rise and shine



NYT Editorial: In ruling on the constitutionality of requiring most Americans to obtain health insurance, the Supreme Court faces a central test: whether it will recognize limits on its own authority to overturn well-founded acts of Congress.

… The court has no authority under the Constitution to judge the merits or effectiveness of the health care law. That is Congress’s job.

…. If the Supreme Court hews to established law, the only question it must answer in this case is modest: Did Congress have a rational basis for concluding that the economic effects of a broken health care system warranted a national solution? The answer is incontrovertibly yes.

Full editorial here



Greg Sargent: If you want to understand what’s really at stake in the battle over Obamacare you need to watch Mitt Romney’s appearance on Jay Leno last night.

It comes down to this: Should the federal government play any meaningful role at all in helping the millions of uninsured who can’t get coverage — particularly those with preexisting conditions?

On Leno, Romney repeated his vow to transfer health reform back to the states. But he was also repeatedly pressed to say what he would do for those with preexisting conditions if Obamacare were repealed. Without saying how, Romney replied that people with preexisting conditions should continue to get insurance — as long as they’ve been insured in the past. He refused to say what should be done about those who have never had insurance.

More here



OFA Store


The Week


Washington Post: Half of all Americans now express unfavorable views of Mitt Romney, a new high for the GOP presidential hopeful in Washington Post-ABC News polling…

….. Negative impressions are up eight percentage points in the past week, nudging past the previous high …. 50 percent of all adults and 52 percent of registered voters express unfavorable opinions of Romney…

…. 53 percent of Americans hold favorable views of the president; for Romney, that number slides to 34 percent …Romney is underwater with independents: 35 percent view him favorably, 52 percent unfavorably.

More here



TPM: A set of three new swing state polls from Quinnipiac University show President Obama leading Mitt Romney in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. His smallest lead is in Pennsylvania, where Obama holds a small three point advantage at 45 – 42, and he leads in Ohio 47 – 41. Obama leads outside the margin of error in Florida, a state which Romney has done well in previously, at 49 – 42.

“President Barack Obama is on a roll in the key swing states. If the election were today, he would carry at least two states. And if history repeats itself, that means he would be re- elected,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute in a release. “The biggest reason for the president’s improving prospects probably is the economy. Roughly six in 10 voters in all three states think the economy is recovering. Moreover, voters blame the oil companies and oil-producing countries for the rise in gasoline prices and only about one in six voters blame them on President Obama.”


USA Today: The White House is again unleashing Vice President Joe Biden on the campaign trail, this time to attack Mitt Romney over manufacturing policy …. It’s the third in a series of four campaign speeches Biden is delivering on the economy. The vice president previously discussed the auto bailout in Ohio and Medicare policy in Florida, attacking Romney and other Republican candidates along the way.

Today at PCT Engineered Systems in Davenport, Iowa Biden plans to stress the 430,000 new manufacturing jobs created since January of 2010 …. The Obama campaign has released other excerpts from Biden’s speech:

“Mitt Romney has been remarkably consistent – as an individual investor, a businessman, as Governor of Massachusetts, and now as a candidate for President.

Remarkably consistent. Consistently wrong.”

More here



Washington Post: The Obama 2012 campaign unveiled a Barack Obama Pinterest page on Tuesday, taking advantage of the fast-growing social network by sharing images of Obama and his family, campaign supporters and paraphernalia and visuals that support administration policies.

The page, run by the Obama 2012 campaign staff, features eight “boards.” (For those of you not among the 17.8 million Pinterest users last month, boards are like folders where users categorize “pins,” or images they collect and share on the site).

Five of the boards feature lighter fare: ”Obama-inspired recipes” shows the family chili recipe and cupcakes with images of the president on them. The first family and pets wearing Obama gear get their own boards, and merchandise from the Obama campaign store is featured in another. The more substantive boards include pinned infographics on job growth and the health-care act, and another with images of people supporting or affected by the administration’s initiatives.

