rise and shine

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Paul Begala: Let me be the first to call on Mitt Romney to get out of the race. By placing third in Alabama and Mississippi, losing to Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich in both states, Romney has gone from inevitable to unelectable. Somebody strap him to the roof of one of his Cadillacs and drive him off to one of his many mansions.

One of the great legends of political consulting is the Dog Food Problem: an apocryphal tale of a company that had the best packaging, the best advertising, the best marketing. But there was only one problem: the dog wouldn’t eat it. Forevermore we should no longer call it a Dog Food Problem. We should call it a Mitt Romney Problem.

In truth Romney is still probably the most likely GOP nominee. He has the most money, the best organization, the most endorsements, and the best hair. There is only one thing wrong with the Mitt Romney campaign: Mitt Romney … the hard truth is the more voters see Mitt Romney, the less they like him.

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A woman holds up a small child wearing a ‘Four More Years’ shirt as President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron watch Mississippi Valley State University play against Western Kentucky University at the University of Dayton Arena


Morning everyone, I’ll update with news a little bit later.

130 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. March 14, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Wow: first. Just getting ready to go to SFO to visit my 95 yo mother and saw the alert. Thanks chips for your awesomeness.

    • March 14, 2012 at 8:36 am

      Morning taiping1, morning everyone 😉

        March 14, 2012 at 8:43 am


        • March 14, 2012 at 9:03 am

          He definitely has his priorities in the right order. I love that about him too. Same blue checked shirt, same golf outfits, a little wear showing on the pants pockets, year after year.

  2. 8 CTGirl
    March 14, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Gooooooood Morning!

  3. 11 relellit
    March 14, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Good morning Todville and our chips 🙂

  4. 12 rikyrah
    March 14, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Good Morning, Chips 🙂

  5. 13 hopefruit2
    March 14, 2012 at 8:34 am

    C-SPAN 3 is also televising and livestreaming the welcome ceremony live.


  6. 14 rikyrah
    March 14, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Late Night Open Thread: Willard Has #RichPeopleProblems
    by Anne Laurie

    Rick Santorum makes him a patsy. Kathleen Parker, of all people, thinks he’s a poser (“Would Romney greet an audience at a Jewish Community Center with: “Oy vey, did I ever enjoy my loxies and bagels this morning!”? Or African Americans with: “Yo, dawg, wassup?” Actually, yes, he might…”). And the Thurston Howell moments just keep coming:

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney used a private, VIP Registry of Motor Vehicles office Wednesday to renew his Massachusetts driver’s license, avoiding the lines and the aggravation that have been synonymous with the agency.

    The office, located in the State Transportation Building, is just blocks from a standard Registry branch in Chinatown. But Romney instead went to the headquarters of the state’s Transportation Department, visiting a second-floor office belonging to the Registry’s enforcement division, his campaign confirmed Thursday.

    The space is often used by state troopers investigating accidents, though it has also become known as a place for celebrities, athletes, and other high-profile drivers to transact their business. The Registry officials said such drivers receive different treatment because their presence in a public Registry branch could cause a disruption.

    “Particularly because he has Secret Service protection, we thought it was a prudent request to let him do it in that fashion,’’ said Cyndi Roy, a Transportation Department spokeswoman…

    I’ve been to that Chinatown branch, and while nobody could accuse the staffers of wasting government dollars on amenities, it hardly seemed like a den of iniquity where resentful patrons were liable to engage the Secret Service in a gun battle over line-cutting.


  7. 15 ChristiMTL
    March 14, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I was wondering what the buzz on twitter was about this morning about Arianna Huffington…..I saw her on MJ, and I turned it off…I saw something about a video….ok here it is. I had to check what the **** that fraud was up too…again.

    I read her latest article, the same BS…bla bla bla…”the urgency of much later, Geitner, Gitmo”……she always repeat the same talking points anyway as the typical RWer that she is.

    So here is what the video was all about….

    ”At HuffPost, our plan for 2012 is to vigorously cover both tracks of the election.”Which is to say that while we are exhaustively covering the race between President Obama and the Republican nominee, we’re also going to be covering that second track: Obama vs. Obama.”

