Rise and Shine



10:0: President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

10:15: Departs Joint Base Andrews en route Manchester, N.H.

11:35: Arrives in Manchester

2:0: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Windham High School in Windham, N.H. (live on C-Span)

4:35: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Rochester Commons in Rochester, N.H. (live on C-Span)

6:05: Departs Manchester

7:45: Arrives at the White House





Charles Blow:  Shady money, voter suppression, shifting positions, murky details and widespread apathy.

If there is a road map for a Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan win in November, that’s it. Distasteful all.

…. America, this is the Republican ticket. Although most smart political observers currently have Romney losing the Electoral College, Romney, following this repulsive road map, is virtually tied with Obama in national polls of likely voters.

That is, in part, because of apathy. As USA Today reported, the 90 million people who are unlikely to vote in November prefer Obama over Romney by 2 to 1, and “they could turn a too-close-to-call race into a landslide for President Obama — but by definition they probably won’t.”

If this underhanded dirty dealing by the Republican ticket doesn’t jolt some of these unlikely voters into likely ones, I don’t know what will.

Full article here




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135 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. August 18, 2012 at 8:13 am

  2. 7 Roberta in MN
    August 18, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Good Morning Chips. Am I 1st?

  3. 9 utaustinliberal
    August 18, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Good Morning. CNN is tanking faster than the failed North Korean missile/rocket launch. In their own poll, Pres. Obama leads Romney in Wisconsin, yet they declared Wisconsin a “toss-up state” But if Willard were leading, they would declare WI a red state and a Willard state. The fact they don’t realize how pathetic they are makes me chuckle. There really is no difference between them and Fox. Oh wait….there is. Fox hires more fake…oh I mean “real” blondes.

    • August 18, 2012 at 8:23 am

      They’re just abysmal UT, I’m actually beginning to have more respect for Fox because they don’t even try to hide their scumbagness, CNN keep on pretending they’re a serious, impartial news channel. 🙄

      • August 18, 2012 at 8:28 am

        I saw a chart on CNN yesterday, said Willard paid 13.9%, Millionaires 25% and average People only 11%.
        Eleven Percent???
        You see what they did there?

        • August 18, 2012 at 9:01 am

          ‘Average people only 11%’

          Oh. Good. Grief.

        • 14 hopefruit2
          August 18, 2012 at 10:16 am

          First of all, the MSM has simply run away with the figure given by Willard. No one knows what Willard paid – I would wager he probably paid FAR LESS than the 13.9% he’s claiming to have paid. Until Mitt Romney releases his tax returns, it’s irresponsible of the MSM to take him at his word in that regard.

          • 15 Obama Grandmama
            August 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm

            To me the 13% is only on the money he deems necessary to pay on. He hides lots of money in offshore accounts, in IRAs that have unexplainable increases over the allowed amount that are not taxed, in gifting huge sums of money to his children and he leaves out pages of info in his tax form he did submit 2010 that give details to explain his offshore accounts. He seems to be proud of the fact that he only pays the minimum amount required. The wealthy would much rather go with the info put forward with the dollar amount they pay instead of the percentage. That is also what the flat tax is about. It reminds me of the reverse of the bible story where Jesus tells the wealthy that the woman giving coins from her need instead of her excess is more worthy of heaven or the story that says it is harder for a rich man to go to heaven … I think the problem with a man that has spent his whole life chasing the dollar is he becomes so focussed on money that he loses his caring for humanity. The rich can easily take on the sin of greed. Many have values and do not sucumb to greed but it seems to be a prevalent problem. The idea that giving the rich more and they will help others does not work due to the greed factor and loss of caring about humanity.

        • 16 nathkatun7
          August 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm

          That’s an absolute lie.

    • 17 Lorraine
      August 18, 2012 at 8:34 am

      Lol……I love the North Korean reference. They are turning into Fox-lite.

    • 18 Nena20409
      August 18, 2012 at 9:18 am

      CNN 49% for PBO and 45% for the lying bishop is 4% in favor to the president. It is also a margin higher than 3% MOE CNN polled. Yet their toss up math is whopped and whooped. 4% is greater than 3% MOE, CNN.

