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12

Rise and Shine

President Obama smiles as supporters sing Happy Birthday during a fundraising reception at the Bridgeport Arts Center on August 12

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10:40: President Obama departs Chicago en route Nebraska

11:55: Arrives Omaha

12:25: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Bayliss Park, in Council Bluffs, Iowa

12:45: VP Biden travels to Durham, N.C., where he will deliver remarks at a campaign event at the Durham Armory

4:30: Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a campaign fundraising event in Los Angeles

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

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President Obama walks through the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago, August 12

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Crikey, even Politico – Politico! – pushed back against Kantor the shill:

Republicans quickly jumped on a report that President Obama’s largest fundraiser here Sunday was only “half full,” but the crowd for the event was larger than the Obama campaign had initially anticipated.

“At Obama fundraiser in Chicago. Admission only $51, but room is half full,” New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor wrote on Twitter.

The Romney campaign seized on Kantor’s estimate ….  The Drudge Report also piled on….

….to this reporter and several others in the White House press pool, the room seemed plenty full. There was empty space at the back of the large loft space during and immediately after the president’s remarks, but the crowd was densely packed to get close to the stage at the front of the room where Obama spoke.

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Morning everyone, early start today 😉


257 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. August 13, 2012 at 7:02 am

    First time first? 😀

  2. 7 Roberta in MN
    August 13, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Good Morning all and Congrats on 1st niliathiel. Today is the day the Obama/Biden campaign bus comes to Rochester for a round table. I was hoping the Pres would be on it, but after looking at his schedule, I don’t think that will happen. But the round table will be interesting and will let you kknow how it goes. 🙂 Have a great day everyone

    And a special GOOD MORNING TO YOU CHIPS.

  3. 9 jackiegrumbacher
    August 13, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Good morning everyone! Have a good day.

  4. August 13, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Btw, the third picture from the bottom is totally becoming my new desktop background….

    • 11 Carol
      August 13, 2012 at 8:55 am

      I don’t know why you would do that. He’s looking at ME! In a very special way I might add..lol

    • August 13, 2012 at 11:55 am

      I love all these pictures – especially the one with the sign in front of President Obama saying “this area protected by the United States Secret Service”. I know they mean the residential area, but it could just as easily apply to the President. They better protect him from those lunatics on the right!

  5. 15 collegekay
    August 13, 2012 at 7:11 am

    That Kantor person is a piece of work. We let her have it on twitter yesterday. Then she tweeted about the crowd’s diversity and excitement. And, she tried to tweet Drudge about her clarification– like they’re really gonna correct themselves. 🙄

    • August 13, 2012 at 7:20 am

      GM TOD’s & Chips, Sweet Jesus!! It Begins! They’re going to try & kill off Obama on the Right!! I hate those MoFo! I usually just Lurk b/c I’m lazy but this made me mad enough to comment! Dream on Drudge; dream on!

    • 17 dotster3
      August 13, 2012 at 7:29 am

      Her “half full” charge did not sound right to me, especially on the south side of Chicago, so I checked the reports in Chgo papers. Both had said they were expecting 840 at that event and there were 1000 in attendance, so it had to look full. Kantor is such a partisan that she reports what she wants to see, not what she sees. She’s used up her last bit of believability.

      • August 13, 2012 at 7:33 am

        Wasn’t that just amazing shilling by her Dotster? When even Politico felt moved to correct her, it was one heck of a lie.

      • 19 anniebella
        August 13, 2012 at 9:18 am

        We know what Kantor problem is. Obama supporters hit back hard on her book, and she didn’t like that.

        • 20 veryslowwriter
          August 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

          Also the reviewers of her book were not kind. The major newspapers were dubious about her claims to have known what POTUS and FLOTUS were thinking about.

  6. 21 collegekay
    August 13, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Btw – PBO does not look like a 51 year old. He could pass for late 30s, early 40s, tbh.

  7. 24 donna dem 4 obama
    August 13, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Good Morning TOD!

    Thank you all for the Birthday Wishes. The previous thread was too large for me to access last night to thank you.

    Have a great Productive O’Day Everyone!!

    • August 13, 2012 at 7:19 am

      Yikes, was it your birthday yesterday Donna??

      • 26 vcprezofan2
        August 13, 2012 at 7:23 am

        The day before, while she was ‘cruising’ and ‘spa-ing’ with family! 😉

      • 27 donna dem 4 obama
        August 13, 2012 at 7:23 am

        Morning Chips!

        It was actually Saturday but I wasn’t able to communicate from the cruise ship so I thanked everyone yesterday evening when we returned. 😉

        • August 13, 2012 at 7:31 am

          Ah flip, I missed it Donna – and also completely missed that you’re cruising! Hope you’re having a FANTASTIC time. I’m heading back to base today, after a month working from the worst internet connection in the history of the universe, so from tomorrow no more birthdays will be missed! A belated happy one to you Donna 😉

    • 36 Roberta in MN
      August 13, 2012 at 7:20 am

      You are more than welcome on the BD wishes donna, I think I got you on FB. You have a good day today and I hope your BD went off without a hitch. (((((hugs)))))

    • 37 collegekay
      August 13, 2012 at 7:21 am

      Hope you had an awesome birthday 😉

    • 38 Pamela
      August 13, 2012 at 8:34 am

      Happy Belated Birthday, DD40, it sounds as if you celebrated well! 🙂

    • 39 amk for obama
      August 13, 2012 at 8:42 am

      So you’re back ?

      Belated b’day wishes. Was your streak maintained ?

      • 40 donna dem 4 obama
        August 13, 2012 at 10:55 am

        Yep I’m back and it looks like the streak is alive and well.

        Thanks to you and meta and all who donated. I got 14 donations while on my birthday cruise. 🙂

    • August 13, 2012 at 9:13 am

      Morning and welcome back, DD!! \

      amk and I fought over who would post your fundraising page. We both won.

    • 43 pugeretto
      August 13, 2012 at 9:21 am

      Happy Birthday Donna! Did you get home in time for Political Animals? It was a bit disturbing to me at the end, stay tuned for next week though. I wish you many happy years to come, especially the next 4 with PBO’s 2nd term, let’s get this done!

    • 44 Judith Fardig
      August 13, 2012 at 10:38 am

      A belated but warm HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, Donna Dem. You’e an inspriration around here!