    ”And we’ll be covering it in a variety of ways: by comparing the reality of President Obama with the rhetoric of Candidate Obama; by focusing on real underlying problems in the country that are being temporarily masked by a slight improvement in the unemployment numbers; and by using satire.”

    To that effect, today we’re launching a series of videos that will try to call attention to the contradictions of that second track of the election. This first one takes on the idea, often put forth by various members of the Obama camp, that every compromise, capitulation, and seeming surrender to the “worn-out dogmas” of Washington are, in fact, just a brilliant strategy that we don’t yet understand. ”


    So we can be prepare that she is going to be in our faces a lot to show her videos and bash the President.

    I read a few comments…………THIS one says it all

    Yes…Arianna is making a good case to make Obama a one-termer.


    Oh I can’t stand that fraud.

    She caused enough problems already, …this election is crucial…

    • 16 ChristiMTL
      March 14, 2012 at 8:37 am

      And…good morning Chips and everyone.

    • 18 relellit
      March 14, 2012 at 8:41 am

      I heard her fake @ss woman as I was making my coffee. I loathe that Dragon Lady to the nth degree. I wish she would just STFU. I can’t understand her and I’m not talking about her accent either.

    • 19 Linda
      March 14, 2012 at 8:44 am

      Oh please…..Her site is in it’s last throes……The comment section was broken for 9 days…..Today it is broken again…..it is showing comments from yesterday on the first page….

      If you make a comment and refresh…it flips back to yesterday’s comments.

      I was a member since 2007 and all of the good people are gone…it is full of Right Wingers now….

      • 20 Bill
        March 14, 2012 at 8:49 am

        Well said. Howard Fineman, his sources, and Sam Stein need to start looking for a new home.

        • 21 ChristiMTL
          March 14, 2012 at 8:54 am

          Ha They all end up on MSNBC anyway…..as ”analysts” or host, like Alex Wagner

          • 22 Linda
            March 14, 2012 at 8:56 am

            I just posted a comment on her article.

            ” Just saw you on Morning Junk…..and I cannot stop laughing “

        • 23 Linda
          March 14, 2012 at 8:55 am

          Here is the title of her article.

          Arianna Huffington: The Real 2012 Race: President Obama vs. Candidate Obama

          It has 50 comments……

          All her own articles are fully moderated…which means if you say something they don’t like …it never sees the light of day.

          I got banned over their for ” making comments about ” professionals” that were not nice “.


          • 24 ChristiMTL
            March 14, 2012 at 8:58 am

            I remember that….when I used to go there regularly…..her own articles were fully moderated

    • 25 57andFemale
      March 14, 2012 at 8:50 am

      And what about Romney’s rhetoric? That won’t get covered, will it?

    • March 14, 2012 at 9:09 am

      I can’t stand her either. She’s always trying to make herself the story, and I suspect she never really left her conservative roots. She’s always trying to be a big thorn in PBO’s side. The good thing is—-99.9% of the population does not care a whit what Arianna thinks or is endlessly yakking about.

      • 27 ChristiMTL
        March 14, 2012 at 9:15 am

        At first I thought she was a PUMA, the way she was bashing President Obama from day one but I soon realized that she was, is and always will be a Republican….case closed.

        She’s just a fraud..

      • 28 Diane
        March 14, 2012 at 12:01 pm

        I’ve NEVER considered her a liberal or a democrat! She reminds me of a female version of Newt Gingrich. All ego and nothing else.

    • March 14, 2012 at 9:33 am

      Fuck that bitch.

      Sorry, I can not not use ugly words about her.

      • 30 bluemoon
        March 14, 2012 at 9:48 am

        Tell us how you really feel blackwaterdog :-)….btw, i agree with you.

      • March 14, 2012 at 10:12 am

        BWD, that bitch, which by using that word you have insulted my beagle, is the total enemy of the good. She doesn’t care about reaching perfection, she just wants to be able to have something to bitch about and will make up things if she has to.

      • 32 Jessica
        March 14, 2012 at 10:26 am

        At first I was like “whoa BWD why such harsh language” but then I scrolled up and saw you were talking about Huffington. Carry on.

  8. 33 relellit
    March 14, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Even the little baby loves our President . I imagine the smile on his face and the hand wave is because he saw the goodness in our great President. I love that this tee shirt.