More here



MTV: Michelle Obama will appear at Nickelodeon’s 25th annual Kids’ Choice Awards to present a special award to Taylor Swift. The first lady will be on hand to honor Swift with the Big Help Award, in recognition of her philanthropic efforts, including work with U.S. tornado and flood survivors. Obama herself was the recipient of the award in 2010, in recognition of her Let’s Move! Campaign…

…. The 25th annual Kids’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles air live Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on Nickelodeon.

More here


Here’s the link to Collegekay’s fundraiser


Morning everyone 😉

115 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 1 libra800
    March 28, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Good Morning

  2. 8 lovingandlaughing
    March 28, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Morning TODers!

  3. 10 desertflower
    March 28, 2012 at 9:14 am

    🙂 Pinterest…who would have thought! My goodness, they are out of the box thinkers! I love that idea:)

  4. March 28, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Morning everyone. Morning Chipsticks 🙂

  5. March 28, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Caught a bit of Morning Joke beside himself with the new Q polls, especially Florida’s. “Florida is a Republican state! Completely controlled by Republicans! And Obama’s ahead there? See, no one in the South likes Romney!” So sad, too bad, Jokey.
    Caught Boner on the Today Show. His poor ruddy face and morning after eyes—-looked like he was badly in need of a spa treatment, or something—but anyhoo—-Matt Lauer asked if the Repubs were sorta giving up on the presidential race and just going to concentrate on the congressional races. Boner denied but hahahaha.
    AP actually wrote a story about the Romney campaign’s lack of transparency re. their big money donors/fundraisers—–and did a little investigating to reveal these moneybags. Spoiler alert: Koch, Goldman Sachs, J P Morgan, Credit Suisse

  6. March 28, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Good morning all. If I had one request for today, it would be that we don’t panic over anything we here from the SC today. I don’t know if what we will hear will sound positive or negative, but at this point in time we have no control over the situation and, like everybody else, will have to wait for the justices to reach their decisions and announce their ruling. I have faith in this adminsitration’s ability to be ready for that decision no matter what it is.

    My mother used to tell me that worrying about things you can’t do anything about is a waste of time and energy and gives you fewer internal resource to deal with things you can do something about. And one thing we all can do something about is getting PBO reelected in November. It can be as small as giving a couple dollars to collegekay’s fundraiser or something larger such as registering voters, workinf with OFA, etc, and everything in between.

    Some of us have the ability to do more than others, but that does not make the little things less important than the big things. So let’s get to work, keep on working, and not stop until we start working on getting PBO’s successor elected in 2016.

    • 14 utaustinliberal
      March 28, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Hope everyone heeds your advice because the panicking yesterday was just like the panicking of the past. It amounted – as it always does – to jackshit.

      • 15 Mel
        March 28, 2012 at 11:57 am

        yes please, please let’s calm down too much panicking we will go nuts if we panic, and keep
        positive RM, LOD. Rev Sharpton,M Bashir.

    • 16 politicaljunkessa
      March 28, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Keep calm and carry on — I’m with you, japa21.

      • 17 Debz
        March 28, 2012 at 10:32 am

        Thank you japa21. I would add, if anyone lives in one of the states with the new voter ID laws, helping voters to have the appropriate IDs is a much better use of energy than worrying about something we have no control over.

        • 18 sabreen60
          March 28, 2012 at 11:13 am

          Good Morning TOD.

          Debz, I heard on Rachel’s show that about 81,000 fewer people have been registered to vote in FL. Just about all organizations, including the League of Women, no longer register people in FL, because the new voter law is so restrictive that almost anything one attempts to register people can get a hefty fine. Even teachers can’t register their students. GWB had about 500 more votes than Gore. When an independent organization counted the vote GWB had between 60 and 170 fewer votes. I really hope Dems in FL work their butts off informing people what they’ll need to register. FL has the worst voter ID law in the nation.

          • 19 Debz
            March 28, 2012 at 11:51 am

            I saw Rachel’s show too, sabreen60, i agree the dems will have to give people all the info they need to register. I have faith in Debbie WS. It’s her state and I’m sure as the DNC chair, she’s on top of it.

    • March 28, 2012 at 10:24 am

      Yes we do have control over the Justices. If you have billions of dollars in the Bank and then wine&dine two of them…

    • March 28, 2012 at 2:17 pm


      That is all! 😉

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST!
      YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!
      PRESS ON!

