205 Responses to “Joining Forces: A Year Ahead Of Target….”

  1. 1 taiping1
    August 23, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Michelle. Our secret weapon!!!!

  2. 3 taiping1
    August 23, 2012 at 10:44 am

    First??? Yea! Great day to all: let’s keep organizing for victory.

  3. August 23, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I know a lot of TODers aren’t in love with Rachel Maddow, but she nailed this segment on RAyn, Akin, Robme and Wilke – brought over from an earlier post (I don’t remember who added it)

    Happy Day Obots!

    • 5 jacquelineoboomer
      August 23, 2012 at 10:52 am

      I’m one who is no longer in love with Rachel (since her dejected look when Hillary lost in ’08 and all her hits after that, from Day Two), but I am watching her at present and she’s a master at taking down the has-been-wannabe-never-were Republican candidates. Loved her child’s treasury of stupid Republican quotes segment last night – or whatever it was actually called!

      • 6 theo67
        August 23, 2012 at 4:43 pm

        I’m with you – I’m currently watching Rachel because she’s the only one attempting journalism, but I’ve always got one finger ready on the remote.

  4. 8 PoliticalJunkessa
    August 23, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Beautiful statistics! It’s a wonderful thing. Veterans should NEVER be unable to secure employment. Thank you FLOTUS and SLOTUS.

    • 9 yardarm756
      August 23, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      I sure wish this program had been around when I got discharged. Things might have been less stressful for me. However, I glad it’s up and running now……..G’day mates.

  5. 11 jacquelineoboomer
    August 23, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Mornin’ TODville! I severely underslept this morning, so I’ll just leave a coupla random thoughts.

    1. Love this way for small donors to contribute: *by texting “GIVE” to 62262 — which corresponds with the letters in “Obama”* Methinks “62262” should be used on a campaign t-shirt, kinda like a secret Obama code, known immediately on sighting by other “normal” Americans!

    2. Who would be stupid enough to pick Ryan the Medicare Slasher as his VP running mate? Oh, yeah, Willard Romney would.

    Enjoy your day!

  6. 14 utaustinliberal
    August 23, 2012 at 10:50 am

    First Lady Michelle Obama added 125,000 people to the workforce while John Boehner was tanning and knocking back a couple cold ones.

  7. 18 jacquelineoboomer
    August 23, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Tigerfists88 – Rock – I see you’re in the house! Have a fine Obama day!

  8. August 23, 2012 at 10:55 am

    It Couldn’t Be More Clear That The US Economy Is Now The Envy Of The World

    With this fresh batch of Flash PMI numbers, it couldn’t be more clear that the US economy is the strongest in the world.

    The Chinese Flash PMI fell to a 9-month low.

    Germany’s Flash PMI came in at 45.1. That’s a bit above the previous month, but still well below 50, meaning its in contraction.

    The US on the other hand rose from 51.4 to 51.9, and lots of the internal numbers were good, including New Orders.

    That’s consistent with other data, which shows the US economy improving over the last month and a half. Included in that is solid housing data, improving initial claims, and a bounce-back in retail sales.

    …. There’s a lot not to like about the US economy (8.3% unemployment most prominently), and there’s a decent chance that the weakness around the globe will continue to spill over onto our shores, but compared to the crap-show in the rest of the world, the US is doing alright.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/us-economy-relative-strength-2012-8#ixzz24Nhf1PqC

  9. 23 utaustinliberal
    August 23, 2012 at 10:55 am

  10. 27 0388jojothecat
    August 23, 2012 at 10:57 am

    When I the Parade magazine inside my Sunday paper, it mentioned this soldier who wanted to help fellow soldiers get employment. The article mentioned the Chamber of Commerce and NOT ONCE mentioned what the WH, FLOTUS and VLOTUS campaign. I am going to contact them and send them this information. Parade generally leans right from many of the articles in there.

  11. 28 hopefruit2
    August 23, 2012 at 10:59 am


  12. 43 hopefruit2
    August 23, 2012 at 11:03 am

    HAHA, Folks – check this out!

    HEADLINE: Young Barack Obama’s Genuinely Hilarious Self-Parody

    // This article, written by Obama under the name “Baroque Yo’ Mama,” was published in the “Harvard Law Revue,” a parody of the Review done by the law school’s graduating class. The articles gives a look into young Obama’s sense of humor and serves a send-up of his forthcoming novel Dreams From My Father. //
    posted Aug 23, 2012 10:30am EDT


  13. August 23, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Young Barack Obama’s Genuinely Hilarious Self-Parody

    This article, written by Obama under the name “Baroque Yo’ Mama,” was published in the “Harvard Law Revue,” a parody of the Review done by the law school’s graduating class. The articles gives a look into young Obama’s sense of humor and serves a send-up of his forthcoming novel Dreams From My Father.


