evening all

Steve Benen: ….. the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein asked whether Romney supports the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and the campaign aides, after a painfully long delay, had no idea.

These weren’t trick questions. This was, after all, a call about women’s issues. It was organized by the Romney campaign, so it’s not as if these staffers could say they were caught off guard by extraneous and unrelated issues. Presumably, these folks prepared for their own telephone press conference.

Romney has cited a misleading statistic, and his aides couldn’t defend it. Romney has said current policies are keeping women from getting more jobs, and given three separate chances to say something coherent, his aides couldn’t explain what would change if the former governor is elected president. Were they not expecting these kinds of question?

…. Welcome to the general election, Mitt. I think you’ll find it’s a little more difficult than going up against Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.

More here


TPM: Mitt Romney’s having a terrible time turning the tables on Democrats. But his camp’s claim that President Obama is the one waging the “real war on women” is best debunked visually.

….. male employment and female employment have nearly returned to the levels they were at when Obama took office. And if Obama is waging a war on women, he’s doing a poor job of it. Despite these setbacks, female labor force participation remains near its historic high.

More here


Greg Sargent: I’m glad to see that there’s been a moderately aggressive media response to Mitt Romney’s latest falsehood: The claim that 92 percent of the people who have lost jobs on Obama’s watch are women.

The argument, which his campaign is now making regularly, is central to Romney’s effort to win back women who were apparently alienated by the primary.

The assertion has now been debunked by Politifact, the Post’s Glenn Kessler, and NBC’s Domenico Montanaro.

More here


ThinkProgress: As part of its bizarre strategy of blaming President Obama for the GOP’s “war on women,” the Romney campaign released statements today from two Republican Congresswomen, Reps. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). The statements correctly note that women have been hit particularly hard by job losses in recent years, but misleadingly lay the blame for those losses on Obama, just as Romney himself has been doing recently.

…… their concern for pay equity and women in the workplace must be a recent development. Both congresswomen voted against the landmark Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009…..

More here





Don’t miss Liberal Librarian’s latest post at The People’s View: The “Reagan Rule” and the GOP crackup


Thanks Dotster


PPP: Barack Obama’s opened up a 13 point lead on Mitt Romney in Colorado at 53-40. He’s gained 11 points in the state since December when he led just 47-45.

The formula for Obama’s gains is the same in Colorado as it is everywhere. He’s getting more popular and Romney’s getting less popular. In December only 45% of voters approved of the job Obama was doing to 50% who disapproved. Now he’s on positive ground with 50% giving him good marks to 47% who think he’s doing a poor job. The main thing that’s changed is Democrats really rallying around him. In December he was at 76/18 with them, but now it’s 89/8. The party is getting a lot more unified as the election comes closer.

Romney’s headed in the other direction. His net favorability has gone from -18 (35/53) to an even worse -29 (31/60) …. he’s extremely unpopular with independents at 25/65.

More here


PPP: Mitt Romney may have effectively wrapped up the GOP nomination with Rick Santorum’s withdrawal yesterday, but PPP’s newest North Carolina poll really shows how much Romney was hurt by the process with Barack Obama as the ultimate beneficiary.

President Obama now leads Romney by 5 points in North Carolina, 49-44. That’s the largest lead we’ve found for him in monthly polling dating back to November of 2010. Obama has a 51-38 advantage with independents and is particularly strong with women (54-39), African Americans (90-7), voters under 30 (61-33), and folks in the Triangle (60-33).

The Republican nomination process has taken a huge toll on Romney’s image in North Carolina. In February of 2011 voters in the state were almost evenly divided on him with 37% rating him favorably to 39% who had a negative opinion of him. Now that spread is a dreadful 29/58….

He was actually popular with independents at 45/36 last winter, now he is incredibly unpopular at 25/62.

More here




ThinkProgress: According to several experts in Florida law, Sean Hannity could be compelled to testify about his conversations with George Zimmerman. Tamara Lave, a professor of criminal law at the Universtiy of Miami who also practiced as a public defender for 10 years, told ThinkProgress it’s a “no brainer.”

Under Florida Law, there is a “qualified privilege” for journalists that protects their conversations with sources. But this privilege can be overcome, per Florida Evidence Code 90.5015….

More here




Don’t forget Michelle Obama on The Colbert Report tonight


Florida Atlantic University, April 10


People look at their pictures with First Lady Michelle Obama as Mrs. Obama continues to greets guests at the Joining Forces Community Challenge event on the South Lawn of the White House, April 11. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

292 Responses to “evening all”

  1. 1 nintendowii10
    April 11, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Good evening!

  2. 7 Tally
    April 11, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Oh hey – thx for the Colbert Report reminder!!! I love that I can set my DVR from work! WOOT!

  3. 14 Ladyhawke
    April 11, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    This family press conference is making me weep like a baby. They are remarkable people. This is just riveting to watch.

    • 15 Alycée (@jazziz2)
      April 11, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      Me too! Rev Bryant is bringing it!

      • 16 Dakota
        April 11, 2012 at 6:59 pm

        I can’t see it at work. I hope they repeat it on Rev. Al.

      • 17 Ladyhawke
        April 11, 2012 at 7:03 pm

        Was Rev Bryant the man who made the powerful statesments towards the end and said everybody needs to get registered to vote? I was out of my seat when I heard that.

      • 18 anniebella
        April 11, 2012 at 10:51 pm

        Have you ever heard Rev. Bryany preach? I have seen him on the religious network TBN, and he is a pretty good preacher.

    • April 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      Yes Indeed, and I agree. I also was Impressed with Prosecutor Angela Corey, how she conducted her Press Conference. She sounds like a Lady, that knows her stuff., and she was to the point, no Ifs, no Ands, no Buts.

    • 20 prettyfoot58
      April 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm


  4. 21 vitaminlover
    April 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Say, Chips, do you think that we could reach 44 million hits by President Obama’s re-election day? I know that we have just exceeded 9 million. Could this be possible? I say 44 million in honor of him being our 44th President.

    • April 11, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      Hmmm Vitaminlover, that’s 35 million hits in seven months …. I think Willard has more chance of winning the election. That’d be none!

      How are you doing Vitaminlover?

      • 23 vitaminlover
        April 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm

        Doing well. Breaking it down to about 5.3 milliion hits per month because it is past April 6. So maybe we could do this. Just a thought. The way your blog is growing by leaps and bounds….

        • 24 0388jojothecat
          April 11, 2012 at 7:47 pm

          If we get the word out to everyone we know, maybe it will. When I was standing in line for the OFA Westside office opening in Los Aneles,CA, I told all the people that were around me who loved reading more about what the president has done. We can do our part vitaminlover in getting the word out about TOD.

          • 25 vitaminlover
            April 11, 2012 at 7:55 pm

            I agree, 0388jojothecat, the only concern I have is that Chips may have to hire extra help at least through the election.(smile) However I am spreading the word.

      • 26 miss pat
        April 11, 2012 at 9:04 pm

        It can happen. One million will come from me alone. I am retired, nothing to do but come on here .

  5. April 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    No probs Chips!….copied below 🙂

    Hi Everyone…I wondered whether I could find a detailed list supporting the GOPs #waronwomen. I copied and pasted below “JDfromMD” comment on the Maddow Blog who wrote the following….(well done JD!)

    National level:
    5 of the Republican contenders for the nomination to run for the President of the United States signed the Personhood Pledge.
    40% of House Republicans signed on to HR374, Life at Conception Act, also trying to repeal the part of health reform to treat contraception differently from other preventative care, scaling back health reform.
    Blunt/Rubio bill – dead for now, ‘cooling off period.’
    Mitt Romney, on Huckabee’s show, said he supports ‘life begins at conception’ “absolutely.” (Later he said that he was falsely characterized.)
    Mitt Romney, in an editorial in USA Today, said that he would end the National Family Planning Program.
    Romney pledged to defund Planned Parenthood.
    Issa’s panel (containing no women) about birth control couched in religious freedom argument, while the bishops did not support Mississippi’s personhood bill.
    Limbaugh’s three day attack on Fluke, no denouncement from Republicans.
    Santorum’s stance on birth control, etc.
    Planned parenthood’s investigation by Florida’s Rep. Cliff Stearns: “Defunding Planned Parenthood should be a fiscal and moral priority for Congress and for the American people.”
    February – Komen’s defunding of Planned Parenthood $700,000 because they are under investigation.

