Greg Sargent: In a surprise appearance before reporters at the White House just now, Obama made a striking, if perhaps long overdue, charge: He pushed back on GOP claims he’s running a dirty campaign by arguing that Romney’s entire campaign is based on flat out lies.

…. it remains the case that we are seeing nothing from the Obama side that’s anything like what Romney is attempting. Romney right now is premising one of the central arguments of his whole campaign on a complete lie. The notion that Obama “gutted” the work requirement in welfare reform has been debunked again and again by independent fact checkers and by the president who signed the law Obama supposedly gutted (see Clinton, Bill).

But Romney has now run three ads — one, two, three — making this claim. Incredibly, the Romney campaign is doing this, even though he himself said that campaigns should pull ads that are called out by fact checkers. Romney and his surrogates have repeated the welfare lie in forum after forum after forum.

…. The folks working at the big news organizations know Romney is lying with abandon. What should they do about it? I’m sympathetic to political journalists — it’s not easy to keep up with all the falsehoods, and at a certain point, the same lie told again and again loses its news value. But perhaps Obama’s comments today will prompt at least a bit of media discussion about what it means that one candidate — yes, far more than the other — is running a campaign of such epic dishonesty.

Full post here




Don’t miss Liberal Librarian’s post on Todd Akin here



Greg Sargent: The national battle over Todd Akin’s comments about “legitimate rape” has shed light on a “personhood” bill, co-sponsored by Akin and Paul Ryan, called the Sanctity of Life Act. Much of the chatter today has focused on whether Ryan opposes abortion in cases of rape. The Romney campaign confirmed today that Ryan does personally oppose it, while clarifying that a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose it.

But what about the other legal implications of the bill Ryan and Akin co-sponsored? In an interview just now, Dem Rep. Louise Slaughter, one of the leading pro-choice voices in Congress, raised two startling possibilities.

“One of the questions around this legislation is, Could a rapist who impregnated a victim sue that victim if she decided not to carry that baby and to have an abortion?” Slaughter said. “Another question: Could in vitro fertilization be outlawed?”

More here



See here



TPM: Todd Akin’s Greatest Hits

Student Loans: In April, Akin cited a law Democrats passed in 2010 that saves billions of dollars by preventing private banks from profiting, risk free, on federally backed student loans as an example of the notion that “America has got the equivalent of stage three cancer of socialism, because the federal government is tampering in all kind of stuff it has no business tampering in.”

When offered the chance to clarify, he declined, saying “I called a spade a spade.”….

First Amendment: In June 2011, Akin told Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, that “the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God and a belief that government should replace God.”

Marital Rape: In 1991, as a state legislator, Akin questioned whether anti-marital rape legislation might be used “in a real messy divorce as a tool and a legal weapon to beat up on the husband.” He ultimately voted for the bill.

More here






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125 Responses to “Masterful”

  1. August 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm

  2. August 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Chips VERY uplifting photos. You rock.

  3. 6 desertflower
    August 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    home for lunch..what did I miss?

  4. August 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm

  5. 10 isonprize
    August 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I have to say. my President seems to have stepped up on his shirt and tie game.

    He’s always sharply dressed in a suit and tie, but this particular combination (fine pinstripe white shirt and black with grey/white polka dots tie) is very, very nice.

  6. August 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    ‘Severely Conservative’ Ryan would have put 3 of #BainMitt’s sons and their surrogates and those paying for and providing the services in jail, btw. Wonder if #BainMitt knows … tried to tell him once before so this is a 2nd effort to inform him and others 😉

  7. 20 auni
    August 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Over on Huffington Post there is a photo of Todd Akins flanked by Romryan. There is no life in that man’s eyes. That’s sometimes what I look for–his eyes are scary–honest to God–there is something evil in that man.

  8. 28 lisalovesobama
    August 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Condition Rice should be ashamed of herself. She shouldn’t associate herself with the GOTeaP. She’s such a sad person.

  9. 29 lisalovesobama
    August 20, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Willard is having a Mormon religious leader to lead a prayer at the convention next week. 🙄 ha! Good luck with that, Mittwit.

    • 30 theo67
      August 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      This should be good…

    • 31 theo67
      August 20, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      It’s actually quite something that we’re a week away from the GOP convention, and the American public doesn’t know a single thing about the GOP platform and Romney’s agenda. They literally have run a campaign solely on the premise of “anyone, but President Obama”. They should be ashamed, but the apathetic members of the public who can’t be bothered to demand more and keep informed are the ones who should be even more ashamed.

  10. August 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Wrote about just this point in another thread, and it’s good to see it tweeted by “Pres Bartlet” …

  11. August 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm

  12. August 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    😀 😀 😀

  13. 36 Tally
    August 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    • 37 utaustinliberal
      August 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Well lookey here. Someone telling the truth about who Pres. Obama is. GOP heads explode in 3….2….1

    • August 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      Love this response!!!

    • 40 HZ
      August 21, 2012 at 1:29 am

      Tally, thanks so much for posting this. I went and listened to the full interview, and I must say this is a Must to listen to for all interested in this wonderful Admiral.

      I read an article where he was very supported of the CIC, and he had nothing but ‘Fantastic’ words about POB. Thanks again. TOD family, if you get an opportunity to sit and listen to this, it is wonderful.HZ

  14. August 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm

  15. August 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm

  16. 48 hopefruit2
    August 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm

  17. 52 dotster3
    August 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I think Cynthia Tucker is right, if I understood her correctly. What she said about all this “legit and illegit rape”——–it’s all about a plan to shut down abortions, all of them, even in the case of “incest and rape”. I don’t know quite know how to explain this—-but this thinking is nothing new—-comes from the hard right religious whackos—–the “2 seeds” thinking—–that a woman does not become pregnant unless she also releases “a seed” of sort, rewriting basic biology of course but that has never bothered them. And so there is the implication that a woman does not become pregnant unless she was an eager participant, to put it delicately. So there is no pregnancy from “legit” rape, so no need for any abortions—-ever. It’s the woman’s fault if she gets pregnant——always—-under every kind of circumstance. So no need for an abortion—ever And Ryan shares those Akin blurted out views—-said there is no one more pro-life than he—- with his “personhood” views etc. He took that first step with Akin by co-sponsoring the “redefine rape” legislation. It’s all about shutting down abortion—-period. Other than having far right nutty religious beliefs, a woman would have to be crazy voting for this Repub ticket.

    • 53 vcprezofan2
      August 20, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      All I’m going to say on this [today anyway 😉 ] is I bet there are many Republican women, even some of these jokers’ wives, who became pregnant who were not ‘eager participants’!

    • August 20, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      I’ve never heard this explanation. Thank you for posting.

      Couldn’t figure out how these these rightwing men got such screwy ideas about pregnancy, but now I get it. Women can only get pregnant if they enjoy themselves. Geez Louise.

  18. August 20, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    President Obama welcomes the admission of women to the Augusta National Golf Club, his spokesman said today.

    Obama “thinks it was too long in coming, but obviously thinks it’s the right thing to do,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney.

    After years of criticism about the club’s membership policies, Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne said today that former secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and business executive Darla Moore will be the club’s first female members. Augusta is best known as the home of The Masters, one of professional golf’s four major tournaments for men.

    Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, had a rare point of agreement that Augusta should allow women in its membership. Romney congratulated Rice and Augusta in a post on Twitter.

    (Contributing: Catalina Camia)

    • 56 theo67
      August 20, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      They keep trying to elevate Romney to be equivalent to President Obama. Even if Romney was a legitimate candidate, there is still only one President at a time. They shouldn’t try to match up a wannabe with the sitting incumbent in stature – and it’s doubly insulting when the challenger is so corrupt and inept as Romney. It should be up to Romney to rise to the level of the sitting incumbent – not the other way around or an artificial propping up of the unworthy.

  19. 57 hopefruit2
    August 20, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I see that “Rape is rape” is trending on Twitter.

  20. 58 dotster3
    August 20, 2012 at 6:02 pm

  21. 59 dotster3
    August 20, 2012 at 6:04 pm

  22. 62 dotster3
    August 20, 2012 at 6:09 pm

  23. August 20, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    The Democratic group Majority PAC will unload this week on Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock for endorsing plans to privatize Social Security and Medicare, strategists for the group tell me.

    Majority PAC has reserved airtime in the Hoosier State starting tomorrow and is set to run an ad that accuses the GOP nominee of, essentially, betraying the Greatest Generation.

    “They fought for us, paid into Social Security and Medicare, every paycheck,” the ad begins, showing grainy footage of the World War II era.

    Then the attack starts in earnest: “But Richard Mourdock thinks Social Security and Mediacre are unconstitutional. Mourdock wants to cut Social Security benefits and raise the retirement age. Mourdock even said a plan that essentially ends Medicare doesn’t go far enough. The Mourdock way: the wrong way for Indiana.”

    The plan that Mourdock said doesn’t go far enough is, naturally, the Paul Ryan budget, so consider this the latest instance of Ryan’s entitlement reform proposals becoming fodder in a major down-ballot race. Recent internal polling for groups aligned with both parties have found Mourdock in a close race with Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly.


    Pretty good! Now, more of these, ten fold!

  24. 66 anniebella
    August 20, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I think most of the Republican Party feel the way Rep. Todd Adkins, including Romney and Ryan. This shows how radical & extreme the Republicans have become.

    • August 20, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      I like to describe them as repressive – not radical. For example, the repressive right.

      I find it more accurate. Would love for that to catch on.

    • 68 cookemom
      August 20, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      Of course they do. Atkin didn’t get the memo to keep quiet about it. This is an extreme statement among many that the has made in the past. Yet, he won a three-way primary race. Maybe the other two split the vote to allow him to get in. I doubt it cause he was already a sitting congressman in the House with RAyn.

  25. 70 Grab a Mop Grace
    August 20, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Excuse me for being blunt but from what I can discern, Akin and his ilk think that a womans reproductive biology is like a mans.
    They think that and “egg”, like “sperm”, is only presented when pleasure is associated with sex.
    Rush Limbaugh thinking that the more you have sex, the more birth control pills you need is also consistent with this ignorant view.
    If you try to peer into their little uneducated minds, that almost makes sense.
    If I’m right, the fact that they want to write legislation based on their stupidity is downright criminal.

    Sorry TOD men but are guys generally this clueless on how the female reproductive process works?

    Obama/Biden 2012

    • 71 utaustinliberal
      August 20, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      Scumbag republicans are what occurs when DUMB parents don’t sign the permission slip that says: YOUR CHILD NEEDS SOME BLOODY SEX EDUCATION RIGHT NOW.

    • August 20, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      No, is the shortest answer, but I fully understand and empathize with the obvious need for the question. In fact, it’s at the root of the theme of this tweet, sent to several, btw:

    • August 20, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      Thank you for this explanation, which helped me understand where the RWNJ men are coming from (like dotster’s above).

      From now on when I hear a RWNJ male speak, I’ll understand that his perspective is from an ejaculation point of view only. Thus, women only need birth control (pills) when a man ejaculates, and eggs are released in the same way that sperm are released.

      Living in California my entire life, I didn’t realize that some areas of the country don’t have sex education. And Lord help those home-schooled children whose parents don’t include in their child’s ciriculum.

    • 75 nathkatun7
      August 20, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      Garap a Mop Grace, not all men are “clueless on how the female reproductive process workd.” I am a man and I am totally disgusted with the views of these right wingers like Rush Limbaugh, Todd Akin and Paul Ryan.