    • August 13, 2012 at 11:57 am

      Welcome back Donna. I’m sure it’s been mentioned, but amk (with a little help) did a fantastic job keeping your fundraising page challenge going for you while you were away. Hope you enjoyed your birthday and your vacation!

  8. 46 vcprezofan2
    August 13, 2012 at 7:19 am

    One Monday closer to OUR #ObamaBiden2012 goal! #FORWARD & ONWARD, TODobots!
    Yes. We. Can.

    Good Morning, Chips Chica! Good Morning, All TODobots!
    ‘Special Good Afternoon’, Nilathiel, and Roberta I can’t wait to hear your report. Have a great ’round table’ session..

  9. August 13, 2012 at 7:35 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congratulations Niliathiel on #1!

  10. August 13, 2012 at 7:41 am

    The President and the USDA will announce in Iowa today, it is buying 170 million dollars of Beef.

    • 59 hopefruit2
      August 13, 2012 at 7:57 am

      Will he make that announcement at Bayliss Park campaign stop @ 12:25? That would be great help to the farmers, and it’s an interesting concept. Where is the USDA going to store all that meat. Sell it to the communities?

        • 61 hopefruit2
          August 13, 2012 at 8:35 am

          I would happily buy some of that chicken, lamb, pork beef and catfish if the gov’t is selling it a reduced rate.

          • 62 HZ
            August 13, 2012 at 11:27 pm

            Happy belated Birthday Donna. We could purchase some of the chicken, beef, catfish, and lamb and throw a great classy birthday party for Donna. Just saying, but that would be fun with all of our TOD family and Chips at the head table. What a fun evening that would be. Maybe, we could even extend an invitation to our beautiful POTUS and FLOTUS.

            POB said that they are going to put the meat that they purchase in the military freezers. He said we have lots of freezers. He is always 20 steps ahead of the foolish men. Bless his precious heart.

            I also want to shout out to Fred and Mom as well. (((((((((( Hugs to All of our TOD Family)))))))))) I am moving along. I sometime give in to the pain, but not allow it to crush me. Too strong in my spirit for that road, but I am hoping and thinking good thoughts about all that we have to do by Nov. 6th.

            Will be attending a local meeting Tues., evening. A lot of work to keep us busy and moving FORWARD. Will do as much as my spirit and heart will carry me through. Please think good thoughts for me as I do for myself daily.((((((((Thank you Chips and all of your lovely family members here. HZ

            • 63 hopefruit2
              August 13, 2012 at 11:31 pm

              Thanks HZ, hugs to you and hope your pain is not too debilitating. Do you know that today is Chips’ birthday too! We just found this out tonight. We’re wishing her happy birthday so you can join when you get up to the top thread! 🙂 🙂

    • 64 lmrj
      August 13, 2012 at 11:18 am

      • 65 HZ
        August 13, 2012 at 11:37 pm

        Lmrj, I am No fan of Mark Knoller. I was typing slowly and as soon as I hit “post comment” Mark’s tweet came up. I heard POB speak today about the ‘farm bill’ and he also said that they were going to purchase the foods to help. He said ,”We have lots of freezers.” It is in his speech and there is an article that was on twitter and I also went and read the article and posted it as well with a commen. I am no fan of MK. HZ

  11. August 13, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Do you Guys still think Steve Schmidt is Moderate? Hahahahaha. He is about as partisan as they get.
    Good grief. Get with it… LOL!

    • 67 57andFemale
      August 13, 2012 at 8:13 am

      I never did, that’s for sure. The good-hearted liberals are always way to willing to give credit when one Republican sounds sane, and are willing to wipe out the decades of damage these people have done. Schmidt realized Palin was a train wreck? Well duh! That didn’t mean he was going to embrace a jobs bill that would truly stimulate the economy, provide health care like every other modern nation, trim wasteful defense spending, or do one damned thing for LGBT rights.

      If anyone still calls themselves Republican, they have signed on to the entire lurch to the right of John Birch that is now the Republican Party.

  12. 72 cluny
    August 13, 2012 at 7:55 am

    thanks to everyone here for tweeting back so sharply to the hideous Kantor. She looks even dumber and nastier than usual after that nonsense she tried on. i must master the twitter thing …

    • 73 hopefruit2
      August 13, 2012 at 7:59 am

      Even Drudge report picked up her irresponsible comment which she tried to backpedal and “clarify” when she realized the mess she caused.

      • 74 TrumpDog
        August 13, 2012 at 8:59 am

        Are you serious?
        I’m sorry I missed it, I would have added to the call outs.
        She knew exactly what she was doing but apparently did realize she’d get the push back she did.

  13. August 13, 2012 at 7:57 am

    President Barack Obama’s senior campaign adviser David Axelrod on Monday said that there’s no difference between the Romney and Ryan budget plans and called it “laughable” to suggest otherwise.

    “[Ryan] was a rubber stamp for the Bush era. It was kind of laughable to hear Gov. Romney say last night to say, ‘Well, that’s his plan, I’ve got my own plan.’ Those plans are very similar. For the middle class it’s like a choice between a punch in the nose and a knee to the groin,” Axelrod said on CBS’s This Morning

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/79661.html

  14. August 13, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Surprisingly, Chuck Todd has been very fair about the Medicare discussion.

    • 78 hopefruit2
      August 13, 2012 at 7:59 am

      Maybe he has some elderly relatives (he’s from FL) and he doesn’t want Karma to come after them if he fails to give the facts as a journalist.

      • August 13, 2012 at 8:10 am

        That is what I was thinking.

        • 80 veryslowwriter
          August 13, 2012 at 11:21 am

          Even the nuttiest wingnut will have *something* he or she is at least a little liberal about. A relative with mental health issues. A gay sibling. A friend who lost their house. A kid trying to get through college without incurring massive debt. Parents on Medicare.
          The RWNJ will have all the appropriate selfish positions except for one.

          • August 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm

            Yup – Romney-Ryan (or is it Ryan-Romney) are fair discriminators. Everyone’s going to get screwed with their plans. Nobody is spared – even the rich will get screwed in the long run, because when the middle class disappears, they’ll finally realize who the REAL job creators are!

      • August 13, 2012 at 8:11 am

        Oh, and David Gregory seems to think that swing Districts will now go Robney way, due to the Ryan Pick???

