Rise and Shine

Yet another TOD post reblogged by Jueseppi B, despite repeated requests that he make his own effort to support PBO rather than copying others’ work just to drive up his reblog’s traffic. But he doesn’t take kindly to being challenged, especially by women, eg explicit. Genuine bloggers are welcome to use anything they ever see at TOD. Thanks! PS Edited reblogs will be reported to WP


10:0 The President makes a statement on Tropical Storm Issac

10:30: President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

10:45: Departs Joint Base Andrews

1:05: Arrives in Des Moines, Iowa

2:05: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Iowa State University

4:40: Departs Des Moines en route Fort Collins, Colorado

7:20 Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Colorado State University

The President will remain overnight in Colorado




TPM: Platform Could Be Messaging Minefield For GOP ….this year’s platform features a plethora of politically perilous planks touching on social issues that the Romney campaign hopes to downplay in favor of the economy.

…. The most notable move is the Republican platform committee’s decision to include a ban on abortion that doesn’t outline exceptions for rape, incest or a threat to the life of the mother….

…. It also includes combative language regarding gay rights ….

…. the section on Medicare could be problematic as well. Romney has deliberately released few details about his own plan and is deliberately trying to muddy the debate over Ryan’s plan to privatize Medicare by misleadingly accusing Obama of cutting the program’s benefits instead. The platform bluntly calls for transforming Medicare into a voucher system, explaining in detail how proposals Romney and Ryan have championed would replace the popular entitlement with an entirely different program.

Full post here



Eugene Robinson: Who knew? In the hall-of-mirrors parallel universe where the Republican National Convention is taking place, the GOP stands tall and proud as the party of Medicare.

…. At a breakfast hosted by Bloomberg News on Monday morning, Mitt Romney’s campaign brain trust claimed to welcome a fight with President Obama over the future of Medicare. I say “claimed” because the Romney team surely recognizes that putting Rep. Paul Ryan on the ticket means not being able to run away from Ryan’s plan – endorsed by House Republicans – to transform Medicare into a voucher program.

This radical change would, as Democrats claim, “end Medicare as we know it”…..

…. Remember, this is a parallel universe. We’re supposed to forget that Obamacare preserves Medicare as a guarantee – a promise that all Americans will have health care in their golden years – while the Romney-Ryan plan would subject seniors to the vagaries of the private insurance market and potentially cost them an extra $6,400 a year.

…. Republicans may tell themselves that the GOP is the party of Medicare. But I doubt seniors will be convinced.

Full article here


Chicago Tribune


Paul Krugman: Voucherizing Medicare – So there it is: the draft Republican platform says of Medicare and Medicaid:

The first step is to move the two programs away from their current unsustainable defined-benefit entitlement model to a fiscally sound defined-contribution model.

That means that instead of Medicare as we know it, which pays your medical bills, you’d get a lump sum which you can apply to private insurance — they’ll yell when we call it a voucher, but that’s what it is.

No doubt I and others will have much more to say about this, but let’s just ask the question: why is this “fiscally sound”?

…. instead of making choices, we’ll let people die because of inadequate assets. Fiscal responsibility!

Full post here


TPM: Readers of the Tampa Tribune woke up Tuesday morning to a full-page ad casting the stars of the Republican convention here as peas in a pod with the establishment GOP’s biggest pariah of the moment.

In a full-page newspaper ad, the DNC ties Romney to his running mate’s stronger anti-abortion views, as well as his own support for something resembling a so-called “personhood” law, which critics say would ban abortion in all circumstances, and could even make some forms of contraception illegal.

More here


Morning everyone 😉

185 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    August 28, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Happy Tuesday Wishes to all TODobots, including the silent ones! Special greeting to those in the storm’s path, hope all is well with you and your family! Big Tuesday Morning hug for you, Ms Chips {Ms C}!

  2. 9 taiping1
    August 28, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Good morning!

  3. 10 Proud Former White House Intern
    August 28, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Good Morning everyone

  4. August 28, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Good morning everyone. Fired up and ready to go.

  5. 12 taiping1
    August 28, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Chips, you have been a dynamo! Thanks for your tireless efforts. The stakes could not be higher.

  6. 14 ChristiMTL
    August 28, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Morning everyone,

    The President will make a statement at 10 am on Isaac.

  7. August 28, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Good morning TOD family. I cannot wait to see our President. You are #1 VC as always.

