One More Time


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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon in the Oval Office, Aug. 16, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

180 Responses to “One More Time”

  1. 1 0388jojothecat
    August 16, 2012 at 10:11 pm


    • 2 Pamela
      August 16, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      Oh I SO wanted to be first

    • 3 Pamela
      August 16, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      Wtg jojo!

      • 4 Pamela
        August 16, 2012 at 10:13 pm

        I just spent 3 hours in the dentist chair, needless to say, am more than worn out! But I’ll rally in a bit and be back, just thrilled to be 2nd, until I end up miles down thread! Nevermind, that, glad to be home and honored to be here!

        • 5 0388jojothecat
          August 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm

          So sorry to hear that Pamela…..I know the feeling. I had some dental work in June, I had only one filling replaced and I was hurting for over a week. The dentist had to give me triple anesthesia medication.

          2nd is good… 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

          • 6 Pamela
            August 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm

            A filling, yes, it can be tiring. This is my 3rd of 4 crowns, so I will be Lady Pamela in another month after I get the 4th one! My whole head is just barely manageable! Advice to my friends and family: don’t put off dental work, unless you really really don’t have the money!

      • 7 0388jojothecat
        August 16, 2012 at 10:13 pm

        Hi Pamela! Thank you. How are you doing? How’s the weather in WA State?

        • 8 Pamela
          August 16, 2012 at 10:18 pm

          Hot hot hot! 91 today, 96 tomorrow, then cooling is coming, down to mid 80’s, then back to our livable normal, nice and perfect in the mid 70’s, so we will be able to sleep again! I LOVE THIS VIDEO! I LOVE YOU Chipsticks! 😆

          • 9 HZ
            August 17, 2012 at 12:57 am

            Pamela, (((((((((((((((((( Rest, Relax, and Restore Your Energy Level))))))))))))))))))))) I love you my dear one. You are such a gentle spirit.HZ

  2. August 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Just to repeat amk’s comment from the last thread:

    Dark blue pants. Red & Blue striped white shirt. With Full Sleeves. Obama Eau de cologne. (I have it – Ha, ha, ha)

    My, my, my. Don’t I look pretty.

    (See, no do-I-look-fat-in-this-dress).

    /ducks and runs for his daughter’s convocation.

    😆 He do be a crazy man.

  3. August 16, 2012 at 10:15 pm

  4. August 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm


  5. 16 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Chips, thanks for posting my fundraising link!

    • 18 Judith Fardig
      August 17, 2012 at 1:14 am

      Yes, Chips – I appreciate you linking my OFA fund raising for Obama page also! I’m getting close to my goal and hope to have to raise the ceiling.

      • 19 HZ
        August 17, 2012 at 1:24 am

        Chips, you are the best! I am so grateful for your generous posting of our FR pages. I am so elated that so many beautiful people are helping all of us to reach our goals. ((((((((((((( Thanks to all of you for your donations to my page)))))))))))))))))))))) You all have made this little senior so happy. I love you back so much!!!HZ

  6. August 16, 2012 at 10:20 pm

  7. 21 hopefruit2
    August 16, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    I’ve seen a few TODers express concern over the MSM’s seeming willingness to close the case on Willard’s returns after he came out today and said that he has paid 13% in taxes. I urge you to not get discouraged – we’ve seen this movie before.

    The MSM tried to close the case on Bain when they were worried that the Bain ads were too effective. Now they’re simply trying to help Romney get away with lying while not releasing his returns. However, Team Obama, Harry Reid and others are not going to let Romney go so easily. And neither are we. We are going to continue to press Romney on his returns – and he and his friends in the MSM will find out that they are backing up the wrong tree by trying to evade this issue.

    • 22 FiredUpInCA
      August 16, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      I absolutely agree. This is the first President in American history that has had to show his long form birth certificate. Eric Holder had to present 7600 documents to congress and he was still held in contempt. But serial liar Mitt Romney says, ‘after 10 years of running for office, I looked at my taxes and they’re fine.’

      It’s not going to fly.

      And straight shooter, gosh darn honest guy Paul Ryan is due to be exposed as a media-enabled fraud just like his boss.

      The Beltway needs to prop up these sleazebags, but we are the ones who are ultimately doing the hiring.

