This and That

President Barack Obama samples a baked zucchini fry in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House after dropping by the Epicurious Kids’ State Dinner in the East Room, Aug. 20 (by Pete Souza)



9:15: President Obama departs the White House

10:40: Arrives in Columbus, Ohio

1:00: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Capital University in Columbus

1:30: VP Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event at The Depot, Minneapolis

2:50: PBO departs Columbus

5:15: VP Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event at the Olmstead County Fairgrounds, Rochester, Minn.

6:55: PBO arrives in Reno, Nev.

8:00: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno

9:40: Departs Reno en route Las Vegas



Steve Benen: …. Ferguson’s new cover story marks an ignominious low for the once-great magazine, tarnishing the publication’s reputation in ways likely to do lasting, irreparable harm.

…. in the course of launching his lengthy, 3,300-word attack, Ferguson publishes a series of claims with no foundation in reality …. But there’s one problem in particular that helps capture why Ferguson’s piece represents political journalism at its most atrocious.

Ferguson argues that President Obama promised the Affordable Care Act wouldn’t add to the deficit. In reality, this is a promise Obama has kept …. In order to publish this lie, Ferguson counted up the costs, ignored the savings and receipts, and presented a bogus net total….

Making matters much, much worse, Ferguson decided to challenge Krugman’s facts with an angry response, pointing to a CBO report that he’s certain proves him right.

It doesn’t. As Dylan Byers explained, “In order to get himself out of that predicament, Ferguson decides to edit the CBO report to satisfy his own conclusions…. Ferguson cut the CBO excerpt off mid-sentence and changed the meaning entirely…. So, one more time: The Oxford-trained, Harvard-employed, Newsweek contributor Niall Ferguson just edited the CBO report to change its meaning.”

What Ferguson and Newsweek published isn’t journalism; it’s a joke.

Full post here

The Atlantic: ….. In the world as Ferguson describes it, Obama is a big-spending, weak-kneed liberal who can’t get the economy turned around. Think Jimmy Carter on steroids. But the world is not as Ferguson describes it. A fact-checked version of the world Ferguson describes reveals a completely different narrative — a muddy picture of the past four years, where Obama has sometimes cast himself as a stimulator, a deficit hawk, a health care liberal and conservative reformer all at once. And it’s a world where the economy is getting better, albeit slowly.

It would have been worthwhile for Ferguson to explain why Obama doesn’t deserve re-election in this real world we actually live in. Instead, we got an exercise in Ferguson’s specialty — counterfactual history.

More here

James Fallows: Yes, I know, you could imagine many sentences that would follow that headline. But here is what I have in mind right now: A tenured professor of history at my undergraduate alma mater has written a cover story for Daily Beast/Newsweek that is so careless and unconvincing that I wonder how he will presume to sit in judgment of the next set of student papers he has to grade.

More here

Brad DeLong: …. Fire his ass from Newsweek, and the Daily Beast. Convene a committee at Harvard to examine whether he has the moral character to teach at a university. There is a limit, somewhere. And Ferguson has gone beyond it.

Full post here

Noah Opinion: I have been known to tease a fellow blogger or two, but there is really only one writer who makes me truly mad, and that is British historian Niall Ferguson. I will explain exactly why he makes me so mad at the end of this post. First, though, I want to say a few words about Mr. Ferguson’s cover story in Newsweek magazine, entitled “Hit the Road, Barack”. I should note that it imposes a heavy psychic cost for me to do so, since it requires that I actually read Niall Ferguson. But the public duty to expose BS and promote truth and intellectual honesty overrides such selfish concerns.…. The British Empire is over, Niall. It had its day. We can debate eternally how much good it did, but now it is done, and it is not coming back. Stop trying to screw up my Republic in your doomed effort to bring it back.

Full post here (with links to other takedowns of this right wing nutjob lying scumbag)

Charles P. Pierce: I’m late to the party in regards to Niall Ferguson’s egregious cover on the weekly grocery shopper once known as Newsweek magazine ….

…. Krugman — and Jim Fallows, and Andrew Sullivan, and The Atlantic in general — are not after Ferguson because they disagree on the advisability of re-electing the president. They are after him because what he wrote was… not… true.

Full post here


You know the most striking thing about Ferguson’s piece? He had to lie to make a case against PBO.