      • August 13, 2012 at 8:21 am

        He is from Virginia. His wife was a big wig in the Democratic Party up there. His grandmother lives and works by me. She is in her 80s and is a big Obama supporter. She works at McDonalds to make ends meet. Chuck knows this. She must have called him.

        • 84 hopefruit2
          August 13, 2012 at 8:27 am

          Oh really, and I thought all along he was from FL! I had heard about his grandmother working at McD’s but didn’t know that she or his wife was a DEM! That’s very interesting to know. 🙂 🙂

          • 85 jackiegrumbacher
            August 13, 2012 at 8:45 am

            HF, the mystery is how his wife stands him. With his usual nonsense, it would be hard for me not to want to punch him in the nose every night. She must be very forgiving.

          • 86 dotster3
            August 13, 2012 at 9:42 am

            His wife was on WH staff—–don’t know if she still is. I assumed Todd’s unfair reporting on PBO was a way of over-compensating for this fact. But—-it went on and on and on and on, and I stopped giving him excuses.

        • 87 Lovepolitics2008
          August 13, 2012 at 9:46 am

          Wow, seriously ??

      • 88 TrumpDog
        August 13, 2012 at 8:59 am

        I don’t trust him one bit.

    • 89 Ladyhawke
      August 13, 2012 at 8:33 am

      Wow, Chuck Todd being fair about the Medicare discussion. I would love it if this were the norm and not the exception. I just wish Chuck Todd and his ilk were demanding the truth everyday all the time. It’s pathetic that so many lazy journalists just sit and nod their heads while Republicans just spew lies.

  15. August 13, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod predicted on Monday that excitement for Paul Ryan will burn out much the way it did for Sarah Palin in 2008.

    Mitt Romney and Ryan were greeted by huge crowds at events over the weekend.

    “I saw that kind of excitement four years ago when John McCain apppointed Sarah Palin…as well,” Axelrod said on “CBS This Morning.” But, he added, “I think when the reality catches up with the moment, it’s not going to be a plus for Gov. Romney.”

    Axelrod called Ryan the “intellectual leader of the Tea Party,” whose “dangerous views” have now been adopted by Romney.

    “It was kind of laughable to hear Gov. Romney last night say, ‘Well, that’s his plan, I have my own plan,'” Axelrod said. “The fact is that both plans call for trillions in tax cuts for the wealthy…and higher taxes for the middle class…this is not a prescription for a stronger economy, it’s not a prescription for a stronger country.”

    • 91 99ts
      August 13, 2012 at 8:36 am

      The GOP supporters have a strange definition of “huge”. Would be nice to see an enterprising reporter count the number of non-white people present – but I’d settle for an accurate count of the total.

  16. 94 vcprezofan2
    August 13, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Remember that 2011 video of Ryan doing a town hall and making fun of an elderly voter? Now might be a good time to keep it handy, especially if you have contact with elderly GOP supporters. Yes, the senior was a little irascible, but I think Ryan’s response shows his immaturity and insensitivity as a leader who is accountable to ALL Americans.

    • 95 isonprize
      August 13, 2012 at 10:18 am

      So disrespectful, so mean, so hateful. What a nasty thing to say to this man. Karma is gonna get Paul Ryan, and when she does, he will regret how he has spoken to old people.

      • August 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm

        It’s actually not that surprising, given that his idol wrote books about abuse of children, and advocated hate and humiliation of the needy.

  17. 97 57andFemale
    August 13, 2012 at 8:16 am

  18. 98 dotster3
    August 13, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Some of our esteemed news media have been thrown by PBO landing in Omaha, Ne. to get to Council Bluffs, Ia. across the border. CBS Chicago just reported that President Obama will be campaigning in Iowa AND NEBRASKA this week. Not careful with the facts again—-did not give this implausibility one moment of consideration. You would think someone there would have said, “Nebraska? That seems weird.”

    • August 13, 2012 at 8:24 am

      Nebraska has Offut AFB. In the Middle of nowhere, it was where GW went during 9/11!

    • 100 isonprize
      August 13, 2012 at 10:28 am

      The current crop of media are the laziest crew EVER!!! Bought and paid for.

      They should know that the “big jets” like the Air Force One 747 has to land at an ‘international” airport or a military airfield with a runway of at least 10, 000 feet. Of course, AF1 would chose a military airfield. But the real deal is … it’s AIR FORCE ONE. It can land wherever the capacity exists to handle the landing and whenever it needs to!

      What a bunch of whistleheads!!!

  19. 101 utaustinliberal
    August 13, 2012 at 8:33 am

    How much do I LOOOOOOOOOVE local news in Austin? Soooooooooooo much. They didn’t let Romney-Ryan bamboozle them or distract them with the shiny new toy that is Paul Ryan. This morning they reported facts about Ryan’s Kill Medicare Bill. They were like, sure this may be a “bold” pick for the GOP but not for the rest of the electorate. They talked about how Ryan’s Medicare Bill if enacted would contract the economy, explode the deficit and how it would turn Medicare into a voucher program for seniors and drastically change Medicare as we know it. They didn’t play the whole “both sides do this or Democrats claim this or Democrats claim that” They reported truth. They didn’t let this VP pick distract them from real issues. They immediately went back to the discussion of Romney’s invisible tax returns. They said that Ryan revealed an extensive tax returns list for vetting but Romney hasn’t done the same. They mocked Sarah Palin for not being invited to speak at the GOP convention and chuckled about how times have changed for her from 4 years ago.

    It was beautiful. Living in a Liberal city ROCKS!!!!

    • 102 vcprezofan2
      August 13, 2012 at 8:38 am

      Reporting as it ought to be, eh? Pity you can’t clone your reporters and share them in a purple/redish state. 😆 😆

    • August 13, 2012 at 8:38 am

      JEALOUS, ut. You are lucky!

    • 104 hopefruit2
      August 13, 2012 at 8:39 am

      Excellent. That’s how it should be done. Thanks for sharing this ut! The local news are always more accurate in their reporting than the corporate cable TV networks and national newspapers. Even in Florida, the Ryan pick was not met with any enthusiasm from the local press.

    • 105 Ladyhawke
      August 13, 2012 at 9:03 am

      That’s awesome UT. I am going to use your feedback to communicate with my local newspapers and tv stations. Maybe I can embarrass them into following the lead of Austin, Texas. That’s some serious reporting that needs to be emulated.

