Heads Up: Press Briefing

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  1. 1 aristac
    May 7, 2012 at 12:44 pm


  2. 3 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Congrats aristac and Don for 1st-place tie!

  3. 7 Cheryllou
    May 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Hi all. Gongratulations aristac on being first.

  4. 8 utaustinliberal
    May 7, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    • 10 Debz
      May 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Oh come on clearly, this photo was taken before the rally started! I’m sure the “thousands” of supporters will be there any minute now. 😀

      • 11 AJ
        May 7, 2012 at 2:08 pm

        LOL, Debz! That’s some fine spinning; I bet the ranch the GOP offers you a job soon! 🙂

    • 12 collegekay
      May 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      This gives me satisfaction for the day. Ha.

    • 14 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      May 7, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      And, the few whom are there all appear to be over 50 and white … wonder why 😉


      • 15 hopefruit2
        May 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm

        I noticed that too…will Chuck Todd have anything snarky to say about that – apart from the fact that they all look terribly bored.

    • 17 4morefor44
      May 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      actually a very normal amount for 95% of mittbots “rallies.” i see about 15 chairs in a row, and approx 15 rows in the picture. let’s be generous and another 5 rows out of picture, so 20 total rows times 15 = 300 people. Let’s say it fills completely (which it won’t) and there’s a bunch of standers around…there will be 400 total there, and that’s being generous. Let’s see how upchuck todd “reports” on this. also, i don’t watch msm except for clips i see through here, but are they reporting on ron paul dominating the delegate counts in two states over the weekend? imagine if PBO was losing, by massive #s, delegates after he was basically the party’s nominee. it would be lead story everywhere with everyone talking about it all over the country. crazy how republican-lopsided the msm is.

      • 18 Debz
        May 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm

        After all of that seat counting at PBO’s rally, we will not hear a peep from chuck toad.

        • 19 4morefor44
          May 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm

          i see zeke miller who posted the first photo has a new one breathlessly saying full now and “standing room only.” whew, zeke can relax now that the company where it’s at probably pulled everyone off their jobs to make it look full. so as i pointed earlier, completely full will probably not even be 400 people. 400 to 14,000, and the media continues to promote the next day that PBO has an enthusiasm problem. let that sink in.

    • 20 Mel
      May 7, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      Great picture Mitt and since the MSM is traying to undermaind PBO crawds od people, please sent
      this PIC to the fricking MSM Jake. Chuckie,Joe and to the rest of the (F) assholes.

    • 21 anniebella
      May 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Ut, have Chuckie Todd been counting the seats? I think I will send Chuckie a email and ask him?

  5. 22 aristac
    May 7, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I was wondering where everybody was, thought Don and I was in some kind of twilight zone lol

  6. May 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    slay the jackals, jay

    • 24 Ladyhawke
      May 7, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      You know that each jackal will take turns asking about VP Biden’s statement on gay marriage in varying forms. Jay will have to give the same response to each attempt, but that’s pretty much business as usual. The one thing that we can be assured of is that the root of every question will be some meme that the GOP is pushing.

  7. 25 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Daily Reminder ….

    And, sent to many more ….


  8. 26 utaustinliberal
    May 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Stef Cutter is going to be on Mitchell Reports in a few minutes. I love listening to her. She’s fierce as the Obama 2012 Deputy Campaign Manager.

  9. May 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm
  10. 31 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 7, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Provided the Daily Reminder to several of WH Jackal Corps and other #NEWSTAINERS, as well …


  11. May 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm

  12. May 7, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    GOOOOOD morning to all my O’!!!! Yet another GREAT getting up day in TODdie town. I got most of my yard work done and with the exception of some backbreaking work on the lower forty (feet…not acres), I can finally relax and enjoy it. Still a little nippy in the Chi city, but I look FORWARD to a rip roaring good spring and summer election season. Looking at Andrea Mitchell who has both PBO’s and Rmoney’s campaign managers.

  13. 42 Don
    May 7, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Thank you Chris Cilizza, as an African American I appreciate you saying that African Americans will have a problem with President Obama’s support of gay marriage. You piece of shit Republican shill, how many African Americans do you talk to on a daily basis anyway.

    • 43 hopefruit2
      May 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      African-Americans? Has Cilizza been to Washington DC, with over 50% AA population and one of the first states to endorse gay marriage? Obama has done quite a bit (compared to other presidents) for the LGBT community yet I don’t see the AAs deserting him in droves!! Let me tweet that disgusting cretin a piece of my mind..do you know what his Twitter handle is?

      • May 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm

        The AA that would desert him are Baptist evangelicals and never really supported him anyways!

        • 45 hopefruit2
          May 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm

          And most of those types of “AA” harbor other forms of bigotry – misogyny, and yes, even racism. They are in the minority and do not speak for the majority of AAS who fully support this President and ALL that he has done and will continue to do for gays, straights, women, Blacks, youth, immigrants, blue-collar whites, poor, middle-class, etc…

          • 46 utaustinliberal
            May 7, 2012 at 1:59 pm

            His twitter handle is @TheFix and @TheHyperFix

          • 47 prettyfoot58
            May 7, 2012 at 4:54 pm

            the majority of AAS who fully support this President and ALL that he has done and will continue to do for gays, straights, women, Blacks, youth, immigrants, blue-collar whites, poor, middle-class, etc…




    • May 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm


      while some Black folks don’t support gay marriage…they won’t leave the President over it

      • 49 Melanie
        May 7, 2012 at 3:37 pm

        Agree exactly. It is an absolute truth that there are a number of Blacks who just don’t support gay but still support the Pres.

  14. 50 Don
    May 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Put your foot in her ass Stephanie Cutter!!

    • 51 Ladyhawke
      May 7, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Educating Andrea Mitchell …..

      Stephanie Cutter just gave Andrea Mitchell the 411 on President Obama’s support for the LGBT Community. She ticked off a long list of accomplishments and reasons why the LGBT community supports PBO. Stephanie was fierce.

      Andrea Mitchell was trying to ignore everything the administration has done for the LGBT community just to move the goalposts on gay marriage. So now Andrea Mitchell is the arbiter of when President Obama’s evolution should end? Stephanie was not having any of it. Love her to pieces.

      • 52 Eleroy
        May 8, 2012 at 4:27 am

        President Obama’s long list of accomplishments in 31/2 years on behalf of the LGBT community is obviously out-weighed by Hillary Clinton saying one time that “gay rights are human rights”!!!

        That is the America and media we have to contend with today!!!

        One that completely discounts actual legislation and work on behalf of a marginalized group – achievements that exceed that of all former U.S presidents combined, but somehow that is nothing!!!

        The same people who always dismiss President Obama’s speeches as mere words, now suddenly his accomplishments for the gay community is less important than a few spoken words!!!

  15. 53 yardarm756
    May 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Jay is late. This should be interesting with the hyenas yapping the same questions over and over. Any bets on them wanting to know what the WH thinks of the French elections?

  16. 55 Don
    May 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    LOL!!! I think Andrea Mitchell haz a sads.

  17. 57 criquet
    May 7, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    • 58 criquet
      May 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      Sorry, did not see BWD’s post of her tweet which I thought was outstanding so I posted it as well.

  18. May 7, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Stephanie Cutter just went off on Andrea Mitchel about Gay Rights!
    I have never seen her so angry!
    Luckily, she had facts on her side, and sounded good.