    • 24 nathkatun7
      August 16, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      I am with you hopefruit! We must not let Romney get away from not releasing his tax returns without consequences. I suggest that we all adopt a new slogan: ” Mitt Romney, what are you hiding in those tax returns? “

  8. 25 nospin
    August 16, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Forgive the source of the link but the story is worth it.

    David Axelrod on Mitt Romney
    “He has a sense of entitlement, that he doesn’t have to operate under the same rules”

    “He left office in Massachusetts with the hard drives from his computers, with all his records, because he said he didn’t want opposition researchers looking,” said Axelrod. “He did the same thing when he left the Olympics. He has a penchant for secrecy and he thinks he can play by a different set of rules. I don’t accept his word on what his taxes say.”


    • 26 TrumpDog
      August 16, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      Oh. damn.
      Go Axe!

      By the by;I was never truly impressed with Axe as a spokesman. He just seemed too iffy for my tastes, not strong enough. However, lately he’s been bringing it.
      I may have to change my way of thinking. This response was perfect. PERFECT

    • 27 hopefruit2
      August 16, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      Thanks nospin. I actually saw that segment this evening and it was so gratifying to see Axelrod knock down every single one of Piers’ RNC talking points reframed as “questions.” From the Joe Soptic ad, to VP Biden’s remarks, to Romney’s tax returns. Axelrod hit the right notes on every one of these issues.

      At the end of that interview, Piers could muster only a weak, tired smile.

    • 28 veryslowwriter
      August 17, 2012 at 2:34 am

      It sums him up perfectly. Entitlement be Mitt. Want to know what privilege means? The Mittseter exemplifies many forms of it. He lives in a land where he was born Prince of All He Surveys. Visiting the reality-based community is too much for him.

      I am crushing on the fine young man at :58. I love his seriousness.

  9. August 16, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Exclusive pic of amk all dressed up:

    • August 16, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      What screws with this maps averages is Politico battleground poll, USA Today/Gallup, Rasmussen State polls and Purple insights map. All heavily weighed toward GOP!

  10. 47 desertflower
    August 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm


    Paul Ryan amended two years of financial disclosure forms to report an income-producing trust fund, which is required by congressional disclosure rules, only after being considered for vice president.

    While being vetted by Mitt Romney’s campaign, GOP vice presidential hopeful Rep. Paul Ryan amended two years of his financial disclosure statements to add an income-producing trust worth between $1 million and $5 million that he had previously neglected to report.

    The trust, an inheritance of Ryan’s wife, former Washington lobbyist Janna Little Ryan, represents one of the couple’s largest assets.

    Ryan’s biggest asset, which he did not disclose until he was vetted by the Romney Campaign, was inherited.

    In other words — he didn’t build that. He had help.

    I’m noticing a pattern here. Romney went to Harvard on a trust fund. Rather than attack their Success, we should applaud them for pulling themselves up by other people’s boot straps.

  11. 48 Rita
    August 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    You are on FIRE today, Chips dear!! Sorry if you’ve seen this already, but if you haven’t, this is quite a nugget: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/08/presented-with-letters-ryan-admits-requesting-stimulus-cash/

    ” After repeated denials, Paul Ryan has admitted he requested stimulus cash even after sharply criticizing the program.
    Ryan had denied doing so as recently as Wednesday, when he spoke to ABC’s Cincinnati affiliate, WCPO, in Ohio.
    “I never asked for stimulus,” Ryan said. “I don’t recall… so I really can’t comment on it. I opposed the stimulus because it doesn’t work, it didn’t work.”

    Thursday, Ryan responded to the questions himself.
    “After having these letters called to my attention I checked into them, and they were treated as constituent service requests in the same way matters involving Social Security or Veterans Affairs are handled,” Ryan said in a statement. “This is why I didn’t recall the letters earlier. But they should have been handled differently, and I take responsibility for that.”


    Romney/Ryan 2012 – the wannabe liars-in-chief!

  12. August 16, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Hey, it’s been a while!

    • August 16, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    • 55 Ladyhawke
      August 16, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      I wish every Democrat could get that much detail out in under 2 minutes. Nicely done AXE.

      • 56 isonprize
        August 16, 2012 at 11:08 pm

        Ladyhawke. THAT was thing of beauty. AXE just ripped it in less than 2 minutes, didn’t he?