    State Level:
    Florida -In 2011, has filed 18 pieces of legislation to deal with limiting abortion, there has been action on 9, and 5 have been signed into law.

    Texas-Gov. Perry passed the forced transvaginal probe and waiting period laws, took funding away for entire state for well-women care, inspired a week-long Doonesbury comic

    Pennsylvania-Governor Corbett signed into law a mandatory sonogram for abortions, which will have to be an internal transvaginal probe to get at the information mandated, and the screen would have to face the woman’s eyes, told women that they can just ‘close their eyes.’

    Virginia- Gov. McDonnell and republicans in the state supported a Transvaginal Ultrasound bill that would be an unfunded mandate for women seeking an abortion.

    Arizona-’Tell your boss why you’re on the pill’ bill

    Oklahoma-A doctor is legally protected if they do not fully inform the woman about her pregnancy if they think the woman might abort, legalizing a physician to lie about the health of the fetus even if the detriment of the health of the woman.

    Mississippi (2011), Colorado (2008, 2010)-Personhood amendments put to a vote over and over, 70% rejected in CO in 2010, 58% rejected in MS in 2011 (would make having a miscarriage a crime, hormonal birth control illegal, fertility treatment illegal, ectopic pregnancy could be fatal for the woman, IUD illegal, morning after pill illegal, pregnancy as a result of rape or incest illegal) Governor Bryant said that satan won when the personhood bill did not pass.

    Georgia-just passed law (house bill 954) to make abortion illegal after 20 weeks, ignored testimony by obstetricians

    Kansas-Governor Brownback passed a law that makes the doctor read a script, lying to the patient that the risk of breast cancer is linked with abortion. Also, the doctor is legally protected if they do not fully inform the woman about her pregnancy if they think the woman might abort, legalizing a physician to lie about the health of the fetus even if the detriment of the health of the woman.

    South Carolina-Huckabee supports the idea of life at conception, which he shares through his Fox news show. (would make having a miscarriage a crime, hormonal birth control illegal, fertility treatment illegal, ectopic pregnancy could be fatal for the woman, IUD illegal, morning after pill illegal, pregnancy as a result of rape or incest illegal)

    Wisconsin-held a special session under the idea of ‘back to work Wisconsin’ to deal with ‘jobs, jobs, jobs’ to ACTUALLY deal with Senate bill 237, which was a sex-education overhaul. Any talk of puberty, pregnancy, parenting, proper use of contraception, and the way infections spread were banned and all of this is to be replaced with abstinence only education.

    Trap laws proposed in Arizona, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Indiana, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina and Florida.

    • 30 Tally
      April 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      So, where is the “All LIberals/gays/minorities/atheists/non-their kind of Christian/[group the GOP hates du jour] should be sterilized” bill? Isn’t that next?

      Or the “Marriage is only for Procreation” bill?

      These people have lost their fucking minds.

      • 31 0388jojothecat
        April 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm

        I heard on one of my radio shows, I think Thom Hartmann that more porn is download from the state of Utah than any other state. It’s always the pius ones that are the sneakiest.

        • 32 0388jojothecat
          April 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm

          ..or should I say Kinkiest.

        • 33 miss pat
          April 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm

          And those men have multiple wives. Where do they find the time to download porn? On that show Sister Wives the man Brown had to spend time with each wife and they weren’t allowed to have another husband when he was with a sister wife. Not fair at all.

    • April 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      Thanks Berny, that’s a terrific compilation – and I’m sure, knowing this lot, there’s plenty more to add.

    • 35 jackiegrumbacher
      April 11, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Berny–I don’t think the PA vaginal probe law has been signed into law–at least I can find no reference to its passage. I think it’s still under discussion in the PA House. If you have a source that confirms it’s passage, could you link it? Thanks.

      • April 12, 2012 at 1:33 am

        You’re right, it’s delayed. I copied this from comment section on The Maddow Blog, it should read..PA Governor looking to sign into law the Women’s Right to Know Act” aka forced transvaginal probe.

  6. 37 andogriff
    April 11, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    That sounds like a worthy goal, vitaminlover… if anyone can achieve 44 million hits, it’s our Ms Chips! No blog is as informative and just plain fun as this one.

  7. 40 Liberal Librarian
    April 11, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    You know, every time that I look at myself in the mirror, I’m shocked that I don’t actually look like my gravatar.

    • April 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      😆 I thought that was a photo of you LL!

      • 42 utaustinliberal
        April 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm

        Chips. I see you’ve been strangely silent about Wigan beating the crap out of Manchester United today. Why the silence Chiparoooo? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

        • 43 Liberal Librarian
          April 11, 2012 at 7:35 pm

          Can’t believe I’m rooting for a team with Mario Balotelli, but yes, anything to keep United from a 20th trophy. That ruddy nosed git Sir Alex needs to go blubbering home and wallow in his expensive wine cellar at season’s end.

    • 44 Bill
      April 11, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      Good thing. You would scare your library patrons.

      • 45 Liberal Librarian
        April 11, 2012 at 7:17 pm

        That’s the thing about Rusty Venture: he scares no one.

        The creator of “The Venture Brothers” said that his series is one long exploration of failure. Americans don’t like to confront failure, but it is a boon companion to success, and both must be embraced and accepted to have any kind of decent life. That’s the problem with today’s GOP: it doesn’t acknowledge failure, but doubles down on it, so it never learns. That’s what’ll save us.

      • 46 utaustinliberal
        April 11, 2012 at 7:24 pm

        Nah…he wouldn’t. That’s Rusty Venture. He scares no one. That’s the beauty of Rusty Venture. He doesn’t engender fear, he fails and then gets up the next day and tries again amidst hilarity. It’s the beauty of America. We don’t like to confront failure, but it is needed for any kind of success to be achieved and savored.

        • 47 Liberal Librarian
          April 11, 2012 at 7:33 pm

          Oh my god. We had the same thought! Scary, dude.

          • April 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm

            Hmmmmm, you both use “liberal” in your screen names….always here at the same time……both very insightful and very sharp with a good sense of humor…..

    • 49 miss pat
      April 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      Rhat’s not you? I picture yhou as an illectual. Somewhat nerdy and smart.

  8. 50 vcprezofan2
    April 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Hi, I’m back, but my throat is acting up. My voice coach thinks it really wouldn’t be a smart idea to try to sing at the party tonight, so I apologize in advance. Sorry Chips, you’ll have to provide other entertainment. Another time, maybe.

    CONGRATS on 9 million+ Chips Chica! 😆 😆 You are rolling along and nothing/noone can stop you now!!!!

    BTW TODobots – Did anyone donate $9.99? And if so, did they get Cain in his hat and mankini?

    • 51 vcprezofan2
      April 11, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      Oh…… forgot! Japa, your words made an awful lot of sense to me. Thanks for your timely tweaking of the sails. 😆

  9. 52 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    April 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm


  10. April 11, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    HI TOD Family! Oh baby its cold outside!

    Have you heard Romney’s comeback on the Buffet Rule? He’s trying to say the Buffet Rule helps Warren Buffet the most because it doesn’t tax something called municipal bonds and Buffet is a big player in the municipal bonds market. I wonder how long it took them to pull that out of their ass? A tax hike is a tax hike and Buffet would have to pay more under the Buffet Rule. Period.

    So the Romney camp was asked, ‘If Pres.Obama included a tax on municipal bonds would Romney approve of the Buffet Rule?’ – Crickets. No response from the Romney team. Shocking.

    • 54 Bill
      April 11, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      Buffett may have money in municipal bonds but his real money is in Berkshire Hathaway stock. Total BS response.

    • 56 0388jojothecat
      April 11, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      I can not believe how stupid the Robme people are…..they can not think on their feet nor have any vision beyond their noses. The Obama team has rapid response to almost any question thrown at them. Robme will have to hire a hell of a debate coach or pay someone a ton of money to have the questions in advance.

