Rise and Shine

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3:30 ET: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event in Charlottesville, Virgina


Washington Examiner: President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will tour seven swing states next week ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Obama will travel to Iowa, Colorado, Ohio and Virginia between Sept. 1 and Sept. 4 as part of his “Road to Charlotte” tour, the president’s campaign announced Tuesday. Among the cities Obama will visit include Des Moines and Sioux City in Iowa,  Boulder, Colo., Toledo and Cleveland in Ohio and Norfolk, Va. Biden will travel separately to York, Pa., Green Bay, Wis., and Detroit between Sept. 2 and Sept. 4.


Boston Globe




NYT Editorial: …. the Republicans’ parade of truth-twisting, distortions and plain falsehoods arrived on the podium of their national convention on Tuesday. Following in the footsteps of Mitt Romney’s campaign, rarely have so many convention speeches been based on such shaky foundations.

…. Conventions are always full of cheap applause lines and over-the-top attacks, but it was startling to hear how many speakers in Tampa considered it acceptable to make points that had no basis in reality.

Gov John Kasich of Ohio, for example, boasted of the booming economy in his state, never mentioning that he and Mr. Romney opposed the auto bailout that has played an outsized role in the state’s recovery. (Apparently Mr. Obama’s destructive economic policies do not apply everywhere.)

…. Considering how Mr. Romney has conducted his campaign so far, most recently his blatantly false advertising accusing Mr. Obama of gutting the work requirement on welfare, it is probably not surprising that the convention he leads would follow a similar path.

Voters looking for a few nuggets of truth would not have found them in Tampa on Tuesday.

Full editorial here


Nick Anderson


Charles Pierce: …. the Republican Party did something remarkable at its convention on Tuesday. It set out on an experiment to see exactly how much unmitigated hogwash the American political system can contain on a single evening. The Republican Party has set out at its 2012 convention in search of the Event Horizon of utter bullshit. It has sought to see precisely how many lies, evasions, elisions, and undigestible chunks of utter gobbledegook the political media can swallow before it finally gags twice and falls over dead, leaving the rest of America suckers all the same. What you didn’t see in primetime, from Arthur Davis to Ted Cruz, and from one 2016 contender to another, was the GOP embarking upon the task of seeing exactly how much nonsense it could produce at top volume before democracy screams and gives up, like Noriega in Panama when they played the metal music at him.

It was something to see, I’ll tell you. An entire evening based on a demonstrable lie…..

Full post here




Harold Meyerson: The Republican ticket may hail from Massachusetts and Wisconsin, but Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan head the most Southernized major U.S. political party since Jefferson Davis’s day. In its hostility toward minorities, exploitation of racism, antipathy toward government and suspicion of science, today’s Republican Party represents the worst traditions of the South’s dankest backwaters.

…. This transformation of the GOP has also been spurred by the Southernization of the economy. The U.S. economy’s dominant sector is no longer the unionized manufacturing of the Northeast and Midwest, whose leaders included such Republican moderates as George Romney, and whose white working-class employees were persuaded by their unions to back Democratic candidates. Instead, the economy is dominated by a mix of the low-wage, nonunion retail and service sectors, and by high finance, which has shown itself fiercely opposed to regulation and taxation, happy to reap and shield its profits abroad at the expense of U.S. workers, and willing to invest plenty in a party that does its bidding.

That party is meeting in Tampa this week. Cut through its self-justifying rhetoric and we’re left with a GOP whose existential credo is, “We’re old, we’re white and we want our country back.” The rest, as the sages say, is commentary.

Full article here




Steve Benen: Nearly three weeks ago, Mitt Romney suggested attack ads rejected by “the various fact-checkers” shouldn’t be on the air. Candidates exposed by the fact-checkers should feel “embarrassed” and pull the falsehoods from the air.

Last week, Romney switched gears. Told that “the various fact-checkers” consider his ridiculous welfare smear to be a blatant lie, the Republican said fact-checkers are fine, so long as they agree with him. If not, they must be biased.

…. just consider what Team Romney is saying: they can lie with impunity and they don’t give a damn who disapproves. So long as it leads to more power in Romney’s hands, anything goes.

…. If Romney wins, make no mistake, it will establish a new precedent, and campaigns will receive an unmistakable lesson — go ahead and lie; you’ll be rewarded for it.