  14. 49 anniebella
    August 23, 2012 at 11:05 am

    When that drunken racists Hank Williams Jr. says the President doesn’t care about the troops, he is lying. Our President, First Lady, VP Biden, and Dr. Biden cares very much for our troops.

    • 50 Ladyhawke
      August 23, 2012 at 11:21 am

      I couldn’t stick my chest out far enough watching that Joining Forces video. It just makes you feel so proud to be an American. This administration is making government cool again and it’s freaking out the Republican Party. President Obama has a stellar record of accomplishments and support for the military. Facts are stubborn things. Hank Williams Jr remarks are the “tell”. It’s just opposite day for the haters. President Obama continues to make his critics look small and petty.

  15. 51 japa21
    August 23, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Chips, obviously you were thinking of me when you set up this post as well as with the photo for first. I deeply appreciate your thoughtfulness.

  16. August 23, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Robney big Energy plan? To give Drilling for Oil power to the States.
    And this is supposed to make us totally energy independent by…, wait for it…, 2020.
    That is right, in 8 years, America, who only has 3% if the Worlds Oil supply, is supposed to drill our way, well, to Chiba if need be.
    This is pandering to his Donors, but again, the Press does zero fact checking.

  17. 56 hopefruit2
    August 23, 2012 at 11:09 am

    He’s probably waiting to get the RNC/ROVE instructions on what to emphasize, how to spin it as “bad for Obama” etc., etc.,

  18. 59 ChristiMTL
    August 23, 2012 at 11:09 am

    One thing they never flip flop on is lying and telling the truth.

    Hey Republicans! Stop Misusing My Medicare Study!

    Supporters for the Romney-Ryan approach to Medicare have a new talking point. They say a new study by “three liberal Harvard economists” proves that the plan’s competition will reduce health care costs without harming beneficiaries. But the study doesn’t say that.

    And I should know. I’m one of the economists who wrote it.


  19. August 23, 2012 at 11:11 am

  20. 65 amk for obama
    August 23, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Two great ladies, who genuinely care. annbot isn’t worth even the dust on their shoes.

  21. August 23, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Bucking protocol, President Obama and the Democrats are planning a full-scale assault on Republicans next week during their convention.

    Presidential candidates have traditionally kept a low profile during their opponent’s nominating celebration, but Democrats are throwing those rules out the window in an attempt to spoil Mitt Romney’s coronation as the GOP nominee.

    President Obama, Vice President Biden and leading congressional Democrats have all scheduled high-profile events next week to counter-program the Republican gathering in Tampa, Fla.

    Even first lady Michelle Obama is in on the act, scheduling an appearance on the “David Letterman Show” smack in the middle of Romney’s nominating bash.


    The most aggressive attack was left for Biden, who is heading behind enemy lines for campaign events in Tampa on Monday and Tuesday. Leading congressional Democrats, including Reps. James Clyburn (S.C.) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), will be joining the vice president to help crash the party.

    With the media glare certain to be intense, Democrats say they’re approaching the GOP convention as an opportunity as much as a challenge.

    “We’ll have so many members of the press [here] from all across the country,” Rep. Kathy Castor (D), who represents Tampa, said Tuesday by phone. “I’m going to have a very active schedule.”

    While both parties have customarily set up messaging war rooms in their opponent’s convention city, Democratic operatives say they’re taking that effort to another level this year.

    “It’s gonna be the strongest yet,” a Democratic leadership aide said Wednesday.

    The purpose of the Democratic blitz is clear: With Romney and the Republicans scrambling to defend Romney’s tax history and undo the damage from Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-Mo.) recent comments on rape and abortion, Obama and the Democrats don’t want to give the GOP a weeklong opening to shift the discussion back to jobs and the economy — Obama’s chief vulnerability heading into November’s elections.

    The Republicans’ convention messaging will be thrown off, Baker said, “If Joe Biden goes to Tampa and says, ‘Where’s Todd Akin?’ ”

    Brad Woodhouse, spokesman for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), said the Democrats in Tampa would focus on “how the Republican Party Mitt Romney is being nominated to lead is outside the mainstream on issues of importance to Americans — particularly as it relates to women, Hispanics and African-Americans.”

    The Hill-

    • 68 57andfemale
      August 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Can’t wait for a party who wants to run the free world to be whining like crazy the week of their convention.

    • 69 Lovepolitics2008
      August 23, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      I understand the need for democrats to be more aggressive, because they have a big money disadvantage, and they have to counter the never-ending stream of lies of the GOP. On the other hand, I don’t like that the democrats will come out as “the bad guys” who don’t respect the tradition of low interference during the convention of the opposite party. Can there be a backlash ?

