‘Mitt Romney’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Trip To Europe’


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  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    July 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    A new post? Awwright! Thanks, CC! 😆

    • 2 ourmanflint
      July 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      my goodness VC, where you already here waiting for Chips? Or are your fingers that fast!!!

      • 3 vcprezofan2
        July 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm

        😆 I like to stand VERY close to the door and wait so that I can fall inside when CC pulls the door open. Anytime Chips changes the direction of the door opening my nose will be crushed. 😛 😛 And no, I’m not fast fingered!

        • 4 ourmanflint
          July 31, 2012 at 1:00 pm

          Maybe you are just “privileged’. have a great day and congrats!!

          • 5 vcprezofan2
            July 31, 2012 at 1:05 pm

            You have your fair share of privilege too I’ve noticed, OMF. It’s like a ferris wheel with the top wheel changing all the time. 😆 😆 TY and enjoy your afternoon!

  2. 7 ourmanflint
    July 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    hi Chips, mIt the twit

  3. 8 japa21
    July 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Just missed again. This is getting tiring.

  4. 10 Melanie
    July 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    98 Days to Go!!!

  5. 11 ourmanflint
    July 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    photo missing the mommy jeans

  6. July 31, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Sorry everyone, the comments seem to be all over the flippin’ place again today, replies showing up in the wrong place, etc. It’s maddening. Just getting some work done and will check on the WordPress forum if it’s happening everywhere …. or just here. Hang in there.

  7. 22 ChristiMTL
    July 31, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I thought Palin excuses were so pathetic….avoiding any questions because the lamestream media was after her with their gotcha questions. He is the same!….It just drive me crazy when someone call him smart, it’s not because you have money that you’re smart….him and Donald Trump comes to mind,…

  8. 24 ChristiMTL
    July 31, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I can’t stop laughing

    BREAKING NEWS #Romney agrees to visit the troops in Afghanistan As long he can Skype from France.

  9. 25 vcprezofan2
    July 31, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Someone on twitter voiced what I was feeling re the “kiss…” comment. My particular spin would be ‘Why all the outrage when the aide was only trying to include himself in the service the media has already been consistently providing the candidate?” Okay, so he might have been a little too public with his request!

  10. 26 nospin
    July 31, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Quotes from a defective Candidate:

    “I realize that there will be some that in the Fourth Estate, or in whatever estate, who are far more interested in finding something to write about that is unrelated to the economy, to geo-politics, to the threat of war, to the reality of conflict in Afghanistan today, to nuclearization of Iran. They’ll instead try to find anything else to divert from the fact that these last four years have been tough for our country.” – Willard Romney


    • 27 terim
      July 31, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      If Willard wanted to talk about the economy, why plan a foreign policy trip abroad. Frankly, he should have stayed home and addressed the economy which the GOP has been trying to wreck since January 2009. He could have released his tax returns at the same time. Willard is such a despicable weasel!

    • 28 vcprezofan2
      July 31, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      That first period seems somewhat misplaced, are there words missing? Actually, who cares, I’m sure not going to the article to find out.

      • 29 nospin
        July 31, 2012 at 1:49 pm

        nope. Is the last paragraph in the article. Just copied and pasted.

        • 30 vcprezofan2
          July 31, 2012 at 2:04 pm

          Poor Willy is probably just frazzled from all this increased media attention. I (would) feel for him (if he were a little more humane)!

  11. 32 Rita
    July 31, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Reposting on new thread 🙂

    Well… I decided to do it. So… TOD family, this is my first ever grassroots fundraising. I’ve set myself a modest (very) goal. I hope, with your help, I will be able to raise the stakes! Check it out here:


    And thanks! Even if you can’t donate at this time, I know that we’re all working very hard, in our own ways, to re-elect the President. It’s a great feeling to be a part of this community!

  12. July 31, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Comments (3) By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 7/31/12 10:06 AM EDT
    The Obama campaign has bought TV air time in swing states from Election Day and working backwards into the summer, two sources tracking the air wars tell me.

    That guarantees the campaign time for getting its message out at the very end, given that committees are making major reservations in key states now.

    It also means the campaign is spending ahead in a significant way, leaving less by way of reserves. 

  13. 46 dotster3
    July 31, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Got an email from my friend “Barack”, as I’m sure y’all did, asking for help to close money gap, critical fundraising deadline tonight. Important to donate what you can now so the campaign can plan and expand ad buys etc. for the coming crucial months.

  14. 47 amk for obama
    July 31, 2012 at 1:12 pm

  15. 52 edwina3
    July 31, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Romney’s trip has scored a 10 on my schadenfreude meter

  16. 53 edwina3
    July 31, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    How do you tweet that picture?

  17. 56 Ladyhawke
    July 31, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Eight More Ways Women Will Benefit Under Obamacare Starting Tomorrow

    By Amanda Peterson Beadle


    When eight Obamacare regulations go into effect tomorrow, 47 million women will benefit from the guaranteed coverage of preventive services — including contraception coverage — without co-pays. The new rules will require most insurance plans to begin including the services at no additional cost at the next renewal date that falls on or after August 1, according to a news release from the Department of Health and Human Services.

    The Center for American Progress graphic breaks down what will be covered and how women will benefit:



  18. 60 amk for obama
    July 31, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    This guy is a fucking racist alright.

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  20. 62 amk for obama
    July 31, 2012 at 1:21 pm

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  23. 66 dotster3
    July 31, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    This is real smart and helpful. SIGH!!!

    • 67 anniebella
      July 31, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      Who is this black group of clergy? Is Martin one of them?

    • 69 Bill
      July 31, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      Does anyone know what Roland Martin’s stance is on gay marriage? Not that it makes any difference.

      • 70 COS
        July 31, 2012 at 2:13 pm

        I read somewhere that Roland did not support “DADT”, and that would lead me to believe that he doesn’t support SSM. Didn’t he vote for Bush twice?

        • 71 0388jojothecat
          July 31, 2012 at 2:27 pm

          Yep. I believe this was a group of clergy that sold out to Bush because the Bush Administration gave them money to many churches for their social programs and allowed them to discriminate against gays.

      • 72 Nena20409
        July 31, 2012 at 2:22 pm

        Roland was also suspended by TeaNN for over a month after tweeting what many in the LGBTQ community thought as anti-Gay.
        Yes, there are Black Clergy who may have issues with pres Obama’s stand on marriage equality. But their flock, just like those in my faith, the Roman Catholic will not be listening. The pres is POTUS for 313M of Us, not the Pastor in Chief. Rowland martin can roll, roll off.

    • 73 FiredUpInCA
      July 31, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      A more accurate tweet would have been, “A right-wing, National Organization for Marriage-affiliated fringe group that serves no purpose but to play out NOM’s strategy to create a wedge marriage equality supporters and black voters, held a press conference.”

      Let’s examine their far-reaching influence:

      “Owens is collecting signatures for an anti-marriage equality pledge at 100000signatures4marriage.com (that’s with a 1 with 5 zeros). But he wrote in a May 31 letter that “over one thousand” people had signed (so close, just 99% more to go!).

      And just last week, the African Methodist Episcopal Church took exception with a Coalition of African-American Pastors press release that claimed that both organizations would call on black pastors to “withhold support from President Obama because of his ongoing disrespect for the views of many of us in the black church.” Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry, chair of AME’s Commission on Social Action, said that “contrary to the report, neither the AME Church nor its leadership is involved with or partnering with the Coalition of African-American Pastors.” Oops.”


      • 74 Dudette
        July 31, 2012 at 4:08 pm

        Thank you. I was go find this and post it.

      • 75 Puddin'
        July 31, 2012 at 6:02 pm

        These fools are being used…they can go down that road and help the repugs get back in the White House and two more repubs are added to the Supreme Court…their stupid butts end up back in the cotton fields…I wonder how that’s going to work out for them!

