Rise and Shine

President Obama talks with staff along the Colonnade of the White House, June 5. Pictured, clockwise from the President, are: Jennifer Palmieri, Deputy Director of Communications; Chief of Staff Jack Lew; Dan Pfeiffer, Director of Communications; Senior Advisor David Plouffe; and Press Secretary Jay Carney (Pete Souza)


9:20: The President departs the White House

11:35: VP Biden speaks in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (CNN live streaming)

12:0: First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at campaign event in New York City

2:45: PBO arrives in San Francisco

3:15: Michelle Obama meets with Obama campaign volunteers from the Philadelphia area (CNN live streaming)

3:20 PBO Attends a campaign event at Landmark Tower, San Francisco (Closed Press)

5:15 Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco (Print Pool only)

6:15 Departs San Francisco

7:20: Arrives Los Angeles

10:15: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills (CNN live streaming)

11:55: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at a private Residence, Beverly Hills (Print Pool only)



Steve Benen: As the dust settles in Wisconsin, and the right basks in Gov. Scott Walker’s recall victory, the obvious question is coming to terms with how the incumbent managed to overcome the extensive grassroots opposition to his agenda and candidacy. There is, however, no great mystery here – consider this chart we aired on last night’s show.

…. Money doesn’t always translate into success, but …. this kind of enormous financial advantage meant the deck was stacked in the governor’s favor. Democrats, unions, and progressive activists gave it their all, but they ran into a juggernaut of conservative cash that proved to be too formidable.

…. the governor, his party, and his very wealthy allies have created a blueprint for other Republicans to follow elsewhere – crushing public-sector unions in order to destroy one of the pillars of the Democratic Party’s electoral foundation. If labor can’t organize, Democrats can’t compete.

Tom Barrett lost last night, but he wasn’t the only one.

Full post here


Charles Pierce on Wisconsin


Morning everyone

97 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Proud Former White House Intern
    June 6, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Great morning

    • 2 hopefruit2
      June 6, 2012 at 9:06 am

      G’morning Proud and congrats on #1 🙂

    • 4 Proud Former White House Intern
      June 6, 2012 at 9:38 am

      Chips I’m waiting…please!

      • June 6, 2012 at 9:57 am

        President Barack Obama makes his way to board Marine One June 6, 2012 on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC. Obama was headed to San Francisco and Los Angeles to attend campaign fundraisers.

        Sorry Proud!!

        • 6 Proud Former White House Intern
          June 6, 2012 at 10:06 am

          Thanks chips you are the best!

        • 7 smoothscotch
          June 6, 2012 at 9:30 pm

          Chips, whining here, but I didn’t get my picture from last nite for being first on the last thread of the nite.

          May I have my PRIZE please?

        • 8 utaustinliberal
          June 8, 2012 at 7:13 pm

          Wow. Marine One has the wrong spelling of ‘America.’ According to team Romney aka RMoney, it’s ‘Amercia.’

  2. 12 Suzette
    June 6, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Good morning all.

  3. 13 relellit
    June 6, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Good morning it’s great day.

    Congrats Proud Former White House Intern

    Everyone have a nice day. 🙂

  4. 14 pugeretto
    June 6, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Good morning, where is everyone?Hi & congrts Intern, Hi Africa & Chips!

  5. 15 overseasgranny
    June 6, 2012 at 8:51 am

    It’s OK, the Democrats took back the Wisconsin State Senate, and Walker is the John Doe that should be heading for jail. Not a bad night when all is taken into consideration.

  6. 20 Pamela
    June 6, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Yo, y’all!

  7. 22 pugeretto
    June 6, 2012 at 8:52 am

    We now march towards November with POB, FORWARD, have a good one TODs!

  8. 23 Me4obama
    June 6, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Morning TODville. Keep your eyes on the Prize & Press On until November. ObamaBiden 2012

  9. 26 TrumpDog
    June 6, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Makes me wonder if the Obama camp and DSC, DCC knew this was a loser all along, which was why they hesitated going all in….

    • 27 hopefruit2
      June 6, 2012 at 9:09 am

      I doubt it. The DNC put considerable resources in this election. I still maintain that the results were fraudulent. I will expand on this later but I have to get to work soon.

    • 28 Obama Grandmama
      June 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      I have always thought PBO believed in separation between Federal and State politics so stayed out of the state politics.

  10. June 6, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Good morning TOD FAMILY. Lots of reading to catch up. Keep moving FORWARD.

  11. 30 Chi
    June 6, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I was quite miffed this morning when a Matthew Rothschild a guest on the Bill Press show kept trying to make the recall results in Wisconsin, President Obama’s fault…

    It was predictable, but after a while I’d simply had enough and tried unsuccessfully to call into the program…

    So I shot off this e-mail:

    Could we just agree that Matthew Rothschild is indeed part of the Obama Hate Machine…

    I know it’s convenient to push the concept that the Obama hate is mostly from the right, but to be sure, there are quite a few to be found on the left as well…

    And some days it can be argued that you Bill bring them on your program and do a great job of firing them up and goading them on…

    Matt Rothschild in one breath bashed and blamed President Obama even though by his own admission, not he nor you could identify a single Democratic candidate you thought that might have pulled this off. Including the patron saint of “progressives” Russ Feingold, who Matt Rothschild endlessly made excuses for and even concluded that it was “insurmountable” for him and that he passed on running because he ‘saw no clear path to victory’…

    And this from the guy who was senior Senator from Wisconsin…and to hear progressives tell it, the guy who should have primaried President Obama…

    Alright then…

    Having said all this, how is it then that President Obama who so-called progressives like Mr. Rothschild openly disdain and insist is worthless to their cause, could have changed this outcome…

    You guys go on about Bill Clinton and his campaign prowess and yet even he failed to pull Barrett across the finish line…but make no mistake, if Barrett had squeaked out a win, you and the rest of the media would have spent the entire morning raving about and giving all credit to Bill Clinton..

    .But still bashing President Obama…

    A word of caution to Matthew Rothschild and his fellow anti-Obama progressives…

    You do not damage President Obama in isolation with your endless public attacks…

    You keep sending out these negative and demeaning messages about this hard working President and soon even self-identified Democrats will either tire of it and shut down or the low-information targets amongst them will simply just jump ship to the perceived ‘tougher’ and ‘united’ side.

    There is obviously a real problem with what people like Matthew Rothschild are doing and how they are going about it…

    And when and where they fail, the try to save face by blaming President Obama – the now routine default position for losers like Mr. Rothschild…

    If 39% of Union households, in spite of people like Matt Rothschild and the so-called “progressive” message, still support and voted for Scott Walker, then the failure is Matt’s and his fellow progressives’…

    They initiated, aided and abetted this mess in 2010, to show how just mad they were at President Obama for whatever warped and trumped up reason…and how they could damage him by causing people to stay home…

    Now the chickens are coming home to roost, and Matthew Rothschild is mad that President Obama won’t jump when and how he commands him to…?

    Many Democrats like myself are sick and tired of the constant and never ending attacks and insults heaped on President Obama and I think the Matthew Rothschild’s of the world will find out in time, just how long our memories really are…

    • 31 TrumpDog
      June 6, 2012 at 9:19 am

      Excellent letter!
      Glad I missed Bill Press. He’s another hair-on-fire commentator. I don’t think he’s any better than the rest of the Obama Hate Machine that he wrote about.
      By the way the president visited WI in 2010 and people voted Walker in anyway. But I suppose that was Obama’s fault somehow too…. 🙄

    • June 6, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Hiya Chi, great email about Rothschild. The guy is absolute poison, as sewer-like as Greenwald, Hamsher and the rest of the frauds. I have no doubt whatsoever that he celebrated last night’s result, despite all his public bleating. I can’t even begin to describe how much I loathe these people, way way more than I do the right.

    • 34 Pamela
      June 6, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Very well written, chi, articulated in detail and points well made. We must hope they are intelligent enough to grasp what you have told them! Thank you!

    • 35 amk for obama
      June 6, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Excellent chi. These faux progressives are there to undermine PBO and hand over the power to rethugs by default.

      • June 6, 2012 at 9:44 am

        Yes, thank you, chi. I heard him and wanted to scream and throw something. I didn’t have time to send an email……..on my weekly trip to see my mother. Thanks again. Agree with everything you said to him.

    • 37 Bill
      June 6, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Great email, Chi. Matthew Rothchild is editor of “The Progressive” magazine. His prior experience was working for Ralph Nader. I am becoming as skeptical of people who present themseves with the progressive label as the ones with conservative labels without addressing how to resolve real problems with reasonable and obtainable solutions.

    • 38 57andfemale
      June 6, 2012 at 10:39 am

      The latest b.s. is that everything would have been dandy if Feingold had won.

      Yeah right. Mr. Purity Feingold who is an alleged surrogate constantly scolding PBO for allowing a PAC. He lost his Senate seat in righteous indignation against negative campaigning. He loves being so pure.

    • June 6, 2012 at 10:54 am

      Well said, Chi. We are armed with a pen and the truth.

  12. June 6, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  13. 42 amk for obama
    June 6, 2012 at 9:26 am

    GM folks. Let’s refocus and move on.

  14. 43 Ladyhawke
    June 6, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Robert Greenwald ‏@robertgreenwald


    RT @borowitz The people have spoken, and they’re both named Koch. #Wisconsin #WIrecall #fb


  15. 44 carolyn
    June 6, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Like the rest of you, I was sad at the “win” of Scott Walker last night, but I am heartened by the gain of a state senate seat. This is where Dems MUST start. The Rethugs worked on this and that is why they have been successful in controlling the message and the legislation. Walker is a lame duck, and let’s see what transpires legally. People had all sorts of reasons for voting for Walker, most of which I would call silly rationalizations, but this is a good lesson for all of us, and we should use it as such. Don’t worry, the Obama campaign will slice and dice and figure this out.
    After the Paycheck Fairness vote I wrote my two truly dumb senators, Inhofe and Coburn and told them that in “honor” of their vote, I would be making donations to President Obama, and two women: Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and soon-to-be Senator Warren of Massachusetts I thanked them for showing me exactly what they thought of me and all other women. So…….we need to up our donations and work.
    In the midst of the Wisconsin news, we checked our email, and saw a note from a very dear friend. This put all other events into perspective. He has been diagnosed with Ideopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, a devastating disease that attacks the lungs. He never smoked, has not worked in pollution carrying environments, and the disease attacks without any known cause. He is a wonderful man with a wonderful family….I’ve known him since 1957! So…….these events pull us back to family and friends and our care, love and concern for them.
    Don’t be discouraged……we are workers.

    • 45 TrumpDog
      June 6, 2012 at 9:32 am

      I’m so sorry to hear about your friend’s illness.
      Yes, it’s things like that that can put things in perspective…

    • June 6, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Walker’s cash advantage (as shown in chart above). As I’ve noted repeatedly, the right wing campaigning never stopped after 2010. The mailings never stopped. The robocalls never stopped. The memes about the awful scapegoats (unions, liberals, etc.) never stopped. And those memes, repeated over and over again, begin to sink in, consciously or unconsciously.

      It takes as extraordinary person to overcome those odds. PBO, I sincerely believe, is one of those individiuals. I hate to even imagine what would happen to our nation (and Supreme Court) if Romney were to become president.

      I think this dynamic will change over time. But the corporatists can do so very much damage in the meantime.

  16. 47 JER
    June 6, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Livestream – President Obama’s departure from Andrews: http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  17. 48 Cman
    June 6, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Ha! Just realized that the title of all those in the picture above are the same as the ones frequently seen with President Bartlett in the West Wing. Deputy Chief of Staff is the only one missing, but you could argue he is more like a Senior Advisory anyway. I can just see Obama finishing and asking ” what’s next?”

  18. 49 Mae who love our CIC
    June 6, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Good Morning Family,

    All is well because we can see the entire picture. We must continue to trust our President. Each time he knows what is best. So glad he is not swayed by the noise. He has a still small voice who guides him. FORWARD we must go.

    There is a lesson here, let us glean and discard concerning the WI election. Scott Walker still have to look over his shoulders. Wouldn’t want to be him.

    Have a good day.

  19. June 6, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Good morning TOD. Another bump in the road to an Obama victory in November and it wont be the last.bama news. Today we need to keep the focus on positive news, like taking out #2 alQaida leader WOOT WOOT!

  20. June 6, 2012 at 9:49 am

    The lesson all of us can take from last night is that thing it is very very difficult to unseat an incumbant especially one in midstream. What I am sensing is folks want to give obama a real chance on fixing this economy and booting him out midstream is not something that is particularly appealing to voters especially independents and its looking like the felt the same way with walker. They say politics is local and apparently wisconsin employment is improving regardless if they give walker credit or not, they give this president credit for helping it. Also if you look at other states who unemployment rate is below the country’s obama is winnning. Every poll had barrett losing. From 3 points all the way to 9 and those same polls have obama over 50% and beating romney handidly. And if you throw in the 500,000 voters who didn’t vote in recall election, they will be back in the fall to vote in the presidential election.

  21. 52 Betty's Girl
    June 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

    One thing I’m learning about politics from watching the President is pick your battles very wisely. The Unions and Progressives wanted this fight but then didn’t have the muscle to win it ( just like many times in the past few years). Now they have created a meme the whole party have to fight back. The President spent as much of his political capital as he could to help them out . Once again I am so proud of him.

    • 53 taiping1
      June 6, 2012 at 11:17 am

      Sounds as if they did not do adequate polling before launching recall. Almost 70% against recall except for gross malfeasance. A waste of time and money.

  22. 54 japa21
    June 6, 2012 at 9:53 am

    A few observations. I have no doubt Walker won the election. I think, to some degree, we were sucked in by all those reports of fantastic turnout as we have been in the middle of the night, etc. I have a hunch the actuals may have been closer than reported, but not enough to make a difference. I think enough Dems felt that the essence of a recall was wrong and that they voted for Walker for that reason. This was a major theme during the end of the campaign on the part of Walker and his surrogates.

    I can understand and appreciate that thinking, even while I very much disagree with it.

    My larger concern at this point is the way this will be presented to the public at large by MSM. Already it is being presented as support for Walker’s policies, which it is not. It is being presented as support for slashing government spending, which it is not.

    The way it should be presented is purely as the power of money and the consequences of Citizens United. Unfortuantely, it won’t be.

    For all the bashing of the people of Wisconsin that we will see and hear, both here and elsewhere, I have one simple statement to make. STFU. A lot of people in Wisconsin worked very hard, as did a lot of people outside the state including many people here. It didn’t succeed. But to bash the people of Wisconsin is to denigrate everything those people did.

    I remember reading comments when the polls where very much in Walker’s favor as to why did they even move ahead with the recall if they weren’t sure they could win. That was a ridiculous statement then, and it remains one. It is saying if you can’t be sure of succeeding, don’t even try. The people, yes the people, of Wisconsin said that they would not take what waqs happening sitting down, that they were going to stand up and fight. They may have lost, but in the process they inspired a lot of people around the country.

    I wonder if Ohio would have worked so hard to defeat Kasich’s attempts at breaking up the unions if they hadn’t seen the example of the good people in Wisconsin.

    Don’t get me wrong. I am brokenhearted by what happened, although somewhat pleasantly surprised to wake up this morning and find out that it looks like one senate seat was flipped. It may not have been everything we wanted, but it was something. And it happened because the good people of Wisconsin decided to fight and do something and not just sit around complaining.

    But, brokenhearted as I am, I am not dispirited. If anything, I am more committed not only to seeing PBO win reelection but to work on as many down ticket races as possible. It took the Republicans many years to develop the bottom up power structure they have. It cannot be dismantled in a day. But, as the line in Appollo 13 stated, “failure is not an option.” We can lose battles, and we will, but we will triumph in the end.

    • June 6, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Ah, we needed that Japa, thank you.

      “I think enough Dems felt that the essence of a recall was wrong and that they voted for Walker for that reason” – that seems to be borne out by the exit polls, was it something like 20% who voted for Walker said they’d vote for PBO in November? (I need to check that figure, but it made my eyes pop out).

      Depressing as the result was, we have to salute the amazing effort put in by the people there to get rid of Walker, we should take inspiration from that – up it a notch or two everywhere in November and all will be well.

    • 56 desertflower
      June 6, 2012 at 10:43 am

      GM all. A ZILLION times this! Thank you, japa….and I was also surprised to hear about the senate seat pick up….that’s great news, and kind of makes Walker a zombie gov, doesn’t it?

    • 57 whatisworking
      June 6, 2012 at 10:52 am


      Thank you so much for your calm words of wisdom – we need to do this everyday. This builds our “campaign muscles” and helps us grow stronger. Thank you

    • 58 lmrj
      June 6, 2012 at 11:00 am

      Wonderful to read your take on yesterday’s recall and GOTV efforts of the Wisconsin citizens. Great insight. There are always lessons to be learned after such a defeat. I am also very happy to see that a Senate seat was flipped. Walker has now been neutered. Takes some of the edge off of his win.

    • 59 nathkatun7
      June 6, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks, Japa, for a very thoughtful comment. I too think the people of Wisconsin who worked so hard but fell a bit short of their goal should be commended. Rather than be discouraged we should be inspired by their example and pledge to work even harder next time. Gov. Walker may have survived, but he is wounded. I know the moneyed interests have tremendous resources but those resources will not always defeat the people power. Meg Whitman tried to buy the governorship here in CA, in 2010, but she failed miserably.

  23. June 6, 2012 at 10:00 am

    President Barack Obama has a comfortable, 12-point lead over Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania, the latest state poll found. The president currently leads Romney 48 percent to 36 percent with 12 percent undecided, according to the Franklin & Marshall College Poll. 

    In a break from some national polls, nearly half — 47 percent — of Pennsylvanians surveyed felt Obama is most prepared to fix the nation’s economic problems, compared to 38 percent who felt Romney was better on the economy. More than half said they believe Obama is better prepared to handle foreign policy, the duties of commander-in-chief and best understands the concerns of ordinary Americans.

    “The president enjoys significant advantages over Romney in his personal popularity and most voters believe he is better prepared to handle the presidency even though they are ambivalent about some of his major policy initiatives,” Franklin & Marshall wrote in its analysis.

    The poll surveyed 412 registered Pennsylvania voters between May 29 and June 4 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.8 percent. 

    The results bolster speculation as of late that Pennsylvania may not be a true battleground state this year, tilting more Democratic than analysts initially thought. 

    But but but David Gergen said…

    • 61 anniebella
      June 6, 2012 at 10:08 am

      Jovie where did you did David Gergen up from? A man Peggy Noonan is what I call him, in other word a know it all who is worth dog do.

      • 62 anniebella
        June 6, 2012 at 10:09 am

        where did you dig up David Gergen, is what I meant to say.

        • June 6, 2012 at 10:12 am

          CNN political analyst! They were just reading RNC emails.
          I expected DWS to cushion the blow, by being on tv. Nope!
          I am starting to worry about Her, as She is such a fighter…

  24. June 6, 2012 at 10:03 am

    And the Dow is up 150 today?

  25. June 6, 2012 at 10:10 am

    McDame is pissed, that all this good news on Foreign policy is being leaked.
    He demands a Hearing for WH leaks.
    So, what does Karl Levin do? He grants McDames request for Hearings on WH leaks!

  26. 66 xtine
    June 6, 2012 at 10:14 am

    🙂 🙂

    “I particularly would like to thank Wisconsin recall supporters for forcing national conservatives into spending so much of their 2012 war chest just holding on to a governorship they already had.”


    • June 6, 2012 at 10:41 am

      The sad reality is there’s plenty more where that came from. That was just pocket change for the billionaires club which is financing the Repub Party. They are likely giddy at the prospect of buying elections, buying our country. That Sup. Ct. decision was a severe blow to democracy. And it’s no way to run a country—-forcing the president to spend so much time raising money in order to be able to fairly compete with the unlimited flood of money now pouring into our elections. PBO’s re-election is critical, like serious beyond belief.

      • 68 amk for obama
        June 6, 2012 at 10:51 am

        For every walker, there is a linda macmohan, a carly fiorina, a meg whitman. proving that millions alone can’t buy the votes.

      • 70 Obama Grandmama
        June 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm

        Wouldn’t it have been nice to have seen that money helping build jobs or feed the poor or even pay down our debt instead of throwing it into tv and radio ads for an election?

    • 71 amk for obama
      June 6, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Nice. 🙂

    • 72 lmrj
      June 6, 2012 at 10:48 am

      Talk about flipping the script! Xtine that’s a brilliant observation & revelation! 🙂

  27. June 6, 2012 at 10:24 am

    How R-money sold Romneycare, from the WSJ no less, who got access to the e-mails that Mehmey tried to delete.

    h/t DesertFlower1 from PeoplesView.net who advised to spread this far and wide



    • June 6, 2012 at 10:54 am

      The MSM stayed away from the content in the e-mails and decided to go with the “Romney private Email Account, Might Have Been Hacked.” DessertFlower1 is right, they need to be spread far and wide.

      • 76 desertflower
        June 6, 2012 at 11:07 am

        Morning rikyrah and Margie…..yes, this is a BFD! Spread them around like wildfire…whether the MSM deems them important or not. We can control this, and we should!

  28. 77 whatisworking
    June 6, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Time for some good news

    HHS grants nearly $72M for home visiting programs


  29. 78 whatisworking
    June 6, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Portland’s “responsible banking” proposal passes


  30. 79 Renegade522/AuntSis
    June 6, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Good Morning to all: thanks to all for ‘talking me off the ledge’ last night. LOL. Rest and sleep is good. Reading some of the comments up thread and I must says….’we’ve got a good thing going, here’. I want to be like the President when I grow up. He certainly knows when to keep the card close and when to fold.
    Aside from this site and perhaps twitter (got in a nasty fight last night and eventually got banned by the owner – hehe), I will lay low today. I dont think I will watch any news. I dont want to be hear the usual progressive/liberal blame game. I am not in the mood for it.
    Thanks again and have a great day!!!

  31. 80 Betsy
    June 6, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I feel so much better about WI, now that it looks like the Senate has flipped to the Democrats. Now Walker won’t be able to just shove through more terrible policies to hurt the people of Wisconsin. If he is guilty in the John Doe affair, that will remove him anyway. I agree that WI was an inspiration to many, many people. I want to thank them for all their hard work and the way their fight ignited the middle class. We have a long way to go, but re-electing PBO, and giving him a Democratic House and keeping the Senate in Democratic hands will be the way to move forward. We need to focus on the good news, the silver lining if you will, in this disappointing outcome.

  32. 86 57andfemale
    June 6, 2012 at 10:48 am

    And now repubs are going to run on the ‘message’: America wants the destruction of unions. this was Priebus’ message this morning.

    It is not about balancing a budget or making sure public workers put in a good day’s work (which is an issue here in Chicago). It is about destruction of the unions so Dem’s are at an institutional advance.

    ASomething Slick Willard said a week ago got very little attention. At a campaign stop he said, “Let’s [get rid of] these public workers so YOU can get a job!”

    Our road ahead is definitely much harder today than it was yesterday. CU has done mortal damage to our democracy and if Repubs get any more power it will go unfixed for the next half century (there will be no Supreme Court that will restore parity in the political system). But I see Repubs playing this card to absurdity.

  33. June 6, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Good morning, TODville. I hope we have all dusted ourselves off and are pulling our energy forward for our larger battle. Volunteer, donate, phonebank, talk to friends, family and neighbors, support others in this fight. We are better together. Stay away from the MSM bleaters if you can.

    I’m glad PBO is heading here today. It’s such a special feeling to know he is here and he will certainly feel the love from California. He’ll be downtown in the financial district, which will cause major gridlock in a very small dense area but he will collect beaucoup bucks. Then on to Los Angeles where he will do another big event for LGBT. BTW, I was surprised to hear yesterday that the zip code for the biggest donors in SF is The Castro, which as you probably know is home to a flourishing gay community, despite some very high profile dinners in Pacific Heights and other tony neighborhoods. So apparently he has not lost Teh Gays.

    Do something good for yourself today. And remember, PBO is fierce. And so are we.

  34. June 6, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Murkowski breaks ranks on Solyndra
    By Steve Benen – Wed Jun 6, 2012 10:39 AM EDT.

    When Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) expressed concerns over his party’s Bain Capital criticism, it was considered a critically important development. With that in mind, we’ll see if it’s as important when a sitting Republican senator has no use for her party’s Solyndra criticisms.

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is breaking with Mitt Romney and some Capitol Hill Republicans by expressing support for federal green-energy programs, including the one that provided loan help to the now-bankrupt Solyndra.

    Murkowski, the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said she supports continuation of the Energy’s Department loan-guarantee program for green energy, and more broadly backs a federal role in boosting market deployment of alternative energy.

    “I do believe there is a role, and perhaps that sets me apart from some of my other colleagues on Capitol Hill,” said Murkowski, the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.


    • 89 Linda
      June 6, 2012 at 10:52 am

      She voted NO on the Equal Pay Act and YES on the Blunt Amendment…

      I don’t care what she says anymore.

      • 90 japa21
        June 6, 2012 at 10:56 am

        I think the thing here is whether or not we will see the MSM talk about her backstabbing of Romney like they focused on Booker. It isn’t that we should applaud her.

        • 91 Obama Grandmama
          June 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm

          I thought she ran as an Independent when she got beat by a Tea Party candidate to get her seat back in AK or was she only a write-in Republican candidate?

  35. June 6, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I can’t believe after all that hype all day long yesterday about the huge, record-setting numbers voting, the actual percentage was 57%!

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