      • 57 Doreen
        April 11, 2012 at 8:33 pm

        Well, if you don’t lie and tell the truth, it’s not that hard to quickly respond. It requires a lot of work to make up stuff and lie. It’s going to be very interesting come general election time because I bet Romney and his team can’t remember every lie and made up stuff they’ve said these last few months, but I’m sure the Obama team can!

    • 58 aquagranny911
      April 11, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      The interest from Municiple Bonds, “Munis” are mostly free of federal tax but can be taxed by the state you live in. The interest for most right now is a wopping 4.35%. I only know this because we got advised to take our little pittance from our Money Market account & buy some solid Munis because we were only making .5% on our Money Market.

      Dang! I didn’t know I was in league with Warren Buffet!

  11. April 11, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    FOX host’s parents failed him badly—-they raised a heartless, soulless, stupid human.

    • April 11, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      Does this asshole realize that global warming affects OUR food chain? Does he understand the Circle of Life? Or does he really think we can survive on Twinkies?

      • 62 jackiegrumbacher
        April 11, 2012 at 10:21 pm

        No, GB, he’s too dumb to understand anything more complicated than what he will have for lunch and how far away his teleprompter is.

  12. 63 Tally
    April 11, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    And in other news……

    Chelsea will be the opponent for the MLS All-Star game this season.

  13. 66 nintendowii10
    April 11, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Good fucking lord!

    Romney: Women ‘have gone back 20 years’ under Obama


    I can’t wait for President Obama to put a foot up Mitt’s ass and make him an even BIGGER joke than he already is!

    • 67 Ladyhawke
      April 11, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      Wow, Mitt Romney is sounding hysterical. This is really pathetic. He’s really grasping at straws.

      • 68 nintendowii10
        April 11, 2012 at 7:36 pm

        He’s PROJECTING! When he says that women have gone back 20 years, it’s because of hateful women like Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin who are an INSULT to women!

      • 69 PoliticalJunkessa
        April 11, 2012 at 7:40 pm

        He sounds nuts. PBO and the Democrats are gonna have this dude dribbling on his bib by the end of this campaign. It’s becoming clearer by the day that he’s in over his head.

        • 70 EricFive
          April 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm

          I agree. Mitt does seem nuts. His propensity for dishonesty is kinda scary. As is his “strategy” of attempting to place all of his weaknesses onto PBO, this guy is not playing with a full deck.

    • 72 anniebella
      April 11, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      Does it matter to this man that he is lying? Let me answer that question, hell no it doesn’t matter. Mitt”the flip flopper liar” Romney has no problem with lying. He and his radical Republicans are the ones who want to take women back to the 1950’s. Just look at the laws they have pass and tried to pass.

    • April 11, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      Actually given the rate of anti-women legislation coming out of State houses and Congress right now, we just might have been better off 20 years ago.

      • 74 jackiegrumbacher
        April 11, 2012 at 10:22 pm

        You’re right about that, TienLe. None of this nonsense was going on at the state level in 1991. Most states were still operating under sane government.

    • April 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      Pres.Obama has sent women back to 1991? Alrighty then. I mean, why 1991? just pulling a number out of his hard drive or what?

    • April 11, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      You know, I never thought that Mitt Romney was so stupid. A whole lot of other bad qualities? Oh yes. But to be *that* stupid? He really think thaat this is going to work?

    • 77 Smoothscotch
      April 12, 2012 at 1:10 am

      Me either, foot I mean.

  14. 78 EricFive
    April 11, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Not to sound overconfident, but I am starting to sense a landslide type election victory for President Obama. I know that alot can happen and the economy must continue to improve, but I like PBO’s chances more and more everyday. I honestly cannot beleive how totally lame Mitt is as a candidate. He has ZERO integrity and is a pathological liar (and a bad liar at that). The more one gets to know him the less you like him. In our politics, likability is so important (remember the “who would voters like to have a beer with” standard best exemplified by GWB’s two terms). Integrity and the willingness to stand by what you believe is also something the American voter seems to value, and on this count Mitt is sorely lacking too. In other words, I think Mitt is so deficient as a Presidential candidate that even our corrupt media will have a hard time propping him up. I can’t wait to see Mitt attempt to debate PBO.

    • 79 nintendowii10
      April 11, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      Mitt is also a liberal Repub who tried to go hard right to win the nomination and just ended up sounding hollow and phoney. The President will have NO problems with Mitt… just say he’s a rich, out of touch fake who has NO convictions of his own and Mitt will stumble and bumble. He’s worse than Dan Quayle!

      • 80 57andfemale
        April 12, 2012 at 8:01 am

        He’s not a liberal Republicann. He pretended to be liberal until he won the election in MA. He pulled what Snyder pulled in Mi where they thought they were voting for a centrist. Mitt turned right almost immediately and although romneycare is great he fought a lot of the improvements that have been instituted since.

        He wins only one way: he lies and pummels his opponents. It is how he ran his exalted ‘private sector’ career and knows no other way. He becomes what backers want him to be and accomplishes all of his goals through ruthlessness. He will dedtroy this country if not the world if he is allowed any power.

    • 81 PoliticalJunkessa
      April 11, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      Willard has a haaard road ahead of him. I don’t think he realizes what’s coming.

    • 82 geeja
      April 11, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      Unless the Repugs just out and out cheat this will be a landslide. No sane person would vote for this idiot who never seems to have any thoughts or ideas but is actually a GOP puppet.

    • April 11, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      I’m not. Not until I’ll be sure that the economy isn’t going back to the toilet. Then, I agree, it’s a landslide territory.

  15. 84 lamh35
    April 11, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    So anyone else wondering if TPTB at Fox are a little perturbed by how much KKKlanity has become a part of this case, not just from his usual daily racist ranting, but now to know that he actually spoke with GZ and that if what his former lawyers alleged that he was getting some sort of counsel from KKKlanity is true.

    KKKlanity is opionion at Fox right, not news so no privalege is warranted right?

    • 85 nintendowii10
      April 11, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      Apparently GZ has a new fancy lawyer, just 24 hours after Hannity claimed to speak with him… HMMM!

  16. April 11, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Mitt Romney’s campaign undermined an effort to close the gender gap Wednesday when his advisers fumbled a question about his support for equal-pay legislation.

    Fresh off of a great day for Romney on Tuesday, when his main rival for the GOP nomination dropped out, his campaign organized a conference call with reporters to attack President Obama on taxes and accuse his policies of being destructive to women in the workplace.


    • 91 nintendowii10
      April 11, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      See my link up above Jovie, where Mitt says the President caused women to go back 20 years!

  17. 92 japa21
    April 11, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Hard to believe, but in just a little over 3 hours there have been another 5,000 hits. Let’s see, that comes out 40,000 per day, 1 million every 25 days. Considering it will start increasing geometrically the closer we get to the election, the 44 million hits is in the bag.

    • April 11, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      Loved what you wrote, Japa. I totally am going to focus on helping the President get a better Congress and am actually in a position to this time.

      Congrats on the 9 Million, Chips!

      • 94 japa21
        April 11, 2012 at 8:01 pm

        Thank you for that, as well as everybody else who has commented. Let’s face it, PBO can be re-elected without necessarily the Dems regaing the House and holding on to the Senate. But if we get back the House and hold the Senate, it is a virtual lock that PBO will be re-elected. Not to ignore the latter in favor of the former, but to make sure our energy and focus is on both.

  18. 96 anniebella
    April 11, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    The Colbert Report comes on at 11:30pm.

  19. 97 FoxfireTX
    April 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    What’s most striking to me about this campaign is the lack of anything positive from Romney. After a year of campaigning, can anyone tell me what he wants to do and what his vision for the country is going forward? He wants to cut the corporate tax rate and adopt the Ryan budget but what is his vision? It is mind boggling for someone who has been running for president for 7 years. I could list a million things PBO still wants to get done, and he was always out there with what he wanted to do. It also struck me as odd when he said said yesterday that it was a good day for him because Santorum dropped out, without an endorsement no less. I don’t ever remember PBO campaigning like this, he was and remains focused on the future. I think it will be very difficult for him going for seven more months with nothing but attacks on PBO. While it will remain a close race I suspect the independents are going to get very tired of the negativity.

    • 98 EDP4BHO
      April 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      I agree. Am I the only one that read your comment? 😀 It’s so true, it screams. Thanks !

