99 Responses to “‘the reagan rule’”

  1. 4 Cheryllou
    April 11, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Hello everyone, so nice listening to the President this morning.

  2. 8 Julie
    April 11, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Oh, the Republicans are going to cry about this! Just another reason to love it!


  3. 9 JustInTim
    April 11, 2012 at 10:57 am

    First from sunny South Africa

  4. 16 relellit
    April 11, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Good morning everyone. Lovely picture!

    Congrataluations Elle on being first

  5. 17 Ladyhawke
    April 11, 2012 at 11:01 am


    Rubber, glue, and the ‘war on women’

    By Steve Benen


    And finally, the campaign’s strategy is familiar, but misguided. In recent weeks, Romney has gone to almost comical lengths to identify his faults and project them onto President Obama. Romney wants to end Medicare, so accused Obama of wanting to end Medicare. Romney is trying to keep his proposals secret until after the election, so accused Obama of wanting to keep his proposals secret until after the election. Romney has two post-grad degrees from Harvard, so he accused Obama of spending too much time at Harvard. Romney is an out-of-touch elitist, so he accused Obama of being an out-of-touch elitist.

    Rachel calls this Romney’s “I’m rubber, you’re glue” tactic.

    But this new tack is especially odd since it moves the argument to Democratic turf. Dems are eager to talk about the “war on women,” and Romney is inadvertently making their job easier, in part by endorsing a far-right agenda, and in part by validating the underlying rhetorical frame.

    Should the 2012 race come down to which candidate is more committed to protecting women’s interests? Is that really what Romney wants?



  6. 18 PoliticalJunkessa
    April 11, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Chips is moving and shaking this morning. Sticking and moving. Jiving and grooving….

  7. 28 Hachikō
    April 11, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Who is that woman with the long curly hair looking like she’s gonna jump POTUS any minute?!? Where’s Michelle? Watch out lady! LOL!

  8. April 11, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Unfortunately, I can’t access the videos from work, but I am thrilled to see PBO talk about reagan. There were a lot of Dems who were upset when he brought up Reagan in the 2008 primary campaign, saying he was agreeing with Reagan’s policies, which he wasn’t.
    Now there will be a lot of republicans crying “Foul” that he is bringing up Reagan to justify his policies now. The Republican Party has been worshipping at the idol of Reagan for 30 years, but the worship an image not the reality. As PBO said last week, Reagan couldn’t win a Republican primary now.

    There are still a lot of Reagan Democrats out there, who really were independents who were caught up in the Reagan charisma. PBO is saying, if you really think Reagan was cool, then turn away from the party that has spurned him. I don’t agree with everything he said and did, but he was also a pragmatic and knew when to do things that were best for the country at times.

    Reagan represents for many people a positive view of the economy and foreign affairs. Yes, his accomplishmnets were mostly illusory, but it is the image that counts, not the reality. And he definitely was not some socialist Muslim Kenyan. PBO has already taken over the Reagan legacy in foreign affairs/national defense. The fall of the Soviet Union (which Reagn is given too much credit for) = getting OBL. Now, he working to bring those who thought of Reagan as strong on the economy over. Or at least, prevent them from supporting the Republicans.

  9. 45 L3
    April 11, 2012 at 11:05 am

    The “Reagan” Rule, that’s definitely going to leave a mark. Hit ’em hard Mr. President.

  10. April 11, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Pentagon’s Clean-Energy Initiatives Could Help Troops—and President Obama
    By Coral Davenport | Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | 6:04 a.m.
    The Pentagon plans to roll out a new slate of clean- and renewable-energy initiatives on Wednesday as part of its long-term “Operational Energy Strategy” aimed at reducing the military’s dependence on fossil fuels while increasing its front-line fighting power.
    The moves are in keeping with a sustained push by the military in recent years to cut its dependence on oil, which costs the Pentagon up to $20 billion annually and has led to the deaths of thousands of troops and contractors, killed while guarding fuel convoys in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Some renewable-energy projects at the Defense Department are already paying big dividends. Pentagon efforts to research and deploy products like hybrid batteries for tanks have enabled combat vehicles to travel farther without refueling, while advances in portable solar generation have allowed troops on the front lines in Afghanistan to power housing and electronic facilities without requiring fuel convoys to make dangerous drives through hostile territory to deliver the diesel required for traditional generators.


  11. 47 jacquelineoboomer
    April 11, 2012 at 11:11 am

    So, Santorum exits stage right, and we get stuck seeing his press secretary woman all over MSNBC for two days? I’m not a violent person, but I’ll volunteer to wipe that sneer off her face. Let me at her.

  12. 56 Sharon
    April 11, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I believe there was a conversation on here recently about Tom Brokard (sp? it’s wrong but I can’t come up with it right now) with a series on military families on NBC. Well, here he is at the White House speaking at the event celebrating military families.