  26. August 20, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    PBO responds to OPSEC Education Fund (anti-Obama SEAL PAC):
    “I don’t take these folks too seriously. One of their members is a birther who denies I was born here, despite evidence to the contrary. You’ve got another who was a tea party candidate in a recent election,” Obama said. “This kind of stuff springs up before election time.”


    And PolitiFact’s rating:

  27. 80 Linda
    August 20, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Ed Rendell needs to be put out to pasture…..

    He has no clue what he is talking about. He just said Ryan wanted to use the 716 billion to pay down the debt.

    No Ed…..you are wrong.

  28. August 20, 2012 at 6:45 pm

  29. 87 Claire
    August 20, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    “Rape is rape.”

    Women for Obama – time to donate! Our POTUS respects women.

  30. 88 Bill R.
    August 20, 2012 at 6:52 pm

  31. August 20, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    • 92 Nena20409
      August 20, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      Hey LL…..There was a song from the 1950s…..that went….Like: I don’t much about biology, history and some other courses. It played in one of my used to be favorite movies…..Witness…..That song should be front and center for these TBGOPers that just hate for the public to get educated and learn.

  32. 94 cookemom
    August 20, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    How ironic that not too long ago, Boehner refers to some in his party as knuckledraggers. Lo and behold, as if on cue, one shows up to confirm it..

    • August 20, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      LOL Hadn’t heard that word in an age until this morning when one of my men friends remarked about how this country will never get anywhere with those knukledraggers around.

  33. 96 vcprezofan2
    August 20, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Did I miss this earlier? I’ve been flitting in and out…. Queen Latifah “Where we’re going”


    • 97 vcprezofan2
      August 20, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      At the end it says ‘Vote Nov. 4th” so I’m guessing it’s not new. It’s music with pics of the Os and past campaign.

      • 98 Linda
        August 20, 2012 at 7:19 pm

        That was great….maybe chips can convert it to a youtube video

        • 99 vcprezofan2
          August 20, 2012 at 8:37 pm

          I wish I knew how to do that. I wouldn’t mind learning if no special equipment was needed. ‘Poor’ Chips gets ‘assigned’ all the work. Another thing I wish I knew how to do was cut out key parts of a long video,. Sometimes I find key info, beautifully and succinctly expressed right in the middle of a long, long rambling interview. Drives me nuts when I’m looking for brevity to use as a space filler!

  34. 100 sherijr
    August 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    So lemme get this straight: Ryan is “personally” against all abortion.. but not “Romney/Ryan” ~ Ryan “personally” has a budget that he submitted to Congress that would destroy Medicare/Social Security & Medicaid…. but not “Romney/Ryan. So EXACTLY why is Ryan, Romney’s chosen VP candidate? What a lot of hooey these two are pushing. Media- National Media need to get their sh*t together & start seriously Reporting this nonsense.

    • 101 FiredUpInCA
      August 20, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      Like his boss, Ryan is willing to put aside his personal beliefs in favor of his core belief that he should be elected.

      • 102 sherijr
        August 20, 2012 at 7:53 pm

        lol, I like that explanation.. very good FiredUp 🙂

      • 103 Nena20409
        August 20, 2012 at 7:54 pm

        Just like Ryan claimed he did during GW Bush? Funny, Romney attacked Santorum when Santorum said that he took one for the Team. So now, flip flopper Romney is flipping for the TEAM…….He was last year and early 2012 severely CONservative. Today….Romney doesn’t want to be as severely CONservative as his Hard Rightie…..Paul Davis Ryan?

    • 104 nathkatun7
      August 20, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      Excellent question, sherijr! I wish people like you who post comments at TOD had the opportunity to ask questions of these politicians. Americans would be much better informed than they are now. The “National Media” has totally failed this country.