    • 16 vcprezofan2
      August 28, 2012 at 9:25 am

      GM, SD, and TY! Living in this political time, on the cusp of a new political era, with a leader who knows what he’s about…. IS AWESOME and very uplifting! Yes, I too can’t wait to see Pres O. What’s it been, two whole days? Or is it three? I try not to keep too close a tab when he’s out of (Chip’s) sight so I won’t get depressed. 😉 😉

      psst. What do you want to bet his (body) ‘doctors’ here in TODville will be able to tell us if he looks thinner, rested, grayer, spiffy, happier, is wearing a new shirt, tie or whatever as soon as he steps to the podium? Lord we’re obsessed! Enjoy your day! 😆 😆

  8. 18 dotster3
    August 28, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Letterman on Ann and Mitt Romney Lies (or Mitch Romney as Letterman “affectionately” calls him). Watch. Funny.


  9. 22 Ladyhawke
    August 28, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Debt clock serves as a memory test

    By Steve Benen


    Reality is clearly fighting a losing battle, but when it comes to the debt clock, the political world should at least try to avoid collective amnesia.

    Towards the end of President Clinton’s second term, debt clocks that had been established in various U.S. locations had to be shut down — the deficit had been eliminated and the clocks had never been set to run backwards.

    They started back up again during the Bush/Cheney era. Republicans took a massive surplus and turned it into an even more massive deficit, adding the costs of two wars, two tax cuts, Medicare expansion, and a Wall Street bailout to the national charge card.
    The RNC wants to talk about the “unprecedented fiscal recklessness of the Obama administration”? Seriously?
    But even putting all of that aside, the most important takeaway is that while the deficits have remained large under Obama, it’s not Obama’s policies that are responsible. Remember this chart?



  10. 23 desertflower
    August 28, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Here’s the GOP Platform they thought they took down fast enough! Reposted from late last night:

    Look here! The GOP Party Platform:) http://images.politico.com/global/2012/08/preview_of_reforming_government_to_serve_the_people_-_gop.html

    I guess they pulled this down….not quick enough:) h/t to Blog for Arizona and the terrific guys there!

    As Republican delegates prepare to approve the party’s 2012 platform on Tuesday, a new national poll shows that Americans are more interested in what’s in that document than they are in Mitt Romney’s and Paul Ryan’s acceptance speeches. Tuned-out nation more interested in GOP platform than Romney speech – LA Times:

    [T]he document has not been made public. Earlier Monday, in an indication that party platforms may do more harm than good, Republican House Speaker John Boehner suggested that the GOP issue a one-page platform.

    Too late. The Republican National Committee quickly pulled down a draft copy of its 2012 platform Friday afternoon after Politico discovered it hidden on the committee’s web site. The RNC has kept the document tightly held, refusing to share earlier drafts with reporters. An apparent staff error led to its posting. The RNC would not confirm to Politico that what was posted Friday is the final platform language, but it matches amendments approved earlier this week by the platform committee.

    Think Progress did an analysis of the GOP platform based upon the platform committee deliberations from last week. GOP Approves ‘Most Conservative Platform In Modern History’:

    Republican committee members spent Tuesday articulating and affirming the principles they stand for in a draft of the official party platform. Led by Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) and featuring other Tea Party stars like Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), the committee approved a draft of the platform McDonnell said “will reflect the heart and soul of the Republican Party”and one committee member called “the most conservative platform in modern history.”

    Here are some highlights:

    Continue reading “The GOP Platform that John Boehner does not want the public to see” »

    Here’s the link…..http://www.blogforarizona.com/blog/2012/08/the-gop-platform-that-john-boehner-does-not-want-the-public-to-see.html

  11. 25 desertflower
    August 28, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Morning Briefing: Tropical Storm Isaac Complicates GOP’s Anti-Government Message
    By ThinkProgress on Aug 28, 2012 at 9:00 am

    – By highlighting federal programs like the National Weather Service, or evacuation assistance from Washington, the approach of Tropical Storm Isaac is making it harder for the Republicans to sell the anti-government message they relied on in 2010.

    Optics are really something, aren’t they?

    • 26 isonprize
      August 28, 2012 at 9:30 am

      Yeah, because all those southern state Re-thug governors are going to be asking for FEMA assistance if Isaac does damage. Government?

      We don’t need no stinkin’ government!! I always want to ask Re-thugs who say that why they run for office. If they win, will they take the government salary? retirement benefits?

      • 27 desertflower
        August 28, 2012 at 9:32 am

        I know:) sad isn’t it?

      • 28 nathkatun7
        August 28, 2012 at 1:49 pm

        I asked a Republican candidate running for Congress ,who was going on and on about the evil federal government , why he was running to be part of the federal government. His smug answer: ” I am running for Congress and not for the federal government.” I was left speechless.

        • 29 Puddin'
          August 28, 2012 at 3:56 pm

          Time and time again these people prove that they are not very ‘bright’. I think PBO was surprised to find out what he ws working with. He is not used to dealing with uninformed, stupid, ignorant and just plain silly people… his daughters have more sense 1

    • 31 ChristiMTL
      August 28, 2012 at 9:34 am

      Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget cut billions from disaster relief funding.