  19. 64 Don
    May 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    awwww Reince Priebus haz a sads also.

  20. 66 yardarm756
    May 7, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    I’m not impressed with this Andrea Mitchell(Greenspan) woman.

  21. May 7, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    White supremacists arrested in Fl., belong to a group dedicated to “religious and cultural preservation of European people”. Look at these creepy, vile, dumbhead haters:

    • 68 yardarm756
      May 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      “Religious and cultural preservation of the European people.” This begs the question couldn’t that best be done in Europe? Last time I looked this was America. If they want to remain pure, go back to their ancestral homes.

  22. 71 Debz
    May 7, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Yep, crowd bigger but still old and white


  23. 76 utaustinliberal
    May 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    This is hilarious. People on twitter are tweeting GOP trolls like Chuck Todd and Jake Tapper the picture of the empty seats at the Romney event and demanding why they aren’t questioning the fact that Romney can’t fill up every nook and cranny. They’re demanding why they aren’t reporting lack of enthusiasm for Romney yet they breathlessly reported that only 14,000 people came to PBO’s OH rally. Hahahaha.

  24. May 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I could not watch The TNC goon. Was Andrea Mean to him, too?

  25. 86 utaustinliberal
    May 7, 2012 at 1:22 pm

  26. 87 4morefor44
    May 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    this guy at the columbus dispatch seems like a good one to follow over the next 6 months. twitter.com/joevardon

    he’s covering this silly crowd comparison thing with just simple facts. the mittbot’s people are trying to claim 700 people while this reporter can only count 380 seats, and there’s no way there are over 300 people standing around. and regardless, a few hundred people! a little context for luke russert, since he was probably hungover at the frat house when this happened:

  27. 89 1and2rme
    May 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    testing, since wordpress thinks I’m up to no good. I just wrote the most provocative statement, that went straight to wordpress. Now it’s gone forever, and the world has missed out on one hellava post.

  28. 92 Liberal Librarian
    May 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Well, today I may actually get to watch Martin Bashir, as my BATHROOM IS FLOODING. *pulling out hair* So, of course, I’m staying home for the plumber. Thank goodness I rent from my brother and he’ll pay the bill.

  29. 96 Don
    May 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I can’t get twitter at work, can someone please send a link to the pictures of the Romeny rally? Pretty please!

  30. 98 utaustinliberal
    May 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Joe Solmonese the President of the Human Rights Campaign was just on Mitchell Reports and he didn’t fall into Andrea’s trap that Pres. Obama is just like Romney regarding LGBT rights. He told her that Romney has been funding anti-LGBT groups and Pres. Obama has been for LGBT rights. Repealing DADT, granting federal benefits and rights to LGBT workers etc. He told her that the HRC is focusing on Romney and his anti-LGBT stance. That if Romney were to ever be President, the LGBT community would suffer under him. That they’re not going to get distracted by this media controversy. They know who is on their side and it’s not Romney.

    Mitchell is such a douchebag. She kept pressing Solmonese over and over, trying to get him to disavow PBO. A Romney spokesperson/adviser Kevin Madden was on the show and after asking him one question to verify that Romney only supports marriage between a man and woman and doesn’t even support civil unions, she moved on and didn’t even question him about Romney funding anti-LGBT groups. She’s such a tool.

    • 99 Debz
      May 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Joe has been a big supporter of PBO. He has been working with the administration on LGBT issues. I’m glad he called out the media for trying to distract us from Romney’s anti-gay stance.

    • May 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      I had just written something to this affect when wordpress threw me into the twilight zone. PBO’s rep Cutter was very good defending his position. Prebius of the RNC was just doing the usual talking points. Rmoney’s rep was equally as good, if for no other reason than he wouldn’t allow himself to look at the shiny object she was pointing to. They both did good, cause this issue is not a BFD. The lbgt commuity know who is their ally in this and until the next, fauxrage occurs, this is what cable gives us….58873 channels and nothing on tv.

    • May 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      She is a Wall Street Person, just like…

    • 104 theo67
      May 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      It really raises a question on the credibility of the media (what little they might have left) if they can’t tell the difference between a man who campaigns against DADT and fought (and won) its repeal, versus a man who vows to reinstate it, and other draconian anti-equality measures, if elected. They can’t see the difference between a man who stopped defending DOMA in the courts, and one who will probably endorse the measures currently on the table to extend discrimination against unmarried couples and marriage equality. It’s astounding how stupid this media is, and how stupid they think we are.

      • 105 Ladyhawke
        May 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm

        Jake “The Snarl” Tapper got a bit testy with Jay Carney because he kept ticking off all of the LGBT issues that President Obama has supported and addressed. Paraphrasing, Jake made it seem like he was just tired of hearing Jay pointing out “talking points” about President Obama’s accomplishment for the LGBT community. Jay made it clear that they were not just talking points, they were real accomplishments that impacted the lives of the LGBT community. I had the strong urge to take a shower for the entire briefing. What’s really maddening is the smirks on the jackals faces. I love Jay. He’s just terrific. I wish he was dealing with real journalists and not a mob of gossip columnists. He deserves better. I don’t know how he keeps his composure.

        Meanwhile in congress, the Republican Party continues to sabotage the economic recovery. And let’s not forget the GOP presidential nominee is still lying his arse off while the jackals and the mainstream media look out the window at that shiny object. Pathetic.

        • 106 theo67
          May 7, 2012 at 2:41 pm

          Jay should just come in with handouts of facts, and hand them out as each silly question comes in. These media whores really drive me crazy. I used to watch the press briefings, but I think I’d end up in hospital if I continued to do so. I treasure Jay Carney – and Gibbs before him. Jake Tapper is the worst – and I think he’s blocked every single tweeter who has any pro-Obama statement in their profile. I tried to send him a tweet a few weeks ago (first tweet to Jake Tapper that I can recall) and found he’d already blocked me. Coward! I think he immediately blocks anyone that sends a correcting or nasty message to any of his cohorts.

          • 107 hopefruit2
            May 7, 2012 at 2:49 pm

            Yes, he blocked me many months ago after I corrected one of his erroneous reports about Pres Obama. He is extremely thin-skinned and appears to have a truth aversion – as long as it bodes well for President Obama.

  31. May 7, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Axelrod and Gliespie on Short Piers Morgan tonight!

  32. 110 yardarm756
    May 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Bingo. First question outta the box was about France! Ass hats.

  33. 111 carla4obama
    May 7, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    This is a question for all of you, especially BWD who I have the deepest respect for.
    Tell me why, with the recent release of the book, “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism “ by
    Mann and Ornstein (political scientists), is not getting the airplay, morning show coverage that it deserves? This was not written by Dem loyalists, and they have excellent credentials as historical followers of Congress. If the reverse had happened, that in 2008 a Republican candidate had won the election, and that on the night of his inauguration the Democrat leaders were planning to obstruct, vilify, contest etc. every single issue that the new president made, not because it was against their ideology, but because they wanted this president to fail, look weak, …well the outrage would be thunderous. We now know on the very night of our presidents’ inauguration the seeds to his systematic, planned downfall were being sown. The welfare of the American people be damned. Those that lost jobs, homes, and health insurance, because of Congress’s inaction be damned. The point was not to do what was best for the Americans they were sent to Congress to represent, the point was to make sure this president was a one termer! The ends justified the means, and it was the American people that were the pawn pieces in their chess game. If this would of been the Democrats in power plotting this downfall of the GOP president the outrage on the airways would be non-stop. Democrats would be labeled traitors, they would lose the faith of the American people, and the election of a democratic president would be over.
    But this has not happened, and one has to ask why not? MSM is at fault on some level, but we can’t be using that as an excuse for everything. Where is the outrage, the true not the faux type the republicans seem to whip up? Even from our side the outrage does not even hit a one on the dial. I want an ad that shows President Obama taking his oath of office and cutting to a scene later that same day showing the plotting to undermine this president for the sole reason of making him a one term president, the country and her people be damned! I want this book talked about, read and used to expose the slime of the GOP = Gutless-Obstructionism-Panoply. They make me sick, and every American should be sick.

