Rise and Shine


NYT Editorial: After three days of Mitt Romney complaining about attacks on his record at Bain Capital, it’s clear that President Obama has nothing to apologize for. If Mr. Romney doesn’t want to provide real answers to the questions about his career, he had better develop a thicker skin.

Mr. Romney’s descriptions of when he left Bain have been erratic and self-serving …. now that Bain has been accused of helping other companies outsource jobs overseas, laying off steel company employees and wiping out their pensions, Mr. Romney says he had no management role after 1999. A Kansas City steel plant that Bain bought in 1993 under Mr. Romney’s control, for example, went bankrupt in 2001, costing 750 workers their jobs and pensions. After the Obama campaign made an ad featuring several of the angry workers, the Romney campaign said he couldn’t be blamed because he left Bain in 1999.

….. Mr. Obama’s criticism is fair…. The right way to respond to Mr. Obama is to release his tax returns from that period, or open up Bain documents. But Mr. Romney told CNN he would not release more than the one year’s return he has already released and the one for 2011 when it is finished. “That’s all that’s necessary for people to understand something about my finances,” he said. It’s not even close.

Full editorial here


Charles Pierce: …. All weekend, the question arose: What could possibly be in those tax returns that is so goddamn awful that Romney — who is still, remember, no worse than 50-50 to win this thing — is fighting so hard to keep it secret? The more I think about it, the more I believe that this is the answer to that question.


There is nothing in those tax returns that is in any way illegal …. He is not fighting the release of these returns to keep us from finding out the dark secrets about how stupid-wealthy he and his family are. He is fighting the release of these returns because he doesn’t think he should have to release them.

….This isn’t stubbornness. That’s often an acquired trait. What this is, fundamentally, is contempt. Contempt for the process, and contempt for the people who make their living in that process, and contempt for the people whose lives depend on that process. There are rules for The Help with which Willard Romney never has had to abide, and he has no intention of starting now. My dear young fellow, this simply is not done.

Full post here


USA Today: Good morning from The Oval, on a day when President Obama and his re-election team are taking the fight to Mitt Romney and, geographically at least, House Speaker John Boehner.

The campaign kicked off the day with a memorandum entitled “Unanswered Questions About Mitt Romney’s ‘Retroactive Retirement.'” It’s intended to create even more doubts about Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital, which he either left in 1999 or 2002, depending on your interpretation.

…. Ben LaBolt:

While Romney has repeatedly tried to distance himself from Bain’s decisions after February 1999, he has also hypocritically taken credit for jobs created well after the 1999 end date that he cites. He can’t have it both ways.

If Romney followed decades of precedent set in motion by his father, who released 12 years of tax returns, as well as the minutes from Bain Capital board meetings, the American people could finally learn to what extent Mitt Romney was involved with the actions at Bain Capital following 1999.

This week, Mitt Romney has the opportunity to provide a full accounting of his tenure at Bain Capital, the central premise of his campaign and the opportunity to demonstrate whether or not he was the job creator he claims to be.

More here



John Cassidy (New Yorker): …. With even prominent Republicans saying that his current stance is unsustainable, the obvious question to ask is: Why is the Mittster being so obstinate? He surely isn’t standing on principle, for what principle would that be?

…… It’s only fair to assume that Mitt is doing what he always does: acting on the basis of a careful cost-benefit analysis. Will’s comments on this were spot on: “The cost of not releasing the returns are clear,” he said. “Therefore, [Romney] must have calculated that there are higher costs in releasing them.” But what information could the earlier tax returns contain that would be so damaging if it were brought out into the open? Obviously, we are entering the realm of speculation, but Romney has invited it. Here are four possibilities:

1. Extremely high levels of income…..

2. More offshore accounts….

3. Politically explosive investments….

4. A very, very low tax rate….

….as Matthew Dowd noted, “there’s obviously something there, because if there was nothing there, he would say, ‘Have at it’”.

Full article here

Thanks Dotster


Bill Keller (NYT): On the subject of the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare, to reclaim the name critics have made into a slur — a number of fallacies seem to be congealing into accepted wisdom. Much of this is the result of unrelenting Republican propaganda and right-wing punditry, but it has gone largely unchallenged by gun-shy Democrats. The result is that voters are confronted with slogans and side issues — “It’s a tax!” “No, it’s a penalty!” — rather than a reality-based discussion. Let’s unpack a few of the most persistent myths.