        Can you imagine if Axe said “Uh, I don’t know, I didn’t expect you to ask that question.” It would be all over the news.

    • 57 isonprize
      August 16, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      Well, AXE, that pretty much sums it up.

      “Let the public make their own judgement. ”

      ~~ David Axelrod

    • 58 Cman
      August 16, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      I agree with Axelrod. Besides Romney has lied about his taxes before. He has said trust me on the information in his taxes that turned out was wrong and he was lying. Maddow had an excellent segment on this awhile ago. It is kinda long so not so tweetable, but very germane to this new “trust me” I paid 13%


      • 59 0388jojothecat
        August 17, 2012 at 1:58 am

        Yep, Robme lied about paying taxes to MA to become governor, once it got out he “retroactively” filed returns. Things that can’t be “retroactive” if the American people vote for him:

        – Can’t retroactively get out of a war with Iran, China, and Russia (he’ll start three wars to stay in office eight yrs)
        – Can’t retroactively restore SS and Medicare after he dismantles it
        – Can’t retroactively restore all the Depts that we need – Dept of Education, EPA, Food & Drug Administration

    • 60 99ts
      August 16, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      I would add – how does Piers know that Harry Reid is wrong and Mitt Romney is right? I would believe Harry Reid any time over Mitt Romney.

  13. 61 daisydem
    August 16, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    See, that picture above of our beloved and very, very smart President, our Vice-President (the illustrious, honorable, outspoken Joe Biden), our esteemed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Souza all sitting around in the Oval Office, in the White House, attending to business and at the same time enjoying their camaderie … I love that. That, my friends is taking care of business. It just makes me feel so proud and so secure!

  14. August 16, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    GAO: EPA rules pose acceptable “reliability challenges” for utility industry

    By Zack Colman
    A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released Thursday said the implementation of four environmental rules will likely pose electric “reliability challenges,” though not the full-blown problems Republicans and the utility industry have claimed.

    The nonpartisan GAO said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules studied “are not expected to pose widespread concerns” regarding electric reliability. It estimated between 2 to 12 percent of coal-fueled capacity might shut down as a result of the rules. But the report added “EPA and some stakeholders GAO interviewed indicated that these actions should not affect reliability given existing tools.”

    Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) said the report was a win for the rules’ proponents. “We must address the health and environmental concerns related to the power sector, and this report shows that we can do it responsibly,” he said in a statement Thursday. 


  15. August 16, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Does everyone have to log in every time? Chips, thank you for posting my link. I have been slacking in the fundraising part. I am much better at getting new voters registered. You are the best!

  16. 70 Ladyhawke
    August 16, 2012 at 10:51 pm


    Ryan Says Requesting Stimulus Funds Was a Mistake



    Mr. Ryan earlier denied asking for money from the $787 billion stimulus on behalf of companies in his Wisconsin district, contradicting a report by The Boston Globe on Tuesday that he wrote to the federal Energy Department requesting funds for two companies to develop so-called green jobs.

    “No, I never asked for stimulus,’’ Mr. Ryan said in an interview with WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, which was broadcast Thursday. Mr. Ryan, along with Mitt Romney, who picked him as his running mate last week, have vociferously denounced the stimulus as an example of President Obama’s failure to restore the economy. The Congressional Budget Office said the stimulus increased employment by 1.3 million to 3.3 million people.



    • 71 prettyfoot58
      August 17, 2012 at 7:13 am


      i wonder if those businesses who received the stimulus and the jobs that were created because of the stimulus thinks it was a mistake to accept the stimulus money…

      The GOP is down right treasonous…just think where our country would be if the GOP Congress had not obstructed our progress by obstructing the President…

  17. 72 desertflower
    August 16, 2012 at 10:57 pm



    DUNS Number: 041065129
    OXFORD, Ohio 45056
    Congressional District: 08
    Total Funds Awarded Awards

    Amount of Stimulus money that Ryan’s university got….So Paul sucked out all he could, and says the stimulus did nothing….THESE GUYS ARE THE TRUE TAKERS!!

  18. August 16, 2012 at 11:02 pm

  19. 74 dotster3
    August 16, 2012 at 11:04 pm

  20. 77 utaustinliberal
    August 16, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Loving Pres. Obama’s sharp fashion sense when it comes to his suits. He’s breaking out this suit again. Very interesting texture, fit, and color. Bravo!

    • 78 isonprize
      August 16, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      UT got link? Where do you see him in this fabulous suit that you describe?

    • 80 carolyn
      August 16, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      I’m with you on that suit. It is positively elegant, and when he wears that color and texture…..all the blue suits just look boring. That color is just gorgeous…….and of course the man wearing it is…….!!!

      • 81 HZ
        August 17, 2012 at 1:56 am

        Our POTUS is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo easy on the eyes, especially when those eyes are as old as mine. However, I am so grateful that our beautiful First Lady gives us permission to take a glance. We do love you, Mr. President and we do respect you and our wonderful VP, Joe Biden.HZ

  21. 83 vitaminlover
    August 16, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Slightly off-topic, but Hillary has really stepped up to the plate as Secretary of State.

    • 84 4morefor44
      August 16, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      yes she has. i really appreciate her efforts. and at the same time, she’s the absolute worst person who could run for the democratic nomination in 2016. i sincerely hopes she finishes her time as s.o.s. and has a nice next career or retirement…whatever she wants.

  22. 85 utaustinliberal
    August 16, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Let the Eddie Munster characterizations begin!

  23. 89 Ladyhawke
    August 16, 2012 at 11:18 pm


    The White House Silences McCain’s Dump Biden Babble With Two Words: Sarah Palin

    By: Jason Easley and Sarah Jones


    To paraphrase Jay Carney, if we ever want advice on how to nominate the worst running mate in history, we’ll give you a call. It takes some serious nerve to unleash the Sarah Palin on the world, and then call for the dismissal of the guy who beat her.
    What McCain was trying to do was push Romney’s already dead “in chains” controversy. The Romney/Ryan campaign itself killed any chance of that taking off with an awesome one-two punch of incompetence highlighted by Romney reviving the issue of his tax returns, and Ryan claiming he didn’t, but then later having to admit that he did request millions of dollars in stimulus money.



    • 90 99ts
      August 16, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      Jay did it so much better than the paraphrasing – he didn’t mention Sarah Palin – no-one at the white house ever does.

      Q. …. does this settle it once and for all, all the speculation, this is the ticket? Obama-Biden? (Laughter.) That’s a yes or no,

      MR. CARNEY: Yes. And that was settled a long, long time ago. And while I appreciate — I have great admiration for and respect for and a long relationship with Senator John McCain, but one place I would not go for advice on vice presidential running mates is to Senator McCain.

      video at the link above – and all over the internets

      • 91 Cha
        August 17, 2012 at 1:22 am

        Carney Shoots..He SCORES!!

      • 92 Obama Grandmama
        August 17, 2012 at 3:31 pm

        They are just working to take the POTUS and the VPs likeability poll numbers go down. They want Ryan to be on a more equal stance with VP Biden and want PBO’s likeability poll to take a hit.

    • 93 anniebella
      August 16, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      Bravo Jay, you told the senile Sen. McCain off.

  24. 94 sabreen60
    August 16, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    President Obama’s Medicare Plan in a nutshell!

    • 95 Dudette
      August 17, 2012 at 12:48 am

      Excellent Sabreen!
      Chips, that graphic sure looks feature-worthy.

    • 97 Cha
      August 17, 2012 at 1:24 am

      I love that graphic..I told EarlG it was a perfect rebuttal to the romneyryan LIES. Needs to Viral..thx for posting it here, sabreen!

    • 98 globalcitizenlinda
      August 17, 2012 at 8:20 am

      this is a great representation of what is at the heart of the argument between Dems and gop. Yes it needs to go viral. I hope you present/foward it to Team Obama (the Truth Team)

  25. August 16, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Paul Ryan is Bringing His Motha, with Him to Florida on Monday.
    To Lie to Seniors about Medicare…
    How do you combat that? You can’t call the Motha a Liar!
    Good grief! These Republicans are Children. I remember playing all these games when I was growing up. LOL!
    Sadly. 😦

  26. 103 sabreen60
    August 16, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    “……This should surprise absolutely nobody, because, if there’s one thing candidate Romney has demonstrated, it is that he really is quite a remarkable liar. Romney’s ran the basic bread-and-butter Republican playbook all throughout the primaries and he’s still running it this summer. The meretricious use of the president’s “You didn’t build it” line. The truthless welfare baiting on the commercials. Sooner or later, he was going to get around to this particular line of bullshit because it’s the obvious next step. Asking a Republican presidential candidate to abandon race-baiting entirely is to ask for an awful lot of 13-second Republican stump speeches. Asking Willard Romney to do it is to assume that there is muck so foul that he will not immerse himself in it to be president. Unless Curiosity finds mud on Mars, you’re pretty much out of luck there.”

    Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/romney-angry-strategy-11744990#ixzz23lpqkej2

  27. 104 dotster3
    August 16, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    • August 16, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      Read this earlier today. Good diary.

      Good night all. Been a LONG day for me. See you on the flip side.

    • 109 anniebella
      August 16, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      Queen Ann is a liar too, because she had the nerve to talk about Mitt being honest.

    • 110 Cha
      August 17, 2012 at 1:35 am

      Anngry Romney. And, she’s Angry because she and the mitt aren’t getting away with stonewalling the American people.

    • 112 Obama Grandmama
      August 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      I read on a later thread, when logging on I start at the most current and go backwards to catch up, that Ann and the sons advised Romney to pick Paul Ryan. That makes sense as I was trying to figure out why Willard wanted the whole Ryan budget to get into the mix.

  28. 113 utaustinliberal
    August 16, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Some late breaking good news for Pres. Obama. This is the like the 6th or 7th poll within a few weeks that shows Pres. Obama is leading strongly in key battleground states.

    • 114 hopefruit2
      August 16, 2012 at 11:43 pm

      Yet Little Nate just tweeted this evening that “Intrade and their models are showing Romney gaining ground” while speculating that VP nominee Ryan has something to do with it. I set him straight on that. I tweeted him that Intrade is a reactionary and is probably responding to the PA voter suppression law being upheld. Has nothing to do with Ryan. Little Nate is full of it.

      • August 16, 2012 at 11:48 pm

        For crying out loud. Prior to his selection intrade Obama 57.2.
        Today, Obama 56.6.
        They are looking for tenths of a point now, anything they can latch onto.

        • 116 hopefruit2
          August 16, 2012 at 11:54 pm

          And then he pens a NYT column “Why I’m not buying the Romney Rally.” Please, was there EVER a “Romney Rally?” Obama has been gaining ground on Willard for the last month, despite all sorts of distractions and foolishness..job numbers, skewed polling data, nasty SuperPAC ads, VP pick, etc. I’ve never heard of any Romney Rally. So I don’t know what Nate is talking about.

          • 117 Claire
            August 17, 2012 at 12:00 am

            Hopefruit just read that we are in the same district… Rep. Van Hollen is my rep too. 🙂

            • 118 hopefruit2
              August 17, 2012 at 12:13 am

              Oh that’s so cool Claire! Don’t you feel really lucky – we share a great rep, great senators, great Gov, and great President! 🙂 🙂

      • 119 99ts
        August 17, 2012 at 12:02 am

        hopefruit – the voter suppression continuing is probably the right reason for the change at intrade – sad but true.

    • 120 jackiegrumbacher
      August 17, 2012 at 8:07 am

      Pennsylvania has to withstand the voter suppression attacks. That means we work double, triple time to make sure everyone is registered with a photo ID. Otherwise vote absentee.

  29. August 16, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    RNC raised 37 million in July.

  30. 122 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 16, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Mitt in the Mirror h/t GreenLadyHere at PragmaticObotsUnite

  31. 124 hopefruit2
    August 17, 2012 at 12:02 am

    • 125 Cha
      August 17, 2012 at 2:05 am

      I love that letter..I first saw the whole thing on TOD and I copied it and saved it to my drafts. I posted it yesterday in the comments section in a DU thread on mitt’s non existent tax returns.

      Can’t be read by too many people! Thx hopefruit~

  32. 126 4morefor44
    August 17, 2012 at 12:02 am

    no wonder the media is trying so fricken hard to put this tax return business to rest. to me it seems like wisconsin, between mittnot and senate candidate thommy tompson refusing to release any tax returns, should be a lock for PBO and tammy baldwin. i can’t believe how pathetic these people look who won’t release any tax info when running for major office:

    can you even imagine how the mainstream media would be “reporting” it if tammy baldwin or president obama were the ones refusing to release any tax info?!?

  33. 129 hopefruit2
    August 17, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Federal court rejects Florida early voting changes

    // TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A federal court says a Florida law that restricts the number of early-voting days could result in a dramatic reduction in participation by blacks. The Republican-controlled Florida legislature last year cut the number of early-voting days to 8 from 12. But the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled late Thursday that because of the law’s potential impact on minority voters, it would not allow Florida to put the changes in place in five Florida counties covered by federal voting laws. //

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/79815.html#ixzz23lzyHdOc

  34. 131 Ladyhawke
    August 17, 2012 at 12:13 am


    The more you see of the Romney campaign the more it is clear they really didn’t think through the Paul Ryan pick. I think Paul Krugman was right. They were banking on a love-in from the media. Since the media had previously demonstrated their lack of journalistic integrity by heaping undeserving praise on Paul Ryan for being a wonk and deficit hawk , they must have thought it was going to be a cake walk. No real tough or probing questions, just a few softballs, some adoring smiles and proclamations that Paul is just such a nice guy, so accessible. They would say it was a bold choice and a real game changer.

    Who could have imaged the train wreck this roll-out has become. Paul Ryan is the ideological leader of the Republican Party. He was in lockstep with House leadership obstructing everything. His biggest claim to fame is his budget plan. He is essentially a one trick pony. His interviews since being introduced have not inspired confidence. He hasn’t run the numbers on his budget plan and he is the Budget Committee Chairman. We keep hearing that he is a great salesman and politician. But I think Paul Ryan is overrated. I do think he is a smooth talker, but I don’t think he is saying anything of substance. Romney doesn’t have anything of substance to say and he is not a smooth talker. The one thing that Romney and Ryan have in common is that they both are dishonest and lie with ease.

    After you take away the albatross budget that turns Medicate into a voucher program there’s not much left. Ryan is beyond radical on women’s reproductive rights. He passed two insignificant bills in over a decade. He is a fan of controversial philosopher/writer/atheist Ayn Rand. He is wealthy. He has a nice family. He has no foreign policy experience. Does this sound like someone qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency???

    • 132 0388jojothecat
      August 17, 2012 at 12:20 am

      Paul Ryan = Obstructionist-in-Chief; Treasonist-in-Chief; Budget-Buster-in-Chief.

      • 133 isonprize
        August 17, 2012 at 12:28 am

        Liar-in-Unemployment-Line. I like mine MUCH better.

        • 134 Ladyhawke
          August 17, 2012 at 12:48 am

          Could you believe those two measly bills Paul Ryan got passed. One for a post office and the other for something to do with arrows. And to think back in 2008 the GOP was saying that Senator Barack Obama was inexperienced.


          1 Early life and career
          1.1 Chicago community organizer and Harvard Law School
          1.2 University of Chicago Law School and civil rights attorney
          2 Legislative career: 1997–2008
          2.1 State Senator: 1997–2004
          2.2 U.S. Senate campaign
          2.3 U.S. Senator: 2005–2008
          2.3.1 Legislation
          2.3.2 Committees


      • 135 vitaminlover
        August 17, 2012 at 12:49 am

        I must say that that rascal is NEVAH going to be ‘in-Chief’ anything.

      • 137 Obama Grandmama
        August 17, 2012 at 3:42 pm

        How can someone be the head of a budget committee and a so called expert for a party when they do not have all the numbers in the budget and do not know how long it would take to be deficit neutral?

  35. August 17, 2012 at 12:45 am

    So, PPP is taking questions from Byron?

  36. 146 Zekke Lydonna
    August 17, 2012 at 3:16 am

    Presidential Debate Moderators:
    @NewsHour Jim Lehrer

    Vice Presidential Debate Moderator:

    Karl Rove and Rethugs have already started brow-beating them, in the hope of getting them to go harder on Dems, and not ask Rethugs the hard questions.

    We have to keep up the pressure on our side. We can’t let the Rethugs get the upper hand. Lawrence O’Donnell suggested we blitz them with questions, and our belief that they are always easy on Rethugs. Be respectful, but adamant.

    • 147 Ladyhawke
      August 17, 2012 at 7:41 am

      So basically, the Republicans want softball questions for Romney/Ryan and tough probing questions for Obama/Biden. If Romney/Ryan are so qualified to run for the offices of president and vice president, why is it necessary to brow beat the moderators? If you want to run for the highest offices in the land, you should not be afraid of a few tough questions from reporters. That is a a big part of the job description. This sounds like some serious insecurity about the capability of the GOP candidates.