    • 99 theo67
      April 12, 2012 at 3:39 am

      Yes – I was curious about that “good day for me” comment, too. He’s very entitled, and it’s all about him. I think after the inauguration (heaven forbid), he’ll just spend his days up at Camp David having crony parties with his billionaire friends, and forget about the governing thing. Then demand that he be re-elected because he will have neutralized the Federal government. That family is strange.

  20. 100 utaustinliberal
    April 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Since FL Michelle Obama will be on the Colbert Report tonight at 11:30PM ET/ 10:30PM CT, I thought we’d have a little reminder of her last time on the show. She was fantastic as usual and Colbert was great! 🙂


    • 101 anniebella
      April 11, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      It was nice to see FLOTUS back then. I didn’t see it when she was on the show in 2008.

    • 102 hopefruit2
      April 11, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks – I will tune in 🙂

    • 103 isonprize
      April 11, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      UT, thanks for the memories!! I was in that audience. Colbert Nation filmed on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Theatre. I also remember an audible yet positive “gasp!” from the audience when she said that PBO would be president for 8 years. It was a very supportive crowd. She is so cool, so confident, so funny. LOVE HER!!!!!

      • 104 jackiegrumbacher
        April 11, 2012 at 10:27 pm

        Isonprize, if you still have contacts at U of PA, could you let someone know that the university must issue photo ID cards with expiration dates or the student body will be disenfranchised in November. I learned this weekend that the president of our local college had no idea this was happening. The word is NOT getting out.

        • 105 isonprize
          April 11, 2012 at 10:51 pm

          I never really had contacts at Penn, but I can certainly pass the concerns on to the organizers and volunteers in West Philadelphia region where Penn is located.

  21. 106 lamh35
    April 11, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    I see the new RW meme being promoted by some guy on CNN will be that Corley sucumbed to “political pressure”!

    • 107 Ladyhawke
      April 11, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      All I can say to the right wingers is if George Zimmerman had listened to the dispatcher who told him to stand down, Trayvon Martin would be alive today. Who’s fault is it that George Zimmerman decided to ignore that request and take matters into his own hands? Is that Trayvon Martin’s fault? No amount of smearing Trayvon Martin’s name can change the fact that George Zimmerman was told that the police would handle the situation.

      • April 11, 2012 at 9:15 pm

        I keep thinking—–if there was no gun—–the police had been called, they were on their way, I believe they arrived within minutes after the shot——they would have broken up whatever kind of fight was going on——-if there was no gun!

    • 109 0388jojothecat
      April 12, 2012 at 12:36 am

      There was definately pressure to LOOK into this miscarrage of justice, but once an impartial prosecutor looked into the evidence, there was nothing else they could do but haul his ass in and arrest GZ and have a jury trial. How can anyone walking in a community where they were living be considered a threat…no gun, not stealing, just walking home talking on the phone with his girl friend, with a can of tea and candy.

  22. 110 carolyn
    April 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Romney’s staff’s answer to the question does he support the Lilly Ledbetter act, was a long pause and “We’ll get back to you on that.” Does that remind anyone else of a certain VP candidate who answered questions that way???!!! That is truly pathetic. They are not ready for the big time….and it’s hard to keep up with their candidate’s lies.

  23. 113 amk for obama
    April 11, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Congrats Chips and TOD’ers on the 9 million mark. Looks like we are doing a million a month. Amazing performance by our wonderful blog mistress.

  24. 116 lisalovesobama
    April 11, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    ZOMG!!!!! hilarious!!! it’s like a geriatric Punked!!! it’s HI-Larious!!!! These grandmas and grandpas are soooooo funny!!! On NBC now!!!

  25. 119 0388jojothecat
    April 11, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Hello TOD Family!

    Congratulation Chips on making over 9 million hits on THE BEST site on the inter-tubes. I loved watching the videos of FLOTUS and SLOTUS speech on one year anniversary of Joining Forces. I am so proud of what both of them have accomplished. I have a feeling President Obama gave Tom Brokaw a call about trying to co-opt this campaign of getting businesses to hire soldiers. When he and the CCC went on NBC Today Show and not mention the First and 2nd Ladies was a complete insult. I don’t care for Tom Brokaw very much anymore because he clearly does not like PBO and I could care less but give them the respect they deserve. Oh, and did you notice that FLOTUS was speaking WITHOUT A TELEPROMPTER. Neither one of them need it because they are both good speakers. Thank you again Chips and all the wonderful people here.

  26. 120 desertflower
    April 11, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Hi family:) Guess who I just got off the phone with a little bit ago??? Our very own Marilyn! She’s visiting her family here, she sent me an email with her number, and we had a most wonderful conversation.I think that she said that was adopting me as a daughter….:) She was just as lovely and funny and smart as she is here. It was a pleasure to be able to spend some time talking on the phone with one of our TOD family.I really did feel like I knew her. We HAVE to meet up for a TOD family REAL LIFE REUNION. We just have to. The goodness of everyone here and the family that Chips has fostered for us, is so special and has touched my heart. Marilyn and I were thinking Vegas…(I’ve never been) SInce we have so many party people here(you know who you are!) Vegas seem like a good spot. To be discussed and determined later……here’s hoping the husband has a job by the and I can AFFORD to get to Vegas….PMA. PMA.PMA…. Anyway, she was wonderful. Will catch up with her again later in the week, and maybe try to actually meet for coffee/lunch….something!

    • April 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      That is so wonderful. There are some seriously great people here. We are all so fortunate for this space.

      What happened to spell check in the comment box? Weird.

    • 123 vcprezofan2
      April 11, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      Df, good for you and MtM! 😆 re ‘Marilyn and I were thinking Vegas’, is this Vegas immediately before the Inauguration or immediately following? I’m still rooting for an Inauguration day+night get together, so I’m sticking my nose into each suggestion. 😉

      • 124 mtmarilyn
        April 11, 2012 at 9:15 pm

        The reason we thought Vegas would be better is that so much will be going on at the Inauguration that we wouldn’t have time just to set and talk. Don’t know the timing of when but we would like time to just set and talk to each other face to face. I still want to meet up in january, but hope for a longer less hectic time in Vegas. just our thoughts.

      • 125 desertflower
        April 11, 2012 at 9:18 pm

        I know, vc! It was great. We were tthinking Vegas because we could spend more time together and have it not be so crazy, like the Inauguration Day would be..did I mention that I bet ALL the hotel rooms are probably taken already? How would we meet? Just a logistical thought on our part, is all. I know Tally said that she would be game for Vegas…and a few others have mentioned it as well….some might want to do both! We have time to talk about it, we just thought that somehow, some way, we just HAVE to meet and put a face to a name and see the family in person. I love this family…and I know everyone here feels the same way. Stick your nose right in…fine by me!

        • 126 vcprezofan2
          April 11, 2012 at 10:09 pm

          Vegas is a nice idea, especailly for those who have never been. I would love to get together for the Inauguration and I can’t commit to doing both. However I think the Inauguration would be so much more meaningful, with all the background Chips has provided, if we could share it from a common vantage poiint. My thinking was we rent (a) hotel suite(s) as our gathering point, then some (old people like me) watch the parade etc. together out of the cold, but with the added joy of being able to dialogue face to face as we watch. The younger more adventurous TODobots brave the cold, if they so choose, together to join in the real live parade. We congregate later for the more courageous to share their boots on the ground experience while the hotel crowd share what they saw that the others might have missed. We then have the night to check out the different balls. I’m envisioning that the whole Inauguration experience woould be enhanced if we centred our meeting around it. Of course, I’m sure there will be others with smarter ideas, so I’m hoping people will share. Whatever the decision, IMO we shouldn’t let the chance to meet pass us by.

    • 129 norcalgal1
      April 12, 2012 at 11:56 am

      I’m in – it would be so wonderful to meet folks, give them a big hug, and talk til we drop.

    • 130 norcalgal1
      April 12, 2012 at 11:59 am

      I’m In. It would be so wonderful to meet folks face to face, give everyone a hug and talk til we are hoarse.

    • 131 whatisworking
      April 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      I’m In. It would be such a blessing to be able to meet everyone, do a group hug and laugh and talk til we loose our voices.