    • 34 vcprezofan2
      March 14, 2012 at 9:52 am

      It that baby’s t-shirt saying “FIRST 4 more”, as in we want another 4 years after 2016, and so on?

      Actually, I might be persuaded to change citizenship to come help with that. I wouldn’t want a lifetime PBO presidency – the man has his own life after all – just 3 or 4 terms in total to completely turn the ship around.

      • March 14, 2012 at 10:13 am

        The term First 4 was actually in reference to the basketball games being played and she used that to spring on to the 4 more theme.

        • 36 vcprezofan2
          March 14, 2012 at 10:18 am

          Thanks, Japa. Of course I like my theory too, even though I now know it’s wrong. (Repub attitude rubbing off on me?) 😉

  9. 37 Suzette
    March 14, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Good morning all.
    It’s looks like a very busy day for our favourite President. But we all know he is up to the task…right and he will deliver.

  10. 38 rikyrah
    March 14, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Some of His Friends Own Pacific Islands
    by mistermix

    Romney won Hawaii and American Samoa last night, while coming in third behind Santorum and Gingrich in Mississippi and Alabama. The Guardian has the guts to use the M-word:

    Exit polls in Alabama and Misssippi showed evangelical Christians, who tend not to vote for Romney, a Mormon, made up about eight out of ten of the voters. Four out of ten voters in both states said it mattered to them that a candidate shared their religious beliefs.

    In addition to dragging out the primary, Santorum’s surge has been pushing Romney farther to the right. Yesterday he told Fox that Santorum would be too liberal to be his running mate. He also told a Missouri media outlet that he wanted to “get rid” of Planned Parenthood. By the time this thing is over in June, Romney will have joined Opus Dei and taken communion.


  11. 39 rikyrah
    March 14, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Posted at 11:55 PM ET, 03/13/2012
    After Alabama, Mississippi primaries, GOP holding pattern continues
    By Jonathan Bernstein

    I wish I could give you some excitement, but, alas, I have to give the truth. The Republican race remained Tuesday night where it’s been for a while now: Mitt Romney has locked up the nomination pending some unexpected jolt, but he can’t quite generate enough momentum to knock out Rick Santorum and therefore move on to the general election campaign.

    First, the headline. Santorum wins both Alabama and Mississippi, with Romney apparently finishing third, albeit a close third, in each (with just enough votes to count that he still has an outside shot at second). Then, the full news: Based on the rough estimates by various delegate counters, it appears that by the end of the night — after Hawaii and, of all things, American Samoa — that the delegates will be roughly split, with Santorum and Romney about even and Newt Gingrich finishing a bit behind them.

    Gingrich’s election-night speech was all about going on to the convention. But the truth is that Tuesday night was really his last shot at having any reason to remain in the race beyond vanity or, perhaps, a business plan. His “Southern strategy” is a joke after losses in Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Alabama and Mississippi; he’s won just two states, and he hasn’t even managed a strong second in very many others. Will he stay in anyway? Well, that’s up to him; we can understand the incentives and his situation, but not how he reacts to all of that.


  12. 40 rikyrah
    March 14, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012
    The Big GOP Primary Thread: Southbound And Down
    Posted by Zandar

    The South is covered in a thin, nauseating layer of Santorum this morning as Slick Rick took Alabama by 6 points, 35% to 29% for both Gingrich and Romney, and Mississippi by 2 points, 33% to Newt’s 31% and Mitt’s 30%.

    And yes, this means Romney came in third in both contests. He did make up some ground by winning Hawaii with 45% of the vote to Santorum’s 25%. But the fact is, Romney can’t close the deal with the most strident members of the base and he now has a serious problem on his hands.

    That means, of course, that the GOP has a major problem on its hands. Yes, when Romney is finally nominated, Republicans will get behind him…but not all of them. He got 30% or less in Alabama and Mississippi, and you can’t tell me that there won’t be Republican voters there will stay home and do nothing rather than vote for Romney.


    March 14, 2012 at 8:45 am


  14. 42 rikyrah
    March 14, 2012 at 8:45 am

    ‘Inevitability’ gets deep fried in Alabama, Mississippi
    By Steve Benen – Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:00 AM EDT.

    Mitt Romney had vowed to win Alabama, expected to put up a strong showing in Mississippi, and invested heavily to excel in yesterday’s Deep South primaries. In effect, the former governor placed an expensive bet, assuming that victories here would end the nominating race altogether.

