This and That – And More On The Enthusiasm Gap


Michael Cohen (The Guardian): Two conventions, two Americas. Seldom has the divide been greater – Witnessing both conferences is to see anger from the Republicans and abiding hope from the Democrats

…. the philosophical and tonal divide between them has never felt broader. Quite simply, Democrats and Republicans operate in two completely distinct realms, one that is defined by an attachment to reality and one that is increasingly detached from it.

…. Republicans reside in a fantasy world where government plays no role but that of malevolence, where the free market is the salvation to all that ails this nation and where the country is locked in a Manichaean struggle between the forces of freedom and a failed, socialist interloper named Barack Obama.

…. For four decades, Republicans have relied on an undercurrent of white resentment toward social and economic change to maintain their pre-eminence in national politics. But with an African-American president and the country moving closer to “minority-majority” status, that dominance is slipping away and it feeds the sense of anger and desperation they tried to keep hidden in Tampa, but that all too often crept to the surface….

…. the contrast between the hues in Charlotte and Tampa was remarkable. The Democratic party is a party that looks like the palette of the American experience, not just in skin colour, but in class level. The Republican party (the one in the Tampa convention hall) is one that looks like Sunday brunch at a country club.

Full article here

Thanks Ladyhawke and amk


President Obama’s introduction at The Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida, Sept 9





AP: Ford is adding 1,200 workers to a suburban Detroit factory to build the Fusion, a sign of confidence that the revamped sedan will be a big seller.

Ford Americas President Mark Fields told workers at the Flat Rock plant Monday that the Fusion’s market segment is growing two times faster than the rest of the U.S. auto industry. The new Fusion goes on sale this fall.

…. Ford will hire the 1,200 new workers starting next spring. It will also invest $555 million in new equipment at the plant.




President Obama demonstrates size of bounce received by Romney after Republican convention:

Florida, Sept. 9


R.E.M.‘s “Losing My Religion” was used in the Fox News coverage of the Democratic National Convention last night. R.E.M. today, through its music publisher, Warner-Tamerlane Music, demanded that Fox News cease and desist from continuing its unlicensed and unauthorized use of the song. Michael Stipe said, “We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage. Our music does not belong there.”




Steve Kornacki (Salon): Barack Obama is winning …and he has been pretty much all year

The final evidence isn’t in yet, but there are strong indicators that Barack Obama received a real boost from the Democratic convention – bigger than the paltry bump Mitt Romney got out of his party’s gathering and potentially big enough to push Obama’s national lead to heights not seen since Romney emerged from the GOP primaries back in the spring.

Gallup’s daily trendline, which remained flat during and immediately after the Republican convention, has spiked in Obama’s favor over the last few days; as of Sunday afternoon, his lead was five points. He’s also pulled a few points ahead in Rasmussen’s daily poll, which has tended to be more Romney-friendly than other surveys, grabbed a four-point lead in a Reuters/Ipsos poll, and seen his job approval rating crack the 50 percent mark. A PPP poll released Sunday night also showed Obama hitting 50 percent in Ohio…..

The movement in Obama’s direction reinforces a point that many neutral campaign observers have been reluctant to make for months now: The presidential race is not, and has not been, a virtual tie – Obama is, and has been, winning.

More here

Thanks BWD

263 Responses to “This and That – And More On The Enthusiasm Gap”

  1. 1 Pamela
    September 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I’m IN!

  2. September 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    So tired of hearing about the Dems “Enthusiasm Gap”… just more #MediaFail

  3. September 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    LOVE REM… “puff adder”

    Thanks for all Chips!

  4. September 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    The contrast is significantly enhanced by the radical vote of #LyinRyan for Bush’s illegal war …

  5. September 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Politico admits GOP Bias, (finally!)

    Andrew Sullivan provides context:

  6. 25 Ladyhawke
    September 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm


    Paul Ryan Falls Apart When Asked How Romney Will Pay for Tax Cuts for the Rich

    By: Jason Easley


    Paul Ryan’s answer on how he and Romney would pay for $5 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthy was trust us. Ryan wants America to take his word for it that this plan really works. Of course he could cite no specific evidence that it works, and he won’t tell voters how it will work, but he knows that it will work.

    However, the evidence can be found in our own recent history to prove that this policy doesn’t work. George W. Bush cut taxes for the wealthy and the jobs never came. President Obama was ransomed into extending the Bush tax cuts and the jobs never came, but even more telling is the fact the Ryan won’t disclosed how they are going to pay for their gift to the wealthy.

    In fact when Paul Ryan was pressed ever so slightly by George Stephanopoulos for specifics, the vice presidential nominee fell apart. Like a snowman on sunny day, Paul Ryan melted down to nothing when a little heat was put on him.


    NOTE: Who was the guy impersonating George S. asking follow-up questions and pressing Lyin Ryan for specifics?


    • 26 jackiegrumbacher
      September 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      I’m trying to remember a VP candidate in recent history who has been less helpful to the candidate than Ryan. Sure Palin turned into a hot mess, but initially she brought excitement to the Papa McCain campaign and she always generated crowds. Cheney was thought (among Republicans) to bring a kind of gravitas to Bush W, even though it was actually just heartlessness, Gore was a smart, stalwart second for Clinton and in many ways a perfect VP. Guess you to have to reach all the way back to Dan Quayle to get a more useless VP choice than Ryan. Quayle was a non-entity, a spelling challenged cipher, but Ryan is an ass who seems actually repellent to anyone not in the Tea Party. He looks less and less presidential as time goes on. Just a junior guy who is way out of his league.

  7. September 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I am still amazed that PBO and Romney are still polling so closely . They should be miles apart, not even in the same planet.
    Anyway I am thrilled to see the fund raising #s for August and how many new people contributed. We will keep working.
    Going to phone-bank again today. Every little bit counts. My tweet for R&R:

    • September 10, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      In reality, they are not polling closely at all, Hope. However, it is to our considerable advantage that the folk manufacturing the ‘close race’ for their economic agenda are doing so. They need the horse race to rake in $$ for ads, etc. But, it also keeps everyone on our Team rigorously focused on voter registration and doing everything we can to help get people to either vote early or, if necessary, even transport them to the polls on 6 Nov.