    • 22 nathkatun7
      March 28, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      Thank you for this excellent and wise advice that we all must heed!

      • 23 nathkatun7
        March 28, 2012 at 9:25 pm

        By the way, if the Court invalidates the ACA that should galvanize us to work even harder to re-elect the President, and to elect majority Democrats in both houses of Congress. Just as the party of Lincoln was galvanized by the Dred Scott decision to elect Abraham Lincoln and and the Republicans, we must vow to elect Democrats, especially if the right wing Supreme Court decides to invalidate the ACA. That’s how you turn what appears to be defeat into a victory.

  7. 24 jackiegrumbacher
    March 28, 2012 at 9:33 am

    That Time cover is beautiful! Thank you, Chips. I’m happy to say that I think I count as one tiny statistic in the Quinniepac poll in PA. One thing that I think the polls miss is the utter dissatisfaction with the Republican leadership in the swing states. Florida and Ohio were way ahead of PA in recognizing the disaster they created in their state houses in 2010. PA’s Corbett has gotten away with it for longer because he has an “avuncular” appearance and seems like a “nice guy.” But his heartless actions are catching up with him and his inner creep is being exposed. So the R’s have a disadvantage going into November because their brand is tainted. Of course that’s why the Voter ID laws. If you can’t win, cheat. PBO also has two advantages in PA. One is Bob Casey, whose blue-dogness and family name make him popular even in conservative areas of the state. He may very well help create reverse coat tails for the president in some areas. The second is the world class ground game that the president has and will continue to have in spades on the ground. It is just simply stunningly impressive as it is in Florida and Ohio. I find it interesting that people continue not to blame the president for the high gas prices, despite being pounded with right-wing ads and pundits pushing that meme because that shows the limitations of mere pounding. Persuasion works best on the ground– one-on-one– and there’s no one who does that better than the OFA team.

    It’s hard for me to conceive how Romney can turn around the problem with people not liking him because it grows with more exposure to him. People have had a lot of years now to know PBO under a whole range of circumstances and the more they see the more they like. The Romney makers would have to do a wholesale recomposition of their candidate, including new brain, heart and sensibility. Not going to happen.

  8. 25 JER
    March 28, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I totally agree with you japa.

    • 26 miss pat
      March 28, 2012 at 11:12 am

      Me too. We will ignore the polls and press on. Whatever happens we will go ahead and win in November anyway. The voters will understand that the conservative justices were wined and dined by big money.

  9. March 28, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Good Morning TOD Family.
    It’s a new day to fight on.

  10. March 28, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Jill Biden is on the Today Show at Hiring Our Heroes event. Bloomberg and Ann Curry just gave much credit to our First Lady and Biden for all the work and attention they have brought to this cause. I am pleased they are getting credit. I am thinking that some of our backlash against Brokaw’s failure to mention the work of the Obama administration on this subject during his recent Dateline appearance played a role.

  11. 30 desertflower
    March 28, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Trying to have it both ways. Which one is it?

  12. 31 donna dem 4 obama
    March 28, 2012 at 9:51 am

    CollegeKay is in the running to win a phone call from PBO. Please Retweet this post to help reach as many people as possible.

  13. 37 utaustinliberal
    March 28, 2012 at 9:55 am

    The Obama 2012’s team digital campaign is freaking awesome. They’re everywhere: Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Pinterest, Four Square, Flickr, Apps for iPhones and Androids, etc. They’re winning this digital campaign and smartly using that platform to connect with young voters who basically spend 98% of their time online. Their Ads are everywhere. I went to TV Guide to check the TV schedule and there was an Obama 2012 campaign Ad and I wasn’t using my laptop, I was in the computer lab. It was so pleasing. They really really really are juggernauts in this digital race. Kudos to them.

    • 38 Jewelz
      March 28, 2012 at 10:04 am

      UT, the revolution will not be televised.

      • 39 a4alice
        March 28, 2012 at 10:09 am

        that is heartening! thanks for that UT!

