rise and shine



Morning everyone, I’ll be back later today, until then – chat away.

PS Apologies again for taking so long to reply to emails, I’ll try to get around to it soon!

317 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    May 6, 2012 at 6:22 am

    GM folks.

    Lucky twitter break.

  2. 6 Michele
    May 6, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Good morning Chips, I guess it is time to get the broom out and start sweeping out this space again…..

  3. 7 nintendowii10
    May 6, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Happy Sunday everyone!

  4. 8 Cheryllou
    May 6, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Good morning everyone

    May 6, 2012 at 6:45 am


      May 6, 2012 at 6:46 am


  6. May 6, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Good morning, y’all. I accidentally set my alarm clock so I’m up earlier than I need to be. But, as you see, my first stop is to TOD for my dose of morning inspiration. Have a great Sunday, everyone.

  7. 12 overseasgranny
    May 6, 2012 at 7:18 am

    A few quick comments. I watched the Ohio rally on Livestream yesterday. I don’t know how they do it, but I was able to watch the whole thing without my broadband freezing up; sent them congrats. That might help in getting other people to watch.
    This morning I spent some time watching Hollande, the probable new President of France, going to vote. His wife was with him but the man never spent one second looking at her or after her. She might as well have been a piece of lint on the back of his jacket. After watching the interaction of the Obama’s, this man Hollande has a lot to learn.
    Finally, I am thrilled because the Swallows came back to Ireland this morning, a month late…but they are back!! We had begun thinking they had all been killed off.

    • 13 globalcitizenlinda
      May 6, 2012 at 7:40 am

      good day to all.

      i am watching the changes in leadership taking place in Europe with lots of interest and trying to see what they symbolize for the world and also what we can learn from them.

      your observation of the interaction between Hollande and his wife make me wonder! Definitely President and Mrs Obama have set a very high bar for many couples and those who anticipate to become a couple one day

      • 14 overseasgranny
        May 6, 2012 at 7:45 am

        I will say this, Linda, if Hollande does win, he is going to be a handful for Merkel to deal with. Most in Europe would like to see the back of Sarkozy by now, I think.

        • 15 globalcitizenlinda
          May 6, 2012 at 7:50 am

          I hope the EU governments focus more on growth rather than this extreme austerity. It is not hard to imagine how much austerity is hurting ordinary people and undermining growth both in the EU and all over the world

          • 16 joanshaw
            May 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm

            I read in the New Yorker last night that Hollande has an interesting family life — four children by his mistress, and they’re no longer together, he apparently switched. So he also had a wife? Ah, France.

    • 17 jacquelineoboomer
      May 6, 2012 at 10:48 am

      *the swallows came back to Ireland this morning*

      Thank you for giving that little poetic “gift” to my one-quarter Irish heart this morning, overseasgranny! (My German grandmother used to watch for their return to Capistrano, each year in March, and they’re still trying to lure them back there: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/05/03/national/a012845D37.DTL )

      Happy day to all in TODville. Great time to be an Obama-Biden supporter … for another year!

  8. 18 relellit
    May 6, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Good morning everyone. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there.

    Wow, our President was simply fantastic yesterday. He was so vibrant and magnanimous . Willard the “Myth” will never be able to successfully reach out to people or give the spirit of hope and can do the way our President naturally does.

    • 19 jackiegrumbacher
      May 6, 2012 at 7:25 am

      Relellit–Mother’s Day is next weekend, but thanks for all of us. Our president was fantastic yesterday and it was so perfect that he and Michelle began the campaign together, giving love to each other and to us.

    • 21 globalcitizenlinda
      May 6, 2012 at 7:48 am

      Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers and expecting mothers

      • 22 relellit
        May 6, 2012 at 8:09 am

        Please forgive me for having a brain drain. I sent Mother’s Day cards to the ladies in my family because I thought Mother’s Day was the first Sunday in May.

        If I’m not online next Sunday, know that I wish every mother here a Happy Mother’s Day

        • 23 vcprezofan2
          May 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm

          No sweat, R. You’ve actually reminded me. 😉 I tend not to give it a thought and neither does my offspring, at least till someone (radio if it happens to be on) mentions it.

          • 24 anniebella
            May 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm

            Is Cindy a Romney supporter?

            • May 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm

              Really doubt it—-good friends with George Clooney—-and Oprah.

            • 26 vcprezofan2
              May 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm

              I haven’t a clue. I shared it because I liked what she said about her mother.

            • May 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm

              Federal Election Commission records show Crawford and her husband businessman Rande Gerber donated $4,600 – the maximum amount allowed for a couple at the time – to then-candidate Obama in August 2008. However, their other political donations have been largely to Republican candidates and groups, including former President George W. Bush, Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell and the Republican National Committee.

              My problem with Crawford is NONE of her products are made in the USA. I have a problem with her making billions off of Americans who are buying her products that are made overseas.

              Btw, her spokesperson said Crawford “isn’t affiliated with any political party.” I call horseshit on that.

    • 28 utaustinliberal
      May 6, 2012 at 7:57 am

      Today isn’t Mother’s Day. It’s next weekend.

  9. 29 jackiegrumbacher
    May 6, 2012 at 7:37 am

    I said it yesterday, but I still can’t get over it. Our Democratic group got more voter registrations and volunteer signup at our local street fair than at an time in our history of doing this and this is a red county. I have personally been working these fairs for eight years and I’ve never seen anything like it. We have a button maker and the Obama/Biden buttons were being scarfed up faster than we could make them.and, once again, this did not happen in 2008. Even though we had stuff for Bob Casey and other candidates, people only had eyes for Obama. Two things are at work here. Love of PBO and the desire for another term and complete contempt for Romney. The fired up crowds in Ohio and Virginia combined with our local experience tell me we’re starting out on a very strong note. Oh, and our president is going to have very wide coat tails, so I had better not hear one note of criticism from any other Dems on the the 2012 ticket.

    • 30 globalcitizenlinda
      May 6, 2012 at 7:45 am

      I feel the same way you feel but the MSM keeps trying to convince us otherwise.

      My response to the efforts of the MSM trying to undermine Team Obama is to say that we need to work like we are twenty points behind because I believe the only way to temporarily silence these rightwingers is not to just win but to win really big and to make sure that PBO has a very cooperative Democratic Congress and Senate. I am done with those Dems who are backstabbing PBO every single day – I am looking at you mancin

      • 31 jackiegrumbacher
        May 6, 2012 at 8:00 am

        Global, I may be hallucinating, but I don’t think people are being swayed by the media anymore. I think they’ve finally tuned out or are on to their game. What I saw yesterday was close to the ground, ordinary people who don’t follow every story and are only getting a vague sense of what’s going on. Their sense is telling them that PBO is the genuine article and Rombot is a phony. I do think that in the solitude of the voting booth that’s what people vote on–their sense of what’s right. I’m feeling the PBO rightness at the real grassroots level and I’ll take that over any amount of media bleating.

        • May 6, 2012 at 8:27 am

          I think you’re increasingly right, but older voters are still affected by what they hear on the various news channels. I think network news still has a large audience. I hope no one was watching Weekend Today when Gregory gave his MTP preview today. Without going into the gory details, it was straight out of the GOP handbook, horrible comments about PBO’s prospects.

          • 33 jackiegrumbacher
            May 6, 2012 at 9:14 am

            Dotster, most of the crowd I worked with yesterday were older and they are low information voters. They’ve picked up that Rombot and the other Rs are against the things they care about–SS, Medicare, health care for their kids. And frankly I don’t want anyone thinking this election is going to be easy. We got a lot of people signing up to volunteer because they WANTED the president re-elected, not because they were sure of it. When one very elderly woman asked anxiously what PBO’s chances were in November, I said they will be great if she and others like her make sure to vote. She nodded yes to me. We have our tentacles out all the time to pick up news stories and we tune in to social media where we get bits of information on every nuance happening in all the campaigns, but the vast majority of people do not. They pick up vibes in the atmosphere and the main vibe they’ve gotten is Obama:good;Romney:bad. We’ve got bunches of street fairs coming up this summer and at big county fair at the end of July. Please call your local Democratic Party and see what events you can participate in. The more you know, the more you can help OFA because they can’t always keep up with every local event. This is especially true among ethnic community events, which are word of mouth and not publicized in most local papers. Try making contacts and asking if you can set up a registration table at these events.

            • May 6, 2012 at 10:24 am

              Thanks for all your info. And I am involved with local OFA. We’re going to do all we can from here in Illinois. Many have been going to neighboring states on weekends and will increase as election nears. I made thousands of calls last election and will again and respond and try to set the record straight wherever I see misleading info. being peddled—–paying close attention to news sites in battleground states where political opinions are plentiful and interest is high.