    • 112 theo67
      May 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      I’m on the same page with you, Carla. The actions taken that night of the Inauguration seem to be treasonous and revolutionary, in my opinion. Why aren’t these people being investigated for their plot to take down the US government and destroy a man’s duly elected and hard won presidency – even before he had committed any policy act, other than signing his presidency into being? I can’t believe Americans are sitting quietly for this one. Obstruction is one thing (and should also be making people furious), but active destruction of government simply because the party in power is not your own – that’s anti-American, anti-Democracy. That should be a crime. And it doesn’t seem to fit into the sworn oath of upholding and defending the Constitution. It is horribly wrong.

      • 113 EricFive
        May 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm

        According to the MSM only democrats can be guilty of treason. GOP are patriots even when they continue to sabatoge the American economic recovery, engage in voter suppression and bankrupted the country (by lying us into a war with Iraq under GWB). I think Sarah Palin summed it up when she referred to the GOP as the party of “real Americans”. The MSM accepts this as true, the GOP determines who is or isn’t patriotic (remember what they did to Max Cleland).

      • May 7, 2012 at 3:24 pm

        I think it’s sleazy and hyper partisan but I don’t see it as being treasonous or revolutionary.

        • 116 EricFive
          May 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm

          Sabotage of this country’s economy by its ELECTED LEADERS is treason. It is purposfully taking action designed to harm your own country. It is as much an act of treason as releasing classified documents to a foreign power.

        • 117 theo67
          May 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm

          With respect to the US Constitution, yes, you’re right – they didn’t declare war to overthrow the government. Since they will never be charged with treason, it’s kind of a moot point, anyhow. However, in the general definition of treason, namely “1.
          the offense of acting to overthrow one’s government or to harm or kill its sovereign.
          a violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or to one’s state.
          the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery”; they absolutely acted in a treasonous manner.

          Given the grave state of the country at war in two nations in 2008 at the time of the inauguration, the fact that the entire economic system was under collapse and no-one had any idea how to fix it or how high the unemployment rate would go. The fact that they were already plotting how to take back the government in the 2010 election with a policy of obstruction, effectively making the government inoperable and ineffective – potentially destroying the country. I can’t think of any other current world strategy that a treasonous person would take. They had a duly elected President, undeniable by any measure. A duly elected Speaker of the House. A President who was seeking bipartisanship to solve the country’s complex and dire problems. And they chose instead to bring down a Presidency, and also potentially the government and country (and world). This is more than just hyper partisan. It’s destructive, dangerous, irresponsible and in some cases, it’s been fatal.

          But yes, in the strict letter of the US Constitution – it’s not treason.

    • 118 ranman11
      May 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      carla4, I have been discussing this issue every chance I get. I constantly ask the question; Why is it not consider treason when 15 congressional leaders gather together immediately after the inauguration of a newly elected President and plot to destroy the elected President and America when there are two wars and the economy is in absolute free fall? Please, someone tell me? We must continue to have this conversation everyday until an investigation is underway.

      • 119 carla4obama
        May 7, 2012 at 4:14 pm

        RANMAN-Who can ask the very question you asked that has a pulpit and is seen as a respected American? If Nancy Pelosi asked that question it means nothing. Who has the street creds and who could actually ask that question? Who has the courage to speak out from the right to ask thiat question? It is the right that should look at this and say this is toxic and it was treason, an undermining of our democracy. I keep waiting for that voice to emerge……I do believe there are people on the right that find this repulsive, and that President Obama was a target on day one. Country first…where are they?

        • 120 prettyfoot58
          May 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm


  34. 121 4morefor44
    May 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    is the “news” reporting at all about mittbot’s 1981 arrest for not listening to a cop? or about how he got pissed at a young kid traffic cop while waiting in traffic, got out and started yelling profanity at the kid and directing traffic himself in 2002? i see though the “it’s good news for mccain” is starting in earnest though for the mittbot. this guy actually says this in an article about these incidents, and he’s not joking:

    “…and these incidents could further benefit Mitt Romney”

    mittbot seems to have a bit of an anger management problem, and hopefully people will be get under his skin more while cameras are around and stoke him, so voters can really see who we’re dealing with here.

    • 122 joanshaw
      May 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      I remember this inciden. We were actually following the Salt Lake Olympics because, well, they were right here, in Utah. And in the news (Salt Lake Tribune) Romney was treated as a take charge guy and absolutely nothing was mentioned about the arrest or the cussing-out of the young volunteer traffic officer. Funny, but yet not very funny for the young man.

  35. 123 1and2rme
    May 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    this is a test to find myself and see which name shows up… oh dear I believe I’m lost in cyberspace

  36. 124 ourmanflint
    May 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Jessica Yellin is a douch bag!!!

    • May 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      She got pretty testy with Jay.

      • 126 Sharon
        May 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm

        I’d say Yellin was mean and nasty. For some reason people like her think that if they put a mean edge to their questions, it will constitute a “tough” question. That is not true. I’ve seen soft-toned questions by people like Charlie Rose that were truly tough and got to the heart of the matter.

  37. 127 yardarm756
    May 7, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    The front row is populated with ass holes.

    • May 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      They are leeches and ankle biters who carry out the dictums of the Fax of the Day from RNC HQ.

      • 129 ourmanflint
        May 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm

        You never hear these kinds of antagonistic questioning of republicons in congress or on TV. I applaud the patience of Jay and the President dealing with these jackasses. No interest in any real progress or accomplishments of this administration

    • May 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      I’ve been mortified at the idiocy and narrowness of the questions coming from the “press” Shame!

      That being said, Jay did a great job transforming “talking points” to serious issues for citizens!

    • 132 Debz
      May 7, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      Your Back!!!!

    • May 7, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      it works!!! I typed a sad face and my correct name showed up 🙂

      • 134 joanshaw
        May 7, 2012 at 3:35 pm

        cookemom, that’s crazy! I got lost myself a month or two ago and was told by wordpress to get a new name and start over but the idea appalled me and I thought that I’d just lurk for a while and let things settle down. Then I got the bright idea to click on my avatar and change things in my profile and it worked. I took advantage of the situation and got rid of that Joan Katherine Shaw which embarrassed me every time I saw it, and whittled my user name down to joanshaw. But I never thought of using a smiley! That’s a new one.

  38. May 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I am listening to Ed’s show online. Mike Papatoniao (SP) is subbing today. There was just a caller from FL who says PO will lose because of Eric Holder…..that he is a Republican…….appointed by a R, worked for the GWB administration, has dragged his feet big-time about voter suppression and that because of that and also the housing crisis/foreclosures, people who have been hurt by that will NEVER vote for PO.