      • 70 dee
        August 23, 2012 at 3:28 pm

        I agree, we ought to leave their party alone. They don’t need our help to screw it up. So expect them to crash ours, too.

  22. 71 utaustinliberal
    August 23, 2012 at 11:17 am

  23. August 23, 2012 at 11:20 am

    New DNC Video-

  24. 74 0388jojothecat
    August 23, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Translation: I will give the Oil Companys POWER over the STATES to drill whether they like it or NOT!

  25. August 23, 2012 at 11:24 am

    #ADollarADayToOFA …. via 62262!!

    • August 23, 2012 at 11:31 am

    • 78 jackiegrumbacher
      August 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      A few weeks ago, my husband and I volunteered to do an e-mail newletter to county Democrats and to any new volunteers that came in through phone banking/canvassing–a list that grows bigger every week. We felt that a lot of people were going to the websites and needed to have messages about volunteer opportunities sent directly to their e-mail addresses. Well, each week I incorporate your dollar-a-day message in our newsletter, telling people to keep a jar in their kitchen, toss in a dollar every day and then send it on to the president’s campaign. So, doing my small part to get the message out, along with the retweeting.

  26. August 23, 2012 at 11:27 am

  27. 82 hopefruit2
    August 23, 2012 at 11:38 am

  28. August 23, 2012 at 11:41 am

  29. 89 vcprezofan2
    August 23, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Okay guys, look at this link as printed, then follow it and tell me what you see.


    To whom does one express concern about this? Can this really be a mistake, is there someone involved who does not know the main players or is the feed hacked? Last week when I accessed the site the faux-pics were in the middle, now they are in lead-off positions? What exactly is the point anyway?

    • August 23, 2012 at 11:45 am

      Hiya VC, that happens a lot at DayLife, whoever’s name(s) is/are in the captions will show up in the search – so in this case, because VP Biden is mentioned in the caption for the Romney photos, the Romney photos turn up on his page. It’s a glitchy site, with a search function that doesn’t always work too well!

      • 91 vcprezofan2
        August 23, 2012 at 12:22 pm

        Well, if you ask me they need a better programme, ’cause seeing that robot when I went expecting Joe severely irritates. In those 3 Mitt pictures VPJoe’s name isn’t even in the part of the caption shown! Grrr. Thanks for replying though, CC, instead of just rolling your eyes at my ignorance. 😉

  30. 92 hopefruit2
    August 23, 2012 at 11:43 am

  31. 96 dotster3
    August 23, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Don’t know if this LA Times/USC poll has been posted. Obama leads. Single women love Obama!—duh. Pollster calls race “static”.


  32. August 23, 2012 at 11:52 am

    RNC says we hav plan for Isaac??? Yup, they are putting Brownie in charge. LOL!

    • 98 japa21
      August 23, 2012 at 11:58 am

      I am quite sure FEMA is ready to roll on this one. A lot of FL residents will be thankful for government assistance if this turns out bad. Fortunately, since I am the kind of guy who doesn’t wish bad on people, if Isaac hits, it isn’t supposed to be more than a Category 1.

  33. 100 dotster3
    August 23, 2012 at 11:52 am

  34. August 23, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Morning TOD. I know most of us don’t like to link to HuffPo but my daughter sent me this Powerful, Heartfelt
    letter written by Eve Ensler to Todd Akin. She really nailed him and in conjunction the GOP.
    Please read if you possibly can. She is speaking up loud and clear for women’s rights re rape.


    Don’t know if this was posted before as I am somewhat behind on the blog.

    • August 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Hiya HOPE44, I’ve eased up on my cranky ban on DK, Huffy Post, etc links! I still loathe the places, but when we find good stuff there from people fighting the good fight against the Firebaggers and Koch trolls, then links are fine. Thanks a million!

      • August 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm

        You are welcome Chips. You know I have also lifted my ban on a few things,eg. Moveon /org. I had unsubscribed
        about a year ago, sending them a scathing note when I thought they were messing with my President too much.

        However when they started sending out petitions for Mitt to release his returns among other things, I started signing
        again. I am of the mindset now that we can’t be in love with everyone and as long as they are fighting the good fight
        to get these horrible, no-good, morons called GOP out of office, I’m in.

        • August 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm

          Hi HOPE44, after three years and a half years of self-indulgent, moronic Firebaggery, I think a lot of these sites/bloggers/organizations are beginning to get it that if they continue to oppose PBO they’ll get a Romney/Ryan administration. Some of them might actually prefer that – the PUMA types – but I think most are sensible enough to know that would be cataclysmic.