Full post here


Ezra Klein: Republican National Convention: The one graph you need to see before watching


White House: This is a monumental day for the American people, the U.S. auto industry and the Obama Administration’s efforts to make our cars more efficient. Today, DOT and the Environmental Protection Agency are finalizing national standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions for passenger cars and light trucks built in the years 2017 through 2025.

Thanks to their work, the car or light truck you’ll be driving in 2025 will not be your grandfather’s Oldsmobile. The Administration’s combined fuel economy efforts represent the first meaningful update to fuel efficiency standards in decades. By 2025, the average car will achieve a fuel economy performance equivalent to 54.5 miles per gallon, nearly double that of cars on the road today.

More here


Morning everyone 😉

208 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 proudmemberofglobalzero
    August 29, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Prayers with those affected by Issac.

    • 2 Dudette
      August 29, 2012 at 8:16 am

      I add my prayers as well.

      • 3 daisydem
        August 29, 2012 at 9:16 am

        Me too. Am watching Jim Cantore and Al Roker on a street corner in NO, having to hold each other up in order to report; they are being pounded by wind and rain.

    • August 29, 2012 at 8:18 am

      Morning Proud and Dudette – and everyone.

      • 5 Dudette
        August 29, 2012 at 8:22 am

        Good Morning Chips! I love-love-love this poster!

        • August 29, 2012 at 8:28 am

          Morning Dudette! Love that poster too, but I have no idea who created it – I found it on a right-wing nutjob site …. go figure.

          • 7 Dudette
            August 29, 2012 at 9:16 am

            An attempt at iron perhaps? Nah, what am I thinking? They don’t get irony. 🙂

            • August 29, 2012 at 9:18 am

              Dudette, irony is a foreign country to them!

              It was a highly witty post – it featured the poster, then a new version showing PBO with a cigarette in his mouth, accompanied by some ugly slogan I can’t even remember. They’re sooooooo original. 🙄

          • 9 isonprize
            August 29, 2012 at 9:29 am

            Actually, it was a grassroots site that gave away a variety of other posters and templates for free. They just wanted folks to be aware of PBO and donate to the campaign. I remember using them when the campaign had just started with no money, no real goodies to give away. That sign made our local ‘un-official’ neighborhood team operation look great!!!

    • 10 Dudette
      August 29, 2012 at 8:21 am

      Good Morning Proud! Congrats on first!

    • 11 sjterrid
      August 29, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      I just lit a candle at the Grateful site to offer my prayers to those that are affected by Issac. Thanks proud, and what a great way to start the thread. Congratulations for being first.

  2. August 29, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Good morning TOD Family. To those who are impacted by Isaac I hope you are safe.

  3. August 29, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I see the GOP convention is off to a good start, throwing nuts at a black cameraman and chanting down the Puetro Rican delegate who was unable to talk over them, and after a while had to step back and look over at Reince Priebus imploring his help.



    • 15 99ts
      August 29, 2012 at 8:44 am

      Homogenous group in that video – good comment at the end

      “At least half a dozen respected Latino pols are scheduled to talk later on at the convention. I doubt any of them will generate a clip like the one that might be playing wall-to-wall tonight in San Juan and southern Florida.”

      The GOP may get a negative bump from this convention.

    • August 29, 2012 at 8:49 am

      It’s only going to get worse.

    • 17 jackiegrumbacher
      August 29, 2012 at 9:20 am

      Mary l1, thanks for the video. I hope it’s shown repeatedly on Univision and on every Latino cable channel in the country. Latino voters who even consider voting Republican need to know how much contempt that party holds for them. I was ashamed that the vicious racists in the audience call themselves American. Imagine how this will be felt in Puerto Rico and in every country in Latin America. I hope the incident with the CNN reporter goes down in history as the moment a major political party publicly revealed its repellent racist soul for all to see.

      By the way, Reince Preibus is as big a wimp as his contemptible party nominee. Where was his outrage? He looked as if he was
      terrified of the delegates or else secretly agreed with them. I’ve known new substitute teachers who had a firmer hand controlling an unruly class than he showed with the delegates. What a disgrace!!!!!

