More This and That



CNN: A new survey indicates President Barack Obama moved up four points following the Democratic National Convention last week, and now has a six point advantage over his Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

According to a CNN/ORC International Poll released Monday, 52% of likely voters nationwide back the president, compared to 46% for Romney. Just before the convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, Obama was tied with Romney 48%-48%.

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Steve Benen


CNN: Manufacturing jobs boom is for real

President Obama last week promised a boom in manufacturing and 1 million new jobs if he is reelected.

But is the boom for real? For high-paying, skilled manufacturing jobs, it just might be.

The number of job openings for skilled factory workers has increased 38% since 2005, according to numbers from the Conference Board that measure labor demand across industries.

More strikingly, the sharpest increase in postings for skilled workers – 152% – has occurred in the last three or so years.

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Steve Benen: “Obamacare” is working: “The share of young adults without health insurance fell by one-sixth in 2011 from the previous year, the largest annual decline for any age group since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began collecting the data in 1997.” (See NYT)



WSJ: The Planned Parenthood Action Fund is making one of the largest ad buys in its history, buying $3.2 million TV time in the battleground states of Virginia andย  Ohio, saying Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is bad for womenโ€™s health.

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Tuesday: To mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the President, the First Lady and White House staff will gather on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday morning to observe a moment of silence. Later that morning, they will travel to the Pentagon Memorial. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and visit with wounded warriors who are being treated at the hospital and their families

Wednesday: The President will travel to Las Vegas and Denver for campaign events. He will remain overnight in Denver

Thursday: The President will travel to Arvada, Colorado. He will return to the White House in the evening

Friday: The President and First Lady will welcome the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams to the White House

161 Responses to “More This and That”

  1. 1 Proud Former White House Intern
    September 10, 2012 at 5:55 pm


  2. 5 Pamela
    September 10, 2012 at 5:56 pm


  3. 8 Dudette
    September 10, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    What women want: The key 2012 issues

    Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Melody Barnes and Jennifer Granholmn — SHEROES!!!

  4. 9 PoliticalJunkessa
    September 10, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Never a doubt! #FORWARD

  5. September 10, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Thank you Chips!!


  6. 14 Dudette
    September 10, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    From Reuters TV – One delegate’s voting rights crusade

  7. 15 PoliticalJunkessa
    September 10, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    When President Obama (and by extenstion, all of us as Americans) wins on November 6th, I hope to God all the detractors, media whores, emoprogs, and firebaggers GIVE THIS MAN HIS PROPS for enduring the shitstorm he has had to endure for the last 4 years. I don’t know many men or women who could have lasted this long. Not only did he merely last, but he has continued to lead, inspire, to motivate, to achieve, to work on our behalf, to give, to be strong, to laugh, to adore his wife, to love his daughters, to read our letters, to guard our country, to represent us well to the world, to EXCEL ON EVERY LEVEL! They’ve thrown it all at him, yet he continues to overcome. WE continue to overcome!

    They better give this man his props!

    • 16 theo67
      September 10, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      i wholeheartedly agree with you, PJ. My little sister has completely disengaged from the everyday details of the campaign because of the media. She’s going to subscribe for Nov 6, so she can watch the media eat their words as President Obama accepts Romney’s concession. I can’t wait. President Obama has continued to be who he is – regardless of the chaos swirling around him. He has a lot to be proud of – and those of us who can see it are proud of him for being able to rise above it all.

      • 17 PoliticalJunkessa
        September 10, 2012 at 9:03 pm

        Theo, I can so relate to your sister tuning out the media. I select a few media outlets and tune out the rest in order to keep my sanity. And I agree, I’m proud of PBO and his resolve. We’re gonna keep on moving forward.

    • 18 nathkatun7
      September 10, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Bravo, PJ, for saying so well every thing I feel and honor about President Obama. I’ve been around for some time. I’ve never seen a president who has been so disrespected as President Obama has been. And not just from fringe elements, but also from members of Congress, and from members of the Press. Yet, the President never stooped to their level. Instead, he continually demonstrated graceful leadership and determination to serve the American people, irrespective of their political ideology.