The Political Carnival

Thanks Desertflower




Mediaite: Speaking to Fox News’ Carl Cameron Saturday morning, Republican VP nominee Paul Ryan made the case for why he believes his foreign policy credentials are stronger than President Obama’s, emphasizing that he has been a voting member of Congress longer than the president. Ryan cited his votes in favor of the Iraq War as evidence that he has had more foreign policy experience than Obama.

“I’ve been in Congress for a number of years,” he told Cameron. “That’s more experience than Barack Obama had when he came into office.”

“I voted to send people to war,” he added.

(Seriously, that’s not from The Onion)




241 Responses to “This and That”

  1. 1 0388jojothecat
    August 20, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    First, first, first, first?

  2. August 20, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Oh please…..first? I have had an awful day….yes ,y birthday. But awful……family issues.

  3. 48 Dudette
    August 20, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Well, well, well… leaving us all in the dust, I see. 🙂

  4. August 20, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Great new thread, Chips!!

  5. 50 amk for obama
    August 20, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks df.

  6. 53 amk for obama
    August 20, 2012 at 9:44 pm

  7. 54 nospin
    August 20, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Bobfr you were featured in Chirpstory


  8. 61 amk for obama
    August 20, 2012 at 9:45 pm


    • 62 Obama Grandmama
      August 20, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Just saw a poll about PBO vs Romney’s women’s support. I thought a day or two ago there was an 11 pt difference now it is either 9 or 7 can’t remember which on Last Word. How can it be getting closer together? Too weird! It should be a huge difference given what the GOP stand for and have voted for.

      • 63 amk for obama
        August 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm

        Rigged up polls. Cooked up samples. Who cares?

      • 64 Pamela
        August 20, 2012 at 10:32 pm

        Polls, schmolls …… Like the weather in the Pacific Northwest….. Changes all the time, heck, we can have all four seasons in ONE DAY! so, I repeat, polls schmolls…..

      • 65 anniebella
        August 20, 2012 at 11:21 pm

        I saw one poll were the President had a 15 point lead with women, then there is one which says 9 point. I would like to believe it’s more.

      • 66 veryslowwriter
        August 21, 2012 at 1:26 am

        Pay no attention. Polls go up. Polls go down. The polls will not re-elect PBO. We and a whole lot of other PEOPLE will do it.

        • 67 HZ
          August 21, 2012 at 2:23 am

          Remember, POTUS has his own polls near by anytime of the day. He is going to be fine because we are going to be right up to his back all the way.HZ

  9. August 20, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Inspired by Chips 🙂

  10. 73 sabreen60
    August 20, 2012 at 9:45 pm

  11. August 20, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    So I saw these in my timeline


  12. August 20, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I subscribed to Newsweek for yearsssssssssss. I used to love it back in the day. But ever since it became a pathetic 24 page, schizophrenic, rag of misinformation I stopped. I’m SO glad my subscription finally petered out and stopped coming before this ass-wipe’s pure, unadulterated falsehoods showed up as a cover story. RIP NEWSWEEK.

  13. 83 hopefruit2
    August 20, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    HAHAHAHA! See what happens when you shill for the GOP Piers?

  14. 86 Rita
    August 20, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    That whole Niall Ferguson article was such a bloody propagandist joke! I’ve been enjoying reading the rebuttals all day today. That Newsweek and Tina Brown would stoop to such lows is disheartening. But the upside is that a lot of good writers are countering his disgusting lies. There’s hope. And what Charles Pierce points out is so true… these people are disagreeing with him not because they believe Obama should be re-elected (which, I hope after researching for the articles, is the conclusion they come to), but because it’s yellow journalism of the highest order!

    Shame on Newsweek!

  15. 87 amk for obama
    August 20, 2012 at 9:52 pm

  16. 88 donna dem 4 obama
    August 20, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Oh my I only have a couple of hours to go to keep the Fundraising Challenge streak alive! Can I get one $3.00 donation toward the 100 donations in 100 days?


  17. 94 amk for obama
    August 20, 2012 at 9:55 pm
  18. August 20, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    PRiorities USA raise 4.8 million in July.

    So so.

    On the Bill Maher Show, Mark Cuban said he gets asked for money all the time, just not His style. Clearly, he was against Robney and sticking up for the Predident.
    What is it with Rich Liberals, that don’t fork over the Cash?

  19. 101 Pamela
    August 20, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    So, as today was too busy for words, I decided not to bring iPad with me. Got to work, reached for phone, duh, oh yes, it was still on the charger at home. Oh dear. No way I will ever catch up again. But I did read an article in the Seattle Times about the upcoming, shit fight GOP convention, all glossed over, making the LIE all pretty and attractive Hollywood style….. Abhorrent. Revolting. Simply insulting. Then again, I’m not a republican, so you know I ain’t buying their soft sell…..

  20. 102 amk for obama
    August 20, 2012 at 9:58 pm

  21. 103 amk for obama
    August 20, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Where is the DOJ ?

  22. 104 lamh35
    August 20, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Issues Statement

    Washington, DC — Recent remarks by a member of the US House of Representatives suggesting that “women who are victims of ‘legitimate rape’ rarely get pregnant” are medically inaccurate, offensive, and dangerous.

    Each year in the US, 10,000–15,000 abortions occur among women whose pregnancies are a result of reported rape or incest. An unknown number of pregnancies resulting from rape are carried to term. There is absolutely no veracity to the claim that “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down.” A woman who is raped has no control over ovulation, fertilization, or implantation of a fertilized egg (ie, pregnancy). To suggest otherwise contradicts basic biological truths.

    Any person forced to submit to sexual intercourse against his or her will is the victim of rape, a heinous crime. There are no varying degrees of rape. To suggest otherwise is inaccurate and insulting and minimizes the serious physical and psychological repercussions for all victims of rape.

  23. 108 amk for obama
    August 20, 2012 at 10:02 pm

  24. 110 hopefruit2
    August 20, 2012 at 10:04 pm


  25. 112 amk for obama
    August 20, 2012 at 10:06 pm

  26. 113 amk for obama
    August 20, 2012 at 10:08 pm

  27. 114 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 20, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Haven’t been around much today. Working, working, working…

    Regarding Atkin, we need to follow the lead of PBO and the campaign — when an opponent is self destructing, shut up and get the heck out of the way! Unfortunately, the pre-mature outcry may very well lead to Atkin dropping out before 5:00pm tomorrow. If that happens, I’ll bet dollars to donuts he’s replaced with a sane sounding, ultra conservative woman; that would not bode well for Claire… Look at the feed from our campaign favs, they’ve pretty much gone radio silent.

    • 115 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      August 20, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Short version — we would have done better to just remain silent until 5:01pm Tuesday…

      Hope in the future, we’ll consider timing of our response.

  28. August 20, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    These people can never be honest. . .
    Rmoney and RAyn bussed in people to their “3,000” attendee event today.

  29. 122 amk for obama
    August 20, 2012 at 10:17 pm
  30. 125 Ladyhawke
    August 20, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Lawrence O’Donnell just teased his next segment which will be about the bills that Todd Akin and Paul Ryan have worked on together. Everyone should be aware that Paul Ryan made skid marks running away from Todd Akin today. I would be shocked if any of the jackals in the White Press Corps would have the gust to ask Paul Ryan what has suddenly changed. His voting record shows how radical Paul Ryans beliefs are about women’s reproductive rights. Paul Ryan apparently cosponsored a bill personhood bill. Lawrence is pulling back the curtain and exposing Paul Ryan’s record.

    • 126 hopefruit2
      August 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      Lawrence is doing what the MSM fails to do. The MSM is hoping that Akin simply drops out of the race and disappears from the face of the earth so that they can continue their shilling for Ryan/Romney. NOT THIS TIME.

    • August 20, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      For you, Lh … for reminding me to include the jackals on the list of recipients 🙂

      • 128 Ladyhawke
        August 20, 2012 at 10:51 pm

        Thank you dear. You never cease to amaze me. You zeroed in on exactly what I was thinking. Akin and Ryan are joined at the hip. We have to make him own that. No amount of distancing can erase the fact that Paul Ryan’s beliefs about women’s reproductive rights are radical and extreme. Again, this is an indictment of the mainstream media. The American people just don’t know the number of bills the GOP has voted on relating to abortion instead of jobs. And how about the 33 times that they voted to repeal Obamacare. This should be common knowledge for the American people.

  31. 130 hopefruit2
    August 20, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    I will try to make the zuchini fries some day soon. Sounds delish, and is a healthy alternative.

  32. 131 nospin
    August 20, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    New Frontiers of Extremism

    Republicans are frantically trying to get Representative Todd Akin to drop out of the United States Senate race in Missouri after his remark about abortion and rape, but not because it was offensive and ignorant. They’re afraid he might lose and cost them a chance at a Senate majority next year. He would surely be replaced by a Republican who sounds more reasonable but holds similarly extreme views on abortion, immigration, gay rights and the role of government because those are the kinds of candidates the party nominates these days in state after state.


    • 132 FiredUpInCA
      August 20, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      I think Akin’s presence could cost the GOP more than the Senate. He co-sponsored 8 anti-abortion bills with Paul Ryan. Akin could be tied around the neck of Ryan and everyone who co-sponsored or voted in favor of his legislation, so that they lose up and down ticket. He’s potentially as toxic as Mark Foley was a few election cycles ago.

      • 133 hopefruit2
        August 20, 2012 at 11:09 pm

        The GOP’s strong negative reaction to Akin’s comments have absolutely nothing to do with Akin, and everything to do with how they fear his remarks will affect Paul Ryan’s standing and other GOP congressional hopefuls.

    • 134 amk for obama
      August 20, 2012 at 10:40 pm

  33. 135 hopefruit2
    August 20, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    DAmn..what is this guy’s problem again? What pleasure or pay is he getting from doing this? Sorry about this Chips! WordPress is a pain and a half.

    • August 20, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      He’s a piece of work Hopefruit! I’m still trying to find a way of leaving WordPress … ie an easy way for clueless techy people like myself 😕

      • August 20, 2012 at 11:07 pm

        😆 Claire, that’s harsh ….. on pigs.

      • 138 hopefruit2
        August 20, 2012 at 11:33 pm

        You’re right Chips. After taking a second look I’m seeing that everything is “reblogged” from some other site. That’s unacceptable along with his hostile attitude, and Mr “Obamacrat” or whoever is running that site needs to be held accountable for PLAGARISM!

        Why is WordPress enabling this?

        • August 20, 2012 at 11:38 pm

          The worst thing, Hopefruit, is that he’s obviously a smart guy, so I don’t know why he doesn’t make his own original contributions to the pro-PBO effort, instead of just stealing everyone else’s stuff. It’s hard not to conclude that this is a traffic driving exercise, ego-fueled.

          • 140 sabreen60
            August 21, 2012 at 12:03 am

            Chips, I just went to his site and left a couple questions: Why are you stealing and would you want people to steal from you. I’ll check back later to see if he responds.

          • 141 hopefruit2
            August 21, 2012 at 8:04 am

            Yes, and he’s lazy with poor ethics.

  34. 142 nospin
    August 20, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Hey Chips, if you shared this exact sample with the folks in WordPress do you think they would be open to evaluating? My guess is they didn’t think through that this new feature would create this problem. I know you said you reached out to them but they were not responsive and didn’t seem to be willing to find a solution but I would guess that they didn’t expect anyone like this guy to do what he is doing. So a copy and paste to provide a visual of the actual problem could be helpful. Is there a number to call for the WordPress folks so you can talk through the problem as well? Maybe you would have better results if you were able to connect directly to discuss.

    • 143 nospin
      August 20, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      Wait – Chips I may have found something. I went digging through the forums and found the attached statements.

      January 22nd, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      From the WordPress.com Support section on Content Theft – What to Do:

      Every day, bloggers are victimized (whether they are aware of it or not) by having their content stolen, scraped, and unlawfully copied. This is unfortunate, as we understand how much you value your personal content and hard work. When this happens, and the culprit is a member of WordPress.com, we take immediate action, ensuring that your content is rightfully protected.

      January 23rd, 2012 at 12:41 am

      Yep, our hope is that by giving people a one-click way to tell their audience about something interesting they found and sending all the traffic and links back to the original blogger that cases where people, knowingly or unknowingly, copy and pasted too much content will decline.

      Then I found the WordPress guy, Matt’s direct contact page. http://mattnt.com/2012/01/22/2893/
      It shows Matt’s twitter id and he has an Ask Me Anything form.

      Hope it helps.

