Back to DC

President Obama returns to the White House from Camp David, June 3


Chicago yesterday:

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442 Responses to “Back to DC”

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      June 3, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      Well done, GG. Congrats!

      • 3 GGail
        June 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm

        Thanks vc!
        I love being able to slip into First.
        But now I must leave y’all…..on my way to Church.

        • 4 0388jojothecat
          June 3, 2012 at 1:12 pm

          Congrats GGail on being first.

        • 5 vcprezofan2
          June 3, 2012 at 1:24 pm

          Hopefully you are remembering me and the rest of us in a prayer even as I write this, several minutes later.

          • 6 GGail
            June 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm

            vc – you are too funny! Yes, I always remember my family and loved ones in my daily prayers….some of you I call by name out loud 🙂

            • 7 vcprezofan2
              June 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm

              Oh boy! That ‘by name out loud’ group sounds like a handful. Those ones really need a little extra prayerful attention, eh? /**sotto voice** Pretty sure I haven’t made it to that group yet. /

  1. 10 amk for obama
    June 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Gunnite folks. 🙂

  2. 18 GGail
    June 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Good west coast morning Chipsticks and TOD family!

  3. 19 taiping1
    June 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    3 with same time stamp! We love TOD!

  4. 21 GGail
    June 3, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I didn’t follow our previous Presidents as closely as I do this one and I see how hard the job of Leader of the free world can be. This POTUS is ALWAYS on the go!

    • June 3, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      His schedule would flatten mere mortals. Don’t know how he does it. He keeps pressing on—-and on and on and on.

    • 23 Pamela
      June 3, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      I can think of some who didn’t really do the work, in fact, I hardly remember seeing reports of anything they were doing! If our existing media did nothing more than publish the truthful schedule PBO keeps, and all the community contact he makes, the entire country would be astonished. As we are…

  5. 24 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Asking the question …. of all of us ….

    Of our leadership ….


  6. 26 desertflower
    June 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    UT..if /when you bounce on over here, I have to tell you how good it is to once again be able to read your “UT Round Up” NO ONE DOES IT BETTER THAN YOU! Thanks for that…Ms. Cutter is ALWAYS amazing. She eats, breathes, sleeps these facts and it shows. They need to get her all over the place…did I say that I like not just her grasp and understanding of the facts, but also the “don’t you dare screw with me” attitude.THAT’S what I want to see….when the facts are on your side, and you don’t have to bob and weave and try and remember what the LAST lie you told was….well, that’s why she’s so good and any RW hack sucks.

    Thanks UT…

    • 27 utaustinliberal
      June 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Thanks for the kind words DF. Hope you’re doing ok? 😀

      • 28 desertflower
        June 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm

        Better, for now. Still not out of the woods yet, but I push forward each day….have more time to tend to these issues now that school is over for me….will keep you all posted. thanks so much for thinking of us….means the world to me. hope all is well with you, and I hope that you can pop in more often.

        • 29 0388jojothecat
          June 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm

          Hi desertflower….you are another energizer bunny of TOD. I am so glad your schedule is lighter and can pop in more often. Between you, Jovie, WiW, a host of other, you bring us such important information that the msm no longer wants and probably knows how to do anymore. Please take care of yourself and rejuvenate your engines.

    • 30 Betsy
      June 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      I second that df. Ut has a great command of what’s being said, and a wonderful ability to sum it all up for us. Way to go UT. Good to see you here again.

  7. 31 utaustinliberal
    June 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Morning TOD. If you do anything today, you have got to watch Stephanie Cutter’s appearance on This Week on ABC. OMG. OMG!!!! She eviscerated Romney’s spokesperson Eric Ferhnstrom. When I say eviscerated, I mean EVISCERATED. She made him look like a fool. She and Paul Krugman – Krugman was sometimes blah but I do have to give him credit on some fantastic points he made about PBO and pointing out Romney’s lies – used FACTS to decimate Romney and Fehrnstrom. Holy smokes. She pointed out the ridiculousness of Romney supporting the Ryan budget while at the same time touting fiscal responsibility. Krugman pointed out that economically, Ryan’s budget would sink the country and plunge us into an even steeper recession. Cutter lambasted Romney for giving Pres. Obama an “F” on foreign policy. While she was talking about Romney’s foreign policy “expertise” she cracked up because his so called expertise is just laughable. She pointed out that PBO ended the war in Iraq responsibly, got OBL, is on track to end the war in Afghanistan, helped to liberate Libya without one American soldier dying etc. She pointed out the ridiculousness of Romney saying Russia is our number one geopolitical foe.

    Fehrnstrom tried to justify MA going from 37th to 47th in job creation under Romney as a good thing. Cutter shut him up by pointing out that under PBO we’ve had 27 months of job creation, 4.3 M jobs have been created, under 40 months of Romney, MA gained a paltry 4000 jobs, but under 19 months of Pres. Obama, MA gained over 21K jobs. She also pointed out the frustrating GOP obstruction regarding the American Jobs Act which independent analysts have said would help create and additional 1 million jobs. Fehrnstrom tried to make Solyndra an issue and once again Cutter and Krugman pointed out that the funds for Solyndra came from the Bush Admin. and was supported by the likes of Mitch McConnell and other republicans, so if he wanted to spread blame, then the GOP deserves a lion share of the blame. Cutter also pointed out how detrimental Romney would be for women. He wants to eliminate Planned Parenthood, he supports overturning Roe v. Wade, He wants to defund organizations that provide healthcare to women.

    If Fehrnstrom is the best Romney can do, then hahahahahahahahahahahaha. He was pathetic. Just pathetic. Stephanie Cutter was on fire! She was a one woman juggernaut of facts. She did not take any crap from Fehrnstrom and George Will.

    Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta was also AMAZING on Meet The Press. He lambasted Romney’s cowardice in not standing up to Trump, Limbaugh, and Nugent. He eviscerated Romney’s record at Bain and as Gov. of MA, he said Romney was GWB 2.0 and America cannot and must not accept that disastrous course again. Over and over again he touted PBO’s record of accomplishments. It was breathtakingly wonderful. As a political junkie, this was good TV. It was brilliant.

    • 32 pugeretto
      June 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Will do! GM Everyone & goonite AMK!

    • 33 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 3, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      GREAT report UT. Thank you so much!!!!

      A little backup for Stephanie from Brad Woodhouse 🙂


    • 34 57andfemale
      June 3, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      The problem: will she be invited back?

    • 35 Theo67
      June 3, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      We need the video and then we need to make it viral! I can’t wait to watch it. Someone must be giving David Gregory oxygen…

    • 36 criquet
      June 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks UT because a whole heap of journalists like Howard Fineman are on Twitter saying that the “beltway ” takeaway from the Maureen Dowd article is that the media and some Dems are done with PBO. That the Clinton Dems like Clinton himself and Rendell have been out dissing the President and think he will lose and that we will see all the media now turn on the President along with the frest of the Clinton Dems.
      He needs serious pushback to say that the media has done NOTHING to hold the true culprits fresponsible . Where are the articles on the GOP treason from Day 1? Where are the articles pointing out the wilful obstruction and refusal to help pass anything that will help the economy?
      Where are the articles saying that all the GOP in Congress and the States are doing is trying to pass or passing transvaginal ultrsound, birth control, Planned Parenthood, anything but jobs bills?

      It is sickening that not only are most of the media letting Willard Mitt Romney and his campaign lie outrageously with no consdequences, they are just not doing their jobs.
      I really don’t understand how this is allowed to happen and President Obama’s supporters must not allow thes feckless, awful media people to set a narrative to convince people President Obama is done, will lose so your vote does not matter. It is clear that they are going to try and Maureen Dowd’s article seems to be the signal to start for the rest of them.

      It is all part of a strategy to bring this great man down. PBO’s supporters must fight this, IMO.

      Sorry about the long rant but I am so angry I am shaking so I will stop and maybe go get some execise to cool my head.

      • 37 Linda
        June 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm

        Maureen Dowd….? the frustrated opinion writer ?

        • 38 anniebella
          June 3, 2012 at 2:48 pm

          criquet and Linda, we can not believe everything someone writes or says. Specially something like Maureen Dowd or Howard Fineman. I am willing to bet you that if anyone who supported Hillary refuse to support President Obama, they will hear from Hillary Clinton herself. Because Hillary is a loyal Democrat. Bill Clinton and the President suppose to be having a fundraiser coming up. And I’m sure the Obama folks had something to do with Clinton going to Wisconsin. From what I heard Bill Clinton said Mitt Romney was good at his job at Bain capital, and he was good at it. Mitt Romney job was to make money for his investors, and Romney was good at it. Even the Obama folks says that. But what Romney was not good at is creating JOBS.And that is what the Obama campaign has been saying all along.

          • 39 daisydem
            June 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm

            anniebella, I too think that Bill Clinton and Hillary will do everything they can to get President Obama reelected. I think any competition has been put behind them for the good of the party and the good of the country. Am I the only one who has heard our President quote something Bill told him just the other day, and heard Bill praise President Obama and believe them? I get discouraged and scared too at the way our President is being attacked but I don’t see those attacks coming from the Clintons or his real Dem supporters and I am sick, sick at the constant bashing of Clinton here when I come here to be reassured that we are indeed in this for the long haul, that we are going to win, and that we have the greatest President ever. Who is trying to tear us apart? Who is it?

            • 40 anniebella
              June 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm

              The media take thinks and read it the way they want too. Man do I miss the real journalists like Walter Cronkite. These media folks today is not worthy to be call journalists.

      • 41 Bill
        June 3, 2012 at 2:06 pm

        Criquet, I had your same reaction when reading Dowd’s Op-Ed piece last night. It made me more angry than anything I have seen by the MSM on PBO. It was so shallow and so mean.

        • 42 anniebella
          June 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm

          Maureen Dowd isn’t worth sh*t. I am sure she is one of those Clinton supporters, and Fineman too.

        • 43 Betsy
          June 3, 2012 at 3:18 pm

          Maureen is a mean-spirited, frustrated old hag. She’s been at the throat of PBO since he was elected and he just can’t do anything right. I ignore and refuse to read her stuff anymore, nor do I give her the satisfaction of knowing she’s gotten a rise out of me. Fineman, is an old gas-bag and on his way to being a has-been.

      • 44 TrumpDog
        June 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm

        and Rendell have been out dissing the President

        Fineman is full of shit if he said that.
        Rendell (who I’m not a fan of) was on Face the Nation and was speaking well of the president. His criticism was that Obama is not touting the good things that he does enough.

        Fuck Fineman.
        Yes, I said it.
        Fuck him and the “sources” he rode in on.

      • 45 EricFive
        June 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm

        Chill dude. Dowd and Fineman saying something does not make it true. It sounds like some kind of fantasy on their part. I am no fan of Bill Clinton due to his behavior during the 2008 primaries, but I have to admit he has been pretty good in his role as supporter of PBO. I have seen Ed Rendell be a very effective supporter of PBO. Remember that Fineman works for Huffington and Huffington has been trying to create rifts in the democratic party since PBO’s election. She teamed with Tavis Smiley and Cornell West trying to make black voters dislike PBO. She wanted PBO primaried by a “real progressive” during the healthcare debate. She is probably still pissed at PBO for his takedown of her and her business model at the WHCD. Remember how she called PBO’s marking the anniversay of OBL’s death “shameful”. We must realize that it is not uncommon or unexpected for media outlets (like newspapers, tv stations, blogs, etc.) to take on the POINT OF VIEW of its owner. In todays age of corporate media ownership, it should surprise no one that today’s MSM reflects the POINT OF VIEW of its corporate masters, who favor the anti-tax/anti-regulation policies of the GOP. Just as one should expect a newspaper owned by George Soros to have a different politcal slant than one owned by Rupert Murdoch, OWNERSHIP MATTERS. Once one realizes and accepts this reality it is like a “Rosetta Stone” for reading and deciphering the anti-PBO propaganda we are subjected to day in and day out. The MSM want to have a fractured democratic party and will CREATE rifts where none exist. They tried to hurt PBO’s standing with women by hyping the Hilary Rosen fake controversy. They hoped PBO’s stand on gay marriage would hurt him with black voters. Now, on the strength of one subpar jobs report (in May no less), they expect us to believe democrats are abandoning PBO and think he will lose the election to Mitt (the lying coward) Romney? That sounds like wishful thinking. Propaganda does not reflect reality, instead it attempts to shape reality. Doesn’t the GOP’s huge problem with the latino vote (America’s fastest growing demographic) seem like a huge issue for the 2012 election? Yet our media ignores the story b/c it would hurt the GOP. Didn’t Boner promise jobs during the 2010 midterms? Yet according to our MSM he and the GOP will not be harmed by the bad jobs report, despite failing to act on PBO’s Jobs Bill. Notice a trend?

        • 46 Bill
          June 3, 2012 at 5:51 pm

          EricFive, very thoughtful comment.