  24. July 31, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    • 78 COS
      July 31, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Good morning, Meta, Chips and TOD friends. Meta, I love this. Yesterday, Michael E. Dyson started the “Dyson ary”. His first word to describe Mittens was Obfuscate. There are so many words to describe this vile liar. 🙂

  25. July 31, 2012 at 1:52 pm

  26. 81 Debz
    July 31, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    That “European Vacation” photo is hysterical!!!! 😀

  27. 82 sabreen60
    July 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Carolyn, I brought this over from the last thread, because your comment made me sad. I just don’t want anyone to believe any group/race of people will not be a part of the future in America.

    Iif you mean that “I am not the future”, did you mean because of ‘age’. Is so then, well yes, we who are older are not the future. However, if you mean because you are ‘white’ then I have a problem with that. On this, I am an idealist. I would like to believe that in the future whether one is “mixed-race” (whatever that means ’cause most AA’s are something other than pure African), white, Hispanic or whatever, it simply will not matter to most people. I doubt if white folks won’t be around as your sentence seem to imply. I am sure there will be people of all ethnic backgrounds in high positions in government. As the vast majority of CEO’s are white men then diversity may take longer.

    • 83 Nena20409
      July 31, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      Brazil is a totally multi-cultural, ethnically diverse, yet No Black person or Native American Brazilian is nationally elected. TX is majority minority, yet No Dem is elected statewide.. Things will eventually change in USA, no doubt. I am hoping for a truly more tolerant and accepting nation. It is Up to Us. The 35 and below understand this. The 50 plus are having a harder time of it.

    • 84 jackiegrumbacher
      July 31, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Anyone whose heart is young and fights for progress is part of the future–no matter what their age. The bigots, the reactionaries and the obstructionists belong to the past and they will find the world has long passed them by.

      • 85 sabreen60
        July 31, 2012 at 3:02 pm

        I meant those of us who are older “will not be around’ in the future. As much as I would like to believe I will live forever, I know that’s not possible 😀

    • 86 carolyn
      July 31, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      I said that because of my age, I’m 72, and I know my years are numbered. However, I still teach college freshmen, and plan to have an influence for good and democracy for several years to come. My point was not that white folks won’t be around, but that it is going to be a more shared world than heretofore. To me, that is good. We will ALL of all races be here, even though I won’t in however many years, but my children will be, and the people of all races that I teach will be. It’s just that the proportions will be different, and there is right now some adjusting going on psychically. Don’t be sad…..I’m not. I continue to work hard for what I believe, and will continue to do so. It’s just sometimes, I actually face my own mortality. Usually I do not:)

      • 87 isonprize
        July 31, 2012 at 5:25 pm

        Carolyn. YAY!!! I was hoping that this is what you meant. Your comments remind me of something my sweet mama used to say. She was a grade school teacher for 30+ years. She would often say something like “As long as I’m teaching, I’ll stay young. And as long as I’m teaching, I’m always learning, The kids keep me young.”

        Unfortunately, there are some folks who are truly going CRAZY with this part of your comment. It’s just that the proportions will be different, and there is right now some adjusting going on psychically.

        THOSE are the folks that I feel sorry for, especially the ones who turn that ‘adjusting’ into outright hate and bigotry. I feel sorry for them, but I also must work doubly hard to defeat them. We cannot let our children live in that kind of world.

        • 88 carolyn
          July 31, 2012 at 6:05 pm

          Actually, I don’t believe the children will let it be that kind of world. The ones I teach truly don’t see color, or race, or…….many people would be totally surprised to walk into classrooms and see how WELL the diverse group get along. I have great hope for the future, because I see it every day. My daughter teaches eighth grade, I teach college…..we both see good, solid behavior between races. The day will come when race really doesn’t mean anything…….it will take a while, but like President Obama, we teachers work for the long game!
          I truly feel sorry for the people who don’t see the beauty in people of every color…..they are indeed the losers.
          Don’t any of you despair for the future…..it is going to be fantastic!

  28. July 31, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    “Filthy Lies About Romney Debunked”


    😀 😀 😀

  29. 90 Ladyhawke
    July 31, 2012 at 2:15 pm


    When culture, context, and cowardice collide

    By Steve Benen


    First, when Romney told Fox he “did not speak about the Palestinian culture,” he’s simply not telling the truth. NBC’s Mark Murray and Garrett Haake, relying on the transcript released by the Romney campaign itself, published a report that removes all doubt. The presidential hopeful was talking about the relative size of national economies, and he made the direct connection to competing cultures.

    It’s not even a close call. The relevant portion of the speech is a little long, but since Romney is denying the facts, it’s worth setting the record straight:
    Romney “did not speak about the Palestinian culture”? Please.

    For that matter, it’s kind of amusing to hear the former governor suggest news reports had taken him out of context, given that his entire campaign message is based on rhetoric that’s been taken out of context.



  30. July 31, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    He will never #EtchASketch away these many, many lies ….

  31. 93 sabreen60
    July 31, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Bob Cesca:

    “I don’t know how he’ll handle the head of state job. He’s made a mess of being a tourist.” -Rahm Emanuel beclowning Mitt Romney

    We may laugh, but this isn’t just a joke.

    While I don’t personally believe Mitt Romney will win the election, I won’t deny that it’s at least a possibility that candidate Romney could become President Clark Griswold.

  32. 94 amk for obama
    July 31, 2012 at 2:27 pm

  33. 95 amk for obama
    July 31, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Gunnite folks.

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  36. 98 jackiegrumbacher
    July 31, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I have been following the ACLU’s daily reports on the Voter ID law hearings before Commonwealth Judge Simpson and I must say that the ACLU lawyers are phenomenal. The daily pile on of statistics and human impact stories is so overwhelming it seems hard for me to believe that any judge could ignore it or deem it acceptable. The hearings are making the state of PA seem flatfooted and incompetent and the state’s lawyers seem lackluster at best. One of the things I’ve said from the beginning is that the DMV is too understaffed to bear the burden of this new law and the DMV witnesses are saying this too. Have no idea where the ACLU got all these wonderful plaintiffs but their stories are compelling and even heart wrenching. Local people have been telling me that Judge Simpson is not an idealogue and that he’s as fair a judge as we could get with an R after his name. Please, people, keep your fingers crossed and say many prayers. A good decision in PA will have a big impact on other voter ID laws.


  37. 102 Ladyhawke
    July 31, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    THE GROWING “DON’T DISCUSS LIST” – (Bain, Governor MA., Romneycare, Tax Returns, 2002 Olympics)

    Mitt’s “Foreign Policy Trip” Wasn’t About Foreign Policy

    By Ed Kilgore


    In assessing the trip, I think most everybody is ignoring one of its most obvious rationales, which in turn may provide its enduring significance: it was about the Olympics, the only aspect of Mitt Romney’s biography that was—until now—a bright shining spot of uncomplicated competence and success. Sure, he added on the obligatory Israel stop (a nice sop to Sheldon Adelson, some neocon advisors, and the Christian Right) and probably chose Poland to make the whole thing look more substantial, but I’d bet dollars to donuts that what mainly motivated the whole trip was the need to get that Olympic mojo working for Mitt again now that he’s all but estopped from discussing any other aspect of his life.

    It obviously didn’t work out too well, and the remaining question is whether the Olympics have joined his gubernatorial record, Bain Capital, and his personal finances on the Don’t Discuss list—and what, if anything, is less. The unnamed GOPer above who articulated the fond hope that even a cipher might be able to beat Obama this year may soon get a test of his proposition.



  38. July 31, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    • 107 Nena20409
      July 31, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      So who gets AG Holder’s reputation back? What about the filthy wicked criminal, Darrell Issa and his contempt charges? Would the TBGOPers now apologize to AG Holder? Those at Fox, flaming and erroneously reporting that Holder was hiding something, what happens Now? The right went 24/7 on pres Obama using executive privileges. What say them now?