  4. August 18, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Chris Hayes just made a good, valid point.
    The Republicans are saying we want to cut Medicare and Yesterday Ryan said why didnt you bail out the Auto makers?

    That was my point from yesterday, using our talking points, as their talking points. To confuse, distract Voters. They are being callous, dishonest and most of all, being Beligerent!

    • August 18, 2012 at 8:25 am

      And then the Girl on CH said, this is what worked for the GOP in 2010.
      Yeah! No kidding, I have been saying that.

      • 21 hopefruit2
        August 18, 2012 at 8:28 am

        This is 2012, not 2010. I’m not sure why these pundits insist on comparing a midterm with a Presidential election.

        • August 18, 2012 at 8:32 am

          They are not, they are comparing strategy.
          Past and Present.
          Just like I am.
          Whether or not it will work and if it’s a midterm or a Presidential election, are 2 separate issues, albeit not totally divided( which is why it is a GOP flawed argument)!

          • 23 hopefruit2
            August 18, 2012 at 8:36 am

            They are comparing strategy with the insinuation that it’s an EFFECTIVE strategy. It worked just fine in 2010, therefore it will work in 2012. They don’t take the time to contrast the difference between 2010 and 2012 in terms of voter demographics, who’s on the ballot, etc. I know exactly what those pundits are doing.

            • 24 dotster3
              August 18, 2012 at 8:58 am

              I do have concern tho that their underhanded Rove tactics do succeed in confusing low-info voters. They take every Obama advantage and try to make it a disadvantage. They take all Dem talking points and make them theirs. You cut Medicare! No you cut Medicare! We protect Medicare! No, we protect Medicare! You’re responsible for economic struggles! No, you are! And on and on it goes on every issue. Most people don’t have the time or inclination to learn all the details so they are left with a “both sides are the same” general feeling, aided by the non-stop Koch/billionaire funded attack ads.

              • 25 hopefruit2
                August 18, 2012 at 9:07 am

                Right now, I have no evidence that these tactics have worked for the Medicare issue for this election. I am almost 100% certain that the O-Team has considered this possibility and taken appropriate steps to counter it. For example PBO is going to give two speeches this afternoon (after Ryan gives his medicare speech). The O-team is probably going to dissect, splice and dice Ryan’s speech and spend the next week completely destroying it.

                • 26 Nena20409
                  August 18, 2012 at 9:14 am

                  90M idly standing aside/by voters are 2-1 for pres Obama……but they are unlikely voters. How do we get them to go out and vote…….TBGOPers always have wanted a suppression of voters, through legislation and apathy. Yes this is 2012 not 2010. But it was OUR side that made 2010 possible. Most of Us stayed home.

                  • 27 hopefruit2
                    August 18, 2012 at 9:31 am

                    2010 was NOT an anomaly for a midterm! Here is the proportion of voting age who turned out for the midterm elections from 1990 through 2010:

                    1994 – 38.8%
                    1998 – 36.4%
                    2002- 37%
                    2006- 37.1%
                    2010- 37.8%

                    Now here is the same for the Presidential election:

                  • 28 hopefruit2
                    August 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

                    2010 was NOT an anomaly for a midterm! Here is the proportion of voting age who turned out for the midterm elections from 1990 through 2010:

                    1994 – 38.8%
                    1998 – 36.4%
                    2002- 37%
                    2006- 37.1%
                    2010- 37.8%

                    Now here is the same for the Presidential election:

                    1992 – 55.1%
                    1996- 49.1%
                    2000- 51.3%
                    2004 – 55.3%
                    2008 – 56.8%


                    • 29 Nena20409
                      August 18, 2012 at 10:39 am

                      You are correct with the presidential elections. Our side is still Not out as much as we want them to come out. Adding 34 states with suppression state Voter ID laws are the difference this time. That is what were NOT present in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. So 90M million unlikely voters with a 2-1 favorable to the president…..when that many people DON’T vote……in this Voter suppression climate is TROUBLING. It is Not a death. But it is a possible huge problem.

                    • August 18, 2012 at 11:16 am

                      The French elections this year had voter turn-out at 80%. As much as we blather about America and demand to have school children say the pledge every day, we do not value the most important right in our democracy.

  5. 31 amk for obama
    August 18, 2012 at 8:24 am

    GM Folks

  6. 32 utaustinliberal
    August 18, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Soon to be Speaker again Nancy Pelosi was wonderful last night on Jimmy Fallon. Lambasted the GOP for their obstruction, talked about Romney, his lack of principles, his shadiness, his weird secrecy, his flip-floppy nature, Pres. Obama’s strong beliefs, values, and accomplishments. She also talked about what she’s doing to make sure congress reverts back to a Democratic control. She talked about how Pres. Obama has accomplished so much but in his second term he needs more help. He needs a congress that can work with him and work for the good of the country. She made sure to impress that fact upon the young audience as they go into the voting booth.

    Jimmy then played a word game with her. Every time he said someone’s name, she was supposed to think of one word that popped into her mind. Nancy Smash kinda took some poetic license and used two words for some but she was amazing.

    On VP Biden she said: “Unscripted”

    On Paul Ryan she said: “Medicare Killer”

    On Romney she said: “Which One?” implying he’s such a flip-flopper you don’t know which Romney you get at different times of the same day.

    On Pres. Obama she said: “Two-Term” and the audience erupted in LOUD cheers, chants, whistles, and whooping. Even Jimmy was startled.

    She was GREAT.

  7. 41 Ladyhawke
    August 18, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Blaming Obama for George W. Bush’s Policies



    Because of the large deficits Mr. Bush bequeathed Mr. Obama – on Jan. 8, 2009, the C.B.O. projected a deficit for the year of $1.3 trillion that didn’t include any Obama policies – Congress was deeply reluctant to enact a stimulus larger than $787 billion, even though President Obama’s economic advisers thought that one at least twice as large was necessary to turn the economy around. The opposition of every Republican to the 2009 stimulus was a major factor in its inadequate size.

    By way of analogy, suppose you go to your doctor with an illness. He correctly diagnoses it and prescribes the right medicine, but for some reason you are given a dosage only half as large as required. The medicine was enough to improve your condition, but not enough to cure you. You remain sick although you feel better and will remain so until you finally get a full dosage of the proper medicine or your body is able to cure itself, which might take years.

    Note that in this analogy the medicine was properly prescribed; only the dosage was wrong. It would be incorrect to blame the medicine because you are still sick.

    The Republican economists nevertheless blame the medicine itself for the failure of the economy to respond to President Obama’s prescription.



  8. 44 Ladyhawke
    August 18, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Mitt Romney’s budget is a fantasy, Part II

    Posted by Ezra Klein


    So let me get this straight. Mitt Romney, who has refused to officially name even one offset for his tax cut, has taken the bulk of the mortgage-interest deduction off the table. In his 10-year deficit-reduction plan, he has refused to name the spending cuts necessary to hit his targets, but he has taken Social Security, Medicare and defense off the table for cuts.

    Tell me again why I’m supposed to believe that this presidential candidate who is systematically ruling out cuts to the most popular spending programs and tax breaks is going to be able to make incredibly unpopular spending cuts and tax changes once in office?

    As I wrote the other day: Romney’s budget plan is a fantasy, and it will never happen.



    • 45 Linda
      August 18, 2012 at 8:48 am

      Wait….. I thought he was going to offset the tax cuts by defunding Planned Parenthood, PBS, NEA, and NEH.?

  9. 46 Dudette
    August 18, 2012 at 8:49 am

    I found myself screaming at the TV again… can’t take Chris Haye’s show anymore. I’m switching to Mr. Bean.

  10. 48 amk for obama
    August 18, 2012 at 8:58 am

    What’s a perfect breakfast for a woman?

    She’s sitting at the table with her gourmet coffee.
    Her son is on the cover of the Wheaties box.
    Her daughter is on the cover of Business Week.
    Her boyfriend is on the cover of Playgirl.
    And her husband is on the back of the milk carton.

  11. August 18, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Never mind Medicare, tax returns and all that, the BIG news, that I forgot to add to Rise and Shine, is that I got a haircut yesterday and I look absolutely goregous. Just thought you all should know.

  12. 75 dotster3
    August 18, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Halperin was on the Today Show representing the Willard campaign, all talking points sealed with a kiss by the RNC. He tried to shelve the tax returns issue, saying no one cares about Willard’s tax returns. Ryan got top billing with multiple vids of his campaign appearances and a big promo for his appearance today at The Villages in Fl. with his mommy. Halperin said he will make it clear that his Medicare plan will not affect those old people, so whew, vote Repub, who cares about the rest of the population who will also be seniors one day. Tough luck to them. President Obama got a one sentence mention somewhere down the line about his appearances in N.H. today.

    • August 18, 2012 at 9:15 am

      He’s in for a big surprise …

      • August 18, 2012 at 9:23 am

        None of these #NEWSTAINERS are prepared for this …

        “Baldwin said, “Sure, lying on federal SEC or FEC forms is a felony, but that overlooks the elephant in the room and undoubtedly hiding inside Romney’s tax returns: Through Bain, Romney bought shares in the leading immolator of aborted babies.”

        Delegates to the GOP Convention began receiving a strategy memo last week entitled, “DUMP ROMNEY: Why Tampa’s Republican Delegates must Dump Romney to Defeat Obama.” It contends that no delegates are actually “bound” by law or GOP rules to vote for Romney and that, to win the White House and toss-up Senate seats, delegates must exercise their right to “conscientiously abstain” from Romney on the crucial first ballot, aiming for a stronger ticket leader in subsequent convention voting rounds. Also the title and core of a hard-hitting new 80,000 word book, the entire 9-page “DUMP ROMNEY” memo to GOP delegates can be read free online via Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader.”


        And, I’m sure the guys holding the #2 & 3 spot in the delegates list have been duly contacted, but just to be sure they’re aware 😉



        Even if – and it’s still the most likely outcome – #BainMitt is the nominee by the end of the RNC the more damage that can be done to him by his own ‘base’ the better because a key objective in damaging him is to damage as many ‘down ticket’ (all the way to ‘dog catcher’) GOPers as possible. We need to win as many Federal, State and local offices as possible – including as many in ‘purple’ and even ‘red’ states/districts as possible because our objective must be to #OUTPERFORM1936!!!


        • 78 Pamela
          August 18, 2012 at 9:41 am

          That cracking sound you hear is the early fracturing of the GOP, to be followed in a couple weeks by the ear shattering sound of the entire party crumbling into oblivion. Yes.

          • August 18, 2012 at 10:01 am

            Pamela, this particular aspect of #BainMitt’s greed filled career is truly the place to drive the wedge as hard as we can because the wedge is between him (and a handful of rich white guys) and the only ‘base’ he’s got (millions of white folk with Fox, bibles and guns).

            Months ago, when his Stericycle role and profits became way more public than they had been, it was obvious it would inflame that ‘base.’ Though some of us tweeted about it, it was also obvious that until some of the ‘leaders’ of that ‘base’ got with the program not much would happen – certainly the corporate #NEWSTAINER networks would never make any issue of it.

            Well, timing is everything and Baldwin and his gang seem to be doing the timing thing rather well.

            Let’s just help plunge the wedge in as deeply as possible!

            • August 18, 2012 at 10:05 am

              Bang ….

              Bang ….

              …. goes the wedge ….

            • 81 Pamela
              August 18, 2012 at 11:16 am

              I anticipate another aspect of this, which no doubt terrifies those ‘inside’: there are many more Bain investors sitting in the House and Senate, whose conflict of interests, shall we say, will eventually become glaringly public, it is only a matter of time, and timing, as you point out. The fear weighs on these people, the desperation of not being able to undo what they have done, and the exposure of their true intentions, is what underlines their desperation. Their ignorance, or denial, that Truth will ALWAYS find it’s Way to the Light, is astonishing to me. (Then again, maybe not.)