    As the dust settled, it became clear that Romney lost that bet.

    The night belonged to Rick Santorum, who eked out narrow wins in both Alabama and Mississippi, despite being outspent, and despite lacking meaningful campaign organizations. Looking ahead, the former senator can now plausibly make the case that the race for the Republican nomination is a two-person contest — and given the GOP base’s discomfort with and distrust of Romney, that’s not a bad position to be in.

    More here: http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/14/10683187-inevitability-gets-deep-fried-in-alabama-mississippi

  15. 43 Linda
    March 14, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I wonder if any of the Jackals will have the balls to ask Cameron about the NewsCorp scandal that keep getting closer and closer to him .

  16. 45 rikyrah
    March 14, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012
    A Bunch Of Dip Sticks
    Posted by Zandar

    There’s a lot of hue and cry going up about the latest ABC/Washington Post poll that proclaims that gas prices are now the only thing that matters to voters and that Obama is once again doomed. Deaniac83 over at The People’s View easily points out why “voters have turned on the President” over economic news: they stacked their polls with Republicans.

    From the last poll to this one, there is a net 7 point gain for GOP identified voters as opposed to Democratic ones, and there is a net 8 point loss in the President’s approval rating. Hmm, looks like an awfully close correlation to me. If we assume that independents lean roughly the same way as the party ID numbers (really, very few voters are truly independent), GOP and GOP lean voters get a representation bump another 3 percentage points net, moving the GOP party ID vs. Democrats to a net +10 points as compared to the last poll. Given that about 80% of GOP and GOP-leaning voters oppose President Obama, the entire 8 point swing in the poll can be accounted for by the additional representation of Republican and Republican leaning voters.

    But what are the real numbers on voter registration in this country? From the most current data from states that allow registration by party, Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 12 point margin, 43% to 31%, with independents coming in at 24%. Granted, only 29 states and DC allow registration by party, so take that data with that caveat, but I will note that the February poll had a much closer party ID difference (D +11) to the known actual national data (D +12). In this poll, that has dwindled down to a D +4, which is obviously a significant over-representation Republican and GOP-leaning voters, and an equally significant under-representation of Democratic voter registration advantage.


  17. 46 rikyrah
    March 14, 2012 at 8:52 am

    The Next Dick Cheney
    Posted on 03/14/2012 at 8:27 am by Bob Cesca

    Gingrich might end up being Santorum’s Cheney. And that’s effing scary.

    A senior adviser to Newt Gingrich told The Huffington Post Tuesday night the campaign likes the idea of Rick Santorum and Gingrich running on the same ticket for the presidency and vice presidency.

    “Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum would make a powerful team against Barack Obama,” the adviser said on the condition that his name not be used. “They have the capability to deny Gov. Romney the nomination.”

    They’d have the north and the south covered, plus Gingrich would be perceived as the “political heft” on the ticket. And, ah hell, it would be nightmarish if they went all the way


    • 47 Bill
      March 14, 2012 at 9:12 am

      Both Cheney and Gingrich are draft dodging Vietnam era war hawks who have no morals and began their careers in the academic world. Cheney is a perfect role model for Newton Leroy.

    • 48 OzFan
      March 14, 2012 at 10:10 am

      Having watched Game Change & seeing/hearing about the political aspects related to choosing a running mate – I think it unlikely that 2 Catholics would be on the ticket. I also doubt that Santorum would choose a thrice married man as his running mate.

      My pure speculation – Romney/Santorum would seem more likely with the latter pulling in the evangelicals that Romney cannot get alone.

      • March 14, 2012 at 10:15 am

        Romney has already ruled out Santorum saying he is not conservative enough. After that Santorum called Romney a socilist. I can’t see those two on a ticket together after all the bad blood of the primaries.

        • 50 OzFan
          March 14, 2012 at 10:25 am

          I missed the “not conservative enough” – My brain cannot comprehend anyone more conservative than Santorum. Good to hear they are still fighting each other. I shall have to think again.

        • 52 Obama Grandmama
          March 14, 2012 at 11:26 am

          “Romney said Santorum is not conservative enough” but can you count on what Romney says as he could flip on it in an instant?

  18. 53 rikyrah
    March 14, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Worst Persons in the World
    Posted on 03/13/2012 at 5:15 pm by JM Ashby

    Every single adult involved in this should be utterly ashamed of themselves, and if I were a parent I would be seriously considering filing a suit.

    The Christian rap metal band from Minnesota had some shocking words last week for a Dunkerton, Iowa, high school audience. School administrators told local media that the group was supposed to talk about “bullying and making good choices.”

    Instead, parents said, the band told girls in the audience that “they were going to have mud on their wedding dresses if they weren’t virgins.” In a break-out session for girls, the band told them to save themselves for their husbands and assume a submissive role in marriage. Then the girls were forced to chant a mantra about virginity. […]

    More here: http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2012/03/worst-persons-in-the-world-9.html

  19. 54 rikyrah
    March 14, 2012 at 9:01 am

    March 13, 2012 5:57 PM

    The Weak Case for Ignoring Big Lies

    By Ed Kilgore

    The Atlantic’s David Graham is unhappy with me. No, not me by name, but me as one of the “liberals” who have “gleefully” publicized the results of another poll showing an awful lot of Republican voters saying they don’t believe the president is a Christian. And Graham is really unhappy with Public Policy Polling for asking Republicans in Mississippi and Alabama about it in the first place.

    It is Graham’s very strong conviction that repeating big lies like Obama’s alleged subscription to Islam is the reason they maintain currency. After all, Brendan Nyhan says that’s the case. So when conservatives in this country seem to say and think crazy things, liberals should keep their mouths shut about it, because in the end, according to Graham, the only thing that really matters is how people vote, not the reasons they cite.

    There’s only one pretty large problem with this high-minded theory: even if liberals stop noticing that many conservatives say or think crazy things, conservatives themselves keep saying and thinking them, without our help. A very good example is the “death panels” smear about health care reform, a very big lie that, best as I can tell, originated with famed agitprop artist Elizabeth McCaughey, then was picked up in a floor speech by Rep. Michele Bachmann, then went viral from Sarah Palin’s Facebook page.

    Liberals did little or nothing to spread this lie. Indeed, it was such a big, obvious lie that most of us ignored it until it became obvious it was being believed by a very large share of the population.

    And this was hardly a unique phenomenon.


  20. 55 Linda
    March 14, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I love these ceremonies…..

  21. 56 rikyrah
    March 14, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Rep. Peter King ‘Manhunters’ Video Sparks U.S. Marshals Probe

    A video posted to the YouTube account of Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has sparked an investigation by the U.S. Marshals Service into why a videographer accompanying the New York Republican was allowed to film inside private residences against a federal policy.

    Shortly after noon on Tuesday, a tweet from King’s account linked to an eight minute video of a ride-along with a “fugitive task force” including U.S. marshals on Monday. It showed King, the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, joining police as they broke down doors and arrested a suspected fugitive. The video carried the logo of the “Manhunters” reality TV show and featured one of its stars, marshals commander Lenny DePaul.

    After TPM made inquiries about the video with King’s office, it was marked “private” and no longer available to the public on YouTube. Later, the video was removed from YouTube entirely.


    • 57 vcprezofan2
      March 14, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Is this the same moro…oops!..Republican who live-tweeted his location, or some such, while on a visit to the Middle East not too long ago? He sure is anxious to be seen! There should be a way to weed irresponsible types away from politics and leave only those who genuinely want to serve and have plans/ideas on responsible leadership. I believe I’ve heard rumours there is a psychological test for those wanting to enter law enforcement, or the military. They are obviously not fool proof, but maybe there should be something like that for politics, as well as something assessing general and world knowledge. National l eaders can’t just be aware of their little corner of the world.

  22. 58 rikyrah
    March 14, 2012 at 9:06 am

    March 13, 2012 3:12 PM
    Those Canadians Are Scary, Eh?
    By Ed Kilgore

    Like the late-night comedian Craig Ferguson, who said he was shy in an encounter with Dick Cheney because “I never know how to behave around evil people,” I never know how to write about the former vice president. He is sort of a parody of the self-satisfied but vengeful old white male conservative to begin with, who has succeeded in becoming a self-parody—perhaps even a cartoon character—over time.