        • 47 ChristiMTL
          June 3, 2012 at 6:23 pm

          Great comment EricFIve….I’m going to tweet that great line:

          ”today’s MSM reflects the POINT OF VIEW of its corporate masters, who favor the anti-tax/anti-regulation policies of the GOP.”

        • 48 nathkatun7
          June 3, 2012 at 10:42 pm

          “Propaganda does not reflect reality, instead it attempts to shape reality.”

          Bravo, EricFive for your excellent comment! The media are no longer in the business informing the public about reality. Rather, their central focus is on “shaping reality.” This is why they are obsessed with polls. Positive poll numbers for the President are ignored while his negative poll numbers (some of them shady by the way) are reported on over and over again, 24/7. This is also why the media amplifies statements by the President’s supporters (some of them taken out of contexts and some widely exaggerated) that seem to be against the President, while ignoring Republican critics of Mitt Romney. The propaganda aim of the media is to divide and demoralize Democrats and independents who support the President. As far as I am concerned, Bill Clinton, Cory Booker, Ed Randell support the President. I did not like their statements on Bain and Ramney, but what I dislike more are the unethical media that are purposely using their statements to divide and demoralize Democrats.

          As I’ve been telling my friends who are all freaked up about May’s job numbers: 69,000 people got jobs in May. Obviously that did not meat expectations, but it certainly met the expectations of 69,000 who got a job they didn’t have before. Since this society is fond of sports analogies let me offer one. Suppose sports experts expected a team (lets say the NE Patriots) to win the Super Bowl by two touch downs, but it ends up winning by a field goal, does that mean the Patriots didn’t win the Super Bowl? For 27 months, the economy under President Obama has added jobs and not lost jobs. The bottom line for me, is that the economy is creating jobs even though they may not be in greater numbers as expected. So why is the media allowing Willard Romney to call the President a looser?

          With only five months left to the election in November, we must not allow the media to divide and demoralize us. Most importantly, we must not allow the media “to shape reality.”

    • 49 CEB
      June 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Thanks for the wonderful round up, UT. You rock, girl!

    • 50 hopefruit2
      June 3, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks UT for this excellent round up! I missed Stephanie today but I’m hoping Chips can find video footage somewhere 🙂

  8. June 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I dont understand why people do not know about our Republican Congress’ role in this struggling economy. Listening to that blowhard Bob Schieffer makes it clear they take no blame and Dems really need to repeat, repeat and repeat. Of course, there was no time for rebuttal of Kay Bailey Hutchinson’s laying all blame of the economy squarely at the President’s feet.

    • 53 Theo67
      June 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      How come President Obama is supposed to take the blame for Bush’s failed economic policies, but Bush isn’t expected to take any blame?

    • 54 hopefruit2
      June 3, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      They know full well that the GOP is to blame. They are just dishonest.

  9. 55 desertflower
    June 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm


    Included in this link is a portion of a “West Wing” episode. IT IS MUST WATCH TV. You will recognize a brilliant Lawrence O’Donnell ….and a cast of actors that had me riveted every single week. I mourn the loss of “thinking TV” in favor of “idiot, thoughtless TV”…which I way I no longer watch TV.

    Anyway, Mrs Laningham has passed away. Sad day.

    • 56 Theo67
      June 3, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      I loved that show! I’ve watched so many reruns and clips.

      • 57 0388jojothecat
        June 3, 2012 at 1:39 pm

        I heard Mrs. Laningham passed away yesterday and got the news right now from you df about Richard Dawson. Richard Dawson was a fixture on teevee for me since I first saw him on Hogans Heroes, then the game shows, and of course Family Feud, kissing all the ladies no matter the race. I was so sorry when they replaced him. I couldn’t agree more with so much self-serving crap on teevee and cable ocassionally there are a few bright shows on but they are rare and short lived. RIP two great talents that entertained us and portrayed characters whom we could love and relate to.

  10. June 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    OT but this is quite the story on the DesMoines Reg. front page. And there’s a lesson here for one and all—–if you’re married and going to send and receive sexually explicit emails from your married lover, all the sexy details of your affair, you probably shouldn’t do this from your work email account. This is especially true for this 57 yr. old Des Moines School Superintendant, who was in the process of resigning her position in Des Moines to accept the bigger and higher paying position of Supt. of Omaha schools. The Register, not sure why—perhaps was looking for her reasons for resigning—–attained access to these emails due to Open Records act——and discovered dozens of intimate emails and dutifully printed them in the paper. The “bad words” (the sexiest ones)—have been blacked out but you can pretty much figure out what they are—-unless you reside in a nunnery—-and even then… All were sent and received from her edu account. Ended up with no Des Moines job and Omaha backed out also. I think this can safely be filed under the “What could she have been thinking?” Sounded exciting while it lasted tho, so there’s that.

    • 59 prettyfoot58
      June 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      I agree…with the question…what was she thinking…but this also reminds us just how much of a vulture the press is….

    • 60 CEB
      June 3, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      Local media outlets cull School and School board emails routinely (via the Open Records Act) looking for dirt. They do it in my area all of the time. However, grown people should know better. The minute you log onto a school’s computer, you get the message that the computer and the connection is a public format and is monitored. I am always amazed by the number of people who use a work computer and connection to do personal things. Big Brother is always watching.

  11. 62 57andfemale
    June 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    If there was ever a doubt of Howard Fineman’s allegiances, read this quote from a tweet from him this a.m. and be prepared to retch:

    “And a warning to Obama, who mesmerized most media. Churchill said of the Nazi-era Germans: “They’re either at your feet or at your throat.”

    “mesmerized the media?!?!?!”

    Let’s put blame where blame belong: Arianna is who does the hiring but you hire people who agree with you. There is a reason HuffPo has become a cesspool — Howard Fineman.

    later in the day I am putting together a list of everyone at MSNBC to tell them that every time he shows up on their ‘progressive’ shows, my TV goes elsewhere.

    • 63 desertflower
      June 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      Coward works for a rag that can’t even manage to print accurate info. Are we surprised?

      thinkprogress This HuffPost article is inaccurate. Florida hasn’t officially responded to the DOJ yet. We’ll find out next week. thkpr.gs/Ktvj0Q
      11 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

    • 65 0388jojothecat
      June 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      What the hell happened to Howard Fineman? What did President Obama or team Obama do to him to be so fucking hateful? Ever since he stopped dying his hair he seemed to have lost his ever sinking mind. I’m I wrong but during the 2008 election Howard was the one “mesmerized”. Even Jon Stewart is down on PBO because of what? Is it a “Isreal” thing? I really want to know why these two who at first were, I would not say “pro” Obama, but hopeful for his presidency. Now, Fineman is for Romny and Stewart is for Ron Paul. None of these two men are worthy of the WH not because of my prejudice for PBO but from the calibre of the character of these two men don’t come close to PBO.

      • 66 57andfemale
        June 3, 2012 at 2:32 pm

        Fineman used to be a reliable liberal, left of center.

        I don’t know, unless he was a PUMA. Even at that, other than the full-court looney left, anyone with half a liberal/Democratic brain should know what this President was up against. And certainly an inside the beltway guy like Fineman has to know that Hillary was going to face God Knows What from Republicans, too.

        So what is the point of this sneering disrespect he has for PBO? Had he not polished his looney left props, there was no way Arianna was going to put him in charge of politics at HuffPo.

        The sick joke, however, is his employment by MSNBC so we have to watch Schultz and LOD act as if he’s a decent Democrat.

        • 67 hopefruit2
          June 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm

          “Used to be” are the key words here. Apparently, many of these “left-of-center” Liberals are now suddenly more in favor of a right-of-center Republican candidate than the left-of-center Democratic candidate. I wonder why?!?!?

          • 68 57andfemale
            June 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm

            ‘Right of center”? You are too kind. These are far right loons, for God’s sake.

            And gosh, you wonder what more PBO could have accomplished as a liberal had he had the support of his alleged side and could have relied upon the MSM telling the freakin’ truth.

          • 69 Left-Indie
            June 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm

            57, am I reading this wrong? What I’m understanding from that is when the prez was running in 08 the general meme is that most media was in love with him and the idea of him. But just as quickly, they can run the other direction like a herd, this time for his throat. I remember Sly Stallone once saying that the media loves to build you up high only to tear you down fast. Isn’t this what he is saying?

            • 70 nathkatun7
              June 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm

              This is a lie about the media being in love with President Obama in ’08! The Media was and has always been in love with John McCain. If the media was so in love with the President, how come they played Rev. Wright over and over again. I also remember the constant doubts that the President will win. Fineman was one of the people who constantly cited the so called “Bradley effect” when he appeared on Olbermann’s show.

              • 71 Zekke Lydonna
                June 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm

                Not only did they play Rev. Wright ‘s 2 second sound bite over and over, without context, they never bothered to deal with Rev. Wright honorably. I have heard some of the most horrible hatred and bigotry out of religious figures. The only one being treated like Rev. Wright, is the wannabe Koran-burner. This media, especially CNN, allows repugs to tell outrageous lies, without challenge. I hope the rest of American becomes as outraged as we are, by this lack of serious journalism.

              • 72 hopefruit2
                June 3, 2012 at 6:39 pm

                You are exactly right NathKatun7. At no time was the media EVER “in love” with PBO. They were fascinated and curious – yes, but the underlying hostility was always there. Furthermore, that hostility became more pronounced as he continued to govern as President of the US, and remained popular among the people – both domestically and internationally, while exposing the hypocrisy and incompetence of GOP

                • 73 nathkatun7
                  June 3, 2012 at 7:48 pm

                  You are absolutely right hopefruit2. I even forgot to mention how ABC treated him in the debate with Hilary Clinton before the PA primary. This meme that the media loved or favored Obama is a myth. It’s actually a clever way of trying to disguise their hostility. I’ve been around for some time, and I don’t remember any other President who faced such a hostile and disrespectful press, almost from day one in office, as President Obama has. May be Nixon, but that did not happen until the watergate scandal.

      • 74 Cha
        June 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm

        Imo, Howard Fineman has always been a mediawhore.

      • 75 Zekke Lydonna
        June 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm

        I don’t get the jon stewart attitude. His Obama bits have been s***. It’s like he goes out of his way to find something he can use to attack the President’s credibility. He was snarky about the way Obama speaks, comparing him to rombot as ‘boring’. Really? He loves trump’s b.s., because he thinks it’s good for comedy. Really? If all he’s going to do is quote the carnival barker, I will find my political satire elsewhere.

        • 76 EricFive
          June 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm

          Stewart is a clown. He had a big rally prior to the 2010 midterms but was too chickenshit to urge people to vote for dems. I don’t think he even urged people to vote at all. He is a fake radical who finds it easier to complain and critcize than put his money where his mouth is. He has been very harsh on PBO ever since the healthcare debate. He had PBO on his show and was very disrespectful, trying to mock PBO’s promise of change. It was like he bought into the “Magic Negro” stuff and thought all PBO had to do was snap his fingers and viola: Public Option! End of all war! National unity! He is either very naive or has some kind of agenda. He has been working overtime trying to turn the youth against PBO. You can tell he has an agenda because all of his anti-PBO jokes fall FLAT.

          • 77 Zekke Lydonna
            June 3, 2012 at 6:24 pm

            Agreed. I have been a loyal Daily Show viewer for 10 years. I am very disappointed. He has become a real buzzkill.

            There also seems to be a great deal of hand-wringing over ‘drone attacks’. Are drone attacks a huge priority for anyone but scahill, greenwald & other firebaggers?

            • 78 Chi
              June 3, 2012 at 8:32 pm

              Absolutely spot on…

              The recent hair on fire meme about President Obama and the ‘kill list’ and ‘drones’ is so suspect…

              Especially as the loudest voices on this new push from the ‘hate Obama, he’s worse than Bush’ crowd, are the junior trainees of the Glen Greenwald, Ralph Nader, Ron Paul club like Chris Hayes etc. who now just happen to have their own shows on t.v and radio…

  12. 79 Ladyhawke
    June 3, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    UP WITH CHRIS HAYES: Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein – “Let’s Face It, The Republicans Are The Problem”

    On MSNBC, Congressional Experts Ornstein And Mann Offer Damning Indictment Of GOP’s “All-Out War” On Obama


  13. 80 Ladyhawke
    June 3, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem.

    Thomass Mann and Norm Ornstein


    Our advice to the press: Don’t seek professional safety through the even-handed, unfiltered presentation of opposing views. Which politician is telling the truth? Who is taking hostages, at what risks and to what ends?

    Also, stop lending legitimacy to Senate filibusters by treating a 60-vote hurdle as routine. The framers certainly didn’t intend it to be. Report individual senators’ abusive use of holds and identify every time the minority party uses a filibuster to kill a bill or nomination with majority support.

    Look ahead to the likely consequences of voters’ choices in the November elections. How would the candidates govern? What could they accomplish? What differences can people expect from a unified Republican or Democratic government, or one divided between the parties?

    In the end, while the press can make certain political choices understandable, it is up to voters to decide. If they can punish ideological extremism at the polls and look skeptically upon candidates who profess to reject all dialogue and bargaining with opponents, then an insurgent outlier party will have some impetus to return to the center. Otherwise, our politics will get worse before it gets better.