      • September 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm

        Thanks for the info Bobfr…good to know that they are not as close in the polls as the MSM claim they are. Yes, the silver lining
        to this fake horse race is that it will make us work that much harder and not become complacent.

  8. September 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm

  9. 31 Rita
    September 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Here’s what a reddit user had to say about Mitt Romney’s flip flop:
    “[–]NUMBERS2357 628 points 12 hours ago
    Vote Romney! He’ll repeal Obamacare, the whole thing, but he’ll keep some parts, like preexisting conditions, but actually he won’t, he’ll keep it but not in the law.
    He likes Roe v Wade, but is pro-life, but he won’t pass a law against abortion, but he supports laws against abortion, but not if it’s rape, but only if it’s not secretly not rape. And he’ll nominate pro-life judges, but he won’t ask judges if they’re pro-life before nominating them.
    Also he’ll cut taxes on rich people (sorry, “job creators”) and raise taxes by eliminating loopholes, but not loopholes on “job creators”, but also not loopholes on poor people or the middle class, and not loopholes on corporations (who are people (actually let me clarify, they’re not people (except for purposes of campaign contributions))). He’s not going to get into details because if he did his opponents would just use them to attack him.
    He’s in favor of a strong dollar, so he’ll stop China from manipulating the currency to maintain a strong dollar, which is causing a big debt, which he’ll make smaller by cutting taxes and cutting spending, except on military, Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare which he’ll spend more on. He’s against cutting Medicaire, because that’s what Obama is doing and he’ll repeal Obama cutting Medicare, but he’ll cut Medicare (sorry, “entitlement reform”), but not Obama’s cutting Medicare different cutting Medicare. And the older generation is running up the deficit at the expense of younger people, which he’ll fix by cutting benefits for younger people (it’s not cutting Medicare, it’s just having Medicare give out less money than before). And he’s in favor of the individual mandate, which is why he’ll repeal it once in office. And he didn’t want to bail out GM, because he secretly did want to bail out GM. But three things he’ll NEVER DO are “apologize for America”, let cancer patients smoke weed, and release his tax returns.
    Vote Romney!”


    Could it get more confusing?!?

  10. 37 vitaminlover
    September 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Just a thought–President Obama has a terrific bounce. Well let’s say that he is a basketball and each time it bounces it goes higher and higher and even swooshes through the net. Now Willard is a shot put and no matter how hard it is thrown it never bounces and it also doesn’t go far and it takes a ton of strength to even throw the darn thing. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012 !!!!

  11. 38 amk for obama
    September 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Chips. Credit goes to LadyHawke, who along with df and jovie (well, when she is not freaking out 🙂 ) post the best linkys here. I just steal theirs.

  12. 45 Ladyhawke
    September 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm


    Romney and Mainstream Media Try to Silence Nate Silver’s Obama Victory Projections

    By: Sarah Jones


    Nate Silver is being warned by the press to not conclude anything about the convention bounces until “there is more data.” Somehow Nate Silver managed to respond to these “suggestions” with sanguine calmness, though I found myself wondering when exactly the media thinks is a good time to report on convention bounces. Perhaps in November? To be fair, it seems they are bothered that Silver sees a projectile upward for Obama that grows until Nov 6, but he explains that this is analysis is based on more than the post convention bounce and could, of course, change.
    The mainstream media might note that instead of pouring all of their effort into creating a horse race narrative, they might just take the real narrative of the Republican Clown Show and run with it. It worked for the British press, and it’s a lot easier than suffocating reality. It’s also highly entertaining when you get past the press taking these folks seriously. And just think, if the media stopped trying to force a narrative, the Republican Party might just be forced to grow up and get serious. That would be a real win for America.



    • 46 FiredUpInCA
      September 10, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      I don’t get the media’s hesitance in just reporting on the data that’s coming in.

      This President is the most polled President in American history. Soon Gallup is going replace their 3-day and 7-day average polling with 3-minute and 7-minute average polling, in ordere to record every fluctuation in President Obama’s approval between breaths. Ever since the 2010 midterms, every single fluctuation in the President’s favorability or approval ratings, especially as it compares to the once-in-a-lifetime highs of 2008, has been reported as evidence of doom for the President.

      Yet this week we have multiple polling sources, including the reliably right-leaning Rasumussen poll, telling us that Romney concaved and President Obama is surging. So now all of a sudden we mustn’t get ahead or ourselves, this may be statistical noise, it’s just a ‘sugar high’ to quote the Romney campaign memo.


      What we are witnessing is the epic whupping of Romney’s Mom-jeaned, pampered, entitled behind.

      That is a fact. They are desperate. We have statistical evidence and we have anecdotal evidence as evidenced by his foolish ramblings about keeping “In God We Trust” on coins.

      It’s no time for the campaign to gloat (because I will on their behalf) Now it’s time to vastly widen our lead on Vulture/Voucher, take back the House and preserve the Senate.

      • 47 0388jojothecat
        September 10, 2012 at 2:50 pm

        This shows the media is RW and not Left leaning. If Robme got a huge boost like McCain’s due to $P, it would be ALL over the news. If PBO got a negative boost like Robme, it would be FRONT PAGE NEWS ON EVERY NEWSPAPER, RADIO, AND TEEVEE PUPPET CABLE SHOW.

      • 48 Pamela
        September 10, 2012 at 3:35 pm

        They do not want to admit they have been wrong all along….. For there would come a full and complete awakening of the entire population of the US, that we have been manipulated and dis-informed for a very long time. (Well, not ALL of US!) the world outside the US has been onto them for quite a while now, but mainstream America does not see that data.