    • 136 hopefruit2
      May 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Please, we do not need RW propaganda based on lies here. Many of these “callers” are political affiliates of the RNC, etc.

      • May 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

        He “said” he was a Dem, but I wondered the same thing you said, HF. Just wanted to share what is or may be “out there.”

        • 138 hopefruit2
          May 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm

          As I stated on an earlier thread yesterday, many of these so-called callers are plants – most probably paid professionals who work for RNC or other GOP affiliate. It’s very easy to misrepresent yourself on a call. I could call any radio station and say that I am a Romney supporter who doesn’t like what he’s doing.

          • 139 joanshaw
            May 7, 2012 at 3:39 pm

            We could rework the joke, “On the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog” to “On a call-in line, no one know you’re a ReThug.”

            • 140 joanshaw
              May 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm

              Wait a minute — something much better: “On a call-in line, no one knows you’re a POS ReThug …”

    • 141 utaustinliberal
      May 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      That caller can go suck on a rotten egg.

    • 142 Cheryllou
      May 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      I’m listening to Ed’s show too and heard that comment. I guess he didn’t hear the comment that Romney made in Nevada about letting the housing crisis hit bottom. Don’t try to fix it. A lot of Americans seem not to be paying attention to what these folks are saying. Sad

    • 143 yardarm756
      May 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      The point being?

    • 144 theo67
      May 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      So, the caller’s “logic” is:
      (a) they won’t vote for a Democratic President,
      (b) thus, ushering in a Republican President who has committed to enacting extreme right wing policies,
      (c) and more right-leaning Supreme Court justices, because
      (d) they somehow believe that Eric holder is a Republican and the caller doesn’t like Republican policies?

      Sounds to me like a concern troll trying to hit some hot button items for the unsuspecting few. I say, “go for it!”

  39. 145 ourmanflint
    May 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I have a question. How many jobs have your treasonous lap dog in congress created this year?

  40. 147 geeja
    May 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Tweets are awesome this morning and very encouraging. Keep it up. I am @geeurcrazy!

  41. 148 ourmanflint
    May 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    What plans for job creation???? Like you have no clue why most of his ideas have not been enacted. Duffus

  42. 149 auni
    May 7, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I would like to see Jay pick up his notebook and slam the front row up along side the head. What were press confs like when Bush was president? I never saw one–were they as confrontational?

    • 150 Sharon
      May 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      Biggest difference is that Jay is pretty honest and above board–and diplomatic despite stupid questions. Bush’s press secretaries lied a lot–especially Fleischer and Perino.

    • 151 joanshaw
      May 7, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      The only ones who was anywhere near confrontational was Helen Thomas and they finally exiled her to a back row. She was in her 80s then. Now she’s — what? — 90?

  43. 152 ourmanflint
    May 7, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    What a waste of jay’s time with these cretins!!!

    • 153 Ladyhawke
      May 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      The smirks on the faces of the jackals tells you all you need to know. This is like a game to these people. It’s just disgraceful that this many questions are being asked about gay marriage issue even though Jay gives the same response each time. It’s infuriating.

  44. 154 anniebella
    May 7, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    So what was the size of Mitt Romney’s crowd today?

    • 155 57andfemale
      May 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      Mitt is claiming 700, but a local reporter said there were about 380 seats and maybe 100 people standing.

      Quelle surprise that the Romney campaign is lying again.

  45. 156 utaustinliberal
    May 7, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    • 157 Sharon
      May 7, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Back to this–lying about crowd size. Remember all the exaggerations by Palin’s outfit.

  46. 158 Don
    May 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    President Obama will attend an LGBT fundraiser sometime next week in New York with Ricky Martin!

  47. 163 ourmanflint
    May 7, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    what is the meaning of evolving? these jackals are unreal

    • 164 jmlkoskey
      May 7, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      I would not want Jay Carney’s job for anything. Those “reporters” are worse than toddlers who want a new toy. They just won’t leave their “issue-du-jour” alone. @#$%@#$ these idiots already!

  48. 165 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 7, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Cory Booker has asked us to follow his friend …

    Let’s all do so!


  49. May 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    GOPolitico’s Jim Vande Hei was breathless on msnbc talking about their poll results—–he couldn’t even breathe he was so excited—-‘this is a 50-50 country and the polls are tied!’. What he failed to mention is the change in crosstabs which makes it look like no AA’s are going to be voting this time around and the only Dems who will be voting are conservative born-agains. (real close to that bad) Polls—–what a racket!—–you can make them come out any way you want, whatever you’re pushing, and then get invited onto all the TV programs to blab the distorted results.

    • 168 Mel
      May 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      Jim forgot to tell us About the Latino Comunity, the younger people, weman. siniors and yes the LGBT
      comunity and many others so his B.S does NOT pass the TEST good try JIM!!!!

  50. 169 yardarm756
    May 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Apparently LGBT marriage is the biggest issue in the room. People are dying from hunger and there are wars and people are looking for jobs. The hyenas are worried about dumb ass stuff like what Biden said.

      May 7, 2012 at 2:27 pm


      • May 7, 2012 at 2:43 pm

        Half of the country now supports gay marriage, probably closer to 75% with the younger generation. I would just love if we could leave religion out of political discussions. It’s divisive, and we don’t all share the same views. We do all share the view of re-electing President Obama, and I wish that could be the sole focus.

      • 172 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        May 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm


        • 173 hopefruit2
          May 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm

          Sue, this should not be about the bible or “God.” The bible also “forbids” pre-marital sex, extramarital sex, eating pork. Yet the same bible condones slavery. The bible condones beating children with belts.

          And going by the “God” argument, If God didn’t want gays to get married, then he shouldn’t have created them in the first place. He shouldn’t have created them with needs and feelings like the rest of us. The institution of “marriage” is a man-made pact that evolved along sociological lines to keep resources available to offspring of a particular union. It is NOT a natural institution. Therefore, it could NOT have come from “GOD” but from man as a way of maintaining wealth and resources.

        • 174 yardarm756
          May 7, 2012 at 3:20 pm

          Why are you shouting? Would also like to know the New Testament scripture that forbids gay marriage. It doesn’t exist.

        • 175 Sophie Amrain
          May 7, 2012 at 3:22 pm

          Sue, the Bible never says a thing about gay marriage. It was unconceivable for them. And try to go easy on the caps:-)

          • 176 SUE DUVALL SMITH
            May 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm


            • 177 0388jojothecat
              May 7, 2012 at 7:03 pm

              The Kingdom of God maybe here on earth, but it is NOT the United States of America.

          • May 7, 2012 at 3:48 pm

            Sue from Day 1 has always typed in caps and it’s never been a problem.

            • 179 SUE DUVALL SMITH
              May 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm


              • May 7, 2012 at 4:56 pm

                70% of the country support gay marriage, I don’t know where you bring your “upheavel” claim. That “evolving” position looks ridiculous now.

              • 181 0388jojothecat
                May 7, 2012 at 6:59 pm

                There are many things that as a modern secular society that goes against a particular persons religious beliefs. God gave all of us “free will” and Only God can judge us on Judgement Day if you believe this way. The United States of America was formed so that each of us could have “Freedom FROM Religion”. This is NOT a Judeo Christian Country, there is no STATE religion. So if someone wanted to be Muslim, Christian, Agnostic, Atheist, whatever, there should be NO religious law imposed on anyone in this country. Also, the Bible was written by men and those who have faith in the Bible as God’s word I will protect your right to serve your GOD, however those that do not, you must respect and protect those rights not to serve your GOD as well.