      • 40 Pamela
        March 28, 2012 at 10:20 am

        Doesn’t matter, we will be PART of it, and no one can ever take that away! Just like the moratoriums in the late 60’s: half a million people walking down Pennsylvania Avenue in the dark, carrying candles, in complete silence… Yes We Did. Was it in the papers, no. So what, we knew what we were doing.

      • 41 AJ
        March 28, 2012 at 10:36 am

        ….but you will need Wi-Fi.

    • 42 0388jojothecat
      March 28, 2012 at 10:41 am

      So glad to hear that utaustinliberal,

      Did anyone see on television, I believe it was a CNN sunday about which party is ahead in using technology like tweets, email, fb, etc? CNN said that the Republicans use electronic technology more than Democrats. They listed Barney Sanders, John Boehner, and John McCann (?????) as leaders in using tweeter. I believe they left the President completely out of their study.

  14. 43 Betsy
    March 28, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Good morning TOD family. I wish each and everyone, including our beloved PBO and his family, a great and glorious day!

  15. 44 amk for obama
    March 28, 2012 at 10:09 am

    wow, the target today has gone to $ 1000 ? Gobots.

  16. 45 utaustinliberal
    March 28, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Once again Gov. Etch-A-Sketch “connects” with average people. He’s building a car elevator and car shower for his La Jolla, CA mansion. He also paid a lawyer $21, 500 to lobby city officials so they can be lax with construction permits. Coincidentally, he forgot to install a dog kennel on the roofs of the cars.


    • 46 Don
      March 28, 2012 at 11:33 am

      So what’s wrong with having a car elevator, how else is he going to get his Bently up to his seaside mansion in La Jolla? Don’t be so silly utaustinliberal, you little people are a hoot.

      • 47 Cha
        March 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm

        Right, Don! They just don’t understand the problems one has to solve when having more money than you know what to do with. What was that Ann Romeny said? She “didn’t feel rich”? Is that because she’s never been without?

  17. 48 politicaljunkessa
    March 28, 2012 at 10:15 am

    In ruling on the constitutionality of requiring most Americans to obtain health insurance, the Supreme Court faces a central test: whether it will recognize limits on its own authority to overturn well-founded acts of Congress.

    … The court has no authority under the Constitution to judge the merits or effectiveness of the health care law. That is Congress’s job.

    …. If the Supreme Court hews to established law, the only question it must answer in this case is modest: Did Congress have a rational basis for concluding that the economic effects of a broken health care system warranted a national solution? The answer is incontrovertibly yes.

    ^^^Yep. That’s almost exactly what I said yesterday. It would be very radical for the Court to overturn a duly-enacted law of Congress. It was deliberated by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by the President. It would have to be a truly heinous law in its application (either burdensome or discriminatory) for it to be overturned by the Court — in fact, overturning a law that was this “well-founded,” as the article states, could in itself be unconstitutional. Let’s see if there are enough supreme rogues to do it anyway.

  18. 49 jacquelineoboomer
    March 28, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Oh, Chips, thank you for sharing the images and that wonderful NYT editorial! Go, ACA! Go, Obama-Biden 2012!

  19. 50 politicaljunkessa
    March 28, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Yummy mishmash this morning, Chips — full of Obama goodies. Thanks! :mrgreen:

  20. March 28, 2012 at 10:19 am

    A very good rise and shine. Yes, indeedy!

  21. 52 Pamela
    March 28, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Bonjour tout les monde, TOD, look at College Kay, getting it done! Love you Chips, by all, I am needed… Will peek in on you if I can!

    March 28, 2012 at 10:29 am


  23. March 28, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Listening to Bill Pfress on the way to work today. Major Garrett, who I really disliked when he was with Fox was his in studio guest. They had a brief interview with LaHood about the transportation bill and how the Senate passed a bipartisan bill with 74 votes but that Boehner won’t bring it up for a vote in the House as he would need Dem votes for it to pass due to the “Do nothing” Republicans that won’t vote for it. LaHood, in his usual low keyed way really skewered Boehner for lack of leadership and putting party above the national interests. Afterwards, Press and Garrett were discussing it and Garrett talked about how amazing it is that the Republicans have turned things topsy turvy in a negative way. He talked about how transportation bills were always, in the past, 6 year bills, which allowed for state and local gvernments to do planning, etc. And now, thanks to Republican intransigence, this isn’t happening. I was actually impressed with his analysis of the stuation. It was better than Press’.