  13. September 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Did you guys read the NYT Tom edsall today? it says by 2050 veterans benefits will be nonexistent, education cuts, medicaid and SS cut. It would be great if a video could be made with this scenario:
    2050: bleak landscape with veterans sleeping under bridges, gangs of youth terrorising the streets due to lack of education. Terrorism up due to lack of enough FBI personel as it will be under the AXe. Worst of all Three generations of families living in the same house as nursing homes will be cleaned out of the elderly. What do you guys think? does anyone know how to contact OFA or priorities USA? They should be able to listen to our ideas even if they may not use them.

    • 50 Dudette
      September 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Here’s the article:


      “…Two voters, both Republicans, told me they could not bring themselves to vote for their party this year because the Ryan budget cuts spending for veterans’ benefits.

      In an interview days after Romney announced on a Saturday that he had picked Ryan, George Lemieux said, “Based on what Romney did this weekend, I would not vote for him.” Lemieux, a 67-year-old Vietnam War veteran who spent 26 years in the Army, declared that “Ryan wants to decimate Medicare; he wants to decimate the V.A. I have a brother who is dependent on V.A. disability, and he wants to cut it out entirely.”

      “The Ryan budget will kill everybody,” said Aura-Lee Nicodemus, another woman I met, who works at the V.A. Medical Center in White River Junction, Vt. and is active in the advocacy organization, Disabled American Veterans. “I’m a registered Republican and I can’t vote for Romney. His actions speak louder than words.”

      There is a clear rationale for their concerns.

      Under the Ryan budget, “Mandatory and Defense and Nondefense Discretionary Spending” – which includes Function 920 Allowances, but excludes Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — would fall from 12.5 percent of Gross Domestic Product in 2011 to 6.75 percent in 2023, 5.75 percent in 2030, 4.75 percent in 2040 and 3.75 percent in 2050, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.

      The C.B.O. cautiously notes how difficult it would be to cut such spending to 3.75 percent of G.D.P.:

      By comparison, spending in this category has exceeded 8 percent of G.D.P. in every year since World War II. Spending for defense alone has not been lower than 3 percent of G.D.P. in any year during that period.

      Romney, in fact, has committed himself to keeping the Pentagon budget (Function 050) at 4 percent of G.D.P. By 2050, that would leave zilch under the Ryan plan for such separately funded programs as Veterans Benefits (Function 700); the administration of justice, including the F.B.I. (Function 750); Education, Train and Social Services (Function 500), and pretty much anything else.

      The big question posed by the comments of the two defecting Republicans I interviewed in New Hampshire is: are Romney and Ryan so committed to the principle of deficit reduction that they are willing, in an election year, to take on veterans? That would be extraordinary. The answer is no… [keep reading in the article]

  14. 51 Rita
    September 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Mitt Romney also came out against the Fed helping boost the economy.


    “I don’t think that easing monetary policy is going to make a significant difference in the job market right now.” – Mitt Romney
    This is, fortunately for America, not nearly as pernicious as some of the hard money dogmas that Paul Ryan has spouted over the years. But it also indicates that Romney has no clue about what is, in reality, the most powerful tool available for bolstering the labor market. I’m harboring some hope that Romney is a closet Keynesian who would unleash expansionary policies in office, but if he is he continues to keep the secret pretty well.

    I don’t much like Matt Yglesias, but this is a good point.

  15. September 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    God, TPM’s poll tracker is USELESS. Rassmussen, Gallup, and Ipsos all have Obama leading by 4-5 points, and yet in the tracker Romney’s ahead based on one GOP poll.

    • 53 Dudette
      September 10, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Yep, I saw that too. “Useless” is a generous description.

    • 54 EricFive
      September 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      It is beyond useless, it is propaganda. He tinkers with data until he gets the result he wants which happens to be Mitt in the lead. His methods and motives don’t pass the smell test. Just like Rush Limbaugh declaring the DNC a “disaster”. They live in a bubble where reality is not allowed to enter. That is why so many republicans are detached from reality, they live in an echo chamber where unwelcome facts or poll results are atlered at will. The TRUTH has no value or meaning to these lost souls.

    • 55 57andfemale
      September 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      I hate think what orifice TPM pulls this tracker. It’s absurd.

    • 56 susanne
      September 10, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      this site does it best:

      ‘ Our calculations grind slow, but they grind exceedingly fine. They are based on close to 100 recent state polls from Pollster.com, are very precise, and take days to reach a new stable point.
      My November prediction (and warning) are exactly the same. President Obama’s November re-elect probability is…87%, as dictated by this year’s polls and the amount of movement in previous re-election races. Recall that I gave the probability on August 8th as 87%; on August 15th, 89%; and on August 23rd, 88%. Other predictions vary more because they use econometric assumptions that add unnecessary noise.

      In my mind, the real suspense is in control of Congress. This, not the Presidential race, is where the uncertainty for 2013 lies. ‘


    • 57 nathkatun7
      September 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      TPM’s poll tracker does not make any sense at all. Am I wrong to think that this is a TPM’s scheme to continue generating advertising money?

  16. 58 Ladyhawke
    September 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Three Must See Democratic Convention Speeches (VIDEOS)

    By Winning Progressive


    Coverage of last week’s Democratic National Convention focused, of course, on the effective speeches of President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama, and a few other headline speakers. But there were other speeches, outside of prime time, that must be seen, both because of the quality of the speeches themselves, and because they highlighted keys to President Obama winning re-election this November.

    Congressman John Lewis

    Governor Deval Patrick

    Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm



    • September 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      OMG I missed Congressman Lewis’ speech last week. I’m 3 minutes in and in tears. Amazing. So glad for the reminder to watch it LH!

      • 60 Ladyhawke
        September 10, 2012 at 2:14 pm

        Sorry Susan, I forgot to put the “Tissues Required” for Congressman John Lewis. I was crying like a baby for most of his speech. He has a way of doing that to me no matter what he is talking about. He is a treasure.

        • 61 Lorraine
          September 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm

          Let the born again believers say Amen. Congressman Lewis (my sister’s favorite Public Servant) had me when he stepped to the microphone. I was crying too. That man is a gift from God, thank you Jesus for letting us have him.