            • 35 a4alice
              May 6, 2012 at 11:07 am

              Thanks for those words of encouragement Jackie – our St Paul office is opening today and I am hoping for a bang up turnout but the weather is getting consistently nicer and more fairs and farmers markets are happening so I’m going to send on your comments to our OFA – I want to be prepared for a spike in interest!

            • May 6, 2012 at 11:50 am

              And this is why we don’t need to pay attention to polls.

        • 37 relellit
          May 6, 2012 at 8:52 am

          I also think nnow that the curtain has been pulled back to expose the Koch brothers, NRA, ALEC the sheer lunacy of the right wing, and the do nothing Republican Congress/Blue dogs people know this is a ruse by the MSM ‘s suborbination to their corporste masters .

          My hypothesis is the more the media spins a contradictory tale; and the more the parslysis by Republican Congress/Blue dogs legislattors the more people will reject their suggestive lies.

          There is a book ” Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives by Robert Draper which now validates the reason for them slowing down Washington D.C.

          It talks about how 15 Republicans were plotting the best way to take down America .


          I know you don’t like the Daily Kos; but they asking Darrell Issa to open an investigation for trying to shut down the government.


          Darrell Issa, ick, Can’t stand him and I seriously doubt if the corrupt Issa would.

          • May 6, 2012 at 9:08 am

            Sorry, but that’s funny. Issa is not going to be investigating his fellow Repubs. He would be in total support of the treasonous GOP leaders who met on inauguration day to plot their revenge and obstruction.

      • 39 geeja
        May 6, 2012 at 8:11 am

        We have to work to defeat two candidates (MSM and Romney). Twitter was on fire today and the other side is not as tech savy it appears. They are getting slaughtered on social media period. We just have to keep up the pressure. Chips is doing a helluva job at it in a big way. I cannot say thank you enough!

    • 41 utaustinliberal
      May 6, 2012 at 8:06 am

      This is what puts us ahead. Our ground game is so crucial and so necessary. While the other side is gnashing their teeth on TV and barking like rabies infected dogs, we’re building a juggernaut of a campaign. We’re going door to door, we’re organizing, we’re making calls, we’re volunteering, we’re registering voters, we’re donating, we’re tweeting, facebooking, we’re emailing pertinent information to friends, acquaintances, co-workers, family members etc.

      We’re doing the legwork and putting in so much effort and slowly but surely, it’s paying off. I firmly believe we will be rewarded in the end, with 4 MORE YEARS of President Barack Obama.

      • 42 geeja
        May 6, 2012 at 8:22 am

        You are so awesome on twitter!! So are Tally and Bob!

        • 43 utaustinliberal
          May 6, 2012 at 9:14 am

          Thank you. 😀

          • 44 cindysweatt
            May 6, 2012 at 11:34 am

            UL-If you have time would you answer some questions. I currently post a lot of pro President Obama links on FB. I have a twitter account, but seldom(hardly ever) use it. I read about all many of you are doing on twitter. Would it be important for me to move over to twitter? I really don’t understand what goes on. I would be willing to learn. I will do what ever it takes to get President Obama elected again. How do I find out who to follow? I don’t even know what the hashtag thing is. Maybe you could give a short workshop here at TOD. If you don’t have time, or have different ideas–no problem. You all make me think.

            • 45 jackiegrumbacher
              May 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm

              Cindysweat, there’s an icon with a bird on it at the top right. If you click on it, you will get the twitter links for the individuals on this site who are on twitter. That’s a good place to begin to start following people. If you want to say something, you just need to keep you comment to 140 characters and then just press tweet. Someone may respond to you and want to follow you. You can click on their twitter name and see if you want to follow back. That’s how you start to build followers. You can also retweet anyone’s tweet by pressing the retweet button. If you want to reach someone specific you can do a search at the top of your twitter page. I’m just about the most technologically challenged person I know, but I learned by trial and error to navigate my way through.

              • 46 cindysweatt
                May 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm

                Thank you. I will get seriously started.

              • 47 cindysweatt
                May 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm

                Ok, I am not seeing the bird icon. Where is it? On this site? Boy, am I behind the rest of you.

                • 48 57andfemale
                  May 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm

                  On the right hand side, where you’d find the blog roll and other posts and sites.

                • 49 utaustinliberal
                  May 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm

                  Hey Cindy, if you look on the right side of TOD, you’ll see Pres. Obama’s Change Logo with a bird in the middle that says team up. You can follow those people and tell Chips to add your twitter name to the list of TOD’ers on twitter. Thank you for the hard work you do on Facebook. That’s very important because many people are on Facebook.

                  If you also go on twitter and click on the icon that looks like a person and click “Help” you can learn about twitter. Here is a mini tutorial.

                  1. If you want to follow someone, click on their name and click on the follow button. When it turns blue and says following, then you know you are following that person.

                  2. If you read someone’s tweet and you like it, then you can retweet it (RT means Retweet). You just hover your mouse on their tweet and you will see the word “Retweet” click on it, and a green symbol appears at the side of the tweet to show that it has been retweeted.

                  3. If you want to Favorite someone’s tweet because you like it or it has important links about news of PBO’s policies or GOP obstructive policies or whatever, and want to store it in your favorites inbox, do the same thing I wrote above. You’ll see the word “Favorite” click on it, and an orangey-yellow symbol appears at the right side of the tweet to show that it has been favorited. You can always go back and see what you’ve favorited by going to your profile page and clicking on the word “Favorites” It’s below the words “Following” and “Followers” You can also unfavorite and unretweet someone by clicking on those same buttons.

                  4. If you want to add a couple of words in front of someone’s tweet then all you have to do is click the “Reply” button, highlight, copy, and paste their tweet. Then put RT in front of their name, write your words and then tweet it to the rest of the world. Example: Someone by the name @GOPRules tweets: @GOPRules “President Obama hasn’t repealed DADT.” You (Cindy) know that’s a lie. So you can either respond the traditional way by hitting the reply button and telling them the facts or you can copy their comments, hit the reply button, and add your words. Example: “This is a lie, Pres. Obama has repealed DADT. RT @GOP President Obama hasn’t repealed DADT” (You don’t have to use quotation marks, I’m just using them here)

                  5. If you want to block someone because their tweets offend you, you can click on their name, a box pops up. Click on the person icon next to the “Follow” button and click “Block @GOPRules” ( fictional person) or you can click “Report @GOPRules for spam”

                  Hope this mini tutorial helped. If you need more help, feel free to ask me to clarify anything. 🙂

                  • 50 cindysweatt
                    May 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm

                    Thank you so much. I am now hooked up with some of the TODers. Now I will make an effort to get hooked up with more people. This is where I need to be the most effective. You guys hook me up with the links and I will tweet them out there. There is no reason to keep tap dancing for our own enjoyment. This is a battle. Again, thanks!!!!!

                    • 51 cindysweatt
                      May 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm

                      I was just wondering. Should I be more stealth on Twitter. You know, bland out my profile, take off my President Obama picture?(yes that is me and the MAN) I am always wondering how to get people to listen. What are your thoughts.

                  • 52 cindysweatt
                    May 10, 2012 at 8:36 pm

                    UL: I haven’t received any TOD posts for a few days? Did I lose the privilege? Is there something wrong? This was the only connection I could make. Let me know if you have time. thanks

                    • 53 utaustinliberal
                      May 10, 2012 at 8:44 pm

                      I don’t understand. What do you mean you haven’t been receiving TOD posts? You can email Chips at theobamadiary@gmail.com Maybe the gremlins are messing with your connection. I’ll let Chips know.

              • 54 57andfemale
                May 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm

                I am not expert, but I suggest starting by retweeting tweets you like. Check profiles before ‘following” and I also check the profiles of people who follow me, if I don’t know who they are. I’ve blocked a few. A lot of TOD people use their same names on Twitter as TOD. I don’t — I’m “FlowerInFaith” (thanks, Tally, for the Shakespeare reference!)

                I don’t even yet understand the trends and the hash tags, but I read the tweets and have started adding my own as well.

            • 55 globalcitizenlinda
              May 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm

              please contact Chips on this. she maintains a list of TOD people who use Twitter and this would be a good place to start to follow.

        • 58 prettyfoot58
          May 6, 2012 at 9:57 am

          Goooooood Morning…everyone….

          Mucho kudos is due to….UT…meta….Bob…Tally….and the other twitter warriors…..

          i often retweet you all….
          i encourage others to tweet,,,

          this is a major weapons…in the fight to win our future….