                Sue you seem like a very sweet, compassionate person, always helping those that are less fortunate. It is up to you whether you wish to show come compassion to those who feel they were born they way they are and did not choose it. After all, God made that person just like he made you and me.

        • May 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm

          This is a very weak “fence”. I have no idea what PBO is thinking. I can’t believe that he’s against gay marriage, it doesn’t fit anything I know about him. And if they’re playing politics, then it’s a very bad politcis. The right politics would be to come out in full support. This is the first time that I have no idea what PBO is doing.

          • 184 SUE DUVALL SMITH
            May 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm


            • May 7, 2012 at 4:53 pm

              With all due respect, I have no idea what you’re talking about and I don’t even want to get into a discussion about god and politics. I do not believe that PBO is against gay marriage at this point, and if he is, then is a big let down.

              • 186 prettyfoot58
                May 7, 2012 at 5:53 pm

                Will this issue of gay marriage divide the delegates at the convention…

                in the 60s the dixie dems walked out of the dem convention rather then accept the civil rights platform that was being promoted…

                does nothing that the President has done around the issue of promoting the human rights for gay americans matter if he does not come out in support of gay marriage…

                I wonder if Biden knew what he was doing when he revealed his personal beliefs on MTP/to the enemy/

                or is he like an advanced sentry…sent out to clear the way….

                i do not know….

                but for me….

                which ever side he stands on…i will stand with him….


            • May 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm

              BTW, where did the bible say that gay marriage is not real marriage?

              • 188 0388jojothecat
                May 7, 2012 at 6:40 pm

                The president has always said he was for civil unions and the ability for the LGBT community to have ALL the same rights that heterosexuals enjoy such as visiting those spouses in hospitals, not having to spend money on legal contracts, etc., but he did say he had not evolved yet to marriage. I think PBO is still open to change his mind on the ability for LGBT community to marry. I do not believe he would sign it into law if Congress sent him a bill to forbid the LGBT from marrying. I think he will see what the SCOTUS does as it winds it’s way to the courts.

                • 189 nospin
                  May 8, 2012 at 12:13 am

                  I am at the same point. jojothecat. I support civil unions and believe that LGBTs deserve to have the exact same rights and privileges that heterosexuals have. I believe that no one should be discriminated against because of their personal beliefs or sexual orientation and that everyone deserves respect. Discrimination in any form is flat out wrong.

                  But, because of my religious beliefs I cannot say I support same sex marriage. I too am evolving. So I totally get our President’s position. He is right to break down the barriers of discrimination because as an elected official, it is the right thing to do in the interest of our nation. But I am not convinced that he is required to give up his religious beliefs while he is at it. He should not have to choose.

                  • 190 0388jojothecat
                    May 8, 2012 at 10:01 am

                    Good Morning nospin,

                    I hope no one feels that they have to give up on their religious beliefs if someone else does not believe in Jesus Christ. In fact there are many many gays who go to church, are baptised in church and also believe in Jesus Christ, however, they should be able to marry, have a family, just like a heterosexual. These people go to work, pay taxes, buy homes, buy groceries, they are part of the society and are good citizens. How can America deny them all the rights of being a citizen because of the majorities religious beliefs?

                    I respect your feeling so I am hoping you or other religious people here can answer these questions:

                    There are many gays married right now, please tell me how has it affected your religious beliefs each day? Do you believe in God less because of states that allow gays to marry? Have you stopped believing in Christ? Have you stopped reading the bible? If Gays are allowed to marry, what do you think will happen to your religious beliefs?

                    • 191 nospin
                      May 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm

                      0388jojothecat. Thank your for engaging on this issue. I certainly don’t believe that any actions based on any same sex couple would have any negative impact on me. None at all. That is just silly. That is a non issue.

                      Here is my thing. My best friend is gay. He has been with his partner for 25 years. He is an amazing man. He can depend on me for anything. I love him as a brother and his partner is fantastic. I have been there through the illness with both his parents and when his partner was sick for almost two years.

                      We are like Ying and Yang and can complete each other’s thoughts. We are great friends and my family loves him. I am the one that introduced him to the link where he can solicit the administration in terms of pushing for fighting for equality (based on visitations if his partner is sick, being able to do their taxes together, pushing for state legislation to offer equality for his relationship in the same way as I have with my own husband. I am the one totally for Civil Unions.

                      0388Jojothecat I adore him. We talked about my feelings on the issue and it doesn’t matter. He says it is the semantics. He knows that I do not believe in discrimination of any kind. He knows that I have signed multiple petitions on the need for states to pass the rights for same sex couples to form Civil Unions. He says I simply balk at the term marriage.

                      I guess in my mind, marriage is a religious term and is between a man and woman. Civil rights is based on the Constitution and has a more governmental role whereas marriage by definition is based on scripture. If that explains it. I know it just isn’t logical.

                      If my kids ever came home and said Mom I am gay. It wouldn’t matter. I would love them just as hard. It is their life and they can live it in any way that they choose. They are amazing kids and whoever they loved would be lucky to have their affections.

                      I would never impede any process to say that laws should not be in-acted to include same sex marriage but I could not advocate for that either.

                      I have certainly actively advocated for the right to have Civil union.

                      How is it different. . . don’t ask me 0388jojothecat. There is a fine line. It is just that word that I can’t get past the covenant that Marriage is between a man and woman. Call it anything else, I support it. And it isn’t just me, it is a host of other Christians. I am still working on it though.

                      Upside is we have all come a looooonnnnnnggggg way. So that is progress.

                    • 192 nospin
                      May 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm

                      Correction –

                      “I would never impede any process to say that laws should not be in-acted to include same sex marriage but I could not advocate for that either.”

                      I meant to say I would never impede any process to move forward laws to include same sex marriage but I could not advocate for that either.

            • May 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm

              I just find your stance on this so disappointing Sue, and it doesn’t sound remotely ‘Christian’ to me. “God’s law” might be top of your mountain, but I wish you would show some tolerance towards those who don’t share your beliefs. I find it REALLY hard to believe that the God you describe would have so much intolerance to a section of our community. This is all depressingly ugly to me.

              • 194 SUE DUVALL SMITH
                May 7, 2012 at 6:02 pm


                • May 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm

                  Sue, I respect your religious beliefs, I really do, I just wish you would respect those who don’t share them – including millions of your fellow citizens. Why should one faith, rather than any other (or none), determine the rules of any land?

                  It’s just my humble opinion, but I truly believe the world would be an infinitely better place if religion and politics weren’t mixed, it’s a toxic combination, as history has shown and continues to do.

                  Personally, I disagree with the President’s stance on gay marriage, but admire him for no longer defending DOMA. That, to me, is a fine example of someone not wanting to impose their beliefs on those who don’t share them. But I would give anything for him to announce that he now actually supports gay marriage, it would be the logical end to that particular journey for a man who, at heart, believes in equality for all.

  51. 196 Don
    May 7, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Let them ask all the questions about marriage equality that they want to, they are doing exactly what the President’s campaign team want them to do. The whitehouse knew this was going to be the lead question, once again President Obama is five steps ahead of the MSM.

  52. 198 carolyn
    May 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Didn’t someone in Europe try that “religious and cultural preservation of European people” in the 1930s and 1940s????? Remember how that turned out?