    • 62 Dudette
      September 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      I saw Gov Patrick’s speech live, but only snippets of Congressman Lewis’ and Gov Granholm’s speeches from news reports.
      Thanks for the reminder.

    • 63 nathkatun7
      September 10, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      I am glad some one else noticed. These three made great speeches.

  17. 64 vcprezofan2
    September 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I forgot to note who gave me this idea earlier this morning.

    • 65 vcprezofan2
      September 10, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      • 66 Ladyhawke
        September 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm

        Excellent VC. In addition to focusing relentlessly on the Republican Party obstruction, I would love to see some more intense focus on GROVER NORQUIST. This man was not elected by any of us and he has incredible power over the Republicans in congress. His No Tax Pledges have created gridlock and rendered our government dysfunctional. Of course, the outrage should also be directed at the cowards in congress who allow this to happen. But I don’t think that Grover Norquist has gotten the intense scrutiny he deserves for his part in crippling the government.

        What enrages me is that the members of congress take an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and then proceed to nullify that oath by taking the Grover Norquist No Tax Pledge. This is an outrage. You can’t have dual allegiances.

      • 67 nathkatun7
        September 10, 2012 at 5:17 pm

        Wonderful tweets, Vick C! These vile obstructionists need to be exposed. If it weren’t for their obstructionism, the unemployment rate would be much lower than it is. I wish all Democrats running for Congress would slam Republicans for obstructing job creation and for Congress’ obsessive focus on denying women the right to make health decisions that affect their reproductive well being.

        • 68 vcprezofan2
          September 10, 2012 at 5:29 pm

          Hi Nath, haven’t caught up with you in a while. Nice to be here at the same time. 😆 TY. I do believe that in these final weeks, the telling of Repub obstruction will be equally as effective coming from us to our own contacts.

  18. 69 utaustinliberal
    September 10, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Fox News and the GOP don’t seem to realize that you just can’t use peoples work without their permission. Musicians work hard to put their work out for public consumption and one must ask permission before using it in a public platform like Romney rallies and Fox News coverage. If the artist does not share your values or political ideology (as 99% of them don’t) then don’t freaking use their work. The overblown sense of entitlement these republicans have is annoying.

    • 70 theo67
      September 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      What I hope is happening is that more and more people will start to wonder why these artists don’t agree with FOX and the GOP, and they might start to realize that the country actually isn’t behind them. that just because they say they speak for the people, that they actually don’t. And that the tea party and their racists GOP Congress people will crawl back into their caves.

      The one thing that has saddened me more than the racism itself these past four years has been the complete silence from Congress and general Americans when they’ve seen their President being disrespected with such vile crassness from the right. When people didn’t immediately denounce it, they made it acceptable. When people refused to label it what it was – when that very first email with the watermelons on the lawn, or the witchdoctor nonsense, or the birther craziness came out, it was racism – it made it acceptable. There’s a reason why the right wing is getting 0% of the black vote. Black people have been watching. But, the Democrats can’t just rest on their laurels and think that 2016 is going to be a cakewalk. A lot of those people in Congress need to examine why they didn’t speak out on behalf of President Obama and the Office of the Presidency when this crap started. The Obama family has been through a lot. If Americans can’t hold the Office of the Presidency up regardless of the colour of the person inhabiting the office, despite legitimately winning the office, then how are other black people supposed to feel about that? This presidency has cast a spotlight on the degree of racism in this country that will need to be addressed, at some point. We’re just lucky that the people living in the White House are of such exceptional character – they rise above.

  19. 71 amk for obama
    September 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    See what I did there, chips.

    Yes, I am completely shameless. Anything for Obama/Biden 2012.

  20. September 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Joe posts a PG version!

  21. 77 utaustinliberal
    September 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Harry’s back on the floor!

  22. September 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Cartoonists are able to tell a complete story in one picture. They are amazing. Love the car on cement blocks. Oh how true! When will people stop blaming the president for the low emplyement numbers, for not closing Gitmo. Put the blame where it belongs. I notice that media has stopped noting how the obstruction has worked against the country.

  23. September 10, 2012 at 2:13 pm

  24. 88 amk for obama
    September 10, 2012 at 2:16 pm

  25. 89 gn
    September 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Per the Wall St. Journal, #MoneyBooBoo’s lackluster convention is failing to help him in swing states:

    Romney Struggles to Gain Traction in Battlegrounds

    With two months to Election Day, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney faces the disconcerting reality that he isn’t winning most of the states he would need to beat President Barack Obama.



  26. 93 Niliathiel
    September 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I find the second photo of PBO extremely distracting

  27. 96 amk for obama
    September 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    • 98 Cman
      September 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      “There’s no word yet if NASA has accepted Minaj’s “Starships” as an endorsement of the American space program.”


      Good thing I ignored it when people on here were freaking out, I was like this sounds weird so I’ma stay away.

  28. 99 Dudette
    September 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I hope there are enough local folks to counteract this bullshit…

  29. 103 amk for obama
    September 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Love it.

  30. 104 Dudette
    September 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Off-Topic: The Original Star Trek’s Chekov (Walter Koenig) gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


  31. 105 amk for obama
    September 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm

  32. 106 amk for obama
    September 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm

  33. 112 jacquelineoboomer
    September 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Just checking in to see if Romney’s off the national stage yet … guess there’s still time to send him packing!

    Happy week, TOD.

    • September 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm


      How are you feeling, {{{JO’B}}}? Hope you’ve been good to yourself.

    • 116 susanne
      September 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      aloha jacquelineoboomer
      i had the realization about a week ago that, after november, we never have to see, hear, or think about myth robme and miss ann again! it was such a delightful moment of relief and joy! they’ll be gone from politics, gone from news shows, gone from our thoughts and conversations!

      i was already very excited about november, but now i’m just giddy!! it’s so clear this election is a deliverance from the rethugs, on top of a huge endorsement hug for pbo.

  34. 118 amk for obama
    September 10, 2012 at 2:49 pm

  35. September 10, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Hopeful commentary and I’m starting to believe it’s true.

