‘swing-state unemployment down, obama’s chances up’

Kansas City Star: The improving economy is swinging the pendulum in President Barack Obama’s favor in the 14 states where the presidential election will likely be decided …. What’s made the difference is that unemployment has dropped more sharply in several swing states than in the nation as a whole. A resurgence in manufacturing is helping the economy – and Obama’s chances – in the industrial Midwestern states of Ohio and Michigan.

…. After an agonizingly slow recovery, several swing-state economies are finally accelerating:

– The job market is improving in Michigan and Ohio. In Michigan, unemployment fell to 8.5 percent in March from 10.5 percent in March 2011. And in Ohio, it dropped to 7.5 percent from 8.8 percent over the same period….

Many blue-collar workers in Ohio and Michigan credit the federal bailout of General Motors and Chrysler for saving tens of thousands of auto industry jobs … “There’s a feeling the administration went out of its way to protect jobs that are very important,” says Paul Allen Beck, a political science professor at Ohio State University…

– Unemployment is down over the past year in the 10 other states the Associated Press identifies as swing states: Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin…..

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141 Responses to “‘swing-state unemployment down, obama’s chances up’”

  1. 1 Tally
    April 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm


  2. 9 desertflower
    April 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm


    Lawmakers Unite With Activist Groups To Press For Constitutional Amendment On Citizens United

    We need to get this done. The SC has stolen our democracy.

  3. April 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Good Afternoon, Everyone 🙂

  4. 11 desertflower
    April 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Another under reported scandal concerning ALEC…


    Most of the attention has focused on ALEC’s role in creating model bills, drafted by lobbyists and lawmakers, that broadly advance a pro-business, socially conservative agenda. But a review of internal ALEC documents shows that this is only one facet of a sophisticated operation for shaping public policy at a state-by-state level. The records offer a glimpse of how special interests effectively turn ALEC’s lawmaker members into stealth lobbyists, providing them with talking points, signaling how they should vote and collaborating on bills affecting hundreds of issues like school vouchers and tobacco taxes.

    The documents — hundreds of pages of minutes of private meetings, member e-mail alerts and correspondence — were obtained by the watchdog group Common Cause and shared with The New York Times. Common Cause, which said it got some of the documents from a whistle-blower and others from public record requests in state legislatures, is using the files to support an Internal Revenue Service complaint asserting that ALEC has abused its tax-exempt status, something ALEC denies.

    “We know its mission is to bring together corporations and state legislators to draft profit-driven, anti-public-interest legislation, and then help those elected officials pass the bills in statehouses from coast to coast,” said the president of Common Cause, Bob Edgar. “If that’s not lobbying, what is?”

  5. 12 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      • 18 susanne
        April 22, 2012 at 4:48 pm

        your comment made me read the article, even though i hardly get a chance to visit here lately, and was just dipping in for a minute to feel i’m not totally missing out on what’s going on.

        this article is a must!!! read!!!!

        folks, your state tax deductions may be going straight from your paycheck to your company’s pockets, as a little perk for their doing business in your state. think your state income tax is paying for schools? roads? senior citizen programs? nope.

        talk about corporate welfare–please!
        thanks ladyhawke and gobrooklyn for bringing this to light.

  6. 20 desertflower
    April 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    A repost MUST READ for a Sunday morning…with your coffee, or Bloody Mary, or Mimosa 🙂


  7. 21 Debz
    April 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Afternoon all. Good news about the unemployment in swing states. Yes, PBO did save the auto industry which is responsible for the economy picking up. I can not imagine where we would be if he “let Detroit go bankrupt” Thank you, President Obama.

  8. April 22, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Osama Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.

    Should be on t-shirts, mugs and bumperstickers for sale at Obama.com

  9. 23 Linda
    April 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    David Axelrod defended Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s travel expenses for flying between Washington and his home in California, which have cost the government $860,000 since last July on CNN’s State of the Union.

    “Leon’s family is out there, I understand that, he’s serving the country,” Axelrod said.

    Host Candy Crowley pushed that people could get upset in tight government times.

    “Understood,” said Axelrod, but Panetta is doing “a service to his country, at the age of 73, after a long career… I don’t think people are going to begrudge him going home and seeing his family.”

    This Cow needs to be taken down a peg……..How dare she….