          Fireeeeeeeeeeeeed UP

      • 59 hopefruit2
        May 6, 2012 at 9:00 am

        UT you are so right about this. Romney is hoping that the media/Koch/Big Oil will elect him into office. That may have worked fine in the primaries when his opponents were a bunch of weak-ass loser clowns. But with a master campaigner like Barack Obama who also has an excellent record to run on, and a feckless media that is increasingly being seen for what it is, Romney’s campaign will need to do a LOT more than simply follow PBO around and try to control the media narrative with a whole lot of FOOLISHNESS.

        Barack Obama is in a league of his own as a campaigner and he campaigns very differently from how he governs because his campaign does not have to rely on Republicans in congress or backstabbing Democrats. Furthermore, the American people largely can relate to President Obama and are more than willing to do the necessary work of registering voters, knocking on doors, making phone calls, tweeting, facebooking, etc..

        • 60 jackiegrumbacher
          May 6, 2012 at 9:22 am

          HF, Romney’s campaign success against the Santorum/Gingrich was like winning a high school game against a couple of weak teams. He’s catapulted straight to the big leagues now and the little tricks that worked well at the high school level are now laughably juvenile and inappropriate.

        • 61 amk for obama
          May 6, 2012 at 9:37 am


          Barack Obama is in a league of his own as a campaigner and he campaigns very differently from how he governs because his campaign does not have to rely on Republicans in congress or backstabbing Democrats.

        • May 6, 2012 at 11:43 am

          ICAM…..this is so on point.

          Willard only dealt with amateurs and grifters with the GOP Clown Car

          this is the REAL THING now

      • 63 a4alice
        May 6, 2012 at 11:22 am

        I’m always RT’ing you cats! You guys really do an awesome job 😀

    • 64 amk for obama
      May 6, 2012 at 8:39 am

      That’s an excellent development, jackie. If only more voters are really engaged, they will reject the rethugs for generations.

  10. 65 utaustinliberal
    May 6, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Sneaky Chips…..sneaking the ‘Rise and Shine’ thread in super early. I’ve been up since 5AM but felt too lazy to open up the laptop. Watched a c-span re-airing of PBO’s rally in VA. Got me pumped up again.

    Have a wonderful Sunday TOD’ers.

    • 67 theo67
      May 6, 2012 at 10:34 am

      I love this behind the scenes look, but I also wonder whether they should give so many details about the secret stuff.

      • 68 jacquelineoboomer
        May 6, 2012 at 10:58 am

        Haven’t read the story yet, but we can remind ourselves that things like travel plans for the President never follow the exact same pattern each time. But I appreciate your concerns, of course, since I share them.

    • 69 mtmarilyn
      May 6, 2012 at 10:39 am

      Great article!

  11. 71 Elly in Maryland
    May 6, 2012 at 8:13 am

    To Jackie Grumbacher above – thanks for your comments about the community fair. I’m organizing 2 events in May and will be interested in making the comparison to previous years, too.

    Yesterday there was a Wash Post article about Pres Obama’s Virginia rally, and they spent some space on the reactions of 2 Romney advisors who attended (I wonder if they had to wait in line for hours like everyone else; I sure hope so). It was funny to read their quotations, something about oh these kids just want to see a President, it’s not that big a deal. They’re probably thinking to themselves, holy shit, Mitt could never come close to this, so don’t even try.

  12. 72 Elly in Maryland
    May 6, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Just took the time to dig up those parts of the WaPo article:

    “Sitting quietly on the bottom row of bleachers at Obama’s rally was regional Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg and Pete Snyder, director of the Republican coordinated campaign. Henneberg dismissed the standing-room-only crowd as being comprised in part by “people who just want to see a president.”

    “We were hoping to hear him take responsibility for his failed record,” Henneberg said.

    Instead, she listened to Obama flay Romney in a 36-minute speech, and an audience that delighted in every word.”

    • 73 Cheryllou
      May 6, 2012 at 8:40 am

      Sorry, WTF!! “what failed record?” these people are delusional. Why would they come to an event that is for the other side. They could have watched it on tv like millions of people. I watched the President’s speech both in Ohio and Virginia. He sopke about his record and what else needs to be done. I’m sorry, I can’t stand the Republicans. They are not listening to facts. It seems to me that they are not running against President Obama, but someone they wish that didn’t have a record to run on.

      • 74 lisalovesobama
        May 6, 2012 at 9:52 am

        they went to spy and probably make nuisances of themselves, but they saw the O-Crowd and probably decided it was safer to just sit down and shut up. Stupid. Why they would want to scope out the competition when they know it’s good, I don’t know. Besides, the fact that they think they can win without all the cheating repukes do is beyond me.

    • 75 hopefruit2
      May 6, 2012 at 9:03 am

      Elly why should we care what a bunch of sorry loser Romney aides think about Barack Obama? Would you expect them to say anything positive? Why are they even at an Obama event is the real question?

    • 78 57andfemale
      May 6, 2012 at 9:04 am

      Yeah, as soon as Romney apologizes for using debt, destroying companies and American jobs, and personally profiting from it. When Mittens apologizes for every lie he’s told about PBO (that should take at least a year of non-stop talking) .

    • 79 Linda
      May 6, 2012 at 9:08 am

      Amanda Henneberg’s sister Molly is one of the Fox Spews blonde bimbos

      • 80 jacquelineoboomer
        May 6, 2012 at 11:00 am


      • 81 overseasgranny
        May 6, 2012 at 11:10 am

        Fox is turning into a porn station. The bimbos have their skirts up to their you-know-what’s now and perch on chairs showing it off. Maybe they are trying to lure men young enough to still be breathing?

        • May 6, 2012 at 11:21 am

          That kind of thing is happening everywhere. We always laugh at our house about all the business “experts” on all the channels—-who all just happen to be very beautiful young women now.

    • 83 theo67
      May 6, 2012 at 10:40 am

      They are projecting again. It’s THEIR candidate, Romney, who has the failed record! How come he never talks about his record as governor?

    • 84 cindysweatt
      May 6, 2012 at 11:37 am

      I have not watched the Sunday shows in months. I turned it on this morning just in time to hear George Wills(who I absolutely hate) say that the enthusiasm for the President was way down and you could tell by all the empty seats at the Ohio rally. Seriously? I guess I won’t be watching again.

      • 85 theo67
        May 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm

        I hope they keep deluding themselves. We will continue to work as though what they’re saying is true. It’s only an undeniable turnout that will prevent them from trying to steal the election. Last time, they were caught off guard, thinking that racism alone would win McCain and Palin the election. This time, they won’t be leaving anything to chance – and all this talk of lack of enthusiasm, low turnout, polls too close to call – they are all smoke and mirrors so that when they rig the election – it will be believable. But, that can’t happen if people see millions of voters, with Obama stickers, lining up to vote. It would be suspect. So, we just have to keep sharing the truth, keeping our eyes open, registering people to vote.

  13. May 6, 2012 at 8:34 am

  14. May 6, 2012 at 8:38 am

    The VP is on MTP!

  15. May 6, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Alex Trebek is on Fox news Sunday?
    I will take- why is Mitt stiff for 500 Alex!

  16. May 6, 2012 at 8:50 am

    The presidential election is six months away but Democrats have already poured almost $25 million into key states where the get-out-the-vote ground game could tip the Electoral College in a potentially tight contest. Republicans say they will follow suit in the run-up to the election, but so far have sent just over $1 million to state parties.

    The usual suspect states, with big numbers of electoral votes at stake, top the Democrats’ list – Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania – but the Democratic National Committee investments also reflect the changing demographic map, with North Carolina, Virginia, Nevada, and Colorado receiving special attention.

    New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Iowa round out the top 10 targets for Democrats, based on national party contributions to their state subsidiaries in recent months. Minnesota, Michigan, and New Mexico are also receiving significant extra funding from the national party.


    • 93 jackiegrumbacher
      May 6, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Ha! The Republicans will “follow suit.” And how do they intend to match a ground game that starts late with one that’s been building on an extraordinary scale and scope for more than three years?

  17. 94 carolyn
    May 6, 2012 at 8:54 am

    My husband and I watched the Virginia rally on its replay on C-Span yesterday evening. It was great. He doesn’t usualy sit and watch replays of events, but he repeated his famous line as we started watching: “We saw him.” He really treasures that time, as do I. He said, “We were only about 20 yards from him.” This was in Feb 2007 when he came to OKC and was in a venue that housed about 1500 people, 1500 very excited people. We had heard him speak in 2004 and from that moment wanted him to run for President. He said that day what no one else said, and expressed our feelings. In 2007 he already had the presence, the dynamism, the charisma which have only grown. We will both treasure that day, and will work very hard for his re-election. He is the hope of people like us….senior citizens, white who supposedly fit into his least favorable demographic, but here we are, and proud.
    When he said as long as he’s president, Medicare will never become a voucher system, we both breathed a sigh of relief. Some form of Medicare is what everyone should have. It is the best insurance we’ve had. We are fortunate to also have Tricare for Life as our secondary as my husbnd retired from active duty and National Guard. Every time I buy a prescription, I am so thankful he spent those weekends and summer camps, and remark to the pharmacist, “This is what everyone should have.” and the pharmacist always agrees. God bless President Obama.