  39. July 31, 2012 at 2:39 pm

  40. 109 vcprezofan2
    July 31, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Well I’m back and am just as hungry as when I left – the car won’t start!!! I’ve phoned the tow service and they’ve promised to be here in half an hour, so I’m keeping an eye on the window.

  41. July 31, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Read article this AM on Daily Kos about 3 lies in Mitt’s new commercial.
    1. Romney says he knows what it’s like “to wonder whether you’re going to be able to make ends meet.”
    2. Romney’s ad claims that he had the “best jobs record of any Massachusetts governor in the last decade,” citing the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    3. Romney claims credit for creating a $100 million surplus at the Salt Lake Olympics which he says was donated to an endowment for the future of Olympic sport without mentioning the federal government spent $1.3 billion on the games or that the surplus was actually $56 million and the donation was actually $40 million.

    The funniest part was this: Also worth noting: When controversy about federal spending erupted in the lead up to the games, Romney responded as only Romney can. He started out by rejecting criticism of overspending by calling it “Balderdash!” (Seriously, he did.)

    One might apply the same description to his whole campaign.

    • 111 hopefruit2
      July 31, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      The fact that so many people can readily spot the several lies in this ad, yet the likes of Chuck Todd and crew at MSNBainCapital seem to think it’s going to be Willard’s LEGITIMATE route to the WH, is mind-boggling to say the very least.

  42. 112 Cman
    July 31, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    This is cool

    • 113 Bill
      July 31, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      That is cool. Historians can rank the presidents based on their criteria, but without a doubt we have the coolest president ever running against a candidate who is the biggest dork ever in this year’s election. I suppose there is some irony in that. Willard makes Nixon look cool.

    • July 31, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      That’s so cute. And cool!

  43. 116 hopefruit2
    July 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    So some of the pundits at MSNBC are really hoping and rooting for a strong Romney comeback in the month of August. Romney’s crew seem to have revealed something to them that makes them think he’s going to basically dominate in the month of August. And they are licking their chops in anticipation. They are getting push back on Twitter to be sure, but we can’t help but ask who is paying their salaries, and what exactly is behind this disturbing desire to see Romney defeat our President, let alone display it unprofessionally all over Twitter?

    • 117 japa21
      July 31, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Technically, they are correct. Romney, to be a viable candidate in November, should and needs to own August. There will be potential shots in the arm for him. The first is the VP announcement. The second is the Convention. Typically, a candidate gets a bounce from both those events. PBO has neither in August.

      If Romney, during the week after the convention has basically not gone ahead of PBO in the polls, he is toast. That is why, it won’t disturb me if Romney edges ahead by a couple points early in September. We will get that back with the Dem convention. And if it is still basically a tie or PBO maintains a couple points lead after the Republcian convention and prior to the Dem convention, I ill be overjoyed.

      Don’t forget, McCain actually was ahead in the polls briefly after the Republican convention in 2008 and we all know what the final result was then.

      • 118 hopefruit2
        July 31, 2012 at 3:22 pm

        You’re right japa…however the thing is, the RNC convention is not until the last four days in August, and I imagine his VP pick will be shortly before that (at most one week), so if that is correct, the “bounce” should not happen for most of August, but should actually be in the last week of August and early September. Yet Murray and Todd are pretty much declaring all of August Romney month.

        Secondly, will Murray and Todd be licking their chops in late Aug with the same anticipatory declarations for PBO on September? Somehow I don’t think so.

        • 119 japa21
          July 31, 2012 at 3:30 pm

          No real disagreeement. They will push Romney stuff more, but I did notice in Todd’s tweet that he specifically said that Romney cannot afford to lose August. Not sure that would have been added before all the negative incidents with the press in England, Israel and Poland.

          Also, the only thing that matters in their limited brains is what the end of the month means.

          • July 31, 2012 at 4:30 pm

            I’m with your point all the way, japa!

            Romney won’t win the election in August, but he sure can lose it. That’s all I think Chuck Todd is saying here. I don’t like Todd, but on this issue, I believe he is absolutely right. Romney needs to win August to stay in the game. If he doesn’t, while he’ll technically still be alive, you might just write his presidential obituary – or at least start the draft.

            August is tailored perfectly for him – he gets the positive buzz of not just a VP pick, but also his convention. It doesn’t mean, however, that something won’t go wrong or that Todd believes it will go flawlessly. There could be a string of new attacks that keeps Romney off message and damages him heading into the convention. But I think overall point is that Romney can’t afford to trail in the polls at the end of August like he is now.

            If he can’t do it in August, a month where the news will be on him, and much of it positive, when can he?

            • 121 anniebella
              July 31, 2012 at 5:35 pm

              Don’t think that the President and Obama campaign will be sitting on it’s hands allowing Romney to control the media. Remember Barack Obama is the President. And being the President of the United States carry some weight.

        • July 31, 2012 at 3:32 pm

          We still have some Opposition research we are sitting on.
          Bet we release it in early august!

          • 123 japa21
            July 31, 2012 at 3:35 pm

            I would guess more aftrer the Dem convention and maybe not until October. They don’t want to give Romney too much response time. Note that they have done very little with a lot of his gaffes and have let others do the talking for them.

            • 124 hopefruit2
              July 31, 2012 at 3:54 pm

              Yup. I think they’re waiting for the opportune time when neither the media nor the GOP can coordinate their heavily spun responses to the info that the Obama camp put out.

      • 125 Bill
        July 31, 2012 at 3:27 pm

        The argument against Willard having a strong August is none of his perspective VP candidates will give him the bounce the Tundra Twit gave McCain, and the Republican Convention will put everyone to sleep. We also do not know what the PBO campaign has in store for August.

        • 126 japa21
          July 31, 2012 at 3:33 pm

          Bill, try as it might, the media can’t make a silk purse out of sow’s ear. So yes, Romney SHOULD own August, but the likelihood of that happening is remote. Actually, by spreading this memde, they are actually doing PBO a big favor (unwittingly) by setting a high bar for Romney. A Bar that he can not possibly meet.

          • 127 57andfemale
            July 31, 2012 at 4:27 pm

            I couldn’t believe the b.s. pundits saying that putting Bill Clinton on the program was in some way evidence that PBO thought he was in trouble?!?!

            Seriously? I have serious issues with Bill Clinton but he’s popular. Why wouldn’t the Dem’s want to put him in up front, when Repubs have to hide their last disaster of a President under a rock?

            • 128 Puddin'
              July 31, 2012 at 6:35 pm

              Truth is, they don’t believe the b.s. either…just words to fill the airways…ratings, ratings, ratings! We got more black wotes, more latino votes, more youth votes, more gay votes, more women votes…they ain’t got that many white male votes in the world!

            • 129 Cha
              July 31, 2012 at 6:57 pm

              He’s popular and he’s a former Democratic President they’re not ashamed of, evidently. Why isn’t bush going to be at the gopropaganda extravaganza?

      • July 31, 2012 at 4:24 pm

        I agree with you japa and have been saying it for a while now. Romney needs to overtake Obama in the polls sometime in August or he’s in serious trouble. The media pointing this out isn’t a bad thing because it is correct. If he can’t gain traction leading up to the Republican Convention, when can he?

        Remember, the Democratic Convention is only days after the Republican Convention ends, which should stifle any bounce Romney receives post-convention (something similar happened with Obama, who gave an amazing speech in Denver and then saw any momentum from it blunted by McCain’s selection of Palin a day after and the subsequent convention that gave McCain the lead in the polls.

        Romney has to make a move soon or he’s going to risk watching his window of opportunity close. If he doesn’t make it in August, it’s hard to see where he makes it outside some external event changing the dynamics of this race.