  27. 132 mtmarilyn
    April 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Good evening everyone!!!! I just got off the phone with Dersertflower. It is so wonderful to really connect with fellow TODer’s. This is such a special place. Now we are waiting for more relatives to get here to Phoenix for our family reunion. At least most of them are fellow Dems. Being here in Phoenix we won’t discuss politics to much, most who live here are Repubs.

    Can’t wait to see the FLOTUS on Colbert.

  28. 133 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    April 11, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Hey! Yeh! Look at that! You hit 9 million! Congratulations Chipsticks 🙂

    • 135 lamh35
      April 11, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      wow, so Fox News didn’t cover the Special Prosecutor’s press conference, but they did cover Zimmerman’s defense lawyer’s press conference…I’m telling ya KKKlanity’s hands are all over this!

    • 136 vitaminlover
      April 11, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      Gosh he is really unattractive and he looks like his whole body needs ironing. But I guess that’s all that they could get.

    • 137 0388jojothecat
      April 12, 2012 at 12:27 am

      I saw GZ’s attorney on LD show this evening and he seemed like a decent guy. I understand that he offered his condolences to Trayvon’s family and told LD that no one should have to bury a child. Let’s face it, someone has to defend GZ because that’s how our justice system works I just glad the guy does not appear to be sleaze bag who out the gate starts bad mouthing a dead child.

  29. 138 Hachikō
    April 11, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Congratulations, Chip! You’re awesome! You don’t know what you do for us. We love you!

    • 139 mtmarilyn
      April 11, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      Good evening Hachiko! Did you see Tucker today? You are in my thoughts and prayers!

    • 140 desertflower
      April 11, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      How are you? I saw earlier that you had some good news today:) I’m SO happy for you.Good things will happen. I just know it.

  30. April 11, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    The Obama administration unveiled a slew of new initiatives Wednesday aimed at improving U.S. energy security on the battlefield.

    The announcement is part of an administration-wide push to emphasize energy security as a key part of President Obama’s “all-of-the-above” energy strategy.

    Obama, in a series of energy speeches in recent months, has underscored the importance of boosting energy security by weaning the country off of its dependence on foreign oil, noting that U.S. oil imports have decreased during his presidency.

    Unlike many of the president’s energy policies, which have come under attack from the GOP amid soaring gas prices, Republicans and Democrats in Congress support improving energy security.

    “These new steps build on President Obama’s unwavering commitment to energy security for America’s warfighters, and to a sustained, comprehensive strategy to ensure a secure energy future for all Americans,” the White House said in a statement.


  31. 142 GGail
    April 11, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Congratulations Chipsticks! The odometer has rolled past 9 million!!!!!

    THE OBAMA DIARY is the best dayum blog EVER!!!!

  32. April 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Just unbelievable—–horrible Sarah P.—–raising a huge chunk of money for her slush fund—oh excuse me, I mean, “super pac”. Read and discover where the money went. If you guessed it went to support conservative candidates, you’d be wrong. Grifter alert!

  33. 144 amk for obama
    April 11, 2012 at 9:02 pm
  34. April 11, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Obama Campaign Swings Into Action
    President Barack Obama’s election-year plan is rapidly taking shape, with his first 2012 campaign rallies set for next month, now that Mitt Romney has cemented his status as the likely Republican nominee.



  35. 148 Ladyhawke
    April 11, 2012 at 9:05 pm




    Sean Spicer, Republican National Committee, Communications Director and Brad Woodhouse, Democratic National Committee, Communications Director

    Topic: Guests will discuss Rick Santorum’s withdrawal from the race, as well as day of political campaign news and issues important in this year’s presidential election, including the economy and jobs. Will also discuss DNC and RNC election strategies, the role of independent voters, whether or not there is a gender gap, Obama, Romney, as well election and fundraising efforts at DNC and RNC.



  36. 149 lamh35
    April 11, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I knew that Rachel would say what she did at the beginning of her broadcast today. Up until now she focused on the NRA/SYC/Gun law aspect of the story and for the most part did not focus on the content of the exchange.

    I’m a little pertubed that Rachel’s statement while fine seemed to bascially say that before they never covered the story as much or which as much depth as other members of the MSNBC news team, now after the events of the past 48hrs now you can’t NOT discuss the story as it pertains to Trayvon Martin, and beyond just the SYC laws.

  37. April 11, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    In case anyone wants to see it, Zimmerman booking photo

  38. 158 hopefruit2
    April 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm

  39. 159 hopefruit2
    April 11, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Mitt Romney is already beginning his campaign on the WRONG side of history – by speaking at the NRA’s convention this week on St Louis.

  40. 161 amk for obama
    April 11, 2012 at 9:27 pm

  41. 164 amk for obama
    April 11, 2012 at 9:35 pm

  42. 165 hopefruit2
    April 11, 2012 at 9:36 pm

  43. 166 lamh35
    April 11, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Serious question…can a broken nose be healed with no bruising in 45 days???

  44. April 11, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Robney Campaign lobbying for a reversal, on the politifact ruling of mostly false, on the 92% loss of womens jobs Thingy.
    Ummm! They are lobbying politifact???
    That is strange!

  45. April 11, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Hi all,

    New here, although I’ve been reading and following when I can (great distraction from writing the dissertation) — enough to know who the “usual suspects” are. I would have liked this to go under Berny’s post, but I don’t think I can make that happen. What I wanted to share was this: Angry Black Lady (who I know you all know about, ’cause I think I first found her through you) launched a new website called “Team Uterati” http://teamuterati.com/ They are compiling information about every #waronwomen action that is happening, and breaking it down by state as well. This includes:

    State Database – This is where you can search for your state to see what kind of nonsense is in your backyard.
    Legislation Database – This is where bills are archived.
    Legislator Database – Here is where we keep track of the legislators who meddle in ladybusiness — and those who guard against meddling.
    Organization Database – This is where we track those organizations that throw their lot in with or against women.
    Activism Database – Here is where you can find out what petitions, rallies, protests, and other forms of pushback are going on.
    Links Database – Here you can find links to news items, blogs, and other important sources relating to women’s rights and legislation.

    It’s a wealth of information with a wonderful dose of ABL snark.

    • 176 globalcitizenlinda
      April 11, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      welcome! thanks a lot for the info! best of luck on your dissertation – some days are challenging days!

      • 177 marachne
        April 11, 2012 at 11:36 pm

        Thanks for the welcome- you all have lived up to your reputation for community. And thanks for the good wishes. Working on the changes laid out by my committee. Hoping for a May defense date. Glad I finally decided to speak up and not just lurk.

        • 178 desertflower
          April 11, 2012 at 11:47 pm

          Thanks so much for that site:) ABL is over at Raw Story now, I guess..and I don’t check her as often as I did when she had the regular site…but now I’ll track her down! WOnderful does of ABL snark is right…snark with a razor’s edge though….which is certainly what is called for in this GOP War on Women! Good luck with your dissertation.My husband is ABD…then life it in the way. Welcome to the family….be careful. This place is addicting, and you have a little book to write:)

          • April 12, 2012 at 12:41 am

            Thanks DF. Yes, I definitely enjoy ABL for her incisive analysis as well. The “book” is kind of written, just doing the committee approval hoops now — it is challenging working full-time too, but luckily I’m in a slight lull right now: I’m faculty in a school of nursing and do not have any theory classes to teach right now, just clinical supervision. So, less prep work, more intensive time on-site with my students.

    • 180 sabreen60
      April 11, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      Please don’t just lurk, especially if you have information like this share! I’m going to check it our right now. Thank you so much.

  46. April 11, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Biden travels to Exeter, New Hampshire.
    12:00 PM
    Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event.
    12:30 PM
    Carney briefs the press.
    2:40 PM
    Obama interviews with regional TV anchors.
    5:00 PM
    Obama meets with senior advisors.
    6:15 PM
    Biden travels to Scarsdale, New York, to attend a campaign event.

  47. 184 Ladyhawke
    April 11, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    From WhiteHouse.gov …………

    The Buffett Rule (aka The Reagan Rule)


    Today at the White House the President met with millionaires and their assistants who support the Buffett Rule. The fact is, a majority of the American people agree with this idea. Surveys have found that most millionaires and nearly half of Republicans also agree. There’s another Republican who also agreed with this principle: President Ronald Reagan.