      House and Senate Republicans blocked billions in disaster relief and emergency preparedness funding to FEMA in 2011.

      The 2011 House Republican budget cut more than $500 million from storm monitoring agencies.4

    • 32 Ladyhawke
      August 28, 2012 at 10:00 am

      Exactly. They confuse “BIG GOVERNMENT” with “SMART AND EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT”. President Obama and his administration has turned their stupid argument that government is too big and can’t do anything right on it’s head. The very fact that President Obama is making government cool again is freaking them out. All you have to do is look at whitehouse.gov. The last thing they want is for the American people to see the positive impact that smart and efficient government can have on their lives.



      “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

      — Ronald Reagan

      “Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem.”

      — Ronald Reagan


  12. 33 Linda
    August 28, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Did Morning Junk ask Christie about the rising unemployment in his State or the layoffs of the entire police force is the highest crime city, Camden, in the entire country ?

  13. 36 isonprize
    August 28, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Shorter Krugman: Re-thug Medicare = CouponCare

  14. 38 dotster3
    August 28, 2012 at 9:30 am

    “….he just kinda like captures you, and like he invites you in the way he’s able to talk. So I’m just kind of hoping to see that up close and personal.”


    • 39 Debz
      August 28, 2012 at 11:06 am

      When then Senator Obama was at isu in 2007, I remember seeing one of the best photos of him. He was sitting by himself on the steps to some building and several feet away from him was a little boy eating an ice cream cone. The photo was priceless (I wish i knew where it was from). I have often wondered if that child’s family ever saw the photo and if they would have imagined that their child was sitting by the next POTUS.

  15. August 28, 2012 at 9:34 am

    After the Conventions, I have a feeling All Democrats are really going to hammer Home on Medicare.
    Every Day! You watch?

  16. 41 utaustinliberal
    August 28, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Morning TOD. Don’t forget FLOTUS will make a return visit to the Late Show with David Letterman tomorrow (Wednesday August 29th, 2012) at 11:35PM ET/ 10:35PM CT.

  17. August 28, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Gibbs is coming on!

    • 47 ChristiMTL
      August 28, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Matthews told POLITICO that has received an outpouring of support — from his bosses, who he says “agree with substance of what I said,” and from fans in places as disparate as Mozambique and Jamaica.

      “I have never heard — never heard — such a positive response,” Matthews said. “The people I’ve met, globally, the people who have felt this, personally — I’ve never got such a positive response.”

      • August 28, 2012 at 9:59 am

        That’s fantastic ChristiMTL, I’m thrilled he got such great feedback, I just hope this encourages others in the MSM to speak some truth now …. although I won’t hold my breath.

        • 49 ChristiMTL
          August 28, 2012 at 10:03 am

          Mozambique, Jamaica? I was thrilled!….outpouring of support from all over the word…..

          No no Chips, don’t hold your breath lol……

          • August 28, 2012 at 10:13 am

            Tweety reminded me yesterday a little of this – you know, the (now) Irish president going after the tea party radio creep:

            Both were kind of ‘enough is enough’ moments.

          • 51 Smoothscotch
            August 28, 2012 at 10:19 am

            Good morning everyone, …and from Canada, Australia to CM’s show. As for the other so called journalists doing their jobs ?????

      • 52 Ladyhawke
        August 28, 2012 at 10:03 am

        That’s fantastic news. I am thrilled to hear this. Good for Tweety.

      • 53 PoliticalJunkessa
        August 28, 2012 at 10:09 am

        Very nice. Thanks for sharing that here. Good for Tweety.

  18. August 28, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Don’t know if this has been posted but David Brooks goes off on Mitt Romney. Some highlights.

    ** He had a pet rock, which ran away from home because it was starved of affection. He bought a mood ring, but it remained permanently transparent.

    ** Romney also went on a mission to France. He spent two years knocking on doors, failing to win a single convert. This was a feat he would replicate during his 2008 presidential bid.

    ** After his mission, he attended Harvard, studying business, law, classics and philosophy, though intellectually his first love was always tax avoidance.


    That’s going to leave a mark.

    • August 28, 2012 at 9:49 am

      Hiya Derbingle, I saw BWD talking about it on Twitter, did Brooks bang his head or something?? I assumed it was the wrong name on the article!

      • 56 desertflower
        August 28, 2012 at 9:53 am

        Had a “Come to Jesus” moment of clarity?

        • 57 edwina3
          August 28, 2012 at 10:02 am

          This is some hilarious writing, who knew David Brooks was so witty?

          “Romney is also a passionately devoted family man. After streamlining his wife’s pregnancies down to six months each, Mitt helped Ann raise five perfect sons — Bip, Chip, Rip, Skip and Dip — who married identically tanned wives. Some have said that Romney’s lifestyle is overly privileged, pointing to the fact that he has an elevator for his cars in the garage of his San Diego home. This is not entirely fair. Romney owns many homes without garage elevators and the cars have to take the stairs. “

          • 58 PoliticalJunkessa
            August 28, 2012 at 10:51 am

            😆 😆 😆

            Becoming a laughingstock is about the worse thing that can happen to a politician. It’s hard to recover from mockery.

      • 59 Pamela
        August 28, 2012 at 10:40 am

        This will leave me in a state of astonishment all damn day…. He’s on something…..

        • 60 Mary Jones
          August 28, 2012 at 6:10 pm

          I thought maybe it was supposed to show how farfetched the Democratic criticisms of him are? If so I think it misfired, since everyone is reading it as a take-down.

    • 61 PoliticalJunkessa
      August 28, 2012 at 10:10 am

      😆 😆 😆

      Damn, nobody really *likes* this dude. He may get votes, but people really don’t *like* him.

  19. 62 cluny
    August 28, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Yikes! Ann Romney looking kinda creepy with all that heavy eye make up on in the Letterman clip. And we know she tries to imitate the first lady but if her outfit last Friday is any guide she’d best give the sleeveless look a miss – she ain’t got MO’s guns that’s for sure. Good grief – some people need to learn their limitations. So – on a scale of 1 – 10 how much are we dreading hearing all the spinning about Ann’s speech tonight? I ain’t gonna watch. My prediction – they will include an icky video/interaction with the grandchildren as they try to ape the wonderful Sasha/Malia moment from 2008.

  20. August 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

    (Replaced the live streaming video with the actual video of the statement)

    • 76 Pamela
      August 28, 2012 at 10:53 am

      Chipsticks, having some issues opening the statement by PBO, the first one says it won’t play on my server (which seems to be true of imbedded vids), this one says it is Private. Help? Tried to watch on the Telly, but either my timing was off or the networks couldn’t be bothered to interrupt the “convention” to feature the President of the United States….

  21. August 28, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Good morning, TODville!

  22. 79 ChristiMTL
    August 28, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Ann Romney opened up about a miscarriage she had in her 40s in an interview with CBS’s “This Morning” on Tuesday, surprising even her husband with an emotional story about how one of their sons reacted to the family tragedy that he had not heard before.

    I don’t believe one word coming out of their mouths, they’re sick pathological liars.

    • 80 cluny
      August 28, 2012 at 10:10 am

      Oh my God! Why do we need to know this? I mean, I feel very sorry for her (anyone for that matter who has had to deal with serious illness) for the MS and cancer but this is too much. If it’s true it’s too much information – if not well then she should be ashamed for turning herself into a professional victim.

      • 81 99ts
        August 28, 2012 at 10:20 am

        Miscarriage is very common – my Mom had 3 & I didn’t know anything about them until many years later – it is sad – but common and with current medical knowledge many miscarriages of the past can be avoided. I see no reason to mention it in a Presidential campaign – just another “poor me” and “you people” should care about all my troubles. I doubt anyone in either side of politics wanted to hear such a story.

        Hard to believe there are not some advisers around to sort this pair out – they will never be like the middle class, or poorer folks or unemployed and look utterly stupid when they try to get there – Mitt irons his shirts and does the shopping – HAHAHAHA

        • 82 desertflower
          August 28, 2012 at 10:24 am

          Women have them ALL THE TIME! I had 2. Is she special? Some in her party would make sure that even miscarriages are punished as abortion would be. STFU, Ann.

      • 83 Smoothscotch
        August 28, 2012 at 10:32 am

        Mrs Romney is not the 1st person who has had MS or cancer ; fortunately for her she has the funds to access different avenues of treatment without going bankrupt. My Aunt died from MS complications after being bed ridden for 10 yrs. My brother-in-law, has MS since he was in his early 30’s (now close to 50). He carries on relentlessly. Several times he fell as legs just gave out, broken collar bone, lost sight in one eye temporarily, all from this disease. My point of all this rant is, she is not unique, stop trying to trade on it. End rant.

        • 84 57andfemale
          August 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm

          I watch my friend with MS right now fight for every treatment with her insurance company, hoping for the good days when she can work and stressing the days when she can’t. The stress is horrible. I watched a friend in college lose her livelihood as a dancer, watched her body deteriorate, worrying about how she would support herself.

          It is much easier to get well and stay well when you don’t have a worry in the world and have access to every and any treatment. I have no sympathy of Ann Romney because in her entitled universe, the millions who suffer with these diseases and watch their lives implode and worry about the future of their families, these people don’t exist. How dare she. And how dare she think her cold husband is entitled to lead this country.

    • 85 Andy46
      August 28, 2012 at 10:12 am

      Wasn’t that a scene from the ABC show Scandal?