        This will be the most important month for Romney’s campaign because while he might not be able to win the election with it, he certainly can lose it.

        • 131 Cha
          July 31, 2012 at 7:02 pm

          I’m Sooooo Glad the Dem Convention is after the gop! I hated it 4 years ago when we were basking in the glow of the Dem Convention and the next day palin was chosen and the “news” went apeshit over moosejaw.

          • July 31, 2012 at 8:08 pm

            Yup! We didn’t even have 24 hours to enjoy the speech. I remember waking up that next morning and hearing McCain was ready to make his pick. The entire news was dominated by who the pick would be (rumors were out there it’d be Palin) and then, when they announced, who she was. Obama’s speech instantly became an afterthought.

      • 133 57andfemale
        July 31, 2012 at 4:32 pm

        Romney has to go bold on the VP pick, don’t you think? What kind of bounce does he get from Pawlenty, Portman or Jindal?

        I am thrilled to see a young, rising Hispanic star as the keynote speaker, but my first thought was that the Dem’s think a Hispanic might be the choice: Rubio, or isn’t there some Hispanic woman governor? Do they know something we don’t know?

        That being said, a strong Hispanic Democrat is a great image for our party.

        • 134 Obama Grandmama
          July 31, 2012 at 4:50 pm

          About a week or two ago I heard all kinds of talk about John Thune being Mitt’s pick. Guess it was speculation but I am talking about the news on the radio not a talk show.

          • 135 57andfemale
            July 31, 2012 at 5:19 pm

            Another safe ‘white guy’. I don’t see the ‘bounce,’ although I hear he’s a fire-breathing Christian Right nut.

            Doesn’t Romney have all these votes already?

            Methinks the idea of Republicans staying home because of Romney’s lack of RWNJ credentials is absurd: here’s what Republicans do: they vote. They vote enthusiastically because they’d rather vote their hate than their love, and they hate PBO. They’ll worry about Romney toeing the line later (I don’t think they have a problem — I think RWNJ is the Real Romney. It was the moderate/liberal Romney that was a complete lie).

      • July 31, 2012 at 4:49 pm

        I would love it if Romney’s head could enlarge with false confidence during August. The debates, and the inevitable Romney thrashing, will be that much sweeter if the GOP think they’ve got the upper hand.

    • July 31, 2012 at 3:30 pm

  44. July 31, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    That is encouraging!

  45. July 31, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    DOJ sues Michigan over Failure to send timely
    absentee ballots.
    Uh huh, uh huh!

  46. 142 nospin
    July 31, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Europe grades Mitt Romney’s trip : F

    International Media Criticize Romney’s Mideast Trip: ‘The Republican Has Done Damage’


    • 143 Cha
      July 31, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      I like this analysis..thx nospin..

      “UNITED KINGDOM: In a in opinion column for the Rupert Murdoch-owned Times of London, Hugo Rifkind wrote:

      Mr. Romney’s behavior in Israel is… a throwback to a time when U.S. foreign policy considered the bulk of the Middle East to be irredeemably horrible; a great morass of messy “other” with which grown-up engagement was close to impossible. As a response to the patchwork of petty tyranny that the region used to be, this made some sense. Today, it makes none at all.”

      Will mitt be blaming his problems stateside on the press, too? Will he be Whining through August?

  47. July 31, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Just in-
    Phelps just got a Silver in the 200M Butterfly- tying the record for Olympic medals!

  48. 149 desertflower
    July 31, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    OMG! Chips, you found my post! Great job:) Those comments were all over the place and I wasn’t sure that you would even see this:) HAHAHA

  49. 150 hopefruit2
    July 31, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    2010!?!?…what is Little Nate up to with this nonsense?

    • July 31, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      Well prior to 2010, the economy wasn’t firing on any cylinders – it wasn’t even starting.

    • July 31, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Actually – this is the first decent thing Nate has said all year. Between 2009 and 2010, the Democrats had the House and were applying stimulus. Since 2010, the economy has slowed it’s increasing progress – since the GOP policy of “do nothing” was put into place.

  50. 154 FiredUpInCA
    July 31, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    A new star will rise at Democratic National Convention

    Julian Castro, 37, the mayor of San Antonio, has been selected to give the keynote address in Charlotte.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/election-2012/a-new-star-rise-democratic-national-convention-article-1.1125780#ixzz22EQch0g4

  51. July 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    So now Spitzer and Uhygur can get off of The President on this Principle forgiveness, as you can see this is not his fault-


  52. 161 Linda
    July 31, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Check out Fox and Friends stepping all over Mitt’s ” You did not build that ” meme this morning……


  53. 164 ChristiMTL
    July 31, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Harry Reid: Bain Investor Told Me That Mitt Romney ‘Didn’t Pay Any Taxes For 10 Years’

    Oh this is good!…….

    I believe it

    • 165 Linda
      July 31, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      Where did you get that Christi ?

      • 166 ChristiMTL
        July 31, 2012 at 4:10 pm

        I just saw it on twitter Linda, it’s in Huff

        Here’s the link http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/31/harry-reid-romney-taxes_n_1724027.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

        • July 31, 2012 at 4:17 pm

          Tweet that to Lis smith!

        • 169 nospin
          July 31, 2012 at 4:27 pm

          It was hilarious. Check it out:

          “Reid saved some of his toughest words for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Romney couldn’t make it through a Senate confirmation process as a mere Cabinet nominee, the majority leader insisted, owing to the opaqueness of his personal finances.

          “His poor father must be so embarrassed about his son,” Reid said, in reference to George Romney’s standard-setting decision to turn over 12 years of tax returns when he ran for president in the late 1960s.

          Saying he had “no problem with somebody being really, really wealthy,” Reid sat up in his chair a bit before stirring the pot further. A month or so ago, he said, a person who had invested with Bain Capital called his office.

          “Harry, he didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years,” Reid recounted the person as saying.

          “He didn’t pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain,” said Reid. “But obviously he can’t release those tax returns. How would it look?

          “You guys have said his wealth is $250 million,” Reid went on. “Not a chance in the world. It’s a lot more than that. I mean, you do pretty well if you don’t pay taxes for 10 years when you’re making millions and millions of dollars.”

          • 170 Cha
            July 31, 2012 at 7:38 pm

            romney wants to be president of a country he doesn’t even have the patriotism to Invest in. He’s the stinking epitome of the ugly american.

      • 171 ChristiMTL
        July 31, 2012 at 4:13 pm

        This is so perfect because no matter how outraged he’s going to be, denying this….or McCain huffing and puffing that it is not true….he’s going to have to prove it now!….it won’t go away….thanks Mr. Reid.

    • 172 Bill
      July 31, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      He also said he did not know if he had ever paid less than 13.9%. Even Willard could not lie out of that.

  54. 175 terim
    July 31, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Harry Reid: Bain Investor Told Me That Mitt Romney ‘Didn’t Pay Any Taxes For 10 Years’

    • 176 ChristiMTL
      July 31, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      I have to admit, I am not a fan of Harry Reid…..but I am so happy about this…..

    • 177 Obama Grandmama
      July 31, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      I have to admit I figure this could be a political ploy to try to get Mitt to release the taxes to prove this statement wrong.

  55. July 31, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Just went to USPO to mail my 50 dollar donation, before deadline!

  56. 181 Cman
    July 31, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    PHELPS does it. Wins 15th Gold and becomes the most decorated Olympian to ever walk the earth. 19 medals. Awesome!

  57. 184 hopefruit2
    July 31, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    The sun is shining, yet I hear thunder. That’s Mother Nature laughing her ass off about Romney!

  58. 185 hopefruit2
    July 31, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    That tidbit from Harry Reid about Willard not paying taxes for 10 years should make Mark Knoller think twice when he’s tweeting his B.S. about “cost to taxpayer” whenever PBO gets on AF1 to go somewhere.