    So I reacted with predictable hilarity upon learning that Cheney had canceled an appearance in Toronto because Canada is just too dangerous a place.

    Most Americans who have traveled to Canada probably share my impression that Canadians are among the nicest people on earth. Hell, if it weren’t for that fiendishly socialist health care system they have in Canada, I wouldn’t mind braving the weather and spending some serious time there.


  23. March 14, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Look at Kasich last night with the President? He has his hands up in his Chest-


    What is up with that?

  24. 65 utaustinliberal
    March 14, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Just saw Dr. Jill Biden. She looks ssssssmoking! Her outfit is goregous. So envious of her legs.

  25. 70 MeaBloom
    March 14, 2012 at 9:09 am

    G’Morning All!
    I just LOVE how VP Biden looks in his aviator sunglasses!

  26. 72 rikyrah
    March 14, 2012 at 9:09 am

    March 14, 2012
    Another morning after

    On mornings after, amid the murky-colored memories of the previous evenings’ squalor, it has become my customary penitence is to scour Jennifer Rubin’s latest stenographic puff for Mitt Romney. Jennifer is ferociously toadish in her conservatively commentating independence, hence by reading her we weekly embark anew on this — our awesome, wondrous journey with Mitt.

    OK, so who won last night? In checking with Jen, that’s not entirely clear, which is why I love her stuff. She writes that “Santorum … fail[ed] to gain significant ground in the delegate race,” thereby suggesting his double victories were little more than practical defeats; but she really earns her Mitt money by slamming Santorum for delivering a “speech [that] lacked a clear message, as he rambled on about his travels in Mississippi, the Constitution, gas prices,” and so on.

    Jennifer then implicitly endorses Mitt’s characteristic stiffness, unoriginality, and robotic mind: “In [Santorum’s speech], too, was a line about free markets and the ‘centrality of faith in our lives.’ He apparently feels compelled to wing these things and thereby fails to maximize his moments.”


  27. 73 rikyrah
    March 14, 2012 at 9:10 am

    March 13, 2012
    Tonight’s primaries: The left’s CW may be wrong

    The polls have now closed in Mississippi and Alabama and I’m watching MSNBC’s coverage, which means once again I’m listening to Chris Matthews join the MSNBC chorus of “Newt Should Quit,” so that we can all enjoy a real stemwinder of a two-man race.

    I have some sympathy for this view, however what it ignores is that a two-man race could quite quickly reduce to a one-man blowout. This could be accomplished by either Romney or Santorum; either candidate could acquire the Big Mo in reasonably short order, since the GOP base is by now finding this elimination process a rather tedious one.

    With Newt hanging in there, though, the base retains a third way — and for the rest of us that happily translates, perhaps, into the needlessly, insensibly prolonged way. And that is the principal goal for anyone interested in seeing these Republican primaries become their own doom, just as Mitt Romney correctly fears.


  28. 74 utaustinliberal
    March 14, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Is VP Biden rocking his kick ass avaitors?

  29. 76 rikyrah
    March 14, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Weighing Gingrich’s future
    By Steve Benen – Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:48 AM EDT.

    Before the full results from Alabama and Mississippi were available last night, Rachel asked Republican strategist Steve Schmidt if Newt Gingrich can remain a viable candidate if he failed to win either primary.

    “No,” Schmidt said. “The race will be in the final stages for him, and he’ll have some tough decision to make in the days ahead. He’s talked about putting together a ‘Southern strategy’ to remain viable. That means he has to win these states, not come in second, not come in third.”

    The “Southern strategy” was not, on its face, ridiculous. Gingrich — formerly of Georgia, now a resident of Virginia — could plausibly argue up until recently that he was the strongest Republican presidential candidate in the GOP’s strongest region. This, in turn, created an incentive for the former Speaker to stick around, taking advantage of this geographic edge.


    Either way, at this point, Gingrich is a lot like Bruce Willis in “The Sixth Sense” — he’s gone, but he just doesn’t seem to know it yet.


  30. 77 ChristiMTL
    March 14, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Oh wow FLOTUS looks gorgeous!!!!!

  31. 79 globalcitizenlinda
    March 14, 2012 at 9:19 am

    after the lil ricky win last night, a close friend called me and said : congratulations for President Obama’s winning his re-election tonight

  32. 81 MeaBloom
    March 14, 2012 at 9:19 am

    FLOTUS looks lovely this a.m.