      It’s really so gratifying for me to witness the respect President Obama receives from people in Ireland, the U.K., France, Australia, Ghana, India, Brazil, Korea, China, Russia, Japan, Indonesia and Turkey, just to name a few foreign countries he has visited. That is why I am puzzled by the vicious hatred of President Obama by the right, the left, and the so called mainstream media. President Obama has greatly improved the image of the United States world-wide. He has kept the nation safe from terrorist attacks. He saved the country from plunging into a deep economic depression. He saved an iconic American industry- the auto industry. He is bringing manufacturing jobs that had been outsourced back to America. He is leading America to energy independence by emphasizing alternative home grown energy sources such as wind, solar, bio-mass, etc.. He has advanced the Civil Rights of all Americans by ending DADT and and opposing the DOMA. And, He has been diligent in taking care of active men and women in uniform and their families, as well all the veterans who sacrificed so much on behalf of our country. As David Letterman said: “What more do we want from this man?”

      • 19 PoliticalJunkessa
        September 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm

        >>>> As David Letterman said: โ€œWhat more do we want from this man?โ€<<<<

        Indeed, nathkatun. Indeed!

    • 23 jackiegrumbacher
      September 10, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      PJ, all along the haters, whores and detractors expected him to give up and thought that if they could push hard enough he would break. We heard that frequently in the last year from the right–the doubt that he would even run, the hope that he would give in. Well, as in everything that has ever happened in this president’s life, his enemies and critics underestimated him. He does not give up and in fact draws incredible energy from the most difficult situations. When he said to audiences last winter that if they had an ounce of energy to help him win re-election, he had a ton of it. He’s shown time and again that he’s tireless, relentless and will push back harder than ever when the chips are down. These guys have never understood who they’re dealing with. And I hope that comes to bite them very hard in the posterior.

      • 24 PoliticalJunkessa
        September 10, 2012 at 10:06 pm

        Amen, Jackie! How many “Waterloos” have they thrown at him and that he has survived? Such petty, hateful, spiteful little people. I’m so proud of PBO for keeping his head up and taking the high road.

  8. 25 vcprezofan2
    September 10, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Chips, why do you keep forgetting ‘The Other’? No doubt he/she/it is beginning to feel slighted – THIS, THAT and THE OTHER. O-kay? I haven’t seen you all day. Did you miss my noise? /careful how you answer there/ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. 34 Dudette
    September 10, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Mrs. Obama continues to stimulate the fashion industry!!!

  10. 36 kathryn kivett
    September 10, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    What a beautiful post……he endures because he can feel the love that is sent his way….I truly believe that love is an energy that can be transported through time and space unlike hate which is an energy that just festers within and finally destroys it’s inhabitant.

    • 37 kathryn kivett
      September 10, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      That would be to Politicaljunkessa….am going to quit posting while taking cold medicine

    • 39 Pamela
      September 10, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      Fully agree, Kathryn,, I believe that is why he is still gaining momentum as well! He knows we love him! And the result of that love is kindness spreading in all directions! Living proof that a genuinely compassionate leader inspires compassion in the group consciousness!

  11. 40 squarepeg
    September 10, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    • 41 nathkatun7
      September 10, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      Absolutely abominable! And the people threatening the Chief Justice are the same ones who claim to be devout Christians who love freedom, democracy, and the Constitution! I hope the majority of Americans will wake up during the 2012 election and vote against these evil people who intend to destroy the country if the don’t get their way.

    • 42 0388jojothecat
      September 10, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      What a bunch of crazies who are now benefiting from healthcare. If anything happens to CJ Roberts, Obama gets to put a liberal on the bench……they better try and kept him safe.

  12. September 10, 2012 at 6:24 pm

  13. September 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    September 10, 2012 at 6:38 pm


  15. 50 hopefruit2
    September 10, 2012 at 6:41 pm


  16. September 10, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    #BainMitt crossed the final line today … he needs to be condemned by everyone for this …

  17. 59 susanne
    September 10, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    from sam wang and act blue:

    ‘ As I have described at the Princeton Election Consortium, the closest races are where your donations are most effective. Among the Presidency and both houses of Congress, the closest question is who will control the Senate. In all likelihood, the races listed here will determine that outcome. At present I recommend the first six candidates on the list below. They are running close races, so your donation will have a lot of leverage. ‘


  18. 64 utaustinliberal
    September 10, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    We’ve got fantastic news guys.