    • March 28, 2012 at 10:59 am

      I have head Major Garrett a number of times on various shows, mainly Bill’s and Thom Hartmann’s. I have heard him express quite openly why he left Fox. To paraphrase him, he couldn’t live with himself any longer…..knew what he and Fox were doing was wrong. He always offers good, insightful thoughts. He’s been on the other side. He knows how they think. I appreciate that Bill Press, Thom and others have him on their show.

    • 57 Cha
      March 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      Again Wow! This is all news to me..I remember seeing the name Major Garrett associated with the Pressers and not good things, either. What an interesting turn of events..thank you, japa~

  24. March 28, 2012 at 10:51 am

    So I see over at TPM they have gone after Rev. Al and his involvment in the Trayvon Martin case. Can anyone remember when they wrote an article like this about other liberal hosts and Occupy or any other issue they were outraged about?

    • 59 Brit
      March 28, 2012 at 11:40 am

      I don’t recall TPM writing about any other liberal host and their involvement in a public issue outside of politics. I see that TPM is taking the lead of Howard Kurtz(CNN) complaining about Rev. Al. Despite TPM, and others complaints, the Rev. seems to not care, since he has yet to stop talking about TM, which is great. The spotlight still needs to be shined on this case, since what happened to TM is something that happens often in the AA community.

  25. 60 proudmemberofglobalzero
    March 28, 2012 at 11:02 am

    John Roberts is about to give Joe Oliver another chance to slam Trayvon Martin…I will watch before judgement…I like Roberts, I don’t want to stop liking him.

  26. 63 donna dem 4 obama
    March 28, 2012 at 11:12 am

    From grassroots fundraising central–another competition (just for a week)!:”Whoever gets the greatest number of donations to their grassroots fundraising page between now and 11:59 p.m. this Saturday night will win a call from President Obama — for themselves or anyone they choose.” No donation too small–$3 would be fabulous!

    Our CollegeKay is atop the leaderboard as of this morning with 40 donations. 😎 Come on TOD let’s go 2 for 2 with this Fundraising Challenge. Please let’s keep her in 1st place!

    You can see today’s leaders here:


  27. 65 lamh35
    March 28, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Good morning!!! Well today starting off better than yesterday.  Had a little professional setback, bit I got to talk to my momma today and she sounded great.  

  28. 66 auni
    March 28, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I remember hearing the First Lady in an interview talking about how she will say, “Oh no, what are we going to do? What if—“. Then the President will calm her down and look at the whole picture in a rational way and not be flustered. That’s what I need to do–not get flustered. Yesterday’s news seemed bad off and on all day–just gotta’ remember we are on the correct side. We are on the winning side. Darkness will not prevail.

  29. 68 amk for obama
    March 28, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Is there anyone sane that is covering this ACA hearing in a sober and analytical manner ?

    • 69 57andfemale
      March 28, 2012 at 11:46 am

      yeah there is. And it’s not looking good. Just because we’re not hearing what we would like to hear, doesn’t make it all nonsense. Toobin was ridiculous yesterday with his hair-on-fire pronouncement, but serious observers who didn’t believe the court would be this radical, are now only hoping that they won’t be as radical as they appear.

      I don’t know how things are going today. I’m basing this on a great deal of analysis from yesterday.

    • 71 Debz
      March 28, 2012 at 11:57 am

      Dalia Lithwick is the only person I know of.

  30. 74 Slick9
    March 28, 2012 at 11:37 am

    As a lurker here and definitely not a lawyer I have one piece of info to add regarding yesterday’s hearings. There was a time when I had to make a difficult decision, I was running out of legal options to remain in the US, I could simply go underground as an illegal alien, I could file for citizenship through my fiancée (after we were married) or I could go to court and challenge the Immigration and Naturalization’s deportation orders.) I chose to go to court even though it was frickin’ expensive as hell, and that was for a lawyer who would take the case only if I did the leg work and the research. Because of a civil war where I came from I was seeking asylum.