  33. March 14, 2012 at 9:22 am

    PBO just smiled big when his bball buddy was getting out of the car—-maybe laughing about a private joke they had about the early arrival and ceremony.

  34. 83 utaustinliberal
    March 14, 2012 at 9:25 am

    FLOTUS looks gorgeous!!!! Love her outfit and those shoes!

    Dr. Jill Biden is also sporting some serious kick ass shades!

  35. March 14, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Here’s another fake children’s song I wanted to share from my blog – this one is a satire about the rabid anti-immigrant laws. It’s called D-E-P-O-R-T

  36. March 14, 2012 at 9:28 am

    The Commanders want more Troops in Afghanistan.
    Screw them! Far right Military!!!

  37. March 14, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Btw- the moment Rush made it all about him and not about womens rights, that is when Women kind of forgot about the contraceptive issue.
    Like I said, Rush took the sword for the Party.

  38. 89 utaustinliberal
    March 14, 2012 at 9:32 am

    It’s funny how all the kids are practically falling over themselves to shake PBO’s hands and PM Cameron gets a warm but slightly tepid response.

    hahahahaha… that little Caucasian girl in the green outfit was rude. She shook PBO’s hands enthusiastically but quickly withdrew her hand when PM Cameron wanted to shake her. Ouch

  39. March 14, 2012 at 9:32 am

    MSNBC cuts away—-Chuck Todd’s blabbing more important, I guess. CNN is still airing PBO and Cameron shaking hands along the rope line, thousands said to be gathered there on a beautiful spring morning. I tried to watch on C-Span, but I ran out of patience with the uality of the callers’ questions and comments.

  40. 92 vcprezofan2
    March 14, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Gooood Morning Ms Chips & TODville! ♪♫ It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood! ♪♫

    My wish today is that TODville would ‘rise and shine’ at the same time each morning so that I could schedule my own virtual rise and shine with greater confidence, and potentially with greater success. 😉

    Wishing EVERYONE, blog mistress (oh! that sounds a bit ‘off’), commenters, visitors, silent supporters, shy ones, bold ones, etc. A TRULY ENJOYABLE Day!

    Now, off to see how my President and his Admin’s day is unfolding!

  41. March 14, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Now idiotic CNN talkers are talking about the BIG CONCERN about PBO using AF1 ——and using taxpayer money!—-for the Oh trip yesterday and his official visits/fundraisers. Taking their cue from Drudge today. Stupid. As one tweet asked, “Who does Obama think he is?”

    • 94 hopefruit2
      March 14, 2012 at 9:42 am

      Yes, I saw a headline today about PBO’s “megabus” Ground Force One. I’m not sure what the issue is with whatever this President does being a big problem for the media. I guess that is going to be their newest talking point once he starts campaigning in earnest. Romney is flying all over the damn country with his fake-ass robotic self and no one gives a hoot.

      • March 14, 2012 at 9:56 am

        I keep telling you all, it is because of Americas horrible History with Slavery.
        And the media metaphorically, keeps subliminal messages front and center.
        The media feels It is an outrage, for a Black man to have these comforts and benefits. If they are pointing to the Hatch Act, taking Cameron to a game can easily be construed as official State business. As for the Fundraisers, the President always has an official event to coincide with the fundraisers! Thus, the Hatch Act does not apply…
        And I am disappointed Soledad let’s herself be pimped like that! Seriously!

        • 96 hopefruit2
          March 14, 2012 at 10:09 am

          Jovie as much as it pains me to say it – you are absolutely right on this. The media (including the so-called liberal left of center) is responsible for instigating and perpetuating much of the race-based animosity towards this President & First Family, while pretending to be outraged at the far-right. The constant sniping and nitpicking about tax-payer $$, vacations, weekends, etc for everything that this President or FLOTUS does is just plain disgusting, and that hypocrisy needs to be exposed and called out for what it is.

        • 97 collegekay
          March 14, 2012 at 10:13 am

          you’re 100% correct

    • 98 Linda
      March 14, 2012 at 9:45 am

      Maybe they have flown off to Crawford to clear brush at over 1 million in fuel costs instead…


      • 99 Linda
        March 14, 2012 at 9:46 am

        oops.. * should have flown off..