    • 57 utaustinliberal
      April 11, 2012 at 11:18 am

      He’s still a jerk and an arrogant blowhard. Everytime he’s on Morning Joe and the Today Show, he only praises the rightwing Chamber of Commerce for efforts to help veterans and completely ignores FOTUS, SLOTUS, and Joining Forces. Plus he always disparages all efforts PBO has made to improve the economy. He overestimates his importance.

  13. 61 Ladyhawke
    April 11, 2012 at 11:13 am

    VIDEO: Game On: President Obama’s Buffett Rule Versus Bush-Romney

    By Sarah Jones


    George Bush is back to remind everyone that he “dramatically raised the deficit.” Lawrence O’Donnell observed that Bush’s appearance is a huge gift to the President and the Buffett Rule. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney is pushing the same old Bush policies that got us into the mess.
    Mitt Romney is out there trying to sell himself as a businessman who understands the economy and can “fix” it with the same policies (only more extreme) as Bush’s. He’s never answered why it would work under him when it didn’t work under Bush. Nor has he addressed why the economy is getting better, albeit it slowly, under Obama.

    Let this serve as a reminder to one and all that you must vote. You must get your friends and family to vote. You must volunteer or make a donation or drive someone to the polls. We all have to get involved, because the mere hint of another Bush term per Mitt Romney is enough to kill hope for good.



  14. 64 utaustinliberal
    April 11, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Once again, Romney shoots himself in the foot. He keeps harping on about Pres. Obama destroying job opportunities for women yet when his camp was asked about Romney’s position on the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act which basically boils down to women being paid the same as men for doing the same work, Romney and his team said “We’ll get back to you on that.” Dumb move. Dumb dumb dumb move. This dude really is a moron. This is how you lose the women vote. Well done Etch-A-Sketch.

    • 65 L3
      April 11, 2012 at 11:26 am

      He’s making a deadly mistake, which is fine by me. Since the beginning of PBO’s term polls have consistently shown that most voters, even this deep into PBO’s presidency, still correctly blame W. for the recession so if Williard is dumb enough to keep mentioning how women have lost jobs in the recession, most people will blame Bush and Republican policies not PBO.

    • 66 Frenchie08
      April 11, 2012 at 11:28 am

      Now where have I heard a response like that before. Ah yes, I remember….

      Couric: But can you give me any other concrete examples? Because I know you’ve said Barack Obama is a lot of talk and no action. Can you give me any other examples in his 26 years of John McCain truly taking a stand on this?

      Palin: I can give you examples of things that John McCain has done, that has shown his foresight, his pragmatism, and his leadership abilities. And that is what America needs today.

      Couric: I’m just going to ask you one more time – not to belabor the point. Specific examples in his 26 years of pushing for more regulation.

      Palin: I’ll try to find you some and I’ll bring them to you.

    • 70 Ladyhawke
      April 11, 2012 at 11:59 am


      Isn’t that remarkable ut? Just imagine what would happen if some real journalism broke out around the country and Mitt Romney and his campaign were actually challenged when they made outlandish claims or outright lies. It shouldn’t be that hard for journalists to do some basic homework on the issues. Romney has been banking on reporters not challenging him. We’ll get back to you on that makes them sound like real amateurs. That’s what knee jerk criticism of President Obama will do to you. They just didn’t think it through.

      I have noticed that Mitt Romney likes to do his lying, distoring and making stuff up in town halls, op-eds, ads, and speeches. I have not seen a lot of press conferences. He mainly does interviews on right wing radio and Fox where he is joined at the tonsils with the host. They smooze before the interview and then toss him softball questions.

      I am anxiously awaiting Mitt Romney’s “Katie Couric” interview. An interview where he is asked tough questions and not allowed to respond with canned talking points and spin. I know, I know the likelyhood of this happening is remote. But this incident where the campaign was asked about the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act may be a watershed moment. It crystalizes what is wrong with the Romney candiacy. We need to see more of this. If the feckless media just did the basics of reporting the facts the American people would be better informed.

    • 71 Cha
      April 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      zombey’s out there yapping his lying head off..just begging to be asked about the Lilly Ledbetter Act and he doesn’t even know it. He also needs to be asked about scott walker repealing the equal pay for women law.

  15. 72 AJ
    April 11, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I’ve never been a fan of the acronym SLOTUS for Second Lady of the United States: I don’t like how it looks. How about 2LOTUS instead? 🙂

    BTW, lovin’ Dr. Biden, as always.

    • 73 PoliticalJunkessa
      April 11, 2012 at 11:21 am

      Yeah, I had to do a double take first time I saw it, lol.