  19. 65 utaustinliberal
    September 10, 2012 at 7:04 pm

  20. 66 utaustinliberal
    September 10, 2012 at 7:06 pm

  21. 67 utaustinliberal
    September 10, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    • 68 hopefruit2
      September 10, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks UT! This is indeed fantastic news ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 69 pugeretto
      September 10, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      Yes, great tweets there UT…

    • 70 nathkatun7
      September 10, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks UT! You really do a wonderful job keeping us informed. The CNN poll is very encouraging, but we must not allow it to make us complacent. We must continue to work very, very, hard to ensure that on Nov.6 President Obama is re-elected. Victory is not going to be as easy as some people think.

  22. 72 hopefruit2
    September 10, 2012 at 7:09 pm


    Arizonaโ€™s Birtherpalooza Canceled Over Low Ticket Sales

    // Not even the promise of crooner Pat Boone singing oldies from a spinning stage could save what was intended to be the premier birther event of the year later this month in Arizona. Organizers of the gala, which would have featured Boone alongside Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and some of the nationโ€™s other prominent conspiracy theorists, broke the news online Friday that it was canceled โ€œdue to inadequate ticket sales.โ€

    The Sept. 22 event was meant to bring together people from throughout the nation who believe Barack Obamaโ€™s birth certificate is fake and therefore he is ineligible to be president. Organizers planned to use it to call on Congress to take up Arpaioโ€™s yearlong investigation into the documents. The announcement was disappointing to the few people who did plan to attend, as evidenced by a handful of web postings about the cancellation. It didnโ€™t take long for true believers to spin elaborate conspiracy theories about why the event was called off. //


    • 73 pugeretto
      September 10, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      I cannot stand Pat Boone, so this is GREAT NEWS…karma, oh karma! Those people are total racist fools, & this country is tooo good for them. #FORWARD & leave all the trash behind in their gutter of their own making – ha! Tks for putting that bit in hopefruit

      • 74 susanne
        September 11, 2012 at 1:38 am

        pat boone is still alive??? i remember him singing ‘bernadine’ when i was in elementary school. gosh, you’d think he’d really boost the rethugs! bwaaahahahaaaa!!

  23. September 10, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Probably the most sensible advice of the night, no matter how much I want to slug champagne after these polls:

    • September 10, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      As I tweeted earlier:

      • September 10, 2012 at 7:18 pm

        Ah, great tweet LL! As a stupidly obsessive poll watcher I know the numbers can change with the breeze, so I’m trying not to get too excited. The best thing, though, about the post-convention polls is how they’ve fired every one up – even more – and given everyone a huge lift. Priceless.

        • September 10, 2012 at 7:25 pm

          That’s the thing. These great numbers aren’t making anyone complacent, but instead firing us up to CRUSH Romney and the GOP. Nothing less than a total demolition of the Right will do. There were 25 very amped people at my phone bank yesterday, and we’re going all out.

          • September 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm

            Great to hear LL, so encouraging. The GOP’s desperation is a sight to behold, eg:

            Romney: If I become president of the United States, I will not take God out of my heart, I will not take God out of the public square and I will not take it out of the platform of my party.


            Even uglier days ahead, I’m sure, cornered rats are vicious things. But hopefully this kind of stuff will see them well and truly destroyed in November – and beyond.

            • September 10, 2012 at 7:34 pm

              When I get the email with the figures for the phone bank, I’ll post it here. From what I was seeing, we were getting a lot of Strong Obama calls.

              (Of course, “a lot” is a relative term in phone banking, where getting 15% of people to even pick up the phone is stellar.)

              • 82 AnitaW
                September 10, 2012 at 7:58 pm

                We got 94 Strong Obama of 899 calls made during my phone bank yesterday. We were calling Colorado from California. And like you, I’m surprised we got so many to answer the phone. Interesting enough, the angry folks who would first refuse, then say they were Ron Paul supporters. They did not say they were “strong Republican”. We actually got more Ron Paul voters than we did “strong Republican”. If I had to guess I would say these folks are staying home in November.