      But it just occurred to me that the Republicans have seen President Obama handle hour long press conferences with domestic and international reporters without having as much as a post-it note. So maybe what the Republicans are really saying is they don’t think their guys are up to the task. I would just say that they are right.

  37. 148 Zekke Lydonna
    August 17, 2012 at 3:33 am

    GOP Fundraising email:


    Four years ago, President Obama ran on a campaign of “hope and change,” promising to be a different kind of politician. Today, however, we bear witness to a campaign based on frustration and division.

    With no record to run on, President Obama and the liberal Democrats continue to practice Chicago-style politics, making false accusations that disgrace the Office of the President. President Obama and his allies have gone from implying that Governor Romney is a felon and murderer to saying that Republicans want to put Americans in chains.

    Watch this recent video to see how the Obama campaign and the liberal Democrats have gone too far.

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  38. 149 99ts
    August 17, 2012 at 4:36 am

    It seems way past time that the same voting law (set up Federally) should apply to all states – interestingly it seems to be the swing states where voter ID is becoming popular with GOP governors. One can only hope that the old white males who vote for the GOP also have trouble getting their vote

  39. August 17, 2012 at 6:38 am

    OFA first ad on Medicare. Just so so-


    I give it a B-.

  40. August 17, 2012 at 6:45 am

    “I’ll say he’s setting an entirely new precedent,” said Axelrod when asked by CNN’s Piers Morgan if he believes Romney has paid at least a 13% tax rate.

    “Governor Romney thinks he can operate under a different set of rules,” said Axelrod, noting the precedent set by Romney’s father who released 12 years of tax returns in his unsuccessful run for the White House in 1968. “He has a sense of entitlement that he doesn’t have to operate under the same set of rules that presidential candidates have for decades.”


  41. August 17, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Miss Ann is out this Morning saying She had a flare up with MS during the primaries, but did nit want to tell anyone.
    And while that is not good, why is She telling us now?

  42. August 17, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Also, still can’t get MSNBainC to play the Presidents ads for free. The new Medicare ad should be played and up for discussion, like the Robney ads are. Nope! Not so much.

  43. 161 Mae who love our CIC
    August 17, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Thanks Chips for posting our fundraising pages and thanks TODers for your donations, especially to my page.

    So many wonderful happenings in August. Birthday wishes and congratulations for the milestone accomplishments of the TODers offsprings.

    Just saying, but I don’t know how the wives of Willard and Paul can stomach their husbands or even trust their love with the blatant lying that occurs at each blink of an eye. Any normal person would lose respect for these liars.

    The repubs need to keep the perception of a close race so that they will be able to steal it if they can. Won’t work because we are doing all we can to not let it happen. We must make sure our immediate family and friends are registered to vote, have the proper credentials and vote.

    We must not get caught up if they limit the voting days. So if we know we have less days, then we must vote in the days that we are allowed to vote. No big deal. They close a time frame, we will work in that time frame. Information is key.

  44. August 17, 2012 at 7:16 am

    New this morning: Republicans insist that they have upper hand on medicare and that they will prove it and put it to rest, before the Convention.
    Ummmm. Hello? Really? Did you ever hear of the Bubble in DC? Good example, right here folks.
    Maybe with their own Base, yes, I agree, they can win that argument.
    Delusional! Everyday they want to talk about Medicare is ok by the Obama Team.
    The GOP is off message, but scared to death of the Ramifications, so they solidify their Base, hope the Voter ID laws suppress enough votes to win. Only problem is, they are exposed.

    • 163 prettyfoot58
      August 17, 2012 at 7:27 am

      The GOP is off message, but scared to death of the Ramifications, so they solidify their Base, hope the Voter ID laws suppress enough votes to win. Only problem is, they are exposed.

      This is it Jovie….

      i would add….that the only message that they have are lies and distortions about the President….they offer the country NOTHING…and each day it becomes more and more apparent…

      but what is also chilling and fearful is this stealing and suppressing the vote of citizens…

      • August 17, 2012 at 7:44 am

        It only can work if you hide it. Ohio in 04 worked because on election day, longest lines ever. People went Home.
        Not this time, to much publicity, sunshine.