    • 74 utaustinliberal
      April 11, 2012 at 11:21 am

      2LOTUS unfortunately doesn’t make much sense. It just looks weird. The Second Lady of the United States is referred to by her name or SLOTUS because it’s easier to understand.

      • 75 AJ
        April 11, 2012 at 11:23 am

        Understood, UT..just trying something new. No disrespect intended, of course….hope you didn’t think otherwise.

        • 76 utaustinliberal
          April 11, 2012 at 11:28 am

          Oh no. Not at all. I should have put a smiley face at the end of my comment. 😆 It’s just that when I see 2LOTUS, I unfortunately think you’re talking about a flower and get horribly confused. Totally my fault not yours AJ. 😆

  16. 78 ChristiMTL
    April 11, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Haha it’s fun to see on Twitter, they’re freaking out already, tweeting an article in the Washingon Examiner” No, Zombie Reagan does not support ‘Buffett Rule”….This moron in particular @RBPundit.


    ”When lying Leftists claim that Reagan was for the “Buffett Rule” show them this link: http://bit.ly/HvAWKn Hint: They’re lying. #tcot #p2”


    ” Hey @markknoller, are you going to let Obama get away with lying about the #ReaganRule?”

    @RBPundit ”Everyone.. Flood this hashtag with the facts behind the #ReaganRule: http://bit.ly/HvAWKn #teaparty #tcot”

  17. 80 PoliticalJunkessa
    April 11, 2012 at 11:28 am

    “The Reagan Rule.” The three words that will finally drive the teapublicans off their thin ledge of sanity. Combine that with the “War on Women” messaging, and I fully expect them to shrivel up like the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz. There’s nothing they can deal with less than a simple, power-packed talking point. No wonder they’re apoplectic. The script has been flipped.

    • 81 itgurl_29
      April 11, 2012 at 11:34 am

      But lo and behold, sometime in the next few weeks, a Democratic legislature will say that the President is being too tough and harsh on the repugs and that he shouldn’t be using Regan to get his point across.

  18. 83 Ladyhawke
    April 11, 2012 at 11:32 am


    Barney Frank On Mitt Romney: “There Is A Meanness At His Core”


    “You know, he ran ads — I never thought i would feel some sympathy for Newt Gingrich but Mitt Romney with enormous amounts of money at his beck and call from people who want him to treat them right and protect their riches has run the most relentlessly savage campaign against anybody who dared get in his way. He ran an abusive personal campaign against Senator Kennedy. He ran a demeaning personal campaign against a first-rate woman who ran against him for Governor, Shannon O’Brien. When he wanted to be governor, he undercut the then-Republican governor, Jane Swift. He has a record of being very abusive toward women politicians if he has to be. So with all this planned image of his, you will not find a more devoted practitioner of the most vicious aspect in a record of politics than Mitt Romney,” Frank opined.



    • 84 Cha
      April 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      Barney Frank is being too kind to the zombey. I think there’s an Evilness at willard’s core. rombot is running a savage campaign against President Obama but mitt’s in way over his evilhead. The Good Spirits are going to stomp his heinouness back to the stone age where he belongs.

  19. 85 ParkRanger
    April 11, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I just watched the video: Mitt Romney, Memories to Last a Lifetime by the Obama campaign. WOW! WOW! WOW!

    It’s calm, measured and sooooooo effective. I LOVE IT!!!!

  20. April 11, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Yesssssssssss, I like President Obama’s comment on “The Reagan Rule”, hot dang, that’ll get them where It hurts, hehehe 🙂

  21. 92 sherijr
    April 11, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Sheer brilliance. taking their savior Reagan’s name.. loving our POTUS so much everyday.

  22. 94 sherijr
    April 11, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Wow that Daily Kos video is really outstanding.. putting Reagan in there in his own words next to POTUS- well done. I’m actually amazed.

  23. 95 whatisworking
    April 11, 2012 at 11:50 am

    MarkCare: How health reform is making health insurance more affordable for small businesss


    • 96 57andfemale
      April 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      I heard today that hcr is at an all time low in support and its unconstitutionality is gaining traction. Consistently women and Latinos in particular list health care as a major concern. Framing still sucks and other than a little flurry of interest from the administration during oral arguments week, nothing.

  24. 98 Linda
    April 11, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Hillary Clinton on Bin Laden Death: No One Watching ‘Could Breathe for 35 Minutes’ ( Video )


  25. 99 amk for obama
    April 11, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Drugs giant Johnson & Johnson is ordered by a US judge to pay $1.1bn for downplaying the risks involved in taking its anti-psychotic drug Risperdal.

    The state of Arkansas sued J&J and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals over its marketing of the drug in 2007.

    A number of US states have already found the firms guilty of similar charges and fined them accordingly.

    Some of these verdicts and fines are currently under appeal.


    Isn’t j&j a big rethugs’ donor ?

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