    • 88 Linda
      August 28, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Didn’t some States try to pass laws that a woman must prove her miscarriage was not self inflicted ? I think Tennessee is one of States.

    • 89 ctgirl7
      August 28, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Ann Romney has been watching “Scandal” 🙂 There is a scene where Fitz’s wife invented a miscarriage to explain why they appeared distant. She did this to win him some of the female vote.

      • 90 Andy46
        August 28, 2012 at 10:36 am

        Yup, the character lied because her husband was done in the polls and thought was to gain sympathy
        from women.
        I think they really believe the American people are stupid, what it shows IMO is that it still about them, sympathy for them it still doesn’t make them relatable in my opinion.

        Notice President Obama and the First Lady reference others suffering in interviews(he name names) and speeches a lot…that this is what this race about he always states.

        Maybe I am wrong but have the Romney’s ever reference a letter from someone who is struggling to get medical care because of preexisting condition / A women who can’t even afford to go to Costco to buy a shirt for husband?

      • 91 PoliticalJunkessa
        August 28, 2012 at 10:43 am

        That’s the FIRST THING I thought of when I heard this! I’m not saying that’s what she did, but that scene is the first thing that popped in my head. 😯

        • 92 PoliticalJunkessa
          August 28, 2012 at 10:45 am

          Plus, with her husband’s support of so-called Personhood, admitting a miscarriage is very risky — or at least it would be risky for the “you people.”

        • 93 Andy46
          August 28, 2012 at 11:15 am

          Yup, that scene popped into my head too and even the reaction of Romney reflects male character’s reaction it seems…we the audience also knew this was a political ploy.

          The age reference is not a coincidence either “40” . But it still doesn’t mean women will vote against their
          interest because they feel sympathy for Ms. Romney because unlike Ms. Romney they still have to make hard choices like feed their families or pay that medical bill…did Ms. Romney share how this has made her more sympathetic other women because she knows how fortunate she is?
          The First Lady on the other hand is working to help military families and their spouses…President always says we are doing fine, always stating he wants other to have a fighting chance the same opportunity they had. The Romneys? Me, Me, Me, I, I, I

    • 94 pinkbunny92
      August 28, 2012 at 10:20 am

      I agree – they’re so desperate to try and humanize themselves, I wouldn’t put it past them to lie about it!

      So because she had a miscarriage, we’re supposed to let them become President? WTF? Many women sturggle hardships more than this woman! At least their sons had the money to get IVF and have kids. Many don’t even have that luxury. Yes it’s terrible and of course it must be heart breaking to have a miscarriage, but that doesn’t mean they deserve to become President over it!

    • 95 anniebella
      August 28, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Queen Ann release the tax returns.

      • 96 anniebella
        August 28, 2012 at 10:43 am

        Some one need to ask Queen Ann, sorry to hear about her miscarriage, but what about the woman or young girl who suffer rape or incest and your husband and VP candidate want them to carry the child from that rape or incest?

    • 99 nathkatun7
      August 28, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      I though she was big on their privacy? Or is privacy limited to their taxes and business practices?

  23. 100 ChristiMTL
    August 28, 2012 at 10:10 am

    First item on the #StupidGOP platform: “Preserve and protect traditional marriage”!
    First item on the Democrat platform: “Economy”

  24. August 28, 2012 at 10:10 am

    I chuckle at the idea of the entitled Ann Romney soft selling anything!

    Ann Romney’s soft sell vs. Chris Christie’s hard sell: The Ann Romney and Chris Christie speeches will try to accomplish these two different goals: the soft sell of Romney (which is Ann’s role) and the hard sell (which is Christie’s). In fact, you could argue that those are the dual themes of the entire convention. Ann Romney will attempt to humanize her husband, as well as try to appeal to women. (Romney trails President Obama by 10 points among women in our recent NBC/WSJ poll.) Meanwhile, Christie’s job is to make the hard sell — that the job of a leader is to make the tough decisions, no matter how unpopular they are. On “TODAY” this morning, Christie previewed part of his speech saying that he would use New Jersey “as an illustrative example” to show you can solve problems when you stick to your principles. (That said, one illustrative example Christie probably won’t point to is New Jersey’s 9.8% unemployment rate.)


    • 102 cluny
      August 28, 2012 at 10:14 am

      in other words Chris Christie’s objective is to sell himself for 2016 rather than Mittens.

    • 105 cookemom
      August 28, 2012 at 10:19 am

      “show you can solve problems when you stick to your principles.” Huh? He’s going to say that? It sounds like a dig to me. Everyone knows that Mitt hasn’t done that at all. why will he speak about Jersey? sounds like he’s looking for a 2016 bump.