      • 105 sherijr
        August 21, 2012 at 12:24 am

        thank you nath… I agree the media has completely failed us.. and even worse they seem to be quite proud of themselves.

  35. 106 hopefruit2
    August 20, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    I’m going to watch our President and FLOTUS talk about their romance on Entertainment Tonight.

  36. 109 nospin
    August 20, 2012 at 7:20 pm

  37. 110 FiredUpInCA
    August 20, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    File this under You Can’t Make This Up:

    “Campaign aides are determined to overcome perceptions that Mr. Romney is stiff, aloof and distant. So they have built one of the most intricate set pieces ever designed for a convention — a $2.5 million Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired theatrical stage. From its dark-wood finish to the brightly glowing high-resolution screens in the rafters that look like skylights, every aspect of the stage has been designed to convey warmth, approachability and openness.”


    They still cannot make the base love Mitt, so they hope they’ll fall in love with the show and the scenery.

  38. 112 sherijr
    August 20, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Also my question is regarding Greg Sargent’s commentary: What about the Obama campaign is being dishonest? He writes that one campaign is being more dishonest than the other… which suggests they’re both being dishonest.

    • 113 anniebella
      August 20, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      There is one campaign which is lying everyday, it is not contest. And we all know which one it is, the media knows which one also, but they try to act like it’s both campaigns. Mitt Romney is a bold face liar, and so is Paul Ryan. And they are proud of it.

  39. 116 Dudette
    August 20, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have dinner at a Mintwood Place restaurant in Adams Morgan neighborhood in Washington with winners of a campaign contest, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012.


  40. 117 Dudette
    August 20, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    This is your government at work for you!
    Resources for Americans Affected by the Drought
    The Obama Administration is taking all-hands-on-deck approach to one of the worst droughts in more than fifty years. Learn where you can find help.

    Throughout much of the country, communities are struggling with one of the worst droughts to strike the U.S. in decades. The lack of rain and high temperatures have done considerable damage to crops — particularly those in the Midwest.

    To meet the challenge, The U.S. Department of Agriculture is coordinating the response to help farmers, ranchers, and small businesses wrestling with this crisis.

    – Help for Farmers and Ranchers
    – Help for Small Businesses
    [see the article for details]

    Fact sheet here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/08/07/fact-sheet-president-obama-leading-administration-wide-drought-response

  41. 118 Dudette
    August 20, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    This pics for you Chips 😉

    [Scampering off to look for cover!]

  42. 119 hopefruit2
    August 20, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Our PBO and FLOTUS interview on CBS’ Entertainment tonight is coming up now – right after the commercial break. Please tune in.

  43. August 20, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Paul Ryan is NOT a foot soldier in the GOP WAR ON WOMEN.

    Ryan is a GENERAL of the GOP War on Women.

    Yes, Ryan was a sponsor of the HR3.

    Yes, Ryan tried to REDEFINE RAPE.

    Yes, Ryan is a sponsor of the Personhood Amendment

    Yes, Ryan believes in NO EXCEPTIONS with abortion.

    Yes, Ryan is a sponsor of the FEDERAL attempt to invade women’s bodies with forced ultrasounds.

    Paul Ryan – a GENERAL in the GOP WAR ON WOMEN.

  44. 123 susanne
    August 20, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    the new yorker mag offers a list of questions for candidates (since the msm can’t seem to ask anything but softy-sweety questions).

    ‘So here’s a test: Are you a Republican politician who would desperately like to distance yourself from Akin? Answer these seven simple questions first.’

    Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/closeread/2012/08/seven-questions-for-gopers-abandoning-akin.html#ixzz248KDyzYP

  45. 124 edwina3
    August 20, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    The next time someone in the media or a Republican claims how divisive and mean PBO is, this Baltimore Sun reporter has made a good inventory of all the RW nut job politicians. How dare they lecture our classy and respectful President when they are positively bonkers.


  46. 125 Claire
    August 20, 2012 at 8:05 pm


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