    The President originally introduced the Buffett Rule as a principle of a broader tax reform plan – just like Ronald Reagan – that would simplify the tax code and lower tax rates – just like Ronald Reagan – including getting rid of subsidies for millionaires that they do not need – just like Ronald Reagan. And yet, Congressional Republicans managed to denounce President Obama’s proposal even before he had even introduced it. Congressional Republicans have another shot at supporting Buffett Rule next week. We’ll see where they stand.

    Let’s take a look at what the President said today:



  48. 185 Melanie
    April 11, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Wow what did Hilary Rosen say?

    I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize.— Jim Messina (@Messina2012) April 12, 2012

    • 186 Melanie
      April 11, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      Nevermind I found it. I was watching the interview when she said it and it didn’t bother me at all. She said Ann Romney never worked a day in her life. Man they’re calling her out for that?

      • 187 amk for obama
        April 11, 2012 at 11:11 pm

        Yup. Messina is freaking out unnecessarily, imo.

        • 188 L3
          April 11, 2012 at 11:19 pm

          I don’t think he minds that bit of information being out there. He’s just making sure that neither the campaign nor PBO are seen as condoning it. Also, it is a way to potentially shield the First Lady and daughters from future attack. Just a thought.

          • 189 hopefruit2
            April 11, 2012 at 11:21 pm

            I think you’re right L3. A few of our friends on Twitter are upset at Messina – and I was too, until I read your comment which makes a lot of sense.

        • 190 anniebella
          April 11, 2012 at 11:19 pm

          Maybe Messina is trying to say we want the votes of the stay at home women too. And we want to choose the high road and leave spouses alone. Even though the right wing haters are always going after FLOTUS.

          • 191 anniebella
            April 11, 2012 at 11:22 pm

            Speaking of FLOTUS, it is almost time for her to appear on the Colbert show, so let me go get ready to watch her.

          • 192 L3
            April 11, 2012 at 11:22 pm

            That’s a good point because raising children is hard work, especially if you’re doing it right. Although, I’m certain Miss Ann probably had plenty of help.

        • 193 Brit
          April 11, 2012 at 11:37 pm

          Messina is freaking out when he shouldn’t. They need to stop feeling the need to apologize for everything!

          • 194 hopefruit2
            April 11, 2012 at 11:50 pm

            Messina is not freaking out. He and Axelrod are expressing their disapproval in order to distance themselves from a comment made by a pundit.

        • April 12, 2012 at 12:11 am

          Big mistake. Both him and Axelrod totally walked into a trap.

          • 196 hopefruit2
            April 12, 2012 at 12:43 am

            I disagree. Axelrod and Messina (not to mention PBO) are among the most experienced and savvy political campaigners out there. I am not going to even try to instruct them on what to do in such situations. The two of them came out strongly disapproving of Rosen at roughly the same time for a reason. I wouldn’t be surprised if it were PBO himself who advised them to send out tweets of disapproval to neutralize Willard (even though the irrelevant MSM may harp around it for a while).

            Mark my word- that nonstory will be an afterthought in a couple weeks.

      • 197 prettyfoot58
        April 12, 2012 at 8:22 am

        i disagree…

        i think our discourse should be civil and respectful….we should follow the President’s lead in this…

        there is no need to attack Ann Romney for being a stay at home Mom…

        i do not like it when folks attack Michelle Obama…i think there is enough fodder to attack Mitt Romney..we do not need to make personal attacks on Ann Romey….

    • 198 Lorraine
      April 11, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      The Grand Old Poop party won’t call her out because they already have issues with the strong sex already. I think Mr. Messina comments are correct.

  49. 199 hopefruit2
    April 11, 2012 at 11:22 pm

  50. 201 hopefruit2
    April 11, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    I’m watching Colbert – getting ready to see my FLOTUS!

  51. April 11, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Congratulations Chips on your mega milestone – 9 million hits.

  52. April 11, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Wow 9 millioin hits! I don’t know exactly when it happened Chips, but at some point last year, your site became the #1 place for Obma news in the net, and it only continues to grow. Congrats.

    And here’s another small clip of (Harverd Law Review) President Obama from 1990. (Makes me wonder if he had that same voice when he was in kindergarten. 😆 )

    • 204 0388jojothecat
      April 12, 2012 at 12:06 am

      Thank you Jamila that was lovely, the music drowned out some of the words, but I love seeing our president and how his career evolved to where he is today. We are so lucky to have him as president.

  53. April 11, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Okay, I’ll let FLOTUS claim to the world that, “he’s my man”, but surely she knows she has to share.

    • 206 lisalovesobama
      April 12, 2012 at 12:02 am

      Ha! I cracked up when she said it, loud and proud, “THAT’S MY MAN,” Stephen’s facial expression was like: “ooooooookay! Now that’s a ringing endorsement if I ever heard one!”

    • 207 anniebella
      April 12, 2012 at 12:03 am

      I really enjoyed the show. My first time watching it, Colbert is really funny. And FLOTUS was great as usual, she looked lovely, the only problem, not enough time for FLOTUS.

    • 208 LadyTNT
      April 12, 2012 at 12:15 am

      I screamed out “Yes Honey, He is your man and I LOVE HIM!!!” LOL!! She was great as usual and she looked beautiful.

    • 210 anniebella
      April 12, 2012 at 12:08 am

      Mitt has been getting all the attention for his endorsement, okay we will see if President Obama will get any attention for his endorsement, making the announcement tonight First Lady Michelle Obama endorse her man for President and everything else. President Barack H.Obama. Her man. That’s her man.

      • 211 anniebella
        April 12, 2012 at 12:13 am

        I wonder if POTUS was watching the show? I can just imagine that big smile coming on POTUS face when FLOTUS said that’s my man. Hay guys the audience really like FLOTUS. Colbert you needed more time , just an extra ten minutes.

  54. 213 utaustinliberal
    April 12, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Hilary Rosen should probably have kept her mouth shut and not said anything and I’m not mad at Messina and Axelrod for distancing themselves even though what she said was true, but other Democrats shouldn’t back down. They should realize that this is a distraction by the Romney camp. They don’t want to talk about the fact that Romney doesn’t support Ledbetter, wants to defund Planned Parenthood, lied about 92% of women losing their jobs under Pres. Obama, supports the courts overturning Roe v. Wade, and supports the Blunt-Rubio Amend.

    Hilary Rosen gave dumb pundits a way to gloss over Romney’s huge gaffes of today by stepping in it. Yes, she spoke the truth, but as per cable chatter, she’s given Romney and dumb pundits something to focus on, instead of the real issues. I hope other sane pundits fight back on this manufactured outrage.

    • 214 anniebella
      April 12, 2012 at 12:21 am

      Messina doesn’t want them to try to make a issue of of working women and non working women. Yes Hillary Rosen should have kept her big mouth close.

      • 215 mtmarilyn
        April 12, 2012 at 12:44 am

        I haven’t heard what she said. Can anyone fill me in?

        • 216 utaustinliberal
          April 12, 2012 at 7:46 am

          She said that Ann Romney cannot relate to women and cannot speak for women because she has never worked a day in her life and doesn’t understand how women – I presume working women – have to make tough decisions about how to pay for their children’s education, put food on the table and clothe their kids. It was a true statement but politically dumb especially in 24 hour cable punditry chatter. Instead of focusing on Romney’s war on women, dumb pundits will concentrate on this useless distraction. They’re already doing it this morning.

    • 217 lisalovesobama
      April 12, 2012 at 12:41 am

      She should have kept her trap shut, but the good thing is, Willard is Willard and after today and tomorrow, this so called scandal will be overshadowed by whatever rap Willard spews. Rosen obviously isn’t ready for prime time. If she’s gonna play on the disgusting field of dishonor aka the media, she needs to learn how to be adroit. No more letting your frustrations and disgust get the best of you. Her job is to discredit the man, not his fool wife. What she said was true but shouldn’t be said in polite much less impolite company such as the media. 🙄 the good thing is that on the long and short of it, this doesn’t do much damage to PBO and the campaign. Good move on Messina’s part to distance themselves from Rosen’s comment.