    • 24 Debz
      April 22, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Seriously????? Now the Secretary of Defense is not allowed to leave Washington? Crowley is a disgrace, but I am sure we will be hearing more about this “scandal” from the rest of the media clowns in the coming weeks.

  10. 30 desertflower
    April 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Something just came to me! (crazy, I know)

    Tweeters………..”Romney. The BANE of our existence” I thought that was good…..

    • 31 mtmarilyn
      April 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      Good afternoon Desertflower. You have been busy today. I have finally caught up. Been tweeting all your great finds. I sent you an email today.

      It is a beautiful sunny Earth Day here in Montana.

      Thanks everyone for all the great information everyday. I don’t get to comment much but I sure tweet as much as possible. We must get all this information out there!

      • 32 desertflower
        April 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm

        Hi, Mom Marilyn:) Glad you have a lovely Montana Earth Day. Here in AZ, I think we may have an ozone warning and it’s going to be 102. Too hot, too early! Thanks for Tweeting all the goodies that everyone posts here…sometimes it’s hard to keep up on all the good stuff that is un/under reported by the MSM. They get paid? For doing what exactly??

        Enjoy your beautiful day. Will check my email:) Talk to you soon!

      • 33 desertflower
        April 22, 2012 at 2:39 pm

        Check your email, MM:)

  11. 34 gcwp1
    April 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    The critical mass of voters vote with their wallets. If Ann Romney really believes she received an early XMAS present because an advisotrof Obama’s…yadayadayada….living in bubbles often result in delusions, Miss. I believe it will come down to the Economiy Watchers Vs the Haters. When the haters lose, I would like to see them exchanged for poverty striken Mexicans.

  12. 36 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    April 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Re-posted from close to the bottom of the previous thread … given that it is “Earth Day” and the Koch Brothers are destroying it along with our Republic:

    Fortunately Robert Greenwald and Rolling Stone are exposing the Koch Brothers & their ilk – early.



    “Accordingly, here are 10 facts that every American should know about who the Kochs are and what they’re doing to our country.

    1. Koch Industries, which the brothers own, is one of the top ten polluters in the United States — which perhaps explains why the Kochs have given $60 million to climate denial groups between 1997 and 2010.

    2. The Kochs are the oil and gas industry’s biggest donors to the congressional committee with oversight of the hazardous Keystone XL oil pipeline. They and their employees gave more than $300,000 to members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in 2010 alone.


    Any question that the Koch Brothers don’t know how to buy Congress is readily evidenced, as desertflower noted in the previous thread:


    By 6 Nov 2012, we want every American to realize that these are the Plutocrats doing vast harm to the Republic and are what must be defeated, resoundingly.


  13. April 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Read about GOP Miami Repub and U.S. Rep. David Rivera, long time personal and political BFF of Marco Rubio who is under investigation by the FBI and IRS. “….Rivera essentially lived off campaign contributions for almost a decade while serving as a part time lawmaker, paying mortgages on 4 different properties and jetting around the globe though he never held a full-time job or earned more than $28,000 a year.” Rubio and Rivera bought a Tallahassee property together, were roommates, have been in lockstep for years. Rubio operated in the same way as Rivera, finances a tangled, hazy, sleazy mess, but somehow the investigation against him was quashed. Rubio is hosting a fundraiser for Rivera next month. Also check out Rivera’s wikipedia page and Politico actually recently had a Rubio/Rivera connection story also.

    • 38 Jessica
      April 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      One thing about Miami politics is that it’s dirty as fuck. Mostly Cuban and white politicians getting away with murder but still sweep in local elections. I wish Rubio would get picked so there can be a spotlight on it.

  14. 39 Tally
    April 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm

  15. 41 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm

  16. 44 utaustinliberal
    April 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Video of Stephanie Cutter on Face The Nation. She was fantastic as usual. She’s a great spokesperson for Pres. Obama.


    • 45 Ladyhawke
      April 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      thanks ut. I can’t wait to see that video. I hope everybody is getting Stephanie Cutter’s Tip Sheets. They are terrific, very informative.

    • 47 nathkatun7
      April 22, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks so much UT or sharing this. Stephanie Cutter was excellent. You can tell Bob Scheiffer was not happy because he was trying so hard to promote Willard Romney.

  17. 48 globalcitizenlinda
    April 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    hey fellow TOD members, did i miss something about President Obama’s re-election chances??