  53. May 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm

  54. May 7, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    • 203 Debz
      May 7, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Lis Smith has been on a roll today. Nothing has gotten past her. i love her tweets about Mitt’s big crowd today.

  55. May 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I’m seeing that someone asking Willard a question said Obama should be tried for treason and Willard did not address that statement. Then someone else stated he agreed with that questioner and that was also ignored by Willard, who doesn’t even have the little bit of decency that McCain exhibited. Those are the kind of people that support Romney, and I guess it’s fine by him that this is how they think. The more deranged, the merrier.

    • 205 4morefor44
      May 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      i say each of us should encourage then as much as possible to keep showing their true colors. the more people see of them and the more mittbot gets put in the middle and stammers, the better. if you see people on twitter or in person talking like that, do a little reverse psychology on them and act scared, “no please, not the treason talk and investigations!!! that will surely sink us democrats! oh noesss!!!!”

    • 206 theo67
      May 7, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      With coreless people like Romney, the ends justify the means. He could care less. He just wants to be President.

  56. 207 utaustinliberal
    May 7, 2012 at 2:39 pm

  57. 209 Don
    May 7, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    You would think that with the way John McCain campaigned against President Obama, Romney’s team would have been able to study McCain and not make the same mistakes that McCain made.

    • 210 Esmerelda
      May 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      Oh, heck no. With the kind of people who vote Republican, Mitt’s people probably think McCain didn’t go far enough.

  58. May 7, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Why Obama Is Running On The Auto Rescue

    Benjy Sarlin May 7, 2012, 1:12 PM

    President Obama, who is touting the auto bailout at every turn in his campaign debut this week, got some more good news from Detroit on Monday with the release of the new Fortune 500 list. At No. 5 on the annual ranking of America’s largest companies: General Motors.

    While the job market and overall growth are still weak, GM and the auto industry have proved a rare bright spot. And the Obama campaign is putting its success front and center.

    “Together, we’re fighting our way back,” Obama said at a campaign kickoff rally in Virginia on Saturday. “When some wanted to let Detroit go bankrupt, we made a bet on American workers, on the ingenuity of American companies. And today, our auto industry is back on top of the world.”


    On offense, the bailout thus offers up another important opportunity to promote the Obama camp’s messaging on Romney: it touches on their attacks on his Bain Capital days, which they say resulted in too many layoffs in order to benefit wealthier investors. The Obama campaign, not surprisingly, are attacking Romney ahead of his trip to Ohio on Monday, one of the states most affected by the auto industry.

    “Mitt Romney’s decision to hold an event today at a GM supplier in Ohio highlights how, if he’d had his way, the American auto industry and the more than a million jobs it supports would cease to exist today,” campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said in a statement. “GM and Chrysler are in existence, creating jobs, and posting some of their most profitable quarters in history because President Obama bet on American workers. The real question is whether Mitt Romney — at his economy-focused event today — will explain to Ohioans why he opposed saving an industry that is responsible for one out of eight jobs in their state.”


  59. 213 utaustinliberal
    May 7, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    • 214 Don
      May 7, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      Not surprised, just look at the way he disrespected former President Jimmy Carter.

      • 215 anniebella
        May 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm

        Can you imagine if President Obama had stood there like a dam idiot as a supporter of his said that about Romney, can you imagine what the media would be saying about President Obama? If you claim to have so much dam leadership, then show it Mitt.

    • 216 theo67
      May 7, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      America should be frightened at the prospect of someone this weak, shallow and lacking in integrity trying to lead the world. I know the rest of the world is terrified. Even Cheney might be better than Romney!

    • 217 Linda
      May 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm


      While he was apparently unwilling to say it to the woman’s face, when asked if he agreed with the woman by reporters after the event, Romney said, “No, of course not.”

      What a coward

      think progress

    • 218 Ladyhawke
      May 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      What a disgrace. And Rubber Stamp Romney thinks he is qualified to be the leader of the free world? He has done nothing remotely presidential since he kicked off this campaign. How does he stand there and listen to someone call President Obama a traitor and not admonish that person for being disrespectful. He didn’t skip a beat. He just gave a mealymouthed response to the attack. It’s astonishing. If the roles were reversed, the media would be all over the Democrat like white on rice.

  60. 219 criquet
    May 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Coward-couldn’t say this to the woman when she asked the question?

  61. May 7, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    video on the Obama should be tried for treason punk out by Willard:

  62. May 7, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Well, the news Cycle changed, Robney just wimped out, and this will get wall to wall coverage!

  63. 225 Linda
    May 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    John Harwood just said Romney has a ” Real Chance ” of winning..

    Seriously ???

  64. 230 hgerhard
    May 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Good afternoon, TOD family – carla4obama, I share your disgust with the shameful behavior of the Republicans and their facilitators in the media and to some degree the public at large. But it is also true that so many people never pay attention to politics at all. They only listen to their daily newscast and are far too busy with their struggles to make ends meet and to take care of their families to give a second thought to what they hear from the “experts”. That’s where we – the grassroots organizers – come in. We can do what millions of dollars in hateful advertising can never achieve – we can have a conversation with our neighbors and even with folks we don’t know at all. When I think back to the 2008 campaign, what I remember most are some of those conversations on the doorsteps of people I had never met before. Canvassing quickly became my favorite campaign activity and still is today. So, yesterday I was off again to neighboring New Hampshire to talk to voters. On a warm, sunny spring day a lot people were not home and I had to leave some literature in the hope that they would look at it when they returned. But the conversations I did have yesterday are just as memorable and instructive as those I remember from four years ago. There was the man who asked me if I was receiving Social Security and when I told him yes, he wanted to know if I believe that Social Security would still be there for him when he retired. That was the opening to a wonderful exchange about the role of government, the possibility of working out problems in a cooperative way and about President Obama’s vision for a society where we all look out for one another. I had already marked the man as “undecided” on my walk sheet, but when I left I knew that he would be a supporter. He even asked me to give him some literature and I wrote down the barackobama.com website for him. At another house, I noticed a large sign that read “We support Israel” and mindful of some of the most misleading statements of the Republicans, I rang the bell. It turned out to be a household of strong Obama supporters who asked for a lawn sign when they become available. I didn’t need to convince anyone there but I walked away with more confidence and hope. And then there was the older man who wanted to volunteer his time to talk to voters about the huge benefits of Obamacare and how it served the people better AND saved everyone, including the government, a lot of money. He will be contacting the local OFA office. Of course, I also met a few Romney supporters. By and large, their reason was that they voted Republican, period. But one woman complained that she had been unemployed for a long time. It turned out that she had worked for a company that had transferred their business overseas. I gently reminded her that President Obama favors not giving those companies tax breaks to ship jobs to other countries whereas Mr. Romney wants to keep these tax breaks in place. She told me that this was just propaganda and that Romney was a successful business man who would know how to create jobs. I then reminded her of Mr. Romney’s record as #47 out of 50 in job creation when he was Governor of Massachusetts. I handed her some literature and asked her to research the issue of jobs and job creation a little more. I can’t say that I convinced her, but she was very cordial at the end and thanked me when I wished her better luck in the days ahead in finding employment in an improving economy.
    And so ended another day of canvassing. I recommend it to anyone who feels distressed by the politics of hate and the lack of truth in our opponents’ campaign. We can reach the only people that matter in an election – the average citizens who live in the real world and look for security and progress in their own lives and those of their children – and we can encourage them to make an informed decision and to vote.