    • 19 isonprize
      August 29, 2012 at 9:30 am

      Yeah, so. Did Rank Peebus help him? Hmmmmm. I don’t think so.

    • 20 utaustinliberal
      August 29, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      They’re disgusting.

  4. August 29, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Morning everyone. Yes. My thoughts and prayers with those weathering this storm.

    • 24 Dudette
      August 29, 2012 at 8:37 am

      The Great State of Arizona races back to the top of the crazy pile — beating out Florida and Texas by a uterus.

    • 25 desertflower
      August 29, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Why, yes! Yes it is…thank you, Janice K Brewer…for making AZ even MORE of a laughing stock (and a dangerous place to BE a woman)
      Education, of all types, isn’t valued here….

  5. 26 57andFemale
    August 29, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Damn. 4th doesn’t even getme a bronze.

  6. 35 hopefruit2
    August 29, 2012 at 8:34 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, and congratulations proud on #1.

    Thoughs and prayers for all who are in Isaac’s path. Let them be safe. Do you think our President will still campaign in Virginia today?

  7. 37 proudmemberofglobalzero
    August 29, 2012 at 8:38 am

    General Honore is on CNN now. Concerns about Levee breach.

  8. 39 squarepeg
    August 29, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Good morning TODers. To cheer everyone up I wanted to share these pics of an adorable baby otter who was rescued.


    Have a good day.

  9. 42 Dudette
    August 29, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Saw this on Good Morning America — precious!! Makes me wanna sway!

  10. 44 cluny
    August 29, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Good morning all. A very big thank you to all who had the strength to watch the R Convention and report back. I watched two speeches this morning – Miss Ann and Crispy – I felt sick. It’s hard to stomach watching adults stand up and lie their heads off isn’t it. I actually wondered if Ann had been trained by Palin’s coach. There was something similar in the hand gestures I thought and they both left a nasty taste in one’s mouth when they finished. But at least Palin can give a speech. I’ve also noticed that in all the analysis it is women who have been better judges of Ann’s performance. Women understand other women – I don’t think as many women as they think will be fooled. Larry O’donnell is one man wh sees straight through Ann and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.

    • 45 dotster3
      August 29, 2012 at 9:03 am

      I thought she sounded fakey and flat (except for a couple planned jubilant moments which also looked fake) and her struggling young married stories are laughable—–that sad tale about having to sell $60,000 in inherited stock shares to eke by. And I don’t care for anyone who haughtily wags and jabs their finger at me. Except for a few honest appraisals, the great majority of the news media went overboard in praise—-“she stole the show!” etc., and I can’t help but think that is to counteract Michelle Obama’s high popularity numbers—-another chipping away effort—–as has been going on at all facets of the Obama admin., an effort to neutralize or diminish all the good.

      • August 29, 2012 at 9:10 am

        That’s fine. Let her have her moment. It is their convention. And let the thought that in a few weeks all of that will be wiped away by Team Obama and a REAL DEAL convention put a big smile on your face.

      • 47 desertflower
        August 29, 2012 at 9:18 am

        Probably learned at the Jan Brewer School of Fingerwagging.

  11. 48 57andFemale
    August 29, 2012 at 8:48 am

    So Mrs. Greenspan gives Queen Ann’s speech a “9”.

    Peggy Noonan would always say that W. had given the best speech since the Gettysburg Address if he managed to make it up the stairs to the podium and faced the camera.

    Can we expect this same support from our ‘progressive’ pundits next week? Or will they nitpick and dissect in the name of ‘independence’ or will they actually help defeat the biggest threat to America since Pearl Harbor?

    I’m talking to YOU, Rachel Maddow and Tweety.

    • 49 cluny
      August 29, 2012 at 8:53 am

      Mrs Greenspan is a pathetic shill for the 1%. I’m surprised she can still go on TV with a straight face after her husband helped bring down the economy and do untold damage to the lives of milions of innocent people. That’s how you can tell whose a Republican – they don’t seem to have any shame.

      • 50 Linda
        August 29, 2012 at 9:00 am

        I watched To Big to Fail last night….

        Mrs. Greenspan’s husband advised the banks to buy all the homes during the housing crisis and bank meltdown and burn them all to get them off their books.