    I thought as late as this Friday, the MSM was busy trying to convince us with bogus polls “showing” that PBO is tied with mitt the entitled liar because of the perceived lair’s “better” management of the economy.

    Now, just 2 days later, we have the headlines saying: ‘swing-state unemployment down, obama’s chances up’. really were they ever down.

    amazing how the MSM no longer tries to hide its outright manipulation of the information voters get.

    I know that the poll that counts is the one on election night but still……!!!!

    • 49 L3
      April 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Sizeable leads for PBO they don’t believe. Small leads for PBO are ties. No lead for PBO is bad news and if PBO is behind he’s doomed. In other words, good news is bad news and bad news is terrible news for PBO.

  18. 50 utaustinliberal
    April 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm

  19. 51 utaustinliberal
    April 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm

  20. 52 desertflower
    April 22, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Must read. Someone was asking about what fracking was the other day…can’t remember who, but I urge everyone to read this. Not good.


  21. April 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan and the United States on Sunday agreed a draft of a long-awaited deal that will define the scope and nature of a U.S. presence in the country for up to a decade after the pullout of most NATO combat troops in 2014.

    The U.S. Ambassador to Kabul, Ryan Crocker, and Afghan national security adviser, Rangin Spanta, initialed copies of the agreement, paving the way for President Barack Obama and his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, to review it.

    “After much hard work together, we are pleased that we are close to completing negotiations on (the) Strategic Partnership,” a U.S. Embassy spokesman in Kabul told Reuters.

    “Our goal is an enduring partnership with Afghanistan that strengthens Afghan sovereignty, stability and prosperity and that contributes to our shared goal of defeating Al Qaeda and its extremist affiliates. We believe this agreement supports that goal,” he said.


  22. 56 desertflower
    April 22, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    thinkprogress Since passage of Violence Against Women Act, domestic violence decreased 53%. Tell Congress to reauthorize NOW thkpr.gs/HYEpSH
    53 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

  23. 61 nintendowii10
    April 22, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    This is EXACTLY why I was hammering Axelrod for fumbling on Hillary Rosen comments, now he’s saying Romney has the advantage on the economy!


    Seriously Axe, quit making rookie mistakes like these, you oughta be ashamed!

    • 62 Brit
      April 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      I don’t understand why he would say something like this.

      • 63 nintendowii10
        April 22, 2012 at 2:51 pm

        Now the media will jump onboard this soundbite as Axelrod praising Romney and say that Obama campaign is in trouble. EPIC FAIL Axelrod, EPIC FAIL!

        • 64 Brit
          April 22, 2012 at 3:33 pm

          I hope the mistakes(response to Rosen’s remarks) the campaign made this month don’t continue on. They have to be better with their communication like they were in 2007-2008.

          • 65 hopefruit2
            April 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm

            How was the response to Rosen’s remarks a mistake? How did it hurt Obama? How did it help Romney with women voters? Please provide factual evidence with data to back up your claims.

            • 66 anniebella
              April 23, 2012 at 5:56 am

              I think Hillary Rosen should have not said anything about Ann Romney. She has some responsibility in that whole mess. But I know the media were the Romney camp big helper, they help push that fake controversy and they knew it was fake.

    • 67 desertflower
      April 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      “I think that Governor Romney at the early stage gets a bit of an advantage because he has this moniker of businessman and people assume that because of that that somehow he’ll bring some magic elixir to the economy,” Axelrod explained.

      But Axelrod doesn’t think Romney’s lead in these areas will last. “But when they get under the hood and see what he’s actually proposing: more massive tax cuts for the wealthy, fewer rules for Wall Street, deep cuts in the things we need to grow – education, research and development, energy – I think people are gonna say, ‘hey we’ve seen this movie before and it didn’t work,’” he said.

      Axelrod also pointed out that Romney made the same case in Massachusetts and under his watch Massachusetts became 47th in the country in job creation.

      That’s why.

      • 68 nintendowii10
        April 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm

        Point, is, Axelrod shouldn’t be giving the Romney people ANY SOUNDBITES they could jump on, now guaranteed the right wing media jump on this soundbite just like they did with Hillary Rosen’s comments. I’m ashamed of Axelrod, he needs to remember he’s on TEAM OBAMA, not TEAM ROBMEY!