OBAMACARE IS A JOB-KILLER. …After years of trying out various alarmist falsehoods the Republicans have found one that seems, judging from the polls, to have connected with the fears of voters…..

OBAMACARE IS A FEDERAL TAKEOVER OF HEALTH INSURANCE. Let’s be blunt. The word for that is “lie.”…..

THE UNFETTERED MARKETPLACE IS A BETTER SOLUTION. To the extent there is a profound difference of principle anywhere in this debate, it lies here…..

LEAVE IT TO THE STATES. THEY’LL FIX IT. The Republican alternative to Obamacare consists in large part of letting each state do its own thing. Presumably the best ideas will go viral…..

OBAMACARE IS A LOSER. RUN AGAINST IT, RUN FROM IT, BUT FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE DON’T RUN ON IT. …Unfortunately, the benefits of Obamacare do not go wide until 2014, so there are not yet testimonials from enthusiastic, family-next-door beneficiaries. This helps explain why the bill has not won more popular affection. (It also explains why the Republicans are so desperate to kill it now, before Americans feel the abundant rewards.)

…. If the Obama campaign needs a snappy one-liner, it could borrow this one from David Cutler: “Never before in history has a candidate run for president with the idea that too many people have insurance coverage.”

Full article here


9:30: President Obama departs the White House

11:15: Arrives in Ohio

12:30: Attends a campaign event at Cincinnati Music Hall (closed press)

2:20: Attends a campaign event at Cincinnati Music Hall (live coverage)

4:45: Departs Ohio

6:25: Arrives at the White House

7:10: Attends the United States vs. Brazil women and men’s basketball games at the Verizon Center


Morning everyone 😉

129 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. July 16, 2012 at 8:22 am

    We Will Overcome…One Day At A Time…So Let’s Keep Moving…FORWARD

  2. 13 ber6964
    July 16, 2012 at 8:26 am

    A Good Monday Morning to everyone.

  3. 14 Ceb
    July 16, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Good morning everyone. Don’t you just love our guy?

  4. July 16, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Morning chips and Todville!
    Thanks for all your good work.
    Don’t post much but still follow what’s going on.

  5. July 16, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Good morning Chips, good morning everyone!

  6. July 16, 2012 at 8:29 am

    • 20 Linda
      July 16, 2012 at 8:46 am

      There is also speculation that Romney took advantage of the amnesty program to bring his money back to the US….

      But I think that would show up on his 2011 return since it had to be done by Nov of 2010….

      • 21 hopefruit2
        July 16, 2012 at 8:50 am

        I think he plans to release a cleaned-up version of the 2011 return in October – that’s why the O-Camp is demanding to see at least 10 years of returns. The ones that have already been filed and finalized with the IRS and can’t be so easily cleaned up.

  7. 23 hopefruit2
    July 16, 2012 at 8:31 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, everyone, and congratulations Andre T on #1!

  8. 24 Hhannahh
    July 16, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Here’s a short clip from the Charlie rose interview where pbo talks about how he depends on Michelle


  9. July 16, 2012 at 8:36 am

    I see the Willard campaign has a copycat ad out with Obama singing “so in love with you” with bad stuff about Obama. That campaign is so juvenile, has no ideas of its own, following the president everywhere, honking!, copying everything the Obama campaign does—–weak. They look silly coming out with the same style ad now.

    • 26 TrumpDog
      July 16, 2012 at 8:39 am

      I know. It’s just like Carney suggested: Romney seems to be deploying the “mommy he did it too” defense.

    • 27 lisalovesobama
      July 16, 2012 at 8:40 am

      I expected it, so not surprised. Don’t you know? This campaign for Willard is a battle of ‘Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better’—- only he can’t do better, just worse. Didn’t watch the ad, I don’t watch them when their campaign pays for me to see it on tv, so I certainly won’t watch when it’s free.

    • 28 anniebella
      July 16, 2012 at 8:50 am

      How pitiful Mitt Romney is, rich but pitiful.

    • 29 veryslowwriter
      July 16, 2012 at 10:49 am

      I don’t see the point. Making a commercial in which your opponent sings beautifully and the crowd goes wild? The message is the President is cool and popular and Mittster is neither.
      If this is the Romney campaign’s retaliation, it’s like retaliating by beating yourself up.