        • 109 hopefruit2
          August 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm

          Moveon posted an online poll (which I felt at the time was unnecessary) as to whether or not they should endorse PBO for 2012, and 91% of their subscribers thought they should. Since then, they’ve never looked back and have been firm in their support of PBO. So I tolerate them for the time being. I know after November, they will revert to emoprog “permanent outrage” status to keep their revenue flowing. Ditto for Old Orange. But we will unite for now. We need to get this President elected. That’s our common goal.

          • August 23, 2012 at 12:39 pm

            Right there with you hopefruit2. We will unite to get our President elected. After the election they will be ” non-entities” in “permanent outrage”. But by then who cares? 🙂

        • August 23, 2012 at 1:37 pm

          I agree. I’m never going to agree with someone 100% of the time, and a was (still am) very angry with the way they screwed up 2010. But if they are will to try to rectify their mistakes, I will work with them.

  35. 112 utaustinliberal
    August 23, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Hey TOD have you seen this? Pres. Obama really has a great sense of humor.

    • 113 hopefruit2
      August 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      YES…it’s been posted upthread, but the more the merrier!!! It’s HILLARIOUS and just another piece of evidence of our President’s shrewd sense of humor and general brilliance 🙂

      Let’s see Ezra Klein come up with a retort to that one…

    • 114 hopefruit2
      August 23, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      The footnotes are just off charts in creativity!

    • August 23, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      “What’s it like to be the first Jewish President of the Harvard Law Revue ?”

      Which – of course – reminds me of the age old (probably early 20th century) joke:

      “New Orleans. Ein Neger sitzt in der Strassenbahn und liest eine jiddische Zeitung. Da klopft ihm ein Jude auf die Schulter und sagt: ‘Es reicht Ihnen wohl nicht, Neger zu sein ?’

      I leave it to native speakers of German to turn this into a nice English language joke (it will probably remain NSFW to read out loud).

  36. August 23, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Well, Governor Scott just held a press Conferences, I think he said, Isaac, we will be prepared, something about tax cuts for the wealthy, and something about Obamacare, then he said we are ready, I think.

    • 117 hopefruit2
      August 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      Yup..once you take care of the tax cuts for the wealthy and the Obamacare issue, I think the good people of FL can rest assured, it will be smooth sailing thru Isaac. Off to call my family living in FL to break the good news to them from Gov Scott!!!

    • 118 jacquelineoboomer
      August 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      jovie – Scott is a real sad-ass (but your take was hysterical!) …

    • 119 Lovepolitics2008
      August 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      Was he talking about some announcement during the RNC ? They know their tax policies are killing them. They know that some provisions of the ACA are very popular. So they have to come up with something, fast.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if they come up with some “compromises” on taxes ( just keep the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, no other new tax cut as Romney had proposed, a couple of specific loopholes closed, etc.). I wouldn’t be surprised either if they announced they were going to keep a couple of rules of the ACA in place; allowing young people under 26 to stay on their parents’ policy comes to mind.

      They will try to fool people with a couple of “adjustments” to their extremist policies. “Adjustements’ which would be in jeopardy the minute they’re elected. I’ve grown so cynical about them, I don’t believe ANYTHING they say.

      • 120 Lovepolitics2008
        August 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm

        OOOhhh… I think I had read too fast. They are prepared for Isaac, not for “tax cuts and Obama care” ha ha ha…. Sorry ! My post doesn’t make sense !!

      • 122 Obama Grandmama
        August 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

        One thing I was emphasizing about Obamacare (I love giving him credit) when ACA was hotly contested was I liked that it was comprehensive because Healthcare has many complicated issues and inorder to fix it it needs to be dealt with in depth. In the past the Congress likes to put on quick bandaids and pretend they have helped the situation. The ACA was about talking to everyone (the GOP were invited but took themselves out of the mix by their own obstructing) drs, nurses, hospitals, insurance cos, pharmaceutical cos, AARP, online for individuals to put in suggestions and problems and coming up with a plan to start dealing with problems. Those involved felt the ACA plan would best achieve their goal of insuring more people, keeping the price of insurance down and quality medical care available to all. I hate the typical bandaid approach of the past.

  37. 123 JER
    August 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm

  38. August 23, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    This based from James Carville’s outfit, but still I actually think that this analysis is true.

    Did Republicans Misread 2010 Results?

    James Carville and Stan Greenberg: “We do not yet know the outcome of the 2012 election and we’re certainly not calling it now — the Congressional ballot remains tight and there are still more than two months of tough campaigning to go. But at this moment, our latest battleground survey in the 54 most vulnerable Republican-held districts — many of the same Republicans who ‘shellacked’ us in 2010 — shows that GOP incumbents are paying a heavy price for misreading the 2010 election results and overreaching on a conservative Paul Ryan agenda that voters did not mandate.”