  35. 144 amk for obama
    August 20, 2012 at 10:35 pm


  36. 145 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 20, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Chips, can a reblogger edit what they steal? If no, how about calling him out on each post…

    • 146 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      August 20, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      I see Dudette made that suggestion… LOL

    • August 20, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      Amazingly Alycee, yes – they can edit what they copy … another fantastic WordPress feature 🙄

      • 148 isonprize
        August 20, 2012 at 11:57 pm

        Chica, What about using DISQUS? I have no idea how all of this works, and I’m sure all of the system have their pros and cons. DISQUS does have an edit feature… 😎

        • August 21, 2012 at 12:03 am

          Thanks Isonprize! DISQUS might certainly cure the comments’ glitches, so definitely worth looking in to. But I just severely want to leave WP, asap, it’s crap. Need to find a techy wizard to help me out, working on it!

  37. 150 utaustinliberal
    August 20, 2012 at 10:35 pm

  38. 153 dotster3
    August 20, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    I kept seeing this dumb poll popping up everywhere——with screaming headlines—–“Obama could lose Illinois!” I think it originated at Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller and went screaming and flashing on Drudge—–and as I was trying to check on it, found that it is literally on 100’s of web sites. Just unbelievable. All stemming from some supposed pollster Michael McKeon—–a former Guiliani staffer and adviser to Pataki—-no one mentioned that—–who found that Obama was only leading in Cook Co. by 49-37—-and that meant big troubs for him in Illinois. And I find out they polled 62% white—-in Cook Co.!—24% black and 10% Hispanic. Now that’s a poll that has a lot of believability—ha! And that Obama leads with Dems 79 to 8, and 70 to 5 with AAs. And so pollster concludes that the undecideds are really hurting Obama, that 25% of AAs may not vote for Romney—-hahahaha—–but they’re likely not to vote at all!!! That was the conclusion of this very stupid poll that has zero integrity. And it was blasted about everywhere. Idiot times.

    • August 20, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      These News Websites are are all jacked up for any negative Obama story. That is what they ate ALL paid to do.
      The Soviets did this to their People, during the Cold War.
      Google it. Its what the GOP are doing.

      • 155 carolyn
        August 20, 2012 at 11:36 pm

        I am growing more and more distrustful of polls. Only a very few seem to use careful techniques. Any poll of Illinois that gives this result has to be highly suspect. Senator Obama won the state by some 60+% when he ran, and won the state as President by at least that much. He won southern Illinois….which no one thought he could. It seems that so many groups want to get on the polling bandwagon, and really don’t know what they’re doing.
        The way I figure it…..these polls keep Democrats on the edge, not complacent so will keep us working harder. We will see polls all over the place before November. It happened four years ago too.

  39. 156 hopefruit2
    August 20, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    It’s been quite some time since I agreed with MMFlint on any issue..but tonight I have to agree with him on this one

  40. 157 amk for obama
    August 20, 2012 at 10:47 pm

  41. August 20, 2012 at 10:47 pm

  42. August 20, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    “When our men and woman are in harm’s way, I expect the president of the United States to address the nation on a regular basis and explain what’s happening and why they’re there, what the mission is, what its purpose is, how we’ll know when it’s completed,” Romney said. “Other presidents have done this. We haven’t heard this president do this.”

    Umm, when did Bush ever inform the Public, on anything?

  43. August 20, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I can imagine them bringing guns into my Catholic Church. Jeepers.

    • 161 dotster3
      August 20, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      U. of Co. now has a gun dorm for gun owning students who can’t go to college without it. What could possibly go wrong there?? In college???
      I would try to get in one of the other dorms if I was going to the U. of Co.

  44. 162 amk for obama
    August 20, 2012 at 11:00 pm

  45. 163 Pamela
    August 20, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    “I have found that the greatest degree of inner peace comes from cultivating love and compassion.” ~ HHDL 20 August 2012 @DalaiLama

  46. August 20, 2012 at 11:03 pm

  47. 168 amk for obama
    August 20, 2012 at 11:11 pm

  48. August 20, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Thanks in large part to the family here, I am feeling better than I did couple hours ago. Plus, I just had some sesame sticks and honey roasted peanuts. 🙂

    Tomorrow afternoon (I’ll be gone all morning and part of the afternoon), I will share with you all the story of a young woman who called Ed’s show. I was in the car delivering food to a friend. Could hardly drive for crying. It was HEART WRENCHING beyond HEART WRENCHING! I just made a note beside my computer so I won’t forget. It is too late tonight and I am too exhausted; plus I want more people to read it.

  49. August 20, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    ,,… and dines on a sack of festering weasel rectums….

  50. 174 dotster3
    August 20, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    PPP polled Mo. today—Akin has same 1 point lead as before even tho 75% of Repubs disapproved of his statements. People are dug in——and Rove’s anti-McCaskill ads have been running there nonstop. Of course, I don’t know who was answering the phone during the day today—-are people responding to polls at work?—-but…..

    • 175 hopefruit2
      August 20, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      Akin has already lost 8 points advantage – and it’s still early. He will continue to slide because he will no longer have funding and support from the RNC etc. If the GOP is supporting him, it will negatively affect the bigger ticket, Ryan/Romney as well as downticket for house and senate races. So either Akin drops out, or remains and costs the GOP several other house/senate seats, and most importantly the Presidency.

      • 176 amk for obama
        August 20, 2012 at 11:44 pm

        Amazing how the fucking pollsters are trying to say that within 24 hours of exposing this islamo-fascist that people are not changing their minds. Let’s see this cretin’s numbers after a week.

    • 178 carolyn
      August 20, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      These events take time to work in people’s minds. An immediate poll is too soon.

    • August 20, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      I thought she was much further behind than that. If she uses this info properly, she can get ahead and stay there. She and other Dems have to continue to tie to Paul Ryan also. I’ve seen a few do it on Twitter.

      • 180 FiredUpInCA
        August 20, 2012 at 11:39 pm

        I’m looking forward to Priorties USA and VP Joe Biden making sure everyone knows that Ryan and Akin are legislative soulmates.

  51. August 20, 2012 at 11:26 pm

  52. 182 lamh35
    August 20, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Good night guys.

    Oh I Think He May Be Staying

    Snap PPP Poll shows the Missouri Senate race essentially unchanged: Akin over McCaskill 44-43. Little changed from previous poll.
    Late Update: Surprised? I can’t say I am. And you shouldn’t be either. Don’t underestimate partisan division and affiliation, the fact that Akin’s views aren’t that odd or disagreeable to a lot of people and the simple fact that people don’t change their minds that easily in 24 hours. But … this is a poll that only Claire McCaskill could love.

    What do we know so far? We know that the entire institutional GOP wants Akin out right now. We know Akin doesn’t want to leave. Now you have a poll that says he’s at least nominally still in the lead and that the entire controversy has had zero effect on Akin’s standing in the race. I was just tweeting back and forth with GOP uber-consultant Alex Castellanos who says this kind of news takes more than 24 hours to sink in. And he’s right. But you certainly can’t expect Akin and the family members running his campaign to make that adverse inference against himself. Having been hammered in the GOP for a hellish day and a half, far more likely he says wait, I could still win and f’ all of those folks telling me to give up what I fought so hard to win…

    • 183 Cha
      August 21, 2012 at 12:24 am

      I had read that he was 11 points ahead of McCasskill so it looks like she’s coming up. And, it’s still a irrevocable gift that ties him, ryan, and the gop to the WAR ON WOMEN.

  53. 184 dotster3
    August 20, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Looks like Nightline is going to have a segment on the Kids State Dinner.

  54. August 20, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    You have to see this!!!

    Key And Peele Bring Back ‘Obama’ And His ‘Anger Translator’ To Take On Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns
    by Jon Bershad | 7:36 pm, August 20th, 2012


  55. 193 amk for obama
    August 20, 2012 at 11:40 pm

  56. 194 Dudette
    August 20, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    As you wish.
    Sorry about the monitor. 🙂

  57. 195 desertflower
    August 21, 2012 at 12:06 am

    On my phone bank tonight, I talked with an elderly woman that has no computer, but she wanted to send some money to PBO…anyone have the address for her to do that? She was so adorable on the phone:) We had a great conversation….I had some intense conversations tonight…not bad for the President, at all…just intense. People want to talk and get info.

    • August 21, 2012 at 1:37 am

      If you’d like to donate by mail, please send your donation to P.O. Box 802798, Chicago, IL 60680. You can also call 312-698-3670 for questions or concerns about your donation.