    • 83 Linda
      August 18, 2012 at 9:16 am

      That means it is a ” good day for John McCain “

    • August 18, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Not to mention the severe cuts in Medicaid to seniors, but that is seen as a give away to poor people, so let’s nit talk about that!
      We do need to be more forceful!

  13. 85 dotster3
    August 18, 2012 at 9:28 am


    • 86 Dudette
      August 18, 2012 at 9:43 am

      What?!! That has got to beboth criminal and unconstitutional!

    • August 18, 2012 at 9:47 am

      Tweet to doj and Lis Smith.

    • 88 99ts
      August 18, 2012 at 10:05 am

      From the link
      “I believe that this is so critical to our freedom in America, and to individual rights to vote, that I am doing what I think is right, and I cannot vote to rescind this motion,” Lieberman said. “In 10 years, I’ve never received a threat that if I don’t do what they want me to do, I could be fired. I find this reprehensible.”

      The GOP knows it can’t win without suppression of the vote

  14. August 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

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  16. August 18, 2012 at 9:54 am

    It’s really Pouring hear in Florida, almost like, all the Angles are taking a Shower!

  17. 100 utaustinliberal
    August 18, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Team Obama gets me every time. Pres. Obama is so bloody inspiring. You feel as though he’s speaking to you as an individual not some monolithic voting bloc. He makes me fight harder, donate more, and volunteer tirelessly.

  18. August 18, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Should be on front of Newspaper.

  19. 106 utaustinliberal
    August 18, 2012 at 10:07 am

    The old guy doesn’t seem to realize that he isn’t immune from Romney-Ryan’s destruction of Medicare. Not only does their plan bankrupt Medicare within 4 years, it also reopens the donut hole for seniors, costs them $6400 in additional bills, raises the costs of their prescription drugs and screws them over ten ways till sunday.

  20. 110 utaustinliberal
    August 18, 2012 at 10:09 am

  21. 114 hopefruit2
    August 18, 2012 at 10:11 am


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  24. 124 hopefruit2
    August 18, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Well this reception was nothing compared to the extraordinary reception that our President received when he went to the retirement community in Florida.

  25. 125 cluny
    August 18, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Hi all. Can someone here at TOD please explain to a foreigner such as myself whether Obamacare has gone into affect for seniors already? For instance has the reduction in the donut hole begun and would seniors notice a reduction in the cost of prescription drugs or does that begin in 2014? Would seniors have received any cheques from insurance companies? Thanks.

    • 126 hopefruit2
      August 18, 2012 at 10:34 am

      Both have already begun…reduction in prescription drug costs, AND rebate checks from companies.

      • 127 cluny
        August 18, 2012 at 10:37 am

        thank you for that. if they’ve already received benefit why would they doubt the President more than Romney? Those seniors like the 73 year old imbecile need to have a bit of a scare I think.

    • 130 Obama Grandmama
      August 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      The reduction in the donut hole for drugs for seniors has started at 40% reduced and will be at 100% by 2014. No copays for physical exams and no fee for cancer screenings, including mammograms, colonoscopies, etc has begun in August. Some grandchildren of these seniors may be affected in ACA as they can stay on their parents’ insurance until they are 26 yrs old.

  26. 132 hopefruit2
    August 18, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I agree 100%. What a boring speech already.

  27. August 18, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I guess MHP is doing a- Did he just say that segment, about Joe Biden.
    I would like to do one on Her.

  28. August 18, 2012 at 10:57 am

    HIdee O folks!! It’s a great getting up day again in TODville!!! It’s the Paulie RAyn show this morning. Oh well, it’s still good to be getting up. I see he’s paraded mom across the stage in the most Republican district in Florida. I didn’t hear the enthusiasm I would have expected in such a district.

    My political take today is it’ll come down to GOTV. The 3-4% undecided aren’t going to make their minds up until they get in the voting booth. The decideds aren’t changing their minds and it’ll boil down to how many actually get to the polls.

  29. 135 utaustinliberal
    August 18, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Trying to shut down their BS of “Pres. Obama is too scared to face tough questions so he avoids us.” 🙄

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