  10. 31 TrumpDog
    July 16, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Romney camp is trying to change the subject w/ Mitt whining about Fast and Furious and political favors.
    Trump is asking about college transcripts.
    And now there are rumors that Romney will name VP pick this week.

    My guess is the media will fall for it like they always do.

    • 32 hopefruit2
      July 16, 2012 at 8:48 am

      They can try to change the subject all they want. This is the Obama campaign of 2012, not the Kerry campaign of 2004. The O-camp will not allow the media and Romney camp to get away with lies about our President while letting Willard off the hook, and neither will we. NOT_THIS_TIME.

    • July 16, 2012 at 9:12 am

      Will Mitt’s VP choice release his tax returns? Can’t wait to see how that plays out.

      • 34 miss pat
        July 16, 2012 at 11:32 am

        I can’t wait myself. I had sto submit three years of my W2 forms and two years of my income tax returns just to get into senior housing. Then I had sto get letters notarized and run around getting papers just to get into my building. He wants to be president he has to show his returns going back at least ten years. We will not let him get away with it. No way, no how.

        • 35 susanne
          July 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm

          that’s right, miss pat, and you know there are tons of americans who are feeling the same way right now–not just dems, either. much as they’d like to see their boy in the white house, i bet a lot of rethugs are saying, gee, how come he gets it so easy.

  11. 36 Linda
    July 16, 2012 at 8:38 am

    WASHINGTON — Democrats are mocking Republicans in the House of Representatives for voting to repeal the health care reform law and keep their own enhanced medical care.

    When Congress passed the health care law, it required members of Congress to get their insurance on exchanges with the rest of the public. But in voting to repeal that law, Republicans and a handful of Democrats were also voting go back to the old system where the lawmakers get a sweeter deal than most of the rest of the country.

    They also voted against a Democratic motion that said members of Congress who support repealing the health care law must also repeal the good stuff they get, such as lifetime care and insurance regardless of pre-existing conditions.

    Democrats tried to demonstrate how Republicans distanced themselves from voting to protect their own deal by capturing a slew of GOP members on video saying they didn’t vote to protect their own care, as seen below. The clip features a number of Republicans in tight races this year, as well as GOP budget guru, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

    “House Republicans refuse to admit they voted to give themselves taxpayer funded lifetime guaranteed health care instead of having the same health care as their constituents,” said Jesse Ferguson, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, referring to the fact that members of Congress are eligible for retirement benefits after just five years.

    “House Republicans didn’t just vote to protect insurance company campaign donor profits this time, they’re even helping themselves to lifetime taxpayer-funded government health care and now they need to be honest with their constituents and admit it,” Ferguson said.

  12. 38 anniebella
    July 16, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I think all that black hair dye has gotten to that Rick Tyler’s brain. He is a liar, the President does have a record to run on, this President has accomplish alot of things, and would done better if it wasn’t for those extreme radical racists Republicans in the House and Senate.

  13. 39 a4alice
    July 16, 2012 at 8:42 am

    morning TOD hope all are doing well – I’ve been so busy with work and OFA activities that I’ve only had time to occassionally lurk – I saw that adorable 3 picture composition that Chips made with that little cutey a few posts back!

    Getting ready for Lilly Ledbetter who’s coming to our town. She’s helping to kick off “Women for Obama”. That should be interesting – it’s on Wednesday.

    Everyone have a great day!

  14. July 16, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Mornin’ TOD. HOPE you all have a fabulous Monday and a great week!

  15. July 16, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Certainly, if the Boston Globe can vet Republican Candidates for the highest office in the country, the GOP could have asked them to do it beforehand, no ? (I almost wrote “retroactively”).

  16. 43 Don
    July 16, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I was watching “Morose Joe” this morning as I was getting ready for work and I swear I’ve never seen Joe looked so defeated, oh well.

  17. 44 Don
    July 16, 2012 at 9:02 am

    The “retroactive” thing has got me all turned around.

  18. 45 carla4obama
    July 16, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Who thinks Condi Rice will be Mitts VP pick? What does she bring? (the obvious is a AA female…would she be a good attack dog against the President?…black vs black (that is why they would go for her). Would she do it? I thought she said she was done with politics. Anyone know how Mormons view AA’s ?