    • July 31, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      Sadly – the tea baggers will hear this “no taxes” news, and cheer Romney on that he was able to avoid paying taxes at all. They love that about him.

      • 187 hopefruit2
        July 31, 2012 at 5:54 pm

        Well, it’s not the tea baggers Willard is trying to win; it’s the Independents and moderates who don’t appreciate people not playing by the same sets of rules.

      • 189 EricFive
        July 31, 2012 at 6:04 pm

        Tea baggers are lost causes, there is no reaching them. Independent voters, however, are very reachable and Mitt not paying taxes for ten years will not go over well with them, or any sane republicans for that matter.

  59. 190 desertflower
    July 31, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Listening to Randi online…but this is from her site today:)

    Mitt Romney is in Poland. There’s a joke there somewhere… and the joke is Mitt Romney. Mitt visited Poland’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Reporters were shouting questions at Mitt, and complaining because they’ve had virtually no access to ask Romney questions for the entire trip. That’s right—Mitt made this many gaffes without even being asked questions! Mitt’s press aide Rick Gorka literally told reporters “Kiss my ass. This is a holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect.” Classic! “Now can we please have a moment of silence while Governor Romney does the crap you gotta do at a stupid tomb?” I’m relieved things went as well as they did at the Western Wall. I’m glad Rick Gorka didn’t shout “Shaddup you losers! Mitt’s trying to pose by the damned Jew Wall!”

    Read more: http://www.randirhodes.com/main.html#ixzz22EaGdvp0

    Can someone PLEASE offer this smart woman a TV show???!!

  60. 191 57andfemale
    July 31, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    This is starting to worry me a lot – I think we have legal hell ahead of us, with the ‘corporations-are-people’ now asserting their religious fealty in their by-laws:


  61. 192 nospin
    July 31, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    MISS CHIPS – how is it possible I have never seen this wondrous picture of this little guy kissing POTUS on the lips?


  62. July 31, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Are any other news Organizations and the MSM picking up that stuff about Robney and his taxes?
    Or are they ignoring it???

    • 198 nospin
      July 31, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Jovie – it is all over the news. lolol See for yourself. 🙂 Google Harry Reid Romney Taxes

      • July 31, 2012 at 4:52 pm

        Tweet the good Rev Al with this, CNN is ignoring it.
        I pushed it into Politico website with my email. I can tell because of the time it was posted!
        Yup yup!

        • 200 nospin
          July 31, 2012 at 4:54 pm

          they won’t be able to ignore Jovie. every minute some other org or blog is posting it. This sucker is going viral and they can’t stop it.

          This must have been the Saturday surprise Romney’s team alluded to. Someone must have given them a heads up that this was going to blow.

        • 201 nospin
          July 31, 2012 at 4:59 pm

          and yes will tweet to Rev Al but I am sure they are on it.

          See this?

          I don’t usually do this but . . . here: bit.ly/M1Nz1T 🙂 / rt @joesegal @arimelber citing what Bain source?— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) July 31, 2012

  63. 202 ChristiMTL
    July 31, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Harry Reid is trending on Twitter! yessssss

  64. July 31, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker John Boehner have reached a deal to keep the government funded for six months, meaning there will be no threat of a government shutdown when the fiscal year ends Sept. 30. The funding deal would keep government spending at current levels through March 2013. Both chambers of Congress will likely vote on the resolution in September.

  65. 204 desertflower
    July 31, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Fascinating reading…notice how some things never change


    http://www.academicamerican.com/recongildedage/topics/gildedage1.html The Gilded Age In America: The American West

    http://www.academicamerican.com/recongildedage/topics/gildedage2.html The War between Capital and Labor

    H/t Randi Rhodes ..

  66. 205 57andfemale
    July 31, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    for some reason I can’t get the individual post to come up, but go to Political Animal at Washington Monthly and read the post on votings as a values issue. It’s excellent.


  67. 209 nospin
    July 31, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I am loving this person’s take on the Reid/Romney tax kerfluffle

    Harry Reid isn’t exactly someone who stirs the pot. Well, in this case, he’s got a huge spoon stirring a gigantic cauldron.

    Check it out.


    • 210 Cha
      July 31, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      Thx nospin! I think it is true that someone called Harry from Bain and that tells a story right there. And, if this anonymous guy is right..then why didn’t willard pay any taxes? Was it all loop holes and hyper-greedy rich miser shite or what?

  68. July 31, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    So I go out to lunch, and I return to find that that sober, evenkeeled Majority Leader Harry Reid has just stuck a grenade in Mittens’ underwear. Man. Go Harry!

  69. 223 donna dem 4 obama
    July 31, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Good Afternoon TOD!

    I am finally able to peek in for the day. I was just about to post my Fundraising link and voila I looked and someone had already donated this afternoon to my one donation for 100 days challenge. THANK YOU TRACY!!!!!

    • 224 57andfemale
      July 31, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      You and TOD are my first donations when I get home today. Didn’t bring my OFA login info with me, so I’ll need to do it when I get home.

  70. 225 carolyn
    July 31, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    If the Republicans are agreeing to this, I think they are seeing some discouraging signs for them. Their plan to sabotage the president is beginning to backfire. This bill will take us through the election, through inauguration, to a new Congress!

  71. July 31, 2012 at 5:06 pm

  72. 227 desertflower
    July 31, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    ison liked this word, so I’ll use it again. Fucksticks.

    thinkprogress Daily Caller wants you to help find out who hacked their site. The prize? A 9mm pistol engraved with Bill of Rights thkpr.gs/QicjTx
    4 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

  73. July 31, 2012 at 5:15 pm

  74. 232 desertflower
    July 31, 2012 at 5:21 pm


    What this really means is it’s now all but guaranteed the Bush Tax Cuts will expire at the end of this year.

    The Republicans are signing away the only leverage they could have used to force the issue, and if congress simply does nothing they will expire.

    I won’t say it’s impossible they could be extended, but unless you can envision a scenario wherein the House Republicans agree to extend tax cuts for only the first $250,000 of income, it isn’t happening.

    This deal, announced today by John Boehner and Harry Reid, also means sequestration will continue as planned.

    • 233 57andfemale
      July 31, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      My dream: we keep the Senate, MAYBE take back the House, Reid gets his act together on filibuster reform, and we immediately do legislation to extend the middle class tax cuts.

  75. July 31, 2012 at 5:30 pm

  76. 244 desertflower
    July 31, 2012 at 5:31 pm


    WARNING! Gruesome photo..and one that, in Steve King’s world..is just fine! IOWA>>>>>get rid of this asswipe! You are so much better than this!!

    • 245 dotster3
      July 31, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      He has to go. He is despicable in every way, every thought, every deed, every statement. Christie Vilsack deserves support —–financial and otherwise.

  77. 246 nospin
    July 31, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Republicans are having a tough time coming up with the right messaging for this. The responses I have seen is weak.

    Calling BS on Reid’s Bain tax claims

    I tweeted the author @danprimack and told him it was easy to disprove what Harry Reid said. All Mitt has to do is release his returns.

    • 247 desertflower
      July 31, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      🙂 Boom!

    • July 31, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Reid boxed him in before he even gets to the convention!

    • July 31, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    • 250 hopefruit2
      July 31, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      From what I’ve seen and heard in the last 3 years, it is not Harry Reid’s style to spread rumors about the opposition just for kicks. He is also someone who does not “jump the gun” and speak or act prematurely. Therefore there has to be something about those tax returns that is serious enough to warrant Reid’s comfort in publicly making such a claim. Also, the timing of Reid’s comments is of significant interest. Romney planned to come back from overseas and hit the reset button and etch-a-sketch all the gaffes and blunders in London, Israel, and Poland. He had his sycophants on MSNBainCapital, including Murray and Chuck Todd all ready to help him do just that.

      Well, MSNBC, Todd and Murray will have to find another strategy, because August is not looking too bright for Willard!!!

      • July 31, 2012 at 6:05 pm

        It’s being ignored by TV. That is why we should push it!

        • 252 hopefruit2
          July 31, 2012 at 6:09 pm

          Here is the Romney Campaign’s response to reid’s accusations. Note that there is actual no denial of what Harry Reid said.

          // Asked for a response to Reid’s latest comments, Romney campaign adviser Kevin Madden said his candidate had “gone above and beyond the disclosure requirements by releasing two years of personal tax returns in addition to the hundreds of pages of personal financial disclosure documents he has provided to the FEC and made public.”

          Madden added that it was “troubling and disappointing that Senator Reid would cite Governor Romney’s father, George, as part of a personal attack against the governor. We have many substantive disagreements with the senator and his policies, but using insults about a father-son relationship is a step too far.” //


          • 253 Grab a Mop Grace
            July 31, 2012 at 6:17 pm

            hf you are so right, there is no denial in there whatsoever!
            I think that Harry Reid is definitely onto something here…
            All Mittens had to say was I have never paid a 0% rate. He didn’t even come close to saying that.
            Again, Sen. Reid is onto something BIG here…

            Obama/Biden 2012

            • 254 hopefruit2
              July 31, 2012 at 6:19 pm

              Exactly. Everyone knows whether or not they paid taxes, even if they don’t know exactly how much, and everyone can answer with confidence whether or not they went for a 10 yr period paying absolutely ZERO taxes.

          • July 31, 2012 at 6:32 pm

            Given the way they’ve trashed the President’s father, I’d say nothing about Mitt’s father is out-of-bounds.

        • 256 nospin
          July 31, 2012 at 6:12 pm

          Rev Al is on it Jovie.

        • 257 carolyn
          July 31, 2012 at 6:14 pm

          This will eventually make its way up. What hopefruit said is an accurate depiction of Reid. He, as Senate leader cannot be ignored by the press. This will come out. We’ll hear Mitt whine.
          I think we can relax about good surrogates.

  78. July 31, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    My updated Twitter profile:

    Librarian, severely liberal, fierce Obot, loyal friend, sometime writer, frequent reader. Don’t interact with RWNJ: blocking is so much easier.

    Really, expending energy on arguing with those with diminished capacity is a waste.

  79. July 31, 2012 at 5:39 pm

  80. 266 nospin
    July 31, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    This is becoming so much fun. I couldn’t resist.

    Repubs love to claim that 47% of people don’t pay taxes. Ok.Inquiring minds want to know . . .Is Mitt one of them? #UnfitMitt #Kissmyass— Justin Time (@nospin2012) July 31, 2012

  81. 267 nospin
    July 31, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    OFA is on it. Pay your fair share.

    • 270 nathkatun7
      July 31, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      This is a disgrace that the person in charge of enforcing the PA voter Id law doesn’t know what the law says. One person commenting at TPM summed it up perfectly: “The idiots are in charge.”

  82. July 31, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    See? CNN and the Tv box is ignoring the Romney/Bain taxes stuff.

    • 272 hopefruit2
      July 31, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      Jovie, take heart! They can only ignore it for so long. At some point it is going to have to be addressed. This toothpaste is already squeezed out and is not going back in the tube…sorry.

      • July 31, 2012 at 6:30 pm

        What gets me is, the Press hates Robney, but favors Him immensely.
        That is strange!

        • July 31, 2012 at 6:38 pm

          Cash flow, Jovie, purely a matter of cash flow …. keep it close until it’s totally obvious it’s a blowout or the big $$$ ad buys dry up …

        • 275 hopefruit2
          July 31, 2012 at 6:40 pm

          I don’t find it all that strange. They want Obama defeated because they want to return to the good ol’ days of corporate deregulation. And Romney is the puppet that will allow them to do just that. President Obama is the no-nonsense Sheriff and they want him gone. I’m sure that the CEO of MSNBC is one of the 129 CEOS who has donated anonymously to Willard’s campaign.

  83. 276 nospin
    July 31, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    This man deserves to be put out of office.

    Sen. Graham: Contractors should issue layoff notices before election

    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) called on government contractors to put employees on layoff notice before November’s election

    • July 31, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      Maybe he should get a layoff notice?

    • 278 0388jojothecat
      July 31, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      That’s what my brother’s government contractor did. They have been laying off people for three years getting rid of their oldest and higher paid workersd while still hiring new employees at lower salaries.

  84. July 31, 2012 at 5:59 pm

  85. 280 dotster3
    July 31, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Meanwhile, Repubs are voting on restricting abortion.

  86. 281 desertflower
    July 31, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Well family…off to go register some voters today! Be back later:)

  87. 284 Linda
    July 31, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    DWS coming up on Rev Al to talk about this.

  88. July 31, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    A new ad out this evening from the Obama campaignimplicitly ties Mitt Romney’s proposed policies to those of the Bush administration.

    “You watched…and worried. Two wars. Tax cuts for millionaires. Debt piled up. And now we face a choice,” the ad’s narrator says. “Mitt Romney’s plan? A new $250,000 tax cut for millionaires. Increase military spending. Adding trillions to the deficit. Or Obama’s plan? A balanced approach. Four trillion in deficit reduction. Millionaires pay a little more.”

    The ad will run in Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, and Florida, per the campaign.


  89. July 31, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Rev Al just reported on the tax thingy! Good job tweeting him!

  90. 288 hopefruit2
    July 31, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Our boys on Team USA (Men’s Basketball) are playing Tunisia and it looks like it’s going to be another easy win (3rd quarter, 30+ pt lead). The only sad part is that our Dear FLOTUS won’t be there to reward them with her special hugs. They’ve been spoiled! 😦

  91. 289 Linda
    July 31, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Romney, GOP high-rollers to meet in Aspen


    ( The usual suspects will be attending )

  92. July 31, 2012 at 6:34 pm

  93. 291 hopefruit2
    July 31, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    All these years that Senator Reid was laying low, speaking softly and gently, accommodating, accepting, forgiving, taking punch after punch from Turtle-neck and the other GOP bullies….he was waiting for the opportunity to give them their comeuppance. Now B AM! I say give, ’em hell Harry!

  94. July 31, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    And, those two dudes and all their minions knew that during these four years of President Obama’s 1st term they were safe but you can be sure they are terrified of his having a 2nd term 🙂

    • 293 carolyn
      July 31, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      Bob….I agree that these people are scared to death of President Obama’s second term. He knew he couldn’t do anything about these criminals his first term, but I just know that the Justice Dept has been working on these cases for four years. Pres Obama and Atty Gen’l Holder are careful and thorough attorneys. They will bring no case before its time.

  95. 294 hopefruit2
    July 31, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    GEEZ, Mark Knoller is STILL trying to change the subject by carrying on about Churchill’s Bust and the WH! Unbelievable.

  96. July 31, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Robney plans swing State Bus Tour, 2 weeks before Convention.
    Great, more gaffes!

  97. 296 dotster3
    July 31, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Wow, do I wish Snark had some time to fire back. The other Knoller, the icky one, is again tweeting about Churchill busts, as if that was of supreme importance and there was nothing else of significance to report. Mind-boggling.

    • 297 hopefruit2
      July 31, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      I sure do miss Snark!

      • 298 anniebella
        July 31, 2012 at 7:20 pm

        Mark Knoller has a problem, a serious problem. Tell him to get up off his behind and go fine out why Mitt Romney refuses to release his tax returns. That’s a story we want to have a answer too.

        • July 31, 2012 at 7:35 pm

          Put a few more adjectives in that sentence Anniebella. Tell him to get up off his large elephant ass and find out why Mitt Romney refuses to release his tax returns.

          • 300 anniebella
            July 31, 2012 at 7:46 pm

            I mean no disrespect, but I don’t care about Churchill bust. Why won’t Mitt release his tax returns? I want Knoller to fine out the answer to that.

  98. 301 Tally
    July 31, 2012 at 7:03 pm

  99. July 31, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    9:50 AM
    Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews.
    10:05 AM
    Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route Mansfield, Ohio.
    11:40 AM
    Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at Mansfield Central Park.
    1:15 PM
    Michelle Obama speaks to grassroots supporters at a campaign event in Greensboro, N.C.
    2:30 PM
    Obama departs Mansfield, Ohio en route Akron, Ohio.
    3:00 PM
    Obama arrives in Akron, Ohio.
    3:05 PM
    Michelle Obama speaks to grassroots supporters at a campaign event in Laconia, N.H.
    3:55 PM
    Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at the John S. Knight Center.
    5:05 PM
    Obama departs Akron, Ohio.
    6:25 PM
    Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a campaign fundraising event in Raleigh, N.C.
    11:15 PM
    Obama arrives in Mansfield, Ohio.

  100. July 31, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Don’t know if this was already posted but worth it to do it again.

    Jackie —

    This would be amazing:

    As of this moment, we are just 212 donations short of the most contributions we’ve ever had on a single day!

    Only a few short hours remain before the midnight fundraising deadline. Will you put us over the top?


    Thank you,


    • 304 Tally
      July 31, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      Until they herd those DINO cats into supporting our POTUS, they can kiss my ass. As far as I’m concerned, they all owe AG Holder a ginormous apology.

      • July 31, 2012 at 8:51 pm

        I’m with you, Tally. The fact that some Democrats voted to humiliate and cast aspersion on the character of the first AA Attorney General, on a trumped up charge lobbied by people with their own criminal pasts and dubious morals.. . It makes my blood boil all over again just to think about that fiasco. And now that the report from the GOP proves that there’s no connection between Fast and Furious and the White House – they should have lined up in front of microphones today to offer apologies directly to AG Holder. (For the record: I would have been upset by the fiasco even if AG Holder wasn’t black, but that fact just makes the whole thing that much more sordid – special circumstance, and all that).

    • 307 Tally
      July 31, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      Sorry Jackie – good post. I was just speaking for me personally. I love Nancy…. and most of them.

  101. 309 dotster3
    July 31, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Another one bites the dust. Hammond, In. fundamentalist evangelical mega-church (15,000 members) pastor (married with 2 children) dismissed for “sin” (adultery) and is under police investigation. Paramour likely a student at Christian college connected to the church. Do you know how many times I see this kind of story on news sites across the country? Over and over and over and over and over.

    • July 31, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      That’s because a lot of them don’t even believe the stuff they’re trying to sell to everyone else. Operative word: “sell”. For profit.

  102. 311 amk for obama
    July 31, 2012 at 7:32 pm

  103. July 31, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    about Harry Reid’s comments on Willard:

    I don’t know what’s in the tax returns, but I’m surmising:

    1. he didn’t pay taxes for some years
    2. when he did pay taxes, it wasn’t even close to a 10% rate
    3. he’s on that amnesty list of 2009 – which means the shyt he was involved with was ILLEGAL.

    don’t nobody doing LEGAL shyt NEED AMNESTY.

    4. he’s got a whole lot more foreign accounts.
    5. the pay for the job he didn’t do because he was retired retroactively
    a) he never gave back that money retroactively
    b) it wasn’t remotely close to $100,000….try probably 8 figures

    6. he did some shady shyt for that 100 million dollar IRA
    7. still hasn’t explained how he gave his sons 100 million WITHOUT PAYING ANY TAXES

    I’m just sayin’.

    • July 31, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      Great list. I think he’s also hiding some very questionable investments that would totally compromise anyone running for POTUS.

  104. July 31, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    you know what I love about Harry Reid’s latest?

    how the hell can Willard defend himself from this?

    he can’t. …without releasing the tax returns.

    you know, a Democrat could come up with a story about Willard everyday… and he can’t defend against it..

    without releasing the tax returns.


  105. July 31, 2012 at 7:36 pm

  106. July 31, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Oh, this can’t be good:

    And by “not good”, I mean “hilariously wonderful”.

  107. 321 nospin
    July 31, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Republican Congressman Richard Hanna Says the GOP is ‘Incapable of Governing’

    Rep. Hanna told The Post-Standard: “I have to say that I’m frustrated by how much we, I mean the Republican Party, are willing to give deferential treatment to our extremes in this moment in history… we render ourselves incapable of governing when all we do is take severe sides.”


  108. July 31, 2012 at 7:42 pm

  109. 323 nospin
    July 31, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    more republicans leaving Congress.

    Republican Steve LaTourette of Ohio to Retire From House

    “Washington and public life is not the same as it was when I started a quarter century ago,” LaTourette said “For a long time, words like compromise have been like dirty words,” he said, according to the Plain Dealer. “I always believed that the art of being a legislator is finding common ground.”
    LaTourette also told reporters that “compromise, getting something done is not rewarded” and “the group of people that are interested in that type of result — the circle is getting smaller and smaller,” according to the Associated Press.


    They should have shut this crap down a long time ago. Lie with dogs, you will get fleas.

    • July 31, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      My sentiments, exactly. He’s been going along with Republicans these past three years of crisis, voting no on every measure to help the American people and save the country from recession. I don’t know what caused his epiphany, but he should have had it three years ago. The damage him and his party have done will affect future generations – and that’s a fact.

  110. 325 collegekay
    July 31, 2012 at 7:46 pm


  111. 327 nospin
    July 31, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    If we think that we can secure our country by just talking tough without acting tough and smart, then we will misunderstand this moment and miss its opportunities. If we think that we can use the same partisan playbook where we just challenge our opponent’s patriotism to win an election, then the American people will lose. The times are too serious for this kind of politics.

    BARACK OBAMA, speech, Aug. 19, 2008

  112. 328 dotster3
    July 31, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    • 329 Cha
      July 31, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      I know! When “kiss my ass” is the only thing written it’s not nearly as horribly funny as when the whole context is added. “Kiss my ass. This is a holy site.” WTF, LOL!

  113. 330 nospin
    July 31, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    What Washington needs is adult supervision.

    BARACK OBAMA, fundraising letter, Oct. 2006

  114. 331 nospin
    July 31, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I always believe that ultimately, if people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy, as a democracy and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results in bad government and politics.

    BARACK OBAMA, MSNBC interview, Sep. 25, 2006

  115. July 31, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Bill to criminalize DC abortions after 20 weeks fails to get 2/3rds of votes and defeated 220-154.


  116. 333 nospin
    July 31, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    President Obama Honors Early-Career Scientists and Engineers

    “Discoveries in science and technology not only strengthen our economy, they inspire us as a people.” President Obama said. “The impressive accomplishments of today’s awardees so early in their careers promise even greater advances in the years ahead.”


  117. 335 dotster3
    July 31, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    This Rev. Williams Owens, heading some black pastors group against Obama for his support of same sex marriage is a disgusting piece of work. A liar of the worst kind. He is saying that President Obama is “condoning” sex with little boys because of this support. And other disgusting, dishonest charges. He also added that Obama was “just half black, half white” so he is ignoring black causes. Ugliness and divisive to the max. I have no patience for these kind of fools.

  118. July 31, 2012 at 8:13 pm

  119. July 31, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    China getting it’s citizens/workers out of Syria … http://af.reuters.com/article/energyOilNews/idAFL4E8E71YC20120307?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0

    Only a few will remain to guard their oil drilling rigs …

  120. July 31, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Well good getting up evening O folks! Wunnerful day in TODdy town! My #2 just called all excited and out of breath. OFA called her and offered her a PAYING job. She would be working on an HBCU college campus. The only thing is it was in No. Car and she’d have to find her own way (they offered gas) and a place to stay. She’s heartbroken to have had to turn it down, especially after finding her chances of getting to the convention fading away. Oh well, they said they’ll keep her in mind for anything else that may turn up. In the meantime, she’s filling out the form they sent out last week to become a canvass person or something.

