lynchburg.

    Late-reporting urban areas may still give Romney a win in Ohio, but it is striking that he is struggling so much in a state where he carpet-bombed Rick Santorum the way he did. And in Ohio — unlike Michigan — there was no semi-organized effort among Democrats to embarrass him by casting votes for Santorum. Romney won among those voters who saw electability in November as their prime concern; his problem was that many voters had other priorities. Evangelicals continued to resist him, as did many blue-collar workers and the most conservative of voters.

    Mitt Romney remains the favorite for the GOP nomination, but if his campaign doesn’t realize that tonight’s results are real danger signals for their man — with regard to both later primaries and the November election — they are fooling themselves.

  50. March 7, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Btw- ppp polling was dead on target for super Tuesday.

  51. 188 desertflower
    March 7, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Up to 39 advertisers pulled from Rush 🙂

    thinkprogress UPDATE: Three more companies — including @constantcontact — pull advertising from Rush Limbaugh. Total now at 39. thkpr.gs/yOPdrG
    2 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

  52. 191 PoliticalJunkessa
    March 7, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I think it’s absolutely HEEEELARIOUS that Uncle Paul got a whopping 41% of the vote here in Virginia! Damn, if you can’t crush that crazy coot by more than 18%, something is wrong. Willard, Willard, Willard. 😆 😆 😆

    March 7, 2012 at 10:07 am


  54. 195 relellit
    March 7, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Good morning everyone in TODville. Am I out of tune? I feel no remorse Dennis Kuchinch. He lost to another progressive

    Ms. Kaptur will face a general election race against Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as “Joe the Plumber,” who announced his candidacy last year. The district, however, is heavily Democratic, and Ms. Kaptur is broadly expected to win.
    A version of this article appeared in print on March 7, 2012, on page A18 of the New York edition with the headline: In Primary, Kucinich Loses Seat In Congress.

    I have not got over that impeach Obama for Libya thing and his craving attention on healthcare when everyone else was aboard He had to get a ride on Air force One to satisfy his cravings for attention Whoopie!!

    Yea fare thee well; Dennis; karma is a Bytch when it comes back around.

  55. 196 Andy46
    March 7, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Morning TOD
    All I have is President Obama
    is like WOW. *sigh*
    Chipsticks ; do you have a still picture of President Obama
    when he wished Romney “good luck” from yesterday press beating? TIA…he is soooooooo super cute
    I just love when he tills his head and does that 10000 watt smile.

    • March 7, 2012 at 10:20 am

      These were the best I could find Andy!

      • March 7, 2012 at 10:28 am

        Excellent reply.

        That woman, doesn’t she have policy questions instead of stoopid he said/she said idiocy ? Sheeshh

      • March 7, 2012 at 10:32 am

        Love those 2 facial expressions on President Obama. He was outstanding again yesterday with his smart replies to stupid questions. There really should be NO CONTEST with this upcoming election——by any measure.

        • 200 L3
          March 7, 2012 at 11:09 am

          I think that press conference is at least partially responsible for Chris’s flip on PBO yesterday and this morning. He’s almost as bad as Romney with his flip-flops where PBO is concerned. Chris, for all his bravado has some real insecurites and conflicted feelings about race. He does not like when PBO is openly confident and self-assured. He sees it as over-confidence and cockiness or being too uppity; thus, justifying the need for him to be taken down a few pegs. I’ve noticed this pattern with Chris and I’ve commented here about it before. It’s really odd and I think he’s jealous of the President and offended by his displays of charm and confidence. When he talks about the Bradley Effect, he’s talking about himself and his own racism.

          He reminds me of an old friend I once had years ago who, I believe, had a very unhealthy obsession with Halle Berry. She seemed to take pleasure in Halle’s heartbreaks and failures. While the world admired Halle’s beauty, she did not find her beautiful at all. She thought it was funny when her marriage to David Justice broke up and he publicly slammed her. I remember once ending a conversation with her because she was about to slam Halle Berry and I did not want to hear it and could not understatnd how someone who did not know her personally could harbor such animous. We are no longer friends for a myriad of other reasons but at that time it seemed the better the news for Halle the more envious she became and like Chris the better the news is for PBO the more he feels he has to smack him back down to earth.