      • 218 jacquelineoboomer
        April 12, 2012 at 1:58 am

        lisa – I totally agree with your well-thought-out, and well-expressed, points. Think I recall Hilary Rosen was a big PUMA member after the ’08 election, so that perhaps is clouding my judgment, but – more importantly – if we don’t want four more years of anti-FLOTUS comments, we shouldn’t give up these sloppy slurs now in the public forum, which Republicans will be able to point to, down the road. Messina and Axelrod did the right thing by asking that “family” be left alone, since PBO is normally blamed for every comment every Democrat makes, since he rules our every thought (not).

        As a woman who did work outside the home while raising her son, I also think it’s wrong that people put down the women who “didn’t have to,” or chose not to, since many working women would have preferred to do just what Ann Romney did. Those choices are sometimes made for us, due to financial circumstances, but women fought hard to be given the choice, when available due to finances, as to whether or not to work, and we should have respect for each other in those cases … no matter what we (or I) think about the Romneys, and I’ll leave it at that, because it’s not much.

  55. April 12, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Sometimes I really can’t understand some of their decisions. Oh well.

    • 220 Brit
      April 12, 2012 at 2:20 am

      I just don’t feel why Axelrod, Cutter, Messina, even felt the need to respond anyway. It just doesn’t make any sense. Now for the rest of the week everyone has to feel sorry for Anne.

      • April 12, 2012 at 2:45 am

        They’ll try, Fox will do what they do best and escalate it to headliner news…but there is so much out there in terms of information to share and read, this too will pass…moving on

      • 222 anniebella
        April 12, 2012 at 5:27 am

        They felt the need to comment because Romney camp, the Republicans, and Fox will try to say that the Democrats has a problem with stay at home Moms. The one who should have keep their mouth close is that Hillary Clinton supporter, Mr. Rosen.

    • April 12, 2012 at 5:52 am

      Because the President has made an issue of not going after Families!

  56. 226 Smoothscotch
    April 12, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Hey guys, I think Mrs O was talking to us here, naughty mat people, “that’s my man”. Lol!!!!.

    Congratulations chips, well done.

    • 228 amk for obama
      April 12, 2012 at 2:52 am

      Thanks Berny. Loved them both. Two very smart peeps.

    • 229 anniebella
      April 12, 2012 at 5:44 am

      I watched FLOTUS last night and I have just finish watching it again. I really enjoyed it, there just wasn’t enough time to talk with FLOTUS. I still have to say that Colbert is funny, I might have to check out his show more often.

  57. 230 0388jojothecat
    April 12, 2012 at 2:46 am


    I am watching the Colbert Report….so funny…I love Mrs. Obama she is so funny, has good comedic timing too.

  58. 231 sjterrid
    April 12, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Congratulations, chips on reaching 9M hits!

  59. April 12, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Uh…overreaction much?

    • 233 amk for obama
      April 12, 2012 at 3:17 am

      What an idjit.

    • April 12, 2012 at 5:09 am

      • April 12, 2012 at 5:41 am

        just goes to show…i took it as sarcasm, just like i took rosen’s comments of Ann’s position as mom at home is NOT like most stay at home mom’s….you always end up having to come back and explain yourself….sensational media ratings is behind it all….Rosen will explain herself, but it’s not what the media want to talk about…they want the headline to be…. Obama does not consider stay-at-home moms as ‘working’, and portray Ann (the poor little rich girl) as the victim.

        • April 12, 2012 at 5:55 am

          The Robney Campaign is smart, any attack on Ann Robney is a winner for them!

          • 237 anniebella
            April 12, 2012 at 6:12 am

            I wouldn’t call the Romney camp smart, but they will try to use this to their advantage. We already know they will lie. The main point is President Obama does not stand for the candidate family to be brought into the picture. I really think it’s much to do about nothing, but Messina had to do what he did. We know that President Obma respects all working women, those with jobs outside the home and the one who stay at home.

    • 239 L3
      April 12, 2012 at 8:16 am

      The GOP will milk this as a way to peel women voters away from PBO, particularly those stay-at-home moms. However, I think any loss will be negligible or non-existent because many stay-at-home moms don’t have a husband with 250 million dollars in the bank. This may end up having the opposite effect because many people probably never thought about whether she worked outside the home or not and now that they know they may view Ann just as Rosen described her, as out-of touch as her husband. Let’s hope.

      Messina did the right thing because I guarantee the GOP, with an assist from the media, would be demanding that PBO apologize or disavow the statement and it’s far better to apologize or disavow the remarks quickly and without urging than to be brow-beaten daily into a forced apology. We have the 24-hour media and double standards where PBO is concerned to thank for that.

      • 240 lisalovesobama
        April 12, 2012 at 8:25 am

        This isn’t gonna made Willard gain more ground with women but it might make his wife more sympathetic. Be prepared for her to be booked on every women’s show the Willard camp can think of. They likely think increasing Mrs. Money’s like ability increases his standing. I whole heatedly believe this story will be a wash by Monday and it won’t significantly impact PBO, nor will it help Wiltard much. The campaigns still months away and there’s only so much sympathy will get you when there’s no big bully on the playing field to point at and accuse.

  60. 241 amk for obama
    April 12, 2012 at 3:49 am

    Multiple former advisers to Jon Huntsman’s 2012 campaign are now considering legal action against the failed presidential candidate after the Utahn has gone silent about how he plans to pay off over $1 million in campaign debt.

    More than a dozen Huntsman vendors and campaign alums confirmed to POLITICO that they are unnerved by the slow pace of the wealthy Republican’s debt-retirement efforts and his lack of communication with them. Huntsman has not made clear to the creditors how he intends to retire his campaign debt and has not responded to personal emails from several operatives to whom he owes many thousands of dollars.


    How is it that all the rethugs finally end up as deadbeats?

  61. 247 globalcitizenlinda
    April 12, 2012 at 7:10 am

    ABC’s political pundit George Steno—- is now running with the story of poor Mrs Ann Romney “defending her self”.

    anyone could have seen that this nonsense will be pushed by the beltway MSM that is waiting and looking for any thing to attack PBO

    • 248 COS
      April 12, 2012 at 7:45 am

      Does Hillary Rosen work for the campaign now?

      • 249 utaustinliberal
        April 12, 2012 at 7:56 am

        No she doesn’t. I believe she was a PUMA in 08. This was a dumb comment on her part. It was a true comment but politically dumb. I’m glad Messina and Axelrod distanced themselves. PBO has always made it clear that his team will not go after his opponents families. Other liberal pundits may do it in an adroit manner, but it’s a very slippery slope because now Ann Romney can claim she’s a victim. It’s complete BS but with the 24 hour dumb cable chatter, her supposed victimhood will be all we hear about today.

        • 250 COS
          April 12, 2012 at 8:08 am

          There is so much hypocrisy in the media. The media attacks FLOTUS for her trips and defends Robney’s wife for something like this. They are really trying to push Ann Romney and Robney down our throats and make them likeable. They are waiting to pounce on anything to get votes. Women just need to be reminded that Robney will get rid of Planned Parenthood and health care. Wow, I just saw the news lady on Current TV say that Ann Romney joined twitter just to fight back and say that raising 5 boys
          was hard work. Really? I am sure she had help doing so. You are right about the Obamas. They would never demean or talk about the families of these candidates.

          • 251 hopefruit2
            April 12, 2012 at 8:33 am

            It will backfire. Mark my word – by the end of October, Ms. Ann will be one of the most despised women in the minds of voters. Like I said, I’ve seen this movie before. The star of that movie used to be Sarah Palin. The GOP is very uncreative and repeatedly uses the same failed “strategies” in trying to woo voters. If Willard think he’s doing poorly among women with his 18 point gap now, watch that gap nearly double to 30 points by the end of the summer.

            One thing voters cannot stand is when they think the MSM is bending over backwards protecting someone who’s already in a position of privilege – just to aide and abet the GOP. Voters aren’t stupid, and they don’t like the feeling that they’re being cynically manipulated by the MSM and GOP.

  62. 252 amk for obama
    April 12, 2012 at 7:14 am

    gopolitico fp piece today. mehmney=Obama.

  63. April 12, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Oh Boy! Msnbc shilling for Robney and the war on women!