        • 69 hopefruit2
          April 22, 2012 at 3:02 pm

          Nintendo you are being absolutely ridiculous. You’re using the example of Hillary Rosen – and just how well did the Rosen flap work for the Romney team?!?!? It DIDN’T. In fact, it made things WORSE for Romney, not better. Notice that you didn’t hear anything from the MSM aobut Ann Romney or Hillary Rosen today on any of the “Meet the Republican” shows? So if you’re using the Rosen fiasco to predict the outcome of this one, then we should all be thrilled – because it will actually make things worse for Romney if the the MSM decides to run away with it!!!

          Please, before you react with the hysterics, examine the FACTS of the situation.

          • 70 nintendowii10
            April 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm

            And I am pointing out the facts. The media WILL run with this soundbite and it is a rookie mistake by Axelrod, who is smarter than this. I’m going to continue to criticize Obama’s team whenever they make rookie mistakes like these because we can’t afford these mistakes come September. What if Axelrod made this comment that late in the season? It’s better to point out mistakes like these now and most importantly, not make them again.

            • 71 hopefruit2
              April 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm

              No you aren’t pointing out the facts. You are erupting in hysteria based on half-truths and falsehoods. Instead of attacking TPM for putting out a slanted report that omits half of what Axelrod said, you are busy attacking Axelrod for telling the truth. What is more, you are using the Rosen-Hillary flap as an example, conveniently forgetting the fact that the MSM’s running with it actually worked in FAVOR of the Obama team, and made things WORSE for Romney.

              • 72 nintendowii10
                April 22, 2012 at 3:14 pm

                TPM is already proving my point, they took this comment out of context, and it wouldn’t even be taken out of context had Axelrod not even made it in the first place. Instead of talking about “Romney is a businessman” which is the Romney people’s talking point, Axelrod should have been talking about how the economy has improved under President Obama’s leadership. Isn’t it Axelrod’s job to promote the President, NOT to put his foot in his mouth like he did here? Now the media will and already has taken his comment out of context and he’ll be forced to walk it back when he shouldn’t have made it in the first place. Messaging is important, and Axelrod slipped OFF message by praising Romney and NOT praising President Obama and the many months of job growth.

                • 73 hopefruit2
                  April 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm

                  I don’t give a dragon’s fart what TPM did, does, won’t can’t with Axelrod’s comment. We ALREADY KNOW that they live to spin to “help” Romney, when 99.9% of the time, their efforts to spin FAIL miserably.

                  Question: Did the MSM’s pushing the Ann Romney/Hillary Rosen nontroversy hurt President Obama’s standing among women?

                  Ans: No it didn’t. In fact, it backfired and caused even more people to despise Ann Romney and have LESS sympathy for him. So the MSM’s little ploy didn’t work.

                  What Axelrod did was to use the MSM’s meme and throw it right back in their faces by letting them know that Romney’s so-called perceived edge on the economy is temporary and is based on lies and other false information put out by the same MSM, AND that the O-team knows how to get around those falsehoods and bring the truth about Romney to the people.

                  • 74 nathkatun7
                    April 22, 2012 at 9:33 pm

                    Hopefruit: Thank you so much for always standing strong for TRUTH. The reason I no longer visit TPM is the site’s sensationalism. Taking what Axelrod said out of context shows that the site is no better than HuffPost or MSM. I hope all of us who support the President would be on the look out for lies and distortions by the media. Our time and energy should be invested in pushing back against the lies and distortions and not in freaking out attacking people on our side based on lies and distortions.

                    • 75 anniebella
                      April 23, 2012 at 6:01 am

                      I didn’t hear what Axelrod said, but I still have confidence in him and the Obama re-election team. They know what they are doing.

            • 76 theo67
              April 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm

              If the media runs on a partial soundbite, then it simply opens the door for us to play the entire soundbite, showing that Mitt may APPEAR to have an advantage on the economy based on his false claim of being a businessman, but once people find out what his policies are, they will learn differently. That’s what Axelrod was saying.