    • 46 JER
      July 16, 2012 at 9:14 am

    • 48 hopefruit2
      July 16, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Condi Rice will NOT be the VP pick. By the way, all this talk of VP pick is the GOP/MSM’s attempt to distract from the Bain narrative. I seriously doubt that Romney will be announcing any VP pick this week, or this month for that matter. Most likely it will be announced some time in August shortly before the RNC convention, and most likely will be a white male.

      • 49 carla4obama
        July 16, 2012 at 9:28 am

        hopefruit, why do you believe Condi will not be the VP pick?

        • July 16, 2012 at 9:35 am

          Pro choice and pro affirmative action. Teavangelicals will revolt at convention!

        • 51 hopefruit2
          July 16, 2012 at 9:41 am

          President Obama’s race is the only reason that the RW-evangelical and Teabag base is now solidified behind Romney. Ad Condi to the ticket, and that base is GONE. They (and the media) will not be able to use many of the racist dogwhistles and other overtly racist attacks without insulting their own presidential ticket. This is why the GOP establishment quickly sought to squash Herman Cain’s chances of ever getting to the point where he would be the nominee.

          Secondly, the optics of Willard everywhere with Condi is just too symbolic in the minds of those Mormons who hate interracial (black-white) “unions” of any type, not just legal marriage.

          And finally, Condi herself has adamantly stated that she is not interested in being Romney’s VP pick. I think the cognitive dissonance on her part will just be too damn high for one or more of the following reasons: 1) She will feel as though she’s cheating on Dubbya. 2) She probably voted for PBO in 2008 and will likely do so in 2012 – despite her public statements or appearances to the contrary.

        • 53 lisalovesobama
          July 16, 2012 at 9:41 am

          And, nothing says George W. Bush more than Condition Rice.

          • 54 miss pat
            July 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm

            Hi Lisa, I tried to do the delete thing. I think I got it but I wasn’t doing it on purpose. I made a mistake typing and hit the / key and must have done something right, the line went through the word. So I will keep practicing. Thanks.

    • 56 veryslowwriter
      July 16, 2012 at 10:52 am

      Condi is pro-choice and that is NOT acceptable. On the other hand, she’s already a war criminal so she wouldn’t have to pick it up as she went along.

  19. July 16, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Good morning friends!!! Which post had the picture of a bewildered POB and the caption (paraphrasing) “Let me get this straight, YOU want andapology for not being able to tell the truth?”. I need to e-mail that one around!! Poor liddle willard-mittens, whining and asking for an apology!

  20. 60 cluny
    July 16, 2012 at 9:14 am

    GM all – as Anniebella has warned vigilance is crucial now – register, donate, volunteer etc. So many people here doing a superb , superhuman job and always donating either with $ or time to help the campaign. O team has been burning money on ads this last month and will need to replenish the coffers big time – it’s super crunch time from now on – I hope all dems step up. I don’t want to sound like a concern troll but I am worried about young people turning out – you don’t see them so much at the rallies anymore unless they are on college campuses (there they are wildly enthusiastic). Anyone here have kids who are eligible to vote and can you share what the general attitude is toward PBO now as compared to 08? Even if they are not crowding into the rallies do you think they will still turn out?

    On a lighthearted note I wish to confess something: I MISS TWEETY!

    • 61 hopefruit2
      July 16, 2012 at 9:20 am

      “I am worried about young people turning out – you don’t see them so much at the rallies anymore”

      I’m not sure about that… How many rallies has PBO held outside of college campuses to date? Not many. Furthermore, young people have notoriously short attention spans and will probably tune in in the final month or two before the election. It is still somewhat early and the fact that they are so enthusiastic when he’s on the college campuses tells me that they probably will turn out as they did in 2008.

      • 62 susanne
        July 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm

        plus they’re probably spending their summer vacation working 2 or 3 jobs, trying to pay their sky-high tuition, books, fees, transportation, room and board, and other costs of earning a college degree. once they get back on campus, they’ll be in position to fire up.

  21. 63 Ladyhawke
    July 16, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Jesse Taylor ‏@jesseltaylor


    Looks like it’s time to lament how nasty the campaign cycle has become because a Democrat has done something effective.


  22. 65 hopefruit2
    July 16, 2012 at 9:23 am

  23. 66 japa21
    July 16, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I do have one bone to pick with Keller’s article, where he states: “Unfortunately, the benefits of Obamacare do not go wide until 2014, so there are not yet testimonials from enthusiastic, family-next-door beneficiaries.”