    • 126 Nena20409
      August 23, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Carville and Greenberg should just Keep their views in the QUIET Rooms. This Only gives the 32 Billioniares to keep pouring Cash down the lying bishop’s Super PACs. Those who tweet should really try as they can and ask Carville and Greenberg to Shhhhhh for Now until Nov 6, 2012. Then tell what they have found. By that time, Victory would have been OURS.

      • 127 Lovepolitics2008
        August 23, 2012 at 1:12 pm

        Republicans certainly have their own internal polls Nena. Different from the ones they brag about in public ( Rasmussen, etc…). I’m sure the Romney campaign, and the republican leadership, are very well aware of where they stand in congressional races. Carville and Greenberg are not saying anything the GOP doesn’t know.

        • 128 Nena20409
          August 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm

          I know that they….TBGOPers… have their internal polls. But when a party is in a dire place, electorally, they don’t usually publish them for they don’t want their base demoralized. The more reason Carville and Greenberg should ONLY talk amongst themselves.

    • 129 PoliticalJunkessa
      August 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Very possibly true. I’ve always thought that 2010 was about a small, but very motivated, group of angry nutjobs who went to the polls while sane people stayed home. It was a matter of turnout.

  39. August 23, 2012 at 12:22 pm


    The Bain Files: Inside Mitt Romney’s Tax-Dodging Cayman Schemes
    John Cook

    Mitt Romney’s $250 million fortune is largely a black hole: Aside from the meager and vague disclosures he has filed under federal and Massachusetts laws, and the two years of partial tax returns (one filed and another provisional) he has released, there is almost no data on precisely what his vast holdings consist of, or what vehicles he has used to escape taxes on his income. Gawker has obtained a massive cache of confidential financial documents that shed a great deal of light on those finances, and on the tax-dodging tricks available to the hyper-rich that he has used to keep his effective tax rate at roughly 13% over the last decade.


  40. 132 cookemom
    August 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I just read the self-parody of PBO during the Harvard days. My question is why, after nearly four years of his presidency, the crazy call for his college records, and his own two autobiographies does this surface? Where has this been all this time? It’s really rather clever and it does sound like it could be written in PBO’s voice. Call me a skeptic and a cautious cybercynic.

  41. 133 ChristiMTL
    August 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    When the economy needed a lot of help……they were focus on abortion bills……..

    Now they’re not happy at all because the light is on their extremism and failure in Congress.

    Their new line of attack that will go nowhere…

    Rience Priebus

    ”The new obsession is the platform of the Republican Party on abortion, which is an obsession. What about the obsession about a guy who believes in partial-birth abortion. I mean, what about that obsession? Why aren’t we talking about that very minority view of abortion in our country that this president holds dear to his heart. We’re not talking about that.”

    The scumbag is as respectful as always…..”the guy” is the President of the United States you loser.

    Now they’re taking their line of attack from 2008, it didn’t work then, it won’t work now.

    The current Congress has introduced 67 abortion bills. 54 of them were introduced by Republicans

    • 134 cookemom
      August 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      This is the new talking point. I just returned from a RWNJ site and that’s the marching order push back meme. Lutz must have focused grouped it and this is all they got. They don’t want to make it about their crazy abortion platform, nor rape, nor science, nor ‘shut it down’, nor magic sperm combatants. This after they had the whole platform thing televised for all to see.

  42. August 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm

  43. 136 57andfemale
    August 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Can someone refresh my memory — did the VP candidate for the Republican Party who is a WI congressman, contact or visit the victims of the Sikh shooting?

  44. August 23, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Jay Carney’s press briefing streaming now:


  45. 139 Linda
    August 23, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Mitt Romney compared the tea party to a “ferret in the dishwasher” in a conversation with former Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah), according to a new book. The longtime senator lost his seat in a 2010 state party caucus vote because of a surge in Tea Party support for his opponent, now-Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).

    The anecdote was published in Time magazine in an adapted excerpt from Michael Grunwald’s “The New New Deal,” a sharply reported book about how the stimulus came to passage.

    Bennett says his friend Romney commiserated with him about the Tea Party’s ingratitude, telling a presumably apocryphal story about getting bitten by a ferret he had tried to rescue from a dishwasher. “Mitt said the Tea Party people are like that ferret in the dishwasher,” he says. “They’re so frightened and angry, they’ll even bite Bob Bennett, who’s trying to get the country out of this mess.”


  46. 144 utaustinliberal
    August 23, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Holy shit! The Bain has hit the roof.

    • 145 susanne
      August 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      i hope and pray there are still legitimate journalists out there willing to read through all that mess, and not twist the meaning around to make mitt sound grand.

  47. August 23, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Politico haz a sad:

    President Obama has a 9 point lead in Pennsylvania in a new poll — another sign that the state is not particularly competitive this cycle.