              In my opinion, this is reality. Romney scores 42% with voters thinking he’s got some plan for the economy, simply because he’s been touting himself as some business powerhouse. They don’t know that he didn’t actually start Bain Capital – it was handed to him. He is risk averse. He was scared to take a risk on Staples, and had to be convinced – and that most of the profit and growth at Staples happened AFTER Romney left. That he never had an operational role at Staples, but just reaped the Director’s benefits by sitting on the Board in a non-operational role. That he got his job at Bain because Mr. Bill Bain was gaga over Romney’s dad. That he hasn’t worked in ten years. That he had a dismal record as governor of Massachusetts, and that his health care law did nothing to stem the rising cost of health care (Gov. Deval Patrick had to work on reducing costs, which is why the health care law in Massachusetts is as popular and successful as it is today).

              It doesn’t help when we choose to flip out over what the GOP will say or do. They are going to be twisting the truth for the next six months. We have to stop reacting based on their actions. We have to start pushing back. Every lie they tell gives us an opportunity to tell the truth. Axelrod took one of their lies – that Romney has a better handle on how to recover the economy – and pointed out that this lead is currently based on lies, and once the truth comes out, it will evaporate. The President said two weeks ago that he’s looking forward to this election because he’s got truth on his side. And so do we. We get to push back on lies for the next six months – and that gives us power.

              As for the Hilary Rosen thing – I can’t believe people are hanging on to that thing.The President has a standard. He does not allow attacks on people’s families. Hilary’s tone was what people reacted to – more than her words. By reiterating their principle that families have to be off limits, it gives them the upper hand as the election continues, to push back harder if/when the ugliness rears its head from the right. It may not carry much weight with those who wants the President to operate on their terms, but personally, I admire the President even more when I see him rising above the standards of the right, refusing to get into the gutter with those who have no principles.

        • April 23, 2012 at 12:27 am

          I’m with you, as I were in the Rosen case. They should quit the stupid high road and terrible soundbites ASAP.

      • 78 hopefruit2
        April 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm

        Thanks df for putting Axelrod’s words in proper context. Brit and Nintendo are doing EXACTLY the very thing we accuse the MSM of doing: spinning people’s words of out of context.

        Axelrod is basically saying that there is a PERCEPTION of Romney having an advantage on the economy due to a false meme of businessman=good for the economy, but that perception will soon disappear as REALITY of Romney’s policy become apparent to voters – which it will.

        • 79 nintendowii10
          April 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm

          That is MY point, Axelrod shouldn’t have said this at all, now we’ll have to deal with the media taking it OUT OF CONTEXT! Axe needs to quit putting his foot in his mouth like this, he should KNOW better.

          • 80 hopefruit2
            April 22, 2012 at 3:13 pm

            Axelrod said exactly the right thing. We should be dealing with the media – Axelrod should not have to tiptoe and not say what needs to be said out of fear that the MSM will twist his words – no matter what Axelrod said, the MSM would twist his words because they are just dishonest as Mitt Romney. I soundly reject the premise that Axelrod needs to constantly censor his words to the point of saying damn near nothing, just so that the MSM won’t spin his words. The fact remains that MANY voters are able to get their information from other sources outside of TPM and the MSM. And they will have opportunities to see the whole context of what Axelrod was saying.

        • April 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm

          I thought Axelrod did great! The problem here is, sometimes people will go on other websites or Twitter, etc, and see that people will be irate with Axelrod because…
          Not knowing, of course, that these very same people might only be Tepid Obama supporters or not!
          Also, it might be a Job of a person on a different website, to sow seeds of discord!

          • 82 utaustinliberal
            April 22, 2012 at 3:35 pm

            Exactly Jovie. Jovie, DF, and Hopefruit have it right. Nintendowii you have got to stop these hair on fire hysterics. Did you watch Axelrod on State of the Union and Meet The Press? Did you watch Stephanie Cutter on Face The Nation? You take a myopic statement and twist yourself into a pretzel freaking out. Have you ever run a successful campaign like David Axelrod? No? Then give them some credit and stop dismissing them as rookies. It’s insulting to their breadth of experience.

            Axelrod said: “I think that Governor Romney at the early stage gets a bit of an advantage because he has this moniker of businessman and people assume that because of that that somehow he’ll bring some magic elixir to the economy,” Axelrod explained.

            But Axelrod doesn’t think Romney’s lead in these areas will last. “But when they get under the hood and see what he’s actually proposing: more massive tax cuts for the wealthy, fewer rules for Wall Street, deep cuts in the things we need to grow – education, research and development, energy – I think people are gonna say, ‘hey we’ve seen this movie before and it didn’t work,’” he said.

            How is this statement a rookie mistake? He’s merely pointing out the facts. He points out what Romney is peddling and immediately dispels the notion that Romney’s “magic elixir” will fix the economy.

            Despite the media manufactured “outrage” of the Rosen comment, poll after poll showed that it never harmed President Obama’s lead with women. 22-32% of people said they had no idea there was a Rosen-gate fiasco. So please consider all sides of a situation before you begin needlessly freaking out. It’s tiring.

        • 83 desertflower
          April 22, 2012 at 3:07 pm

          Precisely. This shouldn’t be a “Hair on Fire” moment. Have to agree to disagree on this one, Nin and Brit. I think that he was speaking of the wrongful perception of some. That wrongful perception is exactly what he said it is. Wrong.

          • 84 nintendowii10
            April 22, 2012 at 3:10 pm

            But my thing is that Axelrod should have been smart enough not to say this at all. He should have said that Obama has the advantage because against all odds, against the Republicans wishes, the economy is recovering. The whole “Romney is a businessman” is Romney campaign’s talking point and Axelrod stepped into it bigtime. Now we’ll hear the media jumping onboard this and Axelrod will be forced to walk back a comment he should have been smart enough NOT to make in the first place.

            • 85 desertflower
              April 22, 2012 at 3:14 pm

              But Romney was a businessman, and the US is NOT a business! What he DID to those business’ is deplorable. Read the whole thing.

              I think this may be a brilliant ploy by Axe to totally eviscerate the the liar Mitt, once and for all! Expose his lies like never before….he’s ALWAYS had a pass. This is a set up. Take that to the bank!

              • 86 hopefruit2
                April 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm

                You’re right df – it certainly is a set up. Axelrod knew what he was doing when he made that remark. Just like he and Messina knew what they were doing when they tweeted that “disapproval” of Rosen’s remarks towards Ann Romney.

                • 87 desertflower
                  April 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm

                  Axe is too smart and strategic to have made a “mistake” about this. This was NO MISTAKE. I will stand by my thought that this is a brilliant set up. Axe knows that there is no room for mistakes…and sorry, but those that see it this way, miss the bigger picture. Sorry, Nin….my thoughts on this…still give you hugs, but this time, I think you’re foaming at the mouth unnecessarily. Breathe.


              • 88 nathkatun7
                April 22, 2012 at 9:39 pm

                You are absolutely spot-on, desertflower!

            • 89 joyfulmeme
              April 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm

              He was responding to poll numbers that have Romney ahead in this particular area.

            • April 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm

              I see your point that we live in a soundbite era and the other side will take the word advantage and run with it. Perhaps using the word impression instead of advantage may have been better. Having said that I don’t see this as a big deal. Axelrod could have said “Romney does…” and the media will say “Obama adviser says Romney is a doer.” They’ll try to run with anything but again I take your point.

            • 91 sabreen60
              April 23, 2012 at 12:22 am

              Better late than never – that’s me. My 2 cents. Remember the ad Romney made, umm SuperPac made, that showed President (then candidate Obama) repeating words that McCain had said, but played it like the words were actually spoken by Candidate Obama? Well this is what they do. Unless our side chooses not to speak at all, Romney can and will take anything he pleases out of context and spin it. What the Obama campaign will do is push back on the lies – that’s defense and I’m sure they will be on offense as well.

            • 92 anniebella
              April 23, 2012 at 6:06 am

              nintendowii10, Kind of like Hillary Rosen shouldn’t had said what she said.

          • 93 Brit
            April 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm

            I just feel that his remark will end up being used in an ad by Karl Rove or another pro-Mitt PAC. The way he worded the remarks throws me off.

            • 94 hopefruit2
              April 22, 2012 at 3:52 pm

              Brit – this is not 2000 or even 2004 when negative ads were effective precisely because people had no other way of obtaining the full context of edited remarks. In 2012, we have Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, in addition to several pro-Obama blogs that aggressively counter MSM propaganda and disseminate info to the public unfiltered by the manipulative media and GOP.

              That’s why Karl Rove and Koch, etc are going to find it a lot harder to defeat this President – there is a going to be a point of diminishing returns at which the MSM is more harmful to their cause than helping. Just check how well that Ann Romney sympathy media blitz worked out for them. Did it? No it didn’t. Yet people were freaking out on this blog and on Twitter about Axelrod and Messina’s tweets helping Romney. Let’s have some confidence in our side, shall we?