        • August 17, 2012 at 7:59 am

          That’s why it’s so important for all of us to be cheerleaders and comfort captains at every polling place. Help people by bringing folding chairs, water, lollipops for kids . Talk to people waiting, cheer them on. I know this makes a difference.

  45. 166 dotster3
    August 17, 2012 at 7:31 am

    haha—-good move Messina

    • 167 Ladyhawke
      August 17, 2012 at 7:48 am

      Wow, they are messing with his head big time. Now watch the media and the Romney/Ryan campaign react in horror. This will surely be characterized as an assault on Romney’s character and a distraction. But the best part is that is just keeps the tax returns issue on the front burner. Bottom line, the Republicans and the media are completely flummoxed by the fact that THIS DEMOCRATIC PARTY is not taking any guff from anybody.

    • 168 Linda
      August 17, 2012 at 8:20 am

      I hope they were more specific on which years…..the link does not say.

      2008 and 2009 need to be released….and the media needs to STOP saying he released one year…..2010 is incomplete.

      • August 17, 2012 at 8:24 am

        It says it in the second paragraph of the letter Linda (see Rise and Shine):

        “This request for the release of five years, covering the complete returns for 2007-2012, is surely not unreasonable.”

  46. August 17, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Messina sent a letter to his Couter part, Be Rhodes.
    Asking for five years of tax returns and then he will not bother them anymore.
    Of course, Gregory is mocking it!

    • 171 cluny
      August 17, 2012 at 7:45 am

      They must know something Jovie. They must have seen copies of something otherwise why make the offer? Also I don’t think the Medicare ad is too bad – there’s a while to go and probably better not to go in all guns blazing straight away – the Pacs should be doing the tougher ads.

  47. 173 cluny
    August 17, 2012 at 7:39 am

    GM all. Zekke Lydonna posted this earlier and I am cutting and pasting here b/c very important.

    Presidential Debate Moderators:
    @NewsHour Jim Lehrer

    Vice Presidential Debate Moderator:

    Karl Rove and Rethugs have already started brow-beating them, in the hope of getting them to go harder on Dems, and not ask Rethugs the hard questions.

    We have to keep up the pressure on our side. We can’t let the Rethugs get the upper hand. Lawrence O’Donnell suggested we blitz them with questions, and our belief that they are always easy on Rethugs. Be respectful, but adamant.

    The segment Zekke refers to was the rewrite. In in LOD lists the questions we should be asking. The sound is now playing up on my mac otherwise I would have transcribed the questions. But it may be worth getting a list of the questions and not only sending to the moderators but also to other friends with a request to pass them along to others. Also share with any friends on other progressive blogs.

  48. 174 donna dem 4 obama
    August 17, 2012 at 7:45 am

    GM TOD!

    Thanks Chips for posting the fundraisers. I recieved a donation to keep the 100 donations in 100 days streak alive yesterday.

    • 175 donna dem 4 obama
      August 17, 2012 at 7:51 am

      Well, actually I got two donations and one came in after midnight so I’m covered for today as well. Yippee!!!

  49. August 17, 2012 at 7:52 am

    My favorite is on tv. Umm, ah oh ere ah umm break one way or another, um ah ewe ah umm umm ah nice guy umm ah ooo ah yeah.
    Just who is he communicating to?

  50. 179 Cindy Davis
    August 18, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Thank you for your follow up Chipsticks, I think you read the wrong post. I have never posted anything negative about President Obama. I am a full supporter and I am doing my share to get him re-elected. I have been trying to post for the past two weeks and it was always coming up pendig. My question was simply, how do I get my post through because I thought that if you supported the President, you could post. I have never stated anything about the President not being able to win against the GOP. So maybe you mixed my post up with someone else when you were reading. Please inform Michele that I am a supporter since she advised you to watch me. I give monthly, automatic deduction, and I am preparing to work in one the offices to get voters out. I don’t have a twitter account, so I will just read and not try to post anymore. For the record; I am not a troll-I am a full supporter, just in case you need to contact the office and verify. Thank you

    • August 18, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      Hi Cindy, all genuine supporters of PBO are welcome here. But why are you also posting as BButterball3, ‘both’ of you expressing concerns about PBO’s ability to beat the GOP machine?!

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