  25. 106 edwina3
    August 28, 2012 at 10:11 am

    • 107 Nena20409
      August 28, 2012 at 10:17 am

      9.8% or 9.9%….but his poll numbers are in the 50% plus level. Why? I don’t know.

      National the UE level is actually: 8.245%.

      The NY Post yesterday told the story about the fluffy Christie. He didn’t want to be VP for he would have had to give up his gov job and he thought that Romney would be defeated. They are all painted Sepulchers.

      • 108 cookemom
        August 28, 2012 at 10:23 am

        I think Crispy put that out himself. They wouldn’t have picked him anyway. They would have had limited bank contributions because of some kind of law. Since most banks are incorporated in Jersey, the campaign would have taken a big money hit. Crispy is no friend of Mittiful.

  26. August 28, 2012 at 10:16 am

    GoooooooD Mooooooorrrrnnnnniinnng OOOOOOOOs!!!!!! How’s that for a great getting up day greeting for you TODdies! Hubby and kids have always wondered just why I’m such a political junkie. They all are very into PBO, have given and done some volunteer stuff. They don’t sit and watch punditry and talk shows other than if I turn to something happening at the moment. Then they bare with me and make the appropriate sounds so that I’ll leave and they can turn back to what they were watching.

    Well, last night out of the blue hubby asks, “Have you ever watched that woman Rachel Maddow on MSNBC? I was flipping throough channels and caught her show last night, she’s pretty good. I’m going to have to do more for the campaign.”

    I’m like, “Oh yeah, I’ve seen her a time or two” (he didn’t see the eyeroll, or hear the duh!?!) Then I sent him an email with my fundraiser page.

    My political take today is even though the Pubs are not catching a break with the storms both in nature and self-inflicted, we know that GOTV is what will make the difference. We received a call list for Iowa for tomorrow at the local OFA office. Let’s get busy.

    • 110 vcprezofan2
      August 28, 2012 at 11:32 am

      GM, CookeM. Have you raised your ceiling on your fundraiser today? If I remember correctly, when I peeked in yesterday (I like seeing your g/son’s expression 😉 ) you were at the top. Seriously, I peeked at a few others too – I usually check 3 or 4 different ones each time Chips posts the links. Somebody else was at the top but I can’t remember who right now.

  27. 115 Ladyhawke
    August 28, 2012 at 10:17 am

    GOVERNMENT IS GOOD: “A Day in Your Life”


    Though we usually fail to notice it, government programs and policies improve our daily lives in innumerable ways.

    Ask yourself this question: “What has government done for me lately?” If you are like most Americans, you will probably answer: “Not much.” Many people feel like they pay a lot in taxes but don’t really get anything back from government. Surveys show that 52% of Americans believe that “government programs have not really helped me and my family.”1 But let’s see if that is really true. Let’s examine a typical day in the life of an average middle-class American and try to identify some of the ways that government improves that person’s life during that 24-hour period.



  28. 117 Ladyhawke
    August 28, 2012 at 10:21 am


    Introduction: Why We Need to Stand Up for Government


    We need to better understand the indispensable roles that government plays in our society, and we need to come to the defense of this unfairly maligned institution.

    Why do we need to stand up for government? Because for decades, this valuable institution has been unfairly attacked and maligned by right-wing forces in this country. To make matters worse, parts of the mainstream media have eagerly joined in this government bashing. Hardly a day goes by on Fox News without one their conservative commentators gleefully lambasting “wasteful” social programs, “ridiculous” regulations, and the “socialist” politicians who support those “stupid” things.

    Until now, those who have been attacking government have been doing a much better job than the few who have been trying to defend it. For example, Republicans have been waging their anti-government campaign on two fronts. First has been the attack on specific government programs, from welfare and Medicaid to environmental protection and business regulation. Second, and perhaps more important, has been the effort to delegitimize government itself – to convince Americans that government is a bad thing that should be limited whenever possible.



  29. August 28, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Robney is putting Santorum on the Campaign trail to talk about the President gutting welfare.
    Unbelievable! And unless The night MSNBainC crowd brings it up, crickets.
    For example, CNN thinks it must be true, that is the way they report it!

    • 119 cookemom
      August 28, 2012 at 10:30 am

      This is just the beginning of a very looooong September and October. Pace yourself, or you’ll be typing in all caps in no time. This is all very believable and you ain’t seen nothing yet. It’s like listening to Lush Crimpballs and then being outraged at what he said. Turn off the TV, or turn to Bravo. There’s always some senseless and mindless really dumbdownism going on there. Refreshing, none the less.