    • 81 Zekke Lydonna
      June 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      Great stuff, but not likely to happen, unless their feelings get hurt. Then they might get tough, just to get revenge. The biggest MediaFail, is that they’ve already ‘decided’ that Obama will be ‘blamed’ for the economy, no matter who is actually responsible. They seem determined to make this a self-fulfilling prophecy. It would undermine their ‘analysis’, if they pointed out that Republicans have obstructed the President’s policies.

      What if they hadn’t . . .Stay tuned for Obama 2.0

      • 82 EricFive
        June 3, 2012 at 6:01 pm

        Totally agree. It is all propaganda. Propaganda seeks to SHAPE reality, not report reality. Speaker Boner is never held accountable for anything. Kudos to Orenstein and Mann for telling the truth, unfortunately I know their advice won’t be heeded by the MSM. Aside from setting pro-GOP narratives for every issue, the MSM’s main purpose is to keep citizens ignorant of how our system of government works. Keep the populace divided and ignorant so they can be used and discarded by the GOP and their corporate masters.

        • 83 Zekke Lydonna
          June 3, 2012 at 6:55 pm

          More self-seeking propaganda from Opposite World:

          -Obama does not/should not want to talk about his economic record? This. Is. Ridiculous.
          -Obama campaign is hapless, keeps making missteps, no longer the smartest guys in the room.
          -Obama campaign has gone ‘negative’ sooooooooooooo early. Too early? Must be afraid.
          -Obama picked a fight with the Catholic Church.
          -Obama campaign ‘attacks’ on Bain are an attack on Venture Capitalism. Attacks not working. Obama hates business.
          -Obama can’t keep blaming Bush, because . . .
          -Obama stimulus didn’t work
          -Obama doesn’t have a plan to reduce the deficit
          -Obama is a big spender, Auto bailout didn’t work, blah, blah, blah.

          I am convinced that the pundits, only talk to each other, inside their beltway bubble, while claiming other people are out of touch.

          Perhaps, in my idealistic dreamscape, the ego-driven blow-hards who think they’re really smart journalists, will realize how dumb they seem, when they allow ‘people’ to lie to them repeatedly, and laugh at them, behind their back, for being such dumb-ass puppets.

  14. 86 vitaminlover
    June 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Our Presdient may wait till early August to go on a family vacation. That is when they usually go anyway.

    • 87 anniebella
      June 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      vitaminlover The Obamas might not take a vacation then because they will be in the mix of the campaign. Still no answer as to where FLOTUS and the girls were this week-end. I thought they might have been with POTUS at Camp David. I guess I’m being alittle nosy, wanting to know were FLOTUS and the girls were, I have never follow a first family like the Obamas, I don’t want to say stark.

      • 88 Sharon
        June 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm

        Sasha’s birthday. They celebrated there last year also and he came back from Camp David alone then,too.

      • 90 cindysweatt
        June 3, 2012 at 9:09 pm

        Anniebella: I am just like you. I have never followed anyone this closely. Yikes! I need to get a life. Maybe after November.

        • 91 jacquelineoboomer
          June 3, 2012 at 9:35 pm

          Ha! That’s what some folks were sayin’ after November 2008! I predict most of us w/b following PBO through the next four years!

  15. 92 Ladyhawke
    June 3, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Robert Gibbs: Romney’s Slogan Is Obama ‘Didn’t Clean Up Our Mess Fast Enough’

    By David – April 29, 2012


    “I think sometimes you listen to the Romney campaign and they do think a lot people in this country are stupid,” Gibbs told NBC’s David Gregory. “Their message is: You didn’t clean up our mess fast enough.”

    “The last six months of the Bush administration, we lost three and half million jobs. We know this about Mitt Romney: He’s not a job creator. When he was governor of Massachusetts, they were 47th out of 50 in job creation. His experience is in downsizing, outsourcing jobs and bankrupting companies and walking away with a lot of money for himself.”

    Gibbs added: “His economic ideas are the failed economic ideas that we tried for eight years, tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, and letting Wall Street going back to writing the rules all over again. That is the policies that got us into this mess.”



  16. 93 whatisworking
    June 3, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Good Morning TOD family

    Hope to garden and blog all day

    Good Story #1

    Innovation Grants: Adding Resources To Ideas To Improve Health Care Deliver


  17. 95 Ladyhawke
    June 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    THE REPUBLICAN PARTY PLAYBOOK – “Vote For Us, We Have Disdain For You”


    1) Eliminate the surplus left by President Bill Clinton.

    2) Wreck the economy and pretend we had nothing to do with it. (2 tax cuts, 2 wars, Medicare part D not paid for).

    3) Obstruct, Filibuster, Delay, Sabotage, and take Hostages to prevent President Obama from fixing the problems we created.

    4) Blame President Obama for not fixing the problems we created fast enough.

    5) Show the American people we hate President Obama more than we love the country.

    6) Ask the American people to reward the Republican Party betrayal by giving Mitt Romney the keys to the Oval Office so that he can start dismantling the accomplishments that President Obama was able to implement in spite of GOP obstruction.

  18. 96 auni
    June 3, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Thanks for the playbook list–on my way to write another letter to the editor using those points.

  19. June 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Ho ho ho to all my Os!!!! Top ten getting up mornings for TODville in my neck of the woods. Gave PBO a great send off that should last him ’til he can return home. I flipped channels among MTP, This Week, and Face the Nation this morning. There must have been surrogate classes last week. Our people were on point and Mitts better get out the black hair dye, cause his folks added about 20 new grey hairs this morning. That’s what happens when you facts on your side. Talking points only get you so far. Our folks took the lead, stayed on offense, and wouldn’t let the hosts skim over important points.

    My political take: Tuesday in Wisc will be important from a perception point of view. It will not impact PBO’s standing there in November. I will be phone banking Monday. OFA asked if I could go in person, I’d love nothing better, but since I can’t, I’ll mosey on down to the local OFA office and dial some digits.

  20. 98 globalcitizenlinda
    June 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    thanks a lot for the Chicagi video of PBO walking through his home’s neighborhood – what a treat!

  21. 99 globalcitizenlinda
    June 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    was President Obama at Camp David without his family or did they just stay longer behind?

    if PBO was solo at Camp David then Syria’s Assad had better start parking his stuff because he may be about to get a big push out.

    Reason I guess this is because I have noticed a kind of miini routine: when PBO needs to weigh some extremely heavy national security decisions which are very dicey, he spends a few days at Camp David just before he gives the go ahead. PBO did this with Lybia, with the decision to increase American forces in Afghanistan. Of course if could be that I obsessively watch PBO ……

    • 100 Sharon
      June 3, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      Likely at Camp David for Sasha’s birthday. Seems to me that the rest of them came home separately last year as well. Probably have a ton of kids to bring back. Likely why he chose to stay over in Chicago to escape some of the screaming girls. He commented on that later.

      • 101 globalcitizenlinda
        June 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm

        you are probably right. PBO often holds the birthdays for his girls at Camp David. I had not remembered that Sasha’s birthday is in the offing.

        Yes, I also remember that PBO has previously commented about the screaming girls at the parties – he claimed it was “terrifying”

      • 102 Jessica
        June 3, 2012 at 7:42 pm

        Her birthday is June 10th.

  22. 103 Liberal Librarian
    June 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    • June 3, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      #2 went to the OFA office you go to last week. there were 2 ladies there. I’d told her you frequented that office and talked of the enthusiasm of the folks there. She asked about you by your TOD Liberal Libray name. Needless to say neither of the ladies knew you by that moniker. #2 will return this week. she wants to get involved, now that she’s found an OFA home on Venice and Motor. are you there at a regular or scheduled time?

      • 105 Liberal Librarian
        June 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm

        I am not. I volunteer for a local OFA group in Venice and Marina del Rey. I’ve yet to go to the L.A. office. Now that my in-laws are gone back home, I’ll get back to volunteering.

        • June 3, 2012 at 1:58 pm

          thanks i thought you were on Motor, that may have been ggail.

          • 107 GGail
            June 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm

            Hi cookemom, I have a team in the Jefferson Park area of LA, but I visit the HQ at Venice & Motor quite a bit. Your daughter, #2 will find mostly OFA Officers and Regional Field Directors at HQ most days. My team was at HQ on Saturday for WI phone banking.

  23. 108 Ladyhawke
    June 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    On ‘This Week,’ Paul Krugman Destroys Romney Surrogate, Calls Ryan Plan a ‘Fraud’

    By Blue Texan


    Unfortunately for Eric Ferhnstrom, a senior campaign advisor to the Romney campaign, Paul Krugman (who’s been on a tear lately) was on “This Week” Sunday morning to dismantle all of his vapid talking points.

    First, he pointed out that government spending has been cratering since 2010 — and openly mocked the idea that Mitt Romney has an answer to unemployment.



  24. 109 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 3, 2012 at 1:57 pm


    • 110 57andfemale
      June 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      It doesn’t help that Chris Hayes is 12 and maybe is too lazy or too enthralled with his looney left buddies to realize that we have never seen such obstruction in the history of the United States.

      I have some 7th grade American history texts if he can drag himself away from Serious Discussions with other Serious People at the Hamptons this summer.

    • 111 Zekke Lydonna
      June 3, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      Melissa Harris-Perry said she does not ‘believe’ in conspiracies. W.T.F.

  25. June 3, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Tell Dowd and Fineman, since after 08, the Beltway media and Congressional Democrats were never on the Presidents side! And the rift with the Clinonites? Well yeah, just look at Carville and Jon Stewart. That is all I need to know!
    Thus, This is old news! Next?

    • 113 Betty's Girl
      June 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      They are upset because he is not following their advice especially about Bain. If the President had listen the top Dems and journalists and many others he would’ve never made it in Chicago local politics not mention national politics. There is definitely a battle with the corporate/clinton click within the party just like last time. They will eventually come over to his side whether they like it or not. The President will follow his own lead. I am so proud of him!

      • 114 0388jojothecat
        June 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm

        This is what I was telling this young man at the phone bank yesterday. I told him that the PBO is dragging the Democratic party into the 21st century and Romney, Rove and yes even Ron Paul wants to drag this country back to the 19th century. You can’t have one foot in the 21st century and the other in the 19th and expect for this country to move forward. You have to put one foot in front of the other to get to where you want or need to be. China is going to get there, India is going to get there, PBO wants America to lead the way like we’ve ALWAYS have. The Republican don’t care because the people pulling their strings (Corporations) will just jumpt ship leaving America in ruin.

      • 115 Zekke Lydonna
        June 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm

        Honestly, I don’t understand why there is even a question about whether or not to ‘attack’ Romney’s Bain experience. How could any self-respecting campaign not dissect the opponents’ stated qualifications?

        I have always believed the firebaggers are angry because they want the President to view them as important, valuable, smart voices on policy. Oh, and take their advice. Jealousy is a terrible thing.

    • 116 anniebella
      June 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      I have never believe Maureen Dowd or Fineman was a supporter of President Obama.

      • 117 57andfemale
        June 3, 2012 at 4:53 pm

        but they’re from the “left” and therefore what they say represents what the “left” is thinking.

        Unfortunately this b.s. gets amplified in the MSM. No, they’re not supporters of PBO and never were. But they’ve carved out a niche and you hear their views amplified.

      • 118 EricFive
        June 3, 2012 at 6:41 pm

        Dowd wants controversy for controversy’s sake. Without it she is irrelvevant (hell, even with it she is irrelevant). Fineman works for Huffington (who hates PBO) and is currently “imbedded” in the Mitt Romney campaign, so he has double the motivation to try to sow the seeds of discord among democrats. There was a study by a media watchdog group that compared the number of negative stories printed in the MSM about PBO and compared them to his predecessors. It found that PBO got three time the amount of negative coverage. So this “love affair” Fineman speaks of is pure fantasy (right-wing fantasy at that). Just because the MSM has not been able to tar PBO with a scandal does not mean it has not been trying. Would a MSM that favored PBO allow Mitt to constantly lie? Or allow Mitt to refuse to release his tax returns like all other presidental nominees have done? Or breathlessly report outlier polls that are favorable to Mitt? Or continue to give an ignorant racist like Trump the “microphone” to spew his birther lies. If this is indicative of the MSM’s love for PBO, what does hate look like?

        • 119 Zekke Lydonna
          June 3, 2012 at 7:21 pm

          Mitt Romney told a COMPLETE lie about the Inspector General Gregory Friedman. MSNBC covered it. Stephanie Miller & Current TV covered it. Randi Rhodes covered it. CNN? Networks? Faux news?

          I would like to see the Inspector General himself, hold a press conference to clarify his remarks.

    • 120 globalcitizenlinda
      June 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      how can we drown out the voices of dowd and fineman? it is by shiffting the focus on what PBO and Team Obama are emphasizing now which is mitt the bullying liar’s job-destroying record in MA

      • 121 57andfemale
        June 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm

        I actually think you’re on to something: We need to be the echo chamber as much as possible. Follow PBO’s daily lead and support like crazy.