      • 51 57andFemale
        August 29, 2012 at 9:03 am

        I detest her. she’ll once in a while put on her ‘feminist’ hat. Marrying Alan Greenspan is not exactly fighting for women’s rights. Waiting for the phone to ring from your cocktail party buddies is not journalism.

      • August 29, 2012 at 9:20 am

        Cluny, thanks so much for your accurate comment. I leave similar message in her (Greenspan lady/andrea mitchell) MSNBC vmx and call her out on twitter often. She is discusting.

    • 53 hopefruit2
      August 29, 2012 at 8:54 am

      They will have MUCH higher standards for the DNC speakers and will dissect and nitpick. It seems that all Republicans have to do is not fall flat on their faces and they are given A+ grades. Ezra Klein must be preparing his next “I heart Mitty” column for the WaPo.

      • 54 cluny
        August 29, 2012 at 9:03 am

        Yes, I’m sure. The thing that bugs me about Ezra Klein is his newly adopted persona of ‘policy analyst’ – i.e not gonna call out bad behaviour and just be an overall suck up so that my career can just keep building. His self interest is very apparent. I don’t think he loves Romney – the person he is most interested in is himself. And he’s not as smart as he thinks. I’ve seen him get caught out by real economists at least a couple of times. He is just taking himself very seriously these days and doesn’t want to be pegged as a partisan – less chance of getting interviews if he’s seen as a liberal and hence less career advancement. He’ll be turning into Tom Brokaw in no time. That’s the depressing thing about a lot of these bright liberals – you can see hem getting fat and happy, enjoying the money and all the trappings. it’s sad. Elections have consequence – people like Ezra should know better. I guess when it comes down to it they love being part of the establishment.

  12. 56 amk for obama
    August 29, 2012 at 8:53 am

  13. 60 Ladyhawke
    August 29, 2012 at 8:55 am


    Christie’s celebration of Christie

    By Steve Benen


    Romney’s campaign isn’t about courageous “hard truths”; it’s about hiding the truth and hoping voters don’t notice.

    Indeed, Christie almost seemed to be patting Obama on the back, since it’s the president who had to do take the political risks — rescuing the auto industry, passing health care reform, endorsing marriage equality, implementing the goals of the DREAM Act — leaders sometimes have to choose.

    By the time the speech was done, I still didn’t know why I was supposed to vote for Mitt Romney, why Romney’s agenda had value, or even what Romney would do in office. I now know why Chris Christie loves Chris Christie, and I’m glad he put his bullying persona on hold for the night, but I thought the point of the keynote was to advance Romney’s ambitions, not the governor’s.



    • 61 57andFemale
      August 29, 2012 at 9:05 am

      I learned one important thing: the GI bill is a gift from Republican gods to Republicans. Anyone else who avails themselves of the GI bill is a government freeloader.

  14. 62 hopefruit2
    August 29, 2012 at 8:55 am

  15. 69 amk for obama
    August 29, 2012 at 9:01 am

    The nyt op-ed is a scorcher. Is our msm finally lurning?

    • 72 susanne
      August 29, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      very good read, and some great lines, too:

      ‘ Who built this country? Entrepreneurs, yes. But so did schoolteachers and railway construction workers. Doctors and truckers. Scientists and soldiers. You didn’t build it, Mitt Romney — we all built it. ‘

  16. 73 Ladyhawke
    August 29, 2012 at 9:06 am


    Is Ann Romney the Asset Everyone Assumes?

    By Alec MacGillis


    And this bring us to the other potential limit to the appeal Ann Romney holds for the middle and working class swing voters that the campaign is still trying to win over. She is trying to connect from a position of noblesse oblige. But she and and her husband are strikingly defensive about their noblesse—any questions about Mitt Romney’s outsized riches from Bain are an attack on his hard work and initiative, which sweeps aside the reality of his no-risk start at Bain Capital, and the tax loopholes he and Bain have benefited from, and the collateral damage of all those workers at the Bain investments that didn’t work out, from which he and his colleagues nonetheless profited from. The humility of George Romney, who built his fortune from scratch, has morphed in the next generation into a not-always-suppressed self-satisfaction.