    Obama beats Romney 49 to 40 percent among likely voters according to a new Allentown Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll. His showing comes despite 47 percent of voters expressing disapproval of him.

    Still, Romney’s favorability ratings are much lower than Obamas. Thirty-seven percent of voters have a favorable impression of Romney, while 33 percent have a favorable view of Paul Ryan. Obama has a 48 percent approval rating.

    “Nine points is a very good place to be going in to the conventions,” said Chris Borick, Muhlenberg College pollster, according to the Morning Call.

  48. 151 utaustinliberal
    August 23, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Mitt Romney’s $250 million fortune is largely a black hole: Aside from the meager and vague disclosures he has filed under federal and Massachusetts laws, and the two years of partial tax returns (one filed and another provisional) he has released, there is almost no data on precisely what his vast holdings consist of, or what vehicles he has used to escape taxes on his income. Gawker has obtained a massive cache of confidential financial documents that shed a great deal of light on those finances, and on the tax-dodging tricks available to the hyper-rich that he has used to keep his effective tax rate at roughly 13% over the last decade.

    Today, we are publishing more than 950 pages of internal audits, financial statements, and private investor letters for 21 cryptically named entities in which Romney had invested—at minimum—more than $10 million as of 2011 (that number is based on the low end of ranges he has disclosed—the true number is almost certainly significantly higher). Almost all of them are affiliated with Bain Capital, the secretive private equity firm Romney co-founded in 1984 and ran until his departure in 1999 (or 2002, depending on whom you ask). Many of them are offshore funds based in the Cayman Islands. Together, they reveal the mind-numbing, maze-like, and deeply opaque complexity with which Romney has handled his wealth, the exotic tax-avoidance schemes available only to the preposterously wealthy that benefit him, the unlikely (for a right-wing religious Mormon) places that his money has ended up, and the deeply hypocritical distance between his own criticisms of Obama’s fiscal approach and his money managers’ embrace of those same policies. They also show that some of the investments that Romney has always described as part of his retirement package at Bain weren’t made until years after he left the company.


  49. 158 Linda
    August 23, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Grunwald is on MSNBC.

    • 159 utaustinliberal
      August 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      I’m glad Michael Grunwald is making the rounds. His new book is making people understand that the stimulus worked. Very crucial as the election draws closer.

  50. August 23, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Don’t know if this will post, but will try sending the link. Very funny picture.

  51. 164 dotster3
    August 23, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Kinda interesting (there’s a tease, eh?)—–but first peek at convention arena in Charlotte and all the prep that is going on there


  52. 165 Linda
    August 23, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Tony Perkins is going on the Mrs Greenspan show.

    click !

  53. 171 utaustinliberal
    August 23, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Well spank my ass and call me Charlie. Politifact actually did its job.

    A new Barack Obama campaign ad titled “Children” attacks Republican Mitt Romney on education by painting him as out of touch with public school students and their families. “But Mitt Romney says class sizes don’t matter,” a narrator interjects. A photo of Romney appears, along
    with a Washington Times headline declaring “Romney downplays value of small class size.”

    The Washington Times story cited in the ad was about Romney’s May visit to a Philadelphia charter school. He joined a roundtable of teachers and talked about his approach to education while governor of Massachusetts.

    “I came into office and talked to people, and said ‘What do we do to improve our schools?’ And a number of folks said, ‘Well, we need smaller classroom sizes — that will make the biggest difference.’ So I gathered information across our state. We had 351 cities and towns. I said let’s compare the average classroom size from each school district with the performance of our students, because we test our kids, and we’ll see if there’s a relationship. And there was not. “As a matter of fact, the school district with the smallest classrooms, Cambridge, had students in the bottom 10 percent,” he continued. “So just getting smaller classrooms didn’t seem to be the key.”

    The Obama campaign also cited his speech in The Villages, a retirement town in central Florida. Romney said Massachusetts data “showed that classroom size was not relevant in my state to how well the kids were doing.” Finally, on page 216 of his book No Apology, Romney wrote, “in the United States, then, the effort to reduce classroom size may actually hurt education more than it helps.”

    Obama’s ad claims that “Mitt Romney says class sizes don’t matter.”

    That’s pretty much what he has said, saying that Massachusetts data “showed that classroom size was not relevant in my state to how well the kids were doing.”

    We rate the claim True.

  54. 172 jacquelineoboomer
    August 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Loved so many of the comments here today, but WordPress hates me and keeps rejecting my responses. Just know that YOU are loved (although, apparently, I’m chicken liver to WP).

  55. 173 Linda
    August 23, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Fox News Publishes Name Of SEAL Who Led Bin Laden Raid

    Fox News today published the name of a U.S. Navy SEAL who led the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan last year that ended up in the al-Qaeda leader’s death. The SEAL under the pseudonym Mark Owen is the author of a book set to be released on Sept. 11 detailing the events of the raid. The book’s publisher says Owen “was one of the first men through the door on the third floor of the terrorist leader’s hideout and was present at his death.”