    • 95 globalcitizenlinda
      April 22, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      thanks for providing the entire comment by Axe.

    • 96 collegekay
      April 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      I really don’t see the big deal. He told the truth.

  24. 98 desertflower
    April 22, 2012 at 3:10 pm


    President Obama had $104 million in the bank at the end of March, 10 times more than Mitt Romney, illustrating the kind of uphill battle that the presumptive Republican nominee faces to catch up after a bruising primary fight, reports the Los Angeles Times. Romney raised $12.6 million in March and started April with $10.1 million in the bank. For his part, Obama managed to raise $35 million last month. So far in this campaign cycle, the former governor has raised a little more than $87 million, compared to Obama’s $197 million.


    As was the case in the 2008 campaign, Obama is relying heavily on small donors, notes Bloomberg. In March, 52 percent of Obama’s money came in donations of less than $200, compared to 13 percent for Romney. At the same time though Obama is also increasing the amount of cash he gets from large fundraisers known as bundlers. The campaign has identified 117 people who have raised at least $500,000 each, compared to 61 at the end of 2011.
    The growing importance of outside groups is raising uncomfortable questions for the Republican National Committee, notes Politico. Some suggest this campaign marks the first signs that the official bureaucracy is becoming less important as more decisions are being made by outsiders.

    • 99 theo67
      April 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      It’s hard to keep track of these fundraising reports. One minute, they’re saying Romney has the support of big business, banks, Super PACs, right wing billionaires – and implying he’s a juggernaut. Next minute, President Obama is dwarfing Romney in funding. I guess the only thing that’s important is getting the truth out to our neighbors and friends, registering people to vote, and keeping the faith.

  25. April 22, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Look’d like the far left may win in France. Clean out all that’s Conservatives in Europe, even Lagarde says the US should do austerity.
    A little bit of smart austerity, coupled with investing!
    Clearly, Europe is feeling guilty of 60 years of spending and are now paying for that, in dismal fashion!

    • April 22, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      Jovie what’s up with Greece?

    • 105 Asher in Boston
      April 22, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      This will be interesting to watch. I had a LOL moment when like 3 weeks ago, I read in one of my home country Newspapers were, the Sarkozy team is globe trotting the entire African continent of Africa, urging all African French citizens to go back to France and vote for him. After all the hatred that is being leveled on African and Arab immigrants all over Europe and mostly in France, and this guy has the audacity to ask for their vote? What a user. That is why one should be civil to all, because you never know whose help you will need down the road. Reminds me of the hating racist gop, towards the minorities and women, then plan for an etch a sketch moment.

  26. 106 collegekay
    April 22, 2012 at 3:27 pm

  27. 112 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Ah..Fox News haz a sad about FLOTUS’s televised appearances 🙂 They have an article lamenting that Michelle is becoming the most televised First Lady EVER!

    I won’t link it but just letting you know!

    • 113 collegekay
      April 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      They’re just mad that FLOTUS is more popular than their beloved Ann Romney. She will NEVER measure up to FLOTUS.

    • 117 utaustinliberal
      April 22, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      And PBO is at an 8 point upswing in Gallup’s daily tracking poll. Methinks the rightwing is on freak out mode today. 😀

    • 122 globalcitizenlinda
      April 22, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      saw and read that article.

      I decided that they are trying to push back against The First Lady’s appearances because they have been very genuine and hence successful for both Team Obama and the MSM that need the ratings.

      Believe me, the media outlets are noticing what a gem we have in Mrs Obama and that is why everyone is seeking her out – they are getting huge returns for their air time.


      – Because FLOTUS is an accomplished woman in her own right but one who knows that POTUS is in charge of a very challenging nation with a significant number of ungrateful (and often hateful) opposition. FLOTUS understands that her role is to support rather than undermine/upstage POTUS and that she will use any media outlet she can to achieve this goal of advancing the President’s national and global interests.

      – FLOTUS is unlike most First Ladies in that she is not one those Step-ford /trophy wives who stands by her man with a botox-filled plastic face waving to the audiences rather timidly. Rather, Mrs Obama routinely wears her emotions on her sleeve as she reaches out to all people no matter their station in life – you know where you stand with her and she is very interested in your business.