    And the ticket Ann Romney is pitching for shows awful little signs of oblige. Possibly her biggest applause line in the hall was when she declared that Mitt “doesn’t like to talk about how he’s helped others because he sees it as a privilege, not a political talking point,” which led into a mention of Romney’s generous tithing. But the country is not the Romneys’ church; we don’t have access to the huge LDS food warehouse in Utah. Instead, the Romney-Ryan plan makes clear that the the country’s food bank for tough times is going to shrink—literally so, in the case of deep cuts in food stamps—to pay for big tax cuts for the country’s wealthiest, including the Romneys. The country does not need to know that Mitt Romney can be trusted to drive home the pretty girl he’s identified as an excellent candidate for life partner; it needs to know that he gives a damn about the rest of us, including, and especially, those of us who are not on their face such a promising investment opportunity.


    Interesting analysis. Read much more here …..


  17. 75 57andFemale
    August 29, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Wonder what the ratings were for the Lies on Parade spectacle last night.

  18. August 29, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Good morning, TODers. And amk, so glad to see you’re back in fine form!

    I wonder if PBO is foreshadowing John Kerry as Secretary of State.

  19. August 29, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Interesting interpretation of all the woes recently hitting the GOP, as seen by an Iowa State Univ. policital science professor:

  20. 80 57andFemale
    August 29, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Kristoff eviscerated the Repubs. here’s a little tidbit about the ‘small business owner’ that the Repubs chose as their standard bearer:

    “Someone has set up a parody Web site, using the name of Valenzuela’s company, First State Manufacturing, to mock the Republican message. The site, FirstStateManufacturing.com, declares, “Thank God government was there for me.”

  21. 85 amk for obama
    August 29, 2012 at 9:22 am


  22. 89 amk for obama
    August 29, 2012 at 9:25 am

    stupid quayle’s stupider spawn loses the primary. great news of the day.

    • 90 desertflower
      August 29, 2012 at 10:04 am

      It IS, amk!! Happy dance at my house:) I think that’s why I was awake until 3am last night….the other one’s a jerk, too…by the way…but I wanted him gone so badly…I will celebrate this moment.

  23. 92 Ladyhawke
    August 29, 2012 at 9:26 am


    Ann “It’s Our Turn Now” Romney asking the American people to “trust” her when she says we can “trust” her husband Mitt Romney. But the reality is that Mitt Romney’s entire campaign has been based on falsehoods. Lies that have been debunked over and over again. He has shown himself to be an accomplished liar. At no point during this election season has Mitt Romney given anyone a reason to trust or believe anything he says. And having Ann Romney vouch for his trustworthiness rings hollow when in fact the exact opposite is true.

  24. 93 edwina3
    August 29, 2012 at 9:33 am

  25. 96 isonprize
    August 29, 2012 at 9:36 am


  26. 104 Ladyhawke
    August 29, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Fox-Fueled “We Built It” Convention Theme Undermined By Reality



    The Republican convention has adopted the Fox-fueled distortion of President Obama’s remarks on business owners. The conservative media narrative behind the theme has been undermined by independent fact-checkers, public funding for the convention’s host site, and a key convention speaker’s business record with the government.

    Government Spending Has Helped Republican Convention

    GOP Convention Received $18,248,300 From Presidential Election Campaign Fund. According to the Federal Election Commission, Republicans and Democrats received public grants of $18,248,300 each through the Presidential Election Campaign Fund for their 2012 conventions. [Media Matters, 8/22/12]

    GOP Convention Received $50 Million In Federal Money For Security. The host sites have received $50 million each in federal grants for convention security. The Tampa grant money is reportedly being spent on “extra police, technology, vehicles, uniforms and gear.” [Media Matters, 8/22/12]

    City Of Tampa Spent Money On Local Projects Surrounding Convention. The Associated Press reported that in preparation for the Republican convention the “city of Tampa is spending $2.7 million in beautification projects, mostly landscaping around the gateways leading into downtown. New trees, shrubs and flowers are sprouting up everywhere, including Florida’s signature tropical symbol, the palm tree. Even St. Petersburg — located across Tampa Bay — put up a new sign with the city’s name along an interstate.” [Associated Press, 8/10/12; Media Matters, 8/22/12]


    More here…..


  27. 105 Linda
    August 29, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Secretary of State Jon Husted today fired a pair of Democrats from the Montgomery County Board of Elections for their votes to defy his directive on in-person early voting.