  18. May 6, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Washington (CNN) –
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    The National Park Service said Saturday that the National Christmas Tree located just south of the White House has died due to complications from “transplant shock.”

    The Park Service removed the Colorado blue spruce from the White House grounds early Saturday. The tree had replaced another which was damaged in a wind storm early last year.

    The Park Service said it always has a replacement tree lined up to make sure one is in place for the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting event held each December. The new tree is also a Colorado spruce but won’t be planted until late October.


  19. May 6, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Axelrod is on This Week and…, you guessed it- John McCain!

  20. May 6, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Also, this Week has 4 conservatives against Austin Goolsbee on it’s roundtable!
    That is fair, right?

  21. 106 hopefruit2
    May 6, 2012 at 9:08 am

  22. 107 Linda
    May 6, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I just quickly looked through all the rally threads. I could have sworn someone made a comment about Romney’s Ohio rally saying that no one at the school wanted to attend ….

    Does anyone remember that or did I dream it ?

  23. 110 utaustinliberal
    May 6, 2012 at 9:13 am

    BREAKING: VP Biden just became the highest ranking American official to endorse same sex marriage. He did it on Meet The Press. This could signal a path forward for Pres. Obama.

    • May 6, 2012 at 9:18 am

      I just hope he had been given permission. You know what I am saying?

      • 112 itgurl_29
        May 6, 2012 at 10:24 am

        I’m sure he was given permission. The notion that Joe Biden is a “gaffe machine” is completely unfounded. The man doesn’t “gaffe”, he just says things bluntly, which is apparently SHOCKING in politics.

        • 113 isonprize
          May 6, 2012 at 11:21 am

          I’m sure he was given permission. The notion that Joe Biden is a “gaffe machine” is completely unfounded. The man doesn’t “gaffe”, he just says things bluntly, which is apparently SHOCKING in politics.

          Thank you, ir_gurl! I love me some Joey. And you are so right. What other people call ‘gaffes’ I call the unvarnished truth. Joey is a talker, yes, but he’s a STRAIGHT talker. That’s what I love about him. You know you’re not going to hear BS when Joey talks. LOVE HIM!!!

      • May 6, 2012 at 11:00 am

        It about time for the entire Democratic party to fully embrace gay marriage.

        • 115 prettyfoot58
          May 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm

          i do not endorse gay marriage

          /but i am against laws that legislate discrimination…….like the NC constitutional amendment that would not only legalize discrimination of gay folks but of any unions that are not married ones/

          and that would have an impact on employment, housing, insurance…etc….for gay and straight folks

          i do not support the Dems having a platforn endorsing gay marriage….but i support a platform on supporting human rights….which is where the President stands…and there are those who hate him for that…

          • May 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm

            Is there some reason you felt compelled to express your opinion on this matter? The Dems get to have anything on their platform that they want. If the people who have gotten themselves elected to platform committees (trust me a whole lot of LGBT took the time to position themselves in that regard) come to a consensus on supporting Marriage Equality, then it gets voted on by the body of Delegates (I’ll be voting for some members of that body next week and trust me, I won’t vote for anyone who doesn’t support Marriage Equality), then the democratic process has spoken. Whether you support it or not.

            • 117 theo67
              May 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm

              I think expressing opinions is fine – whether they are in agreement or opposed. And I thought prettyfoot’s explanation was respectful and honest. She supports human rights, is on the same page with the President, and has her reasons for not supporting something she doesn’t believe in. And she didn’t make it an ultimatum – she’s still fighting for the President and Democrats. Nothing wrong with that. This is not her cause, and she doesn’t appear to be fighting against it – and I think more people would be inclined to discuss it and perhaps change their minds if discourse on a controversial topic was kept cordial and respectful. We’re all entitled to our opinions.

              • May 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm

                You’re right. I’m just getting tired of people saying it shouldn’t be in the Platform. If they don’t want it in the Platform, do the work to keep it out. I think it is a perfectly valid issue to include in the National Platform, even if there are people who disagree with the concept. Frankly it speaks to prejudice and homophobia that we just let slide on this board w/o any push-back. If the same thing were being said about inter-racial marriage, people on this board would be all over it like white on rice.

                • 119 prettyfoot58
                  May 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm


                  ..because i do not support same sex marriage does not mean that i have homophobia…you have your beliefs and i have mine…

                  .i support human rights…and i am not in favor of any law that legalizes discrimination……

                  and as far as working to keep same sex marriage off the platform…that is negative energy…i would much rather build bridges based on common ground..

    • May 6, 2012 at 11:31 am

      Joe Biden says that his position on gay marriage is the same position as the WH- everyone having the same rights, etc.

  24. 121 hgerhard
    May 6, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Good morning TOD family – and a bright and sunny morning it is. I’m off to New Hampshire today to talk to voters there about the President’s record and agenda. His message at the rallies yesterday was clear and strong. No amount of negativity can erase the simple fact that this President hears the people, understands the issues and has the insight and the courage to do the right thing for the country. He inspires me every day and I’ll keep working for his vision of a bold, inclusive, just and compassionate America and a world that seeks peace and hope for all the people everywhere.

  25. May 6, 2012 at 9:22 am

    That was the RNC putting out an ad, before the President spoke at his Rallies.
    An ad saying stuff he never said at his speeches.
    They are trying to pre empt his speeches and program the Press with bullshit!

    • 124 hopefruit2
      May 6, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Jovie…who cares what the Press/RNC tries to do —we already know the drill and they will FAIL!

    • May 6, 2012 at 9:30 am

      And that’s how all the attendance junk got started yesterday. What is amazing is that the media just went along with it. Whatever talking points they put out somehow becomes gospel—–throughout the news media—-AP and all the rest. They all just follow suit.

      • 126 theo67
        May 6, 2012 at 10:50 am

        Don’t forget that Romney met with the media last week to discuss how they can help with the campaign.

    • May 6, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Why are we keep bringing this RW garbage here? This is really depressing.

  26. May 6, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Please help this go viral. Mitt Romney’s foreign policy team consists of 37 of W’s flunkies, the worst TOXIC nightmare from all of W’s failed policies that wreaked complete havoc and misery upon the world:

    The Bushies are back
    Missed the neocons? Don’t worry: Mitt Romney’s getting the band together again

  27. 130 hopefruit2
    May 6, 2012 at 9:24 am

  28. May 6, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Wow! Greta Van Susteren is just Hacking away on This Week.
    What a…

    • 135 Linda
      May 6, 2012 at 9:32 am

      What is up with ABC and Fox…..why are they always on each others networks?

      • 136 hopefruit2
        May 6, 2012 at 9:37 am

        Isn’t the corporate media all run by the same folks – they’re being bankrolled by the same corporate outfits. So I’m not surprised that they scratch each other’s backs all the time!

      • May 6, 2012 at 11:34 am

        You don’t recall Jake Tapper calling Fox News their sister network? A few years ago, the WH went after FOX and all the MSM was like “OMG!”. Jake called FOX News their sister network.

        • 138 Cha
          May 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm

          Something to be proud of..sister stations to a gopropanda machine. Ol jake is admitting it sucks at abc.

      • 139 cindysweatt
        May 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

        Exactly. I had to check to see if I was on the wrong channel. That Greta is a mean bitch. Talk about not letting anyone else speak. She just re-enforces my views on repubs. Seriously, when I am out and about and see a really rude person I think “I bet they are a republican.”

    • May 6, 2012 at 9:32 am

      Sarah P.’s and Lyndsey Lohan’s best friend? And the Kardashians? What goofballs would trust her judgment or anything she has to say?

  29. May 6, 2012 at 9:30 am

    It’s always amusing to see which new shiny object (“… and will it hurt the candidate? News at 11”) will be the subject of a few hours of political press speculation, and which prematurely dismissed story has staying power.