    Had a fun moment myself yesterday when I realized the re-run I was watching of “The Good Wife” had an eerie similarity to the Paul Ryan interview on “Face the Nation” yesterday morning. Norah O’Donnell has my undying respect. http://womenofcertainage.blogspot.com/2012/09/paul-ryan-has-bridge-to-sell-you_10.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WomenOfCertainAge+%28Women+of+a+Certain+Age%29

    • 120 theo67
      September 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      I’m not as generous as you. Norah O’Donnell has a lot to make up for, starting with her relentless attacks on the health care reform during that battle, to her fawning over Sarah Palin, to her feigned outrage over Newt Gingrich rightly calling Mitt Romney a liar – little did we know how right he would be, to the contempt with which she addresses the President and Jay Carney during the White House press briefings! She’s done one act of journalism this year and I think I saw a tweet that she challenged Paul Ryan recently, too). The rest seems to be business as usual.

  36. 123 Don
    September 10, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I suspect these days Paul Ryan stays awake late at night saying to himself, “what the fuck did I get myself into” it is finally dawning on Ryan that he’s running with the big dogs, and though President Obama and V.P. Biden make it look easy, running for the leader of the free world isn’t easy at all. Ryan probably thought he was the cat’s meow as he charmed everyone in his district back home, and he probably thought it would be a cake walk to the Whitehouse. But like John McCain, Ryan is about to learn a very expensive and life changing lesson.

    • 124 FiredUpInCA
      September 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      And like John McCain, he thought he had a reliably fawning Beltway press, that would never question his awesomness. He has undone his unearned reputation for honesty with unnecessary, uncareful lies. The $700 billiion “raiding” of Medicare lie. The Janesville closing lie. The lobbying for stimulus cash lie. The lobbying for Obamacare funds lie. The marathon time lie. None of those lies purchased him any favor with non-Republican dittoheads–the people he must win if wants to be in the White House. My hope is that it erodes his high numbers in Wisconsin. We don’t need anybody like Paul Ryan in the House, let alone the White House.

      • 125 theo67
        September 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm

        Indeed. Well said.

      • 126 nathkatun7
        September 10, 2012 at 5:44 pm

        Excellent comment, FiredUpinCA! I hope the people of Wisconsin in Ryan’s Congressional district will realize that they elected a serial liar and vote against him this time. It would be very delicious if Ryan lost both the VP and congressional elections on the same night.

    • 127 vitaminlover
      September 10, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      Yes indeed. Say… Paulie…WOOF, WOOF, BABY!!

  37. 128 hopefruit2
    September 10, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    More Good news for John McCain

  38. September 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm

  39. 131 lisalovesobama
    September 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    so apparently, Willard is trying to cause trouble in Chi-Town between Labor and Rahm over the whole teacher’s strike. That ass is unbelievable. so fricking desperate. that’s what happens Willard when you have no core. You shit then start flinging it, hoping something sticks. I doubt you’ll cause as much trouble as you think you will.


    • 132 57andfemale
      September 10, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      This is how he would govern: all about his own self-interest.

      I’m a Chicagoan and let me tell you, this issue is tearing the city apart, tearing families apart. It’s horrific.

      Now extrapolate: let’s say, GOD FORBID, Mitt is President. His poll numbers are down (I know, shocker) and there’s an international incident. How would he govern? Would it have anything to do with the right outcome? No — just about Mitt.

      He’s the worse candidate to come this close to the Presidency in American history. Bar none. He’s an effing menace.

    • 134 theo67
      September 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      This isn’t so far fetched, given Romney’s performance to date. Although, she hasn’t added one whit to his campaign – she’s a disaster!

  40. September 10, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    In the middle of a Presidential Election, a Teachers Union in Chicago is having a Strike.
    And, if this effects the President, and he loses, their will not be any Teachers Union, to have a Strike for, as Robney will eliminate this Enture Union as promised!
    Poor timing and selfish…
    That is all!

    • 136 carla4obama
      September 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      I”m a teacher here in California. This upsets me so much. Are we _ucking idiots to pull a strike right now? Where is their leadership to do this at this point in our election. I am pro union (most of the time…need to clean up some stuff), but these teachers are indeed selfish!

      • 137 cookemom
        September 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm

        This is an issue that’s been on the table for quite some time. Ironically, it’s not really about the money, but values of educating, i.e. class size, school hours, fair merit testing, etc. They has not been a teacher’s strike since 1987. In today’s climate of anti-union, anti-teachers, we’d have to surmise that the teachers are very sensitive to that sentiment, yet still feel strong enough to strike.

        The administration and the teachers are still negotiating, but this strike was not a surprise to anyone here in Chicago. It is a local issue and has nothing to do with PBO. The fact that Mitt is trying to make political points on the backs of 400,000 students, is yet another character flaw. The fact that we even consider this a political issue when parents have to find day-care, breakfast and lunch (many of the students are federal food allotment qualified), during this time is equally as troubling.

        Some things just can’t be seen through a political lens. If you don’t have the facts of this situation, then you can hardly call the teachers selfish, and certainly not _ucking idiots. I think it’s selfish to immediately jump down these teacher’s throat, with not one mention of the kids who are impacted by this strike, or not one question as to what the issues are, for the sole purpose of politics. Those kids don’t care about that, they just want the adults to get them back in school. I don’t have a dog in this race and I’d no more call the teachers the names you called them, than I would call the school administrators greedy and uncaring about the teachers, janitors, cafeteria workers, or the kids.

        • 138 carla4obama
          September 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm

          I’m sorry cookemom….being a teacher, with a my family that has teachers going back 50 plus years..this does upset me. I have had issues with our teachers Union for sometime now. Unions (at least mine) does make everything political and it gets to me. The issues are so complex and I know teachers take the brunt of what is wrong with education today, knowing full well we are the escape goats of what ills our educational system. But those of us that are teaches and work hard at it, we do it not for the money, the great job security (not), or the respect from the public…we do it because we love our students, the kids. I know the kids don’t care about the politics of it, but the voting parents do. These are hard times, for a lot of people, I know the issues, I talked to my Union rep about Chicago and they even supported this strike. I do not. Perception is everything, most people are not going to be watching this strike unfold and look at the complexity of what is going on. All they know is the teachers are striking, kids can’t go to school, and working families have no where to put their children.
          The mayor of Chicago and the name Obama go hand in hand. Lets just say I will apologize for calling the union leadership -ucking idiots, but teachers everywhere feel very vulnerable, and if this drags on it is good for no one, but those that see it as an event to exploit—-which they will.

