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  1. 1 symmetry11
    May 15, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Good morning Chips & TOD

  2. 8 Elle in MI
    May 15, 2012 at 10:39 am


  3. May 15, 2012 at 10:49 am

  4. 17 Pamela
    May 15, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Okay, breakfast is over, I’m outta here! But I’ll be baaaccckkkk! 😉

  5. 19 amk for obama
    May 15, 2012 at 10:53 am


  6. 31 carla4obama
    May 15, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Check out this article regarding Mitt Romney the Bully from Psychology Today.
    The picture of high schooler Mitt with a gun pointing at his throat! I have never seen that picture.

    Research: Romney’s Anti-Gay Assault Fits Typical Pattern
    Antigay behaviors common, enforce gender norms.
    Published on May 14, 2012 by Karen Franklin, Ph.D. in Witness

  7. 32 collegekay
    May 15, 2012 at 10:56 am

    About to watch The View. I love when PBO does talk shows.

  8. 34 amk for obama
    May 15, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Why only steel workers ? What about all other workers ?

  9. May 15, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Here we go.
    Americas First Black Mayor is warning this President about, wait for it…, the Bradley effect.

    It’s true. He wrote an article, on Politico, of all places.
    What is his problem?

    • May 15, 2012 at 11:58 am

      I always remember this piece from Prometheus 6:

      The Bradley Effect
      October 14, 2008 — ptcruiser

      There never was and there never will be a “Bradley Effect”. Citing covert white racism as the principal reason for the Republican George Deukmejian’s defeat of the Democrat Tom Bradley is simply wrong. Attributing Bradley’s loss solely to white voters not casting their ballots for him because he was black is understandable because it allows us to construct a narrative that neatly fits into our preconceptions and experiences. This story, however, lures us away from searching for any other reasons that might better explain Bradley’s defeat.

      The truth is that if the Bradley campaign and the California State Democratic Party had turned out just one-third more of the state’s registered and eligible black voters then Bradley would have won the election. Yes, some white voters in California changed their minds or lied about voting for a black candidate, but that should not excuse the failure of the Bradley campaign and the state Democratic Party to reach out to black voters and mount a serious GOTV effort in predominantly black neighborhoods in the state.

      In Los Angeles County and in the City of Los Angeles alone, where Bradley had served four terms as the city’s mayor, tens of thousands of black voters and blacks eligible to vote did not go to the polls to vote. Bradley and his advisors either never saw a need to organize and mobilize black voters or they were afraid to do so for fear of alienating whites. If the latter case is true, then it might be more appropriate to label this behavior as the real Bradley Effect.

      In the wake of Bradley’s loss one enterprising reporter asked a Bradley aide if the campaign could have done more to reach out to minority voters. The aide cited a television ad the campaign ran featuring Bradley in a suit standing in a grove of redwood trees talking about “diversity” as an example of the campaign’s effort to reach out to minority voters!

      The fact is that Bradley simply failed to generate as much enthusiasm as might have been expected among a large swath of the black electorate in the city and the county of Los Angeles and the State of California. Many blacks may not have voted because they did not believe that Bradley would win but many others may have felt that Bradley and his campaign either took their support for granted or chose to ignore their concerns.

      Let’s not forget too, for example, that Bradley had managed in the 1950s to become a lieutenant in the LAPD, which was one of the most brutal and notoriously racist police departments in the country. A black man who attained an officer’s rank in the LAPD was probably not a black man who openly challenged the department or directly confronted a political system that oppressed blacks and other minorities. In addition, the Bradley campaign probably put too much stock in the advice of too many arm-chair generals in the black community rather than organizing elements of the black electorate to walk the streets and knock on doors. Bradley’s ascension to the governor’s office might have met the legitimate aspirational concerns of the black bourgeoisie but not the needs of a broader swath of the black electorate.

      If a larger percentage of black voters statewide had turned out to vote, the specter of the Bradley Effect would never have been raised despite the fact that some white voters misled pollsters as to their intentions. The Bradley Effect has now entered popular lore as a short hand way of explaining why black candidates may not do as well on election day as the polls indicated they would do. The sad reality is that covert racism was only one of several factors in Bradley’s loss and it would have been a non-factor if the Bradley campaign had done more to reach out to California’s black electorate.


    • 42 yardarm756
      May 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      I think you mean Governor, don’t you? I thought Carl Stokes was the first Mayor. I could be wrong though. Old ass brain cells don’t always work the way they should. 🙂

      • May 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm

        Funny. I thought it was Willie Brown.

        • 44 yardarm756
          May 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm

          Not sure but I thought Carl Stokes as the Mayor of Cleveland OH in the 80’s.