    • 197 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      August 21, 2012 at 1:45 am

      How can I donate?
      •Online: Visit our main donate page to contribute to Obama for America online.
      •Phone: Call (312)-698-3670 and an Obama for America volunteer will be happy to assist you in contributing by phone.
      •Mail: You can contribute via mail by sending your contribution to:

      Obama for America
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      Checks can be made payable to “Obama for America”

      (Please include your full name, address, employer and occupation information, phone number, and email address in the envelope. Contributions or gifts to Obama for America are not tax deductible.)

  58. 199 AnitaW
    August 21, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Creepy, but what do they say. Copying is the greatest form of flattery or something like that. No, you’re right it’s creepy.

  59. 200 dotster3
    August 21, 2012 at 12:26 am

    People better wake up——intentions are clear—-Sup. Ct.—–and everything—-is at stake.

  60. 201 sabreen60
    August 21, 2012 at 12:48 am

  61. 202 amk for obama
    August 21, 2012 at 1:09 am

  62. 203 amk for obama
    August 21, 2012 at 1:25 am

  63. 204 desertflower
    August 21, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Night all…busy day today…and another tomorrow:)

  64. 206 Dudette
    August 21, 2012 at 2:55 am

    This sent me into convulsive, gut-wrenching howls of laughter. ROFLMAO!!! 😀 😀 😀
    Other Things Missouri Representative Todd Akin Believes To Be True About The Uterus, Besides Its Ability To “Shut Down” A Legitimate Rape

    H/T to Juanita Jean: http://juanitajean.com/2012/08/20/if-you-read-nothing-else-all-day/

  65. 209 Dudette
    August 21, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Oh Mr. Romney — you were looking for campaign divisiveness and hate, right? Well, you forgot to turn your head TO THE RIGHT — here ya go!
    Virginia Republicans Call for Armed Revolution if Obama Wins in November

  66. 210 Dudette
    August 21, 2012 at 3:29 am

    Well shut my mouth! This is a bet I sure ’nuff would’ve lost. Did their on-air staff not get the memo?
    Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Has Donated Almost $59,000 to Reelect Obama

    “Fox News and Rupert Murdoch’s other News Corp properties hate Obama so much that they have donated nearly $59,000 so far this year to reelect him.

    According to Open Secrets, News Corp has donated $504,162 to individuals and PAC’s. The surprise comes in who the individual is that has gotten the most money from News Corp. President Obama has received $58,825 from News Corp. The top eight recipients of News Corp cash are the president and congressional committee chairpersons. News Corp must not think much of Mitt Romney’s chances because they have only donated $2,750 to the Republican nominee in 2012.

    While Rupert Murdoch’s personal donations have gone to Republicans, News Corp understands that keeping Barack Obama in power is good for business. The delicious irony is that some of the revenue earned from viewers and readers that can’t stand President Obama is being used to help reelect Barack Obama.

    Rupert Murdoch didn’t build an empire by being dumb. He knows that if Mitt Romney were to beat Obama, his business would suffer. Murdoch is in the anti-Obama business, which means that he needs four more years of Obama in order to keep his profits up. News Corp’s congressional donations are pretty standard stuff. The big media companies shower money on the committee chairpersons who regulate their industries. Those donations slide back and forth between the parties depending on who has the majority, but the presidential donations are a different story.

    News Corp is betting on an Obama victory in November. As they are selling Mitt Romney to their viewers, News Corp is giving money to his opponent. This juicy little fact is something that you will never hear Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity disclose on the air. The next time somebody on Fox News makes you mad, just remember that some of those dollars they are earning with their anti-Obama propaganda are being used to help give the nation four more years of Obama leadership.

    Who would have thought that some of the biggest Obama Bots of all run News Corp?

  67. 211 Dudette
    August 21, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Atlanta’s own Cynthia Tucker on Tweety talking about Todd the Cretin Akin = FIYAH!

    MSNBC wanna add some gravitas to your lineup? Dump SE Cupp and give Cynthia Tucker the show she deserves!!

  68. August 21, 2012 at 4:23 am

    • 215 amk for obama
      August 21, 2012 at 6:45 am

      Great tweets. Both RT’ed. Pity that it’s left to us bloggers to edumacate the ‘murkan voters. Effing media.