    Fox News said that “multiple sources” told the news outlet Owen’s real name but Fox did not provide any details about its decision to publish it. The book seemingly provides some clues as to the SEAL’s real identity as, according to the New York Times, Owen “recalls his childhood in Alaska.”

    Defense Department, CIA and White House officials said they have not reviewed the content of Owen’s book and that they first heard of its existence from media reports. And as the Fox report publishing Owen’s name notes, he “could be exposing himself to legal trouble, as the Pentagon has not vetted the account“:

    Lt. Cmdr. Chris Servello, a Navy spokesman, said it’s possible [Owen] or any former service member could be punished for revealing national security secrets. “Any service member who discloses classified or sensitive information could be subject to prosecution — this doesn’t end when you leave the service,” Servello said. “There is nothing unique to the special warfare community in this regard.”


    • August 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      Just remember – whomever this dude is beside the point – had President Obama not been tactically as smart as he is and made the demand that additional choppers and personnel were part of the mission, when that attack chopper crashed, there would have been one hell of a mess trying to improvise getting everyone out of that compound. That insight on the part of the President, more than any other, is what has impressed me because he likely saved not just the mission but many of those SEALS lives.

  56. 175 cookemom
    August 23, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council, said that Akin committed a ‘Bidenism’ when he misspoke about the term legitimate rape. You could tell that he practiced the delivery of the word ‘Bidenism’ cause it didn’t flow very well, then he said it again for emphasis. Andrea Mitchell said, ‘I know what you’re trying to do by using that term’. Yet another Lutz focused group phraseology. Expect to hear more of this one.

    • 176 Linda
      August 23, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Perkins should never be allowed on a news show…

      His FRC has been on the SPLC hate group lists forever…..

    • 177 jacquelineoboomer
      August 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      I saw that despicable Tony Perkins, cookemom. Funny how he just sold his so-called soul and everything he stands for just to get Romney elected, so Ryan could some day be president and take over the world, so we women can all wear head veils and the like. I switched off Andrea’s show, because I really didn’t want to watch Satan come and fetch Perkins right before our eyes, although I think both are as ready as they’re ever gonna be.

  57. 178 cookemom
    August 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Anne Romney’s parents, and Abby Huntsman’s (Jon Huntsman’s daughter) grandparents were not allowed in the Mormon Temple for their wedding ceremonies because they were not Mormons.

    • 179 susanne
      August 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      yep–and that’s all i needed to know about miss ann. her parents weren’t good enough to enter her fiance’s church, and she still married the jerk.

  58. 180 Linda
    August 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Found this comment on daily kos about the Bain documents.

    Romney’s “retirement” thingy looks

    especially corrupt. He apparently set up a company for retirement income.

    He “left” Bain in 1999.

    Did I mention the retirement income company was established in…2002?

    Boom, indeed.

    h/t Penman

    • 181 ChristiMTL
      August 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      According to his 2012 financial disclosure, Romney was given a stake in Sankaty Credit Opportunities L.P. as part of his retirement package in 1999. But Sankaty Credit Opportunities didn’t exist until 2002.

      “In other words, Romney’s 1999 retirement agreement included an investment in an entity created in 2002—in fact, was created in the heat of his first gubernatorial campaign in Massachusetts,” Cook wries. “When Romney explained at an October 29, 2002, debate in Massachusetts that he wasn’t responsible for Bain’s actions after his 1999 retirement, it was just 8 weeks after the creation by Bain of a fund that was part of his retirement agreement.”

      • 182 cookemom
        August 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm

        Retroactive = whatever Mitt says about anything Mitt says – 1st Limited Edition Mitt Webster Dictionary

    • 183 lamh35
      August 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Some Fortune reporter is already saying that there is nothing new in the files, because they are the same he claims to have seen “months ago” and there is nothing there.

      Well then that reporter should be fired or at least asked WTH didn’t he print something when he got ’em and the Robme camp should be pissed because months ago was when Obama start his Bain attacks and when no one in the village thought they were working. So if this reporter sat on these files until now, then he missed a real opportunity.

      But it’s to our advantage that he did, then the whole “retroactive retirment” line that the Romney advisor coined never would have happened.

  59. 186 ChristiMTL
    August 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Scott Brown: “The votes I made in the Senate should be off-limits in this Senate election

    Is he out of his mind?

    What else they can talk about? his truck?.

    He’s the same as Romney.

    Everything is off limits.