    Fast forward to the court date. We walk into court and my lawyer mentions that there is one particular judge he is hoping will not be the one to hear my case. Sure enough as we turn the corner, my attorney goes “shit” it is him. So from the start a situation that I was incredibly nervous about has just taken a turn for the worse. As the hearing is called to order, the government presented its case first for about 20 minutes. Then my attorney presented my case and I was put on the witness stand. Then I realized why my attorney did not want this judge. My attorney questioned me for about a half hour, and then I started to get up from the witness stand (without being dismissed – wasn’t familiar with courtroom etiquette), the judge goes “young man please remain on the stand, I have questions for you.” The judge then proceeded to question me for 3 hours. 3 hours of intense, in depth grilling. As the grilling goes on from time to I would glance at the govt attorney and seethe inside as he sat there with a smug look on his face.

    Finally, the govt delivered its closing argument, during that time, my attorney glances over at the notes i have prepared and asks me if he can use my notes for the closing argument as they state the case better than his own notes. By this point I figured I would be lucky to just be denied asylum, a more likely scenario might involve the judge personally driving me to O’hare airport and deporting me himself. After my attorney presented his closing arguments the judge adjourned court for 2 hours. During the break my fiancée asked my attorney what he thinks the chances are that we would win the case. He somberly told us – we were more than likely looking at a denial of asylum in this case, he said given the many times he had argued before this judge his experience was telling him, the ruling would probably go against us. When we returned to the court and the judge began to read his ruling, we all figured we had lost. The judge basically was saying that in so much as there was a civil war raging in my country, the entire country was not engulfed by war, so in theory I should be able to return there and find somewhat of a safe haven. Then he said, “In conclusion, while I had not proven that my life was in imminent grave danger, he was extremely satisfied that I was being a very productive member of society, and the government had not proven sufficient cause for him to deny me asylum, so he was in fact granting me asylum.”

    My whole point for rambling on here is that Jeff Toobin and the other sensationalists out there who already know how the court is going rule need to sit back and shut up. We need more reporting and less sensationalism. And to those who are disheartened, it is not over by far, keep the faith, there will always be twists and turns, that is inevitable, but you must keep the faith. I would bet you Mitt Romney’s $10,000 that everyone of the doomsday predictors would have also predicted that there was no way in hell a black guy, with the middle name Hussein who was only a state senator in 2004 would ascend to the presidency in 2008, and execute the duties of said office in a manner that in my opinion puts him in the top 5% of POTUSes this nation has had.

    • 75 amk for obama
      March 28, 2012 at 11:42 am

      Excellent post slick. Please delurk often.

    • 76 donna dem 4 obama
      March 28, 2012 at 11:50 am

      Slick that was a profound statement. Thank you for your commentary and please, please comment more often.

    • 77 Liberal Librarian
      March 28, 2012 at 11:53 am

      Excellent, slick. I echo the urgings to post more often.

    • 78 0388jojothecat
      March 28, 2012 at 11:56 am

      So beautifully put Slick9. We have so many folks here who believe in President Obama and know that the ACA law is a life saver to so many people. We also know that the evil people in this country know this is a good first step in fixing our healthcare situation in this country but hates the fact that it was President Barack Hussein Obama and the Democrats that got it passed. They hate that this is a major BFD and if the partisan supreme court can ruin any part of his mounumental legislation, then that’s what matters most to them. Forget about those that might die, go bankrupt, lose everything due to a major medical incident and they have no insurance or under insured. We are scared that evil will triumpth over good, but we need to be strong and KNOW that our president has a backup plan or knows that this will look really bad for the SCOTUS if they think they can do another bad call like they did with Bush v Gore and Citizens United. The people in this country won’t stand for it and will reward the President with a landslide to give us the Public Option or Medicare for ALL.