    To be fair, some stories declared important really are important. Look no further than the economy on that one. And, in advance, in context, “less important” doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter. Gas prices, for example are hugely important to everyone, but they and unemployment numbers (a shrinking job force because of baby boom retirement is not the same as “discouraged about working”) don’t decide elections the way GDP and growth do. And even they don’t decide elections by themselves. Nate Silver reviewed some of the economic models and found them useful but wanting:


  30. 142 utaustinliberal
    May 6, 2012 at 9:30 am

    VP Biden is now trending on Twitter. He’s slamming Gregory and the GOP with the TRUTH. I’m going to have to watch the re-airing on MSNBC at 2PM ET because he’s just soooooooooo good.

    • 143 hopefruit2
      May 6, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Chuck Todd is trying to play up the PL/emoprog/LGBT frustration with PBO by tweeting that VPBiden is further on this issue publicly than POTUS. I tweeted him back essentially telling him nice try making this about POTUS – Biden and POTUS are on the same team…it’s Romney who they’re running against – what is Romney’s position on this issue?

    • 147 hopefruit2
      May 6, 2012 at 9:41 am

      I see that David Axelrod set UpChuckie Todd straight as well:

      • 148 nintendowii10
        May 6, 2012 at 9:43 am

        BAM! Right in the KISSER!

      • May 6, 2012 at 9:46 am

        I wasn’t watching. Did Biden misstate the admin.’s position or, as I suspect, did Todd just jump to conclusions and tweet out a dishonest view? (and try to cause trouble and conflict in any way he can)

        • 150 hopefruit2
          May 6, 2012 at 9:51 am

          Biden didn’t say anything about the administration. Biden said that he is comfortable with same-sex marriage. Todd immediately tried to make this about POTUS not being as far as Biden publicly on this issue, so Axelrod (and others including myself) set him straight on his obvious attempt to be divisive by saying that Biden and POTUS are on the same page when it comes to same-sex marriage. They both believe that same-sex couples should be entitled to the same rights as heterosexual couples. Period.

          • May 6, 2012 at 9:59 am

            Me thinks Jay Carney needs to start cracking heads.
            Either demand for some wh reporting Only and not Biased Robney crap, or demand that networks get sone new blood in there.
            This is pathetic!

          • May 6, 2012 at 10:07 am

            Thanks for the clarification——just as I suspected. Todd trying to cause a hullabaloo.

        • May 6, 2012 at 9:56 am

          Chuck Todd attempts to Spin for the Robney Camp.
          Whenever something happens or is said, their Is CT spinning away.
          He does a much better job than his press Secretary does.

        • 154 theo67
          May 6, 2012 at 10:55 am

          Their job is to misinform, rather than inform.

      • 155 amk for obama
        May 6, 2012 at 10:07 am

        Love axe. chuckytoad is pathetic. Glad peeps are pushing back against this pos.

      • 156 Linda
        May 6, 2012 at 10:08 am

        I just looked at Todd’s twitter…he is getting hammered and is very defensive, imo.

    • May 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Ut, I asked you yesterday if you saw Sandal last Thursday. That last ‘Hi’ moment was da bomb,huh? Fitz and Livvie sure fit like a glove. Can’t wait for next week to see their back story!

  31. May 6, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Hispanic voters hold key to 2012 map
    By ADAM C. SMITH – TAMPA BAY TIMES | 5/6/12 7:04 AM

    At a private fundraising reception in Palm Beach recently, Mitt Romney was overheard acknowledging his weakness among Hispanic voters. If it’s not turned around, he said, “It spells doom for us.”

    • 161 nintendowii10
      May 6, 2012 at 9:49 am

      Now witness Mitt as he is for DREAM ACT after he was AGAINST it and after he was FOR “self deportation of illegals.”

      And of course, his big time “I’m running for office for petesake, I can’t have illegals working on my lawn!”

  32. 162 utaustinliberal
    May 6, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Watching C-SPAN Washington Journal and I’ve got to say, some people who call themselves “Independent Voters” just use that label to pretend they’re smart or decisive. They’re just a dumb segment of the GOP. Some Indie callers on C-SPAN are so moronic. They believe that PBO did a 360 degree turn and changed all his positions. First of all doing a 360 turn means that you return to your original position so using that fact, PBO has been incredibly consistent in his positions. Some Indie callers said PBO had turned this nation into a communist nation by signing laws that prevented free speech, right to assemble, and increased the rate of student loans. I don’t even know how to respond to that stupidity and absurdity except….whaaaaat? Hahahahaahahahahahaha.

    • 163 collegekay
      May 6, 2012 at 9:55 am

      Is there pushback?

      • 164 utaustinliberal
        May 6, 2012 at 10:02 am

        Yes. Mayor Anthony Foxx (D) of Charlotte, NC and he was great in touting Pres. Obama’s accomplishments.

    • 165 nintendowii10
      May 6, 2012 at 9:56 am

      Too many of them are obviously getting their talking points from AM talk radio and Fox.

    • 167 Linda
      May 6, 2012 at 9:58 am

      Who is the guest, ut ?

    • 169 amk for obama
      May 6, 2012 at 10:09 am

      360 degree turn ? I bet these ‘indies’ flunked math and trig. Why is c-span even giving platform for these maroons ?

    • 170 hopefruit2
      May 6, 2012 at 10:24 am

      Ut I have reason to suspect that many of these “callers” are plants. Either they are C-span plants, or they are paid professionals from the RNC/GOP who pretend to be ordinary citizens. I’ve seen this movie before. Don’t you find it a bit odd that these “Indies” are almost always overwhelmingly anti-Obama? This is a strategy that the GOP/MSM uses to brainwash the public into thinking that “Independent” voters who ostensibly are “non-partisan” and “more objective” are not on President Obama’s side on many of the issues. What are are these “Indies” saying about Mitt Romney?

      Too me this is a very transparent ploy…

      • May 6, 2012 at 11:15 am

        Areed! Too obvious and a tired old ploy.

      • 172 57andfemale
        May 6, 2012 at 1:35 pm

        They’re not all plants. We can’t sweep it all under the rug. There are a good many voters who are indeed swayed by the last thing they hear, and they vote.

        • 173 hopefruit2
          May 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm

          I didn’t say they were all plants, but many of them are. If “Independents” are truly non-partisan, then just by chance alone you would expect about half them to be pro-Obama. The C-span callers are overwhelmingly anti-Obama (I would wager more than 80%) and they seem a little too well versed on GOP/MSM talking points for me to simply accept them as being randomly selected.

  33. 174 collegekay
    May 6, 2012 at 9:53 am

    PBO is about 200 followers away from 15 million. Awesome!

    • 175 collegekay
      May 6, 2012 at 10:03 am

      He made it! Wooo. Social media is one of the keys to our victory in November.

    • 179 EDP4BHO
      May 6, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Morning TOD. I am not on Twitter, but looking over at that page, it’s clear that not all followers are there to support PBO, right? This in no way diminishes his large loyal following, but I was reading some of the laughable tweets from haters, and two in particular were hilarious. One said that all those empty seats were because of PBO’s failed policies. Another said there were more folks at a farm fair than at the rally. It tickles me when eventually this kind of bullshit gets demolished by PBO. Looking forward, his rallies will be larger and larger, and I would love to be standing beside some of these miscreants to see the smirk wiped off their faces. I believe in divine retribution, which happens through patience and determination. On the other hand, I don’t want their stench anywhere in my space. Forward !!

  34. May 6, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Good morning TOD. It has taken me 40 minutes to get through all the posts. Love how Axelrod fired back at Chuckie Todd so quickly. I am so encouraged that the mesaging thos tome is much improved.

  35. 182 utaustinliberal
    May 6, 2012 at 10:08 am

  36. 183 collegekay
    May 6, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Check out some of the photos from yesterday: http://www.flickr.com/photos/barackobamadotcom

  37. 184 utaustinliberal
    May 6, 2012 at 10:12 am

  38. 187 Don
    May 6, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Why does Melissa Harris-Perry even have a show, I mean really? She sits there and let any and every Republican shill that comes on her show spew lies and half-truths. Perry Bacon isn’t much better, he sits there with that shit eating grin on his face, I don’t even know what the fuck he’s talking about half the time.

    • 188 nintendowii10
      May 6, 2012 at 10:24 am

      That’s starting to annoy me as well. Alice Stewart pushed her lies with little to NO pushback.

    • 189 Linda
      May 6, 2012 at 10:30 am

      Both of the new MSNBC shows stink !

    • 190 Ladyhawke
      May 6, 2012 at 10:53 am

      That interview was a total waste of time. I wanted to hear more about the article from Daniel Gross himself. He didn’t get to say much at all. It was a very timely article that needed more in-depth discussion. But what do we get? A very odd panel. A member of Rick Santorum’s campaign team spouting tired old (factually wrong) GOP talking points and sounding completely incoherent. Perry Bacon adding absolutely noting to the conversation and looking like a cheshire cat.

      I don’t understand why MHP insists on having such large panels to discuss a particular segment. She’s just not adept at handling a panel that large. Between the panelists interrupting each other and the commercials, the discussion is disjointed and confusing. I would have preferred seeing the interview with just Daniel Gross and Kathleen Hall Jamison. I think that would have been more informative to the viewers. I learned nothing from the discussion other than I should just go read the Daniel Gross article myself.


      Myth Of Decline: U.S. Is Stronger and Faster Than Anywhere Else

      By Daniel Gross – Apr 30, 2012

      Listen, the U.S. is better, stronger, and faster than anywhere else in the world.



    • 191 amk for obama
      May 6, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Hey, money is god after all.

    • 192 anniebella
      May 6, 2012 at 11:33 am

      Prof. Dyson would be better than Melissa H. Perry.

    • 193 57andfemale
      May 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      I’m really kinda done with her completely. She got all defensive last week, about opposing ‘ideas’ having a place in ‘discourse’, or some such nonsense. If ideas are lies then any good professor should say so and give it the time it deserves: none. However, when she didn’t like the movie The Help, then she could chastise FLOTUS for watching the movie. This just proves her hypocrisy to me.

      Lies are lies and should be called out as such. Her false equivalencies are unacceptable and unless and until anyone doing any kind of journalism or punditry gets back to the truth, then they are not worthy of the positions they hold.

      Let’s be clear on one thing: when they press began reporting any and all nonsense with no critical thinking, that is when the populace became phenomenally stupid. Just because “someone says” doesn’t mean ‘someone’ has the right to lie and sway American thinking over a cliff. So when MSNBC bothers to hire a professor and they subscribe to that same nonsense, it is unconscionable.

  39. 194 nintendowii10
    May 6, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Like I pointed out yesterday, the right wing talking point from yesterday’s rallies is that “OMG, President Obama’s speech had empty seats!”

    They can’t even be HONEST about that talking point, apparently that talking point arrived from a photo taken BEFORE either rally began and BEFORE the President showed up to speak. Desperation by them to degrade what were VERY two successful rallies, just like their silly talking point from last week about President Obama “spiking the football” with the anniversary of bin Laden’s death.

    • 195 itgurl_29
      May 6, 2012 at 10:38 am

      No one’s buying it. This isn’t one for us to worry about. It’s such an obvious lie, even the dumbest of low info voters can see it’s untrue. And Plouffe laid down the law with the press yesterday. If they wanna make this about rally head counts, then let’s do it. The press will drop this because they know there’s no way they can spin it for Romney.

      Like I said, this is not an issue we have to worry about.

      • 196 nintendowii10
        May 6, 2012 at 10:48 am

        I know it’s not an issue to worry about, but it is yet another “nontroversy” being pushed by the right wing echo chamber. Just like last week when they whined about President Obama “politicizing” the death of Osama bin Laden, they’re trying to turn President Obama’s greatest strength (drawing crowds) into a weakness, and they’re not even being honest enough about it by making this talking point from a photo taken BEFORE either rally began.

        You’re right about the crowd size talking point being dropped this week, and I expect that the media will go with the “Campaigner in chief” meme instead.

        • 197 itgurl_29
          May 6, 2012 at 10:53 am

          I know it’s frustrating, but we’ve got to pick out battles. This is not the type of meme that can survive. We go after the ones that can have legs. This won’t. Jake Tapper’s already backing off. If a major hack like that is backing down, then you know it’s not working.

        • 198 hopefruit2
          May 6, 2012 at 10:55 am

          Nintendo, Chips specifically asked us to not keep rehashing this stupid topic on this blog. The rallies yesterday were an overwhelming success by all objective standards, and it’s not doing anyone any good to keep harping on this foolish non-issue from the RW echo chamber.

          • 199 collegekay
            May 6, 2012 at 11:03 am

            Yes can we please stop constantly brining Republican hair-on-fire nontroversies here? We discussed this yesterday. We already know PBO can draw crowds that Mittbot can only dream of. What is important is our ground game. I’m confident that our organizing will be superior to 2008 because of PBO’s endless accomplishments.

        • May 6, 2012 at 11:06 am

          Nintendow…please let’s not keep doing this. Let’s have some modicum of consideration for Chips’s wishes and other’s weariness on the issue. Thanks.

        • 201 LDS
          May 6, 2012 at 10:42 pm

          Why do we even care what their meme will be? We know that. We expect that. Let us be patient and positive. We have six more months of this. The battle is not ours. It’s the Lord’s. He got this. He chose POB for this. We should stay focus and keep our eyes on the prize.
          What they think does not matter. We have to work harder to get POB’s message to all the chicken littles in a positive reassuring way.
          Let’s not do this when we have been given instructions to move FORWARD.

    • May 6, 2012 at 10:51 am

      Please, enough already.

  40. 208 donna dem 4 obama
    May 6, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Good Sunday Morning TOD. I’m still riding high from yesterday’s rallies. I think I have watched both 3 times already. What a glorious day it was.

    Just as an FYI the churches in MD are working very hard to get the same sex marriage petition on the ballot this November and are pretty confident that they will get the needed signatures by the June deadline. It’s well known that my state is very liberal but I have no idea how this one will turn out in November. The only advocating that is going on are the ones against the same sex marriage bill. If Dems take it for granted that MD is very liberal and solid blue and that they won’t have to do a grand scale education on the law then this thing might end up being far closer than they may anticipate.

    • May 6, 2012 at 10:58 am

      That’s an old dirty trick by the rt. wing and Repubs—–put some controversial, divisive social issue on the ballot to get the heavy turnout from the right. And the churches are doing their dirty work for them.

  41. 210 hopefruit2
    May 6, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Anyone who is on Twitter I suggest you go after Chuck Todd – he’s deliberately trying to cause trouble – this is beyond the pale. He is campaigning for Mitt Romney.

    • 211 nintendowii10
      May 6, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Friar Tuck Todd is attempting to make this a “nontroversy” because VP Biden spoke on behalf of his personal beliefs and not on behalf of the Obama administration, like I posted above it’s HIS JOB to stir up trouble, even if he has to resort to outright BULLSHIT like this!

    • 212 forus50
      May 6, 2012 at 10:57 am

      that’s a fake twitter account lol. Although the real guy is a toad.

    • 213 collegekay
      May 6, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Hopefruit, that’s Chuck TOAD. It’s a parody account like Snark Knoller.

    • 214 theo67
      May 6, 2012 at 11:02 am

      Even his wording is offensive!

      • 215 donna dem 4 obama
        May 6, 2012 at 11:05 am

        It’s Chuck TOAD not Chuck Todd

        • 216 hopefruit2
          May 6, 2012 at 11:33 am

          Thanks for pointing this out! I think it’s a satirical account-kind of like snark knoller. 🙂

        • 217 theo67
          May 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

          Thanks – I went to twitter and saw the corrections. Although, it should tell Chuck Todd something, if people were so quick to believe he would write this. Not too far from the truth…

    • 218 amk for obama
      May 6, 2012 at 11:25 am

      @chuck toad ? A troll ?

    • 219 anniebella
      May 6, 2012 at 11:36 am

      What is so sad is Chuck Todd think of himself as a journalists. How sad.

  42. 220 Linda
    May 6, 2012 at 10:59 am

    DG tried to trip up Biden on the issue of whether to go in for OSBL because he had doubts on the success of the operation and questioned whether Romney would have done what President Obama did.,,

    I guess that Gregory forgot that Biden wasn’t Commander in Chief which is what Romney is running for.

    The most important thing was the end result; President Obama made the right call and the mission was a success.

    Case Closed.

  43. May 6, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Hi everyone, I’m still tied up with work but will be back later. I haven’t had a chance to read all the comments today, but I’ve put someone on pending until I can catch up, looks like my plea last night was ignored. Again, you’re free to chat about ANYTHING you like here, just don’t push RW propaganda and lies to back up your points. You’re in the wrong place for that.

  44. 225 utaustinliberal
    May 6, 2012 at 11:13 am

  45. May 6, 2012 at 11:27 am

  46. 228 desertflower
    May 6, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Get ready to steel yourselves for battle. They will NOT WIN!


    A secretive right-wing group, Veterans For A Strong America, is attempting to do to President Obama what the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth did to Sen. John Kerry. And they aren’t shy about it. The group’s leader and sole employee, Joel Arends, told Mother Jones, “Yes, it’s the swift boating of the president.”
    Arends said his goal is to take “what’s percieved to be [Obama’s] greatest strength” — the successful raid on Osama Bin Laden’s Pakistani compound — and make it “his greatest weekend.” The effort started this week with a web video attacking Obama for taking too much credit.
    In an interview with ThinkProgress, Arends refused to discuss any information regarding how the group was financed or its leadership. Arends also declined to provide legal forms he claims to have filed with the IRS. A representative from the IRS told ThinkProgress that the agency does not have any forms from Arends’ group on file.
    Here’s what we do know about Arends and Veterans For A Strong America:

  47. 232 desertflower
    May 6, 2012 at 11:40 am

    🙂 Yeah, “Julia” got under their skin….for a REASON!


  48. 233 LunarSea
    May 6, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Morningish all 😆 – what a day yesterday. That was grand and Norquest, Rove, Romney et al are surely quaking in their boots, hense the ridiculous jr. high tactics. They are scared and it shows. And with good reason. I bet those Robme operatives had to do all they could to contain themselves in the audience yesterday. Bet $10K they wanted to shout ‘4 more years’ but was afraid of being caught. After all they have paychecks to earn!

    I just watched (for the first time) the rally from Ohio. We were given our talking points going forward and I love it.

    When they ask if we are better off now than 3 years ago? Our response is The real questions are where are we going? Where do we want to be 3 yrs, 5yrs, 10yrs from now? Everyone’s noticed how none on the other side talk about moving the country forward, it’s always about going or taking us back.

    To all those volunteering, it’s great to hear the stories on the ground regarding the increase in support from all voting blocks. Keep those stories coming and spread them to counter the ‘silly season shit’.

    GlobalCitizen I loved your account of being in the thick of it. I don’t know if it is just me, but in spite of all the #mediafail accounts, the ppl seem even more fired up this time around. Loving it.

    To whomever posted the phrase ‘the dream team’ yesterday, (sorry can’t remember who it was) That’s exactly what PBO’s election team is. When I read that I imagined a slow motion image of them walking around the corner of the OK Corral at high noon all badass and beautiful. I will use that term from now on.

    Off to listen to the Virginia speech now, cause I can’t ever get too much of a good thing. hehehe

  49. May 6, 2012 at 11:42 am

    • 236 itgurl_29
      May 6, 2012 at 11:46 am

      Ladies and gentleman, THIS is what matters. All those people waking up this morning with their local Sunday paper are paying attention to this news from the rally. Not anything Tapper or Chucky Todd have to say. They’re reading their local papers, watching their local news, and talking to friends and family who actually went to the event.

    • 237 LunarSea
      May 6, 2012 at 11:54 am

      I love the local headline after the pres speaks. It’s usually so far from what the pundits spew.

      Thank you for your comment itgurl_29. Seems many need to be reminded of this time and again.

  50. 238 EDP4BHO
    May 6, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I am with Chips on the ban of RW talking points, and in particular about the rally. Except that, if we are to be a real democracy here, and I trust you want that Chips, some people may not have had a voice in a given subject. I for one chimed in late, so my comments will have been later than the time the subject originated. Maybe we can give a little leeway for those who have an opinion and the need to express his/her take on the matter at hand, and lend support. As for the take from RW’ers, isn’t this who we are fighting against, along with wishy-washy and uninspired so-called lefties and centrists? If we are observant of a going meme, all need to be aware in order to attack said meme. I can see where a lot of time on this blog is spent doing other than this, which is good for relief, but when we shut down voices, are we being any better than those on the other side? Just my humble but sincere opinion. Incidentally, I do not believe we need to belabor a subject, either, if it prevents us from forward motion. Let’s just let everybody have a chance. Pretty please ? 😀

    • 239 amk for obama
      May 6, 2012 at 11:59 am

      As chips, if you’re bringing in talking points from trash like huffpuff, daily crap, marktroller, chukytoad, tapper the tool, without actually pushing back against them either here or on social media, then you are not a ‘voice’ any more.

    • May 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      Hi EDP4BHO, just to stress, I’m not for one minute asking that we don’t discuss RW talking points, I’ve always argued that we can’t bury our heads in the sand and ignore potentially damaging stuff, that it’s important to fight back.

      So (and I don’t mean you!), why not fight back – instead of repeating, over and over and over again the spin the GOP/Romney campaign put, for example, on yesterday’s attendances? Why not go on Twitter and Facebook and other blogs and post photos of the huge crowds, instead of just spreading their spin and not actually challenging it?

      That’s my point. Yesterday was a great day, but the efforts here to put a dampener on it all were fairly amazing.

      If that’s all PBO’s supporters did between now and November – spread GOP crap and not challenge it – then Romney would be President. Simple as that.

      Will be back later, thanks EDP4BHO.

      • May 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm

        Nailed it so succinctly,as expected Ms Chips!

      • 242 57andfemale
        May 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm

        That’s it, exactly, and you’ve never been as eloquent as this comment in drawing the distinction.

      • 243 EDP4BHO
        May 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm

        And thank you for your support. I understand, but was allowing for the newcomers to the subject at hand. As always, you are fair and you get my ultimate respect for the place you’ve allowed us to park ourselves 😀 Off to the garden center to brighten my surroundings. Thanks again, Chips.

  51. May 6, 2012 at 11:46 am

    • 245 theo67
      May 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      She’s relatively new to the political game, and yet she wants to start off her career with a lie against the President of the United States? They are shallow, pathetic people – these Republicans.

    • 246 Ladyhawke
      May 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Lying is the thread the runs through all Republican Party political discourse. It’s their stock-in-trade. Lies are present in every utterance from them. In speeches, op-eds, interviews, congressional hearings, press conferences, you name it – they reject facts at every turn.

  52. 247 overseasgranny
    May 6, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Turnout for the French election is already at 72% and the polls are still open.

  53. May 6, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Consummate Liars!

  54. 260 anniebella
    May 6, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I am still on a high from yesterday rallies in Ohio and Virginia. So darn proud of POTUS and FLOTUS. I love it when FLOTUS talks of her Father, if there is anyone who can understand what the middle class has and is going through, it is someone who have walk that pathway.I also love it when FLOTUS says you know who he husband is and what his values are and what he stands for. When Rudy Giuliani says in December 2011 that Mitt Romney is a man without a core. Newt Gingrich calls Romney a liar, these are Republicans.

    • 261 anniebella
      May 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      These are Republicans talking about their own guy. I’m sure behind closed doors they have said worse. But how is Mitt Romney going to relate to middle class or poor folks when all he has been used to is telling them what to do, and acting superior to them, like they are beneath him. When he said he didn’t care about the poor he was telling the truth.

      • 262 anniebella
        May 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

        Now I saw where Mitt said he wanted the gay spokesman to stay on, well why didn’t he as the boss of his campaign let the guy keep his job? Because he was running scare of the religious right. Romney is scare of Limbaugh, he is scare of the religious right, what leadership.

    • 264 amk for obama
      May 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      Thanks jovie. That’s what matters, not what the msm fucksticks like toad, tapper and knoller say. Outside of our group, I bet these hacks are unknown to majority of voters.

    • 265 Linda
      May 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      I love this part.

      Observers chattered as they streamed out of Value City Arena, one admitting the president’s speech had brought him to tears.

      For Jasmine Yeboah-Boahene, an OSU freshman and ardent Obama supporter, there was no question she’d be at the rally. She said she was able to attend OSU because of Obama’s efforts to make education accessible through his support of the Pell grant and low-interest loans, and added that his doing so has garnered student support for the president.

      “The Pell grant helped me be here,” she said. “He’s fighting for us, and I’m so thankful for that.”

      The youth support for Obama that permeated the 2008 election is going to be what wins him the office again, said Jordan Wei, an OSU sophomore.

      “For young people, the idea of being part of history, of electing the first black president, there’s a nostalgia to that,” Wei said. “I think that’s still around.”

      Bruce Gibson, a Wright State University senior, voted for Obama in 2008 and said he’ll be casting the same vote in the fall.

      Gibson said he feels his education and future job prospects have been supported by Obama’s policies, adding that he’s concerned about what would happen to his access to health care if Romney is elected.

      “He’s just not cool, you know?” Gibson said.

  55. 266 desertflower
    May 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    It’s happened before….Why am I NOT surprised? Romney, still lying after all these years


    When Mitt Romney Fired a Gay Staffer, 2004 Edition

    • 267 Linda
      May 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      Busted ! Again….

    • May 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Thanks for the link desertflower. What a great reminder that Robme has and always will be Mr. Etch-A-Sketch. He’s such a prolific and opportunistic liar, it’s of little wonder that he scores so low on “trustworthiness”.

    • 269 anniebella
      May 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      desertflower, Mitt Romney lies. Oh no! Not Mitt.