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    • 106 isonprize
      August 13, 2012 at 10:30 am

      Are you sure that Austin is still in Texas?? 😆 😆 😆

      It’s so hard to remember that Texas actually had Ann Richards as governor. What happened to THAT Texas?

    • August 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      I love it! We didn’t even see that much truth-telling here in Southern California! Lucky you.

  20. 108 dotster3
    August 13, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I notice the only PBO reaction to the Ryan pick the media is airing is when he says he’s “a good and decent man, a family man, articulate….” etc. After a bunch of glossy Ryan segments on Today, zero mention of Medicare, of course, I was happy to see Stephanie Cutter in rebuttal. She did not allow Lauer to put words in her mouth and set the record straight. I wonder why Morning Jerk never has her on his program, hahaha. Can’t stomp all over her as he does his other carefully selected Dem invitees.
    Now they are airing an Andrea Mitchell report on Ryan’s wife, full of high praise and compliments. She is making her sound like the most wondrous woman that ever existed. I’m already out of patience, deep breath.

    • 109 hopefruit2
      August 13, 2012 at 8:44 am

      They did the same with Palin, hyping up Todd Palin as “First Dude” and all; yet none of that media-gloss helped her or McCain apparently. Imagine, Rev Al is beating Morning Joke in the ratings department – just goes to show you how few people have the time or patience for his drivel.

    • 112 TrumpDog
      August 13, 2012 at 9:05 am

      I notice the only PBO reaction to the Ryan pick the media is airing is when he says he’s “a good and decent man, a family man, articulate….”

      I’m listening to the Bill Press show and during commercial they played a sound clip of the event. When he first mentioned Ryan, you heard the boos and then Pres Obama not having that, saying “…no no no; he’s a good, decent man…”
      I liked that they let the listener hear Pres. Obama be classy.

    • August 13, 2012 at 11:54 am

      Well, he should not have said it. We know exactly what we’re facing in the MSM and we keep playing to their hands.

  21. 114 hopefruit2
    August 13, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Romney is exhausted!?!? The campaign has just started!! What does he think it’s going to be like over the next 2-3 months?

    • 115 99ts
      August 13, 2012 at 8:45 am

      How would he cope with that job he so desperately wants if he can’t cope with the campaign.

    • 117 jackiegrumbacher
      August 13, 2012 at 8:58 am

      Well, nobody asked him to run. He thought he was going to float into the White House on a cloud of inevitability and a river of unlimited cash. Nobody told him it was going to be hard and he couldn’t just order lackeys to do the tough stuff. And he “ain’t seen nothing yet.” Our PBO never tires.

      • 118 hopefruit2
        August 13, 2012 at 9:22 am

        Exactly! And another thing that keeps our PBO going is the tremendous amount of genuine love and support he receives from people all over the US and internationally. His body and soul are nourished by all this human contact, positive vibes and appreciation from real ordinary people, not a bunch of power-hungry millionaires Romney doesn’t get any of this love, and his “supporters” don’t really care about him as a person – they are motivated by a desire to get PBO out.

    • 120 Lovepolitics2008
      August 13, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Wanna bet the”exhaustion” excuse is not true? Fear or screaming pissed-off people… yes THAT rings true. Before going to Florida, Romney will first carpet-bomb the state with deceitful ads saying he’s the one who’ll save Medicare while President Obama is the one who’ll throw granny under the bus.

      The good news is that the Obama campaign is very well aware of Romney’s modus operandi. The concern is that Romney has a $$$ advantage ( SuperPACS) in the very expensive media market of Florida. No question the Obama campaign has worked like crazy to find the best strategy to counter that advantage.

      I suspect Joe Biden and Bill Clinton will be spending a lot of time in Florida…

      • August 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm

        Don’t forget – we’ve got Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Florida – and she’s got deep roots in the communities. As useless as Alan Grayson was, he was good at talking – and he’s in Florida. Democrats might have thrown Meeks under the bus in 2010, but I think he’s still out there with his contacts. I don’t hold out much hope that Charlie Christ will help spread the message, but who knows (the guy who Democrats rallied behind as though he’d be anything but a blue dog, at best)? Who do the GOP have in Florida – Allen West and his conspiracy theories?

        Florida is definitely in play.

  22. 122 utaustinliberal
    August 13, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Still on a high from my kickass local news team!!!! 😀 😀 😀

  23. August 13, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I just love all these Billionaires on Tv, saying we have to get rid of Medicate and Medicaid and Social security! This is a sad Day on America, that the Punditry gives billionaires, a premium say on Social Safety nets. Sad Day indeed.
    If that don’t beat all!

  24. 125 amk for obama
    August 13, 2012 at 8:45 am

    who is jodi kantor ? why should we care what she tweets?

    • August 13, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Apparently, she is best friends with Michelle! NOT!

    • 128 hopefruit2
      August 13, 2012 at 9:04 am

      Her tweets were immediately picked up by the Romney campaign AND Drudge and other RW outfits. I’m glad that there was some serious Twitter push-back on her nonsense, which made her look stupid as she tried to “clarify” and retract some of her catty, juvenile comments.

    • 129 Obama Grandmama
      August 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      jodi wrote a book about the Obamas thinking and used her own prejudices to judge and preclude what the Obama’s even think. She went on the book tours as if she was their best friend. (In her head only.)

  25. 130 dotster3
    August 13, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Perfect description: “willful gullibility of the beltway media”, how they have inserted Ryan into their political play, where he is playing the role of a “thoughtful, serious, conservative wonk. In reality, Ryan is nothing like this; he’s a hard-core conservative with a voting record as far right as Michele Bachman’s……”

  26. 131 vcprezofan2
    August 13, 2012 at 8:58 am

    WARNING – This link goes back to DKos, but it shows quite a few Florida headlines that are waring about Ryan

    https://twitter.com/backstorymom/status/234995116937457664

    • 132 hopefruit2
      August 13, 2012 at 9:06 am

      Yes, I read it over at Old Orange. The Floridian local press is not sugar-coating Mr. Ryan. Many of them who are thinking of retiring soon or who have elderly relatives are going to be personally affected if the Ryan plan is enacted.

  27. 133 amk for obama
    August 13, 2012 at 8:59 am

    I love it that the third rate media is hyping the voucher boy over mittbot, who must be seething. mccain redux.