    Dennis Lieberman and Thomas Ritchie Sr. had 27 years combined experience on the board, but they ran afoul of Husted more than a week ago when they voted for weekend early voting hours and then refused Husted’s order to go back into session and rescind the motion.


  28. August 29, 2012 at 9:42 am

    The Des Moines Register gave PBO front and center coverage and put the GOP off to the side:

    • 108 99ts
      August 29, 2012 at 9:46 am

      No sign of Miss Ann – she will be cross.

    • 109 Dudette
      August 29, 2012 at 10:56 am


      Not only did they highlight the President’s visit with marquee placement, but the all capped, red bold “More Obama Inside” and “Obama Online” teasers were very nice touches as well! 🙂

  29. August 29, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Stark difference from last nights MSNBainC crowd and the Crew we have this Morning, night and Day(LOL)!
    Last night, the Republicans could not do anything right, according to the Panel, this Morning – they are all superstars. What a strange channel!

  30. 111 57andFemale
    August 29, 2012 at 9:46 am

  31. August 29, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Now, Ryans Wife is speaking. Good grief! They are all Robots. When you were a Kid, did you ever see that Movie Westworld? Me thinks, this is what has happened to the Republicans, they are all Robots.

  32. 119 Proud Former White House Intern
    August 29, 2012 at 9:53 am

    My throat is killing me that is what I get for watching the RNC last night I kept yelling at the T.V.!

  33. 122 amk for obama
    August 29, 2012 at 9:55 am

  34. 126 amk for obama
    August 29, 2012 at 9:56 am

  35. August 29, 2012 at 10:01 am

    You find very strange people in pending here. I have one character trying to comment who felt the need to tell me her daughter is a virgin. Huh? 😕

  36. August 29, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Don’t understand how home sales can be surging and consumer confidence showing a big drop.

  37. 137 edwina3
    August 29, 2012 at 10:03 am

  38. 138 desertflower
    August 29, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Stephanie Cutter was born for her job:) I love her.


    “I mean, the one thing that you didn’t hear last night from any of these speakers, and it will be interesting to see if we hear it tonight, is about the Republican platform,” Cutter said. “They apparently had it in the same vault that they had Mitt Romney’s taxes in.”

    She continued: “The platform we’ll put forward next week will represent where the president is, and where he wants to take the country.”

  39. 142 Ladyhawke
    August 29, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Mitt Doesn’t Care About Your ‘Facts’

    By Jonathan Chait


    But what the Romney campaign is saying here, through its deeds and its breezy dismissal of objections thereto, is not merely that it won’t allow a handful of journalistic scolds to govern it, but that it won’t be constrained by facts at all. And this tells us something important not merely about Romney’s campaign style but how he would govern.

    One disturbing hallmark of the previous Republican presidential administration was the willingness of the president and his allies to rely utterly on the version of truth that circulated within the closed confines of the right-wing subculture. The meta-message of the Bush administration for its critics was: We don’t care what you think. What climate scientists or budget crunchers or intelligence experts said didn’t matter. The Republicans had their own people who assured them that carbon emissions weren’t necessarily warming the planet and tax cuts wouldn’t lead to deficits, and these truths would reverberate on Fox News and other friendly media. In that mental state, a Republican can confidently say or do anything, and — as long as he stays true to conservative dogma — he will be hailed as virtuous and true by the only parties whose standing matters to him.
    The development of his campaign strongly suggests otherwise. Romney and his campaign feel perfectly cozy inside the confines of the right-wing information cocoon, where fealty to party doctrine is the only standard for which they will ever be held accountable.



  40. August 29, 2012 at 10:14 am

    No matter how hard the GOP trie and the media tries to cover for them, this their lies will not stand. It is shameful to see Tom Brokaw and David gregory making excuses for Mitt and the likes of Christie. Great to see the NYT call them. Theis was just total nonsense on display last night.

  41. August 29, 2012 at 10:20 am

    WTH is this?

  42. August 29, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Sorry I’m late weighing in on Miss Ann’s speech. I confess I skipped it last night to watch The Weather Channel – but I did flip over on commercial, with the mute button on, to see the bright red dress. And I heard the sound bite on the morning news about Trust me, you can Trust Mitt. WTF? Since I wanted to know what was blathered, but I refuse to watch Miss Ann – I just read the text of the speech.