          • 45 nathkatun7
            May 15, 2012 at 6:10 pm

            Yardarm, You are absolutely right! Carl Stokes was the first black mayor of a major American city-Cleveland, Ohio. Stokes was elected in 1967.

        • 47 yardarm756
          May 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm

          Carl B. Stokes – Cleveland – About.com
          Dec 12, 2010 – Carl B. Stokes is best known for being Cleveland’s 51st mayor — the first African-American mayor of a major United States city. He was also a …

  10. May 15, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Is it just me or does Boehner look bored out of his mind?

  11. May 15, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Mitt Romney’s campaign is out with a nearly 4-minute video called “A Few of the 23 million,” a spot that’s being presented as part of the response to the Bain Capital video President Obama’s team released yesterday.

    Omg! FAKE punt!

  12. 52 amk for obama
    May 15, 2012 at 11:09 am

  13. 54 relellit
    May 15, 2012 at 11:09 am

    This isn’t the first he has spoken about the Bradley effect. I saw him doing interviews about it a while back.

    Things that make you go, hmmmmm **** Speaking of that New York Times/CBS poll, it shows Romney at 46% and Obama at 43%. But get this: It also has the president’s approval rating at 50%. (How is Obama’s job approval at 50%, but his head-to-head number is 43%?) And given that this poll was a “call-back survey” — with the respondents first interviewed back in April — it feels like we need more poll data to make sense of all the events of the past two weeks. The gay marriage announcement.


    So the righties can pop all the champagne corks today. They will soon find it is just instant gratification.

  14. 56 amk for obama
    May 15, 2012 at 11:11 am

    • May 15, 2012 at 11:23 am

      That was Obama on The View. And speaking of honest and straightforward, that is our president also. He is so truthful and admirable on The View, about the whole same sex marriage issue, about the tightness of the election. Loved when he shut Elizabeth down on her false premise. Haven’t got to the dumb pop culture stuff yet, but it looks like he is charming there too.

      • 58 yardarm756
        May 15, 2012 at 12:07 pm

        Liz that a piece of work for ya. Talk about a household gadget. 😦

        • May 15, 2012 at 12:13 pm

          Helloooooooooooooooooooo Shipmate 😉

          • 60 yardarm756
            May 15, 2012 at 12:28 pm

            Hiya doin’ Admiral. I’m still mucking about in the bilges looking for trouble.
            I found quite a few naughty mats down here. Some even fell on me that someone discarded down the engineering hatch instead of over the side.
            Other than that, all seems to be in order. 🙂

  15. May 15, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Destination for Obots!

  16. 66 amk for obama
    May 15, 2012 at 11:20 am

    • 67 Melanie
      May 15, 2012 at 11:30 am

      He is right. I don’t put a lot of emotion into the constantly changing individual poll but instead look at the RCP average of polls. Right now it has PBO up 2.2% which can be seen as essentially tied. We can’t only pay attention or call it a “good poll” when it favors PBO or call it a bad poll when PBO is down. I see that here a lot. The campaign is constantly saying it’s going to be close and people need to pay attention to that. There are a lot of people who hate PBO and also a lot of low information voters out there. This can not be ignored.

      • 68 jackiegrumbacher
        May 15, 2012 at 11:48 am

        Melanie–No one ignores it, we all think about it everyday. Nothing has ever been easy for our president. He has spent the last three years literally moving mountains to help the American people and they’re still even considering a serial liar, vulture capitalist and failed governor as an alternative. We know we can never underestimate the ignorance of a huge swath of Americans and so we work every day to do our part to have this great president re-elected. It’s appropriate to assess the quality of a poll when it seems screwy and when right wing pundits on tv use these polls to crow about how great Romney is doing. If a poll shows a dramatic drop in women’s support of the president in one week when there has been no event to justify it, it’s right to question it. But then we move on and work even harder. We’ve got unlimited funds supporting Romney and the right wing and we have voter suppression laws to overcome. None of us is complacent.

        • 69 Melanie
          May 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm

          My post was succint; the ind. polls go up and down. When they go back up next week are they going to be questioned? Not sure you speak for everyone when you say none of us is complacent; I don’t really believe in absolutes. Anyway PBO is right in saying when your name is Barack Obama it’s always tight.

  17. 70 vcprezofan2
    May 15, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I’ve never heard of VIBE although it’s apparently 14 years old – which probably means I can’t get it here! Chips, you must have a huge resource library! TOD sure is a wonderful one-stop-shopping place to find new ‘stuff’ featuring our Pres! ‘Merci buckets’, ALWAYS, Ms Chips!

    Morning Pamela, haven’t touched base in a while. Have a good day at work!