  30. August 28, 2012 at 10:26 am

  31. 122 ctgirl7
    August 28, 2012 at 10:27 am

    More from First Read:

    *** Second-guessing Romney: But Christie’s “TODAY” interview also revealed why the Romney campaign might not regard the New Jersey governor as its most loyal and reliable surrogate. While Christie knocked down the New York Post article (which alleged that he took himself out of the VP running because he would have to give up being governor and didn’t think Romney would win) by calling it “complete garbage,” he said that Romney probably wished he could take back the crack at Obama’s birth certificate. “If he had to do it over again, he probably wouldn’t make the joke,” he said. And speaking of second-guessing, don’t miss what Karl Rove said yesterday at a breakfast sponsored by Politico. Rove said he was a “little bit mystified” by what he regards as the Romney campaign’s handling of the tax-returns issue, Politico wrote. “Rove said Romney could have pressed Obama for making no issue four years ago about Sen. John McCain releasing just two years of returns, a contradiction that shows Obama’s supposed concern about disclosure this year ‘is all about politics.’ ‘I would have called him earlier and more forcefully than they have.’”


  32. August 28, 2012 at 10:29 am

    MSNBainC I starting coverage of the Republican Convention at 7, lasting till Willies Show, the next morning.
    Holy shit! They really, really like the Republicans?

  33. August 28, 2012 at 10:34 am


  34. August 28, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Good grief:

    When GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited an Ohio coal mine this month to promote jobs in the coal industry, workers who appeared with him at the rally lost pay because their mine was shut down.

    The Pepper Pike company that owns the Century Mine told workers that attending the Aug. 14 Romney event would be both mandatory and unpaid, a top company official said Monday morning in a West Virginia radio interview.


    • 132 ChristiMTL
      August 28, 2012 at 10:38 am


      It’s unbelievable……….

    • 133 PoliticalJunkessa
      August 28, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Amazing. 👿 And a company official was proud enough of this to announce this on the radio??? They’re pathological.

    • 134 cookemom
      August 28, 2012 at 11:10 am

      but I’m betting more of them will vote for Robme than for PBO. Stockholm syndrome. Protect the company store.

      • August 28, 2012 at 11:12 am

        Maybe Cookemom, people have a nasty habit of voting against their own interests. And if Romney wins all regulation will be removed from the industry and workers’ lives will be put at risk again. Amazing.

    • August 28, 2012 at 11:15 am

      This is illegal.

      • August 28, 2012 at 11:17 am

        That’s what I wondered Meta, how on earth can any employer make it ‘mandatory’ for workers to attend a political rally – and deprive them of a day’s work and pay??

      • 138 0388jojothecat
        August 28, 2012 at 11:42 am

        Unbelieveable…..the CEO defended this action by saying it will “save these jobs” and management felt that supporting candidates that are “good” for their business is worth it to “THOSE” employees to lose pay. How can something be MANDATORY and if you don’t have to attend? The radio host kept asking him “why didn’t you give them their days pay since it was not their idea to not work that day”? The CEO finally said, the managers wanted to attend the rally so since the managers wanted to be there, Federal LAW (he kept throwing that word up) required them to shut down if no “management” is there so it was for the workers “safety”.

        You are right, many of these workers WILL vote for Robme who would weaken the regulations so much that their lives would be in danger. I bet after the mine accident shortly after PBO was elected, he enacted more safety regulations that pissed off the mine owners and some workers.l

  35. August 28, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Former White House press secretary and top Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs is leading the campaign’s pushback against Mitt Romney in Tampa.

    The campaign has set up a full-fledged war room a few blocks from the Republican National Convention, and Gibbs is scheduled to conduct the first press conference there Tuesday, along with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

    “They will note that in the private sector Romney didn’t build companies but loaded them with debt to extract profit for his own gain and that in the public sector he simply didn’t build anything as Massachusetts lost pace on job creation and small business startups,” the DNC said in a release.

    Gibbs is one of several campaign spokespeople that will be available at the war room, where the DNC and OFA are offering reporters free food.

    “The DNC/OFA war room, beginning at 9am [Tuesday] morning and continuing Wednesday and Thursday, has continental breakfast available for credentialed reporters.  Juice, coffee, bagels, Danishes, etc.,” a DNC announcement says. “And beginning at 9:00 A.M. and throughout the day reporters are welcome to stop by the war room where DNC and OFA spokespeople are available to answer questions.”

    LOL! Ain’t nobody going to stop by and chat, they need to be forceful to get on tv. LOL!

  36. 141 pugeretto
    August 28, 2012 at 10:47 am

    It’s just hard for me to imagine MSNBC still shows lips of Pain blabbering her “hopey” crap…this is NEWS?