    • 134 Ladyhawke
      August 13, 2012 at 9:29 am

      ROMNEY HAS BECOME THE RUNNING MATE. HE IS HANGING ON BY RYAN’S COATTAILS

      I mean really, who is the presidential candidate?? Mitt Romney has become the running mate. It’s really pathetic. The presidential candidate is running on the VP candidates budget and agenda. Romney is being completely overshadowed by severely overrated Paul Ryan who is best known for his draconian budget, P90X and his devotion to controversial philosopher/atheist/writer Ayn Rand. He signed the Grover Norquist no tax pledge (just like Romney). He has a dismal voting record. He is responsible for passing only TWO BILLS into law in over a decade. He has no foreign policy experience. He has no business experience which Mitt Romney says is a requirement for running for president. He was in a leadership role in the DO NOTHING CONGRESS. And the most outrageous thing of all is that he was at the “TREASON MEETING” on the day President Obama was inaugurated. It should disqualify him. He can’t un-ring that bell.

      I have never seen a more inept and cobbled together campaign in my life. It just looks like they are making it up as they go along. It’s nothing but constant lying and blaming President Obama for everything while providing no specifics about what they would do. They are just talking loud and saying nothing. The very idea that they are “relaunching” their campaign two and a half months before the election tells you everything you need to know.

  28. 135 JER
    August 13, 2012 at 9:04 am

  29. 137 hopefruit2
    August 13, 2012 at 9:12 am

  30. 139 amk for obama
    August 13, 2012 at 9:22 am

    A man was on a walking holiday in Ireland. He became thirsty so decided to ask at a home for something to drink. The lady of the house invited him in and served him a bowl of soup by the fire. There was a wee pig running around the kitchen, running up to the visitor and giving him a great deal of attention. The visitor commented that he had never seen a pig this friendly. The housewife replied: “Ah, he’s not that friendly. That’s his bowl you’re using.”

    irish wimmin/smh

  31. 142 Linda
    August 13, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Someone needs to take a look at Ryan’s stock dealings at the time this happened…What did he buy…what did he sell ?

    • 143 desertflower
      August 13, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Well we know he used insider trading in congress…quite a few of them did

      • 144 desertflower
        August 13, 2012 at 10:07 am

        Here’s your answer, Linda:) http://www.the-richmonder.com/2012/08/paul-ryan-traded-on-insider-information.html

        t should probably come as no surprise to anyone that someone like Paul Ryan would trade on inside information gained through his position as a congressman to line his pockets, but this particular instance is especially egregious. Ryan attended a closed meeting with congressional leaders, Bush’s Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on September 18, 2008. The purpose of the meeting was to disclose the coming economic meltdown and beg Congress to pass legislation to help collapsing banks.

        Instead of doing anything to help, Ryan left the meeting and on that very same day Paul Ryan sold shares of stock he owned in several troubled banks and reinvested the proceeds in Goldman Sachs, a bank that the meeting had disclosed was not in trouble. This is the guy Republicans want one heartbeat away from the presidency?

  32. August 13, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Hiya everyone, I’ll be back on my teeny plane in a couple of hours, heading for home. I’ve scheduled a ‘heads up’ for PBO’s 12:25 speech, so hopefully it’ll work. See ya later, and behave – especially you amk.

  33. August 13, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Up and at ’em all my O peeps!!! This is a great getting up day for the TOD team. I’m enjoying the Ryan addition to the dialog. The spin will make a person dizzy,, but somebody had to be pretty dizzy to pick him in the first place. I won’t get into who is the worse media pundit for our side, but there’s one on now who’s doing a great job pushing back on Jindal and his talking points. Up next, Robert Gibbs Btw, he did the same pushback on a certain morning show host when the talking points started up again. .

    My political take today is did Rmoney ever stop to consider that he’s one unfortunate international conflict or issue away from being completely forgotten about, should something happen before the election? Neither of them has one iota foreign experience, except Mitts stay in Paris during the Viet Nam war. Ryan, I think the farthest he’s been from Wisconsin happened Sunday morning when he traveled to Virginia. Prior to that it was DC.

    • 151 Obama Grandmama
      August 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      I heard Ryan’s supporter on MTP say he had taken several trips abroad as a Congressman. Wondered if that was true or another lie? Thought the committee members in the Senate were the ones taking those trips that were involved with foreign policies. Anyway to look up how many trips Ryan took, when they were taken, and representing which committees? Maybe someone on here could do that or give me clues on where to go to find this info?

  34. 152 57andFemale
    August 13, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I proudly link to dKos when it’s a Jill Klausen diary, of the Winning Words Project:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/08/13/1119570/-Paul-Ryan-says-you-did-build-it-Well-the-government-built-Paul-Ryan

    • 153 pugeretto
      August 13, 2012 at 9:52 am

      Ah, that was informative, I tweeted, therefore I thank you 57!

      • 154 57andFemale
        August 13, 2012 at 9:55 am

        Jill is absolutely fantastic, with powerful messages and frames that are easy to incorporate. The campaign should hire her, IMO. If you get a chance, go over her past posts — they are a treasure trove of good messaging.

  35. 156 japa21
    August 13, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Two quick thoughts, as I have had more time to digest the Ryan pick.

    The first is that I think, in some ways, this was a smart pick by Romney. (Hold your horses, I am not really complimenting Romney as you will see).

    In the past week, it is obvious that Romney was going to try to start pivoting toward the middle to get more moderate and independent voters. The reaction from the Right, however, was enough to cause some real concern in the Romney camp. They, I am sure, found out that the base may not all be willing to crawl through a field of broken glass just to vote out the black man in the WH. Yet at the same time, they also knew that the base alone would not be enough to win the election.

    Bingo, as a rather significant nod to the base, Ryan is picked. I am sure that Romney now felt it would be safer to make those moves to bring moderates on board. After all, he could say “reasonable” things and give a nod to the base and send the message, don’t worry, Ryan is where my real heart is.

    Not a bad plan, and probably the best of all possible alternatives. In fact, almost immediately he tried to distance himself from the Ryan budget plan, only to find out nobody was going to let him do so. He keeps forgetting that in this day and age, if you say something, it is on record, and almost immediately, videos of him endorsing the Ryan budget were out there. Like I said, a smart move in that it was the best he could do to try to satisfy the base while still moving toward the center.