      • 79 miss pat
        March 28, 2012 at 12:42 pm

        Your last sentence sums it up. Trust me, all things work together for the good for them that loves the Lord. He has plans for the President and nothing or anyone can stand in his way. Wouldn’t t be grand if the President is able to give us the Public Option inspite of all the obstacles that they throw in his way?

    • 80 politicaljunkessa
      March 28, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Thanks, slick. Wonderful post! I appreciate you sharing.

    • March 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Welcome to America and TOD, Slick. Thank you for sharing your experience and teaching us the value of patience.

    • March 28, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      Slick, that was just so brilliant I had to make a post of it, I hope you’re okay with that? Thank you so much for commenting.

      • 83 miss pat
        March 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm

        It was well written and a good read. If we will just follow his lead and stop worrying we will get our reward too. Slick should write in more often. We need people like him to keep us sane. Thanks Chips for all you do.

    • 84 jackiegrumbacher
      March 28, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      Slick, thank you for your story. It was beautifully stated.

    • March 28, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      I really appreciate your comment also Slick.. good common sense and frankly quite inspiring- I too, hope that we hear from you more often.

    • March 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      What he said!

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST!
      PRESS ON!

    • 87 Cha
      March 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      I enjoyed reading your encouraging, inspiring story, slick..thank you!

    • 88 jacquelineoboomer
      March 28, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Wow. Am I glad I took the time to read that. Thank you for posting, slick, and for sharing your wisdom! As was said, this was profound.

    • 89 nathkatun7
      March 28, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      Slick 9: First, I am happy you won your case and you didn’t have to be deported to a country going through a civil war. Second, I am glad that you and Japa, posted your comments today, after what we went through yesterday. Both of your statements should serve as cautionary advices about the importance of not buying into the “sensationalist” news of the day. We need to keep our faith in the President, as well as in our ability to get him re-elected. This means that our #1 focus should be on the task of re-electing President Obama; no matter what the right wing justices on the Supreme Court may say.

      The Supreme Court’s ruling on the ACA must not be seen as the end all decision that will automatically result in the defeat of President Obama. If the ACA is upheld we should celebrate, but we should also realize that the victory is not enough to ensure President Obama’s re-election, or the election of Democrats to control both houses of Congress. On the hand, if the ACA is invalidated, that should not be accepted as a defeat that can’t be overcome. Rather, It should ignite us to work even harder to ensure that the President is re-elected and that Democratic majorities are elected to control both houses of Congress. Whatever the Supreme Court does must not be reason for despair or defeatism. As Japa said, we can’t control what the Court does, but we certainly can control and determine what we do, both individually and as a group.

  31. March 28, 2012 at 11:44 am

  32. 95 Liberal Librarian
    March 28, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Hey everyone, I have a new piece up at TPV: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/03/two-faces-of-rage.html. It’s a variation on Deaniac’s Scalia essay. Take a gander if you have the time.

    And amk? I’ve been thinking a lot about the First Amendment since our discussion last night. I’m working out my reservations in a piece for TPV. Thanks for making me reconsider sacred cows.

    • 96 amk for obama
      March 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm


      In India, we have a full free speech stuff but the law bans hate speeches,especially ones that stoke religious bigotry. If such a ban is not there, it would be impossible to govern a nation with big chunk of religious minorities. In this,we follow the brits.

    • 97 Debz
      March 28, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      Enjoyed you post LL. These people are so full of hatred and anger, it’s not normal. I would say that hateful man represents a tiny minority of Americans. As for Scalia, I think he’s just craven and greedy, happy to get whatever the Koch brothers throw his way.

    • March 28, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      Hi LL, your brilliant post summed up my feelings about that photo when I saw it, the contrast in the two faces just leapt out at me, his uncontrolled, menacing venom and aggression versus her dignity and, maybe, fear? For me, it was an image that represents so much about what is going on right now in America. I’ll put a link to your post in the next post here, thanks a million LL, love reading your work.

      • 99 Liberal Librarian
        March 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm

        Between that photo and Deaniac’s Scalia piece, my difficulty in writing for the day was broken. That photo was so iconic: pure rage emanating from that protester.