    There are plenty of instances already out there where the ACA, and I will gladly call it Obamacare, has helped people and saved lives. I expect to see a lot of ads on this, and Dems running for Congress should find people in their own districts where the ACA has helped them and run ads on it, specially against Republicans who make repealing Obamacare a number one priority.

  24. 67 Ladyhawke
    July 16, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Mitt Retroactively Makes The Case For Anyone But Mitt



    Mitt’s entire argument for the presidency relied on nobody understanding what he actually did at Bain. Even Mitt was sharp enough to see that running a company that rigs the economy to make sure investors always win doesn’t give him a clue about how to create jobs. But now we’re seeing that his description of what he did at Bain depends on who Mitt is talking to and what he needs the facts to be.

    The fact is that Mitt has over a billion dollars behind him, much in anonymous corporate donations. He has a Republican House of Representatives that is making sure the government won’t do anything to create jobs. And he has conservatives in the Federal Reserve and in Europe who seem intent on making our employment recession last longer.

    But what he doesn’t have is an ability to erase the past. And that’s what is coming back to bite him — retroactively.



  25. 69 Betsy
    July 16, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Good Morning all. I hope everyone has a great morning. I’m off to work teaching high school students American History. Today we’ll be talking about JFK. See you all later.

  26. 70 xtine
    July 16, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Good morning, TOD Family. I’ve been trying to catch up with all the posts — been away. This Bill Withers song just kept playing in my mind, so I’m sharing …. Lovely Day:

  27. 71 Ladyhawke
    July 16, 2012 at 9:43 am


    Romney called for tax transparency in past campaigns

    CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby


    But Romney has also called for greater tax transparency in the past when it served his political purposes.

    In the 2002 race, Romney sought to turn Enron into a campaign issue when it was revealed that O’Brien’s husband, Emmett Hayes, had lobbying ties to the scandalized energy and commodities firm.

    Hayes had filed his taxes separately from O’Brien – and Fehrnstrom, then Romney’s deputy campaign manager, demanded that O’Brien come clean about her husband’s financial ties to Enron.

    “Her hands aren’t clean,” Fehrnstrom said, according to the Herald. “She can’t claim to be disclosing anything until she discloses the returns of her husband, the Enron lobbyist. Under Shannon O’Brien, the state Pension Board lost millions by buying Enron stock when it was collapsing – what is she hiding?”

    Fehrnstrom made the demand even as Romney was refusing to release his own returns.



  28. 72 Dudette
    July 16, 2012 at 9:45 am

    This is for Betsy and all our wonderful teachers out there. Thank you!

    • 73 CEB
      July 16, 2012 at 10:37 am

      This brought tears to my eyes. I am one of those teachers who is coming to the end of a 30 year career. Thank you for this.

  29. 74 JER
    July 16, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Streaming now – President Obama departs for Cincinnati: http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  30. 78 carla4obama
    July 16, 2012 at 9:48 am

    “The fact is that Mitt has over a billion dollars behind him, much in anonymous corporate donations. He has a Republican House of Representatives that is making sure the government won’t do anything to create jobs. And he has conservatives in the Federal Reserve and in Europe who seem intent on making our employment recession last longer.

    But what he doesn’t have is an ability to erase the past. And that’s what is coming back to bite him — retroactively.”


  31. 79 Ladyhawke
    July 16, 2012 at 9:50 am



    Is the Romney campaign really so inept and powerless that they couldn’t stop George W. Bush from releasing a book on the ECONOMY right now?


  32. 80 ChristiMTL
    July 16, 2012 at 9:57 am

    How shocking…..NOT…

    ”Romney called for tax transparency in past campaigns”

    In the 2002 race, Romney sought to turn Enron into a campaign issue when it was revealed that O’Brien’s husband, Emmett Hayes, had lobbying ties to the scandalized energy and commodities firm.
    Fehrnstrom, then Romney’s deputy campaign manager, demanded that O’Brien come clean about her husband’s financial ties to Enron.

    “Her hands aren’t clean,” Fehrnstrom said, according to the Herald. “She can’t claim to be disclosing anything until she discloses the returns of her husband, the Enron lobbyist. – what is she hiding?”

    Fehrnstrom made the demand even as Romney was REFUSING to release his own returns.

    That drew accusations of hypocrisy from editorial boards, but Fehrnstrom defended the campaign’s posture, saying that O’Brien was trying to hide important information from voters by declining to reveal her husband’s returns, while Romney was simply acting on principle.



    So if I get this right, she was trying to hide important information, but Romney not releasing his tax returns was him acting on principle.

    Not this time you tax cheat…..you’re in the big league now.

  33. 81 JER
    July 16, 2012 at 9:58 am

  34. 82 hopefruit2
    July 16, 2012 at 9:59 am

    HAHAHA…I won’t link it here but I took a peek at that lame ad that the Romney Camp released in response to Obama’s “Firms” ad, and boy is that ad pathetic. It has more “dislikes” than “likes” and the comments say it all. I’m posting just a few examples of comments for your amusement:

    1. “Damn that man [Obama] has a good voice.”

    2. “Wow doesn’t anyone in the Romney campaign have any original ideas?
    This ad is just a lame attempt. You keep playing defense Mitt… and you’ll lose your narrative!”

    3. “Note to Romney campaign: if you’re going to play audio of Obama singing, you should try to cut out all the cheering and screaming”

    4. “Wow, you guys really got nothing do you? Mittens is in the weeds. This is going to be fun”

    5. “Blah blah blah, whine whine whine, pathetic, pathetic, pathetic.
    Um. When/IF Mittons decides to release the past TEN years of tax records, then we’ll talk. LOL JK HE WON’T… ”

    6. “Sorry, I couldn’t read anything the ad said. Obama’s singing is just so much better than yours. Thanks for capturing one of his most popular & well liked moments.”

    7. “This is just like romney, pathetic”


    Of course, there are also some pro-Romney comments, but considering this is a Romney ad, those comments are relatively few. And the last time i checked there were 96 DISLIKES and only 85 LIKES. Contrast this with the Obama ad, which has 7,215 LIKES and only 782 DISLIKES.


    • 83 Linda
      July 16, 2012 at 10:09 am

      The Romney people are amateurs….

      They use a clip from a fundraiser that cost $200.00 a ticket ? As far as I am concerned …Romney WAS a lobbyist….he lobbied people to invest in his Wealth Fund…

    • 84 Ladyhawke
      July 16, 2012 at 10:10 am

      I love this one. The Romney campaign must have forgotten to run the ad by their communications team at Fox. Surely they would have reminded them to EDIT OUT THE CHEERS FOR PETE SAKE.

      3. “Note to Romney campaign: if you’re going to play audio of Obama singing, you should try to cut out all the cheering and screaming”

    • 85 donna dem 4 obama
      July 16, 2012 at 10:13 am

      GM HF2 and all of TOD

      First off, when I watched this all I did was listen to that smooth singing voice and ignored the message. Do they not understand the power of the voice? Our President captivates an audience by simply speaking but when he sings we swoon. Seriously!

      They have to be the stupidest political team to ever put together a campaign. Geesh, I thought McSame’s people were bad but this bunch beats them by a mile.

  35. 87 Ladyhawke
    July 16, 2012 at 10:24 am


    Romney Accuses Obama Of Paying Off Top Donors, Won’t Release His Own Donor List

    By Benjy Sardin


    Mitt Romney campaign strategist Ed Gillsepie accusing the White House of favoring its top fundraisers when it comes to government policy on a call with reporters Monday, part of a larger push to try to regain the offense against President Obama.

    But Romney refuses to release a list of his biggest backers, meaning there’s no way to tell whether he would correct the problem he’s alleging.

    An NBC reporter followed up with the obvious question: How should Americans judge the Romney administration on the same count if he takes over? Unlike Obama, Romney does not release a public list of his biggest fundraisers, or “bundlers,” as they are commonly known, meaning it’s difficult to tell just who the administration would owe a favor to in the first place.



  36. July 16, 2012 at 10:27 am

    OH, DEAR.

    The latest fundraising email from FLOTUS is an invitation to enter for a chance to celebrate PBO’s 51st birthday at their home in Chicago.

    They will raise a trillion dollars from this!!

    • 90 donna dem 4 obama
      July 16, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Can you imagine? Wow, this will indeed be a big one!

      • 91 miss pat
        July 16, 2012 at 12:08 pm

        I’d have to get new teeth, new shoes, new dress, new wig. Just kidding. My poor heart would just give out. I’d ask them if one of you guys can go in my place.

  37. 92 lisalovesobama
    July 16, 2012 at 10:29 am

    that dummy Charlie Rose asked PBO about the “negative tone of ” his campaign and Miche got this look on her face like: “say what now? fool, please.” I swear, the look on her face as Charlie continues to ask the question. Of course PBO set it down for Charlie with a don’t get it twisted, but still. Miche’s reaction just said it all.

    • 93 TrumpDog
      July 16, 2012 at 10:41 am

      It’s amazing isn’t it? Obama has been crapped on for the past 3 years yet he’s supposed to be all sunshiny and accommodating to people trying to ruin him?

      Michelle is a lot nicer than me. I’d have been tempted to tell Charlie to fuck off with that bullshit.

    • 94 Don
      July 16, 2012 at 11:04 am

      Oh how do I know that look so well, I’ve seen it a thousand times when I was in high school and I was asking some of the girls would they like to go to the prom with me.

      p.s. one of them said yes.

  38. July 16, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Susan Page is on again? She is on tv just as much as Dan Señor! Also, she has one ugly mug. That is all!

  39. 102 cathy2va
    July 16, 2012 at 10:38 am

    GM TODers and our wonderful Chips! Can’t comment much as at work can only look but can’t log on. Off today – so just wanted to let Chips know how much I appreciate this site. It keeps me sane and I love the pictures. This has been such a good week — keep it up team Obama!

  40. 103 desertflower
    July 16, 2012 at 10:38 am

    HAHAHA!!! thinkprogress Asked what “retroactively retired” means, Romney spokeswoman Gail Gitcho doesn’t answer, says Romney left Bain in 1999.
    about 1 hour ago · reply · retweet · favorite

  41. 104 desertflower
    July 16, 2012 at 10:40 am


    Josh Marshall has a fantastic point on the Bain assault:

    The Obama team’s goal here is to make the entirety of Romney’s professional life toxic and off-limits before Romney even gets the chance to introduce himself to much of the public. And they’re off to a pretty good start.

    While much of Romney’s campaign is based around “I’m Not Obama So Vote For Me,” the only legitimate pitch Romney can make for himself is his record in the private sector.

    Not anymore. Bwa-hahahaa.

    • 105 Ladyhawke
      July 16, 2012 at 10:54 am

      BAIN – Is that all there is?? Reposting my comment from last night……



      1) Bain is Romney’s main calling card for being qualified to be the leader of the free world. But Bain’s mission really wasn’t job creation as he claims, it was maximizing profits for investors. And they were pioneers in outsourcing jobs over seas. There are real Americans who can attest to how painful plant closings and job layoffs impacted their lives. Clearly, Romney was trying to (gasp) retroactively change the facts to fit his desired narrative.

      2) Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts is so bad that he never even mentions it. It’s as if his governorship never happened.

      3) Romneycare was the template for The Affordable Care Act so there is no mention of it on the campaign trail.

      4) Romney supposedly saved the 2002 Winter Olympics. But was it really Romney or the government bailout that did the trick?

      Mitt Romney’s pathological lying, secrecy and lack of transparency is becoming a real liability. His agenda is basically President Bush on steroids – no taxes and no regulations. So bottom line, Mitt Romney is counting on donations from Koch Brothers, NRA, Chamber of Commerce, Super Pacs, anonymous billionaires, Wall Street, Big Oil and bogus voter id laws that impact African Americans, Latinos, Students, Seniors and the poor to pull him over the finish line.


  42. 106 cookemom
    July 16, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Heeeelllllloooo OOOOOOs! A hot and sweltering, but great getting up day on TOD lane! Just poking my head in to say the ‘It’s raining Bain, you can see it falling from your window pane. Repubs now wish they’d stay with Cane. Can’t even be helped by McGiveMeWarMcCain.”

    My political take today is I wonder what the next drip will be from team PBO. It’s only July and I can’t even imagine what’s going to be served up in October. Go Team!!!

  43. July 16, 2012 at 10:46 am

    On the Conference call just now, Gillespie said that the 100 million in ads the Obama camp has thrown at Robney has barely moved the Polls.
    Is that why they are picking the VP 2 months early and are desperately, desperately trying. To change subject?
    Hmmmmm! Me thinks, the internals have the Robney camp worried, judging by their actions and response!

    • 108 japa21
      July 16, 2012 at 10:50 am

      I wonder if he realizes that the ads were not so much to significantly move the polls but to establish a ceiling for Romney and prevent him from moving upward.. Which is what they have done.

    • 109 donna dem 4 obama
      July 16, 2012 at 10:53 am

      The whole hasn’t moved the polls is a talking point that they know the likes of Chuck Todd, Wolf Blitzer, David Gregory and others will repeat. When in reality we don’t need for the National poll numbers to move all that much since we know that this election will be won in the battleground states (which based on polling shows him leading in enough states to win this election right now) but no one ever corrects them when they say this.

      It’s ALL hogwash !

      • July 16, 2012 at 10:57 am

        Yeah! And in the blue states, Robney averages losing by about 10-15 points. In the red states, the President loses by about 25-30 points, thus, the skewed national polls!

        • 111 donna dem 4 obama
          July 16, 2012 at 11:08 am

          That’s exactly right Jovie but no one ever talks about this. All you hear is that “this race is ALL tied up”. It’s pure BS on the part of the pundits. Now I’m not saying that we don’t have our work cut out for us because we know they are trying to steal it with voter suppression methods but as far as the real numbers based on polling right now those Repub advisors are talking out their you-know-what.

  44. 112 Nena20409
    July 16, 2012 at 10:50 am

    On CBS this morning they had James Carville on and James was well James the Cagean(sp) ragen(sp) he took Romney to pieces. If that tape could be posted here, that would be awesome. James pretty much took Norah O’Donnell to the shades with his answers. How I wish Jay Carney would use the same tone and quick answers for these WHCA tools and set them straight.

    Went on Mourning Joke and loved the defeated faces and tone on Dan Senor, Sullivan, from CNBC, JoeScar and app that appeared. They HAD nothing. They know as Harvey Weintein said on TRMS over a week ago, that Romney Is a Bad Product.

    It’s been a beautiful day……

  45. July 16, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Michelle just sent me this email-

    When we left Chicago and moved into the White House four years ago, I sat the girls down and told them: It doesn’t matter where we live or what titles we have. We will be the same close-knit family wherever we go. The White House just happens to be the place where we’re currently doing our thing — and we’ve grown to love it there.

    But Chicago is still our home, and we do miss it sometimes.

    So for Barack’s 51st birthday next month, some friends are throwing him a party in the old neighborhood with some family, some neighbors, and a few grassroots supporters like you. This year, Barack wants to celebrate with the people who are building this campaign.

    Pitch in $9 or whatever you can, and you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to be there:


    Hope you can make it,


  46. July 16, 2012 at 11:04 am

    The President is going to the Verizon center tonight, to watch USA basketball!
    I have been to the Verizon Center, to watch Celtics and Wizards.
    Before the Game, I went to China Town, which is a block away, and had done delicious, absolutely fantastic, Chinese Food.
    Did you ever go there?

  47. 121 Dudette
    July 16, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Local Cincinnati News story about President Obama Visiting Cincinnati Today (video included)

  48. 122 Dudette
    July 16, 2012 at 11:10 am

    It doesn’t mention this on the schedule, but they just removed the test pattern off the CBS Live Feed page, so just maybe they’re gonna show Air Force One landing at Cincinnati in a few minutes. 11:15 scheduled landing.


    Know what would be cool? Mute the sound of the CBS Feed when they show the landing and play the video of the opening theme music from The Newsroom in another tab or window. Goosebumps.

  49. 124 ourmanflint
    July 16, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I am so sick of the dipshit pundits on tv who so easily say governor %%%%%%%% and easily say Obama. Just irks me.

  50. July 16, 2012 at 11:26 am

    It sure looks like the Republicans have left themselves stuck with a really bad candidate. He’s damned if he doesn’t release his tax returns and he’s damned if he does. (either way is fine with me). Do you suppose Ron Paul will try to depose Romney at the Rep. Convention? That’d be fun to watch……

    • 127 itgurl_29
      July 16, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      It’s such a win-win for the President. If he doesn’t release them, he looks shady and dishonest. If he does release them, we get to see all the ugly mess he was hiding and his base will see him as a weakling who cried uncle for Obama. The President simply cannot lose with this strategy. It’s genius.

  51. 129 okeyo
    July 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    please all you guys who are good with twitter to twitter bomb john roberts his interview with DWS today was a lot of right wing inspired could not even let her make a her piont it just disgusting I hink comcast/bain has gotten hold of all this folks or are they going foxlight ikt was just horrible his assertions about romney, calling truth about romney attacks

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