      Besides, these appearances of FLOTUS are for the most part free advertising for our candidate. I for one will hope that she continues on her journey.

      the right-wingers can go ahead and parade the fake Mrs Money

      • 123 anniebella
        April 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm

        I’ll take Mrs. Obama any time. The media is trying to make Ann Romney into something special. I’ll take Mrs. Obama any time. Give me someone who’s real, nothing fake and phony.

    • 124 anniebella
      April 22, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      So what FLOTUS is the most televised First Lady ever. They can’t deal with it, because when FLOTUS goes on tv she is great at what she does. And people like her.

    • 127 Diane
      April 22, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      This was a good article and I agree that progressives should sign petitions, call/tweet their representatives, etc. But speaking out also means speaking out to friends/acquaintances. My FB page is filled with women I have met over the years in a professional association. Lately some of these women have started “liking” and adding tea party info into my FB. With each instance I calmly explain the error or refer to a link where correct information can be found. At first these same people accused me of trying to argue with them. I explained that this election is too important not to base decisions on facts. It has taken several weeks, but these incidents being slid into FB have stopped. And every single lie that was inserted into FB had been discussed here on TOD several days earlier, making it easy to access the information I needed.

  28. 128 Ladyhawke
    April 22, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    AUDIO- RNC Spokesperson Confirms: Romney Economic Policies Are “Bush Plan Just Updated”


  29. April 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    But to hear David Gregory and other GOP water carriers tell it, our president is doomed. People are benefiting from the steps PBO has taken, whether in health care or job wise. Mr. Etcha-sketch and his surrogates plus some in MSM can try, but they won’t get anywhere with their fakery and trickery.

  30. April 22, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Ah, the good old days when we were talking about Contraceptives, now, the MSM is focusing on Hookers and Prostitutes.
    Moving on up! Our MSM is a joke!

  31. April 22, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Ok, I really want to say this to people once and for all. THIS SHIT DOES NOT MATTER NOW!!!!!! My God, this above reminds me of the bullshit I went through in 2008 on Daily Kos. Whereas all of everybody was panicking because Axelrod, President Obama, some other Dem, etc. made some comment that we worried the media will say some bullshit and churn it out ad nauseum. It was the same thing I saw with the “Rosengate” where people became trapped in a corner with the media thing and actually giving a shit what the media thought. I’m sorry, but I haven’t seen Ann Romney making the daytime talk rounds like Michelle Obama, or encouraging an initiative like Michelle Obama. Really, on that I was like “Let the media say that Ann Romney is a force to be reckoned with and Democrats are scared of her” She’s not on the ballot, thusly she doesn’t matter. With all that we’ve seen over the past three years with negative upon negative stories on Barack Obama which he gets the most negative coverage of any President in history, it is a godsend to the sanity of the free thinking American people that he is still ahead.

    I remember 2008, being 19 years old and drinking gallons upon gallons of Maalox because John McCain was seen as winning every media narrative. Also, he was seen as winning every presidential debate, since he was heralded as the Augustus of every town hall meeting in history. Of course, when the snap polls came back, free thinking Americans came back with a different impression which culminated in the election of the first black President. We have to remember the big credibility shot that the media has taken from the aughts when they trumpeted any bullshit positive coverage of the Iraq War while tamping down any modicum of questioning from anyone as unpatriotic. We now know that most media pundits and broadcasters of any network are nothing but overpampered, ego-inflated, name dropping, gossip column twits who are all in it to fatten up their pockets and follow the orders of their benefactors. Rachel Maddow and Melissa Harris Perry seem to be included.

    I watched Barack Obama in that campaign in 2008, and he never folded into silly season politics. He stayed on message about what he was going to do, what and who he was going to need to do it, and why the alternative was unacceptable. He went out, engaged the people and let the media follow HIM! He did that, and won on that and I believe he can do that again. Right now, people know Mitt Romney as the successful businessman who was a “moderate” governor of a blue state. Right or wrong, thats how people define him now. What is imperative on us is to show that the business he ran decimated more lives than helped, that his single term as governor after three other Republican governors was abysmal, and that he has not made any concrete solutions to our problems nor has not done anything to thoroughly explain outside of soundbites and platitudes why and how Barack Obama’s policies have contributed to our hard times without any benefit. It is imperative ON US!!! It wasn’t impossible for us to do in 2008, it certainly won’t be impossible in 2012.

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