    Soooooo…what was the purpose of this speech? I thought Miss Ann was supposed to “humanize” Mitt, show what a warm and loving guy he was? I didn’t see any of that – I guess you had to be there. She just retold the whole history of their life, nothing warm and personal. Where were the stories about how he was with her during those health crises, how he helped out with those “five screaming boys”, how he even supports her horse hobby? No mention of him as a warm human being at all – just PR. I’d have to rate it a failure to achieve its goal.

    And I totally agree with Juan Williams!

  43. 159 desertflower
    August 29, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Going to be fun to listen to all these GOP governors brag about how they saved their states and created jobs w/o stimulus money. Oh, wait…
    — @RalstonFlash via TweetDeck

  44. August 29, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Is FLOTUS on Letterman tonight?

  45. 162 Ladyhawke
    August 29, 2012 at 10:34 am



    Back in January, Newt Gingrich said that somebody who will lie to get to be president will lie when they are president. Newt Gingrich’s candor was refreshing. What was embarrassing was ace reporters Norah O’Donnell and Bob Schieffer being astonished that Newt Gingrich was saying what we all know. Mitt Romney is a liar. Norah and Bob just could not accept the notion that Newt was using the “L” word to describe Mitt Romney. As reporters, “they” should have been focusing on Mitt’s mendacity. This segment shows journalistic malpractice on full display.



    • 163 nathkatun7
      August 29, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      “What was embarrassing was ace reporters Norah O’Donnell and Bob Schieffer being astonished that Newt Gingrich was saying what we all know. Mitt Romney is a liar. Norah and Bob just could not accept the notion that Newt was using the “L” word to describe Mitt Romney. As reporters, “they” should have been focusing on Mitt’s mendacity. This segment shows journalistic malpractice on full display.”

      Ladyhawke, this is why I am so disgusted that Bob Schieffer was selected to be one of the moderator for Presidential debates. He will let Romney get away with lies.

  46. 164 lamh35
    August 29, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Twitter warriors need to light anyone from CNN up. They seem to be purposely ignoring this story of the RNC conventioneers who threw peanuts at CNN camerawoman.

  47. 168 pinkbunny92
    August 29, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I also watched last night with the TV muted. I found the whole GOP Convention disgusting. I tried to listen to Ann ROmney, but 1 minute was about all I could stand with her vapid lies! Then Ezra Klein gushed over her stupid speech, and it was just too much!

    WTH is the deal with that guy?

  48. 171 amk for obama
    August 29, 2012 at 10:46 am

  49. 173 Ladyhawke
    August 29, 2012 at 10:47 am


    Missing an opportunity to define the race

    By Steve Benen


    And in 2012, Mitt Romney has, well, an out-of-context quote he accidentally endorsed and a welfare claim he made up out of whole cloth.

    Putting aside the specific speeches, what I learned watching the convention last night is just how weak the Republican case against President Obama really is. The GOP argument is supposed to be easy — the economy is struggling, the public is dissatisfied with the direction of the country, and according to the president’s critics, Obama has a trail of failures they can point to.

    So why do Republicans feel it’s necessary to cling to garbage, making manufactured nonsense the centerpiece of an entire national campaign? Brian Beutler said something last night that resonated with me: “Imagine if the entire Dem convention was organized around ‘I like being able to fire people.’ Would be … odd.”



  50. 174 Rita
    August 29, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Okay, this post is seriously good: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-womack/ann-romney-republican-convention-speech_b_1838657.html?utm_hp_ref=elections-2012

    “The Romneys ate off of an ironing board. They seem to think that’s what poverty feels like. Well, I went camping once. I’m pretty sure that wasn’t what homelessness feels like. Trying to pass this situation off as anything like the fear and heartbreak experienced every single day by millions of Americans living in genuine poverty is insulting, insensitive and, frankly, deranged.”

  51. 184 Bill R.
    August 29, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Even ABC finds Romney has least favorability rating of any candidate, evan! http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/08/low-favorability-trails-romney-up-to-the-convention-dais/

  52. August 29, 2012 at 11:05 am

  53. August 29, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Mitt is building his whole campaign on lies. They will not stand. Reality trumps those lies. October is not here yet.