          • 139 cookemom
            September 10, 2012 at 5:04 pm

            If all you’re concerned about is the parents of those students voting for PBO, then you can relax….they will. We in Illinois, know that PBO has nothing to do with this. These are his hometown people we’re talking about. He’s Chicago’s favorite son. Whose perception are you so concerned about? This is a Chicago issue and Chicagoans will vote in very, very, very strong numbers for PBO. I don’t think they care about how that’s portrayed in the MSM. Who cares that Mitt will try to pin this on PBO? Trust me, there’s not one child in the Chicago Public School system whose parent/s or any other family member is voting for Mitt.

            I admire teachers and will always back them. Though not one myself, I spent a lot of time as PTO/PTA board member and I saw first-hand what they go through, just trying to do their thankless job. They get it from all sides, parents, admin, and the kids. The last thing they need is outsiders putting them down on the innerweb. They are not valued as they should be. They deserve the same consideration as any other worker who have families to raise, medical benefits, etc. They are not even valued as much as the professional athlete or the rapper who have more influence on our kids than they do. Yet, we entrust them with our children everyday.

            I’m sorry, but the last thing I see in this, is some unfounded reason to think that this jeopardizes a national election. PBO and Rahm are big boys, they can handle it. This is not a political hand wringer for Illinois and we’re the only folks who get that vote.

            • 140 carla4obama
              September 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm

              Thanks cookemn for you response.
              No I m not just concerned if the parents of the Chicago students will or will not vote for our President. I do do hope this issue stays local and doesn’t spread.Yes I know what teachers have to deal with, teachers deserve respect more than anything. I want what is best for the students too and I do not have such an adverse reaction to student performance as part of my evaluation as some teachers do. I am an advocate of the Jamie Escalante method of teaching, it is what I strive for, and like Jamie I believe the center of good education is the teacher. Yes the teacher needs a class size that is reasonable, and students and parents that are committed to the process, and an administration that supports the teachers (when they need to be supported). And we need unions to protect the good teachers, but I don’t want unions protecting the teachers that need to go. Teachers need to be proactive in seeking the best by looking for help from those teachers that are successful in their communities. Jamie was in east LA, the worst school district in LA…he is the model for me, and a lot of teachers like me that fight for a better way. The paradigm in education is changing and teachers need to change with it.

              • 141 carla4obama
                September 10, 2012 at 5:26 pm

                This topic is much to complex to discuss here…right now I am concentrating on getting our President re0elected. The battle over education reform will have to wait, my energy is going into this election.

                • 142 cookemom
                  September 10, 2012 at 5:29 pm

                  I agree with every thing you said. I just felt that your initial reaction was strictly political about a national election that has nothing to do with this local teacher’s strike. I’m about letting them handle their issues as they feel is best for everyone, without the added burden of being held responsible for PBO’s re-election.

    • 144 57andfemale
      September 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      Even if there are reasonable issues, the union is acting like a bunch of idiots. It’s about destroying Rahm. I’m furious, and I have close friends who are teachers in Chicago’s inner city. No one is giving a damn about solving our horrific education problem in this city.

      • 145 carla4obama
        September 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm

        What do you teachers in Chicago say? I heard their contract expired and they were asked to do some major give backs that they do not want to give into.

        • 146 57andfemale
          September 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm

          It’s complicated. They were offered 16% raise over four years. They did give back last year’s raise.

          The issue is for better health care (the health care package for city workers in Chicago is already good). But I believe the real problem is the evaluation based more on student performance. I can argue all sides. Both sides are being idiots. I am a strong union supporter and everyone is better off when unions are strong. But this has been a political battle that never should have led to this. It’s a total disaster.

          Everyone needs to start acting like adults and try to solve our dismal schools. We need less bureaucracy and cronyism. We need to do whatever it takes to help teachers to actually teach instead of passing kids through the grades who are illiterate. Hey, I know it’s an impossible job — it’s why I didn’t continue teaching. But the bottom line is a city that does not adequately educate its kids. It’s a giant clusterf*** of monumental proportions.

        • 147 57andfemale
          September 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm

          The longer school day was an issue as well.

      • 148 cookemom
        September 10, 2012 at 3:59 pm

        It is a shame all the way around and I agree there is a bigger issue of educating the kids period. Until, there is an adjustment in the thinking that schools should be funded based on property taxes, there will always be a problem. I don’t agree that the $$$$ equate to a good education, but I’ve yet to see a high performance school operate without an equivalent amount of $$$$ per student. There is no way a Chicago inner city school will have the same $$$$ to pay teachers, pay for infrastructure, and all the other costs associated with education as the Winnetka, Lake Forest, Naperville schools who have resources Chicago schools can only dream of. There’s gotta be a better way.

  41. September 10, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Reports of Nicki Minaj’s endorsement of Mitt Romney have been greatly exaggerated.

    “Ha! Thank you for understanding my creative humor & sarcasm Mr. President, the smart ones always do. *sends love & support,*” the singer/rapper tweeted Monday.

    She added: “Awesome! Now I can tell my grandchildren that the 1st black President of the United States took the time to address a Nicki Minaj question Expand”

    President Obama was asked in an interview with a Florida radio station if he had any reaction to Minaj rapping a seemingly pro-Romney line. “I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney, you lazy b——s are f—— up the economy,” Minaj rapped on a recent Lil Wayne mixtape — prompting stories that she had endorsed Romney and embraced conservative economic principles.

    “She likes to play different characters. So I don’t know what’s going on there,” Obama told Power 953.