  18. 71 desertflower
    May 15, 2012 at 11:22 am


    Whatever “achievement” a Republican politician brags about, you can be pretty sure there’s more to the story. The Daily Beast has been following Romney’s track record of being brought in to clean up a bribery scandal at the 2002 Winter Olympics, and has found some things that indicate his own ethics leave something to be desired.

  19. 72 utaustinliberal
    May 15, 2012 at 11:23 am

    • 73 jackiegrumbacher
      May 15, 2012 at 11:50 am

      Remember this: The president promised at the beginning of his term: I will never lie to you. Believe me, I am hanging on that promise whenever he predicts the outcome of the election.

  20. 74 itgurl_29
    May 15, 2012 at 11:23 am

    POTUS is killing on the VIew. He just shut Elizabeth down on gay rights. I wish BW, Sherrie, and Elizabeth weren’t there. Love Joy and Whoopi.

  21. May 15, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Team Obama: NYT/CBS poll used ‘biased sample’
    By BYRON TAU | 5/15/12 9:53 AM EDT
    The Obama campaign is pushing back hard against a New York Times/CBS poll that showed Mitt Romney with advantage with women and reported that voters overwhelmingly believed President Obama backed gay marriage last week for political reasons.

    “We can’t put the methodology of that poll aside,” deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd. “It is a biased sample.”

    “Aside from being outlier, CBS/NYT poll used weird methodology — same voters as last month, reached fewer of them, more IDed as GOP,” campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said on Twitter Monday.

    At the heart of the dispute is the fact that the poll used a ‘panel-back survey’ — polling a group of voters who have already been interviewed in previous polls. In this case, the drawback is that 852 registered voters were in interviewed last month, and just 562 agreed to be reinterviewed by the pollster.

    Still, for a campaign that has openly professed dislike for process stories like this one, it’s an unusually aggressive pushback against a single poll — a poll that is indeed a bit of an outlier compared to other national polls.


    That is me, I let him know about Team Obamas reaction! Yup yup!

  22. May 15, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Listening to President Obama on The View I am reminded that I could sit and listen to him solid, without interruption, from now until 10 years from Tuesday. He is always so well-spoken, calm, knowledgeable, sensible, exactly the kind of person who you want leading the way. I cannot figure out how anyone who gives him a “fair hearing” as he has always requested, could ever find him wanting in any way.

  23. May 15, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Now he does very good in these interviews!
    Definitely in His element.

  24. May 15, 2012 at 11:38 am

    “You are just the right amount of embarrassing.” Darling story told by PBO about that sentence on Malia’s list of why she loved her daddy at his 50th bday party.

    • May 15, 2012 at 11:50 am

      OMG, that is hysterical!! Those two beautiful young girls are going to be so incredibly smart and witty.

    • 83 jackiegrumbacher
      May 15, 2012 at 11:54 am

      This is what every parent of middle school children longs to hear. Nothing is worse than feeling your child cringe if you don’t act cool enough with their peers. It’s very perceptive of Malia to figure out that her statement was a big complement.

  25. 84 vcprezofan2
    May 15, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Jennifer Granholm highlighting Willard’s war on logic

    • 85 Ladyhawke
      May 15, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Here’s another good one from Jennifer…….

      Jennifer Granholm Takes Mitt Romney to Task for Claim of Saving Detroit


      • 86 vcprezofan2
        May 15, 2012 at 12:44 pm

        Yes, I saw this one last week and liked her calm denouncement. I don’t watch TV so I thought the clip was a refreshing change to the naysayers.

        • 87 57andfemale
          May 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm

          And yet the depth of her emotion was palpable. She was wonderful.

          • 88 vcprezofan2
            May 15, 2012 at 1:09 pm

            Totally agree, 57F. Romney seems to be in the minority when it comes to speaking with sincerity and deep emotion. I really don’t get how the MAJORITY of Americans can’t see what seems so blatantly obvious – Romney is a fraud!

            • 89 57andfemale
              May 15, 2012 at 2:19 pm

              Let me tell you a little story: through a freak accident my husband’s ‘best friend’ is a retired stockbroker, socially liberal, financially conservative because he wants to do whatever he wants on Wall St. and doesn’t want to pay any taxes. Right after the entire contraception thing blew up, my husband was sure that on this they could agree — Republicans were Neanderthals when it came to women.

              The friend said, “I don’t understand why women don’t like Romney. He’s good looking, he’s successful.”

              Success is their God. The poor people in TN and MS in their polyester pants from Salvation Army, no job, the only services they get are from the federal government — they believe if they support a ‘successful’ guy, success will come their way. The wealthy, of course — well what would a woman look for in a man except financial success.

              It was an eye opener for me.