  26. 124 Ladyhawke
    June 3, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Obama strategist David Axelrod: Romney isn’t a “job creator”


    CBS News) Obama campaign senior strategist David Axelrod continued the campaign’s assault on Mitt Romney’s record on Sunday’s “Face the Nation,” defending attacks on Bain Capital and challenging whether the president’s Republican challenger is qualified to be called a “job creator.”

    “No one’s arguing whether Mitt Romney is qualified to be president,” Axelrod said of the former governor and private equity firm founder. “What we’re arguing is whether he’s qualified to call himself a job creator. That’s not what he did in his business. That’s not the purpose of his business, and it’s certainly not what he did in Massachusetts where they had one of the worst economic records in the country.”
    On Sunday Axelrod defended the strategy of speaking out in Boston: “We went up there to make a point about Governor Romney’s economic record,” he said. “Governor Romney offers himself as a job creator, a kind of economic oracle, and he’s saying the same exact things he said 10 years ago when he ran for governor of Massachusetts. And what happened? Massachusetts plunged to 47th in job creation. They lost manufacturing jobs at twice the rate of the country. They grew jobs at one-fifth the rate of the rest of country. It wasn’t the record of a job creator. He had the wrong economic philosophy and he failed.

    “I was disappointed that they chose to send a bunch of campaign staff to try and drown out the speakers. But you can’t drown out the record.”



  27. 125 0388jojothecat
    June 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    O/T: All you Adele fans – 8:00PM Pacific Time NBC Adele Live in London. Check your local stations when it is showing in your area.

    • June 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      My daughter supplied me with Adele CD’s which I sang along to on our recent driving trip from Il. to Ct. and back. I made Adele sound SO GOOD!
      I spotted tonight’s program a couple of days ago, but thanks for the reminder!

  28. June 3, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    G’day TODville, Mayor Chips, Captain Y, Mr. LL, Hiya Miss Pamela, hey team VC/AMK any new firsts…trying to catch up on village life. Seems life I missed some trolls…yo guys have all the fun. Still trying to catchup. Meant to ask…any Oregonians/PDXers here? Cheers, your village yoga running penguin.

    • 128 Pamela
      June 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      Yo, CJ, good to see you! A hint about catching up: feels like I am always ‘trying’, just don’t really ever do! I sigh, and hope I hit some highlights, and an occasional lucky first! It’s a good day in Seattle. Yes, I am at work, but yes, am always blessed! 🙂

      • 129 Pamela
        June 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm

        Oh yes, CJ, my daughter is in Juan les Pins now, then will be traveling around a bit… Follow her adventures on rabbitearth.com

  29. 130 auni
    June 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    CJ–got a fellow TODer across the river in Clark Co. here–carry on.

    • 133 globalcitizenlinda
      June 3, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      I have posted here at least two times that something tells my gut that scott walker is going to do some time in the big house – just mentioned it yesterday. I just feel it from the stories I read that he is too corrupt.

      truth be told, I had not heard about the potential federal investigation being discussed in this article. I just feel that he has tried to cut so many corners and has stepped on so many toes he will end up in prison – crooks usually do

      • 134 0388jojothecat
        June 3, 2012 at 3:34 pm

        Wouldn’t it be something that Barrett loses but Mitchell become Lt. Governor, Walker is indicted and has to step down (and goes to Prison) and Mitchell becomes the first AA Governor of Wisconsin?

        • 135 globalcitizenlinda
          June 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm

          well, there would be the President Obama-Karma we always talk about here – attack PBO and you will eventually go down!

      • 136 57andfemale
        June 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm

        Yeah. This was new. And David Shuster actually checked sources before he reported. How rare THAT is.

        There were already rumors that the WI investigation was withholding their findings until after the investigation because it might ‘affect’ the election.

        If the effing governor is going to be charged with crimes, how about letting the voters know, for God’s sake?

  30. 137 Ladyhawke
    June 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Russ Feingold: Vote Barrett on Tuesday

    Russ Feingold: Scott Walker’s motto is divide and conquer. Tom Barrett’s motto is bringing people together to get things done. Vote Tom Barrett on Tuesday.

    • 138 Sharon
      June 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Seeing Russ reminds of how sickening it is every time I see our dippy Senator Ron Johnson. I watched the debates. He did the same as Walker–gave no clear indication of what he would do. I voted in 2010 and a half dozen times since then. Our Republican assemblyman joined the Walker administration and we replaced him with a Democrat. Our state senator was recalled and replaced. And every election has had primaries including this recall for governor. Hope we will be as successful on Tuesday.

  31. 139 globalcitizenlinda
    June 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Chips and fellow President Obama Familiy members at TOD, here is my simple question to you:

    WHY is it that we are always (or mainly) trying to help re-elect PBO by RESPONDING TO the hate-filled rightwingers of the gop and the MSM instead of US just setting the narrative for the day and letting them respond to it for a change?

    Maybe I am not making sense but I feel that we supporters of PBO need to start making the MSN and GOP respond to our theme for the day or week which we can select mainly based on what Team Obama is pushing for the day or week or based on what PBO and his staff do for the day.

    We should amplify Team Obama’s message for the day and force mitt the bullying lliar to respond to us instead. We should drown out the voices of regular MSN since now everyone can be an electronic journalist

    For instance, it is clear that Team Obama wants to focus on mitt the liar’s job-destroying record in MA and link it to Bain and this is where a significant amount of our voices should focus.

    maybe by 9.00 p.m of each day we can start taking a quick rollcall of what few key stories to push in the next 24 hours and then take every opportunity bringing them to the attention of all people.

    what do you think about that sharpening of focus?

    • 140 ranman11
      June 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      global, i think that’s a great idea.

    • 141 prettyfoot58
      June 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      Great Point….

      but there still needs to be push back against the lies…

      • 142 globalcitizenlinda
        June 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm

        yes, push back against the lies is very necessary and MUST continue.

        but we have to also start having our own roundtable from which we aggressively promote our own candidate and his achievements of which there are too many to choose from.

        the media has tried to undermine PBO every day since he came onto the national stage and they seem to be ramping up ther destruction. we have to let people who are non-political-junkies know WHY we feel PBO needs a second term and we all know how uninformed people are.

        in summary, I believe we need to change the narrative of the campaign and force mitt the liar and his supporting cast in the MSN to play on our field instead of us playing on the gop

    • June 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Love it. Is everybody else on the OFA mailing list for daily Dashboard talking points? Or the Truth Team’s email talking points from Stephanie Cutter that come every few days?

      • June 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm

        Meta, I am on the Truth Team email talking points from Stephanie Cutter, and I get mine out. And I must say that maybe those who would like to do so ,may think about doing so. It is a great tool.HZ

      • 145 utaustinliberal
        June 8, 2012 at 3:58 pm

        Hey Meta. I’m on the Truth Team email list but how do I get on the daily Dashboard email list?

    • 146 nathkatun7
      June 3, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      “Maybe I am not making sense….”

      Globalcitizen: you made great deal of sense to me!

    • 147 Zekke Lydonna
      June 3, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      This plan is already beginning to jell. They have millions of dollars, we have millions of voices. We definitely need to start shouting.

      BTW–you make perfect sense. We are all feeling this rage against the lying and misinformation. I am personally tired of every political show doing the same ‘3’ stories, with the same basic rhetoric. Stop reacting and start acting like we are believe in our message.

      • 148 Zekke Lydonna
        June 3, 2012 at 7:39 pm

        Solar energy innovation is fantastic. We should start pounding on this topic. Maybe it will make them talk about it.

      • 149 taiping1
        June 3, 2012 at 10:52 pm

        We should also promote #$1/daykeepsMittAway: if all the FB and twitter followers who are eligible donated $1/day that would be more than $2 billion.

        • 150 Zekke Lydonna
          June 4, 2012 at 2:47 am

          I understand only 1% of the population donates to political campaigns. Major untapped resources.

    • 151 taiping1
      June 3, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      Great idea! Time to take the offensive. So many talk as if the economy means GOP will win. We need to talk about what President Obama has done and will do vs the YOYO policies of Romney (evidenced by Bain, MA, and his support of the Ryan Budget). And we need to highlight policies for women, sane immigration policy, equality for LGBT community, ending the war in Afghanistan, etc.

      • 152 Zekke Lydonna
        June 4, 2012 at 2:51 am

        Pundits don’t actually talk to people. They are ‘informed’ by Polls. Polls are informed by uninformed people. We are rarely told who populated the poll. Media also seems to choose polls that show the President in the worst light. Hummmmm.

        Regarding Voter Suppression: There’s nothing like telling someone they can’t have something they’re entitled to, to make them want it more. I hope the Voter Suppression plan blows up in their faces.

  32. 153 desertflower
    June 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I say anything that Romney spokespeople or Romney DON’T want us to talk about SHOULD BE TALKED ABOUT A LOT


    He THOUGHT he was going to slam the President, but that boomerang effect just clocked him!

  33. 154 desertflower
    June 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Interesting 🙂

    thinkprogress On Meet the Press today, @neeratanden asked @KevinMaddenDC to name one way Romney differed from George W. Bush. He couldn’t do it.
    2 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

    • 155 Zekke Lydonna
      June 3, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Even Chris Wallace asked some tough questions today. He asked Ed Gillespie how Romney’s economic policies differed from bush. Answer: stutter, stutter, change subject.

  34. 156 Squarepeg
    June 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    this son of a bitch

    FL voter purge will continue despite Federal Warning http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/02/florida-voter-purge-federal-warning_n_1564131.html

  35. 161 criquet
    June 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    This is what the media should be writing about:

  36. 164 criquet
    June 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Will this be labelled as “McDonnell undercutting Romney’s message” and get as much play as the Cory Boker and Clinton comments?

    Don’t hold your breath.

  37. 165 globalcitizenlinda
    June 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    hey twitter brigade, can you please inform maureen dowd that no matter how much she tries to get PBO’s attention, she will not succeed because PBO belongs to Mrs Michelle Obama.

    the down woman is obssessed with PBO from day one – reminds me of the half-term governor

  38. June 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Reading some of the comments here and elsewhere about Howard Fineman and Maureen Dowd and the rest of the overpaid shills, it sounds like maybe you guys expect these people to be reasonable and rational in their thinking about the facts. But that’s not what they’re paid to do. They’re paid to create buzz and hysteria, so they act accordingly. Whoever screeches the loudest and vents their spleen the most gets all the attention and viewers and the money and motive follow. They don’t make any money saying good things about the world, especially POTUS, who has been dissected and inspected and maligned within an inch of his life by all of them. We don’t really have “reporters” anymore who present news in an objective manner. And because of all the deregulation in broadcasting, those days are over. So to think that any of these morons who have sold their souls are going to be fair-minded about the truth beyond a fleeting nano-second here and there, is I think a recipe for indigestion. Sorry, but I’m irretrievably cynical about the news media these days, and that includes PBS and NPR. Bush did a number on them, too.

    • 171 jackiegrumbacher
      June 3, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      You’re right, meta. They’re a lost cause. Nothing motivates them, but greed and a need for attention. They give not a single thought to the future of the country or their own or their children’s lives. Everytime we react to them it saps our energy and they are just not worth it.

      • 172 Zekke Lydonna
        June 3, 2012 at 8:17 pm

        They care about being seen and dupes. We have to appeal to their giant egos. Laughing at their stupidity is helpful. Condescension, even better. Maybe pretending to be a right-wing ‘true believer’ who agrees with them. Perhaps comparing them commentary to that Carnival Barker, Donald Chump, without the slightest bit of irony.

    • 173 ChristiMTL
      June 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Someone retweeted Fineman’s comment this morning on my TL…..the ”looks like the ClintonWorld decided Obama is a loser…..”…….I just sent him a tweet saying how ridiculous his comment was, called him a loser and stepped away.

      I’m not spending one second getting angry at these clowns…..

      I did read the comments from his TL to see what kind of pushback he was getting….one comment stood out for me….it was from LP

      LiberalPhenom ‏@LiberalPhenom

      @ritaag @howardfineman If RM is doing so well why all this effort to hurt PBO?PBO is winning. They know it. We must keep working.

      That is exactly it…..

      They know they are full of it and they know Romney is a loser……..if the President was in as much trouble as they claim, they sure would not work overtime to destroy him like they do now….why focus on the ”loser” if he is doomed and not focus on how great Romney is?…They can’t, they have nothing, Romney has nothing…it’s Bush II…..President Obama is going to win and it kills them,…

      They can’t use the flag pin or Rev. Wright so they have to come up with something….we saw it in 2008 and we’re seeing it again.

    • 175 nathkatun7
      June 3, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Excellent comment, meta!

    • 176 hopefruit2
      June 3, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      Thank you meta. I also think that apart from the generic need to create buzz and hysteria for ratings, there is more than a touch of personal resentment for PBO going on with those pundits.

    • 177 taiping1
      June 3, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      NPR has gone to the dark side.