    It doesn’t look like it is going to work and it is our job to make sure it doesn’t.

    Second thought. I am hearing a lot of the Ryan/Romney or Romney/Ryan (the first is the better way to put it) economic plans. What we need to do is go from the RR approach to the RRR approach. Ryan/Romney/Republican plan. We have to tie this around not just Romney’s neck but every Republican candidate’s neck as well.

    I Republican district in NY was won by a Dem simply because she pushed the Ryan budget onto her opponent and it worked. We need to do the same in every district.

    • 157 57andFemale
      August 13, 2012 at 9:40 am

      I think the internals were way softer than anyone realized. I think Romney stood a chance of some Repubs actually staying home (although I still see Repubs as motivated voters, especially to turn out the black guy. The reason this country is in such a mess is because about 1/4 of eligible voters have been deciding who runs the country for the last 30 years.

      However, I really think the support for Romney was really soft.

      They are going to twist and abandon truth like we’ve never seen.

    • 158 amk for obama
      August 13, 2012 at 9:49 am

      You’re giving way too much credit for mittbot’s political acumen. It was a panic pick.

      As for r/r/r stratergy, PBO has already started doing it.

    • 160 99ts
      August 13, 2012 at 9:51 am

      Can the Romney pollster turn around that poll via the writeup
      “Romney pollster Neil Newhouse said in a statement that the findings reflect the fact that Ryan, a House member since 1999, isn’t widely known.” – hahaha – they didn’t like the pick because the don’t know him – could it be because they don’t like him or his policy?

    • 161 itgurl_29
      August 13, 2012 at 10:40 am

      And USA Today is red state America’s paper of choice. If this were a NYT poll, they’d be able to brush it off with a “liberal bias” charge. But not USA Today. The “Nascar dads” read USA Today. This is really bad news. I love it.

    • August 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      The saddest part of that post is that the poll questioned all adults, not just registered voters. Why aren’t all adults registered voters? If this country leads the world, then every adult should be responsible for the decisions that are made here. It’s a shame more people don’t take that responsibility more seriously.

  36. August 13, 2012 at 9:39 am

    #Ryanmedicarecoupons. 2% off a Hip Replacement.— redbird45 (@redbird45) August 13, 2012

  37. August 13, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Safe ride, Chips!!

  38. August 13, 2012 at 9:41 am

  39. August 13, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Gibbs did a good job on chuck toads show!

  40. 168 hopefruit2
    August 13, 2012 at 9:48 am

  41. 169 desertflower
    August 13, 2012 at 9:49 am

    I posted this amazing video late last night. I hope that all of you take the time to watch it…you will not be sorry you did:)

  42. 172 amk for obama
    August 13, 2012 at 9:51 am

    • 173 Ladyhawke
      August 13, 2012 at 10:21 am

      FACTS ARE STUBBORN THINGS.

      This is an absolutely brutal tweet. It just makes Paul Ryan look so small and insignificant using the facts. More of this please.

  43. 174 desertflower
    August 13, 2012 at 9:52 am

    DO NOT LET THEM GET AWAY WITH THIS CRAP!!

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/08/13/680461/romney-claims-obama-robbed-medicare-to-distract-from-gop-plan-to-end-medicare/

    Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are turning the GOP’s greatest political liability — a proposal to drastically restructure Medicare for seniors — into a sharp attack against President Obama, despite Republican efforts to cut more than a trillion from the program.

    The $716 billion figure comes from the Congressional Budget Office’s latest estimate of the Republican proposal to repeal the law, though the office doesn’t back up the charge that Obama stole the money from the current Medicare budget. Rather, the savings slow the growth of Medicare over the next decade: eliminate overpayments to private insurers, reform provider payments to encourage greater efficiency, tie reimbursements to improvements in economic productivity, and reduce fraud and abuse.
    As a result, “growth in spending will be restrained” and the life of the Medicare trust fund is expanded by eight years, the government estimates. Sixteen million seniors are also benefiting from the savings by receiving preventive benefits without deductibles or co-pays and saving more than $3.9 billion on prescription drugs.
    The Ryan-backed GOP budet maintains these cuts, but rather than using them to improve the Medicare program, it applies the savings to pay for massive tax cuts.

    • 175 Obama Grandmama
      August 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      After watching MTP last night I emailed the WH that I thought they needed to do a short explanatory ad explaining what the $700 B Romney talked about PBO taking from Medicare was used so the Srs will understand. A truthful comparison is needed.

  44. 177 pugeretto
    August 13, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Stephanie Miller just said that she heard Repugs have already given up & this Ryan pick is all about 2016…..did someone say Romeny cancelled FL today due to exhaustion? Where did I see that?

  45. 180 amk for obama
    August 13, 2012 at 9:57 am

  46. 181 dotster3
    August 13, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Ugh

  47. 187 amk for obama
    August 13, 2012 at 9:59 am

    I put up a 10,000 dollar bet at BJ that mittbot sez “fuck you peons, I quit” before the coronation. Any TOD takers on that?

    You heard it here first.

    Well, not here, at BJ first.

  48. August 13, 2012 at 9:59 am

  49. 191 amk for obama
    August 13, 2012 at 10:02 am

  50. 192 dotster3
    August 13, 2012 at 10:07 am

    • 193 Nena20409
      August 13, 2012 at 10:11 am

      Wrong Tweet. Pres Obama finds $700B in medicare saving. Then the rest. Ryan was piggybacking on the $700B find then using the funds for tax cuts.

  51. 194 Pamela
    August 13, 2012 at 10:10 am

    “We need an approach to ethics which makes no recourse to religion and be equally acceptable to those with faith and those without.” ~ HHDL
    13 August 2012. @DalaiLama

  52. August 13, 2012 at 10:12 am

  53. 197 Nena20409
    August 13, 2012 at 10:17 am

    On this site many talk about changing the news cycle. Why are we helping them? We know why the media is orgasmic about Ryan. They want to change the topic and try to stop the Romney meltdown. Let Us not go there. Every tweet and e-mail shout have where are the tax returns. Ryan was part of the 20 for a coup ‘d tat against pres Obama on Jan 20, 2009. Then the debt ceiling. Dems issues must always be part of the tweets. CNN and Fox wanted a different narrative. The Olympics were dominating. They decided to make and change the story.