    • 231 L3
      May 7, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      I applaud your efforts. I feel the same way when I’m registering people to vote or phone banking. You get the feeling of doing something more than just yelling at the television. I haven’t canvassed yet but I am looking forward to doing it soon.

      • 232 L3
        May 7, 2012 at 3:50 pm

        Also hgerhard, in regards to Williard being a businessman don’t forget to mention his business was not job creation it was wealth creation for investors. He destroyed jobs by firing and laying off workers, shipping their jobs overseas and destroying pensions in the process often leaving it to the federal government to pick up the pieces of Bain’s “creative destruction.”

        • 233 hgerhard
          May 7, 2012 at 4:15 pm

          Absolutely, L3. In fact I also told the woman that Mr.Romney’s idea of a “successful business” was one that increased the bottom line – the profit – and that he would do whatever was necessary to achieve that goal including laying off workers, shipping jobs overseas, chipping away at workers’ rights and safety, gutting pensions and generally destroying all the benefits for the working class. His much touted “success” can be found only in larger profits for Mr. Romney and his partners.

          • 234 L3
            May 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm

            How did she respond to that? Did she even believe it? It can be so difficult to pierce the right wing bubble where facts mean nothing.

            • 235 hgerhard
              May 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm

              She didn’t. But she was listening and will probably remember this conversation. The next time she hears something about job creation, she might react differently. I must add that I felt sorry for her – she was obviously struggling and holding on to what she had been told about her future chances. I slipped a graph showing jobs lost and gained from 2007 to 2012 into the literature I gave her. That little graph will give her even more to think about.

              • 236 L3
                May 7, 2012 at 5:58 pm

                I think you’re right. You may have helped her begin the process of de-programming from right wing thought. At least I hope so. Thanks for the conversation.

    • 237 amk for obama
      May 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      Well said hgerhard. Educate and earn the votes.

    • 238 theo67
      May 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      I marvel at your composure and courage in these exchanges, hgerhard. You always impress me and inspire me to try and be more calm when faced with opposing views, when my instinct is to beat someone over the head with the truth until they agree. 🙂

      • 239 hgerhard
        May 7, 2012 at 6:12 pm

        Thank you, theo67, for your kind words. Believe me, I have my moments when calmness deserts me. But I always try to remember who I am representing when talking to people. One of the reasons I so love and admire this President is that he never descends to the viciousness so often displayed by the other side. Whenever I hear him say ” I am my brother’s keeper”, I silently applaud him. I try every day to become more like him and less like the proponents of hatred and division. President Obama inspires me not only to be an active participant in his campaign, but to reach out and understand those who may not agree with me. As a result of Republican obstructionism, we don’t talk much any more about “common ground”, but I still believe in it, even if I must exclude the extremists on the right. They are but a small minority and their followers will not stick with them when offered a better alternative.

    • May 7, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      I ♥ hgerhard. Even if you don’t succeed in convincing someone to vote for the President, having a sane and respectful conversation with a Romney supporter disarms them, if even a little, by demonstrating that Obama supporters don’t have horns. It helps diminish the demonization, puts a human face on the interaction. Magnificent.

  65. 242 Don
    May 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Yeah Harwood, sure Romney’s going to grow a pair between now and November.

    • 243 Ladyhawke
      May 7, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      Could you believe that swill coming from Harwood? Seriously, so Romney is going to get a backbone and then what? The fact still remains he’s got nothing to offer the American people but an updated version of GWB’s agenda. We all know how that turned out. It’s all smoke and mirrors with Romney.

    • 244 anniebella
      May 7, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      I listen to Harwood and his B.S. Mitt Romney shouldn’t have to revolve about certain things, he should have the dam guts to look that woman in the eye and tell her she is wrong. But of course he didn’t and media idiots like Harwood just make excuses for him.

      • 245 EricFive
        May 7, 2012 at 3:44 pm

        The media continues to grade Mitt on a curve, giving him pass after pass (how can we expect a Presidential candidate to demonstrate leadership?). This weekend we saw the media adopt Mitt’s strategy of putting Mitt’s weaknesses onto PBO (i.e. it is Obama who has enthusiasm issues, not Mitt). Don’t let it get you down. Instead realize the GAME that is being played and continue to use social media and any other forum you have to FIGHT BACK against this blatantly biased bullshit. The truth will prevail. President Obama will prevail.

        • 246 4morefor44
          May 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm

          i saw this somewhere earlier, but apparently rob portman, t-bagger guv kasich, and the dweeb running against sherrod brown were all absent from mittbot’s lie fest today. that’s very unusual to have all leading political figures missing from an event at this point of a presidential campaign. notice how all the big race politicians were with PBO yesterday? really says a lot, and it’s not good for the mittbot. and you have to wonder how many of those 500 people there today were employees given a couple hours off. hey, if i worked there, i’d take up the boss on that offer just to mitness the insanity. will we see this mentioned by todd chuck or jake yapper? going to guess nope.

      • 247 Sharon
        May 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm

        That’s one thing that I respected John McCain for when a woman said Obama was a-a-a-a-Arab. He immediately said no and told her that Obama was a decent Christian family man. Romney apparently has no decency himself.

        • 248 TrumpDog
          May 7, 2012 at 5:01 pm

          No pass from me. That campaign (with boost from Palin) had been fanning flames for awhile and his tepid response was too little, too late IMO

  66. 249 yardarm756
    May 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    This is OT and things are getting a bit tense ’round here.

  67. 250 Don
    May 7, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I’m so goddamn sick and tired of hearing about Wisconsin, President Obama told them not to vote this guy into office, and what did they do? They voted for this fucking guy, and then they act all surprised that this guy put his foot up their asses.

    • May 7, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      What’s the old saying? You broke it you bought it.

    • 252 Debz
      May 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      And if they don’t get rid of him in the recall election, I will have no compassion for the people of Wisconsin, ever!

      • May 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm

        What proportion of the population is required for the extension of your compassion? Obviously, it must be over 50%. And if it is under 50% the second Tuesday of June (which works exceedingly well for Walker as the students will have left the universities by that time – coincidence only, of course) you will NEVER have any compassion for millions of people… EVER?!

        It troubles me when we become our own enemy.

    • May 7, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Ah, the infamous “they” – as a Wisconsinite, I resent the discounting of what has happened in my state – and is still happening.

  68. 255 Liberal Librarian
    May 7, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Serious question: what would we do without hardworking people like plumbers and electricians? I stand in awe of their skills to, you know, keep civilization running.

    • 256 utaustinliberal
      May 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Me too. We need professionals like that. They are vastly important. Denigrate a plumber or electrician and try going an hour or less than an hour without electricity or running water. From personal experience; it’s torture.

  69. 257 criquet
    May 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    It’s worse than we were informed of at first:

    • 258 utaustinliberal
      May 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      No fucking way. He’s an asshole.

      • 259 anniebella
        May 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm

        What is it that was said by Romney surrogates and supporters about the President’s family?

      • 260 Ladyhawke
        May 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm

        This woman is probably being booked for Hannity tonight and she will more than likely be on The Today Show tomorrow. That’s how this crap usually works.

        I am glad to see OFA pouncing on this as a blatant lack of leadership on Romney’s part. A leader would have addressed this when it happened. Not waiting for a reporter to ask if he agreed with the woman.