              • 90 Cha
                May 15, 2012 at 4:10 pm

                Some people are so Freaking SHALLOW! willard looks like an Ugly Freaking Sociopathic Bully. Tell your husband’s friend that a woman said that about the pathological LIAR. He really is so ugly.

  26. May 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Just the most incredible explanation told by PBO toward the end of The View when he was asked about his plans post-presidency. He said he hadn’t thought about that because he is intent on the next years of recreating the America where if you work hard, you succeed, the fairness for one and all, that America has all the ingredients, still the most admired as he hears on his world travels, that he wants to get beyond our politics which bogs us down and instead of trying to win the next news cycle or next election, we start doing what is good and right for the next generation and our country’s future. He said it better than I am in the retelling. But it was perfect.

  27. May 15, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Just a quick note. TOD is about to hit 9.9 million hits. Sometime at the end of this week or the beginning of next the big 10 million number will pop up. Looking foward to a great celebration, as long as it doesn’t include cheese curls.

  28. 96 collegekay
    May 15, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    George W. Bush just endorsed Mitt Romney LMAO

  29. May 15, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Bloody hell, Francois Hollande’s plane hit by lightning on way to Germany, had to turn back. Scary.


    • 100 relellit
      May 15, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      I hope he’ll be O-kay. What’s even scarer is had he gone to the WH it would be 2 socialist in the WH. Ha Ha

  30. 101 relellit
    May 15, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    What ‘s so beautiful about our Presidnt is he speaks straight from his heart.

  31. 102 Ladyhawke
    May 15, 2012 at 12:12 pm


    Jindal attacks — four years too late

    By Steve Benen


    Perhaps Republicans are feeling a little defensive about the fact that they’re nominating the least-experienced major-party presidential nominee in more than 70 years, and if elected, Mitt Romney would be the least experienced president in 100 years.

    But defensive or not, the GOP should try to remember it’s running against a sitting president, not a sitting senator.



  32. May 15, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Oh great! Bush 43 just endorsed Robney.
    This is good news for John McCain!

    • 104 collegekay
      May 15, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      indeed! hopefully Bush will stump for him so people can be reminded of his failures.

    • 105 Linda
      May 15, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      They can both wear ” I’m with stupid t-shirts” and propeller beanies when they campaign together.

      What fun…

  33. May 15, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    It’s almost jackals time – 12:30 PM EDT: Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney


  34. 107 amk for obama
    May 15, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Greece is set to go to the polls again after days of coalition talks failed to produce agreement on a new government, says the leader of the Socialist Pasok party, Evangelos Venizelos.

    A final round of talks on Tuesday morning broke up without a deal.

    In elections on 6 May, a majority of Greek voters backed parties opposed to austerity plans demanded by the EU and IMF in return for two bailouts.

    The Greek president will appoint a caretaker government on Wednesday.


  35. May 15, 2012 at 12:24 pm

  36. May 15, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    The degree of smartness rose 100 points on Alex with Bashir and Al on either side of her and setting the record straight, forcefully correcting her naive criticisms of PBO.

  37. 111 utaustinliberal
    May 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I am loving Rev. Al and Marin Bashir on Now With Alex hosted by sometimes nitwit Alex Wagner. She tried to say Pres. Obama hasn’t done anything on immigration. Rev shut her down! Told her that’s a lie. That PBO’s DOJ sued Arizona for their hateful SB 1070 law and the case is being heard by the Supreme Court and just a few days ago the DOJ sued Sheriff Joe Arpaio. So yes, PBO is doing a lot regarding immigration. He’s fighting prejudiced anti-immigration laws.

    Bashir is reaming Romney out on his so called “Job Creator” tagline and his whining about Pres. Obama being unfair re- the Romney Economics ad. Bashir shut down Ben Smith’s – BuzzFeed Ben – defense of Romney’s job creation tactics and told him that Romney should not call himself a job creator. He didn’t create huge amounts of jobs, he shut down factories, he shipped jobs overseas, and he made money for his investors. That’s the bottom line.

  38. May 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    LOL! Now hear this? CNN is asking it’s panel what is driving the switch to Robney of Women?
    The answer? Miss Ann!

    Are we back on Miss Ann? CNN loves Miss Ann, thinks she is Wonder Women.

    • 114 anniebella
      May 15, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      I am not saying this because I am a supporter of President Obama, but I am not buying this bull crap about women switching to Romney. Because the whole war on women was about these anti-women policies, and Romney supported these policies. He hasn’t change his views, he still support those anti-women policies, but now all of a sudden women decided to run to Romney. Bull sh*t. And Ann Romney mess is alot of bullsh*t too.

      • 115 Cha
        May 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm


  39. 117 vcprezofan2
    May 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    This Roger Simon guy thinks he’s never wrong, but his tweet reminded me of Knoller & Toad

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