    • 100 miss pat
      March 28, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      I went over to TPV and read your post. I do read them everytime you send us there and today I like what you said about Scalia. The man is not for real. He cares only about himself and is not afraid to show his true feelings. Thomas has not opened his mouth at all, not that we expected him to. We all know how he is going to vote. How do they live with themselves, wining and dining with top money and then get to decide the future of Obamacare?

    • March 28, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      I love how you wrote about evil and how ordinary it is and how ordinary people can so easily become evil w/o meaning to do so. Good piece.

  33. March 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Toobin is a Dick. He is an alarmist! Now, he is the CNN Obama is doomed boy.
    Crazy. Of course, that is his job.

    • 105 COS
      March 28, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      Randi Rhodes was talking about Toobin yesterday. I don’t listen to him because he seem to thrive on drama. I am glad that we have Jonathan Cohn who has a cool head and call it like it is.

    • 106 anniebella
      March 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      Is Toobin saying that President Obama presidency is doom, if the ruling goes against him.

      • March 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm

        Yup! And so is the whole universe. The second big bang, according to Toobin. What a Dick!

        • 108 nathkatun7
          March 28, 2012 at 11:28 pm

          Just imagine if Jeff Toobin was around as a pundit when, in 1857. the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Dred Scott case nullifying the power of Congress to restrict the expansion of slavery. People forget that the Court that handed down the Dred Scott decision claimed to be protecting the freedom rights of slave owners. I am sure, if Toobin were around at the time he would have declared the end of the anti-slavery movement and the doom of the anti-expansion of slavery Republican party (not to be confused with the current Republican party). Interestingly, in the aftermath of the Dred Scott decision, the anti-expansion of slavery Republican party, and the anti slavery movement, gained more support in the North. This increased support, for the most as revulsion to the Court’s ruling, resulted in Republicans being elected to Congress in impressive numbers. The crowning moment, for those who denounced the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision, was the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States. Equally instructive, about what an ideologically driven court is likely to do to incite opposition, is the fact that FDR was overwhelmingly elected in 1936, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s hostility to his early New Deal programs.

          Personally, I think all of us who support the ACA and the re-election of the President should send out an unequivocal message: IF THE SUPREME COURT CHOOSES IDEOLOGY OVER THE INTERESTS OF THE PEOPLE, WE ARE DETERMINED TO WORK HARD TO ENSURE THE RE-ELECTION OF PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE ELECTIONS OF MAJORITY DEMOCRATS TO BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS. That way, we can make sure that the new justices appointed to the highest court of the land are those who put national interest above ideological interests.

  34. March 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Now, Toobin is saying this Is a Trainwreck.
    Medicaid expansion is doomed the whole law is doomed. Where all doomed.
    He is such a prick.
    He might be right, but ge is a prick!

  35. 110 Linda
    March 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    When a hoodie becomes a hat….

    • March 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      Good on Bobby Rush, the speaker cites decorum as reason for removing Rep Rush.. when in fact if they’d just let him say what he had to say w/o all the damn gavel banging and interruption, I suspect it wouldn’t have lasted even the two minutes it did last. Republicans can spend all effing day on such things as what shenanigans are going on in the NFL or pro baseball, but can’t give a minute on the floor to racial profiling targeting our black sons.

  36. March 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    OT, and everyone probably knows about this site but me—-and probably has for years—-but just in case—–I saw a post on wonkette about President Obama on pinterest, having some fun with it of course—-so checked it out. And wow, that is a fantastic site—-for almost anything/everything. Great ideas!

  37. 113 amk for obama
    March 28, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    One thing I appreciate in this vile political mess is that PBO has got an excellent veep with him. He made a very wise choice.

  38. March 28, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Btw- this is not a surprise to me, if it is thrown out. We knew that the Roberts Court hangs out with tea Baggers, so…
    That said, CNN is on the President, like white on rice.
    They don’t mention any of the people this will effect. Got that?

  39. March 28, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Hi everyone, I’ve put Slick’s brilliant comment in a new post so everyone will see it –


Comments are currently closed.







Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.



RSS Obama White House.gov

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS WH Tumblr

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS Steve Benen

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.



Blog Stats

  • 43,345,007 hits

%d bloggers like this: