Heads up: President Obama in Iowa

12:25: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at Bayliss Park, in Council Bluffs, Iowa





6:15: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at Herman Park in Boone, Iowa

175 Responses to “Heads up: President Obama in Iowa”

  1. August 13, 2012 at 11:51 am

  2. August 13, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Will do, Kari! 😀 😀

  3. 9 Ladyhawke
    August 13, 2012 at 12:02 pm


    Don’t fall for the fraud

    By Steve Benen


    I realize I’m tilting at windmills here. The political/media establishment has decided, practically by edict, that Paul Ryan is a credible wonk whose work must be respected. Proof to the contrary doesn’t matter; this characterization is now accepted fact. Why? Because the establishment says it is thus, so stop asking questions.

    I don’t mean to pick on Saletan — he’s hardly the only one — but it’s important to understand how deeply mistaken he is. Indeed, it’s not just voters who need to appreciate the facts; it’s media professionals whom voters rely on who need to brush up on the relevant details.

    Paul Ryan is not a fiscal conservative. He voted for Bush’s tax cuts and didn’t feel the need to pay for them. Then he voted for Bush’s extremely expensive Medicare expansion, and didn’t feel the need to pay for this, either. He also voted for Bush’s wars, and had no qualms whatsoever about adding the costs the national credit card, letting future generations pay for our national security goals. To top things off, Ryan also voted to bail out Wall Street, and once more decided the costs should just be added to the debt.

    This is not the record of “a real fiscal conservative.”



  4. 10 carolyn
    August 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    A little OT, but maybe not. I read the list of moderators for the debates, and was pleased to see Jim Lehrer on the list. He will do a good job, and I think Martha Raddatz will also be good. Let me tell you a little about Jim.
    He is my cousin. He is a genuine journalist. We had a cousin reunion two years ago to honor our only living uncle. One of my cousins, who says he is right of Rush Limbaugh…..how sad is that…tried to get Jim in a political discussion. Jim won’t bite. He says his job as a journalist is to ferret out facts…..the WHAT of news…..not speculation. This other cousin always wants Jim to support him on his rants, but Jim just smiles, listens, and defuses him.
    His wife says she does not know if he is a Democrat or a Republican, and does not know how he votes. He is the old line journalist who believes in genuine objectivity and facts. If you want to know his standards, google “Jim Lehrer’s twelve rules for journalists.” I heard him on TV as he addressed future journalists and he gave them this list. It is right on. He comes from the old school of the Missouri University School of Journalism, which used to be the gold standard.
    On a more personal note, he is a delightful person to be around, with a marvelous sense of humor, always a twinkle in his eye,he is unbelievably smart, and loves his family to distraction. I am so glad he will be doing this.

    • 11 pugeretto
      August 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      I’ve always enjoyed seeing him on the tube small world.

    • 12 Pamela
      August 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      Far out! Jim Lehrer is one of the last fine and true journalists, IMHO! How lovely that you are cousins!

    • 13 sabreen60
      August 13, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      That’s good to know. Unfortunately, Bob Schaefer of CBS is a moderator. Twitter tried to eat him alive because of the soft ball questions he ask Romney and Ryan. If fact, Bob should had just told them to say whatever and that he was just their to listen.

  5. 14 dotster3
    August 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm
  6. 17 Ladyhawke
    August 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm


    Too late for Romney to disown Ryan plan

    By Steve Benen


    But the larger point here is that we’re way past the point at which Romney can credibly distance himself from Paul Ryan’s radical congressional budget plan. The former governor has endorsed the Ryan agenda several times, and just yesterday, Ed Gillespie, a top Romney campaign advisor, told a national television audience, “[I]f the Ryan budget had come to his desk as a budget, [Romney] would have signed it, of course.”

    Of course.

    Look, this is silly (and not just because presidents don’t sign congressional budget plans). Romney endorsed the Ryan plan; he encouraged others to support the Ryan plan; and then he literally made Ryan his running mate. Romney now owns Ryan’s Republican vision.

    If he didn’t want this albatross, he should have picked a better vice presidential nominee.



  7. August 13, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Tien Le’s Talking Points

    I read an inordinate amount of information about Paul Ryan yesterday, following links mostly, and came away feeling unsatisfied. Even my go-to people who I count on for insight left me feeling not right about what I was learning. After speaking with a friend about it, I came to realize that I was bored with Paul Ryan. So much of what I read either focused on his policies, or on his personality and whether or not he was a smart or insane choice, or talking about how he’s a rising star, etc. It all came out sounding like this: Yada Yada. I’ve had a chance to synthesize all this information and this is what I think we, as regular people can say about this choice, while leaving the Obama campaign and the DNC to tackle the policy issues. We can define Ryan to our friends before the Romney camp can.

    Paul Ryan is ineffectual, inexperienced and unqualified.

    Ineffectual: Having served in Congress for 14 years, he has only had two Bills be signed into law: Renaming a Post Office and changing the excise tax on hunting arrows.

    Inexperienced: After Romney said there should be a Constitutional amendment to require three years of private sector experience to run for President, he chooses someone with no experience in the private sector as his running mate.

    Unqualified: Ryan has zero foreign policy experience.

    With regard to policy, rather than trying to tackle how his policies differ from the President’s and mainstream America, focus on this one thing: Paul Ryan’s policies are inspired entirely by the 10th rate novelist Ayn Rand. (Remember: novelist, not philosopher.) Leave the policy debate to the experts.

    Ryan is an acolyte of the atheist Ayn Rand, not of Jesus Christ.

    Most of all: Paul Ryan is boring. He has no original thought; he is all about money; he hates Seniors and has no soul. Ryan is just like Romney. Paint them with the same broad brush. There is nothing that distinguishes them from one another.

    • 19 veryslowwriter
      August 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      “Ryan is an acolyte of the atheist Ayn Rand, not of Jesus Christ. ”

      Consitution, Article VI, paragraph 3:
      The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

      • August 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm

        I get that; that’s not the point. Talking points are about defining people. Paul Ryan is the one who has defined himself in this fashion and his policies reflect that. People need to know that his policies come from a place that is in opposition to the teachings of Christianity. That matters to people. We need to use that.

        • 21 veryslowwriter
          August 13, 2012 at 5:32 pm

          Sorry, I disagree. I think it’s wrong to get into a who’s more Christian contest. I don’t like the mormon church at all but I don’t think it’s a good idea to attack someone on the basis of their religion — or lack of one. (Unless THEY bring it into the campaign.)

        • 22 veryslowwriter
          August 13, 2012 at 5:44 pm

          Sorry, I disagree. I don’t think it’s wise to get into a who’s more Christian contest. I do not like the Mormon church AT ALL but I don’t think it’s a good idea to attack anyone’s religion. I’m not overly fond of Ryan’s Catholicism either, considering the bishops’ attacks on women’s rights.
          Nevertheless, going down the path of who’s more godly shouldn’t be part of this campaign. (Lots and lots of American voters are not Christians — including me — and they’re already uncomfortable with the Jesusification of so much public life.)

  8. 23 utaustinliberal
    August 13, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I’m always so excited when Pres. Obama takes out Beast Bus 1 for campaign tours.

  9. August 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    We’ll have to try and catch VP Biden in Durham as he comes up after PBO.

  10. 28 Linda
    August 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    The local link reporter said about 400 at the park… Also said that Paul Ryan is blocking the Farm Bill.

  11. 31 Ladyhawke
    August 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm


    Memo to Democrats: How To Attack Paul Ryan

    By Bob Cesca


    So where are Paul Ryan’s most accessible weaknesses?

    Primarily, Ryan is cut from a similar cloth as Romney. Both ends of the ticket hold current positions that are in direct conflict with their previous leadership roles, and since this is an existing problem for Romney, it’s not a stretch to exploit Ryan’s weakness here as well.

    We know for sure that Ryan will be an attack dog on the president’s record regarding the stimulus, government spending, the deficit and the debt. But as a member of the House, it’s extraordinarily difficult for him to justify the fact that part of his job — written into the Constitution, in fact — is to vote on appropriations (one of the reasons why hardly any members of the House are successful presidential candidates). So he has a considerable record of voting for legislation and policies that literally created the current deficit and debt.

    Let’s do the list of the biggies.



    (H/T desertflower. Re-posting from the previous thread because everybody needs to see this post and take action.

    • 32 0388jojothecat
      August 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      I am hearing on the radio from some of the RW Pundits and GOP newstainers that Paul Ryan is a “fiscal” conservative, knows budgets, good with numbers, etc. However, all during the “Bush/Cheney” years..Paul Ryan rubber stamped the Bush Tax Cuts, Two unpaid-for WARS, Medicare Part D – Unpaid-for, Bushes bailouts, etc., Paul Ryan decides to become a “fiscal” conservative like all the GOP only when there is a Democratic President. His Budget does not do anything for the deficit until 2038, I assume that’s when the folks over 55yrs old will be dead by then, no one but the rich will be able to afford children, and the government will be fully privitized by then if they get their way.

      • 33 Ladyhawke
        August 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm


        Exactly. Paul Ryan rubber stamped GWB’s agenda and obstructed President Obama’s agenda. I have never seen such rewriting of history. Paul Ryan is a fraud. He is a one trick pony. His claim to fame is his draconian, dishonest, vicious budget that basically says pull yourself up by your own bootstraps. It’s cold and heartless. What would Paul Ryan be without the hair and his precious budget.

  12. 34 hopefruit2
    August 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    CSPAN one is televising the speech live at 12:25PM ET.

  13. August 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm

  14. 38 hopefruit2
    August 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Here he comes!

  15. 39 utaustinliberal
    August 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Wooohooooo….there he is!

  16. August 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    The News organizations prefer to talk to Jodi Kantor than to put the President rally on tv???
    Maybe the new Survey USA poll in Missouri is why they do this?
    The President is tied in Missouri. Yup, yup!

  17. 41 Ladyhawke
    August 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Within nanoseconds PBO calls out Paul Ryan for blocking the farm bill.

  18. August 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Cut him off so we can talk to Jodi Kantor?

  19. 44 hopefruit2
    August 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Jovie, PBO said they have a lot of freezers to store the meat from the farms. He answered the question I has asked you on the other thread! He reads TOD 🙂

  20. 46 Linda
    August 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    CNN Eying Reality Shows, Talk Shows As Way Out Of Ratings Slump: NY Post


    Unbelievable…… I guess they never thought of actually REPORTING THE NEWS !!!!!

  21. August 13, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    USA today Gallup said that the Ryan puck sucked.
    Now, the Wa Post just did a poll in twelve minutes, it’s a record.
    It said, wait for it…, that Ryans favorability jumped after announcement.
    So, which is it? Does the Ryan pick suck, or do People like Him?

  22. August 13, 2012 at 12:52 pm

  23. 53 Linda
    August 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    In Florida Romney said : The President promised you the moon and never got off the launch pad.

    Argh !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. 59 isonprize
    August 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Just curious as to why Pres. Obama has a jacket on. I hope that he’s not coming down with a cold. His voice already sounds a little hoarse.

    Folks behind him are in shirt sleeves. I know that my president is taking good care of himself, it’s just that his schedule is brutal. He’s campaigning AND working against the obstruction that the treasonous Re-thugs have been throwing at him since Jan 20, 2009!

    • 60 hopefruit2
      August 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      It might be a personal security issue.

    • 62 dotster3
      August 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      It was actually 62 degrees there in Council Bluffs this a.m. It was cool. And I think he likes wearing those kind of jackets. And mr. dotster has that same jacket—–both look cute in it. (I had to include mr. doster so he doesn’t get too jealous) (already jealous enough 🙂 )

  25. 64 Melanie
    August 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Schieffer, Raddatz, Crowley and Lehrer. Jim Lehrer and Martha Raddatz should be able to hold their own. After last night’s performance during the Romney/Ryan “interview” on 60 Minutes where even Michael Steele said the questions were “softball” I would rather not see Bob Schieffer as moderator. And lastly Candy Crowley moderating a town hall style debate in NY…geez I hope she has help controlling the situation.

  26. 65 Debz
    August 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    If you missed it POTUS talks to NASA. Wants to know immediately if they find martians. 😀


  27. 68 utaustinliberal
    August 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm

  28. 69 utaustinliberal
    August 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm

  29. 72 utaustinliberal
    August 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    • 73 Vicki
      August 13, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      What i thought was extra terrific was that PBO led with the drought in an empatheic way and then tied the failure of ryan’s do-nothing failed congress to help Iowans and other mid-westerners who are suffering.
      WE take care of our own. The GOP—not so much.

    • 74 xtine
      August 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Thanks for the Tweets, UT! Can’t watch so I’m grateful to read them!

  30. 77 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    VP Biden is on stage. Being intro by Rep Butterfield.

  31. 78 dotster3
    August 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Andrea Mitchell must have been hired by the Willard campaign. Every question to Jen Psaki is accusatory, every statement derisive re. Obama or full of praise for Ryan’s policy proposals. Not shocking but really disgusting. No pretense of fairness.

    • August 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      That’s Mitchell and Toad’s m.o. Regurgitate GOP talking points as questions.

      • 80 cookemom
        August 13, 2012 at 1:40 pm

        Todd has been pushing back on Repub talking points about the Ryan plan since early this morning. I know he’s not a favorite here, and I can take or leave him. He’s a good numbers person, a pundit….not so much. However, I’m giving him credit for his holding the Ryan plan up to the light today.

        • August 13, 2012 at 1:59 pm

          Yea, that’s because someone close to him is going to be affected by these plans!

          • 82 cookemom
            August 13, 2012 at 2:17 pm

            I don’t know him or who’s close enough to know who will be affected by these plans. I’ll guess no one in his immediate personal family or circle of friends. There’s enough money in those coffers for him and his family to not have to care about such trivial matters as medicare and social security. I just appreciate his pushing back, it was refreshing.

  32. 83 cookemom
    August 13, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    I just wrote an article introducing Paul Ryan to young voters, since his name is in the news now. I wanted to make them think about what his addition to the campaign will mean to them. One of his major influences will be on medicare and social security. it’s hard to get younger folks to think that far ahead, but wanted to put it on their minds. This is my first article and I will be writing more articles in the future geared toward this demographic. Some topics I want to hit on is student loans, healthcare, pell grants, jobs, and even the deficit. If you can think of any other topics that I should cover, let me know. I just want to make sure I put it in a voice that reaches them. Take a look and let me know what you think. http://www.zenfulrevolutionapparel.com/blogs/news/articles?preview_key=5aa21796e0bbd09ae2f110903b023309&cache=false

  33. 85 nospin
    August 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Not political. Was asked to pass on.

    FYI on Job openings

    Great jobs for young men who aren’t in college and strong young women also! This is Obama money for “infrastructure” the jobs are located all over, paid training in Atlanta. This is an awesome opportunity, please pass this on. These jobs pay good wages.

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  34. 86 isonprize
    August 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm


    LOVE my JOEY!!!

  35. 87 dotster3
    August 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Hog prices already up as they react to PBO’s announcement of $100 million pork buy for school lunch and food bank programs. Good for Ia. farmers and PBO Ia. votes but bad for piggies.

  36. 89 dotster3
    August 13, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I didn’t know till PBO said it that he was stopping by the Ia. State Fair. Voucher guy is speaking there at 2:00. This could be interesting.

    • 90 xtine
      August 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Did PBO say that just now or was it earlier? I didn’t think Vulture guy would go there again! Serves him right for shadowing PBO.

    • August 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      Although they may not be concerned for themselves, I think it could be pointed out that their mothers and fathers might be affected. And that they may not want to bankrupt themselves paying for treatments for their parents that the government will no longer handle. Perhaps teaching them about what it was like to be retired before Medicare came in could be useful. They are used to seeing retired people living a good life. They don’t know about the fact that before Medicare, seniors were the biggest proportion of people living in poverty.

  37. 95 whatisworking
    August 13, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Good Morning TOD

    Inspired by recent events I have created a fledging page on Paul Ryan and the Medicare/SS issue

    Paul Ryan on the Issues – http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/08/paul-ryan-on-issues.html

    I am sure I have left many important links out, so pester me below and I will add. I will be working the Democratic office all day so will stop by in an hour or so to add your suggestions to the page.

    I am feeling much more energized now that the race has some really big issues that will be front and center.

    Press On….

    • 96 cookemom
      August 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      thanks for this. see my post above. I’m writing articles for the younger voter and my first one is about Ryan and his influences on Meidcare/SS. I’m trying to give a lighter younger voice to these issues to grab their attention and point out the influences that will impact them personally in ways they may not be thinking about now. I hope you don’t mind if I use some of your stuff.

      • 97 57andfemale
        August 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm

        I know you’re targeting the younger voter, but it’s important to hit the cuts to Medicaid as well. A vivid picture of what Romney/Ryan cuts would do to long term care that virtually every senior needs at some point — it isn’t just about the senior, but about the children who would otherwise have to pay this enormous burden.

        Let the younger voter know that they will be impacted sooner than they think, if R/R get anywhere close to the White House. Their futures will be severely impacted by enormous expenses, long before they become seniors. They will have to put their futures and the future of their children on hold, while those ‘savings’ go to enormous NEW tax cuts for the rich.

        • 98 cookemom
          August 13, 2012 at 2:23 pm

          thanks 57, I didn’t put medicaid in cause I wasn’t as familiar with his medicaid views. I can still add it. Read this and let me know what you think: http://www.zenfulrevolutionapparel.com/blogs/news/articles?preview_key=3a000c43192a9bc1f9cae268264ac1d4&cache=false

          • 99 57andfemale
            August 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm

            I get to the page but I do not get to the article itself.

            The reason I bring up Medicaid is in terms of how it will affect middle class people in ways they may not realize. The Repugs will push that Medicaid is just for lazy slobs, but it is Medicaid from which long term senior care is paid for. I think it’s the majority of Medicaid expenses.

            I hear young people say they’re just fine with Medicare changes because “Medicare won’t be there” when they’re retirement age. I think it’s important to emphasize that these changes will impact their lives and futures a lot earlier than they realize if their middle class parents are devoid of a safety net.

            The safety net will be obliterated if R/R get in (God forbid). They will try to shift everything to the states, which bears the brunt of Medicaid anyway. Even here in IL there were drastic changes to Medicaid that has put my next door neighbor out of the rehabilitation center he so desperately needs. And that’s with a caring Democratic governor; but states cannot weather what the Federal government can. It’s a recipe for disaster. Some 30-something guy who wants to raise a family and put money away for college will see his nest egg evaporate in providing care for his mother or grandmother.

      • 103 whatisworking
        August 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm

        HI Cokemom

        I can’t see the article anymore – please let me know when you have it up and I will link to it.

  38. 104 lmrj
    August 13, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    VPOTUS Joe is on FIRE! “This is not your father’s Republican Party. This is not even Mitt Romney’s father’s Republican Party!”

  39. 106 utaustinliberal
    August 13, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    As requested by NoSpin. C’mon guys…let’s spread this around and help people get good jobs. 😀

    • 108 anniebella
      August 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      I am telling you if you didn’t listen to our VP, you missed it. I loved it when he said that he was like a older brother to the President. Before they just barely knew one another, but now he is like Barack’s older brother. I loved it when he said that his Dad would always say don’t tell me what you value, let’s see your budget. And he went off naming things in the Ryan’s budget which were not in favor of the middle class or poor. Our VP was great.

      • 109 anniebella
        August 13, 2012 at 2:21 pm

        And I told you yesterday, POTUS would let VP Biden take care of Ryan. Biden was respectful, but he went after Ryan.

    • 110 Sharon
      August 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      And so was the crowd.

  40. 111 dotster3
    August 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I don’t know if many of you remember Dem Lee Hamilton who served as a U.S. Rep. from In. for 35 years—–but I just read about a horrible accident which killed his wife on Sat. She was getting her dog out of the back of her car to take into the vet and must have forgotten to put the car in park and it rolled back over her and killed her. Horrible. We met him on more than a few occasions when our daughter was a student at DePauw U. in Indiana and we would be staying at the same inn on campus. He was often there for a speaking engagement or some political discussion/commission. He was always so friendly and would chat, one of the good guys, a real decent and genuinely nice guy. Condolences to the family.


  41. 115 Ladyhawke
    August 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm


    Doubling down on the welfare lie

    By Steve Benen


    Consider a brief series of events. Step One: Mitt Romney lies in an attack ad, falsely claiming that President Obama “gut welfare reform by dropping work requirements.”

    Step Two: Romney watches fact-checkers go berserk, condemning the ad for being demonstrably false.

    Step Three: Romney expresses amazement that President Obama “keeps on running” ads, even after “the various fact-checkers” deem the spots “inaccurate.”

    Step Four: Romney launches a new attack ad accusing Obama of “quietly ending work requirements” in the welfare law — an accusation that has no connection to this plane of reality.
    The Romney campaign is building its entire message around a blatant, shameless lie — and then it’s attacking Obama for being sleazy and lacking in character.



  42. August 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Oh jesus, Candy Crowley is one of the debate moderators.

  43. 125 Ladyhawke
    August 13, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Obama Casts Ryan As Face Of Do-Nothing Congress



    Rep. Paul Ryan’s inclusion on the ticket gives Democrats a chance to talk endlessly about Ryan’s budget plan, a prospect they relish. But President Obama is also seizing on another opening: congressional Republicans are immensely unpopular, and he is already using Ryan as an opportunity to highlight the House GOP’s refusal to pass major legislation.

    It’s a point Obama will hammer Monday during an appearance in swing-state Iowa, where he’ll lambast Ryan for “standing in the way” of a farm bill that would bring much-needed drought relief (emphasis added):
    The House GOP’s willingness to obstruct legislation favored by Democrats and even moderate Republicans is one reason why conservatives love Ryan so much. It’s also a reason that Democrats are so ready to run against him. Romney is now not only tied to Ryan’s budget, but the Congress Ryan has a role in leading.



  44. 126 anniebella
    August 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    VP Biden brought up about Romney outsourcing jobs, about his bank accounts overseas, about him refusing to release his tax returns and yes he talked about Medicare, and Social Security.

  45. 127 lmrj
    August 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm

  46. 129 Ladyhawke
    August 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm


    Mitt Romney Buys The Ryan Cow, Not The Milk



    It comes down to Mitt Romney’s fundamental flaw as candidate for president: his character.

    Mitt Romney is a guy who thinks he can have it his way all of the time. He can make millions at the expense of American workers and taxpayers, yet consider himself generous because he gives to his charities. He can be CEO of a company but not responsible for anything the company does. He can run as a progressive and govern as a conservative. He can advocate his health care plan as a national solution, then demonize the president to made his vision a reality. He can ask for welfare waivers and sound the racial foghorn as he blasts the president for granting welfare waivers. He can pick Paul Ryan and not pick all of the Ryan Plan.

    What use is Paul Ryan without the Ryan Plan? Does Mitt really need extra guy to make the case that America’s is a place where if you’re born rich and appeal to billionaires who hate the government, you can accomplish anything? Was his ticket really lacking in a smug young guy who would say that that they only thing missing from retirement is the chance to battle with private insurers for health care?

    No, Mitt picked the Ryan Plan because the Ryan Plan is the GOP, and Mitt needed some way to get his own Party on his side. And that’s a big part of the reason Mitt was losing in the first place.



    • 131 Sharon
      August 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      That bus in black with presidential seals is mighty impressive looking. Provides a lot more gravitas than the usual gaudy campaign bus.

      • 132 carolyn
        August 13, 2012 at 4:52 pm

        I love the elegance and class of that bus! And, of course, the elegance and class of the man for whom it was made!!!

  47. 133 Sharon
    August 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Ryan had a tough time at the State Fair in Des Moines–open event at the Des Moines Register stump platform. When I tuned in he was berating two young ladies (not in his opinion) in the front saying that girls from Wisconsin and Iowa know how to behave and these obviously were from elsewhere. Then they got dragged off by a state trooper. Entertaining.

    There were other protestors. One older fellow (but feisty) kept raising his arm and shouting (3 or 4 rows back). Romney supporters kept trying to block him with Romney signs. Only problem is their signs also blocked Ryan. Trooper talked with him a few times and right at the end dragged him off and he did not go willingly.

    in the midst of the melee, Ryan remarked that we’re used to this (protestors) in Wisconsin. Don’t think much of his message got through because people were distracted.

    • 134 lmrj
      August 13, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      Sounds like a pattern… police/troopers/whoever dragging off old people and women/girls for voicing their opinion at a Ryan event. Will not look good for him when these are all strung together in an Priorities USA Action ad.

  48. August 13, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    DNC should put this in a newsletter or past it out

    Here are the top 10 comments about Bain from Romney’s Republican rivals:
    1. “The idea that you’ve got private equity companies that come in and take companies apart so they can make profits and have people lose their jobs, that’s not what the Republican Party’s about.” — Rick Perry [New York Times, 1/12/12]
    2. “The Bain model is to go in at a very low price, borrow an immense amount of money, pay Bain an immense amount of money and leave. I’ll let you decide if that’s really good capitalism. I think that’s exploitation.” — Newt Gingrich [New York Times, 1/17/12]
    3. “Instead of trying to work with them to try to find a way to keep the jobs and to get them back on their feet, it’s all about how much money can we make, how quick can we make it, and then get out of town and find the next carcass to feed upon” — Rick Perry [National Journal, 1/10/12]
    4. “We find it pretty hard to justify rich people figuring out clever legal ways to loot a company, leaving behind 1,700 families without a job.” — Newt Gingrich [Globe and Mail, 1/9/12]
    5. “Now, I have no doubt Mitt Romney was worried about pink slips — whether he was going to have enough of them to hand out because his company, Bain Capital, of all the jobs that they killed” — Rick Perry [New York Times, 1/9/12]
    6) “He claims he created 100,000 jobs. The Washington Post, two days ago, reported in their fact check column that he gets three Pinocchios. Now, a Pinocchio is what you get from The Post if you’re not telling the truth.” — Newt Gingrich [1/13/12, NBC News]
    7. “There is something inherently wrong when getting rich off failure and sticking it to someone else is how you do your business, and I happen to think that’s indefensible” — Rick Perry [National Journal, 1/10/12]
    8. “If Governor Romney would like to give back all the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years, then I would be glad to then listen to him” — Newt Gingrich [Mediaite, 12/14/11]
    9. “If you’re a victim of Bain Capital’s downsizing, it’s the ultimate insult for Mitt Romney to come to South Carolina and tell you he feels your pain, because he caused it.” — Rick Perry [New York Times, 1/8/12]
    10. “They’re vultures that sitting out there on the tree limb waiting for the company to get sick and then they swoop in, they eat the carcass. They leave with that and they leave the skeleton” — Rick Perry [National Journal, 1/10/12]

  49. 137 dotster3
    August 13, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    • 138 57andfemale
      August 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      How nice for him. I have no health care, being self-employed and 62. I’m so glad that the U.S. Congress doesn’t have to worry for a second about the things that haunt me and many others every day.

      • 139 Pamela
        August 13, 2012 at 3:31 pm

        Me and you, 57, and me facing down $7000.00 in dental work which I hve been putting off for too many years….

        • 140 57andfemale
          August 13, 2012 at 5:02 pm

          Oh God. I am TERRIFIED of the dental work I need. A new roof we still can’t afford so my husband’ livelihood isn’t drenched in a rain storm or dental work that I still can’t afford? Live with THOSE choices

    • 141 anniebella
      August 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      My payers are with Congressman J.J.J and his family.

  50. 143 purpleshoesla
    August 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Another apparent multiple shooting at or near Texas A&M University. Shooter apparently in custody per this article link


  51. 145 Ladyhawke
    August 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm


    Paul Ryan And The Triumph Of Theory

    By EJ Dionne


    How can Ryan justify his Medicaid cuts when, as the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation found, they would likely leave 14 million to 19 million poor people without health coverage? How can he justify tax proposals that, as The New Republic’s Alec MacGillis pointed out, would reduce the rate on Mitt Romney’s rather substantial income to less than 1 percent? How can he claim his budgets are anti-deficit measures when, as The Washington Post’s Matt Miller has noted, his tax cuts would add trillions to the debt and we wouldn’t be in balance until somewhere around 2030?