          I do believe he will vote for PBO because he knows like everyone else with a brain that he is head and shoulders above all the R candidates and in my opinion every politician out there.

          • 201 miss pat
            March 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm

            I notice the smirk and sthe hand over the face too. I know that he feels insecure, you can tell by the way he acts. I know people like your friend or ex-friend. There are two women that visit a website devoted to Mrs. Obama and fashion. Nothing good to say, ever. I told one that I will not respond to her again till election night. I am going on there to look for her. Why so much hate towards someone you don’t know? While you are hating on that person he or she is enjoying life, clueless. Election night lots of them will be going to the emergency room for stress related illnesses.

            • 202 L3
              March 7, 2012 at 7:03 pm

              I stopped going to Mrs. O because of the people you describe. I do not like the way they pick Mrs. Obama apart as though they are flawless in their attire every single day.

      • March 7, 2012 at 10:35 am

        Completely awake now!!

      • March 7, 2012 at 10:45 am

        One of my all-time favorite PBO moments. He slays a whole slew of idiocies with the lightest and deftest of gestures. Amazing man!!

      • 206 collegekay
        March 7, 2012 at 10:56 am


      • 207 Andy46
        March 7, 2012 at 11:46 am

        Lol, trying to catch up you are so fast Chipsticks, thanks so much the pics are perfect.
        can’t get enough of President Obama smile *sigh* This site is
        a President Obama’s fangurl dream thank you.

      • 208 anniebella
        March 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm

        I saw Ed Henry smirking, maybe he saw the stupid question Nora O’Donnell was going to ask, you think.

  56. March 7, 2012 at 10:18 am

  57. 211 lovingandlaughing
    March 7, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I ‘d like to share that first pic on FB/twitter. It is wonderful.

  58. March 7, 2012 at 10:25 am

  59. March 7, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Senator Corker says we should have spending cuts to offset the Highway bill cost.
    That is not stimulus!

  60. 216 defytheodds
    March 7, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Hawaii Presidential Precinct Caucuses:7 March 2012

    Wednesday, 7 March 2012: Precinct Caucuses. 26 of 35 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the preferences expressed in a Presidential Preference Poll held during today’s Hawaii Presidential Precinct Caucuses.


  61. March 7, 2012 at 10:34 am

    You sure get some peculiar spam on this site: today we’re being bombarded by a shady looking link selling Shakira ringtones 😕

  62. 222 Linda
    March 7, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Last night Harold Ford Jr….guaranteed a Romney win in Tennessee……. I wonder why he was not on Morning Joke today….isn’t Wednesday his regular day ?

    • 223 PoliticalJunkessa
      March 7, 2012 at 10:53 am

      Don’t get me started on that crank — can’t stand him! 👿

      • 224 miss pat
        March 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm

        me too.. sent him a message to go to a Dominican salon and get a perm. Know he didn’t get it but it felt good sending it out.

  63. 225 vcprezofan2
    March 7, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Here you go, TODville! You can have a chuckle at my, VC’s expense! {Lugging it over from the old thread to show you how confused I am }

    Good Morning TODville! I have risen, but am not sure about the shining part. Just got a late phone call for work just after I’d settled myself in for a day in the cyber work field. Humph! Called back to verify if the robocall system made a mistake and am awaiting a call back from the live body responsible – she is currently on a break. Till then I’ll go see what was said upstream, though I may have to leave abruptly.

