Rise and Shine








BuzzFeed: Romney Campaign Releases “With Mitt” iPhone App, Misspells “America”:

God Bless Amercia!





Today: The President will sign the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank at the White House. This important step will help American businesses create jobs here at home and sell their products around the world – all at no cost to taxpayers. Last year marked the highest level of financing in the Bank’s 77-year history, as they supported thousands of U.S. companies, hundreds of thousands of jobs, and brought us closer to the goal the President set of doubling our nation’s exports by the end of 2014. Also today, the President will host a Jewish American Heritage Month reception at the White House.

10:30: PBO attends an annual hurricane preparedness briefing

11:40: Signs the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank

2:00: Jay Carney briefs the press

5:00: PBO hosts a Jewish American Heritage Month reception


Morning everyone 😉

177 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    May 30, 2012 at 7:37 am

    GM folks.

  2. 15 ourmanflint
    May 30, 2012 at 7:38 am

    team amk /vc strikes again!!

  3. 21 JER
    May 30, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Donald Trump is a dog-whistle word.

    Dog-whistle politics, also known as the use of code words, is a type of political campaigning or speechmaking which employs coded language that appears to mean one thing to the general population but has a different or more specific meaning for a targeted subgroup of the audience.

    The term is invariably pejorative, and is used to refer both to messages with an intentional subtext, and those where the existence or intent of a secondary meaning is disputed. The term is an analogy to dog whistles, which are built in such a way that the high-frequency whistle is heard by dogs, but appears silent to human hearing.

  4. 25 LOL
    May 30, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Mitt made the biggest mistake of the campaign. He basically killed the honeymoon he has been receiving from the media with this trump nonsense. No one calls “The Blitz” ridiculous.

  5. 26 ourmanflint
    May 30, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Love that Picture of our first lady. Good morning Chips!!!!!

  6. 28 proudmemberofglobalzero
    May 30, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Good Morning everyone. Congrats on 1st amk. I posting a link that I hope you all will sign up to receive email alerts from. This is sponsored from CSPAN. This site will email to you how your Senators, congressmen and state reps vote. You can then send them an email with a response to their votes on your behalf.


    Let them hear you!!

    • 29 desertflower
      May 30, 2012 at 9:17 am

      OMG! Thank you, proud:) That was great and I encourage everyone to sign up for this! Hard to keep track of what my wacadoodle congressman does…actually, at this point, I feel better when they AREN’T in session! How sad is that?

    • 30 Ladyhawke
      May 30, 2012 at 9:58 am


      I will be sending this to everyone on my distribution list. It has been frustrating to see the Republicans voting against the American people and sabotaging the economic recovery without paying a heavy price. This tool is a terrific way for the public to know exactly how their representatives are voting. This is am amazing service that I hope everyone will use. I am looking forward to getting my first e-mail. Bravo C-SPAN.

  7. May 30, 2012 at 7:56 am

    It Looks like Donald Trump’s birther remarks got more attention at the fundraiser than Mittens. Who is the bigger fool?

    • 32 LOL
      May 30, 2012 at 8:05 am

      Exactly. Donald got more attention than Mittens on Mittens big accomplishment (alright stop laughing) of buying, I mean clinching the nomination.

  8. 33 Ladyhawke
    May 30, 2012 at 8:08 am


    There was a post yesterday about how there has not been much coverage of the voter suppression efforts by Governor Scott in Florida. We all know there is a concerted effort by Republican governors to disenfranchise African American, Latinos, Students, Seniors, and the poor across the country. The Republicans are blatantly trying to steal the election. And where is the media focus? Every media organization should be required to watch and listen Fannie Lou Hamer. This speech is so moving it brought me to tears. People fought and died for the right to vote. The media should be focusing like a laser on the Republican Party attempts to suppress the vote. They have an obligation to educate and inform the public about this disgusting tactic. We still need to answer the question: Is This America?

    Fannie Lou Hamer: Speech To The DNC 1964

    (h/t Krystal Ball twitter)

    • 34 yardarm756
      May 30, 2012 at 9:35 am

      Ladyhawke this is painful to listen to. I was in the middle of my second enlistment and things were quite tense in the military. There were a lot of er, ah “blanket parties” through out the services. We didn’t believe in Dr Kings non-violence though we admired it. We gave as good as we got!

      • 35 sabreen60
        May 30, 2012 at 1:42 pm

        Yardarm that was very painful. I was not in the military, but I PROUDLY say I was military. I didn’t NOT believe in “turn the other cheek”. I was young and although female joined the NRA and was ready to fight and die for my freedom. I learned to appreciate MLK, Jr. well into adulthood. I came to understand that his way was the only way. We would have all been killed.

        • 36 yardarm756
          May 30, 2012 at 3:32 pm

          In my situation I had no other choice. It was fight or die and the body would be lost at sea!

    • 37 prettyfoot58
      May 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      Thank YOU…..

      we will not be defeated

  9. May 30, 2012 at 8:09 am


  10. May 30, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Selloff on the Dow this Morning, because if Greece.
    Oil way down to 89, and falling…

  11. 40 Suzette
    May 30, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Good morning all.

  12. May 30, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Woodhouse on MSNBainC at around 10:30-

  13. May 30, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Gotta get Her on tv. Just saying…

    • 43 LOL
      May 30, 2012 at 9:10 am

      Ha Ha

      An area coal mine, Peabody Energy’s Twenty Mile, stopped production and bused in 148 miners to attend Romney’s event. Men wearing the trademark mining uniform of blue overalls with crisscrossing reflective neon stripes stood in clumps among the audience.

      The general manager of Peabody’s Colorado operations, Pat Sollars, said the miners would be compensated for the time they spent at the event.

      Sollars told reporters Romney understood how important coal production was to the nation’s economic security and growth, and said the president “doesn’t view coal as an essential element” in the nation’s energy future.

      But he could not point to any Obama-era decisions that had affected the coal business here. Instead, he said he was worried about what the president could do if re-elected.

  14. 44 Pamela
    May 30, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Am I first?

    • May 30, 2012 at 8:29 am

      Well, about (4)1st Pamela! 😆 Morning!

    • 46 vcprezofan2
      May 30, 2012 at 8:40 am

      Always….with family and friends! 😉 Hi, happy Wednesday morning!

      • 47 vcprezofan2
        May 30, 2012 at 8:45 am

        Pamela, I’m betting you didn’t sign on on your i-pad? I wasn’t kicked out while trying to respond to you this time, and my hypothesis has recently been that that is when I get kicked out repeatedly. There is one other poster I have an eye on in this research project. So?

    • 48 57andfemale
      May 30, 2012 at 8:51 am

      You are to me, Pamela. Does that count?

      glad you had a good visit with the family, and congrats to your wonderful daughter on her new adventures.

    • 49 Pamela
      May 30, 2012 at 9:29 am

      First in funny, perhaps! Thanks Chips, VC, and 57! I always sign in on my iPad, phone is too small, and laptop seldom leaves the offic anymore! Am back on my work schedule, so will just keep on trying! Will peek in during the day, one never knows when a fresh post is waiting! {{{{{{{{{{everyone}}}}}}}}} 😆

  15. 50 Hachikō
    May 30, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Good morning, TODers.

    Yesterday, I got a part-time summer job with mainepeoplesalliance.org. It doesn’t pay much (less than 1/4 my previous salary), and as I said, it’s just for the summer, but it’s something and I’m grateful for it. If I can get another part-time job, I could manage to get back on my feet.

    So that’s the good news.

    I’ve been trying to find a room to rent, but without any success. Most people don’t want dogs, or they’re just renting for a month, or it’s out of my price range. I’ve been staying at an extended stay 6 miles outside of Portland (Maine) in Scarborough. They are dog-friendly and it’s relatively cheap. The problem is that I’ve run out of cash and can only afford to stay here until tomorrow.

    I’d love to keep Tucker with me, but I’ve come to accept the fact that I can’t right now, so I’m looking for a foster family to care for him until I find a place for us. Either that, or by some miracle, someone IN PORTLAND is willing to take us in for a month or so until I’ve saved up enough to find us a new home.

    Thanks so much to all who have helped me and stuck by me these past couple years. They’ve been rough and I couldn’t have made it through without your incredible kindness, your prayers, and well wishes.

    I hope this little job is the beginning of good things to come. 🙂

    • May 30, 2012 at 8:28 am

      Have you filled out any Government assistance?
      Foodstamps? Medicaid etc?

    • May 30, 2012 at 8:29 am

      Have you filled out any paperwork for Government assistance?
      Foodstamps? Medicaid etc?

      • 53 Hachikō
        May 30, 2012 at 9:21 am

        I had in NY. Not here in Maine.

        • 54 0388jojothecat
          May 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm

          Excellent idea 57andfemale. Also, if you have a computer Hachiko, go to iheart radio and type in 1150, then click on the Southern California radio show. Stephanie Miller is on in the mornings Pacific Time between 8 am and 9 am.

    • 55 57andfemale
      May 30, 2012 at 8:52 am

      I have a number of FB friends who are dog lovers and involved with foster and rescue situations. I’ll post the info on my FB page and see if anyone knows anyone in ME.

    • 57 57andfemale
      May 30, 2012 at 8:57 am

      What kind of dog is Tucker?

      • 58 Hachikō
        May 30, 2012 at 9:21 am

        He’s an 8-year-old Weimaraner. Healthy. Has had all his shots.

        • 59 57andfemale
          May 30, 2012 at 9:29 am

          Thanks. I’ll add it to my FB post. Hope I get some response.

          • 60 Hachikō
            May 30, 2012 at 10:50 am

            Thank you! Please make it clear that it’s just a short-term foster arrangement. I want my baby back. 🙂

            • 61 57andfemale
              May 30, 2012 at 11:13 am

              You know, I didn’t make that clear. I’ll amend my post.

            • 62 57andfemale
              May 30, 2012 at 11:15 am

              You know, I didn’t make that clear. I’ll amend my post.

              Hey, don’t laugh: send an email to Stephanie Miller or Elayne Boosler. I know they’re active with Gentle Giants, but there may be a network of some kind they could put you in touch with. Us dog lovers have to stick together!

              • 63 Hachikō
                May 30, 2012 at 11:23 am

                Who are they? Should I know them?

                • 64 57andfemale
                  May 30, 2012 at 11:46 am

                  Stephanie Miller is a progressive radio host and a huge Obama supporter. She does a fabulous mix of politics and comedy. She’s fantastic. Google her and email her. Her show is now televised on Current TV in the morning.

                  She’s a major supporter of rescues. She rescues big dogs, but she’s quite famous in those circles and may be able to direct you to a network of people in your area.

                  Elayne Boosler is a comedian who does a lot of work for animal welfare issues.

                  I have a friend in Colorado who is really active in dog rescue groups. Hopefully when she wakes up and reads FB she’ll have some suggestions.

                  • 65 0388jojothecat
                    May 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm

                    Excellent idea 57andfemale. Also, if you have a computer Hachiko, go to iheart radio and type in 1150, then click on the Southern California radio show. Stephanie Miller is on in the mornings Pacific Time between 8 am and 9 am.

    • May 30, 2012 at 9:21 am

      Hi Hachikō, that’s fantastic news about the job, congratulations! Hopefully it will lead to better days. Best of luck with the search for somewhere for you and Tucker, hope it works out.

      Endless thanks to our good friend LunarSea who was so good to put Hachikō and Tucker up for a month in Maine, she’s a gem – and to Miss Pat before that in New York. And to all of you for helping out with so many donations, you’re amazing people.

      • 67 Hachikō
        May 30, 2012 at 10:52 am

        Thank you, Chip. I can’t thank you for this blog and the wonderful people who come here and have created such an amazing community. It’s quite unbelievable really. Especially at a time when most people seem to be looking out just for themselves.

        Thanks again to all!

    • 68 desertflower
      May 30, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Been thinking about you these past couple of days….didn’t know if you saw my post to you regarding becoming an EPIC trainer. Google it. Basically, it is being an instructor to Dr’s and hospital personnel on the paperless medical records. My husband picked up this for a job…the pay is less than half what he made, but once he’s credentialed,he can then go to other hospitals and work to set up their system, and teach their staff. The only requirement is a college degree, and you have that covered. I know there are hospitals in Portland:) See if this is something that you would be willing to do. No luck with the foster care of Tucker? Maybe you could place an ad in the paper? Talk to a vet in the area for some leads?

      Please check in and let us know….you’re on my mind. Also, have you tried to get into online college teaching? I mention all these things because these are jobs that have kept us treading water….worth a try:) Things will get better:)

      • May 30, 2012 at 9:32 am

        You’re the best desertflower, I know you and your husband have had really tough times to battle through, but here you are, offering good advice to others. Love ya, you’re kindness personified.

    • 71 taiping1
      May 30, 2012 at 10:19 am

      Just sent you something on PayPal. Good luck.

  16. 74 Ladyhawke
    May 30, 2012 at 8:36 am


    They’re trying to buy a presidency – and they expect a big payoff on their investment

    By Tim Dickinson (Rolling Stone)


    Presidential politics has always been a rich man’s game. But now, thanks to the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United that upended decades of limits on campaign donations, financing a presidential race is the exclusive domain of the kind of megadonor whose portfolios make Mitt Romney look middle-class. “I have lots of money, and can give it legally now,” Texas billionaire and top GOP moneyman Harold Simmons recently bragged to The Wall Street Journal. “Just never to Democrats.”

    In past elections, big donors like Simmons gave millions for advocacy groups like Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. By law, such groups were only allowed to run issue ads – but instead they directly targeted John Kerry, drawing big fines from the Federal Elections Commission. Now, with the blessing of the Supreme Court, the wealthy can legally hand out unlimited sums to groups that openly campaign for a candidate, knowing that their “dark money” donations will be kept entirely secret. The billionaire Koch brothers, for instance, have reportedly pledged $60 million to defeat President Obama this year – but their off-the-book contributions don’t appear in any FEC filings.



    (h/t Steve Benen)

    • 75 pugeretto
      May 30, 2012 at 9:10 am

      That TX Perry guy makes me ill, also, I can’t believe New Balance! I have soooo many feet issues & have been buying those shoes for years. Makes me mad.

  17. May 30, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Gooooood morning,everyone!

  18. May 30, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Good morning all. I can’t believe Mitt group cannot spell America.

  19. May 30, 2012 at 8:46 am

    brilliant video choices this morning…THANK YOU

  20. May 30, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Woot, woot, woot, and a toot,toot, toot to all yous O folk!!!! A cooler, but just as great getting up day in the TOD metropolis!!!! So itty, bitty, shtty, Mitty clinches the ‘thug nomination. As much as the MSM has laid off him as he wasn’t officially, only presumptive, I’m thinking they will change directions now. Maybe not a total in-your-face journalism, but more scrutiny. The funny thing is that on wingnut sites, they swear that the MSM is in PBO’s pocket. They are convinced that they are doing everything in their power to ensure PBO’s re-election. They have MSM derangement syndrome.

    My political take for today: Mitt only raised 2M on the nite he clinches his nomination. With all of his billionaire buddies, his closed door meeting with that casino guy, the Chump out blowing on his dog whistle, I’d think he’d pull in quite a bit more. Money can’t buy you love.

  21. May 30, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Poll: Michelle Obama Still Popular

    A new poll shows that Americans widely view Michelle Obama positively, a continuation of the First Lady’s high favorability ratings that have spanned her husband’s entire first term.

    In the latest nationwide survey from Gallup, 66 percent have a favorable view of the First Lady, while only 27 percent view her unfavorably. According to Gallup, her favorability ratings have remained above 60 percent since January of 2009, when President Barack Obama entered office.


  22. May 30, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Good Morning TOD’s, Chips that cartoon is chilling to me because it’s so true. Just sickening.

  23. 87 jackiegrumbacher
    May 30, 2012 at 9:14 am

    The Margaret and Helen ladies are back with a new post today and it’s great. This is the title, but I had a problem linking.

    Margaret and Helen
    In the Republican Party the American Dream is Just an Oxycontin Hallucination

  24. May 30, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Another abortion bill in the House today


  25. 94 57andfemale
    May 30, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Of the many things that disturb me (to put it mildly) about Mitt Romney, am I the only one who finds it downright bizarre that on the night that he clinches the nomination, he chooses NOT to address the American people, but goes behind closed doors in Las Vegas to count his cash, and go arm-in-arm with the most phenomenally stupid, craven clown on the planet?

    Isn’t that just really bizarre?

    • 95 amk for obama
      May 30, 2012 at 9:42 am

      Very good observation, 57F. That shows where this scum’s loyalty lies. Tweeting it.

    • 96 nathkatun7
      May 30, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      57andfemale you are not alone! He didn’t even take time to thank the people of Texas who helped him clinch the GOP nomination. Willard is all about Willard being President. He is really is not that concerned with the American people.

  26. May 30, 2012 at 9:24 am

    One of the things I find most egregious and inhumane about this outrageous birther nonsense is you know that if Ann Dunham were still alive, it would not be happening. It’s only because she is deceased that the RWNJs and their buckets of money carry on this willful campaign of disgrace to our nation. It turns my stomach. Thank God President Obama has an iron will and a steel ramrod for a backbone to withstands these assaults on his family. And may karma weigh upon those who believe that their filthy money will stand in proxy for a candidate for the highest office of this land.

    • 98 57andfemale
      May 30, 2012 at 9:36 am

      All I can figure is that the internal Repub polling must show that, as Rachel said last night, that he will gain more votes by embracing this awful nonsense than he will lose. Does that mean there really are Repubs who would choose to stay home? I cannot fathom that — they are motivated by hate and they hate this President. Does it also show, God forbid, that there are swing voters that would be swayed by this?

      Or is Romney’s campaign that clueless? Is Romney as soulless as we all believe — he has done nothing but crush his adversaries in every aspect of his life, business or running for office, with lies and more lies?

      It is unfathomable that the very basement of decency is too high for Mitt Romney.

      I truly shouldn’t even go there, but what exactly is the story with the alleged Kenyan grandmother?

      • May 30, 2012 at 9:47 am

        She said, or at least it is said, she said that she was present at PBOs birth in Kenya. I believe it was not the case that she said that, but rather was confused or did not understand the question. Either way, it doesn’t matter. PBO’s mother was a US citizen, so therefore, her children are citizens. Only one parent has to be a citizen in order for their offspring to be considered as such. If not, there would be people born to missionaries, foreign exchange students, overseas business employees, and state department workers who would not be considered citizens. This is a shiny object that I think doesn’t get Mitty much. Folks who believe this stuff were not going to vote for PBO anyway. Folks who may have stayed home ’cause they don’t like MItt, had already bought into this birther stuff before Mitt was nominated. I think it’s just that Mitt can’t muzzle Chump, nor his big money supporters, so won’t denounce them. He figures this will blow over.

        • 100 57andfemale
          May 30, 2012 at 10:08 am

          I knew it was b.s. I just was curious as to the actual facts. I’m sure it was a language question when asked about PBO’s birth. Also, when there are records of Ann Dunham’s overseas travels, there is no record at all of her going to Kenya.

          • May 30, 2012 at 11:14 am

            And the thing they never want to bring up with the grandmother is that not only was she speaking through a translator, but her son, who also happens to be named Barack Obama WAS born in Kenya. I think when she first said yes, she was initially thinking he was asking about her son, then after it was clear to her they were speaking about the presdient (or senator at the time) she corrected herself and stated in English–“No, Barack Obama was born in the United States!.” I heard the tape of this, and there is no disputing it.

            Of course the birthers just say she was coached on this and temporarily forgot to tell the “truth.”

            • 102 57andfemale
              May 30, 2012 at 11:21 am

              THAT is the clarification I was looking for. Thank you so much! I did not know that she has a son with the same name. Thanks again.

      • May 30, 2012 at 9:49 am

        Romney is investing heavily in propaganda and cheap lies in the hope that by their sheer repetition, they will gain traction. Everything that Trump said in those interviews is a baseless lie, a fabrication, a piece of insanity on a stick. This is what they’re selling. There will be some buyers, there will be the Adelsons and the Simmons’ and the rest of the crass who are used to buying anything they desire. But PBO’s got us. That’s why it’s imperative that we all work hard to get this done. We MUST stand up to their horror show.

        • 104 57andfemale
          May 30, 2012 at 10:09 am


        • 105 vcprezofan2
          May 30, 2012 at 10:20 am

          Romney is indeed investing in propaganda, and it’s up to us to see that he gets his money’s worth by making sure all our contacts know where he shops and what he buys.

  27. 106 Linda
    May 30, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Mitt Romney’s 1981 arrest and 4 other times he lost his cool

    Believe it or not, the unflappable Romney was once arrested for disorderly conduct. And that wasn’t his only “Mitt-frontation”


  28. 107 japa21
    May 30, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Just a head’s up. There will be a new poll released in WI today on the recall. It is the Marquette University poll and tends to skew toward the conservative side. Let’s not get all upset if it still shows Walker ahead. At the same time, let’s not get too exuberant if it shows Barrett ahead or tied or only 1-2 points behind. In 5 days the people of WI will go to the polls, which is the only poll that counts. It will probably be a late into the night or until early morning type of election as far as determining who wins, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes to a recount.

    Also, just a personal note. I was raised in WI and still have a lot of family and friends up there. It is a wonderful state, and not just for its natural beauty. I will not badmouth the people of WI if Walker wins because if he does, it will be by the slimmest of margins.

    • May 30, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Thanks for that Japa – fingers, toes and everything else crossed. My heart will go out to the decent people of WI if that creep holds on.

    • 109 57andfemale
      May 30, 2012 at 9:57 am

      There was a blistering, lying ad about Barrett that just came out. If politics were at all normal, it is not the kind of ad that someone runs who is coasting to victory. But we have entered a level of ruthlessness the likes of which I’ve never seen. Walker is that mean, the Koch bros. don’t want to just win, they want to destroy.

      But I just read an interesting point: Barrett has released internal polling that shows the race neck and neck, but Walker hasn’t released any internal polling. If he had good news, he’d use it.

      I’m hoping like the primary, support for Barrett has been greatly underestimated in polling data. They’re working their butts off in WI to win this thing.

      • 110 0388jojothecat
        May 30, 2012 at 10:47 am

        That’s encouraging that people are working hard to win the recall and the other senate seats to have a majority. The next step is and I think they are putting into place poll watchers to make sure there is NO cheating by the GOP suddenly coming up with the right amount of votes for Walker to win.

        • 111 57andfemale
          May 30, 2012 at 11:12 am

          there is a replacement for that complete crook in Kenosha, but I think it’s still a Republican.

  29. 112 Bill
    May 30, 2012 at 9:26 am

    GOPolitico is reporting that the Koch brothers, Carl Rove, and the US Chamber of Commerce are planning on spending $1 billion to defeat PBO and to control Congress.

  30. 116 jackiegrumbacher
    May 30, 2012 at 9:27 am

    The feedback we’ve been getting from those actively registering people in Latino neighborhoods is that Romney is despised, but the uninformed are having problems with supporting the president. First they are hearing condemnations from the pulpit about gay marriage and are fearful that this will be “imposed” on them by the administration. In Catholic churches, they are being told that the administration ACA is fully implemented, Latinos will be required to have a computer chip inserted under their skin. (I’m not kidding). There is also some anger about the large number of deportations of Hispanics in the last three years even though this is mostly coming from the states. Our canvassers are working hard to overcome all of these misconceptions and we’re looking for some good debunking materials in Spanish to hand out to people. It would also be good if more visible Latino spokespeople for the president would appear on news and talk shows. Someone said that all they see is white people and some AAs, but where are the Hispanics? So there’s a lot of mischief at work on the ground that we’ve got to understand and refute. The bottom line is that the president isn’t really running against Romney, he’s running against distortions of his own record. The solution for some is not to vote and that’s what we have to overcome. Nobody ever said it would be easy.

  31. May 30, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 05/30/2012
    The Morning Plum: The Obama campaign’s next attack on Mitt Romney
    By Greg Sargent

    Some polls have shown that more Americans think Mitt Romney would be better on the economy than Barack Obama has been. Are voters already proving willing to accept the premise of Romney’s candidacy — that his business background has left him equipped to turn around a whole country faster than Obama has? I’ve theorized as much.

    But another possibility is that many voters still see Romney as just a generic economic alternative to Obama — their willingness to accept that Romney can turn around the economy is rooted in their disillusionment with Obama for failing to do so as fast as they’d hoped.

    Either way, Job One for the Obama campaign is to undermine what appears to be a widespread presumption of Romney’s economic competence, and ABC News reports that the Obama team is redoubling their efforts on this front, by launching a new and aggressive campaign targeting Romney’s economic tenure as Massachusetts governor:

    The Obama campaign is opening a new front in its war against GOP rival Mitt Romney, ABC News has learned, with planned attacks to begin this week on Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts and the campaign promises Democrats say he left unfulfilled.
    Team Obama will point to Romney’s rhetoric on job creation, size of government, education, deficits and taxes during the 2002 gubernatorial campaign and draw parallels with his presidential stump speeches of 2012. The goal is to illustrate that Romney has made the same promises before with unimpressive results, officials say…the latest line of attack will be a major focus from now through the election.


    • 136 0388jojothecat
      May 30, 2012 at 10:42 am

      I hope the campaign will show then Gov George Bush next to Gov Robme saying how their business and executive experience makes them a better choice for president. We KNOW the failed policies of GWB and that Robme wants to continue if he becomes president.

  32. May 30, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Wow! Stephanie Cutter looked mad on Up with Chuckie.
    She was also asked, diesthe Wisconsin recall mean anything fir the Presidential election?
    She said NO.
    And that their maybe some who prdict Doom for us, but it is not the case.
    All true, but it dies not sound to good in Wisconsin.
    Me thinks, the Unions spent 5 million I. The Primary, lost by 20 and is now in the blame game. Seriously, this is all on the Unuons and not National Democrats. IMHO!

  33. 138 Ladyhawke
    May 30, 2012 at 9:42 am

    As governor, Romney picked winners and losers of his own


    Now as he mounts his second White House bid, Romney is hammering President Barack Obama for playing favorites with green-tech companies rather than letting businesses succeed or fail on their own. Romney is the presumptive Republican challenger to face Obama, a Democrat, in the November 6 election.

    “Obama is giving taxpayer money to big donors and then watching them lose it,” Romney’s campaign said in an Internet video released on Tuesday.

    It’s a powerful line of attack that connects failed ventures like Solyndra, the bankrupt California-based solar panel maker that defaulted on a $535 million loan from the U.S. Energy Department, with the trillion-dollar budget deficits and sluggish U.S. economy of the past four years.

    But it might invite unfavorable comparison with Romney’s tenure as governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. During that time, Romney pursued a hands-on approach to economic development that favored some industries over others and, in some instances, singled out individual firms for special favors.



  34. 139 Ladyhawke
    May 30, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Ben LaBolt ‏@BenLaBolt


    The Romney campaign didn’t respond to 5 messages about Romney’s position on the Paycheck Fairness Act: http://bit.ly/KW4GM5


  35. 140 desertflower
    May 30, 2012 at 9:47 am

    This needs to be sent to EVERY SINGLE MEDIA OUTLET, and they need to answer for why they are NOT covering this!!!!


    The massive voter purge order by Governor Rick Scott in Florida has been plagued with errors, resulting in election officials notifying hundreds of eligible U.S. citizens that they are ineligible to vote.
    In response, the Scott administration has vowed to intensify their efforts to remove registered voters from the rolls.
    Initially, the state created a list of over 180,000 purported “non-citizens” by comparing their list of registered voters to the state motor vehicle database. The state forwarded about 2700 names from that list to local officials to remove from the rolls. Yesterday, in the face of mouting problems with the limited effort, Scott administration officials made it clear they were just getting started:

    • 141 57andfemale
      May 30, 2012 at 10:12 am

      hasn’t it also been pretty secretive, the criteria that they’re using to decide you’re not a citizen? It’s up to people who have voted for decades to prove their citizenship when Scott doesn’t have to divulge the methodology he uses to determine that you’re not a citizen?

      • May 30, 2012 at 10:18 am

        This will not sit well with voters here. It is getting a lot of bad press. It may backfire, he may Lise the middle on this one issue.
        Over reaching on voter suppression, making it obvious.
        Voter suppression, only works when it is Latent!

        • 143 0388jojothecat
          May 30, 2012 at 10:37 am

          That’s why Jeb Bush did it to “criminals” who happend to be mostly men and men of color mostly. It was silent because the “libural” media did not report it because they secretly WANTED GWB to win just like they want Robme to win. Those tax cuts will expire when PBO is re-elected and they can’t have that. The first thing a Robme president will do is extend and expand those tax cuts.

  36. May 30, 2012 at 9:56 am

    The paper reports that “coal is in a corner.”

    “Across the United States, the industry is under siege, threatened by new regulations from Washington, environmentalists fortified by money from Michael R. Bloomberg, the billionaire mayor of New York City, and natural gas companies intent on capturing much of the nation’s energy market,” the piece states.


    The President is not coal, and that is good!

  37. May 30, 2012 at 9:59 am

    The Wall Street Journal reports that the Justice Department is probing whether BP officials lied to Congress in 2010 about how much oil was pouring out of the ruptured Macondo well.


    I have said this before, but ever since that KSM Trial Thimby in NyC, Holder has seemed tentative and previous investigations have gone nowhere. So…, what’s up?

    • 146 57andfemale
      May 30, 2012 at 10:20 am

      I find him timid. He’s competent but he doesn’t stand out as an Attorney General can. The DOJ is one agency that can express itself in favor of the agenda of a party and a President. Gonzales and Mukasey and Ashcroft were effing brilliant at it. I thought Holder would walk a really good line. I was in favor of his appointment but I think he’s been timid and done little to frame the administration’s agenda. Not defending DOMA appears to always be credited to the President and not to Holder.

  38. May 30, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I’ve been highly critical of Wolf Blitzer but you could tell from that interview he’s had enough. That was very telling when Blitzer asked Trump what his team of investigators had found and Trump said we don’t have to go into that. Which means either he never had any investigators or they came back and told him he was full of crap and the President was born here.

    • 150 57andfemale
      May 30, 2012 at 10:22 am

      It was actually a little funnier than that: When asked what his investigators found, Trump said “Plenty”. And then wouldn’t say what they found.

      And on the day Mitt Romney clinches the nomination, he chooses to be a prop for Trump instead of addressing the American people. He truly hates the people of this country. It’s disgusting.

      • May 30, 2012 at 10:34 am

        And you know if they had actually found anything Trump would have bought airtime on all the networks and announced it to the world. The plenty he was referring to was the bill the investigators sent him for wasting their time.

        • 152 57andfemale
          May 30, 2012 at 11:18 am

          he would have plastered it on all the airwaves and bought every billboard in the country. He’s got nuthin’ because there is nothing.

          Even the whack job from AZ is ‘satisfied’ with the information from Hawaii. God.

          I did laugh at Mittens’ birth certificate. Remember when “certificate of live birth” meant some kind of conspiracy and was proof that a birth certificate was phoney?

          Talk about PHONEY…………

          • May 30, 2012 at 11:40 am

            You know I wish one of these talking heads would ask a few simple questions. Do these birthers believe Ann Dunham is PBO’s mom? And if not who is and how did they fly out of Kenya and convince this 17 year old and her parents to take custody of this African Black kid in 1960’s America?

            Oh that’s right. This isn’t about logic.

  39. May 30, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Now President Barack Obama has named Zichal, his deputy assistant for energy and climate change, as a liaison to that industry, and to make sure proposed rules don’t slow the surge in U.S. natural-gas development.
    With energy emerging as a central topic in the 2012 presidential race, efforts by the 36-year-old Iowa native may help Obama blunt a Republican refrain that he’s abandoned cheaper traditional sources of power in favor of renewable energy such as wind and solar favored by Democrats.
    “It’s hard to overstate how natural gas and our ability to access more of it than ever has become a game changer,” Zichal said in a speech at a May 14 event sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute, a trade group critical of Obama’s energy policies.


    Interesting! Second Term?

  40. 155 57andfemale
    May 30, 2012 at 10:43 am


  41. 156 amk for obama
    May 30, 2012 at 11:08 am

    That dnc ad video at the top is too confusing with shifting graphics and stupid music. Get some professional help guyz, for pete’s sake.

    • May 30, 2012 at 11:11 am

      I loooooved this video. It is actually very well done. The music reminds us that this guy can’t be taken seriously. The facebook ‘like’ motif appeals to the younger set. Having Mitty’s own words and those of his surrogates used against him is brilliant. Good stuff for me.

      • 158 AJ
        May 30, 2012 at 11:46 am

        cookemom, I agree. This particular ad is designed for a particular younger demographic, and I think it’s very effective in that regard.

    • May 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      It’s a take on Facebook’s Timeline. I think it’s brilliant.

  42. May 30, 2012 at 11:14 am

    So Anne comes out of mothballs to speak on FAUX with Mitty and what does she do? She said his dad was a crazy man! Mitt sat there dumbfounded, then Anne had to say crazy good. LOL, that label was why his dad lost his presidential bid, folks started saying he was crazy.

    • May 30, 2012 at 11:54 am

      LOL!! Check to see if she’s doing phonebanking for PBO.

    • 162 anniebella
      May 30, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      Anne said Mitt’s dad was a crazy man, like father, like son. Be careful Americans. Their has to be some reason why Mitt lies with no problem, or he flip flop like he’s jumping rope.

      • 163 0388jojothecat
        May 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm

        Uh oh…..looks like Ann will be going back home (pick one Ann, any one) for that “GAFFE” . She should be called GAFFE-ANN.

  43. 164 Ladyhawke
    May 30, 2012 at 11:14 am


    ‘A personal attack campaign’

    By Steve Benen


    I have no idea if the Republican nominee actually believes this or not, but if Romney is going to keep pushing the line, it’s worth taking a moment to apply definitions to some of these terms. A “personal attack campaign” involves a candidate being attacked on purely personal issues that are unrelated to policy or official duties. If there was an effort to question Romney’s patriotism or smear him over his Mormon faith, that would constitute a “personal attack campaign.”

    Obama is doing the exact opposite, routinely telling his own supporters, “Gov. Romney is a patriotic American. He’s raised a wonderful family. He should be proud of the great personal success.” To the extent that the president is “going after” Romney, he’s doing so by focusing on his rival’s background and experience, not “personal” issues.

    Romney, apparently feeling sorry for himself, is either lying or he’s confused about what a “personal attack” is. To question a presidential candidate’s record is not to go after him or her “as an individual.”



  44. 165 onefourlife
    May 30, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Hello TOD,

    That is a beautiful picture of the First Lady. In reading the posts here all I can say is WOW. There is a breeze blowing fresh air. This is a

    great site and I am seeking advice from you all. My last potential job encounter was in the most liberal city in Texas. I was referred, after

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  45. 168 Jeff
    May 30, 2012 at 11:23 am

    The media is in a frenzy over the polish death camp remark.

    • May 30, 2012 at 11:33 am

      Just the usual media suspects Jeff, GOPolitico think it’s the biggest issue in the history of time. Yawn.

      • 170 Jeff
        May 30, 2012 at 11:43 am

        I was puzzled at why Poland would be upset. I read more about it and it just sounded like pres Obama was referencing death camps in Poland and not that they ran it.

        • May 30, 2012 at 11:53 am

          It’s a ridiculous over-reaction from some Polish politicans, and their allies on the right in America, when it was, quite obviously, a ‘mis-statement’. Their sensitvity on this is curious, I wish they’d devote more time to finding and arresting their Nazi-supporting soccer gangs – Poland is co-hosting the European Championships with Ukraine from next week and there are huge concerns about the reception black players will get when they arrive in both countries. The families of two English black players have decided against travelling to the tournament for fear of what will happen them. It’s a huge issue at the moment, I suspect the Polish Govt. is simply looking for a distraction.

          • 172 jeff
            May 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm

            Their is also evidence that the polish government did assist the nazi’s, maybe it was out of fear but still it brings to light the fact that maybe the Polish government is trying to hide something.

  46. 174 Jenjones
    May 30, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Hi everyone, I am an enthusiastic reader of your TAD blog. Its the first place I go to when I wake up and the last place I check into before bed. I love the first family and am an enthusiastic supporter of the president but unfortunately I am Jamaican and cannot participate the way I would like to. I do what I can by encouraging all my American friends and family to support the President. There is hardly a home of office I have visited in Jamaica that does’nt have a picture of your beautiful first family or the president. We are as proud as if he was our president. I choose to comment now because of this thing with Mitt’s association with Birther Trump. I noticed that all the coverage about Mitt not agreeing with Trump on this issue, fails to coverage the fact that Mitt’s son was pushing birtherism on the campaing trail earlier this year. I am suggesting that someone find the clip of Romney’s son at the town hall meeting and send it out to the media. Keep of the good work and keep inspiring the world be re-electing President Obama. Love – jj

  47. 175 Jenjones
    May 30, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Hi everyone, I am an enthusiastic reader of your TAD blog. Its the first place I go to when I wake up and the last place I check into before bed. I love the first family and am an enthusiastic supporter of the president but unfortunately I am Jamaican and cannot participate the way I would like to. I do what I can by encouraging all my American friends and family to support the President. There is hardly a home of office I have visited in Jamaica that does’nt have a picture of your beautiful first family or the president. We are as proud as if he was our president. I choose to comment now because of this thing with Mitt’s association with Birther Trump. I noticed that all the coverage about Mitt not agreeing with Trump on this issue, fails to coverage the fact that Mitt’s son was pushing birtherism on the campaing trail earlier this year. I am suggesting that someone find the clip of Romney’s son at the town hall meeting and send it out to the media. Keep of the good work and keep inspiring the world be re-electing President Obama. Love – jj

  48. 176 Jenjones
    May 30, 2012 at 11:48 am

    So sorry for all the errors in my previous post. I have edited and repost my comment below. Its my first time commenting on a blog, will soon get the hang of it.

    I am an enthusiastic reader of your TAD blog. Its the first place I go to when I wake up and the last place I check into before bed. I love the first family and am an enthusiastic supporter of the president but unfortunately I am Jamaican and cannot participate the way I would like to. I do what I can by encouraging all my American friends and family to support the President. There is hardly a home or office I have visited in Jamaica that does’nt have a picture of your beautiful first family or the president. We are as proud of him as we would be of our Prime Minister. I choose to comment now because of this thing with Mitt’s association with Birther Trump. I noticed that all the coverage about Mitt not agreeing with Trump on this issue, fails to cover the fact that Mitt’s son was pushing birtherism on the campaign trail earlier this year. I am suggesting that someone find the clip of Romney’s son and send it out to the media. Keep up the good work and keep inspiring the world by re-electing President Obama. Love – jj

    • 177 0388jojothecat
      May 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      Welcome to TOD. This place is addicting in a good way. Hi, I’m jojo and I am a TOD addict too.

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