            • 83 theo67
              September 10, 2012 at 7:45 pm

              Is this an invitation for all atheists, etc. to renounce their citizenship, then? And which God will be acceptable to the GOP? All versions, any, select few, one? These people need a basic civics class.

            • 86 57andfemale
              September 10, 2012 at 8:05 pm

              Exactly what RWNJ does Romney think he doesn’t have, that he stoops to this? We’re supposed to leave his cult — I mean religion– alone but he can spew this garbage.

              Are their internal polls that bad on the base?

          • 88 Betsy
            September 10, 2012 at 7:56 pm

            I agree with you LL. it is VERY important that we CRUSH the Repugs in the House and Senate!!!

          • 89 57andfemale
            September 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm

            No, we’re not going to get complacent. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy this moment!

        • 90 hopefruit2
          September 10, 2012 at 7:27 pm

          That’s right Chips – we won’t get too complacent! In fact, we’re just more FIRED UP to knock on more doors, make more phone calls, send more donations, post more tweets, correct more MSM lies….

          Nope, we’re not about to stop…we’re JUST GETTING STARTED ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • September 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      Yep, and …


  24. 95 utaustinliberal
    September 10, 2012 at 7:12 pm

  25. 96 utaustinliberal
    September 10, 2012 at 7:14 pm

  26. 97 utaustinliberal
    September 10, 2012 at 7:17 pm

  27. 98 utaustinliberal
    September 10, 2012 at 7:20 pm

  28. 101 cookemom
    September 10, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Sound familiar? This is a speech by FDR during his reelection campaign in 1936. ” … We will do all of them, we will do more of them, we will do them better, and most …”

    Sorry can’t embed, just click the link:

  29. 103 hopefruit2
    September 10, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Chuck Todd was twisting himself in a pretzel with the most ridiculous (and verifiably false) explanation for PBO’s convention bounce and Romney’s lack of a bounce. What a dolt!

  30. 111 utaustinliberal
    September 10, 2012 at 7:25 pm

  31. 112 utaustinliberal
    September 10, 2012 at 7:28 pm

  32. September 10, 2012 at 7:31 pm

  33. 120 utaustinliberal
    September 10, 2012 at 7:32 pm

  34. 121 cookemom
    September 10, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I found the DNC’s latest ad tying Mitt to Steve King, the most extreme teabutt on immigration and rape.

  35. 122 utaustinliberal
    September 10, 2012 at 7:35 pm

  36. September 10, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    The House is having a hearing on the Presidents GREEN programs, calling it an acting to the economy.

    You know, I think they just do things to piss us off, line a scorned teenager!

  37. 124 utaustinliberal
    September 10, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    • 125 theo67
      September 10, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      You are an absolute star for tweeting all this, UT. You make it so easy! I mostly just retweeted the likely voter numbers. What seems interesting to me is that the registered and the likely voters seem awfully close – I wonder if that means that most registered voters are actually planning to turn out? Thank you for doing this!

  38. September 10, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Expect Executive order on Cyber security, early next month…

  39. 127 auntsis522
    September 10, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    GE O’S. Guess what? I have tickets to see President Clinton tomorrow evening. He is having a rally at Florida International University. I have never seen him in person. Kind of looking forward to it. I hope he does well like he did at the convention. YEAH!!!

    • September 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      Wooooooot, fantastic auntsis522! Have a great time!

    • 129 Dudette
      September 10, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      Alright!! What a nice “get”! Enjoy it!

      • 130 Carolyn
        September 10, 2012 at 8:46 pm

        I shook hands with Bill Clinton here in OKC in 1996 at a rally. He looked me right in the eye while he shook my hand. He has boundless charisma. Hillary was there too, and I got close to her, but didn’t get to shake her hand. They are a powerful couple. Wwe saw the President in 2007 when he was just beginning his run. He was powerful then too.

  40. 131 anniebella
    September 10, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Ann Romney convention dress cost over $1900.00 dollars.

    • 132 Dudette
      September 10, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      And it was made by that asshole Oscar de la Renta who badmouthed FLOTUS, because she wasn’t following “tradition” and wearing his crap (dumb way to earn a new client). To this day FLOTUS still hasn’t worn him. Good for her!