    For Ryan, such questions (and many others arise) are beside the point because his purposes are so much grander. “Only by taking responsibility for oneself, to the greatest extent possible, can one ever be free,” he wrote in the introduction to his “A Roadmap for America’s Future” in 2010, “and only a free person can make responsible choices — between right and wrong, saving and spending, giving or taking.”
    But the issue in this election will be how Americans want to be governed. Republicans mock President Obama for still thinking like the professor he once was, yet in this race, Obama — far more than today’s conservative theorists and to the occasional consternation of his more liberal supporters — is the pragmatist. He’s talking about messy trade-offs: between taxes and spending, government and the private sector, dreams and the facts on the ground. In embracing Ryan, Romney has tied himself to the world of high conservative ideology. As liberals learned long ago, ideology usually loses.



    • 146 purpleshoesla
      August 13, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      “As liberals learned long ago, ideology usually loses.” 🙄 Wonder what “liberals” EJ is talking about? 2010 mid term elections flat out contradict that that “lesson” still hasn’t sunk in for lots of of liberal folks.

  52. August 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I want one!

  53. 148 Ladyhawke
    August 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm


    So much for the Etch A Sketch

    By Steve Benen


    There’s been some interest this morning on Ryan’s incredibly thin legislative resume. After seven terms in Congress, the right-wing Wisconsin congressman has presented plenty of ideas and given plenty of speeches, but when it comes to actually making laws, Ryan has seen only two of his bills become law: renaming a post office and a change to the excise tax on arrows.

    And while it’s interesting that Ryan is an unaccomplished politician, I still think it’s more noteworthy that he’s a fiercely ideological politician. Romney very easily could have picked a running mate with broader appeal to voters outside his own base, but he chose not to — instead picking the most extreme VP nominee, as a quantifiable matter, in modern times.

    It’s a ticket of, by, and for the right, not even trying to appeal to moderates or Democrats who might be open to outreach. Romney’s entire 2012 strategy, it appears, is mobilizing the far-right base and then hoping for the best.



    • August 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      Keep hearing about Ryan being a “practicing Catholic” – with only 3 kids, you’ve got to be kidding me! Someone on an earlier post suggested asking his wife what kind of birth control she practices – I’d say that’s a fair question.

  54. August 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm

  55. August 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    • 154 Lovepolitics2008
      August 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      I’ve been nervous a bit because so many national pundits seem to be infatuated with Ryan. But I just realized something. Ryan is as thin-skinned as Romney and tends to be nasty when challenged. Not sure if the love affair between Ryan and the punditocracy will last very long…

  56. 155 hopefruit2
    August 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm

  57. August 13, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Can I ask a question? I don’t understand all the fuss about the Welfare ads. They have been debunked by every News Organization.
    And yet, We just held a Conference call, featuring Chaffee and Markell, to call Robney a liar for the 10000x on the Welfare ad.
    Why is our Team so worried over something that is already been discussed and fact checked to our liking?
    I am not saying don’t discuss it, but another conference call?
    Go back on offense. Defense is distracting and gives the other side something to hang their Hat on!

    • 159 cookemom
      August 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      There must be some internals that are showing it’s sticking. They have to be defensive on it to remove it from the discourse. Just because it’s been debunked, doesn’t mean it’s not believable to some. Facts can be pesky doncha know. Repubs have never met a fact that they took as truth.

    • 160 Lovepolitics2008
      August 13, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Jovie, they ARE on offense on the Ryan’s budget and everything. They can both play offense and defense.

      Conference calls can help making sure that journalists at minimum don’t regurgitate the GOP fallacies, and maybe have the guts to denounce them.

      On the other hand, in PUBLIC speeches, the emphasis is on offense, attacking GOP ideas and presenting the democratic agenda.

      That’s ok with me.

  58. 161 xtine
    August 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Hope I’m not reposting, but just enjoy Smartypants (& ABL):

    QUOTE: So screw the idea of “luck.” We’re here because conciliatory rhetoric as ruthless strategy worked.

    One way to deal with that kind of bad-faith opposition is to draw the person in, treat them as if they were operating in good faith, and draw them into a conversation about how they actually would solve the problem. If they have nothing, it shows. And that’s not a tactic of bipartisan Washington idealists — it’s a hard-nosed tactic of community organizers, who are acutely aware of power and conflict.

    Yep, the Republicans have nothing…and it shows.

    P.S. I just have to add that relegating the accomplishments of one of the most intelligent Presidents this nation has ever had to “luck” or calling him “naive” have always sounded racist alarm bells in my head. I’m not suggesting that has been anyone’s point. But it seems obvious to me that when we are tempted to come to those kinds of conclusions, we’d best dig a little deeper. This man is anything BUT lucky and/or naive. UNQUOTE


    • August 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Driving home from a meeting I heard about PBO’s speech leading on the drought and talking about the importance of passing a farm bill to provide some immediate and long term relief. Following that about (I don’t remember if it was R or R) saying that because Paul Ryan “comes from an agricultural state” they’ll be better for farmers. (Same news on NPR)

      Yep, they have nothing and it shows.

      • 163 anniebella
        August 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm

        Susan, Then why haven’t Ryan and his Republicans friends passed that Farm Bill?

      • 164 Lovepolitics2008
        August 13, 2012 at 5:00 pm

        I hope President Obama puts even more emphasis on the Farm Bill and the GOP obstruction in his next speeches on the Iowa tour. Let Ryan explain the blocking of the Farm Bill . Oh, and let him explain his opposition to subsidies for the wind industry too. I’m sure Iowans will love him for it. Not.

  59. 165 Ladyhawke
    August 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    The Difference Between Obama And Ryan’s Medicare Cuts



    Lost in the back and forth between the Obama and Romney campaigns over who’s the real Medicare cutter is a critical difference between visions: President Obama’s plan is to make the program solvent by reducing payments to health care providers, while Rep. Paul Ryan achieves his savings by transforming Medicare into a voucher-like system.
    The Medicare cuts, passed in the Affordable Care Act, come in the form of reimbursement reductions to hospitals, Medicaid prescription drugs and supplemental private insurance plans under Medicare Advantage. The Congressional Budget Office projects that they’ll extend the solvency of Medicare by eight years.

    AARP, the seniors’ lobby and chief gatekeeper of Medicare benefits, endorsed the Affordable Care Act despite its cuts, arguing that they wouldn’t affect seniors’ access to care. The law expanded benefits by closing the prescription drug coverage gap known as the “doughnut hole.” The hospital and drug industries also endorsed the legislation, believing that the additional customers via the coverage expansion would more than make up for the cuts.



  60. 166 jacquelineoboomer
    August 13, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Oops. (But that felt good.) Feed the hungry. Help the sick. Love one another. It’s not rocket science.

  61. 167 Ladyhawke
    August 13, 2012 at 3:31 pm


    An election about Medicare

    By Steve Benen


    Romney now wants voters to believe these “cuts” are evidence that Obama is “gutting” Medicare. The Republican must realize he’s lying — the savings strengthen the Medicare system. Indeed, Paul Ryan’s own budget plan embraces the identical savings. If Obama wants to “cut Medicare funding by $700 billion,” then Romney’s own running mate also wants to “cut Medicare funding by $700 billion” — and then some.

    And that leads us to the Ryan plan for Medicare.

    Under the congressional Republican budget plan, which Romney has enthusiastically endorsed more than once, Medicare as it currently exists would be destroyed. In its place, there’d be a new, privatized system that would be called Medicare, but which would function very differently.
    Romney-Ryan desperately wants to muddle the Medicare picture, assuming voters are fools. But the facts aren’t that complicated, and if the public has even the slightest understanding of reality, the issue will favor President Obama enormously.



  62. 169 Ladyhawke
    August 13, 2012 at 3:39 pm


    One never gets a second chance to make a first impression

    By Steve Benen


    The same poll asked whether Ryan is qualified to be president — a relevant consideration given that the VP is “one heartbeat away” — and the Budget Committee chairman fared better, with 48% saying he is qualified. That’s the good news. The bad news is, there have only been three VP nominees who failed to reach 50%: Paul Ryan, Palin, and Quayle. That’s not good company.




  63. 170 utaustinliberal
    August 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    My goodness. There’s been another shooting. This is the 3rd one in less than a month. This is too disturbing.

    • 171 Nena20409
      August 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      That’s more than that….In OH last week or 10 days, ago, 4 killed by one of the dead. It occurs more than we are told. In FL too. The ones the media report nationally are the school, near schools, movie theaters, place of worship, mall shootings or restaurant shoots.

    • August 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      3,2,1…, Bloomberg is preparing a speech now.

  64. 173 cookemom
    August 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Ok, the article that I referred to is up now. I wasn’t able to get the Medicaid portion in on this one. I will be doing others though. Thanks WhatIsWorking, fell free to link. This is my daughter’s site and she asked me to take over the blog site for her. It’s a site that is meant to appeal to the 80’s and 90’s generation. The article “Paul Who?” is mine, the others are hers. Here’s the link: http://www.zenfulrevolutionapparel.com/blogs/news

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