      • March 14, 2012 at 10:20 am

        Picked up on my thinking. Bush went out on plenty of “town hall” trips at taxpayer’s expense but they wouldn’t alone just everybody in to those. The people allowed in had to sign loyalty oaths. In other words, they were pig campaign trips with lipstick.

    • March 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      Who does Obama think he is?”

      President of the United States of America.

      • 102 nospin
        March 14, 2012 at 1:29 pm

        The End!

      • 103 nathkatun7
        March 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm

        Well said rickyrah! Not only is he President of the United States, but unlike Bush Jr., who stole the 2000 election, he was elected by the majority of Americans in an electoral landslide! PERIOD.

  42. March 14, 2012 at 9:40 am

    “with children from both nations in attendance”——got a big response!—–from the children of both nations!

  43. March 14, 2012 at 9:42 am

    “David, we are chuck to bits that you are here.” 🙂

  44. March 14, 2012 at 9:48 am

    The Obama campaign is launching a Florida effort to highlight popular aspects of the Affordable Care Act, the sweeping and still controversial health care law enacted two years ago this month.

    Starting this week, the Democratic National Committee will send nearly 200,000 mail pieces to female voters as outreach events are held across the state. Today, Nurses for Obama will kick off, using nurses to spread the word in their community. The week of March 26 will be dedicated as “Women’s Week of Action.”

    Tampa bay times-

  45. March 14, 2012 at 9:48 am

    so based on exit polling across the board, it looks like Willard has 99 problems but the rich ain’t one.

  46. March 14, 2012 at 9:48 am

    CNN lady said the president’s talk “did not resonate somehow”. What??? Desperate for PBO negativity. Carol somebody. There was nothing to criticize. Our “news” media is shameful. Actually disgusting. When someone makes such an idiotic, dishonest statement, one is not inclined to tune into that station ever again if truth/objectivity is the purpose.

  47. March 14, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Reid calls on Boehner to move Senate transportation bill

    By Pete Kasperowicz
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday morning called on House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to quickly move a Senate transportation authorization bill that the Senate is expected to approve later in the day.

    “I now call upon my friend, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to move this bill over there as quickly as possible,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “He’s indicated that he likely would take up the Senate bill; I hope that in fact is the case.”

    Good luck with that!

    • 122 jacquelineoboomer
      March 14, 2012 at 10:07 am

      That just reminded me of the fact that Reid was a boxer in his younger days. I pictured him taking Boehner out behind the building – not to hurt him, but maybe just to rough him up a little bit, as I’d kind of like to do myself – getting him to say he’d cooperate, before they went off to eat brunch together.

      Hey, in the old days, they used to have duels in those hallowed halls, so this scenario wouldn’t be quite that bad, would it?

  48. 123 jacquelineoboomer
    March 14, 2012 at 10:04 am

    What a morning. Sunshine is coming through the windows. President Obama gave a remarkable and historic speech, and I got to hear it.

    Good times.

  49. 124 Linda
    March 14, 2012 at 10:10 am

    A federal judge threw out parts of Illinois’ campaign finance law on Tuesday, prompting a warning by one watchdog group that huge amounts of unregulated cash will soon begin arriving into the state’s political system.

    Among the parts tossed by US District Judge Marvin Aspen, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, was the state’s limit on how much money individuals could give to political action committees.

    An official with Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, a group that originally helped establish the law, told the newspaper the decision will essentially create an environment ripe for the types of Super PACs that are currently pumping loads of money into presidential politics.

    U.S. District Judge Marvin Aspen sided with Personal PAC, the abortion-rights group that argued the state campaign-finance law violated its free-speech protections in the U.S. Constitution.

    The state provisions that were challenged limited individual contributions at $10,000 to political-action committees that raise and spend money independently of candidates and barred any individuals or groups from maintaining more than one PAC.

    Aspen based his decision on the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings in the Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission case and in a separate Wisconsin case that declared caps on such PACs as unconstitutional.


  50. 127 hopefruit2
    March 14, 2012 at 10:20 am

  51. 130 LDS
    March 14, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I need those pants, FLOTUS! You wear them well….and the top! Only you could pull those wide legs pants off….do I dare say (bell bottoms)
    Old school….

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