    • 198 TrumpDog
      August 13, 2012 at 10:36 am

    • 200 Claire
      August 13, 2012 at 10:38 am

      I agree. The taxes need to remain front and center.

    • 201 Lovepolitics2008
      August 13, 2012 at 11:01 am

      I see your point. However it’s unavoidable that the pick of the VP candidate dominates the news cycle for some time.

      What makes it challenging is that the Beltway have been infatuated with Ryan for YEARS. Palin was “exciting” for the media but they didn’t respect her. Ryan is another story.

      I know the MSM is losing influence. However, we can’t deny that the narratives they create still permeate the national consciousness to a certain degree, and that makes things a bit harder for canvassers in the field: they have to constantly debunk the nonsense.

      That’s why I would LOVE to see some policy wonks like Jack Lew, Austan Goldsbee make the rounds on the national political shows. President Obama and all democrats are going to work more on the emotional level and emphasize “the choice” . But non-politicians like Lew and Goldsbee could be very effective at attacking the CREDIBILITY of Paul Ryan as a guy who’s good on numbers. Ryan’s math DOESN’T add up. Some of his premises are pure FANTASY.

      Krugman has already begun talking. But we need others. I mention Lew and Goldsbee because I just love them. I prefer them to Krugman as spokesmen for democrats. You know why? Because they just look like your neighbor, or your accountant. They don’t look hyper partisan; they just ooze sincerity and competence. They are the best people IMO who could “re-educate” the pundit class. Or at least seed some doubt in the Village about Ryan’s competence in economics.

    • 202 cookemom
      August 13, 2012 at 11:07 am

      I don’t think the tax issue goes away. As soon as the newness of the Ryan pick wears off (it had to be covered), the tax thing will come back up. There were too many internals that showed it was working. The PBO team are very tactical, they don’t waste efforts. They’re giving Mitt and the MSM the room and time to bask in his VP pick. No way anything was going to stay out front over the VP news. So stay tuned. After this week it’s going to be back to the tax thing. Only this time, PBO gets to tie Ryan’s plan which includes tax reform around the entire Mitt’s taxes.

  54. 204 desertflower
    August 13, 2012 at 10:19 am

    http://thedailybanter.com/2012/08/memo-to-democrats-how-to-attack-paul-ryan/

    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.

    TARP. Surely the Republicans will continue to demonize the “bailout” in 2008, otherwise known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program (part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008) and inexplicably blame it on the Democrats even though it was the Bush White House that proposed the bailout. Paul Ryan voted yes for the bill

    AUTO BAILOUT Paul Ryan also voted for President Bush’s 2008 $14 billion bailout

    THE 2008 BUSH STIMULUS. What the hell? You mean Bush passed a stimulus? Why, I thought “stimulus” was horrible trespass against conservatism! Oh, and Paul Ryan voted for that one, too.

    MEDICARE PART-D. Ryan also voted for President Bush’s Medicare Part-D prescription drug program, which, like most of Bush’s policies, wasn’t paid for — the fiscally responsible thing to do. Instead, he voted for $16 trillion in unfunded spending added to the national debt.

    THE IRAQ and AFGHANISTAN WARS. Yes, Paul Ryan voted for both wars and all of the various supplemental spending bills along the way. At least $1.5 trillion in deficit spending without any budget offset or pay-as-you-go legislation that ultimately accounts for around 10 percent of our long-term national debt. Paul Ryan voted yes all along the way.

    THE BUSH TAX CUTS. And of course Paul Ryan voted for the Bush tax cuts. As of last year, the tax cuts for the wealthiest five percent of Americans cost the government $1,034,424,338,581 in revenue, thus significantly contributing to deficit and the debt.

    Everything here, minus President Obama’s stimulus, has contributed to most of the current deficit and national debt. And regarding the president’s stimulus package, Paul Ryan voted against it, and yet by every economic indicator (short of the slow-to-recover unemployment rate) it absolutely worked. GDP, job creation, the stock market, housing and so forth have all rebounded as a direct result of the economic recovery sparked by the stimulus.

    HE NEEDS TO OWN ALL OF THIS!!!

  55. August 13, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Me thinks, MSNBainC has hired every single black Republican, in the Country, to be on their Network.

  56. 209 desertflower
    August 13, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I said as much yesterday when I posted the 14 Points of Fascism….Need to read

    http://www.thepragmaticpundit.com/2012/08/if-obama-is-socialist-romney-is-fascist.html

  57. 211 Pamela
    August 13, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Myth is not the nominee yet. In the shit fight which is to be called the GOP convention, I anticipate all kinds of unhappy surprises for the whole lot of them.

    • 212 57andfemale
      August 13, 2012 at 11:44 am

      Nah. Methinks the Ryan choice was meant in part to tamp down any drama at the convention.

      However, who is going to watch this convention? Ryan will be scrutinized completely by then, there are no surprises. The only suspense is whether Willard can get up the stairs without tripping and deliver a speech without insulting all kinds of people.

  58. 213 JER
    August 13, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Happening Now – President Obama departs Chicago en route Nebraska: http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  59. 214 Bill R.
    August 13, 2012 at 10:26 am

  60. 215 desertflower
    August 13, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Ryan tears up at Wisconsin rally: ‘My veins run with cheese’

  61. August 13, 2012 at 10:44 am

  62. 218 Ladyhawke
    August 13, 2012 at 10:44 am

    The Romney Budget is Even More Radical Than the Ryan Budget

    Jonathan Cohn

    —————————–

    Romney has endorsed all of those things—and not just by implication. He’s called for turning Medicare into a voucher system, although he’d theoretically preserve the government-run plan for people who want it. He’s said he would turn Medicaid into a block grant. And he’s called for a tax cut that, according to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center, would raise taxes on the middle class even as it reduces taxes on the wealthy—at least if Romney is serious about making his tax plan revenue-neutral.

    Romney’s failure to provide actual budget numbers on these proposals has made it difficult to evaluate them individually—and, I’m sure, it’s spared him some of the scrutiny he’d otherwise get. But Romney made one other promise that ought to make very clear what his plans would entail. He’s called for capping federal spending at 20 percent of gross domestic product, while setting aside 4 percent of gross domestic product for defense spending.

    Have I become obsessed with this spending cap? Yes I have. And for good reason.