    It’s a reminder that the lyrics of any musician cannot necessarily be taken literally — Johnny Cash, after all, did not in fact shoot a man in Reno just to watch him die.

    Ya think?

  42. 151 cookemom
    September 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I read upthread about the must see DNC speeches. I’d like to add the speech at the DNC by Emanuel Cleaver II, (D-Missouri), also a reverend gave one of the best of the convention. http://www.c-span.org/DNC/Events/Emanuel-Cleaver-II-at-the-2012-Democratic-National-Convention/C3872399/

  43. 152 squarepeg
    September 10, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Rahmbo is quitting super PAC fundraising in the face of teacher strikes in chicago. http://politicalwire.com/archives/2012/09/10/emanuel_halts_super_pac_fundraising.html

    I wonder who will replace with him, or will anyone?

  44. 153 amk for obama
    September 10, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Gunnite folks. It’s almost 11 pm in burt sert land. (and the gin party is ovah).

    I’ll be back tomorrow to harass you all.

  45. September 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm

  46. 161 hopefruit2
    September 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm

  47. 166 57andfemale
    September 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm


    • 167 susanne
      September 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      and, in breaking news, robmey will be adding god to hot-mix asphalt, to canned peas, and to baby bunnies on hallmark cards.

      • 168 57andfemale
        September 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm

        That, too!

        here’s a thought to keep you up at night: exactly what ‘new’ voter does Romney think he’s attracting with this hysteria? Are there really Americans hiding under rocks clutching their voter registration cards, just waiting for this reason to change their vote from PBO to Romney? Some ‘undecided’ voter will be swayed by this?

        Who the eff are these people?

  48. September 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm

  49. 170 daisydem
    September 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    YES to the REM thing. YES to Michael Stipe. My son (a huge REM fan in the day and still) told me about this over the weekend. Again, thanks REM, thanks Michael!

  50. 171 57andfemale
    September 10, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Wow. here’s the whole choice in a nutshell:

  51. September 10, 2012 at 3:59 pm

  52. 176 hopefruit2
    September 10, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    GOOD. Our President is not about to throw away this election to fraud.

  53. 177 hopefruit2
    September 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm

  54. 180 Linda
    September 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    CNN Poll among LV
    Obama 52%
    Romney 46%

  55. 181 desertflower
    September 10, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Sorry Lord Fuckwad…God would be VERY UPSET with you and your constant LIES!

    • 182 ChristiMTL
      September 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Mitt Romney suggested that President Obama has taken God out of his heart during a rally in Mansfield, Ohio on Monday, telling a crowd of manufacturing workers that unlike the current occupant of the White House, he will always be guided by the Almighty. The comments appear to be a new post-convention Republican strategy to paint Obama as anti-God:

      They are so stupid….He already has the religious right by picking Ryan…

      What is that strategy?

      I don’t get it

    • 186 cookemom
      September 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Would somebody tell me why he’d want to go talking about God and religion. The Dems have been very careful to leave Mitt’s religion out of it. Evangelicals were willing to vote for him, even though they consider his religion a cult. So now he wants to talk about religion? I don’t get it, he’s opened the door for all to see the vast differences in what he believes in….planet Kolob, Jesus and Satan brothers, OK to lie for the Lord, must tithes to Mormon church only for charitable giving, etc. Bad move imo.

    • 189 theo67
      September 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      So, Queen Ann claims that her husband is being demonized, and then her husband says this about President Obama?! They are evil – I can’t avoid saying it anymore. They are pure evil. They may believe in God, but even Satan believes in God. How dare they accuse the President of not having God in their heart?! Actions speak volumes on this subject, and we know who has worked for the love of people versus who has worked for their love of money alone. I can’t stand these Romneys, and the worst part is that after the drubbing they’ll get in the election, the media will pursue Romney’s opinion of every decision to come as though he is somehow a legitimate thinking person. Arrgghhh!

      • 190 EricFive
        September 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm

        Thankfully Theo, more and more Americans are beginning to feel the same way you (we) do about Mitt. He is so desperate because he sees the election slipping away. He is a horrible candidate and more importantly a horrible person. He is trying to exploit every wedge issue, but it is not working. He is banking on PBO being too classy to go after a wedge issue Mitt is very vulnerable too: Mormonism. I agree with Cookmom that it is foolish for Mitt to bring up religion as a wedge, but I just see it as further evidence that PBO is winning this thing and Mitt knows it.

        • 191 kathryn kivett
          September 10, 2012 at 5:45 pm

          I fight every day to not allow hate to enter my heart…..but the Rommneys are about to push me over the edge…..they already have me up to abhor and there is but a fine line and two months left….

      • 193 nathkatun7
        September 10, 2012 at 6:14 pm

        Bravo theo67! President Obama has never, ever, questioned his opponents’ faith or religious beliefs. But now we have Romney questioning the President’s belief in God. As you said: “They are pure evil.”

      • 194 TrumpDog
        September 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm

        I hope you don’t mind but I tweeted this based on what you said above. You made a great point

    • 197 Dudette
      September 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Hmmm, looks like Mitt just decided that the candidates’ faith is no longer off limits.

  56. September 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm

  57. September 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm

  58. September 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    James Bennet, editor-in-chief at The Atlantic, sent this tweet out today:
    “First report in ages to suggest a prez candidate and supporters are actually enjoying the process.”

    The self-absorbed media really needs to get called out on their BS “balanced and fair” reporting.”

  59. 202 cookemom
    September 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    When political icons Rep John Lewis and Dr. Joseph Lawry and other Obama supporters got together in Atlanta to open the new headquarters, Rolling Out Magazine was there to capture all of the excitement.

    They also spotted an Obama supporter in one of my #2 daughter’s “Kiss My [A**!] I’m Voting For Obama” tee shirts! They loved it so much that they gave the shirt its own cameo appearance! (Her t-shirt shows up at the 1:28 mark.)

    PS: I tried to post the video and can’t figure out how to do it. So here’s the link instead: http://vplay.rollingout.com

  60. September 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    R-money is such a pathetic candidate, he’s bound to get worse for the next 2 months (can’t believe R’s can’t get it together; R-money’s had 4 years to make contingency “Plan B’s” for Pete’s sake!

    It looks like our dream of getting Senate and House majorities may be within reach too. Can you imagine what PBO can accomplish without McConnell/TP obstruction?

    Graves has a chance to beat Michelle “batwing insane” Bachmann:

    Senate control:
    “The party’s hopes hinge on come-from-behind wins in battleground races.”

  61. 204 4morefor44
    September 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    this new t-nn poll is even better when looking at the details. among registered voters, o-53, r-45 (+8% for o), and o’s favorability skyrockets to 57%, highest it’s been in two years. and given it’s t-nn, those numbers are probably a little better. yep, i’d say that was a good dnc convention! now we’ve got to tie lyin ryan to congress and dominate in the house and senate races. ready to go?!?!

  62. 208 hopefruit2
    September 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Disrupt, dismantle, and defeat Al Qaeda.

  63. 213 Zekke LyDonna
    September 10, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    There’s a video of ‘Mad Men’ clips to a Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up”. It’s gone viral.

    Attention Videographers: We need a PBO montage with that soundtrack.

  64. September 10, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Cookemom listening to Emanuel Cleaver’s speech. Love more warm hears and fewer hot heads… proud to be a democrat, proud to be liberal. We are the party that is deeply committed to diversity! Awesome, thanks.

  65. September 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm


  66. 219 57andfemale
    September 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Charlie Pierce just made me spit coffee on my keyboard: “Welcome back to our weekly survey of the state of Our National Dialogue, which is, as you know, what Aaron Copland would have come up with had he composed Fanfare For The Common Crow.”

    Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/#ixzz266Rio31l

    • 225 cookemom
      September 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      They threw a junior staffer under the bus after they updated their site:

      “This was a junior staff confusion that has been updated and resolved,” said Romney digital director Zac Moffat.

      There was no shared vendor between the two campaigns.

  67. 226 Ladyhawke
    September 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm




    American Jobs Act


    “Without a doubt, the most urgent challenge that we face right now is getting our economy to grow faster and to create more jobs…. we can’t wait for an increasingly dysfunctional Congress to do its job. Where they won’t act, I will.” —President Barack Obama, October 24, 2011



  68. 227 Dudette
    September 10, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    How about this fine example of crack reporting on the convention from our friends at CNN?

  69. September 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    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.


  70. September 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    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 and Ohio, saying Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is bad for women’s health.

    Planned Parenthood Votes, part of the women’s health group PAC, just launched the first part of that batch–$1.85 million in ads that will air on TV in Northern Virginia. That wealthy area in the Washington suburbs will likely be likely fought street by street by Democrats and Republicans, said GOP and Democratic strategists in interviews this past weekend.


  71. 235 dotster3
    September 10, 2012 at 5:13 pm

  72. 243 57andfemale
    September 10, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Yeah sure. Conventions don’t matter.

    “More from the new CNN poll out this afternoon: President Obama has a double-digit lead over Mitt Romney on both the issues of health care and Medicare.
    According to the poll, 54 percent of likely voters think Obama would better handle the issue of health care, compared with 45 percent for Romney. Before the conventions, on Aug. 22-23, Obama led by only 1 point on the issue, 49 percent to 48 percent.

    On Medicare, the disparity is even more pronounced: Obama leads Romney by 11 points, 54 percent to 43 percent, compared with a 1-point lead back in the pre-convention August poll.”

    • September 10, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      Maybe this election SHOULD be a referendum on President Obama (which is kind of a silly statement, because that’s exactly what an election is about), because it’s sure turning out to be a negative referendum on Paul Ryan and his disastrous budget plans…

  73. September 10, 2012 at 5:26 pm

  74. 255 Ladyhawke
    September 10, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Working America ‏@WorkingAmerica


    Paul Ryan voted 33 times to repeal #ACA, but requested ACA funds to support a #WI clinic: http://bit.ly/S4uxW5


  75. 256 Dudette
    September 10, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    The Youngest Delegate

  76. 257 Ladyhawke
    September 10, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Paul Ryan Outrage Watch: Asked For Obamacare Money; Says U.S. in Decline

    By Alexander Abad-Santos


    Let’s start with that Obamacare grant. The Nation’s Lee Fang has a report on how “Paul Ryan Quietly Requested Obamacare Cash,” or more specifically, how Ryan wrote a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services to recommend a grant for a community health center in his district. “The grant Ryan requested was funded directly by the Affordable Care Act, better known simply as health care reform or Obamacare,” writes Lee. Of course, asking for money from Obamacare for his district rather undercuts Ryan-Romney’s tough talk and vow to repeal Obamacare. And this inconsistent talk-action brings to mind a story from last month when we found out Ryan had asked for stimulus money in 2009, despite campaigning against stimulus spending in Congress.



  77. September 10, 2012 at 5:47 pm

  78. 259 Ladyhawke
    September 10, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    So What Is the Romney-Ryan Position on Health Care, Anyway?

    By Working America


    What we do know is that the Republicans in the House have voted 33 times to repeal—not replace, just repeal—the Affordable Care Act, and that Mitt Romney is their candidate and picked one of their top leaders to be his running mate. We also know that Republican operative Grover Norquist summed up the belief of many Republicans when he says that his choice for president is someone “with enough working digits to handle a pen” and “we just need a president to sign this stuff.”

    The Affordable Care Act is a truly important achievement—and one that Working America members devoted a lot of time and energy to making real. Despite whatever complicated past statements they’ve made and actions they’ve taken, Romney and Ryan have repeatedly insisted that their goal is to end the Affordable Care Act. Right on his website, Romney declares he’ll “work with Congress to repeal the full legislation as quickly as possible.”

    So take another look at what the Affordable Care Act actually does—and keep Romney’s promise to repeal it in mind.



  79. 260 hopefruit2
    September 10, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I will definitely tune in to Lawrence this evening!

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