    • 187 susanne
      August 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      these guys are incredible. don’t look at mitt’s bain record, don’t look at ryan’s congressional voting record. don’t look at the blessed cardinal’s record of paying off pedophiles. just focus on the crazy eyes–you are getting sleepy, very sleepy, you will vote as i tell you….

    • 188 Cha
      August 23, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      Oh, Scott Brown is trying to pull a slippery mitt! Ain’t gonna work, SB… Mass voters are exponentially smarter than brainwashed teabags.

  60. 189 lamh35
    August 23, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    what is this interview Tam’ron Hall is talking about that Ryan just did and there is some sort of news coming out from it?

    • 190 Linda
      August 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      Possibly this ?

      Paul Ryan Holds Event Criticizing The Military Spending Sequester He Voted For | At a round table discussion in North Carolina Thursday, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan tried to pin the blame for the budget sequester squarely on the shoulders of President Obama, despite the fact that Ryan himself voted in favor of the sequester.

      The bill triggers automatic spending cuts to a variety of government programs including military spending if Congress cannot pass a budget by January first. Ryan has tried to distance himself from those military spending cuts, and today claimed that he and other Republicans “disagreed with [the sequester] then, we disagree with it now.”

      In fact, 175 Republicans voted in favor of the sequester, including Ryan.


    • 191 cookemom
      August 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      …..and to think I had turned to People’s Court.

      It appears RAyn said something in an interview about his economic plan, but still no specifics. She has Alice Stewart, Santorum press secretary…Chris Kofins, Democratic strategist and AB Stoddard who was looking for more specifics. I’m liking the Chris guy and I always enjoy a good Tamron push back.

  61. 192 vcprezofan2
    August 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Here’s a reminder for sharing with your contacts, if you are so inclined.

  62. August 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm

  63. August 23, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    The Obama campaign expects Mitt Romney to get a bump in the polls following next week’s Republican convention, but it argues the controversy surrounding Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin has hurt the GOP ticket severely.

    Campaign aides exuded confidence at a background briefing with reporters and maintained President Obama is ahead in the race with Romney.

    “He’s the least popular candidate going into the convention in modern times,” one campaign official said of Romney. “I don’t think anything that happened in the last week has diminished the advantage that we have.”

    The controversy Akin caused has opened up a new line of attack for the president and his surrogates, the Obama campaign said.

    “I think that Hurricane Todd has already borne down on Tampa and the damage has been done,” a senior campaign official said during the briefing Thursday. “It has highlighted what is a completely out of step, out of touch Republican Party when it comes to these issues, and I don’t think they can put that genie back in the bottle even if they take Akin off the ticket.”


    • 195 cookemom
      August 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      I can’t wait to see what the Democrats have in store for their convention only 3 days after the Pubs implode. In ’08 when the Dems went first, PBO’s great acceptance speech was kinda bumped by the Caribou stampede. I hope the Dems have something to wipe whatever comes out of the Pub’s convention right off the tubes. That is, unless Mittiful makes a complete elephant of himself.

      • 196 Cha
        August 23, 2012 at 7:10 pm

        “kinda bumped”… I was really bummed because it seemed the glow of the Dem Convention was taken away immediately. Even on Dem boards..it was all about moosejaw.

        Here’s to being able to enjoy the memory of our Convention a little longer this time, cookemom!

    • 197 susanne
      August 23, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      they expected to get a bump out of ryan, too. clearly, they have no idea what the american people consider important.

  64. 198 edwina3
    August 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Claire McCaskill on the Rasmussen poll:

    Rasmussen poll made me laugh out loud. If anyone believes that, I just turned 29. Sneaky stuff. bit.ly/SscVZf

  65. 199 vcprezofan2
    August 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    The GOP only remember voters during election time and even then they are arrogant. Once they get in power they couldn’t care less about the average Joe, plumber or otherwise. GOP tout their patriotism at the drop of a hat but their actions show repeatedly that they really don’t even care about the country, or about its veterans.

  66. 203 dotster3
    August 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Tamron is airing a preview of Harry Reasoner’s report on Mormonism which will be at Rock Center. First question of Mormon, “Why are Mormons so good at business?” She and Harry are just blubbering about how great Mormonism is, they look like they’re in awe. Said that 2 yr. required mission all serve makes them serious, dedicated adults. Now talking about this miraculous thing all Mormons do, fast one day a month and donate money that would have been spent on food to a “safety net” for good deeds to people in need. Looks like another media Willard boost—-a rescue operation— to me.

  67. 205 jacquelineoboomer
    August 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    At least the dorks (other than Crystal Ball) on The Cycle are admitting Bill Clinton’s being a bit self-indulgent in his new pro-Obama ad. It’s okay with me, at this point, because he has definitely committed to re-electing our guy. Heck, W won’t even come off the elevator to promote the RWNJ running on their side.

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