    Hope you are all enjoyng a good Wednesday, ruminating on Willard’s ‘victories’ last night. 😆

    515 vcprezofan2
    March 7, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Phew! I am now enjoyING my Wednesday morning more as the ‘live body’ just called and my robocall was a mistake. She asked if I wanted to come in since I had reflexively accepted the job, but I said a pleasant ‘no, it’s okay’. 😆 Now I can meet my girlfriend for lunch as we’d arranged earlier. 😆

    • March 7, 2012 at 10:47 am

      VC, was it Donald Trump on that robocall, trying to ruin your day???

      • 227 vcprezofan2
        March 7, 2012 at 10:55 am

        Now that I think of it, CC, it was a male voice! I was caught off guard though at the fact work was ringing so late that I forget to tell Donald to go jump in the winter lake. 😉 Next time I;ll be ready for him…the rat! 😆

  64. March 7, 2012 at 10:47 am

  65. 232 vcprezofan2
    March 7, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I got invited to join the official @VotingInfo Project Google Group, an invitation which might be more applicable to some of you here so I’m passing it on. Not sure how you can use their info, or help them with info, but as I’m out of country, resident TODville members might be able to make better use of any opportunities.


  66. March 7, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Forgive me if someone’s already posted this, but in case no one did : President Obama received nearly 100,000 more votes than Romney and he didn’t even campaign !


  67. 235 defytheodds
    March 7, 2012 at 10:56 am

    PBO total maybe even higher…

  68. March 7, 2012 at 10:57 am

    All but one Grumpy Grump in Mt. Holly, N.C. looking forward to presidential visit today:

  69. 239 vcprezofan2
    March 7, 2012 at 11:05 am

    By the way Chips, I do enjoy those Mitt Mania pics. Meaning no disrespect, but Willard’s organizers need to make sure they have enough chairs for his supporters, even if not as many as they had in the stadium! What is WRONG with his campaign people? I felt compelled to send them a message yesterday.

  70. 241 jacquelineoboomer
    March 7, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Chips – That first photo of two of our national heroes totally depicts, from my point of view, poetry in motion. Thank you so much for bringing it to us. I’m doing a little sobbing in my heart right now. God love our military, past, present, and future!

    • March 7, 2012 at 11:17 am

      It really is beautiful Jacqueline – and the smile of Sgt. Carlos Evans, after everything he has endured, is extraordinary.

      • 243 jacquelineoboomer
        March 7, 2012 at 11:41 am

        You are so right, Chips. There is so much to be read from just that one photo, I can hardly move past it. First, of course, is the bravery of Sgt. Evans for going into harm’s way in the first place, and then to be carrying on with such grace, now. Second, from his smile, you just know and can be so glad that he has someone who loves him in his life. Somebody’s behind that smile, and it’s not just President Obama!

  71. 245 Linda
    March 7, 2012 at 11:19 am

    SuperPAC that supports Newt Gingrich is buying up ad space on Rush Limbaugh’s radio program that horrified advertisers have suddenly freed up.


  72. 246 vcprezofan2
    March 7, 2012 at 11:44 am

    For some reason I’m making very little progress reading this thread. Going on my lunch rendez-vous, and hoping on my return I’ll be able to work my way through faster. TODville, do try to keep a lid on the commentary till I come back and make sure nothing exciting happens, like PBO walloping GOPers with more wit or FLOTUS sharing too many hugs without my being here to feel recharged! [muttering as I go…I really hate missing out on hot news as Chips and fellow TOD reporters bring them to us,,,grumble…mumble] Later! vc

  73. 247 anniebella
    March 7, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Did anyone remember when Sen.Hillary and Sen.Barack ran against one another in 2008, do anyone remember them flat out lying about one another’s record? These Republicans when they are talking about President Obama they don’t mind lying at all.

    • 248 anniebella
      March 7, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      And I don’t know about Chris Matthews but the people I know don’t like politicians lying and lying like it’s no big deal.

  74. 249 bizgirl
    March 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Always great news about Obama here. Thanks for that. Made time to make an inspirational video about President Obama. I see him through the craziness. Steadily moving us forward. Here’s it is. Enjoy and feel free to share it with like minded people.

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