  37. August 28, 2012 at 10:47 am


    • 145 Ladyhawke
      August 28, 2012 at 11:00 am

      And let’s not forget that Craig Romney has done a few campaign ads in Spanish. So there’s another reason Latinos should vote for Mitt Romney. Never mind that President Obama and the Democrats desperately tried to get the DREAM ACT passed but it was BLOCKED BY REPUBLICANS. And by the way, Romney believes in self-deportation and is joined at the hip with Chris Kobach of Arizona papers please fame. Latinos should just overlook all of that because Craig Romney speaks Spanish in campaign ads. This just shows the contempt the Romeny’s have for the voters. It’s insulting.

    • 147 cookemom
      August 28, 2012 at 11:08 am

      Uh oh…this is not gonna end well. Trying too hard and why are we just now hearing about it? They’ve been in public life forever. Women and families who’ve suffered through this devastating ordeal will see it as exploiting a tragedy. Folks who haven’t experienced it, will see it as pandering. This is not what they meant by making him seem more human.

  38. August 28, 2012 at 10:51 am

    LOL! CNN found a future College Republican to interview. LOL!

    Well, it’s off to OFA for a couple of hours, see how we are doing Registration wise. I work extra shifts at the Junior College, signing People up to Vote.


    • 149 cluny
      August 28, 2012 at 11:39 am

      Jovie – you and so many others here from TOD are doing a great job in helping to get PBO re-elected – the world thanks you all.

  39. 150 57andfemale
    August 28, 2012 at 10:52 am

    ‘fiscally sound’ could also apply to raising the cap on those that can afford it and at least have it reflect the percentage of earnings from 30 years ago (let’s be clear: the rich are paying MUCH LESS into Medicare and SS than they were a generation ago. How much did that contribute to Medicare’s problems?)

    There are many ways of being ‘fiscally sound’ that maintain the GUARANTEED BENEFITS that seniors MUST HAVE in order to survive with any dignity. Anything less is a policy that advocates letting them die.

  40. 151 PoliticalJunkessa
    August 28, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Was the President’s 10am Isaac statement televised? Did anybody see it?

  41. August 28, 2012 at 10:58 am

  42. August 28, 2012 at 11:02 am

  43. 163 Ladyhawke
    August 28, 2012 at 11:10 am


    Diversity Roundup: Craig Romney Appeals to Latino Voters

    By Next America Staff


    With the first full day of convention events set to commence, it’s clear that most of the nation’s political news is focused squarely in Tampa, Fla. We bring you the latest news related to diversity and minority issues.

    Craig Romney Appeals to the Latino Vote: Craig Romney Says Mitt Romney’s son, Craig Romney, spoke at a Republican convention event emphasizing the importance of the Latino vote and how his father’s values align with the interests of this key voting bloc, NBC Latino reports. The younger Romney, who has appeared in many of Romney’s Spanish ads, has been at the core of the presidential hopeful’s messaging to Latino voters, having learned Spanish while carrying out missionary work in Chile.
    Even so, just 2 percent of convention delegates are African-American compared to 26 percent of delegates attending the Democratic National Convention. The number of Hispanic delegates is not tracked, though officials suspect the number is slightly higher than for African-Americans.



  44. 164 edwina3
    August 28, 2012 at 11:13 am

  45. August 28, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I’m no fan of AH, but dearie me:

  46. August 28, 2012 at 11:25 am


    The Real Romney
    Published: August 2

    Mitt Romney was born on March 12, 1947, in Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Virginia and several other swing states. He emerged, hair first, believing in America, and especially its national parks. He was given the name Mitt, after the Roman god of mutual funds, and launched into the world with the lofty expectation that he would someday become the Arrow shirt man.


    • 178 cluny
      August 28, 2012 at 11:43 am

      I think he was trying to make fun of the way libs speak about/ridicule Romney but actually his stupid idea backfired and comes across as HIS contempt for Mittens.

      • 179 Nena20409
        August 28, 2012 at 11:57 am

        Cluny, we both think alike. That was my sentiment exactly. Brooks was trying to be funny…..but he ended up making a real mockery of Willard Mitterrand Romney. That was a beauty.

  47. 180 FiredUpInCA
    August 28, 2012 at 11:34 am

    “WASHINGTON (AP) — As tropical storm Isaac bears down on the Gulf Coast, there should be plenty of money — some $1.5 billion — in federal disaster aid coffers, thanks, in part, to a new system that budgets help for victims of hurricanes, tornadoes and floods before they occur.

    It’s a system that Paul Ryan, the Republican nominee-to-be for vice president, had hoped to scrap as a way to make his House GOP budget look smaller by about $10 billion a year.”


  48. August 28, 2012 at 11:49 am

  49. 182 proudmemberofglobalzero
    August 28, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Good late morning all. After Iaasac hit Delray Beach I lost power. We had sustained winds of 50mpr. We had massive flooding but according to TWC it was all in the Keys. I spoke with Gosal and she never lost power. We just got ours back on. It is hot, humid, and total wind deprived in my area now. I have been out of the loop since Sunday. What did i miss?

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