  69. 216 Renegade522/AuntSis
    August 21, 2012 at 6:33 am

    GOOD MORNING, GOOD MORNING!! I have great news. I am going to see the First Lady tomorrow in Fort Lauderdale, FL. I am so excited. I hope to take pictures and give you guys a good recap of what is happening in South Florida. I am not leaving without pictures.

    Last time, I didn’t get pictures at all. PBO had an energy rally at University of Miami & security was extremely tight. I couldn’t get pictures of him but wanted something to remember that event. A lot of us tried to get pictures of the Beast to no avail. We later found out that there was a threat and they put something on the car and wouldn’t allow for pictures.

  70. 220 amk for obama
    August 21, 2012 at 6:49 am

  71. August 21, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Robney out with another Welfare ad, saying welfare leads to cycle of dependency.
    I guess, this is his whole campaign.
    Very racial, he does not care.
    This will all come out in the debates, a huge opportunity fir the President, to set the record straight.
    Which is why the Right is trying to play the Refs. Which is why their Super PAC is releasing tv ads in the debates, the other side knows that the debates are a huge opportunity fir the President(because the GOP is lying) and they are trying to get out in front of it.
    Also, Akin released a new video, asking Missouri Voters for forgiveness. He is staying.

    • 222 collegekay
      August 21, 2012 at 7:07 am

      If Akin is staying, OFA could release an ad tomorrow tying RAyn to Akin.

      • August 21, 2012 at 7:23 am

        Nope. Halperin says we are lying about Robney on abortion. That is their comeback, that we are lying, even though Robney is on tape, saying all these nutty things about Planned Parenthood etc.

        • August 21, 2012 at 8:01 am

          I don’t think OFA gives a donkey’s ass what Halperin “Excellent-news-for-McCain” sez when deciding to release their ads. The truth is the truth and Obama’s ads speak the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

          Akin=Ryan=Robney=GOP=Akin. Halperin and Robney have absolutely no credible comeback on this issue. NONE.

    • 225 globalcitizenlinda
      August 21, 2012 at 7:23 am

      for Dems, Akin should stay exactly where he is – in the Sen race

      staying in race will draw national attention to it and hopfully Dem Sen MC can prevail in the end

  72. August 21, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Oh Boy! Joe Phucking Klein is on tv, Mr. Both sides do it…
    Btw- Richard Wolfe always sticks up for our President, he is one of us.
    Just sayin.

  73. August 21, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Far more women in Iowa say today that Mitt Romney is “too conservative on women’s issues” than did in April, according to polling data collected by the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action.

    Romney and Paul Ryan have come under a sustained attack from Democrats over their views on abortion and funding Planned Parenthood. This week, the whole GOP is rushing to contain the fallout from Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s comments about abortion and rape – an incident that party leaders fear could further alienate women.

    If you needed another illustration of the stakes involved, consider this data from another Midwestern battleground: In April, Iowa women said by a 6-point margin (42 percent to 36 percent) that Mitt Romney wasn’t too conservative on women’s issues.

    Now, by a 16-point margin (52 percent to 36 percent), they say that Romney is “too conservative on issues involving women’s rights, and would put too many restrictions on women getting the health care services they need.”


    • 231 hopefruit2
      August 21, 2012 at 8:10 am

      Not good news for Romney. I guess Ms. Ann is just useless in that regard. What about his “Women for Romney” group? No where to be found?

  74. August 21, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Rev Al and Steve Forbes is going at it on Tv!

  75. 234 Dudette
    August 21, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Ha ha ha ha!

    Femaile caller on Bill Press Show notes that in the midst of all this noise about Todd Akin, not a word from “Larry, Mo, and Curly — Lieberman, McCain and Graham” (they’re usually the first ones to blow their ho tair around) and “no word from Blunt of MO either.”

  76. August 21, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Chips is going to have to do a Byron Tau Morning Speed read again. According to Byron, their are No good stories in the World and it’s all the Presidents fault!

    • August 21, 2012 at 8:14 am

      Ha, I saw that Jovie! Same yesterday, ALL negative stuff about PBO. He improved for a while, so I’m guessing his Politico masters told him to stop being a proper reporter and go back to PBO-bashing. 🙄

  77. 238 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2012 at 8:08 am

    TOD Poetry Hour:

    Democrats’ faults are many
    Republicans have only two
    Everything they say
    And everything they do.

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