  39. June 3, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Their Surrogates go off message too! The difference, the MSM does not focus on it!
    Point-The MSM only responds to money and advertisers money.
    Point-The Super PAC ads control the MSM as well, and 70% of that money goes to the far right, hence the media Biased and distortion.

    • June 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      The MSM stands to make tons of money from all their self-induced drama every election cycle.

    • 180 Sharon
      June 3, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      CNN has a story on this on their website (I don’t have cable news). Article says that McDonnell repeatedly kept saying that when Romney took over in Massachusetts that the job creation was at 50 in the nation and was at 36 when he left, with Crowley correcting him each time to say that he had his figures reversed. Apparently she gave up because he gave the wrong figures yet again a fourth time.

  40. June 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    But but but I just heard Melissa Harris Perry say the national democrats are not on the ground there?

    • 183 Zekke Lydonna
      June 3, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      Obama’s people have been working in Wisconsin for a long time, behind the scenes. It still amazes me that so many Democrats don’t recognize the Obama strategy. We have been so inundated with ‘sound-bite journalism’, and a continuing failure to connect the dots, we no longer recognize patterns. Obama is a strategist–short term, medium term, long term. Democrats are so used to fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants politics, they have difficulty dealing with the pragmatic success of Obama and his policies & campaigns. They seem to think process is the goal. They can’t handle success. It’s so weak-minded, and one of the reasons I keep threatening to leave the party. I stay because of him.

      • 184 Chi
        June 3, 2012 at 9:17 pm

        I too stay because of him…

        President Obama will in the end save the Democratic party from itself…

        And the new and improved party will shed its weakest, most selfish, most self-serving and destructive links…

        It’s happening already – what with people like the former Dem congressman from Alabama who just switched parties…

        Hopefully a few more will follow suit so we can move full speed ahead knowing exacly who we are and what exactly we have and stand for…

      • 185 taiping1
        June 3, 2012 at 11:07 pm

        The media misses the story on the ground because of their disdain of community or grassroots organizing. Most of the books on the 2008 election miss the story of OFA. Only Plouffe gets it (natch). So now they ignore all the work by thousands of volunteers in every state, doing phone banks, registering, doing visibility events, educating. Phone banks in CA today were calling WI voters. One of friends called an Indian-American who said of course he and his family were voting. The volunteer told him that the voting center was at a church, he said but I’m Hindu!

        • 186 Zekke Lydonna
          June 4, 2012 at 3:08 am

          I snickered when Repugs decided being a ‘community organizer’ was a negative. Community Organizing is what wins campaigns. I was not surprised when the media failed to make the connection. They are more interested in the 2nd-grade name-calling. Socialist, Fascist, anti capitalist, anti-rich, anti-american, non-american, communist, nazi, radical, black christian liberationist muslim, anti-colonialist mau mauist, who hates white people and christians, and wants to kill old people and babies, blah, blah blah. Maybe once or twice have I heard anyone actually try do explain the meaning of the political or economic system terms, and how anathema it is to be all these things at once. How many people in this country, do you think know the definition of socialist or fascist? Isn’t the American Revolutionary War a testament to anti-colonialism? I want to give the media credit for having knowledge and keeping if from the people, but maybe they are really as dumb as they sound.

  41. 187 criquet
    June 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    This must be the focus-getting out the vote:

    • June 3, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      That ’10 election was so key. We had lots of “friends” actively discouraging the vote, no pony or whatever naive complaint. What a different situation we would have if people had just bothered ——just taken 5 minutes—–to go vote. There’s no excuse for not voting —ever. Those nonvoters are responsible for the tea party House and their ability to hold the Congress hostage.

      • 189 Zekke Lydonna
        June 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm

        I still get angry thinking about it.

        Patterns: Every 10 years, we have a census. Every 10 years, we have one of the most important elections EVER, to determine who will control re-districting. Every non-Presidential election, people Don’t go to the polls. Many people don’t vote in primaries.

        I believe this is a direct result of ignorance about how our government works. I know ‘smart’ people who didn’t realize that EVERYONE in the House must run for re-election, every 2 years. They don’t know why the Census is important. They think the President ‘controls’ Congress. They don’t recognize the concept of ‘Co-Equal’ branches of Government. They don’t understand the legislative process –Majority Leader, Speaker, Committees, filibusters, procedures, reconciliation, et al. More to the point, they just don’t seem to care enough to find out. The intellectual laziness in this country is astounding. We are desperate for a competent major media. Thank God for the Internet, and social media. At least we have a chance to make a difference.

  42. 191 Sharon
    June 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Maureen Dowd was writing bitchy articles about him while he was campaigning in 2008–was a member of the press on his plane. This is her style. I remember during the 2004 election, she was doing the same. Even sent her an e-mail once commenting (not commending her) on her style. Haven’t read her in years. Much more pleasant way to enjoy life. Pretend she doesn’t exist.

    • 192 hopefruit2
      June 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      Unfortunately, in a crucial election year, we cannot simply “pretend she doesn’t exist.” We have to push back, promptly and aggressively on all the Maureen Dowds out there. I’m glad there is such a thing as Twitter – because it helps to counter the toxic narratives of these media bullies who carry GOP water. Perhaps if we had Twitter back in 2001, there would’ve been no useless, wasteful Iraq War, and many of those dead soldiers would be alive with their families right now.

    • 193 Zekke Lydonna
      June 3, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      This always happens when she’s not getting enough attention.

  43. 194 Liberal Librarian
    June 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Have a new piece up on TPV, wherein I address what happens when you don’t vote out of pique. http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/06/time-to-grow-up.html

  44. 197 Ladyhawke
    June 3, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    NYT: Florida’s Discriminatory Voter Purge

    Published: May 31, 2012


    The Miami Herald found that 58 percent of the people on the list of nearly 2,700 voters were Hispanic, and 14 percent were black. Whites and Republicans were least likely to show up on the list, according to the paper.

    The other two states conducting similar voter purges are Colorado and New Mexico, which, like Florida, are swing states with large Hispanic populations. New Mexico’s wasteful investigation of 64,000 “suspicious” voter registrations found only 19 cases of voters who may have been noncitizens.

    Florida has a sordid history with manipulating voter rolls. In 2000 and 2004, it tried to purge felons from the rolls using wildly inaccurate lists, which had the effect of removing black voters who were not felons. As long as there is a chance of tilting the outcome of a close election, Republicans like Mr. Scott won’t stop trying.



    • 198 Zekke Lydonna
      June 3, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      There seems to be no penalty for doing it. When have the Republicans actually paid a price for their shenanigans? When have they paid a price for their many LIES? There is no real downside for them.

      Why can’t the Department of Justice just put a STOP to all this nonsense? Don’t they have the power to do it?

  45. 199 hopefruit2
    June 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    But, but but Coward Fineman said….

    • 200 Linda
      June 3, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      Looks good….but wasn’t Hillary still in at this time in 2008 ?

      • June 3, 2012 at 6:07 pm

        Hillary was way behind in Delegates, but the MSM wanted to keep it going!

      • 202 Zekke Lydonna
        June 3, 2012 at 9:05 pm

        Hillary lost in February 2008, when Obama won 11 straight primaries. That’s when she lost the delegate race. The media just wanted a ‘horse race’. I am satisfied with the results though. It really electrified the party. “What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger.”

  46. June 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm

  47. June 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Do you think all that hostility from Dowd, means She has a terrible Sex life?

    • June 3, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      Hi Jovie.. I ran across this on Juanita Jean’s blog about the McCain’s opposition research on Romney back in 2008.

      I don’t know if anyone else has seen this or not. Interesting reading.

      • June 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm

        Tweet this to Lis Smith.

      • 208 Bill
        June 3, 2012 at 6:23 pm

        One of the chapters was “Bain Capital, Drexel Burnham”. Drexel Burham led by Michael Milken was the leader in the junk bond business in the 1980’s. For awhile it was the rage on Wall Street. It was forced into bankruptcy in 1990 because of illegal activities. Drexel sold “junk bonds” to finance deals such as Bain Capital did. The connection makes Bain look even sleazier, There is a lot that not has been told about Bain.

      • 209 desertflower
        June 3, 2012 at 6:42 pm

        I ran across this same juicy tidbit a couple months back…this needs to be seen by everyone. Too bad those 23 years of tax returns aren’t included:) there’s a reason McCain didn’t choose this sleaze. Thanks for posting it again. I’d say that was a MUST READ!

    • 210 Bill
      June 3, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      For what it is worth, she has never been married and dated Michael Douglas before he married Catherine Zeta-Jones.

  48. June 3, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Republicans in Congress are up in arms over the Obama administration’s decision to include funding for the war in Afghanistan in the automatic cuts to defense that are set to begin in 2013.

    Administration officials say the war funding has to account for part of the cuts under the law, but the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee says the money dedicated to Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) was never intended to fall under the budget axe. 


    Poor Babies.

    • June 3, 2012 at 6:22 pm

      Jovie, I know you’ve mentioned this before, but I’m wondering if the Obama team has enough people who are contacting the media with their message like the GOP is doing. I saw someone in the media—-can’t remember—-who said on twitter they got an immediate 53 tweets and emails after something was reported that they didn’t like—–that was just one person in the media, I imagine a flood is constantly harassing all in the media. We can all respond which is necessary and helpful, but I have to think that tweets from someone in authority are more likely to be noticed and receive attention. I wish we had 100 Stephanie Cutters, and there are some other good spokespeople, but some surrogates have been a big disappointment and are trampling on Obama’s message on Bain etc. I just think the news media is a huge problem this election—-even more than in ’08——and sad to say they are still significant in the message they deliver, and I feel the need for a heavier and more constant push to get the Obama talking points in the mix.

      • June 3, 2012 at 6:29 pm

        The OFA should have paid telemarketers for 10 bucks an hour, just hitting the Blogs, online newspapers and social media.
        Fight fire with fire!

      • 214 taiping1
        June 3, 2012 at 11:14 pm

        there is a twitterpolitics that regularly analyzes strength of message: Obama wins hands down; 5:1 in followers; also in retweets.

  49. 215 Eveingeorgia
    June 3, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I don’t know about her sex life, but she has always written sarcastically and caustically about PBO.. Stopped reading her almost immediately. It’s almost like she’s a woman scorned? You think maybe she got rejected by the president?

    I never felt that Fineman was really in PBO’s corner; there was an ’08 interview that he and Richard Wolffe had with candidate Obama. I remember thinking that Fineman, especially, seemed like a vulture, just waiting to pounce. It was like he was there to test PBO’s intelligence and his ability to think. I remember being offended by it, it reminded me of too many instances in my life where I had to “prove” myself to those who did not believe I was capable because of the color of my skin. Fireman is no friend of PBO.

    By the way, was there any push-back on Dowd and Fineman?

    • 216 Zekke Lydonna
      June 3, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      The irony is that Obama has proved himself to be excellent at governance. He has the respect of his military commanders (when was the last time that happened with a Democrat?) The fact that people still expect him to prove himself makes me sad. All I want is for him to be treated with fairness and honesty. For his ‘mistakes’ to be put in proper context. Sometimes, it makes me cry.

    • 217 Chi
      June 3, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      Absolutely spot on Eve on both Maureen Dowd and Howard Fineman…

      Fineman has never struck me as a desperate, grandstanding, slimey, snarky, condescending, envious and generally hateful and dishonest person…President Obama seems to trigger and amplify in Fineman, those already terrible qualities already embodies in gobs…

      Maureen Dowd has always suffered from just being…an attention-seeking, spiteful, mean spirited, pathological, miserable, lonely sad sack, who’ll probably die alone and unloved by her own hand…

      • 218 Chi
        June 3, 2012 at 9:48 pm

        …Fineman has always struck me as a desperate, grandstanding, slimy, snarky, condescending, envious and generally hateful and dishonest person…

  50. 219 globalcitizenlinda
    June 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    the next five months will show us not only the extreme gop hate-in-action but also the morally-bankrupt dems who have actively fought against everything PBO has tried.

    already the flip of pompus artur davis to the gop is an example of personal ambition ahead of common good for all those who broke boundaries so that you can make progress. I am glad he does not have to undermine PBO anymore and have everyone yell Dem

    • 220 ChristiMTL
      June 3, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      It’s only the beginning…….it’s nothing to how nasty it’s going to get

    • 221 Linda
      June 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      Davis ran for Gov. of Alabama in 2010. Lost in the Primary by 25 %.. Lost the AA vote completely.

      • 222 globalcitizenlinda
        June 3, 2012 at 7:12 pm

        I recall as if his constituents were very angry at him for undemining PBO and voting against healthcare when the majority of AA lack access to health care.

        I also seem to remember that he ignored AA’s completely and campaigned in the non-black neighborhoods all the while spouting gop talking points

  51. June 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Richard Dawson was on Hogans Heroes.
    Not Corporal Lobo, but Corporal…?

  52. 228 Ladyhawke
    June 3, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Bob Schieffer of CBS is “CLUELESS”.


    By Joshua Green


    Democrats are running a largely positive campaign, while Republicans are running a mostly negative one:

    Democratic presidential advertisers aired 35,936 ads. Of these, 70 percent (25,092) were positive and 30 percent (10,844) were negative.

    Republican presidential advertisers aired 27,857 ads. Of these, 27 percent (7,584) were positive and 73 percent (20,273) were negative.

    So why, if Obama is running overwhelming positive ads, does the media coverage leave the impression that the campaign has been overwhelmingly negative? Axelrod provided a clue. He said that the positive ads have been running mostly in the battleground states–where national media big wigs like Bob Schieffer don’t see them.



  53. June 3, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Not kidding! Now, the GOP is nervous the GED may do QE-3, especially if Europe keeps failing.
    So, they are turning up the heat on Bernanke, warning Him- no more FED stimulus.

  54. 239 Ladyhawke
    June 3, 2012 at 6:38 pm


    By Nicole Belle


    It cannot be overstated in American politics that he who frames the debate wins the argument.

    What does it tell you when the media continually frames the debate into a false equivalence of “both sides do it” when talking about finding solutions to America’s problems?

    The fact of the matter is that both sides AREN’T doing it, and the media is perpetuating this lie over and over.
    Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein–neither of whom could be accurately described as bleeding heart liberals–wrote a book on just how extreme the Republican Party has become and tellingly, not one of the mainstream Sunday shows would book them to discuss it, although Mann and Ornstein have numerous previous appearances to their credit. Oh, but they have room to book John McCain over and over.

    Mann and Ornstein point out something that won’t be said on any other show: the Republicans are vastly abusing the filibuster, for no other reason than to reflexively obstruct anything that might be perceived as a victory for the president:



  55. June 3, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I don’t even watch CNN at all any more, but if I happen to be flipping thru the channels and hesitate on CNN for a minute, someone there is asking someone else if Wi. Dems are really disappointed that Obama isn’t there. Every time. This is a constant push by CNN——I am real suspicious of this refrain. If things don’t go as we deeply hope, I think many in the media wanted Obama there so they could pronounce the election over.

    • 241 ChristiMTL
      June 3, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      Of course they are pushing it..the media would love for the President to go in Wi, hoping for a big win for Walker……you can imagine how it would be spin 24/7 after.

      It’s just a game for them,….

      • 242 kasai
        June 3, 2012 at 7:51 pm

        I know Christi…If PBO went to WI..and Walker lost…they would say “We made Him Do it” If Walker wins..they would say” Is all PBO’s fault” Sick of ’em.

        • June 3, 2012 at 8:26 pm

          Believe me, POB is smarter than all of these ‘low information getters’ and ‘gossip carriers’. POB is always twenty steps or more ahead of these foolish people. Always remember that. He does not waste the peoples’ time. He is a focused President. I am now rereading “Obama’s Brain.” which is a very interesting read. I would suggest it as a good reminder of who we are dealing with as our very capable President.HZ

          • 244 kasai
            June 3, 2012 at 8:33 pm

            Thank you HZ…I am never worried, because I know we have the GREATEST LEADER ever:-)

          • 245 taiping1
            June 3, 2012 at 11:20 pm

            It’s a great book as is “Reading Obama”: an insight into how focused President Obama is on obtaining results rather than simply clinging to rhetoric and ideology. If you’re starving half a loaf is better than nothing.

  56. 246 whatisworking
    June 3, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    If you havent already signed the Violence Against Women petition – you can do it here


  57. 247 Bill
    June 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Tiger Woods won Jack Nicklaus’s golf tournament today and tied him for number of victories with 73.

    • 248 globalcitizenlinda
      June 3, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      live a short drive from Nicklaus’s golf were the Memorial Tournament was held – for once the weather coorporated (limited rain) and people were happy to get a good show from the golf pros.

      Congratulations Tiger! You made a mess of your personal and professional life, sank to the lows and I suspect you have learned a lot and grown up to rebuild personal and professional life. second chances?

      • 249 desertflower
        June 3, 2012 at 7:11 pm

        It was actually a nice day in Columbus today? It’s NEVER nice for this tournament, if I remember correctly:) UA?

        • 250 globalcitizenlinda
          June 3, 2012 at 7:16 pm

          yes, it is usually very rainy and they have to interrupt the tournament but not this time. Sat and Sun were mid-temp (in the 70s) with a cool breeze – very comfortable weather for all and maybe a light jacket for some; rain came part thurs and frid.

          the sun is still out – hard to believe

          • 251 desertflower
            June 3, 2012 at 7:22 pm

            Just got off the phone with my stepdad in Gahanna…and my sister’s there too…though she’s moving to U Arlington to be closer to her job soon:) Glad you all had nice weather for this big day!

  58. 252 Ladyhawke
    June 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Wisconsin Democrats Call on Scott Walker to Produce Exoneration Evidence


    A day after Scott Walker made an artful denial of wrongdoing and muddied his status as a target of prosecution, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin on Sunday released a letter to Scott Walker calling on Walker to produce evidence he had been exonerated in federal and state criminal corruption probes that already have resulted in 15 felony charges, 13 grants of immunity and two guilty pleas.
    Walker, who is the first governor in Wisconsin history with a criminal defense fund, has hid behind secrecy rules of the John Doe criminal corruption probe and has given a battery of self-serving denials.
    It is standard practice for high-profile figures involved in criminal investigations to seek – and be granted – letters of exoneration by prosecutors.

    “If Scott Walker is not a target of any federal or state prosecution, he is obligated to the people of Wisconsin to provide them with this evidence before they decide to hire or fire him on Tuesday,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Sunday.

    “A reasonable person should have deep worries about Scott Walker’s culpability in the crimes alleged. THE ONLY way Wisconsin will know for certain is if he provides letters of exoneration from the state and federal prosecutors who have overseen this investigation.”



  59. June 3, 2012 at 6:59 pm

  60. 256 Ladyhawke
    June 3, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Mitt Romney forgets he is not running against a Unites States senator, he’s running against a sitting president with experience governing and getting things done. Romney on the other hand can say he was a CEO businessman with an MBA and the lackluster governor of MA.

    By the way, the first MBA president was President George W. Bush. And we all know what that MBA got us. It may take decades to clean up the wreckage he left behind after 8 years in office. As President Bill Clinton has said, Mitt Romney is GWB on steroids.



    If Mitt Romney is arguing that a president should have executive experience, how can you beat having served one term as president?


    • 257 desertflower
      June 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      Answer: You can’t beat it. Can’t get any more in the way of experience than all he’s done. See my post with link below:)

  61. 258 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 3, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    “I am the 99 Percent”


  62. 262 desertflower
    June 3, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Let’s just review what this great man has gotten done in three short years. This is SO IMPORTANT for EVERYONE to see and compare the alternative to. Of course, it would be nice if we GOT to compare…because Romney has said so little/or changed his mind about what his plans would be. We DO know that he signed the Norquist Pledge, never to raise taxes for ANY reason, we do know that he supports Paul Ryan’s budget that would basically get rid of Medicare and Medicaid…or at least make them unrecognizable to anyone. We know that he would GET RID of Planned Parenthood, appoint conservative SC justices that would finally put a stake through the heart of privacy protections for women and their healthcare, and make abortions illegal again. We know that he would give more giant tax breaks to the wealthy at the expense of the middle class, AND keep the Bush tax cuts. Enlarge the military, even though it already has a bloated budget that the military itself even says that they don’t need half the stuff they have.

    And then, there’s PBO and HIS direction:


    Read, send it, Tweet it, email it. Over and over and over again. LIV take longer than most to get a clue……

    • 263 desertflower
      June 3, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Oh…an INCREASE the deficit they say they hate….unless they’re in charge….then “deficits don’t matter!” If he embraced the Ryan Budget, then he has embraced debts and deficit spending…..

    • 264 Zekke Lydonna
      June 3, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      Romney want to increase military spending, NOT for the TROOPS, but for Military Contractors.

  63. 265 kasai
    June 3, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    @HowardFineman Is one that believes in rumors as his “sources” until it’s officially denied.

  64. June 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm

  65. 270 kasai
    June 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    @Mozi_N @HowardFineman So sick of “His Sources” his just another HuffPuff money grabbing backstabber.

    • 271 ChristiMTL
      June 3, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      There’s one thing I noticed about Chris Matthews…..he always compliments Howard Fineman …”most trusted, the best of the best, the great Howard Fineman…….

      He doesn’t need anything to inflate is gigantic ego,…

  66. 272 kasai
    June 3, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    • 275 Ladyhawke
      June 3, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      COMMON CAUSE LAWSUIT – Fix the Filibuster

      The Senate’s filibuster rule (Rule XXII) was designed to encourage full and careful debate, preventing the majority from steamrolling bills into law. In practice, the rule allows a minority – just 41 of the 100 senators — to stifle debate, not just slowing down the majority but blocking it altogether.

      Once a rarely used maneuver to allow extended debate, the filibuster is now routinely used to block debate on hundreds of critical issues and nominations. Federal action on the major issues of the day – from tackling the student loan debt crisis, to revitalizing the economy, to requiring disclosure of campaign spending and filling court vacancies – being held up in the U.S. Senate by a filibuster rule that is unconstitutional and was never contemplated by the nation’s founders.

      Common Cause believes filibuster abuse is a big reason why most Americans are frustrated with Congress and believe that the “government no longer works” for average citizens. Common Cause has filed a lawsuit charging that the Senate’s filibuster rule violates the core American principle of majority rule that lies at the heart of the U.S. Constitution.


  67. 276 kasai
    June 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm

  68. 277 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 3, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Spelling FAIL # 2 ….


  69. 286 kasai
    June 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm

  70. 287 Linda
    June 3, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    I am a book TV addict…

    Tonight at 9 PM on c-span 2 will be a conversation about Exxon Mobile ” Private Power ” I highly recommend it……basically .. They have Global Power and no one messes with them.

    The CEO is a Libertarian and Ayn Rand fan.

  71. 288 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 3, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    It’s way past time ….


  72. 290 kasai
    June 3, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Republicans plot to steal White House

    There’s a fiendish cleverness in perpetrating a fraud in broad daylight, at the same time as you tell the people that it must be done to guard against – you guessed it – fraud.

    The reality of voter fraud in the US is that it is virtually non-existent. It has been known to happen, but studies reveal its probability is less than that of being struck by lightning – just 0.0009 per cent in Washington State and a very remote 0.00004 per cent in Ohio.

    So welcome to the state of Florida, where the state emblem is the hanging chad. Remember, it was here that just 537 votes in the recount drama of 2000 threw the presidency to George W. Bush.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/republicans-plot-to-steal-white-house-20120602-1zofk.html#ixzz1wmDnYC7H

  73. June 3, 2012 at 7:49 pm

  74. June 3, 2012 at 7:51 pm

  75. June 3, 2012 at 7:53 pm

  76. 295 criquet
    June 3, 2012 at 7:57 pm

  77. 296 kasai
    June 3, 2012 at 7:58 pm

  78. 297 hopefruit2
    June 3, 2012 at 8:04 pm

  79. 303 hopefruit2
    June 3, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    • 304 desertflower
      June 3, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      I would have said “Children are born perfect. Adults screw them up” But that would be too snarky…..

      “Obama” from a child….sad.

      • 305 hopefruit2
        June 3, 2012 at 8:18 pm

        Yes, it is sad. And that little boy is going to grow up to be very embarrassed to see that his learned disrespect towards the first AA president is all Twittered up for the public record.

        • 306 Chi
          June 3, 2012 at 10:16 pm

          Matt Romney’s 4 year old son is in for a whole world of hurt sadly…

          Besides the fact that granddad will not be ‘beating Obama’, the little lad is clearly being raised true to the Romney family tradition of a warped sense of entitlement, a callous and self-absorbed outlook on life that insists that for whatever reason, the world owes you…

          Obviously the juvenile and sorry gene that carries the glib ‘it’s our turn’ attitude, runs deeply within every generation of the warped and weird Romney family…

          Take a moment to compare and contrast Matt Romney’s son with the video of the Obama daughters from during the 2008 campaign and you understand what incredible parents President and Mrs Obama are and what impeccable values they are passing on to their daughters…unlike the Romneys…

          We must nip little Matt Romney jr.’s unfortunate overblown sense of entitlement in the bud once and for all…

    • 307 ChristiMTL
      June 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      No way…..good grief….I don’t even know what to say

    • 309 0388jojothecat
      June 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      Obviously that child has not met Robme yet….he should talk to the other babies and small children that come into contact with Robme v Obama.

      • 310 hopefruit2
        June 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm

        He’s Robme’s grandson – and he’s been carefully indoctrinated to be disrespectful towards our first AA President who has been VERY respectful to the Romney family.

        You would NEVER find PBO or FLOTUS tweeting that Sasha, Malia or PBO’s little 3-yr old niece asked them “Have you beaten Romney yet?” It’s just plain inappropriate and distasteful.

        • 311 ChristiMTL
          June 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm

          Oh that’s a very good point Hope and so true…they would never do something like that….