  54. August 29, 2012 at 11:32 am

  55. 189 amk for obama
    August 29, 2012 at 11:43 am

    What’s the quickest way to lose 190 pounds of ugly fat?

    Divorce him.


    My husband said he wanted more space.

    So I locked him outside.

  56. August 29, 2012 at 11:49 am


  57. 195 criquet
    August 29, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Voters should ask themselves ,why is it that Mrs Romney has to say you can trust Mitt? Is it that people don’t trust him (and they know why -the lying, what he has done in business etc) so she and the campaign feel it has to be addressed?

    IMO the very fact she is saying it should cause voters to ask why.

  58. 196 criquet
    August 29, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I forgot to say, morning all.

    • 197 susanne
      August 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      morning, criquet. and you’re right–such a big production with all the media attention, just for myth’s wife to remind us that nobody trusts him or likes him. but by golly, she stands by her man.

  59. 198 Ladyhawke
    August 29, 2012 at 11:56 am


    The Morning Plum: Mitt Romney, the hope and change candidate

    By Greg Sargent


    For many Republicans and conservatives, the words “hope and change” conjure up what infuriates them most about Barack Obama’s ascension to the presidency in 2008. For them the phrase captures Obama’s ability to seduce voters into accepting that he is their savior without even a glance at his true beliefs, instincts and intentions toward the country — which, if they’d been unmasked aggressively enough, would have ensured his defeat.

    The first night of the GOP convention made it clear that it’s now Mitt Romney who is running as the “hope and change” candidate — with a crucial twist.

    Romney advisers essentially confirmed this direction to Mark Halperin the other day. As Halperin put it: “Team Romney remains convinced that voters crave a more concrete form of hope and change.” Romney advisers say they will begin casting Romney more aggressively as the race’s “change” agent in the campaign’s final stretch. As one Romney adviser put it: “If you’re voting for change, you’re voting for Mitt Romney.”



  60. 199 Rita
    August 29, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Wow… Matt Taibbi eviscerates Mitt Romney in the latest Rolling Stone article: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/greed-and-debt-the-true-story-of-mitt-romney-and-bain-capital-20120829

    “And this is where we get to the hypocrisy at the heart of Mitt Romney. Everyone knows that he is fantastically rich, having scored great success, the legend goes, as a “turnaround specialist,” a shrewd financial operator who revived moribund companies as a high-priced consultant for a storied Wall Street private equity firm. But what most voters don’t know is the way Mitt Romney actually made his fortune: by borrowing vast sums of money that other people were forced to pay back. This is the plain, stark reality that has somehow eluded America’s top political journalists for two consecutive presidential campaigns: Mitt Romney is one of the greatest and most irresponsible debt creators of all time. In the past few decades, in fact, Romney has piled more debt onto more unsuspecting companies, written more gigantic checks that other people have to cover, than perhaps all but a handful of people on planet Earth.”

  61. 201 amk for obama
    August 29, 2012 at 11:56 am

  62. August 29, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I know I was gone for a little bit but how did I miss this Sea of Galilee mess? SMH at these republicans!

    *** Did that dip in the Sea of Galilee claim its first victim? Arizona held its primaries last night, and David Schweikert (R) defeated Ben Quayle (R) in the state’s member-vs.-member contest.Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire spots this in the Arizona Republic’s write-up of the race. “As ballots rolled in, Quayle campaign volunteer Paul Gorman attributed the loss to fallout from a recent story about Congress members partying in Israel, including one who stripped naked to swim. Quayle was on the trip but said he only took a brief, reverent dip in the Sea of Galilee.” The race was always going to be tough for Quayle, but the timing of the Sea of Galilee story sure didn’t help. In other news out of Arizona, we have our Senate match up — Jeff Flake (R) vs. Richard Carmona (D).


  63. August 29, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Man, not sure what got into me last night. Was planning to have a quiet evening, and then I started to make my new gimlet recipe. Suddenly I became a tweeting fool. Quite fun.

    My first tweet of the day:

  64. 206 edwina3
    August 29, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    ht democratic underground

  65. August 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    The Panel seemed at odds with, and mow we go to Ezra Klein. He was in a different Room and really said nothing. Seemingly, Ezra gave his 2 cents, then a Commercial.
    No discussion…
    I found it, you belong on Fox, type of deal.
    Just saying!

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