    • May 7, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      “look into her allegation”????? Like he’s some sort of bystander??? What an incomparable idiot.

  70. 262 itgurl_29
    May 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    TOD twitter family, please flood this guy’s timeline and demand evidence. They are already trying to brush this off as a “both sides” do it situation. The are claiming people were shouting “traitor” at the Obama rallies and yet they offer NO PROOF. Demand for buzzfeed to produce the video.

    We CANNOT let this stand. Romney CANNOT be given a pass on this. They are working overtime to protect him.

    • May 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      If someone had called Romney a traitor, I guarantee PBO would have forcefully corrected that person.

      • 264 Doreen
        May 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm

        The difference between these two situations is that “if” someone or people yelled traitor at the Ohio rally, the President more than likely didn’t hear it and that’s why there was no response. However, that’s different than being asked a direct question and not responding. Can you see someone saying or asking the President if Romney was a traitor and he not saying anything to correct that person? Answer: a resounding no!! So this equivalency BS is just that!

      • 266 Britt
        May 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm

        The media is trying to run with, “they both do it.” Everytime Mitt, his surrogates, and supporters act crazy the media runs with this BS line. Mitt is a coward. John McCain even shot down crazy supporters that said stuff like this.

      • 267 Linda
        May 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm

        It was probably one of the Romney staffers sent to disrupt…..

      • 268 nathkatun7
        May 7, 2012 at 10:06 pm

        Besides, If I remember correctly, President Obama specifically stated in his Speech that Gov. Romney was a patriot who has been a successful businessman. This nonsense about false equivalencies by the media needs to be called out.

    • May 7, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      Proof not just that someone said it but that PBO heard it.

    • 273 Linda
      May 7, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      Even if true …how is a shout from the crowd the same as calling on a person with a question in a townhall ?

    • 274 criquet
      May 7, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      What did not happen at President Obama’s Ohio rally was the President saying he would look into such claims or any such thing.
      In fact he called Romney “a patriot”.

      The Democrats need to make this a big deal and call Romney out and hammer him for cowardice. This is a character issue -he does not have the character or strength to be President.

      • 275 criquet
        May 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm

        Romney apparently said he “would be happy to look into” ..the claims made.
        He needs to be crushed…..

        • 276 Obama Grandmama
          May 7, 2012 at 6:06 pm

          I only saw clips of Romney’s event, but I think two different people’s responses are getting put into one which is distorting what Romney said. I saw a clip where a man asked Romney about his taxes and paying out of country taxes and saw him worm out of it with “I’ll have to look into that.” as if he didn’t know. The other clip showed a woman that said something like, “I too believe he is a traitor referring to Obama.” In that one Romney had no response whatsoever. That is bad enough as we don’t need to embellish it by mixing the two responses.

      • 277 4morefor44
        May 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm

        funny thing is though, at PBO 14,000+ rally (compared to mittbot’s 500-person one today, mostly employees of the business where it was held), their shouts were probably motivated by mittbot’s extreme amount of offshoring both jobs and taxes, and given that, the word seems pretty accurate to me. republican claims of that toward PBO make no sense whatsoever, not to mention that he is the president, duly elected by historic majorities.

  71. 278 Linda
    May 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    “I have the right to remain silent. Anything I say or do can and will be held against me in the court of public opinion, and on Election Day.”

    ~ Mitt Romney

  72. May 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I couldn’t see the woman’s face that asked Romney the question but I wondering if it’s this one


  73. 282 amk for obama
    May 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Glad campaign is hitting mittbot’s cowardice.

  74. 283 utaustinliberal
    May 7, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Love how Romney stepped into a pile of crap today and is shifting the conversation towards him. Imbecilic coward that he is, he stayed mute while an audience member at his OH event said PBO should be tried for treason, then he told her to elaborate on her paranoid comments and promised to look into her allegations.

    If the media did their work, this should be top billing all day and tomorrow. Accusing a President of treason is not a joke. Love how Obama 2012 surrogates and DNC surrogates are not letting up on this latest show of cowardice by Romney. He wants to be POTUS yet he can’t stand up to the hate peddled by his party?

    • 284 itgurl_29
      May 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      They need to push this character issue in an ad. He stood silent when they booed a gay soldier at a debate. He refused to stand with Sandra Fluke against Rush Limbaugh. He refused to admonish and distance himself from Ted Nugent. And now he’s telling people at town halls that he’ll be glad to look into the President’s supposed traitorous activities.

      They need to make an ad. His cowardice is a legitimate campaign issue.

      • 285 criquet
        May 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm

        i agree that his lack of strength and character is a legitimate campaign issue.

        If not the President’s campaign, one of the Super Pacs that support the President should launch a huge broadside against Romney on this..

        • 286 criquet
          May 7, 2012 at 4:23 pm

          If they could get the coward tag to stick, it could be the making of Romney’s Dukakis/Kerry moment.

      • May 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm

        you are absolutely on point

      • 288 criquet
        May 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm

        This needs to be sent to the Obama campaign to look at and work on.

  75. May 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    reminder found at another blog:

    Just in case you were wondering, on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, President Obama called Mitt Romney “a patriot.”


  76. May 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    That is our POTUS!

    • 291 Britt
      May 7, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      I am happy Ben is shutting this down. Media is always trying to let Mitt get away with stuff, and the campaign cannot let that happen.

  77. May 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I am glad Ben Labolt went to Robney Townhall today-

  78. May 7, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    That voter registration report, which is justifying all these crazy polls, was false-


    Tweet this to everybody! They are trying to scam us!

    • May 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      First, the Census data the article cited is 18 months old—it’s from November 2010, the month of the last midterm elections.Since that time, more than 1.4 million African Americans and more than 1.2 million Latinos have registered to vote.

  79. 296 utaustinliberal
    May 7, 2012 at 4:44 pm

  80. 298 auni
    May 7, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I read some of the transcripts from the Bush White House press briefings. As I suspected there were some pointed questions, but the Press Sec. was not treated with the snark that comes from the front row directed at Jay.

  81. May 7, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I love the rapid response from the Obama Campaign.



    Mon May 07, 2012 at 01:15 PM PDT.

    Obama campaign responds to Mitt Romney’s silence on treason allegation

    Statement from Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith on Mitt Romney failing to repudiate accusation of treason against President Obama and his campaign surrogate’s attack on travel by President and Mrs. Obama.

    Today we saw Mitt Romney’s version of leadership: standing by silently as his chief surrogate attacked the President’s family at the event and another supporter alleged that the President should be tried for treason. Time after time in this campaign, Mitt Romney has had the opportunity to show that he has the fortitude to stand up to hateful and over-the-line rhetoric and time after time, he has failed to do so. If this is the ‘leadership’ he has shown on the campaign trail, what can the American people expect of him as commander-in-chief?


    • 300 criquet
      May 7, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      YESSSSSS, now this needs to be spread far and wide for the next 6 months.
      Willard Mitt Romney is a coward.

      Who believes that the American people will elect a COWARD?

  82. 302 Pamela
    May 7, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    We will not let them divide us, that is their goal. We know who we are, we know who our President is. Stand firm, let us support each others differences, while celebrating our individuality. We can disagree without being disagreeable. Let us Stand with President Obama, and Vice President Biden. Let us pray for them, for each other and for ourselves. And let us pray the people who dedicate themselves to hate and divisiveness, that they may come to see what is truth for all.

  83. 303 utaustinliberal
    May 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm

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