    • 312 ChristiMTL
      June 3, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      I just saw the perfect reply on Twitter

      Glenn Trieff ‏@GlennTrieff

      @Matt_Romney – he’s gonna ask him at Christmas time too..

    • 315 lamh35
      June 3, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      Really, really, the first thing on a damn 4 year old’s mind it Barack freakn’ Obama???

      Oh please. What galls me is that Michelle Obama and POTUS go out of their way to say nothing but nice things about the extended Romney family. Would Michelle or Barack ever say that Malia or Sash asked them when they are gonna beat Romney???

      All the interviews I’ve seen with Michelle, she always says she and Barack try to shield the girls from the nastiness as much as they can while at hom

    • 319 Ladyhawke
      June 3, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      The Republican Party “Culture of Viciousness” is apparently rubbing off on their children. On second thought, since Mitt Romney lies 24X7, I don’t even believe this swill. Sounds like somebody must be putting words in the kids mouth. Very strange indeed.

    • 320 globalcitizenlinda
      June 3, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      arrogant fool!

      someone needs to remind these entitled biggots that they will never occupy the White House!!!

    • 323 globalcitizenlinda
      June 3, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      snark is needed here:

      hey matt romney, entitled fool that you are, you do not recognize that your disrespectful tweet actually reveals that EVEN YOUR OWN SON is more interested in President Obama than in his fake, hair-cutting bullying and perpetual liar grandpa?

  80. 324 desertflower
    June 3, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    “If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar.” – Abraham Lincoln #RecallWalker #WIunion #WIrecall #p2 #1u
    Reply Retweet Favorite

    Labors ARE America!!! WE power this country! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

  81. 328 Liberal Librarian
    June 3, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Something of which I have to remind myself constantly.

  82. 330 desertflower
    June 3, 2012 at 8:31 pm



    Romney Camp Defends Poor Jobs Record: He Inherited A Bad Situation

    Wait! For a small state like MA…not an ENTIRE COUNTRY…..no, wait….PBO had a WORLD ECONOMY AT RISK!!! OMG….you just can’t make this up. If this is all he has, he’s toast.

    • 331 ChristiMTL
      June 3, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      Oh I’m going to tweet that,..

    • 332 0388jojothecat
      June 3, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      WOW,even after giving tax cuts and raising fees/taxes, and enacting almost universal healthcare,Robme STILL flunked at Governor…hahahahaha

    • June 3, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      He is just conflating what the President is saying.
      It’s actually not true and just trying to confuse voters.
      Say what Obama is saying, yeah, people will not know the difference if mock him.

    • June 4, 2012 at 1:58 am

      Romney Camp Defends Poor Jobs Record: He Inherited A Bad Situation

      Isn’t that his specialty? If he’s the businessman/turnaround guy that he claims to be, then he would have been in his element. Mitt finallly admitted he doesn’t have what it takes to turn an economy around.

  83. 336 desertflower
    June 3, 2012 at 8:39 pm


    To spell this out: high corporate profits and low levels of job growth are two sides of the same coin. If things were working properly right now, companies would take their excess revenues and use them to hire more people. Instead, they’re basically just letting those excess revenues sit on their balance sheets as cash because they’re scared to invest in themselves. It’s frankly pathetic.

    The solution, as Salmon notes, is really simple:

    The government can borrow at 1.45%: it should do so, in vast quantities, and invest that money back into the economy itself. Take a few hundred billion dollars and use it to fix our broken infrastructure, to re-hire all those laid-off teachers and firefighters, to provide some kind of safety net for the millions of Americans who have been out of work for more than a year. Even if the real long-term return on any stimulus package was zero, the nominal long-term return would be well over 1.45%, making the investment worthwhile.

    But that’s, like, the Planet Earth solution, one that normal earthlings would pursue. Here in Washington, we have Republicans to reckon with.

    This says to me that the RWNJ argument doesn’t hold water.

  84. 337 Ladyhawke
    June 3, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    THE AMAZING ELIZABETH WARREN (Scott Brown’s worst nightmare)

    Elizabeth Warren for MA | MA Democratic Convention

    • 338 Dudette
      June 3, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      That is a big beautiful bubbling pot of AWESOME sauce!!

    • June 3, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      Elizabeth easily beat her Democratic challenger, Marisa De Franco, getting an amazing 95% of the total delegate votes and will be the only Democratic candidate on the ballot. I am proud to say that one of these votes was mine. In fact, our local delegation reported 100% for Elizabeth Warren. Governor Patrick gave one of the most impassioned speeches I have ever heard and set the tone for the convention. He had formally endorsed Elizabeth three days before the convention.

  85. 340 desertflower
    June 3, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I find them all SO condescending and smug

    ROMNEY ADVISER: WOMEN’S HEALTH ISSUES ARE ‘SHINY OBJECTS’ THAT ‘DISTRACT’ VOTERS | Despite spending the GOP’s contested primary accusing President Obama for waging “an assault on religion,” flyering voters in Iowa with pamphlets that touted a “pro-life” agenda, and pledging to defund Planned Parenthood, Mitt Romney’s senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom insisted that the general election should eschew social issues. Fehrnstrom also accused Democrats of using women’s reproductive health as “shiny objects” to avoid discussing the economy. “Mitt Romney is pro-life,” he told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. “He’ll govern as a pro-life president, but you’re going to see the Democrats use all sorts of shiny objects to distract people’s attention from the Obama performance on the economy. This is not a social issue election.”

    • 341 Ladyhawke
      June 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      I can’t stop laughing. This is projection pure and simple. The Republicans are the masters of of “Look At That Shiny Object”. They thrive on shiny objects because they have no substance. No seriousness of purpose. And the thread that runs through all GOP political discourse is dishonesty. That makes Mitt Romney the perfect person to lead the party of pathological liars.

    • 342 Zekke Lydonna
      June 3, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      Those ‘shiny objects’ might be larger than they appear. Teehee.

  86. 343 Ladyhawke
    June 3, 2012 at 9:01 pm


    Grover Norquist Whines About Jeb Bush Abandoning The Anti-Tax Pledge (VIDEO)

    By Stephen D. Foster Jr. – June 3, 2012


    Grover Norquist is an unelected official who doesn’t care that a majority of Americans want to raise taxes. This makes Mitt Romney all the more dangerous because he will be controlled by Norquist. This is, of course, what Norquist has always wanted after all. During a CPAC speech earlier this year Norquist suggested that conservatives elect a President who will be a puppet. If Mitt Romney is elected President, the will of the American people won’t matter because Norquist will be the puppet master.



    • 344 0388jojothecat
      June 3, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Jeb Bush might say he’ll abandon the pledge but when has any Republican kept their word?

      • 345 EricFive
        June 3, 2012 at 10:42 pm

        Jeb probably learned from his father that it is dangerous to promise not to raise taxes (remember Papa Bush’s “read my lips” fiasco). Jeb seems to be somewhat of a realist and knows that taxes on the wealthy have to raised and the status quo in not sustainable if one cares one bit about the fiscal health of this country.

  87. 346 lamh35
    June 3, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Alrighty TOD, time for Drop Dead Diva…see ya’ll on the flip side.

  88. 348 desertflower
    June 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Thank you so much, Smartypants. I’d like to dedicate this, on this day, to Matt Romney



  89. 349 hopefruit2
    June 3, 2012 at 9:10 pm


    // As the right wing increases its efforts to turn back time and force us back into the past with concerted drives to restrict voter registration and disenfranchise those of us who are already registered, new efforts are being mounted to fight back.

    The same way that black church leaders played a key role in voter registration during the civil rights movement of the sixties, once again they will step up to the pulpit, move their congregations to get out the vote and join efforts to push back against repressive restrictions. //


    • 350 globalcitizenlinda
      June 3, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      these right wingers forget the price that was paid in order to get black people the right to vote

      • 351 Ladyhawke
        June 3, 2012 at 9:42 pm

        Fannie Lou Hamer: Speech To The DNC 1964

        Fannie Lou Hamer: Speech To The DNC 1964. I made this video because no one had a video of this important speech. Never forget these brave americans who fought to be first class citizens.


    • 355 Ladyhawke
      June 3, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      OWN YOUR VOTE (Remember the 2010 midterms)

      Thanks HF, this makes my heart sing. My dream is that the Republican Party voter disenfranchisement efforts will do the opposite of what they intended. The more Americans get outraged at this assault on our democracy the better. Everyone in the country who is eligible to vote should be registered. And they should exercise this precious right to vote at the polls in November. No one can afford to stand on the sidelines this time. The future of the country is hanging in the balance.

    • 356 0388jojothecat
      June 3, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      We need to include Hispanics and all women because the GOP wants to disenfranchise these groups too. We need to include all the groups the GOP has attacked in the past four years…muslims, hispanics, blacks, gays and women….then the Republicans and tea party will be only something you see at the Smithsonian.

  90. 357 globalcitizenlinda
    June 3, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Mattromeny – who ever you are:

    starting preparing your son for the disappointment because your bullying liar dad will NEVER beat PRESIDENT Obama

  91. 359 amk for obama
    June 3, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    I see that the murderer zimmerman is back in jail. Didn’t he waive the right for fast track trial ? Good. Let him rot in jail

    • 360 hopefruit2
      June 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      Yup. Karma…Karma….Ms. Karma is going to be busy this year….very busy…

      • 361 0388jojothecat
        June 3, 2012 at 9:56 pm

        Yep, the dumb ass while he jail with knowledge that all calls are recorded, told his wife to move the money he received from the online defense fund between various accounts and put his 2nd passport in a safe place. If it were not for those taped calls he would be getting away with murder. Now his character is being questioned that everything he says can not be trusted. He has to go before the judge and esplain himself.

  92. 362 amk for obama
    June 3, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Sh chips went awol today ?

    • 363 hopefruit2
      June 3, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Sundays are always busy for Chips! 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • 364 0388jojothecat
        June 3, 2012 at 9:48 pm

        Yeah, Chips played a little hooky from work yesterday and played more than she worked, so she’s probably doing double duty catch up.

  93. 365 amk for obama
    June 3, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Chips site suggestion – How about putting up the twitter handles of the all media outlets, hacks and pundtwits (probably as a link on the right hand side) so that we can access them easily ?

    • 366 ChristiMTL
      June 3, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      Great suggestion amk….there’s many handles I know by heart, the usual suspects….but there’s many I have to look for…..it would save some time for sure,…..

    • 367 Ladyhawke
      June 3, 2012 at 9:51 pm


      This is a good resource. You can select your state and get Address, phone, fax, editor, weather, and facebook information. It includes Major News Twitter Feeds


    • 368 whatisworking
      June 3, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      I have a PCO Twitter team page that i would love to add names to.


    • 370 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 3, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      Good suggestion, amk. Here are a few (not all hacks) ….

      @rolandsmartin @markknoller @Peggynoonannyc @joanwalsh @Salon @FareedZakaria @CatherineCrier @CharlesMBlow @Eugene_Robinson @ScottMcGrew @MitchellReports @EJDionne @BuzzFeedAndrew @Morning_Joe @randiradio @JoeNBC @maddow @edshow @Lawrence @hardball_chris @NYTimeskrugman @NickKristof @NYTimesfriedman @jaketapper @chucktodd @edhenrytv @AlexWitt @KellyO @davidgregory @MichaelEDyson @TheRevAl @BobSchieffer @CapehartJ @SteveBenen @sullydish @DavidCornDC @ThePlumLineGS @MHarrisPerry @tamronhall @davidfrum @andersoncooper @YellinCNN @upwithChris @georgefwill @howardfineman @ezraklein @JoeKleinTime @RollingStone @NewYorker @TheNation @ThisWeekABC @BashirLive @WolfBlitzerCNN @DanaBashCNN


  94. 373 criquet
    June 3, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Can you believe these arrogant,entitled people?
    But it also smacks of spin to help the gullible public accept lots of odd results in those states where Voter ID laws are under attack or changed.

    • 374 hopefruit2
      June 3, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Then when Obama eviscerates his arse in November, they’ll accuse him of rigging the election. #FRAUDS!!

    • 375 Ladyhawke
      June 3, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      If it’s so easy, then why do they need the Koch Brothers, Chamber of Commerce, Wall Street, Karl Rove Crossroads GPS, multiple GOP pacs and so many anonymous billionaire donors to get the job done?

    • 376 Cha
      June 3, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      Willard campaign LIES their damn a$$ off..how don’t care how much MHP says he’s a nice guy.

      • 377 Zekke Lydonna
        June 4, 2012 at 3:25 am

        Truly. Why does any democrat keep pretending Romney has character and integrity? He is a documented pathological Liar. What citizen, legislator, foreign government could ever TRUST this man? Sometimes I feel like I fell down the rabbit hole. Lying out your ass seems to be an acceptable form of campaigning.

    • 378 EricFive
      June 3, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      Only the insecure feel the need to brag and boast. Mitt is trying to convince both himself and the general public that he stands a chance in hell of beating PBO in November. As a result we get tweets about his 4 year old grandson wondering why he hasn’t beat “Obama” yet and news stories about how confident Mitt’s campaign is of his victory. Its all spin and bullshit, which seems to be all Mitt is capable of.

  95. 379 amk for obama
    June 3, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Jeebus. Is this there no level that these crooks stoop to ?

  96. 381 trinisamba
    June 3, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    There is so much information here. You TODers are absolutely A-M-AZ-I-N-G. I wish I could tweet. I signed up a few weeks ago then came off. I am “Twitter Challenged”…………..I was totally confused. I need Twitter lessons.

  97. 383 hopefruit2
    June 3, 2012 at 10:06 pm

  98. 384 hopefruit2
    June 3, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Here’s Sarah Jessica Parker’s ad for PBO’s re-election 🙂 Enjoy!

  99. June 3, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Bloomberg just leaked that the President asked Him to be head of the World Bank and He turned it down. Despite that fact that Bloomberg listed that as one of His Dream Jobs.
    So, why the leak? Strange, on a lot of fronts?

    • 393 hopefruit2
      June 3, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      He leaked it because he needed to say a sentence with the name “Obama” in it! Barack Obama is on everyone’s mind 24/7 – even Willard’s 4-yr old grandson.

    • 394 anniebella
      June 3, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      Don’t they already have someone in place? Maybe Bloomberg is trying to change the subject alittle bit, you know Bloomberg is trying to tell people they can drink those big super size sodas anymore and I’m sure people don’t like that, so we’ll get them talking about something else for awhile, what can we get them to talk about, oh how about the President asking me to be the head of the world bank. And I said no thanks. We are talking about the N.Y. Mayor, aren’t we?.

    • June 3, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      Considering who PBO finally chose, I find that hard to believe.

      • 398 Chi
        June 3, 2012 at 11:52 pm


        Never has there been a starker difference…

        Makes Bloomberg’s claim extremely unbelievable…but that never stopped the perpetually self-serving, self-promoting, grandstanding Bloomberg…

        Narcissism: quite the affliction…

        And so many that suffer from it have been smoked out of their holes since President Obama’s time in office…

  100. June 3, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    9:45 AM
    Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.
    12:30 PM
    Carney briefs the press.
    3:25 PM
    Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews.
    3:40 PM
    Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route New York City.
    4:00 PM
    Biden travels to Miami, Florida to deliver the commencement address to Cypress Bay High School graduates at Marlins Park.
    4:35 PM
    Obama arrives in New York City.
    5:20 PM
    Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event.
    8:25 PM
    Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event.
    9:35 PM
    Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event.
    11:20 PM
    Obama departs New York City en route Joint Base Andrews.

  101. 401 desertflower
    June 3, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I have to wonder if the Republican Party could be paying off journalists to say what they want to promote….like they used to do in the Bush Admin………


    • 402 Dudette
      June 3, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      I remember when this came out. Williams is a slimeball from way back. And since it’s clear there really no longer much that’s honorable in the journalism profession, I wouldn’t be surprised that it’s happening now either.

  102. 403 desertflower
    June 3, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    For those of you that didn’t read the entire McCain opposition research from 2008…Political Carnival has posted a little sneak peek (she that Romney, THAT’S how you spell it!) There was a reason McCain didn’t want the backlash, or have to try and defend this bozo!!!



    State spending increased at well over rate of inflation under Romney’s watch, estimated at 24% – more than$5 billion – over Romney’s final three years.

    Under Romney, Massachusetts dramatically underperformed the rest of the nation in terms of job growth.

    Romney has been criticized by experts for failing to deliver on issues of business development and economic growth after selling himself as the “CEO governor.”

    2006 report issued by quasi-public Massachusetts Technology Collaborative warned the state was losing its grip as leader in “innovation economy” and that tech job was alarmingly slow.

    Romney left his successor to fill a budget deficit exceeding $1 billion.

    Romney raised state fees and taxes more than $700 million per year, according to independent experts.

    Romney raised fees by roughly $500 million in his first year alone, a figure that was highest in the nation.

    Romney quadrupled gun licensing fees and raised fees on first responders, real estate transactions, the blind, golfers and many others.

    Massachusetts’ state and local tax burden rose more than 7% during Romney’s administration.

    Romney refused to endorse the Bush tax cuts in 2003, telling the state’s all-Democrat congressional delegation he wouldn’t be a cheerleader for the plan.

    Romney implemented three rounds of tax changes (which he referred to as “closing loopholes”) which increased business taxes by an estimated $400 million per year.

    Massachusetts’ corporate tax climate now ranks 47th in the nation, according to the Tax Foundation.

    Romney proposed – then backed away from – a new internet tourism tax that would levy higher taxes on users of sites like Orbitz and Travelocity.

    Romney enrolled Massachusetts in multistate compact aiming to end moratorium on internet sales taxes.

    Romney took no position on estate tax issue in 2002 and signed 50% increase in state cremation fee, which observers called “hidden tax on the dead.”

    According to that list alone, there should be plenty of bipartisan disdain for Willard to go around… including from those pesky “observers,” whoever they were.

    The next topic on the Top Hits list was “Foreign Policy” under which the very first entry was, and I quote:

    “Romney has no foreign policy experience.”

    But we already knew that.

    I think we should read the entire thing…I’ll have to go back over it again, I’ve read it once already….

    • 404 desertflower
      June 3, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      Just one more little morsel…..from my post above… (complete link to OP File is there if you missed the one that a TOD’er posted here earlier) Now…the morsel….

      “Bain Capital, the private equity firm that made Romney his fortune, currently owns a chemicals and paint company called Sigma Kalon that operates an office in Tehran.“

      Thank you, John McCain, for providing hours of fascinating reading.

      I should send Gramps a thank you…

  103. 407 globalcitizenlinda
    June 3, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Okay for those who want to join in amplyfiying PBO’s message maybe we can focus on this for the next 24 hours and contact all kinds of media outlets and other free platforms :

    (a) Why aren’t you media outlets give the people the facts of mitt the bullying liar’s record of job destruction while governor of MA?

    (b) Question for mitt the bullying perpetual liar: What wouls you have done in Jan 2009 to create jobs and what specifically will you do?

    (c) Boner and McConnell and all eleceted republicans, you said in 2010 that you are going to focus on jobs, jobs, jobs, how many jobs bills have you passed since you were elected?

  104. 408 kasai
    June 3, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    I’ve been tweetin the Media all day long!

  105. 410 Dudette
    June 3, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Hi Everyone! Been away for a while — both from home and politics (just needed a break).

    Thought I’d pass some news on to my fellow naughty mat crew that President Obama is on the July issue of Essence magazine. He’s looking oh-so-phoine, I might add. It’s not on the website yet — got mine in the mail. this weekend Good article entitled “Looking Forward” by Gwen Ifill of PBS, where she interviews him about plans for improving the economy, our heath, homes and the future and “why he’s excited about the next four years.” I like that last part. 🙂

    Gorgeous pictures of him accompany the article. One in particular shows the President with Sasha and Malia that’ll make you gasp at how much the girls have grown up.

    Plus there’s a separate piece where First Lady Michelle Obama writes a special salute to our military familes. That’s followed by profiles of some returning soldiers and reunions with their families. Get the tissue ready for that article.

    There’s an interesting “Champion of Diversity” profile of FBI Assistant Director, Security Division, Jennifer S. Love, highest ranking African American woman in the agency.

    AND… there’s an exclusive excerpt from the latest novel by Nobel Laureate and recent Presidential Medal of Freedom Honoree,Toni Morrison.

    I have way too many magazine subscriptions, most of which I barely have time to read, but …WOW, the July 2012 issue of Essence will definitely NOT be collecting dust on the coffee table for a change! 🙂

    • 411 desertflower
      June 3, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      Sounds WONDERFUL!! I’ll be on the lookout for that:) We’ve missed you….don’t be a stranger, those mats are getting cold!

      • 412 Dudette
        June 3, 2012 at 11:33 pm

        Thanks df! Missed you too. Just from scrolling up to read the comments on this post alone, I see there’s been a lot going on. Gonna take me a while to catch up.

    • June 4, 2012 at 1:11 am

      I can’t wait for this issue – definitely will be on the lookout.

  106. 415 desertflower
    June 3, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Anyone know anything about this?? http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/06/03/2830794/how-obama-aided-and-abetted-scotts.html

    Someone might need a good Tweetin’

  107. 416 amk for obama
    June 3, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    • 417 Dudette
      June 3, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      Ah, but name another country that has President Barack Obama and I might consider moving there. 🙂

  108. 418 amk for obama
    June 3, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    If all the frigging dems turn up, walker is toast.

  109. 419 sabreen60
    June 3, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    • 420 Dudette
      June 3, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      Thank you! Definitely an article that I’d like to rub in a few people’s faces.

    • 421 hopefruit2
      June 3, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      Thanks sabreen60. Retweeted!!!

    • 422 globalcitizenlinda
      June 4, 2012 at 12:14 am

      he is not playing!

    • 423 globalcitizenlinda
      June 4, 2012 at 6:28 am

      in addition to all the issues cited in the article, Capehart should also have mentioned the biggest ones namely health care and education reform. these are two issues that are especially critical to addressing a major impediment to the progress of AA and who can say that PBO has ignored these?

  110. 424 amk for obama
    June 3, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    • 425 anniebella
      June 3, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      I’m not from Wisconsin, but I will be watching as if I was right there.Let’s give the Koch Brothers a big kick up there rich filthy nasty butts.

    • 426 globalcitizenlinda
      June 4, 2012 at 12:12 am

      Barrett should take a campaign bus throughout WI in the remaining hours and argue Dems to come out and vote.

      I cannot believe the laziness of some voters whose very livelihood is on the line if the thug walker is re-elected!

  111. 427 globalcitizenlinda
    June 4, 2012 at 12:23 am

    WI recall,

    has anyone heard how the outreach to GOTV has been to Urban Radio and minority voters?

    I have not heard ANY walker-recall talk on the nationally-syndicated Urban Radio Network I personally listen to.

    the only thing I have seen is the comments above which focus on Mr Jesse Jackson’s stumping for Barrett and the lack of representation of blacks in the polls

  112. 428 sabreen60
    June 4, 2012 at 12:27 am

    We know MTP is now squarely in the pocket of the Repubs. If you are on Twitter, please Retweet.


    • June 4, 2012 at 1:00 am

      I am afraid to ask. How did Deval Patrick do on MTP?
      Gregory only has Democrats on that like Bain, or have been involved with Private equity in their past.
      It’s obvious what he is doing, And it stinks!

  113. 430 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 4, 2012 at 2:15 am

    Dear Chips,

    Regarding the F. Harris hit piece on President Obama and J Capehart’s eloquent response these two tweets are my humble effort to bring attention the issue …


  114. June 4, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Tweedy is on Morning Joe and wants us all to throw ourselves off a Bridge.
    He says, just find the tallest Bridge and scream Geronimo!
    What a Joke!!!
    LOL! Really?
    Look, I don’t know what the media is up to, but MSNBainC is a Fricking Joke.

    • 432 globalcitizenlinda
      June 4, 2012 at 8:10 am

      political pundist think that this election is just a source of money and amusement for them. real lives are at stake for many of us

      • June 4, 2012 at 8:21 am

        The media is looking for excuses to be for Robney, hence Dowd’s article yesterday.
        We are going to have to do this thing ourselves.
        Its almost game time, and with everything that has happened the President is either tied or ahead.
        That is good!

  115. June 4, 2012 at 7:39 am

    WASHINGTON–The assault on Mitt Romney’s job creation record while governor of Massachussetts continues in an ad released Monday by the Obama campaign for use in nine battleground states. The spot is titled “heard it all before.”
    The spot comes after Obama was hit with the May unemployment numbers out on Friday–with only 69,000 jobs created and unemployment up from 8.1 percent in April to 8.2 percent in May.
    The Obama campaign on the new ad: “Mitt Romney ran for governor of Massachusetts promising more jobs, decreased debt, and smaller government. By the time Romney left office, state debt had increased, the size of government had grown, and Massachusetts had fallen behind almost every other state in job creation. Romney economics didn’t work then, and it won’t work now.”


  116. 436 globalcitizenlinda
    June 4, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Lesson for all which should be obvious by this time: President Obama is at his best when people think they have placed him in a tight corner and his back is against the wall.

    Team Obama is moving on and leaving the critics behind – see you at the nation’s capitol steps in 2013 as PBO is shown in for second term

  117. June 4, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Tweety is on the Today Show talking nonsense—–with all kinds of stupid baseball analogy—–Obama is the “pitcher on the mound” and people are starting to doubt whether he still has it——with reference to the job numbers with no context. And this is my fave——which I’ve heard before——he said Obama needs to START talking about jobs and DO SOMETHING about it. No context, no mention of the stalled jobs bills, no mention of the complete GOP obstruction to every jobs initiative. Completely oblivious or unaware of Obama constantly talking about jobs and trying to DO SOMETHING about it. Maddening.

    • June 4, 2012 at 8:25 am

      The media is not on our side. It’s almost tine fir the President to start campaigning full time, the media will not be able to control the message as much, and they ate going for the kill now!

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