      • 270 anniebella
        May 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm

        You can’t trust Mitt Romney, how can you trust a liar? He tells us he can do better with jobs. I don’t consider Massachusetts ranking 47th out of 50 states in jobs creation under Gov. Romney.

  56. May 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm

  57. May 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Kay at Balloon Juice has a good positive read on how their strategies worked at one of their group meetings yesterday. Do give it a look.

  58. 273 4morefor44
    May 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    huff puff’s coward whineman today has one of the most hilarious spewings i’ve seen in a while. he was at the kentucky derby. excerpt here to provide laughs for today, and hopefully people will remember this next time (which probably means tomorrow) coward writes some lies about about PBO. he wrote this, and he’s not joking:

    Headline: Kentucky Derby 2012: Mitch McConnell Becomes The Soul Of Graciousness

    “Sen. Mitch McConnell, who is known in Washington as a relentless and somewhat humorless partisan, became the soul of graciousness as the horses came out on the track. He retreated to the back row of the stands we were in so that my wife, who had never been to the Derby, could have a better view. McConnell made the same offer, and it was gratefully accepted, to Cathy Yarmuth, the wife of Louisville’s Democratic congressman, John Yarmuth. “I’ve seen a lot of those so move up in front,” he said. He forgot about politics and talked about sports. He was affable. It is what you do at the Derby. “I’m glad you’re having a good time,” he said, and even seemed to mean it.”

    no one should ever concern themselves with anything coward ever says again. ever. the guy is a complete joke.

  59. 276 desertflower
    May 6, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    “Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home–but not for housing. They are strong for labor–but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights. They favor minimum wage–the smaller the minimum wage the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all–but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine–for people who can afford them. They consider electrical power a great blessing–but only when the private power companies get their rake-off. They think American standard of living is a fine thing–so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people. And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.”
    ~Harry S. Truman

    Read the whole post.Some things never change. http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/05/05/33-quotes/

  60. 279 desertflower
    May 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    No wonder they don’t appreciate PBO’s 2012 slogan 🙂

    “A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward.”
    ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

  61. May 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Can we STOP peddling Mitt Romney’s bullshit here. Look, this is the reason Mitt Romney’s people were there. They know the President’s greatest strength is the draw of the people. He can congregate a stadium full of people, where Willard couldn’t congregate a Denny’s, even on Mother’s Day. STOP IT, PLEASE. Take a look at this folks, and wonder where the media is getting their talking points from.


    THIS IS THE ROMNEY CAMPAIGN PEOPLE!!! These are people who cannot under any circumstances boost enthusiasm for their candidate, so their jobs from now till November is to lower it for ours. To pull Barack Obama down to his level. This is Politics 101 people. If your candidate is shitty, make sure to make the other candidate shitty. This is the Romney campaign to a tee. Don’t get sucked in by their bullshit. I think that every Democratic operative, when they get a chance, should question the media’s fascination with turnout numbers and not the message. Why is it that when Mitt Romney speaks, there is no questions about crowd size, but when the President speaks, its about it? Why is it that, Romney staffers are going to OUR campaign rallies, which showcase boisterous and cheerful people while a Romney campaign stop reminds you of a funeral for the most hated family member? The Romney camp is trying the, “Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes.” Take. Instead of being concerned about what Jake Tapper, Chuck Todd, Porky Henry, or Dick Halperin say about it, we should MOCK them for taking this seriously in the first place and MOCK the Romney camp for being so despicably desperate to take a photo BEFORE the ceremony started and say that this was what the rally actually looked like. Let them formulate a belief system so out of whack with reality that on November 6th, they drunkenly start naming cabinet positions to media and janitorial staff at the hotel as they watch President Obama make his acceptance speech.

    Its game time folks. You’re in. Or you’re out. Your choice.

    • 286 desertflower
      May 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Can I get an AMEN!

      • May 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm


    • 288 Britt
      May 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Romney’s staffers went to those rallies solely for attention. Their attendance had nothing to do with the amount of people at all. All they wanted were all eyes on them. Romeny’s whole agenda is to deflect attention from him onto his opponent. He did it in the primary and is trying to do it in the general.

      • 289 nospin
        May 6, 2012 at 9:19 pm

        “Romney’s staffers went to those rallies solely for attention. ”

        I think they went to the rally because they wanted to see the President in action. All eyes were not on them. All eyes were on Flotus and Potus.

    • 290 EDP4BHO
      May 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      Hallelujah and an amen…..Nothing beats a picture vs. a thousand words of nothingness.

  62. 291 desertflower
    May 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    “Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.”
    ~William E. Gladstone

  63. May 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    President Obama spoke the truth! So refreshing to hear the facts, plain and simple and to hear someone who just plain stands up!! Please, four more years. And on a sartorial note, Mrs. Obama looked pitch perfect and beautiful. Love how she matched the logo signs and love the new slogan btw, FORWARD! Yes!

  64. May 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    President Obama speaks the truth. Refreshing to hear someone state the facts and make it plain and someone who just plain stands UP! And on a sartorial note, Mrs. Obama looked pitch perfect and beautiful in the blue that matched the logo. “We take care of our own, wherever this flag is flown.” Perfect. Love the new slogan, “FORWARD!” Yes!

    • 295 4morefor44
      May 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      “forward” is the state motto of wisconsin too. that’ll play really well when PBO campaigns there with the slogan, just before they vote out their t-bagger governor!!

  65. 296 desertflower
    May 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    . “Conservatism discards Prescription, shrinks from Principle, disavows Progress; having rejected all respect for antiquity, it offers no redress for the present, and makes no preparation for the future.”
    ~Benjamin Disraeli

  66. 297 desertflower
    May 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    “Latins for Republicans – it’s like roaches for Raid.”
    ~John Leguizamo

  67. 299 desertflower
    May 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.”
    ~John Kenneth Galbraith

    Ok…done now….Read the rest at Addicting Info 🙂

  68. May 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Ok, this is art imitating life right here…..

    “A gathering of Democrats is more sweaty, disorderly, offhand, and rowdy than a gathering of Republicans; it is also likely to be more cheerful, imaginative, tolerant of dissent, and skillful at the game of give-and-take. A gathering of Republicans is more respectable, sober, purposeful, and businesslike than a gathering of Democrats; it is also likely to be more self-righteous, pompous, cut-and-dried, and just plain boring.”
    ~Clinton Rossiter

  69. May 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Looks like François Hollande just won the French presidency with 53% of the vote.

  70. 304 vcprezofan2
    May 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    So exit polls in France are saying that Sarkozy is on an exit path…

  71. May 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Please retweet this, peeps:

  72. 310 collegekay
    May 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    What does Hollande’s election mean for us?

    • 311 Jewelz
      May 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      I don’t know how he will govern, or whether his policies will benefit the working class, students, and the poor. I do know that Sarkozy has a wonderful personal and professional relationship with President Obama, and I hope for the same with Hollands.

    • 312 overseasgranny
      May 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Hollande is a socialist, so he will be for the little guy. When Sarkozy won the election he immediately went to dinner with all the very wealthy men of France and alienated the ordinary people. Hopefully Hollande will help battle Merkel and stop all the austerity so that Europe will not be a drag on the US economy.
      I assume that the woman with Hollande this morning was a wife, but maybe another mistress???

    • 313 Ladyhawke
      May 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm


      What a Socialist France Would Mean for America

      By PATRICK SMITH, The Fiscal Times (April 30, 2012)


      Should the U.S. be (a) frightened, (b) neutral or (c) exuberant that a very moderate Socialist looks set to win the presidency in France when the second round of voting takes place May 6? If Francoise Hollande wins, Americans should applaud. Why? Hollande’s arrival in Élysée Palace would mark the beginning of the end of the rigorous austerity policies that have pushed Europe to the brink of depression and made the Continent a drag on U.S. growth and a threat to its frail recovery.
      The best thing to come out of a Hollande presidency would be a more diverse conversation about economic policies. For too long it has been like an ideological crusade: Cut spending and do not worry about stimulus or jobs. Even now, we see resistance in the markets. With basket cases such as Spain in the news—its jobless rate is now hovering at a 25 percent—we need new ideas, thinking that combines fiscal and budgetary discipline with humanity and concern for the common weal.



  73. 314 criquet
    May 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Hello everyone. I’m a bit late to comment on the campaign kick-off rallies yesterday but I do want to say that all this talk of crowd size is really a GOP distraction. 14k is a great number but what is not being said (and may be that is a good thing) is that several MILLION watched online and followed on Twitter. Those campaign rallies and the President’s message reached MILLIONS and there is nothing the Romney campaign can do about it.

    OFA has got this and those silly Romney campaign people don’t know what has and will continue to hit them in the next 6 months.

    Keep working and let’s not be distracted.

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