    My political take today is ‘Kiss my Ass…..Don’t be disrespectful” – Pittiful Mittfit’s spokesman who put the icing on the cake of Mitt’s “Jump the Shark Tour”

  121. 342 whatisworking
    July 31, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Betsy Myers On Barack Obama’s Most Potent Leadership Quality

    nice story


    • July 31, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      I love this story. He really is quite genuine and wise. A special person.

    • 344 Cha
      July 31, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Something none of the republicons candidates can say..sapedially the Lying willard pick..

      ” “I know this will be a long road,” said the senator, now candidate, to the twenty of us seated around the table. “If I am who I am and we win, great. And if I am who I am and we lose, then so be it. But don’t ask me to change who I am to win this thing.”

      Barack Obama was who he said he was, and that mattered.”

      Thx WIW!

    • 346 nathkatun7
      August 1, 2012 at 3:36 am

      That’s a wonderful story than needs to be shared widely. Thank you WIW for sharing it with us. This country is really lucky to have two “authentic” leaders: President Obama and Vice President Biden. As an added bonus they married powerful and “authentic” women. Our incredible First Lady has no problem interacting with people, from all walks of life, while still remaining down to earth. The way she treats people with love, warmth and respect, from Her Majesty the Queen to the average person, is truly a sight to behold. And then there is our Second Lady, Dr. Jill Biden who has no problem carrying on with the love of her professional life — teaching. As a wife of the VP she had every reason to give up teaching, but she didn’t. Sometimes I wish I had an opportunity to go take a class, at her Community College, from Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of the Vice-President of the United States. Dr. Biden is such an incredible roll model for teachers who are often maligned by right wingers. Her decision to remain a teacher after her husband was elected to the second highest position in the government sent a message that could not be mistaken: Teaching is a noble profession!

  122. 347 vcprezofan2
    July 31, 2012 at 8:27 pm

  123. 348 Ladyhawke
    July 31, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    The Last of $1.1 Billion in Affordable Care Act Rebates Go Out Today



    Keep the change

    I’m grateful that I have health insurance because when I saw my check from Humana, I nearly went into shock. Like most Americans, I expect to pay and pay my private insurers as I strive to never use the services for fear I’ll be branded with a preexisting condition. But suddenly, here’s Humana paying me back $61.70.

    For many, the $1.1 billion in rebates are the first benefit of ObamaCare that they’ll hold in their hand. They’re the result of the 80-20 rule, which some have called “The Bomb Buried Inside ObamaCare.” For the first time ever, private insurers are being forced to account for the money they charge and spend on their customers.

    Here’s how Humana explains it:



    • July 31, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      And when people multiply their check with the millions of other checks that went out (some as much as $800!), they’ll get an idea of just how much they’ve been bilked all these years when they’ve been paying their premiums for insurance on which they couldn’t really rely, all the while funding billion dollar bonuses and salaries for insurance executives. It’s quite a scandal, actually.

  124. 350 hopefruit2
    July 31, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    • 351 0388jojothecat
      July 31, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      Terror attacks decline after President Barack Obama ordered the capture/death of Bin Laden…….Death threats against President Obama in the United States are an all time high, what a sad state of affairs in America.

  125. 352 Ladyhawke
    July 31, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    The Larger Question About Romney’s Taxes: Why?

    Alec MacGillis


    Mitt Romney arrives back stateside and just like that, his refusal to release more than a year or two of tax returns is back in the news. Harry Reid is telling people that a big Bain Capital investor told him that Romney told him that he didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years. OK, that sounds like something out of a junior-high cafeteria, but then again there’s also an easy way for Romney to knock it down. Which again raises the question: What can possibly be in the returns to make them so dicey to release? Lurking behind that question, though, is a related one that has gotten less attention: Why in the world did someone who has been running for president since late 2006 not years ago rid his personal finances of anything that could cause problems in a campaign—Swiss bank accounts, Cayman Island shelters, questionable IRAs, and whichever even more troublesome features lurk in the unreleased returns? After all, Romney is nothing if not a cautious, details-oriented fellow—this is someone who held a videotaped family summit before deciding whether to run for president. Why would he not have fixed his finances as carefully as his coiffure before venturing out onto the stage?



    • 353 Cha
      July 31, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      This is IT right here in the article..

      ” Why in the world did someone who has been running for president since late 2006 not years ago rid his personal finances of anything that could cause problems in a campaign—Swiss bank accounts, Cayman Island shelters, questionable IRAs, and whichever even more troublesome features lurk in the unreleased returns? After all, Romney is nothing if not a cautious, details-oriented fellow—this is someone who held a videotaped family summit before deciding whether to run for president. Why would he not have fixed his finances as carefully as his coiffure before venturing out onto the stage?”

      Thx, Ladyhawke.. All kinds of speculation on why mitt was not ready for this..from a reckless penny pincher to my personal fave..he’s an arrogant a$$hole who thinks he can get away with ANYTHING.

      • 354 ourmanflint
        August 1, 2012 at 12:04 am

        We have a winner: Mit the Twit is “an arrogant a$$hole who thinks he can get away with anything” (Cha: July 31, 2012)

  126. July 31, 2012 at 8:45 pm

  127. July 31, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Heads up, everyone … Aleppo … independently confirmed …

    SecDef Panetta was joking in his advice to ASSad ….

  128. 361 desertflower
    July 31, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    This came in my email from the WH today:) Thought you all should know and pass along!!! It’s a BFD!

    Taking Your Questions on Preventative Care

    Starting August 1st, and for the first time ever, women will have access to potentially life-saving preventive care free of charge. Thanks to the health care law, services including well-woman visits, gestational diabetes screening, breastfeeding support and supplies, contraception, domestic violence screening, and more will be covered without cost sharing in new health plans starting August 2012 — giving women more control over their own health.

    To talk about these new benefits becoming available for women, the Department of Health and Human Services is teaming up with WebMD to take your questions on what this means for women and their families. Please join HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Annic Jobin, WebMD’s Director of News and Partnerships, for a live online discussion tomorrow, August 1st at 1:30 p.m. EST.

    You can watch the conversation live at http://www.healthcare.gov/live, and submit questions on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/healthcaregov or on Twitter using the hashtag #womenshealth. You can also join the conversation here on WebMD.

    To learn more about the preventive benefits that many insurers are required to cover, visit http://www.healthcare.gov/prevention. We hope you can join us for this important discussion.

  129. 362 Don
    July 31, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Something tells me Sen. John McCain wants to be drawn into the Mitt/Taxes fight. I think McCain wants to be the one to expose Mitt so he can restore his name for picking Sarah Palin as his Vice President. Never underestimate a man’s desire to be idolized.

  130. 363 amk for obama
    July 31, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Phelps wins record 19th Olympic medal. Still has 3 more events.

    • 364 0388jojothecat
      July 31, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      I hope all the newstainers and pundts who said he was washed up, he should go home, etc., after Monday are eating crow or wiping egg off their faces. I am very happy for Mr. Phelps and his ability to regroup and show the naysayers he wasn’t throwing in the towel.

      • 365 amk for obama
        July 31, 2012 at 9:34 pm

        Me too. It’s an incredible feat and the record is more likely to unbroken especially if he wins more medals.

    • 366 RinaX
      July 31, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      I adore Michael Phelps. It’s been awesome watching him for 12 years, and any of the newstainers who try to diminish what he’s accomplished can kiss my a$$.

  131. 367 isonprize
    July 31, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Turn off the Hate. GET OUT THE VOTE.

  132. 368 amk for obama
    July 31, 2012 at 9:28 pm

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