    • 257 lisalovesobama
      April 12, 2012 at 8:13 am

      At least for today, stop watching. You aren’t gonna hear anything you like so give it a rest for today.

      • 258 anniebella
        April 12, 2012 at 8:23 am

        Every single one of us know how the media is, and we know what they are up too. I decided this morning I wasn’t going to listen to all the media jackasses trying to turn this into some kind of big story. This Rosen woman does not work for the Obama campaign, but they will still try to tie her comment to the Obama campaign. The media is anti-Obama, they don’t want to see POTUS blowout Romney, so they will do all they can to help Mitt.

        • 259 anniebella
          April 12, 2012 at 8:27 am

          Sometimes I wonder about this Rosen woman, was she trying to cause trouble?

          • 260 lisalovesobama
            April 12, 2012 at 8:34 am

            I hear she’s a PUMA, so we shouldn’t credit her with too much forethought. Likely in typical PUMA brainless, thoughtless fashion, she opened her fool mouth and just let it spew.

        • 261 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          April 12, 2012 at 8:28 am


        • 262 lisalovesobama
          April 12, 2012 at 8:29 am

          In the grand scheme of things, this is a drop in a bucket. Be prepared for The Jackals asking Jay about this shit. Hopefully his statement aids in dampening the flames that the media is stirring.

        • 263 symmetry11
          April 12, 2012 at 8:29 am

          I thought that Rosen was involved with American’s Elect….am I wrong??

  64. April 12, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Lol! Every channel has poor poor Ann Robney meme.
    I feel so bad for her! NOT!

    April 12, 2012 at 8:24 am


  66. April 12, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Uh oh—on the Today Show Trayvon Martin’s mother said she knew what happened was “an accident” (but they wanted justice for their son etc.). I saw their lawyer react—flinch– immediately—-and this choice of words was mentioned in subsequent discussion on the show.

    • 270 anniebella
      April 12, 2012 at 8:32 am

      Maybe Trayvon’s Mother meant to say she knew what happen to her show was no accident. I’m sure that is what she meant.

    • 271 COS
      April 12, 2012 at 8:34 am

      Wow, that’s to bad that she said that. Dotster, I think that the Martins should keep a low profile and get some rest and stay away from the media for awhile. They have got to be really exhausted. The media is relentless, and they should choose and be selective as to which shows they will appeaar on now.

      • 272 lisalovesobama
        April 12, 2012 at 8:39 am

        I know. They’ve been all over the place. If they are gonna do a media blitz they need someone in the know to guide them. And I think they need a new attorney.

      • 273 Melanie
        April 12, 2012 at 8:42 am

        I’ve been thinking the same thing. It’s time for them to get some rest now. GZ is in custody and now it should be in the hands of the prosecutors, lawyers and the jury.

  67. April 12, 2012 at 8:31 am

    It must have been so difficult for Ann to raise her kids, with illegal immigrants tending to the yard and a Nsnny tending to the Kids and the Housework.
    She must have really really liked that Soap Opera- The Guiding Light and Bob Barkers Show!
    Oh, and when she had to go to the Store, her Chauffeur drove her there.
    Poor, poor Ann Robney!

    • April 12, 2012 at 8:35 am

      I wouldn’t perpetuate this —–in comments and on twitter etc. The rt. will try to make it some Big Thing—–but in the end—who cares what some former Clinton supporter sloppily said. Let them yell at each other—don’t feed the beast. Concentrate on what’s important.

      • 276 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        April 12, 2012 at 8:46 am


    • 277 anniebella
      April 12, 2012 at 8:37 am

      I really don’t give a freaking frat about AnnRomney, it’s her lying no good husband President Obama need to defeat. If Ann stayed at home, good for her. There are some women who didn’t want to stay at home, and then their were some who counldn’t afford to stay at home because of their finance.

  68. 279 amk for obama
    April 12, 2012 at 8:34 am

  69. April 12, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Yemen killed 62 Al Qaeda last night in a Raid.
    This is Good!

  70. April 12, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Foster Fries wants to know if the Presudent tele-prompters are bullet proof?

    I wonder what he meant by that, and should we tweet the secret service with this information?

    • 282 nintendowii10
      April 12, 2012 at 8:54 am

      That fucker who told women to put asprin between the knees supporting Father Rick now supports Etch a Sketch Mitt…

      April 12, 2012 at 8:55 am


  71. 284 amk for obama
    April 12, 2012 at 8:52 am

    I am going to be the minority contrarian here about the hillary rosen kerfuffle. I read here tweets and did not find them offensive to missus mehmeny. She just pointed majority of the women do not have the privilege of stay at home moms. So missus mehmney was out of touch when she defends her hubby’s 19th century views on women. When compared to the attacks on MO by limpaugh and the other media thugs, this is nothing.

    Messina and Axe got too defensive too soon and walked into the firestorm. Look, everyone knows the rw media will use poutrage every day for anyhting that is said by anyone from the obama camp. It would have been better for these two to have kept their mouths shut till the media morons asked them about it. They could have then just disowned rosen’s comments as her own and could have said the campaign doesn’t care for her views instead of pre-emptively apologizing for it. Now the media thugs would play their apologies to the hilt and generate more poutrage, which would have died by this weekend on its own.

    • April 12, 2012 at 8:57 am

      Good points. Tend to agree with you though I haven’t read any of the tweets. Just tend more toward your assessment.

      April 12, 2012 at 8:57 am


    • 287 nintendowii10
      April 12, 2012 at 8:57 am

      I’m also of the minority that doesn’t find what Hilary said offensive at all. Michelle Obama is the First Lady and gets attacked by the right wing all the damn time and they are proud of it. Axelrod and Messina did what they had to do in order to keep the Obama campaign meme of “hands off the candidates families,” but we as a whole are not going to get through this election cycle by fighting with kid gloves. I’m glad that Rosen said what she said, and more Democratic pundits should follow in suit, esp female ones. We’ve already gotten word that two of Romney’s female surrogates took a stand against women’s rights, and it needs to be solidified that he’s willing to hide behind women to get the votes of women.

      • 288 L3
        April 12, 2012 at 9:18 am

        I don’t think anyone here found it offensive. I happen to agree with Ms. Rosen. It’s just politically dumb to say at a time when the GOP is trying to find a way to win back female supporters. It muddies the water for low-information and/or emotional voters. The GOP is on the ropes and we don’t need anyone from our side throwing them a lifeline.

    • 289 L3
      April 12, 2012 at 9:13 am

      In a normal world with a professional media you would be correct in your analysis. However, PBO and his team have to function in the world as it is and they cannot give the GOP any ammunition to paint them as insensitive to women at a time when they are clearly winning that argument.

      I was in favor of Messina’s response as I noted above but I just thought of another reason that makes it even more brilliant. PBO and his team are showing that they are so pro-woman that they will even defend the wife of their opponent. Will Williard do the same for the First Lady? It’s unlikely, but it is possible now that PBO’s team has defended Ann. If Williard does not, he will reveal to women voters that he is the jacka$$ they already thought he was and with that PBO wins again.

  72. April 12, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Ain’t it always the ride or die Clinton folks that fuck up the message? Ok, what Hilary Rosen said may be true for Ann Romney herself. However, it may not be true for many stay at home Moms, which is why the campaign got back from this as they did. The media, as they have known and as we have seen, are trying to push Ann Romney as the Republican version of Michelle Obama. So, of course they are going to assist in giving her this huge pity party. Now, people are saying this comment might highlight how affluent the Romneys’ are, but hell that would have came out without Rosen’s comment. In 1994, they didn’t attack Ann on the Kennedy side, they just let her speak for herself and let the folks figure out whats, what. Instead, Rosen’s comment gave the media +GOP carte blanche to not only claim that the “looney left” attacked Ann, but stay-at-home mom’s and how those hippie, godless liberal working women look down upon you. The Romney campaign is DESPERATE to change this subject. This was going to be a problem, and I bet Jay Carney will be asked about this 28 times along with Barack Obama being asked about it while he announces someone for something entirely not related. As for Rosen, she probably won’t be speaking for awhile, at least not as a person representing the DNC.

    • 291 nintendowii10
      April 12, 2012 at 9:05 am

      Carney should respond that this is more evidence of Romney and the Republicans willing to hide behind women to get their votes. Win-win!

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