    • 134 theo67
      September 10, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      She can afford it. The real scandal is that the money she spends was made on the backs of ordinary Americans – by taking their pensions, their livelihoods, etc.

    • 135 Cman
      September 10, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      Who cares? It was a waste. Expensiveness does not mean exquisiteness. Michelle’s dress was exquisite

    • 136 Carolyn
      September 10, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      Well……it wasn’t worth it!

  41. 137 utaustinliberal
    September 10, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Hey TOD. What I observed from this new very detailed CNN poll is that it correlates strongly with the CNN, USA Today and Gallup polls from this same period in 2004. The incumbent (George W. Bush) was leading in all the polls at this point over Kerry and we all know how that election turned out. Pres. Obama is leading in Reuters/Ipsos, Gallup, Politico, CNN, and the swing state polls. He has been leading all summer. No matter how much the media or the Romney camp tries to spin this, these are the facts. The trends are very positive for Pres. Obama and with the latest crap from Romney about making sure the word ‘God’ stays on coins, I have to imagine their internal polls are worse than this and they are panicking.

    • 138 theo67
      September 10, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      The thing is, we can’t know how effective their voter machine rigging and voter suppression efforts will work. It’s critical that everyone gets registered and every one votes.

      • 139 nathkatun7
        September 10, 2012 at 10:20 pm

        Absolutely! This is not the time to relax about registration and GOTV! Besides, in politics, two months are a life time; especially when you have to compete against an opponent who has more money than you. The only polls I will be comfortable with are those that come out the weekend before the Nov.6 election day.

        • 140 theo67
          September 10, 2012 at 10:34 pm

          Yup – Nov 6 is the only poll to watch. Ever since this morning, I’ve been hearing about the Chicago teachers’ strike and how it’s going to impact the presidential election. I don’t understand the issues on this one, but it surprises me that people could have an issue over the strike and decide that they’re going to forfeit their future, knowing that the Republicans want to end the Dept of Education and break up unions. Anything can happen between now and Nov 6 – and the right wingers know that real domestic power doesn’t reside with the President – it resides with Congress and the local offices and governorships. Every single day will count, and every single dollar.

  42. September 10, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    The House will also Vote on getting rid of TSA!

    It’s almost line they want an Attack, an invitation?

  43. 142 utaustinliberal
    September 10, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Even more good news for Pres. Obama.

  44. 144 Dudette
    September 10, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    According to RealClearPolitics (sigh… I know, I know): Claire McCaskill leads Todd Akin by 5.5

  45. September 10, 2012 at 7:50 pm

  46. 148 Dudette
    September 10, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Anybody know who’s running against this dick Kevin McCarthy (R-CA 22)? I think another Democrat needs a donation from me!!

  47. 150 dotster3
    September 10, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I know this was discussed earlier, but I’m still not happy about the whole thing——-somehow, as the right wing has been pushing, and the news media was all too happy to oblige, the Chicago teachers’ strike has somehow morphed into Obama’s fault and Obama’s problem. NBC Chicago’s coverage, with its selected quotes, was helpful in this regard. They showed some teacher saying sarcastically, “Tell Rahm’s big buddy, President Obama, that he needs to do something about this!” This was just after another teacher was quoted saying she never thought she would see the day when a mayor sided against teachers and parents and students. And then they showed Willard deplaning from his “air craft” in Chgo for a fundraiser and of course added his idiotic, insincere, accusatory 2 cents on the strike. Very slanted media coverage. Not good. Hope they can get some kind of settlement soon.

  48. 151 vitaminlover
    September 10, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Harold Ford just said that Our Beloved President will win? I know that he will win but am surprised that Ford said it. Hmmmmmm. Interesting.

  49. 157 Dudette
    September 10, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Paul Ryanโ€™s campaign immediately retracts candidateโ€™s support for medical marijuana

  50. 160 Melanie
    September 10, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Wow they’re boycotting Scott, our pizza POTUS hugger.

  51. 161 kathryn kivett
    September 10, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    It is doing my heart good to see “some” in the media actually getting PO

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