    ————————————–

    http://www.tnr.com/blog/plank/106063/romney-disown-ryan-budget-20-percent-spending-cap

    • 220 Obama Grandmama
      August 13, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      A lightbulb just went off in my head as I have not read your clip yet it maybe in it already, but these two could be the 2016 Presidential cndidates.

  63. August 13, 2012 at 10:48 am

  64. August 13, 2012 at 10:53 am

    #ADollarADayToOFA

  65. 225 hopefruit2
    August 13, 2012 at 10:53 am

    ROTFLMAO! So all “teh Blacks” will just come running to Paul with open arms!!!!

    • 226 cookemom
      August 13, 2012 at 10:58 am

      …but did he ever date a ‘blah’ person? In what context did that even come up? Did he say, ‘ummm, not to change the subject, but I see black people.’

    • 227 0388jojothecat
      August 13, 2012 at 10:59 am

      Some of my best friends were/are……..

      I wonder how the his GOP base in the south will feel about his college sweetheart…..

    • 228 Obama Grandmama
      August 13, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      I used to date a Black! I’m not even Black and it is so insulting to me.

  66. August 13, 2012 at 10:59 am

  67. 231 hopefruit2
    August 13, 2012 at 11:02 am

    PBO right now live talking to the NASA folks congratulating them on Curiosity’s Mars landing.

    http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

  68. 232 isonprize
    August 13, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Conservative Star’s Small-Town Roots (New York Times – Politics section re: Paul Ryan )

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/13/us/politics/family-faith-and-politics-describe-life-of-paul-ryan.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1

    For once, reading the comments is a joy!!! These New York Times readers are NOT having it!!! 😆 😆 😆

  69. 233 dotster3
    August 13, 2012 at 11:08 am

    You can follow bus tour on twitter at #baracksbus

  70. 234 Ladyhawke
    August 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

    THE GO BACK TEAM EMBRACES VOODOO ECONOMICS

    Ryan’s Hope: Voodoo Economics Still Isn’t A Plan

    Joe Conason

    ——————————————–

    By naming Paul Ryan as the Republican vice presidential nominee, Mitt Romney has endorsed what used to be known as “voodoo economics” — and restored that special brand of Republican superstition to the center of national debate. To take Ryan seriously, as all too many pundits and politicians insist we must, requires everyone to behave as if the plans he produced as House Budget Committee chairman represent a meaningful effort to improve the nation’s fiscal future. Sooner or later, however, real analysts will scrutinize the Ryan budget using honest math instead of humbug and magic.

    In fact they already have done so — and that is where the myth of Ryan as a serious, scrupulous, and bold reformer begins to disintegrate.
    .
    .
    Voodoo economics, as the senior (and smarter) Bush so memorably termed this belief system, does not work. But Ryan evidently believes in it, because his budget depends heavily on that old voodoo to achieve balance. He claims that closing loopholes and reducing tax expenditures will cover the revenue losses

    ———————————————————-

    http://www.nationalmemo.com/ryans-hope-voodoo-economics-still-isnt-a-plan/

  71. 235 utaustinliberal
    August 13, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Pres. Obama is such a science geek. He’s so fascinated by Curiosity Rover and Mars. He also told NASA that he’d like to get a Mohawk like one of the science guys who’s been getting marriage proposals on twitter but his team keeps discouraging him. He said he wants to be alerted if they find Martians; even if it’s just microbes. That he doesn’t care how busy he is; that announcement will move to the top of his pile.

    The NASA scientists thanked him for calling, thanked him for his investments in science, and R&D and they all gave him a standing ovation.

    It was so nice to watch.

  72. 236 cookemom
    August 13, 2012 at 11:12 am

    When asked what legislation Ryan passed during his time in office under Bush, RNC vice chairman Spieser (sp) couldn’t think of one thing. Yet, he stated how innovative and strong Ryan is as a leader. Ryan was on the budget committee under Bush, and put 2 wars, medicare part D, and tax cuts to millionaires in Bush’s budgets. So, once again, what were they thinking? Ryan’s pick doesn’t help in the swing states, 3 of which have a majority elder population. All he does is excite the base who Mitt already had.

  73. 237 utaustinliberal
    August 13, 2012 at 11:14 am

  74. 238 Nena20409
    August 13, 2012 at 11:16 am

    David Bender on Stephanie Miller is saying that David Gregory and Ryan were college basket ball play buddies. Now we know. Another reason why the Media is Not balanced.

    And I am livid that Candy Crowley and Bob Schieffer as moderators of the debates? That is wrong in every level. In a nation of 313M, No Black, Brown, Yellow or Red pigmentation? Only White and Women? Issues affecting Voting, inequality in income, youth and truth would Never make it in the debates, again.

  75. August 13, 2012 at 11:19 am

  76. 240 dotster3
    August 13, 2012 at 11:19 am

    New $10 million ad buy by Willard super pac, Restore our Future, running anti-Obama ads on economy in 11 battleground states. Sigh.

    http://globegazette.com/news/national/pro-romney-group-spends-m-on-new-ad-campaign/article_e28f5480-3647-5373-9a63-8bcebfdb7e0c.html

  77. 242 Virginia
    August 13, 2012 at 11:27 am

    President on the View NOW.

  78. 245 dotster3
    August 13, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Here’s Willard’s sparse crowd in Council Bluffs in June

  79. 246 dotster3
    August 13, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Crowd lining up in Dubuque for tickies for the appearance by both Obamas on Wed.

  80. 247 itgurl_29
    August 13, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Like I just posted on twitter, the msm are no longer the gatekeepers and cannot change reality. All of that crap they’ve been spewing about Ryan being a game changer and a boost for Mitt? Not a single poll bears that out. The Ryan pick is polling even worse than Sarah Palin did in 08.

    Hand wringing is no longer necessary. Even folks who only watch the news in passing can see it’s biased crap not at all tied to reality.

    • August 13, 2012 at 11:43 am

      If by game change they mean crushes any hope of Romney moving to the center and potentially watching Seniors flee the Republican party in droves then yeah it’s a game changer.

  81. 249 57andfemale
    August 13, 2012 at 11:40 am

  82. 252 Bill R.
    August 13, 2012 at 11:45 am

  83. August 13, 2012 at 11:53 am

    The BEAST Bus has arrived!! what a sleek sight.


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